New reports circulating in the Kremlin today are stating that the United States has become “deeply alarmed” over Japan’s new political leadership sudden shifting of its allegiance to China and the plans of these Asian Nations to form a European Union style trading bloc that would cover half the World’s population, and whose leaders this week, meeting in Thailand, called for “other measures” to reduce dependence on the United States and big Western markets.
This latest move against the United States follows on the heals the decision by Latin American and Caribbean leaders who last week agreed on the creation of a new regional currency aimed at reducing their Nations use of the US Dollar.
Fueling the concerns of the World against the United States are new warnings being issued by a top advisor to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Henri Guaino, who this past week in Paris warned that the Americans were “flooding the world with liquidity” in a desperate move to inflate away its staggering debt load of over $105 Trillion in unfunded liabilities which has put upon each and every American citizen the disastrous amount of $343,932 they now owe to their government.
Equally as concerning to these Asian leaders is the growing power of the Vatican over both the European Union and United States, as we had previously detailed in our October 21st report “Vatican Sends “Shockwave” Around World As NASA Scientist Warns Israel “End Is Near”, and which during this past week saw the unprecedented move of the former US FBI Director, Louis Freeh, being granted Italian citizenship and the current British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, assigning his most senior officials to help assure former British Prime Minister, and newly converted Catholic, Tony Blair gains the Presidency of Europe.
Russian economists point out in these reports that the United States has shown “little to no ability” in being able to control the accelerated economic collapse of their Nation that has left over 8 million of their citizens jobless and a further 29 million of them doing everything they can to find full time work while their home foreclosure crisis has sent those rates soaring to the point that the Americans are now reporting that their lack of foreclosure attorneys has now reached “emergency proportions”.
Meanwhile, as their citizens continue their unabated plunge into abject poverty, the US is reporting that their “Great Recession” has now ended, a move, by the way, that has left the rest of the World stunned as to how the American people in the first place could have allowed the “Bankers Coup” that has captured their Nation and is hurling it into the abyss of history for the benefit of their moneyed political, government and corporate overlords.
So startling has the US banking industries brutal assault upon the American people become that new reports today are showing that besides the staggering extortion like fees they are charging these people (Citibank, in one example, have raised their rates over 200%), they are now enacting new fees against those who pay their bills on time.
Even worse for these people in the United States, which Pravda warns is “Moving from Kingdom of Cash to Socialism Slowly but Surely” and is causing millions of them to flee their “Money Mecca” New York City, no less than their most prestigious newspaper, The New York Times, is now warning them:
“Here at home, the terrible toll from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression continues, with no end to the joblessness in sight and no comprehensible plans for fashioning a healthy economy for the years ahead. The government’s finances resemble a Ponzi scheme…The nation’s political leaders and their corporate puppet masters have fouled this nation up to a fare-thee-well.”
Being forgotten by these American people is that what is happening to them now has long been warned about, including their 7th President, Andrew Jackson, who in defeating the bankers of his day said:
“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves.”
And sadly, due to these Americans failure to listen to their Founding Fathers and past Presidents who warned them about these bankers, the prophetic words of President Thomas Jefferson are now coming true…
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wakeup homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
Today, as millions of Americans are thrown into the streets by their bankster masters, and as millions of their children flee their homes because their parents can no longer afford to feed them, as tens of millions of them more join the growing army of jobless souls searching for work that is no longer there because they have been exported to China and Mexico, one can only wonder if the American spirit that once saw these people through so many other crisis laden times is, indeed, dead and gone forever.
And, most unfortunately, this dire prognosis appears to be true, and as, perhaps and incredibly, best articulated by the New York Times in their stating about their own citizens…
“Where people once might have deluged their elected representatives with complaints, joined unions, resisted mass firings, confronted their employers with serious demands, marched for social justice and created brand new civic organizations to fight for the things they believed in, the tendency now is to assume that there is little or nothing ordinary individuals can do about the conditions that plague them.
We can only add that this “spectator sport” these Americans believe there are just viewing is about to, and very soon, have very real, and deadly, consequences for them all. One can only hope they are prepared.
