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Dec 14 23:14

Slavery By Consent

Slowly, the world awakens from the nightmare of debt slavery and illegitimate authority imposed on us for nearly 6000 years which has violated the natural, universal laws made to govern us and our interaction with each other and all other species on this planet by the Creator of the universe…

Dec 14 18:43

Report: Obamacare Shutting Down Free Health Clinics

The Affordable Care Act is spelling the demise of free healthcare clinics across the country, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Of clinics across 28 states, almost a dozen in the past two years have cited Obamacare as their reason for shutting their doors.

Dec 14 18:11

US isolated, BRICS to get greater voting power at IMF

Months after the formation of new financial institutions like the $100 billion BRICS Bank and the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said Friday that the organization is ready to discuss IMF voting reforms without the United States to give BRICS and emerging countries greater voting power.

Lagarde said the IMF is disappointed with the US inaction to ratify the governance and quota reforms and will now move forward without Washington.

“The IMF’s membership has been calling on and was expecting the United States to approve the IMF’s 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms by year-end. Adoption of the reforms remains critical to strengthen the Fund’s credibility, legitimacy, and effectiveness, and to ensure it has sufficient permanent resources to meet its members’needs,” Lagarde said in a statement.

Dec 14 16:48

Police: Blitz on drink driving

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If Americans think that getting stopped at a road block for drink driving is bad, take a look at how it is done here in New Zealand. One can imagine the uproar if this happened in the US. This is quite common. The Police also set up roadblocks to check for car registration, diesel tax paid & warrant of car fitness'. The police are now driving around with number plate recognition which can scan up to 3000 cars an hr. Have seen a cop turn around & pull over a car in the middle of ten others all traveling at the same speed. This will come to the US. Only a matter of time.

Dec 14 14:27

The Global Bankers’ Coup Coming to US with Bail-In Bill

On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide turned when Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorganChase, stepped into the ring. Perhaps what prompted his intervention was the unanticipated $40 drop in the price of oil. As financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, that drop could trigger a derivatives payout that could bankrupt the biggest banks. And if the G20’s new “bail-in” rules are formalized, depositors and pensioners could be on the hook.

Dec 14 14:03

CIA & Torture – All Americans Are Now At Risk When Captured

Lost in all the defense of uncivilized and unethical behavior that should be criminally punished in the CIA Torture scandal, is the simple fact that human beings with a conscious do not act that way. It was agreed among nations that torture would be outlawed and the bottom-line is rather clear – no American is now safe for when captured they will be tortured in retaliation. The people who authorized this should be criminally prosecuted and the two psychologists in Spokane, Washington should stand trial for violating international and US law.

Dec 14 13:51

Don't Fly Without These 20 TSA-Approved Items in Your Prepper's Carry-on Bag

What is a more uncomfortable feeling than relinquishing all of the items that are normally part of your EDC kit?

Here's one: relinquishing those items and boarding a plane to fly across the country.

For many preppers, a worst-case scenario for us would be if the SHTF while we were traveling. If your journey is by car, you can be fairly well-prepared. However, if you are flying, the TSA has basically neutered our ability to care for ourselves in the event of a disaster situation, you know, "for the safety and security of the traveling public," to use their own words. Didn't these rulemakers see the movie Cast Away or the series Lost? If your plane crashed and you were stranded on a deserted island, how on earth are you supposed to open a coconut with what you're allowed to bring along?

Dec 14 12:23

10 George Orwell Quotes That Predicted Life In 2014 America

1) “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” Though many in the modern age have the will to bury their head in the sand when it comes to political matters, nobody can only concern themselves with the proverbial pebble in their shoe. If one is successful in avoiding politics, at some point the effects of the political decisions they abstained from participating in will reach their front door. More often than not, by that time the person has already lost whatever whisper of a voice the government has allowed them.

Dec 14 11:18

CHP: "Military Personnel Easily Fit Into The CHP's Workforce And Adapt Well To Our Paramilitary Work Environment"

The California Highway Patrol website has a special military recruiting page which states "Former military personnel easily fit into the CHP's workforce and adapt well to our paramilitary work environment" and that applicants can "use 'military skills' to 'promote through the CHP's ranks.'

The CHP then continues to admit they will promote military applicants further down the long hiring process, regardless of test scores!"All individuals awarded Veterans’ Preference will be certified in Rank 1 of the eligibility list, regardless of score." Another page on their site admits "The California Highway Patrol is often described as a "paramilitary" department, and that is true."
In the wake of CHP recently caught on video beating elderly grandmothers and pointing guns at protesters, perhaps this mentality of a 'CHP PARAMILITARY FORCE' ought to be examined.

Dec 14 11:05

Time for a Police Offenders Registry: A police job is a privilege, not a right

There's a moral obligation to keep bad cops off the streets. A job with a police department is not a right and shouldn't be treated like one. Police unions that push for permissive rules that end up protecting bad cops pose a serious public safety threat. Nevertheless, dismantling them where they've taken root is a difficult prospect even in the long-term. There are other ways to keep bad cops off the streets. The federal government, and state governments, ought to create and encourage the use of a police offender registry list. Such a list would register individuals who while employed as law enforcement officers were found unfit for duty or faced serious disciplinary issues they may have resigned to avoid. Just as

Dec 14 10:46

NarcoNews: Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

Press-titutes and whore-respondents (as Gerald Celente calls them)

Dec 14 10:22

Washington’s Master Plan: World Conquest. “Madness Defines US Policy”

Just to make the parallels glaringly obvious - we're the bad guys this time around

Dec 14 09:00

Argentina

Argentina, a brief summary:

until 1950, Argentina was 5th power on this planet. Everything worked perfect, there was infrastructure, and raw materials to feed the planet. With 1.5 metres top-soil average in the Pampa region, this is the most fertile and commercially viable place on the planet.
It was a paradise, and lots of fortunes were made there.

Enter WW2. In 1948, Argentina hadn't declared war on Germany yet. Why ? well, cuz they knew who was behind it. That is right, the Rothschild banksters, who had bankrolled Hitler.
So, the "World Bank" (now IMF) set up a blockade of Argentina. No more beef exports, no more Sorgum/Wheat/Corn/Milk exports.
After 2 years, the "World Bank" gave Argentina an ultimatum: either you install our puppet as a "democratic" ruler (Peron), and get rid of the Military gob-our-mint (until then not called a Junta).

Dec 14 08:01

Betrayal? Majority of GOP Senators oppose calling Obama amnesty unconstitutional

While the Republicans are getting ready to take control of the of the U.S. Senate in just a few weeks, Americans witnessed a preview on Saturday of what can be expected in 2015 from a GOP majority in both houses of the U.S. Congress. When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, raised a point of order saying that President Barack Obama's immigration reform by fiat is unconstitutional, during the heated debate over the $1.1 trillion spending bill, he only received support from 22 senators.

The vast majority of the U.S. Senate openly disagreed with Sen. Cruz’s attempt to enter opposition to President Obama’s executive order on immigration, on the grounds it is unconstitutional, in the omnibus spending bill for 2015.

Dec 14 07:22

Visa, MasterCard sued for blocking donations to WikiLeaks

Lawyers representing the credit card processor used by WikiLeaks are suing Visa and MasterCard in the United States over the 2010 banking blockade that kept the anti-secrecy group from receiving funds.

On Monday this week, American attorneys for Icelandic hosting provider DataCell ehf filed suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in hopes of having a federal judge award the company upwards of $5 million for what it claims was a coordinated attempt between Visa and MasterCard to restrict funding to WikiLeaks after the secret-spilling organization started publishing classified US State Department cables over four years ago.

Dec 14 07:07

Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says Craig Murray, diplomat fired for reporting toture.

By Craig Murray, Former British Ambassador To Uzbekistan

In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.

When I then went public with the news that Uzbek territory was part of a global CIA torture programme, I was dismissed as a fantasist by Mr Blair’s henchmen. Now finally, a decade later, I have been vindicated by last week’s shocking Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Over 500 pages it details the CIA’s brutal abuse of Al Qaeda suspects, who were flown around the world to be tortured in a network of secret prisons. One of these was in Uzbekistan, where the US had an air base.

Dec 14 07:01

U.S. Attorneys General Form Secret Alliance To Help Energy Companies

Major energy companies have effectively created a secret law firm of conservative attorneys general to persuade Washington lawmakers to gut environmental regulations, according to an investigation by the New York Times. In return, these senior government officials have received millions of dollars to help them win political campaigns.

Dec 14 07:01

Reports reveal UK hacking of Belgian telecoms firm

New reports indicate that a British spy agency has hacked into the computers of Belgian telecoms firm, Belgacom, on a larger scale than previously thought.

Belgian newspaper De Standaard and The Intercept website on Saturday published detailed accounts of how the British surveillance agency, GCHQ, intruded into Belgacom’s networks.

The hacking first came to light in 2013 when Belgium asked Britain to respond to the espionage allegations.

Dec 14 07:00

US to give Israel $350mn for Iron Dome

The US Senate has approved a multi-billion-dollar military spending bill that includes $350 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.

The Senate passed the bill on Friday by a 89-11 vote.

The bill was sent to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

The 2015 defense authorization bill also authorized $521.3 billion for Defense Department operations, and about $64 billion for overseas military operations.

The House of Representatives last week approved the National Defense Authorization Act by a 300-119 vote.

Five billion dollars are allocated for the fight against the ISIL terrorist group. The money should be spent for the training and arming of the so-called moderate rebels in Syria for two years and for the training and assisting of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Earlier this month, US Vice President Joe Biden announced that the Obama administration had provided Israel with more than $17 billion in military aid since 2008.

Dec 14 06:58

Outsourcing Atrocity: The School of the Americas and the C.O.I.N. Fundamentalists

Since its founding in 1946, the School of the Americas has trained tens of thousands of police and military personnel in Latin America and the Caribbean. Not by coincidence, its graduates were involved in some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century – from filling the ranks of Haiti’s brutal Tonton Macoutes to training the founders of Mexico’s paramilitary narco-cartel Los Zetas. It’s no exaggeration to say that the School of the Americas has painted an entire region in blood.

