Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Autism Brain Samples Damaged After Freezer Problem At Boston-Area Hospital

Gee, isn't that convenient, just in time to halt further research into the origins of autism (read vaccinations) by destroying evidence that will also gut lawsuits now working their way through the courts where Big Pharma is the defendant

Associated Press
By Steve LeBlanc
06/11/2012

BELMONT, Mass. —

A freezer malfunctioned at a Harvard-affiliated hospital that oversees the world's largest collection of autistic brain samples, damaging a third of the scientifically precious specimens and casting doubt on whether they can be used in research.


Mercury additives in vaccines proven cause of autism
 The director of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center said the loss was "devastating," particularly in light of the increasing demand for brain samples among scientists searching for the cause of autism and potential treatments.

"Over the last 10 years, the autism tissue program has been working very hard to get the autism community to understand the importance of brain donation," Dr. Francine Benes said. Now many of those samples have been compromised.

The freezer failed sometime late last month at the center, which is housed at McLean Hospital in the Boston suburb of Belmont. At least 54 samples earmarked for autism research were harmed. Many of them turned dark with decay.

However, an initial review indicates that the DNA in the samples is intact and can still be used for genetic research. It's unclear, however, whether the samples could be used for the full range of neuroscience needs.

Thirty-two of the brains had been cut in half, with one side placed in a formaldehyde solution and the other placed in the freezer. The samples in the solution remain available for all research projects, the hospital said.

The frozen tissue samples are normally maintained at about minus 80 degrees Celsius, but the temperature had reached about 7 degrees – the temperature of a common refrigerator – when the failure was discovered, Benes said.

That means an important chemical cousin of DNA called RNA was destroyed, she said.

Center officials say they've already completed an inspection of the equipment to ensure the safety of the collection.

Dr. Fred Volkmar, an autism researcher and director of the Child Study Center at Yale University, said the damage is even more disheartening given recent advances in autism research.

Some of that research, including autism studies involving stem cells, wasn't even possible at the time when some of the brains were donated.

"We can't always know where the science is going to take us," Volkmar said. "In that respect, it's a horrible loss. The hope is that at least it's not a total disaster."

The hospital launched an investigation to determine why the freezer malfunctioned and why two alarm systems failed to go off as the temperature rose.

Benes said her biggest fear is that the loss of samples could make it harder in the future to encourage brain donation from autistic children and young adults.

"There has been a lot of resistance of brain donations for religious and cultural reasons," she said.

The collection is owned by the advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks.

The Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center is the largest and oldest federally funded "brain bank" in the United States. It provides thousands of postmortem brain tissue samples annually to researchers across the nation.

The story was first reported by The Boston Globe.



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The American Dream Dead : Average Net Worth Falls 40% From 2007-2010; It Was All a Huge Hoax

These are conservative estimates, just ask the American people living in cars, tents and on the sidewalk; ask the homeless Seniors eating dog and cat food just to survive

The Ticker
By Stacy Curtin
06/13/2012

The slow death of the American dream for middle class families has continued in the last couple years in the wake of the financial crisis.


U.S. Apocalypse:  Homeless in the richest country in the world
A new survey by the Federal Reserve shows a shocking decline in the average net worth of U.S. households from 2007 to 2010. According to the report, which adjusted figures for inflation, the average American family saw their net worth drop 40% in that three-year time period from $126,400 to $77,300.

Three-quarters of the loss, not surprisingly, is due in large part to falling home prices, which have seen no reprieve since the housing bubble began to burst in 2007. The average homeowner saw their net worth fall more than $70,000 from roughly $250,000 in 2007 to $175,000 in 2010.

But what is surprising is the fact that overall net worth has fallen to levels not seen since the early 1990's, long before the housing bubble even began.

In three years, 18 years of savings have been wiped away for the majority of the country and at the same time wages have fallen. The average income fell from about $50,00 in 2010 to $46,000 in 2007.


