Friday, December 16, 2011

14 United State Governors Prepare State Militia Defenses: To Counter Obama’s Rogue Federal Forces!

Obama fearing a revolution against him by the states, has moved swiftly by nationalizing nearly all National Guard Forces in multiple states; Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina – to name a few. The Governors of the Great States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia still have under their Command-and-Control the State Defense Forces to go against U.S. Federal forces should the need arise. Also important to note: There are NO U.S. laws prohibiting National Guard troops from also joining their State’s Defense Forces. This dilemma occurred during the Civil War with many “citizen soldiers” choosing to serve their states instead of the Federal Government.

Obama is angered by the several State Governors who have reestablished “State Defense Forces.” These forces are described as: “State Defense Forces (also known as State Guards, State Military Reserves, State Militias) in the United States are military units that operate under the sole authority of a state government; they are not regulated by the National Guard Bureau nor are they part of the Army National Guard of the United States. State Defense Forces are authorized by state and federal law and are under the command of the governor of each state. State Defense Forces are distinct from their state’s National Guard in that they cannot become federal entities.”

Mr. Obama is fearful of these State Defense Forces, in that he does not have control of said forces, and with the U.S. Military stretched to near breaking from multiple deployments and theatre actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, these State military forces would be under the direct command and authority of the Governors in which states have said forces. In essence, the Governors would have “de facto control” of the United States.

The two Governors leading this move are: Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota; and Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. Both of these State Governors stated they have: “…deep fear the President is destroying their Nation.” Governor Pawlenty’s fear of Obama is that since Obama took office he has appeased America’s enemies and has shunned some of America’s strongest allies, especially Israel. Governor Perry has declared that Obama is punishing his State of Texas by dumping tens-of-thousands of illegal Mexican immigrants into the cities and small towns of Texas. Governor Perry further recently stated: “If Barack Obama’s Washington doesn’t stop being so oppressive, Texans might feel compelled to renounce their American citizenry and secede from the union.”

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Neurosurgeon Calls In About Death Panels From Obamacare And HHS,This Is Crazy! Must See Video

Obama Lied, Death Panels Will Decide, Who Will Live and Who Will Die

What if I told you that members from Obama's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are currently meeting with Doctors from around the country, behind closed doors right now and discussing that when Obamacare kicks in, there will be panels that will decide how much money will be spent on you and what care you may or may not receive, if you should have a stroke or aneurysm or any debilitating accident or ailment, and if you are a certain age, (say 70), they will determine if you are worth the cost of rehabilitation or if it would be more cost affective by putting you in a bed with a feeding tube and calling it "Comfort Care" until you die. And what if I told you that if you were one of these people, you would not be referred to as a patient, you would be called a "Unit"? I would guess you might be slightly concerned, right?


Do you remember once upon a time, when Obama was pushing his massive, government run Obamacare and Sarah Palin and others dared to say that there would be Death Panels that would determine the value of your life or chose what care you or your loved ones would or would not receive, if something bad happened to them, say like a heart attack or stroke? Well, On The Mark Levin show Tuesday Nov 22, 2011, a Neurosurgeon from Chicago called in, and explained how he and other doctors just came from a meeting with members of HHS, where they discussed how in the very near future, there will be "Ethics Panels" that will meet and review a "Unit's" case and deem your worthiness or value depending on age and then make that life or death decisions about a patient... I'm sorry, a "Unit"! That's not at all, dehumanizing! Welcome to Obamacare! It's everything we thought it would be and so much more! But I guess this will make me a fear monger also, oh well!

Yes, Obama's Advanced Neurosurgical Care has new guide lines, about where the money will be spent when Obamacare finally kicks in. And in the previsions, Neurological surgery will be rationed because of it's expense. In other words, if you are a certain age and you have a stroke or aneurysm that requires surgery, your life might not be worth especially if you are not a productive citizen... or Unit! The AANS (The American Association Of Neurosurgeon's) and CNS (The Congress Of Neurosurgeon's) have been notified that when Obamacare becomes active, there will be large cuts in medicines and care and Neurosurgery is one of the most expensive procedures right now. Which also makes you wonder, that last Friday, the FDA banned a last resort and successful cancer drug called Avastin used for aggressive stages of breast cancer, because they claimed it didn't work and had too many side effects, but will still be used on prostate cancer... and because it's very expensive! Was this a casualty of Obamacare also? Who knows, but I wouldn't believe anything that Obama or any his departments have to say!

So let's review....

When Obama said that Obamacare wouldn't make the price of the policy you have now, go up...He Lied!

When Obama said you could keep your own policy and Obamacare wouldn't affect the policy you have now...He Lied!

When Obama said Obamacare does not have death panels that will make decisions on what kind of care you will receive or if it's more cost effective to keep you alive or if you are worthy of living or dying.. He Lied!

When Obama said Obamacare would cut the deficit.... He Lied!

When Obama said he wasn't for a single payer option, but there was tape of him saying that he was.... He Lied!

And when Sarah Palin said there would be Death panels and rationing of heathcare under Obamacare, she was correct and has been Vindicated yet again! I'm sure she'll be thanked by all those on the left that have repeatedly called her a liar and evil! Ya know, those same people that still support Barack Obama!

The Coming Of The U.S. Holocaust

Video contains graphic historical imagery.

Prepare To Be Killed

Do you ever wish all your secular friends & family would fully embrace your new walk with the spirit? Ever wish for recogonigation, to be the big guest on the tonight show?

Outline
Matt 10:21
"A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.

You ever wish you could go on a stage & everyone would clap, you'd sit down w/ a standing ovation, the host would offer you a cup of coffee & ask you about your unique talents, compliment your genius you'd know at that moment, even all your doubters would give you a second look a pause & go he really is gifted wish he was on our team.

Well that's never going to happen if you really follow Jesus, instead you headed for a crowd heckling booing insulting & wishing you were dead , thinking they r doing God a favor by offing you. Their will never be a time when all you old friends & family go I really respect your views, no they will not only continue to not understand you, what they understand they will despise. Have you counted the cost? Why does jesus warn they hated me & if you are like me they will hate you too?
This only is depressing if you desire the friendship of this world or your heart is seduced by the treasure it teases. Who cares if we are rejected by this world they have nothing of lasting value to offer us, it's a bunch of selfish greedy people, why do we want to be their friends anyway.
We don't want anything from the people of this world. We only want to help them, to show them the greater love, that unlike them we don't just love those whom we benefit from, but the greater love is we even love those who even wish us harm us.
You'll never go into a large audience speaking no holds back truth & be accepted you'll be stoned. Our perk is to look for those few who want to walk on the narrow & rejoice when they come out from the crowd & repent. We're not out to win over crowds but in those crowds scouring over to find the few, who will accept this. The good news one day you may be drug from your home, they might come get you at your work, instead of panic in fear, if you have walked in spirit with the Lord, like steven your face can beam with he excepting Joy that soon you'll be with the Lord forever, you have been found worthy to be a martry, that you are off to eternity with God in paradise they may take your body but they set your soul free into the kingdom of heaven forever rejoice.

Repent Now!!!

Obama To Arrest Sheriff Arpaio?

Sheriff Arpaio may be one of the first to be indefinitely detained by Obama. Arpaio has the goods to put Obama behind bars for falsifying his birth and social security records. Obama had to lie about his real identity so he could illegally become a US Senator, and then the President.

