Monthly Archives: July 2008

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends Cholesterol Drugs for 8-Year-Olds

Jason Solley

Cholesterol Drugs Recommended for Some 8-Year-Olds

Lindsey Tanner / Associated Press | July 7, 2008

CHICAGO – For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems.

It is the strongest guidance ever given on the issue by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which released its new guidelines Monday. The academy also recommends low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing.

Dr. Stephen Daniels, of the academy’s nutrition committee, says the new advice is based on mounting evidence showing that damage leading to heart disease, the nation’s leading killer, begins early in life.

It also stems from recent research showing that cholesterol-fighting drugs are generally safe for children, Daniels said.

Several of these drugs are approved for use in children and data show that increasing numbers are using them.

“If we are more aggressive about this in childhood, I think we can have an impact on what happens later in life … and avoid some of these heart attacks and strokes in adulthood,” Daniels said. He has worked as a consultant to Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co., but not on matters involving their cholesterol drugs.

Drug treatment would generally be targeted for kids at least 8 years old who have too much LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, along with other risky conditions, including obesity and high blood pressure.

For overweight children with too little HDL, the “good” cholesterol, the first course of action should be weight loss, more physical activity and nutritional counseling, the academy says.

Pediatricians should routinely check the cholesterol of children with a family history of inherited cholesterol disease or with parents or grandparents who developed heart disease at an early age, the recommendations say. Screening also is advised for kids whose family history isn’t known and those who are overweight, obese or have other heart disease risk factors.

Screening is recommended sometime after age 2 but no later than age 10, at routine checkups.

The academy’s earlier advice said cholesterol drugs should only be considered in children older than 10 after they fail to lose weight. Its previous cholesterol screening recommendations also were less specific and did not include targeted ages for beginning testing.

Because obesity is a risk factor for heart disease and often is accompanied by cholesterol problems, the academy recommendations say low-fat milk is appropriate for 1-year-olds “for whom overweight or obesity is a concern.”

Daniels, a pediatrician in the Denver area, agreed that could include virtually all children. But he said doctors may choose to offer the new milk advice only to 1-year-olds who are already overweight or have a family history of heart problems.

The academy has long recommended against reduced-fat milk for children up to age 2 because saturated fats are needed for brain development.

“But now we have the obesity epidemic and people are thinking maybe this isn’t such a good idea,” said Dr. Frank Greer of the University of Wisconsin, co-author of the guidelines report, which appears in the July edition of Pediatrics, the group’s medical journal.

Very young children are increasingly getting fats from sources other than milk and Greer said the updated advice is based on recent research showing no harm from reduced-fat milk in these youngsters.

With one-third of U.S. children overweight and about 17 percent obese, the new recommendations are important, said Dr. Jennifer Li, a Duke University children’s heart specialist.

“We need to do something to stem the tide of childhood obesity,” Li said.

Li said that 15 years ago most of her patients with cholesterol problems had an inherited form of cholesterol disease not connected to obesity.

“But now they’re really outnumbered” by overweight kids with cholesterol problems and high blood pressure, she said.

Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick, a pediatrics professor at the University of California at San Francisco, also praised the new advice but said some parents think their kids will outgrow obesity and cholesterol problems, and might not take it seriously.

“It’s hard for people to really understand” that those problems in childhood can lead to serious health consequences in adulthood, Fuentes-Afflick said.

