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


That's a one-way street though...

"With all due respect to President Obama, and there is respect, and to the deep friendship between Israel and the United States, no foreign leader of another country will set policy in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]." -- Ofir Akonis of Netanyahu's Likud Party

Psyops says, "Give up quickly"

Cross-posted at Twelfth Bough.

Here's some psyops that is being reported widely in China.

Over 60% French lose confidence in finding true reason for air crash

PARIS, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Over 60 percent French have lost confidence in finding the true cause for Monday's disappearance of Air France Flight AF447, a latest poll published on Thursday showed.

Among the 18,604 persons inquired by French daily Le Figaro, 61 percent answered "no" to the question that "Do you think it is possible to recover what caused the crash."

The major reason for their negative answers, they said, was the authorities' announcement that as there were massive difficulties in recovering the plane's black box recorders, [IT'S TOO HARD] [SOME] people might never know the real reason for the disaster.

Some respondents expressed worries that some people [The Damn Conspiracy Theorist, no doubts] might take earlier hypotheses on the cause of the crash as facts, making it impossible to find the truth. [????? HOW SO??????]

On the other hand, 39 percent respondents gave positive answers, pinning their hopes on high technology and expertise in the 21st century. [on the authorities, in other words]

Some people in the survey insisted that it was important to find the cause of the accident, to prevent similar tragedies in the future. [naturally, as long as the answers don't point back to the authorities...]

Air France Flight AF447, an Airbus A330, vanished early Monday morning over the Atlantic Ocean en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, with 228 people on board.

Let's recap what this survey says, a large survey (18,ooo+ people) that had to have been conducted immediately after this "accident" in order to be tabulated and reported a whole five days later.

People are immediately "losing confidence" (read giving up finding the truth), because the authorities say it's too hard to find the black boxes.

SOME people worry that OTHER people who speculate as to the real cause of the crash (read Conspiracy Theorists) will make it "impossible to find the truth." Therefore, you see, the people trying to find out the truth become the culprits in obscuring the truth, but this curious twist in logic remains unexplained. How does that happen? Could it have something to do with the intelligence community muddying the waters and setting up false leads and limited hangouts and every manner of counter-intelligence to PREVENT the truth from being exposed while DISCREDITING the people who seek the truth? LIKE THIS SURVEY????

The "Hopeful" (read "Good") people wisely RELY ON THE AUTHORITIES who possess the best technology and expertise to uncover what really happened, and there are other people who INSIST (read "because they are MORAL") that an answer will be forthcoming to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Surely it won't be a TRUE answer, just an AUTHORITATIVE one.

You know, it hardly seems possible that the French people would be as dense as Americans, but maybe the Chinese people need to think so. Who conducted this survey? Who participated? Where are the questions? And are you fucking kidding me?

Twitter and Life in the Shitter


Enter Twitter. It’s hard to read about anything these days without some mention that some Twit has had something to say about it on Twitter. This is one more example of the general public looking at something but not into it. What does this site do? It gives you something like 144 characters to make a comment. Can’t you do this already anywhere you want to say something? Does this Twitter provide any other service or any service whatsoever that would make it useful or necessary in relation to anything that is already out there? No. All of a sudden though… right out of the blue… there is this interface for disposable and witless banality that is now lit up like Broadway on a Saturday night.

I went there exactly one time to see the interface. What it is is internet text messaging. It’s a virtual cell-phone. What’s more interesting is what people are saying about it (see the following comments). When you’ve got something that’s composed of high fructose, spun through forced hot air turbines into wall board insulation, you’ve got Twitter. I’ve seen one functioning value which Twitter provides. Twitter allows you to determine the useful value of any person in your life simply by discovering whether they use it or not.

Read more @ Reflections in a Petri Dish


Bust the Media Trusts


Today, we have 6 major media corporations and a small handful of others controlling all the television news, the 2 news wires, and all major newspapers.

The media spins the truth, ignores the real stories, and in some cases outright lies. They are all owned and controlled by the same robber baron families, along with some newer robber baron families, who have been meeting in secret at places like Bilderberg and consolidating their holdings with mergers and acquisitions.

They have been working on consolidating the press and using the press to protect their interests. Those who control the media control reality.

General Electric – NBC, Telemundo, Universal Pictures, MSNBC, Bravo, and SciFi Channel

Walt Disney – ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, Lifetime, A&E, several radio tations, several music and book publishers, Touchstone, Miramax, and other film publishers.

News Corporation – Fox News, Fox television stations, National Geographic, FX, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, TVGuide, Barrons, The Weekly Standard, and various film and book publishing companies.

TimeWarner – CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, TBS, TNT, America Online, MapQuest, Warner Brothers, Castle Rock, Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Marie Claire, Peoplem and other magazines.

Viacom – MTV, Nick, VH1, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount, and works with Indian media, Global Broadcast news.

CBS – CBS television network, CBS radio network, works with TimeWarner, works with Google, Showtime and various book publishers and film production companies.

Read more @ New World Liberty

Television "Diplomocy"

The Alhurra television channel is an American foreign policy tool, and Joaquin Blaya, one of four members of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors who oversee the channel, makes no bones about it.

"Yes, it is part of our public diplomacy. Alhurra today has a budget of $126m a year. We don't carry any advertising. We are subsidised by the American taxpayer. The American taxpayer is not paying for entertainment for people living in the Middle East. They are paying for the promotion of freedom and democracy, through news and information," he says.

Alhurra, for non-Arab readers unfamiliar with it, is a television channel that broadcasts mainly from America across 22 countries in the Middle East region. According to Blaya, it has a weekly audience of 27 million people, and is watched in, for example, 55 percent of Iraq homes, 55 percent of Syrian homes, 30 percent of Oman homes, and 27 percent of Moroccan homes.

...In May, 2007, Blaya was summoned to testify to a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The hearing was prompted by revelations that, on several occasions, Alhurra had broadcast messages against American interests, including "a 68-minute call to arms against Israelis by a senior figure of Hezbollah; deferential coverage of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial conference; and a factually flawed piece on a splinter group of Orthodox Jews who oppose the state of Israel."

According to ABC News, Blaya told the hearing that important decisions regarding Alhurra's output were being left in the hands of "reporters and producers who are hastily hired Arabic-speaking journalists with insufficient understanding of Western journalistic practices or the network's pro-Western mission." [meaning, obviously, pro-ISRAELI mission - ed.]

