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James Corbett, or the Corbett Report, lives in Japan. According to his bio, he's a Canadian National living in Japan. His listed occupation is "English Teacher".
Mr. Corbett, a man, gaining respect internationally for his independent style of the delivering historically referenced teaching, current events, and a seemingly unbiased form of commenting on stories others won't, and their deeper meaning, might just be calling an air strike on himself by reporting on what goon activity Japan is up to. Is his reporting, now, too close to home? Only time will tell.
Welcome back to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com - the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in alternative news and open source intelligence. This week:
Should Bradley Manning be in jail for trying to expose war crimes of fellow soldiers? Shouldn't those suspected of war crimes be prosecuted? Why would corporate banksters at PayPal want to suspend Manning's legal defense fund? Isn't that a little Soviet-style justice? [More]
If Wall Street Organized Criminals stole about 40% of global wealth, why hasn't even one of them been arrested for the theft? Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviews Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi about his story on the subject. [Video and transcripts]
Text with podcast: This week we explore the myriad ways that governments and corporations are tracking, databasing, monitoring, logging, recording and generally spying on your every movement. Is there any hope for personal freedom in the technological surveillance society?
Alex Jones loses his mind over Justin Bieber (video)
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber photo stolen [from here]
I don't care too much for Justin Bieber or Pop Culture. I don't blog on that much here. I did like a SNL, NBC's Saturday Night Live skit with Justin Bieber's role in Dana Carvey's "Church Lady", recently. I enjoyed that.
I don't care who Justin Bieber is dating, and I mostly don't care what he has to say. If little Mr. Bieber starts trying to get youth to submit to Big Brother's tyranny with glee and artful manipulation, I will blog more on that subject.
Whether you like Alex Jones, or not, you might find the below video interesting. Alex Jones rants like a crazy man on Bieber. I like some of the subjects, and many of the people are interesting on the Alex Jones radio show. I don't like that the broadcast has a conservative, religious right, feel to it. I like media to be unbiased and to not preach to me.
Get over yourselves, Jesus, a man, who might have been a political activist, maybe the best known in the world, who complained about tyrannical government, taxation without representation, and was an advocate for Free Speech who got nailed for being a political activist. But, like me, you're free to believe what you want.
Lindsey Williams is interviewed by Alex Jones in videos in below link. I don't like the religious talk which is not prevalent, but detracts from the subject matter. What Williams reveals is learning. We the people should pay attention to our past, because it indicates a possible future. We need to pay attention, really pay attention, in these critical, key juncture times.
Welcome. This is James Corbett of corbettreport.com with the last word on terrorism.
In an interview with Bloomberg earlier this month regarding the unfolding political unrest in Egypt, Henry Kissinger made at least one very telling statement: (click corbett report link above)
That Kissinger would equate Nasserism with terrorism is particularly galling to those who are even passingly familiar with the history of the region. As is typical with such pronouncements by the mouthpieces of the global elite, the easily demonstrable truth is precisely the opposite of what Kissinger asserts. He just thinks his audience is too historically ignorant to call him on his lie.
In 1952 British troops in the Suez Canal area became embroiled in a fight with local police, resulting in the slaughter of 50 Egyptian policemen and the wounding of 100 more. The furious Egyptian public, long suffering under the reign of King Farouk, a pro-British regent who lived in opulence while his people struggled, organized into riots and a cadre of Egyptian army officers calling themselves “The Free Officers Movement” overthrew the king and instituted a republic. They were led by Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein who became the second president of Egypt in 1956.
From the beginning, Nasser was hated and feared by the international oligarchs who had become used to having a puppet regime in power over the key Suez Canal shipping route. Nasser was nothing like King Farouk. Young, charismatic and polished, Nasser set about creating a modern, secular Egyptian state that was to become the template for a new movement, Pan-Arab Nationalism, that threatened the status quo of Western imperial dominance over the region.
Foregoing the royal lifestyle of Egyptian leaders past, Nasser redirected the state’s resources into building up housing, education and health services for the Egyptian people. An adherent to neutralism and the Non-aligned movement, Nasser assured the eternal enmity of the imperial powers and the eternal love of the Arab people by nationalizing the Suez Canal in 1956. For the first time the Egyptian people would have control over their most strategic asset.
Naturally, the prospect of a defiant, viable, secular Arab nationalist state as a model for other Arab nations to follow was anathema to British-U.S.-Israeli interests, and plans to derail Nasser were hatched before he had even become President. Among these plans was the now-infamous Lavon Affair, an Israeli military intelligence plot to plant bombs throughout Egypt in order to blame on nationalists, communists, Muslims or “unspecified malcontents” in order to justify continued British occupation of the Suez Canal zone.
The Israeli military-intelligence cell, code-named Unit 131 and led by Colonel Avram Dar, firebombed a post office in Alexandria, and planted bombs in two U.S. Information Agency libraries and a British-owned theater in Cairo. When the outrageous operation was foiled and one of the bombers was apprehended in the act, the truth was exposed. Israeli intelligence was using false-flag terrorism to manipulate public opinion and achieve their desired result: political destabilization that would induce Britain to maintain their military control over the area.
