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Marines promoted inflated Medal of Honor story, Obama description ‘untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated’


With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the former Marine corporal for the “extraordinary actions” that had earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor.

Obama told the audience in the White House East Room on Sept. 15 that Meyer had driven into the heart of a savage ambush in eastern Afghanistan against orders. He’d killed insurgents at near-point-blank range, twice leapt from his gun turret to rescue two dozen Afghan soldiers and saved the lives of 13 U.S. service members as he fought to recover the bodies of four comrades, the president said.

But there’s a problem with this account: Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy examined.

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U.S. probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran…


14 December 2011

U.S. officials are investigating reports that Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats in Mexico were involved in planned cyberattacks against U.S. targets, including nuclear power plants.

Allegations about the cyberplot were aired last week in a documentary on the Spanish-language TV network Univision, which included secretly recorded footage of Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats being briefed on the planned attacks and promising to pass information to their governments.

A former computer instructor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico told Univision that he was recruited by a professor there in 2006 to organize a group of student hackers to carry out cyberattacks against the United States, initially at the behest of the Cuban Embassy.

In an undercover sting, instructor Juan Carlos Munoz Ledo and several selected students infiltrated the hackers and secretly videotaped the Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats.

Reports about Iran’s involvement in the suspected plot come amid the Islamic republic’s refusal to return a sophisticated, unmanned U.S. spy plane that crashed inside its borders this month. Iranian officials have laid claim to the drone, vowing to research it for its technology.

Calling the reports “disturbing,” State Department spokesman William Ostick said federal authorities are examining the cyberplot allegations but added that U.S. officials “don’t have any information at this point to corroborate them.”

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, called for hearings in the new year about Iranian activities in Latin America.

Some House lawmakers called for the expulsion of a Venezuelan diplomat in the U.S. who is implicated in the suspected plot.

The Univision documentary fanned fears among lawmakers that Iran’s recent diplomatic outreach in the region, particularly to Venezuela’s anti-American leftist President Hugo Chavez, might be a front for nefarious activities.

Earlier this year, U.S. prosecutors charged an Iranian official based in Tehran with trying to recruit a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States by bombing a Washington restaurant.

“If Iran is using regional actors to facilitate and direct activities against the United States, this would represent a substantial increase in the level of the Iranian threat and would necessitate an immediate response,” Mr. Menendez said.

An aide to Mr. Menendez told The Times that the Univision report, which also said that Iranian extremists were recruiting young Latin American Muslims, is “one of a variety of concerns we have about Iran’s efforts to engage with countries and other actors in the region.”

Next year’s hearing will examine Iran’s “political and commercial outreach, as well as more nefarious activities,” the aide said.

“We monitor Iran’s activities in the region closely,” Mr. Ostick said. “That vigilance led to the arrest of the individual responsible for the recent assassination plot” against the Saudi ambassador.

“We constantly monitor for possible connections between terrorists and transnational criminals.”

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40 Members Of Congress Protest ‘Indefinite Detention’ Bill


Legislation set for final vote Thursday

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

40 members of Congress have sent an urgent letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders protesting provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that would legalize indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, as the revised version of the bill heads for a final vote on Thursday.

“The Senate-passed version of the NDAA, S. 1867, contains Section 1031, which authorizes indefinite military detention of suspected terrorists without protecting U.S. citizens’ right to trial. We are deeply concerned that this provision could undermine the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth amendment rights of U.S. citizens who might be subjects of detention or prosecution by the military,” states the letter.

Opposition to the bill has been bipartisan. While the letter is signed mostly by Democratic members of Congress, Republican representatives like Justin Amash, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul have also been vocal in their opposition.

After a weekend of secret meetings, the final version of the bill emerged on Tuesday morning and is set to voted on before the end of the week. Issues the Obama administration had with the bill, which had nothing to do with indefinite detention (indeed it was the White House itself which removed language that would have protected Americans from Section 1031), now appear to have been settled.

Both the ACLU and Human Rights Watch point out that the final version does nothing to protect American citizens against indefinite detention.

“The sponsors of the bill monkeyed around with a few minor details, but all of the core dangers remain – the bill authorizes the president to order the military to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others found far from any battlefield, even in the United States itself,” said the ACLU’s Chris Anders.

“The latest version of the defense authorization bill does nothing to address the bill’s core problems – legislated indefinite detention without charge and the militarization of law enforcement,” concurred HRW’s Andrea Prasow.

Proponent of the legislation Senator Lindsay Graham ironically summed up the nightmare scenario the bill will codify into law – the complete evisceration of all Constitutional protections for U.S. citizens.

“It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next,” remarked Graham. “And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’”

Of course, the government would not be required to present any evidence whatsoever or go through any legal process to snatch an American citizen off the street and send them to Guantanamo Bay, merely accusing them of aiding terrorists or ‘committing an act of belligerence’ would be enough.

Protests and funeral marches to mark the death of freedom in America and the legalization of permanent martial law, are being planned for Thursday, which ironically is Bill of Rights Day, 220 years since the liberties now about to be eviscerated were first ratified on December 15, 1791.

FT’s John Dizard: Gold borrowed from governments or ETFs may be propping up European banks


Just in case you think you own gold when you own ETF shares. …

Greek Debt Crisis No Nearer Resolution

By John Dizard
Financial Times, London
Sunday, December 11, 2011

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4b931eec-1f5a-11e1-ab49-00144feabdc0.html

It appears that the faulty plumbing connections in the euro-area banking system are now creating something I have never seen before: a crisis of confidence in a monetary system that leads to a frantic selloff in gold.

