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Organized Political Terrorism: The Norwegian Massacre, the State , the Media and IsraHell

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Anders Behring Breivik

by  James Petras


“So let us fight together with Israel, with our Zionist brothers against all anti-Zionist,s against all cultural Marxists/Multiculturalists”.  Anders Behring Breivik’sManifesto

“. . . two more cells exist in my organization”. . .Ander Behring Breivik in police custody   (Reuters7/25/11)

Introduction:

The July 22, 2011, bombing of the office of the Norwegian Prime Minister, Labor Party Jen Stoltenberg, which killed 8 civilians, and the subsequent political assassination of 68 unarmed activists of the Labor Party Youth on Utoeya Island, just 20 minutes from Oslo, by militant neo-fascist Christian-Zionists, raises fundamental questions about the growing links between the legal Far-Right, the ‘mainstream media’, the Norwegian police, Israel and rightwing terrorism.

The Mass Media and the Rise of Rightwing Terrorism:

The leading English language newspapers, The New York Times (NYT), the Washington Post (WP), the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the Financial Times (FT), as well as President Obama, blamed “Islamic extremists”, upon the first police reports of the killings, publishing a series of incendiary (and false) headlines and reports, labeling the event as ‘Norway’s 9-11’,in terms, which echoed the ideological motivation and justifications cited by the Norwegian Christian-Zionist political assassin, Anders Behring Breivik himself,.  The July 23/24 front page of the Financial Times (of London), read “Islamist extremism fears:  Worst Europe strike since 2005”.  Obama immediately cited the terrorist attack in Norway to further justify his overseas wars against Muslim countries.  The FT, NYT, WP and WSJ trotted out their self-styled “experts” who debated over which Arab/Islamic leaders or movements were responsible – despite Norwegian press reports of ‘the arrest of a Nordic man in police uniform’.

Clearly, the US mass media and political elite were eager to use the bombing and assassinations to justify ongoing overseas imperial wars, ignoring the burgeoning domestic extremist rightwing organizations and violent individuals who are the outgrowth of official Islamophobic hate propaganda.

When Anders Breivik, a known neo-fascist extremist, handed his weapons over to Norwegian police without resistance and claimed credit for the bombing and massacre, the second phase of the official cover-up took place:  He was immediately described as “a lone wolf assassin”, who “acted alone” (BBC July 24, 2011) or as mentally deranged, downplaying his political networks, his American, European and Israeli ideological mentors and commitments, which led to his acts of terrorism.  Even more outrageous, the media and officials ignored the fact that this complex, multiphase terrorist attack was beyond the capacity of one ‘deranged’ person.

Anders Behring Breivik had been a dues-paying member of a Far-Right political party, The Progress Party and a collaborator and contributor to an overtly neo-Nazi web site.  He frequently focused his hatred on the ruling Labor Party for its relative tolerance of immigrants.  He despised immigrants especially, Muslims, and was an ardent Christian-Zionist supporter of Israeli repression and terror against the Palestinian people.  His criminal action was political in essence and embedded in a much wider political network.

The political elite and media have scrambled to deny the overlapping links between ‘legal’ ideological Islamophobes, like the American Zionists Daniel Pipes, David Horowitz, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, the Dutch far-right Party of Freedom led by the hate-monger Geert Wilders and their counterparts in the Norwegian Progress Party who rail against the “Muslim threat”. The “direct action” terrorists take their cues from electoral parties, like the Progress Party, who recruit and indoctrinate activists, like Behring Breivik, who then leave the ‘electoral road’ to carry out their bloody carnage, allowing the ‘respectable’ hate-mongers to hypocritically condemn him… after the outrage.

The Lone Assassin:  A Fascist Superman Travels Faster than a Speeding Bullet

Versus the Police Moving Slower than an Arthritic Turtle:

The case for the “lone wolf terrorist” defies credence. It is a tissue of lies used to cover up state complicity, intelligence malfeasance, and the sharpright-turn in the domestic and foreign policies of NATO countries.

There is no basis to accept Breivik’s initial claim that he acted alone for several outstanding reasons:  First, the car bomb, which devastated downtown Oslo, was a highly complex weapon requiring expertise and coordination – the kind available to state or intelligence services, like the Mossad, which specialize in devastating car bombs.  Amateurs, like Breivik, with no training in explosives, usually blow themselves up or lack the skill required to connect the electronic timing devices or remote detonators (like the unsuccessful ‘shoe’, ‘underpants’ and ‘Times Square’ bombers have proved) .  Secondly, the details of (a) moving the bomb, (b) obtaining (stealing) a vehicle, (c) placing the device at the strategic site, (d) successfully detonating it  and (e) then gowning up in an elaborate special police uniform with an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of ammunition and driving off in another vehicle to Utoeya Island, (f) waiting patiently while armed to the teeth for a ferry boat, g) crossing with other passengers in his police uniform, (h) rounding up the Labor youth activists and commencing the massacre of scores of unarmed youth and finally (i) finishing off the wounded and hunting for those trying to hide or swim away  – is not the activity of a lone zealot.  Even the combination of Superman, Einstein and a world class marksman could not perform those tasks.

The media and NATO leaders must view the public as passive morons to expect them to believe that Anders Behring Breivik “acted alone”.  He is willing to take a 20 year prison sentence if it means, as he maintains, that their collective action is the spark that ignites his comrades and advances the agenda of the violent and legal far rightwing parties.  Facing a Norwegian judge on July 25, he publically declared the existence of “two more cells in my organization”.  According to witness testimony on Utoeya Island shots from two distinct weapons were heard from different directions during the massacre.  The police say they are… “investigating”.  Needless to say the police have found nothing; instead they put on a “show” to cover their inaction by raiding two houses far from the massacre and quickly released the suspects.

The most serious political implication of the terrorist action, however, is the conspicuous complicity of top police officials.  The police took 90 minutes to arrive at Utoeya Island, located less than 20 kilometers from Oslo, 12 minutes by helicopter and 25 to 30 minutes by car and boat.  The delay allowed the right wing assassins to use up the ammunition, maximizing the death toll of young, anti-fascist activists and devastating the Labor youth movement.  The police chief, Sveinung Sponheim, made the feeblest excuse and cover-up, claiming “problems with transport”.  Sponheim argued that a helicopter “wasn’t on standby” and they “could not find a boat” (Associated Press, July 24, 2011).  Yet a helicopter was available; it managed to fly to Utoeya and film the ongoing slaughter, and over half of Norwegians, a seafaring people for millennia, own or have access to a boat.  A police force, faced with what the Prime Minister calls the ‘worst atrocity since the Nazi occupation’, moving at the pace of an arthritic turtle to rescue youth activists, raises the suspicion of some level of complicity.  The obvious question arises as to the degree to which the ideology of right wing extremism – neo-fascism – has penetrated the police and security forces, especially the upper echelons?  This level of “inactivity” raises more questions than it answers.  What it suggests is that the Social Democrats only control part of the Government – the legislative, while the neo-fascists influence the state apparatus.

The plain fact is that the police did not save a single life.  When they finally arrived, Anders Behring Breivik had run out of ammunition and surrendered turning himself over to the police.  The police literally did not fire a single shot; they did not even have to hunt or capture the assassin. An almost choreographed scenario:  Hundreds wounded, 68 unarmed, peaceful activists killed and the Labor youth movement decimated.

The police can claim “crime solved” while the mass media prattles about a “lone assassin”.  The far right has a “martyr” to mask a further advance in their anti-Muslim, pro Israel crusade. (It is reminiscent of the celebrated Israeli-American fascist mass murderer, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, who slaughtered dozens of unarmed Palestinian men and boys at prayer in 1994).

Only two days before the political murders, the head of the Labor Party Youth Movement, Eskil Pederson, gave an interview to the Dagbladet, Norway’s second largest tabloid, in which he announced a “unilateral economic embargo of Israel from the Norwegian side” (Gilad Atzmon, July 24, 2011).

The fact of the matter is that the Norwegian military has no problem promptly dispatching 500 troops to Afghanistan, half way around the world and providing six Norwegian Air Force jets and pilots to bomb and terrorize Libya.  And yet they can’t find a helicopter or a row boat to transport their police a couple hundred yards to stop a domestic right wing terrorist – whose murderous rampage was being described second by second by the terrorized young victims on their cell phones to their frantic parents?

The Imperial Roots of Domestic Fascism:  Conclusion

Clearly, the decisions of Norway and other Scandinavian nations to participate in the US imperial crusades against Muslim and especially Arab people in the Middle East have aroused and energized the neo-fascist right.  They now want to “bring the war home”; they want Norway to go further, to ‘cleanse the nation’ by expelling Muslims.  They want to “send a message” to the Labor Party:  Either it must accept a full neo-fascist pro-Israeli agenda or expect more massacres, more elected fascists, more followers of Anders Behring Breivik.

The “Progress Party” is now the second largest political party in Norway.  If a “conservative” coalition defeats Labor, neo-fascists will probably sit in the Government.  Who knows, after a few years of good behavior, they might find an excuse to commute their ex-comrades sentence . . . or proclaim him mentally rehabilitated and freed.

Clearly what is needed is the immediate withdrawal of all troops from imperial wars and a systematic, coherent and organized fight against domestic right-wing terrorists and their intellectual godparents, in America, Israel and Europe.  Labor youth must go press on with their demand that the Labor Government, under Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg, recognize the nation of Palestine and implement a total boycott of Israeli goods and services.  A national and international political-educational campaign must be organized to expose the links between respectable electoral fascists and violent terrorists.  The Labor Youth martyrs of Utoeya Island should be cherished and their ideals taught in all the schools.  Their far-right enemies and supporters whether overt, covert or directly complicit, should be exposed and condemned.  The best weapon against the renewed neo-fascist onslaught is a political and educational offensive, taking up the anti-fascist, anti-Quisling (Norway’s notorious Nazi collaborator) fighting traditions of their grandparents’ era.  It’s not too late – if the Labor Party, the Norwegian trade unions and the anti-fascist youth act now before the flood of resurgent fascism.

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Andy Berwick and the Protocols of the Elders of Islam

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Fox Mulder or Harry Potter?

Norway:  Murdoch and the Aliens Did It

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

I haven’t done one of these segments for awhile.  They don’t help readership numbers nor go viral, not like conspiracy pieces.  Increasingly, as I gain “followers,” what had been a “labor of love” becomes more “hard labor.”  With that goes any residual signs of wit or humor.

Whatever “funny” may have been around or may come back next week, Norway is a monstrous story to cover.  For the last few days, special interest groups have been sending me their careful edits of his “Plan from Mars 2083,” the great manifesto.

Berwick’s manifesto, particularly the historical perspective, mixed with too much childish insanity, is interesting and, in a sense, well worth looking at.  The document isn’t as bad as some say, it just has the wrong names on the characters.  Berwick has somehow ascribed to Muslims vast political influence and power, control of world banking, control of the media, it is as though he began seeing the world upside down.  Berwick is up to one thing, that’s clear, childish obfuscation.  Berwick is a liar, less psychopath or paranoid and more calculating and methodical.

