Category Archives: Constitution In Focus
March 25, 2010
(Editor’s Note: This story is a fictional future news story that depicts one possible future under an American medical dictatorship.) Taking aim at the growing spread of Obedience Defiance Disorder (O.D.D.) — a mental disease striking both children and adults — Massachusetts health authorities have joined with the state legislature to make O.D.D. vaccine mandatory across the state beginning this Thursday.
O.D.D. is a serious health disorder that causes people to act in defiance of authority figures. Symptoms of O.D.D. include disobeying public school teachers, refusing to take vaccine shots and engaging in home schooling activities. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has called O.D.D. a “modern pandemic” that has destroyed the lives of tens of millions of Americans who currently lack treatment.
Drug maker Merck launched its FDA-approved O.D.D. vaccine late last year, and clinical trials funded by Merck have scientifically shown that the vaccine works to quell disobedience in over 65% of those given the shots. The vaccines contain an unusually large dose of squalene, a vaccine adjuvant that helps magnify the effects of the vaccine on the human nervous system. Some critics are extremely angry about the vaccine, claiming it causes brain damage, but as was pointed out by a Merck spokesperson, those critics are themselves suffering from O.D.D. and need more treatment.
One of the more obvious symptoms of O.D.D. is any expression of opposition to vaccines. Citizens who notice their neighbors displaying any symptoms of O.D.D. are encouraged to call the national O.D.D. reporting hotline: 1-800-ODD-HELP
Bill Gates donates millions to help end O.D.D.
The move by the Mass. legislature to make O.D.D. vaccines mandatory is designed to bring treatment to millions of O.D.D. sufferers who currently receive no treatment. “These people need help,” said State Senator Jack McClane. “It is our moral responsibility to make sure that every child in Massachusetts receives this vaccine for their own good.”
Parents who resist having their children vaccinated are, of course, suffering from O.D.D. themselves and will also receive mandatory treatment. “We will have law enforcement officials standing by, ready to go door to door to administer this medicine to all the children across the state who need treatment,” McClane added.
Software entrepreneur Bill Gates has reportedly donated $265 million to the state to aid in the purchase and injection of O.D.D. vaccines. In an email statement sent to the Associated Press, Gates explained that Massachusetts “could serve as a model for success” and that if the O.D.D. vaccine program were successful there, he planned to support its nationwide expansion to help treat all Americans with O.D.D. vaccines.
Parents are also finding huge benefits from the O.D.D. vaccines. Twenty-seven year old Linda Johanson, who took part in the 7-day clinical trial that proved the vaccines were both safe and effective, told the Associated Press that the vaccine “…made my child far easier to handle as a parent. He no longer spoke out against me or had his own ideas. He simply did what I told him, and now our household feels like family again.”
Public school teachers are also supporting O.D.D. vaccination programs, claiming the vaccines make children “more obedient” in classrooms. Academic performance appears to be somewhat reduced in those who receive the vaccines, but this loss of intellectual capacity is “a small price to pay for obedience,” say teachers.
The stock price of Merck surged by nearly $2 a share on today’s news that the vaccine would be made mandatory in Massachusetts.
March 25, 2010
After supposedly opposing the president’s health care bill, which would force Americans to buy private insurance, and giving Americans over the past year the impression that the battle was that of a populist president vs. big business, the insurance industry is suddenly embracing the new law and wants to get as many Americans enrolled as possible!
|No doubt, for the insurance industry, the presidency of Barak Obama will be very good for business.|
According to a TIME Magazine article: America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry trade group, has agreed to sign on to a new, 50-state health care reform implementation effort, provisionally called Enroll America, which is being organized by Ron Pollack of the pro-reform group Families USA. “We are participating in it,” says AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach. “The goal is to get everyone covered.”