The partnership between the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank to provide hundreds of billions of relatively low-cost dollars for euro-area banks should have relieved the pressure to come up with greenbacks.

Yet gold market people say European commercial banks are being driven to lend gold for dollars at negative interest rates just to raise some extra cash for a few weeks.

There’s not a lot of transparency about where the banks are getting the gold they are lending out, but it could be lent to them by either their national central banks or by gold exchange-traded funds.

As James Steel, a gold market analyst for HSBC Securities (USA), says: “Until the funding difficulties at European banks are resolved, it is difficult for us to see any near-term halt in gold lending. This may help keep gold prices on the defensive.”

The underlying problem in the euro area’s crisis management at this point is a shrinking supply of attention span. All significant decisions are now being piled on to the desks of a small number of overwhelmed politicians and their underequipped staff. So critical tasks just aren’t being completed.

For example, the financial media and trading desks have shifted their attention from the Greek mess to the Italian mess and then to the new treaty mess.

But the Greek mess has not, announcements to the contrary, been sorted out.

Even though the Greek political leadership and parliament have agreed with the Europe-ECB-IMF troika on the outlines for a deal, there is no deal agreed, and a hard default is still looming.

Timelines are important. There is a large lump of Greek government debt coming due in March 2012. There is not enough money in the Greek government’s coffers, or in the new aid package, to pay that instalment on time. So those bonds have to be exchanged for new paper with less value and longer maturities.

There is a lot of documentation that has to be circulated among the existing bondholders, and they need to get it at least 30 days before their signature is required, or some time before the beginning of February. This is becoming a problem.

As someone knowledgeable about the negotiations between the Greek government and the bondholders says: “There is still a big gap between the bid and the offer side.” In other words, Greece wants the real value of a deal to bondholders to be much lower than the bank group negotiating for bondholders is willing to accept.

The issue for the foreign official sector, and the Greeks, is that the financing package for the Greek restructuring is based on the assumption that virtually all the present private sector holders of Greek government bonds will accept an exchange offer. If there are any bondholders who say, “Hey, this is a voluntary exchange, and I’m not volunteering, give me my 100 cents on the euro,” then these “holdouts” have to be paid off with increased foreign official support. As my source says, “I think the troika will choke on that.”

I’ve been suggesting for over a year that the only way to make sure that over 90 per cent of the existing bondholders are pushed into making the exchange will be through the passage through the Greek parliament of a “retrofit collective action clause” covering the roughly 93 per cent of Greek debt that is governed by Greek law. This “retro CAC” would provide that if a supermajority of, say, two-thirds of bondholders agree a deal, the deal will be binding on the remaining holdouts, whether they like it or not.

A bit rough, you may argue, but since it provides for a vote and a majority rule, it can be said there is something “voluntary” about the exchange. The law has to be introduced in the Greek parliament, and passed, though, before its provisions can be included in the exchange offer.

This is where euro-dithering has lost not just valuable time, but essential time. Because there was concern that the “retro-CAC” could, in some future crisis, be applied to, say, Italian or Spanish bonds, that possibility had to be taken off the table with some euro announcement. That has pretty much been done with the Merkel-Sarkozy statement of this previous week, which limited so-called “private-sector involvement,” or bondholder haircuts, on euro-area sovereign debt. For now.

When the bank-bondholder group is confronted with the velvet-wrapped club of the parliament-imposed retro CAC, then it should be possible to conclude negotiations and finalise the documents.

But it is not going to be possible to get all this done by the end of December, which was the hope when the Greek political class finished signing on to the so-called bailout. Instead, optimistically, the documents will be ready by mid-January.

Given the timeline to a hard default, shortened by parliamentary friction and holidays, there is not another two weeks to be lost in delay and indecision.

Soldiers Are Starting to Wake Up To FEMA Camps, The NDAA, And Reality


http://colonel6.com/2011/12/11/us-army-now-offers-a-prison-guard-specialty-securing-civilian-detainees/

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LINK ABOVE AND ALL STORIES ABOUT WHO IS GOING TO RUN THE CAMPS REFER TO THE ARMY.

NOT THE COAST GUARD.  NOT THE AIR FORCE.  NOT THE MARINE CORPS.

http://colonel6.com/2011/12/09/fema-concentration-camps-find-the-one-near-you/

COLONEL SIXX:  NOW IF WE CAN JUST KEEP THOSE OATH BREAKERS AWAY FROM THEM. THEY ARE MADE UP MOSTLY OF COPS.  COPS ARE THE BIGGEST LIARS IN THE WORLD.

I WANT YOU TO LOOK YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR AND ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION:  AM I READY AND WILLING TO KILL PAUL,  MY SISTERS FAT ASS HUSBAND THAT IS A “POLICE OFFICER” KNOWING THAT HE WOULD KILL ME?

IF YOU CAN,  YOU CAN LIVE.

IF YOU CAN’T, GO AHEAD AND PAY FOR YOUR GRAVE, HEADSTONE, AND CASKET NOW ON INSTALLMENTS

COPS KILLED PEOPLE IN NEW ORLEANS TRYING TO LEAVE TOWN OVER A BRIDGE.  THEY WERE CONVICTED BY FEDERAL COURTS AND ARE GONE TO JAIL.