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Satirical, but ultimately poignant about an election process that is not only controlled by ‘military and corporate powers behind the scene’ but due to electronic voting machines, also completely open to fraud.
Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Obama’s National Security Group Teeming With Globalists | July 1, 2008

As the Real News Network enumerates, Obama’s recently-announced ‘Senior Working Group on National Security‘ is little more than a consortium of top globalists, secret society members, former Clinton & Bush officials and war-engineers at large. It was revealed yesterday that Obama may retain Defense Secretary Robert Gates if he gains the presidency. Gates co-wrote the CFR report ‘Iran: Time for a New Approach’ with Zbigniew Brzezinski, already an Obama adviser. Gates also attended the most recent Bilderberg meeting just outside Washington D.C. The report also names a number of former Clinton officials– including two former Secretaries of State, two Secretaries of Defense and two members of the 9/11 Commission– who are members of the ‘continuing government’ bureaucracy at large. Those who brought you Bosnia would likely bring you Iran. Former US national security adviser Anthony Lake today called Iran’s potential to hold a nuclear-arm ‘the most dangerous crisis’ and indicated that Obama would go along with harsh Iran sanctions. Lake also tamed hopes that Obama would bring home troops, citing the need for “a residual presence” in Iraq as he told the Financial Times the Vietnam withdrawal was ‘traumatic.’ [Photo]
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Another member of Obama’s National Security Group has long advocated re-routing a ‘unilateral pre-emptive war’ into a coalition-supported ‘preventive war.’ Former Deputy National Security Advisor James Steinberg wrote in a white-paper titled ‘Preventive War, A Useful Tool,’ that “Unilateralism is not the only alternative… regional organizations and a new coalition of democratic states offer ways to legitimize the use of force when the council fails to meet its responsibilities.” Steinberg doesn’t see Bush’s unilateral war with Iraq as a mistake; it’s just one example of what may come: “One problem with the Bush doctrine, then, is not that it is overly reliant on preventive force but that it too narrowly conceives of its use.” James Steinberg, currently a Dean at the University of Texas and has been involved in the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, Brookings Institute, RAND Corp. and the Bilderberg group. Two former Clinton Secretaries of State, Warren Christopher and Madeline Albright, who was spotted at the 2008 Bilderberg meeting, would apparently also advise Obama. Albright has received criticism and since apologized for commenting in 1996 that “the price” of half a million dead Iraqi children as a result of Iraq sanctions “is worth it.” Others on Obama’s Senior Working Group on National Security include: – William Perry, former Secretary of Defense in Clinton’s second term. — coercive diplomacy– – 9/11 Commission co-chairman Lee Hamilton; also a member of the equally ineffective Iraq Study Group. – Senator David Boren, former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig – Representative Tim Roemer, 9/11 Commissioner – Greg Craig, former director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning – Dr. Tony Lake, former National Security Advisor – Eric Holder, former Deputy Attorney General, who served in the Reagan and Clinton administrations. – Former Senator Sam Nunn, who previously headed the Senate Armed Services Committee and who chaired the The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a public charity founded in 2001, alongside Ted Turner. It deals with the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. – Susan Rice, former Assistant Secretary of State and member of the CFR and Brookings Institute. While this group at large has promoted the idea of diplomacy with Iran, we have already seen Obama’s duplicity with foreign policy, as well as his willingness to cooperate with the foreign policy agenda of Israel– making him, likely, little different (in effect) from any other candidate. As the Real News Network puts it, is this change we can believe in? Obviously not.

How Does A Person Get To Heaven?

Accept Jesus Christ As Your Savior By Praying This Simple Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. But I believe that you died upon
the cross for me. That you shed your precious blood for the forgiveness of my sin. And I believe that on the third day, you rose from the dead, and went to Heaven to prepare a place for me. I accept you now as my Savior, my Lord, my God, my friend. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and set me free from my sin. And, because you are my Savior, Jesus, “I shall have your promise of everlasting life”.
In Jesus Name Amen.

