14 Caribbean nations sue European countries for slavery reparations

September 30, 2013 by  
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Fourteen Caribbean nations are suing the governments of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands for reparations over what the plaintiffs say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.

In a speech Friday at United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves said the European nations must pay for their deeds.

“The awful legacy of these crimes against humanity – a legacy which exists today in our Caribbean – ought to be repaired for the developmental benefit of our Caribbean societies and all our peoples,” Gonsalves said. “The European nations must partner in a focused, especial way with us to execute this repairing.”

The lawsuits – which are likely to amount to a lengthy battle – are being brought by The Caribbean Community, or Caricom, a regional organization that focuses mostly on issues such as economic integration. They will be brought to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, based in The Hague in the Netherlands. It is not immediately clear when court proceedings will begin.

The countries will focus on Britain for its role in slavery in the English-speaking Caribbean, France for slavery in Haiti and the Netherlands for Suriname, a Caricom member and former Dutch colony on the northeastern edge of South America.

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A CEO who resisted NSA spying is out of prison. And he feels ‘vindicated’ by Snowden leaks.

September 30, 2013 by  
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Just one major telecommunications company refused to participate in a legally dubious NSA surveillance program in 2001. A few years later, its CEO was indicted by federal prosecutors. He was convicted, served four and a half years of his sentence and was released this month.

Prosecutors claim Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio was guilty of insider trading, and that his prosecution had nothing to do with his refusal to allow spying on his customers without the permission of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But to this day, Nacchio insists that his prosecution was retaliation for refusing to break the law on the NSA’s behalf.

After his release from custody Sept. 20, Nacchio told the Wall Street Journal that he feels “vindicated” by the content of the leaks that show that the agency was collecting American’s phone records.

Nacchio was convicted of selling of Qwest stock in early 2001, not long before the company hit financial troubles. However, he claimed in court documents that he was optimistic about the firm’s ability to win classified government contracts — something they’d succeeded at in the past. And according to his timeline, in February 2001 — some six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — he was approached by the NSA and asked to spy on customers during a meeting he thought was about a different contract. He reportedly refused because his lawyers believed such an action would be illegal and the NSA wouldn’t go through the FISA Court. And then, he says, unrelated government contracts started to disappear.

 

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Minority Report: London Cops Computer algorithms to predict where crime will happen

September 30, 2013 by  
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We have been tracking this story for years here in the USA, and have personally interviewed at least one man who was arrested for a Pre crime using psychics! If you think about it, DUIs,  jaywalking,  seat-belt violations, Gun ownership violations, Facebook threats, etc etc… Are all examples of pre-crime laws in full effect, and ruining people’s lives daily.

With an adequate (honest) justice system in place, we would have no problem punishing people for what they have DONE, if indeed the crime can produce a victim who’s life, liberty, or property has been damaged. We will NEVER go along with a program such as this! Thought crimes have no victims, and face it….. y’all have some pretty F’d up thoughts sometimes. We would dare to say; that the very people using programs such as this have the WORST thoughts among us!

 

Computer algorithms generate future crime maps that lead police to where incidents are likely to occur


So far been shown to make policing up to seven times more successful
All police forces are now being encouraged to adopt the system because ‘it’s no longer possible to throw overtime at problems’

LONDON

In the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report, the year was 2054 – but it seems the reality of police predicting crimes before they happen isn’t so far away.

The Metropolitan Police is investing in technology to forecast where offenders will strike next.

In an initiative that echoes the hit film in which a ‘precrime’ department detains murderers before they kill, the force is using computers to map out where future burglaries are likely to take place.

Computer algorithms combine crime statistics and criminal behaviour models to produce ‘predictive areas’ where burglars and muggers are likely to target.

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<p><span>Officers are then deployed to those areas, which cover a radius of no more than 250 yards, to act as a deterrent or even catch the villain in the act.</span></p>
<p><span>Analysis suggests the computer algorithms are ‘seven times more accurate than chance’. A pilot scheme saw ‘significant reductions’ in burglaries in Hackney, Wandsworth, Newham and Lewisham.</span></p>
<p><span>Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe now wants to use the technology to tackle antisocial behaviour and vehicle crime and extend its use across the capital.</span></p>
<p><span>The system was developed in America from the same kind of calculations used to predict earthquakes.<br />
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<p><span>It analyses times, dates, and places of crimes and predicts how many are likely to be carried out if the trend continues. </span></p>
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<p><span>Scotland Yard is working with University College London on the system. Professor Shane Johnson, of UCL’s department for crime science, found burglars’ tactics closely match the behaviour of wild animals searching for food.<br />
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<p><span>He said like animals, burglars return to sites they have found productive but move on when they realise supplies are exhausted.</span></p>
<p><span>The ‘predictive area’ often covers a specific set of streets and so allows police to attend with near enough pin point accuracy. </span></p>
<p><span>Commander Simon Letchford, who is leading the future crime drive, told the Sunday Times: ‘Predictive policing places officers in the right place at the right time using the most up-to-date information </span></p>
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Future crime: The data generated by the PredPol maps gives police around seven times more chance of catching criminals than relying on traditional methods

‘We produce daily maps based on the most recent recorded crime information.’

Evaluation of the system so far indicates that the information in the maps give police a seven times better chance of being able to catch criminals and some London boroughs showing significant reductions in burglaries.

