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Tuesday, May 01, 2007
By David Edwards
April 30, 2007 | Raw Story
A former CIA analyst claims that falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq's Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced back to Vice President Dick Cheney. Appearing on MSNBC's Tucker Carlson show, Ray McGovern who served in the CIA for twenty-seven years, said, "the [forged] memo leads right back to the doorstep of the Vice President of the United States." According to McGovern, former CIA Director George Tenet told his "coterie of malleable managers" at the CIA to create a National Intelligence Estimate "to the terms of reference of Dick Cheney's speech of August 26, 2002, where Dick Cheney said for the first time Saddam Hussein could have a nuclear weapon in a year, he's got all kinds of chemical, he's got all kinds of biological weapons." McGovern, who at one time chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief, also claimed to have evidence that the memo leads back to Cheney but he would say what it was, except that the names of the people involved were "in the public domain." In an op-ed posted at Buzzflash, McGovern argues, "If any good can come out of the intelligence/policy debacle regarding Iraq, it would be the clear lesson that intelligence crafted to dovetail with the predilections of policymakers can bring disaster. The role that Tenet, McLaughlin, and their small coterie of malleable managers played as willing accomplices in the corruption of intelligence has made a mockery of the verse chiseled into the marble at the entrance to CIA headquarters: 'You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" McGovern also calls Tenet a "pathetic figure" who is trying to "justify himself for unjustifiable activity." Tenet, in his new book, claims that the Bush administration distorted his use of the term "slam dunk" in reference to intelligence that ultimately led to the Iraq war (RAW STORY's coverage is here). The following video is from MSNBC's Tucker.
A former CIA analyst claims that falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq's Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced back to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Appearing on MSNBC's Tucker Carlson show, Ray McGovern who served in the CIA for twenty-seven years, said, "the [forged] memo leads right back to the doorstep of the Vice President of the United States."
According to McGovern, former CIA Director George Tenet told his "coterie of malleable managers" at the CIA to create a National Intelligence Estimate "to the terms of reference of Dick Cheney's speech of August 26, 2002, where Dick Cheney said for the first time Saddam Hussein could have a nuclear weapon in a year, he's got all kinds of chemical, he's got all kinds of biological weapons."
McGovern, who at one time chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief, also claimed to have evidence that the memo leads back to Cheney but he would say what it was, except that the names of the people involved were "in the public domain."
In an op-ed posted at Buzzflash, McGovern argues, "If any good can come out of the intelligence/policy debacle regarding Iraq, it would be the clear lesson that intelligence crafted to dovetail with the predilections of policymakers can bring disaster. The role that Tenet, McLaughlin, and their small coterie of malleable managers played as willing accomplices in the corruption of intelligence has made a mockery of the verse chiseled into the marble at the entrance to CIA headquarters: 'You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'"
McGovern also calls Tenet a "pathetic figure" who is trying to "justify himself for unjustifiable activity." Tenet, in his new book, claims that the Bush administration distorted his use of the term "slam dunk" in reference to intelligence that ultimately led to the Iraq war (RAW STORY's coverage is here).
The following video is from MSNBC's Tucker.
Editor's comment: After a long hiatus, I am back. Though it may not be regular, I will endeavor to keep my readers up on all of the under-reported news and corruption which can be uncovered.
In this piece from Raw Story, we find that Ray McGovern is still stirring the pot to see what floats to the top. This is an activity which we, here, are closely familiar with and in which we find great satisfaction when we make just the right people squirm in their chairs. It is a great feeling to watch when that happens, and McGovern certainly does that as he exposes former DCI George Tenet as a fraud who is complicit in setting up the phony intelligence and the greatest war criminal and liar, Dick Cheney.
Ray McGovern lays the blame right at the feet of the neocons, of whom Cheney is a prime player, for the intelligence fraud which revolves around the fraudulent yellowcake documents.
Remember to always...
...and you will be rewarded with answers to questions which the mainstream media refuses to ask.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
South American nationalists have had it with bankers, globalists
By Richard Walker
December 4, 2006 | American Free Press
Ecuador has become the latest Latin American nation to join in a revolutionary populist-nationalist shift that is sure to send shivers down the backs of bankers, internationalists, oil executives and Bush officials.
In what is being called the “Pink Tide” Ecuadorians elected a new president, Rafael Correa, an American-educated economist who is opposed to free trade with the United States. He has pledged to reduce the level of foreign debt payments his country is forced to make to international bankers, including the World Bank whose representatives he says he will expel from the country.
His electoral success mirrors the growing populist trend across Latin America and puts Ecuador alongside Venezuela, as well as Chile, Brazil, Bolivia and Nicaragua, which have all elected populist-nationalist presidents in the past 12 months.
Correa, 43, has an economics doctorate from the University of Illinois and is a relative newcomer to politics but he shrewdly exploited anti-American sentiment throughout his election campaign. He described President Bush as “dimwitted” and applauded the recent attacks on him by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. He also lambasted his opponent, Alvaro Noboa, 56, for being pro-U.S. and a friend of wealthy interests in Washington.
Noboa, a banana billionaire, proved an easy target for Correa in a country where Venezuela’s Chavez is seen as a hero and Bush is viewed as a villain. Noboa was making his third run at the presidency and presented himself as a Bibleloving friend of the Kennedys and Rockerfellers. He also trumpeted his wealth and his ownership of 114 companies. During his campaign, he handed out free computers and even gave away cash.
Correa accused him of trying to scare the electorate by telling voters that if they did not elect him international companies and financial institutions would turn their backs on Ecuador.
As electioneering wound down, Correa did downplay some of his tough rhetoric. In particular he avoided earlier threats he had made to dissolve the country’s assembly and reduce foreign debt payments.
Both candidates promised a lot, each vowing he would build hundreds of thousands of homes for the poor and increase the $36 monthly “poverty bonus” to the 1.2 million Ecuadorians living beneath the poverty line. Noboa went so far as to demonstrate his generosity and upright character by reading from the Bible at some of his rallies and handing out medicines.
Both candidates knew they were dealing with an electorate that had seen eight presidents chased from office in 10 years, the last two after widespread street demonstrations. Correa was able to cleverly portray himself as a new face — a man not tainted by the corruption that has characterized the country for almost three decades. He was also fortunate that he was well known for his work with the poor through educational programs he hosted.
A clear signal that global bankers were concerned about the likelihood of Correa getting elected came with the intervention of U.S. investment bankers, Goldman Sachs, in the run-up to the election. Goldman Sachs made it clear it was siding with the billionaire Noboa when Goldman executives publicly warned Ecuadorians not to vote for Correa. In a public statement, Goldman Sachs said: “We anticipate that the gridlock and confrontation between the executive and the legislature will reach new heights under a Correa administration.”
Some observers have since argued that Goldman Sachs’s meddling only helped Correa because it strengthened his case that Washington was prepared to use any means to influence the election result, even if it meant scaring the electorate about Correa’s proposed economic policies.
