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Government 'knew Guantánamo prisoners were innocent'
Source: Times Online Submitted: 04/11/2010
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.

The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.

--Colonel Wilkerson, a long-time critic of the Bush Administration’s approach to counter-terrorism and the war in Iraq, claimed that the majority of detainees — children as young as 12 and men as old as 93, he said — never saw a US soldier when they were captured. He said that many were turned over by Afghans and Pakistanis for up to $5,000. Little or no evidence was produced as to why they had been taken.
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"If the thought of innocent people being SOLD into secret dungeons and held without charges doesn’t bother you; if the idea of those same people being tortured (sometimes to death) doesn’t bother you; if you’re so hopelessly terrified that the thought of desecrating everything enshrined in our Constitution doesn’t bother you, maybe this final fact will. These policies will never secure the “justice and safety” that proponents claim. In fact, the reverse is true. They perpetuate injustice and make us less safe (at home and abroad.)" from:
Confirmed: Obama authorizes assassination of U.S. citizen
Source: Submitted: 04/11/2010
--I wrote at length about the extreme dangers and lawlessness of allowing the Executive Branch the power to murder U.S. citizens far away from a battlefield (i.e., while they're sleeping, at home, with their children, etc.) and with no due process of any kind. I won't repeat those arguments -- they're here and here -- but I do want to highlight how unbelievably Orwellian and tyrannical this is in light of these new articles today.

--No due process is accorded. No charges or trials are necessary. No evidence is offered, nor any opportunity for him to deny these accusations (which he has done vehemently through his family). None of that.

Instead, in Barack Obama's America, the way guilt is determined for American citizens -- and a death penalty imposed -- is that the President, like the King he thinks he is, secretly decrees someone's guilt as a Terrorist. He then dispatches his aides to run to America's newspapers -- cowardly hiding behind the shield of anonymity which they're granted -- to proclaim that the Guilty One shall be killed on sight because the Leader has decreed him to be a Terrorist.
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Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax
Source: Washington Post Submitted: 04/11/2010
WASHINGTON -- Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it's simply somebody else's problem.

About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. Either their incomes were too low, or they qualified for enough credits, deductions and exemptions to eliminate their liability. That's according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research organization.
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Sounds like we're almost "halfway" to the solution. (NO Federal Income Tax.)
Ventura Hosts Larry King Live (Ron Paul as Guest - Video)
Source: Submitted: 04/10/2010
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Ron Paul, once again, demonstrates "intellectual consistency."

Without intellectual consistency, the people can be easily divided and kept at each others' throats. With it, they can more accurately judge the character and actions of their "leaders." (They can actually unite against misdeeds instead of "reacting," like Pavlov's dogs, to rhetoric and labels.)

This is why people like Ron Paul are so dangerous to the establishment. He provides a conceptual framework that is NOT provided within the manipulative "left / right" paradigm. For those honest enough to judge "deeds" instead of "words," the intellectually consistent position becomes the only position…and it alone threatens unprincipled / abusive power.
Economic Warfare (How it's Done)
Source: Submitted: 04/08/2010
--The destruction of Jefferson County reveals the basic battle plan of these modern barbarians, the way that banks like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have systematically set out to pillage towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Athens. These guys aren't number-crunching whizzes making smart investments; what they do is find suckers in some municipal-finance department, corner them in complex lose-lose deals and flay them alive. In a complete subversion of free-market principles, they take no risk, score deals based on political influence rather than competition, keep consumers in the dark — and walk away with big money.  Read full article »
This article is by Matt Taibbi so, as usual, expect some cursing.

While we're doing the "adult language" thing, here is a short video that, with humor, shines some light on the move to use "naked body scanners" in the U.S.
Growing power of independent Web journalism
Source: Yahoo Submitted: 04/06/2010
--When a nonprofit group this week released video footage, leaked via a source in the Pentagon, showing a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack on a group of civilians in Baghdad, the clip unleashed a viral online sensation and ignited an intense debate about the conduct of U.S. forces in Iraq. But the simple fact of the video's release also reflects the ongoing revolution in how news gets produced and published.

--Seven noncombatants were killed in the Baghdad attack — among them a driver (Saeed Chmagh) and photographer (Namir Noor-Eldeen) employed by the Reuters news service. Reuters, indeed, had been seeking to obtain internal Pentagon materials pertaining to the attack — including the footage that went online yesterday — for the past three years, using the Freedom of Information Act. The agency's efforts had so far proved fruitless.

And that's where WikiLeaks came in. The nonprofit website launched in 2006 as an online clearinghouse for whistleblowers seeking to publicize leaked government documents across the world. But prior to posting the video footage, the site had functioned as repository of information; with this latest scoop, which it says came from "a courageous source" within the U.S. military, it has morphed into an investigative news source in its own right.
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The criminal NSA eavesdropping program
Source: Salon Submitted: 04/05/2010
--Bush's NSA program violated the criminal law (FISA). That law provides that anyone who violates it has committed a felony and shall be subject to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each offense. The law really does say that. Just click on that link and you'll see. It's been obvious for more than four years that Bush, Cheney, NSA Director (and former CIA Director) Michael Hayden and many other Bush officials broke the law -- committed felonies -- in spying on Americans without warrants. Yet another federal judge has now found their conduct illegal. If we were a country that actually lived under The Rule of Law, this would be a huge story, one that would produce the same consequences for the lawbreakers as a bank robbery, embezzlement or major drug dealing. But since we're not such a country, it isn't and it doesn't.

