Homeland Security to Border Patrol: if bad guys start shooting, run and hide

June 30, 2012 by  
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An awful lot of those Operation Fast and Furious guns, like the one involved in Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder, are still missing, but fear not – the Department of Homeland Security has some helpful advice for other Border Patrol agents.

As Brandon Judd of the Arizona agents’ union explained on their website, “We are now taught in an ‘Active Shooter’ course that if we encounter a shooter in a public place we are to ‘run away’ and ‘hide’.  If we are cornered by such a shooter we are to (only as a last resort) become ‘aggressive’ and ‘throw things’ at him or her. We are then advised to ‘call law enforcement’ and wait for their arrival (presumably, while more innocent victims are slaughtered).”

“Throw things” at cartel killers packing automatic weapons?  Like what, copies of ObamaCare?

This advice comes via pamphlets from Homeland Security, and even a FEMA-administered computer course, which must be the least exciting first-person-shooter game ever created.  According to a Fox News report, there is also a “pocket-sized card outlining protocol,” which probably contains the lyrics to “Brave Sir Robin Ran Away” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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The Jack Blood Show – June 29 2012

June 30, 2012 by  
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Jack Blood welcomes www.tenthamendmentcenter.com communications director Mike Maharrey as they discuss the SCOTUS Obama-Care decision and how Nullification can stop the Feds from forcing us to participate in it. In the 2nd hour Jack welocmes radio host / artist, and voice of the Toxic Avenger, Clyde Lewis from www.groundzeromedia.org – They jam through a myriad of topics from Obama’s CIA origins, to Satanism… this interview moves so fast you may have to hear it twice! recently Clyde and Jack were “accused” of being the same person and “cointelpro” by web crazies (picture here: http://www.wellaware1.com/cointelpro/jack%20blood/louis-and-blood.jpg)… That myth is obliterated during this broadcast!

Video: Former Wall St. Exec commits suicide seconds after hearing guilty verdict in Court!?

June 30, 2012 by  
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Thanks for sparing us the cost of your incarceration / rehab.

FOX 10 News – Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

FOX Phoenix

PHOENIX –

Did this convicted arsonist poison himself in court? Michael Marin appeared to have swallowed something after hearing the guilty verdict.

Minutes later, he collapsed and died.

This was already a bizarre case even before the drama in the court room.

Michael Marin set his Biltmore mansion on fire because he couldn’t afford the mortgage. He was found outside of the burning mansion — he escaped a second floor bedroom wearing scuba gear.

Michael Marin entered the courtroom at 12:43 Thursday afternoon. The only thing he appeared to have in his hands is a drink bottle. He took a drink before sitting at the defendant’s table.

Two minutes later, Marin heard the jury’s verdict.

“We the jury, duly impaneled and sworn in the above entitled action upon our oath, do find the defendant Michael James Marin guilty of arson of an occupied structure.”

Marin dropped his head into his hands in despair. He then slid his hands up and appeared to place something in his mouth.

He then sat back. Nothing seems out of the ordinary at this point. The court proceedings go on.

About 5 minutes later, he placed that drink bottle on the table. Once again buried his face in his hands, and for a second time appeared to place something else into his mouth.

A closer look shows he swallowed several times.

At 12:52, Marin took a final drink. A few seconds later, he turned to talk to the people sitting behind him.

A woman handed him tissue, and it’s a downward spiral from there.

He began to convulse at first lightly. But quickly it grows more violent. His attorneys called for help.

Marin hunched over, slowly collapsing to the ground as others rushed in to help. Someone asked for someone to call 911 and several people ran to help him.

About 10 minutes later, cell phone video captured paramedics wheeling Marin into an ambulance. He was later declared dead.

From the video from inside the courtroom, it looks like a suicide, that Marin put some toxic substance into his mouth.

“They are leaning towards that obviously if you watch the video it looks like he does put something in his mouth,” said MCSO spokesman Jeff Sprong.

“We cannot verify that at this point and we’re not going to be able to until the toxicology report comes back.”

That won’t be for two weeks, so what happens in the meantime?

“We’re going to look at everything he had on him just because it looks like he’s putting something in his mouth we don’t know really what he did prior to that. He could do that to make us think he was taking something and he wasn’t and he did something else.”

Detectives also will talk to anyone close to Marin including attorneys, family members or friends who might know something, anything about what happened in that courtroom this afternoon.