After losing jobs, savings, retirements, health insurance, homes Americans now dying in increasing numbers homeless and on the streets; Obama, criminal corporate CEO's, criminal bankers completely responsible for each and every case, death of homeless Americans

But this negative trend does not stop there. As average families become poorer, rich Americans are growing richer. The Fed survey showed the wealthiest 10% of families actually saw their net worth rise from 2007 to 2010. Over that time period, their net worth increased from $1.17 million to $1.19 million.

As Aaron and Henry discuss in the accompanying clip, the continued decline of the American middle class and the ascent of the rich has resulted in income inequality at levels not seen since the Great Depression. Many economists agree, including Nobel Prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz who recently joined The Daily Ticker to discuss why growing wage and income disparity endangers the future of our country. (SEE: The 'American Dream' Is a Myth: Joseph Stiglitz on 'The Price of Inequality')


U.S. Seniors now eating cheap dog and cat food just to survive
While the bulk of consumer spending has historically come from the middle class, if the majority of Americans continue to suffer from falling wages and income, eventually something has got to give. There is no possible way for the super-rich to buy enough stuff to float the entire U.S. economy.

It's growing increasingly clear that we live in drastic times and drastic measures must be taken to save the country's middle class. One drastic measure is that more Americans are putting off retirement because they simply can't afford it.


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STRATFOR : U.S. Naval Update Map: May 16, 2012

Naval Update Map United States Navy Deployments

STRATFOR
06/13/2012

The Naval Update Map shows an approximation of the current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) and Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs), based on available open-source information. No classified or operationally sensitive information is included in this weekly update. CSGs and ARGs are the keys to U.S. dominance of the world’s oceans. A CSG is centered on an aircraft carrier, which projects U.S. naval and air power and supports a carrier air wing (CVW). The CSG includes significant offensive strike capability. An ARG is centered on three amphibious warfare ships, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked. An MEU is built around a heavily reinforced and mobile battalion of Marines.


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Carrier Strike Groups
  • The USS Abraham Lincoln CSG with CVW 2 embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) conducting missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Enterprise CSG with CVW 1 embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Carl Vinson CSG with CVW 17 embarked is on a scheduled port visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • The USS Nimitz is currently under way off the coast of Southern California for Carrier Qualifications.
  • The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is under way in the Atlantic Ocean for a Composite Training Unit Exercise.

Amphibious Ready Groups/Marine Expeditionary Units

  • The USS Makin Island ARG with the 11th MEU embarked is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR.
  • The USS Iwo Jima ARG with the 24th MEU embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR supporting maritime security operations and conducting theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Peleliu is under way in the Pacific Ocean conducting sea qualifications.
  • The USS Essex collided with the USNS Yukon replenishment ship May 16 while under way in the Pacific Ocean in transit to its new homeport of San Diego, Calif., after 12 years forward deployed to Japan.


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Obama Regime Accuses Syria of Using Children as Human Shields in Run-Up to NATO/U.S. Invasion

Obama can't even be original, re-using same old story that Bush used in Iraq;  So just how in the HELL does Clinton know about a "new massacre" ahead of time

Agence France-Presse
06/12/2012

Syria is now in a full-scale civil war, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Tuesday, as UN observers reported they were fired on as they tried to enter a town feared to be the focus of a new massacre.


Hag Clinton's head as transparent as glass:  Needs new wig
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Washington would find it hard to support the extension of the observer mission beyond next month if the government of President Bahar al-Assad's regime continued to show "contempt" for a UN-backed ceasefire that was supposed to go into effect from April 12.

Asked whether he believed Syria is in a civil war, Ladsous told reporters: "Yes I think we can say that. Clearly what is happening is that the government of Syria lost some large chunks of territory, several cities to the opposition, and wants to retake control.

"I think there is a massive increase in the level of violence, so massive indeed that in a way it indicates some change of nature," Ladsous added.

"Now we have confirmed reports of not only of the use of tanks and artillery but also attack helicopters.

"This is becoming large scale because the opposition also resists."


So, if the Obama regime knows of a "new" massacre about to happen, why do they not name the time and place in an attempt to stop it?

The under secretary general for peacekeeping operations is the most senior UN official to indicate he believes there is a civil war. UN leader Ban Ki-moon said last week that he believed it was "imminent".