Unguided Missile AttacksSecretary of Commerce, the first Chinese-American ever to hold a US governors office, former top China lobbyist, and longtime Clinton family “conduit” to Communist China, Gary (Lok Gaa-Fai) Locke (photo 2nd left with Chinese Communist Leader President Hu Jintao) Posted by Clif Burns at 3:04 pm on October 19, 2009
Category: BIS, DDTC, MTCR
A headline in last Thursday’s Washington Times portentously warned: “EXCLUSIVE: Obama loosens missile technology controls to China.” The sub-head was “Fulfill Your Final Wishes. Nuclear Apocalypse Expected Tomorrow!!” Well, not really, that wasn’t the actual subhead, but it could have been, given the stern warnings in the article about the supposed dangers of the White House’s actions.
The reason for the doomsday tone was likely that the Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz wrote a story about something that he didn’t really know anything about. Indeed, he probably would have had a better chance of writing an accurate story if he had reported instead on, say, aspectual features of the verb and the relative position of the locatives in Mandarin Chinese.
Let’s roll the tape:
President Obama recently shifted authority for approving sales to China of missile and space technology from the White House to the Commerce Department — a move critics say will loosen export controls and potentially benefit Chinese missile development.
About the only thing in that sentence that is true is the phrase “critics say,” the rest being sadly misinformed. Items on the Missile Technology Control Regime (”MTCR”) are, depending upon whether the MTCR item is on the (”USML”) or the Commerce Control List (”CCL”), licensed either by the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (”DDTC”) or the Department of Commerce’s (”BIS”). Items on the USML are licensed by DDTC and are subject to the embargo in section 126.1 of the (”ITAR”), meaning, of course, that none of these items will be approved for export to the PRC. Items on the CCL are licensed by BIS and those license are considered on a case-by-case basis by BIS. Nothing in the bemoaned action by the Obama administration changed any of that or shifted any licensing authority over MTCR items from State to Commerce
The action that the Washington Times is referring to is a Presidential Determination made on September 29 that delegated to the Commerce Department the President’s obligation to certify to Congress under section 1512 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 1999, 22 U.S.C. § 2778 note, that exports to China of missile and space technology won’t be detrimental to the U.S. space industry or measurably improve the missile or space launch capabilities of the PRC. This is a certification that is made after DDTC or BIS has already approved the export, so the White House action here didn’t shift the authority to approve at all.
Nor did the White House’s action shift, as a practical matter, the obligation over section 1512 certifications from State to Commerce. Given the embargo on shipping USML items to China, the only MTCR items being exported now are items that have already received an export license from BIS. As a result, any section 1512 certifications made by the White House on those exports were undoubtedly made in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce and, no doubt, highly influenced by the findings by BIS and the Secretary of Commerce made in order to justify the export of the MTCR items to China. The White House delegation is really nothing more than a formal delegation of what already had been effectively delegated to Commerce prior to the September 29 Presidential Determination. Suggestions that this change is effective to handing over U.S. nuclear missile technology to Beijing are, simply put, crazy talk, more likely informed by the Washington Times’s political agenda than by any actual understanding of export law.
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Rodney Sinod, 37, had repeatedly warned his family he was going to kill them so the world could be free. He turned upon them in a gruesome murder-suicide on Misima Island, 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of mainland PNG. Sinod attacked his father, sister-in-law and a niece and nephew aged two and five years after returning from his morning worship on October 10, The National newspaper said. He also set upon his 17-year-old niece, chopping off part of her lower hand and striking her in the head with the axe. She survived and is recovering in hospital, the paper said. Sinod then fled to the mountains, stabbing himself in the chest with a knife and slamming himself against a tree to drive the blade in, it said. Local police said demon worship posed a serious threat to Misima's residents, with at least six villages engaging in such activities. Witchcraft and black magic practices are common in PNG. Locals often blame unexplained deaths and those resulting from illnesses such as AIDS, which is rife in the country, on sorcery. The old and the weak are usually targeted. A sex cult leader and his followers fled naked into the wilderness from police last month over claims he had promised villagers a bumper banana harvest if they engaged in public sex.