The easily-documented truth, then, is precisely the opposite of Kissinger’s fact-free assertion. Nasser was not the cause of terrorism in Egypt, but the target of it. But why would someone like Kissinger, someone whose very reputation depends upon his “historical knowledge” and “political acumen,” tell such a transparent lie? The answer is simple. When Kissinger uses the word “terrorism” he is not using it as a descriptive term about acts of political violence and bloodshed. He is using the word itself as a political weapon.
You see, to Kissinger and the other adherents of the globalist ideology, “terrorism” is simply a word for any act or any person or any movement that threatens the agenda of the globalists. In this twisted worldview, those who believe that national autonomy is more important than the needs of international finance capital are terrorists. Those who are opposed to the free trade agreements that have offshored the manufacturing base of the first world and consigned the developing world to squalor are terrorists. Those who uphold the principle that the people are the arbiters of their own lives and that these lives should not be subject to the whims of multinational corporations are terrorists.
That Nasser was so vehemently and treacherously opposed by the globalists with a vested interest in stopping a stable, secular, Arab state is not surprising, nor is it by any means the only example of this phenomenon. On the contrary, the twentieth century is littered with such examples.
In 1951 Mohammed Mossadegh, the democratically-elected leader of Iran, nationalized British Petroleum interests in the country. Two years later a CIA team led by Kermit Roosevelt, the president’s grandson, provocateured, funded and fomented a coup d’état against Mossadegh, a coup that installed the autocratic Shah as leader and paved the way for SAVAK security forces to begin a reign of terror and torture, To the globalists, however, the Shah was the good guy and Mossadegh had been the terrorist.
In 1952 Jacobo Arbenz, the democratically-elected leader of Guatemala, began a series of land reforms that expropriated holdings of the United Fruit Company. In 1953 the CIA began training rebels, recruiting pilots and setting up communications to agitate a coup. The following year Arbenz was overthrown, beginning decades of military dictatorship and civil strife. In the eyes of the globalists, though, Arbenz was the terrorist.
In 1970, Salvador Allende won the Chilean elections against the US-backed and financed Jorge Alessandri. When he began nationalizing US copper firms and large industries, the US backed a coup that ended in Allende’s death and the beginning of the brutal reign of General Augusto Pinochet. But in the twisted worldview of the globalists, it was not Pinochet who was the terrorist but Allende.
Numerous other examples exist, but the pattern is obvious and speaks for itself: ‘terrorism’ is a word for anything or anyone opposed to the interests of international capital. The so-called War on Terror has never been about stopping a bunch of Islamic fundamentalists. If the US had wanted that they would have supported Nasser, not undermined him. They would have encouraged Mossadegh, not overthrown him.
If the US had been scared of the scourge of radical Islam, they would not have funded it in Afghanistan in the 1980s. They would not have protected and fostered and funded Mohammed Junaid Babar and Haroon Rashid Aswat and Luai Sakra and Khalid Almidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi and Anwar al-Awlaki and all of the patsies, stooges, informants and operatives that have been paraded in front of the cameras just long enough to identify them as the faces of evil but never long enough for anyone to actually investigate their backgrounds. Because in each and every case, the big, fabulous “terror plots” always tie back to the US-British-Israeli intelligence complex and its tentacles around the world.
No, “terrorism” is only tangentially related to these radical Muslims, and only insofar as they are funded, trained and enabled by their terrorist overlords in the corridors of Langley, Virginia.
Proof of this simple truth has been amply provided time and again since the inception of this mythical war on terror. In the wake of mass popular protest against the globalist agenda in Seattle in 1999, in Washington and Montreal in 2000, and in Genoa in 2001, the global power elite were desperate for a way to defuse and derail their opposition. In the wake of 9/11, they had their chance. Italian plutocrat and globalist stooge Silvio Berlusconi wasted no time in attempting to use the event to blame the anti-globalization movement:
“There is a singular coincidence between this action [9/11] and the anti-globalisation movement that has manifested itself for a year now,” he said at the time.
Other arms and organs of the elite power structure have been no less strident, if somewhat more subtle, in using the terror paradigm to stigmatize any and all opposition to their agenda.
In 2005, the RAND corporation released a report on homegrown terror threats in which they identify the terror threat not as one of radicalized Muslims driven by religious fervour, but protestors and activists driven by opposition to the ideals of the globalists.
“Developing imperatives stemming from anti-globalization do appear to be providing a radical domestic context for galvanizing the militancy of both the far right as well as those driven by more specific extremist environmental agendas.”
All of this terror hysteria that the public has been force-fed over the past decade would be utterly incomprehensible if we were to understand “terrorist” to mean what you and I and John Q. Public believe it means. But it does not. You see, in our modern world “terrorism” is not terrorism. It does not describe a tactic, it is not about violence and bloodshed, suicide bombers or Allahu Akhbar. It is not a word, it is a weapon, a weapon aimed at those who disagree with the aims of Heinz Kissinger and all of his Bilderberg/CFR/Trilateralist ilk, those who wish for the supremacy of a small, rich elite of financiers and multi-national monopoly capital thugs.
