When Colonial America fired that shot heard around the world and fought their way to independence, they broke free, not only from the political domination of the Crown, but also from the religious domination of a State Church. No longer would citizens be required to join a particular church in order to hold public office. No longer would citizens be required to financially support churches and institutions they deemed to be offensive to their spiritual convictions. No longer could a religious institution use the power and force of civil government to subjugate men to its tenets and, yes, tentacles. Indeed, the apostate kingdom created by Constantine's spiritual whoredom ended at the eastern shore of America!
Therefore, it is more than disturbing when I see evangelical Christians being seduced by the ancient Big Government/Big Religion whorish union today. How can any true Gospel preacher accept federal Faith-Based Initiative monies, except that he has either lost all understanding of what freedom truly means, or is willing to sacrifice the sacred principles of liberty upon the altar of his own selfish interests? How can any true Gospel preacher not realize that Big Religion has always conspired with tyrannical governmental forces against the true Gospel message? Why are they so blind to these devilish conspiracies? At the highest levels of virtually every major religion, the conspiracy to hijack truth and enslave the masses is constantly at work.
- by Chuck Baldwin / NewsWithViews
Eschatology Matters: Competing Worldviews Christians aren't the only ones with a view of the future. Every religion and major social or political movement has an eschatology that effects how they conduct day to day life. In this episode Gary looks at some of the various major eschatological views and the impact they have had on our culture.
S 510 is hissing in the grass S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act*, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.
Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but Monsanto's Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create - without judicial review - if it passes. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.
In the 1990s, Bill Clinton introduced HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points) purportedly to deal with contamination in the meat industry. Clinton's HACCP delighted the offending corporate (World Trade Organization "WTO") meat packers since it allowed them to inspect themselves, eliminated thousands of local food processors (with no history of contamination), and centralized meat into their control. Monsanto promoted HACCP.
In 2008, Hillary Clinton urged a powerful centralized food safety agency as part of her campaign for president. Her advisor was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson Marsteller, a giant PR firm representing Monsanto. Clinton lost, but Clinton friends such as Rosa DeLauro, whose husband's firm lists Monsanto as a progressive client and globalization as an area of expertise, introduced early versions of S 510.
- by Steve Green / Food Freedom
The Coming Food Dictatorship Hoping to quell the concerns of liberty activists, proponents of expanding the government's control over what we put into our own bodies point to the latest version of S.510, which includes a few provisions that recognize the difference in scale between large manufacturing plants and your local farms; however, the vast majority of these provisions are actually left to the FDA's discretion. In other words, it will be up to whomever Obama puts in charge of the FDA to decide whether or not your local food network is crushed by federal regulations, or simply shut down if the G-men have "reason to believe" the food on the premises is contaminated.
Does this sound like America to you, or the Soviet Union?
Fortunately, the positive message of the decentralized food freedom movement is spreading. More and more documentaries like the one below are being produced; they highlight the war on family and local farms being waged by the federal government, and what we need to do to put an end to it. Aside from watching movie trailers, it would also be incumbent of you to contact your senators and ask that they oppose a food dictatorship by voting "no" on S.510.
- by Andrew Ward / Campaign For Liberty
Senate Bill S 510 Food Safety Modernization Act Vote Imminent: Would Outlaw Gardening and Saving Seeds Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called "the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America." It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public's right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer's markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don't comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.
This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep -- the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.
This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a "smuggler") for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer's market.
It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.
- by Mike Adams / Natural News
Senate bill S 510 Vote Imminent - Procedural Vote Passes 74-25 U.S. Senate Bill S 510 is now on the Senate floor where a vote is expected shortly. Yesterday, the Motion to Invoke Cloture passed on a vote of 74-25 (see how they voted, below), sending the bill forward for a final vote perhaps as early as today.
US Senate offices are experiencing a huge backlash of grassroots opposition to the bill -- called the Food Safety Modernization Act -- as virtually every health freedom organization, family farm group and even dietary supplement companies have aligned to oppose this new bill. It is being called "The most dangerous bill in United States history" and would thrust America into a new Dark Ages of FDA tyranny over seeds, foods, herbs, gardens and nutritional supplements
- by Mike Adams / Natural News
Local Farms Could Be Illegal RT America has been discussing obesity in America and the effects of the mass consumption of genetically altered food. What are the risks and what can be done about it? George Hemminger says that as many people are feeling the economic downturn hit them, they are growing their own food. However, the government might try to take that choice away from the people as well by passing a bill that would make it illegal to clean and store seeds.
SENATE BILL 510: the DECLARATION of DEPENDENCE The Senate Bill 510, or as its curiously referred to, the "Food Safety Modernization Act" is scheduled to see a vote as early as today (Wednesday November the 17th). However the bill is not as harmless as it may seem based on its name alone. If given the green light this bill will effectively and exclusively place the right to grow, trade, transport and share food firmly in the grasp of the Federal Government. In very real terms the passage of this bill amounts to the signing of the Declaration of Dependence.
Imagine a country where the simple act of selling/purchasing fresh and locally grown produce will be a criminal act, simply because the food was not subject to federal oversight. The broad terms of the bill quite clearly cover all food production and its distribution, even between individuals.
The restraints placed on local farms, food co-ops and farmers markets will destroy whats left of independent agriculture. A wise move in the midst of the Great Recession. Without the freedom to strive for self sufficiency, a god given right endowed to all creatures, we are left only one option. Dependence. The forced symbiosis to factory farms, process plants and the GMO mafia, without so much as the freedom to store and save seeds.
- by The Trepanation
Organic Food May Become a Thing of the Past
Over the past 15 years or so, a collection of five giant biotech corporations -- Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont -- have bought up more than 200 other companies, allowing them to dominate access to seeds.
The takeover has been so dramatic that it is becoming difficult for farmers to find alternatives. As a result, in the U.S., 90 percent of soybeans are genetically-modified, and many conventional farmers have trouble obtaining non-genetically modified seeds.
At this point, a mere FIVE companies – biotechnology companies at that -- own the vast majority of all worldwide seeds. The enormous ramifications of this should be fairly obvious.
Genetically modified (GM) seeds, particularly corn and soy, have already taken over in many areas of the world, effectively eliminating the use of conventional and "heirloom" seeds, and along with them, the ancient, sustainable farming practices that produces healthful food.
For example, in the US, as of 2009 genetically modified (GM) soybeans accounted for 91 percent of the soybean market. Eighty-five percent of all corn grown was GM, as well as 88 percent of all cotton.
Many pro-GM crop fanatics argue that genetically engineered (GM) crops are superior in a number of ways, but evidence to the contrary is all around us…
- by Mercola.com
Jeffrey M. Smith: The GMO Threat - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the #1 GMO bestseller Seeds of Deception, talks about his campaign to force mass rejection of genetically modified foods in order to expunge them form the market entirely. Smith explains how the FDA allowed GMO foods to enter the market with no safety testing whatsoever, and that the man primarily responsible for this is now food safety czar in the Obama administration.
Smith notes how Obama has broken his pre-election promise that every GMO food should be properly labeled, and also installed pro-GMO executives in the USDA and FDA who have close ties to Monsanto and the biotechnology industry.
Smith documents how consumption of genetically modified foods has been directly linked with reproductive problems, immune system deficiencies, accelerated ageing, organ damage and gastrointestinal problems. The immune system problem has been seen consistently in mice and rats who are fed GMO food, explains Smith, and now since humans have started consuming genetically modified foods, auto-immune diseases and allergies have increased.
Smith explains how research exposing the dangers of genetically modified food has been censored and shut down by the establishment, with scientists involved in such studies finding themselves blacklisted and shunned by their peers before being fired from their jobs in many cases as big agriculture throws its weight around.
Smith covers a plethora of vital issues in this one hour interview, and offers workable solutions to phase GMO out of the market, by pushing for proper labeling standards and an intensive education outreach that will help people realize how big a threat genetically modified food poses to their health.
12 Facts That Will Blow Your Mind - Federal Employees And Members Of Congress Are Getting Rich While Those Of Us Who Pay Their Salaries Suffer Do you remember the days when getting elected to Congress or choosing to work for the government was referred to as "public service"? The idea was that you would be making a sacrifice for the greater good of the country. Well, those days are long gone. Today, getting elected to Congress or working for the federal government is a good way to get rich. Median household income in the United States fell from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009, and yet the personal wealth of members of Congress and the salaries of federal workers (especially at the higher levels) continue to explode. A lot of corrupt politicians and federal fat cats are raking in stunning amounts of cash, and we are the ones paying the bill. There is certainly nothing wrong with making a lot of money, but does it seem right that so many of our "public servants" are getting filthy rich while so many of the rest of us are barely getting by?