“We will obviously contact family to see if this is something he hinted at doing, maybe he left a note you know, it just needs to be thoroughly investigated then hopefully we’ll find out why he did it and what he did,” said Sprong.

“This is something new that I’ve never seen and I’m sure the courts haven’t seen it, I’m sure they’ll do everything they can do to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

He faced up to nearly 16 years in prison if he was convicted.

5 Dead, Millions Go Powerless in DC area…

June 30, 2012 by  
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Wild Storms Rattle Midwest to East...
5 Dead, Millions Go Powerless in DC area...
Records Smashed...
Tragedy and misery...

Pepco: Some in the dark for up to a week

 

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WASHINGTON – The storms that ravaged the WTOP listening area Friday night have left more than a million customers without electricity and five dead as crews clear roads, try to restore power and brace for another round of storms Saturday night.

The governments of Virginia and D.C. have declared a state of emergency. President Barack Obama called the governors of Maryland and Virginia offering federal assistance.

Powerless

A Pepco spokesman says there are 438,000 people without power in Maryland and D.C., and some could stay in the dark for up to 7 days.

“We want our customers to have realistic expectations, as unfortunate as they are,” says spokesman Clay Anderson. “We definitely know it’s hot out there for customers and our crews as well.”

The utility company is still assessing the damage, and if it crews will have to shut down additional live lines that were downed by the storm. Pepco is also waiting to hear back from utility companies in other states that could come to assist power restoration. Those companies must first receive clearance from their home states that they are not needed there. Pepco also faces competition for those resources from other short- handed area utilities.

What’s Next?

Another storm is bearing down on the D.C. region from the Ohio Valley area. Pepco says it will pull crews from restoring power if the conditions become unsafe.

The governor of Maryland called it “a historic storm,” and Virginia and D.C. have declared a state of emergency.

“This is the largest non-hurricane power outage in Virginia history,” Gov. Bob McDonnell says. “Virginians need to be on guard and to be working together … and to find out where the shelters are.”

“The severity of the storm damage necessitates the declaration of a public emergency to enable District government to respond to emerging issues as expeditiously as possible,” said D.C. City Administrator Allen Y. Lew.

At least five people in the D.C. region are dead after being hit by falling trees. One woman was in her car when the tree hit, and another was sleeping in her bed when a tree crashed into her bedroom. A third was killed while sitting in a car in Northwest early Saturday morning when a downed line set his car on fire.

In Prince William County and in parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, 911 emergency phone systems are out. In Prince William County, residents are asked to call 703-792-6500 in the event of an emergency.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says there are 911 issues throughout the state. Below are some other numbers to call if you are having an emergency and can’t get through on 911.

 

  • Fairfax County Police: 703-691-2131
  • Fairfax County Fire: 703-246-2126
  • Arlington County Police: 703-558-2222
  • Arlington County Fire: 703-228-3362
  • Alexandria Police: 703-746-1870
  • Alexandria Fire: 703-746-5200
  • Prince William Police & Fire: 703-792-6500
  • Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office: 703-777-1021
  • Loudoun County Dept of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management: 703-777- 0637

Below are the websites and phone numbers for area power companies:

 

Power outage numbers as of 11 a.m.

 

  • Pepco: 450,000
  • Dominion: 431,000 in Northern Virginia
  • BGE: 420,000 in D.C. area including Baltimore
  • Potomac Edison: 44,000 in Maryland
  • SMECO: 34,000
  • NOVAC: 23,000
  • Rappahannock: 20,000 in D.C. area.

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Pepco made headlines in recent years for what some customers say was a sluggish response to power outages caused by extreme snow, heat or storms. Recently it announced it would be seeking a rate increase from their customers.

When asked about the rate increase versus the company’s performance, spokesman Anderson said “I don’t personally think that the damage to the infrastructure and the ability to repair it quickly and safely is directly related to an acceptability of the rate case.

Only about 25 percent of a Pepco bill is for distribution and infrastructure, he says.

“We can debate and discuss this, but it is hot oustide and our customers need power and I’d like to, at least, in this discussion, keep it to restoration (of power),” he says.

Hydrate, But Don’t Overdo It

Mandatory water restrictions are in place for Montgomery and Prince George’s county. Residents and business owners are urged to use water only for essential indoor uses, and to avoid running the washing machine or the dishwasher.

There are no restrictions in water usage in D.C., a spokeswoman tells WTOP.

This measure is important because both water filtration centers that supply water lost power overnight and were unable to keep working, so the water supply is lower than it should be.