A COP SHOT OSCAR GRANT IN OAKLAND SETTING OFF RIOTS.  HE GOT OUT OF JAIL AND RAN OFF TO NEVADA BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT TO STAY IN OAKLAND WOULD MEAN CERTAIN AND DESERVED DEATH.

HE SAID HE WAS REACHING FOR HIS TASER AND GOT THE GUN BY MISTAKE.

IF I, IN THE RAIN,  IN THE DARKNESS OF MIDNIGHT, AND BLINDFOLDED PUT MY HAND DOWN A WOMAN’ S PANTS,  I WILL KNOW IF SHE IS REALLY A WOMAN AND NOT PRETENDING TO BE IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME  IT CAN’T BE MEASURED.

YOU MAY BE INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT IF MARTIAL LAW WERE DECLARED IN THIS NATION TONIGHT,  THE FIRST PEOPLE TO  CONFRONT,  DISARM,  AND TAKE AWAY THEIR ABILITY TO MOVE IS POLICE OFFICERS.  THE ONLY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT WILL BE RECOGNIZED BY THE MILITARY IS THE DULY ELECTED SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE COPS ARE. PERIOD.

SINCE I HATE COPS THAT HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN BORN YET,  I WOULD FIND THAT TO BE A PART OF THE JOB THAT MIGHT BE ORGASMIC.

I DID NOT WRITE THE FOLLOWING,  BUT IT SAYS SO MUCH OF WHAT I SAY EVERY DAY,  I HAD TO PUBLISH IT.

http://www.rense.com/general94/deadseals.htm

I was not going to comment on the death of SEAL Team 6, until I read the article on your website “The Execution of SEAL Team Six, Penned by Ann Barnhardt”. http://rense.com/general94/execc.htm  

She has tracked the chronology very well as cited in her essay. She is right; the Obama Administration is beyond desperate to appear to have any results at all in these pathetic 3 years we have had to endure this completely arrogant nitwit in the Oval Office.   But it goes much deeper.

The CIA never gets involved in such operations unless there is a real risk that their covert operations will be exposed for the world to see. That is when the CIA goes into panic mode.  

It saddens me to see any US soldier killed, maimed, or even have their life upended to be deployed to serve one of the greatest lies ever invented on this planet. There was never a Global War on Terror until the US invented it, deployed it with two objectives. First, a resurgence of military power while the USSR broke apart – China was not a threat then but is now. They made a wrong assumption that the US is the world’s only Superpower.

Second, the US has an agenda to control world energy supplies so it can control the economies of other nations so they can neither be Superpower status nor competitors.

That idea was a pipedream, too.

That is what The Grand Chessboard is all about. That lunatic notion has now been embedded into our laws, our federal government policies and our economic and war policies.   It was an idiotic idea when they hatched it, and it has now killed the nation that dreamed it up and probably rightfully so. It was an elitist arrogant fascist idea, and failed.

It has truly failed; they are too arrogant in DC to admit it. History will show that it was an Ivory Tower aberration born in a presumption of self-importance and power that did not exist. Being a Superpower militarily can assure peace, it does not assure victory when the Superpower lied and is in the wrong.   You see, when they have to admit defeat is says two things very loudly.

First, they were wrong and not near as powerful as they pretend to be. When the veil of arrogance is ripped away it will be easy to see what pathetic excuses as humans they are.

Secondly, once they have to admit defeat their power will be taken away and then the real truth will surface. At that time, many in the US will be indictable under some very serious charges such as genocide, war crimes, treason, and willful murder just to protect their sorry asses.   I think ST6 was just sent on one of those ‘willful murder’ missions to silence the truth.   I will tell the whole story soon on your radio show.

This nutcase Global War on Terror was planned in Washington DC during the time period of 1994 to 1996. My office was in DC from 1989 to 1996 and you already know some about my affiliation with the Republican National Committee. Their biggest concern was how to ‘sell it’ to America.  

Pakistan is not pro-terrorism. The problem with Pakistan is they sided with CHINA (and India) and screwed up The Grand Chessboard. What we are seeing from the Bush and Obama Administrations toward Pakistan is a temper tantrum and neither China nor Pakistan is going to back down. Both clearly see and know that the US Grand Chessboard plan has failed, they lost; the US will not win no matter how hard they try or how many US soldiers are wounded or killed serving this Great Lie.

