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Does Any US Legislator Have the Guts to Reveal the Contents of TTP and Risk Getting Arrested?

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When puppets dance on the end of a string, they need to exhibit a pretense of freedom once in a while, to keep the customers interested. It’s part of the show. It’s part of the con.

The Congress has now granted Obama “fast-track authority.” What does this actually mean?

It means that, when the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Treaty comes up for consideration soon, this gargantuan Globalist takeover of 12 national governments cannot be amended. It cannot be filibustered. From the time the TPP is introduced, no more than 90 days can elapse before the House and Senate cast their yes or no votes.

Most people concede that the passage of fast-track ensures the passage of the TPP, but of course this isn’t so.

Nothing would prevent the Congress from voting the TPP down, especially and because the contents of the Treaty are secret. The public isn’t informed of the details.

Any US legislator with a trace of courage would do just that—vote it down.

The legislators themselves have been allowed to enter a sealed room and read some of the content. But there is no guarantee that what they’re reading is in the final draft of the Treaty.

The legislators may takes notes in the sealed room, but they can’t keep their notes. They can’t make copies. They can’t discuss what they’ve read with the press or the public.

Again, on that basis alone, any legislator with a shred of honor would vote no on the Treaty.

And no on secrecy.

If a member of Congress did break omertà and reveal to the public what he read in the sealed room, he would be violating Executive Branch regulations on classified data (“national security”), and he could be arrested.

Well, that is exactly what a Senator or Representative who, with courage and honor, opposes the TPP, should welcome. An arrest? He should celebrate it.

First of all, no sitting legislator is going to receive a stiff prison sentence for violating secrecy in this instance.

Second, by being arrested, he would become a popular hero overnight and force the issue of secrecy into the global spotlight.

Third, the whole idea of the Executive Branch forcing legislators to maintain secrecy on a trade treaty is egregiously illegal—and the arrest of an honorable legislator would set up a potential Constitutional crisis. Which is exactly what this country needs.

What crisis? Ever heard of the Separation of Powers? The Constitution was established to create three branches of government—Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary. The powers of each serve as a check and balance on the others, to prevent the federal government from becoming…exactly what it is today: a bloated, fungal, expanding force dominating the states and the people.

The Executive Branch telling the Legislative Branch it can’t disclose the contents of a trade treaty to the press and public is a draconian overstep of its power and a clear violation of separation of powers.

The fact that not one of these Senators or Representatives has revealed all he knows about the TPP, in order to correct this fundamental violation (and gotten arrested), is an absolute signal that they’re all faking it.

Faking it. In broad daylight.

A few legislators have alluded to what they’ve read in the sealed room—small pieces of it. But that’s it. That’s the extent of their “outrage.”

The rest is all bullshit of the highest order.

The debate over the TPP, the opposition, the objections—all bullshit.

Those Senators and Representatives who will eventually vote no on the TPP know very well that the majority will vote yes. So their no votes won’t mean a thing, except for gaining a bit of publicity and perhaps currying a bit of favor with their constituency back home.

The Executive Branch, under Obama, is actually providing an ideal opportunity for any honorable legislator. By classifying the TPP as “secret,” a Senator or Representative can get himself arrested and “jump the fence.” He can cause a massive uproar.

He can also force his colleagues in the House and Senate to rally to his defense—or expose themselves as corrupt disloyal cowards.

It’s a perfect situation for any legislator with courage.

But there are no takers.

They’re all fakers. Including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Rand Paul.

These three know their opposition to the TPP doesn’t mean a thing. They know they could go further and spill all the secrets they know, at a press conference, and state in no uncertain terms that they dare the President to have them arrested.

But they won’t do it.

They’re part of what amounts to an unconstitutional “federal collective,” a club of little insiders, and they won’t break those chains.

Even when doing so would catapult themselves into the stratosphere as heroes.

Can you imagine it? Every day one of them spends in jail, his/her staff would be issuing statements to the press demanding the restoration of separation of powers.

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*Originally entitled: “Challenge: What US federal legislator will dare to get arrested over the TPP?”

 

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.




Where Have All the False Flag Crisis Actors Gone?

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Crisisactors.org, the website established to represent the collaboration between the Visionbox professional actors studio and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute has been dormant since August 2014. This is according to information obtained from Internet Archive on June 15, 2015.

On July 29, 2014 a notice retrieved from Internet Archive for crisisactors.org announces:

Maintenance

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Crisis Actors is currently undergoing maintenance.

On August 5, 2014 a moderately revised statement announces:

Sorry! We’re under maintenance. We are making some updates to the site. We’ll be back soon, thanks for your patience [sic].

Less than one month later, on August 26, 2014 a static page is prompted via the url that has remained through June 19, 2015.

404: Not Found. Please double check the address you’ve just entered. If you entered “www.example.com/networkname.com”, try “networkname.com instead.”

It is clear from the continuum of these announcements and their identical features that the most recent notification is an attempt to convince the casual browser that the site never existed, when in fact it appears it is being retained for possible future use.

One may recall that in late 2012 the use of professional actors for a variety of roles in “live shooter drills” was becoming common practice. Indeed, as the Sandy Hook massacre event was dominating the news cycle crisisactors.org even maintained a department of “Crisis Actors News”–hyperlinked headlines of stories on active shooter drills where its stable of actors are presumably engaged.

Weber Co. Sheriff’s Office conducts active shooter drill – Fox 13 Now – Salt Lake City

Henn. County deputies train for active shooter incident – KARE

San Bernardino County Sheriff Department staged a series of active shooter on … – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

MSA Security: Active Shooter Response Training Could Help Schools – GroundReport

Roanoke County Police hold active shooter drill – WDBJ7

Roanoke County police train for active shooter emergency – WSLS

VIDEO: Airport Police Conduct ‘Active Shooter’ Training in Light of Sandy Hook … -Pacific News Center

Mobile Simulators Provide ‘Active Shooter’ Training To Ohio Officers – 10TV

Active Shooter Drill Taking Place at CSUN – KTLA

Sheriff-elect: Crews trained, ready for active shooter situations – KTIV

It’s only a drill: Police conducting “active shooter” training on UGA campus – Online Athens

Police conduct active shooter drill in area school – Q13 FOX

Sandy Hook: Ithaca Police Finish ‘Active Shooter’ Training on Day of Conn … – The Ithaca Independent

UA teachers receive training to take on active shooter – Akron Beacon Journal

Police Officers Get “Active Shooter” Training – fox4kc.com

Special training helps prepare for active shooter; ALICE techniques being … – 10News

Tucson Police conducts active shooter drill – KVOA Tucson News

Active shooter drill spooks students, teachers – FOX 4 News

ALiCE training offers active shooter prep for schools – Bellefontaine Examiner

Program takes notes from tragedies in active shooter training – KHOU

In the months leading up to the Sandy Hook school massacre “live shooter drills” using “crisis actors,” sometimes to the alarm of unwitting bystanders, was becoming increasingly commonplace. Image credit: crisis actors.org

Vistionbox likewise carried a description of the Crisis Actors project on its website as late as December 26, 2012:

 

Crisis Actors is a professional group of actors trained at Visionbox to develop and portray characters in emergency training scenarios. The intensity at which they work recreates real life pressures that first responders going through the training must cope with.

Crisis Actors, at this time, consists of two teams.

The first team is the same group that makes up our professional acting ensemble and is the initial group to work on this project. Our actors with the guidance of filmmaker John Simmons, school safety expert Steve Hoban, and Executive Artistic Director Jennifer McCray Rincon, have developed scenarios aimed at training first responders (teachers, administrators, custodians, etc) how to effectively manage an emergency with quick and powerful decisions. This special group has sessions with police officers, 911 operators, school administrators, mall security, radio experts, and school safety training professionals. There is an endless amount of scenarios this group can tackle, which range anywhere from weather issues, to a missing child, to an unknown intruder.

The second team is a group of highly talented actors that have been working on their acting craft by training with Master Acting Teacher Jennifer McCray Rincon on classic material written by Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, Brecht, and other influential playwrights. Eventually, the second team will go through the same training the first team went through. This intense work will eventually be applied to portraying characters in a Crisis Actor training scenario.

For more information please visit the Crisis Actors website, call us at 720.810.1641720.810.1641, or email us at info@visionbox.org

By January 16, 2013 as the Visionbox and Crisis Actors websites were besieged with hits following Anderson Cooper’s reportage (below) and attendant mainstream media coverage the above post had been deleted.

Along these lines, on October 31, 2012, “Visionbox Crisis Actors” issued a press release announcing their services, “Active Shooter Crisis Actors Target Mall Shootings via Visionbox.” This article clearly references the actors’ coordination with law enforcement.

The actors regularly rehearse scenarios involving the Incident Command System and crisis communications, and appear in interactive training films produced in both 2D and stereoscopic 3D.

The press release is reproduced in its entirety below as preserved at Fellowship of the Minds.

Active Shooter Crisis Actors Target Mall Shootings via Visionbox

DENVER, CO, October 31, 2012 — A new group of actors is now available nationwide for active shooter drills and mall shooting full-scale exercises, announced Visionbox, Denver’s leading professional actors studio.

Visionbox Crisis Actors are trained in criminal and victim behavior, and bring intense realism to simulated mass casualty incidents in public places.

The actors’ stage acting experience, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary American theater, enables them to “stay in character” throughout an exercise, and improvise scenes of extreme stress while strictly following official exercise scenarios.

The actors regularly rehearse scenarios involving the Incident Command System and crisis communications, and appear in interactive training films produced in both 2D and stereoscopic 3D.

Producers Jennifer McCray Rincon and John Simmons formed the group to demonstrate emerging security technologies, help first responders visualize life-saving procedures, and assist trainers in delivering superior hands-on crisis response training.

For example, with a large shopping center, the producers review all security camera views and design dramatic scenes specifically for existing camera angles, robotic camera sweeps, and manually-controlled camera moves.

The producers then work with the trainers to create a “prompt book” for the actors so that key scenario developments can be triggered throughout the mall shooting simulation, and caught on tape.

The actors can play the part of the shooters, mall employees, shoppers in the mall, shoppers who continue to arrive at the mall, media reporters and others rushing to the mall, and persons in motor vehicles around the mall.

Visionbox Crisis Actors can also play the role of citizens calling 911 or mall management, or posting comments on social media websites.

During the exercise, the producers use two-way radio to co-direct the Crisis Actors team from the mall dispatch center and at actors’ locations.

Within this framework, the exercise can test the mall’s monitoring and communications systems, the mall’s safety plan including lockdown and evacuation procedures, the ability of first responders and the mall to coordinate an effective response, and their joint ability to respond to the media and information posted on the Internet.

Security camera footage is edited for after-action reports and future training.

For more information visit www.Visionbox.org and www.CrisisActors.org.