Clean Up

Across the area, debris litters streets, making it difficult to navigate because of downed foliage. Many area roads are shut down as crews begin the cleanup process.

In Montgomery County, only half of the traffic lights are currently operating. Reports are coming in from throughout the region that traffic lights are out. Motorists are urged to treat each intersection as a four-way stop to stay safe.

Porcfest, Government Infiltration and Provocateurs

June 30, 2012 by  
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I doubt very much that you could find a more peace loving group than the folks that make up the Free State Project. Though you will see them openly carrying firearms that does not mean they are itching for a fight as some nambi-pambi liberals might believe. It simply means that they believe in exercising their rights, not merely paying them lip service and allowing them to be violated because some people might be frightened by the sight of a gun. They believe in the right to self defense, that’s self defense right now and not just when some police officer decides to show up to defend the unarmed. The likelihood that they will ever have to use the firearm for self defense is slim to nil, but it is good to know that the capability exists. Read more

Were the Obama’s (as lawyers) Disbarred for corruption?

June 30, 2012 by  
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Received via email and needs further investigation. Passing along so fellow researchers can vet it.

It appears that the answer is NO. That is because neither Barack nor Michelle ever had a license. This despite the fact that they both seemed to be practicing law in some capacity.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/lawlicenses.asp

Here is the email that has been going around –

 

Consider this:

1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a “lawyer”. He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied on his bar application. A “Voluntary Surrender” is not something where you decide “Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?” and forget to renew your license. No, a “Voluntary Surrender” is something you do when you’ve been accused of something, and you ‘voluntarily surrender” your license five seconds before the state suspends you.

2 Michelle Obama “voluntarily surrendered” her law license in 1993. After a Federal Judge gave her the choice between surrendering her license or standing trial for Insurance fraud!

3. So, we have the President and First Lady – who don’t actually have licenses to practice law. Facts.
Source:
http://jdlong.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/pres-barack-obama-editor-of-the-Harvard-law-review-has-no-law-license/

4. A senior lecturer is one thing, a fully ranked law professor is another. Barack Obama was NOT a Constitutional Law Professor at the University of Chicago.

5. The University of Chicago released a statement in March 2008 saying Sen. Barack Obama(D-Ill.) “served as a professor” in the law school-but that is a title Obama, who taught courses there part-time, never held, a spokesman for the school confirmed in 2008.

6. “He did not hold the title of Professor of Law,” said Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, an Assistant Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law at the

University of Chicago School of Law.

Source: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/03/sweet_obama_did_hold_the_title.html;7.

The former Constitutional Senior Lecturer (Obama) cited the U.S. Constitution the other night during his State of the Union Address. Unfortunately, the quote he cited was from the Declaration of Independence … Not the Constitution.8. The B-Cast posted the video:

http://www.breitbart.tv/did-obama-confuse-the-constitution-with-the-declaration-of-independence/

9. Free Republic: In the State of the Union Address, President Obama said: “We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal.

10. Um, wrong citing, wrong founding document there Champ, I mean Mr. President. By the way, the promises are not a notion, our founders named them

unalienable rights. The document is our Declaration of Independence and it reads:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

11. And this is the same guy who lectured the Supreme Courtmoments later in the same speech?

When you are a phony it’s hard to keep facts straight.

Federal Reserve Mulling New Gold Regulation; ‘May be biggest event in gold market since US dropped gold standard’

June 30, 2012 by  
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The “Golden Rule” – He who controls the gold markets makes the Rules… take it BACK!


 

See also: Bank of International Settlements: Gold Becomes a Tier 1 Asset Class for Banks, A Stabilizing Mechanism‎
Is gold safe or dangerous now?

Via Strat Risks

US authorities have recently called for comment on a rule change that may impact the gold market.

The US Treasury, Federal Reserve and the FDIC have jointly sought comment on changing some capital adequacy rules for when an institution holds gold in its own vaults or in another’s vaults.

According to the draft documents released, when gold is currently held as an asset, it is risk weighted at 15% – that is, a 15% haircut is taken on its current value for capital adequacy calculations. (See page 86 of the attached Federal Reserve document.)

However, in this same document, they are proposing that there be no (zero) discount.

That would then put gold on the same basis as cash.