   There are major pipelines being done that checkmate the Grand Chessboard. One is from Iran to Pakistan and India, the IPI Pipeline and they turned to China as the financial partner. The other is discussed below and is sponsored by China and Pakistan. (And I think it is fitting that the three Bridas Corporation pipelines that have been done have also negated their Grand Chessboard plan.)   That Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline that was to have run from Ashgabat Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan, through Baluchistan Province, Pakistan to the port of Gwadar. The problem is now it is a Chinese commercial port and naval base. It is a major strategic hub for China.   The US is delusional in its thinking that only it has the right to locate military bases around the world.   The US has reasonable control over everything but Helmand Province in Afghanistan, the one that borders on Baluchistan Province, Pakistan. They do not control Helmand or Baluchistan, which is why the CIA is very active there trying to destabilize and take it over.   The Chinese are building a large pipeline from Gwadar to eastern China while Washington DC dithers around trying to find their ass with both hands and a flashlight as to how they can push China out. Without Gwadar, they have to come up with an entire new plan for that Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline that they have conspired for over 30 years to steal from first Russia (Russia Afghan War 1980-1988) and then secondly from Bridas Corporation in 2001.   As you know, Bridas Corporation is from Argentina. They smartly aligned with Russia, Iran and China after they were wronged by the US in Turkmenistan, Pakistan and lastly, Afghanistan. They had the entire deal sewed up and the US went way out of its way to push them aside during the Clinton and Bush Administrations.   The US took the position that they could not let the USSR build that pipeline, develop the vast oil and natural gas of the Caspian Basin, and be a major energy and economic player in the world through energy might alone. Well, Russia endured and is now the world’s largest energy producer. Even after the CIS states split from USSR, the Russian Federation now controls most of the oil and natural gas in the former USSR states of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Those were our objectives and we lost; DC does not want the American people to wake up to that fact.   Is it not odd that the CIS states know they can trust the Russia Federation and China more than they can the US? That sort of puts a black-eye on our version of democracy, especially the form at gunpoint while they kick our ass with contracts and pens.

The simple answer is there have now been over three decades of US sponsored terrorism and hostile actions in those areas to try to bully them into submission to the US game plan.

  It amazes me that the US prefers to seek oil by war when the US has the largest known reserves of oil just in the Dakota / Montana area and Alaska. It is all about The Grand Chessboard, about domination, control, manipulation, etc and we have lost. They do not want to admit defeat because then maybe Americans will decide it is time they be shown the door, possibly a prison cell door.

It is far beyond ‘vote them out’; some truly deserve to be in prison for the rest of their life or executed.   The Chinese plan to pipe oil from Africa and Iran (and any place else they purchase it in that region) from Gwadar to China. They have no intentions of allowing the US and UK to control their economy by controlling who gets the Caspian Basin oil and natural gas, or oil and LNG from Iran, too.

Both China and Russia have already made it clear to Washington DC that any attack on Iran will be viewed as an attack on the vital interests of Russia and China.