Although news reports are focusing (appropriately) on the fact that Bush's NSA program was found to be illegal, the bulk of Judge Walker's opinion was actually a scathing repudiation of the Obama DOJ. In fact, the opinion spent almost no time addressing the merits of the claim that the NSA program was legal. That's because the Obama DOJ -- exactly like the Bush DOJ in the case before Judge Taylor -- refused to offer legal justifications to the court for this eavesdropping. Instead, the Obama DOJ took the imperial and hubristic position that the court had no right whatsoever to rule on the legality of the program because (a) plaintiffs could not prove they were subjected to the secret eavesdropping (and thus lacked "standing" to sue) and (b) the NSA program was such a vital "state secret" that courts were barred from adjudicating its legality.

Those were the arguments that Judge Walker scathingly rejected. All of the court's condemnations of the DOJ's pretense to imperial power were directed at the Obama DOJ's "state secrets" argument (which is exactly the same radical and lawless version, as TPM compellingly documented, used by the Bush DOJ to such controversy). From the start, the Obama DOJ has engaged in one extraordinary maneuver after the next to shield this criminal surveillance program from judicial scrutiny. Indeed, their stonewalling at one point became so extreme that the court actually threatened the Obama DOJ with sanctions. And what TPM calls the Obama DOJ's "Bush-mimicking state secrets defense" has been used by them in one case after the next to conceal and shield from judicial review a wide range of Bush crimes -- including torture, renditions and surveillance.
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Federal Government Ignoring The "Rule Book" (Video)
Source: Freedom Watch Submitted: 04/04/2010
.  Watch here »
FBI Whistleblower Discusses "Lawless" Law Enforcement (Audio)
Source: Submitted: 04/02/2010
Alex talks with Frederic Whitehurst, who joined the FBI in 1982 and served as a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI crime lab from 1986-98. He achieved a great deal of media attention during the 1990s for blowing the whistle on “crime” within the FBI Lab.  Listen here »
CNN Attempt To Portray Patriots As Terrorists Backfires, Segment Fails To Air (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/30/2010
A CNN Anderson Cooper segment which was set to demonize critics of big government and Obamacare as violent extremists backfired after radio host Alex Jones pointed out that corporate media outlets like CNN were responsible for killing over a million Iraqis as a consequence of their repeated lies about weapons of mass destruction.

Jones was invited for an interview on Friday to appear later that evening on Anderson Cooper 360, but the segment never aired, presumably because CNN program chiefs were so embarrassed at Jones’ proficiency in exposing how corporate news networks owned by the military-industrial complex were a far deadlier threat than any of the menagerie of domestic “extremists” CNN has sought to demonize in recent weeks.

Jones immediately recognized the tone of the hit piece when the interviewer began a barrage of questions attempting to discredit grassroots political movements by smearing them as dangerous radicals.

Watch the interview below, which was filmed by one of Jones’ crew. CNN’s questions are not audible because they refused to allow Jones’ cameraman access to the feed.
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Alex does a really good job of sticking to this basic sentiment: I'm not "anti-government," I'm "anti-crime."
Oklahoma, Georgia Step Towards Health Care Freedom
Source: Submitted: 03/30/2010
The legislatures in Oklahoma and Georgia both took a step closer to health care freedom within their state boundaries. Both states are considering legislation known as the “Health Care Freedom Act,” which, is passed, would make public policy for the state that every person within the state is and shall be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services “without penalty or threat of penalty by the federal government of the United States of America.”  Read full article »
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth Send Letter to ABC's "Nightline" Producer
Source: Submitted: 03/30/2010
ABC Nightline's piece on the 9/11 Truth Movement qualifies as nothing short of journalistic fraud. Instead of presenting an objective look at the surprisingly large numbers of people who are questioning the government's official conspiracy theory involving 19 Arabs, Chris Bury's piece was clearly intended to equate in viewers' minds those in the 9/11 Truth Movement with gun-wielding crazies like the recent "Pentagon shooter" John Patrick Bedell.

While this movement includes a wide variety people including thousands of architects, engineers, firefighters, academicians and scientists, Nightline seemed intent on creating an oversimplified caricature of what it disparagingly called a "viral community of true believers," that is, people who are crazy enough to suspect the government might be hiding something when there's no evidence to support that idea. There's actually a lot of evidence, but TV shows like Nightline are not interested in looking at it, much less refuting it. The Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth were featured as keynote speakers at the same conference that you attended and now host over 1,000 A/E petition signers—all demanding a new investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11. Why did you not ask us what evidence we might have to support our call for a re-investigation?
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It's really pretty amusing to watch the establishment media continue to try and avoid the growing / diverse body of experts who, with evidence, are pointing out the obvious. (The official account of 9/11 is a lie.)

It must have been so much easier to control the public mind when “ridicule” was enough to scare people away from looking into a topic and “refusing to report on evidence / experts” kept people from ever hearing the other side. Newsflash: Those days are gone.

On that note, here are some other people they don't want to talk to:
The Psychiatric "Chemical Imbalance" Scam (Video - Recommended)
Source: YouTube Submitted: 03/28/2010
.  Watch here »
The video above sums it up in about 3 minutes.

They started on me with this crap when I was 15 years old. From what I can tell, anyone who "disrupts the orderly system" the social engineers have created for us winds up in contact with these creatures.

Once you're in their system, it's a full time push to convince you that there is something physically wrong with your mind because you’re unable or unwilling to “get with the program.”

