Monthly Archives: September 2008

Group With Big Pharma Ties Wants To Shut Down Vaccine “Conspiracy Theories”

Kingpins of Military-Industrial complex say they will “brand” websites they consider “trustworthy and reliable sources of information”

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
September 15, 2008

A foundation populated by the giants of business, banking, government and military wants to “vet” websites and limit the spread of information that it says creates “conspiracy theories”.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), fronted by Internet creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says it is worried about the way the web has been “used to spread disinformation”.

Speaking to the BBC, Berners-Lee said that there needed to be a new system that would give websites a “label for trustworthiness” once they had been proved reliable sources. Only then would the rise of “cult thinking” be avoided according to Berners-Lee.

“On the web the thinking of cults can spread very rapidly and suddenly a cult which was 12 people who had some deep personal issues suddenly find a formula which is very believable,” Berners-Lee said. “A sort of conspiracy theory of sorts and which you can imagine spreading to thousands of people and being deeply damaging.”

Deeply damaging to who? one might ask. The answer is revealed in the list of The World Wide Web Consortium’s 400 plus members, the cream of the corporate world in conjunction with government agencies such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and military entities like the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Berners-Lee cites two examples of such “disinformation” or “conspiracy theories” in his interview with the BBC, both of which speak volumes about the aims and goals of this elite consortium:

Sir Tim talked to the BBC in the week in which Cern, where he did his pioneering work on the web, turned on the Large Hadron Collider for the first time.

The use of the web to spread fears that flicking the switch on the LHC could create a Black Hole that could swallow up the Earth particularly concerned him, he said. In a similar vein was the spread of rumours that the MMR vaccine given to children in Britain was harmful.

First of all, the fears that the CERN atom smasher could create dangerous miniature black holes was not simply made up out of thin air by tin foil hat wearing kooks. It was a theory cited by preeminent scientists such as Professor Otto Rössler, a German chemist at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, who were so worried they attempted to obtain an injunction from the European Court of Human Rights that would block the collider from being turned on at all.

A further lawsuit was filed by two American environmentalists in the Federal District Court in Honolulu who sought to force the U.S. government to withdraw its participation in the experiment.

The debate and furor over the LHC that followed was in reaction to legitimate news articles and reports surrounding the project and the opposition to it. So you see, far from what the W3C would have you believe, the fears were not unfounded “conspiracy theories” pedaled by basement dwelling internet trolls.

But of course, that wouldn’t matter to W3C given that they proudly list CERN itself as one of their members, thus any dissenting or critical material would naturally be considered “disinformation”.

Example two, the “damaging conspiracy theory” that MMR
vaccines are harmful, stems not from paranoid forum postings and misquoted blog entries, but from scientific research into the mercury based preservative thimerosal, developed by Eli Lilly and subsequently used in the MMR vaccine, along with many other vaccines.

Another big pharma kingpin, Merck & Co., Inc, is the world’s largest supplier of the MMR triple jab, which was linked to autism a decade ago by scientists such as Dr Andrew Wakefield, amongst others.

Studies have shown a direct relationship between mercury in children’s vaccines and autism. Further studies have shown a decline in neurodevelopmental disorders after the removal of thimerosal-containing vaccines. The preservative has been banned or limited in Europe, Japan, England and Russia. Furthermore, there are no reported instances of autism amongst religious groups
such as the Amish community and very few instances are reported in the third world.

Autism was a practically unknown affliction some decades back, but now one in every 150 children is affected.

Mercury is the second most toxic metal known to man behind Uranium. Thimerosal is used in vaccines not because it is good for you, but purely because it prevents vaccine contamination. Yet some have questioned why thimerosal is even considered for vaccines because there are obviously safer alternatives to preventing contamination.

Many believe the only reason it is still in vaccines is that it allows substantial savings for pharmaceutical companies. Questions also remain about how those companies conduct vaccine research and how the government regulates them.

While the corporate media continues to hype reports that contend the evidence for links between mercury laden vaccines and autism are not concrete, there are scores of studies and testimony from credible figures asserting the exact opposite, some of which we havepreviously covered in depth.

However, it is little wonder W3C considers such information to be “damaging” given that Eli Lilly and Merck & Co., Inc. are both paid up and approved members of the Consortium!

Other W3C members include Novartis Pharma AG and Pfizer Inc., two more giants of the pharmaceutical industry.

Though it is abundantly clear that the aim of the World Wide Web Consortium is to relegate and eventually eliminate any information that its corporate and government sector members consider dissenting, the BBC article concludes, “The Foundation will also look at concerns that the web has become less democratic, and its use influenced too much by large corporations and vested interests.”

