Archive for May, 2011
May 30th, 2011 by olddog
By Frosty Wooldridge
May 30, 2011
In what can only be labeled a victory for the American people and the rule of law along with states’ rights, the Supreme Court this week upheld Arizona’s E-Verify law that mandates that employers hire legal American citizens and not illegal aliens.
Roy Beck, director of NumbersUSA.org, gave this definitive interview on this victory:
“The most important result of today's Supreme Court rulingprobably is not what will happen in the states but in Congress,” said Beck. “With more than a dozen states with different E-Verify laws and different rules for businesses — and with the Supreme Court opening the way for all other states to adopt their own rules — the business lobbies ought to be ready to work with Congress to pass a uniform national law.
“Many businesses that operate in multiple states are already complaining to their lobbyists that they don't like operating under all the different rules and would prefer a national law. Unless Congress passes a mandatory E-Verify law this year, at least a dozen more states are likely next winter to pass their own E-Verify laws.
“One of the complaints that business lobbyists are hearing from their members in states WITH E-Verify laws is that they don't like competing with businesses in other states that are allowed to use cheaper illegal labor while forcing taxpayers to subsidize them. So many businesses in E-Verify states are joining us in the pressure for a national law.”
BUSINESS LOBBIES HAVE BLOCKED TOTAL E-VERIFY IN CONGRESS FOR 15 YEARS — BUT WE HAVE BEEN WINNING STEP VICTORIES
‘Lobbyists for business groups and illegal-alien advocacy groups have blocked Congress from passing a national mandatory law since 1996,” said Beck. “NumbersUSA and its allies have fought every year to win incremental victories. First, to create the workplace verification system as a pilot program for just a few states. Later, to expand the voluntary system nationwide. Most recently to persuade Pres. Obama to mandate its use for all federal contractors.
“If the Supreme Court had knocked us down today, the business lobbies would have looked out over a whole nation without any states requring employers to electronically verify that they weren't hiring illegal foreign workers. And they would have felt little pressure to do anything other than they've always done, which is to throw all their weight in Congress toward protecting employers that prefer to hire illegal aliens over unemployed Americans. But not now.”
THIS WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION COURT CASE — AND WE WON IT
The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, 09-115.
“Of all the open-border groups' court challenges against immigration enforcement across the country, this suit before the U.S. Supreme Court (that was heard last December) was/is by far the most important.”
AND WE WON IT 5-3!
“Nothing will do more to retard future illegal immigration and accelerate the departure of the current illegal population than taking away the job magnet,” said Beck. “Arizona and more than a dozen other states have already passed various versions of E-Verify law. All of those could have been wiped out when the Supreme Court announced its decision this morning.
“But instead, our strategy of mandating E-Verify in as many states as possible to pressure Congress to do it nationwide has been approved by the highest court of the land.”
NumbersUSA's AMICUS BRIEF WAS PART OF THIS COURT CASE
“You may remember that as soon as the Supreme Court began business last fall NumbersUSA filed an Amicus brief in support of the State of Arizona making sure that the Justices and their clerks were aware of a number of important legal and factual points that we weren't certain were in the main briefs.
“The key issue in the court case was whether Arizona could take away the business license of an employer who refuses to use E-Verify. The NumbersUSA Amicus went into great detail in showing that such a state law is precisely what Congress has set up as a state enforcement option over the last 25 years. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts who said that Arizona's E-Verify law "falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states."
“Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. (The newest Justice, Elena Kagan, was not involved in this case because she had been part of Pres. Obama's support of the Chamber of Commerce before she was elected to the Court.)
“Please keep opening our email Alerts and joining with your fellow citizens in considering all the actions we will be offering you the next weeks to get a vote on E-Verify on the House floor this summer and in the Senate by fall.”
In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself.
“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a word “Mind boggling!”www.NumbersUSA.org
Listen to Frosty Wooldridge on Wednesdays as he interviews top national leaders on his radio show "Connecting the Dots" at www.themicroeffect.com at 6:00 PM Mountain Time. Adjust tuning in to your time zone.
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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I saw this coming long ago.
One way or another, our sick scumbag government will control who works, and who does not, where you work, and everything else about you. Thanks to the assholes in the International Chamber of Commerce and all those who supported this bill, Americans will now have to surrender documentation to their employer just to have a job.
CONGRATULATIONS FROSTY, AND NUMBERS U.S.A., YOU HAVE HELPED THE GOVERNMENT PASS A NATIONAL I.D. WITH REAL TEETH!
MOST AMERICANS WOULD SELL THEIR MOTHER'S FOR A JOB!
May 30th, 2011 by olddog
The Daily Bell
Monday, May 30, 2011 – by Staff Report
Why Christine Lagarde should never be head of the IMF … Christine Lagarde is in poll position. Having put her name forward last week, the silver-haired French finance minister may well become the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Lagarde has, with a depressing inevitability, secured the backing of most European countries. The UK was among the first to endorse her. There are rumours the mighty US could soon throw its weight behind Lagarde – making her bid a fait accompli. Europe seems determined to retain its prerogative of appointing the boss of the world's most important financial watchdog. Throughout the IMF's 65-year history, all 11 bosses have been from Western Europe. In return for allowing this stitch-up, America has traditionally provided the IMF deputy, while securing the top spot at the World Bank. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: At this most critical time, this Western powers are about to make a critical mistake regarding this critical facility!
Free-Market Analysis: There seems to be emerging consensus in the constitutionally suspicious alternative Internet press that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was "stung" for any one of a variety of reasons. It was not rape, therefore, that brought him down but his effectiveness in dealing with the EU's economic crisis.
Alternatively, we have read, his arrest provided a distraction from the real and serious failures surrounding the great powers ability to deal with the unfolding crisis.
Finally, there is the idea that DSK wanted to continue to rejigger the voting mechanisms of the IMF. The US currently holds 17 percent of the votes in the IMF and IMF bylaws demand a majority of 85 percent for any substantial moves or changes in policy. Thus, the IMF is the US's creation and is beholden to it.
Anyway, we've stayed away from speculating. We don't seen any specific promotional value in what happened to DSK, other than to reinforce the meme that American justice is absolutely pure and non-discriminatory. But that's a pretty small, sub dominant meme, not one that would seem especially worth reinforcing at this point in time.
While we are not tempted to join the fray regarding DSK conspiracy theories, we have presented on several occasions the one powerful dominant social theme that has predictably emerged from the affair, which is that the IMF is an incredibly important institution and that its leaders are really, really, really important people.
In fact, if there were no IMF and no leadership it is likely – so we are informed – that the world's economies would probably collapse sooner rather than later. You can see our previous articles on the topic here:
We recently analyzed the memes in an article by Joseph Stiglitz on this topic, entitled, "The IMF cannot afford to make a mistake with Strauss-Kahn's successor." Now the UK Telegraph has issued yet another jeremiad on the importance of the IMF from columnist Liam Halligan. This focuses on the meme of IMF-as-most-important-institution-ever.
The institution he writes, "needs to reflect the extent to which the world has changed since it was launched from the ashes of the Second World War." Why? Because the markets could soon face another "Lehman moment." Lehman Brothers is widely held to have destabilized global markets in 2008.
From this (fallacious in our view) perspective, Halligan goes on to argue that it would be a "historic" mistake to appoint a European to head the IMF, especially given that non-Western countries compose most of the world's population now, some 80 percent. He cites other statistics too: The world's markets produce half the GDP and out-trade the West. They hold most of the world's currency reserves and are not mired in debt.
The IMF, he concludes, needs a leader from the developing world, a world that has arranged its finances better than the Western world. The West does not have a moral argument to make regarding IMF leadership. The mess it has made collectively of its finances has removed its credibility and "moral authority."
Halligan is also upset over the idea that the new leader of the IMF might be what he calls a "politician." Halligan claims the IMF "works properly" when it is taking an adversarial role and "banging political heads." The IMF must be seen as "tough – even unreasonably tough … an IMF that colludes with the political classes isn't enacting reform. It is simply helping the politicians bury their mistakes and kick any problems into the long grass where they will fester." Here's some more from the article:
The IMF should be respected – even feared. It is for the politicians to stand up and face the political music – explaining to their electorates why harsh actions are needed and why nations can't go on living beyond their means. Perhaps the most dangerous type of politician to run the Fund is a politician still hankering after high office. Strauss-Kahn, of course, was using the post and the influence it bestowed over trillions of dollars of bail-out cash, as a platform for a French presidential bid. As such, he turned the IMF into a soft-credit society for the eurozone's periphery nations, holding the single-currency together for the benefit of his Franco-German friends.
Strauss-Kahn's continued insistence on "just one more bail-out", rather than forcing Greece, Portugal and the rest to face up to genuine debt-restructuring, also made sure that the losses stayed with plebian taxpayers, rather than being shifted on to Europe's banks. He could have called in the favour, no doubt, when the need came to finance his campaign for the ultimate prize. It was not to be for Strauss-Kahn, of course. But what is to stop Lagarde following the same route? …
Running the IMF, now more than ever, requires economic expertise, massive intellectual authority and a willingness to be deeply unpopular – particularly, if you are a European, on your home turf. The emerging economies need to stop moaning, put their differences aside, and set their combined authority behind a world-class economic policy-maker to run the IMF. Such nations should be doing everything in their power to wrestle control of this pivotal institution from a Western political elite that is not only intellectually inadequate, but which seems determined to compound the world's economic problems …
Halligan is convinced that Lagarde has her own unfortunate political ambitions. As we can see from the above excerpt, he seeks a person of "massive intellectual authority" – and believes that person can only be found in the developing world.
We wonder exactly why somebody of massive intellectual authority would want to run the IMF in the first place. Anyone with massive intellectual authority would realize that the IMF is a dysfunctional organization that was constructed to increase Western dominance over the developing world, not to "help" countries recover from excessive debt.
The IMF is part of a fiscal and monetary tag team with the World Bank. The World Bank encourages dysfunctional, developing-world leaders to borrow more than their countries can withstand. Once the money has been wasted or spirited away, the country is effectively broke and the big western banks call for the IMF to step in.
The IMF's solutions are always the same. They tend to crush the middle class by reducing public subsidies and hiking taxes. Then they put tremendous pressure on remaining government officials to sell off a country's prime assets under the pretext that these are assets that need to be privatized. In truth these are mostly monopoly assets, like water and electrical facilities – and thus even privatization does not remove the monopoly status. One has just transferred a public monopoly into private hands. The profits are tremendous.
It is hard to avoid the conclusion (we won't) that the EU acted as the World Bank when it came to Europe's PIGS. These southern countries were given tremendous amounts of cash to supposedly make them financially healthy – or healthy enough to join the EU. But in addition to outright grants were numerous huge loans that were presented to all these countries during the faux-boom of the 2002-2007, many no doubt with EU cooperation. Now that the bill has come due, the EU is cynically calling on the IMF to ensure these countries make their payments.
Why isn't it working this time? Why have the protests only become stronger and deeper, threatening to tear apart the entire EU? We've presented the idea that the Internet itself has helped mobilize people in a way that Western eliteswere not expecting. Instead of crushing European middle classes and strengthening the EU, Eurocrats are discovering they may fundamentally weakened it and the euro besides.
The IMF, of course was supposed to play an integral role in this slaughter of the PIGS. The IMF is always involved in such pillaging. Of course, Anglosphere elites would much rather have the developing countries clamoring to "get in" than ignoring such institutions or seeking to remove themselves. This may yet happen however if the US continues to insist on its 17 percent control of the IMF.
Conclusion: Times are changing substantially, as are the attitudes of developing countries. The control that Western elites expected to exercise over these institutions is coming increasingly into question. Ironically, if the West does give up control and allow these institutions to play their putative role, they will become fairly useless to their creators. They will also be seen, increasingly, as the ineffective entities they actually are. For this reason, the US is not likely to cede any part of its 17 percent. Lagarde may get her dream post, but she may soon come to regret it
May 30th, 2011 by olddog
The Daily Bell
Monday, May 30, 2011 – by Staff Report
Queen Elizabeth IIDowning Street to bring in a constitutional expert to advise on the process of staging a referendum on Scottish independence and the dismantling of the union in the event of a yes vote. – London Sunday Times
Dominant Social Theme: An extremely grave situation. The Anglo realm, which is the fundament of civilization, is toppling …
Free-Market Analysis: Hey, are we right on schedule? Even Queen Elizabeth is worried. Say, about time! It's only taken 2,000 years if we are correct in our reading of history – as the British empire is at least a remnant of the Roman Empire (later the "Holy Roman Empire"), though some would trace its antecedents back to Babylon and beyond. The Hindus track these episodes in chunks of 12,000 years or so, and apparently we're on that cusp as well. All we know is that the Internet seems
The Queen has expressed concern that she might be the last monarch of the UK and has asked Downing Street to keep her informed. The Queen has signalled in a private meeting with David Cameron her concern at the prospect of the break-up of the United Kingdom. The monarch met the prime minister at Buckingham Palace after the Scottish National party's victory in the Holyrood elections this month to discuss the potential implications for the monarchy. It is understood that palace officials askedto be making a mess of Anglo-American power-elite plans.
If you read this modest newspaper you're surely aware that the previous collapse of the British Empire World War II was a kind of phony one; part of the disinformation practiced by the Anglo-American elite that seeks to run the world and does run a good chunk of it. The powers-that-be merely substituted Money Power for colonial rule. Economic clout took over from military dominance.
This sort of process has been ongoing not for years or decades but centuries. The elites took a step back after the arrival of the Gutenberg press made being a king or queen a dangerous occupation. That was seemingly when the idea of "democracy" was invented. Much easier to let the common people vote and then merely give the winner his orders rather than give orders to the whole country out in the open.
Now even this subtle strategy is running into trouble. As the only popular, on-line publication in the world dedicated to explaining the dominant social themes of the elite within the context of the Internet Reformation (presenting the Internet as a modern Gutenberg press) our brain trust of elves and gnomes believed that the worldwide changes we were analyzing would take up 20 years or more. How did we come to this calculation? Hah, we guessed!
We figured the Gutenberg press itself took something like 100 years to spark the Renaissance and Reformation; today, we decided, the timeframe of sociopolitical and economic changes had collapsed a good deal. Twenty years sounded about right. If we date the growing impact of the Internet from 1990, we are exactly at 20 years now and thus it may be no coincidence that the world of Anglo-American Money Power is beginning to tremble, or at least to vibrate.
Did you believe, dear reader, even two years ago, that the West would be scrambling to leave Afghanistan with its conquest of the Taliban unfinished? That there are by last count (thanks, Max Keiser) nearly SIX HUNDRED separate uprisings and regime changes ongoing in the world today? That the fate of the euro and even the EU would be in serious question? And that the Queen herself would be concerned over an imminent break-up of her empire?
We've been at this kind of reporting for some ten years now, ever since we decided around 2000 that the business cycle was turning and that fiat money would be on the way out and gold and silver on the way in. (Yes, it was that obvious to us because we follow Austrian business-cycle economics as do others who figured it out at the same time.) But we've learned a lot since then because we've been in the position of carefully charting what's going on. We've been able to see day by day, sometimes hour by hour for ten years how the powers-that-be have reacted to the renewed strength of the hard-money business cycle.
It hasn't been pretty. From our point of view, the Anglo-American elite pulled out all the stops to combat what they believed was coming. They set up the foundation for war (Iraq and Afghanistan in particular), created false flag mechanisms (WikiLeaks?), built up phony enemies (Al Qaeda?), crashed the global economy (2008 financial crisis?), and even now may be working on food and water shortages.
But this is nothing new. Anglosphere Money Power seems to have been engaged in a conspiracy to create a New World Order for up to 300 years, with increasing urgency in the past 100. When we sit down and analyze this conspiracy, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that the 20th century was a time of great gains for Western banking elites.
Increasingly it seems to us (via documented evidence) that Western Anglo powers were behind most of the major wars of the 20th including the Cold War. These wars were created to consolidate power domestically throughout the West in order to build support for international agencies (the UN, IMF, World Bank, etc.) that would provide the backbone of a formal WORLD government, which was the elite banking families' great dream.
In the mid 20th century, the elites apparently created Israel to serve as a further fulcrum of tension and disarray in the heart of the Islamic Middle East. The plan, so far as we can tell, was to pacify and westernize the Islamic tribes by creating tension and war that would justify more and more Western interference in the area.
This is the way the elites have always expanded their sphere of influence – via civil tension leading to war that then leads to "international" (read Western) involvement. The Anglosphere elites are doing the same thing in Libya and Syria today. It is a simple plan and like most of what the City of London inflicts upon the world, it doesn't really change from one generation to the next.
In 1971, the Anglosphere elites created the world's first fully fiat reserve currency – the US dollar – by instructing their Saudi surrogates to accept payment for oil only in dollars. Since this meant that every other country in the world had to hold dollars to purchase oil, the US could print as much money as it needed to fund whatever global adventures it wished to undertake. It used much of its windfall to further build up the military. Eventually, this money-printing capacity helped undermine – or at least provide the justification for the collapse of – the Soviet Union.
Everything was going well for the elites in the late 20th century. Russia was westernizing, Israel's power was advancing and world government was gradually moving forward as well with the expansion of the West's various globalist instrumentalities. Even the dollar was holding steady. But then came the Internet.
The Internet and 9/11 proved to be two great fulcrums generating haste and urgency for those who dwell in the City of London. Hitherto, these plans in our opinion had been much concealed – for 50 years at least. But starting on 9/11, the real nature of the Conspiracy showed itself like the smile of the Cheshire cat or a disembodied grimace.
Yes, hard as it may be to fathom, the old men of the City likely gathered round their big conference table deep in the heart of Londinium and seemingly began to plot a takeover of the world with renewed urgency. Perhaps they were worried about the Internet and a coming worldwide communication's revolution. Perhaps they understood that the business cycle had turned and that the fiat dollar would lose power against the gold and silver they hated and yet clutched ever-more tightly.
Perhaps it was a confluence of all these things. But the solution was the same. They would use war as they did after the advent of the Gutenberg press; they would use revolution, too as they did then. (The French Revolution comes to mind). And they would use American power and military might to project their global-spanning interests.
What did they decide? That they would promote a phony war on terror to justify the renewed military push meant to further consolidate the world to create an ever-closer world government? That they would create more chaos in the Middle East this way and would generate increased tension via Israel? That they would push for a closer European Union, a more powerful IMF and perhaps even a world currency by purposefully inflicting financial chaos to redouble the power of their fear-based dominant social themes – global warming, peak oil, monetary inflation and chaos, etc. – to justify global governance?
This has been the story of the past decade. In some sense it seems as though it is a most conspiratorial retelling! Nonetheless, conspiratorial or not, somewhere around 2005-2006 things seem to have started to go wrong. The Internet itself – like the Gutenberg press before it – began to play havoc, first with the power elite's dominant social themes (by exposing them) and then even with Anglo-American military power. Global warming, peak oil, central banking itself all came under attack. It was not as it once was.
And that brings us to the Queen and her concerns in 2011. She is concerned mostly about Scotland, apparently, which is about to remove itself from the United Kingdom that is made up of N. Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. This does not cause the larger New Commonwealth to crumble and people have little idea how large it is – consisting of such countries as India, Australia and Canada plus a variety of smaller nations and island-states. Put all of it together and you have a mass of land of people far larger than anything else that currently exists.
Is it merely a paper Federation? Not from what we can tell. We've been told specifically of a certain level of "fear" that lingers to a greater or lesser degree among the disparate ruling classes as regards crossing the monarchy and those behind it. Beyond that, there are the "shared values" of "representative democracy" and "opposition to racism" and other fundaments of the Commonwealth.
Yet, as the Queen looks around, she is concerned. The hive mind buzzes busily, disseminating Internet information and subsequent resistance throughout the world. In Afghanistan the US is losing to the Pashtun/Taliban and Pakistan's leaders have begun turning away from the West and toward China. The youth revolutions that seemed like such a good idea months ago have rebounded brutally against the West. Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Bahrain and even Saudi Arabia have become destabilized.
Surely Money Power did not intend for all this. Food scarcity and economic unrest were in some sense to be inflicted. But the intention was to create misery and CONTROLLABLE rebellion. It seems things are not going altogether to plan. Libya and Syria have been marked for regime change, but even here, the work proceeds laboriously – and in the case of Libya, the "rebels" have already indicated their revolution is an Islamic one and the West is not welcome! They have appeared on various news programs to state this over and over with increasing emphasis.
If Saudi Arabia topples, the dollar reserve currency topples with it. Thus, the end of Anglo-American hegemony may be short months or years away, not decades. This is difficult to fathom. Yet human beings are tribal creatures – and the trends and information that the Internet is spreading may be no more opposable than the ideas of the Renaissance or Reformation.
The Renaissance was entirely an anomalous event. The Reformation less so, but it soon evidently and obviously spun out of control. We think we see the same sort of events occurring today. CIA sponsored youth movements have spun out of control in Egypt and Tunisia. What is worse is that they have spread throughout the Middle East and into the EU, destabilizing Spain and Greece and probably other Southern PIGS as well.
