Monday, March 05, 2012

BREAKING: EXCLUSIVE - More "Smoking Gun" Emails From Kobe University Virologist Teridah Ernala Ginting to Dr. C.A. Nidom; Acts Of Espionage Against Indonesia by Akiko Makino and Others From Kobe University "Secret" Lab

These e-mails outline and confirm acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians committed by Akiko Makino and others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation

THE 5TH ESTATE
By Robert S. Finnegan
03/03/2012

Background e-mails from Teridah Ernala Ginting to 5th Estate editor Robert S. Finnegan:

After the incident, my professor became very nice at me. Of course, because they know that I know what's going on exactly. Few days later, they asked me to sign a document, mentioning that I'm a researcher belonging to my supervisor, and every matters between my supervisor and I should be kept confidential. I didn't have any reason not to sign it. 


If you want to, I will forward the conversation between Dr Nidom and I. It's in Bahasa Indonesia, but that's the actual story. It's a very long mail, maybe it's pretty difficult for you to understand the whole story but just keep it for your reference.

PS: you better read the mail from the bottom. You will see how they're desperately want samples.


For your information:



Yoshi sensei - Yoshihiro Kawaoka, my professor. The authority. Everything done by these following two names are for his sake.

Shinya - Kyoko Shinya, my associate professor also my boss in this project. She's always using me and telling lot of lies.

Makino - Akiko Makino, new assistant professor from Tokyo Univ. She carried the illegal samples from Indonesia.


Yamaoka - Masaoki Yamaoka, a Japanese researcher assigned in Indonesia.


Dr Hatta - Shinya got the human samples from dr Hatta, but claimed it as dr Nidom's samples at Surabaya airport."


My personal research themes are: the study of circulating oseltamivir resistant H1N1 virus (I mentioned before); the internalization of highly pathogenic H5N1 virus into cells; the study of PA gene of Indonesia human H5N1 virus in relation to its virulency; neuraminidase protein characteristic of horse influenza H3N8 which jumped and transferred its whole genome into dogs; and the pathogenicity of avian H5N1 virus to several local chicken breeds.

Too many subjects for a student, actually. Other students only have one subject, it's enough for graduation. Some may have two if one is not good enough. That's why I almost have no time for my self.


I'm working in BSL-2 laboratory, that's the requirement from the government because the original virus was only common H1N1. For H5N1 virus, I'm working in BSL-3 laboratory.

My experiment is confidential (please keep this only for you), noone except my professor and I know this (even we keep it secret from other lab members). Especially after the H1N1 emerged, my work will cause lot of trouble. We will go to the public after everything is set up.


Ida

Kobe University virologists Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Teridah Ernala, Makino, Shinya have endangered the world

From: "Ida - Teridah Ernala"
To: C. A. Nidom
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 2:59 AM

Subject: Re: Apa kabar?

Dear Pak Nidom,

Thanks for your email. Your explanation has helped me to understand what was going on. As for me, there’s no big deal, but honestly I actually felt being used and cheated working on this project all this time.

Let me try to tell you what I knew and heard:

1. It all started from complains received from Shinya sensei about the samples. According to her, Pak Nidom didn’t do surveillance for Kobe-Unair project anymore. Pak Nidom was always busy doing something else and Pak Nidom told Shinya sensei that Pak Nidom wouldn’t send any more samples to be analyzed. Shinya sensei felt cornered because she had to be responsible to making reports to Kobe University and to Yoshi sensei. Most of the information Shinya received was from Yamaoka sensei. Shinya sensei felt that Yamaoka sensei had worked more than Pak Nidom. Especially because Yamaoka sensei gave data and also worked with dr. Pailingan. He’s been complaining about that since a few months ago. From I saw, Shinya sensei also communicated a lot with Yamaoka sensei, I never knew what they communicated about. But since they were close, it seemed that Shinya sensei received a lot information, Yamaoka’s version, of course. For instance: in Surabaya there was no more surveillance, and even though there were a lot of samples, they were not processed any further.


Dr. C.A. Nidom
2. In June, Shinya sensei had planned to meet with Pak Hatta in Makassar. I didn’t care much about the meeting was about. But suddenly Shinya asked me to come along, she said we were going to see farms in South Sulawesi for around one month and it just happened I was the committee so more or less I knew about South Sulawesi. I called keswan in Pinrang and Polewali that we were going to see the farms. Then Shinya sensei asked if we could do the sampling too. Keswan allowed us to do so but we had to make a letter of request to Dinas, Propinsi and Kabupaten. I have prepared all those letters required.


Samples we took were from healthy pigs and chickens (not outbreak samples). What I regretted here was that Shinya sensei actually wanted to meet Pak Hatta by using “surveillance” as the reason. By taking me, she could use the budget from Kobe University, because as far I’m concerned, her work with Pak Hatta was personal business (whether or not this was true, I had no idea).

The truth was, all of sudden Shinya sensei asked me to come along whereas her wish to meet with Pak Hatta had been planned for so long.

I had asked Shinya sensei over and over again to inform Pak Nidom about this plan. Even right before the departure, I asked her again. She always said she would.

I also said that we couldn’t take home the samples, we had to give them to Unair (because that was what I told Dinas). I also said to take only the swab and let Vivin and Mas Ucup take the samples in Sulawesi later, when all collected. But at that time Shinya sensei said she was busy and didn’t have time, so let’s just take them and give them to Yamaoka sensei while in transit in Bali.

So there, the samples were then given to Yamaoka sensei in Bali (samples in PBS + antibiotics). While samples in Trizol were taken to Japan because according Shinya sensei the samples in Trizol had been inactive and all the import papers have been prepred by Makino sensei, so there should be no problem. The PBS samples were taken by Yamaoka to Surabaya.