The UN Supervision Mission in Syria had been trying to reach the northwestern town of Al-Haffe, a Sunni Muslim enclave in a region mainly populated by members of Assad's Alawite minority, where hundreds of civilians are reported trapped by an army siege of holed up rebel fighters.


Terror in Houla American style:  CIA bagmen play Jason with chainsaw

The mission said it had received reports of "a large number of civilians, including women and children trapped inside the town and are trying to mediate their evacuation."

At least 120 people have been killed in the fighting in and around Al-Haffe over the past week, including 68 troops, 29 civilians and 23 rebel fighters, with hundreds wounded, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The UN observers were forced to abandon their attempt to reach the town on Tuesday when an angry crowd in a nearby pro-government village threw rocks and metal bars at them, and unknown assailants then fired on them.

Ladsous said one military observer came close to being hit by a bullet. "We thought he was injured but in fact the bullet did not enter him but hit his boot.

"There were many impacts that hit the car, so it was deliberate," he added.

Separately, a UN official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the crowd that surrounded the UN convoy was carrying government flags and that at least 20 bullets hit the car carrying the observers.

The United States has voiced concerns that the regime is planning to carry out new atrocities, after the massacre of 55 people last week in Al-Kubeir and at least 108 near Houla in late May.

"The United States joins joint special envoy Kofi Annan in expressing deep alarm by reports from inside Syria that the regime may be organising another massacre," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

The almost 300 observers in the UN mission face a "grave security risk" because incidents such as that in Al-Haffe have become more frequent, Ladsous said.

UNSMIS is "a peacekeeping force when there is definitely no peace to observe, that summarizes the situation," he said.

With the mission's mandate due to end on July 20, the United Nations and the UN Security Council are studying "various options" on its future, Ladsous said. A central element would be to see whether a political dialogue can be started.

-- 'Increasingly Dangerous' Mission --

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Clinton said that renewing the mission would be difficult without progress in implementing the six-point peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Annan, above all the elusive ceasefire.

"If there is no discernible movement by then it would be very difficult to extend a mission that is increasingly dangerous for the observers on the ground," she told a think tank meeting in Washington.

Clinton also hit out at Moscow accusing it of worsening the bloodshed by sending attack helicopters to its Damascus ally.

"We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria, which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically," she said.

"We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria. They have from time to time said we shouldn't worry, that everything they're shipping is unrelated to their actions internally. That's patently untrue."

The Syrian government hit back accusing Washington of siding with the rebels in their armed uprising which inflicted mounting losses on the security forces this month.

"The US administration is pushing forward with its flagrant interference in Syria's internal affairs and its backing of armed terrorist groups," a foreign ministry statement said.

"US statements distort the truth and what is happening on the ground while encouraging armed terrorist groups to carry out more massacres ... not only in Al-Haffe but throughout the country," it added.

At least 36 people were killed in shelling and clashes across Syria on Tuesday, 24 of them civilians and 12 soldiers, the Observatory said.

More than 14,100 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt erupted in March 2011, according to the Observatory's figures.



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Use of RFID Tracking Technology To Be Mandatory In U.S. Food Stamp Program

So this is where it is going; in order to live you must now accept the mark and lose their souls

Pakalert Press
06/11/2012

Food stamp welfare individuals must soon be chipped.


Kiss kids goodbye mom:  RFID will mark kids for future military draft
 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

In a little while, the above scene in Revelation 13 will become a global reality. People can no longer buy or sell without the mark of the beast. And sometimes that would mean no longer being able to eat.
The USDA is now considering biometric identification for all individuals who will want to benefit from their Food and Nutrition Services. The RFID chip may just soon be a must for everyone who does not want to starve.

The following is an excerpt of the executive summary of the FINAL REPORT of the Use of Biometric Identification Technology to Reduce Fraud in the Food Stamp Program:

Biometric identification technology provides automated methods to identify a person based on physical characteristics—such as fingerprints, hand shape, and characteristics of the eyes and face—as well as behavioral characteristics—including signatures and voice patterns.

Although used in law enforcement and defense for several years, it has recently been used in civilian applications and shows some promise to reduce the number of duplicate cases in the Food Stamp Program (FSP) and other assistance programs.

