LOVE AND PEACE WILL PREVAIL ON EARTH!


Septermber 13, 2008

Turning Tide of History #27: Choosing Love... It's Now or Never!

Hello everysoul!

This one has got to reach the top of this compilation. If you listen to this song/video you'll understand why...

Love Now by Kute Blackson - Exceptional message in a wonderful video production!
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MaYh-KN94Ko&fmt=18
Or watch it on the artist's website at http://www.lovenowmusic.com/pages.html#video where you can read the lyrics of his amazing song at http://www.lovenowmusic.com/pages.html#lyrics - Check also the other videos by Kute Blackson http://uk.youtube.com/results?search_query=Kute+blackson&search_type=&aq=f including his wonderful and inspiring Green Card Story at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cTnhtM5Y21U - a good example of what we all need to learn - Trusting the flow of Life to the point that you Become the Flow of Life, which in fact is the miraculous Flow of God in all of us... as One!

Much more below as usual for your review and networking assistance ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com

NOTE: I mentioned when I sent the last Meditation Focus that I should sent you the next day a new Healing Focus proposal. I could not yet make time to prepare this but hope to send this soon to you.

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Please note that the correct URL to read the first chapters of Spirits of Stone: A Lightworker's Guide to Crystals for Healing and Meditation is not http://www.satyacenter.com/light-ladders-spirit-of-stone as it was indicated in the advertisement for the Satya Center in my last compilation but http://www.satyacenter.com/health/crystal_free_e_book

Likewise the picture of Palin that was referenced in my last compilation was a photoshopped one as explained at http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/photo_database/image/sarah_palin_in_miniskirt



UPCOMING GLOBAL HEALING EVENT

Equinox, 22 September - The Earth Heal Geoharmonic Research Project will be facilitating a group distant healing event starting at 5 pm GMT/Universal Time on Monday 22 September. All people and animals everywhere are welcome to be participatants on a donation basis. For more info, e-mail earthhealadmin@gmail.com or go to http://earthheal.blogspot.com/
To read the feedback received from people who participated in our recent event on 25 July, please see this link: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd365r65_371hgkwfnd3



THE QUOTES

"Even visions and experiences involving "non-ordinary" reality become explainable under the holographic paradigm. In a holographic universe there are no limits to the extent to which we can alter the fabric of reality."

- Michael Talbot, author of The Holographic Universe - Taken from a fascinating article available at http://www.weboflove.org/inspiring_stories_08/080811_holographic_universe_talbot


"By the year 2008, the fact that we are not alone in the Universe will be made undeniably clear to everyone alive on the planet. With millions of planets and billions of stars, I cannot fathom how we could have ever thought in any other terms. However for those who have doubted, the extraterrestrials will make themselves known. I believe they feel that they have no choice but to show themselves as we are on the verge of self-annihilation, genocide and toxic poisoning. The truth of our inter-galactic lineage will become common knowledge. If I am to believe the vision, the truth of our inter-galactic lineage will cause humanity to take one wild ride!"

- Dannion Brinkley in his book "Beings of Light" - Taken from http://www.10-14-08.blogspot.com/


"While the distinction seems apparent, we as a people are still riddled with ancient fear, one of the densest energies. I learned this anew when camping recently on Mt. Shasta, a sacred vortex at the tip of California, visited by people from all over the world. One evening I was parked on a residential street, doing some work on my laptop before returning to camp. Suddenly headlights from a hunkering SUV blinded me, pulling up almost nose-to-nose with my car. The driver got out and demanded to know why I was parked in front of his house, threatening to call the police if I didn't leave immediately. If fear can evoke this kind of reaction to someone sitting in their own vehicle on a public street, it's obviously still deeply ingrained in our national and global psyche. And that's what keeps us in the Dark Ages, literally as well as figuratively. Thankfully, since synchronicity is the order of the day, Jean Hudon has just compiled an entire meditation focus devoted to mastering fear. This is an amazing moment for us all. Cells in the body of humanity, we are slowing coming to realize what our bodies themselves have always known: we're all in this together, and together, we are strong."

- Amara Rose -- Taken from 9-1-1, 7 Years On



CONTENTS

1. The Rabbit Hole Project
2. Impending Event Alert - with Matthew's perspective
3. The Unspeakable Truth of 9/11
4. Call for world tribunal on 9/11 gains support
5. Impeachment is Not Enough
6. The Value of One, the Value of None: An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era
7. Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites
8. Runaway Global Heating
9. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Sharif Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC 10. My Holiday with McCain: First hand account of McCain the "man"
11. More on Sarah Palin
12. Palin: Wrong Woman, Wrong Message
13. Georgia airfields earmarked for war on Iran
14. WHEN NEWS IS NOISE - GEORGIA, SOUTH OSSETIA AND THE POLITICAL PIPELINE
15. 'Ethnic cleansing by stealth'
16. Where Have All the Birds Gone?
17. Electronic Smog 'Is Disrupting Nature On A Massive Scale'
18. How Cell Phone Microwaves Interfere With Your Body
19. WILL THERE BE A MASS PHYSICAL LANDING OF EXTRATERRESTRIALS?



WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

Who was involved in 9/11? Documentary reveals shocking facts (September 11, 2008) http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/30260/video
On the anniversary of 9/11, an Italian-produced documentary called ZERO, investigating the tragedy, is opening in Russia. The authors believe that the U.S. official version of events surrounding the attacks can't be true. U.S. networks have rejected the film. MUCH MORE on 9/11 in "Call for world tribunal on 9/11 gains support" below

Ivashov, Chiesa, Meyssan, Russian Experts To Debate 9-11 On Russian TV Friday (9-9-8)
http://www.rense.com/general83/sde.htm
WASHINGTON, DC -- Thierry Meyssan reports from Moscow that he and other leading international 9/11 truth experts have completed taping a television debate which will be telecast on the first national program of Russian state television this coming Friday, September 12. This no-holds barred, free-wheeling debate, featuring strongly divergent opinions about what really happened on and about September 11, 2001, will be shown in conjunction with the documentary film Zero, produced and directed by Chiesa and Franco Fracassi of Telemaco Productions in Rome. Russians are thus about to receive an unprecedented evening of 9/11 truth.

Russia Today TV: US Citizens Demand 9/11 Truth
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/30330/video

Fascinating Interview of "Zero 9/11" Director on TV (YouTube)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7_pqXokZvQ
Recommended by Kathy Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net) who wrote: "Terrific interview on Russian TV with Giulietto Chiesa: This is 25 min. long, but I recommend fast-forwarding to 12:58 and viewing from there. Chiesa is a Member of the European Parliament. His comments are well worth noting. However, the YouTube lip synching is off, so you might want to treat it as an audio. The 14 min. trailer for the film is below.

Extended trailer for "Zero 9/11": http://vodpod.com/watch/994368-zero-911

3D Chalk Drawings
http://www.moillusions.com/2006/05/3d-chalk-drawings-category.html

New beautiful crop formations
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2008/Etchilhampton3/Etchilhampton2008c.html
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com:80/2008/sanctuary2/sanctuary2008b.html

For Your information and Discernment: The channeled information from a number of sources all agree that a large Spaceship will appear in our skies on October 14, 2008 and remain in our skies for 3 days. It will not land. It will be presenting itself for us to see and realize that other civilizations do exist on other worlds and in Space. They come in peace. They are not here for conquest. They will be protected by a force field. Governments of Earth will claim that this Spaceship does not come in peace and will attempt to destroy it. This prophecy has been made before, but not by so many different sources. Note that this is the first time I have passed this information on. Sent by Larry Stell (lstell@glasgow-ky.com) NOTE from Jean: this was mentioned in Matthew's latest message and in Diane's August 29 message and to read the original channeled short message on this go HER or hear it HERE. For your discernment and a useful perspective on this issue, I also recommend you your attention WILL THERE BE A MASS PHYSICAL LANDING OF EXTRATERRESTRIALS? included near the end of this compilation. NOTE: Read also Matthew's additional confirmation on this below in item #2 Impending Event Alert.

14th October 2008 Lightship manifestation - Interesting and long 10 min comment on this possibility
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=lnEi7BgO5uE
MANY more related videos through http://tinyurl.com/4lrdn9 including this quite powerful 2 min video...
First contact - Begins 14th October 2008 at http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=P8c0ppYYT6o

George Green (2 September 2008)
http://projectcamelot.org/george_green_2_sept_2008.mp3
A 35 minute telephone interview in which George discusses the economy, the Russian military, the probability of war with Iran, and the need for The Ground Crew to pull together and get organized for difficult times ahead. Recognizing that things are moving fast and changing almost daily, George has asked us to phone him in a few days' time after he's had a chance to talk further with some of his own insider contacts in Washington and elsewhere to discover more about possible and probable covert plans.

World's First Air-Powered Car: Zero Emissions by Next Summer
http://globalartistvillage.blogspot.com/2008/09/worlds-first-air-powered-car-zero.html
Recommended by John Tibayan (gavjohn333@gmail.com) who wrote: "Great News! Gasoline fossil fuel cars may soon become a thing of the past. As gasoline prices soar, shouldn't this be on the front pages of every newspaper? Please Distribute widely."

The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can't Have
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_37/b4099060491065.htm?chan=rss_topStories_ssi_5
Ford's Fiesta ECOnetic gets an astonishing 65 mpg, but the carmaker can't afford to sell it in the U.S.

Excellent Video on HAARP (10 min)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MnRPZOUVhJ4
Informative video on HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Reasearch Program)the new weather modification and mind control Star Wars Defense Initiative (SDI)weapon of the US military. HAARP is capable of creating weather like hurricanes and tornadoes and tsunamis and earthquakes. It is also capable of altering peoples moods. From WETA TV a PBS station. Run a Google.com search for HAARP.

Slacker Uprising Trailer -- Michael Moore's new film is online for free
http://slackeruprising.com/
"This is being done entirely as a gift to my fans. The only return any of us are hoping for is the largest turnout of young voters ever at the polls in November." – Michael Moore

Upcoming New Consciousness shows in California
http://www.sarvadharma.com/shows.html
... including the transformational harmonic attunement on Saturday, September 20th from 6 pm til Midnite for a 2008 Equinox Celebration at our temple, located in “Hidden Valley” Escondido California. Featured will be some of the most popular shamanic performance artist of the West Coast World Stage.

WiseUSA ‘08 - Honoring the Heart and Soul of America - IMPORTANT REMINDER
http://gaiafield.net/
WiseUSA ‘08 is a global non-partisan program to bring the world together in meditation and prayer before, during, and after the critical US elections in November 2008. Join people all around the world in meditation, prayers, and celebration to support wisdom and compassion emerging in the USA for the benefit of the entire Earth Community. The highlight of this 13-day program (from October 25 to November 6) will be a Global Ceremony on Sunday November 2 involving multiple live venues linked by videoconference with thousands of participants listening in from around the world. Join us! more at http://gaiafield.net/events

CHEMTRAIL ALERT SYSTEM
http://www.owsweather.com/contrailreport.html

ALERT - CA Senate Passes Real ID -- There is less than 30 days to stop this insanity!
http://www.rense.com/general83/AlertRealID0001.pdf
Please ask Schwarzennegger to veto S. B. 60: PHONE: 916-445-2841 FAX: 916-445-4633.

Illegal To Keep Rain Water In USA (4 September 2008)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj1-yS6tcOs
Don't ever pass the stupid laws that have been passed in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. What is it? If the government catches you putting out a bucket or rubbish bin to capture rain water to feed your plants, you could be fined or go to jail. "Stupid is as stupid does." - Forest Gump

The Invisible Man (05 September 2008)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TsAKXeyvxzU
2008 Presidential candidate Ralph Nader hosted an Open the Debates rally during the Republican National Convention in Minnesota on September 4, 2008. In this highlight reel you can see excerpts of speeches by Ralph Nader, his VP Candidate Matt Gonzalez, and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura talking about open debates and how they impact elections.

Iraq: A brief parable
http://www.salon.com/comics/tomo/2008/09/02/tomo/

Mothers of all colors (3.5 MEGs file)
http://homepage.mac.com/woz/filechute/Mamansdetoutescouleurs.pps

Sacred and Magical Places http://www.sacredsites.com/sacred-places/20-sacred-places-spirits-angels-devas.html
The mysterious influences of spirits, devas and angelic beings associated with sacred sites - Sages and seers from antiquity have repeatedly remarked that the dimension we see with our physical eyes is not the only dimension of existence. Many other realms exist and within them a variety of beings, spirits, energies and entities. Traditional peoples the world over have spoken of the existence of these presences, calling them such names as elves, gnomes, leprechauns, devas, fairies, genies and ghosts. Since time immemorial humans have sought contact with these unseen forces. Shamanic practitioners communicate with the spirits of animals, ancestors and the plant world. Psychics, clairvoyants and mediums conduct séances to speak with entities from nonvisible realms. Religious mystics affirm the presence of angels, deities and other heavenly beings. Whatever we choose to call these entities, and however we attempt to explain them, it is certain that something mysterious is happening in dimensions other than those perceptible by our normal senses of sight, hearing, touch and smell. These mysterious presences seem to be especially concentrated at the power places and sacred sites. CLIP

From the people who brought you George Bush Jr (10 Sep 2008)
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/410.html
The whole Bush phenomenon never ceases to amaze me. The first thing George Bush Jr. did when he became president in 2000 was to offer jobs to many of the operatives involved in his father's Iran/Contra schemes. Iran/Contra, as you will see from this film, outraged many people at the time including members of the news media and Congress Twenty years later, Roger Ailes - Bush Sr's campaign manager - runs Fox News and no one in TV-Land (the producers and the watchers)appears concerned about anything. The foundation for everything that's happening today was laid over twenty years ago by Papa Bush - the oil man, the CIA operative,the friend of organized crime figures.

Efficient Car Suppressed, Cheney Secrets, Mengele Escape Allowed, More
http://www.WantToKnow.info/008/080913_cheney_secrets_mengele_escape_car_suppressed

Humanity at the Cross-Roads - For the Love of Power? Or the Power of Love? http://www.heartcom.org/CrossRoads.htm
Sept. 11, 2008 -- Global humanity is awakening to vast capabilities that make core status quo institutions virtually obsolete. (...) This year of 2008 has seen a turning point of mass awakening. There's a new world being born with this Big Shift. More "light" as a revolution in higher consciousness -- a core paradigm shift -- is transcending mainstream "DUH" (Dummies Unconscious & Heartless) at an unprecedented rate worldwide. A new generation is waking up and rising up to embrace a Millennial Platform that transcends the prevailing insanity in institutions that no longer serve the purpose for which they were created. Our economic and health care institutions are just the tip of the iceberg that is on a collision course with the Titanic "Ship of State" (Big Government). CLIP

Remembering 9/11 and Moving Towards a Re-United States of America by Dennis J Kucinich
http://kucinich.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2430&Itemid=1
(...) Before the Congress adjourns, I will bring forth a new proposal for the establishment of a National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, which will have the power to compel testimony and gather official documents to reveal to the American people not only the underlying deception which has divided us, but in that process of truth seeking set our nation on a path of reconciliation. The truth can move us forward, as a unified whole, so that we can one day become a re-United States. 9/11 is the day the world changed. It is the day America embraced a metaphor of war. If we are open to truth and reconciliation, we may one day be able, once again, to embrace peace. CLIP NOTE from Jean: I had the same idea today before reading Dennis's excellent proposal: Creating a Commission on Truth and Reconciliation a bit like what Mandela did in South Africa! Brave Dennis... Thanks God we have this angel with us!

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Tools to foster a paradigm shift in America recommended by Carl Landsness (earthchild@rebirththeearth.org)

1) Mission/Vision/Values for Government
http://weneedadream.org/ConstitutionProposals.htm#mission
If co-created by "We The People", this could inspire, unite, and empower ALL citizens like never before.

2) We Need a Dream
http://weneedadream.org/
Offers many ideas to unite and inspire enemies on a shared vision, a higher purpose, a new American Dream.

3) Nonviolent Communication
http://cnvc.org/
I've seen this process transmute "impossible" conflicts into win-win harmony.

4) America's Higher Purpose
http://www.amazon.com/Founding-Fathers-Secret-Societies-Rosicrucians/dp/1594770875/ref=pd_sim_b_img_3
Few Americans are aware of the higher (and spiritual) purpose behind the founding of this nation. We could champion a rebirth of this purpose. More info attached.

5) Soul of America
http://www.visionarylead.org/articles/soul_am.htm
A deeper perspective of who we are

6) Partnership Way
http://www.partnershipway.org/
Possibilities for shifting our exhausted dominator paradigm to an energized partnership paradigm

7) Conscious Evolution
http://www.evolve.org/pub/doc/ls_gateway_course.html
A higher perspective of what's happening





ALSO RECOMMENDED

Devastating Ike roars ashore in Galveston
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ike;_ylt=AjBTeBVRh_yAMs7XznSbnrGs0NUE
GALVESTON, Texas - A massive Hurricane Ike ravaged southeast Texas early Saturday, battering the coast with driving rain and ferocious wind gusts as residents who decided too late they should have heeded calls to evacuate made futile calls for rescue. Though it would be daybreak before the storm's toll was clear, already, the damage was extensive. Thousands of homes had flooded, roads were washed out and several fires burned unabated as crews could not reach them. But the biggest fear was that thousands of people had defied orders to flee would need rescue from submerged homes and neighborhoods. (...) The eye of the storm powered ashore at 3:10 a.m. EDT at Galveston with 110 mph winds, a strong Category 2 storm.More than 1.3 million customers — or 2.9 million people — had lost power, and suppliers warned it could be weeks before all the service was restored. There also was fear winds could shatter the windows of the sparkling skyscrapers that define the skyline of America's fourth-largest city. Forecasters said the worst winds and rain would come after the center came ashore.Though 1 million people fled coastal communities near where the storm made landfall, authorities in three counties alone said roughly 90,000 stayed behind. (...) If Ike is as bad as feared, the storm could travel up Galveston Bay and send a surge up the Houston Ship Channel and into the port of Houston. The port is the nation's second-busiest, and is an economically vital complex of docks, pipelines, depots and warehouses that receives automobiles, consumer products, industrial equipment and other cargo from around the world and ships out vast amounts of petrochemicals and agricultural products. The storm also could force water up the seven bayous that thread through Houston, swamping neighborhoods so flood-prone that they get inundated during ordinary rainstorms. The oil and gas industry was closely watching Ike because it was headed straight for the nation's biggest complex of refineries and petrochemical plants. Wholesale gasoline prices jumped to around $4.85 a gallon for fear of shortages. CLIP
Satellite image: http://www.weather.com/maps/news/atlstorm9/floater3_large.html

Haiti tropical storm toll soars to nearly 500 (Sept 6, 2008)
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/09/20089611825209938.html
Nearly 500 people have died in the Haitian port city of Gonaives due to flooding caused by tropical storm Hanna, police have said, warning that more bodies could still be found.

Relief Operations Under Way In Devastated Haiti (September 12, 2008) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94561093&ft=1&f=1004
Relief operations continue in Haiti for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by two tropical storms and two hurricanes in the last month. Tens of thousands of homes were destroyed and large parts of Haiti remain cut off from the rest of the country.The international relief operation is focusing on the northern port city of Gonaives, which flooded twice in one week, but many other parts of Haiti are still reeling from this year's hurricane season. CLIP

Gustav's Impact on Louisiana and Haiti
http://www.truthout.org/article/gustavs-impact-louisiana-and-haiti
(...) Louisiana is the poorest state in the US, home to nearly four million people, with per capita income of around $16,000 per year. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, home to nearly nine million people, with a per capita income of less than $400 per year ... Tens of thousands of people in Louisiana remain displaced ... Haiti was in deep trouble before being hit by a series of storms. Hunger is widespread. Sky-high food prices sparked riots and turmoil as people could not afford to purchase enough food. CLIP

World's richest got even richer last year: report (Sept 4, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080904/us_nm/wealthmanagement_report_dc;_ylt=AhA.tosv6JHXCn2sHDekVEes0NUE
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The old saying holds true: The rich do get richer.ADVERTISEMENT Even as world financial markets broke down last year, personal wealth around the world grew 5 percent to $109.5 trillion, according to a global wealth report released on Thursday by Boston Consulting Group.It was the sixth consecutive year of expanding wealth. The fastest growth was among households in developing regions, such as China and the Gulf States and among families who were already rich.That wealth also is increasingly concentrated among the richest.The top 1 percent of all households owned 35 percent of the world's wealth last year. Meanwhile, the top 0.001 percent, ultra-rich households holding at least $5 million in assets, commanded $21 trillion -- a fifth of the world's wealth.The planet also continues to mint new millionaires rapidly. The biggest jumps in 2007 came from emerging countries in Asia and Latin America. Overall, the number of millionaire households grew 11 percent to 10.7 million last year. CLIP

The Great Amnesia: How we became slaves to oil (6 min video)
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/421.html
Oil really is the root of all evil -- Take oil and petroleum out of the energy equation and replace it with a locally produced, locally controlled, ecological, economical, renewable resource and what happens?95% of the world's structural problems melt away. No more oil wars. No more money leaving our country by the hundreds of billions. No more ecological devastation related to fuel production. Greatly reduced carcinogens. But oil is necessary for our lifestyle, right? If it's not, how did we get hooked on oil in the first place? History tells us the US went from whale oil to kerosene for lamps courtesy of the ingenuity of John Rockefeller and Standard Oil. It also tells us that gasoline and diesel made from oil and was the only practical source of fuel for motor vehicles (cars, trucks, buses and tractors.) Still is, so they say. But think about something for a moment. Prohibition was the total ban on alcohol manufacturing in the US from 1919 to 1933. We accept it as a force of nature and never examine it. The US is a hard drinking nation. Always has been and back when this ban was put in place it was far more so. The people who put Prohibition in place were men, most of whom were serious drinkers themselves. Are we to believe that these 1919-era men were led and controlled a group of 1919-era church ladies?Does that make any sense?Is it a coincidence that the ban of alcohol production took place just as the fledgling auto industry was gaining traction and alcohol was the obvious and superior choice for fuel? And was only lifted after the local alcohol-for-fuel infrastructure was completely destroyed, forgotten and supplanted by oil industry giants? Am I saying that the last 90 years of the economic, political, and ecological rape of the world by oil companies has been a total con job, enforced with violence and supported by generations of corrupt politicians (Cheney, Bush Sr., Bush Jr., Nixon, and on and on it goes.) Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.

