‘Putting a human face’ on the problem of US drone strikes

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Nabila Rehman (L), 9, who was injured by a US drone strike in Pakistan,speaks as her brother Zubair Rehman (R) looks on during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 29, 2013.  (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)Nabila Rehman (L), 9, who was injured by a US drone strike in Pakistan,speaks as her brother Zubair Rehman (R) looks on during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 29, 2013. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson).

Approval of drones by Americans would reduce greatly if people know that innocent civilians are being killed during unmanned strikes, believes Jennifer Gibson, US advocate for the Pakistani family which suffered from the US drone strike.

While the UN claims there have been about 400 civilian victims of American drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen in total since 2008, other estimates put that number as high as 900 (Bureau of Investigative Journalism) or even higher, around 3,595 casualties since the drone strikes began.

Whereas the Pakistani defense Ministry has just come out with a shockingly small number of only 67 civilian casualties in drone attacks.

Yet every casualty has a face and a family that mourns its dead. One such Pakistani family has come to the US to face Congress and tell their story.

Rafik Rahim and his children Zubair, 13, and Nbila, 9, who lost their grandmother when she was killed by a drone attack while working in her vegetable garden.

Zubair told RT’s Breaking the Set program that he was walking towards his grandmother when he saw a drone fire two missiles. The resulting explosions killed his grandmother and left him unconscious, with a wounded leg. The same drone made a second attack, injuring more members of their family.

Since that incident, Zubair said he is “living in constant fear” that something similar could happen again.

‘I’ve never done wrong to anyone, so why did I get hurt?’

Rafik Rahim, who lost his mother, says that on that day he was away from the village buying sweets and gifts for a feast on the following day. When he returned, he saw funeral service preparations and asked who had died. When he learnt that it was his mother, he fainted, dropping everything he had bought on the road.

“I’ve never been in a situation like that and I felt as if a limb was cut from my body,” he said.

Rafik’s message when he spoke to the American Congress was that he just wanted them to be aware that something bad is happening in Pakistan.

“We’re innocent people. I’m just a teacher. I’ve never done anything wrong and my children don’t mean any harm to anyone, neither did my mother,” he said.

He shared his dream with the Congress that drone warfare would cease and they can live peacefully.

He expressed the fear that in the current situation his children will have difficulty finishing their education because they are scared of leaving the house after the incident.

“Ever since the death of my mother, we all live life where everything is upside down,” Rafik shared, stressing that he disagrees the drones help in the fight against terrorism and that they bring constant fear to ordinary people.

Being in the country responsible for his grandmother’s death, Zubair feels no hatred towards Americans because he realizes that in every country, “just like in Pakistan”, there are good and bad people.

He pointed out that American President Barack Obama is saying that drones are necessary to fight terrorists, who are definitely bad people.

“But I’m not a terrorist, so that’s why I came here, to tell my story. I’ve never done wrong to anyone, so why did I get hurt?” Zubair questioned.

The Pakistani authorities told Rafik they have nothing to do with drone strikes and redirected him to the Americans.
“That’s why I’m here seeking answers,” he said.

‘We need transparency in the drone program’

Jennifer Gibson, family’s advocate in the US, revealed to RT that previous the advocate working on the case, Shazar Akhbar, was denied an American visa despite the fact that he has previously been granted one many times.
But once he took up the drone case, his visa was denied, permanently.

The obvious conclusion is that the US State Department does not want him to come to the US and speak about the case, Gibson said.

“He is a critical voice in this debate… needed to get to the bottom of the impact of what is going on (in Pakistan),” said the American lawyer.

In the meantime only five members of Congress turned up at the hearing where Rahim’s family spoke out.

Furthermore, it took a whole six months to arrange documents to bring the Pakistani family to the US.

At the same time Gibson expressed surprised that even five Congressmen showed up, some of them influential members of various commissions of the House of Representatives, adding that just a year ago none of them would have attended such a hearing.

Considering the fact that only 26 percent of Americans disapprove of drone strikes, the lawyer hopes “to put a human face” on the problem to inspire Americans to speak out against drones.

Jennifer Gibson acknowledged that approval of drones would reduce greatly if people knew that innocent civilians are being killed during unmanned strikes.

“Here are three civilians impacted by the US drones strikes,” she claimed. “They need answers – we need transparency in the (drone) program.”

“Maybe if we start putting faces to the numbers, engaging with a human side of this discussion rather than just statistics, we can get people to take action,” the lawyer said.

“We’re all human beings and by me coming to share my story with other human beings having natural feelings, they will sympathize and realize that we’re innocent people,” Rafik explained. “We’ve done nothing wrong,” he said.

Those Americans who heard his story could help their case by putting pressure on politicians at home to stop drone strikes.

“Please find a way to end these drones,” Zubair said, adding that he constantly hears drones over his head, and can’t communicate or play with his friends in a normal way because he fears that one day he is going to end up like his grandmother.

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Top Generals Reveal Obama’s Secret High Level Military Purge

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Anthony Gucciardi | Story Leak 

In Obama’s America, the military must forsake their constitutional oath in favor of blind allegiance to their new commander. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

(Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

And whether it’s top nuke commanders being removed for failing to play ball with the global elite, or just silencing potential whistleblowers, top military generals are now speaking out about the ‘mass purge’ within the United States military.

One such general, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, has now gone on record in speaking with news organization WND about the mass culling of high level military officers on behalf of the Obama administration. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady says that the attack on high level military personnel is so great that it has now obliterated the morale of troops at large, but is more importantly centered in terminating any high level individual that will not go along with the plan.

“There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him,” the retired general told WND.

General Brady’s admission comes just after two of the top nuclear commanders in the United States were terminated and suspended amid the high level military intelligence we released surrounding the secret transfer of nuclear weapons from a Texas Airforce base to South Carolina. And while the terminations were originally reported on by the Associated Press, who has been covering the issue in depth and even hinting towards our coverage of the missing nuke within their reports, it was revealed by the agency that the terminations and suspensions were actually found out through leaked emails.

In other words, the mass purge of military officials was never truly intended to meet the public eye. But even in the face of government secrecy surrounding the issue, numerous news organizations and media figures have now come out and highlighted the purge of top nuke commanders and others. From Michael Savage launching an investigation into the missing nuke issue and calling for answers, to WND questioning officials over the military intelligence.

Overall, the new media has forced this issue into the spotlight, reaching millions with the powerful information that has been confirmed time and time again by scenarios like Senator Lindsey Graham’s same day speech regarding a nuclear strike on the exact destination of the nuclear warheads. Meanwhile, the establishment has been busy in attempting to eliminate high level military officers who will not blindly follow commander Obama on his every unconstitutional demand.

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Despite setbacks, Ab-A$$ to continue peace talks

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Palestinian official blames US silence for Israel’s settlement construction push; Israel says it will build on

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told his US counterpart over the weekend that he planned to push through the difficulties posed by Israel’s announcement that it would expand settlement construction and carry on holding peace negotiations as he had promised the Americans.

According to a report by Haaretz, both Israeli and US officials confirmed that Abbas had told US Secretary of State John Kerry and US envoy to the negotiations, Martin Indyk that though the Palestinians severely condemn the new construction, they would not pull out of the talks. Abbas reportedly said the Palestinians promised the United States to carry on negotiations for nine months and that they intended to keep that promise.

Kerry is scheduled to meet with Abbas in the West Bank on Tuesday, a meeting that a Palestinian official described as an effort to keep peace talks alive.

“The aim of the visit (to the town of Bethlehem) is to contain the huge crisis in peace talks, prompted by Israel’s announcement in the last few days of new settlement tenders,” the senior Palestinian official told AFP.

The planned meeting comes as negotiations, restarted in July after a three years hiatus, seem to be facing their most difficult challenge to date. Over the weekend, reports circulated that the Palestinian negotiators, Saeb Erekat and Mohamed Shtayyeh, had handed Abbas letters of resignation, objecting to Israel’s plans to build thousands of new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — a plan that was revealed shortly after Israel freed 26 longtime Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to the other side. Later, Palestinian officials denied the reports and Haaretz reported that though resignation letters had been submitted, Abbas refused to accept them.

