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National Security Agency Created By Harry Truman A 33rd Degree Freemason Without Congress Approval


Does the National Security Agency Possess Divine Power?
By Texe Marrs
PowerOfProphecy.com

In its own literature, the National Security Agency (NSA) the super-secret
government agency claims the divine power, given by Christ Jesus, to “loose
and bind” in heaven and on earth. This eye-opening assertion is found in an
official brochure sent to me upon request by the NSA’s public affairs department.

Divine Power to Loose and Bind

The brochure goes to great lengths in describing the insignia, or seal, of the NSA.
The chief element of the NSA insignia, the brochure explains, is the eagle. The
NSA says that the eagle in its insignia symbolizes “supreme power and authority.”
In the eagle’s talons, or claws, is a key. The NSA’s brochure bluntly states that
this key represents the divine authority given by Christ to loose and bind:

“The key in the eagle’s talons, representing the

key to security, evolves from the emblem of St.

Peter the apostle, and his power to loose and to bind.”

Amazingly, the NSA is staking a divine claim to “Supreme Authority”
on heaven and earth as the possessor of the keys to the kingdom of God!
In Matthew 16:19, Jesus told the Apostle Peter:

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom

of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth

shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt

loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

What’s more, the NSA’s brochure suggests that the agency will possess the
awesome power to “loose and to bind” for all eternity: “The shape of the
insignia, a circle,” is said to represent “perpetuity of continuance, the symbol
of eternity.” In other words, this gargantuan, global, NSA spy agency proclaims
that its eternal destiny is to be the divine holder of the keys to heaven and earth.
This grants the organization “supreme power and authority.”

In its official brochure, the NSA insignia is further described as containing: “
a five pointed star a silver key in a field of blue (and) the escutcheon, or shield,
supported by thirteen pieces red and white.” Those who have studied occultic
and Masonic symbology will understand the hidden, esoteric meaning of such
symbols and devices.

Shadow Government Created Out

of Thin Air

The NSA was created in 1952 out of thin air by executive order of then
President Harry Truman, a 33¯ Mason. Over the years it has grown in size
and authority. In 1972, the agency quietly changed its name to Central Security Service
(CSS), a mysterious designation and title which the NSA now publicly downplays
and keeps under wraps. The name Central Security Service eliminates the word “National”
and, thus, more accurately reflects the agency’s global mission.

By whatever name it prefers, the NSA operates behind the scenes as America’s
hidden shadow government. This colossal, Gestapo-like bureau manages incredible cryptographic, cyberspace, computer, and electronic tools for a burgeoning,
Big Brother World Government. The NSA’s state-of-the-art, high tech capability
is masterfully used to control and monitor humanity. Project L.U.C.I.D., the
stunning, new computer system involving the establishment of a global all
seeing eye, is the culmination of the NSA’s many devilish projects.

From its massive, Beast Computer, headquarters operations at Fort Meade,
Maryland, the NSA coordinates and directs the activities of the White House
and the United Nations. Its influence is felt at the CIA and FBI and in the intelligence
and police organizations of all the major powers—the U.S.A., Russia, France,
Great Britain, etc. Its billions of dollars in annual spending is kept classified
by the U.S. Congress and secreted away in a separate “black budget” category.

Who’s in charge of the NSA? Who’s minding the store? My sources reveal
that the head of the NSA takes orders directly from the Inner Circle, the
ten-man presidium of the global Illuminati. The operation of this Inner
Circle of the elite is explored in my book,
Circle of Intrigue: The Hidden Inner Circle
of the Global Illuminati Conspiracy
.

The insider information we have obtained on L.U.C.I.D.© is tremendously important, unbelievably vital, and earthshaking. So much so, that I have produced a special book exposing this monstrous project and warning of its deadly implications for Christian believers and American patriots. Order your personal copy of this investigative book, Project L.U.C.I.D.: The Beast 666 Universal Human Control System, by using our on-line shopping cart. For faster service, please call our order line, toll free, at 1-800-234-9673.

How The I.R.S. Controls Churches Through 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Status

IRS building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (Image Above)

Source: PowerOfProphecy.com

“Mr. Marrs, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is exploring whether Living Truth Ministries has violated its 501(c)3 tax exempt status.”

Those were the words of the IRS agent conducting an examination of our ministry’s “philosophy and viewpoints” which began some nine months ago. The agent said that we may have violated IRS policies by making disparaging remarks about faith groups and cults that oppose Christianity. We may also be subjected to penalties and fines because we have exposed the “Catholic Pope, the United Nations, the Masonic Order, the Skull and Bones Society, the Illuminati,” and other organizations deemed worthy by the IRS. The IRS also found objectionable our stand against the sexual immorality and pro-abortion views of President Bill Clinton.

The IRS warned us that Christian churches and ministries that identify “threats to Christianity” may be at risk of violating IRS guidelines. We were even told that if anything we publish does not appear reasonable to the IRS we can be punished.

I have enclosed a list of 35 things the IRS contends are prohibited conduct for tax exempt Christian churches and ministries. Do you agree with me that the IRS and the federal thought police have gone horribly off the deep-end in dictating what Bible-believing preachers and Christians can and cannot preach or discuss? Whatever happened to freedom of religion and freedom of speech?

Please pray with us that the IRS and the enemies of Christ will fail in their blatant attempt to silence the true Church of the Living God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Does the IRS hate the Gospel and despise Bible-believing Christians? Has the IRS become a police-state agency that regularly persecutes churches, pastors, and ministries that still believe in old-fashioned patriotism? Listed below are 35 things the IRS contends are prohibited of churches and ministries. A pastor or ministry leader who violates the guidelines of the IRS on these 35 prohibitions can have his church or group’s tax exemption revoked and be dealt with harshly by the IRS. These 35 prohibitions on churches and ministries demonstrate how the IRS and the federal government now control churches and insure politically and religiously “correct” behavior. Liberal Christian churches and false religions such as Hunduism, Witchcraft, and Scientology are not affected by these rules—only Bible-believing, Christian ministries and churches. Also, keep in mind: These 35 things are not prohibited by law nor by the Constitution. The IRS considers itself above the law and the Constitution.