Terrorism is not a word, not a concept. It is a weapon that is aimed at you and me.
And that, in the final equation, is our opportunity. We can point out that terrorism is a word, and it does describe the actions of the bloodthirsty elite who kill and maim the innocent, who start wars or overthrow governments or incite violence to achieve their aims. And in that simple action, that reclaiming of the word “terrorism” to identify the globalist kingpins who have been puppeteering international politics for generation after generation, we can disarm Kissinger and all the other pimps of the war on terror hysteria.
For The Corbett Report in western Japan, I am James Corbett.
Slide in at 5 min to below video. Be amazed how much you are really being spied on with audio clips fused together from the James Corbett Report:
Scroll down for videos. There is a rise of Citizen Journalists who are reporting what the main stream media won't. The MSN, Main Stream Media, are the mouthpiece for the corporate bankster drug lord organized crime empire who puppeteer the US Government, hijacked from the US Taxpayers.
Image stolen [from here]. US Citizens aren't so much fed up with causes, they're a target rich environment, they're fed up with the US Government policies that are bankrupting them and ruining America, maybe for decades, maybe permanently.
In our top story this week Ray McGovern, a 27-year veteran of the CIA and 72-year-old peace activist, was brutally arrested and manhandled by police after attempting a silent protest of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a speech at George Washington University.
As many observers are noting, the irony of an elderly man being arrested for a silent protest during a speech in which Clinton was extolling the actions of the recent Egyptian protesters in their fight for democracy seems completely lost on Clinton herself, who continued with her prepared remarks as if nothing at all had just taken place in front of her.
In the face of a complete lack of mainstream media coverage of the incident and the total unwillingness of major media personalities to even seek comment from the agencies involved, citizen media has once again had to step in to fill the void. In a series of videos released this week, YouTube user Shure911 has released recordings of phone calls he made to the Washington police and the State Department asking questions about the event.
Mr. McGovern appeared on PressTV late last week to talk about the incident and its ramifications.
In related news, activists affiliated with We Are Change New York and We Are Change Oklahoma have made headlines with a series of videos confronting neocon war criminal Dick Cheney and neocon war enablers Newt Gingrich and David Horovitz behind the scenes at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
In related news, Ron Paul was the decisive winner of the CPAC straw poll this as the most-favoured presidential candidate of the Republican party for the 2nd year in a row.
This accolade, historically an indicator of which candidate would go on to take the Republican nomination for the presidential candidacy, is being opposed by the neocon elements of the Republican party, including the Young Americans for Freedom, who have officially repudiated Ron Paul and his supporters, and Karl Rove, who went on Fox News attempting to convince the majority of Republicans that they are wrong to support someone who does not believe in wars of aggression, torture, government spying, and debt-based money manipulated by international financiers.
In other activist news, We Are Change LA has once again confronted Bill Maher, host of the popular Real Time program on HBO, who last week was once again disparaging members of the 9/11 Truth movement on the show. Just as happened during We Are Change’s 2007 infiltration of the program, the activist in question was physically assaulted by show security for daring to point out the hypocrisies of the host and show panel.
It remains to be seen whether the courageous and heroic activism of Ray McGovern and the members of We Are Change will mark the beginning of a rise of genuine citizen-journalism led political activism, or whether the corporate-government-foundation media nexus will prevail and keep would-be activists focused on matters of no significance or endlessly in-fighting with each other instead of taking the initiative to begin exposing the lies of government officials by themselves.
Hillary Clinton interrupted by protester heckler 15.02.2011
Jeremy Rothe-Kushel of WeAreChangeLA was just beaten and arrested for interrupting a live broadcast of the Real Time with Bill Maher television show. Video from the live broadcast clearly shows Jeremy screaming "That's Battery! If you ask me to leave, I will leave on my own accord" There is no reason for his assault and illegal arrest.
WeAreChange LA have done this in response to last weeks Bill Mahers attack on the 911 truth movement.
This is actually the second time WeAreChange La has interrupted the Real Time with Bill Maher, last time gaining national attention for there actions when Bill Maher physically removed the activists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5BJzE...
The Boston Gang Wars proved that the US Government, State Police, and FBI can all work together, organized crime style. Whether it is in Massachusetts, Hartford and other cities in Connecticut, or anywhere in the USA. Post and video on the Winter Hill Gang, Whitey Bulger, the Boston Gang War, and FBI and Police Misconduct, found: http://thesrv.blogspot.com/2010/10/boston-gang-war.html
From a Wired "Danger Room" article a year ago, on Feb 1, 2010:
The Defense Department just released its king-sized, $708 billion budget for the next fiscal year. Much of the proposed spending is fairly detailed -- noting exactly how many helicopters the Pentagon plans to buy and how many troops it plans on playing. But about $56 billion goes simply to "classified programs," or to projects known only by their code names, like "Chalk Eagle" and "Link Plumeria." That's the Pentagon's black budget. (source)
In other words, for Fiscal 2010, the military was allotted some $56,000,000,000 dollars for programs that would also include the worst of these secretive agendas, Black Ops, black as in criminal, secret, unethical, dangerous or sinister, illegal, beyond the pale, murderous, and on and on semantically. And what might some of these Black Ops manifest as? We can certainly make some educated guesses. Moreover, this huge sum of financial support didn't just spring into being in 2010. "Classified programs" have been handsomely funded for years, so we must ask, what havoc might Black Ops programs have already wrought in the past?