How does a person get to Heaven?
By David J. Stewart

Do you know for sure my friend, that if you died today, you would go to heaven? If you ask most people this question, they simply aren’t sure. Most people I have witnessed to over the years “thought” they were going to heaven, but they were not sure. How sad! How tragic! Millions and millions of people throughout the world do NOT have the blessed assurance of salvation. Oh, listen to me friend! You can KNOW beyond the shadow of any doubt that you are a Child of God. 1st John 5:13 states, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” What a privilege it always is for me to share with people the wondrous truth of God’s Word, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life. God loves people!!! God wants you to be His Child. He will not force you to be saved, you alone must make that decision for Christ. NOTE: All Scriptures are quoted from the King James Bible. It is very simple to be saved―Realize that you are a GUILTY sinner under the condemnation of God’s LAW, deserving of punishment in Hellfire, and then believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, because of the precious blood that He shed for your sins. Believe that Jesus is Almighty God, for we must BELIEVE upon the True Christ of the Scriptures… “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” The Apostle Paul warned us in 2nd Corinthians 11:4 that false prophets would come, preaching “another Jesus.” All false religions today deny or diminish Jesus’ deity, i.e., the Biblical truth that Jesus came to this earth as the Godhead incarnate (in the flesh). Jesus is Almighty God! Believe that He shed His blood on the cross to pay for your sins. Believe that Jesus died, was buried and then rose again after three days for you. This good news is called the “Gospel.” Believe upon Jesus to forgive all your sins and save you. Don’t rely upon anyone or anything in this world to save you―trust Jesus Christ alone! If you’d like a more thorough explanation, please continue reading… There is nothing you need to give up to be saved, only your unbelief! Though some people would like to make you think you have to stop sinning to be saved, it is simply not true. If this were the case, we would all burn in Hellfire, because even the best Christians still commit sin. To be saved, you need to have your sins forgiven, and ONLY Jesus can forgive them. To be forgiven, you must first realize your guilt and condemned state of sin, and then TURN (repent) in faith to Jesus Christ to forgive those sins and save you eternally. Mark 1:15, “…repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Carefully notice that Mark 1:15 speaks of repentance to “believe the Gospel”; and not, repentance from committing sin. To repent is to “turn” to Jesus Christ for salvation. God works a spiritual change in a person’s heart once they are in Christ; not before… “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The change is NOT a prerequisite to be saved; but comes through the power of the Holy Spirit once a person is in Christ (i.e., saved). Does a person have to give up their sins to be saved? The answer is “No.” Although even one sin can keep a person out of Heaven (James 2:10), there is only one sin that can prevent a person from being SAVED, and that is the sin if UNBELIEF. For we read in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Many false prophets today are teaching a damnable heresy called “Lordship Salvation.” If you’re not a guilty sinner bound for Hellfire, then you wouldn’t need a Savior. Does a person have to clean up one’s life of sin to be saved? The answer is emphatically “No.” For if this were true, it would amount to a works-based salvation. Ephesians 2:8,9 plainly tell us… “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Again we read in Romans 4:5… “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Our eternal salvation is based upon our faith in Christ’s work of redemption to forgive our sins; and not upon anything we can do to merit salvation. No one can merit (i.e., earn) salvation, for it is the FREE GIFT of God (Romans 5:15; 6:23), paid for by Jesus’ precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19). As Dr. John R. Rice once said―”To turn to Christ in faith is to turn one’s back on sin.” Salvation does not give us a license to sin as some people allege? No, of course not. Christ wants to clean up our life through the power of His Holy Spirit. It takes time for the Holy Spirit to work in a person’s heart (and everybody is different). Whereas Christ was lacking in your life, and sin was the dominant factor before you found salvation; now the reverse should be true… Christ is magnified, and sin is diminished in your life. Biblical “Repentance” is a change of mind that eventually should lead to a changed life; but only God knows for certain if a person is saved, because some believers do sin horribly at times. If you don’t see yourself as a dirty rotten sinner, then