The irony, the horrible horrible irony.

If anyone should be labeled with an “unreliable” rating, it is the WC3, a private interest group with a client list of big pharma titans as long as your arm telling you that their multi million dollar vaccine industry is totally safe and that any dissenting scientific fact or opinion, is a damaging conspiracy theory.

The efforts of groups and movements such as W3C represent an ongoing move to reign in the internet and limit its freedom.

On weekly basis we at Infowars and Prisonplanet receive e mails from across the US and the UK from people who have attempted to visit our websites yet found them to be blocked by filtration software that lists them as “hate” or “violence”. The sites are already categorized as “untrustworthy” on forums and social networks, despite the fact that 90% of the material we post is made up of mainstream news articles.

This precedent is merely the first indication of what is planned for the Internet over the next 5-10 years, with the traditional web becoming little more than a vast spy database that catalogues people’s every activity and bombards them with commercials, and where only government-approved websites that have obtained permission by means of an accepted registration application are allowed to be seen by web users.

Those who comply with centralized control and regulation of content will be free to enjoy the new super-fast Internet mark 2, where DVD quality movies can be downloaded in seconds, but at the cost of the Internet losing its role as the last true outpost of freedom of speech.

US Economy: Rudderless and Reeling From Direct Hits

Paul Craig Roberts
Information Clearing House
September 16, 2008

We were promised a “New Economy” of high-tech tradable services to take the place of the offshore manufacturing economy. Wondering what had become of the “New Economy,” Duke University’s Offshoring Research Network searched for it and located it offshore. Yes, the activities of the “New Economy” are also outsourced offshore.

Call centers, IT operations, back-office operations, and manufacturing have long been moved offshore. Now high-value-added proprietary activities such as research and development, engineering, product development, and analytical services are being sent offshore. All that’s left is finance, and it is crumbling before our eyes.

Independent broker-dealers are disappearing: Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers. These venerable institutions were too thinly capitalized for the risks that they took. Merrill Lynch is now part of the Bank of America, and Lehman Brothers is history.

Ill-advised financial deregulation led to financial concentration and not to more efficient markets. Independent local banks, which focused on financing local businesses, and Saving and Loan Associations, which knew the local housing market, have been replaced with large institutions that package unanalyzed risks and sell them worldwide.

Regulation over-reached. The pendulum swung. Deregulation became an ideology and a facilitator of greed.

Deregulating electric power gave us Enron.

Deregulating the airlines destroyed famous American brand names such as Pan Am, shrank the number of companies, and caused a decline in service. When airlines were regulated, they could afford standby equipment, and cancelled flights were rare. Today, the bottom line prohibits standby equipment, and mechanical problems result in cancelled flights. When economists calculated the benefits of deregulation, they left out many of its costs.

There are no longer any blue chip companies, which means that investing for retirement has become a crapshoot. People realize this; thus, the privatization of Social Security has no support.

If we look realistically at the US economy, we see that what is not moved offshore is being bailed out. Last year, the US Department of Energy was authorized to make $25 billion in loans to auto manufacturing firms and suppliers of automotive parts. Last week the Secretary of the Treasury took $5 trillion dollars in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home mortgages under its wing.
The Congressional Budget Office says this action by the Treasury means “that the operations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be directly incorporated into the federal budget.” http://cboblog.cbo.gov/ Their revenues would be treated as federal revenues, and their expenditures as federal expenditures. If the former were greater than the latter, there would be no reason for the takeover.

The open question is: what do these new liabilities do to the Treasury’s own credit standing?

For now, this question is submerged. The traditional practice of fleeing to the US dollar and US Treasury bonds during periods of financial stress and uncertainty has boosted the dollar and kept interest rates low. But sooner or later the large US budget deficit, worsened by recession and bailouts, and the large trade deficit, which requires constant recycling of dollars held by foreigners into US financial and real assets, will result in renewed effort on the part of foreigners to lighten their dollar holdings.

When this time arrives, US interest rates will have to rise in order for the government to be able to continue to rely on foreigners to recycle the dollars acquired in trade to finance the US government’s annual budget deficit.

The current financial problems have pushed into the background the larger problems of the US budget and trade deficits. Goods and services for American markets that US corporations outsource offshore return as imports, which widen the US trade deficit. Moving production offshore reduces US GDP and employment and increases foreign GDP and employment. Moving production offshore reduces the export capacity of the US economy while raising the import bill.