  This was in my presentation at ‘9-11-2004, Confronting the Evidence’. This came out the day before on September 10, 2001:   “”September 10, 2001: “Those who control the oil routes out of Central Asia will impact all future direction and quantities of flow and the distribution of revenues from new production,” wrote energy expert James Dorian in Oil & Gas Journal, published the day before the terrorist attacks.””   That is exactly what they were after and they have lost. It was checkmate even before they engineered the attack on the US so they could justify attacking Afghanistan. Think on this ­ what sort of desperation would cause a nation to attack itself so it had the excuse to launch a war that was lost before they launched it?   Take a close look at America right now and even a blind man can see it. The US is in decline in just about every category except bullshit, lies, fraud and military belligerence to get their way. So, without further ado this is additional information for your readers.   If you are one of those Americans that clings to the belief that the US Navy SEAL Team 6 (ST6) recently cornered and killed Osama bin Laden, this essay is for you.   The likelihood that they killed Osama bin Laden is less than 1%. Reputable sources knew that Osama would die of natural causes (renal failure) sometime during 2001 to 2003. The elite US Navy SEAL Team 6, a counter-terrorism force under DEVGRU may well have been sent to head off and silence the truth.   If you are emoting or saddened by the news that the entire US Navy SEAL Team 6 is now dead due to a Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan, stop, read and pay attention. It is time to take off the rose-colored glasses. It is time for the American Mushrooms to get the cow manure out of the ears and come out into the light.   It is far more likely that SEAL Team 6 was sent to kill someone that was about to be a major liability to the US. Someone that was going to spill out the truth, nothing but the truth and many asses in DC would be in big trouble. By big trouble I mean charges of murder, treason, and war crimes, just to name a few. Some may even be facing genocide charges at The Hague when all the truth comes out.   An elite group of shitforbrains Americans have willfully bankrupted the United States just so they could line their pockets with trillions of dollars in oil and gas that is in the Caspian Basin. One of their dilettante ringleaders even wrote their bible, their operational mantra game plan, otherwise known as ‘The Grand Chessboard’. That was not an instructional manual to play chess, it was an illusion and delusion of what the author and his sycophant buddies thought they could pull off.   They do not want Americans to learn that most of the natural gas is gone; it has all been tied up by Russia, China, India, etc. They do not want Americans to learn that most of the oil is now gone too, having been contracted with companies that can get something done including the drilling and the pipelines.   Of course, it was sort of difficult to come up with an excuse as to why we needed to attack Afghanistan. They had never done anything to the US. Voila!!! September 11, 2001, Pearl Harbor happened again, go shop America while Mighty Mouse GW rides to the rescue and defense of America.   I often wonder what Americans pay attention to. I have seen at least 100 times that even though Osama bin Laden was on the FBI Top 10 Most Wanted, there was not any mention that he was wanted for being the ‘mastermind’ behind 9-11. If he was such a high priority target due to 9-11, why did they fail for almost 10 years to state exactly why they were after him? Silence the truth is the correct answer. His involvement in the Russia-Afghan War was directly related to US desires to block Russia from benefitting from the energy resources that the USSR had within its footprint.   I have been waiting for 10 years for even one person in the United States government to mention the name Bridas Corporation. They had the pipeline deal under contract; all the way, until the US decided they wanted that pipeline and all of that oil and natural gas. Since 9-11-2001, Bridas has built pipelines from Turkmenistan across Iran to the Black Sea. Another one from Turkmenistan north into Russia and will soon finish construction of a very long pipeline from Turkmenistan to the eastern part of China.   Americans have not been told this yet, but Russia and China are excellent at chess, these arrogant twits in DC suck. The Grand Chessboard game is over, done, the US lost. That all being done while Washington DC was circle-jerking off themselves and America with every lie and excuse under the Sun as to why they cannot get the nation-building done in Iraq or Afghanistan. Liars never win, trespassing is rarely condoned by anyone and we (the United States) are the trespassers and the transgressors.   We as a nation lied our way into this mess and there is no lie that will get us out of it. It disgusts me when they talk about nation building in Afghanistan and Iraq while they are rapidly killing America.   The US has had 10 years and has not gotten the job done since September 11, 2001. However, the planning and the hostile actions began way before then when the CIA and black-ops special forces were operating out of Baku Azerbaijan as the US Chamber of Commerce and MEGA Oil (no kidding, no pun intended) to be closer and able to destabilize easier without Americans being any the wiser that a covert war was in progress during the 1980s and 1990s leading up to 9-11-2001. It was all about that damned Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline to exploit the vast reserves of the Caspian Basin area.   Some readers may remember the names Gary Best, Simon Mann, two of those black-ops operatives that were MEGA Oil as a front. Simon Mann is the person who was captured while trying to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea and assassinate its president. Mann was a British military operative that became a mercenary, sort of like the long list of people who served and then became what was then known as Blackwater USA, now Xi Corporation.   Since the US plans to come through Afghanistan have been blocked for the most part, the only other route out (without mending fences with Iran) is across the Caspian Sea and slipping through the narrow gap that is Georgia on the east end of the Black Sea.   George W Bush was 100% behind the Georgia assault on South Ossetia in August 2008. He wanted Russia backed up to the north side of the Caucasus Mountains and widen that pipeline right-of-way. Well, that hockey game ended badly for GW because Russia hit hard and fast, final score was about Russia 50, US backed Georgia 0. The president of Georgia finally had to admit publicly that it was not Russian aggression; he started it with full backing of the US.   I was the first person to write that it was Georgia that started it, not Russia. Just two days before that attack, Jeff Rense and I did a radio show and discussed that Georgia would be a flashpoint. Little did we know that the attack was only 2 days away.   Bush never admitted that he put about 4,000 Blackwater USA mercenaries in Georgia. Their probable mission is to destabilize Dagestan, a Russia province that is needed to run a huge pipeline from Kazakhstan, across the Caspian Sea, through tiny Georgia to the Black Sea.   US military forces were planning, procuring and practicing the invasion of Afghanistan as early as March 2001, a full 6 months before September 11, 2001. That is not a hard fact to verify. They did not want piss-ant little nations (their opinion, not mine) like Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan profiting from that mother-lode of oil and natural gas. They spent over 30 years, all the way back to President Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski creating Al Qaeda to go in there and disrupt their governments, the USSR and anyone else who got in their way. Old Zbig is the author of the book ‘The Grand Chessboard’. I have read it, was written by a delusional power broker that just happens to be a diehard Russia hater as a vocation. Russia grew up, Zbig went off in La-La Land.   The objective was to break up the USSR and take over all of the oil and natural gas. Uh, they managed to break up the USSR but in the energy game they lost!! Pens and contracts have proven to be mightier than US military power, and the nitwit plan that was hatched because of The Grand Chessboard.   The US government has still not admitted that its true objective in Afghanistan is not nation building and democracy is just a pretense. The true mission is a pipeline from Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan and Pakistan to the ocean. Our ‘elite’ have a big stake, big investment that they stand to lose if they cannot get that pipeline done.   One has to dig very deep to find the truth when Washington DC is in Industrial Lie Mode. This was also part of my presentation at ‘9-11, Confronting the Evidence’:   “23 Feb 2003: OPIC agrees to fund the pipeline and Bush has guaranteed to protect it with U.S. troops (without telling the United States citizens). “23-02-03 Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan (TAP) have signed a protocol for trans-Afghanistan Gas Pipeline Project However, some recent reports had indicated that the United States was willing to police the pipeline infrastructure through permanent stationing of its troops in the region. The US ExIm Bank, the Trade and Development Agency (TDA) and the Overseas Private Insurance Corporation (OPIC) had also shown readiness to finance such a project, if leading American energy giants come forward.”   