The myth that insurance companies oppose legislation that would lay heavy fines on any citizen who doesn’t purchase their product was used by the mainstream media and the White House to make Americans believe that the victory of a few corporations somehow equated to victory for the people. While doing nothing to address the creation of new jobs so that the uninsured can sustainably afford the insurance they’re being forced to buy, the new law has assured the insurance industry an endless well of customers, backed by the US taxpayer if those customers are unable to pay.
Enroll America will focus on enticing the final 5% of Americans who will be eligible for health insurance under the new law but whom congressional budget scorers do not expect to enroll. On a state-by-state basis, the group will work to create an easy application process for benefits, including access to enrollment at doctors’ offices, pharmacies and government agencies that provide other benefits like food stamps.
Though the people behind Enroll America say they’re concerned that a small percentage of the population will defy the law, the IRS has been enlisted to help the government enforce the insurance mandate.
The Congressional Budget office estimates that 95% of Americans will get health insurance by 2016. That will add nearly 32 million previously uninsured people to the health-coverage rolls.
No doubt, for the insurance industry, the presidency of Barak Obama will be very good for business.
March 25, 2010
“Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough”
What has become of our beloved America? Since Christmas Eve, 1913 our standard of living and quality of life has made a death spiral towards complete and utter despotism.
If you could go back in time to that fateful day when Congress met in the dark hours of the night to relinquish the sovereignty of this nation to the Federal Reserve, would you not do anything and everything within your power to make sure that never came to pass?
|In a perfect world, Nancy Pelosi would be behind bars in an orange jumpsuit awaiting trial for treason.|
Today we face the same dilemma. Just three days ago, Congress yet again met under the cover of darkness to pass a draconian health care bill that will no doubt seal this countries fate. Its 1913 all over again, and the very same banking families that brought us the Federal Reserve are responsible for this latest tax scheme veiled in a façade of socialism. It will be this, combined with an almost certain carbon tax scheme that will deliver the people of this once great Republic into a bondage of the likes the world has never seen.
Every member of the House who voted in favor of this monstrosity bear an equal share of the blame for delivering a deathblow to this nation. Their names will forever be etched into our minds even after the pages of history turn yellow and parched. But of all those responsible, one name stands out from the rest.
I’ve always tried to temper my words when writing about despicable people, but I find it particularly difficult to find the decorum to address the topic of Nancy Pelosi. If there is one creature lurking the halls of Congress who is most worthy of our contempt and disdain, it is this vile and hideous woman. Every criminal syndicate has their contingent of Capos and Lieutenants. Pelosi is one of those Lieutenants; a minion to a larger cabal of murderers and thieves who has placed herself into the spotlight to do their bidding. By way of threats, bribery and lies she and her henchmen have coordinated the most serious breech of Constitutional law in nearly 100 years; and she has done it all without exhibiting the slightest bit of remorse. To the contrary, she has demonstrated an almost sexual exuberance at the prospect of driving another nail into our collective coffin. Examine some of the pictures of this hag gloating over her victories on the floor of the House. She has become known for cocking her head back and letting out a shriek of laughter as she and her fellow traitors celebrate the passage of unlawful legislation that serve no other purpose but to break the backs, hearts and spirits of the American people.
We should never forget who this woman is or where she came from. In short, she is the spoiled rotten daughter of a Baltimore crime boss who didn’t miss a beat hopping from her rich Daddy’s lap to the lap of her multi-millionaire husband. During her quest for power and prestige, she has not once let her feet touch the same ground or travel the same difficult road that you and I travel on a daily basis. Yet there she is, on top of the world, looking down at the rest of us and mandating how we little people are to live our lives. To most Americans, this multi-millionaire-by marriage is the last thing they want to see as their jobs disappear and everything they have worked their entire lives for is taken out from under them. She is a walking insult; salt on a festering wound that aggravates the very conscience. What’s worse is that she flaunts her wealth and status traveling around the globe on her own personal jet with an entourage of groveling servants that are funded at the taxpayer’s expense. This cannot be allowed to continue.