1. Expose conspiracies. 2. Criticize the New World Order.
3. Say or publish anything negative about any politician, Republican or Democrat. 4. Criticize government agencies and bureaus—the IRS, FBI, BATF, CIA, EPA, DEA, OSHA, DOJ, etc.
5. Criticize an institution of government such as the White House, the Congress, the Federal Reserve Board, or the Supreme Court. 6. Encourage citizens to call or write their congressman, senator, governor, mayor, or other public official.
7. Criticize any proposed or pending bill or legislation that would take away the rights and freedoms of the people. 8. Make disparaging remarks about, or criticize, any other faith group, cult, or religion.
9. Expose or criticize the New Age Movement. 10. Support or encourage a law-abiding citizen’s militia.
11. Support or encourage the Second Amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. 12. Discourage young women from getting an abortion, or endorse the pro-life movement.
13. Teach that abortion, especially partial birth abortion, is murder and is the killing of innocent babies. 14. Identify homosexuality as a sin and an abomination to God.
15. Express an opinion on any subject or issue. 16. Appeal to peoples’ emotions by employing an evangelization method (such as “fire and brimstone” preaching) not considered a “reasoned approach” by the IRS.
17. Discuss or identify threats to Christianity. 18. Discuss subjects or topics the IRS deems “sensationalist.”
19. Criticize well-known public figures or institutions the IRS deems “worthy,” such as the super-rich elite, international bankers, the Hollywood movie industry, etc. 20. Publish or broadcast information on any topic without giving credence to the opposing viewpoints of Christ’s enemies.
21. Publish and offer books, tapes, or products that expose the elitist plot against humanity and God. 22. Criticize the Pope or the Vatican, or contrast the New Catholic Catechism with the truths found in the Holy Bible. (Note: only liberal churches are permitted by the IRS to criticize the Catholic Church).
23. Criticize the United Nations or such globalist groups as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, and the Trilateral Commission. 24. Criticize the Masonic Lodge, the Order of Skull & Bones, or other Secret societies.
25. Highlight or otherwise bring attention to immorality of public officials or corruption in government. 26. Complain of government wrongdoing or injustice, such as happened at Waco, Ruby Ridge, and elsewhere.
27. Criticize the Jewish ADL or other Jewish lobby groups. 28. Say anything positive about the “religious right” or the “patriot movement.”
29. Support home schooling, home churches, or unregistered churches. 30. Spend money on missionary projects or charitable causes not approved by the IRS.
31. Promote or encourage alternative healthcare (herbs, vitamins, etc.). 32. Expose false teachings of any kind by anyone.
33. Support or encourage persecuted Christians suffering under anti-Christian regimes in Red China, Cuba, Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and elsewhere. 34. Ordain a pastor whose training or qualifications are not approved by the IRS.
35. Advocate or teach any Bible doctrine that is politically or religiously incorrect, or is inconsistent with any “public policy” (abortion, feminism, gay rights, etc.) currently being enforced by the IRS.

Living Truth Ministries is now under withering attack from the IRS due to our vocal demand for truth and our obedience to God’s Word, the Holy Bible, in exposing evil in the world. But we are not alone. In a recent publication of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), that organization’s Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow, detailed the shameful campaign by the Internal Revenue to silence pastors, churches, and individual believers. This issue is so important I wanted Flashpoint readers to be appraised of this incredible development.

Texe Marrs

We Now Have The Cold, Hard Evidence That Confirms Our Worst Suspicions! The Internal Revenue Service has conducted an unbelievable campaign against our client, a small church in upstate New York. This campaign included secret photographic surveillance of the church grounds by an IRS agent.

When I first saw the actual IRS documents—obtained in our ongoing court battle with the
IRS—I directed our legal team to do whatever was necessary to stop the IRS right away before other churches and their members become victims.

It is important that we not telegraph our case to the IRS, but I wanted you to see for yourself just how far the IRS has gone to intimidate Christians. I have included on these pages a representation of just a fraction of the evidence we have uncovered so far.

IRS Forced to Reveal Truth

Our case defending Pastor Dan Little and the Church at Pierce Creek against the IRS has tremendous implications for religious freedom. Last year, when the IRS refused to provide us with crucial data during the discovery process, this case took on even greater significance.

So we went back to court and obtained an order forcing the IRS to turn over requested documents dating back to 1980. This precedent-setting court decision has sent shock waves through the legal community. Just weeks ago, the IRS sent the first batch of information to our Washington, D.C., office. As ACLJ attorneys Colby May and Mark Troobnick began sorting through more than 6,000 pages of documents, they uncovered the IRS’s attack campaign against our client. This rare inside look at IRS files also revealed their agenda to monitor churches and censor any speech they deem to be too political.

ACLJ Exposes Ongoing Attack

Reverend Dan Little and his tiny congregation in upstate New York know firsthand how powerful the IRS is as a weapon against “politically and religiously incorrect” ideas.

Over the course of more than two years, the Church at Pierce Creek felt intimidated by the IRS’s continuing requests for more information. First, the IRS issued a “Church Tax Inquiry” letter, followed closely by a “Notice of Church Examination.” Then, church leaders were called to a meeting with officials at IRS offices in Syracuse, New York, which was followed by the IRS’s decision to conduct an “Examination of the Church.”

Within weeks, IRS officials were contemplating their course of action against the Church at Pierce Creek: “revocation of (tax) exemption or proposed assessment of excise taxes…or both.” The IRS then set out to do both, and much more, as the scope of the “investigation” continued to grow.

According to the IRS files, the next phase of the investigation included “additional questions to submit to the church regarding list of contributors.” Then, the Branch Chief authorized surveillance of the church and its pastor. Photographs were taken of the church, the pastor’s house and even the car the pastor drove. The IRS agent also conducted surveillance at the pastor’s private business.

IRS Has Become A Political Weapon

The IRS claims it was simply trying to establish that the Church at Pierce Creek was, in fact, a church. But that alone does not justify the IRS letters, the on-site investigation by an IRS agent, and the photographic surveillance of the pastor’s home.

The IRS was after one thing—to gag “politically incorrect” churches. How else can you explain the fact that the IRS investigated the political activities of the Church at Pierce Creek, requested that the church provide them with names and addresses of church members, and even prepared a summons to obtain a list of contributors to the church!