Visionbox is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. Crisis Actors is a project of the Colorado Safety Task Force established by Colorado State Senator Steve King.

Contact:
Nathan Bock
Amanda Brown
info@visionbox.org

Yet there may be much more to the Visionbox Crisis Actors project reverberating through the flurry of alleged shooting incidents taking place since the early 2010s. For example, Visionbox is proficient in using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to “broadcast” a catastrophic event to both participant “actors” and the public at large. In addition, the theatric entourage/ is also knowledgeable at “crowdsourcing,”or monitoring how an event is relayed and interpreted through the body politic via Facebook, Twitter, and so on.

In December 2012 Visionbox Crisis Actors produced a detailed 73-page syllabus, “Social Media in Emergency Management,” an instructional class foregrounding the central role of social media to coordinate and convey a catastrophic event. The course objectives include:

-Explain why social media is important for emergency management.

-Describe the major functions and features of common social media sites currently used in emergency management.

-Describe the opportunities and challenges of using social media applications during the five phases of emergency management.

-Describe better practices for using social media applications during the five phases of emergency management.

-Describe the process for building social media capabilities and to sustain the use of social media in emergency management organizations (state, local, tribal, territorial).

-Explain why using social media is important to emergency management.

-Identify the changes in media and public information.

-Explain the communication opportunities available to emergency managers through social media.

-Describe several examples of using social media in a variety of emergency management functions in different types of disasters.

-Identify the challenges of using social media and explore ways that these might be addressed.

As Sofia Smallstorm has suggested through her meticulous research, the Sandy Hook massacre was in fact mediated to a significant degree via social media. Earlier intimations by this author and other independent researchers–that “crisis actors” might have been present in the most significant “live shooter event” in the US to date–left Vistionbox Crisis Actors and their defenders, such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper, bristling with indignation.

“We are outraged by … James Tracy’s deliberate promotion of rumor and innuendo to link Crisis Actors to the Sandy Hook shootings of December 14, 2012,” the crisisactors.org site fumed just two days before Cooper’s famous January 11, 2013 broadcast calling out the “conspiracy theory professor.”

We do not engage our actors in any real world crisis events, and none of our performances may be presented at any time as a real-world event. James Tracy’s so-called research is copied almost verbatim from a tightly-connected group of hate blogs and YouTube channels that use only one another as sources. From the thousands of comments of these sites’ devoted followers, one thing is clear: They are nothing but thrill-seekers using any pretext to vent their irrational hate against the Sandy Hook community and a nation of mourners.

Yet these very researchers may have identified several Visionbox actors who closely resembled supposed emergency responders and family members on the scene in Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012 and thereafter, some of whom made themselves readily available for press interviews. This was detailed in a MHB post appearing in April 2013, “Crisis Actors at Sandy Hook?”

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Originally entitled: “Where Have All The Crisis Actors Gone?”

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.

 




Jeb Bush & His Candidacy Could Be Sunk by Classified 9/11 Secrets

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As Jeb Bush geared up to announce his candidacy for President, rival Rand Paul fired a pre-emptive shot across Jeb’s bow: Senate Bill 1471, a companion to HR 14 declassifying the still-secret 28 pages of the 2002 Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11.

According to former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) and other informed sources, those pages show that the alleged 9/11 hijackers were funded by the Saudi government through its US embassy – which was headed by a Bush Crime Family “made man,” Prince Bandar, affectionately known as “Bandar Bush.”

Conclusion: the Bush Crime Family was running “9/11 hijackers.”

So Rep. Steve Stockman hit the nail on the head:

“If it (the 28 pages) came out it would be devastating to some Republicans who are thinking about running for president. I think that’s one reason there’s been a drive not release it, ” Rep. Steve Stockman,  R-Texas,  told WND.

In the wake of Rand Paul’s move to declassify the 28 pages, Jeb Bush has announced that he will run for president as an “outsider”:

Jeb Bush Says He Will Run as a Political Outsider

As VT editor Jim Dean always says, you can’t make this stuff up.

How does Jeb think he’s going to sell us on his “outsider” credentials?

“Hi, I’m Jeb Bush …  but not THAT one. I’m a completely different Jeb Bush, one you’ve never heard of before – an outsider. While the other Jeb Bush was serving as Governor of Florida and heir apparent to the CIA drug smuggling and money laundering operation at the apex of the Deep State that rules America and much of the world from behind the scenes, and participating in the greatest crime and coverup in American history, I was an unknown, a mere homeless man, coincidentally bearing the same name, sleeping in the bushes outside the Governor’s Mansion.”

I guess if they could sell us the official story of 9/11, they figure we’ll believe anything.

Maybe Jeb will say he was an “outsider” on 9/11. “Dad and W did it, not me! I hardly even knew Bandar!”

Nice try, Jeb. But we have evidence that Jeb was involved in the fake Florida “flight schools” that pretended to train the “hijackers” while actually serving as CIA drug import airstrips. As veteran journalist Daniel Hopsicker reveals in Welcome to Terrorland, the biggest smack bust in south Florida history happened at the same airstrip where Hebrew-speaking “Mohamed Atta” was pretending to learn to fly. When the DEA realized they had accidentally busted the CIA, they returned the plane to its owner and dropped all charges.

Hopsicker also details how Jeb Bush personally led the coverup that destroyed all records of those CIA drug import airstrips disguised as “flight schools” – and even stole police files on the Bush Crime Family mobsters who ran them. Florida law enforcement officer Sgt. Marty Treanor told Hopsicker:

The FBI took all our files, everything. They loaded the files right outside this window into two Ryder trucks, then drove them right onto a C-130 military cargo plane at the Sarasota airport, which took off for Washington with Jeb Bush aboard. (31)

Hopsicker remarks: “We will come back to the question of the Governor of Florida’s national security responsibilities. The important point was that taking files was a lot different than copying them. The FBI wasn’t taking any chances.”

Jeb Bush and the FBI stole not just the police files, but all of the records associated with the two “Flight Schools” a.k.a. CIA drug smuggling stations run by suspected CIA-linked narcotics mobsters Rudi Dekkers and Wally Hilliard. Hopsicker writes:

Records from the flight school (sic) were deemed sensitive enough to have merited being escorted back to Washington by Florida Governor Jeb Bush aboard a C-130 cargo plane which left Sarasota less than 24 hours after the September 11 attack. (185)

Jeb Bush was apparently very close to heroin smuggler Wally Hillard, owner of the “flight school” that pretended to train the “9/11 hijackers” including Hebrew-speaking “Mohamed Atta.” Even after being nailed for smuggling 43 pounds of heroin aboard his twin-engine King Air, Hillard was openly backed by Jeb Bush in his new drug smuggling venture, a fake (CIA drug smuggling) “airline” called Discover Air. Bush even publicly toured Discover Air’s facilities and praised its narcotics-drenched management. (Hopsicker, 328)

Alongside narcotics smuggling and murdering almost 3000 people in the worst crime ever committed on American soil, Jeb Bush is also a prime suspect in the election fraud that delivered the presidency to his brother W in 2000 and set the stage for 9/11.

The latest revelation:

Jeb Bush owns his own email server – MSNBC

“Asked who controls the server that operates that email address, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell responded: “He owns it.” The server was housed in a state-owned office building during the years that Bush served as governor, from 1999 until early 2007. Using a personal email address and running the address on a personally owned server can help protect emails from subpoenas and other legal actions.”

So when Jeb was directing the election fraud effort that handed the presidency to his brother, and then helping perpetrate and later covering up 9/11, he was minimizing his exposure by doing business on a personal email/server.

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*Originally entitled: “9/11, 28 pages cast shadows on Jeb2016 candidacy”

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.




TPP: Obama’s Asian Trade Deal Sells Out American Workers

By  Peter Morici |* Newsmax

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Editor’s Note: The economist & business professor who penned the article below is one more authoritative voice against the TPP; even Donald Trump is against it. President Obama contends that this trade agreement proposal will be good for business. So, why are more and more businesses, business people & now this economist coming out against it? And why did The Guardian  recently report that $17,676.48  had to be given, on average, to each U.S. Senator to get them to vote for fast track.

With Fast Track possibly being voted on as early as today in the U.S. House of Representatives, money is no doubt being waved under their noses, too. Please do something today to outweigh the influence of those dollars by lending your voice to the Fast Track opposition today. Send a message to your congressperson at https://action.sumofus.org/a/house-tpp-fast-track/4/2/?sub=dp or call the U.S. Capitol’s switchboard at 1-202-224-3121, to let them know how you feel about this issue. Some experts are telling us that the surest way to stop the TPP is to stop the Fast Track Bill, itself. Fast Track, according to Congressman Alan Grayson, would only give each of our congresspeople & senators 88 seconds a piece to speak on the floor about it & then they would have to vote yea or nay to it. 

Congress should not grant President Barack Obama authority to conclude another free trade agreement in Asia, because it would lower American wages and exacerbate income inequality.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would eliminate tariffs and lower other regulatory barriers to trade and investment among the United States, South Korea, Japan and nine other Pacific Rim nations.

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If successful, China, India and several other nations could seek membership. Hence, the TPP has the potential to redefine the rules for international commerce in the most rapidly growing region of the international economy, but President Obama has given ordinary workers good reason to believe he is not looking out for them.

Free trade deals can permit Americans to earn higher wages by exporting more goods and services that require highly skilled workers and R&D — like pharmaceuticals and software.

Even workers displaced by imports could find better jobs if exports grew as much as imports and instigated faster growth with more emphasis on spending for skills-focused education.

In March 2012, President Obama inaugurated a free trade pact with South Korea and in many ways, it provides a template for what we may expect from a broader TPP.

Imports from South Korea are up 3.6 billion, U.S. exports are down marginally and the U.S. trade deficit with the Asian nation has swelled to 5 billion. That free trade deal alone has killed about 25,000 American jobs — mostly in high paying manufacturing activities — and added to downward pressures on wages and worsened income inequality.

President Clinton negotiated a complex bilateral deal to permit China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, but American companies like GM, GE and Microsoft still must manufacture, form joint-ventures with local companies and undertake product development in the Middle Kingdom, and American intellectual property still gets ripped off.

Campaigning in 2008, candidate Obama promised to fix problems like those but he has been weak about confronting Chinese mercantilism, and the $350 billion bilateral trade deficit costs American workers at least 3 million jobs and greatly suppresses wages.

Over the years, China, South Korea and Japan have violated WTO and International Monetary Fund rules by purposefully undervaluing their currencies to subsidize exports and raise prices for otherwise competitive U.S. products in their markets.

Such currency manipulation would wipe out the benefits American businesses may expect from the TPP — just as it has done for bilateral deals struck with China, Japan and South Korea —  by eliminating tariffs and reducing other barriers to trade.