For Washington, the election result is now seen as yet another blow to U.S. influence in the region and exemplifies a growing disenchantment with the Bush administration.
Throughout the election, Correa exploited Bush’s unpopularity around the world, making his opponent’s support for the United States “a vote for George Bush.”
In a strange twist of irony, the moment the election result was announced, Linda Jewell, the U.S. ambassador in Quito, the country’s capital, phoned Correa to congratulate him and remind him of the historic ties between their two nations. Her overture to him came days after he announced he would not sign the lease on the U.S. military base at Mantra when it came up for renewal in just over two years.
CHANGE IS UNSTOPPABLE
Washington likes to portray the political change in Latin America as the malevolent influences of Chavez and Fidel Castro, but that may be a convenient, if not a skewed analysis.
Some study groups believe the populations of many Latin American countries simply want change and the desire is so strong that it is almost unstoppable.
For example, the Center for Economic Policy and Research speculates that the election result in Ecuador was proof of ordinary people “going over the heads of the political establishment” as a way of dragging themselves out of poverty created by decades of corruption.
If that analysis is accurate, U.S. influence will further decline because it was U.S. political meddling and corporate greed that, in many instances, degraded many economies across that continent.
In other words, the days of neo-liberal economic policies in Latin America sponsored by such global speculators as David Rockefeller may soon be just a faded memory.
Richard Walker is the nom de plume of a former mainstream news producer who now writes for AFP so he can expose the kinds of subjects that he was forbidden to cover in the controlled press.
Editor's comment: As the Bolivarian Revolution expands across Latin America, we see a new horizon of mutual cooperation among the nations of the world beginning to dawn. And with this comes the forced diminishing of the influence and control of the international bankers and their criminal fascist cohorts in government and corporations.
Is it a wonder then that the people of Ecuador have embraced the new face of Rafael Correa as he promises to take them out of the depths of poverty which is the result of the depredations of the bankers and corporations?
As an example of this mutual cooperation which has become necessary to the survival of the human race if not the planet itself, we offer you, the reader, to see for yourself how Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has recently addressed the people of the United States in his letter of 29 November 2006 where he points out the following.
In this letter, Ahmadinejad states,
- While Divine providence has placed Iran and the United States geographically far apart, we should be cognizant that human values and our common human spirit, which proclaim the dignity and exalted worth of all human beings, have brought our two great nations of Iran and the United States closer together.
Both our nations are God-fearing, truth-loving and justice-seeking, and both seek dignity, respect and perfection.
Both greatly value and readily embrace the promotion of human ideals such as compassion, empathy, respect for the rights of human beings, securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent and the weak against oppressors and bullies.
We are all inclined towards the good, and towards extending a helping hand to one another, particularly to those in need.
We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples' rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings.
We all detest darkness, deceit, lies and distortion, and seek and admire salvation, enlightenment, sincerity and honesty.
The pure human essence of the two great nations of Iran and the United States testify to the veracity of these statements.
People everywhere have a similar devotion to truth, justice and morality. For these reasons the formation of governments has also become a necessity.
But we must be ever mindful and, as the watchman on the wall, must sound the alarm at the slightest hint of impropriety by our representatives in government or by those who operate the corporate fictions to which government grants license to exist, all of them at the pleasure of the state, i.e. the people.
The people are the rightful beneficiaries of this trust we have placed in govenment and the corporations, both of which have been chartered by the authority we have granted as a sovereign free people. When this trust is violated, it is the duty of the people to remove that government if it fails in its oversight of these fictional creations. Similarly, it is the duty of the government to revoke the charters of corporations which abuse the trust placed in them by the government representatives of the people.
But all of that has been turned on its head in the last 150 years. And now it is the corporations and the government which have betrayed the people. It must be stopped and put right.
Most of the political developments in Latin America in the last 12 months, except for the obviously rigged elections in Mexico, which corruption was met with massive protests by the Mexican people, have pointed to a popular uprising against the globalists and bodes ill for further attempts by the international bankers and corporations to plunder the natural resources of South America.
In the recent election in Ecuador, which received little or no coverage in the U.S. media, the people were given a clear choice, that of Rafael Correa or his opponent, Alvaro Noboa. The people have spoken, and that is a clear signal to the moneyed interests to which Noboa is beholden.
In this all, we again must review the fact that none of this corruption and plunder would be possible without the credit scam of the international bankers and the usury they have perpetrated on the nations and peoples of the world.
We conclude now with an editorial comment from American Free Press.
Stop Meddling, Sam
Most if not all of our problems abroad are the result of our own politicians deviating from the wise advice of George Washington
and the other Founding Fathers who told us we should mind our own
business and let foreign nations mind theirs.
The huge can of worms George W. Bush and other sorry American leaders have created in the Middle East is a good example. Our government has been messing up things over there for decades—ever since our country sold its soul to Israel.
Most Americans do not remember it, but it was the U.S. government that messed up Iran by overthrowing their democratically elected Prime Minister Mossadegh in 1953. And you thought we were committed to promoting democracy in the Middle East?
Then our “super geniuses” at the helm instigated the Iran-Iraq War, which dragged on from 1980 to 1988, with a million men being killed for no good reason.
That war was cooked up because Israel, which has dreams of taking over the entire Middle East, wants to see its neighbors weakened and impoverished. It also helped the oil barons by keeping up the price of oil.
One thing led to another, thanks to Israel and our corrupt leaders, and thus we find ourselves floundering in the never ending quagmire of Middle East murder and mayhem with our obedient troops stuck in the middle.
A growing number of Americans are getting fed up and want to go back to the tried and true old ways of running this country. According to a poll, 42% now feel the United States should mind its own business internationally. We certainly agree, and would like to see that become 92% or more who support an America-first policy — always.
Our enemies might call us isolationist, so be it. But what we really are is “America First.” And what is wrong with that?
Thursday, October 19, 2006
‘Made in Israel’
By Michael Collins Piper
October 23, 2006 | American Free Press
A tough-talking Marine, who was a ballistic missile advisor to General Norman Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf War, Ritter says that the same pattern of lies and disinformation used by the Bush administration and its allies in Israel to get the United States engaged in the war against Iraq is now being used to drag the United States into a war against Iran.
Ritter’s book, Target Iran, subtitled “The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change,” issues a warning Americans need to heed, because everything Ritter said earlier about the drive for war against Iraq was proved correct. As famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has said:
“The most important thing to know about Scott Ritter, the man, is that he was right. He told us again and again in 2002 and early 2003 as President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared for war in Iraq that there were no weapons [of mass destruction].”
Ritter is able to speak out so profoundly because he is virtually inoculated from the charge of being “anti-Israel” or “anti-Semitic.” As Ritter notes in his book, in his service in the military and in the weapons inspection field, he placed his life on the line in defense of Israel. Ritter writes:
“The conflict currently under way between the United States and Iran is, first and foremost, a conflict born in Israel. It is based upon an Israeli contention that Iran poses a threat to Israel, and defined by Israeli assertions that Iran possesses a nuclear weapons program. None of this has been shown to be true, and indeed much of the allegations made by Israel against Iran have been clearly demonstrated as being false. And yet the United States continues to trumpet the Israeli claims, and no individual more loudly so than the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton.