Tomgram: Being in Base Denial - Going on an Imperial Bender - IN DEFENSE OF OIL COMPANIES' INTERESTS
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174972
How the U.S. Garrisons the Planet and Doesn't Even Notice -- Here it is, as simply as I can put it: In the course of any year, there must be relatively few countries on this planet on which U.S. soldiers do not set foot, whether with guns blazing, humanitarian aid in hand, or just for a friendly visit. In startling numbers of countries, our soldiers not only arrive, but stay interminably, if not indefinitely. Sometimes they live on military bases built to the tune of billions of dollars that amount to sizeable American towns (with accompanying amenities), sometimes on stripped down forward operating bases that may not even have showers. When those troops don't stay, often American equipment does -- carefully stored for further use at tiny "cooperative security locations," known informally as "lily pads" (from which U.S. troops, like so many frogs, could assumedly leap quickly into a region in crisis). At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad.The fact is: We garrison the planet north to south, east to west, and even on the seven seas, thanks to our various fleets and our massive aircraft carriers which, with 5,000-6,000 personnel aboard -- that is, the population of an American town -- are functionally floating bases. And here's the other half of that simple truth: We don't care to know about it. We, the American people, aided and abetted by our politicians, the Pentagon, and the mainstream media, are knee-deep in base denial. Now, that's the gist of it. If, like most Americans, that's more than you care to know, stop here. CLIP

My Bases Are Bigger Than Your Country (August 22, 2008)
http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2008/09/pentagon-base-stats.html
What a Spread! Land occupied by US bases: 46,566 square miles - Land area of North Korea: 46,541 square miles. Lessons From Rome: Roman bases at empire's peak (AD 117): 37 - British bases at empire's peak (1898): 36 - US military sites overseas (2007): 761 - In Germany: 268 - In Japan: 124 - In South Korea: 87. Number that the Pentagon defines as "medium" or "large" (worth at least $888 million): 30 - Number of foreign countries/territories that host US bases: 39 Total US sites, foreign and domestic: 5,429. Military Architecture - Total Pentagon "facilities": 545,714 - Percentage of total on foreign soil: 19 - Number on foreign soil: 102,376 - Buildings: 52,962 - Roads, bridges, weapons ranges, etc.: 39,648 - Overseas facilities' "replacement cost": $119 billion - Priorities - Estimated worldwide defense spending: $1.2 trillion - US share of the total: 49 percent CLIP

Putin: No basis for new Cold War
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2008/09/200891118134983197.html
Putin, who was replaced by Dmitry Medvedev as president in May, said Russia did not have any "imperial ambitions" but warned the West against starting an arms race in Europe by stationing a US missile defence shield near Russia's borders.Referring to the deployment of interceptor missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic, Putin said: "Our targeting of these countries will happen as soon as these missiles are brought."Please do not instigate an arms race in Europe. It is not needed. What should we do? Sit pretty while they deploy missiles?"Washington says the shield is aimed against what it calls "rogue states" like Iran, not Russia, but Moscow says it does not believe the US explanation.The prime minister's remarks were backed up Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, who visited Poland on Thursday.Lavrov said the defence shield posed a direct threat to his country's security but that Moscow remained open to further talks.Speaking at a joint news conference with Radoslaw Sikorski, his Polish counterpart, Lavrov said: "We cannot fail to see the risks emerging as a result of US strategic forces coming closer to our borders."We are certain this system in Europe can have no other target for a long time to come but Russia's strategic forces." But Lavrov balanced his comments with a call for dialogue.He said: "We don't see Poland itself as a source of threats to the Russian Federation... We don't agree on everything but we appreciate dialogue."

Shocking Menace of Satellite Surveillance (Part I)
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/106313-5/
(...) A surveillance satellite, in addition, can detect human speech. Burrows observed that satellites can “even eavesdrop on conversations taking place deep within the walls of the Kremlin.” Walls, ceilings, and floors are no barrier to the monitoring of conversation from space. Even if you were in a highrise building with ten stories above you and ten stories below, a satellite’s audio surveillance of your speech would still be unhampered. Inside or outside, in any weather, anyplace on earth, at any time of day, a satellite “parked” in space in a geosynchronous orbit (whereby the satellite, because it moves in tandem with the rotation of the earth, seems to stand still) can detect the speech of a human target. Apparently, as with reconnaissance in general, only by taking cover deep within the bowels of a lead-shielding-fortified building could you escape audio monitoring by a satellite. CLIP - Read Part 2 at http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/09-09-2008/106328-Satellite_Surveillance-0

US attack inside Pakistan threatens dangerous new war (5 September 2008)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/sep2008/paki-s05.shtml
A ground assault by US Special Forces troops on a Pakistani village on Wednesday threatens to expand the escalating Afghanistan war into its neighbour. Pakistan is already confronting a virtual civil war in its tribal border regions as the country’s military, under pressure from Washington, seeks to crush Islamist militias supporting the anti-occupation insurgency inside Afghanistan.The attack, which left up to 20 civilians dead, marks a definite escalation of US operations inside Pakistan. While US Predator drones and war planes have been used previously to bomb targets, Wednesday’s raid was the first clear case of an assault by American ground troops inside Pakistani territory. The White House and Pentagon have refused to comment on the incident but various unnamed US officials have acknowledged to the media that the raid took place and indicated that there could be more to come. The attack was unprovoked. US troops landed by helicopter in the village of Jalal Khei in South Waziristan at around 3 a.m. and immediately targetted three houses. The engagement lasted for about 30 minutes and left between 15 and 20 people dead, including women and children. (...) Pakistani military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said the raid was “completely counterproductive” and risked provoking an uprising even among those tribesmen who have previously supported the army’s operations in the border areas. The International News reported: “Angry villagers later blocked the main road between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Angoor Adda by placing the bodies of their slain tribesmen on the road. They chanted slogans against the US and NATO military authorities for crossing the border without any provocation and killing innocent people.” (...) The decision to launch Wednesday’s attack was undoubtedly taken at the top levels of the White House and Pentagon. As the New York Times reported in articles earlier this year, a high-level debate has been taking place in Washington over the use of US Special Forces inside Pakistan as well as the intensification of existing CIA operations, which include Predator missile strikes. CLIP

Missile strike kills civilians on Pakistan-Afghan border: officials (Sept 5, 2008)
http://tinyurl.com/5psk88
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) - Three children and two women were killed when missiles fired by a suspected unmanned US aircraft hit a village on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Friday in the third such attack in as many days, officials said. CLIP

US Drone air strike kills six in North Waziristan (Sept 5, 2008)
http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=54179
According to sources, in Muhammad Khale area, 25 km away from Miramshah, a guided missile fired by spy plane hit Farman Dawar home killing six innocent people including him (Farman) and leaving four seriously injured.

Scores Killed by Pilotless US Aircraft - The US military are killing innocent people with reckless abandon!
http://www.truthout.org/article/scores-killed-pilotless-us-aircraft
(...) A missile strike from a remotely piloted United States reconnaissance aircraft killed 6 to 12 people in a group of houses in southern Afghanistan, very close to the border with Pakistan, Pakistani residents of the area said Friday.

Pakistan cuts supply lines to Nato forces
http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=17051
In a major development, the federal government of Pakistan announced disconnection of supply lines to the allied forces stationed in Afghanistan through Pakistan in an apparent reaction to a ground attack on a border village in South Waziristan agency by the Nato forces.

Evidence Points to Civilian Toll in Afghan Raid (September 8, 2008)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/world/asia/08afghan.html?em
Afghanistan ˜ To the villagers here, there is no doubt what happened in an American airstrike on Aug. 22: more than 90 civilians, the majority of them women and children, were killed.The Afghan government, human rights and intelligence officials, independent witnesses and a United Nations investigation back up their account, pointing to dozens of freshly dug graves, lists of the dead, and cellphone videos and other images showing bodies of women and children laid out in the village mosque.Cellphone images seen by this reporter show at least 11 dead children, some apparently with blast and concussion injuries, among some 30 to 40 bodies laid out in the village mosque. Ten days after the airstrikes, villagers dug up the last victim from the rubble, a baby just a few months old. Their shock and grief is still palpable.For two weeks, the United States military has insisted that only 5 to 7 civilians, and 30 to 35 militants, were killed in what it says was a successful operation against the Taliban: a Special Operations ground mission backed up by American air support. But on Sunday, Gen. David D. McKiernan, the senior American commander in Afghanistan, requested that a general be sent from Central Command to review the American military investigation in light of "emerging evidence." "The people of Afghanistan have our commitment to get to the truth," he said in a statement. CLIP - Read also The Value of One, the Value of None: An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era below

US troops commit suicide in Iraq (08 Sep 2008)
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=68821&sectionid=35102020116
Sixteen US troops from the 57th Unit of the Airborne Division have committed suicide inside a military base in Iraq, security sourcessay. Iraqi security sources have revealed that 21 US troops had committed suicide inside a former Iraqi air force base 27 days ago, Fars News Agency reported on Monday. According to the sources, the 21 troops were treated in a hospital but only five soldiers have survived and they are in a critical condition. Security officials said they used potent narcotics to killthemselves. The troops' motivations for suicide are not known but according to Iraqi sources the servicemen belonged to the 57th Unit of the US Airborne Division that was behind the massacre of several Iraqi families-- mostly women and children-- in northern Baghdad, said Alial-Baghdadi an Iraqi security official. The suicides took place in the soldiers' dormitory after the dinner time. "The bodies of the US troops became misshapen such a way that they looked like 5000-year mummies," said a witness. According to Iraqi officials' estimates, some 600 US troops, including senior officers, have committed suicide in Iraq since the invasion of the country in 2003. Half of the suicide attempts have been successful.

Report: UN to demand Israel pay Lebanon $1 billion in reparations:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1018564.html
The United Nations will require Israel to pay Lebanon nearly $1 billion for environmental damages caused during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Saturday.

U.S. Rescue Seen at Hand for 2 Mortgage Giants (September 5, 2008)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/business/06fannie.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
WASHINGTON - Senior officials from the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve on Friday called in top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage finance giants, and told them that the government was preparing to place the two companies under federal control, officials and company executives briefed on the discussions said. Henry M. Paulson Jr., the Treasury secretary, and Ben S. Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, were involved in the takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The plan, which would place the companies into a conservatorship, was outlined in separate meetings with the chief executives at the office of the companies‚ new regulator. The executives were told that, under the plan, they and their boards would be replaced and shareholders would be virtually wiped out, but that the companies would be able to continue functioning with the government generally standing behind their debt, people briefed on the discussions said. It is not possible to calculate the cost of any government bailout, but the huge potential liabilities of the companies could cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars and make any rescue among the largest in the nation's history. The drastic effort follows the bailout this year of Bear Stearns, the investment bank, as government officials continue to grapple with how to stem the credit crisis and housing crisis that have hobbled the economy. With Bear Stearns, the government provided guarantees, and the bulk of its assets were transferred to JPMorgan Chase, leaving shareholders with a nominal amount.Under a conservatorship, the common and preferred shares of Fannie and Freddie would be reduced to little or nothing, and any losses on mortgages they own or guarantee could be paid by taxpayers. Shareholders have already lost billions of dollars as the stocks have plunged more than 80 percent this year. A conservatorship would operate much like a pre-packaged bankruptcy, similar to what smaller companies use to clean up their books and then emerge with stronger balance sheets. It would allow for uninterrupted operation of the companies, crucial players in the diminished mortgage market, where they are now responsible for nearly 70 percent of new loans. CLIP

"Tantamount to Treason"; Bailout of Fannie and Freddie
http://rolandsanjuan.blogspot.com/2008/09/tantamount-to-treason-bailout-of-fannie.html
The following brief reports from Lyndon LaRouche and the EIR intelligence staff on the insane actions of US Treasury Secretary Paulson in committing the US government to bailing out trillions of dollars of useless speculative junk in the US banking system through the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will be compiled into an emergency pamphlet within the next 24 hours, for circulation worldwide. Without emergency action to repeal the Congressional authorization for this lunacy, the world financial system will not survive the coming months. Please circulate this report widely. Mike Billington "Tantamount to Treason"; Bailout of Fannie and Freddie September 6, 2008 (LPAC)--The Bush Administration and the Federal Reserve are moving to put mortgage-lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under Federal control this weekend, in a move economist Lyndon LaRouche bluntly described as “tantamount to treason.” The government's claim that this is being done to protect housing is a fraud--this is bailout of the banking system, pure and simple.Fannie Mae was created by Franklin Roosevelt in 1938, as a government agency to buy mortgages from lenders, as a way of funding the purchase of homes in the Great Depression. In more recent years, Fannie Mae and its sibling Freddie Mac, were taken over by what FDR attacked as the “economic royalists” and turned into vehicles for derivatives speculation. Under the great Greenspan bubble, Fannie and Freddie were turned into money machines to feed the run-up in real estate values to provide assets--in the form of mortgage debt--as fuel to the derivatives markets. This scheme was bound to fail, as it spectacularly has, leaving Fannie and Freddie, and the U.S. banking system, bankrupt.However, Fannie and Freddie are at the heart of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's insane scheme to bail out the banks by dumping all their bad mortgage paper into the two government-sponsored enterprises, effectively transferring the banks' losses to the government, and ultimately to the taxpayer. The government is not really bailing out Fannie and Freddie, but merely funding their conversion into the largest toxic waste dumps in history. Far from being saved, Fannie and Freddie are being destroyed.The government has already spent trillions of dollars in the attempt to save the banks, in schemes ranging from the economic stimulus program to the ongoing and accelerating loan programs to the banks from the Fed. None of this has worked, but rather than realize the folly of their ways, the idiots in Washington and Wall Street are cranking the spigots wide open. Some estimate that the bailout will cost $20-$30 billion, but these estimates are meaningless, since the government is effectively committing itself to an unlimited bailout. Essentially, the government is bailing out the debt by doubling it, creating a even bigger pile of debt that will have to be bailed out, doubling again in a geometric progression. Since there isn't enough money in the world to make this scheme work, it cannot succeed, and the attempt to do it will trigger a hyperinflationary explosion reminiscent of Weimar Germany, such that the very value of the dollar itself will vaporize. Not only is this scheme insane, LaRouche stressed, but it is “tantamount to treason” in that it puts an attempt to save the parasitic financial system ahead of the welfare of the nation and its people. CLIP

LPAC Fact Sheet: Who Sold You Out? (September 08, 2008)
http://larouchepac.com/node/11295/pdf
Hank Paulson's Trillion Dollar Taxpayer Bailout of Speculators -- 1. What Is It?What Hank Paulson announced over the weekend is an unlimited, Federal Treasury, taxpayer-funded credit line, to guarantee banks and financial funds all over the world 100% of the value of their mortgage-backed securities. It is a Federal bailout promise which will completely dwarf the $30 billion Federal Reserve bailout of the mortgage-backed securities of Bear Stearns in May. It will steal from American citizens and taxpayers on a scale they have never seen before, to the benefit of financial firms. This makes the bailout unconstitutional, a direct violation of the leading "General Welfare" clause of the U.S. Constitution. (...) 2. How Big Is It?"Unlimited"--the Treasury Department insisted on that. The only limitation on the size of this bailout,temporarily, is the U.S. Federal debt ceiling. And at the Treasury's frantic demand in July, the Congress raised the Federal debt ceiling, for this purpose, from $9.6 trillion to $10.4 trillion. So this bailout could rapidly use $800 billion of Federal borrowing, raising Treasury interest rates (it's already doing that) and piling on you, the taxpayer, another $40-60 billion a year in Federal debt interest charges. To give one indication of how big it could get, a memo has been recently circulating among economists at the Federal Reserve, according to one source, that warns that the Federal debt could reach $23 trillion by mid-2010, if the unchecked bailout goes forward. That is one warning of how big it could get, but no one can actually place a limit on how big this bailout could be. There are $7 trillion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) held by banks, hedge funds, "investors," etc. They are the means by which these investors bought collection rights on risky mortgage by the millions They could and should be frozen and written off for the duration of the financial crisis; instead, Paulson's Treasury is guaranteeing them at 100% face value. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, between them, issued about $2 trillion of these, and bought another $1 trillion from other financial firms. CLIP

ONE SOLID HISTORICAL REASON WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE (SEPTEMBER 1, 2008)
http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=14473
This was sent to me by a fellow woman Democrat today. The story it tells is one we should not forget or fail to honor. This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.(Lucy Burns)And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.' They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. (...) When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press. So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining? Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder. CLIP

House price crash goes global (September 02 2008)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/sep/02/houseprices.property?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront
The property crash that began in the US is spreading across the globe, according to international estate agents Knight Frank, which said today that steep declines are now taking place across Europe and into Asia.The country recording the sharpest fall is Latvia, where house prices have plummeted 24.1% over the past year. New Zealand, Denmark and Lithuania have all seen falling prices, along with Malta, Germany, Ireland, Estonia, Britain and the US.Even countries where prices have not fallen are witnessing a rapid deceleration in price growth. In South Africa the rate of house price inflation has collapsed from 15.5% this time last year to 3.8%, and is expected to be negative soon. In France, Spain and Greece price growth has halved and is running below 3.2%. CLIP

NATO Nuclear Weapons: Power Without Purpose - By David Krieger
http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/08/14_krieger_nato_nuc_power.php?krieger
Europe is heavily armed with nuclear weapons. Both Britain and France possess their own nuclear forces and the United States has a long history of keeping nuclear weapons on European soil. Britain’s nuclear force is estimated at under 200 weapons, with approximately 150 deployed on four Vanguard submarines and the remainder kept in reserve. France is thought to have approximately 350 nuclear weapons in its Force de frappe (strike force). The US keeps some 200-350 nuclear weapons in six countries: Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey and the UK. Recent unconfirmed reports indicate that the US has pulled its nuclear weapons out of the UK. If this is correct, approximately 240 US nuclear weapons remain in five European countries. (...) NATO reasoning for maintaining nuclear weapons seems very flimsy. If there is anything that is clear about nuclear weapons, it is that they cannot protect their possessors. All of the nuclear weapons in Europe cannot protect any European city from a nuclear attack by an extremist organization. Reliance upon these weapons provides an incentive for nuclear proliferation, increasing the possibilities that these weapons will fall into the hands of such an organization and will be used.If European nations want to provide true security to the citizens of their countries, they should end NATO’s reliance upon nuclear weapons by taking the following steps: - Call for the removal of all US nuclear weapons from Europe. - Call for the US to remove its missile defense installations from the Russian border Negotiate the removal of all tactical nuclear weapons from Europe and the western regions of Russia. - Create a global treaty to bring all weapons-grade fissile material under strict and effective international control. - Call for the NATO nuclear weapons states (US, UK and France) to fulfill their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty for good faith negotiations for nuclear disarmament. - Take a leading role in initiating negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, setting forth a roadmap for the phased, verifiable, irreversible and transparent elimination of nuclear weapons. - Join Russia and China in negotiating a ban on space weaponization.

New Poll Shows That Americans Believe Nuclear Weapons Make Them Less Safe
http://www.nuclearweaponsfree.org
A new poll determined that an overwhelming majority of US adults believe that possession of nuclear weapons by some countries encourages others to develop nuclear weapons. Of those who were asked, 68% said the possession of nuclear weapons by the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea encourages countries without nuclear weapons to develop them.22% of adults said it had no impact, and 11 percent said it discouraged development.The poll, sponsored by the Campaign for Nuclear Weapons Free world, asked "Nine (9) countries - the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea - currently have nuclear weapons. The major nuclear powers have attempted to persuade other nations to not develop nuclear weapons. What impact do you think the possession of nuclear weapons by these countries has on other countries that do not currently possess nuclear weapons - do you think it discourages them from developing nuclear weapons, encourages them to develop nuclear weapons, or has no impact on their developing nuclear weapons?" - "Nuclear Weapons for Some Encourage Nuclear Weapons for All."

Clear Channel Removes Ads Discouraging Nuclear Weapons
Northwest Airlines, the official airline of the Republican National Convention, has ordered an airport advertising firm, Clear Channel, to pull down an anti-nuclear weapons billboard ad at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport that was placed in time for the upcoming convention. Clear Channel claims it is "under a contractual obligation to remove advertising copy...at the Minneapolis-St. Paul [airport] if [it] is objectionable to Northwest." The ad, placed by advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists, depicts a photo of an aerial cross-target locked onto downtown Minneapolis, the site of the convention that starts on September 1. It urges Sen. John McCain that "it's time to get serious about reducing the nuclear threat. When only one bomb could destroy a city like Minneapolis, we don't need 6,000." Clear Channel also voluntarily removed the ad in Denver last week "after being informed of the reasons for Northwest Airlines‚ objections to the advertising copy in question." MUCH more through http://www.wagingpeace.org/sunflower.php?issue=134

'US troops are committing war crimes' (02 September 2008)
http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1514&Itemid=48
Afghan rights group accuses foreign troops of deliberately killing civilians - AN AFGHAN human rights organisation has accused the United States army of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Tuesday that, according to their own investigations, civilians are killed in most operations conducted by US forces. AIHRC expressed strong concern about the death of innocent Afghans during military operations and urged those responsible for the killings to face trial."According to our investigations, 98% of civilian casualties caused by the coalition forces in Afghanistan are intentional," the head of the AIHRC, Lal Gul, said." The actions of the coalition forces, especially the American forces, are not only against the human rights laws, but are considered war crimes. Therefore, these forces have committed war crimes in Afghanistan," he said.Foreign forces maintain that they try their best to minimise civilian casualties in their operations. They also accuse the Taliban of using civilians as human shields by taking shelter in residential homes and areas. A spokesman for the AIHRC, Nadir Nadiri, said: "Whenever a military force, or one of the two sides in a war, kill innocent people intentionally, it has broken the international human rights law, and according to the human rights law, such people must be tried." NATO and the US-led coalition have come under fire from Afghan politicians, ordinary people and the local media for killing innocent civilians in recent weeks. On Monday, residents accused foreign troops of killing four members of the same family during a midnight raid in Kabul, a claim the international troops strongly deny. On August 22, a coalition raid on a village in the western province of Herat killed as many as 90 civilians, 60 of them children, a United Nations investigation into the ground and air operation revealed.Karzai, who has also chided western generals for their failure to minimise civilian casualties, says the death of innocent Afghans only plays into the hands of the Taliban, who use the killings to turn people against the government. More than 500 civilians have been killed during operations led by foreign and Afghan forces against militants this year, according to the Afghan government and some aid groups. The UN says the civilian death-toll has increased "sharply" this year on last.

