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‘The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has long since disappeared from the radars of the world’s news media, with coverage falling off dramatically from its peak last year.

That is especially true in the United States, but that coverage could soon change if a policy being pursued by the federal government’s premier health agency backfires. And as of right now, one mainstream news channel – CNN – may actually be covering up some important details.

According to The Organic Prepper web site, several American healthcare workers who were either exposed or “potentially” exposed to the Ebola virus have been brought back to the United States for treatment. One who was positively diagnosed with the disease was taken to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.’

Read more: CNN covers up government plan to put Ebola patients in U.S. hotels

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‘A total of 18 people potentially exposed to the Ebola virus while working in Africa have been sent back to the United States for health monitoring, news media have reported.

All or nearly all of the people exposed were working for the nonprofit Partners in Health, which has been working to help end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. When one of the healthcare workers contracted the disease, the others were potentially exposed while helping care for him before he was sent back to the United States for treatment.

The infected healthcare worker is currently in critical condition. None of the other 17 workers have tested positive for the virus.’

Read more: Ebola news blackout lifted as second wave of Ebola victims being shipped to America

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I was prepared to classify this as, unbelievable, “not quite legitimate”, or at least, “unlikely” but came across this statement:

“Despite the document’s claims, multiple Army training manuals and studies in the past have specifically targeted such states due to concerns over the growing influence of right-leaning ideologies and groups, such as the “Tea Party.”

A leaked 2012 US Army Military Police training manual, entitled “Civil Disturbance Operations,” described how soldiers would be ordered to confiscate firearms and kill American “dissidents.” The manual also revealed that prisoners would be detained in temporary internment camps and “re-educated” to gain a new appreciation of “U.S. policies,” in accordance with U.S. Army FM 3-19.40 Internment/Resettlement Operations.”

So, without further ado, it is offered for your perusal, consideration and comment! How do you like this bit – “and “re-educated” to gain a new appreciation of “U.S. policies,”” ?

BTW, if you are challenged by the “messenger” Alex Jones and his approach/attitude, just ignore the video and read the text. maybe the second video is less confronting. Remember, no justice in shooting the messenger!

Please connect to the source article.

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‘Starting on April 19, 1956, the federal government practiced and planned for a near-doomsday scenario known as Plan C. When activated, Plan C would have brought the United States under martial law, rounded up over ten thousand individuals connected to “subversive” organizations, implemented a censorship board, and prepared the country for life after nuclear attack.

There was no Plan A or B.’

Read more: Plan C: The top secret Cold War countermeasure which would have brought the United States under martial law

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Operation Northwoods
In the covert war against the communist regime in Cuba under the CIA’s Operation Mongoose, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously proposed state-sponsored acts of terrorism in side the United States.

NSA spying & mass surveillance
In the 1990′s, when anti-surveillance activists and media personalities were warning about the NSA’s huge domestic spying operation, they were treated as paranoid conspiracy theorists.

Well over a decade before the Snowden revelations, the NSA was busy intercepting and recording all electronic communications across the entire world under the Echelon program.

In 1999, the Australian government admitted that they were part of an NSA-led global intercept and surveillance program called Echelon in alliance with the US and Britain that could listen to “every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission,” on the planet.

The CIA’s heart attack gun
During Senate testimony in 1975 into illegal activities by the CIA, it was revealed that the agency had developed a dart gun capable of causing a heart attack. “At the first televised hearing, staged in the Senate Caucus Room, Chairman Church dramatically displayed a CIA poison dart gun to highlight the committee’s discovery that the CIA directly violated a presidential order by maintaining stocks of shellfish toxin sufficient to kill thousands,” a Senate web page explains.

CIA drug Trafficking
A ton of pure cocaine, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is smuggled into the United States. Robert Bonner, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, offers Mike Wallace his take on what happened — and where the CIA went wrong.

IRS Scandal
IRS staffers had singled out conservative organizations with “tea party” or “patriots” in their name that were seeking tax-exempt nonprofit status, subjecting them to extra scrutiny to see if they were abusing the tax law as it relates to political activity. They grilled these conservative groups about their members, their donors, their public statements, and who they employed. And there is no evidence yet that the IRS systemically treated non-conservative groups with the same level of attention.