The idea of course is that such destabilization (including depression and wider war) will usher closer global governance – and we have proposed this possibility. Yet this is not the way things are necessarily headed. Unlike after World War II, the great powers are not venerated and their hyper-globalist solutions (far better understood today) will not necessarily be welcomed. This has no doubt occurred to the elites. It must be depressing.
The Queen is said to be concerned about Scotland, but she is a tough and cultured woman, bred to rule. Like the great mafia dons of the 20th century, she has elevated saying nothing to a kind of art form and believes her son Charles has no knack for it. Prince William, meanwhile, is said to want to do away with the monarchy. No wonder the Queen believes she may be the last of her line.
Western Money Power of course remains tremendously forceful, and apparently has tens or hundreds of trillions of dollars at its command. But the issue here isnot money but power (as it always has been). The Internet in our view is unprecedented (in the modern era anyway); and it may be there is no direct and immediate solution to its impact. The great armies and gulags that the West – especially America – has assembled to counteract what is evidently and obviously taking place are like the wind blowing over an open plain. The grasses bow but rise again.
Today, the American military is holding naval exercises with the Gulf States; but who are these exercises aimed at? The poor people of these states have no armies, no ships, no weapons. And yet when change comes, it will come from within. It will come from the power of an idea – or ideas – and not even a nuclear deterrence will help.
The Queen, wise, elderly and brutal, sees these disturbances. They have already invaded Europe and are headed to Britain and then to America, the "City's" hammer. American elites have been preparing for sometime, of course. Prison camps stand silently, starkly ready – or so Jesse Ventura apparently discovered. The police have been militarized, along with the FBI and CIA and a dozen other spy agencies busily monitoring the cyberspace for evidences of unrest. Yes, preparations and more preparations go on and on…
But what is coming is likely no 20th century unrest. It is not going to be like the Veteran's march on Washington during the Depression (which was successfully combated). It will not be alleviated in our view even by a world war. This is the sort of unrest that convulsed Europe after the advent of the Gutenberg press. But stronger still. A Renaissance or Reformation on steroids. People know too much, or at least are beginning to learn. And they are angry. The central banking economy is a sham and globalism – more of the same – provides no answers.
Twenty years ago it was impossible to conceive of technology that could purvey complex and detailed information to billions at once with the hands-on delicacy of individual instruction. Today such an impossibility is a reality. DARPA created it and two "Steves" in a garage unexpectedly built a personal computer that turned a military network into a worldwide communication facility. Ah, if only it were possible to go back in time! If only DARPA had a single head to wrench!
But it is too late. Hitler's example (apparently paid for by Wall Street) holds no relevant lessons in today's Internet society. State propaganda undermined by the Internet may not produce the required results. Economic dysfunction might only eventually undermine the workings of the state itself. The penitentiary society might not hold. Even the nation's own security police forces could sooner or later be undermined (as happened in the USSR and East Germany); their pensions reduced or eliminated; their power drained; their moral sapped and then destroyed by what they are required to do and what people have come to think about it.
Conclusion: Sound farfetched? One can see the forces building, and there is historical precedent: the queen seems worried. She sits in her palace listening. She hears the wind. It is a billion voices, chanting.
Do not under estimate the power over the people that the elites have. We are still a totally divided country when it comes to what is, and what is not freedom. With internet education, the political dissidents are coming out of the woodwork in mass, and what was once accepted as normal political bullshit is now becoming a target for annihilation. Having reached a level of understanding the dissidents will accept nothing less than live free or die. The elites will willingly comply.
ARE YOU WILLING TO CONTINUE BEING A SLAVE?
DANGER, HARD CHOICES AHEAD!
May 25th, 2011 by olddog
By Jon Christian Ryter
May 25, 2011
The first wildcat well drilled in Alaska was sunk just south of present-day Anchorage on the shores of Cook Inlet in 1896. The discovery well was a dry hole. It produced a modest amount of oil, but at levels insufficient to justify development. Six years later a gusher was drilled at Katalla on the Gulf of Alaska by a British businessman. The well came in on Sept. 18, 1902 with a gusher that shot 200 feet into the air. A refinery was built in the Katalla Oil Field by the Amalgamated Development Company which bought out the Brit's interests. In 1920 with the passage of the Minerals Leasing Act, the St. Elias Oil Co., which now owned the oil field, sold out to the Chilkat Oil Company. The sale of Alaskan Territory oil to to US oil refiners dwindled to almost nothing during the Roaring 20s with the discovery of vast new oil fields in Oklahoma and Texas. On Christmas Day, 1933 a gas leak reportedly caused an explosion that destroyed not only the Chilkat oil refinery but the power plant that fueled electricity to the Katalla settlement. In the 30 years the Katalla oil field existed, it produced a total of 154,000 barrels of oil—eequal to about 16% of one day's production from the North Slope oilfields today. Oil. Natural gas. Coal. Gold. Silver. Copper. Uranium. And scores of lesser known minerals that play a key role in the development of the electronic age. Mineral wealth. Right under our feet.
On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, The Washington Times reported receiving a secret 21-page Obama Administration memo that revealed plans by the federal government to seize several million acres of land in several Western States. Since that memo was issued last year, the amount of land being targeted for seizure by the Obama Administration quickly escalated from 10 million to 220 million acres. The document, marked "Internal Draft—Not For Release" named 14 different lands Obama coould close to any form of development by unilaterally designating them as "national monuments" under the much abused Antiquities Act of 1906 (Public Law 16 USC 431-433) which was legislated to protect prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts in the American West.
The Antiquities bill was proffered in 1906 by Congressman John F. Lacy, Chairman of the House Committee on Public Lands to allow the President, by Executive Order, to restrict the use of public lands already owned by the federal government. While Lacy expected those restricted areas to be small—like an old Indian burial ground here or a prehistoric Indian village there—that's not what happened. Or, you might say, the government—growing greeddier by the year—simply "grew into" the land grab they now use to steal the weealth of America from the people for the self-appointed caretakers of America…the princes of industry and the barons of banking and business.
Social Progressive President Teddy Roosevelt, who saw the Antiquities Act as the perfect devise to arbitrarily seize millions of acres of land containing countless billions of dollars of mineral wealth for the federal government, even though the bill specifically stated that the national monuments the Act was designed to protect "…are to be confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Congress gave the President the power to create national monuments by Executive Order to quickly protect archeological finds from being pillaged and decimated before Congress could enact legislation to protect them. The president who signed the Antiquities Act into law on June 8, 1906, Teddy Roosevelt, was the first President to abuse it. Where Lacy and the US Congress tried to save an archeological dig in Iowa, Roosevelt strutted his newfound power and created a 1,346.91 acre national monument called Devil's Tower in the Black Hills in Crock County, Wyoming.
The power presidents possess under the Antiquities Act of 1906 was twice reduced. The first time was in 1943 when Franklin D. Roosevelt caved in to a request by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. When Rockefeller and his family visited Jackson Hole, Rockefeller decided if something drastic wasn't done, what he saw as a historic treasure would become overdeveloped and converted into a tawdry tourist site. Rockefeller purchased as many tracts of land as he could around Jackson Hole and donated them to the federal government. Taking his cue from Rockefeller, Roosevelt issued an Executive Order and created the Jackson Hole National Monument, angering Jackson Hole residents and State legislators alike because there was absolutely no national interest in preserving Jackson Hole for posterity. It was merely the fetish of the richest man in America who wanted to create a national monument for his family to enjoy.
Federal legislation was written to de-establish the Jackson Hole National Monument. FDR vetoed the bill. In 1950 Harry S. Truman signed a bill that de-established the Jackson Hole National Monument, but instead of returning control of the land to the State of Wyoming, Truman incorporated it into the newly created 310,000 acre Grand Teton National Park.
The second time was on Jan. 25, 1980 when, pushed by environmentalists who were bankrolled by banking and oil financier and oil mogul David Rockefeller, Jimmy Carter used the Antiquities Act to create the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to prevent anyone from exercising thousand of oil leases along the North Slope of Alaska.
With a slash of his pen, Carter privatized 56 million acres of public land in the name of the federal government which has now been confirmed to contain more untapped oil wealth than that which has been found in all existing producing US wells in the lower 48. Anytime the princes of industry want to activate the oil leases they own along the North Slope all they will do is swap worthless land elsewhere for the most valuable land in the United States—but only when they are ready to tap intoo what was, in 1980, the world's largest known oil reserves. Congress responded to Carter's land grab on behalf of the Seven Sisters by passing the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservative Act which now requires congressional approval of the seizing of more than 5,000 acres of land under the Antiquities Act.
Two presidents after Carter created national monuments as political payoffs. Both presidents gave away far more than 5,000 acres. On Sept. 18, 1996 President Bill Clinton scribbled a Presidential Proclamation and stole 1.7 million acres (2,700 square miles) of Utah and Arizona from the people of the United States, creating the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. While Clinton used the fact that several dinosaur fossils were found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area over the years to justify creating a national monument, in reality, his land seizure was a political payoff to People's Republic of China-connected Indonesian banker and businessman Mochtar Riady. Riady wanted to corner the global low sulfur anthracite coal market. The problem is, the US and Canada hold 38.2% of the world's coal. South Asia has 8%. To corner the anthracite coal market, Riady needed to shut down the anthracite coal market in the United States.
The nation's largest reserves of anthracite coal in the United States are found in Pennsylvania and Utah. Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to close the largest anthracite coal field in the nation along the Kaiparowitz Plateau in Kane County, Utah. The Kentucky-based Andalux Resources coal company held leases on the 3,400 acre coal field which contains about 7 billion tons of low sulfur anthracite coal worth $1.5 trillion in 1996 dollars. When Clinton nationalized 1/7th of Utah, he killed 1,000 jobs and about $50 million in payroll dollars per year going into Kane County. Working class Utahans lost their livelihood, but Clinton paid his expected quid pro quo to a foreigner who could not legally donate money to Clinton's political campaign.
When Clinton made his decision to nationalized 1/7th of the State of Utah he did not speak with Republican Utah governor Mike Leavitt nor anyone else in the State. He did not convey his intentions to US Senators Orrin Hatch or Robert Bennett, nor to any of Utah's three Congressmen. They found out from a news report published in the Washington Post on Sept. 7, 1996. All flags in the affected areas of the State flew at half mast. The residents of Escalante hung mannequins of Bill Clinton and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt in effigy. Clinton's land seizure became the first "national monument" to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management rather than the National Park Service.
Congress approved Jimmy Carter's theft of a chunk of Alaska to prevent the drilling of cheap oil. But the GOP-controlled Congress did not legalize Clinton's theft of 1.7 million acres of America on the pretext of saving dinosaur bones. Nor did the Democratically-controlled Congress legalize George W. Bush's seizure of 13,451 square miles of seabeds in the Rose Atoll and 85,607 square miles in the Marianas Trenches Archipelago to protect the seven islands and atolls in the Pacific Remote Islands Monument.
Creating a US National Monument from the Marianas Trench Archipelago to protect its seabeds in international waters from "destruction" is quite a stretch based on the terms of the Antiquities Act of June 8, 1906, Stat 225, 16 USC 431. When Bush-43 announced the Marianas Trench Archipelago National Monument, he was met with fierce resistance from the National Marine Manufacturer's Association because, in their view, the Bush-43 Executive Order creating the national monument bypassed public comment and peer review.
While Bush's Executive Order may have been a little fuzzy about how much of the Marianas Trench Archipelago National Monument was actually US territory and how much was international water, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which went into force on Nov. 16, 1994 after being signed by Bill Clinton, allows member nations who had the power to do so to enforce, on behalf of the world's largest environmental groups, exclusive marine zones. The seabed regulations created a bizarre regulatory regime that worked for Bush since what Bush was doing had nothing to do with protecting seabeds, but protecting what was under them.
In the seabeds around the Marianas Trench and Rose Atoll National Monuments, geologists have identified hard minerals like phosphate, abyssal manganese, ferromanganese, cobalt, sulfide, olivine, feldspar, clinopyroxene, opaline, silica and pyrite as well as hydrothermal deposits of gold and silver—and the world's richestt deposits of baryite (barite). In addition, under those seabeds is the world's largest oil and natural gas reserves. Preliminary estimates suggest the oil and natural gas reserves will dwarf the combined reserves found under the North Slope of Alaska and in the Arabian Peninsula—combined.
Today, once again, it's about oil. And once again, a new land grab is taking place. This time, the thief is Barack Obama and his Secretary of the Interior, former Sen. Ken Salazar [D-CO]. Confidential draft documents from the Interior Department were leaked last year, identifying some 13 million acres were being considered for protection under the Antiquities Act. Obama, like Bush-43 and Clinton, has no intention of seeking the blessings of Congress.
Those areas included parts of Alaska, Arizona, northern California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada and Washington State. Millions of acres of public lands will be closed to the public. They will be off limits to hunting, fishing, camping, riding—or hiking. Much of today's domestic oil and natural gas are produced in the affected States. Likely added to the list will be parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.
At a time when the American people are seeking to pressure Congress into reducing the nation's dependency on foreign oil, Obama—like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, iss creating impediments to America's ability to develop new domestic sources for oil and natural gas that will allow us to stop buying oil and natural gas from those who are determined to weaken the fiber of America. In order to accomplish the latest slight of hand to steal the wealth of America from the American people, the latest land grab works this way:
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar just performed the first phase of the Obama Administration's smoke and mirrors sleight-of-hand, issuing a Secretarial Order—3310—assuminging mythical authority he does not constitutionally or legally possess, and through the issuance, establishing a new "land designation" of "Wild Lands" as a distinctly different classification than "Wilderness Areas" (designated by Congress). In point of fact, only Congress has that authority. Obama does not possess it, thus, he cannot transfer authority he does not constitutionally possess to a subordinate.
Secretarial Order 3310 will require the Bureau of Land Management to inventory all lands within their jurisdiction in order to ascertain which have "wild lands" characteristics. According to the Order, the Bureau must conduct such an inventory before it can authorize any project that might impair the "wild lands" characteristics of any land considered for mineral exploration or other forms of development. It is then that the definitions of what constitutions "wild lands" characteristics gets fuzzy.
And even though the Congressional designation of a national monument mandates that it cannot consume more than 5,000 acres, Secretarial Order 3310 says that "wild lands" areas "…must contain at least 5,000 acres of contiguous roadless Bureau of Land Management land, except that it may be smaller if it is adjacent to other federal lands which have been formally determined to have wilderness or potential wilderness value or…such lands included designated wilderness, BLM wilderness study areas, US Fish & Wildlife service areas proposed for wilderness designation, US Forest Service wilderness study areas, or areas of recommended wilderness, and National Park Service areas recommended or proposed for designation." Second, the land must contain "naturalness," meaning it must appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, and any work of human beings must be substantially unnoticeable." And finally, according to Secretarial Order 3310, the wild lands to be confiscated by fiat must present "opportunities for solitude." Say, what? Just in case the land about to be stolen by the government does not meet the first two criteria, I guess if you feel "solitude" when you see it, it qualifies as "wild lands" even though it doesn't qualify based on its physical attributes.
PART 2 of 2
Because the reality of these national "monuments" is not the wealth of their majesty in the eyes of the beholders, but the wealth under the feet of the beholders. When vast tracts are found to contain enough mineral wealth to impact the global cost of that commodity—like oil and natural gas—the princes of industry need to find a way too eliminate the total sum of that newly found wealth from the "recorded" global inventory of available oil reserves. When it cannot be harvested, according to the rules established by the global elite, it technically isn't available. That is why the bureaucratic oil and gas beancounters insist that Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves with 2,980 billion barrels, Saudi Arabia with 2,670 billion barrels, Canada with 1,790 billion barrels and the United States with 210 billion barrels. According to the oil bean counters, 56% of all known oil reserves are in the Muslim Mideast, with 16% in North America—with most of that found in Canada (with Alaska construed in those estimates as "Canada"). The three most recent oil and natural gas finds are in the United States, Alaska and along the Marianas Trench. The single largest oil find in the history of man is at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. That oil has been claim staked by Exxon-Mobil in a joint IPO with China Oil. But the largest oil and natural gas deposits found thus far are in the United States. The known oil reserves along the North Slope of Alaska and throughout the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, [ANWR] —and in areas about to be seized by the Dept. of the Interior— would supply 100% of the industrial and consumer needs of the United States for over 300 years without the United States buying one barrel of oil or one cubic foot of natural gas from any other nation on Earth.
The princes of industry and the barons of banking want the American people to believe we are dependent on foreign oil because we don't have enough domestic oil to survive without a little oil from our friends. That, of course is a blatant, bald-face lie that only a politician could spew with a straight face to justify buying oil from our enemies. Taking the oil under the continent's "national parks" and "national monuments" into consideration, the oil reserves in North America exceed the oil reserves in the Mideast.
And since the other lie, spewed by the oil industry long before Sinclair Oil put a dinosaur on their trademark logo, is that crude oil is a "fossil fuel" created by decayed dinosaurs and rotted fauna has now been proved to be a myth. We know that oil is not a finite resource. It is manufactured deep in the bowels of the Earth by the planet. Peak oil was a hypothesis formulated by Dr. Marion King Hubert, a Shell oil geologist. The myth of "peak oil" originated in the 1950s by Hubert who calculated that, based on the known global reserves (at that time), that the oil wells in the non-OPEC countries would dry up between 2010 and 2015, and the oil reserves in the OPEC nations (the Muslim countries and Venezuela) would begin to dry up around 2030. Clearly that never happened because oil is not a finite resource. It self-replenishes from deep in the bowels of the Earth. Yet the oil industry, which has all the money they need to perpetuate the myth, continues to perpetuate the myth. Because the oil industry privately understands that oil is manufactured by the planet itself, deep within the bowels of Earth, that 's why the Russians have been sinking 30,000 to 40,000 feet deep wells for the last 30 years.
But even though the planet has disproved Hubert's theory—which is still known as Hubert's Peak—calling oil a finite fossil fuel still works for the Seven Sisters because that helps the oil industry drive up the price of crude oil without too many repercussions from lawmakers. Oil is one of the most plentiful resources on Earth. Left to the free market, oil would be $20 per barrel—or less. That's what happens under the law of supply and demand.
Which is why the oil industry needed a little help from their friends to remove the excess availability of oil from the "global inventory." How best to accomplish that? In the United States? Convert oil lands into national parks or national monuments. In fact, in Salazar's guidelines for converting "Wild Lands" into "managed lands," mandates that any mineral wealth under the lands seized must be withdrawn from mineral entry. The lands must be closed to leasing, or allowing leasing under special circumstances with a special waiver. Mineral material sales are excluded.
Exclude commercial permits for commercial or personal-use wood cutting. In other words, the designation of "Wild Lands" will inhibit the ability of independent oil explorers to search, for or sink test wells in this growing number of designated areas, at a time when common sense dictates that we remove all barriers to domestic oil exploration, domestic oil drilling and increased oil refining. And on top of that, we need to repeal every nonsensical law on the books that requires—or encourages with a monetary award—converting food sources to energy when we need to keep food affordable and plentiful.
Placing more and more public land off limits to oil development specifically to prevent independent drillers from harvesting the oil this nation desperately needs is not only ludicrous, those in Congress who have allowed it to happen need to be removed from office by impeachment or recall and place on trial in federal court for malfeasance of office. Presidential Executive Orders, Presidential Proclamations, Presidential Decision Directives are not binding as law on anyone—not even thee employees of the Executive Branch. They are "advisories" from the boss of the Executive Branch to his employees. Nothing more. The President of the United States has no legislative or judicial authority under the Constitution. He can't write law. He can't adjudicate punishment for violating laws. And, more important, Executive Branch bureaucrats who are elected by no one have no authority whatsoever by the stretch of anyone's imagination, to "write law." Congress writes the laws. All of them. No other body in the US government—not even the federal court system—has the constitutional prerogative to write law. The judiciary weighs the application of law, and has the authority to vacate a law, but they lack the legal prerogative to rewrite them to make them "fit" the evolving needs of society—even though they do it all the time. Executive Orders and Secretarial Orders, in other words, are just so much "who shot John" unless Congress enacts the presidential or secretarial wish list into law. That generally does not happen because the wish list is usually something members of Congress would be fired for if they enacted it.
The question is, why is Congress—on both sides of the aisle—not screaming in a voice loud enough to be heard on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue for the latest Obama land grab? It is, after all, their power Obama has usurped. And this at a time when Congress should be reducing its dependence on foreign oil. With no one in Congress publicly complaining, no one is sounding the alarm. Nor is the media in the United States talking about a new peer-reviewed paper published by Swedish geophysicist Nils-Axel Morner that warns the world that between 2040-2050 we will be in a new major "solar minimum"—a new Little Ice Age like the one the world experienced between 1350 AD and 1850 AD.
If you recall, the world is theoretically moving away from oil, gas and coal because, according to Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, "fossil fuels" cause global warming. So, as we continue to "board-up" America's oil, coal and natural gas industries, the social progressive watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside) who control policy in the United States, have succeeded in perpetuating the global warming myth to such a degree that the truth about global cooling never makes it to your morning newspaper or TV's evening news.
Even though, since the embarrassing UN Summit On Global Warning during a series of blizzards in 2009 that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark that kept scores of global warming attendees from reaching the conference, the eco-wackos now refer to global warming as climate change as they pretend their computer models that show the world is heating up when it is actually cooling are still correct by blaming the newest findings that the world is now cooling on—you guessed it—global warming.