3. Shinya sensei and Pak Hatta met at the Hasanuddin Airport. When they met, I was not brought in, I was waiting somewhere else. So I had no idea what they talked about. After that Pak Hatta told me that if I wanted outbreak samples, he could get in touch with Vet. Muflihanah in Maros. I said that was impossible because I have had asked about DIC samples to Dirjen (General Director). There was no way the samples would be given away by DIC without permission from Dirjen. But Pak Hatta convinced Shinya sensei that Vet. Muflihanah was his student and would definitely give the samples with permission from Dirjen. That was when I had bad feeling about it, I told Shinya sensei that was a law-breaking act. After that, Pak Hatta might have ‘entertained’ Vet. Muflihanah or something, I don’t know, and I don’t want know about it.

4. 2 days upon returning from Sulawesi in the end of July, Shinya sensei left for Surabaya with Makino sensei. She said [the] purpose at that time was to check on the presentation by friends at AI Lab. When he was about to leave, I once again asked about Pak Nidom’s opinion about the samples taken by Yamaoka to Surabaya. Shinya sensei said that she hasn’t told Pak Nidom about it but would do so when he arrived in Surabaya. I was disappointed and ashamed because I have sent a letter to Dinas and Province that samples would be brought to Unair. I don’t want Pak Nidom hear this from someone else. I just wish that Shinya sensei could explain this nicely to Pak Nidom. Shinya sensei said that she had talked about his visit to Sulawesi and that Pak Nidom has collected samples from Dnas. I felt relieved hearing that, because that meant there was no problem.

Whether or not Shinya sensei brought the samples in to Japan during his visit to Surabaya, I really had no idea about it.

5. About Makino sensei getting caught taking samples out of Indonesia in Juanda, at that time I was on vacation in Surabaya. Makino sensei returned to Japan at the very same day I returned to Japan. I had no idea at all about Makino sensei’s visit to Surabaya, I only learned about it the night before, when Motoko called me. I never tried to contact Makino sensei because I was not ‘invited’, so I left her alone.

I learned about this when I returned to the lab (on Monday) from Shinya sensei. I was shocked because I thought Makino sensei brought in the samples from Sulawesi that we gave to Yamaoka.

6. According to Shinya sensei, airport officers held the samples of Human RNA from Pak Hatta. According to Shinya’s ‘version’, Makino was trapped by someone. Because at that time Makino had gone through the boarding gate, but suddenly chased by an officer who then searched through the contents of her bag in public. The officer was looking for “bottle” but couldn’t find it. The officer also searched through the contents of her baggage in where they found the boxes filled with tubes without proper documentations. Makino sensei told the officer that she received the samples from Unair but when the officer called Unair, it was not true.

The sudden search through by airport officer has made Shinya sensei think that there must have been someone reported it to the Karantina (quarantine) in Surabaya. Shinya sensei said the only persons that knew about it were Yoshi sensei, Pak Nidom and Yamaoka. It seemed that even Kobe University (just like Pak Hatta) knew nothing about this sample. So, in other words, he believed that it was Pak Nidom who reported it. Whether or not it was true, it was not my problem. But what I saw here was the illegal act (smuggling) done by foreigner. So, by law, Indonesian authority did the right thing.

7. After the incident, Pak Hatta received a letter from the Head of Unair. Then Pak Hatta faxed it to Shinya sensei. Because it was written in bahasa Indonesi, Shinya sensei asked me to translate it:

1. The material you handed to Dr Masaoki Yamaoka on August 5th 2009, and then kept in ITD, should have been reported previously to us (at least to the head of ITD). In particular, if the material preceded using ITD’s material and equipment.

2. The materials been brought by Ms. Makino without any supporting document from you, so that Ms Makino and materials could not depart to Japan. Because Ms Makino declared that the materials derived from Airlangga University, she was not arrested and allowed to embark.  However the materials are still kept in Juanda airport.

3. We regret the statement of Ms Makino mentioned that the materials came from Airlangga University, and described as zoonotic material. In fact, written statement from Dr Shinya and you mentioned that they were human samples.

4. Regarding to the points above, we require you to come to Surabaya as soon as possible to solve this problem. This is a serious illegal practice related to MTA

From the above letter, I understood that there had been a deception. Material mentioned on the paper was zoonotic material while in fact it was Human RNA.

8. A few days ago, I was suddenly asked to sign an agreement letter by Shinya sensei. According to her, the letter signed by all parties involved in Kobe project. The letter contained confidential agreement between me, as a researcher, and Shinya sensei as my boss. The signatories were only me and Shinya sensei. I had doubts at that time, but Shinya sensei said it was required by the office and everybody signed the same letter, not only me. So I just signed it.

The following day I asked Nakagawa san if he ever signed the similar letter? He said he never did. I began to worry because one of the clauses said that I had to obey Shinya sensei and all researches I did or would be doing were for Shinya sensei. After re-reading the agreement letter, I just realized that there was no Indonesian project mentioned on that paper. Everything there was all about the binding work relationship between me and Shinya sensei. And why the letter was issued now whereas I had been in the project since March 2008? And why nobody else signed the similar letter? And why it was signed only by me and Shinya sensei? Why not by The Head / Dean of Kobe University or Pak Hotta or Pak Hayashi? I had no idea or I might have overreacted about this. I will ask Didik if he ever signed the similar letter or not.

9. Personally, I wanted to have this collaboration working well. I think what happened here is lack of communications between each other. I wanted all to be normal as it used to be. Shinya sensei had actually a strong desire to develop the lab in Surabaya, but as Pak Nidom might also be aware of, there had been many problems occurred here and there. When I and Shinya sensei visited Pinrang, we also entrusted medium transport. But after this incident, I don’t see how it’s going to be continued. My wish is to get the samples processed at Unair, but it seems very difficult to do so.

I hope everything written here has given you the positive feedback and not causing the bad impacts to everyone. To me, open up is very important thing in the teamwork. I believe Pak Nidom has the same idea.

I’m fine so far, thanks for your concerns. I hope Pak Nidom could be more patient and fighting. I understand it is hard to be in this situation.

Thanks for the email. Don’t hesitate to write me, I will help as best as I can.