Obama has refused to even formally acknowledge those countries cheat on trade deals already in place by manipulating their currencies or to make strong rules to stop currency manipulation a negotiating goal for the TPP. The president has repeatedly claimed Asian nations won’t sign on to the TPP if it contains a discipline on currency manipulation.

No wonder, look at the advantage currency manipulation affords countries that cheat on the rules already in place.

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Peter Morici is an economist and business professor at the University of Maryland and a national columnist. He tweets @pmorici1

*Originally entitled: “Obama’s Asian Trade Deal Sells Out American Workers”

 Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.

 




Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

By Edward J. Snowden | The New York Times

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Editor’s Note: Since the Patriot Act & USA Freedom Act have been so much in the news lately, amid a heated debate   about security & civil liberties, it is informative to see what one of the men, so instrumental in making a lot of this happen, has to say about society’s progress in finding the right balance between governmental rights & private citizen rights. The following is that commentary.

MOSCOW — TWO years ago today [i.e., June 5, 2015], three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the United States. In the days that followed, those journalists and others published documents revealing that democratic governments had been monitoring the private activities of ordinary citizens who had done nothing wrong.

Within days, the United States government responded by bringing charges against me under World War I-era espionage laws. The journalists were advised by lawyers that they risked arrest or subpoena if they returned to the United States. Politicians raced to condemn our efforts as un-American, even treasonous.

Privately, there were moments when I worried that we might have put our privileged lives at risk for nothing — that the public would react with indifference, or practiced cynicism, to the revelations.

Never have I been so grateful to have been so wrong.

Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.

This is the power of an informed public.

Ending the mass surveillance of private phone calls under the Patriot Act is a historic victory for the rights of every citizen, but it is only the latest product of a change in global awareness. Since 2013, institutions across Europe have ruled similar laws and operations illegal and imposed new restrictions on future activities. The United Nations declared mass surveillance an unambiguous violation of human rights. In Latin America, the efforts of citizens in Brazil led to the Marco Civil, an Internet Bill of Rights. Recognizing the critical role of informed citizens in correcting the excesses of government, the Council of Europe called for new laws to protect whistle-blowers.

Beyond the frontiers of law, progress has come even more quickly. Technologists have worked tirelessly to re-engineer the security of the devices that surround us, along with the language of the Internet itself. Secret flaws in critical infrastructure that had been exploited by governments to facilitate mass surveillance have been detected and corrected. Basic technical safeguards such as encryption — once considered esoteric and unnecessary — are now enabled by default in the products of pioneering companies like Apple, ensuring that even if your phone is stolen, your private life remains private. Such structural technological changes can ensure access to basic privacies beyond borders, insulating ordinary citizens from the arbitrary passage of anti-privacy laws, such as those now descending upon Russia.

Spymasters in Australia, Canada and France have exploited recent tragedies to seek intrusive new powers despite evidence such programs would not have prevented attacks. Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain recently mused, “Do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” He soon found his answer, proclaiming that “for too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: As long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.”

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At the turning of the millennium, few imagined that citizens of developed democracies would soon be required to defend the concept of an open society against their own leaders.

Yet the balance of power is beginning to shift. We are witnessing the emergence of a post-terror generation, one that rejects a worldview defined by a singular tragedy. For the first time since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we see the outline of a politics that turns away from reaction and fear in favor of resilience and reason. With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear. As a society, we rediscover that the value of a right is not in what it hides, but in what it protects. ☐




#IFEELNAKED Seeks to Expose the Evils of the CISA Bill

By Robert O’Leary, J.D., BARA

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Now you may think that what you will be asked to do in this article is some kind of late April Fool’s prank, but it’s not. It is instead meant to share with you a kind of brilliant form of activism. It is timely, to be sure, as it is about a congressional bill that could be voted on very soon…any day now.

In a very creative and off-beat campaign, one organization is trying to bring home how violative, of our privacy and peace of mind, is the unbridled and more and more “legal” right of our government to spy on us. In 14 years of the Patriot Act, there is no assurance that it has been effective in making us safer, yet to be sure it has taken away a lot of our rights. See OccupyTheory, “List of Pros and Cons of the Patriot Act”, January 1, 2015, https://occupytheory.org/list-of-pros-and-cons-of-the-patriot-act/. All these years later, it is still around, intact and unchanged.

An important part of it, known as Section 215, is slated to expire in June of this year. As Soda News tells us, “Section 215 is often referred to as the Patriot Act’s “library records” provision because it allows the FBI to order a library or any other source to produce, without a warrant showing probable cause (as required under the Fourth Amendment), all “tangible things” belonging to its target of interest including “books, records, papers, documents, and other items.” That includes books borrowed and websites visited by the target while at the library. Niceties demanded by the Fourth Amendment are ignored in Section 215 as long as the FBI “specifies” that its order is “for an authorized investigation … to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.”” See Yo’Adrienne, AFCL, “Patriot Act’s Illegal Section 215 Due to Expire June 1, 2015, April 8, 2015, https://www.sodahead.com/united-states/patriot-acts-illegal-section-215-due-to-expire-june-1-2015/question-4777118/?link=ibaf&q=patriot+act+expire+june+2015. As you  might expect, this crates a large scope of power for the government, and critics of this section of the bill wish for it to not be renewed.

Almost simultaneously, however, the Cyber Internet Sharing Act (i.e., CISA) Bill threatens to enact another piece of legislation, worse than the Section 215in place. So, the proponents of enhanced surveillance have ensured that they have 2 opportunities to get what they want.

This campaign seeks to stop that. Rand Paul is threatening a filibuster as this CISA bill is such an important bill to fight. Various websites have made their voices heard. We can support this worthy cause by taking the action at https://www.ifeelnaked.org/?t=dXNlcmlkPTU0ODQ4MzI5LGVtYWlsaWQ9OTc1Mg==

Here is what the website, www.ifeelnaked.org states:

“#IFEELNAKED

NSA spying makes us feel violated. It’s like a strip search, online. As a crucial vote looms, show Congress how you feel. Add your photo to join the protest”

Now, don’t worry, just as the “bucket challenge” had an out, you don’t have to post a photo, as the website states:

“Can’t add a photo, contact Congress instead” [by clicking on the those words]

It’s up to you how you want to participate. And if you decide to go for it, just do it in your own way. You don’t have to light up any candles, put on slow jazz or soul music, unless you want to. I have found the photos all to have been done pretty respectfully while getting the point across.

So, please check it out and see if you want to join the #IFEELNAKED campaign.

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 

 




U.S. Media Hypocritical in Covering Ukraine Crisis

By Bryan Brennan & Mickey Huff | Project Censored

Editor’s Note: This is #9 in Project Censored’s Top 25 Most censored Stories

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Russia’s occupation of Crimea has caused US corporate media and government officials to call for a stern US response. Secretary of State John Kerry declaimed the Russian intervention as “a nineteenth-century act in the twenty-first century.” What Russia’s US critics seem to forget, Robert Parry reported, is the United States’ own history of overthrowing democratic governments, including the illegal invasion of Iraq, which Kerry supported.

Corporate media also fail to acknowledge that Putin ordered the occupation of Kiev after a coup led at least partly by neo-Nazis—conditions arguably less criminal than the US invasion of Iraq, which the US legitimized with false claims. “If Putin is violating international law by sending Russian troops into the Crimea after a violent coup spearheaded by neo-Nazi militias ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected president,” wrote Parry, “then why hasn’t the US government turned over George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and indeed John Kerry to the International Criminal Court for their far more criminal invasion of Iraq?” (In a similar vein, Noam Chomsky has written about the US occupation of Guantánamo in Cuba as another instance of the contradiction between the US position toward Russia and its own lack of respect for national sovereignty.)

Further, Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled Kiev for his life after the coup and sought Russia’s help quelling the neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine, citing their oppression of the country’s native Russian population. It was only after this that Putin requested the Russian parliament’s permission to deploy Russian troops in to stop the expansion of neo-Nazi control to areas that have deep historical ties to Russia.

Nevertheless, while downplaying these details, US corporate media accuse Russia of violating international law. “The overriding hypocrisy of the Washington Post, Secretary Kerry and indeed nearly all of Official Washington, is their insistence that the United States actually promotes the principle of democracy or, for that matter, the rule of international law,” wrote Parry. “Those are at best situational ethics when it comes to advancing US interests around the world.” In a subsequent report, Parry wrote that, despite evidence to the contrary, US policy makers and corporate media have intentionally neglected to report that neo-Nazi militias played a central role in the February 22, 2014, overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych. Parry reported, “The US media’s take on the Ukraine crisis is that a ‘democratic revolution’ ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, followed by a ‘legitimate’ change of government. So, to mention the key role played by neo-Nazi militias in the putsch or to note that Yanukovych was democratically elected—and then illegally deposed—gets you dismissed as a ‘Russian propagandist.’”

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Originally entitled: “9. US Media Hypocrisy in Covering Ukraine Crisis”

Sources: Robert Perry, “America’s Staggering Hypocrisy,” Consortium News, March 4, 2014, https://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/04/americas-staggering-hypocrisy. Stephen F. Cohen, “Distorting Russia: How the American Media Misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine,” Nation, March 3, 2014, https://www.thenation.com/article/178344/distorting-russia. Nafeez Ahmed, “Ukraine Crisis is about Great Power Oil, Gas Pipeline Rivalry,” Guardian, March 6, 2014, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/06/ukraine-crisis-great-power-oil-gas-rivals-pipelines.

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 




10 Plain Language Reasons To Oppose Fast Track & the TPP

By Robert O’Leary, J.D., BARA

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Don’t feel bad if trade talk – treaties, exports & imports – makes your eyes glaze over. It’s understandable. Most likely, you’ve heard about this Trans Pacific Partnership, or Fast Track & the TTP at least once a week. But you’re busy & probably haven’t really looked beneath the headlines. Even if you have, some of the authors don’t always do a great job breaking the nuts & bolts down for you. So, you leave frustrated that they don’t get to the point. This article seeks to tell this story in more plain language. Make no mistake this TPP story is big, full of intrigue, and needs heroes and heroines to stand up to the bad guys. You can be one of the many that are standing up. But time is short because the congress is being asked to shut down debate on this sucker and say yea or nay to it under a limited time crunch to read & understand what’ll probably be over a 1000 pages & then figure out if it is right for America.

So, let’s get started.

  1. Permanence

In America, we are used to having a chance to oppose a bill and even if it becomes law, we can rally our legislatures to change the law if we choose. We can also bring a lawsuit to question the legality of the law or ask that it be voided due to vagueness or ambiguity, just to name a few ways that we can act proactively as citizens.