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Smoke and Mirrors Will Not Save Us From Anthropogenic Climate Disruption Saturday, 10 January 2015 10:46By Robert James ParsonsTruthout |With 2015 billed as the make-it-or-break-it year for climate control, in anticipation of next December’s Paris conference, and in the midst of much vehement – if not downright virulent – controversy, it is worth proposing some perspective beyond what most of the media deign to serve up to us.

In an article that appeared in mid-November in the French online journal A l’encontre, Daniel Tanuro analyzed the “unprecedented” and “historic” agreement between the United States and China resulting from Barack Obama’s encounter with Xi Jinping just before the November G20 conference in Brisbane.

climate-changeThe insufficiency – to put it mildly – of this agreement, in comparison with the warnings issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its most recent report, is unbridgeable, he points out.

Citing the reduction of 26% promised by Obama for 2025, which ought to lower United States emissions to 5.368 gigatonnes (Gt), he notes: “According to the Kyoto Protocol (which the United States signed but never ratified), Uncle Sam should have reduced his emissions by 8% by 2012, relative to 1990. That means that the emissions should have dropped from 6.233 Gt (1990 figure) to 5.734 Gt – instead of which, they increased 0.2% per year, on average, to reach 6.526 Gt. In other words, Obama has committed the United States to reaching by 2025 a target that is almost no better than than the one that the United States was supposed to have reached two years ago.”

For China, it is similar: “Xi Jinping stipulated that China would begin to reduce its absolute emissions at the latest in 2030 and that ‘zero-carbon’ sources would then cover 20% of its energy needs. To take the full measure of this promise, one must bear in mind that these ‘zero-carbon’ energy sources, already in 2013, represented in China 9% of the primary consumption of energy and that the twelfth five-year plan has set a target of 15% for 2020. Given the current amounts being invested, an increase of a further 5% in over ten years is anything but a ‘performance': US$ 65 billion have already been invested in ‘non-fossil’ energy.”

According to the Kyoto Protocol, the ratifying countries committed themselves to reducing their green house gas emissions between 8% and 20% relative to 1990. As these emissions have continued to increase, the reductions since then have been completely canceled out………….

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/28443-smoke-and-mirrors-will-not-save-us-from-acd

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By Jim Kirwan
1-1-15

Began with our Great-Great Grand-Parents

The people of the United States have been living in a bubble since long before anyone alive today was even born. In that respect it is probably partially understandable that millions of people entered their lives as prisoners already, which 2015 is intended to finally finish.

What I mean by this outrageous statement is that the lies that we have been living-by go way, way back to the time of our great, great grandparents who were sold the current bill of goods that was put in place long before the First World War even began. The global end result has been the semi-successful global-criminal cabal that’s currently in charge of world-affairs, with little or no resistance, regardless of which aspect of this current self-destruction they are hell-bent on creating.

After literally centuries of drinking box-car loads of political Kool-Aid, the public has finally lost the ability to understand what has happened to most of us over the decades: The article below outlines the way this part of the problem is playing out in the world today.

“Gordon Duff’s speech clarified for the first time ever publicly to this important group of top diplomatic security and Intel experts that the root cause of the problem was not terrorism, but actually a large organized crime problem.

Duff noted that an organized crime problem this large has never occurred anytime before in history. He also clarified that this large organized crime syndicate is responsible for terrorism all over the world.

Duff explained that what is going on in Iraq and Syria with ISIS/Daish is not terrorism, it is simply ORGANIZED CRIME.

World terrorism is the work of an International Organized Crime Cabal (OCC) which has gotten control of the American Congress.

This is a large organized crime problem that must be understood at its simple root cause. Duff identified this large OCC as Israeli, and pointed out that this worldwide crime is on a scale never experienced before.
Duff went even further when he identified those associated with the organized crime syndicate who are responsible for starting ISIS/Daish, and this included two American generals — McNierney and Vallely — and one sitting senator, McCain.

The Citizens United Supreme Court case opened the door to the complete hijacking of Congress by the OCC. The court case was fixed and has had a disastrous result.

In various guest appearances on Veterans Today news reports hosted by Stew Webb, Duff has clarified that the OCC has been able to gain control over Congress in the last national election in November 2014.

This power grab occurred largely because of the “Citizens United” court case opened up the availability of large campaign contributions, which could be made to “buy” and control members of Congress by foreign-based entities who have interests counter to the citizens of the United States of America, aka “We the People”.

