The Inconvenient Truths Series #4: Mind-Blowing Stuff!
This is - BY FAR!!! - my largest compilation ever with over 100,000 words, 256 pages and 540 links. In my defense, it has been 3 weeks since I sent you a regular compilation, plus there is an awful lots of things that happened since. Yet I feel like I must apologize to all of you for sending you such a huge mass of information. But to somewhat ease the load, I'm sending only half of it today and the rest in a couple days - and if you cannot wait to get to the bottom of this, you can access the whole enchilada immediately in the archived copy HERE.
Obviously there is a whole lotta news on the epic Gulf oil catastrophe, on the Gaza flotilla attack and its aftermath, and on a smorgasborg of other recent developments. But here is what I feel we should nevertheless all focus on...
Suzanne Sjogren (firstname.lastname@example.org) posted the following powerful message this Monday morning in the ERN guestbook
Thank you again for your compilations during this busy time of year, but we are all so in need of this coming together within the sphere of your influence that makes this possible.
The reality of our situation on Earth can be viewed positive, negative or both. In view of balance, I look at both, but I feel and try to express the positive. Having ones head in the sand does no one any good, but dwelling on the problems with a doomsday mindset or anger doesn't make much of a doorway for change. I have heard people say that they are being overwhelmed with a fear and I always tell them that if they listen closely to Gaia they will sense her love and her healing. All of nature is shouting this at us even the rocks! We are loved and we need to believe in Gaia's healing and our own healing.
I may have written about this before, but many years ago I saw myself in a past life being taught to bring in the Light as I sat before a black window/screen with my teacher standing beside me and my parents behind me. I peered into complete blackness and was intentioning Light to be drawn in. This memory was given to me now to support what needs to happen now. We are all looking into a black void, but we have the potential to call in the Light.
We can do this because we are also Light and we need to bring more of the Light into our awareness at this time. Light and what it represents is more valuable than anything else because it brings life and therefore Love into our presence. Without Light and Love there cannot be Life. My hope is that; more and more often, people will stop in their busy days and simply call in the Light.
And my reply to her was (in part):
"I could not help myself but being extremely thankful that you expressed those very important thoughts which perfectly summarize what the current global situation is, emotionally wise, for MANY souls, and highlight what we are being called upon to do and to BE at this vital crossroad of our collective evolutionary transition from a very challenging era into a new Bright, Shining, Blissful Golden Era of Light, Love and Peace, a transition I'm sure - and know deep within - we will master/are mastering with flying colors. We are loved indeed and are being spurred by everything to finally start believing just Who We Are... and acting/Being like It 24/7. Thank YOU beloved soul!
And if any proof was necessary about the Power of our collective intent, see in the following Global Consciousness Project Graph image (posted in the archived copy of this compilation as I cannot send attached pictures in the emails through the RiseUp.net listserver) I just captured (Tuesday morning at 1:30 am) at http://gcpdot.com/
... showing the effect of our collective meditations this Monday starting around 11:28 (Universal Time) as millions of souls rallied in the most amazing show of collective spiritual strength ever experienced (probably) on this planet... I NEVER saw such and intense, prolonged effect! Don't you have goose bumps realizing this tangibly what happened?"
URGENT CALL TO ACTION http://peacefest.ning.com/forum/topics/urgent-call-to-action
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO - YOUR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE IS REQUESTED
The recent oil spill in the Gulf is escalating with catastrophic vulnerability concerning the wellhead. Experts say a huge and very toxic gas bubble has formed and extreme pressure is building. The recent oil spill in the Gulf is escalating with catastrophic vulnerability concerning the wellhead. Experts say a huge and very toxic gas bubble has formed and extreme pressure is building - fissures have already developed. They are predicting real possibility of volcanic like explosion producing tsunami and other major events. In these next few weeks, we will experience extremely powerful energy especially with the astro alignments, solstice and eclipses. Now more than ever, your assistance is needed with focused prayers, invocation to the realms of light, assisting star nations and sending light and sound transmission to the Gulf of Mexico. Connecting to the Crystalline Grid is one of the fastest and surest way to transmit the purity of your energy to and through the Earth and out to the galactic. Envelop this entire region and all unwanted rising potential in violet flames and pure white light. Please ask everyone around you and network groups to assist in combining this focus starting NOW and especially with the incoming Solstice energies. Our focus is qualified with alignment to Divine Will and the highest good of all concerned. Link to Mother Earth Oil Spill Invocation
Gulf Oil Gusher: Danger of Tsunamis From Methane? (June 21, 2010) - THIS IS FROM A CREDIBLE SOURCE! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dk-matai/gulf-of-mexico-danger-of_b_619095.html
(...) Older documents indicate that the subterranean geological formation below the "Macondo" well in the Gulf of Mexico may contain the presence of a huge methane deposit. It has been a well known fact that the methane in that oil deposit was problematic. As a result, there was a much higher risk of a blow out. Macondo shares its name with the cursed town in the novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by the Nobel-prize winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. By some geologists' estimates, the methane could be a massive bubble trapped for thousands of years under the Gulf of Mexico sea floor. More than a year ago, geologists expressed alarm in regard to BP and Transocean putting their exploratory rig directly over this massive underground reservoir of methane. Warnings were raised before the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe that the area of seabed chosen might be unstable and inherently dangerous.
(...) According to geologists, the first signs that the methane may burst its way through the bottom of the ocean would be manifest via fissures or cracks appearing on the ocean floor near the path of least resistance, ie, the damaged well head. Evidence of fissures opening up on the seabed have been captured by the robotic midget submarines working to repair and contain the ruptured well. Smaller, independent plumes have also appeared outside the nearby radius of the bore hole. When reviewing video tapes of the live BP feeds, one can see in the tapes of mid-June that there is oil spewing up from visible fissions. Geologists are pointing to new fissures and cracks that are appearing on the ocean floor.
(...) Cascading Catastrophe Scenarios 1. Loss of Buoyancy: Huge methane gas bubbles under a ship can cause a sudden buoyancy loss. This causes a ship to tilt adversely or worse. Every ship, drilling rig and structure within a ten mile radius of the escaping methane bubble would have to deal with a rapid change in buoyancy, causing many oil structures in its vicinity to become unstable and ships to sink. The lives of all the workers, engineers, coast guard personnel and marine biologists -- measuring and mitigating the oil plumes' advance and assisting with the clean up -- could be in some danger. Therefore, advanced safety measures should be put in place. 2. First Tsunami with Toxic Cloud: If the toxic gas bubble explodes, it might simultaneously set off a tsunami travelling at a high speed of hundreds of miles per hour. Florida might be most exposed to the fury of a tsunami wave. The entire Gulf coastline would be vulnerable, if the tsunami is manifest. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southern region of Georgia might experience the effects of the tsunami according to some sources. 3. Second Tsunami via Vaporisation: After several billion barrels of oil and billions of cubic feet of gas have been released, the massive cavity beneath the ocean floor will begin to normalise, allowing freezing water to be forced naturally into the huge cavity where the oil and gas once were. The temperature in that cavity can be extremely hot at around 150 degrees celsius or more. The incoming water will be vaporised and turned into steam, creating an enormous force, which could actually lift the Gulf floor. According to computer models, a second massive tsunami wave might occur. Conclusion: The danger of loss of buoyancy and cascading tsunamis in the Gulf of Mexico -- caused by the release of the massive methane and poisonous gas bubble -- has been a much lower probability in the early period of the crisis, which began on April 20th. However, as time goes by and the risk increases, this low probability high impact scenario ought not to be ignored, given that the safety and security of the personnel involved remains paramount. Could this be how nature eventually seals the hole created by the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher?
COAST TO COAST AM: RICHARD C. HOAGLAND: Cloud of Death followed by Tsunami traveling at 400-600 MPH 1/2 (June 16, 2010) NOTE from Jean: Dr. Robert Deagle (see next item below) says the same thing in even greater details and had not heard anything about Hoagland's claims before coming to the same conclusions as him, but based on information he got from his own insider sources. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMEr4FctWAM
According to Richard C. Hoagland, insider sources in BP and in U.S. Government say that there is a Gas Bubble 15-20 Miles across 10+ feet high near BPs oil well head in Gulf of Mexico. It may cause an explosion with Apocalyptic proportions in weeks or months. The pressure at the well is 100.000 PSI and when the Gas explodes it will be like Mt. St. Helens going off underwater. It will create a Cloud of Death and a Tsunami Wave traveling at 400-600 MPH sinking all Vessels around the area as well as drive all hazardous materials including the Oil inland. The second part of this video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4hfGY6i75w
Bill Ryan of Project Camelot 7 Dr. Robert Deagle on this Oil Volcano - VERY knowledgeable this Dr. Deagle!! http://www.youtube.com/user/celtickev999#p/u/0/pZCvMQhbH-8
Same audio material (different visual) but with access to the rest of the interview: Gulf of Mexico, Not Only Oil Leak, Volcano Too 1/4 Part 2 HERE, part 3 HERE, and part 4 HERE. NOTE from Jean: Near the end of PART 2 (which contains VERY revealing information) Deagle describes a dream he just had - and which is apparently similar to what many other people did too recently - about a 400 miles/hour tsunami coming from the Gulf of Mexico and destroying everything in its path in Texas which would be the result of a catastrophic explosion that may very well happen this summer. He advises anyone living in the Gulf Area, and who can do so, to move AT LEAST a 100 miles from the shore this whole summer and stay away until this terrible disaster has been either prevented or has occurred. There is a missing gap between each segment. What he says in the 4th part is VERY stunning and probably true when he says "we are literally at the cusp of a galactic and a cosmic war" opposing "a vast dark empire" and a "vast empire of civilizations" ... Of course, if it's too much for you to deal with, simply ignore this.
Death from the Depths: How Methane from the BP Disaster Could Kill Millions (June 19, 2010) http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/55689
Id wondered about the methane. Years ago my geologist brother-in-law kept us all rooted to our seats (long after dinner had ended) explaining why deep sea drilling was so potentially dangerous, pressurised methane explosions were way up there on the list of things that could go wrong. So the title to Terrence Ayms article "How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions" in Helium caught my eye: If the huge methane bubble breaches the seabed, it will erupt with an explosive fury similar to that experienced during the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in the Pacific Northwest. A gas gusher will surge upwards through miles of ancient sedimentary rocklayer after layerpast the oil reservoir. It will explode upwards propelled by 50 tons psi, burst through the cracks and fissures of the compromised sea floor, and rupture miles of ocean bottom with one titanic explosion. The burgeoning methane gas cloud will surface, killing everything it touches, and set off a supersonic tsunami with the wave traveling somewhere between 400 to 600 miles per hour. While the entire Gulf coastline is vulnerable, the state most exposed to the fury of a supersonic wave towering 100 feet or more is Florida. The Sunshine State only averages about 6 inches above sea level. A supersonic tsunami would literally sweep away everything from Miami to the panhandle in a matter of minutes. Loss of human life would be virtually instantaneous and measured in the millions. Of course the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southern region of Georgiaa state with no Gulf coastlinewould also experience tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of casualties. Read in full: How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions - BUT KNOW THAT SOMEONE HAS TRIED TO MAKE THIS SOURCE OF INFORMATION UNRELIABLE - READ IT AT http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/message/250297 - IS ALL OF THIS MERE UNSUBSTANTIATED SCARE-MONGERING OR IS THERE REALLY A CAUSE FOR CONCERN?... YOU DECIDE.
A BRILLIANT INITIATIVE FROM THE EARTH DAY NETWORK!
"Yesterday afternoon, a Louisiana judge overruled President Obama's suspension of offshore drilling. This decision leaves Big Oil free to resume operations off the Louisiana coast, despite the obvious risks. It's more clear than ever before: offshore drilling will continue to expand unless we keep the pressure on government leaders and the oil industry. This Saturday, we have a chance to focus the world's attention on this crucial issue through a massive coordinated action: Hands Across The Sand. On June 26th At 11 AM, tens of thousands of individuals will head to nearby beaches to join hands in a massive demonstration of support for clean energy. With enough supporters, these simple events will make a powerful statement the world cannot ignore - please join us and draw a metaphorical line in the sand against offshore drilling Find and attend a Hands Across The Sand event near you We hope to make Hands Across The Sand the largest demonstration against offshore drilling in history, but we need your help to reach this goal. Please take a few moments to find an event near you. You don't even need to live near a beach - use the event-finder to choose a local solidarity event. Can't find a nearby Hands Across the Sand event? Step up and organize one for your community - we'll connect you with local organizers to take your demonstration to the next level. Hold a Hands Across The Sand event in your community - Thanks for everything you do. We hope to see you at the beach this Saturday!"
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"Senator Bill Nelson was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell this morning on MSNBC and confirmed reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea were looking into something new right now, that theres reports of oil thats seeping up from the seabed which would indicate, if thats true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what were facing. Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC: Now let me understand better what youre saying. If that is true that it is coming up from that seabed, even the relief well wont be the final solution to cap this thing. That means that weve got oil gushing up at disparate places along the ocean floor. Sen. Nelson: That is possible, unless you get the plug down low enough, below where the pipe would be breached."
"A spokesman for the Stakeholder Democracy Network in Lagos, which works to empower those in communities affected by the oil companies' activities, said: "The response to the spill in the United States should serve as a stiff reminder as to how far spill management in Nigeria has drifted from standards across the world." Other voices of protest point out that the world has overlooked the scale of the environmental impact. Activist Ben Amunwa, of the London-based oil watch group Platform, said: "Deepwater Horizon may have exceed Exxon Valdez, but within a few years in Nigeria offshore spills from four locations dwarfed the scale of the Exxon Valdez disaster many times over. Estimates put spill volumes in the Niger delta among the worst on the planet, but they do not include the crude oil from waste water and gas flares. Companies such as Shell continue to avoid independent monitoring and keep key data secret."Worse may be to come. One industry insider, who asked not to be named, said: "Major spills are likely to increase in the coming years as the industry strives to extract oil from increasingly remote and difficult terrains. Future supplies will be offshore, deeper and harder to work. When things go wrong, it will be harder to respond."Judith Kimerling, a professor of law and policy at the City University of New York and author of Amazon Crude, a book about oil development in Ecuador, said: "Spills, leaks and deliberate discharges are happening in oilfields all over the world and very few people seem to care." There is an overwhelming sense that the big oil companies act as if they are beyond the law. Bassey said: "What we conclude from the Gulf of Mexico pollution incident is that the oil companies are out of control." It is clear that BP has been blocking progressive legislation, both in the US and here. In Nigeria, they have been living above the law. They are now clearly a danger to the planet. The dangers of this happening again and again are high. They must be taken to the international court of justice."
"They cannot bear beauty. They know its power one day will bring them down, and therefore they wage war against it every chance they get. In every country young men and women aspire towards the sacred dream of freedom. What freedom is is felt and only dimly known. Often those who seek it get things wrong, all wrong. But still it draws them. The idea of freedom draws them on. Neda - it could have been another girl; it could have been one of many hundreds of thousands of girls - but it was you. You are the one we watch. We sit there safely in our homes,far from the shouting and the shots, and watch your heart's blood streaming out upon the ground. No fear is in your eyes, no pain. It is as if you are aware that we are watching. We hear your friend call, "Neda, please! Stay with us, Neda! Do not go!" But there was nothing you could do, and it was time to go. A year has passed; it is my temperament to see things not just from an Iranian point of view. For, Neda, you were not just an Iranian woman; you are a woman of our time. The bullet that struck you is found in other countries too. Bullets of hate and ignorance precede the murderer's bullet. There in your country they took Allah, the compassionate and merciful, and turned him into a beast of vengeance that no normal young woman with a lust for life could ever love. And they've done this with my God too. For you and me are lovers of a God of Love, while those who rule are liege men to a twisted thing of malice and possessiveness, so very far from what is in our hearts - the God that we feel close to every time we love. Neda, how can you be killed? You are not just a woman, you are a force of humanity. You are not just a woman, you are the voice of our humanity. You are that in all of us which will not bow before injustice and will resist oppression till its inevitable demise. You lay there, Neda, at your hasty funeral so beautiful, as beautiful as you had been in life. You are not dead. It is the ones whose way of thought has run its course who now are dead. And, seeing you, I have this premonitionof the death of what must die. The old order has been given a little time upon the earth, but you and ones to come like you shall wrench from them the world. Your beauty, Neda, that the crumbling order fears, shall save the world."
- by Mike Burton (email@example.com) who has posted in the ERN guestbook this poem to honor the memory of Neda. He has also recommended the 67 min video FOR NEDA - Very revealing about the repression against women in Iran under the mollahs' medieval regime of terror. FOR NEDA reveals the true story of Neda Agha-Soltan, who became another tragic casualty of Iran's violent crackdown on post-election protests on June 20, 2009. Unlike many unknown victims, however, she instantly became an international symbol of the struggle: Within hours of Agha-Soltan's death, cell phone photographs of her blood-stained face were held aloft by crowds protesting in Tehran and across the world. With exclusive access to her family inside Iran, the documentary goes to the heart of who Neda was and what she stood for, illuminating the larger Iranian struggle for democratic freedoms through her powerful story. Directed by Antony Thomas. Very moving video - worth watching entirely to the end! You'll see and understand exactly what happened in Iran a year ago... The start of a new revolution to eventually free the Iranian people from the choking hold on their land exerted by religious extremism.
"The World is at dangerous crossroads. The real threat to global security emanates from the US-NATO-Israel alliance. The UN Security Council directly serves the interests of the Western military alliance. The Security Council resolution grants a de facto "green light" to wage a pre-emptive war against Iran, which has been on the Pentagon's drawing board since 2004. "An operational plan to wage aerial attacks on Iran has been in "a state of readiness" since June 2005. Essential military hardware to wage this operation has been deployed. (...) An attack on Iran would immediately lead to military escalation. Syria and Lebanon would also be targeted. The entire Middle East Central Asian region would flare up, a situation which could potentially evolve towards a World War III scenario. In a very real sense, the US-NATO-Israel military adventure threatens the future of humanity."
"It has been revealed in 2010, that the true "rulers of this world" is limited to 16 people/families worth trillions of dollars per family. No, they are NOT listed in FORBES "richest people in the world..." They RUN the richest people in the world; in whatever manner "works". Think about it. To comprehend anything on the planet today, we must be first, and foremost concerned with with "origins of evil". From there, we may make incredible progress, if not awareness and expansion of the truth. From our own "revelations" of the truth, no matter what that may turn out to be, we have more power than all the "gods" throughout all Creation... and this is what those who presently control humanity fear. At some point, one "recognizes" the truth INSTANTLY, within one's heart, mind and soul. THAT is our validation. DO verify all that is presented, and listen to your inner WISDOM. In listening to Michael's direct and profound analysis of "what's happening", I do agree with his analysis and conclusions. Of course, no one person's "conclusions" explain or cover all that is. However Tsarion takes a BIG BITE out of the foolishness which is presented today as "reality". There is nothing truly "new" about his presentation; however, if one does glean a few points hitherto unrevealed, more power to you. Enjoy! This year, I will be expanding into new realms as yet unknown, dealing with whatever is needed in "the moment" to empower humanity."
- Lance White (firstname.lastname@example.org) and here is what he so urgently: Michael Tsarion - Origins of Evil (Parts 1 to 13) "This material is the core essence of truths behind our illusions..." Check also The History of the House of Rothschild below
"I think I could see a Palestinian state or a democratic Israeli-Palestinian state within my lifetime. I think freedom for Palestine could be an incredible source of hope to people struggling all over the world. I think it could also be an incredible inspiration to Arab people in the Middle East, who are struggling under undemocratic regimes which the US supports.I look forward to increasing numbers of middle-class privileged people like you and me becoming aware of the structures that support our privilege and beginning to support the work of those who aren't privileged to dismantle those structures. I look forward to more moments like February 15 when civil society wakes up en masse and issues massive and resonant evidence of it's conscience, it's unwillingness to be repressed, and it's compassion for the suffering of others. I look forward to more teachers emerging like Matt Grant and Barbara Weaver and Dale Knuth who teach critical thinking to kids in the United States. I look forward to the international resistance that's occurring now fertilizing analysis on all kinds of issues, with dialogue between diverse groups of people. I look forward to all of us who are new at this developing better skills for working in democratic structures and healing our own racism and classism and sexism and heterosexism and ageism and ableism and becoming more effective."
"I spent 25 days in Abadiania, where John of God do healing of thousands and thousands of people every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the last 35 years in this city of Goias. I was mesmerized by he opening people in front of everyone and sowing with surgical treads and the person not feeling anything, talking and answering questions. It is an amazing experience. The most impressive things as well is to sit in the "current" and go through an inner transformation, an experience which brings you to a place of tranquility and lightness of being. The film Healing is out and as many people are going through problems, one can benefit from John of God's healing and help, it is enough a picture of Don Inacio de Loyola. Ask the entities of the Casa, with strong faith and one will get the healing one needs. Here is the trailer (A MUST WATCH - VERY MOVING!) or the long distance healing. I can attest that the Entities of the Casa, Dr. Jose Valdivino, Dr. Augusto, Dr. Oswaldo Cruz, unnder the command of Don Inacio de Loyola, are doing incredible healing and transforming human being into happier, calmer and loving people. He sees thousands of people from all over the world. It is a blessing. Let the world know about an opportunity to heal ourselves and the world."
- Regina (email@example.com) sent to me on June 20, 2010
"Celebrating the eternal Source of Universal Life Force Energy that manifests in the continuous renewal of life we experience through the changing seasons strengthens our faith in the ability of Life and human spiritual evolution to overcome all obstacles over time.In the face of global climate change, mass suffering, war, poverty and hunger, we often experience feelings of personal powerlessness. These seasonal ceremonies help us to approach the ever-changing seasons of our lives with equanimity. Celebrating the turnings of the year, we can learn to gracefully accept both obstacles & joys in life. The Gift of Life is an ever shifting dance of light & dark, of breathing out and breathing in, of abundance, scarcity and renewal.Attuning our own consciousness to this Dance of Life we can gratefully offer ourselves & our love & gifts to the world, knowing that our efforts to create a better world spring from that same inexhaustible Source that sustains the Cosmic Wheel. Establishing a conscious connection to that Source, we can be certain that our efforts in working for peace, social justice and sustainable communities will result in a new cultural flowering.May you connect with the Divine Source during this seasonal celebration and may you and your loved ones receive the grace and guidance you require to attain your loftiest spiritual goals. May you all be happy and healthy and free from fear. May you each experience great love in your lives."
"We envision our Mother Earth in her Highest Light, where all the waters, everywhere, are pure and clean; where all the plants and animals who dwell in and around the water are living their lives happily, healthfully, and joyfully; where everyone who depends upon the water for their leisure or their livelihood is grateful for the abundance they enjoy; where the skies are true blue and clear; where all manmade clouds are a thing of the past; and where every breath we breathe is sweet, vibrant, and life supporting; where the land - everywhere we go, everywhere we look - is pristine and pulsating with life; where the trees are radiant and beautiful, the farms and gardens flourishing with fruits and foods of all kinds in all places; where the animals, both wild and domestic, are respected and guaranteed to live their days in peace and safety; where the people are honoring and caring for one another in every land, in every home, in every way; and where Mother Earth, herself, is tended to like a garden; where her beauty is celebrated always; where her beaches, her deserts, her pastures and prairies, her meadows and mountaintops are sacred to all who walk there; and where her Highest Good is considered and honored. And, finally, we see Mother Earth as a living entity, evolving on her own and joyous on her journey as she becomes a brighter star. We see a Mother Earth who is proud of us, proud of all of us, because we have done what we came here to do."
BREAKING: The illusion of the BP Oil Spill & NWO Agendas Part 1 (June 21, 2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbwenqQ3928
THIS IS AN AUDIO RENDITION OF THE TEXT POSTED AT BP, Illusion of a False Spill
This is just the tip of the iceberg. More intel coming in the very near future. I saw with my own eyes, the high tide leave a pool of water on a Pensacola FL beach that was covered in the Corexit chemical film. When that pool dried up in the sun, this is what it looked like. ChemTrails are every where, but this is serious stuff. Signs are warning about it. Below is an excerpt from the article: What's the benefit of this scam? MONEY, and population control. Read the intelhub article linked below. If you're still listening, and even beginning to grasp the sinister nature of the fraud being perpetrated, then you'll realize that the corexit9500, and other dispersant's are not needed. They are purposely being sprayed by Evergreen Air/CIA to cull the population along the Gulf Coast. Evergreen Air is a known CIA front company. The Intel Hub, along many others, have established this fact without a reasonable doubt. This evidence was backed by witness testimony. Once this is established, one must realize just how deep the rabbit hole may actually go? GO HERE TO FIND OUT: http://shtf411.com/bp-illusion-of-a-false-spill-t7065.html - As it turns out the deadly chemical Corexit is linked to the Rothschild's, a known controlling party of the New World Order global crime syndicate. CLIP
Gulf Spill: Disaster? Or a Well Organized Plan (June 18, 2010) http://theintelhub.com/2010/06/18/gulf-spill-disaster-or-a-well-organized-plan/
In the last few months, a strange series of events has taken place surrounding the April 20th BP Gulf oil spill. The Intel Hub will attempt to lay out some of the seemingly unbelievable facts in a manner which can easily be understood.Between March 22nd and March 24th, several drills involving an oil spill took place.Spills Of National Significance was a drill ran by DHS and the Coast Guard. The SONS documents were first broke by the Intel Hub on May 8, 2010. More than a week later, ABC News would of course take credit for the story. We now know, through witness testimony, that there were cracks reported in the drill casing two weeks prior to the disaster. Goldman Sachs sold 44% of their total holdings, 4,680,822 shares of BP stock in the first quarter of 2010. Goldman Sachs earned about $ 266 million on the sale.Apparently, Halliburton also had some psychic insight on what was soon to come. Eleven days before the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon, Halliburton purchased an oil spill prevention firm. Halliburton was the lead company in charge of cementing the Deepwater rigs as well.Just hours before the rig explosion, The Bureau of Land Management took part in a surprise inspection aboard the Deepwater Horizon. A four man team quickly flashed credentials to a supervisor and was then allowed access to the entire rig. Zac Zimmerman reveals in this interview how odd this particular BLM visit really was. Not to mention,many rigs have burned for weeks at a time without collapsing. Another important fact is that Obama, along with DHS and the Department of the Interior, sent SWAT teams to the gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs. One must question, why would you deploy over 30 SWAT teams in response to an oil spill unless it was an act of terrorism, an act of war, or they if they were sent to carry out some sort of covert operation?Federal regulators sent a SWAT team of inspectors into the Gulf of Mexico area to ensure compliance with safety rules on deep water drilling rigs. SourceWe must also look into what organizations the major players belong too. It now appears that there are too many interlocking connections for this to be a coincidence. British Petroleum has ties to the Queen of England. The C.E.O. of BP Pacific, Peter Sutherland is a Trilateral Commission member, a Bilderberg member and a financial adviser to the Vatican. Tony Hayward has also attended numerous meetings of the world elite and was caught selling his stock in BP justweeks before the disaster.Wackenhut, also known as G4S, has been hired by BP to block and or arrest reporters who attempt to probe the workers and staged media location in and around Grand Isle, LA. Wackenhut is a known arm of the Bilderbergers and also has ties to other agencies. There has been numerous confirmed staged media events that have taken place in and around Grand Isle. One such eyewitness reporter called into the Decompression Session and described how he and other members of the mainstream media were led to a small area on the beach where a staged photo op took place. He reported the presence of Army personal and that if he were to leave the barrier to either side, he would have been immediately arrested.Next one must look at the CIA, Evergreen Air, and their connection to chemtrail spraying and the Gulf oil spill. The following is an excerpt of an article we did that linked Evergreen Air to the spraying of Corexit, the deadly chemical being sprayed over the spill by the cover of night. This was documented in the article BP Crop Dusting U.S. Population Under Cover of Night. CLIP - THE REST IS WORTH READING TOO!!
BP Gulf oil false flag catastrophe may be a psyops scripted by prophecy and psychic visions Part 1 By Alfred Lambremont Webre (June 22, 2010) http://tinyurl.com/2e72rr5 This article is part of a continuing Examiner.com series on the BP false flag disaster capitalism environmental war attack on the Gulf of Mexico, and its consequent ecological, economic, social, and exopolitical consequences. Examiner.com has reported that the spreading BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is in fact an intentional disaster capitalism false flag operation for insider profit in the genre of environmental war, and a component of an elite plan to depopulate human society and stop disclosure. Evidence that the BP Gulf oil catastrophe is a false flag operation includes: (1) foreshadowing drills by the U.S. agencies prior to the April 20, 2010 disaster; (2) insider trading of 44% of its BP stock by Goldman Sachs and a related insider corporate takeover of the worlds largest oil spill by Halliburton three weeks prior to the oil spill; (3) BP CEO Tony Hayward dumping approximately one-third of his BP stocks one month prior to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico false flag environmental catastrophe did not occur out of an environmental war policy vacuum. The intentional wrecking of the environment as a deliberate policy to engage humanity in perpetual war has been in development for over 50 years in environmental weapons think tanks and laboratories, starting in the late 1950s, with JASON scientists such as Gordon MacDonald and his work on Wrecking the Environment as a geopolitical strategy. Under this geopolitical doctrine of wrecking the environment, the ecology and environment and biosphere are intentionally covertly wrecked using advanced, exotic environmental weapons and false flag methodologies. The natural environment becomes the next enemy in the permanent war economy. CLIP
"Gasland" PBS Report MUST WATCH ! (23:45) JOSH FOX IS AN AMAZING HERO!! SOFT TALK - ALL FACTS! http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/613/index.html
Will the boom in natural gas drilling contaminate America's water supply? In the debate over energy resources, natural gas is often considered a "lesser-of-evils". While it does release some greenhouse gases, natural gas burns cleaner than coal and oil, and is in plentiful supplyparts of the U.S. sit above some of the largest natural gas reserves on Earth. But a new boom in natural gas drilling, a process called "fracking", raises concerns about health and environmental risks. This week, NOW talks with filmmaker Josh Fox about "Gasland", his Sundance award-winning documentary on the surprising consequences of natural gas drilling. Fox's filminspired when the gas company came to his hometownalleges chronic illness, animal-killing toxic waste, disastrous explosions, and regulatory missteps.
GASLAND Trailer 2010 - NOT CONTENT WITH SCREWING THE OCEANS, HALLIBURTON & Co ARE NOW FRACKING AND CONTAMINATING (WITH A LETHAL STEW OF 596 TOXIC CHEMICALS) GROUND WATER, THE SOURCE OF LIFE FOR ZILLIONS OF BEINGS, ON THE WHOLE PLANET (including 34 states in the US)... ALL WITH THE BLESSINGS OF OUR CRIMINAL, CORRUPTED GOVERNMENTS - ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe1AeH0Qz8
It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well - rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the grounda hydraulic drilling process called frackingand suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money. Watch also GASLAND Q & A (part 1) @ 2010 Sundance Film Festival for more explanations and check those 181 google news search results and those other news articles
Israel aims its nuclear warheads at Europe (March 11, 2010) !!! http://www.voltairenet.org/article164432.html
The seventh Israeli radio broadcasted an interview with Professor Martin Van-Crevel, a noted world specialist in low-intensity wars. Former Professor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Van-Crevel discussed publicly what he has been advocating for years in closed military academic circles in Israel and the United States. In his view, the continued struggle of the Palestinians will inexorably lead to the collapse of the State of Israel. Which is why Tel-Aviv has no choice but to "transfer" the Israeli Arabs and the stateless Palestinians beyond safe borders (that is, not only outside the 1948 borders but also from the 1976 occupied territories and, ideally, from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip). In the event the Europeans opposed such a transfer, in order to survive Tel Aviv will be forced to destroy the European capitals with nuclear weapons, it being understood that the Europeans will be unable to retaliate without annihilating their Palestinian friends. "The Palestinians should all be deported. The people who strive for this (the Israeli government) are waiting only for the right man and the right time. Two years ago, only 7 or 8 per cent of Israelis were of the opinion that this would be the best solution, two months ago it was 33 per cent, and now, according to a Gallup poll, the figure is 44 percent." The author of The Transformation of War forcefully stated that, as of now, there are already nuclear warheads aimed against Rome and other European capitals that render the threat credible and the "transfer" of the Palestinians possible.
Nasa warns solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation (14 June 2010) WITH VIDEO http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7819201/Nasa-warns-solar-flares-from-huge-space-storm-will-cause-devastation.html
National power grids could overheat and air travel severely disrupted while electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power in a few years. Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes from a deep slumber sometime around 2013, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. In a new warning, Nasa said the super storm would hit like a bolt of lightning and could cause catastrophic consequences for the worlds health, emergency services and national security unless precautions are taken. Scientists believe it could damage everything from emergency services systems, hospital equipment, banking systems and air traffic control devices, through to everyday items such as home computers, iPods and Sat Navs. Due to humans heavy reliance on electronic devices, which are sensitive to magnetic energy, the storm could leave a multi-billion pound damage bill and potentially devastating problems for governments. We know it is coming but we dont know how bad it is going to be, Dr Richard Fisher, the director of Nasa's Heliophysics division, said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. It will disrupt communication devices such as satellites and car navigations, air travel, the banking system, our computers, everything that is electronic. It will cause major problems for the world. Large areas will be without electricity power and to repair that damage will be hard as that takes time. Dr Fisher added: Systems will just not work. The flares change the magnetic field on the earth that is rapid and like a lightning bolt. That is the solar affect. A space weather conference in Washington DC last week, attended by Nasa scientists, policy-makers, researchers and government officials, was told of similar warnings. CLIP - BOOKMARK THE Space Weather Conditions WEBSITE AT http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/index.html AS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH THIS UNFOLDING SITUATION CLOSELY - Check also Electronic Armageddon? Congress Worries That Solar Flares Could Spell Disaster High-energy electric pulses from the sun could surge to Earth and cripple our electrical grid for years, causing billions in damages, government officials and scientists worry. The House is so concerned that the Energy and Commerce committee voted unanimously 47 to 0 to approve a bill allocating $100 million to protect the energy grid from this rare but potentially devastating occurrence. CLIP
Former BBC Reporter Alan Hart Reveals 'Mossad' Involved in 9/11 on Alex Jones Tv 2/5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHrVo1_gRgU
Alex talks with respected Middle East expert and former BBC presenter Alan Hart. Mr. Hart has broken his silence on 9/11 and has revealed that the world's most prominent civil engineering company told him directly that the collapse of the twin towers was a controlled demolition. He also explains how Israeli agents have infiltrated every Arab government, military organization, and terrorist group or alleged terrorist group. Alan revels how in a private conversation with former British prime minister, Edward Heath, the prime minister explain that his worst fear is that Britain will become the first police state in the so-called democratic world. More through http://www.alanhart.net
Salbuchi - 2010 Forecast - Status Report at 15 June 2010 - Part 1 of 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U14ZayR-yqk
Salbuchi gives a second up-date on the 12 Transition Triggers deployed by the Global Power Elite to wrap up Globalization and usher in World Government - PART 2 HERE - He raps up all the worst news of the moment in a tightly knitted conspiracy scenario.
Is this photo Deepwater's smoking gun? (This was mentioned at the end of the Part 2 video above) http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread567364/pg1
More related pictures HERE. There has been many speculations on the web that this hole was cut through the heliport by a powerful military laser beam that blew the oil rig from space. Could the following secret military space mission be related to this?
Star Wars 2010? U.S. military launch space plane on maiden voyage... but its mission is top secret (April 23, 2010) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1268138/X-37B-unmanned-space-shuttle-launched-tonight.html
A top secret space plane developed by the US military has blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage. Billed as a small shuttle, the unmanned X-37B heralds the next generation of space exploration. It will be the first craft to carry out an autonomous re-entry in the history of the US programme. But its mission - and its cost - remain shrouded in secrecy. The Air Force said the launch was a success but would give no further details. However, experts have said the spacecraft was intended to speed up development of combat-support systems and weapons systems. There have already been accusations that the programme could lead to the 'weaponisation' of space. CLIP
WRITTEN DECLARATION (Submitted to the European Parliament) pursuant to Rule 123 of the Rules of Procedure on the declassification of documentation on UFOs - by Mario Borghezio (14.6.2010) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+WDECL+P7-DCL-2010-0057+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN
This pdf document was found HERE. More details in THIS ARTICLE by Alfred Webre. recommended by Natalie Mannering (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "Dr. Steven Greer has said that a European nation would likely give more full Disclosure should the US gov drag it's feet for too long (and he seemed to indicate France would be the one to do it). Hopefully this will pass and get lots of coverage! A step towards disclosure..."
Australian Spiraling Aerial Anomaly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cssOa3qkU7M&NR=1
This video is essentially a visually presentation of the brilliant work of researcher and ufologist Colin Andrews, who investigated the ongoing strange and mysterious weather and aerial anomalies over the skies of Australia from January 15 to February 5. The evidence derived from the extraordinary happenings truly points to the HAARP facility in Exmouth, Australia. It has been observed and documented that serious weather modification and engineering occurred there. It is quite possible that the Norway Spiral, Haiti earthquake and a series of other mysterious planetary anomalies could be emanating from HAARP's worldwide facilities.That said, the answer could still lie somewhere else. This video was done with the view to open your mind to this new reality so that you will be able to understand and discern any future manifestation that runs parallel to this one.
Did a Cape Canaveral rocket, HAARP or ET/UFOs cause the June 5, 2010 Australian spiral light? http://tinyurl.com/33qgsjl
(...) There is a third possibility, that the June 5, 2010 Australia spiral was a genuine interdimensional wormhole, caused by a hyperdimensional or multi-dimensional intelligence. Some researchers speculated that the Norway spiral was caused by a hyperdimensional intelligence. Researcher David Wilcock writes, The Norway Spiral is back -- but this time it's jumping all over the place in the skies of Australia. This is a manmade phenomenon that shows Disclosure is getting closer and closer all the time! The longer the oil spill goes on unchecked, the faster we can expect to see Disclosure really happen. There are plenty of technologies capable of plugging the spill, and those who are in a position to disclose, and ready to disclose, made a fantastic leap forward with this latest phenomenon. Mr. Wilcock continues, As the oil disaster has mushroomed in scope, I found something I had forgotten about: namely the year 2010 is directly flagged in the Pyramid Timeline as the year where the bottom will fall out of the world. If you look at a diagram of the internal passages of the Pyramid, and look at the Subterranean Chamber, there is an area that dips lower than the others that is called the 'Pit.' The lowest depth of the Pit begins in the year 2010. This was openly predicted in Lemesurier's 1977 book as the year where the materialistic world would reach the full extent of its visible collapse -- to help usher in a mass awakening. CLIP
You Couldn't Make This Up Dept.: "There's a Monolith on Mars' Moon, Phobos" (June 8, 2010) http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/06/you-couldnt-make-this-up-dept-theres-a-monolith-on-mars-moon-phobos.html
U.S. astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, alluded to a monolith detected on Mars' moon Phobos. Speaking on a U.S. cable television channel he said: "We should visit the moons of Mars. There's a monolith there - a very unusual structure on this little potato shaped object that goes around Mars once every seven hours. 'When people find out about that they are going to say, "Who put that there? Who put that there?" Well the universe put it there, or if you choose God put it there." In 2007 the Canadian Space Agency funded a study for an unmanned mission to Phobos known as PRIME (Phobos Reconnaissance and International Mars Exploration). Phobos is a vastly promising location for future exploration. The moon itself has long been an anomaly; its orbital characteristics suggest it may be hollow. More aggressive speculation suggests that Phobos may in fact be a derelict spacecraft of the "generation ark" variety described by science writers such as Isaac Asimov. Unexplained surface features such as the numerous converging grooves, together with the conspicuous monolith-like formations, pose the possibility that Phobos harbors uneroded structures deserving of close attention. Lan Fleming a NASA imaging specialist who has interest in Mars and other solar system anomalies. Lan looked at it and upon further examination and study concluded, that the monolith was a physical anomaly on the surface of Phobos. CLIP
Gassed in the Gulf (Parts I & ll): New Gulf War Syndrome http://silverbearcafe.com/private/06.10/gassed.html
The petro-chemical-military-industrial complex is gassing Gulf Coast residents with poisonous Benzene and Corexit dispersant at dangerously high levels in the largest U.S. domestic military operation to date. The military and FEMA are engaged in Emergency Plans for 36 urban areas from Texas to Florida due to the unstoppable Gulf oil volcano the size of Mt. Everest, as WMR reports, indicating evacuations. Some people are advised to relocate now. (See Parts III and IV) Satellite imagery that Obama's administration withheld shows "under the gaping chasm spewing oil at an ever-alarming rate is a cavern estimated to be around the size of Mount Everest. (...) Human suffering in the Gulf is increasing from the world's latest and largest toxic oil kill as BP lies and government remains silent about human health risks and associated military interventions. Most immediately damaging of the operation's withheld information pertains to toxins breathed since the explosion. CLIP
Talks to lift whaling ban collapse (JUNE 23, 2010) - GOOD NEWS! http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/06/2010623131315553314.html
Negotiations to reintroduce commercial whaling have collapsed barely halfway into an international conference on the issue in Morocco. Delegates at the five-day International Whaling Commission conference, which began on Monday in the resort town of Agadir, were expected to vote on whether to suspend a ban on commercial whaling. But conference participants said on Wednesday that talks on replacing the moratorium had broken down and would be suspended for a year. "The proposal on the table coming into the meeting is a dead letter," Gert Lindermann, the IWC Commissioner from Germany, told the AFP news agency. (...) During the 2008-2009 whaling season, Japan, Norway and Iceland harvested more than 1,500 of the marine mammals. Anti-whaling campaigners have said that the draft quota system is a sell-out and that there should be stricter enforcement of the current ban instead. "Any proposal that comes onto the floor of the commission that seeks to remove in effect the moratorium on commercial whaling ... in our view should not be adopted nor voted on," Peter Garrett, Australia's environment minister, said. Australia, Germany, Britain and most Latin American countries have taken a hard line against the whaling nations on hunting in the Southern Ocean, which was declared a whale sanctuary in 1994, and trade. Iceland is seen as unwilling to renege on the trade of whale. CLIP
Whale statistics: There are about 1.5m whales worldwide - Pollution, climate change, fishing and ships' sonar signals threaten their survival - Whaling is the biggest threat Despite a 1986 ban - 30,000 whales have been killed by Japan, Norway and Iceland under their home-grown quota system - The Japanese fish at least 1000 threatened Minke whales a year - Hundreds of endangered Sei whales are killed ever year - Japan and Iceland together catch over 50 endangered fin whales annually - The notion posed by scientists that whales are intelligent and sentient beings is not on the meeting agenda.
Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist (June 24, 2010) http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65L6IA20100622
(Reuters) - As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday. CLIP
Gulf Oil Spill Disaster: Where is the CDC Public Health Hazard Alert? http://mindscience.bioenergeticspectrum.com/2010/06/26/gulf-oil-spill-disaster-where-is-the-cdc-public-health-hazard-alert/
(...) There are effects from the oil spill that you can see, like oil washing ashore, and those that you cant, like when oil compounds break down and go airborne. What is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico is truly a nightmare of epic proportions. And its going to be a health disaster whose dimensions are growing exponentially behind curtains erected by the federal government This monster disaster is going to affect not only the livelihoods and employment of locals but will contribute to the health failure of millions of people (...) Also drinking water in Florida is going to become a serious problem if the oil gets into the Aquifer. Experts are saying that if a hurricane were to bring the oil into Lake Okeechobeethen it would contaminate the Florida aquifer. Any type of storm surge w/oil could wipe out all off the fresh water supply. This aquifer also affects Georgia. Also, the desalination plant in Tampa, which produces about 15% of the drinking water for the area, will also have to be shut down because of the oil, as well as others.
Too Small To Matter by Jim Quinn (June 24, 2010) http://www.lewrockwell.com/quinn/quinn31.1.html
As I watched the documentary GASLAND last night on HBO my blood began to boil. Im sure my blood pressure went up dramatically during the 1 hour and 40 minute film. After watching our corrupt government decide that the biggest baddest banks on the planet were too big to fail over the last two years and giving my childrens and their childrens money to these behemoth criminal enterprises, I was not surprised to see poor working class Americans treated like dirt by these same corrupt politicians. Big corporations can buy off politicians to ensure profits. The "small people," as the Chairman of BP likes to call them, are expendable and can be ignored. They are too small to matter. Dick Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton from 1995 until 2000, when he became VP of the United States. Halliburton had invented a new process for extracting natural gas from shale formations. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us.
(...) Now the inconvenient truth. The process of capturing this natural gas has consequences:
The average well is up to 8,000 feet deep. The depth of drinking water aquifers is about 1,000 feet. The problems typically stem from poor cement well casings that leak natural gas as well as fracking fluid into water wells.
Generally 1 to 8 million gallons of water may be used to frack a well. A well may be fracked up to 18 times.
For each frack, 80300 tons of chemicals may be used. Presently, the natural gas industry does not have to disclose the chemicals used, but scientists have identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.
The gas comes up wet in produced water and has to be separated from the wastewater on the surface. Only 3050% of the water is typically recovered from a well. This wastewater can be highly toxic.
(...) As I watched the film, it was clear that there are many parallels to the BP disaster in the Gulf. Corporate fascism rules America. Corporations spend billions to generate legislation which benefits their bottom lines. Their lobbyists write the legislation and bribe the corrupt Washington politicians. The American people suffer. The documentary GASLAND leads me to the following conclusions:
(...) The Federal and State regulators of the gas industry have been instructed by their politician bosses that the benefit of the doubt should always be given to the corporations. They generate the tax revenue. They generate the jobs. They make the political contributions. The people drinking the contaminated water cant have any impact on a politicians re-election. The unholy alliance between Big Business and Big Government is destroying this country. The "small people" do matter. The time is approaching when the little guy is going to rise up and take back what is rightfully theirs. Some people are waking up. Some people are getting angry. Some people care about the future of this country.
LATEST UPDATES ON ISRAEL'S SIEGE OF GAZA AND COLD-BLOODED MURDERS OF PEACE ACTIVISTS
BUT FIRST THE GOOD NEWS!... OR SO IT SEEMS!! (see further below that it may just be a facade)
Gaza crossing points opened as Israel bows to international pressure (JUNE 15, 2010) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7150150.ece
Israel bowed to international pressure yesterday when it agreed to reopen crossing points into Gaza for everyday goods. The decision was prompted by criticism of its bloody interception of an aid flotilla two weeks ago and condemnation of the Gaza blockade by the Red Cross. Tony Blair, Middle East peace envoy, hailed the move as significant after the Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, agreed in principle to relax restrictions on goods entering Gaza. It will replace the current narrow list of permitted items with a list of specifically prohibited goods. Mr Blair also welcomed the proposal from Mr Netanyahu for an Israeli inquiry into the flotilla raid, with Lord Trimble, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland, named as one of two international observers - despite him having started, coincidentally, a Friends of Israel Initiative on the day of the flotilla raid. (...) The Red Cross, a neutral organisation that works in some of the most sensitive conflicts in the world, labelled the Israeli blockade of the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza illegal. "The whole of Gaza's civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility," it said in a statement yesterday. "The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law." CLIP
Israel to ease Gaza restrictions (June 17, 2010) http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=178720
World welcomes move; Barak warns Lebanon: Don't send ships. -- Government spokesmen struggled Thursday to keep the security cabinet's decision to ease up on the land blockade of Gaza from looking like an Israeli capitulation, saying the process of relaxing restrictions on Gaza had started months ago. But even as the security cabinet eased up on what would be allowed into Gaza through the land crossings, it reiterated that the naval blockade would remain in place, with Defense Minister Ehud Barak warning Beirut about boats that will reportedly set sail for Gaza from Lebanon. "I am saying clearly to the Lebanese government," Barak said in a statement, "you are responsible for vessels leaving your ports with the clear intention of trying to block the naval blockade of Gaza." Barak, reflecting serious concern about the boats that Israel has linked to Hizbullah activists, said Lebanon had a responsibility to prevent the boats from being loaded with arms and ammunition, "which could lead to a violent and dangerous confrontation in the event that the boat refuses to come to Ashdod."
(...) Ban said the UN "continues to seek a fundamental change in policy as agreed by the Quartet, so that humanitarian assistance, commercial goods and people are able to flow through functioning open crossings, and so that reconstruction can take place." Sari Bashi, executive director of Gisha - The Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, told The Jerusalem Post that while she was reassured that paper was no longer considered a security risk, the cabinet's decision fell far short of what was needed for the people living in Gaza. Based on her understanding of the cabinet decision, she said, food items for consumption would be allowed in, as well as bedding, towels, children's toys and stationery. However, what the people in Gaza needed, she said, was a flow of goods at a level that would allow their factories to resume the production of goods. The events of the past week have demonstrated the need for a complete cancellation of the punitive restrictions, said Bashi, adding that she feared that Thursday's development was merely a "cosmetic change."
Israeli pledge on Gaza blockade fails to ease UN concern (June 24, 2010) http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/israeli-pledge-on-gaza-blockade-fails-to-ease-un-concern-1.645414
Beirut: The head of the United Nations' Palestinian refugee agency yesterday said the fine print of Israel's pledge to ease its Gaza blockade raised questions about how effective it would prove to be.Under international pressure over an Israeli commando raid on a relief aid flotilla bound for Gaza that killed nine people, Israel last week announced it would relax its grip on Gaza. (...) Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of the refugee agency known as UNRWA, called the blockade "absurd, counterproductive and illegal" and cited elements in Israel's easing plan that left unclear how it would be fully implemented. "They're talking about items that will be allowed for certain times and not other times, depending on who the consignee is. So it's still very complicated," he told reporters in Beirut. "We have seen some broad statements of how they will do it but the devil is in the detail. We have to see how this will be done and we haven't seen it yet."We've seen many times declarations and statements," Grandi added. "But now we want to see facts ... Believe me, it's very urgent, because the conditions are very bad on the ground."Human rights groups and other critics see the blockade as collective punishment of Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinians. Israel denies there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as Palestinians, UNRWA officials and rights advocates maintain.Critics have said Israel's new rules could still make it hard to import building materials to rebuild the coastal enclave, whose tattered infrastructure suffered severe damage in a war between Israel and Hamas in early 2009.Grandi called for Gaza's land crossings to be opened. UNRWA has said Israel must reopen the Karni cargo terminal on Gaza's northeast boundary that is large enough to allow shipments of building materials.
Israeli Blockade 'Eased' Only in English, but U.S. Media Eat It Up (06/18/2010) THE EASING OF THE BLOCKAGE COULD VERY WELL BE JUST SHEER PROPAGANDA -- ALL JUST FOR SHOW! http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/06/18/israeli-blockade-eased-only-in-english-but-u-s-media-eat-it-up/
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement yesterday that promised to "liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza." The announcement from Israel's security cabinet came after widespread international pressure on Israel following a deadly Israeli naval raid on a humanitarian flotilla trying to break the three-year old blockade of Gaza. U.S. media echoed the Israeli press release in headlines like "Israel to Ease Gaza Land Blockade" (New York Times, 6/17/10) and "Israel Eases Restrictions on Goods Bound for Gaza Strip" (Washington Post, 6/18/10). (CNN--6/17/10--at least attributed the claim in its "Israel to Ease Blockade of Gaza, Cabinet Says.") But corporate news coverage in the United States omitted an important aspect of the story that undermines the narrative that Israel is "easing" its blockade of Gaza. The Israeli daily Ha'aretz (6/17/10) reports: The prime minister's office announced on Thursday that the security cabinet had agreed to relax Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, but as it turns out, no binding decision was ever made during the cabinet meeting. The prime minister's office issued a press release in English following the meeting, which was also sent to foreign diplomats, was substantially different than the Hebrew announcement--according to the English text, a decision was made to ease the blockade, but in the Hebrew text there was no mention of any such decision. U.S. corporate media have apparently decided to ignore the Hebrew press release that told a far different story about the blockade of Gaza. Even if their correspondents in Jerusalem don't speak Hebrew, the online English version of Ha'aretz reported the news about the dual statements loud and clear yesterday afternoon. Only time will tell which statement is true and whether Israel is really easing its land blockade of Gaza. (The naval blockade will remain in place, according to the New York Times story on the Israeli statement.) Even if the English version were true, though, it doesn't seem like it will squelch criticism of the blockade--Israeli human rights organization Gisha (Guardian, 6/17/10) called the announcement "cosmetic changes," and said that "we need a policy that recognizes the rights of Palestinian residents of Gaza not just to consume but also to produce and to travel." Such viewpoints, however, are unlikely to get much of a hearing in the U.S. press.
Maintaining the Momentum - Holding Israel to Account
With the illegal and fatal act of aggression against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israel has unwittingly handed the international community a rare opportunity to unite in support of the besieged people of Palestine. Non-violent citizen-led initiatives, exemplified by the Flotilla and the various boycott and divestment campaigns around the world, have risen worldwide in response to Israel's intransigence and lawless behavior. History has shown that as long as Israel is allowed to act with impunity, it will continue to violate international law. This is why the Palestine Legal Aid Fund is providing advice for the detainees and coordinating the international collection of evidence for use in any future legal case or UN fact-finding mission. The legal cases will not only seek justice for those killed, injured, and detained on the Flotilla, but will also hold Israeli authorities legally accountable, and provoke an examination of the illegal blockade and humanitarian crisis in Gaza. In order to counter propaganda from the Israel Ministry of Truth, CODEPINK hopes to liberate the truth with narratives from Ann Wright and other Flotilla passengers on their experiences while traveling to Gaza. You can attend, host, or donate to the flotilla speaking tour. In related news, the opening of the Rafah border crossing has proven to be nothing more than a Zionist-directed play designed only to pent up public anger, as tested by The Popular Egyptian Convoy, some Gaza Freedom Marchers, and others. Egypt is still not allowing the entry of food, aid, and construction supplies or Palestinian people - with the exception of critically ill patients and humanitarian cases. The Rafah crossing is open only to important media figures, but is closed when the cameras and media representatives are gone. Given that this unexpected Israeli impetus has renewed hopes for justice in Palestine, we simply must maintain the momentum. Allowing it to dissipate would profane the sacrifices made by the martyrs who gave their lives on the Mavi Marmara. Keep up the pressure to lift the siege of Gaza, GFM Team. Check also Flotilla Check: Facts and Israeli Lies (June 18, 2010)
THEN AN UN-WELCOMED DEVELOPMENT...
SEA BATTLE FEAR AS IRAN SENDS FLOTILLA TO GAZA (June 13,2010) http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/180605/Sea-battle-fear-as-Iran-sends-flotilla-to-Gaza
IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed to breach Israels blockade of Gaza, as two aid ships and a military escort prepare to set sail. In a provocative move the Iranian Red Crescent was this weekend due to send two vessels packed with food and medical aid and 70 relief workers.A third ship, carrying an operating theatre, could follow. President Ahmadinejad raised the spectre of a sea battle as he warned the ships would be carrying an escort of volunteer marines ready to teach Israelis a lesson.Ali Shirazi, the Revolutionary Guards spokesman for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it was Irans duty to defend the innocent people of Gaza. Foreign Secretary William Hague described the intervention as unhelpful. (...) On yesterdays anniversary of President Ahmadinejads re-election, opposition leaders advised demonstrators to stay away from Tehran as the Revolutionary Guards warned it would come down on any attempt to create a security crisis. CLIP
Navy braces for next flotillas (June 15, 2010) http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=178460
The navy will operate under the assumption that groups of provocateurs are aboard any future ships that try to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, Deputy Commander of the Navy Rear-Admiral Rani Ben-Yehuda told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.Two Iranian cargo ships carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza will leave next week, and one of them will be sailing via Istanbul, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported on Monday. Another flotilla is also expected to soon leave Lebanon for the Gaza Strip. The announcement quoted Muhammad Ali Nouraee, an aid official, who said one load of cargo will be sent to Turkey, and then shipped to Gaza from Istanbul, while the other will leave from the port of Khorramshahr. 'Intelligence does not indicate weapons on board' - Ben-Yehuda said that while Israel did not have intelligence indicating that the Iranian ships were carrying weaponry, he said that the navy's assumption would be that provocateurs are onboard. "I recommend that humanitarian activists who are planning on participating in these new flotillas think very hard because they cannot know who is on these ships," he said. "We believe that there will be groups that will try to cause provocations and repeat what happened on the Marmara."
