Sunday, June 08, 2014

VA SCANDAL EXPLODES ON OBAMA : Acting VA Secretary Gibson Says 18 Vets On Phoenix Wait List Died

Rice, Carney, Hagel will all be hauled before Congress, dismembered, prosecuted as accessories after the fact for mass murder of Veterans

By Dennis Wagner

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson on Thursday said 18 veterans died while waiting for appointments with the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

Veterans now commit suicide 22 times EVERY DAY
Speaking from the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, which has become the epicenter of the scandal over patient wait times, Gibson said the 18 deaths were confirmed through a review of 1,700 veterans who had been placed on so-called "secret lists."

Gibson said he had details on 14 of the deaths and it appeared most had contacted the VA for "end of life care."

"None of that excuses us," Gibson said. "These lists were not being worked -- inexcusable."

Gibson said if any of the 18 deaths is found to have been tied to delays or bogus wait-time stats that the agency will disclose that and discipline the responsible employees.

Gibson emphasized the embattled agency is working to mend the "massive erosion of trust" among veterans due to the failures exposed in the nationwide VA health care scandal. He said the VA would take important steps next week to "improve communication, openness and transparency," including:

- the release Monday of detailed results of an internal VA audit;

- the release of "complete" patient wait-time data for each VA center nationwide;

- and efforts to accelerate care by using "purchased care."

"We have to work to earn back the trust of each veteran and we'll do that one veteran at a time," Gibson said.

The visit came amid new allegations and revelations that VA facilities have falsified records on patient wait times, a practice that the Office of Inspector General says in some cases endangered the health and lives of veterans.

In Phoenix, investigators concluded that up to 1,700 veterans had been placed on so-called "secret lists" and were not even in line for medical appointments they've requested.

Gibson announced Wednesday that the VA has contacted nearly all of those Arizona veterans, and is working diligently to get them doctor visits within 30 days.

Gibson was joined by the Phoenix VA Health Care System's acting boss, Steve Young, who was appointed last month after Director Sharon Helman and two top aides were placed on administrative leave.

Before Shinseki left, he said the VA was in the process of removing senior administrators in Phoenix. Gibson confirmed Thursday that process is continuing.

During his visit, Gibson also was to meet with medical center staffers, veterans service organizations, members of the Arizona congressional delegation and the media.

Gibson was appointed acting secretary on May 30, following the pressured resignation of embattled Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Prior to joining the VA, Gibson was president and chief executive officer of the United Services Organizations (USO). He previously spent more than 20 years in banking in the South.

Gibson is a 1975 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned Airborne and Ranger qualifications and served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army.

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Obama In Europe On ‘Russian Bogeyman’ Tour

Engulfed by scandal after scandal at home, Obama retreats like Nixon into overseas hiding where his only support remains that of EU/NATO/Ukrainian fascists as Poland commits "Suicide-by-Obama" - whatever happened to "cheese eating surrender monkeys" and "NATO is irrelevant?"

By Finian Cunningham

With typical American hubris, US President Barack Obama came to Europe this week – yet again – with the rhetoric and demeanour of a knight in shining armour. The self-proclaimed "indispensable nation" was again indulging its own sense of vanity and delusion, telling others how lucky they are to have American protection.

"I will smite your enemies, my fascist friends..."
With the dramatic backdrop of an American F-16 fighter jet, Obama said: "I’m starting the visit here because our commitment to Poland’s security, as well as the security of our allies in central and eastern Europe, is a cornerstone of our own security, and it is sacrosanct."

What’s alarming is that the exceptionally arrogant US is no longer scaremongering in vague terms, but rather is pointing the finger directly at Russia as the imminent threat to European security. In a speech at the end of last month at the US West Point military academy, Obama even went as far as saying: "Russia’s aggression towards former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe."

This week, in Warsaw, the American president accentuated the hypocrisy and hysteria by declaring: "The days of empire and spheres of influence are over. Bigger nations must not be allowed to bully the small, or impose their will at the barrel of a gun, or with masked men taking over buildings."