While the School left a permanent mark on countries throughout the hemisphere, the doctrine it expounded has also metastasized into an intellectual cancer infecting the way NATO countries in the post-Soviet era fight the Wars on Drugs and Terror. This is a story of studied incompetence, torture and murder. And judging by the militarized response of American police departments, from Occupy Wall Street to Ferguson, the trend isn't just going global: it's also coming home.

Dec 14 06:56

Exposed! More Undercover Cops Caught Infiltrating Protests!

Dec 14 06:56

Man can't challenge $280K tax bill he probably doesn't really owe, Pa. court says

Philadelphia has a policy of sending out tax delinquency notices with fictional "jeopardy assessments." Those assessments aren't based on any actual tax determination, and are set deliberately high to induce the targeted taxpayer to contact the city's revenue department to determine the true amount of tax owed[...]When Lerner's attorney asked Reynolds whether the jeopardy assessment "is just something you make up to scare the taxpayers to come in," Reynolds replied, "Basically, yes."

Dec 14 06:53

Nevada Police Refuse to Release Video of Officer Pulling Gun on Kids

The chief refused to be interviewed on camera, but released a video response on Facebook. “Aaron Brilbeck partially completed a request for information report for the same report. Director Martinez has taken the position not to release the body camera video recording honoring the request of the parents of the minor children involved,” Nevada Public Safety Director Ricardo Martinez II said.

The problem is, the law requires the release of information, regardless of whether parents want it released. The director of the Iowa Public Information Board says he does not believe there is an exception in Iowa law that allows the Chief to withhold this public information, and the board is investigating a complaint against Chief Martinez.

Dec 14 06:48

Ron Paul: Scrap CIA, NSA, Bring Troops Home

Never one to hold back when it comes to corrupt big government agencies, former Congressman Ron Paul said Tuesday that the world would be a much better place if the CIA were completely abolished.

Responding in part to the release of the Summary of the forthcoming Senate report on CIA torture, and also to an impending possible government shutdown, Paul stated “my government shutdown would be something to be proud of.”

“Abolish the NSA, the TSA, the CIA and all spying on American citizens.” Paul urged.

Dec 14 03:25

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

CIA Director John Brennan’s televised press conference Thursday at the agency’s headquarters, an unprecedented event, marked a new threshold in the collapse of American democracy and the erection of a police state.

Dec 13 21:00

Memo To Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat: Does Your Crony Capitalist Plunder Know No Shame?

But now comes a naked Wall Street raid on the taxpayers that’s beyond the pale; and it would have sailed right through in the dead of night absent Elizabeth Warren’s intrepid opposition. Bravo, Senator!

I am referring to the Citigroup-drafted sneak attack on Washington’s tepid effort to curtail the more egregious gambling habits of some of the big banks. These incorrigible larcenists have been trying to gut the “push out” provisions of Dodd-Frank for more than three years now, yet the latter boils down to a simple and urgently necessary injunction to the banks. Namely, you can’t roll the dice in the “derivatives” gambling halls with taxpayer guaranteed deposits.

Dec 13 15:44

What Part of Shall Not Be Infringed Do You Not Understand?

Our government has proven time and time again that following the constitution is simply not something they feel they have to do when it stands in their way.

Dec 13 15:36

France to put terminally ill into 'deep sleep' until they die

French parliament to debate a draft law that will give doctors in France the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die.

Dec 13 15:28

U.N. “Peacekeepers” Use Live Ammo on Protesters

The establishment media usually insists the United Nations is impartial and sends blue helmets to hotspots in the spirit of neutrality.

Dec 13 12:57

Nevada Police Refuse to Release Video of Officer Pulling Gun on Kids

Channel 13 has learned that earlier this year, a Nevada police officer drew his weapon on two kids playing with toy guns. The kids were not charged with a crime and the case is closed. The officer was wearing a body camera at the time, but the police chief will not release the video. He says that’s because the parents do not want it released.

Dec 13 10:50

Gera;d Celente on 2015

Governments are evil all over
Everything is rigged
Monopoly/fascism is the new normal
Crime is protected
Individuals have to take back their power

Dec 13 10:30

Black CHP Chief Says Cops Did Nothing Wrong Pointing Gun At Protesters, Insists "We wanted to prove we deserved your trust"

Avery A. Browne the Chief of the California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division, insists that plain-clothed undercover officers who pointed guns at protesters did nothing wrong whatsoever. His darling officers, who never identified themselves as police as required by law, pointed their loaded weapons at people after getting into a melee with the crowd.

"Two officers were not going to be able to arrest 30 or 40 or 50 individuals," Brown said. "I am very much sensitive to how disturbing it is when a weapon is drawn, and I don't take these matters lightly at all. At the same time, we have to understand these officers were under attack." On his website, however, Brown insists "You have entrusted us with the enforcement of laws and regulations. We wanted to prove we deserved your trust."

Dec 13 08:37

Obama under fire for castigating Bush-era torture program and claiming moral high ground all while his administration kills 'thousands of innocents' during droning of terrorism suspects

President Barack Obama is under fire this week for the way his White House has excoriated the previous administration for employing tactics it would categorize as torture all the while launching drone strikes on terrorism suspects abroad.

The enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration on 39 detainees resulted in just one death, Obama's critics have pointed out. Drone strikes conducted by the current occupant of the White House have killed more than 2,400 people.

After claiming all week that the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the brutal tactics employed by the Bush administration to elicit information from terrorists was necessary in order for the U.S. to reassert it's 'moral authority,' the White House was forced on Friday to state on record that it doesn't believe its drone policy erodes the moral high ground on which it thinks it stands when it comes to human rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is seriously, and dangerously, out of touch with the carnage his drone strike policy has caused, and the damage it has done to world perception of American jurisprudence.

Torture is absolutely wrong, and the only people who defend it are sick, twisted pieces of work who probably belong in an institution.

But extrajudicial assassinations are completely contrary to both the spirit, and literal interpretations, of the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They are un-American in the extreme, in a society where presumption of innocence is the basis upon which all suspected criminals are to be judged by a jury of their peers.

It is an interesting psychological insight into our President that this is his preferred method of killing people he deems "dangerous".

Dec 13 08:30

Criticism of US drone programme lands activist in prison

US peace activist Kathy Kelly has been sentenced to 3 months prison for her criticism of the US drone programme in Afghanistan on the 10th December.

Considered to be Human Rights Day, peace activist Kathy Kelly was sentenced on the 10th December to 3 months prison by the US Federal court.

According to the Centre for Global Research the defence said that “The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S”

Dec 13 08:21

Visiting soldier can't stay in wife's Central apartment, landlord says

Chuck my butt! How about Scrooge or Grinch. This really sucks!

CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A soldier returning home for the holidays to see his wife and newborn baby in Central is being kicked out of his wife's apartment after the landlord said he is overstaying the time allowed for visitors.

Sergeant William Bolt is stationed in Missouri, but his wife has been in Central. She gave birth to their daughter two weeks ago.

Bolt said the landlord at The Groves apartment complex in Central told him he had overstayed, saying visitors are not allowed to stay in the apartments past seven days, per the agreement signed by Bolt's wife, Lily.

"I'm stationed in Missouri and we haven't seen each other in six months. What's the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?" Bolt said.

The landlord, whose name is Chuck, told FOX Carolina he enforces that rule for all his tenants.

Dec 13 08:07

Venezuela to face US sanctions over violence against protesters

The US is poised to impose sanctions on Venezuela over the sometimes-violent suppression of anti-government protests which racked the country earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because when we club down the Occupy protesters, that's GOOOOOOOOD, and when others club down their protesters, that's BAAAAAAAD!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 13 08:05

LAPD Releases Warrantless DUI/License Checkpoint Locations for December 2014

The Los Angeles Police Department has issued a notice on their website revealing exact locations of their warrantless checkpoints this month. The LAPD 2013 Annual Report revealed that the department received $1.5 million taxpayer dollars to set up these checkpoints in 2013 alone: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the LAPD a grant for $1.5 million to fund a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on City roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts."

Dec 13 08:02

Bhopal: A metaphor

snip: Bhopal gas tragedy was a political, economic, legal watershed for India and the planet. It was a toxic tragedy at two levels the leakage of a toxic gas from a plant producing toxic pesticides, the continued presence of 350 metric tonnes of hazardous toxic waste from the now-defunct Union Carbide India Ltd’s plant in Bhopal, combined with a toxic influence of corporations on courts and successive governments. Legally, Union Carbide and the US courts escaped liability and responsibility for the damage, setting a precedent of governments shrugging their duty to protect their citizens, taking away citizens’ rights and sovereignty in order to make settlements with corporations, letting them off lightly.

Dec 13 07:44

Bush fully authorised torture programme!

"CIA official says former U.S. President George Bush was fully in formed of the intelligence agency's torture programme and Identified a number of Washington officials who were aware of programme." click here

Have we had enough yet? Are we ready to grab some courage and face the facts?

The information above comes from the British newspaper the Dailymail.co.uk

The Times.co.uk leads with the headline: "Bush knew all about torture, insists CIA" click here

Has any U.S. mainstream paper provided this information?

Dec 13 07:42

Ray McGovern: What’s the Next Step to Stop Torture?

snip: Yet, the trouble with Cheney’s defense is that one can no more “authorize” torture than rape or slavery. Torture inhabits that same moral category, which ethicists label intrinsic evil, always wrong – whether it “works” or not.

In other words, torture is not wrong because there are U.S. laws and a UN Convention prohibiting it. It’s the other way around. The legal prohibitions were put in place because it is – or used to be, at least – widely recognized that humans simply must not do such things to other humans. For instance, after World War II, Japanese commanders were tried for war crimes because they used waterboarding on captured U.S. soldiers.