That not only justifies Cap & Trade regulations which penalize the industrial world for global warming—which specifically is caused by solar flares on the Sun—but it justifies using taxpayer dollars to fund private companies (donors to the campaigns of Congressmen, Senators and Presidents) to find alternatives to "fossil fuel" energy sources as the government engages in the most massive land grab in the history of mankind. As the Obama Administration speeds up the land grab in the American West, and erases known oil and gas reserves from the US inventory, it replaces natural resources with costly environmentally neutral pseudo-resources that will never live up to the promises of the same eco-alarmists who, in 1933 stole America's gold and silver-backed money and replaced it with worthless scrip. You would think, by this time, the American people would have realized that whenever government pulls out the walnut shells, the politicians are about to steal real wealth and replace it with something very costly, and very artificial. It will always cost the consumer more and deliver less. For example, the latest environmental energy scheme that is supposed to replace fossil fuel energy (now safely tucked away under the mantle of environmental correctness) is the US government is partially subsidizing a project through an Australian company, Enviro-Mission, which has a contract to supply alternate energy to the Southern California Public Power Authority.
Enviro-Mission is building two 2,400 solar towers in western Arizona, between the towns of Parker and Quartzsite in La Paz County. The solar tower will heat air in a 4-square mile greenhouse and force it up the chimney where turbines will convert the heated air into electricity. The tower will use a 4-square mile greenhouse to heat the air and direct it into the concrete chimney. As the hot air rises, the chimney spins turbines to make electricity. Each tower will cost between $750 million to $1 billion dollars. To put the cost-benefit ratios in perspective natural gas energy plants cost $1,003 per kwh and coal plants cost , $3,167 per kwh to operate. The solar chimney? After all, it simply heats air and sends it up a chimney. The cost? $4,755 per kwh Fossil fuel plants operate at a peak capacity of about 90%. The solar chimney voltaic plants? At about 25%. Its 5-times as expensive as a natural gas energy plant, and only a quarter as efficient.
But the Land Grabbers who steal the oil, natural gas and coal because—in their view—it promotes global warming, are creating what will be a catastrophic problem in two to three decades as a new Little Ice Age reverses the open passages around Greenland and descends like the icy fingers of a glacial fist on North America and Northern Europe. At that time, billions of people, trying to survive what they thought was a prehistoric calamity, will cry out for cheap energy.
Only, it won't exist. Fearful of global warming even as the planet cools, the watermelons of the world (politicians and environmentalists who are green on the outside and communist red on the inside) will scramble to find more ineffective alternative sources of energy, expanding the conversion of food crops into energy sources as the new third world in the northern hemispheres of America and Europe cries for relief from the rapidly escalating price of grain, and the diminishing supply of gasoline. But the left, which still believes in the Flat Earth Theory, also apparently still believes the sun revolves around Earth. The left is still equally convinced that Hubert's Peak is real, and that the world' diminishing supply of crude has passed Hubert's Hump.
When the princes of industry are convinced that the oil in the Mideast, in South America, Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union and its former "satellite-stands" have depleted their oil reserves, they will swap the US government wetlands in Georgia, Florida, or Mississippi for oil or natural gas-rich lands in Arizona, Montana or Alaska. You see, the government's Land Grab is really a land swap that will take place sometime down the road when the princes of industry and barons or banking and business are ready to take back the world's most important commodity at a time when our enemies no longer possess either oil or natural gas. The only problem is, that day will never come because our planet still manufactures "fossil fuel" faster than we can use it. No thanks to the dinosaurs.
This link is all you need to connect the dots That Jon has supplied above.
FOR CRITICAL THINKERS ONLY
WHO CONTROLS THE WORLD,
AND WHAT IS THEIR OBJECTIVE?
May 21st, 2011 by olddog
How the City of London Controls World Power …
Saturday, May 21, 2011 – by Staff Report
What happened in the heart of Greater London in 1694 under the direction of King William III of the House of Orange? Well, that would be when King William privatized the Bank of England, established the City of London, and turned control of England's money over to an elite group of international bankers.
Like Vatican City, London City (not to be confused with Greater London) is a privately owned corporation operating under its own flag, with its own constitution and free from the legal constraints that govern the rest of us. And it was King William III in 1694 who paved the way for a private cartel of international bankers (money elite) to embark on a plan of implementing world governance, albeit secretly (that is until now, thanks to the Internet Reformation).
Find out more about how the power elite has built their base of global infrastructure for controlling world economies, media, politics and religion. Watch this telling video presentation.
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WE NEED A NEW FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN AMERICA:
50 OF THEM!
Here are 257 words that does what the elites multi billion dollar media industry has never done.
The world's financial crisis was the result of the West's central banking economy, which has been sponsored and expanded by a group of elite banking families mostly centered in the City of London, a private enclave for the impossibly wealthy. Central banks, perhaps owned and operated by these families (and one in particular), fix the price of money via interest rates and money-volume, and price-fixing inevitably creates economic distortions.
Economies, as a result, inflate wildly and then crash. Once this happens a few times over decades, the economies in question are so distorted that a final crash is inevitable. This is what happened in 2007-2008. The West's financial structure, swamped by trillions of dollars printed from nothing, became so distorted that no one could tell a real investment or profit-making company from a phony one. The world's economy as a result froze up. The dollar reserve system crashed and likely shall not recover.
Hopefully, the world will eventually return to some sort of commodity standard. If the fascists do not triumph, the end-result of the current pain shall be money competition. Let all kinds of money compete and the best shall emerge as the most useful currency. And what about Geithner? The Treasury Secretary, without explaining what actually happened, is indicating that the current system of money-price fixing is still in effect and sooner or later will cause another crash. The powers-that-be, rather than repairing the current system by allowing the free-market to operate are desperately puffing it up with yet more money-from-nothing. How predictable. How sad!
Thank You Anthony Wile!
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FRY THE DAMNED BANKERS !
May 19th, 2011 by olddog
THE FIVE THAT STAND AGAINST ALL AMERICANS, THE “MAFIA” JUDGES
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
Five members of the Supreme Court declared that a “corporation” is a person, not a “regular person” but one above all natural laws, subject to no God, no moral code but one with unlimited power over our lives, a power awarded by judges who seem themselves as grand inquisitors empowered meant to hunt down all heretics who fail to serve their god, the god of money.
Their ruling has made it legal for foreign controlled corporations to flush unlimited money into our bloated political system to further corrupt something none of us trust and most of us fear. The “corporation/person” that the 5 judges, the “neocon” purists, have turned the United States over to isn’t even American. Our corporations, especially since our economic meltdown are owned by China, Russia and the oil sheiks along with a few foreign banks. They don’t vote, pay taxes, fight in wars, need dental care, breathe air, drive cars or send children to school. Anyone who thinks these things are people is insane. Anyone who would sell our government to them is a criminal and belongs in prison. There is nothing in the Constitution that makes this “gang of five” bribe sucking clowns above the law. There is nothing in the Constitution that even mentions corporations much less gives them status equal to or greater than the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government.
The Supreme Court of the United States has no right to breathe human life into investment groups owned by terrorist sympathizers, foreign arms dealers or groups working for the downfall of the United States and everything we believe in, but 5 “justices” have done just that. We now have a new government above our government, above our people, one above any law. Five judges have created institutionalized gangsterism as the new form of government for the United States.No American soldier can ever go to war fighting for a Chinese hedge fund, a German bank or a Saudi Arabian fertilizer company. Will our new debates in Congress be between members representing the opium warlords against the Columbian cartels? Their cash, which long ago has infiltrated one major corporation or bank after another is now heading for your local representative. How important do you think secure borders for America are for these new political “influencers?”
For years we complained about AIPAC, the Sierra Club, the NRA, trial lawyers, trade unions, NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) and the churches that got involved in politics. Behind all of these were people, American citizens, and, on some occasions, Americans who fought for their country, raised kids here and were invested in the survival of America although they didn’t always act that way. This was an American problem. Now we aren’t even sure we have an America anymore.
Anyone who believes that a massive flood of corporate money into politics won’t throw control of both houses of Congress into the hands of the wealthy nations that are also our primary strategic enemies, you know the ones, the ones loaded with oil cash, the ones with 10 cent an hour labor and legal systems that shoot first and ask questions later. They just were told they can buy the United States, not just our government, but our military, and the lives of our soldiers. They can now make our laws, raise our taxes, decide on our civil rights, where we can live, if we can own guns, how late we stay up, where and what we drive and, eventually, how we think. The Supreme Court has given foreign owned corporations the eventual power to silence us all.
When a corporation commits a crime, nobody goes to jail. When wars come, they don’t fight, they simply rake in cash. When children are poisoned or workers are killed, they seldom even pay a fine. However, when they want something, billions in tax money for “bail outs” or fat contracts or special laws, they have always gotten it. It has been a battle to control corporations for 140 years. Sometimes the American people have lost, sometimes they have won. Our greatest presidents are the ones who reined in corporate power and kept the influence of money over humanity in check. Think of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy.
Without them we would be living in work camps, stuck at machines all day, our children at our sides. We would be paid in beans and salt pork, dying at 40 in filth like people around the world who live in countries controlled by corporations.
Based on the justices that we want prosecuted being Reagan/Bush “conservatives” you would think this is a liberal/conservative issue. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing less “conservative” has ever been done by a branch of our government. There is nothing “conservative” about our Supreme Court going insane and abandoning our Constitution and making medical decisions, not to give life to a fetus, but to a bank account.
This is nothing but an extremely unAmerican and unpatriotic group of thieves believing that Americans had given up so many of their civil liberties in silence during the Global War on Terror scam that opening the “Pandora’s Box” of class conflict could now be done with nobody saying a word. Their “corporate person” is now a Baron or Duke, the great landlords of the medieval period. Americans are now destined for serfdom. Their political and economic theories, what are they? Is it conservatism or feudalism?
We are already burdened with a representative government that has tied itself to the money spigot because of the incredible cost of media exposure in campaigns. People running for office in ancient Rome would purchase thousands of animals for slaughter in the arena. Mass executions were staged as media events for political campaigns. In fact, the arenas in every Roman city were built for that purpose, today replaced by television and the internet. We thought we had changed since that time. We were wrong.
The framers of the Constitution created the Supreme Court, the Electoral College and originally had Senators appointed, not elected, to protect the wealthy from having their money and land seized by the masses who would otherwise have controlled the government. This was the 1780s. The only “democracy” we knew about was ancient Athens, where the majority of the people living there were slaves. 27 Amendments later, including the Bill of Rights, we have worked to define justice and decency. Generations have fought and died to keep life in our imperfect system from 1780. Who would have thought that 5 people could destroy it all?
Political debate in America is sometimes extreme, often bordering on violence. Feelings are high. How many times have you heard people threaten to leave the country because “their America” no longer exists. We know that few really mean it. When faced with a real threat, no people on earth are to be feared like Americans. When help is needed, no people on earth are to be trusted and relied on like Americans. This is the pride we have in our country and ourselves. We never agree on anything. We aren’t supposed to, we are Americans.
Everything we built has been based on a balance, race, religion, ethnicity, social standing, political beliefs, regional interests, all striving and compromising to build something we are all secretly very proud of, something all of us are willing to fight for and many are. Americans all agree on one thing, that our government in Washington is out of control and has been for some time. We all have different ideas on this but agree on the fact itself. We wonder where the politicians come from, men too often “less great” than those of the past, in fact, less great than average. Decisions are continually made that most find puzzling and, in fact, are driven by a rotten underbelly of corruption and self interest.
Now, 5 members of the Supreme Court, people none of us voted for, a group that is answerable to no authority and, seemingly, no law or moral code, a group famous for immoderation, poor judgement and low personal integrity has, either through blindness, avarice or insanity clearly done something so malicious, so unjust and so utterly inconsistent with our Constitution that they, themselves, have become an “enemy of the people.”
What is their power? What they have done is not within the scope of the authority given through the Constitution. Their acts are outside the law, their acts are those of a conspiracy, their acts are meant to diminish our freedoms, our sacred institutions and even endanger our lives. Typically, such acts are called crimes and those who commit them are criminals.
What could drive judges, albeit judges appointed with little thought as part of a cheap political ploy, to abandon any American constituency? Corporations have no religion. They care nothing for the unborn. They have no allegiance to a flag, a family or any moral ethic. They serve no person, owe no loyalty other than to stockholders, shadowy groups of Russian oligarchs, Chinese banks, corrupt dictators grown fat on the spoils of their people or the international consortium’s of bond and currency speculators who have, for decades, abandoned any economic law to build the ethereal “house of cards” we call the “world economy.”
The control of the American electoral process has been given to them. No serving politician can survive now standing against them. Years ago “they” bought our newspapers and our television networks. Fact and truth became whatever they wanted us to believe. “They” gained control of what many thought and what almost all of us see and hear. That wasn’t enough. They wanted it all. As their control has grown, so has terrorism, continual war, economic poverty for millions Americans and insensitivity to justice and humanity. Who would expect anything else from a corporation with no blood, no heart and no face?
The Founding Fathers led America on the path to freedom and eventual democracy. The Federalists limited the ability of an impetuous electorate to seize power and “reform” America into chaos and anarchy. This system of government was predicated on the belief that love of country would always burn brightly in America and with progress, freedom and bounty was the inevitable reward of our industry. It is only now too obvious that so much has happened that was unforeseen. It is not a denial of our traditions to correct wrongs when we find them. This was how America was created. We are drowning in wrongs, we all finally agree on this.
The time is now. Party politics have failed. Political theories are little more than empty rhetoric meant to mislead and misinform. State has become church and church has become state. State is less just and church less godly. All we have left is “we, the People.” This is how we began and it is now all we have to move forward. It is time for the states to call for a Constitutional Convention to establish, not just a Republic, but a Democracy, by and for the people, the American people, rich and poor, a nation loyal to itself, not tied to corporations, a vast military industrial complex or endless foreign alliances.
If it is to be a genuinely conservative nation, one with individual freedoms, a small government, fewer taxes and more opportunity, a nation as intended, then we will all have to live with it. The bloated corpse we are creating in Washington is emitting a stench we can no longer abide. We will be saying goodbye to our Supreme Court, our seniority system in Congress and our political machines pretending to be “parties” and hello to paper ballots, a free press, term limits and the ability to yank a scoundrel out of office when we catch one.
May 19th, 2011 by olddog
GORDON DUFF: IN MOTION:
THE PLOT TO DESTROY THE UNITED STATES
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
“The 2010 election had one purpose, war with Iran, even if the risk is world conflict and the real loser, no matter what happens on the battlefield is the United States.”
Plans are in motion for a “false flag” attack on America. Iran will be blamed, everyone knows that and Iran will be totally innocent. This is the last thing Iran would ever want. The most likely scenario is a nuclear attack. Two bombs are missing, bombs built by Israel in South Africa and lost long ago. These were supposedly Saddam’s bombs. Now we are told Iran has them. Israel has had them all along and the fear is, they may be inside the United States already.
The Israeli game with these weapons is one of the worst kept secrets in the world and has already cost the deaths of many. It will take nothing short of the detonation of one of this Hiroshima sized Israeli nukes to push America into Israel’s war with Iran, much as hunting for these nukes which Israel informed President Bush were in Iraq, led “the decider” to making one of the many blunders of his career. Our next 9/11 will be nuclear.
The purpose will be to push America into a 20 year war that will destroy Iran and Pakistan, take oil to over $300 per barrel and collapse the dollar and Euro. Iran isn’t Iraq of 2003, toothless and starving. This will be America’s last military adventure, and the end of America’s place in the world as we know it. We know the details of the proposed military campaign and the military and political leaders who support it are the worst imaginable incompetents and traitors.
Invading Iran is an impossible task for America. Other than there be no reason whatsoever to engage in such folly, something that, of recent years, seems to concern fewer and fewer Americans. Turn on the TV, if the “rodeo clown” says “wipe ‘em out” then we do it.
Invading Iran is an impossibility for America. Going to the moon was easier. No matter how senseless, how impossible, the decision has been made, more in Tel Aviv than Washington, for sure, but one that will be obeyed.
There are only two scenarios that can fulfill the nightmare Israel and her shiny new congress have in store with us. One is a preemptive nuclear attack on Iran and the other full scale total war with up to 500,000 Americans being drafted into the military.
FAILURE OF THE “VOLUNTEER ARMY”…..AS ISRAEL SEES IT
Forcing America to return to a draft and begin a major war, one America can never really win as with Iraq and Afghanistan and, let us not forget Vietnam, is something absolutely vital to hang around the neck of a Democrat,
RACE HATRED, AMERICAN KRYPTONITE
especially one of African American ancestry. Anyone who doesn’t think the real heart of American politics has always been racism is a liar. Family values means “white” family values. African Americans know shame at the relief they have felt seeing Muslims targeted for persecution. Every political position in today’s America is derived from institutionalized racism, be it immigration, health care or “constitution.”
When a return to the “constitution” is brought up, by people who wouldn’t know the document from a Croatian take-out menu, the reality is always race, fear, hate and envy, the glue that holds American society prisoner. Decades ago, and even more recently during our last presidential election, African Americans were represented as animals, “goyim” to the Jews. Now we play “Kill the camel jockey.” Is this why the Christianized army we sent to Afghanistan murders innocent civilians for sport?
An America in total economic collapse will require another “decider” and more “Patriot Acts,” even more totalitarian and vicious than the last, that and an end to the even farcical elections that are now inundated with drug money and cash from US based foreign corporations.
This is the plan and a criminal gang in America, some in government and the military but more behind the scenes, “banksters” and media moguls, many with ties to Israel, are working feverishly to bring it about. However clever the planners may think they are, their machinations can be tracked through the media, the army of “Wolf Blitzers” that “work” the American people with the subtlety of carnie shills.
WHY DO THEY HATE US SO MUCH?
Why would anyone want to destroy America, kill millions, leave the nation that has been there to save the world over and over a virtual wasteland? If you think America’s castrated government or the military, now relegated to acting as virtual mercenaries for drug lords, oil cartels and bizarre Zionist plots, have the will or ability to stop what has already begun, you have not been paying attention for some time. While the “circus of deception” went on, the utterly phony “war on terror,” imaginary enemies, the 9/11 disaster, orchestrated by Israel and its puppets,
Israel has decided that America is going to war with Iran. The new congress, the one Israel openly boasts is under their total control, will make it happen, it was why they were put there. The upcoming war will leave the United States crippled, castrated, a “third world” nuclear power like the old Soviet Union. The plot isn’t against Iran and Pakistan, that’s just an excuse. The real enemy is what is left of a free and democratic America.
The real goal is to end America’s leadership role in the world.
Israel has plans for Russia, China and India, especially India, to rule the world with them pulling the strings. America had been their “milk cow” for some time, now that cow is going to slaughter.
SCRATCH ONE SUPERTANKER OR DESTROYER
HOW IT BEGINS
This is how it is going to play out. The news media has gotten their orders, Wikileaks is part of it. From now on, key members of congress will, on cue, begin harping about the threat of Iran. Governments in the Middle East that are under the total control of Israel and the American military will aid in every way possible. Thus far, of all the Islamic nations in the world, only Syria and Afghanistan are not taking orders from Tel Aviv.
The next step will be to replace key military staff as was done prior to 9/11, with “Israel friendly” third stringers, “dominionists” and “Israeli firsters” who place “end times” religious mythology over the welfare, safety and sovereignty of the United States. This group has been infiltrating the American military for years and has gained control of every service but the Marine Corps, starting with the United States Air Force.
The military pundits, with their laundered payoffs and free trips to Israel and the dozens of propaganda websites have already begun. If you have a computer, you can check this easily. Simply go into your email, it will be filled with warnings of Iran and nuclear terrorism. An Israeli teenager paid dearly to bring you that message, spending a difficult night in a hotel with one of our political or military “pro-Zionists.”
Our newly elected “Tea Party’ gang will be visiting Israel soon, watch and see, there is a “Monica Lewinsky” in their future. This is how it works, how it has worked for a long time and why we have sunk so low.
Anyone who talks about “liberal” media is part of it. A cursory check of who owns the media, “liberal” or any other media is easy. Israel owns our media, all of it. The stories will start with tales of Iran controlling the Shiite government of Iraq. Then you will hear of them controlling Karzai’s government in Afghanistan.
Then the stories will start, Iran has to be tied to terrorist attacks on American troops. Watch for this. Americans will start dying and Iran will be blamed. Wikileaks started this with their fanciful stories about Iranians training Iraq in making explosives. A few years ago, we invaded Iraq because we believed they were building nuclear weapons, or so we were misinformed, now they can’t build pipe bombs without Iranian help? Wikileaks is a clear demonstration at how childish, how outlandish the lies are going to be. Wikileaks is prestaging terror attacks on Americans as much as if they made the bombs themselves, no question about that.
Every media outlet that, under specific directions, carries the “party line” on Wikileaks and the rest of it, no matter how absurd, carries these fabrications without question or embarrassment, should be considered a terrorist organization and their employees enemy combatants.