It goes something like this: "We want to help. Don’t worry, it's not your's a chemical imbalance. Here, just take these drugs and we might even be able to get you money for your ‘disability.’"

Sadly, a lot of people get sucked in. –Independent minds lost or greatly weakened. (Nothing like chemical lobotomies to keep the people in line.)
Pfizer to pay $142M for drug fraud
Source: Submitted: 03/28/2010
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been ordered to pay $142 million US in damages for fraudulently marketing gabapentin, an anti-seizure drug marketed under the name Neurontin.

--Data revealed in a string of U.S. lawsuits indicates the drug was promoted by the drug company as a treatment for for pain, migraines and bipolar disorder — even though it wasn't effective in treating these conditions and was actually toxic in certain cases, according to the Therapautics Initiative, an independent drug research group at the University of British Columbia. The trials forced the company to release all of its studies on the drug, including the ones it kept hidden.

"The much larger majority of people will not get any benefit and many of them will have chronic neurotoxicity or poisoning of the brain," said Dr. Tom Perry of the Therapeutics Initiative.
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See also:

Whistle-blower in Pfizer healthcare fraud speaks out (with Audio)
--Mr Kopchinski described how Pfizer's 3,000 sales representatives were pressured to promote Bextra in areas of medicine where the use of the drug had not been studied. ...He also described how they were told to push the dosage up when promoting the drug to physicians, in some cases up to eight times the recommended dosage. "At that particular dosage you're subjecting patients to a host of side effects and other areas that have not been studied scientifically, so literally you have no idea what's going to happen," he said. Kophinski fought 6 years, lost his job and depleted his savings to fight for the truth.


Pfizer Pleads Guilty in "Bextra," Case - Fined Billions
Pfizer, the world's largest drugs company, has been hit with the biggest criminal fine in US history as part of a $2.3bn settlement with federal prosecutors for mispromoting medicines and for paying kickbacks to compliant doctors.

In a blow to its reputation in the eyes of doctors and patients, Pfizer pleaded guilty to misbranding the painkiller Bextra, withdrawn from the market in 2004, by promoting the drug for uses that were not approved by medical regulators.
Alex Jones interviews Andrew Napolitano (Audio)
Source: Submitted: 03/26/2010
Andrew Napolitano (former New Jersey Superior Court Judge, political and legal analyst for Fox News, and the host of Freedom Watch ) discusses how both Republicans and Democrats are ignoring the Constitution and using their power to destroy our freedoms.  Listen here »
Here is a link to the Judge's new book "Lies The Government Told You"
The Purposes And Pitfalls Of Revolution (Highly Recommended)
Source: Submitted: 03/26/2010
In every human being there exists a balance, an internal fulcrum, a guide to what is honest, to what is true and constant. When this balance within us is broken, by ourselves or by others, it tends to attract grief and desolation, like some terrible and ferocious gravity. Just as this is true for individuals, so is it true for nations.

A country’s political structure must reflect accurately the dreams and aspirations of its people, and foster those dreams with respect and care. In most cases throughout history, this does not occur. Often, the desires of government break from the life of the people and it becomes an obstacle to the intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual progress of men it was originally designed to protect.

--American politics today are like an overly long joke with an unintelligible punchline at the end. Many in the U.S. are so caught up in the pageantry of the left/right paradigm that they don’t realize it is a ridiculous farce. There are even people (on both sides) who understand that we are dealing with a globalist minority, but still think that these elites are somehow affiliated Democrats, or dedicated “Right Wingers.” They write blogs and journals and diatribes on the threat of centralization and global government, raising my personal hopes, then end up blaming all our ills on “extremist right wing nuts” or “extremist left wing commies.” I can’t help but slap my own forehead in disappointment. The insane obsession with Left and Right must end if we are ever to stop the Globalists from thriving.
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It's rare to come across an article written with such care. I hope you appreciate this one as much as I did. (Art VS standard "writing.")
END the Failed "War on Drugs"
Source: Submitted: 03/25/2010
--How do you weaken the drug traffickers? You take away their obscene black-market profits.

Al Capone and the mafia got rich running alcohol during Prohibition. When Prohibition ended the violence ended too. Jim Beam distributors don't do drive-by shootings on outlets that sell Jack Daniels. And neither Jim Beam nor Jack Daniels are killing politicians, policemen, journalists, and private citizens.

Black-market drug profits fund criminal enterprises that threaten your safety, not only at home and in Mexico, but around the world. Taliban warlords in Afghanistan and Pakistan fund much of their operations through the illicit drug trade.
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As a person who doesn't drink or do drugs, some might wonder why I regularly post stories that are critical of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Here is the simple answer: Just because I didn’t like the way drugs and alcohol affected ME and MY life doesn’t give me the right (or desire) to tell other people how to live.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s none of the government’s business what an adult does so long as that adult is not violating the rights of others. The “War on Drugs” is a terrible waste of resources, it's one of the main funding sources for organized crime, and it is used to "justify" unacceptable violations of our rights.

If you agree, send a message to your "representatives" in Washington using the DownsizeDC link above.

For some related information see:

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

Raid on Mayor Cheye's Home
"--Cheye saw Georgia on the kitchen floor with a man holding a gun against her head. Then he saw his beloved dog, Payton, slumped on the living room floor in a huge puddle of blood."

