cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

6.13.2008

Jail time for Tenet? Ray McGovern

President George W. Bush used to complain that being president was “hard work,” but he has gotten over that. Now he says it “has been a fabulous experience.”

Why fabulous? Well, a good part of it has to do with his past.

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The Ugly Truth - The Ugly American

Another video. Is it just a few bad apples, or is it US military culture? - Ed.

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9/11 Video

This is a short and entertaining video. I don't know exactly what it means to have a video like this on a site like Global Research, but it must be a good sign. Perhaps the preponderance of the evidence has finally reached that point which allows such a horrible topic to be treated so lightly and yet still with profound respect for the Truth.

The music will be exceedingly familiar to people who came of age in the 1970s. These are the very same people who must really get it through our heads what is going on, as we are neither young nor old; and therefore it is truly our responsibility to do whatever needs to be done at this moment in history. - Ed.

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Adil...a story of a human being

Very powerful. - Ed.

It has been about a week since I notice this young man; he is always there, I see him on my way to work, when we go for shopping…I noticed him from a far distance, I never came close to him…he was always there, day and night sitting between the electricity cabinet and the garbage container in a fetus position on stacked pile of blankets resting his head on his arms…At the first day I saw him I though he is a worker or a garbage collector and he is sitting here to have a rest…but as I saw him several times later I knew there must something wrong, I thought he might be either insane or alcoholic or he might be an informer! Because the former regiment used to have many informers like this…he never moves, I never saw him moving any part of his body until two days ago when I was back from shopping I passed by him and I noticed two cats sitting besides him…he seemed so innocent as he was playing with that dirty yellow cat, he looked calm and peaceful and that's when I felt he isn't insane, an informer or alcoholic he is just an extremely poor young man who must have experienced terrible things.

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Irish peace laureate on terrorist cells in Hebron

Dear all,

I received this personal document/urgent appeal this morning from Mairead McGuire -Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

If you know of any Internationals (included yourselves), willing to spend/sleep in some time in the IDF-military threatened children Orphanage buildings in Hebron, some help would be most welcome from abroad.

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Ten unfortunate assumptions of energy addicts

This is a message on record crude and gasoline prices to oil addicts (Hello!). I include their close cousins the green energy addicts (Ciao!). This is prompted by the shallow, momentary news-analyses of the oil market, as well as by the slightly less-shallow boosterism of a green-energy Utopia. Lend me your ears before I say, “Have a global warming day” and we go our separate ways. I'd like to think I’m moving to the country or the high seas.

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How far is the US from food shortages and food riots?

Even the United States is not immune from the potential for food shortages, food riots and food insecurity. We’re just blind to the possibility.

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How Iran has Bush over a barrel

If wasn't clear before it should be now: the Bush Administration can't afford to attack Iran. With gas already at $4 a gallon and rising almost every day, Iran figuratively and literally has the United States over a barrel. As much as the Administration is tempted, it is not about to test Iran's promise to "explode" the Middle East if it is attacked.

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Justice Rises from the Ashes

The Supreme Court ruled today that suspected foreign terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts and to confront their accusers.

The Court also slammed Congress for passing the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which set up the show trial military tribunals now in progress.

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6.12.2008

NSPD 59 - 'Big Brother' Presidential Directive

Evil twin of NSPD 51. Here we go. - Ed.

The latest Big Brother police state measure emanating from the Bush administration, with virtually no press coverage, is NSPD 59 (HSPD 24) entitled Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security [Complete text of NSPD 59 (HSPD 24) in Annex below]

NSPD is directed against US citizens.

It is adopted without public debate or Congressional approval. Its relevant procedures have far-reaching implications.

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They're killing us darling. They really are.

Some while ago I didn’t known very much. I probably know less than that now; the same way Bob Dylan was so much younger in his back pages. Still, I’ve been looking into two remarkable pieces of research entitled “The Extremely Unfortunate Skull Valley Incident” and “the Brucellosis Triangle” courtesy of Don Duca. I couldn’t hope to review these books within the limited confines of the usual 1500 words but it looks like they are killing us. It really does.

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9/11, deep state violence, and the hope of internet politics

The unthinkable – that elements inside the state would conspire with criminals to kill innocent civilians – has become not only thinkable but commonplace in the last century. A seminal example was in French Algeria, where dissident elements of the French armed forces, resisting General de Gaulle’s plans for Algerian independence, organized as the Secret Army Organization and bombed civilians indiscriminately, with targets including hospitals and schools. Critics like Alexander Litvinenko, who was subsequently murdered in London in November 2006, have charged that the 1999 bombings of apartment buildings around Moscow, attributed to Chechen separatists, were in fact the work of the Russian secret service (FSB).

