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L'Autre Monde 7 janvier 2010: La saison des grandes peurs fabriquées et quelques véritables enjeux

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L'Autre Monde 7 janvier 2010: La saison des grandes peurs fabriquées et quelques véritables enjeux


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L'Autre Monde 7 janvier 2010

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Émission du 7 janvier 2010:

Pour la durée du mois de janvier, l'émission passera à une durée de 2h.

- Cyber revue de presse: Prorogation du Parlement par Harper, les tarifs augmentent partout, A/H1N1 et les vaccins en surplus, CO2 et changements climatiques, le terrorisme et la stratégie de la tension, les scanners corporels pornographiques, économie, actualité mondiale et plus, sans oublier la musique groovy de L'Autre Monde!!!

Soyez de la partie les jeudis dès 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l'UQÀM, l'alternative à Montréal et dans le monde!


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


Attentat terroriste Détroit:


Le terroriste nigérien Abdulmutallab prend le vol 253 de Northwest sans passeport; fiché dans la base de données sur le terrorisme


Full-Body Scanners to Fry Travelers With Radiation

Virtually all passengers and airline crews who pass through airport screening checkpoints in the U.S. may soon be forced to submit to compulsory, whole-body X-ray exposure. Some fliers could be “fried” several times in one day. Frequent fliers could get hit hundreds of times each year. Pregnant women, infants, the chronically ill and immune suppressed would get the rays. Grateful herds of traveling livestock, prodded by TSA drovers through federally-funded “nuke chutes,” are expected to believe Hollowell’s scientifically unsupported assertion that ionizing radiation delivered via backscatter will be “about the same as sunshine.”


How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA

Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation that fills the slot in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes , paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and "frisk" people at distance.

With all that potential, it's no wonder that research on terahertz waves has exploded in the last ten years or so.

Alexandrov and co have created a model to investigate how THz fields interact with double-stranded DNA and what they've found is remarkable. They say that although the forces generated are tiny, resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. That's a jaw dropping conclusion.

And it also explains why the evidence has been so hard to garner. Ordinary resonant effects are not powerful enough to do do this kind of damage but nonlinear resonances can. These nonlinear instabilities are much less likely to form which explains why the character of THz genotoxic
effects are probabilistic rather than deterministic, say the team.


Cdn government to install dozens of 'naked' airport scanners

The Canadian Press - OTTAWA - The government plans to install dozens of scanners that can see through the clothes of travellers in airports across the country.

Pourquoi le jeune a-t-il réussi à prendre place dans l’avion? Son nom paraissait sur la liste des noms de gens qui sont soupçonnés d’avoir des liens avec des groupes terroristes depuis déja 2 ans, et le père de ce dernier avait même rencontré à l’embassade américaine du Nigéria, un agent de la CIA le 19 novembre dernier, car il craignait que son fils commette l’irréparable.

http://lcn.canoe.ca/lcn/infos/lemonde/archives/2009/12/20091226-073437.html


Chertoff Profits From Full Body Scanners

As reported on NPR news, former Homeland Security Chief (and likely Obstructor-in-Chief of the investigation into Israeli "movers" busted on 9/11 "documenting" the event and cheering) Michael Chertoff is now a "consultant" who profits from sales of full body scanners and "a lot of other security measures."

This technology, designed to force people into feelings of fear, nakedness and submission, is reminiscent of prison and concentration camp procedures. It is the modern equivalent of ancient Pharaonic social control techniques detailed for example in the Narmer Palette, which shows a larger than life Pharaoh beating, decapitating and otherwise dominating smaller, naked victims:


New scanners break child porn laws

The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.

Privacy campaigners claim the images created by the machines are so graphic they amount to "virtual strip-searching" and have called for safeguards to protect the privacy of passengers involved.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The crotch bomber supposedly hid 80 grams of PETN behind his testicles.

How much can you hide in a baby's diaper, which must be masked out to avoid violating the child porn laws?


Airports Set To Become Primary Peddlers Of Child Porn

Despite official assurances and media talking points that claim the naked body scanners now being implemented in airports worldwide do not show enough detail to be considered a violation of privacy, the true measure of how much of an intrusion they really are is proven by the fact that they break child pornography laws in the UK that bar the production of indecent images of children.


Get Naked to Defeat Terrorists

The power whole-body imaging gives jailers over inmates explains why the TSA loves this dangerous and invasive technology as much as passengers loathe it. The TSA has never been about security: screeners routinely miss weapons in tests -- and, as the Briefs-Bomber proved, in real life. Instead, they prey on passengers, robbing and beating them; one man has even died at the TSA's hands. Were our rulers genuinely trying to protect us, they would abolish the agency. But they prize the TSA because it boosts their power -- the raw, physical power of a police state.


New Security Measures Making Air Travel A Miserable Experience

Webmaster's Commentary:

Kiss off what remains of your tourism industry, all so that Obama can invade Yemen.


Foreign travelers to undergo ‘enhanced screening’ at US airports

Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria are currently the only four countries deemed by the State Department to be state sponsors of terrorism.

But a senior administration official told the Politico daily that all passengers from other countries of interests "such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen will receive full body pat-down and physical inspection of property."

Webmaster's Commentary:

When getting into the US becomes such a nightmare scenario that good, sane people who want or need to visit will figure such a trip is not worth the aggravation, look for even more of our already "kneecapped" travel and hospitality businesses to go completely bankrupt.


9/11 Commission Chairman: Plane Bomber “Did Us A Favor”

9/11 Commission whitewash chief Thomas Kean told CNN yesterday that the Christmas Day plane bomber “did us a favor,” by allowing Obama to expand the so-called war on terror into Yemen, a startling reminder that the highly suspicious Flight 253 attack served to fulfil pre-determined U.S. geopolitical objectives.


Intelligence sources: Plane incident a false flag involving trinity of CIA, Mossad, and RAW

Intelligence sources: Plane incident a false flag involving trinity of CIA, Mossad, and RAW

Wayne Madsen
Online Journal
Monday, January 4th, 2010

The Christmas Day attempt by the son of a prominent Nigerian banker and business tycoon connected closely to top Nigerian leaders to detonate a chemical improvised explosive device aboard Delta Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Detroit was a false flag operation carried out by the intelligence tripartite grouping of the CIA, Mossad, and India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), according to WMR’s Asian intelligence sources who closely monitor the activities of the three agencies in India and Southeast Asia.



Yémen:


US air raids kill 63 civilians in Yemen

(PressTV)

Yemen’s Houthi fighters say scores of civilians, including many children, have been killed in US air-raids in the southeast of the war-stricken Arab country.

Webmaster's Commentary:

But remember; they only hate us for our freedoms!


Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/cruise-missiles-strike-yemen/story?id=9375236

The Yemen attacks by the U.S. military represent a major escalation of the Obama administration's campaign against al Qaeda.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Just what the doctor ordered: yet another proxy war in the Middle East, propping up yet another tin pot dictator, whose people live with one of the most corrupt governments in the region, grinding poverty, and an abysmal rate of literacy.

Memo to President Obama, the US State Department, and the Pentagon: when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.

The US government has a pathological history of propping up dictators hated by their public, and then getting absolutely surprised when those dictators are overthrown.

It's not rocket science, folks; it's just that humankind can put up with only so much in terms of oppression and poverty before something snaps, and people start hitting back, hard.