Already Operational in Some States 


Obama will use school cutting as first excuse to chip kids
Biometric identification systems are currently operational at some level in Arizona, California (under county initiative, first by Los Angeles County), Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. Finger imaging is the principal form of technology used in all eight States, though alternative technologies have simultaneously undergone trials in Massachusetts (facial recognition) and Illinois (retinal scanning). By the end of 2000, new systems are expected to be in place in California (statewide unified system), Delaware, and North Carolina. Other States are currently in the initial planning stages, including Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. However, there is little information available at this point regarding the specific course and trajectory these States will follow in terms of system types, implementation schedules, and the benefit programs in which they will implement the new requirement.


Next step:  Homeless, poor will be chipped to access charity/government medical facilities; involuntarily, surreptitiously chipped during treatment if they refuse; homeless chipped in order to "legally" park their tent, actually be homeless as it is now being criminalized

The States planned for implementation of their biometric identification systems in response to a wide variety of factors and considerations idiosyncratic to each State environment. Some States reported that their respective legislative mandates, which prescribed specific dates by which biometric systems were required to be in place, allowed insufficient time for development and planning. The States developed and followed implementation schedules in accordance with internal priorities and considerations. The States uniformly described their implementation processes as largely uneventful, though they encountered a variety of minor implementation issues, most of which were associated with the logistical difficulties of mobilizing and managing such a complex initiative.

Preparing staff for the implementation of the biometric systems, both philosophically and operationally, took different forms, priorities, and levels of effort in the States. At implementation, advance notification to clients and/or the general public about new biometric client identification procedures was considered important by all State representatives. The objective of providing advance notification was to inform and prepare clients for the additional application or recertification step (i.e., to explain the requirement and who is required to submit, and to address client concerns), as well as to accelerate enrollment of the existing caseload. All States prepared informational mailings to clients advising them of the new requirement. Some States reported developing additional outreach media including multilingual (English and Spanish) videos, posters, and brochures for viewing and distribution in the local office. Most of the States also identified various outlets in the community through which they informed the general public in advance about the implementation of biometric client identification procedures.

Program Outcomes

The evaluations of finger imaging systems conducted by six States have produced the following findings:

A small number of duplicate applications (approximately 1 duplicate for every 5,000 cases) have been detected by finger imaging systems. Finger-imaging systems appear to detect more fraud in statewide implementations than in regional pilot systems. Additional matches have been found by interstate comparisons of finger-image data.

Institution of a finger-imaging requirement can produce a significant, short-term reduction in caseload, because some existing clients refuse to comply with the requirement. The number of refusals depends on the implementation procedures and appears to be lower when finger imaging is incorporated into the recertification process.

The most carefully controlled estimate of non-compliance among existing clients suggests that introduction of a finger-imaging requirement reduces participation by approximately 1.3%. However, this estimate reflects both reduced fraud and deterrence of eligible individuals and households.







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Buildup to NATO/U.S. Invasion : Syria Now Accused of Having Chemical Weapons - Videos

As if the hypocrite U.S. and other governments pointing the finger don't possess these weapons

Arab News
06/13/2012

JERUSALEM/DAMASCUS:

Syria has the "biggest chemical weapons arsenal in the world," which it could use to threaten the Jewish state, Israel's deputy chief of the general staff has warned.


Fallujah, Iraq victim of U.S. white phosphorous attack
“Syria has built up the biggest chemical weapons arsenal in the world and has missiles and rockets capable of reaching any part of Israeli territory," Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh said in remarks delivered Sunday night and carried on Israeli military radio yesterday.

Naveh pointed to the deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters being waged by President Bashar Assad and his forces, saying it was proof that Syria would show no restraint in any attack on Israel.

"The Syrians who treat their people that way will do the same to us if they have the opportunity," he said.

Israel has been raising the alarm for months over Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, with the head of the army's northern command warning they could end up in the hands of Hezbollah, Lebanon's Shiite militia group.

Israeli military analysts say Syria has spent the past 40 years producing sarin and nerve gas, as well as mustard gas, which can be used in missiles.


