"The United Nations is doing its utmost to respond — to address the big issues, to look at the big picture. We are forging a new multilateralism that can deliver real results for all people, especially those most in need."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message on UN Day, 24 October 2009
The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that Member States observe it as a public holiday. (resolution 2782 (XXVI)). (Reference Paper No. 48).
HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive gives the president total dictatorial powers--he just has to declare a national emergency.
," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, andhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjZymcRfDTs
NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The language of the May 9 directive appears to negate any a requirement that the President submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.
Bush Makes Power Grab
President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president.
The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator.
The CRS study notes that the sets up congress as a balance empowered to "modify, rescind, or render dormant such delegated emergency authority," if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately...
NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 appears to supersede the National Emergency Act by creating the new position of National Continuity Coordinator without any specific act of Congress authorizing the position.
NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The language of the May 9 directive appears to negate any a requirement that the President submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.
The Civilian Inmate Labor Program
Army Regulation 2105
Revised January 2005
Document provides Army policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate Labor Programs and civilian prison camps on Army Installations
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WHO Admits to Releasing Pandemic Virus into Population via 'Mock-Up' Vaccines
First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1
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In Europe, some manufacturers have conducted advance studies using a so-called "mock-up" vaccine. Mock-up vaccines contain an active ingredient for an influenza virus that has not circulated recently in human populations and thus mimics the novelty of a pandemic virus.According to the website, “Such advance studies can greatly expedite regulatory approval.”
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On June 11 the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its swine flu pandemic alert from a 5 to a 6. Phase 6 is the highest level alert, and reflects the speed with which a virus is spreading -- not its severity.
This classification also allows for a vaccine to qualify for a “fast-track” procedure for licensing and approval, and this process is now ongoing for the swine flu vaccine.
What you may not know, however, is that WHO, together with health officials, regulatory authorities and vaccine manufacturers, have been working since 2007 – long before this new “threat” of swine flu emerged – to “explore a broad range of issues surrounding the regulatory approval of pandemic vaccines.”
According to the WHO website:
“Ways were sought to shorten the time between the emergence of a pandemic virus and the availability of safe and effective vaccines.”
One such method used in Europe is to conduct advance studies using a “mock-up” vaccine that contains an active ingredient for an influenza virus that has not circulated recently in human populations.
When testing these mock-up vaccines, it is very possible to release the novel influenza virus into the population, as its purpose is to “mimic the novelty of a pandemic virus” and “greatly expedite regulatory approval.”
Government officials have other tricks up their sleeves to ensure these new, barely tested vaccines easily make it to market as well, such as:
Labeling the vaccine a “strain change” rather than an entirely “new” vaccine. This method states the new vaccine has built on technology used to produce vaccines for seasonal influenza, and the change for the pandemic vaccine is similar to a strain change used to produce a new seasonal vaccine each flu season.
In the United States, vaccine manufacturers are required to submit fewer data if they already have a licensed flu vaccine and will use the same manufacturing process for the pandemic vaccine.
Using a “rolling review procedure.” This allows manufacturers to submit sets of data for regulatory review “as they become available.” In other words, they’re free to distribute the vaccine and then submit the safety data later on.
Would You Want a Fast-Tracked Vaccine Injected Into Your Body?
By very definition, fast-tracked vaccines are those that have received very little safety testing prior to being used. So any time you agree to get one, you are essentially a guinea pig.
Vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has actually stated:
"Clinical trials will be limited, due to the need to provide the vaccine to governments as quickly as possible. Additional studies will therefore be required and conducted after the vaccine is made available."
And WHO likewise says:
“Time constraints mean that clinical data at the time when pandemic vaccines are first administered will inevitably be limited. Further testing of safety and effectiveness will need to take place after administration of the vaccine has begun.”
Why would anyone who knows the facts sign up for a vaccine that really needs further safety studies … but won’t receive them until AFTER it’s already been given out? By then it will be too late.
So please realize that if you or your child receive a swine flu vaccine, you will be acting as a TEST subject.
Remember this vaccine will not be made using the methods of the past. In order to speed up the cultivation of the virus and the manufacturing process, they’re using human liver cells instead of chicken eggs. Whether this new procedure is better or worse than the old method, I can’t say … but it’s never been used before and they have not had time to conduct any human testing.
So, it’s a giant game of Russian Roulette that you simply want to avoid.
Nearly all of the vaccines created will also include thimerosal (mercury), and the toxic adjuvant squalene, both of which have been clearly shown to carry significant health risks.
You should know, too, that vaccine makers and federal officials have been rendered immune from lawsuits. Should anything go wrong with this current vaccine they will not have to pay a single cent to anyone!
Who Stands to Benefit From the Swine Flu Pandemic (and Future Pandemics)?
This is the question you need to ask yourself when you hear the media dishing out the latest statistics about the swine flu pandemic.
In the last few days alone, I’ve seen major news outlets warning that come flu season, the swine flu could kill 90,000 Americans and hospitalize 2 million. This sounds a lot like the fear-mongering that went on during the Bird Flu pandemic (that never materialized) back in 2005.
Back then scientists and governments were congratulating themselves for averting a threat that never was by stockpiling worthless vaccines. Now I’m having déjà vu.
In response to this newest swine flu pandemic, what did the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently suggest?
Swine flu shots for all! Of course, what else would you expect?
As the Washington Post reported, CDC said: “As soon as a vaccine is available, try to get it for everyone in your family.”
Well, you might be tempted to do just that if you believe the sensational number of swine flu deaths they’re predicting. But, really, these numbers are not based on facts.
WHO continues to define the severity of the H1N1 virus to be moderate, generally defined as an illness requiring neither hospitalization nor even medical care. Most cases are having MILD symptoms that clear up on their own.
Further, no one really knows for sure just how many cases of swine flu there are, because some countries are no longer confirming them by lab.
In the UK, for example, they now appear to be collecting swine flu data online and via the phone, based on nothing but self-assessment.
So did they really contract the swine flu?
Or did the vast majority of them simply have a case of the sniffles or a seasonal flu bug? Without laboratory confirmation, no one will ever know, but they sure are using those numbers to scare you!
Going back to my original question though, you must ask yourself who stands to benefit from all of this paranoia and hysteria.
Of course you know the answer to this one.
Big Pharma … which stands to gain up to $49 billion a year on the swine flu vaccine alone plus an infinite amount on top of that for future pandemic vaccines.
The vaccine manufacturers would love for every man, woman, and child to heed the CDC’s advice to get vaccinated. But now you know better.
The swine flu is typically a mild illness.
The swine flu vaccine has not been tested for safety or efficacy, but we DO know it will contain harmful additives.
The choice, to me, is obvious. And in the future, anytime a new “pandemic” appears and officials urge you to rush out and get a shot, please remember this article and ask yourself if it’s really you who stands to benefit from their advice.
US Military prepares to close all borders under H1N1 national emergency
Excerpt From Original Source With Comments & Permission Where Appropriate with original link below
“That longest and friendliest border in the world is now an invisible Berlin Wall,” Mike Bradley told CBC News.
The Bush administration has released a directive called the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive. The directive released on May 9th, 2007 has gone almost unnoticed by the mainstream and alternative media.
The idea of closing borders for health and security reasons is nothing new. Many countries have elected to close borders to protect their populations from viruses, security threats, and other external dangers. An example recently has been the brief closure of the Mexican border when the H1N1, or Swine Flu virus, was realized to have originated from a small Mexican town. The virus spread quicker than authorities anticipated and led the Mexican government to close their borders, especially to the United States. This tactic was not as well-received in the United States, however, because they were hesitant to the idea of border closure due to trade decimation.
