Thursday, April 26, 2012

RECAP : New York Times Admits No "Novel" H5N1 Virus Before 1997 - "Scientists" Publication Of Details Surrounding Illegal H5N1 Weaponization At Kobe And Wisconsin Universities

Today an Al Jazerra "special report" verified 5th Estate exposure of illegal weaponization at Kobe University by Yoshihiro Kawaoka and his "student" virologist Teridah Ernala Ginting, creator of weaponized H5N1; Weaponized H5N1 creators at Kawaoka's University of Wisconsin also admit no "novel" H5N1 before 1997, the year it was dug up in Brevig Mission Alaska by Johann Hultin and weaponized at Kobe; "scientists" to delay research on deadly strain of "novel" (weaponized) H5N1 virus;  University of Wisconsin, others halt publication of weaponized H5N1 lethal data following exposure of Kawaoka and student Teridah Ernala by The 5th Estate as weaponized H5N1 creators at Kobe and Wisconsin Universities; as always, the truth slowly leaks out; read entire 5th Estate series here

By Denise Grady of New York Tmies

The scientists who altered a deadly flu virus to make it more contagious have agreed to suspend their research for 60 days to give other international experts time to discuss the work and determine how it can proceed without putting the world at risk of a potentially catastrophic pandemic.

Weaponized H5N1 created by Teridah Ernala and 
Yoshihiro Kawaoka
Suspensions of biomedical research are almost unheard of; the only other one in the United States was a moratorium from 1974 to 1976 on some types of recombinant DNA research, because of safety concerns. A letter explaining the flu decision is being published in two scientific journals, Science and Nature, which also plan to publish reports on the research, but in a redacted form, omitting details that would let other researchers copy the experiments.

The letter is signed by the scientists who produced the new, more contagious form of the flu virus, as well as by more than 30 other leading flu researchers.

"We recognize that we and the rest of the scientific community need to clearly explain the benefits of this important research and the measures taken to minimize its possible risks," the letter states. At an international meeting next month in Geneva, participants selected by the World Health Organization will consider what to do next. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institutes of Health, said the gathering would "address some of these difficult issues on an international scale instead of something restricted to the United States government."

The scientists say their work has important public health benefits, but they acknowledge that it has sparked intense public fears that the deadly virus could accidentally leak out of a laboratory, or be stolen by terrorists, and result in a devastating pandemic. A national biosecurity panel in the United States has already taken the unusual step of asking the scientists to keep part of their data secret to prevent others from reproducing their work.

H5N1 investigator Robert S. Finnegan conducted and broke 
thedecade-long investigation
Scientists are split regarding the research, with some praising it as important and urging that it be published, and others saying the experiments are so dangerous that they should never have been done. The experiments involve a type of bird flu virus known as H5N1, which rarely infects people but is highly deadly when it does.

The work, paid for by the National Institutes of Health, was done by two separate research teams, at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ron Fouchier, a virologist who conducted the research at Erasmus Medical Center, explained why he and his colleagues decided to pause the research. "It is unfortunate that we need to take this step to help stop the controversy in the United States," he said. "I think if this were communicated better in the United States it might not have been needed to do this. In the Netherlands we have been very proactive in communicating to the press, politicians and public, and here we do not have such a heated debate."

Johann Hultin "Dr. Death" dug up eradicated 1918 H5N1 
in Alaska
Dr. Fauci said that he had never seen the scientific world so polarized, and that led him to urge the researchers to show good faith and flexibility by declaring the moratorium themselves. A concern "looming in the background," he said, was that biosecurity experts might overreact and impose excessive restrictions on the research.

"I think it's important research that needs to go forward," Dr. Fauci said. "I think we need to get greater input on the conditions in which it goes forward."

Dr. Fauci and others who support the research say it may help explain how flu viruses that start out in animals adapt to humans and become transmissible, and therefore able to cause pandemics. That information, the researchers say, could help them recognize viruses on the way to developing pandemic potential.