This attack is not confined to one church. We have uncovered an internal IRS publication that alerts IRS agents to watch for specific code words and phrases (such as “pro-life” or “conservative”) used in connection with statements about the moral requirements for holding public office. This means a pastor speaking from the pulpit about political candidates that support the rights of the unborn could be targeted by the IRS for the same kind of treatment leveled upon the Church at Pierce Creek.

IRS Must Be Stopped

When an agency of the government tells our pastors what to preach, conducts surveillance of churches and then take steps to obtain the names of church members, it is our duty as Christian citizens to take action.

That is why the Center is committed to defending Pastor Little and the church at Pierce Creek—all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. A high-ranking IRS official has called our case “one of the five most important cases” dealing with tax issues. I believe this may be the most significant case in decades concerning the IRS and religious liberty.

Our work thus far has already established new legal precedents protecting the rights of Christians. For the first time since its inception, the IRS is being forced by a court to turn over evidence of its tactics against Christians. Finally, a court has recognized that the IRS may have violated the “equal protection” rights of believers. We have a unique opportunity to create a “safe harbor” that can protect churches from the threat of having their tax status revoked because of what is said from their pulpits.

We Need Your Help

I can’t overstate the importance of this legal battle. Already, we have invested thousands of hours in this case. but there is much more work to be done. In fact, we are back in court this month because the IRS still refuses to answer new discovery requests!

This is a monumental task. After all, we are up against the IRS, the most feared department of government which has amassed more extra-constitutional power than any agency in history.

That is why I am counting on your help. Please pray for our team. Pray that anything hidden will come to light.

And remember: Your continued support of the Center will enable our team of attorneys to fight the IRS while we defend faith and freedom in hundreds of cases across the nation.

Together, I am confident we can win this battle. Thank you for standing with us!

Jesus Christ Will Defeat Satanic New World Order

Source: knowjesus.com

God’s Plan for your Salvation … Jesus Is the Door

Jesus said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9

JESUS IS THE WAY . . .

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.

HE WHO DOESN’T USE THE DOOR . . .

Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.” John 10:1

Can I ask you a question? It’s an important one.

Are you trying to get into Heaven some other way other than through Jesus Christ? Let me share with you a few ways NOT to get into Heaven: …

Religion is not the door! …
The preacher or priest is not the door! …
Baptism is not the door! …
Church membership is not the way! …
Being a good person is not the way! …
Doing good things is not the way!

Jesus is the ONLY way to get into Heaven!

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under Heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

You cannot earn your way into Heaven . . . . . EVER!

Man’s best efforts at doing good are filthy rags in the sight of God.

“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” Isaiah 64:6

Only by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior can you enter God’s kingdom.

God’s Plan for your Salvation … Enter Through the Door
Back to Jesus is the Door

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead; you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

“For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

We enter into the doorway to Heaven by asking Jesus to come into our hearts and save us. Salvation and eternal life is a free gift to all, who will simply receive Jesus Christ into their heart.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

In Mark 1:15, Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Believing the gospel means, “. . .that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and hat He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. . .” I Corinthians 15:3b-4

Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and resurrected by the power of God, for our salvation.

If you want to be sure that you are saved, and that Heaven will be your home; you can pray this prayer, and mean it with all of your heart.

Oh God, be merciful to me a sinner, I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me. Amen.

The Second Coming of Christ
He is coming sooner than you think!
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Our Lord Jesus Christ is returning very soon! His return is imminent, it could happen today. It could happen tomorrow, next month or next year. The Second Coming is the hope of the Christian, it is the expectation of the believer. It is one of the most important doctrines of the faith, in my opinion second only to Jesus’ death and resurrection. ALL Christians should be anticipating His second coming.

Jesus talks about His return:

Matthew 24
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Jesus wasn’t the only New Testament figure who talked about His return. The NT writers also mentioned it often. Here are a handful of verses from several different books mentioning the second coming of Christ:

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 1 Thessalonians 2:19

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. James 5:7,8

. . .waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1 Corinthians 1:7

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 1 Corinthians 15:23

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:15

No one knows when Jesus will return. Not even Jesus Himself knows, only God the Father knows. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36) Jesus will arrive in the clouds , visible to everyone, everywhere at once, “. . .as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west. . .” (Matt 24:27) and all who have rejected Him will mourn (Matt 24:30). He will descend in the clouds in a similar manner to His ascension.

9 And when he [Jesus] had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Christ warned that many false Christs would come in His name, even claiming to be Him. Since He will appear everywhere at once, we should not run after the false christs who can only be in one place at once. Furthermore, we should expose the false christs so others won’t follow them in their ways. Also, since ”no man knoweth the day nor the hour,“ we should avoid all those who claim to know the date of His return or have figured it out by various means. All of their prophecies will fail, and the Bible says that any prophet who prophecies wrong is a false prophet: But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deut. 18:20, 22).

Beware! Scoffers and evil servants say the Lord delays His coming:

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. II Peter 3:3-4

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:48-51

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matt 24:44

Jesus said that He would come at a time that they would think that He is not coming, so ignore those who say He isn’t coming anytime soon.

“But why so long of a wait? It’s been 2000+ years! I thought He said He was coming quickly!!!”

. . .Where is the promise of his coming?. . .The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (II Peter 3:8) A thousand years to us might just be a day to the Lord, which means that to God, the past two thousand years might just have been a couple days. A couple days can be described as ‘quickly’, but what about a couple thousand years? This may not seem like a short period of time, but when compared to eternity, two thousand years is indeed quite short.
(II Peter 3:3, 9) Now lets take a look at the preceding verse:
Jesus is returning to do three things:

  1. Defeat the beast, the Antichrist, and his world government.
  2. Resurrect the saved to live eternally with Him.
  3. Set up His millennial kingdom on earth.

