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minor children under our proposal would continue without any limit," he
The Canadian Coup points out. "And of course a lot of those people are people who will be
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/494.html workers, and of course they should have the right to go out and look for a
Ge t Ready For America'z Economic Crash
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5ifr0iskSc&NR=1 Most new foreign workers, according to Beck, compete directly in the
construction, service, and manufacturing industries where unemployment is
Fe d Copies Weimar Hyperinflation the highest and where Americans have the least margin of financial security.
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Wednesday 17 December 2008 by: Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com Global governance here we come!
Posted: December 13, 2008
For more than 20 years, the politically correct liberal elitists have ridiculed the
When it Comes to Marijuana Laws, Obama’s Website Should be Called "black helicopter crowd" whenever the words "world government" were
Same .gov uttered. Global governance, however, is a perfectly acceptable term the U.N.
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle_blog/2008/dec/17/when_it_comes_to_ma says is somehow different from world government.
According to the U.N., "Governance is not government – it is the framework
of rules, institutions and practices that set limits on the behavior of
Did anyone notice how the marijuana legalization question was ranked #1 on individuals, organizations and companies" (UNDP Human Development
Obama‘s Change.gov site, but he answered the question 4th? Not only did Report, 1999, page 34).
Obama‘s team fail to explain the "no" answer, but they didn‘t even honor the
1st place popularity rank the question earned when it drew the most votes Any institution that has the power to issue rules and that limits the behavior of
from the public. individuals, organizations and companies is a government. When those rules
apply worldwide, it is world government.
There‘s nothing surprising about any of this, but it is indeed perfectly
emblematic of the profound lack of seriousness with which this issue is treated The difference between "global governance" and "world government," is
in our political culture. The marijuana question was answered second to last much like the difference between date rape and rape. One begins with
and received the shortest response of all the questions. It‘s just not something seduction; both end in violence.
our political leadership wants to talk about. There is scarcely anything less
important to them than this and they‘d really appreciate it if we stopped If there ever were any doubt about President -elect Obama's propensity toward
asking about it. global governance, it has been removed by his Cabinet choices. Hillary
Clinton praised Walter Cronkite's attainment of the World Federalist
But we won‘t stop. Certainly not now. Perhaps we appreciate the symbolism Association's "Global Governance" award. As secretary of state, she will lead
behind Obama‘s Change.gov campaign even more than its authors do. Yes, the U.S. into the global village under the U.N.'s governance.
we surged at the opportunity to push forward ideas long relegated arbitrarily
to the political fringe. We seized upon this new venue for unfiltered political U.N. Ambassador-designate Susan Rice, who worked with Strobe Talbot at
dialogue, an entirely unclaimed territory in which we had yet to be told we the Brookings Institution, will be the point person to see that the U.S. supports
were unwelcome. We clutched it in our collective fist, squeezed it with all our the global governance agenda.
might, and recoiled in disgust when it squirted us in the eye.
Paramount among the rules required to make global governance an
Sure, we got burned, but we saw it coming. They didn‘t see us coming. They enforceable reality is the power to control each nation's use of energy. The
never could have imagined that this experiment with online democracy would Kyoto Protocol, promoted by Bill Clinton and Al Gore, was supposed to be
find us standing at the front of the line. They shook their heads, sighed and that rule. To his credit, President Bush refused to subject the United Sates to
joked that this is what you get when you let the frickin‘ internet dictate this U.N. treaty. Obama has promised to change the U.S. position to one of
political priorities. submission to a new U.N. Climate-Change Treaty, now under construction in
Well, it‘s fine with me if they think that, because they‘re the ones kissing the
internet‘s ass in the first place. Will they now retreat to the editorial pages and Obama's representative at the climate change negotiations in Poland is John
go back to letting the pundits tell them what the people want? Kerry, sent there to reassure the delegates from around the world that the new
administration will fully support whatever energy limitations the U.N. decides
Call goes out to suspend foreign labor importation to impose.
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 12/16/2008 7:00:00 AM
http://www.onenewsnow.com/Security/Default.aspx?id=354596 Make no mistake; the new climate change treaty will severely limit the supply
of fossil fuel energy available in the United States by limiting the quantity of
A grassroots immigration organization is calling for a time-out on worker carbon emissions that can be released. The enforcement tool will be costly.
immigration in light of the poor condition of the U.S. economy. Rep. James Sensenbrenner told an audience at the meeting in Poland that the
new treaty could drive the price of gasoline to $10 per gallon. In addition, a
global cap-and-trade system will arbitrarily limit the quantity of carbon
Numbers USA is calling on the president and Congress to suspend most emissions allowed by virtually all energy users, and releases beyond the limit
foreign worker importation following the federal government's report that will require a fee. Both the limit and the fee will be determined by the U.N.,
over a half-million non-farm jobs were eliminated in November. Roy Beck is thereby giving the U.N. control over energy use in every nation.
executive director of Numbers USA.
The Kyoto Protocol already established the principle of "common but
"I can't imagine a time since the Great Depression that our immigration policy differentiated" responsibilities, which means developed nations must meet
would make less sense. In November we had 533,000 jobs that were legally binding limitations – while more than 150 nations have no binding
eliminated. The best estimate is that the federal government, in November, limitations. Through this mechanism, the U.N. can effectively redistribute the
brought in a 140,000 new foreign workers," Beck contends. "Now that's world's wealth to ensure that all people share equally the benefits of the earth's
insanity -- so what we're calling for is a suspension of most foreign labor resources. This goal is expressed in a host of U.N. treaties and policy
But Beck wants to clarify that his organization is not asking for the suspension There is a parade of other U.N. treaties and policy objectives lined up for
of all legal immigration. "We're not advocating cutting back on the ability of approval by the new administration: The Convention on the Law of the Sea,
people to marry overseas, to adopt overseas. Nuclear families, spouse and the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the
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Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are but a few. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.,
Obama has already embraced the U.N.'s Millennium Goals, which include a and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., said Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson
three-fold increase in the U.S. contribution to the U.N.'s international aid considered the prospect of civil unrest while he pushed for September's Wall
programs. Obama is also expected to submit the United States to the Street bailout – even suggesting martial law might be essential.
jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, which George Bush refused to
do. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Barack Obama's pick for secretary of
Homeland Security, would not provide comment to the Business Journal on
Global governance advocates made great strides during the Clinton years, but the possibility of civil unrest during economic crisis. But state and local police
were temporarily sidetracked by George Bush and Republicans in Congress. indicated that they have trained for such an event.
With a new, expanded Democrat majority to support Obama's aggressive
global governance aspirations, national sovereignty is on the brink of "The Phoenix Police Department is not expecting any civil unrest at this time,
extinction. The global economic downturn creates the perfect environment for but we always train to prepare for any civil unrest issue. We have a Tactical
a global response. The G-20 meeting held in Washington last month launched Response Unit that trains continually and has deployed on many occasions for
the final round of negotiations to create a new global financial mechanism to any potential civil unrest issue," Phoenix Police spokesman Andy Hill said.
control the flow of money around the world.
"We have well established plans in place for such civil unrest," Scottsdale
While global governance advocates ridiculed and laughed at "black Police spokesman Mark Clark told the Business Journal.
helicopter" watchers, they steadily advanced their agenda. Nowhere in the
U.N. Global-governance agenda is there any room for, or reference to, the Maricopa County Sheriff Deputy Chief Dave Trombi concurred: "We're
fundamental principle that government is empowered by the consent of the prepared."
people, expressed at the ballot box.
Nick Dranias, director of constitutional government at the libertarian
The global governance agenda says that land use must be controlled by Goldwater Institute, told the Phoenix Business Journal declaration of martial
government; that speech must be regulated by law; that trade must be law would allow U.S. armed forces to control civilian authorities.
regulated by government; that education and child-rearing is the responsibility
of government; that only the U.N. has the authority to regulate the While he said the Posse Comitatus Act limits the military's role in domestic
manufacture, use and distribution of all firearms. law enforcement, he referenced a 1994 U.S. Defense Department Directive
(DODD 3025) that gives military commanders authority during domestic
This is global governance. emergencies to "save lives, prevent suffering or mitigate great property
damage," according to the report.
This is the "change" that Obama promised; this is the change he will deliver.
"I don't think it's likely," he said. "But it's not impossible."
IMF warns of economic riots, police ready for civil unrest
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83977 Why the UAW and the Democrats are pushing economic nationalism
18 December 2008
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The naked class character of the proposals for a so-called "bailout" of the US
Posted: December 18, 2008 By Chelsea Schilling auto makers has become increasingly clear. The crisis of the Big Three
companies is being seized upon as an opportunity to drive auto workers back
Pentagon resources and U.S. troops may be used if needed to quell protests to conditions of poverty and exploitation not seen since the Great Depression.
and bank runs during an economic crisis, the U.S. Army War College's
Strategic Institute reported. As a condition for federal loans to avert the imminent bankruptcy of GM and
Chrysler, politicians of both big business parties—who handed over trillions
"Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense of dollars, with no strings attached, to Wall Street —are demanding that auto
establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order workers accept mass layoffs and a cut in pay that would lower their wages, in
and human security," the War College study states. real terms, to less than half that earned by their fathers and grandfathers forty
years ago. The United Auto Workers union is fully collaborating in this attack
Incidents of economic collapse, terrorism and disruption of legal order could on rank-and-file workers.
require deployment of forces within the U.S., it said.
With anger among auto workers against the politicians, the companies and the
A "strategic shock" could require the nation to use "military force against UAW leadership growing by the day, both the Democratic Party and the union
hostile groups inside the United States." are attempting to whip up economic nationalism as a reactionary diversion to
pit workers at the Big Three plants against their fellow workers at foreign-
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has owned, non-union plants in the US as well as against auto workers in other
warned that advanced nations could face civil unrest during distressful countries. The aim is to politically disarm the workers, line them up behind
economic times their "own" employers and pre-empt any struggle in defense of jobs and living
"[S]ocial unrest may happen in many countries – including advanced
economies" if the economic crises are not properly dealt with, Strauss-Kahn After last week's defeat in Congress of a loan package backed by the Bush
said. administration, the Democrats and the UAW, which called for massive layoffs
and wage and benefit concessions, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, a
"He added that violent protests could break out in countries worldwide if the close ally of President-elect Barack Obama, railed against the "un-American
financial system was not restructured to benefit everyone rather than a small behavior" of Senate Republicans who blocked the measure. Those who voted
elite," London's Guardian reported. against the bill, she said, were "protecting the foreign companies that are in
their borders. They are not acting as Americans."
In a recession where consumer spending is plummeting, foreclosures are
rampant, workers are losing jobs, credit is tight and markets are strained, some Her comments were echoed by a series of Democratic politicians and the
are warning about a worst-case scenario. UAW leadership. In a PBS television interview last weekend, UAW President
Ron Gettelfinger denounced the Senate Republicans for backing the "foreign
Last month, trends forecaster Gerald Celente told Fox News that America will brands" and using taxpayer money to "subsidize the competition." He added,
morph into the first "undeveloped" nation of the world by 2012. He said there "We can't compete like this as a country."
will be a tax revolution marked by "food riots, squatter rebellion, tax revolts
and job marches." He also said by 2012, the holidays will be more about With the Big Three companies announcing layoffs and extending Christmas-
getting food rather than gifts. New Year plant idlings for up to a month, and unemployment soaring in
Michigan to 9.6 percent, this attempt to blame the crisis on "foreigners" is
evidently having some effect. Police in the Detroit suburb of Woodhaven
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reported last Friday that the tires of five Japanese and European-made cars other wartime technologies that allowed "our soldiers to maintain their edge"
were punctured and the vehicles were defaced with "Buy USA" graffiti at a on the battlefield.
shopping mall parking lot next to a Ford plant.
This theme has been echoed by "left" supporters of the UAW bureaucracy. In
Auto workers have a long and bitter experience with the snake oil of America- a joint op-ed piece published in the Detroit News, Mark Brenner and Jane
first chauvinism peddled by the UAW bureaucracy and the Democratic Party. Slaughter from the Labor Notes group argued for a government bailout, noting
It has been nearly 30 years since the UAW, in league with CEO Lee Iacocca, that "Detroit, the Arsenal of Democracy, retooled in a matter of weeks when
initiated its flag-waving "Buy American" campaign during the 1979-80 we needed tanks, not cars, in 1941."