Somali Rebels Vow to Send Forces to Yemen

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/01/01/95986.html

Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansour, a top official in the Somali al-Shabaab militia, today announced plans for the organization to send fighters across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen to take part in jihad there.

Webmaster's Commentary:

In how many countries must the US be fighting before we can describe what's happening as a world war?!?


Detroit terror attack: Yemen is the true home of Al-Qaeda

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/6898945/Detroit-terror-attack-Yemen-is-the-true-home-of-Al-Qaeda.html

Webmaster's Commentary:

Remember when we were told Afghanistan was the home of Al Qaeda? Then we invaded.

Remember when we were told Iraq was the home of Al Qaeda? Then we invaded.


US plots retaliatory strikes against al-Qaida in Yemen over plane bomber

The US is planning retaliatory strikes in Yemen against al-Qaida over its attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight on Christmas Day.

Webmaster's Commentary:

If this is anything like 9-11, the plans for the "revenge" were on Obama's desk before the actual "attack."


Saudi Warplanes Rain 1,011 Missiles on Yemen

Houthi fighters say Saudi warplanes have fired some 1,011 missiles on the borderline with Yemen where the Shia population is already under heavy state-led and US-aided bombardment.

The fighters also said on Saturday that the warplanes had carried out nearly 60 air assaults on the residential areas in the northern Al-Jabiri, Al-Dukhan and Al-Malaheet districts.

Saudi Arabia joined Sana'a's months-long fierce armed campaign against the Shia fighters in November.

The Houthis are accused by the central government of breaking the terms of a ceasefire agreement by taking foreign visitors hostage. The Saudis, on their part, claimed that the fighters had attacked one of their border checkpoints.


Saudi air raids kill 54 civilians in northern Yemen

Saudi warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes on northern Yemeni villages, killing more than 50 civilians, Houthi sources say.

"There has been a massacre committed by the Saudis in the district of Razeh in the (northern) Sa'ada province, this morning (Sunday)," a fighters spokesman who identified himself as Ali was quoted by AFP as saying.

"The town of Al-Nadheer was targeted by air strikes and 54 civilians, including women and children, were killed," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary:

When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.

Yet again, the US is propping up another tinpot dictator, President Selah, who has absolutely no regard for the lives of his citizens. They live in abject poverty, with an appalling literacy rate.

Also note that, just as the US government did in Viet Nam, we are sending in "advisors" "...to provide the national army with training services."

Ignorance should be painful.

The pathological inability of the US government to learn from its mistakes staggers the imagination.


Over 70% of Americans in favor of U.S. troops in Yemen – poll

Over 70% of Americans would favor sending U.S. troops to Yemen to combat Al Qaeda militants, a poll posted on the FOXNews.com website said.

With over 20,000 people taking part in the poll, 71% voted that "the problem is not going away," and "troops need to be sent there to eliminate Al Qaeda and the threat it poses to national security."

Webmaster's Commentary:

Ignorance should be painful.

I do not know from which populations the FOX pollsters got these numbers, but it is obvious that those polled have absolutely zero information about the situation on the ground in Yemen.

Yemen is a dictatorship, run by the alleged "President" Selah, who, along with his legislature, are judged to be one of the most corrupt governments in the Middle East, and that is saying something.

The grinding poverty and lack of literacy here, coupled, with the absence of infrastructure, and the absence of any real hope for the people living here, reminds me of that statement "when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable." And to those living in such a situation, any insurgency (which, BTW, is the primarily the Houthi insurgency) starts looking attractive.

The US should be urging a general cease-fire, and negotiations to include the rebels in talks with the government, so that they become a part of the solution. Saleh, for all the military equipment and financial aid we are going to be pouring into this country in the next 18 months, should be made to understand that the aid is conditional upon upgrading the economic situation of Yemen's people, starting with education, food, and housing.

Of course, the above recommendations would be logical. And the relationship between logic, and the geopolitical decisions of the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon, appear to be tenuous at best with this administration.

With wars in Iraq, Afghanistan,Pakistan (and potentially, Iran), the US military is stretched to its breaking point.

I do hope that the 70% in this pole who voted in favor of sending US troops to Yemen realize that if these wars without end continue, it will most likely their sons and daughters who will be drafted in the not too distant future to make up the gap between our existing troop strengths and the desperate need for more more military personnel.

I would almost be willing to bet that this new draft won't be called a "draft"; most likely, there will be some euphemism like "National Service", but it will have precisely the effect of a draft. It will be mandatory, and kids just out of high school will not be allowed to continue their higher education until they have fulfilled their requirements for national service.


Special Report: EVIDENCE MOUNTS FOR U.S. COMPLICITY IN TERRORISM

We have a major investigation in Nigeria, not only of the father and his connections to Israel but our own embassy and why they left this visa alone when the individual was a known terrorist.

How could this terrorist travel to Yemen to meet with an organization run by former detainees released by Bush and his Saudi friends, former detainees that Yemen claims are working for israel? How could he do this and be allowed to return to Nigeria, a country whose intelligence services are tied to Israel and trained by Israel. They would have known in a second.

How did this terrorist enter the Netherlands without showing a passport? Try it. You will meet lots of Dutch people who will keep you in a small room for hours, days even. It is absolutely impossible.

"The government of Yemen, as reported in the BBC , says that the Al Qaeda terrorists, led by those released by Bush, are really Israeli agents though they have organized attacks against US targets"


Evidence Mounts for US Complicity in Terrorism: Mutallab's father is no ordinary 'banker'
We do know a couple of things. Dad, back in Nigeria, ran the national arms industry
(DICON) in partnership with Israel, in particular, the Mossad. He was in daily contact
with them. They run everything in
Nigeria, from arms production to counter-terrorism. Though Islamic, Muttalab was a close associate of Israel. He has been misrepresented. His "banking" is a cover. Next, what do we know about the two Al Qaeda leaders Bush had released, the ones who planned this?

DOSSIER FAUX ATTENTAT RATÉ = VRAIE TERREUR ATLANTO-SIONISTE MEDIATIQUE




VIDEO -
underwear bomber:False Flag Terror - Eye witness testimony
VIDEO -
RussiaToday. Nigerian patsy & the yemen al qaeda (Webster Tarpley interview)
VIDEO -
Christmas Undie Bomber: CIA Black Op?


Crotch Bombers, Jewish Media Groups and the USA's 'War of Terror'
Our old friend Ben Venzke at the Jewish Media Group, IntelCenter, is at it again. IntelCenter is famous for finding 'al Qaeda' videos and releasing them even before the dead Bin Laden is informed of his being on the recording.

Now Ben finds an 'al Qaeda' web page that is not to be found in the real world and Americans get to find out which 'existential' enemy of Israel is next on the list to be bombed to hell and gone, Yemen.



FLASHBACK: Yemen seizes Israel-linked 'Islamic' cell

Ring, Ring, Its Time To Kill. Mossad Activates 'Sleeper' Agents To Kill People In Yemen And Arabia December 4, 2002


Obama accuse Al-Qaïda au Yémen de l'attentat contre le Amsterdam-Detroit


Obama administration prepares public opinion for attack on Yemen


False Flag Event in Detroit a Pretext to Invade Yemen


The Underwear Bomber - Crushing Freedom With Phony Arab Terrorism

PROPAGANDA ALERT - FOX NEWS TRIES TO LINK IRAN TO CROTCH BOMBER!