Leading Russian and Chinese oil companies have completely negated their Grand Chessboard. It is hard to grasp the level of stupefying ignorance of arrogance that abides in Washington DC. Those same CIS states set up their own national oil companies as well, for the benefit of their own people, not the US insiders.   Of course, that Bush commitment to permanently station US troops in Afghanistan happened without notifying the US public and was just about 1 month before Bush and Blair launched their other war crimes against the people of Iraq on March 20, 2003. I have met many Iraqi exiles in Europe. They openly discuss that their life was much better under Saddam Hussein than this pretense democracy and freedom the US thumps it chest about delivering to the Iraqi people.   For any American that does not or cannot accept what the definition of a war crime is, it is simply when a nation lies, falsifies intelligence to justify war, and there was NO LEGITMATE THREAT TO THE SECURITY OF THE ATTACKING NATION. The US and UK are both egregiously guilty of that definition.   The Grand Chessboard book was their plan. The PNAC (Project for a New American Century) was their lobbying group. It is now all gone up in smoke, we lost. The Chilcote Report in the UK is now pointing the blame at Tony Blair as the liar and war criminal he is. That by implications indicts George W Bush, Dick Cheney and the entire cabal of liars that cooked up this lunatic plan.   The objective of the US was military, energy and economic domination of the entire world. The US lost that battle on September 11, 2001. That is the day that America defined just how truly desperate they are to keep this a unipolar world led by the US.   Most Americans do not know that the northern third of Afghanistan is not controlled by the Afghans or the puppet government in Kabul. It is controlled by General Rashid Dostum, an Uzbek that was a stay behind after Russia pulled out in 1988. It is pretty well known that he is a CIA asset.   Not enough Americans read the expose I wrote as ‘Pop Goes the Bush Mythology Bubble, Part 6’. In that article I introduced readers to Todd Engstrom, who was as of 9-11-2001 part of UNMIK. That acronym stands for UN Mission in Kosovo. It is sort of hard to make a connection between Kosovo and Afghanistan, other than it was yet more US military belligerence where it did not belong. Of course, let us not forget that Clinton had serious need to Wag the Dog to get America’s mind off the Monica Lewinsky fiasco.   Mr. Engstrom was assigned with others to guard a large amount of cash (crates of cash, billions of dollars) that left Kosovo on a military transport for the Caspian Basin area the same day that WTC 1, 2, 7 and the others lay in ruin. The plane landed, the crates were transferred to helicopters and then flown into Northern Afghanistan. Well, since I have already given readers a hint of who controls the northern third of Afghanistan, try doing the math as part of the ‘wake up exercise’.   In the book I wrote I disclosed that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld flew to Central Asia immediately after 9-11, went into Northern Afghanistan and met with General Rashid Dostum and Mohammed Atta. It was in the print media outside of the US and I made sure the footnote had the link and the pertinent part of the article. Hmm, Mohammed Atta, wasn’t he the alleged ringleader of the 9-11 hijacker / terrorist evildoers? His passport just conveniently survived the maelstrom and was found on the street in New York City.   The Defense Department, White House and Washington DC avoid the issue that 9 or 10 of the alleged hijackers / terrorists / evildoers have names that are directly tied to the US military. While our investigators were trying to locate Mr. Todd Engstrom to get all of the details of that secret military flight, he wound up dead in Iraq when the vehicle he was in was hit by an RPG. It was known that we were looking for him.   It is not very likely that SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden. They were probably sent to kill a problem before the truth got out. They may have been sent to kill who was in control of the Pakistan ­ China pipeline that originates at Gwadar. Losing Gwadar means they have no place to run the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline to so they can get the oil and natural gas to the ocean. It is more likely that SEAL Team 6 was sacrificed to silence them so it never got out that Osama bin Laden was never found; was not killed by SEAL Team 6. That information does not fit the Official Story (Official Delusion) that DC has tried to maintain and has failed. The respect for the US around this world is at an all-time low. The US has become a predator, a liar, and a warmonger, the pre-eminent terrorist on the face of this planet, all in the name of greed for certain US insiders.   One of the facts about the assault that supposedly took out Osama bin Laden is that ST6 is part of DEVGRU, an elite counter-terrorism group that operates under the Joint Chiefs of Staff command. For the entire Osama bin Laden mission control of that group was handed over to the CIA. They were sent to eliminate a problem and it evidently scared them enough to send the most elite team they have.   The only reason the CIA gets involved in such an operation is their covert actions are about to be exposed. Their dirty deeds are about to be front page news. That is the most likely reason ST6 was sent and sent under CIA operational control.   Think on that. DC is terrified of the Truth.   I find it both saddening and laughable that they supposedly track down and kill Osama bin Laden in May and just months later the US gets downgraded to AA+ credit due to the wanton excesses of DC and Wall Street. I guess the Guinness Book of World Records can list that as the most expensive manhunt in history since it bankrupted the world’s largest economy nation. Think on that, too.   The official story from the Defense Department is that these brave counter-terrorism soldiers, an elite and classified group sent on very sensitive missions, was on its way to reinforce US troops. Hmm, are we to deduce that they would risk the most elite, most highly trained soldiers and did not have any other US soldiers they could have sent? That would be such a waste it does not even make sense.   They are no longer a classified group since Barky Obama wanted to brag about his ‘accomplishment’ and let anyone and everyone know about ST6. Compared to the fiasco he has been in office, that is akin to a little boy bragging about his first penile erection.   The question comes up as to why ST6 was still in Afghanistan, since they are so covert and classified and elite and why operational control was handed over to the CIA. It is also likely that they were headed to take out another threat that was about to expose the entire US charade. The CIA intervenes when it is necessary to silence and maintain its covert nature. Think on that. They may have hit someone that was about to spill the beans on a wide variety of US transgressions and dirty deeds the CIA has been up to.   I have multiple sources who indicate that there have been many chances for peace in Afghanistan but for some reason Bush and Obama do not want there to be peace. They keep intentionally making sure that peace cannot be accomplished. My guess it is another temper tantrum that the Grand Chessboard is in checkmate and we lost.   Think on that one.   Frankly, I do not believe a single word that Washington, DC or their media mouthpieces have to say. They have been caught in too many lies to trust them on any subject, any word or sentence.   I walked out on the RNC in 1996, but in parting I told them they were lunatics to think they could pull it off, a global war on terror aimed at Islamic nations that had vast oil and natural gas resources. Lust for money, lust for greed, lust for power are not justifications that create a Just War. They would kill America doing so and they have.   What they were afraid of is the decline of America if we lost control as the leading economic and energy Superpower. They already knew in 1994-1996 that America was in decline. They were desperate to find a way to get that back, thinking in error that this would always be a unipolar world led by the US. They could already see that it was becoming a multi-polar world and the US could no longer control the shots.   That is why they did it.   It brings me no joy to say today that I was right. We did not learn from Vietnam, we have not learned from Afghanistan or Iraq that we were never in the right. Lies cannot be twisted enough to make an Unjust War into a Just War. Just look at America right now and weep for the damage they have done in the name of greed and their delusions of grandeur.   The world grew up, changed for the better and the US did not. When a person adds it all up, it is really quite sad.