Everyone can agree that 1+1=2. But the idea that 7 is greater than 13 -- that some numbers are luckier than others -- makes no sense to some people. Such numerical biases can cause deep divisions.
And that is what happened earlier this month in Hong Kong. Property developer Henderson Land Development Co. made news for selling a condominium for $56.6 million, a price the developer called a residential record in Asia. But after that sale was announced, the property began making news for other unusual numbers. Henderson is labeling the floors of its property at 39 Conduit Road with numbers that increase, but not in the conventional 1-then-2 way. The floor above 39, for example, is 60. And the top three floors are consecutively labeled 66, 68 and 88.
This offended some people's sense of order. At a protest Sunday against high housing prices, Hong Kong Democratic Party legislators expressed dissatisfaction with the numbering scheme's tenuous relationship to reality. "You could call the ground floor the 88th floor, but it's meaningless," says Emily Lau. "When you say you live on the 88th floor, people expect you to be on the 88th floor, not the 10th floor or something."
Numerology, a belief that certain digits have greater meaning beyond merely their quantity, has long been been viewed as a kind of loony uncle to mathematics. Numerologists favor or fear certain numbers depending on factors such as the sound of the words for those numbers or the letter in the alphabet they correspond to. That kind of reasoning leads some mathematicians, who are governed by numerical laws and properties, to believe they have one up on
"The idea that numbers are somehow pure and immune to superstitious thinking, because they're somehow more 'objective' than words, doesn't take into account the fact that every concept exists (in our minds) in an interconnected tapestry of emotionally and culturally charged signifiers," Golan Levin, designer of the interactive project The Secret Lives of Numbers, which tracks the popularity of every whole number between one and one million, writes in an email. He considers most numerical superstitions harmless.
Thomas Garrity, a mathematician at Williams College, has always had a particular fondness for the number 9. The number 51, however, doesn't make his favorites list.
"This might stem from childhood, when I regularly thought that 51 should be prime, even though 51=3x17," he says, taking a trip down mathematical memory lane. But he doesn't base decisions on his preferences, for instance by avoiding the 51st floor of buildings, he says. "I can understand people having slightly irrational feelings about particular numbers," Prof. Garrity says. "I don't get, though, people making real decisions based on such feelings."
And yet some numerical superstitions do spread, especially when profits are involved. A Las Vegas casino that caters to Hong Kong high rollers also skips floors from 40 to 59, while Henderson's Hong Kong development omits the 13th floor to cater to Western tastes.
A Henderson spokeswoman says customers "don't want the fours and the unlucky numbers. These numbers are more interesting."
Henderson chose to name the floors as it did because of positive associations with 6 and 8, and negative ones with 4. In Cantonese and Mandarin, the word for eight sounds like "faat," which means prosperity. Hence the Beijing Olympics starting time of 8 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2008. The word for four, meanwhile, "sounds very much like 'death,' and is therefore avoided at all costs," says Hung-Hsi Wu, professor emeritus of mathematics at University of California, Berkeley, who was born in Hong Kong. Six is also considered lucky.
A preference for six over four also guided developers of the 42-floor Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas. There, penthouses are on the 60th, 61st and 62nd floor because Mandalay Bay skips the numbers 40 to 59.
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This is an interview that was read more...censored for obvious reasons. Dr. Maurice Hilleman who was a senior vaccine scientist at Merck reveals the real story behind AIDS and the SV40 virus which causes cancer and how they have been deliberately put in vaccines to infect people. SAY NO TO THE SWINE FLU VACCINE!
SHOCKING!... W.H.O. 1972 Memos... Describes How to Turn Vaccines Into a Means of Killing!Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 1:42pm.