Iran to send blockade-busting ship to Gaza (June 22, 2010) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100622/ap_on_re_mi_ea/gaza_blockade
JERUSALEM Iran said Tuesday it would send a blockade-busting ship carrying aid and pro-Palestinian activists to Gaza, fueling concern in Israel, where commandos were training for another possible confrontation at sea.Israel warned archenemy Iran to drop the plan. The Iranian announcement came days after Israel eased its three-year-old blockade of Gaza under international pressure following its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last month.
Beirut warns Israel against ship attack (June 22, 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=131544§ionid=351020203
As a Lebanese aid convoy is preparing to set sail for the Gaza Strip, Beirut says Tel Aviv would be held accountable for any attack against the vessel. Lebanon "cannot prohibit a ship from leaving its ports if its cargo, passengers and destination all comply with Lebanese law." The letter came after the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations sent a letter to the UN, threatening that it would use "all necessary means" to stop the Gaza-bound aid convoy. Earlier on Monday, Lebanese authorities granted permission for one of the two ships, the Julia, to sail to Cyprus and then to Gaza. With Lebanon and Israel technically still at war, the ship cannot directly sail for the Gaza Strip. The aid mission comes as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned earlier that Lebanon would be responsible for any confrontation with vessels sailing to Gaza from its shores. The ships, which have been organized by the Free Palestine Movement, would be carrying humanitarian supplies for the besieged people of Gaza.
US warns citizens against participating in Gaza flotillas http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3908553,00.html
The State Department advised US citizens against traveling to the Gaza Strip, including as part of flotillas. The new advisory replaces a travel warning issued in August 2009 and applies to all US citizens, including journalists and aid workers.
Thousands in French capital protest deadly Israeli attack, Gaza siege (June 6, 2010) http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=59554
"Nothing can justify the use of such violence," said Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister. -- Thousands of people marched in Paris to protest Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip and Israeli troops' deadly attack on a flotilla seeking to bring aid there. (...) The Foreign Ministry had demanded an explanation from Israel. "Nothing can justify the use of such violence," said Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister.He was "deeply shocked by the tragic consequences of Israel's military operation against the 'Gaza Freedom Flotilla'," he said. "These events serve to remind us that the current situation in Gaza is not sustainable, and that it urgently needs a political solution," he said. Also, in Dublin, people marched through the city centre to demonstrate against the seizure by Israel of the Rachel Corrie which carried Irish and other activists. CLIP
Europe Countries Rise Against Israel on Light of Pictures http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=190926
According to Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA.ir), demonstrations against Zionist crimes in Europe countries including Turkey, Sweden, Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Austria, Malta rises in these days. some of news and photos of these rallies are gathered here: Turkey: Thousands march in Turkey against 'Israel' Thousands of people took to the streets in the Turkish city of Istanbul to denounce Israel over its attack on the convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships that left 20 activists martyred, al-Jazeera reported. Around 10,000 people marched from the Israeli consulate in Istanbul towards the city's main square shouting slogans and waving banners saying "Killer Israel". Bulent Arinc, Turkey's deputy prime minister, said there were up to 400 Turks among those aboard the Mavi Maramara, the Turkish cruise vessel which was leading the Freedom Fleet. Other demonstrations denouncing the Israeli raid have been held in many cities around the world, including the capitals of I.R. Iran, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and the UK. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank clashed with Israeli security forces who responded with tear gas, injuring many people. Swedish dockworkers plan to launch a blockade of Israeli ships and goods to protest the May 31 attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla. According to Peter Annerback, the spokesperson for the Swedish Port Workers Union, the workers of the union will block Israeli ships and not handle any of their goods from June 15 to 24. (CHECK ALSO Swedish dockworkers boycott Israel)
(...) Britain: Several thousand of Britain's protest outside Israeli Embassy - Several thousand people protested in Britain against the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy that killed nine people and injured another 50. The protesters marched from Downing Street to the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday, June 5, urging the British government to step up pressure on Israel following the deadly commando attack.
(...) Germany: Anti-Israel rallies held across Germany - Numerous German cities, including Berlin, Duisburg, Nuremberg and Frankfurt, were the scene of major anti-Israel rallies on Saturday only hours after the Jewish state seized another aid ship in the Mediterranean Sea bound for Gaza.More than 6,000 people gathered in several cities in western Germany, among them Duisburg and Duesseldorf, to vent their anger at the Israeli military action earlier this week. Waving Palestinian and Turkish flags, protesters insisted on the right of Palestinians to exist, lifting the Israeli siege of Gaza and expressed opposition to Germany's ongoing unconditional support for the Zionist regime.
(...) Ukraine: Ukrainians protest Israel aid attack - A large number of people have taken to the streets of the Ukrainian capital to decry Israel's deadly attack on the Gaza-bound aid convoy. The demonstrators marched toward the Israeli Embassy in Kiev to protest against the brutal attack that killed at least nine people onboard the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish flagship part of a six-boat convoy seeking to break the three-year Israeli blockade of the impoverished coastal enclave. The procession then gathered outside the Turkish Embassy to honor the assault's victims -- eight of whom were Turkish citizens.
(...) Austria: Vienna protests against Israeli attack - As anti-Israeli demonstrations continue across the world, over 15,000 people have taken to the streets of Vienna to condemn Israel's attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.
(...) Protesters also took to the streets in Latin America, the United States, South Korea and New Zealand. Latin American demonstrators strongly criticized the UN for what they called the world body's inaction regarding Israeli crimes.
Hundreds protest at anti-Israeli rallies across Canada (JUNE 5, 2010) IN FACT IT WAS SEVERAL THOUSANDS! http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Hundreds+protest+anti+Israeli+rallies+across+Canada/3117865/story.html
MONTREAL Hundreds of protesters turned out for rallies across Canada on Saturday to demonstrate against Israels blockade of Gaza, which has been thrust back into the international spotlight by the Israeli militarys deadly raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla.In Montreal, a crowd of hundreds marching peacefully but boisterously carried placards with slogans such as Boycott Israel and I am ashamed to live in the country that calls itself the best friend of Israel. It was one of several Canadian protests with events planned in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Victoria in addition to much larger demonstrations in Europe, which drew crowds of thousands. CLIP - Click HERE for picture of the Toronto protests
Global protests against attack (June 6, 2010) http://www.theage.com.au/world/global-protests-against-attack-20100605-xlv3.html
DEMONSTRATORS in Melbourne yesterday joined worldwide protests against Israel's deadly attack on ships ferrying protesters and aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.More than 1000 protesters brought traffic to a standstill in the city yesterday as they marched to Parliament Housechanting ''Free, free Palestine'' and ''Shame, Israel, shame''. Across the Tasman, hundreds of anti-Israel protesters hurled old shoes at the US consulate in Auckland on Saturday in an ''expression of outrage and anger'' over clashes between Israeli armed forces and Gaza-bound aid workers. The demonstration called for sanctions against the Israeli government. Protests also took place in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The group took up shoe throwing to mimic an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at then-US President George W. Bush during a news conference in 2008. Tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, calling for an end to Israel's three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. About 20,000 protesters also vented their anger at Israel over its attack on the Gaza flotilla. The Muslim Brotherhood, the main organiser of the protests, also staged demonstrations in Fayoum, south of Cairo, and in the northern Sinai Peninsula city of el-Arish on Friday. CLIP
Australians blast Israel over aid deaths (June 6, 2010) http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/australians-blast-israel-over-aid-deaths-20100606-xmvd.html
More than 300 protesters gathered outside the US Consulate in Perth on Sunday to denounce Israel's killing of nine people aboard Turkish aid ships bound for Gaza this week. Shouting anti-Israeli slogans and waving Turkish and Palestinian flags, the demonstrators marched through the city before stopping outside the US consulate, which they claimed was a de facto Israeli mission.The march was organised by the Friends of Palestine WA movement in support of similar protests around the world this week. The group's WA convener, Alex Whisson, said the rally was part of a "nationally coordinated response to Israel's latest crime"."We're here today to express the Perth community's outrage at Israel's illegal, murderous act of piracy on the high seas of the eastern Mediterranean in which nine Turkish peace activists were murdered," Mr Whisson said. "We feel that Israel has crossed the Rubicon by conducting this act of piracy." Mr Whisson said the killings were not just a "Muslim or Arab issue ... but a human rights issue". He said the marchers had been joined by WA Labor Senator Louise Pratt and WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, and called on the Australian government to impose sanctions on Israel. "What's happening to Palestinians in Israeli-occupied Gaza and the West Bank is no different to the apartheid movement in South Africa," Mr Whisson said. "We want the international community to impose the same sanctions."
Thousands take to streets in protest over Israels actions on Gaza aid ships (6 June 2010) http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/thousands-take-to-streets-in-protest-over-israel-s-actions-on-gaza-aid-ships-1.1033095
Protests over Israeli action against Gaza aid shipments brought thousands of people on to the streets of Britain yesterday with demonstrations in Edinburgh and London. The rallies, which were replicated in other cities around the world including Dublin, Paris, Istanbul and Cairo, came as another vessel carrying aid, the 1200-tonne Rachel Corrie, was boarded by Israeli soldiers before being taken into the port of Ashdod. (...) In an extended interview in todays Sunday Herald, Edinburgh-based activist Theresa McDermott, 43, tells of watching the clashes aboard the Mavi Marmara from her own small vessel alongside, and of how at one point an Israeli soldier held a cocked pistol to her head threatening to shoot her. Yesterday, forensic evidence produced by the head of Turkeys state forensics laboratory revealed that some of those killed on board the Mavi Marmara were shot at close range with what may have been pistols. The deaths of all nine were caused by bullets from firearms, said Haluk Ince, chairman of the Forensic Medicine Council. One body had two bullets in the arm, one in the back and one in the knee. In another patient, there was only one bullet: right in the centre of his brow. International outrage over Israels military action found voice yesterday on the streets of British cities. In Edinburgh as many as 5000 protesters marched through the city centre from The Mound to the US Consulate, via Princes Street. Protesters held banners and flags and chanted Free, free Palestine, end the siege of Gaza. CLIP Check also Protesting Israel's act of barbarism
BELOW ARE SEVERAL EYE-WITNESS REPORTS ON THE SHEER BRUTALITY OF ISRAEL'S DEADLY ASSAULT
Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage (11 June 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/11/gaza-flotilla-attack-new-video
Documentary maker Iara Lee smuggles out video despite Israeli attempt to confiscate all recordings -- Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara, May 31st 2010 // 15 min. from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo. Warning: contains graphic scenes - New footage has emerged of the Israeli assault on a convoy of aid ships headed to Gaza in which nine activists were killed. The high-quality film was reportedly recorded by New York-based documentary maker Iara Lee aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that bore the brunt of the Israeli attacks. Israel attempted to confiscate all footage recorded by participants in the Gaza Freedom flotilla - including taking away mobile phones - but Lee managed to smuggle one hour of video out of the country by hiding it in her underwear, it was reported. The 15 minutes of film posted online shows the moments leading up to and during the Israeli commandos' assault on the Mavi Marmara. At one stage, the captain of the boat can be heard over the public address system saying: "Do not show resistance They are using live ammunition Be calm, be very calm." Gunshots can be heard. The film includes footage of an Israeli inflatable boat carrying commandos, and troops can be seen rappelling from a helicopter on to the Mavi Marmara. While they do so, two men on the Marmara can be seen using catapults aimed at the soldiers, who are high above them, although the projectiles they are firing cannot be ascertained. At one point, a passenger on the boat says to the camera: "[The activists] hold two soldiers down here, bleeding and wounded." One soldier can be seen being carried down the stairs of the vessel. In an interview with Democracy Now, Lee said the soldiers were injured in the commotion. "They got treatment by our passengers," she said. A number of passengers are shown in the video receiving medical treatment for wounds, including one man being resuscitated. He does not appear to respond. At the end of the footage a woman can be heard shouting: "We have no guns here, we are civilians taking care of injured people. Don't use violence, we need help."Lee described the attack as terrifying. "[The Israelis] came to kill," she said. "They wanted to take over the ship." CLIP
Scots aid worker tells of ordeal at hands of Israeli commandos as he returns from Gaza (June 2 2010) http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2010/06/02/scots-aid-worker-tells-of-ordeal-at-hands-of-israeli-commandos-as-he-returns-from-gaza-86908-22303168/
AID worker Hasan Nowarah arrived back in Scotland last night battered and bruised - but overjoyed to be back in the arms of his family. The shattered dad-of-four stepped off a plane at Glasgow at 6.30pm on crutches. He said: "It has been a terrible experience - to see people shot and beaten in front of you. But it will make us stronger and more determined." Computer shop owner Hasan, 45, from Bearsden, added: "I tried to save one old man who was being attacked by a soldier and I was hit hard on my ankle with the butt of a rifle." He said after being interrogated for hours, the detainees were asked to sign papers agreeing to be deported. But he was allowed to leave because of his injury. His wife Seonaigh, 37, wiped away a tear as she said: "It's just great to have him back." His children Dima, 15, Adam, 12, Ayah, seven, and 18-month-old Ibrah-Faris also wept tears of joy at his return. Hasan said he believed fellow Scot Theresa McDermott, of Edinburgh, had been beaten up badly and was still being held.
Chicagoan gives chilling eyewitness account of Israeli assault on Gaza aid flotilla http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/91295/index.php
Chicagoan Fatima Mohammadi, a passenger aboard the Mavi Marmara, gives a chilling eyewitness account of the May 31 Israeli assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, which left 9 dead, scores injured and six unaccounted for. The Youtube video combines Fatima's testimony with recently released video smuggled off the Mavi Marmara -- the only tape currently available from activists on board the flotilla. Dozens of hours of additional video and thousands of still photos remain in Israeli hands -- and the Israeli government has refused to release this material to the world. (...) Israel imprisoned those passengers that it did not kill or disappear for days after the murderous assault, in an attempt to spin it's violence and illegality to the advantage of the apartheid state. But eyewitness accounts -- and video smuggled from the besieged ship by Cultures of Resistance -- increasingly put the lie to Israeli distortions. Ms. Mohammadi's testimony, along with video of the Mavi Marmara assault, can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtjXPS9mP9U - VERY REVEALING TRUTH-TELLING - A MUST WATCH!! - MANY more related videos HERE
Gaza Flotilla Testimonies | Bernard Regan | Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting | London | June 9 http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=113474
Recommended by Anthony Lukahuk (email@example.com) who wrote: "Listen with your heart. You will heard NOTHING about this in the mainstream news. Scattered across the globe are those who are continually willing to peacefully risk life and limb for no other reason than to stand up for freedom and liberty; rather than submit to endless oppression. They are those who stand up for basic human rights for all peoples, regardless of race, creed or nationality. They are but the vanguard who lead the way for the masses who follow in their wake. US! Finally, the sleeping giant is awakening..."
Ventriloquist Dummy For Israel - The "Free Press" Responds to Israeli Piracy on the High Seas (JUNE 5, 2010) http://legalienate.blogspot.com/2010/06/ventriloquist-dummy-for-israel-free.html
Unlike in most of the rest of the world, journalists and editors in the U.S. corporate media are consumed by fantasy when it comes to anything having to do with Israel, especially its appalling treatment of Palestinians. In their eyes, the worst the Holy State can ever be guilty of is tactical error, not criminal brutality, and there is no deed too bloodthirsty to sanitize for their American readers.Consider Israel's recent mass murder of peace activists in international waters. While the rest of the world recoiled in shocked outrage at the news, the New York Times smeared the victims by editorializing ("Israel and the Blockade," New York Times, June 1) that Free Gaza activists "had more than humanitarian intentions" (emphasis added) in trying to deliver humanitarian supplies to besieged Gazans. The group "made its motives clear" in advance, said the Times' editors, by stating that, "A violent response from Israel will breathe new life into the Palestine solidarity movement, drawing attention to the blockade." The inference is that the Free Gaza activists wanted a violent response from Israel in order to promote themselves and discredit the blockade.As usual with the Times, there is no compelling logic linking the premise to the conclusion. The Free Gaza activists might just as well have been attempting to deter an attack on their members by pointing out to Israel the unpleasant consequences it could expect if it were to resort to violence, but the Times' editors are so blindly devoted to apologetics for the Holy State that they can't see the obvious. To them, Israel is not guilty of piracy and mass murder, but of having "completely mishandled the incident" - a tactical blunder. The attack on the Mari Marmara "left nine activists dead" (but not murdered), and "opened Israel to a torrent of criticism," the latter being the more important consideration. Incredibly, the Times' editors characterize the mass murder as a "grievous, self-inflicted wound," as though the Israeli commandos had turned their guns on themselves. The lives of the dead activists do not count, except insofar as they cause bad publicity for Israel. The important considerations are that the killings have "damaged Israel's ties with Turkey . . . given the Hamas-led government in Gaza a huge propaganda boost; and complicated peace talks with the Palestinian Authority." CLIP - Check also The Spirit of Barbarity: The Roots of Israel's Mass Murder on the High Seas and this
revealing spoof: Psychiatrist of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Commits Suicide - Anguished Suicide Note Cites Deluge of Doublethink In Driving Kind-Hearted Shrink to Despair.
Flotilla aid refused by Hamas (6/02/2010) http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=177284
Senior official: Israel's decision to release cargo is "Deception." -- Hamas refused on Wednesday to allow the aid equipment that was captured by the IDF aboard the flotilla ships earlier this week to enter the Gaza Strip. "We refuse to receive the humanitarian aid until all those who were detained aboard the ships are released," said Ahmed Kurd, Minister for Social Welfare in the Hamas government said. "We also insist that the equipment be delivered in its entirety."Kurd said that Israel's decision to allow a number of wheelchairs to be delivered to the Gaza Strip was a "deception," claiming that the batteries that operate them had been removed, making them useless. The Hamas minister said that Israel's decision to send some of the aid that was seized aboard the ships to the Gaza Strip was designed to divert attention from the "massacre" that took place in the sea. Calling for lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip, Kurd welcomed Egypt's decision to reopen the Rafah border crossing. He expressed hope that the terminal would remain opened on a permanent basis. Taher a-Nunu, spokesman for the Hamas government, said that the issue of the humanitarian aid would be resolved only through consultations with the organizers of the convoy in Turkey. CLIP
Israel intercepts another Gaza aid ship (June 5, 2010) http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-gaza-flotilla-20100605,0,7757373.story
Israel vows to keep the Rachel Corrie supply ship from reaching the Gaza Strip, but both sides express optimism that this confrontation won't turn violent. -- Reporting from Jerusalem Israeli warships early Saturday intercepted another aid supply ship sailed by pro-Palestinian activists as it headed toward the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel's naval blockade of the seaside territory. Shortly after dawn, Israeli naval vessels began shadowing the cargo vessel named Rachel Corrie after the pro-Palestinian activist from the U.S. who was killed in Gaza in 2003 and jammed satellite communications, activists said. "We are not afraid" said Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who is aboard the ship, in a telephone interview with Al Jazeera television shortly before the interception. "Everyone on the boat is very calm." Israeli military officials had no immediate comment early Saturday.Organizers said they had no reports of violence or of the ship being boarded. In the hours before the takeover, activists and authorities expressed optimism that the high-seas showdown would not turn violent like Monday's confrontation with the Mavi Marmara, lead ship of an earlier flotilla. During that clash, nine activists were killed and dozens of people were injured, including several Israeli commandos. The latest ship is carrying 21 people and 1,200 tons of medical supplies and construction materials to help rebuild schools and hospitals in Gaza, according to officials with the Free Gaza Movement, the advocacy group organizing the shipments."Our action is partly to bring needed aid," said Ramzi Kysia, the movement's coordinator. "But the aid we are bringing is a drop in the bucket. What we need is an end to the blockade and to draw attention to the policies that are forcing Gazans into poverty and aid dependency."CLIP - Check also 'Rachel Corrie' intercepted off Gaza coast
Merging with Rachel Corrie - A Dedication to Non-violence (June 16, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19759
Sailing on MV Rachel Corrie has changed my life and my perspective on many issues that I hold dear. I am humbled by the experience and have learned so much from everyone on board the ship. MV Rachel Corrie was previously known and registered as MV Linda, a 43-year old cargo vessel abandoned by her owners. Her crew was left in a lurch when the owners failed to pay their wages for over a year. The crew took her to the port of Dundalk in Ireland for refuge. Rejected and in disrepair, she was dying of neglect. She had much to offer but no one cared. On the 22nd January 2010, I received a letter from the solicitors for the Free Gaza Movement that she has been identified as a potential cargo ship to bring aid to Gaza and preparations were made to purchase her. (...) Rachel Corrie, an American, was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and in March, 2003 was crushed to death in Gaza by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when acting as a human shield to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. She was only 23 when she gave her life in selfless devotion to the cause of the Palestinians in their struggle against injustice and oppression. Her courage and depth of compassion for the downtrodden and oppressed is revealed in an interview with the Middle East Broadcasting network. She said, "I feel like I'm witnessing the systematic destruction of a people's ability to survive... Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill people I'm having dinner with." Rachel Corrie personifies the very best of America even though the image has been sullied by the war criminals in their barbaric invasion of Iraq and the slaughter of the millions of innocent men, women and children. In memorials held in Gaza after her death, Palestinian children and adults honoured her by carrying a mock coffin draped with the American flag. She believed in non-violence. She said so in her letters to her mother. She was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. but died a violent death at the hands of an oppressive regime. CLIP
Gaza boat aid organizers say they won't be stopped (June 4, 2010) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iTtMxwaxIJuG4WMil0Nuv6kOxZ-QD9G4LH8O4
LARNACA, Cyprus They were well-to-do, liberal California residents who bonded over the plight of Gaza's Palestinians. Four years after forming the Free Gaza movement, a handful of American and Australian core members remain bent on breaching Israel's military blockade of the narrow coastal strip, despite the bloody Israeli raid that killed nine activists on an aid flotilla that the group helped organize. Another Free Gaza-sponsored aid ship set sail Friday from Cyprus with a Nobel Peace laureate among its 11 pro-Palestinian activists and thousands of tons of aid on board. Spokeswoman and founding member Greta Berlin, 69, said Cyprus-based Free Gaza is assembling another convoy to sail in the early fall. "We can do things that the Palestinians can't. We can stand up to the Israeli soldiers," she told The Associated Press.Free Gaza organized the latest Gaza mission, carrying 10,000 tons of aid including building materials and medical supplies, in what Berlin described as a "loose coalition" with five other organizations.Berlin said she does not condone the violence used by activists on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara to try to repel Israeli commandos in the Monday raid that triggered the international crisis."I would not have reacted the way they did," Berlin said. "I don't justify their actions, but I completely understand them."She dismissed as "character assassination" Israeli allegations that the Mavi Marmara's Turkish owners, the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief, is linked to terrorism.
(...) After Monday's raid, which took place in international waters, Berlin said the donations from ordinary sympathizers have been pouring in worldwide. She said the group refuses to take cash from radical groups or states and has shunned offers from Iran."Our donations come from little people," the engineer said in an interview at a hotel near the group's Larnaca office. "I got a euro1,000 (US$1,227) check from a woman in the U.S. who said it was her Social Security check."Free Gaza emerged in 2006 out of the International Solidarity Movement, dedicated to helping Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The five original core members came together through their common goal of re-entering the Palestinian territories after being kicked out by Israeli authorities."Free Gaza started when we were looking for a way back in and we thought about going in to Gaza by boat," said Mary Hughes, a pilot and successful Hollywood scriptwriter for sit-coms such as "All in the Family," now in her 70s. The third of the core group still active is Australian schoolteacher Eliza Ernshire. Free Gaza's advisory board includes U.S. linguist, philosopher and outspoken political activist Noam Chomsky. Chairwoman Arraf said the decision to start missions to Gaza seemed "very far-fetched" in retrospect, because they had few funds and knew nothing about boats. But the group managed to scrape together enough money to send 44 activists from Cyprus to Gaza in August 2008 on two boats.After the first successful trip, the group relocated from California to Cyprus, where they registered a charity to receive donations. The group used the eastern Mediterranean island about 250 miles (400 kilometers) from Gaza to launch a total eight boat trips from Aug. 2008 to Dec. 2009 five them successful.Although U.S.-born, Berlin is a self-professed "internationalist" who doesn't identify herself as an American and no longer lives in the U.S. despite owning a Los Angeles-based engineering company. CLIP
Israel faces diplomatic wilderness (2010-06-02) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-06/02/c_13330176.htm
JERUSALEM, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Nicaragua became the first state to suspend diplomatic ties with Israel in the wake of the Israeli interception of a flotilla making its way to the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the deaths of at least nine of those on board. Turkey has also warned that it is seriously considering the future of its relationship with the Jewish state. Ankara gave strong support to the vessel that headed the flotilla, which was boarded by Israeli forces on Monday. Four of those killed were Turks and a large percentage of those arrested hailed from Turkey. Others considering taking some form of diplomatic action include Dublin, which is watching the situation closely as an Irish ship, the Rachel Corrie, heads for Gaza in a bid to breach the Israeli blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave.Israeli analysts told Xinhua on Wednesday that the actions of the international community thus far could well prove to be the tip of the iceberg. IN DEEP WATER - The extent of Israel's problems became clear when the Americans refused to veto a condemnation of Israel at the United Nations Security Council. The United States did succeed in watering down the wording though.The fallout from the maritime operation has derailed the recent improvement in ties between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Gilbert N. Kahn, a professor of political science at Kean University in New Jersey. "The U.S.-Israeli relationship, which had been seriously strained following the Jerusalem settlement controversy that had erupted during the visit to Israel by (U.S.) Vice President Joe Biden in March was improving," he said. Now, even the recently launched indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians look to be on ice. Netanyahu had hoped to meet Obama this week but called off his visit to the White House in order to douse the flames back at home."Obama could not have been very happy with Netanyahu cancelling his meeting. I'm pretty sure that Obama had some very strong and decisive words to say to Netanyahu," said Gershon Baskin, the Israeli chief executive and founder of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information. The knock-on effects from the flotilla episode will not just be felt in relations with the United States but in Israel's dealings with many countries, experts predict. Qatar in the Gulf does not have official diplomatic ties with Israel but there is a quiet relationship. That is expected to be damaged in the wake of the affair. Baskin can also see a situation whereby some African states, with which Israel has invested much time and effort to build a bond, will decide to cool relations or suspend them for the time being. CLIP
"Dear brothers and sisters, today is a new day. Today is a new beginning, a birth. Nothing will be like before, this is clearly apparent. An aggressive State which openly murders, massacres, cannot explain itself to humanity without regret, without being held to account for it; cannot look with dignity into the face of the international community. Those ships were all ships of mercy. And their cargo was the heart of humanity. 72 miles, far from their own waters, entirely in open sea and international waters, Israel carried out an aggressive, illegal operation on a ship, a civil ship, not a military ship. An action that no nation is not allowed to do at all. To commit such a violent act on a civil ship, even the capture of the passengers, is itself a crime. Attacking innocent people with arms, to shed blood, and to massacre is clearly state terrorism. They deny it; they say that they were shot at. We are sick of your lies, we are sick. Be honest, honest, be honest. (...) This attack has one more time clearly proven the inhuman oppression and cruelty Israel has been using against Palestine and Gaza for years. I have said it once before. The Israeli administrators, whom we told to their face how well they know how to murder, have one more time shown the world how good they indeed are at massacring innocents. It is incomprehensible that you would be handcuffing even heavily wounded innocent people."
Israel remains defiant, seizes Gaza-bound aid ship (June 5, 2010) http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-06-04-gaza-blockade_N.htm
JERUSALEM (AP) - A defiant Israel enforced its 3-year-old blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, with naval commandos swiftly commandeering a Gaza-bound aid vessel carrying an Irish Nobel laureate and other activists and forcing it to head to an Israeli port instead. The bloodless takeover stood in marked contrast to a deadly raid of another Gaza aid ship this week. However, it was unlikely to halt snowballing international outrage and demands that Israel lift or at least loosen the devastating closure that confines 1.5 million Palestinians to a small sliver of land and only allows in basic humanitarian goods. For now, the confrontations at sea are likely to continue. The organizers of Saturday's sail said they planned to dispatch as many as three more ships in coming months and that four captains already have volunteered for the missions. "What Israel needs to understand is that nothing is accomplished with force," said Greta Berlin of the Cyprus-based Free Gaza group, which sent the latest aid vessel, the Rachel Corrie.
As Obama Wavers, Congressmen Cheer Aid Ship Massacre (June 01, 2010)
HOW CAN ANYONE STILL POSSIBLY CONSIDER THE US AS AN HONEST BROKER IN ANY KIND OF "PEACE PROCESS" - WHICH IS NOW A CODE WORD FOR PERPETUAL STALEMATE TO GIVE ISRAEL ALL THE TIME IT NEEDS TO COMPLETE ITS ONGOING ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE REMAINING PALESTINIANS IN WHAT IT CONSIDERS TO BE ITS GOD-GIVEN OWNERSHIP OF PALESTINE?... http://original.antiwar.com/frykberg/2010/06/01/censure-follows-raid-on-gaza-aid-flotilla/
RAMALLAH The Israeli governments spin machine has launched into full-throttle as the country faces yet another diplomatic crisis and harsh international criticism for Mondays raid on the Free Gaza (FG) humanitarian aid flotilla that left 19 people dead and about 50 injured. However, whether Israels slick and well-oiled publicity machine, and the various lobby groups that support the Jewish state, will be able to overcome the huge international fallout, which comes in the wake of the devastating Goldstone Report into the Gaza war, remains to be seen.Israel has shot itself yet again in the foot. This was a disastrous operation with so many killed and wounded in international waters. It was totally unjustifiable, says Prof. Moshe Maoz from Jerusalems Hebrew University. The damage Israel has done to itself is enormous and it is a wound which will just grow. It has irreparably damaged its relationship with the international community and with the Muslim world. The Israeli government is going from bad to worse, Maoz told IPS. Israels behavior has given Hamas more positive publicity than the organization could ever give itself, Samir Awad, an academic at the Birzeit University, near Ramallah, told IPS. CLIP
Scott Horton Interviews Eric Garris (June 02, 2010) http://antiwar.com/radio/2010/06/02/eric-garris/
RAMALLAH The Israeli, Eric Garris, founder and director of Antiwar.com, discusses the highly restrictive Gaza blockade that subjects 1.5 million residents to collective punishment for electing Hamas, Israels surprisingly violent attack on the aid flotilla after allowing half of the previous attempts to pass through, the timid official US response (amid a chorus of international condemnation) to Israels killing of humanitarian aid volunteers and why Israel has likely lost its key alliance with Turkey.
Israeli Attack May Have a Silver Lining (June 02, 2010) http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2010/06/01/israeli-attack-may-have-a-silver-lining/
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Details of Israels attack on the flotilla to Gaza containing humanitarian aid are still leaking out from the Israeli attempt to stifle them. But even if Israels spin about its attack on the flotilla is accepted, the situation is still fairly damning for Israel. (...) Terrorism is usually defined as harming a population by collective punishment to pressure its leadership to make political changes. Normally we think of small groups terrorizing a population with bombs, but governments purposefully killing civilians with bombs (such as the allies did to Japan and Germany in World War II) or inducing starvation and illness with a more slow-motion blockade should also be considered terrorism. It is appalling that civilized nations, such as Israel and its U.S. patron, are committing or endorsing, respectively, this illegal and immoral quarantine. The one silver lining to Israels unconscionable attack on a humanitarian flotilla is that its reprehensible collective punishment of Gazans through blockade likely will be made politically unsustainable.
Israel deports Gaza aid activists (JUNE 02, 2010) http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/06/20106215402956944.html
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Officials in Israel say they have released about 700 activists seized from the Gaza aid flotilla and sent them for deportation. The hundreds of activists detained on the boats and diverted to Israel have all been released for deportation, said Yron Zamir, a prisons authority spokesman. Zamir said all of the people had been taken to Ben Gurion airport or the Jordanian border. Yehuda Weinstein, Israel's attorney general, said Israel decided not to prosecute any of them, writing in an order on Wednesday that "keeping them here would do more damage to the country's vital interests than good". (...) Authorities said 682 people from more than 30 countries had been on board the six ships that tried to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.The activists included hundreds of Turks, four of whom were killed. Turkey has warned it will cut off diplomatic ties with Israel if its citizens killed and injured in the Gaza flotilla raid are not returned by Wednesday night. Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, said 210 Turkish nationals were scheduled to be flown to Istanbul from Israel on Turkish planes, while it is believed around 20 injured people will return via Ankara, on ambulance planes. Differing accounts - Sherine Tadros, Al Jazeera's correspondent reporting from Beersheva in southern Israel, said that while nine people have been confirmed killed, no information had been made public about their identities. The activists were killed when Israeli troops, using helicopters and dinghies, stormed the Mavi Marmara, the lead vessel of the six-ship convoy dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, on Monday. Activists' accounts of what happened contradict Israeli explanations of the raid.Huseyin Tokalak, the captain of one of the seized ships who was freed on Tuesday, told a news conference in Istanbul that an Israeli navy ship threatened to sink his vessel before troops boarded and trained their guns on him and his crew."They pointed two guns to the head of each of us," Tokalak said. Others said that the soldiers had opened fire even after passengers had raised the white flag. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, who was on board the Mavi Marmara and was released into Jordan on Wednesday morning, said the size of the Israeli attack surprised the ship's passengers. "The Israeli assault took those of us on the ship by complete surprise," Vall said. "We saw about 30 war vessels surrounding this ship, and helicopters attacking with very luminous bombs. "More troops came and immediately opened fire, and killed people on the ship without any distinction." The UN Security Council has called for "a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards" into the Israeli raid.
(...) The bloodshed on Monday also put Israel's tense ties with the US under further strain and placed under scrutiny the relationship between the allies.Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting from Istanbul, said Erdogan, in his speech, "mentioned the unmentionable, saying that Israel acts because it has powerful friends".The US has, thus far, refused to condemn the Israeli raid, with Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, telling reporters in Washington DC that "the situation from our perspective is very difficult and requires careful, thoughtful responses from all concerned". Clinton called on the Israeli government to ease the blockade of Gaza, saying that the "situation in Gaza is unsustainable and unacceptable". "Israel's legitimate security needs must be met just as the Palestinian's legitimate needs for sustained humanitarian assistance and regular access to reconstruction materials must also be assured," she said.
Terror on Aid Ship: "Plan Was to Kill Activists and Deter Future Convoys" (2010-06-01) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19483
Nazareth --An Arab member of the Israeli parliament who was on board the international flotilla that was attacked on Monday as it tried to take humanitarian aid to Gaza accused Israel yesterday of intending to kill peace activists as a way to deter future convoys. Haneen Zoubi said Israeli naval vessels had surrounded the flotillas flagship, the Mavi Marmara, and fired on it a few minutes before commandos abseiled from a helicopter directly above them. Terrified passengers had been forced off the deck when water was sprayed at them. She said she was not aware of any provocation or resistance by the passengers, who were all unarmed. She added that within minutes of the raid beginning, three bodies had been brought to the main room on the upper deck in which she and most other passengers were confined. Two had gunshot wounds to the head, in what she suggested had been executions. Two other passengers slowly bled to death in the room after Israeli soldiers ignored messages in Hebrew she had held up at the window calling for medical help to save them. She said she saw seven other passengers seriously wounded. Israel had days to plan this military operation, she told a press conference in Nazareth. They wanted many deaths to terrorise us and to send a message that no future aid convoys should try to break the siege of Gaza. Released early yesterday by police, apparently because of her parliamentary immunity, she said she was speaking out while most of the hundreds of other peace activists were either being held by Israel for deportation or were under arrest. Three other leaders of Israels large Palestinian Arab minority, including Sheikh Raed Salah, a spiritual leader, were arrested as their ships docked in the southern port of Ashdod. Lawyers said that under Israeli law they could be held and questioned for up to 30 days without being charged. Contradicting Israeli claims, Ms Zoubi said a search by the soldiers after they took control of the Marmara discovered no arms or other weapons. It was vital, she added, that the world demand an independent UN inquiry to find out what had happened on the ship rather than allow Israel to carry out a whitewash with its own military investigation. CLIP
Israelis subdued captain by pointing gun at a child (June 3, 2010) http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/israelis-subdued-captain-by-pointing-gun-at-a-child-1.636007
Algerian activist gives chilling account of atrocities -- Dubai/Cairo: According to a report in The Guardian, an Algerian activist, who gave her name as Sabrina, revealed that Israeli troops pointed their gun at a one-year-old Turkish child in front of his parents to force the captain of the Mavi Marmara to stop sailing. Many reports have emerged from among the 124 activists who crossed over into Amman, Jordan, yesterday. In an interview with Sky News, IT professional Hasan Nowarah, from Glasgow, described the moments as the Israeli troops descended on the ship."All you could see was screaming and bullets. Out of the blue as I looked around our ship, all I could see were hundreds of Zodiacs. Hundreds of Zodiacs full of soldiers, and big ships, lots of ships, and I believe as well submarines in the sea." Kuwaiti MP Walid Al Tabtabai said the Israelis were "brutal and arrogant"."Israelis roughed up and humiliated all of us, women, men and children," he said. Algerian Izzeddine Zahrour said Israeli authorities "deprived us of food, water and sleep and we weren't allowed to use the toilet". "It was an ugly kidnapping and subsequently bad treatment in Israeli jail," he said."They handcuffed us, pushed us around and humiliated us," Egyptian MP Hazem Farouq, who was also on the boat, said and added what he witnessed on the ship "defied his imagination". "It was hell on the sea. I saw Israeli soldiers killing activists in cold blood and then walking on their bodies," Farouq, who was one of more than 700 activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla attacked by Israeli commandos, said on Tuesday in Cairo."The Israeli soldiers sprayed bullets as if they were a mafia in an American film." CLIP
"Mad Dog" Diplomacy - A Cornered Israel is Baring Its Teeth (June 3, 2010) http://www.counterpunch.org/cook06032010.html
Moshe Dayan, Israels most celebrated general, famously outlined the strategy he believed would keep Israels enemies at bay: Israel must be a like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother. Until now, most observers had assumed Dayan was referring to Israeli military or possibly nuclear strategy, an expression in his typically blunt fashion of the countrys familiar doctrine of deterrence. But the Israeli commando attack on Monday on the Gaza-bound flotilla, in which nine activists have so far been confirmed killed and dozens were wounded as they tried to break Israels blockade of the enclave, proves beyond doubt that this is now a diplomatic strategy too. Israel is feeling cornered on every front it considers important and like Dayans mad dog, it is likely to strike out in unpredictable ways. Domestically, Israeli human rights activists have regrouped after the Zionist lefts dissolution in the wake of the outbreak of the second intifada. Now they are presenting clear-eyed and extremely ugly assessments of the occupation that are grabbing headlines around the world. That move has been supported by the leadership of Israels large Palestinian minority, which has additionally started questioning the legitimacy of a Jewish state in ways that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. CLIP
Gilad Atzmon on Israeli Collective Madness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_sZMjR4fsI
"Gilad Atzmon, a British writer and musician who was born in Israel and served in the Israeli army, believes that the raid will lead the world to see what Israel is all about. They are convinced that the more people they kill, the more people will be deterred to jeopardize what they regard as their security, Atzmon told RT.
What Lethal Arrogance Looks Like (June 4, 2010) http://www.opednews.com/articles/What-Lethal-Arrogance-Look-by-David-Michael-Gree-100604-961.html
(...) In addition to the carnage suffered by others, in this way Israel has become its own worst enemy. I mean that quite literally, and not just in the sense of the moral outrage of the international community. The sad truth is that nothing threatens Israeli security more today than the stupidity, greed, aggression, inhumanity, and lately sheer arrogance of its foreign policy. (...) Israel seems increasingly intent on spending all its remaining virtues to cover the initial bad check of its turn toward colonialism. It is eating itself from within, in order to avoid confronting its demons. The war crimes documented in the Goldstone Report on the Gaza invasion give one example, the reaction to which among the South African Jewish community (which must be much like the American one) was initially to try banning Mr. Goldstone, an internationally highly regarded jurist, from attending his own grandson's bar mitzvah. Meanwhile, no less than a former deputy speaker of the Knesset has expressed serious concerns about the far-right's successful attempts at domestic censorship of any critical discourse in Israeli society.Perhaps the most telling episode, however, has been Israeli reaction to the Saudi peace plan of 2002, which was reintroduced in 2007 and endorsed unanimously by the twenty-two members of the Arab League. The proffered bargain gave Israel everything it originally wanted peace, recognition by its neighbors, normalized relations and even more, since it contemplated a return to wider 1967 borders, not those lesser ones detailed by the 1947 UN resolution which partitioned Palestine and gave birth to the Israeli state. In exchange for this, Israel had only to recognize a Palestinian state and agree to just treatment of Palestinian refugees. It is a measure of the pathology that has overtaken contemporary Israel today that the government has never even responded to this grand deal which represents a monumental leap for the Arab community although the current prime minister rejected it outright when he was the opposition leader in 2007.In short, the situation is grim, as this week's events underscore. The cycle of tit-for-tat response has metastasized into a pathology of violence and recalcitrance in Israel's government, and among some parts of the Arab and Muslim world. Shooting civilians on a ship in the middle of a relief mission is merely the logical extension of such a process. CLIP
White House: Flotilla incident must not reoccur (6.02.10) http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3898272,00.html
American administration reiterates disappointment over Israeli takeover of Gaza-bound ship. White House spokesman tells press US determined to get goods to civilians in Gaza -- WASHINGTON - International criticism over the deadly takeover of the Gaza-bound flotilla continues, as does the cold breeze from Washington. White House spokesman Bill Burton on Wednesday addressed the Israel Defense Forces' raid on a ship containing activists headed for the Strip's shores, and said the it is most important to President Obama that such incidents do not occur in the future. At a press briefing on the presidential airplane, Burton emphasized that his country is in constant contact with Israel and that it is committed to the Jewish state's security. However, he stressed that Washington is determined to transfer aid to the civilians in Gaza. CLIP
The Flotilla in the Israeli Press (June 02, 2010) http://original.antiwar.com/hacohen/2010/06/01/the-flotilla-in-the-israeli-press/
Not many atrocities can be less controversial than Israels attack on the Turkish-based flotilla heading to Gaza yesterday. Like Somali pirates, Israel attacked the boats in international waters. Like the darkest regimes, Israeli forces opened fire on unarmed civilians who had not posed a threat to anybody, except to the siege that Israel (with Egyptian co-operation and U.S. backing) imposes on Gaza. Condemnation of what the Turkish prime minister rightly termed an act of state terrorism has been global, except for the shameful mumbling of the American government (but what can you expect from the complicit?). In any normal place, you would expect masses to take to the streets and protest. Indeed, precisely this happened all over the globe. Not in Israel. A few hundred people did demonstrate in Tel Aviv and in several other towns, but then again a few hundred gathered to throw eggs at the Turkish embassy. On the internal front, the Israeli government has nothing to worry about. How is this consensus achieved? How can you turn millions of fairly educated citizens into silent lambs, or worse, into supporters of their own states terrorism? If we concentrate on the short term, leaving aside, for the sake of brevity, decades of indoctrination, one can spot a few themes in the Israeli propaganda, which emerged during the first hours after the incident.
(...) The one mild exception was David Grossman, who used the word crime for the crime, and even though he too recycled the trap metaphor, he did distinguish between the small, fanatic Turkish organization behind the flotilla and the hundreds of activists for freedom and justice on board. Grossman also equated the action carried out outside Israels territorial water to an act of piracy. He saw the action in the broader context of Israels outrageous siege on Gaza, and his final paragraph can summarize not only his, but my own column as well: More than anything else, this crazy operation is evidence for the place that Israel has reached. There is no point in elaborating. Whoever has eyes in his head sees and feels it. No doubt, within hours some swift minds would find a way to turn the (natural, justified) feelings of guilt of many Israelis into a vociferous accusation against the entire world. The shame, however, would be more difficult to come to terms with. Related propaganda: Probe reveals flotilla lynchers have ties to Global Jihad - Video) Interrogation of Gaza aid sail detainees reveals some of passengers recruited specifically to attack Israeli soldiers. Suspects found to be carrying multiple weapons, cash. Meanwhile, Navy launches its own inquiry into raid. (...) The suspects are not cooperating with investigators. Most of them have no identification papers, and Israeli authorities are still trying to ascertain their identity. CLIP HOW CAN THEY POSSIBLY ASCERTAIN WHO "RECRUITED" THOSE PASSENGERS WHEN THEY EVEN DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND REFUSE TO TELL YOU ANYTHING, EVEN UNDER BEATING AND TORTURE?...
Doubts Grow Over Israel's Value as U.S. Ally By Jim Lobe http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51715
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 (IPS) - Israel's disastrous raid in international waters Monday on a Turkish-flagged flotilla carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza has resurrected a long-running debate over whether Washington's close alliance with the Jewish state really serves U.S. strategic interests. Ironically, one negative answer was provided in Jerusalem Tuesday by none other than the head of Israel's vaunted foreign-intelligence agency, Mossad. Noting, among other things, the disappearance of the Soviet and Western blocs with the end of the Cold War, Mossad chief Meir Dagan told members of the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Tuesday that "Israel is gradually turning from an asset to the United States to a burden." That view was emphatically re-asserted the following day by one of Washington's most highly respected and centrist Middle East analysts in an essay entitled "Israel as a Strategic Liability?" that instantly became must-reading for regional specialists both in and outside the administration of President Barack Obama. CLIP
Norman Finkelstein "Israel is now a lunatic state" (June 3, 2010) Video http://www.creative-i.info/2010/06/01/norman-g-finkelstein-israel-is-now-a-lunatic-state-by-nadezhda-kevorkova/
Finkelstein "What happened with the Gaza flotilla was not an accident. You have to remember that the Israeli cabinet metfor fully a week. All the cabinet members discussed and deliberated how they would handle the flotilla. There were numerous reports in the Israeli press, numerous suggestions, numerous recommendations about what to do.At the end of the day they decided on a night time armed commando raid on a humanitarian convoy. Israel is now a lunatic state. It's a lunatic state with between 2 and 300 nuclear devices. It is threatening war daily against Iran, and against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah in Lebanon has all ready stated on several occasions that if Israel attacks it will retaliate in kind. Things are getting out of control. We have to ask ourselves a simple basic fundamental question. Can a lunatic state like Israel be trusted with 2 to 300 nuclear devices, when it is now threatening its neighbors Iran and Lebanon with an attack? These are serious issues!"
Mossad Chief: Israel Becoming a Burden to US (June 01, 2010) http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/01/mossad-chief-israel-becoming-a-burden-to-us/
Says Military Mulled Sabotaging, Stranding Aid Ship - Speaking today in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Mossad Chief Mair Dagan warned that Israel is no longer an asset to the United States and is increasingly becoming a burden.Meir DaganDagan said that the US bellicosity of the 1990s was more conducive to Israels ability to rely on American threats to back up their positions, and that President Obamas election has been viewed as weakness and influences Israels difficulty in diplomatic maneuvers.Dagan also discussed the attack on a Gaza aid ship, saying that the army had initially considered simply sabotaging the ship and leaving it stranded in international waters, but decided against it over fear of a humanitarian crisis. Instead Israeli commandos boarded the ship guns a-blazing, and killed at least 19 aid workers. Though the international community has reacted with understandable outrage at the massacre of the aid workers, Israel seems to be concerned primarily with the Obama Administrations response, which so far has been a non-response. Though inside Israel the killings have been mostly praised as a great military victory over brutal aid workers, international outcry seems to be lingering, and President Obama will likely be under pressure to address the massacre at some point.
Israeli Arab flotilla hero: kill her or revoke her citizenship? (June 3, 2010) http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/52646/
Read the details in the Guardian of Israel parliament member Haneen Zuabi's experience aboard the ship attacked by Israel for why she seems very much to be a hero. But the issue for me is, how far right is normal political life now in Israel? What has become of an Israel where "the ultra-nationalistic Yisraeli Beteinu party" can be part of the government and represents near-majority (majority?) political sentiment toward Arabs? ("There've been no public-opinion polls yet, but clearly many Israelis support a hard-line approach to Gaza and the Palestinian situation in general; experts note the population has grown increasingly conservative since the second Palestinian intifada, or "uprising," in 2000, exacerbated by hard-line new arrivals to Israel from Russia and elsewhere.") And then there's the ultra-orthodox religious party Shas, which provides Israel its Interior Minister. He's seriously seeking to revoke Zuabi's citizenship!
Gaza flotilla activist faces death threats (3 June 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/03/gaza-flotilla-survivor-haneen-zuabi
While other activists from the Gaza aid flotilla have returned home, one is left facing death threats and abuse in Israel. Haneen Zuabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset who was aboard the Mavi Marmara, is now under armed protection after nearly 500 people signed up to a Facebook page calling for her execution. During a heated parliamentary session yesterday Zuabi was sworn at and then shoved out of the chamber amid shouts of "Go to Gaza, traitor". The 41-year-old member of the Arab nationalist party Balad has also received death threats by phone and mail. "I am not scared," she said, speaking from her home town of Nazareth in northern Israel. "This is inherent here, it is not something that started yesterday. It is just harder and harsher now."Zuabi faces growing hostility for taking part in the Gaza aid flotilla, amid a climate of rage at what has been portrayed in Israel as a premeditated attack upon its soldiers by armed activists aboard the boats."Israel wanted many deaths to terrorise us and to send a message that no future aid convoys should try to break the siege of Gaza," she told journalists this week. Zuabi said that naval boats surrounded the Mavi Marmara and fired on it before soldiers abseiled aboard from a helicopter. She went below to the ship's hold and said that, within minutes, two dead passengers were brought inside, followed by two more who had been seriously wounded.soldiers refused her requests for medical assistance for the injured passengers, who died shortly after.Zuabi - known in Israel as an articulate Hebrew speaker - said that soldiers specifically asked her to translatetheir instructions. At first, she refused. "I shouted back, 'Why didn't you ask for my help before you murdered these people?'" But she realised that such assistance could prevent further violence. "My fear was that miscommunication and panic could lead to more deaths," she said. "Everyone on the boat was terrified, screaming and crying and I felt a sense of responsibility towards them."Zuabi spent the next few hours conveying the Israeli soldiers' instructions to the passengers as they were searched, while also relaying concern over injured passengers and requests for water, medicine or to pray.Disembarking with the others at Ashdod port on Monday, Zuabi, who has parliamentary immunity, was interrogated three times before being freed The remaining four Palestinian citizens of Israel aboard the aid boats were released from Ashkelon prison this morning, but remain under house arrest until next week. They have not been charged. Having survived a situation in which she'd factored a "50% chance to come out alive", Zuabi said she is now facing a different threat, "of racist, illegitimate ideas that have turned violent". Zuabi was elected last year and, as the first female Knesset member on an Arab party list, views her support for the Free Gaza campaign as part of a wider fight for democracy, race and gender equality in Israel. She said she cannot yet allow herself to process the violent events aboard the Mavi Marmarawhat happened. "I can't forget the images of the dead, but I haven't cried for them yet. I have to stay strong in this climate of threats against me."
Interview with Hamas Pt2 (June 3, 2010) http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=5224
Usamah Hamdan on the targeting of civilians in the Palestinian Israeli conflict. BIO: Osama Hamdan is the top representative of Hamas in Lebanon and is a member of the organization's politburo. Hamdan was born in the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip to a Palestinian refugee family that fled the village of al-Batani al-Sharqi during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Hamdan worked at the Hamas office in Tehran as assistant to then Hamas representative Imad Alami from 1992-93. He became Hamas' official representative in Iran in 1994, serving in that post until 1998. In 1998, Hamdan was appointed as Hamas representative in Lebanon, a post he still holds. In 2004, he served as Hamas' spokesman in Cairo during a dialogue between Palestinian factions.
How Free Explains Israel's Flotilla FAIL (June 2, 2010 ) ISRAEL COMPLETELY "OUTGUNNED" BY TWITTER http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/how-free-explains-israels-flotilla-fiasco/
The organizers of the "Free Gaza" flotilla spent almost nothing on their campaign. The government of Israel poured millions into its botched raid on the ships - and now is in a worse position than when the flotilla launched. How did it happen? Part of the problem is that the Israeli government never bothered to read Wired. Israeli commandos may not have known that members of the Free Gaza flotilla were carrying knives, guns and metal bars. But they should have known that many in the incoming flotilla were armed with cameras, cellphones, blogs and Twitter accounts. For a country so technologically advanced, and with such acute public diplomacy challenges, to fail so miserably at preparing a communications offensive over new media is a failure of strategic proportions. And it was all so utterly predictable. In his book Free, Wired editor Chris Anderson lays out a new media model that foreshadowed the flotilla meltdown. (...) On Monday, when flotilla activists felt there was a lack of coverage in the U.K. media of their story, they started twittering about it, and for a few hours, that became the discussion: Why are the BBC and others not reporting on the mission to #BreakTheSiege by the #FreedomFlotilla? After several hours of this sustained campaign, dozens of bloggers and twitterers claimed success, saying that U.K. news websites were starting to devote more attention to the story. CLIP
'Israel will reject int'l inquiry' (06/07/2010) http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=177708
Israel intends to reject an international inquiry into last week's raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren said Sunday in an interview with Fox News."We are rejecting an international commission. We are discussing with the Obama administration a way in which our inquiry will take place," Oren said. Regarding claims that an internal commission of inquiry would not yield credible results, he stated, "Israel is a democratic nation. Israel has the ability and the right to investigate itself, not to be investigated by any international board."