Richard H. Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers, is among those who oppose the research because of its risks, and doubts that it could be used to predict pandemics. He said that a moratorium was a good idea, but that this one did not go far enough. He said that the letter did not acknowledge the need for improved "biosafety, biosecurity and oversight," and that in any case, 60 days would not be enough time to put the needed safeguards in place. The letter noted a "perceived fear" among the public, Dr. Ebright said, and seemed to suggest that the debate would cool down if people would just let the researchers explain that they had done the experiments safely.

Could "depopulate U.S.;" Millions died in the 1918
H5N1 pandemic
Dr. Ebright said experiments with this virus should be done only in laboratories with the highest biosafety rating, BSL4, not in the "enhanced BSL3" in which the work was actually done.

Dr. Fouchier disagreed. He also said that his center did not have BSL4 labs.

Dr. Fauci said various expert groups, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had determined that enhanced BSL3 was good enough for bird flu research.

Since 1997, when the H5N1 virus was first identified, about 600 people have been infected, and more than half died -- an extraordinarily high death rate. The saving grace of H5N1 is that when people do become infected -- nearly always from contact with birds -- they almost never transmit the disease to other people. But the virus has persisted in the environment, infecting millions of birds, and scientists have warned that if it mutates to become more contagious in people, disaster could ensue.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka of Kobe and Wisconsin Universities

But what mutations would make the virus more easily transmissible? And how hard, or easy, would it be for those mutations to occur? Hoping to answer those questions, some researchers began experimenting with bird flu, working with ferrets, which are considered the best model for studying flu, because they contract it and get sick in much the same way that people do. Recently, the teams in Rotterdam and Madison announced that they had produced a form of H5N1 with mutations that allowed it to "go airborne," meaning that it spread through the air from one ferret to another. Presumably, though not certainly, the virus could spread in the same way among people.

Dr. Fouchier said he was surprised by how easy it was to change the virus into the very form that the world has been dreading. Now, scientists around the world will have to grapple with what to do with Dr. Fouchier's creation.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times .

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Feds: Crooked TSA Screeners Arrested in Drug Trafficking Scheme

When you hire criminal pedophiles, what do you expect

By Jason Ryan and Lee Ferran

Multiple airport screeners have been arrested for allegedly taking handsome bribes to look the other way while loads of illegal drugs slipped through security at Los Angeles International Airport, federal officials announced today. 

"Parents" that allow this should have their children taken away
Two current and two former officials at the Transportation Security Administration were arrested in the last 48 hours in connection with at least five incidents from February 2011 to July 2011 in which on duty screeners took payments of up to $2,400 to allow suitcases filled with drugs to pass unimpeded through X-ray machines at LAX, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.'s office said in a statement.

According to Birotte's office, the scheme was uncovered after a member of the alleged conspiracy accidentally went through the wrong security line and was busted by TSA screeners who were not in on the plot. In another case, a TSA screener unknowingly arranged with a confidential source for the Drug Enforcement Administration to receive $1,200 for a shipment of methamphetamine to pass through security.

This personification of evil created today's TSA
The current TSA employees, 23-year-old John Whitfield and 25-year-old Capeline McKinney, and the former screeners, 30-year-old Naral Richardson and 27-year-old Joy White, are all expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles today. If convicted, each could potentially face life in prison, Birotte's office said. The plot also allegedly involved a couple of known drug runners.

"Airport screeners act as a vital checkpoint for homeland security, and air travelers should believe in the fundamental integrity of security systems at our nation's airports," Birotte said. "The allegations in this case describe a significant breakdown of the screening system through the conduct of individuals who placed greed above the nation's security needs."

A spokesperson for the TSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this report, but Randy Parsons, the TSA Federal Security Director at LAX, said in the statement from Birotte's office the TSA "has assured the investigating agencies we will do everything we can to assist in their investigation."

"While the arrests are a disappointment, TSA is committed to holding our employees to the highest standards," he said.