Two key memorandums from WHO, discovered by Patrick Jordan, prove WHO has intentionally created the three-shot killer vaccine that people in the USA and other countries could soon be forced to take. ~ Documents
1972 WHO Bulletin 47, No 2 Memordanda #1 and #2 Virus-associated immunopathology:
Animal models and implications for human disease * technically outline the ability to create biological weapons in the form of vaccines that:
1) First totally disable the Immune System.
2) Load every cell of the Victim’s body up with Infection.
3) Switch the Immune System on causing the host to kill themselves in a Cytokine Storm.
One, Two, Three, Dead!
** These WHO Memorandas describe the three-stage impact of the three "shots" many people will be forced to take this fall to allegedly treat a virus that WHO also helped create and release.
** This is a crucial piece of evidence of WHO's long-term genocidal intentions that could stand in any court of law because these memorandums give the best and fullest explanation WHO's and affiliated labs (such as the CDC) current activities, such as their patenting of the most lethal bird flu viruses, their sending that virus to Baxter's subsidiary in Austria, which weaponised it and sent out 72 kilos to 16 labs in four countries almost triggering a global pandemic.
For every crime, there needs to be motive, an indication that it was deliberate, planned. The WHO memorandums provide the evidence of just that deliberate, long-term planning to kill people by weakening their immune system by use of the first vaccine, injecting a live virus into their body by a second, and creating a cytokine storm using squalene in a third.
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Virus-associated immunopathology : animal models and implications for human disease:
1. Effects of viruses on the immune system, immune-complex diseases, and antibody-mediated immunologic injury
Bull World Health Organ. 1972; 47(2): 257?264.
Virus-associated immunopathology: animal models and implications for human disease:
2. Cell-mediated immunity, autoimmune diseases, genetics, and implications for clinical research
Bull World Health Organ. 1972; 47(2): 265?274
Politicians And Pundits Unintentionally Singing About Peace Prize, United Nations and Healthcare
Presidents, Prime Ministers and Pundits sing in harmony. Love and happiness abounds. "A Nobel for not being George Bush" LOL!
POLITICO’s Meredith Shiner reporting from Nancy Pelosi’s big health care reform announcement:
An anti-Pelosi activist started screaming into a bullhorn, “Nazi Pelosi! Nazi Pelosi! You’ll burn in hell for this!” as she was announcing the plan, which includes a public option.
Pelosi, scarcely missing a beat, responded, “Thank you, insurance companies of America.”
Anyone out there who does not believe that eventually gun confiscation will ultimately come to their door need only to witness what took place Wednesday in a Senate hearing with the Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the FCC. It wasn't about guns but in time it will be. A rose by any other name is still a rose.
The debate was about the Federal government's full court press to end texting while driving. I'm no fan of distracted drivers, but the display and comments given during the hearing were frightening.
Democratic Senators Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey has introduced the Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2009 which will seek a nationwide ban on texting of any kind while driving. It has strong support from Sen. Schumer who introduced a similar bill of his own.
It has momentum because Obama issued an executive order earlier this month banning federal employees using a government car from texting that will become effective at the first of next year.
Rockefeller is proposing to have some electronic device installed in cars to disable the drivers phone in answer to those who doubt that police can really catch a driver texting.
The real kicker is folks like Schumer and others who boastfully expressed how to use federal funding as a blackmail to withhold money from states that do not implement some kind of restrictions.
Secretary LaHood reportedly had this comment “All of us politicians know that if you say something often enough people start to believe it,” said LaHood. “Even if it’s not true.” He's also reported to have said "it's a menace to society."
There were some arguing states rights, but I'm willing to bet if the feds threaten to hold back money from these states, their legislatures will buckle in a heart beat.
You can bet there is a day on the calendar when the subject won't be text messaging, but guns. I understand that even one of the largest cell phone companies is supporting Sen. Schumer's bill. Remember how quickly Smith and Wesson sucked up to President Clinton in the earlier days of the "Assault weapon ban"?
There is no doubt that a distracted driver is dangerous. I know first hand as a truck driver for 33 years the results that come about when a person is driving and on the phone, or eating or playing with the radio, but the horror that awaits us is that the majority of our population will accept allowing government to step further into their personal lives.