So what are we to do? Is there any remedy? Though this latest legislation is a devastating blow to our economy and civil liberties, many of us are comforted in the likelihood that many of the incumbent Democrats will be voted out of office come November. Unfortunately, this will not affect Mrs. Pelosi in the slightest. Why? The answer to that question resides with her constituents in California’s 8th District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, if not the world. It is home to magnificent architecture, great historical landmarks and breathtaking views. It is also host to some wonderful people, many whom have made significant contributions to the American way of life. But San Francisco is unlike anyplace else in the country. It is perhaps the wealthiest, most affluent liberal stronghold in the nation. Since the late 1950’s, San Francisco has been the epicenter of liberal activism and a Mecca for counter-cultural revolutionaries from around the globe. The city is also a major American financial hub, second only to Wall Street. The Internet revolution of the 1990’s made many young progressive liberals rich beyond their wildest dreams and has given them considerable political clout.
The ideology of Pelosi’s constituents is reflected in their city’s politics. Democrats and Greens dominate it and no Republican candidate for President has ever garnered more than 20% of the vote. In 2005, the city overwhelmingly voted in favor of one of the strictest gun ban’s in the nation, though a legal challenge in California’s Appeal Court eventually overturned it. They’ve also enacted ridiculous environmental laws that prohibit residents from throwing orange peels, coffee grounds and grease-stained pizza boxes in the trash. Plastic shopping bags are outlawed as is bottled water for city employees. Just recently, they moved to expand their anti-smoking laws to encompass practically every outdoor space; making it one of the strictest of any American city. San Francisco is the nanny state on steroids, all with the overwhelming endorsement of their citizens.
And how have all of these draconian laws served to make their city a better place to live? The title of this article by journalist Benjamin Wachs says it all: The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S. In it he writes…
Despite it’s spending more money per capita on homelessness than any comparable city, its homeless problem is worse than any comparable city’s. Despite its spending more money per capita, period, than almost any city in the nation, San Francisco has poorly managed, budget-busting capital projects, overlapping social programs no one is certain are working, and a transportation system where the only thing running ahead of schedule is the size of its deficit. It’s time to face facts: San Francisco is spectacularly mismanaged and arguably the worst run big city in America. This year’s city budget is an astonishing $6.6 billion — more than twice the budget for the entire state of Idaho— for roughly 800,000 residents. Yet despite that stratospheric amount, San Francisco can’t point to progress on many of the social issues it spends liberally to tackle — and no one is made to answer when the city comes up short. The city’s ineptitude is no secret. “I have never heard anyone, even among liberals, say, ‘If only [our city] could be run like San Francisco,’” says urbanologist Joel Kotkin. “Even other liberal places wouldn’t put up with the degree of dysfunction they have in San Francisco.
These same voters who put their dysfunctional city government into power gave us Nancy Pelosi. Is this the model we want for the rest of the nation? Nancy Pelosi currently has an 11% national approval rating. No doubt the vast majority of those who comprise that percentage reside in her district. Yet, the elected representative of this tiny minority has been put into a position of power that wields the most significant influence on public policy and legislation. Everything she does on behalf of her constituents affects the remaining 89% of us who are absolutely opposed to the San Francisco model.
In a perfect world, Nancy Pelosi would be behind bars in an orange jumpsuit awaiting trial for treason. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and we cannot expect the cowards and traitors whose livelihood depends on the Federal government to step up and do the right thing. Don’t expect the people of San Francisco to do anything about it either. In the last election cycle, Pelosi won by a landslide 71.9% of the vote. The people of San Francisco don’t want to see her go. Pelosi espouses the same Marxist, Fabian Socialist ideology as her constituents. They are not concerned with what the rest of the nation wants, and its unlikely they ever will.
It is for this reason that I propose strong and crippling sanctions against the City of San Francisco. They must be made to hear the hue and cry of a nation that demands Nancy Pelosi be removed from office. Until they meet with our demands, we will cease to support their economy with our consumer dollars.