Initially the system, known as PredPol, was received sceptically by some senior police officers who were uncertain of how academic research and data might work in real-life crime fighting.

But similar schemes have also been piloted in Kent, Great Manchester , West Yorkshire and the West Midlands with promising results.

In Medway, Kent, the scheme was credited with causing a six per cent fall in street violence over a four-month trial last winter.

Meanwhile in Manchester, burglary fell nine per cent between May 2010 and May 2011 but in Trafford, where predictive policing was used, the drop was nearly three times that at 26 per cent.

And results from Leeds and showed similarly impressive results.

Professor Shane Johnson of UCL’s department for security and crime science said the most important element in the system was the fact the crime hotspots constantly change.

He said: ‘The risk of crime is higher in some places than others but does not occur in even the riskiest places all the time, and sometimes occurs in low-risk neighbourhoods.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe 

Backing: Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe wants to use the technology to tackle antisocial behaviour and vehicle crime in London

 

‘The challenge of pinpointing when crimes will occur at particular locations is the aim of predicting policing – it’s no longer possible to throw overtime at problems.

‘The police have got to work a bit smarter.’

Predictive policing originated in America and is based on the principle of drawing conclusions based on the large scale analysis of criminal behaviour.

All 43 forces in England and Wales are now being encouraged to adopt this approach to allocating their resources by the College of Policing, the new professional body that sets police standards.

Rachel Tuffing, the college’s head of research, said she expected most forces to be using such schemes within five years.

She said: ‘The maps alone cannot reduce crime but they can be used to allocate resources to the areas with the greatest risk of future crime.

‘It’s the classic Minority Report,trying to prevent “crime” before it happens.’

In Minority report Cruise plays a police captain who heads up a ‘pre-crime’ department which stops criminals based on the information provided by three psychics called ‘precogs.’

Read more:  London Daily Mail

Teen arrested for trying to help struggling Goodwill shoppers

September 30, 2013 by  
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“Goodwill” gets their products for FREE. What a great model! The profits are going to pay for bureaucracy, and yes… give people low paying jobs. Mr Anderson did not have the right to offer these discounts (still at a profit!) on the reclaimed property of Goodwill, OK. We get that. But this incident should raise questions about the methods used to help people in need… you know… with GOOD WILL! We suggest that this CORPORATION gets some competition from we the people, and that decent people like Anderson are hired first!

Booking photo of Andrew Anderson - © Collier County Sheriff's Office

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What’s that line about how the road to good intentions is paved with hell? A Florida teen is facing a felony conviction because he tried to help some struggling families at the Goodwill where he worked. Andrew Anderson, 19, was heartbroken by some of the people who came in to the store “wearing all of the clothes they had,” so he would give the neediest shoppers discounts of up to 50 percent on the necessities they bought. But when store officials learned what Anderson was doing, their small hearts didn’t exactly grow three sizes: They fired him and reported him to sheriff’s deputies, who arrested him for grand theft.

“What I did was with all good intentions,” Anderson told WBBH News. “The intent I had was to help people.” Anderson said he never pocketed a dollar and has offered to pay Goodwill for the difference between the actual prices and what he charged, but the company is intent on pressing charges. “Our stores are not around to give a handout — they’re around to give people a hand up by providing funding,” local spokeswoman Kirsten O’Donnell said. “In incidents like this, we always prosecute.” [Source]

Update: ABC News reports that Goodwill in Naples, Fla., reversed course on Friday and said they would drop charges against Anderson. The firm said an internal investigation found that Anderson “were not for personal gain.” [Source]

US Reporters to reveal ‘US assassination program’ (on foreign media)

September 30, 2013 by  
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Two American journalists are working together to expose the role of the US National Security Agency in what they described as a “US assassination program.”
Iran TV (because you aint seeing this in the USA MSM)

Contributor to The Nation magazine Jeremy Scahill and Rio-based journalist Glenn Greenwald are working on the project.

“The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the US assassination program,” Scahill said on Saturday.

“There are so many stories that are yet to be published that we hope will produce ‘actionable intelligence,’ or information that ordinary citizens across the world can use to try to fight for change, to try to confront those in power,” he added.

Greenwald was the first journalist who broke the revelations about US spying programs based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

“The really important thing to realize is the desire for surveillance is not a uniquely American attribute,” Greenwald was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

“America has just devoted way more money and way more resources than anyone else to spying on the world,” he added.

Greenwald also praised discussions by some South American governments to find ways to circumvent American control over the Internet.

“But I think it’s also very important to keep in mind that whenever governments, be it the US government or the Brazilian government or anybody else, starts talking about regulating the Internet, even when they tell you it’s designed to protect your privacy from the American government . There is also the danger that the Brazilian government or any other government or international institution will want to simply replace the United States as the entity that is monitoring your communications,” he said.

Court documents have shown that the NSA violated privacy rules for years with its surveillance practices.

The documents released over the past few months reveal a troubling picture of a super spy agency that has sought and won far-reaching surveillance powers to run complex domestic data collection without anyone having full technical understanding of the process.

The privacy violations were first revealed by Snowden in June. He leaked confidential information that showed the NSA collects data of phone records and Internet communication of American citizens.

