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IsraHell fights off 1,000 cyber-attack hits a minute

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Israel fights off 1,000 cyber-attack hits a minute.

Experts work 24/7 to thwart attacks; Israel Electric Company hit by 20,000 attempts each day.

Israel is attacked 1,000 times a minute by cyber-terrorists who are largely targeting the country’s infrastructure — water, electricity, communications, and other important services. And while the hackers have so far failed to mount a meaningful attack on major systems that. for example, might leave Israelis without power, there’s no guarantee it can’t happen, said Israel Electric Company (IEC) Director Yiftach Ron-Tal.

In fact, the odds are with the cyber-terrorists, at least as far as the IEC is concerned, because the company is subject to between 10,000 and 20,000 cyber-attacks each day, Ron-Tal said.

Ron-Tal was speaking at the annual meeting of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) on Tuesday. Participants in the event included military leaders and security experts, such as Amos Yadlin, current INSS director and former head of IDF Military Intelligence, and General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA.

The IEC, said Ron-Tal, is treating these attacks as a security emergency, with a 24/7 deployment of top security staff, military-style strategies to outwit, thwart, or fight back against attackers, and “redeployment of forces” in order to ensure that attacks do not disable the IEC’s ability to keep the juice flowing.

“In the past, we had two distinct working states — a routine deployment, and an emergency one. No longer,” said Ron-Tal. “Today we have only one working state, one of war readiness, to deal with terror attacks on the IEC infrastructure, as well as cyber-attacks.”

With that, he said, the cyber-threat is certainly less serious than an actual attack on the IEC’s power plants. “We see these attacks as a strategic threat, not a threat to our survival. Our task in the cyber-war is to ensure the continued operation of computers and systems.”

While Ron-Tal’s immediate concern is ensuring that the IEC is able to continue supplying electricity, cyber-terror is a general security concern, with the cyber-front now constituting a sixth defense front, joining the fronts in the air, sea, land, home front, and outer space. “Today, the cyber-front has become one of the main battlegrounds,” he added.

On the other hand, Ron-Tal said, the electricity supply is more likely to suffer from a hack attack, because, unlike other things like food, water, and medicine, “electricity cannot be stored — it is manufactured as needed.”

And that fact that Israel is “an island of electric production,” not connected to any regional grid in the event of an emergency, makes defending the country’s electricity supply a matter of vital national interest. “We are in the process of arranging to connect to the electricity systems in Greece and Cyprus, so that we will be able to draw power from the European grid if needed.” But those arrangements may take a while to complete, he said.

Cyber-attacks are a problem not just for the IEC, but for the entire Israeli economy, said Professor Yitzchak ben-Yisrael, who heads Tel Aviv University’s Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, and helped establish the prime minister’s National Cyber Committee. In a recent interview, Ben-Yisrael said that Israel experienced about 1,000 cyber-attacks per minute, every day, all day — and most of them are not from hacker groups, like Anonymous, but from states, organized crime, and terrorist groups.

“A cyber-war can inflict the same type of damage as a conventional war,” Ben-Yisrael said. “If you want to hit a country severely you hit its power and water supplies. Cyber technology can do this without shooting a single bullet.” Cyber-security, he said, “is not about saving information or data. It’s about securing the different life systems regulated by computers.”

Among those states attacking Israel’s infrastructure, many Israelis would assume, is likely to be Iran — but in his remarks, Ron-Tal said that relatively few of the attacks on the IEC originated in Iran, or so it would seem.

“The countries where the attacks originate from are not necessarily the ones we are at war with, including the US, China, and Korea,” with some attacks originating in Israel itself. “Iran is one of the lesser offenders, at least on paper.” However, that doesn’t mean that Iran is not behind most of the cyber-attacks on Israel; the Iranians could be using proxies and other techniques to deflect the traceability of the attacks, he added.

How can the IEC and other infrastructure firms, including the companies that import, manufacture, or distribute water, gas, oil, food, and many other necessities of life defend themselves? More work is needed to ensure a secure defense, Ron-Tal said, and the first thing that needs to be done is to tighten information-sharing between Israel and other countries on the cyber-threats that are out there, in order to be able to tighten defenses.

One method that is being used in other companies is the implementation of a smart grid, which analyzes electricity usage and deploys production facilities and resources as needed. Thus, when electricity usage is high in one area and lower in another, a smart grid will move more power into the substations where demand is high, lowering the supply in areas with lighter use.

Such sophisticated systems can be used to circumvent cyber-attacks on electric companies, said Andy Bochman, a smart grid security expert for IBM. “A small [attack] happening in one place will be easier to isolate, and other resources can be brought to bear and there isn’t the damage that the bad guys were intending,” Bochman said. “It’s one of the motivators that keep senior people in government and industry up at night practicing for it.”

A recent report by Security & Defense Agenda’s (SDA), a Brussels specialist security and defense think-tank, ranked Israel as one of the most prepared countries to deal with cyber-attacks — which, said Ben-Yisrael, it is, relative to other countries. But given Israel’s special needs, the country needs to go beyond what it has, and shore up its cyber-security, especially in defense of its infrastructure.

“If you look at the potential threat,” he said, “there is still a lot to do.”

Times of Israel

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Ethiopia’s opportunity: a new day beckons

 

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By Graham Peebles

Graham Peebles argues that the death of Ethiopia’s dictatorial prime minister, Meles Zenawi, provides a golden opportunity for the country to embark on the long delayed journey to reunite its fragmented communities, restore human dignity and establish democracy and human rights.

The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, announced on 22 August after his mysterious two-month disappearance, presents a tremendous opportunity to Ethiopia. Let a new day dawn for the people, one filled with hope and fundamental change, where human rights and justice are respected, where freedom is encouraged and cultivated in all areas and where fear is banished to the past.

Meles rose to power as a revolutionary to overthrow a dictatorship. Ironically he too fell under the spell of power, and the freedom fighter became the dictator, the greatest obstacle to freedom and liberty. He had been in power since 1991, when the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led a coalition of armed opposition groups in overturning the rule of Mengistu Haile Mariam.

Control and repression

Notwithstanding the repeated accolades and platitudes expressed by heads of state upon his passing, let us be clear: Prime Minister Meles Zenawi presided over an undemocratic regime that repressed the people, tolerated no political dissent and, as Human Rights Watch states in its report, “One Hundred Ways of Putting on Pressure”, “since the controversial 2005 elections, Ethiopia has seen a sharp deterioration in civil and political rights, with mounting restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly”.

In fact, under Meles’s leadership the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government has trampled on the human rights of the Ethiopian people, centralized power, falsely imprisoned in large numbers members of opposition parties and journalists, and responded with brutal force to demonstrations after the 2005 unfair elections, when the security forces murdered over 200 innocent people on the streets of Addis Ababa. Not to mention the killing of hundreds of people in Gambella, the persecution of the people of Oromia, along with human rights violations in Afar and the Ogaden.

Meles Zenawi “orchestrated a discreet purge of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front … and the administration, demoting, sidelining or reassigning key potential rivals and opponents”.

Rashid Abdi, Kenya’s Daily Nation

The media are party/state controlled, as is the sole telecommunications company and the judiciary, all of which is contrary to federal law enshrined in the constitution. In addition, as Rashid Abdi of Kenya’s Daily Nation says, Meles “orchestrated a discreet purge of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front … and the administration, demoting, sidelining or reassigning key potential rivals and opponents”. And, as the Inter Press Service (IPS) succinctly put it, he “ruled with an increasingly authoritarian fist for more than two decades”. Let us hope such times will now be consigned to the murky past.

Unity – the way forward

If responded to with intelligence and love, patience and tolerance, the political space created by Meles’s departure could be a beginning in which firm and lasting steps towards an open, just and free civil society may be taken, broad ethnic participation encouraged and divisions set aside. It could signal the start of a peaceful social revolution in which the perennial values of democracy are fostered, enabling the people to step out from the repressive shadow of the late prime minister and his EPRDF dictatorship and unite as one people, diverse yet unified, synthesizing the many and enriching the country. Such is the opportunity.

The keynote for the time ahead in Ethiopia should be unity, unity in diversity.
There are many ethnic and tribal groups in Ethiopia, some 77 according to the US State Department, “with their own distinct language. Some of these have as few as 10,000 members”. The people of Oromo (Galla) make up the single largest group and, along with Amhara and Tigreans, account for around 70 per cent of the country’s 85 million population. A further division exists along religious lines, with roughly 50 per cent Orthodox Christian – living mainly in the highlands – and 50 per cent Muslim, inhabiting the lowland regions.

Historically, these two groups and government have co-existed peacefully.  However as the International Crisis Group (ICG) states in its report, “Ethiopia after Meles”, “tensions are mounting between the government and the large Muslim community. Muslim committees have protested perceived interference in religious affairs”. The authorities sought to link their demonstrations to Islamic extremism and terrorism, and Meles exacerbated matters by accusing the protestors of “peddling ideologies of intolerance” – this from a man who effectively outlawed all political dissent and banned freedom of expression. Christian Orthodox priests have also protested political interference and expressed their support for their Muslim brothers.

Such religious discord needs a sensitive response, not cliché name calling.  Predictably, the “T” word – terrorism – has been wheeled out by a government that has sought to impose ideological control in every area of Ethiopian society, including the church. Let such repressive practices be buried along with Meles and let the current EPRDF government learn what is perhaps the greatest lesson of responsible government: to listen to the people who they are in office to serve.

Designed to divide

Amharic is the official language and, until recently, was used in primary school instruction. It has been replaced in many areas by local languages, such as Oromifa and Tigrinya, reinforcing ethnic divisions. The highly centralized EPRDF has employed divide-and-rule tactics to weaken political opposition and fuel separation along ethnic lines, disempowering the community, and engendering competition for land, natural resources and government funds. Fragmented ethnic groups competing for resources and bickering among themselves have little time or energy to protest against government policy and make easy prey for a regime seeking total control.

Division spawns conflict and, as the ICG found, “Exclusion and disfranchisement have provided fertile ground for ethnic and religious radicalization, already evident in some lowland regions, where the ruling party exploits resources without local consent.” The massive land sales is one issue alluded to here; displacing thousand of indigenous people, forcing subsistence farmers and pastoralists off the land, destroying large areas of forest and wildlife habitat which, for a few dollars, are turned over to international corporations who cultivate crops for their home market.

Democracy is participation, and the opportunity before Ethiopia now is to create an environment in which participation is encouraged and the people have a voice, and where unity is seen as the means and the goal, one where the Oromo people, those in the Ogaden, Amhara, Tigray and the other ethnic groups are fully included and the development of community groups is facilitated.

The opposition and diaspora

“A national dialogue is needed in which opposition groups inside and outside the country and the people – for too long silenced – are allowed to participate and indeed be listened too.”

Under the Meles regime not only have the main ethnic groups been divided and disempowered, but the diaspora opposition too has been weak and ineffective. Fractured and despondent activists and opposition members of the various bodies need to unite at this time of uncertainty and opportunity and work collectively to establish a dialogue with the EPRDF government. A national dialogue is needed in which opposition groups inside and outside the country and the people – for too long silenced – are allowed to participate and indeed be listened too. Such a move would set a new and inclusive tone and engender hope that the ruling EPRDF recognizes the mood of the country.

The diaspora’s role is crucial in any movement towards democracy in Ethiopia. Consensus among the various factions is essential and the ideas of opposition – the preoccupation of the past – which serve only to strengthen division and thus play into the hands of the EPRDF, must be left behind. Constructive and creative contributions should be encouraged, bearing in mind the underlying principle of unity to soften government resistance to change and cultivate trust.  As the ICG puts it,

Opposition forces may now be able to agree on a basic platform calling for an all-inclusive transitional process leading to free and fair elections in a couple of years. Such an arrangement should include all political forces, armed and unarmed, that endorse a non-violent process to achieve an inclusive, democratically-elected regime.

The federal constitution, written by the TPLF, full as it is of articles of decency and acceptability but disregarded by the government, is vague and ambiguous regarding the process of transition and succession in the event of the prime minister’s death. According to an Al-Jazeera report, “The Ethiopian parliament has been recalled from recess to swear-in Zenawi’s successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, the deputy prime minister, who will most likely lead Ethiopia until 2015, when the current term of the ruling party comes to an end.” This is by no means certain, and Desagelen is reportedly unsure about accepting the mantle of prime minister.

A provisional cross-party government is called for, one with broad support that would initiate reforms, repeal the unjust Anti-Terrorist Proclamation and other repressive legislation, free the media, especially television and radio, and begin to build a vibrant, active civil society. Such progressive steps would establish the foundations of a strong democratic platform that could be developed up to and after the 2015 elections.

Responsible support and development

The development much championed in Ethiopia, where the partisan distribution of aid, including emergency food relief, is an open secret, is at variance with equality, justice, human rights and freedom of expression. As Al Jazeera put it, “Zenawi has been praised for bringing development and economic growth to one of Africa’s poorest nations but his critics say that came at the cost of respect for democracy and human rights”.

To put Ethiopia’s much trumpeted economic growth in perspective, let us note that the average per capita income in the country equates to just 3 US dollars a day, food staples have quadrupled in price in the last four years – largely as a consequence of the extensive land sales – and, according to Bloomberg Business, Ethiopia’s “annual inflation rate climbed to 34.7 per cent in May as food prices surged“. In addition, the gap is increasing between the majority who are poor and the small number of wealthy Ethiopians, who are primarily members of the ruling party. As IPS reports “development has yet to reach the vast majority of the country’s population. Instead, much of this wealth – and political power – has been retained by the ruling party and, particularly, by the tiny Tigrayan minority community to which Meles belonged.” These party members have followed the trend of other dictatorships and invested their accrued wealth overseas.

“International donors have a duty to the Ethiopian people to play a major part in the transition towards democracy and must insist in the observation of human rights, trampled on under Meles’s rule.”

Development and democracy are closely related – not some Western idea of democracy, but a living social movement of participation and inclusion, evolving out of the actions and creativity of the people themselves.

Ethiopia is the recipient of over three billion dollars a year in development aid, second only to Indonesia. The USA, Britain and the European Union, along with the World Bank, are the main donors. In exchange for what amounts to over a third of Ethiopia’s annual budget, the West has a strategically placed ally in the Horn of Africa which will act when asked to and function as a military outpost for the USA, which uses it as a base to launch drone attacks.

Those supporting development within Ethiopia share the opportunity and responsibility for change within the country. Mediation between the various ethnic groups and political parties, encouraging openness and facilitating discussion is an obvious role that could and indeed should be undertaken. International donors have a duty to the Ethiopian people to play a major part in the transition towards democracy and must insist in the observation of human rights, trampled on under Meles’s rule. As the ICG points out, Ethiopia’s principal allies, the US, UK and EU, should andeavour to play a significant role in preparing for and shaping the transition. Not only must development aid “lift people out of poverty”, it must release them from repression and fear and not be employed to strengthen such regressive conditions as it has been in Ethiopia.

Required action

In order to realize the opportunity before Ethiopia, certain basic steps showing a renewed adherence to international and federal law need to be taken immediately by the EPRDF:

  • All so-called political prisoners must be released;
  • The internationally condemned Anti Terrorist Proclamation repealed; and
  • Freedom of the media, assembly and dissent allowed.

These are fundamental requirements in moving Ethiopia forward and establishing an atmosphere of hope that will encourage political and civil participation and safeguard against the potential radicalization of opposition groups.

International donors need to recognize their collusion in a range of human rights abuses that have taken place under Meles and ensure these demands are acted on, linking development assistance to their swift implementation. As Human Rights Watch says, “Ethiopia’s international partners should call on the government to support fundamental rights and freedoms in the country and a prompt rollback of repressive laws. Ethiopia’s government should commit to respect for human rights and core rights reforms in the coming days and weeks.”

Denied good governance for many years, the people of Ethiopia have suffered much, too much and for too long. Let the current space afforded by the passing of Meles be filled with their united voices, articulating their grievances, expressing their hopes and concerns and, with the responsible support of international friends and partners, demand fundamental change, freedom and social justice.

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Why the Western media are angry at Tehran NAM summit

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by Kourosh Ziabari

The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran was unquestionably a diplomatic triumph for Iran, and the Western politicians know this very well. Perhaps it’s in this context that the frustration and annoyance of the Western state-run mainstream media at the Tehran summit can be explained.

During the one-week meetings of the experts, foreign ministers and heads of state and government of the NAM member states, several high-ranking delegations from 120 countries in the five continents traveled to Tehran to take part in what is seen to be the most important diplomatic gathering of the world after the UN General Assembly.

This gigantic international gathering which was unprecedented in Iran’s political history took place while the United States, Israel and their European allies have been going through fire and water for a long time to push Iran toward isolation and portray a horrific, distorted image of Iran as a threat to global peace and security. However, it seems that the non-aligned nations cared little about the Western-Israeli media hype about Iran as hundreds of delegations from around the world came to Iran to attend the 16th NAM summit and also hold talks with Iranian officials and use the opportunity to urge for the expansion of bilateral ties with the Islamic Republic.

However, the mainstream media’s coverage of the important diplomatic event in Iran reflected the depth of the Western powers’ fury and disappointment at the successful summit in Tehran and Iran’s being featured as a defining role-player in the international developments. A quick glance at the articles, commentaries and interviews published on the Western news agencies and newspapers will give us an insight of how much the United States and its allies are exasperated at the NAM summit and most importantly, the fact that it was hosted by their popular villain, Iran.

In an article published on August 30, the Guardian correspondent questioned Iran’s giving importance to the NAM summit, insolently ridiculing Iranians’ hospitality and their reception of the high-ranking guests: “[t]o watch Iranian state television, you’d think the country was hosting the Olympics. Rolling television coverage included reporters at the airport covering the landing of diplomats as if they were top athletes and ongoing interviews with delegates being asked to comment on the hospitality of Iranians and their impressions of Tehran.”

Censoring all parts of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s opening speech to the NAM leaders, the British paper Guardian selectively published those parts in which he had blamed the Syrian government for the eruption of violence in the country, calling his remarks “disturbing” for the Iranian leaders.

In an editorial published on Guardian one day earlier, the British paper called Iran a “bankrupt” country whose objective for hosting the summit is “to prove a point: sanctions-racked it may be, but isolated it is not.”

Such stringent verbal attacks on Iran have been pervasively seen in the Western mainstream media during the past months, especially since the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started to send letters of invitation to the leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement. The agitprop campaign intensified during the days of the summit and now is at its peak as some 30 world leaders have gathered in Tehran to discuss the most important global developments.

The New York Times which has long been at daggers drawn with Iran has declared a total war on the Non-Aligned Movement and Iran.

In an article published on August 28, the hawkish American author Thomas L. Friedman who is ostensibly infuriated with the fact such a high-ranking politician as the Egyptian President has attended the summit, firstly asks that to whom the members of this movement are non-aligned.
He then continues, “[i]s Morsi nonaligned in that choice? Is he nonaligned when it comes to choosing between democracies and dictatorships — especially the Iranian one that is so complicit in crushing the Syrian rebellion as well? And by the way, why is Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, lending his hand to this Iranian whitewashing festival? What a betrayal of Iranian democrat.”

In a fanatically-written article published on the Emirati newspaper The Nation, the author, Afshin Molavi, who is an Iranian citizen working with neo-conservative organizations in the U.S. calls the whole Non-Aligned Movement “useless”, saying that “the visit of a few diplomats from Asia, Africa and Latin America will do nothing for the Iranian father who must hold two jobs just to make ends meet – caught between a choking sanctions regime, [and] an economy raven by corruption and mismanagement.”

Other American media also embraced the summit hypocritically, extraordinarily aggrandizing some of Ban Ki-moon’s remarks that Iran should improve its human rights record: “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had signaled he would not shy away from criticism of Iran during his visit to the Nonaligned Movement gathering in Tehran, but the sharp comments appeared to catch Iranian officials off guard just hours after his arrival,” wrote Huffington Post in an August 29 article.

NPR’s correspondent called Iran an “often isolated” nation that has been selected to host the huge summit. “Countries that are part of the Nonaligned Movement have mostly cut back economic ties with Iran in order to remain on better terms with Washington,” it quoted a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellow who has tried to downplay the significance of the NAM summit and convince the readers that Iran cannot gain reputation as an international leader through hosting the summit.

There are hundreds of other such examples which attest to the duplicitous, deceitful approach of the Western media toward the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran. In a concerted and communal effort aimed at undermining the importance of this remarkable international event, many of them attacked and even insulted Iran, resorted to making prejudiced and lopsided statements about Iran’s position in the international community and turned a blind eye to the successful hosting of the summit by Iran and the important remarks made by the NAM leaders who have called Iran an important and crucial role-player in regional and international affairs.

The animosity of the Western media with Iran is nothing new. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which deposed the U.S.-installed monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, they started their campaign of misinformation and black propaganda against Iran. The NAM summit gave them an opportunity to renew their attacks on Iran; however, this time it was quite evident that they had become increasingly angry and incensed that politicians from 120 countries of the world decided to come to Tehran and affirm or strengthen their ties with Iran while the media wing of the superpowers has been sparing no effort to show Iran an isolated, friendless country.