À qui profitent les « terroristes du dimanche » ?

Blogger Threatened by DHS for Posting New TSA Screening Directive


The Northwest Flight 253 Intelligence Failure: Negligence Or Conspiracy?


WSWS.org

In the five days since the abortive attempt by the 23-year-old Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate an explosive device onboard Northwest Flight 253, information has surfaced that indicates an ostensible breakdown in US intelligence and security that is extraordinary in both its character and scale.
Once again, as in the wake of
September 11, 2001, the government and the media are peddling the explanation that all of these extraordinary lapses were the product of mere negligence or a “failure to connect the dots.”


Michigan couple claims it saw Nigerian terror suspect trying to board Flight 253 without a passport

Webmaster's Commentary:

If you go to all the trouble of planning to blow up an airplane, don;t you make sure you travel documents are in order?

Getting on board without a passport is AN ATTENTION-GETTING DEVICE!


Detroit terror attack: Yemen is the true home of Al-Qaeda

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/6898945/Detroit-terror-attack-Yemen-is-the-true-home-of-Al-Qaeda.html

Webmaster's Commentary:

Remember when we were told Afghanistan was the home of Al Qaeda? Then we invaded.

Remember when we were told Iraq was the home of Al Qaeda? Then we invaded.


BBC: al Qaeda Does Not Exist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mztfFdpd1Rk&feature=player_embedded


PROPAGANDA ALERT - Two al Qaeda Leaders Behind Northwest Flight 253 Terror Plot Were Released by U.S.

Former Guantanamo Prisoners Believed Behind Northwest Airlines Bomb Plot; Sent to Saudi Arabia in 2007

Webmaster's Commentary:

So, in this one story (which has no corroboration whatsoever) Obama gets his excuse to keep Gitmo in business, and to start the propaganda ramp up for the invasion of Saudi Arabia.


Obama Seeks to Assure U.S.; Qaeda Group Stakes Claim

The president spoke after the branch of Al Qaeda in Yemen and Saudi Arabia claimed responsibility for the attempted attack and said it was in retaliation for recent American-backed attacks on its members in Yemen, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant Islamist Web sites.

Webmaster's Commentary:

SITE Intelligence Group is run by a "former" member of the Israeli Defense Forces, Rita Katz, and has a long track record of putting out propaganda favorable to Israel's agenda.


“Islamic Jihad” arrested cell links to Israeli intelligence

A terrorist cell busted in Yemen last month after a suicide attack on the US embassy there had links with an Israeli intelligence agency, the state-run Saba news agency reported.The report, quoting an unnamed source, said investigations and data retrieved from a computer seized from the cell, showed there was correspondence between the Islamic Jihad group’s deputy leader Bassam Abdullah Fadhel Al-Haidari and an Israeli intelligence agency. Saba quoted the source as saying that the correspondence between the two sides included a request from the Israeli side to implement terrorist attacks inside Yemen.

Qaeda group claims U.S. jet plot, vows more attacks

Reuters - SANAA (Reuters) - A regional wing of al Qaeda said it was behind the failed Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. passenger plane, which was meant to avenge U.S. attacks on the group in Yemen, according to a web statement posted on Monday.


Flight 253 passenger: Sharp-dressed man aided terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab onto plane without passport
December 26, 2009, Michigan Live (Michigan's leading news website)
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/12/flight_253_passenger_says_at_l.html

A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport. Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich. ... talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday. Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man. While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, 'He's from Sudan and we do this all the time.'” Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab's lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee. The ticket agent referred Mutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn't see Mutallab again until after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive on the plane. As Mutallab was being led out of the plane in handcuffs, Haskell said he realized that was the same man he saw trying to board the plane in Amsterdam. About an hour after landing, Haskell said he saw another man being taken into custody. But a spokeswoman from the FBI in Detroit said Mutallab was the only person taken into custody.

Note: For many other reports from reliable sources that raise profound questions about the official accounts of "terrorist incidents," click here.


ICTS provides security at Amsterdam airport.

ICTS is the main security vendor for the European operations of Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. We are also the sole provider of security services at all of American Airlines’ and US Airways European stations.

Webmaster's Commentary:

People are already asking how Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was able to get onto an airplane in Amsterdam bound for Detroit with a bomb strapped to his leg when the Amsterdam airport uses the full-body "see your naked butt" scanners.

As it turns out, security at the Amsterdam airport is run by ICTS, THE VERY SAME ISRAELI-OWNED COMPANY THAT RAN SECURITY AT EVERY SINGLE AIRPORT FROM WHICH THE 9-11 TERRORISTS DEPARTED, APPARENTLY ALSO BYPASSING SECURITY CHECKS!


Nigerian man was in terror database

A Nigerian man charged Saturday with attempting to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day was listed in a U.S. terrorism database after his father told State Department officials that he was worried about his son's radical beliefs and extremist connections, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Man, they cannot even keep their stories straight.

First, he was allowed on board the plane despite being in the terror database.

Then the story changed to, "Well, he was mentioned in some US Intelligence reports but not on the terror list."

And now it is back to his being on the terror list after all.

So how did he get on the plane?

And who was the "sharply dressed" man who talked the security gate into letting him on board the plane without a passport? And more to the point, what position did this "sharply dressed" man hold that the airport gate personnel acceded to his wishes?


The plot thins ...

The more I read about the latest plane terrorist, the more I know it's all fake.

Yesterday we were told the terrorist himself said the explosive was strapped to his leg, today we are told by the Telegraph, quoting nobody at all, that it was sewn into his underwear. Okay, maybe he was wearing long winter underwear.

The Telegraph, again quoting nobody at all, tells us the explosive was the same as Richard Reid used. Yet in all this time, authorities have not come up with a detection method for this type of explosive?

I can't wait to see what stories the other rags are coming out with.


"No, really, he could have blown up the plane with just 80 grams of PETN in his shorts. Honest. Really. He could have! No kidding!!! Would we lie to you???"

Webmaster's Commentary:

The obvious thrashing around in the cover story is escalating. Each new lie creates new problems and contradictions, requiring even newer lies, which create newer contradictions, etc.


EPIC FAIL: Terrorist Abdulmutallab Allowed on Flt 253 w/out Passport b/c of “Sharp-Dressed Man”

The more we learn about Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the more absurd the whole situation seems because it not only could have been prevented, but because every single U.S. agency and authority involved behaved with incompetence.

Passengers on Flight 253 say they watched a “sharp dressed man” (cue the ZZ Top song) convince authorities to let Abdul Mutallab on the flight WITHOUT a passport. You let a dude from a Muslim country and no luggage on a U.S.-bound plane with NO passport?! Hellooooo . . .?:



Histoires censurées de 2009 dans les médias:


Dear friends,

Project Censored specializes in covering the top stories which were subjected to censorship either by being ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media each year. Project Censored is a research team composed of more than 200 university faculty, students, and community experts who annually review up to 1,000 news story submissions for content, reliability of sources, and national significance. The top 25 stories selected are submitted to a distinguished panel of judges who rank them in order of importance. The results are published each year in an excellent book available for purchase at their website, amazon.com, and major book stores.