Abbas’s decision to remain on the table, however, is no sign that the Palestinians are happy.

Senior Palestinian officials involved with the peace talks told Haaretz that the Palestinian leadership is deeply disappointed with the way the US was promoting the talks, describing their sponsorship as “passive,” and insufficiently critical of Israel’s actions.

“Everyone remembers the active involvement of the secretary of state [John Kerry] on the eve of the renewing of the negotiations,” a senior Palestinian official said. “The prevailing opinion among the leadership now is that Israel is acting freely and that the Americans weren’t lifting a finger.”

The official added that “the expectation is that that which sponsors the negotiations should act as intermediary and mediator, which takes positions and acts on this matter, otherwise there is no way to move forward and everyone will reach a dead end.”

Though the US joined the Palestinians as well as the UN, the EU and regional countries in denouncing the Israeli government’s announcement about the new settlement push last week, the PA felt that its condemnation was not sharp enough and would not deter Israel from its plans.

“The US administration has not taken any concrete measures against Israel’s settlement moves, and maybe this American silence on the issue is what has caused” the step-up in settlement plans, a second official told AFP

Palestine Liberation Organization leaders convened in Ramallah on Thursday followed by an announcement that “The Palestinian leadership will take a number of steps in the next few days to face the settlement offensive.”

Israel has maintained that it notified both the US and the Palestinians of its plans to continue building in the settlements, before announcing it publicly. On Sunday, Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Silvan Shalom told Israel’s Army Radio that the move should have come as no surprise and that it would continue building everywhere in the West Bank. He noted that the demand to halt building in the West Bank was a new one, which had never been posed in previous rounds of negotiations.

Kerry begins on Sunday a 10-day visit to the region with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Morocco on the itinerary. Egyptian media reports said Kwerry would also visit in Cairo.

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America- A Nation of Fools

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by Sami Jamil Jadallah

Yes, of course I know this description of “us citizen” is offensive to some, may be more than some people however it is true, we are a nation of callous, indifferent stupid fools at best for being so silent all these years. We became our worst enemies to a country we pretend to love and care for.

Our indifference turned this country to a nation of fear, a police and security state at best. True we do not have the 400,000 “secret informers” like that of East Germany, but do not worry about it, our phones are tapped, our grocery shopping are monitored, our medications are kept tapped of, our medical files are accessed.

George Bush and Dick Cheney and all the criminal gangs decided to go to war in Iraq  because they were looking for “somebody’s ass to kick” this is according to a Peter Baker’s of the New York Times new book ” Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House”. Well that may be a good reason to go to war that killed and murdered almost a million, cost us over a trillion and ruined an entire country and people for many years to come. Ah well, a much better reason for us citizens is to kick their ass ( Bush and Cheney) all the way to court and to jail so that all future politicians presidents and members of Congress do not take going to war lightly” to kick ass” and know there is a price to pay when they decide to go to wars.

Rather than have other nations send their police here to the USA to train, we send our police to a nation of common land thieves, to a country where administrative detention can last for years without any charges being files, to a country where a piece of paper from the security agency can send you to years in jail without ever having a chance to review or access the evidence against you. You guessed it Israel. Thanks to our indifference we are the richest nation yet with the largest number of poor. Frankly there is something very wrong with us as a nation and as people. Our dignity as workers and as retires are no more.

In few days, we go the polls and as stupid fools reelect 90% of the House and return the same senators to serve for another 6 years. I guess we never learned any thing all these years. We are taking for a ride, a wild dangerous and reckless ride by our not so illustrious scruples elected representatives who sold their souls, their bodies even their mothers to the devil, the lobbies and Wall Street.

A Congress in cahoots with the crooks and thieves of Wall Streets, who and for the last 40 years been taking us for a wild ride to the dark side of life, to poverty, to unemployment, to looting our retirements and thanks to a very cooperative and criminal partnerships with the White House/Treasury, Congress, certainly the Feds and we do nothing about it. We keep returning same damn people back to office. In fact, our Congress is no different from the feudal warlords of Middle Ages, passing their seats from father to son or to daughter. I am sure they all laugh at us as we line up on a very cold November day to cast our votes, and they have good reasons. We do not take any actions against those who votes with the devil and against us, the citizens. We return them back to office.

There is such a frightening criminal collusion between Congress and the financial sector, and the nightmare we have been experiencing for many years is a result of this collusion. They call it free enterprise, when the rich loot the poor and they call it criminal acts when the poor steal from the rich.

As citizens of these United States, we handed over our destiny of a decent honorable life to a bunch of crooks, decadent at best. I guess no one can say it better than the President of Uruguay Jose Mujica when he described how we substituted God for the Market-God. In an interview with Lucille Neuman of Aljazeera English, recently, he said:

“ We have sacrificed the old immaterial God, and now we are occupying the temple of the Market-God, He organizes our economy, our politics, our habits, our lives, and even provided with rates and credit cards and gives us the appearance of happiness.” Concluding that “ we have been born to consume, and when we can no longer consume, we have a feeling of frustration and we suffer from poverty, and we are marginalized”.

Every where you look around, it is the financial sectors that runs the show, runs Congress, run the White House, certainly run the Treasury and the Federal Reserve, even runs our prisons and are our landlords. They own our homes, our cars, our refrigerators and our Ipads.

Do not wonder why non of the key executives of Wall Streets who through criminal schemes, ruined the lives of tens of millions of people, stole their pension funds and 401-K and who looted our tax dollars did not go to jail. Ah of course JP Morgan can afford to settle a civil suite for $13 Billions with the government and can settle another $ 6 Billions with other private financial institutions, with Bank of America paying a fine of $8.5 billions.

And of course why not since the fines are tax deductible even the legal fees (financial institutions paid over $100 billions since the financial crisis). We want blood and we want these SOB’s to go to jail, not the five stars correctional facilities but hard-core jails so they can count the number of lives they ruined. Do not understand why Congress does not legislate that civil penalties arising out of wrong doings do not qualify for tax deduction. Let the shareholders pay the price of keeping these incompetent crooks in place.

Of course when you listen to these bankers, they tell you that it is the poor people who simply failed to pay their mortgages that caused the financial collapse, but they do not say they were the ones who qualified these poor people who can ill afford a $300,000 on a salary of $ 35,000. Of course the mortgage companies and the bankers made their commissions and they were able to sell “financial instruments” that were nothing but crap, worthless crabs (not the creative financial instruments of Alan Greenspan), to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives who saddled the two companies with $187 billions “ mistakes”. Wouldn’t we all like to make that kind of mistakes and take home some $15 millions in annual salaries and bonuses?

Now, as if Wall Street did not do enough damage, it generously funded hedge funds and other equity funds extending tens of billions of dollars to the likes of American Homes 4 Rent, and Colony American both of which investing in and buying dirt cheap tens of thousands of homes and other properties renting them out. Homes denied to citizens and original buyers.

These large Wall Street landlords with their financial powers, will soon exercise powerful influence over tax assessments denying local communities the funds to run schools, police and fire services and with no allowance for repairs, hundreds of thousands of unites will become run down and cities like Las Vegas, Atlanta and Tampa will become a “Detroit”.

While we Americans are getting poor and poorer Wall Street is getting richer and richer. Imagine an average take home pay of $360,000 for a Wall Streeters when the average American family takes home is at $69,000, with the 1% of the richest people in America ($ 5 trillions) owning 20% of America’s wealth.

Don’t be fool with the glitter of Hollywood or the limousine drives artists and con-artists, rappers, show business people or the Wall Streeters, American cities are getting poor and poorer, cities like Gadsden- AL ($34,264), McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($33,761), Dalton, GA ($32,858), Brownsville-Harlingen-TX ($30,953). Source Huffington Post 10/25/2013.