U.S. chemical weapons storage sites (Please click to enlarge map)

Meanwhile, helicopter gunships yesterday fired on rebel positions in central and northwestern Syria in a bid to snuff out the gunmen as violence killed 52 people across the country, a monitoring group said.

Helicopters strafed rebels positions in Al-Heffa, in the northwestern province of Latakia, and in Rastan, in the central province of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Iraq victims of U.S. chemical weapons strike

Regime troops have pounded Al-Heffa daily for the past week to snuff out rebel Free Syrian Army fighters deployed in the rugged countryside near the Turkish border, activists said. Activists said yesterday's assault was violent and described the situation in Al-Heffa as “terrible,” although there were no immediate reports of casualties.

“Army tanks are deployed at the entrances of the town. They have never come this close before,” local activist Sema Nassar told.


U.S. mustard gas stockpile

“There's only one doctor working to treat the wounded in the town,” of 30,000 people, said Nassar, adding that most of the residents have fled.

"Some civilians have stayed behind to help the rebel fighters defend the town," she added.

Nassar also pointed to report carried by the official SANA news agency and Syrian TV claiming that "terrorists" were planning "to carry out a massacre" in Al-Heffa and nearby Tfil. "This is cause for great concern. It seems there are plans to kill many people," said Nassar.


Criminal U.S. pigs now deployed in American cities with chemical weapons destined for use on democracy protesters; those that use these illegal, immoral weapons on U.S. citizens will be identified, prosecuted, executed

Government troops also used helicopters to attack rebel positions in the Homs province town of Rastan which has been under intermittent army shelling "for months," the Britain-based Observatory said. Four civilians, including a young girl, were killed in the violence, it added.

In restive Qusayr, also in Homs province, another two civilians were killed, the Observatory said.
Activists in the central province of Hama told AFP that regime troops continued to target towns and villages in the region, where anti-regime sentiment was strong.

"We are worried about how much violence there might be there right now, because we have heard that regime forces are using residents as human shields," an activist who identified himself as Abu Ghazi
Al-Hamwi told AFP. At least five people were killed in Hama yesterday.

Elsewhere, at least nine people were killed in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, where rebels and regime forces clashed, while a blast in the northwestern city of Idlib killed a civilian and seven regime forces.

Also in Idlib, 11 others were killed.

And after days of violent clashes in the capital, a booby-trapped car exploded in the central district of Barzeh killing one person, while gunmen shot dead a Baath party official in the city suburbs.

Separately, Syrian rebel army chief, Col. Riyadh Al-Asaad, denied yesterday that Kuwaitis were fighting alongside his men against forces of the Assad's regime. "Reports indicating the presence of Arab fighters (in Syria) are totally baseless," Col. Asaad was quoted as saying by Kuwait's Al-Watan newspaper.










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"Humanitarian War Criminals" in High Office : Was the Houla Massacre Ordered by the Western Military Alliance?

Obama's CIA murderers orchestrated and executed this massacre of innocents

Global Research
By Prof. Michael Chossudovsky
06/11/2012

"And thus I clothe my naked villany, ... And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (William Shakespeare, King Richard III)


It has now been established that the Houla massacre, which has resulted in more than one hundred deaths of men, women and children, was not undertaken by the pro-government militia Shabbiha as claimed in chorus and without evidence by the Western media.


 
Several authoritative reports, including a recent report of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, confirm unequivocally that "opposition" FSA terrorists were behind these atrocities. (Neue Erkenntnisse zu Getöteten von Hula: Abermals Massaker in Syrien - Politik - FAZ, June 8, 2012)
"Those killed were almost exclusively from families belonging to Houla’s Alawi and Shia minorities. Over 90% of Houla’s population are Sunnis. Several dozen members of a family were slaughtered, which had converted from Sunni to Shia Islam. Members of the Shomaliya, an Alawi family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni member of the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a collaborator. Immediately following the massacre, the perpetrators are supposed to have filmed their victims and then presented them as Sunni victims in videos posted on the internet." (FAZ, op cit. Translated from German).
The FAZ report largely corroborates the report by Russian journalist Marat Musin, which includes detailed testimonies:
 "When the rebels seized the lower checkpoint in the center of town and located next to the local police department, they began to sweep all the families loyal to the authorities in neighboring houses, including the elderly, women and children.
Several families of the Al-Sayed were killed, including 20 young children and the family of Abdul Razak. The people were killed with knives and shot at point blank range.
Then they presented the murdered [corpses] to the UN and the international community as victims of bombings by the Syrian army, something that was not verified by any marks on their bodies." (Marat Musin, THE HOULA MASSACRE: Opposition Terrorists "Killed Families Loyal to the Government", Global Research, June 1 , 2012)
These two reports dispel the lies and fabrications of the Western media. Entire pro-government families in Houla were massacred. The terrorists were mercenaries and professional killers operating under the auspices of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army (FSA).