Wayne Madsen may have a bead in his February 17 Report on what all these billions might have been and still are buying around the world. If his sources are believable and reliable, then what they have been funding includes a plethora of False Flag Attacks in various countries with one sole purpose: to create the violent conditions to further the aims of American militarism at home and abroad, be it the Middle East, Central Asia or even South America, to name just a few target regions. Read on:
February 17, 2011 Wayne Madsen Report: Details of U.S. false flag attacks in Iraq revealed
WMR has been informed by a strictly anonymous source that many of the "terrorist" attacks in Iraq that have been blamed on "Al Qaeda" and its allies were, in fact, carried out by CIA-supported Sunni cells. US Special Forces teams seconded to the CIA units provided protection to the Sunni cells as they carried out their terror missions.
The CIA and Special Forces teams ensured that the Sunni terrorist cells hit their pre-determined targets. In some cases, when the certain Sunni teams were thought to be unreliable, the CIA and Special Forces overseers would execute the Sunnis.
In other cases, a remotely-controlled car bomb would prematurely detonate, requiring the CIA-Special Forces units to cleanup the evidence and chalk the terrorist event off as a "suicide bomb." The media would be fed press releases that "confirmed" the bombing as a suicide attack. Our source worked with two different Sunni terrorist cells in Iraq.
On June 24, 2009, WMR reported: "WMR has learned from an intelligence source who served in 2007 at the Tallil Air Base in Iraq, also known as Camp Adder by the U.S. Army and Ali Air Base by the U.S. Air Force, that United States intelligence services imported Afghan mercenaries into Iraq in order to attack Iraqi civilians and military personnel, as well as coalition forces, including U.S. service personnel. The Afghans were recruited from Taliban ranks and were paid for their services in Iraq. WMR has learned that during 2007, Iraqi police stopped a truck hauling a 40-foot trailer on the Kerrada Bridge in Baghdad. When the Iraqi police officers checked the truck's trailer they were amazed to discover between 30 and 40 Afghan Taliban. They said they were brought into Iraq by the United States and were tasked with stirring up trouble in Iraq., much of it ascribed by U.S. military commanders as the work of the dubiously-named Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn (Organization of Jihad's Base in the Country of the Two Rivers) or, more commonly known as 'Al Qaeda of Mesopotamia.'"
The case of Raymond Davis, the so-called U.S. diplomat arrested in Lahore, Pakistan after shooting two Pakistani men, indicates that the CIA is carrying out similar false flag terrorist attacks in that country. Pakistani police recovered from Davis's car a pistol, facial make-up, ATM cards from five different banks, a Global Positioning System device, a telescope, two mobile telephones, maps, a wireless radio, a passport, photos of different possible target locations in Multan, Sargodha, and Lahore. Concerned that Davis may spill the beans to Pakistan about CIA false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan, the Obama administration is demanding Davis's immediate release and repatriation to the United States, citing the CIA officer's diplomatic immunity. The Davis case has opened a wide rift in U.S.-Pakistani relations.
On September 13, 2010, WMR reported: "WMR has learned from a deep background source that Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, has been conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan that are later blamed on the entity called 'Pakistani Taliban.' . . . it is Xe cells operating in Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad, and other cities and towns that have, according to our source who witnessed the U.S.-led false flag terrorist operations in Pakistan. Bombings of civilians is the favored false flag event for the Xe team and are being carried out under the orders of the CIA. However, the source is now under threat from the FBI and CIA for revealing the nature of the false flag operations in Pakistan. If the source does not agree to cooperate with the CIA and FBI, with an offer of a salary, the threat of false criminal charges being brought for aiding and abetting terrorism looms over the source . . . Responsibility for the recent bomb attack of a pro-Palestine Shi'a rally in Quetta that killed 54 people was claimed by the Pakistan Taliban, but it was actually carried out by one of the Xe covert cells in the country, acting in concert with the CIA, Israeli Mossad, and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The ultimate goal is to destabilize Pakistan to the point where it has no choice but to allow the Western powers to secure its nuclear weapons and remove them from the country. . ."
The CIA's running of false flag terrorist operations may not be confined to Iraq, Pakistan, and other Muslim countries. Last week, Argentinean officials seized an undeclared cargo of weapons and espionage equipment on a US Air Force C-17 transport plane at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza International Airport. The cargo originated with the 7th US Army Airborne Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The cargo also consisted of brochures with the following statement in fifteen languages, including Spanish: "I am a United States soldier. Please report to my embassy I have been arrested by the country." Also in the military cache was communications interception equipment, encryption gear, GPS devices, high-powered sniper rifles, machine guns, and expired drugs, including stimulants and morphine . The Argentine Foreign Ministry filed a strong protest with the U.S. government.