Tourism is the backbone of San Francisco’s economy. Any and all travel into or through San Francisco should cease. All conventions and seminars should be cancelled. If any business trips are planned, accommodations should be arranged outside the city limits. Hotels and restaurants should be notified that they should no longer expect our patronage as long as Nancy Pelosi holds office.
A BOYCOTT of companies headquartered in San Francisco should begin immediately. Some of those companies include The Gap, Levis-Strauss, Gymboree, McKesson Pharmacies, Sega of America, Lucasfilm, Wells Fargo Bank, Ghiradelli, Del Monte Foods, Hills Brothers Coffee and Anchor Brewing Company among others. I suggest a comprehensive list of companies be compiled and posted on an independent website with a view counter to reflect how many have consulted the list.
I also propose a BOYCOTT and letter writing campaign on Pelosi’s most ardent supporters. Among the more well known financial contributors to her campaign are people like Microsoft CEO Mike Balmer, Producer Steve Bing, Fashion Designer Liz Claiborne, Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Actress Jane Fonda, Wine Mogul Ernest Gallo, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, Casino Mogul Kirk Kirkorian, Actor Robin Williams and Men’s Warehouse Founder George Zimmer.
A full list of contributors to Nancy Pelosi’s campaign can be found at NewsMeat.com or by following this link:
Another source of political campaign contributions can be found at OpenSecrets.org or by following this link:
Of course this is just a primer for a larger project. Hopefully, someone with better organizational skills than I will pick up on my suggestion and capitalize on it. It may be a small gesture, but if we are to defeat this woman we must attack her on all fronts (short of violence of course).
And if that doesn’t work? Maybe we should all consider picking up shop and moving to San Francisco so we can vote her out ourselves. We may not succeed, but a migration of angry, dissident patriots like us is sure to bring down property values.
So what do you say? Are you in, or are you out?
The Corbett Report
March 15, 2010
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds joined The Corbett Report last Friday to discuss the deplorable state of whistleblower “protections” in the United States, including S.372, a bill making its way through the Senate that would allow the FBI and other “national security” agencies to dismiss whistleblowers’ claims without any form of oversight.
The details of Edmonds’ experience blowing the whistle on the FBI—where, in the wake of 9/11, she worked in the Turkish language division of the Washington field office’s translation department—are by now fairly well known amongst followers of the alternative media. The revelations that have emerged from her case have been explosive: that foreign operatives working within the translation department tried to recruit her for their operations; that there exists a nuclear spy ring aided and abetted by high ranking U.S. government officials selling America’s nuclear secrets on the black market; that foreign language intelligence directly pertaining to 9/11 was deliberately withheld from FBI agents in the field; that Osama Bin Laden had an ‘intimate relationship’ with the United States government right up until 9/11. Perhaps the only thing more remarkable than the information she has revealed is that she ever got to reveal it at all.
The route by which Sibel Edmonds became the silent, gagged star of the 9/11 Truth movement and the poster child of the national security whistleblowers club is a long and circuitous one, but to hear Edmonds herself tell it, it was never her intention to become a whistleblower: “What I did was what I had actually taken an oath to do, and that was to report wrongdoing or criminal activities or government waste and fraud and mismanagement to the ‘appropriate’ authorities.” Little did she know this was to be the first step on what has so far been an eight year long quest to bring the truth about what she witnessed to the public’s attention.
In 2002 the Senate Judiciary Committee held public hearings into Edmonds’ case. Also that year she filed suit against the Department of Justice. In October of that year, Attorney General John Ashcroft invoked the state secrets privilege—an obscure piece of common law that allows the government to withhold ’sensitive’ information from discovery—to stop her case from going forward. In 2004, the Justice Department again invoked the state secret privilege to prevent Edmonds from testifying in a lawsuit by families of the 9/11 victims against various Saudi interests. The DoJ even retroactively classified the Senate Judiciary hearings into Edmonds’s claims that took place in 2002. Later that year, an Inspector General report completely vindicated Edmonds, confirming that her allegations cannot be refuted and that she was fired from the FBI simply for having spoken out about the corruption and criminal conduct she had witnessed. Senators who had promised to hold full hearings into her case once the Inspector General issued his report were nowhere to be found in its wake. In 2005, various Democrats pledged their support to Edmonds and other national security whistleblowers, but when they ended up taking over the House Oversight Committee after the 2006 mid-term elections, there was no extra effort made to bring the Edmonds case forward.