The U.S. 2008 Presidential Election: An Evaluation - by Rodrigue Tremblay (September 8, 2008)
http://www.TheNewAmericanEmpire.com/tremblay=1094
(...) It is obvious that there is a strong coalition of various interests that does not like the prospect of having Senator Obama become President Obama, and they are taking the necessary steps to attempt to deny him a victory. For that, they have adopted the traditional Republican strategy of “attack and destroy.” The neocon propaganda machine, which controls 90 percent of the American corporate media, has already done an effective job of sabotaging the Obama campaign. Indeed, the mainstream network talking heads, cable paid demagogues and other smear artists have savaged him ferociously with innuendos, half-truths and calumnies in order to distance him from the average voter, whose interests Sen. Obama has espoused. It is obvious that this powerful propaganda machine is bent on electing a neocon and pro-military-industrial complex candidate, no matter how flawed and unfit that candidate may be, and so far they have used their considerable resources, including those of nonprofit 501(c)4 organizations, to attain that goal. (...) The 2008 American presidential election is a most unusual and interesting election, and it will be studied intensively in the coming years. My preliminary assessment is that this is still a presidential election for the Democrats to lose, but they may lose it, at least at the strategic presidential level. Of course, the Democrats have not yet lost the 2008 presidential election, far from it, but they must quickly regain the momentum and take control of the political agenda by reorienting their strategy and tactics. As President John Kennedy once said, “an error is not a mistake unless you refuse to correct it.” For strategy, for instance, they would be wise to place less emphasis on the persona of Sen. Obama and his wife and more on issues. They must demonstrate to the American electorate that they are better prepared to tackle them, while their adversaries are likely to make matters worse. CLIP - Recommended by David Creighton (dcr8on@sympatico.ca) who wrote: "Dr Tremblay's essays are usually very comprehensive and this is no except."

Nearly 600,000 Voters Subject to Possible Caging in Ohio
http://www.truthout.org/article/nearly-600000-voters-subject-possible-caging-ohio
(...) How many voter-registration mass mailers are 'returned to sender' in the run-up to Election Day may determine how many Ohio residents are eligible to vote.

Blurred Out: 51 Things You Aren't Allowed to See on Google Maps (July 15, 2008)
http://www.itsecurity.com/features/51-things-not-on-google-maps-071508/
Find out which sensitive locations are off-limits online. -- Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex's house. But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it's due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a "Prohibited" sign on the following 51 places. CLIP

Rense.com Now Under Severe, Routine Attack (9-3-8)
http://www.rense.com/general83/atack.htm
We are being regularly hacked and taken down by the dark side. We cannot trace the exact point of origin but these are highest level ops...of that there is no question. We are back up now and profoundly appreciate your support. No other world news service is being assaulted like this so we know rense.com and all those who support its Freedom of Speech and freedom of journalistic inquiry are directly on and over the target. Thank you for your kind emails and gracious patience. We ARE taking more steps to upgrade our security but the opposition is literally the top of the Westen power structure seeking to remake America in its image. Something I am dedicated to opposing to the last. - Jeff Rense

Another Alternative Energy Inventor Killed? By Benjamin Fulford (9-3-8)
http://www.rense.com/general83/been.htm
A man by the name of Stefan Nystrom invented a way to generate energy from ocean waves that he claims would cost 5% of what coal energy does. He set up a proto-type in Ghana and, initially, claims to have found many potential investors. However, suddenly problems started to pop up. The investors, originally extremely enthusiastic, started to back off. He was offered bribes in order to quit. Finally, he began to be harassed by Ghanaian police and mercenaries.He contacted me in hopes of getting protection. I told him to come to Japan. He told me he was not allowed to leave the country. He said they had taken parts from his prototype. I said I would see what I could do. Before I could do anything, yesterday I received a disturbing set of phone calls from a very scared sounding Mr. Nystrom. "They tried to kill me three times today," he screamed into the phone. Then I lost contact with him, and his phone has been switched off.In his last call, he asked me to make his technology public. So, here below is a description of his technology. Would people please pass it on and would as many people, in a tribute to a man who has probably been killed by mercenaries hired by the oil industry, and make sure that prototypes are developed. http://www.wavepartner.eu/page_1219330357093.html

ALTERNATING MINORITIES VERSUS A DEMOCRACY BASED ON MAJORITIES - Anyone can participate
http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/changeworld8.htm
The American President is chosen by just over 25 percent of the possible voters. Though many millions of people who live in the USA as prisoners or legal and illegal immigrants are not allowed to vote. Decisions are taken by a majority of elected representatives but such majorities are often hardly real because many representatives just vote as the whips of the political parties tell them to vote. Our democracy is not based on majorities, it is based on alternating minorities of leaders. Majorities are rare. In most subjects a minority of all people is involved and interested. The others belong to the silent majority that does not want to be bothered. Minorities are the rule not majorities. Our society turns around minorities of elite people and the rest of the population has a lesser status. All decisions are guided by the wish of elite people to preserve and extend the prosperous and privileged elite world. To reach this goal the elite needs a hierarchical organisation (with the elite on top). All political systems are determined by this goal. By taking part in elections mass people give their power away to representatives who in the first place listen to higher placed elite people who are not elected. CLIP

French revolt over Edvige: Nicolas Sarkozy's Big Brother spy computer (September 9, 2008)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4703054.ece
President Nicolas Sarkozy faced an embarrassing split in his Cabinet today over a computer system that a new French internal intelligence service will use to spy on the private lives of millions of law-abiding citizens.Hervé Morin, the Defence Minister, broke government ranks to side with a growing revolt against Edvige, an acronym for a police database that will store personal details including opinions, the social circle and even sexual preferences of more or less anyone who interests the State. Edvige, which is also a woman's name, was created by decree in July to store data on anyone aged 13 or above who is "likely to breach public order"."Sarkozy's Big Sister", as it has been dubbed, will also track anyone active in politics or trade unions and in a significant role in business, the media, entertainment or social or religious institutions. Listed people will have limited rights to consult their files. (...) The anti-Edvige opposition started after the National Commission on Information Technology and Freedom (CNIL), the data privacy watchdog, forced the Government to publish the secret decree that created Edvige in July. This alerted rights groups to the potentially vast scope of the network, whose full name is Exploitation Documentaire et Valorisation de l'Information Générale."With just a few clicks of the mouse, any government official or civil servant will have access to intimate data," said Francois Bayrou, leader of the centrist MoDem party and a fierce opponent of President Sarkozy. The Socialist party demanded that the Government put the system under judicial supervision. Michel Pezet, a former member of the CNIL agency, said: "The Edvige database has no place in a democracy. There is nothing in the decree that sets limits or a framework. Whether the database is used with or without moderation depends only on orders from up high. The electronic Bastille is upon us."Hundreds of associations, including the main judges' union, civil liberties defenders, gay rights groups and leftwing lawyers have joined the anti-Edvige mutiny. Fifteen lawsuits have been filed against it at the Conseil d'Etat, the highest civil court, and an online petition has gathered more than 100,000 signatures. CLIP

Scientists get death threats over Large Hadron Collider (05/09/2008)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/05/scilhc105.xml
Scientists working on the world's biggest machine are being besieged by phone calls and emails from people who fear the world will end next Wednesday, when the gigantic atom smasher starts up. (...) The Group compares the rates of cosmic rays that bombard Earth to show that hypothetical black holes or strangelets, that have raised fears in some, will pose no threat. As the Group writes, "Each collision of a pair of protons in the LHC will release an amount of energy comparable to that of two colliding mosquitoes, so any black hole produced would be much smaller than those known to astrophysicists." They also say that such microscopic black holes could not grow dangerously. As for the equally hypothetical strangelets, the review uses recent experimental measurements at the Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider, New York, to prove that they will not be produced in the LHC. The collider is designed to seek out new particles including the long-awaited Higgs boson responsible for making things weigh what they do, the possible source of gravity called dark matter, as well as probe the differences between matter and antimatter.

Scientists beaming after test of big atom smasher (Sept 11, 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080911/ap_on_sc/big_bang;_ylt=AugPLBXcHzjsn4YaJaO7EjWs0NUE
GENEVA - A small blip on a computer screen sent champagne corks popping among physicists in Switzerland. Near Chicago, researchers at a "pajama party" who watched via satellite let out an early morning cheer. The blip was literally of cosmic proportions, representing a new tool to probe the birth of the universe.The world's largest atom smasher passed its first test Wednesday as scientists said their powerful tool is almost ready to reveal how the tiniest particles were first created after the "big bang," which many theorize was the massive explosion that formed the stars, planets and everything. (...) The physicists celebrated with champagne when the white dots flashed on the blue screens of the control room, showing a successful crossing of the finish line on the $10 billion machine under planning since 1984. (...) The beams will gradually be filled with more protons and fired at near the speed of light in opposite directions around the tunnel, making 11,000 circuits a second. They will travel down the middle of two tubes about the width of fire hoses, speeding through a vacuum that is colder than outer space. At four points in the tunnel, the scientist will use giant magnets to cross the beams and cause protons to collide. The collider's two largest detectors - essentially huge digital cameras weighing thousands of tons - are capable of taking millions of snapshots a second.It is likely to be several weeks before the first significant collisions. (...) Gillies said the only risk would be if a beam at full power were to go out of control, and that would only damage the accelerator itself and burrow into the rock around the tunnel. No one would be endangered because the tunnel is evacuated when beams are being fired.No such problem occurred Wednesday, although the accelerator is still probably a year away from full power. CLIP

The surge of energy created by the Large Hadron Collider - Channeled message
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xwa_keVgsOc
After experiencing a huge surge in energy, enough to wake me from my sleep, at the exact moment the Large Hadron Collider was turned on, I have been into channel with the Collective, Consciousness of Nine to see what they could tell me about this.

The Decline Of Bees Won't Just Affect Honey Production
http://www.coastalpost.com/08/09/05.html
Bees Are As Important As The Sun And Rain In Making Crops Grow' Britain's honeybees have suffered catastrophic losses this year according to the first survey of UK beekeepers. Close on one in three hives failed to make it through this winter and spring - that's about 80,000 colonies - leaving us with a potential crisis on our hands. Fewer honeybees will, as you'd expect, mean less honey. But as British honey only accounts for around 10% of the honey we consume in the UK, we should still be able to spread the sweet stuff on our toast well after the indigenous varieties run out, albeit at a higher price, as droughts in Argentina and the conversion of land for biofuel production reduce global supply. More worryingly, insects pollinate a third of everything we humans eat - most fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and forage for our livestock. As we become more and more dependent on a monoculture system of growing food, we become more reliant on the honeybee to do the bulk of this work; trucked into an area for just a few days or weeks when a single crop is blossoming, they can be moved in their hives to more fertile pastures when the orchards and fields turn into a barren wasteland. Not so the bumblebees, solitary bees, moths and butterflies that have suffered a sharp decline as a result of modern farming practices. US farmers have already warned Congress that they are being forced to reduce their acreage of crops because of a shortage of honeybees for pollination and the subsequent rising cost of renting hives. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), the term used to describe the mysterious wipeout of more than a third of US honeybees - a million this year, 800,000 the year before - has not yet been confirmed in Britain. CLIP

EMF-Omega-News 6. September 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/20080906/

EMF-Omega-News 13. September 2008
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/5188114/
Allergy to Modern Gadgets 'Posing Health Risk to Millions' - Mobile phones 'can give you brain tumours' - Cell Phone Radiation and the Increase in Brain Cancer - Growing Concern about Electromagnetic Pollution and Cell Phones - William Bunker: "I am electro-sensitive" and MUCH MORE!




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From: Randy Flowers (the_rainman@tx.rr.com)
Date: 3 Sept 2008
Subject: The Rabbit Hole Project

Hi!

I am ready to start reaching out and meeting the network of people that i want to meet going forward... i want to meet other that 'get it', that get that we are in the midst of an 'edge time', a consciousness shift moment... i see the rest of my life as being part of that movement somehow, but i don't know what kind of job i could get that would be along the lines of what i REALLY want to do, which is to teach others about what really is going on... however, i am a bit autistic (my nickname is the Rainman) and the very digging ability that gives me the desire to learn things that others could care less about, also makes it difficult for me to branch out and meet others, thus its hard to figure out how to share what i have learned (and am learning!)...

With that in mind (i.e. i want to share with others what i see), I have listened to about 5000 hours worth of audio from the net while working the last 5 years or so since MP3s became easy to download for free, and i have narrowed down about 150-200 hours worth of the absolute best stuff from the best speeches and documentaries and interviews and talk shows, etc...Thom Hartmann, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti, David Korten, Bill Moyers, David Suzuki, Richard Moore, Kevin Danaher, Jim Hightower, John Perkins, Helen Caldicott, Eric Schlosser, and many more...

I also tried to cover every subject, everything from peak oil to climate change to the tar sands to globalization to real history (Howard Zinn and Noam and Michael Parenti!) to the use of DU in Iraq to Palestine to the coming financial meltdown to sweatshops to plastic to ocean destruction to the CIA to nukes still being on hair trigger alert to our out of control food system and factory farms to ultimately the great shift in consciousness that must occur if we are to continue playing this particular game of being humans on earth...

I cut and pasted and each segment i really liked (all were download and spread for free), then wrote a little synopsis of it and noted where i got it...all in a word doc for the moment, eventually i want it on a website and elaborated on...

I call it (for the moment) The Rabbit Hole...the idea is to have 'levels' and take the person new to all this down one level at a time, gradually...once i put it on the web, it could be all connected up in ways that 'this leads to that' type of approach...

When i finish the initial idea of what i will give out as 'The Rabbit Hole', it will be a folder with 30-40 pages in it describing the audio, and also listing a bunch of free videos to watch and how to find them, and books to read or to get on audio book, things like Ismael, Echart Tolle's stuff, Derrick Jenson, etc.

Would love to get to know you all better over the years ahead!

Randy

"Sadly, the '4th Estate' has become the '5th Column' of democracy, colluding with the powers that be in a culture of deception that subverts the thing most necessary to freedom; the truth."




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SEE MATTHEW'S COMMENT ON THIS BELOW

From: Forrist Lytehaause (Webmaster@EdenBound.com)
Date: 10 Sep 2008
Subject: FWD: Impending Event Alert

Hi, I am guessing that, like myself, you consider yourself fairly intuitive and may choose to contribute to the effort described below. Even if you do not have such dreams, the information is coming to me from the Arlington Institute, a highly reliable source. I have received their free FuturEdition newsletter for a number of years. This is new territory for them.

Another sobering website that has my attention is: http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/

May blessings and Grace be with you as Life unfolds in all Perfection.

Forrist

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From: The Future (TheFuture@FUTUREdition.org)
Date: 9 Sep 2008
Subject: Impending Event Alert

TAI Alert #15 Impending Event Alert

Here at the Arlington Institute, we have worked with real precognizant dreamers who have had experience with intelligence services and we have subsequently learned about the hundreds of case studies of individuals who had explicit dreams about the 9/11 affair (people jumping out of burning high rise buildings, etc.), beginning some six months before the event. We have been intrigued with the notion that the human collective unconscious somehow anticipates large impending perturbations. Our WHETHEReport project, for which we are looking for funding, is in fact based upon this dynamic. In telling people about this project I have received strong confirmations of the efficacy of the underlying logic from many individuals around the world.

Well, in the last two days I have received four independent, explicit indications from far removed friends suggesting that something very substantial and disruptive is going to happen to the U.S. within the next 60 days or so. If these warnings manifest themselves in an event of the significance of something like 9/11 then people all over the world should begin to experience dreams and other intuitions suggesting that something extraordinary is about to happen.

So I’m asking you to participate in an experiment with us. If you, or someone you know, experiences any kind of significant suggestion (dream, intuition, etc.) that something big and disruptive is about to happen in the coming weeks, send us a note and tell us about it. We’ll compile them all and see if we can find any patterns or pointers toward an actual future event. Just cut and paste the form below into an email and fill it out and send it in. I’ll let you know what happens.  If you have multiple experiences, please send them along too.

You don’t need to include any identification and we’ll certainly keep all of this information confidential.

Thanks.

Send to dreams2008@arlingtoninstitute.org

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Date of dream or intuition:

Geographic Location of dreamer:

Narrative of actual dream/intuition:

Degree of urgency of dream/intuition: (scale of 1-10. 10 is most urgent)

Element of the dream/intuition that stands out as being most important:

Geographic location of the dream event (if any):

Illuminating comments about the experience:

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NOTE FROM JEAN: I share this above with Suzy and she replied "Matthew wants to say something about the Impending Event Alert"...

This is Matthew with loving greetings and our perspective of the potential for a "very substantial and disruptive" event, perhaps even another "9/11," happening during the next sixty days. The collective consciousness, or universal mind, that some individuals have the ability to tap into includes all thought forms, both light and dark, from The Beginning of Creation. Relative to dark thought forms, those of antiquity were attracted by those in the planning of "9/11," and the force of that combined energy enabled the Illuminati to manifest that tragic day. That is when Earth chose never again to experience such death and destruction at the hands of dark ones, and in honoring her free will choice, God authorized off-planet helpers to use their technology to prevent all such unconscionable attempts anywhere in the world. Since then they have done so successfully on as many as a dozen occasions.

Let us speak of this moment. The activity in Earth's energy field of potential is in as much foment as we have ever seen, with ever-increasing light streamers to preclude more zig-zagging of the kind the dark ones have been causing by lashing out in all directions in deepening desperation and fear. These Earth puppets of the darkness have been seeing their power erode to the extent that it is "do or die" time, and despite their failure in plot after plot, they feel that they still have a chance to prevail if they can prevent both of the following scenarios that indeed will be "very substantial and disruptive" events. They cannot prevent either.

First, the undeniable presence of other civilizations. If safety cannot be assured for people on the planet and souls in the star nations themselves for their announced appearance October 14, the delay in that occurrence would not be lengthy--simply, the time for this has come. And when it happens, it will be extremely disruptive especially within the US government, which long has been under Illuminati control and thus denied even the possibility of other civilizations' existence, much less admit that extraterrestrials have met with its leaders and the consequences meted out to those beings who came with only peaceful intentions. Second, the truth about who planned and executed "9/11." In the higher vibrations in which Earth is now orbiting, that truth cannot be hidden much longer; when it emerges along with its even deeper purpose than controlling oil resources in the Mideast, which is to dominate the entire planet and kill or enslave its peoples, the Illuminati's long reign of terror will meet its just end. The global impact of these two major events is part of the ongoing world transformation and spiritual renewal of Earth's humankind, the God-blessed "ascension" joint venture with your space brotherhood that all of you on the planet chose in pre-birth agreements to be participants.

It is equally important that you know what other individuals who also have the ability to tap into the collective consciousness are seeing. Many are accurately seeing what we have described in Earth's Golden Age --the loving, peaceful life of all peoples, the restoration of your planet's health and beauty, the harmonious co-existence of humankind with all of Nature. In this wondrous Earth that is on the near horizon and already created in the continuum, there is no fear, no violence or greed or bigotry or any other divisiveness that thrives in a third density world. The choice is yours as to which world you want to be in, but because of our unconditional love for every soul, we pray you will choose the one of love and peace.


Much more about Matthew through http://www.matthewbooks.com




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From: http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/the-unspeakable-truth-of-911/

also from: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=9326

The Unspeakable Truth of 9/11

by P.A. Buchanan - September 11, 2008

or the 'dots’ you are not supposed to connect.

The following is a compilation from mainstream media reports and other investigative research available on the web. (see also Paul Thompson, The Terror Timeline, 2004) Most of it never again repeated, clues, 'dots’ never connected:

- The World Trade Center needed repair since the late 1980s, some $200 million in renovations and improvements, mostly related to removal and/or replacement of building materials declared health hazards since the Towers were built. The WTC was labeled an "asbestos bombshell". In fact, the Port Authority thought of the WTC as a dinosaur, trying several times to get permits to demolish the buildings for liability reasons. The PA was turned down. The asbestos problem was no secret. The sole reason the complex was still up on 9/11/2001 was the cost of taking the Twin Towers down floor by floor. (http://www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut?pid=173207)

- Larry Silverstein, a New York property tycoon purchased a 99-year lease for the entire WTC complex just 6 months prior to the 9/11 attacks. That was the first time in its 33-year history the complex had ever changed ownership. Mr. Silverstein, who must have known about the asbestos problem, made a down-payment of $124 million on this $3.2 billion complex, and promptly insured it for $3.6 billion. He also covered the complex against "terrorist attacks". In the contract Mr. Silverstein was also specifically given the right to rebuild the structures if they were destroyed. Mr. Silverstein's first order of business as the new owner was to change the company responsible for the security of the complex. The new security company he hired was Securacom (now Stratasec). George W. Bush's brother, Marvin Bush, was on its board of directors, and Marvin's cousin, Wirt Walker III, was its CEO. According to public records, not only did Securacom provide electronic security for the World Trade Center, it also covered Dulles International Airport and United Airlines - two key players in the 9/11 attacks. Following the attacks, Mr. Silverstein filed two insurance claims for the maximum amount of the policy ($7.2B), based on the two ˜ in Mr. Silverstein's view ˜ separate attacks. The insurance company, Swiss Re, paid Mr. Silverstein $4.6 Billion, still a princely return on a relatively paltry investment of $124 million. Incidentally, it's worth noting that one of Mr. Silverstein's closest friends, a person with whom it's said he speaks almost daily by phone, is none other than former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It was also Mr. Netanyahu, who back in 1986 coined the phrase The War on Terror. (http://www.informationliberation.com/index.php?id=15459)

- Back in October 2000, about 11 months prior to September 11, 2001, a former Israeli Defense Force member and veteran of the 1973 Yom Kippur War overheard a conversation in Hebrew in New Jersey, "The Americans will learn what it is to live with terrorists after the planes hit the twins in September. The Arabs are so stupid. They don't even imagine that we are using them." (http://www.muckrakerreport.com/id387.html)

- On 9/11 at least two Israel-based employees of the instant messaging service Odigo received warnings of an imminent attack in New York City more than two hours before the first plane hit the buildings. Odigo had its U.S. headquarters two blocks from the WTC. The Odigo employees, however, did not pass the warning on to the authorities in New York City. (Washington Post, 9/27/01) Odigo, like many Israeli software companies, is based and has its Research and Development center in Herzliya, the small town north of Tel Aviv, which happens to be where the headquarters of Mossad, Israel's intelligence service are located.

- Also on 9/11/2001 five "Middle Eastern men" were arrested in New Jersey by the FBI after having been seen on a roof top videotaping and celebrating the explosive collapses of the WTC. "It looked like they knew what was going to happen." (Bergen Record, 9/12/01) It was later confirmed that the five detained men were in fact agents of the Israeli military intelligence, Mossad. Their "moving van" from a Weehawken, N.J. company called Urban Moving Systems tested positive for explosives. Another employee of Urban Moving Systems, reported that the majority of his co-workers were Israelis and were joking on the day of the attacks. The employee said, 'I was in tears, and these guys were joking, and that bothered me.’ These guys (Israelis) were like, "Now America knows what we go through." (http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/sears.html)

Dominic Suter, the Israeli owner of Urban Moving Systems, fled in haste after 9/11/2001, or was allowed to escape, to Israel before FBI agents could interrogate him. (Forward, 3/15/02)

The arrested five Israelis were released after spending just 71 days in U.S. custody. The Assistant Attorney General in charge of criminal investigations at the time was Michael Chertoff, the current head of the Dept. of Homeland Security. Chertoff, the son of Israel's first Mossad agents, facilitated the 9-11 cover-up, is thought to be a dual national. (http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/sears.html)

One of the released Israeli agents later told Israeli radio that they had been sent to "document the event".
(ABC News, 6/1/02)

- Carl Cameron of Fox News wrote an extensive 4-part report about Urban Moving Systems and the five Israelis. While it is no longer available at the Fox site, it has been saved in various archives on the web. (http://www.antiwar.com/justin/pf/p-j062402.html)

He was also told by an unnamed US official "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."

- Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) was quoted saying: "I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing - although that was part of it - by a sovereign government. It will become public at some point when it's turned over to the archives, but that's 20 or 30 years from now."
(http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/entity.jsp?entity=bob_graham)

- Investigators within the DEA, INS and FBI have all told Fox News that to 'pursue or even suggest Israeli spying. is considered career suicide’. (Fox News, 12/12/01)

- Another FBI official said to Cameron: "While I agree with you, if I say anything about US geopolitical interests with Israel, I might as well clean off my desk." Indeed, Carl Cameron of Fox News, himself is no longer willing to address the issue, comment or even acknowledge anything about his own research into the subject.

As to Osama bin Laden's so-called 'confession video’, Hani Sebai, a British electronics specialist talking to the BBC, called it 'a clear fabrication, a classic cut-and-paste job, using an Osama wedding video’. In an in-person interview given to the Pakistani paper Umat that was also broadcast on BBC, bin Laden denied any involvement in the 9/11 attacks. There would indeed be little incentive for someone to disavow a deed of this magnitude, for which he would be praised, to which he is supposedly dedicated to carrying through. (Ralph Schoenmann,Taking Aim, 7/12/2005)

The official investigation under the control of the neocon Philip Zelikow thwarted any attempt at discovering the truth behind the attacks. Any questioning of the official narrative, be it by victim relatives, architects, engineers, physicists or other patriotic Americans can simply be silenced as crazy 'conspiracy theory’.

http://www.911truth.org
http://www.patriotsquestion911.com
http://www.ae911truth.org/

The implication of the Arabs in the 9/11 attacks with the full support of the Zionist-controlled mass media gave the Israelis the perfect opportunity to sear the image of the 'Arab terrorist’ onto the American psyche.

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was asked a day later what the attacks in New York and Washington would mean for US-Israeli relations. He said, "It's very good". Then he corrected himself, adding: "Well, it's not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy for Israel from Americans". (New York Times, 9/12/01)

"From national networks to small-town newspapers, the view that America's terrible taste of terrorism will finally do away with even modest calls for the restraint of Israeli military attacks on Palestinian towns has become an instant, unshakable axiom. Now, support for Israel in America is officially absolute." (Village Voice, 9/19/01)

Whether Israel and its allies here just allowed it to happen or were involved in the planning and execution, their motive was correctly identified by Neil Mackay in the Nov. 2, 2003 issue of the Scottish 'Sunday Herald‚:

"to bind America in blood and mutual suffering to the Israeli cause ".

That's exactly why you won't see these connections in the mainstream media, this is the truth that is really unspeakable.




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From: http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=240345&version=1&template_id=39&parent_id=21

Call for world tribunal on 9/11 gains support

8 September, 2008

By Clive Freeman

GIULIETTO Chiesa, Italian film-maker and European parliamentary deputy whose dramatic 2007 documentary ZERO casts doubt on the official US version of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, feels an international tribunal could "establish the truth about the events".

Chiesa was in Berlin at the weekend for a screening of his film which features, among others, novelist Gore Vidal and playwright Dario Fo as well as retired American professor of philosophy David Ray Griffin, who advances conspiracy theories that contradict mainstream accounts of events of September 11, 2001.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controllers, US Air Force pilots, military commanders and physicists also appear in the critical documentary, which the director hopes will create "political awareness" of the "faulty" official investigation into the events by the 9/11 Commission.

"Some of the individuals appearing in the film are former FBI (US Federal Bureau of Investigation) and CIA (US Central Intelligence Agency) agents, people who have in a sense taken a very big risk in speaking out. I am very grateful to them because they have done a big job," said Chiesa.

"The film would not have been possible without them," he said, adding that ZERO had been seen in France and Belgium at individual screenings, and by more than 20,000 people in Italy. But it so far has not gained a distributor in Europe.

Chiesa, one of Italy's most respected journalists and for more than 20 years a La Stampa foreign correspondent, told his Berlin audience that an 9/11 international tribunal could serve a useful purpose.

"If feelings were strong enough a positive result could be obtained, but it would not happen immediately. So far it's been the US administration that has won the information fight and obtained their result - unfortunately.

"Our task is to inform millions of people of the true situation. Everybody should be involved in this struggle with a tribunal or commission helping once we win approval for the idea," he said.

Interviewed by DPA, Chiesa said Russian television is to give prime time airing to his film on the eve of this week's seventh anniversary of the attacks in New York and Washington.

"That means that some 30mn Russian citizens will learn the truth about what happened, which is a very big result for me."

Chiesa, whose documentary was first screened to a large German audience at the Goethe Institute in Munich in May, was clearly delighted at his reception in Berlin.

"It's important that so many people have shown up," he said.

One of a panel of six experts debating the 9/11 topic in Berlin, Chiesa said he is eager for his film to gain more public support and become a "multiplicator" across Germany. "If that happens it means we are making politics in the right sense of the word."

Andreas von Buelow, a controversial former German minister of technology, and ex-state secretary in the defence ministry, was another of the Berlin participants who said further investigation was needed into 9/11.

He told DPA that it is "one of life's characteristics that governments are prone to lie in order to achieve their agendas. The Americans told us that in Iraq, Saddam Hussain had something to do with Al Qaeda, which was absolutely untrue. Even the CIA knew this".

"Then, they told us that Saddam Hussain was preparing weapons of mass destruction, which was also untrue, so they have been lying all over the place and are still fighting there. Meanwhile 1mn people have been killed."

Asked if there was any prospect of a policy change once the next US president was elected, he replied bluntly "No!"

Juergen Elsaesser, 51, a Berlin-based journalist and author whose latest book is titled Terror Target Europe: The Dangerous Double Game of the Secret Services, spoke of the huge contradictions in the official US version of the 9/11 events.

"Critics find themselves accused of conspiracy theories, but the biggest conspiracy is to be found in the official 9/11 version of the US government which maintains that Osama bin Laden, from a cave in Afghanistan, along with 19 young Arabs, combined to carry out the most perfidious attack in the history of mankind.

"That just doesn't add up. For me the most important contradiction is how the air defences of the greatest military power on the planet failed to prevent such attacks occurring and that no interceptor fighter planes or rocket systems were ever activated." - DPA

A two minute film trailer linked here.

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Related articles:

Global Poll Shows Doubt About al-Qaida Role in 9/11 Attacks (10 September 2008)
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-09-10-voa59.cfm
Seven years after terrorist attacks killed several thousand people in the United States, a new global public opinion poll shows that many people do not believe the attacks were the work of the al-Qaida terror network. VOA's Kent Klein reports from Washington. An independent U.S.-based group called World Public Opinion.org asked 16,000 people in 17 countries who they thought was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.Majorities in only nine of the 17 countries believed that al-Qaida was behind the attacks, a finding that surprised World Public Opinion.org's director, Steven Kull. "I think it is very striking, given that even bin Laden has publicly made statements affirming that al-Qaida was behind the September 11th attacks," he said. An average of 46 percent of the people polled in each country blames al-Qaida for the attacks. If not al-Qaida, then who? Kull says an average of 15 percent say the U.S. government plotted the attacks. "In Turkey, 36 percent have this view, Turkey, one of our allies. Palestinian territories, 27 percent have this view. In Mexico, 30 percent have this view, and perhaps most surprising of all, in Germany, 23 percent have the view that the United States was behind the 9/11 attacks."Of those who said the United States was the perpetrator, Steven Kull says many believe it was an attempt to justify an impending U.S. invasion of Iraq. "Some people backed themselves into the belief, saying, 'Well, the U.S. had an interest in this, therefore it is clear that it must be the case.' And that interest that is suggested is that the U.S. was looking for an excuse to go to war with Iraq," he said.Seven percent of the people polled blame Israel for the 9/11 attacks, and one in four questioned say they do not know who was responsible. CLIP - Much more on this through http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/home_page/535.php?nid=&id=&pnt=535&lb=

STILL UNANSWERED 9/11 QUESTIONS
http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2008/09/11.html#a2142
When Pandora's Box is finally fully opened on the deceptions and abuses of power by the Cheney/Bush administration ~ the 9/11 conspiracy and cover up will stand alone as the most treasonous act in American history and here are 40 experts backing up that claim...

Egyptians say 9/11 was U.S., Israeli plot
http://politicom.moldova.org/stiri/eng/148653/
Many Egyptian Arabs believe the United States and Israel planned the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as justification to invade Iraq, experts say.Distrust of the United States is so strong on Cairo's streets it has become conventional wisdom that the attacks were a conspiracy meant to provide cover for a Western move to seize Iraq's oil reserves, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The unwillingness of ordinary Arabs to believe a small band of Muslim al-Qaida militants could succeed alone in a spectacular attack shows the depths of skepticism caused by the Iraq War, an Egyptian academic says.It is the result of widespread mistrust, and the belief among Arabs and Muslims the United States has a prejudice against them, Wahid Abdel Meguid, deputy director of Cairo's al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, told the Times. So they never think the United States is well intentioned, and they always feel that whatever it does has something behind it. Hisham Abbas, a 22-year-old tourism studies major at Cairo University, told the Times, They used (Sept. 11) as an excuse and went to Iraq. They killed Saddam, tortured people. How can you trust them?

Some 9/11 Rumors Solidify as Conventional Wisdom (September 9, 2008)
http://www-tech.mit.edu/V128/N37/long4.html
Seven years later, it remains conventional wisdom that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida could not have been solely responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and that the United States and Israel had to have been involved in their planning, if not the execution, too.This is not the conclusion of a scientific survey, but it is what routinely comes up in conversations around the region - in a shopping mall in Dubai, in a park in Algiers, in a cafe in Riyadh and all over Cairo."Look, I don't believe what your governments and press say. It just can't be true," said Ahmed Issab, 26, a Syrian engineer who lives and works in the United Arab Emirates. "Why would they tell the truth? I think the U.S. organized this so that they had an excuse to invade Iraq for the oil." CLIP

French President Nicolas Sarkozy friend says 9/11 was a lie (09 Sep 2008)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/2712363/French-President-Nicolas-Sarkozy-friend-says-911-was-a-lie.html
One of France's most successful stand-up comedians and a close friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked outrage by becoming the latest French star to question the official account of the September 11 attacks. By Henry Samuel in Paris -- Mr Sarkozy took with him to meet the Pope late last year Photo: EPAIn an embarrassment to the French President, and with just two days to go before the seventh anniversary of the deadly terrorist strikes, Jean-Marie Bigard - a member of Mr Sarkozy's inner circle of showbiz friends - said the official version was a "lie"."We are now absolutely certain that these two planes - the one that supposedly fell into a forest (flight 93 in Pennsylvania) and onto the Pentagon don't exist... those planes are still flying."It's an enormous lie," he told Europe 1 radio."It's an American missile that hit the Pentagon, they provoked it themselves, they killed fellow Americans."Usually one learns of these things 30 years afterwards. We know it now," he went on.Mr Bigard, who has staged shows to a full house in Paris' football stadium, le Stade de France, added: "We are beginning to seriously consider that neither Ben Laden nor al Qaeda were responsible for September 11." He cited the controversial 2002 bestseller L'Effroyable Imposture (The Big Lie) by Frenchman Thierry Meyssan, which claimed the Pentagon crash was a "fake", as well as the hit internet conspiracy film Loose Change.His comments were condemned as "grotesque" by former French foreign minister Hubert Védrine. "There will always be people who believe that things are being hidden from them, that everything is being hidden from them," he said.Europe 1 has issued an apology but Mr Bigard said he stood by his words. The crude and scatological comic, whose humour travels poorly, was one of several celebrity friends Mr Sarkozy took with him to meet the Pope late last year, as he is a devout Catholic.He is the second French star to accuse America of fabricating the 9/11 attacks.In March, the Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard angered Americans with a similar conspiracy theory on a chat show.The 32-year-old, who won a BAFTA award for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, had said that the US regularly lied about major events, up to and including the terrorist attacks on New York."I think we're lied to about a number of things," he said, even claiming the Americans had destroyed the Twin Towers themselves because they were an outdated "money sucker".Expanding her conspiracy theory, Miss Cotillard said it would be "a lot more expensive" to rebuild the towers "which is why they were destroyed," with the loss of thousands of American lives. She later was forced into an embarrassing climb-down, with her lawyer saying she "never intended to contest nor question the attacks of September 11, 2001," and that her remarks were taken out of context."It is almost impossible to fight against this phenomenon," conspiracy theory specialist Pascal Froissart told Le Parisien. "Because the fact of denying it spreads the rumour even further."

Was America Attacked by Muslims on 9/11? By David Ray Griffin
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20722.htm
Much of America's foreign policy since 9/11 has been based on the assumption that it was attacked by Muslims on that day. - Is it conceivable that this assumption might be false? Insofar as Americans and Canadians would say "No," they would express their belief that this assumption is not merely an "assumption" but is instead based on strong evidence. When actually examined, however, the proffered evidence turns out to be remarkably weak. I will illustrate this point by means of 16 questions.

Magnetic forces to blame for 9/11 tower collapse (Sept 09, 08) !!!
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/magnetic-forces-to-blame-for-911-tower-collapse-924509.html
Scientists can finally explain why the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, despite the temperature of the fires being well below the 1,500C melting point of the steel girders holding up the buildings. The discovery that unusual magnetic forces within the girders made them weak at temperatures of about 500C explains away the conspiracy theories that have spread like wildfire since the disaster. Sergei Dudarev, of the UK Atomic Energy Agency, found that steel loses its strength above 500C because its molecules undergo a physical transition from one state to another due to magnetic fluctuations. "The steel didn't melt, it just became soft. CLIP - PSEUDO SCIENCE TO EXPLAIN AWAY AN IMPLAUSIBLE THING...

The Seventh Anniversary (09.10.08) http://www.forbes.com/2008/09/09/terror-anniversary-september-oped-cx_rw_0910wedgwood.html?feed=rss_news
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tomorrow, we will stop--again--to wonder why we lost 3,000 people to acts of terrorist violence perpetrated by a dark cabal within the US government. It is a moment of witness, as well as recollection, acknowledging the loss and anguish felt by the families of the heroes, softened by the hope with which they are rebuilding their lives. The day marks a summoning to courage and an acceptance of America's burden on the rest of the world. We were shocked that a group of angry men in the Pentagon could so easily fool everyone, hijacking the humanity of Islam and its teachings in order to topple New York skyscrapers with two remote-controlled airplanes and tons of pre-positioned explosives. CLIP -- NOTE: Some of the wording of this news clip have been intentionally modified...

Ventura endorses 9-11 conspiracy theorist (Sept 4, 2008)
http://www.startribune.com/politics/27869284.html
MADISON, Wis. - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has endorsed a Sept. 11 conspiracy theorist for a congressional seat.Ventura came out Thursday in support of Kevin Barrett, a Libertarian running against incumbent Democrat Ron Kind for western Wisconsin's seat. Barrett is a former University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer who believes the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has discussed his views in class.Ventura is a former professional wrestler. He served one term after being elected Minnesota's governor in 1998 as a third-party candidate.

Former Gov. Ventura Intense Interview on 9/11
http://911blogger.com/node/17732
It gets rolling after 3 minutes.

The Elephant In The Room
http://www.nosmokewithoutfire.co.uk/watch.htm
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FHvnfcssKnY
The Elephant in the Room is a documentary following British filmmaker Dean Puckett through his journey into the 9/11 Truth Movement: a global movement of 'conspiracy theorists' who believe that the official explanation about what happened on 9/11 is totally or partially inaccurate. The filmmakers travel from middle England, across Europe and to New York for the six year anniversary of the attacks, where the film takes one final twist as we are introduced to the 9/11 first responders who are suffering from various grave health difficulties due to the toxic dust that they breathed in trying to help their country during the weeks after this tragic event. Told with a personal hands on approach that avoids advancing any one position, the film asks the question: are these crazy conspiracy theorists? Or is 9/11 Truth a credible political movement?

The issue of terrorism wanes, as 9/11 attacks' seventh anniversary arrives (September 10, 2008)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/10/MNF312R4H0.DTL&feed=rss.news
Seven years ago, the roar of exploding planes and the spectacle of collapsing buildings riveted the nation's attention on a single topic, terrorism - and in the terrible aftermath, it seemed that focus would never waver. But it has. Just 2 percent of Americans identified terrorism as their nation's top problem in a Gallup survey in early August - the lowest level since the 2001 attacks. And in new poll results released today, just 38 percent of respondents said they were at least somewhat worried that they or their families would become victims of terrorism - a 9-point drop since the question was asked last year and the lowest level since mid-2005. "The majority of Americans are now not fearful of terrorist attack," said Frank Newport, Gallup's editor-in-chief. "Americans do not report to us that terrorism is the top issue for them in this election. It is the economy."About 42 percent of people in the most recent poll listed the economy as their No. 1 issue in deciding which presidential candidate to support this year, Newport said. Just 12 percent listed terrorism, putting it in a tie with the Iraq war, health care and energy. (...) Among voters, the issue could resurge in a number of ways, said Gallup's Newport. An act of terrorism during the campaign would quickly refocus attention on it. Or a candidate seen by voters as more competent to deal with terrorism could decide to make it an issue, Newport said. At the moment, McCain has a 55 percent to 38 percent advantage over Obama in the eyes of the voters asked who would better handle terrorism, he said. CLIP

Who ran the government on 9/11?
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/425.html
The man in charge during 9/11?Clearly it wasn't George Bush. He was too busy reading a story book to schoolchildren. And then flying aimlessly from one part of the country to another. Back in Washington DC, the contingency government was operating smoothly and according to plan.Whose plan? You'll never guess. Hint: It was a Bush, but not "W".




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Note from Jean: Although the analysis of the situation outlined below is correct in many respects, the remedial action suggested horrifies me - literally! Advocating an armed take over of the Cabal responsible for so much of the terror visited upon our world could have only one possible result... much more mayhem and rivers of blood. This is NOT the way ahead, this is the way backward... Only Love can mitigate the years of vileness endured by countless souls on this planet. The mindset that is at the origin of such a situation cannot understand such a statement but the still small voice of your soul can explain to you why Love is the ONLY way... in case you still don't get this. This is the litmus test for passage into the new era of Love that is currently dawning on Earth and far, far beyond.

Date: 12 Sep 2008
From: Rudolf Schneider (res@ipsgeneva.com)
Subject: Impeachment is Not Enough

PLEASE SEND THIS E-MAIL AS FAR AS POSSIBLE - THE MANY, MANY KILLED on 911 AND THE MILLIONS OF WAR VICTIMS AS A CONSEQUENCE NEED THIS RESPECT.

From: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/106172-september_11_attacks-0

Impeachment is Not Enough

Gregory F. Fegel -- 22.08.2008

Indict all of the US government officials and their allies who planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks

A preponderance of evidence shows that the highest officials of the Bush Administration, in collusion with many other officials from the Pentagon, CIA, FBI, FEMA, NSA, NORAD, New York City officials, air-traffic contollers, airline executives, controlled demolitions experts, computer graphics technicians, media executives, and others together planned and committed the horrible attacks of 9/11/2001 against the Pentagon and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 9/11 attacks were immediately blamed on some bogus 'Arab highjackers', a half dozen of whom were later confirmed to be still alive, and therefore innocent, after the 9/11 attacks.

The false-flag 9/11 attacks provided the excuse for the US government's 'War on Terrorism', the chief purpose of which is for the USA to gain control of the lucrative oil fields of the Middle East. A secondary purpose is to increase the taxation of US citizens for Defense spending in support of the USA's enormous Military/Industrial Complex, and a tertiary purpose is to establish justification of the enactment of Police State measures within the USA under the vast, far-reaching, and politically ambiguous umbrella of 'Homeland Security'. When the rights of freedom of speech and assembly are curtailed for the citizens of the USA, the US government will be able to pursue its agenda of world domination without the domestic distraction of dissident opinions, protests, and demonstrations.

The Pentagon, CIA, FBI, and other agencies and officials of the US government have perpetrated many crimes, assassinations, and false-flag bombings and attacks against US citizens and US interests during the past fifty years, including, but by no means limited to, the State political assassinations of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Martin Luther King; the 1988 Berlin Disco bombing; the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing; and the anthrax letter attacks of October 2001. The US government and its allies also committed the Bali bombings of 2002 and 2005; the Madrid train bombings of 2004; the London 7/7/2005 bombings; and the recent spate of bombings in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bangalore, and at the Indian Embassy in Kabul during the summer of 2008.

Since the end of World War Two, fanatic right-wing ideologues with corporate connections have gradually gained complete control of the US military, the US intelligence agencies, the US government, and the USA's 'Mainstream Media'. Fascism in the USA is not merely a current threat posed by the Republican Administration of George W. Bush; it is an already-accomplished situation that has been many decades in the making. Fascism in the USA is actually a 'done deal'.

The USA's long descent into fascism cannot be halted or stopped merely by electing a member of the Democrat Party to the Presidency, or by electing a Democrat majority to Congress. The infiltration and control of the US government by right-wing extremists is far too advanced and complete -- they manipulate our elected officials like puppets on a string, and a great many of our elected officials are themselves part of the fascist establishment. The right-wing takeover of the US government has been a gradual and very successful fascist coup that will not be reversed without a very serious and deadly struggle. Given the history of extreme and indiscriminate violence shown by the ruling junta of the USA, it appears quite obvious to me that restoring democracy to the USA would inevitably require a violent armed Revolution in which the American people are opposed against the forces of the US government and the US military.

As a US citizen and as a human being, I personally consider the killing of innocent people in foreign countries by the CIA, the US military, and their puppets in support of the economic interests of multinational US-based corporations to be totally immoral and intolerable, and I consider it my solemn duty to oppose US aggression and Imperialism in any way that I can. US government and Mass Media propaganda promote a climate in which the actions and activities of US troops abroad are regarded as beyond reproach, but there is nothing noble or 'heroic' about unprovoked military aggression and genocide against vulnerable and innocent foreign populations.

George W. Bush, George H. Bush, Jeb, Neil, and Marvin Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condaleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Wolfowitz, Perle, Powell, Armitage, Ashcroft, Abrams, Adelman, Feith, Bolton, Libby, Kissinger, Mueller, Tenet, Goss, Giuliani, Hayden, Chertoff, Baker, and many hundreds of other individuals working for the White House, CIA, FBI, FEMA, the Pentagon, NSA, NORAD, the airline industry, and the US news media together planned and executed the 9/11 attacks. All of the above-named and their accomplices need to be tried for Treason and Mass Murder, with the death penalty as the just and very necessary reward for their conviction of those crimes.