Berwick is on a mission and his capture and continual outpourings are very much as planned.  He wasn’t captured by accident, the police knew his name, calling it out, long before they saw him.  He is now a parrot on a perch, placed there by a curious confederation.  “Norway” isn’t over.   It is as though we all walked into a theatre, bought tickets to a play and aren’t allowed to leave at intermission.

1500 pages, a script, a screenplay?  Berwick’s own worldview, his worship of Israel, his need to conceal his homosexuality, his admiration for America’s Tea Party,  hardly a showplace of racial elitism, none of it makes a lick of sense.

It is though he has a magic document, a “Protocols of the Elders of Islam” somewhere.  Who could have invented such a thing?  The imaginary multi-cultural conspiracy Berwick is said to represent, the armies of Marxists scouring the world for dispossessed Muslims desiring a life in Scandinavia smells a bit of Fox News conspiracy.  When tracked down a bit, this is exactly where it went.

Keeping this short, as it is boring as hell, Muslims in Europe are seen as a huge problem.  I have lived in several countries in Europe and have listened to hours of diatribe against Muslims.  I have also spent time with Muslims in Europe.

There are problems.  Certainly, in Germany, there are Turkish criminal gangs, especially those run out of Munich.  I have run across them.

However, the reality is that these gangs and the criminal threat they represent is miniscule compared to the Russian gangs which are a hundred times more powerful and reach into every corner of Europe.  I don’t hear a word about the Russians.  I just watch people hunker down, buy bigger locks for their doors, put shutters over their windows and change their lives.  Berwick seems to have “tunnel vision,” almost as though his beliefs had been tailored for a purpose, carefully groomed.

Europe is more “small town” than America is.  I have a couple of towns there I call home.  Over the years, things have changed, people have lost the feeling of community, of safety, the ability to take the deposit money to the bank after closing the shop, the ability to have kids walk to school, this is gone.

Americans know about this, one of the biggest issues in America over the last century has been what Europeans call “multiculturalism.”  The issue has been immigrants, some American born but not accepted, some “illegals,”  who turn to crime, be they “dirt poor” African Americans drawn to Detroit or Chicago on the promise of a better life, something observed in cities across Africa in recent decades, or the Italians or Jews or Irish who formed criminal organizations, seemingly to protect their “own people,’ and, eventually, to prey on them.

The Godfather movies portray this better than anything else.

The Irish gangs are gone.  The Italian Mafia survives, half its membership FBI informants.  The Jewish gangs, the real power of organized crime, as depicted in the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, moved to Wall Street or operating out of safe havens in Israel.

Europeans saw everything change.  Men didn’t come back from the war.  Germany repopulated from Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey.  There are very few Andrew Berwicks (Breivick) in Germany.  Nobody qualifies for SS membership with a “clean” genealogy, not anymore.  Germany is multi-cultural.

What is being lost, more than just national identity itself, is a feeling of control.  Muslim’s are easy to see, like the Jews were centuries ago, the obvious “threat” and the obvious group to blame.  That 90% of the real problems preying on Europe relate to the pretty criminal organization known as the European Union….

Thus, there is one thing you can point a finger at, those masses of Muslim immigrants living outside Paris or Rotterdam or in Marseilles or Genova or Aachen.  One change is visible and, though a thousand things are wrong, you hate what you can see.

Pointing the finger at Muslims while billions are stolen and economies are collapsed is a game in the EU.

Let’s talk conspiracy, finally, let’s talk Andy Berwick.  Breivik wrote under the name “Berwick,” so, lets move the quotation marks around and say “Breivik” wrote under the name Andrew Berwick or even better, that Andy Berwick may have been born “Breivik.”

An initial blast into the world of conspiracy;  we are not yet sure there is only one person here.  The multiple photos of Andy are not passing advanced facial recognition software.  We can only follow this story and see if someone finds a credible source.  When that doesn’t happen, it doesn’t mean there isn’t something to the story, it too often means that it is too dangerous to report.

Too much about Andy Berwick doesn’t come together.

Another “honorable mention” in the conspiracy category;  there have been more arrests, at least 7, perhaps more.  Not only that, the search had spread, initially to Sweden, then Denmark and finally to the UK.  All this has been suppressed, identities and background of those arrested withheld, even denied.  There is a conspiracy afoot, a very active conspiracy, within police and intelligence services to “sell” this incident as a “lone gunman” fairly tale.  The initial bomb itself is telling.

Wind Tunnel Model of the British Plane Designed to Deliver the “Tallboy”…Never Built..Based on the Spitfire

It was huge, equaling 10 tons of TNT or over 20 tons of “fertilizer bomb.”  This is a “Dr. Who” or “Tardis” problem.  For those unfamiliar, Dr. Who is a fictional character who travels through space and time in a police phone box that, inside, is exactly the same size as a large TV studio.

Math has one amount of fertilizer, with a larger amount than the whole taken away with a remainder being left.  Nobody would have gotten out of 2nd grade with this kind of thinking.  “6 takeaway 20 = 2.”

Another comparison, for the car bomb:

Q. How many elephants can you put in a Volkswagen (Beetle)? A.  Four.  Two in the front, two in the back.

For our amateur “counter-terrorism” sleuths:

Q.  How many tons of fertilizer and fuel oil can you put in a rental car?  A.  Take out the back seat, 20 tons or enough to fill an entire rail car.

22,000 Pound “GrandSlam” Bomb (WW2)

In order to sell these concepts, films and photos of the blast scene were carefully edited, catching the “broken window” side of a building that suffered catastrophic “Oklahoma City” damage on the “not so” photographed side.

There is also the problem of pretending a bomb is 200 meters from actual “ground zero” in order to explain blast damage equal to the largest and most scientifically designed conventional explosives every used.

This is pushing us off into a discussion of military ordnance, one perhaps more interesting than terrorism, real or “false flag.”


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Today’s military ordnance, the bombs were are dropping on Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and half a dozen other places we aren’t naming or never heard of have some unique characteristics.  Some ordnance is configured for penetration, using depleted uranium combined with metals such as copper, increasing,  not only the kinetic energy but creating a plasma and, as with DU, an unpleasant radioactive gas as well.

“Tallboy,” Massive WW2 Blockbuster

Other weapons like the “bunkerbuster” bombs used today are actually gun barrels, heavy artillery,  filled with explosives dropped from high altitude, that pass through many feet of reinforced concrete before exploding.  When the US developed a nuclear “bunkerbuster” and compared it to this relatively unsophisticated technology, the “rube goldberg/roadrunner/coyote” cannon barrel dropped from a balloon technology won out, hands down.

What’s a few billion dollars and years of research anyway, after all, it is all “billable.”

The old technologies from WW2, the “Tall Boy” and “Grand Slam” along with the bomber designs for hauling even larger weapons, even heavier than the 22,000 pound “Slam,” are all that we can compare in explosive power to Oklahoma City or Beirut or Bali or Oslo, the supposed acts of terror where the explosive power of the claimed weapon and the pattern of damage are exponentially out of scale.

Then again, 9/11 sold, thousands of tons of steel vaporized by a fire you might have used to barbecue chicken.  There is a reason boxes of nails and screws are loaded with car bombs.  They are what kills, not the bomb itself.  A blast in an open areas dissipates in ten yards, not half a kilometer.  Shockwaves that break windows, these were reflected shockwaves, hundreds of yards from the blast, breaking windows many floors above the ground, are caused only by, minimally, the highest quality military explosives, not even pure TNT and certainly not “fertilizer slurry” better adapted for stump removal.   Simple physics experiments could easily disprove any cover story, certainly all the car and truck bombs, or the Kennedy killings or 9/11.  In fact, almost nothing stands up to serious scrutiny, certainly nothing involving very needed terrorist attacks that orchestrate profitable world tensions and provide amusement for the public.

This is exactly what Norway has turned out to be, theatre, a puppet buffoon, a series of carefully scripted actors, media and their endless fingerpointing at Muslims, police and their imaginary “lone gunman” scenario or their “we forgot we had helicopters” story.

Talking a bit about Norway.  The media, if you can call the clowns that, has run home to mama, now trying to tie Berwick, I am going to call him that, to Islam.  The new story is best of all.  It it weren’t for the existence of Muslims, crazy people like Berwick wouldn’t need to kill people that oppose Israeli policy.

That isn’t exactly how they say it but it is what I hear.  The subtext for those in the industry, “counter-terrorism and intelligence,” where I work, tends to move toward the obvious questions:

“Who benefits.”

That one heads one direction, Israel.  As there is absolutely NO potential for any paying client to want that answer, not a news outlet nor national government, nobody is going to offer to find that answer.

You see, the “intelligence business” is one where you are paid to tell the client that the people he suspects are terrorists and that he is justified in killing them.  Doing anything else is suicide.  Nobody wants the truth.  What government wants to be told that everyone hates them because they are corrupt, viciously cruel and incompetent?

Privately, that was passed onto Bush, sugared up a bit, but certainly sent on.  Everyone doing such was relieved of command, died mysteriously or was charged with crimes related to terrorism.  A number of these people, formerly known to be loyal political insiders, are actually friends and I don’t know that many people.  Talking “reality” around “W” was a death sentence for some, simply destruction for others.  Anyone who disagreed with his preconceived notions of “conspiracy” and “evildoers” suffered the wrath of the Patriot Acts, FISA and Karl Rove’s Justice Department.

If you believe Washington to be totally bereft of honest and decent people, this might be why.  The Bush administration was little more than an 8 year witch hunt, silencing every honest voice and destroying every last bit of evidence that the United States had once existed as a free and independent nation.

Think back, a decade ago.  Remember the list of top military officers who opposed the wars, Afghanistan, Iraq, who had been forced into retirement for speaking up?  You have forgotten?  Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one.  They forgot too.  They spoke once and then, for some reason, went “quiet.”

Years ago, when the Army’s top intel officer, General Stubblebein, said no plane hit the Pentagon….

Well, you can read his story here in legal documents and the video below:


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This was the top guy, the top intel officer in the army who came out and said it, 9/11 was a scam, a government operation.

For it, he was ground up and spit out.  One of my friends, as a Colonel in Army Intelligence (don’t laugh) knew him well.  Try looking up Stubblebein.  You will be told he is a freak, a UFO nut, a ghost hunter.  He was the Army’s Chief of Intelligence, the best of the best until he spoke up on 9/11.

They actually went as far as to make a movie to take a whack at him. Did you see “Men Who Stare at Goats?”

As an aside, secrecy, in fact our biggest secrets, are leaked, often under ‘comic’ circumstances, when  they can discredit someone who has become a danger.  Without risking a total jump over the cliff myself, I will “hint” that our government has spent, not billions but hundreds of billions on “black” projects related to UFO technology, and general stuff we would all attribute to X Files.

Richard Dolan talks about this in the video below.  Pay no attention to anything he says and forget it all as quickly as possible.


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So when a conspiracy ‘nut’ talks about 9/11 or some other phenomenon that violates known physical laws or operates in the area of “fringe” science, do give a minor thought to the possibility that much of the science fiction, perhaps even the most nightmarish aspects of it, the “aliens and the anal probe,” might just have more than a bit of truth to them.

