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 Vol. 3, No. 2                                         February 2009                                                   A FIERCELY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER                                                                                                  Washington, D.C.




                                                                                                                                                    America Inaugurates
                                                                                                                                                    First Black President
                                                                                                                                               BY MICHAEL SAUL / DAILY NEWS                         swearing-in,” Emmett Beliveau, executive             the differences of race and religion, faith and
                                                                                                                                               Barack Obama will take the oath of office            director of the presidential inaugural committee,    station, we are one people.”
                                                                                                                                               using the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln was        said in a statement.                                     The theme for Obama’s inaugural ceremony;
                                                                                                                                               sworn in on at his first inauguration, marking          Obama launched his presidential campaign          “A New Birth of Freedom” is taken from
                                                                                                                                               the President-elect’s latest symbolic gesture        in February 2007 at the Historic Old State           Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
                                                                                                                                               to follow in the foot steps of the nation’s 16th     Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, where         Earlier this year, when asked which book,
                                                                                                                                               president.                                           Lincoln gave a famous speech condemning              aside from The Bible, he would find essential
                                                                                                                                                   Obama, who will become the first African-        slavery.                                             in the Oval Office, Obama said, Team of Rivals,
                                                                                                                                               American president when he is sworn in January          During the speech, Obama said that “divided       Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 bestseller about
                                                                                                                                               20, will be the first president to use the Lincoln   we are bound to fail. But the life of a tall,        how Lincoln surrounded himself with advisers
                                                                                                                                               Bible since its initial use in 1861.                 gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us        who coveted the president’s job.
                                                                                                                                                   “President-elect Obama is deeply honored         that a different future is possible. He tells us         For the inauguration, Obama plans to take
                                                                                                                                               that the Library of Congress has made the            that there is power in words. He tells us that       a train trip from Philadelphia to Washington,
                                                                                                                                               Lincoln Bible available for use during his           there is power in conviction, that beneath all       evoking Lincoln’s inaugural trek.



                                                                                                                                                   The Wall Street Ponzi Scheme Called
        The Eternal Struggle                                                                                                                           Fractional Reserve Banking
                                                                                                                                               BY ELLEN BROWN                                       coming in from new recruits. The scheme works        1920s by promising them a 400 percent return
         What Happened on the Way to the Inauguration?                                                                                         Bernie Madoff showed us how it was done: you
                                                                                                                                               induce many investors to invest their money,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    until the market turns and many players want
                                                                                                                                                                                                    their money back at once. Then it’s game over:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on redeemed postal reply coupons. When he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         finally could not pay, the scam earned him ten
                                                                                                                                               promising steady above-market returns; and           you have to admit that you don’t have the funds,     years in jail; and Bernie Madoff is likely to wind
BY TIMOTHY G. HERMACH / COUNTERPUNCH                                                     Emmanuel as his chief of staff. His pick to
                                                                                                                                               you deliver – at least on paper. When your           and you are probably looking at jail time.           up there as well.
The transition to a new administration held the                                          head the Department of the Interior is a big oil
                                                                                                                                               clients check their accounts, they see that             A Ponzi scheme is a form of pyramid                  Most people are not involved in illegal
promise of a change in leadership and direction                                          and coal proponent and his Agriculture pick is
                                                                                                                                               their investments have indeed increased by the       scheme in which earlier investors are paid with      Ponzi schemes, but we do keep our money in
for our foundering economy and deeply                                                    a supporter of GMO’s and the fantasy of corn
                                                                                                                                               promised amount. Anyone who opts to pull out         the money of later investors rather than from        accounts that are tallied on computer screens
stupefied and polarized population. Running                                              ethanol. This is not change; this is the status quo
                                                                                                                                               of the game is paid promptly and in full. You        real profits. The perpetuation of the scheme         rather than in stacks of coins or paper bills.
on a platform of hope and change, Barack                                                 on steroids.
                                                                                                                                               can afford to pay because most players stay          requires an ever-increasing flow of money            How do we know that when we demand our
Obama promised a new direction for America.                                                 During the campaign, the dogmatic
                                                                                                                                               in, and new players are constantly coming in         from investors in order to keep it going. Charles    money from our bank or broker that the funds
Now, the change we were counting on seems a                                              Democrats and the liberal folks hoping and
                                                                                                                                               to replace those who drop out. The players           Ponzi was an engaging Boston ex-convict who          will be there? The fact that banks are subject
remote possibility at best, and at worst, a nasty                                        praying for change continually espoused the line
                                                                                                                                               who drop out are simply paid with the money          defrauded investors out of $6 million in the         to “runs” (recall Northern Rock, Indymac
deception that was foisted on a public starved                                           “we have to get him elected, then we will hold his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        see PONZI p.7


                                                                                                                                                                     Republican IT Expert Dies in
for a chance to create the lives we as Americans                                         feet to the fire.” A huge groundswell of folk put
have been led to believe were available to us.                                           their hearts and souls into what became a unique
   President-elect Obama has chosen a cabinet,                                           and unstoppable campaign. Unprecedented
most from President Clinton’s right-of-center                                            fundraising and internet organizing combined


                                                                                                                                                                       Suspicious Plane Crash
team. Many of these Clinton retreads have                                                with the collapse of the economy carried Barack
even drifted farther into the pockets of Wall                                            Obama to victory in an electoral landslide. Now
Street since their time in the White House.                                              Obama’s blueprint is coming into focus and all
He has traded former Chevron board member                                                those who were so sure that change was at hand
Condi Rice for current Chevron Board member                                              should be screaming bloody murder.                    RAWSTORY — A top level Republican                    crashed about three miles short of the runway,”      presidential returns as they came in.
Jim Jones. He has chosen financial sector                                                   “I see in the near future a crisis approaching     Information Technology consultant who was            reports the Akron Beacon Journal.                       Connell is a long-time GOP operative, whose
power player and former Clinton staffer Rahm                                             that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for         set to testify in a case alleging GOP election          Connell’s exploits as a top GOP IT ‘guru’         New Media Communications provided web
                                                                                                    see STRUGGLE p.2                           tampering in Ohio died in a plane crash late         have been well documented by RAW STORY’s             services for the Bush-Cheney 04 Campaign,



     The Difficulty of Being
                                                                                                                                               Friday, December 19, 2008.                           investigative team.                                  the US Chamber of Commerce, the Republican
                                                                                                                                                  Michael Connell, founder of Ohio-based               The interest in Mike Connell stems from           National Committee and many Republican
                                                                                                                                               New Media Communications, which created              his association with a firm called GovTech,          candidates. This in itself might have raised
                                                                                                                                               campaign Web sites for George W. Bush and            which he had spun off from his own New               questions about his involvement in creating



     an Informed American
                                                                                                                                               John McCain, died instantly after his single-        Media Communications under his wife                  Ohio’s official state election website.
                                                                                                                                               prop, private aircraft smashed into a vacant         Heather Connell’s name. GovTech was hired               However, the alternative media group
                                                                                                                                               home in suburban Lake Township, Ohio.                by Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell         ePlubibus Media further discovered in
                                                                                                                                                  “The plane was attempting to land around          to set up an official election website at            November 2006 that election.sos.state.oh.us
                                                                                                                                               6pm Friday at Akron-Canton Airport when it           election.sos.state.oh.us to present the 2004                     see CONNELL p.8
BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS                                                                    from the US government and the Israel


                                                                                                                                                             Top Scientists Ask Journal Science To
The American print and TV media has never                                                Lobby.
been very good. These days it is horrible. If a                                             It was neoconservative Bush regime
person intends to be informed, he must turn to                                           propaganda fed to America through Judith


                                                                                                                                                                Retract Original AIDS Papers
foreign news broadcasts, to Internet sites, to                                           Miller and The New York Times and through
foreign newspapers available on the Internet,                                            Murdoch’s Fox “News” that convinced
or to alternative newspapers that are springing                                          Americans that they were in danger from a
up in various cities. A person who sits in front                                         small secular Arab country half way around the
of Murdoch’s Fox “News” or CNN or who                                                    globe called Iraq. It was the American media
reads The New York Times is simply being                                                                                                       BY SHEILA CASEY / RCFP                               A Congressional Subcommittee on Oversight            while Gallo was in Europe, but Gallo made
                                                                                         that convinced Americans that getting rid of                                                               and Investigations produced a staff report on        handwritten changes to the manuscripts upon
brainwashed with propaganda.                                                                                                                   Thirty-seven doctors, senior researchers and
                                                                                         dangerous “weapons of mass destruction,”                                                                   the papers which contains scathing criticisms        his return. Popovic wrote: “Despite intensive
                                                                                                                                               attorneys have asked the journal Science to
   Before conservatives nod their heads in                                               weapons that did not exist in Iraq, would be a
                                                                                                                                               retract four articles published in 1984 that         of their integrity.                                  research efforts, the causative agent of AIDS
agreement, I’m not referring to “the liberal                                             cakewalk paid for by Iraqi oil revenues.                                                                       Now, new analysis of the documentation           has not yet been identified.” This sentence was
                                                                                                                                               supposedly established that HIV was the
media.” I mean the propaganda that issues                                                    It is the same propagandistic American print                                                           behind the papers has revealed even more             deleted and replaced by a statement that the
                                                                                                                                               cause of AIDS. The articles, by a group led
                                                                                         and TV media that has rationalized Bush’s                                                                  reason to doubt Gallo’s findings. The letter         findings suggest that HIV is the cause of AIDS.
                                                                                                                                               by Dr. Robert Gallo, have drawn criticism for
                                                                                         illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan based                                                             refers to “recent revelation of an astonishing          Gallo submitted micrographs to Science
                                                                                                                                               some time. An investigation in the early 90s
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                                                                                         on seven years of lies and deception.
                                                            Bethesda, MD 20814
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                                                                                                                                               by the US Department of Health and Human             number of previously unreported deletions and        that were identified as containing the HIV
                                                                                             It is the same media that today provides only                                                          unjustified alterations made by Gallo…”              virus. But just four days before he submitted
                                                                                                                                               Services concluded that the lead paper was
                                                                                         Israeli propaganda as “coverage” of the Israeli                                                                Dr. Mikulas Popovic wrote the manuscripts
                                                                                                                                               “fraught with false and erroneous statements.”                                                                            see AIDS p.2
                                                                                         war crimes in Gaza.



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                                                                                         Americans without warrants. The “liberal” New
                                                                                         York Times agreed to suppress the story so that
                                                                                         Bush would not face reelection under the cloud
                                                                                         of his outlaw behavior.
                                                                                             Conservatives think The Washington Post           BY DIANA WASHINGTON VALDEZ / EL PASO TIMES           in case of “unforeseen economic collapse,”           an event, and the International Monetary Fund’s
                                                                                         is “liberal media” despite the fact that the          A US Army War College report warns that an           “pervasive public health emergencies,” and           managing director, Dominique Strauss-Khan,
                                                                                         editorial and commentary pages are controlled         economic crisis in the United States could lead      “catastrophic natural and human disasters,”          said social unrest could spread to advanced
                                                                                         by neocons and their sympathizers.                    to massive civil unrest and the need to call on      among other possible crises.                         countries if the global economic crisis worsens.
                                                                                             During the run-up to wars and during              the military to restore order.                           The report also suggests the new [Barack             Javier Sambrano, spokesman for the El Paso
                                                                                         wars, the American media has always been                 Retired Army Lt. Col. Nathan Freir wrote          Obama] administration could face a “strategic        Police Department, said city police have trained
                                                                                                                                               the report “Known Unknowns: Unconventional           shock” within the first eight months in office.      for years so they can address any contingency,


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                                                                                         a propagandist for the government. The only
                                                                                         exceptions occurred during the Vietnam war            Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy                     Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt said          but not with the military.
                                                                                         and the Contra-Sandinista conflict in Central         Development,” which the Army think tank in           the Army post is not involved in any recent              “The police (department) trains on an
                                                                                         America. Karen de Young and some others tried         Carlisle, Pennsylvania, recently released.           talks about a potential military response to civil   ongoing basis as part of its Mobile Field Force



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                                                                                         to honestly cover the Contras and Sandinistas and        “Widespread civil violence inside the United      unrest.                                              Training,” Sambrano said. “As a result, the
                                                                                         were demonized by “patriots” taken in by the          States would force the defense establishment to          The report become a hot Internet item after      police will be able to respond to emergency
                                                                                                                                               reorient priorities ... to defend basic domestic     Phoenix police told the Phoenix Business             situations, such as looting or a big civil unrest.
                                                                                                  see PROPAGANDA p.2                           order and human security,” the report said,          Journal that they’re prepared to deal with such                 see NORTHCOM p.5
Pg. 2             February 2009                                                                                                                                                                                         Rock Creek Free Press

                                                                                                               Mercury Dental Fillings Are Toxic After All
                                                                                                                 Despite past denials, FDA now admits dental amalgams have neurotoxic effects
                                                                                                           BY DAVID GUTIERREZ / NATURAL NEWS                    been warned to limit mercury exposure by              conduct further studies on the risks to children
                                                                                                           For the first time, the FDA has issued a warning     consuming less seafood: children and pregnant         from dental amalgam, and that it consider a
                                                                                                           that the mercury contained in silver dental          women. The FDA says it does not recommend             policy of informed consent for children and
                                                                                                           fillings may pose neurological risks to children     that those who already have mercury fillings          pregnant women: that is, warning them of
                                                                                                           and pregnant women.                                  get them removed.                                     the risks associated with the fillings before
                                                                                                               “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which              Millions of people have received amalgam          installing them.
                                                                                                           may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous           fillings, although their popularity has dropped           Part of the lawsuit centered on the FDA’s
                                                                                                           systems of developing children and fetuses,”         off in recent years. Currently, only 30 percent       failure to respond to these recommendations in
                                                                                                           reads a statement that has been added to the         of dental fillings contain mercury - the rest are     a timely fashion.
                                                                                                           agency’s website. “Pregnant women and                tooth-colored resin composites made from                  “This is your classic failure to act,” federal
                                                                                                           persons who may have a health condition              glass, cement and porcelain. These alternative        judge Ellen Segal Huvelle told the agency.
                                                                                                           that makes them more sensitive to mercury            fillings are more expensive and less durable              As part of the lawsuit settlement, the FDA
                                                                                                           exposure, including individuals with existing        than amalgam, however.                                must reach a final decision on the regulation of
                                                                                                           high levels of mercury bioburden, should not             In 2002, the FDA began a regulatory               amalgam by July 28, 2009.
                                                                                                           avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss        review of amalgam that was expected to be                 “This court settlement signals the death
                                                                                                           options with their health practitioner.”             complete within a few years. In 2006, with            knell for mercury fillings,” Brown predicted.
                                                                                                               The warning was one of the conditions that       the review still incomplete, an independent               But J.P. Morgan Securities analyst Ipsita
                                                                                                           the FDA agreed to in settling a lawsuit filed by     FDA advisory panel of doctors and dentists            Smolinski disagreed, saying that the FDA is
                                                                                                           several consumer health groups.                      rejected the agency’s position that there is no       unlikely to ban amalgam entirely
                                                                                                               “Gone, gone, gone are all of FDA’s claims        reason for concern about the use of amalgam.              “We do believe that the agency will ask for
                                                                                                           that no science exists that amalgam is unsafe,”      While the panel agreed that the majority of           the label to indicate that mercury is an ingredient

 Hormone Replacement Therapy                                                                               said Charles Brown, a lawyer for Consumers
                                                                                                           for Dental Choice, one of the plaintiffs.
                                                                                                                                                                people receiving such fillings would not be
                                                                                                                                                                harmed, panel members expressed concern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the filling, and that special populations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      should be exempt from such fillings, such