An indication of the seriousness of the U.S. covert operation was the presence at Ezeiza airport of Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who personally supervised the confiscation of the weapons and spy equipment cache.
Caught with its pants down once again, the Obama administration's top man on Latin American policy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, a noted gusano supporter, called on Buenos Aires to return the military and espionage cargo "without delay." The demand was echoed by State Department spokesman P J Crowley, the CIA's public relations "embed" in Hillary Clinton's top advisory group. It is significant that President Obama is avoiding Argentina on his upcoming trip to Latin America.
Welcome back to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com - the video series from Corbett Report & Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in alternative news & open source intelligence. This week:
Donald Rumsfeld caught on tape lying, lying the US into the Iraq War, towards the end of below video.
Ray McGovern Bloodied, Bruised and Arrested at Clinton Speech
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shure911| February 16, 2011 |147 likes, 4 dislikes
Phone call to Washington Police, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.
Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, "So this is America?" Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault. http://www.justiceonline.org/site/New...
The Continuing US War on the Pakistani Average Person
The above image for effect, was stolen [from here]
There are US military drone airplanes used for spying on, and killing, Pakistani citizens. There are rich mineral and other resources in Pakistan. The world corporate bankster drug lord cartel also wants what is in Pakistan. They're are glad to use US taxpayer money to enslave yet another country's citizens and add to the already 1000, or so, US military bases for world domination. Want to know more about the military bases, etc, find my recent posts with James Corbett Report videos in them.
I have heard little US reporting on the supposed US Diplomat who shot Pakistani citizens and is claiming diplomatic immunity. The world is watching. They care even if most US citizens don't. This issue might just show those who are paying attention to where things are really going, and how fast.
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday claimed that Interior Minister Rehman Maik told him that the federal government was going to give diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis, the US consular employee who shot dead two Pakistani men in Lahore.
Shahbaz said that in response, he told the minister that Davis will be taken to court.
The chief minister was talking to the media in Islamabad. He asserted that the federal government should have come out in the open on whether Davis had diplomatic immunity or not on the very first day. He stated that the Punjab government will not compromise on the sovereignty of the country.
Shahbaz questioned what diplomatic duties Davis was carrying out at a busy area of Lahore. He also said a diplomat cannot carry weapons on the streets and kill innocent unarmed civilians.
Decision about immunity
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Chief Chaudhry Shujahat Hussain said the federal governmnet should decide about diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis as soon as possible.
In a statement, the PML-Q chief said that the PPP government should show responsibility by taking its decision as per the law.
He also said Raymond Davis can compromise with the grieved families under the Qisas and Diyat Ordinance.
PPP core committee meeting
Members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will hold a meeting in Islamabad today (Thursday) to take a decisive stance on the Raymond Davis issue.
The meeting termed as the PPP core-committee meeting and will be held in the Presidency. Federal Ministers, senior PPP leaders and former core committee members will attend the meeting.
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Soldier of fortune: did Vice President Dick Cheney steer $7 billion in Iraq war contracts to his old pals at Halliburton?(Letter From Washington, D.C.)
Michael Mobbs's June 8, 2004, briefing of a House committee staff included one very surprising moment of testimony. Mobbs, a special adviser to the under secretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon, was on the Hill to discuss what the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney might have known about the multibillion-dollar government contracts awarded to Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR to rebuild infrastructure in postwar Iraq and to house and supply U.S. troops stationed there. It was one of the smaller questions at the edge of a potential scandal involving the vice president. At the time Mobbs testified, KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown & Root) was the nation's biggest single recipient of government funding for military logistics and reconstruction, and not only had Cheney been the CEO of its parent company for the five years before he was elected vice president, but the no-bid process by which Halliburton and KBR has gotten their Iraq contracts had been put in place by Cheney while he was Secretary of Defense, from 1989 to 1993. Considering all this, Democratic members of the House Committee on Government Reform, led by California congressman Henry Waxman, thought it well within the scope of reasonable congressional inquiry to ask if anyone on the vice president's staff had been involved in awarding the contracts.
The vice president didn't find it so reasonable. He had already addressed the matter on NBC's Meet the Press nine months before, telling Tim Russert: "Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interests. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had now for over three years. And as vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape, or form of contracts let by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government."
Following the interview, Department of Defense officials confirmed that Cheney's office had nothingto do with the contracts. Then, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request, and when the DOD refused to comply with the request, the public-interest foundation sued and obtained files that included an e-mail from regional director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Stephen Browning stating that …
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Welcome. This is James Corbett of corbettreport.com with the last word on overpopulation.
As human beings, we are hard wired to be constantly on the lookout for potential dangers. This is to be expected. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors had to be ever-vigilant to the threat of natural predators, contagious disease and inclement weather, or suffer the consequences. Today we have largely overcome many of the natural dangers which plagued our forebears, but the same instincts compel us to guard against threats both real and imagined, and heed the call of those who raise the alarm of potential new threats.
