Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Holder Contempt Vote to be Held Thursday : Reports - What Happened to ROVE?

If by some miracle Holder is held in contempt, Rove will have to (finally) be hauled in also

Reuters
By John Crawley
06/26/2012

The House will decide on Thursday whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over all documents demanded by lawmakers investigating a botched U.S.-Mexico gun running sting.


American traitor:  Obama's Eric Holder
A senior Republican aide confirmed the date for the unprecedented vote against a sitting attorney general following the recommendation of a House of Representatives committee for the full chamber to take that step.

The Republican-led Oversight panel voted along party lines last week to cite Holder for contempt of Congress for not fully complying with a subpoena to turn over documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting.

The 2009-11 operation was meant to help federal agents follow the flow of weapons from Arizona into Mexico, where they were thought to fall into the hands of drug cartels.

U.S. agents lost track of many of the guns, which later were involved in crimes, including the killing of a Border Patrol agent.


Rove telling congress to shove it
Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa said documents now withheld by the Obama administration under the presidential prerogative of executive privilege would shed more light on the case.

Issa and other Republicans have said the Justice Department is stonewalling and trying to protect political appointees from potentially embarrassing revelations. Democrats have said the investigation is an election-year inspired witch hunt.

Republican leaders have said if the requested documents were submitted before the vote, it would provide an opportunity to resolve the issue.

Holder has said the Justice Department has been responsive to congressional demands for information.

In theory, an official charged with contempt could be punished with a fine or jail, but no one expects it to come to that in this case.

Editing by Philip Barbara.




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US will help Turkey Hold Syria ‘accountable’ for Jet Shoot-Down, says Obama Spokesman

Obama's criminals have been hard at work; 48 hours ago BOTH SIDES WERE DOING THEIR BEST TO BACK DOWN

Agencies
06/26/2012

The White House on Monday promised to work with Turkey and other NATO allies to hold Syria "accountable" for what American officials have described as the deliberate downing of a Turkish military jet, apparently in international airspace.


Syrian commandos with Russian AT-14 Kornet tank killers
Turkey said it would push NATO, whose governing body meets Tuesday to discuss the matter, to consider the June 22 incident an attack on the entire alliance. Under Article V of NATO's founding document, an attack on one member is considered an attack on all.

"We stand in solidarity with Turkey, a key U.S. ally," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. "We will work with Turkey, and other partners, to hold the Assad regime accountable."

Carney indicated that Washington preferred a diplomatic resolution to the flare-up in tensions. "We obviously support the Turks and we'll work with them," he said. "Turkey is a key ally of the United States, member of NATO."

Military action is unlikely. NATO operates by consensus, meaning its members must all agree on a course of action. While there have been media reports that Washington has been helping to coordinate weapons shipments from other countries to Syria's rebels, the U.S. has denied arming the uprising, and there is little appetite among Americans for another war in the Middle East.

Still, President Barack Obama has expressed mounting frustration with the weak international response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's 15-month crackdown on opposition to his iron-fisted rule. Outside observers have put the death toll at around 14,000. Russia and China have blocked U.N. Security Council approval of tighter sanctions on Assad's regime. And the violence has eroded relations between Washington and Moscow.


Turkish Army

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the shoot-down as a "brazen and unacceptable act" after discussing the incident by telephone with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday.


Hag Clinton doing her damndest to start WWIII
"It is yet another reflection of the Syrian authorities' callous disregard for international norms, human life, and peace and security," Clinton said in a statement.

According to media reports, Turkey's government says its RF-4E reconnaissance jet was shot down inside international airspace and the two Turkish crews are still missing. The government in Ankara has admitted that the plane had strayed inside Syria for approximately five minutes, but that it had realized its error and was in international airspace when it was hit.


