Saturday, October 11, 2014

BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE EXPECTS TO HEAR TESTIMONY FROM PANETTA

At the same time they can ask him where the over $850,000.00 is that he owes taxpayers for luxury airfare to his home in California

BREITBART NEWS
By Edwin Mora
10/10/2014

A spokesperson for the House Select Committee on Benghazi told Breitbart News that it “expects to talk” with Leon Panetta, who served as President Obama’s CIA director and Pentagon chief.


Panetta throws Obama under the bus
Amanda Duvall, a spokesperson for the Benghazi Select Committee, made that revelation when asked to comment on a letter addressed to the House panel’s chairman from the Benghazi Accountability Coalition, which is made up of prominent conservative figures.

In the October 10 open letter addressed to Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the House select committee chairman, the coalition requests that Panetta testify before the panel this month.


The coalition wants Chairman Gowdy to “promptly secure the testimony under oath of Secretary Panetta and the other principals and key subordinates who have first-hand knowledge of the events that took place on the night of the 11th of September [when the Benghazi incident took place],” states the letter. “In light of the stakes, hearings for this purpose should be held this month, not weeks and weeks from now.”

When Breitbart News asked for comment on the letter, Duvall said the House panel will talk to Panetta, but did not specify when. The panel's spokesperson told Breitbart News:
Chairman Gowdy has said the Benghazi Select Committee will talk to all material witnesses to discover all relevant facts and answer all relevant questions with regards to what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the terrorist attack. The Committee expects to talk with former Secretary Leon Panetta and will do so at a time and in a forum that is the most conducive to getting answers to all relevant questions.


Obama, Clinton responsible for Benghazi deaths
The coalition wants Panetta to testify in light of the revelations in his new book Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leaders in War and Peace. “Indeed, former Secretary Panetta is providing an account of the Benghazi attacks that differs dramatically from what President Obama and his spokesmen presented in the hours, days and weeks after the attack,” wrote the coalition to Chairman Gowdy. 


Congress should return to Washington and hold hearings on Benghazi like it has done on the Secret Service scandal and the Ebola outbreak, according to the coalition. 

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy chairs the Benghazi Accountability Coalition. 

“In rolling out his new memoir in media appearances, former defense secretary Leon Panetta has explained that from the start of the Benghazi terrorist attack, he told President Obama it was, in fact, a terrorist attack,” wrote McCarthy in posting the letter on National Review Online.

“Mr. Panetta, moreover, has acknowledged the obvious: namely, that unanswered questions about the attack, including why no meaningful effort was made to rescue Americans under siege, demand additional congressional attention,” he added.

Frank Gaffney, Jr., founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, who also signed the letter, told Breitbart News, “We have been told endlessly that all the questions about Benghazi have been answered. Yet, Secretary Panetta and his new book have showed that’s not so.” 

“We have been told that Congress can’t possibly get around to examining these issues until it gets back in November or December,” he added. “Yet, legislators — including Chairman Gowdy — have been willing to return to Washington to hold hearings on other matters. In short, we need the Select Committee to take up these issues, and we need them to do so now.” 

Allen Roth, the president of Secure America Now, who also signed the letter, added in a statement to Breitbart News:
Since the tragedy at Benghazi there has been a lack of urgency in Washington to find answers to questions about government failures that contributed to the deaths of patriotic Americans serving their country. I feel, we need to let friends like Congressman Gowdy know that Congress needs to accelerate its investigation for the good of the country. No more foot dragging on this important issue. 

The letter had 17 signatures from prominent conservatives, including former government officials, as of 11:30 a.m. today.



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The Non - Existence Of Human Rights And International Justice

It is high time for another Nuremberg Tribunal to be empaneled to deal with the war crimes of the Bush/Blair/Obama/Cameron administrations    

By Christof Lehmann
10/10/2014

Victims of the most serious crimes recognized by mankind have no legal remedy to seek justice and compensation. International treaties, international law, supra-national tribunals and courts like the ICJ and the ICC are without consequence for the victims of crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The European Court of Human Rights can issue advisory opinions. Legal remedy for the victims is today, despite charters, treaties, statutes and courts as elusive, as it was under the tyranny of feudal regimes.


Nazis on trial at Nuremberg
The Charter of the United Nations enshrines principles of international law and justice which, in part, are based on the post-WWII Nuremberg Tribunals. The victors of the war decided that nobody, not even a head of state or those who followed illegal orders were above the law and exempt from accountability, prosecution and punishment. The Charter should regulate the peaceful coexistence of sovereign nations. It should criminalize the planning of and crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights should guarantee that people can exercise certain rights and freedoms, free from oppression and persecution.


