Thursday, September 26, 2013

Terror Strike At Kenya Mall Stirs Worries Of al-Shabaab Domestic Attack - Video

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THE HILL
By Jeremy Herb and Carlo Muñoz
09/25/2013

The brazen terrorist attack carried out by al-Shabaab militants at a Kenyan mall is stirring concerns about the Somali-based terror group’s potential reach into the United States.


"DEATH TO AMERICA!!!" - Baby Shamob
The al Qaeda-linked group has openly recruited Somali-Americans to join its ranks, bringing them overseas to train and fight in Somalia.

Kenya’s foreign minister said Monday in a PBS interview that two or three Americans were among the assailants in the Nairobi mall attack that left nearly 70 dead, although the U.S. government has not confirmed that.

Some lawmakers and Africa experts say the multiday assault in Kenya, which ended Tuesday, shows that the al Qaeda affiliate has broader global ambitions than previously realized.

While there’s no evidence to suggest the group has set its sights on attacks in the U.S., al-Shabaab’s recruiting within the United States and other Western countries is more active than any other al Qaeda group, suggesting it could become a threat to the U.S. homeland.

 
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“This is a real concern because al-Shabaab has a real recruitment process. And how did I hear this? I heard it from them on television,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“Their imams go out; they deal with the young Somalis who are here in the United States. They take them to certain mosques, and over a period of time, they’re able to concentrate their antagonism against the infidels,” she said.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the Kenya terrorist attack is the latest sign that al Qaeda groups will not go away quietly despite U.S. and international efforts to defeat them.

“I think it shows the reach of al Qaeda, and this notion that al Qaeda is decimated and on the run — we see example after example of the resilience of al Qaeda,” McCain said.


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 Some lawmakers and experts, however, were skeptical about whether the attack signals the strength of al-Shabaab and al Qaeda. Al-Shabaab has suffered a string of stinging defeats in Somalia at the hands of African forces, backed by U.S. military and intelligence support.

They also noted that the terror group has been struggling in Somalia over the past year and that the shopping mall was an easy target.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), who heads the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and intelligence, said the attacks weren’t a “tipping point” to al-Shabaab becoming a major terror threat to the United States.

He said the mall attack was a last-ditch effort by the terror group that was “on the verge of being defeated” in Somalia.


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“When you pin a rattlesnake into a corner, they are going to strike out,” Thornberry told The Hill.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said that the Nairobi attack has “dramatized” the concern that al-Shabaab could branch out from a regional terror threat to one with global reach.

“I have always had that concern,” Levin said Tuesday.

He said that if Americans were, in fact, involved with the al-Shabaab attack, it would be “increased proof that they are becoming a transnational problem.”

There have been numerous cases of Somali-Americans being recruited and returning to fight alongside al-Shabaab in Somalia, particularly from major Somali immigrant communities, like the one in Minnesota.

Peter Bergen, director of national security studies at the New America Foundation, wrote Tuesday that 15 Americans have died fighting for al-Shabaab.

One of the most high-profile Americans fighting in Somalia, Omar Hammami, was reportedly killed earlier this month.

“So far, what has been the model of operation is the men who have been recruited in the U.S. and Britain have gone to Somalia, fighting in Somalia, and have not conducted attacks in the U.S.,” said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Richard Downie, deputy director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that part of the reason al-Shabaab recruits foreign fighters is the large diaspora that’s occurred amid two decades of instability.

“It’s natural that al-Shabaab would seek to recruit from outside because there’s such a pool of talent, I guess, they’d see outside the country,” Downie said.

Downie said that he thought it was “a leap” to suggest that the attack in Kenya meant the terror group’s next step was an attack on the U.S.

Thornberry said that the failure by U.S. intelligence to predict the Nairobi attack exposed some shortfalls in Washington’s efforts to track the growing strain of Islamic extremism in Africa.

The intelligence community “has not ignored Africa,” he said, but there has been “a tendency to say they are just a regional threat” and miss signs that African terror groups may be expanding beyond their borders.

U.S. military and intelligence officials are still having significant difficulty gaining any insight into the network of African extremist groups who are rapidly gaining ground on the continent.

The relatively small network of intelligence assets Washington currently has in place in Africa pales in comparison to the number of similar American assets in places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere in the Mideast.