An earlier report published in Der Spiegel  (March 2012) suggests that the FSA is involved in a routine and organized process of mass-murder. The article focusses on extra-judicial killings in Homs conducted under the mandate of so-called "burial brigades".

A single "burial brigade" in Homs, according to the executioner's testimony, was responsible for the arbitrary execution of 350-400 people including "prisoners" (Shiite and Alawi) and "traitors" (Sunni). The "traitors" are Sunni civilians within the occupied urban and rural areas, who express their opposition to the rule of terror of the Free Syrian Army (FSA):
"Since last summer, we have executed slightly fewer than 150 men, which represents about 20 percent of our prisoners," says Abu Rami. ... But the executioners of Homs have been busier with traitors within their own ranks than with prisoners of war. "If we catch a Sunni spying, or if a citizen betrays the revolution, we make it quick," says the fighter. According to Abu Rami, Hussein's burial brigade has put between 200 and 250 traitors to death since the beginning of the uprising." (Profile of Rebels in Homs and Their Executioners - SPIEGEL ONLINE,  March 29, 2012)
The important questions which the Spiegel report does not address are: Who is behind these rebel groups? Who, within the FSA,  decides on the categorization of prisoners and "traitors". Bear in mind, the executioner is a young man obeying orders from higher up.

The Houla Massacre: War Propaganda

It is important to underscore the diabolical nature of these killing operations, which are casually blamed on the Al Assad government. They constitute a central component of US-NATO war propaganda. They are intended to trigger "a helpful wave of indignation" against the Al Assad government, thereby harnessing public support for a military intervention on humanitarian grounds. (See Michel Chossudovsky, SYRIA: Killing Innocent Civilians as part of a US Covert Op. Mobilizing Public Support for a R2P War against Syria, Global Research, May 30, 2012) 

Without the unbending support of public opinion, the justification to wage war would collapse like a deck of cards.

The Houla massacre was used not only as a pretext to call for regime change, but also as a justification to isolate Syria politically. Immediately following the announcement of the massacre and prior to the conduct on an investigation, several Western governments cut off diplomatic relations with Syria. This decision --coordinated by the US State Department-- was apparently planned well in advance of the Houla massacre:  "The United States joined several other nations in expelling a senior Syrian diplomat in response to the massacre of more than 100 men, women and children in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25.... State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said May 29  that the responsibility for the massacre rests “firmly at the feet of the Assad regime” and its militia group, the Shabiha."

At the United Nations Security Council, the Houla massacre became a casus belli, the main justification to wage war on humanitarian grounds. The Security Council was called upon to grant the green light to an R2P NATO intervention against Syria in reprisal for the alleged crimes committed by the government of Bashar Al Assad against the Syrian people.

But what happens now?  

Atrocities were committed by units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an armed entity directly supported by the US-NATO-Israel military alliance. The Syrian government cannot be held responsible for killings undertaken by rebel forces which were recruited, trained and financed by the US and its allies.

Who is behind these rebel groups? What is the precise nature of the relationship between the FSA and the Western military alliance? 

What is the command structure?

What is the nature of this diabolical covert operation?

Who ordered these atrocities against the Syrian people? 

Were these  issues to be fully revealed to the broader public, the lies and fabrications of the Western media would be exposed. In turn, the pretext to wage an R2P war on Syria would fall flat.