217.131 Mechanics for Calculating Total Wholesale and Retail Risk-Weighted Assets.

(i) A bank holding company or savings and loan holding company may assign a riskweighted asset amount of zero to cash owned and held in all offices of subsidiary depository institutions or in transit; and for gold bullion held in a subsidiary depository institution’s own vaults, or held in another depository institution’s vaults on an allocated basis, to the extent the gold bullion assets are offset by gold bullion liabilities.

This seems an adventurous move. Over the past five years, the US$ value of gold has moved more than +/-50% from its average over that time, and is currently sitting -20% below its high in that same period. In cash terms, there certainly has been market price risk.

However, as Skyler Greene at Seeking Alpha points out, the break from the current risk weighting of gold could impact the market.

He points out that retail investors have more long positions in gold futures than short ones, while “commercial investors” have far more short positions than long. If the rule change is approved, perhaps US banks will start accumulating more gold as an efficient way to bolster their capital.

 

 

It’s important to note two things. First, the rule change is only proposed. Second, gold isn’t going to go sky-high on the news, because banks are unlikely to buy market-distorting amounts of the shiny metal. However, a steady buyer of gold can’t hurt the market, and if the rule change goes through, “it may well set the stage for a long-term gold rally”.

Fans of gold are taking an interest in this potential development. As Greene notes: “It may be one of the most important events in the gold market since the US abandoned the gold standard.”

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JP Morgan Mauled by Derivatives (OLD AND NEW)

June 30, 2012 by  
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Friday, June 29, 2012 5:14

There are news reports that now suggest that JP Morgan’s derivatives losses are not $2 billion, they are likely to be $8 billion or perhaps as high as $9 billion dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/jpmorgan-trading-loss-may-reach-9-billion/.

The JP Morgan losses resulted from derivatives called Credit Default Swaps.

But the danger to the global economy isn’t Credit Default Swaps, it is a world mired in a vast interconnected Ponzi scheme of more than a $1.1 Quadrillion dollars of derivatives, more than half of which are bets on the direction of interest rates. These are called interest rate swaps.

In fact, an estimated six hundred trillion dollars of these derivatives are interest rate swaps – a casino that is so vast, even the people who built it have lost control.

Interest rate swaps are bets on whether interest will rise or fall. An investment bank thinks rates will go up. Another bank thinks they will go down.

And they bet.

Here’s an example: the City of Houston raises $100,000,000 by selling municipal bonds to build a new sports stadium.

The bonds are sold with a floating interest rate, which is tied to a rate controlled by the Fed called the federal funds rate (FFR) – say, FFR + 2% – and is at the closing of the bond issue, let’s say, 4%.

But the city’s budget is extraordinarily upside down and if rates go up, they’ll never be able to handle the interest payments. What to do?

In the distance we hear a bugle signaling a cavalry charge. This is followed by the sound of screeching tires as a Humvee stretch-limo the size of the Hindenburg squeals around the corner, roars up the street and pulls to a stop in front of the mayor’s office.

The chauffeur exits the driver’s side and walks briskly around the car and opens the rear door. The first person out is a Julia Roberts look-alike in a Valentino pantsuit. She is wearing designer shades and is carrying a Prada briefcase. She is followed by an unusually tall man wearing a midnight blue Armani suit with teal pinstripes. He is ostrich egg bald, is wearing granny glasses and has a Tumi laptop bag slung over his shoulder. He is furiously working the keys of a Blackberry while talking on a Bluetooth headset.

Goldman Sachs has arrived.

The City of Houston and Goldman strike a deal.

The City will pay Goldman a fixed rate of 4% so their interest expense is guaranteed not to rise. Goldman, in turn will pay the city the floating rate – the fed funds rate +2%, so they can pay their bondholders per the terms of the bond purchases.

That is an interest rate swap: the city “swaps” its floating rate for a fixed rate. If the Fed Funds Rate goes up, Goldman loses; if it goes down, they win.

But that transaction doesn’t end there. There are bets on this swap and bets on those bets and then bets on the bets of the bets and… stay with me …a $600,000,000,000 – six hundred TRILLION house of cards.

This is a colossal global casino, built on hot air and greed.

Which brings us back to what is truly driving the actions of the Fed, the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements.

Goldman Sachs Tower

Goldman Sachs Tower at 30 Hudson Street, in Jersey City

Perhaps you have noticed that the Federal Reserve (which we remind you, is owned by Goldman Sachs and other major New York banks, not the U.S. government) has kept interest rates at zero for the last three and a half years.

