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État policier 101: Êtes-vous réellement libres?

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Émission de L'Autre Monde du 12 février 2009: État policier 101: Êtes-vous réellement libres?


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L'Autre Monde 12 février 2009

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Émission du 12 février 2009:

L'Autre Monde vous transporte dans l'univers de l'état policier qui n'arrête pas de dérouler ses tentacules partout dans nos sociétés. Nous explorons l'atmosphère dans laquelle un état ou une société en vient à vivre dans un tissu de paranoïa et de peur, justifiant les actions de plus en plus invasives et répressives de l'élite. Plusieurs exemple de l'actualité sont donnés pour illustrer tout cela.

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***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui:

État policier:


Google Earth 5 released.

Today Google has released a major new version of Google Earth - Version 5. Clearly this new release merits moving up to the next version number. It contains a wealth of new data and features and has substantial new interface changes.


Google Offers "Latitude" To Track People

It is designed to work on any phone with Internet capabilities, except the iPhone.


Justice Department Follows Bush Administration in Invoking 'State Secrets' Privilege in Rendition Lawsuit

The Obama administration is siding with its predecessor in a federal case over the CIA's rendition program, claiming lawsuits should not proceed because they could disclose secret national security information.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Change?


New Obama Orders on Transparency, FOIA Requests

January 21, 2009, Washington Post

In a move that pleased good government groups and some journalists, President Obama issued new orders today designed to improve the federal government's openness and transparency. The first memo instructs all agencies and departments to "adopt a presumption in favor" of Freedom of Information Act requests, while the second memo orders the director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue recommendations on making the federal government more transparent. His memo on government transparency ... directs the yet-to-be-named chief technology officer to work with the OMB director to develop an "Open Government Directive" in the next four months. Just in case new OMB director Peter R. Orszag needs any suggestions, the Sunlight Foundation -- a group dedicated to improving government transparency -- has several. Each agency should do an audit of its information and data how it makes it available, [director Ellen] Miller said. The administration should also redefine the definition of "public information" to mean that government information is not public until it is posted online in an easy-to-download format. "The devil is in the details," Miller cautions. Obama today also froze the salaries of senior White House staffers and issued executive orders on presidential records and new ethics guidelines for presidential appointees.

Note: For revealing reports on government secrecy, click here.


Why is Hillary's right hand at State investing $50-100,000 in Israel bonds?

Mazin Qumsiyeh writes in an email:

Associated Press Story: "The two men selected to serve as Hillary Clinton's deputy secretaries of state, Jacob Lew and James Steinberg, also filed financial disclosure forms. Lew, a former Clinton administration official who recently headed Citigroup's Alternative Investments unit, reported 2008 salary income of just over $1 million along with numerous investments, including between $50,000 and $100,000 in State of Israel bonds."....
Please write to the White House and news sources if you agree that there is a conflict of Interest in these appointments.

Also, note that both Hillary's deputies are Jewish, per Wikipedia. Shouldn't State have a little diversity in with the diversity?


Defense Department Establishes Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England signed Defense Department Directive 1404.10, which outlines and provides guidance about the program, on Jan. 23.

The directive emphasizes, however, that volunteers be sought first for any expeditionary requirements, before requiring anyone to serve involuntarily or on short notice. Overseas duty tours shall not exceed two years.

Webmaster's Commentary:

So, without any vote in the congress on this, the DOD has finally found their "end run" to create a new draft.

And one thing that isn't stated in this Directive is, what happens when someone is chosen for "involuntary service" declines to serve, a trip to the military brig until they "come to their senses?

I would really like to have a candid conversation with Defense Defense Secretary England about that one.

To those of you with kids or family members of appropriate military age, this may well be a time to talk to your congress representatives, and ask some real questions about Defense Department Directive 1404.10, and what the penalty for non-compliance will be, if someone is requested to serve involuntarily, and they decline.

You - and the people you love - deserve to know.


HCR6: Jeffersonian principles, no mandatory national service! TIME TO DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND!

Webmaster's Commentary:

The mandatory National Service act is a violation of the 13th Amendment.

Worse, it is a continuation of the creed that We The People must make do with less so that government may have more. Having taxed us into poverty to pay for "services", the government will now dump the performance of those service back onto the people.


New Homeland Security Headquarters

The "Washington Post" reports the three-point-four-billion dollar facility would be one of the largest construction projects in the DC area since the building of the Pentagon


New Bill Will Turn Old Military Bases Into FEMA Camps

Posted by Shattered Paradigm On Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On January 22nd, Representative Alcee Hastings [D-FL] introduced a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives called the National Emergency Centers Act (also known as HR 645).