If that does not work, we can propose amendments for a change of a bad law or judicial decision- just as some are doing regarding the Citizens United decision.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed treaty and, whether you like it or not, it will not be changed in the future except by another treaty. If we renege on parts of the treaty, I am sure that there are costly penalties to be paid. So, the time is now to understand it, debate it, and to decide if it is right for our country. This article is meant to bring up to speed if you have not had a chance to really look at this important issue in any depth.

For those who already know something about, I have sought to offer some perspectives that I have not seen discussed anywhere else.

If after reading this, you agree with me that Fast Track or the TPP, itself, is a bad idea, and if you would like to have the treaty be made public for all of us to discuss and understand it,  please click on the following link in order for you to make your voice heard:

https://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/obama_warren_brown [calls for the TPP to be made public before asking for Fast Track to be allowed]

https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/1212 [calls upon Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader to oppose Fast Track, itself]; and

https://openmedia.org/censorship or https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/oppose-the-trans-pacific [both of which oppose the TPP, itself]

  1. You wouldn’t let your kids get away with this

If your child said Mom, Dad I am going to go into my room with 20 of my friends and lock the door, what would you say? If you are like me you would say why? Even if I gave him a little time behind a closed door, I would be listening in on the conversation.

And if your child gets a little too quiet on another occasion and you ask him or her, “what are you doing” and they say “nothing”, how likely are you to suspect that the answer is really “something”?

So, why do we have no concern about the trade reps of 12 nations, lobbyists and heads of Fortune 500 Corporations locking themselves in a room-explicitly stating that our representatives, small business owners, housewives or house husbands, labor leaders, consumer advocates, activists, et al, cannot even be in the room?

And then we are told that some of our representatives can see the text of certain chapters only, but that they cannot take an assistant or expert with them, cannot take notes out of the room, and cannot even talk to their constituents about what they read.

  1. Transparency is not his best trait

Within this context, the president tells us to trust him when he says that this is a good deal for America and that there is no need to have Congress debate it let alone take part in drafting the language.

Yet, during this president’s tenure, he or his assistants have had as many or more meetings with lobbyists than previous presidents, despite promises of transparency. See Jennifer Rubin, “Obama’s Transparency Problem, August 21, 2012, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/obamas-transparency-problem/2012/08/01/gJQASUioPX_blog.html

Edward Snowden & Chelsea (a/k/a Bradley) Manning showed many reasons why we should not trust our government to do what is in our best interest. The NSA spying revelations & IRS’s treatment of certain businesses just shows how much the government does not trust us; so why do we trust that TTP/TTIP will be good for us, just because the president tells us so?

This president has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined, despite promises of transparency. On the other hand, he let President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, among others, completely off the hook for their arguable war and other crimes.

Nor did any Wall Street heads roll after the wrongdoing of several banks. President Obama even reportedly coordinated with leaders in various cities to undermine Occupy Wall street.

And the FED has not been stopped from taking taxpayer money and doing whatever it wants with it. Neither the president nor a majority in the congress is willing to rein in the FED’s spendthrift and irresponsible ways.

Within this context, how can we trust that a proposed agreement made largely by corporations is not in deed for corporations just because the president says that it is so?

  1. Don’t believe this will create jobs

Unions are by and large against this treaty proposal. This may make those readers, of the conservative persuasion, immediately think that they should favor it then. But not so fast. I don’t think that the unions are against it because they were kept out of the meeting or that it could take away worker benefits; I think that it is because they believe it will likely take away jobs.

One way to judge how the TPP is likely to affect jobs, is to look at how we have fared with previous trade agreements. Leo Hindrey, a former AT & T Broadband president is, according to The Progressive, “against TPP fast track. Hindrey says nearly five million U.S. manufacturing jobs have been lost since the NAFTA-like trade deals took effect. Hindrey says these trade deals have “fundamentally transformed the types of jobs and wages available for the 63 percent of all U.S. workers without a college degree.” See Doug Cunningham, “The Trans Pacific Partnership: A Fast Track to Lost Jobs and Lower Wages”, April 21, 2015, https://www.progressive.org/news/2015/04/188098/trans-pacific-partnership-fast-track-lost-jobs-and-lower-wages

Nearly 5 million represents 1 out of every 4 jobs. In addition, more than 60,000 American manufacturing facilities have closed down. TPP would not make any changes from the NAFTA model, as far as we know, and will likely expand upon it. See “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Promote Off-Shoring of American Jobs”, https://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpacts_OffshoringUSJobs.html

One of the problems with this treaty model is that it gives special benefits to firms that relocate their operations outside of the country. This takes away the benefits of having business right here in the states and takes those benefits elsewhere. By losing manufacturing jobs, wages are driven down, there is less tax revenue collected, less funding for social services and rebuilding of infrastructure. Plus, although American worker productivity has thankfully been going up, our real median wage levels are at 1979 levels. See “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Promote Off-Shoring of American Jobs”, https://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpacts_OffshoringUSJobs.html

No wonder we have had some cities such as Detroit fall on hard times. One can reasonably ask why our government would engage in such treaties in the first place if they are so “bad” for the economy. One fundamental clue, in answering this mystery, is in the fact that large corporations, lobbyists and world leaders are the only ones allowed to sit at the negotiating table.

  1. This treaty proposal could bring us higher deficits

If you think the deficit is high now, wait till we have to pay a foreign company millions for telling them not to bring a poisonous product into the country. Think of a dioxin plant right next to your child’s school or playground or a foreign fracking in your town even though your state has decided not to allow fracking? Damages could be awarded to these corporations by the Investor-State Dispute Settlement tribunal, which is essentially a private, corporate court system, made up of three (3) corporate attorneys who each play turns being the plaintiff’s counsel, the defendant’s counsel and judge. They are unaccountable and unimpeachable by any country signed on to this treaty.  Nor do we know what laws or procedures will be used by this tribunal nor who will issue the laws and rules.

What we do know is that these damages will be passed on to us, as taxpayers, either through dollar for dollar payments or in light of insurance premium costs that the government may choose to make in anticipation of these damage awards. These damages could be in the billions of dollars. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-progressives-lament-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/04/28/6627523e-ed18-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1 Imagine the cost of insurance for 10 billion dollars or 100 billion dollars per year. These dollar amounts are not inconceivable looking at how much a company could say that they might lose yearly because they cannot do business in the U.S.

Not only will our deficits increase due to adverse judgments against our country, it may be because of the terms of the trade deal, itself. Doug Cunningham, of The Progressive magazine, states that “Obama’s South Korean trade deal increased the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea by fifty percent…” This is a deal with a dozen countries; so how much might our trade deficit with each of them increase?

Moreover, as the editor of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel tells us “The United States has had over two decades of experience with these trade deals, and it has racked up an unprecedented $11 trillion in trade deficits this century alone.” See Katrina vanden Heuvel,“A progressive’s lament about the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, April 28, 2015, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-progressives-lament-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/04/28/6627523e-ed18-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

Besides, our deficit is already high. The government has a hard time working within a budget; the FED looks at our economy as a cash trough; we still put more money into our military budget than most other countries; and our black budget costs which, while usually unmentioned, are considerable.

The deficit has gotten so bad that it has become one of the driving forces behind the Article V Convention of States movement [See www.conventionofstates.com], which already has at least four (4) states committed to it with many others in the process of approving it.

All in all, the TPP is bad for our future if we wish to have any hope of balancing our budget. You would think that traditional conservatives would be all over this issue, but their standard bearers, even such politicians as Rand Paul, are going for it in a big way.

Nonetheless, there are some right wing groups that do oppose TPP, namely the American Jobs Alliance, the United States Business and Industry Council [which are both pro-business groups] as well as the Tea Party Nation and Eagle Forum. See Doug Cunningham, “The Trans Pacific Partnership: A Fast Track to Lost Jobs and Lower Wages”, April 21, 2015, https://www.progressive.org/news/2015/04/188098/trans-pacific-partnership-fast-track-lost-jobs-and-lower-wages

  1. Constitutional issues:

Although Vice President Joe Biden reportedly has said that “[o]rdinary citizens don’t care about the Constitution”, they really do in my opinion. They just do not jump up and down about constitutional issues unless they find their proverbial “ox” gored by its violations or curtailment.

As I mentioned, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement tribunal would put disputes, between multi-national corporations and governments, into the hands of three corporate attorneys, rotating between plaintiff’s counsel, defendant’s counsel and judge – arbitrating issues among a dozen nations with no appeal options. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-progressives-lament-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/04/28/6627523e-ed18-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

Think about it: normally a corporation, which desires to do business in a particular country, must work its way through the different agencies and, sometimes, courts of that country. These agencies and tribunals are overseen by administrators or judges appointed by someone in that country. Presumably, these officials will have some sense of various competing interests in that country, public & private, corporate and labor, et al. In any case, these judges would be abiding by that country’s laws and procedures.

Looked at another way, normally each country has an executive, legislative and judicial body – 3 entities to have some semblance of checks and balances in government. 12 countries times 3 such bodies give us 36 bodies. Under the TPP, all of those disputes will be adjudicated by 1 body, whose attorneys are unaccountable to any country and presumably not subject to any impeachment or recall…no matter what.

Impeachment and recall procedures, as well as attorney and judicial ethics boards are in place in order to serve as a countervail to certain individuals and groups that might try to buy off judges or attorneys. As far as we know, we can anticipate no such countervails in the TPP system. Those three (3) individuals, in the ISDS, will be human and thus fallible. We will be left to hoping that they will not be corrupted. Do we want to take that chance??? And why is the president so comfortable with giving up our constitutional controls on companies that wish to do business in our country.

When one of our courts or agencies decides if a company’s product is appropriate to be allowed into a city, state, or the country itself, the decision-maker is looking at health, safety, welfare, business and zoning issues. It also wishes to make sure that the company is willing to pay appropriate taxes and fees as fair consideration for letting them have access to that city or state as well as the citizens that will buy their products.

Our limited understanding of this TPP tribunal is that it will be looking at such cases in a more business-oriented manner and that a state or municipalities laws may not be honored. One might say so much for the will of the people.

Congress also has a job to do, one that it seems to forget about in our modern age. The U.S. Constitution states that “The president may make treaties, with the advice and consent of the Senate, provided two-thirds of the senators who are present agree.” See U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 2. Wikileaks characterizes “advice and consent” as follows: “This language was written at the Constitutional Convention as part of a delicate compromise concerning the balance of power in the federal government. Many delegates preferred to develop a strong executive control vested in the president, while others, worried about authoritarian control, preferred to strengthen the congress. Requiring the president to gain the advice and consent of the senate achieved both goals without hindering the business of government.” See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advice_and_consent.