The closure of the US border might not seem too unrealistic now that a national emergency has been declared and that it was found that there are millions of people infected with the swine flu virus all around the United States. Indeed, just 6 months ago, a prominent congressman of New York called on the government to close the border with Mexico:
Washington, DC (AHN) – A congressional Democrat serving on the House Homeland Security Committee is calling for the “immediate and complete” closing of the Mexican border with the United States until the swine flu is contained.
“The public needs to be aware of the serious threat of swine flu, and we need to close our borders to Mexico immediately and completely until this is resolved,” Rep. Eric Massa, D-NY, said in a press release.
Despite a press conference called by the Obama administration on Sunday announcing a coordinated federal effort to deal with the illness, which has spread worldwide from Mexico, Massa said not enough is being done.
“I am making this announcement because I see this as a serious threat to the health of the American public, and I do not believe this issue is receiving the attention it needs to have in the news,” Massa said. Sourced from AHN Reporter.
It would also not be too far-fetched to realize a border closure of the United States given the fact that it already has been significantly tightened by new passport requirements that went into effect in June, 2009, according to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. It has been compared to a new “Berlin Wall” by many people.
“That longest and friendliest border in the world is now an invisible Berlin Wall,” Mike Bradley told CBC News, responding to the new requirement that travellers carry a secure document to enter the U.S. by land. It is the latest in a series of security measures implemented since the terror attacks on New York and Washington D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001.
Military planning for possible H1N1 outbreak
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials.
The proposal is awaiting final approval from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The officials would not be identified because the proposal from U.S. Northern Command’s Gen. Victor Renuart has not been approved by the secretary.
The plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There is no final decision on how the military effort would be manned, but one source said it would likely include personnel from all branches of the military.
Here is a scenario of what might happen during one of these “special crisis committees”:
“Thank you, Dr. Zaramba. After consulting with congressional leaders and Secretary of Defense, I now declare that the civil authorities lack the resources to cope with the epidemic virus H1N1. Therefore, it is my sad duty to impose the status of martial law in the United States of America. I order now closing our borders, and also ordered all military reservists to report for work in twenty-four hours.”
“I have instructed all air traffic grounded, all travel Interstate suspended, and all schools closed. We currently deploy some Army units along our southern borders and an agreement with Canada will result in closure of the border based on the allocation of specific areas of responsibility of each country.
Here is the official information backing up the quotes above:
The following information was obtained from Global Research about how Martial law could be instituted in the USA should there be a national emergency declared (which just was):
In addition to the federal laws below, the Bush EOs, HSPD-21, and Pentagon plan suggest a hidden agenda behind today’s Swine Flu crisis as a way to institute martial law on the pretext of a public health emergency, using hyped fear to win popular acquiescence.
On April 4, 2003, EO 13295 issued a “Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases” that included cholera, diphtheria, infectious TB, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and viral hemorrhagic fevers like ebola and lassa.
On April 1, 2005, EO 13375 amended EO 13295 by adding “the following new subsection:”
“(c) Influenza caused by novel or reemergent influenza viruses that are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic.”
The October 2007 HSPD-21 “establishe(d) a National Strategy for Public Health and Medical Preparedness which builds upon principles set forth in (the 2004) Biodefense for the 21st Century and will transform our national approach to protecting the health of the American people against all disasters.”
It called for:
— “nationwide, robust, and integrated biosurveillance… to provide early warning and ongoing characterization of disease outbreaks in near real-time;
— countermeasure stockpiling and distribution… .of medical countermeasures (vaccines, drugs, and therapeutics) to a large population….;
— mass casualty care….created by a catastrophic health event;” and
— “community resilience” whereby “civic leaders, citizens, and families are educated regarding threats and are empowered to mitigate their own risk;” in addition, the federal government must be involved in “medical preparedness to assist (nationwide) in the face of potential catastrophic health events.”
In May 2007, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) “Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza” prepared for a possible H5N1 (Avian Flu) pandemic that could affect up to one-third of the population and kill as many as three million in just weeks, it was claimed. It involved using US troops to put down riots, guard pharmaceutical plants and shipments, and restrict the movement of people inside the country and across borders.
This plan remains active and US laws authorize it, including Sections 1076 and 333 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 that amended the 1807 Insurrection Act and 1878 Posse Comitatus Act. They prohibit using federal and National Guard troops for law enforcement except as constitutionally allowed or expressly authorized by Congress in times of a national emergency like an insurrection.
The president may now announce a public emergency, declare martial law, suspend the Constitution, and deploy US troops on city streets to suppress what he calls disorder.
Bush To Be Dictator In A Catastrophic Emergency
It should be noted these powers are transferred to whomever the next president is, and in this case it is Obama.
The Bush administration has released a directive called the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive. The directive released on May 9th, 2007 has gone almost unnoticed by the mainstream and alternative media. This is understandable considering the huge Ron Paul and immigration news but this story is equally as huge. In this directive, Bush declares that in the event of a “Catastrophic Emergency”, the President will be entrusted with leading the activities to ensure constitutional government. The language in this directive would in effect make the President a dictator in the case of such an emergency.
The directive defines a “Catastrophic Emergency” as the following.
“Catastrophic Emergency” means any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions;
So what does this mean? This is entirely subjective and doesn’t provide any real concrete definition of what such an emergency would entail. Assuming that it means a disaster on the scale of the 9/11 attacks or Katrina, there is no question that the United States at some point in time will experience an emergency on par with either of those events. When one of those events takes place, the President will be a dictator in charge of ensuring a working constitutional government.
Sourced from Global Research
Foreign Cops Take Part in “Domestic Terrorism” Drill in California
'There will be the sound of gunfire and blasts -- all part of Urban Shield, one of the biggest domestic terrorism drills in the country.' Heavily armed law enforcement teams will scatter across the Bay Area this weekend --Twenty-seven crack teams will compete in the Urban Shield exercise 24 Oct 2009 Armed officers in full battle gear will be scattered throughout the Bay Area this weekend, rescuing hostages, fighting bank robbers and quelling terrorism at the Oakland Airport, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the NASA Ames Research Center and 22 other high profile sites. There will be the sound of gunfire and blasts -- all part of Urban Shield, one of the biggest domestic terrorism drills in the country. The $1 million, two-day event begins Saturday and will test the training of 27 crack teams from throughout the state, elsewhere in the country and the world. For the first time in the three-year history of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department-sponsored exercise, there will be a foreign team of officers taking part and international observers. An eight-member team representing the French National Police's Research, Assistance, Intervention, and Dissuasion unit will compete.
Urban Shield 2009 is a one-of-akind, full-field training exercise intended to bring the components of the National Response Plan to life in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. This year’s event wil be a 48+ hour continuously sustained exercise with 25 realistic venues. Local, state and federal agencies will train together to ensure that they are as well prepared as possible to respond to a mutual aid crisis.
"Urban Shield" will take place in San Francisco from October 23rd to 26th. “Urban Shield” is a competition designed to challenge the skills and determination of all the 25 police intervention teams (SWAT) from all states of the USA. (http://urbanshield.org/).
In 2009, the contest will be international insofar as the RAID is the first non American team involved.
This is a very high-level contest with real-life situations. In short, there will be 25 8-member teams (+ 1 substitute) doing 25 interventions in 50 hours non-stop. Interventions will go from hostage-taking to neutralization of gangs, shooting exercises, building investing, intervention under NBC threat, information search, etc.
This competition is organized under the patronage of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.
Le RAID - Dans le Secret des Hommes en Noir 2/7
Le RAID - Dans le Secret des Hommes en Noir 3/7
Le RAID - Dans le Secret des Hommes en Noir 4/7
Le RAID - Dans le Secret des Hommes en Noir 6/7
Le RAID - Dans le Secret des Hommes en Noir 7/7
France’s RAID or Les Hommes en Noir — the Men in Black, appropriate for a militarized police unit.