If Congress passes this bill, the Department of Homeland Security will be REQUIRED to establish national emergency centers (FEMA camps) on closed military bases.

For years, mainstream apologists have tried to deny that the government was putting together a network of FEMA detention camps across the United States. But now the wording of this new law would require that closed military bases be converted into Homeland Security "emergency centers". Just check out this language from the bill: "Wherever possible, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate a closed military installation as a site for a national emergency center."

You can see the entire text of this new bill here:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-645

Let's take a look at some of the specific language in this bill.....

"In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations."

This law would require that AT LEAST 6 FEMA camps be established on military installations around the United States. But it does not set a maximum. So the number of FEMA camps established under this law could be 6 or it could be 60.

"(4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security."

This language gives the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to use these FEMA camps for any purpose that he or she wishes. That is a truly sobering thought.

".....capable of meeting for an extended period of time the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected by an emergency or major disaster"

Note that the law would require that these FEMA camps be able to house (or imprison?) large populations for an extended period of time. There camps are not just being set up as command and control centers - they are being designed to hold "a large number of individuals".

".....capable of hosting the infrastructure necessary to rapidly adjust to temporary housing"

Once again we see that these FEMA camps specifically have the purpose of "housing" people.

(c) Location of National Emergency Centers- There shall be established not fewer than one national emergency center in each of the following areas:

(1) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions I, II, and III.

(2) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV.

(3) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions V and VII.

(4) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VI.

(5) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions VIII and X.

(6) The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX.

Please note that the law REQUIRES that at least one of these FEMA camps be established in specific FEMA regions.

Which FEMA region do YOU live in?

If the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense jointly determine that there is not a sufficient number of closed military installations that meet the requirements of subsections (b) and (c), the Secretaries shall jointly designate portions of existing military installations other than closed military installations as national emergency centers.

This part of the bill actually requires the use of an active military base for a FEMA camp if there are not enough closed military bases to do the job.

Where do you think the FEMA camp closest to your house will be established?

Are you ready to go to a "national emergency center" when the government declares martial law?

What will your response be if they come to put you on a train that will take you and your family to one of these camps?

But you know what one of the saddest things is?

The machinery of martial law is being put into place, and the American people are hardly uttering a peep in protest.


The Reality Of FEMA Camps And The Martial Law Apparatus

There is no doubt that the government is preparing a nationwide system of detention facilities under the guise of emergency management that could be used to house large quantities of Americans during a time of civil strife. Many think that it is a conspiracy theory, but it is not. It is a fact that the federal government has many facilities right now that can be used to house large numbers of political dissidents if the need arises.


Church Organization Refuses To Divulge If Pastors Are On FEMA Payroll

A large church organization has refused to divulge how many of its pastors are on the FEMA payroll, after a member expressed concerns about religious leaders being used to condition their congregation to accept the declaration of martial law.


Pentagon ups public relations spending

As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal law.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Not to mention that this is OUR money they are spending to lie to us.


Pentagon clashes with media over control of information

"You want to make sure you edit it in the right way," Conway said. "You have to go through the steps. ... Is this something that is going to make Joe Six-Pack look up from his TV dinner or his fast-food meal and look up at the TV and say, 'Wow, the American troops are kicking butt in Iraq?'"

Critics say the purpose of such violent material is not to inform the public about what the military is doing, but to promote it. Public affairs officers argue that they are in a battle with insurgents to shape the public perception of the wars they are fighting, and they will use every means available to push the military's version of events.


Supreme Court affirms police right to stop-and-frisk searches

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously to overturn an Arizona Court of Appeals opinion limiting the power of police to conduct physical searches of citizens during routine encounters.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Notice how the US Government is starting to treat Americans the way Israel has been treating the Palestinians?

This may NOT be a coincidence!


Expert: Voting machines easily altered

A Princeton University professor demonstrated in court today how New Jersey’s most widely used voting machines can be opened with a screwdriver and their computer chips swapped by hand.


Man sues police for Tasering 14-year-old daughter


People 'still willing to torture'

Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are still willing to inflict pain on others - if told to by an authority figure.

US researchers repeated the famous "Milgram test", with volunteers told to deliver electrical shocks to another volunteer - played by an actor.

Even after faked screams of pain, 70% were prepared to increase the voltage, the American Psychology study found.