 Doubles Risk of Breast Cancer
                                                                                                               “It’s a watershed moment,” said Michael          for the health of certain sensitive populations,      as: nursing women, pregnant women,
                                                                                                           Bender of the Mercury Policy Project, another        including children under the age of six.              young children, and immunocompromised
                                                                                                           plaintiff.                                               The panel recommended that the FDA                individuals,” Smolinski said.
                                                                                                               Mercury is a well-known neurotoxin
   Women warned to stop taking HRT drugs                                                                   that can cause cognitive and developmental
                                                                                                           problems, especially in fetuses and children.
                                                                                                           It can also cause brain and kidney damage in          Top Scientists Ask Journal Science To
                                                                                                                                                                    Retract Original AIDS Papers
BY MIKE ADAMS / NATURALNEWS                            suffer the ravages of chemotherapy or radiation     adults.
Drug companies can no longer deny the science:         therapy as a result of a disease that may have          So-called dental amalgams, or fillings made
Breast cancer risk is doubled for women who            been accelerated by Big Pharma’s HRT drugs?         with a mix of mercury and other metals, have
take conventional Hormone Replacement                  And how long will this nation continue to           been used since the 1800s. Although it is known
Therapy (HRT) drugs.                                   tolerate the fraud of Big Pharma before cracking    that small amounts of mercury are vaporized                             AIDS from p.1
    That’s the conclusion of a new study               down on the corruption and crime taking place       (and can be inhaled) when the fillings are used       them, Dr. Matthew A. Gonda, then head of             body of evidence that the original conclusion
conducted at Georgetown University’s                   in this industry right now?                         to chew food, and though Canada, France and           the Electron Microscopy Laboratory at the            that HIV causes AIDS is deeply flawed.
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.                      Women should be up in arms over this. They      Sweden have all placed restrictions on the            National Cancer Institute, wrote a letter to            Thus far there has been no response from
There, researchers discovered that even though         were lied to by yet another drug company, and       use of mercury fillings, the FDA has always           Gallo and Popovic stating that he “does not          Science regarding the request for retraction.
HRT drugs double a woman’s risk of breast              the very government agency that was supposed        insisted that amalgams are safe.                      believe” that the micrographs contain images         Sheila Casey is a DC-based journalist. Her work
cancer, that risk drops rapidly once she stops         to protect them (the FDA) sold them out and             Dental amalgams are considered medical            of HIV. The micrographs were published in            has appeared in The Denver Post, Reuters, Chicago
using the HRT drugs.                                   actually took aggressive action to eliminate        devices, regulated by the FDA.                        Science on May 4, 1984 and identified as             Sun-Times, Dissident Voice, Common Dreams
    Notably, these increased cancer risk findings      natural alternatives, thereby contributing to the       Even the FDA’s new warning stops short of         containing HIV.                                      and the Rock Creek Free Press. She blogs at
only apply to synthetic HRT drugs produced by          needless deaths of women from breast cancer.        admitting that dental amalgams are dangerous             These developments add to the mounting            SheilaCasey.com
Big Pharma. They do not apply to bio-identical             These are not innocent administrative           for the general population. Instead, it focuses
hormones offered by compounding pharmacies             mistakes, folks: In my opinion, these are well-     on the same population that has already
and naturopathic physicians.                           planned conspiracies between Big Pharma and
    But bio-identical hormones are under assault       the FDA that seek to maximize corporate profits
by the FDA, which recently tried to outlaw             at the expense of human lives. These are crimes
them by threatening compounding pharmacies
that were selling them as an alternative to
                                                       against women, committed by some of the most
                                                       powerful and insidious white-collar criminals                           What Happened on the Way to the Inauguration?
conventional HRT drugs. Care to guess who was          this world has ever seen. And unlike Wall Street
behind the FDA’s effort to crush the alternative       criminals who may cost you your savings, these                 STRUGGLE from p.1
hormones market? Wyeth, of course: The maker           Big Pharma / FDA criminals engage in actions                                                             about a massive expansion of the already              Obama administration that will do good for
                                                                                                           the safety of my country... Corporations have
of Prempro, the conventional HRT drug. Wyeth           that may cost you your life!                                                                             bloated military.                                     our country, with each pick of an entrenched
                                                                                                           been enthroned, an era of corruption in high
petitioned the FDA to go after bio-identical               Why does the FDA continue to allow these                                                                 If you’re wondering what happened, look           Washington insider, that outcome becomes less
                                                                                                           places will follow, and the money-power of
hormones, and the FDA quickly obliged.                 HRT drugs to be sold if they double the risk                                                             no farther than the talking points used by            likely. If he does not do this, how can our nation
                                                                                                           the country will endeavor to prolong its reign
    But it gets even more interesting: Wyeth was       of cancer? Can you imagine the outcry if a                                                               the conservative pundits during the election          survive? Quoting Lincoln again, “This country,
                                                                                                           by working upon the prejudices of the people
also recently caught directing the ghostwriting        nutritional supplement were found to double                                                              process. They said Obama had the most liberal         with its institutions, belongs to the people who
                                                                                                           until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands
of medical journal articles even while refusing        the risk of cancer? It would be immediately                                                              record in the Senate. They said he would bring        inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary
                                                                                                           and the Republic is destroyed.” This quote by
to disclose its own role in creating those             banned, and the FDA would announce how                                                                   socialism to America. They created a climate          of the existing government, they can exercise
                                                                                                           Abraham Lincoln provides an insight into what
articles. An investigation by Charles Grassley’s       it was outlawing the herb in order to “protect                                                           of fear in their base about what would happen         their constitutional right of amending it, or
                                                                                                           has happened to our country. The moneyed
(R-IA) office revealed damning documentation           consumers.” But when it’s a drug that doubles                                                            to our country if this “Socialist” were elected.      exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow
                                                                                                           interests that have extracted most of the wealth
showing the drug company was engaged                   cancer risk, the FDA does nothing.                                                                       They had us believing we were truly looking           it.” The last election was an exercise of our
                                                                                                           from the middle class and fomented a divisive
in highly unethical and deceptive practices                Why do medical criminals go free while                                                               at a change.                                          constitutional right to amend the government.
                                                                                                           and polarized condition in our society have used
regarding medical journal articles. Can you            Wall Street criminals go to jail? Why has Big                                                                A close look at his policy proposals showed       It does not appear that we were diligent enough
                                                                                                           their ad agencies, corporate media and wealth
guess what drug those ghost-written medical            Pharma been allowed to operate with such                                                                 that his positions on the issues were not “far        in vetting the choices and it now appears who
                                                                                                           to create an illusion of change while keeping
journal articles were promoting? Prempro, of           deceptions for so long?                                                                                  left” as stated. The recurring dialog of the          we chose will not manifest the change we were
                                                                                                           the same players in power. When it came time
course, the HRT drug.                                      Because it makes so much easy money,                                                                 faithful said that when he was elected he would       so desperately seeking.
                                                                                                           to hold the president-elect’s feet to the fire, it
    THE HRT CONSPIRACY UNVEILED                        that’s why. The drug companies have proven                                                               swing gently left and bring real change to our            Mr. Obama seems to have decided not
                                                                                                           was done, but not by the forward looking folks
    So let’s put the pieces of this puzzle together.   again and again that ethics will never stand in                                                          nation. It now appears that the swing was hard        to value and regard nature as anything but a
                                                                                                           who put this man in office, but rather by the
We have a drug company, Wyeth, that sells a            the way of profits.                                                                                      to the right and the folks who counted on being       savings account to be liquidated or a grocery
                                                                                                           ruling class who control all things political,
synthetic HRT drug known to double the risk                NaturalNews is once again warning women                                                              heard during this transition will be looking for      store to be plundered. All for the benefit of
                                                                                                           who handed him his cabinet picks. Industry and
of breast cancer. But instead of pulling the drug      to get off all synthetic HRT drugs. Always                                                               real change for at least another four years.          those entrenched powers that are the masters
                                                                                                           big business are cheering “his” choices.
off the market, Wyeth files a petition with the        do so under the supervision of a naturopathic                                                                Again, Abraham Lincoln: “It is the eternal        of Wall Street. How much more of this can
                                                                                                               Obama has backed off his promise to
FDA to eliminate the competition (bio-identical        physician, of course, and if necessary, consider                                                         struggle between two principles, right and            our nation take? If the incoming administration
                                                                                                           implement a windfall profits tax on big oil.
hormones).                                             bio-identical hormones as a replacement. Do                                                              wrong. Throughout the world it is the same            continues, the failed environmental, economic,
                                                                                                           He has decided not to eliminate the tax breaks
    At the same time, Wyeth organizes a                not subject yourself to the increased cancer risk                                                        spirit that says you toil and work and earn bread     social, military, and foreign policies we have
                                                                                                           for the richest among us. He has decided not
campaign of ghost-written articles to be               of conventional HRT drugs. If you do, you may                                                            and I’ll eat it.” Today, the corporations and their   endured for decades, it may be time to look at
                                                                                                           to leave Iraq on the schedule he promised. He
submitted to medical journals, touting the             literally pay for it with your life.                                                                     minions in Washington are eating your bread.          Mr. Lincoln’s second option and start over.
                                                                                                           has supported what has now become an $8.5
many benefits of HRT drugs and ignoring the            Mike Adams is an author, investigative journalist                                                            While it is still possible that Mr. Obama
                                                                                                           trillion dollar give-away to the same people                                                               Timothy G. Hermach is director of the Native Forest
2002 research showing them to be correlated            and educator. He is the founder of the website                                                           will somehow lead the powerful cabinet
                                                                                                           responsible for crashing the largest and most                                                              Council in Eugene, Oregon. He can be reached at:
with higher risks of breast cancer. To deceive         Health Ranger (www.healthranger.org) which                                                               personalities he has selected and create an
                                                                                                           productive economy on Earth. He is talking                                                                 zerocut1@forestcouncil.org
the scientific community, Wyeth purposely              strives to educate people on how to achieve
withholds any information about its own role in        and maintain peak human health. He founded
those papers, making readers believe they were         NaturalNews.com, an online news source


                                                                                                                The Difficulty Of Being An Informed American
authored by independent academics.                     covering all areas of personal and planetary
    Are you starting to get the picture here?          wellness from nutrition to renewable energy.
    My question is simple: How many women              He’s written thousands of articles and a book
have died of breast cancer because of the              chronicling his pursuit of peak health, Grocery
actions of Wyeth? How many more women will             Warning.
                                                                                                                       PROPAGANDA from p.1
                                                                                                           government’s lies.                                       Americans are still subjected to Fox “News”       and commentary provided are often superb.
                                                                                                               Conservatives still blame the “liberal” media    and CNN propaganda piped into airport waiting            I have made no study of alternative
                                                                                                           for losing the Vietnam War, when in fact all the     rooms, doctors’ offices, and exercise centers. It     newspapers and know very few. The Rock
                                                                                                           media did was to provide some truthful reports       is very much the situation that George Orwell         Creek Free Press is terrific. After reading
                                                                                                           that opened some American eyes.                      describes in 1984.                                    one issue, you will waste no more time on the
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BY JOHN GEYMAN, MD                                              percent of HMO/PPO metropolitan markets, enough
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First off, congratulations to you and your party on your        to trigger anti-trust concerns by the United States                                                                                                                         Staff Writer:      Sheila Casey
sweeping election results!                                      Department of Justice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We had help this month from: Joe
    Together with a sizable majority of Americans, I am             • Because of costs, about 75 million Americans are                                                                                                                      Sutliff, Betsy Harmon, Joe Azar,
again hopeful for the future of our country. My special         either uninsured of underinsured, with large segments of                                                                                                                    Greg Boyd, Jeff Long, Lydia
concern, however, is for our failing health care system         the population forgoing necessary care and having worse                                                                                                                     Riley, Khalid Rosenbaum
and how it is pricing health care beyond the reach of           health care outcomes. The United States now ranks
                                                                nineteenth among nineteen industrialized countries in                                                                                                                       Circulation: 20,000 (approximately
ordinary Americans. Our system has come to the point                                                                                                                                                                                    13,000 issues distributed in Washington, DC and
where none of the many incremental reforms will work.           reducing preventable deaths from amenable causes.                                                                                                                       the remainder distributed to every state of the
The business model of insurance has failed, and we need             • Wall Street is already questioning the future                                                                                                                     union and abroad.)
to rebuild the system on a social insurance model.              prospects of the private insurance industry. As of
    Let me be direct. Although we have many dedicated           November 18, 2008, the average share prices of the top
health professionals, an abundance of the latest                five private insurers were down by between 60 percent


                                                                                                                                               The Purloined Constitution
technologies, and many fine hospitals, health care has          and 77 percent, compared to the Standard and Poor’s 42
become just another commodity to be bought and sold in          percent.
a deregulated market based on ability to pay, not medical           I expect that none of this is news to you, but what
need. As you well know, industry profits handsomely             is neglected by almost all economists, “experts” and
from the status quo, raking in money through insurance,         pundits is that there is already plenty of money in the
pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and so on. Industry           system, that we waste about one-third of our health                                  Or How to Look Only Forward and Still Look Like an Ass
has a war chest to defend itself and demonstrates its           care dollar on our inefficient multi-payer financing
political power each time any new reform is brought             system and on unnecessary care, and that NHI will                   BY DAVID SWANSON                                 simply didn’t matter whether the Cheney-        this in the ordinary sense of belief,
up.                                                             save money, not cost more. NHI is the most fiscally                 The wonderful thing about big lies is            Bush gang had committed crimes or not.          they would have to support replacing
    But the situation has become dire. There is no              responsible thing we can do now about health care. The              their kettle logic. The term, of course,         Here’s Barack Obama: “Now, if I found           all police, prosecutors, and jailers with
end in sight in controlling health care costs as they           Conyers bill in the House (H.R. 676) will be financed               derives from the story of the man who            out that there were high officials who          videographers and reporters. And they
soar upwards at three or four times the cost of living          by payroll and progressive income taxes that will be                offered several mutually incompatible            knowingly, consciously broke existing           would have to advocate investigating
and family incomes. We have had three decades of                less than what individuals and employers now pay.                   excuses for returning his friend’s kettle        laws, engaged in coverups of those              any crimes they didn’t already know
incremental attempts to rein in costs, including managed        The health insurance industry is being propped up by                in damaged condition: “It broke too              crimes with knowledge forefront, then I         about but leaving alone any crimes they
care and consumer-directed health care. None has                government subsidies to the employer-based system and               easily.” “It was like that when I got it.” “I    think a basic principle of our Constitution     already knew about — the ones they’d
worked. We have a solution in plain sight - single-payer        to privatized public programs. NHI can save some $350               improved it for you.” “I never borrowed          is nobody above the law — and I think           already determined they didn’t want to
National Health Insurance (NHI). Market stakeholders            billion through administrative simplification, while                the thing.” Et cetera. A big lie is not just a   that’s roughly how I would look at it.” He      see happen again. Because you can’t
are fighting it fiercely, but it’s the only real reform that    offering coverage for all necessary care, full choice               beautiful creation because the bigger you        believes in the idea that there is doubt,       very well want to deter the repetition of
has a chance to work.                                           of provider and hospital, and mechanisms for cost                   make it the more firmly people believe           but he’s not ready to either pursue the         something until you’ve already learned
    Most of your advisers will likely caution you that          containment through bulk purchasing, negotiated fees,               in it, but also because you can tell other       matter or to claim it’s unimportant.            what it was.
NHI is too radical for Americans to accept, that you need       and global budgets.                                                 big lies to make the same point and the              A second big lie is that the toughest           A third big lie is that the appropriate
to be more centrist, and that it is not politically feasible.       NHI by itself will not solve all of our health                  lies don’t have to make any sense in             deterrence possible against future crimes       way to handle crises created by criminal
But therein lies your trap. You will be persuaded to            care problems, but it will provide a structure (as no               combination.                                     is produced by simply learning the facts        activity is to ignore the criminality
add one more incremental attempt to fix things, which           incremental approach can) to enable other necessary                     One big lie in circulation at the            about past crimes. This lie has been            and focus on solving the crises. This is
will not work, will cost more than ever, will delay real        steps. These include acceptance of health care as a right,          moment is that we don’t know whether             spread by countless sources. Here’s Joe         described by thousands of its advocates
reform, and will add to the pain of so many along the           transition to a not-for-profit system, reimbursement                Bush, Cheney, Rummy, et alia, committed          Biden’s version: “Personally I would like       as “looking forward.” Here’s Obama: “I
way. Your moment of opportunity will have been lost.            reform, rebuilding of primary care, evidence-based                  any actual crimes. Some people believe           to know exactly what happened because           would not want my first term consumed
    Beyond ideology, these facts support NHI as the             technology assessment, and quality improvement. None                this, but they believe it in the sense in        — more of a past is prologue kind of            by what was perceived on the part of
treatment of choice in 2009.                                    of this will be possible by using reforms that leave an             which one “believes in” a big lie, as            thing. I would like to make sure that it        Republicans as a partisan witch hunt
    • Premiums alone for private health insurance have          obsolete private insurance industry in place, as is more            one “believes in” a religion. If people          doesn’t happen again. Torture is going          because I think we’ve got too many
grown by more than 100 percent since 2000, and are              fully discussed in my recent book Do Not Resuscitate:               actually believed it as an ordinary fact,        to be a major issue. Torture is going to        problems we’ve got to solve.” And here’s
projected to consume all of average household income            Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying, and How                 then they would have to either advocate          be a major issue. … And so all that’s           Biden: “The questions of whether or not a
by 2025, clearly an impossibility way before then.              We Must Replace It. FDR almost went for NHI in the                  investigating the topic or determine that it     going to be reviewed.” If people believed                see PURLOINED p.7
    • According to the Milliman Medical Index, the              mid-1930s, but he backed off, mainly due to the AMA’s
typical American family of four spent $15,600 on total          opposition. Today, the AMA is marginalized with a
health care costs in 2008, fully one-quarter of the typical
combined family income of $60,000. Most consider
                                                                membership of no more than 30 percent of physicians,
                                                                and a majority of American physicians now support
                                                                                                                                      Wall Street Bailout Exceeds Cost of All US Wars Combined
10 percent of family income to be the threshold of              NHI. Implementing NHI in your presidency can be your                  And you can throw in the New Deal, Marshal Plan and Moon Shots as well
underinsurance.                                                 FDR-size legacy. It has become an economic, moral, and
    • The administrative overhead of private insurers is        social imperative. Overnight NHI can bind us together
five to nine times higher than not-for-profit Medicare          as one society, all of us in the same boat. We can afford           Casey Research, of Vermont, has                  other small conflicts), cost a total of
(average for commercial carriers, 19.9 percent; investor-       it. Yes, we can!                                                    analyzed the costs of the government             $7.5 trillion in inflation-adjusted 2008
owned Blues, 26.5 percent; Medicare, 3 percent).                                                                                    bailouts of the housing crisis, the credit       dollars.
                                                                John P. Geyman, M.D., is professor emeritus of family medicine
                                                                                                                                    crisis and others and has concluded                                                          World War II
    • The inefficiency and bureaucracy of our 1,300             at the University of Washington, and past president of Physicians
private insurers are not sustainable (e.g., according to        for a National Health Program. He is a member of the Institute      that the total is $8.5 trillion, which is                                                    $3.2 Trillion
                                                                of Medicine.                                                        more than the cost of all US wars, the           Civil War (both sides), $81 billion
the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, there are 17,000
different hea1th plans in Chicago).                                                                                                 Louisiana Purchase, the New Deal, the            Persian Gulf War, $94 billion
    • Private insurers offer much less choice than                                                                                  Marshall Plan and the NASA Space                 Korean War, $295 billion
traditional Medicare. There are near-monopolies in 95                                                                               Program combined.
                                                                                                                                        According to CRS, the Congressional
                                                                                                                                                                                     World War I, $364 billion                                      The Bailout
                                                                                                                                    Research Service, all major US wars              Vietnam War, $670 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $8.5 Trillion
                                                                                                                                    (including such events as the American           Afghanistan, $171 billion.
                                                                                                                                    Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil           Iraq war, $648 billion
              Who Benefits from a Divided Iraq?                                                                                     War, the Spanish American War, World
                                                                                                                                    War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam,
                                                                                                                                    Iraq and Afghanistan, the invasion of
                                                                                                                                                                                     The Marshall Plan, $125 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                     The New Deal, $500 billion
                                                                                                                                    Panama, the Kosovo War and numerous              Too small to see: American Revolution, Louisiana Purchase, NASA, War of 1812 and others.
BY KHALID ROSENBAUM                                             Oil Company (now BP). Iraq won independence and
The Iraq War is slowly winding down as power is                 unity in 1958 after a long fight against colonialism.