Chrysler bailout, which marked the beginning of three decades of wage and
benefit concessions. It is an historic fact that the last global economic depression led to the
outbreak of world war and the deaths of tens of millions of people, as the
The denunciations of Japan and Germany, the "Remember Pearl Harbor" various imperialist powers fought for control of markets, raw materials and
bumper stickers and the sledge-hammering of Toyotas and Datsuns in UAW access to cheap labor. Something even more terrible is being prepared today
parking lots coincided with the ever-closer integration of the union into the behind the nationalist demagogy of big business politicians and their allies in
structure of corporate management, including the elevation of then-UAW the union bureaucracy.
President Douglas Fraser onto Chrysler's board of directors.
As events in the US and all over the world are demonstrating, the fundamental
Economic nationalism went hand-in-hand with corporatism and the claim by division in society is not nation, race or religion, but class. Auto workers in
the UAW that workers had no independent interests separate and apart from the US face the same basic conditions and the same attacks as their brothers
those of the auto bosses. In the name of "labor-management partnership" the and sisters all over the world. In every country, the corporate-financial elite is
union suppressed all resistance to plant closures and demands for lower wages seeking to impose the full burden of the failure of its economic system on the
and speed-up. To oppose concessions, the UAW argued, was to undermine the backs of the working class.
"competitiveness" of the American auto companies and give the advantage to
foreign companies. Confronting a globalized economy dominated by globally operating
corporations and banks, auto workers and every other section of the working
The chauvinism and anti-Asian racism of the UAW will forever be connected class must advance their own global strategy to defend their independent class
with one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of the American labor interests. This means a fight to unite workers internationally in a struggle for
movement—the murder of a young Chinese-American named Vincent Chin, the overthrow of the existing system, which subordinates all social needs to
who was beaten to death by a Chrysler supervisor and his laid-off stepson in the profit drive of the monopolists who own and control the means of
the Detroit enclave of Highland Park in June 1982. production, and the establishment of an egalitarian system based on public
ownership of basic industry and the banks under the democratic control of the
The economic nationalism of the UAW has produced nothing but a disaster working class—that is, socialism.
for auto workers, who have seen the destruction of more than 600,000 jobs at
General Motors, Ford and Chrysler since 1979 and unending demands for Jerry White
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union-management slush funds and joint investment schemes. Although the 9749200&en=11c9468ac535eded&ei=5087%0A
union has lost two-thirds of its membership, the UAW officialdom has
managed to increase its income. Last year it was handed control of a multi-
billion-dollar retiree healthcare trust fund and large amounts of company stock By PETER BAKER and CHARLIE SAVAGE
in exchange for its agreement to cut new-hires' wages in half. Published: December 18, 2008
Automotive production is the most globally integrated industry in the world, WASHINGT ON — Former President Bill Clinton has collected tens of
drawing on the resources and skills of millions of working people in dozens of millions of dollars for his foundation over the last 10 years from governments
countries. In the most profound sense, there is no longer any such thing as a in the Middle East, tycoons from Canada, India, Nigeria and Ukraine, and
"national" car company. Chrysler produces mini-vans in its US plants for other international figures with interests in American foreign policy.
Volkswagen; GM builds cars with local Chinese manufacturers; Volvo, a
"Swedish company," is owned by Ford. Lifting a longstanding cloak of secrecy, Mr. Clinton on Thursday released a
complete list of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation as part of an
The enemy of American auto workers is not the workers of other countries or, agreement to douse concerns about potential conflicts if Senator Hillary
for that matter, US workers employed by foreign-owned corporations in Rodham Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state in the Obama
Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. Around the world, the failure of the administration.
capitalist profit system is throwing hundreds of thousands of auto workers out
of their jobs. Workers' resistance is growing internationally, with protests The donor list offers a glimpse into the high-powered, big-dollar world in
against layoffs by Nissan workers in Spain, Renault workers in France and the which Mr. Clinton has traveled since leaving the White House as he jetted
seizure of an auto parts plant in Germany. around the globe making money for himself and raising vast sums for his
ambitious philanthropic programs fighting disease, poverty and climate
All of the achievements of auto workers were won, not on the basis of change. Some of the world‘s richest people and most famous celebrities
nationalism, but through a fight for the solidarity of all workers against the handed over large checks to finance his presidential library and charitable
corporations and the government. The UAW was founded in the mass strike activities.
battles of the 1930s as an international union, uniting US and Canadian
workers. With his wife now poised to take over as America‘s top diplomat, Mr.
Clinton‘s fund-raising is coming under new scrutiny for relationships that
The most class-conscious workers who led the sit -down strikes, many of could pose potential conflict-of-interest issues for Mrs. Clinton in her job.
whom were socialists, insisted on a struggle against all forms of racism and Some of her husband‘s biggest backers have much at stake in the policies that
nationalism employed by the corporations to divide and weaken the working President-elect Barack Obama‘s incoming administration adopts toward their
class. The revival of the class struggle today depends on an uncompromising regions or business ventures.
struggle against nationalism and for the international unity of the working
class. Saudi Arabia alone gave to the foundation $10 million to $25 million, as did
government aid agencies in Australia and the Dominican Republic. Brunei,
The logic of the nationalist outlook promoted by the UAW is militarism and Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Qatar and T aiwan each gave more than $1 million.
war. Increasingly over the last several weeks, leading Democrats have So did the ruling family of Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Foundation, both based
connected federal assistance to the auto industry with the "national security" in the United Arab Emirates, and the Friends of Saudi Arabia, founded by a
of the US, i.e., its ability to quickly arm for war. In a speech on the floor of Saudi prince.
the Senate last week, Michigan's senior senator, Carl Levin, argued that the
industry was key to the development of new armored vehicles, robotics and
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Also among the largest donors were a businessman who was close to the Mr. Clinton‘s advocates said that the disclosure on Thursday showed he had
onetime military ruler of Nigeria, a Ukrainian tycoon who was son-in-law of nothing to hide and that most of his largest contributors were already known.
that former Soviet republic‘s authoritarian president and a Canadian mining
executive who took Mr. Clinton to Kazakhstan while trying to win lucrative Yet while unprecedented, the disclosure was also limited.
The list posted on the foundation‘s Web site — www.clintonfoundation.org
In addition, the foundation accepted sizable contributions from several — did not provide the nationality or occupation of the donors, the dates they
prominent figures from India, like a billionaire steel magnate and a politician contributed or the precise amounts of their gifts, instead breaking down
who lobbied Mrs. Clinton this year on behalf of a civilian nuclear cooperation contributors by dollar ranges. Nor did the list include pledges for future
agreement between India and the United States, a deal that has rankled donations. As a result, it is impossible to know from the list which donations
Pakistan, a key foreign policy focus of the incoming administration. were made while Mr. Clinton was still president or while Mrs. Clinton was
running for president.
Such contributions could provoke suspicion at home and abroad among those
wondering about any effect on administration policy. Many benefactors are well-known Americans, like Stephen L. Bing; Alfonso
Fanjul; Bill Gates; Tom Golisano, a billionaire who ran for New York
Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East governor; Rupert Murdoch; and Barbra Streisand. Bloomberg L.P., the
Policy, said donations from ―countries where we have particularly sensitive financial media empire founded by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New
issues and relations‖ would invariably raise concerns about whether Mrs. York, contributed, as did Freddie Mac, the mortgage company now partly
Clinton had conflicts of interest. blamed for the housing market collapse.
―The real question,‖ Mr. Levitt said, ―is to what extent you can really separate Another potentially sensitive donation came from Blackwater Training
the activities and influence of any husband and wife, and certainly a husband Center, part of the private security firm hired to protect American diplomats in
and wife team that is such a powerhouse.‖ Iraq. Five of its guards have been indicted for their roles in a 2007 shooting
that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.
Mr. Clinton‘s office said in a statement that the disclosure itself should ensure
that there would be ―not even the appearance of a conflict of interest.‖ The potential for appearances of conflict was illustrated by Amar Singh, a
politician in India who gave $1 million to $5 million. Mr. Singh visited the
Stephanie Cutter, a spokeswoman for Mr. Obama, said the president-elect had United States in September to lobby for a deal allowing India to obtain
chosen Mrs. Clinton for his cabinet because ―no one could better represent the civilian nuclear technology even though it never signed the Non-Proliferation
United States.‖ Treaty. He met with Mrs. Clinton, who he said assured him that Democrats
would not block the deal. Congress approved it weeks later.
―Past donations to the Clinton foundation,‖ Ms. Cutter said, ―have no
connection to Senator Clinton‘s prospective tenure as secretary of state.‖ Other donors have connections with India, a potential flashpoint because of
tensions with Pakistan. Among them was Lakshmi Mittal, a steel magnate
Republicans have addressed the issue cautiously, suggesting that they would and, according to Forbes magazine, the fourth-richest person in the world. Mr.
examine it but not necessarily hold up Mrs. Clinton‘s confirmation as a result. Mittal, who donated $1 million to $5 million, was involved in a scandal in
Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign 2002 in London, where he lives. After Mr. Mittal made a large donation to the
Relations Committee, which will consider her nomination, was in Russia on Labor Party, Prime Minister Tony Blair helped him persuade Romania to sell
Thursday and unavailable for comment, according to Mr. Lugar‘s office. him its state steel company.
But in an interview on Nov. 30 on ―This Week‖ on ABC, Mr. Lugar said Mr. Another donor was Gilbert Chagoury, a businessman close to Gen. Sani
Clinton‘s activities would raise legitimate questions, adding, ―I don‘t know Abacha of Nigeria, widely criticized for a brutal and corrupt rule.
how, given all of our ethics standards now, anyone quite measures up to this
who has such cosmic ties.‖ Mr. Chagoury tried during the 1990s to win favor for Mr. Abacha from the
Clinton administration, contributing $460,000 to a voter registration group to
Still, he indicated that he would vote for Mrs. Clinton and praised Mr. which Democratic officials steered him, according to news accounts. He won
Obama‘s team for doing ―a good job in trying to pin down the most important meetings with National Security Council officials, including Susan E. Rice,
elements‖ in its agreement with Mr. Clinton. who is now Mr. Obama‘s choice to be ambassador to the United Nations.
To avoid potential conflicts, the Obama team, represented by its transition co- Feds Seize New York Office Building Tied to Iranian Gove rnment
chairwoman, Valerie Jarrett, signed a memorandum of understanding on Dec. Wednesday, December 17, 2008
12 with the William J. Clinton Foundation, represented by its chief executive, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,468804,00.html
Bruce R. Lindsey. The five-page memorandum, provided to reporters on
Thursday, required Mr. Clinton to disclose his past donors by the end of the 650 Fifth Avenue in New York City was seized Wednesday by federal
year and any future contributors once a year. authorities for its ties to Iran.
Federal authorities moved in Wednesday to seize control of a New York City
The memorandum also requires that if Mrs. Clinton is confirmed, the Clinton office building partially owned by a company with ties to the Iranian
Global Initiative, an offshoot of the foundation, will be incorporated government.
separately, will no longer hold events outside the United States and will refuse
any further contributions from foreign governments. Other initiatives The move by officials at the Treasury and Justice Departments is designed to
operating under the auspices of the foundation would follow new rules and stop the flow of funds they say are used to help Iran's efforts to build nuclear
consult with State Department ethics officials in certain circumstances. weapons.
Federal law does not require former presidents to reveal foundation donors, The office tower, located on New York's famed Fifth Avenue, was built by an
and Mr. Clinton had until now declined to do so, arguing that many who gave Iranian non-profit group in the 1970s. Over the years the ownership of the
expected confidentiality. Other former presidents have taken money from building has evolved into what federal officials say is an attempt to hide the
overseas sources, including President George Bush, whose son has sat in the stake held by an Iranian state-owned bank.
Oval Office for the last eight years. The elder Mr. Bush has accepted millions
of dollars from Saudi, Kuwaiti and other foreign sources for his own library. The government alleges that Assa Corp., the building's owner, is a shell
company for Bank Melli, which is accused of facilitating the movement of
Mr. Clinton‘s foundation has raised $500 million since 1997, growing into a nuclear materials for the Iranian government. Officials contend that Bank
global operation with 1,100 paid staff members and volunteers in 40 Melli was heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of Assa Corp. and its
countries. It said it had provided medicine to 1.4 million people living with management of the Fifth Avenue building, which generated rental income that
H.I.V./AIDS, helped dozens of cities reduce heat -trapping gases and worked was sent back to Iran.
to spread economic opportunity.