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What they say about Holocaust Reparations Racket ?

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  1. to the Jewish majority in the Knesset, Israel

    respected sirs and madames,

    as a goy living in England i have long been crippled by a deep sense of guilt for the many evils inflicted by gentiles on your tribe, with no mitigation except our sheer stupidity and malevolence, throughout the entire 6 million years* history of the human race.

    due to this unease i have spent a considerable amount of my leisure time working with a group of friends to find ways of rectifying this appalling injustice. recently, with the assistance of generous grants from Pastor John Hagee (PAJOHAG) and the Congress Of Presidents Of Jewish Organisations In The United States (COPOJOITUS) we have been able to produce a small pamphlet outlining two concrete measures to serve as a focus for lobbying groups, measures which could be written into British Law within the lifetime of the current parliament. in carrying this project forward we have been grateful to have the full support of the Board of Deputies, who have facilitated high-level contacts with members of the two chief decision-making bodies at Westminster, the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) and the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI). these experienced professionals have assisted us in drafting a Private Members Bill which will be introduced by Sir Norman Leviburger MP (Golders Green, Con) with sponsorship from the well-respected Labour Peer Lord Janner (President of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Anti-Semitism) in three months time.

    i enclose a copy of the pamphlet, which contains full details of the proposed legislation. since not everyone will have the time to peruse it in full, perhaps i may be excused for briefly summarising the two proposals in this covering letter.

    1. every non-Jewish man, woman and child living in Great Britain and Northern Ireland to pay 10% of their pre-tax disposable income (wages, share dividends, gambling wins, other capital gains and pocket money) directly into a reparations account registered at the Jersey branch of Bank Leumi (UK)

    2. that any person awarded one of the various grades of Holocaust Survivorship should be legally entitled, in the event of their decease, to bequeath this status to their surviving offspring, in perpetuity, and to receive the emoluments individually agreed on a country by country basis. (see Richard Edmondson, Swindler’s List,http://www.deliberation.info/swindlers-list-a-brief-look-at-the-holocaust-reparations-racket-2

    this second measure we consider a matter of some urgency, as the number of holocaust survivors in Britain has by now dwindled through natural wastage, to a mere six million rather frail and elderly people. this measure is in everyone’s interest as we consider that a thriving holocaust survivor community is essential to the moral, spiritual and economic well-being of every host nation.

    in addition to these new laws, we propose setting up a charitable body which will, each lunar year, donate one Stradivarius to the Jerusalem And Tel Aviv Sad Violin Orchestra (JATASVO), under the auspices of UNESCO.

    wishing you well in your continual struggle against the barrage of adverse propaganda you daily face from the Palestinian-dominated global main-stream-media.

    yrs sincerely

    Jethro Etominusipi M.A.(Oxon)
    666 Shekel Avenue
    Leeds
    England

    * this estimate is due to the archaeo-anthropologic team working under the guidance of Professor Richard Dorkstein at the Oxford Institute for Pogromic Biometry (see e.g. New Evidence For Circumcision In Late Miocene Anthropophagic Apes, British Journal of Mohelography, 114, 2011, pp 2546-2549).

    • Another collectible, as vast in scope as the suffering it seeks to assuage, as delicate and intimate as the filigree on a teaspoon found in a survivor’s attic (e.g., love your address).
      I will republish it as an Open Letter written by Jethro Etominusipi

      • u r welcome to republish any of my inadequate contributions of course, since you, more than anyone, have helped to awaken in me a new and altogether more poignant sense of compassion for the sufferings of these people.

        perhaps you could do me a favour and alter

        and to receive the emoluments…

        to:

        these aforementioned to receive the emoluments…

        as the editing time guillotine chopped me off before i could make that correction. it might help readers if you could add a brief passage of contextualisation in your own inimitable style drawing from the fructifying and ever-replenished well of your outstanding scholarship in and specalist knowledge of these delicate issues.

        • Done.
          I took the liberty of adding a postscriptum, since you are unknown to all three of the readers of my blog. It reads as follows:

          From deLiberation

          Despite the affectation of using only lower case, an idiosyncracy he has cultivated out of his admiration for Don Marquis (also copied by e e cummings), Etominusipi (eto to his friends) is a serious scholar and a dedicated militant for justice for the victims of anti-semitism, re-victimized by Palestinian war crimes.

          • i’d forgotten Don Marquis as a precursor, tho i did reread a bit of A & M last year when i found online facsimiles of the original newspaper columns. the age of these texts surprised me – they may gradually become incomprehensible as keyboards disappear. cummings, of course. i always remember, from now-remote adolescence, his immortal:

            a politician is an arse
            that everyone has sat on but a man

            although i liked this at the time, it was a mere cerebral appreciation of scurrility. i think now i have a much more visceral understanding.

            however i do use upper case in certain circumstances, e.g. for proper names, and sometimes in quotations, though there my practice is fickle and dependent on mood.

            my brief wikipaedia entry will read:

            etominusipi (1948-) British orthographical iconoclast and racial theorist…

            this ‘racial theorist’ tag is one of the subtler fingerprints of jp to be found scattered about various wikipaedia biogs.

            Dostoevsky, Fyodor (…) Russian convicted criminal and racial theorist, author of…

            perhaps it is their relentless dedication to truth and objectivity which more than anything else attracts me to zionists and their writings. for me, they have an emetic piquancy difficult to discover anywhere else.

            • I was introduced to Don Marquis in my freshman year in college in a delightful way, by a guy who had memorized archie and mehitabel in its entirety and would declaim it to great effect (and applause). I still remember the way he would pat his chest three times melodramatically with his open palm every time he got to the line “They don’t have it here!”–the line became a sort of funny repartee every time anyone in our group talked about mediocrities, frauds, etc.

              Let me say it again, at the risk of appearing boastful, that I am quite pleased with your progress.
              I am a natural remedy fan: in emetics I prefer ipecac.
              That Dostoevsky, what a racial theorist indeed. But closer to our times and your shores, Auntie Agatha. I had no idea until rehmat pointed out that she was an Auntie semite:

              http://rehmat1.com/2012/08/20/agatha-christie-the-jew-hating-british-novelist/

              • “I had no idea until rehmat pointed out that she was an Auntie semite:”
                Reading that reminded me of a time when I was squatting in Stamford Hill in London, a predominantly Orthodox community (like Golders Green), ringlets, furry big hats and all of that. The squat was nestled in a street of J occupied houses. To say one felt out of place would be an understatement but apart from that, at first, things seemed ok. A few weeks had passed, when whilst sat in the garden one day the next doors upstairs back window opened. Little kids faces could be seen peering out, darting out of sight as we glanced up.
                “Niggers, pigs, niggers, pigs” came the calls from these innocent smiling faces. The young of this community where making their parents feelings known. Various other incidents occurred over the next few days with up to fifteen or so children stopping off after schul with kipper and dangly bits about their person to let us know we were not welcome. Not long after came the eviction.
                As I watched the goings on I began to take notice of the mothers whose attire brought back a memory of a TV review of a stage performance of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”.
                Could RD be basing his description of the Witches on Orthodox jewish women? After a visit to the internet café the mystery was solved.
                What about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory then? Willy Wonka? The “J community” had already dealt with this, giving the film production a talmudic telgel topping treatment as the storyline lent itself so well with the “Golden Ticket” to the land of milk and honey.
                Mel Stuart, born Stuart Solomon – director
                Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman) – Willy Wonka
                Jack Albertson (Einsteinesque) – Grandpa Joe
                Günter Meisner – Mr Slugworth (“best remembered for his several cinematic portrayals of Adolf Hitler.”)
                etc etc.
                Anyway, the long and short of it is Roald Dahl was another british author called anti-schmitic so he got the treatment. Apologies if this is a re-post, I’ve got the feeling I’ve said this before ;)
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29_uSlEEPSk&feature=related

              • From the other side of the Atlantic comes a bigger problem. The famous Jewish author Gertrude Stein proposed to the Nobel committee that Adolf Hitler be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also a fan of Marshal Petain. Stein said Hitler was bringing peace to Germany and Europe. She lived in France during the war.

                http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v16/v16n5p22_Weber.html

                There was a time when I was uncomfortable reading certain websites, but I found myself more and more seeing things the way they do. This would not have happened except that Irving, Weber and other “revisionists” strive for the truth, no matter what the cost. Being aware how David Irving was acknowledged as the greatest historian of WW II by many people, only to be thrown in jail and almost driven into bankruptcy because he decided to stick with the truth confirmed that writing the truth was more important than a big pay check to him. One of the most amazing things Irving did was ban his own book in Germany when he saw his publisher had changed everything he wrote so the book would fit with the popular idea of what happened. I now read wikipedia to see how these liars try do deal with uncomfortable facts. After reading Weber’s article, read wikipedia’s entry on Gertrude Stein. Just read the section on political views. The editors of wikipedia are extremely dishonest. They say she didn’t mean what she said about Hitler, but if you read Weber’s article its clear she meant exactly what she said.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Stein

                • pgg804, i agree – the masters of disinformation have managed to successfully create a bad impression of David Irving, so that it is a surprise when you actually read him. i would say the same for David Duke, whose measured tone belies the widespread image of him as a bigoted racist monster. i have even dared to dip into Mein Kampf recently and find Hitler (the most evil man in modern times) had a deep historical insight into the nature and political repercussions of the crumbling of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. although i have only skimmed a few pages, there is nothing to suggest that the book is made up of the incoherent ravings of a genocidal maniac.

                  it is quite astonishing and shocking for anyone honest to realise what one-sided accounts and outright lies have been fed to us in lieu of genuine history.

                  however, every picture tells a story.

                  where there is distortion or suppression of the truth there must be distorters and suppressors of truth. where there is distortion and suppression on a massive scale, serving one particular agenda, then these distorters and suppressors must be well-organised, clandestine, and extremely well-funded.

                  • When I would see Mein Kampf on a bookshelf years ago, I was often very tempted to pick it up and see what this “madman” wrote. If he really was a “madman” that would make it even more interesting, but I was embarrassed that I might be seen reading what Hitler wrote and being born to German parents that made it worse. I have never read it, but Irving thinks Hitler was a very intelligent man.

                    I’ve hesitated to read or watch Duke because he was once head of the Ku Klux Klan when he was young, but its probably not fair to judge someone by one thing. He has earned a PHD which is more than I can say for myself.

            • Hi eto, I asked AT for the blog link also on the “Emperor’s No Clothes” article but she got all bashful and shy, stating;
              “It wouldn’t do to give a link to my material published elsewhere now, would it? Bad form, what?”
              I think the idea of her nick being lit up in blue with a direct link to her blog when clicked like Alex for example (which no one has a problem with btw) makes her feel a bit nervous as to what her fellow natives might think, as in the Captain Cook syndrome story. (BDS and Integrity thread)
              “What would the natives say to that?”
              “Blah,blah she used to be one of us, blah,blah first one name with a small “a”, then two names with two capitals, now in royal blue with a hyper-link, blah,blah who does she think she is? put the f’kin pot on!”
              But we don’t see it this way, for us it would be like the dove leaving the deLibArk and it returning with pencil in mouth, a good sign.
              2 yes votes to post yer blog link AT, 1 more and will you do it? ;)

              • I am not afraid of the pot– I am not a candidate for soup, I am in the hungry crowd licking my lips expectantly and elbowing my way to the front of the line. Neither am I a dove, I am the real upstart crow, plucking poor eto to feather my nest (www.boldfacenews.com).

                • Ha ha, success! The my carefully worded ploy worked a treat. Good to hear you’re still with the natives Crowface :D . Cheers for the link!

  2. Germany is in for a different category of reparations: Munich.
    The widows of some of the Israeli athletes killed in the Munich attack have evidence that the German government discussed the possibility of interrupting the Games until the hostage situation is resolved but decided NOT to and the pain caused by the callous German decision is growing as time goes by:

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4274673,00.html

  3. Rabbi Wolf Gunther Plaut (born 1912), former president of Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) and Chief Rabbi at Toronto’s Holy Blossom Temple, died last month. In his 1990 book, ‘The Man Who Would Be Messiah‘, Plaut wrote that Frankist Jews were responsible for the Holocaust. The book’s ‘Forward’ was written by no other than Elie Weisel, the father of ‘holocaust culture’. Weisel did not disagree with Rabbi Plaut. The book is biography of Polish Rabbi Ya’akov Frank (1726-1791), who claimed being the biblical Messiah of Jews and thus part of Trinity.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/03/24/rabbi-frankist-jews-committed-holocaust/

  4. It is easy to tell which Deliberation articles upset Israelis by the number of 10 inch long comments meant to destroy any attempt at real conversation that appear beneath the article.

  5. Big news. Huge news! This just in. Hungary stops holocaust payments. Demands refund.

    http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/12302/hungarian_government_stops_payments_to_needy_holocaust_survivors_demands_return_of_funds

    Could Austria and Germany be close behind. No, not yet.

    • It is HUGE news.
      I expect the full force of NGOs and anti-gay/gypsy/the kitchen sink discrimination protests and to crop up soon.
      Orban, the PM, is their bête noir anyway ever since he talked back to IMF and the WB and said he wanted to re-discuss the loan repayments WITHOUT BORROWING MORE (the chutzpah!).
      To think of the deceitfulness of choosing a jew as president–an honorific function with no power, just visibility–while the PM is an anti-semite who acts out his anti-semitism!
      Orban also uses words like “Hungarian” a bit too much in his speeches which is out of place in Hungary, as if he doesn’t understand that being in the European Union is supposed to wash away such nationalist and chauvinistic impulses.
      He has already been accused of anti-semitism and ‘authoritarianism,” so it is clear that democracy is threatened. High time for regime change in Hungary. It’s a very small country, so it wouldn’t matter but one can’t allow such rot to spread. Next thing you know the Romanians could follow their example.

      • You are right. He is a big annoyance to them. They control every other country in the west, but he thumbs his nose at them. And I believe many people in the other half of the former Austro-Hungarian empire would like to do the same thing. I fondly recall how the Austrians promptly voted Kurt Waldheim into office when the Jews forced him to resign his post at the UN.

        I’m sure the Jewish organizations are going to ratchet up the hate. Its in the article I posted. When they call someone an anti-semite they are displaying their hate, because they believe they are the masters and everyone else should humbly obey with respect. How far will they go?

        They won’t take this lying down and they have to respond because as you said, this sets a precedent. Which other European country will be next to do this? They might even win the next round, but the resentment in Europe will increase and sooner or later, just as in the past, they will be spat out like someone would spit out an insect that flys in their mouth. Does it have to come to this? I don’t know, but they demand complete obedience. They are the real NAZIS.

        • This is shocking:
          “Hungarian officials had recently asked where every Holocaust survivor benefiting from the program was during the war, Schneider said. The organization said it would work with thousands of survivors around the world to gather that information, if Hungary signed an agreement that it would release the promised money within five business days of getting those details.”

          In other words, if a Hungarian born citizen happened to live in the US during the war, that fact alone in the opinion of the anti-semite Hungarian government makes that Hungarian less of a survivor?!?
          Every single Jews of appropriate age, wherever he or she was on the globe during WWII is a survivor and carries inside the trauma of what COULD have happened to him if only he had been elsewhere.
          Naturally Israel is willing to work hard to try to secure that information but it will take a very long time. In the meantime, that is, in 5 days, Hungary better cough up the money. Or else.

           

          • I’m not going to search for the article, but these shysters (I’m sorry, is that anti-semitic) are preparing to ask Germany and other countries to pay the children and grand-children of “holocaust survivors” money. I read somewhere that they were studying the psychological effects that the “holocaust” has had on the “survivors” offspring.

            Maybe if they didn’t lie so much about what happened, their grandchildren wouldn’t have these psychological problems that they supposedly have. I think it was Gilad Atzmon who said the Israelis are psychopathic. Maybe there’s a connection.

      • “It’s a very small country, so it wouldn’t matter but one can’t allow such rot to spread.”

        but it had a larger influence on europe than greece ever did. ;)

        • I don’t get your non-sequitur, only the emoticon

          • “I don’t get your non-sequitur, only the emoticon”

            i was just showing off. ;)

            it’s a little known fact that hungary, or more accurately the chunk of land that is now called hungary, played a more important role in the formation of european culture than probably any other place in europe, including greece and rome, which are usually portrayed as the mothers of european culture.

            • Lots of people would laugh their heads off at this but it so happens that I am a huge fan of goulash and paprikash (and for a bowl of cherry soup I’d be prepare to commit felonies), so I will only ask you to develop this stand-up act a bit.

              • the hungarian plain. it was a magnet to those energetic horse riders living in the “hinterland”. attila was one of the last to be drawn to that region, then move west and see what else abounds. his predecessors began arriving in europe, by the way of the plain of hungary more than 4000 years prior.

                most of the current languages europeans speak were introduced by people who for the most part introduced themselves to europeans by way of the plain of hungary. with the language came people with different cultures. these stuck, for unlike attila and the later mongol invasions, which were eventually repulsed, many of the historically unrecorded earlier infusions, by way of the hungarian plain, are shown to have made significant changes upon europe in the archaeological record.

                the plain of hungary was also the entry place of horse domestication in europe. the horse grew to dominate much of european culture in a similar way the automobile dominates american culture now.

                incidentally, greek and latin came by way of the hungarian plain. without the draw of this region to the peoples east of europe, there would have never been any greeks or romans in europe, nor any of their subsequent mixed cultural influences.

                in modern terms, the hungarian plain played the role of being a central distribution depot in ancient times.

                • So you are talking about the “pusta”–the plain in the land now known as Hungary, as “having played a more important role in the formation of european culture than probably any other place in europe, including greece and rome, which are usually portrayed as the mothers of european culture” because, according to your estimates more horses passed over it… Got it.
                  I think you have to work on your humor just a tad more because it takes too much explanation and at the end the payoff is small. Just an opinion.

                  • “because, according to your estimates more horses passed over it… Got it.”

                    jay…?

                    “I think you have to work on your humor just a tad more because it takes too much explanation and at the end the payoff is small. Just an opinion.”

                    you didn’t get it, did you. :D

                    • No, I didn’t get it.

                    • “No, I didn’t get it.”

                      ok. my comment was ironic (or supposed to be). you posted a funny bit about hungary with the assuption that hungary mattered essentially zilch in the historical scheme of things. which is basically what one would know since history and archaeology are not exactly universally taught subjects and the role the plain of hungary was not really known until fairly recently. outside of specific interest, it’s unlikely one would know about it at all. so when you posted that what happened in hungary was of no matter, as humour, i thought i would expand on that humour by posting how important hungary had been in the past in the development of europe.

                    • Sorry, I didn’t get it.
                      But seriously speaking, if I gave the impression that I thought Hungary did not matter that was wrong. From the pov of EU Hungary may not matter in terms of how much loot can be extracted from it but it matters as a precedent. Second, I have great admiration for Hungarians as an intractably independent nation: 1956 says it all. I think that even if EU (read USrael) believe Orban and what he represents to be a problem they are still underestimating the size of the headache the Hungarians are capable of giving them, especially now that the cat is out of the bag and every Janos in the street sees Orban as David and the Holocaust legions as Goliath.

    • pgg804, thank you for posting this update, and you are correct–it is big news.

      • Thank you Richard. I took it off the historian David Irving’s website. It is the most important website on WW II history and probably more important than most libraries. It is also politically incorrect.

        http://www.fpp.co.uk/online/

        I have checked it daily for years, the way I used to scan the daily newspaper.

        • Thanks for the link. From the same site this UNESCO note:

          23.08.2012 – UNESCOPRESS
          New survey examines how schools worldwide teach the Holocaust
          How do schools worldwide handle the Holocaust as a subject? In what areas of the world does the Holocaust form part of classroom teaching? Answers to these questions are to be provided by a project conducted by UNESCO and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research. The project, entitled ‘International Status of Education on the Holocaust, A Global Mapping of Textbooks and Curricula’, will for the first time make it possible to compare representations of the Holocaust in school textbooks and national curricula.
          The study will begin with an assessment of curricula from 195 countries, showing where and to what extent the Holocaust is established in the official school syllabus. The result will take the form of a global mapping, illustrating where the Holocaust is actually being taught.

          Are representations of the Holocaust nuanced, comprehensive and unbiased? In what contexts do they appear? And are there national and regional differences between them? In order to explore these questions, school textbooks from 20 representative countries will be examined qualitatively in close detail and compared with one another.

          • so topsy turvy is the world that i cannot tell whether Ariadna’s is a brilliant spoof or a real piece of holohoax madness. i thought it was a jest until i encountered the sentence:

            “school textbooks from 20 representative countries will be examined qualitatively in close detail and compared with one another.”

            this entirely arbitrary bogus ‘methodology’ is so typical that i guessed Ariadna’s reporting must indeed be genuine.

            similarly, when pgg804 writes:

            I’m not going to search for the article, but these shysters (I’m sorry, is that anti-semitic) are preparing to ask Germany and other countries to pay the children and grand-children of “holocaust survivors” money. I read somewhere that they were studying the psychological effects that the “holocaust” has had on the “survivors” offspring.

            i am reminded of point 2. of my own recently published open letter to the Knesset

            2. that any person awarded one of the various grades of Holocaust Survivorship should be legally entitled, in the event of their decease, to bequeath this status to their surviving offspring, in perpetuity, the aforesaid to receive the emoluments individually agreed on a country by country basis.

            with truth and fantasy so rapidly converging, is this a sign that the end times are upon us?