The “authoritarian control” concern, mentioned above, seems to be justified with the notion of “Fast Track” being so often used in major treaties. The secretive and classified nature of treaty negotiations and the Fast Track, itself, come together to effectively nullify the “advice” clause of the Constitution. As for the “consent” part of the clause, Fast Track limits that clause because it does not allow for any debate. It also provides a short window in which our representatives can to read the proposed treaty before they vote yea or nay. I say that it limits  the exercise of “consent” because it gives our congress so little time to read what could be thousands of pages, to discuss them and to think about what the treaty really means for our present and future. Another way to put this is that the congress is not being allowed to give any sort of informed consent to this treaty if it says yes to Fast Track.

Somehow, this congressional right – which is of course “our” right, because we are represented by our congresspeople – has been watered down in the last few decades to include this procedural “snake” called the Fast Track.

This push to give the president power to negotiate such treaties has some inherent problems:The congress, when it allows “Fast Track” is indirectly giving up “our” rights;

a. The president is arguably suggesting that the U.S. Congress, and thus we, do not have the smarts or other qualities needed to handle being a part of a proposed treaty process;

b. That only heads of Fortune 500-level corporations, lobbyists, trade reps and heads of countries are capable of drafting and negotiating a treaty;

c. The congress doesn’t really have the “balls” to stand up to the office of the president, just as it has repeatedly surrendered to his will under the War Powers Act-even as he seems to pay more respect to the UN than he does to us or our representatives;

d. We have given so much power to the office of the president with these treaty and other powers that it wouldn’t be hard for us to slide into a dictatorship; and

e. This is one more indication that our country is an oligarchy or corporatist state, not a democracy or a republic and that even Adam Smith would be shocked at the level to which corporations have concentrated their power.

Our constitution may seem like it’s pretty far in the background in our daily lives. Yet, despite all of this, it provides a fabric underlying our existence. The constitution seeks to preserve balance in our lives between security and liberty, people and government, the individual and business.

So, surrendering powers as a nation to a small corporate-based and unaccountable judicial body or our congress giving up its own powers out of fear or a hunger for corporate donations, would be a real travesty and an insult to our forefathers and foremothers that sweated and toiled, lived and died making what we have, right now, possible.

  1. Are we putting our children’s future “in hoc”?

Ceilingless potential award amounts. Shrinking job and tax bases. It would be an abysmal legacy to leave to future generations.

In budget disputes and calls for balanced budgets, we hear from fiscal conservatives that we should be making sure that we do not burden our children’s future with higher and higher deficits. We are not hearing about this from our prominent conservatives, but it is no less a valid concern.

Let’s face it, the potential costs of the TPP are astronomical. Budgetary fights allow for our participation as citizens; we can call our politicians and say how we feel about each budgetary item.  Yet, there is no such control with the TPP. Then how does this make sense even if the proposed treaty has some other benefits. How can those potential benefits possibly outweigh the potential costs?

  1. President Obama has not walked the walk to make the U.S. Labor Force trust him

A president that told labor unions that he would be willing to walk on picket lines never showed up. No heads rolled on Wall Street when their activities brought down the economy in 2008. And his Attorney General went so easy on them that the public began to realize that certain companies and banks were, in the government’s eyes, “too Big to Fail” and apparently too big to prosecute. These corporations were treated with leniency that none of us in the 99% would ever be afforded.

President Obama has stated that this treaty has benefits for labor and other groups. He goes further to suggest that the TPP proposal “will have the strongest consumer, worker and environmental protections of any agreement ever,” but he does not let us see the proof. See Katrina vanden Heuvel,“A progressive’s lament about the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, April 28, 2015, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-progressives-lament-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/04/28/6627523e-ed18-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

As Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown wrote to the president recently, As Warren and Brown wrote in their letter to the president: “Executives of the country’s biggest corporations and their lobbyists already have had significant opportunities not only to read [the TPP text], but to shape its terms.” For the rest of us, the document is classified. A document so important to our future is classified and hidden from our eyes. See Katrina vanden Heuvel,“A progressive’s lament about the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, April 28, 2015, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-progressives-lament-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/04/28/6627523e-ed18-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

It is also important to point out that we only know what we know about this proposed treaty only because of leaks, from such organizations as Wikileaks and what some of our courageous representatives like Alan Grayson, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders have shared with us.

Meanwhile, our “transparency” president has prosecuted more whistleblowers in history than all previous presidents in history, combined.

So, Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren have recently challenged the president to show the proposed treaty to the public and allow them to take part in this process. To date, he has refused. See Katrina vanden Heuvel,“A progressive’s lament about the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, April 28, 2015, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-progressives-lament-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/04/28/6627523e-ed18-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

The president cannot state that this would be an unprecedented thing to do. None other than President George W. Bush did this in anticipation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement, doing so months before he asked for and received permission for a partial Fast Track process his U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Zoellick, stated at the time that release would “make international trade and its economic and social benefits more understandable to the public” and that it could “increase public awareness of and support for the FTAA.” See Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown letter to Obama on trade“. April 25, 2015,  ”https://www.scribd.com/doc/263074835/Elizabeth-Warren-and-Sherrod-Brown-letter-to-Obama-on-trade#scribd

One might argue that, if the TPP is so great for our future, why would the president wish to hide it instead of bragging about it. Even if he were concerned about people misreading it or misunderstanding it, he could have town meetings to discuss its terms chapter by chapter.

  1. Why not have some town meetings on this?

We have been burned numerous times when our representatives did not take enough time to read important acts and laws that have been enacted by our congress. The Patriot Act, the ACA, Monsanto Protection Act and others have all had provisions that have become problematic or at least controversial since their passage.

Some of these were bills which were thousands of pages long, and not your typical night-reading fare. No doubt these bills have some complexity and might require clarifications of language as well as discussions with experts before a reasonable person would choose to say “aye” on the congressional floor.

Convening town meetings, after publication of one (1) chapter per week in one (1) or more major newspapers might solve these problems. Our congresspersons should take part in these meetings and take questions and comments about each chapter. The president could come, too, and make his pitch for it. Think of how we as citizens could be enriched by this experience, taking part in our legislative process in this way.

Having more time to really consider this proposed treaty would mean that our representatives truly know what they are signing, have the opportunity to argue for removal or tweaking of certain parts, and know that their constituents have been able to take part and to “take ownership” a proposal that will control our lives for the foreseeable future.

  1. If the president and congress handle this in the right way, they can go a long way toward restoring our trust in government

Neither our executive nor legislators can state that they are very popular. Part of that may be due to what has been revealed by whistleblowers in the last ten (10) or so years. We have seen proof of terrible things done by our government, using our tax dollars to seek more and more power, domination, and favorable contracts and treatment of our corporations internationally.

Our government favors Big Energy, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, and Wall Street without shame yet tell us that they are acting in our best interest. It is no surprise that our government has been called an oligarchy by one authoritative long-term study. See “It’s Official: America is an Oligarchy and NOT a Democracy or a Republic”, April 16, 2014, https://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/oligarchy.html Nor is it a shock that the richest 1% are taking home considerably more income than the 99%. As Brian Williams told us, on September 10, 2013, that “[a} new analysis shows the richest Americans, the top 1 percent, made nearly 20 percent of all the available income in America last year [i.e., in 2012]” See https://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52977126%

As of February 3, 2014, in an Oxfam study, it could be said that “the US hasn’t seen such large income disparity since 1928…[and] [f]rom 2009 to 2012, the top 1% in the U.S. claimed 95% of gains from the economic recovery. And the rest of country, the other 99%? They only saw income growth of 0.4% while their richer counterparts saw their incomes rise by over 30%….”  See Kristen Duvall, “10 Countries With The Worst Income Inequality”, February 3, 2014, https://www.therichest.com/rich-list/poorest-list/10-countries-with-the-worst-income-inequality/?view=all

Keep in mind that this has happened under both Democrats and Republicans. While the Republicans have certainly tried to act like business is always in such sorry shape that they need tax breaks and other benefits, the reality is that they are doing more than fine.

Still, 233 Republicans and 7 Democrats recently voted to repeal the Estate Tax, demonstrating that many elected Republicans and some Democrats are not interested in evening up income disparities anytime soon. This vote, coming the day after Tax Day, seems to have been made with a proverbial exclamation point. The public, on the other hand, are very passionate about this issue with a “supermajority” of Democratic voters having problems with income inequality and 54% of republicans expressing the same concern. See Tory Newmyer, “House Republicans just voted to give the very wealthy a tax break”, April 16, 2015, https://fortune.com/2015/04/16/house-republicans-estate-tax/

With these facts as background, the president’s current pitch for the TPP seems to  show that he and some in the Congress have abandoned the 99% in favor of the 1%. And this seems to have been going on for quite some time; we have effectively been conned by both parties year after year, election after election to get to the sorry state in which we now find ourselves.

And this is most certainly by and about money. The short-term and short-sighted goals of a president or congressperson may reap the benefits directly or indirectly from corporations, but the damage done to our present and future is beyond measure.

For these reasons, we should call for a town meeting discussion about the TPP. Our future literally depends on it.

So there you have it, my take on the TPP.I urge you to discuss any of these points with your congressperson, friends and family and arrive at your own conclusions. Above all, please take action no matter how busy you get. There will always be something more for you to do. So, if anything can be put off and you can take that extra time to call or meet with your congressperson, please do so. We have the chance to give voice to this this week because a decision on the Fast Track could come down any day. Thank you.

Below are the petition sites again if you wish to speak out on this important topic. A vote on the Fast Track could happen any day, so please don’t delay:

https://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/obama_warren_brown [calls for the TPP to be made public before asking for Fast Track to be allowed]

https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/1212 [calls upon Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader to oppose Fast Track, itself]; and

https://openmedia.org/censorship or https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/oppose-the-trans-pacific [both of which oppose the TPP, itself]

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 




WHO Suppresses Report on Iraqi Cancers & Birth Defects

By  Jessica Clark & Andy Lee Roth | *Project Censored

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Editor’s Note: This is#10 in Project Censored’s latest List of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories

In contradiction with its own mandate, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to suppress evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of depleted uranium (DU) and other weapons have not only killed many civilians but are also the cause of an epidemic of birth defects and other public health issues. By refusing to release the report publicly, the WHO effectively protects the US military and its government from accountability for the resulting public health catastrophe.

A WHO and Iraq Ministry of Health report on cancers and birth defects was set to be released in November 2012, but officials have indefinitely delayed that report’s release. To this date, Denis Halliday wrote, the WHO report remains “classified.” According to the WHO, the report’s release has been delayed because its analysis needs to be evaluated by a “team of independent scientists.”

Halliday’s report drew comparisons between the Iraqi case and the legacy of health issues arising from US use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the reality in Iraq, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani contended, is that “Iraq is poisoned.” For example, citing a peer-reviewed study that she helped conduct, Savabieasfahani wrote, “[T]hirty-five million Iraqis wake up every morning to a living nightmare of childhood cancers, adult cancers and birth defects. Familial cancers, cluster cancers and multiple cancers in the same individual have become frequent in Iraq.” Why, then, does the WHO refuse to release its study? “One possible answer,” she wrote, “was suggested on May 26 by the Guardian.”