Posted below are 12 facts that will blow your mind. Most Americans have no idea just how obscenely wealthy many members of Congress are, and most Americans are totally clueless about how cushy some of these U.S. government jobs are. If there is one place in America where the good times are still rolling (other than Wall Street), it would have to be Washington D.C.
- by The Economic Collapse
Gerald Celente: Currency Wars + Trade Wars = Real Wars Britain says it's ready to help debt-hit Ireland with billions of pounds of direct loans. At a meeting of European finance ministers, Chancellor George Osborne said it's in the UK's interest to support its closest neighbour. The meeting comes amid fresh market turmoil and fears some smaller economies like Portugal and Ireland are unable to service their massive debts. The E.U. President warned the Eurozone is actually facing a fight to survive. Trend forecaster Gerald Celente says the euro has been put to its greatest test ever.
Statism, Inflation and the Fed As the statists debate the future impact of the Fed's latest inflationary binge, it's important that we keep the big picture in mind.
This is what the Fed has done since it was established in 1913. Decade after decade, it has inflated the money supply in order to enable big-spending federal officials to spend money to their heart's content.
Most federal officials have a voracious and insatiable desire to spend other people's money. The way that the federal government ordinarily gets the money it spends is by collecting it in taxes. The problem, of course, is that public officials always want to spend more than they're collecting in taxes. But they don't want to raise taxes to collect the difference because people get angry when their taxes are raised, which could mean "bye, bye" to the public official, who, of course, thinks of nothing else but reelection.
So, the solution is to simply borrow the difference between what is being collected in taxes and what is being spent in welfare-warfare programs. The problem, however, is that the desire to spend quickly exceeds the amount being borrowed. Moreover, the debt must ultimately be paid off.
That's where the central bank -- the Federal Reserve -- comes in. It cranks up the printing presses, printing massive amounts of new money that is used to pay off the government's debt and to cover new spending programs.
Yes, I know what the statist will say: "Oh, no, Jacob. The Fed was established to bring stability and order to the monetary system."
That's a joke. It's just part of the life of the lie and the life of delusion that statists live. The only purpose of the Federal Reserve is to enable federal officials to spend to their heart's content without raising taxes.
- by Jacob G. Hornberger / Campaign For Liberty
Fed Under Siege in New Washington Landscape The four Republicans expected to lead the House and Senate in the new Congress raised concerns Wednesday with the Federal Reserve's recent decision to launch a $600 billion bond-buying program, the latest in a slew of political attacks on the central bank following the midterm election earlier this month.
- by Greg Robb / MarketWatch
The Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, met with 11 members of the Senate banking committee to explain the decision to inject $600 billion into the banking system, a resumption of the Fed’s bond-buying program aimed at lowering long-term interest rates.
- by Sewell Chan, The New York Times / CNBC
Can We Party like it's 1776 and Just Start Over? Thomas Jefferson's Top 10 Quotes on Money and Banking "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
"I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
- by The Daily Bail
James Turk Gold 8000 Hyperinflation a sure thing Gold is in a 2nd stage of a bull market. We will see a more rapid price apriciaten than in the past years. Price target untill 2015: 8000 Dollar. Price manipulation has come to an end. Gold as natural alternative to currencies. Chances of hyperinflation 100%.Gold prohibition possible.
The World Shorts the Dollar In the 35 years I have been studying, speaking, and writing about monetary policy I have never before seen Congress or the financial press pay much attention to the Fed. Monetary policy has always been considered boring on Capitol Hill, something left to remote policy wonks far away from the din of presidential or congressional politics. Congress always has been eager to leave Fed governors well alone, with no oversight or accountability, as long as they played along and papered over the growing budget deficits.
But it's amazing what a global economic meltdown will do to the political and media landscape. In just two short years, the Fed has become the hot topic and a lightning rod for criticism. While it is gratifying to see so many formerly uninterested politicians, economists, talk show hosts, and pundits suddenly rally to attack the Fed, one can only wonder whether they truly understand that central banking is inherently incompatible with our Constitution and a free market economy.
In other words, it's not enough to show outrage at the latest Fed action or argue about the relative merits of Mr. Bernanke compared to his predecessors. To reclaim our dollar and our economy, Americans must oppose central banking per se. Fiat currencies cannot be "reformed" or "managed". They are fundamentally subject to ruinous debasement courtesy of the political and economic ruling class. History shows that this is true in all nations at all times.
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
Ron Paul's Golden Opportunity One of the most exciting features of the new Congress is the prospect that the chairmanship of a House subcommittee that oversees the Federal Reserve will go to Ron Paul. Final assignments are still being worked out, and the leadership may yet shy away from giving the position to a congressman who doesn't believe the Fed should exist. But Dr. Paul, an obstetrician, has been the ranking Republican of the Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology subcommittee, and tradition suggests he will be the next chairman.
This couldn't come at a more timely moment, though Dr. Paul has been working his way up to the assignment for more than a generation.
If Dr. Paul does accede to the chairmanship of the monetary subcommittee, he will, in but a few months, gavel it to order on the 40th anniversary of the summer in which President Nixon closed the gold window and brought an end to Bretton Woods. Yet a few weeks ago, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan himself, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, warned that "fiat money has no place to go but gold." Even the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, has just called for restoring a role for gold in the monetary system.
The great debate is finally starting up again. Who better to host it in Congress than the diminutive doctor who, more faithfully than anyone else on the Hill, has for more than a generation stood for the idea of sound money?
- by Seth Lipsky / The Wall Street Journal
Ron Paul's Moment The prospect that Congressman Ron Paul will accede to the chairmanship of a House subcommittee with oversight of the Federal Reserve is the topic of an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal by the editor of the Sun, Seth Lipsky. What Dr. Paul is in line to chair is the Subcommitee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology of the House Financial Services Committee. The exciting prospect is not so much the questioning of the chairman of the Fed, who traditionally appears before the full committee on Financial Services. Dr. Paul has long had a chance to grill the chairman, and has done so spectacularly on some occasions. What is exciting is the chance to open up a sustained debate on more strategic questions related to the monetary powers and disabilities of the Constitution.
Mr. Lipsky mentions, for example, the possibility of a sage like Edwin Vieira Jr. being called in to testify in respect of Constitutional money. Mr. Vieira, author of the magisterial two volume treatise "Pieces of Eight," is the kind of figure who, given a platform, could illuminate vast parts of the debate over the dollar, going way beyond disputation over whether, say, QE2 is wise or not. Do we want a Fed? Even if we want one, is the delegation of power to it unconstitutional? Do we want prices to be denominated in dollars at all, or should we move to a pricing system that expresses prices in ounces — or grains — of gold or silver? Our hope in the coming months and years is that no question will be ruled off the table and that a deep and wide open investigation will be held in respect of what kind of monetary system was contemplated by the Founders of America, and Congressman Paul is the ideal man to do it.
- by The New York Sun
Congressman Paul Discusses Federal Reserve Transparency on MSNBC Congressman Paul Discusses Federal Reserve Transparency on MSNBC on 11-17-2010.
"There is a bug inside of that wants to get the FCC to say to Fox News and MSNBC… out, off," he said during a hearing on retransmission negotiations between broadcasters and cable providers. "We have journalism that is always ravenous for the next rumor, but insufficiently hungry for the facts that can nourish our democracy."
"I hunger for quality news, I'm tired of the right and left," Rockefeller said.
He failed to mention that both networks are cable television channels and the FCC has little if any regulatory power over their content.
Millions of Americans have tuned out the false right-left paradigm of the corporate-dominated news channels in favor of alternative news sources on the internet. For the establishment, this trend is highly disturbing and must be turned back.
In March of 2009, Rockefeller said the internet is the "number one national hazard" to national security.
- by Kurt Nimmo / Prison Planet.com
Yet the most important area requiring change is one that received virtually no attention on the campaign trail: foreign policy.
No doubt, wild spending and mounting debt threaten America's fiscal future. ObamaCare will deliver worse medical care with fewer choices at higher cost. Extreme proposals for "cap and trade" could wreck the economy. Reform is needed on more than a few domestic issues.
But the U.S. is at war. Two wars, in fact. Americans are dying.
Yet virtually none of the 435 candidates elected to the House and 37 elected to the Senate on November 2 talked about either war. Former Bush aide Peter D. Feaver explained: "The big strategic consideration is that the electorate is energized over jobs, not over the war right now."
Unfortunately, "out of sight, out of mind" appears to be the motto for most Americans. Like past imperial powers, war has become both constant and largely invisible. Military personnel die and funerals are held; service men and women are injured and families suffer. But most Americans go about their lives with little sense that their government is sending fellow citizens to kill and to die in the name of the American people.
