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Posted:   06/27/2013 05:28:05 PM MDT
Updated:   06/28/2013 12:10:45 AM MDT

By Ally Marotti
The Denver Post

 

The steeple of the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westcliffe is framed in front of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. (Denver Post file)

For some, bearing arms is as patriotic as the Fourth of July.

But on the eve of Colorado’s new gun laws, the small town of Westcliffe is deeply divided over whether one political group should carry unloaded weapons in the town’s beloved Independence Day parade.

The Custer County Chamber of Commerce, the parade’s longtime sponsor, canceled this year’s mile-long march through town after the Southern Colorado Patriots Club announced it would be carrying guns.

The Tea Party group’s recruiting flier, encouraging fellow Patriots to show up “and make a statement that we still believe in our Constitution” with unloaded rifles, “especially the evil black ones,” slung over the shoulder, sparked political controversy.

A petition to stop the group from carrying guns was circulated. Arguments were had — at town board meetings, among chamber members, on street corners.

The Town of Westcliffe saved the holiday, picking up sponsorship of the parade, but the rift remains.

“It has polarized this community in a week,” said chamber president Donna Hood, who abstained from voting to cancel the parade. “I’m sure safety was an interest with everybody, but I don’t really believe that the Tea Partyers were gonna draw attention to themselves by shooting people going down our small town road.”

The Patriots Club has marched in past parades carrying weapons, although the guns were sometimes concealed, said club member and Westcliffe town trustee Joe Cascarelli .

But this year is different.

 

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Issa Sees Washington IRS Connection in Employee Interview

By Richard Rubin & William Selway Jun 3, 2013 12:11 PM CT

The tougher scrutiny given to Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service was “coordinated in all likelihood” from Washington, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleged, bolstering his case with excerpts of interviews with agency employees.

“The administration’s still trying to say there’s a few rogue agents in Cincinnati when in fact the indication is they were directly being ordered from Washington,” Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican, said yesterday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

In the interviews, one employee, described as “more senior,” said it was understood that the purpose was to single out conservative and Republican groups and that some officials in Washington were involved.“I mean, rogue agent?” the employee said, according to a partial transcript released by Issa’s office. “Even though I was taking all my direction from” technical experts in Washington, “I didn’t want my name in the paper for being this rogue agent for a project I had no control over.”

The panel didn’t disclose which employees were being quoted, what else they said or who in Washington was thought to be involved. Working with other panels, the oversight committee has said it was interviewing John Shafer, Gary Muthert, Liz Hofacre and Joseph Herr, all of whom worked in the Cincinnati office, where the applications were processed. Issa said the committee staff has 18 more interviews to do.

Tax Exempt

Previous public reports on the IRS’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status, which started in 2010, have shown that some officials in Washington were aware of how the applications were being handled before a June 2011 meeting. At the time Lois Lerner, then director of exempt organizations, learned about what was happening and ordered it changed.

Nothing released yesterday directly undercuts that timeline or shows that Lerner or anyone above her was aware of the selective scrutiny earlier than stated.

Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on Issa’s committee, said in a statement yesterday that no witnesses have identified Washington IRS workers as ordering the use of “Tea Party” to screen applications.

“Rather than lobbing unsubstantiated conclusions on national television for political reasons, we need to work in a bipartisan way to follow the facts where they lead,” he said.

Three Executives

The revelation last month that the IRS applied extra scrutiny to small-government groups has led to six congressional inquiries, a criminal probe and three IRS executives, including Lerner, being pushed out of their jobs early or temporarily.

Danny Werfel, the acting IRS commissioner, is scheduled to make his first appearance at a congressional hearing today since taking over May 22.

Werfel announced several personnel moves today. He selected Heather Maloy, who had been overseeing large businesses, as deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, taking the place of Steve Miller, who was acting commissioner before he was forced out.

W. Todd Grams, the chief financial officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be Werfel’s chief of staff, rejoining the IRS, where he was chief information officer and chief financial officer. Jennifer O’Connor, who was a partner at the WilmerHale law firm in Washington, will be counselor to Werfel and Chief Counsel William Wilkins.

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Issa: White House spokesman ‘paid liar’ regarding IRS

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa said in an interview Sunday that the Obama administration directed the IRS to target Tea Party groups and that soon-to-be-released transcripts would prove his accusation.

“Their paid liar, their spokesperson—picture behind,” Issa said on CNN’s State of the Union while sitting in front a photo of White House spokesman Jay Carney. “He’s still making up things about what happens and calling this a local rogue.”

The IRS maintains that two “rogue” administrators at the agency’s Cincinnati office were responsible for singling out conservative Tea Party groups for scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt non-profit status.

Last week, Lois Lerner, director of Tax-Exempt Organizations at the IRS, was placed on administrative leave. Lerner had invoked her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent in a House Oversight Committee hearing chaired by Issa.

In the weeks since the targeting was made public, it’s come to light that several of the Tea Party groups that were targeted for extra scrutiny have close ties to the Republican Party—a violation of the non-profit status rules that would allow them to remain tax-exempt.

There has been no evidence that the Obama administration knew of the targeting, although senior officials at the Treasury Department were alerted about the IRS audits last summer.

But Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said that the Obama administration directed the entire affair.

“As late as last week the administration’s still trying to say there’s a few rogue agents in Cincinnati when in fact the indication is they were directly being ordered from Washington,” he said.

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By Vicki Needham 06/03/13 06:02 PM ET

TUESDAY’S BIG STORY: 

Tell me a little about yourself: The House Ways and Means Committee will chat with a handful of Tea Party groups on Tuesday about what they say was extra scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in their application for tax-exempt status.

Lawmakers are pretty much picking up where they left off before the Memorial Day recess in drilling down into what happened with the additional attention paid to conservative groups and how to remedy the problem for the long term.

Danny Werfel, the new acting IRS chief, told a House Appropriations subcommittee on Monday that he is trying to do exactly that: fix the problems and put the agency back on good footing.

Werfel, who is no stranger to Capitol Hill, made his first appearance as the agency’s head after former acting Commissioner Steven Miller resigned amid the scandal.

He called the singling out of Tea Party groups inexcusable.

“We have a great deal of work ahead of us to review and correct the serious problems that have occurred at the IRS and continue the important work of the agency on behalf of taxpayers,” Werfel said.

He is beginning a 30-day comprehensive review of the agency, which will go much deeper than just the tax-exempt issue.

“We owe it to the American public to use this moment as an opportunity to take a hard look internally at the IRS and see where other deficiencies or risks may exit, and take action to address them,” he said.