We need a Nuremberg-style trial for Treason and Mass Murder for all of the members of the US government, the US military, the US intelligence agencies, and their civilian accomplices in the airline industry and the news media who participated in the murderous crimes of 9/11. The death penalty should be applied to all of the principals and their accomplices, even if that means executing several hundred or even several thousand people, because crimes of this magnitude against the American people and the US Republic cannot go unpunished, and the punishment must be extreme to send a message that the American people will not tolerate such Treason -- not now or in the future. If allowed to remain unpunished and at liberty, these individuals represent a grave threat to the safety and security of all Americans. If convicted of the heinous crimes of 9/11, the death penalty is the only way to ensure that they or their allies will not somehow manage to attack America and Americans again. The executions should be performed in public and be internationally televized for the entire world to witness.

I do realize that there are some very worthy reasons to oppose capital punishment in many situations. However, it is also quite apparent to me that any show of clemency that might be given to the US government perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks leaves open the possibility that they and their sympathizers could revive their subversion of American democracy and their violence toward peace-loving Americans. That is why I advocate a policy of capital punishment without any consideration of mercy, plea-bargaining, or probation for the US government perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and their allies.

No one in or out of the US government should be exempt from prosecution and capital punishment for the Treasonous attacks of 9/11. The planners and participants in the 9/11 attacks within the US government and their accomplices must not be allowed to protect themselves behind the specious excuse of 'National Security.' The true security and survival of our Republic depends entirely on this.

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Make sure to read Dennis Kucinich's excellent proposal for the establishment of a National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation which is the right way forward on this:




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From: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174975

Slaughter, Lies, and Video in Afghanistan

The Value of One, the Value of None: An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era

By Tom Engelhardt

September 11, 2008

In a little noted passage in her bestselling book, The Dark Side, Jane Mayer offers us a vision, just post-9/11, of the value of one. In October 2001, shaken by a nerve-gas false alarm at the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney, reports Mayer, went underground. He literally embunkered himself in "a secure, undisclosed location," which she describes as "one of several Cold War-era nuclear-hardened subterranean bunkers built during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, the nearest of which were located hundreds of feet below bedrock…" That bunker would be dubbed, perhaps only half-sardonically, "the Commander in Chief's Suite."

Oh, and in that period, if Cheney had to be in transit, "he was chauffeured in an armored motorcade that varied its route to foil possible attackers." In the backseat of his car (just in case), adds Mayer, "rested a duffel bag stocked with a gas mask and a biochemical survival suit." And lest danger rear its head, "rarely did he travel without a medical doctor in tow."

When it came to leadership in troubled times, this wasn't exactly a profile in courage. Perhaps it was closer to a profile in paranoia, or simply in fear, but whatever else it might have been, it was also a strange kind of statement of self-worth. Has any wartime president -- forget the vice-president -- including Abraham Lincoln when southern armies might have marched on Washington, or Franklin D. Roosevelt at the height of World War II, ever been so bizarrely overprotected in the nation's capital? Has any administration ever placed such value on the preservation of the life of a single official?

On the other hand, the well-armored Vice President and his aide David Addington played a leading role, as Mayer documents in grim detail, in loosing a Global War on Terror that was also a global war of terror on lands thousands of miles distant. In this new war, "the gloves came off," "the shackles were removed" -- images much loved within the administration and, in the case of those "shackles," by George Tenet's CIA. In the process, no price in human abasement or human life proved too high to pay -- as long as it was paid by someone else.

Recently, it was paid by up to 60 Afghan children.

The Value of None

If no level of protection was too much for this White House, then no protection was what it offered civilians who happened to be living in the ever expanding "war zones" of the planet. In the Middle East, in Somalia, in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, the war to be fought -- in part from the air, sometimes via pilotless unmanned aerial vehicles or drones -- would, in crucial ways, be aimed at civilians (though this could never be admitted). "Collateral damage," the sterile, self-exculpating phrase the Pentagon chose to use for the anything-but-secondary death and destruction visited on civilians, would be the name of the game in the President's chosen war almost from the moment the Vice President disappeared into his bunker.

In a world where death came suddenly in that vast swath of the planet the neoconservatives once called "the arc of instability" (before they made it one), civilians had few doctors on hand, no less full chemical body suits or gas masks, when disaster struck. Often they were asleep, or going about their daily business, when death made its appearance unannounced. Throughout these years, the stories of these deaths, when they appeared at all, normally were to be found on the inside pages of our newspapers in summary war reports. Regularly, they had "women and children" buried somewhere in them.

We have no idea just how many civilians have been blown away by the U.S. military (and allies) in these years, only that the "collateral damage" has been widespread and far more central to the President's War on Terror than anyone here generally cares to acknowledge. Collateral damage has come in myriad ways -- from artillery fire in the initial invasion of Iraq; from repeated shootings of civilians in vehicles at checkpoints, and from troops (or even private mercenaries) blasting away from convoys; during raids on private homes; in village operations; and, significantly, from the air.

In Afghanistan, in particular, as the Taliban insurgency grew more quickly than U.S. and NATO troop strength, so did the use of air power. From 2004 to 2007, air strikes increased tenfold. Over the past year, civilian deaths from those air strikes have nearly tripled. According to Marc Garlasco, a former Pentagon official and military analyst at Human Rights Watch, 317,000 pounds of bombs were dropped this June and 270,000 this July, equaling "the total tonnage dropped in 2006."

As with all figures relating to casualties, the actual counts you get on Afghan civilian dead are approximations and probably undercounts, especially since the war against the Taliban has been taking place largely in the backlands of one (or, if you count Pakistan, two) of the poorest, most remote regions on the planet. And yet we do know something. For instance, although the media have seldom attended to the subject, we know that one subset of innocent civilians has been slaughtered repeatedly. While, for instance, Americans spent days in October 2006 riveted to TV screens following the murders of five Amish girls by a madman in a one-room schoolhouse in Pennsylvania, and weeks following the mass slaughter of 32 college students by a mad boy at Virginia Tech in April 2007, between 2001 and this year, three Afghan and one Iraqi wedding parties were largely wiped out from the air by American planes, the latest only months ago, to hardly any news coverage at all.

The message of these slaughters -- an estimated 47 people, mostly from "the bride's party," including the bride herself, died in the latest such "incident" -- is that if you live in areas where the Taliban exists, which is now much of the country, you'd better not gather.

Each of these events was marked by something else -- the uniformity of the U.S. response: initial claims that U.S. forces had been fired on first and that those killed were the enemy; a dismissal of the slaughters as the unavoidable "collateral damage" of wartime; and, above all, an unwillingness to genuinely apologize for, or take real responsibility for, having wiped out groups of celebrating locals.

And keep in mind that such disasters are just subsets of a far larger, barely covered story. In July alone, for example, the U.S. military and NATO officials launched investigations into three air strikes in Afghanistan in which 78 Afghan civilians (including that wedding party) were killed.

Since the Afghan War began in 2001, such "incidents" have occurred again and again. Not surprisingly, the Bush administration, in combination with the Pentagon, has devised a method for dealing with such happenings. After all, the Global War on Terror is premised on an unspoken belief that the lives of others -- civilians going about their business in distant lands -- are essentially of no importance when placed against American needs and desires. That, you might say, is the value of none.

Incident in Azizabad

Another gathering of Afghans recently ended with the slaughter of civilians on a startling scale. For once, it's gotten far more than minimal coverage and hasn't (yet) gone away. Remaining in the news, it has also opened a window into just how the U.S. military and the Bush administration have dealt with most incidents of "collateral damage" that made it into the news over these last years.

Here are the basic facts as best we know them. On the night of August 21st, a memorial service was held in Azizabad, a village in the Shindand District of Afghanistan's Herat Province, for a tribal leader killed the previous year, who had been, villagers reported, anti-Taliban. Hundreds had attended, including "extended families from two tribes."

That night, a combined party of U.S. Special Forces and Afghan army troops attacked the village. They claimed they were "ambushed" and came under "intense fire." What we know is that they called in repeated air strikes. According to several investigations and the on-the-spot reporting of New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall, at least 90 civilians, including perhaps 15 women and up to 60 children, died that night. As many as 76 members of a single extended family were killed, along with its head, Reza Khan. His compound seems to have been specially targeted.

Khan, it turns out, was no Taliban "militant," but a "wealthy businessman with construction and security contracts with the nearby American base at Shindand airport." He reportedly had a private security company that worked for the U.S. military at the airport and also owned a cell phone business in the town of Herat. He had a card "issued by an American Special Forces officer that designated [him] as a 'coordinator for the U.S.S.F.'" Eight of the other men killed that night, according to Gall, worked as guards for a private American security firm. At least two dead men had served in the Afghan police and fought against the Taliban.

The incident in Azizabad may represent the single deadliest media-verified attack on civilians by U.S. forces since the invasion of 2001. Numerous buildings were damaged. Many bodies, including those of children, had to be dug out of the rubble. There may have been as many as 60 children among the dead. The U.S. military evidently attacked after being given false information by another tribal leader/businessman in the area with a grudge against Khan and his brother. As one tribal elder, who helped bury the dead, put it: "It is quite obvious, the Americans bombed the area due to wrong information. I am 100 percent confident that someone gave the information due to a tribal dispute. The Americans are foreigners and they do not understand. These people they killed were enemies of the Taliban."

Repeated U.S. air attacks resulting in civilian deaths have proven a disaster for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He promptly denounced the strikes against Azizabad, fired two Afghan commanders, including the top ranking officer in western Afghanistan, for "negligence and concealing facts," and ordered his own investigation of the incident. His team of investigators concluded that more than 90 Afghan civilians had indeed died. Along with the Afghan Council of Ministers, Karzai also demanded a "review" of "the presence of international forces and agreements with foreign allies, including NATO and the United States."

Ahmad Nader Nadery, commissioner of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, similarly reported that one of the group's researchers had "found that 88 people had been killed, including 20 women." The U.N. mission in Afghanistan then dispatched its own investigative team from Herat to interview survivors. Its investigation "found convincing evidence, based on the testimony of eyewitnesses, and others, that some 90 civilians were killed, including 60 children, 15 women and 15 men." (The 60 children were reportedly "3 months old to 16 years old, all killed as they slept.")

The American Response

Given the weight of evidence at Azizabad, the on-site investigations, the many graves, the destroyed houses, the specificity of survivor accounts, and so on, this might have seemed like a cut-and-dried case of mistaken intelligence followed by an errant assault with disastrous consequences. But accepting such a conclusion simply isn't in the playbook of the U.S. military or the Bush administration.

Instead, in such cases what you regularly get is a predictable U.S. narrative about what happened made up of outlandish claims (or simply bald-faced lies), followed by a strategy of stonewalling, including a blame-the-victims approach in which civilian deaths are regularly dismissed as enemy-inspired "propaganda," followed -- if the pressure doesn't ease up -- by the announcement of an "investigation" (whose results will rarely be released), followed by an expression of "regrets" or "sorrow" for the loss of life -- both weasel words that can be uttered without taking actual responsibility for what happened -- never to be followed by a genuine apology.

Now, let's consider the American response to Azizabad.

CLIP - Please go at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174975 to read the rest of this article which has many embedded links

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Related article:

A Murderous Theatre of the Absurd by John Pilger
http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=502
In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger examines news as parody as those prominent in the British media seek to justify the official versions of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Try to laugh, please. The news is now officially parody and a game for all the family to play. (...) Laughing may be difficult, I agree, given the slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan by "coalition" aircraft, including those directed by British forces engaged in "the country’s rebuilding program." The bombing of civilian areas has doubled, along with the deaths of civilians, says Human Rights Watch. Last month, "our" aircraft slaughtered nearly 100 civilians, two-thirds of them children between the ages of three months and 16 years, while they slept, according to eyewitnesses. BBC television news initially devoted nine seconds to the Human Rights Watch report, and nothing to the fact that "less than peanuts" (according to an aid worker) is being spent on rebuilding anything in Afghanistan. As for the notion of a "united, stable and free" Iraq, consider the no-bid contracts handed to the major western oil companies for ownership of Iraq’s oil. "Theft" is a more truthful word. Written by the companies themselves and US officials, the contracts have been signed off by Bush and Nouri al-Maliki, "prime minister" of Iraq’s "democratic" government that resides in an air-conditioned American fortress. This is not news. Try to laugh, please, while you consider the devastation of Iraq’s health, once the best in the Middle East, by the ubiquitous dust from British and US depleted uranium weapons. A World Health Organization study reporting a cancer epidemic has been suppressed, says its principal author. This has been reported in Britain only in the Glasgow Sunday Herald and the Morning Star. According to a study last year by Basra University Medical College, almost half of all deaths in the contaminated southern provinces were caused by cancer.Try to laugh, please, at the recent happy-clappy Nurembergs from which will come the next president of the United States. Those paid to keep the record straight have strained to present a spectacle of choice. Barack Obama, the man of "change," wants to "build a 21st-century military . . . to stay on the offensive everywhere." Here comes the new Cold War, with promises of more bombs, more of the militarized society with its 730 bases worldwide, on which Americans spend 42 cents of every tax dollar. CLIP




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From: Peter Phillips (peter.phillips@sonoma.edu)
Date: 5 Sep 2008
Subject: Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites

Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites

By Peter Phillips

A new report (9/2/08) from The World Bank admits that in 2005 three billion one hundred and forty million people live on less that $2.50 a day and about 44% of these people survive on less than $1.25. Complete and total wretchedness can be the only description for the circumstances faced by so many, especially those in urban areas. Simple items like phone calls, nutritious food, vacations, television, dental care, and inoculations are beyond the possible for billions of people.

Starvation.net logs the increasing impacts of world hunger and starvation. Over 30,000 people a day (85% children under 5) die of malnutrition, curable diseases, and starvation. The numbers of unnecessary deaths has exceeded three hundred million people over the past forty years.

These are the people who David Rothkopf in his book Superclass calls the unlucky. “If you happen to be born in the wrong place, like sub-Saharan Africa, …that is bad luck,” Rothkopf writes. Rothkopf goes on to describe how the top 10% of the adults worldwide own 84% of the wealth and the bottom half owns barely 1%. Included in the top 10% of wealth holders are the one thousand global billionaires. But is such a contrast of wealth inequality really the result of luck, or are there policies, supported by political elites, that protect the few at the expense of the many?

Farmers around the world grow more than enough food to feed the entire world adequately. Global grain production yielded a record 2.3 billion tons in 2007, up 4% from the year before, yet, billions of people go hungry every day. Grain.org describes the core reasons for continuing hunger in a recent article “Making a Killing from Hunger.” It turns out that while farmers grow enough food to feed the world, commodity speculators and huge grain traders like Cargill control the global food prices and distribution. Starvation is profitable for corporations when demands for food push the prices up. Cargill announced that profits for commodity trading for the first quarter of 2008 were 86% above 2007. World food prices grew 22% from June 2007 to June 2008 and a significant portion of the increase was propelled by the $175 billion invested in commodity futures that speculate on price instead of seeking to feed the hungry. The result is wild food price spirals, both up and down, with food insecurity remaining widespread.

For a family on the bottom rung of poverty a small price increase is the difference between life and death, yet neither US presidential candidate has declared a war on starvation. Instead both candidates talk about national security and the continuation of the war on terror as if this were the primary election issue. Where is the Manhattan project for global hunger? Where is the commitment to national security though unilateral starvation relief? Where is the outrage in the corporate media with pictures of dying children and an analysis of who benefits from hunger?

American people cringe at the though of starving children, often thinking that there is little they can do about it, save sending in a donation to their favorite charity for a little guilt relief. Yet giving is not enough, we must demand hunger relief as a national policy inside the next presidency. It is a moral imperative for us as the richest nation in the world nation to prioritize a political movement of human betterment and starvation relief for the billions in need. Global hunger and massive wealth inequality is based on political policies that can be changed. There will be no national security in the US without the basic food needs of the world being realized.

Peter Phillips is a professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and director of Project Censored a media research group. His new book Censored 2009 is now available from by Seven Stories Press.

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"Last year there were 111 billionaires…then we had the 3rd year in a row of George Bush's tax cuts for the rich, and this year we have 587 billionaires. These 587 people added 1.9 TRILLION dollars to their wealth during the past 12 months, that's 1,900 BILLION dollars that they added to what they already owned…and much of it was dividend income which was taxed at a 15% rate."

- Thom Hartmann

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Related articles:

UN warns of Ethiopia food crisis (SEPTEMBER 02, 2008 )
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2008/09/20089241517998166.html
The UN's senior aid official has called for greater international efforts to help millions of Ethiopians suffering from a severe drought. About eight million people need urgent food relief and another 4.6 million need emergency assistance, accoring to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).John Holmes, the UN's undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, said on Monday: "The response has been good in some ways, but we have a long way to go." The World Food Programme (WFP) said people were coping by cutting down on the number of meals they eat, selling farm tools and other assets such as livestock and withdrawing their children from school so they can help find food.A lack of rain in the main February to April wet season has left at least 75,000 Ethiopian children under age five at risk from malnutrition, OCHA said. "In terms of the urgency of the food crisis, the risk of children dying of severe malnutrition is the most urgent," Holmes said on his way to a southern Ethiopian region devastated by the drought. The UN appealed in June for $325.2m mainly for drought victims. Only 52 per cent of the appeal has been met. CLIP

UN Says North Korea Food Crisis Worsening (02 September 2008)
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-09-02-voa17.cfm
The U.N. World Food Program says North Korea is facing its worst food shortage in nearly a decade. The agency says in the next year North Korea needs more than $500 million for food aid or it will risk famine. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing. The World Food Program says bad weather, high food prices and fewer donations from neighbors have dangerously reduced North Korea's food supplies.In the past year North Korean farms suffered devastating floods and grain prices increased four times. Also, South Korea has also not given as much aid to the North this year because relations between the two governments have chilled. The WFP says this year North Korea will be more than 1.5 million tons short of the food it needs.Tony Banbury, the WFP's regional director for Asia, just finished a weeklong tour of North Korea, where he says malnourishment is widespread. Tony Banbury says more than half of households in N. Korea are surviving on just two meals a day." Now more than half of the households in the country are surviving on just two meals a day at best," said Banbury. "And, there is a significantly increased reliance for foraging for wild foods as a coping mechanism." Banbury says the food crisis is probably the worst since the late 1990s when an estimated million North Koreans died of hunger. He says food exports from China, a traditional supplier, dropped by half in the past few years. China limited food exports to help battle rising inflation at home and ensure its own supply. CLIP




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AT THE TIME THIS CAME OUT - 2 years ago - IT PROBABLY SEEMED A BIT TOO EXTREME. NOW IT LOOKS MORE PROPHETIC... (Especially in light of what is indicated in Analyst warns of looming global climate wars)

From: http://www.countercurrents.org/cc-henderson300906.htm

Runaway Global Heating

By Bill Henderson

30 September, 2006

The big global warming story isn't Americans finally accepting an inconvenient truth. Al Gore makes a brilliant presentation, but the big story is the undeniable impact of a severe, early onset, global heating which only paid deniers now refuse to accept. The emerging science story is the risk of this severe impact creating positive feedback which could ratchet up temperatures higher and faster - maybe 10 degrees and more; within decades, not a century away. The forthcoming fourth IPCC report will focus upon ' dangerous global warming'.

Is it possible that the Amazon might die in a third or fourth year of unprecedented drought? Could Los Angeles, St.Louis and Atlanta become as hot as Baghdad in the not too distant future? Could the rapidly melting polar ice sheets raise sea levels so fast that New York, London, Singapore and every other coastal city will have to endure New Orleans style inundation? Collapsing ecosystems, migrating species and disease? A world without polar bears or tigers and maybe soon without people?

Climate change isn't something that will happen in the distant future and increasingly it doesn't look like a gentle warming to which we can adapt.

Newly clear land and sea in polar regions will absorb more heat from sunlight which would have been reflected by ice and new science on 'carbon bombs' strongly suggest that this positive feedback loop is already in operation. The Amazon is a huge carbon sink that unexpectedly could be freed to become greenhouse gas. Melting permafrost, especially in Siberia's yedoma, filling with new lakes, are releasing methane. Beetles and other parasites normally kept in check by very cold winters are killing vast areas of heat stressed temperate and boreal forests; forest fires will help release this carbon into the atmosphere too.

Greenhouse gases from our burning of fossil fuels trap more heat which in turn melts permafrost releasing vast amounts of methane which in turn trap more heat raising temperatures and setting off more carbon bombs - runaway global heating:

Within the next decade or two, Lovelock forecasts, Gaia will hike her thermostat by at least 10 degrees. Earth, he predicts, will be hotter than at any time since the Eocene Age 55 million years ago, when crocodiles swam in the Arctic Ocean.

"There's no realization of how quickly and irreversibly the planet is changing," Lovelock says. "Maybe 200 million people will migrate close to the Arctic and survive this. Even if we took extraordinary steps, it would take the world 1,000 years to recover."

James Lovelock The End of Eden WashPost

The costs today and the range of potential dangers - including the risk of extinction - from global heating suggests that the biggest non-story is the complete lack of informed public debate and the woeful inadequacy of all proposed emission reduction planning. Kyoto, recent Kyoto-style reduction programs, caps and trading, alternative energy development - the use of oil and other fossil fuel use and their contributions of greenhouse gases continue their relentless rise uneffected. Critical decades have been wasted. The problem of path dependence and resulting policy paralysis isn't even a lesson yet learned by climate change experts.

A Draconian change of paths is now clearly necessary and yet impossible. While now accepting human caused global warming, the public still perceives the danger as a moderate increase in temperature requiring shallow, blue box and biking style change.

"Further global warming of 1 °C defines a critical threshold. Beyond that we will likely see changes that make Earth a different planet than the one we know." James Hansen

Earth is already as warm as at any time in the last 10,000 years, and is within 1 °C of being its hottest for a million years, says Hansen's team. Another decade of business-as-usual carbon emissions will probably make it too late to prevent the ecosystems of the north from triggering runaway climate change, the study concludes (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol 103, p 14288).

Fred Pearce New Scientist




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From: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2008/9/1/update_democracy_now_s_amy_goodman_sharif_abdel_kouddous_and_nicole_salazar_released_after_illegal_arrest_at_rnc

Update: Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2008

Contact: Mike Burke

UPDATE

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC

Goodman Charged with Obstruction; Felony Riot Charges Pending Against Kouddous and Salazar

ST. PAUL--Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.

All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar’s violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, “I’m Press! Press!,” resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman’s arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.

On Tuesday, Democracy Now! will broadcast video of these arrests, as well as the broader police action. These will also be available on: http://www.democracynow.org

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a felony. While the three have been released, they all still face charges stemming from their unlawful arrest. Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a “peace officer.”

Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped.

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities’ law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, including a photographer for the Associated Press.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism’s top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and the subsequent criminal charges and threat of charges are a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists.

Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

Video of Amy Goodman’s Arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

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Note from Jean:

For those who don't know about Amy's outspoken defense of Democracy in America here is a short video that illustrates this well...