Both may help explain why apparently ordinary people can commit atrocities.


Expérience de Stanford - Wikipédia


U.S. Nuclear Weapons Being “Guarded” by Israel

American supporters of Israel were delighted to learn that an Israeli company, Magal Security Systems—owned in part by the government of Israel—is in charge of security for the most sensitive nuclear power and weapons storage facilities in the United States.


Newly Launched Spy Satellite Critical for Monitoring Terrorists

The new National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload on the Delta 4-Heavy is a 5-to-6 ton eavesdropping spacecraft with a high tech deployable antenna as wide as 350 feet.


New RFID Technology Allows You to be Tracked WITHOUT Your Knowledge

By invitation, I recently visited a remote facility in northern Virginia to see a demonstration of NOX – a new Intelligent Perimeter Defense system deployed by the FBI that uses covert Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track people and assets without their knowledge.

That’s right, using RFID to track people without their knowledge. This system is exactly what the privacy advocates have long feared: Big Brother tracking us with spy chips.


Dog Bleeds to Death After “Routine” Microchip Implant Procedure

“I wasn’t in favor of getting Charlie chipped, but it was the law,” said Lori Ginsberg, citing a Los Angeles county ordinance that requires all dog owners to chip their dogs once they reach four months of age.


When you watch these ads, the ads check you out

Small cameras can now be embedded in the screen or hidden around it, tracking who looks at the screen and for how long. The makers of the tracking systems say the software can determine the viewer's gender, approximate age range and, in some cases, ethnicity — and can change the ads accordingly.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Shades of "Minority Report!"


Google's censors: The cat is out of the bag

Anyhow, we needed a proof, and we achieved it easily: we arranged two new websites, one in Italian and the other in English, respectively Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, that are in fact perfect mirrorings of uruknet, with a few graphic changes, and we put them directly on the same server where uruknet is located.

After that we requested google.news to index them and after they analysed both websites, we obtained it without the least problem. Of course when the google.news guys will read this article, they will stop indexing Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, but we have saved a copy of google news pages: News from Middle East on google.news and Notizie dal Medio Oriente on news.google.it .


Networking site cashes in on friends

Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150m members by creating one of the world's largest market research databases.

In an attempt to finally monetise the social networking site, once valued at $15bn (£10.4bn), it will soon allow multinational companies to selectively target its members in order to research the appeal of new products. Companies will be able to pose questions to specially selected members based on such intimate details as whether they are single or married and even whether they are gay or straight.

"Davos is really a key place to launch an instant tool like this," Ms Zuckerberg said. "It's beneficial for everyone to see us as a global community of 150m users. The vast majority are not just college students in the US talking about things in their bedrooms. We are showing how we are a serious and insightful community."

Marketing experts have said the vast amount of personal information Facebook holds, together with the loyalty of its users, could be worth "untold millions" to companies engaged in market research.


Boeing: We zapped a UAV with a laser


Conspiracy Blogs more dangerous than Hitler, Stalin

From The Sunday Times

January 18, 2009


Judges Bribed by Private Contractor to Sentence More Kids to Juvie Detention

First, the judges helped the detention centers land a county contract worth $58 million. Then their alleged scheme was to guarantee the operators a steady income by detaining juveniles, often on petty stuff.


Woman Convicted of Terrorism under Patriot Act for Spanking Children on Airplane

One sign of a police state is the imprisonment of ordinary citizens for committing annoying acts. In America, over 200 people have been sent to prison for raising their voices on commercial airline flights, convicted of felonies under the laws of the Patriot Act.


Report: U.S. Soldiers Did 'Dirty Work' for Chinese Interrogators

U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay allegedly softened up detainees at the request of Chinese intelligence officials who had come to the island facility to interrogate the men -- or they allowed the Chinese to dole out the treatment themselves, according to claims in a new government report.

Buried in a Department of Justice report released Tuesday are new allegations about a 2002 arrangement between the United States and China, which allowed Chinese intelligence to visit Guantanamo and interrogate Chinese Uighurs held there.

Webmaster's Commentary:

We do not even begin to know the horrors the United States Government has been engaging in.


How Bush Threatened Britain-LETTERS NOW RELEASED PROVE-Bush Intervened-To Suppress Torture Evidence

How Bush Threatened Britain

In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government with withdrawal of intelligence sharing if they allowed a court to publish the redacted evidence. Foreign secretary David Miliband denied this on Wednesday, but the letters from the US have been released by Channel 4 News. And their message is unmistakable.