Top appropriators made clear the IRS’s budget will undergo a tough examination in the coming months.Democrats offered little cover to the IRS, but urged a closer look at what happened in the years before the Obama administration.

Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for Tax Administration who outlined the targeting, is expected to release a new report on Tuesday that outlines excessive spending at IRS conferences.

That review found that the IRS spent $50 million on conferences for employees between 2010 to 2012.

George told the panel on Monday that what his probe discovered was “unprecedented,” and that the closest comparison that came to mind was the targeting of political enemies by the administration of Richard Nixon.

A key question is how IRS employees in Cincinnati came to identify tax-exempt applications for extra scrutiny.

Congressional Republicans have expressed disbelief the practice could have been created by low-level employees acting out of bounds. George said in conducting his investigation of the practice, IRS employees were asked who gave the direction, and no one would answer the question.

On Tuesday, Ways and Means will hold their second hearing on the IRS scandal, the fifth overall in Congress, with six Tea Party groups that have been scheduled to give first-person accounts of the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations.

John Eastman, the president of the National Organization for Marriage — a prominent group opposing same-sex marriage — is among those scheduled to appear, after the group announced plans last month to sue the IRS.

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IRS official to plead the Fifth before House Oversight Committee

By Peter Schroeder and Bernie Becker 05/21/13 08:30 PM ET

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the eye of the storm over the improper scrutiny of conservative groups, will refuse to answer questions from the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

Through her attorney, Lerner stated her intention to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights after being called to testify.

“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation, but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” her attorney, William W. Taylor III wrote in a letter to Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).Her refusal to testify is the latest roadblock slowing lawmakers’ efforts to get to the bottom of the targeting of Tea Party groups.

Lerner, the head of the IRS’s exempt organizations division, was clearly going to be pressed by lawmakers about the honesty — or otherwise — of her previous responses before Congress on whether the IRS had targeted Tea Party groups.

She has already apologized for the imbroglio, but the Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into the matter. Lawmakers have repeatedly contended that IRS officials, including Lerner, misled Congress about its existence.

“We’re going to review with her what road she led us down previously,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), before news broke of Lerner’s refusal. “To be able to go back and review with her what she said previously versus what she might say on Wednesday, that’s going to make for an interesting exercise in contradictions.”

Both parties have criticized Lerner for being less than forthcoming with Congress. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) has called for her resignation, after she did not disclose the targeting in response to a direct question from the lawmaker at a hearing — two days before she publicly apologized for it.

A spokesman for the Oversight Committee noted that Issa has issued a subpoena to compel Lerner to appear before his panel Wednesday, even if she refuses to answer questions.

“The committee has a Constitutional obligation to conduct oversight,” said spokesman Ali Ahmad. “Chairman Issa remains hopeful that she will ultimately decide to testify [Wednesday].”

But if Lerner stonewalls Congress, it would exacerbate the frustration lawmakers feel about being stymied by tax collectors.

Wednesday’s hearing will mark the third in less than a week in which lawmakers have probed current and former IRS officials, but members are still searching for answers to a few critical questions. How did the IRS come to adopt the practice of singling out Tea Party groups for added scrutiny? What was the motivation behind filtering out the groups: partisan politics or poor judgment?

Current and former IRS officials at the top of the agency have so far been unable or unwilling to answer those questions, and lawmakers on the Oversight Committee had hoped Lerner could finally shed light on the matter.

After all, she was the IRS official who first thrust the matter into the spotlight, apologizing at a legal conference a week and a half ago for the improper targeting. And the report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) on the practice found that she directed IRS employees to stop using explicit Tea Party criteria in identifying tax-exempt applications for further scrutiny, back in June 2011.

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IRS Official Invokes 5th Amendment During Congressional Hearing On Scandal, Napolitano Cavuto

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Published on May 22, 2013

MS. Lerner May Have Waved Her 5th Amendment Right By Making Statement During Congressional Hearing
IRS Official Invokes 5th Amendment During Congressional Hearing On Scandal – Napolitano Cavuto

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Seized fraudulent tax mailings are displayed during a news conference in Tampa, Florida, in this undated police handout photo. REUTERS/Tampa Police Department/Handout

 

 

WASHINGTON | Mon May 13, 2013 12:16am EDT

(Reuters) – When tax agents started singling out non-profit groups for extra scrutiny in 2010, they looked at first only for key words such as ‘Tea Party,’ but later they focused on criticisms by groups of “how the country is being run,” according to investigative findings reviewed by Reuters on Sunday.

Over two years, IRS field office agents repeatedly changed their criteria while sifting through thousands of applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status to select ones for possible closer examination, the findings showed.

At one point, the agents chose to screen applications from groups focused on making “America a better place to live.”

Exactly who at the IRS made the decisions to start applying extra scrutiny was not clear from the findings, which were contained in portions of an investigative report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Expected to be made public this week, the report was obtained in part by Reuters over the weekend as a full-blown scandal involving the IRS scrutiny widened, embarrassing the agency and distracting the Obama administration.

In one part of the report, TIGTA officials observed that the application screening effort showed “confusion about how to process the applications, delays in the processing of the applications, and a lack of management oversight and guidance.”

After brewing for months, the IRS effort exploded into wider view on Friday when Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, apologized for what she called the “inappropriate” targeting of conservative groups for closer scrutiny, something the agency had long denied.

At a legal conference in Washington, while taking questions from the audience, Lerner said the agency was sorry.

She said the screening practice was confined to an IRS office in Cincinnati; that it was “absolutely not” influenced by the Obama administration; and that none of the targeted groups was denied tax-free status.

It is clear from the TIGTA findings that Lerner was informed in June 2011 that the extra scrutiny was occurring. Key words in the names of groups – including ‘Tea Party,’ “Patriot’ and ‘9/12’ – were being used to choose applications, TIGTA found.

“Issues” criteria were also used, TIGTA found. Scrutiny was being given to references to “Government spending, Government debt, or taxes; Education of the public via advocacy/lobbying to ‘make America a better place to live;’ and Statements in the case file (that) criticize how the country is being run.”

Under these early criteria, more than 100 tax-exempt applications had been identified, according to TIGTA.

 

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By Desert Rose

Here we  have  evidence  of the  ruthless  and depraved deeds of a  government  driven  by  greed and  power.  The  psychological process  used  to  turn the  citizens of  a  country against fellow  countrymen/women.  To demonize and criminalize innocents  for their  own  ends.  The  rationalization behind the process is  twofold. 