Even more blame falls on the candidates, however. They are supposed to be debating America's future. They should be offering contrasting visions of the future. They should be debating where and how the U.S. should be at war. And whether the U.S. should be at war at all.
- by Doug Bandow / Campaign For Liberty
I'm referring to the declaration of war provision in the Constitution. It delegates the power to declare war to the Congress and the power to wage war to the president. Pursuant to this provision, the president is legally prohibited from waging war without first securing a declaration of war from Congress.
We all know where conservatives and neo-conservatives stand on this issue. They say that that is nothing more than a technicality that the president is free to ignore. They point to precedent, such as the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and say that since the presidents in those wars didn’t secure a congressional declaration of war, future presidents are no longer legally required to do so.
But conservatives and neo-conservatives are wrong. The Constitution is the law, one that we the people impose on federal officials, including the president. Just as the citizenry is expected to comply with laws enacted by the federal government, federal officials are expected to comply with the law that we the people impose on them, which is the Constitution. And the fact that previous presidents have broken the law does not serve as a legal justification for succeeding presidents to do so.
- by Jacob G. Hornberger / Future of Freedom Foundation
Paul: Debt is a Threat to National Security Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke with Bob Schieffer on how he plans to reduce spending and shrink the government in order to dig the country out of its recession.
All Empires Fall Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the history of FFF.org and the reading materials behind his conversion from liberal Democrat to Libertarian, the forewarning from Chalmers Johnson's prescient book Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire that was written before 9/11, why Americans must choose to either abandon their empire or live under it, the mostly-unseen inflation tax that disproportionately effects the poor and the ongoing struggle between libertarians and statists.
Politicians Who Start Wars: The Real Cowards Among Us! Why are young Americans being maimed and killed every single day in Afghanistan and Iraq? Why is it that tens of thousands (or more) of innocents in the Middle East have been maimed and murdered, and millions have been displaced from their homes and country? Why is it that their infrastructure has been completely destroyed? Is it because both these countries have nuclear and chemical weapons and the capability to use them against us, and have threatened to do so? Is it because the federal government is protecting us from an eminent air or naval attack by these countries? Is it simply due to the false notion that these countries were responsible for the 9/11 attacks? Of course none of these reasons exist, nor are they valid at any level. Neither of these countries, nor for that matter any other Middle Eastern country, has ever attacked, threatened to attack, or even had the capability to attack the United States. The U.S after all, is the most powerful nation on planet earth with the most powerful military force.
These wars then are being waged for other reasons; reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with national security. So why then are U.S. forces there? In my opinion, there are many reasons, but not a single one is moral, constitutional or right. The general reasons are always the same it seems, those reasons being money and power. War of course is all about both money and power, and war is big business exemplified. Just consider a few of the major recipients of military contracts; contracts that result in hundreds of billions of dollars in additional revenue every year for those businesses who are dependent on death for their survival.
- by Gary D. Barnett / LewRockwell.com
Republican Phonies Let's face it: There will be no substantial budget cutting if spending on the American Empire is ruled off limits. War, overt and covert, is expensive. Invasions and occupations are expensive. Maintaining close to 1,000 bases worldwide is expensive. Empires are bloody expensive.
In other words, war hawks cannot also be budget hawks. War hawks always end up budget mice. There's no way around it. When will Republicans learn this? Do they really want to?
"But what about our security?" they will ask. This is something else they have their heads in the sand about. It could not be more clear that America's so-called national-security apparatus for the last half century has made us more vulnerable and less secure. American presidents couldn't have been more effective if they had deliberately tried to make a billion and a half Muslims hate us. Contrary to those who think history began September 11, 2001, U.S. regimes have long pursued policies in the Middle East and Central Asia that have brutalized the Muslim world and cultivated a seething passion for revenge. That explains (though does not excuse) the terrorism against civilians that government officials now say they must spend so much to stop. The threat was created by American policy, and it can be ended by changing that policy to the Washington-Jefferson foreign policy of nonintervention. That will not only make us safer, it also will save the taxpayers money.
It's time for some honesty from the Republicans. Either give up the empire and the conceit of "American exceptionalism" or give up the rhetoric of fiscal responsibility. Stop playing the American people for fools.
- by Sheldon Richman / Future of Freedom Foundation
Price of 'Peace': 20 F-35 stealth jets to bribe Israel? The U.S. is desperately trying to revive the stalled Middle East peace talks, by enticing Israel to extend its construction moratorium in occupied Palestinian territories.Washington's put 20 stealth fighter jets worth $3 billion on the table - and a pledge to fight any international resolutions against Israel. In exchange, it wants Israel to halt construction in the West Bank for three months, with a U.S. promise not to ask to prolong it further. Palestinians are criticising the plan, saying the proposed freeze will not apply to East Jerusalem.
The move, which will see an extra 400-million-dollars worth of smart bombs and other precision weaponry and equipment moved to Israel over the next two years, was approved last week by the US Congress, the Israeli correspondent of Defence News reported.
The upgrade will see the value of US military equipment stockpiled in Israel rise to one billion dollars in 2011, with another 200 million to be added in 2012, the paper said. In 2007, the stockpile was valued at 800 million dollars. Such equipment can be used by US forces throughout the world but also by the host country, under the terms of the US foreign aid law governing reserve stockpiles for allies.
Israel made use of the stockpile during the 2006 war with the Lebanese Hezbollah militia—a conflict which killed 1,200 people in Lebanon, most of them civilians, and around 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers, the Haaretz daily reported.
- by Dailytimes.com.pk / Global Research
Liar, Liar So if you doubt that the United States is tied hand and foot to Israel in terms of its ability to take independent action in the Middle East, just listen to what Dennis Ross, Joe Biden, and Eric Cantor are saying. Does it sound like they are articulating policies beneficial to the US? They are insisting that Americans have to support Israel unquestioningly no matter what it does and are little more than advocates for monsters like Bibi Netanyahu, pure and simple....
If their failure to be truly loyal to the country that has nurtured them brings about a new war in which many of their fellow citizens will die, their actions and posturing should be defined by one and all as treason. If America is to be taken back in a new revolution that will lead to a restoration of the vision of the Founding Fathers it will only take place after the betrayers of our constitution are removed from government, every single one of them. When American politicians and senior government officials speak of their love of a foreign government that pursues policies inimical to US values and interests they should be disowned by every true patriot and also by every respectable media outlet. It should be grounds for their immediate removal.
- by Philip Giraldi / Antiwar.com
Formation Of Al Qaida: US-Israel Collaboration Press clips gathered by the CIA and discovered in the National Archives' stored CIA files point to an agency keenly interested in any leaks about the highly-classified CIA-Mossad program to establish Osama Bin Laden and the most radical elements of the Afghan Mujahidin as the primary leaders of the anti-Soviet rebels in the 1980s.
WMR has pored through the CIA files and a complicated picture emerges of America's and Israel's top intelligence agencies, in cahoots with Saudi Arabia, establishing financial links and carve out intelligence programs to provide manpower and financial support to Bin Laden and his allies in Afghanistan. It was these very elements that later created the so-called "Al Qaeda," which the late British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook described as nothing more than a "database" of CIA front organizations, financial supporters, and field operatives. However, one component omitted by Cook in the Al Qaeda construct is the Israeli participation.
- by Wayne Madsen / Opinion Maker
Straight Talk from Sarah Sarah Palin has written an "Open Letter to Republican Freshmen Members of Congress" telling them what they should support in the upcoming legislative session. The letter is clearly directed towards those congressmen who are believed to be associated with the tea parties. Her advice on foreign policy is pretty much a straight neoconservative interpretation - not at all surprising since that is who is advising her and providing her with her talking points. Her bumper sticker jingoism maintains that "We are the most powerful country on earth and the world is better off because of it." She calls for finishing the job in Iraq and Afghanistan, whatever that means, opposing Iran's nuclear ambitions "using whatever means necessary," saying "no to cutting the necessities in our defense budget," and standing "with allies like Israel, not criticize them." She is clearly ignorant of the fact that Israel is not an ally of the US in any legal sense and that it in fact pursues policies that damage American interests. Nor does she seem concerned about the $3 billion a year that Israel receives from the US taxpayer in spite of her exhortations for fiscal austerity, a sum that the Obama administration has recently sweetened with an extra $400 million plus an offer of $2.75 billion more if Bibi Netanyahu agrees to a 90 day partial settlement freeze. And Sarah repeats the neocon meme that "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement." Neocons always come back to the subject of Israel, which is dear to their hearts. Palin also opposes trying "dangerous, evil terrorists in the US," wants to keep Guantanamo open, and believes fighting terrorism is a military rather than a law enforcement problem.