U.S. ambassador tells Cdns: You'll miss George W. Bush

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Thu Nov 6, 2008

OTTAWA - The U.S. ambassador to this country offers an audacious prediction to Canadians who might be eager to see the back of the White House's exiting occupant: You'll miss George W. Bush.

David Wilkins says he'll return home to South Carolina soon after the current president hands over the reins of power to Barack Obama on Jan. 20.


Turley: Most people abroad will view Bush as a war criminal

"Are we literally looking at a possibility," Maddow asked, "where administration officials from this [previous] administration cannot travel abroad to the other 145 countries that have signed the torture treaty because they might get arrested?"

"Most certainly," Turley replied. "The status of George Bush is not that different from Augusto Pinochet. They've both been accused of running a torture program. And outside this country, there's not this ambiguity about what to do with a war crime. ... Most people abroad are going to view you not as former President George Bush, they're going to view you as a current war criminal."

"And they're going to view us as an outlaw regime for not arresting him on our own soil," Maddow remarked.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Unless, and until, every culpable Bush administration official is arrested and tried for their crimes,our country's basic moral fiber continues to be violated at a very fundamental level.

The use of torture is absolutely antithetical to the every premise articulated in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

Torture cannot possibly be practiced by a country which publicly states its faith in democracy and human rights: it's just that simple.

But unfortunately, ecause both sides of the isle in Congress were complicit in enabling Bush in order not to appear "wimps" in the alleged "War on Terror", I wouldn't bet on any substantive investigation of these crimes any time soon.


Army suicides at 3-decade high

Webmaster's Commentary:

How would you react if you woke up one morning and realized you were the bad guys?


Army official: Suicides in January 'terrifying'

One week after the U.S. Army announced record suicide rates among its soldiers last year, the service is worried about a spike in possible suicides in the new year.

The Army said 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in January alone -- six times as many as killed themselves in January 2008, according to statistics released Thursday.


Beware, Big Brother is watching your trips abroad: Government plans to store details of ordinary people's journeys into and out of UK

A ‘Big Brother’ database is being built by the Government to store details of millions of our international journeys for up to ten years.

The computer system, housed at a secret location on the outskirts of Manchester, will record names and dates of every movement in and out of the UK by air, sea or rail.

Reservation and payment details, addresses and telephone numbers, names of travelling companions and even details of luggage carried will also be stored.


Secret police unit set up to spy on British 'domestic extremists'

A secret police intelligence unit has been set up to spy on Left-wing and Right-wing political groups.


Warning over 'surveillance state'

Electronic surveillance and collection of personal data are "pervasive" in British society and threaten to undermine democracy, peers have warned.

CCTV cameras and the DNA database were two examples of threats to privacy, the Lords constitution committee said.

It called for compensation for people subject to illegal surveillance.

The government said CCTV and DNA were "essential" to fight crime but campaign group Liberty said abuses of power mean "even the innocent have a lot to fear".


Child porn scourge creates more suspects than can be arrested

Police battling the scourge of child pornography are busting more and more people for trading in the horrific images and while there are tens of thousands of known suspects, Canadian authorities lament they don’t have the time or resources to investigate them all.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Now, I will be the first to admit that there are some very sick individuals who do some very strange things to little kids (especially among the clergy), but when I hear the word "resources" it sounds like the true scale of the problem is being exaggerated to protect someone's budget from the axe during these difficult economic times.

I recall the brouhaha about Satanic Ritual Abuse in the 1980s and 1990. A media-fed panic swept the nation that children were being abducted and in some cases intentionally bred for the purposes of use in rituals to Satan. Despite many sensational stories in the media, and huge sums of money budgeted for the investigators, not a single case of actual Satanic Ritual abuse was ever found.

One of the most famous cases of accusations of child molestation, including Satanic Ritual abuse, involved the McMartin Pre-School. One of the mothers, an alcoholic and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, accused one of the workers at the school of molesting her child. There was an arrest, nut in the absence of evidence no charges were filed. That this same woman had a history of false allegations of sexual abuse of her child was kept private, but a "Confidential" letter was circulated warning customers of the school that the issue of sexual molestation had been raised. Fanned by the media and by a local Catholic church that openly called for the death of the main McMartin suspect, Ray Buckey, the situation exploded into hysteria. Parents were convinced their children were victims. Interrogators pressured the children to "remember" the abuse, and forensics tests which contradicted the claims were scrapped while new and unproven testing procedures were tried.