  6. Jewish religion is based on ‘miracles’ – and believe it or not; 9/11 too had some miracles. One of such miracle was published by ‘Beliefnet’, titled ‘Waiting for the Tenth Man’, written by Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhal.

    http://rehmat1.com/2009/06/10/911-waiting-for-the-tenth-man/

     

  7. Jews are the cause of anti-Semitism

    a zio-fascist sympathiser such as the Dalai Lama might saycertain jewish behaviour is the cause of antisemitism, rather than Jews as such. this is mere hair-splitting. the argument follows by the rule of post hoc ergo propter hoc , as proposed by Jay:

    first came the Jews
    afterwards (perhaps not very long afterwards) there was anti-semitism.

    ergo Jews are the cause of anti-semitism.

    Jay would ask: is this line of reasoning falsifiable in the Popperian sense?

    yes it is! if even one case of pre-Jewish anti-semitism could be verified, then the argument would be clearly seen to be invalid.

    it would seem, therefore, that President Chirac’s remark, misinterpreted by Wiesel as a categorical statement, was intended as a helpful inductive generalisation – a provisionaltruth, which could at some later stage be revised.

    it seems also possible that Chirac maintained only the weaker proposition: Jews are a cause of antisemitism, with again, for hair-splitters, the Dalai-Lama substitution of the phrase some behaviour of some Jews for the word Jews. such an over-interpretation could have arisen as a simple slight mistranslation and made more probable by the non-Francophone Wiesel’s understandable bias, especially in the light of his knowledge of the details of Chirac’s well-hidden Palestinian ancestry (his maternal grandmother was born to a Muslim family in Haifa). the significance of this fact will emerge more forcefully when the later section of this comment is taken into account.

    i personally take the more radical step which leads to the assertion:

    Palestinians are the cause of anti-semitism.

    despite the fact that it is totally ignored by the main-stream media, the empirical evidence for this proposition, to those bold enough to look the facts squarely in the face, is little short of overwhelming. i will cite just a few points – i am sure the whole litany (which, in total, amounts to 6,000,000 individual indictments) is well-known to most readers of deLiberation.

    1. the emergent Global Banking system run by a small cabal of mega-rich Palestinians for more than a century now, manipulating economic conditions and funding wars, whilst gaining control of the political process by a judicious combination of nepotism, bribery, blackmail and murder.

    2. the Bolshevik putsch in Russia in 1917 – this baneful coup, funded by the Palestinian billionaire-bankster Jacob Schiff, installed a Palestinian-dominated Politburo which was responsible for the deaths by starvation of sixty million Russian citizens (sometimes known as the Holodomor from the Arabic words holod=hunger) and mor=death) alongside the mental enslavement of the survivors.

    3. the brief reign of terror of Palestinian-Hungarian dual citizen Bela Pun, responsible for the deaths of six million patriotic Hungarians.

    4. the Young Turks – a left-wing Palestinian terror organisation which, in the twilight of the Ottoman Empire took over Turkey and slaughtered more than six million Armenians. Yasser Arafat’s belated and half-hearted apology hardly reduces the burden of guilt. in fact Palestinian academics have lobbied governments so effectively that it is now a crime to investigate the circumstances of this massacre.

    5. the domination of the US media and political system by people of Palestinian descent, many in top positiomns holding dual Palestinian-US citizenship.

    6. 9/11. the most terrible attack on the USA in recorded history, after Pearl Harbour – was masterminded by dual Palestinian-US citizens in the top ranks of the neocon administration, with the nano-thermitic incendiary devices and mini-nukes planted by agents of the Palestinian secret service Possad, many of them posing as art students.

    i shall not go on to mention the continual bombardment of Israel (a small, peace-loving and virtually defenceless country in the Middle East) by the small residue of the Palestinian population which has not emigrated to the West. the details of many of these atrocities are well-known, but few understand the traumatic effect of these horrors on the tender minds of young Israeli schoolchildren.

    i feel i have said enough. but i will leave my better-informed readers with one further question:

    why does the Palestinian National Anthem begin:

    كنا هناك لغرض تسجيل الحدث

    ?

  8. Is this recent “9/11″ in China a show of the global reach of the Palestinians or is it a cynically organized false flag (“the hotel owners did it”) designed to desensitize us to more to come?

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/amazing-footage-chinas-biggest-demolition-143008113.html?_esi=1

  9. It’s now official – there’s been no actual shortage of Holocaust Survivors :

    Quote from The Holocaust Industry by Norman G. Finkelstein of the City University of New York, published by Verso in the year 2000:
    ‘The Israeli Prime Minister’s office recently put the number of “living Holocaust survivors” at nearly a million.’ (page 83)

    I’ve checked out the six volumes of Churchill’s Second World War and the statement is quite correct – not a single mention of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war.

    Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe is a book of 559 pages; Churchill’s Second World War totals 4,448 pages; and De Gaulle’s three-volume Mémoires de guerre is 2,054 pages.

    In this mass of writing, which altogether totals 7,061 pages (not including the introductory parts), published from 1948 to 1959, one will find no mention either of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war.

    CODOH – Committee for Open Debate of the Holocaust – breaking the power of taboo

    http://www.codoh.com/

    ________________

    Aspects of inconvenient history –

    http://www.scribd.com/Huckelberry

  10. The political art of large-number repetitionistic reiterationism:
    Zionist trial runs of “6 Million” Holocaust propaganda in 1911, and also in 1919

    Max Nordau (1849-1923) was the co-founder of the World Zionist Organization together with Theodor Herzl.

    Have a look at this Max Nordau quote from Ben Hecht’s book ‘Perfidy’ – which is available for free in PDF format at
    http://www.hirhome.com/israel/perfidy.pdf (on page 232 of 261):

    Quote:
    In the Zionist Congress of 1911, 22 years before Hitler came to power, and three years before World War I, Nordau said, “How dare the smooth talkers, the clever official blabbers, open their mouths and boast of progress. . . . Here they hold jubilant peace conferences in which they talk against war. . . . But the same righteous Governments, who are so nobly, industriously active to establish the eternal peace, are preparing, by their own confession, complete annihilation for six million people, and there is nobody, except the doomed themselves, to raise his voice in protest although this is a worse crime than any war . . .” unquote.

  11. And take a look at the article from The American Hebrew, October 31 1919

    (see attached reproduction below), prophesying a ‘holocaust’ of ‘six million’:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_H._Glynn

    http://www.jrbooksonline.com/images/091031crucifixion.gif

    The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!
    By Martin H. Glynn
    (Former Governor of the State of N.Y.)

    From across the sea six million men and women call to us for help, and eight hundred thousand little children cry for bread.

    These children, these men and women are our fellow-members of the human family, with the same claim on life as we, the same susceptibility to the winter’s cold, the same propensity to death before the fangs of hunger. Within them reside the illimitable possibilities for the advancement of the human race as naturally would reside in six million human beings. We may not be their keepers but we ought to be their helpers.

    In the face of death, in the throes of starvation there is no place for mental distinctions of creed, no place for physical differentiations of race. In this catastrophe, when six million human beings are being whirled toward the grave by a cruel and relentless fate, only the most idealistic promptings of human nature should sway the heart and move the hand.

    Six million men and women are dying from lack of the necessaries of life; eight hundred thousand children cry for bread. And this fate is upon them through no fault of their own, through no transgression of the laws of God or man; but through the awful tyranny of war and a bigoted lust for Jewish blood.

    In this threatened holocaust of human life, forgotten are the niceties.. etc etc etc

  12. 6,000,000

    at the time Glynn wrote the total number of Jewish people in the world was estimated as about 13 million. i have never seen anything to suggest this figure was controversial. if anything it may be an overestimate, since a (presumably Jewish-authored) article in Wikipedia states:

    Toward the end of the 19th century, estimates of the number of Jews in the world ranged from about 6,200,000 (!) (Encyclopædia Britannica, 1881) to 10,932,777 (American Jewish Year Book, 1904–1905).

    the world Jewish population is currently estimated at 13.4 million.

    i am no expert in demographics, but these figures make a prima facie case for the view that:

    merely as a matter of population statistics the notion of 6 million Jews dying in German concentration camps is extremely implausible.

    i may well be missing some crucial piece of evidence – perhaps some reader can supply the explanation. but if not, then there has been a lot of deliberate lying by a lot of people.

    lying for financial gain is not merely immoral. it is a criminal offense (the usual term is fraud).

    to cover up this massive fraud by pressuring governments to make investigation into this matter an imprisonable offense, and by setting up propagandistic NGO’s to deem such investigation a hate crime, is itself a criminal offense (the usual term isobstruction of justice).

    who should be prosecuted? i suggest that in the first place the ‘goyim’ of the world – who constitute the injured party – initiatea class action against the State of Israel – the chief beneficiary of this egregious fraud.

    merely referring to the Holohoax is not sufficient. such an outrageous imposture, taken together with some of its terrible consequences, amounts to a crime against humanity. we must demand legal redress as soon as the indictment can be prepared and a sufficient number of complainants assembled. i guess six million signatures should be sufficient to get the ball rolling.

    a court case will be good for all concerned by allowing all the evidence to be thoroughly examined in the full glare of publicity.

    a good first step would be to hone the idea somewhat and then set up a website to collect signatures.

  13. The perversity of Zionists knows no bounds. To repeatedly attempt to extract money and equipment from the world for Jews, plus while ensuring that as little as possible is received by Palestinians, is the ultimate in hypocrisy. No culture this perverse can last. It is only a matter of time where many Jews and almost all the non-Jewish people of the world will see this as evil, and from then on the progressive elimination of Zionism will occur. And then there will be a Palestine on all the land now occupied by Israel, and finally a secular, multi-culture, free enterprise democracy can arise there.

    But, it needs to be said, that only through movements like Zionism rearing their ugly heads and then being discarded, do the people of they world discover what is truth. Oh what pain the world goes through in its journey.

    • well said, Warren. it is also true that just as a weakened body easily falls victim to disease, so the absurdity that is zionism could never have achieved its present state of obnoxious dominion were it not for the venality and cupidity of those goyim who have always been ready and willing to do its dirty work in return for the proverbial pieces of silver.

      Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! Matthew 18:7

      _____________________________________

      and another parable put he forth unto them, saying:

      The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

      But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

      But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

      So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

      He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

      But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

      Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Matthew 13:24-30

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Swindler’s List: A Brief Look at the Holocaust Reparations Racket

NOVANEWS

by Richard Edmondson

SHAKEDOWN: Negotiators from the Claims Conference (L) met with German government officials in New York in July to discuss compensation to alleged Jewish Holocaust survivors currently living in the former Soviet Union.

After the conclusion of World War II did the Germans pay reparations of some sort to the Jews?

A lot of people would probably assume that, yes, some sort of redress did occur, but that whatever it was, most likely was paid out in one, two, three, or perhaps four lump sum payments, and that the matter was over, settled, and done with, oh, say maybe five years after the war, or ten at most. Few people—or at any rate few who aren’t Jewish, or who don’t make a regular habit of reading the Jewish press—would guess that today, fully 67 years after the war, Germany continues to pay reparations to Jews, or that the benefits doled out keep going up every year, rather than down. But this is indeed the case.

In July of 2012 observances were held marking the 60thanniversary of the Luxembourg Agreement. The event took place in Washington D.C., with ceremonies held at the Israeli Embassy, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Hart Senate Office Building. So what, you may ask, is the Luxembourg Agreement?

Forcing the Germans to Pay Up

Formally known as the Reparations Agreement between Israel and West Germany, Luxembourg is an agreement signed on September 10, 1952 following lengthy negotiations between an ad hoc committee of Jews representing various Jewish organizations, including the World Jewish Congress; officials from the new state of Israel; and representatives of the West German government, including the country’s then-chancellor Konrad Adenauer. The upshot of the accord was that West Germany was to make restitution, partly in the form of large payments to Israel, on behalf of Jews who had suffered during the Nazi era. The agreement is discussed at some length in an article by Mark Weber, who tells us the West Germans basically had little choice in the matter, and who also supplies us with a rather illuminating quote from Adenauer’s memoirs:

It was clear to me that, if the negotiations with the Jews failed, the negotiations at the London Debt Conference [which were going on at the same time] would also run aground, because Jewish banking circles would exert an influence upon the course of the London Debt Conference which should not be under-estimated. On the other hand it was self-evident that a failure of the London Debt Conference would bring about a failure of the negotiations with the Jews. If the German economy was to achieve a good credit standing and become strong again, the London Conference would have to be ended successfully. Only then would our economy develop in a way that would make the payments to Israel and the Jewish organizations possible. See 5.

More on the London Debt Conference can be found in a summaryhere, but basically it was an agreement on how German debts, mainly from the period between the two world wars, would be settled with a number of creditor nations, including the US, Britain, and France. Weber goes on to relate (emphases added):

Zionist leader Nahum Goldmann, President of the World Jewish Congress and chairman of the Claims Conference, warned of a worldwide campaign against Germany if the Bonn officials did not meet the Zionist demands: “The non-violent reaction of the whole world, supported by wide circles of non-Jews, who have deep sympathy with the martyrdom of the Jewish people during the Nazi period, would be irresistible and completely justified.” See 6. The LondonJewish Observer was more blunt: “The whole material weight of world Jewry will be mobilized for an economic war against Germany, if Bonn’s offer of reparations remains unsatisfactory.”See 7.

Goldman and the other Jews who participated in the negotiations collectively came to be known as The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, or simply the Claims Conference (CC). As a result of the agreement, the CC was installed, not only as the representative of world Jewry, but also essentially almost as an arbiter, procuring payments from West Germany on the basis of claims filed by individual Holocaust survivors. And here it should be strongly emphasized that German funds have gone out not just to the Jewish state, but also to Jewish individuals as well. According to one source, more than $60 billion has been paid out in the past 60 years to some 500,000 purported Holocaust survivors living in 87 different countries.

The claims process works like this: the money is handed over by Germany to the CC, which in turn will allocate it into different fundsthat it oversees, with each fund earmarked for a specific purpose. There is, for instance, an Article 2 Fund, which provides lifetime pensions for anyone held in a concentration camp, ghetto, or who worked on a forced labor battalion. Also eligible for an Article 2 pension would be those who were only “forced to go into hiding,” asWikipedia puts it. And then we have a Hardship Fund, which provides one-time payments for those Jews who emigrated to the West from Soviet-bloc countries, and a Holocaust Victims Compensation Fund, providing one-time payments to emigrants from the former Soviet Union itself. The compensation amounts have increased over the years. Currently the Article 2 pensions are set at 300 euros a month, while payments from the Hardship Fund are 2,556 euros each, and the Holocaust Victims Compensation Fund 1,900 euros each.

In addition there is also a Central and Eastern European Fund, which, like Article 2, allocates monthly pensions, only these specifically are provided for Jewish survivors who, rather than emigrating to the West, remained in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union. These pensions are currently set at 260 euros per month, however, as of Jan. 1, 2013, they will increase to 300 euros a month, making them equal to the Article 2 pensions.

Different funds have different eligibility requirements. For instance,a person may qualify for the Hardship Fund if he/she underwent i)deprivation of liberty; ii) flight from the Nazi regime; iii)“restriction of liberty” as defined under BEG, a German restitution law passed in the 1950s; iv) restriction of movement such as having to observe a curfew, as well as compulsory registration with limitation of residence, or wearing the star of David; or if they v)resided in Leningrad at some time between September 1941 and January 1944, or fled from there during the same period. According to the Claims Conference website, the CC has approved 355,146 claimants and paid out $971 million under the Hardship Fund. Figures are also available for certain of the other funds: under the Article 2 fund, for instance, 85,608 applicants have been approved with a total payout of $3.3 billion; and for the Central and Eastern European Fund—24,307 applicants and $479 million . No figures seem to be available for the Holocaust Victim Compensation Fund, or for a new fund, known as the Orphans Fund, set up as of January 1 this year, The latter offers a one-time payment of 1,900 euros to those born 1928 or later who “were orphaned due to Nazi persecution” with both parents having been killed.

As mentioned above, the Israeli government has also been a recipient of huge piles of money (and goods) at the expense of German taxpayers (in fact, between largess from the taxpayers of Germany, as well as those in the U.S., the Zionist state is doing rather superbly for itself), and here again Weber provides some quotes that are quite instructive. One of these is from Goldman’s autobiography:

What the Luxembourg Agreement meant to Israel is for the historians of the young state to determine. That the goods Israel received from Germany were a decisive economic factor in its development is beyond doubt. I do not know what economic dangers might have threatened Israel at critical moments if it had not been for German supplies. Railways and telephones, dock installations and irrigation plants, whole areas of industry and agriculture, would not be where they are today without the reparations from Germany. And hundreds of thousands of Jewish victims of Nazism have received considerable sums under the law of restitution. See 11.

The second quote is also from Goldman, though taken from a 1976 interview with the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur:

Without the German reparations, the State of Israel would not have the half of its present infrastructure: every train in Israel is German, the ships are German, as well as the electricity, a large part of the industry … without mentioning the individual pensions paid to the survivors … In certain years, the amount of money received by Israel from Germany exceeds the total amount of money collected from international Jewry-two or three times as much. See 12.

Goldman of course played a key role in negotiating the Luxembourg Agreement, so maybe he’s only overly-touting his own achievements. But at this point Weber also supplies us with a quote from Jewish historian Walter Laqueur:

The ships laden with German capital goods began to call at Haifa regularly and unfailingly, becoming an important — ultimately a decisive — factor in the building up of the country. Today [1965] the Israeli fleet is almost entirely “made in Germany,” as are its modern railway equipment, the big steel foundry near Acre, and many other enterprises. During the 50′s and early 60′s about one-third of investment goods imported into Israel came from Germany … In addition to all this, many individual Israelis received restitution privately. See 13.

Weber then adds his own comment:

It is difficult to exaggerate the impact of the program: the five power plants built and installed by West Germany between 1953 and 1956 quadrupled Israel’s electric-power-generating capacity. West Germans laid 280 kilometers of giant pipelines (2.25 and 2.5 meters in diameter) for the irrigation of the Negev (which certainly helped to “make the desert bloom”). The Zionist state acquired 65 German- built ships, including four passenger vessels. See 14.

Massive Fraud and Exorbitant Salaries

Over the years the CC has been touched by controversies and scandals, but perhaps nothing like what erupted in late 2009, when it was discovered that colossal amounts of money had been paid out in fraudulent claims made by alleged “survivors” of German war crimes. One Jewish news service referred to it as “massive fraud,” an episode that potentially could “sully the whole Jewish effort to recoup compensation for Jewish suffering at the hands of the Nazis.”

In a story posted in July, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that so far about $4.3 million has been recovered from the fraud, and that an additional $3.3 million is scheduled to be returned in installment payments. Well that’s nice. But out of a total of how much? In other words, how much has been bilked altogether? No one seems to know for sure, but it is at least $57 million, and perhaps higher. Even the directors of the CC don’t seem to know.

“Never in the six-decade history of the organization had theft of this scale ever been discovered,” reported the JTA (emphasis added).

What is certain is that the operation involved CC employees and that the money looted came out of the Article 2 and Hardship Funds. Apparently a group of “corrupt Russian-speaking employees of the Claims Conference” (as the JTA refers to them) hired “recruiters” to go around the Russian-speaking community in New York and sign up all comers for Holocaust reparations payments. Whether the applicants were even old enough to have been survivors mattered little as long as they were close enough to pass. Forged or altered documents such as birth certificates, passports, and other identifying materials, were submitted, along with the fraudulent applications, while employee accomplices within the CC gave quick approval to the claims. Some of these employees received as much as $1000 per applicant—while the recruiters of course got a cut too.

So far 31 people have been arrested in the case, and the first sentence was handed down a year ago—to one of the recruiters, Polina Anoshina, who enlisted 30 people for the scheme. Her efforts resulted in the pay out of about $105,000 in fraudulent claims, of which she herself netted approximately $9,000. Her lawyer called her “a very small part of a very large wheel.”

Also interesting to note is that estimates of the total amount stolen have gone steadily upward with the passage of time. In December of 2009, roughly a month after the irregularities were discovered, the figure was put at $5 million. By February of 2010 this had risen to $7 million, and in November of 2010 to $42 million. Today, as I said, the number stands at $57 million, although officials acknowledge it could rise even higher. All of this, keep in mind, has been paid for by the German taxpayers.

But as I say, this isn’t the only controversy the CC has found itself in. The issue of survivor claims was also examined in the 2000 book,The Holocaust Industry, by Norman Finkelstein, who discusses how the number of Holocaust survivors has been exaggerated, and who also takes to task the World Jewish Congress for its legal campaign to extort reparations payments from Swiss banks.