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Although Treasury is now designating Bank Melli a front company for the Brotherhood operatives
Iranian government, it pointed out that the building houses legitimate tenants,
including Merrill Lynch.
How Islamic groups worldwide are using "hate speech" laws to try to
This designation does not interfere with the business and other activities of the criminalize free discussion of Islamic terrorism - even in the United States
tenants of 650 Fifth Avenue, Treasury said in a press release. People in the
U.S. are not prohibited from dealing with business establishments or other The legal jihad: how stealth jihadists use the courts to battle against their
tenants of the building. critics - and anti-jihadists in general
An executive order signed by President Bush last year froze all Bank Melli Your house is our house: How efforts to force American businesses to change
assets in the United States. In October, the FBI seized a pair of Assa's bank their practices to accommodate Islamic law are part of the stealth jihad, and
accounts that held $3.1 million. have stepped up considerably in recent years
The sole employee of Assa, Mohammad Hassan Dhghani Tafti, engaged in a Prayer returns to public schools! (As long as it's Islamic prayer, it's just fine)
number of curious moves to apparently hide his employment status. His
access to Assa accounts drew added attention from federal authorities. How efforts at accommodation of Muslims again and again result in Islamic
Between 2000 and 2007 more than $17 million was deposited into one of the dominance and supremacism
Separate and unequal: Islamic separatism in America
"This scheme to use a front company set up by Bank Melli -- a known
proliferator -- to funnel money from the United States to Iran is yet another Don't want to pay interest on your credit card? Simple: Just tell the company
example of Iran's duplicity," said Stuart Levey, Treasury Undersecretary for you'r e Muslim! How Western financial institutions are bending over
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. backwards to accommodate Islam
Bank Melli is known to handle funds for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Readin', writin', and subjugatin' the infidel: The stealth jihad in American
Corps and its Qods Forces. Those groups are believed to help fund activities schools
tied to the T aliban, Hizballah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
How American public school textbooks have been Islamized under the noses
of education authorities -- and often with their naïve complicity
The Islamic plan to conquer the U.S. - not by terrorist acts, but by stealth
https://members.humaneventsonline.com/order.php?offer=1435 Education or indoctrination? The Islamic ideological straitjacket in American
"A vital wake-up call of a book."
- Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Saudi money and what it buys in American universities today
There hasn't been a terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, and Al-Qaeda is on Compromised: Islamic terror groups' infiltration of the FBI, CIA, and
the run in Iraq -- and yet the terrorist threat is far from over. Pentagon
Spencer also explains how the stealth jihadists can be stopped, detailing a ten-
In fact, it's more severe than ever: in our country Islamic jihad groups and point plan that is far from politically correct, but may be our only option for
their allies are concentrating not solely on terror attacks (although another one survival as a free people.
of those could come any moment), but on stealthy efforts to introduce Islamic
law into this country, step-by-step, bit-by-bit -- until finally America is Here, then, is a much-needed wake-up call about a sinister agenda that could
transformed into an Islamic state. destroy the United States, unless Americans discard political correctness and
face the threat squarely and fully. Stealth Jihad shows how we can, and how
While the stealth jihadists may never attain this goal, they are already eroding we must.
our freedoms as they demand ever more accommodation of Islamic principles
and practices -- and politically correct public officials are only too happy to Has O bama Already Vetoed Single-Payer Health Care?
oblige. Now, in Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America Thursday 18 December 2008 by: Steve Weissman,
without Guns or Bombs, jihad expert Robert Spencer unveils the full scope of http://www.truthout.org/121808J
the stealth jihad plan, and explains how the stealth jihadists are operating and
the victories they've already achieved. Obama once supported a single-payer health care system. (Photo: AP)
Advancing Islamic supremacism in America - by stealth: Back in 2003, an Illinois state senator named Barack Obama spoke to an AFL-
CIO group and what he told them is now making headlines across the Internet.
Terrorism without terror: the stealth jihadist plan to wage a "grand jihad" "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health-care plan," he
aimed at "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within" said to applause. "I see no reason why the United States of America, the
wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross
How stealth jihad efforts and jihad violence work hand-in-glove for the same National Product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to
The main player in the stealth jihad: the shadowy, sinister, internationally As Obama understood at the time, single-payer offers enormous advantages.
powerful Muslim Brotherhood Everyone's in, nobody's out. Patients pick their own doctors, who remain in
the private sector. The government pays the bills, while private insurance
The partners: the "moderate" American Muslim organizations that are actually companies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) no longer act as
part of the stealth jihad gate-keepers, excluding pre-existing conditions from coverage and telling
doctors and patients what is "medically necessary" and what is not.
How Islamic law teaches warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers --
by any means possible Equally important, the insurers and HMOs no longer burden the system with
their profits, high executive salaries, marketing expenses and administrative
Islamic law: the many ways in which it contradicts American law and custom costs, which amount to as much as 31 percent of our national health care
spending. Instead, the Social Security Administration handles the payments
How the common practice of Islamic organizations labeling all critics of and paperwork, as they now do with Medicare, and the overhead comes down
jihadist activity as "bigots" and "hatemongers" helps advance the stealth jihad to an estimated 3-5 percent, or probably less with a healthy dose of advanced
Washington's politically correct policy of avoiding all mention of "Islam" and
"jihad" in connection with terrorism -- How this not only plays into the hands Also see:
of the stealth jihadists, but was actually adopted on the advice of Muslim Steve Weissman | Yikes!!! I'm a Slave to Socialized Medicine•
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Q: "Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can
Who could be against such a straightforward, cost -saving system? The answer regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and
is obvious - private insurance companies, HMOs and the lawmakers they so create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?" S. Man, Denton
generously support. Which, I suppose, is why Obama rather clumsily backed
away in his campaign for president. "I never said that we should try to go A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
ahead and get single-payer," he announced in January. "What I said was that if http://change.gov/newsroom/blog/
we were starting from scratch … I would probably go with a single-payer
system." Get it? He isn't going to do crap about legalizing Marijuana even though:
"A lot of people work for insurance companies; a lot of people work for (1) It would destroy the Mexican Drug Cartels and local drug gangs.
HMOs," he added in August. "You've got a whole system of institutions that (2) It would provide some counterbalance to the liberties lost through the
have been set up." Patriot Act and other legilsation that recieve bi-partisan support.
"People don't have time to wait," he went on. "They need relief now. So my It gets even worse. The Marijuan Re-Legalization issue recieved the most
attitude is let's build up the system we got, let's make it more efficient, we votes on the www.change.gov website. So they have obfuscated the fact by
maybe over time - as we make the system more efficient and everybody's rearranging the web to hide it. I suppose we can expect a lot more of this in
covered - decide that there are other ways for us to provide care more the coming years?
My prediction is that Obama's ratings are going to nosedive as the American
Much of his caution came from former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, People begin to understand that he is a Globalist in sheeps clothing. And the
an early supporter whom Obama has now named to be secretary of health and Globalists also don't want Marijuana legalized. Just look at the UN's position
human Services and head of the White House Office of Health Care Reform. on Marijuana Legalization to get a slight clue as to the current reality. The UN
Daschle spelled out his thinking in his book "Critical: What We Can Do has been in constant opposition to Re-Legalization.
About the Health-Care Crisis."
So it is up to us . . . the American People. These groups like NORML, DPA,
"Most of the world's highest-ranking health-care systems employ some kind MPP are not going to be of much help by the way. They are only interested in
of "single-payer" strategy - that is, the government, directly or through incremental reforms that often backfire (e.g., Medical Marijuana). Yet there is
insurers, is responsible for paying doctors, hospitals and other health-care no objective reason why Marijuana should be illegal. For starters it is far less
providers," he wrote. dangerous that many Rx drugs, far less dangerous than alcohol and certainly
far less dangerous that tobacco that kills nearly 420,000 Americans each year.
"Supporters say single-payer is brilliantly simple, ensures equity by providing
all people with the same benefits, and saves billions of dollars by creating The answer is the MERP Model for Re-Legalization. Essentially this model
economies of scale and streamlining administration. But pure single-payer will make Marijuana legal to grow just like beer is legal to brew. I encourage
system is politically problematic in the United States, at least right now. Even you to write DPA, MPP and NORML and tell them "I want my MERP, and I
though polls show that seniors are happier with Medicare than younger people want it now. So either help us or get out of the way."
are with their private insurance, opponents of reform have demonized
government-run systems as 'socialized medicine.' Here is more on the MERP Model for Re-Legalization
"I have strong views on what an 'ideal' system would look like," Daschle Marijuana: Past, Present and Future from Bruce Cain on Vimeo.
added. "But I'm not willing to sacrifice worthy improvements on the altar of www.vimeo.com/2056650
perfection. I find it encouraging that the leading Democratic presidential
contenders appear to share this attitude. The proposals that Obama, Clinton Why Lou Dobbs Should Support Marijuana Legalization
and Edwards put forward would improve our current system rather than www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VKf5YfQb7s&
scrapping it, using the Massachusetts reform plan as a model."
The MERP Project
The argument is classic: "Don't let the best become the enemy of the better." The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy (MRP) Project
Or, perhaps more to the point: "Don't pick a fight we have no chance of
Daschle and Obama are two of America's brightest political minds, and they =======================================================
could well be right. But the best way to find out is to fight for single-payer
and then, if we must, negotiate a compromise. If there was ever a time to go December has been an interesting month for marijuana, or cannabis as it is
for the whole loaf, it is now, when the insurance companies are despised for known to scientists and all too few others. To kick off the month, the U.S.
their high-handed gate-keeping and their role in creating the current financial Supreme Court decided against reviewing a California state appellate court
crisis. ruling arguing that its medical marijuana law trumped federal law. That, in
effect, set the stage for better implementation of medical-marijuana law in not
How, then, do we convince Obama, Daschle and the Democrats in Congress just California, but every state that has one, while also reminding local police
to give up the old politics and join us in a fight for the Change We Need? that the job of enforcing federal drug policy is, in fact, not its job.
Here's what I'm doing. I went to www.change.gov, clicked on "Lead a Health
Care Discussion," and arranged to host a house party for other Democrats T wo days later, the oldest stash of cannabis ever found was unearthed from a
abroad here in France. If enough of us did this in our own communities, we 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi desert, aptly reminding humankind and its
might well remove the veto from single-payer health care. ass-backwards politicians that pot has been around a lot longer than lobbyists.
If the eye-candy archaeological slideshow didn't fully illustrate the value of
Could Obama's Pro-Marijuana Commerce Secretary Spell a Golden Era such a stash, the scientists did.
for Pot Reform?
By Scott Thill, AlterNet. Posted December 18, 2008. "As with other grave goods, it was traditional to place items needed for the
http://www.alternet.org/rights/113767/?page=entire afterlife in the tomb with the departed," explained Ethan Russo, lead author of
the Journal of Experimental Botany paper that announced the find.
First of all it is worth noting that Alternet gets a lot of its funding from the But as readers pondered packing their own trusty pot for use in the afterlife,
Ford Foundation which is both for Globalization and against Marijuana better news broke on the same day: President-elect Barack Obama nominated
legalization. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to his Cabinet as secretary of commerce.
Given that Obama had already confessed to inhaling -- "that was the point," he
Next let us consider Obama's responce to the Marijuana question at classically cracked -- and once declared the hyperbolically named War on
www.change.gov: Drugs "an utter failure," adding that America needed to "rethink and
decriminalize" American cannabis laws, Richardson's nomination to
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Commerce was cause for celebration. After all, Richardson signed a bill in without running afoul of federal law. Another seeks to remove federal anti-
2007 making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana. drug penalties on the possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana, roughly 3
ounces, by adults. One would hope that the new Congress will hold hearings
"So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do," he said of his decision. "My on these proposals and begin a long-overdue, objective political discussion on
God, let's be reasonable." Capitol Hill regarding the need to amend America's marijuana policies."