The Israeli Government and the Stanford Prison Experiment (June 6, 2010) http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=the-israeli-government-and-the-stanford-prison-experiment-2010-06-06
(...) For most Turks, Israel's ongoing blockade of Gaza is first and foremost a matter of ethics. In fact, no one in Turkey questions Israel's legitimate security concerns. Yet people, including the author of these lines, cannot understand why Gaza should be turned into an open air prison by Israel, while that kind of treatment of Gazans is actually feeding Hamas. In response to such criticisms, the Israeli authorities maintain that Israel's power is the key to its security in the region. But such a hawkish and merciless approach will not provide the Israeli people with the security they essentially deserve. On the contrary, it will only accelerate and ignite the worldwide condemnation of Israeli policies. The Jewish people were once regarded as the victims by almost all members of the international community. At present, however, they are believed to be the victimizers, thanks to the current policies of the ruling Israeli coalition government. This paradox immediately brings to mind the famous Stanford prison experiment of the early 1970s in which several young people were selected to play the roles of guards and prisoners in a mock jail. It was quickly discovered that the participants had adapted to their roles well beyond what the conductors of the experiment initially expected. While the guards exhibited authoritarian, sadistic and draconian tendencies, many prisoners were severely emotionally traumatized. There were basic lessons drawn from the experiment: First of all, it was the situation that caused the participants' behavior rather than anything inherent in their individual personalities. Secondly, the experiment clearly displayed the consequences of the power of authority when provided with a legitimate ideology. In light of this experiment, one can easily conclude that while all the Gazans are not terrorists, all the Israeli authorities, the soldiers in particular, cannot be machiavellist sadists longing for absolute power. It is the inhumane absurd situation in Gaza that causes both sides' behavior. And the current Israeli coalition government should be held solely responsible for that mess. Due to its unexpected consequences, the Stanford experiment was aptly stopped after only six days. I strongly believe the unfortunate "Gaza experiment" should also be stopped as quickly as possible. As of today, it is very, very clear that it didn't work. And it should be the Israeli people who force their government to change its behavior. CLIP
Daily Hürriyet publishes photos of bloodied Israeli soldiers (June 6, 2010) http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=hurriyet-daily-publishes-photos-of-bloodied-israeli-soldiers-2010-06-06
Pictures showing bloodied Israeli commandos being overpowered by activists aboard an aid ship targeted in the deadly raid May 31 were published Sunday by daily Hürriyet after being recovered from a digital camera's memory card.Israeli forces seized the cameras belonging to activists and journalists onboard the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara and erased their memory cards after the raid, which killed eight Turks and one American of Turkish origin, the daily said. One of the photos that was recovered, published on Hürriyet's front page, shows an Israeli soldier holding the back of his head with one hand; blood is on his face and the front of his shirt is torn open. Another image shows the same soldier holding his nose while blood streams down from a head wound; as a cameraman records the incident, the soldier is led down stairs by an activist. A third photo shows another soldier, wearing a black woolen cap, lying on his back on the deck of the ship, held down by his arms by an activist. A bloodstain is visible on the commando's pants. Other pictures show a commando falling down stairs and another soldier being assisted by medics aboard the ferry. Kenneth Nichols O'Keefe, a U.S. Gulf War veteran who was aboard the ferry, said he was among the activists who overpowered three Israeli soldiers, according to the Anatolia news agency."[The soldiers] looked at us... They thought we would kill them, but we let them go," O'Keefe said, adding that he took the weapon of one of the soldiers and emptied it, according to the Anatolia report. -- PHOTO GALLERY: Recovered photos show scenes from Israeli raid on Gaza aid ship - Check also Pics of beaten commandos published (06/06/2010)
Duped - Why didn't the IDF know more about the passengers? (06/04/2010) ISRAELI MEDIA'S PERSPECTIVE http://www.jpost.com/Features/FrontLines/Article.aspx?id=177432
(...) THERE ARE two ways of looking at what happened early Monday morning on the Mavi Marmara's upper deck. One way, as portrayed extensively in the media, was that the operation - dubbed "Sea Breeze" by the IDF - was a failure.There was a clear intelligence gap - the navy did not know that passengers were preparing an ambush for the commandos and were equipped with night-vision goggles, bulletproof vests, stun grenades, knives, axes and metal pipes. The nine dead passengers turned what was expected to be a complicated but not deadly operation into a diplomatic crisis for the State of Israel, forcing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to return from Canada prematurely and cancel a planned meeting with US President Barack Obama. (...) Expecting mild violence and mostly curses, shoves and spitting in the face, the navy even brought a behavioral science expert to teach them how to restrain themselves. But the violence was far more aggressive than expected. After 90 seconds of scuffles and after a passenger had succeeded in grabbing a soldier's gun and was pointing it at his head, the commandos dropped their paintball guns and pulled out their 9 mm. Glock pistols and began firing. Within less than four minutes, the nine passengers were killed and the Shayetet had taken control of the upper deck. Half an hour later, the bridge was in their hands as well. WHILE THE media has been extremely critical of the navy and the Shayetet for killing nine passengers, those killed were allegedly not innocent civilians. Each one of them, according to the navy, was a terrorist mercenary. (...) The navy was given a mission to stop six ships from reaching Gaza and succeeded. Five ships were taken quickly and one was violent. But the end result is an operational success - nine terrorists were killed and while commandos were injured, all emerged alive. No women or children were killed, only the terrorists. But instead of praise, the navy was met with fierce criticism. One possible reason is because the media and general public were not sufficiently prepared for such a possible outcome. While the difficulties involved in stopping a flotilla were recognized, no one, even in the navy, thought that the resistance would be so ferocious. Therefore, when nine passengers were killed, the easiest and instinctive explanation was that the navy had made a mistake. If this is true, the navy's one mistake might have been in not gathering more intelligence on IHH and the passengers on board. With the right information, the commandos would have likely been instructed to board the ship with more force and to forget about restraint. CLIP !!!
Lie of the Land: The Dark Heart of a Special Relationship BY CHRIS FLOYD - 03 JUNE 2010 http://chris-floyd.com/articles/1-latest-news/1974-lie-of-the-land-the-dark-heart-of-a-special-relationship.html
Israel's deadly attack on the relief boat bound for Gaza almost defies comment. Its wanton criminality is so blatant and its "justifications" so transparently false that condemnation seems almost superfluous; the evil of the action is self-evident. Likewise, the reactions of the American power structure - timorous appeasement from the White House, unhinged bloodthirstiness from Congress - have been so wildly inappropriate and utterly divorced from reality that they can scarcely bear any serious consideration; they are simply roars of meaningless noise, set loose in hopes of drowning out the truth. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the incident (beside the loss of innocent life) is its glaring confirmation of this long-established, deeply destructive fact: there is no outrage that Israel can commit that the United States government will not countenance. Of course, this has been true for decades, encompassing everything from the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, its illegal development of a nuclear arsenal, its decades of relentless espionage in the United States, its atrocities in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, its state-terror, collateral-damaging "targeted assassinations" around the world, its heinous apartheid wall, the open, often genocidal racism of many of its political and government leaders, its mass cluster-bombing at the end of its latest military aggression in Lebanon, its horrific civilian slaughter in its latest full-scale assault on Gaza, and the subsequent strangulation of Gaza, a war crime of collective punishment that resembles nothing so much as the Nazi ghettoization of Jews in Warsaw. And throughout all of this, the United States has given billions of dollars to Israel, year in, year out, decade after decade, to support its war machine and its structures of repression.
The FBI Knocked on My Door! (June 9, 2010) Protest Israel, and get a visit from the FBI!... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fct4LIODoM
The Joint Terrorism Task Force Division of the FBI Visits an Austin Peace Activist to Question About Pre-Crimes! On April 21, 2010, two agents of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) came to my house to talk to me, a part time peace volunteer for Palestine. After verifying that they really were with the FBI, I asked them to wait. I shut my door, took a deep breath, and grabbed my video camera. CLIP WORTH WATCHING!!! TO THE END!
Helen Thomas ends White House career amid uproar (June 8, 2010) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100608/ap_on_re_us/us_helen_thomas
WASHINGTON - Helen Thomas, the opinionated White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill 10 presidents and often exasperate them, lost her storied perch Monday in a flap over calling on Israelis to get "out of Palestine."Thomas, 89, who made her name as a bulldog for United Press International and was a pioneer for women in journalism, abruptly retired as a columnist for Hearst News Service. The announcement, in a terse statement by Hearst, came after videotaped remarks she made to an independent filmmaker spread virally through the Internet. She apologized, but White House spokesman Robert Gibbs denounced her comments as "offensive and reprehensible." Her press corps colleagues with the White House Correspondents Association issued a rare admonishment calling them "indefensible." Thomas joined UPI in 1943 and began covering the White House for the wire service in 1960. Fiercely competitive, she became the first female White House bureau chief for a wire service when UPI named her to the position in 1974. She was also the first female officer at the National Press Club, where women had once been barred as members.
(...) Her retirement was set in motion by a website, rabbilive.com, that relaunched only last week after having previously existed to beam religious services to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rabbi David Nesenoff, an independent filmmaker from Long Island who runs the website, said he approached Thomas outside the White House after being there for Jewish Heritage Day on May 27. He said he was there with his teenage son and a friend, who were both wearing yarmulkes, and approached Thomas to talk.He asked whether she had any comments on Israel. "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine," she replied. "Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land. It's not Germany, it's not Poland," she continued. Asked where they should go, she answered, "They should go home." "Where's home?" Nesenoff asked. "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else," Thomas replied. Thomas had been scheduled to speak at the June 14 graduation of Walt Whitman High School in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md., but Principal Alan Goodwin wrote in a Sunday e-mail to students and parents that she was being replaced."Graduation celebrations are not the venue for divisiveness," Goodwin wrote. Writing on her website Monday, Thomas said, "I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians." She added: "They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon." In an interview, Nesenoff said his website has received more than 1 million hits since the interview was posted last week."It wasn't angrily said. It was just said. It was insulting and hurtful," he said of Thomas' comments. He said he has another excerpt that will probably be posted soon, although he would not reveal what was said. A statement signed by officers of the White House Correspondents Association said: "Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trail blazer on the White House beat." Time and again, Thomas issued a caveat about her work: "In my career you're only as good as your last story." In her case, that last story turned out to be about her.
"My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa. Some of them became life-long companions. Through these friends I came to learn much of their age-long persecution. They have been the untouchables of Christianity. The parallel between their treatment by Christians and the treatment of untouchables by Hindus is very close. Religious sanction has been invoked in both cases for the justification of the inhuman treatment meted out to them. Apart from the friendships, therefore, there is the more common universal reason for my sympathy for the Jews.But my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood? Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and in-human to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home."
An open letter to Helen Thomas (06/07/2010) http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=177668
In light of your recent remarks that Jews must "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home," I think I should tell you about my parents' families. (...) IN THE 62 years of our existence, we have had seven wars, thousands of terror attacks, buses which have exploded in streets, firing into schools, mortars fired on kindergartens. Yet you wish to exile us back to the inferno, as if nothing happened 65 years ago in Europe, as if our hands have not been stretched out for peace since the establishment of the state?We were victorious in the wars imposed upon us by Egypt and we signed a peace agreement with it after yielding all the territory and all the oil. We signed a peace agreement with Jordan. We yielded all the territory and much water. We withdrew from Lebanon to the international border and, in return, we received Hizbullah katyushas on our citizens. We left Gaza and in return, we received massive firing on our citizens in the South. Are you aware, Ms. Thomas, that many children from Sderot and the area around Gaza wet their beds until a late age out of fear of the Hamas missiles? And it is us that you wish to exile? Why? Because you think that we are weak or because it annoys you that we are not defeated?As someone, who throughout his adult life has been a member of the Israeli "peace camp," notwithstanding you and your strange and angering views, my friends and I (and I hope also my government) will continue to turn over every stone and scour every corner to attain peace. Peace, which will enable us to the smallest extent to live and our neighbors, the Palestinians, to establish a country and to flourish and prosper. To achieve this, we are prepared to make great concessions, to give back all the territories gained as a result of wars which our neighbors forced on us. There is only one thing we want in return - life. A quiet life, a life without terror, a life without missiles, a life like the one you have in Washington and which I, in Israel, also deserve.
Paying the Price for Objectivity Toward Palestinians - Helen Thomas: In Appreciation - By Paul Craig Roberts http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25733.htm
(...) Having removed Helen Thomas from the journalism scene, the Israel Lobby is now working with its agents on the Wall Street Journal editorial page to eliminate the Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society of Professional Journalists. CLIP
Jewish Leaders: Denounce Israel's Increasing Repression http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3889
Years ago, leading Jewish and human rights groups like the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center played critical roles in promoting the idea of universal rights. But tragically, this legacy has been crumbling for some time. Today, it is in danger of disappearing altogether. Israel is becoming more and more like a police state each day, while these leaders say nothing. Ask American Jewish leaders to denounce Israel's increasing violations of human rights, dignity, and democratic values such as midnight raids on activists, media gag orders, crushing nonviolent protest, and silencing NGO's.
Poll: 49% of Americans Blame Pro-Palestinian Activists for Flotilla Death By Haaretz http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25659.htm
Ramussen poll: Only 19% of Americans believe Israel is to blame for clash aboard Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara last week. DEPRESSING BUT THAT REFLECTS THE ONGOING US MEDIA DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN The following video, if seen by many brainwashed U.S. citizens, would probably change their mind
If Israel was eating babies... The US would support it. http://www.rys2sense.com/anti-neocons/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=22455&p=145548#p145548
Exactly what kind of crime could Israel do that would be horrendous enough to shake the US of its unconditional support? I thought for a long time about it. It took me a long time because it was hard to imagine anything worse than what Israel already does openly, then I had an idea. Maybe Eating babies... It's about all that is left in terms of lines to cross, for Israel, to see if the US congress would ignore it or even apologize for it. Of course, no one in Israel is eating live babies or advocating such a thing. (yet). But that's the kind of extreme thing one would have to come up with in order to surpass all the real crimes Israel has done and are still doing. CLIP - MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!!
UC Berkeley supporters of divestment from Israeli human rights violations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUGu-Wxg_9w
Opening: student from Gaza explains what her family struggles for... The student senate at UC Berkeley voted 16 to 4 to divest from companies that profit from Israel's occupation and war crimes. The senate president vetoed the vote and proponents failed by just 1 vote to get the required super-majority. Jewish Voice for peace interviewed nearly 40 divestment supporters. Here is a ten minute excerpt. CLIP
SOME OF THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE OIL CATASTROPHE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND IN NIGERIA
More oil flows into Gulf of Mexico after accident (June 23, 2010) http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1416392020100623
(Reuters) - Oil gushed largely unchecked from BP's ruptured Gulf of Mexico well on Wednesday after a collision involving an undersea robot halted efforts to contain the worst oil spill in U.S. history While the energy giant struggled to restart its oil collection operation, the U.S. government said it would impose a more flexible ban on new deepwater drilling, a day after a federal judge overturned an initial moratorium as too broad. CLIP
New Estimates Raise Amount of Oil Flow (June 15, 2010) At 42 gallon per barrel, that amounts to well over 100 million gallons of filthy, toxic oil since that monster gusher started bleeding at 70,000 psi from this 21 inches pipe... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/16/us/16spill.html
A government panel on Tuesday released yet another estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BPs damaged well, declaring that as much as 60,000 barrels a day could be spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. That is roughly 2.5 million gallons of oil a day, and it means an amount equal to the Exxon Valdez spill could be gushing from the well about every four days. The flow was already categorized as the largest offshore oil spill in the nations history, but the new figures sharply increase previous estimates. Scientists on Tuesday estimated that the flow rate ranged from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day up from the rate they issued only last week, of 25,000 to 30,000 barrels a day. It continues a pattern in which every new estimate of the flow rate has been dramatically higher than the one before. With BP capturing roughly 15,000 barrels a day, the new estimate suggests that as much as 45,000 barrels a day is escaping into the gulf.
June 10, 2010 (June 10, 2010) 5 DAYS EARLIER! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/us/11spill.html
A government panel on Thursday essentially doubled its estimate of how much oil has been spewing from the out-of-control BP well, with the new calculation suggesting that an amount equivalent to the Exxon Valdez disaster could be flowing into the Gulf of Mexico every 8 to 10 days. The new estimate is 25,000 to 30,000 barrels of oil a day. That range, still preliminary, is far above the previous estimate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day. CLIP
BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says (June 7, 2010) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/07/95467/bp-well-may-be-spewing.html
WASHINGTON BP's runaway Deepwater Horizon well may be spewing what the company once-called its worst case scenario 100,000 barrels a day, a member of the government panel tasked with determining the size of the spill told McClatchy Monday. "In the data I've seen, there's nothing inconsistent with BP's worst case scenario," Ira Leifer, an associate researcher at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the government's Flow Rate Technical Group, told McClatchy. Leifer said that based on satellite data he's examined, the rate of flow from the well has been increasing over time, especially since BP's "top kill" effort failed last month to stanch the flow. The decision last week to sever the well's damaged riser pipe from the its blowout preventer in order to install a "top hat" containment device has increased the flow still more far more, Leifer said, than the 20 percent that BP and the Obama administration predicted. Leifer noted that BP had estimated before the April 20 explosion that caused the leak that a freely flowing pipe from the well would release 100,000 barrels of oil a day in the worst-case scenario. CLIP
Matt Simmons Revises Leak Estimate To 120,000 Barrels Per Day, Believes Oil Covers 40% Of Gulf Beneath The Surface (06/15/2010) - Well Casing Gone So Relief Well Won't Work http://www.zerohedge.com/article/matt-simmons-revises-leak-estimate-120000-barrels-day-believes-oil-covers-40-gulf-beneath-su
Matt Simmons was on Bloomberg earlier, adding some additional perspective to his original appearance on the station, in which he initially endorsed the nuclear option as the only viable way to resolve the oil spill. Simmons refutes even the latest oil spill estimate of 45,000-60,000 barrels per day, and in quoting research by the Thomas Jefferson research vessel which was compiled late on Sunday, quantifies the leak at 120,000 bpd. What is scarier is that according to the Jefferson the oil lake underneath the surface of the water could be covering up to 40% of the entire Gulf of Mexico. Simmons also says that as the leak has no casing, a relief well will not work, and the only possible resolution is, as he said previously, to use a small nuclear explosion to convert the rock to glass. Simmons concludes that as punishment for BP's arrogance and stupidity the government "will take all their cash." Now if only our own administration could tell us the truth about what is really happening in the gulf...
Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns (JUNE 18, 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9133315
NEW ORLEANS (AP) It is an overlooked danger in oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico's fragile ecosystem. The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill. That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives."This is the most vigorous methane eruption in modern human history," Kessler said. Methane is a colorless, odorless and flammable substance that is a major component in the natural gas used to heat people's homes. Petroleum engineers typically burn off excess gas attached to crude before the oil is shipped off to the refinery. That's exactly what BP has done as it has captured more than 7.5 million gallons of crude from the breached well. A BP spokesman said the company was burning about 30 million cubic feet of natural gas daily from the source of the leak, adding up to about 450 million cubic feet since the containment effort started 15 days ago. That's enough gas to heat about 450,000 homes for four days. But that figure does not account for gas that eluded containment efforts and wound up in the water, leaving behind huge amounts of methane. BP PLC said a containment cap sitting over the leaking well funneled about 619,500 gallons of oil to a drillship waiting on the ocean surface on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a specialized flare siphoning oil and gas from a stack of pipes on the seafloor burned roughly 161,700 gallons. (...) The dangerous gas has played an important role throughout the disaster and response. A bubble of methane is believed to have burst up from the seafloor and ignited the rig explosion. Methane crystals also clogged a four-story containment box that engineers earlier tried to place on top of the breached well.Now it is being looked at as an environmental concern. The small microbes that live in the sea have been feeding on the oil and natural gas in the water and are consuming larger quantities of oxygen, which they need to digest food. As they draw more oxygen from the water, it creates two problems. When oxygen levels drop low enough, the breakdown of oil grinds to a halt; and as it is depleted in the water, most life can't be sustained. The National Science Foundation funded research on methane in the Gulf amid concerns about the depths of the oil plume and questions what role natural gas was playing in keeping the oil below the surface, said David Garrison, a program director in the federal agency who specializes in biological oceanography."This has the potential to harm the ecosystem in ways that we don't know," Garrison said. "It's a complex problem." In early June, a research team led by Samantha Joye of the Institute of Undersea Research and Technology at the University of Georgia investigated a 15-mile-long plume drifting southwest from the leak site. They said they found methane concentrations up to 10,000 times higher than normal, and oxygen levels depleted by 40 percent or more. The scientists found that some parts of the plume had oxygen concentrations just shy of the level that tips ocean waters into the category of "dead zone" a region uninhabitable to fish, crabs, shrimp and other marine creatures. CLIP
BP oil spill caused by 'negligence or misconduct', says drilling partner (19 June 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/19/gulf-oil-spill-anarkdo-petroleum-blames-bp
Anadarko says BP should foot entire bill for cleanup as new estimates show spill could last for up to four more years (...) The estimates, based on new figures supplied by Hayward, suggest the potential environmental and economic devastation would far outstrip the damage done so far by the ruptured well, which has been spewing for 60 days.Hayward told a Congressional committee on Thursday that the reservoir still held 50m barrels, providing fresh urgency to efforts to contain the oil, or seal off the gusher completely with a relief well.Using the government's present flow estimates of up to 60,000 barrels a day, BP's well could go on gushing for two to four years, unless it is stopped. BP and the US government say they are containing a rising share of the oil from the well, and hope to plug the gusher completely by August, when two relief wells will be complete. BP said today the relief wells were within 60 metres of the ruptured well.The consequences of failure are enormous."If it went on uncontrolled, it could certainly leak for two years and certainly longer than that," said Philip Johnson, a professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Alabama. But he said the rate of the leak would fall sharply once the natural gas in the reservoir is exhausted. "That is the driving force," he said. "As soon as that is gone, it won't leak at any serious rate." CLIP
Obama officials still approving flawed Gulf drilling plans (June 18, 2010) EITHER OBAMA IS A COMPLETELY IMPOTENT PRESIDENT GOOD ONLY FOR LOFTY PROMISES FULL OF HOT AIR, OR HE IS DELIBERATELY MISLEADING EVERYONE - JUST ANOTHER PATHOLOGICAL LIAR LIKE ALL POLITICIANS! http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/18/96185/federal-approval-still-flowing.html
WASHINGTON Despite President Barack Obama's promises of better safeguards for offshore drilling, federal regulators continue to approve plans for oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico with minimal or no environmental analysis. The Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service has signed off on at least five new offshore drilling projects since June 2, when the agency's acting director announced tougher safety regulations for drilling in the Gulf, a McClatchy review of public records has discovered.Three of the projects were approved with waivers exempting them from detailed studies of their environmental impact the same waiver the MMS granted to BP for the ill-fated well that's been fouling the Gulf with crude for two months. In a May 14 speech in the Rose Garden, Obama said he was "closing the loophole that has allowed some oil companies to bypass some critical environmental reviews."Environmental groups, however, say the loophole is as wide as ever and that the administration is allowing oil companies to proceed with drilling plans that may be just as flawed as BP's, which concluded that a major spill was "unlikely" and that the company was equipped to manage even the worst-case blowout. "It's just outrageous," said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, a conservation organization. "The whole world is screaming and . . . they're just continuing to move this stuff through the system." CLIP
BP enlists help from Kevin Costner in cleanup (June 15, 2010) http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/06/15/oil.disaster.costner/index.html
(CNN) -- BP officials have turned to a new source for help with their oil cleanup efforts: actor Kevin Costner. The oil giant announced Monday that it had ordered 32 machines from Costner's company, the actor told CNN in an exclusive interview on "AC360."The machines use a centrifuge mechanism to separate oil from water and recycle the crude at the same time, Costner said."This is the key, it's the linchpin to people going back to work. It's certainly a way to fight oil spills in the 21st century," he said. "It creates an efficiency where there are no efficiencies out there, and it's been a long time coming."Costner said he had been working on developing the machine since 1992 or 1993 with the help of his brother, a scientist.Each machine weighs about 4,000 pounds, he said, and will allow crews to collect more oil."Skimmers are picking up 90 percent water, 10 percent oil, and they throw it into a barge ... What this machine simply does, in that particular case, will give a pure payload. Suddenly a barge will be coming back to shore with 99 percent oil as opposed to the other way around," he said.Got an idea to fix the oil disaster? Costner described the machine to a congressional committee last week."It may seem an unlikely scenario that I'm the one delivering this technology at this moment in time, but from where I'm sitting, it is equally inconceivable that these machines are not already in place," he said. Recommended by Barry Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "I also heard that Texas is beginning to use the microbe which digests oil independently, without sanction of the government or BP." (Details on this solution HERE)
BP Beyond Petroleum = Big Trouble - with satiric cartoon http://batr.org/reactionary/062010.html
The public relations television campaign states that BP now means beyond petroleum no longer appears on air. British Petroleum inescapably and unremittingly is now linked as the culpable corporate criminal of the greatest man made environmental disaster of all time. As confusing as the catastrophe seems, no one can reasonably deny the danger the Gulf of Mexico region has already suffered. The only unanswered aspect is how much more damage will migrate from beyond the drilling blow out. CLIP
The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons (June 5, 2010) http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/06/05/amount-neurotoxin-pesticide-corexit-sprayed-bp-tops-1-million-gallons/
BP's latest oil spill response update for June 4th says the total amount of the dispersant used in the Gulf of Mexico more than 1,021,000 gallons. But what most people don't know is that the active ingredient of the toxic chemical dispersant, which is up to 60% by volume, being sprayed by BP to fight the Gulf oil spill is a neurotoxin pesticide that is acutely toxic to both human and aquatic life, causes cancer, causes damage to internal organs such as the liver and kidneys simply by absorbing it through the skin and may cause reproductive side effects. In fact the neurotoxin pesticide that is lethal to 50% of life in concentrations as little as 2.6 parts per million has been banned for use in the UK since 1998 because it failed the UK "Rocky shore test" which assures that the dispersant does not cause a "significant deleterious ecological change" - or to put that in layman's terms it can kill off the entire food chain.Corexit has also earned the highest EPA warning label for toxicity which means the effects of the toxic chemicals to the eye are corrosive resulting in irreversible destruction of ocular tissue and other tissue with corneal involvement along with an burning that can persist for more than 21 days and effects to human skin are corrosive resulting in tissue destruction into the dermis and/or scarring.Corexit was widely used after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and according to a literature review performed by the group the Alaska Community Action on Toxics was later linked with widespread long lasting health impacts in people including respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders. The "Human Health Hazards" are said to be "Chronic" for Corexit EC9527A according to the EPA. So What Are These Dispersants Made Of That Makes Them Such a Powerful Neurotoxin Pesticide?The main ingredients of Corexit is 2-Butoxyethanol which can make up to 60% of the dispersant and is known to be toxic to blood, kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system (CNS).2-Butoxyethanol is also known to cause cancer, birth defects and has been found to cause genetic mutations and is a delayed chronic health hazard as well as an environmental hazardous material Corexit also contains Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, and Cyanide.
(...) By BP's own admission Corexit has the potential for bioaccumulation meaning it has the potential to accumulate in the tissues of organism beginning with the first organism in a food chain. Why allow the use of these toxic dispersants?Well the EPA has ordered BP to stop using the dispersants but BP has refused. Instead BP replied with its justification for using Corexit which the EPA responded to saying BP's response "lacked sufficient analysis and focused more defending your initial decision" . CLIP
Toxic Rain Falls in Louisiana (June 23, 2010) http://www.prisonplanet.com/toxic-rain-falls-in-louisiana.html
While the corporate media concentrates on Joe Bartons apology to BP and Tony Hayward taking off to attend a yacht race around Englands Isle of Wight, people on the ground in Louisiana what BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg called the small people are beginning to experience the result of millions of gallons of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico. It is now raining oil and we can assume the highly toxic dispersant Corexit 9500 in River Ridge, Louisiana. The following video purports to document the oil rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un8co1d4zb4 - The Gulf of Mexico is heating up as summer progresses. Oil and Corexit 9500 are going through a molecular transition, changing from a liquid to a gas and then absorbed by clouds and released as toxic rain. Oil in the environment is toxic at 11 PPM (parts per million). Corexit 9500 is toxic at only 2.61 PPM. Oil contains a number of dangerous chemicals, including Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene, Naphthalene, Hydrogen sulfide, and others. No word yet from the corporate media on this. CNN is covering the impact of the oil spill on animal and marine life but is not talking much about the environmental impact on the small people.
Gulf Oil Spill "Could Go on for Years and Years" ... by F. William Engdahl (June 11, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19660
The Obama Administration and senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world's worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe. Senior researchers tell us that the BP drilling hit one of the oil migration channels and that the leakage could continue for years unless decisive steps are undertaken, something that seems far from the present strategy. In a recent discussion, Vladimir Kutcherov, Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the Russian State University of Oil and Gas, predicted that the present oil spill flooding the Gulf Coast shores of the United States "could go on for years and years many years."  According to Kutcherov, a leading specialist in the theory of abiogenic deep origin of petroleum, "What BP drilled into was what we call a 'migration channel,' a deep fault on which hydrocarbons generated in the depth of our planet migrate to the crust and are accumulated in rocks, something like Ghawar in Saudi Arabia." Ghawar, the world's most prolific oilfield has been producing millions of barrels daily for almost 70 years with no end in sight. According to the abiotic science, Ghawar like all elephant and giant oil and gas deposits all over the world, is located on a migration channel similar to that in the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico. As I wrote at the time of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster, Haiti had been identified as having potentially huge hydrocasrbon reserves, as has neighboring Cuba. Kutcherov estimates that the entire Gulf of Mexico is one of the planet's most abundant accessible locations to extract oil and gas, at least before the Deepwater Horizon event this April. "In my view the heads of BP reacted with panic at the scale of the oil spewing out of the well," Kutcherov adds. "What is inexplicable at this point is why they are trying one thing, failing, then trying a second, failing, then a third. Given the scale of the disaster they should try every conceivable option, even if it is ten, all at once in hope one works. Otherwise, this oil source could spew oil for years given the volumes coming to the surface already."  He stresses, "It is difficult to estimate how big this leakage is. There is no objective information available." But taking into consideration information about the last BP 'giant' discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, the Tiber field, some six miles deep, Kutcherov agrees with Ira Leifer a researcher in the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara who says the oil may be gushing out at a rate of more than 100,000 barrels a day. What the enormity of the oil spill does is to also further discredit clearly the oil companies' myth of "peak oil" which claims that the world is at or near the "peak" of economical oil extraction. That myth, which has been propagated in recent years by circles close to former oilman and Bush Vice President, Dick Cheney, has been effectively used by the giant oil majors to justify far higher oil prices than would be politically possible otherwise, by claiming a non-existent petroleum scarcity crisis.
(...) Without doubt at this point we are in the midst of what could be the greatest ecological catastrophe in history. The oil platform explosion took place almost within the current loop where the Gulf Stream originates. This has huge ecological and climatological consequences. A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream. CLIP
Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world by Naomi Klein (19 June 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2010/jun/19/naomi-klein-gulf-oil-spill The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not just an industrial accident it is a violent wound inflicted on the Earth itself. In this special report from the Gulf coast, a leading author and activist shows how it lays bare the hubris at the heart of capitalism (...) For weeks residents had been subjected to a barrage of pep talks and extravagant promises coming from Washington, Houston and London. Every time they turned on their TVs, there was the BP boss, Tony Hayward, offering his solemn word that he would "make it right". Or else it was President Barack Obama expressing his absolute confidence that his administration would "leave the Gulf coast in better shape than it was before", that he was "making sure" it "comes back even stronger than it was before this crisis". It all sounded great. But for people whose livelihoods put them in intimate contact with the delicate chemistry of the wetlands, it also sounded completely ridiculous, painfully so. Once the oil coats the base of the marsh grass, as it had already done just a few miles from here, no miracle machine or chemical concoction could safely get it out. You can skim oil off the surface of open water, and you can rake it off a sandy beach, but an oiled marsh just sits there, slowly dying. The larvae of countless species for which the marsh is a spawning ground shrimp, crab, oysters and fin fish will be poisoned.It was already happening.
(...) How long will it take for an ecosystem this ravaged to be "restored and made whole" as Obama's interior secretary has pledged to do? It's not at all clear that such a thing is remotely possible, at least not in a time frame we can easily wrap our heads around. The Alaskan fisheries have yet to fully recover from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and some species of fish never returned. Government scientists now estimate that as much as a Valdez-worth of oil may be entering the Gulf coastal waters every four days. An even worse prognosis emerges from the 1991 Gulf war spill, when an estimated 11m barrels of oil were dumped into the Persian Gulf the largest spill ever. That oil entered the marshland and stayed there, burrowing deeper and deeper thanks to holes dug by crabs. It's not a perfect comparison, since so little clean-up was done, but according to a study conducted 12 years after the disaster, nearly 90% of the impacted muddy salt marshes and mangroves were still profoundly damaged.We do know this. Far from being "made whole," the Gulf coast, more than likely, will be diminished. Its rich waters and crowded skies will be less alive than they are today. The physical space many communities occupy on the map will also shrink, thanks to erosion. And the coast's legendary culture will contract and wither.
(...) Virtually all indigenous cultures have myths about gods and spirits living in the natural world in rocks, mountains, glaciers, forests as did European culture before the scientific revolution. Katja Neves, an anthropologist at Concordia University, points out that the practice serves a practical purpose. Calling the Earth "sacred" is another way of expressing humility in the face of forces we do not fully comprehend. When something is sacred, it demands that we proceed with caution. Even awe.If we are absorbing this lesson at long last, the implications could be profound. Public support for increased offshore drilling is dropping precipitously, down 22% from the peak of the "Drill Now" frenzy. The issue is not dead, however. It is only a matter of time before the Obama administration announces that, thanks to ingenious new technology and tough new regulations, it is now perfectly safe to drill in the deep sea, even in the Arctic, where an under-ice clean up would be infinitely more complex than the one underway in the Gulf. But perhaps this time we won't be so easily reassured, so quick to gamble with the few remaining protected havens. Same goes for geoengineering. As climate change negotiations wear on, we should be ready to hear more from Dr Steven Koonin, Obama's undersecretary of energy for science. He is one of the leading proponents of the idea that climate change can be combated with techno tricks like releasing sulphate and aluminium particles into the atmosphere and of course it's all perfectly safe, just like Disneyland! He also happens to be BP's former chief scientist, the man who just 15 months ago was still overseeing the technology behind BP's supposedly safe charge into deepwater drilling. Maybe this time we will opt not to let the good doctor experiment with the physics and chemistry of the Earth, and choose instead to reduce our consumption and shift to renewable energies that have the virtue that, when they fail, they fail small. CLIP - See the related video below...
Fault Lines - In Deep Water: A Way of Life in Peril (23 min 21 sec) Watch in HD for a detailed account of the decades-mong oil industry wholesale destruction of the coast of Louisiana including the latest blow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4itfAVq19U
In the two months since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, millions of litres of oil have gushed out of BP's well into the water each day, slowly encroaching on the coastline. Fault Lines' Avi Lewis travels to the drill zone, and learns about the erosion in the wetlands from industry canals and pipelines, the health problems blamed on contaminated air and water from petrochemical refineries. Naomi Klein visited the Gulf coast with a film-crew from Fault Lines, a documentary programme hosted by Avi Lewis on al-Jazeera English Television. She was a consultant on the film.
The 2010 Bush-Cheney Gulf Coast Oil Spill (June 17, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19776
More often than not, the consequences of public policies, good or bad, are felt many years after they have been taken. The 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a good example. This disaster is, to a large extent, a consequence of the Bush-Cheney energy policy of 2001 and later. After being ushered into power by a one-vote-majority Supreme Court decision, one of the first decisions made by the new Republican administration was to establish an Energy Task Force (the National Energy Policy Development Group) under the authority of oil-man Dick Cheney, former CEO of Halliburton (1995-2000). As some have asserted, chief deregulator Dick Cheney was not only a vice president but a genuine co-president in the split Bush-Cheney administration. After some 106 days of mainly secret consultations and deliberations with the executives and interest groups representing the U.S. electricity, coal, natural gas and nuclear industries, with a pledge to keep secret the names of participating individuals, the Task Force's 163-page final report was sent to President George W. Bush on May 16, 2001. The report focused on how to open up new domestic petroleum sources and on the need to expand and control the all-important Middle East oil production. A parallel report to the official Cheney report (Strategic Energy Policy Challenges for the 21st Century) even stated that "Iraq has become a key 'swing' producer, posing a difficult situation for the U.S. government", ... a harbinger of things to come. This is all well documented in my book "The New American Empire". Soon after the secretive Cheney's Task Force report came out, things began rolling for the U.S. petroleum industry. The regulatory rulebooks for energy development on public property were rewritten with the idea of making the world environment safe for oil business companies. It was going to be "Drill, baby, drill", including for deep-ocean drilling with minimal precautions, and damn the consequences! Regulations and clean energy budgets began to fall. CLIP
Obama's Spill Speech: Calling for Courage, But Showing Little (June 16, 2010) http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1996898,00.html
(...) But since Obama's inability to stop the leak limited the power of his address, he did his best to make the moment one about something larger: a shift away from fossil fuels that would make deepwater drilling obsolete, as well as limiting the pace of climate change. This is where his strengths would come in. Sweeping energy reform is a matter of offering a big vision, mustering political will and grappling with complex intellectual and policy questions.(See pictures of the Gulf oil spill.)It is also an issue that requires bravery bravery of the sort Obama demonstrated when he pressed on with health care, even after Scott Brown's victory. As he put it last night, "Time and again, the path forward [to energy innovation] has been blocked not only by oil-industry lobbyists but also by a lack of political courage and candor."Still, Obama himself didn't show much of either. He never mentioned the phrases climate change or global warming. While he praised the House of Representatives for passing an "energy and climate bill" last year, he made no mention of a Senate proposal currently dying on the vine because it lacks the 60 votes needed to clear that chamber. Even worse, he made a vague case for energy reform that included piecemeal ideas like raising efficiency standards in buildings, and played the nativist card of warning about the growing clean-energy investments of China and India. And he offered no explanation of the cap-and-trade or carbon-tax ideas that so many Democrats consider essential to limiting greenhouse gases. CLIP More related news on this speech through this LINK - Check also HERE what Charlie Rose's guests had to say on this speech. While you are at it, watch also John Stewart's searing indictment of Obama in his intro segment to his June 15 Daily Show (in Canada click HERE)
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters BY Diana Luppi (June 17, 2010) http://www.et101.net/video/index43.html
Doomsday, or Just Bidding the Old World Good-Bye? -- All links justifying the ensuing statements appear at the end of this article. A precious planet is hemorrhaging, spilling its blood into its elemental waters, as its seabed wound continues to rupture and the American nation reels with the blow. The planet, its sea creatures, and all lifeforms are in peril. At least, that is what you are being led to believe....As reports continue to reach us from the Gulf of Mexico, each one is more dire than the last. Since many of these reports rely on insider leaks, in some cases it's hard to know if they are part of the media blackout that British Petroleum has staged, fully intended to lead the world astray. Keep in mind who you are dealing with a global dominion in its death throes that refuses to just let go. They are accomplished liars and diabolically brilliant engineers of artificial disasters, intended to herd humanity exactly where they want it to go. Who else would consider and then arrange a blood sacrifice of a planet that they can no longer control?According to reports, BP's negligence and ineptitude are the causes of the global ecological disaster unleashed upon the Gulf. BP has apparently, and at every stage, done everything exactly wrong. Is that so? Their sudden and new-found ineptitude at drilling for oil looks more like a well disguised act of terrorism and an unprecedented act of war, posing as an industrial accident to shield them and their New World Order Overlords from all reprisal, prosecution and blame. BP is doing nothing to contain the spill. Aerial shots of the Gulf reveal that this is so.Instead of containing the spill, BP is containing all information concerning the spill. They have blocked all media, bought up internet search terms to control all news of the spill, are using Wakenhut (corporate hired corporate thugs that enforce corporate policy) to arrest Gulf residents for using cameras, dictating airspace availability over the spill, destroying evidence, lying through their teeth, dispensing poisonous toxins into the Gulf four times more dangerous than the oil itself, destroying all sea and marshland life in the vicinity, devastating the Gulf economy, placing tectonic stress on the New Madrid fault line that may rip the Midwestern United States asunder, creating toxic acid corexit-laden rain that can potentially destroy all life in the South as well as on the American Eastern Seaboard, spraying toxic chemicals over Southern cities at night, all the while pleading Just let us get on with our business, while the tally of their crimes continues to unfold. Genocide is the business that we are being asked to leave alone.The Gulf Incident appears to be an excellent opportunity and excuse to wage chemical warfare against the United States. BP has refused all international assistance to contain the spill, refused to apply non-toxic remedies available to them, has dictated the management of the incident as if they owned the Gulf, and sprayed us with shrouded secrecy covered in lies, as well as toxic chemicals that are intended to destroy our lives.The US Government is complicit in these crimes. They have done nothing to stem the Corporate Occupation of our Southern States. We have seen this one before. Remember Katrina? We watched helpless as FEMA turned back all aid, and then herded our people to concentration (relocation) camps or to watery graves. That was just a Dress Rehearsal. Worse lies before us if we do not respond. CLIP
Lock-down on the Gulf (June 8, 2010) http://projectcamelotproductions.com/blog-hp.html
From a source: "IMPORTANT!!!!!!! Hello I just got this mp3 interview with James Fox (i know what i saw en into the blue), done by the veritasshow today (this was the text that was posted with it by Mel Fabregas..)" -- a source. ["A few minutes ago, I conducted a short interview with documentary filmmaker, James Fox. He is presently in Grand Isle, Louisiana. The closest location to the Gulf oil spill. Before I spoke to James I received a few unsubstantiated reports that I put on the side.
What I'm about to share with you is extremely important. There is an absolute MEDIA BLACKOUT in the area. People are being arrested everywhere. Hotels in a 70-mile radius are completely sold out, yet, you don't see any vans or reporters filming. It's as if the entire area was under siege.
James Fox has witnessed this and he basically just arrived. He says he saw multiple Chevron helicopters flying. He has not seen any military activity. It's as if the oil companies had taken over. James expected to rent a plane to fly over it and that is not possible. The area above the oil spill is now a NO-FLY-ZONE. He will be there for two weeks.
I am issuing this bulletin because James Fox's name needs to be out in the public, as there is a possibility that he will be arrested. I have plans to talk to the Grand Isle's Police Department to get further clarification regarding these arrests, since James people don't even know who is conducting these arrests. James had the opportunity to talk to the son of one of the cleanup workers (former fisherman) and he told him no one is talking. He did say that no one is being told the extent of this disaster. It is much bigger than what is being reported.
The government is NOT IN CONTROL. The ones exercising all influence are the oil companies. Where is our FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT? I will be posting my interview with James at the forum shortly. When I called him I wanted to remain optimistic and felt people were exaggerating or simply fear mongering. After my conversation with James I can categorically say that my level of concern has risen to unprecedented levels and now I'm putting more credence to the reports I'm receiving.] -- Mel Fabregas reporting CLICK HERE for the mp3 (18min long) feel free to post it, this info has to be out in the open."
Posted here to support James Fox's request to put this info out there. MP3 coming shortly.. or go to Mel Fabregas's site - Gulf Oil Spill Media Blackout Confirmed - A News Orleans TV Station (WDSU Channel 6) confirms the media black out on reporting through interviewing Grand Isle cleanup workers.
Media Blackout and Arrests taking place at the Gulf. Listen to this interview and wake up! http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread581057/pg1
This is an interview conducted by Mel from The Veritas Show with James Fox. James is on the ground in Grand Isle, Louisiana. If after listening to this you don't see something terribly wrong, nothing else will convince you. (...) A new Veritas interview has been uploaded. This one is with A.C. Griffith, entitled: What If Scenario if the Oil Spill Continues. CLIP
Enough of This Crap (15 June 2010) http://www.truth-out.org/enough-crap60452
Reports have been coming out of the Gulf for days about British Petroleum blocking access to beaches and animal-cleaning stations, in some instances using private Blackwater-style mercenaries to do so. Journalists as well as citizens have been thwarted in their attempts to see for themselves the extent of the damage being done by the runaway Deepwater Horizon disaster.Know what I'd like to see happen? I would like to see a thousand people, ten thousand, a hundred thousand, just show the hell up down there and demand access. Citizens and reporters alike, just get down there, link arms, and walk to the beaches and the marshlands with digital cameras and cell phones for instantaneous blogging of what they see, hear and smell. Pile into as many rented, borrowed and begged boats as can be mustered and plow out there to the scene of the crime. Dare the gendarmes to stop us. One of two things would happen: either the people would break through those unconscionable corporate barriers and show the world what is really going on in the Gulf, or the forces BP has arrayed against the truth would react with violence, which would tell us everything we need to know about what is happening, and would be enough to break that God damned criminal corporation finally and forever. Either way, there would be thousands of people down there to chronicle what is happening, a ready-made army of volunteers who can also pitch in as best they can and begin the epic process of trying to undo what has been done. CLIP
Oil and Gas Leaking from Seafloor Confirmed: Videos http://forums.wallstreetexaminer.com/index.php?showtopic=882840
There have been several reports of oil and gas leaking on the cracks in the Gulf of Mexico seafloor which may cause problems with BP capping the gushing oil well. Although BP denies that there is oil or gas leaking from the cracks in the sea floor many people watching the BP Oil leak cam have witnessed explosions and leaks from the seafloor. Reports from Senator Nelson and Matt Simmons among other experts are now confirmed and if you didn't already know it could be really bad news. As Keith Olbermann put it on his MSNBC show 'Countdown' when reporting about the possibility of the sea floor leaking "What's Worse Than Doomsay?" This is It! Addenda: According to Business Week and several other sources experts have also warned that the relief wells could take until December to complete and that doesn't even factor blown well casing into the time line. The US government cannot allow BP to waste time leaving this well leaking until December only to find out that the relief wells won't work because BP has been lying about the integrity of the well casing the entire time. Video of oil leak coming from cracks in a rock on the seafloor : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1FSoK7lOxY An ROV (remotely operated vehicle) films oil leak coming from rock cracks on the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico. - More on this HERE
BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR (June 12, 2010) http://www.infowars.com/bp-official-admits-to-damage-beneath-the-sea-floor/
As I noted Tuesday, there is growing evidence that BP's oil well -technically called the "well casing" or "well bore" - has suffered damage beneath the level of the sea floor. The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer. (...) Yesterday, recently-retired Shell Oil President John Hofmeister said that the well casing below the sea floor may have been compromised: [Question] What are the chances that the well casing below the sea floor has been compromised, and that gas and oil are coming up the outside of the well casing, eroding the surrounding soft rock. Could this lead to a catastrophic geological failure, unstoppable even by the relief wells? John Hofmeister: This is what some people fear has occurred. It is also why the "top kill" process was halted. If the casing is compromised the well is that much more difficult to shut down, including the risk that the relief wells may not be enough. If the relief wells do not result in stopping the flow, the next and drastic step is to implode the well on top of itself, which carries other risks as well. (...) The real doomsday scenario here. is if that casing gives up, and it does come through the other strings of pipe. Remember, it is concentric pipe that holds this well together. If it comes into the formation, basically, you've got uncontrolled [oil] flow to the sea floor. And that is the doomsday scenario. Cavner also said BP must "keep the well flowing to minimize oil and gas going out into the formation on the side." And prominent oil industry insider Matt Simmons believes that the well casing may have been destroyed when the oil rig exploded. CLIP
Lindsey Williams Talks with Alex Jones About Deadly Gases Leaking from BP Spill (June 11, 2010) http://www.infowars.com/lindsey-williams-talks-with-alex-jones-about-deadly-gases-leaking-from-bp-spill/
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show on June 10, 2010, paster Lindsey Williams reveals the real threat posed by the leak. (...) Lindsey Williams bullet points. The oil executive that he knows told him this:This was a genuine accident as opposed to a planned sabotage. The NWO boys will not let this good crisis go to waste. The real figures are about 4 million gallons a day gushing out. The rig exploded because the pressure may have been as high as 70,000 psi. With such high pressure, no safety device built by humans can withstand such pressure. This rig is the first super deep oil rig to be floating on water, which is a very unstable system. All other deep oil rigs have been on land. The drillbit may have hit a batholith at about 30,000 feet deep below the seabed. This damage is permanent and we dont have the technology to seal it up. 3 or more fissures are forming on the seabed gushing out even more oil. The nuclear option might be the only way to stop it, but it is a crapshoot. There is hydrogen sulphate and benzene gases leaking out. If a hurricane swept up the toxic gases, it will cause deformities and illnesses on the east coast. Expect gas prices at your local station to be $6-$8 a gallon next year, and shortages. The 400 mile long oil pipeline in Alaska is completely shut down as we speak. That Alaska pipeline may have to be completely replaced because the maintenance pig has been abrasive on the walls of the pipe over the decades, and the walls have become too brittle. The whole 93 min video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WgjobZcAeA
May Levels of Toxic Gases in Gulf Back Up Claim Made by Lindsey Williams (June 12, 2010) http://www.prisonplanet.com/may-levels-of-toxic-gases-in-gulf-back-up-claim-made-by-lindsey-williams.html
(...) Health Effects of Exposure to Benzene (from the CDC):- The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. (Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more.) Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.- Some women who breathed high levels of benzene for many months had irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in the size of their ovaries. It is not known whether benzene exposure affects the developing fetus in pregnant women or fertility in men.- Animal studies have shown low birth weights, delayed bone formation, and bone marrow damage when pregnant animals breathed benzene. - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene causes cancer in humans. Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia, cancer of the blood-forming organs. People who breathe in high levels of benzene may develop the following signs and symptoms within minutes to several hours:* Drowsiness* Dizziness* Rapid or irregular heartbeat* Headaches* Tremors* Confusion* Unconsciousness* Death (at very high levels) CLIP
Urgent - Radioactive Oil From BP Blowout! (6-18-10) http://beforeitsnews.com/news/81/409/Urgent_-_Radioactive_Oil_From_BP_Blowout.html
This is going to blow the roof off of the scope of this disaster. This is why people are getting sick. This is why they are using Corexit in such quantities, this is why there aren't many ships out there. The radioactivity is beyond safe levels. Remember 'Alas, Babylon' while you read. Lets first start with Eugene Island 330. The mystery of Eugene Island. Eugene island is a submerged geological feature like an underwater mountain 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The landscape is littered with deep fissures and faults which gush large amounts of oil and gas. A platform named Eugene Island 330 was producing 15,000 barrels of oil in the early 1970's. By the late 80's, the flow has reduced to 4,000 barrels a day. Then suddenly a mysterious thing happened. Production at Eugene Island 330 suddenly jumped back to 13,000 barrels a day. The reserve was refilled just like that. It is estimated the reserves went from 60 million barrels to 400 million barrels in a few days time. Something very strange is happening under the Gulf of Mexico. What happened at Eugene Island supports the growing theory that oil is renewable from deep Earth processes. But don't let the general population know this. This aids to explain why the Middle East oil feilds seem to be inexhaustable.
(...) The presence of methane is proportional to the presence of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. Yes, you read that correctly! The more methane that is present reflects the amount of Uranium and Thorium in the poil reserve. The deeper the oil, the younger the radiological decay is that produces helium.
(...) Deep Earth oil is flooding to the surface and it is contaminated with uranium and thorium. During the Gulf War the Gulf Syndrome is speculated to be caused by the expulsion of Uranium and Thorium from the wells opened up by Saddam Hussein. Similar symptoms of illness are now beginning to occur at the Deepwater Horizon spill site and the resulting oil slick. It is my conclusion, the oil from Deepwater is Deep Earth oil with elevated levels of radioactivity from Uranium and Thorium that hasn't had the time to decay. CLIP
The Spill, The Scandal and the President http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/111965
The inside story of how Obama failed to crack down on the corruption of the Bush years and let the world's most dangerous oil company get away with murder. (...) Even worse, the "moratorium" on drilling announced by the president does little to prevent future disasters. The ban halts exploratory drilling at only 33 deepwater operations, shutting down less than one percent of the total wells in the Gulf. (AND YET DRILL BABY DRILL Industry slams U.S. drilling ban !!!) Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the Cabinet-level official appointed by Obama to rein in the oil industry, boasts that "the moratorium is not a moratorium that will affect production" which continues at 5,106 wells in the Gulf, including 591 in deep water. Most troubling of all, the government has allowed BP to continue deep-sea production at its Atlantis rig one of the world's largest oil platforms. Capable of drawing 200,000 barrels a day from the seafloor, Atlantis is located only 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana, in waters nearly 2,000 feet deeper than BP drilled at Deepwater Horizon. According to congressional documents, the platform lacks required engineering certification for as much as 90 percent of its subsea components a flaw that internal BP documents reveal could lead to "catastrophic" errors. In a May 19th letter to Salazar, 26 congressmen called for the rig to be shut down immediately. "We are very concerned," they wrote, "that the tragedy at Deepwater Horizon could foreshadow an accident at BP Atlantis." The administration's response to the looming threat? According to an e-mail to a congressional aide from a staff member at MMS, the agency has had "zero contact" with Atlantis about its safety risks since the Deepwater rig went down. It's tempting to believe that the Gulf spill, like so many disasters inherited by Obama, was the fault of the Texas oilman who preceded him in office. But, though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill. "Bush owns eight years of the mess," says Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California. "But after more than a year on the job, Salazar owns it too."During the Bush years, the Minerals Management Service, the agency in the Interior Department charged with safeguarding the environment from the ravages of drilling, descended into rank criminality. According to reports by Interior's inspector general, MMS staffers were both literally and figuratively in bed with the oil industry. When agency staffers weren't joining industry employees for coke parties or trips to corporate ski chalets, they were having sex with oil-company officials. But it was American taxpayers and the environment that were getting screwed. MMS managers were awarded cash bonuses for pushing through risky offshore leases, auditors were ordered not to investigate shady deals, and safety staffers routinely accepted gifts from the industry, allegedly even allowing oil companies to fill in their own inspection reports in pencil before tracing over them in pen."The oil companies were running MMS during those years," Bobby Maxwell, a former top auditor with the agency, told Rolling Stone last year. "Whatever they wanted, they got. Nothing was being enforced across the board at MMS."Salazar himself has worked hard to foster the impression that the "prior administration" is to blame for the catastrophe. In reality, though, the Obama administration was fully aware from the outset of the need to correct the lapses at MMS that led directly to the disaster in the Gulf.
(...) Nowhere was the absurdity of the policy more evident than in the application that BP submitted for its Deepwater Horizon well only two months after Obama took office. BP claims that a spill is "unlikely" and states that it anticipates "no adverse impacts" to endangered wildlife or fisheries. Should a spill occur, it says, "no significant adverse impacts are expected" for the region's beaches, wetlands and coastal nesting birds. The company, noting that such elements are "not required" as part of the application, contains no scenario for a potential blowout, and no site-specific plan to respond to a spill. Instead, it cites an Oil Spill Response Plan that it had prepared for the entire Gulf region. Among the sensitive species BP anticipates protecting in the semitropical Gulf? "Walruses" and other cold-water mammals, including sea otters and sea lions. The mistake appears to be the result of a sloppy cut-and-paste job from BP's drilling plans for the Arctic. Even worse: Among the "primary equipment providers" for "rapid deployment of spill response resources," BP inexplicably provides the Web address of a Japanese home-shopping network. Such glaring errors expose the 582-page response "plan" as nothing more than a paperwork exercise. "It was clear that nobody read it," says Ruch, who represents government scientists."This response plan is not worth the paper it is written on," said Rick Steiner, a retired professor of marine science at the University of Alaska who helped lead the scientific response to the Valdez disaster. "Incredibly, this voluminous document never once discusses how to stop a deepwater blowout."
(...) "People are being really circumspect, not pointing the finger at Salazar and Obama," says Rep. Raul Grijalva, who oversees the Interior Department as chair of the House subcommittee on public lands. "But the troublesome point is, the administration knew that it had this rot in the middle of the process on offshore drilling yet it empowered an already discredited, disgraced agency to essentially be in charge." On April 6th of last year, less than a month after BP submitted its application, MMS gave the oil giant the go-ahead to drill in the Gulf without a comprehensive environmental review. The one-page approval put no restrictions on BP, issuing only a mild suggestion that would prove prescient: "Exercise caution while drilling due to indications of shallow gas." BP is the last oil company on Earth that Salazar and MMS should have allowed to regulate itself. The firm is implicated in each of the worst oil disasters in American history, dating back to the Exxon Valdez in 1989. CLIP
EXCLUSIVE: Documents, Employees Reveal BP's Alaska Oilfield Plagued By Major Safety Issues (15 June 2010) http://www.truth-out.org/documents-employees-reveal-bps-alaska-oilfield-plagued-by-major-safety-issues60470
Nearly 5,000 miles from the oil-spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and its culture of cost-cutting are contributing to another environmental mess.According to internal BP documents obtained by Truthout, and after interviewing more than a dozen employees over the past month, the Prudhoe Bay oil field, in a remote corner of North America on Alaska's north shore, is in danger. After two serious oil spills and other mishaps, the BP employees fingered a long list of safety issues that have not been adequately addressed, making the Prudhoe Bay oilfield vulnerable to a devastating accident that potentially could rival the havoc in the Gulf. "The condition of the [Prudhoe Bay] field is a lot worse and in my opinion a lot more dangerous," said Marc Kovac, who has worked for BP on Alaska's North Slope for more than three decades. "We still have hundreds of miles of rotting pipe ready to break that needs to be replaced. We are totally unprepared for a large spill." Kovac, a mechanic and welder who is the steward of the United Steelworkers union local 4959, said a lot of employees share his feelings, but "don't want to risk their jobs for speaking out." Kovac said he was willing to take the risk because BP has been slow to deal with the Prudhoe Bay problems and that "many lives are at stake." Some of the employees, speaking anonymously, said BP follows an "operate to failure" attitude. Kovac said that means BP Alaska avoids spending money on "upkeep" and instead runs the equipment until it breaks down. CLIP
Mystery Crop Damage Threatens Hundreds Of Acres http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-mystery-crop-damage,0,187535.story
(Memphis 6/1/2010) A mystery is unfolding across MidSouth farms. Something is killing crops, trees, even weeds and nobody can explain why. Farmers are scratching their heads and some are worried their crops may be lost to the mysterious plague It's happening along a large swath of land near the Shelby and Tipton county border along Herring Hill Road and elsewhere near the Mississippi River bottoms. Tiny dots appear to have burned onto leaves of all types of plants, and they appear different depending on the plant.On corn stalks, the dots seem to turn white in the center. On other plants, a white dust speckles the leaves and then destroys the green life underneath."We found it all in the herbs, in the flowers, in the plum tree, in the weeds," said organic farmer Toni Holt. "It's apparently in everything." Holt grows organic produce that she sells at area farmers' markets. As she and other farmers inspect the new growth covered in the perplexing plague, they fear their entire crop may be lost. Less than ten miles from Holt's crops, the damage could possibly hit hundreds of acres of corn at Wilder Farms. It appears to have hit everything in its path. There does not seem to be anything in common with the affected plants. The Holts raise organic crops, so they don't spray pesticides on any of their fruits and vegetables. The first thought among some was a new parasite or insect caused the damage, but Wilder farms sprays pesticides and the damage there is exactly the same. Farmers first noticed the damaging dots over the weekend. Then Holt came home to find baby birds dead in their nests."There are two dead birds hanging out of two different bird houses, so we're concerned about that. We don't know if it's related, but it's alarming," said Holt. "We've got horses, we're concerned about the horses on the grass. We've got chickens. We sell our eggs at the market." Farmers we spoke with are convinced something in the air caused this damage. They're asking the USDA and other experts to look into the problem, and so are we. Read all 386 comments » COULD THIS BE CAUSED BY TOXIC RAIN RESULTING FROM THE OIL SPILL AND THE COREXIT DISPERSANTS USED - See the text in red in the Gulf Spill Disaster Could Spell End of BP article below - Watch also this news report Mystery Crop Damage Threatens Hundreds Of Acres and ORGANIC FARMERS and read the next frightening article below...