It will be Israel doing the killing just as with 9/11 and the USS Liberty and, frankly, so many other times Americans have died, like the Marines killed in Beirut, an attack Israel admitted knowing of in advance. More and more, we are finding everything was “known” in advance, “known” because those who knew planned it.
Getting the scene set, all the assets in place, buying or blackmailing congress, keeping the president surrounded by Israeli advisors as he is today, silencing voices of reason in the military, all this is going on right now.
Years have been spent branding Iran and Pakistan as dangerous, the press continually ignoring reports that Iran has no nuclear program or endlessly repeating outrageous rumors that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are almost in the hands approaching “Taliban” forces. With Karzai’s government Afghanistan openly negotiating with the Taliban after American forces, 9 years of fighting, have only managed to secure 3% of the country, building a case for war tied to Iranian “interference” in that conflict is going to be unmarketable.
This leaves Pakistan. Drone attacks in Pakistan have brought about considerable destabilization and an increase in terrorism in Pakistan. They have, as seemingly planned, worked to harm American interests in the region while attempting to bring about the dissolution of Pakistan. Continual reports of American contractors in Pakistan, working for the CIA and State Department, aiding terrorists, go unreported in the American media. Even when caught with weapons and explosives inside Pakistan, such reports are suppressed.
Increasingly, evidence is showing that the Mumbai attack, the massive terror assault on India blamed on Pakistan, was orchestrated by one of these American groups.
THE MONEY ISN’T THERE, AND WE KNOW IT
However, considering the financial collapse engineered though Bush era deregulation frauds combined with unstable tax policies and massive increase in government spending, combined with cost of two failed wars, America’s options are limited. There is simply no revenue to pay the current military without rollbacks or sustain moderate capabilities and readiness. America is too broke, not just to fight a new war but to continue the two that are going or even maintain a fully peacetime force at near current levels.
In fact, our military expenditures need to be cut by 30% or more, as studies being reviewed by the Department of Defense and congress are showing. We have the choice of cutting back now or dealing with consequences later, including, not only cuts in military and veterans health care but substantial cuts in pensions and disability compensation as well.
Another war, and there is no question that another war is planned, will push American debt to$20 trillion or more, half being military expenditures, always a combination of pork, payoffs and “misplaced” weaponry and the rest looted from the economy by the planned massive manipulation of oil prices made possible by the shutoff of world petroleum supplies.
HOW IRAN CONTROLS THE WORLD'S OIL SUPPLY, 8000 MISSILES
“IRAN WILL SHUT DOWN HORMUZ AND WORLD OIL IN ONE HOUR”
In March, 2010, a Chinese built missile factory opened in Iran. The plant builds a variety of missiles, primarily anti-ship, with ranges from 100 to 300 miles or more. These are advanced weapons that can be launched from hardened facilities along Iran’s rugged coastline, from aircraft, both fixed and rotary, from patrol boats, from nearly anything. One of these missiles can sink a frigate, perhaps even a destroyer. Several can disable an aircraft carrier. Approaching Iran from sea is impossible.
Iran controls Hormuz, not just with missiles but patrol boats as well, and not just from their own shore but from the islands in the gulf, some of which were seized 30 years ago and are still held.
The government of the United Arab Emirates has discussed, from time to time, a canal bypassing the strait, through to Oman and into the Persian Gulf. However, the cost would be outrageous as a ridge of hills would have to be crossed, something difficult to manage with a lock system capable of handing the largest ships in the world, oil supertankers.
The missiles, the torpedo boats and the almost impossible network of islands and swamps along the coast would make suppressing Iran’s capabilities impossible. The strait would close, oil would stop, Iraq, Iran certainly, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. In days, currencies would collapse, stock markets shut down, gas lines would form and gas rationing would be required around the world. All western economies would disappear overnight.
Iranian Facilities at Hormuz
WHY PAKISTAN HAS TO FALL
There is simply no way into Iran by land. We can barely keep American troops in Afghanistan supplied with many routes being hundreds of miles long, narrow roads from the Port of Karachi in Pakistan. Recently we found how easily this supply line could be cut off. Agreements with Iran, not to mention religious affiliations between Shiites in Iraq, the majority there and the Shiite based government in Iran, make an approach through Iraq impossible.
We could also consider that our existing forces in Iraq and the entire Persian Gulf could be cut off by Iran with no resupply by sea possible for, not only Iraq but Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq. These nations and the US forces there would be immediately isolated. The only way in to Iran, restricted because of the topography, is through the province of Baluchistan, a remote area of Pakistan that borders Iran.
NEW YORK TO DENVER, ALL MOUNTAINS, NO ROADS
This isolated region has become the staging area for attacks against Iran, supposedly by Jundallah “rebels” but actually orchestrated by the Mossad and CIA. There are two independence movements wanting to break Baluchistan from Pakistan. One of the leaders I met in Islamabad while he was recovering from gunshot wounds. The other lives in Israel, surprise-surprise.
Because of the topography of Iran, the only way to approach Tehran is over more than a thousand miles of valleys. They can only be approached through Pakistan and there is only one port that serves that region. The only way to resupply other than through this small Chinese built port, Gwadar, is to truck into Kandahar, hundreds of miles, then back down into Pakistan, following the 500,000 man army into Iran in something closely akin to Napoleon’s ill fated invasion of Russia, but even worse if that is possible.
Tiny port, dirt roads, narrow gauge rail only
The military analogies are inescapable, Dien Bien Phu and Stalingrad are two that come to mind. Though the government of Pakistan lacks strong civilian leadership and is largely dependent on US aid, the use of Pakistan’s territory for another aggressive war in the Middle East that will perceived by almost all the world’s population, not just Muslims, as a sign of Israel’s control of the United States and its ability to get America to commit any crime, will not be acceptable to the people of Pakistan. It is also highly unlikely that even Karzai’s government in Afghanistan would abide such an action.
Thus, America could become beset, not just from Pakistan but by its own allies in Afghanistan and, quite possibly, the newly trained and surprisingly effective army in Iraq as well.
America would become a rogue state, even if purporting to respond to a devastating terrorist attack. In the aftermath of 9/11, America lacks any credibility. The second a disaster strikes inside America, the world will immediately assume the worst, Israel has deemed such an act necessary to push America to war. No rational person could assume otherwise.
In order to stabilize the situation with our allies, those likely to become enemies, it will likely necessitate the decapitation of several regimes, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan initially. Others will quickly fall into line though some will be directly under the control of Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in particular. They will become indefensible except through massive airlift, resources that will be needed elsewhere. Half the troops needed to secure America’s lines of supply left military service after multiple deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq for nearly a decade. Many are sick, some are homeless and hundreds of thousands are simply “fed up.”
This leaves the new citizen army, the one America had to turn to because of a “9/11 – Pearl Harbor” disaster fewer and fewer believe the cover story on as days go by. Even in America, despite what Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thinks, you can only fool people so many times. The most glaring example of the lack of foresight some of our “War College” grads have can be seen in the Gwadar Port facilities, the only place American can use for supplies for the most difficult invasion in history, with, perhaps, the exception of Okinawa.
TWO CRANES, TWO CRANES, TWO CRANES…COUNT THEM AGAIN, IT WILL STILL ONLY BE TWO CRANES
ECONOMIC BELT TIGHTENING AT HOME
The 2010 election paid for a war, there is no question of that. Many of the puppets in America’s government had to be replaced as there was fear some of them might object to something as obscene as what is in the planning. Lies, fear mongering and childish rhetoric had never reached the levels seen in 2010. Never had a nation, since Germany in 1932, gone over to the “darkside” as clearly as America has done, a rejection of decency and common sense.
When the bill becomes due, and it most certainly will, that “smaller government” so many thought they would get will most certainly come true. What won’t happen is a return to constitutional rule,that will be gone forever. Habeas Corpus won’t be missed so much in a country where those without the cash to buy their way out of military service, yes, that great American tradition, will be one step ahead of the press gangs working to keep the military training camps filled to capacity. America may, quite likely, have bitten off a bit too much, a world war, and this time,no allies, none, not a chance.
LESS GOVERNMENT, THE DREAM OF AMERICA’S “RIGHT”
Plans for less government have always been around, we have seen attempts to put these plans in place many times, starting with attempts to have Social Security declared unconstitutional back in the 1930s. This will be first to go, Social Security. Getting rid of Social Security has long been a dream of the GOP, either through outlawing it as “Socialism,” or “borrowing” the trust fund to cover war expenses or, more recently “privatization.” Now, none of those will be needed. The money will simply disappear overnight, not to pay war expenses, not hardly. It will be split up and stashed in Swiss bank accounts the same place the “bail out” money went, the same place every 401k in America went, the same place the assets of our largest banks went.
They will be the next to go. States will be asked to fund this themselves. There won’t be any more questions about illegal aliens using our medical care, there won’t be any, not for them, not for the poor or not for the senior citizens who paid into medicare all their lives. Just because it was paid for doesn’t mean the government can’t simply break its promise, there are loyalties more powerful and more important that our government has than to the people. 9/11 proved that to any rational person.
The time for borrowing, counterfeit money, the “Federal Reserve System” and selling T -Bills will be over. China and Iran are close. China will be finished with us, India too and no more Arab money. The dollar, the instrument we use to buy oil, fertilizer, metals and so many other things, will be worthless. We are going to have to invent a new form of monopoly money or go on the barter system. The dollar, as a world currency, will disappear.
SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN:
One good thing, schools will shut down. Thus, America’s inferior education system will no longer do the damage it once did. Along with that, mothers will be home to take care of children, a “blast from the past.” The downside, of course, the mothers will have lost their jobs, the homes will be unheated, some with no electricity, more with no water, all eventually repossessed and, unless the government starts giving out food as it had in the past, we will see starvation. The money that financed Food Stamps will be long gone.
MILITARY AND VETERANS PENSIONS HALVED:
Long seen as “freeloaders,” veterans and military retirees will be cut off. Pensions once seen as a “promise” have long been referred to as “entitlements.” Any entitlement can be “un-entitled” and these will.
MILITARY PAY CUT:
Troops in Vietnam were paid $30 dollars a week. We are going to see that again.
THIS IS THE INEXORABLE FUTURE, BOUGHT AND PAID FOR
The draft, worthless money, gas lines, martial law, metal detectors in supermarkets, cameras everywhere, everything filmed, recorded, everyone every day, biometrics, face recognition, these things will be part of our lives from now on. These are the plans and putting this machinery in place, much of it “designed” in Israel, is what Americans voted for, this and the invasion of Iran, part of a war where only Americans will fight and die.
No one cares about Iran. No knowledgeable person ever thought they had nuclear weapons or wanted them. It was never about them. They were never a target, they were never a threat. The threat, the target, was always the United States. We were the danger, a free people.
Free people can’t be trusted, can’t be managed.
The plans are in place to bring that to an end.
How many Americans will continue to be a part of it?
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
FRY THE GOD DAMNED BANKERS!
May 18th, 2011 by olddog
Congress To Vote On Declaration Of World War 3 An Endless War With No Borders, No Clear Enemies
Posted by Alexander Higgins
Alexander Higgins Blog
The United States Congress is set to vote on legislation that authorizes the official start of World War 3.
The legislation authorizes the President of the United States to take unilateral military action against all nations, organizations, and persons, both domestically and abroad, who are alleged to be currently or who have in the past supported or engaged in hostilities or who have provided aid in support of hostilities against the United States or any of its coalition allies.
The legislation removes the requirement of congressional approval for the use of military force and instead gives the President totalitarian dictatorial authority to engage in any and all military actions for an indefinite period of time.
It even gives the President the authority to launch attacks against American Citizens inside the United States with no congressional oversight whatsoever.
Just to recap, because that was a mouthful:
Endless War – The war will continue until all hostilities are terminated, which will never happen.
No Borders – The president will have the full authority to launch military strikes against any country, organization or person, including against U.S citizens on U.S soil.
Unilateral Military Action – Full authority to invade any nation at any time with no congressional approval required.
No Clearly Defined Enemy – The US can declare or allege anyone a terrorist or allege they are or have been supporting “hostilities” against the US and attack at will.
Authorization To Invade Several Countries – The president would have full authority to invade Iran, Syria, North Korea, along with several other nations in Africa and the Middle East and even Russia and China under the legislation all of which are “know” to have supported and aided hostilities against the United States.
The Hill writes:
House Dems protest GOP’s plans for permanent war against terror
Nearly three dozen House Democrats are calling on Republicans to withdraw a section of the 2012 defense authorization bill that they say would effectively declare a state of permanent war against unnamed Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.
A Tuesday letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and 32 other Democrats argues that affirming continued war against terrorist forces goes too far, giving too much authority to the president without debate in Congress.
Their letter cites language in the authorization bill that incorporates the Detainee Security Act, which affirms continued armed conflict against terrorists overseas.
“By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations and nations ‘associated’ with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the president near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval,” Democrats wrote. “Such authority must not be ceded to the president without careful deliberation from Congress.”
The specific language in the bill is found in section 1034 of H.R. 1540, which affirms that the U.S. is “engaged in an armed conflict with al Qaeda, the Taliban and associated forces.” It also affirms that the president has the authority to detain “certain belligerents” until the armed conflict is over.
“Al Qaeda, the Taliban and associated forces still pose a grave threat to U.S. national security,” the bill says. “The Authorization for Use of Military Force necessarily includes the authority to address the continuing and evolving threat posed by these groups.”
The America Civil Liberties Union writes:
New Authorization of Worldwide War Without End?
Congress may soon vote on a new declaration of worldwide war without end, and without clear enemies. A “sleeper provision” deep inside defense bills pending before Congress could become the single biggest hand-over of unchecked war authority from Congress to the executive branch in modern American history.
President Obama has not sought new war authority. In fact, his administration has made clear that it believes it already has all of the authority that it needs to fight terrorism.
But Congress is considering monumental new legislation that would grant the president – and all presidents after him – sweeping new power to make war almost anywhere and everywhere. Unlike previous grants of authority for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the proposed legislation would allow a president to use military force wherever terrorism suspects are present in the world, regardless of whether there has been any harm to U.S. citizens, or any attack on the United States, or any imminent threat of an attack. The legislation is broad enough to permit a president to use military force within the United States and against American citizens. The legislation contains no expiration date, and no criteria to determine when a president’s authority to use military force would end.
Of all of the powers that the Constitution assigns to Congress, no power is more fundamental or important than the power “to declare War.” That is why, in 2002, when Congress was considering whether to authorize war in Iraq, it held fifteen hearings, and passed legislation that cited specific harms, set limits, and defined a clear objective. Now, Congress is poised to give unchecked authority to the executive branch to use military force worldwide, with profoundly negative consequences for our fundamental democratic system of checks and balances. Once Congress expands the president’s war power, it will be nearly impossible to rein it back in. The ACLU strongly opposes a wholesale turnover of war power from Congress to the president – and all of his successors.
Coalition Memo to the House Committee on Armed Services Regarding a Proposed New Declaration of War
Comparison of 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and Proposed Expanded Authorization
The offending text (Here In The Full Text Of H.R. 1540 – section 1034) uses doublespeak to declare World War 3. Specifically, the text uses the phrase “affirms” “armed conflict” which is the terminology used by congress declare war in every war since World War 2.
Congress affirms that —
(1) the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces and that those entities continue to pose a threat to the United States and its citizens, both domestically and abroad;
(2) the President has the authority to use all necessary and appropriate force during the current armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note);
(3) the current armed conflict includes nations, organization, and persons who—
(A) are part of, or are substantially supporting, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners; or
(B) have engaged in hostilities or have directly supported hostilities in aid of a nation, organization, or person described in subparagraph (A); and
(4) the President’s authority pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority to detain belligerents, including persons described in paragraph (3), until the termination of hostilities.
A joint letter regarding the proposed legislation has been sent to congress condemning the proposed legislation.
All Members of the House Committee on Armed Services
American Civil Liberties Union
Appeal for Justice
Brave New Foundation
Center for Constitutional Rights
Defending Dissent Foundation
High Road for Human Rights
Human Rights First
International Justice Network
Just Foreign Policy
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Muslim Public Affairs Council
New Security Action
Pax Christi USA
Physicians for Human Rights
Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
Win Without War
May 9th, 2010
Oppose Section 1034 and Any Similar New Declaration of War or New Authorization for Use of Military Force in the National Defense Authorization Act
The undersigned organizations strongly oppose the new Declaration of War, which is in Section 1034 of the Chairman’s mark for the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”). We urge you to oppose the provision and any other similar new Declaration of War or new Authorization for Use of Military Force (“AUMF”) in the NDAA.
While we have written separately, and met with many of you and your military legislative assistants, on our concerns with other provisions of the Chairman’s mark, we are writing on this new Declaration of War specifically because it is a provision that has received almost no review, despite its likely tremendous effect on almost every facet of United States national security policy. At minimum, Congress should hold hearings and follow regular order before even considering such sweeping legislation.
This monumental legislation–with a large-scale and practically irrevocable delegation of war power from Congress to the President–could commit the United States to a worldwide war without clear enemies, without any geographical boundaries (the use of military force within the United States could be permitted), and without any boundary relating to time or specific objective to be achieved. Unlike the AUMF that authorized the Afghanistan War and the pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the proposed new Declaration of War does not cite any specific harm, such as the 9/11 attacks, or specific threat of harm to the United States. It appears to be stating that the United States is at war wherever terrorism suspects reside, regardless of whether there is any danger to the United States.
Under the guise of a “reaffirmation” of authority, Section 1034 of the Chairman’s mark for the NDAA would give the President unchecked authority–and if the section constitutes a declared “war,”1 possibly the unchecked duty –to use military force worldwide against or within any country in which terrorism suspects reside. The proposed new Declaration of War would be without precedent in the scope of war authority or duties transferred by Congress to the President:
The President would be able to use this authority–or might be required to use this authority–regardless of whether there has been any harm to United States citizens, or any attack on the United States or any imminent threat of any attack. There is not even any requirement of any threat whatsoever to the national security of the United States.
There is no geographical limitation–the new Declaration of War has no specification of countries against which military force could be used, and no specification of countries where U.S. armed forces could be deployed with or without the permission of the host country. Military force could even be used within the United States and against American citizens.
There is no specific objective for the new Declaration of War, which means that there is no clear criteria after which the President’s authority to use military force would expire. Although the proposed new Declaration of War lists “al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces” as the “threat,” there is no definition for any of these entities, which historically have been amorphous, with shifting names, memberships, and organizational relationships.
If Congress broadly turns over to the President the power that Article I of the Constitution provides to Congress to declare war, it very likely will never get the power back. The broad terms of the proposed new Declaration of War could last for decades.
Whether Congress realizes it or not, the proposed new Declaration of War would authorize the President to use the United States military against countries such as Somalia, Iran, or Yemen, or send the American military into any of the scores of countries where suspected terrorists reside, which include not only nearly all Middle East, African, and Asian countries, but also European countries and Canada–and of course, the United States itself. Under the expansive terms used for organizations in the proposed new Declaration of War, targets could include suspects having no connection to the 9/11 attacks or to any other specific harm or threat to the United States. The President would have the power to go to war almost anywhere, at any time, and based on the presence of suspects who do not have to pose any threat to the national security of the United States.
If Section 1034 of the Chairman’s mark for the NDAA constitutes a declaration of war–which Congress has not declared since 1942–the declaration would trigger various exemptions from federal statutes and even broader authority for the President to control more aspects of both government and private businesses. The March 17, 2011 report from the Congressional Research Service, “Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications,” lists all of the statutory provisions, ranging from exemptions from budgetary limitations to new government claims over oil and mineral resources, that are triggered by a declaration of war.
Of course, if Congress believes that there is a significant new threat to the national security of the United States that requires significant military force as a response, it can declare war or enact a new AUMF, but Congress should, at minimum, follow what it did in 2002 with the AUMF for the Iraq War, where it held fifteen hearings on the proposed war and passed an AUMF that cited specific harms, set limits, and defined a clear objective that, if met, would effectively terminate the AUMF. A specific declaration of war or a specific AUMF would better preserve the system of checks and balances and make an endless, worldwide war less likely.
To be clear, President Obama has not sought enactment of the proposed new Declaration of War. To the contrary, his Administration has made clear its position that it believes it already has all of the authority that it needs to fight terrorism. But if the proposed new Declaration of War becomes law, President Obama and all of his successors, until and unless a future Congress and future President repeal it, will have the sweeping new power to make war almost anywhere and everywhere.
Of all of the powers that Article I of the Constitution assigns to Congress, no power is more fundamental or important than the power “to declare War.” We urge you to use this power carefully, and to oppose this wholesale turnover of war power, without any checks–and without even holding a single hearing. Thank you for your attention to this issue, and we would be pleased to meet with you or your staff to discuss our concerns further.
1 The most critical sentence of section 1034 of the Chairman’s mark for the NDAA is “Congress affirms that the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces and that those entities continue to pose a threat to the United States and its citizens, both domestically and abroad.” If “affirms” is replaced with the synonym “declares” and “armed conflict” is replaced with the synonym “war,” the result is “Congress declares that the United States is in a war with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces . . . “, which is very similar to the declaration of war clauses of the eleven declarations of war made by Congress, from the War of 1812 through World War II. Since 1942, Congress has passed several authorizations for use of military force, but has not made any declarations of war.