Dec 13 07:31

Digital driver's licenses come with one small (big) problem

Iowa announces it is testing driver's licenses on phones. But what if a police officer asks to take your phone, so that he can check your license in his own vehicle?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I recall when smart phones like the Treo had a slot for a microSD card. You could keep the pictures of your naked spouse on that and slide it out when you handed the phone to someone else, but for soooooooooooooome reason, that feature is no longer available.

Dec 13 07:29

Crime With and Without Punishment. Nine Things to Know about the US Justice System

I suspect the powers-that-shouldn't-be have no clue about our simmering rage

Dec 13 07:27

Buried Within Omnibus Bill, a 'Long-Term Blank Check for War Spending'

Analysts warn that "emergency" war spending fund, which was supposed to be temporary, has become permanent fixture that inflates Pentagon's budget

Dec 13 07:15

Colorado school bribes kids to eat Michelle O lunches

School officials in Jefferson County, Colorado felt like they had to do something to save the school’s lunch program after a significant drop in participation last year because of new federal regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. -- So, they’re bribing kids to buy lunch. -- Devinny Elementary School first grader Anna Ketzer was one of three students who won a brand new bicycle, 9News.com reports.

Dec 13 07:09

Shocking New Video Shows Sacramento Cop Stomps Man's Head Into Street!

Dec 13 07:03

Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.

The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the must-pass pieces of legislation that Congress moves every year. But like they did in attaching extraneous riders to the must-pass government funding bill, lawmakers used the defense bill as a vehicle to pass a massive public lands package.

The bill sailed through on a vote of 89 to 11.

Many of the land measures were popular. But one, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, had twice failed to win support in the House of Representatives, blocked both by conservationists and conservatives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to wonder how many members of the Senate own shares in this company. Oh, and about the country's "environmental record", if one can call it that?!?!

The following seems to be pretty damned representative of this:

Me’ekamui, the ‘Sacred Island’ of Bougainville is seen by its people as a natural, God-given inheritance to be willfully preserved from generation to generation. These indigenous people flourished here for thousands of years—thriving on the island’s rich resources of rain forested land and teeming rivers. Generations of Bougainvilleans built their culture into a productive self-sufficient economy. Since time immemorial, land on Bougainville has been owned on a clan basis, being passed down from mother to daughter. Land boundaries are well known, and have been respected for thousands of years. According to custom, clans hold the rights to the land, the sky above and the earth below. Disrespecting this longtime custom, corporate greed bloodied the heart and soul of Bougainville with the construction of the Panguana mine. Desperate Survival Once Rio Tinto set foot on their land in 1960, the villagers witnessed almost an immediate sense of loss. Their health, environmental resources and livelihood were forsaken for corporate gain. Almost immediately, the Bougainvilleans fell sick from exposure to the mine’s toxins, chemicals and air pollutants. Upper respiratory infections such as Asthma and TB became more common, and even killed people. Children became ill with coughs, colds and chronic ear infections. Many women even died giving birth, because of the lack of basic medicine and care. As Rio Tinto ravaged the island mining for copper, the company dumped waste rock and tailings, turning the river valleys into a virtual wasteland. Fish and whole forests died, depleting the villagers of their major food source, and eliminating their cash cropping systems. The villagers lost their property due to ongoing environmental contamination. Their water became non-potable, and they were forced to come up with other resources for survival. Unable to live this way, the people pleaded to Rio Tinto to give them control of their own land surrounding the mine. When Rio Tinto ignored their request, the Bougainvilleans united in the name of their culture and fought for their right to their inherent resources. The Bougainvilleans’ fight for their rights left many people dead and many more injured. Three entire principal villages were relocated, and many life-long inhabitants were forced to flee the island. - See more at: http://the-truth-reveal.blogspot.com/2007/09/rio-tinto-environmental-destruction.html#sthash.SNSrWetU.dpuf

And then, there's this lovely little story from Mongolia:

The Network is focusing support in Mongolia, where Rio Tinto has invested billions and mine workers are particularly vulnerable. The company has a US $6 billion investment in the vast Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the Gobi Desert. Workers there are represented by IndustriALL affiliate the Federation of Energy, Geology and Mining Workers’ Trade Unions of Mongolia (MEGM). Last year, Rio Tinto was condemned by the Supreme Court in Mongolia for wage discrimination against Mongolian nationals and unfair dismissal. The company also faced international criticism for sacking thousands of workers in the country without adequate consultation. ndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan says that with the campaign, IndustriALL Global Union aims to build union power at Rio Tinto plants around the world, uniting workers in the struggle for decent work: “Rio Tinto has extensive experience in causing one conflict after another with trade unions, indigenous organizations, environmental groups and other key community stakeholders. Unions and civil society are coming together in an unprecedented way to push back against Rio Tinto for the benefit of workers, the environment and communities.” “For far too long, Rio Tinto has systematically put profits before people, sometimes with fatal consequences like the recent deaths at the Grasberg mine in Papua New Guinea. Workers are saying enough is enough,” says Kemal Özkan. The Network meeting follows a global day of protests on 7 October as as part of IndustriALL’s campaign to demand a new era at Rio Tinto.

More slow genocide for America's First Nations: more profit for a company whose "contributions", most likely, have lead to the electoral success of many of those senators voting for this rider.

Dec 13 06:49

The Red Hand Coalition and the fight against austerity in Quebec

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I talk with Joël Pedneault of the Red Hand Coalition, one of the main province-wide formations opposing austerity measures in Quebec, about the trajectory of resistance to those measures in recent years -- from before and through the student strike that brought down a government, to the lull in the year that followed, and into the resurgence that has just begun as a new Liberal government seeks once again to impose austerity on the province.

Dec 13 06:48

The Canadian torture state

Whipping with cables. Prolonged solitary confinement. Other unspeakable acts, committed against citizens with official blessing. Use of "information" gathered by torture considered legitimate.

No, no, I don't mean the Torture Report. I'm talking about Canada.

Let the other sordid drama play itself out in America. We've now learned more about "rectal feeding" (read: medically unjustified anal rape) than we ever wanted to know, and that's just for starters. Did the authorities raid every prison for the criminally insane to swell CIA ranks? Far worse, we're watching a desperate attempt to frame this whole series of vile acts as a period in (recent) history now thankfully ended. Don't you go believing that fairytale, now.

Dec 13 06:42

Former Anderson cop sentenced – again – on rape charge

A former Anderson police officer who admitted raping a woman in his custody was sentenced Friday in Sacramento federal court to five years in prison, based on his guilty plea of violating the woman’s civil rights.

Bryan Robert Benson, 30, was originally charged in 2011 in Shasta Superior Court with rape and kidnapping, and would have faced life in prison had he been convicted. Instead, he was sentenced to 364 days in jail after pleading no contest to felony assault by a police officer and to soliciting a lewd act, a misdemeanor.

Shasta County prosecutors said at the time that the outcome was dictated by a loophole in the law that would have allowed Benson’s lawyers to argue the sex was consensual because the woman had not yet been booked into jail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This loophole in California law should be fixed, and right the hell now.

I don't think I will ever visit California again, if this is the police's interpretation of "to protect and serve", even if I do not indulge in the kinds of activities which got this woman arrested in the first place.

Dec 13 06:34

Spain passes tough new 'anti-protest' law

Spain on Thursday finally passed its new controversial Citizen Security Law which opponents say will severely limit civil liberties in the country.

The unpopular law contains retains existing fines of up to €600,000 ($746,000) for unauthorized protests outside buildings "which provide basic services to the community", a definition that encompasses everything from hospitals to universities and the Spanish parliament.

The new law, which the government argues will ensure public security, also forbids the photographing or filming of police officers in situations where doing so could put them in danger. This could result in a fine of up to €30,000. Showing a "lack of respect" to those in uniform, meanwhile, could lead to a fine of €600.

The law has been dubbed the 'ley mordaza' or 'gag law' by opposition groups and the Spanish media, many of whom believe the law will curtail individual rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Spain's government appears to be re-embracing its fascist past, just as the US government is embracing its fascist present, and future.

Dec 13 06:23

On the Brink of War and Economic Collapse

On occasion a reader will ask if I can give readers some good news. The answer is: not unless I lie to you like “your” government and the mainstream media do. If you want faked “good news,” you need to retreat into The Matrix. In exchange for less stress and worry, you will be led unknowingly into financial ruin and nuclear armageddon.

Dec 13 06:18

Buffalo Cop Suspended Without Pay for Beating Caught on Camera

A Buffalo police officer was suspended without pay, yes, you heard right, after he was caught on video beating a man with his nightstick, ordering him to stand up, but beating him when he tried.

Dec 13 06:01

Obama: ‘I Spend Most of My Time Watching ESPN’

Fueling the perception that he is checked out of his job, President Obama admitted to ESPN that he only watches their network every morning.

Dec 13 04:19

Jobseekers first battle despair, then many retire early

In the past 15 years, millions of Americans have left the workforce, causing the labor force participation rate — the share of American adults who either have a job or are looking for one — to fall from 67.1 percent in 2000 to 62.8 percent in November, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dec 13 04:13

NYPD cop accused of cashing stolen checks worth $7,000

A city cop has been accused of pocketing nearly $7,000 by cashing two stolen checks, officials said Friday.

Dec 13 04:05

Couple awarded $1 million from ‘unrelenting’ Bank of America

A Florida couple receiving “unrelenting” phone calls from Bank of America was awarded more than $1 million from a federal judge.

Dec 13 02:26

Paying Down The Debt Is Now Almost Mathematically Impossible

Default has become the only option. And that could mean a number of things.

Dec 13 02:05

Sheriff Joe scores victory against Obama’s amnesty

A judge has sided with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the first clash in what is expected to be a major court fight over the legality of President Obama’s executive immigration actions, ordering a fast track for case arguments and hearings.

Dec 12 18:37

Sheriff Caught on Video Kicking, Beating Man For Asking Him To Move His Patrol Car

The police supervisor, when presented with the video from a local tv station, said that the video "causes me concern" but added "let's face it, if the suspect had complied with the officer's demands we wouldn't be sitting here taking about this today."