It's a menace to society, so we're told and this law will protect our children and us. Who can argue with that? So too, it will be for guns. They are a menace to society and a prohibition on them will protect our children and us. It will even reduce health care costs we will be told.
The bottom line is that I don't think we're ever going to put this monster federal government into a cage. But if we all work hard to find strong people willing to run for state and local offices and do all that we can to elect them into office, then perhaps we may find some dragon slayers.
If you think this is a commercial because I'm running for office think again buckaroos. I've been beating this horse for years. The state legislator who clearly understands the words liberty and freedom and acts accordingly is a rare and scarce breed.
Within the next three years many will discover the importance of electing the right individuals to state office, if they are fortunate enough to have a brave soul willing to step up. I'll speak more on this at the 2nd Amendment Patriot meeting Saturday.
Jim and Margie
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Shocking reports circulating in the Kremlin today are stating that Prime Minister Putin’s refusal to agree to new talks with the United States on the START 1 Nuclear Arms Control Treaty, Russian National Security Council Head Nikolai Patrushev’s warning that the Motherlands “military must prepare for a large-scale conflict” and the State Duma’s unanimous vote to allow Russian troops to go “abroad to prevent aggression by other states and to protect Russian citizens on foreign soil”, are all due to a GRU report stating that the American President, Barack Obama, has been made to “surrender his power” to the Right-Wing fascist forces who now, for all intent and purposes, are steering the US towards Total Global War.
According to these reports, in the ‘fractious’ White House meeting held between Obama and his top US Military Commanders in late September (and as we had previously reported on in our October 2nd report “Obama In Secret Russia Visit Warns Putin, “I May Not Make It”) the American President was forced to sign away a strategic portion of his power, and as we can read as posted by the United States Federal Register:
NOTICE: ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS
Presidential Determination On the Delegation of Certifications Under Section 1512 of Public Law 105-261 Memorandum for the Secretary of Commerce
By virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of Title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to you the functions of the President under section 1512 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (NDAA). In the performance of your responsibility under this memorandum, you shall consult, as appropriate, the heads of other executive departments and agencies. You are authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
[FR Doc. E9-23917
Filed 10-1-09; 8:45 am]
Billing code 3510-BP-P
Important to note about Obama’s signing away his power is that it is authorized under US Code Title 3 Section 301 which states:
The President of the United States is authorized to designate and empower the head of any department or agency in the executive branch, or any official thereof who is required to be appointed by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to perform without approval, ratification, or other action by the President
(1) any function which is vested in the President by law, or
(2) any function which such officer is required or authorized by law to perform only with or subject to the approval, ratification, or other action of the President: Provided, That nothing contained herein shall relieve the President of his responsibility in office for the acts of any such head or other official designated by him to perform such functions. Such designation and authorization shall be in writing, shall be published in the Federal Register, shall be subject to such terms, conditions, and limitations as the President may deem advisable, and shall be revocable at any time by the President in whole or in part.
To the specific power Obama was forced to relinquish to the right-wing fascist coup plotters we can further read from Section 1512 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999, and which says:
SEC. 1512. CERTIFICATION OF EXPORTS OF MISSILE EQUIPMENT OR TECHNOLOGY TO
The President shall certify to the Congress at least 15 days in advance of any export to the People's Republic of China of missile equipment or technology (as defined in section 74 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2797c)) that--
(1) such export is not detrimental to the
(2) the missile equipment or technology, including any indirect technical benefit that could be derived from such export, will not measurably improve the missile or space launch capabilities of the People's Republic of
To the greatest alarm caused in Russia by Obama’s being forced to give up this power is the man to whom he has given it to, and who, according to FSB files, is one of Communist China’s most deeply embedded spies in the United States and is the Americans current Secretary of Commerce, the first Chinese-American ever to hold a US governors office, former top China lobbyist, and longtime Clinton family “conduit” to Communist China, Gary (Lok Gaa-Fai) Locke (photo 2nd left with Chinese Communist Leader President Hu Jintao)
Not being told to the American people about Secretary Locke is his longstanding ties with the Chinese Communists funneling money to the US Democratic Party under the regime of former President Clinton and his wife, now US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton orchestrated by master China spy and former US deputy assistant secretary for International economic affairs under Clinton John Huang through the Lippo Bank in California and the Worthen Bank in Arkansas.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has now declared that improving the United States ties with China is now her “personal mission”, these reports continue, Obama’s signing over of his power to Americas most strategic military secrets to Communist China through Secretary Locke “proves beyond all doubt” that the US has acquiesced to the Chinese who are expected in the next moves of the Great Game to strike the Motherland in a grab to gain for themselves the vast mineral, timber and fishery wealth of Siberia, the last such resources remaining in the World today.