“If Iran were to attack Israel without provocation, I would argue long and hard for America to come to the aid of its friend and ally. But I cannot tolerate the idea of America being pushed into a war of aggression against Iran when Iran threatens neither Israel nor America. And this is what is happening today. Israel has, through a combination of ignorance, fear and paranoia, elevated Iran to a threat status that it finds unacceptable.
“Israel has engaged in policies that have further inflamed this situation. Israel displays an arrogance and rigidity when it comes to developing any diplomatic solution to the Iranian issue.
“And Israel demands that the United States take the lead in holding Iran to account. Israel threatens military action against Iran, knowing only too well that in doing so Israel would be committing America to war as well.
“When it comes to Iran, Israel can no longer be said to be behaving as a friend of America. And it is high time we in America had the courage to recognize this, and take appropriate actions.”
Ritter notes the United States and Israel are “two completely distinct nations, and should never be treated as one and indivisible.” He says the United States must rein in powerful Israeli lobby organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Americans also need to recognize that “national loyalty is a one-way street, and in America, for Americans, that one-way sign points only toward the United States of America.
Those who are interested in an in-depth examination of the realities — not the propaganda — about Iraq and its nuclear program (and the way the truth has been twisted by Israel and its allies in the Bush administration) should read Ritter’s book. It is available for $25.95 at most bookstores or by going on the Internet to nationbooks.org or by writing: Nation Books, 245 West 17th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10011.
Editor's comment: Scott Ritter has been at the forefront of the effort to expose the attempt to vilify Iran for doing what is permissible under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which Iran is a signatory.
The simple fact of the matter is that Iran has no capability to enrich uranium. Furthermore, it is not known if Iran is capable of constructing a P2 centrifuge that functions. This is a vital piece of hardware and enrichment cannot be done without it.
Ritter Debunks Iranian Nuclear Threat in this transcript excerpted from the short film clip at YouTube:
"To actually run a cascade that enriches uranium, Iran will have to use its own indigenous supply of uranium ore which is heavily contaminated with the element molybdenum (and other elements - Ed.).
"Iran can't separate molybdenum from its uranium. So, if they run UF6 (Uranium Hexafluoride) contaminated with molybdenum through a centrifuge cascade it will destroy the cascade. This is known. This is known by everybody.
"So this is absurd in the extreme to talk about Iran suddenly representing a threat. We know Iran doesn't represent a threat."
One comment by Ritter which caught this editor's eye was a hit at the dual-loyalists in and out of government in the U.S., where Ritter says, "national loyalty is a one-way street, and in America, for Americans, that one-way sign points only toward the United States of America."
This is clearly intended to put the neocons and other Zionist symathizers and collaborators on notice that their disloyalty to America and pursuit of treasonous activities intended to put the policies of Israel ahead of the true national interests of the U.S. (rather than the interests of the corporate elite) will not be tolerated by nationalist-minded and loyal patriots. We see this as completely disgusting behavior and something which no nation can tolerate. As Cicero said, "Even a murderer is less to fear."
What is more disgusting about the vilification of Iran (a replay of the same propaganda used against Iraq) and the ever-present Islamophobia spread by the subservient and lapdog sycophantic mainstream media such as FoxNews, CNN and others, is that we find out an Iranian filmmaker, Nader Talebzadeh, is currently touring the U.S. while interviewing a cross section of Americans for his upcoming documentary, From Tehran to Texas, which has been completely ignored by the mainstream press.
Talebzadeh says that Iran & U.S. Have Much in Common, as this additional article by Mike Piper and American Free Press shows.
Talebzadeh also says he has found one issue on which those he interviewed agree: they oppose the idea of a war against Iran as dangerous and unnecessary.
As a friend of ours, who happens to be fluent in Farsi, points out where this second article is posted, "It is a crime against humanity, culture, and civilization that the fascists in control of the Executive Branch are actively planning a catastrophic nuclear attack on this ancient and cultured nation."
But, then, what is there that is respected by the neocons and their Zionist masters but the Trotskyist ideology of perpetual war, and the destruction of any nation or civilization which opposes them, in a frenzied blood lust of eternal Talmudic revenge?
It is a fact that the civilization and religion of Islam is the last remaining culture to oppose the usury of the international bankers. This in itself is reason enough for the plotting of the destruction of this ancient culture by the international bankers.
Piper points out in further comments by Talebzadeh,
But Talebzadeh was able to build kinship on the basis of religion, letting Christians know that “every day when we Muslims get up at dawn and pray to God, we are praying for the safe and timely return of Jesus Christ.” This is something, he noted, most Christians don’t understand about Islam.
In Talebzadeh’s judgment, much anti-Islamic hostility is the consequence of political propagandizing by what he candidly referred to as “Zionist” elements determined to stop Christians from learning how much there is in common between Islam and Christianity.
As Talebzadeh predicts, and rightfully so, he believes Americans will ultimately change their government from an empire and that it will "survive as a free republic, transformed for the better."
We can only hope that this transformation will come soon. But the wisdom of the matter tells us it will not likely be with the upcoming November elections.
It is a foregone conclusion that whichever half of the ruling duopoly of the fraudulent two party system takes power, even at the 2008 elections, little will change but for a few small things which may then be proclaimed as change, but is merely window dressing to keep the sheep quiet.
The best thing that could happen is that people would stay home and boycott the theft of their votes by the electronic voting machines. That would send an unmistakable message that people are fed up with the current fascist tyranny.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Report about the Zundel Hearing October 4, 2006
by Ingrid Rimland
07 October 2006 | Ziopedia
Up-front, please let me apologize for not using correct trial vocabulary since court protocol is very different in Germany from hearings on this continent. Also, since trial transcripts are verboten, what little information I get is second-hand and, of necessity, subjective. With this report, I am doing the best that I can.
I was told that this October 4 hearing was going to be a brief, insignificant session of a couple of hours only, dealing with administrative matters. Dr. Schaller, one of the defense attorneys who had submitted a detailed summary September 29 of the geopolitical significance of Zundel's lifelong quest for truth - " - to get to the bottom of what the heck happened at Auschwitz", as Ernst himself put it in his documentary DVD - was not going to be at this hearing, since he has to travel from Austria, an eight-hour trip each way. I did not even announce the date on the Internet, since I did not want Zundel supporters travel long distances at great expense and inconvenience to them, only to be disappointed.
As it turned out, this hearing was one of the most significant and dramatic events as yet that played in the courtroom in Mannheim. It seems that the prosecution, with Judge Meinerzhagen as its designated bottleneck, dropped all pretenses in near riotous outbursts that can only be described as bizarre, hysterical panic to keep the historical truth from coming uncorked!