Palin might be surprised to learn that many tea partiers are tired of the types of solutions that she proposes.
- by Philip Giraldi / The American Conservative
The Illegitimate Israel Lobby Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses newly declassified documents from the US Senate's 1963 investigation of foreign agents following the Israeli false flag "Lavon Affair," how enforcement of FARA prompted the American Zionist Council to reorganize as a non-registered lobby (now called AIPAC), the hundreds of quashed FBI and DOJ investigations into the Israel lobby's routine lawbreaking, how the biggest scandals involving large numbers of government officials become politically impossible to prosecute, how Israel's real existential threat is the lack of an existential threat and why Israel chooses militaristic isolation instead of participating in open market prosperity in the Mideast.
Glenn Beck: Government Preparing To Stage Terror In an unprecedented outburst on his Fox News show earlier this week, Glenn Beck identified the threat that we have been warning about for over a year, that the powers behind the Obama administration are preparing to stage a false flag event that will be blamed on its political opposition to derail the movement against big government.
- by Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones / Prison Planet.com
"BuildingWhat?" on Geraldo At Large On November 13, Bob McIlvaine and Tony Szamboti appeared on Geraldo Rivera's show "Geraldo At Large" on Fox News to talk about the "BuildingWhat?" TV ad campaign.
What do New Yorkers think about Building 7?
Help the BuildingWhat? campaign commission a public opinion poll on whether New Yorkers will support a new Building 7 investigation. We will send the results to every member of the New York City Council.
- by Building What?
Geraldo Rivera changes mind on AE911Truth and BuildingWhat.m4v Geraldo Rivera surrenders his attitude against AE911Truth and BuildingWhat on building 7. BuildingWhat campaign is discussed on Geraldo Nov 13 2010. His guests are Bob McIllvaine and Tony Szamboti.
Geraldo Rivera who for so long has vocally opposed 911Truth has changed his mind.
Gordon Duff: Dear Geraldo Rivera, 9/11 Murder Is Not A Joke This week, Geraldo Rivera was foiled in his attempt to "contain" the 9/11 movement, something exploding around the world. A Herald Sun poll in Australia the week before, 10,000 respondents, showed 78% support for 9/11 being an "inside job." A reasonable estimate for Americans is likely to approach the same figure.
Fox News now "owns" 9/11 as much as they own Glen Beck. First, Judge Napolitano "outed" the phony investigation now Geraldo Rivera has taken a strong stand on the (www.buildingwhat.org) Building 7 demolition issue. If you put both shows together, they lead to the most frightening coverup in modern history and a clear evidentiary trail, one Fox News has exposed. Why, then, is the door opened and then closed again? Why are we "dancing around" as though 9/11 were a joke? When we talk Building 7 and explosions, the specific issue that Geraldo Rivera and Fox News are now ready to accept as "very possible," we are talking murder.
- by Gordon Duff / My Catbird Seat
'America Wages Wars for Profit' Former US President George W. Bush has in his book said that by going to war in Iraq, the US has saved British lives as it stopped possible terrorist attacks.
What he did not reveal was that the Iraq war created much terrorism inside the country as many sources say the war has led to the deaths of over a million Iraqi lives.
To discuss the issue, Press TV had an interview with Stephen Lendman, writer and radio host from Chicago, Bill Jones with the Executive Intelligence Review from Washington and Jeff Gates, US attorney and author from California. The following is the transcription of the interview.
- by Press TV
US Army Fights for Recruits as AWOL Rate Rises As America celebrates Veteran's Day, the number of its troops heading to overseas wars is on the rise. But so is the number of soldiers refusing to fight. The desertion rate among US servicemen has shot up three-fold.
- by Russia Today
Rep. Duncan Blasts TSA "Pat Downs," Scanners on House Floor Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., former Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee and the current top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, blasts TSA's invasive "pat downs" during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on November 17, 2010. Duncan also questions the role of lucrative government contracts in TSA's new naked body scanning machines. The text of the speech is copied below:
Ron Paul Introduces HR 6416: The American Traveler Dignity Act Mr. Speaker, today I introduce legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration employees conducting screenings at the nation’s airports. We have seen the videos of terrified children being grabbed and probed by airport screeners. We have read the stories of Americans being subjected to humiliating body imaging machines and/or forced to have the most intimate parts of their bodies poked and fondled. We do not know the potentially harmful effects of the radiation emitted by the new millimeter wave machines.
My legislation is simple. It establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person. It means they are subject to the same laws as the rest of us.
Imagine if the political elites in our country were forced to endure the same conditions at the airport as business travelers, families, senior citizens, and the rest of us. Perhaps this problem could be quickly resolved if every cabinet secretary, every member of Congress, and every department head in the Obama administration were forced to submit to the same degrading screening process as the people who pay their salaries.
- by Ron Paul / Speeches and Statements
Congressman Paul interviewed by Neil Cavuto-11/18/2010 Congressman Paul is interviewed by Neil Cavuto on TSA abuse, tax cuts and government bailouts. 11/18/2010
To ensure that certain Federal employees cannot hide behind immunity.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. NO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN AIRPORT SCREENING METHODS.
No law of the United States shall be construed to confer any immunity for a Federal employee or agency or any individual or entity that receives Federal funds, who subjects an individual to any physical contact (including contact with any clothing the individual is wearing), x-rays, or millimeter waves, or aids in the creation of or views a representation of any part of a individual's body covered by clothing as a condition for such individual to be in an airport or to fly in an aircraft. The preceding sentence shall apply even if the individual or the individual's parent, guardian, or any other individual gives consent.
- by Matt Hawes / Campaign For Liberty
Enough Is Enough! Congressman Ron Paul decries TSA abuses on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives 11-17-2010
The Total Control Society Is Here: Iris Scanners The U.S. government and its corporate allies are looking out for you - literally - with surveillance tools intended to identify you, track your whereabouts, monitor your activities and allow or restrict your access to people, places or things deemed suitable by the government. This is all the more true as another invasive technology, the iris scanner, is about to be unleashed on the American people. Mark my words: the people of Leon, Mexico, are guinea pigs, and the American people are the intended control subjects. In fact, iris-scanning technology is already being implemented in the U.S. For example, the Department of Homeland Security ran a two-week test of the iris scanners at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, in October 2010. That same month, in Boone County, Missouri, the sheriff's office unveiled an Iris Biometric station purchased with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Unknown by most, the technology is reportedly already being used by law enforcement in 40 states throughout the country. There's even an iPhone app in the works that will allow police officers to use their iPhones for on-the-spot, on-the-go iris scanning of American citizens. The goal of the corporate state, of course, is to create a total control society - one in which the government is able to track the movements of people in real time and control who does what, when and where. In exchange, the government promises to provide security and convenience, the two highly manipulative, siren-song catchwords of our modern age
- by John W. Whitehead / LewRockwell.com
The Total Control Society Is Here: Iris Scanners All across America, an array of surveillance tools are being used to actively mark citizens, track their whereabouts and monitor even their most private activities. In this week's vodcast, John Whitehead looks at the latest technology about to be unleashed by the government on the American people: the iris scanner.
The Fourth Amendment Is Dead James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the National Security Agency's surveillance infrastructure, how the 2008 FISA Amendments Act eliminated any meaningful oversight or accountability for wiretapping, Obama's broken promise to oppose retroactive telecom lawsuit immunity, the Catch-22 of surveillance legal challenges where a litigant can’t sue without evidence of illegal wiretapping but all such records are classified and unobtainable, the Israeli companies that provide software (alleged to contain backdoor access) and hardware to the NSA, the 9/11 Commission’s failure to mention or investigate the NSA and how turf war jealousies (and not legal prohibitions) prevented intelligence agencies from sharing information that would have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
Big Pharma to Begin Microchipping Drugs The age of pharmaceutical microchipping is now upon us. Novartis AG, one of the largest drug companies in the world, has announced a plan to begin embedding microchips in medications to create "smart pill" technology.
The microchip technology is being licensed from Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City, California. Once activated by stomach acid, the embedded microchip begins sensing its environment and broadcasting data to a receiver worn by the patient. This receiver is also a transmitter that can send the data over the internet to a doctor.
- by Mike Adams / Natural News
Obama's Claiming More Power Over Americans Than King George III, Says Virginia Attorney General Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama last March, says Obama and the Congress that enacted that law--which mandates that individuals must buy government-approved health insurance plans--are seeking a power over the lives of Americans that even King George III did not claim to possess.