                                                                                                                                                 It’s Not About Them…It’s About Us:
transferred back to Iraqis. George W. Bush left office              The Prime Minister of Iraq in 1958, Abdel-Karim
and our new President plans to shift the conflict from          Qasim, had a Sunni father and a Shiite mother who
Iraq to Afghanistan.                                            was also part Kurd. Diverse ethnicities and secular
    As we leave Iraq, how will the history be written
for this war? The critics of Bush claim that the
                                                                principles were the norm in Iraq until the US placed
                                                                Saddam Hussein in power. Saddam was recruited by the                      Why We Must Prosecute Bush And His Administration For War Crimes
destabilization of Iraq was a predictable outcome of            CIA in the US Embassy in Cairo after his exile from Iraq
removing Saddam Hussein. The Bush view is that we               in 1960. The CIA helped Saddam come to power with its               BY MIKE FERNER                                   aside these laws with “they don’t apply.”       victim, shall also be subject to the penalty
came to liberate Iraqis and spread democracy, and we            support for the 1968 coup. Yet even under Saddam the                During the rush to get the Nuremberg             Imagine how a judge would treat even            of death.”
are succeeding.                                                 various Iraqi sects lived together relatively peacefully in         Tribunals     underway,        the    Soviet     a simple traffic court defendant who                Here, Justice Jackson answers another
    Both these views are hiding the truth: the US invaded       the same neighborhoods until the 2003 US invasion.                  delegation wanted the tribunal’s historic        brazenly stated the law was only a quaint       question about war crimes — who bears
Iraq to divide and conquer, and the “unintended”                    The Iraq Study Group Report released December                   decisions to have legitimacy only for the        notion, just “words on paper?”                  the greater responsibility: those who
violence was very much intended as part of the plan to          6, 2006 by James Baker and Lee Hamilton claims                      Nazis. US Supreme Court Justice Robert               Masses        of    people     and     an   committed barbaric acts in the field or
reshape the Middle East. “It is time for a new Middle           Iraq cannot be sectioned because “Iraq’s population                 Jackson, serving as the chief prosecutor         embarrassingly small number of their            those who created the conditions for
East,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in the          is not neatly separated, regional boundaries cannot be              for the Allies, strong-armed the Soviets         elected representatives in this country         barbarism?
Associated Press July 25, 2006. “It is time to say to           easily drawn. All eighteen Iraqi provinces have mixed               until the very beginning of the tribunal         read the law for themselves and                     The case as presented by the United
those that don’t want a different kind of Middle East           populations, as do Baghdad and most other major cities              before changing their mind.                      demanded otherwise, only to be silenced         States will be concerned with the brains
that we will prevail.”                                          in Iraq” (page 31). According to an NPR April 9, 2007                   In his opening statement Jackson             by the Guardians of Reality in the              and authority back of all the crimes.
    Many think centuries of history explain the current         story, “Four years after the American invasion, sectarian           very purposely stipulated, “…Let me              corporate news media.                           These defendants were men of a station
violence in Iraq. Yet if the Irish and Italian Americans        tensions have turned formerly mixed neighborhoods                   make clear that while this law is first              But it’s all there, where it has been for   and rank which does not soil its own
started sectarian fighting in New York City today,              into exclusively Sunni or Shiite enclaves.” Mixed                   applied against German aggressors, the           220 years, the Constitution’s “supremacy        hands with blood. They were men who
Americans would investigate rather than simply                  families and mixed marriages were once normal,                      law includes, and if it is to serve a useful     clause,” Article II, section 4, and in the      knew how to use lesser folk as tools. We
accept past history as an explanation. Only a lack of           according to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” July 7,                 purpose it must condemn aggression by            War Crimes Act of 1996 (18USC §2441).           want to reach the planners and designers,
understanding is allowing Americans to accept this              2008. Ms. Ekhlas Ali, now divorced, says, “He was a                 any other nations, including those which         They provide the authority to make              the inciters and leaders without whose
perception of an Iraq civil war.                                Sunni and I’m Shiite. It was 1992, we married and we                sit here now in judgment.”                       additional treaties legally binding – no        evil architecture the world would not
    Iraq has been united until recently, with ethnically        lived a very nice life for more than 15 years.” Then                    Can there be a better reason for             matter how much former White House              have been for so long scourged with the
mixed neighborhoods. It was the West who suggested              what happened?                                                      prosecuting George Bush and his                  lawyers David Addington and John Yoo            violence and lawlessness, and wracked
dividing Iraq, not the Iraqis. L. H. Gelb, a high ranking           Nothing exposes American misunderstanding of                    administration for war crimes than those         may object.                                     with the agonies and convulsions, of this
Council on Foreign Relations member and contributor             Iraqi violence better than the February 2006 bombing                words from the chief prosecutor of the               Those additional treaties include           terrible war.
to The New York Times pushed hard for the “Three-State          of the Samarra shrine, the event our media claimed                  Nazis, a US Supreme Court Justice, with          among others, the Geneva Conventions,               And yet it is not just because Bush
Solution” in an article dated November 25, 2003. He             most escalated sectarian tensions. The Washington                   the full support of the US government?           the Nuremberg rulings, the Laws and             violated the Constitution and federal
claims that a unified Iraq has been “possible in the past       Post headline reads: “Attack on Shiite Shrine Sets                  Robert Jackson’s words and the values            Customs of War on Land and UN                   law that he and his lieutenants must be
only by the application of overwhelming and brutal              Off Protests, Violence.” Then later, a CNN article                  this nation claims to stand for provide          General Assembly Resolution 3314. To            prosecuted.
force.” In May 2006 Senator Joe Biden, now Vice                 describing retaliations for the mosque attack reads:                sufficient moral basis for putting Bush          give just a snapshot of how serious these           At    Nuremberg,       the     foremost
President, also suggested dividing Iraq into three states.      “Sunni mosques hit after blast at Samarra shrine.”                  and Cheney, their underlings who                 laws are, consider this portion of 18 USC       crime identified was starting a “war
    But let’s discuss the real sectarian history of Iraq,           For Westerners this story might make sense, but                 implemented their policies and the               2441 which defines a war crime as “…a           of aggression,” later codified by UN
starting in 10,000 BC in Ancient Mesopotamia where              Iraqis know that this Samarra “Shiite” Shrine was in                perverted legal minds who justified them         grave breach in any of the international        Resolution 3314, Art. 5, as “a crime
modern day Iraq was the world’s first civilization.             reality a Sunni shrine. According to an Iraqi, Raed                 all in the dock. If those are not sufficient     conventions signed at Geneva 12 August          against international peace.” Launching
Trade, capitalism, and basic civil rule began here and          Jarrar, on air on February 24, 2006 on “Democracy                   reasons, there is a long list of binding law     1949, or any protocol to such convention        a war of aggression, as Hitler did against
flourished for the first time in human history. Cities and      Now,” “The shrine that is in Samarra...was actually                 and treaties – written in black and white        to which the United States is a party…”         Poland, is considered so monstrous
empires came and went, but civilization persisted here.         controlled by Sunnis and claimed by Sunnis. The                     in surprisingly plain English.                   The guilty can be “...fined under this          that the nation responsible can then be
Eventually, Iraq was ruled by the British after the Turks,      people who run the shrine are Sunnis.” Why would                        Bush imagined, and his attorneys             title or imprisoned for life or any term of     charged with “war crimes” and “crimes
and was a prized oil possession for the Anglo-Iranian                             see DIVIDED IRAQ p.8                              advised, that he could simply wave               years, or both, and if death results to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              seeWAR CRIMES p.7
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                                             Special Report: The Siege of Gaza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   were “marked for death.”
  Background of the Conflict                                                                                                                                                                                           “In mid-September, Israel’s government
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   passed a law to get rid of Arafat. Israel’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cabinet for political security affairs declared
BY ROCK CREEK FREE PRESS STAFF                                                                                                                                                                                     it “a decision to remove Arafat as an obstacle
The small strip of land along the Mediterranean                                                                                                                                                                    to peace.” Mofaz threatened “we will choose
coast between Egypt and Israel known as the Gaza                                                                                                                                                                   the right way and the right time to kill Arafat.”
Strip has been fought over since the 1940s. Egypt                                                                                                                                                                  Palestinian Minister Saeb Erekat told CNN he
controlled Gaza from the first Arab-Israeli war in                                                                                                                                                                 thought Arafat was the next target. CNN asked
1949 until it was captured by Israel in the 1967                                                                                                                                                                   Sharon spokesman Ra’anan Gissan if the vote
war.                                                                                                                                                                                                               meant expulsion of Arafat. Gissan clarified
    In the 1980s the Palestinian resistance                                                                                                                                                                        “It doesn’t mean that. The Cabinet has today
movement known as the Intifada began in Gaza                                                                                                                                                                       resolved to remove this obstacle. The time, the
and led ultimately to the 1993 Oslo Accords                                                                                                                                                                        method, the ways by which this will take place
which ceded control of the Gaza Strip back to the                                                                                                                                                                  will be decided separately, and the security
Palestinian Authority.                                                                                                                                                                                             services will monitor the situation and make
    In the summer of 2005 Israel removed the last                                                                                                                                                                  the recommendation about proper action.”
of the controversial Jewish settlements from Gaza                                                                                                                                                                  (Trish Shuh, “Road Map for a Decease Plan,”
but a low level conflict has persisted with regular                                                                                                                                                                www.mehrnews.com November 9 2005.)
exchanges of fire. Massively out-gunned, Gaza’s                                                                                                                                                                        The assassination of Arafat was part of
principal weapon is a home-made rocket called                                                                                                                                                                      the 2001 Dagan Plan. In all likelihood, it
Qassam. Israel, on the other hand, has US made                                                                                                                                                                     was carried out by Israeli Intelligence. It was
F-16s and other advanced weapons systems.                                                                                                                                                                          intended to destroy the Palestinian Authority,
Qassams are very primitive missiles and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   foment divisions within Fatah as well as
main effect on Israelis in the area is psychological.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   between Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas
783 rockets were fired at Israel in 2007, killing two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is a Palestinian quisling. He was installed as
people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   leader of Fatah, with the approval of Israel
    In February 2008, Israeli ground forces entered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and the US, which finance the Palestinian
Gaza, killing nearly 100 people. Israel also halted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Authority’s paramilitary and security forces.
the transfer of electricity, fuel, and other supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2. The removal, under the orders of Prime
into Gaza, effectively sealing off the 1.4 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Minister Ariel Sharon in 2005, of all Jewish
Palestinians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   settlements in Gaza. A Jewish population of
    A six-month truce between Hamas and Israel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   over 7,000 was relocated.
ended on December 19, 2008, after Hamas blamed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “It is my intention [Sharon] to carry
Israel for not lifting the Gaza Strip blockade and
for continuing raids in Gaza, and Israel blamed                                                                                                                                                                    out an evacuation – sorry, a relocation
Hamas for the rocket and mortar attacks directed                                                                                                                                                                   – of settlements that cause us problems and of
at its southern cities.                                                                                                                                                                                            places that we will not hold onto anyway in a
    Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that Defense                                                                                                                                                                 final settlement, like the Gaza settlements....
Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense                                                                                                                                                                  I am working on the assumption that in the
Forces (IDF) to prepare for the current operation                                                                                                                                                                  future there will be no Jews in Gaza,” Sharon
over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning                                                                                                                                                                  said.” (CBC, March 2004)
to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.                                                                                                                                                                         The issue of the settlements in Gaza was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   presented as part of Washington’s “road map

                                                         The Invasion of Gaza: “Operation Cast Lead,” Part
    Israeli PM Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud
Barak made the decision to launch the operation in                                                                                                                                                                 to peace.” Celebrated by the Palestinians as
the week prior to the invasion.                                                                                                                                                                                    a “victory,” this measure was not directed