Then we hear of grass root organizations like the Tea Party that hijacked America and Congress, knowing well that these grass root organizations are not so grass rooted but well funded by big bucks from very wealthy Americans who working with Congress exported America’s manufacturing over seas leaving tens of millions of Americans unemployed or living on minimum wage, working for the likes of McDonald, Sam’s Club or Wal-Mart. No so sure how America can ever recover and regain its balanced when some 40 million Americans are below poverty lines with millions living on $10 an hour. The American dreams are a permanent nightmare for millions.

Shame on all members of Congress who voted for the shut down, denying hundreds of thousands of employees of income while making sure they got paid. Of course having voted for two wars that costs citizens and tax payers some $4 Trillions, and have voted for surveillance programs costing hundreds of billions, now these bunch of scruples no good members of Congress want to limit the ceiling on national debt and want to cut down so called “entitlement programs”. The bastards forget that these “entitlement” programs like Social Security are paid for by us, tax payers in advance, allowing our employers to deduct from our salaries to hand over to the government. They want to cut down on Medicaid and deny affordable care, when the likes of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have his own health insurance paid by non other than Goldman Sachs. Of course with that kind of health insurance coverage, who gives a damn about 65 years old retiree in Brownsville, Texas.

I have no doubts that once again, we repeat the same mistakes we always make every two years, and return 90% of the same ugly faces and corrupt soul to Congress. Shame on all of us for being such stupid fools for so long.

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I$raHell Buys the US Congress: Sabotaging the US-Iran Peace Negotiations

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Global Research

“Pro-Israel Policy groups such as AIPAC work with unlimited funding to divert US policy in the region ( Middle East )” Jack Straw, Member of Parliament and former Foreign Secretary of the British Labor Party

“The United States should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran to spur the country to end its nuclear program”Sheldon Adelson, biggest donor to the Republican Party and major fundraiser for pro-Israel political action committees, speech at Yeshiva University, New York City, October 22, 2013.

Introduction

The question of war or peace with Iran rests with the policies adopted by the White House and the US Congress. The peace overtures by newly elected Iranian President Rohani have resonated favorably around the world, except with Israel and its Zionist acolytes in North America and Europe . The first negotiating session proceeded without recrimination and resulted in an optimistic assessment by both sides. Precisely because of the initial favorable response among the participants, the Israeli government escalated its propaganda war against Iran . Its agents in the US Congress, the mass media and in the Executive branch moved to undermine the peace process. What is at stake is Israel’s capacity to wage proxy wars using the US military and its NATO allies against any government challenging Israeli military supremacy in the Middle East, its violent annexation of Palestinian territory and its ability to attack any adversary with impunity.

To understand what is at stake in the current peace negotiations one must envision the consequences of failure: Under Israeli pressure, the US announced that its ‘military option’ could be activated – resulting in missile strikes and a bombing campaign against 76 million Iranians in order to destroy their government and economy. Teheran could retaliate against such aggression by targeting US military bases in the region and Gulf oil installations resulting in a global crisis. This is what Israel wants.

We will begin by examining the context of Israel ’s military supremacy in the Middle East . We will then proceed to analyze Israel ’s incredible power over the US political process and how it shapes the negotiation process today, with special emphasis on Zionist power in the US Congress.

The Context of Israeli Military Supremacy in the Middle East

Since the end of World War II , Israel has bombed, invaded and occupied more countries in the Middle East and Africa than previous colonial power, except the US . The list of Israel ’s victims includes: Palestine , Syria , Lebanon , Egypt , Iraq , Jordan , Sudan and Yemen . If we include countries where Israel has launched quasi-clandestine terrorist attacks and assassinations, the list would be greatly expanded to include a dozen countries in Europe and Asia – including the US through its Zionist terror network.

Israel ’s projection of military power, its capacity for waging offensive wars at will, is matched by its near-total impunity. Despite their repeated violations of international law, including war crimes, Israel has never been censored at an international tribunal or subjected to economic sanctions because the US government uses its position to veto UN Security Council resolutions and pressure its NATO-EU allies.

Israel’s military supremacy has less to do with the native techno-industrial ‘brilliance’ of its war-mongers and more to do with the transfers and outright theft of nuclear, chemical and biological technology and weapons from the US (Grant Smith “Ten Explosive US Government Secrets of Israel” IRMEP). Overseas Zionists in the US and France have played a strategic (and treasonous) role in stealing and illegally shipping nuclear technology and weapon components to Israel, according to an investigation by former CIA Director Richard Helms.

Israel maintains huge nuclear, chemical, and biological weapon stockpiles refusing any access to international arms inspectors and is not obliged to abide by the non-proliferation treaty, because of US diplomatic intervention. Under pressure from the local ‘Zionist power configuration’ (ZPC), the US government has blocked any action which might constrain Israel ’s production of weapons of mass destruction. In fact the US continues to provide Israel with strategic weapons of mass destruction for use against its neighbors – in violation of international law.

US military aid and technology transfers to Israel exceed $100 billion dollars over the past half century. US diplomatic and military intervention was crucial in rescuing Israel from defeat during the 1973 war. US President Lyndon Johnson’s refusal to defend the unarmed intelligence ship, the USS Liberty in 1967, after it had been bombed and napalmed by Israeli fighter planes and warships in international waters, constituted a tremendous victory for Israel thanks to Johnson’s Zionist advisers. Because of its impunity, even in killing American servicemen, Israel has been given a free hand to wage aggressive wars to dominate its neighbors, commit acts of terrorism and assassinate its adversaries throughout the world without fear of retaliation.

Israel ’s uncontested military superiority has converted several of its neighbors to quasi-client collaborators: Egypt and Jordan have served as de facto allies, along with the Gulf monarchies, helping Israel repress the region’s nationalist and pro-Palestinian movements.

The most decisive factor in the rise and consolidation of Israel ’s power in the Middle East has not been its military prowess but its political reach and influence via its Zionist agents in the US . Washington ’s wars against Iraq and Libya , and its current support of the mercenary assault against Syria , have destroyed three major secular nationalist opponents of Israel ’s hegemonic ambitions.

As Israel accumulates more power in the region, expanding its colonization of Palestinian territory, it looks eastward toward destroying the last remaining obstacle to its colonial policies: Iran .

For at least two decades, Israel has directed its overseas agents – (the ZPC) – to destroy the government of Iran by destabilizing its society, assassinating its scientists, bombing its military establishments and laboratories and strangling its economy.

After the ZPC successfully pushed the US into war against Iraq in 2003 – literally shredding its complex secular society and killing over a million Iraqis – it turned its sights on destroying Lebanon (Hezbollah) and the secular government of Syria as a way to isolate Iran and prepare for an attack. While thousands of Lebanese civilians were slaughtered in 2006, Israel ’s attack of Lebanon failed, despite the support of the US government and the ZPC’s wild propaganda campaign. Hysterical at its failure and to ‘compensate’ for its defeat at the hands of Hezbollah and to ‘boost morale’, Israel invaded and destroyed much of Gaza (2008/9) – the world’s largest open air prison camp.

Lacking military capacity to attack Iran on its own, Israel directed its agents to manipulate the US government to start a war with Teheran. The militarist leaders in Tel Aviv have unleashed their political assets (ZPC) throughout the US to work to destroy Iran – the last formidable adversary to Israel supremacy in the Middle East .

The Israeli-ZPC strategy is designed to set the stage for a US confrontation with Iran , using its agents in the Executive branch as well as its ongoing corruption, bribery and control of the US Congress. ZPC control over the mass media enhances its propaganda campaign: Everyday the New York Times and the Washington Post publish articles and editorials promoting Israel ’s war agenda. The ZPC uses the US State Department to force other NATO states to likewise confront Iran .