The man who witnessed and filmed the entire incident, however, has another story. "I think he should get fired, I think he should go to jail, administrative leave is not enough," he said.

Dec 12 18:18

"Hillary for the Holidays": I Wish I Had a Time Machine to Avoid Mrs. Clinton's Presidential Bid

Can you imagine walking into someone’s house who has decked out their tree in “I’m Ready for Hillary” ornaments, is drinking out of “I’m Ready for Hillary” wine glasses and using Hillary quote napkins that say, “I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime,” signed Hillary Clinton?

For me, it’d be a lot like walking into a serial killer’s house and finding his collection of body parts that have been turned into functional furniture items, complete with jars of his victim’s hair and toenail clippings.

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Dec 12 17:56

Intelligence bill bolsters warrantless spying on U.S. citizens

“When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote—with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared “passed” with almost nobody in the room) — I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.” — Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) Section 309 contains the language which civil libertarians found disturbing. Rep. Amash rushed out a “Dear Colleague” letter to every member of congress, urging each to vote “NO” on H.R. 4681.

Dec 12 17:41

Outsourcing Atrocity: The School of the Americas and the C.O.I.N. Fundamentalists

America’s recent wars have been fought based on a doctrine tested throughout the Western Hemisphere in the second half of the 20th century and taught at the controversial School of the Americas. It may have changed its name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), and added a patina of human rights training, but a pig wearing lipstick is still a pig, as the 2009 coup in Honduras led by alumni of the school shows.

Dec 12 16:04

UK government to 'pay back' all World War One debt

Nearly one hundred years after it was first issued, the UK Government has announced that it will redeem all of the nation's World War One debt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well then, of COURSE it is time for the bankers to start a new World War!

Dec 12 15:45

Cops Escort 84-year-old Woman to See Sick Son After Crash With Patrol Car -- Trying to get some good PR?

In today’s volatile social atmosphere, where police are largely derided for their short tempers, irrationality and sometimes quick rush to violence, stories like these are important to remind us that not all police are the thuggish brutes appearing in viral cell phone videos.

Dec 12 15:45

Progressives to Dems on Budget Deal: 'We Will Remember This Betrayal'

As Senate prepares votes on funding measure dubbed "the Citigroup Budget," critics lament sad return of Clinton-era "triangulation" and economic policies that continue to favor Wall Street over Main Street

Dec 12 15:23

While They Train With Marines, LAPD Disarms Witless Public At Yet Another 'Anonymous Gun Buyback' At Masonic Lodge

While the LAPD trains with the U.S. Marines this week in 'Realistic Urban Training' drills, they have tweeted their plans for two big 'anonymous gun buybacks' tomorrow in the valley. The cops will be swapping guns, with supposedly no questions asked, for $100 grocery cards at the Masonic lodge and a Ralphs Grocery Store. "TURN IN YOUR GUNS To Receive a Ralph's Gift Card! (While supplies last)", stated the LAPD flier announcing the events.

Dec 12 14:45

All About That Wall Street Giveaway That Elizabeth Warren Hates

On Tuesday evening, lawmakers released the text of the massive spending bill that Congress must approve to avoid a government shutdown. Buried on page 615 of that 1,603-page piece of legislation is a provision entirely unrelated to government funding that a few lawmakers managed to sneak into the bill without any public debate during last-minute negotiations. It's a Wall Street giveaway—written by Citigroup—that would allow banks to engage in more types of risky trading with taxpayer-backed money.

Dec 12 14:32

Congress Passes Temporary Tax Breaks for Big Business Now for 15 Years Straight

Last week, the House voted to extend special interest tax breaks, most of which expired at the end of last year. The 55 provisions included in this year's package are the legacy of the Bush-era tax cuts that began in 2001. But 15 years later, these temporary tax break meant to stimulate a slowing economy have mutated into a slew of provisions that mostly help corporations avoid taxes. According to the bipartisan nonprofit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, these tax extenders have sapped the U.S. government of $44 billion in lost revenue over the past decade. And while some provisions do help individuals in the middle and lower classes, like tuition credits and deductions for teachers buying school supplies, three-quarters of that lost revenue has gone to big businesses.

Dec 12 13:13

Banks Get OK to Use Taxpayer Money for Derivative Speculation

A good example of this is the House and Senate agreeing to raise the budgets for the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and Securities & Exchange Commission in exchange for quietly repealing the Lincoln Amendment to the Dodd Frank financial regulation law. The action looks like more money for tougher regulation, but eliminating the Lincoln Amendment means American banks are once again free to use taxpayer money to back-stop their speculative derivative trading.

Dec 12 13:06

1954 Govt 'Report on Hate Groups' Villified Eustace Mullins, Ben Freedman, Opponents of Water Flouridation, 'Invisible Government' & 'Zionist Wars'

Sixty years ago this week, on 12/17/54, the U.S. House of Representatives 'Committee on Un-American Activities' released their 'Preliminary Report on Neo-Fascist and Hate groups'

In it, they demonized Eustace Mullins, Benjamin Freedman, and those who opposed Water Flouridation. They particularly hated the popular publication 'Common Sense' which was derided as a self-described "patriotic" outfit trying to "save America" from a shadow government and ran headlines such as "Jewish Leaders Are Crazy For Power," "Zionists Threaten Russia With War," and "Invisible Government Rules Both Parties." The Congressional report pointed out that Eustice Mullins wrote for the publication 'Commom Sense' and wealthy Jew Ben Freeedman, who had coverted to Catholicism and gave famous speeches warning of the Zionist threat, was a primary funder of it.

Dec 12 12:33

I, pet goat II

A story about the fire at the heart of suffering.
Bringing together dancers, musicians, visual artists and 3d animators, the film takes a critical look at current events. A mysterious figure travels aboard his boat through a dark and desolate landscape in his quest for inner peace.

Dec 12 10:59

GOP rep attempted late bid to kill spy bill

Hidden in the law is “a troubling new provision that for the first time statutorily authorizes spying on U.S. citizens without legal process,” Amash told other lawmakers.

Dec 12 10:08

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

On Tuesday, Congressional leaders struck a deal to avert another government shutdown and put off our next completely avoidable, 100% self-imposed budget crisis until next September. And while most members of the least productive Congress in the history of these United States are already busy patting themselves on the back for summoning enough courage and can-do American spirit to actually govern for a day, the rest of us shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

If you’re a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1.) It’s 1600 pages long and very easy to hide things in, and 2.) Congress kind of has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.

Dec 12 10:04

US corporations are winning the war against human rights lawsuits

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 that made it all but impossible to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for alleged roles in overseas human rights abuses is proving to be a boon for U.S. firms too, court documents show.

In the roughly year and a half since the ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co, U.S. companies such as Chiquita Brands International Inc , IBM Corp and Ford Motor Co have successfully invoked the Supreme Court’s reasoning to fend off lawsuits alleging they were involved in human rights abuses in South Africa, Colombia and elsewhere.

Dec 12 09:16

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program

Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on “war on terror” detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.

But the handwritten notes obtained exclusively by Truthout drafted two decades ago by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the CIA and credited as being one of the architects of the government’s top-secret torture program, tell a dramatically different story about the reasons detainees were brutalized and it was not just about obtaining intelligence.

Rather, as Jessen’s notes explain, torture was used to “exploit” detainees, that is, to break them down physically and mentally, in order to get them to “collaborate” with government authorities. Jessen’s notes emphasize how a “detainer” uses the stresses of detention to produce the appearance of compliance in a prisoner.

Dec 12 09:05

House narrowly approves spending bill, legislation heads to Senate

The House narrowly approved a sweeping spending bill Thursday night despite deep misgivings among liberals and conservatives alike, sending the measure to the Senate as lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Misgivings." That is Congress' reaction to the provision in the bill that dump $300 trillion (with a 't') in derivatives exposure onto the taxpayers, and allow pension funds who have lost money to Wall Street's frauds to slash benefits to the retired workers that paid that money into the pension fund in the first place.

Dec 12 08:00

New Federal Law Targets Retirement Benefit Cuts: “We Thought Our Pension Was Secure”

The $1.01 trillion spending bill being moving through Congress right now includes some new provisions that may come as a shock to millions of American pension holders. In a bipartisan deal that also included leaders of unions and retirement fund management companies, pension recipients who depend on the money promised to them during their working years may see significant cuts to their monthly disbursements.

There have been Senate hearings, exploratory committees and rumors over the years, but nothing had ever really been legislated so most Americans simply ignored it as another one of those “conspiracy theories.”

Unit now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

INTRODUCING! PENSION MOTEL! YOUR CASH CHECKS IN, BUT IT NEVER CHECKS OUT. ANOTHER FINE PRODUCT BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.

On a more serious note, the US Government has just dropped a big hammer on the retirees, a demographic normally supportive of the incumbents.

Dec 12 07:59

Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For

Its a moot point, since it was an un-payable fraud to begin with. Shrug!

Dec 12 07:52

Pension plans to be looted nationwide as Congress okays institutional theft of funds

When societies approach collapse, coercion shifts to outright theft: Stealing money right out of your bank account, for example, like we recently witnessed in Cyprus. Government also routinely target pension funds and even private retirement accounts, attempting to keep itself afloat by any means necessary.

Just like clockwork, that looting of pension plans is now about to commence. "Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation's 1,400 multi-employer pension plans," writes Michael Fletcher of the Washington Post. [1] The Post continues:

"This proposal would devastate retirees and their surviving spouses," said Karen Friedman, executive vice president of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit group. "The proposal would also torpedo basic protections of the federal private pension law ... that states that once benefits are earned, they can't be cut back."

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Dec 12 07:31

“Verschärfte Vernehmung” (Yes, that’s Nazi for ‘enhanced interrogation’)

After listening to CIA director John Brennan’s long-winded attempt at community relations today, only three words come to mind…

Ya vol Commandant!