First it is  an  efficient and effective  way  to  eliminate  a group of  people  that  pose a  threat  to  your  ultimate  plans  of  control .  By  ensuring that  the  citizenry  at  large  are indoctrinated to  believe  that  these  Falun Gong  practitioners posed  a threat  to the nation and it’s people.  Labeling them  as  extremists,  suicidal ,  dangerous  and  deranged.  Thereby  enlisting the   uninformed citizenry to participate  in the persecution and  ultimately  the execution of a people  who meant  harm to  no one, save  those who  could not  afford independent  thought……The Government.

Top Officials Implicated in Organ Harvesting in China

Police chief’s research exemplifies regime’s guilt

Before he kicked off the biggest political storm in recent Chinese communist history last February after attempting to defect at a U.S. Consulate in southwestern China, police chief Wang Lijun supervised the cutting of thousands of organs from the bodies of prisoners of conscience—while they were still alive.

Wang was merely a mid-ranking officer in a dark conspiracy that reached to the top of the Chinese Communist Party.

In Jinzhou City in Liaoning Province in northeastern China, Wang Lijun ran a research laboratory in the same building as the security bureau he headed. His research focused on live, human organ extraction and transplantation.

He was working under the watch of Bo Xilai, the recently disgraced official who was head of Liaoning Province when Wang began his research.

The facts about Wang were revealed in 2006 when, three years after becoming director of the public security bureau, he was given an award—but not one for fighting crime. Wang’s team had done pioneering research on how best to transplant organs taken from prisoners—who were possibly still alive when their organs were removed—and surgeons acting at his direction had honed new techniques over “thousands” of on-site trials.

“As we all know, the so-called ‘on the scene research’ is the result of several thousand intensive on-site transplants,” he said in his acceptance speech for the award.

He talked up his research: “For a veteran policeman, to see someone being executed and to see this person’s organs being transplanted to several other persons’ bodies, it was profoundly stirring.”

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Secondly,  this  process being used to  indoctrinate  the  masses to  view those  who are  different  as  evil and  dangerous.  Thereby  providing  not only  a successful cover  for the governments evil purposes but  acceptance even encouragement to  punish these people.  For the  greater  good  of  course.

A Regime Makes War Against the Peaceful Falun Gong Practice

The Chinese Communist Party began its campaign to crush Falun Gong with an avalanche of propaganda depicting people who often meditate in parks as suicidal revolutionaries bent on destroying China.

Few Chinese believed the narrative, despite it being repeated hundreds of times. Up to 400 articles were published by each of the major newspapers within the first 30 days of the campaign.

Falun Gong was well-established, with over 28,000 practice sites across China. It was comfortably familiar to many, and public sympathy was with the group.

Then-Party chief Jiang Zemin began efforts to suppress Falun Gong in 1996, but the regime’s efforts met with sit-ins and peaceful acts of civil disobedience that Chinese people hadn’t seen since the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Jiang, who rose to power through supporting the crackdown on the student democracy movement, was both jealous and threatened by the fact that Falun Gong had attracted more adherents than the CCP had members. There were roughly 60 million Party members and up to 100 million Falun Gong practitioners.

He also wanted to wipe out the resurgence of Chinese traditional belief that Falun Gong represented, and in the persecution—which would demand that everyone in China take sides—he saw an opportunity to solidify his power.

As he said in a letter that made the case for persecution, he could not tolerate that Falun Gong adherents believed in something beyond the materialism and atheism of Chinese communism.

For three years, the security forces had harassed Falun Gong practitioners. Following the publication in the city of Tianjin, just down the road from Beijing, of an article attacking the practice, adherents gathered asking the article be withdrawn. Police arrested 45 of them, and in response to pleas for their release, told the practitioners to ask Beijing.

Ten thousand Falun Gong adherents gathered at the appeals office in Beijing on April 25, 1999. It was a crowd so large police arranged them on the sidewalks around Zhongnanhai, the communist leadership compound.

That night Jiang wrote to members of the Politburo Standing Committee that “behind the scenes” Falun Gong masterminds were making a move against the regime. He called it “the most serious incident since the political turbulence in 1989.”

Practitioners had merely gone to appeal against mistreatment, asking the central government to uphold its own laws.

Jiang wrote that Falun Gong was competing with the Party for the masses. “We must understand this issue as a political one, as one that involves the very existence of the Party and the nation. We must thoroughly investigate it and show zero tolerance!”

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One  would  ponder the use of  this process in  another  country,  say  one that  is  not   communist or  at  least  not  yet.  Comparing the process of the  criminalization of  Falun Gong practitioners to  oh  let’s  say Americans  who  question the  status  quo.  People  who  question  government  and  their  motives.  People  who have questioned  the  loss  of  liberties, the  more and  more  prevalent terror  attacks on  American  soil.  Those  who so  distrust  the  motives  of the  government   that they question everything including the  incessant  need   to  nullify the  Constitution and the Bill of   Rights.  Unlawful wars,  lies  to the  American People,  subterfuge at every turn.  All to  undermine and  demoralize the people.  Labeled  as  conspiracy  nuts,  non  conformists, anti-government radicals, Christians, Conservatives, Struggling  Middle Class, Constitutionalists, Libertarians, veterans and  gun  owners have  all been lumped  together  to  be labeled in this manner.  Listed  as possible terrorists we  are  placed on   watch  lists  and  no  fly  lists by the   Department  of Homeland Security. 

Terrorist watch listDHS’s new terrorist database rankles privacy groups

Published 15 August 2011

A new DHS plan to create its own version of the FBI’s terrorist watch list that is exempt from the Privacy Act has privacy groups concerned; under the proposed plan, DHS would create the Watchlist Service which would bring the FBI’s suspected terrorist list in-house and expand on it

DHS plans a Privacy Act-exempt watch list // Source: dariknews.bg

A new DHS plan to create its own version of the FBI’s terrorist watch list that is exempt from the Privacy Act has privacy groups concerned.

Under the proposed plan, DHS would create the Watchlist Service which would bring the FBI’s suspected terrorist list in-house and expand on it. The list would contain names, dates of birth, biometric data, photos, passport information, driver’s licenses, and other critical information. The goal, according to DHS’s 6 July proposal, is to increase employee access to the FBI and Justice Department’s list “in order to automate and simplify the current method for transmitting” the data to DHS component agencies including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).”

TSA currently uses the watch list for its Secure Flight program, which is aimed at preventing suspected terrorists from boarding planes by allowing the agency to instantly check ticketed airline passengers’ names against the database.

Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in July, David Heyman, the assistant Homeland Security secretary for policy, explained that DHS had identified screening gaps in its review of the suspected terrorist database.