This concept has been well understood for thousands of years by those who have sought to control populations.
Before the modern understanding of our solar system had been articulated, the ancient Egyptians believed that the sun itself was a god named Ra who was devoured every evening by an evil snake god named Apep. It was by no means assured that Ra would be able to escape Apep to return in the morning, and the priest class manipulated this basic fear by developing elaborate rites for warding off the snake god. These rites, of course, could only be properly administered by the priests themselves, thus assuring them a central role in ancient Egyptian society.
We may laugh at the gullibility of the ancient Egyptians, but for them the existence of Apep and the importance of the rituals were instilled from an early age and reinforced by the pronouncements of the priestly class. To question the reality of the sun god myth would have been akin to questioning the fabric of Egyptian society itself.
To think that we are not capable of being similarly manipulated in our modern “enlightened” era would be the grossest form of historical naivete.
In the 20th century, fears over the red menace of the Soviet Union and its supposed military juggernaut were used to steer the course of American society. Jack Kennedy himself became president campaigning on the notion that the Eisenhower administration had allowed a dangerous missile gap to build up between the Soviets and the Americans. According to this scare story, fed to the Kennedy campaign by RAND Corporation analysts, the Soviet Union had 500 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles ready to fire at America at a moment’s notice. In reality, the Soviets only had 4 such missiles at that time, but that did not stop the military-industrial propaganda machine from convincing Americans that they had to pump ever more of their resources into arms purchases from defense contractors in order to counter the Soviet threat.
Incredibly, in some cases the same threat has been touted for centuries, always coming with the same dire warnings that the end of the world is nigh unless the public is willing to give up money, sovereignty, or even their lives in order to avert it.
In the late 18th century an Anglican priest named Thomas Malthus demonstrated with “mathematical certainty” that the world was heading toward demographic disaster. After all, human population increases exponentially while food supply increases arithmetically. From this it logically follows that it is only a matter of time before the world population outstrips our ability to feed ourselves.
Of course, just as a parent might look at his infant son’s first year of growth and extrapolate that he will be 20 feet tall by the time he’s 30, over 200 years of the expected population crisis failing to arrive has demonstrated that there are fundamental flaws in Malthus’ reasoning. The earth is not a zero-sum game and human ingenuity has always and in every generation manged to bake a bigger pie even as they take a bigger and bigger slice of it. Now even the United Nations’ most alarmist predictions admit that global population will level off and begin declining in 2050, and Malthus is now understood to have been a third-rate scholar spreading Chicken Little sky-is-falling fantasies for the benefit of the British East India Company that employed him.
Amazingly, though, despite every one of the doomsday predictions of Malthus and his Malthusian acolytes proving to be false decade after decade for two centuries on end, Malthus’ ideas are still being taken seriously and still being hyped and promoted by the moneyed oligarchs who benefit from the idea that there are too many useless eaters using up the world’s resources.
Malthus himself, an Anglican minister, wrote that“We are bound in justice and honour formally to disdain the Right of the poor to support,” arguing for a law making it illegal for the Anglican church to give any food, clothing or support to any children. Not content with consigning thousands of children to death for the misfortune of being born poor, however, Malthus also advocated actively contributing to the deaths of more of the poor through social engineering:
“Instead of recommending cleanliness to the poor, we should encourage contrary habits. In our towns we should make the streets narrower, crowd more people into the houses, and court the return of the plague. In the country, we should build our villages near stagnant pools, and particularly encourage settlement in all marshy and unwholesome situations. But above all we should reprobate specific remedies for ravaging diseases; and restrain those benevolent, but much mistaken men, who have thought they are doing a service to mankind by protecting schemes for the total extirpation of particular disorders.“
The horrific nature of this idea is made all the more preposterous by the fact that Malthus was encouraging the spread of disease and plague in order to “save” humanity from the diseases and plagues that overpopulation fosters. But this self-contradiction is completely lost on those whose bloodlust drives them to support such drastic population reduction schemes to kill of the poor and downtrodden of society.
As repulsive as Malthus’ ideas are to our sensibilities, they have provided an ideological framework for those with a psychopathic urge to dominate others for the past two hundred years.
In his infamous 1968 book, The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich and his wife Anne wrote: “A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people…We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions.” He felt the cancer of newborn babies was so potentially devastating to humanity that in 1969 he actually advocated adding sterilants to the food and water supply. Lest there were any doubt about his remarks, he further elaborated on them in Ecoscience, a 1977 book that he co-authored with Obama’s current science czar, John Holdren, where they once again advocated adding sterilants to the water supply.
In 1988, Prince Philip uttered his deplorable comment “In the event I am reborn, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.”
In the 1990s, Ted Turner told Audubon magazine that “A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95 percent decline from present levels, would be ideal.”