Needless to say, Edmonds is no longer waiting for congress to investigate her case properly. “It’s nothing but a cosmetic illusion of protection for whistleblowers,” she says of proper, government-approved channels for whistleblowers to blow the whistle. “If you look at the whistleblower cases brought in court [over the] past 10 or 15 years, you will see how many have really succeeded, which tells you it doesn’t work.”
Unfortunately, the media has not been up to the task either. Despite some early coverage on 60 Minutes, the media have largely ignored Edmonds’ story or failed to convey its significance. Regarding the 60 Minutes piece, she says, “They did not want to cover anything that had to do with corrupt congressional people, about the Turkish lobby. They didn’t want to cover that and they made it clear. […] It just ended up being a kind of an employment drama.”
Last year, Edmonds was finally deposed in the case of U.S. Congressional candidate David Krikorian. The only mainstream media outlet so far to cover her explosive, on-the-record testimony has been Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine.
Now with S.372, the government is merely adding insult to injury. “I really didn’t think it could get any worse until it was brought to my attention that this was what the Senate was looking at and this is what they wanted to do. And once I started reading, I said ‘Well, I was wrong, it can get worse.’” Now, Edmonds and her National Security Whistleblowers Coalition have teamed up with the National Whistleblowers Center to denounce the pending legislation that would actually strip national security whistleblowers of what few options they currently have for protesting their case. As a recent letter penned by Edmonds and other national security whistleblowers outlines, S.372 is set to make things all but impossible for future would-be whistleblowers:
[…]the scope of the new “State Secrets” summary dismissal powers is radically expanded. S. 372 accomplishes this by giving the heads of every agency defined under 5 U.S.C. 7532 the power to summarily fire whistleblowers, with no administrative or judicial appeal. Under S. 372 not only do the directors of the CIA and NSA have the power to summarily throw out whistleblower cases, this power is also granted to agencies and departments such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce. Section 7532 covers over one half of the entire federal workforce.
Given just how stacked the system is against the whistleblowers, Edmonds is not likely to be celebrating should S.372 be stopped in its legislative tracks: “Even if this doesn’t go through[…]we won’t be celebrating as national security whistleblowers. We would just say ‘Well, good that it didn’t get worse.’”
So what is Sibel Edmonds trying to do now to bypass the corrupt government oversight channels and controlled mainstream media? Recently, she’s started a new website called BoilingFrogsPost.com. “We’ve put together a good team of reporters.[…]These are some of the best so-called alternative [reporters] who want to do this reporting, who want to go after these stories and keep bringing attention to it.” The site is only four months old, but already has an impressive list of op-eds, articles and audio interviews. “With the internet today we do have the opportunity for sending the links and sending the articles,” she points out. “That helps with raising awareness.”
Given the abysmal state of whistleblowing in the U.S. these days, perhaps ‘raising awareness’ is the best we can hope for at this time. After all, as Howard Beale in Network so sagely advised us, we have to get angry about things before we can hope to change them. And we will never get angry if we continue to rely on officially sanctioned government whitewash inquiries and milquetoast 60 Minutes reporting that fails to even ask people like Sibel Edmonds what she was trying to blow the whistle about. The internet is the last great hope for people like Sibel to get their story out.
Still, it is a long, slow and painstaking process to bring the public up to speed on these issues and why they are so important. It could take years before the American public starts to get angry enough to demand real answers to Edmonds’ questions en masse. But given the tenacity of this woman to have pursued this topic for nearly a decade, I imagine that when the public does reach that point, Sibel Edmonds will be ready.