To address these security gaps, DHS “has transitioned the Secure Flight program to use all terrorist watch list records containing a full name and a full date of birth and designates matches to those records as selectees subject to enhanced physical screening prior to boarding a flight,” he said.

What concerns privacy advocates though, is a particular provision in DHS’s proposal that states the department will “exempt portions of the system of records from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil and administrative enforcement requirements.”

The proposed provision has led privacy advocates like the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the American Library Association’s Washington office, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights to issue a joint letter to DHS demanding that the department reconsider its proposal.

The groups’ main concern is that these exemptions would remove critical safe guards put in place to protect the rights of citizens. Their letter stated, “secretive government lists without any meaningful safeguards present a very real risk of ‘mission creep,’ in which a system is pressed into unintended or unauthorized uses. Under this proposal, the agency would have the right to maintain and rely upon information it does not know to be accurate, relevant, timely, or complete without recourse — the right to subject citizens to arbitrary decisions.”

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Anyone  who criticizes, anyone  who complains  of the  abuse of  power  that  is  taking place  is  labeled.  The indoctrinated   and  conditioned  masses follow  suit  and   play their   roles  to the   T- baggers, Conspiracy  nuts, wingnuts, racists,zombies, lymbic  brained, tin foil  brigade……so many more   epitaphs   used to  describe  those  who  question and  do  not  follow   quietly  the  disturbing path that  is  being  set  before  this  nation.  You  say    Pffffft  that  can’t  happen  here this is  not   China, this is  not Russia, this is  not the  Middle  East.  We  have  freedom ,  we  have  rights,  we  are American!! 

Janeane Garofalo calls teabaggers “racist rednecks”

Tea Party Racism??

Ann Coulter: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Are Getting in Touch With Demonic Side

MSNBC on NYPD Police Brutality during Occupy Wall Street Lawrence O’donnell with “The Last Word”

Severe police action as thousands of Occupy protesters fill Times Square

Look around  folks  and  take a  real hard  look  at  what  is  happening  around  you.  How  many  of  you are  questioning the  rationalization  behind   the  events  that are  taking  place and  how  they are  being  utilized to  fulfill an  agenda?
  What  agenda you  may  ask?  Well let’s  take a  look  shall  we?  The constant and  common  denominator  between  all these  events  and  the  agenda  that  they will ultimately   fulfill can  all be pinpointed  to one event   in the  history  of  this Nation.  On  September  11th  2001  there  became  evident to  anyone  who  wanted to see  a deadly  agenda that  marked  the  decent of this  once  great  nation.  The  mentality  that  has  gone  on to become the  battle  cry  of  not only  the  administration but of   State  and local   governments as  well.  “Never let a  good  crisis go to waste”, a statement  made  infamous   by  Rahm Emmanuel  and parroted  many  times over  by   different  figures  within the  government  apparatus. 

  Dianne Feinstein Not letting a good crisis go to waste.

Obama Gun Control Press Conference afte Sandy Hook Shooting

Incredible Speech on Gun Violence

Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste : Nanny Bloomberg Brings Us Protection Not Only From Our Bad Choices and Lack Of Control in Food Choices, But In Our Ownership Of Guns and Now In Our Freedoms and Constitution….For Our Own Good Of Course !

The   WTC  attack was  used  not only  to  usher in  an  illegal war ( which  we  now  have proof of having  been  planned years before  they were  able to  implement it) , it  was  the  beginning  of the  end of the   Constitution and  the  American  way  of  life.  How was it the  end?  Very  simply  it  helped to  usher in the  implementation of  the  Patriot  Act. 

Sept. 20, 2001 – Bush Declares War on Terror

Bill Cooper predicts 9/11 attack on the twin towers

  Judge Andrew Napolitano Natural Rights and The Patriot Act part 1 of 3

So many, so  very many called  for the  government to  do  something  and  protect  us from the   big  bad  terrorists and they  complied.  The Patriot  act  was  enacted  and  those   cowards who could only think of  being  protected  not  caring  how,  convinced themselves  that  more  government  was  better  and that the  government  knew  best.  Did they  once  stop to think  what they  were  asking  for ?  Did  they  stop  to think  what  the  end  result  would  be? Did they  once  stop and   remember   all this  government and  others  like it  had  done  when afforded unchecked  power?   The  answer  to all these  questions , unfortunately   is  NO…….All they  could  think  about  was  their  fear  and  their  need  to be protected  at  all costs.  Their  response to those  who  did  think and  remember was quite amusing and devastatingly  sad…….”If you have  nothing to hide, then you have  nothing to  fear”.  This  has  become  the  cry of the  conformists and  apologists.  They have  opted for the head in the  sand  approach.  If  the government  says it is  for  my  own  good then  it  must  be true.  Anyone denying  me and mine the  safety being  offered  by the  government is wrong and therefore  dangerous.  The  demoralization and alienation  campaign  had  begun.  George  Bush  gave a  speech and  in it  I can  remember the  use of  the   word  terrorist over  and over  again ,  culminating in this one  statement  that  said  it  all and  frankly labeled everyone in one  way  or  another……”If you are  not  with us  , the you are  with the  terrorists!”  That is  how  we  as  Americans  have  lived our  lives  everyday  since whether  we  are aware of it  or  not.  We are blackmailed and threatened  on a  daily  basis.  Oh not  in a  confrontational in  your  face  kind of  way  ,  no of  course  not .  It is  more subtle than  that .  A  quite   sophisticated  mind  game that   is  molding  the  majority  of  Americans  into the  hive mind citizens they  strive  for .  The useful  idiots  that Yuri  Bezmenov  the   Ex- KGB  Officer  that  explains the steps  necessary  to  undermine a nation. 

Ideological Subversion of Western Society

  Soviet Subversion of the Free World Press, 1984 – Complete

For those of  you  who  are   beginning to have  doubts  and  are   opening  your  eyes  to the  possibility  of  something   not  being   quite  right I say this……The  devil is  in the details and in  order  for you to see the  truth   you  must look at the  whole  picture not  just the  frame that  is before  you at  any one  given  moment  in time.  You  must pull back and  look at  it  as  a  whole.  See History  as  it  has  unfolded  before  your  eyes not in  the  way  they  have  chosen to  present it  to you.  Understand that  the orchestration of this  play has  been a  very  long time in the making  ,but  who is  behind it is  not  as  important  as  where we  will be  as a  nation   if they  accomplish what  they  have  set  out to do. 