What Assange, back in November last year, threatened to leak:

The US government has reverse engineered “alien technology” using gravity as a source of energy.  You don’t have to be Einstein, Newton or Keppler to know it’s possible.  What any business school grad will tell you is that hydrocarbons, as an energy source, as a form of “complementary currency,” we are talking oil, gas, coal, are worthless if such a technology exists.

What I have been told is that it exists, we have had it for decades, we we have built aircraft using this principle and that everything on this went “dark” long ago.

This would mean we live in the world Dolan talks about, where secret groups in the government live in the world we should, the world we  thought we would grow up in, the Jetson world of flying cars and light speed travel, but those who run things, who value dirty sex and gold above achievement, the real “masters of the universe,” have decided that “we can’t handle the truth.”

It would be incompatible with our religious beliefs.

OK, ignore the last few paragraphs.  Forget the video.  I was just kidding.

Back to talking about Norway.  A few days ago, I said that news coverage itself, assuming my conspiratorial belief that “news coverage” is our closest connection to the grand conspiracies that wish us so much ill, would tell us who was ultimately responsible for managing the psychotic we know as Berwick.

The manifesto, in itself, is amazing.  Any and all, each and everyone, can find something they love there.  It is, in fact, a cornucopia of bunkum, populism and nonsense.  With the cover story, our budding author, producer of youtube movies on the Templars, author of a grand manifesto that reads like the output of a committee, some whose brains were obviously starved of oxygen, some showing signs of meth withdrawal and others, perhaps the majority, readers of The Sun or adherents to Fox News.

Behind it all, we get the whiff, stronger each day, of Murdoch.

Each day, as news about Norway is blocked, twisted and fabricated, efforts by the Murdoch empire, which I believe includes most of his supposed competitors as well, is derailed, “unfocused” and carefully detoured into areas of relative innocence, heartless, vicious but driven away from the real Murdoch “third rail” of political manipulation, espionage and world domination.

I do so love saying “world domination.”  What is it when a madman dictates to political leaders around the world, driving them into suicidal acts?

World Domination.

There is something almost biblical about this.  Britain was destroyed through its sexual repression and its addiction to smut.  America?  Fox/Murdoch got them through race hatred, not that the Brit’s don’t have their share but America was easy game.  With tens of millions of “Evanglicals,” a pseudo-Christian Taliban waiting to slap down those they deemed “unsaved” by putting in place religious courts that make the most backward interpretations of Sharia law a “walk in the park”…..

America already had millions, stoked up, ready to hate, ready to believe anything, already in a form of half rage and half stupor, having accepted a form of Christianity more “bible conspiracy” than gospel.

When the “Muslim’s did it” gang hit, before the shooting had stopped, a gang still going 8 days later, yes, an odd combination of conservatives, liberals, elitists, Bolton and Dershowitz, one time blood enemies, all singing the same tune…

They had one thing in common, at first.  They were tools of Rupert Murdoch.

None should have spoken at all, they spoke when they knew nothing and then they lied and lied when they knew those responsible were acting in the name of “Europe” and “Israel.”

When they kept blaming Muslims, when they knew it was a lie, when they kept blaming saying “lone gunman” when others were in custody, it became a conspiracy.

When we connected the Freemasons, those of us who knew recent European history felt a knot in our stomachs.  Not only did we have a conspiracy but we knew it crossed decades, crossed national borders and was steeped in the politics of the Cold War, not just Marxism but Israeli expansionism and staged false flag terror acts that made Europe a hell, not just through the 60s and 70s but Madrid and 7/7 London as well.

The nightmare written of in Secret Terror, the Price of Ignorance, had revisited and a threat well beyond Al Qaeda, real or imagined, was unleashed.

As much as many wish to follow the crumbs left for them, those leading to Tel Aviv, to the hatred there for Norway and its people, even this is a blind alley.

Libya, another potential culprit, is likely another blind alley.

More likely, it supersedes nationality.  When we saw the Freemason apron on Berwick, when we saw the references to the Templars, we knew we were in for a ride.

This was a script, not just the manifesto, but all of it, not just Berwick but the news stories, the police lies, the instant misdirection.  The most likely actor, the Murdoch empire, “striking back” as it were….

Getting Murdoch off the hook.

Is this a good enough reason to kill so many people?

Think about it.  Does Israel need to give Norway a “smackdown?”  There is no money to go after, in fact killing all those young people was totally senseless except for one thing.

The news story.

Who needed a big news story that week?

Would it be worth using up Berwick and a group of nutty biker gang punks, sayanim, for such an occasion?

Look at the world today.  Who has the most to lose, the most power at risk?

Israel?  Not hardly.

Murdoch?

Who has the most to gain?  This is the question.  Who had means, motive and opportunity?

Whose news empire began the Muslim cover story and kept it alive, even at the risk of discrediting themselves?

Who was ready to orchestrate a coverup seconds after the killings?

Who had the most to gain?

Who is now “off the hook?”

Who is the real power?

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Readers note:  (For folks who with time to reach the bottom of a page.)

The LaVenda and Dolan videos were sent to me by “other than accident.”  I don’t have a lot of free time but found time to watch both completely.  I notice things, good suits, good makeup, slick presentations.  I have been told there is very real material in both.  Was I told the entire presentations were correct?

No.

Was I told that these were “highly disturbing” to some?

Yes.


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British police face criticism after asking public to report ‘anarchist’ activity to cops

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By the Associated Press

LONDON — Spotted an anarchist? Call the cops.

That appears to be the instruction from a unit of Britain’s anti-terrorist police, which has asked shopkeepers and members of the public to report information about anarchists.

The advice appears in a newsletter from the “counter terrorist focus desk” in the central London district of Westminster.

Police blame anarchists for violence that erupted during recent protests against government spending cuts. Small groups of masked protesters have broken away from large demonstrations to spray graffiti and smash windows.

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JFK and RFK: In the Shadow of Dallas and LA

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by Jim Fetzer

 

On June 6, 1968, after RFK won the Democratic primary in California, he was shot multiple times as he passed through the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The official account maintains that he was taken out by a lone, demented gunman, Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian who had written, “RFK must die!”, over and over in a notebook. Like the alleged lone, demented gunman accused of assassinating his brother, JFK, however, the evidence contradicts what the government has told us, where both murders appear to have been products of conspiracies and where Sirhan Sirhan, like Lee Harvey Oswald, was the patsy in plots that involved many more.

Victory in California: RFK greets supporters in the Embassy Ballroo,, Ambassador Hotel, in Los Angeles, on June 5, 1968

In spite of efforts to convince the public otherwise, conspiracies are as American as apple pie. All that they require is the collaboration between two or more individuals to bring about an illegal end. That JFK and RFK were taken out by conspiracies should be no more in doubt than the fact of their assassinations themselves. More bullets were fired at Bobby in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel than could have come from Sirhan Sirhan’s gun, which implies at least one more shooter. And the shot to Jack’s back was too low to have exited from this throat, which means the “magic bullet” theory cannot possibly be true. But, if there was no “magic bullet”, then there were at least six shots from three directions. Both assassinations were conspiracies.

The Ambassador Hotel

The weapon removed from Sirhan Sirhan was a small, snub-nosed .22 caliber, Iver Johnson revolver whose chamber held eight rounds, with serial number H-53725 [1]. Sirhan unloaded his weapon from in front of Bobby Kennedy. According to the autopsy performed by Dr. Thomas Noguchi, however, RFK was hit by four bullets, all of which were fired from behind at upward angles, where five other persons were also wounded by separate bullets [2] and others were removed from holes in the walls and ceiling of the pantry. But if there were as many as thirteen shots—some of which hit a ceiling panel that was behind Sirhan’s location—there is no way Sirhan could have fired them all. With more than one shooter, a conspiracy was involved [3].

The autopsy report is usually regarded as “the best evidence” about a crime of this kind. Dr. Noguchi’s medical report, which was “a perfect autopsy”, conflicted with the LAPD report, since he did not conclude that Sirhan had killed RFK [4]. The fatal shot had entered behind his right ear from about an inch and a half away, but the alleged assassin had not been closer than several feet in front of RFK. Sirhan cannot have fired the bullets that killed Kennedy. Yet his defense attorney, Grant Cooper, chose not to defend his client on the ground that the evidence did not support his guilt but argued instead for “diminished capacity” [5]. A firearms expert, DeWayne Wofler, even testified that the bullets fired at Bobby had come from an entirely different gun [6].

As it happened, a security guard named Thane Eugene Cesar had a weapon with the same caliber and was right behind Bobby when the shooting began. Remarkably, even though he admitted having drawn his gun and many witnesses reporting hearing shots from more than one weapon, no one asked to examine his gun [7]. Acoustics expert Van Praag tested an H&R 922 of the kind Cesar had and determined that an H&R 922 had been fired at the same time as Sirhan’s [8]. The indications of conspiracy extended to a couple, including a woman in a polka dot dress, who rushed away from the scene shouting, “We shot him! We shot him! We shot Kennedy!” [9] The conclusion that Sirhan was not “a lone demented assassin” is not rocket science.

Evidence of Conspiracy

William Turner and John Christian [10] have produced a powerful case indicting Cesar for the crime. Their most interesting finding is that Sirhan may have been firing blanks, which they support on the basis of witness testimony that his shots created long, visible flames, which are commonly produced by blanks, where the purpose would have been to insure that those who were in his field of fire—and who were actually responsible for killing RFK—would not be hit by one of Sirhan’s bullets. That would mean that none of the bullet holes were made by his shots and, indeed, at least one witness reported seeing yet a third shooter in the pantry, perhaps as a back-up if Cesar failed.

Moreover, there are multiple indications that the CIA may have been involved. A hypnotist named William Joseph Bryan, for example, was on the air saying the assassin was probably “mind controlled” before Sirhan had been identified as a suspect and later boasted to hookers that he worked for the CIA and had hypnotized Sirhan [11]. Sirhan’s defense attorney, moreover, had just finished representing the CIA’s contact with organized crime, Johnny Roselli, which may have been why he was so accommodating with respect to his client’s guilt [12]. Cesar had worked at Lockeed and Hughes, which have connections with the agency [13]. Even more strikingly, three very prominent CIA officials—George Joannides, David Sanches Morales, and Gordon Campbell—have all been identified as present at the Ambassador.

Bradley Ayers, for example, was an Army captain assigned to the CIA at JM/Wave in Miami from May 1962 to December 1964, who had met all three and identified them in film footage from the Ambassador [14]. Gordon Campbell, in particular, was Ayer’s case officer. But he knew them all. Similarly, Wayne Smith, who served with the State Department from 1957-1982 with JFK’s Latin American Task Force knew Morales very well [15]. When Smith viewed the same footage that Ayers had watched, he immediately recognized Morales. As he told Shane O’Sullivan, “Bobby Kennedy is assassinated [and] David Morales is there? The two things have to be related” [16]. Those IDs, however, have been disputed by some rather surprising sources.