The following story is hitting the mainstream media like a hurricane and they are not making any mention of the fact that Arpaio is investigating Obama. The public is being whipped up by the media and put into a lynch mob mentality no doubt so that Arpaio's arrest will not cause much of a stir. The real identity of Barack Obama that Joe has uncovered is pasted below.

Dec 15, 2011...

This is what Obama is having nightmares about!

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County AZ is now receiving death threats as a result of his investigation into Obama's birth and social security records. The Sheriff has collected sworn testimony from over 20 experts who claim that the birth document is a computer generated fraud.

Arpaio's investigation has also broadened beyond an examination of whether or not the birth certificate is an authentic document. The findings of his cold case team will be made public in February. With the passage of the Defense Authorization bill Obama now has the power to order the arrest and indefinite detention of Sherrif Arpaio so you may not get to hear about the results of his investigation.

As you will read herein the issue is no longer about Barack Obama being an American citizen, it is about his true identity. We now know that his real name is not Barack Obama, it is not Barry Soetoro, it is in fact, Bari Shabazz.

On November 4th, 2011 attorney Mario Apuzzo received an anonymous email directing him to a cold case traffic accident in Hawaii.
Who is Mario Apuzzo?

Attorney Mario Apuzzo, on behalf of Charles Kerchner and other plaintiffs, sued Obama, the U.S. Congress, Dick Cheney, and Nancy Pelosi in January 2009 alleging Obama was ineligible to be president, and that Congress failed to verify Obama's ineligibility. A federal district court in New Jersey dismissed the suit, ruling the plaintiffs lacked standing.

On July 3, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, citing Berg v. Obama, affirmed the dismissal, and ordered Apuzzo to show cause why he should not be sanctioned for initiating a frivolous lawsuit. Apuzzo's subsequent request for a hearing was denied, but the order to show cause was discharged. On November 29, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court declined, without comment, to hear the case.

What was the subject of the email? Full details of the mail are at Puzzo's Blog

The anonymous email directed Mario to search a traffic court web site in Hawaii called eCourt Kokua where he was able to confirm certain information about traffic accident case, ID/Citation # 1193041MO from 1982

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In Less than 24 Hours Congress Could Vote to Change the Internet Forever

Tomorrow the House Judiciary Committee is going to vote on H.R.3261, the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA for short. As I have previously outlined, this legislation would destroy the internet as we know it and severely impinge on free speech and the spread of information.

If this passes committee, which all indications say it likely will, it could be voted on by the whole of the House of Representatives at any time.

Individuals and corporations both large and small are stepping up to fight back against the draconian SOPA legislation and the Senate’s sister legislation, the PROTECT IP Act.

However, there is a significant lobby that is pushing back against the tide of freedom and liberty in an attempt to severely restrict the internet.

As the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pointed out in a Congressional hearing, SOPA will restrict non-infringing online content right along with the infringing content the bill is supposedly aimed at combating.

“By contemplating an order that effectively bars others from gaining access to both infringing and non-infringing content, the proposed statute goes beyond appropriate First Amendment free speech protections,” the ACLU said.

The wildly restrictive SOPA legislation would essentially make it impossible for some of the largest websites on the internet to operate in any way that is remotely familiar to the climate we have known.

Any social media website that allows users to freely post content could be shut down at any time if any infringing content is posted on the site.

This means that all of YouTube, all of Twitter, all of Facebook, all free blog hosts, etc. could be forced to close down if a single individual posts infringing content.

This is China-style internet censorship on steroids; it is so astoundingly oppressive that there has been a blatant disinformation war waged against those who seek to keep the internet free.

However, little bits of truth sneak out here and there, with Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and former Senator, letting out a shocking admission which gives a glimpse into the minds of those who support the destruction of one of the last vestiges of true freedom in America.

“When the Chinese told Google that they had to block sites or they couldn’t do [business] in their country, they managed to figure out how to block sites,” Dodd said.

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America In Self Destructive Mode: US Senate Approves Bill To Legalize Humans Having Sex With Animals...

THE United States Senate Thursday 12/8 approved a defence authorisation bill legalising sodomy with humans and sex with animals or bestiality.
The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals–or bestiality.
On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.
It states: “(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense. (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the effort to remove sodomy from military law stems from liberal Senate Democrats’ and President Obama’s support for removing the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
“It’s all about using the military to advance this administration’s radical social agenda,” Perkins told CNSNews.com. “Not only did they overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but they had another problem, and that is, under military law sodomy is illegal, just as adultery is illegal, so they had to remove that prohibition against sodomy.”
Now that it has passed, however, the Senate version will have to go to a conference committee,
and Perkins predicts there will be several sticking points with the House. “The House in their version of the defense authorization, reinforced the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that there
is a military DOMA as well, prohibiting same-sex marriage on military bases – something
the Department of Defense is pushing for,” he said. “And now this is an added concern, that sodomy has been removed, and as we have discovered, that bestiality–the prohibition against it–has been removed from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So yes, the
House will have problems with this bill.” As a reader, what do you thinkabout this?

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Ron Paul: Will the Federal Reserve Allow Him Into The White House?

"Could it all be a bad dream or a nightmare? Is it my imagination or have we lost our minds?

It's surreal, it's just not believable.

A grand absurdity, a great deception, a delusion of momentous proportions based on preposterous notions and on ideas whose time should never have come.
Simplicity, grossly distorted and complicated.
Insanity, cast off as logic.
Grandiose schemes built on falsehoods with the morality of Ponzie and Madoff.
Evil described as virtue.
Ignorance pawned off as wisdom.
Destruction and impoverishment in the name of humanitarianism.
Violence, the tool of change.
Preventive wars used as the road to peace.
Tolerance delivered by government guns.
Reactionary views in the guise of progress.
An empire replacing the republic.

Slavery sold as liberty.
Excellence and virtue traded for mediocricy.
Socialism to save capitalism.
A government out of control, unrestrained by the constitution, the rule of law or morality. Bickering over petty politics as we descend into chaos. The philosophy that destroys us is not even defined.
We have broken from reality, a psychotic nation. Ignorance with pretence of knowledge replacing wisdom. Money does not grow on trees, nor does prosperity come from a government printing press or escalating deficits.

We are now in the midst of unlimited spending of the people's money. Exorbitant taxation, deficits of trillions of dollars spent on a failed welfare-warfare system. An epidemic of cronyism. Unlimited supplies of paper money equated with wealth. A central bank that deliberately destroys the value of the currency in secrecy, without restraint, with nary a whimper, yet cheered on by the pseudo-capitalists of Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, and Detroit .

We police our world empire with troops on 700 bases and in 130 countries around the world. A dangerous war now spreads throughout the Middle East and Central Asia . Thousands of innocent people being killed, as we become known as the torturers of the 21st century.
We assume that by keeping the already known torture pictures from the public's eye, we will be remembered only as a generous and good people. If our enemies want to attack us only because we are free and rich, proof of torture would be irrelevant.