                                                           of a Broader Israeli Military-Intelligence Agenda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   against the Jewish settlers. Quite the opposite:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It was part of the overall covert operation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   which consisted in transforming Gaza into a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   concentration camp. As long as Jewish settlers
                                                        BY MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY / GLOBAL RESEARCH            from exercising normal economic life, cut off      suicide bombing, would last about a month and       were living inside Gaza, the objective of
                                                        The aerial bombings and the ongoing ground          from workplaces, schools and hospitals. This       is expected to result in the death of hundreds of   sustaining a large barricaded prison territory
                                                        invasion of Gaza by Israeli ground forces must      will encourage emigration and weaken the           Israelis and thousands of Palestinians.             could not be achieved. The implementation
                                                        be analyzed in a historical context. “Operation     resistance to future expulsions” Ur Shlonsky,          The “Dagan Plan” envisaged the so-called        of “Operation Cast Lead” required “no Jews
                                                        Cast Lead” is a carefully planned undertaking,      quoted by Ghali Hassan, “Gaza: The World’s         “cantonization” of the Palestinian territories      in Gaza.”
                                                        which is part of a broader military-intelligence    Largest Prison,” Global Research, 2005)            whereby the West Bank and Gaza would be                 3. The building of the infamous Apartheid
   ONGOING INVASION: OPERATION CAST LEAD                agenda first formulated by the government of                                                           totally cut off from one other, with separate       Wall was decided upon at the beginning of the
   On December 27, 2008, Israeli forces launched                                                                OPERATION JUSTIFIED VENGEANCE
                                                        Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001:                                                                   “governments” in each of the territories.           Sharon government.
a major air attack on Gaza.                                                                                     A turning point has been reached.
                                                            “Sources in the defense establishment said                                                         Under this scenario, already envisaged in               4. The next phase was the Hamas election
   Early reports indicate that between 200 and                                                              “Operation Cast Lead” is part of the broader
                                                        Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the                                                             2001, Israel would:                                 victory in January 2006. Without Arafat,
300 Palestinians were killed on the first day of                                                            military-intelligence operation initiated at the
                                                        Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to prepare for                                                                 “...negotiate separately with Palestinian       the Israeli military-intelligence architects
the attacks. Hamas forces responded with Qassam                                                             outset of the Ariel Sharon government in 2001.
                                                        the operation over six months ago, even as                                                             forces that are dominant in each territory-         knew that Fatah, under Mahmoud Abbas,
and Katyusha rocket attacks, with some of the                                                               It was under Sharon’s “Operation Justified
                                                        Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire                                                          Palestinian forces responsible for security,        would loose the elections. This was part of
longer-range rockets reaching the Israeli cities of                                                         Vengeance” that F-16 fighter planes were
                                                        agreement with Hamas.” (Barak Ravid,                                                                   intelligence, and even for the Tanzim (Fatah).”     the scenario, which had been envisaged and
Ashkelon and Ashod.                                                                                         initially used to bomb Palestinian cities.
                                                        “Operation Cast Lead: Israeli Air Force Strike                                                         The plan thus closely resembles the idea of         analyzed well in advance.
                                                                                                                “Operation       Justified     Vengeance”
                                                        Followed Months of Planning,” Haaretz,                                                                 “cantonization” of Palestinian territories,             With Hamas in charge of the Palestinian
                                                                                                            was presented in July 2001 to the Israeli
                                                        December 27, 2008).                                                                                    put forth by a number of ministers.” Sylvain        Authority, using the pretext that Hamas is a
                                                                                                            government of Ariel Sharon by IDF chief
                                                            It was Israel which broke the truce on                                                             Cypel, “The infamous ‘Dagan Plan’ Sharon’s          terrorist organization, Israel would carry out
                                                                                                            of staff Shaul Mofaz, under the title “The
                                                        the day of the US presidential elections,                                                              plan for getting rid of Arafat,” Le Monde,          the process of “cantonization” as formulated
                                                                                                            Destruction of the Palestinian Authority and
                                                        November 4:                                                                                            December 17, 2001)                                  under the “Dagan Plan.” Fatah, under
                                                                                                            Disarmament of All Armed Forces.”
                                                            “Israel used this distraction to break                                                                 The “Dagan Plan” has established                Mahmoud Abbas, would remain formally in
                                                                                                                “A     contingency      plan,   codenamed
                                                        the ceasefire between itself and Hamas by                                                              continuity in the military-intelligence agenda.     charge of the West Bank. The duly elected
                                                                                                            “Operation Justified Vengeance,” was drawn
                                                        bombing the Gaza strip. Israel claimed this                                                            In the wake of the 2000 elections, Meir             Hamas government would be confined to the
                                                                                                            up last June [2001] to reoccupy all of the
                                                        violation of the ceasefire was to prevent Hamas                                                        Dagan was assigned a key role. “He became           Gaza strip.
                                                                                                            West Bank and possibly the Gaza Strip at a
                                                        from digging tunnels into Israeli territory.        likely cost of hundreds of Israeli casualties.”    Sharon’s “go-between” in security issues with           GROUND ATTACK
    On January 3, thousands of Israeli troops, in           The very next day, Israel launched a            (Washington Times, 19 March 2002).                 President’s Bush’s special envoys Zinni and             On January 3, Israeli tanks and infantry
three brigade-size formations, backed by tanks and      terrorizing siege of Gaza, cutting off food,            According to Jane’s Foreign Report (July       Mitchell.” He was subsequently appointed            entered Gaza in an all out ground offensive:
attack helicopters, launched the expected ground        fuel, medical supplies and other necessities        12, 2001) the Israeli army under Sharon had        Director of the Mossad by Prime Minister                “The ground operation was preceded by
invasion of the Gaza Strip in what Israel calls the     in an attempt to “subdue” the Palestinians          updated its plans for an “all-out assault to       Ariel Sharon in August 2002. In the post-           several hours of heavy artillery fire after dark,
“second stage of Operation Cast Lead.”                  while at the same time engaging in armed            smash the Palestinian Authority, force out         Sharon period, he remained head of Mossad.          igniting targets in flames that burst into the
                                                        incursions.                                         leader Yasser Arafat and kill or detain its        He was reconfirmed in his position as Director      night sky. Machine gun fire rattled as bright
                                                            In response, Hamas and others in Gaza           army”.                                             of Israeli Intelligence by Prime Minister Ehud      tracer rounds flashed through the darkness and
                                                        again resorted to firing crude, homemade, and                                                          Olmert in June 2008.                                the crash of hundreds of shells sent up streaks
                                                        mainly inaccurate rockets into Israel. During           BLOODSHED JUSTIFICATION                            Meir Dagan, in coordination with his US         of fire. (Associated Press, January 3, 2009)
                                                        the past seven years, these rockets have                The “Bloodshed Justification” was              counterparts, has been in charge of various             Israeli sources have pointed to a lengthy
                                                        been responsible for the deaths of seventeen        an essential component of the military-            military-intelligence operations. It is worth       drawn out military operation. It “won’t be easy
                                                        Israelis. Over the same time span, Israeli          intelligence agenda. The killing of Palestinian    noting that Meir Dagan as a young Colonel           and it won’t be short,” said Defense Minister
                                                        Blitzkrieg assaults have killed thousands of        civilians was justified on “humanitarian           had worked closely with Defense Minister            Ehud Barak in a TV address.
                                                        Palestinians, drawing worldwide protest but         grounds.” Israeli military operations were         Ariel Sharon in the raids on Palestinian                Israel is not seeking to oblige Hamas
                                                        falling on deaf ears at the UN.” (Shamus            carefully timed to coincide with the suicide       settlements in Beirut in 1982. The 2009             “to cooperate.” What we are dealing with is
                                                        Cooke, “The Massacre in Palestine and the           attacks:                                           ground invasion of Gaza, in many regards,
    On January 5, 2009, three people died in a                                                                                                                                                                     the implementation of the “Dagan Plan” as
                                                        Threat of a Wider War,” Global Research,                The assault would be launched, at the          bear a canny resemblance to the 1982 military
strike on the UN-run Asma Elementary school.                                                                                                                                                                       initially formulated in 2001, which called for:
                                                        December 2008)                                      Government’s discretion, after a big suicide       operation led by Sharon and Dagan.
    On January 6, at least 40 people were killed                                                                                                                                                                       “...an invasion of Palestinian-controlled
                                                                                                            bomb attack in Israel, causing widespread              It is important to focus on a number of key
and 55 injured when Israeli artillery shells landed         PLANNED HUMANITARIAN DISASTER                                                                                                                          territory by some 30,000 Israeli soldiers, with
                                                                                                            deaths and injuries, citing the bloodshed          events which have led up to the killings in
outside a United Nations-run school in Gaza. A              On December 8, US Deputy Secretary                                                                                                                     the clearly defined mission of destroying the
                                                                                                            as justification. (Tanya Reinhart, “Evil           Gaza under “Operation Cast Lead”:
number of children were among those who died            of State John Negroponte was in Tel Aviv                                                                                                                   infrastructure of the Palestinian leadership and
                                                                                                            Unleashed, Israel’s move to destroy the                1. The assassination in November 2004 of
when the al-Fakhura school in the Jabaliya refugee      for discussions with his Israeli counterparts                                                                                                              collecting weaponry currently possessed by
                                                                                                            Palestinian Authority is a calculated plan, long   Yaser Arafat. This assassination had been on
camp was hit. At least 350 Palestinians were            including the director of Mossad, Meir                                                                                                                     the various Palestinian forces, and expelling or
                                                                                                            in the making,” Global Research, December          the drawing board since 1996 under “Operation
sheltered in the al-Fakhura school seeking refuge       Dagan.                                                                                                                                                     killing its military leadership. (Ellis Shulman,
                                                                                                            2001)                                              Fields of Thorns.” According to an October
from fighting. Israel said its soldiers had come            “Operation Cast Lead” was initiated two                                                                                                                Operation Justified Vengeance: a Secret Plan
                                                                                                                THE DAGAN PLAN                                 2000 document “prepared by the security
under fire from militants inside the school but the     days after Christmas. It was coupled with                                                                                                                  to Destroy the Palestinian Authority, March
                                                                                                                “Operation Justified Vengeance” was also       services, at the request of then Prime Minister
UN confirms that there were no militants in the         a carefully designed international Public           referred to as the “Dagan Plan,” named after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2001)
compound. About one third of Gazans killed and          Relations campaign under the auspices of                                                               Ehud Barak, stated that ‘Arafat, the person, is         The broader question is whether Israel, in
                                                                                                            General (ret.) Meir Dagan, who currently           a severe threat to the security of the state [of
injured so far are children.                            Israel’s Foreign Ministry.                                                                                                                                 consultation with Washington, is intent upon
                                                                                                            heads Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency.        Israel] and the damage which will result from
                                                            Hamas’ military targets are not the                                                                                                                    triggering a wider war.
                                                                                                                Reserve General Meir Dagan was Sharon’s        his disappearance is less than the damage
                                                        main objective. “Operation Cast Lead” is                                                                                                                       Mass expulsion could occur at some
                                                                                                            national security adviser during the 2000          caused by his existence.’” (Tanya Reinhart,
                                                        intended, quite deliberately, to trigger civilian                                                                                                          later stage of the ground invasion were the
                                                                                                            election campaign. The plan was apparently         “Evil Unleashed, Israel’s move to destroy the
                                                        casualities.                                                                                                                                               Israelis to open up Gaza’s borders to allow
                                                                                                            drawn up prior to Sharon’s election as Prime       Palestinian Authority is a calculated plan, long
                                                            What we are dealing with is a “planned                                                                                                                 for an exodus of population. Expulsion was
                                                                                                            Minister in February 2001. “According to           in the making,” Global Research, December
                                                        humanitarian disaster” in Gaza in a densly                                                                                                                 referred to by Ariel Sharon as the “a 1948 style
                                                                                                            Alex Fishman writing in Yediot Aharonot,           2001. Details of the document were published
                                                        populated urban area. (See map.)                                                                                                                           solution.” For Sharon “it is only necessary
                                                                                                            the “Dagan Plan” consisted of destroying the       in Ma’ariv, July 6, 2001).
                                                            The longe-term objective of this plan, as                                                                                                              to find another state for the Palestinians.
                                                                                                            Palestinian Authority and putting Yasser Arafat        Arafat’s assassination was ordered in
                                                        formulated by Israeli policy makers, is the                                                                                                                — ‘Jordan is Palestine’ — was the phrase
                                                                                                            ‘out of the game’.” (Ellis Shulman, Operation      2003 by the Israeli cabinet. It was approved
                                                        expulsion of Palestinians from Palestinian                                                                                                                 that Sharon coined.” (Tanya Reinhart,“Evil
                                                                                                            Justified Vengeance: a Secret Plan to Destroy      by the US, which vetoed a United Nations
                                                        lands:                                                                                                                                                     Unleashed, Israel’s move to destroy the
                                                                                                            the Palestinian Authority, March 2001):            Security Resolution condemning the 2003
                                                            “Terrorize the civilian population, assuring                                                                                                           Palestinian Authority is a calculated plan, long
                                                                                                                “As reported in Jane’s Foreign Report          Israeli Cabinet decision. Reacting to increased
                                                        maximal destruction of property and cultural                                                                                                               in the making,” Global Research, December
   On January 9, the US House and Senate passed                                                             and disclosed locally by Ma’ariv, Israel’s         Palestinian attacks, in August 2003, Israeli
                                                        resources... The daily life of the Palestinians                                                                                                            2001.)
watered down resolutions affirming Israel’s right                                                           invasion plan — reportedly dubbed                  Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz declared “all
                                                        must be rendered unbearable! They should            “Justified Vengeance” — would be launched                                                              Michel Chossudovsky   reports   from   Canada   for
to self defense but decrying the excessive loss of                                                                                                             out war” on the militants whom he vowed
                                                        be locked up in cities and towns, prevented         immediately following the next high-casualty                                                           GlobalReasearch.ca
innocent life.
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                Israeli Warship Rams Cynthia                                                                                                                                Worldwide Condemnation
               McKinney’s Boat Off Gaza Coast
                                                                              right up to their threat to      aired live. Of course, they cut the reference to
                                                                              fire at us if we didn’t turn     the USS Liberty. What are they afraid of?
                                                                              around, and ending with our          Last night I was on PressTV.com, along with
                                                                              beaten-up boat limping into      others who were on the Dignity, and we debated
                                                                              Sour harbor in Lebanon. Al       a representative from WINEP, the Washington
                                                                              Jazeera carried our story        Institute for Near East Policy. I reminded
                                                                              as “breaking news” and           the audience that the Palestinians don’t have
                                                                              performed a real service to      nuclear weapons, depleted uranium munitions,
                                                                              its audience and to us. Al       white phosphorous, or F-16s, but the Israelis
                                                                              Jazeera called the Israelis to   do. The facts, however, tend to get garbled after
                                                                              inquire about the incident       being processed by the “Grand Wurlitzer” organ
                                                                              right as it was happening        of state-sponsored disinformation utilizing the
                                                                              and I am sure the Israelis       world’s press.
                                                                              were prepared to leave               With the truth clearly on our side, Israel
                                                                              none to tell the story. Al       has been reduced to releasing the ridiculous
                                                                              Jazeera told the story and       bombast below, given to me by a reporter who
                                                                              documented it as it was          came to our hotel in Beirut for a visit. With
BY CYNTHIA MCKINNEY                                                           happening.                       their multiple, conflicting stories, it is clear that
                                                                                                                                                                       Washington, DC protests against Israel’s Gaza Invasion                              photo - William Hughes
January 1, 2009 - Yesterday, we met with the               One of those Al Jazeera reporters with us was       the Israelis did not expect us to live to tell the
President of Lebanon, the Chief of the Military,       Sami El-Haj, who was detained in Guantanamo             truth.
and the Interior Minister who all thanked us for       by the United States for six incredibly long                On the drive from Sour through Saida                BY WAYNE MADSEN                                          taken place every day with larger rallies are
responding and risking our lives on a mission of       years. What an honor to even exchange glances           to Beirut, we were welcomed like heroes                 As one pro-Israel speaker after another spoke            planned to take place at Lafayette Park across
mercy; we profusely thanked them for rescuing          with such a humble man who had endured so               because our ordeal had been seen by everyone            of the terrorist threats of Hamas, Hezbollah,            from the White House.
us.                                                    much pain at the hands of the US government. I          on Al Jazeera.     The mayor of Sour came to            and Iran at the January 8 “Passing the Baton”                Protesters gathered in front of the Israeli
    What would we have done, stranded out at           apologized to him that my tax dollars were being        welcome us. The mayor of Saida insisted that            seminar sponsored by the heavily neocon-                 embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay and
sea, prohibited from reaching our destination,         used in such a despicable way. And Sami’s               we stop there, on our way to Beirut, for a special      influenced US Institute of Peace in Washington,          demanded that the Uruguayan government
low on fuel, with a badly damaged boat if              crime according to the                                                                                          wire services are reporting that protests against        cut diplomatic ties with Israel and condemned
Lebanon had not accepted us? Lebanon sent              US? Born in Sudan, and                                                                                          Israel’s genocide in Gaza are continuing around          Israel’s genocide against the people of Gaza.
their ships to find us. Lebanon rescued us.            reporting for Al Jazeera                                                                                        the world.                                                   Another in a series of anti-Israeli protests
Lebanon welcomed us. And we are truly                  in Afghanistan, Sami                                                                                                The South African Press Association (SAPA)           was held outside the Azerbaijani capital of
thankful.                                              was the wrong color,                                                                                            reported that protesters at the South African            Baku.
    It’s official now. We’ve been told that the        the wrong nationality,                                                                                          parliament in Cape Town demanded that South                  Iranians held a pro-Venezuelan rally
sturdy, wood construction of our boat, Dignity,        the wrong religion,                                                                                             Africa expel Israel’s ambassador.                        outside the Venezuelan embassy in Tehran to
is the reason we are still alive. Fiberglass would     reporting for the wrong                                                                                             Thousands also protested Israel’s actions in         thank Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez for
probably not have withstood the impact of the          news outfit, telling us the                                                                                     Gaza in a demonstration in Srinigar, the capital         supporting the Gazan people and expelling the
Israeli attack and under different circumstances,      truth about a wrong war.                                                                                        of Indian-controlled Kashmir.                            Israeli ambassador in Caracas.
we might not be here to tell the story. Even at        And for that he survived                                                                                            In Sudan, protesters threw rocks at the US               Kenyan Muslim demonstrators attempted to
that, the report that came to us yesterday after       incarceration for six long                                                                                      embassy and thousands gathered in Martyrs’               deliver a note of protest to the Israeli embassy in
the Captain and First Mate went back to Sour           years.     Sami El-Haj,                                                                                         Square in Khartoum.                                      Nairobi, but were thwarted by police.
(Tyre) Lebonon, to inspect the boat was that it        Guantanamo         prisoner                                                                                         A mass student movement against Israeli                  Anti-Israel protests were scheduled today at
was sinking, the damage is extensive, and the          number 345.                                                                                                     atrocities in Gaza began to take shape in                the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo, Bosnia
boat will take, in their estimation, at least one          Another incredibly                                                                                          Malaysia with government support. Malaysian              and in the town of Gorazde.
                                                                                                               ceremony. But there was something else that
month to repair. Tomorrow, we will bring the           committed journalist who was with us was                                                                        Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad                     It was reported that cyber-protesters hacked
                                                                                                               was visible along our drive, and that is the
Dignity from Sour to Beirut. And now, we must          CNN’s Karl Penhaul. Karl reported the truth                                                                     Badawi said Israel should be subjected to                into the websites of the Israeli Defense Ministry
                                                                                                               devastation that Lebanon, itself, has received as
decide what to do and from where we will do            even when his own station was repeating Israeli                                                                 international sanctions.                                 and Mossad.
                                                                                                               a result of the Israeli war machine. The scars of
it and how we are to get back to wherever that         disinformation. The fact that we were traveling                                                                     Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh                     There was a small protest outside of the
                                                                                                               the war are still evident everywhere. I will write
might be.                                              with these alert journalists added to the flat-                                                                 strongly criticized Israel’s assault on Gaza.            Israel Economic and Cultural Office (ISECO)
                                                                                                               more on that tomorrow.
    My personal, and I know the group’s, thanks        footedness and obvious crudeness of the Israeli                                                                     Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Foreign Minister          Taipei, Taiwan. There was another small protest
                                                                                                                   And one final note, President-elect Obama
must go to Al Jazeera, who allowed three of            response. Sadly, Israel has changed its story too                                                               Fander Falconi condemned Israel’s actions as             in Prague that followed one last week in front of
                                                                                                               roared like a mighty lion onto the political scene,
their reporters to be onboard with us on our           many times to count, and that’s because they are                                                                Ecuadorian grassroots movements continued                the Israeli embassy in the Czech capital.
                                                                                                               but now he is as silent as a lamb in the face of
voyage. As a result, Al Jazeera carried the            not telling the truth.                                                                                          to demonstrate outside the Israeli embassy in                A dozen Slovenian intellectuals sent a letter
                                                                                                               the death and destruction that is happening in
story of the Dignity live, from castoff in Cyprus          We lived to tell the story. Karl’s incredible                                                               Quito.                                                   to parliament asking it to condemn the Israeli
                                                                                                               Gaza. As we approach the birthday celebration
when our spirits were high, right up through the       reporting, just a portion of our story, can be seen                                                                 A large protest was held outside the Israeli         actions in Gaza. Parliament Speaker Pavel
                                                                                                               of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. let us remember
manacing maneuvers of the huge, super fast             on the CNN website where there’s also video                                                                     embassy on Avenida de Mayo and Chacabuco                 Gantar condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza on
                                                                                                               what Dr. King said:
Israeli ships before they rammed us; through the       and a photo of our damaged boat. This video                                                                     in Buenos Aires                                          January 9.
                                                                                                                   “In the end, we will remember not the words
Israeli calls on the ship phone after the ramming      and the photos of Karl’s report is particularly                                                                     Protesters in the town of Nardaran, outside              An       anti-Israel     demonstration      by
                                                                                                               of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
calling us terrorists and subversives and telling      interesting given that Israel claims that our                                                                   of Baku, Azerbaijan, burnt US and Israeli flags          predominantly Muslims was held after Friday
                                                                                                                   And after five days of aerial bombardment
us to return to Cyprus (even though the Israelis       boat was only scratched and that, in actuality,                                                                 over the Gaza genocide.                                  prayers in Hong Kong.
                                                                                                               by Israel, the carnage in Gaza continues.
later claimed that they didn’t know who we             our captain, while trying to outmaneuver them,                                                                      Here in Washington DC small protests have
                                                                                                               Cynthia McKinney is a former congresswoman from
were, they knew enough about us to tell where          damaged their warship.                                  Georgia and Green Party candidate for President