What happened to the banks that bet on low interest rates using interest rate swaps? They made billions in profit. Why? Because they arranged to receive fixed rates from borrowers (cities, states, universities) in exchange for floating rates. The floating rates were tied to the Federal Reserve’s Fed Funds rate, which was lowered to zero during to the “financial crisis” by Helicopter Ben and have remained there.

Consider the fact that the financial crisis seems to have missed JPMorgan, who made about $5 billion in profit on interest rate swaps during the first 9 months of 2008, the very heart of the crisis.

Goldman Sachs made similar profits on these swaps, as did Wells Fargo, to name a few. Of course, the cities, counties and states that took the other side of these bets on the advice of investment bankers to protect their bonds, got slaughtered. But let’s not be too harsh on them. According to Goldman Sachs’ CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, following his testimony before Congress, he’s just a banker “doing God’s work.”

We love you, Lloyd.

But here’s the problem.

The majority of the more than a half quadrillion dollars in interest rate swaps are held mainly by banks. As we documented above, the 9 biggest U.S. banks hold a quarter of a quadrillion in derivatives. An estimated $136 trillion are interest rate swaps (the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, basically the value of our annual production of goods and services is $15 trillion).

Stay with me here.

With rates at zero, what’s the only way they can go?

That’s right, up.

And what will happen to those banks with trillions of dollars of interest rate swaps in their portfolios when rates start to climb?

The planet is drowning in a multi-trillion dollar game of interest rate roulette, whose players will suffer massive losses when rates reverse.

And at this point, this isn’t entirely up to Bennie and the Jets. The U.S. Government went $1.4 trillion in debt last year and recorded a $1.3 trillion deficit this year.

Which means?

Which means that, at some point for China, Japan or the tooth fairy to buy our Treasury Bills, rates will have to rise. China is not drinking Tim Geithner’s Kool Aid. And the U.S. government will have to raise rates at some point to entice others to buy our fiscal waste. If we don’t raise them, the market will force them up.

Not, says Helicopter Ben, on my watch. The Bald One bought $600 billion dollar’s worth of U.S. Treasury last year. Ben calls the Alice in Wonderland money injection, “Quantitative Easing.” That was the second round of quantitative easing – the first one was an unqualified disaster – this one has been the same. According to reports, QE 3 is being discussed.

Ben is nothing if not brilliant. If he takes to the presses and buys Timmy Geithner’s debt he doesn’t have to rely on his comrades in the People’s Republic of China to buy it. Rates will stay low. And the trillions of dollars of interest rate swaps – which are owned by the same people who own his bank – will be safe.

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John Truman Wolfe, author of America the Litigious, Mind Games, and The Gift has released his latest stunning bestseller – Crisis By Design: The Untold Story of the Global Financial Coup and What You Can Do About It. Wolfe draws on experience as a senior credit officer in two banks, and co-founder of a prestigious Los Angeles based business management company, where as a registered investment adviser he oversaw the financial and investment matters of some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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The Shocking Insider Truth About Obamacare

June 29, 2012 by  
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OLD People are gonna die… This is a recording of Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, speaking at the University of California, Berkley on September 26th, 2007

Reports of Troop Movements Near Syria’s Borders

June 29, 2012 by  
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US “downplays” Turkish troop moves near Syrian border

BBC News – Turkey sends anti-aircraft guns to Syrian border

 

CUI BONO?

by Stephen Lendman

 

After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced new rules of engagement, Turkey deployed missile batteries, rocket launchers, and anti-aircraft weapons close to Syria’s border.

 

About 30 military trucks arrived in Iskenderun. From there, they moved toward Syria’s border 30 miles away.

 

Armored military vehicles also headed for Sanliurfa and Reyhanli in Southern Turkey’s Hatay Province.

 

On June 29, Reuters headlined “Syrian tanks amass near Turkish border, FSA (Free Syrian Army) general says.”

 

According to General Mustafa al-Sheikh, Syria deployed around 170 tanks north of Aleppo within 19 miles of Turkey’s border. No independent confirmation was provided.

 

Speaking to Reuters by phone, al-Sheikh said:

 

Tanks from the 17th Mechanized Division “are now at the Infantry School. They’re either preparing to move to the border to counter the Turkish deployment or attack the rebellious (Syrian) towns and villages in and around the border zone north of Aleppo.”

 

On Thursday, Turkey belligerently sent troops and weapons close to Syria’s border. Damascus perhaps reacted defensively.

