Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft

TSA not only made up of pedophile scum; Americans just need to stop flying and bankrupt ripoff airline companies in bed with TSA who most likely get a cut of the profits from fenced stolen goods   

ABC News
By Megan Chuchmach
10/23/2012

Your suitcase has been tagged and whisked away for a TSA security check before being loaded onto a plane en route to your final destination. How safe are the belongings inside? The TSA has fired nearly 400 employees for allegedly stealing from travelers, and for the first time, the agency is revealing the airports where those fired employees worked.


Newly released figures provided to ABC News by the TSA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show that, unsurprisingly, many of the country's busiest airports also rank at the top for TSA employees fired for theft.

Sixteen of the top 20 airports for theft firings are also in the top 20 airports in terms of passengers passing through.

At the head of the list is Miami International Airport, which ranks twelfth in passengers but first in TSA theft firings, with 29 employees terminated for theft from 2002 through December 2011. JFK International Airport in New York is second with 27 firings, and Los Angeles International Airport is third with 24 firings. JFK ranks sixth in passenger traffic, while LAX is third. Chicago, while second in traffic, ranked 20th in theft firings.


Convicted TSA scum

The four airports listed in the TSA's top 20 list of employee firings for theft that aren't also among the FAA's top 20 for passenger activity are Salt Lake City International, Washington Dulles, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, and San Diego International.

The top airports across the U.S. for TSA employees fired for theft are:

1. Miami International Airport (29)

2. JFK International Airport (27)

3. Los Angeles International Airport (24)

4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (17)

5. Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (15)

6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York-Laguardia Airport (14 each)

8. Newark Liberty, Philadelphia International, and Seattle-Tacoma International airports (12 each)

11. Orlando International Airport (11)

12. Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport (10 each)

14. Washington Dulles International Airport (9)

15. Detroit Metro Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (7)

17. Boston-Logan International, Denver International and San Diego International airports (6)

20. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (5)

During a recent ABC News investigation, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint at the Orlando airport was tracked as it moved 30 miles away to the home of the TSA officer last seen handling it.

WATCH the 'Nightline' report on 'The Case of the Missing iPad'

Confronted two weeks later by ABC News, the TSA officer, Andy Ramirez, at first denied having the missing iPad, but ultimately turned it over after blaming his wife for taking it from the airport. Ramirez was later fired by the TSA.

PHOTOS: A Rogues' Gallery of TSA Agents

The iPad was one of ten purposely left behind at TSA checkpoints at major airports with a history of theft by government screeners, as part of an ABC News investigation into the TSA's ongoing problem with theft of passenger belongings. The other nine iPads were returned to ABC News after being left behind.

The agency disputes that theft is a widespread problem, however, saying the number of officers fired "represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed" by TSA..




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Lab That Made Tainted Steroid Shots to Get 'CSI' Treatment

The "investigators" can start by looking at CDC, Ft. Detrick; CSI is and always has been a fantasy show for fruitcakes, as will this "investigation" being done by the very same people who created this weaponized bacteria and cut it loose on the American population; Massachusetts lab was set up to take the fall for them   

Christian Science Monitor
By Pete Spotts
10/24/2012

Investigators are sifting through records and testing a Massachusetts lab to determine how a fungus associated with a form of meningitis worked its way into products that should have been sterile.


Cryptococcus
"It's really 'CSI' stuff," says Eric Kastango, president and owner of ClincalIQ, a New Jersey-based consulting firm that aims to help the industry meet safety standards. "The microoganism in the vials is the same microoganism in the patients. The question is: How did it get in the vials in the pharmacy?"

The incident involves the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass., which is no stranger to regulator scrutiny. Records released Monday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health indicate that the company has been the subject of several complaints and inspections since 1999.

In the current case, large shipments of injectable steroid formulated by NECC have sickened 308 people in 17 states and killed at least 23, according to figures updated on Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Some 14,000 patients in all may have received contaminated injections.

Compounding pharmacies typically produce limited quantities of medicines whose formulation or dose is tailored to patients – pets as well as people – whose doctors deem as inappropriate treatment standard doses of mass-produced medicine. In addition, hospital pharmacies can tap advanced compounding pharmacies for some of the sterile medicines the hospitals use.


Insane virus weaponizers Kawaoka and Fouchier:  Responsible?
The US hosts more than 7,500 pharmacies that provide advanced compounding services, according to the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies. Of those, some 3,000 produce sterile compounds.