you truly don’t realize just how sinful you are (1st John 1:8,10). We are all wicked sinners, deserving of Hellfire (Romans 3:10,19-23). This is why Christ needed to die upon the cross, and shed His own precious blood, for our many sins. We simply cannot do anything to redeem ourselves. Salvation is of God friend; not of yourself. No church or organization can assure you of Heaven. No priest can forgive you. Being baptized will just get you wet. Religion cannot save you in the least. It’s Jesus or Hell. Salvation is not found in a religion, but in a person―Jesus Christ!!! We find God’s plan of salvation in the King James Bible. There are a few things which you MUST realize in order to be saved: We are a GUILTY sinners (Romans 3:10,23; Isaiah 64:6). We deserve to pay for our sins in the fires of Hell (Psalm 7:11, 9:17; Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8; James 2:10; Jude 1:7; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9). Jesus shed His precious blood, died, was buried, and rose again 3 days later (Romans 5:8; John 3:16,17; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4). It is Jesus’ precious blood that cleanses our sins away (Ephesians 1:7, 2:13; Colossians 1:14,20; Hebrews 9:22, 10:19; 1 Peter 1:18&19; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5) Jesus is God Almighty (John 1:1-3,14; John 10:33; Revelation 1:8, 19:13―The GODHEAD incarnate (Colossians 2:9; 1st Timothy 3:16). Jesus never sinned, He was perfect (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15,16) Jesus was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) If you believe these things, then you have seen the True and Living Jesus. It is essential that you recognize the correct Jesus because there are many “false” christs in the world today (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22). 1st John 4:1 warns… “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test with the Bible] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets [greedy liars] are gone out into the world.”John 6:40 says, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which SEETH the Son, and BELIEVETH on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”If you recognize Jesus as God Almighty, then you have SEEN the True Son. I don’t want you to believe on a fake Jesus. This is why I tell you that Jesus is God Almighty. Only Jesus forgave sin in the Bible (as only God can do). Only Jesus accepted the worship of others (as only God is entitled to). Jesus is God Almighty…”I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31 John 10:33 says, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, Makest Thyself God.”Jesus Himself claimed to be God in the flesh. Every false religion attacks Christ’s deity by trying to diminish or distort who Jesus is. Jehovah’s Witness and Mormons deny Jesus’ deity. Catholics elevate Mary to the same level as Jesus, teaching that she was sinless from birth, and never saw death; yet Romans 3:10 proclaims that Mary was a dirty rotten sinner―There is NONE righteous, no not one!Good Works Cannot Save!!! Do not ADD good deeds, merit, baptism or church membership to your faith, or else it is no faith at all. WARNING!!! Trust Jesus Christ alone or you will not be saved! Do not rely upon your church. Do not trust the Seven Sacraments. Do not trust in Mother Mary. Do not trust the Pope or your priest because they CANNOT do anything to help you! They surely have NO power to forgive your sins. They desperately need forgiveness themselves. Only God can forgive sin, and Jesus is Almighty God. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord Shall be saved.”(Romans 10:13) This is a PROMISE from God. If you will simply call (i.e., TRUST) upon the name of the Lord Jesus, you WILL be saved. How much “faith” do we need to be saved? JUST ENOUGH faith to “call.” Jesus died on the cross for you and me. Christ shed His sinless blood for you and me. Jesus was buried and rose again 3 days later for your justification and mine. Friend, do you realize your GUILT of sin? Do you see your condemned state and justly deserved penalty of hellfire? We read in Romans 3:19… “Now we know that what things soever THE LAW saith, it saith to them who are under THE LAW: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become GUILTY before God.” The Greek word for “guilty” here means, “to lose one’s case in court.” The Word of God testifies against us that we have sinned (Romans 3:23). To realize one’s guilt of sin means that we understand we are guilty sinners, who have lost our case in God’s court so-to-speak, and are found “guilty,” deserving of the death penalty in Hellfire… “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). We all deserve to be cast into the lake of Fire; but thanks be to God for the LITERAL precious sin-cleansing blood of Jesus that takes our sins away forever. The bottom line is that you need to have your sins forgiven!!! Only Jesus Christ can forgive those sins. Ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you. The word “call” in Romans 10:13 simply means “to trust upon.” In Old English, if you did business at someone’s shop, you were said to have “called” upon them for their services. Hence, the common business slogan, “Please call again.” When you call upon Jesus in faith to forgive your sins, He has promised to forgive and to save you. Forsake your false religion and turn (repent) to Christ alone for salvation. Cease from trusting in your own good works. Trust upon Christ’s finished work of redemption. Is it improper to pray to be saved, or to lead someone in a sinner’s prayer? Clearly the Word of God states that BELIEVING on Jesus is all that is required to have our sins forgiven (John 3:16); however, we see in the account of the publican who went up to the temple to pray (Luke 18:13), and again with the thief on the cross (Luke 23:42), that it is certainly acceptable for one to pray a sinner’s prayer for salvation. It is important to realize that prayer alone cannot save anyone (Matthew 7:22,23). A sinner’s prayer should be the outward manifestation of faith that already exists in one’s heart, for salvation is of the HEART… “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…” (Romans 10:10). This is why we read in Isaiah 65:24… “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Before the thief on the cross ever opened his mouth, he already had faith in the Lord or else he wouldn’t have asked Jesus to remember him. Salvation is of the heart; not the mouth. Many professed ‘Christians’ today are running around leading people in prayer to invite Jesus into their heart. This is not Scriptural. The issues of sin, condemnation, and judgment must be dealt with. Inviting Jesus into one’s heart, or making a commitment to God, is not salvation. Salvation is a dirty rotten sinner, who realizes his or her guilt and justly deserved penalty of Hellfire, coming to Jesus Christ in faith for forgiveness and salvation. There are many folks today, who profess the name of Jesus, who have no remorse whatsoever over their homosexuality, abortion, or worldly living. Something is wrong. Although a person does not have to forsake their sins to be saved, a genuine born again Christian will experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 12:8), and a changed life should manifest itself. This is exactly what the Apostle James meant when he said in James 2:18… “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James was speaking about being justified in the eyes of men. In Romans 4:5, the Apostle Paul spoke of being justified in the eyes of God when he said… “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” We see the sharp contrast here between being justified in the eyes of God by faith alone; verses being justified in the eyes of men by works. God can see the faith in our heart; but men cannot, so they look at our works alone. So please understand that although a sinner’s prayer is perfectly acceptable, it is not enough to save a person―There MUST be a heart’s faith in Jesus Christ. If you realize your sinfulness and guilt, and have faith in your heart and want to ask Jesus to save you, then you might pray something similar to this sinner’s prayer… Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner deserving of Hell. I believe that you are the Son of God, and that you died upon the cross, paying the price for my sins with your own blood. I now ask you to forgive all my sins and take me to Heaven when I die. I receive you as my personal Savior. Thank you for saving me, Amen. There’s nothing magical about the words friend, it’s just the simple fact that you went to Jesus for salvation that matters… “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13). You could have simply prayed, “Jesus forgive me.” It matters not what words you use, just as long as you realize your guilt as a sinner, and then believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you would like to learn more, I have written a book of 36 chapters concerning salvation. The Lord impressed upon my heart to share with others the life-changing and heart-warming truths which have blessed my life so much. My book is copyrighted, but you are welcome to use it freely. A good chapter to start is PUT ALL YOUR FAITH IN JESUS. Another great chapter is THE GIFT OF GOD. Also, please read HOW TO KNOW YOUR SAVED. I use the Bible extensively, the King James Bible exclusively. My book took one year for me to write, but a lifetime to prepare. I humbly present it to all who would allow me share my heart through my book. May God bless you!Below are hyperlinks to my book. I pray you will be enlightened and blessed, Dave. My book has never been sold, as I did not write it to make money. I wrote my book to help people who desire to understand more about salvation. If you have battled with the assurance of your salvation―My book WILL help you, as I personally went through a seven year battle with my own assurance:

The matter of salvation can be summed up in 2 simple facts:

  1. We are all woeful sinners, deserving of Hellfire.
  2. Jesus is the ONLY Savior and we MUST trust Him alone to save us.

God loves you…

David J. Stewart

‘US Builds 4 bases On Iraq-Iran Border’

An aerial image of Iraq-Iran border

The US military has constructed four advanced bases 20 miles from Iraq’s border with Iran, a senior Iraqi police officer has announced.

The bases, equipped with missile launch pads, have been set up over the past four months on the Iraq-Iran border; Iraqi al-Noor newspaper quoted the official as saying.

He added that one of the bases has been located 30 km (20 miles) from the first border town with Iran and houses remote-controlled launching pads as well as radar systems similar to ones used in Kuwait during the first Persian Gulf war.

“The bases do not serve military intentions and its staff would not be military personnel.”

According to the official, the bases are only precautionary measures in case of a military strike against Israel by Iran.

A team consisting of high-profile US marines, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) alongside Pentagon experts oversee the bases.

1776-1976 Queen Elizabeth Toasted on July 4th Bicentennial By 33 Degree Freemason Gerald Ford

1776… A declaration of Independence against the British power.

1976… A toast to the Queen, a parasitic leader who thinks she owns the world

Another testament to how far we’ve gone from liberty and how deeply we’ve descended into tyranny.

Some 32 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II made an official visit to the U.S. to celebrate the United States’ 200th Anniversary of independence for the tyrannical world power, Britain.

But on the bicentennial, that spirit of liberty and independence was undermined, perhaps, when Gerald Ford and Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller seemed to be more beholden to the splendor of the Queen– raising a glass to the United States in her name.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the Queen or other foreign powers visiting and making friends with our nation– but that intention of the country’s founding fathers– including personal liberty and avoiding entangling alliances with other countries (which leads to debilitating wars)– is now a far cry.

Instead, a globalist cartel of Kings & Queens, top bankers, heads of the world’s largest corporations really control the world’s affairs– particularly through secretive groups such as the Bilderberg group, the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, all interlocked with elitist councils such as the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Ask yourselfs– has America’s independence been forever shattered? Are we once again enslaved and in servitude to the agendas and whims of the few, the powerful-string pullers?

What ever happened to the rights of individuals, the decentralized & limited government. What became of the Republic, which balances powers through various channels– in opposition to subservient, bought & paid banana republic dictatorships?

We’ve come a long, long way. Find out more, and reclaim your roots of liberty at

Barack Obama May Recruit Defence Chief Robert Gates

Sarah Baxter / London Times | June 29, 2008

FLASHBACK: One of Obama’s chief advisers, Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-chaired a CFR report with Robert Gates shortly before Gates was appointed Defense Secretary entitled “Iran: Time for a New Approach.” [PDF]

In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House.

Obama’s top foreign policy and national security advisers are pressing the case for keeping Robert Gates at the Pentagon after he won widespread praise for his performance. The move would be in keeping with Obama’s desire to appoint a cabinet of all the talents.

After appealing for unity with former rival Hillary Clinton and her supporters and big donors last week, Obama, 46, is turning his attention to wooing Republicans and independent voters who may be concerned that he lacks the experience to be trusted with America’s defence.

Richard Danzig, an adviser to Obama on national security and a former navy secretary, said: “My personal position is Gates is a very good secretary of defence and would be an even better one in an Obama administration.”

The appointment would cause a furore among Democratic party activists but would have the advantage of providing continuity at a time when Iraq appears to be stabilising and demanding more independence from America.

Ivo Daalder of the Brookings Institution in Washington, a foreign policy adviser to Obama, said: “Robert Gates is one of the best defence secretaries we have had in a long time and it makes a lot of sense to keep him.”

Full article here.

Cheney And The Oil Bigs Planned U.S. War Policy Before 9/11

George Washington’s Blog | July 4, 2008

You may have heard that the Energy Task Force chaired by Dick Cheney prior to 9/11 collected maps of Iraqi oil, Saudi and United Arab Emerates fields and potential suitors for that oil. And you might have heard that the oil bigs attended the Task Force meetings.