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Social Networking, Military Expeditions and America's Holy Crusade

The rest of the sane world having difficulty coming to grips with the madness that now grips Obama's America and are running out of time in dealing with it

Global Research
By Felicity Arbuthnot
06/25/2012

Diplomacy: The conduct of the relations of one state with another by peaceful means; skill in the management of international relations … “Duplicity: deception; double dealing.” (Collins Dictionary) 

Remember that “Crusade”? It is back, it seems – if it ever went away.


Insane Obama believes he is new "Messiah," will rule the world
On 16th September 2001, George W. Bush announced: ". . . this Crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take a while."

Six months later that designated “dove” of the Bush Administration, General Colin Powell, gave an ultimatum to Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf demanding he be on board to topple the Taliban and neutralize “al-Qaeda” in Afghanistan.

Powell, in testimony before a Commission investigating the 11th September attacks (24th March 2004) stated that: “We gave them twenty four (or) forty eight hours and then I called President Musharraf and said: ‘We need your answer now. We need you as part of this campaign - this Crusade.’ “

Now, Robert S. Ford, US Ambassador to Syria, has imaginatively resurrected the “Crusade” as diplomatic representative of a President who pledged, at Cairo University in June 2009: “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world … American is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.”(i)

In his article: “The Salvador Option for Syria” (ii) Michel Chossudovsky gives a crash course on the multiply diverse Ambassador Ford, to whom, it must be said, diplomacy would seem to be yet another far away land.


Obama's gifts to the world:  Endless illegal wars, terminal poverty, Satanic pandemics created by his minions at the CDC and WHO, the destruction of freedom, hope and all that is good and moral

However, even the insightful Professor Chossudovsky was unlikely to have foreseen that after Ambassador Ford slunk out of Syria in October last year, having indulged in ten months of provocative, divisive, inflammatory and politically confrontational actions, he would set up a Facebook page (iii) its massive profile picture being the UNESCO World Heritage listed site of what T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) described as: “Perhaps the best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world (which) forms a fitting commentary on any account of the Crusading buildings of Syria.”

This dominant image on the Ambassador’s “social networking” site is of the Krak de Chevaliers, a Crusaders’ castle considered perhaps the finest example of such anywhere. The current fortress was completed in 1031 but captured in the First Crusade in 1099 by Raymond 1Vth of Toulouse.


This is the way the majority of drug, alcohol and porn crazed Christian fundamentalists envision themselves; the reality is they are fat, bloated, evil cowards and pederasts that contribute nothing but insanity and evil in today's world

Robert Ford’s choice for visual statement of his vision for dominance of Syria could, surely, hardly be more symbolic and enlightening.

Via Facebook, the Ambassador accuses, incites and rambles to the Syrian people and the world.

On 20th June, with an arrogance that should be breathtaking - but little is that comes from the U.S. any more - he lectured Syria’s armed forces:

“For this posting, I want to address the members of the Syrian military and their role in this crisis. The role of any nation’s military is to defend the country and to protect the people, not to harm them. The United States believes the Syrian military should have an invaluable, integral role to play in the new democratic Syria, if it decides to fulfill its true purpose and stand with the Syrian people now.”

Ford queries the army wanting: “ to help secure the role of the professional military in a democratic Syria by supporting the Syrian people and their transition …”

He talked of them being used in: “President Assad’s campaign of torture and terror”, of destruction, massacre, thus: “abhorrent (running) counter to international law and the ethics of military professionalism … Soldiers should know that, under international law, they have a responsibility to uphold basic human rights and that they do not escape responsibility for violations simply because they are subject to orders.”

Quite. Has the Ambassador glanced toward the behaviour of US forces in neighbouring Iraq or in Afghanistan? The massacres, rapes of young and old, the use of children as human shields, often luring them with sweets,toys - now well documented - plus torture, disappearances and Stalinesque “re-education centres”?

It has never been adequately established what those scarily names “re-education” centres did or taught.

Prior to invading Iraq, prominent military leaders such as Lt. Gen. William Boykin also described the war in evangelical terms, casting the U.S. military as the "Army of God."