GBU.

From:  "Ida - Teridah Ernala"
To: C. A. Nidom

Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 2:59 AM

Subject: Re: Apa kabar?

Dear Pak Nidom,

Makasih untuk emailnya. Penjelasan Pak Nidom sangat membantu saya untuk mengerti ada apa sebenarnya. Sebenarnya dari sisi saya sih tidak ada masalah besar, cuma terus terang saya merasa banyak dimanfaatkan dan dibohongi selama bekerja untuk proyek ini.

Saya coba ceritakan apa yang saya tau dan saya dengar selama ini.

1. Awalnya dimulai dari keluhan2 Shinya sensei tentang sampel. Menurut beliau, Pak Nidom tidak melakukan surveillance lagi untuk proyek Kobe-Unair. Selama ini Pak Nidom sibuk melakukan kegiatan lain, dan juga Pak Nidom bilang sama Shinya sensei kalo Pak Nidom tidak akan mengirimkan sampel lagi untuk di analisis. Shinya sensei merasa terpojok karena harus bertanggung jawab untuk menyiapkan laporan ke Kobe univ dan Yoshi sensei. Informasi tersebut Shinya sensei banyak terima dari Yamaoka sensei. Shinya sensei merasa Yamaoka sensei lebih banyak 'bekerja' dibandingkan Pak Nidom. Terutama karena Yamaoka sensei banyak memberi data dan juga kerjasama dengan dr Pailingan. Beliau komplain tentang itu sejak berbulan2 lalu. Yang sya perhatikan juga, Shinya sensei banyak berkomunikasi dengan Yamaoka sensei, entah apa saja. Tapi sejak mereka 'dekat', tampaknya banyak hal2 yang diterima oleh Shinya sensei dari versi Yamaoka. Misalnya, di Surabaya ga ada kegiatan surveillance, dan walaupun banyak sampel yang ada tapi tidak diproses.

2. Sekitar bulan Juni, Shinya sensei sudah merencanakan mau ketemu Pak Hatta di Makassar. Tentang apa saat itu saya tidak banyak peduli. Tapi tiba2 Shinya sensei mengajak saya ikut, dengan alasan mau lihat2 farm di Sulawesi. Kebetulan dulu kelas koas saya pernah pengabdian masyarakat di Sulawesi Selatan selama 1 bulan, dan kebetulan saya panitianya. Jadi saya sedikit banyak tau tentang Sulawesi Selatan. Saya hubungi keswan di Pinrang dan Polewali kalau kami ingin lihat2 farm. Kemudian Shinya sensei tanya apakah kita bisa sampling juga. Ternyata pihak keswan mengijinkan asal kami buat surat ke dinas, propinsi dan kabupaten. Semua surat2 itu sudah saya siapkan. Sample yang kami ambil adalah babi dan ayam sehat (bukan sampel outbreak). Yang saya sesalkan disini adalah, menurut saya, Shinya sensei sebenarnya ingin ketemu Pak Hatta tapi dengan menggunakan 'surveillance' sebagai alasan. Dengan mengajak saya, beliau bisa menggunakan budget dari Kobe Univ, karena setau saya kerjasama dengan Pak Hatta adalah urusan pribadi Shinya sensei (apakah itu benar atau tidak, saya tidak tahu).

Yang jelas, tiba2 Shinya sensei mengajak saya padahal rencana kunjungannya ke pak Hatta sudah ada sejak lama.

Karena saya merasa ga enak dengan Pak Nidom dan dinas, saya wanti2 berkali-kali bilang sama Shinya sensei, tolong kabari Pak Nidom tentang rencana ini. Sampai saat berangkat pun saya sudah yakinkan lagi. Dia selalu bilang iya, pasti saya bilang.

Saya juga bilang, sampel ini tidak bisa kita bawa pulang, harus kita serahkan ke Unair (karena begitu yang saya bilang ke dinas). Bahkan saya juga sempat bilang, biar kita antar swabnya saja, dan nanti Vivin atau Mas Ucup yang ambil sampelnya ke Sulawesi kalo sudah terkumpul. Tapi saat itu Shinya sensei bilang, mereka sibuk dan mungkin ga sempat, jadi kita saja yang bawa dan serahkan ke Yamaoka sensei saat transit di Bali.

Begitulah, akhirnya sampel tsb kami serahkan ke Yamaoka sensei di Bali (sampel dalam PBS+antibiotik). Sementara sampel dalam Trizol dibawa ke Jepang karena menurut Shinya sensei sampel Trizol sudah inaktif dan surat2 importnya sudah disiapkan oleh makino sensei, jadi tidak masalah. Selanjutnya sampel PBS dibawa Yamaoka ke surabaya.

3. Shinya sensei dan Pak Hatta bertemu di airport hasanuddin. Waktu mereka bertemu saya tidak disertakan, saya menunggu di tempat lain. Jadi apa yang mereka bicarakan saya tidak tahu. Setelah itu, Pak Hatta bilang sama saya, kalau mau sampel outbreak, dia bisa hubungi drh Muflihanah di Maros. Saya bilang itu tidak mungkin, karena saya sudah tanya sebelumnya ke dirjen tentang sampel DIC. Dan tidak mungkin sampel itu diberikan pihak DIC tanpa ijin dirjen. Tapi Pak Hatta meyakinkan Shinya sensei kalau drh Muflihanah adalah muridnya dan pasti akan memberi tanpa ijin dirjen. Disitu saya sudah tidak suka, saya bilang pada Shinya sensei kalau hal itu melanggar hukum. Setelah itu, apakah Pak Hatta melobi drh Muflihanah atau tidak saya tidak tau, dan saya sudah ga mau ikut campur kalo dia melakukan itu.