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established to settle legal disputes among nations. Quasi-legal tribunals such as the International Tribunal for Yugoslavia became the precursors of the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court ICC). Along with them came the controversial principles of humanitarian interventions and the responsibility to protect. Ironically, neither the United States, nor China or Russia signed the Rome Statute. The ICC is, in other words, a UN court system that has no jurisdiction over citizens of the three most powerful, permanent members of the UN Security Council. Russia and China never referred any alleged perpetrators of the most serious crimes to a special tribunal or the ICC. The United States and its NATO allies for their part, have used the special tribunals and the ICC in politically charged trials against heads of state who were ousted in western-backed coup d’√Čtat. Experts in international law and governance who are aware of the injustice discuss whether one should reject the ICC all together, or whether one should lodge complaints against alleged war criminals from NATO member states or their proxies to demonstrate that the ICC is highly selective with regard to whom it prosecutes.


The role of the victims of torture, rape, the destruction of their property, the death or maiming of their spouse or children is limited to testifying in what often amounts to political show trials which may result in the conviction of alleged war criminals. 

The ICC is screening victims who testify to exclude those who may not be able to testify without suffering additional trauma, or so it claims. The fact is, any victim whose testimony is used in politicised trials without offering actual legal remedy and compensation to the victim itself, unavoidably, suffers additional trauma. 


The message which the ICC conveys to these victims translates into:

”We need your testimony to serve our political purpose. When we are through with you, you can return to your devastated life and don’t expect justice; not from us, or from anyone else."

The value of human rights and international justice for those who use and abuse them for political purposes is considerable. For the victims themselves, they are worthless words on paper at best. This is the state of affairs with regards to human rights and international justice, in all of its grotesque clarity. To mention but a few examples.

The war against the former Republic of Yugoslavia was, according to the retired French Brigadier General Pierre Marie Gallois planned by NATO member states since the mid-1970s. (here & here). Gallois admits that he was involved in the planning of the crime against peace and implicates others, including the late German Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss as well as British and French officials. None of them have ever been charged with crimes against peace and the war crimes which were committed during the war. The former President of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, was arrested and charged with war crimes at the ICTY. Milosevic died in prison while he was in the custody of the ICTY. Alexander Mezyaev and Christopher Black raise serious questions about the Milosevic trial and his death in their article ”Death of President Slobodan Milosevic in NATO Prison Remains a Central Question in International Justice”.

In 2010 the Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo was ousted in a coup d’√Čtat. One of the first official acts of Gbagbo was to order that the tunnel between the French Embassy and the Presidential Palace would be closed with a concrete wall. Gbagbo discussed the creation of a gold-backed, Pan-African currency with the Libyan head of State Muammar Qadaffi. The initiative would have ended the virtually absolute French control over the national economies of its fifteen former African colonies. Qaddafi was murdered in 2011. Gbagbo was transferred to the ICC awaiting victors justice.

The European Union established the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Lodging a complaint about human rights abuses has become increasingly complicated. The ECHR severely complicated the rules about the admissibility of complaints, claiming a large number of plaintiffs abused the court’s possibility to sue for example one’s government. That said, the ECHR does not provide actual legal remedy for citizens either. The court’s authority is limited to issuing advisory opinions. It is necessary to exemplify the bearing of the court’s right to issue advisory opinions. Imagine the court issued an advisory opinion about a regime that is notorious for torture, including the systematic rape of female political prisoners. Then imagine the victim of such abuse ”win a case” as the ECHR and return back home, armed with the protection of an advisory opinion.


The lack of a credible international justice system has led to initiatives such as the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. The tribunal found members of the U.S. Administration of George W. Bush guilty of war crimes. The tribunal issued a verdict against Israel on charges of genocide. 

The initiative does help raise awareness about certain crimes but it is, arguably, as selective in its prosecution as the ICC. Moreover, the Kuala Lumpur Tribunals have no other than moral authority. 


It is hardly sufficient to deter a multi-trillion per year military-industrial lobby, members of think tanks and members of governments who plan wars to co-opt resources or gain geopolitical advantages from planning the next crime against peace. Moreover, non of their victims receives any form of compensation.

The sobering matter of fact is that human rights and international justice are the play-thing of those who have a sufficient degree of political, economic and military power to abuse them. Considering the fact that non of the three most powerful permanent members of the UN Security Council signed the Rome Statutes, it is highly improbable that the ICC is reformable. The question is whether it would be possible to establish an alternative to the ICC that avoids selective prosecution and provides legal remedy, directly to those who have been affected by the most serious crimes.

One proposed solution would be the establishment of an association of sovereign States who adopt international jurisdiction for the most serious crimes, and who establish a permanent institution or bureau, that investigates these alleged crimes. In cases where allegations can be substantiated, the bureau would forward suggestions for the indictment of alleged criminals to the prosecutor-generals of member States. International, diplomatic initiatives for the establishment of bilateral and multilateral assurances of solidarity in cases where the prosecution leads to political, economic, or in the worst case military reprisals would be required. Diplomatic initiatives aimed at the development of bilateral and multilateral treaties which regulate legal processes in such a manner that no State, no prosecutor, judge or court could be considered a direct or indirect party to the legal dispute would have to be taken. Treaties should include provisions to guarantee the safety of those who lodge cases as well as witnesses, if necessary by granting political asylum.