At the end of the tribulation, all survivors will follow the Antichrist and false prophet to Armageddon to try to defeat Jesus as He returns through the clouds. Their attempts are in vain, however, for no man made weapon has a chance against God. Jesus takes their leaders, the Antichrist and false prophet, and casts them alive into the lake of fire. Then, He slays all the followers of the beast with the sword of His mouth, His very words. Rev. 19:19-21

Next, the believers in Christ will be resurrected to live forever with the Lord: These will be resurrected first, then those Christians who survived the wrath of man during the tribulation will be caught up together with them

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Revelation 20:4-6

The resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the living:
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thessalonians 4:15-17

(Note there are only TWO resurrections, the resurrection of the saved, and the resurrection of the damned (Rev 20:5, 12). There aren’t two resurrections and two raptures of the saved, one before the tribulation, and one after the tribulation, like some would have you believe. The resurrection mentioned in Rev. 20:5 will happen after the tribulation. Notice how the tribulation martyrs are among those risen from the dead.

Now, Christ will set up His millennial kingdom here on earth, and all the saints (saved people) will rule as kings and priests over the world (Rev. 20:6). The unsaved will wait in hell for a thousand years, then they will be judged and cast into the lake of fire. Make sure you are in the first group and not the second.

Conclusion

Jesus Christ is coming very soon! But are you ready? Are you living your life in a way that would please Him? Are you a Christian on Sunday only, or every day of the week? If you would die today, would Jesus tell you “Well done, thou good and faithful servant?”

Matthew 25
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.


Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. . .
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matt 24:42, 44
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:37

Attorney Vincent Bugliosi: George W. Bush Should Be Tried For Mass Murder


The Existentialist Cowboy
May 11, 2008

It has been my position for yeas that George W. Bush should be prosecuted for various capital crimes, not the least of which are the deaths following from his wars of naked aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq. [See: US Codes, Title 18, Section 2441] I have urged that a Federal Grand jury bring indictments against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condo Rice, Don Rumsfeld and numerous other co-conspirators, accomplices and accessories-after-the fact. Now –a heavy hitter, a tough-minded, legendary prosecutor wants to see George W. Bush stand trial for mass murder. Vince Bugliosi is famous for his prosecution of Charles Manson and his ascerbic critique of a Supreme Court decision that made no law –Bush v Gore. He now claims that George W. Bush should stand trial for the crime of mass murder of US citizens.

When George W. Bush said of our “Constitution that it is “… just a Goddamn piece of paper!”, he declared himself an outlaw at war with the American people. The Bush administration’s culture of fear, hate and contempt for law inspires an epidemic of police lawlessness and thuggery that now terrorizes law-abiding Americans all over America. You can be thrown in jail if ‘authorities’ merely ‘deem’ you a ‘terrorist’. Under Bush, the high standards found in the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution no longer apply. You don’t get to make a phone call. You don’t get to call your lawyer. You don’t get to call your wife or husband. You don’t get visitors. It is a state of treasonous war, a capital crime for which George W. Bush must answer. The following material consists of Bugliosi’s article in blockquotes followed by my comments.

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murderby Vincent BugliosiThere is direct evidence that President George W. Bush did not honorably lead this nation, but deliberately misled it into a war he wanted. Bush and his administration knowingly lied to Congress and to the American public — lies that have cost the lives of more than 4,000 young American soldiers and close to $1 trillion.

A Monumental Lie

In his first nationally televised address on the Iraqi crisis on October 7, 2002, six days after receiving the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), a classified CIA report, President Bush told millions of Americans the exact opposite of what the CIA was telling him -a monumental lie to the nation and the world.

On the evening of October 7, 2002, the very latest CIA intelligence was that Hussein was not an imminent threat to the US This same information was delivered to the Bush administration as early as October 1, 2002, in the NIE, including input from the CIA and 15 other US intelligence agencies. In addition, CIA director George Tenet briefed Bush in the Oval Office on the morning of October 7th.

According to the October 1, 2002 NIE, “Baghdad for now appears to be drawing a line short of conducting terrorist attacks with conventional or CBW [chemical and biological warfare] against the United States, fearing that exposure of Iraqi involvement would provide Washington a stronger case for making war.” The report concluded that Hussein was not planning to use any weapons of mass destruction; further, Hussein would only use weapons of mass destruction he was believed to have if he were first attacked, that is, he would only use them in self-defense.

Preparing its declassified version of the NIE for Congress, which became known as the White Paper, the Bush administration edited the classified NIE document in ways that significantly changed its inference and meaning, making the threat seem imminent and ominous.

In the original NIE report, members of the US intelligence community vigorously disagreed with the CIA’s bloated and inaccurate conclusions. All such opposing commentary was eliminated from the declassified White Paper prepared for Congress and the American people.

The Manning Memo

On January 31, 2003, Bush met in the Oval Office with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In a memo summarizing the meeting discussion, Blair’s chief foreign policy advisor David Manning wrote that Bush and Blair expressed their doubts that any chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons would ever be found in Iraq, and that there was tension between Bush and Blair over finding some justification for the war that would be acceptable to other nations. Bush was so worried about the failure of the UN inspectors to find hard evidence against Hussein that he talked about three possible ways, Manning wrote, to “provoke a confrontation” with Hussein. One way, Bush said, was to fly “U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, [falsely] painted in UN colors. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach” of UN resolutions and that would justify war. Bush was calculating to create a war, not prevent one.

Denying Blix’s Findings

Hans Blix, the United Nation’s chief weapons inspector in Iraq, in his March 7, 2003, address to the UN Security Council, said that as of that date, less than 3 weeks before Bush invaded Iraq, that Iraq had capitulated to all demands for professional, no-notice weapons inspections all over Iraq and agreed to increased aerial surveillance by the US over the “no-fly” zones. Iraq had directed the UN inspectors to sites where illicit weapons had been destroyed and had begun to demolish its Al Samoud 2 missiles, as requested by the UN. Blix added that “no evidence of proscribed activities have so far been found” by his inspectors and “no underground facilities for chemical or biological production or storage were found so far.” He said that for his inspectors to absolutely confirm that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) “will not take years, nor weeks, but months.”

Mohamed El Baradei, the chief UN nuclear inspector in Iraq and director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the UN Security Council that, “we have to date found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapon program in Iraq.”

The UN inspectors were making substantial progress and Hussein was giving them unlimited access. Why was Bush in such an incredible rush to go to war?