WAR via Gladio False Flag: U.S. was warned about Kenya mall attack

September 30, 2013 by  
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False Flag = 1) Prior Knowledge 2) Stand Down 3) Cover up

 

 

U.S. was warned about Kenya mall attack 29 Sep 2013 U.S. intelligence received reports of a serious threat in Kenya before last week’s terrorist attack at a Nairobi mall that left 62 dead and more than 150 injured, NBC News reported. Officials said that NSA reviewed intelligence of a “credible” threat. [Right, the US either *let it happen* — or *made it happen* — to ‘justify’ illegal NSA spying and drone strikes in Africa to steal the oil.]
Kenyan Attack: Security Bosses to Be Quizzed 30 Sep 2013 Kenyan intelligence officials are to be questioned by the country’s MPs today about whether or not they had advance warning of the deadly Westgate shopping mall attack. Kenyans have become increasingly frustrated over the government’s unwillingness to share information about the attack. Almost no details have been released about what happened after the first hours of the siege. Interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku has declined to give any information about the suspected attackers, saying “we do not discuss intelligence matters in public”.
Westgate false flag unravels at breakneck speed: Kenyan authorities had been warned about threat to buildings ‘day before attacks’ –Intelligence agents were in Westgate a few hours before crowded shopping centre was struck by heavily armed terrorists 28 Sep 2013 Kenyan authorities had intelligence pointing to an attack in Nairobi a day before the Westgate mall attack. According to counter-terrorism documents, the government and military were warned that al-Shabaab was planning an attack on the capital where it would storm a building and hold hostages. There are also reports that Kenyan intelligence agents were at Westgate a few hours before the crowded shopping centre was struck by heavily armed terrorists last Saturday, in a four-day siege that left at least 67 people dead. “We cannot say that this attack comes as a surprise,” said Farah Maalim, former deputy speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly.
American security team inside Kenya massacre mall – rescued lawyerWas an American security team inside Kenya massacre mall? Harvard graduate claims she was rescued by ‘Americans’ after she saw man sat next to her shot dead 25 Sep 2013 An American woman who was trapped inside the Nairobi mall as terrorists ran amok claims she was eventually rescued by an ‘American security team’. That is according to Bendita Malakia, the Harvard-trained lawyer who was caught up in the siege and hid along with 15 others in a store inside the mall for five hours before the armed men arrived to lead them to safety. While there has been no official confirmation of any direct American involvement in the stand-off between the heavily-armed militants from the Somalia-based al Shabaab and Kenyan Defence Forces, the statement from World Bank employee, Malakia, seems to suggest there was. As the attack carried on to its final conclusion, British MI6 agents were also reported to be providing assistance to their ‘Kenyan counterparts.’ However, it is not known who the ‘American security team’ who came to Malakia’s rescue were working for or what capacity they were operating under.
U.S. concern grows about al Qaeda ties to Kenya mall attack 26 Sep 2013 The Islamist militant attack on a Kenyan shopping mall increasingly appears to have been carried out by a dominant faction of al Shabaab, which has ideological and personal ties to al Qaeda [al-CIAduh], U.S. officials said on Thursday. Based on initial reporting from the scene, which is still preliminary and uncertain, U.S. officials believe al Shabaab likely spent a great deal of time planning and staging the siege in Nairobi that killed at least 72 people.

Old Dog, Old Trick: US, Saudis, Qatar Attempt “Arab Spring” Retread in Sudan

September 28, 2013 by  
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Protests are smokescreen for unfolding US-Saudi-Qatari backed violence seeking regime change in Sudan.

September 28, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) – The Associated Press reveals that recent and ongoing “Arab Spring-style” unrest in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum is led by Sudan’s Western-backed opposition, the National Umma Party, and the various faux-NGO’s and “independent media” organizations created by the West to prop it up. This reveals yet another Western-engineered uprising designed for regime change in favor of a new, Western friendly client regime.

The AP article, “Sudanese protesters demand the regime’s ouster,” first claims:

Activists acknowledge they have no unified leadership or support from political parties but express hope the spontaneous nature of the current round of protests means they’re gaining momentum.

However, AP then admits [emphasis added]:

One of Sudan’s most prominent opposition leaders, Sadiq al-Mahdi of the National Umma Party, told worshippers at a mosque in the district of Omdurman that al-Bashir has been spending the state’s budget on “consolidating power” and failed “to lift the agony off the citizens’ shoulders.”

After the sermon, protesters marched through the district, a longtime opposition stronghold, chanting “the people want the downfall of the regime,” the slogan heard in Arab Spring uprisings that began in late 2010 and have led to the ouster of the leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

Clearly, the “activists” indeed have a leader – Sadiq al-Mahdi of the National Umma Party who was literally leading the protesters out into the streets. And while comparisons to the “Arab Spring” invokes images of peaceful “pro-democracy” protests – AP admits that the protesters are already turning to violence:

Angry protesters torched police and dozens of gas stations and government buildings, and students marched chanting for al-Bashir’s ouster.

AP, perhaps hoping readers would not bother researching the matter further, also quotes “local blogger and journalist Reem Shawka” to bolster their narrative. Shawka is a columnist at Sudan’s 500 Words Magazine. While 500 Words maintains that it is “a Sudanese independent online magazine,” it proudly advertises in the right column of its website an upcoming US Institute of Peace “Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth Leaders Program.” Like Thailand’s deceitful US-funded propaganda front Prachatai, 500 Words is most likely directly funded by the US government, and is most certainly in tune with the US State Department’s agenda and talking points regarding Sudan.