The Pentagon already has two major special operations task forces in Africa, known as Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara and Joint Special Operations Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Levin said that he did not think the Nairobi attack should be seen as a green light for increased U.S. military intervention in Africa.

He said the key to any potential changes in U.S. military posture would be to first determine “what level of involvement” would be needed from U.S. forces to rein in groups like al-Shabaab in Africa.





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The Ghouta Chemical Attacks : U.S.- Backed False Flag? Killing Syrian Children To Justify A “Humanitarian” Military Intervention

Obama, CIA, White House criminals will be exposed completely and held accountable for this sickening war crime

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Julie Lévesque and Prof Michel Chossudovsky
09/25/2013

The chemical attacks which took place in East Ghouta on August 21, 2013 could be the most horrific false flag operation in history. 


Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross at the home of a grief stricken family in Qusayr, November 2011. After this visit Mother Agnes Marian warned the media of what was happening, seven months later all the Christians had been expelled from Qusayr by the FSA
To date, available evidence indicates that numerous children were killed by “opposition rebels”, their bodies manipulated and filmed with a view to blaming the Syrian government for the attacks, thus sparking outrage and galvanizing worldwide public opinion in favor of another bloody, imperial US-led war.

While confirming the use of chemical weapons against civilians, the UN report has failed to identify the authors of the attacks:

Instead of a non-politicized investigation and lab analysis, the UN investigation of alleged nerve-gas attacks inside Syria was led by Professor Ake Sellstrom, a man of mystery who keeps a veil of secrecy around his research and political-military relationships…

This cosmetic veneer of Swedish neutrality has been deftly exploited by Israel and NATO to perpetrate falsehoods throughout Sellstrom’s work for the UN, including denial of the chemical-and-biological causes for “Gulf War Syndrome” and the shipments of U.S. chemical weapons to the Saddam Hussein regime.


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What is publicly known about Sellstrom is that the biochemist heads the European CBRNE Center [Center for advanced Studies of Societal Security and Vulnerability, in particular major incidents with (C)hemical, (B)iological, (R)adiological, (N)uclear and (E)xplosive substances], at Umea University in northern Sweden, which is sponsored by the Swedish Defense Ministry (FOI)…

Umea University is deeply involved in joint research with Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), the Haifa-based university that provides state-of-art technology to the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and its intelligence agencies. Several departments, which are involved in joint Israeli research, participate in multidisciplinary studies at Sellstrom’s CBRNE center…


Obama crack-whore Samantha Power attempting to bullshit the world that U.S. was not behind Syria gas attacks; successor to disgraced, Obama-owned street slut Susan (Butch) Rice, Power will be sharing a jail cell with her
American ambassador to the UN Samantha Power made emphatically clear that the “nerve gas used in Syria was more concentrated than the nerve gas in Iraq.” Her statement should be rephrased as: “Saddam may have trans-shipped U.S.-supplied nerve gas into Syria, but it wasn’t our nerve gas used against Syrian civilians.”

That is the essential point of the Sellstrom report: To take Washington off the hook for being the major supplier of nerve gas precursors, formulations, delivery technology and storage systems to the Middle East, including Israel, Egypt, Libya, Iraq and very possibly Syria (during the Clinton era of good will).

The UN report of chemical weapons on Syria lacks basic credibility due to the duplicitous record of its chief inspector, Ake Sellstrom, who is politically and financially compromised at every level. (Yoichi Shimatsu, The Sellstrom Report: The United Nations’ Syria Inspector Shills for NATO and Israel).


Obama's CIA/FSA mercs responsible for Syrian gas attacks using U.S./Saudi/Qatari supplied munitions
A day before the release of the UN Mission report, another carefully documented report by Mother Agnes Mariam de la Croix and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS) was released with minimal media coverage. (To read the full report in pdf click here large pdf slow download).

Its findings are unequivocal: the videos used by the US and its allies as evidence to blame the Syrian government were staged.