                                                                                                                                                                         Nobel Peace Laureate Calls for
we had come from, and the fact that we didn’t              I’m told that CNN only played my full               2008.
have enough fuel to follow their instructions);        statement once — and that’s the time that it




      Israel Using White Phosphorus Shells In Gaza                                                                                                                       War Crimes Tribunal for Israel
                                                                                                                                                                       SOUTH NEWS JANUARY 4, 2009                               is illegal, is a war crime and a crime against
                                                                                                                                                                       Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire has                 humanity.
                                                                                                                                                                       today written to the UN Secretary General,                   “Instead of protecting the civilian community
LONDON, JANUARY 5 (ANI)                                                                                           “Israel uses munitions that are allowed for          Ban Ki-Moon, and Father Miguel D’Escoto,                 of Gaza and relieving their suffering by lifting
To screen its assault on the heavily populated                                                                 under international law,” said Captain Ishai            President of the United Nations General                  the “siege,” the Israeli military has carried out
Gaza Strip, Israel is believed to be using                                                                     David, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces          Assembly, adding her voice to those of                   seven days of consecutive bombing of civilians,
controversial white phosphorus shells, whose                                                                   (IDF).                                                  international jurists, human rights organizations        from both sea and air. Bombing unarmed
use is banned under the Geneva conventions                                                                        “We are pressing ahead with the second               and individuals, for the UN General Assembly             civilians, including many women and children,
as an offensive weapon against civilians, but                                                                  stage of operations, entering troops in the Gaza        to establish an International Criminal Tribunal          and destroying mosques, hospitals, homes
its use as a smokescreen is not prohibited by                                                                  Strip to seize areas from which rockets are             for Israel (ICTI) to hold Israel accountable for         and infrastructure, is illegal and constitutes
international law.                                                                                             being launched into Israel,” The Times quoted           its atrocities against the people of Gaza.               war crimes. Over 600 people are now dead
    The weapon, used by British and US forces                                                                  him, as saying.                                             An ICTI can be established by the UN                 in Gaza, with over 2,500 injured - including
in Iraq, can cause horrific burns but is not illegal                                                              The civilian toll in the first 24 hours of the       General Assembly as a subsidiary organ under             many women and children. The infrastructure
if used as a smokescreen, The Times reported.                                                                  ground offensive — launched after a week of             aArticle 22 of the UN Charter. The charter states        of Gaza has been destroyed, and its people,
    As the Israeli army stormed to the edges                                                                   bombardment from air, land and sea — was at             that the UN may establish the subsidiary organs          including journalists, are cut off from the world.
of Gaza City and the Palestinian death toll                Burning blobs of phosphorus would cause             least 64 dead.                                          it needs to perform its functions. The purpose of        Humanitarian workers are locked out of Gaza
topped 500, the shells could be seen spreading         severe injuries to anyone caught beneath them                                                                   the ICTI would be to investigate and prosecute           and are unable to go to the aid of those who
tentacles of thick white smoke to cover the            and force would-be snipers or operators of                                                                      Israeli war criminals for offenses against the           desperately need their help.
troops’ advance.                                       remote-controlled booby traps to take cover.                                                                    Palestinians.                                                “The UN must help uphold human rights and
                                                       Israel admitted using white phosphorus during                                                                       Maguire said: “In November 2008 I visited            justice for the Palestinians, by establishing an
                                                       its 2006 war with Lebanon.                                                                                      Gaza and was shocked at the suffering of its             international criminal tribunal for Israel, to hold
                                                           The use of the weapon in the Gaza Strip, one                                                                people, being under siege as they have been              Israel accountable for war crimes.”
                                                       of the world’s mostly densely populated areas,                                                                  for over two years. This collective punishment           Mairead Maguire received the Nobel Peace
                                                       is likely to ignite yet more controversy over                                                                   by the Israeli government has led to a great             Prize in 1976 for her work in Northern Ireland.
                                                       Israel’s offensive, in which more than 2,300                                                                    humanitarian crisis. Collective punishment               www.peacepeople.com
                                                       Palestinians have been wounded, the paper                                                                       of civilians breaks the Geneva Convention,
                                                       reported.
                                                           The Geneva Treaty of 1980 stipulates that
                                                       white phosphorus should not be used as a
                                                       weapon of war in civilian areas, but there is no
                                                       blanket ban under international law on its use as
                                                                                                                   The Israeli army also suffered its first
                                                                                                               fatality of the offensive when one of its soldiers               NORTHCOM Prepares for
                                                                                                                                                                                Domestic Economic Unrest
    “These explosions are fantastic looking, and                                                               was killed by mortar fire. Mortars, mines and
                                                       a smokescreen or for illumination.                      sniper fire wounded more than 30 soldiers.
produce a great deal of smoke that blinds the              The Israeli military last night denied using
enemy so that our forces can move in,” said one        phosphorus, but refused to say what had been
Israeli security expert.                               deployed.
                                                                                                                                                                                   NORTHCOM from p.1
                                                                                                                                                                       The police (department) does not train with              become overwhelmed, El Paso has several
                                                                                                                                                                       soldiers.”                                               National Guard and military reserve units that
                                                                                                                                                                          Earlier this year, Pentagon officials said as         can be called on. In 1992, National Guard and
                                                                                                                                                                       many as 20,000 soldiers under the US Northern            active Marine and Army units were deployed
                                                                                                                                                                       Command (NORTHCOM) will be trained                       to help police control riots and looting in Los
                                                                                                                                                                       within the next three years to work with civilian        Angeles.
                                                                                                                                                                       law enforcement in homeland security.                        Charles Boehmer, political science professor
                                                                                                                                                                          Joint Task Force-North, a joint command               at the University of Texas at El Paso, was
                                                                                                                                                                       at Biggs Army Airfield, which conducts                   skeptical about the Army War College report.
                                                                                                                                                                       surveillance and intelligence along the border,              “The military was not called out during the
                                                                                                                                                                       comes under NORTHCOM. No one was                         Great Depression, and I don’t think our economic
                                                                                                                                                                       available at JTF-North to comment on the                 problems are as bad as they were then,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                       Army War College’s report. NORTHCOM                      “The military always has contingency plans. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                       was created after the 9/11 attacks to coordinate         a think tank’s job to come up with scenarios, but
                                                                                                                                                                       homeland security efforts.                               that doesn’t mean it represents an active interest
                                                                                                                                                                          Soldiers under the former Joint Task Force-6          on the part of the Pentagon.”
                                                                                                                                                                       (now JTF-North) supported the Border Patrol in           Diana Washington Valdez may be reached at
                                                                                                                                                                       El Paso with its drug-interdiction operations.           dvaldez@elpasotimes.com
                                                                                                                                                                          In case civilian authorities request help or
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                           Book Review                                                                                                                    History’s Lessons
     Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy                                                                                                   Intelligence And Blackmail Of US Politicians
        and Frame Nixon?                                                                                    BY WAYNE MADSEN / WAYNE MADSEN REPORT
                                                                                                            It was a story that surfaced at the same time that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the cities involved with the call boy services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      were Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans,
                                                                                                            the first major Congressional page sex scandal                                                            New York, Washington and Houston and
                                                                                                            embroiled members of the Senate, House of                                                                 that some clients paid for sex with boys with

                                                     Family of Secrets:                                     Representatives, their staffs, and congressional
                                                                                                            employees. The year was 1982 and among
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      credit card. Yet with such prima facie paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      trail evidence, an investigation by the FBI was
                                                     The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful                         those implicated in the page sex scandal was
                                                                                                            then-Idaho Republican Representative Larry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      never pursued. Fisher testified, ‘’You could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      call a number in Houston from Washington
                                                         Forces That Put it in The                          Craig, who later, as a Senator, was convicted of                                                          and have a young boy brought to your room in
                                                      White House, and What Their                           soliciting sex from an undercover policeman in                                                            Washington.” Fisher said the boys used were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as young as 12. Smith said a weekend of sex
                                                                                                            a men’s room at Minneapolis Airport.
                                                       Influence Means for America                              While the congressional page sex scandal                                                              with boys would cost $450 and that limousines
                                                     by                                                     of 1982 caught the attention of ABC and NBC
                                                                                                            News, another, more serious child sex scandal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      transported the young prostitutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Special Agent Charles Koczka of the US
                                                     Russ Baker                                             that hit the newspapers and the now-defunct                                                               Customs Service office in New York testified
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that 60 percent of pornography entering the
                                                                                                            Independent Network News (INN), broadcast
                                                                                                            from WPIX-TV in New York, quickly faded                  Smith testified that Robert Kohler, an           United States from overseas involved children
                                                                                                            from view.                                           accountant for five call boy services, told him      between the ages of 12 months to 13 years of age.
REVIEW BY DAVID SWANSON                                  “Poppy Bush was in Dallas on November 21               The story about Washington, DC’s                 the services sold information about their clients    The Soviets especially used child pornography
Russ Baker’s new book presents an account            and most likely the morning of November 22.            politically-powerful and the underage male           to foreign intelligence services. The clients were   to blackmail western intelligence agents.
of the US government that is both remarkably         He hid that fact, he lied about knowing where          prostitutes, some as young as 12 years old, broke    reported to be US government officials. Smith        Government Communications Headquarters
new and extensively documented. According            he was, then he created an alibi based on a lead       about the same time that the FBI identified a        revealed that the foreign intelligence involved      employee Geoffrey Prime, a Russian linguist
to this account, George H. W. Bush, the father       he knew was false. And he never acknowledged           key kingpin in child pornography production          were those of Israel, the Soviet Union, and          with a Top Secret Byeman clearance for US
of the current president, devoted his career to      the closeness of his relationship with Oswald’s        and distribution in Chicago who admitted under       Great Britain. However, British intelligence has     spy satellite information, was arrested by
secret intelligence work with the CIA many           handler George de Mohrenschildt.                       questioning by FBI agents that his network of        an unwritten understanding with the CIA not to       British police in 1982. Prime was a member of
years before he became the CIA director, and             “Poppy’s business partner Thomas Devine            pedophiles included a US naval officer and           operate on US soil without the knowledge of the      a British pedophile group, information that was
the network of spies and petroleum plutocrats        met with de Mohrenschildt during that period,          other influential government employees. It was       CIA. Smith said that a Soviet intelligence agent     obviously used by the Soviet KGB to blackmail
he began working with early on has played            on behalf of the CIA.                                  later discovered that the naval officer was the      told him that the KGB bought information on          him into passing classified material to the
a powerful but hidden role in determining                “Poppy’s eventual Texas running mate in the        Commanding Officer of the US Naval Facility          the clients of the call boy services. Mossad’s       Soviets. Prime was actually a member of the
the direction of the US government up to the         1964 election, Jack Crichton, was connected            in Coos Head, Oregon.                                involvement was not detailed but such                Pedophile Information Exchange, a pedophile
current day.                                         to the military intelligence figures who led               The Naval Investigative Service (NIS) was        blackmail activities by Israeli intelligence have    organization in Britain.
    New research and newly highlighted               Kennedy’s motorcade.                                   called in and the Operations Officer at the          been and are endemic in hostile intelligence             Fisher said the call boy pimps used the boys
information assembled by Baker presents                  “Crichton and D. Harold Byrd, owner of the         Oregon naval installation was requested by the       activity in the United States.                       for production of pornography.
at least the strong possibility that Bush was        Texas School Book Depository building, were            FBI and NIS to participate as the lead temporary         In addition to working for the New York              With all the information compiled by law
involved in assassinating President Kennedy,         both connected to de Mohrenschildt — and               special agent in a carefully-prepared sting of the   Senate Committee, Smith also worked with the         enforcement in three states and the Customs
and that Bush was involved in staging the            directly to each other through oil-business            base commander to obtain evidence and the            Washington, DC and Arlington, Virgina police         Service, the FBI did not see fit to further
Watergate break-in (and the break-in at Dan          dealings.                                              identities of co-conspirators.                       in investigating the call boy ring over a three      investigate the foreign intelligence angle to
Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s) with the purpose of           “Byrd brought in the tenant that hired                 On September 14, 1982, UPI filed the             year period.                                         the call boy ring. The FBI told The Washington
having these break-ins exposed and the blame         Oswald shortly before the assassination.               following report from Coos Bay, Oregon:                  The Mossad is known to keep extensive            Post that “the bureau has no information to
placed on President Nixon. In this account,              “Oswald got his job in the building through            “The commander of the Coos Head Naval            files on embarrassing information to use later to    confirm that Soviets or agents from other
those in on the get-Nixon plot included John         a friend of de Mohrenschildt’s with her own            Facility was relieved of duty and jailed on          blackmail individuals. WMR has learned from a        foreign governments have purchased customer
Dean and Bob Woodward. While this retelling          intelligence connections — including family            charges he promoted an obscene sexual                former high-level Jewish official of the Clinton     lists from male prostitution services.” However,
of history would make a certain Robert Redford       ties to Allen Dulles.”                                 performance by a child.                              administration who has extensive contacts with       there were reports that the FBI had requested
movie look really, really silly, it would — on the       You start to get a taste of the sort of                Lt. Cmdr. Larry William Frawley, 38, was         the American Israel Public Affairs Committee         the C&P Telephone Company to turn over
other hand — make Woodward’s performance             case Baker builds. It’s persuasive, but not            arrested Saturday and accused of promoting           (AIPAC) that the number two Mossad chief             phone call records of suspected call boy clients
during Watergate fit more coherently with            conclusive. If you buy into the basic outlines of      an obscene sexual performance by a child and         responsible for the United States and Canada         in the Washington, DC area. Washington and
everything he’s known to have done before            it, you come up against a history of American          using a child in an obscene sexual performance.      is Illinois Representative Rahm Emanuel, the         Arlington police raided two call boy salons in
and since. It would also give new meaning to         politics in which our top “elected” officials          Both are felony charges.                             prospective Chief of Staff for Barack Obama.         March 1982 and a list of 1000 clients was sized.
Dean’s recent book title Conservatives Without       are not just chosen through a process openly               Police Sgt. Jack Bushmaker said Frawley          With Mossad’s files at his disposal, Emanuel is      The Washington Post reported that a mid-level
a Conscience. I would love to see either of these    corrupted by money and media and parties, but          was lodged in the Coos County Corrections            in a position to blackmail politicians involved      State Department employee resigned after his
men’s response to Baker’s book.                      are also chosen through a process of covert ops.       Facility on $10,000 bail.                            in Mossad’s past “honey trap” operations,            name turned up o the client list.
    Many readers of this review may now be           Kennedy was replaced by Johnson because he                 Frawley’s alleged role will not be made          including the 1982 call boy network, which saw           As was the case with the later George H. W.
rushing off to declare Baker either profoundly       was more obedient to Texas oilmen. Nixon was           known until the investigation is completed, Lt.      Israeli intelligence agents buying information       Bush administration, which saw congressional
insane or (probably in fewer cases) indisputably     replaced by Ford for similar reasons. Bush Sr.         Cmdr. John Marchi, public affairs officer for        from the pedophile prostitution services.            pages and call boys given midnight tours of
correct in his views regarding the removal of        made a deal with Iran not to release American          the naval base in Seattle, said. He said details         Smith revealed information on the                the White House by GOP officials, the Reagan
Kennedy and Nixon from the White House, but          hostages until Reagan defeated Carter. (Baker          will not be at present since the investigation is    intelligence blackmail operations involving          administration tolerated child prostitution.
I would strongly urge reading the book before        recounts but adds nothing new to this story,           pending, he said.                                    US government officials during a two-day New         One result of the 1982 Coos Bay Navy-FBI
doing so. It’s called Family of Secrets: The Bush    already reported elsewhere.) Bush Sr. and Jr.              Lt. Cmdr. Marney Finch, executive officer        York Senate hearing in July 1982 at which Smith      investigation was the realization that pedophiles
Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It In The      ran election campaigns that employed CIA-              at the Coos Head station, is now the interim         described how boys between the ages of 13 and        involved in the ring and covering it up
White House, And What Their Influence Means          like techniques. It’s a compelling narrative           commanding officer, Marchi said.                     16 were shuttled between various cities to have      extended “all the way into the White House.”
for America.                                         with probably a great deal of truth to it, and the         Frawley had been at the station since 1980.      sex with clients for fees between $50 and $250.      The information on the Reagan White House
    Those of us who have pushed for years now        viciousness of Republican attacks on President             Officials declined to say how many children      The younger boys commanded the higher fees.          connection came from the NIS resident agents
to have Bush Jr. impeached or prosecuted have        Clinton fits into it. So does the reluctance of        were involved in the case or whether additional      Smith also testified about child pornography         in Portland and Seattle. Representative Austin
heard all imaginable excuses and then some.          Carter, Clinton, Obama, and others to stray            arrests were expected.”                              being produced by the call services. Smith also      Murphy (D-PA) was outraged by the Reagan
One has been this: “Punishing the figurehead         too far from positions acceptable to those (like           During the sting operation, Frawley admitted     stated that the call boy service was connected       administration’s lackadaisical approach to the
puppet president would amount to excusing            Robert Gates) with places in the more permanent        that his network of pedophiles included senior       to “organized crime’ in New York City but            child prostitution in its midst. Murphy told a
the real powers behind the throne.” And, of          power structure. So does the possibility that          naval officers, clerics, lawyers, politicians, and   he was not specific about the ethnicity of the       House labor and eduction subcommittee that
course, some of us have never doubted that such      Michael Connell was murdered last week.                judges.                                              syndicate.                                           the Reagan administration was “getting big
powers existed, but have considered letting              The interesting thing about Baker’s claims             The FBI had an additional problem in                 Smith told The Washington Post that he           government off the backs of the pimps.” After
Bush and Cheney walk free as a surer way to          regarding Kennedy and Nixon is that they               Chicago: two veteran Chicago police officers         posed as someone “interested in starting a           hearing testimony that child prostitution rings
protect other guilty parties than punishing them     would suggest that the CIA actually succeeded          were later charged with producing child              male prostitution service in the Washington          used children as young as five, Murphy said,
would be. There are guilty parties in Congress       at something, that -- in fact -- the CIA or            pornography. Critical photographic evidence          area.” Smith said the sale of client lists posed a   “Are we willing to lend a helping hand to
too, of course, but how the pervasiveness of         members thereof managed to keep major                  was destroyed by the Chicago cops before it          national security problem for the United States      American children who are alone in the streets
guilt justifies letting everyone off the hook has    secrets for decades. Of course, they were              could fall into the hands of the FBI and Cook        and that is why he decided to make public the        for filth peddlers to prey upon? The answer
always escaped me. The arrests have to begin         morally reprehensible secrets and provide              County state’s attorney’s office. The case           intelligence angle involving Israeli, Soviet, and    from the White House seems to be ‘no’.’’
somewhere. In any case, I bring up the image of      further rationale for eliminating the CIA and all      against the officers soon fell apart.                British intelligence public..
presidents as puppets because Baker provides         secret government agencies, rather than any sort           Three Chicago North Side residents were              However, Washington Metropolitan Police              [Post script: The Coos Bay navy facility
a new variation on that theme. In his account,       of justification for keeping them going.               convicted of running a “sex club” using teen-        detective Carl Shoffler’s testimony provided         operations officer who was the FBI and NIS
Bush Jr. is indeed not the driving force, but a          While Nixon and Kennedy appear in this             agers between May 1982 and August 1983, the          some clues to the identities of the criminal         temporary special agent who led the government
clique centered around his father is.                account almost exclusively in the role of victims,     height of the call boy scandal in Washington and     syndicate involved. Shoffler said, “Call service     “sting” against the Commanding Officer in 1982
    Baker does not focus on Bush Jr.’s               we should remember that their failures to please       other cities.                                        operations in Washington have some connection        was this editor. The FBI and NIS confided that
grandfather, Prescott Bush, and does                 a certain powerful group do not absolve them               In 1993, Chicago’s Roman Catholic                with organized crime in New York and that a          the perpetrator had likely been “turned” by the
not even mention his role in the plot to             of their own sins, even if that group may have         Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was             separate investigation by the Washington             Soviet KGB during a previous and unauthorized
overthrow President Roosevelt in 1933 (http:         done them in. While Kennedy may have courted           sued by a former student who accused him             Metropolitan Police revealed that “information       trip to the Soviet Union after knowledge of his
//davidswanson.org/node/1337). Baker’s focus         the wrath of certain powers by refusing to do          of sexual abuse while he was an adolescent.          pertaining to organized crime involvement            pederasty became known to Soviet agents
is on Poppy, although Prescott and his anger         to Cuba what Dubya later did to Iraq, Nixon’s          Bernardin was Archbishop of Cincinnati from          generally led to corporations and individuals        during a clandestine hotel check of his room
toward Kennedy are in the background. It is          failing was not any deficiency in the area of          1972 to 1982.                                        in New York.” Smith testified that profits from      and luggage.
not a completely new idea to suppose that            war criminality. While part of what Nixon was              But federal investigators faced another          the call boy services were re-invested in real           A cover-up of the Navy case was launched by
Kennedy was killed because he angered the            covering up may have been staged to frame him,         major problem in their investigation of child        estate. The corporate angle is significant. The      then-Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, later
CIA and powerful Americans with business             his most serious offenses — those involving the        prostitution. A shadowy Washington DC                female prostitution ring that enmeshed New           named as a member of the 9/11 Commission.
interests in Cuba. It is, as far as I know, new to   mass slaughter of human beings — have been             communal group called “The Finders,” which           York Governor Spitzer was linked to the Israeli      Lehman was also a member of the Project for
show, as Baker extensively documents and then        marginalized in all accounts, old and new, of          had significant Chicago links, was suspected of      Mafia in the New York City area. Interlocking        the New American Century and is a member of
summarizes, that:                                    our attempts to hold him accountable. And              engaging in the sexual abuse of children, some       corporations were used to launder the money          the neocon Committee on the Present Danger.
    “Poppy Bush was closely tied to key members      Nixon himself secretly derailed a possible peace       as young as 2 years old, and performing Satanic      made by the prostitution ring.                       Lehman was considered an odds-on favorite to
of the intelligence community including the          agreement in order to get himself into the same        rituals involving children. And there was one            Most of the boys were said to be runaways        have been named CIA director or Director of
deposed CIA head with a known grudge against         White House that he was later chased out of in         other problem for investigators: the Finders         and the call boy services operated behind such       National Intelligence had John McCain won the
JFK; he was also tied to Texas oligarchs who         disgrace.                                              were believed to have connections to the CIA.        fronts as modeling agencies, photo studios           presidency.
hated Kennedy’s politics and whose wealth was        David Swanson is a Washington peace activist and           The involvement of intelligence agencies         or book stores. Shoffler said that the call boy          This editor’s Navy career was a casualty
directly threatened by Kennedy; this network         founder of After Downing Street, a nonpartisan         was advanced by New York Detective Dale              prostitution clients were often the victims of       of participation in the FBI/NIS investigation
was part of the military/intelligence elite with     coalition working to expose the lies that create and   Smith who conducted a five-year investigation        extortion. Shoffler added, “most of the victims,     of the national pedophile ring. Attempts to
a history of using assassination as an instrument    sustain wars and occupations and to hold accountable   on behalf of the New York state Senate Select                                                             correct retaliatory fitness reports were rebuffed
                                                                                                                                                                 you can tell from their professions and all,
of policy.                                           those responsible.                                                                                                                                               by the Navy Department and Lehman’s Judge
                                                                                                            Committee on Crime. The investigation was            wouldn’t be complainants.”
                                                                                                            spurred by New York Republican Senator                   Smith stated that among the centers for the      Advocate General told this editor that the
                                                                                                            Ralph J. Marino. Marino became Majority              call boy trysts were Dallas Bar, the Haymarket,      “needs of the Navy outweighed the career of
                                                                                                            Leader of the New York Senate in 1988 but            and the Follies Theater in New York and Cinema       one individual.”