The sad part of all this is that we have forgotten what made America great, good and prosperous. We need to quickly refresh our memories and once again reinvigorate our love, understanding and confidence in liberty.
The status quo cannot be maintained considering the current conditions. Violence and lost liberty will result without some revolutionary thinking. We must escape from the madness of crowds now gathering.
The good news is that reversal is achievable through peaceful and intellectual means, and fortunately the number of those who care are growing exponentially.
Of course it could all be a bad dream, a nightmare, and that I'm seriously mistaken, overreacting, and that my worries are unfounded. I hope so. But just in case, we ought to prepare ourselves for revolutionary changes in the not-too-distant future.”

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What Do You Think Of This? Washington D.C. And Masonic/Luciferic Symbology

There is much more to UFOs then Unidentified Flying Objects and aliens. People must understand the spiritual side of what is going on. These "gods" haven't left us. They live among us, controlling us via mind control tactics. I would trust that you would study the entire site, it has plenty to offer.

As you can see on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill there is a pyramid with the All-Seeing-Eye of God, with the message, "New Order of The Ages" or "New World Order."

You are about to learn that the U.S. Government is linked to Satanism. You have already learned that the U.S. Government is linked to several other governments and the church. And that it is all run by the secret society Brotherhood.

The street design in Washington, D.C., has been laid out in such a manner that certain Luciferic symbols are depicted by the streets, cul-de-sacs and rotaries. This design was created in 1791, a few years after Freemasonry assumed the leadership of the New World Order, in 1782.

In Europe, occult leaders were told by their Familiar Spirits as early as the 1740's that the new American continent was to be established as the new "Atlantis", and its destiny was to assume the global leadership of the drive to the New World Order.

The United States of America was chosen to lead the world into this kingdom of Antichrist from the beginning. The capital is Washington, D.C.

In 1791, Pierre Charles L'Enfante(the designer, who was a Freemason), laid out Governmental Center of Washington, D.C., he planned more than just streets, roads, and buildings. He hid certain occultic magical symbols in the layout of U.S. Governmental Center. When these symbols are united they become one large Luciferic, or occultic, symbol.

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51 Bullet-Pointed Facts That Dispute Barack Obama’s Identity & Eligibility To Be President Of The USA! Share This

1. The Unenforced Definition of “Natural-Born Citizenship”

The U.S. Constitution requires that a presidential candidate be a natural-born citizen in order to be eligible for the office of President.

In seeking to define the meaning of “natural born citizenship”, those who blindly support Obama desperately seek a minimalist’s definition of the term. They desire that a natural-born citizen is one to whom may be ascribed as few requirements as possible in order that a candidate, with whom they share ideological fetishes, can be president regardless of his actual fitness for the office. They seek to assume jurisdiction over the declaration of being “natural born” in the minds of as many as possible while contending that “natural born citizenship” means the fewest, most remedial natal circumstances possible, which will allow their politigod, Barack Obama, just enough legitimacy to squeak by and be eligible.

Their definition allows Obama to merely meet what they consider the most easily argued, though obviously unverifiable characteristics of Obama’s obscure citizenry, in this case, his birth place.

However, unfortunately for Obama supporters, the purposed intent of our founders was not so slight in this matter. They sought to make the meaning of being a natural born citizen the highest, most laudable position of all forms of citizenry. After witnessing the corruption and inbreeding and treasons of monarchal rule, America’s founders desired that becoming President of the United States to be as difficult as possible…politically, socially and biologically.

All arguments seeking to diminish this truth are reprobate and defamatory, made in the interest of serving one’s own political lust, not defending the sovereignty of our Constitution or upholding the value of the blood ransom paid by our people.

Hence, logically, our founders induced that the highest form of eligibility for the highest office would be a lawful mandate.

Consider the following:

Taking survey of all possible circumstances which, therefore, lend credibility to one’s claim to legitimacy, and thereby, eligibility to lead, there is much more to consider than simply one’s location of birth. In order to meet the highest standard intended by our founders, we must also consider that biology must also meet this standard. Not only is it essential that a presidential candidate be born under the sovereign geographic protection of our Constitution, he must also be conceived by two parents of native citizenry, possessing U.S. citizenship.


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A Nightmare Scenario For America

Imagine one day that suddenly and without warning, every single vehicle in the United States built after the 1970s was totally incapable of running. No going up to the grocery store, in fact no more food deliveries by truck anymore to your local store.

There would be no trains, planes or buses running. Only muscle powered canoes on the waterways.

Imagine that there is no longer any electricity. You cannot keep your food from spoiling in the refrigerator. There is no heat, no air conditioning. No electric tools or appliances work. There is no way to pump water to your house, so you are also without water.

Imagine that there is no telephone service of any sort. You cannot communicate with anyone unless you walk to where they are. Which means, too, no computers, no internet, no cellular phones or iPods, no television or radio.

Your world is silent except for the occasional bird chirp or dog barking...which won't last long with no food for the dog. Perhaps there might be human screams of hunger...or despair.

The country has been transported back to the stone age. Your ability to grow your own food is limited to your access to seeds and whether or not you get enough rain.

There are riots in the cities. The only people who have access to fresh food are those with guns who can hunt and those by bodies of water with edible fish.

The supply of canned goods is rapidly going down to nothing. As are the matches that light your grill, the only way to cook. Factories are not producing anything to replace what is consumed.

Does that seem like science fiction? It's not. In fact, it may be right around the corner.

This is what would happen if someone exploded a nuclear weapon 300 miles up in the atmosphere above the country. It would involve every single state on the continent. It would even involve vast parts of Mexico and Canada.

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Should You Leave The USA Before The Collapse? Words Of Wisdom From Someone Who Tried

(NaturalNews) One of the most common questions I'm asked today from people who are aware of what's really going on is, "Should I leave the USA to get away from the coming police state?" Three years ago, I would have said YES, but today, after having experienced such an effort myself and now having a clear understanding of the ramifications of such an effort, I must urge people to reconsider. As you'll read here, you may ultimately be far safer and more successful living right where you are, in your "home country," even if that home country becomes a police state.

I've lived in many countries, by the way: Taiwan, Australia and Ecuador. I've traveled extensively throughout Asia, giving seminars in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. I've traveled across England, France, Spain and even Portugal. Spent quite a bit of time in Central America and South America. I speak decent Spanish and decent Chinese, so there's almost nowhere I go in the world that I can't speak to the local people in either English, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. I've seen extreme wealth, extreme poverty and extreme corruption in all its world flavors, and I've seen what corruption does to nations and its populations, first hand.

I don't claim to be a prophet of any kind, but today I'm a bit wiser, a bit more experienced and a bit less foolish than I was a few years ago, and I'd like to pass on whatever nuggets of wisdom might help you and your family prepare for the powerful global changes which have already begun to unfold.

Here, I share with you five powerful realizations you need to keep in mind when considering where to locate (or relocate) before the collapse becomes a reality. (Time is growing short, so read up...)

For starters, there is a universal truth you must accept if you hope to make a truly wise decision about where to locate: Corruption is everywhere.

Realization #1 - Corruption is far worse outside the USA

If you think the USA is corrupt, you should try living in Peru, or Bolivia, or Panama. And if you think that's corrupt, head over to Haiti for a double heaping serving of corruption.

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Rise Of The Beast System: 11 Ways That Amerika Is Becoming More Like North Korea

Should we just get it over with and change the spelling of America to "Amerika"? Every single day, the United States of America is becoming more like North Korea. In North Korea, the citizens are told that everything that they do needs to be monitored, tracked, recorded and very tightly controlled so that everyone can be kept safe.