4. Sekembalinya dari Sulawesi akhir July, Shinya sensei berangkat lagi ke Surabaya 2 hari kemudian bersama Makino sensei. Tujuannya saat itu dia bilang untuk memeriksa presentasi teman2 lab AI. Saat dia akan berangkat, sekali lagi saya tanya, apakah kata Pak Nidom tentang sampel yang dibawa Yamaoka ke Surabaya. Di situ, Shinya sensei mengaku dia belum bilang Pak Nidom tapi akan bilang saat di Surabaya nanti. Saya kecewa sekali dan malu. Karena saya sudah menulis surat ke dinas dan provinsi bahwa sampel akan dibawa ke Unair. Saya sungguh tidak mau apabila Pak Nidom mendengar hal ini dari orang lain. Saya malu dengan Pak Nidom juga. Saya cuma bisa berharap Shinya sensei bisa menjelaskan dengan baik ke Pak Nidom saat kunjungannya ke Surabaya. Setelah dia kembali ke Jepang, saya tanya lagi, bagaimana pendapat Pak Nidom. Shinya sensei bilang dia sudah bicarakan tentang kunjungan ke Sulawesi, dan Pak Nidom juga tengah mengumpulkan sampel dari dinas. Mendengar itu saya lega, artinya tidak ada masalah.

Apakah Shinya sensei membawa sampel ke Jepang saat kunjungannya ke Surabaya awal Agustus, saya tidak tahu.

5. Tentang masalah Makino sensei saat tertangkap membawa sampel di Juanda, saat itu saya ada di Surabaya tengah liburan. Makino sensei kembali ke Jepang pada hari yang sama saya kembali ke Jepang. Saya tidak tahu sama sekali tentang kunjungan Makino sensei ke Surabaya, saya dengar pada malam sebelum saya pulang saat Motoko telp saya. Tapi saya tidak mencoba menghubungi Makino sensei, karena saya merasa tidak dilibatkan jadi tidak ikut campur.

Saya tahu tentang masalah itu setelah kembali ke lab (Senin) dari Shinya sensei. Saya kaget karena saya pikir Makino sensei membawa sampel SUlawesi yang kami serahkan ke Yamaoka.

6. Menurut Shinya sensei, petugas airport menahan sampel human RNA dari Pak Hatta. Versi Shinya sensei adalah Makino sensei 'dijebak' oleh seseorang. Karena, saat itu Makino sensei sudah lewat boarding, tiba2 dikejar oleh petugas, dan tasnya dibongkar di depan umum. Petugas mencari 'botol', tapi karena tidak ditemukan, bawaanya juga diperiksa dan ketemulah boks berisi tube tanpa surat2. Makino sensei menyebutkan kalau sampel tsb dari Unair, dan saat petugas menghubungi Unair, ternyata tidak benar adanya.

Shinya sensei bilang pasti ada orang yang melapor ke karantina Surabaya, karena tindakan penggeledahan yang tiba2 tersebut. Pengakuan Shinya sensei adalah, dia cuma cerita tentang sample tersebut ke Yoshi sensei, Pak Nidom dan Yamaoka. Tampaknya bahkan pihak Kobe Univ pun (seperti Pak Hotta) tidak tahu menau tentang sampel ini. Jadi secara tidak langsung dia menganggap Pak Nidom yang melaporkan. Apakah itu benar atau tidak bagi saya tidak masalah. Saya cuma melihat disini telah terjadi tindakan ilegal (penyelundupan) yang dilakukan oleh pihak asing. Semua tindakan pihak Indonesia disini tidak ada yang salah secara hukum.

7. Setelah kejadian ini, pak Hatta mendapat surat panggilan dari rektor Unair. Lalu surat itu Pak Hatta faks ke Shinya sensei. Karena ditulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, Shinya sensei suruh saya translate:

Regarding to your fax, dated 7 September 2009 to the President of Airlangga University, about your materials for cytokine profiling in healthy people study:

1. The material you handed to Dr Masaoki Yamaoka on August 5th 2009, and then kept in ITD, should have been reported previously to us (at least to the head of ITD). In particular, if the material preceded using ITD’s material and equipment.

2. The materials been brought by Ms. Makino without any supporting document from you, so that Ms Makino and materials could not depart to Japan. Because Ms Makino declared that the materials derived from Airlangga University, she was not arrested and allowed to embark. However the materials are still kept in Juanda airport.

3. We regret the statement of Ms Makino mentioned that the materials came from Airlangga University, and described as zoonotic material. In fact, written statement from Dr Shinya and you mentioned that they were human samples.

4. Regarding to the points above, we require you to come to Surabaya as soon as possible to solve this problem. This is a serious illegal practice related to MTA

Dari surat di atas, saya mengerti kalau telah terjadi usaha penipuan. Material ditulis berupa bahan zoonosis, padahal kenyataanya adalah human RNA.

8. Beberapa hari yang lalu, tiba2 saya disuruh menandatangani surat perjanjian oleh Shinya sensei. Menurut beliau, surat itu ditandatangani oleh semua pihak yang terlibat di proyek Kobe. Isinya tentang perjanjian konfidensial antara saya sebagai researcher dan Shinya sensei sebagai bos saya. Tanda tangan hanya antara saya dan Shinya sensei. Saat itu saya ragu, tapi Shinya sensei bilang ini dari kantor untuk semua pihak bukan saya saja. Jadi sudahlah saya tanda tangani.

Besoknya saya tanya ke Nakagawa-san apakah dia juga pernah tanda tangan surat serupa? Dia bilang tidak pernah. Saya jadi khawatir, karena disitu disebutkan saya harus patuh sama Shinya sensei, dan semua pekerjaan penelitian saya adalah untuk Shinya sensei. Setelah saya baca lagi, tidak ada sama sekali menyebutkan proyek Indonesia dalam surat tersebut. Pokoknya untuk segala macam hubungan antara saya dan Shinya sensei. Juga mengapa surat itu timbul sekarang, padahal saya sudah di proyek sejak Maret 2008? Lalu mengapa orang lain tidak pernah menandatangani surat serupa? Juga mengapa surat itu hanya ditandatangani oleh saya dan Shinya sensei? Kenapa bukan rektor/dekan dari Kobe atau Pak Hotta atau Pak Hayashi? Saat ini saya belum tau, apakah saya curiga berlebihan atau tidak. Saya akan mencoba tanya ke Didik apakah dia pernah tanda tangan surat serupa.