The Republican Party took control over the US Congress in November, primarily due to the significant support of two Israeli organized crime cabal bosses, with money from massive human sex-trafficking, prostitution and illegal narcotics trafficking.”

Shock Waves Part II: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/12/31/shock-waves-part-ii/

When our Great-Great Grandparents bought into this giant-lie the United States was living out her role as the Exceptional Nation, via the Monroe Doctrine, which entitled the USA to do whatever they wanted to do to any other nation: Not to mention that we were already living high on the political-hog from the massive amount of illegal profits, made possible by the slavery we maintained to reap the profits from tobacco and cotton crops through slavery.

It was shortly after this that Americans were sold the lies about the need to go to war “To Keep America Free”, with no explanations as to the real reasons behind the blood-baths which that concept unleashed. That produced the “Civil War” that we have never recovered from.

Flash forward to today’s current condition throughout the nation when it comes to the actual conditions in “The Prison State of America”.

“Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society.

States, in the name of austerity, have stopped providing prisoners with essential items including shoes, extra blankets and even toilet paper, while starting to charge them for electricity and room and board. Most prisoners and the families that struggle to support them are chronically short of money. Prisons are company towns. Scrip, rather than money, was once paid to coal miners, and it could be used only at the company store. Prisoners are in a similar condition. When they go broke—and being broke is a frequent occurrence in prison—prisoners must take out prison loans to pay for medications, legal and medical fees and basic commissary items such as soap and deodorant. Debt peonage inside prison is as prevalent as it is outside prison…”

k) In 2005 only 10 to 15 percent of the people in prison were incarcerated for “Hard Core Crimes” the other 1,785,000 prisoners did not belong in prison at all: http://www.kirwanesque.net/?attachment_id=1293

“…But corporate profit is not limited to building and administering prisons. Whole industries now rely almost exclusively on prison labor. Federal prisoners, who are among the highest paid in the U.S. system, making as much as $1.25 an hour, produce the military’s helmets, uniforms, pants, shirts, ammunition belts, ID tags and tents. Prisoners work, often through subcontractors, for major corporations such as Chevron, Bank of America, IBM, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Starbucks, Nintendo, Victoria’s Secret, J.C. Penney, Sears, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Eddie Bauer, Wendy’s, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Fruit of the Loom, Motorola, Caterpillar, Sara Lee, Quaker Oats, Mary Kay, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Dell, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin and Target. Prisoners in some states run dairy farms, staff call centers, take hotel reservations or work in slaughterhouses. And prisoners are used to carry out public services such as collecting highway trash in states such as Ohio.

States, with shrinking budgets, share in the corporate exploitation. They get kickbacks of as much as 40 percent from corporations that prey on prisoners. This kickback money is often supposed to go into “inmate welfare funds,” but prisoners say they rarely see any purchases made by the funds to improve life inside prison.

The wages paid to prisoners for labor inside prisons have remained stagnant and in real terms have declined over the past three decades. In New Jersey a prisoner made $1.20 for eight hours of work—yes, eight hours of work—in 1980 and today makes $1.30 for a day’s labor. Prisoners earn, on average, $28 a month. Those incarcerated in for-profit prisons earn as little as 17 cents an hour.” There’s much more at this link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-30/prison-state-america

What Americans have consistently failed to realize throughout our history is that “war” is not a natural state of affairs: It’s an outrageous crime against humanity, unless it comes from there being no other way for ordinary people to remain free. What we did when we converted national political policies from foreign policies into criminal-wars was what we continue to try to justify, without any facts at all. This has been what the United States and Israel, have done, in their desperate attempt to run the world as a global criminal cabal which answers to none of the laws by which the rest of the planet is supposed to live.

The way that the American public got into this massive lie, which we call ‘our history’, was by having created the lie that every man in this nation had to go to war, whenever they were told to do so: Regardless of whatever the facts might be that supposedly created the need for those “wars” in the first place. American-men and women took these orders largely for gospel. “Serving” in the military became almost a religious “rite of passage”­ no questions were allowed to be asked. That “honor” then became something which was continued generation to generation, but still without ever questioning the policies of the government, despite the fact that many would die in those illegal and obscene wars which we have expanded to include dozens of nations today.