Image: Sudan’s “independent online magazine,” 500 Words proudly advertises for the US Institute of Peace on its website (right-hand side), exposing the predictable ties between its support for Western-backed opposition inside of Sudan and the US State Department through the National Endowment for Democracy and others, who most likely funds the online propaganda front. 

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Indeed 500 Words’ editor-in-chief, Moez Ali, has his own page on “Open Democracy” – funded by convicted criminal George Soros‘ Open Society Institute, the Oak Foundation, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, TIDES, and many others.

It should be mentioned that the US Institute of Peace – advertised for on 500 Words – has played an instrumental role in the Western-engineered “Arab Spring,” where it literally crafts the constitutions and structure of proxy regimes the West plans to create once targeted nations have been overthrown.

Who is Opposition Leader Sadiq al-Mahdi?

Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of Sudan’s National Umma Party, is a member of the EU-US-Saudi-Qatari run Arab Democracy Foundation and the Club de Madrid which features former US President Bill Clinton as a “full member” amongst many others, and is backed by Wall Street and London’s myriad of “international institutions” and foundations including the World Bank, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Ford Foundation, Walmart, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Microsoft, and many others.

Al-Mahdi himself was Oxford educated, according to his official Club de Madrid biography, which also states [emphasis added]:

Al-Mahdi was elected president of the Umma party in November 1964, and led a campaign to promote political activity, develop political Islam, and reform the party by expanding its base and promoting democracy behavior. Despite his efforts towards a democratic government, there was another coup d´état in 1969 that led to a dictatorship referred to as the May Regime.
He was soon arrested by the military government, exiled to Egypt, and detained in Sudanese prisons repeatedly until 1974. Later that year, he traveled abroad and toured Arab and African Capitals where he delivered a number of lectures. While in exile, he formed the National Democratic Front (NDF), comprised of Umma, the Democratic Unionist Party, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Through his efforts, the NDF was able to make an accord of national reconciliation in 1977 with the May Regime that mandated democratic reform.

His direct association with the Muslim Brotherhood is important, as this is the organization that as far back as 2007, under then US President George Bush, began receiving US-Saudi-Israeli support to prepare the violent overthrow of several nations, including in particular, Syria. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article,  “The Redireciton: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” would reveal US-Saudi-Israeli support behind funding and arming the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria:

“the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations.”

Hersh also reported that a supporter of the Lebanese pro-US-Saudi Hariri faction had met Dick Cheney in Washington and relayed personally the importance of using the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in any move against the ruling government:

“[Walid] Jumblatt then told me that he had met with Vice-President Cheney in Washington last fall to discuss, among other issues, the possibility of undermining Assad. He and his colleagues advised Cheney that, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be “the ones to talk to,” Jumblatt said.”

The article would continue by explaining how already in 2007 US and Saudi backing had begun benefiting the Brotherhood:

“There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.”

That al-Mahdi, whose coalition included the Muslim Brotherhood that’s played an instrumental role executing recent Western designs in Syria and Egypt, and whose uprising and calls for faux-reform is echoed by the likes of Sudanese extremist leader Hassan al-Turabi (who had in fact invited Osama Bin Laden to Sudan), is now leading protesters through the streets of Sudan’s capital, torching infrastructure, government buildings, and police stations (just as was done across Egypt and Syria), indicates another attempt by the West to overthrow the Sudanese government via proxy militancy.

That the West has once again “coincidentally” arrayed its vast resources behind al-Mahdi’s “revolution,” which includes Al Qaeda-linked leaders like al-Turabi, once again illustrates that so-called “Islamic” extremism is a geopolitical tool both created and intentionally perpetuated by the West, both as a pretext for direct military invasion and occupation (Mali, Afghanistan) and as an inexhaustible proxy mercenary force for overthrowing targeted nations (Libya, Egypt, Syria).

What to Watch For

Sudan shares borders with NATO-overthrown Libya, destabilized Egypt, and US military proxy Ethiopia. It is also across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia itself. Both Libya and Egypt have sizable US-Saudi-Israeli-Qatari-backed terrorist organizations and their affiliated political arms – the Muslim Brotherhood being the most prominent. Sudan is a potential tinderbox made more volatile in recent years due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s US-Saudi-Qatari-Israeli enabled rise, along with the Western-backed terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, that form it’s armed factions.

The West’s interest in Sudan is not causal or spontaneous. It was listed as one of several nations the US had intended to violently overthrow and subjugate as a client regime since at least 2001, revealed in a speech given by US Army General Wesley Clark in 2007.

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With a recent terrorist attack by US armed and backed Al Qaeda in Nairobi Kenya threatening to justify new joint African Union-US AFRICOM incursions into Somalia, and destabilizations ongoing in both Egypt and to a much greater extent in Syria, the words of General Wesley Clark are both prophetic and indicative of the true nature of both the so-called “Arab Spring” and the attempted violent regime changes being organized behind the smokescreen of “pro-democracy protesters.”

While Sudan may not seem to have significance to most across the West, the geopolitical implications of an entire region from Mali to Pakistan under Western destabilization directly impacts oil, logistics, and stability across the globe. Nations like China which relies on African and Middle Eastern trade, are directly impacted by US attempts to destabilize and overthrow Sudan – and is in fact one of the driving motivations of the West’s so-called “Arab Spring.”