Best ETF for 2012: Global X Silver Miners


COLONEL SIXX: YES, I HAVE HEARD “GET THE PHYSICAL SILVER”, “DON’T OWN PAPER” AD NASEUM.

WOULD YOU RATHER RENT THE WHORE,  OR OWN THE BROTHEL?

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, SILVER COMES OUT OF THE GROUND.

NOT OFF OF PEAR TREES,  NOT ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD,

NOT UNDER THE SKIRT OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.

IT COMES FROM THE EARTH. DIRT.  DIGGING HOLES.

Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
Winston Churchill

 

This article is part of our Best ETFs for 2012 series, in which we’re seeking out the top-performing ETFs for the coming year.

By Christopher Barker | More Articles
December 5, 2011

It’s time to face the music, Fools. The forces that have propelled gold and silver prices higher over the past decade continue to gather steam.

The United States kicked the can down the road by attempting to bury toxic debts beneath mounds of new debt, and now here we stand with a bloated Federal Reserve and a national debt that has already exploded from $5.6 trillion to more than $15 trillion here in this very young century of ours. Europe is frantically recruiting boots from around the world to help it kick its own can of debt contagion back into the so-called “periphery” nations, though it’s anyone’s guess where that can will land next. Like a strand of trans-Atlantic telephone cable, the insidious nature of counterparty risk may yet connect Europe’s can to the one that remains airborne over U.S. soil.

During times like these, I believe Fools can ill afford to turn a blind eye to the likelihood that gold and silver will continue proving their mettle as reliable safe havens while cans of debt distress are predictably kicked to and fro. As I prepare to navigate my own way through 2012 as an investor, I would not dream of stepping one toe into the new year without my gold and silver exposure firmly intact, and I remind my fellow Fools to view the recent pullback — particularly among the glaringly undervalued miners of these metals — as a timely opportunity to initiate or build such exposure. Because I believe silver is poised to deliver a superior percentage increase to even that of gold going forward, I hold a particularly bullish outlook for the stocks of quality silver miners.

A silver bullet for silver exposure
Although I have personally constructed my own silver exposure through a basket of individual stocks, I noted after the launch of the Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSE: SIL  ) last year that “I’ve gained little advantage over the late-coming Fool who grabs some shares of this top-notch ETF.” In order to convey the conviction behind my positive outlook for the vehicle’s long-term performance, I issued a bold prediction that my bullish CAPScall on the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC  ) by at least 200% within a five-year timeframe. Undeterred by the ETF’s lackluster performance during 2011, I reiterated my prediction over the summer, and I am similarly compelled to remind Fools today that the Global X Silver Miners ETF is favorably positioned to deliver outstanding performance during 2012 and beyond.

ITALY: Qaddafi Assassination Co-Conspirator Has Letter Bomb Explode In Tax Office


LET’S SEE NOW.  THERE WAS A BOMB INTERCEPTED BY GERMANY THE OTHER DAY.  THEN THIS BOMB EXPLODES IN ITALY.   BOTH ARE MEMBERS OF NATO AND HAD A HAND IN THE ASSASSINATION OF QADDAFI.

ROME — The director of a Rome office of Italy’s tax collection agency was wounded in the hands and eyes on Friday after opening a letter bomb, Italian police said.

The man was hospitalized but the extent of his injuries were not immediately known. The police were investigating what they said was a stapled package mailed through the Italian postal system.

Prosecutors in Rome have opened an investigation into whether the letter bomb’s senders had terrorist aims, the ANSA news agency reported.

The explosion in Italy comes a day after German authorities intercepted and defused a package bomb mailed to the chief executive of Deutsche Bank, Josef Ackermann. An Italian anarchist group, the Informal Anarchist Front, claimed responsibility for that package. the German authorities said. The same group claimed responsibility for a series of letter bombs sent to foreign embassies in Rome last December, seriously injuring two people.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti issued a statement of solidarity with the injured man, and for the tax collection agency Equitalia, which Mr. Monti said had “always done its duty, in full respect of the law” and performed “an essential function” for the Italian state.

Italy has stepped up its tax collection efforts as part of a 30 billion euro austerity package aimed at eliminating Italy’s budget deficit by 2013.

@ColonelSixx

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

2 Killed, Including Police Officer, Near Virginia Tech


8 December 2011

RICHMOND, Virginia – Virginia Tech officials have confirmed a police officer and one other person were killed in a shooting on campus.

There are reports that a suspect may be in custody.