Israel’s Proxy War with Iran: US Political Pressure, Economic Sanctions and Military Threats

Alone, Israel’s ‘war’ with Iran would not amount to much more than its cyber sabotage, the periodical assassinations of Iranian scientists using its paid agents among Iranian terrorist groups and non-stop brow-beating from Israeli politicians and their ‘amen crowd’. Outside of Israel , this campaign has had little impact on public opinion. Israel’s ‘was’ on Iran depends exclusively on its capacity to manipulate US policy using its local agents and groups who dominate the US Congress and through the appointments of officials in key positions in the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Justice , and as Middle East ‘advisors’. Israel cannot organize an effective sanction campaign against Iran ; nor could it influence any major power to abide by such a campaign. Only the US has that power. Israel ’s dominance in the Middle East comes entirely from its capacity to mobilize its proxies in the United States who are assigned the task of securing total submission to Israel ’s interests from elected and appointed government officials – especially in regard to Israel ’s regional adversaries.

Strategically placed, ‘dual US-Israeli citizens’ have used their US citizenship to secure high security positions in the Government directly involved in policies affecting Israel . As Israelis, their activities are in line with the dictates of Tel Aviv. In the Bush administration (2001-2008) high placed ‘Israel Firsters’ dominated the Pentagon (Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith), Middle East Security (Martin Indyk, Dennis Ross), the Vice President’s office (‘Scooter’ Libby), Treasury (Levey) and Homeland Security (Michael Chertoff). In the Obama administration the ‘Israel Firsters’ include Dennis Ross, Rahm Emanuel, David Cohen, Secretary of Treasury Jack “Jake the Snake” Lew, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Michael Froman as Trade Representative among others.

Israel ’s Proxy Power within the Executive branch is matched by its dominance of the US Congress. Contrary to some critics, Israel is neither an ‘ally’ or ‘client’ of the US . Evidence of the gross asymmetry of the relation abounds over the past half century. Because of these powerful proxies in Congress and the Executive branch, Israel has received over $100 billion dollar tribute from the US over the past 30 years, or $3 billion plus a year. The US Pentagon has transferred the most up-to-date military technology and engaged in several wars on Israel ’s behalf. The US Treasury has imposed sanctions against potentially lucrative trading and investment partners in the Middle East ( Iran , Iraq and Syria ) depriving US agricultural and manufacturing exporters and oil companies of over $500 billion in revenues. The White House sacrificed the lives of over 4,400 US soldiers in the Iraq War – a war promoted by Israel ’s proxies at the behest of Israel ’s leaders. The State Department has rejected friendly and profitable relations with over 1.5 billion Muslims by backing the illegal settlement of over half million Jewish colonists on military-occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jerusalem .

The strategic question is how and why this one-sided relation between the US and Israel persists for so long, even as it goes counter to so many strategic and elite US interests? The more immediate and pressing question is how this historically lopsided relation effects contemporary US-Iran sanctions and nuclear negotiations?

Iran and the Peace Negotiations

Undoubtedly the newly elected Iranian President and his Foreign Minister are prepared to negotiate an end to hostilities with the US by making major concessions ensuring the peaceful use of nuclear energy. They have stated they are open to reducing or even ending the production of highly enriched uranium; reducing the number of centrifuges and even allowing intrusive, unannounced inspections, among other promising proposals. The Iranian government proposes a roadmap with end goals as part of the initial agreements. The European Union’s Foreign Secretary Lady Ashton has commented favorably on the initial meeting.

The US Administration has given conflicting signals following the Iranian overtures and the opening meeting. Some individual comments are guardedly positive; others are less encouraging and rigid. Administration Zionists like Jack ‘Jake’ Lew, the Treasury Secretary, insists sanctions will remain until Iran meets all US (read ‘Israeli’) demands. The US Congress, bought and controlled by the ZPC, rejects the promising Iranian overtures and flexibility, insisting on military ‘options’ or the total dismantling of Iran’s legal and peaceful nuclear program – ZPC positions designed to sabotage the negotiations. To that end, Congress has passed new, more extreme, economic sanctions to strangle the Iran ’s oil economy.

How Israel’s Political Action Committees Control the US Congress and Prepare War with Iran

The Zionist Power Configuration uses its financial firepower to dictate Congressional policy on the Middle East and to ensure that the US Congress and Senate do not stray one iota from serving Israel ’s interests. The Zionist instrument used in the purchase of elected officials in the US is the political action committee (PAC).

Thanks to a 2010 US Supreme Court decision, Super PACs-linked to Israel spend enormous sums to elect or destroy candidates – depending on the candidate’s political work on behalf of Israel . As long as these funds do not go directly to the candidate, these Super PACs do not have to reveal how much they spend or how it is spent. Conservative estimates of ZPC- linked direct and indirect funds to US legislators run close to $100 million dollars over the past 30-year. The ZPC channels these funds to legislative leaders and members of Congressional committees dealing with foreign policy, especially sub-committee chairpersons dealing with the Middle East . Unsurprisingly, the largest Congressional recipients of ZPC money are those who have aggressively promoted Israel ’s hard-line policies. Elsewhere around the world, such large scale payoffs for legislative votes would be considered blatant bribery and subject to felony prosecution­ and imprisonment for both parties. In the US , the purchase and sale of a politician’s vote is called ‘lobbying’ and is legal and open. The legislative branch of the US government has come to resemble a high-price brothel or white slavers’ auction – but with the lives of thousands at stake.

The ZPC has purchased the alliance of US Congress people and Senators on a massive scale: Of 435 members of the US House of Representatives (sic), 219 have received payments from the ZPC in exchange for their votes on behalf of the state of Israel . Corruption is even more rampant among the 100 US Senators, 94 of whom have accepted pro-Israel PAC and Super PAC money for their loyalty to Israel . The ZPC showers money on both Republicans and Democrats, thus securing incredible (in this era of Congressional deadlock), near unanimous (‘bipartisan’) votes in favor of the ‘Jewish State’, including its war crimes, like the bombing of Gaza and Lebanon as well as the annual $3 billion dollar plus US tax-payer tribute to Tel Aviv. At least 50 US Senators have each collected between $100 thousand and $1 million in ZPC money over the past decades . In exchange, they have voted for over $100 billion in tribute payments to Israel … in addition to other ‘services and payments’. The members of the US Congress are cheaper: 25 legislators have received between $238,000 and $50,000, while the rest got peanuts. Regardless of the amount, the net result is the same: Congressional member pick up their script from their Zionist mentors in the PACs, Super PACs and AIPAC and back all of Israel ’s wars in the Middle East and promote US aggression on behalf of Israel .

The most outspoken and influential legislators get the biggest chunk of Zionist payola: Senator Mark Kirk (Bombs over Teheran!) tops the ‘pigs at the trough’ list with $925,000 in ZPC payoffs, followed by John McCain (Bombs over Damascus!) with $771,000, while Senators Mitch McConnell, Carl Levin, Robert Menendez, Richard Durban and other Zionophilic politicos are not shy about holding out their little begging bowls when the pro-Israel PAC bagmen arrive! Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tops the ‘House’ list with $238,000 for her 100% pro-Israel record as well as for being more war-mongering than even Netanyahu! Eric Cantor got $209,000 for championing ‘wars for Israel ’ with American lives while cutting Social Security payments to US seniors in order to increase military aid to Tel Aviv. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, got $144,000 for ‘whipping the few wobbly’ Democrats back into Israel ’s ‘camp’. House Majority Leader John Boehner was paid $130,000 to do the same among the Republicans.

The ZPC has spent huge amounts to punish and destroy a dozen or so dissident legislators who had stood up to Israel ’s wars and grotesque human rights record. The ZPC has poured millions into individual campaigns, not only financing opposition candidates who pledged allegiance to the Israel but mounting scurrilous character assassinations of Israel’s critics in office. These campaigns have been mounted in the most obscure parts of the US , including in majority African-American districts, where local Zionist interests and influence are otherwise absolutely nil.

