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"The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks,"

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"The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks," writes Ed Husain, a Senior Fellow of Middle East Studies with the CFR, which is considered in political circles to be America's most influential foreign-policy think tank.

According to Husain, the participation of the group blamed for the 9/11 attacks has made a significant difference in the military effectiveness of the rebellion. He went on to write:

"By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime's superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now."

In addition, Husain pointed out that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria is forwarding the rebel charge into Damascus and Aleppo, two of the nation's largest cities. If the current trend continues, "al-Qaeda could become the most effective fighting force in Syria," Husain added.

Husain affirmed these statements in an August 23 column for the CFR. "The Syrian opposition is benefiting hugely from the terrorist organization's determination, discipline, combat experience, religious fervor, and ability to strike the Assad regime where it hurts most," Husain writes. "While exact numbers of jihadist fighters are hard to come by, it is a fact that in every crucial battle of the last three months, from Aleppo to Homs to Deir al-Zor to Damascus, al-Qaeda has been prominent."

In an email response to the Digital Journal, Husain predicted that the jihadi fighters will wield power in a post-Assad Syria. "If by al-Qaeda we mean jihadi Salafis, then yes, they will certainly have a role in a Sunni Muslim-majority Syria," Husain said. "What that role looks like, and how much Salafism, is uncertain."

Such an outcome has caused concern among the minority Christians in Syria, who are fleeing to Lebanon, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When asked about what might happen to the Syrian government's stockpile of chemical weapons if Assad falls, Husain described a number of potential outcomes, but emphasized that the future remains unclear. "The fast-moving and emotion-driven nature of the Syrian conflict means our best guesses could be wrong," he warned.

Husain is only the latest media voice to describe al-Qaeda's involvement in the Syrian uprising. As we reported in June, BBCthe Guardian, and ABC News have all acknowledged that the terrorist group, a current target of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, is supporting rebel forces aimed at toppling Assad.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Times reports that the UK is sending $5 million of financial assistance to the Free Syrian Army. In addition, the CIA has smuggled 14 stinger missiles to Syrian rebels, according to the UK Mirror. Whether these resources are making their way into the hands of Al Qaeda remains to be seen.

Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/330734#ixzz24uvtgD00


15 - Plot to Provoke War with Iran Thwarted by Navy Analyst

By Juan Cole

August 27, 2012 "Information Clearing House" ---- Shorter WaPo: In spring of 2007, someone in the Bush administration (unindicted co-conspirator Richard Bruce Cheney? Neocons?) Sends uber hawk Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff to Oil Gulf with instructions to provoke a war with Iran. He allegedly toys with challenging Iran’s claim to half of the Shatt al-Arab. He certainly decided abruptly to bring two aircraft carriers to the Gulf, in hopes of provoking Iran into doing something stupid, and without telling the State Department or the White House.

He also pushes analysis alleging that Bahrain Shiites intend anti-American terrorism on behalf of Iran.

Adviser to the Navy Gwenyth Todd (former National Security Council staffer) rightly challenges this stupid conspiracy theory (Bahrain Shiites are mostly Arab Akhbaris who reject ayatollahs, and would not slavishly obey Persian, Usuli Iran!).

I.e. Cosgriff was allegedly nearly making a coup in order to get up a war. Failing something so drastic, he may have (or his Neocon superiors may have) hoped to forestall direct talks with Iran that month.

Todd blows the whistle on Cosgriff, letting State know about his intended insubordination. Word gets back to Neocons or whoever was behind the provocation and Cosgriff that Todd was the leak. She is abruptly deprived of her base pass and security clearance, a trumped up case is made against her with the FBI that she received money from a former boyfriend who did illegal consulting with Sudan (she says she returned the small sum he sent her). Todd’s career is ruined, her inquiries and grievances are ignored, she marries an Austrlian naval officer and goes into exile in Perth. FBI harasses her even there.

Todd’s account is corroborated by Navy sources speaking off the record, according to the Washington Post.

But there are lots of reasons to believe there is something to her charges.

What happened to her was typical of Neoconservative ways of operating. Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, Scooter Libby, and other Israel partisans inside the Pentagon or in Cheney’s office repeatedly played dirty tricks, held meetings and did not invite principals, contolled meeting agendas, and spied on and tried to discredit foeign service officers at the State Department, according to FSOs who have privately talked to me. The Neocons did these things in order to get up the Iraq War, which they thought would protect Israel. According to Wesley Clark, they hoped for a series of wars. In 2007 Cheney was clearly pushing for a war on Iran. Many of the Neoconservatives had left government by 2007, but the network remained powerful, especially in Cheney’s office.

Among the victims/ witnesses was Karen Kwiatkowsky, who served in Feith’s Office of Special Plans, which cherry-picked raw intelligence, stove-piped it to the White House, illegally and inaccurately pbriefed Congress on intelligence, and generally behaved like a seedy third world secret police cell. She was appalled at what she saw.