In that article, John Pilger reported the recent comments of Hans von Sponeck, the former assistant secretary general of the United Nations: “The US government sought to prevent WHO from surveying areas in southern Iraq where depleted uranium had been used and caused serious health and environmental dangers.”

[Read more here]

*Originally Entitled: “10. World Health Organization Suppresses Report on Iraqi Cancers and Birth Defects”

Sources:

Denis Halliday, “WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition,” Global Research, September 13, 2013, https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-refuses-to-publish-report-on-cancers-and-birth-defects-in-iraq-caused-by-depleted-uranium-ammunition/5349556.

Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, “What’s Delaying the WHO Report on Iraqi Birth Defects?” ZNet, June 12, 2013, https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/whats-delaying-the-who-report-on-iraqi-birth-defects-by-mozhgan-savabieasfahani.

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 




Hiding in Plain Sight: ISIS & Terrorism

By Robert O’Leary, J.D., BARA

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Editor’s Note: What if ISIS is really a company in Arizona, a government contractor hired to justify and deepen a continuing War on Terrorism. And what if you could easily find them on the Internet with a basic search? Alternative Media sometimes points out suspicious activities & so-called false flags in the wake of major news events and catastrophes-most recently in the case of the Boston Marathon Bomber. Special thanks to Adrianne Simone Knobloch, who generously shared this website on a comment to a Facebook posting by David Icke.

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Julian Assange…Chelsea (a/k/a Bradley) Manning…Edward Snowden…Dr. William H. Thompson…and the list goes on. These brave individuals left their comfortable mundane lives and took a leap into uncertainty where they knew they could be allowed to fall flat and hard to the lowest depths they could imagine or into the supportive arms of people who would call them heroes.

These individuals, we call “whistleblowers”, mined the shadowy depths of black budget operations and brought tremendous secrets to light. The aggregation of their revelations no doubt overjoyed those activists who have long been asserting that nefarious things were being perpetrated by our government, in our name, and with our tax monies.

Regrettably, we got soft-pedaled and whitewashed versions of this story from our mainstream media hidden under the superficial question of whether it was right to reveal these secrets, or not, and whether the whistleblowers were traitors or not. Meanwhile President Obama, who promised unprecedented transparency in government, persecuted more whistleblowers than all of his predecessors… combined.

But not all secrets are hidden in the dark. Some are right out in the open if you know where to look.

So what do we have here???

One instance of high level skullduggery hiding in plain site may be found in a website that you can find with one of the following Yahoo! Searches:

“ISIS headquarters” or

“ISIS hq”

The following page showed up at the top of the search: https://public.isishq.com/public/SitePages/ISIS%20HQ.aspx

The website belongs to an organization, called: Integrated Systems Improvement Services.

Where is it located?  The website states that “ISIS is headquartered in Sierra Vista, Arizona, outside of Fort Huachuca, with offices in The Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Through its associations with various military, defense and business clients, ISIS maintains a presence in several states across the country, as well as a number of countries in the middle east.” Ft. Huachuca is said to be the  “home of the United States Army Intelligence Center and the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command.”

So, why is this company in business-what does it hope to accomplish? The website tells us that: “ISIS exists for one purpose: To provide government and business the sophisticated intelligence, technology, security and training they need to support and protect national and corporate interests in the most challenging of global environments. All with the utmost professionalism, transparency, and integrity. – [according to]Don Wright, President & CEO”

Moreover, the following is listed as their mission: “ISIS’ mission is to continuously provide impeccable Quality Service through enduring relationships with our customers and employees by demonstrating ISIS’ values: Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork”

What kind of work does it do? The website states that: “The members of our management team have extensive industry experience, supervising, managing and serving on numerous OGA contracts operating in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa in the protection of U.S. national interests. Collectively, we’ve served as army intelligence officers; in special operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Panama and Haiti; as consultants for the U.S. Government on the Counter-Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Task Force, and more. Over the last 10 years, our leadership has successfully obtained and managed millions of dollars’ worth of government and corporate security contracts.”

It would be easy at this point to be skeptical and tell me that this must be a coincidence. And you might be right. Everyone must make up their own mind about this, based upon their own inferences and further investigation. However, let’s look at more of what the website offers. Let’s take a look under the heading of “ISIS Management” to the information for 2 of its employees, Jose Haw Zamora and Jorge Mar Gonzalez. They are said to be responsible for the “ISIS Training Center” Mr. Zamora’s job description is as follows:

Jose Haw Zamora has had 20 years of military experience and has held various operational, commissions and management duties of human and material resources. He served as a training instructor in courses and units of Mexicans Special Forces for nearly 16 years and received training in leadership, organization and operation of special operations detachments in any geographical area, rappelling, first aid, basic climbing, mountaineering, offensive and defensive driving vehicles, communications, hand to hand combat, regular shooting competition shooting and reaction with handguns and rifles, and sniper shooting. Also well versed with Close Combat Training, VIP protection, and held noteworthy commissions such as security officer with Marisela Morales Ibañez former head of the PGR and various officials of the Mexican Department Of Defense. His last unit before retirement was the Special Forces High Command (GAFE del Alto Mando) [Emphasis Added with Italics; See https://public.isishq.com/public/about/management.aspx].

The job description for Jorge Mar Gonzalez is as follows:

Jorge Mar has had 20 years of military experience and has held various operational, commissions and management duties of human and material resources. He served as a training instructor in courses and units of Mexicans Special Forces for nearly 16 years and received training in leadership, organization and operation of special operations detachments in any geographical area, rappelling, first aid, basic climbing, mountaineering, offensive and defensive driving vehicles, communications, hand to hand combat, regular shooting competition shooting and reaction with handguns and rifles, and sniper shooting. Also well versed with Close Combat Training, VIP protection, and held noteworthy commissions such as security officer with Marisela Morales Ibañez former head of the PGR and various officials of the Mexican Department Of Defense. His last unit before retirement was the Special Forces High Command (GAFE del Alto Mando). He also has certification by the STPS (Mexican Department of labor) as an external trainer. Emphasis Added with Italics; See https://public.isishq.com/public/about/management.aspx.

One could reasonably suggest that these trainers have the skills to train men and women to be soldiers to fight in various ways in various situations in various countries and, in light of the Special Forces training, the trainees could conceivably fight in overt or covert military actions. This company overtly states that it has numerous government contracts. Is it not also conceivable that they might be hired for, and agree to perform, in missions posing as enemies of the United States and their allies?

Another of their employers, Mark Benedict, said to be the Senior Director & Site Manager/Operations, has the following job description:

Mark Benedict is a mission-focused, performance-oriented professional with extensive training and experience in a variety of security disciplines and programs in hostile environments. Mr. Benedict is familiar with and capable of effectively managing complex security operations; comprehensive knowledge of physical security, personal security, and force protection issues. Experienced in combat zone security operations and activities requiring a high level of human relationship skills, Mr. Benedict is an accomplished instructor with experience conducting basic, intermediate, and advanced individual classroom and field training for more than 5,000 military personnel each year. Average class size ranged from 80 to 100 students, where he provided leadership, direction, and technical expertise to all students. Emphasis Added with Italics; See https://public.isishq.com/public/about/management.aspx.

This employee brings some additional skills of working and training in different “security disciplines and programs in hostile environments.” Certain parts of the Middle East could be characterized reasonably as a “hostile environment”.

Another employee, Luis Vega, said to be the Vice President of Business Development has the following job description:

With an MBA in International Business, Luis Vega has successfully obtained and managed billions of dollars [sic] worth of government and corporate security contracts, domestically and abroad. Prior to joining ISIS, Mr. Vega was Executive Vice President of Business Development for SOC, a private security company specializing in international force protection and low profile, high-end security operations in high-threat environments. As an operator and executive for the company, he developed all of the procedures pertaining to risk/threat and vulnerability assessments. Mr. Vega has served as the Senior Inspector for South Florida’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training’s Internal Affairs Division. Currently, he is a consultant for the U.S. Government on the Counter-Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Task Force, and has served as an agent for Legacy U.S. Customs Service, under the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program. Mr. Vega has active duty military and Special Operation’s experience, and has served overseas as a team leader and operator in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Panama, and Haiti; performing various security assessments for multi-national corporations and sovereign governments in the regions. Emphasis Added with Italics; See https://public.isishq.com/public/about/management.aspx.

Now, let’s look at what is found under the heading of “Mission and Values”:

Mission and Values

At ISIS, the quality of service depends fundamentally on our basic belief about ISIS personnel truly understanding the meaning and value of ISIS’ mission and values.  Every ISIS employee is indoctrinated through training, evaluations, and a values pocket card that reinforces the importance of our mission and how we intend to get there through demonstration of our behaviors.

ISIS Mission: (Quality Policy)

ISIS’ mission is to continuously provide impeccable Quality Service through enduring relationships with our customers and employees by demonstrating

ISIS’ values: Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork.

Relationships established through ethical conduct and truthful communication.

Quality: Commitment to the needs of the customer through conformance to contract requirements, adherence to ISIS’ certified quality standards, and continuous improvement measured by customer satisfaction.

Teamwork:Together Everyone Achieves More by continuously collaborating on the most effective solutions for our customers and employees.

ISIS understands our values to be important because they influence behavior, provide a moral compass, provide continuity through change, help employees make the right decisions, help employees be more proactive, and integrate into all levels and functions of ISIS for a steadfast identity of one organization with one goal: Quality for the customer [Emphasis Added with Italics and Bold; See https://public.isishq.com/public/about/mission.aspx].

Finally, let’s take a look at their section, entitled “Ethics”:

ETHICS

In light of our company values and mission, we continually seek to improve our standards of ethical and social accountability. To help meet our own ethical expectations, and those of the federal government, we have gathered our policies, standards and codes into one written booklet to serve as guidance and training for every ISIS employee.

ISIS’ personnel adhere to exemplary ethical conduct by means of:

​-Our Ethical Standards Policy and Compliance Training Program, which establishes awareness and promotes compliance.

-A method of reporting ethical misconduct or abuse by means of our Ethical Standards Hotline

-An internal control system which offers appropriate responses and solutions to ethical issues via an anonymous reporting system.

-Following congressionally enacted legislation requiring contractors to report violations of federal criminal law, violations of the Civil False Claims Act, or overpayment in connection with awards of covered contracts and subcontracts.

-Easy accessibility of our designated Ethics Officer.

Our designated ISIS Ethics Officer serve the company and our employees

-Honesty – Truthfulness, fairness, uprightness, justness, free from fraud, unadulterated

-Integrity – The possession of, and strict adherence to, high moral principles and standards

-Respect – Consideration, equality, and thoughtfulness toward another

-Accountability – Purposefully exposing one’s actions to others for open critique and analysis

-Transparency – Clarity, openness, hiding nothing

ISIS is proud to be a quality company of ethical excellence.