Therefore, how is the trade deficit to be closed? One way is through the dollar’s loss in exchange value, which would reduce American consumers’ real incomes and leave them too poor to purchase the offshore goods and services.

How is the budget deficit to be closed when jobs are disappearing and GDP (tax base) is being relocated offshore?

Not by higher taxes. Higher taxes are problematic for a recessionary economy in which unemployment, properly measured, is already in double digits ( http://www.shadowstats.com ).

Some people have speculated that the budget deficit will be closed by dismantling entitlement programs such as Medicare. However, considering the cost of medical insurance, this would be catastrophic for tens of millions of older Americans.

The more likely avenue will be a raid on private pensions. The Clinton administration’s appointee, Alicia Munnell, as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy argued that private pensions should face a capital levy to make up for the fact that their accumulation was tax free. I expect that the federal government, faced with its own bankruptcy, will resurrect this argument, as it will be preferable to printing money like a banana republic or Weimar Germany.

In the 21st century, the US economy has been kept going by debt expansion, not by real income growth. Economists have hyped US productivity growth, but there is no sign that increased productivity has raised family incomes, an indication that there is a problem with the productivity statistics. With consumers overloaded with debt and the value of their most important asset–housing–falling, the American consumer will not be leading a recovery.

A country that had intelligent leaders would recognize its dire straits, stop its gratuitous wars, and slash its massive military budget, which exceeds that of the rest of the world combined. But a country whose foreign policy goal is world hegemony will continue on the path to destruction until the rest of the world ceases to finance its existence.

Most Americans, including the presidential candidates and the media, are unaware that the US government today, now at this minute, is unable to finance its day to operations and must rely on foreigners to purchase its bonds. The government pays the interest to foreigners by selling more bonds, and when the bonds come due, the government redeems the bonds by selling new bonds. The day the foreigners do not buy is the day the American people and their government are brought to reality.

This is not the financial position of a superpower.

Will what happened to Lehman Brothers today be America’s fate tomorrow?

The Little Known “False Flag” Attack To Make A Killing On The Speculation Market

Wayne Madsen
Online Journal
September 14, 2008

Prior to the 9/11 attacks, insider trading “put options” were placed on United and American Airlines stocks. The speculative options on United were placed between September 6 and 7, 2001 and on American on September 10 at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange.

Hostages
A classified CIA document on the Mossad captured by Iranian militants who took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 and later published in full, outlined Mossad’s activities around the world, including “false flag” tactics and the blackmailing of U.S. officials.

Put options are bets that a stock will fall in value and the owner has the option of buing the stock at a lower rate and sell them at the highest rate, thus earning a quick windfall profit. The put options on the two airlines’ stock was reportedly six times higher than normal. Other unusual “put option” activity was registered with three European reinsurance firms, Germany Re, Swiss Re, AXA of France, in addition to World Trade Center occupant Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.

There was a previous attempt to use a “false flag” terrorist attack to manipulate international markets to earn a quick profit. According to The Washington Post, two individuals, Jay Aubrey Elliott and Rolf Dunbier, were once arrested in New York for planning to blow up the Kafue River bridge in Zambia, the only bridge servicing Zambia’s Copperbelt Province. At the same time, Violet Elliott, Elliott’s wife; Efraim Ronen, Benjamin Edoui, Yitzhak Markovitch, and Raphael Tseriano were arrested in Tel Aviv by Israeli police after the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, and the FBI discovered the plan to blow up the Zambian bridge in order to drive up the world’s copper prices. Jay Elliott had earlier visited Tel Aviv to sign up explosive experts to blow up the Zambian bridge. Law enforcement authorities in Zambia and the United States were tipped off about the plan.

Jay Elliott and Dunbier were charged with violating the federal Neutrality Act, which forbids American citizens and foreigners in the United States from waging war against nations with which the United States is at peace. The act has been used only rarely by the federal government, having in the past charged U.S. citizens and nationals with conspiring to commit acts of war against Haiti and Laos. No action was taken against right-wing conspirators who used U.S. soil to plan and carry out military action against Cuba and Nicaragua.

Although the conspiracy by Israeli and American nationals against Zambia’s railway bridge appear to have come from recent headlines, the story was published in The Washington Post on November 9, 1966.

The Mossad was never officially implicated in the planned attack on Zambia but the Israeli intelligence agency conducted a number of “false flag” attacks before and after 1966.