Here are some current examples of some of our wars from this 8min plus video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aYX4WeqQfRo

The exact same kind of lie began back in the 1800’s when “the police” were created by the filthy-rich to protect themselves from the less fortunate which they were using like herds of cattle, to be milked until there was nothing left of the original population except serfs or slaves.

Once the same kinds of traditions were developed surrounding “The Thin Blue Line” as some kind of honor oriented line of work, when in fact these people have become the protectors of all those that brought us the Prison State of America: And now they’re heavily involved in protecting the Global-Directors of the Criminal Cabal that are currently trying to murder 95% of all the people left on this planet.

Origins of the Police: https://worxintheory.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/origins-of-the-police/

This is how American’s were enticed to drink the boatloads of Kool Aid that led us to falsely believe that this nation and it’s fake leadership would never do exactly what they’re continuing to do, to us and to the world.

It’s time to end the nightmare that we allowed to grow from our simplistic belief in the basic goodness of our forefathers, on the one hand, and the exceptional superiority of our global ambitions that have added billions to the dead of this world, over the centuries, while we’ve been playing at being an Empire worthy of that name…

2015 is the year that actions must silence the millions, sometimes billions of words that have never meant anything because they have never been followed up by any actions that would have made anything that any of us have said; into the necessary-reality that needs to become part of the everyday facts of life.

Think about this: Tweets and Twitter along with Facebook are now involved in issuing policy decisions. That seems to be the extent of anything that anyone ever does about what these lawless bastards continue to do to the world each and every day. Watching videos is not acting. Listening to speeches or experts or to people like me, is not participating.

This has to change if we are to ever end the current war which BTW began in 1991, when Bush Senior attacked Saddam to shut down the last connection to his private criminality with the cabal, which he began by arresting Noriega while murdering over 4,000 Panamanians that he burned alive.

From 1991 to 2015 amounts to 24 years of uninterrupted war: A war on Iraq which we lost bigtime, even though it was the longest war in all of American History. The media still lies about the length of that war. They are afraid to admit the truth because the number of the dead was over 173,000 from the first Iraq war and no one wanted to even mention it, much less explain it!

2015 must be the year where people everywhere finally figure this whole thing out and end the lives of all those that created this masquerade that’s been going on for at least the last hundred and two years…

kirwanstudios@outlook.com

http://www.rense.com/general96/koolaid.html

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Noting that U.S. college costs have gone up 500% since 1985, the Washington Post recommends seven countries where U.S. students can go to college for free without bothering to learn the language of the natives or anything so primitive.

These are nations with less wealth than the United States has, but which make college free or nearly free, both for citizens and for dangerous illegals visiting their Homelands.

How do they do it?

Three of them have a higher top tax rate than the United States has, but four of them don’t.

What does the United States spend its money on that these other countries do not? What is the largest public program in the United States? What makes up over 50% of federal discretionary spending in the United States?

If you said “war,” it’s possible you were educated in a fine foreign country.

A comprehensive calculation of U.S. military spending puts it at over $1 trillion a year. The International Institute for Strategic Studies puts it at $645.7 billion in 2012. Using that smaller number, let’s compare the seven nations where Americans can find their human right to an education respected:

France $48.1 billion or 7.4% of U.S.
Germany $40.4 billion or 6.3% of U.S.
Brazil $35.3 billion or 5.5% of U.S.
Norway $6.9 billion or 1.1% of U.S.
Sweden $5.8 billion or 0.9% of U.S.
Finland $3.6 billion or 0.6% of U.S.
Slovenia $0.6 billion or 0.1% of U.S.

Oh, but those are smaller countries. Well, let’s compare military spending per capita:

United States $2,057
Norway $1,455 or 71% of U.S.
France $733 or 35% of U.S.
Finland $683 or 33% of U.S.
Sweden $636 or 31% of U.S.
Germany $496 or 24% of U.S.
Slovenia $284 or 14% of U.S.
Brazil $177 or 9% of U.S.

more @ http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/11/free-college-another-new-war.html

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According to a book by George Williston called This Tribe of Mine: A Story of Anglo Saxon Viking Culture in America, the United States wages eternal war because of its cultural roots in the Germanic tribes that invaded, conquered, ethnically cleansed, or — if you prefer — liberated England before moving on to the slaughter of the Native Americans and then the Filipinos and Vietnamese and on down to the Iraqis. War advocate, former senator, and current presidential hopeful Jim Webb himself blames Scots-Irish American culture.