There are no comparable PACs, Super PACs, party leaders, or civic organization that can contest the power of Israel ’s Fifth Column. According to documents archived by the courageous researcher, Grant Smith of IRMEP, when it comes to Israel , the US Justice Department has adamantly refused to enforce its own federal laws requiring the prosecution of US citizens who fail to register as foreign agents while working for a foreign country – at least since 1963. On the other hand, the ZPC, through the so-call ‘Anti-Defamation League’, has successfully pressured the Justice Department, the FBI and NSA to investigate and prosecute law-abiding, patriotic US citizens critical of Israel ’s land grabs in Palestine and the Zionist corruptors of the US political system on behalf of their foreign master.

The corruption and degradation of US democracy is made possible by the equally compromised and corrupted ‘respectable press’. Media critic, Steve Lendman, has pointed out the direct link between Israel and the mass media in his investigation of the New York Times. The leading (‘fair and balanced’) journalists reporting on Israel have strong family and political ties to that country and their articles have been little more than propaganda. Times reporter Ethan Bronner, whose son served in the Israel Defense Forces, is a long-time apologist for the Zionist state. Times reporter Isabel Kershner, whose ‘writing’ seem to come straight out of the Israeli Foreign Office, is married to Hirsh Goodman an adviser to the Netanyahu regime on ‘security affairs’. The Times bureau chief in Jerusalem, Jodi Rudoren, lives comfortably in the ancestral home of a Palestinian family dispossessed from that ancient city.

The Times unflinching pro-Israel posture provides a political cover and justification for the corrupted US politicians as they beat the war drums for Israel . It is no surprise that the New York Times, like the Washington Post, is deeply engaged in disparaging and denouncing the current US-Iran negotiations – and providing ample space for the one-sided rhetoric of Israeli politicians and their US mouthpieces, while studiously excluding the more rational, pro-rapprochement voices of experienced former US diplomats, war-weary military leaders and representatives of the US business and academic communities.

To understand Congress’ hostility to the nuclear negotiations with Iran and their efforts to scuttle them through the imposition of ridiculous new sanctions, it is important to get to the source of the problem, namely the statements of key Israeli politicians, who set the line of march for their US proxies.

In late October, 2013, Former Israeli Defense Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin spoke of ‘having to choose between ‘the bomb’ or the bombing’ – a message which immediately resonated with the 52 Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations (Daily Alert, October 24, 2013). On October 22, 2013, Israel ’s Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, called for harsh new sanctions on Iran and insisted that the US use them as leverage to demand that Iran agree to entirely abandon its peaceful nuclear energy and enrichment program. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon affirmed that ‘ Israel will not accept any deal that allows Iran to enrich uranium’. It is Israel ’s position to threaten war (via the US ) if Iran does not submit to unconditional surrender of its nuclear program. This defines the position of all the major pro-Israel PACs, Super PACs and AIPAC. They in turn proceed to dictate policy to their ‘lick-spittles’ in the US Congress. As a result, Congress passes even more extreme economic sanctions on Iran in order to sabotage the ongoing negotiations.

Those who have received the biggest Zionist pay-offs from the pro-Israel PACs are the most vociferous: Senator Mark Kirk ($925,379), author of a previous sanctions bill, demands that Iran end its entire nuclear and ballistic missile program (!) and declared that the US Senate “should immediately move forward with a new round of economic sanctions targeting all remaining Iranian government revenue and reserves” (Financial Times, 10/18/13, p. 6). The US House of Representatives (sic) has already passed a bill sharply limiting Iran ’s ability to sell its main export, oil. Once again, the Israel- ZPC – Congressional axis seeks to impose Israel ’s war agenda on the American people! In late October 2013, Secretary of State Kerry was ‘grilled’ for 7 hours by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with the craven Kerry promising to promote Israel ’s agenda on dismantling Iran ’s nuclear enrichment program.

To counter the campaign to strangle Iran ’s oil economy, promoted by Israel ’s flunkeys in the Congress, the Iranian government has offered generous contracts to the US and EU oil companies (Financial Times 10/29/2013, p 1). Existing nationalist provisions are being removed. Under the new terms, foreign companies book reserves or take equity stakes in Iranian projects. Iran hopes to attract at least $100 billion dollars in investments over the next three years. This stable country boasts the world’s largest gas and the fourth largest oil reserves. Because of the current US ( Israel )-imposed sanctions, production has fallen from 3.5 million barrels per day in 2011 to 2.58 million barrels per day in 2013. The question is whether ‘Big Oil’, the giant US and EU companies have to power to challenge the ZPC-stranglehold over US-EU sanction policy. So far, the ZPC has dominated this critical policy and marginalized ‘Big Oil’ using threats, blackmail and coercion against US policymakers. This has effectively shut out US companies from the lucrative Iranian market.

Conclusion

As the US and the 5 other countries attempt to negotiate with Iran , they face enormous obstacles overcoming Israel ’s power over the US Congress. Over past decades Israel ’s agents have bought the loyalties of the vast majority of Congress people, training them to recognize and obey the whistles, signals and script from the war mongers in Tel Aviv.

This ‘Axis of War’, has inflicted enormous damage on the world resulting in the deaths of millions of victims of US wars in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and North Africa . The gross corruption and widely recognized bankruptcy of the US legislative system is due to its slavish submission to a foreign power. What remains in Washington is a debased vassal state despised by its own citizens. If the ZPC controlled Congress succeeds once again in destroying the negotiations between the US and Iran via new war-like resolutions, we, the American people, will have to pay an enormous price in lives and treasure.

The time to act is now. It is time to stand up and expose the role played by the Israeli PACs, Super PACs and the 52 Major American Jewish Organization in corrupting Congress and turning “our” elected representatives into flunkeys for Israel’s wars. There has been a deafening silence from our noted critics –few alternative media critics have attacked Israel ’s power over the US Congress. The evidence is openly available, the crimes are undeniable. The American people need real political leaders with the courage to root out the corrupted and corruptors and force their elected members in the House and Senate to represent the interest of the American people.

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Noam Chomsky confronted about 9/11

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Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

During a speech at the University of Florida earlier this month, American academic and socialist commentator Noam Chomsky was confronted by radio host and political activist Bob Tuskin over World Trade Center Building 7, in which Chomsky claimed to have “no opinion” while simultaneously dismissing architects and engineers who challenge the official narrative.

“Noam’s gate-keeping really needs to be exposed. So many people get caught up in his trap,” Tuskin told Storyleak. “His followers are cult-like. For a logician he really is off base on 9/11. Many, including myself, wonder whether or not he is choosing to negate important facts to protect himself.”

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Will US-Saudi Rift Open Oil Market to Iran?

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An employee fills a container with diesel at a gas station in Riyadh in this December 19, 2012 file photo. (Photo: Reuters – Fahad Shadeed)

What do India, China, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey have in common? Iranian oil. These are the only five countries importing Iranian fossil fuel, despite Western sanctions. However, Iranian oil is beginning to flow to the legitimate market, its only obstacle being Saudi Arabia.

Prior to the latest Iranian presidential election, it was firmly believed that Washington would not allow Iran to return to the international oil market, at least not in the foreseeable future. Today, however, some reports maintain that Iran – one of the top five oil producers in the world – will be ready to pump oil into the international market at a low cost, in the event that the Western sanctions are lifted.

Information from Tehran indicates that “unofficial negotiations with interested countries and oil merchants are progressing, gradually and quickly.”

A Major Player Is Back

Such speculations are based on the actual dialogue between the United States and Iran (made public in the famous phone call between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama). They are also based on facts that indicate an imminent deal on the Syrian crisis, based on the common interests of Iran, Russia, and the US, allowing the return of one of the major players in the international oil market.

Holders of this opinion explain their analysis by pointing to the Iranian nuclear program, which has always been a rope to hang the laundry after being washed in the backrooms, where actual policies are made and each side fights to keep its strategic position or make more profits.