The Cover-Up

David Talbot [17] and Jefferson Morley [18] made an effort to verify the presence of these officials by consulting friends and relatives of the three. Neither of them knew Morales, Joannidies, or Campbell and, as James Richards, an expert on the assassination, explained to me [19], they were very public in visiting the communities they visited during their inquiries. They made open about why they were there and whom they were investigating, letting everyone known that they were looking into Morales, one of the CIA’s most notorious assassins, which alarmed their target audience and filled them with fear. Under the circumstances, it’s hardly surprising their interviewees would clam up and be unforthcoming. They concluded that the evidence was not sufficient for positive identification, but their methodology was flawed.

Indeed, Ayers and Smith both confirmed the person in the film had to be Morales [20]. They were both quite emphatic. Ayers noticed his body language (his way of moving). Richards provided me a photo of Morales, which looks exactly like the Morales-look-alike at the Ambassador. I don’t even think it’s a difficult call [21], [22]. The images of the man who may be George Joannades seems to be wearing a wig. Richards also sent me a photo of Joannides, which makes it obvious why he would have been wearing a wig: the man was virtually bald! Talbot and Morley claimed to have determined that Gordon Cambell died September 19, 1962, but that is rather peculiar, because he was Ayers’ case officer from 1963-1964. The CIA specializes in fabricating documents, such as death certificates.

The LAPD was not subtle in the destruction of evidence related to the crime. It destroyed the ceiling panels and door frames from the pantry on the ludicrous ground they were “too large to fit into a card file” and burned some 2,400 photographs, including a series taken by 15-year old Scott Enyart, who was standing on a table and took three roles of film [23]. When the department created a Special Unit Senator (SUS) to look into the case, moreover, it chose two officers who had ties to the CIA and badgered witnesses who did not support the official line. One of them, Manuel Pena, had done Special Ops for the CIA and was responsible for approving SUS interviews. There is more than one way to insure that contradictory evidence does not turn up [24].

The Shadow of Dallas

David Sanchez Morales, moreover, may have also been involved in the assassination of his brother, John, on November 22, 1963. He said to friends while drinking heavily that he had been in Dallas (“We took care of that son-of-a-bitch!”) and in LA (where “We got the little bastard!”) [25]. His acknowledgement regarding JFK has since been confirmed by E. Howard Hunt, who confessed to his son, St. John, that those who were responsible for the assassination of our 35th president included LBJ, Cord Meyer, David Atlee Philips, William Harvey, and Morales [26]. Others who knew Lyndon well have also implicated him [27] [28]. If that were true, then we would expect to find multiple proofs of government involvement, which is the case.

Not even the open windows were covered and the crowd — at places eight to ten deep — was allowed to spill into the street.

There are more than 15 indications of Secret Service complicity in setting him up for the hit [29]. Two agents assigned to the limousine were left behind at Love Field. The flat-bed truck for reporters to that should have preceded the limo was cancelled. The motorcycle escort was cut down to four and was instructed not to ride ahead of the rear wheels. The open windows were not covered, the manhole covers not welded, and the crowd was allowed to spill into the street. Most strikingly, the vehicles were in the wrong order, with the Lincoln first, when it should have been in the middle. This was a blatant violation of protocol that any security expert could have detected it, which is no doubt why, when the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) asked for the Presidential Protection Records for other JFK motor-cades, the agency, instead of providing them, destroyed them [30].

The route was changed just days before the event and included a turn of more than 90°, in violation of Secret Service protocol. After bullets began to be fired, the driver, William Greer, pulled the limo to the left and to a halt [31]. At Parkland Hospital, agents got a bucket of water and a sponge and washed brains and blood from the crime scene [32]. The limousine was taken back to Ford and on Monday, November 25, the day of the formal state funeral, it was stripped to bare metal and rebuilt, including replacing the windshield, which had a through-and-through bullet hole in it, which several spectators had noticed at Parkland and which the Ford official who was responsible for its replacement confirmed, where the Secret Service would later produce yet a third windshield that displayed only interior cracks [33].

The “Magic Bullet”

Two wounds were widely reported on radio and television that day, a wound to the throat and a massive wound at the back of the cranium, which was caused by a shot that entered his right temple [34]. Both wounds were observed by many experienced physicians at Parkland Hospital. Charles Crenshaw, M.D., who closed JFK’s eyes before he was placed into the bronze ceremonial casket, sent me drawings of the wound to the throat and of the exit wound to the head [35]. And Malcolm Perry, M.D., who had made the incision, described the throat wound as a “wound of entry” three times during the Parkland press conference, which began at 2:30 PM [36]. The Warren Commission would cope with these problems by simply reversing the trajectories, turning the throat wound into a wound of exit and the damage to the cranium into the effect of a bullet fired from above and behind [37].

According to THE WARREN REPORT (1964), three shots were fired from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository, where one missed, but two hit and killed JFK.

It’s greatest problem arose from the discovery that, of the three shots it claimed to have been fired, one had missed and injured a bystander named James Tague. The FBI and Secret Service had concluded that each of the alleged shots had hit: that JFK had been hit in the back, that Texas Governor John Connally had been hit in the back, and that JFK had been hit in the head, which killed him. But since one shot had missed, the commission had to create an alternative explanation, claiming the bullet that hit JFK in the back had passed through his neck and exited from his throat, then entered the back of Connally, shattering a rib and existing his chest, then damaging his right wrist and finally embedding itself in his left thigh, a most unlikely scenario that has come to be known as the “magic bullet” theory [38].

To make the “magic bullet” theory remotely plausible, Gerald Ford (R-MI), a member of the commission, had the description of the wound to the back changed from “his uppermost back”, which was already an exaggeration, to “the back of his neck”, which would not become known to the public until the first releases from the ARRB [39]. This was remarkable, especially since even The Warren Report (1964) had the hole in the jacket 5 3/8” below the collar and 1 1/8” to the right of its center seam and the hole in the shirt was 5 ¾” below the collar and 1 1/8” right of the seam [40]. That location corresponds to the autopsy sketch by J. Thornton Boswell, M.D., the FBI sketch by Agent James Sibert, the death certificate by Admiral George Burkley, the president’s personal physician and the reenactment photographs. A downward bullet at this location means that the throat wound and Connally’s had been caused by other shots and other shooters [41].

The Cover-Up

Michael Baden, M.D., who chaired the medical panel for the House Selection Committee on Assassinations when it reinvestigated the crime in 1977-78, said, on the 40th observance of the assassination, that if the “magic bullet” theory were false, then there had to have been at least six shots from three directions [42]. It is not only false and provably false but turns out to be anatomically impossible, since cervical vertebrae intervene [43]. David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., has shown JFK was hit four times—in the throat from in front, in the back from behind, and twice in the head both from in front and behind [44]. Connally was hit at least once from the side—as he was turning to the left—and at least one shot had missed, so there were at least six shots from three directions. Baden was right for the wrong reasons.

David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., took a CAT scan of a patient with chest and neck dimensions similar to JFK and found that the “magic bullet” trajectory is not even anatomically possible.

It was not easy to sort this out. In 1992, I organized a research group with the best qualified students to ever study the case. They included Robert B. Livingston, M.D., a world authority on the human brain and an expert on wound ballistics; David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D. who had a Ph.D. in physics and was board-certified in radiation oncology; Jack White, a legendary photo-analyst, who had testified to the HSCA and had advised Oliver Stone on “JFK”; Chuck Crenshaw, M.D., who had been present when JFK was treated and then was responsible for the care of his alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, two days later; and John P. Costella, Ph.D., another Ph.D. in physics but this time with a specialization in electromagnetism, the properties of light and physics of moving objects, who focused on the physical contents of the films. We discovered that most of the evidence in this case was fake [45].

Mantik, for example, studied the autopsy X-rays using the method of optical densitometry to determine the relative density of the objects whose exposure to X-rays had created the images [46]. He found an area at the back of the head that had been “patched” using material that was too dense to be human bone and that a 6.5mm metallic slice had been added to other X-rays in an apparent effort to connect the shooting with an obscure Italian Mannlicher-Carcano that Lee Oswald was alleged to have used. Ironically, while the death certificates and the autopsy report state that JFK was killed by high-velocity bullets, the Mannlicher-Carcano only has a muzzle velocity of 2,000 fps [47] and is not high-velocity [48]. Which means the weapon that Oswald is alleged to have used cannot have fired the bullets that killed JFK.

Other Fabrications

More than forty witnesses had observed that massive defect to the back of the head, where about half his brains were blown out to the left rear. Motorcycle Patrolman Bobby Hargis was hit so hard that the thought he himself had been shot [49]. But once it had been patched, there was no place for all those brains to go, which was solved by the substitution of another brain. When Robert Livingston compared the multiple reports from Parkland of cerebellar as well as cerebral tissue extruding from the wound, he concluded that the brain that is shown in diagrams and photographs at the National Archives—the original brain is missing—could not possibly be of the brain of JFK [50].

The deception was compounded by altering the home movies of the assassination, where brains and blood were now shown bulging out to the right-front rather than blowing out the left-rear. Roderick Ryan, an expert on special effects for which he received an Academy Award in 2000, told Noel Twyman the brains and blood had been painted in [51]. This fabrication has been confirmed by the recent discovery by other Hollywood experts that the massive defect to the back of the head was painted over in black [52]. So much attention was focused on the frames around 313, where the fatal head shot was presented as having occurred, that those responsible for the deception did not notice that it remains visible in frame 374, where there is a striking correspondence between Mantik’s “patch” and its configuration [53].

In frame 374 of the Zapruder film, the blow-out to the back of his head is clearly visible, even though it was painted over and blacked out in earlier frames, such as frames 313-317.

Many steps were taken to obfuscate the evidence. The shirt and the jacket were left behind at Parkland Hospital; no transcript of the press conference was provided; the X-rays were altered; the limousine was rebuilt; the patsy was framed [54]. Due to the exceptional work of the Assassination Records Review Board, however, we now know that James Humes, M.D., performed a craniotomy at Bethesda before the autopsy officially began to enlarge the wound to the head and make it resemble the kind of damage that might have been expected to have been caused by a shot from the rear. This recent development has vindicated the work of David S. Lifton, who had postulated alteration of the body [55], which has now been confirmed by Doug Horne [56].

What it Means

The most important element of the cover-up, however, was creating a false photographic record of the assassination. Had JFK been killed in a non-public setting, no one would have believed he had not been taken out by a conspiracy. It was necessary to give as much thought to concealing the truth from the public as was given to executing the assassination itself, where the home movie known as the Zapruder film became the backbone of the cover-up [57]. Among the most important reasons for recreating the film using the original footage and the sophisticated techniques of optical printing and of special effects included removing the limo stop, which was too obvious an indication of Secret Service complicity in the assassination. There were conflicts with the film from the beginning [58]. The evidence of fabrication is overwhelming for those who study it [59] [60] and [61].