2 Although the question of whether a declaration of war imposes a duty on the President to carry out the war has only rarely come up in court decisions, at least one federal court, in comparing the legal consequences of a declaration of war with an authorization for use of military force, stated, “If war existed why empower the President to apprehend foreign enemies? War itself placed that duty upon him as a necessary and inherent incident of military command.” Gray v. United States, 21 Ct. Cl. 340, 373 (1886) (emphasis added).
The bill has many other shocking elements as well, such as the requirement that all arrests related to terrorism be treated as military arrests (section 4), thus circumventing the constitution. Furthermore, legislation introduce under the McCain bill would make it illegal for military prisoners in US overseas torture prisons to be returned to US Facilities.
Indeed, the moment we all feared has come before us as the Congress meddles giving the President absolute power over the military, including the authority to launch military strikes within the United States against U.S. Citizens. With the assassination of Osama Bin Laden on Pakistan soil many of were naïve in believing that the War on Terror would come to an end.
Instead, the reported success of the raid is being used as a crutch to push through new legislation in the defense bills up for vote before congress which literally authorize World War 3, which will be declared as an endless war with no defined enemies and no borders. Short of committing genocide the termination of the hostilities will never come and as such the war will never come to end.
We have already learned that officials falsified reports that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq for the “prize” of oil. If a whole government of top officials can not be trusted then surely a single president cannot be trusted either.
We have seen the U.S Government turn Nazi and buy and burn every copy of a book that had evidence of a 9/11 coverup. The Department of Justice has already published a memo calling constitutionalists and survivalist as potential terrorists.
Is it not bad enough that the U.S courts have already legalized the abduction of U.S Citizens along with their indefinite detention and torture in overseas prison camps? Or that the U.S Government openly admits to gunning down, kidnapping and torturing American college students?
Under the definition of the legislation, the President could authorize the military to attack the ACLU building because they have supported the “terrorists” by arguing for their civil rights.
It will not be long before they are assassinating activists. The have already labeled conspiracy theories as “dangerous thoughts that could lead to violence” and have even specifically called The Intel Hub, which routinely publishes my articles, as an echo chamber pushing out these “dangerous thoughts that could lead to violence”.
Uncle Sam openly admits to turning its multi-billion dollar espionage network against U.S Citizens which has produced such great fruits as innocent activists exercising their first amendment rights being placed on the terrorist watch list by the FBI and DHS.
Seriously, this is so out of control and it is only a time that the World War 3 is being fought against you and me. Just remember as long as we are in a state of war your civil liberties and constitutional rights are pretty much null and void, only enforceable if the Government allows you to have them. Even then, they can declare you as a terrorist, enemy combatant or a threat to national security to revoke your constitutional rights anyway. Then they can play the national security card when they are asked to explain their allegations.
All around this is rotten and the first step to getting our rights back is to end the perpetual wars.
Contact your congressman and tell them No Way To this egregious bill!
Update – Here is some corporate media coverage of this story, since some people like to see it in the mainstream media to believe it.
Critics: GOP bill a declaration of constant war
House Republicans want to reaffirm war against al-Qaida, the Taliban — and anyone else — with controversial bill
Republican chair of the Armed Services Committee, Howard McKeon, R-Calif., revealed The National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, which includes a bill renewing an act passed just days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). AUMF gave then-President George W. Bush carte blanche to hunt down the 9/11 perpetrators and their allies. The renewed bill, however, makes no reference to the 9/11 attackers and some critics have called it “the first full-scale declaration of war by the U.S. since World War II,” since it makes no reference to the capturing of parties guilty of a specific act. Indeed, the section of The National Defense Authorization Act under question here is called the Declaration of War.
According to POLITICO:
The new language drops any reference to 9/11 and “affirms” a state of “armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban and associated forces.” The measure also explicitly gives the president the right to take prisoners “until the termination of hostilities” – something the courts have found to be implicit in the current version of the AUMF, though the new proposal could be seen to extend that power.
The argument from proponents of the Republican-backed bill is that, in the decade since AUMF was enacted, terror groups with no connection to 9/11 have come into the picture. Critics say such terror suspects should be dealt with using law enforcement and that we should not be affirming a commitment to war without specific aims or boundaries. The bill would also give the president the ability to attack an individual, group, or nation without Congressional approval.
The Daily Paul:
ALERT: Congress is About to Vote on Worldwide War Authority
The time is now to restore respect for the Constitution. Tell Congress that a blank check on war isn’t just unnecessary — it’s truly dangerous.
They have to be kidding. Congress is about to vote on worldwide war authority. This was long on the Bush administration’s wish list. Now, a few top congressional insiders see an opportunity to sneak it in to a “must pass” piece of legislation: the Defense Authorization bill.
This expanded war authority would give the president — any president — the power to use military force, whenever and however he or she sees fit. It would essentially declare a worldwide war without end.
It is shocking that Congress is entertaining such legislation at a time when many are looking to see an end to escalating conflict and abuses of power in the name of fighting terrorism.
Oppose New Worldwide War Authority
A few top congressional insiders are aiming to sneak new worldwide war authority in to a “must pass” piece of legislation: the Defense Authorization bill.
This new war authority would give the president — any president — the power to unilaterally take our country to war wherever, whenever and however he or she sees fit. It would essentially declare a worldwide war without end.
It is shocking that Congress is entertaining such legislation at a time when many are looking to see an end to escalating conflict and abuses of power in the name of fighting terrorism.
Take action! Tell your representative to oppose new worldwide war authority.
GOP seeks to redefine war on terror
A little over a week after the United States finally succeeded in its long-sought goal of killing Osama bin Laden, Congress is set to engage in a debate over whether to extend the war on terror indefinitely or leave in place legislation that could eventually wind it down.
Enacted over a lone dissenting vote just three days after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the “Authorization for the Use of Military Force,” or AUMF, authorized President George W. Bush to use “all necessary and appropriate force” against those involved in the 9/11 attacks as well as anyone who harbored the perpetrators.
The new language drops any reference to 9/11 and “affirms” a state of “armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban and associated forces.” The measure also explicitly gives the president the right to take prisoners “until the termination of hostilities” – something the courts have found to be implicit in the current version of the AUMF, though the new proposal could be seen to extend that power.
But critics say the Republican-sponsored measure amounts to the first full-scale declaration of war by the U.S. since World War II – at a moment when counter-terrorism efforts are succeeding, the U.S. is withdrawing from Iraq, and about to begin a withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, they say, it gives Obama and any successor carte blanche to attack any individual or any nation without further approval from Congress.
The Wall Street Journal.
Defense Bill Would ‘Affirm’ War With al Qaeda
Even though Osama bin Laden is dead, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) wants to remind Washington: The war on terror ain’t over.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard McKeon (R., Calif.) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
And with that in mind, Rep. McKeon, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, is pushing for Congress to renew the 2001 authorization to use military force against terrorists.
The chairman on Monday revealed his version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2012, and his mark of the bill includes a provision that “would affirm that the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces.”
Critics say provisions in the bill are tantamount to a congressional declaration of war that could give the president broad new powers over private business and government spending.
One provision seeks to bolster the Authorization for Military Force, passed by Congress in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, which the Bush and Obama administration have used as legal authority to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan and other countries where al Qaeda affiliates have sprung up.
The American Civil Liberties Union and more than a dozen mostly left leaning groups wrote a letter to members of the House Armed Services Committee to oppose the “reaffirmation” saying that it essentially declares war and gives broad powers to the president that normally belong to Congress.
May 17th, 2011 by olddog
Supreme Court allows warrantless drug search in Kentucky case
* May 16th, 2011 6:38 pm ET
* Louisville Public Policy Examiner
The United States Supreme Court handed down a decision today that will profoundly affect the way police search for drugs. In reviewing a case out of Lexington, Kentucky, the Courtin an eight to one decisionruled that “exigent circumstances” are created when police reasonably believe a suspect is in the process of destroying evidence, and therefore a search warrant is not constitutionally required.
In the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. Hollis DeShaun King, the Lexington police conducted a “buy bust” raid on October 13, 2005, at an apartment on Center Parkway. Officers followed a suspected drug dealer to the apartment complex, and testified that they smelled marijuana outside an apartment door, knocked loudly, and announced their presence. As soon as the officers began knocking, they heard noises coming from the apartment which sounded like something was being flushed down a toilet.
The officers announced their intent to enter the apartment, kicked in the door, and found Mr. King and others; along with drugs in plain view. The Fayette Circuit Court denied King's motion to suppress the evidence, holding that exigent circumstances–the need to prevent destruction of evidence–justified the warrantless entry. King entered a conditional guilty plea, reserving his right to appeal the suppression ruling, and the Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court of Kentucky reversed. The court assumed that exigent circumstances existed, but it nonetheless invalidated the search. The exigent circumstances rule did not apply, the court held, because the police should have foreseen that their conduct would prompt the occupants to attempt to destroy evidence.
But the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Kentucky Supreme Court, ruling that the exigent circumstances rule applies when the police do not create the exigency by engaging or threatening to engage in conduct that violates the Fourth Amendment. Restating the established rule that a warrantless search is objectively reasonable under the Fourth Amendment, the Court created a new test to determine when and if police impermissibly create an exigency.
According to the Court, the “proper test” to determine whether warrantless searches are allowed is whether or not the police actually created the exigency by engaging or threatening to engage in conduct violating the Fourth Amendment:
“Assuming an exigency did exist, the officers' conduct–banging on the door and announcing their presence–was entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment. (King) has pointed to no evidence supporting his argument that the officers made any sort of ‘demand’ to enter the apartment, much less a demand that amounts to a threat to violate the Fourth Amendment.”
Justice Samuel Alito delivered the majority opinion of the Court, and Chief Justice Roberts joined in the opinion, along with Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion, in which she said:
“The Court today arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in drug cases. In lieu of presenting their evidence to a neutral magistrate, police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, never mind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant.”
Learn more: Read the entire U.S. Supreme Court opinion (27 Pp., .pdf)
Learn more: Read the entire Kentucky Supreme Court opinion (16 Pp., .pdf)
May 17th, 2011 by olddog
While You Were Sleeping, They Abolished the Fourth Amendment
Paul Joseph Watson
May 17, 2011
Two recent Supreme Court cases have served to virtually abolish the Fourth Amendment in the United States of America, with citizens no longer being “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
In a precedent described by dissenting justices as “breathtaking” and “unnecessarily broad,” the Indiana Supreme Court ruled last week in a 3-2 vote that doing anything to resist police busting down your door and conducting an illegal search is now a criminal act.
“[We] hold that the right to reasonably resist an unlawful police entry into a home is no longer recognized under Indiana law,” the court ruled in the case of Richard L. Barnes v. Indiana.
Dissenting Justices Brent E. Dickson and Robert D. Rucker made it clear that the ruling represented a total rejection of rights enshrined in the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.
“In my view, the wholesale abrogation of the historic right of a person to reasonably resist unlawful police entry into his dwelling is unwarranted and unnecessarily broad,” Dickson wrote.
“In my view it is breathtaking that the majority deems it appropriate or even necessary to erode this constitutional protection based on a rationale addressing much different policy considerations,” added Rucker. “There is simply no reason to abrogate the common law right of a citizen to resist the unlawful police entry into his or her home.”
The ruling was made under the justification that resisting a police officer had the potential to escalate and cause violence against the officer, meaning that the God-like status bestowed upon police officers now trumps both the 220-year-old Fourth Amendment and the 796-year-old Magna Carta on which it is based.
In a separate case, on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the police can now also bust down a door and enter your property without a warrant if they smell marijuana or hear sounds that are suggestive of destruction of evidence. The case revolved around the warrantless search of an apartment in Kentucky, Lexington.
“Where, as here, the police did not create the exigency by engaging or threatening to engage in conduct that violates the Fourth Amendment, warrantless entry to prevent the destruction of evidence is reasonable and thus allowed,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority.
Of course, the fact that police officers have been known to habitually lie in order to justify illegally entering a property and violating the Fourth Amendment (which is apparently now null and void anyway), was not considered.
These two cases merely scratch the surface of America’s descent into an authoritarian tyranny, which has noticeably deepened over the last few weeks. Describing the United States as a “police state” is no longer a glib or alarmist use of rhetoric, because by every measurable tenet and in every context, the rights guaranteed in the Constitution are now being completely ignored by government or simply abolished altogether.
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The fact that Supreme Courts are now attacking the very Constitution they are supposed to uphold is proof that America has been hijacked by rogue criminal elements who are busy dismantling everything that once made the country a beacon of liberty for the world.
The debate is officially over. America has now entered the annuls of history as an authoritarian police state on a par with Soviet Russia, and as that virus spreads throughout all levels of society it will ultimately lead the United States to the same fate – the only question remaining is how messy the collapse will be, how many people will be incarcerated, and how many people the government will murder in the process.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
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May 17th, 2011 by olddog
Shoddy Reporting At It’s Finest
The other evening, CBS News, in a segment of their program 60 Minutes, aired what I consider to be one of the most biased and misleading pieces of garbage I have ever seen. The segment covered the sovereign citizen movement and was designed to give the impression that anyone who cherishes their liberty, or opposes unconstitutional usurpations of power, is a raving madman.
The segment began by detailing the story of Jerry Kane and his 16 year old son Joe, who gunned down two police officers during a routine traffic stop. When they were caught up with, they wounded more officers before being shot and killed.
By opening with this story CBS has already given its viewers a negative perspective on the subject at hand. Then, to make matters worse, CBS offers the opinions of one J.J. MacNab, who stated, “Sovereign citizen in its simplest form believes that he is above the law.” So, right there the viewers are told that sovereign citizens believe that the laws do not apply to them, and that they are a deadly threat to our police officers.
60 Minutes then focused its attention upon a Mr. Alfred Adask, a so called guru of the sovereign citizen movement. Mr. Adask was asked by 60 Minutes: “Why is the sovereign citizen movement growing?” To which he replied, “What’s driving people to it is they’re beginning to understand that the government has moved away from fundamental principles that this nation was built on. Where are the limits in limited government? The sovereignty movement is attempting to rediscover those limits and reassert them.”
That, in and of itself, is a pretty innocuous statement. However, just moments later, 60 Minutes provides us with a quote from Mr. Adask in which he says the right to keep and bear arms is so that we may, to paraphrase him, kill our elected officials. Right there, whatever Mr. Adask may have said previously has lost all its credibility.
Honestly, until I saw this segment on 60 Minutes, I had never heard of the sovereign citizen movement. However, I also believe that our government has strayed away from the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded. If you listen to any of Congressman Ron Paul’s speeches, so does he. Does that make Congressman Paul, or me, a danger to society? Or does it mean we believe in the principles upon which this nation was founded and are deeply distressed by the seemingly endless usurpations of power by the government?
While I do not condone the random gunning down of law enforcement officials, I do believe that there are laws which have been written that are serious infringements upon our individual liberty. In a letter written in 1819, John Adams said, “The definition of liberty to be the power of doing whatever the law permits, meaning the civil law, does not seem satisfactory.”
The Supreme Law of the land is the Constitution, and all citizens are bound to obey it, including our law enforcement officers and the members of the justice system. Included in that document are the first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. These rights are those which our founders felt were so precious that they be specifically listed, so as to place them beyond the reach of government.
Yet, just recently, the Indiana Supreme Court brazenly thumbed its nose at the Fourth Amendment. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Fourth Amendment, it states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
In their ruling, the Indiana Supreme Court eliminated that right, which dates back to the Magna Carta, by stating “…a person confronted with an illegal police entry into his home should not physically resist. Instead, the person should later sue for damages in the court system.” Oh, so a person is supposed to trust in the court system, the very same system that just ran the Fourth Amendment through a damn paper shredder? Yeah, right!
So, the Indiana Supreme Court just handed the cops, those in Indiana anyway, the right to invade people’s homes without any reasonable justification, warrant, and to expect people to just sit back and complain about it later. Yet they wonder why people are more and more distrustful of the law enforcement community and the court system?
While I do not condone the random gunning down of cops when they are simply doing their jobs, I do understand why people are becoming increasingly distrustful of their government, from the federal level on down to the local level. With the increased number of laws and regulations which limit an individual’s rights and liberty, I can sympathize with those who feel they have no recourse but to resist any further infringements upon their rights.
Have people forgotten that our nation was founded by men who felt the very same way? Maybe they ought to remember that George Washington once said, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered…staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
Or perhaps they should recall that Patrick Henry also stated, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.”
CBS, in its blatant attempt to instill fear into the public regarding citizens who, for the most part, merely wish for their government to live within its constitutional limitations, ought to consider what Thomas Jefferson had to say, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Jefferson is also quoted as saying, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Those beliefs were once commonplace among both the citizens of this country, and our elected officials. Former President Andrew Jackson is quoted as saying, “As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.”
According to Jackson, our government was worthy of our defense and support as long as it secured and defended our rights. Once it failed in this, its primary responsibility, it was no longer worthy of our support.
Our Declaration of Independence states, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
Even Abraham Lincoln, whose actions spoke otherwise, once said, “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”
Those are pretty harsh words, but they were the common belief, that when a government no longer concerns itself with the preservation of the rights of the people, it is no longer worthy of our support; in fact it was considered the right of the people to revolt and overthrow it.
But of course, in its biased report on the sovereign citizen movement, CBS failed to mention these things lest people somehow manage to rekindle that sacred fire of liberty and join in amongst those of us who only want our government to restrict its actions to those specifically enumerated within the Constitution. It is far easier to label us all kooks and raving madmen than to admit that our government is the real threat to the safety and security of a free people.
The scumbag politicians that passed that law in Indiana are fortunate that I don’t live in that state anymore, and when NC goes that route there will be hell to pay. Someday there will be a bounty on people that pass laws like this. Take note scumbags, we will only be pushed so far.
May 16th, 2011 by olddog
Mr. SCHUMER (for himself, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. REID, Mr. MCCONNELL, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Ms. COLLINS, Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts, Mr. BINGAMAN, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. JOHANNS, Mr. LUGAR, Mr. REED, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. CARPER, and Mr. KYL)introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
To reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.
Mar 30, 2011 – Introduced in Senate. This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor and submitted to the Senate for consideration. This is the latest version of the bill currently available on GovTrack.
Text of S 679 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011
Mar 30, 2011 – Introduced in Senate. This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor and submitted to the Senate for consideration. This is the latest version of the bill currently available on GovTrack.
S 679 IS
To reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
Mr. SCHUMER (for himself, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. REID, Mr. MCCONNELL, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Ms. COLLINS, Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts, Mr. BINGAMAN, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. JOHANNS, Mr. LUGAR, Mr. REED, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. CARPER, and Mr. KYL)introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011’.
SEC. 2. PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS NOT SUBJECT TO SENATE APPROVAL.
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE FOR CONGRESSIONAL RELATIONS AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE FOR ADMINISTRATION- Section 218(b) of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 6918(b)) is amended–
(A) by striking ‘subsection (a)’ and inserting ‘subsection (a)(3)’;
(B) by striking subsection (c); and
(C) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c).
(2) RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR- Section 232(b)(1) of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 6942(b)(1)) is amended–
(A) by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’;
(B) by striking paragraph (2); and
(C) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).
(3) COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION- Section 9(a) of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act (15 U.S.C. 714g(a)) is amended in the third sentence by striking ‘by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS- The provisions of the Act entitled ‘An Act to provide for the appointment of one additional Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and for other purposes’, approved July 15, 1947 (15 U.S.C. 1505), section 304 of title III of the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce and the United States Information Agency Appropriation Act, 1955 (15 U.S.C. 1506), and the Act entitled ‘An Act to authorize an additional Assistant Secretary of Commerce’, approved February 16, 1962 (15 U.S.C. 1507), that require the advice and consent of the Senate shall not apply with respect to the appointment of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations.
(2) CHIEF SCIENTIST; NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION- Section 2(d) of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970 (5 U.S.C. App. 1) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(3) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION- Section 103(a)(2) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 902(a)(2)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(c) Department of Defense-
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE FOR LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, AND NETWORKS AND INFORMATION INTEGRATION- Section 138(a)(2) of title 10, United States Code, as amended by section 901(b)(4)(A) of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, is further amended to read as follows:
‘(2)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Assistant Secretaries of Defense shall be appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
‘(B) The Assistant Secretary of Defense referred to in subsection (b)(5), the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration shall each be appointed from civilian life by the President.’.
(2) ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT- Section 3016(a) of such title is amended–
(A) by inserting ‘(1)’ after ‘(a)’;
(B) by striking the second sentence; and
(C) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
‘(2)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Assistant Secretaries of the Army shall be appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
‘(B) The Assistant Secretary of the Army specified in subsection (b)(4) shall be appointed from civilian life by the President.’.
(3) ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT- Section 5016(a) of such title is amended–
(A) by inserting ‘(1)’ after ‘(a)’;
(B) by striking the second sentence; and
(C) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
‘(2)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy shall be appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
‘(B) The Assistant Secretary of the Navy specified in subsection (b)(3) shall be appointed from civilian life by the President.’.