The study says:

From the moment when some families of abducted children contacted us to inform us that they recognized the children among those who are presented in the videos as victims of the Chemical Attacks of East Ghouta, we decided to examine the videos thoroughly…


Obama's murdering CIA/FSA mercs responsible for Syrian gassings with the assistance of apostate Saudi/Qatari dictator scum
Our first concern was the fate of the children we see in the footage. Those angels are always alone in the hands of adult males that seem to be elements of armed gangs. The children that trespassed remain without their families and unidentified all the way until they are wrapped in the white shrouds of the burial. Moreover our study highlights without any doubt that their little bodies were manipulated and disposed with theatrical arrangements to figure in the screening.

If the studied footage were edited and published to exhibit pieces of evidence to accuse the Syrian State of perpetrating the chemical attacks on East Ghouta, our discoveries incriminate the editors and actors of forged facts through a lethal manipulation of unidentified children. (Mother Agnes Mariam de la Croix and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS), The Chemical Attacks in East Ghouta Used to Justify a Military Intervention in Syria)

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya who examined the report writes:

The independent ISTEAMS study contradicts the assertions of the Obama Administration and the entire US Intelligence Community […] through simple observations of the video material that has been put forward as evidence by the United States.

The ISTEAMS report does not deny that chemical weapons were used or that innocent Syrians have been killed. What the study does is logically point out through its observations that there is empirical evidence that the sample of videos that the US Intelligence Community has analyzed and nominated as authentic footage has been stage-managed. This is an important finding, because it refutes the assertions of the representatives of the US Intelligence agencies who testified that the videos they authenticated provide evidence that a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government took place in East Ghouda. (Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Look With Your Own Eyes: The Videos of the Chemical Attacks in Syria Show Tampered Scenes)

A lot of things do not add up in the footage presented by the US government.


The same little boy in red is in two different locations

Among a series of important findings, the ISTEAMS report notes that even though the attacks are said to have killed up to 1400 people, mostly children appear in the videos and several corpses are shown in different videos said to have been shot in various locations.

While this report seriously challenges the assertion that the Syrian government was behind the attacks, it was not covered by the Western mainstream media, toeing the imperial line and parroting Washington’s claims, which still lack evidence and credibility. 


At least nine of these children appear in different footage from different locations

In addition, some controversy arose pertaining to allegations that the rebels were responsible for the attacks and used chemical weapons provided by Saudi intelligence. Dale Gavlak, the co-author of an article containing these allegations, now wants to dissociate herself from the article and is facing threats. Her career is in jeopardy:

The MintPress article, published on 29th August, through interviews with rebels, family members, and villagers in Eastern Ghouta, alleges that elements within the opposition were responsible for the alleged chemical weapons attack on 21st August, and that those chemical munitions had been supplied through Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan…


A little boy that appears in two different videos with two different scenarios

Dale is under mounting pressure for writing this article by third parties. She notified MintPress editors and myself on August 30th and 31st via email and phone call, that third parties were placing immense amounts of pressure on her over the article and were threatening to end her career over it. She went on to tell us that she believes this third party was under pressure from the head of the Saudi Intelligence Prince Bandar himself, who is alleged in the article of supplying the rebels with chemical weapons.


A Sunni Muslim cleric kisses the head of the late Fr. Fadi Haddad at his funeral service in St. Elias Church, Qatana outside Damascus. Fr. Fadi was kidnapped and tortured to death by rebel terrorists, his body was found on the 25/10/2012

On August 30th, Dale asked MintPress to remove her name completely from the byline because she stated that her career and reputation was at risk. She continued to say that these third parties were demanding her to disassociate herself from the article or these parties would end her career. On August 31st, I notified Dale through email that I would add a clarification that she was the writer and researcher for the article and that Yahya [Ababneh] was the reporter on the ground, but did let Gavlak know that we would not remove her name as this would violate the ethics of journalism. (Phil Greaves, Syria: Controversy surrounding MintPress Chemical Weapons Ghouta Report).

The information according to which Saudi intelligence was allegedly implicated in the Ghouta chemical attacks was mentioned by a UN official who wished to remain anonymous:

A senior United Nations official who deals directly with Syrian affairs has told Al-Akhbar that the Syrian government had no involvement in the alleged Ghouta chemical weapons attack: “Of course not, he (President Bashar al-Assad) would be committing suicide.”