Based on these indicators, the main obstacle to the official and legitimate return of Iran to the oil market is connected to the position of its main regional rival, Saudi Arabia.

The position can be seen on two levels. The first is in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by its biggest and strongest producer Saudi Arabia. To reach the international markets, all legitimate oil exports from Iran should pass through this organization to measure the quota and look ensure the specified criteria. Iran’s return would increase the supply, leading to a price reduction.

Saudi Arabia is currently enjoying wide profit margins, as the market registers stable prices at high levels. The kingdom today produces more than 10 million barrels a day, one-third of the total OPEC output. Revenues from exporting this wealth of oil are used to finance massive investment projects.

Thus, Iran’s readiness to distribute its oil production outside OPEC at discounted prices, as well as its official return to the market, will negatively impact Riyadh’s economic and political plans.

The second view of the kingdom’s position is based on its relations with the US, which have always been the main pillar in providing the desired balance in the market. For example, when the price of an oil barrel reached $150 in 2008, these relations prompted Riyadh to increase production, flooding the market, which was contrary to its interests.

 

Lately, when sanctions were tightened against Iran, the Saudis were the ones the US and the West depended upon to compensate for the shortfall in the market.

Over the past two months, the kingdom has seen itself as a common adversary to the Iranians and the US. The first case is obvious, as Iran and the Saudis have conflicting aims from Lebanon to the Pakistani coast through the Gulf of Aden. As for relations with the US, it is enough to listen to Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan (reported in the press by Ellen Knickmeyer speaking to Western diplomats) to notice that the historical alliance between Riyadh and Washington is cracking under the impact of raging conflict in Syria.

These shocking pronouncements came after an even more radical stance expressed by Saudi diplomacy, rejecting a seat at the United Nations Security Council.

On the immediate and practical level, last week witnessed more signs of the increasing gap between the US and the Saudis. Bandar bin Sultan sold his mansion in Aspen, Colorado for $36.5 million, thus liquidating half of the six properties in the luxurious ski resort area, which “formed a massive compound where the prince entertained guests including recent US presidents,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

What was remarkable in the recent sale was the comment made by William Jordan, the lawyer representing Bandar’s business in that region, who was “surprised he was willing to sell this one.”

The Growing Rift

The rift between the two countries is growing. The US has worked for decades to guarantee the supply of Saudi oil, but will the disagreement over Syria seriously threaten the current dynamics in the oil market, thus pushing prices up to a level that the West cannot afford?

The US position in the oil market is currently set by many clear indicators. The most important news in the sector currently is that the US, using modern drilling technologies to access hard-to-reach oil, is on its way to actual oil supremacy. It will become the number one exporter of crude oil in 2020, surpassing Saudi Arabia. Gradually, the US will begin looking for efficient options for energy conservation, especially in transportation, and, by 2030, become a net oil exporter.

“The global energy map is changing, with potentially far-reaching consequences for energy markets and trade,” says the latest report by the International Energy Agency.

There is no doubt that the Obama administration has shown a relative transformation in approaching its global interests. It pressed the reset button with Russia. Following a storm of threats and intimidations during the days of George W. Bush, it seems ready for dialogue with Tehran.

It is no longer a strategic secret that an important aspect of the war in Syria has to do with who will take control of the Levant and have the upper hand in the competition over the natural gas pipelines from the Gulf, specifically the South Persia field, shared between Iran and Qatar, which will pass through the Middle East and Turkey, all the way to Europe.

The picture gets even more complicated with the entry of Lebanon, Cyprus, and Israel into the equation. Prospects of exporting the huge quantities of oil discovered there in the past decade are beginning to confuse the other schemes. The situation in Lebanon seems to be related to such calculations, in addition to the impact of the sectarian regime.

The idea, which seems to be under consideration today and becoming realized gradually, is that the return of Iranian oil to the market in the context of an agreement to lift some of the sanctions against Tehran, is a clear indicator that dialogue between the US and Iran could pave the way to a deeper set of understanding in the Middle East, based on the battle for energy and oil in particular.

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What Are You Going To Do When A Massive EMP Blast Fries The U.S. Electrical Grid?

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Michael Snyder | American Dream

It is only a matter of time before a massive EMP burst fries the U.S. electrical grid.  What that happens, how are you going to survive?  In the United States today, we are completely and totally dependent on electrical power.

Unless you are Amish (or are a part of a similar community), you probably have absolutely no idea how to survive in a world without electricity.  Unfortunately, our electrical grid is extremely vulnerable at this point.

As you will see below, intelligence officials believe that China and Russia already have “super-EMP weapons”, and a whole host of smaller nations and terrorist groups are believed to be working on developing similar weapons.

But even if the U.S. is never attacked by an EMP weapon, scientists tell us that it is inevitable that a massive solar storm will fry our electrical grid someday.  If an event similar to the solar storm of 1859 happened today, it would be absolutely catastrophic.  Known as “the Carrington Event”, that massive solar storm fried telegraph machines all over Europe and North America.  At some point we will experience another such solar storm, and some scientists believe that we are already 50 years overdue for another one.  In fact, the earth had a near miss just a few months ago.

So what will happen if we are hit by a massive EMP blast?  Well, according to a government commission that investigated this issue, approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population could potentially die from starvation, disease and societal chaos within one year.  It would be a disaster unlike anything that we have ever seen before in U.S. history.

Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy, is even more pessimistic.  He believes that a single EMP blast could potentially end up killing almost the entire population of the United States

“Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity”

As a society, we are simply not equipped to function without electricity.  Dr. William Graham was the chairman of the government commission that I mentioned above, and he says that a giant EMP blast could knock the United States back into “the late 1800s” in just a single moment

Life after an EMP attack “would probably be something that you might imagine life to be like around the late 1800s but with several times the population we had in those days, and without the ability of the country to support and sustain all those people,” Graham says. “They wouldn’t have power. Food supplies would be greatly taken out by the lack of transportation, telecommunication, power for refrigeration and so on.”

And remember, this does not require an attack by a foreign power.  A gigantic solar storm could cause an event like this at literally any time.  According to a recent WND article, it is estimated that it would take four to ten years to recover from a direct hit from a massive solar storm…

If the earth is hit by a direct solar flare, some of which can be 14 times the size of the earth, scientists from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences say it would cost the nation alone up to $2 trillion in the first year. It could take four to 10 years to recover and affect 90 percent of the U.S. population, meaning widespread starvation and death.

So what would life look like for you and your family if this happened?

Consider the following…

-There would be no heat for your home.

-Water would no longer be pumped into most homes.

-Your computer would not work.

-There would be no Internet.

-Your phones would not work.

-There would be no television.

-There would be no radio.

-ATM machines would be shut down.

-There would be no banking.

-Your debit cards and credit cards would not work.

-Without electricity, gas stations would not be functioning.

-Most people would be unable to do their jobs without electricity and employment would collapse.

-Commerce would be brought to a standstill.

-Hospitals would not be able to function.

-You would quickly start running out of medicine.

-All refrigeration would shut down and frozen foods in our homes and supermarkets would start to go bad.

-Some vehicles would no longer be able to start at all.

-Traffic lights would no longer be working.

-Airplanes would not be able to go anywhere.

-Wall Street would not be able to function at all.

-Government services would collapse.

A lot of these effects would start to be felt immediately.  An article by Mac Slavo detailed some of the things that we could expect to see in the immediate aftermath of a massive EMP blast…

The first 24 – 48 hours after such an occurrence will lead to confusion among the general population as traditional news acquisition sources like television, radio and cell phone networks will be non-functional.

Within a matter of days, once people realize the power might not be coming back on and grocery store shelves start emptying, the entire system will begin to delve into chaos.

Within 30 days a mass die off will have begun as food supplies dwindle, looters and gangs turn to violent extremes, medicine can’t be restocked and water pump stations fail.

So what is the federal government doing to protect us against such a horrific disaster?

Absolutely nothing.