But most of medieval and ancient Europe engaged in war. How did Europe end up less violent than a place made violent by Europe? Williston points out that England spends dramatically less per capita on war than the United States does, yet he blames U.S. warmaking on English roots. And, of course, Scotland and Ireland are even further from U.S. militarism despite being closer to England and presumably to Scots-Irishness.

“We view the world through Viking eyes,” writes Williston, “viewing those cultures that do not hoard wealth in the same fashion or make fine iron weapons as child-like and ripe for exploitation.” Williston describes the passage of this culture down to us through the pilgrims, who came to Massachusetts and began killing — and, quite frequently, beheading — those less violent, acquisitive, or competitive than they.

Germans and French demonstrated greater respect for native peoples, Williston claims. But is that true? Including in Africa? Including in Auschwitz? Williston goes on to describe the United States taking over Spanish colonialism in the Philippines and French colonialism in Vietnam, without worrying too much about how Spain and France got there.

I’m convinced that a culture that favors war is necessary but not sufficient to make a population as warlike as the United States is now. All sorts of circumstances and opportunities are also necessary. And the culture is constantly evolving. Perhaps Williston would agree with me. His book doesn’t make a clear argument and could really have been reduced to an essay if he’d left out the religion, the biology metaphors, the experiments proving telepathy or prayer, the long quotes of others, etc. Regardless, I think it’s important to be clear that we can’t blame our culture in the way that some choose to blame our genes. We have to blame the U.S. government, identify ourselves with humanity rather than a tribe, and work to abolish warmaking.

In this regard, it can only help that people like Williston and Webb are asking what’s wrong with U.S. culture. It can be shocking to an Israeli to learn that their day of independence is referred to by Palestinians as The Catastrophe (Nakba), and to learn why. Similarly, many U.S. school children might be startled to know that some native Americans referred to George Washington as The Destroyer of Villages (Caunotaucarius). It can be difficult to appreciate how peaceful native Americans were, how many tribes did not wage war, and how many waged war in a manner more properly thought of as “war games” considering the minimal level of killing. As Williston points out, there was nothing in the Americas to compare with the Hundred Years War or the Thirty Years War or any of the endless string of wars in Europe — which of course are themselves significantly removed in level of killing from wars of more recent years.

Williston describes various cooperative and peaceful cultures: the Hopi, the Kogi, the Amish, the Ladakh. Indeed, we should be looking for inspiration wherever we can find it. But we shouldn’t imagine that changing our cultural practices in our homes will stop the Pentagon being the Pentagon. Telepathy and prayer are as likely to work out as levitating the Pentagon in protest. What we need is a culture dedicated to the vigorous nonviolent pursuit of the abolition of war.

Original link @ http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/10/war-culture.html

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How can we explain that in the 2lst century we are still training millions of men and women in our armed forces and sending them to war?

There are more choices than war or peace, there are multi-optional choices and a civilian-based non-military diplomatic-political policy has more chance of succeeding in solving a violent conflict.

In war, the cost in civilian lives is incalculable, not to mention the many military personnel whose lives are destroyed.  Then there is the cost to the environment and the cost to human potential as our scientists waste their lives planning and researching even more horrific weapons which increasingly, in modern war, kill more civilians than combatants.

For example, the United States and the United Kingdom committed genocide against the Iraqi people when, between 1990 and 2012, they killed 3.3 million people – including 750,000 children – through sanctions and wars.

We all also watched our television screens in horror in July and August this year as the Israeli military bombarded civilians in Gaza for 50 days.

But, why are we surprised at this cruelty of military when they are doing what they are trained to do – kill, at the behest of their politicians and some people?

It is shocking to listen to politicians and military boast of their military prowess when in lay persons’ terms what it means is killing of human beings.

Every day through our television and local culture, we are subjected to the glorification of militarism and bombarded with war propaganda by governments telling us we need nuclear weapons, arms manufacturers, and war to kill the killers who might kill us.

However, too many people do not have peace or the basics to help them achieve peace.

They live their lives struggling with the roots of violence, some of which are poverty, war, militarism, occupation, racism and fascism. They have seen that they release uncontrollable forces of tribalism and nationalism. These are dangerous and murderous forms of identity which we need to transcend.