No dissent is allowed at all. If government officials in North Korea even suspect that you are thinking the wrong thing, your entire extended family can be shipped off to a prison camp. And you know what? North Korea is a pretty safe place. There is not much terrorism in North Korea. But why in the world would anyone ever want to live like that? America is supposed to be a bastion of liberty and freedom, but now we are falling for the same totalitarian lies that so many other societies have fallen for throughout human history.

We are witnessing the rise of the beast system - a system of control more pervasive than anything that the world has ever seen. We are constantly being told that the emerging "Big Brother" control grid is being put into place for "our safety", but someday we are going to wake up in a dystopian nightmare where government tyrants have absolutely unlimited control over our lives.

Those that approve of the "Big Brother" police state control grids being constructed all over the world should really study North Korea. That country is what the end result looks like.

North Korea is a totalitarian police state hellhole. No rational human being would ever want to live there. You can see an absolutely amazing National Geographic documentary on what life is like inside North Korea on YouTube right here. If you have never seen that documentary before, it is definitely worth the time that it takes to watch it. If we stay on our current path, our country is going to become just like North Korea.

America does not have to go down this road. Right now nearly every nation on earth is implementing "Big Brother" security measures, but we could choose to be different if we wanted to.

Unfortunately, right now we seem to be leading the charge toward a world where liberty and freedom are absolutely dead.

The following are 11 ways that Amerika is becoming more like North Korea....

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When Gingrich Met Yasser Arafat

GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich stirred up plenty of controversy last week when he called Palestinians an "invented people" in an interview from the campaign trail.

"I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places,' Gingrich told the Jewish Channel last week.

All of which makes the above 1993 photo of Gingrich, then House Minority Whip, embracing the late Palestinian Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat, published by the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, perhaps noteworthy. Stein, who received the photo from a longtime political operative involved in Middle East issues, writes:

On Monday, a political operative who has been working on Palestine-Israel policy for the past 20 years sent The Huffington Post a picture of Gingrich, then the House minority whip, grasping the hand of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat immediately following the September 1993 Oslo peace accords.

The embrace, the source said, came after Arafat met with 20 to 25 House leaders over coffee. Jotting notes down in a yellow pad, Gingrich used the meeting to pitch Arafat on how best to actually construct a Palestinian state. "He said, 'Look, here is what I think you need -- an economic plan — and here is how it will work,' " the operative recalled. "It was a very positive contribution at the time and as they stood up, there were pictures." ....

But Stein goes on to note that Gingrich increasingly pitted himself in opposition to the U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a key foreign policy priority of the Bill Clinton White House:

But the situation was fragile. By March 1994, Gingrich and others were urging President Clinton to veto a UN resolution that referred to Jerusalem as occupied territory. ... By 1998, Gingrich was accusing Secretary of State Madeleine Albright of behaving as "an agent for the Palestinians" in renewed peace negotiations. U.S. diplomats complained that the Speaker was causing serious headaches even as he met, once more, with Arafat.

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Finding Comfort In Authoritarianism

Between recent legislation like the deceptively named "defense authorization act" and the daily police brutality that is occurring all across the country, things are looking pretty bleak for America and the values that it was apparently founded on.

Anyone who has studied history can see the writing on the wall, and can tell that these developments are eerily similar to actions that were taken by the some of the worst dictators that this world has ever known.

Regimes like Stalinist Russia, Maoist China or Hitler's Germany are among the worst offenders in recent memory, but if you look at their actual policies they aren't very far off from what we're seeing in the West today.

It is very common to offend people when you start comparing our current police state with governments that have been painted in a negative light by mainstream history. I would agree that all of the aforementioned regimes were absolutely horrible, but their transgressions were on par with the native American holocaust and the medieval torture that takes place at Guantanamo bay and many other covert military bases across the planet. This may be a controversial way of looking at things, but if we don't take a comparative look at history then we are inevitably doomed to repeat it.

The people in these countries that supported these regimes were not marching zombies, chanting in unison with swirling blank eyes like you would see in a comic book or cartoon. They were simply people who were manipulated by fear, and constantly lied to by very convincing authority figures who made it seem like they were doing some wonderful things and paving the way for civilization.

Typically, those within an aggressively expanding empire are still thinking in terms of defense, because their leaders have convinced them that outside enemies are a serious threat to their livelihood. Most people living under these conditions typically refuse to believe that their "fair and benevolent leader" is hell-bent on conquest and world domination.

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Obama's Next War: US And NATO Troops Train On The Syrian Border

There have been reports of hundreds of American and NATO troops training militants on the Syrian border to overthrow Al-assad's regime. According to a former FBI official this has been going on since May 2011. Why are we not hearing about this on American mainstream media? Sibel Edmonds, president of the National Security Whistle blowers Coalition, exposes what is going on around Syria.

After 220 Years, The Bill Of Rights Is No More

The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution is known as the Bill of Rights. They have been the law of the land for the last 222 years to the day.

Now, the Legislative branch of the United States has passed a bill to essentially do away with all that has been fought for and blood spilled over. For you that do not know, the legislative branch is made up of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Represenatives.

With the stroke of a pen, a man that the world is not completely convinced is the duly elected President of the United States of America, has taken that all away, and most of you do not even have a clue. He will have signed the bill by the time you read this.

That is how they got this bullshit through the House and Senate of the United States. They know that American Idol, crack cocaine, the NBA, cold beer, and the NFL have your minds in a vice. Between all of that and your need to buy presents for people that you don’t like with money that you don’t have, they got your ass. They have prepared you to be a slave, and they have trained you well.

You should be ashamed to call yourself an American. For the most part, a great number of the people that read this have never done anything for this country. I am not talking about the military. There are hundreds of ways to do something for America, including VOTING. Here I show you the way it is now, and the way it had been since 15 December 1791.

It is past time for you to decide which side you are on. Some of you have had that decision made for you by me and those like me.

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Where'e My Stimulus Check: Another Big Obama Donor Cashed In On 'Stimulus'

The founder of an energy company that benefited from deals involving hundreds of millions in "stimulus" money made the maximum donation allowable to President Obama's inauguration, WND has learned.

Peter L. Corsell, founder of GridPoint Inc., contributed $50,000 to the inauguration.

Corsell served as GridPoint's chief executive officer from the company's inception until transitioning to the position of non-executive chairman in October 2010.

Yesterday, WND broke the story that an Obama adviser who played a key role in developing the energy provisions of the so-called stimulus bill serves on the boards of GridPoint as well as several other companies that recently received government funds, including stimulus money.

Everything you wanted to know about Obama's advisers, in "Red Army: The Radical Network that must be defeated to save America."

TJ Glauthier served on Obama's 2008 White House Transition Team. He is widely credited with helping to craft the energy provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the "stimulus."

In addition to serving on the boards of major energy companies, Glauthier previously held two presidential appointments during the Clinton administration.

He was the Energy Department's deputy secretary and chief operating officer, the second-highest ranking official.

Earlier, he served in the White House for five years as the associate director for natural resources, energy and science in the Office of Management and Budget.

Glauthier is tied to several energy companies that benefited from the stimulus bill he helped to craft.