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British Army Major's Despair at our 'Pointless War' : Senior Officer's Damning E-mails Reveal Plummeting Morale at Heart of Afghan Campaign that has Cost 409 British Lives

If the Brits are pissed off now, wait until they find out how many have REALLY DIED in illegal Afghan "war," English should never have bought into Bush/Cheney's "war on terror," have only themselves to blame;" Tony Blair, Bush should be prosecuted for Genocide, War Crimes immediately

Daily Mail
By Glen Owen

They are stark words that reveal the despair of our forces fighting in Afghanistan.

Emails sent to a former military chaplain paint a damning picture of sinking morale among Servicemen who feel the human cost of the conflict can no longer be justified.

Like U.S. "cousins" British died for nothing
Dr Peter Lee, a university lecturer who spent seven years as an RAF padre, has released the emails to highlight the extent of disillusionment within the ranks.

The correspondence includes two emails sent by a major on the brink of a fresh deployment to the region. He likens the prospect to ‘being put on for the last two minutes of a lost game’ of rugby.

In an accompanying article for The Mail on Sunday – published below – Dr Lee describes this as ‘enough time to get hurt, badly, and perhaps enough time to make the defeat fractionally less embarrassing. But there is no chance that defeat can be turned into victory’.


British troops fight and die alongside Americans, but Obama is 'neutral' over the sovereignty of the Falklands (or should that be 'Maldives'?)

'He fought so hard to stay with us': Mother's tribute to brave corporal, 26, who died in hospital two months after Afghanistan bomb blast

Mothers united in grief: Parents of young soldiers who hanged themselves after returning from the frontline form poignant bond

The emails follow the news that Sapper Connor Ray from 33 Engineer Regiment became the 409th British military fatality since the conflict began in 2001 when he died on Wednesday from injuries sustained in an explosion in Helmand.Polls have shown that a majority of British people are confused about the purpose of our mission and want the troops to be pulled out immediately. Barely one in ten think the conflict is winnable.

Brit soldier maimed for life - like U.S. Brothers - for nothing
David Cameron has pledged that Afghan forces will take over lead security responsibility in all parts of the country by the end of next year.

British forces will then offer a ‘supporting combat role’ in 2014, before withdrawing from all combat operations by December of that year – ensuring the Government will not go into the next General Election against the backdrop of continuing bad news from the front line.

The anonymous major, who Dr Lee calls ‘Jim’, says in one email that his fellow Servicemen predict that ‘the whole house of cards will fall down’ when the international forces depart.

He puts Dr Lee in touch with ‘John’, a British ex-Special Forces soldier who provides security for the logistics convoys that transport supplies by road. John claims that they are sustaining heavy casualties that are not being reported.

‘John’ writes: ‘Because we are civvie private security and get paid well we are seen as mercenaries. So unlike when a soldier gets IEDd, when we get killed or injured nobody gives a s***.’

He adds that the bulk of the casualties are locals working for the British, adding: ‘If anything happens to us we might get lucky and be shipped back home in a box or on a stretcher but the media don’t want to hear about it so nobody else hears about it.

'The locals are left to get on with it. They might not be Brits but the reality is that these are lives lost in the British effort.’

A further email from ‘Jim’ sums up his feelings about his deployment. It reads: ‘I’m being sent out to stabilise a country I have no faith, interest or empathy in, to prop up a government the UN says is corrupt.

‘If I’m unlucky and don’t return my wife won’t have a husband and my three primary school kids won’t have a daddy and I cannot for the life of me justify that cost to them.

‘Not for Afghanistan. Not for a war of choice already lost halfway across the world.’

Although members of the Government are reluctant to question the chances of success of the military operation in public, out of a fear of undermining morale or adding to the distress of Servicemen’s families, privately they are more candid.

Be it British or American, all military blood spilled in the illegal Iraq and Afghanistan wars is RED

One Tory MP, a former member of the Commons Defence Select Committee – and until recently a supporter of the action – said: ‘I’m afraid I find myself increasingly in agreement with the sentiments in the emails.’