Prior to this hearing, Defense Attorney Rieger had submitted a number of extensive "requests" to the court - pardon the imprecise term - asking in clear language that forensic and documentary evidence be allowed, as well as the testimony of prominent expert witnesses. I will not go into the details because the copies that I saw were in German and it is too complicated to give you a feel for what these papers summarized, other than to say that this was the first time, to my knowledge, that the defense dropped all hesitation and went on the offensive in a forceful and decisive way - a courageous strategy indeed in the wake of explicit threats to them to be charged with the same "offense" as Ernst Zundel. After all, the court intoned over and over, the Holocaust could not be anything but "self-evident" and should not, could not, and would not be put to the test!
Specifically, in reference to expert witnesses, the Zundel defense team had requested that both the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, be permitted to testify as to the harmful consequences of keeping the world in the dark by pretending the Holocaust was what it purported to be - a "fact of history" - now contested by this obstreperous Swabian in Mannheim. Several other potential expert witnesses' names were submitted who would shed light where darkness reigned, among them Fred Leuchter, the chief investigator of the dreaded "gas chambers" of Auschwitz and other major Third Reich concentration camps. One of the interesting and unknown items, for me, was a document listed that showed that Jewish factions had aborted an investigation years ago that would have more precisely determined the number of "Holocaust" victims. Another document that Attorney Rieger had either submitted previously or tried to submit at this hearing was an Open Letter by the Iranian President to Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in which the Iranian head of state shamed the German government for imprisoning Holocaust researchers in order to prevent the truth from coming out. Ahmadinejad is reported to have said, according to an interview in Germany's Der Spiegel in May of this year:
"The extortion and blackmail continue, and people are not allowed to think about or even question the source of this extortion, otherwise they face imprisonment. When will this situation end? Sixty years, one hundred years or one thousand years, when?"
I have read President Ahmadinejad's letter in both German and English translations - it is widely available on the Net and, naturally, on the Zundelsite http://www.zundelsite.org - but to my knowledge it was utterly stonewalled by Germany's mainstream press, and Chancellor Merkel had called it a "scandalous" letter she would, of course, ignore!
One of the most dramatic moments in this hearing came when Ernst Zundel decided to break his self-imposed silence and let them have it, Zundel-fashion, for the first time in more than 18 months. I never understood and was never given an adequate explanation of why he chose to remain silent for so long, but I utterly trust Ernst's political judgment - he must have had his reasons. This day, it seems, he had his fill - he stood up, dug in his heels, accused the court of shamelessly running a secret political show trial where only written submissions were allowed, to be read by the court at the exclusion of both public and press, and proceeded to read President Ahmadinejad's Open Letter right into Judge Meinerzhagen's horrified ears!
At that point, pandemonium!
Judge Meinerzhagen simply lost it - and started to scream, his hands shaking and his face distorted with fury, that this was an "impertinence" - in German, "eine Frechheit!" - that the defense was trying to pull the wool over his eyes by making the defendant the messenger of what, precisely, he had forbidden the attorneys to submit at risk of their own welfare! It seems that the verbal confrontation that ensued was the Mother of all Shouting Matches - it even worried the armed police at one point! Apparently it looked like it would come to blows!
Folks, please take this as an incomplete report that I am writing in the middle of the night, a continent away. I look at this newest twist in the dramatic Zundel Saga with both dread and elation. I will not even attempt to interpret what all this could possibly mean - let's simply say that finally it looks to me as though the German government, on its knees before Zion for more than sixty years, has lost its grip before the precipice and broadcast its own terror - of the inexorable Power of the Truth!
Editor's comment: It would have been a joy to be a fly on the wall to see this. From what we have heard and read while following this story, Judge Meinerzhagen is there only to rubber stamp the Zionist orders to put Ernst Zundel back in jail.
The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has hit the Zionists right between the eyes. And they continue to howl in horror at the audacity of this outspoken and straightforward man.
The whine of eternal victimhood is fading in the background as the perpetrators of the greatest hoax in the history of the world lose their grip on the lie machine they themselves had initiated.
As for those in the media who have gone along with the hoax, woe unto you, for you are now exposed as the liars and enablers of this hoax which has allowed the uncontrolled plunder of nations and peoples for the benefit of a small minority of fraudsters.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, we offer you three YouTube video CBC reports concerning previous trials of Ernst Zundel.
CBC Zundel Trial #1
CBC Zundel Trial #2
CBC Zundel Trial #3
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Britain's longest-running political drama is finally coming to an end. Blair is dead. Long live Blairism.
By Stryker McGuire
Alessia Pierdomenico / Reuters / Reuters
Heading for the exit: The knives were out
and in the end Blair had to set a date
Sept. 18, 2006 issue - The weather was fine during his beach vacation in Barbados toward the end of August. But Tony Blair returned to a political hurricane in London. The cause of the storm: his handling of the summer's Israel-Lebanon war. The prime minister parroted Washington's pro-Israeli line. Following George W. Bush's lead, he hesitated to call for an immediate ceasefire. Furious at what they saw as another instance of kowtowing to America, scores of M.P.s were lying in wait. Two years ago Blair had promised to serve a third term and no more. He was only 15 months into it—but this so-called angry brigade decided his time was up.
Blair suspected a trap and drew a line in the sand. On Aug. 31 he invited The Times of London in for an interview. He refused repeatedly—"at least eight times," according to the paper—to say when he would step down. He told Labour Party leaders to "stop obsessing," and let his frustration show. "Look, what is the difficulty here? ... If you start laying down timetables, then what you do is you just provide for another endless bout of speculation, and the authority of the prime minister's position becomes difficult in those circumstances." During the interview, Blair sipped tea from a mug labeled ANTHONY and bearing the motto of a person so named: YOU'RE A MAN WHO'S IN CHARGE; OTHERS FOLLOW YOUR LEAD.
Not anymore. Over the following week Blair saw his once famously disciplined Labour Party descend into civil war. In the end, Blair was a defeated man. Last Thursday he interrupted a visit to a London school to speak to reporters. Where once he would have slapped down his opponents, he was now contrite. This, he said, "has not been our finest hour." Having said he wouldn't lay down a timetable, he did: he'd be gone in 12 months. "So as I say," he continued, "it has been a somewhat difficult week, but it's time now to move on."
How? Seven days in September changed everything for Blair. When Parliament goes back into session, he will face a blood-scenting rebellion that could stall, stop or kill the initiatives Blair hopes will crown his final months in office and help shape his legacy. Ever since the summer of 2003, when the occupation of Iraq started spinning out of control, Blair has been in steady decline. Last week, his 10th year in office, the sun effectively set on his government. The 53-year-old prime minister may be able to hang on into next year. But "even if he lingers that long," Matthew d'Ancona, editor of The Spectator magazine, wrote last week, "he will be a political wraith, barely in office and certainly not in power." On the magazine's cover, a cartoon depicted Blair as Margaret Thatcher, hounded out of office by her Conservative Party in 1990.