Matthews, as a supposed news anchor, should read the newswires instead of relying on his CIA Mockingbird script. But then, of course, MSNBC is not interested in reporting the news.
On October 22, two days after his disgraceful attack on the Oath Keepers, The Oakland Tribune reported on just that — foreign troops inside the United States.
“Armed officers in full battle gear will be scattered throughout the Bay Area this weekend, rescuing hostages, fighting bank robbers and quelling terrorism at the Oakland Airport, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the NASA Ames Research Center and 22 other high profile sites,” writes Sophia Kazmi. “For the first time in the three-year history of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department-sponsore d exercise, there will be a foreign team of officers taking part and international observers. An eight-member team representing the ’s Research, Assistance, Intervention, and Dissuasion unit will compete” (emphasis added).
French police are technically speaking not troops. However, the French RAID unit — SWAT team that uses special forces techniques. It is accused of triple tapping a mentally disturbed man who took school children hostage in 1993. RAID killed the man while he slept. (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence) — is a militarized
It is interesting to note how terrorism is conflated with bank robbery in the article. It’s part of a federal effort to characterize all crime — from marijuana possession to bank robbery — as terrorism.
“There will be the sound of gunfire and blasts — all part of Urban Shield, one of the biggest domestic terrorism drills in the country. The $1 million, two-day event begins Saturday and will test the training of 27 crack teams from throughout the state, elsewhere in the country and the world,” the Tribune article reports.
Urban Shield is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and at least one large corporation — BAE, a death merchant based in Britain. BAE stands accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to secure contracts in Africa and Eastern Europe.
BAE’s “generous contributions” to Urban Shield will get the residents of Alameda County acclimated to the “sound of gunfire and blasts” and the presence of militarized cops “in full battle gear ” roaming the streets of the Bay Area this weekend.
URBAN SHIELD 2009
For 48 hours straight the weekend of 10/24-25/2009, a bunch of One Worlders and friends of One World will compete in Urban Shield 2009. It's a 48 hour non-stop competition for 27 SWAT teams from all over the world. The event is hosted by the Alameda County Sheriffs Office. Teams are evaluated on how they deal with 25 different scenarios which take place all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
A quick description from the Urban Shield website:
"Urban Shield 2009 will challenge the skills and determination of the competing teams by testing their tactical skills in a series of real life scenarios. We have chosen specific locations that replicate identified problem areas and Tier 1 Critical Infrastructure sites within the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Each participating tactical, Fire,& EMS team will be provided with state of the art technology and or weaponry. The teams will be challenged to successfully complete a multitude of scenarios and will be provided an opportunity to use their issued equipment under simulated real-world conditions. Our goal is to assess overall tactical, Fire, & EMS skills while testing emergency equipment which is currently in service.
Please join us in this challenging and rewarding effort. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office along with our Co-Host, The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is proud to host this unique training exercise again this year with generous support from the Bay Area SUASI Program. This event is funded by Homeland Security Grant funds."
Check out a video from last years event:
Here are a few folks you may recognize from last years event:
JD (Alameda County Sheriff's Office) having fun!
Roman (Alameda County Sheriff's Office)...a tactical machine
Ken Gemmell (Alameda County Sheriff's Office). Damn I miss him being at the 6:30 am session!
Jolie Gentry, David Lee, Jeff Mapes, Darryl Manrique, and the rest of Newark SWAT. It is an 8 man competition. Newark rolled in with only 6 operators and took 4th place. Badass!!!!!
2008 Union City operators at our very first scenario. It was a rough weekend for our team, but this year is going to be better. Preparation is the key! Best wishes to my fellow One Worlders on this years team: Kirk, Stan, Josh, and Czar. WE CAN DO THIS!!!
Sincere best wishes to all the teams participating in the event.
Chemical Weapon Decontamination Demonstration at Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Urban Shield 2009
- 2009 Oct 22
This year’s Urban Shield 2009 will challenge the skills and determination of the competing teams by testing their tactical skills in a series of real life scenarios. The specific locations chosen replicate identified problem areas and Tier 1 Critical Infrastructure sites within the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Each participating tactical, fire and EMS team will be provided with state of the art technology or weaponry. The teams will be challenged to successfully complete a multitude of scenarios and will be provided an opportunity to use their issued equipment under simulated real-world conditions.
Among the technology demonstrated this year will be Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL®), a product of RSDecon, a Bracco company. Urban Shield participants will get a firsthand view of how first responders and receivers can decontaminate themselves in the event of a chemical warfare (CW) agent or T2 toxin attack and return to duty in the critical first hours after an attack or other incident.
For more information about Urban Shield 2009, visit http://www.urbanshield.org/.
Friday, October 23rd - Monday, October 26th
Begin on Saturday October 24th at 6:00 a.m. and end on Monday, October 26th at 6:00 a.m.
Decontamination Demonstrations (presented by RSDecon)
Will take place on Friday, October 23rd from 9-12 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.
Alameda County Fire Department
890 Lola Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Alameda County Fire Department
Assistant Chief EMS and Special Operations
Member, RSDecon Advisory Board
Senior Director of Sales, RSDecon
For more information or if interested in attending a demonstration, please contact:
Emily Dell (ext. 210) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Shimada (ext. 503) – email@example.com
'Imminent military takeover of the U.S.' Here is another Exclusive Suppressed NWO training video with Colonel Jim Ammerman (retired) disscusing the Satanic Conspiracy of the New World Order.
The Navy’s new recruiting slogan, “America’s Navy: A global force for good,” was designed from the outset to motivate existing sailors as much as to entice young people to enlist. But according to reactions by Navy Times readers in the week since the slogan was made public, that plan isn’t working. “Holy cow! This is getting really stupid. Why do we need to change our slogan again? I don’t think it describes the Navy at all,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SS/SW) Michael Dayton, stationed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bangor, Wash. Navy Times received 56 e-mails from readers, and all but six disliked the slogan. Their reasons were many. Several sailors said they worried the new slogan was wrong for the Navy’s reputation as a combat force. “This bumper-sticker jingle would look good on a flower-toting cart, but when an [aircraft carrier] that displaces over 100,000 tons pulls up off your coast, generally the thought is, ‘Oh crap, the U.S. Navy is here,’” said Information Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Joshua Forman, of the 2nd Fleet Military Intelligence Operations Center.
"Judge Confirms Military and Police to be KILLED in The Depopulation Program using H1N1 Flu Vaccine"
Credit to 91177info Check out Robert Menard and Winston Shrout on utube for more info on this subject.
I have seen this "private security" vehcile with words "enforcement" on front fender and US MARINES tag on front of vehicle. It has yellow light bar across top of car. No new companies in town and ...
No amount of controversy will keep Oath Keepers from educating people about what it means to support and defend the Constitution. ... That was the message Saturday during the kickoff of the group's inaugural national conference, a two-day event that comes at a time when Oath Keepers is experiencing a surge in membership and notoriety. Started earlier this year by Las Vegas resident Stewart Rhodes, More.. Oath Keepers is a nonprofit organization made up primarily of current and former police and military personnel who renew their oaths to the Constitution.
Stewart Rhodes, the Founder of Oath Keepers, took on Chris Matthews and Mark Potok (it was like a two on one professional wrestling match, but thankfully Potok is a serious lightweight).
Once it became clear that Matthews was acting as Potok’s ally rather than as a journalist, Stewart couldn’t resist sticking Matthews with a solid jab, saying “we swear an oath to the Constitution, not to a man, even if he makes a thrill run up your leg when he talks.”
That was in reference to the now famous statement by Matthews last year, when he said listening to Obama speak sent a “thrill” up his leg. Here is the full quote of that statement:
“I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment.” — Chris Matthews
Joining Lou on Thursday will be STEWART RHODES, founder of the Oath Keepers. Rhodes will talk to Mr. Independent about his group’s ideals and what they want to see for the future of this country.