North America faces years of toxic oil rain from BP oil spill chemical dispersants (June 17, 2010) http://www.examiner.com/x-33986-Political-Spin-Examiner~y2010m6d17-North-America-facing-years-of-toxic-rain-from-poisonous-BP-oil-spill-dispersants
When you pour more than a million gallons of toxic chemical dispersants on top of an oil spill, it doesnt just disappear. In this case, it moves to the atmosphere, where it will travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles from the site of the BP oil spill, in the form of toxic rain. BPs oil spill-fighting dispersant of choice is Corexit 9500. It has been banned in Europe for good reason. Corexit 9500 is one of the most environmentally enduring, toxic chemical dispersants ever created to battle an oil spill. Add to that the millions of gallons of oil that have been burned, releasing even more toxins into the atmosphere, and you have a recipe for something much worse than acid rain. Oil in the environment is toxic at 11 PPM (parts per million). Corexit 9500 is toxic at only 2.61 PPM. But Corexit 9500 has another precarious characteristic; its reaction to warm water. As the water in the Gulf of Mexico heats up, Corexit 9500 goes through a molecular transition. It changes from a liquid to a gas, which is readily absorbed by clouds and released as toxic rain. The chemical-laden rain then falls on crops, reservoirs, animals and of course, people. What makes Corexit rain so frightening are the carcinogens it will leave behind on everything is touches. Acid rain will be considered genial after it is inevitably replaced by the far more virulent Corexit rain. It is futile to believe that we can keep Corexit rain from occurring - it has already been released and the molecular transformation has begun. We have set off an unprecedented chain of events in nature that we cannot control.By releasing Pandoras well from the depths and allowing it bleed into the sea at a rate of 2.5 million gallons of oil a day, the unimaginable becomes material.Yet unlike a bad dream, we will not wake up from this nightmare and find it gone. The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be touching millions of earths life forms for uncountable years.
BP CEO Tony Hayward enjoys yacht race - no relief for Gulf coast residents (June 20, 2010) http://www.examiner.com/x-55063-Media--Culture-Examiner~y2010m6d20-BP-CEO-Tony-Hayward-enjoys-yacht-race--no-relief-for-Gulf-coast-residents
The oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico from BPs Deepwater Horizon rig and Tony Hayward continues to anger Gulf coast residents with his apparent unconcern for their fate. This time, the occasion for ire surrounds Haywards attendance at a yacht race off the Isle of Wight. Haywards own yacht, valued at nearly $700,000, was competing at the regatta. While Hayward enjoyed watching his 52-foot yacht compete, Gulf coast residents were incredulous, struggling to cope with the devastating effects of the spill. BP spokespeople Robert Wine, made a hasty defense of Hayward, who said the respite is the first time Hayward has had a chance to relax since the MC252 oil well exploded on Earth Day, April 20th.11 workers were killed in the blast which has to date, released more than 150 million gallons of toxic crude into the ocean. The White House, still reeling from voter anger at Barack Obamas apparent inaction in response to the leak, criticized Hayward for enjoying recreation while the well continues to spew. Meanwhile, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spent their time playing golf on Saturday. The President took in a baseball game on Friday. CLIP
Understanding deep ocean circulation and climate modeling (January 27, 2010) http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/01/understanding-deep-ocean-circulation-and-climate-modeling.ars
(...) Since the oceans are a critical part of climate modeling, the more confidence we have in our understanding of the dynamics of these currents, the better. This is precisely what Anna von der Heydt from Utrecht University is trying to do. Her studies focus on finding stable solutions to the flow dynamics and examining how the stability of these solutions are influenced by various factors, including the northern extent of the two major ocean basins (Atlantic and Pacific) and their connectivity. CLIP - Recommended by Jeff Wefferson (email@example.com) who wrote: "The BP "blowout" event was on 20 April... (at 11 pm) supposedly not only on the same day but at the same hour that Hitler was born. A birthday present...from whom and why? Below are two excellent articles that help to explain how the massive volumes of oil are likely to be distributed around the global ocean. There is ONLY ONE OCEAN." !!! The second article is The Gulf Stream - NOTE from Jean: A question just came to mind: Could the massive oil slick at the surface of the Gulf stream (once it is carried up north in the months ahead) prevent it from subsiding deep in the ocean (once it is cold enough) and thus stop the "conveyor belt" movement of the Gulf Stream and therefore precipitate a new mini Ice Age?...
Lambremont Webre (June 13, 2010) http://www.examiner.com/x-2912-Seattle-Exopolitics-Examiner~y2010m6d13-Evidence-BP-oil-spill-is-disaster-capitalism-by-criminal-elite-to-depopulate-and-stop-ET-disclosure
A pattern of evidence from independent investigative reporters is emerging to suggest that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be an intentional false flag event in the genre of disaster capitalism, with the environmental war purpose of wrecking the environment of the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern United States and causing economic and social hardship to the population, and possible physical evacuation into FEMA camps operated by Halliburton on behalf of an international war crimes network. Halliburton is, by the emerging evidence, itself a prime suspect in the false flag operation. Key principals who, by preliminary evidence, to be tied to criminal acts associated with insider profiting on the BP oil spill operation and with acts of pre-meditated sabotage or criminal negligence that initially caused the oil spill and exacerbated its environmental, economic and social effects, have been tied to previous false flag events of disaster capitalism and are operatives of this international war crimes racketeering network. There is now evidence of intentional disaster capitalism in the BP oil spill, including foreshadowing drills by the U.S. agencies and the sabotage or criminal negligence involvement of Halliburton, first broadcast by this reporter Alfred Lambremont Webre and an independent scientist in a special investigative program on Vancouver Coop Radio CFRO 102.7 FM. Examiner readers can access the full summary and listen to the program in the article below. On June 8, 2010, UFO filmmaker James Fox, broadcasting on the Veritas show, revealed a corporate-governmental private police state that was erasing constitutional guarantees in the BP oil spill impacted area in Grand Isle, LA. Mr. Fox stated, Basically whats happening is a complete media blackout. They are arresting people with cameras. They are arresting ... They will even arrest ... I was told off-camera that if theyre caught talking to a reporter, they are going to go to jail. A mainstream New Orleans TV news station, WDSU-TV in a video in the article below, confirmed Mr. Foxs investigative reporting on June 12, 2010. There is now confirmation of insider trading in BP stock by Goldman Sachs and an insider corporate takeover by Halliburton three weeks prior to the oil spill. On June 9, 2010, investigative reporters Sherri Kane (a former reporter with Fox News) and Leonard G. Horowitz reported that Three weeks before the "natural gas leak," the George Bush/Dick Cheney 9-11-linked Halliburton company negotiated the purchase of the world's largest oil-spill cleanup firm (Boots & Coots) at the exact time keen observers on Wall Street--financial intelligence agents at Goldman Sachs unloaded 44% of their stock in BP. Goldman Sachs is covertly invested in the Bush-Cheney-linked Halliburton Company according to veteran observers. Goldman Sachs and Halliburton both had massive financial incentives to cause the profitable explosions--the three 9-11 WTC building demolitions, and the most recent accident in the Gulf. One expert states that intentional environmental contamination of the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico is evidence of intent to depopulate the marine life, as well as the human population that depend on the Gulf of Mexico for survival. Moreover, the force multiplier effects of dispersants, deadly benzene and other fumes from petroleum and dispersants, and a severe hurricane season may force evacuation of the Gulf states of the U.S. There is now strong evidence that the Katrina hurricane was steered and magnified using advanced environmental war weapons, that can be applied as well to the hurricane season expected to follow the BP oil spill. Evacuation of the Gulf coast and eastern U.S. will most probably be into FEMA camps, that were built and are managed under Halliburton contracts, more evidence of disaster capitalism design to the BP oil spill environmental war operation. There is a possibility of a blowout of the BP well site thank will escalate the damaging effects of the oil spill. One expert states, The system will collapse or fail substantially before we reach the finish line ahead of the well and the worst is yet to come. Sorry to bring you that news, I know it is grim, but that is the way I see it... I sincerely hope I am wrong. We need to prepare for the possibility of this blow out sending more oil into the gulf per week then what we already have now, because that is what a collapse of the system will cause. All the collection efforts that have captured oil will be erased in short order. The magnitude of this disaster will increase exponentially by the time we can do anything to halt it and our odds of actually even being able to halt it will go down. The magnitude and impact of this disaster will eclipse anything we have known in our life times if the worst or even near worst happens... This Examiner.com article analyzes the evidence for the BP oil spill as an intentional disaster capitalism operation, with depopulation and anti-disclosure objectives. CLIP
Obama's Gulf Oil Spill Ultimatum: Clock Is Ticking, What Can BP Do? (13 June 2010) http://www.truth-out.org/clock-ticking-obamas-bp-ultimatium60406
The Obama administration has told BP that it has until Sunday night to come up with better plans to contain the leak in the Gulf oil spill. But BP has ignored at least one ultimatum already.According to the Obama administration playbook, this is what keeping its boot on the neck of BP in the Gulf oil spill looks like.By the end of today, the administration has warned BP, the company must have a new and better plan for collecting more of the oil leaking from the well and into the Gulf of Mexico. The ultimatum was sent to BP in a letter Friday.Currently, BP is collecting 650,000 gallons of oil a day with its containment cap on the well. But BPs live cam suggests huge volumes of oil are still leaking out, and BPs plan to capture more of the oil wont be in place for a month, the company says.That is not good enough for the Coast Guard or President Obama. Yet it is unclear what, exactly, the federal government can do to BP if it does not comply. CLIP
Dispersant Disaster: A Closer Look at BP's Toxic Solution (8 June 2010) http://www.truthout.org/dispersant-disaster-a-closer-look-bps-toxic-solution60225
Kristian Gustavson found "all sorts" of dead dolphins and sea turtles on Ship Island in past weeks. Dead marine life is a common sight in the Gulf of Mexico these days, but Gustavson said the water was clear. The beaches on the Mississippi barrier island were white and clean. Oil from the British Petroleum's underwater catastrophe had not reached the sprawling marine graveyard. Gustavson, co-founder of conservation group Below the Surface, believes these animals may not have simply fallen victim to the oil that has been gushing from BP's deepwater well since the April 20 Deepwater Horizon disaster. He said the controversial oil dispersant BP is spraying across the slick could be the culprit. Dispersants break up the oil slick into smaller, more biodegradable droplets. Gustavson said the process is good for aesthetics, but huge plumes of dispersed oil are now clouding the deep sea with toxins and moving inland. Corexit, the main line of dispersants used by BP, came under public scrutiny last week after a Congressman informed The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it is all but banned in the United Kingdom. The EPA told BP to use less Corexit and invest in chemicals proven to be less toxic and more effective. BP issued a response defending their decision to use Corexit, and soon the amount of dispersants dumped in the Gulf neared an unprecedented one million gallons.Dozens of residents along the Gulf Coast have reported headaches, nausea and trouble breathing after coming in contact with oil and dispersant fumes, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. But Corexit producer Nalco claims the newest version, Corexit 9500, is "more than 27 times safer than dish soap," according to a web release.Nalco is an international chemical company directed by board members who cut their petrochemical teeth with companies like Monsanto, DuPont, Exxon and - you guessed it - BP. When the media discovered the EPA had rated 12 dispersants as more effective than Corexit, all eyes turned to Nalco board member Rodney Chase, who spent 38 years with BP and left as an executive. A million gallons of any chemical, including dish soap, could certainly harm people and wildlife, and Corexit is no exception. Nalco's own safety data sheet identifies three hazardous chemicals in Corexit 9500, and lists symptoms of exposure as "acute" and consistent with reports from the poison control centers. CLIP
Fickle oil slick scatters its threats across Gulf (June 8, 2010) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100608/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - In sensitive marshes on the Louisiana coast, oil thick as pancake batter suffocates grasses and traps pelicans. Blobs of tar the size of dimes or dinner plates dot the white sands of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Little seems amiss in Mississippi except a shortage of tourists, but an oily sheen glides atop the sea west of Tampa.The oil spill plaguing the states along the Gulf of Mexico isn't one slick - it's many. "We're no longer dealing with a large, monolithic spill," Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday at a White House news conference. "We're dealing with an aggregation of hundreds of thousands of patches of oil that are going a lot of different directions."Officials reported that a containment cap over the BP gusher at the bottom of the Gulf was sucking up one-third to three-quarters of the oil â¤" but also noted that its effects could linger for years. And as the oil patches flirt with the coastline, slathering some spots and leaving others alone, residents who depend on tourism and fishing are wondering in the here and now how to head off the damage or salvage a season that's nearing its peak. CLIP
BP And Halliburton Build Legal Teams, Attempt To Buy Off Government Officials (5 June 2010) http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/03/bp-halliburton-buy-off/
5 Facing possible jail time for their roles in the largest oil spill in American history, BP and Halliburton are building high-powered legal teams with deep Department of Justice and White House ties. But the companies are pursuing other means to defend themselves as well. Halliburtons campaign donations have spiked as it tries to curry favor with key members of Congress investigating the disaster. The company donated $17,000 in May, making it the busiest donation month for Halliburtons PAC since September 2008, Politico reports. Thirteen of the 14 contributions from May went to Republicans, while seven went to members of Congress who are on committees with oversight of the oil spill and its aftermath:
(...) Since January of 2008, BP lobbyists have spent $30 million to influence legislation, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Some coastal governors have benefited from BP as well. BP and other oil companies gave Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) $1.8 million dollars for his campaign, and since the spill, hes been aggressively downplaying the disaster and encouraging people to visit his states oily beaches. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) traveled to a BP-funded conference in Houston last month to lobby aggressively to drill for oil and natural gas without delay. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) dismissed potential BP negligence by calling the spill an act of God at a trade association funded by BP in May.
The REAL REASON Behind the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico - 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77pBcf0o444
Deregulation is the real (underlying) reason / cause behind the US oil spill by British Petroleum (BP) in 2010 off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Deregulation coupled with lax government oversight (lackies appointed by Dick Cheney at the helm) lead to the omission of key safety features and protocols, a free pass for drilling licenses, emphasis on profit over safety, and absolutely NO PLAN for containment of blowouts. For example, George W Bush and Dick Cheney - THE MAN WHO IS REALLY TO BLAME FOR THIS MESS!! - helped block a 2002/03 Bill that would have required the use of acoustic switches to activate the blowout preventer (BOP). When the rig blew up, they had to MANUALLY activate the switch by sending robotic submersibles. This was all but impossible since the rig was in flames and the priority was putting it out and saving lives; this was easily foreseen. In addition, BP did not want to lose an oil well (by activating the BOP); this would have cost them future profit in addition to the costs for exploration and preparation of the well. Eventually the rig collapsed and sank to the ocean floor. Because the rig was STILL ATTACHED to the well head / BOP, it bent or damaged the BOP making it unusable. Again, this is something that could have been foreseen; i.e. the need to activate the BOP immediately in the case of catastrophic rig failure, to avoid potential damage to the BOP. Profit wins over safety; BP must avoid activating the BOP at all costs. An acoustic switch would have allowed them to IMMEDIATELY stop the well head (activate the BOP) as soon as the explosion happened. The BOP would not have been at risk for failure (due to rig collapsing); but, the lack of a remote switch and need to save the well (for profit and avoidance of loss) meant that they delayed trying to activate it. By that time the damage to the BOP had been done.Lastly, all of the post-blowout efforts have been focused on SAVING the well; i.e. it was only after more than a month before BP attempted the TOPKILL method, which would have sealed the well. Attempts before that were about slowing the flow of oil or collecting it. Why did BP not try the TOPKILL method right away?Drill Baby, Drill! Spill Baby, Spill. Now, clean it the fock up!
James Cameron says 'morons' charged with fixing Gulf oil spill http://voices.washingtonpost.com/livecoverage/2010/06/james_cameron_calls_bp_morons.html
"Avatar" and "Titanic" director James Cameron on Wednesday evening criticized those responsible for stopping the geyser of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and again offered the assistance of the private team of deep-sea experts with whom which he has worked on several underwater films and exploration efforts."Over the last few weeks I've watched, as we all have, with growing horror and heartache, watching what's happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don't know what they're doing," Cameron said at the D: All Things Digital conference sponsored by The Wall Street Journal near Los Angeles.Cameron developed expertise in deep sea robotic vehicles and submersibles over a period of 22 years, he said. (...) Cameron said he has not been in touch with anyone from the White House, and that earlier proffers of assistance he had made to BP were rebuffed. "They could not have been more gracious but they basically said, 'We've got this,'" he said. Cameron said one reason he hoped his offer of access to private film-equipped deep-water vehicles would be taken up was to more accurately convey what was happening under water. "The government really needs to have its own independent ability to go down there and image the site, survey the site and do its own investigation and monitor it," Cameron said. "Because if you're not monitoring it independently, you're asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene."
BP, We Demand Respirators for ALL Clean Up Workers (June 3, 2010) http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/52644/
Oil clean up workers are getting sick. BP is not providing high quality respirators for everyone. By using the conventions of journalism, the misuse of science, after-the-fact lawyering, appealing to macho vanity of some workers, and plain ol' bs to all workers, BP is getting away with this. But you might be able to do something about it. CLIP
Combating Exposure to Oil-spill Toxins http://www.healthfreedomrights.com/
In AL, MS, LA, TX and Mexico, as soon as prevailing weather conditions changes the dew points, the prevailing winds full of Benzenes and other crude oil VOC's will occupy the air spaces, begin condensing, coastal and inland fogs will be relatively toxic....warnings are extreme benzene exposure to respiratory, skin absorption and direct diffusion into the bloodstream if contact with waters are made, containing pools of crude oil sludges. Please pass this information along, especially to those in sates surrounding the Gulf.... and as the underwater sludges creep up the eastern seaboard of the US...Cuba. Inhalation of benzene laden air is dangerous, as benzene vapors inhaled will flow directly into the bloodstream.An 'unknowing' deception will occur, while in these benzene vapors.1. The olfactory nerve is desensitized...meaning, it becomes more and more difficult to discern or detect the smell of the benzene vapors, the longer one is in it...to the point where the olfactory and the taste buds on the back of the tongue can no longer function....the deception is: If you can't detect it or small it, must be non existent! Wrong! Primary stages of Acute Benzene Shock are probable. 2. If you have friends, relatives, loved ones in these areas (even the ones you don't necessarily like) tell them to stay out of the water, the fogs, rains or mists from the Gulf Oceans. They are now all full of benzenes. From this point forward, fatal benzene exposure will result if the life form remains exposed, in whatever manner. Combating Exposure to Oil-spill Toxins - Slowing down and 'Reversing' benzene poisoning CLIP
THE SHORT FILM BP DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE (10 in 37 sec) REVEALING!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRl6-o8CpXA
Shot by Robert M. Young and Edward James Olmos on a trip to the heart of the oil spill in the Gulf. Robert Young and I jumped on a plane and went to the Gulf of Mexico just to lend our support by documenting what we saw... Well, the people that we met took up all of our time. It was brutal! I was not ready for the human aspect because no one had prepared me for it. I thought they would be angry. They are devastated. Take a look at this video and see for yourself. People are afraid to talk and you will learn why watching this...
Simmons Says Nuclear Device Only Option to Stop Oil Flow - The WORST of the bad ideas on how to solve this mess!! http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25734.htm
Matthew Simmons, founder of the Ocean Energy Institute, talks with Bloomberg's Lori Rothman about BP Plc's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and his view that the use of a "small-bore nuclear device" is now the "only option" to stop the flow of oil.
BP Clashes with Scientists over Deep Sea Oil Pollution (June 1, 2010) http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/01-2
BP has challenged widespread scientific claims that vast plumes of oil are spreading underwater from its blown-out rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The denial comes as the oil giant prepares for a new operation to put an end to the worst oil spill in US history - which could see the leak get worse before it gets better. The company's challenge to several scientific studies is likely to put it further at odds with an increasingly angry Obama administration, which has accused it of playing down the size of the leak in an effort to limit possible fines. BP's chief executive, Tony Hayward, said it had no evidence of underwater oil clouds. "The oil is on the surface," he said. "Oil has a specific gravity that's about half that of water. It wants to get to the surface because of the difference in specific gravity."Hayward's assertion flies in the face of studies by scientists at universities in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, among other institutions, who say they have detected huge underwater plumes of oil, including one 120 metres (400ft) deep about 50 miles from the destroyed rig.BP's claim is likely only to further anger environmentalists and the White House, which has grown increasingly suspicious of the company's claims to be frank and transparent on developments. The president's environmental adviser and director of the Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, Carol Browner, has accused BP of misstating the scale of the leak."BP has a vested financial interest in downplaying the size of this," she said on CBS television. "They will pay penalties at the end of the day, a per-barrel per-day penalty."Ed Markey, chairman of the House of Representatives environment committee, has also accused BP of underplaying the scale of the disaster and suggested that it may have a criminal liability."The fine that can be imposed upon them is based on how many barrels [pour in to the sea]. It could wind up in billions of dollars of fines," said Markey. "They had a stake in low-balling the number right from the beginning. They were either lying or they were incompetent."
(...) The dispute between the administration and BP comes as the company readies its latest effort to contain the flow of oil in to the sea, following the failure of top kill. The new plan involves an intricate operation to cut the top off the damaged riser that brought oil to the surface of the destroyed rig. The intention is to create a flat surface to which to attach a valve that would divert the oil into a pipe and on to a ship.But slicing the top off the damaged pipe may result in oil flowing into the sea at a faster rate until the new valve is fitted. Even if successful, the operation would only limit, not entirely stop, oil from flowing into the sea. If this measure failed, BP's best hope of halting the oil would remain the drilling of a relief well that would ease the pressure on the damaged one. But the US government has warned that the spill could continue into August.The attempts to stop the oil flow have been given added urgency by the start of the hurricane season tomorrow. Forecasters are predicting an unusually high number of storms over the next six months. If the oil is still spread across the sea, a hurricane is likely to disperse it over a much wider area and push it deeper into marshlands and other inland areas, making the environmental disaster even worse.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting between eight and 14 hurricanes this season, with perhaps a similar number of smaller storms.
Plan to Burn Excess Oil From BP Well Raises Health Questions (13 June 2010) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/11/95781/plan-to-burn-excess-oil-from-bp.html
Washington - Plans to burn hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil from BP's blown-out well are raising new questions about the health and safety of the thousands of workers on rigs and vessels near the spill site. BP and the federal government are in new territory once again in dealing with the nation's worst environmental disaster: There's never been such a huge flaring of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or possibly anywhere.The incineration of such huge amounts of oil combined with the black clouds of smoke already wafting over the Gulf waters from controlled burns of surface oil create pollution hazards for the estimated 2,000 people working in the area.Dozens of rigs and ships are clustered in the area around the spill site.The Discoverer Enterprise, the main recovery ship, is recovering as much as 15,000 barrels of oil a day through a pipe from the wellhead. A second vessel, the Q4000, is being prepared to pull up more oil and burn it. Experts say it could be burning 10,000 barrels, or 420,000 gallons, a day. Dr. Phil Harber, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the burning oil could expose workers to toxins that might cause severe respiratory irritation, asthma attacks and inflamed airways depending on how the burns are handled. Burning oil is a fairly common method of relieving pressure in refinery operations, he said. "But the magnitude is a concern," said Harber, who's also the chief of UCLA's division of occupational and environmental medicine. The other worry, he said, is if the wind carries off the thick clouds, "there are hundreds of ships in the area, and those workers could have significant exposures and perhaps less protection because the exposures would be unanticipated," he said. Harmful byproducts of burning the light crude flowing into the Gulf include fine particles; toxic gases such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which result from the incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials such as oil; and volatile organic compounds such as benzene toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene.
(...) "It seems like a no-brainer that you wouldn't want to do this," she said. "Maybe there's just such a logistical challenge in getting it onshore and getting it processed that they decided this is the cheapest, easiest thing to do. But the possible acute health problems should be of a greater concern."
(...) Moreover, BP isn't required to give workers respirators, to evacuate them from danger zones, or to take other precautions until conditions are more dangerous.Critics are questioning the quality of the company's plan as dozens of oil spill workers are becoming sick.
(...) Allen Friday said that about 90,000 barrels of oil have been burned so far on the surface in the 53 days since the Deepwater Horizon exploded.Stephen Harris of Schlumberger Limited, the company that makes the equipment that will burn the oil, called the EverGreen, said that excess oil and gas have been burned off around the world for the past 40 years. Kent Wells, a BP vice president, said the burner hasn't been used before in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil and gas will be burned separately. Wells said air would be injected into the oil so it would burn more cleanly. CHECK ALSO THE McClatchy oil spill coverage
Will we ever know the full wildlife toll of the BP oil spill? (June 08, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0608-hance_wildlife_oil.html
Will we ever know the full wildlife toll of the BP oil spill? The short answer: no. The gruesome photos that are making the media rounds over the last week of oiled birds, fish, and crustaceans are according to experts only a small symbol of the ecological catastrophe that is likely occurring both in shallow and deep waters. Due to the photos, birds, especially the brown pelican, have become the symbol of the spill to date. But while dozens of birds have been brought to rescue stations covered in oil, the vast majority will die out at sea far from human eyes and snapping cameras, according to Sharon Taylor a vet with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Taylor told the AFP that the 550 dead oiled birds have been found to date, but that was likely a "small number" of the total. Some marsh bird species are also unlikely to ever be found. Melanie Driscoll of the National Audubon Society told the AP that some species inhabiting Louisiana's marshes will simply disappear like the clapper rail, the seaside sparrow, and the mottled duck. Yet, as much press as the birds are receiving their suffering and deaths are merely a drop in the bucket of the damage that is happening across the gulf. For fish the oil spill couldn't have happened at a worst time: spawning season. While adult fish may be able to avoid the oil, their young will not. Fishermen fear for the next generation of shrimp, bluefin tuna, and king mackerel. Conservationists fear that one victim of the oil spill will be the smalltooth sawfish, which is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Devastated by fisheriesboth as a targeted species and as bycatchthe species has plunged to between 1-5 percent of its historic population. Could the oil spill lead to its extinction? No one knows and it will be years before researchers are able to determine how the sawfish fares against this latest catastrophe. People have found perished sea turtles in the hundreds (far higher number than usual), yet it's impossible to know how many sea turtles are dying in the sea without their bodies washing ashore. The Gulf of Mexico also has a resident population of some 1600 sperm whales. Little-studied and mysterious, sperm whales inhabit deep waters and it's unlikely their corpses will ever wash up on land. Celine Godard-Codding, an environmental toxicologist at Texas Tech University, recently told National Geographic that if the oil exposure kills just three sperm whale individuals it could affect the population's long term survival, given that the whales are slow breeding. Sperm whales are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List: drowning in nets and pollution are thought to be the biggest killers. CLIP
BP Blocks Attempt to Save Endangered Sea Turtles from Oil Spill http://www.seaturtles.org/article.php?id=1660
A shrimp boat captain in Louisiana hired by BP was blocked from rescuing juvenile Kemp's ridleys that were covered in oil in the Gulf waters. He was captured on video saying that the turtles are being collected in the clean-up efforts and burned up like so much ocean debris with other marine life gathering along tide lines where oil also congregates. He witnessed BP workers burning turtles caught in the oil booms. Rescue efforts are being ended tomorrow. STRP's Gulf Director Carole Allen responded to the news by saying "The burning of boom and oil when even one sea turtle was seen in the water is a despicable crime." CLIP
Gulf whale found dead by scientists south of rig (June 18, 2010) http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100618/ARTICLE/6181055/2055/NEWS?Title=Gulf-whale-found-dead-by-scientists-south-of-rig
In a troubling sign for the Gulf of Mexico's marine mammals, researchers this week found a dead sperm whale floating 77 miles south of the Deepwater Horizon rig site, where some 2.5 million gallons of oil are erupting daily from a mile deep. While scientists avoided speculating about how the whale died, they say the unabated oil is likely to kill whales. "The spill is right in the area where we know there is a population of endangered sperm whales," said Randall Davis, a marine biology professor at Texas A & M University. "I'm not terribly surprised that they found a dead whale. That it was caused by the spill is hard to say." Davis was among a group of researchers in the mid-1990s that recommended the Mississippi Canyon area -- where the oil spill is occurring -- be protected for sperm whales under the federal Endangered Species Act. Such protection might have stopped drilling in the area, or at least put further restrictions on permits. But Davis said the Minerals Management Service, which funded the research, took the scientists' recommendation out of the report."Minerals Management Service didn't want any indication that this group of sperm whales needed this designation of critical habitat," Davis said. CLIP
Oil Coating Seafloor and Killing Fish, Crabs ... and the American Dream (June 20, 2010) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/06/oil-coating-seafloor-and-killing-fish.html
Irish-Canadian journalist Alex Kearns, who now lives in St. Mary's Georgia posted this image on her website today, along with the following description:A researcher captured this image. A discarded flag (or one that has fallen from one of the many vessels in the area) rests on the ocean floor amid the oil and the bodies of dead crabs.A two-inch layer of submerged oil is coating portions of the Gulf seafloor off the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge: a week after a smothering layer of floating crude washed ashore there. This scenario is being played out all along the Gulf shoreline. CLIP
Scary Animation: Oil Could Wrap Florida, Hit Atlantic Coast This Month (June 3, 2010) VIDEO http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/52591
Computer models project that oil from the BP disaster in the Gulf will hit loop currents by June, bringing oil up most of the Atlantic coast by the end of this month. The model, produced by the federally-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), suggests it will be a quick trip up the coast for oil once it reaches the current. According to this model, oil will shoot up Florida all the way to Virginia before it heads out to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (and international waters). Strands of oil look to make their way towards the Chesapeake Bay and other points north as time goes on.Watch NCAR's animation to see where oil could be later this month: CLIP
Where is the Oil Spill? (JUNE 18, 2010) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/06/visualizing-gulf-oil-spill-site.html
It's the largest environmental disaster in U.S. - and possibly world - history. But do you know exactly where it is? Could you point to a map and show where the oil rig sank? Do you know what the topography of the surrounding area is? Hint: If you think it's flat seafloor - as implied by BPs drawings - you'd be wrong (the spill site is actually located within a giant canyon system, rather than on flat ground). This essay will provide some basic orientation as to ground zero for the oil spill. (...) Some oil industry professionals are worried that a landslide at the spill site could make the oil spill much worse by carrying away the blowout preventer, riser and all other equipment. While I have no idea how likely it is that a landslide could occur before the well is capped, it is true that: (1) The spill site is located in a steep canyon, as discussed above; (2) There are hundreds of feet of loose mud and muck on top of the sea floor in this area; and (3) Many deepwater, oil-rich areas within the Gulf are tectonically active, and the Mississippi Canyon was - in the relatively recent geologic past - highly unstable.
Did BP Start Losing Containment of the Oil Well in February? (JUNE 17, 2010) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/06/did-bp-oil-well-blow-out-in-february.html
(...) BP Plc was struggling to seal cracks in its Macondo well as far back as February, more than two months before an explosion killed 11 and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico.It took 10 days to plug the first cracks, according to reports BP filed with the Minerals Management Service that were later delivered to congressional investigators. Cracks in the surrounding rock continued to complicate the drilling operation during the ensuing weeks. Left unsealed, they can allow explosive natural gas to rush up the shaft.Once they realized they had oil down there, all the decisions they made were designed to get that oil at the lowest cost, said Peter Galvin of the Center for Biological Diversity, which has been working with congressional investigators probing the disaster. Its been a doomed voyage from the beginning.(...) Repeated squeeze attempts are unusual and may indicate rig workers are using the wrong kind of cement, Wang said.In other words, the well may have lost integrity in February, and never been properly repaired. If cracks in the well were never fully sealed, then the well may have been unstable starting in February and continuing until the April 20 explosion. (There is substantial evidence that there are cracks in the well now. (...) And the wives of oil rig workers killed in the blast testified that their husbands reported that the rig had problems controlling well pressure weeks before explosion.In other words, not only is it possible that the well casing has been unstable since February, but BP may have ignored standard drilling practices by failing to abandon the well when the natural gas began surging too violently.Sure, the rig didn't actually catch fire and sink until April, but cracks in the well and dangerous natural gas surges may mean that BP actually started losing containment of the well much earlier.Note 1: These new facts also add to the massive evidence that BP has been criminally negligent. CLIP MUCH MORE THROUGH http://www.washingtonsblog.com/
BP shares dive amid US senators' £20bn escrow plan (June 14, 2010) http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/natural_resources/article7149684.ece
Shares in BP plunged by 6 per cent today amid proposals from US senators that the oil giant place $20 billion in an escrow account to pay for the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.President Obama has not yet specified the amount that he wants BP to set aside, and he is scheduled to outline his plan in a speech tomorrow. However, Democratic senators have stated that they would like it to be $20 billion (£13.6 billion).The suggested plan to force BP into making the payments comes as the board of of the company is understood to be considering protecting the £1.75 billion dividend by putting it into escrow.
(...)President Obama's speech to the American people tomorrow night is designed to prepare them for what his Administration accepts will be an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, comparable in its reach and impact to "an epidemic". In his first speech direct from the White House - a forum reserved by his predecessors for moments of national trauma and anxiety - Mr Obama will console those whose livelihoods have been affected by the BP oil spill; set out "what we can do and what we can't do" to clean it up; and announce a plan to force BP to put aside billions of dollars for compensation payments, which will be paid by an independent body.As a thick tide of oil hit Alabama's beaches, Mr Obama was preparing for his fourth visit to the Gulf in less than a month.
(...) A 48-hour deadline imposed by the US Coast Guard to produce a new clean-up and containment plan expired last night. BP promised to comply with the demand. However, any new strategy is too late for Alabama's Orange Beach, near Mobile Bay, where crews worked all night on Saturday, taking away a 4-inch-thick layer of oil. The top cap installed over the Macondo well is collecting 15,000 barrels of oil a day - less than half the estimate of 40,000 barrels a day coming from the ruptured well. Experts believe that the equipment could collect more oil, but if it did there would be nowhere on the surface to store it. BP has said that extra tankers will not arrive in the area until next month. CLIP
Sea creatures flee oil spill, gather near shore (June 17, 2010) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100617/ap_on_re_us/us_gulf_oil_spill_marine_life
GULF SHORES, Ala. Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange phenomena.Fish and other wildlife seem to be fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast in a trend that some researchers see as a potentially troubling sign. The animals' presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen. Also, the animals could easily be devoured by predators."A parallel would be: Why are the wildlife running to the edge of a forest on fire? There will be a lot of fish, sharks, turtles trying to get out of this water they detect is not suitable," said Larry Crowder, a Duke University marine biologist.The nearly two-month-old spill has created an environmental catastrophe unparalleled in U.S. history as tens of millions of gallons of oil have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. Scientists are seeing some unusual things as they try to understand the effects on thousands of species of marine life. (...) For nearly four hours Monday, a three-person crew with Greenpeace cruised past delicate islands and mangrove-dotted inlets in Barataria Bay off southern Louisiana. They saw dolphins by the dozen frolicking in the oily sheen and oil-tinged pelicans feeding their young. But they spotted no dead animals."I think part of the reason why we're not seeing more yet is that the impacts of this crisis are really just beginning," Greenpeace marine biologist John Hocevar said. The counting of dead wildlife in the Gulf is more than an academic exercise; the deaths will help determine how much BP pays in damages.As for the fish, researchers are still trying to determine where exactly they are migrating to understand the full scope of the disaster, and no scientific consensus has emerged about the trend. CLIP
Gulf of Mexico Oil Catastrophe Worst in History & What to Do Instead (02/06/10) http://www.i-sis.org.uk/gulfOilCatastrophe.php
An estimated 3.4 million gallons are spewing out daily with no end in sight while toxic oil and dispersants are killing all ocean life. (...) It has devastated the entire Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and entered the Atlantic Ocean, traveling along the coast, up to New Jersey and New York...another crude oil plume, 22 miles long by 6 miles wide, has been found going in another direction (West) , 3,300 feet [below the surface], with the greatest concentration of hydrocarbons at about 1300 feet suggesting the highest level of environmental pollution from the BP disaster may be located out of sight in the Gulfs deep waters...There is no doubt that our entire ocean food chain has been poisoned." CLIP
Oil Spills & Mycoremediation http://newparadigmdigest.com/3859/oil-spills-mycoremediation/
The BP oil spill has inflicted enormous harm in the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to do so for months, if not decades, to come. I have many thoughts on this disaster. My first reaction is that when the skin of the Earth is punctured, bad things can happen.Clearly, this disaster could and should have been prevented. Despite all their assurances of safety, BP and/or BPs subcontractors, failed to ensure the functionality of the emergency equipment on the Deep Horizon rig. The oil industry claims that further regulation will handcuff them, but it is now obvious that more steps need to be taken to prevent a catastrophe like this from ever happening again. However, this spill did happen, and we now must deal with the aftermath. Although estimates have been that BP could be liable for more than 14 billion dollars in clean up damages, very few in the media have mentioned the long-term, generational consequences of this oil spill. There will inevitably be a surge in cancer cases, widespread degradation of wildlife habitat, and an array of diverse and complex strains on local communities, our nation, and the planetary ecosphere as a whole. We all know that the seas are connected, and ultimately our biosphere suffers globally when suffering locally. Now as the hurricane season approaches, we may see catastrophes converge to create what may be the greatest ecological disaster in hundreds of years. While we will need a wide array of efforts to address this complex problem, mycoremediation is a valuable component in our toolset of solutions. Mycoremediation has demonstrated positive results, verified by scientists in many countries. However, there is more oil spilled than there is currently mycelium available. Much more mycelium is needed and, fortunately, we know how to generate it. Here is what we know about mycoremediation, based on tests conducted by myself, my colleagues and other researchers who have published their results.
(...) THE PROBLEM: OIL IS A COMPLEX MIXTURE OF TOXIC HYDROCARBONS
Not many people, even experts, fully grasp the diverse range of toxins that are present in oil. Bunker C oil is used as a fuel, particularly in cargo ships, and is especially dirty. Here is a list of some of the hydrocarbons typically found in Bunker C oil: CONTAMINANTS IN BUNKER C OIL
17a/b,21b/a 28,30-Bisnorhopane (T14a)
C30 Tricyclic Terpane-22R
17a/b,21b/a 28,30-Bisnorhopane (T14a)
C23 Tricyclic Terpane (T4)
C24 Tricyclic Terpane (T5)
C25 Tricyclic Terpane (T6)
C24 Tetracyclic Terpane (T6a)
C26 Tricyclic Terpane-22S (T6b)
C26 Tricyclic Terpane-22R (T6c)
C28 Tricyclic Terpane-22S (T7)
C28 Tricyclic Terpane-22R (T8)
C29 Tricyclic Terpane-22S (T9)
C29 Tricyclic Terpane-22R (T10)
C30 Tricyclic Terpane-22S (T11b)
C30 Tricyclic Terpane-22R
Goldman Sachs Reveals it Shorted Gulf of Mexico (April 30, 2010) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-borowitz/goldman-sachs-reveals-it_b_558774.html
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) - In what is looming as another public relations predicament for Goldman Sachs, the banking giant admitted today that it made "a substantial financial bet against the Gulf of Mexico" one day before the sinking of an oil rig in that body of water.The new revelations came to light after government investigators turned up new emails from Goldman employee Fabrice "Fabulous Fab" Tourre in which he bragged to a girlfriend that the firm was taking a "big short" position on the Gulf."One oil rig goes down and we're going to be rolling in dough," Mr. Tourre wrote in one email. "Suck it, fishies and birdies!"
BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill (June 5, 2010) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/7804922/BP-chief-Tony-Hayward-sold-shares-weeks-before-oil-spill.html
The chief executive of BP sold £1.4 million of his shares in the fuel giant weeks before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused its value to collapse. (...) Tony Hayward cashed in about a third of his holding in the company one month before a well on the Deepwater Horizon rig burst, causing an environmental disaster. Mr Hayward, whose pay package is £4 million a year, then paid off the mortgage on his familys mansion in Kent, which is estimated to be valued at more than £1.2 million. There is no suggestion that he acted improperly or had prior knowledge that the company was to face the biggest setback in its history. His decision, however, means he avoided losing more than £423,000 when BPs share price plunged after the oil spill began six weeks ago. Since he disposed of 223,288 shares on March 17, the companys share price has fallen by 30 per cent. About £40 billion has been wiped off its total value. The fall has caused pain not just for BP shareholders, but also for millions of company pension funds and small investors who have money held in tracker funds. The spill, which has still not been stemmed, has caused a serious environmental crisis and is estimated to cost BP up to £40 billion to clean up. There was growing confidence yesterday that a new cap placed over the well was stemming the oil flow. An estimated three million litres a day had been pouring into the sea off the coast of Louisiana since the April 20 explosion, damaging marine life. The crisis has enraged US politicians, with President Obama yesterday forced to cancel a trip to Indonesia amid a row over the White Houses response. Mr Hayward, whose position is thought to be under threat, risked further fury by continuing plans to pay out a dividend to investors next month.
"Hi Kathy! Yes, Bioremediation works, but it is slow and expensive on a large scale, which is why it is unlikely to be considered for the deep water blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico. Also, with the low temperature at depths of one mile or more, the oil eating bacteria would be ineffective because their metabolism would be essentially shut down. It could work on the contaminated inter-tidal areas, but again the quantities of bacteria necessary would be unattainable today. I saw firsthand as a visiting professor at Kuwait University after the first Gulf War the use of bacteria to return oil contaminated land back to its original state. It took years to do this and a lot of money, which the Kuwaitis had in abundance."
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, BP Death Clouds Already on Shore & Giant Wave 1/4 (06/14/2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkiF6vuGEKE
Lindsey Williams reports the latest developments concerning the situation in Gulf of Mexico. It seems BP Death Clouds are already on shore. They bring a poisonous and noxious mix of Benzene and God knows what more. Also the Mechanics of the Giant Wave (or Tsunami) this Oil Spill crisis may generate are explained. More.
The Case Against Shell: 'The Hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa Showed the True Cost of Oil' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htF5XElMyGI
While the world watches the destruction of Louisiana's wetlands caused by oil company arrogance, another delta region has suffered even greater damage - virtually unreported. In May 2009, multinational oil giant Shell will stand trial in United States federal court to answer to charges that it conspired in human rights abuses including murder in Nigeria in the 1990s. This mini-documentary tells the story of the rise of an inspiring and nonviolent movement for human rights and environmental justice, and the lengths Shell was willing to go to stop it. For more information, visit http://www.shellguilty.com/wiwa-v-shell-video/ - including THE EVIDENCE SHELL PAID $15.5 MIL USD TO KEEP A JURY FROM SEEING at the end of which you'll find out that Shell has so far refused to eliminate gas flaring (despite repeated promises to do so - More details HERE - some fifty years after oil production started) which, in addition to the ongoing biblical oil spills there, is causing unimaginable havoc to the Nigeria's delta environment and to all human beings trying to survive in this hellish place.
The Oil Spills We Don't Hear About (June 4, 2010) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/05/opinion/05iht-edejikeme.html
(...) Dead fish and oily water are part of daily life for Niger Delta residents, as are gas flares. Some middle-aged Niger Delta residents have never had a night of total darkness. There is a law against gas flaring in Nigeria, but it continues to be widely breached.Oil companies operate in Nigeria with little or no oversight from the government. It must be noted that the government has part ownership in the subsidiaries of all the oil multinationals which operate in Nigeria. A year ago, Amnesty International published a report, Petroleum, Pollution and Poverty in the Niger Delta. The report focused on Royal Dutch Shell because Shell is by far the largest operator in the Delta. According to the Oil Spill Intelligence Report, a 10-year study commissioned by Greenpeace, although Shell operates in more than 100 countries, 40 percent of all its oil spills happen in Nigeria. Thats simply staggering. The Greenpeace and Amnesty reports tell of spills that had been continuous for years and many that had never been cleaned up (despite claims by Shell to the contrary). CLIP
Gas flare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_flare
(...) Flaring and venting of natural gas from oil & gas wells is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Its contribution to greenhouse gases has declined by three-quarters in absolute terms since a peak in the 1970s of approximately 110 million metric tons/year and now accounts for 0.5% of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. The World Bank estimates that over 150 billion cubic metres of natural gas are flared or vented annually, an amount worth approximately 30.6 billion dollars, equivalent to 25 percent of the United States gas consumption or 30 percent of the European Unions gas consumption per year. This flaring is highly concentrated: 10 countries account for 75% of emissions, and twenty for 90%. The largest flaring operations occur in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The leading contributors to gas flaring are (in declining order): Nigeria, Russia, Iran, Algeria, Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia, and the United States. CLIP
Nigeria: Gas Flaring in the Niger Delta and Its Health Hazards http://allafrica.com/stories/200803100319.html
The Niger Delta region of Nigeria has an area of seventy thousand square kilometers (70,000 KM2) of wetlands, formed primarily by sediments deposition. It is home to about 20 million people and 40 different ethnic groups. This floodplain region makes up 7.5 percent of Nigeria's total landmass. It is the largest wetland and maintains the third largest drainage area in Africa. The Delta Environment can be broken down into four ecological zones: coastal barrier islands; mangrove swamp forests; fresh water swamps; and lowland rainforests. This incredibly naturally-endowed ecosystem region, which contains one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet, in addition to supporting abundant flora and fauna, has arable terrain. The region sustains a wide variety of crops, economic trees and a variety of fresh water fish than any ecosystem in West Africa. But this region, if care is not taken can lose most of its natural endowments due to uncontrolled gas flaring and oil exploration activities. CLIP
The effects of gas flaring on crops in the Niger Delta, Nigeria http://resources.metapress.com/pdf-preview.axd?code=rm1122r54u117p6r&size=largest
(...) Nigeria tops the list of ten countries responsible for 75% of gas flaring emissions in the world. According to the World Bank (2004) Nigeria flares 16% of the total associated gas, the highest amount by any country in the world. Conservative estimates put this at 56.6 million cubic meter, which is equivalent to about 40% of natural gas consumption in the entire African continent (World Bank 2004)
Nigeria faces Gulf-sized oil spills every year (June 1, 2010) http://www.greenfudge.org/2010/06/01/nigeria-faces-gulf-sized-oil-spills-every-year/
Large spills in Nigeria are routine, and oil companies go largely unpunished for destroying the local environment as well as poisoning the human population. Some of the damage is due to actions by rebel groups and criminals, who attack pipelines, but rusty old pipes continually leak oil, while gas flares both waste a valuable natural resource as well as release toxic pollution and greenhouse gasses.
"In fact, more oil is spilled from the deltas network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BPs Deepwater Horizon rig last month." Observer
Neither the Nigerian government nor the oil companies demonstrate concern for the environment or the people suffering in this region, considered the oil pollution capital of the world. Environmental and human rights activists claim that hundreds of spills happen yearly in the Niger delta.
"Deepwater Horizon may have exceed Exxon Valdez, but within a few years in Nigeria offshore spills from four locations dwarfed the scale of the Exxon Valdez disaster many times over. Estimates put spill volumes in the Niger delta among the worst on the planet, but they do not include the crude oil from waste water and gas flares. Companies such as Shell continue to avoid independent monitoring and keep key data secret."
Ben Amunwa, London-based oil watch group Platform - Read the entire article Nigerias agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it by John Vidal in the Observer. (...) With 606 oilfields, the Niger delta supplies 40% of all the crude the United States imports and is the world capital of oil pollution. Life expectancy in its rural communities, half of which have no access to clean water, has fallen to little more than 40 years over the past two generations. Locals blame the oil that pollutes their land and can scarcely believe the contrast with the steps taken by BP and the US government to try to stop the Gulf oil leak and to protect the Louisiana shoreline from pollution. "If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention," said the writer Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. "This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta."
(...) One report, compiled by WWF UK, the World Conservation Union and representatives from the Nigerian federal government and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, calculated in 2006 that up to 1.5m tons of oil 50 times the pollution unleashed in the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Alaska has been spilled in the delta over the past half century. Last year Amnesty calculated that the equivalent of at least 9m barrels of oil was spilled and accused the oil companies of a human rights outrage. According to Nigerian federal government figures, there were more than 7,000 spills between 1970 and 2000, and there are 2,000 official major spillages sites, many going back decades, with thousands of smaller ones still waiting to be cleared up. More than 1,000 spill cases have been filed against Shell alone. CLIP NOTE from Jean: Next time you pump gasoline into your car, take advantage of this moment to think about all the terrible consequences stemming from this apparently innocent act. Each drop of gasoline we individually use has a HUGE karmic debt attached to it and we cannot continue to ignore the connection between our use of oil and the destruction of our planet... As for Shell's ignominious criminal activities, it simply defies the imagination.
UNHEALTHY EFFECTS OF UPSTREAM OIL AND GAS FLARING http://www.sierraclub.ca/.../oil...gas.../soss-oil-and-gas-flaring.pdf
(...) The historical record shows that the volume of gas flared in Alberta is immense. The flares examined by Strosher represent operations in the lowest range of volumes. Volumes range upward to over 10 million cubic meters per day. CLIP
Alberta's Oil Sands (12 March 08) Tearing up the forests!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eucr370Oz60
AlJazeeraEnglish - People & Power speak to native and environmental groups, as well as government and oil industry spokespeople about the impact Alberta's oil sands development is having on the environment. World's largest industrial project Oil sands: big money, big destruction... and they're only just getting warmed up. The project will turn a forest the size of England and permanently convert it into a wasteland. What will be left behind are huge man made lakes of toxic water.
Evidence emerges of Australian oil spill coverup (18 June 2010) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/dril-j18.shtml
Evidence of cover-ups by the Australian government and the company responsible has emerged from testimony and submissions to an official inquiry into last years oil and gas spill at the Montara field, off the northern coast of Western Australia. The inquirys report is due to be handed today to Resources Minister Martin Ferguson, who has not announced when he will release it.The Montara leak, which lasted 10 weeks before it was finally plugged, occurred in much shallower waters (about 250 feet deep) than BPs current Gulf of Mexico blowout (5,000 feet), and produced less than a tenth of the known flow. Its location in the Timor Sea was far more remote, about 250 kilometres off the sparsely populated coastline of the northern Kimberley region, and about 150 km southeast of Ashmore Reef, a marine reserve.Nevertheless, a number of parallels have become apparent. Both leaks were caused by faulty caps and cementing, and in both cases the companies and governments involved sought to hide the scale and causes of the disaster from public view. The Montara spill lasted for 74 days, from August 21 to November 3. It took five attempts to plug the leak by drilling a new connection that intercepted the well casing, some 2.6 km below the seabed, and then pumping in mud. Before the fifth attempt succeeded, a three-day fire broke out on the platform, highlighting the danger that had existed for the 65 workers who were evacuated from the rig when the leak originally erupted.Throughout the blowout, Ferguson and Environment Minister Peter Garrett downplayed the size of the spill and the environmental fallout.
(...) Without waiting for the inquirys report, the Rudd government is pushing to accelerate offshore oil and gas production. Last month, it opened up 31 new areas of the seabed for exploration. Ferguson made the announcement at the Australian Petroleum Producers and Exploration Association conference on May 17.Ferguson dismissed concerns that some of the fields overlapped with marine sanctuaries, including two leases just 83 kilometres off the coast of Margaret River in Western Australia. Marine sanctuaries do not preclude economic activities, he declared.Over the past 18 months, the Rudd government has issued 76 oil and gas approvals. Australia has a total of 220 offshore exploration permits, 39 retention leases and 80 production licences. From the spill inquiry, there is no evidence that any of these projects are better managed or regulated than the Montara field.The Labor government is determined to make Australia one of the biggest producers in the growing world market for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Last year, Ferguson released a report estimating Australias gas reserves at $1 trillion, and predicted that LNG exports would reach $24 billion by 2017-18, nearly double the total oil and gas exports of $12.5 billion in 2006-07. LNG projects worth an estimated $200 billion are underway, involving some of the largest and most powerful energy companies in the world, including Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell. The Rudd governments primary concern in setting up the Montara inquiry is to ensure that no harm was done to the prospects and profits of this industry, regardless of the potential environmental, human and social costs. The author also recommends: Australian government pushes rapid expansion of gas projects [15 May 2010]
Obama to make $85 million from BP disaster? THAT EXPLAINS WHY OBAMA IS SO RELAXED PLAYING GOLF! http://www.twawki.com/?p=6768
Goldman Sachs wasnt alone either in its astute foreknowledge of the collapse of BPs stock value due to the Gulf disaster as BPs own chief executive, Tony Hayward, sold about one-third of his shares weeks before this catastrophe began unfolding too. But according to a FSB report the largest seller of BP stock in the weeks before this disaster occurred was the American investment company known as Vanguard who through two of their financial arms (Vanguard Windsor II Investor and Vanguard Windsor Investor) unloaded over 1.5 million shares of BP stock saving their investors hundreds of millions of dollars, chief among them President Obama. For though little known by the American people, their President Obama holds all of his wealth in just two Vanguard funds, Vanguard 500 Index Fund where he has 3 accounts and the Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund where he holds another 3 accounts, all six of which the FSB estimates will earn Obama nearly $8.5 million a year and which over 10 years will equal the staggering sum of $85 million. The FSB further estimates in this report that through Obamas 3 accounts in the Vanguard 500 Index Fund he stands to make another $100 million over the next 10 years as their largest stock holding is in the energy giant Exxon Mobil they believe will eventually acquire BP and all of their assets for what will be essentially a rock bottom price and which very predictably BP has hired Goldman Sachs to advise them on. Important to note is that none of this wealth Obama, Goldman Sachs, and other American elites is acquiring would be possible without this disaster, all of whom, as the evidence shows, somehow knew what was going to happen before it actually did, including the US energy giant Halliburton who 2 weeks prior to this disaster just happened to purchase the Worlds largest oil disaster service company Boots & Coots.
Obama Is Deliberately Protracting Gulf Oil Disaster (22 juin 2010) http://beforeitsnews.com/news/83/795/Obama_Is_Deliberately_Protracting_Gulf_Oil_Disaster.html
If you were the President of the United States and you see that Gulf wildlife are dying and fishermen and tourist businesses are suffering from the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, wouldnt you do EVERYTHING humanly possible to help? I would. I would be down on the beach with my sleeves rolled up to help with the cleanup, picking up tarballs and cleaning off oil from seabirds.Instead, Obama has turned down 13 countries offers to help clean up the BP oil spill. The Dutch were the first to offer assistance that, if accepted, would have cleaned up the spill in a matter of weeks. Frustrated by the federal governments inaction and BPs ineffectiveness, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took action and got oil-fighting vacuum barges to remove the oil. But then the Coast Guard shut down all 16 barges last Wednesday, claiming their operations needed to be halted until inspections and certifications could be done. In other words, the situation as it stands now is as follows: BP is ineffective at stopping the roiling oil spill. The spill is getting worse. CBS News is reporting that there could be as much as 1 billion barrels of oil under the damaged BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and that it could keep flowing for more than a decade. Obama inexplicably and irrationally refused 13 countries offers to help. The Obama administration is also thwarting Gulf coast states and private citizens from helping. The unavoidable conclusion is this:(A) Obama is either grossly incompetent and unfeeling; or(B) Hes so evil that hes deliberately protracting and worsening the spill so as to foist on us the Cap n Trade Tax climate change bill. Just as ObamaCare is not about health care, so Cap n Tax is not about the climate. Its all about more power to the already too-big too-powerful government. My vote is for (B).