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          Why We Must Prosecute Bush And His                                                                      The Wall Street Ponzi Scheme Called
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mathematical impossibility inherent in a system of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bank-created money lent at interest:
            Administration For War Crimes
                                                                                                                      Fractional Reserve Banking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “[I]magine the first bank which prints and lends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    out $100. For its efforts it asks for the borrower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to return $110 in one year; that is it asks for 10%
          WAR CRIMES from p.3                          and those who hold the office after him, but in                                                                                                                              interest. Unwittingly, or maybe wittingly, the bank
against humanity,” spelled out in detail in the        the final analysis this is about us.                                        PONZI from p.1                          was called “fractional reserve” lending because          has created a mathematically impossible situation.
Geneva Conventions. As Tom Paine said long                 We are complicit in the horrors of this              and Washington Mutual) suggests that all may               the gold held in reserve was a mere fraction of          The only way in which the borrower can return
before the UN formalized the definition of             administration. We can claim neither ignorance           not be as it seems on our online screens. Banks            the banknotes it supported. The scheme worked            $110 of the bank’s notes is if the bank prints, and
aggression, “He who is the author of a war lets        nor innocence. We are complicit by the very fact         themselves are involved in a sort of Ponzi scheme,         as long as only a few people came for their gold         lends, $10 more at 10% interest... The result of
loose the whole contagion of Hell and opens a          that we are citizens of the United States, more          one that has been perpetuated for hundreds of              at one time; but investors would periodically get        creating $100 and demanding $110 in return, is
vein that bleeds a nation to death.”                   so because we paid for the war, and even more            years. What distinguishes the legal scheme known           suspicious and all demand their gold back at once.       that the collective borrowers of a nation are forever
    A small sampling of the contagion of Hell          so for this reason. Listen to a village sheik I met      as “fractional reserve” lending from the illegal           There would then be a run on the bank and it would       chasing a phantom which can never be caught; the
let loose by Bush includes illegally invading          in Iraq describe it better than I ever could.            schemes of Bernie Madoff and his ilk is that               have to close its doors. This cycle of booms and         mythical $10 that were never created. The debt
a sovereign state, using banned weapons such               I met this man in a small farming village one        the bankers’ scheme is protected by government             busts went on throughout the nineteenth century,         in fact is unrepayable. Each time $100 is created
as white phosphorous and napalm, bombing               afternoon in early 2004.                                 charter and backstopped with government funds.             culminating in a particularly bad bank panic in          for the nation, the nation’s overall indebtedness
hospitals and civilian infrastructure, withholding         He described how he and a dozen others               At last count, the Federal Reserve and the US              1907. The public became convinced that the               to the system is increased to $110. The only
aid and medical supplies, terrorizing and              were swept up in a raid by the US Army and               Treasury had committed $8.5 trillion to bailing            country needed a central banking system to stop          solution at present is increased borrowing to cover
knowingly killing civilians, torturing prisoners,      detained on a bare patch of ground surrounded                                                                       future panics, overcoming strong congressional           the principal plus the interest on what has been
                                                                                                                out the banks from their follies.1 By comparison,
killing a million people and displacing four           by concertina wire. They had no shelter and but                                                                     opposition to any bill allowing the nation’s money       borrowed.”
                                                                                                                M2, the largest measure of the money supply now
million more in Iraq alone.                            six blankets. They dug a hole with their hands                                                                      to be issued by a private central bank controlled            The better solution, says Langrick, is to allow
                                                                                                                reported by the Federal Reserve, was just under $8
    Following World War II, humanity                   for a toilet. They had to beg for water until one                                                                   by Wall Street. The Federal Reserve Act creating         the government to issue enough new debt-free
                                                                                                                trillion in December 2008.2 The sheer size of the
resolved that wars do more than spark a series         time it rained for three days straight and they                                                                     such a “bankers’ bank” was passed in 1913. Robert        dollars to cover the interest charges not created by
                                                                                                                bailout efforts indicates that the banking scheme
of loathsome, individual crimes. Leaders               remained on that open ground. He somehow                                                                            Owens, a co-author of the Act, later testified before    the banks as loans:
                                                                                                                has reached its mathematical limits and needs to be
responsible for a war actually commit crimes           found the graciousness to say he understood                                                                         Congress that the banking industry had conspired             “Instead of taxes, government would be
                                                                                                                superseded by something more sustainable.
against the entirety of humanity. They inflict         there was a difference between the American                                                                         to create a series of financial panics in order to       empowered to create money for its own expenses
                                                                                                                     PENETRATING THE BANKERS’ PONZI SCHEME
harm on every human being, something that              people and our government. Then through                                                                             rouse the people to demand “reforms” that served         up to the balance of the debt shortfall. Thus, if
                                                                                                                     What fractional reserve lending is and how it
must be put right before humanity can be               his tears he added, “But you say you live in a                                                                      the interests of the financiers.4                        the banking industry created $100 in a year, the
                                                                                                                works is summed up in Wikipedia as follows:
restored.                                              democracy. How can this be happening to us?”                                                                            Despite this powerful official backstop,             government would create $10 which it would
                                                                                                                     “Fractional-reserve banking is the banking
    There is a final reason why we must                    Do we? Whether or not we bring our own                                                                          however, the greatest bank run in history occurred       use for its own expenses. Abraham Lincoln used
                                                                                                                practice in which banks keep only a fraction of their
prosecute Bush and Co. It is not what some             government officials to justice their crimes will                                                                   only twenty years later, in 1933. President              this successfully when he created $500 million of
                                                                                                                deposits in reserve (as cash and other liquid assets)
argue, although they point to a serious danger:        determine the answer.                                                                                               Roosevelt then took the dollar off the gold standard     ‘greenbacks’ to fight the Civil War.”
                                                                                                                with the choice of lending out the remainder, while
that Bush trashed the law and usurped powers,                                                                                                                              domestically, and Federal Reserve officials                  NATIONAL CREDIT FROM A TRULY NATIONAL
                                                       Mike Ferner is a writer from Ohio and author of Inside   maintaining the simultaneous obligation to redeem
encouraging future presidents to expand where          the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq.                                                                resolved to prevent further bank runs after that         BANKING SYSTEM
                                                                                                                all deposits immediately upon demand. This
he left off. Such reasons are about George Bush        This article appeared on AfterDowningStreet.org                                                                     by flooding the banking system with “liquidity”              In Langrick’s example, a private banking
                                                                                                                practice is universal in modern banking. . . .The
                                                                                                                                                                           (money created as debt to banks) whenever the            industry pockets the interest, which must be
                                                                                                                nature of fractional-reserve banking is that there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    replaced every year by a 10 percent issue of new