And then maybe these two words, “Verschärfte Vernehmung”. As it happens, those two German words are straight out of the Gestapo’s own manual on torture. Translated from German to English, it means, ‘enhanced interrogation’ - you get that fancy term we keep hearing about this week, you know, that thing that’s ‘keeping America safe’.

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Nazis using stress positions.

Dec 12 07:30

The ‘Thin Blue Line’ Serves No Purpose

Like many people, I grew up watching numerous television shows and mainstream movies depicting a world in which the common police officer stood as a sentinel of civilized society against a seething underbelly of violence and chaos just beneath the surface of the world around us. Through public schooling, we were indoctrinated to fear the drug culture as a breeding ground of gangland destruction and to worship law enforcement officials as the only barrier between us and a cocaine-frosted wasteland. We were led to believe that every day police were holding back a tide of crime and terrorism. The so-called “thin blue line” was an indispensable part of a safe and prosperous nation.

Dec 12 07:29

New Viral Video shows Sacramento Cop Stomps man's head into the street.

A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him using his foot to force a man's head against the ground and a flashlight to strike the man. VIDEO SURFACES SHOWING SACRAMENTO DEPUTY STRIKING MAN Video showing Sacramento deputy striking man under investigation *Warning: This video is considered graphic. A video showing a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy striking a man in the street has caused the sheriff's department to place the deputy on paid administrative leave as it investigates the circumstances.

Dec 12 07:25

Senator: Bush misled nation in run-up to Iraq war

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee released new information on Thursday that he claims is evidence that the Bush administration misled the nation in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

In a speech on the Senate floor, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., outlined a 2003 CIA cable that warns George W. Bush administration officials against making references to claims that Mohammad Atta - the man who led the 9/11 hijackers - met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Levin claims Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to 9/11 to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All wars are started with lies. The people of the initiating nation do not want to go to war, as it is dirty, hard, dangerous, and ill-paid. No ruler dares come out and say, "Attack this other land because I want them attacked." Nobody would listen, or would demand a just share of the loot. Thus, the leaders who out of their own greed and lust for conquest must deceive the populace into thinking war is their only option, with frauds such as the Gleiwitz incident, torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, Spanish mines in Havana harbor, or 9-11.

Dec 12 07:13

New evidence Bush misled Americans into Iraq war – senator

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has released new information claiming the Bush administration misled the American people in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said on Thursday that a 2003 CIA cable warns the administration of former President George W. Bush against making reference to claims that Mohammad Atta – the leader of the 9/11 hijackers – had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the attacks.

Levin, who is retiring, maintains that Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to 9/11 and Al-Qaeda in order to justify the US invasion in Iraq.

Dec 12 07:02

Verizon's New, Encrypted Calling App Comes Pre-Hacked for the NSA

Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it's doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.

Dec 12 06:49

CIA torture report: The doctors who were the unlikely architects of the CIA's programme

...it has been revealed that two doctors, identified by the pseudonyms Dr Grayson Swigert and Dr Hammond Dunbar, were paid $81 million by the CIA to help develop and implement a seven-year programme that included "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding, placing detainees in stress positions and sleep deprivation.

Dec 11 23:56

Citizen Run Database Shows Over 1,000 People Killed by Cops in 2014

To date the most reliable data anyone has about law enforcement killings in the U.S. was the FBI’s statistics on homicides by law enforcement. But therein lies the problem.

Dec 11 23:54

After being exposed, undercover cop draws gun on protesters in California

On Wednesday night, a plainclothes police officer dressed as protesters had his identity revealed before drawing his baton and pistol on a crowd of protesters and reporters in Oakland, California. The officer and his partner have been accused of trying to incite the crowd towards violence before they were exposed as provocateurs.

Dec 11 23:40

Sending troops to protect dictators threatens all of us

... with its new commitment to station troops in Bahrain, we can have no doubt where the British government stands: behind autocracy and “enduring interests”. Just as the refusal to hold previous US governments to account for terror and torture laid the ground for what happened after 9/11, the failure of parliament even to debate the decision to garrison the Gulf is an ominous one. Britain’s new base isn’t in the interests of either the people of Britain, Bahrain or the Middle East as a whole – it’s a danger and affront to us all.

Dec 11 21:29

The 'Thin Blue Line' Serves No Purpose

snip: The existence of a separate government-controlled warrior class has caused crisis and catastrophe all throughout human history. Invariably, this warrior class ends up exalting itself as superior to the functions and values of the citizenry, rather than maintaining a sense of duty to the citizenry. The claim that the average American is not capable of proper self-security or community security is perhaps the most successful lie of the past century. This is not to say that warriors do not exist. Some people develop the proper mindset, while others do not. However, becoming a warrior is a personal psychological and spiritual pursuit meant to overcome the detriments of fear and has nothing whatsoever to do with government recognition.

Dec 11 15:22

FBI’s Police State

Your local police force isn’t the only government agency attempting to lock down our country and take away your rights… the FBI has been getting in on the action as well!

Dec 11 15:03

Undercover Cops Outed and Pull Gun on Crowd [UPDATED]

During the ongoing protests in Berkeley and Oakland, on Dec 10th 2014, two undercover police were outed by the crowd, and proceeded to pull out a gun, and make arrests while still wearing their masks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On what grounds? Being smart enough to spot the phonies?

Dec 11 15:01

US Army and French Gendarmes Prepare for Mass Unrest

Molotov cocktails explode and tear gas fill the streets as U.S. Marines from SPMAGTF Crisis Response – Africa and French gendarmes with Mobile Gendarmerie Armored Group try to control a crowd of rioters in a city street.

Dec 11 14:41

Republicans seek to cripple IRS

Dec 11 13:35

Illinois Just Made it a Felony for Its Citizens to Record the Police and the Media is Silent

snip: According to IllinoisPolicy.org, the bill discourages people from recording conversations with police by making unlawfully recording a conversation with police – or an attorney general, assistant attorney general, state’s attorney, assistant state’s attorney or judge – a class 3 felony, which carries a sentence of two to four years in prison. Meanwhile, the bill makes illegal recording of a private citizen a class 4 felony, which carries a lower sentencing range of one to three years in prison.

There’s only one apparent reason for imposing a higher penalty on people who record police in particular: to make people especially afraid to record police. That is not a legitimate purpose. And recent history suggests it’s important that people not be afraid to record police wherever they perform their duties so that officers will be more likely to respect citizens’ rights, and officers who do respect citizens’ rights will be able to prove it.

Dec 11 13:13

ISRAEL’S SECRET PLAN FOR A "SECOND ISRAEL" IN UKRAINE

The role of Jewish figures and that of the State of Israel in the Ukrainian crisis has not gone unnoticed considering that this community represents less than 1 percent of the population. However, a secret report in the hands of the Netanyahu administration confirms that Ashkenazi Jews do not originate from the Levant, but are the descendants of the Khazars. This little-known population founded a Jewish empire in the tenth century on the banks of the Black Sea. Therefore, some Zionists see in Ukraine a possible second Israel.

Dec 11 12:35

Gitmo Military Officer: "Whatever we do gets blown out of proportion; anything that happens over there, the whole world finds out about it"

Three military commanders in charge of American servicemen guarding Guantanamo Bay detainees were quoted in an obscure military press release last month, making some interesting observations. The group was reflecting upon their redeployment after completing "detainee internment and resettlement operations mission in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba."

"They did an amazing job in terms of providing very professional care to the detainees there...so now they have something to build off of in the future, both in their civilian and military lives," one said.

Dec 11 12:21

CIA boss says 9/11 attacks justified CIA enhanced interrogations

CIA Director John Brennan recounted the horrors of the 9/11 attacks in defending his agency’s use of enhanced interrogations.

Mr. Brennan made the remarks in a rare press conference in the wake of a Senate report released earlier this week the outlined aggressive tactics used by CIA officers to extract information from suspected terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Brennon

Do you remember the Israelis arrested after being seen celebrating the collapsing Trade Center buildings? Do you remember that 3 of them were identified as Mossad agents?

Do you remember that just before 9-11, a massive Israeli spy ring, the largest foreign spy ring in US history was uncovered? Do you remember how Carl Cameron's four-part FOX News story on that Israeli spy ring included a quote from a US Government official that there was evidence linking those arrested Israeli spies to 9-11, but that this evidence was classified by the US Government?

Do you remember the Israelis stopped in New York on 9-11 whose truck tested positive for explosives?
Israelis stopped on 911 in New York with trucks showing signs of explosives?

Do you remember that every airplane used on 9-11 departed from an airport gate whose security was managed by an Israeli company?

Do you remember how Netanyahu stated that 9-11 was good for Israel?

do you recall Israel's long history of false-flag operations such as the Lavon affair and the attack on the USS Liberty?

So before you go any further with this bovine excrement about how 9-11 justified the torture of Muslims, tell us all how many Israelis were tortured to find the truth about 9-11?

Dec 11 12:08

Senate Torture Report Ignores CIA’s Most Brutal Crimes

On November 9, 2005, CIA Director of National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez, Jr. authorized the burning of 92 videotapes depicting the harsh interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and ’Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In response to the destruction of those tapes, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to review the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program on March 5, 2009. With access to over six million pages of CIA documents, the Committee merely provided a superficial summary without bothering to interview any participants or victims of the RDI program.

Dec 11 11:17

Congress Passes Bill Granting “Unlimited Access to Communications of Every American”

According to Congressman Justin Amash, Congress just passed a bill, (Dec 11th 2014) which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”.

When the Michigan lawmaker discovered that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 had been amended with a provision that authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data from U.S. citizens, he desperately attempted to organize a roll call vote on the bill.

However, the legislation was passed yesterday 325-100 via a voice vote, a green light for what Amash describes as “one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative”.