These discoveries have considerable impact on alternative theories of the assassination. The Mafia, which no doubt put up some of the shooters, could not have extended its reach into the Bethesda Naval Hospital to alter X-rays under the control of medical officers of the US Navy, Secret Service agents, and the president’s personal physician. Neither pro- nor anti-Castro Cubans could have substituted the brain of someone else for that of JFK. And even if the KGB had an ability to alter films equal to that of the CIA and Hollywood, it had no way to gain access to the Zapruder film. Nor could these things have been done by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was incarcerated or already dead.

Lee Oswald was observed immediately prior to the assassination in and around the lunchroom and was confronted there by a motorcycle police officer within 90 seconds thereafter.

The evidence that exonerate Oswald goes beyond the fact that the weapon he was alleged to have used could not have fired the bullets that killed the president. Co-workers observed him in and around the 2nd floor lunchroom at 11:50 AM, at Noon, at 12:15 PM and as late as 12:25 PM. The shooting took place at 12:30 PM. Within 90 seconds, a motorcycle officer, Marrion Baker, confronted him and held him in his sights until Roy Truly, his supervisor, assured him that he was an employee who belonged there. In their statements published in The Warren Report [62], they explain that he was acting normally was not perspiring or out of breath—except, Truly added, a bit startled as any one might be to find themselves confronted by a drawn revolver [62].

The Controversy Endures

His Russian-born wife, Marina, would observe that Lee admired JFK, which means that the man fingered for the assassination had neither the motive, the means, or the opportunity to take him out. Even if the weapon had been far better, the shots were highly improbable. Thus, the interactive internet game, “JFK: Reloaded”, which used a superior weapon with a properly aligned sight, a smooth trigger action, and no recoil and which allowed endless practice sessions before attempting to hit the target, was won by a shooter who scored only a .782 out of 1.000, which means he only scored a “C+” in attempting to replicate the shots, suggesting the shot sequence was not possible [63]. Those who wrote the script didn’t know enough about the gun to get it right.

That the simple expedient of locating where the bullet hit JFK’s back is enough to establish the existence of a conspiracy has not inhibited those who want to obfuscate the facts. Consider, for example, that a controversy over neutron activation analysis persisted for years, as if discovering that bullet fragments found in the car had come from the same lot as those used by the alleged “assassination weapon” would show the location from which they were fired or who had fired them [64]. And pseudo-documentary after pseudo-documentary has been broadcast over the major networks based upon a film whose revision makes it impossible to reconstruct what actually happened in order to persuade the public that JFK was killed by a lone, demented gunman, even though the authentic evidence refutes it [65], [66], [67] and [68].

JFK was hit four times: in the throat (from in front); in the back (from behind); and twice in the head (from behind and in front). Two shots were fired from the vicinity of the Triple Underpass.

As Martin Shotz has observed, the purpose of the disinformation op in the death of JFK is not really to convince the public of the official account but to create enough uncertainty that everything is believable and nothing is knowable [69]. The reasons are not difficult to discern for those who understand why he was taken out. He was threatening to cut the oil depletion allowance, which the Texas men regarded as their divine right. He had not invaded Cuba against the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs. He had signed an above ground test ban treaty with the Soviets against their unanimous opposition. He was removing our forces from Vietnam, where they believed that a stand had to be taken against the expansion of communism [70].

JFK’s Attorney General, was cracking down on organized crime. He was going to reform or abolish the FED and, perhaps most of all, he was going to shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces. Lyndon wanted to be president of all the people and J. Edgar Hoover wanted to stay on as Director of the FBI. No one could have explained all of this as well as has James Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable (2008), who traces his evolution from a traditional cold warrior into a statesman for peace. The powers that benefit from the status quo could not allow those changes to occur. Once they had committed the crime, they were intent that no one should ever pay for it, lest the public learn the truth about the institutions of their own government. When Bobby let out he was going to use the full powers of the presidency to uncover the truth about his brother, it sealed his fate. And the lies continue.

Jim Fetzer is editor of assassinationscience.com and co-editor of assassinationresearch.com. This is an expanded and revised version of “JFK and RFK: The plots that killed them, the patsies that didn’t”.

References

[1] Shane O’Sullivan, Who Killed Bobby?, Sterling Publishing, 2008.

[2] Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, eds., The Assassinations, Feral House2003.

[3] Jesse Ventura (with Dick Russell), American Conspiracies, Skyhorse Publishing, 2010.

[4] Robert Geringer, “The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

[5] Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, eds., The Assassinations, Feral House2003.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Jesse Ventura (with Dick Russell), American Conspiracies, Skyhorse Publishing, 2010.

[9] Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, eds., The Assassinations, Feral House2003.

[10] Jonn Christian and William Turner, The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1978.

[11] Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, eds., The Assassinations, Feral House2003

[12] Ibid.

[13] Robert F. Kennedy, Sparticus Educational, google

[14] Bradley Ayers, The Zenith Secret, Vox Pop, 2006.

[15] Shane O’Sullivan, Who Killed Bobby?, Sterling Publishing, 2008.

[16] Ibid.

[17] David Talbot, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, The Free Press, 2007.

[18] Mel Ayton, “Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC’s Blunder”, History News Network (27 November 2006)

[19] Personal communication. See for some of his research on those in Dealey Plaza

[20] Shane O’Sullivan, “RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy” DVD (2007)

[21] David Sanches Morales, Sparticus Educational web site, google http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKmorales.htm

[22] Bradley Ayers, Sparticus Educational web site, google

[23] Jesse Ventura (with Dick Russell), American Conspiracies, Skyhorse Publishing, 2010.

[24] Ibid.

[25] Noel Twyman, Bloody Treason, Laurel Publishing, 1997.

[26] Erik Hedegaard, “The Last Confessions of E. Howard Hunt”, rollingstone.com, April 5, 2007.

[27] Madeleine Duncan Brown, Texas in the Morning, Conservatory Press, 1997.

[28] Billy Sol Estes, A Texas Legend, BSE Productions, 2005.

[29] James H. Fetzer, ed., Murder in Dealey Plaza, Open Court, 2000, “Prologue”.

[30] Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, 1998.

[31] Vince Palamara et al. in Murder in Dealey Plaza, 2000.

[32] Richard Trask, Pictures of the Pain, Yeoman Press,1994.

[33] Douglas Weldon et al. in Murder in Dealey Plaza, 2000; and James H. Fetzer, ed., Assassination Science,Open Court, 1998.

[34] “NOVEMBER 22, 1963: The Kennedy Assassination”, NBC News DVD, Parts 1 and 2.

[35] Charles Crenshaw, M.D., in Murder in Dealey Plaza, 2000, Appendix A.

[36] Malcolm Perry, M.D., Ibid, Appendix C.

[37] The Warren Report, Government Printing Office, 1964.

[38] The “magic bullet” is lampooned in Oliver Stone’s film, “JFK”.

[39] “Ford Made Key Change in Kennedy Death Report”, The New York Times (3 July 1997), p. A8.

[40] The Warren Report, Government Printing Office, 1964, page 92.

[41] James H. Fetzer, “Reasoning about Assassinations”, International Journal of the Humanities 3 (2005/2006).

[42] “Beyond Conspiracy” ABC documentary, 2003 (YouTube).

[43] David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., in Stewart Galanor, Cover-Up, Kestrel Book, 1998.

[44] David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., et al. in Murder in Dealey Plaza, 2000.

[45] Assassination Science (1998), Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000), and The Great Zapruder Film Hoax(2003).

[46] David W. Matiik, M.D., Ph.D., in Assassination Science, 2000.

[47] As even Gerald Posner, Case Closed, Random House, 1993, Appendix A, has acknowledged.

[48] See, for example, “Bullet Trajectory: Fact and Myth“, by Mike Nelson

[49] James H. Fetzer, ed., Murder in Dealey Plaza, Open Court. 2000.

[50] Robert B. Livingston, M.D., in Assassination Science, 2003.

[51] Noel Twyman, Bloody Treason, Laurel Publishing , 1997.

[52] Douglas Horne, Inside the ARRB, Vol. IV, 2009.

[53] James H. Fetzer, “Dealey Plaza Revisited: What Happened to JFK?

[54] See, for example, Jim Fetzer and Jim Marrs, “How ‘Patsies’ are Framed: The Case of Lee Harvey Oswald”, November 20, 2009, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16224

[55] David S. Lifton, Best Evidence, Macmillan, 1980.

[56] Douglas Horne, INSIDE THE ARRB, Vols. I-V, 2009.

[57] James H. Fetzer, ed., The Great Zapruder Film Hoax, Open Court, 2003. “Prologue”.

[58] See, for example, Jim Marrs, “Surveyor: More than 1 man shot Kennedy”, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (14 April 1978).

[59] John P. Costella, “The JFK Assassination Film Hoax: A Tutorial

[60] James H. Fetzer, “Zapruder JFK Film impeached by Moorman JFK Polaroid”, March 28, 2009

[61] James H. Fetzer, “US Government Official: JFK Cover-Up, Film Fabrication”, April 7, 2010

[62] The Warren Report, Government Printing Office, 1964, pages 151-152.

[63] “JFK: Reloaded

[64] Single Bullet Theory

[65] James H. Fetzer, “Distorting the Photographic Record: Death in Dealey Plaza”, in The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003).

[66] David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., and James H. Fetzer, “Another Attempted Reenactment of the Death of JFK”, November 21, 2008, http://www.opednews.com/articles/Another-Attempted-Reenactm-by-Jim-Fetzer-081120-276.html

[67] David S. Lifton, in “Moorman in the Street Revisited”, January 2009, Appendix.

[68] James H. Fetzer, “Dealey Plaza Revisited: What Happened to JFK?”, http://www.und.edu/instruct/jfkconference/

[69] E. Martin Schotz, History will Not Absolve Us, Kurtz, Ulmer, and DeLuca Book Publishers, 1996.

[70] James Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why he Died and Why it Matters, Abis Books, 2008.

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Raising Debt Ceiling Avoids Spending Addiction

NOVANEWS

by Sartre Batr

The latest example of political hyperbole is that the U.S. Treasury is ready to default on its debt. An actual examination of the underlying facts is that the relative purchasing value of the currency has long ago swindled debt holder in U.S. Bonds of their promised returns.

A default defined under this definition is part of the equation. Repudiation of the entire debt obligation is the real fear. Contrary to all the public scare tactics that the financial world will stop turning, the Federal Treasury has ample revenue to pay the interests on bonds and notes that come due. The essential issue is whether the new bond lenders are willing to roll over the debt that is coming due and keep the shell game going.

The late conservative journalist, Robert Novak’s favorite president was Calvin Coolidge, he is known for saying,The Business of America is Business.

The real statement comes from a speech by Calvin Coolidge called “The Press Under a Free Government” which was given before the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 1925. The quote is really: “After all, the chief business of the American people is business.” However, Coolidge goes on to say that, “Of course the accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence.” He discusses journalism and the thought that the business interests of newspaper owners should not taint reporting. He continues, “American newspapers have seemed to me to be particularly representative of this practical idealism of our people.”

A seminal truth about governments is that they do not function as a business. Every commercial enterprise eventually needs to pay their bills, since limitless borrowing is not an option for lenders. Bankruptcy is a favorite technique for repudiating debt, just ask the General Motors bondholders. Every survivor of the 2008 meltdown knows the rules of the game are now a moving target.