Following the “Arab Spring” playbook, we should expect attempts to justify the increased militarization of the so-called “opposition,” who will at first be portrayed as “pro-democracy” moderates forced to “defend themselves,” but will be fully revealed as Al Qaeda as full-scale proxy military operations get underway. The only way to avert a destructive military conflict is for the Sudanese government to swiftly and severely crush the opposition and secure the borders where NATO-backed militants and their equipment are most likely to flow.

Sudan’s government must also make real attempts at reform, while exposing the foreign-backed nature of opposition leaders trying to divide and destroy the nation. By breaking the predictable “evil dictator” mold Sudan’s leadership has been cast in by the Western media, it, and other nations targeted by Western regime change can even the odds leveled against them by the still formidable Western press and their partners in propaganda across Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel.

Unprecedented amounts of resources have been committed to the geopolitical reordering of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. It would be a considerable mistake for any nation overtly listed by the US as “pending regime change” to underestimate any beginnings of unrest clearly backed by foreign interests. While some operations may be “testing the waters,” the final push can come at any time with fully militarized proxies pre-positioned and prepared to sow the same genocidal destruction US-backed terrorists in Syria are carrying out.

Actor Rob Schneider Narrates Video on the Betrayal Felt by Families of Vaccine Injured Children

September 27, 2013 by  
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Viral Video from The Canary Party Highlights the Failures Reported by Families of the U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to Perform its Intended Role

 

Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 10, 2013

Why do 1 in 50 U.S. children have autism? Do vaccines cause autism? What is the VICP? How does the U.S. government really treat children injured by vaccines?

Those questions are answered in a compelling video from the Canary Party, a political group that stands up for victims of medical injury, environmental toxins and industrial foods. Though dozens of published studies show that vaccines are linked to autism, and tens of thousands of reports per year of post-vaccinal regression continue to roll in to the CDC, according to The Canary Party, the U.S. government and pharmaceutical companies routinely deny it – and prevent vaccine injury victims from receiving treatment and justice.

The new video is narrated by actor/comedian/activist Rob Schneider, a parent concerned about government intrusion into families’ healthcare choices for their children, and the increasing reports of vaccine-injured children. When the SNL alum was approached about the project, he was eager to sign on, saying, “This fight is like the Civil Rights fight. I only hope this is 1963… not 1953!” Schneider does not have a vaccine injured child, but was disturbed by what he learned about the vaccine program while looking in to vaccinating his own baby, “What upset me the most is the inequity in this system. Parents vaccinate their children after being told that it will keep their child healthy. Then when some suffer devastating disability instead, the system abandons them and sweeps the damage under the carpet. No one is accountable, these families are left devastated and it’s wrong.”

The video illustrates The Canary Party’s understanding of how the current autism epidemic is rooted in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which Congress passed to shield vaccine manufacturers from liability for injuries and deaths caused by vaccines. “Reports of adverse reactions to the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) vaccine had caused consumers to question its safety, and manufacturers lobbied for relief from potential lawsuits,” said Ginger Taylor, Vice President of The Canary Party. “With that financial obstacle removed, pharmaceutical companies then pushed government agencies to add more and more vaccines to the recommended childhood schedule.”

“Most vaccine consumers don’t realize that if they suffer an adverse reaction from a shot, they have almost no legal recourse,” said Taylor. “About 80% of cases filed in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) are thrown out (1), and those admitted often are not settled for five to ten years while families suffer extreme hardship. Rulings can be capricious and the program is now little more than a kangaroo court.”

“Conflicts of interest are everywhere amongst agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Mark Blaxill, Canary Party Chairman and intellectual property expert. “DHHS not only promotes vaccines among states, they also promote state legislation to penalize non-vaccinators and remove vaccine exemptions. Worse, HHS owns patents on vaccines – profiting on sales (2).”

“In the 27 years since VICP was created, Congress has never investigated the program to explore the possible negative health effects of giving 70+ vaccinations to a child,” said Wayne Rohde, who has submitted dozens of FOIA requests to CDC on vaccine safety issues only to have them ignored. “Currently 1 in 6 children receive special education (3) and HHS reports that 50% of children have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, allergies, diabetes or immune disorders (4).”

“We are thrilled that Rep. Darrell Issa will be holding a second round of vaccine hearings this fall in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to examine just what is happening in the VICP,” said Canary Party President Jennifer Larson. “We are eager for Congress and the American people to see just how far the program has strayed from what it was intended to be when Congress put it in place in the 1980s. It has failed families and become nothing more than a tool to protect vaccine makers and cover government malfeasance in the vaccine program, to the detriment of countless children.”

The Canary Party hopes that the video will help people understand the true reasons why the vaccine debate on autism continues, and focus public and media attention on the upcoming Congressional Oversight Committee hearings in November 2013.

(1) Claims Filed and Compensated or Dismissed by Vaccine August 13, 2013, Vaccines Listed in Claims as Reported by Petitioners
(2) Patent no. US_5437951_A , filed Aug 1, 1995
(3) USA TODAY, May 22, 2011
(4) June 2011

Netanyahu Exceeds Sharonian Evil

September 27, 2013 by  
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by Stephen Lendman

 

His crimes of war and against humanity remain unpunished. His bluster long ago wore thin. He’s a world class thug and then some.

 

Even Israeli insiders and former officials detest him. They do so for good reason. More on that below.

 

He’s heading Israel toward full-blown tyranny and ruin. It’s already a fascist police state. He makes more enemies than friends.