One such company investigated by WND is GridPoint Inc., where he was appointed to the board in March 2008. GridPoint provides utilities with software solutions for electrical grid management and electric power demand and supply balancing.

The stimulus provides $4.5 billion for so-called smart grid projects. GridPoint has benefited from scores of smart grid deals funded by the stimulus bill.

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Another Week, Another “Accidental” Explosion in Iran

There’s been yet another “accidental” explosion in Iran targeting its nuclear weapons program. This comes after the destruction of the IRGC long-range missile base where warhead work was ongoing and the explosion at Isfahan in the tunnel leading to a raw uranium stash.

On December 11, an explosion happened in a “privately-owned” steel plant in Yazd, killing 7 and wounding 12, including unidentified foreigners. The Washington Post notes that a German newspaper reported last month that North Korea was providing Iran and Syria with maraging steel used in centrifuges. The material is also used in exhaust systems for missile engines. There is no publicly-available information connecting the plant with the nuclear program, Ynet News reports.

Michael Ledeen has more to say over at PJ Media. He writes that the steel is used in creating the nose cones for missiles. He also breaks a big story about another unreported explosion in Khorramabad a few days ago after the destruction of the missile base.

I tried finding out more about the alleged Khorramabad explosion and all I could find was a story about an October 12 explosion at an IRGC ammunitions stockpile that killed 18 Revolutionary Guards and wounded 14.

Ledeen says that according to his sources, the explosions are the handiwork of Iranian dissidents without (as far as he knows) foreign backing. They claim that the objective of the base attack was simply to kill the top missile engineer (and they succeeded), and that they did not know about the North Korean rocket fuel that set off the massive explosions. He says that the imported fuel doubles the range of the Iranian missiles. The perpetrators of the attack died in the explosion, as did 4 North Koreans. Ayatollah Khamenei has been informed that a total of 377 people died, Ledeen reports.

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Why “Stimulus” Can’t “Work” Today

We of course hear all the time that the government has to “help” the economy, or “prime the pump.”

The problem is that it’s a lie — not due to intentions, but due to what has to happen for it to work as claimed and intended.

Let’s first define “Stimulus” and “Work”:

“Stimulus”: A deficit spending bill or bills by government — intentionally borrowing money to spend it in excess of tax revenues for the purpose of attempting to foster economic growth.

“Work”: A Stimulus program can be said to have “worked” if it produces more than it costs in tax revenue. That is, it “works” if it produces economic change sufficient to fund itself over a reasonable amount of time. If it does not then the program must be deemed a failure, since it is impossible to sustain it permanently and yet the desired goal will not come to pass; at best a temporary substitution — not stimulus — can be obtained.

Let’s look at history in terms of percentage of GDP:






























Pay careful attention to this chart. Note that government tax revenues are about $2 trillion, more or less. We’ll be kind and call it $2.5 trillion (the last couple of years it has fallen short.) This means that the government taxes about 17% of GDP.

Therefore, the reciprocal of that percentage of GDP that shows up as tax revenues must be the multiplier of economic activity of the “Stimulus” in order for it to be revenue neutral!

That is, each dollar of deficit spending must produce about six dollars of new economic activity in order for the amount of tax revenue generated from that stimulus to offset the spending that took place.

This has never happened. Ever. Even the most-generous of economic estimates on stimulative spending have left the multiplier below 2.0. Yet a 2.0 multiplier would require that government tax half of GDP for it to be neutral!

This is the fundamental reason that all of the “stimulus” program attempts to lift the economy out of recession over the last 30 years instead fueled the debt bubble. The only “pump” they primed was the one marked “Leverage“!


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Iran To Afghanistan: Stop U.S. Drone Flights

Iran escalated its confrontation with the United States on Thursday over the captured American spy drone launched from Afghanistan, warning the Afghan government to halt such surveillance flights.

Any further flights would be regarded as a hostile act, the Iranian foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said in an interview with Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency.

His warning threatened to drag Afghanistan directly into the conflict for the first time.

There was no immediate response from the United States or Afghanistan to Mr. Salehi’s admonition. But Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, visiting with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Wednesday, said that surveillance flights over Iran would continue despite the loss of the drone. Mr. Karzai was more circumspect, saying Afghanistan wanted “the best of relations” with all its neighbors.

Iran has said it captured the drone — a sophisticated, batwinged RQ-170 model with radar-evading features — by way of an electronic attack on the aircraft’s navigation system as it hovered over northern Iran on Dec. 4, causing it to land without damage.

The drone was operated remotely by C.I.A. controllers in Afghanistan, in what American officials have acknowledged was part of a stepped-up effort to monitor suspected Iranian nuclear sites. The officials have said the drone was lost through an unspecified technical malfunction.

“We have called on the Afghan government to seriously pursue the case, and under no circumstances let such events happen again, as such events will be regarded as unfriendly,” Mr. Salehi said. He called the drone flight a “hostile and aggressive act.”

COLONEL SIXX: IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU CAN’T CONTROL THE PEOPLE IN YOUR COUNTRY THAT HAVE TURNED YOU INTO WHORES, WE WILL BECOME YOUR NEW PIMP!

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Nigel Farage: On The Titanic Towards Economic & Democratic Disaster

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 13 December 2011

• Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP leader, Co-President of the EFD Group in the European Parliament (Europe of Freedom and Democracy group)

• Debate: European Council and Commission statements - Conclusions of the European Council meeting of the 8-9 December 2011 - with José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy

- 'Blue Card' question: Alyn Smith MEP (Scottish National Party)
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Illuminati Signal New Mind Control Technology

The Illuminati goal is to enslave us. Mind control is their chosen method.

“The announcement, in the mainstream media, of the “precursor” form of this technology is meant to prepare the population for what is yet to come: voluntary personality alteration, via thought-inducing technology.“

A month ago Dr. Makow published a precursor to this article which made the claim that “The Illuminati have the means to introduce thoughts, to influence nighttime dreams, and to produce visual projections seemingly in real time space. They have sponsored brain-pattern science because the ability to produce a controlling mental signal is the final key to controlling humanity.”

“The operating principle of this mind-control technology is a ‘sixth sense’ — the electromagnetic brain field. The scientific assessment is that this field is responsive — therefore, control is possible.”

Recently, a Daily Mail article has appeared: “‘Downloading’ new skills into our brains like characters on The Matrix set to become a reality, say scientists”

The article states:

“Learning a martial art, how to fly a plane or how to speak a new language without even being awake is set to become a reality, say researchers. Scientists at Boston University and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, believe that in the future learning a new skill might involve nothing more than sitting in front of a computer screen and waiting for it to ‘upload’.

“They have been studying how a functional magnetic resonance machine (FMRI) can ‘induce’ knowledge in someone through their visual cortex by sending signals that change their brain activity pattern.

“This process is called Decoded Neurofeedback, or ‘DecNef’.

“No medication is needed and the subject doesn’t even have to be awake, he or she simply has their brain activity changed to a ‘target’ pattern, which could be anything from that of a star footballer to a master chess player.

“Lead author Takeo Watanabe from the University of Boston said: ‘Adult early visual areas are sufficiently plastic to cause visual perceptual learning.’

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More Bird Death: Dozens Of Dead Birds Found In Northwest New Mexico

A strange sight in Bloomfield where 40 to 50 dead birds were found along U.S. 64.