Obama mustn’t appreciate irony, as his sanctimonious rhetoric glided effortlessly over the victims of American bullying: former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, to name just a few countries, destroyed in recent years at the barrel of American guns, warships, warplanes and drones.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit back at the outrageous conceit of Obama’s lecturing, alluding to the rampant American military presence across the globe and unlawful interference in countless foreign states, while Washington has the audacity to accuse Russia of aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe without a shred of evidence to support its brazen assertions.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also commented this week on how US-led "anti-Russian propaganda" has reached "proportions that have nothing to do with common sense or decency." 

Indeed, American hypocrisy, hysteria and histrionics are recklessly out of control, completely divorced from reality. The supposed threat to Europe from Russia and the supposed American defense of Europe is illusory. We will not get into arguing here about the real cause of instability and appalling violence against civilians in southeastern Ukraine. It should be patently obvious to anyone who cares to look at the facts of recent history that the crisis in Ukraine is an ongoing consequence of Western-backed regime change in that country.

The necessary distortion of this reality and the grave implications for Western criminality against Ukrainian sovereignty and international law are partly behind the surge in Western anti-Russian propaganda. Since Washington bears the heaviest culpability for fomenting the bloodshed in Ukraine, it stands to reason that Washington is thus taking the lead in shaping the anti-Russian distortion to conceal its primary criminality.

But there is another stealthy rationale at work. As Obama more or less admitted in his speech in Warsaw earlier this week, the NATO military alliance is "the cornerstone for our own security." By "security" Obama is actually referring to American "global hegemony." Without the 28-member NATO organization – and expanding – the Americans would not have the geopolitical architecture or pretext to assert their strategic interests over Europe. 

And as Russia’s Sergei Lavrov also pointed out, the great unspoken American objective is to prevent Europe and Russia developing a transcontinental partnership. This American objective goes back to the early days of the Cold War just after the end of the Second World War. The Cold War may have officially ended nearly a quarter of a century ago, but from the American point of view the antagonism towards Russia must be continually stoked and kept going. 

The natural evolution of partnership between Europe and Russia – from trade, commerce, finance, politics and mutual defense – is a threat to the selfish hegemony and zero-sum mentality of American capitalist power.

This explains why Washington has led the aggressive expansion of NATO towards Russia’s borders over the past 25 years, in contravention of its own avowed commitments to Russian leaders not to do so. The imperative dependence of American power on NATO also explains why Washington is currently talking up threats from Russia towards Europe in proportions that have nothing to do with common sense, decency or facts.

There is another onerous incentive for America to wind up geopolitical tensions between Europe and Russia and thus give the NATO alliance a renewed license for its being. America is bankrupt. Washington can no longer afford to maintain its imperial garrisons that are NATO.

In an editorial on Obama’s European tour this week, the New York Times whips up the anti-Russian propaganda with reference to Putin’s "ruthless unpredictability" and European states living "within Russia’s shadow." The paper then builds on its own false premise with this assertion: "It clearly makes sense for NATO to strengthen its defenses… The challenge is to firmly and credibly signal an enduring commitment to defend [US] allies… That, in turn, will require NATO countries, many of which have cut military spending, to pitch in."

Then the Times went on to reveal the following telling calculation:

"In 2006, the 28 members of the alliance agreed to spend 2 per cent, a bare minimum, of their GDPs on defense. By 2012, only three besides the United States had met even that modest goal: Britain, Greece and Estonia. The burden borne by America has grown so disproportionate — from 50 per cent of NATO defense spending during the Cold War to 70 per cent today — that [US] Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the alliance itself could be in trouble."

In other words, the US can no longer afford to prop up the NATO architecture that serves its geopolitical power projection. Washington’s hegemony is dependent on NATO’s expansion, but Washington, with more than $17 trillion in debt, can no longer afford the colossal bill. 

Russia’s new trade and finance pacts with China, Kazakhstan, Belarus and other Eurasian partners are only reinforcing the precariousness of the US dollar and America’s chronic indebted condition.