The media invariably seeks to blame the Congress for bringing the country to the brink. Most narrow in on the Republican Tea party freshmen as unreasonable. Little criticism is directed towards the intransigent Democratic leader Senator Reid. The reporting by the press no longer mirrors the standards of 1925 journalism, and the government no longer represents the practical idealism of the people.

Compare the recent settlement of the National Football League lockout with the drama of the Beltway National Theater. Both purports to have a countrywide audience, but only the NFL has avid fans. The government maintains their league through fear and phony promises. Football plays a man’s sport by dedicated lovers of the game. Presidents, Senators and Congressmen prepare their playbook to defeat their opponents, the citizens that elect them to office. The NFL is a business rewarded because of fan support. The Feds are a systemic extortion racket that forces its edicts upon a depressed and financially depleted citizenry.

The reason why the NFL players and owners settled their disputes, agreed to a decade era of labor peace, and anticipated prosperity is based upon the business nature of the conference. The reality why the Federal Government refuses to end the culture of deficit spending is based upon the dictatorial appetites of egomaniacs that serve their financial masters and deceive the public in an endless cycle of staged elections. As long as the State ignores the intrinsic nature of business principles, the social government will grow the welfare dependent society, as a way to dominate their subjects.

Tragically, many people know more about the free agency signing in the NFL, than the political positions of their own representatives. No one should be surprised about this development. Government is the ultimate monopoly and does not depend upon a free market of choice. Officials see spending as growth. However, the bigger a bureaucracy becomes, the more the financial lifeblood of business prosperity diminishes.

The will to correct this core failure is nonexistent, within the federal despotic fraternity. Their talent lies in designing new transfer programs to crony colleagues and constituents, funded by taxpayer levies or inventive exotic debt instruments.

No, wonder why so many American have totally given up on the political system. Unfortunately, that withdrawal of consent alone does not eliminate the treachery of career government officials. The GOP is poised to compromise and accept a dramatic rise in the debt ceiling. Their explanation will offend the most serious and sincere reformers. How else can the incessant spending end, unless the credit card is taken away from the addicted shopaholic?

The formidable financial sage, Paul Craig Roberts uses a political argument, when he warns about the response Obama might use to defeat sound business practices, in his article; The Unintended Consequences of Debt Ceiling Intransigence.

“The US dollar could plummet in exchange value and lose its role as world reserve currency. The US would no longer be able to pay its oil bill in its own currency, and as its balance of payments is heavily in the red, the US has no foreign currencies with which to pay its oil import bill. Or its manufactured goods import bill, or any other bill.

We are talking about a crisis beyond anything the world has ever seen. Does anyone think that President Obama is going to just sit there while the power of the US collapses? He doesn’t have to do so. There are presidential directives and executive orders in place, put there by George W. Bush himself, that President Obama can invoke to declare a national emergency, suspend the debt ceiling limit, and continue to issue Treasury debt. This is exactly what would happen.

The consequences would be that the power of the purse would transfer from Congress to the President. It would be the end of the power of Congress. Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, have already given away to the President Congress’ Constitutional right to decide whether the country goes to war. Now Congress would lose its power over debt, taxes, and the budget itself.”

Any sober reader should consider Roberts’ insights. Yet, what else can be done within the constitutional Federal system of separation of powers to stop the spending binge? The house of cards can no longer support the burden of the public financing through the fractional reserve fraud used by the Federal Reserve.

The alternative is for the Treasury to issue government bonds directly to the market. All interested paid to the banking elites that own and control the private Federal Reserve needs to take a thunderous haircut. This is the only solution to eliminate the curse of compound interest paid to a criminal cartel, which holds our country hostage.

The insane spending is unnecessary. No one who rationalizes that the federal budget is sustainable can be trusted. Anyone who refuses to cut and eliminate entire agencies is perpetuating an illegitimate bipartisan regime of coercive corruption.

The convoluted mechanics that will emerge to justify a higher debt limit will be just one more insult to the hard working citizens that conduct business on Main Street. The total disconnect of the government class from the most simple requirements of authentic wealth creation is at an all time high. The reason the Tea Party movement spontaneously erupted over the unbearable taxation demands demonstrates that common sense still lives in the minds and hearts of real Americans.

The socialistic mentality that relies on government to supply physiological reinforcement for their personal inadequacies and diminished mental capacities is no excuse for national betrayal. The Capitol Dome is the most distinctive landmark in this country. The weight of the burden from all government debt is undeniable. Even a mainstream newspaper like USA Today admits that the U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions.

“The government added $5.3 trillion in new financial obligations in 2010, largely for retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. That brings to a record $61.6 trillion the total of financial promises not paid for.

“The (federal) debt only tells us what the government owes to the public. It doesn’t take into account what’s owed to seniors, veterans and retired employees,” says accountant Sheila Weinberg, founder of the Institute for Truth in Accounting, a Chicago-based group that advocates better financial reporting. “Without accurate accounting, we can’t make good decisions.”

Isn’t that lack of financial reporting, let alone accountability, the forestay of the political class? Do you really think that a sensible leader in the Calvin Coolidge tradition can be elected today? America is no longer a country that conducts business. The international banksters, who peddled the debt drug to a spending addict, own the global empire. The globalists are stealing any wealth that remains in a country of junkies. The political pimps that pump you full of dependency are masters of the delusion. The overdose leads to a terminal condition. Endure the withdrawal shock now, before it is too late.

Get your own house in order. Learn how to do business without debt. There is no signing bonus in this masochistic league of the establishment’s lie and steal game. The only sport left is to cheer for an early repudiation of the illegitimate public debt.

SARTRE – July 31, 2011

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IsraHell and West Bank Women and Girls Violate IsraHell Laws In A Rosa Parks Moment

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Bronner actually evoked Parks’ name in his report. Did his editors think we would not notice?

by James M. Wall

The New York Times‘ Ethan Bronner reports that West Bank Palestinian women and girls have again broken IsraHell laws to go swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. This is Rosa Parks country, folks.

Bronner actually evoked Parks’ name in his report. Did his editors think we would not notice?

Blogger Philip Weiss noticed, and he made sure his Mondoweiss readers noticed. By including a brief reference to the iconic moment when Rosa Parks broke the law by sitting in the front of a segregated bus, the New York Times has connected the American civil rights movement to the Palestinian struggle for human rights.

Here is that connection: Rosa Parks deliberately violated an unjust Alabama segregation law. The Palestinian and Israeli women and girls who crossed the IsraHell segregation border, broke IsraHell  laws.

Palestinians living a few miles from the coast reach adulthood without ever seeing or entering the Mediterranean Sea because they live behind a barrier of an occupation of their land that is illegal under international law.

Illegal entry in and out of IsraHell by Israeli and Palestinian women and girls violates IsraHell law.  Rosa Parks violated Alabama segregation laws. For a group of Israeli and Palestinian women who went swimming together, this outing was their Rosa Parks moment.

Rosa Parks was 42 years old on December 1, 1955, when she refused to obey bus driver James Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. The segregation laws of Montgomery, Alabama, made Rosa Parks a criminal. An African American woman had crossed a barrier and sat in the front of a segregated bus.

Parks knew what she was doing. She was deliberately violating an unjust law when she joined a long line of rebels who sounded the call, “I’m as mad as hell, and I am not going take this anymore”.

That quote is a familiar line from the 1976 movie, Network. In that film, the cry was loud and noisy.  Today, the Palestinian rebellion is being conducted in different venues and in different voices.

In September, at the UN Security Council and General Assembly meetings, the call will go forth in an assembly hall as the Palestinian Authority asks for membership in the UN.

This summer, on the beach at Tel Aviv, different voices sounded. This is how the Times’ Ethan Bronner, describes those voices:

Skittish at first, then wide-eyed with delight, the women and girls entered the sea, smiling, splashing and then joining hands, getting knocked over by the waves, throwing back their heads and ultimately laughing with joy. Most had never seen the sea before.   .     .     .     /

In the grinding rut of Israeli-Palestinian relations — no negotiations, mutual recriminations, growing distance and dehumanization — the illicit trip was a rare event that joined the simplest of pleasures with the most complex of politics. It showed why coexistence here is hard, but also why there are, on both sides, people who refuse to give up on it.

“What we are doing here will not change the situation,” said Hanna Rubinstein, who traveled to Tel Aviv from Haifa to take part. “But it is one more activity to oppose the occupation. One day in the future, people will ask, like they did of the Germans: ‘Did you know?’ And I will be able to say, ‘I knew. And I acted.’ ”

Hanna Rubinstein traveled to Tel Aviv from Haifa to take part in defying her government’s immoral laws. She could no longer remain silent.

Take heed, you United Methodist Conference delegates, and listen up, you inter-faith Presbyterian and Episcopal leaders, the New York Times has granted you permission to consider a simple question: Do you wish to be with “the Germans” who refused to know and who refused to act.  Or, will you join with women like Hanna Rubinstein and say, “I knew. And I acted”.

This Rosa Parks moment on the beach takes its place with those other Palestinian symbolic moments, the flotillas, the flytilla, the BDS movement, the resistance to the Israeli Wall.

According to Bronner, this latest act of defiance against IsraHell’s apartheid laws began a year ago. A single idea of an Israeli Jewish mother has become “a small, determined movement of civil disobedience”. It unfolded this way:

Ilana Hammerman, a writer, translator and editor, had been spending time in the West Bank learning Arabic when a girl there told her she was desperate to get out, even for a day.

Ms. Hammerman, 66, a widow with a grown son, decided to smuggle her to the beach. The resulting trip, described in an article she wrote for the weekend magazine of the newspaper Haaretz, prompted other Israeli women to invite her to speak, and led to the creation of a group they call We Will Not Obey. It also led a right-wing organization to report her to the police, who summoned her for questioning. . . .

IsraHell police have questioned 28 Israeli women who have smuggled in their West Bank guests. Charges against them are pending. So far, none of the Palestinian women and girls have been caught or questioned by the police.

Together these Palestinian and Israeli women and girls are building a relationship in their common rebellion. Some of the Israeli women are high profile, including, for example, Hagit Aharoni, a psychotherapist,  the wife of the celebrity chef Yisrael Aharoni, and a member of the organizing group behind the illegal swim outings.

The beachgoers on this most recent swim-in had dinner on the roof of the Aharonis’ home, five floors above stylish Rothschild Boulevard, where, on the day of the Palestinians trip into IsraHell, hundreds of tents had been pitched by Israelis angry with the high cost of housing.

Bronner asked Ms. Aharoni about her rebellion. She replied:

For 44 years, we have occupied another country. I am 53, which means most of my life I have been an occupier. I don’t want to be an occupier. I am engaged in an illegal act of disobedience. I am not Rosa Parks, but I admire her, because she had the courage to break a law that was not right.

It takes many people and a great deal of courage and sacrifice to win a revolution. It also takes time, as Palestinians and their allies can testify, but this is one revolution, like the battle for African American civil rights, that will be won because as Martin Luther King, Jr., said so often, “truth crushed to earth will rise again.”