And then came the 2006 revelations about exorbitant salaries and lavish expense accounts enjoyed by CC employees, including its then-President Israel Singer. It was a discovery that came at a time when the CC was under heavy fire for giving large sums of money to Jewish organizations while providing only minimal assistance to presumably genuine Holocaust survivors.

IRS reports show that there are 100 employees of the Claims Conference who enjoy salaries of close to 6.9 million dollars. Add to this the lavish spending of money which could otherwise be used to save Holocaust survivors from becoming destitute: The heads of the Claims Conference enjoy many benefits, including first class travel around the world, deluxe hotel accommodation and dining at fancy restaurants.

The above is found in a December 2006 story posted at the Israeli website Ynet, entitled “Where Did the Shoah Money Go?”. The story informs us the CC’s management expenses were reaching “tens of millions of dollars each year” while at the same time individual survivors such as “N”—quoted in the story—were in desperate need of additional funds. “I live in an Amidar apartment, spend thousands of shekels on medication and I have nothing to eat,” said “N.” “I telephoned organizations who are supposed to help Holocaust victims and the Claims Conference and asked for some help from, but they waved me off.”

The story found that the CC was distributing some $90 million a year, but that a substantial amount of this was going to Jewish organizations rather than individuals in need. “In reality, not enough money actually reaches the survivors.” The Israeli Hasidic group Gur Hasidim and the Jewish Agency are identified as receiving CC funding, along with “an American ambulance organization” and “certain hospitals in Israel,” but apparently these were only a small number of the total.

Israel Singer

At the time the scandal broke, Israel Singer, in addition to heading the CC, was also serving as secretary general of the World Jewish Congress. In January of that year Eliot Spitzer, then New York State Attorney General, issued a damning report on how money was being handled by the WJC, including apparent financial irregularities “amounting to millions of dollars,” according to Ynet. These included the “circular transfers” of some $1.2 million from the accounts of the WJC in New York to a bank account in Geneva, then on to an account in England, and finally ending up in an account held by a private company called Solar.

Spitzer revealed the use of money by Singer for personal purposes. In his report, he describes, for example, how Singer managed to accumulate more than 450,000 points on his credit cards. Singer held several credit cards, including the exclusive black card of American Express, “Centurion”, which is restricted to only the rich and famous. This magnificent card gives its holder unlimited credit and the cost of holding such a card is thousands of dollars a year. In total, according to Spitzer’s assessment, Singer withdrew in cash approximately USD 671,000 to disburse on overseas trips (see WJC response below).

For example, in 2003, he submitted to the WJC, expense accounts amounting to USD 431,129 and in 2004, in the amount of USD 261,294. A breakdown of Singer’s movements show that he flew to almost the entire world, sometimes together with his wife. For example, for two tickets to Germany, he paid (at the expense of the WJC, of course) USD 24,000. On the same day in September 2003, he paid an additional USD 1,000 for another flight. Six days later, his flight to Europe cost USD 12,000 and a week later, he paid EL AL USD 8,500. This was all paid by the WJC.

The total of all Singer’s flights in 2003 was approximately USD 232,000 and the cost of his hotel accommodation amounted to approximately USD 173,000. In 2004, he really cut back and the cost of his flights and accommodation came to approximately USD 200,000.

Singer lives in New York, but this did not inhibit him from staying at deluxe hotels in the Big Apple, on which he spent in 2003 approximately USD 60,000 of WJC funds. In that year, he also stayed in deluxe hotels in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Budapest, London – as well as in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In addition, he withdrew more than USD 134,000 in cash from the WJC account in New York and claimed before the Attorney General that he used the money for travel purposes.

Apparently Singer’s travel expenses were paid for by the WJC rather than the CC, at least if we go by the statement of CC spokesperson Renana Levin:

“According to the procedures of the Claims Conference, the role of the President of the Claims Conference is to deal with foreign policy and he does not deal with internal financial affairs of the organization,” Levin said. “I want to stress that the Claims Conference did not finance any of the travels made by Israel Singer on its behalf.”

Levin was also asked why the CC was paying out so much money to Jewish organizations rather than individual survivors:

“The Claims Conference allocates budgets for organizations and institutions who provide social services to Jews persecuted by the Nazis. The organization also allocates funds to organizations and institutions which work in education, documentation and research of the Holocaust.

“Over the years, money was allocated to “Bet Yaacov” and the seminar of Hasidut Gur to train educators to teach the Holocaust to Haredi communities.

“The allocation to the ‘March of the Living’ amutah is defined by the Conference as an Israeli allocation, because all the participants, who come from all over the world, visit Israel at the end of the trip. In addition, the Conference funds scholarships of youth with limited means to participate in the March.”

So German reparations money is being allocated to “teach the Holocaust” to Haredi Jews? Do Haredi Jews need to learn something additional about the Holocaust that isn’t already taught in public schools? Perhaps. The March of the Living, according to Wikipedia, is “an annual educational program which brings students from around the world to Poland, where they explore the remnants of the Holocaust.” The two week event, which includes a march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, ostensibly benefits the students by “strengthening their sense of Jewish identity.” The Wikipedia article adds:

After spending a week in Poland visiting other sites of Nazi Germany’s persecution and former sites of Jewish life and culture, many of the participants in the March also travel on to Israel where they observe Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Remembrance Day) and celebrate Yom Haatzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day).

 

March of the Living—an annual “Holocaust education program” paid for by Germany

CC grants to the March of the Living began in 1998, and by 2007 had totaled more than $7.4 million, while the “education program’s” annual budget stood at $4.2 million in 2005. One would perhaps not be too surprised, then, that, like the CC and WJC, the MOL has found itself under scrutiny for financial improprieties as well.

In April of 2007, the Jewish Week reported that the MOL paid $709,000 to Curtis Hoxter, a Manhattan public relations consultant, for work that neither he nor the MOL were able  to adequately explain.

March of the Living employed Hoxter from 2003 through 2005 at the urging of Israeli Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson, who founded the organization. Hirchson is currently on leave from his cabinet post due to a police investigation into allegations that he embezzled millions of dollars in funds from a union confederation and a health care fund.

The story identified Hoxter as “a close and longtime associate of Claims Conference President Israel Singer,” and thus maybe not surprisingly the MOL was also found to have been getting funding from the WJC—specifically $657,000 between 2001 and 2003. Furthermore, the outlays were not reported on the WJC’s tax forms, the report stated.

The CC seems at this point to have gone into damage control mode, announcing it would conduct an “in-depth audit” of the MOL, but significantly the audit was to cover only those “procedures of March of the Living that are currently in place,” meaning the year 2007. Specifically excluded from the focus were to be any improprieties that may have taken place from 2003-2005, the period Hoxter was employed. But then, apparently responding to criticism, the CC reversed course and announced that it would examine the earlier years in question after all—however, by 2009 the audit still had not been completed.

Singer Takes a Bow

Singer served as secretary general of the WJC from 1986-2001, but stepped down from this position following allegations of financial irregularities, even though, as Ynet notes, there were no criminal findings. And while he resigned his position as top executive officer, he did not leave the WJC altogether. Far from it. Instead he became the chairman of the organization’s Governing Board “after it was made clear that he would not deal with financial affairs.” So why was Singer allowed to remain in a leadership position, even though he had been suspected of financial mismanagement? The answer seems to be that he got results.

A 2003 article entitled “Restitution: The Second Round,” is quite telling on this count. The article is posted at the website of theJerusalem Center for Public Affairs and includes lengthy excerpts of an interview with Singer. The words “The Second Round” refer to efforts by international Jewish organizations, beginning in the early 1990s, to extract additional restitution monies on behalf of purported Holocaust survivors. The feeling seems to have been that while the Luxembourg Agreement was nice, more penance was needed, and it shouldn’t be just Germany alone; other countries should be forced to pay up as well. These additional countries included Norway, Sweden, Austria, and Switzerland; also the Soviet Union had just collapsed, and so the former East bloc countries were targeted too. Throughout the interview, Singer goes skipping from country to country, describing his mostly successful efforts at pressuring governments, as well as private banks, into coughing up reparations payments.

On Norway:

“In that year we chose Norway as our first target among the occupied countries. When we started complaining about the Norwegian government’s behavior, Michael Melchior, the country’s chief rabbi, told us more about what had happened during the rule of the Quisling government and after the war.

“We could also have fixed the Netherlands as our first target. We wanted, however, to start with a nation where we were reasonably sure we would win. We thus chose Norway not for moral or justice reasons, but strategic ones. It was a guilty country with a small number of Jews.

“As far as money was concerned, the problem there was easily manageable. Norway is rich and has abundant oil reserves. Whatever payment the Norwegians were to make to the Jewish community or to individuals would not affect their well-being. Paying out some money to Holocaust survivors would not mean individual Norwegians would have to make sacrifices. On the other hand, the result would be limited as it would not really change the lives of the Jews who received the funds….

“Everyone was aware that among Ukrainians and Lithuanians there were many anti-Semites. Norway however had maintained its gentle image, despite severe discrimination against its surviving Jews after the Holocaust.”

The East bloc:

“When I became secretary-general in 1985, I visited Hungary and then other eastern European countries, including Russia. The WJC had initiated negotiations with these countries in order to let the Jews there freely emigrate. In the process we also met government-appointed Jewish leaders who opposed these efforts. The old Jews I saw in the synagogues – some of them literally starving – were afraid to talk to us. During the Holocaust these people had either been in concentration camps, slave labor camps, or in hiding. They did not receive any restitution from Germany. Many of them have since died.

“In the mid-eighties I spoke to the East German Prime Minister Erich Honecker. I asked him to accept joint responsibility for what Germany had done to the Jews in the Holocaust. At first he refused. Thereafter, he began negotiating with us, eyeing a kind of most favored nation status with the U.S. similar to the one already enjoyed by Romania. He offered an initial hundred million dollar payment…

“After the fall of communism, the eastern European countries wanted to be acceptable to the West. They dealt with many problems except one: their obligation to restitute the property stolen from millions of Jews. The financial side of our claims was important, yet secondary to the historical one. There were so many scandals attached to the restitution process in these countries that would cause much publicity.

“In 1992 the WJC and the Jewish Agency – together with seven other Jewish organizations – created the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO). Its aim was to negotiate on Jewish war claims with eastern European countries; they were not part of the Claims Conference’s mandate which was specifically limited to Germany and Austria. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin wrote the WJRO a letter naming it Israel’s representative in these negotiations.”

Of course for all of these endeavors to be successful, the idea of Jewish victimization had to be reinforced and heavily promoted. Singer claimed new historical research showed that “27,600 trainloads of Jewish property” were stolen by the Germans. “No one was reimbursed for these thefts, but the principle of theft was established,” he insisted.

On Austria:

“Among Israeli Prime Ministers, Binyamin Netanyahu was probably the best partner we had. Earlier, in the 1980s, when he was Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, he had participated in the unmasking of the war past of former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim [who was at that time president of Austria]. Since Ehud Barak also supported us, we have had almost continuous backing from Israeli prime ministers…

“Things started moving in many countries. To our surprise, in 1997 the British Government called a conference in London on looted gold. Foreign Minister Robin Cook, who was extremely anti-Israel, initiated this conference because he considered it part of ‘a foreign policy with a moral face.’ His behavior followed a classic pattern: one is anti-Israel and then tries to compensate for that by being good for Diaspora Jews. French President Jacques Chirac’s attitude is another typical example of such behavior.

“After so many years, news was emerging on Jewish properties in Poland and restitution issues re-surfaced in Germany. From my personal viewpoint, the CEF agreement with the Germans is the most significant moral victory. This body, the Central European Foundation of Repair to European Jews, now makes life pensions available to 92,000 East European Jews. The Austrians suddenly were willing to make new payments because it was bad publicity for them when we made agreements with the Germans at the same time stressing how horribly the Austrians behaved.

Sweden:

“Over the years, an enormous momentum built up. The Swedes, for instance, were trying to make various settlements with us and ultimately took the initiative for the January 2000 Stockholm Conference on Holocaust Education. We had now finally reached critical mass. The restitution process became uncontrollable and rather chaotic. Several countries tried to make private deals by approaching various Jewish organizations and making donations to them.

But Singer’s biggest triumph may have been in Switzerland, where he managed to squeeze some $1. 25 billion out of certain of thenation’s banks:

“The historical research which accompanied the restitution process informed the world of many injustices about which even Jewish leaders knew very little. They had been studied somewhat in the past, but had since been forgotten. This led to the U.S. investigations of the stolen gold the Germans sent to neutral countries in 1997. Simultaneously we became aware of the issue of heirless property in Eastern Europe. We also familiarized ourselves with the subject of the dormant Swiss bank accounts as well as the insurance policies which had not been paid. The revelations in one country impacted on another and vice versa.”…

“Some people had been well aware – long before the WJC – of the dormant Swiss accounts and the banks’ resistance to help heirs reclaim money due to them. Paul Erdman – an author who had many other grievances against the Swiss banks – wrote a novel called The Swiss Account. It was only around 1994 that we discovered that there was much official documentation available on the heirless and other accounts.

“Allen Dulles had been the American consul during the War in the Swiss capital Bern, where he spied on money transfers from Germany to Switzerland. Later, in his autobiography he mentioned a project initiated in 1944, called ‘Safehaven.’ It was part of economic warfare against the Axis and aimed at blocking the transfer of German assets to neutral countries.

“When Dulles became the head of the CIA in 1953, he attempted to blot out all information about this project. When we started investigating we learned about Safehaven’s existence from the autobiography he wrote many years later. We could access a multitude of documents concerning it under the Freedom of Information Act.”

A visit today to the official Swiss Banks Settlement website, shows that claims filed are subdivided into certain classes. For instance, persons could qualify for payments under the “Refugee Class” if they “were denied entry into or expelled from Switzerland, or admitted into Switzerland but abused or mistreated.” There is also a “Slave Labor Class I” that applies to “those claimants who performed slave labor for German and other companies which may have transacted their profits through Swiss entities.” The website also informs us that the claimants were not limited to Jews, but also included Roma, Jehovah’s Witness, homosexual, or disabled claimants.

This targeting of Swiss banks is also discussed by Norman Finkelstein in his book The Holocaust Industry. In an article here, Finkelstein calls the case against Switzerland “dubious at best,” yet as he relates, a number of US political leaders threw their weight behind the effort to force the Swiss to pay up:

The Swiss stood accused of directly and indirectly profiting from the Nazi persecution of Jews. Acting at Israel’s behest, the World Jewish Restitution Organization mobilized officials at the federal, state and local levels in the United States to press Switzerland for Holocaust compensation. A senior official in the Clinton administration, Stuart Eizenstat, conscripted twelve federal agencies for this initiative. A major international conference was convened in London. The House and Senate banking committees held multiple hearings. Class action lawsuits against Switzerland were filed in American courts. State and local legislatures across the United States implemented economic boycotts.

If the Holocaust reparations game has become in essence a racket, the U.S. very much plays the role of enforcer. And this cuts across both Democrats and Republicans. In the article at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Singer talks about how Bill Clinton and then-New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato were recruited to the cause:

“Thereafter, things started changing mainly because we managed to get two major players involved. On the same day, we went to the Republican Senator of New York, Alfonse D’Amato and President Clinton. Their relationship was extremely unpleasant because as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, D’Amato was investigating Clinton on the Whitewater affair.

“Both sought re-election, yet had severe problems: the President was under investigation and D’Amato was not showing visible success. Clinton – despite his extreme dislike of D’Amato – was willing to collaborate with him on the restitution issue. D’Amato who has a huge Jewish constituency, said that the Jewish case was a just one and there weren’t many Swiss voters in the United States anyhow.”

Singer doubts whether the Bush administration would have been similarly forthcoming, as it is so strongly supportive of Israel. “You always see that administrations will back you on relatively marginal issues if they cannot do so on central ones. The reverse is also true because once they are supportive on critically important matters, they don’t have to bother much about other ones. The one exception was the struggle for Soviet Jewry where all administrations have been supportive of the Jews, even if they were lukewarm on Israel.”

Singer took an old woman to see D’Amato. She told him her father had an account in Switzerland and she was turned away when she had gone to inquire about it in 1946. They had wanted her father’s death certificate from Auschwitz. D’Amato then related the story on television.

“We first approached Clinton through Hillary. When she heard we were working with D’Amato, she said, ‘It’s like Haman and Mordechai working together.’ She knew her Bible better than the Jews and she could have thus been seen as Queen Esther. The President said, ‘You have my full presidential support.’”

As Finkelstein noted (see above), class action lawsuits were filed in U.S. courts. The question of course is would the Swiss be afforded a fair judgment in the American judicial system? The words “dubious at best” would again seem to apply if we examine Singer’s comments on the matter:

“In 1996 we convinced Alan Hevesi, the Jewish comptroller of New York City, to collaborate with us. His office manages many billion dollars of investments. In that year we organized a meeting of 800 state financial officers and comptrollers from government bodies under his chairmanship. Together they managed a total of thirty trillion dollars of funds. They indicated that if the Swiss banks did not solve the dormant accounts issue, they would no longer do business with them. The Swiss thought that these threats could lead to a major worldwide boycott.

“Hevesi was inclined to discuss a boycott on behalf of the 800 financial officers against the Swiss banks. He wrote a letter to Judge Edward Korman, who was dealing with the class actions against them in New York, informing him of what was going on. I kept stressing we did not want a boycott.

“In April 1996 the chairmen of the three major Swiss banks who felt threatened each wrote me a letter agreeing to the principle of global settlements. In 1997 Judge Korman began holding sessions in camera, on the restitution issues, which finally led to a global settlement. Strangely enough, all actors in the hearing were Jewish: the judge, the bank representatives and the lawyers.

From presidents and senators, all the way down to city comptrollers, the pressure was applied. Like the Germans at the Luxembourg negotiations more than 40 years previously, the Swiss now had little chance of avoiding the financial hit coming their way. Finkelstein sheds additional light on the coercion tactics:

The chairman of the House Banking Committee, James Leach, maintained that states must be held accountable for injustices even if committed a half-century ago: ‘History does not have a statute of limitations.’ Eizenstat deemed Swiss compensation to Jewry ‘an important litmus test of this generation’s willingness to face the past and rectify the wrongs of the past.’ Although they couldn’t be ‘held responsible for what took place years ago,’ Senator Alfonse D’Amato of the Senate Banking Committee acknowledged that the Swiss still had a ‘duty of accountability and of attempting to do what is right at this point in time.’ Publicly endorsing the Jewish demand for compensation, President Clinton likewise reflected that ‘we must confront and, as best we can, right the terrible injustice of the past.’ ‘It should be made clear,’ bipartisan Congressional leaders wrote in a letter to the Secretary of State, that the ‘response on this restitution matter will be seen as a test of respect for basic human rights and the rule of law.’ And in address to the Swiss Parliament, Secretary of State Albright explained that economic benefits Switzerland accrued from the plundering of Jews ‘were passed along to subsequent generations and that is why the world now looks to the people of Switzerland, not to assume responsibility for actions taken by their forbears, but to be generous in doing what can be done at this point to right past wrongs.’

But as stated above, it wasn’t only Switzerland in the crosshairs. US officials began flagellating the countries of Eastern Europe as well.Again from Finkelstein:

In negotiations with Eastern Europe, Jewish organizations and Israel have demanded the full restitution of or monetary compensation for the pre-war communal and private assets of the Jewish community.[4] Consider Poland. The pre-war Jewish population of Poland stood at 3.5 million; the current population is several thousand. Yet, the World Jewish Restitution Organization demands title over the 6,000 pre-war communal Jewish properties, including those currently being used as hospitals and schools. It is also laying claim to hundreds of thousands of parcels of Polish land valued in the many tens of billions of dollars. Once again the entire US political and legal establishment has been mobilized to achieve these ends. Indeed, New York City Council members unanimously supported a resolution calling on Poland ‘to pass comprehensive legislation providing for the complete restitution of Holocaust assets’, while 57 members of Congress (led by Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York) dispatched a letter to the Polish parliament demanding ‘comprehensive legislation that would return 100% of all property and assets seized during the Holocaust’.

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, Stuart Eizenstat deplored the lax pace of evictions in Eastern Europe: ‘A variety of problems have arisen in the return of properties. For example, in some countries, when persons or communities have attempted to reclaim properties, they have been asked, sometimes required … to allow current tenants to remain for a lengthy period of time at rent-controlled rates.’ The delinquency of Belarus particularly exercised Eizenstat. Belarus is ‘very, very far’ behind in handing over pre-war Jewish properties, he told the House International Relations Committee. The average monthly income of a Belarussian is $100.