"We now have a Congress and a president who believe they can order you to buy a product when King George III and the Parliament of Great Britain, whom we rebelled against, acknowledged that they could not," Cuccinelli said in a video interview with CNSNews.com.
- by Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews
Big Sister's Police State Under 18 U.S. Code Section 2244, " 'sexual contact' means the intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh or buttocks of any person with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade." It's no coincidence that TSA initiated sexual-contact pat-downs after fliers began to refuse the pornographic scanners.There can be no question that when threats of civil punishment are used to ensure compliance, those encounters with the TSA lose their status as a voluntary transaction.It's even more outrageous that these unnecessary searches are being conducted on children.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano insists that anyone who has a problem with the state of affairs simply shouldn't fly. Unelected bureaucrats like Ms. Napolitano - known across the blogosphere as Big Sister - have no business making decisions that touch upon such a fundamental right as the ability of innocent citizens to travel freely. In Ms. Napolitano's view, Americans wishing to visit family and friends across the country exercise a privilege granted by the government. Air travel is no longer a free transaction between a member of the public and an airline.
Once freedom at airports is "locked down," it's inevitable that TSA will next target buses, trains and the Metro. After all, al Qaeda has attacked each of these modes of transportation in other parts of the world. Strict controls on internal travel is the hallmark of a police state.
- by The Washington Times
The Case against Medical Marijuana How hypocritical it is that in America - "God bless the USA" - the government demonizes marijuana even though millions of people get lung cancer from smoking cigarettes and cirrhosis of the liver from drinking alcohol. The sin taxes on these substances mean that the government needs people to use them even while discouraging their use. This is especially true in the case of cigarettes, whose advertising on television and radio has been banned since 1971. And although alcohol is a factor in many car accidents, boating accidents, and child abuse cases, there are nine states where it is the state government that operates the liquor stores.
How tragic it is that in America - with its caring liberals and compassionate conservatives - the majority of the American people fully support their government's restrictions on the use of marijuana.
The libertarian case against medical marijuana is straightforward. There should be no laws regarding the buying, selling, growing, use, processing, or possession of marijuana for medical reasons. This is because there should be no laws of any kind regarding the medicinal, therapeutic, or recreational use of marijuana. And that's not all. The only honest and consistent libertarian position is that there should be no laws regarding the buying, selling, growing, processing, use, or possession of any drug for any reason.
Pot prohibition is the cornerstone of a police state. No country can be described as a free society when its government demonizes a plant and arrests over 750,000 of its citizens a year for possessing it.
- by Laurence M. Vance / Future of Freedom Founmdation
November 11, 2010 Statism, the Greatest Threat Pervasive confusion over the nature of government and freedom has opened the gates to perhaps the greatest, most widespread increase in political power in history. If we are to regain and safeguard our liberty, we must reject the tenets of modern political thinking. We must repudiate the moral presumptions and prerogatives that allow some people to vastly expand their power over other people.
The great political issue of our time is not liberalism versus conservatism, or capitalism versus socialism, but statism -- the belief that government is inherently superior to the citizenry, that progress consists of extending the realm of compulsion, that vesting arbitrary power in government officials will make the people happy -- eventually.
The effort to find a political mechanism to force government to serve the people is the modern search for the Holy Grail. No such mechanism has been found, and government power has been relentlessly expanded. Yet, to base political philosophy on the assumption that government is inherently benevolent makes as much sense as basing geography on the assumption that the Earth is flat. Too many political thinkers treat government like some Wizard of Oz, ordaining great things, enunciating high ideals, and symbolizing all that is good in society. However, for political philosophy to have any value, it must begin by pulling back the curtain to bare the nature of the state.
- by James Bovard / Campaign For Liberty
Ron Paul on Stossel 11/4/10: Did Libertarians Win?
Reject the Welfare/Warfare State Last week's midterm elections have been characterized as a victory for grassroots Americans who are fed up with Washington and the political status quo. In particular, the elections are being touted as a clear indicator that voters demand reductions in federal spending, deficits, and debt. If the new Congress hopes to live up to the expectations of Tea Party voters, however, it faces some daunting choices. For all the talk about pork and waste, the truth is that Congress cannot fix the budget and get our national debt under control by trimming fat and eliminating earmarks for "Bridges to Nowhere." Real reductions in federal spending can be achieved only by getting to the meat of the federal budget, meaning expenditures in all areas. The annual budget soon will be $5 trillion unless Congress takes serious steps to reduce spending for entitlements, military, and debt service. Yet how many Tea Party candidates who campaigned on a platform of spending cuts talked about Social Security, Medicare, foreign wars, or bond debt? With regard to entitlements, the 2010 Social Security and Medicare Trustees report tells it all. It paints a stark picture of two entitlement programs that cannot be sustained under even the rosiest scenarios of economic growth. No one, regardless of political stripe, can deny the fundamental problem of unfunded future liabilities in both programs
- by Ron Paul / Texas Straight Talk
What will a Republican majority in the House mean when it comes to restoring liberty, strictly following the Constitution, and returning to the limited government of the Founders? Until Republicans all vote like Ron Paul, a Republican majority in the House, the Senate, or even the whole government will mean absolutely nothing.
- by Laurence Vance / The New American
Ron Paul "We Should Have A New Foreign Policy & Bring Our Troops Home & Stop Policing The World"
We learned this past Wednesday that the FOMC decided to increase its purchases of longer-dated Treasuries by $600 billion within the next eight months. That means the Fed is on course to fund about 75% of our annual deficit! Such figures are the stock in trade of banana republics. While most of the rest of the world is fighting inflation and strengthening their currencies, we are doing everything in our power to end the dollar's status as the world's reserve.
- by Michael Pento / Business Insider
Our Failed National Economy Tuesday night's election result was a victory for deep partisan stalemate, polarization, dysfunction, and acrimony throughout the halls of government. The market badly wanted a Republican victory, and sometimes you get what you wish for. Unfortunately, Mr. Market's innocent dreams of a more "business friendly" government will turn out to be a nightmare of fiscal profligacy on a scale that's virtually unprecedented in modern history.
- by David Stockman / LewRockwell.com
Judge Andrew Napolitano on FBN Follow The Money 11/8/10: Is the World Broke?
Dallas Fed Admits "For The Next Eight Months, The Nation's Central Bank Will Be Monetizing The Federal Debt", Opens Door To Bernanke Impeachment Time to begin the Chairman impeachment proceedings. It is one thing for blogs like Zero Hedge to argue (rightly) for the past 1.5 years that the Fed's actions in the Treasury space are nothing but direct debt monetizations. After all, one can always argue semantics, as some peers have enjoyed doing in the past. Yet when an actual Federal Reserve Fed President, in this case Dallas Fed's Dick Fisher states it without any trace of hiding the underlying intent, then things get a little serious. To wit: "For the next eight months, the nation's central bank will be monetizing the federal debt." It gets worse: even though Fisher realizes that what he is doing is unconstitutional, he also admits that the Fed's actions are now is effectively a policy tool: "Here is the message: The Fed is going out of its way to be a good citizen. It is time for the Congress to do the same." In other words, the myth of the Fed's political independence is now destroyed. All pretense has now gone out of the window as the Fed realizes this is the last "all in" bet. If this fails, it is over. Yet maybe someone in power can precipitate this much needed reset. After all it was Ben Bernanke who testified under oath that the "Federal Reserve will not monetize the debt." It is time he is impeached and prosecuted for this lie.
- by Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge
Allison likened what he sees as the predictable future bankruptcy of the United States to the problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose insolvency he also said was foreseeable to those who studied their business practices and financial situation.
- by Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews
Ron Paul on Cavuto 11/8/10 Congressman Paul discusses the Fed and fiat money with Neil Cavuto.
With a new interest in Austrian Business Cycle Theory in all levels of society and new skepticism about the Fed, Ron Paul is looking forward to being chairman of the Monetary Policy subcommittee and the hearings he can hold.
- by The Lew Rockwell Show
QE2 The Last Gasp of a Monetary System: A Message to the World
NIA Projects Future U.S. Food Price Increases The National Inflation Association today announced the release of its report about NIA's projections of future U.S. food price increases due to the massive monetary inflation being created by the Federal Reserve's $600 billion quantitative easing. This report was written by NIA's President Gerard Adams, who believes food inflation will take over in 2011 as America's greatest crisis. According to Mr. Adams, making mortgage payments will soon be the last thing on the minds of all Americans. We currently have a currency crisis that could soon turn into hyperinflation and a complete societal collapse.