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Our nation's self-respect demands impeachment

I wept to see Sami al Haj embrace his young son for the first time after six years in Guantanamo prison. Sami al Haj, a Sudanese news cameraman, was seized in Pakistan while working for al Jazeera News. He was imprisoned, tortured and brutalized by Americans while there. Like most prisoners held at Guantanamo, al Haj was never tried or charged.

After his release, Sami al Haj arrived in Sudan and was immediately rushed to a hospital by ambulance, weakened by his 438-day hunger strike in Guantanamo. His message to our government: "Torture does not stop terrorism, torture is terrorism."

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British MP resigns in disgust over 'strangulation of British freedoms'

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis dropped a political bombshell today by announcing he was quitting as an MP in order to fight a by-election over the 'strangulation' of British freedoms.

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Central bank body warns of Great Depression

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the organisation that fosters cooperation between central banks, has warned that the credit crisis could lead world economies into a crash on a scale not seen since the 1930s.

In its latest quarterly report, the body points out that the Great Depression of the 1930s was not foreseen and that commentators on the financial turmoil, instigated by the US sub-prime mortgage crisis, may not have grasped the level of exposure that lies at its heart.

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How much was Fox paid to shill Bush's war crime in Iraq?

The many lies told by Fox and Bill O'Reilly are probable cause to suspect Fox of criminal complicity with the Bush regime. It is reasonable to suspect that Fox is called Bush's 'propaganda ministry' because it is Bush's propaganda ministry. Bush may yet stand trial for war crimes and mass murder. But what of his enablers inside his 'propaganda ministry'? It is reasonable to ask how many members of the Fox board, how many executives, how many on-camera shills share Bush's guilt for having perpetrated a murderous lie upon the American people and the world.

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Fox News vs 'the people'

IDF decapitates 6-year old Palestinian girl

A Palestinian carries the body of 6-year-old Hadeel al-Smari before her funeral in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. An Israeli shell aimed at a group of militants in southern Gaza Strip slammed into a nearby house early Wednesday and killed al-Smari in her back yard, Palestinian medical officials and a relative said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) Source

What the above report does not mention is that this sweet, innocent child of SIX was decapitated…


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Kucinich: Judiciary Committee must begin review of mpeachment articles

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), two days after presenting 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush, urged in a statement that a key House committee commence examination of the articles.

“It is now imperative that the Judiciary Committee begin a review of the 35 articles,” said Kucinich. “I will be providing supporting documentation to the committee so that it can proceed in an orderly manner.

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6.11.2008

How do you like collapse so far?

Take relentless population growth. Add decades of expanding per-capita resource consumption. Simmer slowly over rising global temperatures.

What do you get?

Traumatic information: that is, information that wounds us through the very act of obtaining it.

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The Jewish Experience - by Gilad Atzmon

For more than half a century, those who have been trying to combat the forces that are behind the Israeli paradigm have been identifying Israeli policies and practice with Zionism and Zionist Ideology. I am afraid to say that they were wrong all the way along. Indeed, Zionism’s project dictates the plunder of Palestine in the name of Jewish national aspiration. It is also true to argue that Israel has been rather efficient in translating the Zionist philosophy into a devastating oppressive and murderous practice. Yet, Israelis, or more precisely, the vast majority of Israeli-born secular Jews, are not motivated or fuelled by Zionist ideology. Its spirit or symbols are virtually meaningless to them. As bizarre as it may sound to some, Zionism is either a foreign or just an archaic notion for most Israeli-born secular Jews.

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Florida at the precipice of depression

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Banks cannot afford to take 50-75% hits on mortgages, and that is exactly what is happening. The precipice is here, and we are on it. Recent reports about home sales rebounding are insignificant, because no one is accurately describing the growing inventory build-up. Banks simply don't have the margins to deal with this crisis. And for that reason, we will see massive bank failures and this will snowball into a complete economic meltdown. If you have an argument against this scenario, I'd love to debate you on a live conference call. We deal with the banks. We know what is going on before the numbers show up at the Fed or any analysts desks. We deal with the public, so we hear the desperation at all levels. I listen to grown men cry about how to explain to their families that they are losing everything. I listen to people that I fear are on the verge of suicide. I read about people committing crimes simply to put food on the table. Spend a week with me, and you'll understand why there is no feasible way to avoid a Depression.
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Barack O'Bilderberg: Picking the President

Sunday, June 8, 2008, marked the last day of this year’s annual Bilderberg meeting, which took place in Chantilly, Virginia. The American Friends of Bilderberg, an American Bilderberg front group, which organizes the American participant list for the annual Bilderberg conference, issued a rare press release this year. It stated that, "The Conference will deal mainly with a nuclear free world, cyber terrorism, Africa, Russia, finance, protectionism, US-EU relations, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Islam and Iran. Approximately 140 participants will attend."1

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All over for Olmert but look out Palestinians if there is an election and Netanyahu gets in

By later today we should know what Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has decided to do. According to reports, Olmert at first decided he would fight off those within his own party, Kadima, who wanted him to step down but, since yesterdays cabinet meeting, it looks as though he has been discouraged from resisting further and has no alternative but to allow a primary spill to replace him.