US-Canada Claim Iran-Al Qaeda Ties Despite US Funding Al Qaeda in Iran for Years

April 23, 2013 (LD) – As the FBI reels from what now appears to be revelations it was directly involved in the Boston Marathon bombings, a deluge of FBI “success” stories have been “serendipitously” splashed across Western headlines. Among them was an allegedly “foiled” terror attack in Canada, reported to be the work of terrorists supported by “Al-Qaeda operatives in Iran.” The Globe and Mail, in its report, “Canada joins U.S. in alleging al-Qaeda has operatives based in Iran,” states:

“To many, it came as a surprise that the RCMP is alleging that two terror suspects arrested in Canada on Monday were supported by al-Qaeda operatives in Iran.

The Sunni-based al-Qaeda and Shia Iran belong to different branches of Islam that have been at odds historically. But in recent years U.S. officials have formally alleged that Iran has allowed al-Qaeda members to operate out of its territory.”

Both at face value and upon deeper examination, this assertion is utterly absurd, divorced from reality, and indicative of the absolute contempt within which the Western establishment holds the global public. In reality, the West, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel in particular, have propped up and perpetuated Al Qaeda for the very purpose of either undermining or overthrowing the governments of Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria, Libya,  Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and beyond. Regarding Iran in particular, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker piece titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” would state:

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

In a follow up, Hersh in his 2008 New Yorker piece titled, “Preparing the Battlefield: The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran,” spelled out a damning indictment of US involvement in bolstering, arming, and funding terror organizations, not linked to, but described as actually being Al Qaeda.Read Full Article Here

To conform and  go with the  flow  at this point  in time is  tantamount to  suicide as  a nation.  You  must  open  your  eyes  and  view the  events  as  a puzzle  that  must  be  deciphered.  It’s  true intent exposed so that  you may  see how  it   has  developed  and  what it’s ultimate  intent entails.  To do  so  requires discipline,  time  and  courage.  There  are  many  who  would  sooner  shoot  you  down and label  you  crazy  than allow  you  to  go  down this  road.  Which you  choose is  entirely up to you ,  however,  if you are  reading this  and  you  choose to  do  nothing, to  say  nothing then you are  as  responsible  as  the  criminals  perpetrating these crimes  against  our  people.  Your  silence and  lack of  resolve  making you  complicit  in the  crimes  that  will be  heaped  upon  the  American   people when the  time to   unveil the final  agenda arrives.  Truly  look at  what  is  presented  and  try to  understand  where it is  going and  what   the  ultimate  result   could be.  That is  all anyone  can  ask  of  you  That is  all  any of  us  would require.  We  need  you to  wake  up  and understand  what  is  being  done…….

Former diplomat wistleblower talks about US government secrets and corruption

  FBI Fake Terror Plot History: Judge Napolitano

Patriot  Act  NDAA, Indefinite  Detention  Of  American Citizens,  Presidential Kill List, Fusion Centers, CISPA, SOPA, PIPA, Gun Control, Executive Orders, Unamanned  Drones, TSA, Lockdowns,  Door to Door Illegal Searches, Warantless  Surveillance, Personal Data Sharing, Militarization of  local  police, Legitimization of  Police  Brutality, Veterans – Christians-Constitutionalists-Libertarians-Gun Owners- Activists being  labeled  as  potential  terrorists and the list   goes on and  on

FBI knew of PLOT TO KILL Occupy Wall Street activists; stayed silent, potential SNIPER ASSASINATIONS

FBI & DHS Under Obama Declared Occupy Wall Street Protesters TERRORIST To Protect Big Business

Occupy Wall Street

  FOX News Attacks Occupy Wall Street Protests

On Fox News, Tea Party Good, Occupy Wall Street Bad

 

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Occupy tries to help Columbine survivor keep his home

“THIS Is Where Occupy Is Going” – MOC #188


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Ron Paul: What if the People Wake Up?


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Politics and Legislation

 

Groups Attempt to Influence Supreme Court on

 

Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times News Service:

“Justice Clarence Thomas likens all the outside political pressure that the Supreme Court is facing over its review of the Obama administration’s sweeping health care law to the distraction faced by a free-throw shooter confronted with fans waving wildly behind the basket…. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has helped lead opposition to the health care law, has been hosting moot court sessions to prepare lawyers involved in the case.”

http://truth-out.org/news/item/8084-groups-attempt-to-influence-supreme-court-on-health-care

 

Cash-for-access scandal leaves David Cameron’s UK government reeling

 

By msnbc.com and news services

LONDON — The government of British Prime Minister David Cameron was reeling on Monday after a video emerged showing his Conservative Party’s top fundraiser claiming to offer access to senior politicians in exchange for large donations.

In a sting operation, The Sunday Times (the newspaper operates behind a paywall) secretly videotaped fundraiser Peter Cruddas discussing donations. The film showed him telling undercover reporters: “200 grand ($317,000), 250 is premier league … it’ll be awesome for your business.”…..

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/26/10863431-cash-for-access-scandal-leaves-david-camerons-uk-government-reeling

 

 

Economy

 

Loan Forgiveness Good for the Economy, and Maybe Fannie and Freddie Mac Too

 

By Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica:

“New analyses by mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have added an explosive new dimension to one of the most politically charged debates about the housing crisis: Whether to reduce the amount of money beleaguered homeowners owe on their mortgages. Their conclusion: Such loan forgiveness wouldn’t just help keep hundreds of thousands of families in their homes, it would also save Freddie and Fannie money. That, in turn, would help taxpayers, who bailed out the companies at a cost of more than $150 billion and are still on the hook for future losses.”

http://truth-out.org/news/item/8085-loan-forgiveness-good-for-the-economy-and-maybe-for-fannie-and-freddie-mac-too

Wall Street gold rush in foreclosed homes

Investors seeking higher yields are drawn to foreclosures because the rental market is red hot. But the heated competition for foreclosed homes is reminiscent of the frothy expectations that seem to accompany each new Wall Street investing craze.

http://profit.ndtv.com/News/Article/wall-street-gold-rush-in-foreclosed-homes-300450

 

Feds say Wells Fargo won’t turn over documents

 

SAN FRANCISCO

Federal securities regulators are asking a federal court to order Wells Fargo & Co. to turn over documents in an investigation of the bank’s sale of $60 billion in mortgage-backed securities.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement Friday that Wells Fargo agreed to produce the documents under subpoenas dating to September of 2011, but the bank has failed to hand over much of the requested material.

The agency has asked U.S. District Court in San Francisco to order the nation’s largest mortgage lender to turn over the paperwork. The SEC is investigating possible fraud in the bank’s sale of securities that were made up of multiple mortgage loans between September 2006 and early 2008.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-03/D9TN1VM00.htm

 

Big Banks Continue to Suck at the Government Teat With Never-Ending Stealth Bailouts

 

WashingtonsBlog

Open-Ended Bailouts Are Continuing

We’ve previously documented the fact that bailouts of the big banks are continued in stealth mode up to the present day.