ISIS Ethical Standards Policy Hotline: 520-459-5012520-459-5012, ext. 52. See https://public.isishq.com/public/about/ethics.aspx.

If, indeed, this organization is behind what the media and our government have called “a terrorist organization,” it has allegedly beheaded several people, destroyed valuable priceless artifacts and committed many other heinous and shocking acts. It would be very easy to make a prima facie case for violation of national and international criminal laws, with regard to any one of these incidents.

Of course, we only have video evidence which can certainly be doctored and create the impression that these actual acts are being perpetrated, as was recently alleged in such articles as “Jihadi John ISIS Japanese Video Faked, Government Confirms”. See  Sheep Media, “Jihadi John ISIS Japanese Video Faked, Government Confirms”, January 23, 2015, at https://asheepnomore.net/2015/01/23/jihadi-john-isis-japanese-video-faked-government-confirms/. But, presuming that they are accurate depictions, criminal charges and summons should be issued against this organization and its employees.

If, on the other hand, our government has given these individuals some sort of immunity, shouldn’t we as the represented know about it and have the opportunity to be heard by and instruct our representatives, who sit in their seats subject to our present, and future, votes.

Add to this another consideration: why would our government have hired this company to kill innocent Christians and others and consequently create even more alienation and enmity between Muslims and non-Muslims than there already is? Might it be to:

-create justification for wars;

-takeovers;

-killing other people

-for justifying expanded war and surveillance budgets; or

-further encroachment of the rights of U.S. Citizens?

If you knew any one of these to be true, would you not demand some sort of change?

In any case, irrespective of our immunity laws, the International Court of the Hague could still bring charges at least against those in our government who have allowed this company to do its murderous work.

A video from Former Assistant Director Thomas Fuentes shows him making the following sad and very concerning revelation: we need to “keep fear alive” to justify terror budget. As the www.infowars.com article, “FBI Official: We Need to ‘Keep Fear Alive’ to Justify Terror Budget” further quotes him as saying: “If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that ‘We won the war on terror and everything’s great,’ cause the first that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half,” states Fuentes. ‘You know, it’s my opposite of Jess Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’ – it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.” See Paul Joseph Watson, “FBI Official: We Need to ‘Keep Fear Alive’ to Justify Terror Budget”, www.infowars.com, February 2, 2015, at www.infowars.com/FBI-Official-we-need-to-keep-fear-alive-to-justify-terror-budget/

The article goes on to state that “[a]s the New York Times reported in 2012, the vast majority of domestic terror plots in recent years were ‘facilitated by the F.B.I….The agency does not disrupt planned domestic terror attacks but rather creates them, then publicly praises itself for stopping its own plots,’ wrote Glenn Greenwald in response to the story.” See Paul Joseph Watson, “FBI Official: We Need to ‘Keep Fear Alive’ to Justify Terror Budget”, www.infowars.com, February 2, 2015, at www.infowars.com/FBI-Official-we-need-to-keep-fear-alive-to-justify-terror-budget/

It appears that certain independent contractors and some government employees are acting, in-concert or coincidentally, in a manner that puts citizens, their families, and their property in danger without explicit informed consent or opportunity to question their actions. Certainly, the employees, agencies and companies are complicit in these activities, but they are agents of their principal, i.e., the government and the president – to echo President Harry Truman’s famed quote, “[t]he buck stops here”.

Certainly, we hear each president stating often that it is necessary to give the government considerable latitude in its domestic and foreign activities in order to protect freedom or liberty or safety or “the American Way”. Yet, there is no reasonable justification for planning or facilitating destructive and deadly terror plots just to justify an agency’s raison d’etre, its reason for continued existence.

And the curtailment of freedom, the profiling, and the other actual assaults freedom and liberty that these policies engender has arguably rendered our country less distinguishable from totalitarian countries or the alleged terrorist nations against from whom they tell us we are being protected.

Further, as the above article shows us, it is hard to know which alleged plots are real and which are faked or “false flags”. This is a vile form of mental manipulation being perpetrated on us and the world with our tax dollars. This is also fraud, and implicates us, via our tax dollars, in murderous and otherwise criminal acts.

Questionable Ethics in General

Given what various whistleblowers have revealed, it seems reasonably safe to say that our government’s ethics are questionable when they are doing their spy and anti-terrorist work. In fact, with such laws as the Patriot Act and NDAA, there seem to be very few legal controls upon their actions.

Moreover, it seems that the Patriot Act is now becoming anachronistic and unnecessary with some calling for its repeal. See Giuseppi Macri, “House Revives Bill To Completely Repeal The Patriot Act, Dismantle NSA Spying”, March 24, 2015. Even its author, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, according to one article, “has said that it was never intended to allow dragnet surveillance of all phone records.” See Mike Masnick, “Author of The Patriot Act Says Patriot Act Was Written Specifically To Prevent NSA Data Mining”, June 13, 2013, https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130612/18210323435/author-patriot-act-says-administrations-claims-about-nsa-are-bunch-bunk.shtml.

Hopefully, the new bill will be successful because, regrettably, no Congress has had the courage to repeal it in the thirteen (13) years since it was enacted.  Nor has the president shown any more inclination than his predecessor to change it.

This makes it reasonable for its long-term opponents to charge that President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others intended for the Patriot Act to become a permanent fixture in our countries legal authority. So, not only might we charge that the Iraq War was based on a lie about WMD’s and a diversion from those who were more likely responsible, we can also reasonably level a charge of intentional misrepresentation (i.e., fraud) against them with for the purpose of aggrandizing more power and likely money for certain governmental bodies and contractors.

Other evidence favoring the view that ISIS was created by U.S. & Allied Powers

One article, dated July 21, 2014, is entitled “ISIS Leader a Confirmed CIA Puppet”. It states, in pertinent part, that:

According a document recently released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, now the Islamic State, is an intelligence asset.

The NSA document reveals the United States, Israel, and Britain are responsible for the creation of ISIS.

Earlier this month Nabil Na’eem, the founder of the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party and former top al-Qaeda commander, told the Beirut-based pan-Arab TV station al-Maydeen all current al-Qaeda affiliates, including ISIS, work for the CIA… The NSA document states the group was established by U.S., British and Israeli intelligence as part of a strategy dubbed “the hornet’s nest” to draw Islamic militants from around the world to Syria…

[It goes on to states that ] [t]he hornet’s nest strategy was designed to create the perception that Israel is threatened by an enemy near its borders.

According to the personal diary of former Israeli prime minister Moshe Sharett, however, Israel never took seriously an Arab or Muslim threat to its national security.

“Sharett’s diary reveals in explicit language that the Israeli political and military leadership never believed in any Arab danger to Israel,” writes Ralph Schoenman. “They sought to maneuver and force the Arab states into military confrontations which the Zionist leadership were certain of winning so Israel could carry out the destabilization of Arab regimes and the planned occupation of additional territory.”

In 1982 Oded Yinon, an Israeli journalist with links to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, wrote The Zionist Plan for the Middle East.

The white paper proposed “that all the Arab states should be broken down, by Israel, into small units” and the “dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run.”

The destruction of the Arab and Muslim states, Yinon suggested, would be accomplished from within by exploiting their internal religious and ethnic tensions.” See ISIS leader a confirmed CIA puppet, July 21, 2014, https://www.hangthebankers.com/isis-leader-a-confirmed-cia-puppet/.

Not only might a leader of ISIS be involved, we and our allies may be actually arming and feeding them to enable them to continue doing what appears to be murderous work. As the February 26, 2015 article, “Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Delivering Weapons to ISIS” suggests, “[t]here are proofs and evidence for the US-led coalition’s military aid to ISIS terrorists through air(dropped cargoes),” this being a quote from Hakem al-Zameli, Committee Head for the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. ” See Unattributed, “Iraq Army Downs 2 UK Planes Delivering weapons to ISIS, February 26, 2015, https://www.hangthebankers.com/iraqi-army-downs-2-uk-planes-delivering-weapons-to-isis/

He goes on to state that: “Iraq‘s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIS terrorists in Al-Anbar province…The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIS,…[and] government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIS in terrorist-held areas.

The article also notes that weapons of U.S., European or Israeli make and model were found in various liberated territories, suggesting that these weapons were being used by ISIS.  Some of the weaponry is reportedly advanced, even including anti-aircraft weapon. ” Id.

Another senior Iraqi legislator has gone so far as to suggest that “the US-led coalition is the main cause of ISIS’s survival in Iraq.” Id.

Another individual, Jome Divan, a member of the al-Sadr bloc in Iraq’s parliament  went even further to suggest that, beyond insuring ISIS’s survival, the coalition is also not doing all that it can to defeat them, stating that: “[t]he international coalition is only an excuse for protecting the ISIS and helping the terrorist group with equipment and weapons…[and that] [t]he coalition has not targeted ISIS’s main positions in Iraq.” Id.

Majid al-Gharawi, the Iraqi Parliamentary Security and Defense Commission MP seconded this notion and added that the coalition forces are “not serious in fighting against the ISIS organization, because they have the technological power to determine the presence of ISIS gunmen and destroy them in one month”.

Lastly, he suggested that “the US is trying to expand the time of the war against the ISIS to get guarantees from the Iraqi government to have its bases in Mosul and Anbar provinces.” Id.

I could point to other articles on this subject, like the following:

“Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS: Secret Jordan base was site of covert aid to insurgents targeting Assad”, by Aaron Klein, June 17, 2014, https://www.wnd.com/2014/06/officials-u-s-trained-isis-at-secret-base-in-jordan/#AveM6tADD7AeF3yC.99

ISIS authorized to call in US airstrikes in Syria, by Mikael Thalen, www.Infowars.com February 18, 2015, https://www.infowars.com/obama-to-give-isis-ability-to-order-airstrikes/

Putting the ISIS Company into Context

So, it seems like the “ISIS” company and website – within the context of some proof that ISIS was trained by the coalition and is currently being supported by them at least in terms of food and weaponry – might be “ISIS” in a sense. The words on their website, their purpose, their mission, and their backgrounds of their personnel could very reasonably be called upon to serve the U.S. and coalition forces in the Middle East.

I know that it would be easy to for some bridle at the notion that our government and allies would do such things. Yet, it has been documented in various sources that the CIA was behind establishing and maintaining Al Qaeda, a predecessor of ISIS. Once such source is the article, “The CIA’s ‘Founding’ of Al Qaeda Documented” by Gordon Duff, dated April 20, 2013, at https://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/04/20/the-cias-founding-of-al-qaeda-documented/

It contains an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski about his role with President Jimmy Carter in authorizing the covert operation that led to the formation of what later became Al Qaeda.