But you probably haven’t heard that a secret document written by the National Security Council (NSC) on February 3, 2001 directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

“the review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.

It is difficult to brush off Cheney’s Energy Task Force’s examination of arab oil maps as a harmless comparison of American energy policy with known oil reserves because the NSC

    explicitly linked

the Task Force, oil, and regime change.

Indeed, a former senior director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs at the NSC said:

“if this little group was discussing geostrategic plans for oil, it puts the issue of war in the context of the captains of the oil industry sitting down with Cheney and laying grand, global plans”.

See also this essay.

Electric Shock For Air Passengers?

Michael Hampton

Homeland Stupidity
July 5, 2008

You check in at the airline ticket counter. But instead of a boarding pass, you get shackled with an electronic bracelet which tracks your every move, contains all your personal information, and can shock you senseless. This vision of the future of air security is being floated around the Department of Homeland Security’s research and development office.

According to a video promoting the so-called EMD Safety Bracelet, all airline passengers would be required to wear it “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”

The device, in addition to storing all of your sensitive personal information and tracking you with GPS, would allow someone to activate it remotely and immobilize the wearer for several minutes. This is EMD, or electro-muscular disruption.

And the Department of Homeland Security is interested in buying them.

According to a letter from Paul S. Ruwaldt of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the department is interested in using them to control illegal immigrants as well as “prisoner transportation, detainee control and . . . to improve air security, on passenger planes.”

Would every paying airline passenger flying on a commercial airplane be mandated to wear one of these devices? I cringe at the thought. Not only could it be used as a physical restraining device, but also as a method of interrogation, according to the same aforementioned letter from Mr. Ruwaldt.

Would you let them put one of those on your wrist? Would you allow the airline employees, which would be mandated by the government, to place such a bracelet on any member of your family?

Why are tax dollars being spent on something like this? Is this a police state or is it America? — Washington Times

While you’re celebrating your paid day off work today, government officials are hard at work looking for new and innovative ways to take away your freedom. You thought they were protecting your freedom?

Here’s what will happen if these things ever get used on airplanes. First, a lot of people will simply refuse to fly. Who can blame them? A lot more will refuse to fly when the first reports of how these things get used surface. One “unruly” passenger starts making noise on the plane and the crew, who have this nice shock collar device, aren’t going to spend a few minutes looking up which of the 87 passengers he is, especially if they “feel threatened.” They’re just going to shock everyone on the plane. Including you and your kids.

Ex-Agent Says CIA Ignored Iran Facts

Joby Warrick / Washington Post | July 1, 2008

A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.

The onetime undercover agent, who has been barred by the CIA from using his real name, filed a motion in federal court late Friday asking the government to declassify legal documents describing what he says was a deliberate suppression of findings on Iran that were contrary to agency views at the time.

The former operative alleged in a 2004 lawsuit that the CIA fired him after he repeatedly clashed with senior managers over his attempts to file reports that challenged the conventional wisdom about weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Key details of his claim have not been made public because they describe events the CIA deems secret.

The consensus view on Iran’s nuclear program shifted dramatically last December with the release of a landmark intelligence report that concluded that Iran halted work on nuclear weapons design in 2003. The publication of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran undermined the CIA’s rationale for censoring the former officer’s lawsuit, said his attorney, Roy Krieger.

“On five occasions he was ordered to either falsify his reporting on WMD in the Near East, or not to file his reports at all,” Krieger said in an interview.

In court documents and in statements by his attorney, the former officer contends that his 22-year CIA career collapsed after he questioned CIA doctrine about the nuclear programs of Iraq and Iran. As a native of the Middle East and a fluent speaker of both Farsi and Arabic, he had been assigned undercover work in the Persian Gulf region, where he successfully recruited an informant with access to sensitive information about Iran’s nuclear program, Krieger said.

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