To force submission from recalcitrant governments, those seeking Jewish restitution wield the bludgeon of US sanctions. Eizenstat urged Congress to ‘elevate’ Holocaust compensation, put it ‘high on the list’ of requirements for those East European countries that are seeking entry into the OECD, the World Trade Organization, the European Union, NATO and the Council of Europe: ‘They will listen if you speak … They will get the hint.’ Israel Singer, of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, called on Congress to ‘continue looking at the shopping list’ in order to ‘check’ that every country pays up. ‘It is extremely important that the countries involved in the issue understand,’ Congressman Benjamin Gilman of the House International Relations Committee said, ‘that their response … is one of several standards by which the United States assesses its bilateral relationship.’ Avraham Hirschson, chairman of Israel’s Knesset Committee on restitution and Israel’s representative on the World Jewish Restitution Organization, paid tribute to Congressional cooperation. Recalling his ‘fights’ with the Romanian prime minister, Hirschson testified: ‘But I ask one remark, in the middle of the fighting, and it changed that atmosphere. I told him, you know, in two days I am going to be in a hearing here in Congress. What do you want me to tell them in the hearing? The whole atmosphere was changed.’

And of course, if all the additional countries named above could be squeezed for money, there was no reason Germany shouldn’t have to pay out even more. Was there? Certainly not in the view of the Jewish organizations involved. Thus the newly-reunified Germany, too, became a target of “the second round” of the Holocaust racket.Again from Singer:

“One of his (East German Prime Minister Erich Honecker) successors, Lothar de Maiziere, bridged the transition from Honecker’s offer to the claim against unified Germany. This gave us the opportunity to present our claim to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, saying that one cannot take over East Germany’s assets without inheriting its part of the responsibility toward the Jews. He then recognized the principle of our claim.

“Many Jewish leaders considered these efforts worthless as they saw no chance of success. Today all the Claims Conference’s funds come from these endeavors. The new pensions for Soviet and eastern European Jews and those who emigrated to Israel from these countries are paid from monies obtained from claims against Germany after unification.”

Singer also discussed with his interviewer the secrets of his success over the years in pushing his cause. A lot of it seems to have to do with being as abrasive as possible and playing the “anti-Semite” card:

“There is often criticism about the aggressive methods we’ve used. A small organization confronting powerful unyielding governments cannot be soft if it wants to achieve anything. If I had listened to all the good Jewish advisors who said we shouldn’t scream, the survivors would not have received anything. Fighting for the truth cannot be done in a nuanced way.

“I approached German Prime Minister Helmut Kohl as head of a state which had stolen money from the Jews. He told me my behavior was unpleasant. I answered that I had no reason to be nice. As he viewed Germany as a superpower, he kept telling me, after we had reached an agreement, that we had defeated his country. It is only because we succeeded that he respects the Jews and me. Many leading European politicians made outright nasty remarks. [French President Jacques] Chirac, for instance, told me that Jews are the cause of anti-Semitism in France and everywhere else.

“It became clear when dealing with the Swiss bankers, that they were anti-Semites. A senior banker in one of our early meetings asked me, ‘What do you mean when you talk about the wealth of the Jews? I saw pictures of the Jews of Europe in Roman Vishniac’s book, A Vanished World. They had rags on their feet.’

“I told him the Jews in Vienna – where my parents had lived – were university professors, founders of psychology, fathers of modern rationalism, the initiators of human rights and the bankers who had given the Swiss bankers’ grandfathers jobs. I made it clear to him that his remarks were abusive and anti-Semitic. Then Avraham Burg related this story to the newspapers.

“A Swiss Jewish banker told me that his non-Jewish colleagues had always been anti-Semites and even though he sat on their side of the table, they considered him to be one of their Jewish counterparts.”

Singer also has his eyes set on works of art that allegedly once belonged to Jews, and he looks forward “to the day when I can walk into an auction house and say, ‘This picture is stolen; it belongs to the Jewish people. You can’t sell it.’ I want to be arrested and taken away handcuffed and attract media attention. I have done many things in my life, but not this yet,” he confided.

Singer Fired

Had Singer confined his “reparations” harvest to Gentile art dealers, Swiss bankers, and anxiety-ridden government leaders, he might eventually have ridden off into the sunset in a blaze of glory, hailed as a genuine, true-blue Jewish hero. But there are some who didn’t seem to feel he was worthy of hero status, and one of these was Edgar Bronfman, president of the WJC, who in March of 2007 fired Singer as the organization’s chairman.

Bronfman said he discovered Singer “had helped himself to cash from the WJC office, my cash.” The activity, he said, had been going on for “a very long time,” and he went on to add, “The final blow came when we discovered that he was playing games with his hotel bills in Jerusalem.”

Singer responded that Bronfman would “regret having stained my good name.”

Commenting on his longtime friendship with Singer, Bronfman said he went through “many weeks of crying to find out that I was so badly used by a man I used to love.”

Keep in mind this took place in March of 2007—a bit over a year after Spitzer’s report on WJC financial irregularities had been issued. As in 2001, no criminal charges were filed. However, in June of 2007 Singer voluntarily ended his presidency at the CC as well.

‘I always knew I wanted to do Jewish’

If the misuse of funds at the WJC went on for “a very long time,” the same could be said of the fraud at the CC that came to light in 2009. That scheme went undetected for years. The fraudulent claims upon the Article 2 Fund alone are believed to have dated back to at least 1993. Credited with discovering the scam is Greg Schneider, who became head of the CC in July of 2009 and who continues to serve in that role today.

Schneider

“I was petrified somebody would find this out before we could make it clear that we were on top of it. I insisted we go to the authorities immediately,” he said.

And in fact, the article at the JTA paints Schneider as something of a knight in shining armor who managed to avert total disaster—first by spotting the fraud; then by contacting CC Chairman Julius Berman initially, and then the FBI; and thereafter by cooperating fully with the investigation.

Over the next couple of days, Berman, Schneider and senior leaders at the Claims Conference tried to figure out a game plan. If word was to leak that the organization had allowed millions of dollars to be fraudulently obtained from Germany in the name of Holocaust survivors, it could jeopardize the Claims Conference’s entire operations, its relationship with the Germans and the distribution of hundreds of millions per year to Holocaust survivors around the world.

Uriel Heilman, the JTA writer, goes on to relate how the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office praised the CC for its “extraordinary continued cooperation.” Heilman additionally noted that “perhaps most important, the Germans seem to trust Schneider.”

A different view of Schneider is expressed by Finkelstein:

The biggest crooks are not those who embezzled money from the Crooks’ Conference but those who run it, in particular the filthy Greg Schneider.

While Schneider, as mentioned above, became head of the CC in 2009, his employment with the organization actually began in 1995 after he obtained a master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Heilman even discusses Schneider’s early life on a farm in Connecticut, as well as a trip to Israel at the age of 15.

“After a few days in Israel, I felt more at home and more connected than I did in 15 years on the farm,” Schneider told Heilman. “I didn’t fit in with that farm life. I always knew I wanted to do Jewish.”

‘As impossible to anticipate as the attacks of 9/11’

You might think that with a $57 million scandal on the books, the CC might have seen some resignations at the top. But no, that has not happened. Both Schneider and Berman remain on the job, and both have varying justifications for why this is so. For Schneider it seems largely a matter of regarding himself as, well, indispensable.

Schneider, who was COO of the Claims Conference when the fraud was happening before he became the organization’s chief executive, said the notion that he should be the one to resign is misplaced and counterproductiveSchneider, whose formal title is executive vice president, says he’s indispensable and that nobody is more committed or better suited to rooting out the fraud.

“There’s too much at stake here,” Schneider told JTA. “It would be detrimental to the organization. It would be detrimental to survivors. The results are more important than the symbolism of a resignation.”

But for Berman it appears a case of ataraxia has set in. Berman didn’t do anything wrong, he maintains—so why on earth should he quit?

I feel no fault at all,” he said. “Whether I’m a lay chairman or a CEO, it’s the kind of process that I had nothing whatsoever to do with instituting.”

Calling the controls that the Claims Conference had in place to prevent fraud “reasonably adequate,” Berman said the deception was as impossible to anticipate as the attacks of 9/11. “Until it happens once,” he added. “Then you’re on notice that something you never foresaw can happen.”

 

Berman

Though perhaps it was unintended, Berman’s analogy to 9/11 gives rise to a measure of levity. But let’s not forget that other “indispensable” higher-ups—either in or out of the loop—were also on hand as the fraud was occurring. One was Gideon Taylor, who comes from a family of powerful Jews—whose grandfather was Samuel Fisher, a British lord and former president of the Board of Directors of British Jews.

Schneider’s predecessor, Gideon Taylor, under whose 10-year tenure the fraud ran undetected, declined to be interviewed on the subject.

“The day I left I made a decision: I’m not going to speak publicly about the Claims Conference because I’ve moved on,” Taylor told the JTA. “It is what it is.”

Yes, Taylor has moved on, but not that terribly far, and the grass in his new location also seems pretty green:

Taylor is now COO of programs at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in Jewish aid annually around the world — approximately $110 million of which comes from the Claims Conference. The money, designated for aid programs to Jews in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, constitutes slightly less than one-third of the JDC’s total annual budget.

Just after announcing his intentions to leave the CC, Taylor shared some thoughts on life, loot, and Israel with the Jewish Chronicle, commenting, “Of all the times to have been at the Claims Conference, this was probably the busiest, with the big agreements on slave labour, the discussions with Swiss banks and negotiations with insurance companies.” The date on the article is April 2, 2009—less than three months after Israel’s murderous assault upon Gaza in Operation Cast Lead. Taylor went on to say: “We are living in turbulent times for the Jewish world and Israel. There are the economic challenges, the security and political challenges and the atmosphere.”

One former CC higher-up who is facing charges in the affair is Semen Domnitser. According to the JTA, Domnitser oversaw the Hardship and Article 2 Funds. Through his lawyers he has maintained his innocence.

Today

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the 60th anniversary of the Luxembourg Agreement was marked in July of 2012 with observances held in Washington. Interesting to note is that those observances followed close on the heels of yet another victory for the Holocaust reparations racket—again at the expense of German taxpayers. On Monday, July 9, the first day of the observances, it was announced that negotiations between German officials and the CC had resulted in an agreement to extend reparations payments to an additional 80,000 purported survivors living in the former Soviet Union. The agreement will result in a payout of about $300 million.

“It has never been about the money,” claimed Berman, who was on hand for the festivities at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. “It has always been about the recognition, the validation, the acknowledgement. Today for the first time in 60 years, we can say that every Holocaust victim alive today is entitled to some form or recognition. We are all painfully aware that we are entering the twilight years for survivors. All we can do is hope to make their final years ones of dignity and promise to carry the lessons of the Shoah forward.”

Various German officials were also present, and some of their remarks are striking:

Ludger Schlief, head of the finance policy division of the Federal Chancellery of Germany, said that restitution for Shoah survivors will not be a victim of the current European currency crisis. Payments to Shoah victims is “an especially high priority of the government of Angela Merkel during her terms in office,” Schlief said. Though Germany is facing “enormous challenges” in the current European economic situation, “This and other crises will not deter Germany from its historic responsibility,” he said.

And Dr. Peter Ammon, Ambassador of Germany to the United States, stressed that the nation understands its burden of history and will continue to fulfill its historic and moral responsibility to those who suffered under the Third Reich. “Germany has accepted its historical responsibility and will do so for generations to come,” said Ammon.

Will all of this end when the last Holocaust survivor dies? Or will the penance and restitution go on for “generations to come,” as Ammon puts it? Perhaps the case of Croatia offers us an indicator. In an address before the Israeli Knesset on February 15 of this year, Croatian President Ivo Josipović issued a groveling apology for his country’s role in the events of the Nazi era.

“We need to look into our hearts, and to come to terms with the darkest stain in our history. Here I am, standing before the parliament of the Jewish state, and more importantly, in front of people born in Croatia, and with no ambiguity, I apologize and I ask for forgiveness from all the Holocaust survivors and all the victims,” Josipović said.

Josipović —“I ask for forgiveness”

Josopović went on to say he felt convinced that amendments to his country’s “compensation law” would be passed soon, and that these would include payments to “Holocaust survivors, private individuals, their inheritors or local communities.” But apparently this was not enough to placate Eizenstat. Croatia incidentally wants to join the European Union, and Eizenstat is calling upon EU leaders to exercise “leverage” against Croatia vis-a-vis its application for admission. “Now is the time for the European Union to exact the maximum amount of leverage,” said Eizenstat. “Once they’re in, the leverage is lost.”

So what does Eizenstat want exactly? Well according to Haaretz, he desires Croatia to “commence with a restitution program and the formation of an independent commission of international scholars to examine the country’s wartime past.”

The matter is discussed in a recent article by former Israeli Roy Tov, who informs us that similar demands are being made upon Serbia—also seeking EU membership.

For a second I was so puzzled that I opened timeanddate.com just to make sure that today was June 22, 2012. Yet, the interview I had just read in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz seemed taken from the 1950s. Yesterday, former Under Secretary of State Stuart E. Eizenstat—who served in the Clinton Administration—told the newspaper that the EU must encourage Coratia and Serbia to take responsibility for their roles in the Holocaust before granting them EU membership…

I apologize to the Honorable Mr. Eizenstat, but his strategy, succinctly summarized by him as “once they’re in, the leverage is lost,” is nothing but an extortion attempt. Extortion is a crime which occurs when money, property, or services are obtained from somebody through coercion. The extortionist refrain from doing harm is called protection, or “Vitamin P” in Israel. The difference between extortion and robbery is that extortion involves a written or verbal threat whereas robbery can occur without any verbal or written threat. Mr. Eizenstat, your implied threat to deny Croatioon membership in the EU was a crime.

Singer’s comments about how he would like to walk into an art auction one day and say—“This picture is stolen; it belongs to the Jewish people. You can’t sell it.”—should also be kept in mind. A visit to the CC’s website shows that the organization is pursuing a “worldwide intensified effort for the restitution of cultural and religious property looted from Jews” with a special emphasis of taking possession of works of art. This is spelled out very clearly:

Restitution efforts in this area have in the past yielded far fewer results than efforts to restitute other assets such as property and financial holdings. The reasons for this lack of progress include the ease of transporting art across international borders, the lack of public records documenting original ownership, the difficulty of tracing art transactions through the decades, and the lack of a central authority to arbitrate claims for artwork.

The Claims Conference and the WJRO have begun to work with relevant Jewish communities and governments around the world to bring increased attention to the restitution of looted movable cultural and religious property. The organizations are focusing on the systemic issues involved in art restitution with the intent of improving and creating processes to enable more owners and heirs to recover their property.

The return of plundered artworks and religious artifacts often has meaning beyond that of the restitution of other types of assets. These were personal possessions valued for their beauty and cultural significance, often handed down through several generations. In many cases, these artworks or artifacts are the last personal link heirs may have to families destroyed in the Holocaust. Many of these artworks have ended up in museums around the world, with no centralized method for families to locate them.

So who will pay for this? Will the museums in which the artworks presently reside be forced to bite the bullet? Or will Germany, the other countries, and the Swiss banks be obliged to bear the costs? Perhaps an arrangement could be worked out under which the banks, museums and national governments will each divvy up an equal amount? One thing is for sure. If the issue is pressed,somebody (regardless of what the actual historic facts may be) will end up paying…and paying…and we can probably safely assume it won’t be Jews.

Let us also return briefly to the comments of Ludger Schlief, the German finance minister quoted above. You’ll recall Schlief conceded that his country faces “enormous challenges” with regard to the EU’s current economic crisis, but that this “will not deter Germany from its historic responsibility.” Is the feeling, then, that no matter how tough times get for the rest of us, Jews who may have suffered at some point in the past must at all costs be provided for? This seems to be Schlief’s view as well as the CC’s. And in fact, a principle bearing strong resemblance to this is being applied now in one of the hardest hit European countries—Greece—where the CC is tripling its aid to purported survivors. The matter was discussed in a JTA article posted just two months ago:

Some 5,000 Jews are living in Greece, including more than 500 Holocaust survivors who have seen their living conditions and social services deteriorate rapidly as the country struggles with the fifth year of a harsh recession.

Government pensions have been slashed, income from property rentals have fallen significantly and there have been steep tax hikes and price rises. At the same time, state social services and medical assistance has been significantly reduced.

“Today’s economic crisis has made these survivors more vulnerable than ever at a time in their lives when they most need aid,” Gregory Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference, wrote in a report on the new assistance.

“The Claims Conference is taking dramatic and immediate action to help ease their situation as much as possible and to prevent a crisis from becoming a catastrophe for this vulnerable population.”

The article also informs us that an allocation of “nearly $120,000” will be given to the Jewish Museum of Greece—for yet another Holocaust education program.

As for Schneider’s thoughts on the $57 million that went missing, he feels far too much attention has been paid to this and not enough to his organizations accomplishments—and he believes those accomplishments are considerable.

“This is the last moment of the last generation of survivors. We have to give them the dignity they deserve. We only have a few years left when we can still make a difference,” he says.

Does he feel that at some point the CC and other Jewish organizations may have overplayed their hands and gotten a little too greedy? Apparently not.

“The Germans say, when will it ever end? Hasn’t it been enough already?” Schneider said, then added: “The suffering hasn’t ended. The nightmares haven’t ended. How can you possibly say enough? It won’t be enough until the very last survivor, and even then it won’t be enough.”

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What About Nakba Reparations for the Palestinians?

By Richard Edmondson

Perhaps one of the greatest ironies of history is that since approval of the Luxembourg Agreement 60 years ago, Jews have been collecting reparations payments for offenses that in some cases are identical to those which they themselves have inflicted upon the Palestinians in the same period.

For instance: Jews who became “refugees and stateless persons” in the Nazi era may qualify for assistance under the Hardship Fundwhich is administered by the Claims Conference. Additionally those Jews who also “suffered considerable damage to health as a result of Nazi persecution” would equally qualify for reparations under the same fund.

How many Palestinians, particularly those in Gaza, have been denied access to needed medical care or life-saving drugs and suffered ill-health effects as a result? How many, due to the Israeli blockade, have been prevented from leaving Gaza to get treatment at hospitals in Egypt or Israel?

The Hardship Fund also offers assistance to those Jews who fled “from areas of the Soviet Union that were generally up to 100 kilometers from the most easterly advance of the German army (Wehrmacht) but were not later occupied by the Nazis.” If the same principle applied to Nakba reparations, would not Palestinians who fled into neighboring countries such as Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan also be eligible for reparations?

Jews who endured “deprivation of liberty,” as well as “curfew” and “restriction of movement” can also get help from the Hardship Fund. Palestinians in the West Bank have suffered conditions that meet the same identical criteria. Why are they not eligible for reparations?

For those Jews able to meet the eligibility requirements, the Harship Fund provides a one-time payment of 2,556 euros.

But the Article 2 Fund provides much more even than that—a lifetime pension of 300 euros a month. According to the CC website, the Article 2 Fund “is limited to Jewish Holocaust survivors” (apparently Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and non-Jewish homosexuals or disabled do not qualify, whereas these groups areincluded in the Swiss Banks settlement) that meet certain eligibility requirements. These include those who:

* Were “imprisoned for at least 18 months” in a “ghetto” as defined by the German government

* Were “in hiding for at least 18 months” under “inhumane conditions, without access to the outside world” either in “German Nazi-occupied territory” or in “Nazi satellite states”

* Lived “illegally under false identity or with false papers for at least 18 months” again in a Nazi-occupied territory or satellite state

Interesting to note is that the 18-month requirements in the three conditions above were reduced—to 12 months—as of January 1 this year.

In addition, Article 2 pensions are available to those who “were incarcerated for at least six months” in different categories of facilities, including a “concentration camp as defined in accordance with the German Federal Indemnification Law,” or BEG, as well as various other types of camps or forced labor battalions that are defined under different criteria and located in various geographic regions.

But it doesn’t stop there. The German government, in 2007, established yet another reparations program, entitled the “German Government Ghetto Fund”, or BADV. Under this program a one-time payment of 2,000 euros is given to purported survivors who carried out work “without force” in a ghetto. According to the CC website, the fund was created to “acknowledge ghetto survivors who had otherwise been rejected for German Social Security payments”—(known as the “Ghetto Pension” and created under a separate German law)—“and it came as a response to intense international pressure spearheaded by the Claims Conference.”

Have no doubt about the latter point. Initially, the German Government Ghetto Fund and the Ghetto Pension were set up to be mutually exclusive. People could apply for and receive one or the other, but not both. However, this stipulation has since been done away with. Now those who were confined to a ghetto may receive a pension and a one-time payment!

And then we come to the matter of stolen property. Restitution for stolen or confiscated property has been an ongoing issue since even before the war ended, and efforts to recoup losses have met with varying degrees of success depending on country. According to one source:

At most, 15 percent of Jewish assets confiscated from 1934 to 1945 were returned after the war to their owners, their heirs, and Jewish organizations representing heirless claimants. Within Western Europe, the percentage restored for each country roughly ranged from 10 to 60 percent. In Eastern Europe, restitution was negligible. This meant the value of unrestored assets by the mid-1990s amounted to $120-$180 billion at 2005 prices.

The process was helped along by restitution laws passed by the allied occupation powers from 1947 to 1950. Then in 1957, West Germany passed the BRÜG law to provide “compensation for moveable property stolen by the Nazis, which the claimant could identify but could no longer locate.” This included household goods, bank accounts, jewelry, and securities. Over the years the BRÜG was gradually expanded, with a major change coming in 1994 when the law was expanded to include property stolen in the former East Germany.