 

He mocks democratic values. He spurns rule of law principles. He enforces occupation harshness. He prioritizes apartheid cruelty.

 

It exceeds the worst of former South African inhumanity. Observers who know both say so.

 

In 2002, Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited Israel. He was “very deeply distressed” by what he saw. He condemned Israeli apartheid. It’s worse now than ever.

 

It “reminded (him) so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa,” he said.

 

He described “the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about.”

 

He said Israel would “never get true security and safety through oppressing another people.”

 

He attacked US Jewish political power groups, saying:

 

“People are scared in this country, to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful – very powerful.”

 

“Well, so what? The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists.”

 

“Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet…and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end they bit the dust.”

 

“Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon?”

 

“Have they turned their backs on their profound and noble religious traditions?”

 

Israel must either “strive for peace based on justice, based on withdrawal from all the occupied territories” or perish he said.

 

Others agree. Israel is its own worst enemy. Netanyahu exceeds the worst of his predecessors. None were profiles in courage. All were war criminals

 

One day Netanyahu will overstep once too often. Perhaps he’ll do so sooner than expected.

 

Without mentioning his name or Israel, Iranian President Hassan Rohani outshone him in New York. He made a fool out of him.

 

His candor, sincerity, straightforwardness, and honor stood out. Both leaders are polar opposites. Rohani urges peace, equity and justice.

 

Netanyahu prioritizes war on humanity and occupation harshness. He’s unfit to serve. He spurns peace. He menaces humanity. The only threats Israel faces are ones it invents.

 

Netanyahu heads a repressive police state apparatus. He cracks down hard on resisters. He enforces racist persecution. He stresses neoliberal harshness.

 

He’s an embarrassment to legitimate governance. He’s heading to New York this weekend. On October 1, he’ll address the General Assembly.

 

He embarrassed himself last year. He did so before a world audience. A previous article said his cartoon bomb went viral.

 

He looked more cartoonish than his prop. The Wall Street Journal compared him to Krushchev’s shoe-banging incident.

 

His “red line” bluster wore thin long ago. He’s waging war on Syria. He’s partnered with Obama doing so. They want Assad topple. Israel wants a regional rival removed.

 

Throughout Syria’s conflict, Israel’s waged undeclared war. It supplied opposition forces with weapons and munitions. It treated wounded anti-Assad terrorists in its hospitals.

 

It launched several cross-border ground attacks. It made one or more incursions. It conducted four air attacks. It may have more in mind.

 

Doing so constitutes lawless aggression. Netanyahu does it repeatedly. He ruthlessly attacks Gazans. Keeping them besieged suffocates them. Doing so reflects slow-motion genocide.

 

He authorizes dozens of weekly West Bank incursions. Families are terrorized pre-dawn. Homes are ransacked. Property is destroyed. Children are separated from parents.

 

Arrests are made. Torture and imprisonment follow. Palestinians are denied all rights.

 

Following the killing of an Israeli soldier on September 22, Netanyahu authorized collective punishment. He did so in Hebron’s Old Town.

 

Israeli forces attacked innocent men, women and children. They fired rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and sound bombs. They beat resisters.

 

They searched, ransacked and damaged homes and property. They arrested innocent children and adults.

 

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) fieldworker  Abdul Latif al-Karaki reported the following:

 

“At approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, a number of Israeli soldiers raided our house that is located in Tal’at Abu Hadeed area in the centre of the Old Town.”

 

“They kept my husband Abdul Latif al-Karaki (48), who is sick, and my sons outdoors.”

 

“In the meantime, I heard my daughter-in-law Reem (19) screaming inside the house. I hurried up and found her lying on the ground.”

 

“She told me that an Israeli soldier hit her in the belly although she is pregnant.”

 

“In the meanwhile, my sons and Israeli soldiers, who went out of the house, clashed and my daughter-in-law was taken by an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society to Hebron Hospital.”

 

“While going back home, a number of Israeli soldiers had stationed atop of a number of houses belonging to the families of Abu Hadeed and al-Fakhouri. Moreover, Israeli forces were arresting young men.”

 

Another PCHR fieldworker said:

 

“At approximately 18:30 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, Israeli forces were firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters at a number of boys, who threw stones at them in Qatyoun neighborhood that is about 70 meters away from my house.”

 

“Following the news of killing an Israeli soldier, Israeli forces moved into the area and closed it completely.”

 

“At approximately 01:00, over 13 soldiers raided my house and kept me and my 11-member family in a room.”

 

“They searched the house brutally, broke the windows and damaged the couches.”

 

“An hour later, they left the house. I looked out of the house and saw large numbers of soldiers raiding neighboring houses, arresting civilians and taking them towards Tareq Ben Ziad School.”

 

PCHR condemned what happened. Doing so violates core international law provisions. Netanyahu bears full responsibility. He considers Palestinians subhuman.

 

He treats them like nonpersons. He denies them all rights. He does so while no peace/peace talks continue. They were dead on arrival before beginning. They represent the greatest hoax in modern history.

 

Netanyahu deplores peace. His racist belligerence reflects it. He lets settlers attack Palestinians with impunity.

 

On September 19, dozens of extremist ones stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They performed Talmudic rituals. They committed other provocative acts before. They’ll do it again.

 

They did it at Islam’s third holiest site. The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third after Mecca’s Sacred Mosque and Madina’s Mosque of the Prophet.