Contamination incidents involving sterile compounds from compounding pharmacies are rare, but they do happen. Between 1990 and early 2012, at least 21 incidents involving contaminated sterile medicines from compounding pharmacies have occurred, killing 25 patients and leaving more than 120 others with serious side effects, according to a list compiled for the Institute of Safe Medication Practices, based in Horhsam, Pa.

In some ways, the potential for at least tiny amounts of contamination comes with any compounding, acknowledges Kara Weatherman, a pharmacist and clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue University in West Lafayatte, Ind.

"You try to avoid the potential for contamination," she says. "But unless you're working in an environment where there are no particles, there's always a chance that something is going to end up in your product."

In the case of microoganisms such as the fungus in the NECC products, the longer a vial sits around waiting to be shipped or used, the longer the microoganisms have to expand their colony. Testing a product before it leaves the pharmacy to ensure it's sterile can in some cases take up to 14 days – which can be impractical if the shipment is urgent.

"In those cases you just say: 'OK, we're only going to use this drug for five days.' You limit the shelf life," she says, to prevent any microbial contaminants from going into population overdrive.

How materials were stored and how long were they in storage are two issues that investigators look into, says Edmund Elder Jr., director of the Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

According to Food and Drug Administration records, one of the agency's concerns about NECC in 2006 was that it repackaged sterile, injectable drugs – a process that exposes the sterile drug to contamination as vials are opened and the contents are transferred to syringes. The FDA warning letter also raised related storage issues.

Beyond process issues, the company also has come under scrutiny for the large amounts of drugs it produces.

"We're finding out that volume out of this pharmacy was astronomical," says Mr. Kastango says. The numbers suggest that its operation had crossed the divide between compounding to match prescriptions and out-and-out manufacturing, he adds.

The fungus involved in the NECC case can crop up in homes, soils, water supplies, or the air, says Dr. Elder, who has participated in investigations of previous incidents at compounding pharmacies. It can enter a lab on shoes, on the lab coat of someone outside taking a break and not changing into clean lab garb after returning, or though air ducts, adds Mr. Kastango, pointing to past examples.

Investigators typically aim to pinpoint the pathway by which a contaminant entered the product. But they also eye a pharmacy's environmental-monitoring effort, which is supposed to check for the presence of potential contaminant organisms within the facility. Such efforts are included in a detailed set of international standards, which is the foundation for federal regulations as well as regulations in many states. The standards also call for periodic checks of employees – swab-testing hands and lab suits, for instance.

Inside a facility, some small amount of contamination may be present, specialists say. The key is to make sure minimal contamination remains minimal.

Reflecting on incidents he's helped investigate, Elder draws an analogy to a catastrophic airliner crash: "You can have single things go wrong in any flight, and the plane still lands in the end. But if you have multiple things go wrong, and the pilots involved don't react appropriately, we see a catastrophic event."

"It's not necessarily one thing that went wrong, but a number of different things that went wrong that sometimes have built up over time," he adds."Someone took a shortcut, nothing happened, so that becomes their normal way of operating."


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Iran Will Halt Oil Exports if Sanctions Tightened, Oil Minister Says

Middle East finally saying FUCK YOU to murdering bastards Obama, CIA, criminal Oil Companies BP, Chevron and the rest; Obama and his oil company buddies will now see that Americans pay $25.00 and more for a gallon of gas that costs FIVE CENTS to make   

PRESS TV
10/24/2012

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi says Tehran will halt oil exports if more sanctions are imposed on the country.


Taking no more shit:  Qasemi done with Obama, CIA, EU sanctions
He made the remarks on Tuesday at a press conference on the sidelines of an energy conference held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

If the West continues “to add to the sanctions, we will stop our oil exports to the world… The dearth of Iranian oil on the market will increase the price drastically,” Qasemi stated.

He also denied reports that the country’s oil production and exports have fallen to about 2.7 million barrels per day, adding that Iran is still producing 4 million barrels per day.

“Despite the pressure by the West to prevent the sale of Iranian crude oil, the country is currently producing oil at maximum capacity,” the Iranian oil minister said.

At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.


Obama was an oil company whore before election, and allowed BP to destroy the Gulf of Mexico and walk away

The sanctions came into force in early summer 2012.

On October 15, the EU foreign ministers reached an agreement on another round of sanctions against Iran.


This will soon be a fond memory for Americans
The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

MHB/HGL


 
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Informant: NYPD paid me to 'bait' Muslims

NYPD caught in the act.... AGAIN:  Will justice be done this time out and NYPD/CIA scum busted?