(4) ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT- Section 8016(a) of such title is amended–
(A) by inserting ‘(1)’ after ‘(a)’;
(B) by striking the second sentence; and
(C) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
‘(2)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force shall be appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
‘(B) The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force specified in subsection (b)(3) shall be appointed from civilian life by the President.’.
(5) MEMBERS OF NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION BOARD- Section 803(b)(7) of the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991 (50 U.S.C. 1903(b)(7)) is amended by striking ‘by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(d) Department of Education-
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR LEGISLATION AND CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT- Section 202(e) of the Department of Education Organization Act (20 U.S.C. 3412(e)) is amended by inserting after the first sentence the following: ‘Notwithstanding the previous sentence, the appointments of individuals to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs and the Assistant Secretary for Management shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.’.
(2) COMMISSIONER, REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION- Section 3(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 702(a)) is amended by striking ‘by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(3) COMMISSIONER, EDUCATION STATISTICS- Section 117(b) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9517(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(e) Department of Energy- Section 203(a) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7133(a)) is amended in the first sentence by striking ‘Senate;’ and inserting ‘Senate (except that the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs of the Department may be appointed by the President without the advice and consent of the Senate);’.
(f) Department of Health and Human Services-
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the appointment of an individual to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs within the Department of Health and Human Services shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
(2) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR LEGISLATION- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the appointment of an individual to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Legislation within the Department of Health and Human Services shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
(3) COMMISSIONER, ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES- Section 915(b)(2) of the Claude Pepper Young Americans Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12311(b)(2)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(4) COMMISSIONER, ADMINISTRATION FOR NATIVE AMERICANS- Section 803B(c) of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 2991b-2(c)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(g) Department of Homeland Security-
(1) DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS; ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, GRANT PROGRAMS- Section 430(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 238(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(2) ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION- Section 5(b) of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2204(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(3) DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF COUNTERNARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT- Section 878(a) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 458(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(4) CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER- Section 516(a) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 321e(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(h) Housing and Urban Development; Chief Human Capital Officer, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, and Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs- Section 4(a) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3533(a)) is amended–
(1) by inserting ‘(1)’ after ‘(a)’;
(2) by striking ‘eight’ and inserting ‘5’; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
‘(2) There shall be in the Department a Chief Human Capital Officer, an Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, and an Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, each of whom shall be appointed by the President and shall perform such functions, powers, and duties as the Secretary shall prescribe from time to time.’.
(i) Department of Justice-
(1) ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS-
(A) IN GENERAL- Chapter 31 of title 28, United States Code, is amended–
(i) in section 506, by striking ‘11 Assistant Attorneys General’ and inserting ‘10 Assistant Attorneys General’; and
(ii) by inserting after section 507A the following:
‘Sec. 507B. Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs
‘The President shall appoint an Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs to assist the Attorney General in the performance of the duties of the Attorney General.’.
(B) TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The table of sections for chapter 31 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 507A the following:
‘507B. Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.’.
(2) DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS- Section 302(b) of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3732(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(3) DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE- Section 401(b) of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3741(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(4) DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE- Section 202(b) of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3722(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(5) ADMINISTRATOR, OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION- Section 201(b) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5611(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(6) DIRECTOR, OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME- Section 1411(b) of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 10605(b)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(j) Department of Labor-
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARIES FOR ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT, CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS, AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS- Notwithstanding section 2 of the Act of April 17, 1946 (29 U.S.C. 553), the appointment of individuals to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, and the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs within the Department of Labor, shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
(2) DIRECTOR OF THE WOMEN’S BUREAU- Section 2 of the Act of June 5, 1920 (29 U.S.C. 12) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(k) Department of State; Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and Assistant Secretary for Administration- Section 1(c)(1) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2651a(c)(1)) is amended–
(1) by striking ‘, each of whom shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and’; and
(2) by adding at the end the following: ‘Each Assistant Secretary of State shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, except that the appointments of the Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and the Assistant Secretary for Administration shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.’.
(l) Department of Transportation-
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARIES- Section 102(e) of title 49, United States Code, is amended–
(A) by striking ‘(e) THE DEPARTMENT’ and all that follows through ‘An Assistant Secretary’ and inserting the following:
‘(e) Assistant Secretaries; General Counsel-
‘(1) APPOINTMENT- The Department has 5 Assistant Secretaries and a General Counsel, including–
‘(A) an Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs and an Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, who shall each be appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate;
‘(B) an Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer and an Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs, who shall each be appointed by the President;
‘(C) an Assistant Secretary for Administration, who shall be appointed in the competitive service by the Secretary, with the approval of the President; and
‘(D) a General Counsel, who shall be appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
‘(2) DUTIES AND POWERS- The officers set forth in paragraph (1) shall carry out duties and powers prescribed by the Secretary. An Assistant Secretary’.
(2) DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION- Section 106 of title 49, United States Code, is amended–
(A) in subsection (b), by striking ‘. The Administration has a Deputy Administrator. They are appointed’ and inserting ‘, who shall be appointed’; and
(B) in subsection (d)(1), by striking ‘The Deputy Administrator must’ and inserting ‘The Administration has a Deputy Administrator, who shall be appointed by the President. In making an appointment, the President shall consider the fitness of the appointee to efficiently carry out the duties and powers of the office. The Deputy Administrator shall’.
(m) Department of Treasury-
(1) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS- Section 301(e) of title 31, United States Code, is amended–
(A) striking ‘10 Assistant Secretaries’ and inserting ‘9 Assistant Secretaries’; and
(B) by inserting after the first sentence the following new sentence: ‘The Department shall have 1 Assistant Secretary not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate who shall be the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs.’.
(2) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND DIRECTOR OF POLICY PLANNING-Section 301(e) of title 31, United States Code, as amended by paragraph (1), is amended by–
(A) striking ‘9 Assistant Secretaries’ in the first sentence and inserting ‘8 Assistant Secretaries’; and
(B) in the second sentence–
(i) by striking ‘1 Assistant Secretary’ and inserting ‘2 Assistant Secretaries’, and
(ii) by inserting ‘and the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs’ before the period at the end.
(3) ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER- Section 301(e) of title 31, United States Code, as amended by paragraphs (1) and (2), is amended by–
(A) striking ‘8 Assistant Secretaries’ in the first sentence and inserting ‘7 Assistant Secretaries’; and
(B) in the second sentence–
(i) by striking ‘2 Assistant Secretary’ and inserting ‘3 Assistant Secretaries’, and
(ii) by striking ‘and the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs’ and inserting ‘, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and the Assistant Secretary for Management, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Performance Officer’.
(4) TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES- Section 301(d) of title 31, United States Code, is amended–
(A) by striking ‘2 Deputy Under Secretaries, and a Treasurer of the United States’ and inserting ‘and 2 Deputy Under Secretaries’, and
(B) by inserting ‘and a Treasurer of the United States appointed by the President’ after ‘Fiscal Assistant Secretary appointed by the Secretary’.
(5) DIRECTOR OF THE MINT- Section 304(b)(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended–
(A) by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’; and
(B) by striking ‘On removal, the President shall send a message to the Senate giving the reasons for removal.’.
(n) Department of Veterans Affairs- Section 308(a) of title 38, United States Code, is amended–
(1) by striking ‘There shall’ and inserting ‘(1) There shall’;
(2) in paragraph (1), as designated by paragraph (1) of this subsection, by striking ‘Each Assistant’ and all that follows through the period at the end; and
(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
‘(2) Except as provided in paragraph (3), each Assistant Secretary appointed under paragraph (1) shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
‘(3) The following Assistant Secretaries may be appointed without the advice and consent of the Senate:
‘(A) The Assistant Secretary for Management.
‘(B) The Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration.
‘(C) The Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.
‘(D) The Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs.
‘(E) The Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology.’.
(o) Appalachian Regional Commission; Alternate Federal Co-Chairman- Section 14301(b)(1) of title 40, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(p) Council of Economic Advisers, Members- Section 10 of the Employment Act of 1946 (15 U.S.C. 1023) is amended by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following:
‘(a) Creation; Composition; Qualifications; Chairman and Vice Chairman-
‘(1) CREATION- There is created in the Executive Office of the President a Council of Economic Advisers (hereinafter called the ‘Council’).
‘(2) COMPOSITION- The Council shall be composed of three members, of whom–
‘(A) 1 shall be the chairman who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; and
‘(B) 2 shall be appointed by the President.
‘(3) QUALIFICATIONS- Each member shall be a person who, as a result of his training, experience, and attainments, is exceptionally qualified to analyze and interpret economic developments, to appraise programs and activities of the Government in the light of the policy declared in section 2, and to formulate and recommend national economic policy to promote full employment, production, and purchasing power under free competitive enterprise.
‘(4) VICE CHAIRMAN- The President shall designate 1 of the members of the Council as vice chairman, who shall act as chairman in the absence of the chairman.’.
(q) Corporation for National and Community Service; Managing Director- Section 194(a)(1) of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12651d(a)(1)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(r) National Council on Disability Members, Including Chairperson- Section 400(a)(1)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 780(a)(1)(A)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(s) National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities; National Museum and Library Services Board; Members- Section 207(b)(1)(D) of the Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.S.C. 9105a(b)(1)(D)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(t) National Science Foundation; Board Members- Section 4(a) of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 (42 U.S.C. 1863(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(u) Office of Management and Budget; Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management-Section 504(b) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(v) Office of National Drug Control Policy; Deputy Directors- Section 704(a)(1) of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 (21 U.S.C. 1703(a)(1)) is amended to read as follows:
‘(1) IN GENERAL-
‘(A) DIRECTOR- The Director shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and shall serve at the pleasure of the President.
‘(B) DEPUTY DIRECTORS- The Deputy Director of National Drug Control Policy, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, the Deputy Director for Supply Reduction, and the Deputy Director for State and Local Affairs shall each be appointed by the President and serve at the pleasure of the President.
‘(C) DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR DEMAND REDUCTION- In appointing the Deputy Director for Demand Reduction under this paragraph, the President shall take into consideration the scientific, educational, or professional background of the individual, and whether the individual has experience in the fields of substance abuse prevention, education, or treatment.’.
(w) Office of Navajo and Hopi Relocation; Commissioner- Section 12(b)(1) of Public Law 93-531 (25 U.S.C. 640d-11(b)(1)) is amended by striking ‘by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(x) Office of Science and Technology Policy; Associate Directors- Section 203 of the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 6612) is amended in the second sentence by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(y) United States Agency for International Development-
(1) ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS- Notwithstanding section 624(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2384(a)), the appointment by the President of the Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Agency for International Development shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
(2) ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR MANAGEMENT- Notwithstanding section 624(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2384(a)), the appointment by the President of the Assistant Administrator for Management at the United States Agency for International Development shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
(z) Community Development Financial Institution Fund; Administrator- Section 104(b)(1) of the Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994 (12 U.S.C. 4703(b)(1)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(aa) Department of Transportation; St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; Administrator- Subsection (a) of section 2 of the Act of May 13, 1954, referred to as the Saint Lawrence Seaway Act (33 U.S.C. 982(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(bb) Mississippi River Commission; Commissioner- Section 2 of the Act of June 28, 1879 (33 U.S.C. 642), is amended in the first sentence by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(cc) Governor and Alternate Governor of the African Development Bank-
(1) IN GENERAL- Section 1333(a) of the African Development Bank Act (22 U.S.C. 290i-1(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with’ and all that follows through ‘Bank’ and inserting ‘shall appoint a Governor and an Alternate Governor’.
(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 1334 of such Act (22 U.S.C. 290i-2) is amended–
(A) by striking ‘The Director or Alternate Director’ and inserting the following:
‘(b) The Director or Alternate Director’; and
(B) by inserting before subsection (b), as redesignated, the following:
‘(a) The President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint a Director of the Bank.’.
(dd) Governor and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank- Section 3(a) of the Asian Development Bank Act (22 U.S.C. 285a(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with’ and all that follows through the end period and inserting ‘shall appoint–’
‘(1) a Governor of the Bank and an alternate for the Governor; and
‘(2) by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a Director of the Bank.’.
(ee) Governors and Alternate Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development- Section 3 of the Bretton Woods Agreements Act (22 U.S.C. 286a) is amended–
(1) in subsection (a), by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint a governor of the Fund who shall also serve as governor of the Bank, and an executive director’ and inserting ‘shall appoint a governor of the Fund who shall also serve as governor of the Bank and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, an executive director’; and
(2) in subsection (b), by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’ the first place it appears.
(ff) Governor and Alternate Governor of the African Development Fund- Section 203(a) of the African Development Fund Act (22 U.S.C. 290g-1(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(gg) National Board for Education Sciences; Members- Section 116(c)(1) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9516(c)(1)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(hh) National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board; Members- Section 242(e)(1)(A) of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (20 U.S.C. 9252(e)(1)(A)) is amended by striking ‘with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(ii) Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development; Member, Board of Trustees- Section 1505 of the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Culture and Art Development Act (20 U.S.C. 4412(a)(1)(A)) is amended by striking ‘by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(jj) Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects- Section 106(b)(1) of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act (division C of Public Law 108-324; 15 U.S.C. 720d(b)(1)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,’.
(kk) Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Corps-
(1) APPOINTMENT- Section 203(a)(3) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204(a)(3)) is amended by striking ‘with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(2) PROMOTIONS- Section 210(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 211(a)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(ll) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps-
(1) APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS TO PERMANENT GRADES- Section 226 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002 (33 U.S.C. 3026) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(2) POSITIONS OF IMPORTANCE AND RESPONSIBILITY- Section 228(d)(1) of such Act (33 U.S.C. 3028(d)(1)) is amended by striking ‘, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’.
(3) TEMPORARY APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS GENERALLY- Section 229 of such Act (33 U.S.C. 3029) is amended–
(A) by striking ‘alone’ each place it appears; and
(B) in subsection (a), in the second sentence, by striking ‘unless the Senate sooner gives its advice and consent to the appointment’.
(mm) Chief Financial Officer Positions- Section 901(a)(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraphs (A) and (B) and inserting the following:
‘(A) be appointed by the President; or
‘(B) be designated by the President, in consultation with the head of the agency, from among officials of the agency who are required by law to be appointed by the President, whether or not by and with the advice and consent of the Senate;’.
SEC. 3. WORKING GROUP ON STREAMLINING PAPERWORK FOR EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS.
(a) Establishment- There is established the Working Group on Streamlining Paperwork for Executive Nominations (in this section referred to as the ‘Working Group’).
(1) COMPOSITION- The Working Group shall be composed of–
(A) the chairperson who shall be–
(i) except as provided under clause (ii), the Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel; or
(ii) a Federal officer designated by the President;
(B) representatives designated by the President from–
(i) the Office of Personnel Management;
(ii) the Office of Government Ethics; and
(iii) the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and
(C) individuals appointed by the chairperson of the Working Group who have experience and expertise relating to the Working Group, including–
(i) individuals from other relevant Federal agencies; and
(ii) individuals with relevant experience from previous presidential administrations.
(c) Streamlining of Paperwork Required for Executive Nominations-
(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Working Group shall conduct a study and submit a report on the streamlining of paperwork required for executive nominations to–
(A) the President;
(B) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
(C) the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate.
(2) CONSULTATION WITH COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE- In conducting the study under this section, the Working Group shall consult with the chairperson and ranking member of the committees referred to under paragraph (1) (B) and (C).
(A) IN GENERAL- The report submitted under this section shall include–
(i) recommendations for the streamlining of paperwork required for executive nominations; and
(ii) a detailed plan for the creation and implementation of an electronic system for collecting and distributing background information from potential and actual Presidential nominees for positions which require appointment by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(B) ELECTRONIC SYSTEM- The electronic system described under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall–
(i) provide for–
(I) less burden on potential nominees for positions which require appointment by and with the advice and consent of the Senate;
(II) faster delivery of background information to Congress, the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Diplomatic Security, and the Office of Government Ethics; and
(III) fewer errors of omission; and
(ii) ensure the existence and operation of a single, searchable form which shall be known as a ‘Smart Form’ and shall–
(I) be free to a nominee and easy to use;
(II) make it possible for the nominee to answer all vetting questions one way, at a single time;
(III) secure the information provided by a nominee;
(IV) allow for multiple submissions over time, but always in the format requested by the vetting agency or entity;
(V) be compatible across different computer platforms;
(VI) make it possible to easily add, modify, or subtract vetting questions;
(VII) allow error checking; and
(VIII) allow the user to track the progress of a nominee in providing the required information.
(d) Review of Background Investigation Requirements-
(1) IN GENERAL- The Working Group shall conduct a review of the impact of background investigation requirements on the appointments process.
(2) CONDUCT OF REVIEW- In conducting the review, the Working Group shall–
(A) assess the feasibility of using personnel other than Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel, in appropriate circumstances, to conduct background investigations of individuals under consideration for positions appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; and
(B) consider the extent to which the scope of the background investigation conducted for an individual under consideration for a position appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, should be varied depending on the nature of the position for which the individual is being considered.
(3) REPORT- Not later than 270 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Working Group shall submit a report of the findings of the review under this subsection to–
(A) the President;
(B) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
(C) the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate.
(e) Personnel Matters-
(1) COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS-
(A) FEDERAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES- Each member of the Working Group who is a Federal officer or employee shall serve without compensation in addition to that received for their services as a Federal officer or employee.
(B) MEMBERS NOT FEDERAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES- Each member of the Working Group who is not a Federal officer or employee shall not be compensated for services performed for the Working Group.
(2) TRAVEL EXPENSES- The members of the Working Group shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Working Group.
(A) IN GENERAL- The President may designate Federal officers and employees to provide support services for the Working Group.
(B) DETAIL OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES- Any Federal employee may be detailed to the Working Group without reimbursement, and such detail shall be without interruption or loss of civil service status or privilege.
(f) Non-Applicability of Federal Advisory Committee Act- The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Working Group established under this section.
(g) Termination of the Working Group- The Working Group shall terminate 60 days after the date on which the Working Group submits the latter of the 2 reports under this section.
SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.
The amendments made by this Act shall take effect 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act and apply to appointments made on and after that effective date, including any nomination pending in the Senate on that date.
May 15th, 2011 by olddog
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Awakening Americans: Behind the scenes intelligence briefings ALL patriot Americans MUST know…the REAL facts and truth the corporate-controlled fascist, extortion-friendly U. S. media covers up
by Tom Heneghan
International Intelligence Expert
Sunday May 15, 2011
United States of America – It can now be reported that the U.S. Senate Banking Committee has recommended criminal prosecution of the gangster investment bank and brokerage Goldman Sachs, as well as the notorious criminal financial giant J. P. Morgan.
The criminal referrals have been sent to the U. S. Justice Department and now sit on the desk of compromised U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The criminal referrals not only name Goldman Sachs and J. P. Morgan but former President George W. Bush aka BushFRAUD, former Bush Administration U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry 'Hank' Paulson, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former Speaker of the House Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, and last but not least, dysfunctional U.S. Secretary of State and former New York Senator, loser Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Item: Attorney General Holder, who was linked to the pardon of noted Bush-Clinton Crime Family Syndicate bagman Marc Rich, is now in a box with sources close to the New York Post reporting that both Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon are about to be indicted by a New York Federal Grand Jury.
Reference: The indictments deal with a violation of the New York state "bucketing" law which forbids false misrepresentation in the sales marketing of derivatives.
Note: And now the plot now thickens. A great deal of the evidence submitted to the Senate Banking Committee, as well as New York state prosecutors, was supplied to them by none other than the current President of the International Monetary Fund and soon to be French Presidential candidate, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
It is therefore no coincidence that at 4:40 p.m. yesterday, May 14th, Strauss-Kahn was removed from a departing flight and arrested early this morning by New York police and charged with sexual assault of a chambermaid who worked at the Sofitel hotel in New York City near Times Square.
Sofitel hotel at 45 West 44th Street in New York City
Reference: The Sofitel hotel has long been known as an outpost for foreign intelligence activity, specifically operations of the Israeli Mossad.
Note: What is also interesting about these events surrounding Strauss-Kahn is that for whatever reason Strauss-Kahn's diplomatic immunity was revoked by the U.S. State Department 24 hours BEFORE the alleged sexual incident occurred at the Sofitel hotel.
Item: The U.S. Secretary of State, of course, is none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is now a subject of the aforementioned investigation triggered by evidence given to Federal and State prosecutors by none other than Strauss-Kahn.
I will leave it to the readers of this intelligence briefing to come to their own conclusion concerning this strange event.
And now the plot thickens even more!
We can now divulge that major felony charges have been prepared by Justice Department investigators that accuse the aforementioned members of the Bush Administration, including others, as well as Goldman Sachs and the Bank of America, in the illegal diversion of $1.5 TRILLION tied to the Wanta-Reagan-Mitterrand Protocols, which were taxes owed to the U.S. Treasury.
The $1.5 TRILLION were diverted aka illegally misdirected from a national security account at Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina to none other than the call cash accounts at Goldman Sachs.
This illegal activity was ordered by none other than former White House occupant George W. BushFRAUD and thisillegal order of diversion was carried out by former Bush Administration U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry 'Hank' Paulson and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Item: Former Bush U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow resigned his position in advance of this illegal theft. He was, of course, replaced by Paulson.