Reason is indeed what proponents of decriminalization have been crying for Given that the Bush administration left behind political and economic
after four consecutive presidential terms derailed their hopes and maneuvers wreckage at home and abroad, decriminalization and reform might not be at
for legalized cannabis, medical and otherwise. But something has always the top of either branch of the government's to-do list. But an exponentially
stood in the way of that inevitability, and it has usually leaned quite heavily increasing climate crisis, resource shortage and recalibration of globalization
on the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause, which states that Congress has and consumption is going to demand some homegrown answers, as nations,
the right to regulate commerce between the United States and other nations, as states and even cities circle the wagons and look for answers from the interior.
well as between its own states. It remains the most widely interpreted clause And since cannabis has been with humankind for at least a newly established
in the Constitution and has been more abused than the American people's 2,700 years, can grow in practically any climate and was once cultivated by
goodwill. In the landmark case Gonzales v. Raich, the U.S. Supreme Court, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, there may be no place like home
under the distracted leadership of Justice Antonin Scalia, sided with the Bush when it comes to turning around a superpower.
administration's argument that banning the homegrown cultivation and
consumption of marijuana is a federal imperative, even when no cannabis "That we spend billions every year in futile efforts to eradicate America's No.
changes hands or travels across state lines. The lunacy of the ruling even 1 cash crop, a drug markedly less harmful than alcohol, is insane," says
threw rightward justices like Clarence Thomas, Jr. off their creaking rockers. Mirken. "And with the federal deficit approaching a trillion dollars, it is time
to bring marijuana out of the underground economy, regulate it appropriately,
"Certainly no evidence from the founding suggests that 'commerce' included and generate billions of dollars in tax revenues. Instead of guaranteeing all the
the mere possession of a good or some personal activity that did not involve profits to criminals, which is what prohibition does."
trade or exchange for value. In the early days of the Republic, it would have
been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession And if money isn't the point, let's move instead to morality. Even on that
and consumption of marijuana … Respondents Diane Monson and Angel diaphanous front, the numbers have spoken.
Raich use marijuana that has never been bought or sold, that has never crossed
state lines, and that has had no demonstrable effect on the national market for "Since 1965, America has arrested over 20 million Americans for violating
marijuana. If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it marijuana laws," explains Armentano. "Penalties include probation and
can regulate virtually anything -- and the Federal Government is no longer one mandatory drug testing; loss of employment; loss of child custody; removal
of limited and enumerated powers." from subsidized housing; asset forfeiture; loss of student aid; loss of voting
Thomas is right, but a mostly Democratic Congress and Richardson offer the privileges; loss of adoption rights; and loss of certain federal welfare benefits,
best chance in years to right this conundrum. With Richardson at Commerce, such as food stamps. In human terms, some 34,000 state inmates and an
and Congress on the hunt for new sources of green, environmental and estimated 11,000 federal inmates are serving time behind bars for violating
financial, during a time of deep economic recession, the launch window for marijuana laws. In fiscal terms, this means U.S. taxpayers are spending more
legalization has never been wider… than $1 billion annually to imprison pot offenders."
"Richardson was a strong champion for legal access to medical marijuana," That's money and lives that disappear down the drain, never to return. And in
explains Reena Szczepanski, director of New Mexico's chapter of the Drug the end, that is probably the reality that Obama and Richardson will be forced
Policy Alliance. "In his role at the Commerce Department, he may be well- to reconcile. So even if Obama is against legalization now, he will probably
positioned to examine the economic contributions of the medical cannabis be for it later. And if not him, someone else, who pissed-off voters will no
sector to the economy in states that have medical cannabis laws." doubt vote into office one day.
Well-positioned is right, but will Richardson exhibit the kind of spine he "It is not politically risky for the incoming administration to move forward in
showed in the Democratic primary, when his brave decision on medical this area," adds Armentano. "This is a realm where the public is well ahead of
marijuana in his own state caused him to stick out like a sore realist? The the politicians."
answer came, once again, in December. When asked in an interactive
question-and-response forum on Obama's transition site Change.gov whether
the president-elect will "consider legalizing marijuana so that the government Change? Obama Inner Circle Filled With Bilderbergers
can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and By Victor Thorn
create a billion-dollar industry right here in the U.S.," the site's answer was the http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/obama_bilderbergers_160.html
following curt, depressing cop-out: "President-elect Obama is not in favor of
the legalization of marijuana." FOR TWO YEARS, Americans have heard an unrelenting mantra of change
emanating from the campaign trail. But now that President -elect Barack
That is probably a play-it-safe deferral, given that Obama has yet to take Obama has begun forming his cabinet, we‘re seeing a cadre of more deeply
office. But it is still disappointing, given that legalization is an even safer entrenched insiders than any administration that has preceded it.
position with the public.
In regard to key foreign policy advisors, all three of Obama‘s selections either
"The main obstacle to legalization of medical marijuana is that many initially supported the Iraq war, or still do. On the economic front, each
politicians haven't yet figured out that it is a popular, politically safe issue," appointee maintains a close relationship with the Jewish triad of Ben
argues Bruce Mirken, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Bernanke, Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan—as well as bailout engineer
Project. "The fact that it keeps rolling up wins surely helps with that, and the Henry Paulson. Barack Obama himself is a Council on Foreign Relations
continuing stream of positive scientific studies does as well. But clearly the member, has strong ties to Zbigniew Brzezinski, and participated in a
public is more divided on marijuana policy outside of medical situations, and clandestine meeting with Hillary Clinton at Bilderberg member Diane
we need to do a better job of understanding the public's concerns and Feinstein‘s house at the time when 2008 Bilderberg members were
addressing them." congregating only a few miles away.
In order for that to happen, a public dialogue needs to take place on Below is an overview of Obama‘s top 14 selections to date. When considering
legalization, and that is almost sure to happen under Obama's watch, as well their collective histories, a trend becomes clear, proving that the more things
of that of his friendly Democratic Congress. Indeed, the balls have already change under Obama, the more they stay the same.
begun to roll.
"Legislation will be reintroduced in the House of Representatives during
Obama's first term to reform America's antiquated and overly punitive federal
marijuana laws," explains Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National 1. TIMOTHY GEIT HNER – TREASURY SECRET ARY
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). "One bill seeks to
allow state governments the ability to legalize and dispense medical cannabis
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Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, president Key person in the pardon of racketeer Marc Rich, deputy attorney general
and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, director of policy under Janet Reno, facilitated the pardon of 16 Puerto Rican FALN terrorists
development for IMF, member Group of Thirty (G30), employed at Kissinger under Bill Clinton.
& Associates, architect of the recent 2008 financial bailouts, mentored by
Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin. 12. JANET NAPOLIT ANO – HOMELAND SECURIT Y DIRECT OR
2. PAUL VOLCKER – ECONOMIC RECOVERY ADVISORY BOARD Council on Foreign Relations, Arizona governor, attorney for Anita Hill
during the Clarence Thomas hearings, U.S. attorney during the Clinton
Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, North American chairman of administration, instrumental in the OKC cover-up, where she declared, ―We‘ll
Trilateral Commission, Federal Reserve chairman during Carter and Reagan pursue every bit of evidence and every lead,‖ described as another Janet Reno,
administrations, president of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, G30 soft on illegal immigration (i.e. pro-amnesty and drivers licenses to illegals).
member, chairman Rothschild Wolfensohn Company, key figure in the
collapse of the gold standard during the Nixon administration, longtime 13. GEN. JAMES L. JONES – NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
associate of the Rockefeller family.
Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission, European supreme allied commander,
3. RAHM EMANUEL – CHIEF OF ST AFF special envoy for Middle-East Security during Bush administration, board of
directors for Chevron and Boeing, NATO commander, member of Brent
Member of Israeli Defense Force, staunch Zionist, senator, Board of Directors Scowcroft‘s Institute for International Affairs along with Zbigniew
for Freddie Mac, member of Bill Clinton‘s finance campaign committee, Brzezinski, Bobby Ray Inman, Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger and
made $16.2 million during 2.5 years as an investment banker for Wasserstein former CIA Director John Deutch.
Perella. His father was a member of the Israeli Irgun terrorist group.
14. SUSAN RICE – U.N. AMBASSADOR
4. LAWRENCE SUMMERS – NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL
Council on Foreign Relations, Rhodes scholar, campaign foreign policy
Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, treasury advisor to presidential candidates John Kerry and Michael Dukakis, member
secretary during Clinton administration, chief economist at World Bank, of Bill Clinton‘s National Security Council and assistant secretary of state for
former president of Harvard University, Brookings Institute board member, Africa, member of the Brookings Institute (funded by the Ford Foundation
huge proponent of globalization while working for the IMF, prot�g� of and the Rockefellers), and member of the Aspen Strategy Group (t eeming
with Bilderberg insiders such as Richard Armitage, Brent Scowcroft, and
David Rockefeller, mentored by Robert Rubin.
5. DAVID AXELROD – SENIOR ADVISOR
The Purpose of the Economic Meltdown
Carolyn Harris Infowars December16, 2008
Political consultant whose past clients include Sens. Hillary Clinton, John
Edwards and Christopher Dodd; main Obama fixer in the William Ayers an d
Reverend Wright scandals.
We all know economic depression here, and some of us have an inkling about
what is coming. The governments vacillate between spewing gloom and doom
6. HILLARY CLINTON – SECRETARY OF ST ATE
and ridiculous ‗happy fun clown time‘ gibberish at the great unwashed masses
depending upon whether they want fools to buy into the stock market at that
Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, clandestine
particular time to make certain fat cats even richer, or they want those fools to
CIA asset used to infiltrate the anti-war movement at Yale University and the
sell and lose almost everything.
Watergate hearings, senior part ner at the Rose Law Firm, key figure in the
Mena drug trafficking affair, architect of the Waco disaster, implicated in the
The housing bubble has been popped, the stock market is crashing and
murder/ cover-up of Vince Foster, and many other deaths.
pensions are being siphoned off minute by minute. It‘s clear that gold is being
manipulated at the same time the dollar is going down. The contortionate
7. JOSEPH BIDEN – VICE PRESIDENT
―credit instruments‖ and exotic book-keeping (what an oxymoron that is)
methods of investment houses, bankers and large businesses have all
Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senator since 1972, member
happened in a top-down way on purpose. The more they ripped off the little
of the Senate Judiciary Committee, current chairman of the U.S. Senate
guy the bigger their commission and bonus; it is a system that thrives, indeed
Committee on Foreign Relations, strong Zionist sympathizer who recently
lives off of insatiable greed. And the monsters near the top aren‘t sweating
told Rabbi Mark S. Golub of Shalom T V, ―I am a Zionist. You don‘t have to
one bit. They know what is happening and they know what is coming next.
be a Jew to be a Zionist.‖
The fiat currency house of cards is tumbling down because the international
8. BILL RICHARDSON – COMMERCE SECRETARY
bankers just exhaled a puff of the expensive smoke from their Cuban Cohiba
Behike cigar and blew on it. In other words, it was planned. It is time now for
Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, former U.S. congressman,
the next phase of their plan.
chairman of the Democratic National Convention in 2004, employee of
Kissinger Associates, UN ambassador, governor of New Mexico, energy
It‘s high time someone put it all together, without focusing on individual trees.
secretary, major player in the Monica Lewinsky cover-up with Bilderberg
There is a reason that the system was set up this way; there is a reason why
luminary Vernon Jordan.
home loans were offered to folks who couldn‘t possibly pay them back and
there is a reason why this all happening.
9. ROBERT GAT ES – DEFENSE SECRETARY
Put succinctly, this is all part of the Agenda 21 plan. Look closely at the map
Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, former CIA Director, defense
and notice just how much land area are ―little or no human activity‖ zones.
secretary under President Bush, co-chaired CFR task force with Zbigniew
Notice how the small towns have disappeared and there are only major cities
Brzezinski, knee-deep in the Iran-Contra scandal, named in a 1999 class
with specific travel corridors between them. That‘s right, losing your job, your
action lawsuit pertaining to the Mena drug trafficking affair.
house, your land is part of their plan. NAFT A, CAFTA and GATT were part
of this plan were enacted to get rid of the American manufacturing base and
10. TOM DASCHLE – HEALTH SECRETARY
all the associated jobs. Without a home (or any viable housing options), a job
and food, you have no other choice but to go where those necessities are
Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, former Senate majority leader,
located: the city.
Citibank lackey, mentored by Robert Rubin.
The massive migration to the cities. The documents state in no uncertain terms
11. ERIC HOLDER – ATTORNEY GENERAL
that they ―predict‖ (read: plan) class warfare (.pdf) as the middle class
disappears and most will be reduced to abject poverty in said swelling cities.