Associated Press
By Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo
10/24/2012

NEW YORK (AP) —

A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press.


And this little shitbag is just as guilty for helping them
Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bangladeshi descent who has now denounced his work as an informant, said police told him to embrace a strategy called "create and capture." He said it involved creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD. For his work, he earned as much as $1,000 a month and goodwill from the police after a string of minor marijuana arrests.

"We need you to pretend to be one of them," Rahman recalled the police telling him. "It's street theater."

Rahman said he now believes his work as an informant against Muslims in New York was "detrimental to the Constitution." After he disclosed to friends details about his work for the police — and after he told the police that he had been contacted by the AP — he stopped receiving text messages from his NYPD handler, "Steve," and his handler's NYPD phone number was disconnected.

Rahman's account shows how the NYPD unleashed informants on Muslim neighborhoods, often without specific targets or criminal leads. Much of what Rahman said represents a tactic the NYPD has denied using.


Muslims should leave U.S. for their own safety
The AP corroborated Rahman's account through arrest records and weeks of text messages between Rahman and his police handler. The AP also reviewed the photos Rahman sent to police. Friends confirmed Rahman was at certain events when he said he was there, and former NYPD officials, while not personally familiar with Rahman, said the tactics he described were used by informants.

Informants like Rahman are a central component of the NYPD's wide-ranging programs to monitor life in Muslim neighborhoods since the 2001 terrorist attacks. Police officers have eavesdropped inside Muslim businesses, trained video cameras on mosques and collected license plates of worshippers. Informants who trawl the mosques — known informally as "mosque crawlers" — tell police what the imam says at sermons and provide police lists of attendees, even when there's no evidence they committed a crime.

The programs were built with unprecedented help from the CIA.

Police recruited Rahman in late January, after his third arrest on misdemeanor drug charges, which Rahman believed would lead to serious legal consequences. An NYPD plainclothes officer approached him in a Queens jail and asked whether he wanted to turn his life around.

The next month, Rahman said, he was on the NYPD's payroll.


CIA scum operating illegally in U.S. should be hunted down, executed
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Tuesday. He has denied widespread NYPD spying, saying police only follow leads.

In an Oct. 15 interview with the AP, however, Rahman said he received little training and spied on "everything and anyone." He took pictures inside the many mosques he visited and eavesdropped on imams. By his own measure, he said he was very good at his job and his handler never once told him he was collecting too much, no matter whom he was spying on.

Rahman said he thought he was doing important work protecting New York City and considered himself a hero.

One of his earliest assignments was to spy on a lecture at the Muslim Student Association at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. The speaker was Ali Abdul Karim, the head of security at the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn. The NYPD had been concerned about Karim for years and already had infiltrated the mosque, according to NYPD documents obtained by the AP.


CIA operating in America also through back-door using Google and You Tube, among other traitors to the Constitution of the United States of America

Rahman also was instructed to monitor the student group itself, though he wasn't told to target anyone specifically. His NYPD handler, Steve, told him to take pictures of people at the events, determine who belonged to the student association and identify its leadership.

On Feb. 23, Rahman attended the event with Karim and listened, ready to catch what he called a "speaker's gaffe." The NYPD was interested in buzz words such as "jihad" and "revolution," he said. Any radical rhetoric, the NYPD told him, needed to be reported.

John Jay president Jeremy Travis said Tuesday that police had not told the school about the surveillance. He did not say whether he believed the tactic was appropriate.

"As an academic institution, we are committed to the free expression of ideas and to creating a safe learning environment for all of our students," he said in a written statement. "We are working closely with our Muslim students to affirm their rights and to reassure them that we support their organization and freedom to assemble."

Talha Shahbaz, then the vice president of the student group, met Rahman at the event. As Karim was finishing his talk on Malcolm X's legacy, Rahman told Shahbaz that he wanted to know more about the student group. They had briefly attended the same high school in Queens.

Rahman said he wanted to turn his life around and stop using drugs, and said he believed Islam could provide a purpose in life. In the following days, Rahman friended him on Facebook and the two exchanged phone numbers. Shahbaz, a Pakistani who came to the U.S. more three years ago, introduced Rahman to other Muslims.

"He was telling us how he loved Islam and it's changing him," said Asad Dandia, who also became friends with Rahman.

Secretly, Rahman was mining his new friends for details about their lives, taking pictures of them when they ate at restaurants and writing down license plates on the orders of the NYPD.