"For every economic problem the U.S. government tries to solve, it always creates two or three much larger catastrophes in the process," said Adams. "Just like we predicted this past December, the U.S. dollar index bounced in early 2010 and has been in free-fall ever since. Bernanke's QE2 will likely accelerate this free-fall into a complete U.S. dollar rout," warned Adams.
NIA projects that at the average U.S. grocery store it will soon cost $11.43 for one ear of corn, $23.05 for a 24 oz loaf of wheat bread, $62.21 for a 32 oz package of Domino Granulated Sugar, $24.31 for a 32 fl oz container of soy milk, $77.71 for a 11.30 oz container of Folgers Classic Roast Coffee, $45.71 for a 64 fl oz container of Minute Maid Orange Juice, and $15.50 for a Hershey's Milk Chocolate 1.55 oz candy bar. NIA also projects that by the end of this decade, a plain white men's cotton t-shirt at Wal-Mart will cost $55.57.
NIA's special U.S. food price projection report is now available to download for free by clicking here.
- by National Inflation Association
Americans on Food Stamps Reach New High The food-stamp program has grown dramatically during the last few years. The latest figures show that an incredible 42 million Americans are receiving food stamps - about 14 percent of the entire national population. Within the last year, the number of households receiving food stamps has jumped from 16.2 million to 19.4 million. Since July 2007, participation in the food-stamp program has increased almost exponentially - a 50-percent growth in just three years.
- by Bruce Walker / The New American
Apparently not. After examining the government's report, statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) reported that the jobs were "phantom jobs" created by "concurrent seasonal factor adjustments." In other words, the 151,000 jobs cannot be found in the unadjusted underlying data. The jobs were the product of seasonal adjustments concocted by the BLS.
As usual, the financial press did no investigation and simply reported the number handed to the media by the government.
The relevant information, the information that you need to know, is that the level of payroll employment today is below the level of 10 years ago. A smaller number of Americans are employed right now than were employed a decade ago.
Think about what that means. We have had a decade of work force growth from youngsters reaching working age and from immigration, legal and illegal, but there are fewer jobs available to accommodate a decade of work force entrants than before the decade began.
- by Paul Craig Roberts / Global Research
To that end, financial firms are now tracking their customers' bank deposits, rent payments or home values, and even utility bills to figure out who may soon become a financial risk, reports WSJ's Karen Blumenthal.
So, for example, if your employer pays you through direct deposits and those deposits stop, financial institutions can now have warning that your money situation is likely to tighten, and may deny you credit on that basis.
But the efforts don't end there. A new area of research, income estimation, "took off earlier this year," WSJ reports, and involves financial firms collecting information about mortgages, personal loans and credit history to determine how much an individual makes and how much credit they should be given.
In this new era of deep data-mining, even your utility bills and rent check aren't out of bounds.
- by Daniel Tencer / The Raw Story
Bank Holiday Rumors Swirl Amidst Currency Crisis With the world on the verge of a currency war as the Federal Reserve follows through on its dollar-killing quantitative easing program, rumors are once again swirling of a "bank holiday," during which US citizens will be prevented from withdrawing money or at least limited in the amount of the withdrawal they can make.
The bank holiday is rumored to be set for next week, with Thursday November 11 pinpointed as the likeliest date.
- by Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
Rand Paul: Thought Crime USA In this exclusive never-before-seen interview with new United States Senator for Kentucky Rand Paul, the son of Congressman Ron Paul warns that Americans are being politically profiled for thought crimes, while the Obama administration, in particular people like Rahm Emanuel, is seeking to exploit crises in order to advance the big government agenda
- by Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
Barack Obama: We Must Embrace Globalism And The Emerging One World Economy Although it received very little coverage in the mainstream media, Barack Obama made some comments about globalism during his speech in Mumbai, India that were very eye-opening. As he was discussing the new realities of world trade in 2010, Obama warned against "those who see globalization as a threat" and he spoke of the "integrated world" in which we all now live. But is merging the entire globe into a one world economy, a one world financial system and a one world labor market really the best thing for the American people?
For the past two decades, all U.S. presidents have been heralding the benefits of merging the American economy with the rest of the globe. George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all steadfastly supported the emerging one world economy. These presidents have each used different terms to describe this process such as "globalism", "globalization", "an integrated world", "the global economy" and even "a New World Order", but they have all meant the same thing. All of these presidents have sought to integrate the United States even more deeply into the developing one world economic system.
Barack Obama showed very clearly how he feels about globalism when he made the following statement during his speech in Mumbai....
- by The Economic Collapse
New Push to Ban Earmarks in Senate Lawmakers aligned with the tea party are moving quickly to show their strength by trying to ban budget earmarking in the Senate, where support is still strong for the practice critics deride as pork-barrel spending. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint on Monday was collecting signatures on a letter calling for a vote by his fellow Senate Republicans to ban earmarks, in which spending is channeled to projects favored by individual lawmakers, outside the competitive federal funding system. House Republicans and President Barack Obama have endorsed such a ban, and a wave of Republicans who oppose earmarks were elected to the Senate last week. But Mr. DeMint's move puts him at odds with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has defended earmarking as a legitimate exercise of Congress's power of the purse. Senate Republicans, like their House counterparts, will meet next week to choose their new leaders and organize for the new Congress. That is when Mr. DeMint plans to offer a proposed rule change to ban earmarks in keeping with the House GOP policy
- by Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal
Debunking White House Pro-Tax Increase Propaganda This Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation mini-documentary debunks White House pro-tax propaganda with a point-by-point rebuttal of a video narrated by Austan Goolsbee of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. www.freedomandprosperity.org
What Ron Paul Has Wrought Today, at a speech in Phoenix, Sarah Palin will criticize Bernanke and QE2. Does this mean that the Alaskan Kristolite is reading Austrian economics? No, it means that what Ron has done is to make the central bank unpopular for the first time since the big banksters met to scheme it 100 years ago, and a smart politician, or one with smart advisors, is responding. Go, Ron, go! Here are the relevant Palin remarks:
- by Lew Rockwell / The LRC Blog
Sarah was for the bailouts before she was against QE2.
- by Lew Rockwell / The LRC Blog
World Awakens To Criminal Banking Cartel A global backlash has emerged against the Federal Reserve’s blatant policy of devaluing the dollar by printing $600 billion out of thin air, a move that analysts, economists, foreign ministers and even the Fed’s own employees charge will only serve to stall economic recovery and initiate trade and currency wars.
On the eve of the G20 summit in Seol, finance ministers in China, Brazil, Russia and the euro zone have denounced the Fed’s quantitative easing, adding to an already deafening chorus of critics.
- by Steve Watson / Prisonplanet.com
The Currency War As the world awaits another $600 billion flood from Bernanke's printing press, central bank governors from Brasília to Tokyo are preparing to respond in kind. This is the monetary equivalent of a nuclear war, except instead of radiation, bombs of inflation threaten to make the world economy uninhabitable for saving and productive enterprise. While much of the attention has been focused on China and accusations that it is a "currency manipulator," the first shot in this war was clearly fired by the US Federal Reserve. Last month, the Fed came out with a statement that, for the first time ever, said inflation is rising at a rate "below its mandate." That is, they acknowledged that the deflation threat had passed, that prices were stable - but they still intended to send prices higher. Since the Bretton Woods Agreement was signed in the wake of World War II, the global monetary system has been based on the US dollar. This means that when the Fed decides to create trillions of dollars of inflation, other countries can't simply say, "let them dig their own grave." Instead, because their international transactions are denominated in dollars, they feel a pressure to maintain relatively stable exchange rates between their currencies and the dollar
- by Peter D Schiff / Financial Sense Online
Currency Wars: US to send tsunami of printed money Business leaders across the world are continuing to lash out at the US decision to print an additional 600 billion dollars in new stimulus money. Central bankers and economists warn of inflation, new bubbles and hot money inflows. And Russia could be on the receiving end of them all - as Tatiana Polyakova reports
Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, was this weekend forced to defend the decision to pump an extra $600bn (£372bn) into the ailing US economy over the next eight months in an attempt to accelerate growth. "We're not in the business of trying to create inflation," said Bernanke, to counter criticism that the flood of money will fuel price rises
- by Phillip Inman / Guardian UK
The summit has been overshadowed by disagreements over the U.S. Federal Reserve's quantitative easing (QE) policy under which it will print money to buy $600 billion of government bonds, a move that could depress the dollar and cause a potentially destabilising flow of money into emerging economies.