Read more @

I know what happened to the Air France Flight 447

According to Air France CEO Pierre-Henry Gourgeon the Air France AirBus flying from Rio to Paris transmitted "a succession of a dozen technical messages" indicated that "several electrical systems had broken down" which caused a "totally unprecedented situation in the plane."

Gourgeon is wrong. The events that resulted in the death of 128 people over the Atlantic were precedented. There have been several similar events.

Reuters has reported that AirBus is claiming that the Airbus A330 has a good safety record, with no fatal accidents on a commercial flight. This is a falsehood that Reuters did not bother to correct.

In Miami in 1999 pilot and co-pilot of an American Airlines Airbus A300 about to land suddenly lost control of the plane to an exogenous agency. The rudder moved several times on its own. "The rudder movements were extreme" said the NTSP.

Read more @ Ziopedia

Financial Calamity Beckons

The coming Debacle in Commercial Real Estate by Al Martin

(6-1-09) Speculative bubbles continue to balloon, as housing data shows home prices continue to collapse.

And the economic absurdities continue unabated.

We are now completely immersed in the Obama FantasyLand Economy where everything is supposed to be "wonderful." It's like Wall Street Journal's Andrew Ross Sorkin just said -- Look at what equity prices are doing. There aren't any problems. GDP isn't falling. Everything's just great.

Meanwhile, last Thursday night(May 28), the Fed actually came out with a statement, which in essence said -- we do not understand what is happening. That certainly inspired "confidence." Cue up the laugh track... (read more)

The Big Collapse could be very near, by Robert Wenzel


The end of the current financial system, as we know it, may be imminent. If you would have asked me even two weeks ago if collapse was imminent, I would have said it was highly unlikely, now I am saying it is possible. Bernanke may be able to patch things up short-term, if he is lucky, but in the long term the U.S. financial structure is in serious trouble. There is just too much Treasury debt that needs to be raised. An international panic out of Treasury securities, even a slow controlled panic, means the Fed will be the major buyer. This will ultimately mean record inflation.

And keep this in mind, we have never seen a collapse of a currency like the dollar. Even the hyperinflation during Germany's Wiemar Period can not serve as an example. Since the dollar is the reserve currency of most of the world, a panic out of the dollar means more dollars will return to the U.S. shores than any country has ever experienced.

Other countries have had collapsed currencies, but never in the history of world of finance has so much currency been held outside a country of issue that could come flying back, almost on a moments notice. If the panic out of the dollar starts, even if Bernanke stops printing money (unlikely), all the dollars flying back into the U.S. could cause a huge price inflation all on its own.

N Korea ready to launch missile

Image: GlobalSecurity

There is growing speculation that North Korea may be preparing to launch another new medium or long-range missile.

Satellite images from the GlobalSecurity website show the new Tongchang-ni launch site in the North's west coast near China and is reportedly ready for use after nearly a decade of construction.

The launch tower and what appears to be construction materials on the launch pad are seen in the images, according to Tim Brown, a senior fellow with GlobalSecurity.

He speculated the debris may be there to make the pad appear as though it is still under construction.

"The launch pad appears to be operational,'' Brown said.

Read more @ Al Jazeera

Forget 'negotiations,' Obama


Diplomacy hasn’t produced a result in 61 years, and he made no mention of implementing international law and enforcing UN resolutions. Like others, he much prefers the soft and fluffy option of negotiations that go nowhere and a “process” that is doomed to fail, enabling Israel to pursue its evil designs indefinitely. In their minds, and for some unexplained reason, Israel is exempt from laws, conventions, codes of conduct and respect for human rights that other nations of the civilised world are expected to observe. It is allowed to act the brutal aggressor with impunity

“Negotiations” without law are immoral

There are, of course, several objections to the idea of “negotiations” in the Israel-Palestine context. In particular, it is immoral to put a weak party and a strong party together and expect a fair outcome when the strong party is in permanent occupation and has its military boot on the other’s throat.

It is immoral to expect a weak party to negotiate with a strong party that’s daily in breach of international law, commits war crimes and acts of piracy and continues to steal land and dispossess the weak party's citizens in order to unlawfully expand its borders.

It is immoral for the sponsors of the negotiations to be partisan and vilify the democratically elected representatives of the weak party, and to refuse to acknowledge the weak party's right to political self-determination and territorial integrity.

Read the rest @ Middle East Online

Obama and Realpolitik

Obama as Modern Pharaoh
by Kevin MacDonals


As throughout Jewish history, it is the most committed members who determine the direction of the entire group. This is doubtless true of most groups, but it is especially the case with Jews where there is a long history of fanaticism. In the present case, the most fanatical members of the Jewish community are firmly in support of territorial expansion in the West Bank. They are a solid majority in Israeli politics.

...As Walt points out, there are indeed signs in America that the less fanatic Jews, such as J Street, may have some influence in blunting the force of the Israel Lobby or possibly even turning it against the settlement movement. However, in keeping with the general finding that the most extreme Jews tend to win the day within the Jewish community, I predict that in the end Jews will be forced to choose between supporting their extremist brethren, or become marginalized or even ostracized from the Jewish community. The great majority of activist Jews in the US will support Israel even if it continues to stand firmly behind the settlement movement.

And when push comes to shove, Jews will go along with the activists who lead the organized Jewish community. One can talk about U.S. interests or Israeli interests all one wants, but this is a fight to the finish.

How Obama can make Netanyahu give in, by Vincent Jaubert via Watching America

Between Obama and Israel, the hour of truth finally approaches.

In openly opposing the American president's injunction to put an end to the settlements, Benjamin Netanyahu risks political arm wrestling with the White House.

How can Obama make him give in?

No one imagines he will reconsider the military aid the U.S. accords Israel each year. Besides, there is every chance that Congress would oppose it.

So what can he do?

Here are four ideas floating around these days:

1. He could freeze the guaranteed credit that America allocates to Israel. That's how George H.W. Bush convinced Itzhak Shamir to participate in the Madrid conference.

2. He could ask the IRS to take a look at the American NGOs participating in the financing of the settlements and to which contributions are made, just as Washington Post columnist, David Ignatius, recently revealed some that were tax deductible.

3. He could take the initiative of diplomatically isolating Israel from the Security Council by submitting a resolution condemning the settlements (I hardly believe he would go that far).

4. He could incite Europeans not to "build up" their relations with Jerusalem as is expected during a reunion between the EU and Israel next June 15 (a reunion already postponed for this reason, a postponement which, among others, would explain the cancellation of Netanyahu's visit to Paris).