A similar dirty trick was played on Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, when Wilson blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s falsehoods about alleged Iraqi ‘weapons of masss destruction.’ Plame was investigated by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, who discovered she was CIA undercover, and they tried to spead the information around to the press in hopes of weakening Wilson’s credibility.

And, since I consulted in DC with government analysts about how to uproot al-Qaeda, and elements in the Bush White House minded my having influence with the analysts, someone in the WH in late 2005 ordered the CIA to spy on me and attempt to destroy my reputation (very illegal).

If Gwenyth Todd’s story is true, she is owed thanks by her country for thwarting a plot to get up a war on Iran. Given the things we know about how the Neocons operated, it is entirely plausible.

A dark thought: the Neocons have glommed onto Mitt Romney and will come to power if he does, and they still desperately want a war on Iran.

Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. www.juancole.com


16 - Romney and Ryan : Right Wing Billionaires Think it's Time to Take the Gloves Off 

The right wing elite think they can make a major breakthrough, they can end the last vestiges of the welfare state

By Real News

Posted August 27, 2012



PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And we're continuing our conversation about Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as vice president and the significance of this choice. Back in 2000, when George Bush and his advisers decided how to pitch their campaign, they decided to call it "compassionate conservatism", kind of—what'd they say?—a velvet glove over the fist. Well, Romney sits down with his advisers, decides how they're going to pitch their campaign and who's going to be their vice presidential choice, and they give no thought at all to a need for a velvet glove. Why's that?

Well, now joining us to help us answer that question is John Weeks. He's a professor emeritus at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. He's the author of the book Capital, Exploitation, and Economic Crisis. He writes at JWeeks.org. And he's originally a Texan. Thanks for joining us, John.


JAY: So what do you make of that choice, unmitigated hard-right message, and they do their math and they think they can win with that?

WEEKS: My interpretation is the following. First let me state what I would say is the consistent interpretation that's given to it in the newspapers here in Britain, such as The Guardian and The Independent. That interpretation is that Romney is not of the hard right, he's a little bit of a centrist, and that he's nervous about his hardline Republican base, and therefore, in order to enthuse that base and get them out, he chooses this far right winger with the strategy being that there's not a lot of enthusiasm for Obama this time around, but Ryan will give him enthusiasm and so help him win.

I think that's wrong. I think that Romney has no principles. I think that the people behind him, the big money behind him, you know, like the Koch brothers and others, have decided that they've reached the point where they can take the gloves off and make it an open confrontation. This time you might say, I think, that they think they're looking at the final battle and that if they can win with this spineless opportunist, with this far-right near-authoritarian behind him, they can win with those guys, they can make a tremendous breakthrough, and [unintel.] Social Security [unintel.] Medicare, and this incremental rewriting of the U.S. welfare state will be over. It'll just be brought to an end. And I think that is the strategy that led Romney to make his choice.

JAY: And to what extent do you critique President Obama for opening the door to that?

WEEKS: Yes, I mean, it's painful to say, because I do think that we are in almost like a Weimar moment. You know. I mean, these people aren't—I mean, Romney and Ryan are not overt fascists, but they're pretty far right-wing. And no question now about, you know, possibly saying, let's elect these people and it will get so bad that next time things will be better, and at least from my point of view.

I think that I regret to say that Obama has to be supportive, though this is to a great extent of his own doing. I mean, beginning from the day he was elected, he should have been more aggressive [unintel.] Perhaps it could have taken him a month to realize that there were going to be no compromise with these neo-authoritarians. By that point, he should have used every legislative trick he had to get health care through as quickly as possible. He should have withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq, though those involved separate issues. Maybe he was never inclined to do so. He should have pushed through banking reform. And then, when he came up to the midterm elections, his health care system would have been operating at least a year, and we came up for reelection, he could say, look, Americans are healthy, the banks have been—they had their wings clipped, and now we're on our way to a decent society, which we weren't before. But he didn't. He didn't do that. He's drifted. Various—.

JAY: And because, I mean, he represents a section of capital that really doesn't want all those things. I mean, he was there to, essentially, manage the crisis and make sure Wall Street wasn't devastated. He accomplished that. And on these other things, his heart just never seemed to be in it. But I guess that's because of who he really represents—their heart's not really in it.

WEEKS: I think that's true. I mean, I think—I mean, I'm I'm very pessimistic, because I think that this financial elite, which considers itself urbane and sophisticated, which supports Obama, I'm sure they find the Tea Party offensive to them. They would never have them over to their houses. They probably find Paul Ryan a bit of a—you know, a sort of unbelievable buffoon. And I'm sure they think that Romney is just, you know, completely empty.

But perhaps for the first time in the history of the American financial elite, they're overmatched. There's new money, there's new big money that's not interested in any form of liberalism, that's not interested in any gesture towards some type of safety net within the capitalist system.

The big money behind Romney has a strategy: rejuvenate the power of the United States by transferring as much income to the wealthy as possible. They've done—under Obama a pretty good job was done of it, under Clinton a pretty good job was done, and under Bush. But I think if Romney is elected, it will accelerate, you know, beyond what we can imagine.