This gives the real meaning to Obama’s words this week when he said: "We’ve been reminded of Russia’s [alleged] aggression in Ukraine; our free nations cannot be complacent in pursuit of the vision we share of a Europe that is whole and free and at peace."

The theme of offloading NATO costs was previewed by Obama in his address at West Point on 28 May when he emphasized the need for "multilateral military action" with "our allies," rather than the US "going it alone."

Ever since the Ukraine crisis erupted at the end of last year, American officials, from Obama down, have been continually chiding European members of NATO to «pitch in» and «pull their weight» with increased military spending. 

The American empire has been stretched to fatal over-reach with a military spend that is unsustainable and indeed unbearable given the bankrupt state of US capitalism. And now America wants others to pay the financial cost for the NATO monstrosity that underpins US transatlantic imperialism. It can only pull that chicanery off by inflating purported dangers and threats to Europe and fellow NATO members. As in the old days of the Cold War, Russia is once again being cast as the spectre to scare Europe with and from which the «poor little, defenceless Europeans» will flock to benevolent Uncle Sam for protection. 

This is the kind of bogeyman charade that works on little children. Why adult European leaders continue to buy into this patently ridiculous scam is astonishing. America wants Europe to pay for its profligacy and its bankrupt empire of domination, even if that means European economies being drained for the benefit of US militarism and being pushed into an unnecessary war with Russia.

Russia is not the bogeyman; but America is a veritable monster. Let’s get real.

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More American Hypocrisy On Bergdahl As Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi REMAINS IN MEXICAN PRISON NOW FOR 73 DAYS

Straight shooting from a Marine Corps Vietnam combat Veteran:  And now, what about the false imprisonment and torture of Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi by coward Mexican pigs for 73 DAYS ? WHERE ARE HAGEL, OBAMA, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps?  Where is General Mattis, soon to take over the VA?  Why are they allowing this travesty to continue?

By Gordon Duff

The release of Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay on the orders of President Obama, in accordance with a prisoner exchange agreement negotiated in Qatar, is having broad political implications in America today.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi USMC
In new levels of hypocrisy sweeping America, much of which is being generated by the AIPAC war lobby, demands are now being made for President Obama’s resignation or impeachment.

It isn’t for supporting al-Qaeda in Syria and giving them air defense missiles.

It isn’t for staging a military coup led by ethnic cleansing fascist fanatics in the Ukraine. 

The Wall Street/Tel Aviv nexus, supported by the lunatic fringe of the press, both the right wing controlled press and the “orchestrated” conspiracy blogosphere are now enraged that Obama ordered the release of five Taliban members held for years after being illegally kidnapped, tortured and denied Geneva Convention guarantees.

It wasn’t that long ago that this same group attacked Obama for not closing Guantanamo and releasing everyone anyway. Now, when he does release 5 people, it begins, hypocrites attacking a world champion hypocrite.

As American humorist Jim W. Dean so often states, “You just can’t make things like this up.”


Another round of hypocrisy is storming America. “Heroic” members of the military, current and foreign, including Senator John McCain, are attacking Obama because former Taliban prisoner Bergdahl has not been arrested and tried for making dozens of propaganda broadcasts and training enemy troops to attack and kill Americans.

Was geriatric traitor McCain also cause of USS Forrestal fire?
No, wait a minute, that wasn’t Bergdahl that is what Senator John McCain did when he was a prisoner of war. His reward for treason, including 32 propaganda broadcasts made for the North Vietnamese and his months training their air defense commands, crediting him personally with the destruction of 60 American combat aircraft and the capture of deaths of their crews (more America flyers killed by McCain than any enemy pilot in history), was a seat in the US Senate and 14 medals. Let’s look at Bergdahl himself. For years American troops in Afghanistan has murdered civilians, assisted in the production, processing and distribution of over $500 billion dollars in heroin.

There have been hundreds, even thousands of rapes with American service men and women being victims of over 3,000 sexual assaults at the hands of their fellow troops, and those are just those reported. The real numbers are staggering.