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6.10.2008

Leaders With No Conscience

As Osama bin Laden lay dying, December of 2001, might he have imagined that seven years later he would be on bogeyman life-support, still officially issuing messages as ruling poster boy for America’s mindless, force-fed terror obsession? The hammerlock on thoughts of Americans by psychopathic leadership still depends on the fairytale power of Osama to help fuel the pathological War On Terror—could he have foreseen this, Americans being so propagandized as to let the lifeblood of their nation drip through their fingers, for lies? Whatever Osama knew he’d accomplished surely pales in light of what he has done since dying; if he had any inkling of this he must have died smiling.

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A "Legacy of Greatness": The morality of a psychopath

Andrew Sullivan, writing about McClellan's new book is most taken with the fact that McClellan claims that Bush intentionally ignored the WMD evidence, saying "if the president intentionally ignored data refuting the existence of Saddam's WMDs, he should be impeached." Frankly, the fact that Bush did this is old news; and impeachment is the least of the appropriate responses -- a war crimes trial would be called for. (I sort of thought Sullivan was farther along than this, actually.)

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Intellectual Violence

Something I've learned over the last few years is that there really is such a thing as evil in this world. True, sheer evil.

I've also learned that all evil is perpetrated by force; and that can be physical violence or it can be intellectual violence, i.e. by deceit and deception. Lies. Lies are every bit as much a form of violence as guns, clubs and bombs because just like physical violence, lies are used to violate someone else's free will and free choice.

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Countdown to the end of Bush-Cheney regime

As the countdown to the end of the hated Bush-Cheney regime proceeds, calls for the U.S. and/or Israel to take military action against Iran, have been multiplying almost in inverse proportion. At the same time, the Islamic Republic has redoubled its efforts to thwart such aggression, in a two-pronged maneuver. On the one hand, the government, and the new leadership in the Majlis (parliament) under Ali Larijani, have reiterated Tehran's rejection of blackmail regarding the country's nuclear program; on the other, Iran has launched a campaign to engage its leading international interlocutors in discussion of concrete cooperation aimed at defusing, if not solving, major strategic crisis situations. The recent solution to the prolonged Lebanon crisis is but the most eloquent example of what could and can be achieved in pursuing peace in many crises plaguing the region, {if} Tehran's role and contribution were accepted.

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Fact Sheet: US foreign aid to Israel

A) The nature of US foreign aid to Israel

  1. Constitutes 30% of the total US foreign aid budget, which renders Israel to be the largest recipient of US aid in the world
  2. Started in 1948 and gradually increased over the years
  3. Promotes American interests in the Middle East
  4. Proposed by Israel in 1998 to be reduced in an effort to establish an economically independent country

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National Call-in Day

Tuesday, June 10, is the national call-in day to tell your members of Congress to stop an attack on Iran.

If you care about your children, and the world, please call your congressional representatives TOLL-FREE and DEMAND THAT THE U.S. LEAVE IRAN IN PEACE!!!

TOLL-FREE NUMBER FOR CONGRESS (just ask for your representatives' offices)

1-800-788-9372

Here's more background information:

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Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles

An Ohio Democratic lawmaker and former presidential candidate has presented articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush to Congress.

Thirty-five articles were presented by Rep. Dennis Kucinich to the House of Representatives late Monday evening, airing live on C-SPAN.

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Photos you will never see in the news

Photo albums from Gaza, Lebanon, etc.

Disturbing. Real. With our enormous aid to Israel, we make this suffering possible.

Will you look?

Not so cool facts about Israel

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Saying "I didn't know" is no excuse anymore

A couple of days ago I read an article by Haitham Sabbah entitled Murder at Huwara Checkpoint. It talks about the killing of a 15 year old Palestinian boy by the Israeli soldiers at the Huwara Checkpoint. What drew my attention to the article was the accompanying photo. It was a painting of a Palestinian boy lying dead with stretched arms, an image that is a companion to many Palestinians. While reading the article my mind was moving faster than my eyes.

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6.09.2008

Fat Whores and Money Junkies in a Shake and Bake World

Calling to mind the old Spanish proverb -- Take what you want and pay for it, says God. - Ed.