--The report from the Department of Army Inspector General found the use of military personnel in Samson violated the Posse Comitatus Act. 20 Oct 2009 An Army investigation found that Soldiers should not have been sent to man traffic stops in a small Alabama town after 11 people were killed in March during a shooting spree. An Army report released to The Associated Press on Monday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request said the decision to dispatch military police to Samson from nearby Fort Rucker broke the law. But an Army spokesman said no charges have been filed following the Aug. 10 report. The names of those involved were redacted from the report. The report said troops were dispatched after the Geneva County Sheriff's Office and Samson Police requested assistance from Fort Rucker to relieve law enforcement at traffic check points around the crime scene area. The military also guarded bodies at a makeshift morgue.
U.S. Army Reserve
Last year, the Secretary of Defense assigned the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, to U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) as part of the first dedicated chemical, biological, radiological and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) consequence management response force (CCMRF). The Internet sprang to life with dire warnings of armed soldiers in full combat gear routinely patrolling our nation’s streets. Alarmist predictions ran wild: Steely-eyed infantrymen, just off the plane from Iraq and Afghanistan, not only would be enforcing domestic law but would slide rapidly down the slippery slope to the oppression of American citizens at the behest of an unchecked executive branch of government.
The cyber hue and cry illustrates the depth of the public’s misunderstanding and the abundance of misinformation surrounding the federal military role in domestic civil support operations. Misunderstanding and misinformation about defense support of civil authorities (DSCA) in general, of CCMRF in particular, and of the legal authorities governing the domestic use of federal forces exist even within our Army, as illustrated in COL Craig Trebilcock’s article “Resurrecting Posse Comitatus in the Post-9/11 World” in the May issue. Clearly, however, Posse Comitatus is quite alive and well, and reports of its impending demise are greatly exaggerated.
Support of Civil Authorities
In a revolutionary doctrinal change, Field Manual 3-0 Full Spectrum Operations incorporates civil support as an integral part of the Army’s operational concept. Just as soldiers and leaders must understand offensive and defensive operations, an understanding of civil support operations is now imperative. We must eliminate the wrong perceptions of civil support operations, both in the public eye and within our own institution.
Our armed forces have a long history of supporting civil authorities. In the recent past, the Army conducted postal operations during the 1970 postal strike. In 1981, Army air traffic controllers staffed civilian control towers during the air traffic controllers’ walkout. Federal forces supported state and local authorities during Hurricanes Andrew in 1992 and Katrina in 2005, and in many other natural disasters in the last decade. Navy divers assisted local, state and federal authorities during the Minnesota bridge collapse of 2007. Just last year, U.S. Army North (ARNORTH), NORTHCOM’s joint force land component command, deployed a two-star task force to command and control federal military forces in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Texas during Hurricane Ike.
NORTHCOM is the combatant command whose area of responsibility includes U.S. soil. Civil support is one of NORTHCOM’s two major missions; homeland defense is the other. Although interrelated, the two missions are separate, and, unfortunately, the uninformed tend to confuse them.
Two seminal events, 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, have heightened the importance of defense support of civil authorities and have underscored the requirement for the Department of Defense to be ready and able to support civil authorities. The establishment of NORTHCOM has greatly improved our ability to respond to domestic emergencies of all kinds, not only as a joint military force but as a nation. Civil support is no longer just an additional duty for the armed forces; it is now a critical continuous endeavor. For example, 10 full-time defense coordinating officers—active Army colonels assigned to ARNORTH—work daily with each of the 10 FEMA regions and coordinate regularly with other federal agencies, state emergency management officials and National Guard leaders.
The Legal/Policy Framework
The role of the federal military in DSCA is carefully defined and deliberately circumscribed by the Constitution, statutes and policy. As many have noted, one of the laws that limits the role of the federal military is the Posse Comitatus Act.
Posse Comitatus prohibits Title 10 forces (that is, the federal military, as distinguished from the National Guard in a state status—Title 10 of the U.S. Code is the title that governs the armed forces) from enforcing state or federal laws, except as otherwise authorized by law. Title 10 forces may not make arrests, stop and frisk suspects, conduct searches and seizures, or perform domestic surveillance. The statutory prohibition on the use of the armed forces to enforce the law, however, does not mean that the military cannot engage with and support civilian law-enforcement agencies.
The Department of Defense has long provided such support. The primary mission of Joint Task Force North (JTF North), a subordinate joint task force of NORTHCOM based at Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, Texas, is to support civilian law-enforcement authorities. For years, JTF North has provided that support, with the authorization of Congress, without violating the Posse Comitatus Act or any other law.
As many also have noted, the Insurrection Act is an exception to Posse Comitatus. The Insurrection Act allows the President to use federal armed forces to enforce the law in three instances: at the request of a state legislature or, if the legislature is not in session, a governor; either to enforce federal law or when a rebellion or unlawful “assemblage” precludes enforcement of the law through judicial proceedings; and to suppress “any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy” if a state fails to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens. Actions taken under the Insurrection Act do not constitute martial law. Martial law is far more sweeping, and the President may impose martial law only in circumstances more extreme than those required to invoke the Insurrection Act.
The Insurrection Act has been invoked rarely in the last 60 years. Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy invoked the act four times between 1957 and 1963 to enforce desegregation laws in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. President George H.W. Bush invoked the act in 1989, federalizing National Guard units and deploying the 16th Military Police Brigade to restore order in the Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. Finally, the first President Bush, at the request of the governor of California, invoked the Insurrection Act in 1992 to empower a federal joint task force to enforce the law during riots in Los Angeles. In the last instance, the joint task force commander prohibited his soldiers, including federalized National Guard soldiers, from performing law-enforcement missions, even though the President had authorized them to enforce the law.
Discussing DSCA operations, which include CBRNE consequence management, in the same breath as the Insurrection Act only perpetuates misunderstanding. The Insurrection Act does not provide the legal authority for DSCA operations. Federal military (Title 10) forces, including CBRNE consequence management response forces, conduct DSCA operations under the umbrella of the National Response Framework, promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security. The specific statutory authority for DSCA operations is the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, commonly known as the Stafford Act.
The National Response Framework outlines the comprehensive, unified system for responding to natural and manmade disasters in U.S. territory. Under this tiered response system, local governments are the first responders to any domestic emergency, and all incidents are handled at the lowest level possible. States become involved in disaster response only if an incident exceeds the capability of local governments to manage the response.
The National Guard, in its capacity as a state force, always has been, and remains, the primary military response to any natural or man-made incident within the United States. Indeed, before federal military forces will be used in response to a disaster in a state, that state, through interstate agreements, will employ the National Guard forces of its sister states. In contrast to the caricature of overeager executive branch officials seeking any excuse to send the federal military into sovereign states, the Secretary of Defense denied California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for federal forces during recent wildfires because the state’s National Guard capabilities had not been exhausted.
The federal government becomes involved only if a disaster overwhelms local and state capabilities, including those of the affected state’s own National Guard and of other states’ Guard units employed by the affected state, and then only at the state’s request. When the federal government responds, it designates a lead federal agency. The lead federal agency is most often, but not always, FEMA. DoD’s role in all DSCA operations—and CBRNE consequence management is a DSCA operation—is to support the lead federal agency and other federal, state and local organizations.
Under the rubric of the Stafford Act, Title 10 forces perform only discrete and defined tasks, known as “mission assignments.” These mission assignments result from requests for assistance that are usually passed to DoD from the local and state levels through FEMA. The requests are vetted by the Joint Staff and approved by the Secretary of Defense. Every request is reviewed for legality by many DoD lawyers at various levels as it progresses to the Secretary. Aside from the necessity to ensure that the use of Title 10 forces in a DSCA operation is legal, appropriate and cost-effective, the process ensures that DoD is reimbursed for its expenditures under the Stafford Act and that readiness is not degraded by spending operational funds for DSCA missions. CCMRF, like any other DSCA force, will execute approved mission assignments, and only approved mission assignments.