Some of the black and speckled birds were lying on their backs with their small feet sticking up in the air, and at least one was missing its head.

The Daily-Times reports about 30 dead birds were north of the highway and about 20 additional piles of flattened feathers were on the highway.

Wildlife biologist John Kendall with the Bureau of Land Management investigated the cluster.

He thinks they likely roosted in shrubs north of the highway Wednesday night and died when they flew into the side of a large truck driving the highway late Wednesday or early Thursday.

It's also unlikely the birds died from environmental causes because they were so close together when they died.

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14 Conspiracy Theories That The Media Now Admits Are Conspiracy Facts

How many times have you heard the mainstream media dismiss certain points of view as“conspiracy theories”? It seems as though one of the easiest ways to brush something off is to label it as something that only “conspiracy theorists” would believe. Well, you know what? A whole lot of the time the “conspiracy theorists” are right and the mainstream media is wrong.

In fact, we owe a great debt to “conspiracy theorists” because they will go places and investigate things that the mainstream media would never even touch. The reality is that the mainstream media only tells us what the government and the big corporations want us to hear, and much of the time it is those in the alternative media that are left with the task of trying to figure out what the real truth is. So don’t look down on conspiracy theories or conspiracy theorists. In a world where almost everything we are told is a lie, the truth can be very difficult to find.

The following are 14 conspiracy theories that the media now admits are conspiracy facts:

#1 Fukushima uninhabitable

Back in April, I published an article entitled “Much Of Northern Japan Uninhabitable Due To Nuclear Radiation?” At the time, almost everyone in the mainstream media was insisting that Fukushima was nothing like Chernobyl and that those that lived near Fukushima would be able to return to their homes fairly soon.

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Finishing the Job.

Well, it turns out that those of us that feared the worst were right after all. Just consider the following quote from the New York Times….

Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.

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First Debris from Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Reaches West Coast

PORT ANGELES — The first piece of debris that could be identified as washing up on the West Coast from the March 11 tsunami in Japan — a large black float — was found on a Neah Bay beach two weeks ago, Seattle oceanographers Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Jim Ingraham said Tuesday night.

Since then, the two researchers, known as DriftBusters Inc. — who have used flotsam to track wind and water currents in the Pacific since 1970 — have learned that the black, 55-gallon drum-sized floats also have been found on Vancouver Island.

Ebbesmeyer and Ingraham spoke to more than 100 people at Peninsula College and brought the float with them, along with examples of other items that may be showing up on beaches in the next year.

Tons of debris washed out to sea when a tsunami struck northern Japan after a massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake March 11.

About a quarter of the 100 million tons of debris from Japan is expected to make landfall on beaches from southern Alaska to California, possibly in volumes large enough to clog ports, Ebbesmeyer said.

Using models from a historic shipwreck that occurred 20 miles off Neah Bay, Ebbesmeyer and Ingraham have determined the path of debris that comes into that area off the Washington coast.

They said debris will be snagged by currents leading into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and that a large portion of it will end up on beaches from the mouth of the Elwha River to Port Townsend.

Many ocean models have shown that the massive congregation of flotsam that washed away from devastated Japanese coastal cities is in the middle of the Pacific and won’t make landfall in the U.S. for another year or two.

Most of it is exactly where those models predicted, but those models don’t take into account wind and flotsam with large areas exposed to the wind, said Ebbesmeyer, who became famous for his and Ingraham’s ocean research into currents after large spills of Nike shoes and bath toys from container ships in the 1990s.
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Six Waltons (Wal-Mart) Have More Wealth Than the Bottom 30% of Americans

Different people will take this different ways, but Jeffrey Goldberg tells us that six members of the Walton family (the original owners of WalMart) have more wealth than the bottom 30 % of Americans. Here’s where he says it:


In 2007, according to the labor economist Sylvia Allegretto, the six Walton family members on the Forbes 400 had a net worth equal to the bottom 30 percent of all Americans.

And given that he quotes us here at Forbes on the point, he’s almost certainly right.

The question is, what are we to make of this point? I think we all know what Mr. Goldberg wants us to make of it, it’s a telling indictment of American wealth inequality, the world’s going to the dogs and something must be done about rising inequality.

The Waltons are now collectively worth about $93 billion, according to Forbes.

Well, yes, but. Total US household wealth is in the $50 trillion (yes, trillion) to $70 trillion range. The range is depending on whether you want to take before the housing crash or in the middle of it. So the statement is that these Waltons have, between the family, 0.13% of US wealth. Which, for the people who inherited the world’s largest (well, certainly the country’s) and most successful retailer doesn’t sound like a particularly terrible concentration of wealth. It’s certainly less than John D Rockefeller had all by his lonesome when he was in his pomp.

But I think it’s possible that the comment is more revealing about Mr. Goldberg really, for as Felix Salmon points out, Mr. Goldberg himself has more wealth than the bottom 25% of Americans.


This sounds outrageous, until you stop for a second and take note of the fact that Jeffrey Goldberg, individually, has a net worth greater than the bottom 25% of all Americans.

In fact, given that I have equity in my home and no other debt than mortgage, I have, as is highly likely do all readers of these pages, more wealth than the bottom 25% of Americans added together. For as Felix points us to:


In 2009, roughly 1 in 4 (24.8%) of American households had zero or negative net worth, up from 18.6% in 2007, and 37.1% of households had net worth of less than $12,000, up from 30.0% in 2007.


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Iraq War "Ends" With A $4 Trillion IOU

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The nine-year-old Iraq war came to an official end on Thursday, but paying for it will continue for decades until U.S. taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $4 trillion.

Over a 50-year period, that comes to $80 billion annually.
Ceremony marks end of Iraq war

The flag is lowered Thursday in Baghdad at a ceremony to mark the closure of U.S. military headquarters and the end of the war in Iraq.

Although that only represents about 1% of nation’s gross domestic product, it’s more than half of the national budget deficit. It’s also roughly equal to what the U.S. spends on the Department of Justice, Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency combined each year.

Near the start of the war, the U.S. Defense Department estimated it would cost $50 billion to $80 billion. White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey was dismissed in 2002 after suggesting the price of invading and occupying Iraq could reach $200 billion.

“The direct costs for the war were about $800 billion, but the indirect costs, the costs you can’t easily see, that payoff will outlast you and me,” said Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at American Progress, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and a former assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan.

Those costs include interest payments on the billions borrowed to fund the war; the cost of maintaining military bases in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain to defend Iraq or reoccupy the country if the Baghdad government unravels; and the expense of using private security contractors to protect U.S. property in the country and to train Iraqi forces.

Caring for veterans, more than 2 million of them, could alone reach $1 trillion, according to Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in Congressional testimony in July.

Other experts said that was too conservative and anticipate twice that amount. The advance in medical technology has helped more soldiers survive battlefield injuries, but followup care can often last a lifetime and be costly.

More than 32,000 soldiers were wounded in Iraq, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Add in Afghanistan and that number jumps to 47,000.

Altogether, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost the U.S. between $4 trillion and $6 trillion, more than half of which would be due to the fighting in Iraq, said Neta Crawford, a political science professor at Brown University.