In 1954, Israeli Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon secretly organized a terrorist attack on the U.S. Information Service library in Cairo, Egypt, that would be conducted so the Americans would blame the Egyptian government of Gamal Abdel Nasser. In November 1968, King Hussein of Jordan discovered that Israel was behind the Kateb al Nasr commando group that attacked the U.S. embassy in Amman with the deaths of 29 civilians and security personnel. Israel was hoping to cause the United States to blame Jordan for the attack.

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as “Carlos the Jackal,” maintained that it was the Mossad that killed two French police agents and a Lebanese informant in 1975. The two policemen, Raymond Dous and Jean Donatini, and the Lebanese informant, Michel Moukharbal, were investigating a terrorist attack on El Al Airlines at Orly Airport. “Carlos” said Mossad was trying to frame him for the murders.

Sarah Palin Talks Lightly About Nuclear War

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin is now officially the poster child for the insanity of the neocons. Interviewed by ABC News, the vice presidential candidate said war with Russia is a possibility. “We have to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there,” she averred. “I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally. If another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help…. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller, democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable.”

Palin is wrong on all counts. First, Georgia is not a member of NATO and is not likely to become so, mostly because the Europeans are more sane than the American neocons, primarily because they live next door to Russia. Second, Russia did not invade Georgia, Russia defended South Ossetia from an attack launched by Georgia. In its defensive action, Russia took out Georgia’s military capacity and that necessitated going into Georgia proper. Third, Georgia is not a democracy as should be apparent when one looks at Saakashvili’s reaction to opposition protesters last year — he responded with tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and a “state of emergency,” that is to say martial law. Of course, in Bushzarro world, a government installed by NED and Soros is considered a democracy — and black is white and up is down.

Cheney trekked to Ukraine last week to tell Yushchenko and his color revolution installed gang that the U.S. will support their effort to get into NATO, never mind this is unpopular in the country. “It is obvious that so far the majority of people in Ukraine is opposed to NATO membership and wants it to remain neutral,” reports Ilya Kramnik for RIA Novosti. “In the complicated domestic situation, forced entry into NATO may split the country and some of its regions may secede. Such an outcome is not likely to please either Kiev or Brussels, so there are no grounds to expect Ukraine’s fast NATO entry.” Naturally, the wishes of the people will not be allowed to stand in the way of the neocons and their brazen and clumsy attempts to provoke Russia.

All this NATO business increases the prospect of war between the United States and Russia, as Palin admitted. “The problem with NATO expansion is simply this: each expansion calls into question NATO’s willingness to go to war. Would the US and Europe and (importantly) Turkey really declare war with Russia over Georgia or one of the Baltic States? Or even the Ukraine?” notes Ian Welsh.

NATO expansion threatens the equilibrium of mutually assured destruction. MAD [Mutually Assured Destruction] requires that both sides have clear and transparent knowledge of what the other side will and won’t escalate over. In the Cold War, both sides knew that an attack on a NATO or Warsaw Pact member by the other side would lead to general war, and understood that that general war could easily escalate to nuclear confrontation, probably started by whoever thought they were losing.

For Palin, or rather her neocon handlers, this is not a big deal. If you think the prospect of a nuclear war will make the neocons back off, think again. It’s not simply hubris or mental illness — the neocons want war, and the bigger the better, because it will make possible the realization of their demented, crypto-fascist philosophy based on the dictatorial musings of the Nazi crown jurist Carl Schmitt. Total war, even nuclear war, will promote their Hobbesian view of the world where an absolute decider-commander demands absolute submission. Of course, a little radiation does not bother the neocons, as they have bunks reserved in the fallout shelter.

As Paul Craig Roberts notes, the neocons are determined to have a war with Russia. “The Committee on the Present Danger regarded the neocons as crazy people who would get America into a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The neocons hated President Reagan, because he ended the cold war with diplomacy, when they desired a military victory over the Soviet Union,” writes Roberts.

The Republicans will get us into more wars. Indeed, they live for war. McCain is preaching war for 100 years. For these warmongers, it is like cheering for your home team. Win at all costs. They get a vicarious pleasure out of war. If the US has to tell lies in order to attack countries, what’s wrong with that? “If we don’t kill them over there, they will kill us over here.”

It’s funny, in a perverse sort of way, that the corporate media went around and around about Barack Obama’s lipstick on a pig comment. In fact, the lipstick is on Mars, the god of war in Roman mythology. Our neocon novi homines want their “dictator in perpetuity,” their Julius Caesar, to lead them into battle against Russia and China. McCain is a sorry dictator perpetuo, but it really does not matter who sits atop the throne because the neocons call the shots — and the final shot will come screaming in on a Russian SS-25 with a thermonuclear payload.