It would be paramount that measures would be adopted to guarantee that alleged perpetrators are tried in fair, independent and transparent trials and sentenced if found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Assets of those convicted of the most serious crimes recognized by mankind could be frozen or confiscated to compensate the victims for documented losses. Persons who don’t appear in court and are sentenced in absentia will be informed that they risk being arrested if they enter the territory of States who have adopted international legislation. The information would be made publicly available to signal that the international community does not tolerate impunity with regards to the most serious crimes, regardless of who committed them. Finally, such an initiative would not be complete without including a permanent working group that confronts those who are planning crimes against peace with available evidence, and a group that is tasked with ”preemptive” conflict resolution.

The initiation of the so-called global war on terror in 2001 has led to the exponentially accelerating erosion of international law. About 40 percent of the Syrian population has been displaced by mercenary brigades which are overtly and covertly sub-contracted, financed, and armed by state actors and rogue networks which are embedded in governments and international organizations. Statements, like that of the former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, who said that top-British officials approached him in 2009, admitting that they planned to invade Syria with the help of ”rebels”, and the ICC’s abject failure to investigate, show with all possible clarity that international law and human rights are non-existent or empty words for the victims of the crimes.

Arguably, the question whether a sufficiently strong group of sovereign nations decides to work towards the establishment of a new, international justice system or not determines whether the world continues to decline towards tyranny, impunity and a new dark age or not. Alternatives exist, the question is, whether the political will exists among those who don’t abuse the ICC and reject it, without offering an alternative that provides legal remedy to the victims of the most serious crimes.

Dr. Christof Lehmann an independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and the founder and editor in chief of nsnbc, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.



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USMC Survival, Evasion And Recovery Manual MCRP 3 - 02H

The finest and most comprehensive survival manual available; easy to read, understand and implement    

THE 5TH ESTATE ASIA
10/11/2014

S - U - R - V - I- V - A - L - 

Size up the situation, surroundings, physical condition, equipment. 

Use all your senses.

Remember where you are.

Vanquish fear and panic.

Improvise and improve. 

Value living.

Act like the natives. 

Live by your wits. 


Here is the PDF to the manual.  A hard copy is well worth the carrying weight.


Semper Fidelis, Americans.  Our Republic shall prevail.




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Texas Ebola Outbreak Results In Forced Quarantine - Blood Draws Or Arrest

U.S. officials continue to drag their feet on shutting down ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS into the U.S.; should an outbreak occur in your area panic is not the solution - be aware, be prepared, have a plan, work the plan… now may be the time to consider taking that long overdue vacation at the summer cabin

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Christina Sarich
10/10/2014

The United States has taken action in light of the recent Ebola outbreak in Dallas, appearing to want to keep the issue isolated. The U.S. government has forced quarantine and blood draws from the family in Dallas where a member was found to have the virus. They face arrest if they don’t comply.


My question is – if the government was so keen on keeping this ‘virus’ (biowarfare) in control, why didn’t they restrict travel from countries where it is running rampant? 


Why was this man, who sought medical attention, turned loose to possibly contaminate hundreds more people before the government then decided to use militia tactics for lock down?


Government-mandated medical procedures of any kind is a very slippery slope to go sliding down. If they will do this to a family in Dallas, they will do it to anyone ‘suspected’ of having Ebola.


“The state of Texas and Dallas County health officials have ordered four close family members of a Dallas Ebola patient to stay home and not have visitors to prevent spreading the deadly disease,” the Dallas affiliate of CBS reported. “If ignored, a violation could result in criminal charges.”

Would you be ready to face a 21-day forced quarantine, as this family is being asked to comply with? Do you have enough food, water, and other necessities to stay in your own home as if it were a prison? How about being ordered to give blood on command? How does that sit with you?

According to Texas state authorities, “The family members must also be available to provide blood samples, agree to any testing by public health officials, and immediately report any symptoms to Dallas County Health and Human Services,” reports CBS News.




If this outbreak spreads to other cities – it would be very easy for our government to do exactly what they did after 911 – take away all of our rights. Will you let them?

One family may not seem like a big deal –and of course, other Dallas residents don’t want to contract Ebola, but what happens if there are suddenly 500 cases? Does that mean the government will force everyone to stay inside for weeks at a time – an entire city quarantined?




What then – when there aren’t enough police or ‘authorities’ to monitor those who are infected. The word FEMA comes to mind for some, even though they will likely be called “Community Health Centers” or something lovely sounding.

The same thing has already happened in Liberia.

I suggest preparing in advance, and just being prepared for the worst-case scenario, and pray for the best case. Have enough water and freeze-dried or storable health foods for 21 days minimum and learn about how to defend your health during a pandemic – (whether real or created).



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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.

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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.

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

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By Robert S. Finnegan

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

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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

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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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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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