On the NYPD's instructions, he went to more events at John Jay, including when Siraj Wahhaj spoke in May. Wahhaj, 62, is a prominent but controversial New York imam who has attracted the attention of authorities for years. Prosecutors included his name on a 3 ½-page list of people they said "may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, though he was never charged. In 2004, the NYPD placed Wahhaj on an internal terrorism watch list and noted: "Political ideology moderately radical and anti-American."

That evening at John Jay, a friend took a photograph of Wahhaj with a grinning Rahman.

Rahman said he kept an eye on the MSA and used Shahbaz and his friends to facilitate traveling to events organized by the Islamic Circle of North America and Muslim American Society. The society's annual convention in Hartford, Conn, draws a large number of Muslims and plenty of attention from the NYPD. According to NYPD documents obtained by the AP, the NYPD sent three informants there in 2008 and was keeping tabs on the group's former president.

Rahman was told to spy on the speakers and collect information. The conference was dubbed "Defending Religious Freedom." Shahbaz paid Rahman's travel expenses.

Rahman, who was born in Queens, said he never witnessed any criminal activity or saw anybody do anything wrong.

He said he sometimes intentionally misinterpreted what people had said. For example, Rahman said he would ask people what they thought about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, knowing the subject was inflammatory. It was easy to take statements out of context, he said. Rahman said he wanted to please his NYPD handler, whom he trusted and liked.

"I was trying to get money," Rahman said. "I was playing the game."

Rahman said police never discussed the activities of the people he was assigned to target for spying. He said police told him once, "We don't think they're doing anything wrong. We just need to be sure."

On some days, Rahman's spent hours and covered miles in his undercover role. On Sept. 16, for example, he made his way in the morning to the Al Farooq Mosque in Brooklyn, snapping photographs of an imam and the sign-up sheet for those attending a regular class on Islamic instruction. He also provided their cell phone numbers to the NYPD. That evening he spied on people at Masjid Al-Ansar, also in Brooklyn.

Text messages on his phone showed that Rahman also took pictures last month of people attending the 27th annual Muslim Day Parade in Manhattan. The parade's grand marshal was New York City Councilman Robert Jackson.

Rahman said he eventually tired of spying on his friends, noting that at times they delivered food to needy Muslim families. He said he once identified another NYPD informant spying on him. He took $200 more from the NYPD and told them he was done as an informant. He said the NYPD offered him more money, which he declined. He told friends on Facebook in early October that he had been a police spy but had quit. He also traded Facebook messages with Shahbaz, admitting he had spied on students at John Jay.

"I was an informant for the NYPD, for a little while, to investigate terrorism," he wrote on Oct. 2. He said he no longer thought it was right. Perhaps he had been hunting terrorists, he said, "but I doubt it."

Shahbaz said he forgave Rahman.

"I hated that I was using people to make money," Rahman said. "I made a mistake."


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Mourdock : God at Work When Rape Leads to Pregnancy

A prime example of just how insane neocons are and the American psychos that elect them

Associated Press via ABC
By Tom LoBianco
10/24/2012

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."


Mourdock needs to be put down like the mad dog he is
Mourdock, who's been locked in one of the country's most watched Senate races, was asked during the final minutes of a debate with Democratic challenger Rep. Joe Donnelly whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," Mourdock said.

Mourdock became the second GOP Senate candidate to find himself on the defensive over comments about rape and pregnancy. Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said during a television interview in August that women's bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape." Since his comment, Akin has repeatedly apologized but has refused to leave his race despite calls to do so by leaders of his own party, from GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on down.

It was not immediately clear what effect Mourdock's comments might have during the final two weeks before the Nov. 6 election. But they could prove problematic. Romney distanced himself from Mourdock on Tuesday night — a day after a television ad featuring the former Massachusetts governor supporting the GOP Senate candidate began airing in Indiana.


Where in the hell is Gloria Steinem when we finally need her?
"Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email to The Associated Press. Romney aides would not say whether the ad would be pulled and if the Republican presidential nominee would continue to support Mourdock's Senate bid.

Other Republicans did not immediately weigh in. Indiana Republican Party spokesman Pete Seat referred comment to the Mourdock campaign. A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a spokeswoman for Romney did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday night.

National Democrats quickly picked up on Mourdock's statement and used it as an opportunity to paint him as an extreme candidate, calling him a tea party "zealot." DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described Mourdock's comments as "outrageous and demeaning to woman" and called on Romney to take his pro-Mourdock ad off the air.