A campus-wide alert tells students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors.

The shooting comes the same day as Virginia Tech is appealing a $55,000 fine by the Education Department in connection with the university’s response to a 2007 rampage that left 33 people dead.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, gray hat with neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.

A message left with the university wasn’t immediately returned.

Campus police referred all questions to the university.

A student gunman killed 32 students and faculty and then shot himself on the campus in 2007.

Shots Fired At Virginia Tech; Officer Reported Shot-Déjà vu


BLACKSBURG, Va. —  A police officer was shot at Virginia Tech on Thursday morning and campus officials warned everyone to seek shelter.

“We don’t know if the suspect fled or the extent of the injuries to the suspect or to the officer,” NBC News’ Pete Williams told MSNBC TV.

“This was a traffic stop on campus,” Williams said. “It was not someone walking around firing shots.”

A Virginia Tech alert described the suspected shooter as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with a neon green brim and a maroon hoodie, and carrying a backpack.

A Virginia Tech alert said the suspect was last seen walking toward McComas Hall, which is the main gym on campus, about two blocks from Lane Stadium.

In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 33 people, including the mentally ill gunman, were killed on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007. The massacre in a classroom building began at 9:40 a.m. when Seung-Hui Cho chained the doors and killed dozens before committing suicide.

Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?


 

 

by , December 07, 2011

On Dec. 8, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt took the rostrum before a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war on Japan.

A day earlier, at dawn, carrier-based Japanese aircraft had launched a sneak attack devastating the U.S. battle fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Said ex-President Herbert Hoover, Republican statesman of the day, “We have only one job to do now, and that is to defeat Japan.”

But to friends, “the Chief” sent another message: “You and I know that this continuous putting pins in rattlesnakes finally got this country bit.”

Today, 70 years after Pearl Harbor, a remarkable secret history, written from 1943 to 1963, has come to light. It is Hoover’s explanation of what happened before, during and after the world war that may prove yet the death knell of the West.

Edited by historian George Nash, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath is a searing indictment of FDR and the men around him as politicians who lied prodigiously about their desire to keep America out of war, even as they took one deliberate step after another to take us into war.

Yet the book is no polemic. The 50-page run-up to the war in the Pacific uses memoirs and documents from all sides to prove Hoover’s indictment. And perhaps the best way to show the power of this book is the way Hoover does it — chronologically, painstakingly, week by week.

Consider Japan’s situation in the summer of 1941. Bogged down in a four-year war in China she could neither win nor end, having moved into French Indochina, Japan saw herself as near the end of her tether.

Inside the government was a powerful faction led by Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye that desperately did not want a war with the United States.

The “pro-Anglo-Saxon” camp included the navy, whose officers had fought alongside the U.S. and Royal navies in World War I, while the war party was centered on the army, Gen. Hideki Tojo and Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka, a bitter anti-American.

On July 18, 1941, Konoye ousted Matsuoka, replacing him with the “pro-Anglo-Saxon” Adm. Teijiro Toyoda.

The U.S. response: On July 25, we froze all Japanese assets in the United States, ending all exports and imports, and denying Japan the oil upon which the nation and empire depended.

Stunned, Konoye still pursued his peace policy by winning secret support from the navy and army to meet FDR on the U.S. side of the Pacific to hear and respond to U.S. demands.

U.S. Ambassador Joseph Grew implored Washington not to ignore Konoye’s offer, that the prince had convinced him an agreement could be reached on Japanese withdrawal from Indochina and South and Central China. Out of fear of Mao’s armies and Stalin’s Russia, Tokyo wanted to hold a buffer in North China.

On Aug. 28, Japan’s ambassador in Washington presented FDR a personal letter from Konoye imploring him to meet.

Tokyo begged us to keep Konoye’s offer secret, as the revelation of a Japanese prime minister’s offering to cross the Pacific to talk to an American president could imperil his government.

On Sept. 3, the Konoye letter was leaked to the Herald-Tribune.

On Sept. 6, Konoye met again at a three-hour dinner with Grew to tell him Japan now agreed with the four principles the Americans were demanding as the basis for peace. No response.

On Sept. 29, Grew sent what Hoover describes as a “prayer” to the president not to let this chance for peace pass by.

On Sept. 30, Grew wrote Washington, “Konoye’s warship is ready waiting to take him to Honolulu, Alaska, or anyplace designated by the president.”

No response. On Oct. 16, Konoye’s cabinet fell.

In November, the U.S. intercepted two new offers from Tokyo: a Plan A for an end to the China war and occupation of Indochina and, if that were rejected, a Plan B, a modus vivendi where neither side would make any new move. When presented, these, too, were rejected out of hand.

At a Nov. 25 meeting of FDR’s war council, Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s notes speak of the prevailing consensus: “The question was how we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into … firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves.”

“We can wipe the Japanese off the map in three months,” wrote Navy Secretary Frank Knox.

As Grew had predicted, Japan, a “hara-kiri nation,” proved more likely to fling herself into national suicide for honor than to allow herself to be humiliated

Out of the war that arose from the refusal to meet Prince Konoye came scores of thousands of U.S. dead, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the fall of China to Mao Zedong, U.S. wars in Korea and Vietnam, and the rise of a new arrogant China that shows little respect for the great superpower of yesterday.

If you would know the history that made our world, spend a week with Mr. Hoover’s book.