After six years and $15 million, the case ended with no convictions. In hindsight, it was recognized that this had been a witch-hunt in the truest Medieval sense of the word. Popular imagination had run wild, and the people paid to find molesters had seen molesters at every turn, whether they were truly there or not.

In hindsight, it was clear that the children had simply gone along with whatever the interrogators suggested had happened, more in the spirit of a game than our of malice. That no evidence was ever found off the secret underground tunnels that figured in the lurid stories should have been a warning but it was not. The trials proceeded to their humiliating end.

Now, as I said above, I understand that there really are some very sick people out there. But when I hear claims that there are simply too many of them to arrest without more resources, I have to wonder if this is a problem with the economy, rather than with the real crime.

In her book, "Who Stole Feminism" Christina Hobbs Sommers revealed that while rape is and remains a real crime, there was no explosive epidemic of rape in the 1990s. The so-called rape "crisis" was a manufactured issue used to fill talk shows, sell books, and mostly to justify funding for campus rape centers and rape counselors, most of whom sat idle a great deal of the time. Like the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic, the Rape Crisis resulted in a flood of false accusations of rape which had the long term result of making it more difficult for real rape victims to get be believed. But the money flowed to the self-appointed saviors and that was the important thing.

So, I have to view the huge numbers of offenders mentioned in this article and wonder if (not unlike the global warming scam) the situation is being exaggerated to make a grab for more public funds, or at least dodge the budget ax as the economy slides.

If there is one lesson to be learned from the real Medieval witch hunts, it's that when you pay people to see witches, they will believe witches truly exist, and that bystanders, rather than miss out on the fun, will gladly join the hysteria.


Politico falsely reported that 61 former Guantánamo detainees "have been found to have returned to terrorism"

Summary: The Politico falsely reported: "The Pentagon said earlier this month that 61 former Guantanamo inmates, out of the more than 700 who had been held at the facility, have been found to have returned to terrorism." In fact, the Pentagon has acknowledged that its figure of 61 detainees includes 43 former prisoners who are only suspected of, but have not been confirmed as having "returned to terrorism." Moreover, even the Pentagon's claim that it has confirmed that 18 former Guantánamo detainees have "return[ed] to the fight" has been questioned by experts.


Undercover cops busted in fake cocaine arrest; innocent men collared to boost cops pay, prestige

A pair of undercover cops were indicted Thursday for boosting their arrest figures and their paychecks by busting four innocent men on bogus cocaine charges.

The officers tampered with evidence to arrest four innocent men - including one who spent three days behind bars before making bail, Brown said.


NYPD officer caught in drug scandal takes plea, dishes on corrupt cops

An NYPD officer snared in a drug scandal took a plea Thursday and started dishing dirt about other corrupt cops, sources said.


Ex-NYPD cop indicted on charges he drugged, raped woman in Greenburgh

A retired New York City police detective accused of drugging and raping a woman at a Greenburgh motel has been indicted on felony kidnapping, rape and assault charges.


Drunken NJ cop mows down women, injures man

Police say a drunken off-duty New Jersey police officer mowed down a couple as they crossed a street in lower Manhattan, killing the women and critically injuring her boyfriend.


Nerve agent may be missing

Is the Army missing some nerve gas?

Pentagon auditors concede that is a remote possibility because of discrepancies in records between how much chemical weapons agent was initially stored and how much of it was later destroyed at Utah's Deseret Chemical Depot and other bases nationwide.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Plus the missing rats infected with Bubonic Plague, and the report that the Anthrax lab at Fort Detrick has had to be shut down because they cannot account for all those lethal materials.

Forget the terrorists; our own government is the real threat to our lives!


Économie:


New Hampshire talks Civil War against feds!

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step today by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks “nullifying the Constitution.”

Webmaster's Commentary:

New Hampshire was the very first state to sign the Declaration of Independence. They lead the way again.


Lawmakers in 20 states move to reclaim sovereignty

As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level.


New Bank Bailout Could Cost $2 Trillion


Bailout Plan: $2.5 Trillion and a Strong U.S. Hand

Senate backs Obama's bank bailout as details of new $1.5trillion rescue deal are revealed

Financial Coup d’Etat

Slowly, as the pieces fit together, we shared a horrifying epiphany: the banks, corporations and investors acting in each global region were the exact same players. They were a relatively small group that reappeared again and again in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia accompanied by the same well-known accounting firms and law firms.