In fact, according to a recent WND article, ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden says that the Obama administration has no plans to defend us against an EMP blast…

Contrary to the findings of a 2008 commission mandated by Congress to consider a defense against an electromagnetic pulse attack and its effects on the national grid, a retired Air Force general who also headed the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency says that there isn’t a solution to an EMP attack.

Speaking before the Bipartisan Policy Center at a conference on the threats to the U.S. electrical grid, Michael Hayden also said the Obama administration has no plan to defend against an EMP.

In fact, Hayden says that “there really aren’t any solutions” to this problem…

“I don’t mean to be so flippant, but there really aren’t any solutions to this, so I would just leave it at that,” Hayden said.

Of course that is a complete and total lie.  It would take less than a billion dollars to protect the largest transformers in our electrical grid.  But the Obama administration refuses to do it.

Since the Obama administration is doing nothing, some state government officials are now considering taking action…

At the National Council of State Legislatures last week in Atlanta, a number of lawmakers said they’re preparing legislation similar to a bill introduced in Maine recently did under the leadership of Rep. Andrea Boland.

Efforts are under way to press the membership of the NCSL to address the EMP issue, since the federal government has failed to take action to mitigate the potential for a catastrophic event, whether natural or man-made. An EMP event could knock out the U.S. electrical grid system and the critical infrastructures that rely on it.

Along with the national electrical grid, other critical infrastructures include telecommunications, banking and financial transactions, oil and natural gas pipelines, transportation, food and water delivery, emergency services and space systems.

In short, an EMP event could cause the collapse of society.

And without a doubt, our electrical grid represents the “soft underbelly” of U.S. infrastructure.  Attacks on the electrical grid happen all the time, but most of them are not reported by the mainstream media.  The following report of an attack is from a recent Forbes article

More than 10,000 people in Arkansas were dumped into a blackout Sunday following an attack on that state’s electric grid, the FBI said today, the third such attack in recent weeks. In August, a major transmission line in the region, around Cabot, Ark., was deliberately cut.

The FBI said that two power poles had been intentionally cut in Lonoke County on Sunday, resulting in the outage.

The following is how the FBI described the attack

In the early morning hours of September 29, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its Keo substation located on Arkansas Highway 165 between Scott and England in Lonoke County. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no reported power outages. Investigation has determined that the fire, which consumed the control house at the substation, was intentionally set. The person or persons responsible for this incident inscribed a message on a metal control panel outside the substation which reads, ‘YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.’

But minor attacks like that are nothing compared to what an EMP weapon could potentially do to our electrical grid.

And our strategic enemies have been working on developing such weapons.  The following is a short excerpt from a statement by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security on March 8th, 2005…

Russian and Chinese military scientists in open source writings describe the basic principles of nuclear weapons designed specifically to generate an enhanced-EMP effect, that they term “Super-EMP” weapons. “Super-EMP” weapons, according to these foreign open source writings, can destroy even the best protected U.S. military and civilian electronic systems.

But it is not just Russia and China that we need to be worried about.

According to Pry, North Korea also has such weapons

Pry pointed out that South Korean military intelligence has warned not only their government but also the U.S. that North Korea is developing super-EMP warheads with Russian help.

In 2011, Pry pointed out, a military commentator with the People’s Republic of China stated that North Korea has super-EMP warheads. Data from North Korea’s nuclear tests, he said, are consistent with a super-EMP warhead.

And it should be noted that it is very possible to create a devastating EMP burst without exploding a nuke high up in the atmosphere.  In fact, the U.S. and other nations have been very busy working on such weapons.  For example, the U.S. military has reportedly developed “a directed electromagnetic pulse gun” that can take out all electronics within a limited area.  This kind of EMP weapon can be fired from a plane, a cruise missile or even a drone.  The following is how this class of weapon was described in a WND article

A pre-programmed cruise missile not too different from a drone has been proven to be capable of blasting out an EMP-type microwave that was able to destroy personal computers and electrical systems inside a building over which it was flying.

The U.S. Air Force and its contractor Boeing have created the High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, which was just tested over a Utah desert.

In addition, “radio frequency weapons” are so simple that terror groups or even “lone wolf crazies” could easily build them and use them.  The following is from an article by F. Michael Maloof

Such an individual with a penchant for electronics can pull together components from a Radio Shack or electronic store – even order the components off of selected Internet websites – and fashion a radio frequency, or RF, weapon.

As microprocessors become smaller but more sophisticated, they are even more susceptible to an RF pulse. The high power microwave from an RF weapon produces a short, very high power pulse, said to be billions of watts in a nanosecond, or billionths of a second.

This so-called burst of electromagnetic waves in the gigahertz microwave frequency band can melt electrical circuitry and damage integrated circuits, causing them to fail.

Constructing a radio frequency weapon is not difficult at all.  In fact, you can find instructions for how to build them on the Internet.

In the future, electromagnetic weapons are going to become even more powerful and even easier to use.

Meanwhile, we are going to continue to become even more dependent on electricity and technology.

And of course even if there is never a major EMP attack against the United States, scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before a massive solar storm fries the electrical grid.

I hope that you are getting ready while you still can.

EMP Attack On The United States

 

 

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The Entire Fiat Money System is Bankrupt: Demise of the Global US Fiat Dollar Reserve Currency

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Global Research

It’s been a while since I last wrote an article on the on-going financial crisis. I don’t write for the sake of writing, as others do because they have to do so, on account of their subscribers who pay hefty subscription fees and demand their money’s worth.

Major issues or trends do not change on a daily or even monthly basis. A trend may take a few years to run its course and unless there is a major factor that may affect the trend, there is hardly any need to comment any further on the trend or outcomes.

The events unraveling post Bernanke’s decision not to taper QE is most significant because it confirms our analysis that the banking crisis has not been resolved in any significant way after five years of money printing and massive asset inflation. The fiat money system has but one outcome – total collapse. It will also mean the demise of the global US dollar reserve currency.

There are no solutions at hand.

Bernanke is totally discredited and his continued tenure as Chair of the FED would only accelerate the realisation that the FED and all central banks have failed. Hence, the need to change the “leadership” at the FED, but the same policies would be followed with some cosmetic changes to hoodwink the ignorant masses. It is analogous to the transition from the second Bush presidency to that of Obama and all the theatrics of “change” propaganda. In fact, Obama is Bush 2 on steroids! Yellen will be Bernanke on steroids. Why are we so certain of this outcome at Future Fast-Forward?

Our reasons are as follows:

Prior to the Global Financial Tsunami of 2008, I had written several articles exposing the global Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks as financial rapists and predators and they would cause untold havoc to the financial system.

Post the crisis, I had also warned that these global TBTF banks are all insolvent and the toxic assets on their balance sheets would exceed US$20 trillion at the minimum. The entire fiat money system is bankrupt. Printing toilet paper money by the trillions does not make the system solvent. It is a clear admission that the system is totally broken.

The banking Humpty-Dumpty has fallen from the wall and shattered into a thousand pieces! The confirmation for this is the fact that all central banks led by the FED have only one aim – to create massive asset inflation. How can a stock market of a bankrupt nation be at an all-time high? The FED and central banks the world over are not interested in resolving the unemployment problem because record unemployment would not collapse the fiat money system. It may trigger massive social unrest but that can be put down by a militarised police force, supported by a battle-hardened military as is happening in the US.

In the circumstances, we need to ask the US$ Trillion question – Why are all the central banks focusing on asset inflation via creation of money out of thin air?

The answer: THE FIAT MONEY SYSTEM IS THE ECONOMY, STUPID!

It used to be that the Petro-dollar was the linchpin of the global economy. However, when the derivatives market took off and became a US$800 Trillion global casino, the US$ toilet paper became the currency in global financial trading and speculation.

All the TBTF banks were leveraged to their eyeballs and the collaterals were hypothecated and re-hypothecated so many times over, it became an inverted pyramid joke.