The documents and articles explain that the ―bio-fuel‖ scam will wreak havoc
with the world‘s food supply, that GMO crops lead to less yield and that the
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uber rich are going to have to hide for a while to escape the hordes of angry, Mother Government has an electronic dossier on each person containing any
hungry and dirty people. and all information obtainable - that given willingly to Mother Government
and that gleaned from extensive data-mining operations, legal and illegal. It
Realize that when one takes out a home loan, the bank actually owns the contains not only school and medical records, travel, employment and
house until it‘s completely paid off. If a mortgage isn‘t paid, possession purchasing history, social network, communications, your political leanings
reverts to the banks. Only the wealthy are able to buy property at this time, and everything else they can get their hands on, and it all adds up to your
and they certainly don‘t want your three bedroom 2.5 bath brick rambler. This ―data double‖ for which they run algorithms to figure out your personality,
begs the question - what will be done with all these vacant houses? and mental and emotional state. It contains everything there is to know about
you that they can obtain, and they think they know you. With this information,
Logic dictates that they must be rendered unusable. Most likely they will be they run simulations to determine what your reaction will be to any given
stripped of copper and condemned and later bulldozed. They can‘t have any stimulus, and the reaction of others with a similar profile, to determine the
―non-cooperative human subjects‖ fleeing the stinking cesspit cities for the best way to eliminate you.
fresh air of the country, now can they? They will have to render all
repossessed houses unlivable in the ―little or no human activity‖ zones. With extensive satellite and land-based surveillance, smart dust and other
technologies, they will be able to determine where the hold-outs are, and with
Concomitant to the orchestrated mortgage meltdown, there is the Orwellian - the results of their simulations, the best way to mitigate the trouble a hold-out
sounding planned ― credit crunch‖ - meaning that businesses who operated on may cause. This will include massive aerial spraying in order to sicken hold-
the knife-edge and had to use credit to continue operating day-to-day are no outs, ruin crops and kill livestock not already in the hands of Mother
longer able to get the credit they require. No more ships bringing in goods, Government. There will be no mercy, as those who think for themselves and
truckers able to deliver goods, employers able to pay employees. The domino truly value freedom are the most dangerous to their plan.
effect which we have begun to see will enlarge to horrific corporations,
rendering those crappy burger-flipping jobs an enviable situation, except that But do no forget that more people are waking up every day due to the
people won‘t even be able to afford those crappy burgers. Grocery stores run dedicated and dynamic efforts of Patriots everywhere; and there are many,
completely out of stock in three days; without stock being brought to them by many more of us than there are of them. If we redouble our efforts at
trucks, it makes for a desperate situation and desperate people. education (especially of law enforcement and military) and preparation, we
have a real chance at not only slowing down the nefarious New World Order
A dvert is ement plan, but stopping it. Only five per cent of the population fought the British in
the Revolutionary war - the colonists were out-gunned, out-manned and out-
Without jobs, no one can consume, without consumption the entire US spent, but their determination to be free outweighed everything that was
economy collapses. The US government is in the process of defaulting on it‘s thrown at them. What we face is a much greater tyranny and truly diabolical
debts - SmartMoney.com said, ―short -term Treasury yields actually turned people who are bent on the near destruction of the human race.
negative.‖ The US Dollar will have to be demonetized at some point in 2009
which will instantly render all paper currency worldwide totally valueless. This is a hellish, nightmarish scenario, but if one reads the documents the plan
With empty grocery stores and no means of exchange, there will be food riots is laid bare for all to see. Time is very, very short, and those who understand
very quickly. Be assured that power companies, television and cable will still must do everything in their power to educate others and prepare for what is
be working at that time, even though other business will not be. This is coming. If you don‘t take care of yourself, Mother Government will.
important to the plan because everyone will be glued to their ―tee-vee‖
waiting for Mother Government to tell them what is going on and what they
should do. And the New World Order plan will shift into high gear at that Six Reasons Why Obama Appointing Monsanto's Buddy, Former Iowa
point. Governor Vilsack, for USDA Head Would be a Terrible Idea
Six Reasons Why Obama Appointing Monsanto's Buddy, Former Iowa
Local representatives of Mother Government will announce that all hungry, Governor Vilsack, for USDA Head is a Terrible Idea
desperate people should all go quietly and calmly to the nearest school, OCA, November 12, 2008
community center or some other large place and Mother Government will http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_15573.cfm
―help‖ them, feed them and their children. This, of course, will be the pick up
points to transport people to FEMA camps (all 1400 of them) so they can be * Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack's support of genetically engineered
‗taken care of‘ and provided with the things they need. Here is the document pharmaceutical crops, especially pharmaceutical corn:
that says exactly how people will be processed in. Here is the list of Executive http://www.gene.ch/genet/2002/Oct/msg00057.html
Orders allowing the President to nix the Constitut ion, suspend the Congress http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/drugsincorn102302.cfm
and institute Martial Law, separate families, remove entire communities, take
possession of all communication, food sources, water supplies and so on. And * The biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry
woe unto you if you have a skill that would be helpful to Mother Government ! Organization, named Vilsack Governor of the Year. He was also the founder
You can be conscripted, without remuneration and they don‘t have to return and former chair of the Governor's Biotechnology Partnership.
you. How is that for an employer from hell? http://www.bio.org/news/pressreleases/newsitem.asp?id=200...
After most hungry and scared sheeple obey the talking head on the ―tee-vee‖ * When Vilsack created the Iowa Values Fund, his first poster child of
and go willingly to the camps, there will be some who have heeded the advice economic development potential was Trans Ova and their pursuit of cloning
and taken steps necessary to provide emergency food, buy guns and dairy cows.
ammunition and safety gear for themselves and their families. These hold-outs
will be problematic for Mother Government and the New World Order plan. * Vilsack was the origin of the seed pre-emption bill in 2005, which many
Rest assured that as people are processed into the camps and their information people here in Iowa fought because it took away local government's
entered into the IRIS system, it will be checked against the consolidated possibility of ever having a regulation on seeds- where GE would be grown,
databases and the hold-out‘s names will be noted. Remember, once Martial having GE-free buffers, banning pharma corn locally, etc. Representative
Law is declared due to the emergency of dollar demonetization, there is no Sandy Greiner, the Republican sponsor of the bill, bragged on the House Floor
more Constitution, there are no more rights. Hold-outs will be considered that Vilsack put her up to it right after his state of the state address.
enemies of the State.
* Vilsack has a glowing reputation as being a schill for agribusiness biotech
When most Americans are ‘safely‘ within the clutches of FEMA, the squalid giants like Monsanto. Sustainable ag advocated across the country were
conditions, lack of medication, forced vaccinations, and sub-standard, spreading the word of Vilsack's history as he was attempting to appeal to
irradiated and non-nutritive food will cause many deaths, but that‘s fine voters in his presidential bid. An activist from the west coast even made this
because it is further depopulation. More people dead = less slaves to manage. youtube animation about Vilsack
Some will be assigned to work crews to demolish the abandoned and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmoc4Qgcm4s
repossessed houses in the ― no human activity zones,‖ others will be working The airplane in this animation is a referral to the controversy that Vilsack
on the cities for the massive influx of slaves [EO 1104], once the work is done often traveled in Monsanto's jet.
and the controllers are ready to repopulate the cities.
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*Vilsack is an ardent support of corn and soy based biofuels, which use as We are dealing with a long-term process of economic and financial
much or more fossil energy to produce them as they generate, while driving restructuring. In its earlier phase, starting in the 1980s during the Reagan
up world food prices and literally starving the poor. Thatcher era, local and regional level enterprises, family farms and small
businesses were displaced and destroyed. In turn, the merger and acquisition
The Gre at De pression of the 21st Century: Collapse of the Real Economy boom of the 1990s led to the concurrent consolidation of large corporate
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10977 entities both in the real economy as well as in banking and financial services.
by Michel Chossudovsky In recent developments, however, the concentration of bank power has been at
Global Research, November 15, 2008 the expense of big business.
The financial crisis is deepening, with the risk of seriously disrupting the What is distinct in this particular phase of the crisis, is the ability of the
system of international payments. financial giants (through their overriding control over credit) not only to
create havoc in the production of goods and services, but also to undermine
This crisis is far more serious than the Great Depression. All major sectors of and destroy large corporate entities of the real economy.
the global economy are affected. Recent reports suggest that the system of
Letters of Credit as well as international shipping, which constitute the lifeline Bankruptcies are occurring in all major sectors of activity: Manufacturing,
of the international trading system, are potentially in jeopardy. telecoms, consumer retail outlets, shopping malls, airlines, hotels and tourism,
not to mention real estate and the construction industry, victims of the
The proposed bank "bailout" under the so-called Troubled Asset Relief subprime mortgage meltdown.
Program (TARP) is not a "solution" to the crisis but the "cause" of further
collapse. General Motors has confirmed that "it could run out of cash within a few
months, which could prompt one of the biggest bankruptcy filings in U.S.
The "bailout" contributes to a further process of destabilization of the history". (USNews.com, November 11, 2008)) In turn this would backlash on
financial architecture. It transfers large amounts of public money, at taxpayers a string of related industries. Estimates of job losses in the US auto industry
expense, into the hands of private financiers. It leads to a spiraling public debt range from 30,000 to as much as 100,000.(Ibid).
and an unprecedented centralization of banking power. Moreover, the bailout
money is used by the financial giants to secure corporate acquisitions both in
the financial sector and the real economy.
Collapse of General Motors Share Price
In turn, this unprecedented concentration of financial power spearheads entire
sectors of industry and the services economy into bankruptcy, leading to the In the US, consumer retail companies are in difficulty: the share prices of JC
layoff of tens of thousands of workers. Penney and Nordstrom department store chains have collapsed. Circuit City
Stores Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection. The shares of Best Buy, the
The upper spheres of Wall Street overshadow the real economy. The electronics retail chain, have plunged.
accumulation of large amounts of money wealth by a handful of Wall Street
conglomerates and their associated hedge funds is reinvested in the acquisition
of real assets.
The Vodafone Group PLC, the world's biggest mobile phone company not to
Paper wealth is transformed int o the ownership and control of real productive mention InterContinental Hotels PLC are in difficulty, following the collapse
assets, including industry, services, natural resources, infrastructure, etc. of stock values. (AP, Nov 12, 2008). Worldwide, over two dozen airlines have
gone under in 2008, adding to a string of airline bankruptcies in the course of
Collapse of Consumer Demand the last five years. (Aviation and Aerospace News, 30 October 2008).
Denmark's Second commercial airline Stirling has declared bankruptcy. In the
The real economy is in crisis. The resulting increase in unemployment is US, a growing list of real estate companies have already filed for bankruptcy
conducive to a dramatic decline in consumer spending which in turn protection.
backlashes on the levels of production of goods and services.
Exacerbated by neoliberal macro-economic policy, this downward spiral is Vodophone. Collapse of Share Price
cumulative, ultimately leading to an oversupply of commodities.
Business enterprises cannot sell their products, because workers have been
laid off. Consumers, namely working people, have been deprived of the InterContinental Hotels PLC
purchasing power required to fuel economic growth. With their meager
earnings, they cannot afford to acquire the goods produced. In the last two months, there have been numerous plant closures across
America leading to the permanent layoff of tens of thousands of workers.
Overproduction Triggers a String of Bankruptcies These closures have affected several key areas of economic activity including
the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the automobile industry and
Inventories of unsold goods pile up. Eventually, production collapses; the related sectors, the services economy, etc.
supply of commodities declines through the closing down of production
facilities, including manufacturing assembly plants. US factory orders have declined dramatically. Research firm Autodata
reported in October that "sales of cars and light trucks in September had
In the process of plant closure, more workers become unemployed. Thousands declined 27 percent compared with a year earlier."(Washington Post, October
of bankrupt firms are driven off the economic landscape, leading to a slump in 3, 2008)
Mass poverty and a Worldwide decline in living standards is the result of low
wages and mass unemployment. It is the outcome of a preexisting global According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, an additional 240,000 jobs
cheap labor economy, largely characterized by low wage assembly plants in were lost during the month of October alone:
Third World countries.
"Nonfarm payroll employment fell by 240,000 in October, and the
The current crisis extends the geographic contours of the cheap labor unemployment rate rose from 6.1 to 6.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor
economy, leading to the impoverishment of large sectors of the population in Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. October's drop in
the so-called developed countries (including the middle classes). payroll employment followed declines of 127,000 in August and 284,000 in
September, as revised. Employment has fallen by 1.2 million in the first 10
In the US, Canada and Western Europe, the entire industrial sector is months of 2008; over half of the decrease has occurred in the past 3 months.
potentially in jeopardy. In October, job losses continued in manufacturing, construction, and several
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As a result of these developments, which are directly related to the financial
Among the unemployed, the number of persons who lost their job and did not meltdown, the entire ownership structure of real economy assets is in turmoil.
expect to be recalled to work rose by 615,000 to 4.4 million in October. Over
the past 12 months, the size of this group has increased by 1.7 million." Paper wealth accumulated through insider trading and stock market
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, November, 2008) manipulation is used to acquire control over real economic assets, displacing
the preexisting ownership structures.