Her numbers, which are backed by similar studies at Columbia and Harvard universities, estimate the U.S. has already spent $2 trillion on the wars after including debt interest and the higher cost of veterans’ disabilities.

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Obama Raises The Military Stakes: Confrontation On The Borders With China And Russia

Introduction

After suffering major military and political defeats in bloody ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, failing to buttress long-standing clients in Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia and witnessing the disintegration of puppet regimes in Somalia and South Sudan, the Obama regime has learned nothing: Instead he has turned toward greater military confrontation with global powers, namely Russia and China. Obama has adopted a provocative offensive military strategy right on the frontiers of both China and Russia .

After going from defeat to defeat on the periphery of world power and not satisfied with running treasury-busting deficits in pursuit of empire building against economically weak countries, Obama has embraced a policy of encirclement and provocations against China, the world’s second largest economy and the US’s most important creditor, and Russia, the European Union’s principle oil and gas provider and the world’s second most powerful nuclear weapons power.

This paper addresses the Obama regime’s highly irrational and world-threatening escalation of imperial militarism. We examine the global military, economic and domestic political context that gives rise to these policies. We then examine the multiple points of conflict and intervention in which Washington is engaged, from Pakistan , Iran , Libya , Venezuela , Cuba and beyond. We will then analyze the rationale for military escalation against Russia and China as part of a new offensive moving beyond the Arab world ( Syria , Libya ) and in the face of the declining economic position of the EU and the US in the global economy. We will then outline the strategies of a declining empire, nurtured on perpetual wars, facing global economic decline, domestic discredit and a working population reeling from the long-term, large-scale dismantling of its basic social programs.

The Turn from Militarism in the Periphery to Global Military Confrontation

November 2011 is a moment of great historical import: Obama declared two major policy positions, both having tremendous strategic consequences affecting competing world powers.

Obama pronounced a policy of military encirclement of China based on stationing a maritime and aerial armada facing the Chinese coast – an overt policy designed to weaken and disrupt China ’s access to raw materials and commercial and financial ties in Asia . Obama’s declaration that Asia is the priority region for US military expansion, base-building and economic alliances was directed against China , challenging Beijing in its own backyard. Obama’s iron fist policy statement, addressed to the Australian Parliament, was crystal clear in defining US imperial goals.

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WW3: Turkish Military On War Preparedness After Syrian Scud Ds Moved To Border

War tensions around Syria rose alarmingly Thursday night, Dec. 15, when Turkey's top military council convened "to review the armed forces' preparedness for war" in response to the deployment of Syrian missiles, some tipped with chemical warheads, on their common border. debkafile's military sources report the meeting was led by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

The Assad government also rushed armored units in two directions - to the Turkish frontier and also to the Jordanian border opposite the US special operations units from Iraq newly deployed to defend Jordan against a Syrian attack, as debkafile reported on Dec. 13
Our sources report that 21 Syrian missile launchers, five of them Scud D with chemical warheads, are deployed in northern Syria opposite the Turkish Hatai (Alexandretta) district. They were moved up in broad daylight to make sure Western spy satellites and Turkish intelligence surveillance saw them. More are on the way.

In Israel, the IDF announced it was reconstituting the special command for operations behind enemy lines under the command of Brig. Gen. Shay Avital.

Before the military council convened in Ankara, Turkey placed its border contingents, air force and navy on war preparedness.

The official statement said the high military council had "assessed Turkish army needs and necessary steps to address these requirements…"

The Turkish press repeated a statement by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in an interview two weeks ago that Turkey does not want to consider a military option for intervention in neighboring Syria as Damascus cracks down on popular protest, but it is ready for any scenario.

The Turkish army has prepared operational plans for seizing parts of northern Syria if the situation there continues to deteriorate. Those plans would essentially carve Syria into two entities, with the Turkish army holding the north and protecting opposition and civilian populations, while the Syrian army and Assad loyalists would remain in control of the central and southern regions.


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Congress Approval Ratings At Record Lows

Once again Congress threatens the US with a government shutdown. A spending bill has Congress divided, and if an agreement isn't made by Friday Americans will see an increase in their taxes and a partial shutdown will ensue. So is this why Republicans' and Democrats' approval ratings are so low? Nomi Prins, author of Black Tuesday, joins us to help answer these questions.

How Iran Hacked Super-Secret CIA Stealth Drone

More damage is being dished out to the US intelligence community as sources in Iran admit to hacking the CIA’s lost drone and bringing it down with not much more than computer navigating know-how.

Engineers with the Iranian military are admitting to the Christian Science Monitor that the dramatic disappearance of a multi-million dollar stealth drone aircraft suffered by the United States two weeks ago was indeed a result of their own doing, claiming now that they managed to hijack the system inside the craft with ease and bring it to a safe landing without incident.

The United States originally denied they lost a drone over Iran before changing their story and insisting that they lost contact with the craft during a surveillance mission over neighboring Afghanistan. Iranian officials quickly corrected Americans by displaying footage of the spy-plane and revealing that it was apprehended over 100 miles from the country’s border with Afghanistan.

RT has reported throughout the ordeal that the downing of the drone could have resulted from a budding cyber war between American and Iranian intelligence. Now officials overseas are insisting that they did indeed hack the craft to quietly bring it down.

Speaking to the CSM, an engineer responsible for the interception speaking on condition of anonymity says that technicians managed to hack into the craft’s GPS navigation, which the official describes as “weak.”

"By putting noise [jamming] on the communications, you force the bird into autopilot. This is where the bird loses its brain,” says the source.

Less than two weeks after the RQ-170 Sentinel was lost over Iran, US officials cited a system malfunction as the culprit in another drone that crashed over the Indian Ocean on Tuesday this week.

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U.S. To Leave Iraqi Airspace Clear For Strategic Israeli Route To Iran

The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a lot easier.

Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said the Iraqi military will maintain radars to monitor the country’s airspace, but it has not taken possession of American F-16s to guard that space.

“The country has a capable and improving capability to see the airspace, a viable system to provide command and control, but no system to defeat incoming air threats until it gets either the F-16s or ground-based systems or, optimally, some of both,” Gen. Buchanan told The Washington Times.

Iraq made the first payment in September for 18 F-16s that will not arrive until next fall at the earliest. This means Israel would have a theoretical window of about 12 months if it wants to fly over Iraq unimpeded by the Iraqi air force.

Retired Air ForceGen. Thomas McInerney, who advocates a U.S. strategic bombing raid to destroy Iran’s nuclear sites, agreed that Iraq’s open airspace would make it easier for an Israeli mission.

“Yes, it will be,” he said. “However, it will be much easier for Iranian forces to get to Israel through Iraq via land and air.”

Gen. McInerney said he thinks there is a good chance that Iran, stretched economically by Western sanctions and fearing threats from Israel, will launch a war against the Jewish state through Iraq.


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Pentagon Declares End To An Iraq War Of Mixed Results

BAGHDAD -- Almost nine years after the first U.S. tanks began massing on the Iraq border, the Pentagon declared an official end to its mission here, closing a troubled conflict that helped reshape U.S. politics and left a bitter legacy of anti-U.S. sentiment across the Muslim world.

As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta marked the occasion with a speech in a fortified concrete courtyard at the Baghdad airport, helicopters hovered above, underscoring the challenges facing a country where insurgents continue to attack U.S. soldiers and where militants with al-Qaida still regularly carry out devastating attacks against civilians.