Severe Drought Causes Hunger for 10 Million in West Africa (June 3, 2010) http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/03-11
A severe drought is causing increasing hunger across the Eastern Sahel in west Africa, affecting 10 million people in four countries, aid agencies warned today. In Niger, the worst-affected country, 7.1 million are hungry, with nearly half considered highly food insecure because of the loss of livestock and crops coupled with a surge in prices. In Chad, 2 million require food aid. The eastern parts of Mali and northern Cameroon have also been badly affected by the failed rains, says the UN World Food Programme, which described the situation as critical. The Sahel, a largely arid belt of land that stretches across Senegal to Sudan and separates the Sahara desert in the north from the savannah regions further south, is one of the poorest regions in the world. The WFP, which plans to assist 3.6 million people in the coming months, has described the humanitarian situation in the four affected countries as "critical", and says the hunger season is expected to last at least until the next harvest in September. Save the Children, which has launched an emergency appeal for Niger, says in some cases families have trekked more than 600 miles to reach the capital Niamey to find work or beg for food. Others have crossed the border in Nigeria. Similarly, desperate Chadians have sought food in Libya. CLIP
The "Largest Mass Poisoning in History": Arsenic in Bangladesh (JUNE 20, 2010) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/06/largest-mass-poisoning-arsenic-bangladesh.php
Mass poisonings due to arsenic contaminated water in Bangladesh are the tragic unintended consequence of humanitarian efforts to alleviate disease in Bangladesh by building many deep tube wells to produce water for drinking and irrigation. On Saturday, the results of a ten year, large population study of the link between arsenic contamination and diseases or death in Bangladesh were published in The Lancet. The study's authors come to a disturbing conclusion: More than twenty percent of deaths in the study population of 12,000 Bangladeshis can be attributed to arsenic poisoning. Half of Bangladeshis, up to 77 million people, have been exposed to the toxic metal, known for causing cancer and long term effects on organs such as the liver, skin, kidney and the cardiovascular system. The WHO is quoted calling the case the "largest mass poisoning of a population in history" by escience news. The news gets worse: the study suggests that lowering arsenic exposure in people whose earlier test results established a high baseline level does not reduce the mortality rate. In other words, just getting clean water to people already exposed may not help prevent the chronic risks of arsenic poisoning. It all started with millions of deep tube wells installed in the 1970s by humanitarian organizations trying to reduce deaths from waterborne pathogens. The switch away from disease-carrying surface waters to "clean" deepwell supplies successfully lowered deaths from waterborne illnesses. But as time went by, consumers of the deepwell water and crops irrigated with the well water began to show mysterious symptoms that were determined to result from arsenic exposure. Arsenic drawn out of the deep aquifers has now spread the contamination to surface waters and sediments underlying them, leaving no source of safe water. Only a quarter of the 12,000 people studied were exposed to levels within the WHO-established safe guideline (under 10 micrograms per liter). The upper quartile had exposures averaging 27 times the WHO limit. CLIP
Brazilian Mayor: Floods Have Flattened Entire Town (June 23, 2010) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128059008
Torrential waters flattened a small town as floods raged through two states in northeastern Brazil and the death toll was expected to surpass 44 as rescuers searched Wednesday for hundreds of people reported missing.Mayor Ana Lopes said the entire town of Branquinha, population 12,000, will have to be rebuilt in a different location. Television footage showed a train station washed away, its tracks ripped from the earth. Cars lay overturned and strewn along a riverbank. Dazed people wandered about streets littered with couches, chairs and mountains of mud.
150 Reported Dead, Millions Homeless in China Floods; RMS Report (June 22, 2010) http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2010/06/22/110948.htm
Risk Management Solutions latest report on heavy floods in southern China indicate that at least 150 people have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed, and over a million residents have been forced to evacuate, as "severe rains and isolated extreme torrential rains" have brought flooding and landslides across the region.According to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) "rainfall began in the region on Saturday, 13 June, and in response the agency raised its alert to orange the second highest alert level and the first orange alert for rainstorm this year. (China's rainy season began in May)."The Administration is reporting that over the week from Saturday, 13 June areas of southern China were affected by rainfall accumulations of up to 400 mm (1.3 feet). CLIP
Chinas flood misery worsens (June 23, 2010) http://www.euronews.net/2010/06/23/china-s-flood-misery-worsens/
A battered dyke in China has suffered a fresh breach, sending flood water crashing down on an area where more than 200 lives have already been lost in the last week.Some 100,000 people had already been forced to flee their homes following an earlier break in the wall of the dyke near the town of Changkai in the Jiangxi province.As well as those confirmed dead,scores of people are missing amid bursting river banks and landslides.And 1.6 million hectares of farmland are under water indicating the effects of this disaster may be long-lasting. CLIP - MANY MORE RELATED NEWS
Fossil-fuel use and feeding world cause greatest environmental impacts: UNEP panel (2 June 2010) http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-06/udot-ffu053010.php
Energy and agriculture top Resource Panel's priority list for sustainable 21st century -- How the world is fed and fueled will in large part define development in the 21st century as one that is increasingly sustainable or a dead end for billions of people. A new and hard-hitting report concludes that dramatically reforming, re-thinking and redesigning two sectorsenergy and agriculturecould generate significant environmental, social and economic returns.Current patterns of production and consumption of both fossil fuels and food are draining freshwater supplies; triggering losses of economically-important ecosystems such as forests; intensifying disease and death rates and raising levels of pollution to unsustainable levels.The report, prepared by the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, says decoupling the environmental impacts of these two broad sectors from economic growth, can start at the level of the household.Sustainability goals can begin through dramatic improvements in household patterns of energy and food use including heating and cooling systems, gadgets and appliances and the way people travel. Perhaps controversially, it also calls for a significant shift in diets away from animal based proteins towards more vegetable-based foods in order to dramatically reduce pressures on the environment. (...) One third of the average US household's carbon footprint is due to emissions caused abroad producing goods imported into the US market. "This report drives home the message that there is no time like the present for a switch to a resource-efficient economy," said Janez Potoãnik, European Commissioner for the Environment. "It will be a titanic task, but one that is essential for our future prosperity and quality of life. In Europe, it will require effective dialogue with our Member States, where many of the most important decisions have to be made, especially in areas such as tax reform. And we will never succeed without the business community on board, where, despite a number of excellent examples of leadership, there are still too many who have yet to understand the urgency of the need for change." CLIP For more information: www.unep.fr/scp/rpanel
97% of Scientists Still Agree: Man is Causing Climate Change (06.22.10) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/06/97-percent-scientists-man-causing-climate-change.php
A new study has once again confirmed what we already knew -- that the vast, vast majority of scientists working in the field are convinced by the evidence that there is human-induced climate change. This latest analysis is one of the largest surveys yet attempted, and examines 1,372 known working climate researchers. The result is similar to previous studies: 97-98% of the scientists agree that there is ample evidence that human activity is warming the planet. There is, in other words, a huge consensus. CLIP
UN: 400,000 displaced in Kyrgyz unrest (17 Jun 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=130927§ionid=351020406
Almost 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations humanitarian office says. Some 300,000 people have left their homes but are still inside Kyrgyzstan and as many as 100,000 people are thought to have taken refuge in neighboring Uzbekistan, the United Nations humanitarian office spokeswoman, Elisabeth Byrs, said on Thursday. The latest figure exceeds previous official estimate of 75,000. Many ethnic Uzbeks, who have fled the country, are now living in make-shift camps along the Uzbekistan side of the border and are too afraid to go back to their homes, the Associated Press reported. Those who are on the Kyrgyzstan side of the border say that authorities have banned them from crossing the border and are awaiting their chance to leave the country for the camps. Rights groups have raised alarm about an imminent humanitarian crisis in the region. "We're going to have an increasingly serious humanitarian problem which is going to affect both the Kyrgyz and the Uzbek communities in southern Kyrgyzstan," said Paul Quinn-Judge, the Central Asia Project Director at the International Crisis Group -- a Brussels-based security think tank told the BBC from the capital, Bishkek. Violence erupted last week between the majority Kyrgyz population and minority ethnic Uzbeks in the wake of a bloody uprising in April that deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Kyrgyzstan's interim government has blamed ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev for orchestrating the deadly riots. Azimbek Beknazarov, the deputy chief of the provisional government, put the number of deaths on both sides at 223, but some observers have suggested the death toll far exceeds that number.
Kyrgyzstan: Eurasian Geopolitics 101 (June 17, 2010) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19770
The war in Afghanistan is officially spreading to the Central Asian republics. First stop, Kyrgyzstan For the moment, the Pentagon is breathing a sigh of relief. Vital US fuel supply flights from its Manas base to Afghanistan resumed last week even as Kyrgyzstan slid into chaos. At least 171 and possibly as many as 500 have died in rioting in southern Kyrgyzstan this week, almost all ethnic Uzbeks, with thousands injured. More than 80,000 fled to neighbouring Uzbekistan, forcing it to close its borders as it cannot cope with more. On Monday, China began evacuating the majority of its 1000 nationals. Armed Kyrgyz in Osh, Kyrgyzstan's second largest city, Jalalabad and some villages targeted Uzbek neighbourhoods, burning and killing indiscriminately. The Red Cross said 100 bodies were seen buried in just one cemetery. The chaos spread to the capital Bishkek but was brought under control when riot police fired tear gas and flash grenades. Kyrgyzstan's acting President Roza Otunbayeva declared a state of emergency in the south, ordered the mobilisation of military reservists, and issued a shoot to kill order after Russia refused her request Saturday to send in troops to quell the rioters. (...) Washington's discrete silence except to condemn the violence suggests it realises it would only make matters worse by speaking up. As long as its base is allowed to function, it will stay in the background. The US base is highly unpopular with locals, and the resentment and instability it encourages prompted Otunbayeva initially to call for it to be closed for "security reasons", though under intense US pressure, the contract for the base was renewed for another year. Kyrgyz authorities blocked the operations of the fuel sub-contractor Mina Corp, which is linked to Maksim Bakiyev, son of the disgraced president, accused of embezzling millions in "rent" and other service charges on the US base, but operations resumed even as the country unravelled.
(...) There is little at this point the Kyrgyz can do to stop the Americans from operating their base as virtually a sovereign entity and this is one political crisis where Obama can honestly say "not me". But, alas, the US is the chief source of the ongoing instability, having drawn Kygyzstan and three other central Asian states into NATO's Partnership for Peace programme in 1994, and dumped democracy-promoting NGOs there in the past two decades. The Tulip Revolution of 2005 was coordinated from the US embassy, overthrowing the respected president Askar Akayev (he was getting too close to China and Russia), fatally rupturing any faith in the fledgling independent state. Then there's the massive US base and the many problems it has caused and is still causing, from murder, drugs and prostitution to espionage, terror and corruption. The longstanding ethnic divide had abated under Akayev, but worsened in the five years since Bakiyev's Tulip Revolution, as he turned Kyrgyzstan into his own clan's fiefdom, leaving the relatively prosperous Uzbeks with no political power. The Uzbeks represent 15 per cent of the population and close to half in the south. They indeed rejoiced at his downfall. But then so did the majority of Kyrgyz. The worsening discrimination has been exacerbated by the return of migrant labourers who lost their jobs in Russia's current recession. This toxic brew resulted in a replay of violent ethnic clashes in Osh in 1990 that left hundreds dead and only abated when the Soviet government sent in troops. CLIP
Huge Number of Disaster Drills Held Throughout America (June 14, 2010) http://standeyo.com/NEWS/10_USA/100613.diz.drills.througout.US.html
Extraordinary number of drills cause for concern? From terrorist attacks and hurricane evacuations to submarine base and nuclear power plant mishaps; bomb blasts, plane crashes, dirty bombs, hazmat spills, earthquakes, medical disasters and train derailments, America is on high alert. Over the past several weeks to the present, more than 35 major disaster drills are taking place throughout America. It makes one wonder what's prompting all of these emergency exercises and planning venues. Was it confusion over Gov. Palin's oft-quoted "drill, baby, drill?" No, it's recognition that the Feds are leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves. States aren't happy about this. (...) After Hurricane Katrina, Americans were assured that ALL agencies were cooperating, sharing information and manpower. Rubbish. If you watch news media that's not sucking up the current administration and not afraid to cross hair problems, it's apparent that the same kudo-coveting agencies are miring aid and progress. It took Pres. Obama 6 weeks into the Gulf oil spill disaster to finally find his "masculinity" and get angry enough to put heat on BP. Where was Pres. Obama yesterday as our Nation sank further into this crisis? Golfing for four hours. CLIP
Nuclear Terror Drill Staged in Los Angeles (May 19, 2010) http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20100519_5769.php
The FBI and other U.S. local, state and federal agencies this week are dealing with a simulated nuclear terror attack in Los Angeles, United Press International reported (see GSN, Aug. 14, 2009)."Threats involving weapons of mass destruction are complex, and confronting them must be practiced constantly," said FBI Assistant Director Steve Martinez, who heads the bureau's Los Angeles field office. Participants in the three-day exercise worked to track down, deactivate and remove a crude nuclear device at the Los Angeles Coliseum, according to an FBI statement. In addition, authorities intended to seek out other devices dispersed throughout the city. The scenario was also set to involve a mock explosion elsewhere in the country CLIP
China Sold Nuclear Missiles to Saudi Arabia, Ex-CIA Officer Claims (June 8, 2010) WOW!!! http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20100608_9301.php
An ex-CIA analyst who oversaw intelligence dispatches on Saudi Arabia has asserted in a new self-published book that China provided the Middle Eastern nation with nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during the early years of the Bush administration, the Washington Post reported yesterday (see GSN, Aug. 24, 2009). "I believe the People's Republic of China delivered a turn-key nuclear ballistic missile system to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the course of several years beginning no later than December 2003," asserted Jonathan Scherck in his book "Patriot Lost," which has not been approved by the CIA. Scherck concluded that Beijing was selling Riyadh nuclear missiles based on his year and half of reviewing intelligence dispatches from Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2007, information on U.S. satellite photographs from these years, and conversations with other CIA personnel who were in touch with officials in former Vice President Dick Cheney's office. He believed the Bush White House was keeping the nuclear deal secret in order to maintain ties with a key ally and major oil exporter, according to a press release: "This heavily shrouded deal and Washington's shocking complicity constituted a flagrant violation of the long-standing but crippled Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty". (...) In past years, there has been a regular stream of reports claiming covert cooperative nuclear and missile activities between China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Prince warns S. Arabia of apocalypse (9 Jun 2010) WITH WHAT YOU READ ABOVE, NOW IMAGINE SAUDI ARABIA FALLING IN THE HANDS OF RADICAL EXTREMISTS... FARFETCHED? PERHAPS NOT!... http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=129692§ionid=351020205
Saudi Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has warned the country's royal family to step down and flee before a military coup or a popular uprising overthrows the kingdom. In a letter published by Wagze news agency on Tuesday, the Cairo-based prince warned Saudi Arabia's ruling family of a fate similar to that of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and the ousted Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, calling on them to escape before people "cut off our heads in streets." He warned that the Saudi royal family is no longer able to "impose" itself on people, arguing that deviations in carrying out the religious concepts that make up the basis of the Saudi government "have gotten out of our hands," so that the opposition views our acts as "interfering in people's private life and restricting their liberties." "If we are wise, we must leave this country to its people, whose dislike for us is increasing," said Prince Turki, advising Saudi officials to escape with their families. "Do it today before tomorrow as long as the money we have is enough for us to live anywhere in the world; from Switzerland to Canada and Australia we should not return as long as we are able to get out safely, we must take our families quickly and pull out," he urged. CLIP
Pentagon Official Highlights WMD Threat (June 11, 2010) http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20100611_1097.php
A high-ranking U.S. Defense Department official said yesterday the leading danger to the United States is that terrorists might acquire weapons of mass destruction, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, June 10). "The thing that keeps me awake at night is a nexus between terrorism and massive destruction," Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy said at a security conference in Washington. The country must ready itself for "the possibility that a terrorist organization could either acquire a ready-made weapon or fabricate something improvised that would have a catastrophic effect for us," she said. The fear that terrorists could obtain nuclear weapons was the leading motivation behind the Obama administration's April nuclear security summit, where top officials from 47 nations pledged to secure the world's vulnerable nuclear materials within four years (see GSN, April 14). "The only answer to this [threat] is prevention, keeping the material out of the hands of the terrorist, so we put enormous focus on this ... from the beginning," the Pentagon's No. 3 official said. Legislation submitted yesterday in the House of Representatives would seek to improve the United States' ability to prevent potential WMD assaults on the country.
Israel extremely worried about stolen nukes (10 JUNE 2010) http://www.paltelegraph.com/columnists/peter-eyre/6357-israel-extremely-worried-about-stolen-nukes
It became apparent that someone spread a rumour that the vessels sailing to Gaza recently were possibly carrying one of the British (acquired from South Africa) stolen battlefield nuclear bombs. For some strange reason Chris McGreal of the Guardian newspaper published an article on the 24th of May 2010 revealing how Israel offered to sell nukes to South Africa during the apartheid era. What he failed to reveal was that Israel struck up a deal with South Africa to move its technicians down to the high-security weapons research and development facilities at Pelindaba. It was at this location that the Isaeli technicians managed to covertly give themselves nuclear weapons but also under the table gave South Africa its own nuclear capability. It is fairly obvious why Israel is totally consumed in trying to find these stolen weapon and needless to say the US and British Governments are equally as concerned and yet are not in a position to admit to their loss as in doing so would incriminate past and current very senior politicians including our current Prime Minister David Cameron. Obviously the rumour regarding the Turkish vessel was totally false but with Israel being in a total state of panic one can understand just how sensitive this issue is. It always appear to be the case that your past comes back to haunt you. So let's just recall the history behind these weapons that were designed and commissioned all during the UN embargo years and who was allegedly involved. (...) To put things in perspective we have now seen a total of 6 nuclear weapons gone missing, 3 from the US and 3 from the UK. One of each has already been tested in North Korea and that still leaves 4 missing. Where next is the question? So should Israel be so concerned? Should certain individuals in the US and UK be feeling extremely nervous at the prospect of possible being arrested under the Nuclear Explosions Act? They certainly should because they made it all possible!They should all be charged with crimes against humanity and put behind bars - shame on you all!!
US losing faith in Obama, poll shows (18 Jun 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=130948§ionid=3510203
Americans are losing faith in the US President Barack Obama is sinking over his failure to handle the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, results of a new poll shows. Almost a half of Americans believe Obama is not tough enough to handle the crisis, according to the CNN poll. The poll, released on Thursday, shows that the public's view of Obama's leadership is following the same pattern that former President George W. Bush experienced after Hurricane Katrina. Being conducted after the president's Tuesday night prime-time address, the poll indicates that the number of people who currently think Obama is a strong and decisive leader has dropped from 60 percent in January to 53 percent now. The results show that Americans' belief in Obama being tough enough to handle crisis and also in his ability to manage the government effectively is less than before. The belief in Obama's ability to manage the government also experienced a nine point drop compared to last year; currently being 49 percent. CLIP
China Accelerates Planning for Space Command (China Accelerates Planning for Space Command) http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20100616_6561.php
China's armed forces were ramping up preliminary work on a command center for coordinating operations in space, Kyodo News reported yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 6, 2009).The country would establish the "air-space operational command center" within the air force "in the near future," Chinese air force sources said.Beijing intends within the next two decades to develop advanced missile defenses, satellite systems and a new line of fighter jets in an effort to "ensure its superiority in command of the air over China and surrounding areas," one of the sources added. The disclosures marked the first details to come to light on China's military space program, according to Kyodo. Beijing has maintained that its space operations are civilian in nature.The United States and Russia each maintain a space command. The U.S. Air Force Space Command plays a role in overseeing the nation's missile defenses and strategic nuclear arsenal
From the Imaginary Line to the Imaginary Dome (5 June 2010) http://www.truthout.org/from-imaginary-line-imaginary-dome60159
If wars first begin in the mind and with one's imagination, then so does peace and security. I was reminded of this when President Barack Obama sent a request to Congress to pay Israel more than $200 million to fund a new missile shield called the "Iron Dome." It will consist of a weapons system that will intercept rockets and artillery shells. But much like the Maginot Line, it will never solve the real problems surrounding the causes of war, nor will it guarantee ultimate peace and security. The Maginot Line was the name given to a system of fortifications built by France after World War One. It consisted of a complex system of underground bunkers, anti-tank systems, field fortifications, outposts and artillery fire, and included areas that could be flooded before the system came under assault. Having taken more than twelve years to build, the Maginot Line was portrayed in French propaganda as impregnable. It was also built to defend provinces that were won back from Germany and the Alpine frontier.
(...) If dictating a harsh peace leads to conflicts, then so do unresolved injustices, especially against those who are irrationally wronged and are innocent. When Israel was founded in 1948 - after years of rule by a British mandate in which more than 50,000 Palestinian-Arabs were killed - 750,000 Palestinian-Arabs were forced from their land. Massacres occurred in some villages too. Until Israel recognizes this human catastrophe, or the Nakba, President Obama's and Israel's Iron Dome will never provide peace and security. In truth, what was done to Palestinian-Arabs was a transcendent wrong that has enveloped nearby nations. Still, Israel (and the United States) will never experience security until justice and restitution for Palestinian-Arabs becomes a major political and social priority. National security can never be realized through seizing one's territory and then imposing military bases and checkpoints, nor can it be sustained by taxpayers in a distant empire. In other words, until the United States and Israel realizes security is a home, food on the table, employment, equality, and human dignity, Iron Domes and those military bases in 150 nations will only be imaginary. They will continue to fail miserably like the Maginot Line. If President Obama is committed to Israel's security, the Nakba will have to be addressed and resolved. Expansive Jewish settlements and U.S. military aid ($3 billion dollars per year) to Israel will have to cease. Israel and the U.S. will have to explore better ways in talking to Palestinian-Arabs and be committed to an independent Palestinian State. If they are truly serious about security in the Middle East, they will value Islamic values, along with Judeo-Christian ones. In doing this, the threat of war will likely be eliminated. CLIP
U.S. 'secret war' expands globally as Special Operations forces take larger role (June 4, 2010) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060304965_pf.html
Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials. Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year. In addition to units that have spent years in the Philippines and Colombia, teams are operating in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.Commanders are developing plans for increasing the use of such forces in Somalia, where a Special Operations raid last year killed the alleged head of al-Qaeda in East Africa. Plans exist for preemptive or retaliatory strikes in numerous places around the world, meant to be put into action when a plot has been identified, or after an attack linked to a specific group.The surge in Special Operations deployments, along with intensified CIA drone attacks in western Pakistan, is the other side of the national security doctrine of global engagement and domestic values President Obama released last week. One advantage of using "secret" forces for such missions is that they rarely discuss their operations in public. For a Democratic president such as Obama, who is criticized from either side of the political spectrum for too much or too little aggression, the unacknowledged CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, along with unilateral U.S. raids in Somalia and joint operations in Yemen, provide politically useful tools.Obama, one senior military official said, has allowed "things that the previous administration did not."
(...) The United Nations, in a report this week, questioned the administration's authority under international law to conduct such raids, particularly when they kill innocent civilians. One possible legal justification -- the permission of the country in question -- is complicated in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, where the governments privately agree but do not publicly acknowledge approving the attacks. Former Bush officials, still smarting from accusations that their administration overextended the president's authority to conduct lethal activities around the world at will, have asked similar questions. "While they seem to be expanding their operations both in terms of extra-territoriality and aggressiveness, they are contracting the legal authority upon which those expanding actions are based," said John B. Bellinger III, a senior legal adviser in both of Bush's administrations. The Obama administration has rejected the constitutional executive authority claimed by Bush and has based its lethal operations on the authority Congress gave the president in 2001 to use "all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons" he determines "planned, authorized, committed, or aided" the Sept. 11 attacks. Many of those currently being targeted, Bellinger said, "particularly in places outside Afghanistan," had nothing to do with the 2001 attacks.
Afghanistan: The News Is Bad (10 June 2010) Note from Jean: THE AFGHAN SHIFTING SANDS!... ANOTHER PROOF THAT WAR IS NO SOLUTION TO ANYTHING... And remember, this one was started by the Bush/Cheney oil mafia pawns because the Taliban didn't want Unocal to run through Afghanistan its planned trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline - check HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE - which is now supposed to be operational in 2014 - see HERE. Of course, there is also the matter that the U.S. needed to get its ex-freedom fighters (the Mujahideen/Taliban) turned "terrorists" (biting back the hand that fed them to defeat the Soviets) under some sort of control. And of course, war is VERY profitable for the US military-industrial complex which NEEDS many enemies to keep the taxpayer money spigot gushing... http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51792
Washington - While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth. Even senior military officials are conceding privately that their much-touted new counterinsurgency strategy of "clear, hold and build" in contested areas of the Pashtun southern and eastern parts of the country are not working out as planned despite the "surge" of some 20,000 additional U.S. troops over the past six months. Casualties among the nearly 130,000 U.S. and other NATO troops now deployed in Afghanistan are also mounting quickly. Four U.S. troops were killed Wednesday when Taliban fire brought down their helicopter in the southern province of Helmand, the scene of a major U.S. offensive centred on the strategic farming region of Marja over the past several months. That brought the death toll of NATO soldiers just this week to 23, including 10 killed in various attacks around the country on Monday, the deadliest day for NATO forces in two years.
(...) The latest polling here shows a noticeable erosion of support for Washington's commitment to the war compared to eight months ago when Obama agreed to the Pentagon's recommendations to send the 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to bring the total U.S. presence there to around 100,000. An additional 34,000 troops from NATO and non-NATO allies are supposed to be deployed there by year's end. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Thursday, 53 percent of respondents said the war in Afghanistan, which last month, according to most measures, exceeded the Vietnam conflict as the longest-running war in U.S. history, was "not worth fighting". That was the highest percentage in more than three years. The same poll found that 39 percent of the public believe that Washington is losing the war, compared to 42 percent who believe it is winning. While public scepticism about the war appears to be growing, the foreign policy elite, including within the military, also seems increasingly doubtful for a number of reasons. Disillusionment with President Hamid Karzai - already running high as a result of last year's rigged elections and his tolerance for government and family corruption - gained new momentum last weekend with the forced resignations of his two top security officials, Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh, who were considered by Western officials as among the most competent of Karzai's cabinet members. The two men reportedly objected strongly to Karzai's order to release all accused Taliban prisoners who are being held without enough evidence for trials. The order was seen as the latest in a series of moves designed to reconcile with the Taliban leadership, a step that Washington has strongly opposed until now. Among other things, the U.S. fears that such a move could prompt leaders of the Northern Alliance, which consists of non-Pashtun groups, to break with the government and prepare for renewed civil war of the kind that devastated Afghanistan before the Taliban first took control in 1996. Karzai's bid for reconciliation stems from his conviction, according to a number of accounts, that U.S. strategy is unlikely to succeed in weakening - let alone defeating - the Taliban and that his hold on power will ultimately rely on reaching an accommodation with them. That impression may well be grounded in an accurate assessment of the way Washington's counterinsurgency strategy is actually playing out. CLIP
U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan (JUNE 19, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/u-s-testing-pain-ray-in-afghanistan/
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side. And theres no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel like theyre on fire.OK, OK. Maybe that isnt precisely the logic being employed by those segments of the American military who would like to deploy the Active Denial System to Afghanistan. Im sure theyre telling themselves that the generally non-lethal microwave weapon is a better, safer crowd control alternative than an M-16. But those ray-gun advocates better think long and hard about the Talibans propaganda bonanza when news leaks of the Americans zapping Afghans until they feel roasted alive.Because, apparently, the Active Denial System is in Afghanistan for testing. CLIP
McChrystal resignation likely (JUNE 23, 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=131587
Less than a day after controversial quotes published in the Rolling Stone magazine, General Stanley McChrystal has reportedly offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Although McChrystal issued a statement offering his apology, saying it was all a mistake, Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for "poor judgment" and said he has not yet decided whether to fire him. CLIP
Afghanistan Mineral Riches Story Is War Propaganda (June 15th, 2010) http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistan-mineral-riches-story-is-war-propaganda.html
News that the U.S. has suddenly discovered $1 trillion-worth of mineral deposits in Afghanistan, and descriptions of the bounty as a game changer by the corporate media, represent nothing more than crude war propaganda designed to reinvigorate public support for a failing and ever more pointless occupation.The liberal New York Times, which previously brought us fantastical stories of WMD in Iraq and yellowcake from Niger, is at it once again, describing huge deposits of minerals in Afghanistan as previously unknown.In a story the Times ran on Sunday, the newspaper pointed to an internal Pentagon memo as its source, noting that U.S. officials now believe Afghanistan could become the Saudi Arabia of lithium.The article claims that a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists has also recently discovered huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt and gold, that could transform Afghanistan into one of the most important mining centers in the world.The idea that this information is new, however, is manifestly ludicrous. CLIP
No, the U.S. Didn't Just 'Discover' a $1 Trillion Afghan Motherlode (June 14, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/no-the-military-didnt-just-discover-an-afghan-mineral-motherlode/
Despite what you may read this morning, the U.S. military did not just "discover" a trillion dollars' worth of precious minerals in Afghanistan. The New York Times today proclaimed that Afghanistan is apparently poised to become "the Saudi Arabia of lithium" - a metal used to produce gadgets like iPods and laptops. The discovery will also, according to Pentagon documents quoted by the Times, fundamentally transform the country's opium-reliant economy. But the military (and observers of the military) have known about Afghanistan's mineral riches for years. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Navy concluded in a 2007 report that "Afghanistan has significant amounts of undiscovered nonfuel mineral resources," including "large quantities of accessible iron and copper [and] abundant deposits of colored stones and gemstones, including emerald, ruby [and] sapphire." Not to mention that the $1 trillion figure is - at best - a guesstimate. None of the earlier U.S military reports on Afghan's mineral riches cite that amount. And it might be prudent to be wary of any data coming out of Afghanistan's own Mines Ministry, which "has long been considered one of the country's most corrupt government departments," The Wall Street Journal reports.And the timing of the "discovery" seems just a little too convenient. As Blake Hounshell at Foreign Policy notes, the Obama administration is struggling to combat the perception that the Afghan campaign has "made little discernible progress," despite thousands of additional troops and billions of extra dollars. (...) One retired senior U.S official is calling the government's mineral announcement "pretty silly," Politico is reporting. "When I was living in Kabul in the early 1970s the [U.S. government], the Russians, the World Bank, the U.N. and others were all highly focused on the wide range of Afghan mineral deposits. Cheap ways of moving the ore to ocean ports has always been the limiting factor."At least two American geologists have been advising the Pentagon on Afghanistan's wealth of mineral resources for years. Bonita Chamberlin, a geologist who spent 25 years working in Afghanistan, "identified 91 minerals, metals and gems at 1,407 potential mining sites," the Los Angeles Times reported in 2001. In 1995, she even co-wrote a book, "Gemstones in Afghanistan," on the topic. And Chamberlin worked directly with the Pentagon, after they commissioned her to report on sandstone and limestone caves mere weeks after 9/11."I am quite surprised that the military is announcing this as some 'new' and 'surprising" discovery,' she told Danger Room in an e-mail. "This is NOT new. Perhaps this also hints at the real reason why we would be so intent on this war." CLIP - CHECK ALSO War for resources: From slander to clarion call Suddenly, the Pentagon wants us to know about all the resources the U.S. can acquire by invading countries.
Afghanistan: The Longest Lost War By James Petras (June 16, 2010) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25742.htm
Despite almost a decade of warfare, including an invasion and occupation, the US military and its allies and client state armed forces are losing the war in Afghanistan. Outside of the central districts of a few cities and the military fortresses, the Afghan national resistance forces, in all of their complex local, regional and national alliances, are in control, of territory, people and administration. The prolonged unending war has become a major drain on the morale of the US armed forces and undermined civilian support in the US, limiting the capacity of the White House to launch new imperial wars. The annual multi-billion dollar military expenditures, are exacerbating the out-of-control budget deficit and forcing harsh unpopular cuts on social programs, at all levels of government. There is no end in sight, as the Obama regime keeps increasing the number of troops by the tens of thousands and military expenditures by the dozens of billions but the resistance advances, both military and politically. Faced with rising popular discontent and demands for fiscal restraint by a wide spectrum of banking and citizen groups, Obama and the general command have sought partial exit via the recruitment and training of a large scale long term Afghan mercenary army and police force under the direction of US and NATO officers. The US Strategy: The Making of an Afghan Neocolony: Between 2001-2010 the US military expenditures total $428 billion dollars; the colonial occupation has led to over 7,228 dead and wounded as of June 1, 2010. As the US military situation deteriorates, the White House escalates the number of troops resulting in a greater number of killed and wounded. During the past 18 months of the Obama regime more soldiers were killed or wounded than in the previous eight years. CLIP
5 Million Iraqis Killed, Maimed, Tortured, Displaced -- Think That Bothers War Boosters Like Christopher Hitchens? (June 21, 2010) http://www.alternet.org/story/147281/5_million_iraqis_killed,_maimed,_tortured,_displaced_--_think_that_bothers_war_boosters_like_christopher_hitchens/?page=entire
The immensity of Iraqi civilian suffering is incomprehensible. How can war's cheerleaders claim to fight on behalf of the people whose lives they helped destroy? (...) Hitchens memoirs provide a textbook case of nonhumanity. For while proudly bragging of helping cause the invasion, he does not even mention let alone acknowledge responsibility for the civilian suffering to which it led. (...) And he does not even mention the overall scale of Iraqi civilian suffering under U.S. occupation: 5-10 million murdered, maimed, homeless, unjustly imprisoned, tortured and impoverished innocent civilians have all been consigned to the dustbin of his and America's -- history. (...) In today's interconnected world, the West ignoring its civilian victims is increasing both terrorism and mass displacements of political and economic refugees. Increased terrorism and anti-illegal immigrant hysteria threaten American lives, political chaos and increasing police-state measures such as the wiretapping of U.S. citizens and Arizonas recent immigration law. U.S. leaders nonhumanity abroad is increasingly affecting domestic security at home. The most fundamental question for Americans is whether they too will be treated as nonpeople by U.S. elites should America now be entering a period of long economic decline and resulting political instability -- as has already occurred for those homeowners tricked out of their life savings by Wall Street. Will America respond to hard times as it did in the 1930s by expanding the safety net, taxing the rich and spending to combat unemployment? Or will its elites move to secure their own wealth and respond to the protests this will inevitably create with harsh measures?Any American who tries to look at U.S. leaders from the perspective of a Lao refugee, an innocent Iraqi prisoner, a Haitian slum-dweller or a Helmand housewife terrorized at the prospect of the next U.S. offensive, can only shudder at such questions.
The Collapsing Western Way of Life http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19782
The greatest threat to the Western Way of Life is the Western Way of Life itself. That human beings seem unable to solve their most pressing problems is too obvious and well known to deserve much mention; that most of the problems that human beings seem unable to solve are caused by human beings themselves deserves mention but rarely is. CLIP
Energy Outlook Offers Grim Fossil Fuel Forecast (June 10, 2010) http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/energy-outlook-offers-grim-fossil-fuel-forecast-17317
The status quo guarantees future dominance of fossil fuels, according to an authoritative government projection. -- As the U.S. Senate today debates whether to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, its worth considering what would happen if every country in the world failed to pass laws and policies curbing the use of fossil fuels. The latest International Energy Outlook, an annual forecast by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides a cautionary what if for the global energy future if current policies remain unchanged. Driven by population and economic growth in developing countries, the world in 2035 would be more dependent on fossil fuels than ever, it finds. Countries overall would be consuming 49 percent more energy and spewing 43 percent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2035 than in 2007. Highlights of the international outlook were released in late May, and the full report will be available in July. Earlier this year, Miller-McCune.com reported on the administrations energy forecast for the U.S. to 2035.The burgeoning world demand for energy comes in part from an extra 1.8 billion people by 2035, for a total population of 8.5 billion. The fastest-growing regions are India, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South America in short, much of the developing world.In addition to population, the outlook finds, strong growth in gross domestic product would help fuel an 84 percent increase in energy consumption in those countries and China by 2035, absent any new national policies or binding international agreements on climate change. Coal consumption would increase by more than 50 percent, with most of the increase coming from Asia, minus Japan and South Korea. In 2035, coal still would fuel the largest share 43 percent of the worlds electricity. CLIP
Myanmar 'nuclear plans' exposed (JUNE 04, 2010 ) http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/06/2010642542469132.html
An investigation by an anti-government Myanmar broadcaster has found evidence that it says shows the country's military regime has begun a programme to develop nuclear weapons. Journalists from the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) have been gathering information about secret military projects in Myanmar for years. But they say recent revelations from a former army officer show that the military government is pushing ahead with ambitions to become a nuclear power. The allegations are contained in a special documentary produced by the DVB being aired by Al Jazeera.
(...) The producers of the DVB documentary say evidence of Myanmar's nuclear programme has come from top-secret material smuggled out of the country over several years, including hundreds of files and other evidence provided by Sai Thein Win, a former major in Myanmar's army. Sai Thein Win says he was deputy commander of a highly classified military factory that was the headquarters of the army's nuclear battalion. But he says he decided to defect and bring top-secret evidence of the project with him. "They really want a bomb, that is their main objective," he says in the film. "They want to have the rockets and nuclear warheads."His smuggled files were shown to Robert Kelley, the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who told the producers they showed clear indications of a programme to build atomic weapons. "It appears it is a nuclear weapons program because there is no conceivable use for this for nuclear power or anything like that," he says.
(...) Sai Thein Win says he decided to defect after seeing a previous report by the DVB about the Myanmar regime's extensive network of secret underground bunkers and tunnels.The broadcaster gathered thousands of photos and more defector testimony, claiming some of the tunnels are used as command posts, while others - some are large as two football fields - are used for storing secret weapons and equipment to protect them from aerial bombardment.The tunnels have allegedly been built with the help of expertise from North Korea - a link that has drawn growing international attention.'Bunker mentality'Aung Zaw, an exiled Myanmar journalist and editor of the Thailand-based magazine Irrawaddy, told Al Jazeera there was substantial evidence Myanmar had been buying conventional weapons and missiles from North Korea, but the secret nature of the ruling regime makes it very difficult to get at the truth. "They live in a bunker mentality," he said of the ruling generals."They live in fear of an invasion by the West - that's why they relocated the capital to central Burma." A recent UN report on the sanctions against North Korea banning nuclear and ballistic missile activities, found what it called "suspicious activity in Myanmar" and experts say that might build up the case for an IAEA inspection."In many ways North Korea is a parallel to Burma," the Centre for Arms Control's John Isaacs says in the DVB film. "It's a poor country with a weak economy and starvation at home, and yet they manage to gather resources to build a nuclear weapon." The DVB investigation agrees, but also points out it was not that long ago when few people imagined that countries like North Korea, Iran and Pakistan would also become nuclear powers.
Pope Begs Forgiveness Over Sex Abuse, Promises Action (06/11/10) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/11/pope-begs-forgiveness-ove_n_608645.html
VATICAN CITY - Addressing the clerical abuse scandal from the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI begged forgiveness Friday from victims and promised at a Mass to "do everything possible" to protect children.While symbolic, Benedict's pledge failed to satisfy victims groups who said promises were useless without a clear-cut action plan to root out pedophile priests, expose the bishops who protected them and change the Vatican policies and culture that allowed abuse to continue.His comments came during a Mass celebrated by 15,000 priests at St. Peter's Square marking the Vatican's Year of the Priest - a year marred by revelations of hundreds of new cases of clerical abuse in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, as well as cover-ups by bishops and evidence of long-standing Vatican inaction.It was the first time Benedict had spoken of the crisis from St. Peter's Basilica, the center of the church.Benedict implied the devil was behind the timing of the scandal, saying the Year of the Priest was supposed to have been a year in celebration of the priesthood and encouragement for new vocations."It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the 'enemy'"; he would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven from the world," Benedict said in his homily, to applause from the gathered priests."And so it happened that in this very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light - particularly the abuse of little ones," he said.
(...) In his homily, the pope pledged that in admitting men into the priesthood and forming them as clergymen "we will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation and make every effort to accompany priests along their journey, so that the Lord will protect them and watch over them in troubled situations and amid life's dangers." Victims groups who had been hoping for a papal mea culpa and clear-cut action plan to protect children weren't satisfied. "A promise is nominally more helpful than an apology. But promises are usually easy to make, hard to keep and broken often if there's no oversight or penalties," said Barbara Blaine, president of the U.S. victims group SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.Another group, BishopAccountability.org, said the pontiff's remarks were both a disappointment and a squandered opportunity in that he only prescribed an internal step: better screening for priests. It called for him to tell his bishops to do more: stop opposing legislation to extend statutes of limitations so victims can seek justice from abusers; post information about known abusers on diocesan websites and for the Vatican office that handles abuse cases to do the same. "Once again, the pope focused only on wayward priests, and he once again minimized the sodomizing and abuse of helpless children by calling it a 'sin,'" the group said in a statement." He said nothing about the core problem: the Vatican's policies and corrupt culture that encouraged bishops worldwide to cover up thousands of child sex crimes." CLIP
Is the Vatican a Sovereign State? (May 31, 2010) http://www.slate.com/id/2255270/
Elena Kagan and her colleagues in the solicitor general's office say it is. They should be ashamed. -- Those scrutinizing the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court might want to pay some attention to the recent decision of her officethe office of the solicitor general of the United Statesto take the side of the Vatican in the continuing scandal of child rape and the associated scandal of a coordinated obstruction of justice. Faced with a number of court cases in the United States that have named the pope himself as a defendant in the enabling and covering up of many rapes, the Vatican has evolved the strategy of claiming that the Holy See is in effect a sovereign state and thus possessed of immunity from prosecution. It has now been announced that the Obama administration will be advising the Supreme Court to adopt this view of the matter. There are a number of fascinating ramifications of this opinion. It is not usually considered polite to mention that the majority of Supreme Court justices are practicing Roman Catholics. (Writing about this delicate matter during the argument over the nomination of John Roberts, I did warn that there might come a day when it could pose a double conflict of interest, both in respect of church teachings and in respect of the Vatican's decision to shelter Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston after he skipped town to avoid a subpoena. This was before it came to light that the current pope had been so deeply and personally involved in the church's strategy of delay and obfuscation.) We will soon have a Supreme Court that contains no Protestants and no secularists and which is being asked to rule on a matter central to the religious beliefs of a majority of its members, who are bound to regard the man formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger as the vicar of Christ on earth. If they now take refuge in the lesser claim that he is the bureaucratic head of a foreign government, will that serve to assuage their consciences? Even if they do decide the matter in this way, they will not succeed in banishing the terrible question of Vatican responsibility for the destruction of so many childhoods and the protection of so many hardened criminals. CLIP
Report condemns swine flu experts' ties to big pharma (4 June 2010) OBVIOUSLY THERE HAS BEEN PRECIOUS LITTLE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT! http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jun/04/swine-flu-experts-big-pharmaceutical
Scientists who drew up the key World Health Organisation guidelines advising governments to stockpile drugs in the event of a flu pandemic had previously been paid by drug companies which stood to profit, according to a report out today. An investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit reporting unit, shows that WHO guidance issued in 2004 was authored by three scientists who had previously received payment for other work from Roche, which makes Tamiflu, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), manufacturer of Relenza. City analysts say that pharmaceutical companies banked more than $7bn (£4.8bn) as governments stockpiled drugs. The issue of transparency has risen to the forefront of public health debate after dramatic predictions last year about a swine flu pandemic did not come true. Some countries, notably Poland, declined to join the panic-buying of vaccines and antivirals triggered when the WHO declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic a year ago this week. The UK, which warned that 65,000 could die as a result of the virus, spent an estimated £1bn stockpiling drugs and vaccines; officials are now attempting to unpick expensive drug contracts. The cabinet office has launched an inquiry into the cost to the taxpayer of the panic-buying of drugs. Today, the Council of Europe, produces a damning report into how a lack of openness around "decision making" has bedevilled planning for pandemics. "The tentacles of drug company influence are in all levels in the decision-making process," said Paul Flynn, the Labour MP who sits on the council's health committee. "It must be right that the WHO is transparent because there has been distortion of priorities of public health services all over Europe, waste of huge sums of public money and provocation of unjustified fear." CLIP - Check also WHO swine flu experts 'linked' with drug companies (...) BMJ said, and a request to see conflict of interest declarations was turned down.
In addition, membership of the "emergency committee" which advised WHO's director general Margaret Chan on declaring an influenza pandemic has been kept secret. It means the names of the 16 committee members are known only to people within WHO, and as such their possible conflicts of interest with drug companies are unknown. CLIP
US Troops Carrying Out 'Battlefield Executions' In Afghanistan, Seymour Hersh Says (VIDEO - 05-13-10) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/13/us-troops-carrying-out-ba_n_574892.html
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says that US forces in Afghanistan are carrying out what he referred to as "battlefield executions" of prisoners. "One of the great tragedies of my country is that Mr. Obama is looking the other way, because equally horrible things are happening to prisoners, to those we capture in Afghanistan," Hersh said during a discussion at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference last month in Geneva, where he was also the keynote speaker. "They're being executed on the battlefield." Hersh, who broke the Abu Ghraib prison abuse story in 2004, says that five or six people had told him about the battlefield executions of prisoners. A video of his comments was uploaded to Michael Moore's YouTube Channel on Tuesday. Here's how Hersh described the executions: "What they've done in the field now is, they tell the troops, you have to make a determination within a day or two or so whether or not the prisoners you have, the detainees, are Taliban. You must extract whatever tactical intelligence you can get, as opposed to strategic, long-range intelligence, immediately. And if you cannot conclude they're Taliban, you must turn them free. What it means is, and I've been told this anecdotally by five or six different people, battlefield executions are taking place. Well, if they can't prove they're Taliban, bam. If we don't do it ourselves, we turn them over to the nearby Afghan troops and by the time we walk three feet the bullets are flying. And that's going on now." During the discussion Hersh also warned that he thought President Obama was in "real trouble" when it came to geopolitics. "The military are dominating him on the important issues of the world: Iraq, Iran, Afghan, and Pakistan," Hersh said. "He's never going to win in Afghanistan," Hersh said. "He's got the wrong policy in Pakistan." WATCH: Seymour Hersh Describes "Battlefield Executions" in Afghanistan - Seymour Hersh on Obama Being "Dominated" by the Military
Army Plans $100 Million Special Ops HQ in Afghanistan (June 3, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/army-plans-100-mil-spec-ops-hq-in-afghanistan/
The Army is looking to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan.All around Afghanistan, from Kandahar Airfield to the Bagram jail, the U.S. military is on a building spree, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on wartime encampments. By one count, America and its allies now have 700 bases in Afghanistan. But most of the construction - and most of the extra troops "surging" into the country - are going to the violent south and the dangerous east.Until recently, northern Afghanistan was considered quiet. Regional hub Mazar-e-Sharif was the first major city in Afghanistan to be taken from the Taliban. But, especially in nearby Kunduz province, violence is bubbling up once again. The Amy expects its expanded Special Operations HQ in Mazar-e-Sharif to occupy 70,000 square meters. It'll include a "communications building, Tactical Operations Center, training facility, medical aid station, Vehicle Maintenance Facility dining facility, laundry facility, and a kennel to support working dogs," according to a request for proposals. "Supporting facilities include roads, power production system and electrical distribution, water well, non-potable water production, water storage, water distribution, sanitary sewer collection system, communication manhole/duct system, curbs, walkways, drainage and parking. Additionally, the project will include site preparation and compound security measures to include guard towers."Construction is supposed to take a year. At which point, the U.S. is allegedly supposed to begin drawing down its forces in Afghanistan. Allegedly.
The U.S. and its Allies Have 700 Bases in Afghanistan http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/02/the-us-and-its-allies-have-700-bases-in-afghanistan/
That's according to Colonel Wayne Shanks, a spokesman for the U.S. military effort there, and dogged researcher Nick Turse. About 400 belong to NATO and American forces; the rest are in the hands of the Afghan National Army.A few of these bases are huge; Kandahar Air Field could house as many as 35,000 by next year. Most are tiny - a few hesco barriers surrounding a makeshift command post.The number will almost certainly grow, as more NATO troops execute top commander General Stanley McChrystal's dictum to live among the local population. But already, it shows just how extensive NATO's presence is in Afghanistan, and how far the troops are stretched out.
Wall Street's War (May 26, 2010) Congress looked serious about finance reform until America's biggest banks unleashed an army of 2,000 paid lobbyists http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/;kw=%5B36899,157778%5D
It's early May in Washington, and something very weird is in the air. As Chris Dodd, Harry Reid and the rest of the compulsive dealmakers in the Senate barrel toward the finish line of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act the massive, year-in-the-making effort to clean up the Wall Street crime swamp word starts to spread on Capitol Hill that somebody forgot to kill the important reforms in the bill. As of the first week in May, the legislation still contains aggressive measures that could cost once-indomitable behemoths like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase tens of billions of dollars. Somehow, the bill has escaped the usual Senate-whorehouse orgy of mutual back-scratching, fine-print compromises and freeway-wide loopholes that screw any chance of meaningful change. The real shocker is a thing known among Senate insiders as "716." This section of an amendment would force America's banking giants to either forgo their access to the public teat they receive through the Federal Reserve's discount window, or give up the insanely risky, casino-style bets they've been making on derivatives. That means no more pawning off predatory interest-rate swaps on suckers in Greece, no more gathering balls of subprime shit into incomprehensible debt deals, no more getting idiot bookies like AIG to wrap the crappy mortgages in phony insurance. In short, 716 would take a chain saw to one of Wall Street's most lucrative profit centers: Five of America's biggest banks (Goldman, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup) raked in some $30 billion in over-the-counter derivatives last year. By some estimates, more than half of JP Morgan's trading revenue between 2006 and 2008 came from such derivatives. If 716 goes through, it would be a veritable Hiroshima to the era of greed.
(...) As it neared the finish line, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act was almost unprecedentedly broad in scope, in some ways surpassing even the health care bill in size and societal impact. It would rein in $600 trillion in derivatives, create a giant new federal agency to protect financial consumers, open up the books of the Federal Reserve for the first time in history and perhaps even break up the so-called "Too Big to Fail" giants on Wall Street. The recent history of the U.S. Congress suggests that it was almost a given that they would fuck up this one real shot at slaying the dragon of corruption that has been slowly devouring not just our economy but our whole way of life over the past 20 years. Yet with just weeks left in the nearly year-long process at hammering out this huge new law, the bad guys were still on the run. Even the senators themselves seemed surprised at what assholes they weren't being. This new baby of theirs, finance reform, was going to be that one rare kid who made it out of the filth and the crime of the hood for everybody to be proud of. Then reality set in. Picture the Restoring American Financial Stability Act as a vast conflict being fought on multiple fronts, with the tiny but enormously influential Wall Street lobby on one side and pretty much everyone else on the planet on the other. To be precise, think World War II with some battles won by long marches and brutal campaigns of attrition, others by blitzkrieg attacks, still more decided by espionage and clandestine movements. Time after time, at the last moment, the Wall Street axis has turned seemingly lost positions into surprise victories or, at worst, bitterly fought stalemates. The only way to accurately convey the scale of Wall Street's ingenious comeback is to sketch out all the crazy, last-minute shifts on each of the war's four major fronts.
(...) That left 716 still alive for the moment but even its staunchest supporters expected the leadership to find some way to gut it in conference, especially since President Obama personally opposes the measure. "Treasury and the White House are in full-court mode, assuring everybody that this will be fixed," says Greenberger. "And when they say fixed, that means killed." Whatever the final outcome, the War for Finance Reform serves as a sweeping demonstration of how power in the Senate can be easily concentrated in the hands of just a few people. Senators in the majority party Brown, Kaufman, Merkley, even a committee chairman like Lincoln took a back seat to Reid and Dodd, who tinkered with amendments on all four fronts of the war just enough to keep many of them from having real teeth. "They're working to come up with a bill that Wall Street can live with, which by definition makes it a bad bill," one Democratic aide explained in the final, frantic days of negotiation. On the plus side, the bill will rein in some forms of predatory lending, and contains a historic decision to audit the Fed. But the larger, more important stuff breaking up banks that grow Too Big to Fail, requiring financial giants to pay upfront for their own bailouts, forcing the derivatives market into the light of day probably won't happen in any meaningful way. The Senate is designed to function as a kind of ongoing negotiation between public sentiment and large financial interests, an endless tug of war in which senators maneuver to strike a delicate mathematical balance between votes and access to campaign cash. The problem is that sometimes, when things get really broken, the very concept of a middle ground between real people and corrupt special interests becomes a grotesque fallacy. In times like this, we need our politicians not to bridge a gap but to choose sides and fight. In this historic battle over finance reform, when we had a once-in-a-generation chance to halt the worst abuses on Wall Street, many senators made the right choice. In the end, however, the ones who mattered most picked wrong and a war that once looked winnable will continue to drag on for years, creating more havoc and destroying more lives before it is over.
Hyperinflation or Deflation? Dramatic Fiscal Austerity Measures: "Deficit Terrorists" Strike in the UK -- The USA is Next - ONCE AGAIN OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM IS SHOWN TO BE A COMPLETE FICTION http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19786
Last week, England's new government said it would abandon the previous government's stimulus program and introduce the austerity measures required to pay down its estimated $1 trillion in debts. That means cutting public spending, laying off workers, reducing consumption, and increasing unemployment and bankruptcies. It also means shrinking the money supply, since virtually all "money" today originates as loans or debt. Reducing the outstanding debt will reduce the amount of money available to pay workers and buy goods, precipitating depression and further economic pain. The financial sector has sometimes been accused of shrinking the money supply intentionally, in order to increase the demand for its own products. Bankers are in the debt business, and if governments are allowed to create enough money to keep themselves and their constituents out of debt, lenders will be out of business. The central banks charged with maintaining the banking business therefore insist on a "stable currency" at all costs, even if it means slashing services, laying off workers, and soaring debt and interest burdens. For the financial business to continue to boom, governments must not be allowed to create money themselves, either by printing it outright or by borrowing it into existence from their own government-owned banks. Today this financial goal has largely been achieved. In most countries, 95% or more of the money supply is created by banks as loans (or "credit"). The small portion issued by the government is usually created just to replace lost or worn out bills or coins, not to fund new government programs. Early in the twentieth century, about 30% of the British currency was issued by the government as pounds sterling or coins, versus only about 3% today. In the U.S., only coins are now issued by the government. Dollar bills (Federal Reserve Notes) are issued by the Federal Reserve, which is privately owned by a consortium of banks. Banks advance the principal but not the interest necessary to pay off their loans; and since bank loans are now virtually the only source of new money in the economy, the interest can only come from additional debt. For the banks, that means business continues to boom; while for the rest of the economy, it means cutbacks, belt-tightening and austerity. Since more must always be paid back than was advanced as credit, however, the system is inherently unstable. When the debt bubble becomes too large to be sustained, a recession or depression is precipitated, wiping out a major portion of the debt and allowing the whole process to begin again. This is called the "business cycle," and it causes markets to vacillate wildly, allowing the monied interests that triggered the cycle to pick up real estate and other assets very cheaply on the down-swing. The financial sector, which controls the money supply and can easily capture the media, cajoles the populace into compliance by selling its agenda as a "balanced budget," "fiscal responsibility," and saving future generations from a massive debt burden by suffering austerity measures now. Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics at the University of New Castle in Australia, calls this "deficit terrorism." Bank-created debt becomes more important than schools, medical care or infrastructure. Rather than "providing for the general welfare," the purpose of government becomes to maintain the value of the investments of the government's creditors. England's new coalition government has just bought into this agenda, imposing on itself the sort of fiscal austerity that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has long imposed on Third World countries, and has more recently imposed on European countries, including Latvia, Iceland, Ireland and Greece. Where those countries were forced into compliance by their creditors, however, England has tightened the screws voluntarily, having succumbed to the argument that it must pay down its debts to maintain the market for its bonds. CLIP
THE FOURTH AND STEALTH "BRANCH" OF GOVERNANCE: PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS (June 14, 2010 http://vactruth.com/2010/06/14/fourth-stealth-branch-of-governance-presidential-executive-orders/
However, in the United States there's a stealth "branch" of governance by laws that are made by only one person with no input from or approval by the U.S. Senate as required by the Constitution. It's the U.S. President's power of Executive Orders, something that needs to be rescinded, if ever such power truly were given to a president. My interpretation is that it would not have been granted, as that is what the Founding Fathers-and Mothers, too-were seeking to circumvent: Dictates of a king!Ad - GET Catherine's BOOK on how we're being poisoned by toxins NOW!To appreciate such an awesome lordship privilege, let's examine some of its history.