To do this, we need to acknowledge that our common humanity and human dignity are more important than our different traditions; to recognize that our lives and the lives of others are sacred and we can solve our problems without killing each other; to accept and celebrate diversity and otherness; to work to heal the ‘old’ divisions and misunderstandings; to give and accept forgiveness, and to choose listening, dialogue and diplomacy; to disarm and demilitarize as the pathway to peace.

In my own country, in Northern Ireland, when faced with a violent and prolonged ethnic/political conflict, the civil community organized to take a stand, rejected all violence and committed itself to working for peace, justice and reconciliation.

Through unconditional, all-inclusive dialogue, we reached peace and continue to work to build up trust and friendship and change in the post-conflict era. The civil community took a leading role in this journey from violence to peace.

I hope this will give an example to other countries such as Ukraine, where it is necessary for an end to the war, and a solution of the problem on the basis of the Charter of the United Nations and the Helsinki Accords.

We are also challenged to continue to build structures through which we can cooperate and which reflect our relations of interconnection and interdependence.  The vision of the founders of the European Union to link countries together economically in order to lessen the likelihood of war among nations is a worthy endeavor.

Unfortunately instead of putting more energy into providing help for E.U. citizens and others, we are witnessing the growing militarization of Europe, its role as a driving force for armament and its dangerous path, under the leadership of the United States/NATO, towards a new ‘cold’ war and military aggression.

The European Union and many of its countries, which used to take initiatives in the United Nations for peaceful settlements of conflict, are now one of the most important war assets of the U.S./NATO front.  Many countries have also been drawn into complicity in breaking international law through U.S./U.K./NATO wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and so on.

It is for this reason that I believe NATO should be abolished and that steps be taken towards disarmament through non-violent action and civil resistance.

The means of resistance are very important. Our message that armed groups, militarism and war do not solve our problems but aggravate them challenges us to use new ways and that is why we need to teach the science of peace at every level of society.

The whole of civilization is now facing a challenge with the growth of what President Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) warned the U.S. people against – the military/industrial complex – saying that it would destroy U.S. democracy.

We know now that a small group made up of the military/industrial/media/corporate/academic elite, whose agenda is profit, arms, war and valuable resources, now holds power worldwide and has a stronghold on elected governments.  We see this in the gun and Israeli lobbies, among others, which wield great power over U.S. politics.

We have witnessed this in ongoing wars, invasions, occupations and proxy wars, all allegedly in the name of “humanitarian intervention and democracy”. However, in reality, they are causing great suffering, especially to the poor, through their policies of arms, war, domination and control of other countries and their resources.

Unmaking this agenda of war and demanding the implementation of justice, human rights and international law is the work of the peace movement.

We can turn our current path of destruction around by spelling out a clear vision of what kind of a world we want to live in, demanding an end to the military-industrial complex, and insisting that our governments adopt policies of peace, just economics and cooperation with each other in this multi-polar world.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/15/382324/expansion-of-militaryindustrial-complex/

 

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American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world.  Is there any evidence for this claim?

Well, yes.  When it comes to violence and preparations for violence, the United States is, indeed, No. 1.  In 2013, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the U.S. government accounted for 37 percent of world military expenditures, putting it far ahead of all other nations.  (The two closest competitors, China and Russia, accounted for 11 percent and 5 percent respectively.)  From 2004 to 2013, the United States was also the No. 1 weapons exporter in the world.  Moreover, given the U.S. government’s almost continuous series of wars and acts of military intervention since 1941, it seems likely that it surpasses all rivals when it comes to international violence.

This record is paralleled on the domestic front, where the United States has more guns and gun-related deaths than any other country.  A study released in late 2013 reported that the United States had 88 guns for every 100 people, and 40 gun-related deaths for every 400,000 people―the most of any of the 27 economically developed countries surveyed.  By contrast, in Britain there were 6 guns per 100 people and 1 gun-related death per 400,000 people.

Yet, in a great many other areas, the United States is not No. 1 at all.

Take education.  In late 2013, the Program for International Student Assessment released a report on how 15-year old students from 65 nations performed on its tests.  The report showed that U.S. students ranked 17th in reading and 21st in math.  An international survey a bit earlier that year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the ranking was slightly worse for American adults.  In 2014, Pearson, a multinational educational services company, placed the United States 20th in the world in “educational attainment”―well behind Poland and the Slovak Republic.