"Let me be clear: Iraq will be tested in the days ahead -- by terrorism, and by those who would seek to divide, by economic and social issues, by the demands of democracy itself," Panetta said. "Challenges remain, but the U.S. will be there to stand by the Iraqi people as they navigate those challenges to build a stronger and more prosperous nation."

Those words sounded an uncertain trumpet for a war that was begun in 2003 to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction that proved illusory. The conflict was also cast as an effort to bring democracy to the Middle East -- another pretext that rang hollow during Iraq's worst sectarian bloodletting, and that hampered Washington's efforts in the past year to support the peaceful protesters of the Arab Spring.

The U.S. withdrawal opens a new chapter for Iraq, a nation forged less than a century ago by British colonialists and tortured ever since by rebellions, wars and brutal dictatorship. Long a borderland between Persian and Arab empires, the country still struggles to balance the ambitions of Iran, the powerful theocratic neighbor whose nuclear program has become a profound concern to the United States and its allies.

For Americans, the ceremony Thursday marked an uneasy moment of closure, with no clear sense of what has been won and lost. As of Dec. 9, the war had claimed 4,487 U.S. lives, with 32,226 more Americans wounded in action, according to Pentagon statistics.

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Gaddafi's Death May Be War Crime: ICC Prosecutor

The death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed by rebels in October, may have been a war crime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday.

"I think the way in which Mr Gaddafi was killed creates suspicions of ... war crimes," ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters.

"I think that's a very important issue," he said. "We are raising this concern to the national authorities and they are preparing a plan to have a comprehensive strategy to investigate all these crimes."

Under pressure from Western allies, Libya's National Transitional Council has promised to investigate how Gaddafi and his son Mo'tassim were killed.

Mobile phone footage showed both alive after their capture. The former Libyan leader was seen being mocked, beaten and abused before he died, in what NTC officials said was crossfire.

The U.N. Security Council referred Gaddafi's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators to the ICC in February and authorized military intervention to protect civilians in March. The ICC indicted Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the former intelligence chief for war crimes.

Saif al-Islam is now in the custody of the Libyan authorities who have said they plan to try in him in Libya instead of handing him over to The Hague-based ICC. Moreno-Ocampo has said this was possible.

Moreno-Ocampo has also said he was investigating allegations that the anti-Gaddafi forces and NATO were also guilty of war crimes during the civil war.

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Trade Wars: China Hits U.S. Automakers With Anti-Dumping Duties‎

China will impose punitive duties of up to 22 per cent on large cars and SUVs exported from the United States, China's Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of trade disputes between the world's two largest economies.

The new duties take aim at vehicle exports valued near $3 billion and models that include the Cadillac SRX made by General Motors Co., the Jeep Grand Cherokee from Chrysler Group and BMW's X3, all of which China said were being dumped on its market and causing "substantial damage" to its domestic industry.

China's actions come at an awkward time in its relations with the United States, with the Asian superpower's currency and trade policies becoming a focus of criticism for U.S. presidential candidates, and as its growing diplomatic and military influence raises concern in the region and beyond.

The new anti-subsidy and antidumping duties, which take effect Thursday, also come at a time when growth in China's auto market, now the world's largest, is stalling.

Existing duties on vehicle imports to China already add 25 per cent to prices.

The new China tariffs range from a two-per-cent levy on BMW X3 models to almost 22 per cent on GM vehicles and 15 per cent for Chrysler. Ford Motor Co. does not export U.S.-built vehicles to China.

"Clearly, the intention was to inflict pain on the Americans above all," said Georges Dieng, a Parisbased analyst with Natixis Securities.

U.S. trade officials said they would discuss a response to China's action with "stakeholders and Congress."

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Putin Says US Special Forces Were Involved In Gadhafi Killing

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the US special forces of being involved in the killing of deposed Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

"Who did this?" Putin said in his annual televised phone-in with Russians.

"Drones, including American ones. They attacked his column. Then using the radio -- through the special forces, who should not have been there -- they brought in the so-called opposition and fighters, and killed him without court or investigation."

Russia had initially allowed NATO's air campaign in Libya to go ahead by abstaining in a UN Security Council vote. But it then vehemently criticised the campaign which Putin at one stage compared to a "crusade".

His comments mark the first time that Russia has implicated the US administration in Kadhafi death.

Putin also lashed out at US Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate and frequent Putin critic who warned in a message on Twitter this month that an "Arab Spring" may soon be coming to Russia.

"I know Mr McCain," said Putin, adding that he would prefer not to refer to him as a "friend".

"This was not addressed in my direction. This was said about Russia. Some people want to move Russia aside somewhere in a corner, so it does not intervene -- so that it does not intervene in the ruling of the world," said Putin.

"They still fear our nuclear capabilities," he said in reference to the West.

"That is why we are such an irritant. We have our own opinion and are conducting our own independent foreign policy ... And it clearly bothers someone."

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US Calls Syrian Leader A 'Dead Man Walking'

The Obama administration is predicting the downfall of Syrian President Bashar Assad with a senior official likening his authoritarian regime to a "dead man walking" over its brutal crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators and increasing international isolation.

The State Department official, Frederic Hof, told Congress on Wednesday that Assad's repression may allow him to hang on to power but only for a short time. And, he urged the Syrian opposition to prepare for the day when it takes control of the state in order to prevent chaos and sectarian conflict.

"Our view is that this regime is the equivalent of dead man walking," said Hof, the State Department's pointman on Syria, which he said was turning into "Pyongyang in the Levant," a reference to the North Korean capital. He said it was difficult to determine how much time Assad has left in power but stressed "I do not see this regime surviving."

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Hof's comments came as violence across Syria killed at least 25 people on Wednesday, including eight soldiers who were gunned down by army defectors in a retaliatory ambush after government troops destroyed a civilian car, according to activists. It was the second day in a row that an attack by Assad's forces on civilians seemed to provoke a revenge strike from anti-regime fighters and a new sign that the once-peaceful protest movement is growing into an insurgency.

In an apparent bid to promote defections, Hof warned Syrian troops and Assad's top aides that Assad may be setting them up for possible war crimes or criminal charges by claiming in an interview with ABC News last week that the army was not his to command.

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Americans Warned Face Guantánamo Detention After Obama Climbsdown

Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of "a war that appears to have no end".

The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that funds the US military, effectively extends the battlefield in the "war on terror" to the US and applies the established principle that combatants in any war are subject to military detention.

The legislation's supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice, such as the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists at Guantánamo Bay. But the law's critics describe it as a draconian piece of legislation that extends the reach of detention without trial to include US citizens arrested in their own country.

"It's something so radical that it would have been considered crazy had it been pushed by the Bush administration," said Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch. "It establishes precisely the kind of system that the United States has consistently urged other countries not to adopt. At a time when the United States is urging Egypt, for example, to scrap its emergency law and military courts, this is not consistent."

There was heated debate in both houses of Congress on the legislation, requiring that suspects with links to Islamist foreign terrorist organisations arrested in the US, who were previously held by the FBI or other civilian law enforcement agencies, now be handed to the military and held indefinitely without trial.

The law applies to anyone "who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaida, the Taliban or associated forces".

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