When asked who he believed was responsible for the use of chemical munitions in Ghouta, the UN official, who would not permit disclosure of his identity, said:“Saudi intelligence was behind the attacks and unfortunately nobody will dare say that.” The official claims that this information was provided by rebels in Ghouta…


CIA/FSA demon rebel with gun in one hand and a cross in the other poses in the vestments of a priest while leaning against the funeral hearse of St. Joseph’s Syriac parish. The vehicle was used by the rebels to transport weapons in Homs

The UN official’s accusations mirror statements made earlier this year by another senior UN figure Carla del Ponte, who last May told Swiss TV in the aftermath of alleged CW attacks in Khan al-Asal, Sheik Maqsood and Saraqeb that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels had carried out the attack. Del Ponte also observed that UN inspectors had seen no evidence of the Syrian army using chemical weapons, but added that further investigation was necessary. (Sharmine Narwani and Radwan Mortada, Questions Plague UN Syria Report. Who was behind the East Ghouta Chemical Weapons Attack?)

All of the above leads us to believe that this attack was one of the most horrific crimes committed in modern history, a diabolical staged operation which consisted in killing small children, producing fake video footage and photo ops of the corpses, all of which was intended to fabricate a pretext for military intervention under a humanitarian mandate.

The mainstream media which has obfuscated these crimes bear a heavy burden of responsibility. The New York Times has smeared the findings of Mother Agnes and her team, accusing her of “defending the regime” and “playing the Christian card”. The NYT casually dismisses the evidence that the videos are fake. Read the ISTEAMS Report and then judge for yourself. 





The war criminals who designed and launched this diabolical staged operation must face justice.

Procedures in the United Nations Security Council directed against the Syrian government must be suspended.

We invite our readers to consult the ISTEAM Report, as well as the following GR articles and video production: Please share these articles and the ISTEAM report.

GRTV VIDEO: How the Syrian Chemical Weapons Videos Were Staged By James Corbett, Mother Agnes Mariam, and Prof Michel Chossudovsky, September 19, 2013

The Full ISTeam Report The Chemical Attacks in East Ghouta Used to Justify a Military Intervention in Syria, Mother Agnes Mariam and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS), Geneva, 15 September 2013 [pdf slow download]

The Chemical Attacks in East Ghouta Used to Justify a Military Intervention in Syria By Mother Agnes Mariam, September 16, 2013

One Nun Puts the US Intel Community to Shame Over “Stage-Managed” Syria Footage By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, September 24, 2013

Syria: Fabricating Chemical Lies. Who is Behind the East Ghouta Attacks? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, September 17, 2013

The Sellstrom Report: The United Nations’ Syria Inspector Shills for NATO and Israel By Yoichi Shimatsu, September 18, 2013

The Syria Chemical Weapons Attack: Human Rights Watch is Manipulating the Facts By Richard Lightbown, September 24, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s “Chemical Bandar” behind the Chemical Attacks in Syria? By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, September 06, 2013
Syria: Controversy surrounding MintPress Chemical Weapons Ghouta Report By Phil Greaves, September 22, 2013




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Iran's Morally Sane Doctrine Versus U.S. MAD

Obama has already destroyed himself with his Armageddon insanity in the eyes of the moral world

WORLD NEWS
By Dallas Darling
09/25/2013

With reports of yet another near-nuclear weapons disaster being averted, (This time a declassified report detailing when a nuclear warhead-200 times more powerful than the atomic bombs used against Hiroshima and Nagasaki-was accidentally dropped on an American city in 1961, with 3 of its 4 safety mechanisms failing.), it will be extremely difficult for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to keep a straight face if and when he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama. Unlike the U.S., not only has Iran consistently offered direct talks and provided numerous opportunities for diplomacy over its nuclear enrichment program, but on numerous occasions it has reiterated a more ethical and sane nuclear doctrine.


During a NBC News interview, President Rouhani again declared: "We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb and we are not going to do so." Reinforcing what Iran's Supreme Religious Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has constantly maintained, President Rouhani continued to explain how such weapons of mass destruction contradict Islamic values and the sanctity of life. And despite continual threats of a military option against Iran, not to mention an ongoing boycott, he assured the U.S. that Iran would only use nuclear enrichment for civilian uses of energy in powering hospitals and universities. Iran's morally sane nuclear doctrine is a marker for the standard of appropriate behavior, something the U.S. has failed to learn beginning with its revised MAD Doctrines.