Brainwash?... Democracy Now Amy Goodman on Corporate Media http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Q560s7cEv20

Much more on her excellent independent and investigative journalism work through http://www.democracynow.org

Related articles:

Silencing the Town Crier
http://www.truthout.org/article/silencing-town-crier
Leslie Griffith, Truthout: "Amy Goodman, who hosts one of the rare alternative news programs in the country, 'Democracy Now,' is not known for attracting attention to herself. She is not a Bill O'Reilly, shouting and screaming at anyone who disagrees. She is a journalist who loves diverse voices and putting events into perspective - helping American citizens get the information they need to make informed decisions. Yesterday, Goodman witnessed and experienced something very frightening that likely was not mentioned on your local news."

Why We Were Falsely Arrested By Amy Goodman (Sept 3, 2008)
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080903_why_we_were_falsely_arrested/
Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists. I was arrested with my two colleagues, "Democracy Now!" producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, while reporting on the first day of the RNC. I have been wrongly charged with a misdemeanor. My co-workers, who were simply reporting, may be charged with felony riot. (...) Here on the streets of St. Paul, the press is free to report on the official proceedings of the RNC, but not to report on the police violence and mass arrests directed at those who have come to petition their government, to protest. It was Labor Day, and there was an anti-war march, with a huge turnout, with local families, students, veterans and people from around the country gathered to oppose the war. The protesters greatly outnumbered the Republican delegates. (...) I was at the Xcel Center on the convention floor, interviewing delegates. I had just made it to the Minnesota delegation when I got a call on my cell phone with news that Sharif and Nicole were being bloody arrested, in every sense. Filmmaker Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films and I raced on foot to the scene. Out of breath, we arrived at the parking lot. I went up to the line of riot police and asked to speak to a commanding officer, saying that they had arrested accredited journalists. Within seconds, they grabbed me, pulled me behind the police line and forcibly twisted my arms behind my back and handcuffed me, the rigid plastic cuffs digging into my wrists. I saw Sharif, his arm bloody, his credentials hanging from his neck. I repeated we were accredited journalists, whereupon a Secret Service agent came over and ripped my convention credential from my neck. I was taken to the St. Paul police garage where cages were set up for protesters. I was charged with obstruction of a peace officer. Nicole and Sharif were taken to jail, facing riot charges. The attack on and arrest of me and the “Democracy Now!” producers was not an isolated event. A video group called I-Witness Video was raided two days earlier. Another video documentary group, the Glass Bead Collective, was detained, with its computers and video cameras confiscated. On Wednesday, I-Witness Video was again raided, forced out of its office location. When I asked St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington how reporters are to operate in this atmosphere, he suggested, “By embedding reporters in our mobile field force.” On Monday night, hours after we were arrested, after much public outcry, Nicole, Sharif and I were released. That was our Labor Day. It’s all in a day’s work.

Three University of Kentucky Journalists Arrested at RNC for Alleged Rioting
http://www.truthout.org/article/three-university-kentucky-journalists-arrested-rnc-alleged-rioting

RNC 8 Charged with "Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism" (09/03/2008)
http://tc.indymedia.org:80/2008/sep/breaking-rnc-8-charged-conspiracy-riot-furtherance-terrorism
In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty. Affidavits released by law enforcement which were filed in support of the search warrants used in raids over the weekend, and used to support probable cause for the arrest warrants, are based on paid, confidential informants who infiltrated the RNCWC on behalf of law enforcement. They allege that members of the group sought to kidnap delegates to the RNC, assault police officers with firebombs and explosives, and sabotage airports in St. Paul. Evidence released to date does not corroborate these allegations with physical evidence or provide any other evidence for these allegations than the claims of the informants. Based on past abuses of such informants by law enforcement, the National Lawyers Guild is concerned that such police informants have incentives to lie and exaggerate threats of violence and to also act as provacateurs in raising and urging support for acts of violence. "These charges are an effort to equate publicly stated plans to blockade traffic and disrupt the RNC as being the same as acts of terrorism. This both trivializes real violence and attempts to place the stated political views of the Defendants on trial," said Bruce Nestor, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. "The charges represent an abuse of the criminal justice system and seek to intimidate any person organizing large scale public demonstrations potentially involving civil disobedience, he said." CLIP

St. Paul's Police Protest the Press
http://www.truthout.org/article/st-pauls-police-protest-press
Michael Winship, Truthout: "So, attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver and watching events at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul via television, the sights and sounds of police and protesters were familiar. And that scent, the heavy, cloying smell of gas and pepper spray, as evocative as, but far less delicate than a Proustian cookie ... What was different in St. Paul was that the police seemed especially intent on singling out independent journalists and activists covering the Republican convention for the Internet and other alternative forms of media."




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From: Terry Steinke (T-steinke@sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 11, 2008
Subject: My Holiday with McCain: First hand account of McCain the "man"

"The Holiday with McCain piece was written by Anasuya Dubey, (an American citizen if you were wondering), daughter of a previous Indian Consul General of San Francisco. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a close friend of long time friends of mine whom I trust absolutely. I therefore believe that her article, though seemingly incredible, is totally valid. It has been sent to the Obama campaign."

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My Holiday with McCain

It was just before John McCain's last run at the presidential nomination in 2000 that my husband and I vacationed in Turtle Island in Fiji with John McCain, Cindy, and their children, including Bridget (their adopted Bangladeshi child).

It was not our intention, but it was our misfortune to be in close quarters with John McCain for almost a week since Turtle Island has a small number of bungalows and their focus on communal meals force all vacationers who are there at the same time to get to know each other intimately.

He arrived at our first group meal and started reading quotes from a pile of William Faulkner books with a forest of Post-Its sticking out of them. As an English Literature major myself, my first thought was "if he likes this so much, why hasn't he memorized any of this yet?" I soon realized that McCain actually thought we had come on vacation to be a volunteer audience for his "readings" which then became a regular part of each meal. Out of politeness, none of the vacationers initially protested at this intrusion into their blissful holiday, but people's buttons definitely got pushed as the readings continued day after day.

Unfortunately this was not his only contribution to our mealtime entertainment. He waxed on during one meal about how Indo-Chine women had the best figures and that our American corn-fed women just couldn't meet up to this standard. He also made it a point that all of us should stop Cindy from having dessert as her weight was too high and made a few comments to Amy, the 25 year old wife of the honeymooning couple from Nebraska that she should eat less as she needed to lose weight.

McCain's appreciation of the beauty of Asian women was so great that David the American economist had to move his Thai wife to the other side of the table from McCain as McCain kept aggressively flirting with and touching her.

Needless to say I was irritated at his large ego, and his rude behavior towards his wife and other women, but decided he must have some redeeming qualities as he had adopted a handicapped child from Bangladesh. I asked him about this one day and his response was shocking -"Oh, that was Cindy's idea - I didn't have anything to do with it. She just went and adopted this thing without even asking me. You can't imagine how people stare when I wheel this ugly, black thing around in a shopping cart in Arizona. No, it wasn't my idea at all."

I actively avoided McCain after that, but unfortunately one day he engaged me in a political discussion which soon got us on the topic of the active US bombing of Iraq at that time. I was shocked when he said "if I was in charge, I would nuke Iraq to teach them a lesson". Given McCain's personal experience with the horrors of war I had expected a more balanced point of view. I commented on the tragic consequences of the nuclear attacks on Japan during WWII - but no, he was not to be dissuaded. He went on to say that if it was up to him he would have dropped many more nuclear bombs on Japan. I rapidly extricated myself from this conversation as I could tell that his experience being tortured as a POW didn't seem to have mellowed out his perspective but rather had made him more aggressive, and vengeful towards the world.

My final encounter with McCain was on the morning that he was leaving Turtle Island. Amy and I were happily eating pancakes when McCain arrived and told Amy that she shouldn't be having pancakes because she needed to lose weight. Amy burst into tears at this abusive comment. I felt fiercely protective of Amy and immediately turned to McCain and told him to leave her alone. He became very angry and abusive towards me, and said "don't you know who I am" and I looked him in the face and said "yes, you are the biggest asshole I have ever met" and headed back to my cabin. I am happy to say that later that day when I arrived at lunch I was given a standing ovation by all the guests for having stood up to McCain's bullying.

Although I have shared my McCain story informally with friends, this is the first time I am making this public. I almost did so in 2000, when McCain first announced his bid for the Republican nomination but it soon became apparent that George Bush was the shoo-in candidate and so I did not act then. However, now that there is a very real possibility that McCain could be elected as our next president, I feel it is my duty as an American citizen to share this story. I can't imagine a more scary outcome for America than that this abusive, aggressive man should lead our nation. I have observed him in intimate surroundings as he really is, not how the media portrays him to be. If his attitudes toward women, and his treatment of his own family are even a small indicator of his real personality, then I shudder to think what will happen to America were he to be elected as our President.

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Related articles:

McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c
There's no question John McCain is getting a free ride from the mainstream press. But with the power of YouTube and the blogosphere, we can provide an accurate portrayal of the so-called Maverick. We can put the brakes on his free ride!Since we first released The Real McCain a year ago, our REAL McCain series has garnered close to 2 million views, with over 13,000 comments and tens of thousands more in petition signatures! Clearly, John McCain's record is something the public wants to discuss, and yet the corporate media is doing NOTHING to present the truth. We feel obliged to continue countering the mainstream media's love of McCain. And so we thought it was high time for a sequel: The Real McCain 2. More through http://TheRealMcCain.com/

The Real McCain (September 4, 2008)
http://www.counterpunch.org/stclair09042008.html
Meet the Senator Most Likely to Start a Nuclear War(...) McCain is nothing if not a political stunt man. His chief stunt is the evocation of political piety. From his pulpit in the well of the senate, McCain gestures and fumes about the evils of Pentagon porkbarrel. He rails about useless and expensive weapons systems, contractor malfeasance, and bloated R&B budgets.But he does nothing about them. McCain pontificates, but never obstructs. Few senators have his political capital. But he does nothing with it. Under the arcane rules of the senate, one senator can gum up the works, derail a bad (or good, though those are increasingly rare in this environment) bill, dislodge non-germane riders, usually loaded with pork, from big appropriations bills. McCain is never that senator. He is content to let ride that which he claims to detest in press releases and senate speeches. A recent example. In late October, McCain went on 60 Minutes to decry a footnote in the Defense Appropriations Bill of 2004 that transferred billions of dollars from so-called Operations and Maintenance accounts for US troops in Iraq to porkbarrel projects, such as gold mines and museums, in the states of powerful senators. In his stern voice before the cameras, McCain made congressional looting sound like a treasonable offense. But what he failed to disclose is the fact that he actually voted for the bill. Not only that, he was personally approached by each senator who wanted just such a transfer of funds and gave it his seal of approval.McCain the Maverick is a merely a fine-honed act, underscored by these kinds of casual hypocrisies. (...) McCain's escape from the Keating debacle is nothing short of miraculous and it's probably the activity for which he most deserves a medal. After all, he took more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from the swindler Keating between 1982 and 1988, while simultaneously logrolling for Keating on Capitol Hill. In the same period McCain took nine trips to Keating's place in the Bahamas.
When the muck began to rise, McCain threw Keating over the side, hastily reimbursed Keating for the trips and suddenly developed a profound interest in campaign finance and reform. Yet McCain is legendary among those who have worked with him for a pathologically vicious temper, also for his skill in adopting apparently principled stands which are never exposed to any rigorous test. (...) "If there's one thing we know about McCain, it's that he can't be trusted", says Roger Featherstone, director of the GREEN, an Albuqueque, New Mexico environmental group. "Anybody who promotes McCain is environmentalist is either an idiot or a liar." Much of the blame for McCain's reputation can be laid to our gullible press. Living on Earth, the NPR environmental show, recently produced a puff piece touting McCain as the Senate's most environmentally conscious Republican. Of course, most of McCain's act is scripted for the photo op. When the chips are on the table, McCain can be counted on to do the bidding of industry. CLIP

McCain's Integrity (10 September 2008)
http://www.truthout.org/article/mccains-integrity
Historically a John McCain supporter, conservative journalist and blogger Andrew Sullivan takes on the issue of John McCain's integrity as he strives to win the presidency. - For me, this surreal moment - like the entire surrealism of the past ten days - is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick. It's about John McCain. The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person. When he knows, as every sane person must, that Obama did not in any conceivable sense mean that Sarah Palin is a pig, what did he do? Did he come out and say so and end this charade? Or did he acquiesce in and thereby enable the mindless Rovianism that is now the core feature of his campaign? So far, he has let us all down. My guess is he will continue to do so. And that decision, for my part, ends whatever respect I once had for him. On core moral issues, where this man knew what the right thing was, and had to pick between good and evil, he chose evil. CLIP - Recommended by Ed Elkin (EdElkin@aol.com) who wrote: " It is so telling that I trust you will share it with your readers."

Keith Olbermann: GOP Trademarks 9/11
http://www.truthout.org/article/special-comment-gop-trademarks-911
Keith Olbermann addresses the GOP/McCain exploitation of 9/11.

Running From Reality (6 September 2008)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/opinion/06herbert.html
If there was one pre-eminent characteristic of the Republican convention this week, it was the quality of deception. Words completely lost their meaning. Reality was turned upside down. From the faux populist gibberish mouthed by speaker after speaker, you would never have known that the Republicans have been in power over the past several years and used that titanic power to lead the country to its present sorry state. In his acceptance speech on Thursday night, Senator John McCain did his best Sam Cooke imitation ("A Change is Gonna Come") and vowed to put the country "back on the road to prosperity and peace." Mr. McCain spoke at the end of a day in which stock market indexes plunged. The next morning the Labor Department gave us the grim news that another 84,000 jobs had been lost in August, and that the official unemployment rate had climbed to 6.1 percent - the highest in five years. If there were any good ideas at this convention of mostly rich and mostly right-wing delegates about how to haul the country out of this mess that the G.O.P. has gotten it into, they were kept well hidden. Perhaps they were tucked away behind the more prominently displayed creationism and "just-say-no to global warming" documents. It stretches the mind almost to the breaking point to think of John McCain as an agent of substantive change. He once believed that Phil Gramm was the most qualified person in the United States to be president. And he now believes that Sarah Palin is the most qualified to be vice president. That is not the fault of Mr. Gramm or Ms. Palin. But it sure tells us a lot about the judgment of John McCain. CLIP




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More on Sarah Palin

Forwarded by Larry Stell (lstell@glasgow-ky.com)

So many things wrong with Palin, It sounds like we are making them up ?

She was a member of the Alaska Independence Party, To make Alaska its own Sovereign Country.

Alaska independence party - Google News Address: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&resnum=0&q=alaska+independence+party&um=1&sa=X&oi=news_group&resnum=4&ct=title

She and her husband are members of a strict religious sect that believes in the husband making all the decisions in the family. So if she got elected Vice President and took over for McCain, her husband would be making her decisions for her.

Sarah Palin: Wasilla Church Kooky Masters Commission Address: http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2008/08/31/sarah-palin-wasilla-church-kooky-masters-commission/

Video from the Church
http://www.irregulartimes.com/wasillamasterscommissionfin.mov

She hunts Moose shooting while flying her float plane.

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Related video and articles:

CNN Cafferty: Palin vetting? (4 min 9 sec) MUST SEE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek
Jack asks: Was Governor Sarah Palin properly vetted before being named John McCain's V.P. He raises excellent question about McCain judgement

Top 10 Facts Everyone Must Know About Sarah Palin MUST READ - Much more through this webpage!
http://www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoPage.htm
Every fact below about Sarah Palin is backed up by credible journal citations (click on links)
1) She is presently under investigation in Alaska for abuse of power
2) Last year she put out a bounty on wolves paying $150 for turning in legs of freshly killed wolves
3) She is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest
4) She is a champion for big oil and supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and everywhere else
5) She believes creationism should be taught in public schools
6) She believes man-made global warming is a farce
7) She is opposed to listing the polar bear as an endangered species and is suing the federal governt over it
8) While mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire the city librarian because the librarian refused to censor books
9) She supports aerial hunting of wolves and bears even though Alaskans voted twice to ban the practice
10) She used $400,000 of state money to fund a media campaign in support of aerial hunting
Sarah Palin - Worse for the Planet Than Even Bush!!!
Sarah Palin spent $400,000 of state money to "educate" Alaskans about aerial hunting of wolves and bears. State tax money was used to directly influence the outcome of proposition 2 which would have limited aerial shooting of predators. Since Alaskans had previously voted twice to ban aerial shooting of predators, Palin used state tax money to buy support for aerial shooting. Buying votes with tax money worked - proposition two was voted down on 8/26/08.Read more about Governor Palin's "predator control" policies and the use of state money to slaughter bears and wolves. This year the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game will exterminate 1,400 bears out of a population of 2,000 in an area west of Anchorage. The Alaskan Board of Game even approved the hunting of black bear mothers and cubs with the goal of killing 60 percent of the black bear population. Although biologists have known since the 60's that predators actually keep prey populations healthy, Alaskan wolves and bears are being exterminated (using cruel practices such as baiting, trapping, and aerial shooting) to boost dwindling moose populations. Do we really want a vice president who doesn't believe in science? CLIP

Palin: Iraq War "A Task That Is From God" (3 Sep 2008)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080904/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_palin_iraq_war
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God." In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."

A Palin Theocracy
http://www.truthout.org/article/a-palin-theocracy
(...) John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate has invigorated a lackluster campaign. The media can't stop talking about her. Given McCain's age and state of health (his medical file was nearly 1,200 pages long), Palin would indeed be a heartbeat away from becoming president. But what would a Palin administration really look like? CLIP

Palin Faces Laundry List of Complications
http://www.truthout.org/article/palin-faces-laundry-list-complications

The Sarah Palin Digest - everything you need to know about her!
http://thinkprogress.org/palin-digest/

McCain campaign: FBI background check done on Palin, FBI: 'No we didn't'
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/30/AR2008083002377.html
Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager and the person at the point of the vice presidential process, said there was no abrupt change of course in the final hours. Nor, he said, was Palin selected without having gone through the full vetting process that was done for other finalists. That process included reviews of financial and other personal data, an FBI background check and considerable discussion among the handful of McCain advisers involved in the deliberations." The FBI says: No we didn't...
http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/09/palin_and_the_fbi_background_c.php?l=e

A chat with Anne Kilkenny from Alaska
http://tinyurl.com/66m3fa

Shed Light on McCain's Anti-Choice Record - Petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/464294592?z00m=16428994
Senator John McCain pledged at the Saddleback forum that "I will be a pro-life president and this presidency will have pro-life policies." This pledge is no surprise to Americans who have followed McCain's record of joining with the Bush Administration to take away women's rights and reproductive healthcare options. It is a surprise, however, to many women who support McCain. A recent poll says half of all female McCain supporters are pro-choice, and more than 70 percent of those incorrectly believe McCain is, too. Throughout his service in the Senate, however, McCain has repeatedly voted to slash funding for low-income family-planning programs, against allowing women to obtain birth control and to take away women's right to choose. Tell Senator McCain: I know your record of following the Bush Administration's plans to take away women's rights, and I want you to be clear about it to all Americans.

Palin and McCain's Shotgun Marriage
http://www.truthout.org/article/palin-and-mccains-shotgun-marriage
Frank Rich, The New York Times: "Given the actuarial odds that could make Palin our 45th president, it would be helpful to know who this mystery woman actually is. Meanwhile, two eternal axioms of our politics remain in place. Americans vote for the top of the ticket, not the bottom. And in judging the top of the ticket, voters look first at the candidates' maiden executive decision, their selection of running mates. Whatever we do and don't know about Palin's character at this point, there is no ambiguity in what her ascent tells us about McCain's character and potential presidency."

Palin pads her Expense Allowance
http://news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?afid=1&aid=26616212
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 Attack
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20742.htm
Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans."

Sarah Palin is a Disaster in Waiting
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20746.htm
Sarah Palin, with her rigid belief that God and the gun can solve everything, scares the lipstick off me.

Obama and the Palin Effect by Deepak Chopra
http://www.chopra.com/node/1064
(...) She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. CLIP




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From: http://www.truthout.org/article/palin-wrong-woman-wrong-message

Palin: Wrong Woman, Wrong Message

04 September 2008

by Gloria Steinem, The Los Angeles Times

Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.

Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing - the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party - are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women - and to many men too - who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.

But here is even better news: It won't work. This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.

Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters. Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Clinton. Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for - and that Barack Obama's still does. To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs."

This is not to beat up on Palin. I defend her right to be wrong, even on issues that matter most to me. I regret that people say she can't do the job because she has children in need of care, especially if they wouldn't say the same about a father. I get no pleasure from imagining her in the spotlight on national and foreign policy issues about which she has zero background, with one month to learn to compete with Sen. Joe Biden's 37 years' experience.

Palin has been honest about what she doesn't know. When asked last month about the vice presidency, she said, "I still can't answer that question until someone answers for me: What is it exactly that the VP does every day?" When asked about Iraq, she said, "I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."

She was elected governor largely because the incumbent was unpopular, and she's won over Alaskans mostly by using unprecedented oil wealth to give a $1,200 rebate to every resident. Now she is being praised by McCain's campaign as a tax cutter, despite the fact that Alaska has no state income or sales tax. Perhaps McCain has opposed affirmative action for so long that he doesn't know it's about inviting more people to meet standards, not lowering them. Or perhaps McCain is following the Bush administration habit, as in the Justice Department, of putting a job candidate's views on "God, guns and gays" ahead of competence. The difference is that McCain is filling a job one 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency.

So let's be clear: The culprit is John McCain. He may have chosen Palin out of change-envy, or a belief that women can't tell the difference between form and content, but the main motive was to please right-wing ideologues; the same ones who nixed anyone who is now or ever has been a supporter of reproductive freedom. If that were not the case, McCain could have chosen a woman who knows what a vice president does and who has thought about Iraq; someone like Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. McCain could have taken a baby step away from right-wing patriarchs who determine his actions, right down to opposing the Violence Against Women Act.

Palin's value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women's wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves "abstinence-only" programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers' millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn't spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.

I don't doubt her sincerity. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn., she doesn't just support killing animals from helicopters, she does it herself. She doesn't just talk about increasing the use of fossil fuels but puts a coal-burning power plant in her own small town. She doesn't just echo McCain's pledge to criminalize abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, she says that if one of her daughters were impregnated by rape or incest, she should bear the child. She not only opposes reproductive freedom as a human right but implies that it dictates abortion, without saying that it also protects the right to have a child.

So far, the major new McCain supporter that Palin has attracted is James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Of course, for Dobson, "women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership," so he may be voting for Palin's husband.

Being a hope-a-holic, however, I can see two long-term bipartisan gains from this contest.

Republicans may learn they can't appeal to right-wing patriarchs and most women at the same time. A loss in November could cause the centrist majority of Republicans to take back their party, which was the first to support the Equal Rights Amendment and should be the last to want to invite government into the wombs of women.