Later Tuesday after the debate, Mourdock further explained he did not believe God intended the rape, but that God is the only one who can create life.

"Are you trying to suggest somehow that God preordained rape, no I don't think that," said Mourdock. "Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that's not even close to what I said."

In response, Donnelly said after the debate in southern Indiana that he doesn't believe "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen.".

Along with Romney's ad, top Republicans have been flocking to Indiana as part of an effort to break open the high-stakes Senate. Republicans need to gain three seats, or four if President Barack Obama wins re-election, and seats that were predicted to remain or turn Republican have grown uncertain.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came to Indianapolis for a fundraiser Monday, and Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham campaigned for Mourdock last week. New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is due in the state Wednesday.

Romney's coattails carry special significance in deeply conservative Indiana, where Mourdock has underperformed Romney by 12 points in most public polls. Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS also has bought another $1 million of airtime in Indiana, making his group the biggest player in Indiana's Senate race. A message left for Crossroads GPS spokesman Nate Hodson was not immediately returned.



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STRATFOR NAVAL UPDATE MAP

Naval Update Map September 26, 2012

STRATFOR
10/24/2012

The Naval Update Map shows an approximation of the current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups, 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. The CSG includes significant offensive strike capability. An ARG is centered on three amphibious warfare ships, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked. An MEU is built around a heavily reinforced and mobile battalion of Marines.


Please click to enlarge map

Carrier Strike Groups

  • The USS Enterprise CSG with Carrier Air Wing 1 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 Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG with Carrier Air Wing 7 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 George Washington with Carrier Air Wing 5 embarked is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR.
  • The USS John C. Stennis with Carrier Air Wing 9 embarked is under way in in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR.
  • The USS Harry S. Truman is under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials.

Amphibious Ready Groups/Marine Expeditionary Units

  • The USS Iwo Jima ARG with the 24th MEU embarked is in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR supporting maritime security operations and conducting theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Bonhomme Richard ARG with the 31st MEU embarked is on a scheduled port visit to Guam after completing a two-week certification exercise.
  • The USS Peleliu ARG with the 15th MEU embarked is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR on a scheduled deployment.
  • The USS Boxer is under way in the Pacific Ocean conducting routine training.




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WAYNE MADSEN : America’s Pacific Zone of War

Obama's CIA scum now "embedding" in AU and NZ - with a little help from their "friends"

Strategic Culture Foundation
By Wayne Madsen
10/23/2012

The United States has successfully installed two America-compliant leaders as the heads of government of Australia and New Zealand, Washington’s two most important Asia-Pacific regional allies. Both leaders, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, rose rapidly within their respective parties, a sure sign that they had outside support, likely from the Central Intelligence Agency, which has historically meddled in the domestic affairs of Australia and New Zealand.


CIA mutt Julia Gillard
Australia and New Zealand have seen the CIA interfere in their domestic politics before. In 1975, the CIA, working with Australian intelligence and pro-U.S. politicians, engineered a constitutional coup against Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The independent-minded Whitlam demanded a fuller explanation about the nature of U.S. intelligence bases at Pine Gap and Woomera, Australia. The Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, alarmed by Whitlam’s demand for an accounting about the activities of the bases, used an old U.S. intelligence asset, Australian Governor General Sir John Kerr, to fire Whitlam’s government and install a pro-U.S. regime. Similarly, after New Zealand Labor Prime Minister David Lange began probing into the activities of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping bases in New Zealand and banning visits by U.S. nuclear-armed or powered warships to New Zealand ports, he was unceremoniously ousted in a parliamentary backbenchers’ coup in 1989.

What happened to Whitlam would repeat itself in 2010 in Australia when Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who was generally supportive of the United States, was deposed in a backbenchers’ coup by the even more pro-American deputy prime minister Julia Gillard. Since coming to power, Gillard, who was born in Wales, has supported the United States and Israel in all matters, including inviting the United States to establish new naval, air, and troop bases in Australia.


CIA mongrel John Key
A few of the leaked U.S. State Department cables identify the role that the U.S. embassy in Canberra played in ousting Rudd and replacing him with the more pro-American Gillard. Rudd's Employment Participation Minister, Libyan-Australian Mark Arbib, was a frequent guest of the embassy where he passed along confidential information about the Cabinet in-fighting between the right-wing forces allied with Gillard and Rudd loyalists.