Here is 15 minute excerpt from the documentary "American Drug War." It includes an admission (by the former head of the DEA - Robert Bonner) that our CIA smuggled cocaine into the United States to help finance its operations.
Paul Craig Roberts is Putting Down His Pen
Source: Submitted: 03/24/2010
--I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I was Business Week’s first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American “mainstream media.”

For the last six years I have been banned from the “mainstream media.” My last column in the New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer representing New York. We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A debate was launched. No such thing could happen today.

For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column.

The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.
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Health Freedom Conference
Source: Submitted: 03/24/2010
Four days and over 24 hours of an educational experience you won't forget. Not to mention as a bonus, I've included the entire 2008 conference video archive adding an additional 24+ hours of presentations from a few of the world's most researched speakers.  Read full article »
If you'd like to support the work they're doing at Republic Magazine, here is an easy way to do it (and get something in return for your donation.)
New Category at Patriots Question 9/11 (400 + Medical Professionals)
Source: Submitted: 03/24/2010
*Herbert J. Hoffman, MA, PhD – Former Chief Mental Health Coordinator and Director of Manpower Development and Training, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

*Jonathan Weisbuch, MD, MPH – Former Chief Health Officer for the States of Wyoming and North Dakota, as well as Los Angeles County, CA, and Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale)

*Mary Ellen Bradshaw, MD – Past President, American Association of Public Health Physicians. Former Chief, Bureau of School Health Services, Department of Public Health, Washington, DC
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Flashback: Fluoride is Poison (Audio)
Source: Alex Jones Submitted: 03/23/2010
.  Listen here »
Many countries have stopped adding fluoride to their water supply, but the fluoridation industry is still going strong in the U.S. The audio link above provides a short introduction to information that you (more than likely) haven't heard about water fluoridation. If nothing else, please listen to the first 10 minutes or so. (Keep in mind, if your water is "fluoridated," so too is your coffee, your tea, your instant orange juice, or anything else that you make with tap water.)

It is claimed that fluoride is added to your water to help prevent cavities. There is a great deal of research that challenges this assertion, but let’s accept that fluoride does provide some protection against cavities. What is the trade off? The effect fluoride has on the brain seems like a good enough reason to find a “non-fluoride” way to keep your teeth healthy. (There are many other adverse health effects, but this link covers some of the neurological:

As always, do your own research and make up your own mind. If you decide you want to eliminate the fluoride that has been added (without your consent) to your diet, you can. For a reasonably affordable option, purchase a water filtration system. ( has good prices on Berkey filtration systems. You’ll need the optional “PF-2” filters to remove fluoride.) For a more expensive solution, you can look into atmospheric water generators. is one of many companies that make them.
Kill the Bill - Invoke the 10th
Source: Submitted: 03/21/2010
Thomas Jefferson said:

“Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force”

Ignore Washington D.C.

They are ignoring you, return the favor. In his speech on Saturday, Obama referred to you as “astroturf”. In political terminology that insinuates that you were paid for your phone calls and someone picked up your travel expenses and bought your dinner for your troubles. That’s one way they ignore you. Another way they ignore you is to use an unscrupulous process to pass an unconstitutional health care bill that changes the foundation of your country overnight.

If you’re like me, when you call representatives, write letters or attend tea parties, you pick up the tab and sacrifice your own personal time in hopes that someone will listen. I’d much rather spend my time and money with my family, business or hobbies than hoping my actions will result in my federal representatives actually representing. And anyone that could have done anything about the health care bill is in Washington D.C., you can’t meet with them, you don’t know them and you cannot reasonably hold them accountable. How can you really expect them to feel any pressure to represent you?
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It’s About Enriching Bankers and Wall Street
Source: Submitted: 03/21/2010
--Obamacare also aids the banksters in their plan to bankrupt the United States and turn it into yet another third world cesspool mired in staggering debt. “Look for an even tenser decade ahead, made tenser still by any added costs of Barack Obama’s vast new social welfare program,” writes the neocon David Frum.

Frum is right, of course — and a hypocrite. His former boss, George Bush the Lesser, was led around by the nose by a gaggle of warmongering neocon ideologues. He cranked up the national debt by more than $4 trillion. In addition to funding social programs like Medicare and Social Security Republicans claim to hate — but continue to fund — a lot of the money went to funding military expansion and wars against manufactured enemies.

Democrats, Republicans, neocons, neolibs — they all work for the bankers. All the highfalutin rhetoric they continually espouse is nothing more than hot air on the road to serfdom.
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From "Dishonest Money":

'In nation after nation, the bankers make use of politicians who are willing to bury their citizens in debt. Out of that crushing debt, and the subsequent need for an endless supply of new loans, they gain control.'
Paul Krugman vs. Reality
Source: Submitted: 03/20/2010
In his latest weekly New York Times column, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman put forward arguments that were so nonsensical that the award committee should ask for its medal back.

Recent rhetoric from Washington has put the economic relationship between the U.S. and China squarely on the front burner, and Krugman is demanding that we crank up the flame. This week 130 members of Congress sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner demanding that the Obama administration designate China as a "currency manipulator". Following that, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that looks to force the Obama administration's hand. For its own part, Beijing invites criticism by continuing to deny its utterly obvious currency agenda.

As these tensions escalate, most economists urge Washington to tread lightly because of the negative fallout for America if China were to begin selling its enormous cache of U.S. Treasury bonds. Krugman pushes back, asserting that the U.S. risks little by playing hardball, and that China has more to lose. He asserts that a Chinese decision to end its purchases of U.S. Treasury debt would make only a marginal impact on long-term interest rates. Did you hear that Stockholm?
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GM crops cause liver and kidney damage
Source: Submitted: 03/19/2010
(NaturalNews) A report published in the International Journal of Microbiology has verified once again that Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) crops are causing severe health problems. A legal challenge issued against Monsanto forced the multi-national agriculture giant to release raw data revealing that animals fed its patented GM corn suffered liver and kidney damage within just three months.