The U.S.'s MAD Doctrine, "massive retaliation" and "mutual assured destruction," was a belief in the 1950's that nuclear weapons were so lethal that no nation would ever consider using them. But in one way, President Harry S. Truman and core military experts had already contradicted MAD when deciding to drop the atomic bombs on Japan. They were after all, Weapons of Mass (and civilian) Destruction. This deadly weapon also caused President Truman and the U.S. to be WMD bullies. Along with trying to dictate post-World War II policies, including pressuring Russia, the U.S. went so far as to sabotage a U.N. plan to completely eliminate future possibilities of others ever acquiring nuclear weapons. Unrealistically, it hoped to always monopolize nuclear weapons and war.


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But with the eventual development of Russia's nuclear weapons capabilities, U.S. policy makers had to scramble and revise their loss of a first-strike, and only, capability. The Eisenhower Administration sought to rationalize, through a "new look" concept, how the U.S. could still succeed in the nuclear weapons race because it possessed the "deterrent of massive retaliatory power." In other words, Eisenhower's administration believed it could either attack or retaliate with its nuclear arsenal "instantly, by means and at places of our choosing."(1) The American press was less euphemistic, calling it "massive retaliation." Europeans were also outraged, claiming "instantly" meant transforming any confrontation into all-out nuclear war without first consulting them.

Massive retaliation was revised again when political satirists labeled it as MAD, "mutually assured destruction."(2) MAD meant neither the U.S. nor Russia could ever win a nuclear war. In order to maintain their trillion dollar nuclear weapons programs, though, the Pentagon and some political leaders claimed destruction did not have to be "assured." After all, a country with overwhelming first-strike power would have to fear a retaliatory attack by nuclear missiles launched from submarines. They also started using the terms "deterrence" and "brinkmanship." Whereas deterrence meant inspiring an opponent through either fear or deadly consequences, brinkmanship entailed "taking a chance for peace" even if it meant going to the edge, the brink, of nuclear war.(3)


As with his predecessor Hitler, the world community will soon conclude that Obama must be taken out in order to save humanity - regardless of the cost and they will hold Americans accountable for his crimes
All of the confusing policy terms, oxymoron's, and acronyms-something that habitual criminals and serial killers also use in justifying their criminal and horrendous acts-reveals how the U.S. has been very inconsistent and dishonest in its nuclear weapons doctrine and policies. Recent reports being released, just like the 1961 one where an American town was one switch away from a nuclear detonation, are starting to reveal the numerous instances in which the U.S. was on the brink of war. (Regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. went over the edge, did it not?) When considering the human, resource, and environmental costs of nuclear fall outs and pollutions, along with having to store and contain nuclear waste, any kind of nuclear weaponry is insane, MAD.



As Iran's theo-democracy meets with its counterpart, or the U.S.'s illiberal-, worldly-democracy, it is obvious that Iran still has a moral compass, and that it still values the sanctity of the living. What does one say to a society that has a history of irrational thinking about nuclear war? How does one try and cooperate with a nation that has used faulty justifications in using nuclear weapons, of indiscriminately killing entire civilian populations? And what can President Rouhani say to assure a power-obsessed, money-oriented, technologically determined, egocentric, overly automated military, and ethnocentric collapsing superpower the futility of nuclear weaponry? Hopefully, the U.S. will learn from a more sane and moral nation, like Iran, taking away its consistency and mindfulness regarding the sanctity of life.

And sadly, with the existence of its nuclear arsenal, the U.S. is still only one switch away from a nuclear war.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) Parism, Thomas. The Cold War Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1996., p. 209.

(2) Ibid., p. 224.

(3) Ibid., p. 43.  


Obama’s Friends In Low Places

Obama criminals responsible for world "financial crisis" - yet another nail in his impeachment coffin

PRESS TV
09/25/2013

That Barack Obama is such a kidder. No matter how awkward the moment, he’s got just the right quip to purchase some wiggle room. Remember when his old Chicago banking buddy Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, first ran into that bit of trouble over his bank’s “London Whale” derivative scam? That scheme has already lost $6 billion with close to another $1 billion piled on by the SEC in fines last week after JPMorgan admitted it broke the law. 
 