Senator Don Farrell, another right-wing Labor supporter of Gillard, met with a U.S. embassy official in June 2009, a year before the coup against Rudd, and informed the American about the plot to oust the Prime Minister. President Barack Obama apparently did nothing to warn Rudd of the plot against him and there is every indication that the Obama administration, particularly Mrs. Clinton, was in Gillard's court. Farrell told the newspaper The Australian that he had more than one conversation with the U.S. embassy but said he couldn't recall the exact details of the conversations.

An embassy cable dated June 23, 2008, indicates that Gillard was being groomed during the Bush administration even though she had a political past in which she described herself as a "socialist" and a "feminist":

GILLARD THE PRO-AMERICAN

...GILLARD has gone out of her way to assist the Embassy. She attended a breakfast hosted by the Ambassador for U/S [Undersecretary] Nick Burns who visited Canberra just days after the election. At our request, she agreed to meet a visiting member of the National Labor Relations Board, after prior entreaties by the board member's Australian hosts had been rebuffed. GILLARD is now a regular attendee at the American Australian Leadership Dialogues (AALD), and will be the principal government representative to the AALD meeting in Washington at the end of June."


Two CIA prostitutes + two Pacific rim countries down under = U.S. domination of the region

Gillard was "talent-spotted" by the CIA from the ranks of the left. Before becoming a staunch pro-American, Gillard served as Secretary of the Socialist Forum in Melbourne and she co-founded the Australian chapter of the women’s rights organization EMILY’s LIST.

In a speech to the AALD in 2008 in Washington, Gillard avidly supported the strengthening of the ANZUS military alliance between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Gillard, in a message to Labor Party leader Mark Latham, described the AALD as a "CIA re-education camp." Latham also revealed that Gillard told him that he should stand by for "e-mails explaining George Bush is a great statesman, torture is justified in many circumstances and those Iraqi insurgents should just get over it." Gillard has also called the United States "a civilizing global influence."


New Zealand Prime Minster John Key rose rapidly through the ranks of the National Party to become Prime Minister. Key was formerly an executive with the CIA-linked Bankers Trust. Key was also part of George Soros’s operation to attack several Asian-Pacific currencies, including the Thai baht and Malaysian ringgit, as well as the British pound and Russian ruble, in the late 80s and early 90s, to enable currency speculators like Soros to make billions in profits. In 1988, Key even bet against the New Zealand dollar. In 1995, Key was the head of foreign exchange operations for Merrill Lynch in Singapore. Key’s ruthless sacking of hundreds of his subordinates and co-workers at Merrill Lynch earned him the onerous nickname of the "smiling assassin." In 1999, Key became a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and three years later he was sitting in the New Zealand Parliament. After only six years as an MP, Key became Prime Minister of New Zealand.


Key became Leader of the Opposition in 2006 after he succeeded Don Brash, who resigned after details of an extramarital affair and internal National Party documents became public.

There is a belief by some in New Zealand that Key’s work for Soros and the CIA – the two are not mutually exclusive – earned him the post of Prime Minister. Key has done much to undo Lange’s policies and New Zealand naval ships are, once again, welcome in U.S. ports after a ban that was imposed during Lange’s term. Key, whose mother, Ruth Lazar Key, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, has also steered New Zealand’s foreign policy firmly into the pro-Israeli camp.

Key’s predecessor, Labor Prime Minister Helen Clark, incurred Israel’s and its Wellington Lobby’s wrath after she criticized Israeli intelligence’s ploy to forge New Zealand passports. Like Clark, Rudd, also infuriated Israel and its Canberra Lobby after criticizing Israel’s forging of Australian passports and deploring Israel’s interception and arrest of Gaza aid flotilla participants. Rudd had long been considered a staunch ally of Israel and was thought by the Israeli Lobby in Australia to be a "Christian Zionist." Gillard, who is a self-declared atheist, began plotting with Labor right-wingers and, very likely, the CIA Canberra station, weeks prior to her challenge to Rudd, even though she claims to have only decided to seek the prime minister position on the eve of the Labor Party parliamentary caucus in June 2010. Gillard’s staff began writing her victory speech two weeks prior to the caucus.