The bill allows the private communications of Americans to be scooped up without a court order and then transferred to law enforcement for criminal investigations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to remind the readers of the six NSA encryption challenges issued by this website, not one of which was solved. I am not a cryptographic expert, and only a moderately decent programmer, but I came up with six methods which defied decryption. The NSA would be well motivated to have broken my challenges in order to discourage people from starting to create their own codes. I, on the other hand, encourage people to create and use their own codes, both to defy the government's unconstitutional behavior, and to make it impossible for them to steal our business secrets, or nude pictures of our spouses or children. Inside the NSA encryption challenges are the code samples used to create the encryption methods, to use as a learning example.

Dec 11 11:15

What Bad, Shameful, Dirty Behavior is U.S. Judge Richard Posner Hiding? Demand to Know. By Glenn Greenwald

snip: Like so many federal judges, Judge Posner recognizes rights only when they belong to agents of the state or the economic elite. When it’s ordinary citizens at issue, he snidely rejects any such protections. Of course, this is exactly backwards: those exercising public power (police officers) have a lower entitlement to privacy than private individuals. But power-servants like Judge Posner view only actors of the state and those who serve it (such as himself) as entitled to these prerogatives. That’s become the corrupt essence of the U.S. justice system, and it’s perfectly expressed by Judge Posner’s radically divergent views based on whose privacy is at stake.

Dec 11 11:11

‘A lot of These Gomers Didn’t Know Shit’: Former CIA Officer on Torture Report By Ken Silverstein

snip: “It doesn’t matter what tactics you use, you’re not going to get information if people don’t know anything and most of these Gomers didn’t know shit,” he said. “Who in the leadership was stupid enough to think they would? Why would these guys have detailed knowledge about plans and targeting? Even if they were hard-core jihadis who took part in operations, that doesn’t mean they would have knowledge of upcoming attacks.”

Dec 11 11:08

REMEMBERING ZIAD ABU EIN

Speaking shortly before his death, the minister told reporters why he was at the protest. “This is the army of the occupation and they are stopping Palestinians from acting on their rights. We came to our Palestinian land to plant trees and olive trees. They attacked us immediately without anyone throwing a stone or attacking them. This is a terrorist occupying army that stops Palestinians from enacting on their rights,” Abu Ein said.

Dec 11 11:03

$1 trillion spending bill barely hangs on in first test vote

The $1.1 trillion spending bill narrowly survived its first test Thursday when the House approved rules for debate, bringing the bill to the floor and setting up an afternoon showdown that will expose just how deep the divisions run within the Democratic Party.

Senate Democrats were pleading for the bill’s passage, saying it was the best deal possible in divided government, but a House Democratic leader said the bill was so bad it would “fundamentally change our republic” because it altered campaign finance laws and made changes to how banks can trade derivatives.

Dec 11 11:01

Hawaii under martial law was like ‘military dictatorship’ (1941-1944)

snip: The Military Governor’s subsequent orders were designed to “discourage concerted action of any kind.” Saloons were ordered to be closed, as well as schools, theaters — anywhere there might be a “concentration of people.” [6]

Civilians were given strict curfews. The streets were ordered to be cleared between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. under penalty of arrest. All persons of Japanese descent had to be in their homes by 8:00 p.m. [6]

Everyone over the age of six years was fingerprinted, registered, and ordered to carry around military-issued ID cards. [11] Using the extensive registration program, the military drew up intelligence reports on 450,000 Hawaiians. [8]

Dec 11 10:53

FALSE FLAG WARNING - Chicago A Top Terror Target; Ominous Tweet Connects ISIS Threat In City

Over the past six years, Chicago has become a top potential target for international terrorists, a top security expert said Friday, making the posting of a veiled threat by Islamic radicals on Twitter a higher cause for concern.

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Right now Washington DC is in a corner and desperate. The official confirmation of the use of torture on innocent victims has destroyed the moral authority of the United States. Foreign nations, who knew all along what was happening, but stayed silent for political reasons, are now free to vent their disdain openly.

DC needs a distraction. They need to refocus the public attention on war. They need, like Israel, to regain the victim status.

The defenders of the torture regime justify their actions on the basis of 9-11, and nothing would serve them better than a repeat right now in these last weeks before Christmas.

Hence, we are suddenly seeing all these stories about ISIS is already in America and ready to strike. FOX News ran a poll in which they reported 81% of Americans say ISIS will attack on US soil soon. No American actually knows what ISIS will do, outside of those US officials conducting this clandestine operation. But while prudent minds might balk at a new false-flag operation in a world where the public already distrusts the official story on anything, DC is desperate, and desperate animals take desperate chances!

Dec 11 10:39

We're havin' us a Party! By Jack Perry

Kerry campaigning for an open-ended Authorization to Use Military Force claiming congress shouldn't tie Obama's hands

Dec 11 10:21

Kerry warns students: "We have kleptocrats stealing from the people they’re supposed to represent; Don’t get bought out by the vast sums of money in American politics."

Earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry gave some warnings to an auditorium full of university students which never got much attention. It appears the Skull & Bonesman may be feeling a twinge of a guilty conscience. While cloaking some of his remarks towards criticism of corrupt foreign regimes, Kerry did warn specifically about corruption in American politics as well.

"You have these greedy people for whom it is not enough simply to have some power and be able to do good for people, but who want to get rich while they’re doing it at the expense of the people they’re supposed to serve. So we have kleptocrats all around the world, stealing from the people they’re supposed to represent, and levels of corruption that are absolutely extraordinary in various places. And the result is people feel that."

Dec 11 10:18

Why "Support Your Local Police" is a Formula for Despotism

snip: The “thin blue line” of public protection is a pernicious myth. The “Blue Wall of Silence” protecting corrupt and abusive cops is an abundantly demonstrated reality. The Support Your Local Police demands that the public buy into the deadly myth, and ignore the even deadlier reality.

Dec 11 10:12

The CIA and Its Torturers By Andrew P. Napolitano

snip: One of the reasons repeatedly stated by President George W. Bush for the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the maintenance of “torture rooms” by Saddam Hussein. While making this very argument, Bush was secretly authorizing CIA agents to engage in similar unlawful behavior for similar purposes: intelligence and deterrence. Bush sounded credible when he claimed that his administration adhered to federal and international legal standards.

He knew he could make that claim because the torturers were sworn to secrecy, as were their congressional regulators. The CIA charter permits Congress to regulate the CIA in secret. Congress has established two secret congressional committees, one from the Senate and one from the House, to serve as monitors and regulators of CIA activities. The stated reason for the secrecy is to keep our enemies from knowing what the CIA is doing. The effect of the secrecy has been a muzzled Congress, lied to by law-breaking and rogue CIA officials.

Dec 11 10:05

Are Rush Limbaugh And Fox News Still Laughing About Torture?

Last spring, Palin appeared before an NRA convention crowd and laughed about how liberals supposedly coddle America's mortal adversaries. "Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen," said Palin. "Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists," The NRA audience roared with approval, but even some conservative commentators who saw the tape of Palin's wisecrack took offense, upset that she had linked bodily torture with a Christian sacrament. ("It's disgusting.")

Palin, of course, hardly stands alone among conservative media commentators who have spent years not only downplaying the grievous practice of torture adopted by the Bush administration, but who have routinely made light of the cruel tactic previously banned by the United States.

Dec 11 09:58

IAEA to get more money for Iran nuclear deal monitoring

create an issue and then demand money to study it = SSDD

Dec 11 09:52

Obama Accepts Decision Not to Prosecute CIA Officers: White House

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest announced that US President Barack Obama shares the US Department of Justice decision that no prosecutable crime had been committed by the CIA officers.

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Imagine my shock. But then, everything the Nazis did was the letter of the law. And we all know how than worked out in the end for them!

The real danger now is that DC feels boxed in. They have started a global war and know full well that if they lose, they will wind up doing the rope dance (or worse), which means they will be even more likely to resort to nuclear arms when they realize that a conventional war is unwinnable.

Dec 11 09:35

THE WRH BANKER ARTICLES: ALL IN ONE CHUNK

I have received many emails regarding the various articles I have written about the problems with the current economic system of being forced to borrow all currency at interest from a privately-owned central bank. This is, of course, the very system of banking the United States fought a revolution to be free of, only to be sold back into said banker slavery not just once, but three times by corrupted congresses and corrupted presidents.

I have been asked to collect all those articles into a single page to make it easier for people to send to their friends, and this collection is the result.

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Dec 11 09:32

Your Survival Depends On Taking Your Money Out of the Bank

Nearly every publication estimates the derivatives debt to be in the range of one quadrillion dollars to $1.5 quadrillion dollars. Conservative estimates tell us that this derivatives debt, that has been assumed by the governments of the world, is at least 16 times the entire value of the assets of Planet Earth. This generation cannot pay off this debt. Your children, grandchildren and even great-great-great-great-great grandchildren cannot pay off this debt. If the status quo were to remain in place this debt could not be paid off in the 25th century, the 30th century, nor the 50th century. My estimates place the interest on the debt to exceed the entire value of the world’s assets and the interest is increasing far faster than the governments of the world can service the debt. Who is the debt owed to? It is owed to the first movers, the owners of the central banking system.

Dec 11 09:14

Ebola Has Not Gone Away – Only The ‘News’

While you might think that Ebola has gone away – because it’s no longer reported in the mainstream – it is still raging in Western Africa. -- It was widely reported after the Dallas Ebola case that the govt advised their media outlets to hush their Ebola reporting due to concerns of widespread panic among Americans. The media outlets promptly complied and we no longer hear about it.

Dec 11 08:48

Leadership courts centrist support for $1.1T spending bill as shutdown looms

Congressional leaders were trying to hold the center in the run-up to Thursday’s government shutdown deadline, with Senate Democrats and House Republicans pleading for their troops to back a $1.1 trillion spending bill that had those on both extremes of the ideological spectrum fuming.

House Republican leaders touted dents to the Internal Revenue Service budget and Environmental Protection Agency staffing levels, language that stalls some of President Obama’s plans to battle climate change, and the chance to fight the White House’s deportation amnesty next year as reasons to get behind the massive 1,600-page bill.