- by Patricia Zengerle and Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters / Prison Planet
Currency Battle: Obama Faces G20 Grilling Over Dollar Disaster Move The world's top economies take centre stage tomorrow in South Korea when the G20 summit kicks off. A major issue due to spark debate in Seoul is a battle over currencies. President Obama is expected to face tough questions over the U.S. decision to pump 600 billion freshly-printed dollars into its economy. The move is an attempt to revive the country's finances, but will result in the devaluation of the dollar. On the impact of the Federal Reserve's decision RT talks to Stephen Lewis, who's chief economist at the broker, Monument Securities.
Zoellick Suggests Return To Gold Standard Ahead of the inevitable debates over currencies at the G-20 meeting in South Korea this week, the World Bank's president has put in his two cents over how best to reform the global currency markets: the world's leading economies should at least consider readopting a gold standard.
- by Parmy Olson / Forbes
Fed Fight over QE at Jekyll Island Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and other current and former officials met this past weekend in Jekyll Island, Georgia, to discuss the Fed's origins and decisions and, at times, their relevance to the more-recent financial crisis and last week's expansion of record monetary stimulus. Bloomberg's Michael McKee reports.
Radical Difference Between Monetization 1 and QE2 It's official: the Federal Reserve announced on November 3rd that it will create approximately $600 billion of new money to fund US Treasury bond purchases, and will also utilize another $250-$300 billion of money that had been previously created (also out of the nothingness). The usual term in the media for these planned purchases is "QE2", as in the second round of quantitative easing.
The "2" in "QE2" implies that this is something that has been done before. This implication is dead wrong.
"QE2" is radically different - and radically more dangerous - than the risky games that were played with earlier "quantitative easings". The Fed's current actions are all too likely to go down into financial infamy, and this brief article is intended to warn readers about some of the key differences this time around.
The most significant difference is that this time there appears to be no references to "sterilization" of the newly created money. It's likely good old-fashioned monetization in other words, with potentially quick and dire results.
It is also essential to note that the Fed won't be directly buying Treasury bonds from the US Treasury, but will instead be intervening in the Treasury bond markets. In other words, the Fed will be creating an artificial Treasury bond market, where it uses an unlimited amount of newly created public money to buy from private investment banks.
- by Daniel R Amerman / Financial Sense
RON PAUL: "The war that is not a war"
Zero Based Terrorism The Tea Partiers should be asking themselves what exactly all the money is buying and should begin to question the bipartisan national security policy that has the United States invading and occupying country after country in an attempt to fix other people's problems. They should begin to ask just what would happen if the American voters were to finally demand that the Pentagon close its seven hundred bases overseas and bring our people home as part of a policy of non-intervention as envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Would the so-called terrorists rally and follow our soldiers home to wreak havoc? Somehow, I just don't think it would work out that way. America might then become free to be a hegemon based not on military might but on values and good example. Just imagine what that would be like.
- by Philip Giraldi / Campaign For Liberty
2012: Exploiting Islamophobia to Win Big In fact, anti-Muslim rage in today's national discourse is populism's low-hanging fruit, and many Republicans hungrily grabbed at it with both fists and were duly rewarded this campaign season. Sure, not every one of the Sarah Palin/Tea Party-endorsed candidates won on Nov. 2, but those who did, won in part because of their willingness to indulge in the Islamophobia coursing through the Republican base today, not despite it. The same Republican base that helped the party torpedo the Democrats last Tuesday, taking back the House, six senate seats, six governorships, and 680 slots in state legislatures (the most in the modern era, according to the National Journal).
- by Kelley B. Vlahos / Antiwar.com
GOP Iran Hawks Back in Power Matthew Duss, National Security Researcher/Blogger at American Progress, discusses new House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman/hardliner Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, victorious Republicans declaring the end of Obama's supposed "appeasement" of Iran, Congressional bipartisanship masquerading as righteousness and why Iran really is a threat to US interests (when you consider the grand ambitions of a global hegemon).
America's largest pro-Israel lobby group on Wednesday hailed the results of midterm elections in the U.S. which saw staunch supporters re-elected to Congress on both sides of the party political divide.
"Many of the strongest friends and supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship were reelected on Tuesday," the group said in a statement.
- by Haaretz.com
U.S. Covert War Provokes Terrorism in Yemen The U.S. government and mainstream media continue to play dumb about threats to Americans from the Muslim world. After two Chicago-bound packages of explosive materials originating in Yemen were found in England and Dubai, White House homeland security and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan said, "We are trying to understand who is behind it...."
President Obama added, "We will continue to pursue additional protective measures for as long as it takes to ensure the safety and security of our citizens. I've also directed that we spare no effort in investigating the origins of these suspicious packages...."
Those statements are disingenuous. We already know who - more precisely, what - is behind the attempt to perhaps blow up airplanes with the explosives. We understand - or should understand - the origins of such terrorism. And despite his words, the president steadfastly refuses to pursue the best protective measure to keep Americans safe.
What's behind it all is the American empire's intervention in the Muslim world. Specifically, U.S. forces have been conducting a covert war on the people of Yemen for almost 10 years. In that light it is not so difficult to fathom why Yemenis might want to hurt Americans.
- by Sheldon Richman / Information Clearing House
Obama's Peace Dividend: War Profiteering in the Land of Gandhi The Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama, who in his prize-claiming speech boldly claimed the mantle of Mahatma Gandhi, is now visiting India. And why has he made this pilgrimage to the homeland of his spiritual mentor? Has he come to drink more deeply of the wellsprings of satyagraha, to steep himself more thoroughly in the Gandhian principles of courageous, active, non-violent resistance to evil, to the Mahatma's ceaseless dedication to the poor and the outcast?
No: he has come to seal the deal on the sixth largest sale of war weapons in the history of the United States: $5 billion for the bristling, burgeoning Indian military, currently waging war on millions of its own people in Kashmir and the poverty-devastated state of central India, where the despair is so deep that suicide among the poor is epidemic.
Five billion dollars could have transformed the lives and futures of millions; instead it will go into the pockets of a few American war profiteers -- who will of course spread the wealth around to their favorite politicians ... such as Barack Obama, the leading recipient of war industry money in the 2008 campaign, outdoing even that old soldier and ardent militarist, John McCain.
And of course the Indian arms deal comes hot on the heels of the largest transaction of death-machinery in American history: Obama's $60 billion war-profiteering bonanza with Saudi Arabia, one of the most suffocatingly repressive and inhumane regimes on the face of the earth.
- by Chris Floyd / Empire Burlesque
Multi-Billion-Dollar Arms Deals Could Haunt U.S. When the Shah of Iran, a strongly pro-U.S. ally, was ousted from power after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the stridently anti-U.S. regime of Ayatollah Khomeini that captured power also inherited a military bonanza: billions of dollars worth of state-of-the-art weapons provided by the United States. The U.S. equipment in the Iranian military arsenal at that time included some of the most advanced jet fighters and reconnaissance aircraft of that generation: McDonnell Douglas F-4D and F-4E Phantoms, Grumman F-14A Tomcats, Lockheed P-3F Orions, along with Sidewinder and Harpoon missiles and M47 Patton and M60 battle tanks. The U.S. administration's decision last month to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to potentially unstable Arab nations in the Gulf - including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain - have triggered fears of possible risks to the United States, if history repeats itself. The biggest single arms deal – up to 60 billion dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia - has been described as the largest in U.S. history. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the nonpartisan investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, about $40 billion in arms transfers was authorised to the six Gulf countries between 2005 and 2009, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE as the largest recipients. In finalising massive arms deals, the United States has hinted that these are primarily meant to strengthen defences against a potentially nuclear-armed neighbour: Iran
- by Thalif Deen / Inter Press Service
The Biggest Threat to America Whenever you go to an airport, you hear an announcement about the "terror alert": it's yellow, it's red, it's orange, whatever. The color code is linked to "intelligence" flowing into Washington at the moment, whatever alleged plot is being hatched by our enemies abroad. But the reality is that America's deadliest enemies aren't hunkered down in some cave in Afghanistan: they're right here in our midst, in the Imperial capital itself, Washington, D. C. Because the biggest threat to our national security isn't military - it's economic.
Our economic terror alert, if such a thing existed, ought to be at the brightest red, because what we're facing is the biggest threat to our national security ever: I'm talking about the spiraling national debt, and the ongoing destruction of the dollar.