[Note: Siberia makes up about 77% of Russia's territory (13.1 million square kilometres), but only 25% of Russia's population and holds some of the World's largest deposits of nickel, gold, lead, coal, molybdenum, gypsum, diamonds, silver and zinc, as well as extensive unexploited resources of oil and natural gas and whose Sea of Okhotsk is one of the two or three richest fisheries on the Planet.]
Being forgotten by these duplicitous and arrogant right-wing fascists now controlling America is that the Motherland is more than able to defend itself against them, including such notable figures as White House Communication Director Anita Dunn who was recently video taped praising the former brutal Chinese Communist Dictator Mao Tse-tung as one of her “favorite political philosophers”.
And for those sleeping Americans soon to be awakened to the catastrophic horrors of what their “leaders” have in store for them through there new alliance with the satanic Chinese Communists they should, and sooner rather than later, remember the words of Chairman Mao, who aside from correctly calling the United States a “paper tiger”, gave this advice to all of his followers: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
Whose guns will win the battle for the
The leak of information about Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother and his alleged connection to the CIA and tribal drug lords is curious. Leaks always are. But in this case, the release of this sensitive information is troublesome and potentially game-changing in a dangerous war.
Ahmed Wali Karzai (at left) admitted to giving the agency information, but has denied receiving any money from the CIA, or being part of the lucrative Afghanistan opium trade – making him, at least in Washington-talk, that much more guilty.
The information, published in the New York Times, first stated that the president's brother was, in effect, the southern sector's political boss, running the election, communicating with the Taliban for the U.S. government, informing the U.S. government of possible attacks, and overseeing several bridges vital to opium traffickers.
The U.N.'s report on the drug trade in Afghanistan, "Afghan Opium Survey 2009," released in Kabul by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) last month, said the drug lords and the government in Afghanistan had a "marriage of convenience," that the traffickers had built a stand-alone empire similar to South America's Colombian cartels, and that both the Taliban and the Afghan government extracted tariffs on their trade.
Read: Afghanistan Now Has Drug Cartels
Watch Pam Falk Discuss Recent Developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan
The analysis of the New York Times' information took it to new levels: Wali Karzai was reported, in other news, to be a major drug lord and a CIA operative. But regardless of the exaggeration, the fact remains that the president's brother has some connection to drug lords – even if it is personally-enriching political expediency – and that relationship is unacceptable by any American foreign policy standards.
Senate hearings have been called for — in the day since the information surfaced.
The report itself will change the political and military landscape in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The insurgents will use it as proof of the U.S. meddling at the highest level of the Afghan government. In Pakistan, where the use of drones is already being questioned by the U.N. envoy for extrajudicial killings — and the Pakistani Parliament questions the strings on the $7.5 billion U.S. aid package — the equation of the U.S. government to the CIA is devastating.
So, the obvious, unanswered question is: who leaked the information?
Speculation has begun, but the most curious aspect of the most recent Washington leak is the fact that there is not a major outcry from the administration, from the U.S. military or from the public, for that matter, about the security breach itself.
Leaks are to Washington as milk is to a baby. International politics has always run on the politically unsavory use of them.
In early October, staffers inside the usually airtight International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) leaked a report that is in draft form, of questionable intelligence, and still unpublished, that Iran has sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device, in order to imply that IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, cautious and with only one month to go in his unblemished tenure, was not allowing the report to be published.