The collaterals were bundled up into CDOs etc. rated AAA by corrupt rating agencies and traded. We need not repeat this old story. The point we are making here is that not only are the collaterals junks but they are supporting a mountain of debts in the trillions. Therefore, when collaterals are impaired the TBTF banks are in a shit-hole from which they cannot get out. The FED and other central banks have no choice but to bail out the TBTF banks if a systemic failure is to be avoided. If all the junk collaterals were to be off-loaded at once in the full glare of public scrutiny, there would be a run on all the banks. So, what was required was a stealth rescue effort. The TBTF banks were allowed to unload the junk collaterals bit by bit by the various schemes of the FED culminating in the US$85 billion a month purchases of treasury bonds and mortgages by the FED.

Additionally, newly “minted” collaterals were used to replace the junks so as to clean up the balance sheets of the TBTF banks. I have stated earlier that the minimum amount of toxic assets needed to be mopped up is US$20 trillion. After five years, the FED has just scratched the surface. It is debatable how many US$ Trillions the FED has actually pumped into the system directly and indirectly. How much and how long more can the FED continue to pump US$ toilet paper into the system without creating a massive loss of confidence in the dollar? When the balance sheet of the FED reaches US$7 Trillion or maybe US$10 Trillion? It is anybody’s guess.

For sure, there will be a point when another US$100 Billion is created on top of the stash of US$ toilet papers which will tip the scale and collapse the entire system. It is a catch-22 for the FED. If it stops creating fiat money out of thin air, the fiat money system would collapse immediately. If it continues with more money creation, it merely postpones the inevitable and more devastating end-game. This is the price we all have to pay for allowing the fiat money system to hold sway for so long.

The world was conned into accepting the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of banking and finance – the US$ Global Reserve Currency Ponzi Scheme.

This scheme was created on a sand castle of debt, specifically US Treasury Bonds. The world does not need a Global Reserve Currency. Global trade can be conducted in any currency in accordance to the needs and resources of a country.

Why should there be a special privilege given to only one country to have its currency as the sole reserve currency for purposes of trade? It makes no sense as it is the result of US imperialist policies under the pretext of the Cold War. The con was based on the propaganda that the US$ should be the preferred currency and the US Treasury Bond is the “safest asset” to have in the event of an outbreak of war between the Western Imperialist camp and the Soviet bloc. We were told this arrangement was necessary if we are to enjoy the protection of the mighty US superpower!

Yet, when the Soviet bloc collapsed no one questioned the need to perpetuate the system.

Another spin was propagated. The US was the linchpin in the new era of globalisation as the US market was the biggest consumer / export market. Everyone was caught in this web of deceit. The US market was a market built on a mountain of debt. Adding insult to injury, the US consumers paid for the goods produced by millions breaking their backs with US$ toilet paper money!

Some so-called currency experts have asserted that no other currency can replace the US$ toilet paper as the global reserve currency because no other country has a bond market like the US bond market, dominated by the US treasury bonds. What an idiotic statement!

If a country is not in debt, there is no need for any bonds to be issued. A bond is an I.O.U. A bond is a mere paper pledge to repay a debt.

And anyone who says and continues to perpetuate the myth that a US debt is a better debt and is more secure is an A@#hole!

Why would anyone want to work and produce goods which are sold and paid in US$ toilet paper and then use the surplus US$ toilet paper to lend to the US government who repays the debt by merely printing more US$ toilet paper?

So, do you still think the world needs a US$ toilet paper money as a reserve currency?

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As Farm Bill Talks Resume, Who Will Fight for the Nation’s Hungry?

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Proposals in both the House and Senate would see nutrition assistance to the nation’s neediest cut

- Jon Queally

A food pantry at the United Methodist Church of Worth in Chicago. (Photo: Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)Congressional talks will resume on Wednesday over a Farm Bill that has languished without resolution in both chambers since last year.

And while Republicans have continued to attack the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP), which provides food assistance to the nation’s poorest families and individuals, the Democrats have played along by proposing less aggressive, but still damaging, levels of cuts to the essential program.

And because the last adjustment to the SNAP program expires at the end of this week, the pain caused by a feuding Congress willing to put hungry children and the elderly in the crosshairs amid an ongoing series of budget battles is about to get very real for some.

As Greg Kaufmann, poverty correspondent for The Nationwrites this week:

This Friday, 48 million people—including more than 21 million children—will see their food stamp (SNAP) benefits reduced. Instead of receiving an average of a buck-fifty for a meal, individuals in need of food assistance will get about $1.40. For families of three, the cut means they will receive $29 less in food stamps every month. [...]

The SNAP cuts come at a time when 49 million people—about 14.5 percent of all US households—are food insecure. That means they don’t have enough money to meet their basic food needs, and don’t necessarily know where their next meal is coming from. The Institute of Medicine already demonstrated the inadequacies of the SNAP allotment for hungry families even before this cut.

What are we to make of this—the timing of the cut, the lack of discussion about it on the Hill, and the fact that it will deliver yet another blow to people who are already among the most vulnerable citizens in our nation?

It all points to the same hard truth we see time and again: when it comes to responding to the struggles of the more than one in three Americans who are living below twice the poverty line—on less than about $36,600 annually for a family of three—we prefer to look the other way.

But as the conference committee comes together Wednesday, as McClatchy reports, deeper cuts seem likely:

The Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would cut food stamps by $39 billion out of a projected $800 billion over 10 years. In addition, the House SNAP provision would require able-bodied adults without children to work or volunteer for 20 hours a week to receive federal assistance.

The Democratic-held Senate’s farm bill also would cut food stamps, but by $4.5 billion over a decade. The Senate plan wouldn’t add work requirements.

As Willy Blackmore, food policy editor as the TakePart.comwrites:

We won’t know anytime soon which terrible cut will prevail: the $4 billion cut to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program preferred by the Senate or the $39 billion thrashing of food stamps passed by the House. But one thing is certain: Funding for SNAP will drop starting on Friday, and all recipients will receive fewer benefits.

Among the progressive lawmakers trying to avert the disaster, Rep. Jim McGovern confessed to Blackmore that there were no good legislative options given the current climate in Washington. And because the current elevated funding for SNAP was written with a vague sunset clause when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (or stimulus) was enacted in 2009, McGovern says those reductions are now an “inevitable reality.”

“What we absolutely should not do is make the situation even worse by piling on additional cuts in the context of the farm bill,” he adds. “As a member of the farm bill conference committee, I will fight with every ounce of energy I have to prevent additional cuts from happening.”

For Blackmore, however, Democrats should receive a large portion of the blame the current mess. For not better securing the improved funding for SNAP when they had the chance and because now they have capitulated by agreeing with Republicans that some level of cuts are warranted, he argues a great disservice to the nation’s poor has been done.

“The loss of stimulus funding,” writes Blackmore, “will amount to a $5 billion reduction in SNAP in 2014, and $6 billion in 2015 and 2016 combined. Congress’s epic $39 billion cut would be spread out over the course of 10 years, if it somehow manages to become law. And that would come on top of this reduction, which is, in essence, a Democrat-approved cut that’s 1/3 of the size of the House’s slash-and-burn approach to SNAP.”

Across the country, poverty assistance organizations and food pantries are bracing for the cuts, but in Washington, DC, it remains unclear what powerful voices will take a stand for the nation’s hungry and most vulnerable.

As Kaufmann laments, the drive to cut food stamps

all points to the same hard truth we see time and again: when it comes to responding to the struggles of the more than one in three Americans who are living below twice the poverty line—on less than about $36,600 annually for a family of three—we prefer to look the other way. Even as the interests of low-income people and the middle-class converge—for example, the need for good jobs and fair wages, access to continuing education, a more equitable economy where 95 percent of the gains don’t go to the top 1 percent, and a safety net that is available in tough times or when jobs pay lousy wages—we still find that a SNAP cut like this can occur with hardly a whisper of protest (outside of the advocacy community) at a time when hunger is widespread.

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