CCMRF: Facts and Fiction
Citing the Insurrection Act and the 2006 amendment to that statute, COL Trebilcock and others have implied that the assignment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, to NORTHCOM as part of CCMRF is an unwarranted expansion of the President’s authority to use the federal armed forces on U.S. soil and will lead to the demise of the Posse Comitatus Act. Equating CCMRF with unchecked executive authority demonstrates the widespread misunderstanding of CCMRF.
In the first instance, DoD has long kept a combat unit on a short string to conduct homeland defense missions in the United States when necessary, and this unit has fallen under the control of NORTHCOM since the establishment of that combatant command. Other than to point out that the Insurrection Act has empowered the President to act unilaterally to employ federal forces in the United States for more than 200 years, however, any discussion of the 2006 amendment to the act is pointless for, as COL Trebilcock notes, Congress repealed that amendment in 2008. Our tripartite system of checks and balances works. If Congress believes that the President has too much authority, it will act to take that authority away, just as it did in repealing the amendment to the Insurrection Act.
In any event, CCMRF and the Insurrection Act are “apples and oranges.” CCMRF is a DSCA force. Congress understands that, and any intimation that an imperious executive branch is using CCMRF and, perhaps, the Insurrection Act as an attempt to evade the law, sidestep Posse Comitatus, and undercut Congress and state and local authority does not pass muster. Congress fully supports DoD’s efforts in creating CCMRF and assigning the first CCMRF to NORTHCOM. As the Senate report to the 2009 Defense Authorization Bill states, “Efforts to establish forces to manage the consequences of CBRNE incidents should receive the highest level of attention within the [Defense] Department, and the additional forces needed for CBRNE consequence management should be identified, trained, equipped, and assigned to U.S. Northern Command as soon as possible.”
More important, though, the slippery slope argument evinces the lack of understanding of the CCMRF mission and of why that mission is so vitally important to our national security. The CCMRF mission is to provide rapid response capability to assist local, state and other federal authorities following a catastrophic event. CBRNE incidents pose a great and very real security challenge in the United States. A terrorist attack or accidental CBRNE incident could be catastrophic and likely would overwhelm local and state authorities very quickly. Federal military forces have capabilities that, in a catastrophic CBRNE event, may be otherwise unavailable to states and localities.
A CCMRF is a joint force usually organized under a two-star headquarters. It is composed of three subordinate colonel-level task forces: operations, medical and aviation. Task Force Operations is formed around the nucleus of a brigade combat team or maneuver enhancement brigade, augmented by logistics and specialized CBRNE units. Task Force Operations is capable of CBRNE detection and decontamination and can provide, among other things, transportation, logistics, communications and public affairs support to local, state and federal entities.
Task Force Medical provides public health support, augments civilian medical facilities, conducts casualty collection operations, assists with patient movement and provides medical logistics support. Task Force Aviation provides heavy- and medium-lift helicopters, including medevac aircraft.
Currently, only one CCMRF is operational. The second CCMRF will become operational in October and the third in October 2010. Army National Guard brigade combat teams, to be employed in a Title 10 status, will form the nucleus of Task Force Operations of the second and third CCMRFs.
CCMRF and Posse Comitatus
Ours is a nation of laws. The Department of Defense is bound by the law, and the armed forces scrupulously obey and uphold the law. That law includes the Posse Comitatus Act.
As in any DSCA operation, the objective of CCMRF is to save lives, relieve suffering and mitigate damage. CCMRF is not a police force. It is not organized, manned, trained or equipped to perform law-enforcement missions. In fact, CCMRF soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, like all Title 10 forces performing DSCA operations, are prohibited by DoD policy even from carrying weapons without the express approval of the Secretary of Defense. The specter of armed federal soldiers patrolling American cities in full battle gear is farfetched. Indeed, under the National Response Framework, the primary federal agency for coordinating matters of public safety and security is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not DoD.
COL Trebilcock’s suggestion that active Army soldiers, if domestic unrest and violence are so serious that weapons must be carried during DSCA operations, cannot adapt from combat to civil-support operations in the United States without violating rules for the use of force is unconvincing. Aside from the fact that our Army is the most disciplined, best-trained, best-led military force in the world, the near-instantaneous transition from combat operations to DSCA operations has occurred without incident: The 256th Infantry Brigade, Louisiana Army National Guard, redeployed early from Iraq in 2005 to assist in Louisiana’s response to Hurricane Katrina—including providing support to law-enforcement authorities.
CCMRF is essential to our nation’s integrated domestic response capability. CCMRF does not supplant state, local or other federal authority; it supplements it by providing response, rescue, relief and recovery capabilities that states, localities and other federal agencies may lack in a CBRNE event.
Those who believe that CCMRF somehow subverts the law and portends the demise of Posse Comitatus have misunderstood the role the federal armed forces have long played in DSCA operations. In the post-9/11 world, that role is ever more important. Given the fundamental obligation of assuring our nation’s capability to respond to the unthinkable—and the potential consequences of failing to do so—it behooves all of us to work to correct that misunderstanding.
MG Jeffrey A. Jacobs, U.S. Army Reserve, is the commander of Operational Command Post 2, U.S. Army North, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He is the author of The Future of the Citizen-Soldier Force: Issues and Answers and numerous articles.
“Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights.”
A new darkness is descending upon
In what they describe as a “pioneering Web model”, the giant US media group The Times Mirror Company announced this week that their Newsday.Com service is converting from a free to a subscription based service that will charge $260 a year to their subscribers.
This move by the US media corporations against the American people was not unanticipated as the powerful chairman of the powerful News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, who in announcing his companies intention to start charging Internet subscription fees for news had previously warned, “We are in the midst of an epochal debate over the value of content, and it is clear to many newspapers the current model is malfunctioning.”
Combined with Newsday.Com’s opening salvo, in what is most assuredly going to be a short war, the battle for Net Neutrality has also begun in the United States with their Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voting to attempt to stop the giant US media giants from throttling the access of Americans to the Internet by restricting their access through a multi-tiered web access system only the richest of them will be able to afford, but which the powerful US Senator, and former Presidential contender, John McCain, has “vowed” to stop by taking, by law, from the FCC the power to protect their own citizens.
Further joining this war is the popular free TV and video site Hulu.Com, whose owners (News Corporation, NBC Universal, Walt Disney Company, and Providence Equity Partners) just announced their intention to start charging fees for its usage too.
Being lost upon the American people (who have already destroyed their once free and vibrant newspaper industry) is that lie they have been led to believe, that everything on the Internet is free, is about to be revealed for what it truly is…a “drug” given without cost to an unsuspecting addict until all competition is destroyed and the “pusher” then able to charge even the most outlandish prices for their “product”.
So successful have the US corporate giants become in addicting the American people to whatever they choose that one credit card company, Premium Bank of South Dakota, is now charging an interest rate of 79.9% for a MasterCard, and which even such an outlandish and staggering cost as this will pale in comparison to what these poor souls will soon be paying for their access to the “free” Internet.
With the highest Internet broadband fees in the US set to hit $1,500 for a year, subscription prices for just 3 news outlets costing another $1,000 a year, added to the fees for 2 social networking sites that will cost a further $2,000, and all of these joined with the costs of the new duel-core processing computing systems they will need to view the graphic laden websites they are paying for, around $3,000, their yearly costs for just the bare minimum of access will reach nearly $8,000 a year!