Adding to the mounting evidence that GM crops are dangerous all around, this information provides a damning indictment against Monsanto which continually insists that its GM products are safe. Not only are GM crops proving disastrous for the environment, but study after study, including those conducted by Monsanto itself, is showing that GM foods are detrimental to health.

Monsanto's data indicated that the company had conducted tests on three varieties of its GM corn, two of which contain the dangerous Bt protein, and one designed specifically to resist Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. All three are widely grown in the United States while only one is currently grown in Europe.
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There is a 30-minute video and a "non-GMO shopping guide" available at:
Bernanke footnote: Fed wants end to ‘minimum reserve requirements’
Source: Raw Story Submitted: 03/19/2010
--Hosted on the Federal Reserve's own servers, the written testimony of the bank's chairman explains in plain text what expanding the Fed's powers will do.

"The Federal Reserve believes it is possible that, ultimately, its operating framework will allow the elimination of minimum reserve requirements, which impose costs and distortions on the banking system," footnote number nine, at the bottom of the page, explains without additional qualification.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), who is not running for reelection, is currently pushing a financial reform bill that would grant the Fed unprecedented new powers to regulate financial markets, including insurance companies and small lenders, under the auspice of forcing such firms to lessen their exposure to risky investments.
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The entire system is a scam...why not just go "all out?"
States’ Rights Is Rallying Cry for Lawmakers
Source: New York Times Submitted: 03/19/2010
--“Who is the sovereign, the state or the federal government?” said State Representative Chris N. Herrod, a Republican from Provo, Utah, and leader of the 30-member Patrick Henry Caucus, which formed last year and led the assault on federal legal barricades in the session that ended Thursday.

--“There’s a tsunami of interest in states’ rights and resistance to an overbearing federal government; that’s what all these measures indicate,” said Gary Marbut, the president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, which led the drive last year for one of the first “firearms freedoms,” laws like the ones signed last week in South Dakota and Wyoming.

--“Everything we’ve tried to keep the federal government confined to rational limits has been a failure, an utter, unrelenting failure — so why not try something else?” said Thomas E. Woods Jr., a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a nonprofit group in Auburn, Ala., that researches what it calls “the scholarship of liberty.”
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Aspartame, Aspartic Acid & other Amino Acid ISOLATES
Source: World (Natural) Health Organization Submitted: 03/18/2010
--The focus of our report, is an overview of excitotoxic effects upon brain chemistry due to Aspartame's amino acid isolates.

Amino acid isolates have been artificially separated from the rest of the protein chain and are part of the Aspartame compound. Aspartame is then added to foods during the manufacturing process. Thus, these amino acids are by themselves (isolated), as single or dipeptide molecules. This is very different than the 80-300 amino acid chains that form natural proteins from dietary sources.

Some examples of genetically modified (rDNA) or manufactured amino acid isolates are glutamic acid or glutamate (i.e. monosodium glutamate or MSG), aspartic acid or aspartate, and phenylalanine, among others.

The isolates differ from dietary (with food) amino acids because dietary amino acids are absorbed from the gut. This depends upon the body's digestive action to break down the long amino chains (proteins) and then to absorb them. This means, that through the body's regulation of metabolism, the proteins are broken down slowly, and always in the nutritious mix of other amino acids in the proper enzyme-regulated proportion for use by the body.
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This article details why the "naturally occurring" argument (in defense of Aspartic acid that is added to our food) is flawed. It also goes into the neurodegenerative effects of excitotoxins.

I've done a reasonable amount of research into this...the best I can tell is "aspartic acid" and "glutamic acid" are metabolized differently depending on whether they're in their "natural / unbroken" form or not. (I.E. 1 gram of aspartic acid, ingested in natural form, has a minimal effect on blood plasma levels compared to 1 gram of aspartic acid that has been isolated.)

For those of you who take protein supplements, here is a shorter article that reiterates the basics of what I've found:
CIA Mind Control Experiments
Source: New York Post Submitted: 03/17/2010
On Nov. 28, 1953, Frank Olson, a bland, seemingly innocuous 42-year-old government scientist, plunged to his death from room 1018A in New York’s Statler Hotel, landing on a Seventh Avenue sidewalk just opposite Penn Station.

Olson’s ignominious end was written off as an unremarkable suicide of a depressed government bureaucrat who came to New York City seeking psychiatric treatment, so it attracted scant attention at the time.

But 22 years later, the Rockefeller Commission report was released, detailing a litany of domestic abuses committed by the CIA. The ugly truth emerged: Olson’s death was the result of his having been surreptitiously dosed with LSD days earlier by his colleagues.

The shocking disclosure led to President Gerald Ford’s apology to Olson’s widow and his three children, who accepted a $750,000 civil payment for his wrongful death.
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This video, by National Geographic, goes over the murder of Frank Olsen and quite a bit more:
Do You Think They'll Get Away With It?
Source: Submitted: 03/17/2010
Can the House pass the Senate healthcare bill without voting on it? If Speaker Pelosi has her way then that may be what happens. It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry, and we keep wondering, can they really get away with it?