Palin may not realize what she is saying when she talks about NATO and confronting Russia. But then she really does not need to because she is little more than a cigar store Indian with talking points in hand composed by a coterie of madmen.

She too has a reserved spot in the bunker.

Royal Mail Honors Eugenicist & Nazi Sympathizer

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Friday, September 12, 2008

Royal Mail

Royal Mail is set to honor Marie Stopes, a feminist who opened the first birth control clinic in Britain in 1921 as well as being Nazi sympathizer and a eugenicist who advocated that non-whites and the poor be sterilized, by adopting her image for a new set of stamps.

Stopes, a racist and an anti-Semite, campaigned for selective breeding to achieve racial purity, a passion she shared with Adolf Hitler in adoring letters and poems that she sent the leader of the Third Reich.

The feminist also attended the Nazi congress on population science in Berlin in 1935, while calling for the “compulsory sterilisation of the diseased, drunkards, or simply those of bad character.” Stopes acted on her appalling theories by concentrating her abortion clinics in poor areas so as to reduce the birth rate of the lower classes.

Stopes left most of her estate to the Eugenics Society, an organization that shared her passion for racial purity and still exists today under the new name The Galton Institute. The society has included members such as Charles Galton Darwin (grandson of the evolutionist) , Julian Huxley and Margaret Sanger.

Ominously, The Galton Institute website promotes its support and funding initiative for “the practical delivery of family planning facilities, especially in developing countries.” In other words, the same organization that once advocated sterilizing black people to achieve racial purity in the same vein as the Nazis is now bankrolling abortions of black babies in the third world.

Several prominent individuals have expressed their outrage that Stopes is to be included on the 50p stamp in Britain.

Chaplain to the Stock Exchange Peter Mullen, who is Rector of St Michael’s in the City of London, branded Stopes a ‘Nazi sympathiser’.

He said: ‘She campaigned to have the poor, the sick and people of mixed race sterilised.

‘Stopes extended her vile doctrines even to her own family. She cut her son Harry out of her will after he married a near- sighted woman – actually the daughter of Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb deployed by the Dambusters.

‘She planned to adopt a child herself-but stipulated that “the boy must be completely healthy, intelligent and uncircumcised”.

‘The managers of the Royal Mail deserve to be condemned for their honouring Marie Stopes.’

Anthony Ozimic of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children said: “Praising Marie Stopes as a woman of distinction should be as unacceptable as praising Adolf Hitler as a great leader.”

“Both promoted compulsory sterilisation and thereby the eventual elimination of society’s most vulnerable members to achieve what they called racial progress.”

Others are now campaigning to return any items of mail with the new stamp on them.

The fact that the image of Stopes was chosen by a group of female academics and historians underscores the very real foothold that eugenics-style thinking still maintains amongst 21st century elitists.

Alex Jones’ 2007 documentary End Game exposes how the origins of eugenics began not with Hitler and the Nazis, but in fact with the Anglo-American elite towards the end of the 19th century.

The same sentiments continue to be advanced, albeit under different guises such as theOptimum Population Trust movement and some aspects of environmentalism, such as the promotion of one child policies to reduce global warming.

Infamously, an Australian ABC News website aimed at children caused outrage back in May when it advised kids of “when you should die” by calculating their “carbon footprint.”

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that many would still find common ground with Stopes’ disgusting Nazi ideology even today. Indeed, one of the first reader comments on a Daily Mail article on the subject in response to Stopes’ advocacy of sterilizing parents who the state decrees to be of “bad character” states, “I do not agree with many of her ideas but this one is probably not a bad idea for todays society.”

In fact – the majority of the respondents to the article agree that most humans should be sterilized and/or killed.

“A lot of people should be sterilized, IMO. It’s still true today,” writes another.

“Just imagine what a stable, well-ordered society we’d have if compulsory sterilisation had been adopted years ago for the socially undesirable,” states another respondent, calling for a “satellite-carried sterilisation ray” to be installed in space to zap the undesirables.

Shockingly, another compares sterilization and genocide of those deemed inferior to the breeding and culling of farmyard animals, and says that such a move is necessary to fight overpopulation and global warming. Here is the comment in full from “Karen” in Wales;

We breed farm animals to produce the best possible stock and kill them when they have fulfilled their purpose. We inter-breed pedigree animals to produce extremes that leave them open to ill-health and early death. It is only religion that says humans are not animals. The reality is that we are simply intelligent, mammalian primates.