American healthcare and health fare even worse.  In a 2014 study of healthcare (including infant mortality, healthy life expectancy, and mortality from preventable conditions) in 11 advanced industrial countries, the Commonwealth Fund concluded that the United States ranked last among them.  According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. healthcare system ranks 30th in the world.  Other studies reach somewhat different conclusions, but all are very unflattering to the United States, as are studies of American health.  The United States, for example, has one of the world’s worst cancer rates (the seventh highest), and life expectancy is declining compared to other nations.  An article in the Washington Post in late 2013 reported that the United States ranked 26th among nations in life expectancy, and that the average American lifespan had fallen a year behind the international average.

What about the environment?  Specialists at Yale University have developed a highly sophisticated Environmental Performance Index to examine the behavior of nations.  In the area of protection of human health from environmental harm, their 2014 index placed the United States 35th in health impacts, 36th in water and sanitation, and 38th in air quality.  In the other area studied―protection of ecosystems―the United States ranked 32nd in water resources, 49th in climate and energy, 86th in biodiversity and habitat, 96th in fisheries, 107th in forests, and 109th in agriculture.

These and other areas of interest are dealt with by the Social Progress Index, which was developed by Michael Porter, an eminent professor of business (and a Republican) at Harvard.  According to Porter and his team, in 2014 the United States ranked 23rd in access to information and communications, 24th in nutrition and basic medical care, 31st in personal safety, 34th in water and sanitation, 39th in access to basic knowledge, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, and 70th in health and wellness.

The widespread extent of poverty, especially among children, remains a disgrace in one of the world’s wealthiest nations.  A 2013 report by the United Nations Children’s Fund noted that, of the 35 economically advanced countries that had been studied, only Rumania had a higher percentage of children living in poverty than did the United States.

Of course, the United States is not locked into these dismal rankings and the sad situation they reveal about the health, education, and welfare of its citizens.  It could do much better if its vast wealth, resources, and technology were employed differently than they are at present.

Ultimately, it’s a matter of priorities.  When most U.S. government discretionary spending goes for war and preparations for war, it should come as no surprise that the United States emerges No. 1 among nations in its capacity for violence and falls far behind other nations in providing for the well-being of its people.

Americans might want to keep this in mind as their nation embarks upon yet another costly military crusade.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/14/382159/the-us-is-no-1–but-in-what/

 

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Russia’s Chamber of Commerce Member: United States Leading Force Behind Ukrainian Crisis

29 Sept 2014 The United States is the leading force that organized the crisis in Ukraine, member of Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry committee on energy strategy and development of the fuel-energy complex Rustam Tankaev said Monday. “The Ukrainian crisis is certainly a difficult and complex problem but the driving force that organized it was the United States,” Tankaev said at a round table at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency while discussing the results of the tripartite gas talks, which took place in Berlin on September 26. “The United States has had two main areas of work. The first was to deliver a blow to Russia’s economy…it is a powerful and complex blow to the economy. The second task was a blow to the economy of the European Union,” he added.

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World War III

Ft. Benning, Georgia — According to sources, the Military-Industrial Complex will engineer the global conflict of World War III. The Military-Industrial Complex refers to the intricate and often complex policy and monetary relationships existing between legislators, national armed forces and the military industrial base supports them. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke of the American relationship between greed and might in his Farewell Address to the Nation on January 17, 1961, where he warned:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so security and liberty may prosper together.”

Sources believe Eisenhower referred to a number of historical wars referred the complex. The most notable, the Banana Wars, in which military interventions were most often carried out by the United States Marine Corps to protect the United State’s financial stakes of bananas, tobacco, sugar cane and various other products throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Northern South America. However, many Americans remain unaware of the complex ever since, but ever-present of the United State’s growing presence around the world. Sources believe the reason for war revolves around the dollar.

After World War II, the Bretton Woods system of monetary established the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), which today is part of the World Bank Group. The compound also established the rules for commercial and financial relations among the world’s major industrial states, making the American dollar the world’s reserve currency. On August 15, 1971, the United States unilaterally terminated convertibility of the US dollar to gold. This brought the Bretton Woods network to an end, the dollar become fiat currency. This action, referred to as the Nixon shock, convulsed a situation in which the United States dollar became a reserve currency used, received by petroleum exporting countries (OPEC) in exchange for oil.