The official figures do not describe the seriousness of the crisis and its
devastating impact on the labor market, since many of the job losses are not What we are dealing with is an unsavory relationship between the real
reported. economy and the financial sector. The financial conglomerates do not produce
commodities. They essentially make money through the conduct of financial
The situation in the European Union is equally disturbing. A recent British transactions. They use the proceeds of these transactions to take over bona
report points to the potential plight of mass unemployment in North Eastern fide real economy corporations which produce goods and services for
England. In Germany, a report published in October, suggests that 10-15% of household consumption.
all automotive jobs in Germany could be lost.
In a bitter twist, the new owners of industry are the institutional speculators
Job cuts have also been announced at General Motors and Nissan-Renault and financial manipulators. They are becoming the new captains of in dustry,
plants in Spain. Sales of new cars in Spain plummeted by 40 percent in displacing not only the preexisting structures of ownership but also instating
October in relation to sales in the same month last year. their cronies in the seats of corporate management.
No Reform Possible under the Washington-Wall Street Consensus
Workers of Nissan automaker protest in front of the Japanese company's
building in Barcelona (AFP) The November 15 G-20 Financial Summit in Washington upholds the
Washington-Wall Street consensus.
While formally presenting a project to restore financial stability, in practice,
Bankruptcies and Foreclosures: A Money-spinning Operation for the the hegemony of Wall Street remains unscathed. The tendency is towards a
Financial Giants unipolar monetary system dominated by the United States and upheld by US
Among the companies on the verge of bankruptcy are some highly lucrative
and profitable operations. The important question: who takes over the The architects of financial disaster under the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley
ownership of bankrupt giant industrial corporations? Financial Services Modernization Act (FSMA) have been entrusted with the
task of mitigating the crisis, which they themselves created. They are the
Bankruptcies and foreclosures are a money-spinning operation. With the cause of financial collapse.
collapse in stock market values, listed companies experience a major collapse
of the price of their stock, which immediately affects their creditworthiness The G20 Financial Summit doesn't question the legitimacy of the hedge funds
and their ability to borrow and/ or to renegotiate debts ( which are based on and the various instruments of derivative trade. The final Communiqué
the quoted value of their assets). includes an imprecise and blurred commitment "to better regulate hedge funds
and create more transparency in mortgage-related securities in a bid to halt a
The institutional speculators, the hedge funds, et al have cashed in on their global economic slide."
A solution to this crisis can only be brought about through a process of
They trigger the collapse of listed companies through short selling and other "financial disarmament", which forcefully challenges the hegemony of the
speculative operations. They then cash in on their large scale speculative Wall Street financial institutions including their control over monetary policy.
gains. "Financial disarmament" would also require freezing the instruments of
speculative trade, dismantling the hedge funds and democratizing monetary
According to a report in the Financial T imes, there is evidence that the plunge policy. The term "financial disarmament" was initially coined by John
of the US automobile industry was in part the result of manipulation: Maynard Keynes in the 1940s.
"General Motors and Ford lost 31 per cent to $3.01 and 10.9 per cent to $1.80
despite hopes that Washington may save the industry from the brink of Obama Endorses Financial Deregulation
collapse. The fall came after Deutsche Bank set a price target of zero on GM."
(FT , November 14, 2008, emphasis added) Barack Obama has embraced the Washington-Wall Street consensus. In a
bitter twist, former Congressman Jim Leach, a Republican who sponsored the
The financiers are on a shopping-spree. America's Forbes 400 billionaires are 1999 FSMA in the House of Representatives is now advising Obama on
waiting in limbo. formulating a timely solution to the crisis.
Once they have consolidated their position in the banking industry, the
financial giants including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, et al will use Jim Leach
their windfall money gains and bailout money provided under TARP, to
further extend their control over the real economy. Jim Leach, Madeleine Albright and former Treasury Secretary Larry
Summers, who also played a key role in pushing through the FSMA
The next step consists in transforming liquid assets, namely money paper legislation, were in attendance at the November 15 G-20 Financial Summit, as
wealth, into the acquisition of real economy assets. part of President-elect Barack Obama's advisory team:
In this regard, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a major "President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President -elect Joe Biden announced
shareholder of General Motors. More recently, following the collapse in stock that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Republican
values in October and November, Buffett boosted his stake in oil producer Congressman Jim Leach would be available to meet with delegations at the G-
ConocoPhillips, not to mention Eaton Corp, whose price on the NYSE 20 summit on their behalf. Leach and Albright are holding these unofficial
tumbled by 62% in relation to its December 2007 high (Bloomberg). meetings to seek input from visiting delegations on behalf of the president-
elect and vice president-elect. (mlive.com, November 15, 2008)
The target of these acquisitions are the numerous highly productive industrial
and services sector companies, which are on the verge of bankruptcy and/or
whose stock values have collapsed. Federal Reserve sets stage for Weimar-style Hyperinflation
The money managers are picking up the pieces.
by F. William Engdahl
Ownership of the Real Economy Global Research, December 15, 2008
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The Federal Reserve has bluntly refused a request by a major US financial
news service to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency Hence the banks exchange $2 trillion of presumed toxic waste securities
loans from US taxpayers and to reveal the assets the central bank is accepting consisting of Asset-Backed Securities in sub-prime mortgages, stocks and
as collateral. Their lawyers resorted to the bizarre argument that they did so to other high-risk credits in exchange for Federal Reserve cash and US T reasury
protect 't rade secrets.' Is the secret that the US financial system is de facto bonds or other Government securities rated (still) AAA, i.e. risk-free. The
bankrupt? The latest Fed move is further indication of the degree of panic and result is that the Federal Reserve is holding some $2 trillion in largely junk
lack of clear strategy within the highest ranks of the US financial institutions. paper from the financial system. Borrowers include Lehman Brothers,
Unprecedented Federal Reserve expansion of the Monetary Base in recent Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, the US's largest bank by assets. Banks oppose
weeks sets the stage for a future Weimar-style hyperinflation perhaps before any release of information because that might signal 'weakness' and spur
2010. short-selling or a run by depositors.
On November 7 Bloomberg filed suit under the US Freedom of Information Making the situation even more drastic is the banking model used first by US
Act (FOIA) requesting details about the terms of eleven new Federal Reserve banks beginning in the late 1970's for raising deposits, namely the acquiring
lending programs created during the deepening financial crisis. of 'wholesale deposits' by borrowing from other banks on the overnight
interbank market. The collapse in confidence since the Lehman Bros. default
The Fed responded on December 8 claiming it's allowed to withhold internal is so extreme that no bank anywhere, dares trust any other bank enough to
memos as well as information about 't rade secrets' and 'commercial borrow. That leaves only traditional retail deposits from private and corporate
information.' The central bank did confirm that a records search found 231 savings or checking accounts.
pages of documents pertaining to the requests.
To replace wholesale deposits with retail deposits is a process that in the best
The Bernanke Fed in recent weeks has stepped in to take a role that was the of times will take years, not weeks. Understandably, the Federal Reserve does
original purpose of the Treasury's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program not want to discuss this. That is clearly also behind their blunt refusal to reveal
(T ARP). The difference between a Fed bailout of troubled financial the nature of their $2 trillion assets acquired from member banks and other
institutions and a Treasury bailout is that central bank loans do not have the financial institutions. Simply put, were the Fed to reveal to the public
oversight safeguards that Congress imposed upon the T ARP. Perhaps those precisely what 'collateral' they held from the banks, the public would know the
are the 't rade secrets the hapless Fed Chairman,Ben Bernanke, is so jealously potential losses that the government may take.
guarding from the public.
Congress is demanding more transparency from the Federal Reserve and US
Coming hyperinflation? Treasury on its bailout lending. On December 10 in Congressional hearings by
the House Financial Services Committee, Representative David Scott, a
The total of such emergency Fed lending exceeded $2 trillion on Nov. 6. It Georgia Democrat, said Americans had 'been bamboozled,' slang for
had risen by an astonishing 138 percent, or $1.23 trillion, in the 12 weeks defrauded.
since Sept. 14, when central bank governors relaxed collateral standards to
accept securities that weren't rated AAA. They did so knowing that on the Hiccups and Hurricanes
following day a dramatic shock to the financial system would occur because
they, in concert with the Bush Administration, had decided to let it occur. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in
September they would meet congressional demands for transparency in a $700
On September 15 Bernanke, New York Federal Reserve President, Tim billion bailout of the banking system. The Freedom of Information Act obliges
Geithner, the new Obama Treasury Secretary-designate, along with the Bush federal agencies to make government documents available to the press and
Administration, agreed to let the fourth largest investment bank, Lehman public.
Brothers, go bankrupt, defaulting on untold billions worth of derivatives and
other obligations held by investors around the world. That event, as is now In early December the Congress oversight agency, GAO, issued its first
widely accepted, triggered a global systemic financial panic as it was no mandated review of the lending of the US Treasury's $700 billion TARP
longer clear to anyone what standards the US Government was using to decide program (Troubled Asset Relief Program). The review noted that in 30 days
which institutions were 'too big to fail' and which not. Since then the US since the program began, Henry Paulson's office had handed out $150 billion
Treasury Secretary has reversed his policies on bank bailouts repeatedly of taxpayer money to financial institutions with no effective accountability of
leading many to believe Henry Paulson and the Washington Administration how the money is being used. It seems Henry Paulson's Treasury has indeed
along with the Fed have lost control. thrown a giant 't arp' over the entire taxpayer bailout.
In response to the deepening crisis, the Bernanke Fed has decided to expand Further adding to the troubles in the world's former financial Mecca, the US
what is technically called the Monetary Base, defined as total bank reserves Congress, acting on largely ideological grounds, shocked the financial system
plus cash in circulation, the basis for potential further high-powered bank when it refused to give even a meager $14 billion emergency loan to the Big
lending into the economy. Since the Lehman Bros. default, this money Three automakers-General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.
expansion rose dramatically by end October at a year-year rate of growth of
38%, has been without precedent in the 95 year history of the Federal Reserve While it is likely that the T reasury will extend emergency credit to the
since its creation in 1913. The previous high growth rate, according to US companies until January 20 or until the newly elected Congress can consider a
Federal Reserve data, was 28% in September 1939, as the US was building up new plan, the prospect of a chain-reaction bankruptcy collapse of the three
industry for the evolving war in Europe. giant companies is very near. What is being left out of the debate is that those
three companies account for a combined 25% of all US corporate bonds
By the first week of December, that expansion of the monetary base had outstanding. They are held by private pension funds, mutual funds, banks and
jumped to a staggering 76% rate in just 3 months. It has gone from $836 others. If the auto parts suppliers of the Big Three are included, an estimated
billion in December 2007 when the crisis appeared contained, to $1,479 $1 trillion of corporate bonds are now at risk of chain-reaction default. Such a
billion in December 2008, an explosion of 76% year-on-year. Moreover, until bankruptcy failure could trigger a financial catastrophe which would make
September 2008, the month of the Lehman Brothers collapse, the Federal what has happened since Lehman Bros. appear as a mere hiccup in a
Reserve had held the expansion of the Monetary Base virtually flat. The 76% hurricane.
expansion has almost entirely taken place within the past three months, which
implies an annualized expansion rate of more than 300%. As well, the Federal Reserve's panic actions since September, by their
explosive expansion of the monetary base, has set the stage for a Zimbabwe-
Despite this, banks do not lend further, meaning the US economy is in a style hyperinflation. The new money is not being 'sterilized' by offsetting
depression free-fall of a scale not seen since the 1930's. Banks do not lend in actions by the Fed, a highly unusual move indicating their desperation. Prior
large part because under Basle BIS lending rules, they must set aside 8% of to September the Fed's infusions of money were sterilized, making the
their capital against the value of any new commercial loans. Yet the banks potential inflation effect 'n eutral.'
have no idea how much of the mortgage and other troubled securities they
own are likely to default in the coming months, forcing them to raise huge Defining a Very Great Depression
new sums of capital to remain solvent. It's far 'safer' as they reason to pass on
their toxic waste assets to the Fed in return for earning interest on the acquired That means once banks begin finally to lend again, perhaps in a year or so,
Treasury paper they now hold. Bank lending is risky in a depression. that will flood the US economy with liquidity in the midst of a deflationary
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depression. At that point or perhaps well before, the dollar will collapse as the process it might be time for Congress to consider retaking the Federal
foreign holders of US T reasury bonds and other assets run. That will not be Reserve into the Federal Government as the Constitution originally specified,
pleasant as the result would be a sharp appreciation in the Euro and a crippling and make the entire process easier for all. If this sounds extreme, perhaps
effect on exports in Germany and elsewhere should the nations of the EU and revisit this article in six months again.
other non-dollar countries such as Russia, OPEC members and, above all,
China not have arranged a new zone of stabilization apart from the dollar. F. William Engdahl is author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil
Politics and the New World Order (Pluto Press) and Seeds of Destruction: The
The world faces the greatest financial and economic challenges in history in Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation (www.globalresearch.ca). His
coming months. The incoming Obama Administration faces a choice of newest book, Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New
literally nationalizing the credit system to insure a flow of credit to the real World Order (Third Millennium Press) is due out early in 2009.
economy over the next 5 to 10 years, or face an economic Armageddon that
will make the 1930's appear a mild recession by comparison.