Of course, the overpopulation myth itself crumbles under the slightest scrutiny. No one, not even the UN, is projecting limitless growth of the human population. Even the most alarmist projections show the world population leveling off within 40 years. What’s more, the birth rate in every major industrialized nation in the world is now below the replacement level of 2.1, meaning that they are in fact dying nations of aging populations that require an ever-increasing influx of immigrants just to maintain their population level. In addition to the well-known phenomenon of industrialization reducing the sizes of families, there are now indications that chemicals called endocrine disruptors which are mysteriously ending up in our foods, plastics and drinking water are limiting our biological ability to reproduce, with sperm rates among Western men declining a staggering 50% in the last 50 years with 85% of the remaining sperm being abnormal.
But still, even if we were to take the hysteria over population size at face value, the “solutions” suggested by the Malthusians—forced sterilization programs, de-industrialization, and even genocide—represent the biggest fraud of all: the idea that merely reducing the size of a population will somehow reduce the inequalities and iniquities within that society.
But therein lies the secret. The people who fret over the overpopulation non-problem cannot be reasoned with because their concern for humanity is only a pretense. The way they approach the problem itself displays their bias. Most people see an increase in the number of people on the planet not as a scourge, but as an opportunity to increase our understanding of the human species and its capabilities. In the twisted vision of the overpopulation fearmongers, however, newborn babies are not a joy to behold, not a gift, not the living, breathing potential of the future of the human race, but a cancer that must be killed.
The Malthusians are not interested in increasing food production, lifting the poor out of poverty or developing technology to increase our ability to share in the abundant wealth of the world. Instead they wish for the forcible sterilization of the poor, the consignment of billions around the world to grinding poverty and the elimination of vast swathes of the population. They do not wish to reduce the pain and suffering in the world, but to increase it. In short, the overpopulation hysteria is a convenient lie for the Chicken Littles who stand to benefit from the panic they themselves cause.
For the rest of us, it comes down to a simple question: After 200 years of the sky failing to fall, isn’t it time to stop listening to Chicken Little?
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Leading the news this week, war criminal Donald Rumsfeld was on hand at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. to receive an award signifying his status as a Defender of the Constitution.
Added to these points are the equally dubious–although not necessarily unconstitutional–distinctions of having presided over a Defense Department that lost at least 3.5 trillion dollars in fiscal years 2001-2005, 2.3 trillion of which was reported missing on September 10, 2001, the day before Rumsfeld’s military presided over the most spectacular failure of US air defenses in the history of America.
Rumsfeld also participated in the deliberate deceit about weapons of mass destruction which led to an unconstitutional war in Iraq which was in fact never declared a war by Congress, but remained an unconstitutional military operation decreed by unconstitutional executive fiat.
Appropriately enough, the Orwellian scene was capped when ex-Vice President Dick Cheney was called out to present the award to Rumsfeld. At least one audience member, however, was struck by the discordant nature of the scene to apply a different monniker to the former Vice President:
In related news, unindicted war criminal George W. Bush was not able to laugh off such a serious accusation earlier last week when a Swiss human rights group’s threat to file war crimes charges against him led to Bush cancelling a trip to Switzerland.
In related news, the US-military trained and Israel-approved Egyptian transition leader, Omar Suleiman, is coming under fire as he is being revealed to be not only a successor puppet for US-Israeli interests in the region, but an active collaborator with war criminal Bush in his illegal and unconstitutional extraordinary rendition campaign.
Many are pointing out that the Obama Administration’s tacit support for a Suleiman presidency in Egypt is the 2011 equivalent of the Reagan Administration’s friendship with Saddam Hussein, in which representatives of the Defense Department (including Donald Rumsfeld) gave approval and support for Hussein’s brutal dictatorship and sold him the chemical weapons that they only blamed him for using when they were building a case for war against him.
In related news, the current political destabilization in Egypt has been largely pegged on recent dramatic rises in food prices around the world. Now, much of the spike in food prices in recent years is being blamed not on crop failures or weather anomalies, but on speculation by the very hedge-fund speculators who brought about the subprime loan fiasco and the current economic depression.
In related news, those who are using the scientifically discredited theory of anthropogenic global warming to blame rising food prices on increases in manmade carbon dioxide are now paradoxically seeking to combat the problem by raising food prices.
The journal “Climate Change” has just released a study that shows that adding $82 of tax onto the cost of beef for each ton of carbon dioxide equivalent would greatly reduce meat consumption, thus reducing the greenhouse gases released in the raising of livestock.
Ironically, it was an earlier global warming fad, the use of ethanol for biofuel, that is in part responsible for rising corn prices. Now, 24% of the US corn crop is mandated to go to ethanol, putting further strains on already-scant world corn supplies.
It remains to be seen when US-backed Omar Suleiman will receive a Defender of Human Rights award for participating in torture programs, when Goldman Sachs speculators will receive a Defender of the Hungry award for helping create more starving people on the planet, or when the global warming alarmists will receive a Defender of Low Food Prices award for helping to raise food prices.