By 1954, the value of recovered property amounted to roughly 1 billion DM, or $150 million at late-1930s value. But by 1997, payments under the BRÜG reportedly stood at about 4 billion DM, paid out to roughly 750,000 claimants. The figure amounts to about $400 million in 1930s values.

Then came “the second round” starting in the 1990s. In 1992, the World Jewish Restitution Organization was formed with the purpose of putting the squeeze on the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe. The US Congress started holding hearings in the matter and “state banking and insurance regulators (mainly in New York and California) threatened to halt bank mergers involving European banks and not allow insurance companies to do business in their state unless restitution was adequately addressed.” A number of “aggressive class action suits” were filed as well. As this report puts it:

Because of the greater awareness of the issue, European governments and companies were forced to take action. Numerous independent historical commissions were established that documented the means by which the assets were stolen, the complicity of governments, businesses, and individuals in facilitating the looting of Jewish property, and the problems with postwar restitution efforts. This led to apologies by the leaders of several countries.

When it came to returning or paying for stolen assets, however, the negotiations with European countries and businesses were long and arduous.  From the mid-1990s to 2006, only some $3.4 billion was pledged to restore unpaid assets directly to survivors or their heirs or as humanitarian funds to account for the many potential claimants who after fifty years lacked proof and/or knowledge of the stolen assets.[11] Most humanitarian funds were designated to support needy survivors, with some money going to help reestablish European Jewish communities. In addition to these pledges, about half a billion dollars was paid via a few high-profile individual art and real estate legal cases, bringing the total to nearly $4 billion.

Another milestone came in 2009 when the Conference on Holocaust Era Assets was held in Prague, attended by 46 nations. Forty-three of them ended up signing a set of guidelines that included: a) recognition of “the legitimate Jewish owners of property seized by the Nazis and their collaborators”; b) the establishment of “transparent and accessible claims processes”; c) allowing full and free access to national archives by claimants; d) the awarding of “full title or fair compensation” for those successful in pressing their claims; and finally, e) “consider allocating the proceeds from unclaimed and heirless property to benefit Holocaust survivors in need.”

One question of course is how much Palestinian property has been stolen in the last 64 years. Would it amount to “27,600 trainloads”? Or perhaps even more? Consider the following video of Israeli soldiers looting sewing machines from a girls orphanage in Hebron:

More on the looted orphanage can be found here.

It is of course outside the scope of this article to document every crime committed by Israel against the Palestinians in the last 64 years, but these crimes include looted property, land confiscation, house demolition, indefinite detention, murder and torture. Instead of trying to milk every last penny they can get out of the Germans, why don’t Jews begin addressing this issue?

Jewish author Norman Finkelstein has suggested that German reparations to the Jews could—and should— serve as a legal precedent to Israeli reparations to the Palestinians.

Apart from the moral link joining Jewish claims against Europe, on the one hand, and Palestinian claims against Israel, on the other, a direct material link potentially joins the respective demands. When Israel first entered into negotiations with Germany for reparations after the war, the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe reports, Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett proposed transferring a part to Palestinian refugees, ‘in order to rectify what has been called the small injustice (the Palestinian tragedy), caused by the more terrible one (the Holocaust)’.[5] Nothing ever came of the proposal.

Of course since Sharett made his proposal, 60 years have elapsed—60 years in which the crimes have mounted up. Finkelstein continues:

A respected Israeli academic, Clinton Bailey, recently suggested using part of the funds from the Holocaust settlements with Switzerland and Germany for the ‘compensation of Palestinian Arab refugees’.[6] Given that almost all survivors of the Nazi holocaust have already passed away, this would seem to be a sensible proposal.

The issue of reparations has also been addressed in the Jerusalem Sabeel Document, drawn up in 2006 by the Palestinian Christian movement Sabeel. Listed in the document are a total of seven “Principles” the organization feels are necessary in order to achieve peace. The first of the seven reads as follows:

Israel must admit that it has committed an injustice against the Palestinian people and must accept responsibility for that. This means that reparation must be paid to all Palestinians who have suffered as a result of the conflict since 1948 whether they are Palestinian citizens of Israel, Palestinians living on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, or Palestinians living in the Diaspora. The road to healing and reconciliation passes through repentance, forgiveness and redress.

I would suggest the time has come for Jews, or at any rate those who claim to hold “Jewish values” (whatever those are), to raise their voices and call for reparations to the Palestinians. There are 64 years’ worth of wrongs to be undone (the Nazi era in Germany lasted a mere 12 years), 64 years of crimes to be redressed, and even though the dead cannot be brought back to life, compensation can indeed be paid to the living. Equality is the universal ambition of humanism. Are you Jewish? And if so, can you not find it in your heart to issue a call for reparations for the Palestinians? If the answer to that is no, then you are guilty of the sin of believing that Jewish suffering supersedes all others.

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Can NAM Solve the Syrian Crisis?

NOVANEWS

by Alex

Can NAM Solve the Syrian Crisis?

 Can NAM Solve the Syrian Crisis? asked Vijay Prashad
The author claimes that “NATO’s war in Libya and the Syrian crisis has afforded the US an opportunity to re-enter the Arab world as a major political player. “In realty the US and Nato attempts, after the fall of the Soviet union, to be the sole politacal player in the Arab world and middle east faced fiece resistance in Afhganistan Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.Therefore, it is more presicise to say:

 

A combination of the cowboy Wars defeatsled by the US and NATO (since the Bush administration), and the failure of the Arab stooges and the financial crisis (since 2007) alongside the economic rise of China and India has, however, given a boost to the aspiration of the NAM.
Moreover the Author clamied that “The Arab Spring of 2011 offered further proof of the new confidence of the people of the ‘South’. Regimes that had given themselves over to pro-Western economic policies and opened their prisons to become the “black sites” of the War on Terror fell like ninepins. If the US had lost Latin America, it was now feared that it would lose the Arab world as well.”

Again, it is more precise to say: 

“The Arab Spring of 2011 Resistance Axis offered further proof of the new confidence of the people of the ‘South’ and Arab word, threatning the regimes that had given themselves over to pro-Western economic policies and opened their prisons to become the “black sites” of the War on Terror.

Syria never given itself to pro-western economical policies, and Libya was attacked for trying give-up the pro-western economical policies. Moreover the South America states, and real progressive activists were under attack for standing against the Cowboy WARS on Libya and Syria (Prashad, the author, was against the war on Libya).

The US had lost Latin America, fearing it would lose the Arab world as well, pulled all its cards, the NGO’s the International American Brotherhood highjack the popular movements, and install new puppet regimes in Tunis, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and at the same time Launched its Global War to destroy Syria, the corner stone of the resistance axis, and turn Syria into a corner stone in the ANTI-RESISTANCE AXIS, to destroy Hezbollah before checking the Iranian King.

The Marxist Author claimed that “Europe, the US and Russia have played central roles in fueling the crisis, but they are not going to be able to be part of the solution.”, without telling US why would Russia fuel the Syrian crisis? He ignored that the war on Syria is also a Proxy War against Russia, Iran and China,

Therefore, “Egypt’s proposal should be supported as it builds on regionalism and takes seriously the fact that absent the assent of these regional actors, no pressure can be put on the parties in Syria to stand down. The regional actors need to take the reins. The Contact Group would be strengthened by an endorsement from the NAM, and it would further embolden Brahimi to make serious inroads into the deadlock between the Syrian government and the opposition. Absent regional pressure, backed by NAM, the blood-letting will continue in Syria – to the detriment of all the people of West Asia.”

In fact because “Turkey has reached the point where it has discovered that its own domestic problems (namely the Kurdish question)” therefore, Muris the America‘s other Brother Jumped to continue the Turkish mission of balkanization of Syria. His short stay in Tehran, and his Speech at NAM confirmed that Brotherhood’s Egypt is the real problem and can’t be a part of any solution.

With France and Britain warning “the United Nations that the envoys were unlikely to reach an agreement on buffer zones in Syria.” and with even Romney saying: ‘NO to a Syria no-fly zone’
they know that with flooding Syria with arms those arms maybe used for undesired purposes in unexpected places!’

I always said that Usrael would be glad to see Assad removed by Islamists, ans would be glad to see them killed if they fail, so, I wonder what Mursi can do for his Amecrican brothers in Syria?
Nothing, more than saving the faces of Qataris, Saudis and the Turks, most likely, opportunist Mursi the son of opportunist brotherhood realizing that the battle on Syria is almost over, is trying to reserve a chair on the Syrian reconciliation table, ignoring that where there is no place on that table for traitors as Assad made it clear in his interview by Al-Dunia channel.

 
Egyptian tanks are seen being carried on the back of trucks
on the Egyptian side of the border city of Rafah on August 29, 2012.
The Egyptian military said that 11 “terrorists” have been killed in its
campaign against Islamist militants in the Sinai peninsula. (Photo: AFP / STR)

The ongoing battle in Syria shall decide the future of Syria. As Assad said “we are moving forward and the situation is practically better but resolution hasn’t been achieved and this takes time.”

Meanwhile, Lieberman is not satisfied with Mursi’s performance in Sinai (Cleaning Sinia from Islamists threatening Israel, and destroying Gaza tunnels to cut the the supplied of Islamic Jihad and other resistance factions). Having, started withdrawing his forces from Sinia, Lieberman is waiting to see President Mursi visit Jerusalem.
I don’t think stupid Mursi, is so stupid to do what Mubarak never dared to do.
Published Thursday, August 30, 2012
The 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit opened on Sunday in Iran, with two-thirds of the world’s governments gathering in the Iranian capital. The NAM, since the 1980s, has been notably adrift. The debt crisis of the 1980s and the emergence of US primacy after the fall of the USSR at the end of the decade created a major crisis in the Global South. As the states of the South became to seek new alignments with the North out of economic needs or political ambitions, the agenda of the NAM fell by the wayside.
A combination of the cowboy wars led by the US and NATO (since the Bush administration) and the financial crisis (since 2007) alongside the economic rise of China and India has, however, given a boost to the aspiration of the NAM.
The assertions of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) in the 2012 Delhi Declaration and the solidarity of the South at UNCTAD XIII in Doha in April of this year underlined the emergence of this new confidence.

The South’s mood has been further enlivened over the past five years by the emergence of popular movements that oppose neoliberalism and imperialism. Their first stand was in Latin America, where the social and political movements were able to translate their popularity into the electoral domain. Most of the governments south of the Rio Grande River now oppose US primacy. In 2010, these Latin American states created the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States to undercut the formerly US-dominated Organization of American States.

The Arab Spring of 2011 offered further proof of the new confidence of the people of the ‘South’. Regimes that had given themselves over to pro-Western economic policies and opened their prisons to become the “black sites” of the War on Terror fell like ninepins. If the US had lost Latin America, it was now feared that it would lose the Arab world as well.The Syrian Conundrum

NATO’s war in Libya and the Syrian crisis has afforded the US an opportunity to re-enter the Arab world as a major political player. This is what makes the Syrian crisis so central to the work of the NAM – apart, of course, from the more humane objective, which is to end the violence against the Syrian people. A cynical set of geopolitical calculations has made each side to this conflict take maximum positions, which rendered Kofi Annan’s mission to Damascus impossible.It is essential to create the political context for Lakhdar Brahimi, Annan’s successor, to be able to move an agenda. 

One small part of the process to create the policy space for Brahimi has been proposed by Egypt – the Contact Group. The group will include all the major regional players: Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The NAM meeting was to be the setting to increase confidence for the Contact Group. If the NAM gives its endorsement to this Contact Group, it might be able to create a regional roadmap, allowing Brahimi and the UN to try and find a procedure to end the violence in Syria.

Saudi Arabia will be represented by Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Abdullah, the son of King Abdullah. He is a popular prince who is the acting Deputy Foreign Minister. The entire top brass of Iran will be in attendance. To have Iran and Saudi Arabia in the same process is both startling and a sign of hope. Trapped by its own regional alignments, Iran has yoked itself firmly to the Assad regime. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have thrown in their lot with the rebellion, as has Turkey but with less fanfare. Such “unity” was not available at the Arab League summit in March that was held in Baghdad. The Saudis and the Qataris refused to send their top leadership because of their serious difference of opinion with both Syria and Iraq. Qatar sent minor bureaucrats and the Saudis sent their Arab League ambassador, Ahmed Qatan. No princes graced the occasion.

 

The government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had refused to stop Iranian aircraft from going through their airspace to Syria, and Baghdad was not willing to join in the isolation of Syria. The ground has shifted since March, and now the regional powers seem willing to see if cooperation is possible in order to bring stability to Syria and the region
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Turkey has, unfortunately, refused to come to the NAM meeting. It is not a NAM member, but it has been invited to attend as an observer. There is a precedent for this, since Australia will be in Tehran as the West’s listening post and has threatened to walk out if anything it deems inappropriate is said.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will not attend, and neither will the top leaders of his party in the government. Davutoglu, an academic, has developed a foreign policy that Hurriyet’seditor Yusuf Kanli called “no friends in the neighborhood” strategy.Turkey has put its hand in the fire of the Syrian cauldron, and no longer knows how to extricate itself. It was one matter to be moved by the violence of the Assad regime, but another to make itself a party to the conflict. Contradictions of geopolitics abound. During the high-point of the Arab Spring, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan put Turkey forward as an example for the new Middle East. Now Turkey has reached the point where it has discovered that its own domestic problems (namely the Kurdish question) might erupt if Turkey presses ahead with the balkanization of Syria.

Egypt’s proposal should be supported as it it builds on regionalism and takes seriously the fact that absent the assent of these regional actors, no pressure can be put on the parties in Syria to stand down.Europe, the US and Russia have played central roles in fueling the crisis, but they are not going to be able to be part of the solution. The regional actors need to take the reins. The Contact Group would be strengthened by an endorsement from the NAM, and it would further embolden Brahimi to make serious inroads into the deadlock between the Syrian government and the opposition. Absent regional pressure, backed by NAM, the blood-letting will continue in Syria – to the detriment of all the people of West Asia.

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More drone than debate: Newsnight loses track of issues at hand

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by deLiberation

This article by Jack Serle was orignially published on The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism website under a Creative Commons License

 

Newsnight tackles drones: Gavin Heslter (left) Professor Noel Sharkey (centre) and Professor Kevin Warwick (right)Newsnight tackles drones: Gavin Heslter (left) Professor Noel Sharkey (centre) and Professor Kevin Warwick (right)

The military drones that maraud the skies from Afghanistan to Somalia are increasingly catching the public’s attention.

The US’ supposedly secret war rarely seems to leave the news pages. But are civilian drones getting enough attention?

Chris Cole of Drone Wars UK thinks not. Last night he went on BBC2′s flagship news programme, Newsnight, to say as much.

Commercially operated civilian drones will be flying over the UK by the end of the decade, he explained. ‘I don’t think the public is aware about how quickly this is going to be happening.’

Civilian drones are an economic opportunity for Britain but the potential threats to civil liberty and privacy that come with the pilotless aircraft must not be overlooked.

Cole emphasised the lack of public debate of these issues, but these were issues which Newsnight failed to tackle. The programme managed to set out the basic concerns but didn’t go into any real depth, instead lingering on the commercial potential of a virgin market.

It is a market that risks being under-regulated.

‘With their huge increase in private companies and institutions able to use drones over our heads, who is going to stop people watching us on our own property and even our own homes?’ asked Cole.

Drone use is monitored by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the CAA has no qualms with anyone using a drone, so long as they can use it safely. They have neither the authority nor resources to police what drones will be used for.

There are certainly good uses for drones. From surveying agricultural land to help farmers maximise their yields to checking oil pipelines for leaks. And there is commercial potential, not least in the UK with its capacity for high tech manufacturing and pressing need for any boost to the economy.

But Drones are fundamentally dual use – the same piece of kit can be used for legitimate and malign ends. The dual uses of drones, like the surveillance technology industry, presents significant challenges that must be addressed.

For Newsnight, though, the debate stalled on the economic boon drones could present, while legitimate fears for privacy and liberty remained left to one side.

Noel Sharkey, the robotics professor from Sheffield, did his best to move a studio debate on to these important areas. ‘We need to sort out the issues,’ he said. While there are commercial benefits, he continued, ‘we mustn’t let the PR of that distract us from the issues of civil liberties.’

Unfortunately this is exactly what happened on Newsnight, to the extent that Sharkey was compelled to make the most elementary point. A debate will enable us balance the benefits of civilian drones, and protecting our freedoms. ‘It’s finding the place to draw that line,’ he said.

That line will not be found unless we are able to move beyond the basics.

In one move, Newsnight demonstrated how the programme failed to do just that. As Sharkey started to get to grips with the issue of privacy he was drowned out by a drone, flying across the studio.

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Zionist Media Domination: The Jewish Suicide Bomber That You Never Heard Of

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by Martin Iqbal

In 1983 American police foiled a significant terror attack that most Americans to this day are utterly oblivious to. On October 18, 1983, a suicide bomber strapped with explosives was caught in the spectators’ gallery of the US House of Representatives, attempting to blow up the US Capitol.(1) The reason most Americans know nothing of this plot, is that the terrorist was a Jewish Israeli named ‘Israel Rabinowits’. The astounding ignorance of Americans is owing to the supreme control that Zionist Jews wield over the American press. Michael Collins Piper reports(1) that this event was mentioned

just once in The Washington Post – the so-called newspaper of record in the American capital – and only once, in passing, in The New York Times.

A search of the New York Times online archive mirrors Piper’s findings, and it reveals the staggeringly trivial and obfuscatory nature of the NYT’s reportage. The November 2, 1983 article(2)titled “BOMB CARRIER IN U.S. HOME PROMPTS TIGHTENED SECURITY” is significant for a number of reasons.

First and foremost it must be acknowledged that the article appeared not on the first page (as would be expected for a suicide bomb attempt on the US Capitol), but on the paper’s Late City Final Edition, Section A, Page 22, Column 1. After searching the archive from 1981 to the present day, I can say confidently that there is no other mention of this event, even on the day of or following the attempted attack.

This is consistent with Michael Collins Piper’s findings with respect to the Washington Post:(1)

And for the record, even though it was certainly qualified as “big” news, even The Washington Post buried the story in its local news section – across from the obituaries.

The title of the NYT article is purposefully misleading and deceptive. The terrorist suicide bomber is described as a ‘bomb carrier‘, (no mention of ethnicity or religion) and the U.S. House is referred to as ‘home‘ in what on the face of it seems to be a mistake, but what is likely intentional. This euphemistic description of the event (buried on page 22) is clearly meant to make the article less of a ‘grabber’ so that readers pass over the information. One can only imagine what the (front page) headline would have been if the Jewish terrorist had been Muslim: Islamist Suicide Bomb Attempt Prompts Tightened Security at U.S. House.

Reading further into the article we see that the name of the suicide bomber is eventually revealed in the fifth paragraph, and the fact that he is Jewish is completely omitted from the entire text. Conversely, reportage on terror attacks perpetrated (allegedly or otherwise) by Muslims consistently pivots on and emphasises the perpetrator’s ethnicity and religion (information which is always conveyed in the headline).

Despite publishing not a word on the terrorist’s potential motives, the NYT also actually tries to humanise the terrorist in indirectly suggesting that Rabinowits had moralistic ambitions. The article reveals that Rabinowits’s lawyer told a court that his client “wanted to address Congress about world hunger“.

The very fact that most Americans know nothing of this event is a telling indictment of the Zionist controlled nature of the ‘free’ media in the United States. This important event has been barely covered, and where it has been covered, it has been documented in a deceptive, misleading, and trivial manner. What is even more sickening and telling is how this Zionist media outlet in particular actually attempted to humanise the terrorist – no doubt purely because he was a member of the tribe.

Update: 24 February 2012

Hat tip to Irradiee for suggesting newspaperarchive.com, a search of which has uncovered the fact that Israel Rabinowits was not locked up by the American authorities for his attempted terror attack. Instead – just like his modern day Mossad cohorts who took part in the 9/11 attacks – he was sent back to Israel.

A January 9, 1986 issue of the Titusville Herald(3) reveals that approximately two years after the attempted terrorist attack, Israel Rabinowits was sent back to Israel where he is “apparently” in prison:

Meanwhile, a House official said Wednesday that a man carrying a homemade bomb who was arrested in the House gallery after threatening to blow up the Capitol more than two years ago was deported to Israel, where he is apparently in prison.

Jack Russ, the House sergeant at arms, said Israel Rubinowits was ordered never to return to the United States after the October 18, 1983 episode.

What is interesting about this passage, buried on page 9 of the paper, is that it appears within an article that is placed on the front page of the newspaper. The title of this article is “US Says Khadafy Trains Terrorists“. Laughably, the newspaper attempts to contextualise this Jewish Israeli’s attempted terror attack within alleged terrorism committed by Muammar Gaddafi – revolutionary and longtime enemy of the terrorist states of Israel and the United States of America.