- by Justin Raimondo / Antiwar.com
Rand Paul ABC "This Week" Interview Airing Date Nov.07, 2010 Rand Paul ABC "This Week" Interview
Defense on a Diet Cutting the Pentagon is a question of strategy-as well as fiscal sanity. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made an attempt to placate critics of his fiscal profligacy by proposing a three-year freeze in federal spending. Republicans immediately cried foul, noting that outlays would remain stuck at the administration's bloated levels. The more serious among them also point out that Obama excluded the biggest entitlement programs-Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security-making his moratorium no exercise in spending restraint at all. Yet there were fewer objections to the fourth category of spending Obama exempted: expenditures "related to our national security." No one wants the federal government to pinch pennies when it comes to its paramount constitutional responsibility, protecting the physical security of the United States. Congressmen Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Tex.) have set out to put defense cuts on the agenda through the recommendations of their Sustainable Defense Task Force, convened for the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Trying to rein in military spending in an era of out-of-control deficits and debt, task force participants took aim squarely at what is most costly: the extent of America's commitments abroad
- by W. James Antle III / American Conservative
Brewing a Tea Party Foreign Policy
That split between libertarian and conservative tea partiers has been noted by other observers who have described it as a division between two camps: The conservatives who support former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the libertarians who back Representative from Texas and former presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Interestingly enough, the main ideological split between Palin and Paul has less to with the social-conservative agenda and more with the direction of American foreign policy. "As many frustrated Americans who have joined the Tea Party realize, we cannot stand against big government at home while supporting it abroad,' Paul posted recently on ForeignPolicy.com Tea partiers cannot talk about fiscal responsibility and about the budget deficit and spiraling domestic spending while giving a green light to "spending trillions on occupying and bullying the rest of the world" and "without looking at the costs of maintaining an American empire of more than 700 military bases in more than 120 foreign countries. " Tea partiers cannot pat themselves on the back "for cutting a few thousand dollars from a nature preserve or an inner-city swimming pool at home while turning a blind eye to a Pentagon budget that nearly equals those of the rest of the world combined, " he stressed.
Not surprisingly, Paul like other libertarian figures and organizations, including the Cato Institute opposed the Iraq War and a possible war with Iran and has called for military disengagement from Afghanistan. On the other hand, Palin has been repeating the neoconservative foreign policy mantra since the day she was selected as John McCain's running mate: America needs to spread freedom worldwide, to stay the course in Iraq, to use military power against Iran, to get tough with Russia, and to give to the Generals in the Pentagon all the money they want. Moreover, Palin and former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, another favorite of the conservative wing of the Tea Party movement also echo in their rhetoric about the Middle East and Israel certain messianic overtones that seem to envision a long and costly civilizational struggle with Islam at home and abroad that would not only consume enormous military and economic resources but would also strengthen the power of the federal government.
During the election campaign most of the Republican candidates, and especially those backed by the Tea Party, refrained from endorsing any coherent foreign policy agenda as advocated by either Paul or Palin. If anything, their responses to questions about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and about America's role in the world in general were very confused.
- by Leon T. Hadar / The American Conservative
Earlier Tuesday, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and NORTHCOM (United States Northern Command) officials told Fox there was no threat, but Pentagon Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan would not confirm that because the military does not know what the missile was or where it came from.
- by The New York Post / Prison Planet
Check out this video of MLK Jr. on the Mike Douglas show. The parallels to today's wars are astounding. So is the thinking of imperialist Americans that think our national greatness lies in our ability to destroy and conquer the rest of the world when they don't do what we want.
- by Lew Rockwell / The LRC Blog
Martin Luther King Jr Interview - Part 2 - Part 3 Martin Luther King Jr. on The Mike Douglas Show
Thank a Vet? Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to commemorate the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. It had nothing to do with honoring current and former members of the military like Veterans Day is celebrated today. And if the sole purpose of Armistice Day was to honor World War I veterans, it should never have been celebrated since no American soldier did anything honorable by intervening in a European foreign war. And it doesn't matter if he was drafted or not.
Britain's last World War I combat veteran, Harry Patch, died last year at the age of 111. He boasted that he hadn't killed anyone in combat. "War isn't worth one life," Patch said, it is "calculated and condoned slaughter of human beings." In his autobiography The Last Fighting Tommy, Patch wrote that "politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder." In the last years of his life, Patch warned some young naval recruits that they shouldn't join.
Frank Buckles, age 109, is the only American veteran of World War I still living. When asked while being honored for his service at a 2007 Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery what he thought about being there while the United States was at war, he replied: "I'm no authority, but I'm not in favor of war unless it's an emergency." I think that Buckles is more of an authority on the horrors of war and the folly and wickedness of war than the current members of the Joint Chiefs.
It is only because World War I did not turn out to be the "war to end all wars" that the holiday was changed to Veterans Day as a tribute to all soldiers who fought for their country.
- by Laurence M. Vance / LewRockwell.com
During a secret meeting on March 10, 1975 in the Turkish Capital of Ankara with Mehli Esenbel, Turkey's Foreign Minister, Kissinger, then Secretary of State and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, told Esenbel:
Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, "The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer." [laughter] But since the Freedom of Information Act, I'm afraid to say things like that.
- by William F. Jasper / The New American
Catherine Austin Fitts: The Looting Of America - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 Former Assistant Secretary of Housing under George H.W. Bush Catherine Austin Fitts blows the whistle on how the financial terrorists have deliberately imploded the US economy and transferred gargantuan amounts of wealth offshore as a means of sacrificing the American middle class. Fitts documents how trillions of dollars went missing from government coffers in the 90's and how she was personally targeted for exposing the fraud.
Fitts explains how every dollar of debt issued to service every war, building project, and government program since the American Revolution up to around 2 years ago - around $12 trillion - has been doubled again in just the last 18 months alone with the bank bailouts. "We're literally witnessing the leveraged buyout of a country and that's why I call it a financial coup d'état, and that's what the bailout is for," states Fitts.
Massive amounts of financial capital have been sucked out the United States and moved abroad, explains Fitts, ensuring that corporations have become more powerful than governments, changing the very structure of governance on the planet and ensuring we are ruled by private corporations. Pension and social security funds have also been stolen and moved offshore, leading to the end of fiscal responsibility and sovereignty as we know it.
The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency Despite the Republican Party's new strength in Congress, the presidency still wields enormous power. The U.S. needs reforms that will reinvigorate America's tradition of checks and balances.
- by Bruce Ackerman / The Los Angeles Times
The Impotence of Elections Today both parties are dependent for campaign finance on Wall Street, the military/security complex, AIPAC, the oil industry, agri-business, pharmaceuticals, and the insurance industry. Campaigns no longer consist of debates over issues. They are mud-slinging contests.
Angry voters take their anger out on incumbents, and that is what we saw in the election. Tea Party candidates defeated Republican incumbents in primaries, and Republicans defeated Democrats in the congressional elections.
Policies, however, will not change qualitatively. Quantitatively, Republicans will be more inclined to more rapidly dismantle more of the social safety net than Democrats and more inclined to finish off the remnants of civil liberties. But the powerful private oligarchs will continue to write the legislation that Congress passes and the President signs. New members of Congress will quickly discover that achieving re-election requires bending to the oligarchs' will.
This might sound harsh and pessimistic. But look at the factual record. In his campaign for the presidency, George W. Bush criticized President Clinton's foreign adventures and vowed to curtail America's role as the policeman of the world. Once in office, Bush pursued the neoconservatives’ policy of US world hegemony via military means, occupation of countries, setting up puppet governments, and financial intervention in other countries’ elections.
Obama promised change. He vowed to close Guantanamo prison and to bring the troops home. Instead, he restarted the war in Afghanistan and started new wars in Pakistan and Yemen, while continuing Bush's policy of threatening Iran and encircling Russia with military bases.
Americans out of work, out of income, out of homes and prospects, and out of hope for their children's careers are angry. But the political system offers them no way of bringing about change. They can change the elected servants of the oligarchs, but they cannot change the policies or the oligarchs.
- by Paul Craig Roberts / Global Research
The 2010 Elections: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing The week after the 2010 Elections will be no different from the week before, predicts John W. Whitehead in this week's vodcast. As Whitehead points out, the sad truth is that nothing taking place on Election Day will limit the emerging police state or alleviate the suffering of the American people.
The new search technique used by the Transportation Security Administration allows airport security screeners to use their fingers and palms to feel and probe for hidden weapons and devices around sensitive body parts, such as the breast and groin areas.
In the past, TSA officers brushed along those body parts with the back of their hands to feel for hidden objects.
The TSA tested the more assertive pat-down technique this summer at airports in Boston and Las Vegas and has expanded the use of the procedure this weekend to airports nationwide.
- by Los Angeles Times
TSA Responds To Airport Molestation Complaints The TSA has reacted to the burgeoning backlash against airport oppression with a glib response that does nothing to address the multitude of complaints put forward by some of the most prominent travel and pilots associations in the world.
The controversy has been propelled back into the news over the last few days after the Drudge Report prominently featured stories concerning the backlash against "Big Sis" on Sunday and Monday.
- by Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
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