The world population of humans has increased from 2 billion to 6.5 billion in the last 50 years. This planet can support 2 billion humans comfortably. 6.5 billion humans use too many resources and leads to global warming, climate change and a very uncertain future for all of us – humans and all other life sharing this planet with us.

Marie Stopes believed in population control and in breeding the best possible humans. So did Hitler. Neither of the aims are bad in themselves. It is how they are achieved that is the problem. The fact that we still remember Marie Stopes is an achievement in itself.

The nature of these comments is so fundamentally sick and twisted that one is tempted to dismiss them as a joke – but these people are deadly serious.

The kind of people who express such sentiments to ‘improve society by sterilizing the scum’ or to “save the planet’ are blissfully ignorant of the fact that to elitists we are all scum too. Anyone who is not a member of the elite, whether they are middle class or working class, are considered inferior and this is why the prevalence of such ideas is so dangerous to everyone.

In addition, those advocating the wholesale genocide of over 4 billion people and dismissing it as nothing more immoral than the culling of livestock seem to be somewhat reticent to offer themselves or their family members up as the first to be sacrificed ‘for the good of the earth’.

Problem, Reaction, Solution In Pakistan

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
September 11, 2008

Julian Barnes, writing for the Los Angeles Times, tells us:

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today the U.S. is “running out of time” to get the war in Afghanistan right and announced that he was developing a “new, more comprehensive strategy” to cover the entire region.

Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the Joint Chiefs chairman, and Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates both emphasized in congressional testimony that the military and broader U.S. government needed to look at the threat from Pakistan’s tribal regions and the insurgency in Afghanistan as a single problem.

In recent months, military leaders have looked at the movement of extremists across the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan with growing alarm. And today Gates and Mullen echoed regional commanders’ concerns that havens in Pakistan were fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan.

Fusion center
Reagan meets with CIA-ISI lavished Afghan Mujahideen, later to become the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Reagan would call these religious fanatics and cutthroats “freedom fighters.”

Once again, we have the Hegelian dialectic in action. The CIA essentially created the Afghan Mujahideen, later to be called al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of another dialectical project — taking down the Soviet Union, a pet project of Zbigniew Brzezinski — and this assemblage of Wahabbi religious fanatics, misfits, cutthroats, mental cases, and psychotics was set-up, with the blessing of Pakistan’s intelligence service and the CIA, in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

In 1980, writes Phil Gasper, with the “support of Pakistan’s military dictator, General Zia-ul-Haq, the U.S. began recruiting and training both mujahideen fighters from the 3 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and large numbers of mercenaries from other Islamic countries. Estimates of how much money the U.S. government channeled to the Afghan rebels over the next decade vary, but most sources put the figure between $3 billion and $6 billion, or more. Whatever the exact amount, this was ‘the largest covert action program since World War II’ — much bigger, for example, than Washington’s intervention in Central America at the same time, which received considerably more publicity.”

In 1985, Reagan issued a National Security Decision Directive to escalate covert action in Afghanistan significantly, providing the Mujahideen “with extensive satellite reconnaissance data of Soviet targets on the Afghan battlefield, plans for military operations based on the satellite intelligence, intercepts of Soviet communications, secret communications networks for the rebels, delayed timing devices for tons of C-4 plastic explosives for urban sabotage, and sophisticated guerrilla attacks, long-range sniper rifles, a targeting device for mortars that was linked to a U.S. Navy satellite, wire-guided anti-tank missiles, and other equipment,” and eventually 1,000 state-of-the-art, shoulder-fired Stinger antiaircraft missiles.

“By 1987, the annual supply of arms had reached 65,000 tons, and a ‘ceaseless stream’ of CIA and Pentagon officials were visiting Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Rawalpindi and helping to plan mujahideen operations,” notes Gasper. “CIA operations officers helped Pakistani trainers establish schools for the mujahideen in 

Lehman Brothers Bank Collapse

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Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, rival Merrill Lynch has sought refuge by selling itself to Bank of America, and insurance giant AIG needs emergency funding.

The collapse of Lehman has triggered turmoil in global financial markets, but the repercussions go much wider.

How does it affect me?

Nobody has a Lehman Brothers cheque book or current account. The company is an investment bank that specialises in big and complex deals and investments.

Despite this, Lehman’s collapse and the troubles of other financial institutions will probably be felt by millions of people around the world – at least indirectly.

Most of our banks and pension funds have dealings with Lehman, or with firms like hedge funds that traded extensively with Lehman.