Obama wants Livni in Netanyahu government, via Press TV

Israeli diplomats claim that the Obama White House wants to exert pressure on the Netanyahu government to form a coalition with former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

Livni, who chairs the center-left Kadima party, formed the opposition after far-right Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked with forming a government in Israel.

Amid a deepening rift between Washing and Tel Aviv, Israeli diplomats have accused US president Barack Obama of pressuring Prime Minister Netanyahu to bring in the Kadima to moderate his hawkish cabinet, Israeli paper Ma'ariv reported.

Psychopath Round-up

1. Bernie Madoff's sons have not spoken to their father since Ponzi-schemer's confession

Excerpts of the horrible suffering endured by the Madoff boys (get your tissues, it's bad):

Both brothers now receive hate calls at home, and Andrew makes dinner reservations under his fiancée's name rather than his own, Vanity Fair claims.

Andrew, 42, also wound up scoring a one-punch upper East Side knockout when a former Madoff Securities employee berated him for making a fortune off the scheme, according to one anecdote.

...The Madoff brothers could lose their fortunes if the bankruptcy trustee in the case goes after their assets, arguing that the pair received stolen money whether they were involved or not.

Their annual earnings ran as high as $5 million.

With their father in jail, the Madoff sons are now saddled with the family legacy. It's even affected Andrew's estranged wife, who uses her maiden name to order groceries, the magazine reported.

2. Is Larry Summers taking kickbacks from the banks he's bailing out?


Last month, it was revealed that Summers, whom President Obama appointed to essentially run the economy from his perch in the National Economic Council, earned nearly $8 million in 2008 from Wall Street banks, some of which, like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, were now receiving tens of billions of taxpayer funds from the same Larry Summers. It turns out now that those two banks have continued paying into Summers-related businesses.

...In September 2007, Revolution Money announced that it had raised $50 million from a group of investors including Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. Some found the investment strange even then, because normally big banks don’t get involved in seeding small startups -- that’s the domain of venture capitalists, not mega-banks. Especially not in September, 2007, when these same megabanks were Chernobyling their way into full-fledged balance-sheet meltdown.

3. The Rockefeller Case: Collection of stories from the Boston Globe

On July 27,2008, Reigh Storrow Mills Boss disappeared near Boston Common, triggering a manhunt for her father, a man known as Clark Rockefeller. Even after his arrest, questions remain about the man who calls himself Rockefeller.

  • Sandra Boss said she spent most of her 12-year marriage unaware that her husband, whom she knew as Clark Rockefeller, was a Bavarian-born impostor.
  • Sandra Boss calmly described meeting her future husband, the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan during her testimony.
  • Born in Europe, known by several different names, once thought to be a member of American aristocracy, and currently on trial for allegedly kidnapping his daughter -- follow the strange but true saga of the man known as Clark Rockefeller.
  • "I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to remember." Speaking to reporters for the first time since he allegedly whisked his 7-year-old daughter off a Boston street and led authorities on an international manhunt, Clark Rockefeller amicably spun stories of the last 15 years.
  • Clark Rockefeller's lawyer said his client used the alias Christopher Chichester while in California and remembers his landlords' disappearance.
What does it all mean? Will the Boston Globe EVER EXPLAIN that psychopaths comprise one in twenty-five people? Will they ever explain what this man is, and that the psychologists and law enforcement people know exactly what he is, that he LACKS A CONSCIENCE and LIES LIKE OTHER PEOPLE BREATHE? Will people ever get a clue why the world is so fucked up, or will we continue to view these blatant cases of psychopathy as mere curiosities affecting a few poor, unfortunate souls? - ed.

4. Settlers rampage in West Bank, savage Palestinians


Settlers also set fire to Palestinian fields, sawed down olive trees and threw rocks at Palestinians outside the villages of Burin and Far'ata south of Nablus.

...Nearly 20 settlers also opened fire at Palestinian villagers and journalists when a group of Palestinians tried to chase settlers off their land.

Despite the settler violence, three army patrol vehicles at a nearby junction stood by without intervention.

...Hardline settlers believe the Jewish people have a God-given, biblical-era right to live on the land, though most of the more than 280,000 Israelis who live in the settlements dotting the West Bank are there for economic reasons.

5. 'Zionist vision is stronger than any president.' Israeli responses to Obama's speech:

MK Danny Danon (Likud): “The president has crossed all lines. His implied comparison between the Israeli government and the Nazi regime said everything. He has made a covenant with the Arab world and rewarded it for more than 60 years of aggression.”

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union): “Obama makes a shocking parallel between the destruction of European Jewry and the suffering that the Arabs of Israel brought upon themselves when they declared war on Israel.”

“If Obama does not understand the difference between them, perhaps he will understand it better when he visits the Buchenwald concentration camp in the comings days. And if he doesn’t understand it even there, then Islam will once again teach it to him, just as it taught his predecessor on 9/11.”

"How dare Obama compare Arab refugee suffering to the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust?"


Winter Patriot: Message from Gitmo


How many years could you be held incommunicado, halfway across the world from your family, with no charges or evidence filed against you, no right to challenge your incarceration, and no prospect of ever obtaining your freedom, much less justice -- how many years of that could you take, even without any "enhanced interrogation techniques", before you decided it might be a good idea to stop eating?

Read more @ Winter Patriot

Exclusive (psyops): AQ eyes bio attack from....wait for it....MEXICO!!

With TUNNELS!!! Just like the Palestinians smuggle Iranian missiles that they then mysteriously don't use to defend themselves with while their people starve to death and their babies have no diapers!!! Fucking bastards...Someday the terrorists will love their children as much as they hate us, or something like that, eh? - Ed.

U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border, the latest sign of the terrorist group's determination to stage another mass-casualty attack on the U.S. homeland.

The video aired earlier this year as a recruitment tool makes clear that al Qaeda is looking to exploit weaknesses in U.S. border security and also is willing to ally itself with white militia groups or other anti-government entities interested in carrying out an attack inside the United States, according to counterterrorism officials interviewed by The Washington Times.

Read more @ The Washington Times

Israeli whines, "We've lost our spark."

Completely by chance, I flew to the United States the same night that Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu went there for his meeting with President Barack Obama. But if I had to rely on the New York media to learn that the visit was occurring, I might have missed it - because most media outlets barely mentioned it.

The planned appointment of a Hispanic woman judge to the Supreme Court captured the lead headlines. The fact that 800 unemployed people stood in line to apply for a job as a school janitor also made headlines. And as a rule, Obama gets most of the headlines, due to his dizzying whirl of activity. By comparison, Bibi might as well not exist.