And American women, who suffer more because of having two full-time jobs than from any other single injustice, finally have support on a national stage from male leaders who know that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are campaigning on their belief that men should be, can be and want to be at home for their children.

This could be huge.

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Gloria Steinem is an author, feminist organizer and co-founder of the Women's Media Center. She supported Hillary Clinton and is now supporting Barack Obama.




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From: http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=68368&sectionid=351020101

Georgia airfields earmarked for war on Iran

3 Sept 2008

Georgia permitted Israel to use two military airfields for 'a potential pre-emptive strike' against Iranian nuclear sites, a report says.

The revelation came after Georgia's offensive into South Ossetia in early August prompted Russia to march its Special Forces into the region, United Press International reported.

Russian Special Forces raided the airfields - in addition to other Israeli facilities in southern Georgia -, where Israeli drones were captured.

According to the report, Israel had used the airfields to 'conduct recon flights over southern Russia, as well as into nearby Iran'.

"A secret agreement between Georgia and Israel had earmarked two military airfields in the south of Georgia for use by Israeli fighter-bombers in a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran," read the report.

Tel Aviv has threatened to launch air strikes against Iranian nuclear installations under the pretext that Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has plans to develop nuclear weaponry.

This is while the UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran enriches uranium-235 to a level of 3.7 percent - a rate consistent with the construction of a nuclear power plant. Nuclear arms production requires an enrichment level of above 90 percent.

Iran currently suffers from electricity shortage and has been forced to adopt a rationing program by scheduling power outages - of up to two hours a day - across both urban and rural areas in the country.

In early June, Israel conducted a military maneuver over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in preparation, according to Pentagon officials, for an aerial bombardment of Iranian nuclear facilities.

Over 100 Israeli F-16s and F-15s partook in the exercise, which spanned some 900 miles, roughly the distance between their airfields and a nuclear enrichment facility in the central Iranian city of Natanz.

"(The Georgian airfields) would sharply reduce the distance Israeli fighter-bombers would have to fly to hit targets in Iran," continued the report.

Israel, in return, has been providing Georgia's pro-Western government with considerable amounts of training and armament for its military.

Georgian Minister of Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili, an Israeli citizen, said on August 10 that Israeli efforts to strengthen the Georgian army caused Russia 'enormous damage'.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili declared on August 13 that 'effective' Israeli weapons would ensure his country's success in the military conflict with Russia.

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Related articles:

Commentary: Israel of the Caucasus
http://www.metimes.com/Security/2008/09/02/commentary_israel_of_the_caucasus/f5e1/
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- NATO guarantees that an attack against one member country is an attack against all are no longer what they used to be. Had Georgia been inside NATO, a number of European countries would no longer be willing to consider it an attack against their own soil. For Russia, the geopolitical stars were in perfect alignment. The United States was badly overstretched and had no plausible way to talk tough without coming across as empty rhetoric. American resources have been drained by the Iraq and Afghan wars, and the war on terror. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov put it, Washington must now choose between its "pet project" Georgia and a partnership with Moscow. (...) Israel began selling arms to Georgia seven years ago. U.S. grants facilitated these purchases. From Israel came former minister and former Tel Aviv Mayor Roni Milo, representing Elbit Systems, and his brother Shlomo, former director general of Military Industries. Israeli UAV spy drones, made by Elbit Maarahot Systems, conducted recon flights over southern Russia, as well as into nearby Iran.In a secret agreement between Israel and Georgia, two military airfields in southern Georgia had been earmarked for the use of Israeli fighter-bombers in the event of pre-emptive attacks against Iranian nuclear installations (...) The Tel Aviv-Tbilisi military axis appears to have been cemented at the highest levels, according to YNet, the Israeli electronic daily. But whether the IAF can still count on those air bases to launch bombing missions against Iran's nuke facilities is now in doubt.Iran comes out ahead in the wake of the Georgian crisis. Neither Russia nor China is willing to respond to a Western request for more and tougher sanctions against the mullahs. Iran's European trading partners are also loath to squeeze Iran. The Russian-built, 1,000-megawatt Iranian reactor in Bushehr is scheduled to go online early next year.A combination of Putin and oil has put Russia back on the geopolitical map of the world. Moscow's oil and gas revenue this year is projected at $201 billion -- a 13-fold increase since Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin eight years ago. Not shabby for a wannabe superpower on the comeback trail.

Russia may push forward with S-300 sales to Iran:
http://www.asiaplus.tj/en/news/53/38162.html
"In the current situation, when the U.S. and the West in general are stubbornly gearing toward a confrontation with Russia after the events in South Ossetia, the implementation of a lucrative contract on the deliveries of S-300 [air defense systems] to Iran looks like a logical step."

French President Warns Iran Risks "Catastrophe" Of Israeli Strike
http://tinyurl.com/65m9tn
French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Iran Thursday that its determination to press on with its controversial nuclear drive risked an Israeli strike that would be a "catastrophe."

Congress is about to pour lighter fluid on Iran:
http://tinyurl.com/5a8vcs
The U.S. Congress may inadvertently lay the foundations for war against Iran when it reconvenes in Washington this month.




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Recommended by Edna Spennato (ednaspennato@gmail.com)

MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

From: http://www.medialens.org/alerts/08/080904_when_news_is.php

September 4, 2008

WHEN NEWS IS NOISE - GEORGIA, SOUTH OSSETIA AND THE POLITICAL PIPELINE

The Strain Behind The Smile

A Los Angeles Times editorial observed last month that China had persuaded world leaders to attend the Olympic Games "despite their misgivings about Beijing's horrific human rights record both domestically and abroad". The horror, the editors noted, could not be entirely suppressed:

"What planners in Beijing miscalculated is that no matter how well you teach performers to smile, the strain behind the lips is still detectable." (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-olympics26-2008aug26,0,5033807.story)

Needless to say, no mainstream British or American journalist referred to the host nation's "horrific human rights record" at the time of the US Games in Atlanta in 1996, or of the Los Angeles Games in 1984. And of course no media outlet has discussed "misgivings" about the awarding of the 2012 Games to Britain. But why on earth would they? Historian Mark Curtis explains:

"Since 1945, rather than occasionally deviating from the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and economic development in the Third World, British (and US) foreign policy has been systematically opposed to them, whether the Conservatives or Labour (or Republicans or Democrats) have been in power. This has had grave consequences for those on the receiving end of Western policies abroad." (Curtis, The Ambiguities of Power, Zed Books, 1995, p.3)

A Guardian leader in July described how "western leaders rightly remain uneasy about giving their imprimatur to a [Chinese] regime which jails dissidents, persecutes religious groups, backs Burma and bankrolls Darfur." (Leader, 'Beijing Olympics: Faster, higher - but freer?,' The Guardian, July 12, 2008)

On the other hand, the Guardian leader writers might have felt uneasy about giving their imprimatur to "western leaders" who are the destroyers of Baghdad, Fallujah and Mosul, and who have promoted chaos and terror in Afghanistan, Haiti, Serbia and Somalia, among many other places.

An Independent leader naturally shared the Guardian's view:

"The outside world will have a crucial role to play in the coming years. Engagement will produce much better results than isolation. But at the same time, the developed world must guard against soft-pedalling sensitive issues such as the treatment of Tibet, or Beijing's sponsorship of vile regimes in Africa." (Leader, 'China must not let its brief democratic light go out,' The Independent, August 2, 2008)

It is taken for granted that "the developed world" is the great hope for human rights. Again, comparable Independent editorials did not appear ahead of the Atlanta and Los Angeles Games condemning Washington's "sponsorship of vile regimes".

Everything in the media starts from the assumption that 'We mean well,' and from the unspoken, indeed unthought, assumption that this claim need never be questioned. This isn't just a matter of choice - career success depends on it. Senior journalists like the BBC's Huw Edwards have to be willing to make the Soviet-style claim that British troops are in Afghanistan "to try to help in the country's rebuilding programme". (Edwards, BBC 1, News at Ten, July 28, 2008)

Respecting Sovereignty

One tragicomic consequence of this self-imposed simple-mindedness is the inability of the mainstream media to make sense of last month's war in Georgia. Journalists kept a straight face as they communicated George Bush's demand that "Russia's government must respect Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty." (http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i2LdnLHTyJgB2Ng8VSQyMQ3eMVrw) Few felt inclined to mention the small matter of Bush's own invasion of sovereign Iraq, or the US-driven separation of Kosovo from sovereign Serbia.

Gordon Brown, proud 'liberator' of Iraq, or what remains of it, somehow avoided choking on his own hypocrisy as he insisted: "when Russia has a grievance over an issue such as South Ossetia, it should act multilaterally by consent rather than unilaterally by force."
(http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/31/russia.georgia)

Occasional mentions have been made of the fact that the largest pipeline between the Black Sea and the Caspian oil fields and Europe is the 1.2 million barrels a day BP Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) line that passes through Georgia and parts of Abkhazia, and which happens to be the only pipeline not under Russian control. The Christian Science Monitor recently described the politics of the pipeline:

"The $4 billion BTC pipeline, managed by and 30 percent owned by British Petroleum, was routed through Georgia to avoid sending Caspian oil through Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, or Russia. A 10-mile pipeline could have connected Caspian oil to the well-developed Iranian pipeline system." (http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0816/p14s01-cogn.html)

In 2000, Bill Clinton described the pipeline as "the most important achievement at the end of the twentieth century." (http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/may2000/geor-m02.shtml)

Securing this "achievement" has involved intense US efforts to manipulate Georgian political and military elites. The US and France are the main suppliers of Georgia's military, but the prime US ally, Israel, has also supplied some $200 million worth of equipment since 2000. This has included remotely piloted drones, rockets, night-vision equipment, electronic systems, and training by former senior Israeli officers.

To be sure, media hints that oil might help explain American and Israeli involvement have far exceeded mentions of the even more embarrassing reasons behind the British and American attack on Iraq in 2003, when the subject of oil was completely off the news agenda. Patrick Collinson wrote in the Guardian of the Georgian crisis:

"It's a superpower confrontation in a region criss-crossed with oil pipelines vital to the west." (Collinson, 'Money: Sell oil, buy banks?: Crude prices are falling and commodities are plummeting,' The Guardian, August 16, 2008)

An article in the Observer last month was titled: "Europe's energy source lies in the shadow of Russia's anger: Behind the tanks in Ossetia are key oil and gas pipelines." (Alex Brett, The Observer, August 17, 2008)

In the Times, Richard Beeston wrote a piece headed: "Oil supplies and Kremlin's relations with the West at stake." (Beeston, The Times, August 9, 2008)

The media have presented the West as innocently seeking to protect its energy supplies from an erratic Russian predator - we just want to keep our economies running. Perhaps the insatiably greedy Western interests that have wrecked havoc across the world in the post-1945 period are busy elsewhere.

In the Guardian, Jeremy Leggett wrote:

"The Kremlin has a strategy to control a vast slab of the world economy via oil and gas. Dmitry Medvedev, lest we forget, used to run Gazprom. The Georgia crisis, if not a planned piece in the strategy, certainly fits." (Leggett 'Beware the bear trap: Britain, like most of Europe, is at risk of being the target of Russia's energy export weaponry,' The Guardian, August 30, 2008)

Recall, by contrast, the almost complete media taboo on identifying oil as a factor in the US-UK invasion of Iraq. We can imagine a companion piece by Leggett from, say, 2002:

"The White House has a strategy to control a vast slab of the world economy via oil and gas. George W. Bush, lest we forget, was the founder of Arbusto Oil, and chairman and CEO of energy company Spectrum 7. The Iraq crisis, if not a planned piece in the strategy, certainly fits."

In the real world, Johann Hari wrote of Iraq in the Independent in 2003:

"Blair went into this with the best of intentions. It is just silly to claim that Blair cooked up all these arguments to justify a grab for oil, or a straight-forward imperialist project." (Hari, 'What Monica Lewinsky Was For Clinton The Hutton Inquiry Is For Tony Blair,' The Independent, August 27, 2003)

A year earlier, David Aaronovitch manufactured the required sneer:

"Over in the New Statesman, John Pilger cranks out, as though Xeroxing on an old machine, piece after repetitive piece telling us that it's all about oil and money and greed and imperialism." (Aaronovitch, 'You couldn't be sure what anyone would end up saying,' The Independent, September 10, 2002)

"The UK, meanwhile," Leggett added sagely in his actual article, "has no energy strategy". Certainly not in Iraq, where, in late June, Iraqi oil minister Mohamad Sharastani announced that contracts had been drawn up between the Maliki government and five major Western oil companies to develop some of the largest fields in Iraq. Edward Herman takes up the wretched tale:

"No competitive bidding was allowed, and the terms announced were very poor by existing international contract standards. The contracts were written with the help of 'a group of American advisers led by a small State department team.' This was all in conformity with the Declaration of Principles of November 26, 2007, whereby the 'sovereign country' of Iraq would use 'especially American investments' in its attempt to recover from the effects of the American aggression. The contracts have not yet been signed, and the internal protests are loud, but clearly the fig leaf of WMD and democracy has been stripped away as an 'enduring' occupation and a systematic looting of Iraq's oil are arranged under a non-democratic tool of the occupation." (Herman, 'Further Nuggets From the Nuthouse: The Law of Conservation of the Level of Violence,' Z Magazine, September 2008)

The BBC's World Affairs Correspondent, Paul Reynolds, found no difficulty this week in recognising the realpolitik in Russian policy:

"In some ways, we are going back to the century before last, with a nationalistic Russia very much looking out for its own interests, but open to co-operation with the outside world on issues where it is willing to be flexible." (Reynolds, 'New Russian world order: the five principles,' September 1, 2008; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7591610.stm)

By contrast, Reynolds wrote in 2006:

"The third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq prompts some melancholy thoughts about how it was supposed to be - and how it has turned out.

"By now, according to the plan, Iraq should have emerged into a peaceful, stable representative democracy, an example to dictatorships and authoritarian regimes across the Middle East." (Reynolds, 'Iraq three years on: A bleak tale,' March 17, 2006; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4812460.stm)

Russia's plan is to look out for 'number one'; the US-UK plan was to spread peace, love and understanding to Iraq and the region. Not a trace of recognition was allowed that the Iraq invasion was fundamentally about American profit and power, and certainly not the welfare of the Iraqi people, about whom, traditionally, US policymakers have not given a damn.

Mostly the level of analysis of last month's conflict has been pitifully thin, as in this comment from Bronwen Maddox in the Times:

"Why now? The main reason is Georgia's desire to throw in its lot with Nato, the US's enthusiastic support for that, and Russia's passionate opposition." (Maddox, 'Simmering dispute could turn Russia against the West,' The Times, August 6, 2008)

It simply isn't done for corporate journalism to expose the true goals of Western corporate titans and their militant state allies. The preferred realm of discourse is restricted to nonsense about "security", "democracy" and other "humanitarian" goals.

Favouring Georgia

Britain isn't afflicted with a state-controlled media system, although one would hardly know it from press performance. Typically, a country identified as 'nice' by the British government is also 'nice' for our 'free press'. The same is true of governments labelled 'nasty'. The media have therefore presented the Georgia/South Ossetia conflict as the result of irrational Russian bullying. Max Hastings emphasised in the Guardian that, "The Russians yearn for respect, in the same fashion as any inner-city street kid with a knife." (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/18/russia.georgia)

In a rare example of independent thought in the Guardian, Peter Wilby noted the consistent bias:

"Russia's behaviour, newspapers implied, was in a quite different category from Georgia's. In the Sunday Times, Russian tanks went 'rampaging' in South Ossetia, while Georgian tanks merely 'moved'. If Georgian forces had bombarded civilians, it was 'reprehensible', the Telegraph allowed. Russia, however, was 'offending every canon of international behaviour'." (Wilby, 'Georgia has won the PR war,' The Guardian, August 18, 2008; http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/aug/18/pressandpublishing.georgia)

Wilby added:

"Georgia's actions in South Ossetia went largely unexamined, and it was hard to find, from press accounts, what refugees from the province were fleeing from."

Indeed, an August 19 ITV News report explained the tragic results of the fighting for the people of Georgia. But as in so much reporting, no mention was made of the initial Georgian attack or the consequences for the people of South Ossetia. In fact Georgian forces had bombed the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, for 72 hours. An August 20 article in the Times reported how a "makeshift operating table lay under a weak lightbulb in the corridor of a dank basement that smelt strongly of excrement." Dina Zhakarova, a doctor in South Ossetia, commented:

"This is where we had to try to save people's lives. The whole place was a sea of blood while the Georgians were bombing our hospital." (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4568945.ece)

Dr Zhakarova described how staff had treated more than 250 people underground after the Georgian Army's assault, adding:

"All the staff gave blood for the patients because there were so many wounded. The Georgians knew very well that this was a hospital, so how could they say that we are their fellow citizens when they were firing rockets at us? It's nonsense."

Such commentary has been vanishingly rare.

The bias is clear, but the deeper point is far more interesting - the entrenched propaganda function of the mainstream media renders it incapable of making sense of events in Georgia and South Ossetia. References to Russian self-interest are allowed, and to Western concerns about energy security. But on the real reasons why people were killing and dying, on how Western state violence consistently supports Western corporate greed, journalists have had next to nothing to say. In a world where rational understanding conflicts with the 'ideals' of propaganda, "news" is often little more than noise.

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From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/04/israelandthepalestinians.humanrights?gusrc=rss&feed=worldnews

'Ethnic cleansing by stealth'

With every cruel and unusual punishment meted out against West Bank villagers, Israel is fomenting more and more hate against its own people

Seth Freedman

September 04 2008

"When Israel was first created, I had a lot of admiration and respect for the Jews; now I want to throw them all into the sea." The choice of phraseology was no accident on the part of the speaker, who wanted to make crystal clear the effects that more than 40 years of Israeli occupation have had on him and his family.

We were sitting in his tent in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Kheir, situated just outside the perimeter fence of the West Bank settlement of Karmel. Thanks to Karmel's proximity, the Bedouins suffer almost daily harassment at the hands of the settlers and their security team, resulting in the vitriolic volte-face performed by the head of the family in terms of his feelings towards Israelis.

The residents of Umm al-Kheir, and several other villages in the area, are prevented from building on their own land, or from grazing their flocks in the pastures nearby, due to the severe restrictions imposed on them by the army and police. In order to protect the ever-expanding settlements, more and more land is annexed under the guise of erecting "security zones", effectively strangling the natural growth of the Palestinian communities, and destroying their livelihoods in one fell swoop.

Their sorry situation is by no means unique; similar repressive tactics are used throughout the West Bank. The policy was described to me by a local activist as "ethnic cleansing by stealth", with the ultimate aim being to make life so tough for the Palestinians that they hold their hands up in despair and relocate elsewhere. Where they go is of little interest to those holding the reins of Israeli power, so long as it's far enough away for the vacated land to be redistributed to a new generation of settlers.

This type of low-level bullying is neither sensational nor violent enough to make regular headlines in either the local or international media, but its effects are no less harshly felt just because the methods employed are less violent than all out brute force. Erecting roadblocks at the entrance of villages to force the residents to take hour-long detours; taking no action against settlers who routinely beat and harass Palestinian children on their way to school; demolishing shacks built in the middle of the desert on the pretext of being security risks: the army's actions play a huge part in making the impoverished Palestinians' already difficult lives ten times harder.

Judaism teaches its adherents not to "place a stumbling block before the blind"; yet – as is seen time and again – despite ostensibly being a Jewish state, Israel pays scant attention to the laws of our religion, and runs its business according to an entirely different rulebook. Against this backdrop, it is easy to see why the clan chief of Umm al-Kheir has lost all faith in the Israelis under whose control he is forced to live.

A similar effect has been had on the village of Nil'in, which I visited a day later. The town is having the life slowly crushed from its lungs, with the annexation of vast tracts of its farmland by the army, and the separation wall being erected through its fields. Two children have died at the hands of the IDF during recent protests, with dozens more seriously wounded from rubber bullets and live rounds, only adding fuel to the already raging fire in the hearts of the locals.

One family I visited had a huge Hamas flag hung prominently in the centre of their lounge, testament to their own growing disillusion with the idea that they could ever live on peaceful terms with those occupying and oppressing them. The youngest children of the house silently emptied a bag of spent missiles on to the coffee table, wanting to ram home to their guests the kind of experience they had growing up in the shadow of the IDF.

Rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, stun grenades and sound bombs were all laid out for our benefit; chubby hands grasping the weapons of war, and eyes which had seen far too much peering at the visitors to see what kind of response their display elicited. "They can even tell just from the sound what kind of ammunition the soldiers are shooting", said their father with a shake of his head, while outside their older siblings prepared for yet another demonstration against the bulldozers scything their way through the town's olive groves.

If the Israeli authorities' aim is truly to protect their citizens, then their tactics are backfiring on a massive scale. As I have said before, all that is happening is simply a case of Israel creating what it fears, and driving ordinary Palestinians into the welcoming arms of the extremists. At the climax of the film Adulthood, Sam – wielding a loaded gun as he stares at his enemies with fire in his eyes – warns: "Never fuck with a guy who ain't got nothing to lose"; his mantra could be the motto of Palestinians the length and breadth of the Occupied Territories.

With every passing day, and every cruel and unusual punishment meted out against farmers, villagers, students and labourers alike, Israel is fomenting more and more hate against its own people, and ensuring months and years of conflict to come. More than that, they are undermining their own desired goal of a two state solution, since the carving-up of the West Bank to make way for Jewish-only access roads and buffer zones around settlements erodes any chance of a viable Palestinian state being created.

Those who are too blind to see that this is what is occurring under their noses are the same people who convince themselves that the true aim of Israel is to live in peace with its neighbours. The Palestinians, however, live and breathe the reality every day of their lives, and they are not so easily fooled. And if they are to be prevented from feeling as though they've got nothing to lose and resorting once more to violent resistance, there needs to be a major change in the way Israel treats their, and their children's, human rights and needs.

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Over 115 comments have been posted to this article including this one:

What an accurate article. Who will watch the author's back? "Their sorry situation is by no means unique; similar repressive tactics are used throughout the West Bank. The policy was described to me by a local activist as "ethnic cleansing by stealth", with the ultimate aim being to make life so tough for the Palestinians that they hold their hands up in despair and relocate elsewhere. Where they go is of little interest to those holding the reins of Israeli power, so long as it's far enough away for the vacated land to be redistributed to a new generation of settlers." This has been in progress since 1948- indeed before. Any headline catching event is quickly dealt with by the Israeli Public Relations machine and those euphemisms we are now so used to hearing form the 'Israeli Government spokespersons'- When a 100 or two Palestinian civilians are killed in an Israeli attempt to quell a militant then a Regev dismisses this as 'collateral damage' of no consequence you understand.I can't wait for all these Israelis organising this 'ethnic cleansing' to be tried at the Hague. They'd have to be quicker than recently as there will be a lot to be prosecurted.In the meantime one can only speculate at the moral depths of the rest of the world's politicians - in the UK our Friends of Israel sycophants - the US Presidential hopefuls - mostly so greedy for the financial support offered when they support Israel, one can only see them as 'bought' and despicable pieces of inhumanity.