Unwinding Lehman’s complex deals will take months if not years. During that time the global financial system will be snarled up. Many banks won’t know for sure how much they are exposed to Lehman, and will have difficulty freeing up the money in those deals.

This in turn is likely to intensify the credit crunch, with potentially dire consequences for businesses and consumers.

And the dramatic collapse of Lehman Brothers has also shaken the financial markets, with share prices slumping around the world.

You will feel the impact even if you are not a banker or shareholder.

Your pension fund may have a wobble. Your employer may find it more difficult to do business. And you yourself may have more difficulty getting a personal loan or mortgage.

Are any other firms in trouble?

Well, for starters there is Merrill Lynch. US authorities and many bankers feared that after Lehman’s demise the attention of investors and speculators would have moved to Merrill.

The bank hopes to find safety under the roof of banking giant Bank of America.

The biggest worry, though, is insurance giant AIG. The company is running out of cash to cover its losses and has asked the government for an emergency bridging loan, reportedly to the tune of $40bn.

If AIG is in trouble, it would directly affect millions of consumers and companies around the world. It would also hurt the whole financial system, because AIG is in the centre of a web of complex financial deals.

And compared with AIG, the crisis surrounding Lehman is small beer.

Why did Lehman fail?

Lehman Brothers was the fourth-largest investment bank in the United States.

It was considered one of Wall Street’s biggest dealers in fixed-interest trading and was heavily invested in securities linked to the US sub-prime mortgage market.

With these investments now shunned as high risk, analysts say it was inevitable that confidence in Lehman Brothers would likely be hit – particularly after the collapse of Bear Stearns earlier this year.

In its June to August period last year, the bank said it would make write downs of $700m as it adjusted the value of its investments in residential mortgages and commercial property.

One year on this figure soared to $7.8bn, which last week resulted in Lehman reporting the largest net loss in its history. The bank also admitted that it still had $54bn of exposure to hard-to-value mortgage-backed securities.

As a result, Lehman saw its share price plummet more than 95%.

Despite having access to cash reserves, worried investors pummelled the firm’s shares last week after talks to raise billions of dollars from outside investors ran into a brick wall.

Why didn’t the US Treasury save Lehman Brothers?

When Bear Stearns ran into trouble, the US Treasury made the terms favourable for JP Morgan Chase to buy it.

And just last week, the US government effectively nationalised Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which between them own or guarantee about half of the $12 trillion US mortgage market.

So already the US tax payer has been put at risk of shouldering the burden of billions of dollars of losses, and it is becoming politically less acceptable for the government to keep bailing out private companies.

By not giving UK bank Barclays a guarantee for Lehman’s trading obligations as part of a deal to buy the business, analysts say the US Treasury has put a line under its willingness to use public money to rescue banks which have made wrong decisions.

Instead, government officials have focused on supporting the financial system in other ways, announcing measures to ease access to emergency credit for struggling financial companies.

How big is Lehman Brothers?

Founded in 1850 by three immigrants from Germany, Lehman Brothers has been a prominent investment bank in Wall Street for decades.

It operates at a wholesale level, dealing with governments, companies and other financial institutions, employing 25,000 people worldwide, including 5,000 in the UK.

Its core business includes buying and selling shares and fixed income assets, trading and research, investment banking, investment management and private equity.

As the crisis in financial markets gathered momentum, it saw its share price collapse from $82 to less than $4.

No Consensus On Who Was Behind Sept 11 – Global Poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, there is no consensus outside the United States that Islamist militants from al Qaeda were responsible, according to an international poll published on Wednesday.

The survey of 16,063 people in 17 nations found majorities in only nine countries believe al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 3,000 people in 2001.

U.S. officials squarely blame al Qaeda, whose leader Osama bin Laden has boasted of organizing the suicide attacks by his followers using hijacked commercial airliners.

On average, 46 percent of those surveyed said al Qaeda was responsible, 15 percent said the U.S. government, 7 percent said Israel and 7 percent said some other perpetrator. One in four people said they did not know who was behind the attacks.

The poll was conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org, a collaborative project of research centers in various countries managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland in the United States.

In Europe, al Qaeda was cited by 56 percent of Britons and Italians, 63 percent of French and 64 percent of Germans. The U.S. government was to blame, according to 23 percent of Germans and 15 percent of Italians.

Respondents in the Middle East were especially likely to name a perpetrator other than al Qaeda, the poll found.

Israel was behind the attacks, said 43 percent of people in Egypt, 31 percent in Jordan and 19 percent in the Palestinian Territories. The U.S. government was blamed by 36 percent of Turks and 27 percent of Palestinians.