 

Expect no imminent attack by either side. Ankara won’t act without orders from Washington. It hasn’t come, but could given escalating violence and rhetoric.

 

Saber rattling suggests public opinion is being conditioned for war. On June 28, Ankara’s National Security Council (MSK) said:

 

“Turkey will act with determination and make use of all its rights within international law against this hostile act.”

 

It referred to Syria downing its aircraft. It provocatively entered its territory low and fast. Damascus was blamed for Ankara’s belligerence. Expect more provocations to follow.

 

Meanwhile, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined “Saudi forces mass on Jordanian, Iraqi borders. Turkey, Syria reinforce strength,” saying:

 

“(H)eavy Saudi troop movements (headed) toward the Jordanian and Iraqi borders (with Syria) overnight and up until Friday morning….after King Abdulah put the Saudi military on high alert for joining an anti-Assad offensive….”

 

Units include tanks, missiles, special forces and anti-air batteries. Two units were deployed. “One will safeguard Jordan’s King Abdullah against potential Syrian or Iranian reprisals from Syria or Iraq.”

 

“The second will cut north through Jordan to enter southeastern Syrian, where a security zone will be established around the towns of Deraa, Deir al-Zour and Abu Kemal – all centers of the anti-Assad rebellion.”

 

DF said Western forces reported Jordan “on war alert.”

 

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and other regional states know Syria poses no threat. If confirmed, deploying Saudi troops to Syria’s border escalates tensions. It may also reflect belligerent intent.

 

On June 28, Assad was interviewed on Iran’s IRIB channel 4. He blamed Turkey for inciting violence. He’s hopeful military action won’t follow.

 

Libya’s model isn’t “a solution to be copied because it took (the country) from one situation into a much worse one. We all now see how the Libyan people are paying the price,” he said.

 

“The policies of the Turkish officials lead to the killing and bloodshed of the Syrian people,” he added.

 

He said reports about Iranian and Hezbollah forces aiding Syria are false.

 

“This is a joke that we hear many times in order to show that a rift has been created within the army and that therefore there is not an army.”

 

Pointing fingers at Washington, he said:

 

“The colonialist nature of the West has not changed. From the colonialist standpoint, regional countries should not move according to their national interests and if any country moves against their (Western) values and interests, they say no, like what happened in the case of Iran’s nuclear program.”

 

“Western states are opposed to Iran’s access to nuclear knowhow; they are more fearful of Iran’s expertise in the nuclear field than what they claim to be a nuclear bomb.”

 

He also called insurgents “gangs of mercenaries and criminals.” Outside forces are directing them.

 

For them and their sponsors, “reforms are not important, since the very forces that claimed (a lack of) reforms were the problem. They never benefited from them…all they wanted was (continued) unrest.”

 

He heavily criticized Arab League states. Their policies harm their own people. They supported NATO’s war on Libya.

 

“Syria was the only country that opposed the move and therefore we had to pay the price for this policy.”

 

“Consequently, immediately following our decision,” Western states “acted through the Arab League to put the attack on Syria on their agenda.”

 

“This has been the Arab League reality in the past, as it is at present.”

 

He acknowledged that Western-instigated violence ravages Syria. Thousands of ceasefire violations occurred. He has no information about planned military attacks. However, some countries “are making efforts to guide the situation toward” one.

 

“The West expresses support for the Annan Plan on the one hand, while on the other hand, they seek a plan to overthrow (the government).”

 

“This is the same double standard (approach) and political hypocrisy.”

 

“Westerners speak of human rights but give Israel weapons to kill Palestinians. This Western hypocrisy has not changed and will not change.”

 

He holds “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist gangs” responsible for Syrian violence. He’ll continue confronting it responsibly.

 

On June 30, Hillary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov will discuss Syria in Geneva. Expect no breakthroughs. Washington wants regime change.

 

Moscow wants Syrians alone to decide who’ll lead them. Lavrov and other Russian officials have been firm opposing foreign intervention. Expect neither side to yield on Saturday.

 

DF sounded an ominous warning, saying:

 

“The failure of (US/Russian) talks “would spell a worsening of the Syrian crisis and precipitate Western-Arab military intervention, which according to military sources in the Gulf is scheduled for launch Saturday, June 30.”

 

Determining when DF is right or wrong isn’t easy. The above comment sounds like bluster. It’s also about conditioning public opinion for war. Events on the ground bear watching.

 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

 

His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”

 

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

 

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

 

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