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From: http://en.epochtimes.com/n2/opinion/europe-birds-extinction-3617.html

Where Have All the Birds Gone?

By Franz Alt

August 31, 2008

Ornithologists have discovered during the past few months that the European world of birds is shrinking.

This is particularly evident in Eastern Germany and Eastern Europe where some species of birds, and their numbers, are decreasing dramatically due to the proliferation of chemical farming practices.

The only method to avoid further numbers of bird deaths is to rapidly expand organic farming practices, something the European Union is planning to do but has yet to act on.

Meadowlarks, field sparrows, gold finches, and other once-plentiful varieties of birds in Germany’s farming areas have now become a rarity.

Southwest Germany has seen the numbers of meadowlarks decline to the point where they are now scarce. Kiewits, meadow pipers, and other meadow birds also are close to extinction, as are many shore birds.

Only a different farming policy, a landscape without pesticides and chemical poisons, will save the once-plentiful flora and fauna in our farming areas from extinction.

During the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn in May this year, the German Chancellor promised millions in funding to protect global forests. This, however, will not protect birds in the fields, meadows, and pastures. Money alone cannot guarantee the survival of these species in Europe.

The rise in cultivation of chemically enhanced crops for bio-fuel production is taking up formerly unused sections of land that had provided a paradise for birds and presented a ray of hope for insects and plants. Protecting fallow lands, nature preserves, and organic farming acreages are necessary to preserve Europe's manifold variety of species.

Fortunately, the European Union already features 26,000 nature preserves, amounting to 20 per cent of the member states' total surface area. This is a rather crucial necessity in order to preserve a variety of species on which the existence of many living beings is based. Additional climate protection would translate into preservation of the species.

Genetic engineering, some ornithologists say, will also spell the demise of many bird species, as will climate change and the resulting increase in desertification, the loss of the rainforest and overgrazing practices in the Sudan and Sahel.

Though the German government ratified an ambitious climate protection program in 2007, cabinet members have been lax to make it a reality. Fearing negative reactions from the voters in Bavaria, lawmakers were unwilling to impose an extra three Euros per year in taxes on drivers to finance a cleaner environment.

It’s high time the government acted on this issue, otherwise voters will choose leaders who are willing to do something about climate and species protection in the next election.

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Related articles:

Alarm Sounds for Disappearing Birds
http://www.tierramerica.net/english/2003/0428/iarticulo.shtml
CARACAS - Any overview about birds in Latin America sounds like a description of the great wealth of species, a reminder of the region's almost lavish biological diversity, and of the aggressions against the environment, which not only threaten the habitat of one kind of bird or another, but that of all living things. Of the 9,700 known bird species in the world, 4,339 (45 percent) are found in the Americas. Of that total, 649 are in danger of extinction before 2020, according to the environmental coalition BirdLife International, based in Britain. In the world leaders for biodiversity, Brazil and Colombia, the threat of extinction hovers over 114 and 77 bird species, respectively. Worldwide, there are 1,200 bird species -- approximately one of eight -- that are in danger of disappearing forever within the first two decades of this century. The impacts of human activity on our natural surroundings are the cause for bird species endangerment in 99 percent of the cases, according to the Washington-based non-governmental Worldwatch Institute. Howard Youth, author of "Winged Messengers: The Decline of Birds", says we are witnessing the worst wave of species extinction since the dinosaurs disappeared from Earth 65 million years ago. In the past 500 years, since the Europeans arrived in the Americas, at least 128 bird species have disappeared from the hemisphere, with more than 100 of that total becoming extinct in the just the last two centuries. "Birds are valuable environmental indicators," says Youth. Clemencia Rodner, president of the Audubon Foundation of Venezuela, explained this concept to Tierramérica: "Due to their visibility, birds are the best indicator, an early warning sign, when something is going wrong in an ecosystem. They flee or their numbers diminish or they disappear." The loss of habitat is the leading threat to bird populations, if it does not outright cause their extinction. Each year, the world loses more than 50,000 square km of forests, an area the size of Costa Rica. CLIP

Why Are the Birds Disappearing?
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/1/17/why-are-the-birds-disappearing.aspx
Like the tragedy of the disappearing honeybees, the disappearance of millions and millions of birds means that something has gone terribly wrong in our environment.There are many likely contributing factors for this observation, everything from pesticides to urban sprawl and pollution, but there is an extremely pervasive, silent killer out there that hardly anyone is mentioning: Information-carrying radio waves. These radio waves are coming from your cell phones and other wireless technologies, and they have increased exponentially in the past three or four years alone. It’s already known that birds living near mobile phone base stations do not breed well. It’s also known that exposure to these frequencies causes disorientation in migratory birds. Now, at the end of 2007 there were 4 billion cell phones on the planet. What this means is that even if you are one of the few who decides not to use a cell phone, you are being exposed to information-carrying radio waves at unprecedented levels, and so are all of the birds, bugs and wildlife that live among us. In other words, they’re everywhere. CLIP

Disappearing Common Birds Send Environmental Wake-up Call (June 15, 2007) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070614173737.htm
Birdsongs that filled the childhoods of countless baby-boomers are rarely heard wafting on today’s spring breezes….Once-familiar avian spectacles now elude young birdwatchers… It’s not your imagination… A new analysis by the National Audubon Society reveals that populations of some of America’s most familiar and beloved birds have taken a nose dive over the past forty years, with some down as much as 80 percent. The dramatic declines are attributed to the loss of grasslands, healthy forests and wetlands, and other critical habitats from multiple environmental threats such as sprawl, energy development, and the spread of industrialized agriculture. The study notes that these threats are now compounded by new and broader problems including the escalating effects of global warming. In concert, they paint a challenging picture for the future of many common species and send a serious warning about our increasing toll on local habitats and the environment itself. “These are not rare or exotic birds we’re talking about—these are the birds that visit our feeders and congregate at nearby lakes and seashores and yet they are disappearing day by day,” said Audubon Chairperson and former EPA Administrator, Carol Browner. “Their decline tells us we have serious work to do, from protecting local habitats to addressing the huge threats from global warming.” CLIP

Tens of millions of birds disappearing across North America
http://rawstory.com/rawreplay/?p=372
This video is from CBC’s The National, broadcast on December 28, 2007 -- Tens of millions of the most common birds in North America have disappeared, and their absence is signaling a silent alarm bell about the state of our ecosystem. According to a report by the National Audubon Society, the numbers of some species of birds have plummeted by 60 percent to 80 percent. The video above explains some of the dramatic environmental disruptions that are contributing to the decimation of the bird population, and what their disappearance means to the future of our planet.

Common Grassland Birds Disappearing in Midwest (July 31, 2007)
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/environment/july-dec07/birds_07-31.html
Some of the most common grassland birds in Illinois, including the meadowlark, are decreasing in numbers.




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From: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/electronic-smog-is-disrupting-nature-on-a-massive-scale-921711.html

Electronic Smog 'Is Disrupting Nature On A Massive Scale'

New study blames mobile phone masts and power lines for collapse of bee colonies and decline in sparrows

by Geoffrey Lean - September 8, 2008

Mobile phones, Wi-Fi systems, electric power lines and similar sources of "electrosmog" are disrupting nature on a massive scale, causing birds and bees to lose their bearings, fail to reproduce and die, a conference will be told this week.

Bees are able to change the polarity of their antennae at will. It is believed that that it is this that enables them to navigate using the Earth's magnetic forces. (Source: Guardian)
Dr Ulrich Warnke - who has been researching the effects of man-made electrical fields on wildlife for more than 30 years - will tell the conference, organised by the Radiation Research Trust at the Royal Society in London, that "an unprecedented dense mesh of artificial magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic fields" has been generated, overwhelming the "natural system of information" on which the species rely.

He believes this could be responsible for the disappearance of bees in Europe and the US in what is known as colony collapse disorder, for the decline of the house sparrow, whose numbers have fallen by half in Britain over the past 30 years, and that it could also interfere with bird migration.

Dr Warnke, a lecturer at the University of Saarland, in Germany, adds that the world's natural electrical and magnetic fields have had a "decisive hand in the evolution of species". Over millions of years they learned to use them to work out where they were, the time of day, and the approach of bad weather.

Now, he says, "man-made technology has created transmitters which have fundamentally changed the natural electromagnetic energies and forces on the earth's surface. Animals that depend on natural electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic fields for their orientation and navigation are confused by the much stronger and constantly changing artificial fields."

His research has shown that bees exposed to the kinds of electrical fields generated by power lines killed each other and their young, while ones exposed to signals in the same range as mobile phones lost much of their homing ability. Studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau, reported in The Independent on Sunday last year, have found bees failed to return to their hives when digital cordless phones were placed in them, while an Austrian survey noted that two-thirds of beekeepers with mobile phone masts within 300 metres had suffered unexplained colony collapse.

Dr Warnke also cites Spanish and Belgian studies showing that the number of sparrows near mobile phone masts fell as radiation increased. And he says that migrating birds, flying in formation, had been seen to split up when approaching the masts.

But the Mobile Operators Association, representing the UK's five mobile phone companies, says a US research group has found collapsing bee colonies in areas with no mobile phone service, and Denis Summers-Smith, a leading expert on sparrows, has described the link as "nonsense".




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From: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/09/06/why-can-t-you-use-your-cell-phone-on-a-plane.aspx?source=nl

How Cell Phone Microwaves Interfere With Your Body

There are likely very few places left on earth, save those areas that are sparsely populated or, say, at the bottom of the ocean, that are not being bombarded by microwave radiation and electromagnetic frequencies from wireless devices.

The risk of being exposed to these frequencies increases the closer you get to them, but that doesn’t mean you need to be the one holding the cell phone or sitting next to the Wi-Fi router to be impacted. If cell phones are allowed on planes, for instance, those sitting around the person on a cell phone or laptop connected to the Internet will also be exposed to the microwaves.

But how, exactly, does this harm your health?

Your body is essentially a very sensitive electromagnetic instrument, controlled by highly complex and orderly oscillatory electrical processes. Each one of these electro-biological processes vibrate at a specific frequency -- some of which happen to be close to those used in modern GSM cell phone technology.

The pulsating, low-intensity microwaves from mobile phones can exert subtle, non-thermal influences on your body simply because microwaves are waves. As such, they have properties other than just intensity (which is the only part regulated by safety guidelines).

Therefore, much in the same way as a radio can receive interference, your biological processes can be interfered with by the oscillatory aspect of the incoming radiation.

Highly organized electrical processes at the cellular level are especially vulnerable to interference from cell phone radiation, because their frequency happens to fall within the microwave range.

Many of these biological activities are influenced by your metabolism, meaning the effect of the radiation will be different from one person to another. 

The effect could also depend on the type of cell phone used, as different cell phones emit radiation at different frequencies.

Ultra-low intensity microwaves can affect processes as fundamental as cell division, and the TDMA frequencies of 8-34 Hz, and the DTX pulse frequency at 2 Hz, correspond to the frequencies of alpha and delta brain waves.

How to Protect Yourself From Cell Phone Radiation

I truly believe the widespread use of wireless devices is a public health disaster waiting to happen -- much like smoking turned out to be. So, I’ve written an entire book on the subject, which is due out in 2009.

Until then, here are my best guidelines to protect yourself from cell phone damage. Feel free to forward them on to your friends and loved ones, or print them out and post them someplace you see often.

• Children Should Never Use Cell Phones: Barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell phone, or a wireless device of any type. Children are far more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults, because of their thinner skull bones.

• Pregnant Women Should Also Avoid Cell Phones: Women who use mobile phones when pregnant may be more likely to give birth to children with behavioral problems.

• Reduce Your Cell Phone Use: Turn your cell phone off more often. Reserve it for emergencies or important matters.

• Use A Land Line At Home And At Work: Although more and more people are switching to using cell phones as their exclusive phone contact, it is a dangerous trend and you can choose to opt out of the madness.

• Reduce or Eliminate Your Use of Other Wireless Devices: You would be wise to cut down your use of these devices. Just as with cell phones, it is important to ask yourself whether or not you really need to use them every single time. If you must use a portable home phone, use the older kind that operates at 900 MHz. They are no safer during calls, but at least they do not broadcast constantly even when no call is being made.

• Use Your Cell Phone Only Where Reception Is Good: The weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it emits, and the deeper the dangerous radio waves penetrate into your body. Ideally, you should only use your phone with full bars and good reception.

• Turn Your Cell Phone Off When Not In Use: As long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call.

• Keep Your Cell Phone Away From Your Body When It Is On: The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna. You do not want any part of your body within that area.

• Use Safer Headset Technology: Wired headsets will certainly allow you to keep the cell phone farther away from your body. However, if a wired headset is not well-shielded -- and most of them are not -- the wire itself acts as an antenna attracting ambient information carrying radio waves and transmitting radiation directly to your brain. Make sure that the wire used to transmit the signal to your ear is shielded.

The best kind of headset to use is a combination shielded wire and air-tube headset. These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded, there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head.




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Note from Jean: Marjaana (a long-time ERN subscriber) has an important introductory comment on the vital need to focus on the constructive/positive things while keeping a dispassionate eye on the lingering negative stuff.

From: Marjaana
Subject: WILL THERE BE A MASS PHYSICAL LANDING OF EXTRATERRESTRIALS?
Date: 7 Sep 2008

Dear Jean,

You might have had this already (below) but I post it any way in good faith. Your mails are all good and your work great, however I at times think how to reach balance to give power to perfect solutions, to give energy " our attention" only to constructive news and withdraw all energy from subjects that need not expand. If I read the sad news for hours it will effect my mind with less positive feelings.

Yet we need not to give blind eye to the suffering taken place, but how to constantly pour energy to lighter side of events that massive amount of energy (by our individual attention that adds the whole) would flow those news that build the future. Atomic structure of any kind from mental realms manifest according to our attention.

By being concerned about what takes place in the world and yet being so positive as seeing all imperfection as illusion that will clear away eventually, is a skill I seek.

Best Wishes,

Marjaana

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From: cmdrladyathena@aol.com
Sent: September 05, 2008
Subject: Communique From The Ashtar Galactic Command ; Cmdr. Lady Athena

WILL THERE BE A MASS PHYSICAL LANDING OF EXTRATERRESTRIALS?

Ashtar Command transmission through Cmdr. Lady Athena

Ashtar-Athena SherAn.

We have received many questions regarding the possibility of a mass physical landing by extraterrestrials on Earth. In our addressing this topic, there are several factors that we must bring to your attention. With this intention please, allow us to provide a more comprehensive overview.

; More than likely, many of these messages about massive, planned landings by extraterrestrials may be originating from the many ET races and their on planet agents who have a personal and self serving agenda in place. They have their Human agents in government, military and other positions who are often unaware that they are serving to promote the take over, disinformation and confusion creating agendas of non Confederation alien races. You also have those who are indeed very conscious of whom they are choosing to align with and why.

Bear in mind that there are nations and leaders on Earth that have long had access to alien technology and who have willingly opened up dialog and global access to these fallen ones long ago. Some nations on Earth have also been flying their own UFOs for decades. Some of these governments in cohorts with these fallen aliens have staged phony abduction scenarios utilizing robotic aliens, real enough in appearance to fool anyone. Why? To create fear in the public mind so that they can then be manipulated and controlled. Those of hidden agenda have even planned to stage their own version of the ascension, return of a "Christ-like" figure and rapture.

However do not worry as their time is rapidly coming to a close and soon they will no longer be able to contact Earth's Humanity.

It has been cautioned by several reputable sources, that the first ones to come and actually attempt a mass landing will be be those of negative alien agenda. Prior to that , they will continually attempt to stage many dramatic events in the sky to grab the attention of Earth's populace.

Thus we counsel your exercising wise discernment before giving your permission for involvement with any extraterrestrial contact.

There is no need to give your power over to anyone---for in truth the Human being has the greater advantage and favored position. Human beings have a Soul, a conscience, and free will. You have the ability to contact and commune with Divine Source directly. You are qualified to ascend at this time through Grace. None of the fallen aliens have any of these things available to them and they are jealous of Earth Humans. The fallen alien races, long ago chose the path of mind and technology at the expense of their loving heart, and in the process lost their Souls---their Higher Divine Component and thus their unique individuality--- such as you each possess. Without a loving heart or Soul they have lost the mechanism for personal connection with the Higher levels and with Source. They have forfeited their access and opportunity for this particular cycle and must await another cycle of creation to q uality for ascension.

This is your opportunity to ascend and these ones are doing all in their power to cause you to trip and fall so you will falter and fail.

Therefore Humanity is collectively at this time facing a major test with regard extraterrestrial contacts. In the past the Adamic race listened to the fallen ones, the Dracos, Reptilians, Greys and other non Adamic seed. They followed, worshipped and bowed down to these alien demi-gods and their many false religions in the process. Human Souls were held prisoners within these lower densities under the domination of these cruel , ungodly alien races.

Helpless slaves, forced to do the bidding of their tyrannical overseers, Human Souls required Divine rescue and salvation, which was accomplished through the mission of Our Most Radiant One, Jesus-Emmanuel- Lord Sananda Kumara and His Advent upon Earth.

Thus the past 2000 year cycle has been all about Humanity's rescue, redemption, and restoration to it's original Divine status and Divine Throne Realm blueprint.

Now again the question is asked of Human kind, who will you choose to heed, follow and serve this time? Will Earth Humans heed, follow and give homage to alien space demi-gods, again or be true to the Living God who dwells within them?

A big red flag to signal a warning sign, is when ever an alien, or off plan et group of aliens claims that they can come and "set those of Earth on the right track" (by implying that Humans have botched the job so badly in managing their planet that now their galactic "creators" must come and take over the Earth and set it right). NO!

That approach is totally judgmental, demeaning and undermining of Humanity’s Divine dignity, God given freedom of Soul, personal choice, individuality and will! You have all been given the opportunity and the right to learn self governance through making errors. These errors have created the current state of your planet, the ramifications which require your own collective addressing and rectification.

This is the very reason why genuine Divine assistance is primarily of an invisible nature, directed from Spiritual levels and addressing Humanity upon a Spiritual level.

This is done so that Human beings will not again fall prey to idolatry--which occurs when ever an outer form is adopted and worshipped as a substitute rather than direct communication through Spirit and Truth with the Un manifest Creator.

In no manner do we of the Ashtar Galactic Command desire that any one on Earth follow, worship or give over their individual power, free will and authority to us, nor to any member of the Ashtar Command whether on Earth or above.

We of the Ashtar Galactic Command are but one of many celestial Emissaries and Angelic servers who stand at the Command of The Most Radiant One in serving the Divine plan of the Supreme Most High God and Our Creator.

Another red flag is if any such off planet races claim to have the means to replace Earth's political leaders, overthrow any government, or tempt through supposedly backing any "get rich quick" financial schemes, or offer promises of advanced technology. It can be observed that 99.9% of the time such schemes are promoted only by the dark ones. These promises of “unlimited funds coming to you to do your light work” only cause many Light workers to sit back passively and wait, thereby wasting valuable time.

If you are wise, you will insist that any one who attempts to contact you prove that they are whom they claim to be...insisting that they use the Confederation protocols and greetings. Observe if they come in loving humility and respect, honoring your free will and right to self direction-- major indicators of those of positive intent.

Carefully examine their statements. Do you sense any hidden agenda, of demeaning you in any manner? Is their agenda one of pandering to your ego by attempting to ensnare through promising material gain, power, advanced knowledge or "secret" technology?

Beware; agents of darkness always attempt to distract you from Spirit to focusing upon material forms and conditions which are essentially illusory.

Therefore you have the right and the obligation to discern the motives of anyone who attempts to contact you, both personally and collectively.

Observe, do they honor and respect your Divinity and right to freely live your life on your planet as you choose? Do they violate your free will in any manner? Do they threaten, engender fear, or attempt to manipulate you in any manner whatsoever? If you carefully examine and sincerely ask for Spiritual discernment it will be made clear who you are dealing with.

Some of these lower astral races and their Earth agents are pretty clever in that they even claim that Ashtar is supporting some of these purely material schemes--which we assure you HE IS NOT. Name dropping in an attempt to provide validity to their schemes is another clue. What advanced Ascended Master ever supports a get rich quick scheme of any kind? We don't even use money on other planets, nor will Earth in the fifth dimension.

Know this, that only a Human being, embodied on Earth has legal operational authority on Earth. Even God (Elohim) the Creator God/s--as Spirits are not able to legally operate on Earth. All dominion and authority on Earth was given only to Earth-man. Even God the Creator had to come and be born, as his "son," Jesus, Yeshua in order to operate legally on Earth.

No spirit being without a Human body has legal operational authority to dictate what is to be done on Earth. That most certainly includes those from other planetary civilizations. We can intervene only to prevent total global destruction of a nature that would also jeopardize life upon our spheres.

As for the political and financial arenas on Earth---these are the training grounds whereby Humans learn how to develop into masters. Mankind learns how to Divinely wield personal power, through the Earth system's business, leadership, political, financial and other arenas. Testing involves overcoming the ego's tendencies towards amassing power, wealth or technology for selfish purposes.

Human beings are on Earth to develop into Christ Conscious Masters, not to have anyone from outside rectify their miscreations during their learning process for them--thus depriving them of learning from their own trials and errors.

Above all, in any off planet contacts make certain that these ones state their identity, intention and whom they serve. Observe if they acknowledge that they have come in the Name and Authority of Jesus-Sananda, Our Most Radiant One and the Office of the Christ--with the evidence to back it, by strictly adhering to the protocols of the Order of Melchizedek!

No genuine being of Light will ever have any hesitation in providing an affirmative reply to any of the above diplomatic protocols.

Ongoing information from Ashtar and the Command has been posted on a regular basis within our forums. This stream of current information is communicated as well through Cmdr. Lady Athena's weekly BBS radio shows in addition to her numerous articles, e-mails and phone contacts with commanders from all over the USA and abroad.

Through these and other means we of the Ashtar Galactic Command continually offer sound guidelines to assist Humanity's not falling prey to those of dubious intent.

We very rarely issue directives to focus Humanity's attention upon outer phenomena occurring within the third density skies. Our directives ever emphasize who and what you are as embodiments of Divinity, living eternal lives, here and now. Our counsel is for you to look to no outer source for guidance, but rather to develop your own inner contact in accessing Divine Source.

As pertinent information from the Ashtar Command or from Ashtar, himself, is received, it is immediately made available to our ground crew. No information regarding any planned mass landings by the Ashtar Command has officially been issued, nor is there at present any need for such. However, there are certain areas of the world where there have been landings occurring for decades, sometimes many, and mass sightings




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