True, the banks claim they’ve repaid the Tarp bailout funds … but nearly half of the banks “repaid” such bailout funds by borrowing from other government bailout funds (and the rest could only repay money by fudging their accounting and using stealth bailouts which are are a little harder to detect).

Indeed, the government has decided on perpetual bailouts for the too big to fail banks.

Some of the ongoing stealth bailouts include:….

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/03/big-banks-continue-to-suck-at-the-government-teat-with-never-ending-stealth-bailouts.html

 

 

Wars and Rumors of War

 

The Dangerous Mess in Syria Grows Murkier

 

By Eric Margolis

March 25, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — Syria’s murky, multi-level conflict continues to grow worse. So does public confusion here in the west as the US, British and some European media keep depicting Syria’s civil war as a simple passion play pitting the evil Asad regime in Damascus against mostly unarmed democratic protestors.

We saw this same one-dimensional, deceptive reporting recently in Libya that was designed to support foreign intervention. It’s as incomplete today about Syria as it was in Libya which, by the way, is turning into a dangerous mess.

My assessment based on reliable primary sources in Washington, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon:

Support for the Asad family’s Ba’ath regime, now in power for 41 years, is clearly slipping. But important sections of the armed forces, the 17 intelligence and security agencies, the powerful Alawai minority, most Syrian Christians, tribal elements and much of the commercial middle and upper class still back the Asad’s. In spite of intense western efforts to overthrow him, Bashar Asad, a mild-mannered former eye specialist, is still hanging on….

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30908.htm

 

Robert Bales – Lone Nut or Scapegoat?
What are the Americans hiding?

 

By Justin Raimondo

March 25, 2012 “Antiwar” – The murder of 17 Afghan civilians – most of them children – by staff sergeant Robert Bales may be far worse than we think at present. The semi-official story, as related by our compliant news media, is that a formerly model soldier went bananas under the pressure of war-related injuries, financial problems at home, and the all-purpose PTSD explanation for military misbehavior, whereupon he decided – at 3 am in the morning, after drinking with his army buddies – to walk the couple of miles to an Afghan village, shoot 16 people sleeping in their beds, pile the bodies atop a funeral pyre and set the whole thing alight.

How did he get out of the base at 3 am unchallenged and without anyone’s knowledge? How did he manage to do so much damage alone? These questions automatically register in the minimally critical mind – unless, of course, you’re an American reporter, who is quite used to accepting what our government tells us without question. On the other hand, without clear evidence of another – darker – scenario, all one can do is engage in problematic speculation. That problem has been solved, however, because evidence of an alternative explanation is now coming to light which throws the whole “lone nut” theory into question.

A few days before Bales went postal, there was a bomb attack on a US convoy in which a friend of Bales’s lost a leg: Bales’s lawyer has been detailing his client’s anger at this incident, implying it precipitated the murder spree. There are indications, however, that this is not the whole story. One local resident relates how the Americans paid a visit to the village where the killings took place and threatened residents with retaliation:….

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30906.htm

 

Robots Kill, But the Blood Is on Our Hands

 

By David Swanson

March 25, 2012 “Information Clearing House” —In her spare time, between non-stop peace activism and leading international exchanges, Medea Benjamin has somehow managed to write the best book yet on the most inhuman form of war yet. The book is called Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

Even if you’ve been reading everything you could about drones, attending peace conferences, and protesting in the lobbies of drone companies like General Atomics, you will learn a great deal from this book. In fact, I’m willing to bet that even if you “pilot” drones from a desk for a living, you will learn a great deal from this book. And if you have not been paying attention to drones, then you really need to read this book.

Many Americans first heard about “unmanned aerial vehicles” as weapons when Colin Powell told the United Nations in 2003 that Iraq might use them to attack the United States. This turned out to be a projection as well as a lie. It was, of course, the United States that used drones, among other weapons, to attack Iraq for nine years, and the U.S. drones are still in the skies of Iraq today, as well in the skies of many other countries.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30912.htm

 

US Plans No Charges Over Deadly November Strike in Pakistan

 

The United States military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for their involvement in a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, an accident that plunged relations between the two countries to new depths and has greatly complicated the allied mission in Afghanistan.

An American investigation in December found fault with both American and Pakistani troops for the deadly exchange of fire, but noted that the Pakistanis fired first from two border posts that were not on coalition maps, and that they kept firing even after the Americans tried to warn them that they were shooting at allied troops. Pakistan has rejected these conclusions and ascribed most of the blame to the American forces.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/8087-us-plans-no-charges-over-deadly-november-strike-in-pakistan

 

UK Mercenaries tackle Somalia

 

March 25, 2012

Why send in conventional military units when you can deploy mercenaries into Africa to carry out special operations, commit atrocities and confiscate natural resources all off the books….

http://www.phantomreport.com/uk-mercenaries-tackle-somalia

 

U.S. pays Afghans $50K per shooting death

March 25, 2012

The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday…..

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57404080/u.s-pays-afghans-$50k-per-shooting-death/

 

Report: Israeli soldiers scour Iran for nukes

 

Israel using permanent base in northern Iraq to launch intelligence missions in Iran in search of nuclear evidence, Western intelligence sources say.

Israel is using a permanent base in Iraqi Kurdistan to launch cross-border intelligence missions in an attempt to find “smoking gun” evidence that Iran is building a nuclear warhead, the Sunday Times reported Sunday.

According to Western intelligence sources, Israel has used sensitive equipment during its covert operations to monitor the radioactivity and magnitude of explosives tests. It was also reported that Israeli special forces used Black Hawk helicopters to carry commandos disguised as members of the Iranian military and using Iranian military vehicles……

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4207265,00.html

 

Leader of Mali military coup trained in U.S.

 

March 25, 2012

The leader of a military coup in the West African country of Mali received military training in the United States on “several” occasions, a U.S. defense official said Friday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/leader-of-mali-military-coup-trained-in-us/2012/03/23/gIQAS7Q6WS_story.html?wprss=rss_national-security

 

Japan wants missile shield against N.Korean rockets

 

Uploaded by RussiaToday on Mar 23, 2012

North Korea has announced it will launch a rocket next month, which will put a satellite into orbit. But the U.S. and its allies see the plans as counter to international diplomatic efforts to deal with the reclusive state’s nuclear programme – and are worried the technology could be used to develop long range missiles in the future. It could also potentially violate UN Security Council resolutions, and threatens last month’s deal between North Korea and the Washington. Under this, Pyonyang was to freeze its uranium weapons program and its long-range missile activities – in return for American food aid. Japan’s has responded by deploying its own missile defense system to shoot down any rocket threatening its territory. For more on this, RT talks to Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, Glen Ford, from London.