It's tempting to see in this tragedy a political tale of broader sweep. Surely this is Old Labour's revenge against Blair, a party ridding itself at last of a foreign substance. It's true that Blair and Labour have never been an easy fit. Boarding-school upbringing. A father who dreamed of becoming a Conservative M.P. And his politics: there's probably not a single Labour M.P. to his right on the political spectrum. The Labour Party, in this telling, was seduced by Blair's electability, by the fact that he would broaden Labour's appeal to capture the holy grail of postmodern British politics: Middle England. Blair got Labour back into government after 18 years. Now the party was rejecting him and his centrist values.
But it's not quite so simple. Blair's fall, in fact, is far more personal. For the angry squad, the object was to get rid of the prime minister who has seemed to be at Bush's beck and call ever since 9/11 and who took Britain to war in Iraq behind the United States. They number 80 or so of 353 Labour M.P.s. But though they succeeded in causing a furor last week, they're also something of a distraction. More important is that many more members of the party, most longtime loyalists, have come to believe that Blair has, as the Brits say, passed his sell-by date. The problem is not the overall direction of the New Labour agenda, which Blair pursued in partnership with his Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown. The greater concern is the effect of Blair's decline on the party's popular appeal. Post-Iraq, more and more Labourites have grown concerned about how they will fare in regional and local elections next year, not to mention the next general election, expected in 2009 at the latest.
Meanwhile, the Conservative Party has been gathering strength under its telegenic 39-year-old leader, David Cameron. Polls show the Tories running ahead by five points or more. Less remarked upon, but even direr, is the collapse of Labour's pull in bellwether London, where one recent poll puts the opposition ahead by nine points. It's no coincidence that M.P.s in vulnerable constituencies are turning against Blair. Indeed, his opposition now comes from all directions, not just a leftwing fringe of anti-warriors and Old Labour diehards.
There's yet another dimension to Blair's downfall—one that was decisive last week. That's Gordon Brown, his presumptive heir. When Blair's political enemies went on the warpath, he could have stopped them "with a click of his fingers," as former Home secretary Charles Clarke put it. Untainted by the Iraq war, with good lines into the party's left wing, he could have quelled the mutiny but instead lay low. "Most of us have looked on aghast," said John McDonnell, a left-wing Labour M.P. who's no friend of either man. "It's almost been like an episode of 'The Sopranos'."
Indeed, Brown may have done himself more long-term harm than good with his maneuvering. He finally met with Blair last Wednesday, for a total of three and a half hours. Their discussion gravitated to the question that has poisoned their relationship for much of their time in government: when would Blair make good on his promise to turn power over to Brown, as Brown had given way for Blair when the party leadership opened up in 1994? This time, the talks were particularly rancorous. Blair and Brown shouted at each other, according to one report, with Blair at one point accusing Brown of "blackmail"—demanding concessions on succession in exchange for calming the party mutiny. Brown left with less than he had asked for, but Blair could barely contain his fury. When he took a call from an old friend that night, he exploded, "Where did [Brown] get this mendacity from?"
Blair and Brown managed to agree on something: the prime minister would outline a timetable for his departure; the chancellor would make a show of loyalty. Up in Scotland, the chancellor spoke: "I want to make it absolutely clear that when I met the prime minister yesterday, I said to him—as I've said on many occasions and I repeat today—it is for him to make the decision." Yet the most lasting image from Thursday was a photo on several front pages: Brown wears a big, satisfied smile as his chauffeured car leaves Downing Street after his talks with Blair. It left little to the imagination. "Riding high," said the caption in the Financial Times.
There are signs that voters have grown tired of Labour's long-running soap opera—and that Brown, in office for as long as Blair, may now be tainted goods as well. In a Daily Telegraph poll, only 20 percent of those surveyed thought he would make "a better prime minister" than Blair. Many senior Labour figures see him as Blair's malevolent, smiling executioner. Given his behavior last week, said Clarke, the chancellor must now "prove his fitness" to be prime minister. Others were worried that with Blair debilitated, Brown would have a virtual veto power over Blair's legislative "legacy agenda" designed to broaden and cement his health and education reforms, thereby frustrating the prime minister's final days and months in office. "Everyone's lost," the friend who spoke to Blair by phone told NEWSWEEK. "This is the week New Labour started to die."
That seems an overstatement. As wounded as Blair and Brown may be, a new generation of thirty- and fortysomething Labour M.P.s is coming of age. Blairite or Brownite, they are all modernizers; for them, there's no turning back. New Labour's founders may have lost their appeal, but New Labour hasn't. There may be battles within Labour over the extent to which private enterprise should be involved in public services, but it's Blair who's fading fast, not the New Labour project that he (and Brown) championed.
Labour's problem in the short term is that it's weakened at a time when it suddenly has competition again from the Tories, finally recovering from their epic defeat in 1997. Cameron was one of the few politicians in Westminster left smiling after Blair and Brown finished with each other last week. He popped up to say the government was "in meltdown," then dropped out of sight. He didn't say much else. He didn't have to.
With Karla Adam and Rebecca Hall
Editor's comment: This signals sea change for the political outlook in Britain, and the loss of Bush's poodle will significantly hurt the pull Bush maintains in the halls of Congress.
And with the coming ouster of John Bolton as U.N. Ambassador in favor of another neocon, Paula Dobriansky, who is currently Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and a signer of the original PNAC policy documents, we see that it is possible that the neocon influence is now waning significantly, at least the more rabid variety represented by Bolton and his cohorts, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith and Libby, who have all made their departures from the current administration.
We can attribute Blair's fall to his staunch support of Washington's failed neocon policies which have meant endless war and grave losses in blood and treasure.
Of course, we have been talking about the coming political demise of Blair for some number of months now as Blair's public opinion ratings have plunged, and the scandals surrounding the lies and fixing of intelligence to bring Britain into the war scenario have been exposed for what they are - treason!
Expect that if the fall elections go poorly for the GOPers, the same fate which has soiled Blair's legacy will do double the harm to George W. Bush, even perhaps leading to his ultimate impeachment.
But, since the party picture in Britain is much the same as that in the U.S. with its ruling duoploy, it remains to be seen just how far this change will take us toward resolving the foreign policy crisis which we now face.
And, with the Zionist stranglehold on the American political process which all but precludes a chance of any major changes in the U.S. policy in the Middle East, we can expect the battle to continue in the trenches of public opinion, a battle which will go to the victors of the information war.
Remember also that the Hasbara is working the propaganda matrix as hard as they are able, promoting the interests of the bandit state of Israel and its criminal leaders.
Keep your powder dry, your pen full of ink and your fingers nimble on the keyboard so that we are able to strongly counter the Zionist propaganda.
Friday, August 18, 2006
By John Kaminski
August 13, 2006 | The Truth Seeker
The ghost of dead poet Ezra Pound bids us to peek into the misty library of our own minds, specifically into the section suppressed by public schools and TV channels, as well as by most progressive Internet websites.