Indeed Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has stated that a cadre of forty U.S. chaplains took part in a 2003 project to distribute 2.4 million Arabic-language Bibles in Iraq.

A 2003 newsletter for the group note that: "The goal is to establish a wedge for the kingdom of God in the Middle East, directly affecting the Islamic world."(iv)

A Lt. Colonel Gary Hensley expounded on the need to spread the Gospel:

"The special forces guys - they hunt men basically”, he said. "We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down. Get the Hound of Heaven after them, so we get them into the Kingdom. That's what we do, that's our business."

Back to the Ambassador who hit the “road to Damascus” on his personal Crusade and who clearly subscribes to the “activists say”school of “fact” gathering, since his claims come from barely a single named source on the ground, and from “informants” in Paris, London and Washington who have risen without trace.

The Syrian military was also, opined Robert Ford: “acting as a leading destabilizing force.” That should win hearts and minds of a proud army, from a proud country, losing numerous friends and colleagues fighting a seemingly foreign fermented insurgency.

Ford should know a bit about destabilizing: “A few short weeks after his arrival” (surely coincidentally) “a wave of pro-democracy protests swept through the Middle East and public protests in Syria launched an uprising …

“Ford’s robust diplomacy on the ground in Syria centered on a strong show of support for the Syrian opposition movement.

“Ford’s physical presence in Hama, without official sanction from the Syrian government, functioned as a visible statement of support (for the opposition.) Ford continued to support the opposition by attending protestor funerals, speaking with Syrians on the ground and through social media, and educating Americans via satellite images and descriptions of the conflict on the Embassy’s official website.”(v)

Former CIA intelligence officer Michael Scheuer has alleged that prior to Ford's flight from Syria, he was traveling across the country inciting groups to overthrow the government.

On 15th June, the Facebook update displayed a map: “This map is an update of the one we originally posted on April 27 which shows the number of people displaced by the violence in Syria. The Assad regime is a destabilizing force both within Syria and throughout the region.” Verifiable facts were noticeable by omission.

Of course no US propaganda campaign would be complete without a mass grave, so an aerial view of a patch of land which contextually means absolutely nothing, is obligingly declared one. (Don’t mention Falluja, Najav, Kerbala, Basra, Baghdad, Mosul, Tel Afar …)

On 22nd June the entry cited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accusing Syria of: “… not doing enough to stop slavery …” That one really does come from the: “Must do better” collection.

The following day was the gleeful announcement that: “The head of the Syrian Olympic Committee, General Mowaffak Joumaa, has been refused a visa to travel to London for the Olympic Games.” (Given London’s missile-loaded war ships, ground to air missiles on the roofs, the attack helicopters, the drones, the experimental “sonic weapon” and thousands of twitchy, armed to the teeth FBI agents, for the Olympics, he may anyway feel safer in Syria.)

The Ambassador without an Embassy is also worried about the Crusaders’ castle. His entry on the subject reads:

“The Krak de Chevaliers/Qala’at al-Hosn was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is a gem of Crusader … architecture. Are the Syrian authorities fulfilling their obligations to the Syrian people and to the international community when it comes to site preservation and protection?”

Apart from the fact that the “Syrian authorities” may have other things on their minds and the Castle has stood for approaching a thousand years,

perhaps Robert Ford’s concern for the regional heritage of the “international community” should also address America’s destruction of Babylon, damage to Ur (ongoing under his watch whilst serving at the US Embassy in Baghdad 2004-2005) the sacking of Iraq’s treasures in the National Museum, the looting of libraries, which has been compared to the historic tragedy of the destruction of the great Library of Alexandria up to sixteen centuries ago. (vi)

The Ambassador’s outreach, however, is not getting an entirely glitch free ride, there are persistent dissenters. One, Brian Souter, leaves uncomfortably insightful one-liners, they disappear, but he doggedly returns. Another Anas Salih, left this:

“Hey Yankees, I’m an Iraqi and know all your Hollywood stories in Iraq, so you better not fall in the same mistake again. Al Qaeda in Syria killing hundreds of people each day in the name of their belief - there is no way that the Syrian regime is doing all this to stay in power.