JAY: And, I mean, at the moment, Obama still seems to be ahead, but the money that's being poured into Romney—it's not that the other side, the Obama side and that section of the elite that supports Obama—I mean, they've got as much money. They could throw it at it as much as the other side is. But they don't seem as committed to it.

WEEKS: I think that's true, though, Paul, I think that we have to recognize that the financial elite runs on duplicity. So if they begin to get a hint that Romney might win, you can be sure that they'll start pouring money into him. You know.

There are now, at this moment, I think, two fairly clear factions. There are the neo-authoritarians and the Koch brothers who want to bust the unions and want to get rid of any form of social provision, and there's this financial elite that is prepared to tolerate some of the rudimentary protections that are necessary for a market system. But I think that that financial elite would be prepared to switch sides if they thought Romney was going to win and they would say—I mean, I hesitate to make these comparisons, but the comparison is obvious, right? Early 1930s, when the German industrialists switched sides, they didn't like Hitler. They thought he was dangerous and so on. But when it was clear that he might win, well, it became a different story. So if it's clear, if it began to be a real possibility that Romney was going to win, I think you would see money flowing from Obama to Romney.

JAY: And as disastrous as the Bush presidency was for America, the financial elite did very well. I mean, there was—as—their hands in the cookie jar as often as they want. The top never really went back on the cookie jar. And I suppose it's not like Obama's been, you know, that—I mean, he's been very weak on the issues of regulation. But with Romney, he's already saying he wants less regulation.

WEEKS: Yeah. I mean, I think that the financial elite at some point now soon will begin to say to themselves, yes, these people are nuts, and it would be a rather dangerous world if actually somebody like Ryan were vice president (and God forbid that he would become president). But on the other hand, there's no talk of financial regulation there. And all of these wealthy billionaires out in California and other places, yes, they're a bunch of, you know, vulgar creeps, but on the other hand, we share the same basic interests. And so I think that we are in a very dangerous period.

JAY: Right. Alright. Well, thanks very much for joining us, John.

WEEKS: Well, thank you very much for having me, and I look forward to joining you again.

JAY: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.


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17 - US “Fifty Wealthiest Lawmakers” list : A Congress of the rich, by the rich and for the rich

By Eric London 

August 27, 2012 "WSWS" --  Last week’s report by Washington, D.C. political blog The Hill details the vast wealth of the nation’s legislative representatives and serves as an indictment of the anti-democratic nature of the American political system. The “50 Wealthiest Lawmakers” list shows that dozens of congressional politicians have amassed huge fortunes while simultaneously slashing the wages, benefits and social services of the American people.

In other words, not only are these members of Congress overseeing a massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the ruling class; they are also profiting from this transfer.

The report reveals the bipartisan composition of the extremely wealthy in congress. Seven of the top 10 richest members of congress are Democrats; overall, Republicans make up 60 percent of the list.

According to The Hill, 17 members of Congress have amassed fortunes of over $20 million, and a total of 35 members of Congress have a net worth valued at over $10 million.

These numbers are slightly skewed compared with past surveys. Due to the passage of the STOCK Act, members of Congress now are legally required to report mortgages as liabilities. The STOCK Act was passed after revelations were made regarding banks giving members of Congress and their staffs “friendly” deals on their personal mortgages in return for favorable legislation.

The list also sheds light on the nature of wealth accumulation amongst the super-rich in America. Among the elite today, wealth accumulation has less to do with productive work than it does with parasitism, inheritance, and family ties.

Rep. Michael McCaul (Republican of Texas) tops the list with a total fortune of $290.5 million. McCaul’s wealth comes in part from his marriage to the daughter of Lowry Mays, the founder of radio giant Clear Channel Communications. Belying the claim that these fortunes come from productive hard work, McCaul’s 2011 financial report explained that “certain assets owned by spouse were acquired via gift from spouse’s parents.”

Democratic Party leadership is featured prominently at the top of the list.

Sen. John Kerry (Democrat of Massachusetts), the party’s nominee for president in 2004, is second, with a net worth of $198.8 million. Like McCaul, much of this wealth comes from family. His wife Theresa Heinz’s “numerous family trusts” have helped push Kerry’s fortune up $5 million in the last year.

Democratic Senators Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia), Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), and Dianne Feinstein (California) are also featured in the top 10. The respective fortunes of these three senators ($83.1 million, $80.1 million, and $47.2 million) come in large part from family inheritances and trusts.

Feinstein’s net worth is partially explained by her marriage to investment banker Richard Blum, who also sits on the University of California’s Board of Regents. Blum has been a strong supporter of privatization and fee hikes. Feinstein also reported owning homes in the Lake Tahoe area, the Coachella Valley, the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, and San Francisco.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ranks as the thirteenth wealthiest member of Congress, with a net worth of $26.4 million. Much of Pelosi’s fortune comes from her husband Paul Pelosi, a land developer. Pelosi’s fortune actually declined since 2010, but this can largely be explained by $6 million in mortgages on two properties in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco that are now counted as liabilities.

Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin reported a net worth of $10.2 million. Among other reported assets, “his prized stamp collection … is now worth at least $150,000.”

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican, ranks 35th on the list. A portion of her $9 million fortune comes from investments in Education Management Corporation, a for-profit post-secondary education company. Snowe’s husband, former Maine governor John McKernan Jr., sits on the company’s board of directors.

All of the Congressional members on the list amassed their vast sums of money on the backs of the working people they purport to represent.

The web site OpenSecrets.org reports that land speculation is the industry in which members of Congress make the most money. Financial speculation, securities and investments, oil and gas production, and commercial banking are also featured in the top 10 profitable industries for members of Congress.

The report from The Hill underlines what was already clear about American politics: the vast majority of Americans are given no representation in government. Their “elected” representatives are chosen from the rich, by the rich, and for the rich.

The lives of these members of Congress compare starkly with the realities that their constituents face on a day-to-day basis. In the years following the financial crisis, the average American family has lost 40 percent of its net worth. Half of America lives either under the poverty line or one paycheck away from it. In some states, a quarter of the population struggles to afford food. Meanwhile, Congress cuts unemployment benefits, funding for health care, education, and housing. Both parties have agreed that slashing pensions and food stamps are next on the agenda.

For the richest members of Congress, these cuts will result, as they evidently have already, in an increase in net worth. For their working class constituents, the cuts pose a more urgent threat: hunger, disease, poverty, and a loss of life.


18 - The Program

By Laura Poitras

                                                                   August 28, 2012 "New York Times"


The Program: The filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data.

It took me a few days to work up the nerve to phone William Binney. As someone already a “target” of the United States government, I found it difficult not to worry about the chain of unintended consequences I might unleash by calling Mr. Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency turned whistle-blower. He picked up. I nervously explained I was a documentary filmmaker and wanted to speak to him. To my surprise he replied: “I’m tired of my government harassing me and violating the Constitution. Yes, I’ll talk to you.”

Two weeks later, driving past the headquarters of the N.S.A. in Maryland, outside Washington, Mr. Binney described details about Stellar Wind, the N.S.A.’s top-secret domestic spying program begun after 9/11, which was so controversial that it nearly caused top Justice Department officials to resign in protest, in 2004.

“The decision must have been made in September 2001,” Mr. Binney told me and the cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. “That’s when the equipment started coming in.” In this Op-Doc, Mr. Binney explains how the program he created for foreign intelligence gathering was turned inward on this country. He resigned over this in 2001 and began speaking out publicly in the last year. He is among a group of N.S.A. whistle-blowers, including Thomas A. Drake, who have each risked everything — their freedom, livelihoods and personal relationships — to warn Americans about the dangers of N.S.A. domestic spying.

To those who understand state surveillance as an abstraction, I will try to describe a little about how it has affected me. The United States apparently placed me on a “watch-list” in 2006 after I completed a film about the Iraq war. I have been detained at the border more than 40 times. Once, in 2011, when I was stopped at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and asserted my First Amendment right not to answer questions about my work, the border agent replied, “If you don’t answer our questions, we’ll find our answers on your electronics.”’ As a filmmaker and journalist entrusted to protect the people who share information with me, it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to work in the United States. Although I take every effort to secure my material, I know the N.S.A. has technical abilities that are nearly impossible to defend against if you are targeted.

The 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which oversees the N.S.A. activities, are up for renewal in December. Two members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado, both Democrats, are trying to revise the amendments to insure greater privacy protections. They have been warning about “secret interpretations” of laws and backdoor “loopholes” that allow the government to collect our private communications. Thirteen senators have signed a letter expressing concern about a “loophole” in the law that permits the collection of United States data. The A.C.L.U. and other groups have also challenged the constitutionality of the law, and the Supreme Court will hear arguments in that case on Oct. 29.

Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker who has been nominated for an Academy Award and whose work was exhibited in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. She is working on a trilogy of films about post-9/11 America. This Op-Doc is adapted from a work in progress to be released in 2013.

This video is part of a series by independent filmmakers who have received grants from the BRITDOC Foundation and the Sundance Institute. 

The Eye of Sauron

Something New Under the Sun

By Fred Reed

August 28, 2012 "Information Clearing House" ---- The pieces come together. Within the last week I have read:

1) New software, associated with Google, will recognize customers in stores so as to offer them discounts; having your photos uploaded to allow this service will (for now) be voluntary.

2) A new surveillance system in New York will store footage from cameras in, for example, the subway, so that when an unattended package is discovered, the police can look back in time to see who left it.

3) TSA is perfecting a laser that will allow detection on travelers of trace amounts of drugs, explosives, and doubtless a wide variety of other things.

4) The government is moving toward mandating black boxes on cars to record information thought to be useful in ascribing blame in crashes.