     The Purloined Constitution
                                                                                                                is only a fraction of cash reserves available at the       banking Ponzi scheme came up short.
                                                                                                                                                                               “TOO BIG TO FAIL”: THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDES           Greenbacks; but there is another possibility. The
                                                                                                                bank needed to repay all of the demand deposits
                                                                                                                                                                           THE ULTIMATE BACKSTOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    loans could be advanced by the government itself.
                                                                                                                and banknotes issued. . . . When Fractional-reserve
                                                                                                                                                                               When these steps too proved insufficient to          The interest would then return to the government
                                                                                                                banking works, it works because:
                                                                                                                                                                           keep the banking scheme going, the government            and could be spent back into the economy in a
                                                                                                                     “1. Over any typical period of time, redemption
          PURLOINED from p.3                           show of wondering whether crimes have been                                                                          itself stepped up to the plate, providing bailout        circular flow, without the need to continually issue
                                                                                                                demands are largely or wholly offset by new
criminal act has been committed…is something           committed, while Bush and Cheney are on                                                                             money directly from the taxpayers. The concept           more money to cover the interest shortfall.
                                                                                                                deposits or issues of notes. The bank thus needs
the Justice Department decides….That’s a               videotape confessing to authorizing torture,                                                                        that some banks were “too big to fail” came in at            The fractional reserve Ponzi scheme is
                                                                                                                only to satisfy the excess amount of redemptions.
decision I’d look to the Justice Department to         Bush is on videotape confessing to violating                                                                        the end of the 1980s, when the Savings and Loans         bankrupt, and the banks engaged in it, rather than
                                                                                                                     “2. Only a minority of people will actually
make.” While stating he was “not ruling it in          FISA, Bush is on videotape being warned about                                                                       collapsed and Citibank lost 50 percent of its share      being bailed out by its victims, need to be put into
                                                                                                                choose to withdraw their demand deposits or
and not ruling it out,” Biden underscored that he      Hurricane Katrina and on videotape swearing he                                                                      price. Negotiations were conducted behind closed         a bankruptcy reorganization under the FDIC. The
                                                                                                                present their notes for payment at any given time.
and Obama are “focusing on the future.” “I think       was not, the evidence that Bush and Cheney lied                                                                     doors, and “too big to fail” became standard policy.     FDIC then has the recognized option of wiping
                                                                                                                     “3. People usually keep their funds in the bank
we should be looking forward, not backwards.”          the nation into an illegal war is already public                                                                    Bank risk was effectively nationalized: banks            their books clean and taking the banks’ stock in
                                                                                                                for a prolonged period of time.
If this passed the smell test, people would smash      and beyond dispute, and at the same time that                                                                       were now protected by the government from loss           return for getting them up and running again. This
                                                                                                                     “4. There are usually enough cash reserves in
store windows, calmly make off with expensive          great minds ponder whether the water torture                                                                        regardless of risk-taking or bad management.             would make them truly “national” banks, which
                                                                                                                the bank to handle net redemptions.
goods and coolly advise the cops to focus on the       is really torture the common Bush-Cheney                                                                                There are limits, however, to the amount of          could dispense “the full faith and credit of the
                                                                                                                     “If the net redemption demands are unusually
future replacement of the window glass.                technique of beating the shit out of someone and                                                                    support even the government’s deep pocket can            United States” as a public utility. A truly national
                                                                                                                large, the bank will run low on reserves and will
    A fourth big lie is so huge that it’s buried       breaking their bones is being employed against                                                                      provide. In the past two decades, the bankers’           banking system could revive the economy with
                                                                                                                be forced to raise new funds from additional
invisibly in the preceding paragraph. It               a guy who threw his shoes at the president.                                                                         lending scheme has been kept going by an even            the sort of money only governments can issue
                                                                                                                borrowings (e.g. by borrowing from the money
is the claim that Democrats need to work                   The purloinedness of Bush’s violations of                                                                       more speculative scheme known as “derivatives.”          – debt-free legal tender. The money would be
                                                                                                                market or using lines of credit held with other
with Republicans. The Democrats are an                 law was developed in a manner that would                                                                            This is a complex subject that has been explored         debt-free to the government, while for the private
                                                                                                                banks), and/or sell assets, to avoid running out
overwhelming majority in terms of public               have astounded Poe when Bush ordered the                                                                            in other articles, but the bottom line is that more      sector, it would be freely available for borrowing
                                                                                                                of reserves and defaulting on its obligations. If
support with significant majorities in both            creation of “legal opinions” supporting the                                                                         dollars are now owed in the derivatives casino           at a modest interest by qualified applicants. A
                                                                                                                creditors are afraid that the bank is running out
houses of Congress and possession of the White         violation of laws, such as those against torture,                                                                   than exist on the planet. (See Ellen Brown,              government-owned bank would not need to rob
                                                                                                                of cash, they have an incentive to redeem their
House. If Democrats did not want Republican            engaged in torturing, signed into law new bills                                                                     “It’s the Derivatives, Stupid!” and “Credit              from Peter to advance credit to Paul. “Credit”
                                                                                                                deposits as soon as possible, triggering a bank
senators to be able to filibuster any bills, they      redundantly recriminalizing torture, wrote                                                                          Default Swaps: Derivative Disaster Du Jour,”             is just an accounting tool – an advance against
                                                                                                                run.”
would take one or more of the following steps:         “signing statements” erasing the new laws as                                                                        www.webofdebt.com/articles.) Attempting to fill          future profits, or the “monetization” (turning
                                                                                                                     Like in other Ponzi schemes, bank runs result
change the number of votes required for a              just signed, and went right on torturing without                                                                    the derivatives black hole with taxpayer money           into cash) of the borrower’s promise to repay. As
                                                                                                                because the bank does not actually have the funds
filibuster, appoint one or more Republican             anyone’s gaze drifting for an instant from a                                                                        must inevitably be at the expense of other essential     British commentator Ron Morrison observed in a
                                                                                                                necessary to meet all its obligations. Peter’s money
senators from states with Democratic governors         sharp focus on the latest bread and circuses.                                                                       programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.          provocative 2004 article titled “Keynes Without
                                                                                                                has been lent to Paul, with the interest income
to cabinet positions or ambassadorships (aside         If Bush now takes the unprecedented step of                                                                             Interestingly, Social Security and Medicare          Debt”:
                                                                                                                going to the bank. As Elgin Groseclose, Director of
from the Secretary of Labor nominee, it’s              pardoning the crimes he authorized, the big lie                                                                     themselves are in some sense Ponzi schemes,                  “[Today] bank credit supplies virtually all our
                                                                                                                the Institute for International Monetary Research,
not as if they could be much worse than the            that this is neither unprecedented nor in conflict                                                                  since earlier retirees collect their benefits from the   everyday means of exchange, and this brings into
                                                                                                                wryly observed in 1934:
current cabinet selections), or give Washington,       with maintaining any system of laws will seize                                                                      contributions of later workers. These programs,          sharp focus the simple fact that modern money is no
                                                                                                                     “A warehouseman, taking goods deposited with
D.C., voting representation in both houses of          us in its death grip .                                                                                              too, may soon be facing bankruptcy, in this case         longer constrained by outmoded intrinsic values. It
                                                                                                                him and devoting them to his own profit, either
Congress.                                                  But the bigger the lies, the harder they                                                                        because their mathematical models failed to              is pure fiat [enforced by law] and simply a glorified
                                                                                                                by use or by loan to another, is guilty of a tort, a
    Edgar Allen Poe told of a purloined letter         fall. The idea that there is some sort of doubt                                                                     account for a huge wave of Baby Boomers who              accounting system. . . . Modern monetary reform
                                                                                                                conversion of goods for which he is liable in civil,
effectively hidden by conspicuously placing it         about Bush and Cheney’s criminal records                                                                            would linger longer than previous generations            is about displacing the current economic paradigm
                                                                                                                if not in criminal, law. By a casuistry which is now
in plain sight. Our Constitution and the very          is collapsing rapidly. Support for the idea of                                                                      and demand expensive drugs and care through              of ‘what can be afforded’ with ‘what we have the
                                                                                                                elevated into an economic principle, but which
idea of the rule of law now find themselves            actually enforcing laws is spreading as swiftly                                                                     their senior years, and because the fund money           capacity to undertake.’”5
                                                                                                                has no defenders outside the realm of banking,
in a similar situation. There are variations, of       as at any time since Moses came off the                                                                             has been drawn on by the government for other                The objection to government-issued money has
                                                                                                                a warehouseman who deals in money is subject
course, on the idea of the rule of law. Often the      mountaintop. And our next president is going                                                                        purposes. The question here is, should the               always been that it would be inflationary, but today
                                                                                                                to a diviner law: the banker is free to use for his
judicial and penal systems are viewed as purely        to run hard up against the fact that failure to                                                                     government be backstopping private banks that            some “reflating” of the economy could be a good
                                                                                                                private interest and profit the money left in trust. . .
backward looking. For example, many people             prosecute violations of treaties is itself a criminal                                                               have mismanaged their investment portfolios at           thing. Just in the last year, more than $7 trillion
                                                                                                                . He may even go further. He may create fictitious
favor the death penalty in full awareness that         violation of those same treaties. Protecting a                                                                      the expense of workers contractually entitled to a       in purchasing power has disappeared from the
                                                                                                                deposits on his books, which shall rank equally
it lowers, rather than increasing, deterrence of       predecessor is going to mean endangering, not                                                                       decent retirement from a fund they have paid into        money supply, including wealth destruction in real
                                                                                                                and ratably with actual deposits in any division of
future crimes and eliminates the possibility of        protecting, yourself. Paradoxical but true, and                                                                     all their working lives? The answer, of course, is       estate, stocks, mutual fund shares, life insurance
                                                                                                                assets in case of liquidation.”3
restitution or restoration. But an ethical system      only the truth has a chance of setting us free.                                                                     no; but there may be a way that the government           and pension fund reserves.6 Money is evaporating
                                                                                                                     How did the perpetrators of this scheme come
of criminal punishment, which indeed looks             David Swanson is the author of the upcoming book                                                                    could do both. If it were to nationalize the banking     because old loans are defaulting and new loans are
                                                                                                                to acquire government protection for what might
forward, still deals in every single case with         Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and                                                                       system completely – if the government were to            not being made to replace them.
                                                                                                                otherwise have landed them in jail? A short history
crimes that have happened in the past. To ignore       Forming a More Perfect Union and of the introduction                                                                assume not just the banks’ losses but their profits,         Fortunately, as Martin Wolf noted in the
                                                                                                                of the evolution of modern-day banking may be
crimes that are in the past is to ignore all crimes,   to The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for                                                                  oversight and control – it might have the funds          December 16 Financial Times, “Curing deflation
                                                       Prosecuting George W. Bush. Swanson is Co-Founder        instructive.
and therefore to permit all crimes in the future.                                                                                                                          both to maintain Social Security and Medicare and        is child’s play in a ‘fiat money’ — a man-made
                                                       of AfterDowningStreet.org.                                    THE EVOLUTION OF A GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED
    The corporate punditocracy puts on a                                                                                                                                   to provide a sustainable credit mechanism for the        money — system.” The central banks just need to
                                                                                                                PONZI SCHEME
                                                                                                                                                                           whole economy.                                           get money flowing into the economy again. Among
                                                                                                                     What came to be known as fractional reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                REPLACING PRIVATE WITH PUBLIC CREDIT                other ways they could do this, says Wolf, is that
                                                                                                                lending dates back to the seventeenth century,
                                                                                                                                                                               Readily available credit has made America            “they might finance the government on any scale
                                                                                                                when trade was conducted primarily in gold and
                                                                                                                silver coins. How it evolved was described by the          “the land of opportunity” ever since the days of         they think necessary.”7
                                                                                                                Chicago Federal Reserve in a revealing booklet             the American colonists. What has transformed                 Rather than throwing money at a failed private
                                                                                                                called “Modern Money Mechanics” like this:                 this credit system into a Ponzi scheme that must         banking system, public credit could be redirected
                                                                                                                     “It started with goldsmiths. As early bankers,        continually be propped up with bailout money             into infrastructure and other projects that would get
                                                                                                                they initially provided safekeeping services,              is that the credit power has been turned over to         the wheels of production turning again. The Ponzi
                                                                                                                making a profit from vault storage fees for gold and       private parties who always require more money            scheme in which debt is just shuffled around,
                                                                                                                coins deposited with them. People would redeem             back than they create in the first place. Benjamin       borrowing from one player to pay another without
                                                                                                                their “deposit receipts” whenever they needed gold         Franklin reportedly explained this defect in the         actually producing anything of real value, could be
                                                                                                                or coins to purchase something, and physically             eighteenth century. When the directors of the Bank       replaced by a system in which the “national credit
                                                                                                                take the gold or coins to the seller who, in turn,         of England asked what was responsible for the            card” became an engine for true productivity and
                                                                                                                would deposit them for safekeeping, often with the         booming economy of the young colonies, Franklin          growth. Increased “demand” (money) would come
                                                                                                                same banker. Everyone soon found that it was a lot         explained that the colonial governments issued           from earned wages and salaries that would increase
                                                                                                                easier simply to use the deposit receipts directly as      their own money, which they both lent and spent          “supply” (goods and services) rather than merely
                                                                                                                a means of payment. These receipts, which became           into the economy:                                        servicing a perpetually increasing debt. When
                                                                                                                known as notes, were acceptable as money since                 “In the Colonies, we issue our own paper             supply keeps up with demand, the money supply
                                                                                                                whoever held them could go to the banker and               money. It is called ‘Colonial Scrip.’ We issue           can be increased without inflating prices. In
                                                                                                                exchange them for metallic money.                          it in proper proportion to make the goods pass           this way the paradigm of “what we can afford”
                                                                                                                     “Then, bankers discovered that they could             easily from the producers to the consumers. In this      could indeed be superseded by “what we have
                                                                                                                make loans merely by giving their promises to              manner, creating ourselves our own paper money,          the capacity to undertake.”
                                                                                                                pay, or bank notes, to borrowers. In this way,             we control its purchasing power and we have no           1. Kathleen Pender, “Government Bailout Hits $8.5 Trillion,” San
                                                                                                                banks began to create money. More notes could              interest to pay to no one. You see, a legitimate         Francisco Chronicle (November 26, 2008).
                                                                                                                be issued than the gold and coin on hand because           government can both spend and lend money into            2. “Federal Reserve Statistical Release H.6, Money Stock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Measures,” www.federalreserve.gov (December 18, 2008).
                                                                                                                only a portion of the notes outstanding would be           circulation, while banks can only lend significant       3. Robert de Fremery, “Arguments Are Fallacious for World Central
                                                                                                                presented for payment at any one time. Enough              amounts of their promissory bank notes, for              Bank,” The Commercial and Financial Chronicle (September 26,
                                                                                                                metallic money had to be kept on hand, of course,          they can neither give away nor spend but a tiny          1963), citing E. Groseclose, Money: The Human Conflict, pages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    178-79.
                                                                                                                to redeem whatever volume of notes was presented           fraction of the money the people need. Thus,             4. Robert Owen, The Federal Reserve Act (1919); “Who
                                                                                                                for payment.                                               when your bankers here in England place money            Was Philander Knox?”, www.worldnewsstand.net/history/
                                                                                                                     “Transaction deposits are the modern                  in circulation, there is always a debt principal to      PhilanderKnox.htm. (1999).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Ron Morrison, “Keynes Without Debt,” www.prosperityuk.com/
                                                                                                                counterpart of bank notes. It was a small step from        be returned and usury to be paid. The result is that     prosperity/articles/keynes.html (April 2004).
                                                                                                                printing notes to making book entries crediting            you have always too little credit in circulation to      6. Martin Weiss, “Biggest Sea Change of Our Lifetime,” Money and
                                                                                                                deposits of borrowers, which the borrowers in turn         give the workers full employment. You do not have        Markets (December 22, 2008).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Martin Wolf, “‘Helicopter Ben’ Confronts the Challenge of a
                                                                                                                                                                           too many workers, you have too little money in
                        Get the truth out
                                                                                                                could ‘spend’ by writing checks, thereby ‘printing’                                                                 Lifetime,” Financial Times (December 16, 2008).
                                                                                                                their own money.”                                          circulation, and that which circulates, all bears the
                                                                                                                                                                           endless burden of unpayable debt and usury.”             Ellen Brown is the author of eleven books including
                                                                                                                     If a landlord had rented the same house to five
       with DVDs from the 911 DVD Project.                                                                      people at one time and pocketed the money, he                  In an article titled “A Monetary System for          Web of Debt, Forbidden Medicine, Nature’s Pharmacy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (co-authored with Dr. Lynne Walker), and The Key
     Low cost DVDs of popular 911truth titles.                                                                  would quickly have been jailed for fraud. But the          the New Millennium,” Canadian money reform               to Ultimate Health (co-authored with Dr. Richard
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Pg. 8             February 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rock Creek Free Press

      Republican IT Expert Dies                                                                                                                                                              Change Needs Truth
                                                                                                                                                       President Obama, help America learn the truth about 9/11
      in Suspicious Plane Crash
             CONNELL from p.1
                                                                                                                       The following are some of the many aspects                                                                                                            Exposing the 9/11 cover-up is the only way
                                                                                                                    of 9/11 that demonstrate the need for a new,
was hosted on the servers of a company in               over a year. In fact, it was through following              independent investigation of that event.                                                                                                                 to bring about real change in America.
Chattanooga, Tennessee called SmarTech,                 the Siegelman-Rove trail that I found evidence                                                                                                                                                                           Evidence shows that the 9/11 attacks and
which also provided hosting for a long list of          leading to Connell. That is how I became aware              The 9/11 Commission                                                                                                                                      anthrax murders provided the “new Pearl
Republican Internet domains.                            of him. Mike was getting ready to talk. He was                                                                                                                                                                       Harbor” prescribed by Neocon-servatives31 to
    Since early this decade, top Internet gurus in      frightened.                                                  “I don’t believe for a minute that we got
                                                                                                                     everything right....                                                                                                                                    win immediate public support for previously
Ohio have been coordinating web services with               “He has flown his private plane for years                                                                                                                                                                        planned security legislation (USA PATRIOT
their GOP counterparts in Chattanooga, wiring           without incident. I know he was going to DC                    [W]e were set up to fail.”
                                                                                                                                      — Lee Hamilton, Co-Chair, 9/11 Commission,                                                                                             Act, Homeland Security Dept.) and their desired
up a major hub that in 2004; first served as a          last night, but I don’t know why. He apparently                                        in CBC News interview, 8/21/2006                                                                                              wars and occupation in the Middle East, so as to
conduit for Ohio’s live election night results,         ran out of gas, something I find hard to believe.                                                                                                                                                                    control the region and its resources. The attacks
researchers at ePluribus Media wrote.                   I am not saying that this was a hit nor am I                    • Despite pleas from the victims’ families,                                                                                                          could not have occurred without high-level
    A few months after this revelation, when a          resigned to this being simply an accident either.           the Bush White House refused for more than a                                                                                                             complicity from inside the US government.32
scandal erupted surrounding the firing of US            I am no expert on aviation and cannot provide               year to appoint a 9/11 commission, and Bush                                                                                                              Similar “false flag” operations have been used
Attorneys for reasons of White House policy,            an opinion on the matter. What I am saying,                 and Cheney had each privately asked Senate                                                                                                               by powerful interests throughout history to
other researchers found that the gwb43 domain           however, is that given the context, this event              Majority Leader Daschle to “limit the con-                                                                                                               take a nation to war, including by our own
used by members of the White House staff to             needs to be examined carefully.                             gressional investigation.”1 They agreed only to                                                                                                          government, according to recent declassified
evade Freedom of Information laws by sending                “Mr. Connell has confided that he was being             be questioned together, behind closed doors, off                                                                                                         documents.33 Facing this reality, however
emails outside of official White House channels         threatened, something that his attorneys also
                                                                                                                    the record and not under oath.2                                                                                                                          difficult, is critical to changing the disastrous
was hosted on those same SmarTech servers.              told the judge in the Ohio election fraud case,”
                                                                                                                        • Before any hearings had begun, staff                                                                                                               course set for our country eight years ago.
    Given that the Bush White House used                concluded Alexandrovna.
                                                                                                                    director Philip Zelikow, a White House insider,
SmarTech servers to send and receive email, the             An FAA investigation into the causes of
                                                                                                                    secretly outlined in detail all conclusions for the                               The South Tower falls just 56 minutes after being                       “Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy
use of one of those servers in tabulating Ohio’s        Connell’s plane crash is under way, but no                                                                                                    struck by a plane.
                                                                                                                    report, alarming 9/11 Commission staff.3 It was                                                                                                           theories concerning the attacks of September
election returns has raised eyebrows. Ohio              results are expected for several weeks.
                                                                                                                    later revealed that Zelikow had already drafted                                                                                                           the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift
gave Bush the decisive margin in the Electoral          [Editors Note: The fireball reported by witnesses and
                                                        the fuel fire visible in YouTube video of the crash scene   the “Bush Doctrine” used to justify preemptive                                  The Destruction                                                           the blame away from the terrorists themselves,
College to secure his reelection in 2004.
                                                        would seem to rule out the possibility that Connell’s       war.4                                                                                                                                                     away from the guilty.”
    IT expert Stephen Spoonamore says the                                                                                                                                                            “Floor by floor, it started popping out...all the
SmartTech server could have functioned as a             plane ran out of gas. Just three days before the                • The Commissioners were shocked that                                                                                                                                          — George W. Bush at the UN, November 10, 2001
                                                        crash, on Dec. 16, Wayne Madsen was reporting that          FAA, NORAD, and Pentagon officials gave                                          way down... It was as if they had detonated it,
routing point for malicious activity and remains        Democratic party insiders in Ohio were confident that                                                                                        planned to take down... the building, boom-
a weakness in electronic voting tabulation.                                                                         testimony that “was just so far from the truth.”5                                                                                                        Justice Demands Accountability.
                                                        Connell’s testimony would put Karl Rove behind bars                                                                                          boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom...”
    “...I have reason to believe that the alternate     for the massive fraud and election theft in Ohio in         They reported it for possible criminal referral
                                                                                                                    to the Justice Department. The co-chairs later                                                — Eyewitness firefighters, 9/11, Naudet documentary film       To our fellow concerned citizens: For the
accounts were used to communicate with US               2004. In July 2008 Connell’s attorneys sent a letter
                                                        to the DOJ requesting protection for Michael Connell        accused the CIA of obstruction for covering                                                                                                              sake of the 9/11 victims and their families
Attorneys involved in political prosecutions,                                                                                                                                                           • In the Twin Towers, 118 eyewitness
                                                        and his family based on credible threats. Karl Rove had     up and destroying detainee interrogation                                                                                                                 and for the safety, freedom and honor of every
like that of Don Siegelman,” said RAW                                                                                                                                                               firefighters reported hearing and seeing a series
                                                        allegedly threatened that if Connell would not “take        videotapes.6 To date, no one has been                                                                                                                    American, learn the truth and tell others.
STORY’s Investigative News Editor, Larisa               the fall” for election theft in Ohio they would go after                                                                                    of loud explosions or bombs.19
                                                                                                                    prosecuted.                                                                                                                                              Challenge the media to stop repeating the
Alexandrovna, on her personal blog. “This               Connell’s wife Heather for lobby law violations. A copy                                                                                         • The 47 massive steel core columns should                           lies and the cover-up. Urge your senators and
is what I have been working on to prove for             of the letter is available at WayneMadsenReport.com]                                                                                        have remained standing. “Engineers and other
                                                                                                                    Air Defense                                                                                                                                              representatives to open a new, truly independent
                                                                                                                                                                                                    experts have been struggling to answer…how                               investigation—wherever it may lead. Join