As someone who has accompanied most Israeli premiers on their trips abroad, I was always amazed by the electricity they generated during these visits, whether positive or negative, as well as by the maneuverability that Israeli leaders enjoyed in America. If the president was unsympathetic, they went to Congress; if Congress was unsupportive, they went back to the president. If the State Department imposed a veto, Jewish organizations would pressure the president, who wanted to be reelected, to impose his will on the secretary of state.

Read more @ Haaretz

In Israel, Obama is accused of 'anti-semitism'

What a horse's ass. Keep talking, Katz, until everyone sees what a fucking ass you are. - Ed.

An Israeli parliamentarian accuses the Obama administration of 'anti-Semitism' ahead of a planned speech addressing the Muslim world.

Knesset (parliament) member Yaakov Katz, head of the National Union party, said Wednesday that US President Barack Obama's repeated calls for halting the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank is "nothing less than anti-Semitism," Israel's Arutz Sheva reported.

He also accused the White House of following the path of his predecessors in stunting the growth of the population of Jewish people in the West Bank.

Katz says calling on Tel Aviv to freeze settlement activities means denying the Jewish people the right to give birth.

"If someone says you can't add a room to a house, or build a kindergarten or a grocery or anything else, it means that 650,000 Jews in Jerusalem and elsewhere cannot grow, cannot give birth," Katz told Israel's national radio.

Read more @ Press TV

Israeli proposal: make Jordan the official Palestinian homeland

Amman, Jordan; and Jerusalem – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior members of his cabinet have pushed back hard against a renewed US demand to end settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories. Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Sunday that it amounted to "expulsion."

But 53 Israeli parliamentarians have moved to explore another kind of expulsion: Under a proposal to be reviewed this week, Jordan would become the official homeland for Palestinians now living in the West Bank.

Among the challenges facing the proposal is this: nobody asked Jordan if it would support such a plan.

Not surprisingly, it doesn't.

Read more @ Christian Science Monitor

Creepy Clouds

Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm.

But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name.

They have been seen all over Britain in different forms - from Snowdonia to the Scottish Highlands - and in other parts of the world such as New Zealand, but usually break up without producing a storm.

Read more @ Pimpin Turtle

Obama's 'pound of flesh'


The fact is, that with the election of President Obama, we, and the world at large, have been swindled by the highest-priced, bought-and-paid-for Presidential election in modern world history. In a large degree, it has proved to have been "the best Presidency which the combination of international drug-money, such as that of international dope-pusher George Soros, and kindred international financial swindlers, could have bought."

Read more @ Rense

Medical bills play a role in 62% of bankruptcies

Eat your poison food, take your poison shots and pills, breathe your poison air, drink your poison water, and don't get sick. - Ed.

President Obama's push for healthcare reforms gets a boost today from a new study by Harvard University researchers that shows a sizable increase over six years in bankruptcies caused in part by ever-higher medical expenses.

The study found that medical bills, plus related problems such as lost wages for the ill and their caregivers, contributed to 62% of all bankruptcies filed in 2007. On the campaign trail last year and in the White House this year, Obama had cited an earlier study by the same authors showing that such expenses played a part in 55% of bankruptcies in 2001.

Read more @ LA Times

An invitation to the local lodge

I run a small business in Canada and acquired a client who was a freemason. He took some time to tell me how amazing it was and that I should consider joining. I paid very little attention to it at the time but we remained in contact. The following year I began to do my research to see if perhaps it was for me. I had heard good things and bad things (horrendous things) about freemasonry. I knew a few freemasons who were all fairly successful financially so I though I would check it out. I had a couple of guys visit my home to talk about it with me. They explained that it was a group of guys getting together and acting out ancient rituals etc. There were a couple questions they had for me:

1. We would like to make sure that your wife approves: asked more than once.

Her reply was "why wouldn’t I?"

2. Do you believe in a supreme being?

Read more @ The Truth Seeker


Police Brutality in Seattle

via Dissecting the New Age
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Signs of a new financial storm for September coming from Dubai and Saudi Arabia

This agrees with the Cliff High talk on Rense linked to yesterday (you tubes). The shit hits the fan this fall. - Ed.

Summary: Dubai calls on the Rothschild bank for help, perhaps out of desperation. In Saudi Arabia a Saad Group company defaults. US, European and Asian banks are struggling. The end of Ramadan in September might mark the start of an economic depression worse than that of the 1930s.

Read more @

Problem + Reaction + Solution = Invocation Ritual


When a ‘leader’ announces the problem - his controllers were responsible for creating - he does not say what the ultimate aim (solution created out of public reaction) of the problem is, and will certainly NEVER say that the problem has arisen by anything other than natural means. And it must be a problem which faces ‘all of us’ - the greater the problem the greater the eventual solution. In other words, the quicker global tyranny can be brought about.

Read more @ Homo Veritas

Condi and Tzipi Lesbian Lovers?

A Former Israeli education minister has accused the US secretary of state and Israeli Foreign Minster of having a sexual relationship.

Limor Livnat, who is an Israeli Knesset (parliament) member, has told Benjamin Netanyahu that Condoleezza Rice and Tzipi Livni have sexual affairs.

Meanwhile, an American newspaper has quoted Rice as saying that she is a lesbian and has bought her partner an apartment in New York in order to engage in sexual conduct.

My partner has never had a relationship with a man, Rice said.

Source: Press TV

A flouride free pineal gland is more important than ever

Here's an idea...print this out and take it to the dentist next time you go. - Ed.


According to investigative journalist Christopher Bryson, author of The Fluoride Deception, getting large quantities of sodium fluoride into the water and food system was a ploy of public relations sponsored by the industries who were saddled with getting rid of the toxic materials.

Fluoride was necessary for the processing or enriching of uranium. The pro-fluoride propaganda was started during the Manhattan Project to create the first atom bombs in the 1940's. The spin was to convince workers and locals where the largest nuclear plant was located in Tennessee that fluoride was not only safe, it was good for kids' dental health.

In the early 1950's, the notorious spin master and father of advertising, Edward Bernays, continued the campaign for adding fluorides to water supplies as an experiment in engineering human consent! Then the AMA picked up on the dental issue and endorsed sodium fluoride's addition to water supplies. The few dissenting health studies and reports were usually squashed. Those dissenting voices were dismissed as quacks regardless of their credentials.

Approximately 2/3 of the USA water supply is laced with sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride is a common pesticide. So that residue is in some foods. Some sodas, packaged orange juices, and even bottled drinking water for babies contain fluoride additives. Buyer beware. Read your labels carefully.