And just like the once free press in Germany (which prior to the fascist Nazi takeover had nearly 5,000 newspapers that were reduced to around 1,000, and were only allowed to print what the government told them to) the United States has gone from once having thousands of independent newspapers, TV stations, magazines and radio stations, to today, where just 6 media giants (General Electric, Walt Disney, News Corporation, Time Warner, Viacom and CBS) control nearly everything these once free people see, hear and read.
The greatest danger being faced by these Americans in all of this is simple, they are ONLY going to be told what their corporate/government masters want them to know and are going to be kept in a perpetual state of fear so that they can be more easily managed and manipulated as they are robbed of their money, jobs, dignity and honor to the point they will be rendered as nothing more than debt slaves in service to their billionaire masters.
What they won’t be told is how their Federal Reserve Bank has created a number of Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) to hold their countries toxic debt, such as the Maiden Lane LLC (Maiden Lane is the name of the lower Manhattan street behind the New York Fed's building) that are nothing more than “time bombs” ready to explode upon the US economy.
They will also not be told how… “On Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, somebody — nobody knows who — made one of the craziest bets Wall Street has ever seen. The mystery figure spent $1.7 million on a series of options, gambling that shares in the venerable investment bank Bear Stearns would lose more than half their value in nine days or less. It was madness — "like buying 1.7 million lottery tickets," according to one financial analyst. But what's even crazier is that the bet paid.”
Also not to their knowing is the critically important Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX), and which when coupled with the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) and the reports from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) point to nothing less than the “Financial Armageddon” of the United States.
But to worst of all of these things is that our World’s only defense against this coming Dark Age are the American people themselves, but who remain in a stupor of ignorance and stupidity rivaling that of the Romans who drank and fornicated their empire away in an orgy of decadence not seen in history until…NOW!
To what will finally awaken these American peoples righteous wrath against their cruel and despotic masters it is not in our knowing, other than to note, that if history be our guide, it won’t be until millions of them have been butchered.
Therefore, the candles of light against this darkness must be kept lit for those Americans, who in awakening from their long sleep to the full reality of the horrors around them, will be able to be guided to the truth, and once possessing the truth be able to act upon it.
We are but one such candle of light shining into this darkness, but our flame grows dimmer by the day, and which without your help will be extinguished…forever.
As we have just concluded our fund raising appeal for this seasons we remain short (very close, but still short) of the mark needed to continue our efforts, and only those of you who haven’t given already to support us is this appeal directed, for it is you who we seek to help the most.
It goes without saying that you don’t believe you have any part in this war, but you couldn’t be more wrong as this is a once-in-an-age battle that will determine all of our futures for countless years to come, including your own.
Your corporate/government masters know, beyond a SINGLE DOUBT, that YOU ARE THEIR ENEMY. If you don’t believe this then you really need to go to any of your government/corporate/banking buildings and see that they’ve all become armed fortresses deliberately designed for the day when you do wake up and realize what has happened to you and your country.
And that day is coming sooner than you think!
Now, not tomorrow, not next week, or next year…NOW is the time to stand up and be counted….when it makes a difference, when it really counts. To do anything less marks you as someone not able to take responsibility for the truth you know is going to come. And as one of the Founding Fathers of America, Thomas Paine, once said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
Trouble is now in your day. What are you going to do about it?[Note: For those of you who have given already in this seasons appeal, please do not give more, you’ve done more than your share, THANK YOU. For the rest of you, though, and as we’ve said many times before, if every one of you gave just $50 our expenses would be paid for a year. You have chosen not to do this and have further disrespected our request that if you don’t find us of value than go back to your mainstream propaganda news masters instead of costing us so much money. The burden you have put upon others to pay for what you receive is not only wrong it lacks dignity. So, this is our last appeal to you, and unless you wake up and realize what is happening you will leave us no choice but to close off our site to you and make it accessible to those who will pay for it. And don’t blame us, it’s the future…get used to it.]
In April 2005, sheriff's deputies reached a suburban Seattle home in time to prevent a firebomb from detonating. But there was nothing the sheriff's department could do to defuse another volatile situation at the site: a feud between the explosives teams that showed up from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The attempted arson was the apparent handiwork of the Earth Liberation Front, a designated a domestic terrorism group. But trouble at the scene emerged when FBI and ATF explosives experts seemed to believe their own agencies should head the investigation, recalled Sgt. John Urquhart, a spokesman for the King County sheriff's office. "It was clear that there was something going on. There was tension between the groups of ATF agents and FBI agents," Urquhart told TIME. (See pictures of crime in middle America.)
That fight for jurisdiction was a "low point" for federal agents in Seattle, part of a long-simmering national rivalry which has festered since Congress moved the ATF from the Treasury Department to the Department of Justice after Sept. 11, according to an audit of explosives investigations released Friday by the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General. Acrimony between the agencies has been common knowledge for years, but the report represents the most comprehensive public accounting to date.
The audit found that the conflict has led to confusion at crime sites, arguments in front of state and local investigators, tit-for-tat recrimination, and even a threat from the FBI to arrest an ATF agent. Each agency trains separately, each has its own explosives database, each has its own lab. Agents race to explosions to claim the lead in investigations, and some managers are unclear about jurisdiction. According to the audit, two ambiguous memos in 2004 and 2008 have failed to clarify the relationship. "These disputes can delay investigations, undermine federal and local relationships, and may project to local agency responders a disjointed federal response to explosives incidents," the report said. (See pictures of the Branch Davidian siege at Waco and other cults that went wacko.)
The impact of the bickering is more than unseemly public flare-ups, mixed signals and muddled investigations; the conflict could hamper the government's ability to effectively protect against terrorism, the report said. In early 2007, President Bush signed a homeland security directive known as HSPD-19 requiring executive branch agencies to develop a unified approach "to aggressively deter, prevent, detect, protect, and respond" to terrorists' efforts to use explosives in the U.S. The report concluded that, unless the Department of Justice addresses the problem, "competition between the components on fundamental issues involving explosives investigations and lead agency authority will likely continue and impede the progress of HSPD-19 implementation."
Top agency officials claim major conflicts have stopped and that recent disputes were isolated incidents. The auditors found otherwise: "We found explosives incident disputes between the FBI and ATF that were recent, significant, and attributable to more than personality conflicts."
One recent incident was in December 2008, when the agencies feuded over a Woodburn, Oregon, bombing where a device outside a bank killed a local bomb technician and police chief. In June 2007, agents fought in front of state and local bomb squad personnel at a blast site in the Mojave Desert. The ATF claimed it was notified too late for agents to work the scene, while the FBI claimed that ATF responded late, then wanted to take over the scene. Other recent incidents took place in Baltimore, Phoenix, New York City, and San Diego.
The agencies don't dispute the problems. In a joint statement, FBI Assistant Director Michael Kortan and ATF Assistant Director W. Larry Ford agreed with the assessment and its 15 recommendations — all of them so far unresolved, according to the report. "We remain committed to identifying best practices associated with training, information sharing, and investigative response for explosive incidents," they said.
UN Investigator Probes US
And a United Nations investigator has opened a probe into the US housing crisis. Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, will investigate issues including public housing, homelessness and foreclosures. On Thursday, Rolnik held a public meeting with housing activists in New York. UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik: If we take housing as a human right, you have to go back to the idea that housing is a social issue before and more priority than housing as a commodity, as a financial asset.
As part of her inquiry Rolnik is expected to visit at least six other cities and towns, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
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Everybody knows New York City is an expensive place to live. But the United Nations wants to know if is so tough to come by that it actually violates human rights.
The United Nations has assigned an official, “a special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing,” to check the city’s affordable housing. The rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, is to tour the city for the next three days with housing advocates and city officials to “hear the voices of those who are suffering on the ground,” she said.
The United Nations Human Rights Council appoints a rapporteur, or independent experts, to investigate human rights conditions around the world. In the case of Ms. Rolnik, a professor of urban planning at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, her “mission” is to tour New York City and six other places in the United States and to report back to the United Nations General Assembly about housing rights violations and advances.