Conspiracy theorists believe American intervention the only weapon against worldwide financial collapse, to keep countries from selling oil in another currency. However, sources believe a global conflict revolving around the region will occur in the upcoming decades.

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Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq (and Elsewhere) That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

–‘It is obvious to everyone that the Islamic State is a creation of the United States and Israel.’

20 Sept 2014 ‘Conspiracy’ theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking. The demonstration on Saturday was the latest in a series of signals from Shiite leaders or militias…warning the United States not to put its soldiers back on the ground. Mr. Obama has pledged not to send combat troops, but he seems to have convinced few Iraqis. “We don’t trust him,” said Raad Hatem, 40. Haidar al-Assadi, 40, agreed. “The Islamic State is a clear creation of the United States, and the United States is trying to intervene again using the excuse of the Islamic State,” he said.

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Three major thesis are in competition concerning the culprit of the 9/11 attacks:

 

1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.

There are variations on each thesis and middle grounds between them, but three camps can clearly be distinguished: the first ridicule the second as “conspiracy theorists”, while the second loath the third as anti-Semites. Each thus justifies its refusal to weigh the evidence produced by the other. Acknowledging this reality, by renouncing the bipolar vision of an information warfare between official liars and 9/11 truthers, and paying attention to the debate (or absence of the debate) between Inside-jobbers and Mossad-jobbers, is the first step toward a paradigm shift in “9/11ology”.

JFK 911This article takes the view of the third thesis. The author belongs to those who, after thousands of hours of research, came to the conclusion that the 9/11 false flag operation was planned by a Zionist network, with the aim of dragging the United States into a “war on terror” of their invention, of which the only ultimate beneficiary will be Israel, as Netanyahu well understood from the very day: “It’s very good […], it will generate immediate sympathy […], strengthen the bond between our two peoples.”[1]

I have already listed the evidence against Israel in a previous article and in my book JFK-9/11 (Progressive Press, 2014). The subject of this article is not the truth on 9/11—who did what and how—, but the media war on 9/11: who says what and why. Nevertheless, such an approach requires that we are able to weigh the credibility of each claim, and we will do that on a few key points.

We can notice from the outset that theses 1 and 3 each accuse a foreign power, unlike thesis 2. Before even looking at the evidence, it is obvious that an Outside Job thesis is more credible than the Inside Job thesis. There is something monstrous in the idea that a government can deceive and terrorize its own citizens by killing thousands of them, just for starting a series of wars which are not even in the nation’s interest. By comparison, a foreign power attacking the US under the false flag of a third power almost seems like fair play. This is an important remark, because it makes us wonder how and why the 9/11 Truth movement has been led to endorse massively the outrageous thesis 2 without even considering the more likely thesis 3. This is one of the questions I will tackle here.

The thesis that the masterminds of 9/11 worked for Israel does not mean that the Bush administration is innocent. Thesis 3 admits that thesis 2, unlike thesis 1, is not completely false and rests on hard evidence pointing to US complicity. But it claims that thesis 2 overrates that evidence while ignoring the evidence pointing to Israel. The question is to what extent it does so intentionally, that is, to what extent thesis 2 is a “controlled opposition” intended to cover up the truth of thesis 3.

Asking this type of question does not mean suspecting anyone who defends an erroneous or incomplete theory of being a hypocrite. Most people defending one theory or the other do so sincerely, based on the information they have access to. I have myself been a believer in thesis 1 for 7 years, and in thesis 2 for 2 years, before progressively moving on to thesis 3 from 2010. On the other hand, we can assume that those who lead masses into error on a long term, are not just mistaken but lying —they may also be lying to themselves, i.e., engaged in self-deception. In any case, it is legitimate to investigate the background and the means of opinion makers, and when they are caught lying or distorting the truth, we can ponder about their motivation.

This is what we will do in the first part, so as to demonstrate that liers are not confined to the official storytellers’ camp. It is not enough that someone challenges the official Big Lie for us to believe him blindly; his arguments and allegations should be judged by the same standard. The purpose of the two following examples is, firstly, to show the need for a critical mind when listening to dissenting theses, and, secondly, to show the need for a new paradigm taking into account the several layers of lies stacked on top of the truth. We will outline this new paradigm in a second part, in the form of a working hypothesis. Then, in a third part, we will see if this new paradigm is consistent with certain technical issues currently dividing 9/11 truthers.

more @ http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/08/31/the-911-triple-cross/

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