More infamous leaks were the Pentagon Papers in the Vietnam era and the Valerie Plame saga, where she was exposed as a CIA agent married to former Bush Administration official, Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
The Karzai story may not help the Afghan President's principal opponent in the November 7 election, Abdullah Abdullah, that much, but it will certainly damage Hamid Karzai's credibility and ability to govern. It will also take Ahmed Wali Karzai out of the information trade.
The impact could be enormous and, more to the point, it brings to the surface a cavernously deep division between U.S. military intelligence – cited several times in the report – and the administration on Afghan strategy. The speculation is that the request by U.S. and NATO General Stanley A. McChrystal is strengthened by the need to combat the drug lords directly and because the drug trafficking has truly corrupted the Afghan government, implying as well that the Taliban has deeper stakes in the running of the country.
The alternative to the political theater of leaks in Washington, are whistleblowers: someone who is willing to commit personal and professional self-destruction by releasing the information with fingerprints. Peter Gabriel, the deputy of the U.N. Mission in Afghanistan, did that a few weeks ago on the extent of the fraud in the Afghan election, and was summarily fired.
To a certain extent, General McChrystal already has spoken out publicly for the need for more troops, and has been less outspoken in recent days.
Thus, the leak. Somewhere is Washington; someone has an interest in getting the information out, regardless of the possible danger to U.S. strategy and perception of the U.S. role in the war. That is not amazing. The only remarkable thing is that the Obama Administration is not outraged by it. In Washington tealeaf reading terms, that means the administration has the key motive for the leak.
With no fingerprints on the information, the speculation will continue. Meanwhile, U.S. war room deliberations on Afghanistan strategy just got a whole lot more complicated.
The popularity of Dan Brown’s new book The Lost Symbol prompted CNN’s “am fix” to investigate the Freemasons in Congress and the White House. Earth’s largest and oldest secret fraternity has had wide influence on the construction of Washington D.C.’s layout and the people who make up the U.S. government. While in the halls of Congress on Oct. 6, CNN’s reporters were met mostly with politicians who did not want to speak to them. A couple senators did speak but divulged very little information about their fraternity. WV Democratic Representative Nick Rahall educated the reporters about the Masonic compass and square symbol and recited a short history of his involvement as a Freemason. The “my am” anchors let the viewers know they did not really believe Rahall when he said the Masons are not trying to rule the world. CNN also briefly explained the Freemasonic connection to the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers of the USA, members including Presidents and Congress members, and one of the many road symbols in the layout of Washington..
There is a simple reason--one based on the distinction the Greeks made and consistent with scientific psychology--namely, the animal nature of the person influences the rational nature. Social reinforcers influence analysis. In plain language, people like to genuflect.
No one deliberately does bad math unless there is personal benefits. The simple adding of a column of figures and arriving at a sum in most instances in free of social reinforces that would reward the wrong answer, but the analysis of the New Testament has many, many social reinforcers acquired over the individual’s lifetime.
To analyze the errors (as Shermer does) doesn’t show its causes. It isn’t the person’s inability to tell fiction from history that makes him believe that JC walked on water, for that error is not universally made: scriptures of other religions are treated as fiction. If scripture analysis was similar to an error in Calculus where a particular use of a derivate was incorrect, that error would be repeated each time the operation was repeated. With errors of analysis, be it of herbs or of JC, the error occurs only in the sphere that has been subjected to strong social reinforcers.
Smart people are subject to social reinforcers just like those with room-temperature IQs; however, most smart people have been subjected to greater training in methods of rational analysis, and so has their peer group. The answer as to why smart people believe weird things is found in their personal history.
Ron Paul responds to Michael Moore
Ron Paul on Larry King tonight explaining to Michael Moore the difference between capitalism and corporatism.
Ron Paul: "I don't think he (Moore) is quite willing to criticize Obama like Bush, But I AM"
CIA Director Leon Panetta was in San Francisco defending the U.S. policy of targeted assassinations in the war on terror last week.