After that, “We send off letters to governments to ask, ‘Is this true? What’s going on?’ and to please intervene,” she said.
Housing advocates will be taking Ms. Rolnik to the Atlantic Yards site in Brooklyn to see the results of the government’s use of eminent domain to seize property; to the ’s Grant Houses in Harlem to see how public housing residents live; and to the Bronx to meet residents whose landlords are in foreclosure.
At a town hall meeting last night in Morningside Heights, residents wept and shouted at Ms. Rolnik. They complained about deteriorating public housing, the lack of housing subsidies for AIDS patients, landlord harassment and many other issues, large and small.
She told them: “I am representing the right of adequate housing as a human right.”
One advocate and resident of public housing, Agnes Rivera, wept after telling Ms. Rolnik that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg “doesn’t care about the poor.” Rob Robinson from Picture the Homeless, a local advocacy group, embraced Ms. Rivera and gazed toward the special rapporteur. Later, Ms. Rolnik hugged a resident herself.
“Affordable housing here is not that affordable,” said Ms. Rolnik, who studied urban history as a New York University doctoral student in the 1980s. Her eyes lit up when talking about inclusionary zoning and other city housing policies. New York is unusual, she pointed out, because it has a city-level obligation to ensure that have shelter. Now it should make affordable housing a priority, she said.
Ms. Rolnik was appointed as special rapporteur by thein May 2008. This is her first official mission.
After her tour of New York City, she will survey the housing situations in Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, South Dakota Indian reservation, and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Her report to the General Assembly is planned for March., a
Across the United States, residents may tell her the same stories as those of New Yorkers — of mortgage scams, too many luxury condos and the stigma associated with public housing.“We have no one to help us,” said Delores Earley, 73, who said her landlord has been trying to push her out of her Harlem rent-stabilized apartment for 20 years. “Somebody has got to know.”
Sheer stupicity to open the door to the UN to do anything else in this nation !
Mystery, intrigue, secrets — aspiring sleuths and spies had a field day in the Buzz this past week. The search spotlight returned to a famous aviator missing for decades, and to a secret plane that the U.S. Air Force is preparing for its maiden voyage. And that's not all — there was also the bizarre case of a commercial pilot and co-pilot who overshot their destination by 150 miles. Read up on these case files and more with the Buzz Week in Review.
Gone but never forgotten
Psst. Wanna see a space plane?
If so, too bad, because there's not a whole lot of information on the new X-37B project. A buzzy article from Space.com explains that "the unpiloted, reusable military space plane" will launch in April, but nobody seems to know what purpose it's going to serve. According to the article, the plane's "assignment and what agency owns it remains undisclosed." A few more details were available on other blogs. Apparently, "the intent of the craft is to serve as a testbed for dozens of technologies in airframe, propulsion and operation, and other items in the hopes of making space transportation and operations significantly more affordable." Fox News hosts a slideshow of the X-37. Consider it for your eyes only.
Whoa, was that Minneapolis back there?
Ever been driving down the highway, when all of a sudden you realize you missed your exit a few miles back? Well, apparently that doesn't just happen to drivers. It can also happen to commercial airline pilots. In a story that's getting tremendous buzz, two pilots for Northwest Airlines somehow managed to overshoot their destination by 150 miles. The reason given by the crew: "They said they had been having a heated discussion about airline policy." Hmm, if that sounds a bit fishy to you, you're not alone. Government officials have launched an investigation. Web searches on "northwest flight" and "lost pilots" both posted big gains.
The sun is showing signs of life. Sunspot 1029 emerged this weekend, and it is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. This movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) chronicles the sunspot's rapid development from Oct. 23rd through 25th:
The sunspot's magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. If its growth continues apace, sunspot 1029 could soon become the biggest sunspot of 2009. Readers with solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor developments.sunspot images: from Mike Borman of Evansville, Indiana; from Emiel Veldhuis of Zwolle, the Netherlands; from Vahan Yeterian of Lompoc California; from Fabio Acquarone of Genova, Liguria, Italy; from Jan Timmermans of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands; from Paul Haese of Blackwood, South Australia; from Richard Best of Lewes, East Sussex. UK; from Bruno Nolf of Otege
Discovered Magma Pool Under
Cascades Mirrors "Yellowstone Caldera"
A group of researchers say they have found evidence that some of the explosive peaks are connected via a massive body of partially-molten rock that stretches between Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier.
If they're right, the magma chamber would be one of the biggest ever discovered, on a par with the pool of molten rock that underlies the Yellowstone basin. But the presence of a large magma chamber under the Cascades wouldn't mean the region is sitting atop a "supervolcano" like the one that blew Wyoming sky high in the distant past.
"It doesn't suggest there's a giant volcano waiting to pop," said hydrologist Matt Burgess, co-author of the study published online Sunday by the journal Nature Geoscience. "The significance is that it's given us a kind of a window on what's going on at depth."
India Concerned About Pak Nukes Falling Into Wrong Hands
Recent incidents of terror attacks have highlighted gaps in Pakistan's security establishment and India is concerned over the possibility of its nuclear weapons falling into "wrong hands", said Indian Minister of State for Defense Minister Pallam Raju. "We share the worldwide concern about the nuclear arms falling into wrong hands and particularly so in Pakistan."
Raju was asked if reports of involvement of a former Pakistani Army official in the Oct 11 terror attack on the Army headquarters worried India about the safety of their nuclear arsenal. "If you look at the recent happenings in Pakistan where the militants have stormed the Army headquarters, that is not a good sign. This shows several vulnerable gaps in the security establishment."
Mitch Battros Research of the Sun - Earth Connection and 2012
Reversal of Earth's Geomagnetic Polarity and the Piezoelectric Effect
Many “end of the world” scenarios have been postulated over time. A recently popular one is that of the planet's poles shifting or reversing themselves, with predictably catastrophic results. But this theory is not just the stuff of grade B horror flicks—it has happened.
Periodically the Earth's geomagnetic polarity has been found to reverse itself, at irregular intervals, something on the order of every million years or so.
Cobb Mountain, in northern California, where I live, was the site of one such event. Labeled the Cobb Mountain Reverse Polarity event, this occurred a little more than a million years ago.
The nature of this phenomenon is poorly understood. Measurements have shown that the the strength of Earth's geomagnetic field gradually weakens prior to such events, although more sudden reversals have also been postulated. To use the most simple analogy, it appears the Earth's “battery” periodically runs down—the ultimate energy crisis! What to do? We certainly don't want a dead battery of a planet. It would pose an enormous waste disposal problem, for one thing.
Fortunately, creation accommodates itself by the phenomenon known as the piezoelectric effect, which is the ability of certain materials, normally considered to be nonconducting, to produce a voltage when subjected to mechanical stress. Typical examples of materials which exhibit this property include quartz crystals and ceramics (clay hardened by intense heat) – in other words, common materials which comprise much of Earth.
Tectonic plate activity seems to be responsible for the existence of the Earth's geomagnetic field (GMF). Therefore, it seems reasonable to assume that tectonic plate activity must necessarily periodically reverse its direction in order for the geomagnetic field to be restored to a state of relative, although reversed, normality. Of course, this is a summation effect— the result of the combined seismic activity of the entire planet at any given point in time. It should be a relatively simple matter to simulate this thesis as a computer program, which would provide some mechanistic support for the proposition.
How does this thinking differ from previous conceptions of the GMF? It is generally believed that the Earth has a “stable” GMF. I believe this concept is faulty. Not only do I believe it to be false, but also that it is impossible.
The GMF is a result of the inherent instability of the Earth's crust, primarily the structure of the lithosphere, which comprises the outer 100 miles or so of the Earth's crust. This in turn is influenced by deeper subterranean events which remain largely unexamined. Without instability, i.e. seismic activity, there would be no piezoelectric force generated. The “battery” would be dead indeed.
