Sunday, November 02, 2014

Dysfunctional America - “An Unaccountable Government, Released From Constitutional And Legal Constraints"

Following the upcoming elections the first business of Congress should be to re-implement the Constitution of the United States in the original - and once again begin enforcing our laws verbatim and in exact accordance with this document passed into law by the Founding Fathers  

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
11/01/2014

If you require more evidence that the United States is a dysfunctional society, observe American elections. Election season is slander season. Each party’s attack teams focus on misrepresenting, defaming, and ridiculing the opposing party’s candidates. Attack ads have replaced debates and any discussion of what the issues are, or should be, and how candidates perceive the public’s interest. Each attack team tells lies designed to enrage various voters about the other team’s candidate.


Whoever is elected is indebted not to voters but to the special interests that provided the campaign money. Once elected the official serves the private interest groups that put the official in office. In America the government can be bought and sold just like everything else. In its Citizens United ruling, a Republican Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on the right of corporations to purchase the US government.

Each state has its own dominant interest groups that win every election. In Florida real estate developers routinely defeat the environment and local communities. 


Developers have even been known to form organizations that pose as conservation supporters in order to misrepresent and defeat conservation measures.

Yet, despite their long string of losses to special interests, voters still participate in elections. I once read a theory that elections are a form of entertainment. President Clinton’s encounter with the young woman on MTV–”boxers or briefs”–is one indication of the lack of seriousness that Americans bring to politics.


Perhaps the lighter moment of a young woman’s interest in the president’s underwear should be cherished. 

The Clinton years will be remembered as scandal after scandal with dark events unresolved and covered up. 

The Clinton years were transformative. 



For those who don’t remember and those too young at the time to be aware, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s book, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories (1997), will be an eye-opener. Perhaps the Democrats should read the book before nominating Hillary as the party’s presidential candidate.


Clinton also gave us new definition of "blowjob"
Evans-Pritchard was Washington bureau chief for the Sunday Telegraph, one of the main British newspapers. He was stunned by how the American media ceased to function during the Clinton years. The Clinton years gave us such events as the federal government’s murder of the Branch Davidians in their Waco compound and subsequent coverup, the Oklahoma City bombing and coverup, and the coverup of the apparent murder of White House counsel Vincent Foster.

Almost everyone who paid attention saw coverups, not investigations, of these extraordinary events. 


Evans-Pritchard was one who payed attention, and what he saw did not pass muster. Yet, there was no press asking questions.

For example, the official story was that Tim McVeigh was the “lone nut” responsible for blowing up the Murrah Federal Office Building with a truck bomb. Yet, at McVeigh’s trial the prosecution did not call a single witness who could place McVeigh in Oklahoma City on the day of the bombing. “This is a rather astonishing fact,” writes Evans-Pritchard, and indeed it is. The reason the prosecution could not provide a witness to place MvVeigh at the scene of the crime is that the many witnesses all reported seeing McVeigh in the company of other men, and the prearranged official story was that McVeigh was alone. The FBI and the prosecution had to make this case, not conduct a real investigation and discover what really happened.




Experts who have examined the Oklahoma City bombing have concluded that the truck bomb was cover for explosives set inside the building. For example, US Air Force munitions expert General Benton K. Partin provided an extensive and detailed study and wrote to the US Senate: “The attached report contains conclusive proof that the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was not caused solely by the truck bomb. Evidence shows that the massive destruction was primarily the result of four demolition charges placed at critical structural points at the third floor level.”


Miquel Rodriguez, the associate independent counsel assigned the investigation of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster’s mysterious death resigned after four months convinced that he was dealing with a FBI coverup and that his investigation was being sabotaged by personnel within his own office. The FBI’s official story differed completely from the story of the witness who discovered Foster’s body. Again, as in Oklahoma, the FBI’s case required the creation of a make-believe scenario at odds with the evidence. With no interference from a silent press, the FBI created the story that was needed. Evans-Pritchard wrote that the Foster case was “taboo for American journalists. In private, many concede that the official story is unbelievable, but they will not broach it in print.”

When Americans think of Clinton era scandals, they recall “Whitewater” and Clinton’s sexual escapades with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Evans-Pritchard writes that these two scandals were small potatoes compared to the Waco, Oklahoma City, and Vincent Foster coverups. Evans-Pritchard concludes that these minor events were used by the press to distract the public and perhaps Congress from inquiring into FBI coverups of criminal acts.