Study: 1 in 4 IT Jobs to Be Offshore by 2010
Leaving aside what appears to have been blatant political manipulation by the http://blogs.cioinsight.com/biztech30/content/globalization/study_1_in_4_it_j
present US Administration of key economic data prior to the November obs_to_be_offshore_by_2010.html?kc=CIOMINUTE12172008CIO1
election in a vain attempt to downplay the scale of the economic crisis in
progress, the figures are unprecedented. For the week ended December 6 Plenty of companies have reasonable qualms about their offshore outsourcing
initial jobless claims rose to the highest level since November 1982. More initiatives, but make no mistake: offshoring is alive and well.
than four million workers remained on unemployment, also the most since
1982 and in November US companies cut jobs at the fastest rate in 34 years. In two years, 25 percent of all IT jobs will be located outside the U.S. That's
Some 1,900,000 US jobs have vanished so far in 2008. one of the more compelling findings in the Hackett Group's new (and not
publicly available) study.
As a matter of relevance, 1982, for those with long memories, was the depth
of what was then called the Volcker Recession. Paul Volcker, a Chase A total of more than 350,000 jobs in finance, HR, information technology and
Manhattan appendage of the Rockefeller family, had been brought down from procurement will be farmed out overseas over the next two years, according to
New York to apply his interest rate 'shock therapy' to the US economy in the study. About half will come in IT .
order as he put it, 'to squeeze inflation out of the economy.' He squeezed far
more as the economy went into severe recession, and his high interest rate And businesses are seeing substantial benefits. Hackett says that by 2010, a
policy detonated what came to be called the Third World Debt Crisis. The typical Global 1000 firm will see annual general/administrative cost savings
same Paul Volcker has just been named by Barack Obama as chairman- of more than $28 million, thanks to globalization.
designate of the newly formed President's Economic Recovery Advisory
Board, hardly grounds for cheer. But the economy still stinks, and those job cuts everyone feared are in the
works. Hackett says almost one-third of companies polled say they'v e enacted
The present economic collapse across the United States is driven by the a combination of hiring freezes and cutbacks in IT, the most-hard hit area
collapse of the $3 trillion market for high-risk sub-prime and Alt-A home overall.
mortgages. Fed Chairman Bernanke is on record stating that the worst should
be over by end of December. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as he China on the verge of unemployment explosion
well knows. The same Bernanke stated in October 2005 that there was 'n o By John Chan 15 December 2008
housing bubble to go bust.' So much for the predictive quality of that www.wsws.org/articles/2008/dec2008/chin-d15.shtml
Princeton economist. The widely-used S&P Schiller-Case US National Home
Price Index showed a 17% year-year drop in the third Quarter, trend rising. By Four years ago, the former World Bank President James Wolfensohn warned
some estimates it will take another five to seven years to see US home prices Chinese leaders that they had to address the widening social gulf between rich
reach bottom. In 2009 as interest rate resets on some $1 trillion worth of Alt-A and poor. "That way," he said, "unlike the French [aristocrats], you will not be
US home mortgages begin to kick in, the rate of home abandonments and taken to the guillotine on July 14." The idea that the French Revolution could
foreclosures will explode. Little in any of the so-called mortgage amelioration occur in contemporary China may have seemed farfetched at the time when
programs offered to date reach the vast majority affected. That process in turn the economy was experiencing an unprecedented boom—expanding at more
will accelerate as millions of Americans lose their jobs in the coming months. than 10 percent each year.
John Williams of the widely-respected Shadow Government Statistics report, Wolfensohn's warning can no longer be considered an exaggeration. After 30
recently published a definition of Depression, a term that was deliberately years as a giant cheap labour platform for the world's major corporations,
dropped after World War II from the economic lexicon as an event not China cannot avoid being dragged into the greatest financial crisis since the
repeatable. Since then all downturns have been termed 'r ecessions.' Williams 1930s. With the economy slowing rapidly, unemployment is set to skyrocket
explained to me that some years ago he went to great lengths interviewing the and social discontent will explode.
respective US economic authorities at the Commerce Department's Bureau of
Economic Analysis and at the National Bureau of Economic Research Zhou T ianyong, a researcher at the Central Party School in Beijing, warned of
(NBER), as well as numerous private sector economists, to come up with a the consequences of growing job losses in an article in the official China
more precise definition of 'recession,' 'depression' and 'great depression.' His is Economic Times on December 4: "The redistribution of wealth through theft
pretty much the only attempt to give a more precise definition to these terms. and robbery could dramatically increase and menaces to social stability will
grow. This is extremely likely to create a reaction of mass-scale social
What he came up with was first the official NBER definition of recession: turmoil".
T wo or more consecutive quarters of contracting real GDP, or measures of
payroll employment and industrial production. A depression is a recession in Significantly, Zhou dismissed the current official urban unemployment rate of
which the peak-to-bottom growth contraction is greater than 10% of the GDP. 4 percent, insisting the real figure was 12 percent this year and would rise to
A Great Depression is one in which the peak-to-bottom contraction, according 14 percent in 2009. These forecasts, he said, were conservative, based on
to Williams, exceeds 25% of GDP. evidence that one third of small and medium firms have gone bankrupt and
that large enterprises are cutting costs by displacing workers with machinery.
In the period from August 1929 until he left office President Herbert Hoover
oversaw a 43-month long contraction of the US economy of 33%. Barack Zhou estimated that in China's labour intensive economy, every 1 percent fall
Obama looks set to break that record, to preside over what historians could in growth translated into the loss of 8 million jobs. GDP growth rate in the last
likely call the Very Great Depression of 2008-2014, unless he finds a new cast third quarter was 9 percent, down from 11.9 percent last year. That is
of financial advisers before Inauguration Day, January 20. Required are not equivalent to the loss of 24 million jobs.
recycled New York Fed presidents, Paul Volckers or Larry Summers types.
Needed is a radically new strategy to put virtually the entire United States Zhou estimated that the decline of exports alone would cost about 12-20
economy into some form of an emergency 'Chapter 11' bankruptcy million jobs. He pointed out that global demand for Chinese goods was
reorganization where banks take write-offs of up to 90% on their toxic assets, unlikely to increase for a protracted period. He warned that the US could be
that, in order to save the real economy for the American population and the entering a decade-long slump and that Europe and Japan were unlikely to
rest of the world. Paper money can be shredded easily. Not human lives. In recover before America.
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Michael Pettis, a finance professor of Peking University, recently told the
Economic growth in China is widely predicted to fall below 8 percent in 2009. NPR web site that there were only two ways out of China's economic crisis:
While the figure appears high in comparison with many economies, many "One way is the way it happened to America in the 1930s, where basically
analysts regard it as the minimum necessary to absorb the millions entering American overproduction collapsed. We could have that in China—China
the workforce every year. The demand for labour was declining even before overproduction could collapse. China may try to protect it, by exporting more,
the current crisis. State enterprises have been slashing about 3 million jobs but my fear is that that creates a trade war, in which case it will have to come
every year and workers are being displaced by machines as labour costs rise. back to China." Pettis pointed out US attempts to export its oversupply to
Europe in the 1930s led to escalating trade conflicts and ultimately to World
"In terms of urban labour supply from the rural areas, there are more than 3 War II.
million rural graduates looking for a job in the cities, 3 million landless
peasants moving into the urban areas and 4 million farmers looking to make a The CCP, which is terrified that a collapse of production will have
living in towns as they earn too little from growing grain, making a total of 10 revolutionary consequences, is desperately seeking to boost exports by
million. Within the cities, new workers and those needing reemployment due undercutting its economic rivals. The problem is India, Vietnam and other
to corporate bankruptcies, mergers and restructuring, and past redundancies Asian countries are doing exactly the same, pitting their "own" workers
add up to at least 12 million. Added together, the two figures mean that 22 against their class brothers and sisters in other countries. The only solution for
million urban jobs need to be created every year," Zhou wrote. workers in China, Asia and internationally is to reject all forms of nationalism
and unite on a genuine socialist perspective against the predatory activities of
China's underdeveloped service sector cannot absorb the unemployed. Only transnational capital and all of its political defenders, including the regime in
32.4 percent of the workforce is employed in service industries—15-20 Beijing.
percent below the global average, due to the country's vast rural population
and low income levels. China's dependency on manufacturing means that IMF Chief Warns Of Riots In Response To Economic Crisis
without exports, the country faces falling prices, swelling inventories and http://www.prisonplanet.com/imf-chief-warns-of-riots-in-response-to-
rising factory closures. economic-crisis.html
Nor can Beijing's stimulus package solve this crisis of overproduction. With Strauss-Kahn says advanced countries would see violent civil unrest if elite
measures now totalling 18 t rillion yuan ($US2.6 trillion), it is not clear how continue to exploit financial chaos for their own ends
the government is going to foot the bill. Given that 80 percent of the stimulus
package has been allocated to infrastructure projects, some analysts, including Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Zhou, fear any boost to employment will end as soon as construction is
finished. The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that advanced
nations will be hit by violent civil unrest if the elite continue to restructure the
Pointing to the looming social crisis in the countryside, Zhou estimated that economy around their own interests while looting the taxpayer.
80 percent of rural incomes are dependent on remittances from workers who
have migrated to urban centres. Faltering exports and construction industries During a speech in Madrid, Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that ― social unrest
could eliminate the jobs of 15-30 million migrant workers, cutting rural may happen in many countries - including advanced economies‖ if
consumption by 900 billion-1,800 billion yuan. Rising unemployment among governments failed to adequately respond to the financial crisis.
urban workers could cut urban consumption by 800 billion-1,200 billion yuan.
Falling domestic consumption will only compound the economic slowdown. ―He added that violent protests could break out in countries worldwide if the
financial system was not restructured to benefit everyone rather than a small
Zhou warned of looming social unrest among young migrant workers. An elite,‖ reports the Guardian.
estimated 30 million will return to the cities after their annual visit home in
the Chinese New Year in late January. But many will find they no longer have Strauss-Kahn‘s comments echo those of others who have cautioned that civil
work. Unwilling to return to an impoverished rural life, they will congregate unrest could arise, specifically in the U.S., as a result of the wholesale looting
in transport corridors like rail and bus stations in major cities and become a of the taxpayer and the devaluation of the dollar.
significant source of discontent.
Widely respected trends forecaster Gerald Celente recently told Fox News that
Protests are rarely reported in China, but tens of thousands of "mass by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a
incidents"—demonstrations, strikes and riots—take place every year. The last revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job
official figure was 87,000 in 2005, up from 58,000 in 2003. marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.
With widespread lay-offs and rising unemployment, the current figure is Back in October, Senator Chris Dodd said that revolution would unfold if
likely to be far higher. Isolated cases of angry sacked workers and protests by banks refused to lend money.
taxi drivers reported in the Chinese and international press give a glimpse of
widespread anger. ―If it turns out that they are hoarding, you‘ll have a revolution on your hands.
People will be so livid and furious that their tax money is going to line their
One significant incident took place on December 2. Hundreds of traffic police pockets instead of doing the right thing. There will be hell to pay,‖ Dodd told
in Leiyang city in Hunan Province smashed the local Chinese Communist the New York T imes.