Albert Einstein, apparently as far back as 1905, puzzled over the nature of the GMF. The geodynamic theory was developed, which attempted to explain the existence of the GMF based on principles of heat exchange and fluid shifts. Einstein himself held the answer in his hands, yet he couldn't see it. He was even awarded the Nobel Prize for it! But it remained in his “blind spot”; his assumed knowledge blocked the acquisition of new knowledge. He was literally “looking in the light” (in energetic terms) for something when instead he needed to be looking in the “dark” (the world of form, of matter) to find it. It would seem that the relative movement of matter generates energy, the piezoelectric effect, and gives rise to the GMF.
Further, it has been predicted that the next polarity reversal will occur somewhere around
3000-4000 C.E. Based on geophysical data. Humanity's activities, particularly the use of fossil fuels and the destructive changes in our environment, appears to have accelerated this process. Can biological life as it currently exists survive this event? Is global warming the first event leading up to the reversal of geomagnetic polarity, which will come with a massive amount of solar radiation, in addition to the thermal up-regulation of the planetary thermostat? I think it is pretty clear that this is going to occur, and it will be sooner rather than later. I predict that, with the remarkable improvement in the health of many people in current generations, that some people living today will survive to see this cataclysmic event take place, along with the generations yet to come.
The photon explosion from our own life-sustaining sun alone will likely destroy all life forms in the absence of the protection of the GMF which currently shields us, unless the reversal occurs very quickly, minimizing our exposure to this intense solar energy. Such rapid polarity reversals have also been postulated to occur.
However, I suggest that the disappearance of formerly hearty lifeforms (such as dinosaurs) from our planet is evidence to the contrary. It seems that only the most robust strands of DNA would be capable of withstanding such radiation exposure, albeit with resulting mutations. These mutations may serve, however, to further enhance the resilience of resulting life forms.
While earthquakes are rightly feared for the devastation they can cause, and even more so in areas where they are relatively common, such as the Pacific Rim of Fire, they may be a very necessary component of the Earth's balance and its maintenance of the current polarity.
It follows, then, that seismic activity is an essential component of Earth's life-sustaining function in its attempt to be a perpetually hospitable place for all life-forms. Seismic activity, from subtle shifts in the tectonic plates to higher magnitude activity, including volcanic eruptions, are integral for maintaining the GMF—our vitally important radiation shield.
Knowing this, perhaps we humans can solve two pressing global problems with one solution. By harnessing geothermal deposits as a source of relatively clean energy production, we may be able to encourage low grade seismic activity and conceivably avert larger, potentially disruptive events. Wisely chosen sites for geothermal energy facilities, where drilling several miles into the Earth's lithosphere will unleash some of the potential energy stored in the Earth's crust, may serve to delay, perhaps indefinitely, the predicted reversal of geomagnetic polarity which threatens the entire biosphere.
I suggest the current economic and intellectual energy being put into exploration of outer space be redirected inward. The very same resources humanity has used to explore space could be adapted for further deep exploration of the Earth's mantle, and possibly even into Earth's core, to obtain the necessary data which will help us optimize our nascent geothermal explorations, driven by computer programs.
Based on the geological evidence of prior pole reversals and the evident negative effects on the inhabitants of Earth, one day, perhaps sooner than we think, our survival and life as we know it may depend on it.
Recent archaeological findings indicate that early hominids, approximately one million years ago, perceived the last polarity reversal on an experiential basis, even before the development of language itself. They have left us with a petroglyphic record of this; stone carvings which are especially abundant around the Pacific Rim of Fire. I believe the wisest ones among them carved out these rocks as a warning to the others, to take protection from the Sun. The most primitive petroglyphs consist of arrows pointing to the sun, seemingly emphasizing the need to take care and seek shelter, perhaps with directions to nearby caves and other shaded, protected areas.
Perhaps I need to clarify my concept of what petroglyphs are. I am utterly appalled and astounded at the term “rock art,” since a petroglyph, in my mind, is the very antithesis of art. Rather, petroglyphs are the most basic form of written symbol-based communication. They are communication of great urgency indeed. The earliest petroglyphs, which I find to be the most interesting and significant, are the early hominid equivalent of dialing “911.” “Help! This is an emergency! The matter of time has become transformed into matter itself!” is what they seem to say.
The instant, urgent message of paleolithic man was carved in stone for us to perceive one million years (or revolutions of the Earth around our sun) later. And the message is simply: “There is a planetary crisis. We are being destroyed by our own life giving Sun, due to the collapse of our environmental shield, the EMF that blocked the intense radiation that our threatens our very DNA, and causes acute death from dehydration, sub acute death from radiation sickness, and/or chronic slow death from degenerative disease, unrepaired chromosomal damage, and an inability to successfully reproduce.
The Ice Ages
It is believed that 4 distinct “Ice Ages” have been visited upon planet Earth. No particularly cogent theories seem to have been formulated to explain the phenomenon. My belief is that these ice ages were preceeded by RPGMF events. Further, it is possibly that the severity of a particular Ice Age was proportional to the velocity of the occurrence of the RPGMFE. This raises another interesting possibility. Since there is an intimate relationship between climate conditions and the state of the GMF, there may have been many “mini-Ice Ages” which have defied documentation, each associated with the larger number of RPGMFE's that have been recorded.
The Number of RPGMFE's
The calculation of the number of R's, as revealed in the magnetic history of Earth rocks, has the potentiality for a massive confounding, due to the simple binary data left behind by the individual events. Hence it is likely that the number of R's is underestimated, possibly grossly so. No mathematical pattern has yet been described regarding the frequency of R's. I think it improbable, given the natural of geophysics, that these events are completely random. Therefore a pattern must exist. Given that biophysical events generally follow a bell-shaped curve regarding their distribution, perhaps the intervals between R's also would follow this pattern. Although we current have rather limited data to draw upon, we might simply use the average interval for the known R's, and then divide the total duration of known geological time by this figure, arriving at a new number for the number of events. For instance:
Macrocosmic Recapitulates Microcosmic
Polarity Reversals in general occur over a wide scale in physical systems. However, it is interesting to note that they also occur as a fundamental principle in the functioning of biological systems, especially in neurophysiological systems. Indeed the functioning of the human brain that is now generating these new ideas in dependent upon the depolarization of neurons, which itself is a reverse polarity event.
Cardiac functioning, the beating of the human heart, is characterized by RPE's, at a rate of approximately one per second. And the generation of each heartbeat (itself a RPE) is a function of another RPE-the conduction of an electrical signal from the cardiac pacemaker, the sino-atrial node. And further, the activity of the sino-atrial node, an independently functioning generator of an electrical signal, is in turn the product of RPE's at the cellular level. I suspect this reasoning could be taken further, from the intracellular level, to the molecular, and possibly to the subatomic/quantum realm.
Another familiar example is household electrical current. In AC current we have RPE's occurring every second. In DC current they do not occur, unless the power source, say a battery, goes dead. Then it must be recharged, with the option, perhaps, for a reversal of polarity, although this would be dependent upon the chemical system used.
Anywhere there is a binary system, the potential of reversal of polarity exists. Anywhere there is a waveform, there is a potential for a reversal of the pattern of the wave, an oscillation as it were. In sound, which is not binary, there is an escape from this pattern. That is why perhaps sound, language and music, is infinitely more subtle, expressive, informative, evocative, unlimited.....
This video was compiled with videos from the SOHO website. They show various comets and planets moving in front of the SOHO imager. They are not UFO's. If a craft was being controlled intelligently...
Watch these in order and then look at the photos at the Walgreens in Rockford, Illinois sent to me by a friend who lives there. The circle you see in the one photo IS NOT from the lens.