I remember asking my Wall Street Journal colleague Robert Bartley why he put so much energy and editorial ink into Whitewater, a minor scandal involving some real estate payoffs to the Clintons that did not pan out. Serious events were ignored while Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky became a matter of impeachment.


From Clinton to George W. Bush and Obama was another transformative change. 

The crimes of the Clinton regime were not acknowledged and covered up. 

The crimes of the Bush and Obama regimes are openly acknowledged by the presidents themselves and by their attorneys general who assert that the “war on terror” is a war during whose course presidents are freed from the Constitution and from domestic and international statutory law. 


Thus, we have indefinite detention, torture and loss of protection against self-incrimination, destruction of privacy, and execution of US citizens without due process of law.

Almost overnight the US government became unaccountable, released from constitutional and legal constraints. Elections serve only to validate the unaccountability of government.



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October "Midterm" Surprise : Ebola and Obama As Political Savior?

Fox "News" doing level best to throw election with bogus internal "poll" numbers; IF voters decide to participate VOTE FOR ANY DEPENDENT CANDIDATE as if your life and livelihood depends on it - because it DOES    

By Dallas Darling
11/01/2014

In the realm of politics it is called framing, or the ability to alter reality and a voter's perception.(1) The way images are presented, campaigns conducted, and how messages are worded, usually determines the way the public identifies with a political narrative and then casts their ballots. President Barack Obama's October Surprise, his appearance as a political savior before the last major election, was a clear example of framing. Given the context of fear and hysteria over Ebola, he is in a position to do the same. He can still save the Senate from a Republican takeover and redeem fledgling Democratic contenders.


Be afraid… be VERY AFRAID
On October 31, 2012, just days before the presidential election, President Obama arrived in Atlantic City. He was greeted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to visit areas hardest hit by superstorm Sandy. The storm had left a trail of devastation and killed several individuals. As people sifted through the wreckage and tried putting their lives back together, President Obama called for an outpouring of support and prayers. He also promised emergency aid worth millions of federal dollars. His framed appearance as a political savior and heroic rescuer decided the tied-up White House race.


A poll conducted right after President Obama trumped his leading rival, Mitt Romney, revealed 51 percent of voters decided the day of the election who to vote for. Another 73 percent said President Obama's visit to New Jersey was the most important factor in casting their vote.(2) It also helped that Governor Christie, a Republican and prominent supporter of Romney, also a Republican, praised and anointed President Obama. President Obama's high profile as political savior worked, leaving Romney awkwardly on the sidelines. Market societies not only produce impulsive shoppers but impulsive voters.




Political framing is a set of ideas, conditions, or assumptions that determine how something will be perceived. One type of framing is "frame of reference", or the relationship between the proposed frame and a larger belief system. Another is "relevance of the frame to the realities of participants."(3)  Americans love mythical saviors and heroic rescuers, having internalized them through the mass media. Since Americans live what they see in the media, practically in every room of their homes, including places of business, restaurants, doctors offices, etc..., they have also internalized Ebola hysteria.


As Commander-in-Rescuer, President Obama can again position himself as a political savior. He has already flown Ebola victims to the U.S. where they were treated and cured. The photo-op with the nurse from Dallas who contracted the hemorrhagic disease and was cured resonated with many. 


This, and his appointment of an Ebola Czar and War On Ebola, just might avert a midterm Democratic disaster. Forget the trillion dollar bailouts for banks and corporations. Disregard the declining middle class and increase in poverty. Never mind the stagnant wages. The "image" is what counts. It is a get-out-the-vote issue.

Governor Christie, who appeared a little too bipartisan in 2012, is also creating a new frame of reference. He too is dancing with political opportunism. By declaring New Jersey will enforce a 21-day quarantine for medical workers returning from west Africa, he distanced himself from President Obama. Such a move will help him pander to a conservative base which he needs to win. With the power of political framing, it is no longer Election Day but Manipulation Day, Alternate Reality Day, and Pay-Per-Vote Day. Candidates with the most money and influential images carry the day.