“It is crystal clear now that this is not a revolution, it is insurgency and terrorism. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar (funding) every day millions of dollars to arm the opposition … no matter how hard those terrorists will try eventually you will see that Bashar (al Assad) has nothing to do with any killing or bombing.

“Hopefully not too late because each day another soul is being taken from its body. The lives we have lost in Iraq, kids ,women, men and animals all because of you, USA, so don’t try to be a hero and show compassionate (sic) now … “ (Removed in last twenty four hours, but copied directly and only spelling corrected.)

Ambassador Ford has written that there are “parallels” with Syria and the Balkans. The cynic might say the “parallel” is the alleged “hired hands.” Historian David Halberstam (“War in a Time of Peace” pb 2003, p347) quotes deputy to Balkans “Tzar” Richard Holbrooke, Bob Frasure - regarding US training and arming of the Croats - who passed Holbrooke a scribbled note in a meeting, on the back of a place card: “Dick, we ‘hired’ these guys as our junkyard dogs because we were desperate … this is no time to get squeamish …”

On 7th May: “Robert S. Ford was presented with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library by Caroline Kennedy. He was honored for his bold and courageous diplomacy which has provided crucial support to Syrians …”

“Crusade: Medieval military expeditions undertaken by the Christian powers … to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims.”


Felicity Arbuthnot is a frequent contributor to Global Research.  Global Research Articles by Felicity Arbuthnot

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"If You Were Planning to Conquer the World"... The Dogs of War are Barking Behind Closed Doors

Obama, power-mad freaks in both houses of congress plan "winner-take-all" global aggression, have nothing now to lose as noose gets tighter on their theft of U.S. Treasury, destruction of U.S. economy, planned Martial Law to control enraged Americans when the real truth is finally revealed and it is coming fast

RT and Stop NATO
By Robert Bridge
06/22/2012

America: Drugged up, dumbed down and crazy dangerous

What we are left with after the smoke has cleared bears no resemblance to a classic, text-book democracy. What we are left with is an obese, drug-addled Burlesque Empire, bursting at the seams with electronic circuses, cocaine and corn puffs, physically and mentally incapable of finding the remote control when the scenes of war become too unappetizing

The dogs of war are barking in the backyard and some deranged minds seem determined to swing open the gates – again. At the same time, the American people, the only ones who can stop the savagery, are saddled with long-term debt, deficits and depression.


Portrait of average American:  Swilling beer, living on porn; at least the monkeys have good taste when it comes to beer
As the new age Romans mission-creep toward the next doomed Middle East neighborhood, this time in Syria, when does the quaint phrase “experiencing déjà vu” become just a polite way of saying we are apathetic spectators at the Circus Maximus? Does uttering mindless platitudes while the swords are swinging make us accomplices to death and destruction? Do our politicians – the nice guys who bailed out the bankers to the tune of trillions while we got cash for clunkers – really care about innocent civilians abroad who are getting caught in the crossfire?

By playing the knight in shining armor on behalf of every oppositional groundswell, we are actually encouraging these revolutionary uprisings from the start. As the Arab Spring shows, the opponents of the ruling authorities are seizing the reins of power through street violence, which seems to be the preferred method of political campaigning these days.


War Criminal worship:  Most Americans under spell of war mongers
The opponents of vanquished Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, for example, did not have to prove their political prowess to win power. They only had to show up and demonstrate their staying power until NATO air support was called in. Eventually, the opposition revealed their true colors, however, when they dragged Gaddafi from a hole, Hussein-style, before summarily executing him. No trial, no judge, no jury, no worry. Welcome to the brave new political jungle where the side with the best crowd control always wins.