Read more @ Natural News

Symbols, Hand Signals and Enduring Lies


We are not and never have been as helpless as we have been led to believe we are. Without our compliance they are nothing. They have used symbols and proclamations; bombastic calls to a counterfeit patriotism, promises of things never delivered, rumors of enemies who do not exist and all of it nothing more than an advertising campaign to control the moment and the future they weave from the cloth of our confusion.

The seeming, hard-wired appearance of what we are told is real is based on what we have allowed ourselves to believe. It is not real. It is held together by an incessant, subliminal programming and our weakness in believing what we have been told.

Many of you have seen what the internet has brought us. Never before has there been such a weapon put into the hands of the people. We have not made the collective use of this tool in the ways that we can. Instead of generating our own symbols- retaking the original meaning of ancient symbols- and giving them our focus in the place of the insidious icons they have used to manipulate us, we have spent our time arguing about the meaning of their action instead of taking actions of our own. We have determined that certain symbols are evil, that certain hand-signs make everyone who uses them an emissary of evil. We talk about Masons and Illuminati as if everything connected to our ideas about these organizations are of the darkest evil and this is not so.

Read more @ Smoking Mirrors

Pedophilia and the dark heart of the EU's parliament

By Mary Ellen Synon

The horror at the dark heart of a sordid, arrogant parliament

Here we are, a few words about Brussels and how it feels about child abuse. I’ll move onto the elections for the European parliament in a moment, but given the horrors of the Ryan report last week, I thought that you ought to know how seriously the euro-elite treat any suggestion of improper behaviour by adults towards children.

In other words I give you Daniel Cohn Bendit, an MEP for the German Green Party. He is a self-confessed kiddie-fiddler, but pulling down his trouser zip for tiny children hasn’t stopped him becoming one of the most influential members of parliament. Here is his story. Keep in mind this man has more power over the legislation of this country than does any member of the Dail.

Read more @ Irish Daily Mail

US rabbi calls on Israel to kill Palestinian women, children, cattle

Hasidic Jewish Rabbi Manis Friedman, from St. Paul, Minnesota, has issued a statement that Israel should destroy Palestinian holy sites and kill civilians in what he calls “the Jewish way” to fight a “moral war”.

The statement was printed in response to the question “How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” in the May/June edition of the Jewish magazine 'Moment', in a section titled 'Ask the Rabbis'. The magazine printed responses from nine different rabbis, each representing a different school of Jewish thought. The rabbis surveyed included Independent, Humanist, Reform, Modern Orthodox, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Sephardic and Chabad.

Rabbi Friedman represented the Chabad section of the article. His full statement was as follows:

“I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).”

“The first Israeli prime minister who declares that he will follow the Old Testament will finally bring peace to the Middle East. First, the Arabs will stop using children as shields. Second, they will stop taking hostages knowing that we will not be intimidated. Third, with their holy sites destroyed, they will stop believing that G-d is on their side. Result: no civilian casualties, no children in the line of fire, no false sense of righteousness, in fact, no war.”“Zero tolerance for stone throwing, for rockets, for kidnapping will mean that the state has achieved sovereignty. Living by Torah values will make us a light unto the nations who suffer defeat because of a disastrous morality of human invention.”

Friedman's statement was countered by that of Rabbi Fred Schindler Dodd, from Maryland, who said in his response to the question “How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” by saying, “My least-proud-to-be-Jewish moment was witnessing hundreds of kippah-clad Jerusalem protesters chant, mavet l’Aravim (“death to Arabs”). But acts of reconciliation and coexistence, proud moments, abound, too. May we tip the scales toward coexistence, justice and peace for all who inhabit the Holy Land and this holy Earth.”

Source: International Middle East Media Center

Leading Democrats: Congress, Senate Owned and Run by Bankers

The Democratic Chairman of the Agriculture Committee yesterday announced to the press that “The banks run the place,” in reference to the US Congress. He is the second notable elected official to speak out in recent weeks over the gross and institutionally corrupt conflict of interest on Capitol Hill.

“I will tell you what the problem is,” Collin Peterson told the New York Times, “they give three times more money than the next biggest group. It’s huge the amount of money they put into politics.”

Peterson is pushing for legislation to regulate derivatives trading. His proposed bill would limit derivatives trading to public exchanges, rather than private clearinghouses, which are managed by banks.

Read more @ Prison Planet

USS Liberty Vet gets Silver Star

By Ray McGovern - WASHINGTON

What’s the difference between murder and massacre?

The answer is Terry Halbardier, whose bravery and ingenuity as a 23-year-old Navy seaman spelled the difference between the murder of 34 of the USS Liberty crew and the intended massacre of all 294.

The date was June 8, 1967; and for the families of the 34 murdered and for the Liberty’s survivors and their families, it is a “date which will live in infamy” — like the date of an earlier surprise attack on the US Navy.

Read more @ Middle East Online

Israel says 'does not intend to bomb Iran'

MOSCOW - Israel "does not intend to bomb" Iran, extremist Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday, amid ongoing tensions over the contested Iranian nuclear programme.

"We are not intending to bomb Iran," Lieberman told reporters in Moscow. "It is not a problem for Israel, it is a problem for the Middle East."

"No-one is going to get their problems solved through our hands. We do not have claims on Iranian territory, we do not have a common border with Iran," the radical FM added.

Israeli officials over the last years have refused to rule out the option of a military strike on Iran.

Read more @ Middle East Online

US releases secret list of nuclear sites accidentally

Meaning, I think, "Accidentally." - Ed.

The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation’s civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.

The publication of the document was revealed Monday in an online newsletter devoted to issues of federal secrecy. That set off a debate among nuclear experts about what dangers, if any, the disclosures posed. It also prompted a flurry of investigations in Washington into why the document had been made public.

Read more @ NYT


Henry Makow: The New Paradigm

Our paradigm or worldview provides a framework to organize new information. This is how we "make sense of the world." We filter out what doesn't fit. We can't seem to learn what doesn't conform to our paradigm, i.e. prejudices or "education." Paradigms can be liberating or prisons, depending on how true to reality they are.

About ten years ago, my paradigm began to change when i realized that the government, media & education were actively sabotaging society. I had imbibed feminist and Illuminist propaganda (i.e. "sexual liberation") and was confused and dysfunctional. When I discovered that I couldn't question feminist shibboleths in a university setting, I knew something was very wrong.