Last night, responding to the publication of their contents, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We are now in the final phases of that mission and the Prime Minister has said that UK combat operations will cease by the end of 2014 with that role already reducing.

Both British and American "contractor" mercs knew exactly what they were getting into and chose money over principles, morals, ethics and deserve everything they got from rebels

‘But if we are to make certain that Afghanistan never again becomes a haven for international terrorists, we must see the job through.

‘Despite the many sacrifices and hardships, those UK Service personnel I have met during my own visits to Afghanistan have told me they are clear about the mission in hand and the tangible progress they are making every day.

‘All of them deserve our unwavering support and respect.’

Former Army officer Patrick Mercer, the Tory MP for Newark, said: ‘The British Forces must take comfort in the state of readiness of the Afghan armed forces, the development of the Afghan government and the fact that Afghanistan and Pakistan have not spiralled down into chaos as they inevitably would have done if it had not been for the bravery of our regiments.’

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How many votes is a human life worth? It is the question that has been haunting me since I received the three emails printed on these pages, writes Dr Peter Lee, a former military chaplain and lecturer in defence studies.

The first two were from a major – I will call him Jim – who had heard me criticising our Government’s ability to delude themselves and others that the war in Afghanistan is still winnable.

Jim has become increasingly disillusioned with the war. He is sceptical of the reasons that he, the Armed Forces and the British public are given for our continued involvement.

He is far from alone. Jim likens this latest deployment to being sent on to a rugby field for the last two minutes of a match that was lost in the first half. In such a situation there is enough time to get hurt, badly, and perhaps enough time to make the defeat fractionally less embarrassing. But there is no chance that defeat can be turned into victory.

While UK, U.S. public debates war, dead Afghan children forgotten
There is no chance that Jim, like the rest of his uniformed colleagues, will refuse to serve: he is a man whose sense of duty and honour outweighs his capacity for self- preservation. Therefore, he and his family have to prepare for the eventuality that he might not come home.

Especially since the job he is being sent to do will leave him particularly vulnerable to Taliban attacks.

To reinforce his point, he introduced me to another friend of his – ‘John’, a British ex-Special Forces soldier, whose email is also printed here. John provides private security for the logistics convoys that transport essential supplies by road into Afghanistan.

These convoys are being ambushed on a regular basis because they are big, slow-moving targets, the security personnel are not allowed heavy weapons, and there is no air cover to protect them.
John reported that he recently sustained multiple casualties in one trip alone – which went completely unreported.

Even more troubling, another Army major of my acquaintance describes Afghanistan as the next political scandal waiting to happen.

Obama believes Brits as stupid as he is
He called it the ‘lives-for-votes’ scandal when he asked me how many votes I thought his life was worth.

As a former military chaplain, I care deeply about what happens to our servicemen and women. I have had to look into the eyes of wives, parents and children as they were told their loved one would not be returning home. I have watched soldiers coming out of induced comas to discover a limb, or two, missing.

Grown men have sat in my office and wept, attempting to make sense of what they have experienced and trying to understand why they have to go back again.

I therefore decided to make further enquiries about what was happening in one unseen, unreported corner of our Afghan adventure.

I submitted a Freedom of Information request. I asked the Ministry of Defence for a range of information relating to our supply convoys in Afghanistan. Questions included: How many times have convoys come under attack between 2006 and 2011? How many fatalities and woundings have resulted from those attacks?

After 20 days I was informed that the MoD wanted to use its right to take a further 20 days to consider my request. When the eventual reply came, I was encouraged to learn that the MoD ‘holds information relevant to these questions’.

The response continued: ‘There is a public interest in understanding the robustness of Nato overland logistic supply routes, the impact of insurgent attacks on Nato supply lines and the threats faced by UK and other personnel protecting logistic convoys in Afghanistan.’ It seemed that John’s untold story could now be told after all.