March 24, 2010
“It takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps… to control the people.”
March 24th, 2010
During a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Congressman Paul questioned Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Austrian economic theory and government’s creation of moral hazard.
March 17, 2010
Did you know that Adam Lambert has a bulge in his crotch? Were you aware that the world’s shortest man recently died? Are you informed enough to know that Jessica Simpson says men are “undressing her with their eyes”?
Sorry, let me rephrase all that: Do you give a shit about any of that retarded “news”? I sure as hell don’t, but these were among the many absurd storys I found on the front page of a tabloid called the Huffington Post.
As far as genuine news goes the Huffington Post has some bizarre standards. Jesse Ventura honored the ragsheet by writing a great piece for them. The former Navy Seal and former Governor explained why over 1,000 Architects and Structural Engineers have come together to demand a new investigation regarding the collapse of three high-rise buildings on 9/11. It was a fact filled article that clearly explained the main technical issues that motivated the experts to demand a new investigation. Unfortunately, Ventura was informed that the article did not meet the high standards of the Huffington Post’s editorial policy.
March 24, 2010
In the video below, George W. Bush demonstrates his utter contempt for humanity. After shaking hands with a victim of the Haitian earthquake, the former two-term president (thanks to rigged voting machines) and notable war criminal wiped his hand on Bill Clinton’s sleeve.
After Katrina, the rapper and record producer Kanye West said: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
It’s far worse than that. George W. Bush, a member of the Nazi-loving Bush crime family, hates and despises humanity. He is a sociopath like so many members of the ruling elite he served while warming a seat in the White House.
As the governor of Texas, it was not enough that Bush presided over a large number of executions. He felt compelled to mock Karla Faye Tucker, a convicted murderer who later led a prison ministry.
In April, 2003, journalist Wayne Madsen wrote: “Bush mocked [Carlson] Tucker’s appeal for clemency. In an interview with Talk magazine, Bush imitated Tucker’s appeal for him to spare her life — pursing his lips, squinting his eyes, and in a squeaky voice saying, ‘Please don’t kill me.’ That went too far for former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer, himself an evangelical Christian. ‘I think it is nothing short of unbelievable that the governor of a major state running for president thought it was acceptable to mock a woman he decided to put to death,’ said Bauer.”
“Bush is not an imbecile. He’s not a puppet. I think that Bush is a sociopathic personality,” author Mark Crispin Miller wrote during Bush’s presidency. “I think he’s incapable of empathy. He has an inordinate sense of his own entitlement, and he’s a very skilled manipulator. And in all the snickering about his alleged idiocy, this is what a lot of people miss.”
The callous mockery of Karla Faye Tucker and his childhood penchant for blowing up frogs aside (torturing and killing animals, psychiatrists insist, is a common pathology of serial murderers), George Bush really shined in a completely perverse way when it came to killing Iraqi civilians. He presided over the murder of more than one million of them, making him a Nazi league war criminal.
Bush, of course, didn’t engage in carnage himself. He issued instructions to his underlings and they dispatched brainwashed troops with fresh memories of 9/11 (expertly stage managed by a complaisant corporate media) to do the killing.
But then Charlie Manson didn’t kill anybody either. He had his LSD brainwashed followers do the killing for him. Manson received a death sentence for his role in murder and is now serving a life sentence.
Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, far as we know, didn’t personally kill any of the millions they had liquidated. Bush is right up there with them.
Bush “is a man who enjoys killing. He is totally in his element when it comes to killing,” writes David Cogswell.
“Feels good!” Bush reportedly said prior to delivering a speech announcing that the killing in Iraq would commence.
Like father, like son. Bush the lesser shares a taste for sadism and murder just like his old man. George Bush Senior was boss at Murder Incorporated, aka the CIA, and numerous reports not only put him at the scene of the assassination of John F. Kennedy but also claim he was intimately involved in the murder.