Fox "News" frauds and shills doing their damnedest to confuse, obfuscate, propagate panic

To keep control of a Democratic Senate and counter a Republican led House, President Obama desperately needs a Midterm October Surprise. Since fear of disease leads to the disease of fear,(4) vulnerable voters will be anticipating some type of political savior. They will choose a messianic candidate even if that candidate makes false promises. Call it irrational but in an image-oriented society people vote their feelings instead of the facts. Emotions tug at the heart and pull the levers. But then what does one expect when candidates have similar brand names and are flawed.

Voters have very few choices.

Both political framing and natural disasters have ways of influencing unnatural elections. Consequently, if President Obama does not position himself as a political savior, another one is waiting in the wings. More than likely, she will galvanize Democrats in 2016 and sweep the presidential elections.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Readingon Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some NationsAbove God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-DayImperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context ofJohn'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.

Notes:

(1) Hadnagy, Christopher. Social Engineering: The Art ofHuman Hacking. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Publishing, Inc.,2011., p. 215.

(2) www.sei-ideas.org. Did hurricane sandy get Obamareelected? 11/11/2012.

(3) Hadnagy, Christopher. Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking., p. 220, 221.

(4) Biddle, Wayne. A Field Guide To Germs. New York, New York: Anchor Books, 2002., p. 16.




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Branson Vows Virgin Galactic Will Continue After Fatal Crash

Karma?

THE GUARDIAN
By Chris Johnston and Nicky Woolf
11/01/2014

Richard Branson vowed that his Virgin Galactic space programme would continue after Friday’s fatal Mojave desert crash, saying millions of people “would one day love the chance to go to space."


"Oopsy-daisy!"
Speaking the day after the crash that killed one test pilot and left another badly injured, the entrepreneur said any would-be astronauts who had paid £156,000 for a seat could get a refund if they wanted one. 

But he added: “We would love to finish what we started some years ago and I think pretty well all our astronauts [passengers] would love us to finish and would love to go into space. I think millions of people in the world would one day love the chance to go to space and this is the start of a long programme.”


Branson, who rushed to California last night following the crash, looked strained as he read a statement the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, where officials from the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) have started their investigation into what caused the SpaceShipTwo rocket to crash.

It suffered what the company called a “serious anomaly” after a test flight conducted by partner business Scaled Composites.

SpaceShipTwo has been under development at the spaceport. It was designed to be carried into the air by the WhiteKnightTwo jet and then released before igniting its rocket to travel into space, and then returning to Earth as a glider.

The flight took off at 9.30am local time on Friday and the two craft had separated at 10.10am.

Branson said he was determined to help authorities find out what caused the crash but likened the incident to the early days of flight. “In the early days of aviation there were incidents and then aviation became very safe,” he said. “In the early days of commercial space travel there have been incidents and then, we hope, that one day the tests pilots will enable people to go into space safely and that is our wish and desire.”


Branson damage control team along with bought and paid for "mainstream media" doing their best to squash this in the media

“We owe it to our test pilots to find out exactly what went wrong and once we have found out what went wrong, if we can overcome it, we will make absolutely certain the dream lives on.”

Branson said Galactic had had numerous messages of support, including one new sign-up to the programme yesterday. “I think that they [passengers] have been patient to date, I think most of them will be patient longer,” he added.

“We may lose one or two, but it does not look like it. Anybody whoever wants a refund would be able to get a refund. We haven’t used the money.”

"Complementary tickets for the next flight!!!"

About 800 people including celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Tom Hanks have bought tickets for a Virgin Galactic flight. John Goodwin, a retired British businessman, said he remained confident that he would eventually go into space.

“This is new territory; inevitably there are going to be accidents. There are 300 brains in the Mojave desert who will rectify the problem,” said Goodwin.

Alan Stern, a former Nasa scientist, has also bought seats to fly on Virgin Galactic for $250,000 (£156,000) apiece but was not rethinking his plans.


Branson's last successful "launch"
“Let’s not be Chicken Littles here. I want to be part of the opening of this future frontier,” he said. Branson also hit out at people who have been commenting on possible causes of the incident, adding: “I find it slightly irresponsible that people who know nothing about what they are saying can be saying things before the NTSB makes their comments.” The accident has sparked questions over the future of the venture and whether it could safely transport passengers to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere and return them to the ground.


Prof Tim O’Brien of Jodrell Bank Observatory said there would now be a “major delay” to Galactic’s first passenger flight.