A summary of the top 25 media censorship stories of 2009 provided below proves quite revealing and most informative. After the headline of each news story is a link for those who want to read the entire article. For whatever reason the major media won't report these major stories. Yet thanks to the Internet and wonderful, committed groups like Project Censored, the news is getting out to those who want to know. By revealing these examples of media censorship, we can stop the excessive secrecy and work together for a brighter future. And don't miss the section on little-known inspiring stories, too. Please help to spread the word, and take care.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for PEERS and the WantToKnow.info Team
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton


Top 25 Stories of 2009 Subjected to Media Censorship


1. US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street (For full story,
click here)

Americans get the best democracy money can buy, money coming more than ever today from Wall Street. Since 2001, eight of the most troubled financial firms have donated $64.2 million to congressional candidates, presidential candidates and the Republican and Democratic parties. Is it surprising how much they control them? Influential House and Senate finance and banking committee members got $5.2 million from bailout recipients like Goldman Sachs, Citibank, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and others. In the last election cycle, Obama received at least $4.3 million from the same institutions. From 1998 - 2007, financial and banking companies spent $1.7 billion on federal campaign contributions and another $3.4 billion on lobbyists. In 1999, the Glass-Steagall Act was gutted – the landmark 1933 law that prevented banks from getting into the insurance business. In January 2000, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act legitimized swap agreements and other hybrid instruments, at the core of today's problems, by preventing regulatory oversight of derivatives and leveraging, thus letting Wall Street legally pillage and speculate. The result was a financial coup d'etat cementing the gradual takeover of the government by a small class of connected insiders who choose candidates, control elections, weaken financial regulations, and basically run the country for their own self-interest. As a result, Washington today has become largely a subsidiary of the Wall Street financial giants.

Sources: Truthout/McClatchy, Oct. 2, 2008, “Lax Oversight? Maybe $64 Million to DC Pols Explains It,” by Greg Gordon. Rolling Stone, Mar. 19, 2009, “The Big Takeover,” by Matt Taibbi. OpenSecrets.org, Feb. 10, 2009, “Congressmen Hear from TARP Recipients Who Funded Their Campaigns,” by Lindsay Renick Mayer.


2.
US Schools Are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s (For full story, click here)

According to a UCLA Civil Rights report, "schools in the US are 44 percent non-white, and ... Latinos and blacks, the two largest minority groups, attend schools more segregated today than during the civil rights movement forty years ago." The result is: unequal education which denies disadvantaged youths access to college and better jobs; growing numbers of these youths becoming "virtually unemployable" for anything more than menial labor or the military; greater vulnerability to future poverty, poor health, gangs, crime, and prolonged incarceration in America's vast prison/industrial complex. The report stresses the need for "leaders who recognize that we have a common destiny in an America where our children grow up together, knowing and respecting each other, and are all given the educational tools that prepare them for success in our society." The UCLA Civil Rights Study shows that most severe segregation in public schools is in the Western states, including California – not in the South, as many people believe. Eighty-five percent of the nation’s teachers are white, and little progress is being made toward diversifying the nation’s teaching force.

Source : The Civil Rights Project, UCLA, January 2009, “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge,” by Gary Orfield.


3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates (For full story,
click here)

The international community has come out in force to condemn and declare war on the Somali fishermen pirates, while discreetly protecting the illegal, unreported and unregulated fleets from around the world that have been poaching and dumping toxic waste in Somali waters since the fall of the Somali government eighteen years ago. Foreign interests have been using hundreds of vessels to loot the country's food supply, according to the High Seas Task Force (HSTF), stealing "an estimated $450 million in seafood from Somali waters annually" and ruining the livelihoods of Somali fishermen. Somalia has also been used as a dumping ground for hazardous waste starting in the early 1990s, and continuing through the civil war there. Instead of rectifying the problem, the UN passed "aggressive resolutions that entitle and encourage transgressors to wage war on Somali pirates." NATO, the EU, and other countries issued similar orders. Some say that the acts of piracy may actually be born of desperation. What is one man’s pirate may be another man’s Coast Guard.

Sources: UK's Independent, January 5, 2009, “You are being lied to about pirates,” by Johann Hari. Al Jazeera English, October 11, 2008, “Toxic waste behind Somali piracy,” by Najad Abdullahi. WardheerNews, January 8, 2009, “The Two Piracies in Somalia: Why the World Ignores the Other,” by Mohamed Abshir Waldo.


4. Nuclear Waste Pools in
North Carolina (For full story, click here)

North Carolina's Shearon Harris nuclear plant contains the largest radioactive waste storage pools in the country. If the cooling system malfunctions, the resulting fire would be virtually unquenchable and could trigger a nuclear meltdown. Between 1999 and 2003, there were twelve major problems requiring the shutdown of the plant. In 2002, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) put the plant on notice for nine unresolved safety issues detected. When the NRC returned to the plant a few months later, it determined that the corrective actions were “not acceptable.” Between January and July of 2002, Harris plant managers were forced to manually shut down the reactors four times. Problems at Shearon Harris continue with chilling regularity. Yet the NRC ignores the potential risks. A recent study by Brookhaven Labs estimates that a pool fire could cause 140,000 cancers, contaminate thousands of square miles of land, and cause over $500 billion in off-site property damage. The plant is a nuclear time bomb, and millions in the region are at risk.

Source: CounterPunch, August 9, 2008, “Pools of Fire,” by Jeffrey St. Clair.


5.
Europe Blocks US Toxic Products (For full story, click here)

Unlike in America, European countries are moving toward a model of insisting on environmental and consumer safety that requires assessing thousands of chemicals for their potential toxic effects. New regulations will mandate that companies seeking market access eliminate toxic substances and produce safer electronics, automobiles, toys and cosmetics. Without compliance henceforth, the products of hundreds of US companies may be excluded from European markets, and according to Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products, "only five percent of all chemicals in the US have undergone even minimal testing." Further, new EPA requirements consider the "costs to industry" in assessing threats to public health as a reason to side with industry and keep regulations minimal. The divergence between US and European regulation has made America the dumping ground for toxic toys, electronics and cosmetics. The US produces and consumes the toxic materials from which other countries around the world are protected.

Sources: Scientific American, Sep. 30, 2008, “European Chemical Clampdown Reaches Across Atlantic,” by David Biello. Environmental Defense Fund, Sep. 30, 2008, “How Europe’s New Chemical Rules Affect US.


6. Lobbyists Buy Congress (For full story,
click here)

In 2008, The Center for Responsive Politics reported that "special interests paid Washington lobbyists $3.2 billion in 2008," higher than any year on record and 13.7% more than 2007. That amounts to $17.4 million for each day Congress was in session, or $32,523 per legislator per day. Health interests spent the most for the third consecutive year, $478.5 million, followed by the FIRE sector (finance, insurance and real estate) at $453.5 million. It's a small investment yielding big returns for these and other industries, competing at the public trough for as much as they can get. The payoff is in the billions for some corporations, and for Wall Street trillions have been pledged, as well as interest free money from the banker-owned Federal Reserve.

Source: OpenSecrets.org, “Washington Lobbying Grew to $3.2 Billion Last Year, Despite Economy,” by Center for Responsive Politics.