Notes

1) ‘The Confessions of an anti-Semite’ by Michael Collins Piper, Chapter 18
2) ‘BOMB CARRIER IN U.S. HOME PROMPTS TIGHTENED SECURITY’ – New York Times, November 2, 1983

Editor’s note: Only an abstract of the archived New York Times article can be viewed online (here), however I have gained access to the full version which is published here [rtf].

3) Titusville Herald, January 9, 1986, page 9, article titled: ‘US Says Khadafy Trains Terrorists’

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Breaking: Afghanistan – America’s “Total Lie War”

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ARRESTING “HEROIN” TO BE IMPRISONED IN THE BODIES OF AMERICAN CHILDREN AND CHILDREN THE WORLD OVER

Americans and Northern Alliance “Friends”…False Flag Terror, Drugs, Staged “Taliban” Attacks

by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Everyone in the world knows America’s invasion of Iraq was a lie, an oil raid, from day one.  Everyone who stood against Bush and Cheney is dead, in jail or in hiding. 

Similarly, anyone who, from day one, knew 9/11 had a “smell” about it was eliminated, down to academics, diplomats, intelligence agents, anyone who spoke up and thousands did ON 9/11.

 

A STARTLING FACT TO EVERYONE BUT THOSE RUNNING THE WAR:

Not only is there no Al Qaeda, but what we know to be “the Taliban” is actually the Northern Alliance.  The terror acts, persecution of women, the extremism, is all orchestrated and staged by CIA contractors with Blackwater and related companies, using Northern Alliance drug lords and their gangs pretending to be “Taliban.”

This, in itself, is only one of the Bush era scandals.  Now we have had access to an intelligence dump from Afghanistan.

The facts are startling.  That war, our “good war,” was even worse and is being continued by trickery.

We have startling reports of human trafficking, children being stolen around Afghanistan and sold into sexual slavery by the tens of thousands, stories of terror bombings and assassinations meant to prolong war, rig elections, end negotiations and compromise and control key regions to maximize drug profits.

With full access to “on the ground” intelligence in every province of Afghanistan, the truth about that war will make you sick.  Not one word that hits the press is true.

We will start with the recent visit by General Dempsey.  He had just left Tel Aviv after telling Netanyahu that America would never support an attack on Iran.  NEVER.  When Dempsey landed, his plane was rocketed and blamed on the Taliban.

Solid intelligence cites the Northern Alliance in cooperation with Israeli agents in Afghanistan, some of the hundreds there, mostly with false German passports who run half the phony UN NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations).

They, along with Indian intelligence, the RAW, train bomb makers, stage attacks, supply detonators and the endless stream of Indian built weapons, run training camps that actually do exist and have been managing a covert war on Pakistan while the US has turned a blind eye even though they are responsible for hundreds of attacks on Americans.

Karzai – What leader can have any credibility who has to be protected by foreign bodyguards?

Let’s look at Karzai, a Durani tribesman, representing, at best, 4% of the population but personally governing an area smaller than the average American backyard.  He can’t be given a large enough security detail to freely travel in his own capitol, much less country.

His rule has been maintained through a flood of money, some billions in American aid, he pays out in bribes.  The other money, you can guess about that.

Afghanistan produced almost NO opium when the US invaded in late 2001.  Our chosen allies were the drug lords of the Northern Alliance, seen as criminals and foreigners by the majority of Afghans.

They have been the worst allies imaginable and our continued dependence on them and our appointment of Karzai, a former oil executive, as president has made things worse.

Karzai has surrounded himself with former Communists and Northern Alliance outcasts, they make up his government, them and anyone willing to take money.

America’s Special Envoy, the “now dead” Richard Holbrooke is the one responsible for certifying the narcotics production effort as central to US policy.  It received key Republican support in Congress, and made war in Afghanistan possible forever.  Why?

Richard Holbrooke – the Diplomat Drug Lord

Colonel Eugene Khrushchev, former First Secretary of both the Soviet and Russian embassies in Kabul, an editor of Veterans Today and longtime friend calls Holbrooke one of the world’s biggest “drug kingpins.”

There are more American names involved including two American senators up to their necks in the Afghan drug business, from the “money laundering” end, making use of thousands of secret bank accounts in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland and elsewhere. Any of this sound familiar?

Afghanistan doesn’t export opium paste anymore.

Key Americans, many elected officials, some military, aided by foreign intelligence services, India, Britain, Canada and Germany have built the world’s heroin processing industry there.

Shipping is handled by the Northern  Alliance, for the local market, Afghanistan is a nation of addicts now, and the massive Russian market.

Europe is handled out of two bases, Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, where the US flies heroin and turns it over to the Kosovo/Albanian mafia for distribution and to Belgium, where it is distributed for Northern Europe.

Much goes directly to the United States via long range drones of the private air force of CIA contracting companies, shipped as “rendition prisoners.”

Camp Bondsteel

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THE REAL TALIBAN

Early in the Afghan War, 6000 POWs were taken by American led Northern Alliance forces.  All were murdered.  This is a fact, unreported, but verifiable and indisputable.  The orders came, not from some local leader but the White House.  America wanted a war “forever,” not one we could win, as we never wanted to win.

Winning a war means ending a war and when a war ends, the money stops.

About 5% of those we are fighting are “Taliban,” a word that means “student.”  For years, the press and US Army has kept the truth from the American people.

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The Taliban has not only tried to negotiate with the United States for year but they also have advocated that the US begin a serious opium eradication program.

They eliminated the problem before and say they are ready to do it again, with or without us.  Please remember, Taliban use no money, have no banks, have no planes, have no stores, have nothing to buy, own nothing, and certainly aren’t part of the drug business.  The idea that they need money is insane.

The real Taliban stands ready to join with the governments of the US and Russia to end all drug trafficking in the region and would have done so long ago. As to who they are, what they believe and how “extreme” they actually are, every word the American people have been told is a lie.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

The worst criminals in Afghanistan like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the “Butcher of Kabul” have secretly worked for the Americans for years though on “terrorist lists.”

Is he still living in a VIP suite on Bagram Air Force Base as a top advisor to the US command?

He was last time I checked though anyone thought to be connected to him, no matter now many “degrees of separation” has been “drone killed,” jailed or silenced.

We don’t want the world to know that we communicate with real terrorists through monsters. We don’t want anyone to know our allies are, in fact, real terrorists and always have been.

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THE PHONY TALIBAN TERRORISM

We have learned from sources in Afghanistan that acts of terrorism credited to the Taliban, school burnings, murders, acid throwing, suppression of women, are not done by the Taliban at all.

We have the names, we hold proof that Taliban “terrorism” has been systematically staged by US allies in the Northern Alliance in order to feed news organizations around the world a continual flow of propaganda in order to support false ideas of extremism.

The acts credited to the Taliban are done by groups of Tajik’s close to Karzai and CIA contractor units.  The real terrorism is a result of actions by these groups, some of it actually “on demand” by American private intelligence contractors tied to worldwide drug distribution that need to keep the mythology going.

HAQQANI TERROR

Similarly, much of the “Haqqani Network” said to be under the control of Pakistan’s ISI is, as with the “Taliban,” staged phony terrorism paid for by the US and performed by the gangsters of the Northern Alliance, the group the US used as allies.

The whole thing is a farce, Taliban, Haqqani, bin Laden, Al Qaeda, all just cover and deception for a long planned geo-political, geo-gangster move toward world domination as described by the Project for a New American Century, the author of America’s downfall.

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REAL STORY OF CIVIL WAR

Pashtuns – Some say the best light infantry in the world

Most of Afghanistan and much of Pakistan isPashtun.  These are the best fighters in the world as 150 years of British experience and the Russian defeat will tell you.

They exist on both sides of the border and are ruled by two groups, one of political representatives who represent Pashtuns in Pakistan and another in Afghanistan.

The second group are the real rulers, the traditional tribal leaders.  The US has assassinated 700 Pashtun tribal leaders, calling them “militants” or “Taliban,” when, in fact, they are the actual government of Afghanistan and always have been.  This is what the “drone war” is for.

Real government in Afghanistan, recognized even by the US, is tribal “jirga’s” or conferences, attended by local, regional and national leaders.  Leadership is traditional, based on tribal affiliation, family and personal leadership characteristics.

Karzai has none of the aspects needed to lead, he is of a minor tribe of “middlemen,” the Durani, he is backed by the US and the Northern Alliance, a minority group of what were once migratory tribesmen from the Soviet Union who became Afghanistan’s real organized crime.

They are America’s best friends and Karzai’s backers, those and the people who take money and Karzai gives out billions in US taxpayer cash to his friends.

The Pashtuns, those in Afghanistan and Pakistan,and they number in the tens of millions, all are militarily trained, all are armed, will, eventually, push the Northern Alliance out of Afghanistan entirely, based on what has happened during the US occupation. That is already “written.”  As Americans say in slang, “they are toast.”

We have more than substantial proof that the enemies America claims to be fighting are created by the US itself.

America attacked the majority of Afghanistan’s people, all are armed tribesmen, conveniently accused them of being “Al Qaeda,” a group that has never existed in Afghanistan, not one member of that imaginary group has been found, not one of their bases has been located and we have the video to prove it.

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PAKISTAN’S ISI, HAMID GUL AND THE LIARS

Hamid Gul during his Soviet Afghan War days

There is no ISI presence in Afghanistan despite the GOP and statements of stooges paid to say so.  Pakistan’s ISI, their version of the CIA, is entirely made up of ethnic groups unacceptable to the people of Afghanistan.

The idea that they run the Taliban is so fanciful as to be laughable.  The idea that Veterans Today editor, the 75 year old General Hamid Gul is running the war against America is equally insane. Gul has more friends in Washington than a pharmaceutical lobbyist.

He has been long retired, takes care of his grandchildren, is still well informed but lives a very sheltered life.  Why the US hates him is simple.

He was the first person, head of one of the world’s major intelligence agencies, to cite 9/11 as a US government “false flag” operation.  He carefully explained the “why and how” using decades of intelligence background and military expertise.

No American officer had the guts to do the same except Army Intelligence Chief General Stubblebein and he has “slipped away” as age, threats and abuse have had their toll.

Every story about the ISI backing the Taliban is the creation of the Israeli/Indian alliance.  Pakistan wishes it had the influence in Afghanistan it had back during the 80s when it worked with the Mujahedeen and CIA so closely. I know many of those involved, most are aged, some extremely so.

That reminds me of the Taliban, most of them are, of course, dead and those that now exist are a different generation and have different beliefs.

In truth, we never knew their beliefs anyway. They began as US allies and the only reason we invaded is because they wanted too much money for the right to build oil and gas pipelines across Afghanistan.

Heroin – Where the good guys became bad guys because the endless money made them even more powerful.

This is what we thought. Nobody imagined that America would build 98% of the world’s heroin empire there as well, an empire that has contributed to the 15 million Americans now in prison or under some aspect of custody.

With “privatization” of that industry, keeping heroin flowing into America has two benefits, it fills private prisons, whose owners fund the GOP and it keeps laundered corporate drug cash flowing into the GOP as well through “Citizens United.”

What has the US done in Afghanistan?  It is simple.

We sent in special operations personnel, who joined with organized crime, a failed oil company hack, a group of burned  out former communists and set up a dictatorship while building a drug empire, staging terror attacks to blame on the Taliban.

We allowed India and Israel to run terror operations against our ally Pakistan and trucked thousands of tons of drugs into Russia. In the process, we made heroin so cheap any American child can afford addiction, one of mine did.  He is dead now.

As our military melted down, themselves drugged with anti-psychotics, trained to hate the local population, undisciplined, unlead, unqualified, it began.  Americans formed gangs, murdered civilians, raped, randomly killed local citizens in “drive by” shootings, killed any of their own who objected and it was all covered up except for a few “Soviet Type” show trials.

All information out of Afghanistan flows through the hands of gangsters and drug dealers and those under their influence.

If Hitler stood on the steps of the Capitol Building in 1945 with his boot on the neck of President Truman, we would never have lost a war so shamefully as we have in Afghanistan. I never thought I could say this but Afghanistan makes Vietnam look like “the good war.”

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What has been done to our troops – The responsibility lies here.

As for what war has done to America, other than filling jails with drug “victims,” broken soldiers, ruining our economy it has also made every American fully complicit with much of our own government in worldwide organized crime.

Afghanistan is a “milk cow,” producing the world’s heroin supply, endless billions in drugs, which our “special operations community,” you know, the ones you see on TV with their night vision and special training, the glamor boys of the military, every single one of them knows the truth, every word I have written.

Our information sources are throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan, on the ground, they are direct, they are accurate and as detailed as anyone could care for.  We can cover incident by incident, tell you who really did it, who ordered it and who paid for it.

The vast majority of terror attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan are and have always been staged to justify the American presence there, a war on America by Americans using gangsters as surrogates, working hand in hand with corrupt spy agencies largely privatized during the Bush administration.

There is so much proof of this you could drown in it.  US military intelligence knows every word and were aware this was going to be written today. There were NO objections.

Editing:  Jim W. Dean

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Addendum:

A Note on Training an Army

In 1968 and 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War, the United States Marine Corps maintained two training facilities, one at San Diego, MCRD, and one in South Carolina, Parris Island.

Each facility had one training Regiment with 48 training platoons each.  There were a total of 96 platoons with 3 training NCO’s each, called “drill instructors.”  These units turned out the best trained soldiers in the world.

The entire United States Marine Corps was trained by 288 drill instructors in 8 week sessions who turned out about 8000 Marines.  Three sessions, totalling 24 weeks, was adequate to supply the entire combat contingent that successfully held the northern half of Vietnam.

These units, which included as few as 9000 combat soldiers at one time (casualties and rotation), saw the majority of the combat during the Vietnam War.  When they left their areas of operation they had 100% control during the day and 65% control at night against an enemy that could conquer Afghanistan, Pakistan and probably India as well and have time for lunch.

During the Second World War, a similar force, abandoned with no fire support, food and little ammunition defeated half the miliary forces of Japan on the island of Guadalcanal.  In 1918, the 5th Marines, a much smaller unit, stopped the entire German army at Belleau Wood.  I belonged to both of these units.  For each unit, this was their first combat experience, all were “raw recruits.”

We have been training the Army of Afghanistan and their police force using over 12,000 trainers for 11 years and have created a force that controls 10% of a nation when augmented with a massive US force.

On their own, they hold 0% of Afghanistan.

5th Marines Cemetery at Belleau Wood, France, Photograph by G. Duff

 

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Mitt Romney’s Father Was A Mexican Citizen When Mitt Was Born.

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Mitt Romney’s Father Was A Mexican Citizen When Mitt Was Born.

Is Mitt Romney a “natural born citizen”?

It is absolutely clear that Mitt Romney is NOT aNatural Born Citizen unless he can prove thatGeorge Romney gained citizenship from naturalization prior to Mitt’s birth in 1947.

Mitt Romney’s father George was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1907, the son of Gaskell Romney and Anna Amelia Pratt. Three generations of Romneys lived in Mexico because Miles Park Romney, a polygamist, moved the family there in 1884 as it became increasingly clear that the U.S. government would not tolerate polygamy in the Utah Territory.

The 1882 Edmunds Act stripped polygamists of the basic rights of U.S. citizenship, denying them the right to vote, serve on juries or hold office. Not dissimilar to current immigration raids, U.S. federal agents hunted and arrested polygamists. Polygamists were forced to leave the country or risk jail.

Miles Romney chose to leave the country, bringing his multiple wives and children with him across the southern border. In his 1902 book The Story of the Mormons, author William Alexander Linn states that the “Secretario de Fomento of Mexico” related that “The laws of this country [Mexico] do not permit polygamy,” and that the contracts for the establishment of Mormon colonies in Mexico required the same. If true, Miles Romney then knowingly arrived in direct violation of Mexican immigration law.

Utah became a state in 1896, only after laws were passed there prohibiting polygamy. While polygamy may have been illegal in both countries, the Romneys still found Mexico more to their liking. All four of George’s (Mitt’s father) grandparents would live out their days in Mexico, with Anna’s mother Dorsey being the last to die — in Chihuahua in 1929.

Gaskell and Anna (who were monogamous) were married in 1895, and according to George’s biographer Tom Mahoney, lived in Chihuahua until the height of the Mexican Revolution in 1912. Relative Junius Romney negotiated with rebel leaders to get women and children out of the colony for their safety. Anna, with Mitt’s father George in tow, fled across the U.S. border by train (with no apparent delay or search at the border). A short time later Gaskell, like many Mexican immigrants before and since, covered hundreds of miles under a hot sun, crossing by land into New Mexico.

Gaskell Romney, Mitt’s Grandfather crosses U.S. Border.

As a Mexican born immigrant, George (Mitt’s father) would do quite honorably, becoming Governor of Michigan and running for the Republican nomination for President in 1968. (Remember George Was Born In Mexico) His support for civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War resulted in his loss to Richard Nixon. His son Mitt is of course where this post begins.

The Mitt Romney Presidential Crux.

Call upon Mitt Romney now to either post Gaskell Romney’s US naturaliztion documents (or repatriated record) or George Romney‘s US naturaliztion documents that he would have filled out and signed when he was 21 years of age, or withdraw from the presidential race as Constitutionally unqualified to take the oath of office of the presidency of the United States.

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What About Mitt?

In this post I’ll use information I found from the book by Tom Mahoney published in 1960 called ‘The Story Of George Romney.

Mitt comes from a long line of Romney’s that resided in England for generations and when an early Mormon missionary from America named Orson Hyde came to England to spread their word, Gaskell Romney and his wife Elizabeth converted in 1839. Soon after they boarded a boat to America. (pg 50)

He and his wife, who had been Elizabeth Gaskell, were attracted by a street meeting of Orson Hyde, one of the first Mormon missionaries to England, and in 1839 were baptized.

First, Mormonism A Short recap:

If you’re not familiar with the Mormon religion, Joesph Smith, the founder, said he had vision as far back as 1820 in upstate New York and traveled West, where his flock finally ending up in Utah, led by Brigham Young after Smith was killed. After writing the Book of Mormon, Smith had a revelation which is known as Article 132 from the Mormon text called Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, a sort of addendum book to the Book of Mormon.

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded 12 July 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, and also the plurality of wives (see History of the Church, 5:501–7). Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831.

Smith explained why the Old Testament leaders had multiple wives and soon after “plural” marriage was practiced in the Mormon faith. It was kept pretty secret even from his own flock in the beginning because Smith knew the affect it might have on his community and after polygamy began to take shape it did have a dire effect on his group, but in 1852, Oliver Pratt, a Mormon apostle openly preached the merits of polygamy:

Polygamy was not openly practiced in the Mormon Church until 1852 when Orson Pratt, an apostle, made a public speech defending it as a tenet of the church. From 1852 until 1890, Mormon Church leaders preached and encouraged members, especially those in leadership positions, to marry additional wives.

In the 1850′s the Republican Party deemed polygamy as disgraceful as slavery. FOX News also discussed Article 132 back in 2007.

Smith’s revelation that God authorized polygamy — remains in Article 132 of the Church’s doctrine and covenants. In addition, Mormon widowers who remarry today believe they will live in eternity with their multiple wives. Mormon genealogical records, among the most detailed and complete of any religion, show that two of Mitt Romney’s great-great grandfathers, Miles Romney and Parley Pratt, had 12 wives each.

What About Mitt?

In 1862, Miles Romney, a son of Gaskell married Hannah Hood Hill in Salt Lake City and he began to practice plural marriage soon after. He had three wives while living in St. Johns, Arizona. Miles was a carpenter, contractor, builder and publisher of a weekly newspaper. All seemed well for the Romney’s until Congress finally passed the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act in the 1880′s which made polygamy a felony after an earlier act that President Lincoln passed called the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act of 1862 was virtually ignored because Lincoln didn’t want Utah involved in the Civil War. The Edmunds Act finally made the United States take a serious stance against polygamy. After the bill was passed, life for the Romney household took a rather bad turn. (pg. 51)

Overnight he was reduced from the leading citizen of the community to a hounded and hunted man. He and others in the same plight sought asylum in Mexico.

It’s pretty confusing trying to track the Romney genealogy, but Mitt Romney’s great-grandfather fled with his three wives to Mexico so they could continue their polygamist lifestyle with a multitude of other Mormon polygamists and settled there, cutting land deals with Mexican president, Porfirio Diaz using funds that came from The Mormon Church. President Diaz was happy to have the Mormon settlers there as a buffer against the Apache Indians. (pg.51)

With others, Helaman Pratt obtained permission from Diaz for Miles Park Romney and other Mormon refugees to buy lands and establish colonies in Mexico. Partly with funds advanced by the Church, they purchased large, mostly undeveloped tracts in Sonora and Chihuahua. Diaz was happy to have colonists there as buffers against the Apache Indians

Mitt Romney’s father, George S. Romney was born in Mexico in the Colonia Dublan colony in 1907. It’s not surprising that a Birther-type discussion was raised about George Romney either. (pg. 53)

As his parents had retained their American citizenship, experts on constitutional law believe his birth in Mexico is no bar to George Romney becoming a candidate for President regardless of the U.S. Constitution’s clause: “No person except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible for the office of President.” No court has interpreted this clause but children born abroad or at sea have been considered “natural-born” citizens for passports and other privileges. If astrology is to be believed, those born in July are receptive to new ideas and adapted to catering to public needs.