5) Various police departments are beginning to use “drone” aircraft to monitor the population.

These are recent pieces of the coming world. They have not yet all been completely deployed and linked. Some are voluntary, for the moment. Others are in development. All are coming.

Add the now-routine tracking of passports, cameras that read every passing license plate and record the time, NSA’s automated monitoring of email, Google’s and therefore the government’s knowledge of your searches, GPS tracking of cell phones, detailed records of bank transactions, and so on. Not all of these are instantly accessible by the police. They can easily be made accessible, and they move in that direction.

In short, the technology exists for a detailed, unblinking, unforgetting watchfulness of the entire population beyond anything imagined, or perhaps imaginable, a few decades ago. This is not Fred-drank-too-much-coffee. It is happening.

The capacity of hard drives is now essentially without limit, the power of computers to sort and search infinite, and the speed of the internet no longer a bound. Almost microscopic cameras, wireless concealable microphones, face recognition, voice recognition, recording GPS: You can buy all of this in consumer stores. The government has far better.

People speak of the onrush of the police state. I think that many do not understand how fast it comes, or how thorough it will be.

The political framework falls rapidly into place. Few or no safeguards exist, and probably few are possible. A growing authoritarianism rapidly erodes what protections we had. The courts allow random searches of passengers of trains and subways without probable cause. Warrantless tapping of personal communications is rampant, or done with secret warrants from a secret federal judge. TSA has Viper squads that stop cars at random for searches. In many places it is against the law to video the police, who everywhere become more militarized and less accountable. For practical purposes, citizens have no recourse.

At a higher level of generality, America is no longer a democracy. If you think this a rash assertion, ask yourself whether you have the slightest influence over policies that matter to you. Suppose that you want to end the wars, shrink the military, end affirmative action, genuinely change education, or reform a hostile and unworkable bureaucracy. Who do you vote for? Important policies are made in faceless bureaucracies immune to public influence. National politics employs a sort of political price-fixing, in which you are permitted to choose among a number on indistinguishable candidates and told that you are having an election.

None of this is going to stop.

Why is it happening? Some suspect a vast conspiracy to Sovietize the country. I doubt it. Don’t look for a conspiracy when human nature is an adequate explanation. Presidents never want to suffer the restraints on constitutionality, the agonizing slowness of a congress that often has little understanding of the issues; if presidents can do things by fiat, or secretly, they will.

We have now had twoconsecutive presidents with less than normal respect for the constitution, one a brown Plantagenet but with little grounding in European civilization, the other a privileged rich brat of limited intellect and schooling. Such as they will take any shortcut they can get away with, and there is no longer anyone to tell them no.

Men grab power when they can. Once grabbed, it stays grabbed. A police operation like DHS will always try to grow. People in power always think they know best. When a federal department has money, industry rushes to sell it things. In the case of TSA, this means new and more advanced scanners, then upgrades, and maintenance contracts, training contracts, and then a new kind of scanner, and the process repeats.

The people doing all of this are not thinking of installing totalitarianism. They are thinking dollars, promotions, power, ego, and perks.

The FBI? NSA? Federal officials in general? They know best. They are, they think, just fighting crime, terrorism, maintaining national security, what have you, and the more power they have, they better they can do this. Further, intimidating people is pleasurable. If citizens have nothing to hide, say all these cops, they have nothing to fear. If you torture terrorists, or those you think may be terrorists, well, the real world is like that. Do you want more terrorism?

A conspiracy would be preferable. You can crush a conspiracy. Human nature, which inherently drifts toward corruption, is a far tougher nut.

What difference will it make to live in a country in which the government knows everything whatever about everybody, and few safeguards against abuse exist? For most people, at first, probably not much. At first. But for people the government doesn’t like, a lot. Reporerters, writers, whistle-blowers, activists, dissidents.

And we are all vulnerable. Knowledge, as someone said, is power. Few of us have spotless lives, or want them. Did you once check into a cheap motel with someone else’s spouse or a lady of the night? What do the porn sites you visit say about you? If you are, say, a politician, do you want these things to come out? Have you written compromising emails about shady deductions on your taxes, or about your boss (“a weasely dickhead and probably a latent girly-boy”)? You have bar bills or liquor purchases of $300 a week? What if you show positive on a marijuana scan at the airport, which becomes justification for a full search of your house, or dismissal from work?

Things have already reached the point at which writers of my acquaintance, who do not have the power of the Washington Post behind them, have stopped criticizing the government. Whether they are in fact in any danger of persecution—I don’t think they much are yet—almost doesn’t matter. The mere knowledge that your email can be read is intimidating, like being closely followed by a police car even when you are doing nothing wrong. We are daily being followed by more police cars, both literal and figurative.

Fred's Biography: As He Tells It -Fred, a keyboard mercenary with a disorganized past, has worked on staff for Army Times, The Washingtonian, Soldier of Fortune, Federal Computer Week, and The Washington Times.www.fredoneverything.net/


19 - There Is A Lot Of Ruin In A Nation But None Left In America And Its NATO Partners
Video Rebel
Posted on August 23, 2012 

“There is a lot of ruin in a nation.”