There is reason to believe that a shadowy Christian Zionist sect, some would call it a cult, known as the Exclusive Brethren, founded by Englishman John Nelson Darby as the Brethren Movement during the same 19th century period when Joseph Smith founded the Christian Zionist-oriented Church of Latter Day Saints – the Mormons – has exercised undue influence over Australian and New Zealand politics. Ousted National Party leader Brash, ousted Prime Minister Rudd, and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard have all been closely linked to the Exclusive Brethren. However, when these leaders served their purposes, the Brethren and their masters were more than happy to see them go. The Brethren appears to be a carbon copy of "The Fellowship," an influential, pro-Israeli, and CIA-linked cult that sponsors the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC that is attended by presidents and prime ministers.

The installation of Key and Gillard in their posts has ensured that the United States has a firm military anchor in the Asia-Pacific region from which to challenge China and other nations for control of the Pacific as a "zone of war."
 


Wayne MADSEN (USA)
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some 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. 


Wayne Madsen
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. Lives in Washington, D.C.






Crisis An Instrument in Building the Euroempire

Fear, keep The People fearful:  The preferred tool for population control by U.S., EU, World dictators; bogus "austerity" slavishly repeated as if it were real by "mainstream media" and is nothing but a code word for attempting to make The People pay for the largest theft of public monies in recorded historyIt all started with George Bush and his criminal administration... "If Bush can get away with it, so can we..." everything from real estate ripoffs to refusing to step down from power when busted for crimes ala Larry Craig





The fourth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers – the pivotal point which marked the escalation of the world's mounting problems into the full-blown crisis – went almost unnoticed on September 15. The outdated forecasts that used to sound grim – like the one that it would take a couple of years before the light at the end of the tunnel comes within sight – now read as outbreaks of ridiculous optimism. These days, the recovery is projected to commence at least a decade from now, while alarmists predict far greater troubles including a military conflict of global proportions.


Spanish pigs beat protesters, will soon get a taste of own medicine
The public opinion has learned to think of the crisis as of some sort of a natural background. Guesswork concerning the causes of the meltdown may remain unconcerted, but the recipe – rounds and rounds of spending cuts – seems to be universal, with no alternatives allowed even hypothetically. Luckily, the advice offered by Prince Charles – to take shorter showers to help the environment – does not have the power of law, but the austerity programs compiled by European bureaucracy and confirmed by national legislatures are not as easy to ignore, regardless of how the populations feel. More belt-tightening was prescribed early this fall to Europe where a series of protests erupted in response. The rally held by the so-called May 15 protest movement around the building of the Spanish parliament was the highlight in the course of the events – the legislature was surrounded by crowds of people, all of them being unarmed and some - families with children, but Spain's premier Mariano Rajoy still described it as an attempted coup. Actually, thus Plaza de Neptuno in Madrid saw a replay of what happened a year earlier in Athens, at Syntagma Square. The developments in Greece and Spain exemplify a wider model which implies the erosion of the sovereignty of European countries. Importantly, the top authority in the process is not meant to be taken over by the EU institutions - it is rather true that a future Euroempire will have a grip on the reshaped Europe.

Spain's Autonomies Rebel


Catalan national flags were hanging down from balconies in Barcelona in numbers last spring, and by the fall the joke often heard in Spain was that, if another austerity package is adopted, the country would fall apart and downtown Madrid would be left alone to repay the sovereign debt. Since 1983, the unitary Spain comprises 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities, all of them having their own governments and parliaments. Quite a few of the communities boast glorious history and some – serious records of independent statehood. For example, two states existed on the territory of what currently counts as the autonomous community of Castilla and Leon, and both played major roles in the Reconquista at the time.


Moreover, Spain's autonomous communities are equipped with viable self-government and have their own political parties which are fairly independent financially. The independence was threatened when Rajoy's government slashed the provinces' budgets, and a strong reaction surfaced immediately. The government of Catalonia presented Madrid with an ultimatum, demanding either to be allowed to pay no taxes or to be given a Euro 5b loan. Rajoy opted for the latter, but, in Catalonia, the parliament stayed discontent and government head Artur Mas scheduled snap regional elections for November 25.

The opponents of Madrid in Catalonia opened the campaign on June 30 by staging the March Towards Independence. The demonstration which convened in Barcelona with the slogan "Catalonia, new state in Europe" was particularly impressive as it attracted from 600,000 to a couple of millions of people. The former estimate was aired by Madrid, and the latter – by Barcelona, but, considering that the total population of Catalonia is 7.2 million, even the floor-level 600,000 figure looked extraordinary.