Then came the ‘but’. My request was turned down because releasing the information into the public domain ‘would potentially provide hostile elements with a much greater understanding of the impact, at the operational level, of insurgent action on Nato convoys’.

If there is one group of people who know exactly what impact they are having on Nato operations it is the anti-government fighters who risk their lives to lay roadside bombs and ambush convoys.

There are so few roads in and out of Afghanistan that the task of gathering information on truck convoys is the Afghan equivalent of trainspotting at your local railway station.

Look at the events of the past week. Insurgent fighters managed to launch co-ordinated attacks in Kabul – including in the highly protected diplomatic quarter. Did that look like the work of people who have anything less than a crystal-clear awareness of their impact on Nato operations and upon the hearts and minds of the British people?

And, like American cousins, British families must now acknowledge their responsibilities for the deaths of their loved ones - for absolutely nothing - or even worse - money

In the days following the attacks, British and Afghan spokesmen have been trumpeting the fact that all of the insurgents were killed. Even if what they are saying is true, it misses the point. It was a suicide mission: unpredictable and impossible to prevent.

I cannot avoid the conclusion that the reason my request for information about the convoys was withheld was to do with keeping the British people in the dark about how badly things are going in areas of Afghanistan where the media has no eyes and ears.

A ComRes poll in March showed that only one in ten Britons think the war in Afghanistan is winnable. In addition, a majority have no clear idea what the purpose of the mission is and want our troops brought home now.

These statistics are so bad that releasing information about convoy attacks will not make an appreciable difference to public opinion, which has long been lost.

In the United States, serving Afghanistan veteran Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis has caused political uproar by publishing a report entitled Truth, Lies And Afghanistan.

He believes that the American people should be provided with the full, unvarnished facts about what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan so that informed decisions about whether to continue the operation can be made.

The same principle should apply here in the UK. Our military personnel continue to fight with honour, bravery and devotion to duty at the command of our Government. If they are to be asked to keep risking their lives, then it should be for a clear, defined and achievable goal.

It should not be because politicians and electoral strategists are trading the benefits of early withdrawal against the impact at the ballot box in the next General Election.

The least that we should expect as a country is that when our fellow citizens in uniform are deployed on military operations they, and we, should clearly know why they are fighting and what they are up against.

They should not take to the field wondering if their government is willing to trade their lives for votes.

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WAYNE MADSEN : George Soros’s and the Neo-Cons’ Control of Washington’s Propaganda Program

Even the difference in international "mainstream media" coverage of real U.S. condition compared to U.S. propagandists is appalling

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen

An examination of the current 2013 budget for the U.S. government’s Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) that oversees the International Broadcasting Board (IBB) and which determines the slant taken by the U.S. government’s propaganda efforts on radio, television, and, increasingly on the Internet, illustrates the head-lock that George Soros and neo-conservative “soft power projection” interests have on the official state-sponsored information disseminated by the U.S. government to a global audience.

War Criminal , terminal idiot Bush singing "Everything is Fine"
The new propaganda bias of such IBB-controlled outlets such as the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, and Radio Free Europe should comes as no surprise, considering that former CNN chairman and chief executive officer Walter Isaacson laid down the gauntlet after he assumed the chairmanship of the Broadcasting Board of Governors in 2009 by calling for the United States to aggressively challenge what he termed anti-American “propaganda” emanating from such international broadcasters as RT (the former Russia Today), Iran’s Press TV, and China’s CCTV. Isaacson walks in lock-step with the goals of Soros and the Council on Foreign Relations as the head of the politically-connected Aspen Institute. Isaacson stepped down from his broadcasting chairmanship position in January 2012.

The priorities for U.S. propaganda include stepping up efforts to effect political change in what are termed the five remaining “Communist” countries in the world through Cold War-era dissemination of “news” and other content via the Voice of America (VOA), the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) , and “grantee” organizations RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), Inc., and Radio Free Asia (RFA). Soros’s Open Society Institute holds a predominant role in the administration of the “grantee” broadcast arms, which were originally operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before de facto control was passed to Soros after the collapse of communism in Europe. The targeted five remaining communist nations are China, Cuba, North Korea, Laos, and Vietnam.