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Once upon a time, the United States was the greatest industrial powerhouse that the world has ever seen. Our immense economic machinery was the envy of the rest of the globe and it provided the foundation for the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world. But now the once great U.S. economic machine is being dismantled piece by piece. The U.S. economy is being gutted, neutered, defanged, declawed and deindustrialized and very few of our leaders even seem to care. It was the United States that once showed the rest of the world how to mass produce televisions and automobiles and airplanes and computers, but now our industrial base is being ripped to shreds. Tens of thousands of our factories and millions of our jobs have been shipped overseas. Many of our proudest manufacturing cities have been transformed into "post-industrial" hellholes that nobody wants to live in anymore.
Meanwhile, wave after wave of shiny new factories is going up in nations such as China, India and Brazil. This is great for those countries, but for the millions of American workers that desperately needed the jobs that have been sent overseas it is not so great.
This is the legacy of globalism. Multinational corporations now have the choice whether to hire U.S. workers or to hire workers in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. The "great sucking sound" that Ross Perot warned us about so long ago is actually happening, and it has left tens of millions of Americans without good jobs.
So what is to become of a nation that consumes more than it ever has and yet continues to produce less and less?
Well, the greatest debt binge in the history of the world has enabled us to maintain (and even increase) our standard of living for several decades, but all of that debt is starting to really catch up with us.
The American people seem to be very confused about what is happening to us because most of them thought that the party was going to last forever. In fact, most of them still seem convinced that our brightest economic days are still ahead.
After all, every time we have had a "recession" in the past things have always turned around and we have gone on to even greater things, right?
Well, what most Americans simply fail to understand is that we are like a car that is having its insides ripped right out. Our industrial base is being gutted right in front of our eyes.
Most Americans don't think much about our "trade deficit", but it is absolutely central to what is happening to our economy. Every year, we buy far, far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us.
In 2010, the U.S. trade deficit was just a whisker under $500 billion. This is money that we could have all spent inside the United States that would have supported thousands of American factories and millions of American jobs.
Instead, we sent all of those hundreds of billions of dollars overseas in exchange for a big pile of stuff that we greedily consumed. Most of that stuff we probably didn't need anyway.
Since we spent almost $500 billion more with the rest of the world than they spent with us, at the end of the year the rest of the world was $500 billion wealthier and the American people were collectively $500 billion poorer.
That means that the collective "economic pie" that we are all dividing up is now $500 billion smaller.
Are you starting to understand why times suddenly seem so "hard" in the United States?
Meanwhile, jobs and businesses continue to fly out of the United States at a blinding pace.
This is a national crisis.
We simply cannot expect to continue to have a "great economy" if we allow our economy to be deindustrialized.
A nation that consumes far more than it produces is not going to be wealthy for long.
The following are 21 signs that the once great U.S. economy is being gutted, neutered, defanged, declawed and deindustrialized....
#1 The U.S. trade deficit with the rest of the world rose to 497.8 billion dollars in 2010. That represented a 32.8% increase from 2009.
#2 The U.S. trade deficit with China rose to an all-time record of 273.1 billion dollars in 2010. This is the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.
#8 The Bureau of Labor Statistics originally predicted that the U.S. economy would create approximately 22 million jobs during the decade of the 2000s, but it turns out that the U.S. economy only produced about 7 million jobs during that time period.
#11 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.
#12 The United States now has 10 percent fewer "middle class jobs" than it did just ten years ago.
#13According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.
#14 Back in 1970, 25 percent of all jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.
#15 Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Ten years later, the United States had less than 15 percent and China's share had soared to 20 percent.
#16 The number of Americans that have become so discouraged that they have given up searching for work completely now stands at an all-time high.
#17 Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.
#20 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
#21 Ten years ago, the "employment rate" in the United States was about 64%. Since then it has been constantly declining and now the "employment rate" in the United States is only about 58%. So where did all of those jobs go?
The world is changing.
We are bleeding national wealth at a pace that is almost unimaginable.
We are literally being drained dry.
Did you know that China now has the world's fastest train and the world's largest high-speed rail network?
They were able to afford those things with all of the money that we have been sending them.
How do you think all of those oil barons in the Middle East became so wealthy and could build such opulent palaces?
They got rich off of all the money that we have been sending them.
Meanwhile, once great U.S. cities such as Detroit, Michigan now look like war zones.
Back in 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was about 6 million dollars for the entire year.
As mentioned above, the U.S. trade deficit with China for 2010 was over 273 billion dollars.
What a difference 25 years can make, eh?
What do you find when you go into a Wal-Mart, a Target or a dollar store today?
You find row after row after row of stuff made in China and in other far away countries.
It can be more than a bit difficult to find things that are actually made inside the United States anymore. In fact, there are quite a few industries that have completely and totally left the United States. For certain product categories it is now literally impossible to buy something made in America.
So what are we going to do with our tens of millions of blue collar workers?
Should we just tell them that their jobs are not ever coming back so they better learn phrases such as "Welcome to Wal-Mart" and "Would you like fries with that"?
For quite a few years, the gigantic debt bubble that we were living in kind of insulated us from feeling the effects of the deindustrialization of America.