9. Secara pribadi, saya sangat ingin kerjasama ini berjalan baik. Saya rasa semuanya ini adalah karena kurang komunikasi antara kitacara pribadi, saya sangat ingin kerjasama ini berjalan baik. Saya rasa semuanya ini adalah karena kurang komunikasi antara kita. Saya ingin semuanya kembali normal seperti sebelumnya. Sebenarnya Shinya sensei sejak awal sangat kuat keinginannya untuk mengembangkan lab Surabaya, tapi Pak Nidom juga paham banyak masalah yang terjadi di sana sini. Kalau hhubungan ini masih bisa diperbaiki saya sangat senang. Waktu saya dan Shinya sensei mengunjungi Pinrang, kami menitipkan juga transport medium. Tapi setelah masalah ini, entah bagaimana itu bisa dilanjutkan. Keinginan saya kalau bisa sampel tersebut diproses di Unair, tapi tampaknya sudah sangat sulit.

Semua yang saya ungkapkan disini saya harap dapat memberi feedback yang positif dan tidak membawa dampak buruk bagi semua orang. Keterbukaan bagi saya penting dalam satu tim. Saya kira Pak Nidom juga berpendapat sama.

Saya baik2 saja sejauh ini, terima kasih Pak untuk perhatiannya. Saya berharap Pak Nidom bisa tetap sabar, dan berjuang. Memang sulit sekali menghadapi masalah ini, saya sangat mengerti.

Terima kasih banyak Pak untuk emailnya. Jangan segan2 untuk berkirim kabar, saya akan bantu sebisanya.

GBU.


Robert S. Finnegan is a retired investigative journalist and professor and was the lead investigator for the Bali bombings of 2002 for The Jakarta Post.  He resides in Jakarta and Garut, Java with his spouse, photographer Imas Kurniawati-Finnegan and may be reached at rsfinnegan@gmail.com.

Hillary Clinton and U.S. Middle East War Crimes : Breathtaking Hypocrisy


Not to forget war criminals Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle et al., Obama, Panetta, Petraeus, JCS and crew

Global Research
By Bill Van Auken
03/03/2012

Testifying before a Senate committee Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad could be branded a “war criminal.”

Clinton:  Alzheimers-ridden hypocrite War Criminal
“Based on definitions of war criminal and crimes against humanity, there would be an argument to be made that he [Assad] would fit into that category,” Clinton told the Senate panel.

The ratcheting up of Washington’s rhetoric is aimed at winning public support for yet another imperialist intervention in the Middle East, with regime-change once again dressed up as a crusade for human rights. Clinton’s statement, however, begs a question. How precisely does she determine when armed violence against civilians constitutes a war crime?

There is the definition embodied in the legislation founding the International Criminal Court, largely adopted from the charter that established the Nuremberg tribunal, which brought surviving leaders of Germany’s Nazi regime to trial after World War II. This defines such crimes as a number of acts—including murder, extermination, torture, imprisonment and enforced disappearance of persons—knowingly “committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population…”

War Criminals Clinton, Obama
While Clinton would be happy to accept this definition for use against the Syrian regime, there appears to be an unwritten restriction on which individuals or governments can be said to “fit into that category.” As far as the American political and media establishment is concerned, it is fine to employ the war criminal label when describing violence employed by a regime that the United States is seeking to overthrow against “rebels” or “oppositionists” that enjoy Washington’s support.

However, when even greater violence is unleashed by the United States itself against people opposing the occupation of their country by American troops, the same category is excluded.

Dead children in "liberated" Fallujah
The push for defining Assad as a war criminal intensified in the face of the 27-day siege of the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, which was seized by armed militias whose activities have included the abduction and murder of non-Sunni residents of the city. On Thursday, these US-backed “rebels” announced that they were pulling out of the area in the face of superior Syrian government forces.

There is no doubt that hundreds died in the month-long siege, including unarmed civilians. Yet, when considering the barrage of media denunciations, United Nations resolutions and statements of outrage from Washington and other Western capitals, it is worth remembering the silent indifference with which these same media sources and governments reacted to a massacre of at least 20 times as many civilians in a third of the time barely 400 miles from the siege of Homs.

Father holds dead daughter, legs blown off, in Fallujah
That was in November of 2004. The site of the massacre was Fallujah, Iraq. In that barbaric siege, US Marines turned an entire city into a free-fire zone after warning its inhabitants to leave. Men and boys, however, were turned back, forced to face an onslaught of napalm, cluster bombs, white phosphorus shells and other munitions that incinerated their victims and brought their homes crashing down upon them. Of the 50,000 Fallujans who were either unwilling or unable to flee, more than 6,000 lost their lives. Fully 60 percent of the city’s buildings were demolished or damaged.

Seven years later, the residents of Fallujah still pay a terrible price for the collective punishment inflicted upon them. They endure an epidemic of birth defects, childhood cancers and other ailments caused by depleted uranium shells and other ordnance dumped on the city.

Why is it that the actions of the Assad regime in Homs are declared to “fit the category” of war crimes, while the far bloodier actions carried out by the US military in Fallujah and countless other atrocities committed under both the Bush and Obama administrations in unprovoked wars against the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan are deemed justifiable measures in a “war on terror,” for which no one has ever been held accountable?

Afghan children killed in U.S. bombing

Before bombing Fallujah into rubble, the US military claimed that the slaughter was necessary because the Iraqi city had become the headquarters for Al Qaeda in Iraq. Indeed, both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were justified to the American people as wars to vanquish Al Qaeda and prevent it from obtaining “weapons of mass destruction.”