Adam Smith made the above quote in a letter to a young man who was worried that the defeat of the British Army in its latest overseas military adventure would ruin the nation. Smith did not agree. He thought the end of overseas wars would be good for England and Scotland.

But modern America and all NATO member states are near ruin by design. Even breaking away from the cycle of endless wars will not solve all of our problems.  We are all on a path to a National Security State because the bankers know they have stolen all of our savings and pensions and reduced our wages. We can never be allowed to demand restitution for the tens of trillions of dollars.  We have to be completely subjugated because the bankers know that when our currencies collapse we will have nothing to eat and nothing to lose.

I have previously said that the truth of 911 is spreading and has set a timeline of awakening versus complete dictatorship. An awakened populace would not comply with New World Order directives. That is  the real reason for the surveillance drones, the TSA and the abolition of the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights.

But there is another timeline to the ruin of America and its NATO allies. It is composed of Genetically Modified Organisms that give us cancer as well as make us sterile. And vaccines that also give us cancer and now even program our brains. I once wrote of my nephew’s teenage friend he plays soccer with. He is a 14 year-old black. He became visibly angered when I explained that a brain eating vaccine is designed to biochemically erase your ability to become angry. In the Great Depression between 3 and 7 million Americans died from starvation. There were only 125 million citizens at that time and 90% lived in rural areas close to the food. I would assume that 10 million or more Americans will die of starvation in the coming Depression. A brain eating vaccine is designed theoretically to reduce the anger of parents who are watching their children die of starvation thus making the world safer for bankers.

I recently wrote of two economists at the IMF admitting that we could turn this economy around by ending fractional reserve banking and cutting government debt thus saving a billion people from starvation worldwide. We have the ability to end this current Depression and get the economy moving again but that would require the bankers to voluntarily give up fractional reserve banking which by design has made them wealthy at our expense.

This means your government does not care if you die of starvation or are forced to kill yourself to avoid  an excruciatingly painful and miserably slow death.

Polysorbate 80 is added to vaccines so you will not have children. Childless couples will be less likely to die of starvation. GMOs fed to lab animals turns them into sterile runts by the third generation. You are also being assaulted by fluoride in water and as an additive to other products. Fluoride has been known since the 19th century to poison humans by destroying the  enzymes in our bodies.  Every human being needs to maintain 4,000 enzymes to make the body function. 2,000 enzymes are required to make the human heart repeatedly beat. Scientists from inside the US Environmental Protection Agency have told us for years that fluoride increases bone cancer. A Harvard study recently said that fluoride not only causes cancer but also lowers intelligence.

Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, invented modern propaganda and advertising. He also promoted adding fluoride in water. Joe Stalin added it to the water in his concentration camps because he needed fewer prison guards to control the inmates. A false claim was made at Nuremberg that Hitler did the same but that was not true. The decision to declare war on the American people was made by Edward Bernays and his friends in the 1920s which was long before Hitler became Chancellor.

The state of New Jersey adds a double dose of fluoride to the drinking water of the inmates at its facility for the criminally insane. Americans are being treated as if they were prison inmates. But worse than that are the GMOs and the addition of Polysorbate 80 to vaccines both of which make you sterile.

Your government has repealed the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights. This has reduced you from being a citizen with inalienable rights to being an inmate in an open air prison. But worse than that they do not want you to have children which means you and your descendants are to be exterminated.

In simpler words they want you d-e-a-d dead.

US Army suicides are up 7 times over what they were in Vietnam. The US military is sending men into combat for 3 to 6 and even for 7,  8 and 9 tours which has never happened before in either World War II or Vietnam.  They are also giving soldiers selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Harvard lists the side effects as insomnia, rashes, headaches, joint and muscle pain, stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, bleeding problems, reduced blood clotting, diminished sexual interest and performance in addition to increased suicides.

The US since 1991 has been using Depleted Uranium in their bombs, bullets and their tank and artillery shells. DU is 68% more dense than lead.. DU harms normal functioning of the kidneybrainliverheart, and numerous other systems. It has a radioactive half life of 4.5 billion years. There has been a sharp increase in the incidence of child leukemia and genetic malformation among babies born in Iraq. DU also kills US and other NATO troops by giving them cancer.. In America the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries can grind  out 300 to 800 thousand dollars  from everyone they have given cancer through fluoride, vaccines, DU and smart meters.

Note to civilians anywhere within hundreds of miles of an American military training base. DU becomes a tiny particle when a bomb or tank or artillery shell is exploded. Those particles give you the same cancers the troops get.

The military uses drugs to control and to eliminate the human conscience and other drugs to wipe out memories. The DHS has warned local police departments that returning veterans are potential terrorists. This has painted a target on the backs of the men and women who had faithfully served Wall Street . These are the same veterans whose death benefits are stolen from their widows and orphans by all US presidential administrations since an agreement was made with the insurance companies in 1999.