7. Obama's Military Appointments Have Corrupted Pasts (For full story,
click here)

After promising not to politicize intelligence and to keep lobbyists out of top government posts, Obama appointed many former lobbyists and board members of companies doing business directly with the Pentagon. He retained Robert Gates as Defense Secretary despite his history at CIA of having cooked the books for political reasons. According to Agency insiders who knew him, he "corrupted the intelligence product" to suit the White House and further his own self-interest. When Bush nominated him for CIA Director in 1991, a virtual insurrection among CIA analysts erupted over his penchant for having politicized intelligence. Independent counsel Lawrence Walsh states that, despite Gates' touted memory, he "denied recollection of facts thirty-three times." Obama's Deputy Defense Secretary, William Lynn, is just as tainted. The former Raytheon vice president and company lobbyist caused Republican Senator Charles Grassley to object to his "very questionable accounting practices" as Pentagon comptroller during the Clinton years. He and Obama's Undersecretary of Defense, Robert Hale, who served as Assistant Air Force Secretary Financial Comptroller under Clinton, are claimed to have lost enough taxpayer money to pay for Obama's stimulus plan four times over. They now again oversee DOD spending. The list goes on. Most of Obama's national security team is composed of recycled appointees committed to continued imperial wars and outlandish amounts of military spending for them.

Sources: The Hill, November 24, 2008, “Ties to Chevron, Boeing Raise Concern on Possible NSA Pick,” by Roxana Tiron. Truthout.org/Consortium News, November 13, 2008, “The Danger of Keeping Robert Gates,” by Robert Parry. Global Research, February 13, 2009, “Obama’s Defense Department Appointees - The 3.4 Trillion Dollar Question,” by Andrew Hughes.


8. Bailed Out Banks Cheat IRS Out of Billions (For full story,
click here)

It's an old story. "Only the little people pay taxes," according to former tax cheat Leona Hemsley (1920 - 2007), and rarely does anyone like her get caught. In 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that 83 of the top publicly held US companies have operations in tax havens like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. 14 of these companies, including AIG, Bank of America, and Citigroup, received money from the government bailout. In addition, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) helped wealthy clients cheat the IRS out of over $20 billion in recent years, according to the Department of Justice. Other notorious tax havens include Austria, Luxembourg, Singapore, Hong Kong, Monaco, Gibraltar, and the Bahamas. In 2008, havens like these saved Goldman Sachs billions of dollars through "changes in (its) geographic earnings mix." For many other companies, it's much the same through legal provisions in the tax code. According to some estimates, trillions of dollars in both corporate profits and personal wealth have migrated offshore, and the offshore banking world now harbors $11.5 trillion in individual wealth alone.

Sources: Bloomberg, December 16, 2008, “Goldman Sachs’s Tax Rate Drops to 1% or $14 Million,” by Christine Harper. The Huffington Post, February 23, 2009, “Gimme Shelter: Tax Evasion and the Obama Administration,” by Thomas B. Edsall.


9. US Arms Used for War Crimes in
Gaza (For full story, click here)

For decades, America has supplied Israel, population 7.5 million, with tens of billions in aid, interest-free loans, and the latest in new weapons and technology, including illegal white phosphorous shells used against Gazan civilians during Operation Cast Lead. In addition, Washington has supplied F-16 fighters, attack helicopters, tactical missiles, bunker-buster bombs, a wide variety of other munitions, and undisclosed new weapons for testing in real time combat situations against Palestinian or other Arab civilians. In Gaza, shell fragments revealed names of US defense contractors, including Raytheon. Another was marked the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas. In shocking support for Israel's questionable attacks, and in violation of international and US law, both Houses of Congress overwhelmingly endorsed the continued aggression. Obama stayed silent on the subject in the run-up to his January 20 inauguration.

Sources: Human Rights Watch, Mar. 25, 2009, “White Phosphorus Use Evidence of War Crimes Report,” Fred Abrahams. Guardian, Feb. 23, 2009, “Suspend Military Aid to Israel, Amnesty Urges Obama,” Rory McCarthy. Inter Press Service, Jan. 8, 2009, “US Weaponry Facilitates Killings in Gaza,” Thalif Deen. Consortium News, Jan. 18, 2009, “Is Israel’s Gaza War a New War Crime?” by Dennis Bernstein. Foreign Policy Journal, Jan. 09, 2009, “US Senate Endorses Israel’s War on Gaza,” by Jeremy R. Hammond.


10.
Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate (Full story here)

In November 2008, Ecuador became the first country to undertake an examination of the legitimacy and structure of its foreign debt. In violation of Ecuadorian law, predatory international lenders were involved in hundreds of illegitimate irregularities. Billions in foreign debt at exorbitant interest rates resulted in debt service far exceeding the principal borrowed, and at a staggering human cost. In December, President Rafael Correa announced his country would default. In April 2009, he was re-elected overwhelmingly. Ecuador exposed the corrupted international finance system in a way that could set a precedent for the poorest of indebted countries. Correa asked other Latin American nations "to forge a united response, (and for) the United Nations to help develop international norms to regulate the foreign debt market." The April 2008 House passed Jubilee Act was a positive step forward. However, the Senate failed to pass its S. 2166 version, then cleared the legislation from its books. In June 2009, Ecuador agreed with 91% of its creditors to pay 35 cents on the dollar for its debt. Other countries may now follow suit, especially those most impacted by the global economic crisis.

Sources: Alternet, Nov. 26, 2008, “Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate and Illegal,” by Daniel Denvir. Utube, Fall 2008, “Invalid Loans to Ecuador: Who Owes Who,” by Committee for the Integral Audit of Public Credit. Institute for Policy Studies, Dec. 15, 2008, “Ecuador’s Debt Default,” by Neil Watkins, Sarah Anders.


Other Media Censorship Stories in the Top 25

11. Private Corporations Profit from the Occupation of Palestine (For full story, click here)

US, Israeli, and other international corporations profit from the occupation of Palestine. They lead real estate deals, develop Israeli settlements and infrastructure, and help solidify the continued land theft, economic exploitation, and apartheid separation of Muslims and Jews, in violation of international law.

12. Mysterious Death of Mike Connell - Karl Rove's Election Thief (For full story, click here)

As Karl Rove's chief IT consultant, Connell was a key figure in 2004 election manipulations for George Bush. Under subpoena to testify on his role in Ohio, he died mysteriously in a Dec. 19, 2008 plane crash. IT expert Stephen Spoonamore, a conservative Republican, explained how Connell's vote tabulation system worked. "It allowed (for) the introduction of an additional single computer between computer A and computer B." The centralized collection of all incoming statewide results made it easy for a single operator, or a preprogrammed computer to change the results in any way desired by the team controlling the inserted computer.

13. Katrina's Hidden Race War (For full story, click here)

After Hurricane Katrina, a Nation magazine report explained that "white vigilante groups patrolled the streets of New Orleans ... shooting at least eleven African American men." Falsely portrayed as looters and thugs, they were gunned down in cold blood by "gun-toting white males," yet city police didn't intervene or investigate. In addition, Blackwater mercenaries were deployed in New Orleans right after the storm. In full battle gear, they terrorized black residents, removed them from choice areas for development, and assured they didn't return.

14. Congress Invested in Defense Contracts (For full story, click here)

According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, over 151 congressional members have invested up to $195 million in major defense contractors, thus profiting from America's imperial wars. Major investors include: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) - $49.1 million; Senator John Kerry (D-MA) - $38.2 million; Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) - $37.1 million; Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) - $8.4 million; Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) - $7.6 million; Rep. Jane Harmon (D-CA) - $6.3 million; and Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) - $5.8 million.