War Criminal Karl Rove
In the past week, Hillary Clinton has used an identical phrase repeatedly in congressional testimony and media interviews in response to questions about proposals to arm the Syrian “rebels.” She has raised the question: “Are we supporting Al Qaeda in Syria?”

While broaching the issue in rhetorical form to suggest that Washington has reservations about providing those seeking Assad’s overthrow with weapons, Clinton knows full well that in the real world the arms are being sent and the answer to her question is, “Yes we are.” Just as in the war on Libya, US imperialism is working closely in Syria with the same Islamist elements that it long portrayed as the greatest threat to the American people.

While serving as a convenient bogeyman to terrorize the American people into accepting wars of imperialist aggression, the reality is that the relationship between Washington and Al Qaeda—founded by forces funded and armed by the CIA in the US-backed war against the pro-Soviet regime in Afghanistan in the 1980s—has always been a complex one.

War Criminal George W. Bush
From the 1950s on, US imperialism gave its covert support to reactionary, obscurantist Islamist organizations in the Middle East as a counterweight to socialism and radical nationalism. Now it is employing these forces once again in an attempt to redraw the geo-strategic map of the region and place its vast energy resources under Washington’s thumb.

Behind the crocodile tears shed by the war criminals in Washington, the demands for regime-change in Syria have no more to do with human rights than the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq had to do with protecting the American people from terrorism.


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From Heaven's Gate to Corporatocracy's Gate


Greed, cultural corporate filth and child porn depravity main pillars of today's America; for majority of Americans "Bread and Circus" holds sway, the raunchier the better

World News
By Dallas Darling
03/03/2012

It was infamously apolitical and ahistorical for the new Nike Shoe, Foamposit Galaxy, to have arrived around the same time that the 38 members of Heaven's Gate group committed mass suicide. In America's Corporatocracy, where corporate conglomerates rule internally by brainwashing an individual's mind and by colonizing his/her emotions and societal being, or the private and public exchanges of languages, histories, politics, arts, religion, etc..., many watch and anxiously await for the next appearance of Comet Nike-Bopp, meaning, the next corporate status symbol and craze.


Personification of corporate evil:  Nike
On March 4, 1997, Heaven's Gate members were found dead in a California mansion. They had committed identical suicide by eating pudding and applesauce laced with deadly toxins. It mirrored a Corporatocracy, a system that rapaciously colonizes and dominates the psychological, emotional and social aspects of many Americans. Instead of being persuaded by corporate-induced insecurities laced with materialism, Marshall Applewhite persuaded his members to commit suicide so that their souls might join Jesus in the spaceship traveling in the wake of Comet Hale-Bopp.

When Nike released their Foamposit Galaxy shoes last week, tens of thousands of sneaker fanatics either camped or lined up outside of stores overnight. They wanted to be the first to purchase the new outer-space themed $220 Nike basketball shoe. In Orlando, Florida, more than 100 deputies were dispatched in riot gear to quell an unruly crowd. Across the nation, people were arrested for either pushing and shoving to be the first in line or fighting over the newly released shoe. All of this coincided with the NBA All-Star Game, which drove the price of the purple and blue shoes to skyrocket to $1000 on eBay.


Nike's Indonesian slave labor; one pair of shoes equals 10 (ten) months wages for workers

Corporate and comet mayhem has been around for years. The comet Hale-Bopp was a new discovery in 1995. As it blazed towards the Sun, astronomer Chuck Shramek observed a "Saturn-like" object trailing in its wake. Immediately the Web and mass media was abuzz that the object was a UFO. Applewhite and others believed the "Saturn-like" object was a spaceship driven by Jesus, a sign of his Second Coming. No amount of disagreements or debates could dampen his vision. As some waited for the world to end in an apocalyptic bang, Heaven's Gate members ended their world by committing suicide.


U.S. $1,000.00 Nike shoes would drive any wearer to suicide
Corporate conglomerates and their material gods, backed by electronic empires and sports and celebrity heroes that invade American homes and people's minds and emotions and societal cultures, are also on a collision course with the Sun. Comets and Corporations might appear to be laden with great meaning and historical significance, but in the end they are still only lumps of ice and dust and rock, lumps of cheap rubber and cloth and a brand. They are sporadic but predictable, unlike some individuals who have embraced corporate sects, offering up their entire beings to a mythical spaceship in the sky.


A Corporatocracy feeds on such myths. It devours mindless consumers and passive citizens, ones who specifically feel insecure and alienated and who attempt to find meaning and purpose in material fettishes. They too commit identical "living" suicides by eating all different types of advertisements laced with commercialized ideals and norms, or drugs and toxins. But this is what a conspicuous, all-consuming and materialist Corporatocracy demands. It demands insignificant political and social exchanges through purchasing a pair of sneakers or the latest technological gadget. It too is on a suicide mission.


      U.S. sheep could care less about slave labor as long as they "get theirs" and screw     everyone else - even 12 year-old Indonesian kids making U.S. $.12 (twelve cents) a day

Heaven's Gate members died consciously for a cause, albeit severely misguided and fueled by wild techno-apocalyptic speculations. Corporatocracy's Gate members unconsciously die for mere consumerism. Material opiates trivialize life. At least Heaven's Gate members envisioned their deaths. Corporatocracy's Gate members do not. Humanity and relations are only "materialistic," as are thoughts, emotions and social-cultural interactions. The new craze is an electronically wired and corporate-dominated empire that has erased minds-psychocide, exterminated emotions-emotionalcide, and eliminated societal being-sociocide.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for
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Worst oil crisis could lie just ahead; More Lies, More Theft by Big Oil Companies


It costs five (5) U.S. cents to make a gallon of regular gasoline, where does the rest of the money go; Americans need to stop using gas, stop flying; destroy oil companies, regimes that support them; nationalize all domestic oil production giving royalties to The People, as is done in Alaska with The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend where every man, woman, child is paid their cut of oil revenues: U.S. $1,281.00 was 2010 payment to every AK resident

Australian News
By David Uren
03/04/2012

The threat of an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities has pushed world oil prices up by 15 per cent in the past month and raised fears that the fissile geopolitics of the Middle East might once again spell global economic havoc
 
Israel believes Iran's nuclear program is approaching a point of no return beyond which it would be impossible to prevent it developing nuclear weapons.