Until this recognition, I had seen government, education & media as relatively open, benign and democratic. I attributed evil to random conflicts between classes, nations, races and religions. Evil was unorganized, a default mode due to human fallibility. History was determined by "great" men. I actively participated in the political process.

The atrocities of 9-11 and the bogus "war on terror" made me realize that evil is highly organized and centralized. It is not accidental but the product of a planned long-term conspiracy to degrade, demoralize and enslave humanity using wars, depressions and depravity. History is determined by straw men, i.e. banker puppets.

Of course they want us to believe wars are caused by nations, races and religions in order to dissolve these collective identities and create one homogeneous mass, easier to control.

Read more @ Savethemales

More bot project at Urban Survival - the disappearance meme

While we await the return of the predictive linguistics reports on June 21st (or around in there) I can't tell you how many readers have written asking if the missing plane/disappearance of the Air France flight over the Atlantic with 228 people on board meets or met the prediction in the ALTA (Asymmetric Language Trend Analysis) reports out of around the concept of missing/vanishing celebrities which was expected over the course of summer.

The answer is complicated, so bear with me:

First point to make is that the whole "disappearances" meme (*a thought virus or propagating idea in the MSM) was explained in ALTA 1309 this way:

"The data sets continue to grow for [disappearances], with an increasing frequency of [reporting] of such over Summer from mid May onward. A number of the [disappearances], are also indicated to be [occurring] in Summer."

Apparently, the 'disappears' meme is going to be persistent for the next few months, since in ALTA 1109 (February 7 ALTA Report) it was described this way:

"In other words, the events of Spring/Summer of 2009 relative to the [disappearances] meme will repeat in a manifestation of a larger, related meme in late Fall and early Winter of 2009."

Read more @ Urban Survival

SOTT Overview: Psychopaths push forward with engineered chaos, conquest, war, famine and death

As an introduction to the current installment of Connecting the Dots, we would like to share something private with you.

It isn't easy to spend several hours in front of the computer every day researching, posting, writing and editing. While it may come as a surprise to some, all Sott editors have lives and other interests that we would gladly attend to if it were not for the time and effort that we choose to dedicate to Certainly it is an often thankless task but we are not looking for praise or adulation. The really heart breaking part of getting up close and personal on a daily basis with the reality of life on planet earth is the realization that, despite our efforts, in the end it will not be enough. At least, it will not be enough until more people choose to make an effort to see the truth of our current world situation (a web of pernicious lies) and make true conscience their guiding light. As one great man said: Humanity neither progresses nor evolves by Nature. One can evolve; humanity cannot, for evolution proceeds only consciously.

Read more @ SOTT

Web Bot Update Cliff High on Rense 5/29/09

Youtubes at Pimpin Turtle. Here's the first one...

(Israeli) Diplomats (an oxymoron) told to take offensive in PR war against Iran

Check out the Illuminati header images on this site. - Ed.

Organizing demonstrations in front of Iranian consulates worldwide, staging mock stonings and hangings in public, and launching a massive media campaign against Iran - these are just some of the steps Israeli diplomats have been told to take in the coming weeks. The goal, according to a senior Foreign Ministry official, is “to show the world that Iran is not a Western democracy” in the run-up to the country’s presidential election on June 12.

About a week ago, the head of the ministry’s Task Force on Isolating Iran sent a classified telegram to all Israeli embassies and consulates, titled “Activities in the Run-up to Iran’s Presidential Election.” It detailed things Israeli representatives should do before, during and after the election.

The telegram noted that hundreds of journalists from around the world will go to Iran to cover the election. Therefore, Israeli representatives must try to give background briefings to various media outlets before the journalists depart, and to the host country’s foreign ministry officials.

In addition, diplomats should try to promote press coverage of stories that reveal the Iranian regime’s true face, especially its violations of human rights and suppression of individual liberty.

Read more @ Iran Quest

Afghan hearts and minds: is the US military all talk? YES.

KABUL, Afghanistan — "You've all heard of strategic communications," said the high-ranking U.S. official, holding an off-the-record briefing for journalists in Kabul last month. "It used to be called 'psyops,' and before that, 'propaganda.' Well, the United States is about to unroll a major stratcom initiative. We cannot let men on motorcycles and flatbed trucks win the information war."

Welcome to the Battle for Afghan Hearts and Minds, where — using the language of strategic communications, or "stratcom" — combat becomes "kinetics," an accidental shooting becomes an "escalation of force" and assassination squads are known as "counterinsurgency operations."

In this world, the message is king, and reality is fungible. Clearly discernible in every briefing, interview or conversation with a military official is the stated policy of the U.S. administration.

Read more @ MinnPost

Obama switched because Maliki went ballistic

Ummm, ok, because up until now, the Iraqis thought we were all on the up and up, and they didn't think anything like this went on....or something....

I dunno, call me cynical... - Ed.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki warned that Iraq would erupt into violence and that Iraqis would demand that U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq a year earlier than planned, two U.S. military officers, a senior defense official and a State Department official have told McClatchy.

In the days leading up to a May 28 deadline to release the photos in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, U.S. officials, led by Christopher Hill, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told Maliki that the administration was preparing to release photos of suspected detainee abuse taken from 2003 to 2006.

When U.S. officials told Maliki, "he went pale in the face," said a U.S. military official, who along with others requested anonymity because of the matter's sensitivity.

The official said Maliki warned that releasing the photos would lead to more violence that could delay the scheduled U.S. withdrawal from cities by June 30 and that Iraqis wouldn't make a distinction between old and new photos. The public outrage and increase in violence could lead Iraqis to demand a referendum on the security agreement and refuse to permit U.S. forces to stay until the end of 2011.

Maliki said, "Baghdad will burn" if the photos are released, said a second U.S. military official.

Read more @ McClatchy

US judge: Gitmo evidence must be made public (hope he doesn't get suicided)

By James Vicini

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - A federal judge rejected on Monday a U.S. government request to keep secret the unclassified evidence that it says justifies the continued imprisonment of more than 100 Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled the government cannot keep the documents known as factual returns from public disclosure and must seek court approval to keep specific information secret.

Read more @ Reuters

British scientists ask WHO to condemn homeopathy for diseases such as HIV

British scientists have appealed to the World Health Organisation to publicly condemn homeopathy as a treatment for serious diseases, such as HIV, TB and malaria.

The researchers, many of whom have worked in developing countries, called on the WHO to act amid fears that vulnerable patients are dying after turning to homeopathic preparations instead of effective medicines.

The WHO works with national organisations that promote homeopathy and other alternative medicines in their public health programmes.