 

On September 27, Israeli forces prevented Palestinian worshipers under age 50 from praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They did so provocatively.

 

Clashes followed. Dozens of Palestinians were hurt. Others were arrested. Netanyahu authorized extreme brutality. Security forces take full advantage.

 

On the same day, hundreds of settlers visited Joseph’s Tomb. They did so provocatively. Hundreds of Israeli soldiers accompanied them. Clashes followed. Security forces responded belligerently. These type incidents repeat with disturbing regularity.

 

Jerusalem (Al Quds) is the epicenter of ethnic cleansing. Netanyahu wants the entire city Judaized. He wants Palestinians excluded.

 

He’s been dispossessing them one bulldozed home at a time. He’s stealing them land and property. He wants it for exclusive Jewish development. He already controls most West Bank land.

 

He wants all valued Judea and Samaria areas. He wants Palestinians confined to worthless scrub lands. He wants them isolated on bantustans.

 

September 28 marks the 13th anniversary of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s provocative Al-Aqsa Mosque visit.

 

It’s in Occupied East Jerusalem. The second Intifada followed. So did mass slaughter, arrests and unbridled brutality.

 

Netanyahu replicates viciousness his own way. Perhaps he has more mass killing in mind. It won’t be the first time. He’s done it before. He’ll do it again.

 

He ruthlessly waged war on Palestine throughout his tenure. It’s ongoing now.

 

Haaretz contributor Bradley Burston calls him “a bitter old man.” His “future (is) increasingly behind him.

 

He’s “letting history pass him by.” He’s “letting history pass Israel by.”

 

His “bottom-line is to settle the West Bank and East Jerusalem, even if that means settling on Palestinian-owned land.”

 

“Even if that means forcing Bedouin and other Arabs off their lands and destroying their rickety dwellings while leaving illegally squatting settlers in place, building their homes with brick, mortar, and government sanctioned water.”

 

“Even if that means alienating the United States and the majority of its Jews, further alienating Europe, and daring – begging – the United Nations to mire Israel ever deeper in isolation and international scorn.”

 

“Even if that means ever wider boycotts.

 

Even if – especially if – that means no peace.”

 

Gideon Levy reviles “the cursed Netanyahu years.” His “violent fingerprints” are everywhere, he says.

 

Eyal Megged calls him “a sad reflection of Homo Israelus.” He compares him to Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon.

 

He admitted he’s “not a statesmen of the premier league, but a neighborhood wheeler-dealer.”

 

“That’s the way I am, not a leader who makes history, just a hotheaded braggart.”

 

Netanyahu’s true stature is that and much more. He threatens humanity’s survival.

 

Amos Harel called Rohani the star in New York. Israel’s the “grumpy complainer.” Netanyahu has no clothes.

 

Yuval Diskin headed Shin Bet from 2005 – 2011. It’s Israel’s General Security Service. He calls Netanyahu “weak,” “wavering,” and unreliable.”

 

He obsesses over Iran. He does so irresponsibly. His judgment is sorely lacking. He drinks and smokes too much. He’s “scared and fickle”. He “shirk(s) responsibility.”

 

He represents “a crisis in leadership here, a crisis of values and total contempt for the public. Maybe people will think I’m exaggerating, but I’m telling you. From close up it looks even worse.”

 

He lacks “leadership qualities.” He has messianic ambitions. He’s-ideologically over-the-top and dangerous. He wants his stamp put on history.

 

He’s writing it the wrong way. “He wants to go down in history as (someone) who did something on” a grand scale.

 

His decision-making style is “zig-zag.” Associates don’t trust him. Diskin expressed concern for his children, saying:

 

“When I see the current leadership, I am worried about what we’ll leave for them.”

 

He’s not the only current or former Israeli official feeling this way.

 

A Final Comment

 

Netanyahu’s heading for New York. On October 1, he’ll address the General Assembly. On September 24, the Jerusalem Post headlined “Netanyahu to compare Iran to North Korea in UN speech,” saying:

 

An unnamed Israeli official provided quotes from the most recent draft of his speech. Don’t be fooled, he’ll say.

 

“Iran must not be allowed to repeat North Korea’s ploy to get nuclear weapons.”

 

“(J)ust like North Korea before it, Iran professes to seemingly peaceful intentions.”

 

“It talks the talk of nonproliferation while seeking to ease sanctions and buy more time for its nuclear program.”

 

He’ll warn “a bad agreement (with Iran) is worse than no agreement at all.”

 

Netanyahu is like Obama. Both men have hegemonic ambitions. They wage lawless aggression to achieve them.

 

They’re serial liars. They’re war criminals multiple times over. They threaten humanity. Stopping their rage for war matters most.

 

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

 

His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”

 

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

 

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com

 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

 

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

 

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

MSM Bombshell!!! Symour Hersh: Obama WORSE than Bush… Bin Laden Raid is “One Big LIE, Not One Word of It is True”!

September 27, 2013 by  
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Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media

Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should ‘fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can’t control’

The London Guardian

Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Photograph: Wally McNamee/Corbis

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.

It doesn’t take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been the nemesis of US presidents since the 1960s and who was once described by the Republican party as “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist”.

He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.

Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would” – or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.

Hersh is writing a book about national security and has devoted a chapter to the bin Laden killing. He says a recent report put out by an “independent” Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report,” he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.