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THIS IS A CALL TO KEYBOARDS FOR ALL RIVERO'S RANGERS!

Wherever you see any articles, posts, or blogs about raising the debt ceiling, please post the above graphic, or quote the following...

"The question Americans should be asking is not whether to raise the debt ceiling, but rather why the Federal Government, which is authorized by the Constitution to create and issue interest-free money, instead borrows that money at interest from a privately owned central bank, thereby plunging future generations into debt slavery to that bank? THAT is the real question Americans should be asking!"

This quote is already making the rounds but we need to put this in front of the eyes of every American that we can over the next week as Congress debates just how much further they will sell us all into the slavery of the private central bankers.

Dec 11 08:38

Israel teaches brutality to your security agencies

Early this year, in Denver (Colorado) ex-Israeli soldier Eran Efrati, explained how Israel Occupation Force (IOF) have militarized foreign law enforcement agencies in countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, India, etc. “Israeli soldiers are intensely trained for a war, whilst their actual military duties are to subdue and control Palestinians,” he said.

Dec 11 08:19

CIA torture report 'full of crap,' says former VP Cheney

The CIA and several of its past leaders, along with former vice-president Dick Cheney, are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year U.S. Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal action around the world.

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Cheney and his cohorts are faced with defending the indefensible, which is why the only arguments they have are pejorative!

Dec 11 08:14

Canada Bill Would Legalize Euthanasia of People With Disabilities

Like I keep saying: Euthanasia/assisted suicide is not about terminal illness. It is ultimately about allowing anyone with more than a transitory desire to die to be killed–whether by a doctor, a lay suicide facilitator, or even, family and friends.

And here we go again! Canadian legislation would legalize active lethal-injection euthanasia and assisted suicide for people with disabilities. From S. 225

Dec 11 08:10

U.S. Marines Raid Dodger Stadium with MV-22B Ospreys

A Marine Press Release stated, in part, "Using MV-22B Ospreys and other aircraft, the MEU inserted a raid force nearly 170 miles from Fort Hunter Liggett, near Monterey, and assaulted through the stadium to capture a simulated high value target, and then returned to base. We deeply appreciate the training opportunity and the patience and support of the local communities as we conduct this vital training..."

Dec 11 08:00

UN Resolution on Iran Mockery of Justice

Too many people think the UN (which is mostly funded by the US and bends over back wards for Israel) offers a route to justice. Like so many forms of government it is just another body to rationalize injustices and call them legal

Dec 11 07:49

5 Creepy Ways Your Town Is Designed to Control Your Mind

Get a dude who grew up in rural Mississippi in a room with somebody who was born and raised in San Francisco, and you find that where you live has a lot to do with how you see the world. You might think this is simply the difference in your neighbors, but it's not; the physical layout of your town or city affects you. And these days, a lot of that shit is done on purpose.

All around you are little design choices you've probably never even noticed, that are at this moment

Dec 11 07:43

Illinois Passes Law Making it a Felony to Video Police

There's one way and one way only to stop police abuse: Criminally prosecute it, then allow civil penalties.

In a podcast today with Chris Martenson, Chris suggested civil penalties should come straight out of the police retirement fund, not taxpayer pockets.

But as with CIA torture, government does not really want to stop abuse, they want to stop reporting the abuse.

Earlier this year, Illinois passed a law making videotaping of police illegal. However, the Illinois Supreme Curt struck down the law as a violation of free speech.

So what did the Illinois legislature do? They wrote an even worse law.

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Dec 11 07:16

If I Wanted America To Be A Dictatorship

Is America becoming a dictatorship? Is Tyranny about to destroy freedom in America? What role has The Federal Reserve Bank played? In this video Fabian4Liberty exposes the forces behind the economic collapse, soaring autism rates, and the growing police state.

Dec 10 20:13

Truth in Media: The Root of Police Militarization

Ben Swann takes a look at the root of police militarization and why even if military equipment is removed from police departments across the nation, militarization will not come to an end.

Dec 10 19:42

President who vowed to end war, now seeks sweeping power to expand it

Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue the Islamic State terrorists wherever and however he deems necessary, stunning lawmakers by requesting a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight.

Dec 10 19:30

US Budget Bill Stealthily Allows Banks to Use Federal Deposit Insurance to Cover Swaps and Derivates

Congress has agreed to use federal deposit insurance, which was designed to protect the savings accounts of consumers, to cover risky trading by the nation’s biggest banks. In a small provision in the budget bill, Congress agreed to allow banks to house their trading of swaps and derivatives alongside customer deposits, which are insured by the federal government against losses. Note: This destroys the last remaining albeit (limp wristed) protection Americans had left when they deposit their funds in these banks! If banks fail again, you'll never see your money.

Dec 10 18:56

U.S. MARINES RAID DODGER STADIUM IN LOS ANGELES

The U.S. Military has released 5 pictures of a Marine unit realistic urban training drill going on this week in L.A.

Dec 10 18:02

The Only CIA Officer Charged for the CIA Torture Program is the Whistleblower

The only person charged with a prison sentence, so far, has been John Kiriakou, a former CIA official, the man accused of releasing classified information to unintended parties. Kiriakou was charged with a 30-month prison sentence.

Dec 10 17:53

CIA struggled to keep rationalizing brutal interrogations, report shows

When CIA interrogators waterboarded their first prisoner, Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, on Aug. 4, 2002, they justified the simulated drowning as a vital tool to extract secrets about future attacks against the United States. -- But after 20 days of round-the-clock interrogation at a secret prison in Thailand, during which Zubaydah was repeatedly waterboarded in long sessions, slammed against walls, slapped, confined in a coffin-size box for 266 hours and chained in “stress positions,” the interrogators concluded the Saudi-born operative knew nothing about new plots.

Dec 10 17:47

Lawsuit: Cops Confiscate Guns From Home After False Arrest

After falsely arresting a concealed carry permit holder nearly four months ago, Bakersfield, Calif., police confiscated all the guns from his home and never returned them, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Dec 10 17:34

Spy Wars: CIA vs. Congress (VIDEO)

Why is it okay to spy on U.S. citizens but not government officials?

Dec 10 16:40

How the Fed Grows Government

We are told that elections are important, but the most powerful state institution, the central bank, is totally out of reach of the voter.

Dec 10 16:09

Welcome to the Recovery – McKinsey Survey Shows 40% of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Up From 31% in 2012

Nothing screams economic recovery like 2 out of every 5 Americans living paycheck to paycheck. Especially when that number has reportedly increased by 33% since 2012.

Dec 10 16:01

The CIA Tortured More Than ‘Some Folks’–And Now The MSM Invites The Perpetrators To Lie, Again

“We tortured some folks,” Barack Obama admitted recently, still downplaying war crimes committed in America’s name. But we now know those statements do not even begin to do justice to the horrific activities carried out by the CIA for years – atrocities that now have been exposed by the US Senate’s historic report on the CIA’s torture program, finally released on Tuesday after years of delay.

Dec 10 15:47

Watch What Happened When Two Thugs Started a Gunfight With a 74-Year-Old Woman

A 74-year-old woman came out on top of a gunfight with two criminal thugs after they tried to rob her pawn shop in Springdale, Arkansas this past weekend, but was subsequently blamed by her neighbor for daring to defend herself.

Dec 10 14:54

Trade ministers beg Brussels to remove more national sovereignty

Prime Ministers blame Brussels for, well, everything, But trade ministers have just written to EU President Juncker insisting he removes more of their national sovereignty through secret corporate courts.

Conflict rages in Brussels between those seeking to salvage the embattled EU/US trade pact (TTIP) by dropping ISDS as its most controversial aspect, and those who still want to push through the whole project in the face of mounting public opposition.

The ‘investor-state dispute settlement system’ (ISDS) would allow investors and corporations to sue governments in private international tribunals for any policy they deem “unfair” or which could affect their “legitimate profit expectations”.

Dec 10 14:30

Congress and Pentagon Shielding Weapons Contracts From Budget Cuts

Dec 10 13:21

Governments turn up the heat on atheists: report

(Reuters) - Amid a global decline in religious belief, some governments are stepping up efforts to portray atheists and secularists as a danger to society and even as terrorists, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

Dec 10 13:15

The great lie of our time

In all International Relations (IR) classrooms throughout the English-speaking world, something called the democratic peace theory is taught. The theory holds that countries are less likely to go to war if they are democracies, and that installing democratic regimes is therefore the path to peace and security in the world. Paradoxically, the theory is more often applied to justify wars than to end them.

Democratic peace theory is a large part of the underlying rhetoric behind the United States’ commitment to “democratization” in the world’s conflict zones, particularly the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. While the US supplies arms to dictatorships it falsely labels “democracies,” it works to overthrow governments that were actually democratically elected.

Dec 10 13:07

Congressional leaders hammer out deal to allow pension plans to cut retiree benefits

A measure that would for the first time allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut is set to be attached to a massive spending bill, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans.

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These pension plans were put into distress when Wall Street's pet ratings agencies rated the mortgage-backed securities as "Triple A", making it legal for pension plans to invest in them. Then when the fraud collapsed in 2008, pensions were defunded. But nobody in either government of the corporate media had the gonads to point the finger of blame for the pensions problem where it belonged and instead blamed "greedy" workers and anyone who had the temerity to live to a ripe old age. So, together with the proposal to drop the derivatives losses onto the American people, this proposed bill is another example of Congress screwing ordinary Americans to pay for Wall Street's crimes!

Dec 10 12:31

Ex-leader: Poland agreed to CIA site, not torture

After years of denials, two former Polish leaders acknowledged Wednesday they had allowed a secret CIA prison to operate on their territory but insisted they never authorized the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates.

Dec 10 11:52

When Police and Journalists Become “Media Partners”

Major news media consider the FSU shooting more or less a closed case. After all, journalists appear to have been spoon-fed a story that includes its own sort of “The End” moment. A madman with a gun showed up in a public place. Terrified witnesses were interviewed and their fearful testimony publicized. The shooter’s bizarre online statements were duly noted. Then, official pleas for “unity,” “strength,” and “healing” were unquestioningly parroted, and less than two days later the entire affair was capped off with a photo op candlelight vigil.