(...) Executive orders automatically become law upon publication in the Federal Register, a daily government publication. That's it! No one has to see, comment, or approve an executive order, even if it is unconstitutional! How does the U.S. Congress allow that to happen, when in the U.S. Constitution it decrees how lawmaking is to be implemented? The loophole is to be found in the fact that we've been living under a state of emergency since 1933. This state of emergency needs to be rescinded so that our constitutional rights can be restored. Perhaps there needs to be a citizen uprising to restore our constitutional rights. Right now, that beloved document is worthless and that's why politicians are getting away with whatever they can. The courts in 1937 decreed that treaties, known as executive agreements, signed by presidents do not require consensus or approval by either the legislative (Congress) or judicial (U.S. Supreme Court) branches of the government.
(...) The amazing part about all the executive orders is the manner in which they start, namely: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America as if the Constitution really gave the president executive orders powers. I think we should challenge that because when I studied the Constitution in political science, I never found it. That executive order power is assumed and self-proclaimed.
(...) Given these examples, you can now see how this fourth and stealth "branch" of governance works. It's also a president's way of increasing government spending without getting the approval of Congress. It's also a way of encumbering citizens with rules, regulations, and laws they don't know about but are subject to. Executive Orders could become an autocrat's dream come true. If you didn't know, Hitler used his executive orders power trying to change Germany into his Aryan dream world that used directives against one class of people and then spread to other ethnic groups. The world knows it as Nazism. That started out as a promised change for the better but wound up becoming a world war. When so much power is reserved for and invested in one individual at any stage of a society's functions, be it in the courts, stock market, medicine, religion, and especially in government, there's a definite need for change. In my opinion, no individual's actions should be deemed unaccountable by self-decree.If my research is correct, the best change of all would be to rescind the War and Emergency Powers Act of 1933 and get out from under the perpetual state of emergency we currently live in and to reconstitute the U.S. Constitution. Maybe those neo-patriots are on to something that many of us are uninformed about. Maybe that's the reasoning behind having them labeled as "national security threats." CLIP - NOTE from jean: Make sure to watch Daily Show: Respect Barack's Authoritah which is REALLY revealing as to how the orwellian policies of Bush/Cheney have gone worst under Obama...
Barry Soetoro, Imposter in Chief, Implements CODEX ALIMENTARIUS by Executive Order in the U.S.! (June 14, 2010) WHILE EVERYONE'S ATTENTION WAS ON THE GULF SPILL, HERE IS WHAT HE DID... http://survivingthemiddleclasscrash.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/barry-soetoro-imposter-in-chief-implements-codex-alimentarius-by-executive-order-in-the-u-s/
We knew that CODEX was right around the corner, and here it is, live and in color. Barry Soetoro, AKA Barack Hussein Obama, Imposter in Chief, on June 10, 2010, issued an Executive Order Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. In short, the CODEX council. The entire Executive Order is attached, but please read this part and understand just what it is saying: Section 6 (g) contains specific plans to ensure that all prevention programs outside the Department of Health and Human Services are based on the science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under subsection (d) of this section. In other words, ALL prevention programs, even those outside of the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, must align with CDC guidelines, which are science-based. What do we take for prevention? Herbs and vitamins. Herbs that you grow in your backyard and vitamins that are not approved by your doctor do not fall under these science-based guidelines, and are not allowed. Therefore, this will effectively open the door to outlawing ALL disease prevention practices that use herbs and vitamins not prescribed by a doctor, and implement CODEX ALIMENTARIUS right here in the good old U.S.A. Thank you, Semra Orhon Hughes, for the heads up! Here is the entire Executive Order: CLIP
Ten Stories In The News That The BP Oil Spill Is Overshadowing (June 18th, 2010) http://www.prisonplanet.com/ten-stories-in-the-news-that-the-bp-oil-spill-is-overshadowing.html
The mainstream media is running a 24 hour news cycle focusing purely on the BP oil spill, a disaster, as we have shown, that is being intentionally hyped in order to sell cap and trade legislation and moves to nationalize big business. In the wake of this, big important news stories are being overlooked. Here are just some of the stories, in no particular order, that you should be hearing on the nightly news, but of course, are not. 1. Israeli nuclear submarines positioned close to Iran: 2. Iran war propaganda: 3. The continuing economic slide: 4. FCC ready to restrict the Internet: 5. Obama/Blagojevich story 6. UN small arms treaty 7. Mexicans riot in LA/Land given over to Mexico 8. Obama Plans To Sneak Through Carbon Tax By Stealth 9. Afghanistan Mineral Riches Story Is War Propaganda 10. Free Speech Gag Bill Moving in House (Go at the URL above toread the details on each story)
The War Drums Speak: Iran Is Next (18 juin 2010) http://beforeitsnews.com/news/81/475/BIN_The_War_Drums_Speak:_Iran_Is_Next.html
Politicians seem to be climbing over each other to be the next to throw a salvo at Iran.CFR representative temporarily posted as the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been particularly active with his public messages:Europe could face hundreds of Iranian missiles: Gates - WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. intelligence showing Iran likely would have the capability to attack Europe with "scores or even hundreds" of missiles factored into the Obama administration's decision to overhaul missile defenses, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday. Citing the growing Iranian missile threat, the United States announced plans last September to integrate sea- and land-based missile defenses in and around its NATO allies in Europe, referred to as the "phased adaptive approach.""One of the elements of the intelligence that contributed to the decision on the phased adaptive array (approach) was the realization that if Iran were actually to launch a missile attack on Europe, it wouldn't be just one or two missiles, or a handful," Gates said at a congressional hearing. CLIP
Washington: Theater of the Absurd By Ralph Nader (June 19, 2010) http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/19-0
(...) Another $50 billion request by the White House just whisked through Congress for the brutal, spreading, futile war in Afghanistan-the historic graveyard of empires. Republicans loved to vote for this raid on the taxpayers.But this week, a united Republican cabal, joined by Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Ben Nelson (D-NE), blocked a $120 billion package (the threat of filibuster again) to extend unemployment benefits, preserve Medicare payments, extend tax credits for corporate research, raise taxes on oil companies, other big companies and investment partnerships. The bill also includes $24 billion to aid state governments in preventing thousands of state layoffs, including teachers. The point here is not arbitrarily to decry Republican questioning of this domestic bill. It is to show how an overall ignorant, rubberstamping Congress is not heeding the lessons from Vietnam and Iraq - the immense casualties, the destruction and poisoning of these countries by detonations, and laying waste to the environment, and the imperialist policies that also harmed our country in so many tangible and intangible ways. CLIP
Nearly one million US workers cut off unemployment benefits (18 June 2010) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/unem-j18.shtml
With 12 Democrats joining a unanimous Republican bloc, the US Senate voted Wednesday to defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have been jobless for nearly two years. The bill would have extended unemployment benefits for those out of work more than six months, until November 30.In the two and a half weeks since June 1, when the last extension expired, some 903,000 workers have seen their benefits cut off. By June 26, that number will top 1.2 million. Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported that the number of new claims for unemployment compensation jumped to 472,000 last week, the highest figure in several months.The result is that a Congress that rushed through a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street in October 2008 in a matter of days, and authorized a further financial windfall to the banks and speculators five months later, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis. CLIP
The U.S. War Addiction: Funding Enemies to Maintain Trillion Dollar Racket (June 16, 2010) http://www.alternet.org/story/147217/
Four ways to see the true drivers of current wars around the world. - Editor's Note: With so many problems in the USA, it's no easy job to single out a handful of the most important, priority issues. But the enormous pile of wasted money spent on wars and the military-industrial complex has to be right at the top. Not only is the money spent an enormous destructive waste, but there's also the question of opportunity cost; just a fraction of war money could make major improvements to health care, schools and universities, and our decaying public infrastructure. The release of the Pentagon's Quadrennal Defense Review indicates that Obama intends to spend even more on war. David DeGraw's article below sheds some light on the madness of war spending and the serious attempts made by the racketeers to make our wars self-perpetuating to keep the cash rolling in; infuriating as it is sickening. A few recent news items help expose the true drivers of current wars around the world. #1) Wherever there is a war, look for CIA/IMF/private military war profiteers covertly funding and supporting BOTH sides in order to keep the wars raging and the profits rolling in. As former CIA Station Chief John Stockwell explained: Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn. Heres an important glimpse of truth to seep through last week in the NY Times, via Raw Story:US-backed bribes in Afghanistan may be funding TalibanOn June 7, the day Afghanistan became Americas longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies are using American money to bribe the Taliban to fuel combat and thus enhance demand for their services. The news follows a series of events last month that suggested all-out collusion with the insurgents, the Times said.The American people are paying to prop up a corrupt government that may be using our money to pay private companies to drum up business by paying the insurgents to attack our troops, [Kucinich] said . The Times interviewed a NATO official in Kabul who believed millions of dollars were making their way to the Taliban. CLIP
Small-City Mayor Takes on the Pentagon -- War Spending Should Be Spent on Americans, Not on Killing Afghans (April 12, 2010) http://www.alternet.org/story/146408/
We don't just have a revenue problem in this country -- we have a values and priorities problem. -- Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton, New York, is sick and tired of watching people in local communities squabble over crumbs, as he puts it, while so much local money pours into the Pentagons coffers and into Americas wars. Hes so sick and tired of it, in fact, that, urged on by local residents, hes decided to do something about it. Hes planning to be the first mayor in the United States to decorate the facade of City Hall with a large, digital cost of war counter, funded entirely by private contributions. That counter will offer a constantly changing estimate of the total price Binghamtons taxpayers have been paying for our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001. By September 30, 2010, the citys war tax will reach $138.6 million -- or even more if, as expected, Congress passes an Obama administration request for supplemental funds to cover the presidents surge in Afghanistan. Mayor Ryan wants, he says, to put the counter where everyone can see it, so that my constituents are urged to have a much-needed conversation. CLIP
Sheriff: Mexican Drug Cartels Now Control Parts of Arizona (June 14, 2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HzD3GPpCqI
"We are outgunned, we are out manned and we don't have the resources here locally to fight this." So said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. This is an INVASION. What is Obama waiting for?
New Japan Prime Minister Warns Country May Default (June 11, 2010) http://www.businessinsider.com/japan-pm-abandons-talk-of-deflation-warns-of-greece-like-crisis-2010-6
When he was Japan's finance minister, Naoto Kan advocated loose monetary policy to end two decades of deflation. But since his sudden promotion to prime minister, Kan has been crying out about public debt levels. Today, he even used the signal word for austerity: Greece. "Our country's outstanding public debt is huge. Our public finances have become the worst of any developed country. We cannot sustain public finance that overly relies on issuing bonds. As we can see from the eurozone confusion that started in Greece, there is a risk of default if growing public debt is neglected and trust lost in the bond market." No one knows if he can pull off the mythical trick of reducing government spending while stimulating private sector spending. Kan may be overplaying the similarity Greece to get people behind fiscal reform, a Credit Suisse Japan analyst tells The Guardian. We are the next Greece has been the signal phrase for fiscal reform in California, Hungary, and America.
Cannes: How the bankers fleeced the world (MAY 19, 2010 ) http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/film_salon/2010/05/19/cannes_ferguson/index.html
Director Charles Ferguson on his smash Cannes doc, which indicts the financial sector as a "criminal industry" CANNES, France -- If you don't quite get what happened to the global economy over the last two years, or who's at fault, you're not alone. Indeed, that's nearly everyone's situation. The big crash of 2008 and 2009 and its ongoing ripple effects -- such as the European fiscal crisis that's rendering my visit to France a little cheaper every day -- seemed to come from nowhere as if by natural causes, as unpredictable and unmanageable as the Icelandic volcano or a Gulf Coast hurricane.Charles Ferguson is here to tell the world that the crisis that wiped out trillions of dollars in wealth, threw millions of people out of their homes and out of work, and further widened the gulf between rich and poor was no accident. It was a crime. Ferguson, a former software entrepreneur and policy-wonk scholar turned filmmaker, is definitely no left-wing bomb-thrower or closet Marxist. But he plays one in the movies, you might say. His new documentary, "Inside Job" -- arguably the smash hit of Cannes so far -- offers a lucid and devastating history of how the crash happened, who caused it and how they got away with it. Furthermore, Ferguson argues, if we don't stop those people -- preferably by removing them from power, arresting them and sending them to prison -- they will certainly do it again. "Inside Job" is as elegant, penetrating and well researched as Ferguson's Iraq war film, "No End in Sight," but it's a hell of a lot angrier. CLIP
Babylon Banksters Pt.1 (well-researched background info) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s3fVVNia0Q
Expert in alternative science and history, Joseph P. Farrell presented his premise that ancient and modern international bankers have practiced a kind of racketeering (hence his nickname for them 'Banksters') that relates to concepts in physics.
US hopes Bhopal verdict brings 'closure' (June 7, 2010) http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100607/pl_afp/indiabhopalpollutionaccidentus_20100607212844
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States voiced hope Monday that an Indian court verdict would bring closure over the Bhopal gas tragedy and rejected taking action of its own against the company.A court in the central Indian city sentenced seven former top managers of the Union Carbide pesticide plant to two years in prison in the first convictions over the 1984 leak that killed thousands of people. "Obviously this was one of the greatest industrial tragedies and industrial accidents in human history," Robert Blake, the US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, told reporters. "We hope that this verdict today helps to bring some closure to the victims and their families," he said. "But I don't expect this verdict to reopen any new inquiries or anything like that. On the contrary, we hope that this is going to help to bring closure," he said. Blake was responding to a question on whether the United States would pursue Union Carbide with the same vigor as it is targeting BP over a major oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Warren Anderson, the American then-chairman of the Union Carbide parent group, was among the accused but was not named in the verdicts after the Bhopal court declared him an "absconder." The aging former executive, who is loathed by many environmentalists, lives in suburban New York. Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide in 1999 and says all liabilities related to the accident were cleared in a 470-million-dollar out-of-court settlement with India's government in 1989. In a statement Monday, the group said that "all the appropriate people from UCIL (Union Carbide India Limited) -- officers and those who actually ran the plant on a daily basis -- have appeared to face charges."
Papua New Guineas Indigenous Landowners Stripped of Land Rights as Chinese Communist Influence Grows (June 8, 2010) http://www.rainforestportal.org/issues/2010/06/release_papua_new_guineas_indi.asp
(...) The government, through the Environment Minister, Benny Allan, made changes to sections of the Environment Act 2000 to prevent landowners and concerned Papua New Guineans from interfering with industrial resource development projects destroying oceans and rainforests like the Chinese Ramu Nickel Mine in Madang and Exxon-Mobil Liquid Natural Gas project in the Southern Highlands. Without any warning or consultation, on May 27, 2010, the government of PNG introduced emergency legislation that dissolved the Constitutional rights of all landowners in PNG, including the right of Indigenous People to own land, challenge resource projects in court and receive any compensation for environmental damage. The bill was passed without being seen or debated by parliamentarians.Chinese communist techniques are corroding Papua New Guineas democracy. Environment Act amendments reflect increasing Chinese communist control of the PNG government, and Prime Minister Michael Somares move towards authoritarian rule.
(...) The Act refers to recent court decisions concerning the Chinese-owned Ramu nickel mine in Madang Province. The mine has been met with a great deal of resistance by local indigenous landowners, local NGOs and Ecological Internet because of its submarine tailings disposal plan that would dump more than 100 million tons of tailings waste into Basamuk Bay. A secret report commissioned by the PNG government recently confirmed "mine waste will not lie dormant on the sea floor, as claimed by the Chinese State owned Ramu mine, but will be widely dispersed in the Vitiaz Strait, notably towards Madang and Karkar Island and across Astrolobe Bay." This is one of the worlds last great tuna fisheries. Sadly, with this new law in place, the largest Chinese mine outside of China is now free to dump into Madangs Basamuk Bay with impunity. They don't even have to worry about getting fined. CLIP
TOXIC SEAFOOD WARNING http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0F8x4i5GYE
Fish, the healthy food. Right? Maybe. But where does the fish you eat come from? Here's something to consider: There's even less regulation of the food industry than there is of Wall Street. When the people who inspect fish for a living don't eat it, you know something's up. Some reality about food and nutrition.
REDD threatens rights of 350 million local people (June 03, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0603-hance_redd_locals.html
Last week the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program received a jump start with a four billion US dollar pledge from a number of industrialized nations. Under REDD tropical forest nation will be paid to keep forests standing, however the programas it currently standshas provoked concern over the rights of the some 350 million people living in or adjacent to forests. The Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change, a coalition of some 100 organizations from 38 countries, has released a report outlining an alternative vision of REDD that would uphold the rights of local and indigenous people while protecting forests. "When forest-dependent communities gain control over forest resources, they are best at protecting them against destruction by others. Providing REDD funding to industrial logging or strict nature conservation programs that do not respect local peoples rights and usages of the forest could be counter-productive, and fuel conflict and poverty," explains Nat Dyer of the Rainforest Foundation UK, which is a member of the coalition making up the Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change. According to the report a REDD agreement must include three policies to ensure the rights of indigenous groups: full and effective participation of local peoples; recognition of indigenous land rights; and employing community-based forest management, which allows for sustainable forest use by local communities. In addition no REDD deal should be made without 'free, prior and informed consent' of indigenous groups as outlined by the UN. "There are concerns that REDD may allow polluters in the North to continue 'business as usual' while removing land and resource rights from forest-dependent peoples in the global South," the report states. For example, according to the report, the definition of 'forests' used in REDD must ensure that forest areas which are turned into plantations or industrially logged are ineligible for payments. "Climate negotiators need to recognize that the aim of a global REDD agreement is to protect the forest, not to raise money. The concerns of the people must be heard at the negotiating table, as well as integrated into local forest programs," Rahima Njaidi from the Tanzanian Network of Community Forest Associations (MJUMITA) said. MJUMITA is a member of the Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change. The report calls on REDD policy-makers to recognize that an effective program must go beyond simply concerns with carbon, but also include the preservation of biodiversity and the rights of the local people to use the forest sustainably. At this point the report labels REDD 'a double edged sword', which if wrongfully executed could "have serious negative consequences, environmentally and socially, while doing little to reduce carbon emissions." Deforestation in the tropics contributes between 12-17 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Plight of the Bengal: India awakens to the reality of its tigersand their fate (June 06, 2010) VERY SAD! http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0606-bhalin_belinda_wright_tigers.html
Over the past 100 years wild tiger numbers have declined 97% worldwide. In India, where there are 39 tiger reserves and 663 protected areas, there may be only 1,400 wild tigers left, according to a 2008 census, and possibly as few as 800, according to estimates by some experts. Illegal poaching remains the primary cause of the tiger's decline, driven by black market demand for tiger skins, bones and organs. For example, so far in May, four big cats have died in the Corbett Tiger Reserve alone due to poaching and poisoning. This precipitous fall in tiger populations in India has lead the government to take crucial if not radical steps to prevent the Bengal Tiger from going extinct. Not only are poaching, illegal logging, and habitat loss now being addressed, but the mushrooming tourism trade in and around tiger reserves will most likely be curtailed in the near future, as well. Tiger facts: 832 tigers known to have been killed in India from 1994 to 200721 tiger deaths so far in 2010, 10 from natural causes, 11 from poaching - $5,000; Price paid by traders to poachers for a complete dead tiger - $50,000; Price paid for a complete tiger at market - $35,000; Price paid for a tiger skin at market - One of Indias leading conservationists, Belinda Wright has been on the forefront of the countrys wildlife issues for over three decades. While her organization, the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI ), does not carry the global recognition of large international NGOs, her groups commitment to the preservation of tigers, their habitat, and the Indian people who live with these apex predators, is one reason tigers still exist. In May 2010, Wright spoke with mongabay.com about her in-the-trenches effort to protect tigers and Indias endangered wildlife populations. CLIP
The bluefin tuna wars: Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd step up tactics to save Critically Endangered species (June 07, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0607-hance_bluefin_wars.html
Things have become ugly in the Mediterranean: over the weekend, fishermen and Greenpeace activists squared off over the fate of the Critically Endangered bluefin tuna. One run-in, in which Greenpeace worked to free tuna from fishermen's nets, left one activist in the hospital after a fisherman sunk a hook in the activist's leg. Meanwhile, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has announced a 'Blue Rage' campaign that will target illegal fishing of bluefin tuna. The escalating maneuvers by Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd come after environmentalists were disappointed this year by the failure of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to protect the bluefin tuna. Heavy lobbying from Japan sunk the resolution. Most bluefin tuna ends up in restaurants in Japan, where it is served as sushi and sashimi. As the species has become increasingly scarce, prices have risen: a single fish often brings in over 100,000 US dollars. Since 1970 Atlantic bluefin tuna populations have dropped by 80 percent due to industrialized overfishing. International scientists have repeatedly called for a total ban on Atlantic bluefin in order to save the species from extinction, but to date short-term industry concerns have won out over the species' long-term survival. On Friday activists with Greenpeace attempted to save bluefin tuna from legally sanctioned French purse seine fisheries. Employing sand bags, activists planned to weigh down one side of the net to free the caught fish. Greenpeace's attempt to free the fish led to attacks by fishermen who, according to Greenpeace, threw onions, attacked with sticks, rammed the Greenpeace inflatable boats, and punctured boats using knives, fish hooks, and grappling irons. Greenpeace lost two boats. "Todays nonviolent Greenpeace actions to free bluefin tuna are necessary if we want to keep these fish in our seas and maintain a healthy Mediterranean for the future," Oliver Knowles, Greenpeace International oceans campaigner, said in a press release. "We have taken action to set free bluefin tuna that were caught only hours ago in huge nets by this destructive fishing fleet and pulled back in order to avoid more violence from other fishing vessels." One of the activists, Frank Hewetson, was hooked with a gaffe hook in the leg and; according to Hewetson the fishermen then tugged the Greenpeace boat toward them by using the hook caught in his leg. The activist was eventually airlifted to a nearby hospital. Following surgery on the leg, the 45-year-old father-of-two is said to be recovering. The incident comes after an activist last summer was punched repeatedly in the face when she attempted to board one of the fisheries' boats.
(...) "I think they are desperate people with a desperate fishing industry that they and others have driven to the point of extinction," the injured activist, Hewetson, told the Sunday Times. "I think they have only themselves to blame for mismanaging such an important resource." An analysis last year by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) predicted that the Mediterranean bluefin tuna will become functionally extinct by 2012 if the fishery isn't closed. According to the report Atlantic bluefin breeding population's were cut in half between 2002 and 2007, while the size of breeding fish also fell by half over a fifteen year period.
Already on the edge, lemurs could become victims of climate change (June 08, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0608-hance_lemur_climate.html
Expanding beyond well-known victims such as polar bears and coral reefs, the list is growing of species likely to be hard hit by climate change: from lizards to birds to amphibians. Now a new study has uncovered another group of species vulnerable to a warmer world: lemurs. New research in Global Change Biology finds that warmer temperatures could interrupt lemurs' ability to successfully reproduce and rear healthy young. For a group of primates native only to Madagascar and already pressured by deforestation and hunting, the news does not bode well. "We're starting to realize that not only are these hot spots of biodiversity facing habitat degradation and other anthropogenic effects, but they're also being affected by the same changes we feel in the temperate zones," says Amy Dunham, lead author of the study and assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice University. CLIP
Indonesia's plan to save its rainforests (06/14/2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0614-indonesia_purnomo_saloh.html
Late last year Indonesia made global headlines with a bold pledge to reduce deforestation, which claimed nearly 28 million hectares (108,000 square miles) of forest between 1990 and 2005 and is the source of about 80 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia would voluntarily cut emissions 26 percent and up to 41 percent with sufficient international support from a projected baseline by 2020. Last month, Indonesia began to finally detail its plan, which includes a two-year moratorium on new forestry concession on rainforest lands and peat swamps and will be supported over the next five years by a one billion dollar contribution by Norway, under the Scandinavian nation's International Climate and Forests Initiative. In an interview with mongabay.com, Agus Purnomo and Yani Saloh of Indonesia's National Climate Change Council to the President discussed the new forest program and Norway's billion dollar commitment. (...) Purnomo and Saloh note that "serious" forestry and plantation companies are supportive of the moratorium on new concessions for the conversion of peat lands and primary natural forests, and that all companies will be subject to rules issued prior to the moratorium, including the ban on conversion of peat lands greater than three meters (10 feet) deep. They also say that Norway's contribution - at least in the later phase - will be performance-based, meaning that if Indonesia fails to reduce deforestation it won't get paid. Purnomo and Saloh conclude by arguing that consumers in Europe and the United States need to do more to support efforts to reduce deforestation, specifically paying a small premium for responsibly-sourced timber and palm oil. "A boycott of all Indonesian forest products will further increase pressures on remaining forests because the loggers and local communities in the forests will have to cut more trees, and thus increase deforestation, to supply the cheap East Asia market for their subsistence."
Deforestation on the rise again in Brazil (June 14, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0614-amazon_deforestation_marapr10.html
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may be on the rise again after reaching record-low levels last year, reports Brazil's National Space Research Institute, INPE. Data from INPE's DETER system a near-real time deforestation tracking mechanism shows a near-doubling of forest clearing in March and April 2010 over the same period last year. Some 103.5 square kilometers of rainforest were lost according to INPE. Mato Grosso, a state where large-scale agriculture is rapidly expanding and the bulk of Brazil's forest loss has occurred over the past decade, accounted for nearly three-quarters of the clear-cutting. Pará was second with 17 percent. But the new figures likely underestimate deforestation. Month-to-month data during the rainy reason is notoriously spotty due to cloud cover. Annual deforestation in Brazil is assessed at the end of July why skies are generally clear. CLIP
Freak floods in US predicted by 2009 climate change report (06/16/2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0616-hance_freakfloods.html
A rash of flash floods has struck the US during this spring: Rhode Island, Tennessee, Arkansas, and most recently Oklahoma have all faced devastating floods that have resulted in the loss of property and in some cases tragic deaths. While flash floods have occurred throughout US history, the number of big floods this year appears abnormal at best, but not unexpected by researchers. Climatologists warned last year that an increase in floods and severe storms is very probable as the world warms.
New UN panel to focus on saving life on Earth (June 14, 2010) IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT! http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0614-hance_unpanel.html
In South Korea last week 230 delegates from 85 nations approved a new UN science panel focusing on saving life on Earth, known as the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The panel, which is to be modeled off of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is meant to bridge the gap between scientific understanding of biodiversity loss and the policy decisions necessary to stop it. (...) Much like the IPCC, the IPBES will regularly release reports for governments on the state of biodiversity around the world and in specific regions. Other functions could include encouraging research in neglected areas, as well as providing research and conservation opportunities in developing countries. "The essence of this vision is to ensure environmental sustainability while pursuing development," Chan-Woo Kim, chairman of the meeting and director-general of South Korea's environment ministry, said as reported by the BBC. "For this to be realized, it is crucial to have a credible, legitimate and policy-relevant understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services." The next step for the IPBES is to be formally established by the UN General Assembly meeting in September and then endorsed by environment ministers at UNEP's global meeting in February of next year. According to many experts, the world is in the midst of a mass extinction. The IUCN Red List, the global authority on species' endangerment, has found that 40 percent of its evaluated species are threatened with extinction, while researchers estimate that extinctions are happening at rates 100 to 1000 times the background extinction rate as determined by fossils.
Inga alley cropping: a sustainable alternative to slash and burn agriculture (06/14/2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0614-barber_inga.html
It has been estimated that as many as 300 million farmers in tropical countries may take part in slash and burn agriculture. A practice that is environmentally destructive and ultimately unstable. However, research funded by the EEC and carried out in Costa Rica in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Mike Hands offers hope that it is possible to farm more successfully and sustainably in these tropical regions.
Whales biggest threat in two decades http://us.greenpeace.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=9741.0&dlv_id=12121
In 7 days whales could face their biggest threat in over two decades: the return of their slaughter by commercial whaling. On June 21 the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will meet in Morocco where they could decide on a proposal that would resume commercial whaling, once again opening the door to the destruction of these amazing creatures. Greenpeace is gearing up for one of the biggest battles the war against whaling has ever seen. Please make your most generous donation today to help Greenpeace in our fight for the whales. This is an "all hands on deck" moment! Picture a Japanese harpoon ship cutting through the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Suddenly, the harpooner spots a mother whale and her calf. The ocean quiet is shattered by the blasts of exploding-tip harpoons hitting the whales. The whale pair struggles to free themselves from the harpoon lines, but a gunman fires down from the deck, finally ending their suffering. It can take as little as 20 minutes to a couple of hours of agony for these magnificent creatures to die. If countries like Japan, Norway and Iceland -- now supported by the USA -- get their way at the next IWC meeting, this horrific scene will see itself played out over and over again.
Study points to global snake decline (June 09, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0609-hance_snakes.html
A number of reports over the last decade have shown amphibians, lizards, fish, and birds facing steep population declines across species and continents, providing further evidence that the planet is undergoing a mass extinction. Now a new study in Biology Letters adds another group of animals to that list: snakes. Studying 17 snake populations from seven species in Europe, Africa, and Australia, researchers found that 11 of the populations (64 percent) suffered declines with some populations dropping as much as 90 percent. At the same time only one of the populations (less than 6 percent) rose. Although separated geographically, the decline for each of the populations began around 1998. Researchers are not sure what caused the decline, although 1998 was the warmest year on record leading scientists to speculate that climate change may, at least in part, be responsible. Other factors could include habitat decline and a drop in prey populations. CLIP
Reporting on deforestation, pollution is dangerous (June 09, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0609-rsf_deforestation_reporting.html
Journalists who report on deforestation and pollution are increasingly at risk of violence, imprisonment, or persecution, finds a new report released last week by Reporters Without Borders. High Risk Subjects: Deforestation and Pollution [PDF] reports on incidents involving journalists and bloggers who expose illegal logging, industrial pollution, and other environmental transgressions in Indonesia, Argentina, El Salvador, Gabon, India, Azerbaijan, China and Morocco. The attacks were linked to corporations, criminal gangs or government officials tied to mining or logging. "Journalists have no difficulty covering global warming," states the report. "But investigating the causes of global warming, which include deforestation and industrial pollution, continues to be much more dangerous." "The main obstacle to quality independent coverage of these two issues is to be found in the complicity between the private sector (such as companies and involved in logging and mining) and local authorities. Together they use 'a carrot and a stick' as one Indonesian journalist put it. In other words, they threaten and buy journalists who try to cover their deplorable practices." The report includes detailed investigations into abuses surrounding mining operations in Vietnam and Argentina, where companies and their political supporters have gone after reporters for looking into environmental damages. It highlights incidents in Brazil and Indonesia relating to deforestation, including the recent beating of Ahmadi, a journalist in Aceh, Indonesia, by an Indonesian army officer who objected to an article linking the official to illegal logging. CLIP
The penguin crisis: over 60 percent of the world's penguins threatened with extinction (June 10, 2010) http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0610-hance_penguin.html
(...) While penguins receive far less serious media coverage as opposed to other 'favorite' endangered speciessuch as tigers, elephants, rhinos, and whalesthe plight of penguins may be as perilous as any of these. According to the IUCN Red List over 60 percent of the world's 18 penguin species are threatened with extinction. If the 'Near Threatened' category is added, the percentage jumps to over seventy. What is causing so many penguin populations to hit dangerously low levels? According to penguin-expert Dr. David G. Ainley, penguin populations are plummeting because of competition with humans. But not competition over space, like most species around the world, but over food. Put simply: the industrialized world is eating penguins to extinction. "The main threat [to penguins] is depletion of fish by industrial fishing," Ainley recently explained to mongabay.com, "and all penguin species except for the Antarctic ones, whose habitat so far is protected a bit by sea ice, have been seriously affected by this [ ] Penguins need lots of food, nearby, reliably available. Its easy for fishing to negatively alter this." CLIP
Toy industry recognizing, responding to sustainability issues (6/15/2010) BY Stevanne Auerbach (firstname.lastname@example.org) a long-time ERN subscriber http://www.playthings.com/article/529545-Eco_Friendly_Toys_How_to_Go_Green.php
The world we live in is going through dramatic ecological and environmental changes. The toy industry is growing more aware of the issues and is becoming more responsive to the changes in a wide variety of ways. There are new operational safety standards, more eco-friendly practices being employed by companies and retail outlets, and more innovative green products being produced and sold. Those in the toy industry are also taking new green principles and practices back home, into schools, and reaching out to others. Some changes are small, but each change makes a contribution to reduce the carbon footprint and helps to make our homes, work sites, and products safer and less toxic. Many toy companies and retailers are already making great strides, tracking materials used in their products, reducing waste and energy used in their manufacturing processes, and ensuring their products are packaged in recycled materials. These are terrific steps. Company executives can also take steps to better assess their environmental practices and to assure their supply chain involves only environmentally certified sources. They can also affirm that suppliers provide valid information about additives used in manufacturing and the conditions under which they are made are environmentally safe and more socially responsible.How can companies and individuals move to inspire children to appreciate the environment and help them to take better care of our natural resources? We might start by showing by example what we adults do to conserve energy. We can show them how we take better care of our homes and offices. We can illustrate how we reduce our carbon footprint in a variety of ways. We can look more closely at what we do every day-use paper or cloth bags instead of plastic, conserve energy, recycle, and take some time each day to be in nature, out of doors, walking, growing vegetables and in other ways appreciating the fragile balance of nature. We can also consider what we give children to play with. We can examine the products that are produced for play. We can find out more precisely about the materials and the process used to make them. We have some excellent examples of playthings that are made safely, are healthy to use, and have plenty of special values in their message.While green products constitute a small number among all the choices of products available, we need to start somewhere. The awareness grows as more families are thinking and considering new directions that are safer, more balanced and healthier. More families participate in Earth Day Celebrations around the world as more parents and teachers become better informed about the deleterious issues affecting our planet.The awareness is spreading and that in itself is encouraging. Each step helps. Each step moves us toward a healthier home, community, work place and environment. CLIP
Canadians caught in a worsening "time crunch," study suggests (June 15, 2010) http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Canadians+caught+worsening+time+crunch+study+suggests/3158434/story.html
OTTAWA Canadians are caught in an unhealthy and worsening "time crunch" that is being fuelled in large part by email, BlackBerrys, iPhones and other new technologies that erase the boundaries between workplace and home, a new study suggests.The study by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing found women face more time pressures then men the split was 23 per cent versus 17 per cent while single parents with young children are the "most time-crunched group."People are struggling to meet the competing demands of a workplace that can reach out to them 24/7, (of) caring for children and aging parents, and (of meeting) their own need to refresh their body and mind," said Roy Romanow, chairman of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and former premier of Saskatchewan."As individuals and as a society we are paying a steep price for this time crunch. We're less healthy, both physically and mentally and we have less time for leisure and relaxation."The report concludes the situation has deteriorated over the last 15 years and that Canadians are more dissatisfied with the quality of their lives. CLIP
Mobile phones responsible for disappearance of honey bee (29 May 2010) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7778401/Mobile-phones-responsible-for-disappearance-of-honey-bee.html
The growing use of mobile telephones is behind the disappearance of honey bees and the collapse of their hives, scientists have claimed. -- Their disappearance has caused alarm throughout Europe and North America where campaigners have blamed agricultural pesticides, climate change and the advent of genetically modified crops for what is now known as 'colony collapse disorder.' Britain has seen a 15 per cent decline in its bee population in the last two years and shrinking numbers has led to a rise in thefts of hives. Now researchers from Chandigarh's Punjab University claim they have found the cause which could be the first step in reversing the decline: They have established that radiation from mobile telephones is a key factor in the phenomenon and say that it probably interfering with the bee's navigation senses. They set up a controlled experiment in Punjab earlier this year comparing the behaviour and productivity of bees in two hives - one fitted with two mobile telephones which were powered on for two fifteen minute sessions per day for three months. The other had dummy models installed.After three months the researchers recorded a dramatic decline in the size of the hive fitted with the mobile phon, a significant reduction in the number of eggs laid by the queen bee. The bees also stopped producing honey. The queen bee in the "mobile" hive produced fewer than half of those created by her counterpart in the normal hive.They also found a dramatic decline in the number of worker bees returning to the hive after collecting pollen. Because of this the amount of nectar produced in the hive also shrank. Ved Prakash Sharma and Neelima Kumar, the authors of the report in the journal Current Science, wrote: "Increase in the usage of electronic gadgets has led to electropollution of the environment. Honeybee behaviour and biology has been affected by electrosmog since these insects have magnetite in their bodies which helps them in navigation. CLIP
PG&E Disregards Precautionary Principle on Smart Meters - The Coming Electrosmog Hell of Smart Meters!! http://dailycensored.com/2010/06/20/pge-disregards-precautionary-principle-on-smart-meters/
(...) The problem is that the meters and their corresponding data collectors broadcast very frequent bursts of powerful microwave radio frequency (RF) radiation; each meter further "repeats" the signal from numerous other meters in the surrounding neighborhood. In concert, this creates a dense mesh network of ongoing RF radiation that is transmitted throughout our indoor and outdoor environment, day and night without cease. There is no opportunity for customers to opt out of this program nor the "electrosmog" radiation exposure it creates - the public cannot escape it. PG&E has never had the meters independently tested for safety with regard to the chronic, near-constant exposure to the highfrequency radiation they emit. The industry claims that the amount of radiation is too small to harm anyone. This claim is based on standards exclusively for thermal (heating) damage that such radiation can cause to cells, but ignores the substantial range of harm that scientific experiments have shown it can cause through non-thermal effects--DNA breaks and the possible cancer implications, neurological symptoms, etc.--in other words, the exact same situation as is the case re cell phones. One critical difference is that we can choose when and how we use cell phones and how we expose ourselves and those around us to their radiation; with smart meters that will be impossible! In claiming this radiation exposure is safe, industry follows the same flawed reasoning as re chemical exposure: they ignore the cumulative impacts of repetitive (as opposed to one-time) exposures. They also ignore the additive exposures from multiple sources of such radiation to which we are exposed (cell phones, cordless home phones, wi-fi, home networking, and the list goes on and on). Every individual has a different tolerance for such cumulative exposures before their impact (often in combination with chemical/heavy metal exposures) show up as impaired health, but already health practitioners are seeing major increases in the number of people presenting with various health complaints (beginning with headaches, insomnia, forgetfulness, confusion, etc.) which go away when their exposures are significantly reduced. This is only the tip of the iceberg, and once folks have been exposed nonstop and continuously to more layers and layers of RFR's for some time, the level of health problems will increase exponentially; unfortunately, because of our individual susceptibilities and myriad other exposures and stressors, it will be impossible to prove that any specific illness has been caused exclusively by a particular RFR exposure. (...) The next generation of all, home appliances, including heating and cooling systems, will include devices that receive from, and transmit to, the meters constantly around the clock. Disabling such devices will be difficult, expensive, and will void the manufacturer's warranty for the appliance. CLIP
EMF-Omega-News 5. June 2010 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/457/70/
Changes in honeybee behaviour and biology under the influence of cellphone radiations - Electromagnetic radiation and its effect on the brain: an insider speaks out - ICMR to study impact of cellphones, towers on human health - Masts, lies and experiments: Criminal charges against iBurst in South Africa - The biggest screw-up that the World Health Organization is involved - Serious Microwave Pollution in your Synagogue Sanctuary - Mobile Phones and Wireless Network safety - Do Cell Phones Emit Harmful EMF Waves? - Cellphone towers can be dangerous - Four Israelis vs. Four Cell Companies in Radiation Suit - Cell towers a threat? High Court panel to probe - Fall of a sparrow - Trumbull police union rallies opposition to PD cell tower - Stiff penalties to be imposed on telecom operators - California school launches cell tower study
EMF-Omega-News 12. June 2010 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/459/70/
Electrical effects on the brain could cause cancer in a proportion of otherwise healthy people - Dr. Martin Blank explains the significance of breaks in DNA - Microwaves Bombard Us All - MICROWAVE RADIATION THEORY - Electromagnetic Radiation: How bad is the problem and what illnesses are being caused? - Electropollution can cause diabetes (type-3) - About the organizations to which Health Canada and the Royal Panel members defer: WHO and ICNIRP - Red Alert: Insider Study on Cell Phone Safety Seriously Flawed - Has the Fox Been Put in Charge of Guarding The Hen House? - Cell phone towers in cities health hazards? - Developping hypersensitivity to environmental influences - Battle in California over Potential Health Risks of Smart Meters - Magnetic fields and leukemia - Why vanishing snake colonies have large-scale implications for humanity - Future not bright as Orange mobile phone mast refused - Paterson radiation scare - Are cellphone towers dangerous? - Too connected for our own good? - Parents blame children's health problems on schools' Wi-Fi technology - MSP backs move to block phone mast - SAGE recommends new EMF reduction measures
EMF-Omega-News 19. June 2010 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/462/70/
Risk of Brain Cancer from Cell Phone Use Underestimated by At Least 25% in Interphone Study - Cell Phones May Cause Cancerous Brain Tumors - Mobile phones cause brain cancer - Critic details flaws of cell phone safety study - Cell Phones and Cell Towers: Are They Transmitting Death? - Fear of mobile tower radiation grips Delhi area - California school launches cell tower study - The state of Oregon picks up The Children's Wireless Protection Act - San Francisco 1st City to Require Warnings of Cell Phone Radiation Risk - Why are electromagnetic fields (EMF) on the radar screen of insurance companies for more than a decade? - Will the Government Save us from another Industrial Disaster? - Electro Hypersensitivity letter - Non-Consent Form regarding wireless computer access and use - Cheshire East Council chiefs admit Stapeley phone mast planning blunder - Next-up News - News from Mast Sanity
Note from Jean: The tragic and crudely revulsive wholesale destruction of the Gulf of Mexico's environment - and now imminently the only coral reefs off of Florida and many more endangered marine habitats - must be used as a strident wake-up call to finally reverse centuries of blatant disregard for nature and the ongoing pillaging and desecration of this planet's precious Web of Life. As this article below amply demonstrates, we are fast tipping into an abyss of global ecocide from which recovery will be virtually impossible... and we don't have a spare planet to rely upon! The greedy, moronic control over the US government exerted by multinational corporations bent on killing the Earth to make ever more profits must be fast countered and victoriously overcome by overwhelming public political activism. We need the green equivalent of the Tea Party movement to boot outside of the Senate and Congress come next November all politicians who have only a self-serving, corporate-pandering record to show for their tenure and to bring in incorruptible, dedicated public servants who will permanently end the kidnaping of democracy that has been perpetrated by vile corporate interests. Of course, this article is a MUST READ and share and especially a MUST ACT UPON...
by Craig Collins, Ph.D., News Analysis - 4 June 2010
It's heart breaking and enraging to witness the toxic assault being visited upon the wildlife and the people of the Gulf. Heart-breaking because, as a SCUBA diver, I have come to cherish the awe-inspiring world that lives beneath the sea; and I have no doubt that the carnage we're witnessing along the shores pales in comparison to the unseen catastrophe unfolding beneath the waves. Enraging because the toxic assault being visited upon the wildlife and coastal communities of the Gulf could have been prevented.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the few laws that could have prevented this disaster. As the BP blowout demonstrates, precarious projects like deep sea oil drilling can wreak ecological havoc on many species of birds, fish, reptiles, corals and marine mammals already threatened with extinction in the Gulf. Officially, the ESA should outlaw risky ventures that could harm these creatures and their habitats. The toxic emissions spewing from this rupture can poison the Kemp's ridley, hawksbill, green, loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles; wipe out endangered manatees; poison sperm, sei, fin, blue and right whales; and exterminate the surviving pods of bottlenose, spotted, and Risso's dolphins. Had the ESA prohibited deep sea drilling until proven safe, we would not be standing by helplessly as Gulf coast communities, and the ecosystems that support them, are smothered in oil.
Unfortunately, the ESA is so poorly enforced and riddled with loopholes that it is no more than a tiny bandage on a gaping wound. When Congress passed the ESA back in 1973, it was responding to intense public pressure to save a growing number of species from extinction. Groups like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the World Wildlife Fund raised public awareness and sympathy by showcasing the plight of a small group of cute or charismatic creatures - like pandas, bald eagles and blue whales - whose survival was threatened by human encroachment. This campaign was so effective that the media still portrays the struggle to preserve biodiversity as an altruistic endeavor pressed upon society by tree-hugger environmentalists who want to protect endangered wildlife from extinction.
This was a fairly accurate perception back in the 1970s when the rate of extinction hovered around 100 species a year. At that pace, it seemed reasonable to craft a law that sought to identify and list species for protection one at a time. But those days are over. Today, some biologists estimate the rate of extinction at 100,000 species a year and climbing! At this rate, preserving biodiversity has gone from an altruistic enterprise to a matter of human survival. Vital species and the ecosystems they call home are under assault by the relentless incursion of human civilization.
Most biologists believe we have instigated the sixth major extinction episode in Earth's history. The renowned paleoanthropologist, Richard Leakey, says this sixth extinction crisis:
... means the annihilation of vast numbers of species. It is happening now, and we, the human race, are its cause ... Every year, between 17,000 and 100,000 species vanish from our planet. For the sake of argument, let's assume the number is 50,000 a year. Whatever way you look at it, we're destroying the Earth at a rate comparable with the impact of a giant asteroid slamming into the planet.
Using Leakey's figures, the global rate of extinction has accelerated about 500 percent since the ESA became law. The implications of these statistics are staggering. Already, humans consume about 40 percent of the plant energy available for all terrestrial life, and this figure will only grow as our population leaps from 6.5 to 10 billion inside the next half-century. At this pace, Leakey predicts that half of the Earth's species will vanish within 100 years. But this die-off could accelerate rapidly if greenhouse gases wreak havoc with the Earth's climate.
Without nature, we're toast. We really need to "get this" before it's too late. Disappearing butterfly species and the mysterious collapse of bee colonies around the world threaten all the crops they pollinate. The massive die-off of North American bats is wiping out a major insect predator that prevents our harvests from becoming bug food. The acidification and warming of the oceans jeopardizes the survival of corals and the tiny zooplankton that form the foundation of the marine food chain.
We have to stop thinking of "nature" as something we visit when we go camping or watch on the Discovery channel. Without nature, our supermarkets would be empty. Nature is the fresh water, sunshine and rich topsoil (teeming with trillions of beneficial microorganisms) that nurture the plants and animals that fill our refrigerators and our bellies. Nature is the vast blue oceans that regulate our climate, supply most of our oxygen and provide the tons of seafood we consume every day. Nature purifies our water, pollinates our crops, recycles our wastes and provides us with clothing, medicine and shelter. We simply can't do without it. Preserving biodiversity is essential to our survival.
While the ESA cannot be expected to save imperiled species outside our borders, has it reduced the rate of extinction within the United States? There are 1,925 species officially listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA. However, these "listed species" are only a small fraction of all the species whose survival is actually imperiled. The exact size of this fraction is difficult to determine because there are thousands of plants and animals we know little or nothing about. Estimates of the actual number of species in jeopardy of extinction in the US range from 6,480 to 165,000. Therefore, the 1,925 species listed for ESA protection are somewhere between 1 and 30 percent of all US species actually facing extinction. Consequently, 70 to 99 percent of all imperiled creatures in the US receive no legal protection from the ESA because they aren't listed.
The arduous listing process is one of the ESA's most onerous defects. Listing species for protection one by one, instead of preserving the integrity of entire ecosystems, is an expensive, rigorous, time consuming ordeal constrained by scientific ignorance, bureaucratic intransigence, political pressure, partisan politics and budgetary shortfalls. Species designated as "candidates for listing" wait an average of 20 years to get listed. Meanwhile, many go extinct.
But even species lucky enough to be listed have a slim chance of survival. Of the 1,925 species protected by the ESA, only 19 have recovered enough to make it off the list. This is a 0.1 percent recovery rate! Only 10 percent of all listed species are considered improving, 30 percent are considered stable and 60 percent continue to slip toward extinction.
This abysmal record is the result of several legal loopholes. For example, the ESA requires every endangered species to be designated a critical habitat and a recovery plan. But this seldom happens because the Interior Department and the other agencies in charge of ESA enforcement are compromised by their incestuous involvement with the powerful mining, timber, oil and gas interests, which oppose any restrictions on their exploitation of public lands. Agency officials misuse minor exclusions in the law to avoid critical habitat requirements altogether or limit them so severely that species cannot possibly recover. Consequently, over 80 percent of all listed species have no critical habitat protection and 40 percent have no recovery plan.
The overriding weakness in the ESA is that no legal barrier can possibly halt the relentless juggernaut of economic growth at the heart of our extinction crisis. Human activities like urban sprawl, deforestation, road and dam building, industrial agriculture, grazing, mining, oil drilling, over fishing, marine pollution, poaching, harvesting and hunting wild species for food, sport and profit all continue to decimate the web of life we depend on for our survival. And now, climate disruption is magnifying the potential for widespread extinctions.
The ESA's inability to preserve biodiversity and slow the pace of extinction simply reflects the fact that we are caught up in a malignant economic system. An economic machine so driven by the demands of growth and profit that it must devour, exploit and expand at the expense of the living biosphere that sustains us. Reversing this unfolding calamity is beyond the scope of any law. It requires the transformation of our entire economic system to bring it into balance with the planet.
There were hearings on Capitol Hill this week regarding the Gulf oil disaster, and virtually everyone involved - from witnesses to experts to government officials - had a grand old time throwing rocks at British Petroleum. The Obama administration and various government agencies have also been taking it in the teeth over their failure to quell the oil boiling up from the bottom of the sea. Beaches are closing, animals are dying, livelihoods are being destroyed, and unbelievable as it may seem, the worst is yet to come. New reports indicate the well may have been releasing oil equivalent to the Exxon Valdez spill every eight to ten days since this whole thing started.
BP is taking the lion's share of the beatings, and justly so. They ran a shoddy operation out there on the Deepwater Horizon, and knew even ten years ago that such operations were incredibly risky. They lied and lied again about the scope of the disaster. They have been attempting to limit press access to the disaster zone to keep people from finding out what is actually going on. Their corporate officers have denied the existence of oil plumes beneath the surface, and have held pity-parties for themselves on television over how trying this whole situation is for them.
This mess is their fault, and the world knows it. Their stock value has cratered, and even the BP shareholders are beginning to revolt. They are going to be sued for God only knows how much money, and will be saddled with the cost of the clean-up, which may take years.
But here is something to remember: it's our fault, too. Yours and mine.
If you own a car, it's your fault. I own a car, so I own a share of the blame. If you own more than one car, or own some gargantuan gas-guzzling SUV, it's your fault. If you ever thought a Humvee was cool, or ever owned one, it's your fault.
If you ever voted in an election based on the high price of gasoline, it's your fault.
If you ever voted for a politician who went on to deregulate the oil industry from their seat in a committee, it's your fault. If you didn't vote to remove that person from office after they voted to deregulate such a dangerous and polluting industry, it's your fault.
If you eat food that is not grown locally, it's your fault, because your food had to be brought to you on the backs of trucks that need gasoline to travel. If you eat food grown on an industrialized farm, it's your fault, because the machines used to cultivate that food need gasoline, too. Even if you eat food that is grown organically and locally, they still use gasoline and oil, so basically nobody is safe from judgment.
If you fly on airplanes, this is your fault.
If your home has oil heat, this is your fault.
If you eat fast food, this is your fault.
For a hundred other reasons, in a hundred other ways, it's your fault. And my fault. This is our fault, too, and that's all there is to it.
These judgments don't sit very comfortably. People need to get to work, need to get their kids to school, so they drive. People need to eat, and don't necessarily have the money to eat food that is safe for the planet; spend any time in one of those high-end planet-conscious stores, and you learn pretty quickly that only rich people can afford to eat both healthy and responsibly. The rest of us have to get by on Wonder Bread.
It's all too easy to declare that anyone who has voted Republican should take the blame for this disaster, because it is the Republicans in Washington who have championed the deregulation push that has been ongoing since the Reagan administration. But there are plenty of Democrats who are just as deep into deregulation as their GOP comrades, so voting Democratic is no safe haven.
We are learning a savage lesson in the Gulf. We are witnessing the end of a way of life we have become all too deeply accustomed to. We drive, we eat, we fly, we vote, and in doing so, we share the blame for what is happening, and what is to come. We have gone to sleep each night deliberately oblivious to the deadly nature of the fossil fuels that power the way we live, because it is too hard to even think about living a different way.
The Deepwater Horizon is the period at the end of a very long, bleak sentence that has been rolling along for a hundred years. We are killing ourselves with the way we live, with our complacency, and we can no longer ignore this wretched truth. The oil that is killing beaches and fisheries and animals of every kind is our lifeblood, the spigot on the sea floor is our femoral artery, and we are bleeding to death right there on television.
If it wasn't BP, it would have been something else. So long as we lay back and live this oily lifestyle, there will always be some company ready to provide it, and there will always be some way that lifestyle will be killing us. The water is fouled, the clouds stink of gasoline, the ground is seeded with poison, and now the sea is dying before our eyes, and all because this is the way we live, and we just can't seem to realize how mortally dangerous it all is.
This must change. Until it does, it's our fault, too.
I am very cautious about giving investment advice and downright reluctant to just pile onto the media frenzy attacking BP for its blunders in the Gulf of Mexico. That said, I feel compelled to warn America about the greater disaster that looms ahead for anyone who owns BP stock or anyone east of the Mississippi River who breathes.
President Obama has criticized BP for paying dividends to shareholders before a full accounting of damages for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. His Attorney General may bring criminal charges. Credit Suisse reports that clean-up costs may reach $23 billion and that legal claims could top another $14 billion. Even BPs CEO admits "it is impossible to predict the longer-term cost of environmental remediation, claims and litigation, but they will be sizable."
Despite these massive uncertainties, last week ten of the 14 leading analysts who follow the company have "buy" ratings on BP stock. They cite 18 billion barrels of proven reserves held by the company in dozens of countries and over $4 billion in profits in the last quarter of 2009 alone.
One of the experts recommending buy said the reduction in BP's market value since the spill began "implies gross, pre-tax environmental claims and costs to be in the $80 billion to $110 billion range, which we believe to be unrealistically high."
Although politicians, lawyers and experts on all sides may differ, not one of them has grasped the cost that may yet be the biggest liability and which may dwarf any assets that BP can ever muster. They have all failed to understand the potential damage claims that are yet to come from millions of people who live well beyond the immediate impact zone in the Gulf states. Lives and livelihoods will be threatened in two fundamental ways that will give those who are hurt the legal and financial standing to make claims that may spell the end of BP altogether.
First, the Loop Current will move oil from the Gulf around the Florida peninsula and spread it up the east coast. As the Gulfstream current moves it northward and summer storms drive it onshore, BPs oil is very likely to foul beaches along the entire eastern seaboard and damage the tourist, fishing, and other industries in the region, just as it has already done in the Gulf. Because oil can be tested and its origins confirmed, cleanup costs and financial damage claims against BP will spread to quickly, perhaps as far north as Canada.
Second, and far more insidious, when 2010 hurricanes begin to vent warm waters of the Gulf and Atlantic, everyone in the eastern half of the US will be breathing BPs oil and probably the toxic dispersants used in the futile effort to tame the original spill.
Researchers have discovered that much of the oil broke down into tiny droplets that hover in giant plumes at various depths, not just the sheens that are visible at the surface. The oil is now mixed with chemical dispersants that created these droplets in the first placeall waiting to be aspirated when the storms churn the seas and send wind-driven rain throughout the mid-west and eastern US. This toxic stew will make the acid rain of the 1970s seem benign in comparison and, when millions of Americans breathe BPs witches brew, wipe it from their cars and homes, and find it contaminating food and water supplies, there wont be enough lawyers - or oil profitsto handle the claims.