Party (CCP) premises in a demonstration over low pay. It is the first time
since the 1970s that any police have been involved in protests, indicating the Last month, leading economist Nouriel Roubini said that food riots would be
extent of social discontent. the ultimate consequence of the Federal Reserve and the Treasury‘s current
The CCP, which has rested on police state methods ever since coming to
power in 1949, has always been fearful of any movement of the working Riots and demonstrations have gripped normally sedate Iceland following a
class. In the last great upheaval—the protest movement in 1989—the regime financial catastrophe that has wiped out half of the krona‘s value and put one
sent the tanks into T iananmen Square precisely when workers voicing their third of the population at risk of losing their homes and life savings.
own social demands began to join students calling for democratic rights.
According to recent estimates, about 100 million people, mainly urban Expectations of violent civil unrest have not gone unnoticed by the U.S. Army
workers, throughout China were involved in those protests. War College‘s Strategic Institute, who recently issued a report warning that
the United States may experience massive civil unrest in the wake of a series
The working class is now far larger and economically more powerful than 20 of crises which it terms ―strategic shock.‖
years ago. China's overall urban population has doubled from 295 million in
1989 to 600 million. Any opposition by workers would find a response among The consequence? The necessity to use ―military force against hostile groups
students, peasants and even soldiers. A Chinese Academy of Social Sciences inside the United States,‖ according to the report.
study estimated that one million college graduates would not find a job this
year. Demobilised troops, numbering several hundred thousand every year, Tens of thousands of active duty military personnel returning from
are also regarded as among the most vulnerable to rising unemployment. Afghanistan and Iraq are set to conduct ―homeland patrols‖ inside the U.S.
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and their duties will include tackling ―civil unrest and crowd control,‖
according to a Northcom announcement earlier this year. In a September 8 Army Times article, Northcom announced that the first wave
of the troop deployment, which was put in place on October 1st at Fort
Army 'Strategic Shock' Re port Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell Stewart and at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, would be aimed
U.S. Civil Unrest at tackling ―civil unrest and crowd control‖.
After a controversy arose surrounding the admissions made in the Army
"Purposeful domestic resistance" would require military to "rapidly determine Times article, Northcom retracted the claim but conceded that both lethal and
the parameters defining the legitimate use of military force inside the United non-lethal weaponry traditionally used in crowd control and riot situations
States." would still be used in the field.
Steve Watson & Paul Watson Infowars.net T uesday, Dec 16, 2008 The increasing militarization of America is part of a long term agenda to
abolish Constitutional rule and establish a "military form of government,"
following a large scale terror attack or similar disaster, as Tommy Franks, the
A recent report produced by the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Institute former commander of the military‘s Central Command, alluded to in a
warns that the United States may experience massive civil unrest in the wake November 2003 Cigar Aficionado piece.
of a series of crises which it has termed "strategic shock."
Franks outlined the scenario by which martial law would be put in place,
The report, titled Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in saying, ―It means the potential of a weapon of mass destruction and a terrorist,
Defense Strategy Development, also suggests that the military may have to be massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world – it may
used to quell domestic disorder. be in the United States of America – that causes our population to question
our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a
"Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins
establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order to unravel the fabric of our Constitution. T wo steps, very, very important.‖
and human security," the report, authored by [Ret.] Lt. Col. Nathan Freir,
reads. In the short term, the domestic deployment of troops is likely aimed at
combating likely civil unrest that will ensue after a complete economic
"Deliberate employment of weapons of mass destruction or other catastrophic collapse followed by a devastating period of hyperinflation.
capabilities, unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and
legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public This warning was again echoed a few days ago in a leaked internal memo
health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters are all paths from Citibank.
to disruptive domestic shock." it continues.
"The world is not going back to normal after the magnitude of what they have
"An American government and defense establishment lulled into complacency done. When the dust settles this will either work, and the money they have
by a long-secure domestic order would be forced to rapidly divest some or pushed into the system will feed through into an inflation shock," wrote Tom
most external security commitments in order to address rapidly expanding Fitzpatrick, Citibank‘s chief technical strategist.
human insecurity at home..."
The memo predicts "depression, civil disorder and possibly wars" as a fallout
"Already predisposed to defer to the primacy of civilian authorities in from an economic collapse that many say is on the horizon.
instances of domestic security and divest all but the most extreme demands in
areas like civil support and consequence management, DoD might be forced Naturally, the claim that such troop deployments are merely to aid in disaster
by circumstances to put its broad resources at the disposal of civil authorities relief efforts is a thin veil aimed at distracting from the real goal. Should a real
to contain and reverse violent threats to domestic tranquility. Under the most tragedy occur, volunteers and already existing civil aid organizations are fully
extreme circumstances, this might include use of military force against hostile capable of dealing with such events, as we witnessed on 9/11.
groups inside the United States." Lt. Col. Freir concludes.
The military are primarily trained to kill people and break things, and their
See Pages 31-32 (PDF) for quoted sections. role during the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts was mainly focused on
detaining people in sports stadiums, shooting alleged looters and seizing guns
Freir is a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for from wealthy home owners in the high and dry areas, while real recovery
Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He joined the think tank in April measures were left to volunteers and local state authorities.
2008 after retiring from the U.S. Army after 20 years as a lieutenant colonel.
In his role at CSIS he rubs shoulders with a whole host of globalist luminaries The open admission that U.S. troops will be involved in law enforcement
including Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft and operations as well as potentially using non-lethal weapons against American
Richard Armitage. citizens is a complete violation of the Posse Comitatus Act and the
Insurrection Act, which substantially limit the powers of the federal
Echoing recent comments made by Pentagon advisors, along with other government to use the military for law enforcement unless under precise and
notable figures such as Colin Powell and Joe Biden, Freir also warns that the extreme circumstances.
incoming Obama administration should prepare for a "first term crisis" that
could act as a catalyst for such unrest. Section 1385 of the Posse Comitatus Act states, "Whoever, except in cases
and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of
"The current administration confronted a game-changing 'strategic shock' Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse
inside its first eight months in office," the report reads. "The next comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or
administration would be well-advised to expect the same during the course of imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
its first term. Indeed, the odds are very high against any of the challenges
routinely at the top of the traditional defense agenda triggering the next Under the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Bush
watershed inside DoD [Department of Defense]." on October 17, 2006, the law was changed to state, "The President may
employ the armed forces to restore public order in any State of the United
We have recently highlighted plans to station thousands more U.S. troops States the President determines hinders the execution of laws or deprives
inside America for purposes of ―domestic security‖ from September 2011, an people of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution
expansion of Northcom‘s militarization of the country in preparation for and secured by law or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the
potential civil unrest following a total economic collapse or a mass terror United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws."
However, these changes were repealed in their entirety by HR 4986: National
―The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, reverting back to the original
States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear state of the Insurrection Act of 1807. Despite this repeal, President Bush
terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon attached a signing statement saying that he did not feel bound by the repeal. It
officials,‖ reported the Washington Post last month.
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remains to be seen whether President elect Obama will reverse Bush's signing that the plan could cost more than $700 billion over two years, increasing a
statement. federal budget deficit that is approaching $1 trillion.
The original text of the Insurrection Act severely limits the power of the The poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans support new federal
President to deploy troops within the United States. spending to stimulate the economy, and majorities of both Democrats and
Republicans back the idea. Concern about deficit spending, however, mutes
For troops to be deployed, a condition has to exist that, "(1) So hinders the enthusiasm for the stimulus plan. When respondents were asked whether they
execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States within the State, would back the plan if it increased the deficit, support dropped to 47 percent.
that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, Overall, nearly nine in 10 said they are worried about the size of the federal
or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the budget deficit, including nearly half who are "very concerned."
constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that
right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or (2) opposes or
obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course Most, 55 percent, said Obama is off to a good start in dealing with the
of justice under those laws. In any situation covered by clause (1), the State economy, which the vast majority of Americans call the No. 1 issue
shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by confronting the country. Ten percent said Obama is on the wrong track in
the Constitution." terms of his economic vision. Nearly half expect Obama will be able to
improve the economy "a great deal" or a "good amount."
Is the incoming Obama administration and Northcom waiting for such a
scenario to unfold, an event that completely overwhelms state authorities, But the overall federal response to the economic situation gets low marks:
before unleashing the might of the U.S. Army against the American people? T wenty-four percent approve of the way President Bush is handling the
economy, and a similarly paltry 23 percent approve of the broader federal
[Ret.] Lt. Col. Freir's Known Unknowns report addresses this specifically, response to the crisis.
Democrats, Republicans and independents alike are highly critical of the
"A whole host of long-standing defense conventions would be severely tested. federal action to address the crisis -- among each group, more than seven in 10
Under these conditions and at their most violent extreme, civilian authorities, disapprove. In part, the criticisms stem from skepticism that the government
on advice of the defense establishment, would need to rapidly determine the has put in place adequate controls to avoid waste and fraud in the use of
parameters defining the legitimate use of military force inside the United federal money in the economic recovery effort. Only 30 percent are confident
States. Further still, the whole concept of conflict termination and/or transition that proper regulations were enacted.
to the primacy of civilian security institutions would be uncharted ground.
DoD is already challenged by stabilization abroad. Imagine the challenges Overall, 82 percent said the country is headed pretty seriously off on the
associated with doing so on a massive scale at home." wrong track, and 54 percent call the nation's financial predicament a "crisis."
The deployment of National Guard troops to aid law enforcement or for The number of those who said they have been hurt financially by the
disaster relief purposes is legal under the authority of the governor of a state, recession, 63 percent, is higher than the 53 percent who said they felt the pain
but using active duty U.S. Army in law enforcement operations inside of the 1991 recession. The stock market has added to the financial anxiety:
America absent the conditions described in the Insurrection Act is completely More than half said their families have suffered because of the recent sharp
illegal. drop on Wall Street, and nearly half lack confidence that they will have
sufficient assets to last through retirement.
The political left and right need to join forces and denounce this plan for what
it is - another unconstitutional step towards the incremental implementation of More than half worry about being able to afford medical care for a sick family
martial law and the militarization of America. member, and nearly four in 10 are concerned about making house payments
and heating their homes this winter.
Ne w Poll Shows 63% Are Already Hurt by Downturn
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- The unease is most palpable among those with annual family incomes less
dyn/content/article/2008/12/16/AR2008121602696.html?hpid=topnews&sid= than $50,000. They are twice as likely as those with higher incomes to be
ST 200 "very concerned" about maintaining their lifestyles and are much more apt to
be anxious about health care and housing. Across the board, women are more
Washington Post Staff Writers Wednesday, December 17, 2008; Page A07 apt than men to express concern in these areas.
The deepening recession has eroded the financial standing and optimism of a The poll found that 10 percent of homeowners and 29 percent of renters said
broad swath of Americans, nearly two-thirds of whom say that they have been they have fallen behind on their mortgage and rent payments at some point in
hurt by the downturn and that the country has slipped into long-term economic the past year.
More than two in 10 of those with jobs said they think it is likely they will
A new Washington Post -ABC News poll also found that a rapidly increasing lose their position over the next year, higher than at any point in polls dating
share of Americans -- 66 percent, up from just over half a year ago -- are to 1975.
worried about maintaining their standard of living. Nearly two in 10 said they
or someone living in their household had lost a job in the past few months, The widespread financial anxiety will be felt across the holidays: Fifty-seven
and more than a quarter said they had their pay or hours reduced. And 15 percent said they will spend less on Christmas shopping for family and friends
percent said that at some point in the past year they fell behind on their rent or this year than last. That is the most saying they plan to rein in shopping in
mortgage. polls going back to 1985.
The poll captures the widening fallout from the faltering economy that The poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 11-14 among a random national
policymakers are struggling to contain. The Federal Reserve yesterday cut its sample of 1,003 adults interviewed on conventional residential telephones or
target for the federal funds rate to a range of zero to 0.25 percent, the lowest cellphones. Results from the full poll have a margin of sampling error of plus
on record. or minus three percentage points. Error margins for subgroups are larger.
"They're getting to be about as low as they can go," President -elect Barack Polling analyst Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.
Obama said at a news conference yesterday before meeting with members of
his economic team. "And although the Fed is still going to have more tools
available to it, it is critical that the other branches of government step up. And
that's why the economic recovery plan is so absolutely critical."
Obama has pledged to enact a massive economic stimulus plan initiating
publicly funded construction on a scale not seen since work on the interstate
highway system began half a century ago. In all, economists have estimated
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