Next up: The September United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City, where the Palestinian Authority will formally request UN membership, and quite possibly, full statehood status.  The first step will be a request to the Security Council, which has a membership of 15. It is in this body that, even if the PA obtains the necessary majority of 8 votes, the US has announced that it will cast yet another pro-IsraHell veto.

How certain is it that the US will cast its veto?

In an interview with Pamela Falk, CBS News Foreign Affairs analyst, Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN said, definitively:

My government has been clear all along. The only place where permanent status issues can be resolved, including borders and territory, is in negotiations between the parties — not in international fora [forums] such as the United Nations.

Assuming the virtually certain US veto, the next step for the PA would be to go directly to the 193-member UN General Assembly, which now includes its latest member, South Sudan.  The GA requires a two/thirds vote for a resolution to pass. The PA currently reports that it is close to obtaining that necessary two-thirds majority.

The General Assembly would not be able to grant full membership to the PA because that would require Security Council approval, which a US veto would have prevented. The GA, however, does have the authority to upgrade the current Observer status of the PA.  What a majority vote for an upgrade would accomplish is that it would demonstrate to the world that two-thirds of the member states support PA statehood.

Whatever the outcome of the UN votes, the Palestinian revolution will continue in its steady, symbolic march to freedom. When Rosa Parks refused to move on that Montgomery bus, she acted for freedom. Rosa Parks moments will be repeated again and again, on the beaches of Tel Aviv, in flotillas and flytillas, and in all those other locations, too numerous yet to imagine, and in ways yet to be determined.

The picture above, on the Tel Aviv beach, is by Rina Castelnuovo. It was taken for The New York Times.

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The United Loony Bin Of America

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by Sherwood Ross

 

“Have we as a nation gone mad, waging war in the Persian Gulf while society crumbles?” Seymour Melman asked rhetorically when I interviewed him for The Progressive 19 years ago.

Even though Melman, a professor emeritus at Columbia University’s school of industrial engineering, departed this life in 2004, his question still haunts our society, as the American War Machine since then has only gained in momentum, immensity, universality and cruelty.

To answer Melman: “Yes, we have gone mad.” That’s because presidents and Pentagon chiefs start new wars even before they finish fighting the old ones! Who can recall a time in our history when the U.S. initiated aggressive wars against five nations(Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen)?

Between 1947 and 1989, Melman said, the U.S. spent $8.2 trillion (in 1982 dollars) on the military. When I said I couldn’t grasp a figure that large, Melman replied, “Think of it this way: In 1982, the total money value of all America’s manufacturing, industry and its infrastructure amounted to $7.3 trillion. You could have replicated the largest part of everything made by people in this country with what the military got.” (Everything made by everybody? All the houses? All the highways? All the schools? All the hospitals? A new America? Everything?)

Melman went on to say, “Half of every dollar you pay in Federal taxes goes into the military account. Pentagon contractors are awash in billions while the infrastructure that underpins our economy collapse around us and human misery spreads everywhere.”

Fast-forward: Today, the Pentagon still gets roughly half of every tax dollar. The War Resisters League estimates 54% of the pie goes to the military compared with 30% for all human resources, 11 percent for general government and 5% for physical resources..

Defense contractors are awash in profits while lines lengthen at soup kitchens, foreclosed families sleep in shelters, 20 million are jobless or underemployed, food stamp use sets records, summer jobs for teens have vanished, and President Obama appears willing to rat out the elderly on Social Security and Medicare as too costly while he authorizes new CIA drone attacks on Pakistan.

The Pentagon budget does more than absorb tax dollars. It punishes the civilian sector in many ways. For instance, it has siphoned off so much scientific talent the U.S. has long since fallen behind Japan and Germany in innovative technologies. “We’re paying the price for building colossal military power,” Melman said. “It’s set in motion a process of technical, industrial and human deterioration. We’re losing millions of productive jobs because U.S. firms with U.S. factories can’t even hold our home markets against foreign competition.”

“While the Pentagon turns out B-2 bombers at $865 million a copy, foreign creators are flooding our markets with cars, bikes, tape recorders, shoes, machine tools, movie cameras, calculators, TV sets, and integrated microcircuits.” Melman said that 19 years ago and it holds true today.

One reason the U.S. fell behind, Melman explained, is that “about 30 percent of the nation’s engineers, scientists and technicians work directly or indirectly for the military. The loss to the civilian economy is incalculable.” Consumer electronics, he said, “declined dramatically while the Government employs thousands of electronic engineers in its military labs.”

That was true when Melman spoke and it is true today. We have an army of death scientists toiling away in germ warfare labs ($50 billion wasted on this nauseating research alone since 9/11), in space warfare labs, in nuclear warfare labs, in electronic warfare labs, as well as in labs specializing in conventional ways to kill people.

Melman said one reason for the continuing dominance of the MIC is that the U.S. “is now a military form of state capitalism in which top managers of the military forces and their economy have dominant power—economic, political and military.” Translation: the Pentagon rules!

Today, Melman might add the Pentagon spends more for war than all 50 states spend for all peaceful purposes; that the Pentagon’s armed forces are bigger than the next dozen countries combined; that the Pentagon leads the world in arms sales; and that the Pentagon operates 800 overseas bases for “defense” when, in fact, they are used, like Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, for aggression.

As of Jan. 1 of this year, the National Priorities Project of Northampton, Mass., says, the Pentagon has spent $445 billion to wage war in Afghanistan and $815 billion for Iraq, for a total of $1.26 trillion. This at a time when the American Society of Civil Engineers reckons $2.2 trillion is needed to restore our infrastructure. Example: 33% of all roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Does the Pentagon need to spend $19.3-billion on atomic energy when the same sum could pay 295,000 elementary school teachers?

Cutting the Pentagon down to size and converting to civilian economy will require “a new coalition of working people, professionals, trade associations, mayors—all suffering from the prosperity of the military-industrial complex, all needing a turn away from militarism.” “What we need,” Melman concluded, “is a political opposition that would take down the entire military system.”

We saw the faintest stirrings of hope for change in June when the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution to spend at home the $125 billion the Pentagon is wasting this year waging wars in the Middle East. In depressed Detroit, the unemployment level is 38% and Rep. John Conyers(D-Mich.) blames the White House’s lack of leadership for the lack of job creation. Given our infrastructure needs alone, why isn’t there a job or job-training for every person who is willing to work?

To support President Obama’s medieval war-making is what Professor Melman would rightly have called “mad.” It fits the dictionary definition of insanity as “utterly senseless” and “irrational.” It also fits the view of insanity which observes that the insane repeat their mistakes over and over. That’s today’s war machine, bigger and deadlier than ever. If the U.S. was an individual that displayed hostile tendencies, started fights and attacked innocent people based on its fantasies and lies, what would we call such a person? Welcome to the United Loony Bin of America.#

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New Moves to Curb Criticism of IsraHell In US and Canada

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by Debbie Menon

Campus activism

“New legislation in the US threatens to conflate campus criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism” reports Kristin Szremski

Great ! This shows the immense power that “the Organization”, the major pro-Israel organizations such as the Zionist Organization of America and the Anti-Defamation League has to beat down, censor and muzzle popular demand against amazing majority numbers in the face of all reason and “democratic” principle.

And, it also illustrates the cupidity, weakness, and failures of moral principles of elected representatives in the US and Canada to stand up for principle and the will of their constituency when confronted with, promises, offers,  influence, coercion, intimidation and probably blackmail, as well as greed and ambition.

Eventually this will all have to be be brought and argued before the US Supreme Court.  But, it is so patently a restriction of freedom of speech and association, that no one will permit it to go that far until they are absolutely assured that they have the Court stacked solidly enough, and public opinion sufficiently frightened or conditioned to accept a finding, one way or the other.

And, that will be a difficult thing to do because, as ignorant and uncontemplative as most of John Q Publius may be, even the suggestion of loss of their freedom of speech frightens them.  There is still a strong racist undercurrent of distrust of Jews which has not been eliminated in America by decades of civil rights legislation but merely hidden under a very thin veneer of civility, tolerance and fear of being called a racist, as the Zionists have known for a long time and used it as a weapon… but when confronted and threatened many of those same John Q Publius will unbutton their collars and show just how red their necks actually are.

It is a sad thing to contemplate, indeed, that it is this red-neck of America which may be the ultimate instrument of its salvation from Zionism in the end.  That is how badly the culture has suffered at the hands of these people.

Now I am beginning to sound like John Kaminski so I had better go and rest my tired brain and leave you to ponder below some hard truths and facts as reported by Kristin Szremski. Perhaps American college student troops can help bring Israel to its senses.

If the voice of the students are not to be heard and are under attack on college campuses in North America, they should shout louder and every one of them go on strike, and picket the entire University until it comes to a standstill.

Large amounts of grant money which supports the University, most of which comes from AIPAC, ADL and American-Jewish controlled foundations in America, is important, but students and American student satisfaction are ESSENTIAL to the Institutions’ survival!


New moves to curb criticism of IsraHell in US and Canada

by Kristin Szremski


New legislation in the US threatens to conflate campus criticism of IsraHell with anti-Semitism.

A number of new initiatives to curtail freedom of speech by conflating opposition to IsraHell crimes with anti-Semitism are underway in the United States and Canada.

The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA) issued a report in early July recommending the adoption of strict new standards defining anti-Semitism and the types of speech and campus activities that would violate them. Its report urged the Canadian government to adopt the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia’s definition of anti-Semitism (“Report on the Inquiry Panel,” 7 July 2011 [PDF]). That definition suggests that any questioning of whether Israel has the right to exist as a state that privileges Jews over people of other religions or ethnic backgrounds amounts to anti-Semitism.

Though the Canadian group is not linked to the Ottawa government, it has 22 parliamentarians as members. Activities it deems as anti-Semitic and, therefore, calls to be banned, include events such as the Israeli Apartheid Week that was founded in Toronto and now takes place on college campuses internationally every March.

The Canadian report is just the latest attempt at stifling public discourse about Israel. Free speech and the unimpeded exchange of ideas are also under attack on America’s college campuses. Pro-Israel supporters have targeted federal funding for academic institutions, including support for research and academic conferences, under the pretext that criticism of Israel is “hate speech.”

Federal authorities from the Office of Civil Rights with the US Department of Education are investigating charges of anti-Semitism against the University of California Santa Cruz, as well as at other institutions within the California university system, according to published reports. These are the first investigations taking place since Title VI of the Civil Rights Act was re-interpreted in October 2010, allowing Jewish students, as members of a religious group, to claim discrimination under a provision that previously applied only to racial and ethnic bigotry.

A “dear colleague” letter issued by the Office of Civil Rights in October 2010 said that discrimination against a student who is a member of a religious group violates Title VI when the discrimination is based on the group’s “actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics … or when it is based upon the student’s actual or perceived citizenship or residency in a country whose residents share a dominant religion or a distinct religious identity,” David Thomas, a US Department of Education spokesman, explained by email.