It is also important to remember that Paulson and Greenspan flew to China and France one day after the theft of the Protocol funds aka taxes due the U.S., Chinese and French treasuries in an attempt to bribe both Chinese and French officials as to change the terms of the Protocols and some how legalize this blatant THEFT. It did not work. Although Greenspan returned to the United States on a U.S. military aircraft, Henry 'Hank' Paulson was actually detained by European Union INTERPOL investigators in Heidelberg, Germany and had his passport revoked.
Paulson was eventually released and returned to the United States from Germany utilizing none other than an ISRAELI passport.
The Protocol fund were then, once again, illegally transferred and misdirected to a joint U.S. CIA-British MI6 proprietary account at Barclay Bank in England.
This account also involved the idemnification and insurance policy linked to U.S. government employee and CIA asset and 9/11 patsy Osama bin Laden aka Tim Osman.
The account was actually frozen after 9/11 by the Bush Administration.
It could not be UN-frozen until Osama bin Laden was declared dead.
The idemnification clause tied to bin Laden had a 10-year statute of limitation clause.
Most of the life insurance policies issued by Lloyds of London
are collateralized by Barclay's Bank.
P.S. Barclays Bank, J. P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs then proceeded to illegally write cross-collateralized derivatives on the frozen national security accounts and then use these derivatives to illegally trade both sides of the Euro currency futures and options market by cross-collateralizing the derivatives inside what is commonly known in the financial trading community as the difference between the bid and the ask, commonly known as the spread.
This is called electronic front running and bucketing.
The result of this illegal trading activity has increased the debt load of the smaller European Union nations like Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland.
Note: At this hour both Greece and Ireland do not want a 'bailout' from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) knowing this bailout would do nothing other than pay off the derivative holdings of Goldman Sachs and J. P. Morgan, which are on the books of these noted European nation members.
This is the evidence that has been supplied to both European and U.S. financial investigators that Dominique Strass-Kahn, President of the IMF has handed over.
P.P.S. At this hour we can divulge that the crime spree continues as Michael Cottrell, a former stooge of Christopher Story aka Edward Harle, is attempting to, once again, misuse the Wanta-Reagan-Mitterrand Protocols, all marked up in derivatives, to engage in an illegal attempt to proceed with a U.S. dollar refunding project that Cottrell, daddy Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush) and the Queen of England have NO authority from the IMF to conduct.
Again, the President of the IMF is Dominique Strass-Kahn now detained in New York City.
In closing, make no mistake, folks. Christopher Story aka Edward Harle is NOT dead. He is hard at work working for his master, Her Majesty the Queen, and the aforementioned daddy Bush stooge, Michael Cottrell, to STEAL U.S., French and Chinese Taxpayers' money.
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May 12th, 2011 by olddog
The International Forecaster
The new fiduciary, taxes to go higher next year, blatant crime in the financial world, shortside profits could be lost, a coming liquidity crisis, a coming chaos when leaving the market, a crime syndicate that runs our financial system, the Fed in control of the bond market, pain and stress continue in Europe.
ARTICLE FROM BOB CHAPMAN
Posted to International Forecaster website:
05 11 11
"For those wondering what happened in the silver market, Bob Chapman reports that there were five (5) margin increases in nine (9) days in the silver market taking margin requirements from $4,500 to $21,600. Adding insult to injury, simultaneously, all the market houses raised the margin requirements to $40,000 to $42,000 effectually taking the position that they were killing the long sales for the sake of the naked short sellers who were suffering in the $Billions$$. This is nothing more than blatant criminal activity on a mass scale to protect JPM, HSBC, GS Citi-Bank and Deutsch Bank all sanctioned by the CFTC, CME, SEC, NYSE, ASE, NASDAQ. When will we learn they are all out to screw us at our expense?"
In legislation just proposed, and I don’t know by whom, nor do I have a number yet, the Dept of Labor has proposed a re-definition of who is a fiduciary, not under the Securities laws, but under ERISA, the law that governs tax advantaged retirement accounts, such as 401K and IRAs and it probably will include all retirement assets, we don’t have a definite direction yet of what they intend to do but it is my guess they want to limit those investments only to US government debt.
They may include some blue chips or funds, I don’t know. They may allow other high-graded fixed income products. These DOL-ERISA rules override all SEC rules. We don’t know the final form of the legislation, nor do we know whether it will be passed, but my guess it will be. The government desperately needs to get those retirement funds invested in government debt.
I would seriously think about terminating 401ks and IRAs by transferring the assets – without commission – into a personal account it then becomes a taxable event. I also believe there is a good chance that taxes will be higher next year. There is also an outside chance that retirement assets could be frozen – such events would be negative on the general market because government would be directing brokerage houses to sell retirement assets.
This is all in the planning stage, but it is very real.
Your government attacks markets when they are most vulnerable and when it is politically expedient to do so. As we look back over 50 years we never would have believed things that go on today could ever have happened. The blatant presence of crime overwhelms you everywhere you look, particularly in the financial world. We are reminded of these conditions again as we reflect on what has happened in the commodity, gold and silver markets over the past two weeks. We saw an unprecedented five margin increases over nine days in the silver market, which took margin from $4,500 to $21,600. That in and of itself was disturbing, but what we saw from scores of commodity houses was even worse. Simultaneously many of them recommended the sale of commodities and they all raised margin limits to $40,000 to $42,000.
The excuse was there was too much volatility. The same volatility had been present in commodities for months yet few increases were implement. Could there have been another reason?
Could the naked short position of JPMorgan Chase and HSBC in silver have something to do with the double rise in margins?
We also ask how did all the commodity brokerages suddenly decide simultaneously to double CME margin requirements effectively blowing out most commodity positions of small and medium sized investors?
Did the Treasury Department or the Fed have anything to do with that? Of course they did. The naked short position of JPM and HSBC had to be protected because their loses were in the billions of dollars.
These past two weeks are a perfect example of market manipulation instituted to protect those too big to fail. These are two of the largest banks in the world and they just happen to be Fed shareholders. Morgan happens to be the Fed’s largest shareholder, so what else could we expect. From our viewpoint there is nothing less than a crime syndicate connecting banking, Wall Street, the Fed and the Treasury Department and Washington. The Fed has a balance sheet of almost $3 trillion, which is used to bail out Wall Street, banking and the government.
It has been our opinion for years that a sub-rosa relationship exists between the Fed, Treasury and hedge funds. One such relationship concerns naked shorting, which is rife throughout the financial markets and the SEC refuses to do anything about it. Another is the parking of Treasuries by the Fed in tax havens, such as the Cayman Islands.
Yes a crime syndicate runs our financial system. It has been functioning for years, but today it is arrogantly in your face. When from time to time these crooks are discovered and found responsible for financial crimes none from this elitist click ever go to jail. There are the fines to be paid by the corporation, which the shareholders get to pay for. The culprits are free to do the same thing over again. The SEC is nothing more than an appendage of major Wall Street firms, and the CFTC, Commodities Futures, Trading Corporation is worse. Just look at its most recent handiwork. The CFTC knew exactly what the CME and the commodity houses were up too in their quest to save JPM and the HSBC from $80 billion in losses. Even Bart Chilton, a member of the CFTC, says the actions in regard to silver over the past two weeks should be investigated. What we saw was blatant market manipulation.
We wonder who again told the CFTC and the SEC to look the other way?
Who instigated the attack on silver and gold and on the shares?
Is there no justice left in America?
Are we to continually be robbed by these crooks without any hope of lawful recourse?
It looks like that is going to be our fate. That is unless in 2 or 3 sentences you demand that every representative and senator stop this thievery. E-mail the CFTC, SEC, NYSE, ASE and Nasdaq and let them know you know what is going on and you want it stopped, now. If you are not successful you will continue to be robbed by these crooks. Even if you are unsuccessful these criminals will know you know exactly what they are doing.
As the paper markets come under massive manipulation by your government led by Obama Chief of Staff, William Daley, a former mid-west executive with JPMorgan Chase, the physical market in silver is almost non-existent, even after the fall in gold and silver prices. The industry is replete with stories of deliveries, some one to three months away. There is very little silver for sale. Thus, we have two totally distinctly different markets. The physical market is the place to be, but if you must use futures, take delivery.
In futures, options and derivatives you have seen how important the silver and gold markets are to the elitists. The recent manipulations have been done before and they’ll be done again, because the leveraged speculation industry is bigger than ever and the US government leads the industry from behind the scenes via JPM, GS, Citi, Deutsch Ban and HSBC. When these manipulations are pulled off these entities’ profit handsomely along with hedge funds that we believe are working in tandem with these players. What you just saw in the paper silver market probably was the biggest financial scam of all-time.
Remember, hedge funds are unregulated and they can do about anything they want. They are all in line to profit and are willing participants in our governments crime syndicate. We are also seeing these hedgies and others exploit the inefficiencies of exchange traded funds. This adds massive liquidity to the ETF’s, which are busy playing the same derivatives, options and futures. If you throw high frequency traders into the soup you have very explosive markets. As a result silver traded off 30% and ended last week off 27% – its biggest monthly decline in 35 years, thanks to your government. This makes it harder and harder to be an American when your own government is the enemy. If fact, all commodities were hit hard and oil was off close to 15%. Commodities overall fell 11%. That is not normal. That is the result of coordinated criminal activity. The insiders also used these negative events to rally the dollar and to keep the stock market elevated. Once the stock and bond market manipulations crack it will signal the beginning of the end of the elitist game. The Fed is almost totally controlling the bond market. The leverage being used from all quarters is enormous and you might ask what happens when de-leveraging takes place? It would be a reverse replay of 2007/08. Only this time except for the bonds and general market, positions almost all the bets are on the short side. That means short covering has to begin sooner or later and that could and probably will create a short squeeze not only in gold, silver and commodities, but also in gold and silver shares as well, where massive short and naked short positions have been accumulated. During such an episode much of the short side profits could be lost. Then there are the commodities houses, who pushed their clients out of the long side of commodities, gold and silver markets on to the short side, who have to cover and then go long again to glean those commissions. Will government be standing there telling them what to do? Perhaps, but the cover and going long again will be very hard to resist. Thus, as you can see there will be major resetting of long positions. That will be an easy sell coming off a highly profitable operation. That means if you are long you stay long. If you want to initiate new positions, or add to positions, you phase in your buying because no one ever really knows where the bottom is. Incidentally keep in mind that this time the action should be the exact opposite of 2007/08. Most all of the professionals are on the short side of a very crowed trade. This will be a liquidity crisis, but the reverse of the last one. The short side works just like the long side; both create self-reinforcing liquidity, as pros and speculators borrow more to finance their bets in what has become a grand casino. Short covering is far more difficult than normally going long, due to availability and partial de-leveraging. When everyone tries to get out the door at the same time, chaos ensues.
These past two weeks are reminiscent of 2008. The question is will the antics displayed in rigging markets, particularly in gold, silver and commodities bring about such a crisis? Will short side de-leveraging break the bubble? It is very possible that it will.
The comparisons are ominous and contagion could be the result. One thing is for sure the fundamentals for gold, silver and commodities are overwhelmingly positive. Thus, the upside potential is enormous, particularly when liquidity is fleeing other markets looking for a more profitable home.
The market has been telling us for two months that we will see a very large QE3. The phasing in, the transition, from QE2 and QE3 will be stealth and hardly noticeable. It will be happening, but it will be well hidden and probably called something else. It will have another face, but it will be the same old game, probably to the tune of $2.3 trillion, which will feed roaring inflation. We ask, under those circumstances how can commodities, gold and silver not rise in value? The transition in time will turn into a stampede in the search for wealth retaining safety and to offset the ravages of inflation. This could very well lead to a counter rally in commodities, gold and silver throughout the summer, which would be fully unexpected. Risk will be rampant, but gold, silver and commodities will have the fundamentals to support another very strong rally. Incidentally, treasury and Agency support for government will be close to $1 trillion minimum. Then there will be the matter of support for the economy. That could cost another $1 trillion or so, because we see congress not allocating any funds for stimulus. As an addendum we have recently seen the 10-year Treasury note yield fall from 3.65% to 3.15%. This is the work of the Fed and we see it as a warning that something bad lies ahead. We saw the same thing recently as the euro was manipulated from $1.25 to $1.49 in anticipation of another crisis in the euro zone and EU regarding Greece. A buffer zone was created for the euro to soften the fall in its value as Greece defaulted.
Then there is the dollar carry trade, which is the sale or shorting of low yielding dollar investments, the extent of which is unknown. This imponderable could cause dislocation, or severe problems.
Over the past month many are contemplating what effect Japan will have on the world economic and financial scene. How much inflation will they cause and export? How high will the yen go as capital is repatriated? No matter what all of these problems are it is positive for gold and silver. For this and other cited reasons the rest of the year will be wild for gold and silver. Japan is not only bullish for the precious metals, but super bullish. Japanese problems are in the process of spreading worldwide. Although we have little idea regarding their impact, any impact is bad.
The physical silver and gold markets are becoming further detached from the paper markets. Silver is hard to obtain and in many instances delivery is 2 to 3 months away. There are lines all over the world to buy silver. It could get to the point where no physical silver could be available. We wonder what the paper market would then do? Premiums are even being charged.
There are many fundamentally good reasons for higher precious metals prices. The dumping of the dollar, further warfare in Libya and the possibility that Mexico, after PRI takes the presidency next year, (they will continue to hold both Houses), may go to a silver backed peso. What a nightmare for the elitists. We predicted last May that the second half of 2011 would be volatile and in turmoil and we haven’t changed our minds.
There is no question that government and Comex are in a desperate trap of their own making. Silver shorts that are participating in leasing are lending cash to physical holders. They then may take delivery, because the borrowers have no cash. Physical silver drying up could cause a real problem for the shorts, known as a short squeeze. The first four months at Comex has seen problems and in the months ahead they will become worse. That could bring Gresham’s Law into play and more and more silver and gold would move out of circulation creating ever bigger shortages and higher prices in the process. The only way to stop hoarding is to allow gold and silver to rise in a free market and to stop the suppression.
Gold will continue to rise due to its status as the only real currency in the world. Then there is the added attraction of a hedge against inflation for both gold and silver.
The inflation caused by quantitative easing is not going away for three more years or more and it will spread in varying degrees worldwide. No matter the state of the euro and other major currencies the precious metals are headed higher. Do not look at the USDX. Watch the losses of all currencies versus gold. That is the true measure of what a currency is worth. Another negative unknown is will there by mandatory wage gains or price controls, neither of which will last more than 2 or 3 years, and bring disastrous catch up results.
Zero interest rates, QE1, 2, and 3 and fiscal profligacy rule the day. 70% to 85% of Treasury sales are to the Fed, which monetizes the debt sending inflation soaring. We have yet to hear of cuts in government spending. As a result the US may lose its AAA credit rating, which should have been lost long ago.
More than 40 states are near insolvency as are hundreds of municipalities. That as we predicted will become more visible in the second half of the year, along with the fate of the six-euro nations that are near insolvency as well. The creation of money and credit is integral worldwide as a method of keeping nations afloat and it cannot go on forever.
Inflation and lack of increasing wages are killing Americans every time they shop and this condition will continue for at least the next 2 to 3 years. In the process it will escalate. In that process all of business is under pressure as well and it will result in low profits and insolvencies.
Over the last year we have spent hours writing about and predicting what was going to happen in the euro zone and in the UK. Greece will probably default as we encouraged them to on Greek radio, TV and in their press. Ireland and Portugal should follow and Belgium, Spain and Italy could become victims as well. June 21st is the big day for Greece as the House votes on the issue of collateralizing Greece’s debt with virtually all the assets of the Greek state.
We do not believe that is going to happen and so there should be some kind of a default. If that happens Ireland and Portugal could quickly follow. Such events would change the makeup of the euro as those three countries returned to their own currencies having left banks and other sovereign nations with uncollectible debt and the distinct possibility of breaking up the euro. We do not believe the House in Portugal will approve the most resent bailout package as well, putting them in a similar position as that of Greece. If they don’t default they live in poverty for the next 50 years and in the case of Greece the bankers will end up owning most of the country.
The ECB, the European Central Bank, has raised interest rates; we do not expect another rise soon. Germany is doing fine, but the rest of the EU is either hanging on or is in serious financial and economic trouble.
England is simply a basket case and it is going to get worse.
Both gold and silver are facing massively short inventories on the Comex and the LBMA in London. In gold on Comex there has been five contracts for delivery for every one available. It is estimated the JPM and HSBC are naked short 45 to 1 in silver. Bonuses of 25% to 30% are being paid for contract owners to not take delivery of contracts. There was one instance of 80% being paid to a group of professionals.
Countries such as China, India, Russia, Iran, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Thailand continue to acquire and stockpile both silver and gold with the aim of backing their currencies with these precious metals. Due to such prudence there are shortages of both physical gold and silver worldwide, which means no matter how much manipulation the US government uses they won’t be able to control these and other commodity markets. Their scheme could very well blow up in their faces.
Silver and gold are so tight in supply that national mints are incapable of meeting demand. Delivery dates stretch out one to six months.
We have presented just a few of the many reason gold and silver are going higher irrespective of the criminal activity of the US government, the Fed, Wall Street and banking. Go long and stay long gold and silver, they are the only sure way to preserve your assets.
We have just had a new development that will no doubt change the way that the monopoly known as Comex operates. The Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, on May 18, 2001, will start trading a 10 kilo (32-ounce) gold contract. That should cost the Comex more than 30% of its market and its monopoly. Comex will be hard pressed to manipulate markets like they just did raising margins five times in nine days at the behest of government and JPM and HSBC. This will also eliminate banging the close by hitting the bids, because all of the commercials (banks) are short.
We are going to see a completely new market world.
May 11th, 2011 by olddog
By J.B. Williams
May 11, 2011
Running roughshod over the people by manipulating laws, transforming our system of government, destroying our currency, our economic and military superiority and generally forcing the people to accept a lower standard of living in order to make the rest of the world feel more equal to America, may seem like a good idea to the elites in charge, until the people lose all trust, faith and confidence in their government.
When the people determine once and for all, that their government is not their friend, but rather the greatest modern threat to American peace, prosperity and liberty, the rules of the game are going to change dramatically.
Once the people reach a point where they no longer trust anyone in their government, when every government action from the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches seem just another lie intended to manipulate the masses into compliance, the people’s complacency will morph into unbridled rage in an instant. With nothing but liberty left to lose, the people will do whatever it takes to reclaim their freedom and deal with those so bold as to directly and overtly assault them.
How smart is it for the political elite to push Americans into that corner, and how close are we to this moment of truth?
America is Not the Middle East
Manipulating the people of the Middle East into a so-called “democratic uprising” was easy for Obama’s U.S. State Department. It was a classic Alinsky Rules for Radicals community organizing op and in parts of the world populated by uneducated people accustomed to living under the boot of brutal dictatorships, with no experience in freedom, liberty or self-reliance, it was a walk in the park for modern Marxists at the helm of U.S. foreign policy.
Even though many American citizens easily fall for the same tricks today, most Americans don’t. Many have been forced to answer their own questions over the last few years, researching and becoming familiar with things such as the Cloward-Piven Strategy being followed to the letter by the current DC regime.
Americans are cut from the cloth of freedom and liberty. They have never lived under anyone’s boot. They are a peaceful bunch, so long as you don’t try pushing them around. But when push comes to shove…
Don’t Tread on Me!
On most days, the average American is focused on making a living, raising a family, enjoying the fruits of their labor and the freedom and liberty endowed by our Creator. But when the policies of government directly interfere with the life style that Americans have taken for granted all of their lives, daily routines take a back seat to the preservation of the American Dream.
Americans are a hopeful bunch, no matter the circumstances or odds. They will hope for a better tomorrow no matter what. When they deem that the best hope for tomorrow rests in their own hands rather than in the hands of those who failed to govern wisely, they will take the necessary actions to protect freedom.
After all, in America, the people are the government. Politicians are only temporary servants of the people, who are easily and often replaced. The people are America. Yet the elites not forget…
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Tread on me at the risk of your own peril… That’s the message!
A Government Based on Blatant Lies
Sadly, our government now has such a consistent track record of blatant lies that very few American trust anything that drips from the lips of government officials today.
• Our military action in Libya is not a ‘no-fly zone” operation, it is an unconstitutional war intended to topple the Libyan government.
• The economic stimulus spending is not designed to return America to free-market prosperity, but rather to destroy any chance of future free-market prosperity.
• The mortgage crisis was not created by bad lenders; it was created by bad federal government lending requirements, which still persist today.
• Our debt crisis was not caused by greedy rich capitalists who do not pay their fair share in taxes; it was caused by more than seventy years of gross irresponsible government mismanagement that far exceeds the crimes of Bernie Madoff.
• President Obama issued a second false birth certificate after swearing for two-and a half years that the first forged COLB was his birth certificate, an outright lie, twice.
• Natural Born Citizen does not mean “born in Hawaii.” It means born the natural blood offspring of legal U.S. citizen father, and Obama does not pass the test. But nobody in the press will ask the right question – was his daddy ever a legal U.S. citizen?
• Democrats did not free the slaves, they fought against it. Republicans freed the slaves.
• Patriotic Americans are not terrorists; the people who fear American patriots are terrorists.