Hussein Disarms, so Bush … Goes to War

When it became clear that the whole purpose of Bush’s prewar campaign — to get Hussein to disarm — was being (or already had been) met, Bush and his people came up with a demand they had never once made before — that Hussein resign and leave Iraq. On March 17, 2003, Bush said in a speech to the nation that, “Saddam Hussein and his sons must leave Iraq within 48 hours. Their refusal to do so will result in military conflict.” Military conflict — the lives of thousands of young Americans on the line — because Bush trumped up a new line in the sand?

The Niger Allegation

One of the most notorious instances of the Bush administration using thoroughly discredited information to frighten the American public was the 16 words in Bush’s January 28, 2003 State of the Union speech: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” The Niger allegation was false, and the Bush administration knew it was false.

Joseph C. Wilson IV, the former ambassador to Iraq, was sent to Niger by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate a supposed memo that documented the sale of uranium yellowcake (a form of lightly processed ore) to Iraq by Niger in the late 1990s. Wilson reported back to the CIA that it was “highly doubtful” such a transaction had ever taken place.

On March 7, 2003, Mohamed El Baradei told the UN Security Council that “based on thorough analysis” his agency concluded that the “documents which formed the basis for the report of recent uranium transactions between Iraq and Niger are in fact not authentic.” Indeed, author Craig Unger uncovered at least 14 instances prior to the 2003 State of the Union address in which analysts at the CIA, the State Department, or other government agencies that had examined the Niger documents “raised serious doubts about their legitimacy — only to be rebuffed by Bush administration officials who wanted to use them.”

On October 5 and 6, 2002, the CIA sent memos to the National Security Council, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and to the White House Situation Room stating that the Niger information was no good.

On January 24, 2003, four days before the president’s State of the Union address, the CIA’s National Intelligence Council, which oversees all federal agencies that deal with intelligence, sent a memo to the White House stating that “the Niger story is baseless and should be laid to rest.”

The 9/11 Lie

The Bush administration put undue pressure on US intelligence agencies to provide it with conclusions that would help them in their quest for war. Bush’s former counterterrorism chief, Richard Clarke, said that on September 12, 2001, one day after 9/11, “The President in a very intimidating way left us — me and my staff — with the clear indication that he wanted us to come back with the word that there was an Iraqi hand behind 9/11.”

Bush said on October 7, 2002, “We know that Iraq and the Al Qaeda terrorist network share a common enemy — the United States of America. We know that Iraq and Al Qaeda have had high level contacts that go back a decade,” and that “Iraq has trained Al Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gasses.” Of Hussein, he said on November 1, 2002, “We know he’s got ties with Al Qaeda.”

Even after Bush admitted on September 17, 2003, that he had “no evidence” that Saddam Hussein was involved with 9/11, he audaciously continued, in the months and years that followed, to clearly suggest, without stating it outright, that Hussein was involved in 9/11.

On March 20, 2006, Bush said, “I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack on America.”

Vincent Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964. In his career at the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his classic, Helter Skelter, the biggest selling true-crime book in publishing history. The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder is available May 27.For more information visit www.prosecutionofbush.com

When Bush said that the “Constitution is just a Goddamned piece of paper”, he aligned himself with Hitler, Mussolini, Mao –”state absolutists”, fascists, and/or radical communists. Bush declared war on the American people, our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Democracy and freedom. The peace, therefore, is already broken and, by Bush’s declaration, a state of war exists between Bush and the sovereign people of the United States. Criminals and traitors have seized power illegitimately and operate outside the law i.e, the Constitution so hated by Bush. So far, this gang of crooks have had nothing to fear from the impeachment process though there is probable cause to try Bush himself for capital crimes. As Bush jokes about remaining in power past his term, Americans as well as Iraqis are brutalized without charges, trial or representation. Under Bush, jackbooted thugs may not bother accusing you of a crime. They need only ‘define’ you as a terrorist. [See: Police Atrocities Define the Bush Police State]Bush’s “War on Terror” is as fraudulent as is the official 911 conspiracy theory which justifies it. It is as untruthful as the uncountable lies told to the United Nations and the world about Iraq. Benazir Bhutto spoke the truth shortly before her death: if US foreign policy does not support world wide terrorism directly, it is, at least, the very cause of it! It is a charge supported by official FBI statistics, published originally by the Brookings Institution. The proposition that terrorism is the inevitable result of imperial aggressions explains Bush’s incompetent economic policies as well as America’s fascist tilt. That terrorism is always worse under GOP regimes is a demonstrable, statistical fact and for daring to publish it, I was attacked by the right wing Heritage Foundation. My rebuttal remains unanswered.
The CIA creates terrorism two ways by indulging it as a tactic and by inspiring it with US imperial excesses. The legacy of Blackwater USA, an international terrorist organization, will have inspired generations of “terrorists” resorting to a tactic against which top down fascist regimes are impotent. Bush has failed to make us safe. He has, rather, made the world a much, much more dangerous place. And for this –we have given up the cornerstone of American freedom.

Bush has abrogated or violated every provision of the US Bill of Rights, arguably the most important document standing between you and tyranny! [See: Bush’s War on the Bill of Rights] Next, an increasingly desperate Bush administration will try to crack down on the internet, among the dwindling sources of truth in a new age of Orwellian suppression! Bush has put himself above the rule of law even as he denies you the benefit and the protections that are yours under the law! There is a name for this –dictatorship! A Roper Poll of October 1999 indicated that the American people supported the International Criminal Court by a margin of 66% to only 29% opposed. While public support for the court has not ‘translated’ into US national policy, the Bush administration worked overtly to subvert the ICC and place ‘themselves’ above international, universal prohibitions against aggressive war and torture! Bushco anticipated problems with international laws long before 911 and, therefore, sought to place themselves beyond prosecution or justice. A bill sponsored by then House Speaker Tom Delay authorized Bush to order a military attack on the Hague should Americans find themselves on trial for war crimes. Only a crooked regime would plan in advance to subvert only those international laws that made their plans a capital crime.