Obama's Propaganda Minister Carney - also a War Criminal - spouts nothing but lies for his masters; it's a good bet to take what Carney is vomiting out, reverse it, and wind up closer to the truth

The BBG claims that America’s propaganda efforts reach a global audience of 187 million people and that the 59 language broadcasts to over 100 nations costs less than a mere $5 million per year. The BBG budget request contains all the Soros code phrases in describing America’s “highest standards of journalistic independence, ethics, and objectivity” and support of “democracy, civil society, and transparent institutions around the world.”

Obama, "mainstream media" covering up military suicide numbers
While the U.S. propaganda broadcasts emphasize “transparency” for governments around the world, the Obama administration has been one of the most opaque administrations in recent memory. The indictment of six former U.S. intelligence and military personnel for communicating, directly or indirectly, alleged classified information to journalists in violation of the arcane 1917 Espionage Act is unprecedented for any administration since the law was enacted during World War I. The six individuals indicted or convicted are – the National Security Agency’s Thomas Drake, the CIA’s Jeffrey Sterling and John Kiriakou, the U.S. Army’ Bradley Manning, the FBI Hebrew translator Shamai Liebowitz, and the State Department’s Steven Kim. The New York Times’s James Risen is fighting a subpoena by a federal grand jury to name his CIA source or sources on the agency’s nuclear spying operations directed against Iran. Other journalists and their sources are also facing aggressive investigations by U.S. intelligence agencies, the FBI, and the Justice Department.

With a draconian and restrictive American approach to openness and freedom of information, the United States propaganda effort is aimed at bringing pressure on various governments around the world to open up their own political structures to increased scrutiny.

Obama, "Mainstream media" covering up real military casualty and death numbers:  When the truth finally gets out families will be forced to assume responsibility for letting their loved ones die for nothing; no more rationalizing, obfuscating - they, and Bush/Obama are responsible for all deaths in the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:  Time to face the music

The BBG’s vision for the United States to control the full spectrum of international news broadcasting is spelled out in its visionary statement in its latest budget request: “the BBG’s core strategic goal is to become the world’s leading international news agency focused on our mission and impact – i.e., to reach key audiences in support of free, open, democratic societies. The agency’s principal performance goal is to reach 216 million in global weekly audience by 2016.” One of the U.S. government’s goals is to launch a “Global News Network.” To carry out this goal, the BBG foresees an aggressive program that will: “combat Internet censorship and jamming, elevate and expand social media innovation, and employ leading-edge communication techniques and technologies.”

The propaganda efforts mirror those previously and currently being carried out by Soros’s, the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy’s (NED), and U.S. Institute for Peace’s efforts to utilize social networking technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts, mobile phone instant messaging, on-line chats, Android and I-Phone applications, and micro-blogs to stage “themed revolutions” in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and other countries. The BBG has called for an expansion of the U.S. government’s propaganda reach by using all the aforementioned technologies.

The propaganda effort, according to the outlined BBG policy and goals include increasing television broadcasts directed at Egypt and central Asia. Although the BBG sees television, the web, and social networks as new avenues for dissemination of propaganda, current shortwave and medium wave radio broadcasts will be continued in programming directed at “Cuba, China, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Tibet, Uyghur, FATA (Afghan-Pakistan border region), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belarusian, Russian to the Caucasus, Russian, Turkmen, Khmer, and Africa.”