 

 

Drug lords targeted by Fast and Furious were FBI informants

 

March 25, 2012

When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it hoped he would lead the agency to two associates who were Mexican drug cartel members. The ATF even questioned and released him knowing that he was wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-fast-furious-20120322,0,3334424.story

 

Attacking Iran will spell Israel’s end: Cleric

 

A senior Iranian cleric says the Israeli threats of a military strike on Iran are mere “psychological warfare” as Tel Aviv fully understands any such venture would lead to its “total annihilation”.

“There has been some talk in the media for some time of a military move [against Iran] by the Zionist regime [of Israel] in particular; these menacing murmurs are nothing but psychological warfare,” Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said on Monday.

Last year during a period, foreign media created hype about a war [against Tehran] and anyone who paid attention to these media felt the US would attack Iran the following day,” he said.

The senior Iranian cleric, who is a member of the presiding board of the Assembly of Experts, said Israeli officials know that a military offensive against Iran would mean the complete annihilation of the Zionist regime

“We are not aggressors but our response to aggressors will be devastatingly crushing.”

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/233265.html

 

Iran nukes: How would the world know?

 

By Pam Benson

American officials are adamant. The U.S. will respond – possibly with military force – if Iran crosses a red line and decides to actually make nuclear weapons.

But will the U.S. know with an degree of certainty that a line has been crossed?

The decision itself to push ahead really comes down to one person, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper told a Senate hearing recently that any decision would be based on “the supreme leader’s world view and the extent to which he thinks that would benefit the state of Iran or, conversely, not benefit.”

Clapper was referring to Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the supreme leader of Iran.

“It’s Khameini, period, full stop, end of sentence,” agreed Kenneth Pollack, an Iran expert at the Brookings Institution.

But trying to read one person’s mind is no easy thing, observed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently, noting how Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was misread by U.S. intelligence.

“People sometimes say and do things that are at variance with what one might expect,” the secretary of state said. “It’s still quite bewildering to me why Saddam Hussein wanted everyone to believe that he had chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons of mass destruction when apparently he did not…..

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/26/iran-nukes-how-would-the-world-know/

 

South Korea warns it may shoot down North Korean rocket

 

Fears over suspected missile test overshadow international nuclear security summit in Seoul

South Korea has warned it might shoot down a North Korean rocket if it passes over its territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit.

“We are studying measures such as tracking and shooting down [parts] of a North Korean missile in case they stray out of their normal trajectory” and violate South Korean territory, said Yoon Won-shik, a spokesman at the South’s defence ministry.

He called the launch “a very reckless, provocative act” that undermines peace on the Korean peninsula.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/26/south-korea-shoot-down-north-korea-rocket?newsfeed=true

 

 

Articles of Interest

 

Incarceration Nation

 

By Fareed Zakaria

March 25, 2012 “TIME.com” — Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today,” writes the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. “Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America – more than 6 million – than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.”

Is this hyperbole? Here are the facts. The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. That’s not just many more than in most other developed countries but seven to 10 times as many. Japan has 63 per 100,000, Germany has 90, France has 96, South Korea has 97, and ­Britain – with a rate among the ­highest – has 153.

This wide gap between the U.S. and the rest of the world is relatively recent. In 1980 the U.S.’s prison population was about 150 per 100,000 adults. It has more than quadrupled since then. So something has happened in the past 30 years to push millions of Americans into prison.

That something, of course, is the war on drugs. Drug convictions went from 15 inmates per 100,000 adults in 1980 to 148 in 1996, an almost tenfold increase. More than half of America’s federal inmates today are in prison on drug convictions. In 2009 alone, 1.66 million Americans were arrested on drug charges, more than were arrested on assault or larceny charges. And 4 of 5 of those arrests were simply for possession.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30910.htm

 

Hill Poll: Voters expect personal views to decide health case

 

By Sam Baker

Half of likely voters want the Supreme Court to overturn President Obama’s healthcare law, according to The Hill’s latest poll.

Just 42 percent said the court should uphold the law, with 50 percent saying it should be struck down.

A majority of both men and women want the law voided. By a 52-percent-to-39-percent margin women are more opposed to it than men, who oppose it 48 percent to 45 percent, a difference that matches the poll’s 3-point margin of error.

http://thehill.com/polls/218005-hill-poll-voters-expect-justices-personal-beliefs-to-decide-health-case

 

IRS takes heat from both GOP, Dems over Tea Party groups’ tax-exempt status

 

By Bernie Becker

The Revenue Service is taking heat from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for its oversight of certain groups engaging in political activity, in particular Tea Party organizations seeking tax-exempt status.

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/217987-irs-takes-heat-from-gop-dems-over-tea-party-groups-tax-exempt-status

 

Japan tsunami ‘Ghost Ship’ haunts Canada coast

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

 

R2P: Imperial Conquest by Another Name

 

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As the world recovers from one humanitarian peace bombing in Libya, and braces for another possible intervention in Syria, many are now asking how it is that the so-called liberal left have become cheerleaders for the very wars of aggression they once pretended to deride. As long-time investigate reporter Pepe Escobar explains, an obscure international doctrine called Responsibility To Protect or R2P has been the main tool for shaping this new paradigm for the continuation of NATO’s imperial power grabs around the world.

 

Politics

 

The Hill: Specter says Obama ditched him after he provided 60th vote to pass health law

By Alexander Bolton

Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/215379-specter-says-obama-ditched-him-after-he-provided-60th-vote-to-pass-health-law

The Hill: Opinion: Moderation out of fashion on Capitol Hill

By Juan Williams

Even as more Americans identify themselves as independents — not Democrats or Republicans — there is a painfully sharp decline in moderate and independent voices in both houses of Congress.

http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/juan-williams/215377-moderation-out-of-fashion-on-capitol-hill

 

The Hill: Tea Party groups pressure House GOP leaders to rev up Fast and Furious probe

By Jordy Yager

Local Tea Party activists are pressing House Republican leaders to pursue their investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking effort more aggressively.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/215363-tea-party-steps-up-heat-on-house-gop-leaders-over-fast-and-furious-probe

 

The Wall Street Journal: GOP loses sure grip on some Senate seats

By Janet Hook

Republicans’ campaign to win control of the Senate this year— once seen as an smooth drive down a broad path—has hit some unexpected speed bumps.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304537904577275650654864484.html?mod=ITP_pageone_2