Clearly, there was a global financial coup d’etat underway.

Webmaster's Commentary:

... which will probably result in a global revolt.


Barackonomics: Debt Is Good!

Last night Barack Obama continued his Chicken Little routine, warning that if Americans don't let him stimulate the printing presses -- and quick! -- we the people will be responsible for economic catastrophe.


Bush overpaid banks in bailout, watchdog says

The Bush administration overpaid tens of billions of dollars for stocks and other assets in its massive bailout last year of Wall Street banks and financial institutions, a new study by a government watchdog says.

Webmaster's Commentary:

You have been SCREWED!


Mafia millions buoying banks: UN

Cash-rich Mafia groups have been channelling funds into banks desperate to survive the global credit crisis, the UN anti-crime chief said on Monday.


Forecast 2009: There Will Be Blood

2009 will be a year of complete destruction for the US economy. 3 Million will lose their jobs. The Dow Jones Industrial average will break below 6,000. Municipalities will fail. Insurers will fail. The unemployed and foreclosed American population will take to the streets and begin rioting. The Greatest Depression is upon us.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Canned foods and shotguns, folks. Start planning your freedom NOW because the government has already planned your slavery!


Peter Schiff: Stimulus Bill Will Lead to "Unmitigated Disaster"

The fiscal stimulus bill being debated in Congress not only won't help the economy, it will make the recession much worse, says Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital.

Schiff scoffs at the notion the economic decline is starting to level off and concedes no government action means a "terrible" recession. But the path of increased government intervention will lead to "unmitigated disaster," says Schiff, who gained notoriety in 2007-08 for his prescient calls on the housing bubble and U.S. stocks.


Republicans’ audacity boggles the mind

Call it what you want — nerve, gall, chutzpah — but congressional Republicans have it in spades. Our country just went through a horrendous eight years with President George W. Bush, supported and enabled by congressional Republicans, who among other wrong choices took us to an unnecessary war in Iraq and ran the national debt up by more than $5 trillion.

Now that President Barack Obama is attempting to use a stimulus package to dig the country out of the economic crisis that Bush left for him, they’re all upset, claiming he’s spending too much and objecting to parts of the package.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is easy to understand. When it was Bush's bailout, Republican cronies got the cash. Now that it's Obama's bailout. Democratic cronies will get the cash.

But from where We The People sit, it's the same raw deal.


ARE THE STATES REALLY BROKE OR HIDING ASSETS?

At least ten years ago, a man named Walter Burien began exposing something called a CAFR: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Walter managed to get on a SF radio show hosted by my friend, Geoff Metcalf. It was a real eye opener. Try as we all did, not one newspaper in the State of California would expose the truth of how the taxpayers were being fleeced. Nor would 99% of the radio stations statewide. I guess they all love being flogged every April 15th to reward the thieves in the state house.


State can run out of money, but can't file for bankruptcy

"A state is not going to just shut down," said Elizabeth McNichol, a state budget specialist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., think tank.

"As bad as things are, no state is going to have zero revenue coming in," McNichol said. "It's really just a matter of choices."

Webmaster's Commentary:

You know, like when Governor Schwarzenegger wrote off those billions Enron was supposed to repay to California.


The Growing Army of Angry Men Whose Lives Have Been Destroyed by the Federal Government

One of the hardest things to deal with in the current economic depression is the disgusting hypocrisy of the U.S. congress, the new president, and the members of the Federal Reserve System. It is one thing to be told, as we all are, that we must hand over fat wads of our hard-earned money to these warmongering and thieving snakes or face jail terms, but one feels a whole new level of revulsion when these people make statements to the effect that they, and they alone, are in a position to "save the economy" by "creating jobs." These statements are made by people who have done virtually everything in their power to destroy the American economy over the last few decades, but who have now proclaimed themselves to be our saviors.

Webmaster's Commentary:

That is the scam of government. They CREATE the "problem" then sell us the solution to it. Whether it was the "Red Menace", or the "War On Drugs" or the "Rape Crisis" or "Saddam's Nooks", or "The War On Terror", or "Human Caused Global Warming", it is the same swindle over and over again; create the illusion of a problem, then offer to sell us the solution in exchange for higher taxes and blind support for the candidate/agenda.


Cuomo: Merrill Improperly Gave Out Bonuses

In a letter to Braney Frank, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has accused Merrill Lynch executives of corporate irresponsibility by secretly and prematurely awarding $3.6 billion in bonuses as taxpayers were bailing out the industry.


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