Excerpt:

How can there have been only the lonely voice of Cynthia McKinney? You don’t pay any attention to the people with your best interests at heart. Yet you will give up your homes and your livelihood and your children’s health and lives to people and business interests that see you as sheep to slaughter. Have you always been like this? Have you always crucified your liberators and lavished obeisance and fealty upon your oppressors? You get what you deserve. Your country collapses around you. Your infrastructure is crumbling. Your children are like “so totally fer sure” dumber than the fenceposts over which they drape the concertina wire and no one in power anywhere is saying anything even when they are in as grave a danger as you. I’m looking but I can’t see. I can’t get the why and wherefore of the silence and complicity. Something is happening out of sight and it’s viral and nasty as anything south of the festering butt cracks of the fat whores who are your glorious leaders.

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Nine meals from anarchy - how Britian is facing a very real food crisis

The phrase 'nine meals from anarchy' sounds more like the title of a bad Hollywood movie than any genuine threat.

But that was the expression coined by Lord Cameron of Dillington, a farmer who was the first head of the Countryside Agency - the quango set up by Tony Blair in the days when he pretended to care about the countryside - to describe just how perilous Britain's food supply actually is.

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The financial tsunami has not reached its climax

The Sub Prime Meltdown is but the Tip of the Iceberg

While attention has been focussed on the relatively tiny US "sub-prime" home mortgage default crisis as the center of the current financial and credit crisis impacting the Anglo-Saxon banking world, a far larger problem is now coming into focus. Sub-prime or high-risk Collateralized Mortgage Obligations, CMOs as they are called, are only the tip of a colossal iceberg of dodgy credits which are beginning to go sour. The next crisis is already beginning in the $62 TRILLION market for Credit Default Swaps. You never heard of them? It’s time to take a look, then.

The next phase of the unravelling crisis in the US-centered "revolution in finance" is emerging in the market for arcane instruments known as Credit Default Swaps or CDS. Wall Street bankers always have to have a short name for these things.

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US wrong to join Israel in genocidal wars

Says a citizen... - Ed.

To the Readers’ Forum:

Different people think differently. Some people believe a sworn enemy is one who is protecting their homeland from intruders that steal their land. Other people believe a sworn enemy are those who take other people’s land, destroying thousands of lives, committing genocide and in doing so are displacing thousands of people, leaving them desolate, distressed and in agony.

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What are we to do?

I am not condemning anyone. I want an answer!

We have read and listened to the various people, not of mainstream media, who talk about what has happened to this once great country, the United State of America, a Republic as established by our founding fathers.

We have been told that the Federal Reserve is an illegal organization. That the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was never ratified. That according to Mulberry v Madison, the US Supreme Court in 1803 stated �that any law that is repugnant to the US Constitution is invalid�. That laws past in the last 200 years are unconstitutional. That our money is worthless. That our rights under the US Constitution have been taken away from us. That we can come and go without a government permit. That we have a right to have and carry a firearm without a government permit. That the North American Union is in place and the list goes on. What can we do to make it right?

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Dan Rather slams corporate news at National Conference for Media Reform

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather delivered a blistering critique of corporate news on Saturday night at the National Conference for Media Reform hosted by Free Press.

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It's all a matter of timing for Israel's final confrontation with Iran

Iran is now the only nation left that is powerful enough to stand in the way of the Zionist’s dream of a Greater Israel that includes the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, the Shebaa Farms and south Lebanon up to the Litani River. Without Iran to supply and support Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas the Israeli Zionists believe that their dream of a Greater Israel can be realised.

All they need is an excuse, a casus belli, to attack Iran but it is something that they cannot do alone; they need the US to do it for them. Hamas in the Gaza may just be the fuse they need to ignite their final confrontation against Iran. By attacking Hamas, Israel knows that Hezbollah will likely come to their aid by launching rockets against northern Israel. This, as in the last war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, will be the excuse the Israelis need to launch an all-out attack against and an invasion of Lebanon. The first sign of any Iranian weapons being used by Hezbollah against the Israelis will be all that is needed to launch a deadly aerial bombardment campaign against Iran designed to force capitulation and regime change.

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OPEC: No need to pump more oil despite rising prices

OPEC: It's the speculators, Stupid. - Ed.


DUBAI (Reuters) - OPEC members saw no need on Sunday to pump more oil in response to last week's double-digit surge in oil prices to over $139 a barrel that top exporter Saudi Arabia described as unjustified.

More pain was coming for consuming economies hurting from record fuel costs as prices were likely to climb further, officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said.

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US Consulate employee dies of heart attack at Israeli checkpoint

Mohammed Mousa, 63, who has worked for forty years at the US Consulate in Jerusalem and is an American citizen, died of a heart attack when Israeli soldiers refused to allow him to pass through the checkpoint to work this week.

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