 

The New York Times: Health care act offers Roberts a signature case

By Adam Liptak

Considered likely to join the Supreme Court majority either way the case is decided, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. may never encounter a more important ruling.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/us/health-care-act-offers-roberts-a-signature-case.html?_r=1&ref=politics

 

Russia Boots out Biggest NGO – Paper

Russian Justice Initiative (RJI), Russia’s largest foreign non-governmental organization providing legal assistance to Russians in the European Court of Human Rights, was excluded from the list of authorized NGOs, the Kommersant daily said on Monday.
Since 2001, Russian Justice Initiative won about 10 million euros (almost $13 million) in Strasbourg Court actions on complaints from residents of Chechnya. In late 2010, it won a record lawsuit of 1.72 million euros (about $2.3 mln) against Russia over the killing of at least 24 Chechen villagers in an operation against militants in 2000.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120312/172109488.html

 

Economy

 

How Public Sector Layoffs Are Holding Back the Recovery

Heather Boushey, ThinkProgress:

“The current economic recovery is going well if one looks at private sector job creation. The pace of private sector job creation is slower than in the recovery from the early 1990s recession … Since early 2009, governments at all levels have shed nearly 700,000 jobs, most of them at the state and local level. Since August of 2008 state and local governments have shed a total of 647,000 workers, of which 64 percent were women workers.”

http://www.truth-out.org/how-public-sector-layoffs-are-holding-back-recovery/1331475605

Canadian Government Targeting Opponents of New Oil Sands

Lisa Song, InsideClimate News:

“As US environmental groups renew their battle against the resurrected Keystone XL oil pipeline, their counterparts in Canada are facing a deeper problem – a government campaign to limit their influence over Canada’s Northern Gateway pipeline…. As environmental groups have stepped up their campaigns against the project, key figures in the Harper administration have publicly denounced them as extremists, and a federal finance committee has announced plans to audit all of Canada’s charities.”

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120301/northern-gateway-pipeline-canada-harper-tar-oil-sands-forestethics-first-nations-charities-nonprofits-keystone-xl?page=2

 

The Hill: Dodd-Frank panel faces pushback on rules for naming vital Wall Street firms

By Peter Schroeder

Federal regulators are facing opposition from business groups as they try to develop a system to ensure that large institutions do not cause another financial crisis.

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/215373-dodd-frank-panel-faces-pushback-on-rules-for-naming-vital-wall-street-firms

 

Wars and Rumors of War

The Washington Post: Amid anger over Afghan killings, U.S. faces growing public weariness on war

By Craig Whitlock and Jon Cohen

The massacre of at least 16 Afghan civilians, apparently by an American soldier, forced the Obama administration Sunday to confront yet another nightmare from the war zone and fresh evidence that patience back home is increasingly wearing thin.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/amid-anger-over-afghan-killings-us-faces-growing-public-weariness-about-war/2012/03/11/gIQAtDQ25R_story.html

Obama is also a problem

The blame for the situation in Syria does not lie with Russia alone; one of the biggest problems is also the Obama administration, which has squandered a golden opportunity to get rid of a significant obstacle to security in the region — and by extension US national security, Bashar Al-Assad.

However, it is clear that Obama is not concerned with the security of the region — even though it impacts upon international security as a whole, especially with the chaos in Syria overlooking the Mediterranean — rather Obama is preoccupied with his re-election bid.

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article586289.ece

 

Environmental

Environmental Protection Agency Puts Greenhouse Gas Rules for Oil Refineries on Backburner

Elizabeth McGowan, InsideClimate News:

“Election-year politics, $4-a-gallon gasoline and an anti-regulatory fervor on Capitol Hill have aligned to thwart EPA’s vow to issue final carbon emissions standards for oil refineries this year…. The pullback on refineries – combined with an earlier and separate delay on regulating greenhouse gases from fossil fuel power plants – means EPA has yet to control emissions from a pair of sizable industrial sources.”

http://www.truth-out.org/epa-puts-greenhouse-gas-rules-oil-refineries-backburner/1331479260

 

One year after catastrophe, Fukushima remains a threat

While the Japanese authorities promise to get residents of Fukushima prefecture home “as soon as possible”, the crippled nuclear plant remains a danger zone. Two specialists tell FRANCE 24 why it could still explode.

http://www.france24.com/en/20120306-one-year-later-fukushima-still-threat-radiation-explosion-tepco-residents-corium

 

Misc

 

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is not authentic

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is not authentic.

Arpaio revealed the findings of a investigation into the president’s birth certificate at a 1 hour and 20 minute news conference Thursday, calling the certificate “suspect.”

Arpaio’s team of investigators said they found that the long-form birth certificate was created electronically and never existed in paper form.

The president’s Selective Service card was also questioned.

Arpaio’s investigators claimed the document has “failed every test we put it through.”

At Thursday’s news conference, investigators said they will request a criminal investigation. They also said they have identified a person of interest in the forgery of the birth certificate.

Arpaio said he is not accusing the president of the crime. He said they will investigate who is behind the “possible forgery and fraud.”

“I haven’t decided where to go with this yet,” Arpaio said. “I just wanted to get the facts of this situation. We haven’t accused anyone of anything.”

The controversy over the certificate has been widely debunked, but it remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives, namely members of the Tea Party who urged Arpaio to look into the matter.

For the past six months, Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse” has been investigating the authenticity of those documents to see if there’s been any fraud or forgery involved.

“We conducted a very professional investigation; we have come up with I feel some probable cause, some evidence,” Arpaio said Wednesday.

Arpaio said the investigation was done at no cost to taxpayers.

“Just let me say the results may be interesting without using the word ‘shocked,'” Arpaio said prior to the conference. “I think it will reveal some information no one else has really developed in a professional law enforcement manner.”

The Cold Case Posse comprises volunteers who are former police officers and lawyers.

Arpaio is facing problems of his own, including a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power and Justice Department accusations of racial profiling.

Rather than seek cover, Arpaio is moving into the spotlight in a fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally-known law officer. http://www.kpho.com/story/17053035/arpaio-to-reveal-results-of-birther-probe

MCSO: Obama Eligibility Cold Case Investigation (Full Press Conference) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Qm7Idz3OY8

PROOF!!! Obama Birth Certificate Fraud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g30VCl_cgk&feature=player_embedded

Trailblazing Journalist Mysteriously Dies Before Releasing Damaging Obama Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IldGbAWwD-I&feature=share

The Obama Deception HQ Full length version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

Thanks to http://www.youtube.com/user/NWONEWS666 for the video