The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.

It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” he declares in an interview with the Guardian.

“It used to be when you were in a situation when something very dramatic happened, the president and the minions around the president had control of the narrative, you would pretty much know they would do the best they could to tell the story straight. Now that doesn’t happen any more. Now they take advantage of something like that and they work out how to re-elect the president.

He isn’t even sure if the recent revelations about the depth and breadth of surveillance by the National Security Agency will have a lasting effect.

Snowden changed the debate on surveillance

He is certain that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “changed the whole nature of the debate” about surveillance. Hersh says he and other journalists had written about surveillance, but Snowden was significant because he provided documentary evidence – although he is sceptical about whether the revelations will change the US government’s policy.

“Duncan Campbell [the British investigative journalist who broke the Zircon cover-up story], James Bamford [US journalist] and Julian Assange and me and the New Yorker, we’ve all written the notion there’s constant surveillance, but he [Snowden] produced a document and that changed the whole nature of the debate, it’s real now,” Hersh says.

“Editors love documents. Chicken-shit editors who wouldn’t touch stories like that, they love documents, so he changed the whole ball game,” he adds, before qualifying his remarks.

“But I don’t know if it’s going to mean anything in the long [run] because the polls I see in America – the president can still say to voters ‘al-Qaida, al-Qaida’ and the public will vote two to one for this kind of surveillance, which is so idiotic,” he says.

Holding court to a packed audience at City University in London’s summer school on investigative journalism, 76-year-old Hersh is on full throttle, a whirlwind of amazing stories of how journalism used to be; how he exposed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, how he got the Abu Ghraib pictures of American soldiers brutalising Iraqi prisoners, and what he thinks of Edward Snowden.

Hope of redemption

Despite his concern about the timidity of journalism he believes the trade still offers hope of redemption.

“I have this sort of heuristic view that journalism, we possibly offer hope because the world is clearly run by total nincompoops more than ever … Not that journalism is always wonderful, it’s not, but at least we offer some way out, some integrity.”

His story of how he uncovered the My Lai atrocity is one of old-fashioned shoe-leather journalism and doggedness. Back in 1969, he got a tip about a 26-year-old platoon leader, William Calley, who had been charged by the army with alleged mass murder.

Instead of picking up the phone to a press officer, he got into his car and started looking for him in the army camp of Fort Benning in Georgia, where he heard he had been detained. From door to door he searched the vast compound, sometimes blagging his way, marching up to the reception, slamming his fist on the table and shouting: “Sergeant, I want Calley out now.”

Eventually his efforts paid off with his first story appearing in the St Louis Post-Despatch, which was then syndicated across America and eventually earned him the Pulitzer Prize. “I did five stories. I charged $100 for the first, by the end the [New York] Times were paying $5,000.”

He was hired by the New York Times to follow up the Watergate scandal and ended up hounding Nixon over Cambodia. Almost 30 years later, Hersh made global headlines all over again with his exposure of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

Put in the hours

For students of journalism his message is put the miles and the hours in. He knew about Abu Ghraib five months before he could write about it, having been tipped off by a senior Iraqi army officer who risked his own life by coming out of Baghdad to Damascus to tell him how prisoners had been writing to their families asking them to come and kill them because they had been “despoiled”.

“I went five months looking for a document, because without a document, there’s nothing there, it doesn’t go anywhere.”

Hersh returns to US president Barack Obama. He has said before that the confidence of the US press to challenge the US government collapsed post 9/11, but he is adamant that Obama is worse than Bush.

“Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What’s going on [with journalists]?” he asks.

He says investigative journalism in the US is being killed by the crisis of confidence, lack of resources and a misguided notion of what the job entails.

“Too much of it seems to me is looking for prizes. It’s journalism looking for the Pulitzer Prize,” he adds. “It’s a packaged journalism, so you pick a target like – I don’t mean to diminish because anyone who does it works hard – but are railway crossings safe and stuff like that, that’s a serious issue but there are other issues too.

Like killing people, how does [Obama] get away with the drone programme, why aren’t we doing more? How does he justify it? What’s the intelligence? Why don’t we find out how good or bad this policy is? Why do newspapers constantly cite the two or three groups that monitor drone killings. Why don’t we do our own work?

“Our job is to find out ourselves, our job is not just to say – here’s a debate’ our job is to go beyond the debate and find out who’s right and who’s wrong about issues. That doesn’t happen enough. It costs money, it costs time, it jeopardises, it raises risks. There are some people – the New York Times still has investigative journalists but they do much more of carrying water for the president than I ever thought they would … it’s like you don’t dare be an outsider any more.”

He says in some ways President George Bush‘s administration was easier to write about. “The Bush era, I felt it was much easier to be critical than it is [of] Obama. Much more difficult in the Obama era,” he said.

Asked what the solution is Hersh warms to his theme that most editors are pusillanimous and should be fired.

I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don’t get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say ‘I don’t care what you say’.

Nor does he understand why the Washington Post held back on the Snowden files until it learned the Guardian was about to publish.

If Hersh was in charge of US Media Inc, his scorched earth policy wouldn’t stop with newspapers.

“I would close down the news bureaus of the networks and let’s start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won’t like this – just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” he says.

Hersh is currently on a break from reporting, working on a book which undoubtedly will make for uncomfortable reading for both Bush and Obama.

“The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple.” And he implores journalists to do something about it.

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