One suspects, in this regard, that a renewed wave of media lies and fabrications will be launched to quell the truth. 
 
But the question remains. 

If the Al Assad government is not behind the massacre, what actions should be taken against those who ordered this massacre? Western governments (US, France, Britain), with the support of Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the prime suspects. 

Mercenaries and death squads including al Qaeda affiliated militia were dispatched to Syria as part of a covert intelligence operation. Special forces from several Western countries are acting as military advisers on the ground inside Syria.

What we are dealing with is a criminal undertaking in blatant violation of international law. Those who ordered the killings are the self proclaimed members of the international community. 

What stance should be taken by the United Nations against the governments of member states which are complicit in these horrendous crimes against humanity. Perhaps this is a hypothetical question because three of these complicit member states are permanent members of the UN Security Council. 

There can, however, be no double standards in international law with regard to crimes against humanity. 

The same criteria used, without proof, against president Bashar al Assad, should be applied to those who ordered this diabolical covert operation. 

What was the role of the "US regime" and its allies (including its various military and intelligence entities) in channelling covert as well as overt support to the FSA death squads? 

Should "regime change" be contemplated in countries whose elected governments are directly or indirectly complicit in the conduct of crimes against humanity?  The answer to this question will not come from the UN Security Council, it will emerge from country-level grass-roots actions, in Europe and North America,  directed against a criminal and corrupt political system. 

There are indications as well as documentary evidence that, from the outset of the insurgency in the border city of Daraa in mid-March 2011, terrorists supported by foreign powers have been involved in the killings of innocent civilians. Israeli intelligence sources (August 2011) confirm an organized process of recruitment of terrorist fighters by NATO: 
NATO headquarters in Brussels and the Turkish high command are meanwhile drawing up plans for their first military step in Syria, which is to arm the rebels with weapons for combating the tanks and helicopters ...
Also discussed in Brussels and Ankara, our sources report, is a campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels. The Turkish army would house these volunteers, train them and secure their passage into Syria.  (DEBKAfile, NATO to give rebels anti-tank weapons, August 14, 2011,  emphasis added)
 
The selected articles below provide details on the Houla massacre as well as an analysis of the covert operations and media disinformation campaigns.

The Truth is ultimately a powerful instrument.

Confronting the lies and dismantling the process of media disinformation is an essential component of the anti-war movement.

Michel Chossudovsky, June 10, 2012


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Saudi Family Fearful of Revolution : Analyst - Videos

The apostate, drug-abusing, alcohol swilling, prostitute buying Saudi "royal" family circling the drain, should be more worried about keeping their heads following Saudi revolution

PRESS TV
06/12/2012

Saudi Arabia is concerned about a revolution in the country because it is experiencing a unique power vacuum, an analyst tells Press TV.


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“The Saudis, obviously, the ruling family is extremely worried about any revolution, if it's in Egypt, Yemen or Bahrain because they know that the people of Saudi Arabia will go after them sooner or later,” said the founder and director of IGA, Ali al-Ahmad, from Washington.

He explained that the Saudi family members are in their eighties or late seventies and they are still incapacitated in terms of their ability to deliver policy and to conduct policy inside and outside the country.

“This is really creating a unique vacuum of power in Saudi Arabia,” Ahmad said.

The analyst also noted that Saudi people can learn from other revolutions in the region, like Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen.


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“If they learn, if they see the Egyptians, the Bahrainis and Yemenis and other Arabs revolting and changing their regimes, they will topple the regime of the Saudi monarchy,” he said. 


The IGA director concluded that the revolution in Saudi Arabia will “take time but it will happen eventually because the situation and the ingredients in Saudi Arabia are bountiful and available for regime change.”

Saudi Arabia's Nayef bin Abdul Aziz was named crown prince in October last year following the death of Prince Sultan, one of his brothers.

Prince Nayef would take over the rule of the kingdom in the event of the death of King Abdullah, who is nearly 90.

The poor health among the aging royal family in the Persian Gulf state deepens the power vacuum amid a wave of protests over the persisting brutal crackdown on the Saudi people.

Saudi Arabia's east has been the scene of anti-government protests since February 2011.

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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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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

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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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.

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