“This is difficult. This is dangerous. Something went wrong. This was the first flight using a new fuel, I believe,” he told the BBC.

However, the setback would not diminish humans’ desire to escape the pull of gravity, O’Brien said. “It’s hard to imagine a future in which humans are not travelling in space … Somehow we have to get from here to there; it will require a lot of work and it is still extremely dangerous.”

John Logsdon, retired space policy director at George Washington University, said: “It’s a real setback to the idea that lots of people are going to be taking joyrides into the fringes of outer space any time soon. There were a lot of people who believed that the technology to carry people is safely at hand.”

Tom Bower, a biographer of Branson, said the rocket being used by Galactic was “very crude”. He claimed engineers working on the project had told him the craft was “very dangerous”.

“What happened yesterday, very sadly for the pilot obviously, was both predictable and inevitable,” Bower told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “It was always dangerous and unfortunately was always going to end in tragedy.”

George Whitesides, chief executive and president of Virgin Galactic, said: “We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today and we are going to get through it.”

Both crew members were test pilots for Scaled Composites, the Northrop Grumman division that designed and built the spacecraft for Virgin and lost three other employees in a July 2007 ground test accident.

Virgin Galactic said SpaceShipTwo was powered by a fuel mix that had not previously been used in flight, although it had been tested extensively on the ground. The company was unable to say whether the change to the fuel mix offered an explanation for the accident.

The crash served as another stark reminder of the dangers of space launches, three days after an unmanned rocket on supply mission to the international space station exploded seconds after takeoff from a Nasa launch facility in Virginia.

Branson also hit out at people who have been commenting on possible causes of the incident: “I find it slightly irresponsible that people who know nothing about what they are saying can be saying things before the NTSB makes their comments.”




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MARINE CORPS SERGEANT ANDREW TAHMOORESSI RELEASED AFTER 214 DAYS IN SHITHOLE MEXICAN JAIL - BOYCOTT MEXICO

PAYBACK TIME - If the coward feral Mexican pigs and judicial authorities think they are going to get a pass on this from the Corps they have been smoking their own dope:  WELCOME BACK TO THE WORLD SGT. TAHMOORESSI, THE CORPS COULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED A BETTER BIRTHDAY PRESENT    

RT
11/01/2014

A Tijuana judge ordered the release of Andrew Tahmooressi, who was arrested seven months ago after crossing the US-Mexico border with three loaded firearms in his truck.


Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, USMC
Since his March 31st arrest, Tahmooressi has maintained that he had meant to head back to San Diego, where he was living with a friend, but took a wrong turn out of a parking lot towards a Tijuana entry point and had no way of turning back.

Mexican border authorities say his car was stopped and inspected because he was missing front license plates.

Border checks have been growing tighter as Mexico struggles to keep the influx of American weapons used by drug cartels at bay. 



BOYCOTT MEXICAN VACATIONS, PRODUCTS, SERVICES
In Mexico, possession of weapons restricted for military use is a federal crime. The US Marine Sergeant, who had served two combat tours in Afghanistan, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Because Mexican prisons aren’t equipped to provide cognitive therapy for PTSD, Tahmooressi’s lawyers used his diagnosis as a justification for getting him out of jail on humanitarian grounds.


The attorney told AP that the marine, who was detained with a pistol, a shotgun, and an assault rifle, and over 400 rounds of ammunition, carries guns because they make him feel safer.


Payback, especially from U.S. Marines with a gigantic hard-on for Mexican cops, will indeed be a bitch of proportions the doomed dirtbags could not have possibly envisioned

The attorney told AP that the marine, who was detained with a pistol, a shotgun, and an assault rifle, and over 400 rounds of ammunition, carries guns because they make him feel safer.

Tahmooressi claimed he was abused and mistreated at jail.



“I was laying on a bed. ... When I got the opportunity, I decided to stab myself in the neck with a light bulb ... I was paranoid. I had been abused,” he told CNN. “I was thinking they were going to come and abuse me more and torture me and get information about my family from me. So I said, 'I'm not going to allow them to do that.'"

Mexican prison officials deny the abuse allegations.





Tahmooressi’s supporters launched a White House petition and staged demonstrations campaigning for his freedom.

Meanwhile, both Republican and Democratic politicians rallied around Tahmooressi and held talks with Mexican authorities urging his release.





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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

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

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

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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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.

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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 : 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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