EU dictators, criminal bankers laugh at "confused peasants"
Madrid holds Catalonia responsible for a debt of Euro 40b, while the community rejects the claim and is constantly mindful of the fact that it contributes 20% of the Spanish GDP and, by switching to the standalone status, can establish itself among Europe's top regional exporters. Polls steadily give separatism a 90% support in Catalonia, the explanation being that the majority of the people suspect paying more in taxes than they get back from the central government. Independence would make it possible to stop feeding tax money to Madrid and, importantly, would shield the community from austerity plans such as the increase of the added value tax from 18% to 21% or the deep cuts of the budget dedicated to the local administration. It is clear that, if the proponents of secession win on November 25, their first step would be to set a date for the independence referendum. Catalonia and Madrid would then be drawn into tense negotiations, with Brussels arbitrating between the two.


Catalonia is the prime candidate for secession from Spain, but there are others who may pick up the lead. In the wake of last summer's sweeping miner strikes and clashes with the police, the parliaments in Galicia and the Basque Country similarly announced snap elections coming on October 21, ahead of those in Catalonia. Madrid recognizes the Catalan nation as a separate entirety, but the historical and linguistic reasons to expect the same treatment are by all means comparable in Galicia and the Basque Country.

Some of Spain's regions where the populations have no features of separate nations nevertheless grow disquietingly ambitious. Like Catalonia, Valencia - a region accounting for roughly the same share of the overall Spanish GDP - is squeezing the assistance in the amount of Euro 5.5b from Madrid. The same is done by Murcia and Andalucía which ask for Euro 700m and Euro 1b respectively. The government of the tiny Castilla-La Mancha which adds only 3.4% of the total to the Spanish GDP requested Euro 800m in September. The central government established a Euro 18b stabilization fund to prop up the autonomies, but the appetites of the five autonomies combined are enough to drain it to the bottom since late in September the bid staked by Andalucía jumped to Euro 5b. It must be noted that 12 other autonomies - Rajoy's home Galicia and the chronically defiant Basque Country among them – may yet articulate their pressing needs.

No Real Choice

The government headed by Rajoy faces a dilemma of choosing between the sovereigns which will mushroom if the loan applications are turned down and the appeasement policy which can only be sustained if Madrid borrows tons of money from the European Central Bank. The EU approval will be required under the latter scenario, but at the moment the EU is drafting the procedures to which the heavily indebted nations will be subject, and the EU programs are notorious for igniting mass protests in target countries. No doubt, Brussels will agree to bail out the Spanish banking system, but after that Spain, like Greece, will have to part with some of its cherished assets such as the Canary Islands or even the Balearic Islands. Credible estimates show that the Spanish sovereign debt will reach 90% of its GDP in 2013.


Greeks taking no more shit from EU dictators Merkel, Lagarde, criminal bankers, feral pigs that protect them

Taking out loans in the EU, Rajoy's government becomes a de facto intermediary charged with the mission of distributing the money among the autonomies. Those, however, can eventually decide that go-betweens in the business are completely unnecessary. If they do, the push for independence currently exerted by the Spanish autonomous communities will serve to plant new stars on the EU flag.


The eventual fate of all pigs that continue to protect criminal dictators and banking thieves

The above is the trajectory Rajoy is trying to steer the unitary Spain away from. As an option, he suggested to the EU to issue collective European bonds to be marketed globally, but Brussels seems to be unreceptive to the plan. Clearly, stabilizing nation-statehoods is not what the emerging Euroempire needs. Stonewalled, Madrid floated government bonds worth Euro 186.1b on its own in a hope to sell them for US dollars, yuans, roubles, and whatever comes along and, thus, to overcome the addiction to EU loans. More Spanish bonds worth Euro 200b for a term of 2-3 years are expected to see the light of day in 2013. The obvious truth is that, given that the world crisis shows no signs of waning, the design appears stillborn.

Consequently, the future promises to Spain one of the following possibilities.

• The Greek scenario under which Spain would trade its islands for cash as the first step and further act accordingly.

• The Argentinian scenario under which Spain would say Goodbye to the Eurozone, slip into default, and introduce a national currency.

• The Brussels scenario under which Spain's debts would be sold to the European Central Bank.

The one empowering Brussels, as it happened in the case of Greece, is more sinister than others – should it materialize, Spain would stop being a sovereign country and submit to the remote control to be exercised by the EU supranational bodies.

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The carefully engineered and fueled debt crisis, coupled to Brussels' regionalization policies, not only causes nation-statehoods in Europe to crumble but, from a wider perspective, undermines national sovereignty and statehood as general principles.



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