Ezra who? Pound was the great teacher who mentored the leading lights of a generation of 20th century American literateurs: Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot and that bunch. During World War II Pound broadcast anti-American invective and railed against the world banking system. He was tried for treason and spent 13 years in an insane asylum. Today, his message is more prescient than ever.
Pound's ghost wafts down a cobwebbed corridor of musty tomes and settles upon a long-forgotten folio: "Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage from a Hieratic Papyrus in Leiden," translated by Alan H. Gardiner in 1909.
"Egypt was in distress; the social system had become disorganized; violence filled the land. Invaders preyed upon the defenseless population; the rich were stripped of everything and slept in the open, and the poor took their possessions. It is no local disturbance that is here described, but a great and overwhelming national disaster. The Pharaoh was strangely inactive."
Noting that Pharaoh's Jewish adviser interpreted his dreams, the ghost pulls out a dusty scroll, the famous Ipuwer Papyrus, and reads:
"The towns are destroyed ... years of noise. There is no end to noise. The fish in the lakes and rivers die, and worms, insects, and reptiles breed prolifically."
Pound's ghost comments: "What a strange occurrence! No battles are described; the empire was not attacked from without. The description is oddly like the French and Russian Communist Revolutions ... the rich were stripped of everything and slept in the open. There are also parallels to modern America ... the fish in the lakes and rivers die ... there is no end to noise."
He then reads a passage from the 5th century B.C. Egyptian historian Manetho:
"A people of ignoble origin from the East, who had the audacity to invade the country, which they mastered by main force, without difficulty, or even a battle."
“During this 511 year period, the Jews were princes in Egypt, taking what they wanted from the enslaved Egyptians, and incurring their enmity by their vicious arrogance over the betrayed population. At last, the native leaders of the Egyptians led a successful revolt, and expelled the Hyksos forever. Manetho writes that after the Hyksos were driven out, the Egyptians punished the Jews for their treachery, and enslaved them for life at hard labor.
“This brings us to the period of Moses, when the Jews were complaining about their hard lot in Egypt. Before they betrayed the nation to the Hyksos, they had enjoyed every freedom in Egypt, and it was only natural that they should be punished for their treason. Rather than endure this slavery, they petitioned the Pharoah to let them return to Palestine, and resume their life of nomadic banditry.”
This could be the first recorded instance of what was to happen again and again over time and is still happening, with blinding and bloody vividity, in places like Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere, anywhere the Jewish state conceals its interests from the glare of public scrutiny.
Typical was the fate of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar II, the mightiest ruler of the ancient world, had received many complaints about the Jewish bandits operating in Palestine and he brought 30,000 captives back to Babylon. Within five decades Babylon was no more.
In a papyrus found in Oxyhynchus, Egypt, a Roman named Hermaiscus is tried for treason, apparently, like Haman in the Persian Empire, he protested against the growing power of the Jews. The papyrus states that in his defense, Hermaiscus said to the Emperor Trajan, "It distresses me to see your cabinet and privy council filled with Jews." Of course he was executed. How many other gentiles have died in this way over the centuries?
And yes, Brutus and his fellow senators murdered Julius Caesar because the tyrant had made the Jews a privileged group above the laws of Rome, exempt from military service and most of the empire’s laws, much in the same way as the Zionized Neocons of America’s own Caligula, George W. Bush. The traffic in gold between nations was the cornerstone of Jewish international power two thousand years ago, just as it is today. It was carried on under the guise of being a "religious" occupation.
The literary device of Pound’s ghost can only be Eustace Mullins, Pound’s longtime assistant and protegé, who has over the decades become every bit as notorious and revered as his mentor. While Pound created the reputation in letters as the most authentic American poet of the 20th century, Mullins — who started out as the imprisoned Pound’s devoted assistant — has done the same for himself in the area of revealing the secrets of the Federal Reserve scam and chronicling the hidden history of that certain tribe, to whose exploits we now return.
The narrative of the ghost in this story is directly lifted from Mullins’ New History of Jews, which he wrote in 1968.
It chronicles the destruction of a succession of nations down through the centuries, and the formula is shockingly similar. It paints a certain picture over and over again, and when you hear enough of these surprising and suppressed examples of history, you’ll get the message.
For instance, consider the fate of Britain, hub of the world.
“Time after time, the kings of England, facing revolution if they refused, were forced to expel the Jews in response to the demands of the working people,” Mullins writes.
In October 1290, 16,000 Jews boarded vessels, leaving England to live with their fellow parasites in France, Flanders, Germany and Spain. They were kept out of England for 300 years, and during this period, England became the greatest nation in the world.
The Jews finally succeeded in returning by financing a revolution for a fanatic named Oliver Cromwell. With unlimited funds at his disposal, Cromwell hired troops and seized the country. He beheaded the king, Charles I, and began a campaign of ruthless extortion and crime against the people of England. Ostensibly, the Cromwell party was Christian, and it was called the Puritans, but in fact, it was Jewish from its very inception, financed with Jewish money for the purpose of regaining a foothold in England ...
So cruel was the oppression of Christians by Cromwell and his Jewish group that the English people rebelled and restored King Charles II to the throne. The first thing they demanded was that he expel the Jews, whom Cromwell had brought back to the country.
A little further along this sad chronology of history, Mullins writes ...
Jews were also feared because of their practice of medicine. In the year 833, the Mohammedans forbade the Jews to adopt the profession of medicine, and in 1335, the Holy Synod of Salamanca declared that Jewish physicians entered this profession solely for the opportunities which it offered them to kill Christians.
And too close to our own time, Pound’s ghost synopsizes the infection in America’s collective perceptual powers:
In our universities, everything must be attributed to one of three Jews: Marx, Freud or Einstein; otherwise the instructors are not allowed to teach. Christ is a figure of fun to the “in” professors .... Marx modernized the ruthless concept of Jewish dictatorship in his philosophy of Communism. It was Einstein’s researches which led to the invention of the the Jewish Hell-Bomb. Freud declared war on the nobility of the human mind, insisting that our intelligence is found only in our reproductive organs and our anuses. This was the foundation of the “science” of psychiatry, although a gentile who came later, Carl Jung, found that people could be helped if one ignored the Freudian filth ....
Thus Jung discovered that Jewish psychiatry could be very damaging to the gentile mind. thousand of gentiles who have placed themselves in the care of Jewish psychiatrists have become hopelessly insane, or have committed suicide. This was only to be expected. The Jews have also developed dangerous new drugs which induce insanity in gentiles ...
Reader! You may now contemplate the current state of “modern medicine.”
In this media blitz that today we call cyberspace, so much alternative information is presented by clever poseurs on all levels claiming that it’s not Jews, it’s Zionists; it’s not Jews, it’s Neocons; it’s not Jews, it’s Communists; it’s not Jews, it’s the Illuminati. Wise up, my friend. All of those labels are synonyms for Judaism, which is not really a religion, but a crime scheme. It gives one demonstrably insane group of people to rob and kill everyone else, and they’ve been so clever at it FOR FIVE THOUSAND YEARS, most people don’t even notice.