Street gangs from across the United States have sent members into the US military to serve in Afghanistan to be trained in using weapons and explosives, skills they now use on a daily basis on America’s streets, to help them defend themselves while selling heroin for the CIA.

Bergdahl is accused of “walking off” and being captured. What if he did sympathize with armed Pashtun tribesmen fighting the drug dealers and warlords of the Northern Alliance and their CIA/Mossad masters?

Thanks to the Bush/Obama prison "moral waivers" street scum now infest the ranks of the U.S. military, eroding morale and disgracing the uniform; the ranks must be cleansed of this disease before operational readiness, Honor can be restored to the military

At least he served in combat. Take the clock back to the late 1960s. Former president George W. Bush faced military service during the Vietnam War. Instead, he was placed using the highest imaginable authority and influence into an elite all homosexual Texas National Guard unit that trained its pilots to fly an antique jet aircraft unusable in combat.

While there, Bush failed a drug test, was taken off flight status and had his father transfer him two states away to a small base where he was supposed to serve overseeing mail delivery.

Coward, traitor, DESERTER George W. Bush
He never showed up. Instead, he simply “quit” the military during wartime and was never heard from again, was never legally discharged from service and his father had all records of his service expunged or classified. In fact, a majority of American politicians of age to have served in Vietnam, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and a majority of legislators did even less, openly avoiding military service through corruption and bribery.

These politicians along with pro-war Zionist religious leaders and right wing commentators favoring war with Iran and Russia, like Rush Limbaugh, were all investigated and categorized as “Chickenhawks,” a term given for war mongering cowards.

All those same individuals, and the younger generation as well, are among those demanding that Bergdahl be prosecuted, a man who spent 5 years dodging America’s murderous drone war while living under some of the most hostile conditions on this planet.


One of the great failings of the Obama administration was when his promise to close the concentration camp in Guantanamo was broken.

In November, 2013, Obama told an American television audience that he had not been able to keep that promise, one he believe consistent with international law, because he had been “prevented by congress.”

Coward, Obama puppet, military traitor Chuck Hagel
The real hypocrisy, of course, is that if, as Obama said, the actions of illegally keeping prisoners in conditions inconsistent with the tenets of the Geneva Conventions is a war crime, then why did Obama never, in any way, at any time; attempt to redress this by seeking an inquiry into those responsible?

It would seem Obama is being “hoisted on his own petard” as it were, having failed to, as chief law enforcement officer of the United States, seek prosecution of those responsible for creating America’s worldwide “gulag” system, he is now being held to account for, ironically, what may well be an attempt to actually comply with international law.

The election year political climate in the US reflects a sea of candidates, each competing for campaign cash from the AIPAC/ADL lobby, each statement more and more divorced from reality, each pronouncement more foolish and bellicose than the last.


Today, the pro-Israeli extremist website,, demanded the arrest of Bergdahl, citing that they believe him to be a high-level spy sent by the Taliban to turn the United States to radical Islam and begin plummeting aircraft into unsuspecting buildings.

Their rationale, repeated continually in America’s press is that no American who may have converted to Islam as a “true believer,” whether born a Jew as with Bergdahl or not, whether held prisoner by the Taliban for five years as with Bergdahl or not, should be allowed into the United States.

Between five and ten million Muslims live in the United States, a group with the lowest crime and unemployment statistics and highest educational levels of any Americans. Bergdahl is under attack, not just by the press but by dozens of elected officials specifically for what they guess may be his religious beliefs, attacks in direct violation of US constitutional guarantees and those oaths made to protect and defend same.

Similarly, after well over a decade of drone killings, kidnappings, torture and wars of aggression, the release of five prisoners who have suffered unimaginable terror at the hands of the American military justice system is being cited as “the crime of the century.”

With millions dead and no one facing consequences, now with the lives of six lone individuals in the balance, freedom and survival at hand, persecuting these six, with endless insane zeal, seems an interesting way of redressing America’s onslaught of global horror.


Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a combat infantryman, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic representative for UN humanitarian and economic development efforts. Gordon Duff has traveled to over 80 nations. His articles are published around the world and translated into a number of languages. He is regularly on TV and radio, a popular and sometimes controversial guest. More Press TV articles by Gordon Duff.

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Flaming Water Wells - High Methane Levels In Texas Water Linked To Fracking

Obama, oil company criminals can't get story straight - claim "foreign oil dependence" a "national security issue" while pushing Congress traitors to legalise oil exports from U.S. as Americans pay record prices for gas - which is it?


Testing of methane concentration in water of Parker County, Texas indicates a link between the dangerously high levels of natural gas in local water supply and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations in the gas-rich Barnett Shale, scientists say.

"Fracking" now destroying last U.S. groundwater supplies
Parker County resident Steve Lipsky has known for years his water has been contaminated with high levels of methane gas. 

Last year, he filed a complaint with state oil and gas regulators at the Texas Railroad Commission. 

More recently, news broadcaster WFAA even went so far as to “ignite” local well water to highlight the issue.

After measuring gas content in his water well, state regulators said that while methane concentration in Lipsky’s water was up, the chemical makeup of the methane was inconclusive. Thus, the source of the gas remains a mystery, according to the state.

The Railroad Commission’s tests found Lipsky’s water contained 8.6 milligrams per liter of methane, not quite the federal limit of 10. Yet separate tests by a researcher at the University of Texas-Arlington found 83 milligrams per liter in the water, an incredibly high count.

“What we can say right now is that those are dangerous -- that's a dangerous level," Zac Hildebrand told WFAA.

In response, the Railroad Commission told WFAA “the Commission is aware of elevated methane concentration levels." An agency spokeswoman said the "sampling and test results were focused on the source of the methane gas" and not on measuring methane levels.

"For whatever reason, they do not want to have on their record the true levels that I have," Lipsky said.

Obama, oil company criminals laughing all the way to the bank
The agency measured the chemical content of gas in Lipsky’s water and that of two nearby gas development wells, known as the Butler and the Teal. 

The state found that “the evidence is insufficient” to connect the two samples.

Yet the test data indicates that the “chemical signature,” or isotopic analysis, of the Barnett Shale gas is 46.52, while Lipsky’s water is 46.63, obviously a close match.

"The methane and ethane numbers from the Butler and Teal production are essentially exactly the same as from Lipsky's water well,” earth scientist Geoffrey Thyne told WFAA after reviewing the results. “It tells me that the gas is the same, and that the gas in Lipsky's water well was derived from the Barnett formation."

Soil scientist Bruce Payne also reviewed the testing data, and he agreed that Lipsky’s water was tainted by fracking in the area.

Profits going directly into pockets of Congress criminals
"The gas from [Lipsky’s well] is coming from the Barnett and it's coming nearly straight from the Barnett,"Payne said.

The scientists said this evidence could mark the first solid link between fracking and aquifer contamination in the United States, which is seeing a boom of fracking operations from California to Pennsylvania.

"And what we seem to have here is the first good example that that in fact is happening,” Thyne said.

The fracking process entails blasting fissures in rocks thousands of meters under the earth with water and sand to release trapped deposits of oil and gas. Injection wells used to dispose of highly-toxic fracking wastewater have contributed to heightened earthquake activity across the nation. The wastewater - riddled with hazardous and often undisclosed chemicals and contaminants - has beenlinked to a host of human and environmental health concerns.

Obama to sell off last U.S. oil reserves for cold, hard cash
In addressing discrepancies between their report and the scientists’ reviews, the Railroad Commission said its “staff stands behind the conclusions reached in the May 23rd report. 

We are aware of other ongoing studies in the area, and we welcome the opportunity to review any future reports."

But Lipsky said he realizes he can no longer lean on the state for protection.

"Unless people get off the couch and vote or do something, who's going to stop them from continuing doing what they are doing?" Lipsky said.

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

Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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



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

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.



Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...



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


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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .



By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.