• Our government does not work to free people; it works to enslave people.
• The people don’t answer to the government; the government answers to the people.
• Our immigration system is not broken; it’s simply not enforced. A direct violation of constitutional law and U.S. sovereignty and security, and yet another lie.
We may or may not have recently killed Osama Bin Laden. The people trust nothing that their government tells them today and that’s because their government has a track record of lying to the people all day, every day, on every issue.
Patriotic Americans have been sending a clear message to Washington DC elites for a few years now, stop the lies and stop destroying our country. But Washington DC still isn’t listening, even after the 2010 landslide shift in legislative power.
Those Who Make Peaceful Revolution Impossible
There are two sides to this famous JFK quote and both sides must be heeded…
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” – This might be the most important statement ever made by John F. Kennedy. It is certainly the most unavoidably true statement he ever made.
If American patriots make it impossible for the current regime to complete their anti-American mission peacefully, forever altering our form of government into some insane international social justice experiment, I predict that they will become violent towards the American people in order to complete their revolution. They will do worse than they condemn Middle East regimes for doing today.
On the other hand, if the ruling class legal beagles persist in denying the people any peaceful remedy to the tyrannical theft of their country, I expect that sooner or later, the people will resort to violence as well. JFK’s point well made – on both sides of the battle for the future of America – “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”
Without the Consent of the Governed
Our government is legitimate only when it operates with the vast consent of the governed. Today, more than 60% of Americans opposes pretty much everything going on in Washington DC.
• More than 70% want an immediate stop to deficit spending and debt building
• 59% want federal funding cut off to illegal aliens and sanctuary cities
• 57% want ObamaCare repealed in total
• Only 1 in 4 have an overall favorable view of their federal government
• 57% believe America has been changed for the worse
• More than 75% still disapprove of congress even after the 2010 election
• Only 26% strongly support Obama
• Less than 40% of citizens trust either Eric Holder or Janet Napolitano
• Less than 40% trust the U.S. Supreme Court
The bottom line here is that citizens are fast losing faith, trust and confidence in their elected servants and that is largely due to a steady diet of overt lies from those servants, their anti-American policies and a total disregard for the will of the people or consent of the governed.
Worse yet, they are losing hope that there is any peaceful solution to the intentional dismantling of everything they believe in.
When the people lose total faith and all hope in a peaceful solution, nobody is going to like what happens next, least of all the governing elite.
What they thought they could control with fancy teleprompter speeches full of lies or carefully crafted violations of the rule of law aimed at silencing their critics, will in the end, make the uprisings in the Middle East look like a day at Disney.
No American in his or her right mind would call for or hope for violence as a solution to anything. But when liberty is the only thing left to lose, and no peaceful remedies exist, violence becomes just as predictable as JFK suggested.
Like most Americans, I had hoped to live a full life without ever seeing this day come in my country. But when all peaceful means of preserving freedom fail, freedom will be preserved by any methods available.
I am afraid that the ruling class elite have overlooked the reality that Americans are cut from the cloth of freedom and liberty. No matter the odds, no matter the cost, Americans will be free.For if Americans are not free, no man, women or child on earth will be free.
The outcome is certain, but the cost is not yet known. My hope is that the people will act peacefully, before only violent options remain.
I pray that the ruling elite come to their senses and realize that when the people lose all faith in the system the rulers have destroyed, the rules of engagement have changed as well. May God have no mercy on their souls if they push Americans into that corner…
The day of reckoning draws near.
© 2011 JB Williams – All Rights Reserved
AS SOON AS THE PEOPLE BECOME EDUCATED ON THE ATROSISITIES CREATED BY OUR GOVERNMENT BEING OBLIGATED TO THE BANKERS, AND NOT THE PEOPLE, ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOSE.
THERE WON’T BE A DEMOCRATIC PARTY THEN, OR A REPUBLICAN PARTY.
WE’LL ALL BE AMERICAN’S AGAIN.
THE ONLY WAY TO SUCCEED IS TO SECEDE!
May 7th, 2011 by olddog
Economics for Dummies 101
By Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D. and Kristie Pelletier
May 7, 2011
We are on the verge of a major economic catastrophe. It’s not a matter of if, but when it will come; and just how bad will it be. It’s about time you learned the truth. Your future depends on it.
[Author’s note: America is in the mess it is in because most American’s eye’s glaze over when trying to understand the complexity of economics. Because of that, we have allowed our economic system to become incredibly corrupted by those who profit politically or financially from our ignorance. Hence, we have broken our research into four parts, starting with an easy-to-read overview of what has happened to make the whole thing more comprehendible in Parts 1 & 2. By the time you get to Part III and IV you will learn of the century-old agenda to deliberately create this kind of crisis as a means of creating a world government.]
Washington has been up to mischief and we haven’t been paying attention. Most of us just work and pay our taxes. Then we work more to pay the increases in taxes that inevitably come. That is why we are in the state we are in. At the beginning of 2008 most of us said “Fannie and Freddie who? Do I know them?”
America got a wakeup call three years ago. We cannot afford to go back to sleep. It doesn’t take a degree in economics to see that. All it takes is the ability to read, and listen to what is being said. We are witnessing major economic history in the making globally and right here at home.
For the vast majority of us, our eyes glaze over with the complexities of it all; Budget, Deficit, Debt, Credit Ratings, Unfunded Liabilities, T-bills, Notes, The Fed, and the IMF. So many words, philosophies, and methods are bandied about with regard to finances that it can become very difficult to sort it all out. Yet, America is on the brink of utter financial catastrophe and we must take the time to understand what is happening, who is doing it, and how we can fix it. We won’t get a second chance.
First, we need to define some key terms you’ll hear used in the news. If you already know them, good for you. You’re ahead of most Americans. You might want to skip ahead to Part III. A very simplified definition for Budgetis a plan for spending money for a specific time frame. Deficitis the gap that occurs between the budget, or plan for spending, and the actual income received during that time frame. Debtbasically consists of the accumulation of deficits over time.
Inflation is the increase in the cost of goods and services. You already know that. However,inflation is normally caused by an increase in the supply of money which in turn devalues the dollar; i.e. the value of each dollar falls. Real inflation has been 20 percentthe past ten years. That means that the dollar is only worth $.80 today compared to ten years ago. Looking at historical inflation, what cost $1 in 1950 would cost $9 today. Conversely, what costs $1 today would only cost $0.11 in 1950.
There is no good definition for hyperinflation. It occurs when inflation goes out of control and reaches very high levels; say greater than 25 percent/year. An example is the Weimar Republic (Germany) following World War I. The harsh reparation payments imposed on Germany following the war, in combination with promised increased wages, reduced hours, expanded education and a slew of new social programs (sound familiar?) created the conditions for hyperinflation.
In 1919 the German mark was worth about 3 marks per dollar. In 1921 the German mark had slid to 75 marks per U.S. dollar. By 1922 it was worth 400 marks to the dollar and in 1923 it plunged to 7000 marks per dollar. As bad as that was, it was the “good ‘ol days.” By November of 1923 it took about4 billion marks per dollar.
Got it? Sure, you say. It’s clear as mud. Ponder on it because it is about to destroy you. In fact, there are many in the world and in our government who hope you never figure it out because they are robbing you blind and blaming your misery on the rich.
Now, the very small percentage of our population who truly understands the intricacies of the global economy will see these simple definitions as Economics for Dummies 101. They will groan and find something else to read. Start with Part III. But if you are the average American who has simply been working and paying your taxes without taking the time and effort it requires to understand and then change what is happening in Washington, you many want to keep reading.
We are in for an economic tsunami unlike anything we have ever experienced in this country before.As the government continues to spend astronomical amounts of money it doesn’t have, purportedly to fix the gargantuan financial crisis the nation faces, they have to finance these expenditures by borrowing money. To do this, the government sells Treasury Securities in four forms; Treasury bills, Treasury notes, Treasury bonds, and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). These all have varying lengths of time to maturity and levels of interest paid to the holder.
Historically, budget deficits have been relatively small and the national debt has grown slowly. For decades the deficits and borrowing was constrained by the fact America was on the gold standard. However, when President Nixon took the United States off of the gold standard in the 1970s, politicians saw a bonanza and deficits increased dramatically. When our deficits increased, so did our national debt.There was a brief reprieve in the 1990s to the growing debt as a Republican Congress and President Clinton brought deficits down.However, following 911 and the initiation of the War on Terror, deficits skyrocketed.
Here’s where most people’s eyes glaze over. Force your eyes to focus and your mind to be engaged for a few more moments. The spending policies of Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama have more than doubled the U.S. national debt from $5.7 trillion in 2000 to $14.3 trillion in mid-2011. Thespending policies of Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama have more than doubled the U.S. national debt from $5.7 trillion in 2000 to $14.3 trillion in mid-2011. The deficit is projected to be a whopping $1.65 trillion for 2011 alone. Interest on the National Debt is expected to top $430 billion for 2011.
Today, the debt has risen to an incomprehensible $14.29 trillion dollars. Your share of it is $46,030. Your spouse and child also owe $46,030 each. For a family of four it’s $184,000. Uncle Sam will demand you, your children and your children’s children repay the debt they created. The interest alone is 4 billion a day or over $5,000 a day!
But that’s not the worst of it. Social Security, Medicare and Prescription Drug unfunded liabilities total $113.6 trillion! Liabilities include those legal debts that must be paid in the future. Unfunded liabilitiesare legal debts in which promised payments are not budgetedand exceed all defined ability to pay them. The U.S. unfunded liabilities equal one million dollars per taxpayer! That money has to be somehow raised in future undefined revenues. It is the single biggest problem we are facing as a nation.
There’s more. State unfunded liabilities for public sector pension plans could reach $3 trillion. Unlike the federal government, these states can’t print more money. They must balance the books or go bankrupt.
But wait, it gets much worse. In the two and a half years he has been in office, President Obama has racked up a deficit that nearly equals the combined debt created by all the presidents up to G.W. Bush.His initial 2012 budget continued piling up debt at rates that will double the debt to $26 trillion in 10 years.
Are you ready to pull your hair out? You should be. But there is still more. Along with this incomprehensible debt, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is printing money out of thin air. It’s called Quantitative Easing 1 and 2 (QE1 & QE2). The U.S. dollar is deliberately being made worthless. High inflation, perhaps even hyperinflation, is inevitable unless drastic actions are taken now. Four years ago economist and business consultant John Williams estimated hyperinflation and the total collapse of the dollar was likely by 2018. However, two and a half years of Obama’s reckless spending along with QE1 and QE2 havepushed that estimate to 2012, or even earlier.
Inflation is already happening. Food and energy prices are soaring. At least part of the soaring gasoline prices is due to the devaluation of the dollar so it takes more dollars to buy a gallon of foreign oil. Yet, the Obama administration is telling Americans the debt is manageable and there is no inflation.
Incredibly, the government now leaves food and commodities (like gas) out of its inflation calculation, drastically lowering reported inflation. By doing so, it gives a completely falsepicture of inflation that has real world consequences. Because reported inflation is half of what it actually is, increases in Social Security (SS) cost of living adjustments have also been cut in half. Likewise, SS recipients should have received large increases in benefits the past two years. Instead, they received no increase at all. In the same way, those things that hit you in the pocketbook are also left out of the inflation index. You see prices skyrocket every time you go to the supermarket or gas station, but are told inflation is only 2.5 percent. The reason it doesn’t compute is thatthe government is inflating its way out of its debt and not telling you! If inflation was calculated as it was before 1980, it would be over 10 percent!
When the numbers start to get that big and complicated something just switches off in the mind of the average person, and it feels kind of like we are dealing with fake money, like a monopoly game. That is exactly what Congress is doing. They are running our country’s finances like they think it is a game of monopoly and they are working with “play” money. The numbers aren’t really real and they don’t really mean anything. It’s not their money anyway so they don’t really care. They are right about one thing, it isn’t their money.It’s ours, our children’s, their children’s, their children’s…
Take a deep breath and let’s break down the numbers to something perhaps more understandable. Take just the $4 trillion owed to foreign nations; that’s $4,706,310,000,000. We are still a young nation, 235 years old. Let’s use that number to break it down. The resulting number is 20,026,851,064. That’s still over 20 billion per year, every year for 235 years. That number is still too big to really wrap your mind around. How about almost 55 million a day, every day, since the Declaration of Independence; Still pretty big; it is over 2.2 Million dollars every hour since John Hancock, signed, well, his John Hancock. The total debt is rapidly approaching FOUR times that amount.
Congress develops its budgets with PLANNED deficits. They actually plan to spend more than they have coming in. Why not? It’s just monopoly money to them and there is so much need they want to fix (including lining their own pockets for many). The deficits planned for this year and next are 1.6 and 1.5 trillion dollars respectively. All of that will pile onto our debt.
The United States government has a legislated debt ceiling, a maximum amount that it is allowed to owe. That number is currently at $14.294 trillion, the nation’s actual debt is rapidly approaching that amount. More than half of that has accumulated in the last decade. There will be a concerted effort in the next several weeks to raise that debt limit. President Obama is leading the charge demanding a hike in the limit with no strings attached. On April 15 he declared, “We will raise the debt limit. We always have. We will do it again.”
As usual, Obama is talking out of both sides of his mouth. The last stand-alone vote on raising the debt limit on which President Obama voted as a Senator was in 2006. Then Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling, saying,
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills… Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren… I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.
In this same diatribe, he rails against big indebtedness run up by President Bush all the while President Obama himself presides over an increase that added almost as much to the National Debt in his first 19 months than all of the presidents from Washington to Reagan combined. Obama’s criticism of Bush was right, the debt did rise exponentially under President Bush starting at $5.727 trillion and ending with $10.6 trillion in 8 years. The U.S. Treasury Department reported in October, only a year and nine months after he was inaugurated, Obama himself had already added over 3 trillion dollars to the National Debt.
The party a candidate belongs to isn’t nearly as important as the beliefs and actions of that candidate. We need to elect people who will stop mortgaging our futures.
Unsustainable is just not a strong enough word to describe the economic situation we are facing. Disaster is a better word. While the debt continues to soar upwards, Washington likes to make a lot of noise about reducing deficits, while doing nothing of any real substance, to actually solve the problem. For the two weeks Congress was at each other’s throats to come up with a measly $38.5 billion cut, $85 billion in deficits were added to our national debt!!! The cuts are a farce. In March alone, deficit spending was $188 billion. That’s $6 billion a day! The total for 2011 is already at $829.4 billion (6 months’ worth). At this rate, the total for 2011 could hit $1.66 trillion.
Even with the optimistic prognosticators claiming that the current recession will end soon, the Obama Administration forecasts federal deficits that average more than $1 trillion annually for the next ten years, amounting to 7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). America’sGDP in April 2011 is $14.6 trillion. In other words, we owe in debt almost as much as we produce each year. The debt crisis is worsening so fast that economists have trouble keeping up with it. It is now forecast that the debt will exceed the GDP of the U.S. this year! Just last year economists thought it wouldn’t happen until 2020!
In concluding Part 1 of this series on the economy, it is obvious America is in deep trouble, regardless of what the Obama administration or media claim. In Part II the global implications will be explored and what it means to America. Part III the effort to find solutions is actually politics as usual—demagoguery. Part IV will define who is ruining our economy and why they are doing it. In conclusion, there is growing concern that we might see hyperinflation. A real-world example of what this would mean occurred in the Weimar Republic discussed earlier in this article.
This is what happened to one family;
Karl Bonhoeffer, the father of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the humble Christian pastor who stood up to Hitler and died by firing squad for it, had a life insurance policy that paid 100,000 marks at maturity; about $1.2 million in today’s dollars. He faithfully paid his premiums for 50 years. When the policy matured towards the end of 1923 and Bonhoeffer cashed it in, the 100,000 marks could buy a bottle of wine and strawberries. By the time he received the money, it would only buy the strawberries.
If we don’t stop the insanity in Washington, this could be our future. It doesn’t have to be. Every American has a responsibility to tell their Representative and Senators in Washington to make deep and meaningful cuts to the 2012 budget. If your Representative or Senator does not make those cuts, he or she must not be reelected in 2012 if they are up for reelection.
1. Eric Metaxas. Bonhoeffer, Pastor Martyr, Prophet, Spy. (Thomas Nelson, New York) 2010. Pp. 43-44.
2. Ibid. p 44.
3. The GDP is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year, equal to total consumer, investment and government spending, plus the value of exports, minus the value of imports. It might be easier to understand the GDP as the total net value of all economic activity in a country. The Per Capita GDP is the GDP divided by the population of a nation. It is a very powerful tool to compare year to year and nation to nation.
Michael Coffman. Rescuing a Broken America, (Morgan James Publishing, New York), 2010. P 67
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Dr. Coffman is President of Environmental Perspectives Incorporated (epi-us.com) and CEO of Sovereignty International (sovereignty.net) in Bangor Maine. He has had over 30 years of university teaching, research and consulting experience in forestry and environmental sciences. He produced the acclaimed DVD Global Warming or Global Governance (warmingdvd.com). His newest book, Rescuing a Broken America (rescuingamericabook.com) is receiving wide acclaim. He can be reached at 207-945-9878.
May 2nd, 2011 by olddog
The fact that millions of Americans aren’t demanding Ben Bernanke’s immediate resignation proves how horrifically propagandized and unaware the American public is.
As someone who spends 60 hours a week analyzing the news, chronicling every step down in America’s decline, it has become incredibly depressing to see Bernanke maintain his position of power and continue his reign of terror. I can’t even sleep through the night anymore. Colleagues say that they try not to let it get to them too much by telling themselves that there is only so much you can do, and ultimately people get what they deserve. I have always refused to buy into that line of thinking. I know how effective the mainstream media is in propagandizing people, and unless you have significant time to research these issues, there is no way for the average working American to truly grasp the information that they need to.
All that being said, I’m quickly losing faith in the people who do knowwhat is going on. There are millions of people who read independent news reporting daily and know exactly what is happening. There are millions of people who understand that we now live in a banana republic that is systematically looting the country to enrich one-tenth of one percent of the population. There are also millions of people who understand that Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve banking system is the central planning force behind this looting.
Almost every day there is more evidence of the outright corrupt actions of the Federal Reserve and their primary dealers on Wall Street. Their campaign of economic shock and awe is so overwhelming, there have been so many corrupt actions that it is hard to list them all, or even pick out which ones to highlight as the most egregious. Here are just a few off the top of my head; the audacity of it all, and knowing the obvious consequences that these actions entail, is enough to make your head explode from complete frustration:
· Trillions of American taxpayer dollars were given, in secrecy, to the banks/people who were most responsible for causing the crisis in the first place.
· After causing the crisis, they took our tax dollars and gave themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses.
· They gave American taxpayer money to foreign banks and corporations, with billions going to places like Libya.
· They funneled hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into to the Cayman Islands, robbing us some more by directly subsidizing tax evasion.
· They also added to the deficit by lending American tax dollars to their primary dealer banks, so the banks could then lend that same money back to the government at higher interest rates, leading to significant profits for the banks, at the further expense of the American public.
· Through bailout programs they gave sweetheart deals to their friends, which socialized any loses and privatized all the profits.
· They aid and abet trillions of dollars in accounting fraud.
· They routinely manipulate the stock market.
· And now, to top it all off, they are deliberately causing inflation in food, gas and basic necessities, while devaluing the dollar.
As I said, the list goes on, and you are probably grinding your teeth thinking of other egregious examples that I haven’t mentioned.
All of this can be summed up by the fact that we now have the most severe inequality of wealth in American history. The Fed’s policies have strategically and deliberately impoverished tens of millions of people to enrich what amounts to a small group of global bankers. They have aided and abetted trillions of dollars in fraudulent activity. This is not a conspiracy theory! This is the unfortunate reality of our crisis.
It is not hyperbole to call Ben Bernanke a financial terrorist who is committing crimes against humanity. This is a bold and blatant fact. At this point, no one can seriously debate against this anymore.
Watching Bernanke stride to the podium, smiling for his scripted press conference on Wednesday, was yet another depressing moment in our downfall. People keep debating why it was that Bernanke gave the press conference. Some say that it was a defensive tactic, an acknowledgement of the need to increase the propaganda campaign and cast the “illusion of transparency.” Perhaps, but I feel he also gave the press conference for the same reason that terrorists release video statements. He wants to show the world that he is still a free man who can terrorize tens of millions of people in broad daylight and get away with it. He wants to show us that he can shove our face into the dirt while smiling for the cameras. The main message of the press conference wasn’t anything that Bernanke had to say, it was to show the people of America that he can rob us, set our future on fire and still be walking the red carpet with fawning reporters and cameras flashing in his imperial presence – a way of demonstrating that the financial terrorists are still in charge, running the show.
We’ve been trying to bring people together to call for Bernanke’s removal and to break up the Federal Reserve banking system. With all the evidence that is now a matter of public record, you would think it would be easy to get people down to Wall Street on June 14th to demand this. Yet, sadly, it is still incredibly difficult to unite people on even this common sense common ground.
What does that tell you about our future prospects?
If we can’t even unite to topple Bernanke, our complete collapse into neo-feudalism is assured.
If you are interested in defending your family and future against Bernanke’s genocidal economic policies, send me an email: David@AmpedStatus.com