US President Barack Obama is expected to press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to defer action in talks in Washington today, to give time for sanctions to have full effect.


Obama getting marching orders from boss Netanyahu
Facing an election in November and enjoying the first rays of economic sunshine since the 2008 global financial crisis, Obama does not need a Middle East war and soaring oil prices.

However, there is a strong push in Israel for military action.

"If we do not stop Iran now, later on it will be impossible," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon says.

Israel, which is understood to have its own nuclear weapons, sees a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat.

Saudi Arabia has indicated it would seek nuclear capability if Iran achieved it, adding further uncertainty to the stability of the world's richest oil region.

The next three months are the most likely time for an attack as Iranian skies are clearest during the northern spring.

Iran has declared it will close the Strait of Hormuz as a first point of retaliation for any Israeli raid.


Hillarrryyy!!!  Benny's threatening me again!  Make him STOP!
The strait is the seaway through which the oil of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Iran and the United Arab Emirates is shipped.

Giant oil tankers carrying 18 million barrels of oil every day travel down the 10km-wide outbound shipping channel. This represents a quarter of the world's oil supply and 40 per cent of seaborne oil trade.

If Iran could block the strait, it would represent a greater disruption to the world's supplies than those that followed the 1973 oil embargo after the Yom Kippur war, the 1978 Iranian revolution, the 1980 Iraq-Iran conflict or the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

The International Monetary Fund has warned that the world is ill-prepared for a new oil crisis. In a paper prepared for last weekend's G20 finance ministers' meeting in Mexico and released on Friday, the IMF said developed countries had run down their emergency stocks while spare capacity in the OPEC countries was no more than average.


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"A halt of Iran's exports to OECD economies without offset from other sources could trigger an initial oil price increase of around 20-30 per cent," the fund said. "A sustained blockade of the Strait of Hormuz would lead to a much stronger and unprecedented disruption of global oil supply."


Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend payouts to every Alaskan through the years

The Australian government is expressing confidence that a crisis could be managed; however, the scale of the turmoil that would flow from a Hormuz Strait closure would far exceed the government's contingency planning.


Ahmadinejad just as insane as Obama, just as power mad
The shock from soaring oil prices would also undermine the emerging hopes for a global economic recovery, damaging consumer and business confidence and depressing the terms of trade for oil-importing nations.


Resources Minister Martin Ferguson told The Australian that any reduction of oil throughput in the Strait of Hormuz would inevitably affect global supply.

"The possible impact on Australia will depend on a range of factors, including the length of disruption."

He said the national energy security assessment completed last year had established that the security of Australia's supplies of liquid fuels was "robust, with resilience enabling the market to adjust to meet demand in the event of temporary global shocks".

However, the Australian government is as politically exposed to a new oil crisis as is the Obama administration. Already, the rising oil price is feeding the Coalition's argument that Australia can ill afford to be introducing carbon taxes.


Iran Navy willing, capable of closing Persian Gulf if attacked
It will put increasing pressure on the cost of living.

If rising prices turn into a full-blown oil crisis over the next few months, the case for abandoning the introduction of the July 1 start-up for the carbon tax would become overwhelming.

Australia is far more vulnerable to an oil crisis than the level of direct imports from the Middle East would suggest.

Australia's oil refineries, which still supply 70 per cent of domestic petroleum products, depend on the Middle East for barely 15 per cent of their crude oil supplies.

Domestic oil wells, mostly in Bass Strait, supply 20 per cent, while the balance comes from more than 20 nations including Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria and New Zealand.


Iranian submarines more than capable of sinking carriers

However, Australia also imports 30 per cent of its refined petroleum products, mostly from Singapore, which depends on the Middle East for more than 80 per cent of its supplies.

The Australian government conducted a review of its energy security late last year. The consulting firm ACIL Tasman modelled a supply disruption in which Singapore's refineries were out of action for 30 days, depriving the region of 1.4 million barrels a day of production.


Russia will not allow an invasion of Iran
This would be similar to the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which knocked out Gulf of Mexico oil production and US oil refining in 2005.

One of the study's authors, Alan Smart, says the shortfall pushed up prices but this was sufficient to close the gap, with demand falling and new supplies becoming available.

"When the price spiked, the market responded very quickly with the gap filled within six days."

The study concluded that the same could be expected were Australia to lose access to Singapore supplies, with spare capacity elsewhere in Asia quickly brought onstream.

The study found that although prices would rise by 18 per cent, there would be no interruption to economic activity in Australia.

Smart cautions, however, that a localised or regional supply problem such as a refinery shutdown, may be very different from the results of a war in the Middle East.


Neither will China
Singapore analyst with the oil research company Wood Mackenzie Sushant Gupta says that scenarios for a closure of the strait show a major impact on oil supplies throughout the Asian region.

"There is a high dependency on Middle East crude, not just in Singapore, with some economies taking more than 90 per cent of their crude from there."

Gupta says the spare capacity in the Asian refining industry would be of no use to Australia if the refineries could not get access to crude supplies.

Moreover, countries throughout the region would be principally concerned to secure their own domestic supplies. Countries such as South Korea, which import petroleum but export refined products would divert more of their output to their own market.

Exports from countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia could also fall, at least as a short-term response.

Gupta says that in the event of shortages, Australia would suffer from being at the greatest distance from the regional refineries.


Any attack on Iran will result in more of this on huge scale
"All the Asian countries will be competing for the same barrels of produce from Singapore. The premium on the products will increase and the countries closest physically to Singapore will have the advantage due to freight."

Gupta said there would be no additional supplies coming forward to meet shortfalls from Singapore, so it would be up to the market, with a spike in prices, to reduce demand.