As a former regulator who has closely studied the impacts of petroleum-related air pollution and described them in my last book Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction, I am truly fearful for my fellow Americans who live in the path of this coming plague. As someone with a few dollars in retirement account, I will make sure my mutual fund does not include any BP stock and will advise anyone I know to sell their shares before its too late. Beyond that, the best we can do is hope for a mild hurricane season - and hold our breath when it comes.
Plumes of Oil Deep in Gulf Have Spread Far, Tests Find (June 9, 2010) http://www.cnbc.com/id/37585973
The government and university researchers confirmed Tuesday that plumes of dispersed oil were spreading far below the ocean surface from the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, raising fresh concern about the potential impact of the spill on sea life. The tests, the first detailed chemical analyses of water from the deep sea, show that some of the most toxic components of the oil are not necessarily rising to the surface where they can evaporate, as would be expected in a shallow oil leak. Instead, they are drifting through deep water in plumes or layers that stretch as far as 50 miles from the leaking well. As a rule, the toxic compounds are present at exceedingly low concentrations, the tests found, as would be expected given that they are being diluted in an immense volume of seawater. (...) Scientists outside the government noted that the plumes appeared to be so large that organisms might be bathed in them for extended periods, possibly long enough to kill eggs or embryos. They said this possibility added greater urgency to the effort to figure out exactly how sea life was being affected, work that remains in its infancy six weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. (...) Those readings suggest that a large plume, probably consisting of hydrocarbons from the leak, stretches through the deep ocean for at least 15 miles west of the gushing oil well, Dr. Joye said. The top of the plume is about 3,600 feet below the sea surface; the plume is three miles wide and as thick as 1,500 feet in spots, she said. The University of South Florida researchers found an even larger plume stretching northeast of the oil well, with the hydrocarbons separated into two distinct layers in the ocean. One layer is about 1,200 feet below the surface, and the other is 3,000 feet deep, the scientists said. The governments confirmation of subsea oil plumes is significant in part because BP, the oil company responsible for the leak, had denied that such plumes existed, and NOAA itself had previously been cautious in interpreting the preliminary results from Dr. Joyes group. CLIP
BP Aims to Gather Up to 20,000 Barrels Per Day (7 June 2010) http://www.cnbc.com/id/37543134
British energy giant BP plans to double the amount of oil it is capturing from its ruptured Gulf of Mexico well to 20,000 barrels per day, the U.S. Coast Guard admiral leading the government relief effort said Monday.Getty ImagesA brown pelican stained with oil takes flight while a bird rescue team tries to capture it for cleaning June 5, 2010 in Grand Isle, Louisiana.The figure underscored some scientists' concerns that the May 27 government estimate of the amount of oil billowing from the mile-deep well, 12,000-19,000 bpd, may be on the low side. The spill is already the worst in U.S. history.During the weekend, BP announced advances in controlling the undersea leak through a containment cap over the blown-out wellhead, giving estimates of captured oil that suggest a significant portion of the escaping crude is being collected.But a live video feed of the seabed leak still shows black crude billowing into the sea, and BP and government officials have said a definitive solution will not come until August when a relief well is drilled. This is intended to intersect the leaking well and allow it to be sealed. CLIP
Offshore Oil Disaster Could Boost New-Age Biofuels (11 May 2010) http://www.cnbc.com/id/37064095
Gulf of Mexico oil spill has dimmed the prospects for new offshore oil drilling, next-generation biofuels may be able to compensate for that lost production, marking the start of a bigger move away from oil. "Six-billion dollars goes a long way, says one energy fund portfolio manager, referring to one estimate of the oil spills final cost. With the right amount of investment [in biofuels], eventually the need for new [fossil fuel] production drops at some point. Is it $6 billion? I dont know. Biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel have been commercially available for some time, mandated by various laws and regulations, but are usually blended with their fossil-fuel-derived counterparts. Next-generation biofuels in the development pipeline now use different processes to create fuels from renewable feedstocksanimal fats and algae for examplethat are chemically identical to the products created from petroleum.Known as drop-in fuels", they can be put directly into gas tanks and burned like fossil-fuel gasoline and diesel, with no equipment modifications or blending needed. CLIP
Toxic Corexit dispersant chemicals remained secret as feds colluded with Big Business (June 11, 2010) http://www.naturalnews.com/028974_Corexit_dispersants.html
After weeks of silence on the issue, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally decided to go public with the list of ingredients used to manufacture Corexit, the chemical dispersant used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. There are two things about this announcement that deserve our attention: First, the ingredients that have been disclosed are extremely toxic, and second, why did the EPA protect the oil industry's "trade secrets" for so long by refusing to disclose these ingredients until now?As reported in the New York Times, Brian Turnbaugh, a policy analyst at OMB Watch said, "EPA had the authority to act all along; its decision to now disclose the ingredients demonstrates this. Yet it took a public outcry and weeks of complaints for the agency to act and place the public's interest ahead of corporate interests."On the toxicity question, you could hardly find a more dangerous combination of poisons to dump into the Gulf of Mexico than what has been revealed in Corexit. The Corexit 9527 product has been designated a "chronic and acute health hazard" by the EPA. It is made with 2-butoxyethanol, a highly toxic chemical that has long been linked to the health problems of cleanup crews who worked on the Exxon Valdez spill. A newer Corexit recipe dubbed the "9500 formula" contains dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, a detergent chemical that's also found in laxatives. What do you suppose happens to the marine ecosystem when fish and sea turtles ingest this chemical through their gills and skin? And just as importantly, what do you think happens to the human beings who are working around this chemical, breathing in its fumes and touching it with their skin?The answers are currently unknown, which is exactly why it is so inexcusable that Nalco and the oil industry giants would for so long refuse to disclose the chemical ingredients they're dumping into the Gulf of Mexico in huge quantities (over a million gallons dumped into the ocean to date). But it gets even more interesting when you look at just how widespread this "chemical secrecy" is across Big Business in the USA... and how the U.S. government more often than not conspires with industry to keep these chemicals a secret. It's time to end chemical trade secrets - Armed with the accomplices in the FDA, EPA, FTC and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, powerful corporations have been keeping secrets from us all. It's not just the toxic chemicals in Corexit, either: Large manufacturers of consumers products -- such as Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson -- routinely use toxic chemical ingredients in their products -- ingredients which are usually kept secret from the public.
(...) Thanks to the widespread use of secret chemicals in foods, medicines and personal care products, we are awash in synthetic toxic chemicals that have already reached the shores of public health. The rates of cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infertility that we're seeing right now are a reflection of the devastating health cost associated with ongoing the ongoing chemical contamination of our population. Even public water fluoridation policies are a kind of "water contamination disaster" where chemicals from an undisclosed source are dumped into the water supply (on purpose, no less!).What's doubly disturbing about all this is that many of the chemicals used in foods, medicines, household cleaners and personal care products end up in the Gulf of Mexico as well because they get flushed down stream. So now the Gulf isn't just polluted with crude oil and dispersant chemicals; it's also heavily contaminated with all the chemical runoff from the products made by large corporations that refuse to disclose the actual chemical ingredients, claiming they're trade secrets. CLIP
The Obama Administration, in keeping with Rahm Emmanuel's philosophy of "never letting a serious crisis go to waste" is using the BP oil calamity to its advantage. In order to understand the scope of the problem, we must begin by looking at a brief history of BP and how deeply energy markets affect politics. Last week, Obama pretended to accept responsibility for the oil spill, but then ridiculously claimed that he didn't know that the ties of corruption between the oil companies and politicians would extend past Bush's administration into his time in office.(1) This is completely absurd, given the long history of oil and energy corruption in America.
BP's genesis began with the discovery of oil in Iran in 1908 by William Knox D'Arcy and became the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. In 1923, Winston Churchill was secretly paid 5000 British pounds to lobby the British government in order to create a monopoly over Iranian oil. In 1951, the pro-Western Prime Minister was assassinated and the Iranian Parliament nationalized the oil industry by unanimous vote, and elected a new nationalist Prime Minister, Mossadeq. By 1953, the CIA, with British support, led a coup against Mossadeq and he was ousted.
In 1954 the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company changed its name to British Petroleum and became an international consortium that shared profits with Iran at a 50-50 split. The company was 40% owned by Iran, 40% owned by 5 American companies and 20% owned by Royal Dutch Shell and the French Petroleum Company. No Iranians were allowed on the Board of Directors or to audit the company. The 5 American companies include Exxon, Gulf Oil, Mobil, Standard Oil and Texaco; all of which were controlled, merged or or owned by parent companies affiliated with the Rockefeller family over time.(2)
The provenance of later acquisitions and the creation of subsidiaries are intentionally complex, and it is unlikely that the Rockefellers relinquished control over their oil monopoly when it was broken up as a result of the Sherman Antitrust Act.(3) Oil cartels traditionally engage in price fixing. While BP is currently a publicly traded company, this does not mean that stockholders control the company.
In 1979 the Ayatollah Khomeini broke all contracts and gave 90% ownership to BP oil and Iran retained a 10% interest. In 1998, BP merged with Amoco (a subsidiary of Standard Oil), and in 2000, acquired ARCO.
Peter Sutherland was the non-executive chairman of BP for 13 years, until the end of 2009 and is an example of the the type of leadership that rules the world. His "accomplishments" include being non- executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs, director of the Bank of Scotland (until it was taken over by the UK government to avoid bankruptcy), former Director General of GATT (now the World Trade Organization), a chairman of the Trilateral Commission and a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Sutherland was instrumental in the UK's immigration mess, negating Ireland's ban on abortion and is reported to be on the steering committee of the Bilderberg group. He has been succeeded by Carl-Henric Svanberg, former CEO of Ericsson telecommunications.(4)
While Obama has claimed full authority over this environmental horror, he did not stop the use of the toxic dispersant "Corexit". Corexit is produced by NALCO, originally named the National Aluminate Corporation, which formed a limited partnership with Exxon Chemical Company in 1994. Ondeo Nalco was purchased by Goldman Sachs, Apollo and Blackstone in 2003 and is currently a publicly traded company. Given NALCO's business ties, it seems that safe and natural cleanup methods were avoided in the Gulf to pursue an economic agenda. The use of Corexit in Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez disaster, resulted in toxicity to humans that included respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders.(5)
Perhaps this background provides some clues about Obama's delayed and incompetent reaction to the Gulf oil eruption and the direction of America's future energy policies. Obama lifted bans for offshore drilling just before the Gulf oil disaster, in order to show support for American energy independence, but now he is considering banning more drilling. Inefficient "green" energy will be promoted; this is pure Agenda 21 (policies that do not serve the public but are promoted using the environment as the excuse). Green wind and solar energy are not efficient- Spain provides a good example of financial failure when this system is implemented.(6) Better solutions for energy independence include natural gas (America is rich with underdeveloped natural gas), alcohol and hemp production. Alcohol can be made from almost anything that ferments.
According to Robert Deitch, in his book "Hemp: American History Revisited", Prohibition- the outlaw of alcohol on moral principles, which lasted from 1920- 1933 was a result of collusion between Rockefeller, who owned Standard Oil and Mellon, who owned Gulf Oil. The purpose of Prohibition was to make America and the new automobile industry reliant on oil instead of alcohol in car engines, which was cheap and easy to make. Hemp is also a source of natural oil, but it too was a threat to the oil industry and is prohibited by federal law.
Earlier this week, it was announced that a criminal investigation of BP may be conducted. At first glance, this seems like it is a good idea. However, we shouldn't expect anything more than window dressing, given BP's history of environmental crimes and lack of accountability, like the massive spill that took place in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 2006 that did not result in any felony convictions, despite plenty of evidence against BP.(7)
What we can expect from the "investigation" is more governmental control. The proposed investigation cites BP's violations against the Clean Water Act; just as the EPA expanded its powers with the Clean Air Act and global warming (they have compiled an 18,000 page document with new regulations), this environmental crisis will likely result in the EPA massively expanding its powers within the realm of energy and water.
There is also a suggestion of prosecution for Endangered Species Act (ESA) violations; the purpose for this is not to hold BP liable for killing wildlife and sea creatures, but to expand domination by the federal government over the masses, which is the ultimate objective of the ESA under Agenda 21. In fact, the United Nations recently announced that they are shifting their attention away from man made global warming "problems" to endangered species. Of course, this is a result of the unravelling of the of the scientific lies about man made global warming which was revealed in numerous scandals including 'Climategate'.(8) The ESA is used as a weapon to steal private property from Americans, as Dr. Michael Coffman details in his slideshow "Taking Liberty".(9)
Americans should also beware of controlled opposition within environmental groups like Friends of the Earth (FOE), WWF, Sierra Club, NRDC, and many, many more that have financial ties to the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the United Nations and oil companies. Most people think that these organizations are interested in promoting a healthy environment, but they fail to look beyond the surface to see the true objectives of these Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). One easy way to spot a compromised NGO is to check their website for global warming alarmist propaganda, look at their board of directors for UN affiliations and examine their objectives (often stated in feel- good language). NGOs are a big component of Agenda 21 and its corrupt environmental and depopulation policies.
Vatican Official Tied to BP, Goldman Sachs/ Media Censorship in the Oil Fiasco--Increasing Evidence of Foul Play
By Sherri Kane & Leonard G. Horowitz -- June 10, 2010
News unfolding from the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico has linked media censorship to investment bankers at Goldman Sachs (GS) stewarding the Vatican's wealth, and increasing evidence that the explosion was intended.
A near total news blackout from independent sources, and arrests of anyone caught photographing and filming the devastation, show the Halliburton-British Petrolium (BP) oil crisis is being criminally controlled, implicating some of Wall Street's heaviest hitters.
According to a report issued by frightened, yet faithful, documentary filmmaker, James Fox, interviewed from the Gulf's Grand Isles by Mel Fabregas on the Internet's Veritas Radio Show, "There is a complete media blackout" on news coverage broadcast from the region.
"They are arresting people with cameras and anyone off camera that is caught talking to a reporter," Fox testified.
Another reporter told Fox,"You call this a free country? Right here, in the United States of America, there's no freedom of press. There's no freedom of speech. They're closing down the airspace above the oil spill, so reporter's can't fly over to determine how bad these oil plumes really are."
Suspicious pieces of this deadly puzzle feature Halliburton, the world's second largest oil field services company, headquartered in Houston and Dubai, whose negligence is blamed for the timely and profitable explosion.
Three weeks before the "natural gas leak," the George Bush/Dick Cheney 9-11-linked Halliburton company negotiated the purchase of the world's largest oil-spill cleanup firm (Boots & Coots) at the exact time keen observers on Wall Street--financial intelligence agents at Goldman Sachs (GS; often called "Government Sachs")--unloaded 44% of their stock in BP. (NOTE: This information is a clear smoking gun that this is a false flag operation!)
The WTC lessor, Larry Silverstein, partnered with Lloyd Blankfein of GS in the little known Partnership for New York City (PFNYC), took out a General Electric insurance policy just six weeks before the attacks. PFNYC "partners," in charge of assessing financial damages to NYC, and reconstruction plans for the WTC, obviously "veered" insurance payoffs and additional private equity investments to Las Vegas for the construction of the 9-11 memorial--speciously called the "Veer Towers" in the "New World Center." (Watch PHARMAWHORES, the movie)
Blankfein, the PFNYC Co-Chairman and GS CEO, was barraged with indictments and rising media infamy regarding Goverment Sachs's conflicting interests effectively demolishing the US economy through the "shorting" of the housing industry--scrutiny suspended by Halliburton's oil rig synchronously exploding most profitably for GS and its CEO.
GS is covertly invested in the Bush-Cheney-linked Halliburton Company according to veteran observers. GS and Halliburton both had massive financial incentives to cause the profitable explosions--the three 9-11 WTC building demolitions, and the most recent "accident" in the Gulf.
The media's gross neglect of the full extent of the crisis obviously supports GS's damage control and incriminating connections. These include Blankfein's PFNYC Co-Chairman, Rupert Murdoch, and their pernicious influence over the major networks and the PFNYC--the world's leading petrochemical-pharmaceutical-biotechnology consortium profiting from death, disease, and environmental destruction. This unholy alliance best explains the media's aversion to responsible reporting in the Gulf and elsewhere.
Besides Blankfein and Government Sachs backing stock in both BP and Halliburton, another red oil-drenched herring is Peter D. Sutherland--the outgoing Chairman of BP is also the current Non-Executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs International.
The scariest part of this whole story is that Mr. Sutherland, the man standing with one foot in GS, and the other on the burning Halliburton-BP oil rig, is the Consultor of the Extraordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. In other words, Sutherland is the chief financial adviser to the Pope.
In 2010, Mr. Sutherland finished a 13-year stint as Chairman of BP, Europe's largest oil company. A former Attorney General of Ireland, he is President of the Federal Trust for Education and Research, a British think tank whose efforts might better be called corporatist indoctrination than trustworthy "education." He is Chairman of The Ireland Fund of Great Britain, and a member of the advisory council of Business for New Europe--a pro-New-World-Order European think-tank based in Britain.
From 1993-95, Sutherland was the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
In January 2006, the current Non-executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, was appointed by United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, as his Special Representative for Migration.
Now, ironically, Sutherland's mission impossible is to migrate marine flora and fauna, fisherman, and coastal residents out of harms way in this spreading international emergency.
SO FAR ISRAEL MANAGED TO GET AWAY WITH ITS WAR CRIMES IN GAZA LAST YEAR. THE SECURITY COUNCIL VETO-WIELDING UNITED STATES, WHOSE ENTIRE JUSTICE/PENAL SYSTEM IS BASED ON THE PREMISE OF METING OUT HARSH PUNISHMENTS FOR GRAVE CRIMES TO DETER OTHERS FROM DOING LIKEWISE, DOES NOT SEEM TO GET THAT AS LONG AS THEY WON'T APPLY THE SAME METHOD TO ISRAEL, THE OFFENDER WILL JUST KEEP VIOLATING ALL EXISTING LAWS. PERHAPS THE U.S. IS UNABLE TO DO SO BECAUSE IT WOULD THEN IMPLICITLY ADMIT THAT IT MUST BE PUNISHED FOR ITS OWN ONGOING WAR CRIMES THAT ARE FAR WORST THAN ANYTHING ISRAEL MAY HAVE DONE. SO DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING BUT LAME REGRETS FOR LOST LIVES FROM OBAMA & Co...
Amnesty's annual report focuses on Cast Lead, also accuses Hamas. Israel was sharply rebuked and accused of war crimes and serious breaches of international law in Amnesty Internationals annual report, published on Wednesday. The 430-page report provides an overview of the state of human rights worldwide and lists each countrys alleged human rights abuses during the previous year.
The chapter dedicated to Israel focused on Israels human rights violations during and in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead, as well as its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank.
Israeli forces committed war crimes and other serious breaches of international law in the Gaza Strip during a 22-day military offensive code-named Operation Cast Lead that ended on 18 January.
Among other things, they carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against civilians, targeted and killed medical staff, used Palestinian civilians as human shields and indiscriminately fired white phosphorus over densely populated residential areas, stated the report.
The report also blamed Israel for creating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza by enforcing what Amnesty describes as an illegal blockade.
The restrictions included a military blockade of the Gaza Strip, which effectively imprisoned the 1.5 million residents and resulted in a humanitarian crisis.
Despite this, Israel often stopped international aid and humanitarian assistance from entering Gaza. Permission to leave Gaza to receive medical treatment was denied or delayed for hundreds of seriously ill Palestinians and at least 28 individuals died while waiting for permission to travel, read the report.
The report also stated that Israeli forces committed acts of torture, held prisoners without trial, forcibly evicted Palestinians, demolished their homes and expropriated their land in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The section of the report detailing human rights abuses in the Palestinian Authority noted Palestinian liberation organizations attacks on Israeli civilians and criticized Hamass campaign of abductions, deliberate and unlawful killings, torture and death threats against people accused of collaborating with Israel.
More than 30 individuals were summarily killed. Scores of others were shot in the legs, kneecapped or otherwise injured in ways intended to cause permanent disability, or they were severely beaten or otherwise tortured or ill-treated. These abuses were committed with impunity, with the apparent approval of the Hamas leadership, read the report.
Hamass continual refusal to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access to kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit is also mentioned, as is the Israeli fatalities and injuries sustained from Gaza-based rocket attacks.
The Amnesty report also highlighted violence between Fatah and Hamas forces, accusing both factions of human rights violations, including arbitrary detention without charges or trial, excessive force and torture, causing civilian deaths and clampdowns on freedom of expression.
Amnesty Internationals Israel director, Itai Epstein, backed the findings of the Goldstone report, calling it well balanced, and said that if Israel and Hamas fail to conduct an independent investigation on human rights abuses during Operation Cast Lead, as the United Nations Security Council demanded of them, there would be little choice but to refer them to the International Criminal Court.
Both Israel and Hamas owe a responsibility to the victims of the conflict, said Epstein.
OBVIOUSLY MOST OF THE GAZA-RELATED MATERIAL IN THIS COMPILATION DEALS WITH HOW THE ACTIONS OF ISRAEL ARE PERCEIVED BY THOSE WHO OPPOSE THEIR BLOCKADE OF GAZA. TO UNDERSTAND THE REASONS FOR THEIR ACTIONS, HERE IS AN ARTICLE THAT EXPLAINS WELL HOW IT IS BEING PORTRAYED TO THE ISRAELI PEOPLE.
Pressure is growing for Israel to lift its blockade on Gaza. Turkeys Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an unabashed supporter of Hamas, has made maintaining diplomatic ties with Israel contingent on an end to the siege. British Prime Minister David Cameron, couching his anti-blockade rhetoric in amiable terms, suggested as a friend that Israel end the Gaza siege, since it had actually strengthened Hamas.
Even the US is expected to press for an end to the blockade, according to the New York Times. Already in June 2009, President Barack Obama, during his Cairo speech, claimed that the measure devastates Palestinian families and does not serve Israeli interests.
In truth, Israel has no desire to maintain the blockade. In August 2005, in an extremely painful and controversial move, Israel withdrew its military and uprooted 8,000 Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip. Sadly, instead of using unoccupied Gaza as the stepping stone to a future Palestinian state, the fears of skeptical Israeli defense experts came true.
Buoyed by the contention that terrorist violence had forced Israel out of Gaza, and no longer hampered by the IDFs presence, Hamas and other Islamic extremists bypassed Egypt's unsatisfactory guard of the Philadelphi Route and smuggled into Gaza hundreds of Kassam rockets and weapons. Although the Karine A, with its cargo of Iranian weaponry, was intercepted in January 2002, other ships carrying arms might have gotten through.
In June 2006, in one of many attacks on IDF soldiers guarding the border between Israel and Gaza, Hamas kidnapped Gilad Schalit. In June 2007, Hamas violently took over control of Gaza from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, ruthlessly tracking down wounded PA supporters in hospitals and eliminating them.
Inside Gaza, Hamas instituted an extremist Islamic regime that discriminates against Christians, wages a war against secular lifestyles and promotes misogyny, including honor killings.
Outside Gaza, Hamas bombarded Israeli towns for months with thousands of mortars and rockets, gradually hitting more distant locations. In December 2008 Israel was forced to launch Operation Cast Lead to track down and destroy rockets and the makeshift plants where these rockets are made.
If, under international pressure, Israel were now forced to lift the blockade on Gaza, the concern is that war would follow. Hamass conviction that terror works would be further vindicated. Its terrorists would obtain more long-range missiles that could reach Tel Aviv or even the outskirts of Jerusalem; it already has some of these, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cautioned this week.
ISRAEL COULD, in theory, announce that in the face of international criticism it is transferring responsibility for Gaza to the international community. In this scenario, Israel would seal its border crossings with Gaza. Supplies, medicine and other necessities would be transported via the Egyptian border. And Israel would, in theory, no longer be blamed for a supposed humanitarian crises.
But one problem is that Egypt, which for decades has refused to take sole responsibility for Gaza, would never consent to this arrangement. Another is that Israel could never rely on international forces to scrupulously prevent the rearmament of Hamas. UNIFILs failure to prevent Hizbullah from replenishing its stock of Iranian missiles in south Lebanon is proof that this doesnt work.
Another, more feasible, option is for Israel to recalibrate the list of goods that are included in the blockade, especially dual-use goods such as concrete, which can rebuild Gaza or create bomb-proof bunkers. A joint forum of Israeli and international organizations already meets weekly to reduce bottlenecks and address special requests. Perhaps, through cooperation with Egypt and reputable international aid organizations, a way could be found to ensure that, if things like concrete are allowed into Gaza, they are used for peaceful aims.
The real solution to the blockade, however, is in the hands of Gazas people. Israel has made it clear that the siege would be lifted as soon as the political leadership in Gaza agreed to recognize the existence of the Jewish state, abandoned violence, released Schalit and adhered to past agreements achieved between Israel and the PA. Israels struggle is not with the people of Gaza but with the radical regime there that is actively working to destroy the Jewish state.
Those truly interested in bringing peace and alleviating the plight of Gazans would best achieve their goal not by placing pressure on Israel to stop defending itself, but by convincing the residents of Gaza that Hamass way is a dead end.
Note from Jean: Of course, it could not be expected that this would be a balanced perspective and it is likely than many would argue that several facts have been distorted or omitted - for instance, there is no mention that Hamas was democratically elected - see this Hamas%20Wikipedia Entry for Hamas for more details; check also Hamas Fact Sheet and What does Hamas want?. The fear of Hamas acquiring and using longer range and more potent rockets is obviously a key concern. In fact, in addition to many other considerations and elements - possibly racism, hatred, the feeling of being surrounded by threats and enemies, a sense of rejection, a sense of superiority, the need to be seen as invincible, a deep denial of the legitimate needs and human rights of their opponents, a complete lack of trust in others, ALL of which applies as well to the people of Hamas... - fear appears to be one of the main driving forces behind Israel's actions. As a people, our Jewish brothers and sisters also appear to be repeating some of the very abuse they have been historically subjected to through inflicting upon their victims collective punishments and harsh measures designed to force them to obey their will (such as getting rid of Hamas). Although such a comparison cannot possibly be acceptable from the standpoint of those who have experienced horrendous sufferings under Nazi Germany, which were infinitely worse in many respects (especially after the Uprising in January 1943), it can be argued that there are eerie similarities between the fate of the Palestinians living in Gaza (very little freedom of movement outside of their small territory, multiple privations -- there is some chronic malnutrition, especially in children... see Chronic malnutrition in Gaza blamed on Israel and World Health Organization report on the Gaza Strip blockade ... but no starvation!... see those pictures taken in Gaza --, random violence especially during the Operation Cast Lead, etc.) and the fate of those (Polish Jews and Romani people) who were corralled in the infamous Warsaw Ghetto. But whatever justifications there could be on both sides for their violent behaviors towards their opponents, I'd say there is a need for a cathartic event that would somehow help each side see beyond their deep-seated prejudices, born from repeated psychological traumas, so as to "discover" the humane kindness of those who share with them the same land and the same aspiration to a peaceful and safe environment to raise their kids, enjoy life and fulfill their dreams -- something that will become possible only when they finally accept to forgive each other's past misconstrued actions, open their hearts to the possibility of a better future for everyone, and thus allow love and trust to gradually overcome hatred and fear. Such an outcome is the only sensible and even rational alternative to the current stalemate which can only breed ever more violence and only deepen the hatred and fear. As the Mahatma Gandhi once said "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." So let us all nurture such a vision of peaceful coexistence and encourage everyone to make a leap of faith and Love that would change forever not only in the Middle East but all over the world the old paradigm of fear-based separation, ethnic and sectarian tribalism and narrow nationalist jingoism into a new paradigm of caring inclusiveness, compassionate love and universal peace.
Definition of Zionism: an organization of Jews whose goal is to create a nation for Jews.
Definition of Judaism: Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the Talmud.
The Rothschilds have been in control of the world for a very long time, their tentacles reaching into many aspects of our daily lives, as is documented in the following timeline. However, before you jump to the timeline, please read this invaluable introduction which will tell you who the Rothschilds are as oppose to who they claim to be.
The Rothschilds claim that they are Jewish, when in fact they are Khazars. They are from a country called Khazaria, which occupied the land locked between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea which is now predominantly occupied by Georgia. The reason the Rothschilds claim to be Jewish is that the Khazars under the instruction of the King, converted to the Jewish faith in 740 A.D., but of course that did not include converting their Asiatic Mongolian genes to the genes of the Jewish people.
You will find that approximately 90% of people in the world today who call themselves Jews are actually Khazars, or as they like to be known, Ashkenazi Jews. These people knowingly lie to the world with their claims that the land of Israel is theirs by birthright, when in actual fact their real homeland is over 800 miles away in Georgia.
So, next time you hear an Israeli Prime Minister bleating about the so-called persecution of the Jews, consider this, every Prime Minister of Israel has been an Ashkenazi Jew. Therefore when all these Prime Ministers have curried favour with the West for their re-establishment of a Jewish homeland, they have knowingly and deliberately lied to you, as they were never from that region, and they well know it, because it is they who call themselves Ashkenazi Jews.
The Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verse 9, states the following which would appear to be about these Ashkenazi Jews:
"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family. As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder. Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names: Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.
However, these are not the only bloodlines to worry about. You are probably aware of the centuries old pratice undertaken by many Ashkenazi Jews whereby they would change their name, in order for them to appear part of the dominant race of the country in which they lived, so as they could obtain influential positions in that country, which they would then exploit to serve their real masters elsewhere. There is plenty of evidence to prove the Rothschilds continue that deceptive tradition.
Furthermore the Rothschilds are known to sire many children secretly that they can put into positions of power when required. This started with the very first man who took the name Rothschild, who had a secret sixth son. Finally, remember the world is a diverse place, I could if I wanted change my name to Rothschild, or any of the names listed above, and that would not make me part of this family anymore than converting to Judaism in 740 A.D. will make these Ashkenazis Jewish.
Please, therefore, do not automatically assume someone you see with the name Rothschild or any of the names listed above are part of the Rothschild criminal network. Furthermore and most importantly, the majority of Ashkenazi Jews are innocent and not part of this network. Check the facts out for yourself first, this article is designed to inform people who the enemy is, not single out people of a particular race or people with a particular surname, who may have nothing to do with this Rothschild criminal network.
1913: On March 4, Woodrow Wilson is elected the 28th President of the United States. Shortly after he is inaugurated, he is visited in the White House by Ashkenazi Jew, Samuel Untermyer, of law firm, Guggenheim, Untermyer, and Marshall, who tries to blackmail him for the sum of $40,000 in relation to an affair Wilson had whilst he was a professor at Princeton University, with a fellow professor's wife.
President Wilson does not have the money, so Untermyer volunteers to pay the $40,000 out of his own pocket to the woman Wilson had had the affair with, on the condition that Wilson promise to appoint to the first vacancy on the United States Supreme Court a nominee to be recommended to President Wilson by Untermyer. Wilson agrees to this.
Jacob Schiff sets up the Anti Defamation League (ADL) in the United States. This organisation is formed to slander anyone who questions or challenges the Rothschild global conspiracy as, "anti-semitic."
Strangely enough, the same year that they do this they also set up their last and current central bank in America, the Federal Reserve. Congressman Charles Lindbergh stated following the passing of the Federal Reserve Act on December 23,
"The Act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this Bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized.......The greatest crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill."
It is important to note that the Federal Reserve is a private company, it is neither Federal nor does it have any Reserve. It is conservatively estimated that profits exceed $150 billion per year and the Federal Reserve has never once in its history published accounts.
1914: The start of World War I. In this war, the German Rothschilds loan money to the Germans, the British Rothschilds loan money to the British, and the French Rothschilds loan money to the French.
Futhermore, the Rothschilds have control of the three European news agencies, Wolff (est. 1849) in Germany, Reuters (est. 1851) in England, and Havas (est. 1835) in France.
The Rothschilds use Wolff to manipulate the German people into a fervour for war. From around this time, the Rothschilds are rarely reported in the media, because they own the media.
1916: On June 4, Ashkenazi Jew, Louis Dembitz Brandeis is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Wilson as per his agreed blackmail payment to Samuel Untermyer some three years earlier. Justice Brandeis is also the elected leader of the Executive Committee for Zionist Affairs, a position he has held since 1914.
The middle of World War II. Germany were winning the war as they were being financed by the Rothschilds to a greater extent than France, Italy and England, because Rothschilds, did not want to support the Tsar in Russia, and of course Russia was on the same side as France, Italy and England.
Then a significant event occurred. Germany, although they were winning the war and not one foreign soldier had set foot on their soil, offered armistice to Britain with no requirement of reparations. The Rothschilds were anxious to make sure this didn't happen as they were expecting to make far more money off this war, so they played another card they had up their sleeve.
Whilst the British were considering Germany's offer, Rothschild agent Louis Brandeis sends a Zionist delegation from America to Britain to promise to bring America into the war on the side of the British, provided the British agree to give the land of Palestine to the Rothschilds.
The Rothschilds wanted Palestine for the following reason. They had great business interests in the far east and desired their own state in that area along with their own military which they could use as an aggressor to any state that threatened those interests.
The British subsequently agree to the deal for Palestine and the Zionists in London contact their counterparts in America and inform them of this fact. Suddenly all the major newspapers in America that up to that point had been pro-German turned on Germany running propaganda pieces such as: German soldiers were killing Red Cross Nurses; German soldiers were cutting off babies hands, etc, in order to manipulate the American public against the Germans.
This same year, President Woodrow Wilson, ran a re-election campaign under the slogan, "Re-Elect The Man Who Will Keep Your Sons Out Of The War."
On December 12, Germany and her allies offer peace terms to end the war.
1917: As a result of Germany's offer of peace the Rothschild war machine goes into overdrive in America, spreading propaganda which leads to President Wilson under the instructions of American Zionist leader and Supreme Court Justice, Louis Dembitz Brandeis, reneging on his promise to the electorate and taking America into the first world war on April 6.
As per the Rothschild Zionist promise to the British, to take America into the war, they decide they want something in writing from the British to prove that they will uphold their side of the bargain. The British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour therefore drafts a letter which is commonly known as the, "Balfour Declaration," which is reprinted below.
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
The Rothschilds order the execution by the Bolsheviks they control, of Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family in Russia, even though the Tsar had already abdicated on March 2. This is both to get control of the country and an act of revenge for Tsar Alexander I blocking their world government plan in 1815 at the Congress Of Vienna, and Tsar Alexander II siding with President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
It is extremely important for them to slaughter the entire family including women and children in order to make good on the promise to do so made by Nathan Mayer Rothschild in 1815. It is designed to show the world what happens if you ever attempt to cross the Rothschilds.
U.S. Congressman Oscar Callaway informs Congress that J. P. Morgan is a Rothschild front and has taken control of the American media industry. He states,
"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press...
...They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers...An agreement was reached. The policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month, an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers."
1939: I.G. Farben the leading producer of chemicals in the world and largest German producer of steel dramatically increases its production. This increased production is almost exclusively used to arm Germany for the Second World War. This company was controlled by the Rothschilds and would go on to use Jews and other disaffected peoples as slave labour in the concentration camps. I.G. Farben also created the lethal Zyklon B gas that was used to exterminate the Jews.
On 1 September, the Second world war starts when Germany invades Poland. This was because the German leadership were a Christian leadership, who understood that Soviet Russia was led by Rothschild funded Communists, and they feared that as the Soviet Union grew in strength, these Jewish Communists would invade and wipe all the Christians off the map.
1940: Hansjurgen Koehler in his book, "Inside The Gestapo," states the following, of Maria Anna Schicklgruber, Adolf Hitler's grandmother,
"A little servant girl came to Vienna and became a domestic servant at the Rothschild mansion and Hitler's unknown grandfather must be probably looked for in this magnificent house."
This is backed up by Walter Langer in his book, "The Mind Of Hitler," in which he states,
"Adolfs father, Alois Hitler, was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber··.Maria Anna Schicklgruber was living in Vienna at the time she conceived. At that time she was employed as a servant in the home of Baron Rothschild. As soon as the family discovered her pregnancy she was sent back home··.where Alois was born."
On the surface, it would appear Hitler was unlikely to be a Rothschild, but then again, when you discover the benefits that the Rothschilds got out of this war, both financially and politically, a Rothschild connection does not appear as outlandish as it may initially seem.
1941: President Roosevelt takes America into the second world war by refusing to sell Japan any more steel scrap or oil. Japan was in the midst of a war against China and without that scrap steel and oil, Japan would be unable to continue that war. Japan was totally dependent upon the United States for both steel scrap and oil. Roosevelt knew this action would provoke the Japanese to attack America, which they subsequently did at Pearl Harbor.
1942: Prescott Bush, father of future American Presidents George Herbert Walker and George W, has his company seized under the, "Trading With The Enemy," Act. He was funding Hitler from America, whilst American soldiers were being killed by German soldiers.
Jews are also being slaughtered by these same soldiers. Interestingly the ADL never criticizes any of the Bushes for this.
1943: February 18th, Zionist, Izaak Greenbaum, head of the Jewish Agency Rescue Committee, in a speech to the Zionist Executive Council states,
"If I am asked, could you give from the UJA (United Jewish Appeal) monies to rescue Jews, I say, no and I say again no!"
He would go onto state,
"One cow in Palestine is worth more than all the Jews in Poland!"
This is not a surprise, the whole idea of Zionist support for the slaughter of innocent Jews was to scare the survivors into believing that their only place of safety was Israel. How else do you think the Zionists could ensure Jews leave the beautiful European cities in which they live, in order to settle in a desert!
1944: On 6 November Lord Moyne, British Minister Resident in the Middle East was assassinated in Cairo by two members of the Jewish terrorist group, the Stern Gang, led by future Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Shamir. He is also responsible for an assassination attempt against Harold MacMichael, the High Commissioner of the British Mandate of Palestine, this same year.
Interestingly he also masterminds another successful assassination this year against the United Nations representative in the Middle East, Count Folke Bernadotte who, although he had secured the release of 21,000 prisoners from German camps during World War II, was seen by Yitzak Shamir and his terrorist collaborators as an anti-Zionist.
In Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, two further Rothschild world banks are created. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank.
1945: The end of the Second World War. It is reported that I.G. Farben plants were specifically not targeted in the bombing raids on Germany. Interestingly at the end of the war, they were found to have only sustained 15% damage.
The tribunals held at the end of the Second World War, to investigate Nazi War Crimes, censored any materials recording Western assistance to Hitler.
The Rothschilds take a giant step towards their goal of world domination when the second, "League of Nations," called the, "United Nations," was approved this year.
1946: On July 22 the future Prime Minister of Israel, Ashkenazi Jew, David Ben-Gurion, orders another future Prime Minister of Israel, Ashkenazi Jew, Menachem Begin, to carry out a terrorist attack on the King David Hotel in Palestine, to try and drive out the British. As a result of this 91 people were killed, most of them civilians: 28 British, 41 Arabs, 17 Jews, and 5 others. Around 45 people are injured.
Menachem Begin went on to proudly proclaimed himself as, "the father of modern terrorism." Just to put the gravity of the attack on the King David Hotel into perspective, it was at the time the biggest death toll as a result of single terrorist action ever and was only surpassed over forty years later by the Bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.
1947: The British who prior to World War 2 declared that there would be no more immigration of Jews to Palestine in order to protect the Palestinians from their acts of terror against both them and British soldiers, transfer control of Palestine to the United Nations. The United Nations resolve to have Palestine partitioned into two states, one zionist and one arab, with Jerusalem to remain as an international zone to be enjoyed by all religious faiths.
This transfer was scheduled to take place on May 15, 1948. The United Nations had no right to give Arab property to anyone, as indeed even thought the Jews owned 6% of Palestine at that time, resolution 181 granted the Jews 57% of the land leaving the Arabs who at that time had 94% with only 43%.
Information collected by the ADL in its spy operations on US citizens is used by the House Select Committee on Unamerican Activities. Subcommittee Chair Clare Hoffman dismisses the ADLs reports on suspected communists as "hearsay."
1948: In the Spring of this year, the Rothschilds bribe President Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States 1945 1953) to recognise Israel (Rothschild owned Zionist not Jewish territory) as a sovereign state with $2,000,000 which they give to him on his campaign train.
They then declare Israel to be a sovereign Jewish state in Palestine and within half an hour President Truman declared the United States to be the first foreign nation to recognise it.
The Flag of Israel is unveiled. Despite tremendous opposition the emblem on the flag is a blue coloured version of the Rothschild, "Red Hexagram or Sign."
This angers many Jews who realise this Hexagram was used in the ancient mystery religions as the symbol of, "Moloch," (described as a demon of unwilling sacrifice and is also interestingly the name of the stone owl the elite worship at Bohemian Grove), and, "Astaroth," (described as the Lord Treasurer of Hell).
The Hexagram was also used to represent Saturn, which has been identified as the esoteric name for, "Satan." This indicates that anyone killed in the name of Israel is actually a sacrifice to Satan. These dissenting Jews believe the, "Menorah," the oldest Jewish symbol should be used and pointed out that the Hexagram is not even a Jewish symbol, but of course as the Rothschild Zionists use it that is what ends up on the Rothschild, I mean Zionist, I mean Israeli flag.
In the early hours of April 19, 132 Jewish terrorists from the Irgun gang, led by future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and the Stern gang, led by future Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, brutally massacre 200 men, women and children as they are sleeping peacefully in the Arab village of Deir Yassin.
Following the United Nations transfer of Palestine to an independent Jewish state and an independent Arab state on May 15, the Israelis launched a military assault on the Arabs with blaring loudspeakers on their trucks informing the Arabs that if they did not flee immediately, they would be slaughtered.
800,000 Arabs with the recent memory of the Deir Yassin massacre at the forefront of their minds, fled in panic. They asked for help from nighbouring Arab states, but those states did not get involved as they were no match for the Israelis whose up to date military hardware had been supplied by the Jewish Stalinist regime in Russia. Following this assault, the Jews now controlled 78% of the former Palestine as oppose to the 57% that had been given to them illegally by the United Nations.
The Palestinians, many of them Christians, were never paid compensation for their homes, property and businesses stolen from them during this illegal Jewish assault, and these people ended up in slum refugee cities of tents. Futhermore at least half of the Palestinians in their hurry to flee, left their birth certificates behind. The State of Israel then passed a law that only those who could prove citizenship were allowed to return to Israel, thus meaning these 400,000 Palestinians could not return and lost all their property they had left there.
Ashkenazi Jew, David Ben-Gurion, one of the father founders of Israel and its first Prime Minister, candidly describes Zionist aims in his diary (21 May 1948) as follows,
"The Achilles heel of the Arab coalition is the Lebanon. Muslim supremacy in this country is artificial and can easily be overthrown. A Christian State ought to be set up there, with its southern frontier on the river Litani.
We would sign a treaty of alliance with this State. Thus when we have broken the strength of the Arab Legion and bombed Amman, we could wipe out Trans-Jordan, after that Syria would fall. And if Egypt still dared to make war on us, we would bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo.
We should thus end the war and would have but paid to Egypt, Assyria and Chaldea on behalf of our ancestors."
1949: On October 1, Mao Tse Tsung declares the founding of the People's Republic Of China in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. He is funded by Rothschild created Communism in Russia and also the following Rothschild agents: Solomon Adler, a former United States Treasury official who was a Soviet Spy; Israel Epstein, the son of a Jewish Bolshevik imprisoned by the Tsar in Russia for trying to forment a revolution there; and Frank Coe, a leading official of the Rothschild owned IMF.
1950: Israel passes their law of return, guaranteeing every Jew worldwide the right to dwell in the state of Israel, however the Palestinians even though they had lived there for 1300 years, were denied that right.
John Davitt, former chief of the Justice Department's internal security section notes that the Israeli intelligence service is the second most active in the United States after the Soviets and of course both Israel and the Soviet Union are run by an Ashkenazi Jewish leadership.
1951: On 1 April the Israeli Secret Intelligence Agency the Mossad, which will go on to terrorize the world, is formed. The motto of the Mossad is probably the most disgusting secret service motto in the world, it is,
1963: On June 4th President John F. Kennedy (the 35th President of the United States 1961 1963) signs Executive Order 11110 which returned to the U.S. government the power to issue currency, without going through the Rosthchilds owned Federal Reserve.
Less than 6 months later on November 22nd , president Kennedy is assassinated by the Rothschilds for the same reason as they assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, he wanted to print American money for the American people, as oppose to for the benefit of a money grabbing war mongering foreign elite.
This Executive Order 11110, is rescinded by President Lyndon Baines Johnson (the 36th President of the United States 1963 to 1969) on Air Force One from Dallas to Washington, the same day as President Kennedy was assassinated.
Another, and probably the primary, reason for Kennedy's assassination is however, the fact that he made it quite clear to Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, that under no circumstances would he agree to Israel becoming a nuclear state. The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz on February 5, 1999, in a review of, Avner Cohen's book, "Israel and the Bomb," states the following,
"The murder of American President John F. Kennedy brought to an abrupt end the massive pressure being applied by the U.S. administration on the government of Israel to discontinue the nuclear program...The book implied that, had Kennedy remained alive, it is doubtful whether Israel would today have a nuclear option."
Edmond de Rothschild establishes La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild (LCF), in Switzerland as a venture capital house. This later develops into an investment bank and asset management company with many affiliates. He also marries his wife Nadine and they have a son, Benjamin de Rothschild.
1965: Israel illegally obtains enriched uranium from NUMEC (Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation).
1967: The treatment of the Palestinians by the Zionist Jews, finally ignites enough anger in the Arab world for Egypt, Jordan and Syria to mobilise on Israel's borders. All of these three countries are suddenly attacked by Israel and as a result the Sinai which included Gaza was stolen from Egypt, and the West Bank and the Jordan River stolen from Jordan.
As a result of this, on June 8, the Israelis launch an attack on the USS Liberty with Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats, in an effort to blame it on Egypt, to bring America into the war on their side, and of course follow to the letter, their Mossad motto,
"By Way Of Deception,
Thou Shalt Do War."
As a result of their attack, 34 American servicemen were killed and 174 wounded. Israel lies as usual, claiming it mistook this warship that was flying a large United States flag, for an ancient out-of-service Egyptian horse carrier El Quseir, that was 180 feet shorter. They also claim the ship was in the war zone, when it was actually in international waters, far from any fighting. The Israeli's attack on this warship lasts for 75 minutes during which time they shoot up one of the United States flags, resulting in the sailors desperately raising another one.
In the aftermath of this attack, the American sailors who survived are warned by the United States military not to discuss the matter with anyone due to, "national security." This story gets no prominence in the Rothschild controlled mainstream media and as usual Israel is in no way even rebuked for their crimes by their subservient country of America.
The following day, June 9th, Israel illegally occupies the Golan Heights which it seizes from Syria. This area goes on to provide Israel with one third of its fresh water.
1998: The European Central Bank is set up in Frankfurt, the city from which the Rothschilds originate.
2000: George W. Bush is elected (so they tell me) President of the United States. Bush and his family claim to be descendants of the House of Plantagenet which is descended from the Royal House of Judah.
2001: On September 11th the attack on the World Trade Center is orchestrated by Israel with the complicity of Britain and America, under the orders of the Rothschilds as a pretext for removing the liberty of people worldwide in exchange for security, just as happened with the Reichstag fire in Germany where the citizens were lied to in order to give up liberty for security.
They also will use the attacks to gain control of the few nations in the world who dont allow Rothschild central banks and so less than one month after these attacks, US forces attack Afghanistan, one of only 7 nations in the world who dont have a Rothschild controlled central bank.
Less than a week before the 9-11 attack on 5 September, the so-called lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and several other hijackers made a still-unexplained visit onboard one of Pro Israeli lobbyist, Ashkenazi Jew, Jack Abramoffs casino boats.
No investigation is undertook as to what they were doing there. It is discovered that US drug agents communications have been penetrated. Suspicion falls on two companies, AMDOCS and Comverse Infosys, both owned by Israelis. AMDOCS generates billing data for most US phone companies and is able to provide detailed logs of who is talking to whom.
Comverse Infosys builds the tapping equipment used by law enforcement to eavesdrop on all American telephone calls, but suspicion forms that Comverse Infosys, which gets half of its research and development budget from the Israeli government, has built a back door into the system that is being exploited by Israeli intelligence and that the information gleaned on US drug interdiction efforts is finding its way to drug smugglers.
The investigation by the FBI leads to the exposure of the largest foreign spy ring ever uncovered inside the United States, operated by Israel. Half of the suspected spies have been arrested when 9-11 happens.
On 9-11, 5 Israelis are arrested for dancing and cheering while the World Trade Towers collapse. Supposedly employed by Urban Moving Systems, the Israelis are caught with multiple passports and a lot of cash.
Two of them are later revealed to be Mossad. As witness reports track the activity of the Israelis, it emerges that they were seen at Liberty Park at the time of the first impact, suggesting a foreknowledge of what was to come. The Israelis are interrogated, and then eventually sent back to Israel.
The owner of the moving company used as a cover by the Mossad agents abandons his business and flees to Israel. The United States Government then classifies all of the evidence related to the Israeli agents and their connections to 9-11.
All of this is reported to the public via a four part story on Fox News by Carl Cameron. Pressure from Jewish groups, primarily AIPAC, forces Fox News to remove the story from their website. Two hours prior to the 9-11 attacks, Odigo, an Israeli company with offices just a few blocks from the World Trade Towers, receives an advance warning via the internet.
The manager of the New York Office provides the FBI with the IP address of the sender of the message, but the FBI does not follow this up. The FBI is investigating 5 Israeli moving companies as possible fronts for Israeli intelligence.
It is revealed that prior to the attack millions of dollars of put options on both American Airlines and United Airlines, were traded. The FBI have promised to followed the purchasers up, but have never revealed their findings. That is because this would lead directly to Israel, the state behind the 911 attacks.
Following the World Trade Center attack, anonymous letters containing anthrax are sent to various politicians and media executives. Like the 9-11 attack this is immediately blamed on Al-Qaeda, until it is discovered that the anthrax contained within those letters is a specific type of weaponized anthrax made by a United States military laboratory.
The FBI then discover that the main suspect for these anthrax letters is a Ashkenazi Jew, Dr. Philip Zack, who had been reprimanded several times by his employers due to offensive remarks he made about Arabs. Dr. Philip Zack, was caught on camera entering the storage area where he worked at Fort Detrick which is where the Anthrax was kept. At this point, both the FBI and the mainstream media stopped making any public comments on the case.
Jewish Defence League Chairman since 1985, Ashkenazi Jew, Irv Rubin is jailed for allegedly plotting to bomb a mosque and the offices of a Arab-American congressman. He dies shortly after slitting his throat in a suicide attempt, before he can be brought to trial.
One week prior to the WTC attack, the Zim Shipping Company moves out of its offices in the WTC, breaking its lease and costing the company $50,000. No reason has ever been given, but Zim Shipping Company is half owned by the State of Israel (The Rothschilds).
On October 3, Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, makes the following statement to Ashkenazi Jew, Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.
"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that....I want to tell you something very clear, don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
2002: Webster's Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged), re-printed in 2002, provides a new definition of Anti Semitism which has not been updated since 1956. It reads,
"Anti-Semitism: (1) hostility toward Jews as a religious or racial minority group, often accompanied by social, political or economic discrimination (2) opposition to Zionism (3) sympathy for the opponents of Israel."
It was definition (2) and (3) that were added in the 2002 edition, just before the USA decide to invade Iraq under orders from the State of Rothschild, I mean Israel. Also this year, the Prime Minister of Israel, war criminal, Ariel Sharon, orders the massacre in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. Best get that definition updated to protect these criminals.
The DEA issues a report that Israeli spies, posing as art students, have been trying to penetrate US Government offices. Police near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in southern Washington State stop a suspicious truck and detain two Israelis, one of whom is illegally in the United States. The two men were driving at high speed in a Ryder rental truck, which they claimed had been used to, "deliver furniture."
The next day, police discovered traces of TNT and RDX military-grade plastic explosives inside the passenger cabin and on the steering wheel of the vehicle. The FBI then announces that the tests that showed explosives were, "false positived," by cigarette smoke, a claim test experts say is ridiculous.
Based on an alibi provided by a woman, the case is closed and the Israelis are handed over to INS to be sent back to Israel. One week later, the woman who provided the alibi vanishes.
2003: The United States invade Iraq on 19 March, which this year is the holy, "Day of Purim," in the Jewish calendar. This, "Day of Purim," is a day the Jews celebrate their victory over Ancient Babylon, now based within the borders of Iraq, how interesting.
What is also significant is that the previous U.S. led invasion of Iraq ended on the Day of Purim ten years earlier with the slaughter of 150,000 fleeing Iraqis under the current President's father, George Herbert Walker Bush. Purim is also the time when the Jews are encouraged to get bloody revenge against their perceived enemies.
Ancient Babylon, I mean Iraq, is now one of six nations left in the world who dont have a Rothschild controlled central bank. This war is mainly about stealing Iraqs water supply for Israel and is being fought with the blood of the American military which the State of Rothschild, I mean Israel control.
Israel has always struggled for water, it had to steal the Golan Heights from Syria which provided Israel with one third of its fresh water 36 years before, yet still in Israel water extraction has surpassed replacement by 2.5 billion metres in the last 25 years.
This means the water is far more precious to them than the oil reserves which are the second largest reserves of oil on the planet.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed states in a speech,
"Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."
The Police Chief of Cloudcroft stops a truck speeding through a school zone. The drivers turn out to be Israelis with expired passports. Claiming to be movers, the truck contains junk furniture and several boxes.
The Israelis are handed over to immigration. The contents of the boxers are not revealed to the public.
Israel deploys assassination squads into other countries, including the United States. The US Government does not protest.
2004: Two years into an investigation of AIPACs (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee the largest political lobbying group in the USA with over 65,000 members whose only purpose is to use the USA for the purposes of Israel) possible role as a spy front for Israel, Ashkenazi Jew, Larry Franklin, a mid-level Pentagon Analyst is observed by the FBI giving classified information to two officials of AIPAC suspected of being Israeli spies.
AIPAC hires lawyer Nathan Lewin to handle their legal defense, the same lawyer who defended suspected Israeli spy Stephen Bryen in 1978. Larry Franklin worked in the Pentagon Office of Special Plans, run by Richard Perle, at the time Perle (who was caught giving classified information to Israel back in 1970) was insisting that Iraq was crawling with weapons of mass destruction requiring the United States to invade and conquer Iraq.
There were no WMDs, of course, and Perle has dumped the blame for the, "bad intelligence," on George Tenet. But what is known is that the Pentagon Office of Special Plans was coordinating with a similar group in Israel, in Ariel Sharons office.
With two suspected Israeli spies (at least) inside the office from which the lies that launched the war in Iraq originated, it appears that the people of the United States are the victims of a deadly hoax, a hoax that started a war using the blood and money of American citizens for the purposes of Israeli oppression.
The leaking of the investigation of AIPAC to the media on August 28th, 2004 gave advance warning to other spies working with Franklin. The damage to the FBIs investigation was completed when United States Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the FBI to stop all arrests in the case.
Like the Stephen Bryen case and the hunt for, "Mega," this latest spy scandal seems destined by officials who have their own secret allegiances to protect, barring a massive public outcry.
Police near the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Tennessee stop a truck after a three mile chase, during which the driver throws a bottle containing a strange liquid from the cab. The drivers turn out to be Israelis using fake identifications. The FBI refuses to investigate and the Israelis are released.
Two Israelis try to enter Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, home to eight Trident submarines. The truck tests positive for explosives.
The National Director of the ADL, Abraham H. Foxman, publishes a book entitled, "Never Again? The Threat Of The New Anti-Semitism," in which he states that the New Testament's "lie," that the ancient Pharisees were responsible for the death of Christ, has been responsible for anti-semitism throughout the millennia and thus the New Testament of the bible is, "hate speech," and should be censored or banned.
2005: On January 20, President Bush makes the following statement as part of his second inaugural address, "When our Founders declared a new order of the ages." This is not true. The founders did not declare a, "new order of the ages," President Roosevelt did when in 1933, he put it's latin translation, "Novus Ordo Seclorum," on the dollar bill.
On 7 July the London Underground Network is bombed. Israels Finance Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu is in London on the morning of the attacks in order to attend an economic conference in a hotel over the underground station where one of the blasts occurred, but stayed in his hotel room instead after he had been informed by Israeli intelligence officials attacks were expected.
There are now only 5 nations on the world left without a Rothschild controlled central bank: Iran; North Korea; Sudan; Cuba; and Libya.