15. World Bank's Carbon Trade Fiasco (For full story, click here)

On the pretext of environmental protection, the World Bank is brokering carbon emission trading arrangements that destroy indigenous farmlands around the world and do little to cut pollution or reduce the threat of climate change. The scheme is similar to Obama's cap and trade bill (HR 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act) that lets corporate polluters reap huge windfall profits by charging consumers more for energy and fuel.

16. US Repression of Haiti Continues (For full story, click here)

The US government plans to demolish the homes of hundreds of Haitians to expand an occupying UN force’s military base. The New York Times has also published a revealing article titled "Rights Groups Assail US for Withholding Aid to Haiti, Citing Political Motives." The Bush administration may have caused the deaths of thousands of Haitians by blocking aid for cynical and self-interested political purposes.

17. The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan (For full story, click here)

Huge potential oil reserves explain the significance of Darfur. Washington's genocide claim is exaggerated for political purposes. It's part of America's chess game with China for control of the region's resources. Beijing already gets up to 30% of its oil from Africa. Under cover from International Criminal Court's fraudulent indictment of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and other contrived reasons, America has exploited the region militarily for geopolitical advantage.

18. Ecuador's Constitutional Rights of Nature (For full story, click here)

In September 2008, Ecuador became the first country ever to declare constitutional rights to nature, thus codifying a new system of environmental protection. Its Constitution declares nature "has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution." Ecuador's Rights of Nature hold hope that other nations may adopt them and start to more fully protect the environment.

19. Bank Bailout Recipients Spent to Defeat Labor (For full story, click here)

After receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America organized opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) - legislation to guarantee workers the right to bargain more fairly and collectively with management. Business is firmly opposed. On March 10, S. 560: Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 was introduced in the Senate. It was referred to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee where it's pending. Given the Obama administration's opposition, its passage looks doubtful.

20. Secret Control of the Presidential Debates (For full story, click here)

Since 1987, the Republican and Democrat-controlled Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has run the process, dictates terms, and excludes unwanted participants. During the 2008 presidential cycle, the Obama and McCain teams secretly cut a deal on who could participate, permissible topics, and the debate format structure. Before he died, Walter Cronkite called the CPD an "unconscionable fraud."

21. Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare (For full story, click here)

Faced with huge budget shortfalls and little help from Washington, states have been forced to make major expenditure cuts, many affecting vital social services, including health care, education, and welfare. Yet cutting Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) began prior to the present crisis so funds could be redirected to other priorities. Nationally, welfare rolls dropped over 40% between 2001 and June 2008, and in some states, like Georgia, up to 90%. America's social safety net is fast disappearing.

22. Obama's Trilateral Commission Team (For full story, click here)

Obama appointed 11 members of the Trilateral Commission (TC) to top positions in his administration in his first ten days in office. He was groomed for the presidency by key TC members. Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the TC with David Rockefeller in 1973, has been Obama’s principal foreign policy advisor. Since the Carter administration, Trilateralists have held the following very influential positions: six of the last eight World Bank presidents; all presidents and vice-presidents of the US (except Obama and Biden); over half of all US secretaries of state; and three quarters of the secretaries of defense. The original stated purpose of the TC was to create a "new international economic order." For more on powerful secret societies, click here.

23. Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud (For full story, click here)

Organized every three years since 1997, activists have blasted the World Water Forum as a corporate trade show promoting privatization of water. The Forum's main organizer, the World Water Council (WWC), is dominated by two of the world's largest water companies, Suez and Veolia. WWC promotes expensive and destructive dam and water diversion projects, as well as putting water services in private hands through the establishment of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The result has been huge price hikes, water pollution, depletion, and cut-offs that deny people the right to water if they can't pay the exorbitant cost.

24. Dollar Glut Finances US Military Expansion (For full story, click here)

Economist Michael Hudson first addressed this topic in his 1972 book, "Super Imperialism," updated in a 2003 edition. He revisited it in an award-winning article which explained the inter-related dynamics of: surplus US dollars pouring into the rest of the world for financial speculation and corporate takeovers; global central banks recycling these dollar inflows into US Treasury bonds to finance the federal budget deficit; and most important (but suppressed in the US media), the military character of the US payments deficit.

25. Fast Track Oil Exploitation in Western Amazon (For full story, click here)

Home to the world's most biodiverse and intact rainforest, the Western Amazon may soon be covered with oil rigs and pipelines. Vast parts of of this region will be opened for oil and gas exploration, putting some of the planet's most pristine and biodiverse forests at risk.



Actualité:


Copenhagen Accord Establishes Global Government Framework

http://www.prisonplanet.com/copenhagen-accord-establishes-global-government-framework.html

“They are going to take from the western countries the very large financial resources required to do that.” Monckton said, adding “They will disguise it by saying they are setting up a $100 billion fund for adaptation to climate change in third world countries, but actually, this money will almost all be gobbled up by the international bureaucracy.”

The final text of the accord states that funds obtained from climate financing will be controlled by a “governance structure,” and that a “High Level Panel” will be appointed to decide where the money will come from. In effect, this means that a UN-controlled structure of global governance will override the sovereignty of nation states in collecting and doling out funds obtained under the justification of climate change.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Tar: $22.

Feathers: $147.

Guillotine: $2760.

Reminding the leaders that We The People still run things: PRICELESS!


Washington Times to publish last Sunday paper

The Washington Times says it will publish its last Sunday edition this weekend.


American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for Moratorium on Genetically Modified Foods
May 8, 2009, American Academy of Environmental Medicine
http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html

There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation [as] confirmed in several animal studies. Specificity of the association of GM foods and specific disease processes is also supported. In spite of this risk, the biotechnology industry claims that GM foods can feed the world through production of higher crop yields. However, a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists reviewed 12 academic studies and indicates otherwise: "The several thousand field trials over the last 20 years ... indicate a significant undertaking. Yet none of these field trials have resulted in increased yield ... with the exception of Bt corn." Therefore, because GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit, ... because GM foods have not been properly tested for human consumption, and because there is ample evidence of probable harm, the AAEM asks: [1] Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks. [2] Physicians to consider the possible role of GM foods in the disease process. [3] Our members, the medical community, and the independent scientific community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food consumption and health effects. [4] For a moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term independent safety testing, and labeling of GM foods, which is necessary for the health and safety of consumers.

Note: Why was this not reported in the mainstream media? A top Academy of physicians states our health is being endangered by GM foods, yet no one is reporting this. For how our media is bought off in matters like this, click here. This statement was reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee of AAEM on May 8, 2009. Many footnotes are available in the original at the link above. For lots more this vital topic, click here.


Chavez to Obama: Give back Nobel Prize

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114023&sectionid=351020704

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his American counterpart Barack Obama should give his Nobel Peace Prize back as he is sending more soldiers to war-weary Afghanistan.“He [Obama] got the Nobel Peace Prize almost the same day as he sent 30,000 soldiers to kill innocent people in Afghanistan,” he said during a speech at a climate change conference in Denmark.“Obama should give back the prize,” Chavez added on Thursday...

Meanwhile, Chavez accused the Netherlands and the US of plotting to attack Venezuela as Washington sent military equipment to three Dutch islands off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.


Letting the Beast Out of the (Corporatist) Bottle: Obama Channels Bush on Bioweapons

Since the roll-out of the Obama product-line January 21, on issues ranging from war and peace to economic justice and from civil liberties to healthcare, the "change" team exhibit the same callous disregard for disarmament proposals that characterized their Bushist predecessors in the Oval Office.