It is claimed Poppa Bush carried out violations of the Geneva Convention as a fighter pilot during the war. He was alleged to have killed Japanese men in a trawler lifeboat. In 1993, Reuters reported on this incident. Bush had expressed interest in visiting the site in Palau, a tiny Pacific island 900 miles east of the Philippines, if a wreck was found. Serial murders often get off on visiting the sites where they committed their crimes.
Killing Japanese men in a trawler with a 500 pound torpedo is one thing, while invading a country and killing thousands is quite another.
In 1991, Bush the Elder, without consultation of Congress or a declaration of war, attacked Iraq. Bush ordered110,000 air sorties and dropped 88,000 tons of bombs, nearly seven times the equivalent of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Most of the targets were civilian facilities, including power stations, water treatment plants, reservoirs, food processing, storage and distribution facilities and markets, infant milk formula and beverage plants, railroad transportation facilities, bus depots, bridges, highway overpasses, highways, highway repair stations, trains, buses and other public transportation vehicles, commercial and private vehicles, factories engaged in civilian production, historical markers and ancient sites.
“The United States intentionally bombed and destroyed civilian life, commercial and business districts, schools, hospitals, mosques, churches, shelters, residential areas, historical sites, private vehicles and civilian government offices,” explains the International War Crimes Tribunal.
Bush the Lesser was not to be outdone by his daddy. After Bill Clinton — considered an adopted son by the Bush crime family — starved to death 500,000 Iraqi children (Clinton is also a big time psychopath in his own right), Bush Minor, in order to one-up his father, engaged in the indiscriminate use of weapons such as cluster munitions, incendiary bombs, depleted uranium, and chemical weapons against Iraq. He oversaw the murder of more than a million people, a crime right up there with those committed by Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. He engaged in torture, kidnapping, and illegal “renditions” around the world.
“If anyone deserves a Nuremberg trial it is George Bush,” writes Laurence M. Vance.
It will never happen. Instead, Obama — who may ultimately reach and surpass Bush as War Criminal in Chief — established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and sent the criminal duo to the devastated island as representatives of (sic) good will.
“Presidents Clinton and Bush will meet with Haitians, the government of Haiti and others providing assistance to earthquake survivors, with the goal of further establishing long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts,” the Clinton Foundation announced last week.
The goal of Clinton, Bush the Elder and Lesser, Obama, and a number of previous presidents was and is not to work toward “long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts,” but to work toward the destruction of nations and the enslavement of billions of people, all of it in the name of a small cartel of monopoly men and banksters who share a contempt for the little people.
George Bush can’t help himself. Even with BBC cameras rolling, he demonstrated his contempt for the suffering people of Haiti. For Bush, they are something less than ants or cockroaches. That is why he wiped his hand off on his adopted brother’s shirt sleeve.
SCOTT THURM And DAN FITZPATRICK
The Wall Street Journal
March 24, 2010
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is nearing a deal that would allow it to benefit from a tax refund of as much as $1.4 billion, becoming the latest company to tap a little-noticed plank in an economic stimulus bill.
That law let companies apply losses from 2008 or 2009 against taxes paid in the previous five years, instead of the previous two years. Failed Seattle thrift Washington Mutual Inc. is eligible for about $2.6 billion in tax refunds, thanks to big losses in 2008. Now J.P. Morgan, which took over WaMu’s banking operations in September 2008, is in discussions with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and bondholders about the refund.
According to people familiar with the talks, an agreement under discussion would let J.P. Morgan claim more than half of the total, to be held in an FDIC receivership as part of a larger settlement with bondholders. J.P. Morgan could dip into that pot to satisfy certain claims related to WaMu’s collapse.