The people who own the government also have another plan to kill off  American citizens, the police, the TSA and the US military, The Department of Homeland Security has announced the purchase of 1.4 billion rounds of 40 caliber hollow point bullets which are illegal to use in combat under the Geneva Convention. The US Army has manuals instructing soldiers how to operate re-education camps for Americans. DHS has bought incinerators for the camps. Each one is capable of incinerating tens of thousands of Americans every week. This means that if the camps overflow their capacity of 25 million that they can reduce their numbers and incinerate their remains making room for new arrivals. They have begun selective arrests outside of law while information of the camps, the legalization of torture and knowledge of those incinerators has spread.

Their campaign to eliminate freedom seems to be designed to evoke a violent response when the nation wide food riots begin. The DHS might  promise food and safety at a FEMA camp but who would voluntarily accept imprisonment? Americans have 300 million guns and can kill off the TSA at the roadblocks and any police and military foolish enough to back them up. The TSA has been given despicable assignments like groping the genitals of airline passengers in order to guarantee the public absolutely despises them. They are being targeted by their superiors for death. And not just them. The bankers targeted America for death and destruction as early as the 1920s when they began poisoning the water with fluoride. They killed us in their wars. They starves us to death in their Depressions. They sent our jobs overseas. And now they seek to get us killed in one last Mideast war that could launch WW III. And, if that does not kill us, they will definitely kill us with a designed economic collapse and Hyperinflation that will destroy every city and lead to simultaneous race wars and a civil war.

Bottom Line: The people who own the government want you dead even if you are a policeman, a soldier, a teacher, a lawyer, a  government administrator or work in the media.

Once this fact of life seeps into the minds of the public our survival instinct will take over. There are thousands of high level bankers and associated criminals but they cannot function without the cooperation and assistance of millions of people worldwide.

If this generation does not learn to say No, it is doubtful that we will have a future that anyone will want.

Notes: This essay explains how IMF economists say we can save ourselves from economic collapse.

IMF Economists: ‘We Were Wrong.’ Will Someone Please Tell The Press And The Politicians.


I would like to suggest the following as the most feasible means of seizing the tens of trillions of dollars stolen from us by the bankers:

Memo To Pentagon: Compare The Invasion Of Lichtenstein And The Cayman Islands To War With Iran And Syria


This next article tells you something of the evil nature of bankers:

Catherine Austin Fitts: The Black Budget And The Leveraged Buyout Of The World Using Stolen Money


For the less technically minded this next article explained what Debt Cancellation would look like though some object to the race of the persons involved.

Eddie Reborn Into A World With Debt Cancellation.


The next article explains how Debt Cancellation, pension reform and healthcare reform could work:

What Real Debt Cancellation Combined With Pension And Health Care Reform Looks Like Part II

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20 - America Planning for a Post-Israel Middle East ?

By Franklin Lamb

August 28, 2012 "Information Clearing House" ----  Congresswoman Illena Ros-Lehtinen will have her hands full as she makes the political and social rounds at this month’s Republican National Convention. Illena, is the only female committee chair in the House of Representatives and arguably Israel’s most ardent agent. She is a constant thorn in the Obama administration's side, regularly castigating the president for playing "political games with U.S. foreign policy” and being “soft on Iran” and undermining the legitimacy of Israel. Ros-Lehtinen is a congressional cheer leader also for her Jewish voters in Florida -- a key battleground in the rapidly approaching US presidential election. Most recently, Ros-Lehtinen helped shepherd through Congress yet another bill tightening sanctions against Iran while calling for US military action against the Assad regime in Syria.
The Congresswomen’s focus will likely not be on pushing the republican’s talking points regarding her party’s nominee, Mitt Romney the former “moderate Massachusetts governor” who she is aware is unlikely to win the White House. Nor, according to a source at the Democratic National Committee, frantically putting together final touches on their own Convention, to be held the week of September 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, will Ileana spend much time with or promoting Mitt’ running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. Ryan, an Ayn Rand (author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as well as founder of the Objectivism movement) follower, regularly tells audiences that “Ayn Rand’s teachings have been one of the most profound philosophical influences of my life.” Well, except for religion and abortion and a few other matters, as Ayn, who passed away in 1982 was an avowed atheist and strongly pro-abortion, the opposite of what Ryan tells audiences he is.
Rather, Ros-Lehtinen will be meeting with local, national, and international Jewish leaders in this must win state where she has been assigned the task of reassuring them that the Republican Party is Israel’s best friend and that a recent US government draft report urging a US re-think of its relationship to Israel is the responsibility of none other than Barack Obama, and it reveals his true disdain for Israel.
Helping her smear the White House with the findings in the draft  analysis will be William Kristol, publisher of the neoconservative Weekly Standard and Director of the New American Century, an “Israel first” Washington-based lobby “promoting joint Israeli and American political and military leadership across the globe, while bringing democracy to the Middle East”. 
So what is all the fuss about?
It’s a paper entitled: Preparing For A Post Israel Middle East, an 82 page analysis that concludes that the American national interest in fundamentally at odds with that of Zionist Israel. The authors concludes that Israel is currently the greatest threat to US national interests because its nature and actions prevent normal US relations with Arab and Muslim countries and, to a growing degree, the wider international community.
The study was commissioned by the US Intelligence Community comprising 16 American intelligence agencies with an annual budget in excess of $ 70 billion. The IC includes the Departments of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Defense Intelligence Agency, Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, State, Treasury, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency commissioned the study.  
Among the many findings that Ros-Lehtenin and Kristol and other unregistered agents of Israel will likely try to exploit politically between now and November 6, by using them to attack the Obama Administration. A sampling of the findings includes the following:
•   Israel, given its current brutal occupation and belligerence cannot be salvaged any more than apartheid south Africa could be when as late as 1987 Israel was the only “Western” nation that upheld diplomatic ties with South Africa and was the last country to join the international boycott campaign before the regime collapsed;
•   The Israel leadership, with its increasing support of the 700,000 illegal settlers on the occupied West Bank is increasing out of touch with the political, military and economic realities of the Middle East;