Nowhere is this reality so transparently delineated than by the administration's continuing efforts to derail plans to revitalize the moribund Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), rejecting binding verification protocols that would finally give the 1972 treaty teeth.


World's Sole Military Superpower's 2 Million-Troop, $1 Trillion Wars

In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on December 10 the president of the United States appropriated for his country the title of "the world's sole military superpower" and for himself "the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars."

This may well have been the first time that an American - and of course any - head of state in history boasted of his nation being the only uncontested military power on the planet and unquestionably the only time a Nobel Peace Prize recipient identified himself as presiding over not only a war but two wars simultaneously.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"War is Peace!" -- Obama


US Military Aggression Against Venezuela Escalating

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez revealed today on his Sunday television and radio program, Aló Presidente, that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, have illegally entered Venezuela’s airspace during the past several days.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The US recovered from the Crash of 1904 by getting into WWI. Then the US Government recovered from the Crash of 1929 by getting into WWII.

Here we are in the throes of the crash of 2007 and look how hard the US Government is trying to start a major war with ... anyone dumb enough not to see the real agenda.


Chavez: U.S. spy plane in Venezuela’s airspace

President Hugo Chavez on Sunday accused the U.S. of violating Venezuela's airspace with an unmanned spy plane, and ordered his military to be on alert and shoot down any such aircraft in the future.

Speaking during his weekly television and radio program, Chavez said the aircraft overflew a Venezuelan military base in the western state of Zulia after taking off from neighboring Colombia. He did not elaborate, but suggested the plane was being used for espionage.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Just what we need; another war, this time in South America!


Colombia to build new military base on Venezuelan border

Colombia has announced it will build a new military base near its border with Venezuela, in a move likely to further strain its tense ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.


Venezuela Warns US Against Incursions From Aruba, Curacao

Venezuela on Thursday warned the US military against violating its airspace from bases in Aruba and Curacao, repeating recent accusations that Washington is preparing an act of “aggression”.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Venezuelan officials understand that the minute they shoot at any American aircraft violating its airspace, the US will use that as a pretext for attacking Venezuela to effect "regime change" against the government of Hugo Chavez.

Remember: half the oil the US uses comes from South America.


IDF, US National Guard to share defense ideas

In face of the growing missile threat against Israel, the IDF Home Front Command and the US National Guard have decided to exchange liaisons to enable a steady exchange of information on civil defense, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The decision to send a liaison to the US from the Home Front Command was approved by the General Staff and OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan several weeks ago. The officer, who will hold the rank of lieutenant-colonel, will be stationed in Washington and serve as a permanent liaison to the National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the military command responsible for protecting the American homeland and supporting local, state and federal.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Forgive me, but the thought of a permanent Israeli Liaison Officer to the US National Guard, FEMA, and NORTHCOM concerns me greatly.

And that statement "...if needed will deploy with the National Guard to emergency situations."

On has to wonder as to which "emergency situations" this liaison will be deployed.


HEADLEY, THE CIA, NARIMAN HOUSE, FALSE FLAG OPS

It could be argued that the Mumbai attacks of 2008 were carried out by the CIA and its friends. Attacks of this kind are normally the work of the security services. (False flag operations from Amman to Zambia)

1. On 20 December 2009, in the Hindustan Times, Vir Sanghvi wrote the following about the American called David Headley, who is suspected of planning the Mumbai attacks of 2008 (Did America keep mum on 26/11?):

“The only explanation that fits is this: he was an American agent all along.

“The US arrested him only when it seemed that Indian investigators were on his trail.

“He will be sentenced to jail, will vanish into the US jail system for a while and will then be sprung again — as he was the last time.”


Mumbai terror suspect David Headley was ‘rogue US secret agent’
December 17, 2009, Times of London
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6960182.ece

A key terror suspect who allegedly helped to plan last year’s attacks in Mumbai and plotted to strike Europe was an American secret agent who went rogue, Indian officials believe. David Headley, 49, who was born in Washington to a Pakistan diplomat father and an American mother, was arrested in Chicago in October. He has denied the charges. He came to the attention of the US security services in 1997 when he was arrested in New York for heroin smuggling. He earned a reduced sentence by working for the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) infiltrating Pakistan-linked narcotics gangs. Indian investigators, who have been denied access to Mr Headley, suspect that he remained on the payroll of the US security services — possibly working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) — but switched his allegiance to LeT. “India is looking into whether Headley worked as a double agent,” an Indian Home Ministry official said yesterday. Mr Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani, was in Mumbai until two weeks before the attacks on the city. Despite being firmly on the radar of the US intelligence agencies, he was allowed to return to India as recently as March. Indian officials are furious that their American counterparts did not share details of that visit at the time. The Indian media has raised the possibility that Mr Headley was being protected by his American handlers — a theory that experts say is credible.

Note: For many other reports from major media sources that raise profound questions about the official account of "terrorism," click here.


Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London
December 20, 2009, Times of London
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6962867.ece

Scotland Yard has warned businesses in London to expect a Mumbai-style attack on the capital. In a briefing in the City of London ... a senior detective from SO15, the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command, said: “Mumbai is coming to London.” The detective said companies should anticipate a shooting and hostage-taking raid “involving a small number of gunmen with handguns and improvised explosive devices”. The warning — the bluntest issued by police — has underlined an assessment that a terrorist cell may be preparing an attack on London early next year. It was issued by the Met through its network of “security forums”, which provide business leaders, local government and the emergency services with counter-terrorism advice. Officials now report an increase in “intelligence chatter” — communications captured by electronic eavesdropping agencies. One senior security adviser said the police warnings had intensified and become much more specific in the past fortnight. “Before, there has been speculation. Now we are getting what appears to be a definite plot to carry out a firearms attack on London,” he said. Earlier this year, police, military and intelligence services held an exercise in Kent to see whether they could defeat a commando raid in London by terrorists.

Note: How can police "expect" a terror attack? Why wouldn't they be able to thwart it if they have enough information to expect it? With profound questions about the reality of the Mumbai attacks and "terrorism" still unanswered, this prediction of similar attacks in London raises suspicions that the reality may be quite different from what the police are saying. For many other reports from reliable sources that raise profound questions about the official accounts of "terrorist incidents," click here.



Économie:


Turkmenistan-China pipeline changes energy balance

China has arrived in Central Asia. That is the unmistakable lesson of the opening of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline on December 12.

The 1,833 kilometre pipeline, which will carry up to 40 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas, also traversing Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan before linking into China’s network in Xinjiang, was formally agreed only in April 2006. The construction of such an ambitious project in a relatively limited time-frame is a concrete demonstration of Beijing’s push to secure the region’s natural resources.

Webmaster's Commentary:

China is making deals to make their energy infrastructure secure.

The US is fighting wars to (allegedly) accomplish the same thing.

What's wrong with this picture, in terms of US energy infrastructure?

Everything.


PetroChina Wins Approval for $1.8 Billion Canadian Acquisition

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — PetroChina Co. won the approval of the Canadian government for its C$1.9 billion ($1.8 billion) bid to buy a stake in two Alberta oil-sands projects, its biggest North American acquisition.

The purchase by China’s largest oil company of a 60 percent share in Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.’s MacKay River and Dover oil- sands projects “is likely to be of net benefit to Canada,” Industry Minister Tony Clement said in a statement yesterday.