 
Bank criminals JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, left, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein leave the White House in 2009 after a meeting between chief executives and their monkey master Obama
Well of course, being Obama, when the scandal first broke last year, the president picked a women’s daytime talk show, ABC’s “The View,” to deal with the scams of his leading Wall Street backer. “JPMorgan is one of the best-managed banks there is,” he told the “View” audience. “Jamie Dimon, the head of it, is one of the smartest bankers we got, and they still lost $2 billion and counting.”

Yes, counting; that $2 billion is now likely to end up around $16 billion given the future legal fees and possible payouts allotted to countering the myriad lawsuits connected with this admission of illegal activity. That’s aside from the mortgage fraud, Labor rate rigging and energy manipulation cases still confronting the beleaguered bank. Thursday, on the same day that Dimon’s bank got slapped with the SEC fine, federal regulators revealed that JPMorgan had agreed to pay $389 million in penalties and refunds to compensate for a credit card identity theft protection scam after $309 million already paid out in that case.

It should be remembered that this same Dimon, who appeared before a Senate committee wearing presidential cufflinks, once worked with Sanford Weill in engineering the reversal of the Glass-Steagall law to make Citigroup, a previously illegal merger of investment and commercial banks, possible. But despite his record as a leader in the radical deregulation of banking that caused all of the trouble, Obama turned to Dimon for direction on fixing the economy. 
 
 
Obama bank criminals stole the world public's money - and now wants them to pay for their theft - twice
If you still require to be disabused of Obama’s pretend populism, consider his decision to select William M. Daley, JPMorgan’s representative in Washington, to be his White House chief of staff. It gave Dimon the key White House connection to accompany the passkey he already had at Treasury with his pal Timothy Geithner as secretary.

It was a real cozy arrangement; Dimon was still a governor of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, where he had served during Geithner’s presidency overseeing the banking meltdown. Geithner had been instrumental in arranging Fed financing for JPMorgan’s acquisition of troubled Bear Stearns through a $55 billion loan and later an additional $25 billion in TARP funds.

Once appointed Treasury secretary, Geithner made himself very accessible to Dimon. As an Associated Press investigation reported, Dimon had numerous personal meetings and phone calls with Geithner while the White House was calibrating its response to the Wall Street crisis.

Why are we not surprised that Obama has done nothing to break up the too-big-to-fail banks, the biggest now being Dimon’s? Don’t be fooled by the occasional fines; the banks have used the interest-free money to grow ever larger and more unaccountable in their behavior. 
 
 
"Yeah, we screwed the peasants... and now we're gonna do it again!"
Even the recent SEC settlement, while mentioning the despicable behavior of JPMorgan’s chief executive, fails to utter Dimon’s name, and as Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who did much to unravel this scam, noted, “the whole issue of misinforming investors and the public is conspicuously absent from the SEC findings and settlement.”

After the SEC condemnation of JPMorgan’s “egregious breakdowns in controls” and conclusion that “senior management broke a cardinal rule of corporate management” to honestly inform the board of directors, top senior manager Dimon made all the right noises. JPMorgan announced that $4 billion and a staff of 5,000 employees would be devoted to compliance with the law. 
 
 
Obama, bank criminals now going after the Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps of the poor and disabled
This was just the sort of commitment Dimon made in 2006 when he hired Stephen M. Cutler, who had been head of the SEC Division of Enforcement, to be JPMorgan’s general counsel. Once a committed regulator who urged corporations “to create a culture of compliance,” Cutler clearly drank the Kool-Aid at JPMorgan, for he was in charge of legal and compliance activities worldwide at the time of the London Whale fiasco. So much for trusting corporate compliance.

As Donald Langevoort, an expert on compliance issues at Georgetown University School of Law, told The New York Times on Friday, “JPMorgan is by no means unique. None of these big banks really want compliance people causing traders and investment bankers to second-guess themselves too much because that gets in the way of making money. No one will say this, but it’s more effective to run the risk of noncompliance and pay a few fines, which is just a cost of doing business.”

Exactly the reason that too-big-to-fail banks can’t be trusted to do the right thing and why Obama shouldn’t have been guided by Dimon in the first place.

ISH/HJ




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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.

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

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

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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