    Who Benefits from a Divided Iraq?
                                                                                                                     “It was hard to figure out how they had failed                                 the buildings, designed to sustain a jet impact,                         the steadily growing nonpartisan 9/11 Truth
                                                                                                                     to shoot down at least one of the planes.”                                     completely collapsed.” Pieces of steel “melted                           movement, and demand justice.
                                                                                                                                             — Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, Co-Chairs,             and vaporized... but no fire in any of the
                                                                                                                        Without Precedent: The inside Story of the 9/11 Commission (2006), p. 259
                                                                                                                                                                                                    buildings was believed to be hot enough to melt                           Some are guilty; all are responsible.
           DIVIDED IRAQ from p.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                    steel outright.”20                                                                                       —Rabbi Abraham Heschel (1907-1972)
Sunnis bomb their own shrine, and then receive          sectarian strife.” And of course to find the                    • Air Force fighter jets that routinely                                         • A third steel-framed skyscraper, WTC
retaliation for the attack? Iraqis are fully aware      culprits we should always follow the money.                 intercept hijacked planes within minutes were                                   7, which was not even hit by a plane, “also                              1. “Bush asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes,” CNN.com, 1/29/2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2. “Bush, Cheney meet with 9/11 panel,” CNN.com, 4/30/2004
that reporting of these events is a lie because         “Money given out by coalition forces to fund                not deployed “in accord with preexisting                                        collapsed for unknown reasons” in a 7-second                             3. Philip Shenon, The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11
they know who controls their famous shrines.            rebuilding projects in Iraq is instead being used           training and protocols.”7 Ironically, multiple                                  free-fall, and its steel beams likewise myster-                          Investigation, p. 389
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             4. “A Lack of Intelligence,” The New York Times, 4/13/2008
But for those ignorant of Iraqi culture, this is a      to finance resistance attacks” says The London              “war games” simulating plane hijackings                                         iously melted. “Sulfur released during the                               5. “9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon,” The Washington Post,
plausible story.                                        Telegraph, July, 12, 2003. Is US funding,                   were being conducted that morning, causing                                      fires — no one knows from where—” rapidly                                8/2/2006, A03
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             6. Kean and Hamilton, “Stonewalled by the C.I.A.,” The New York Times, Op-Ed,
    Joost Hilterman, the Middle East Project            arming, and training of terrorists a result of              confusion during the attacks.8                                                  accelerated the melting.21                                               1/2/2008
Director of International Crisis Group, on the          military incompetence? Is it a coincidence that                 • On 9/11, US air defenses were under the                                       • FEMA scientists found “evidence of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             7. The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 31
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             8. “How Government Officials Reacted to Sept. 11 Attacks,” ABC News, 9/14/
February 27, 2006 “Diane Rehm Show” said                these series of controlled blunders resemble                command of Vice President Cheney,9 and there                                    severe high temperature corrosion attack on                              2002; “NORAD had drills of jets as weapons,” USA Today, 4/19/2004
on air, “There’s a widespread conspiracy theory         the divide and conquer strategy of European                 is sworn testimony contradicting the shoot-                                     the steel, including oxidation and sulfidation,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             9. “Cheney recalls taking charge from bunker,” CNN.com, 9/11/2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, 9/11 Commission hearings, 5/23/
inside Iraq, among Iraqis of all kinds, that in fact    empires?                                                    down orders he claims to have given.10                                          calling it “a very unusual event” with “no clear                         2003; also on YouTube.com
from the beginning the United States wanted                 And what of the suicide bombers, who often                                                                                                                                                                       11. “The Bombshell Memo,” Colleen Rowley’s 13-page letter to FBI Director, Time,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    explanation for the source of the sulfur.”22 Sulfur
them to break up.” Minutes later, another guest,        when captured seem drugged and brainwashed?                 The Hijackers                                                                   is used in thermate, a military-grade demolition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             5/21/2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             12. “Hijack ‘suspects’ alive and well,” BBC News, 9/23/2001 (modified by BBC
A. Heather Coyne of the Center for Mediation            Many “al Qaeda” operatives are the results of                                                                                                                                                                        editors on 10/27/2006)
                                                                                                                     “At the top of my list [of unanswered                                          compound that instantly cuts through steel, but
and Conflict Resolution said, “The Iraqis, when         policies at Guantanamo Bay. According to The                                                                                                                                                                         13. “Alleged Hijackers May Have Trained at US Bases,” Newsweek, 9/15/2001;
                                                                                                                     questions] is, I could never figure out why                                    NIST rejected outright any hypothesis of a                               “Exclusive: The Informant Who Lived With The Hijackers,” Newsweek, 9/16/2002
I first got to Iraq three years ago, liked to talk      New York Times article on July 2, 2008, titled                                                                                                                                                                       14. “Terrorists tasted lusty lifestyle they so despised,” USAToday.com, 9/25/2001;
                                                                                                                     these nineteen fellas did what they did... they                                controlled demolition.23
about themselves as Iraqis first. They did not          “China Inspired Interrogations at Guantanamo,”                                                                                                                                                                       The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 451, n.1
                                                                                                                     were apparently happy, well-adjusted, not                                          • An executive at Underwriters Laboratories                          15. “India helped FBI trace ISI-terrorist links,” The Times of India, 10/9/2001
think of themselves as Sunni and Shiite. Over           the US interrogation techniques used “reduces                                                                                                                                                                        16. “Tracing Trail of Hijackers,” Newsday, 9/23/2001
                                                                                                                     particularly religious....”                                                    (UL), which had certified the WTC steel, was
the last year, that’s become a more acceptable          [the] prisoner to ‘animal level’ concerns” where                                                                                                                                                                     17. The Washington Post, 9/12/2001, A01; “A Trainee Noted for Incompetence,”
                                                                                                                                          — Lee Hamilton, Co-Chair, 9/11 Commission                 fired after he wrote to NIST that its conclusion                         The New York Times, 5/4/2002
part of the political dialogue....reality has started   they are “brainwashed.” Is it possible to use                                                CBC News interview, 8/21/2006                                                                                           18. “Pentagon, a Vulnerable Building, Hit in Least Vulnerable Spot,” Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of low-temperature fires softening the steel “just
to set in.”                                             torture and coercion to create a suicide bomber?                                                                                                                                                                     Times, 9/16/2001

    But whose reality? Who benefited? Iraqis            Even mainstream critics of Guantanamo Bay                                                                                                   does not add up.”24 NIST’s final report on WTC                           19. 9/11 Oral Histories, The New York Times, 8/12/2005; Evidence, firefightersfo
                                                                                                                        • FBI field agents who reported suspicious                                  7 in August 2008 ignored all physical evidence,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             r911truth.org
don’t benefit from blowing up their own                 claim these oppressive detention tactics are                Arabs in flight schools were ordered by their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             20. “A Search for Clues In Towers’ Collapse; Engineers Volunteer to Examine

mosques and markets, but terrorism has helped           creating more enemies.                                                                                                                      using only computer simulations to support its                           Steel Debris Taken to Scrapyards,” The New York Times, 2/2/2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             21. Ibid., The New York Times, 2/2/2002
                                                                                                                    superiors not to investigate.11 Of the 19 Arab                                  conclusion.25
strengthen support for the US occupation. One               So the only question is: incompetence                   hijackers named, six were reported still alive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             22. FEMA 403, WTC Building Performance Study, Appendix C, Sept. 2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             23. “Physicist says heat substance felled WTC,” Deseret (Utah) News, 4/10/2006
Iraqi claimed on the September 4, 2008 NPR              or by design? According to a June 17, 2008                                                                                                                                                                           24. See 11/11/2004 email from Kevin Ryan (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) to
                                                                                                                    after 9/11;12 others had been under the watch                                   The Blame
“Morning Edition” show, “When my country                article of the McClatchy Newspapers titled,                                                                                                                                                                          Frank Gayle at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
                                                                                                                    of FBI agents and had trained at CIA-operated                                                                                                            25. Kevin Ryan (UL), “The NIST WTC 7 Report: Bush Science reaches its peak,”
became occupied, I exercised my legal and               “Militants found recruits among Guantanamo’s                                                                                                 “The Justice Department [has decided], so far,                          911Truth.org, 9/11/2008
                                                                                                                    flight schools.13
legitimate right to fight the occupiers,” Shihab        wrongly detained,” one former detainee asked                                                                                                 to not seek formal criminal charges against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             26. “Bin Laden says he wasn’t behind attacks,” CNN.com, 9/17/2001
                                                                                                                        • Ringleader Mohammed Atta’s lifestyle                                                                                                               27. “Mistranslated Osama bin Laden Video - the German Press Investigates,”
says. “When al Qaeda started killing innocent           “if you torture someone without any reason,                                                                                                  Bin Laden.”                                                             www.fpp.co.uk, 12/23/2001
                                                                                                                    grossly violated Islamic law, and his known
people in this country, I turned against them and       what do you expect?” But according to the                                                                                                                      — The Washington Post, 8/28/2006, A13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             28. “Bin Laden tape a fake, Swiss lab says,” Associated Press, 11/28/2002; “Duke
                                                                                                                    movements were oddly inconsistent with the                                                                                                               Professor Skeptical of bin Laden Tape,” ABC11 News (Raleigh, NC), 1/19/2006
began working with the Americans.”                      article, Jihad recruitment was happening inside                                                                                                                                                                      29. “Anthrax killer ‘is US defence insider,’” BBC News, 8/18/2002
    US General Myers in September 2004 said,            of the Guantanamo prison right under our                    purported 9/11 mission.14 In August 2001, he                                                                                                             30. “Senator, Target of Anthrax Letter, Challenges F.B.I. Finding,” The New York
                                                                                                                    received $100,000 via Pakistani intelligence,                                      • Osama Bin Laden has denied any                                      Times, 9/17/2008
“There’s not much evidence to support Iraqis            watchful eye. One detainee with no terror ties                                                                                              involvement.26 The translation of the December                           31. “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” (Sept. 2000), Project for the New American
involved in suicide operations. It’s counter to         when captured in 2002 became a well-known                   our allies at the time.15                                                                                                                                Century.
                                                                                                                        • Alleged Flight 77 hijacker Hani Hanjour,                                  2001 “confession” video has been found to be                             Most of the signatories held key positions in the Bush administration. See “PNAC,”
their culture. They have a relatively secular           militant after he was released in 2003. Is this
                                                                                                                    who “had trouble controlling and landing [a]                                    “inaccurate” and “manipulative.”27 Bin Laden                             wikipedia.org
society.... This doesn’t compute.” But what can         incompetence or by design?                                                                                                                                                                                           32. Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret., former combat/intercept
                                                                                                                    single-engine Cessna,”16 supposedly flew a                                      tapes released later were proven to be faked.28                          pilot, Director of SDI programs under Preisdents Ford and Carter, at American
explain the anomalous violence? “US trainers                After the Iraq invasion, the Guantanamo-                                                                                                                                                                         Scholars Symposium: 9/11+ the Neo-Con Agenda, 6/25/2006, YouTube.com,
of the 1980s El Salvador death squads are now           type torture methods expanded tremendously,                 757 jumbo jet into the Pentagon in “a pivot so                                      • The post-9/11 anthrax attacks, disguised                           C-SPANarchives.org. See also thepatriots.us

training squads in Iraq” (Newsweek, 1/14/05).           and in the same proportion as did terrorism                 tight that it reminded observers of a fighter jet                               as acts of Arab terrorism, were traced to                                33. Operation Northwoods, ABCNews.com, 5/1/2001; gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             20010430; Gulf of Tonkin evidence “deliberately skewed,” The New York Times,
An article in The Guardian on September 19,             in Iraq. Opportunities to expand the terrorism              maneuver.”17                                                                    an American “with high-ranking military                                  12/2/2005; nsa.gov/vietnam/index.cfm;

2005 claimed “two British soldiers, allegedly           recruitment program during the war were vast.                   • Investigators wondered why the target                                     intelligence connections.”29 Targeted senators                           See also “false flag” and “COINTELPRO,” wikipedia.org

dressed as Arabs, opened fire on a police patrol        Referring to US prison facilities in Iraq, US               chosen was the relatively empty side of the                                     had opposed the USA PATRIOT Act. Many
killing one officer and wounding another.” In           Marine General Douglas said in an April 28,                 Pentagon that was being renovated, rather than                                  do not believe the FBI’s theory blaming a
the British Sunday Times of March 19, 2006, a           2008 CNN article, “It most assuredly was a                  the easier, more direct approach into the offices                               lone scientist who committed suicide,30 yet the
British agent reveals MI5 detonators purchased          jihadist university.” General Douglas cleaned up            of then Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and top                                      investigation ended.
in America used in Northern Ireland are the             two major facilities in May 2007, coincidentally            military brass.18
origin of the Iraq roadside bombs. Referring            one month before “The Surge” had been fully
to the terrorism in Iraq, Iran’s Ayatollah said in      implemented. A major reduction in the violence
August 2005, “There are some signs which point          in Iraq was caused by shutting down the US
to the spy services of the US.” What’s the role         “Al Qaeda Universities” in addition to the
of Al Qaeda? The front page of The Washington           cleric Muqtada al-Sadr US ceasefire. Was “The
Post on April 10, 2006 stated, “The US military         Surge” timed to allow the US to take credit for
is conducting a propaganda campaign to                  the reduction in violence, or is it just another
magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in           coincidence?
Iraq, according to internal military documents              Our enemy is of our own creation, but
and officers familiar with the program.”                will Obama end the farcical War on Terror?
    The Western empires have a history of               Now, according to a June 2, 2008 Guardian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Counter-Inauguration Party
fomenting new divisions, such as the creation           article, “the United States is operating ‘floating
of Pakistan in India, and the sponsoring of             prisons’ to house those arrested in its war on
African tribal wars. “The question is who is            terror, according to human rights lawyers, who
committing these crimes. It’s an attempt to
make us assume that the Sunnis are committing
                                                        claim there has been an attempt to conceal the
                                                        numbers and whereabouts of detainees.”                                                                                                                                  Jan 20, 6:00pm Arlington, VA
these crimes, but it is not,” an Iraqi government           Where will we fight terrorists next? Probably
advisor said in a May 17, 2005 CNN article.
Kubba continues, “We know it is a very small
                                                        where these prison ships dock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Inaugurate yourself under the banner of peace,
group that specifically wants to provoke that
                                                           Khalid Rosenbaum is an historian and school
                                                        administrator in Maryland.                                                                                                                                         nonviolence, and government transparency.
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