The U.S. will continue to finance and expand the reach of a number of radio stations targeting certain countries where the United States is attempting to overthrow existing anti-American governments, maintain existing American surrogate governments, or influence the overall political situation through “soft power” projection. These stations include Radio Free Europe’s/Radio Liberty’s Radio Farda that broadcasts Persian programming into Iran; Radio Free Afghanistan and its Pashto and Dari services; Radio Mashaal, which broadcasts Pashto programs into the Afghanistan-Pakistan region; Radio Free Iraq and its Arabic broadcasts; and the North Caucasus Unit that broadcasts in Avar, Chechen, and Circassian. In addition the Voice of America will continue its TV and Radio Ashna, targeting Afghanistan in Pashto; Radio Deewa, directed at Afghanistan in Pashto; Kurdish service targeting the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria; Radio Azzatyq directed to Kazakhstan; Radio Azzatyk directed to Kyrgyzstan; and Radio Europa Libera directed to Moldova.

The U.S. will also continue to maintain its Arabic television and radio broadcasts via Alhurra, Alhurra Iraq, Radio Sawa, and Afia Darfur. In addition to radio, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yandex, and YouTube offerings will be increased in the Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Kurdish, Russian, Belarusian, Avar, Chechen, Circassian, Tatar-Bashkir (Radio Azatliq), Ukraine (Radio Svoboda), Albanian, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Uyghur, Tibetan, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, Haitian Creole, Hausa, French for Africa, Amharic, Afaan Oromoo, Tigrigna, Somali, Swahili, Shona, Ndbele, Kinyarwanda, and Kirundi efforts. The BBG admits that it instituted “surge broadcasting” to support the Soros-financed “Saffron Revolution” in Burma in late 2007.

The BBG intends to counteract Russian government influence in central Asia by broadcasting via direct-to-home satellite television programs to counteract “Russian-language media – much of it controlled by Moscow” that presents what the BBG considers are “consistently anti-Western messages.” Particular targets for this direct satellite and Livestream television propaganda are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Direct satellite transmissions and web offerings will also be increased in the Urdu, Lao, Khmer, Tibetan, and Vietnamese languages. Radio Free Asia will also increase FM radio broadcasts from border stations in Thailand to Laos. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting Radio and TV Marti programs from Miami will expand its use of stringers in Latin America to file radio, television, and web reports from various Latin American locations for the Cuban audience.

In some cases, the BBG seeks to place U.S. propaganda television and radio programs, called “”interactive segments” and produced by such entities as the Voice of America’s Bangla Service, within domestic broadcasts in media-intensive countries like Bangladesh. Other U.S. segment placement utilizing local broadcasters is carried out in Greek for stations in Athens, Nicosia and in Serbian for “over fifty” television affiliates in Serbia, and in Indonesia for over 230 affiliate radio stations in Indonesia. Another target for such segment “placement” is Turkey, which is described by the BBG as a crowded and competitive media market that “shows increasing anti-American bias and a growing appeal for Islamic audiences.”

The BBG claims that the Voice of America has been successful in the placement of programming in the Balkans by establishing “firm positions on local TV outlets in Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.” Voice of America now maintains new broadcast transmitting stations in Benghazi and Tripoli, Hargeisa (the capital of the internationally unrecognized Republic of Somaliland), Bangui, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates and newly-refurbished transmitter stations in Sao Tome, Bangkok, Kuwait, Tinian, Saipan, and Sri Lanka.

As the United States cracks down on the freedom of the press at home it is increasing its propaganda efforts abroad. Such are the hallmarks of an empire, caught in its own death throes of rapidly fading global importance, which attempts to maintain its power and influence, regardless of its poor image or the costs.

In what amounts to a new “Cold War” in the battle for minds and opinions, other world broadcasters should face the reality of a new and aggressive U.S. propaganda onslaught. The countermeasures to such a program cannot be to provide television (including YouTube spots) and radio presentations featuring individuals and organizations directly supported financially and otherwise by the Soros/U.S. government “themed revolution” provocateurs and policy water carriers. Particular caution should be exercised by international broadcasters headquartered in Moscow, Beijing, Doha, Dubai, Caracas, Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, Paris, London, Berlin, and Ankara. And that definitely includes, first and foremost, RT and CCTV.


Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 

Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C. 



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

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.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of



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

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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.



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.



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...



UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak


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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 . . .



By Robert S. Finnegan

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.