Concern as China clamps down on rare earth exports

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/concern-as-china-clamps-down-on-rare-earth-exports-1855387.html

Neodymium is one of 17 metals crucial to green technology. There’s only one snag – China produces 97% of the world’s supply. And they’re not selling.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Get ready for a Chinese crotch-bomber, followed by the invasion.


Credit Card Debt up to 15 Percent of Annual Household Income. Average Credit Card Debt in 1980 was $670 and Today it is up to $7,800. The Slimy World of Credit Card Lending.

Credit card companies have made it their passion to ensure that every eligible American has access to a credit card. They have also created a financial labyrinth with traps in every corner from tricky financial statements to interest rates that would make loan sharks blush.



27,000 firms go bust (and the same again are at risk)

More businesses have gone bust in the current recession than in any other since records began, figures show.

Insolvency Service statistics have revealed that nearly 27,000 businesses have gone under.

The collapses, which included famous names such as Woolworths and MFI, come to almost 17,500 more than in the downturn of the Eighties and almost 3,000 more than in the Nineties.


US home foreclosures top one million mark

The number of US homes in foreclosure topped the one million mark for the first time ever, according to figures released this week by federal agencies. The continued deepening of the housing crisis is being driven by the relentless economic squeeze on working people, confronted with declining wages and persistent and growing mass unemployment.


UK hit hardest by banking bailout, with £1trillion spent to save the City

The burden of the banking bailout has been heavier in Britain than the rest of the western world, according to alarming figures published today.

The UK has committed public funds worth almost 75 per cent of national income, or around £1trillion, to saving the City, according to the Bank of England.

That compares with bailout costs worth just 30 per cent of gross domestic product in the Euro Zone and 50 per cent in the United States.

Expensive bailout: Saving the City from its own greed cost UK taxpayers £1trillion


Banks With Political Ties Got Bailouts, Study Shows
December 21, 2009, New York Times/Reuters News
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/12/21/business/business-us-banks-study.html

U.S. banks that spent more money on lobbying were more likely to get government bailout money. Banks whose executives served on Federal Reserve boards were more likely to receive government bailout funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, according to the study from Ran Duchin and Denis Sosyura, professors at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Banks with headquarters in the district of a U.S. House of Representatives member who serves on a committee or subcommittee relating to TARP also received more funds. Political influence was most helpful for poorly performing banks, the study found. "Political connections play an important role in a firm's access to capital," Sosyura, a University of Michigan assistant professor of finance, said in a statement. Banks with an executive who sat on the board of a Federal Reserve Bank were 31 percent more likely to get bailouts through TARP's Capital Purchase Program. Banks with ties to a finance committee member were 26 percent more likely to get capital purchase program funds. As of late September, nearly 700 financial institutions had received bailouts of $205 billion under the capital purchase program. The banking industry has long been criticized for using political influence to obtain bailouts.

Note: For lots more from reliable sources on the symbiosis between big finance and big government, click here.


HR 4173: Congress promises banksters $4 trillion without hearings next time they cry, "Bailout!"

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Prominent financial futurist Gerald Celente calls what the oligarchic collusion of government and banksters are doing to the American public as economic rape. Bailout overseer and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren calls it reckless gambling. After the year of the world’s largest transfer of wealth from US taxpayers to banksters, Congress is telling the US taxpayers, “TARP off,” by guaranteeing the banksters another $4 TRILLION next time they claim they’re holding the US economy hostage. The bill also limits debate to 10 hours, which could be eagerly construed to mean no hearings.


U.S. Homeless Population Up 300%


Jim Rogers on Bloomberg December 2009 - "More Food Shortage Coming"

Part 2: http://eclipptv.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=9094


Gerald Celente, Fascism In The USA in 2010 Through Terror Event

VIDEO


Ron Paul 1990 - Noninterventionism, Preemptive War, & The NWO

Part 2: http://eclipptv.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=9085


Mercedes 10,000 Gallon Water Cannon

Every minute, up to 925 gallons can be dispensed at high pressure to clear the road and put protests to a swift end.

German police seem to expect more than a few riots over the next few years, as 78 of these vehicles will be put into service over the next ten years (at total cost of €75 million or $107.6 million). Open the refreshments!


Cop threatens to taser man for trespassing on his own property


Cop Went Wild With Taser, Diabetic Says

A suburban Chicago police officer Tasered a man 11 times while he was having a diabetic seizure.

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Taser: Police Brutality with all the modern improvements!


Chicago cop tasered unconscious diabetic 11 times

Police officers from two Chicago suburbs are being sued after one of them allegedly Tasered a man having a diabetic seizure because the diabetic involuntarily hit the officer while being taken to an ambulance.

Prospero Lassi, a 40-year-old employee of Southwest Airlines, filed the lawsuit (PDF) with a federal court in Chicago last week, following an April 9, 2009, incident in which Lassi was taken to hospital following a violent diabetic seizure -- and being Tasered 11 times while unconscious.

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Wow, the concept of "...to protect and serve" really has its very own, special meaning for the Chicago PD!


Sprint fed customer GPS data to cops over 8 million times

A blogger has released audio of Sprint's Electronic Surveillance Manager describing the carrier's cooperation with law enforcement. Among the revelations are that Sprint has so far filled over 8 million requests from LEOs for customer GPS data.

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See How To Block A GPS Tracker Using GPS Jammers



A/H1N1:


Sarkozy under fire on flu vaccine 'fiasco'

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, was at the centre of a political storm after health authorities admitted they had a huge oversupply of vaccines for the H1N1 swine flu virus and were trying to sell them to other countries.

Several pharmaceutical manufacturers, led by Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, face the prospect of significantly lower flu vaccine sales than forecast as a growing number of governments seek to renegotiate purchases of unused stocks.


France sells off surplus swine flu vaccine

France is selling off millions of surplus swine flu vaccine doses to other countries, officials say.

They say the move was decided after health authorities found they had more than enough to deal with the outbreak.

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The government bought 94 million swine flu vaccine doses - more than one for every French person - and started vaccinating in October.

Only about five million people are recorded as having been vaccinated in France so far, AFP reports.


Hundreds fall ill after having swine flu jab

Swine flu vaccine has caused adverse reactions in 619 people to date, varying from seizures and anaphylactic shock to fainting and vomiting.

Two more people have died from the flu but the number of people falling ill with the virus has halved in the past week.

More than 400,000 vaccinations against swine flu have been carried out, according to the latest figures from the Irish Medicines Board which details the reported side effects for both forms of the vaccines -- Pandemrix and Celvapan.


Has Swine Flu Been Oversold?

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFluNews/swine-flu-blown-proportion/story?id=9270149&cid=yahoo_pitchlist

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The medical establishment tries to save face as the fallout from Climategate forces people to re-evaluate all the scare campaigns of the past decade.


H1N1 vaccine liquidation sale now on: Hurry while supplies last!

(NaturalNews) All of a sudden, H1N1 vaccines are available all across America. Walgreens and other pharmacies are pushing the vaccines as if there were an "everything must go" liquidation sale under way. Hurry, get your swine flu vaccine today before...


Death Of The Internet: Censorship Bills In UK, Australia, U.S. Aim To Block “Undesirable” Websites

Internet censorship bills currently working their way into law in the UK, Australia and the U.S. legislate for government powers to restrict and filter any website that it deems to be undesirable for public consumption.

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