For one thing, there's a 1998 Supreme Court ruling that says each chamber of Congress must approve the exact same wording of a bill before that bill can become law.

You wouldn't think Congress would need a court ruling to determine this, but they are politicians, so they need lots of remedial assistance with simple logic.

--These people work for you. They also have the power of coercion over you. You have the right to tell them what you think, as often as you want, day after day, or even several times a day. Use this right.
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Send your "representative" your thoughts. DownsizeDC makes it easy.
Obama Supports DNA Sampling Upon Arrest
Source: Submitted: 03/16/2010
--When it comes to civil liberties, the Obama administration has come under fire for often mirroring his predecessor’s practices surrounding state secrets, the Patriot Act and domestic spying. There’s also Gitmo, Jay Bybee and John Yoo.

Now there’s DNA sampling. Obama told Walsh he supported the federal government, as well as the 18 states that have varying laws requiring compulsory DNA sampling of individuals upon an arrest for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.
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How many stories have we seen of cops, prosecutors and Feds framing people?

Can you imagine how much easier it will be to commit crimes and frame patsies with a nationwide DNA database?

Here is a good "flashback" story to set the mood (it should play automatically after the 15-second commercial)
Support for Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy
Source: Sangamon County Libertarians Submitted: 03/15/2010
--With 12 trillion dollars of debt and tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities the country is broke. The SCLP thinks that it is wrong to put our children into debt bondage to police the entire world. It makes no sense to go into debt to bomb and then rebuild foreign nations. This money should be kept and used by its rightful owners, the American People themselves.

The perpetual war on terror has led to a perpetual war on civil liberties. Government and corporations working in tandem to monitor the American People should be a concern to all. A surveillance society is being developed. Many dismiss this concern. But history and the Founding Fathers would side with those who wish to protect and guard liberty. The current foreign policy increases the threats to liberty both foreign and domestic.
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Jesse Ventura Discusses "American Conspiracies" (Audio)
Source: Submitted: 03/13/2010
.  Listen here »
This is a 20-minute clip. If you'd like to hear the entire interview, it is available here:
The Beck Deception
Source: Submitted: 03/12/2010
--If you are a die-hard Glenn Beck fan (like I was), please keep a very open mind as you read this. Our freedom depends on it.

--As I continued to watch Glenn Beck with an open mind, I began to see signs of deception. I began to see signs of neo-conservatism. I hadn’t even finished my “Arguing with Idiots” book. Issues and actions that were extreme violations of the Constitution and our freedoms and liberties that were discussed all over the internet went for days unmentioned on his program. If and when they were mentioned, they were not given the attention they deserve. Some were blown off entirely.

As I dug more and more into the 9/11 Truth Movement and I (saw) the legitimate questions coming from patriots, our war veterans, our military leaders, 9/11 commission members, aerospace engineers, experts, historians, pilots, architects and engineers, families of those killed, economists, I realized these people were not the “kooks” that Beck described. They were also not “dangerous” as Beck described. I had to ask myself why he would mislead his followers. Beck even went so far as to say that he “began hating the families of those who died on 9/11.” Someone who told us to “Question Boldly” suddenly had a zero tolerance level for questioning even from families who had more reason than anyone else to question.
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Ex-police officer admits role in conspiracy to cover-up shooting
Source: Submitted: 03/11/2010
--"The police maintained that they fired at the civilians in self-defense, after the civilian fired at police," the statement said. "However ... Lohman pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with other officers to cover up what he had determined was a 'bad shoot' on the bridge. Today, defendant Lehrmann admitted that he also knew of and participated in a conspiracy to obstruct justice in the investigation of the shooting."

--"Lehrmann admitted that he participated with his supervisors in the creation of a report that included false statements by the officers involved in the shooting; false claims about a gun that had in fact been planted by the investigator; and fabricated statements from witnesses who did not really exist," prosecutors said.
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"Bailout" on Trial (Video)
Source: Freedom.TV Submitted: 03/11/2010
Historic Bailout Trial 3/11/10 with opening arguments by Bob Schulz of the We the People Foundation.  Watch here »
Also, Republic Magazine is broadcasting the Health Freedom Conference online for free. It begins Friday March 12th and goes throughout the weekend. Click here for more info:
The Solution (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/10/2010
Putting government back into the hands of We the People. If you could find a way to end corruption in government and give the power back to the People, without violence, or spending much money, or lobbying for new laws, or electing any candidates, when would you want the information.  Watch here »
I saw that this talk was 10 parts long and I thought "Oh man, how long before this starts dragging?"

Well, amazingly, I watched all 10 parts and enjoyed it all. (Most speakers start to lose me after half an hour...)

If you want to save some time, start on part 3 or 4...but if you've got the time, start on "1" and stop watching when you're bored. And don't be surprised if, like me, you wind up at the end of part "10" an hour and 40 minutes later. :-)
Global Warming in Denial
Source: BlogSpot Submitted: 03/09/2010
--The body blows to the climate campaign did not end with the Climategate emails. The IPCC—which has produced four omnibus assessments of climate science since 1992—has issued several embarrassing retractions from its most recent 2007 report, starting with the claim that Himalayan glaciers were in danger of melting as soon as 2035. That such an outlandish claim would be so readily accepted is a sign of the credulity of the climate campaign and the media: Even if extreme global warming occurred over the next century, the one genuine scientific study available estimated that the huge ice fields of the Himalayas would take more than 300 years to melt—a prediction any beginning chemistry student could confirm with a calculator.