That record of deceit itself is probable cause to indict George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumself, Colin Powell and others in his administration in connection with a ‘false flag’ attack –911! Bush’s order that forensic evidence related to the crime of 911 be destroyed is ‘probable cause’ to indict Bush for ‘obstruction of justice’ or worse —mass murder! Only those guilty of crimes work overtly to cover them up.
Bush’s disregard of American or world opinion is matched by his utter contempt for the the US Constitution, indeed, the very rule of law. The Constitution –he screamed, impatiently –is “just a Goddamned piece of paper!” Clearly –Bush had planned to trash the Constitution even before 911.

Iraq, of course, had nothing whatsoever to do with 911 and Saddam Hussein, like Manuel Noreiga, had been a CIA puppet. While Saddam never had WMD, his independent will was, in Bush’s opinion, a cause to invade, begin the construction of permanent bases, and the permanent theft of Iraqi resources. At Abu Ghraib, Bush would find a test of his ability to place the US above international laws designed to prevent, or, at least, punish the those who perpetrate atrocities. To this end, Bush employed the dubious talents of Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo, toadies who would tell Bush what he wanted to hear, that is, that he was above the international laws that were, in fact, designed to prevent the very crimes Bush had in mind.

Is the Bush administration a failed presidency? No! Bush will leave office having enriched his base by trashing the Constitution. That’s all he ever cared about. He will leave office hated by the American people whose lives he ruined and by the people of Iraq whose lives he snuffed with a smirk.

Rhode Island Change Confronts President Of The Council On Foreign Relations Richard N. Haass

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May 13, 2008

Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, delivered a speech entitled “Why Does the World Hate Us?”, to a large audience at Brown University on April 29, 2008. Nathan Florence of the Rhode Island Chapter of WeAreChange.org (RIChange.org) was there to meet him and attempt to have some of the Council’s past statements and current positions clarified by its acting President. Here is what happened.

Programs The Government Claims Are Aimed At Foreign Enemies Are Being Used Against American Citizens

George Washington’s Blog
May 15, 2008

The U.S. government has repeatedly claimed that it was launching aggressive programs solely at foreign enemies, and then launched them at American citizens. For example:

• In 2002, the Pentagon announced that it was considering spreading false propaganda in the foreign press. However, the military has spread propaganda within the U.S. in an operation so aggressive that one participant, a military analyst, called it “psyops on steroids

• For many years, the government has claimed that it was only spying on foreigners. But it is now clear that the government is massively spying on American citizen’s home and cellphone calls, email and internet usage, credit card and other financial transactions, and just about every other facet of our personal lives

• The Patriot Act is supposed to be aimed at stopping America-hating terrorists. Instead, it is being used to prosecute acts having nothing to do with terrorism, and to harass normal, law-abiding Americans

Can anyone see a pattern here?

Given the above, should we believe that the following programs will just be limited to foreigners?

• The Air Force is seeking to dominate all computers and the Internet, to be able to take over control of every computer, and to turn computers into “zombies” that can be forced to execute Air Force commands. This is supposed to be aimed at enemy states and “rogue individuals”. See this summary.

• The Pentagon is running an artificial intelligence program to see how people will react to propaganda and to government-inflicted terror. The program is called Sentient World Simulation:

“U.S defense, intel and homeland security officials are constructing a parallel world, on a computer, which the agencies will use to test propaganda messages and military strategies.

Called the Sentient World Simulation, the program uses AI routines based upon the psychological theories of Marty Seligman, among others. (Seligman introduced the theory of ‘learned helplessness’ in the 1960s, after shocking beagles until they cowered, urinating, on the bottom of their cages.)

Yank a country’s water supply. Stage a military coup. SWS will tell you what happens next.

The sim will feature an AR avatar for each person in the real world, based upon data collected about us from government records and the internet.”

• And as former former Congressman Dan Hamburg and others have pointed out:

Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.”

But many people have pointed out that the laws governing the program are so vague that they could lead to the imprisonment of American citizens for simply speaking out against the government (see also this).

Actions which the government claims were launched against non-U.S. citizens have in the past been used against Americans within the United States. Why should we believe any differently about its new, even more tyrannical programs?

Planned US Israeli Attack On Iran: Will There Be A War Against Iran?


Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research
May 15, 2008

The media has failed to cover the history of US war preparations directed against Iran. News coverage of US sponsored war preparations in relation to Iran started to surface in early 2007 in scanty press reports.

Although confirmed by official military documents and reports, public opinion has largely been kept in the dark and misinformed on these war preparations.

A war on Iran has been envisaged since the mid-1990s as part of a strategic “sequencing” of theater operations. During the Clinton administration, US Central Command (USCENTCOM) had formulated “in war theater plans” to invade first Iraq and then Iran:

“The broad national security interests and objectives expressed in the President’s National Security Strategy (NSS) and the Chairman’s National Military Strategy (NMS) form the foundation of the United States Central Command’s theater strategy. The NSS directs implementation of a strategy of dual containment of the rogue states of Iraq and Iran as long as those states pose a threat to U.S. interests, to other states in the region, and to their own citizens. Dual containment is designed to maintain the balance of power in the region without depending on either Iraq or Iran. USCENTCOM’s theater strategy is interest-based and threat-focused. The purpose of U.S. engagement, as espoused in the NSS, is to protect the United States’ vital interest in the region – uninterrupted, secure U.S./Allied access to Gulf oil.”

(USCENTCOM, http://www.milnet.com/milnet… , emphasis added)

Consistent with CENTCOM’s 1995 “sequencing”, the plans to target Iran were activated under TIRANNT (Theater Iran Near Term) in the immediate wake of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. TIRANNT consisted in a model scenario type analysis of a theater war directed against Iran. The analysis, which involved senior military and intelligence experts, consisted in examining different theater scenarios.

“The US army, navy, air force and marines have all prepared battle plans and spent four years building bases and training for “Operation Iranian Freedom”. Admiral Fallon, the new head of US Central Command [resigned in March 2008], has inherited computerized plans under the name TIRANNT (Theatre Iran Near Term).” (New Statesman, 19 Feb 2007)

The following text (in annex) entitled Planned US Israeli Attack on Iran was published three years ago by Global Research in May 2005. It outlines the earlier phase of US-Israel war preparations in relation to Iran.