With the notion of a full scale, coordinated media production in mind, it should be unsurprising that law enforcement and news media now consider themselves to be “partners” in such a tragedy’s public presentation.

Dec 10 11:48

FLASHBACK - Concentration Camps in America:Are They For You?

The Halliburton subsidiary KBR (formerly Brown and Root) announced on Jan. 24 that it had been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps. Two weeks later, on Feb. 6, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the Fiscal Year 2007 federal budget would allocate over $400 million to add 6,700 additional detention beds (an increase of 32 percent over 2006). This $400 million allocation is more than a four-fold increase over the FY 2006 budget, which provided only $90 million for the same purpose. [Pacific News 2/21/06]

Dec 10 11:44

TIMELY SPOOFS ~~ SENATE REPORT CONDEMNS CIA TORTURE

On CIA torture horrors – note that the report does not include torture by groups other then by the CIA! It doesn’t include rendition to black sites where torture took place by others. It doesn’t include what goes on at Guantanomo (still). Who are these psychopaths that do this? And who orders it done? I once asked what the profile of a torturer is and the answer was, your next door neighbor if he is convinced you are a threat. That is probably true but the answer is incomplete. I think there are sadists out there who do wind up in the military. And, it is a tool of terror which makes many very hesitant to join the opposition. Today many aren’t opposing anything – they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And the scum in power that ordered all this are free to lead lives in luxury, no legal action against them, while innocent Black men in America die in the hands of police at the rate of about 2 a week.

Dec 10 11:11

Will Lawmakers Sneak a Gift to Wall Street into the Spending Bill?

Under cover of legislative chaos, lawmakers from both parties are working this week to preserve taxpayer-backing for some of Wall Street’s riskiest activities.

The deal taking shape would be slipped into the catch-all federal spending bill that is meant to finance the government in 2015, according to Capitol Hill sources who are not authorized to speak publicly. It would effectively repeal a plank of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that would force big banks to conduct their most speculative derivatives trades in separately-capitalized subsidiaries, where they would be ineligible for federal deposit insurance, Federal Reserve assistance or other taxpayer-provided support.

The point of the law is to end the “heads I win, tails you lose,” game on Wall Street, in which the biggest banks keep the lavish winnings from their bets while pushing catastrophic losses onto the public, as happened in the financial crisis.

Dec 10 10:25

OFF THE GRID: NINE CIA ‘BLACK SITES’ WHERE DETAINEES WERE TORTURED

Six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush issued a directive allowing the CIA to secretly detain and interrogate prisoners at clandestine sites located around the world, cut off from communication with legal counsel, family, and everyone else. The locations of eight of these sites, along with descriptions of some of the deeply disturbing practices there, were included in today’s release of the so-called “torture report” — the heavily redacted executive summary of a senate committee study of the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program.

Dec 10 09:55

Former Rep. Joe Walsh applauds torture: Rectal feeding is ‘job description’ of an ‘American hero’

Radio host and former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh suggested on Wednesday that anyone who participated in torture techniques like rectal forced feedings or chaining prisoners naked to the floor were “American heroes.”

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A short memo to Joe Walsh: sir, your amazingly studied lack of understanding of what the use of torture does to the perception of what this country is, both at home and abroad, is, to put it mildly, stunning.

When America either tortures prisoners of war, or outsources it to some third world thugs, the following happens.

1. People understand that, at the top levels of US government, those very values that used to put us in a unique place as a people and a country, those values including human rights, human dignity, and decency are simply discarded.

2. That there are some really emotionally twisted pieces of work at the highest levels of US government, who get off on doing/watching this kind of torture being done. I would suspect, sir, that you may well be one of those people.

Humankind has known, from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured individual to say what the torturer wants them to stay in order to get the torture to stop.

One of the master interrogators of World War II was the German Hans Scharff. Instead of using torture, he used what information he could gather from the POW's backgrounds. as reported at worldwarhistoryonline:

Hanns Scharff (left) always made sure he knew about the personal circumstances of prisoners of war before interrogating them Much of the debate about the interrogation of suspected terrorists has been about whether the methods used, such as waterboarding, could be described as torture. Historian Julian Putkowski examines how a German Luftwaffe interrogator used persuasion rather than punishment to get prisoners of war to talk. During the latter part of World War II lots of allied fliers got shot down over Germany. Many of the survivors - or terrorfliegers as they were termed by the Nazis - got rounded up and were dispatched to Luftwaffe's interrogation unit at Dulag Luft POW Camp, near Oberursel. After being marched into the camp, they were placed in solitary confinement and in spite of the provisions of the Geneva Convention, they anticipated rough handling, possibly having their fingernails torn off by Nazi torturers. Aircrew who anticipated a Gestapo-style battering were in for a surprise when they encountered Obergefreiter Hanns Scharff, who had acquired fluent English when working as a businessman in pre-war South Africa. Although his inscrutability secured him the nick-name Stone Face, he was otherwise a genial fellow. He was a self-taught interrogator who used persuasion rather than punishment as a strategy for getting Allied prisoners of war to disclose more than the customary name, rank and number, permitted by the Geneva Convention. Scharff always began by doing his homework thoroughly. Before commencing an interrogation session, he checked all available data, generally acquainting himself with whatever was known about the pilot's service and personal circumstances. The Scharff method, if so it may be called, relied on the initial premise that it was better for a flier to co-operate with the Luftwaffe, instead of being regarded as a spy and handed over to the Gestapo. Even though there were a few prisoners who remained button-lipped, Scharff resolutely refused to descend to using physical coercion. Instead of using pliers to squeeze information out of prisoners, Scharff got what he and his superiors wanted by playing on a prisoner's sense of isolation and psychological insecurity. Carefully deploying what were sometimes meagre scraps of data, Scharff sought to create the illusion of total knowledge about a prisoner's activities. Misled into believing that the interrogator knew just about everything anyway, the latter could then be bamboozled into disclosing military secrets. Scharff appeared to reverse the overtly adversarial relationship between interrogator and prisoner by adopting a subtle, softly-softly approach.

3. And Joe, I would like to strongly caution you on your mindless cheerleading of CIA torture: when the US tortures, it gives some bad guys who don't necessarily like us very much carte blanche to torture both American military members, and American civilians. Did that notion ever cross your mind?!?

Thought not

Remember: Hitler praised the Gestapo and the SS as "heroes".

Dec 10 09:38

Leaked Video Shows Police Sadistically Tasering Non-Combative Inmates.

Local Cops Tase Inmate Has Been Optimized An anonymous source recently sent some disturbing videos to a Lafayette, La., TV news station. The videos (below) show police officers in Mamou, La., tasing unarmed inmates in jail cells from July to October in 2010.

Dec 10 09:18

FLASHBACK 2002 - US demands total impunity on war crimes

With the Bush administration gearing up for a “preemptive” war against Iraq, Washington this week dispatched a senior US diplomat, Marisa Lino, to Europe to demand that the governments of the European Union (EU) agree to a blanket exemption of all US citizens from the jurisdiction of the newly formed International Criminal Court.

Dec 10 09:15

U.S. PROTESTERS DEMAND: END SECRECY, RELEASE THE TEXTS ON TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

Cassidy Regan, trade organizer for Popular Resistance, remarked that after public pressure the European Union recently agreed to release its negotiating proposals for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to the public. The EU wanted to release the full text of the agreement but was blocked by the United States.

“The trade agreements being drafted in secret threaten everything from worker rights and wages to public health and access to medicines. The negotiators keep texts hidden because these agreements aren’t made with the public in mind — instead, they serve to give transnational corporations further power to exploit people and the planet for the sake of profit. The unprecedented lack of transparency denies communities’ right to know policies that could impact so many aspects of our lives, for generations to come.”

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That the TPP is negotiated behind the backs of the American people, and with no transparency whatsoever, demonstrates, painfully clearly, that the US government is being run BY the Corporations; OF the Corporations; and FOR the Corporations.

We the People have become irrelevant and expendable to this government, and it is high time that this stops!

Dec 10 09:06

Internet Censors Viral Sandy Hook Truth Documentary

Last Monday, an organization known as the Independent Media Solidarity released an epic documentary entitled “We Need to Talk About Sandy Hook,” which they hosted on their own site as well as on Youtube.

Within hours of the video’s upload, it was well on its way to going viral, however its success was short lived.

Shortly after Infowars began hosting the video the following Tuesday morning, it was suddenly removed from Youtube “due to a copyright claim by Lenny Pozner.”

(It should be noted the video was taken down despite carrying a message stating its materials are presented “in compliance with fair use principles,” and that “Use of copyright material in this video generates social benefits that greatly outweigh any cost to the copyright owner, and is therefore a protected form of speech.”)

Dec 10 08:38

Too Poor To Eat: Man Reduced To Tears As He Describes Being Unable To Afford Food

Speaking to LBC radio Mike says: “I live in a tiny room, and what you get covers just what you need, and you have to go to food banks, and sometimes I’m living off a tin of spaghetti a day, or a tin of beans, and there are people out there who really are struggling, and it’s not fun.

“For these people to sit there to say oh go and get a job – I’m out there every day, looking and searching, and you know you’re trying to do it on your own, but you can’t, and it gets harder and harder.

“You’re just trying to get by. Some days I can’t eat. I don’t eat.”

Dec 10 08:37

FDR’s 1933 Gold Confiscation was a Bailout of the Federal Reserve Bank

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 executive order outlawing the private ownership of gold in the United States was arguably unconstitutional. But why did he do it ? Many historians and economists point to efforts to get the economy moving again as the reason, the theory being that people were hoarding gold and the velocity of money in circulation needed to be sped up.

But the real reason for the gold confiscation was a bailout of the privately-controlled Federal Reserve Bank. And the evidence has been printed right in front of our faces.

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