Paul Craig Roberts
March 24, 2010
Editor: When Paul Craig Roberts gave us permission to post this article, he indicated to Alex Jones that it would probably be his last. Regular readers of PCR’s outstanding columns will be disappointed to hear that he is bowing out for the time being. Alex will discuss the reasons behind this on tomorrow’s show. Roberts has also told us that he will probably appear as a guest on The Alex Jones Show later next week to expand on why he has decided to “sign off,” as he puts it in the following article.
There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest.
|As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.|
Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.
Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”
Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government.
Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.
Truth is inconvenient for ideologues.
Today many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now paid handsomely to hide it. “Free market economists” are paid to sell offshoring to the American people. High-productivity, high value-added American jobs are denigrated as dirty, old industrial jobs. Relicts from long ago, we are best shed of them. Their place has been taken by “the New Economy,” a mythical economy that allegedly consists of high-tech white collar jobs in which Americans innovate and finance activities that occur offshore. All Americans need in order to participate in this “new economy” are finance degrees from Ivy League universities, and then they will work on Wall Street at million dollar jobs.
Economists who were once respectable took money to contribute to this myth of “the New Economy.”
And not only economists sell their souls for filthy lucre. Recently we have had reports of medical doctors who, for money, have published in peer-reviewed journals concocted “studies” that hype this or that new medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for the “studies.”
The Council of Europe is investigating the drug companies’ role in hyping a false swine flu pandemic in order to gain billions of dollars in sales of the vaccine.
The media helped the US military hype its recent Marja offensive in Afghanistan, describing Marja as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It turns out that Marja is not urban but a collection of village farms.
And there is the global warming scandal, in which NGOs. the UN, and the nuclear industry colluded in concocting a doomsday scenario in order to create profit in pollution.
Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money.
Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth, ignorance, propaganda, and short memories finish the job.
I remember when, following CIA director William Colby’s testimony before the Church Committee in the mid-1970s, presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan issued executive orders preventing the CIA and U.S. black-op groups from assassinating foreign leaders. In 2010 the US Congress was told by Dennis Blair, head of national intelligence, that the US now assassinates its own citizens in addition to foreign leaders.
When Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that US citizens no longer needed to be arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a capital crime, just murdered on suspicion alone of being a “threat,” he wasn’t impeached. No investigation pursued. Nothing happened. There was no Church Committee. In the mid-1970s the CIA got into trouble for plots to kill Castro. Today it is American citizens who are on the hit list. Whatever objections there might be don’t carry any weight. No one in government is in any trouble over the assassination of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government.
As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the offshoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO “performance bonuses,” have moved the production of goods and services marketed to Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists describe offshoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics profession.
Intelligence and integrity have been purchased by money. The transnational or global U.S. corporations pay multi-million dollar compensation packages to top managers, who achieve these “performance awards” by replacing U.S. labor with foreign labor. While Washington worries about “the Muslim threat,” Wall Street, U.S. corporations and “free market” shills destroy the U.S. economy and the prospects of tens of millions of Americans.
Americans, or most of them, have proved to be putty in the hands of the police state.
Americans have bought into the government’s claim that security requires the suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly, Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process, protect “terrorists,” and not themselves. Many also believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep Americans safe and free.
Most Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would tell them any different.
I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I was Business Week’s first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American “mainstream media.”
For the last six years I have been banned from the “mainstream media.” My last column in the New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer representing New York. We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A debate was launched. No such thing could happen today.
For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column.
The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.
America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based.
These trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington’s deficits and threaten the U.S. dollar’s role as world reserve currency. The wars and the pressure that the budget deficits put on the dollar’s value have put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Former Goldman Sachs chairman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is after these protections for the elderly. Fed chairman Bernanke is also after them. The Republicans are after them as well. These protections are called “entitlements” as if they are some sort of welfare that people have not paid for in payroll taxes all their working lives.
With over 21 per cent unemployment as measured by the methodology of 1980, with American jobs, GDP, and technology having been given to China and India, with war being Washington’s greatest commitment, with the dollar over-burdened with debt, with civil liberty sacrificed to the “war on terror,” the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown into the trash bin of history.
The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.