(See http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO505A.html)

While much of this analysis remains valid, military planning in relation to Iran is now in a much more advanced stage. Moreover, the structure of military alliances underlying the Pentagon’s war plans has also evolved. NATO is now part of the military alliance.

Under NATO auspices, in liaison with the Pentagon, British, German, Turkish and French forces are slated to play a significant role in the case of an attack on Iran and Syria.

In this regard, it is worth noting that already in 2005, NATO and Israel had established the basis of a far-reaching military cooperation agreement. In turn, Turkey, which from a military standpoint constitutes a significant force within NATO, has a comprehensive bilateral military cooperation agreement with Israel.

According to military documents and statements, US, Israeli and allied forces are “in an advanced state of readiness”. In fact much of the war planning had already reached that “advanced stage” in 2005.

Several important variables come into play in assessing the possibility of an all out war on Iran.

“An advanced stage of readiness” to attack Iran does not signify that a war will actually occur. A number of important countervailing factors must be addressed.

Saber Rattling

Apart from outright war, the US sponsored war preparations serve several other foreign policy objectives.

The threat of war coupled by advanced military preparedness are often used to bully countries into compliance, to oblige them to give up their sovereignty, to open up their economy to Western investors, to privatize and sell off their assets to American companies, etc. These threats will only be effective if the country does not have the ability to defend itself militarily. The strength of its national economy is also a major consideration.

The Sabre rattling is ongoing in relation to Iran. The objective is ultimately to subdue Iran as a regional power and take possession of its oil wealth, which constitutes approximately ten percent of total world reserves.

What are Iran’s military capabilities, namely its ability to defend itself and inflict damage on US and allied forces?

The answer to this question involves essentially two aspects.

First, Iran has an advanced air defense system, using both Iranian and Russian technology. Moreover, it has, according to Western military experts, perfected its ballistic missile capabilities to the extent that it is capable of inflicting significant damage on US and allied military installations in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and Israel.

Over the last few years, Iran has been actively preparing for a US sponsored attack. Moreover, resulting from the surge in oil revenues, the Tehran government has enhanced capabilities to finance its military preparedness. In this regard, Iran is in a very different situation to that of Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion, targeted by Anglo-American air attacks under the “No Fly Zone” coupled with more than ten years of deadly economic sanctions.

US military planners are fully aware of the possibility of escalation. If extensive air attacks were to be launched, Iranian conventional forces would immediately cross the border into Iraq and attack US military installations. This is a factor which has contributed to “putting the war on hold”.

Instead of extensive bombings which would result in retaliation. Washington may decide as a first step in a broader military campaign to launch limited air attacks, on the presumption that Iran would not retaliate. According to Philip Giraldi, the attack would “be as ‘pinpoint’ and limited as possible, intended to target only al-Qods and avoid civilian casualties.” Before launching a “limited attack”, the US would attempt to ensure, through threat and secret negotiations, that retaliation would not occur.

The US Military’s “Ability to Fight Wars”

Adm. William Fallon, who was recently fired as Commander of US Central Command (USCENTCOM) was acutely aware of Iran’s ability to retaliate militarily and inflict significant losses to US and coalition forces. This understanding was in fact conveyed at the outset of the 2003 war scenarios under TIRANNT.

Prior to his dimissal, Admiral Fallon played down the possibility of a war with Iran: “We are not going to do Iran on my watch.”.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, while broadly supportive of the Bush-Cheney White House, has officially acknowledged US military weaknesses. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan “may have undermined the military’s ability to fight wars against major adversaries – including Iran.” ( quoted in Haaretz, October 22, 2007).

In an interview with the New York Times, Mullen stated:

“…the risks could be very, very high…. We’re in a conflict in two countries out there right now… We have to be incredibly thoughtful about the potential of in fact getting into a conflict with a third country in that part of the world.”

These statements were made at the very outset of his mandate as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2007.

Mullen’s hesitations to wage war on Iran are not based on a divergent political stance but on a realistic assessment of US military capabilities. Admiral Mullen recognizes that the US military is overstretched and that in relation to Iraq, the US military is facing serious problems in military recruitment.

Moreover, tacitly acknowledged by the Pentagon, US and coalition forces are facing fierce resistance in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Appointment of General David Petraeus as Head of USCENTCOM

The appointment of General David Petraeus to the Head of U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) has served to neutralize potential opposition within the US Armed Forces. It reinforces Vice President Cheney’s ability to order an attack and ensure that the Military will fully support the Bush administration.

The objective is to “set up Iran for attack” using Iran’s alleged intervention in Iraq as a pretext and justification, “on [the] grounds that Iran … is responsible for the mounting death toll among American troops in Iraq.” (See Iran should be “Set Up for an Attack” by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach, Global Research, May 2008). Iran is also accused of intervening in Afghanstan and Lebanon. In this regard, the 2006 Israeli attacks on Lebanon are part of the roadmap of a broader war directed against Iran and Syria. (See Mahdi D. Nazemroaya, Global Research, May 2007)

Armed Clashes in Lebanon

The recent armed clashes in Lebanon opposing Hizbollah to the US-Israeli supported May 14th Movement, have precipitated the country into chaos. Fighting erupted after the pro-US Siniora government announced a crackdown on Hizbollah.

Hizbollah has taken control of parts of West Beirut setting the stage for a NATO “peacekeeping” intervention inside Lebanon. A greater involvement of NATO coupled with the militarization of the entire Eastern Mediterranean coastline is an integral part of the Iran-Syria war scenario: “a peacekeeping” role by NATO forces, on behalf of Israel, targetting Syria as well as Hizbollah and Hamas.

These recent events in Lebanon have been triggered quite deliberately with a view to destabilzing the country. They are part of the US sponsored military roadmap; they are intended to set the stage for a confrontation with Syria.

The Structure of Military Alliances

The structure of military alliances is crucial. America’s allies are Israel and NATO.

Iran’s allies are China and Russia and the member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Both China and Russia have far-reaching bilateral military cooperation agreements with Iran. Since 2005, Iran has an observer member status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). In turn, the SCO has ties to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), an overlapping military cooperation agreement between Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan.