Physics Professor, Stephen E. Jones of Brigham Young University publishes a paper in which he proves the World Trade Center buildings could have only been brought down in the manner they were by explosives. He receives no coverage in the mainstream media for his scientific and provable claims.
2006: The Edmond De Rothschild Banque, a subsidiary of Europe's Edmond De Rothschild family bank group in France, becomes the first foreign family bank that has obtained approval of the China Banking Regulatory Commission and entered China's financial market.
The ADL ruthlessly leans on governments throughout the world to pass hate crimes legislation, as they are scared that the criminal cabal that is Israel and the Rothschilds is being exposed more and more on a daily basis, predominantly on the internet. Their job is to protect this criminal network and what better way to do it than by passing laws in which anyone who exposes a Jewish criminal becomes a criminal.
David Irving is sentenced to three years in jail in Austria, for denying the holocaust. It is important to note that the only historical event you can be arrested for questioning is the holocaust. This is because this has been the Rothschilds greatest weapon in brainwashing YOU, THE STUPID GOY! is that the Jews are so poor and persecuted when in actual fact they control the vast majority of international finance and international corporations throughout the world.
Jewish rabbi calls for extermination of all Palestinian males (18 September 2006) http://www.imemc.org/content/view/21527/1/
A Jewish rabbi living in the West Bank has called on the Israeli government to use their troops to kill all Palestinian males more than 13 years old in a bid to end Palestinian presence on this earth. CLIP
Most sentient beings have long recognized that murdering civilians in foreign countries -- especially through the cowardly methods of "secret war" -- is entirely counterproductive ... if your actual aim is to enhance America's national security by reducing violent extremism and hatred for the United States, that is. However, if your aim is to perpetuate and expand a militarist empire and the bloated, brutal, corrupt, war-profiteering system that supports it, why then, secret war and civilian slaughter are perfectly logical and remarkably effective methods.
And that is why our highly intelligent and cool, pragmatic president is now vastly expanding the use of secret war, subversion, sabotage and murder into even more countries around the world, and giving America's secret, unaccountable death squads and covert operators even more power to carry out their lawless operations. As one Pentagon mandarin gushed, Obama is allowing "things that the previous administration did not."
That quote comes from a remarkably candid story in the Washington Post on Obama's "surge" in America's secret war on the world, which now encompasses no fewer than 75 countries.
(By the way, the Post is often a very good source of information about the operations and machinations of the militarist empire -- not because its editors are seeking to expose the empire's crimes and atrocities, but because they approve of them. And thus they will often write about them, in detail, in the most straightforward manner: "Hey, look at the cool stuff our boys are doing now!")
As the story notes:
The Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials.
Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year. ... Plans exist for pre-emptive or retaliatory strikes in numerous places around the world ...
What's more, Obama has brought the covert operators and death squad leaders into the inner circle at the White House:
Special Operations commanders have also become a far more regular presence at the White House than they were under George W. Bush's administration, when most briefings on potential future operations were run through the Pentagon chain of command and were conducted by the defense secretary or the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"We have a lot more access," a second military official said. "They are talking publicly much less but they are acting more. They are willing to get aggressive much more quickly."
The White House, he said, is "asking for ideas and plans . . . calling us in and saying, 'Tell me what you can do. Tell me how you do these things.' "
... Obama has made such forces a far more integrated part of his global security strategy [than Bush]. He has asked for a 5.7 percent increase in the Special Operations budget for fiscal 2011, for a total of $6.3 billion, plus an additional $3.5 billion in 2010 contingency funding.
The story notes that the bureaucratic turf wars between the Pentagon and State Department that had hindered some covert operations under the cantankerous Donald Rumsfeld have now disappeared with the smooth comity between Obama's team of Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates, the long-time Bush Family factotum who now mentors the eager young Democratic president in the ancient ways of oligarchy and militarist empire. And of course, Obama hand-picked Stanley McChrystal -- master of America's darkest arts in the war of aggression in Iraq -- to lead his "surge" in Afghanistan.
Indeed, Obama has been so lavish and relaxed in his use of death squads and secret war that the only complaint voiced these days by our Special Oppers -- who, the Post notes, "consider themselves a breed apart" -- is that they have to spend too much time in current war zones, and not enough plying their wares in new territory:
Although pleased with their expanded numbers and funding, Special Operations commanders would like to devote more of their force to global missions outside war zones. Of about 13,000 Special Operations forces deployed overseas, about 9,000 are evenly divided between Iraq and Afghanistan.
Yes, it's a lot more fun to skulk around in unsuspecting foreign nations, "taking out" a suspect here, "renditioning" another to some secret hellhole there, arming and funding local terrorist groups to kill, maim and destroy, or paying off sleazy local informants who happily sell their business rivals or personal enemies into captivity. It is indeed a noble calling, requiring "a breed apart" from the common herd.
But oddly enough, some of the Pentagon's compadres in covert war are discovering that the practice is not achieving its publicly stated objectives. As Gareth Porter at Antiwar.com reports, even the push-button killers of the CIA are waking up to the fact that their remote-control slaughter of Pakistanis with drone-fired missiles is creating more hatred and more enemies for the United States:
Some CIA officers involved in the agency's drone strikes program in Pakistan and elsewhere are privately expressing their opposition to the program within the agency, because it is helping al-Qaeda and its allies recruit, according to a retired military officer in contact with them.
"Some of the CIA operators are concerned that, because of its blowback effect, it is doing more harm than good," said Jeffrey Addicott, former legal adviser to U.S. Special Forces and director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, in an interview with IPS.
Addicott said the CIA operatives he knows have told him the drone strikes are being used effectively by al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders to recruit more militants. ...
Because the drone strikes kill innocent civilians and bystanders along with leaders from far away, they "infuriate the Muslim male," said Addicott, thus making them more willing to join the movement. The men in Pakistan's tribal region "view Americans as cowards and weasels," he added.
Weasels? Well, that is a "breed apart," I guess, so perhaps the covert warriors should be proud of the sobriquet. (And of course it is not just the Muslim male who is infuriated by the civilian slaughter and turning to violent reaction, as evidenced by the growing number of female suicide bombers.)
But these inklings of CIA sentiency -- and perhaps the first stirrings of awareness that the stated objectives are not the real aim of the program -- have not prevented our stalwarts from continuing to push their murderous buttons (or is it click their murderous mouses?):
CIA officers "are very upset" with the drone strike policy, Addicott said. "They'll do what the boss says, but they view it as a harmful exercise." ... Addicott said the drone program has been driven by President Barack Obama, rather than by the CIA. "Obama's trying to show people that we're winning," he added.
Addicott then makes this telling observation:
They have informed high-level CIA officials about their concerns that the program is backfiring, Addicott told IPS.
"The people at the top are not believers," said Addicott, referring to the CIA. "They know that the objective is not going to be achieved."
And there you have it. The "people at the top" are indeed well aware that the stated objectives of the ever-expanding drone program -- and the ever-expanding Terror War -- are not going to be achieved. They are not meant to be achieved. They are meant only to give the illusion "that we're winning," to keep the great game going, to keep the money and the power rolling in.
Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal 'Synthetic Organisms,' Molecular Kill-Switch Included
By Katie Drummond -- February 5, 2010
The Pentagon's mad science arm may have come up with its most radical project yet. Darpa is looking to re-write the laws of evolution to the military's advantage, creating "synthetic organisms" that can live forever - or can be killed with the flick of a molecular switch.
As part of its budget for the next year, Darpa is investing $6 million into a project called BioDesign, with the goal of eliminating "the randomness of natural evolutionary advancement." The plan would assemble the latest bio-tech knowledge to come up with living, breathing creatures that are genetically engineered to "produce the intended biological effect." Darpa wants the organisms to be fortified with molecules that bolster cell resistance to death, so that the lab-monsters can "ultimately be programmed to live indefinitely."
Of course, Darpa's got to prevent the super-species from being swayed to do enemy work - so they'll encode loyalty right into DNA, by developing genetically programmed locks to create "tamper proof" cells. Plus, the synthetic organism will be traceable, using some kind of DNA manipulation, "similar to a serial number on a handgun." And if that doesn't work, don't worry. In case Darpa's plan somehow goes horribly awry, they're also tossing in a last-resort, genetically-coded kill switch:
Develop strategies to create a synthetic organism "self-destruct" option to be implemented upon nefarious removal of organism.
The project comes as Darpa also plans to throw $20 million into a new synthetic biology program, and $7.5 million into "increasing by several decades the speed with which we sequence, analyze and functionally edit cellular genomes."
Of course, Darpa's up against some vexing, fundamental laws of nature - not to mention bioethics - as they embark on the lab beast program. First, they might want to rethink the idea of evolution as a random series of events, says NYU biology professor David Fitch. "Evolution by selection is nota random process at all, and is actually a hugely efficient design algorithm used extensively in computation and engineering," he e-mails Danger Room.
Even if Darpa manages to overcome the inherent intelligence of evolutionary processes, overcoming inevitable death can be tricky. Just ask all the other research teams who've made stabs at it, trying everything from cell starvation to hormone treatments. Gene therapy, where artificial genes are inserted into an organism to boost cell life, are the latest and greatest in life-extension science, but they've only been proven to extend lifespan by 20 percent in rats.
But suppose gene therapy makes major strides, and Darpa does manage to get the evolutionary science right. They'll also have a major ethical hurdle to jump. Synthetic biology researchers are already facing the same questions, as a 2009 summary from the Synthetic Biology Project reports:
The concern that humans might be overreaching when we create organisms that never before existed can be a safety concern, but it also returns us to disagreements about what is our proper role in the natural world (a debate largely about non-physical harms or harms to well-being).
Even expert molecular geneticists don't know what to make of the project. Either that, or they're scared Darpa might sic a bio-bot on them. "I would love to comment, but unfortunately Darpa has installed a kill switch in me," one unnamed expert tells Danger Room.
Darpa Wants to Predict Deadly Pathogens with 'Prophecy' (June 2, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/darpa-wants-to-predict-deadly-pathogens-with-prophecy/
Right now, preparing for new viral threats means looking to the past, creating hypotheses based on how pathogens have changed before. Now Darpa wants to reverse that strategy: test every possible outcome, to create a prophetic almanac that warns of viral mutations and outbreaks in advance - giving scientists the chance to change the course of the future before illness strikes.The Pentagon's far-out research arm has been zeroing in on the danger of mutating pathogens, and the corresponding problem of drug resistance, for years now. The agency is already funding tobacco-based vaccine production, a seven-day plan to thwart biothreats, and prescient viral infection detectors. And they've even set their sights on psychic medics, with a 2007 program that sought to turn docs into all-knowing illness predictors. Now, Darpa wants the powers of premonition to wipe out viral threats altogether. They're hosting a workshop for a new program, called "Prophecy," that'll develop methods to predict the rate, location and likely mutations of viral agents. CLIP
Laser Plane Gets More Cash to Blow More Stuff Up (June 4, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/laser-plane-gets-more-cash-to-blow-up-more-stuff-up/
Once a half-billion-dollar a year operation, the Missile Defense Agency's flagship laser weapon program got just $40 million this week to continue experiments. Boeing has to make due with a mere $330,000/day from June until September to keep the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) going. The money brings the ALTB's total budget this year to $146 million. In February, the modified 747 destroyed a missile in flight with nothing but coherent light, but by then the Obama administration had already decided to all-but-end the program. According to a Defense Department announcement, the money will fund "additional missile engagement scenarios and flight testing to include all required support." In other words: we're gonna blow more stuff up!There is $100 million set aside for the laser weapon in the 2011 defense budget. ALTB proponents hope to slip in at least another $50 million - a drop in the budget compared to the $10 billion or so that the Missile Defense Agency is supposed to get next year. CLIP
Navy's Drone Death Ray Takes Out Targets at Sea (May 28, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/05/navys-drone-death-ray-takes-out-targets-at-sea/
For years, the U.S. Navy has been pursuing a workable ray gun that could provide a leap ahead in ship self-defenses. Now, with a series of tests of a system called the Laser Weapon System, or LaWS), it may be one step closer to that goal.Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the service's technology development arm, announced today that LaWS had "successfully tracked, engaged, and destroyed" a drone in flight, during an over-the-water engagement at San Nicholas Island, Calif.It's certainly not the first time lasers have shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle - last year, the Air Force zapped several drones with beam weapons in a series of tests at China Lake, Calif. - but this test brings an additional bit of realism - and an extra technical challenge. Laser beams can lose strength as they move through the moist, salty sea atmosphere above the sea, so the Navy needs directed-energy weapons that can work effectively on ships. The LaWS is essentially a laser upgrade to the MK 15 Close In Weapon System (CIWS), a.k.a. the Phalanx gun, a radar-guided autocannon that is already installed on Navy surface combatants. CLIP
Darpa's 'Liquid Laser' Gunship Program Pushes Ahead (Nov 17, 2009) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/11/darpas-liquid-laser-gunship-program-pushes-ahead/
The Pentagon's mad science arm is moving ahead with a project to build a laser weapon "compact enough to be carried on board a tactical aircraft - say a B-1B bomber or an AC-130 gunship," Aviation Week reports. Darpa is getting ready to hand out 24-month research contracts to defense contractors Textron or General Atomics for the next phase of its High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) program. In the works since 2003, the program is now looking to "build and ground-test" a 150 kilowatt laser weighing about 750 kilograms early in 2012. If it works, the result would not only be a power-to-weight ratio ten times better than existing laser systems. It could mean the next step in giving the U.S. a fleet of laser-blasting aircraft. CLIP
NEXT POSTEnd Zone to War Zone: Pentagon Wants NFL Tech for Battlefield Replays (June 3, 2010) http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/end-zone-to-war-zone-pentagon-wants-nfl-tech-for-battlefield-replays/
The Pentagon's cribbing a play from Monday Night Football, adopting the same instant-replay technology used during games to improve analysis of war-zone video feeds. Harris Corporation, the company behind instant replay for professional football and baseball games, has teamed up with the military on an analysis system that's already been deployed to several bases, reports Live Science. The system, called Full-Motion Video Asset Management Engine (FAME) uses metadata tags to encode important details - time, date, camera location - into each video frame. In a football game, those tags would help broadcasters pick the best clip to re-air and explain a play. In a war-zone, they'd help analysts watch video in a richer, easier-to-grasp context. And additional tags could link a video clip to photographs, cellphone calls, databases or documents. The final result turns war-zone footage into play-by-play video feed, with analysts becoming veritable game announcers CLIP
Armed Flying Robots Coming Soon To Friendly American Skies http://gawker.com/5562641/armed-flying-robots-coming-soon-to-friendly-american-skies
Unmanned drones are convenient: You can kill bad people from thousands of feet in the air without having to see the whites of their eyes, or track down the license plate number of a speeding car... let law enforcement decide!The Federal Aviation Administration is feeling the heat from responsible, patriotic lawmakers, like secessionist Texas Governor Rick Perry and Senator John Cornyn, to issue flying rights for unmanned drones so they can keep tabs on illegal immigrants and other assorted evildoers trying to ruin America. However, the biggest hold up to loosening tight government regulations on flying robots armed with Hellfire missiles is safety. For instance, they might crash into airliners, or even hot air baloons! But for that to happen, one of these drones would have to go haywire, and we all know that American technology always works and safety is paramount. And the good would certainly outweigh the bad, because a few of these babies under the direction of, say, Border Patrol cops could really stem the flow of Mexicans and terrorists into the southwest. They're working wonders inside Pakistan! CLIP
DARPA Explores Geoengineering Climate Manipulation (March 17, 2009) http://thefifthknight.blog.friendster.com/2009/03/darpa-explores-geoengineering-climate-manipulation/
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is currently advancing the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robotic programmes, within the U.S. Department of Defense network landscape. Inconceivable To Some, But Not Impossible For Many: A forward looking track along these lines, could become comparable to the futuristic robot 'Gort', taken from the 1951 movie "The Day The Earth Stood Still", and allowing 'it' to take-over the entire U.S. Defense Complex; thus bestowing complete governing environmental control - on a planetary scale. These are just the very earliest of birth pangs; however, if the environmental climate change feedback loops continue to accelerate, then the corresponding need for superhuman control-methods will equally accelerate exponentially! The DARPA A.I. Complex could ultimately gain full control over every aspect of Planet Earth - in order to 'save' us from an impending evironmental apocalypse CLIP
WEATHER CONTROL 101 http://uncensored.co.nz/2008/05/28/weather-control-101/
Describes the HAARP array and other weather control mechanisms being ignored by the "climate change" and "carbon trading" brigade. Most interesting article from The Ecologist. - edBeware the US military's experiments with climatic warfare, says Michel Chossudovsky (...) Rosalie Bertell, president of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health, says HAARP operates as 'a gigantic heater that can cause major disruptions in the ionosphere, creating not just holes, but long incisions in the protective layer that keeps deadly radiation from bombarding the planet'. Physicist Dr Bernard Eastlund called it 'the largest ionospheric heater ever built'.HAARP is presented by the US Air Force as a research programme, but military documents confirm its main objective is to 'induce ionospheric modifications' with a view to altering weather patterns and disrupting communications and radar. According to a report by the Russian State Duma: 'The US plans to carry out large-scale experiments under the HAARP programme [and] create weapons capable of breaking radio communication lines and equipment installed on spaceships and rockets, provoke serious accidents in electricity networks and in oil and gas pipelines, and have a negative impact on the mental health of entire regions.'An analysis of statements emanating from the US Air Force points to the unthinkable: the covert manipulation of weather patterns, communications and electric power systems as a weapon of global warfare, enabling the US to disrupt and dominate entire regions.Weather manipulation is the pre-emptive weapon par excellence. It can be directed against enemy countries or 'friendly nations' without their knowledge, used to destabilise economies, ecosystems and agriculture. It can also trigger havoc in financial and commodity markets CLIP
GETTING RID OF THE US MILITARY AND OF ALL NON ESSENTIAL MILITARY FORCES AROUND THE WORLD WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS GIVING US A FIGHTING CHANCE TO SURVIVE THE 21ST CENTURY... WHAT A WASTE!
As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, just one of many manifestations of perilous ecological degradation across the planet, the need to challenge war and militarism - especially in terms of the United States - becomes ever-more pressing. The U.S. military is the world's single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the single entity most responsible for destabilizing the Earth's climate.
The costs of U.S. militarism and war are high and many. In addition to the growing civilian and military death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example, total monies appropriated by Congress for the two wars surpassed the one-trillion-dollar mark on May 30th. Among other would-be purchases, such an enormous sum could provide 294,734,961 people with health care for one year, according to the Northampton, Massachusetts-based national Priorities Project. (1) Instead, the monies are dedicated to death and destruction - all in the name of "national security" - greatly enriching military contractors in the process.
The costs that one rarely hears about - at least here in the United States - are the associated environmental damages that regularly and systematically occur. Indeed, it is far more common to learn of the Pentagon's efforts to "go green."
In March, the Center for American Progress, for instance, reported on the Pentagon building's "big green renovation." When completed in 2011, "The Pentagon's 25,000 military and civilian personnel will not only work in one of the biggest office buildings in the world," the article gushed, "but one of the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable." (2)
Beyond the Pentagon building itself, the U.S. military is "stepping forward to combat climate change," asserts the subtitle of a 2010 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. (3) Meanwhile, President Obama recently extolled the military's endeavors to reduce its fuel consumption via biofuel-using technologies, specifically the Navy's FA/18 fighter jet, nicknamed the Green Hornet due to its putative eco credentials, and the Marine Corp's Light Armored Vehicle. (4)
Such "greenwashing" helps to mask the fact that the Pentagon devours about 330,000 barrels of oil per day (a barrel has 42 gallons), more than the vast majority of the world's countries. If the U.S. military were a nation-state, it would be ranked number 37 in terms of oil consumption - ahead of the likes of the Philippines, Portugal, and Nigeria - according to the CIA Factbook.
And although much of the military's technology has become far more fuel-efficient over the last few decades, the amount of oil consumed per soldier per day in wartime has increased by 175 percent since Vietnam, given the Pentagon's increasing use and number of motorized vehicles. A 2010 study by Deloitte, the financial services company, reports that the Pentagon uses 22 gallons of oil per day per soldier deployed in its wars, a figure that is expected to grow 1.5 percent annually though 2017. (5)
The worst offender is the Air Force, which consumes 2.5 billion gallons of aviation fuel a year, and accounts for more than half of the Pentagon's energy use. Under normal flight conditions, a F-16 fighter jet burns up to 2,000 gallons of fuel per flight hour. The resulting detrimental impact on the Earth's climate system is much greater per mile traveled than motorized ground transport due to the height at which planes fly combined with the mixture of gases and particles they emit. (6)
Among the ironies of all this, given that a central goal of U.S. military strategy is to ensure the smooth flow of oil to the United States, is that the Pentagon's voracious appetite for energy helps to justify its very existence and seemingly never-ending growth.
In a direct sense, war and militarism produce landscapes and ecosystems of violence - and violated bodies. In Laos, unexploded ordnance from Washington's illegal and covert bombing litters the countryside, and has killed and maimed thousands since the war's end, and continues to do so at the rate of almost one person per day. In Vietnam, about 500,000 Vietnamese children have been born since the mid-1970s with birth defects believed to be related to the defoliant Agent Orange that the Pentagon dumped on the country. And in war-torn Fallujah, the aftermath of two U.S. sieges of the Iraqi city in 2004 has seen a huge rise in the number of chronic deformities among infants and a spike in early-age cancer. (7)
Beyond locations directly targeted by war, the ill effects of military consumption of environmental resources do not respect territorial boundaries. They exacerbate a growing environmental crisis on a global scale. From the degradation of the world's oceans, to a steep decline in biodiversity and intensifying climate destabilization, war and militarism threaten humanity and life more broadly in unprecedented ways.
Such ecological "costs" are certainly not limited to the activities of the U.S. military. But given its engagement in multiple wars, a network of hundreds of military bases around the world and dozens more in the United States, and a budget now roughly the equivalent of all of the rest of the world's militaries combined, the Pentagon must be the central focus of efforts to protect the biosphere by challenging war and militarism. More than ever, humanity - and Mother Earth - can no long afford them.
UN "Green Light" for a Pre-emptive US-Israel Attack on Iran? Security Council Resolution Transforms Iran into a "Sitting Duck"
By Michel Chossudovsky -- June 11, 2010
"A sitting duck is a defenceless victim, an easy target, vulnerable to attack"
What this latest resolution suggests is that Washington and its NATO allies not only control the UN Security Council, they ultimately also call the shots on foreign policy in Moscow and Beijing.
This Security Council resolution should dispel the myth of competing super powers. Both China and Russia are an appendage of the New World Order.
As far as international diplomacy is concerned, both China and Russia are "Paper Tigers", with no teeth. "'Paper Tiger' [÷½òVå (zh®´ l®£oh®³)], meaning something that seems as threatening as a tiger, but is really harmless."
Both China and Russia are the victims of their own failed decisions within the United Nations Security Council.
An attack on Iran would immediately lead to military escalation. Syria and Lebanon would also be targeted. The entire Middle East Central Asian region would flare up, a situation which could potentially evolve towards a World War III scenario.
In a very real sense, the US-NATO-Israel military adventure threatens the future of humanity.
The UN Security Council voted on June 9 the imposition of a fourth round of sweeping sanctions against The Islamic Republic of Iran, which include an expanded arms embargo as well "tougher financial controls".
In a bitter irony, this resolution was passed within days of the United Nations Security Council's outright refusal to adopt a motion condemning Israel for its attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters.
It also followed the holding of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference in Washington under UN auspices, which called for the establishment, in its final resolution, of a nuclear free Middle East as well as the dismantling of Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal. Israel is considered to be the World's sixth nuclear power, with, according to Jane Defense, between 100 and 300 nuclear warheads. ( Analysts: Israel viewed as world's 6th nuclear power, Israel News, Ynetnews, April 10, 2010). Iran in contrast has no known nuclear weapons capabilities.
UNSC Resolution 1929 is based on a fundamental falsehood. It upholds the notion that Iran is an upcoming nuclear power and a threat to global security. It also provides a green light to the US-NATO-Israel military alliance to threaten Iran with a pre-emptive punitive nuclear attack, using the UN Security Council as rubber stamp.
The Security Council exercises double standards in the application of sanctions: Whereas Iran is the target of punitive threats, Israel's extensive nuclear arsenal, is either ignored or tacitly accepted by "the international community". For Washington, Israel's nukes are an instrument of peace in the Middle East.
Moreover, whereas all fingers are pointed at Iran which does not possess nuclear weapons, five so-called "non-nuclear" European states including Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy and Turkey not only possess tactical nuclear weapons under national command, these warheads are deployed and targeted at Iran.
Resolution 1929 (June 9, 2010):
"7. Decides that Iran shall not acquire an interest in any commercial activity in another State involving uranium mining, production or use of nuclear materials and technology as listed in INFCIRC/254/Rev.9/Part 1, in particular uranium-enrichment and reprocessing activities, all heavy-water activities or technology-related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, and further decides that all States shall prohibit such investment in territories under their jurisdiction by Iran, its nationals, and entities incorporated in Iran or subject to its jurisdiction, or by persons or entities acting on their behalf or at their direction, or by entities owned or controlled by them;
"8. Decides that all States shall prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Iran, from or through their territories or by their nationals or individuals subject to their jurisdiction, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, and whether or not originating in their territories, of any battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems .... , decides further that all States shall prevent the provision to Iran by their nationals or from or through their territories of technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services or assistance related to the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of such arms and related materiel, and, in this context, calls upon all States to exercise vigilance and restraint over the supply, sale, transfer, provision, manufacture and use of all other arms and related materiel;" (Security Council Imposes Additional Sanctions on Iran, Voting 12 in Favour to 2 Against, with 1 Abstention, Includes complete text of UNSC Resolution 1929, UN News, June 9, 2010)
The Arms Embargo. Implications for Russia and China
Both the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China have caved in to US pressures and voted in favor of a resolution, which is not only detrimental to Iran's security, but which seriously weakens and undermines their strategic role as potential competing World powers on the Eurasian geopolitical chessboard.
The resolution strikes at the very heart of the structure of military alliances. It prevents Russia and China to sell both strategic and conventional weapons and military technology to their de facto ally: Iran. In fact, that was one of major objectives of Resolution 1929, which Washington is intent upon enforcing.
At the same time, by barring Iran from purchasing conventional military equipment, the resolution prevents Iran from defending itself from a US-NATO-Israel attack.
The resolution, were it to be fully enforced, would not only invalidate ongoing bilateral military cooperation agreements with Iran, it would create a wedge in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
It would also significantly weaken trade and investment relations between Iran and its Russian and Chinese partners. The financial and banking provisions in the resolution also point to Washington's resolve to not only isolate Iran but also to destabilize its financial system.
Washington is intent upon enforcing this resolution. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appointed Robert Einhorn, Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, as U.S. coordinator for the implementation of the sanctions regime directed against both Iran and North Korea:.
"U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the resolution, saying it will put in place the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government and send an "unmistakable message" to Tehran about the international community's commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons."(Clinton appoints coordinator for sanctions against Iran, DPRK, Xinhua, June 10, 2010
"We expect every country to aggressively implement Resolution 1929" said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. Were China and Russia to decide not to abide by the resolution's provisions, particularly those relating to weapons sales to Iran (art. 8), Washington would use this as an opportunity to engage in an increasingly confrontational diplomacy in relation to Beijing and Moscow.
The resolution is also intended to establish a US led hegemony in the production and export of advanced weapons systems. It is is heavy blow, almost a "death sentence", for China and Russia's lucrative international weapons trade, which competes with the US, UK, France, Germany and Israel. In the post-Soviet era, the arms trade has become a central component of Russia's fragile economy. The potential repercussions on Russia's balance of payments are far-reaching.
Disabling Iran's Missile Defence System
UN Security Council resolutions are an integral part of US foreign policy. They are on the drawing board of Washington's think tanks, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Heritage Foundation. In this regard, it is worth noting that the substance of article 8 of UNSC Resolution 1929 (June 9, 2010 was contained in a January 2010 report of the Heritage Foundation, which calls for "blocking arms sales to Iran" including Russia's S-300 missiles:
The World is at dangerous crossroads. The real threat to global security emanates from the US-NATO-Israel alliance. The UN Security Council directly serves the interests of the Western military alliance. The Security Council resolution grants a de facto "green light" to wage a pre-emptive war against Iran, which has been on the Pentagon's drawing board since 2004.
"An operational plan to wage aerial attacks on Iran has been in "a state of readiness" since June 2005. Essential military hardware to wage this operation has been deployed. (For further details see Michel Chossudovsky, Nuclear War against Iran, Jan 2006). In 2005, Vice President Dick Cheney ordered USSTRATCOM to draft a "contingency plan", which would "include a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons." (Philip Giraldi, Attack on Iran: Pre-emptive Nuclear War , The American Conservative, 2 August 2005).
Under the Obama administration, the threats have become increasingly pervasive and far more explicit than under the NeoCons. In October 2009, The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) organized an Event at Washington's Wohlstetter Conference Center on "Should Israel Attack Iran?":
"Iran's nuclear weapons development continues apace, threatening the security of its neighbors and the international community. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of the American public believes preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons warrants military action. Israel's deputy foreign minister, Daniel Ayalon, emphasized on September 21 that Israel has "not taken any option off the table" when it comes to countering the Iranian threat. The same day, Israel's top general, chief of staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, made it clear that he would not rule out a military strike on Iran's nuclear installations, repeating that "Israel has the right to defend itself and all options are on the table." As the debate intensifies over how to respond most effectively to Iran's provocations, it is timely to explore the strategic and legal parameters of a potential Israeli strike against the Islamic Republic and provide some thorough analysis about implications for the United States. (American Enterprise Institute, Should Israel Attack Iran?, October 2009)
From a military standpoint, Israel could not undertake a unilateral attack on Iran without the active coordination of the Pentagon:.
"As President Obama extends "an open hand", seeking direct talks with Tehran in his attempt to halt its nuclear programme, Mrs Clinton appeared [June 2009] ready to unnerve the Iranian leadership with talk of a pre-emptive strike "the way that we did attack Iraq". She said that she was trying to put herself in the shoes of the Iranian leadership, but added that Tehran "might have some other enemies that would do that [deliver a pre-emptive strike] to them". It was a clear reference to Israel, where Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister, has talked about the possibility of military action to halt Iran's nuclear programme something he views as a threat to the Jewish state. ( Dont discount Israel pre-emptive strike, Hillary Clinton warns Iran, Times Online, June 8, 2009)
In April 2010 the message was crystal clear: Washington "would use atomic weapons only in 'extreme circumstances' and would not attack non-nuclear states, but singled out "outliers" Iran and North Korea as exceptions." ( Iran to Take US to UN Over Obama's Threat to Use Nuclear Weapons against Iran, AlJazeera, April 11, 2010). Defence Secretary Robert Gates explained in a television interview "that Washington was making exceptions of Tehran and Pyongyang because they had defied repeated UN Security Council ultimatums over their nuclear programmes." (Ibid).
UN "Green Light" for a World War Three Scenario?
Is this latest Security Council resolution "the green light" which Washington has been seeking?
The substance of the Security Council resolution is also directed at Iran allies: China and Russia.
Ironically, while China and Russia failed to exercise their veto power, they are nonetheless the object of veiled US threats. China is surrounded by US military facilities. US missiles in Poland and the Caucasus are pointed towards Russian cities. More recently, the Obama administration has called for the extension of the sanctions regime directed against Russia's ally, Belarus.
Washington has also announced that "The Pentagon is preparing to embark on a mini-building boom in Central Asia, which would include the construction of strategic US facilities military "in all five Central Asian states, including Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan." (See Defense Dollars Building Boom: Pentagon Looks to Construct New Military Bases in Central Asia, Eurasianet, June 6, 2010). These various military cooperation agreements with former Soviet republics are not only intent upon weakening the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the CSTO, they are part of the US-NATO strategic encirclement of Russia and China.
What this latest resolution suggests is that Washington and its NATO allies not only control the UN Security Council, they ultimately also call the shots on foreign policy in Moscow and Beijing.
This Security Council resolution should dispel the myth of competing super powers. Both China and Russia are an appendage of the New World Order.
As far as international diplomacy is concerned, both China and Russia are "Paper Tigers", with no teeth. "'Paper Tiger' [÷½òVå (zh®´ l®£oh®³)], meaning something that seems as threatening as a tiger, but is really harmless."
Both China and Russia are the victims of their own failed decisions within the United Nations Security Council.
An attack on Iran would immediately lead to military escalation. Syria and Lebanon would also be targeted. The entire Middle East Central Asian region would flare up, a situation which could potentially evolve towards a World War III scenario.
In a very real sense, the US-NATO-Israel military adventure threatens the future of humanity.
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Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea (19.06.10) http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-u-s-israeli-warships-cross-suez-canal-toward-red-sea-1.297068
Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports. -- More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday. The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years, Al-Quds reported. Egyptian opposition members have criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the ships' passage through Egyptian territorial waters. They said they viewed the event as Egyptian participation in an international scandal, and added that the opposition would not sit with its arms crossed while the country allowed a fleet of U.S. and Israeli military ships to cross.
Showdown in the Red Sea: U.S. Sends 11 Warships to Confront Iran (2010-06-20) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19825
(...) Many high-level people have warned of the use of a false flag attack to justify war with Iran. For example: Jimmy Carter's former National Security Adviser and Obama's initial foreign policy adviser- Zbigniew Brzezinski - told the Senate that a terrorist act might be carried out in the U.S. and falsely blamed on Iran to justify war against that nation. Congressman Ron Paul told Congress: "I am concerned, however, that a contrived Gulf of Tonkin- type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran." And a member of the British Parliament (George Galloway) stated: "there is a very real danger" that the American government will stage a false flag terror attack in order to justify war against Iran Thus, if any elements within the U.S. or Israeli government wish to find an excuse to attack Iran, they could either manufacture false intelligence or carry out a false flag attack. A war with Iran would benefit no one other than the giant defense contractors would plunge the world into a very deep depression (notwithstanding George W. Bush's sentiment to the contrary). Indeed, if China and Russia side with Iran, the U.S. might end up losing against Iran. May cool heads prevail.
Assad warns of new war in Mideast (17 June 2010) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=130886§ionid=351020206
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that Israel's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla has increased the chances of a new war in the Middle East. The decision of the "pyromaniac government" of Israel to attack the flotilla ruined the prospects for peace in the region, Assad told the BBC on Thursday. Asked if the Israeli attack on the six-ship aid convoy had increased the chance of war in the Middle East, Assad said: "Definitely, definitely." "When you don't have peace, you have to expect war every day, and this is very dangerous," he said. "It [the attack] proved that this [Netanyahu's] government is another pyromaniac government, and you cannot achieve peace with such [a] government," the Syrian president said. Asked about Syria's new business relations with the US, he expressed happiness with the development. Assad, however, stressed that Iran will remain his country's ally, despite Washington's promise to lift its 5-year sanctions against Syria if it ended its ties with Iran. CLIP
Russia Cancels S-300 Missile System Delivery to Iran (06/20/10) ... MAKING IRAN AN EASY PREY TO AERIAL BOMBING http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138155
Russia has announced it is canceling its delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran. The news came as a result of the increased sanctions imposed June 9 by the United Nations Security Council, according to Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Denisov.Had it been delivered, military intelligence officials said the S-300 PMU1 system would have made Iran's nuclear plants invincible against any aerial attack. Pundits have speculated that Israel might attempt to derail Iran's nuclear development program with such an attack on at least one, if not several of its nuclear sites. Moscow believes that the sanctions resolution clearly forbids the sale of the S-300 system to Iran, Denisov said, according to the Ria Novosti news service. The highly advanced truck-mounted SA-20 anti-aircraft missile system can detect and shoot down any incoming aircraft within a 120-kilometer (75-mile) range. CLIP
Analysts: Israel viewed as world's 6th nuclear power (04.10.10) http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3873755,00.html
After PM Netanyahu withdraws from upcoming nuclear summit in Washington, analysts at Jane's Defense Weekly estimate Jewish state has between 100 and 300 nuclear warheads, adding that weapons can be fully functional 'in a matter of days (...) The Nuclear Threat Initiative, a US advocacy group co-created by Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, puts the figure at 100 to 200. Israel is the only nuclear power in the Middle East with a program dating back to the 1950s under Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion. It was developed with the help of France and is centered on the Dimona reactor in the southern Negev desert. According to Jane's, the Israeli strategic force could be deployed by the Jericho 2 missile, which has a range of up to 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles), or the five-year-old Jericho 3, which reaches up to 7,800 kilometers. It is also believed to be able to deploy by air, using F-16 fighter jets, and even by sea through its submarine fleet, providing an opportunity for a second strike if its land systems are attacked. Israel acquired three diesel-powered Dolphin-class submarines in 1999-2000 which are capable of launching adapted Harpoon cruise missiles fitted with nuclear warheads. In addition, Jane's says some observers believe Jerusalem has developed tactical nuclear weapons such as landmines and artillery shells. "Some analysts believe that Israel probably keeps most, if not all, of its nuclear arsenal in an unassembled mode," the latest Jane's briefing says, adding that "fully functional weapons could be completed in a matter of days". CLIP
We Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (June 14, 2010) http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/2010/06/14/153-we-aint-seen-nothin-yet-2/
Apodcast with Gerald Celente
What does the state-bank-military complex plan next? As the second stage of the financial crisis hits, says Gerald Celente, we can expect them to start another war to divert people's attention from the wholesale robbery of the productive. He also fears that WWIII will start when Israel or the US attacks Iran. It could go nuclear, or involve biological WMD. But that won't prevent the default of the UK, Spain, Ireland, and the rest, and the continued rip-off the people by the "Harvard-Princeton-Yale-Bullets-Bombs-Banks" regime. The result, says Gerald, will be worldwide civil unrest. This is, after all, a bunch that can't stop an oil leak. He tells us what he is doing to protect himself.
Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites
Hugh Tomlinson - June 12, 2010
Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.
In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.
To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom's air defences will return to full alert.
"The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way," said a US defence source in the area. "They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren't scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department."
Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran's nuclear ambitions. "We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing," said one.
The four main targets for any raid on Iran would be the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom, the gas storage development at Isfahan and the heavy-water reactor at Arak. Secondary targets include the lightwater reactor at Bushehr, which could produce weapons-grade plutonium when complete.
The targets lie as far as 1,400 miles (2,250km) from Israel; the outer limits of their bombers' range, even with aerial refuelling. An open corridor across northern Saudi Arabia would significantly shorten the distance. An airstrike would involve multiple waves of bombers, possibly crossing Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Aircraft attacking Bushehr, on the Gulf coast, could swing beneath Kuwait to strike from the southwest.
Passing over Iraq would require at least tacit agreement to the raid from Washington. So far, the Obama Administration has refused to give its approval as it pursues a diplomatic solution to curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions. Military analysts say Israel has held back only because of this failure to secure consensus from America and Arab states. Military analysts doubt that an airstrike alone would be sufficient to knock out the key nuclear facilities, which are heavily fortified and deep underground or within mountains. However, if the latest sanctions prove ineffective the pressure from the Israelis on Washington to approve military action will intensify. Iran vowed to continue enriching uranium after the UN Security Council imposed its toughest sanctions yet in an effort to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme, which Tehran claims is intended for civil energy purposes only. President Ahmadinejad has described the UN resolution as "a used handkerchief, which should be thrown in the dustbin".
Israeli officials refused to comment yesterday on details for a raid on Iran, which the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has refused to rule out. Questioned on the option of a Saudi flight path for Israeli bombers, Aharaon Zeevi Farkash, who headed military intelligence until 2006 and has been involved in war games simulating a strike on Iran, said: "I know that Saudi Arabia is even more afraid than Israel of an Iranian nuclear capacity."
In 2007 Israel was reported to have used Turkish air space to attack a suspected nuclear reactor being built by Iran's main regional ally, Syria. Although Turkey publicly protested against the "violation" of its air space, it is thought to have turned a blind eye in what many saw as a dry run for a strike on Iran's far more substantial - and better-defended - nuclear sites.
Israeli intelligence experts say that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are at least as worried as themselves and the West about an Iranian nuclear arsenal.Israel has sent missile-class warships and at least one submarine capable of launching a nuclear warhead through the Suez Canal for deployment in the Red Sea within the past year, as both a warning to Iran and in anticipation of a possible strike. Israeli newspapers reported last year that high-ranking officials, including the former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, have met their Saudi Arabian counterparts to discuss the Iranian issue. It was also reported that Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, met Saudi intelligence officials last year to gain assurances that Riyadh would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets violating Saudi airspace during the bombing run. Both governments have denied the reports.
One year on, Iran's battered opposition endures in terror
Martin Fletcher -- June 12, 2010
A year ago today Bahareh Maghami, 28, a primary school teacher, was arrested at Ghoba mosque, Tehran, during the huge demonstrations that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election victory. She was beaten and raped. She fled to Germany and recently posted an open letter on the internet because, she said, "there is nothing left of me and no reason to hide my name any more".
She recalled: "There were three of them. All were dirty and wore beards. They had a terrible accent and foul mouths. Even though they saw that I was a virgin they accused me of being a whore and forced me to admit I was a prostitute." She still wakes in terror at night, still smells their sweat.
Her father "shattered into pieces" when he learnt her fate, and her mother "aged a hundred years overnight". Because of her shame "relatives, friends, neighbours and everyone cut off relations". The family was driven from Tehran, and then from Iran. As for herself, it is "as if my whole humanity is taken away from me. My womanhood was destroyed. I will never be able to love a man. I'm like the walking dead."
Ms Maghami is not alone in her wretchedness. Tens of millions of Iranians turned out to vote for Mir Hossein Mousavi on June 12 last year, encouraged to believe by the huge and exuberant opposition rallies of the previous week that they really could oust Mr Ahmadinejad's repressive regime.
It was an illusion. That night their excitement turned to terror. State television pre-emptively declared Mr Ahmadinejad the winner. The internet and mobile telephone systems went down. Security forces poured on to the streets, beating anyone in sight. Within two days most foreign journalists had to leave Iran and the regime unleashed a campaign of singular brutality.
It took eight months but the demonstrations were eventually snuffed out. More than 100 protesters were killed, including Neda Soltan, the student who became a global symbol of the regime's inhumanity. Others died mysteriously, among them Mr Mousavi's nephew and a young doctor who witnessed the deaths of inmates in an infamous detention centre. More than 5,000 demonstrators have been arrested, and that is the official figure. Many more - lawyers, rights activists, academics, students, artists - have been held in an attempt to decapitate the "Green Movement".
Mr Mousavi and his co-leaders, Mehdi Karoubi and Mohammed Khatami, the former President, have escaped arrest only because the regime fears the eruption that would follow. Many detainees have been tortured. Amnesty International reported this week that they have suffered "severe beatings, using hands, feet or cables; electric shocks; confinement in tiny spaces; hanging upside down by the feet for long periods; rape of both men and women, including with implements; death threats, including mock executions".
Hundreds have appeared at televised show trials and have made forced "confessions". At least 16 political prisoners have been condemned to death, and two hanged. In total, 115 Iranians have been executed this year "to make it absolutely clear that those who express any form of dissent ... will face the harshest penalties".
More than 100 journalists have been forced to flee the country and 23 newspapers have been shut down, according to Reporters Without Borders (RWB). About 170 journalists and bloggers have been arrested; 22 have been sentenced to terms totalling 135 years, while 85 await trial or sentencing.
"An entire profession of journalists, political observers and social activists ... has been eradicated," said RWB. The Committee to Protect Journalists said that Iran was the "world's worst jailer of journalists". Thousands more Iranians have fled abroad but the regime's efforts to silence its critics do not stop at Iran's borders. Tehran-based relatives of outspoken exiles such as Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel peace laureate, and Arash Hejazi, the doctor who tried to save Neda Soltan's life, have been harassed or arrested.
Shahab Mossavat, 40, a former television presenter, fled to London after being beaten in prison. He has received five threatening calls from Iranian intelligence agents. "They say things like, 'Your wife is too pretty to be a widow so young'," he told The Times. Other Iranian refugees in Britain declined to talk for fear of reprisals against relatives at home. Iranian diplomats film demonstrators outside the London embassy.
The regime suppresses any challenge to its own narrative - that the Green Movement is a creature of Western powers determined to destroy the Islamic Republic. As a result, the regime blocks websites, monitors e-mails and telephone calls and jams foreign satellite channels such as the BBC Persian service. The families of those killed are denied mourning ceremonies and are offered blood money to drop their complaints.
Football matches have been broadcast without sound to thwart anti-regime chanting. Ministries and universities have been purged. The hated "morality police" are suppressing deviant Western behaviour - even dyed hair and painted nails - with renewed zeal.
In a sense the strategy has worked. The regime has survived, for now, the worst crisis in the Islamic Republic's 31-year history. Some people still shout defiance from Tehran's rooftops at night, daub slogans on walls and deface banknotes, but the capital is so saturated with security forces that opposition leaders called off a rally today in order to "protect people's lives and property".
The Green Movement has lost momentum and some supporters bemoan its lack of strategy and leadership. There is, however, a widespread conviction that the regime has won only a pyrrhic victory and has sown the seeds of its own eventual collapse. A Government that claims to champion Islamic values has lost all legitimacy and moral authority, with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the once-revered Supreme Leader, now widely reviled. The economy is deteriorating, and the political establishment is divided. Last week a hardline crowd shouted down Hassan Khomeini during a speech commemorating his grandfather, Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.
Karim Sadjadpour, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, said: "Government brutality and intimidation can withstand the march of history for years, but not indefinitely."
David Miliband, the former Foreign Secretary, told The Times: "You've got to believe a country which is repressing its own people is going to get its comeuppance, and that's quadruply so in an educated, civilised country like Iran."
Ms Maghami urges other victims to speak out. "They must write so that those who come after us and live in a free Iran know what price was paid for their freedom." Of Ayatollah Khamenei she asks: "You consider yourself the father of this nation? I was a daughter of Iran. Your sons raped me. Who will pay for my lost dignity?"
Morgellons Victims Across the US and Europe (Part 1 - 12 JUNE 2010)
Over the past ten years, more than 100 000 people in the United States and in Europe have complained about a strange and devastating skin disease known as Morgellons. The medical community is divided between those who dismiss it as a psychological disorder and those who regard Morgellons as an emerging disease deserving further study. This issue would normally be confined to scientific medical journals if the Pentagon and federal "law-enforcement" agencies were not so actively engaged in hiding it from the public. In the first part of his investigation, Hank Albarelli reports on a controversy which leads straight to new weapons experiments of the most secret order.
Patients Warned Not to Talk
Since our last article was published here, a very disturbing number of verified incidents involving Morgellons victims have been reported. Many of these accounts concern infected people receiving warnings "not to speak" with the media or to "keep your mouth shut about this disease." These warnings have come from people claiming to represent or to work for "intelligence" or "law enforcement" agencies. Several of the warned individuals had earlier reported seeing odd "fabric-like" and "web-like" materials falling from the sky prior to their coming down with the disease.
Caroline Carter, 50 years old, an alternative health therapist practicing in Cyprus, Greece, contracted Morgellons disease in August 2007, after discovering her garden in England "covered in a very strange web-like substance." Looking further, she found the same substance covering other nearby gardens and hedgerows. Within about a day all of the foliage touched by the substance began wilting and dying.
Carter began collecting some of the web-like substance and felt a bit on her left upper arm. She recalled, "It was a sharp nip but there was not any visible mark." Yet by the end of the day her arm was "really aggravating me as no matter what I did I could not stop a persistent itch that had begun shortly after the bite." From that day forward the itch never left Carter.
In 2008, Caroline Carter moved to Cyprus. About a year later, she was diagnosed as having intestinal fungal overgrowth and a B12 deficiency. Carter's rash also had worsened, despite concentrated efforts at treatment. The rash produced severe burning and itching, and continued to spread over her entire body. At the time, Carter did "not consider that Morgellons was the cause of my pain as many lesions appearing over my body were scabbing over." While she knew about the disease everything she had seen informed her that Morgellons lesions "do not scab over or heal."
After placing a piece of her skin under a microscope, however, Carter knew the problem was Morgellons. "I felt sick to my stomach sure enough entangled through my skin sample were bright red, blue and black fibers." Continued Carter, "I took another skin sample and found the very same fibers, this time I placed the skin sample in a solution of H202 [hydrogen peroxide]. I left the sample to soak for 12 hours before placing it back under the scope. The fibers had not lost their color."
Over the next few weeks, Carter's rash intensified and she was in extreme pain. "My skin would form blisters that would burst then reform," she said, "it felt like broken glass and lit cigarettes were attacking my skin from the inside."
The ensuing weeks were sheer agony for Carter. She recounts, "The only medication that helped was opiates, both oral and intravenous." Eventually, Carter says, "I decided to try frequency healing [alternative healing based on electromagnetic waves] and I really improved." She says, "The change was immediate. On a Saturday I visited a therapist who discovered that my left and right brain hemisphere had switched, everything that should test positive ran negative and vice versa. I was also emitting radiation from my thymus area for approximately two meters. My thymus had felt permanently on fire and I could feel small metal particles under the skin."
Not long after Carter was able to resume her normal work routine she assembled a thick packet of information on Morgellons disease, including a CD containing photos and videos of fibers, some in the process of actually moving about, that she passed on to a local elected official, who she thought might help her in her now intensive investigation of the disease. Since resuming her practice she had been alarmed to find that some of her clients, including children, were also experiencing health problems that appeared to be the results of Morgellons disease.
About a week later, a man who said he was from the Cyprus Intelligence Services contacted her. Carter says, "He told me that I should stay away from politicians as they would not do anything with my information, he said that there was something going on in Cyprus and that they were aware of it. He wanted my help. He told me a scientist has broken ranks and given information about a strange substance picked up in the EU air filter checking system."
The man asked Carter "to stay quiet about my findings for now as it could cause problems." Before he departed, the man told Carter that her telephone and e-mail was being closely monitored.
Carter explains, "I think the problem is due to my having found out just how many people have this problem as well as having grown one of these fibers. It has to be 'artificial life' from the way it grew. I say grew and not cultured because that is what it did. I placed a piece of my skin, which I had kept since my breakout on a slide with a small drop of H202 slightly diluted. Within 9 minutes a bacteria type of incubator sprouted long fibers. It was like watching something out of the film 'Alien.'"
Caroline Carter's story is not unique. Since our first article on Morgellons appeared, we have been contacted by nearly a dozen people, all Morgellons patients, who, over the past seven years, have received warnings from people who have identified themselves as either "federal agents", state law enforcement, or "Army intelligence officers." One woman in the mid-west says she was told, "If you know what's good for you and your family you wouldn't talk to anyone about this." All the warned patients who contacted us are women who are fearful for their well-being and that of their loved ones. Most of these women are too frightened to want their names being used in this article.
Barb Metcalf, a Morgellons sufferer in Connecticut, who lives only 30 miles from the US Army's top secret Plum Island research facility, felt differently. Metcalf's story is incredible, and is presented here in her own words. Recounts Metcalf:
Ted Danson: Industrial fishing is killing our oceans
April 17, 2010 - with video
Ted Danson appeared in a live interview on CNN.com on April 1. Here the actor and environmentalist writes exclusively for CNN on his passion for the oceans and the need to protect them.
(CNN) -- Looking out at the ocean, it's easy to feel small -- and to imagine all your troubles, suddenly insignificant, slipping away. Earth's seven oceans seem vast and impenetrable, but a closer look tells another story.
A landmark study released by the University of California in 2008 revealed that just four percent of the world's oceans remain untouched by human activity. That includes fishing, pollution, climate change and more.
I became interested in ocean issues in the 1980s when I couldn't take my daughters swimming because of pollution at our local beach. Twenty-five years later, I'm a board member of Oceana, the world's largest international organization dedicated to ocean conservation.
According to research by Dr. Daniel Pauly, one of world's leading fisheries scientists and an Oceana board member, global seafood catch peaked in the late 1980s and has been declining ever since -- despite better and faster technology used to catch fish.
The simple fact is that we've eaten a lot of the fish. The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization says that 80 percent of seafood species are overexploited, fully exploited or recovering from depletion.
This may seem hard to understand, given that grocery store shelves are stocked with fish every day. But consider this: over 80 percent of the seafood on American dinner plates is imported, much of it from poorer countries that now can no longer rely on the oceans to feed the local community and support the local economy.
And massive government handouts -- to the tune of $20 billion a year -- support the enormous effort it takes to get that fish from the coast of western Africa, for example, to your dinner plate. Thanks to these government subsidies, the global fishing fleet is about two and a half times the size needed to fish sustainably.
The industrial way we fish for seafood is harming the marine habitats that all ocean life depends upon. Indiscriminate commercial fishing practices that include miles of driftnets, longlines with thousands of lethal hooks and bottom trawls are ruining ocean ecosystems by killing non-seafood species, including sea turtles and marine mammals.
Centuries-old habitats such as coral gardens are destroyed in an instant by bottom trawls, pulverized by weighted nets into barren plains.
And global carbon dioxide emissions from human activity affect the ocean, changing the pH balance of the waters in a phenomenon known as ocean acidification.
Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in our oceans will make it difficult for coral reefs, phytoplankton and shellfish to form their shells. This includes many animals that are the base of the marine food chain and therefore critical to the oceans' overall health. Coral reefs in particular, the nurseries of the seas and home to a quarter of all marine life, are already feeling the effects, and could be devastated by acidifying oceans.
The good news is that are our oceans are remarkably resilient. Given a chance, they usually can bounce back, if we let them. At Oceana, we've already protected more than a million square miles of ocean from bottom trawling, and we've helped protect the U.S. Arctic from expanded commercial fishing.
It's not too late to save the oceans. Let's be good stewards of our blue planet.
The Wall Street Journal just reported that the Federal Communications Commission is holding "closed-door meetings"with industry to broker a deal on Net Neutrality the rule that lets users determine their own Internet experience.
Given that the corporations at the table all profit from gaining control over information, the outcome won't be pretty.
The meetings include a small group of industry lobbyists representing the likes of AT&T, Verizon, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and Google. They reportedly met for two-and-a-half hours on Monday morning and will convene another meeting today. The goal according to insiders is to "reach consensus" on rules of the road for the Internet.
This is what a failed democracy looks like: After years of avid public support for Net Neutrality involving millions of people from across the political spectrum the federal regulator quietly huddles with industry lobbyists to eliminate basic protections and serve Wall Streets bottom line.
Weve seen government cater to big business in the same ways, prior to the BP oil disaster and the subprime mortgage meltdown.
The Industry's regulatory capture of the Internet is now almost complete. The one agency tasked with oversight of communications now thinks it can wriggle free of its obligation to protect the open Internet, if only it can get industry to agree on a solution.
Congress is holding its own series of "closed-door" meetings and, while theyve been ambiguous on the details, many remain skeptical on whether the process will lead to an outcome that serves the public interest. After all, this is the same Congress that is bankrolled by the phone and cable lobby in excess of $100 million.
Why is this so startling even for the more cynical among us? The Obama administration promised to embrace a new era of government transparency. Its the tool we were supposed to use to pry open policymaking and expose it to the light of public scrutiny.
In that spirit, President Obama pledged to "take a backseat to no one" in his support for Net Neutrality. He appointed Julius Genachowski to head the FCC -- the man who crafted his pro-Net Neutrality platform in 2008.
But the mere existence of these private meetings reveals to us a chairman who has fallen far short of expectations. Instead Genachowski is shying from the need to fortify the Internets open architecture in favor of deals made between DC power brokers.
These deals will determine who ultimately controls Internet content and innovation. Will phone and cable companies succeed in their decade-long push to take ownership of both the infrastructure of the Internet and the information that flows across its pipes? Will they cut in a few giant companies like Google and the recording industry to get their way?
Whatever the outcome, the public including the tens of millions of Americans who use the Internet every day and in every way are not being given a seat at the table.
Genachowskis closed-door sessions come after six months of public comments on whether the agency should proceed with a rule to protect Net Neutrality.
During that period, more than 85 percent of comments received by the agency called for a strong Net Neutrality rule. Look at it this way: If a candidate received more than 85 percent of the vote, wouldnt she have a mandate to decide on the publics behalf?
In Chairman Genachowskis alternative view of reality, though, the public is immaterial, and industry consensus supreme.
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