Bowing to the Zionist lobby

Major pro-Israel organizations such as the Zionist Organization of America and the Anti-Defamation League have lobbied for this re-interpretation for years. Title VI now can be applied to Jewish students who claim universities create hostile campus environments if they allow pro-Palestinian events or even class lectures critical of Israeli policies.

In other words, since Israel bills itself as a Jewish state, of which all Jews everywhere are automatic citizens, Jewish students can file complaints of anti-Semitism and discrimination based upon their perceived ethnicity and citizenship or residency in a country that has a “dominant religion.”

Dr. Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian-American professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, who founded the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) there in 2001, takes issue with the amended understanding of Title VI. While he agrees that Jewish students, as well as Muslim students, should be protected from discrimination based on their religious identity under Title VI, he believes the reinterpretation is actually being used to silence debate about Israel.

“Attempts to silence opposition to the illegal Israeli occupation and policies is un-American and amounts to political and academic censorship,” Bazian said via email. (Bazian is also the chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, the organization with which this writer is employed).

The Title VI reinterpretation and the subsequent case against Santa Cruz is part of a growing trend of stifling of protected political speech on college campuses. Several lecturers and professors have been censured and even denied tenure because they openly criticized Israeli policies or advocated for Palestinian rights.

Perhaps the most widely publicized cases are those of former DePaul University professor Norman Finkelstein and North Carolina State University professor Terri Ginsberg, both of whom were not given tenure because of their open criticism of Israeli policies in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Ginsberg initiated legal action against North Carolina State and her case is currently on appeal.

Freedom of information denied

The new interpretation has rejuvenated a 29-page complaint brought against the University of California Santa Cruz in June 2009 by lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, the contents of which have been kept secret by the Department of Education and university officials.

On 13 April, American Muslims for Palestine filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the complaint with the San Francisco Office of Civil Rights. Federal authorities declined the request on 22 April, saying that supplying the complaint would “constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” and that it could “reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings,” both of which are listed as exemptions under the federal FOIA statute.

What is so troubling in the University of California Santa Cruz investigation is that the amended interpretation is being applied retroactively to Rossman-Benjamin’s complaint, which she filed more than one year before the October 2010 “dear colleague” letter. No one contacted from the university or the Department of Education would discuss how an institution can be held liable for something that was not considered to be a violation at the time it occurred.

“[The Office of Civil Rights] received the UC-Santa Cruz complaint … on 25 June 2009,” Thomas wrote in an email to American Muslims for Palestine. “On 7 March 2011, OCR formally notified the university and the complainant that OCR was opening for investigation the allegations that a hostile environment existed for Jewish students at the university in 2009 in violation of Title VI and that the university had notice of the hostile environment but did not have a process to adequately respond to hostile environment complaints.”

Thomas failed to respond to American Muslims for Palestine’s direct question about how the new interpretation could be applied retroactively, though it was posed three times in three separate emails on 13 and 15 April.

Jim Burns, a University of California Santa Cruz spokesman, also would not address that issue and instead referred it back to the Department of Education’s civil rights office. He did tell American Muslims for Palestine in an email, however, that the Office of Civil Rights is reviewing a complaint that “speech on campus that is critical of Israel creates a hostile environment for Jewish students.”

“We believe that [the Office of Civil Rights’] investigation will ultimately conclude that [the University of California Santa Cruz] diligently enforces laws, policies and practices that protect our students’ civil rights. But we also believe that our review of the matter with OCR will provide us with an opportunity to examine our relevant policies and practices to ensure that is the case,” he added.

If federal investigators find a university to be in violation of Title VI and the institution does not remedy the situation satisfactorily it could lose federal funding. This is a worst-case scenario to be sure, but it is one that seemingly threatens the open exchange of ideas on college campuses.

“While some of the recent allegations … might well raise a claim under Title VI, many others simply seek to silence anti-Israel discourse and speakers. This approach is not only unwarranted under Title VI, it is dangerous,” Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Presidents (AAUP), and Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee, wrote recently in an open letter on AAUP’s website.

“The purpose of a university is to have students wrestle with ideas with which they may disagree, or even better, may make them uncomfortable. To censor ideas is to diminish education, and to treat students as fragile recipients of ‘knowledge,’ rather than young critical thinkers,” they added.

American Muslims for Palestine’s Hatem Bazian said the implications of the re-interpretation go far beyond free speech in the classroom and at extra-curricular events. Funding for scholarly research and academic conferences that bring up “legitimate criticism of Israel” may be at stake, he said.

“The new interpretation will directly, first and foremost, impact those who administer Title VI funding, and they for sure will be more hesitant and will engage in self-censorship in funding research or activities that are critical of Israel,” Bazian said.

Indeed, the Anti-Defamation League was one of 12 national organizations that urged the Department of Education to amend its Title VI interpretation. It may have just been a co-signer in that battle but the ADL has taken the lead in many high-profile cases to stifle free speech and public debate in its hundred-year history.

In March, the ADL, along with the American Jewish Committee and the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council, protested an academic conference at the UC Hastings College of the Law in March entitled “Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?” Their protest was so effective the university board voted to remove its name and endorsement for the event and it prevented university Chancellor Frank Wu from making opening remarks.

UC BERKLEY DIVESTMENT VOTE

Challenging Israel on campus

Writing about the incident in the San Francisco ChronicleCecilie Surasky, deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace, stated that “Perhaps for the first time in US history, there is an aggressive challenge to a one-sided narrative that covers up or justifies ongoing Israeli repression of Palestinians” (“Pressure on law conference threatens free speech,” 21 April 2011).

Surasky added, “The center of that challenge is on campuses, which is why those who have traditionally adopted knee-jerk defenses of Israeli policies are attempting to stigmatize or shut down alternative viewpoints.”

The same threats of losing federal funding because of an “anti-Semitic and hostile environment” are being leveled at Rutgers University in New Jersey, thanks in large part to a 15-page letter written to the university by Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein, and copied to the state’s governor, its US senators and representatives and other officials.

These recent moves, according to Surasky, “suggest that legitimate criticism of Israeli policy is being conflated with anti-Semitism. If this is allowed to happen, then serious debate on Israel’s illegal actions in the Palestinian territories will be shut down.”

Rossman-Benjamin’s complaint against University of California Santa Cruz could very well be a test case under the new interpretation of Title VI. The reinterpretation, when viewed against the backdrop of professors being censured or denied tenure because of their political views, could have an adverse affect on the free exchange of ideas on college campuses at a time when debate and concrete examinations of US foreign policy in the Middle East is needed more than ever.

Source: Global Research.ca

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Islamophobic Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney Advising Michele Bachmann On Foreign Policy

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The New Republic yesterday published a lengthy piece by Washington Times reporter Eli Lake highlighting how the “Republican foreign policy consensus has collapsed” and that the GOP contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination are, as the article’s title says, “all over the map.” Lake notes that there’s an internal strife within the GOP over whether Muslims pose a threat to America — with some neocons and conservatives like Grover Norquist embracing mainstream Islam and others, led by Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, believing that, as Gaffney often says, the nation is close to instituting Sharia law.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is running for president and she is currently surging in polls. However, Bachmann isn’t exactly a foreign policy aficionado and she doesn’t talk too much about her views on international relations. Lake writes that when he started asking around about where she stands, he repeatedly was told to “talk to Frank Gaffney“:

Gaffney himself stressed that he had no formal relationship with Bachmann as an adviser. But he did say that he had contact with several of the GOP candidates. And, of Bachmann, he said this: “She is a friend and a person I admire. I hope she is getting the best counsel she can.” He added, “We are a resource she has tapped, I’m assuming among many others.” When I asked him whether Bachmann had been briefed on the Team B II Report, he replied, “We’ve spent hours, over several days with her. I think she’s got the bulk of what we would tell her in one of the more formal presentations.”

So it’s safe to assume that Bachmann is getting a regular dose of Gaffney’s crazy anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. Gaffney’s Islamophobia is welldocumented. Last year he released a report purporting to document the threat posed by Islamic law in the U.S. (no Muslims actually contributed to the report). Among the report’s wild accusations, one was that members of the Obama administration are part of the “Iran lobby.” Gaffney thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to infiltrate the American conservative movement. Before her confirmation to the Supreme Court, Gaffney claimed Elana Kagan would impose Sharia law on America. He even accused Gen. David Petraeus of “submission” to Sharia and thinks the president is secretly Muslim.

But Gaffney’s baseless far-right views aren’t limited to his Islamophobia. In addition to flirting withbirtherism, as late as 2009, he claimed to have evidence of al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq “collaborating on all kinds of things.” He has even said Iraq was complicit in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Gaffney also once said that repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would lead to reinstating the draft (hasn’t so far) and he claimed the DADT repeal would force some “radical” LGBT “agenda” on the U.S. military.

More recently, Gaffney said Obama’s policy on Israel (which is basically the same as all of his predecessors) will “catalyze the next Middle East war.” He even said Obama might order a military attack on Israel.

This is Frank Gaffney, currently Michele Bachmann’s primary foreign policy adviser.

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Der Spiegel probes link between IsraHell, Norway killer

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German paper warns Europe’s right-wing Islamophobes have found willing allies in Likud

Der Spiegel has published an article probing the connection between Norway’s ruthless murderer, Anders Breivik, and Israel. The German magazine says the killer’s 1,500 page manifesto describes a link between right-wing extremists and members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.

The manifesto details at length Breivik’s support for a battle against Islam in Europe. The Der Spiegel article focuses on the connection “Islamophobic parties” in the continent may have with Israel, especially due to the Likud MK Ayoob Kara’s recent meetings with extreme rightists in Europe, which attracted criticism in Israel.

The leader of the Freedom Party of Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, told the paper in an interview that “one can’t be totally sure that… in the end, we might see Islamist theocracies surrounding Israel and in Europe’s backyard”.

“In other words, in the battle against what right-wing populists see as the creeping Islamization of Europe, Israel is on the front line,” the writer interprets.

The article also references a speech by the former Yisrael Beiteinu MK, Eliezer “Cheetah” Cohen, together with the well-known Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, whose anti-Islam rhetoric has attracted huge numbers of both supporters and detractors.

“Right-wing politicians in Europe are more sensitive to the dangers facing Israel,” Cohen told the paper. “They are talking the exact same language as Likud and others on the Israeli right. I’m too old for bullshitting – we hope the right wing wins out in Europe.”

Wilders has visited Israel several times, consecrating relations between Israeli and European right-wing politicians. The paper mentions settler leader Gershon Mesika, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, as one of the people who attended these meetings.

But many in Israel see European rightists as just a step away from being neo-Nazis. At the time of his meeting with Patrick Brinkmann, whom Der Spiegel calls “a German right-wing populist”, many in Israel cried out against MK Kara’s cooperation with “a neo-Nazi millionaire”.

David Lasar, a member of the Freedom Party, told the paper that despite this, “Israel today has more trust in the right-wing parties in Europe than in the left-wing parties.”

“I think that Israel is also a country that says this is our homeland and we can’t open the borders and let everyone in as happened in Europe,” he said.

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