In October 2007, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, laying the foundations for military cooperation between the two organizations. This SCO-CSTO agreement, barely mentioned by the Western media, involves the creation of a full-fledged military alliance between China, Russia and the member states of SCO/CSTO. It is worth noting that the SCTO and the SCO held joint military exercises in 2006, which coincided with those conducted by Iran. (For further details see Michel Chossudovsky, Russia and Central Asian Allies Conduct War Games in Response to US Threats, Global Research, August 2006)

In the context of US war plans directed against Iran, the US is also intent upon weakening Iran’s allies, namely Russia and China. In the case of China, Washington is seaking to disrupt Beijing’s bilateral ties with Tehran as well as Iran’s rapprochement with the SCO, which has its headquarters in Beijing.

In this regard, a military operation directed against Iran can only succeed if the structure of military alliances which link Iran to China and Russia is significantly weakened.

There are indicaitons that this Eurasian military alliance underlying the SCO has in fact been strengthened. While currently Iran has observer status, the Tehran government has indicated its desire to become a full member of the SCO. Moreover, in the course of the last year, Iran has strengthened its bilateral ties in the field of energy and oil and gas pipelines with India as well as Pakistan. The positioning of India on the side of Iran in the oil and energy field is another factor which weakens Washington’s influence in the region.

“What Tehran is seaking is “nothing less than a blueprint for a new correlation of nations in Eurasia, whose collaboration in developing continental infrastucture–nuclear energy, gas and oil pipelines, and transportation–should establish the economic, and therefore political, basis for true independence” (see Muriel Mirak Weissbach, May 2008)

History points to the importance of competing military alliances. In the present context, the US and its NATO partners are seaking to undermine the formation of a cohesive Eurasian SCO-CSTO military alliance, which could effectively challenge and contain US-NATO military expansionism in Eurasia, combining the military capabilities not only of Russia and China, but also those of several former Soviet republics including Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Decision to go to War: Not a Rational Choice

The decision to go to war is not made by the Military high command.

The decision to go to war is taken by civilians.

The US Military is characterised by a hierarchy and command structure. Orders come from above, emanating from the “civilian government”, namely the Bush administration. They are transmitted downwards through the military command structure. Once the order to go to war is taken, it is not discussed or debated, it is carried out by the military. Moreover, in all likelihood, in implementing a “preemptive attack” on Iran, the Bush administration would bypass the US Congress, in blatant violation of Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.

In practice, the President and Commander in Chief, namely George W. Bush, does not decide. He also obeys orders from above. He follows the diktats of powerful financial and corporate interests.

This war is profit-driven. “War is good for business”. It is a money making operation. It results in billions of dollar of profits for Wall Street, the oil giants and the military industrial complex, not to mention the institutional speculators in the oil, currency and commodity markets.

The objective of the proposed war is to extend the frontiers of the global capitalist economy, eventually taking control of Iran’s oil wealth. The broader implications of a war using tactical nuclear weapons in the conventional war theater are of no concern to those who decide to go to war.

The Central Role of Vice President Dick Cheney

In contrast to previous adminstrations, the Vice President has played a central role in the Bush adminstration, overshadowing the office of the President. In practice, Vice President Cheney, supported by an army of senior officials and loyal advisers, controls the White House. At the same time, Cheney is part of a powerful corporate apparatus, through his links to Halliburton and the role Halliburton has played in defining a profit-driven military agenda.

Cheney has personally played a key roie in activating war plans directed against Iran.

“At the outset of Bush’s second term, Vice President Dick Cheney dropped a bombshell. He hinted, in no uncertain terms, that Iran was “right at the top of the list” of the rogue enemies of America, and that Israel would, so to speak, “be doing the bombing for us”, without US military involvement and without us putting pressure on them “to do it”.” (Michel Chossudovsky, May 2005)

Cheney is the de facto Head of State, he overshadows George W. Bush, who is mere figurehead. More recently, he has played a key role in pressuring the frontline Arab states into supporting a preemptive attack on Iran.

Vice President Cheney has little concern for the likely consequences and the resulting loss of life which would result from the use of both conventional and nuclear weapons. He is fully aware that even a limited air attack on Iran could contribute to unleashing a broader Middle East-Central Asian war, extending from the Eastern Mediterranean to China’s Western frontier. The various scenarios of this broader war have already been envisaged.

Most serious Crisis in Modern History

We are at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. These war plans coincide with a parallel process of economic restructuring and a deepseated Worldwide economic depression. War and globalization are intimately related processes. The militarisation of the Middle East and Central Asia supports the extension of the global “free market” system into new frontiers.

In turn, the war has heightened the economic crisis. The civilian economy is collapsing, overshadowed and undermined by the dynamic growth of the military industrial complex, which in a very real sense produces “weapons of mass destruction. In turn, the concurrent hikes in the price of crude oil, in the price of basic food staples, through speculative activities on major commodity exchanges have contributed to impoverishing millions of people.

“The antiwar movement must act, consistently, to prevent the next phase of this war from happening.

This is no easy matter. The holding of large antiwar rallies will not in itself reverse the tide of war.

High ranking officials of the Bush administration, members of the military and the US Congress have been granted the authority to uphold an illegal war agenda.

What is required is a grass roots network, a mass movement at national and international levels, which challenges the legitimacy of the military and political actors, and which is ultimately instrumental in unseating those who rule in our name.

War criminals occupy positions of authority. The citizenry is galvanized into supporting the rulers, who are “committed to their safety and well-being”. Through media disinformation, war is given a humanitarian mandate.

To reverse the tide of war, military bases must be closed down, the war machine (namely the production of advanced weapons systems) must be stopped and the burgeoning police state must be dismantled.

The corporate backers and sponsors of war and war crimes must also be targeted including the oil companies, the defense contractors, the financial institutions and the corporate media, which has become an integral part of the war propaganda machine.

Antiwar sentiment does not dismantle a war agenda. The war criminals in the US, Israel and Britain must be removed from high office.

What is needed is to reveal the true face of the American Empire and the underlying criminalization of US foreign policy, which uses the “war on terrorism” and the threat of Al Qaeda to galvanize public opinion in support of a global war agenda.” (Michel Chossudovsky, May 1st 2005)

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