Read more @ Guardian

Mmm hmm. Homeopathic cures like MMS, bad bad bad. Is that what they're saying? - Ed.

This one is totally new to me. The writer says its easy and cheap to make and easy to apply with no side effects. On his webpage he has an ebook that gives full directions to DIY.

“This Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS for short) was discovered in 2000 by Jim Humble. At the time, he was using activated Oxygen water, which have been around for 80 years and consists of Sodium Chlorite in distilled water to cure a large percentage of Malaria victims in Africa and South America, as well as eliminating parasites and numerous other weird diseases you often hear about from third world countries. Jim was not satisfied with partial success and his research led him to discover that if you mix a citric acid solution (or lemon juice, or vinegar) with the Sodium Chlorite, and wait 3 minutes to activate, it would produce Chlorine Dioxide, perhaps the worlds best pathogen killer of all time. He had 100% cure rate of over 75,000 malaria patients and 388 out of 390 documented aids patients. It was achieved by using the MMS to create Chlorine Dioxide. Additionally, countless Aids, Hepatitis A, B and C cases were cured.— Not just improved, cured! Why haven’t I heard about this? (You ask) Because a simple inexpensive cure is suppressed by the pharmaceutical companies, and the FDA here in the U.S., especially if it is easy to obtain, is dirt cheap and can be made in your kitchen. In other words, there is no money in it since it is a fairly quick and cheap cure, not a drug you must buy forever!"

Well we can't have that, now can we. Read more here.


As the dollar falls inflation rises


Today investors cannot conceive how bad this depression is going to get. Even the Bilderbergs see they cannot handle what is coming and want to reverse the process. Unfortunately it is too late for that. There has been no return since June of 2002. The Chinese knew 5 years ago they were screwed, but they kept on playing the game. They had to supply jobs or they might have had a revolution. The illuminist plan to bring China into WTO was a very bad choice. All the money the transnational conglomerates made will eventually be lost.

Read more @ The International Forecaster

Latest study supports view that Iran attack unlikely to work

As Israel continues to proclaim its readiness to launch a military attack on Iran should American diplomacy fail to stop Tehran’s drive for nuclear capabilities, an increasing number of analysts and some political leaders are publicly questioning Jerusalem’s confident portrayal of its chance for military success.

Their concerns, based on sober analyses of Israel’s known capacities and the scope of the challenge it would face, are crystallized in a recent 114-page paper by Anthony Cordesman and Abdullah Toukan, senior scholars at Washington’s Center for Strategic & International Studies. They have produced what is regarded as the most detailed public study thus far of the challenges Israel would face.

Their conclusion: Chances of a strong success — defined by how much of Iran’s uranium enrichment program is destroyed or the number of years the attack delays Iran’s acquisition of material sufficient to build a nuclear bomb — seem dubious, while the risks of the undertaking and its harsh military and destabilizing geopolitical consequences seem overwhelming.

Read more @ The Truth Seeker

Israel 'will not bow' to US settlement freeze call

Israel will not agree to US demands to freeze all settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, a minister close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

"I want to say in a crystal clear manner that the current Israeli government will not accept in any fashion that legal settlement activity in Judea and Samaria be frozen," said Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, using the Israeli term for the West Bank.

"The government will defend the vital interests of the state of Israel," he told army radio.

Read more @ Sydney Morning Herald

That was easy!!!

Hey, remember that little terrorist kerfuffle in NY recently? Hey, DHS is awarding $25K each to two synagogues so they can upgrade their security. - Ed.

ALBANY - Governor David Paterson Sunday announced that Riverdale Temple and Riverdale Jewish Center will each receive a $25,000 grant to upgrade their security systems. The New York State Office of Homeland Security will work with these synagogues to craft and submit a security plan to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Paterson also sent a letter to Congress, requesting an increase in homeland security funding for not-for-profits, including synagogues.

“These two congregations stand for the best of our nation’s values – tolerance, liberty and peace. All New Yorkers of every faith should feel safe in their religious sanctuaries,” said Paterson. “In New York, we must maintain a special vigilance. We know firsthand the ravages of terror and we must continue to be proactive about fighting terrorism at the state level. We also know that our State stands as a beacon to freedom-loving people everywhere and we must continue to do whatever it takes to protect our values and the New Yorkers who stand for them.”

Four men from Newburgh, NY were arrested for hatching the plot to buy explosives and blow up the two synagogues. They also bought a stinger rocket that they wanted to use to shoot down C-5A cargo jets at Stewart Airport at Newburgh. The FBI infiltrated the terrorist gang and sold them fake bombs and missiles. The men were arrested last week.

That damn 9/11, it just won't go away, like the spot on Lady MacBeth's hand.

Israel did 9/11, all the proof in the world

Israel whines that the US is Not Being Fair and Loves the Palestinians More!

Careful...the coffee might come out your nose. - Ed.

Tensions between Washington and Jerusalem are growing after the U.S. administration's demand that Israel completely freeze construction in all West Bank settlements. Israeli political officials expressed disappointment after Tuesday's round of meetings in London with George Mitchell, U.S. President Barack Obama's envoy to the Middle East.

"We're disappointed," said one senior official. "All of the understandings reached during the [George W.] Bush administration are worth nothing." Another official said the U.S. administration is refusing every Israeli attempt to reach new agreements on settlement construction. "The United States is taking a line of granting concessions to the Palestinians that is not fair toward Israel," he said.

The Israeli envoys said the demand for a total settlement freeze was not only unworkable, but would not receive High Court sanction. Tensions reportedly reached a peak when, speaking of the Gaza disengagement, the Israelis told their interlocutors, "We evacuated 8,000 settlers on our own initiative," to which Mitchell responded simply, "We've noted that here."

more at Haaretz

Boston Mayor Menino says no to police patrols with M-16s

Boston Mayor Tom Menino has announced he will not approve a police department plan to arm neighborhood officers with semiautomatic rifles.

Menino said Friday he didn’t want M-16s, given to the city free of charge from the US military, in the hands of regular patrol officers.

But Menino said he’d be open to giving the rifles to "specialized units."

The police recently obtained 200 M-16s from the US military and had made plans to train dozens of officers and arm them with the rifles.

However, some community leaders decried the lack of public notice and questioned the reasoning behind arming district officers with M-16s when the city’s SWAT team already has such weapons.