Of course, this is made possible by their control of money, media and medicine. This is how they have enslaved the world.
“Being Jew-wise,” Mullins writes, “that one recognizes the basic precepts of the Jewish problem.”
1. The Jew always exists in a state of war with all civilized nations.
2. Every Jew is an agent of the state of Israel.
3. The Jew always knows who he is.
4. Whatever ambitions you may have, you cannot realize these goals because of the presence of the Jews.
Mullins, the real life ghost of legendary poet Ezra Pound, explains this cautionary checklist more fully:
It is the function of the Jew to systematically destroy the habitat and the lifestyle of the host people. This renders them unable to resist or to dislodge his parasitic presence. At the beginning of this biological relationship, it is the Jew who is the displaced person, seeking a place for himself while the host is secure in his home. In establishing his biological presence among the host people, the Jew works furiously to replace the lifestyle of the host with a totally synthetic environment, tailored to the needs and purposes of the Jew. With spider-like precision, the Jew spins his web about the host people, using satire, pornography, and the host’s own system of communication to entrap them in the web of the Jew. When the web is complete, the host is unable to move, and finds himself at the mercy of the Jew, who is not slow to administer his fatal poison.
Take a look around you, folks. Is this not exactly what’s happening in the world today? Maybe you could ask someone in Palestine, someone who is bleeding ....
Editor's comment: Kaminski does well as he presents this subject in the form of a history lesson.
Ezra Pound warned us all of what was taking place, and for this he was unmercifully vilified and imprisoned.
For his work with Pound, Eustace Mullins has become a revered national treasure to those thinking people out here, those who are able to grasp the reality even while hidden forces seek to befuddle and confuse the human mind.
Keeping our history covered up is the one thing which will lead to our destruction. Only the truth will set us free, for if we do not know where we have been, we shall never know where we are going.
As the world races toward what seems like certain doom, we see that only open and honest discussion will lead to solving the problems we all face.
As James J. Martin observed in his revisionist essay (1976), Pearl Harbor: Antecedents, Background and Consequences,
There are never enough data to enable one to prove an unpopular historical thesis. An establishment, having anchored its line, predictably vilifies a rival and subjects those involved to ridicule and ultimately to personal detraction and traducement which goes far beyond that. This ad hominem denigration is expected to transfer to their intellectual product. And no matter what the latter put on the record, the former insist that it is not enough 'proof,' regardless of how flimsy or unconvincing was the 'proof' used to create the establishment position. Those seeking to revise this have to be made of stern stuff and willing to run the risk of a lifetime career of malicious disparagement. "Writing history is a dangerous trade," the redoubtable Charles A. Beard observed 40 years ago.
The famed Chinese philosopher Lin Yu-tang once observed, "It is the law of human nature that those whom we injure must be condemned."
And so it goes today as in years gone by. However unpopular the historical facts surrounding what Kaminski presents, the truth is there for all to see, if we take the time to look.
As the high pitched wails of victimhood shouted out by the Zionists continue to obscure the truth surrounding the events of the 20th century, we must rise above the levels of corruption which have caused the near destruction of our culture. We must denounce the treason perpetrated on the unsuspecting populace by our greedy leaders and the purveyors of a brand of hatred, the hatred of life itself, which has shown itself plainly for all to see.
The poison has been injected and the antidote will be painful, but it would be better than the annihilation wrought by allowing the poison to continue its work.
“We are all ensnared by the tentacles of a system of social control, operating at all levels of society, which demands the blood sacrifice of millions of the cream of our youth every generation in bloody aggression to maintain prosperity. The primary intellectual and spiritual fundaments of this system spring from what passes for history, and are percolated down to the lowest member of society via a well-coordinated machine which leaves nothing unsullied by its poisonous output.” Willis A. Carto, 1983
The Fable of the Ducks and the Hens is a useful comparison to Kaminski's article.
"The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers." Cicero
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The Brilliantly Profitable Timing of the Alaska Oil Pipeline Shutdown
by Greg Palast
August 8, 2006 | Common Dreams
Is the Alaska Pipeline corroded? You bet it is. Has been for more than a decade. Did British Petroleum shut the pipe yesterday to turn a quick buck on its negligence, to profit off the disaster it created? Just ask the "smart pig."
Years ago, I had the unhappy job of leading an investigation of British Petroleum's management of the Alaska pipeline system. I was working for the Chugach villages, the Alaskan Natives who own the shoreline slimed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker grounding.
Even then, courageous government inspectors and pipeline workers were screaming about corrosion all through the pipeline. I say "courageous" because BP, which owns 46% of the pipe and is supposed to manage the system, had a habit of hunting down and destroying the careers of those who warn of pipeline problems.
In one case, BP's CEO of Alaskan operations hired a former CIA expert to break into the home of a whistleblower, Chuck Hamel, who had complained of conditions at the pipe's tanker facility. BP tapped his phone calls with a US congressman and ran a surveillance and smear campaign against him. When caught, a US federal judge said BP's acts were "reminiscent of Nazi Germany."
This was not an isolated case. Captain James Woodle, once in charge of the pipe's Valdez terminus, was blackmailed into resigning the post when he complained of disastrous conditions there. The weapon used on Woodle was a file of faked evidence of marital infidelity. Nice guys, eh?
Now let's talk timing. BP's suddenly discovered corrosion necessitating an emergency shut-down of the line is the same corrosion Dan Lawn has been screaming about for 15 years. Lawn is a steel-eyed government inspector who has kept his job only because his union's lawyers have kept BP from having his head.
Indeed, it's pretty darn hard for BP to claim it is surprised to find corrosion this week when Lawn issued a damning report on corrosion right after a leak and spill were discovered on March 2 of this year.
Why shut the pipe now? The timing of a sudden inspection and fix of a decade-long problem has a suspicious smell. A precipitous shutdown in mid-summer, in the middle of Middle East war(s), is guaranteed to raise prices and reap monster profits for BP. The price of crude jumped $2.22 a barrel on the shutdown news to over $76. How lucky for BP which sells four million barrels of oil a day. Had BP completed its inspection and repairs a couple years back -- say, after Dan Lawn's tenth warning -- the oil market would have hardly noticed.
But $2 a barrel is just the beginning of BP's shut-down bonus. The Alaskan oil was destined for the California market which now faces a supply crisis at the very height of the summer travel season. The big winner is ARCO petroleum, the largest retailer in the Golden State. ARCO is a 100%-owned subsidiary of … British Petroleum.
BP could have fixed the pipeline problem this past winter, after their latest corrosion-caused oil spill. But then ARCO would have lost the summertime supply-squeeze windfall.
Enron Corporation was infamous for deliberately timing repairs to maximize profit. Would BP also manipulate the market in such a crude manner? Some US prosecutors think they did so in the US propane market. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) just six weeks ago charged the company with approving an Enron-style scheme to crank up the price of propane sold in poor rural communities in the US. One former BP exec has pleaded guilty.