--The IPCC’s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri (an economist and former railroad engineer who is routinely described as a “climate scientist”), initially said that critics of the Himalayan glacier melt prediction were engaging in “voodoo science,” though it later turned out that Pachauri had been informed of the error in early December—in advance of the U.N.’s climate change conference in Copenhagen—but failed to disclose it.

The Himalayan retraction has touched off a cascade of further retractions and corrections, though the IPCC and other organs of climate alarmism are issuing their corrections sotto voce, hoping the media won’t take notice. The IPCC’s assessment that 40 percent of the Amazonian rain forest was at risk of destruction from climate change was also revealed to be without scientific foundation; the WWF was again the source. The Daily Telegraph identified 20 more claims of ruin in the IPCC’s 2007 report that are based on reports from advocacy groups such as Greenpeace rather than peer-reviewed research, including claims that African agricultural production would be cut in half, estimates of coral reef degradation, and the scale of glacier melt in the Alps and the Andes. Numerous other claims were sourced to unpublished student papers and dissertations, or to misstated or distorted research.
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Moving GMOs out of the market
Source: Submitted: 03/08/2010
--The declining fortunes of rbGH demonstrate the power of informed consumers. As more and more people linked the milk hormone to cancer, marketing executives realized that allowing their suppliers to use the controversial drug was bad for sales. Because the mainstream media has been pretty silent on the health effects, it took a few years of a concerted consumer education campaign to start the dominoes falling. If the hazards of rbGH had made headline news, the tipping point would have been swift.

The experience of GMOs in Europe shows us just how swift markets can move. In late January of 1999, biotech representatives predicted that 95% of all commercial seeds would be genetically engineered by 2004. But just a few weeks later, their plans to replace nature crashed. On February 16th, the gag order imposed on a scientist who had conducted GMO safety studies was lifted by order of the UK Parliament. When Dr. Arpad Pusztai, the top scientist in his field, discovered the extensive damage that a GMO diet can cause, he was fired after 35 years and silenced with threats of legal action. When he finally was able to speak, all hell broke loose.

Within the week, the European press reeled off 159 column feet of articles. Within the month, 750 articles on GMOs were circulating. According to one editor, the coverage divided society into two warring blocks. Within just 10 weeks, the tipping point of consumer rejection was achieved. GM ingredients had become a marketing liability. At the end of April, Unilever publicly committed to remove GMOs from its European brands. Within the week, so did nearly every other major food company.
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The page above contains a lot of information. I don't know how anyone could argue against labeling requirements.

If GM food is so great, you'd think they'd be plastering "Made with Monsanto GMO" all over every box. Could it be that they KNOW people would avoid it? Could it be they're more interested in profits than meeting the needs (or respecting the health concerns) of their customers? Na...That’s crazy talk.
Ahmadinejad Calls 9/11 ‘A Big Fabrication’
Source: New York Times Submitted: 03/07/2010
--In remarks reported by IRNA, an official Iranian news agency, and translated by Reuters, Mr. Ahmadinejad said, “The September 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.” Mr. Ahmadinejad also reportedly described the attacks in New York as a “complicated intelligence scenario and act.” Conspiracy theorists in the Middle East have suggested that the attacks were not the work of Al Qaeda, but carried out by Israeli or American intelligence operatives.  Read full article »
Here is what I posted under the NYT article:

False flag attacks are tried and true "tools" of the intelligence community. Operation Gladio, Operation Northwoods, Operation Ajax, the Lavon Affair...look them up and learn something. Do these prior state-sponsored terrorist conspiracies PROVE that the CIA or other U.S. connected intelligence operatives were involved in carrying out or allowing the attacks of 9/11? No. But it does prove you'd be a fool (or just lying) to suggest it's impossible. Speaking of impossible: The official account of what brought down WTC7...impossible. If you haven't heard of WTC7, this 2-minute clip will provide a nice introduction:

And if you'd like a rebuttal to the Ad Hominem angle of this NYT article, here is a list of Senior Military, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials; Engineers, Architects, Pilots, Professors, 911 Survivors and Family Members; all of whom are stating the obvious: The "official account" of what happened on 9/11 is a whitewash and a fraud:
Sheriffs Can Restore Sanity to These "United States"
Source: YouTube Submitted: 03/05/2010
.  Watch here »
Sheriff Mack fought the Feds. Sheriff Mack, and the people of his county and state, won.
How little is $100 Million compared to $3.5 Trillion? (Video)
Source: Submitted: 03/05/2010
.  Watch here »
In the video, the guy says he has "a little under $90 worth of pennies" on the table. (The exact number is $87.50.) If you want to check his math (and weep at the reality of how little $100 million out of "the budget" is) here you go:

1 penny = $400 million.
1 stack (5 pennies) = $2 Billion
$2 Billion times 1,750 stacks = $3.5 Trillion.
1,750 stacks times 5 pennies, divided by 100 pennies per $, = $87.50
World's Smallest Political Quiz
Source: Submitted: 03/03/2010
Take the Quiz now and find out where you fit on the political map!  Read full article »
REAL Representation – Sheriff Defies “Gun Ban”
Source: Submitted: 03/03/2010
The Colorado State University Board of Governors voted unanimously Tuesday to place students at both of its campuses in harm’s way with a sweeping weapons ban (that) law-abiding citizens will obey and criminals will ignore.

Larimer County Sheriff James Alderden, outraged by the ban, told The Gazette’s opinion department he will undermine it in the interest of student safety.