Essentially, the western powers are bankrolling unproven political wannabes not with hard cash, which is bad enough, but with overwhelming firepower. This opens the door to crimes of worse magnitude than would have been the case had nobody interfered in the first place. For example, if the Syrian political opposition understand, as they certainly must, the infinite power of global communication, then they will also understand the effectiveness of sending a message (tweeting, texting, whatever) that government forces committed an “atrocity” – even if they have not.


Fundamentalist Christian freaks now hold sway over U.S. electorate, are so miserable and depraved they welcome "rapture," where their God comes down to vacuum them up following WWIII in the Middle East, sparked by Obama and his master Netanyahu

Consider the May 25 massacre in the village of Houla. Nobody yet has been able to prove beyond a shadow of doubt the identity of the perpetrators behind that barbaric event, which saw the murder of 108 people, mostly women and children. The opposition claims government forces hired mercenaries known as Shabiha to carry out the attack. However, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad maintains that armed groups were determined to sabotage UN peace talks. (On May 15, one day before a UN Security Council meeting on Syria, militants carried out a massacre in the town of Homs, while the Houla attack coincided with a visit by UN negotiator Kofi Annan.) Why would Assad, of all people, be opposed to ending the violence that threatens to bring down his government, and possibly far worse?


Americans now conditioned by Bush, Obama criminal regimes where up is down, war is peace, right is wrong, good is evil and War Criminals are "peacemakers"

To date, western forces have thrown their support behind the political opposition in Egypt, Libya and most infamously in Iraq. And how is that working? Egypt is witnessing a tense standoff between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military, while the new Libyan authorities have just detained four members of the International Criminal Court who were in town to provide a defense attorney to Gaddafi’s son. So much for planting the seeds of democracy.

Meanwhile, many Americans are still scratching their heads over the “preemptive” attack on Iraq, which never had weapons of mass destruction or a hand in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.


Truth and Justice in Obama's America
Yet, we still have not learned the lessons of Iraq. In fact, some people are twisting that failed mission to fit in with the new mission statement. In fact, one writer for Haaretz argued that the “world must intervene before the ‘Iraqization’ of Syria,” reasoning that “the collapse of the Syrian army and Assad’s regime is liable to lead to the ‘Iraqization’ of the country, in such a way that it will no longer be clear who controls it.”

Have we already forgotten that it was the US invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003 that prompted the “Iraqization” of Iraq in the first place?

Perhaps this is what Russian President Vladimir Putin partially meant when he once called the collapse of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” Although the momentous event triggered severe dislocations across Russia, it also gave the United States an opportunity to behave like a veritable beast on the human stage. Now, after some 20 years of snorting and licking the mirror of power, the world’s solitary superpower, saying no-no-no to rehab, continues to do what it does best: acting like an infantile Bam-Bam from the Flintstones. So where is the homegrown American opposition to rein in these military misadventures?


One of the few real truths in today's America:  Endless illegal wars, a never-ending stream of dead Americans returning "home" in cheap metal caskets - that is unless they wind up in a garbage dump

If you were planning to conquer the world, or at least a broad swath of it, the war would necessarily start at home. After all, no general worth his salt would rush into battle with his rear exposed. You’d have to muzzle the media, severely curtail political choice and dissent, while preaching to the world about democracy and human rights to cover your tracks. You’d have to construct the mother of all propaganda machines, which proclaims over every available wavelength that it’s the best darn civilization since Atlantis sunk to its watery grave thousands of years ago. It would be a bit like decorating the halls of a mental asylum with idyllic nature scenes. You’d also have to hire an army of loud-mouth talking heads to shout down any and all dissenters, accuse them of being conspiracy theorists and lunatics and commies, while keeping a paramilitary police force on the standby 24/7 should the bullying tactics fail.