Boston Herald via Pimpin Turtle

Swine Flu: Big Jewry's Microscopic Messiah?

by Incogman, with commentary by Snippets and Snappets

The science writer noticed the commotion down by the Dias as he sat in the auditorium waiting for the scheduled talk to begin. It seemed that some staff person was arguing with a videographer, evidently telling him he could not tape the upcoming event; so the video guy angrily tilted the tripod-mounted video camera lens up towards the ceiling and walked away. Seeing this interaction, writer knew something was coming up and quickly reached for his notepad and pen.

Read more @ Snippits and Snappits

France considers MANDATORY flu vaccinations

The French government will spend nearly a billion euros on a mandatory flu vaccination this autumn, a French website reported on May 30. “France is preparing a battle plan without precedent for this autumn, including an obligatory vaccination campaign for all French of more than 3 months of age,” writes Marie-Christine Tabet for Le Journal du Dimanche. “According to our information, the State will place an order for 100 million units of influenza vaccine from three laboratories (GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Novartis).”

Read more @ Infowars

And now...flu vaccines in corn

They don't need to ASK you if you want the vaccine, silly. - Ed.

Iowa State University researchers are putting flu vaccines into the genetic makeup of corn, which may someday allow pigs and humans to get a flu vaccination simply by eating corn or corn products.

“We’re trying to figure out which genes from the swine influenza virus to incorporate into corn so those genes, when expressed, would produce protein,” said Hank Harris, professor in animal science and one of the researchers on the project. “When the pig consumes that corn, it would serve as a vaccine.”

Read more @ Cryptogon

Aircraft could be brought down by DIY 'E-bombs'

Interesting comment thread, a little food fight about how this enables terrorists. Yes, that's probably just the point. Once the information gets out there in the public consciousness that terrorists can easily build weapons like this, then the people in the government can use them and blame it on terrorists. Voila! - Ed.

ELECTROMAGNETIC pulse weapons capable of frying the electronics in civil airliners can be built using information and components available on the net, warn counterterrorism analysts.

All it would take to bring a plane down would be a single but highly energetic microwave radio pulse blasted from a device inside a plane, or on the ground and trained at an aircraft coming in to land.

Yael Shahar, director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, and her colleagues have analysed electromagnetic weapons in development or used by military forces worldwide, and have discovered that there is low-cost equipment available online that can act in similar ways. "These will become more of a threat as the electromagnetic weapons technology matures," she says.

For instance, the US and Russian military have developed electromagnetic pulse (EMP) warheads that create a radio-frequency shockwave. The radio pulse creates an electric field of many hundreds of thousands of volts per metre, which induces currents that burn out nearby electrical systems, such as microchips and car electronics.

Speculation persists that such "e-bombs" have been used in the Persian Gulf, and in Kosovo and Afghanistan - but this remains unconfirmed. But much of what the military is doing can be duplicated by others, Shahar says. "Once it is known that aircraft are vulnerable to particular types of disruption, it isn't too much of a leap to build a device that can produce that sort of disruption. And much of this could be built from off-the-shelf components or dual-use technologies."

For example, government labs use high-energy EMP devices to test what would happen to critical electronic systems if a nuclear weapon detonated, generating a vast electromagnetic pulse, says Robert Iannini, founder of Information Unlimited in Amherst, New Hampshire, which sells EMP test systems.

EMPs can be created in a number of ways. A machine called a Marx generator can quickly dump an extremely high charge stored in a bank of capacitors into an antenna, which then releases a highly energetic radio pulse. Devices like this are often used to test power lines for their resistance to lightning strikes. An alternative, known as a flux compression device, uses a small explosive to push an armature through a current-carrying coil that is generating a magnetic field. This compresses the magnetic field, again producing a devastating EMP.

Iannini says his company only sells such devices to legitimate buyers. "The only people that buy these things are qualified researchers at labs like Sandia. They never find their way into the labs of pseudo or amateur scientists," he says. "If we get any unknown overseas purchaser we immediately alert the office of export enforcement at the US Department of Commerce."

But Shahar told delegates at the annual Directed Energy Weapons conference in London last month that security at some labs can be lax, while basic EMP generators can be built from descriptions available online, using components found in devices such as digital cameras. "These are technologically unchallenging to build and most of the information necessary is available," she says.

The increasing use of carbon-fibre reinforced composite in aircraft fuselages is also making them more vulnerable, she says, because composites provide poor shielding against electromagnetic radiation compared with metal. "What is needed is extensive shielding of electronic components and the vast amount of cables running down the length of the aircraft," she says.

Jerome Bruel, an electrical systems expert at the European Aviation Safety Agency in Cologne, Germany, agrees that newer all-composite planes like the Airbus A350 will probably need some means of protecting their cabling from all radio energy sources, including TV transmitters. "They may need a metal mesh surrounding them to absorb interference," he says.

Douglas Beason, a director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, says it may be straightforward to build a do-it-yourself EMP weapon, but more difficult to make one that can be stowed in an aircraft. "A lot of work would need to go into dramatically decreasing the weight, shrinking the power supply and antenna," he says.

Nevertheless, governments are taking the threat seriously. A spokesperson at the UK Department of Transport said the government is well aware of this security issue and has close links with agencies "able to provide a balanced picture in regards to EMP weapons, and their potential to compromise civilian aircraft".

Planes in the news

Iran defuses bomb on Tehran-bound plane

Iranian security officials successfully manage to defuse a bomb on a Tehran-bound passenger airliner, averting what could have been a major airborne catastrophe.

Within minutes from take-off, flight security officials aboard a late Saturday Kish Air flight en route to Tehran from the southern city of Ahvaz, discovered that a handmade bomb had been planted in the plane's toilet, Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

After an emergency return to Ahvaz airport, all 131 passengers were safely evacuated.

Bomb disposal squad and security personnel arrived just in time to defuse the explosive device before it caused serious casualties.

This missing Air France case is highly suspicious, kind of reminds me of the JFK Jr. case and Paul Wellstone plane, other planes that had mysterious catastrophic failures. I wonder who was on board. - Ed.

Air France plane lost: official say 'no hope' of finding airliner

Officials said they had "no hope" for Air France Flight 447 which dropped off the radar three hours and less than 200 miles into a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

As the Brazilian air force mounted a search and rescue operation for the Airbus 330-200k in the waters around the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, families of passengers gathered at a crisis centre in Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport awaiting news.

The Foreign Office said it was "urgently" seeking news on whether there were any Britons on board.

Air France said that the aircraft had sent a message reporting an electrical "short circuit" after strong turbulence.

The company said the plane had probably been struck by lightning.

An Airbus source described the failure as "catastrophic" suggesting a sudden and unexplained systems failure.

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