Lord Browne, the imperious CEO of BP, has apologized for that scam, for the Alaska spill, for this week's shutdown and for the deaths in 2005 of 15 workers at the company's mortally sloppy refinery operation at Texas City, Texas.
I don't want readers to think BP isn't civic-minded. The company's US CEO, Bob Malone, was Co-Chairman of the Bush re-election campaign in Alaska. Mr. Bush, in turn, was so impressed with BP's care of Alaska's environment that he pushed again to open the state's arctic wildlife refuge (ANWR) to drilling by the BP consortium.
Indeed, you can go to Alaska today and see for yourself the evidence of BP's care of the wilderness. You can smell it: the crude oil still on the beaches from the Exxon Valdez spill.
Exxon took all the blame for the spill because they were dumb enough to have the company's name on the ship. But it was BP's pipeline managers who filed reports that oil spill containment equipment was sitting right at the site of the grounding near Bligh Island. However, the reports were bogus, the equipment wasn't there and so the beaches were poisoned. At the time, our investigators uncovered four-volume's worth of faked safety reports and concluded that BP was at least as culpable as Exxon for the 1,200 miles of oil-destroyed coastline.
Nevertheless, m'Lord Browne preens himself with his corporation's environmental record. We know BP cares about nature because they have lots of photos of solar panels in their annual reports -- and they've painted every one of their gas stations green.
The green paint-job is supposed to represent the oil giant's love of Mother Nature. But the good Lord, Mr. Browne, knows it stands for the color of the Yankee dollar.
BP claims the profitable timing of its Alaska pipe shutdown can be explained because they've only now run a "smart pig" through the pipes to locate the corrosion. The "pig" is an electronic drone that BP should have been using continuously, though they had not done so for 14 years. The fact that, in the middle of an oil crisis, they've run it through now, forcing the shutdown, reminds me, when I consider Lord Browne's closeness to George Bush, that the company's pig is indeed, very, very smart.
Editor's comment: Greg Palast has turned in a top notch article here which pin points the fascist machinations of the Bush cabal and its ex-Trotskyite, PNAC neocon cohorts.
Why shouldn't BP act in the manner portrayed? Why not, indeed. BP has shown itself to be a ruthless part of the money power as they decide the fate of the little people while sitting in their corporate boardroom. Wielding that power with all of the alacrity of the most adept of CIA hit squads, BP has shown its propensity time and again to worship mammon and the condition of the corporate bottom line.
And George W. Bush himself has rewarded them for their misdeeds while the evidence mounts to show BP has betrayed its responsibility to the laws of the United States and contributed to environmental disaster, all for the sake of corporate profits.
There is a goeologist friend of ours who happens to have a sample of Alaska oil and he told us it is the second or third thickest he has seen. This means it is chock full of all of the nasty crud which corrodes pipelines.
Did BP know? Hell, yes they knew!
Was BP negligent to the point of criminal culpability? We believe they are crimanally negligent, and have now arranged it so that they may reap more windfall profits while the people are sheared of their hard earned dollars.
Back to our geologist friend who has made this prediction which we will now pass along. [Edited for clarity.]
Prediction: I place a significant (greater than 30% and rising) probablility on the idea that this is a supply "shock" [to] remove supply domestically in order to prepare the consumer/nation for the potential shortfalls that may occur in an Iran conflict. At this time, the price spike will move a measurable percentage of consumers toward stuff like car pools and mass transit. It [the pipeline] will be fixed right about the time there's been several days of no insurance for crude carriers who attempt to pass the Strait of Hormuz. The next 4-6 weeks are prime for this conflict.
Look to also see some type of temporary roll back or suspension of fares for mass transit at that time. Between that, and gas rising to $6+ a gallon, the strategerists will be able to engage Iran without caving the economy in completely. We just had several "spare the air" days out here where BART [San Francisco - Bay Area Rapid Transit] was free to ride and tons of people took advantage, the freeways were noticably lighter in volume and the remaining drivers probably used 20% less fuel from the higher average speeds.
Notice [Federal Reserve] rates stopped rising and now there's talk of reduction? Hmmm... Fits right in. We wouldn't want the consumer to go without gas, but he might have to put it on his charge card until he sells the Tahoe for a Prius or 1978 Volkswagon Rabbit diesel...
Remember, that [loss] is 8% of domestic production. Most here comes from Venezuela, and Chavez will fall right in line with selling to us if he's getting $100 barrel and shippers are saving the difference between going through the gulf to Texas or carting it to China. The insurance rates alone will probably make that trip 10% [more costly] than going anywhere else off the bat. The rest of the world will have to deal with the Russian and Caspian [BP owns 36% of Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline] suppliers for their supply and probably will be SOL for the duration.
On this note, we shall say that no amount of insanity goes too far for the neocons. It is entirely possible that these events may still take place.
Before anything of this nature takes place, however, Syria must be isolated even further. There is still a chance that Syria may be drawn into the conflict as a means provoke Iran to attack and thus open the door for a strike on them as well. Thus far Syria has shown a great deal of fortitude and restraint.
The war on Lebanon will only stop when there is a complete withdrawal of the IDF and Lebanese troops (who are mostly Shi'a) are inserted at the border. A UN (or NATO) force will not suffice and will eventually become targets of Hezbollah, just as the multinational forces are in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And just when we they thought no one would notice, Turkey has launched an artillery barrage on a PKK camp in northern Iraq.
One thing is certain, all of this activity is tied into the excess amounts of inflated dollars injected into the US economy by the Bush administration and a profligate Congress.
We don't wish to be redundant, but we are back again to the influence of the money power. This is the source of all the evil.
Meanwhile, the ZioNazis have approved a wider offensive in Lebanon which will surely mean one or more additional divisions added to the melee. Olmert has run out of options and a new strategy is now forming.
An intelligence update from Stratfor has confirmed "at its meeting Aug. 7, the Israeli Cabinet appeared to have given up on a diplomatic solution -- if it ever actually believed diplomacy would work -- and made it clear that Israeli forces were going to be given a much freer hand in Lebanon. Today, Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz announced that Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky was to become Halutz's representative at Northern Command -- which owns the Lebanese operation -- for the duration of the war."
The political ramifications of this move is that Halutz, highly criticized for the seeminly unproductive air war in Lebanon, has ceded authority over the war to Kaplinsky who was the commander of the elite Golani Brigade.
We suspect that a push to the Litani River may well occur as the link above suggests. But it is also likely that the IDF may push into the Bekaa Valley in an attempt to dislodge Hezbollah from the area and try to draw a Syrian response to provocations along the border as Hezbollah fighters may seek refuge in Syria as the fighting there intensifies.
Time will tell, and with the oil intrigue developing as it is currently, it looks more likely to play out as a last ditch effort by the neocons to implement their failing geopolitical strategy in the Middle East and the Caspian basin.
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