Insane Obama's vision for the future of America
You’d have to spoon-feed the populace with a liberal dose of anti-depressants, Jersey Shore, American Idol and 24-hour shopping channels with easy credit to prevent them from giving a moment’s thought to real-time, third-dimensional issues. You could also fuel battles over trifling cultural issues, like homosexuals in the military, Mel Gibson’s latest rant and Charlie Sheen’s complicated love life. What we are left with after the smoke has cleared bears no resemblance to a classic, text-book democracy. What we are left with is an obese, drug-addled Burlesque Empire, bursting at the seams with electronic circuses, cocaine and corn puffs, physically and mentally incapable of finding the remote control when the scenes of war become too unappetizing.

We are overstretched at home, and like despotic Rome, overstretched overseas. Now it is anybody’s guess where this depressing joyride will take us.
 
 
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Netanyahu has Decided to Attack Iran Before the U.S. Elections in November

Even with spasm "Mittens" Romney as an opponent in November elections Obama in bad shape, war with Iran would allow him to declare Martial Law and cancel elections, leaving him dictator for life

Global Research
By Michael Carmichael
06/24/2012

Senior Israeli officials now confirm that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has, "decided to attack Iran before the U.S. elections in November."


Obama receiving war orders from master nutcase Netanyahu
Netanyahu's agenda is much broader than knocking out Iranian nuclear installations for his aim is to reshape the political landscape in the USA and Israel shifting everything to the far, far right in order to create a new comfort zone for religious fundamentalists.

Netanyahu's major backer, Sheldon Adelson, is now firmly behind Mitt Romney, and they are known to believe that an Israeli attack on Iran in September or October will displace Obama and many dovish Democrats in Congress and establish a hawkish regime in Washington.

Israel has agreed to restrain any attack on Iran until after the current round of five talks between Iran and the P5+1 that will come to an end in either late July or August:

U.S., Israel continue preparations for strike on Iran nuclear facilities


The website cites U.S. defense contracts and Israel's new military preparations, suggesting that 'all sides are getting ready for whatever may come.'


Russia, China and just about every other sane country in the world have had it with Netanyahu, Obama, the U.S. and Israel holding the nuclear gun to their heads; Obama, Netanyahu, U.S. congress believe that they can actually survive a nuclear war and after emerging from their luxury taxpayer-financed bunkers, rule the world - or what is left of it:  Psycho U.S. Christian fundamentalists look forward to their God coming down to vacuum them up following biblical end of the world, encouraging war with Iran to begin the process

Israel and the U.S. are pushing forward with preparations to jointly strike Iran's nuclear facilities, the U.S. blog Business Insider reported on Saturday.

"U.S. defense contracts, an Iranian F-16 acquisition, and Israel's new military preparations suggest that all sides are getting ready for whatever may come," the report says.


Israel's new look following an attack on Iran:  The Middle-East's newest and largest irradiated parking lot, albeit an unusable one

According to the blog, the U.S navy has recently signed a $338 million contract with defense contractor Raytheon to "provide the Navy with 361 Tomahawk cruise missiles in their most recent configuration. According to the website, the U.S. is either renewing its stock of missiles or planning ahead.

"On May 9," the report added, "the U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which seeks to "reaffirm the commitment to Israel's security as a Jewish state; provide Israel with the military capabilities to defend itself by itself against any threats... [and] expand military and civilian cooperation."

A senior Israeli official recently told Reuters that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to attack Iran before the U.S. elections in November." (Haretz, June 23, 2012, emphasis added)

Military experts have long agreed that the "sweet spot" for an Israeli attack on Iran will be this coming September or October precisely because of the timing of the US presidential election cycle.

For maximum political impact and minimal diplomatic responsiveness, the time of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC - September 3-6 comes within this window of opportunity as well as the days immediately prior to the US election - say from Halloween till the 6th of November.

It may be instructive to recall that Israel's Operation Cast Lead was timed to coincide with the transition between Obama and Bush and ended abruptly immediately before the Inauguration in January 2009.

Presidential election cycles have played major roles in the design of military timetables. For only one example, recall the Tet Offensive in early 1968 that drove LBJ out of the race for the White House.

Michael Carmichael is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Michael Carmichael



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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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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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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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