Life was very good for the polygamist colonists in Mexico until a civil war broke out there in 1911 and in 1912 as you might expect, their camps were targets for rebels because they had many guns and supplies they needed, raids of their colonies ensued even with Mexican assurances of their safety so many had to flee back to America.

As an expectant mother, Mrs. Romney was given a seat in a coach. With her were Miles, young George (Mitt’s father), who had just celebrated his fifth birthday, and Lawrence, his two-year-old brother; two of her sisters, Miss Amy Pratt, the schoolteacher, and Mrs. Verde Pratt Cardon, wife of Clarence Cardon, then a missionary in Paris, France. Ahead in a freight car were the older Romney boys, Maurice and Douglas. They were cheerful as they arrived in El Paso that afternoon. In all 2,300 Mormon refugees reached El Paso within three days, to become, in the later words of George Romney, “the first displaced persons of the twentieth century.”

In 1890, The Mormon Church lost their case to the Supreme Court which upheld Edmunds-Tucker Act so Utah came out with their Manifesto soon afterward which condemned plural marriage:

The “1890 Manifesto”, sometimes simply called “The Manifesto”, is a statement which officially disavowed the continuing practice of plural marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church). Issued by church president Wilford Woodruff in September 1890, the Manifesto was a response to mounting anti-polygamy pressure from the United States Congress, which by 1890 had disincorporated the church, escheated its assets to the U.S. federal government, and imprisoned many prominent polygamist Mormons.

The Manifesto was a dramatic turning point in the history of the LDS Church. It officially prohibited church members from entering into any marriage prohibited by the law of the land, and made it possible for Utah to become a U.S. state.

Nevertheless, even after the Manifesto, the church quietly continued to perform a small number of plural marriages in the United StatesMexico, and Canada, thus necessitating a Second Manifesto during U.S. congressional hearings in 1904.

I’ve included this point about Utah’s banning polygamy because it appears to be a purely political move even if many Mormons opposed polygamy and as the 2,300 Mormon polygamist refugees fled Mexico, leaving many of their belongings behind, it was the U.S. Government that helped bail them out of their dire situation. (pg. 60)

They had just twenty-five dollars, two suitcases and three bedrolls. Many families were installed in vacant tenements and several hundred were quartered in huge empty lumber sheds on Magoffin Avenue which the Long Lumber Company made available. The U.S. Army supplied rations and loaned tents from Fort Bliss. Mayor C. E. Kelly and city officials joined Church leaders in finding homes and jobs for the refugees. Congress voted $100,000 for their transportation and relief.

If you calculate $100,000 for inflation from 1912, the figure turns into over $2.2 million in 2011. That’s a lot of government money to people who were basically felons in the eyes of the law. Another fascinating thing happened in 1938. Mexico paid out a huge settlement to those early Mexican colonies because of the revolution. (pg.61)

The colonists eventually in 1938 received from Mexico $2.65 for each $100 of loss during the revolutionary disorders. Gaskell Romney’s losses were so great that he received enough to purchase a comfortable house in Salt Lake City in which he lived his last years.

It’s odd that Mexico would repay monies to the Mormon polygamists after so many years, but one can still make the case that the Romney family was even funded in some part by the Mexican government. To get an idea of how vast the Romney family was because of its polygamist past, in 1922, George Romney (Mitt’s father) had roughly 165 first cousins. (pg.68)

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Polygamist Parley P. Pratt is Great-Great Grandparent to both Jon Huntsman & Mitt Romney.Parley P. Pratt was shot and killed in Arkansas while trying to court his 12th wife, the perpetrator was her legal husband who was not happy that his wife was planning to take their kids and go live polygamy with Pratt.

Family tree for Mitt is here: http://www.wargs.com/political/romney.html

Family tree for Jon Hunstman is here: http://www.wargs.com/political/huntsman.html

Was George Romney (father of Mitt Romney) a natutal born citizen? Not according to the historical records.

b. Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, México, 8 July 1907, d. Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 26 July 1995 [SSDI577-10-6742], bur. Fairview Cemetery, Brighton, Mich. m. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2 July 1931.

George Romney was born in Mexico to expatriated Mormon parents. George’s father is named Gaskell Romney.

If George Romney was not a “natural born citizen” or became naturalized BEFORE Mitt was born, then neither can Mitt Romeny (his son) be natural born.

THE CASE:

Had Romney been successful in 08, we’d still have socialized medicine, only the name would be Romneycare, not Obamacare.

In regards to the missionaries, I point that out to show that the expatriate Mormons HAD to become Mexican citizens since polygamy  missionary work by foreigners was prohibited by Mexican law at the time.

Geometry, “if this and this, therefore that.” If Mexico only allowed citizens to conduct missions/missionary work. The Mormons operated missions in Mexico, therefore, the Mormons were Mexican citizens.

Since George W. Romney was born in Mexico, son of the head elder (Gaskell Romney), there for about 3 decades before his birth, said elder must have been a Mexican citizen, therefore, could not bestow American citizenship, let alone “natural born” to George W. Romney. Since George W. Romney was therefore NOT A natural born American citizen, he could not bestow natural born to his son Mitt Romney. It does not matter what state Mitt Romney was born in.

The operative immigration law of nations at the time, each government had a tacit agreement about such expatriates as a matter of being put into delicate situations of having to defend Americans on foreign soil. This procedure was operative when the Mormons fled Utah, the standard being that if an American stayed (at the time the accepted time frame was) 5 or so years, each country would consider they had rejected their native country’s citizenship.

The Mitt Romney Presidential Crux.

Call upon Mitt Romney now to either post Gaskell Romney’s US naturaliztion documents (or repatriated record) or George Romney’s US naturaliztion documents that he would have filled out and signed when he was 21 years of age, or withdraw from the presidential race as Constitutionally unqualified to take the oath of office of the presidency of the United States.

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So will Mitt Romney be the next president of the United States?  Well, he certainly fits the part.  He looks like a president and he speaks very well.  But when you look at what he really stands for that is where things become very troubling.  The truth is that Mitt Romney is either very wrong or very “soft” on every single major issue.

When you closely examine their positions, there is very, very little difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  Sure, Romney and Obama will say the “right things” to the voters during election season, but the reality is that a Romney administration would be so similar to an Obama administrationthat you would hardly know that a change has taken place.  What you are about to read about Mitt Romney should alarm you very much.  Mitt Romney would be a an absolute disaster for this country, and America cannot afford another disastrous presidency.

Weekend Reflections: ‘Boston Medical’ Victim Of Mitt Romney’s Universal Healthcare, Sues State Of Massachusetts.

The fact that Barack Obama looked sharp and could give inspiring speeches helped him go a long way back in 2008.  Well, it is the same thing with Romney.  The guy looks very presidential and he sounds very presidential.  When backed into a corner, he is extremely slick.  He rarely makes mistakes and he is very polished.

Mitt Romney has a clear association with the Marxist devil himself, John Holdren.

“[Obama’s] Science Czar John Holdren, a participant in ClimateGate who has advocated de-developing America and putting sterilants in the public water supply.”

“Holdren has also spoken in favor of forced abortions, confiscation of babies, targeted as well as mass involuntary sterilization, bureaucratic regulation of family size, and global authoritarian government. If there is a line between ultra-left ideologue and evil maniac, Holdren clearly crosses it.” <Source>

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Romney’s John Holdren Problem

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Mitt Romney is a “politician” in the worst sense of the word.  As his past has demonstrated, he will do and say just about anything in order to get elected.  The positions he has taken during this campaign season have been carefully calculated to help him win both the Republican nomination and the general election.

That is why so many call Mitt Romney a “flip-flopper”.  Romney will take just about any political position if he thinks that it will help him.  Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, once made the following statement about her husband….

“He can argue any side of a question. And sometimes you think he’s really believing his argument, but he’s not.”

So keep that in mind while reading the following information.  Mitt Romney is trying to claim that he is a “conservative” and that he is looking out for the American people, but those claims simply are not true.

Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts is the first and only state to set CO2 emissions limits on power plants. The limits, which target the six largest and oldest power plants in the state, are the toughest in the nation and are designed to lower emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and mercury from power plant smokestacks.”

“The combination of these market-based mechanisms with stringent CO2 caps will lead to cost-effective environmental gains.”

“In the development of greenhouse gas policy, Romney Administration officials have elicited input from environmental and economic policy experts. These include John Holden, professor of environmental policy at Harvard University and chair of the National Commission on Energy Policyand Billy Pizer, an economist at Resources for the Future, an environmental policy think-tank based in Washington D.C.” <Source>

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Uncle Sam Gets Bit

The following are 16 reasons why Mitt Romney would be a really, really bad president….

#1

bamacare was one of the worst pieces of legislation ever passed by the U.S. Congress.  Mitt Romney says that he would repeal Obamacare, but the reality is that Romneycare was what Obamacare was based on.  In fact, a recent MSNBC article brought to light some new information about the relationship between Romneycare and Obamacare….

Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.”

The records, gleaned from White House visitor logs reviewed by NBC News, show that senior White House officials had a dozen meetings in 2009 with three health-care advisers and experts who helped shape the health care reform law signed by Romney in 2006, when the Republican presidential candidate was governor of Massachusetts.

Had Romney been successful in 08, we’d still have socialized medicine, only the name would be Romneycare, not Obamacare.

Mitt Romney continues to defend Romneycare, but the reality is that it really is a total nightmare for Massachusetts.  The following is how one bloggersummarized some of the key points of Romneycare….

• Punitive To Individuals. Everyone must buy health insurance or face tax penalties equal to 50% of cost of standard policy. • Hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on free hospital care were converted into subsidies to help the needy buy insurance. • A health insurance “exchange” was established to help connect the uninsured with private health plans at more affordable rates. • Health plans can offer consumers higher deductibles and more restrictive physician and hospital networks in order to lower costs. • Punitive to Businesses with 11 or more workers that do not offer insurance must pay a $295 per employee fee. • Established payment policy advisory board; one Board member must be from Planned Parenthood. No pro-life organization represented. • Provides Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for copay of $50.

So what have been the results of Romneycare in Massachusetts?  According to the Daily Caller, health care costs and health insurance premiums have gone up dramatically in Massachusetts….

Since the bill became law, the state’s total direct health-care spending has increased by a remarkable 52 percent. Medicaid spending has gone from less than $6 billion a year to more the $9 billion. Many consumers have seen double-digit percentage increases in their premiums.

All of that certainly sounds a whole lot like Obamacare.

Unfortunately, the other Republican candidates have not taken advantage of this weakness.  According to one brand new poll, 6 times as many Republicans view Romneycare unfavorably as view it favorably.  This is something that the other candidates should be jumping on big time.

#2

During his time as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney significantly raised taxes. The following is an excerpt from a CBS News article….

Mitt Romney’s Harvard MBA and gold-plated resume convinced many business leaders he would follow in the tradition of corporate-friendly Republicans when he was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002.

Within three years, some had a vastly different opinion, after Romney’s efforts raised the tax bill on businesses by $300 million

The same article also notes that Romney jacked up “fees and fines” on Massachusetts taxpayers substantially….

Romney and lawmakers also approved hundreds of millions in higher fees and fines during his four years in office.

Many in the Massachusetts business community were quite disgusted with Romney by the end of his tenure.  Peter Nicholas, the chairman of Boston Science Corporation, says that “tax rates on many corporations almost doubled because of legislation supported by Romney.

#3

Government spending in Massachusetts increased significantly under Mitt Romney.  An advocate of smaller government he most definitely is not.

This was especially true for the last two budgets passed under Romney.  In fiscal year 2006, government spending in Massachusetts increased by 7.6 percent.  In fiscal year 2007, government spending in Massachusetts increased by a whopping10.2 percent.

#4

It turns out that Mitt Romney is a believer in the theory of man-made global warming.  In fact, Al Gore recently praised on Mitt Romney on his blog. In a post entitled “Good for Mitt Romney — though we’ve long passed the point where weak lip-service is enough on the Climate Crisis“, Al Gore lavished the following praise on the former Massachusetts governor….

“While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party”

Not only that, it is also very important to remember that while Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts became the very first state to pass a law to regulate carbon emissions.

#5

If Mitt Romney becomes president, we may actually have “cap and trade” shoved down our throats.  While campaigning for president in 2007, Mitt Romney said that he would support a “cap and trade” carbon tax scheme for the entire world….

“I support Cap-and-Trade on a global basis but not the USA going alone. I want to do it with other nations involved and on a global scale.”

#6

Mitt Romney had a horrible record of creating jobs while governor of Massachusetts.  According to Boston Herald business reporter Bret Arends, only one state in the entire country was worse at creating jobs while Romney was in office….

“During the four years Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, it had the second worst jobs record of any state in America…it wasn’t a regional issue. The rest of New England created nearly 200,000 jobs.”

#7

Mitt Romney was a very enthusiastic supporter of the Wall Street bailouts.  When the time comes for more Wall Street bailouts it seems almost certain that Mitt Romney will bail them out again.

#8

If Romney becomes president, get ready for a flood of liberal judges.  While he was governor of Massachusetts, there were actually significantly more Democrats among his judicial appointments than there were Republicans.

#9

Mitt Romney is incredibly soft on illegal immigration.  Back in 2007, Mitt Romney made the following statement….

“But my view is that those 12 million who’ve come here illegally should be given the opportunity to sign up to stay here”

#10

While he was governor, Mitt Romney received advice on global warming and carbon emissions from the man who is now the top science adviser to Barack Obama.  His name is John P. Holdren, and he has some very, very disturbing ideas.  For example, he once wrote the following….

“A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men.

The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.”

Holdren also believes that compulsory abortion would be perfectly legal under the U.S. Constitution….

“Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”

So if this is the kind of person that Mitt Romney relied on for “scientific advice” while he was governor, what kind of people would Romney bring in to his administration once he is president?

#11

Mitt Romney has been a huge supporter of gun control laws.  When he was running for governor in Massachusetts, he made the following statement….

“We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts- I support them…I believe they help protect us, and provide for our safety.”

#12

Mitt Romney once claimed that he was more “pro-choice” than Ted Kennedy, but now he claims that he is pro-life.  In a recent article for WorldNetDaily, Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt explained why so many voters are still skeptical….

This year he’s the only major Republican presidential candidate who has yet to sign the Susan B. Anthony List pledge to defend life and defund Planned Parenthood nationwide. Candidates Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, Paul, Pawlenty and Santorum all signed the pledge, although it should be noted Herman Cain supports everything in the pledge except the Fetal Pain Act. (Cain is not fully pro-life, either.) And who can forget Mitt’s famous 2002 campaign debate bragging repeatedly that he’s more pro-choice than Ted Kennedy?

#13

During this campaign season, Mitt Romney has stated that he only supports partnership agreements for gay couples and not gay marriage, but what Romney actually did while governor of Massachusetts suggests otherwise.  In the WorldNetDaily article referenced above, Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt detailed how Mitt Romney aggressively implemented gay marriage in the state of Massachusetts….

When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided in 2003 to recognize homosexual “marriage,” ignoring the voters and the Constitution, the court admitted it did not have power to issue licenses or force participation by justices of the peace to solemnize the weddings. But as governor, Romney didn’t wait for the legislature to act, he just ordered the marriage licenses and weddings to go forward, all by himself. Earlier this month, Romney said in New Hampshire, “What I would support [nationwide] is letting people who are of the same gender form – if you will – partnership agreements.”

#14

As late as 2007, Mitt Romney was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.  The following is whatromneyexposed.com says about this organization….

They often work in conjunction with the pro-abortion group, Republicans for Choice, and the Republican homosexual group, the Log Cabin Club.  They also opposed the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and set up a 527 campaign committee that received funding from far left funder George Soros.

#15

According to the Huffington Post, Mitt Romney has raised more money from lobbyists than all of the other Republican candidates combined.

So if Mitt Romney becomes president, who do you think he is going to listen to – the American people or the lobbyists?

#16

Mitt Romney is a big time Wall Street insider.  It is estimated that Romney has a personal fortune of approximately a quarter of a billion dollars, and Wall Street money is being absolutely showered on his campaign.

In a recent article entitled “The Big Wall Street Banks Are Already Trying To Buy The 2012 Election“, I detailed how numbers compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show that Mitt Romney is getting far more money from the “too big to fail” Wall Street banks than all of the other Republican candidates combined.  The following is an excerpt from that article that shows how much money employees of those banks (and their wives) have been giving to Romney so far this year….

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Goldman Sachs

Mitt Romney: $352,200 Barack Obama: $49,124 Tim Pawlenty: $25,000 Jon Huntsman: $6,750 Rick Perry: $5,500 Ron Paul: $2,500

Morgan Stanley

Mitt Romney: $184,800 Tim Pawlenty: $41,715 Barack Obama: $28,225 Rick Perry: $20,750 Jon Huntsman: $9,750 Newt Gingrich: $1,000 Ron Paul: $1,000 Herman Cain: $500

Bank of America

Mitt Romney: $112,500 Barack Obama: $46,699 Tim Pawlenty: $12,750 Jon Huntsman: $4,250 Ron Paul: $3,451 Rick Perry: $2,600 Thad McCotter: $2,000 Herman Cain: $750 Michele Bachmann: $500 Newt Gingrich: $250

JPMorgan Chase

Mitt Romney: $107,250 Barack Obama: $38,039 Rick Perry: $27,050 Tim Pawlenty: $16,750 Jon Huntsman: $7,500 Ron Paul: $5,451

Citigroup

Mitt Romney: $56,550 Barack Obama: $36,887 Tim Pawlenty: $5,300 Rick Perry: $3,000 Herman Cain: $1,465 Michele Bachmann: $1,000 Ron Paul: $702

As you can see, no other Republican candidate even comes close to Romney at any of these big Wall Street banks.

In fact, of the candidates that are left in the Republican race, Mitt Romney has raised 13 times as much Wall Street money as anyone else has.

The following are the overall donation numbers from employees of the big Wall Street banks and their wives….

Mitt Romney: $813,300 Barack Obama: $198,874 Tim Pawlenty: $101,515 Rick Perry: $58,900 Jon Huntsman: $28,250 Ron Paul: $13,104 Herman Cain: $2,715 Michelle Bachmann: $1,500 Newt Gingrich: $1,250

These numbers paint a very disturbing picture.  Even though Romney’s poll numbers are in the mid to low 20s most of the time, employees of the big Wall Street banks gave him $813,300 during the first 9 months of this year and they only gave $105,719 to the rest of the Republican candidates combined.

*****

It is quite obvious that the “establishment” is in love with Mitt Romney.

But if the American people elect Mitt Romney, they will get someone who believes in big spending, big government, bank bailouts, health care mandates, climate change legislation, liberal judges, gun control laws, amnesty for illegal aliens and making things as comfortable for the fatcats on Wall Street as possible.

Yes, Barack Obama has been absolutely horrible, but the answer is most definitely not Mitt Romney.

Look, the truth is that another four years of Barack Obama would be a complete and total nightmare.

But so would four years of Mitt Romney.

America deserves better than the “lesser of two evils”.

Unfortunately, the American people have been dead asleep and have been sending incompetents, con men and charlatans to Washington D.C. for decades.

Right now it looks like the Republican Party is going to nominate yet another establishment “politician” in 2012.

Hopefully people will wake up to the truth about Mitt Romney while there is still time.

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Mitt Romney’s communist connection Bain Capital

Most Americans probably are not intimately familiar with Huawei (pronounced “Wa-way,” as if Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame were asked to pronounce the name). The company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei is a former officer of the People’s Liberation Army.

Tough to know what to make of that. When it comes to speaking with the press, Ren is a regular Greta Garbo. A mini-profile Forbes ran three years ago noted that many of Huawei’s major customers are state-run businesses in China. And while Ren owns 1 percent of the company, the rest belongs to an unidentified “union.”

Go figure.

Meanwhile, Ren has gone about building Huawei into a success story disregarding the usual corporate niceties. In 2000–the CIA accused Huawei of secretly selling a communications system to Iraq. In the final report of the Iraq Survey Group, Huawei and two other Chinese companies were singled out for carrying out “extensive work in and around Baghdad”–mainly telecommunication switches and the installation of fiber-optic cable.

Then in 2003, Cisco socked Huawei with a patent infringement lawsuit. Cisco claimed Huawei ripped off its intellectual property to make a lineup of routers and switches. Huawei denied the allegations though in the end caved.

But if at all possible, business doesn’t let politics intrude. So it is that Friday we learned that Bain Capital is paying $2.2 BILLION to acquire 3Com. Part of the deal involves China’s Huawei Technologies, which will acquire a minority stake in 3Com.

And, oh, by the way, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor running for the Republican presidential nomination–he headed Bain Capital for 14 years.

Six degrees of separation. In this case only 2–but who’s counting.

I wonder whether a future President Romney might have commented on Huawei figuring in a major U.S. tech acquisition. I’m darned sure candidate Romney has since turned off his cell phone for an early start to the weekend.

CNET

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