•   The post Labor government Likud coalition is deeply complicit with and influenced by the settlers’ political and financial power and will increasingly face domestic civil strife which the US government should not associate itself with or become involved with;

•   The Arab Spring and Islamic Awakening has, to a major degree, freed a large majority of the 1.2 billion Arab and Muslims to pursue what an overwhelming majority believe is the illegitimate, immoral and unsustainable European occupation of Palestine of the indigenous population;
•   Simultaneous with, but predating, rapidly expanding Arab and Muslim power in the region as evidenced by the Arab spring, Islamic Awakening and the ascendancy of Iran, as American power and influence recedes, the US commitment to belligerent oppressive Israel is becoming impossible to defend or execute consistent given paramount US national interests which include normalizing relations with the 57 Islamic countries;

•   Gross Israeli interference in the internal affairs of the United States through spying and illegal US arms transfers. This includes supporting more than 60 ‘front organizations’ and  approximately 7,500 US officials who do Israel’s bidding and seek to dominate and intimidate the media and agencies of  the US government which should no longer be condoned; 

•   That the United States government no longer has the financial resources, or public support to continue funding Israel. The more than three trillion dollars in direct and indirect aid from US taxpayers to Israel since 1967 is not affordable and is increasingly being objected to by US taxpayers who oppose continuing American military involvement in the Middle East. US public opinion no longer supports funding and executing widely perceived illegal US wars on Israel’s behalf. This view is increasingly being shared by Europe, Asia and the International public;

•   Israel’s segregationist occupation infrastructure evidenced by legalized discrimination and increasingly separate and unequal justice systems must no longer be directly or indirectly funded by the US taxpayers or ignored by the US government;

•   Israel has failed as a claimed democratic state and continued American financial and political cover will not change its continuing devolution as international pariah state;
•   Increasingly, rampant and violent racism exhibited among Jewish settlers in the West Bank is being condoned by the Israeli government to a degree that the Israel government has become its protector and partner;
•   The expanding chasm  among American Jews objecting to Zionism and Israeli practices, including the killing and brutalizing of Palestinians under Israeli occupation,  are gross violations of American and International law and raise questions within the US Jewish community regarding the American responsibility to protect (R2P) innocent civilians under occupation;
•   The international opposition to the increasingly  apartheid regime can no longer be synchronized with American claimed  humanitarian values or US expectations in its bi-lateral relations with the 193 member United Nations;
The Draft ends with language about the need to avoid entangling alliances that alienate much of the World and condemn American citizens to endure the consequences.

Interestingly, it notes Iran as an example of a country and people that have much in common and whose citizens have a real interest in bilateral associations (here an apparent reference to Israel and its US lobby) not determined by the wishes of other countries and their agents. It also highlights the need for the US to undertake “the repairing relations with Arab and Muslim countries including the drastically curtained use of drone aircraft.

The coming days will clarity the success of Israel’s in making an issue of the finding in the soon to be published daft report and the degree to which the Republican Party will gain for its findings in the race for the White House.

Franklin Lamb, former Assistant Counsel, US House Judiciary Committee and  Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon, earned his Law Degree at Boston University and his LLM, M.Phil., and PhD degrees at the London School of Economics. Following three years at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Lamb was visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center.

He is currently doing research in Lebanon and volunteers with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign and the Sabra-Shatila Foundation.  Lamb is the author of: Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon:  Eyewitness Chronicles of the Invasion and Occupation, South End Press, First Printing, 1983, International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, Imp. TIPE: 42, Rue Lebour 93100 Montreuil, Paris, France 1984, The Price We Pay: A Quarter Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons in Lebanon (Lamont Press) 2007, His latest book, The Case for Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon, is due out shortly.

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