So, although Australia currently draws the bulk of its supplies from non-Middle East supplies, the reality is that it is self-sufficient for only 20 per cent of supplies, and the market's ability to supply the rest would be tested by an extended blockade in the Gulf.

An immediate response would be the drawdown of emergency supplies kept by all nations that are members of the International Energy Agency.

The IEA was established among oil importing countries in the wake of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo and requires all members to keep a minimum of 90 days' supplies.

In Australia's case, the reserves are held by the major oil companies as part of their normal commercial operations. The steady slide in Australia's domestic oil supply has meant that Australia's reserves are falling short of the requirement, currently standing at 88 days.

ACIL-Tasman warns that the shortfall is likely to increase over coming years; however, it is not enough to make a meaningful difference to Australia's ability to withstand a crisis.

Ferguson retains sweeping powers under the Liquid Fuels Emergency Act to order the oil companies to give priority to essential fuel users in the event that the nation were confronted with physical fuel shortages.

It is not certain that Iran would succeed in an effort to block the strait, despite the total width of the waterway narrowing to 40km.

Many tankers were sunk during the Iran-Iraq war in the early 1980s; however, shipping technology has greatly advanced since then.

Although modern ships ostensibly make a much larger target, carrying as much as two million barrels of oil each, they are divided into sealed compartments with double-hulls and are much harder to stop or sink, even than warships.

US analysis finds that an attack on one of these vessels by three anti-ship cruise missiles would have only a 12 per cent chance of stopping it.

The same research project found Iran would have to sow a minefield with more than 1000 advanced mines, a task that would take several months, to disrupt shipping, and that would succeed in disabling only half a dozen ships.

The head of the US joint chiefs of staff, General Martin Dempsey, has said Iran would have the capacity to block the strait, but only for a short period.

"We've invested in capabilities to ensure that if that happens, we can defeat that."

The US Fifth Fleet, stationed on the other side of the Persian Gulf in Bahrain, including more than 20 ships including aircraft carriers, could overwhelm the sort of "small suicide boat" attacks which the US believes Iran is planning and provides a credible support to tanker fleet.

American oil researcher Amy Myers Jaffe says it would be difficult for Iran to stop the flow of oil from the Arabian Gulf for long, if at all.

What is beyond doubt, however, is that the moment Israeli aircraft start bombing Iran, the oil price will jump. It has already risen from about $US105 a barrel to $US125 since the start of the year.

The impact on Australia has been diluted by the strength of our currency, which means wholesale petrol prices have risen by only 5.5 per cent this year, but further rises are in prospect.

An analysis by Barclays Capital suggests the oil price would rise to $US150 to $US200 a barrel in the event of an attack; however, estimates are imprecise.

As well as the loss of supply, there would be additional demand from buyers seeking precautionary stocks.

Westpac's head of international economics, Huw McKay says the world economy remains vulnerable to oil price spikes and adds this was shown in the first half of last year when the Arab Spring pushed oil prices higher.

"That put a spanner in the works for the United States economy at a time when it had finished calendar 2010 with a bit of an upswing. When it ran into the high oil prices and then the Japanese tsunami, the US had a very underwhelming first half year."

Mr McKay says the situation is similar, with consumers beginning to show a revival in demand. "What the US consumer doesn't need is a fuel tax hitting them."

The jump in petrol prices both damages consumer spending and causes an exodus from US motor vehicle industry.

Higher oil prices will also damage the economies of Asia. In several Asian economies, including India and Indonesia, government subsidies to petrol means that rising fuel prices results in a loss of control over the budget.


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Obama: U.S. 'will not hesitate to use force' against Iran : Building the Case for Iran Invasion by Israel, U.S.


Obama and his criminal regime will say and do anything to escape wrath of Americans as real story on U.S. Treasury theft, intentional bankruptcy of America, Americans becomes more widely known...drip...drip...

LA Times
By Chris Parsons
03/04/2012

President Obama on Sunday morning spoke of preparation by the American military to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon as he sought to assure U.S. supporters of Israel that he takes no options off the table in that effort.


"Here's the deal asshole:  You WILL ATTACK IRAN"
But Obama also said that "too much loose talk of war" has benefited the Iranian government by driving up the price of oil, on which Tehran depends to fund its nuclear program.

Now is not the time for "bluster," Obama told a gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

"Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in, and to sustain the broad international coalition we have built," Obama said. "Now is the time to heed that timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt: Speak softly. Carry a big stick."

Obama offered a spirited defense of his record in Middle East policy, arguing that he has been on Israel's side at every opportunity in the three years since he took office and made Israel's security a top priority. No U.S. president has spoken so clearly, at such a difficult time, about standing with Israel before the United Nations, Obama said.

A day ahead of a high-stakes meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, though, Obama's focus was on lowering the rhetorical temperature with regard to Iran. Aides say his aim at the Monday meeting is to persuade Netanyahu to give the sanctions time to work.
 

Obama owned, operated by Netanyahu, Mossad, AIPAC
As the U.S. and Israel let their shared might speak for itself, Obama said, the message will come through.

The Iranian government will "know our resolve, and that our coordination with Israel will continue," Obama said.

"I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say," Obama said. "That includes all elements of American power. A political effort aimed at isolating Iran; a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure that the Iranian program is monitored; an economic effort to impose crippling sanctions; and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency."

"Iran's leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment," Obama said. "I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I've made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests."


U.S., CIA owned/operated mouthpiece Al Jazeera parrots Obama
Even as Obama called for a dialing-down of the public threats, he also subtly reminded listeners that Israel has the power to act on its own.

"Make no mistake: We will do what it takes to preserve Israel's qualitative military edge," Obama said, "because Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat."

Audience members were talking about that line afterward.

"I think that was something a lot of people in the room wanted to hear," said Illinois State Sen. Ira Silverstein of Chicago, an old friend who met with Obama before the speech.

"There has been a lot of skepticism about where Obama stands on Israel," said Silverstein. "It came as a very strong message he gave, in that one statement."

 
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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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