“I have told the CSU police chief I will not support this in any way,” Sheriff Alderden told The Gazette. “If anyone with one of my permits gets arrested for concealed carry at CSU, I will refuse to book that person into my jail...This ban, which is broad and encompassing, basically denies students at the Fort Collins campus any defensive capacity at all...It’s a weapons-free zone for law-abiding people, and it won’t do a single thing to keep armed criminals off of campus. It will only ensure them a lot of defenseless victims."
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There is a poll (in red type) to the right of the story. Here is what the results were when I posted this story:

Should Students Ignore the Ban?
Yes, they should ignore the ban - 97%
No, they should obey - 3%
I don't know - 0%
I don't care - 0%
Total Votes: 14,908
The Road to Dictatorship
Source: Submitted: 03/02/2010
--The "PATRIOT" Act, all several hundred pages of it, was passed in the dead of night without being read, without being adequately debated, and with the full official approval of both parties, who unhesitatingly wiped out two-hundred years of constitutional law in a procedure that lasted for less than an hour.

“The president’s reversal on Patriot Act reform is a major travesty,” says Michelle Richardson, the ACLU’s legislative counsel, a bit of phraseology that just about sums up the first year of Obama’s reign. All those liberal hearts, broken by that seductive love-’em-and-leave-’em Chicago smoothie – except no one’s complaining.

--As the Democratic majority gets ready to ram an immensely unpopular "health-care reform" bill through the Congress without a "super-majority," one can only wonder at their priorities. Is it really more important to force poor Americans to buy insurance they can’t afford than it is to save our constitutional liberties from being crushed underfoot?
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Free Downloads, Sites, and Services
Source: Submitted: 03/02/2010
Here's our entire collection of the best free downloads, sites, and services available today, sorted by category.  Read full article »
Ron Paul vs. Big-Government Conservatives
Source: Submitted: 03/02/2010
--During the entire Cold War, did conservatives ever exclaim against the jihadists, the Muslims, the terrorists, the Islamofascists, or the Koran extremists? Of course not. The reason was because they felt they were safe in using the threat of communism to justify their commitment to Big Government. It never occurred to them that they would ever lose communism as an official enemy. That's why they felt safe in proclaiming that if the Cold War ever ended, they would be fully supportive of abandoning their commitment to Big Government. In their minds, it was a safe thing to say.

In fact, not only did they never talk about an Islamic threat during the Cold War, they enthusiastically supported the U.S. Empire's partnership with Osama bin Laden and other "Islamofascists" when they were trying to rid Afghanistan of the Soviet Empire's occupation.

Indeed, even today, when many conservatives are claiming that Muslims worldwide are waging a holy war against Christians, Jews, and atheists because the Koran supposedly requires them to do so, conservatives remain strangely silent about the U.S. government's financial and military support of the Islamic regimes in Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and others. I wonder why conservatives aren't calling on bombing them.
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I wrote this back in 2008 to counter some of the fear / propaganda being used to justify our Federal Government's "foreign policy":
A perfect storm is brewing for the IPCC
Source: Submitted: 02/28/2010
--Apart from those non-vanishing polar bears, no fears of climate change have been played on more insistently than these: the destruction of Himalayan glaciers and Amazonian rainforest; famine in Africa; fast-rising sea levels; the threat of hurricanes, droughts, floods and heatwaves all becoming more frequent.

All these alarms were given special prominence in the IPCC's 2007 report and each of them has now been shown to be based, not on hard evidence, but on scare stories, derived not from proper scientists but from environmental activists. Those glaciers are not vanishing; the damage to the rainforest is not from climate change but logging and agriculture; African crop yields are more likely to increase than diminish; the modest rise in sea levels is slowing not accelerating; hurricane activity is lower than it was 60 years ago; droughts were more frequent in the past; there has been no increase in floods or heatwaves.

Furthermore, it has also emerged in almost every case that the decision to include these scare stories rather than hard scientific evidence was deliberate. As several IPCC scientists have pointed out about the scare over Himalayan glaciers, for instance, those responsible for including it were well aware that proper science said something quite different. But it was inserted nevertheless – because that was the story wanted by those in charge.
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Head of IMF Proposes New Reserve Currency
Source: Submitted: 02/27/2010
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar.

--Strauss-Kahn said such an asset could be similar to but distinctly different from the IMF's special drawing rights, or SDRs, the accounting unit that countries use to hold funds within the IMF. It is based on a basket of major currencies.

He said having other alternatives to the dollar "would limit the extent to which the international monetary system as a whole depends on the policies and conditions of a single, albeit dominant, country."
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They've been after this new "global monetary unit" for a very long time. The most important part of this whole discussion revolves around the fact that ALL "modern money" is a flat-out scam.

Learn the different kinds of money, and you'll understand that we've all been had. Here is a very straight-forward explanation (available in HTML or PDF format)
Judicial Watch "Shills" for Torture
Source: Submitted: 02/26/2010
Let me get this straight. The Judicial Watch slogan is: "Because nobody is above the law." On the Judicial Watch "about us" page, you'll find that the organization: "advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people." ...And yet in this article its president is defending the illegal use of torture (euphemistically referred to as "enhanced interrogation techniques.") Am I the only person who thinks this is an absurd contradiction? Quote:

...said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "These documents indicate that members of Congress approved of and were well aware of the use of these enhanced interrogation techniques and their lifesaving value. It is disturbing that we no longer use interrogation techniques that have demonstrably stopped terrorist attacks and saved American lives."
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