In Mexico, 30 percent cited the U.S. government and 33 percent named al Qaeda.

The only countries with overwhelming majorities blaming al Qaeda were Kenya with 77 percent and Nigeria with 71 percent.

Interviews were conducted in China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Egypt, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine.

The poll, taken between July 15 and Aug. 31, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 to 4 percent.

It Felt Like “Martial Law” In Los Angeles!

Daily Paul
September 14, 2008

In my life I have never seen anything like this! My niece got married today. The Wedding festivities ended at midnight. On my way home on the opposite side of the #60 freeway going into Downtown L. A. I see very large trucks w/flashing lights – about 25 to 30 – lined up to form a single-file line for cars to follow to be stopped by at least 2 dozen police! This is on a 5-lane freeway, mind you!

Thousands of cars and thousands of unsuspecting people are experiencing for the first time in their lives, the full impact of what a police state is all about this morning, folks! The freeway looks like a parking lot!

As I transitioned to the northbound Golden State Frwy, aka the #5 Freeway, which starts at the Canadian border and runs through Washington State, through Oregon and all the way through California to the Mexican border, just before I get to downtown L. A. on my side of the freeway I see the same thing in the distance. Again, lots of trucks w/flashing lights and tons of cars stopping ahead of me to be herded to the checkpoint.

So, I quickly and fortunately got off at the very next offramp and tried to get on, again, further up the road. However, there were several arrows on the streets for people to follow – seemingly to take you on a detour to another on ramp – but, no; they only led to more check points!

Because I know my city like the back of my hand, I managed to evade the check points by going through neighborhood streets until I could finally get back onto the freeway some distance beyond the checkpoint. I live in Burbank and I couldn’t get onto the northbound Golden State Frwy until I passed Griffith park which is about 3 to 4 miles beyond where the check point started on the freeway on my side (about 6 to 7 miles from where I first noticed the check point on the opposite side of the freeway!)

Every single one of those 3 to 4 miles on my side had cars w/mulitple passengers in them and the cars were at a complete stop waiting for their turn to be chuted in like cattle to be asked for their papers (?) and to be questioned by the cops (for possible DUI?). I would say, there were, at least, 3 to 4 and maybe even 5 thousand cars, approximately, on both sides of the checkpoints waiting to get through the. Unbelievable!!

Never in my 61 years have I ever seen anything like this before!!

I saw at least 25 tow trucks pulling vehicles away from the check point areas. I’m very much in shock and very fortunate to know my way around my city to have avoided what is still going on as I type this message. I had such a wonderful day only to be knocked back to the ugly reality of what is happening to us in our country, Martial Law! IT’S SCARY OUT THERE!!

Homeland Security Sets Up Suspicionless Checkpoints Along Roads In Washington State

Seattle Indymedia Center
September 13, 2008

Homeland security has setup up 3 internal checkpoints on the Olympic Peninsula. These checkpoints are in addition to checkpoints at Washington Ferry docks and highway border crossings. According to the U.S. Border Patrol, it has a jurisdiction of about 100 miles from the border. This puts most of Washington state in an area where border checkpoints are authorized, including Seattle.

In August and again in the beginning of September, the Department of Homeland Security has set up suspicion-less checkpoints on the Washington peninsula. The checkpoints are in the town of Forks, at the west side of the Hood Canal bridge going east bound, and at the third near Discovery Bay on US 101. Forks is a timber town of 3,200 people that is 56 miles from the nearest ferry terminal connecting Washington to Canada. At the road checkpoints there and elsewhere, the border patrol ask drivers different types of questions to gauge their status in the U.S., including questions about citizenship. Please review this video to understand how to deal with this illegal check points:

You don’t have to answer Border Patrol’s questions. Ask if you are being detained.

At the end of August, about 60 people demonstrated against the Forks Border Patrol checkpoint. Edgar Ayala, a Forks High School athlete who graduated with honors in June, was arrested on August 20th at the Border Patrol checkpoint and deported to Mexico. Tanya Ward, one of the organizers of the protest, is a member of the Hoh tribe and told a reporter from the Penninsula Daily News that she felt that immigrants are treated with the same unfairness shown to Native Americans. She said, “I don’t think it’s right for them to be taken out of their homes when their children are here and they’re not doing anything wrong.”

If you are interested in protesting these illegal road blocks please contact me: ceakins at gmail dot com

I live in the Peninsula, in Kitsap county.

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