Regular folk just are not generally privy to what goes on in government. There are geopolitical goals that are not shared with us except in general terms. This may be why we have continued expensive military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and began some in Libya and Syria despite some serious economic issues at home. Our politicians poor mouth when regular folk and agencies serve them ask for help, but mysteriously money shows up when some in the government wish to go to war.

One of the geopolitical goals that has been shared with us is that we should make our military more smaller and more mobile, this being a shift away from large military forces at the ready for large-scale ground and other offensives. We began to hear this back at in Bush II’s Administration, even though much of what Pres. Bush did in his foreign policy included a larger scale ground offensive.

Nonetheless beginning with President Bush, we began to see these smaller,  military groups being placed into various countries, 70 by the time Bush was done and about 100 by the time President Obama was in his 5th year (i.e., 2013}.

The article, “Empire Under Obama, Part 3: America’s “Secret Wars” in Over 100 Countries Around the World” has more to say about this:

“Obama’s global terror campaign is not only dependent upon his drone assassination program, but increasingly it has come to rely upon the deployment of Special Operations forces in countries all over the world, reportedly between 70 and 120 countries at any one time. As Obama has sought to draw down the large-scale ground invasions of countries (as Bush pursued in Afghanistan and Iraq), he has escalated the world of ‘covert warfare,’ largely outside the oversight of Congress and the public. One of the most important agencies in this global “secret war” is the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC for short.

JSOC was established in 1980 following the failed rescue of American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Iran as “an obscure and secretive corner of the military’s hierarchy,” noted the Atlantic. It experienced a “rapid expansion” under the Bush administration, and since Obama came to power, “appears to be playing an increasingly prominent role in national security” and “counterterrorism,” in areas which were “traditionally covered by the CIA.”[1] One of the most important differences between these covert warfare operations being conducted by JSOC instead of the CIA is that the CIA has to report to Congress, whereas JSOC only reports its most important activities to the President’s National Security Council.[2]

During the Bush administration, JSOC “reported directly” to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh (of the New Yorker), who explained that, “It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on.” He added: “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.”[3]

…By September of 2013, the U.S. military had been involved in various activities in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia, among others, constructing bases, undertaking “security cooperation engagements, training exercises, advisory deployments, special operations missions, and a growing logistics network.”[31]

In short, Obama’s global ‘war of terror’ has expanded to roughly 100 countries around the world, winding down the large-scale military invasions and occupations such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq, and increasing the “small-scale” warfare operations of Special Forces, beyond the rule of law, outside Congressional and public oversight, conducting “snatch and grab” operations, training domestic repressive military forces in nations largely run by dictatorships to undertake their own operations on behalf of the ‘Global Godfather.’

Make no mistake: this is global warfare. Imagine for a moment the international outcry that would result from news of China or Russia conducting secret warfare operations in roughly 100 countries around the world. But when America does it, there’s barely a mention, save for the passing comments in the New York Times or the Washington Post portraying an unprecedented global campaign of terror as representative of Obama’s “values.” Well, indeed it is representative of Obama’s values, by virtue of the fact that he doesn’t have any.

Indeed, America has long been the Global Godfather applying the ‘Mafia Principles’ of international relations, lock-in-step with its Western lackey organized crime ‘Capo’ states such as Great Britain and France. Yet, under Obama, the president who had won public relations industry awards for his well-managed presidential advertising campaign promising “hope” and “change,” the empire has found itself waging war in roughly one hundred nations, conducting an unprecedented global terror campaign, increasing its abuses of human rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity, all under the aegis of the Nobel Peace Prize-winner Barack Obama. See Andrew Gavin Marshall, The Hampton Institute-A Working Class Think Tank, October 17th, 2013, at https://www.hamptoninstitution.org/empireunderobamapartthree.html#.VSLqJE3wsic

Independent Contractors in the Mainstream and Alternative News

The role of independent contractors in working with our government is not by any means a new thing. Blackwater began in 1997 and under its new name, Academi, is still being used by the U.S. Government in providing security for the CIA and State Dept. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academi.

In the recent trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, another independent contractor was implicated in alternative news with compelling evidence (at least in this author’s opinion), but received little to no notice in mainstream media. Craft International, founded by “American Sniper”, Chris Kyle, is a government contractor that has operated since 2009 and has already had contracts to train and perhaps otherwise work with what appears to be all parts of the U.S. Military and Secret Service. See https://thecraft.com/training_MIL.html The so-called “official training partner of Craft…” is called TacFlow. They have trained, among others, the Town of Sharon (Massachusetts) Police Department. See https://www.tacflow.com/.

Sharon is just 17 miles from Downtown Boston. At least 4 Craft employees (as denoted by gear similar to that seen on the website, as well as backpacks, baseball caps and shirts with the logo upon them) were seen at the site of the Boston City Bombing and some people believe that one of their bags may have had the famous pressure cooker bomb inside of one of them. Curiously, none of this seems to have been brought up in the recent trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Nor was his mother seemingly called as a witness, although she stated in an interview that:

“I am 100 % sure that this is a setup. I know that my two sons are really innocent…[Tamerlin] was controlled by the FBI, like for three, five years. They knew what my son was doing, they knew what actions, and what sites on [the] internet he was going ]to]…They used to talk to me…they were telling me that he is a serious leader and they are afraid of hi…They were controlling every step of him, and they are telling us today that this was a terrorist act” See https://heavy.com/news/2013/04/boston-bomber-mom-fbi-tamerlan-tsarnaev/

Or how about any of the other concerns brought up in the following article: “Tsarnaev Brothers had a CIA Connection” See Dave Lindorff, May 2, 2013, at https://www.infowars.com/tsarnaev-brothers-had-a-cia-connection/

Moreover, it appears that Tsarnaev was barred from testifying by a little know gag rule, called “Special Administrative Measures”, that was imposed by the government on August 27, 2013. The article states that this kind of allows:

the “government to restrict a prisoner’s communications in ways that: ‘may include housing the inmate in administrative detention and/or limiting certain privileges, including, but not limited to, correspondence, visiting, interviews with representatives of the news media, and use of the telephone, as is reasonably necessary to protect persons against the risk of acts of violence or terrorism.’

The law was established to prevent presumably dangerous inmates—those accused of terrorism, espionage, and mob or gang activity— from communicating to the outside plans that could result in death or bodily harm.  See Lana Turner, “Why the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Is Silent”, January 6, 2015, at https://whowhatwhy.org/2015/01/06/boston-marathon-bombing-suspect-silent/.

Did Tsarnaev have any evidence that might have implicated other people for committing this crime? If so, not only does this gag order possibly permit a fraud of the highest order, it also meant that the jury was not able to hear any evidence that might have created reasonable doubt.

In fact, his attorney, Judy Clark, disserved him greatly by not fighting for reasonable doubt on the murder conviction, by failing cross-examine any witnesses, and by failing to call his mother or any other witnesses that might have shed doubt on his involvement in this crime. In my legal opinion, these facts may have given him a good argument for ineffective assistance of counsel. Ann O’Neill and Mariano Castillo, CNN, “Tsarnaev attorney: ‘It was him’”, March 4, 2015, at https://www.cnn.com/2015/03/04/us/boston-marathon-bombing-trial/index.html

Surely, Attorney Clark must have known that there were some suspicious activities surrounding the Boston Marathon Bombing, including photographic and video evidence. Since she was likely aware of them, and she did not use them to argue for reasonable doubt on the murder charge might even be a basis for a complaint to the Board of Bar Overseers, the agency that oversees attorney ethics.

So, obviously the government uses various outside agencies as independent contractors for various purposes, International Craft, Blackwater, Halliburton, and very possibly, ISIS, the company that has an easily accessible website online.

So, where do we go from here?

I invite you to do your own further exploration of this issue and to share your results with your social media and other connections. If you take away anything from this article, it should be the following: not all of the wrongdoing of our corporations or governments is hidden…some of it is hiding in plain sight and those who are called villains, by talking heads in the media, may be innocent pawns in a chess game of the powers that think they are.

I would also urge you to start asking questions. Call or write your congressperson, chime in on their social media pages and ask them to look into this corporation and even Craft International. And don’t take mere platitudes or “blow-off” answers from them. Persistently ask the typical reporters’ questions, “who, what, when, where, why and how?”

It is likely that you congressperson knows about this company, or at least the concept that independent contractors are generally hired by the government to do dirty work other agencies do not wish to, or cannot afford to, do. They may even have benefactors that let them know that there are certain questions that they would rather they not ask.

Nonetheless, enough public pressure and awareness can force them to bring things to light, and then we can push for meaningful change.

This may be one of the most important issues for us to become involved in because, make no mistake, when as a nation we muck around in the Middle East, we could very easily toss a proverbial match into the wrong area and set off a powder keg of world war. Whether or not you believe in or follow the teachings of the Bible, which suggests that World War will happen in the Middle East, each of us would be foolish to play war games in this area.

Besides, do we not have enough to do at home-domestically? It was not long ago that we were trying to balance our federal budget and told that we do not have enough money to go around for necessary social programs and infrastructure. Who is paying for all of our official and unofficial military occupations, all of our police actions, and all of our wars? We must finally realize that we hold the reins on government…we just need to choose to pull on the reins.

 Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 

 

 




Growing Evidence Links Wireless Tech With Cancer

By Julian Klein, Casey Lewis, Kenn Burrows & Peter Phillips | *Project Censored

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Editor’s Note: This is #14 in Project Censored’s list of the latest Top 25 Censored Stories

Wireless phones emit radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) when in use. In May 2011, after the consideration of laboratory studies, studies of long-term use of wireless phones, and data on the incidence of brain tumors, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined RF-EMFs to be a “possible” human carcinogen. Other studies have shown an association between long-term mobile and cordless phone use with glioma and acoustic neuroma. In October 2013, Powerwatch, a United Kingdom–based watchdog focused on the health risks posed by electromagnetic fields, reported that two new research articles provide further evidence of mobile phone use as a cause of increased brain tumors.

The first paper showed that RF-EMF exposure from mobile (and cordless) phones should be regarded as a class 1 human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), as defined by the WHO’s cancer research arm. The studies’ authors concluded that current exposure guidelines are in urgent need of revision. (See Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg, “Using the Hill Viewpoints from 1965 for Evaluating Strengths of Evidence of the Risk for Brain Tumors Associated with Use of Mobile and Cordless Phones,” Rev. Environmental Health 28, no. 3 [November 2013]: 97–106.)

The second study aimed to assess the relationship between “especially long-term (>10 years) use of wireless phones” and the development of malignant brain tumors. According to the authors, this study “confirmed previous results” of the association between mobile phone use and malignant brain tumors, and supported the hypothesis that RF-EMFs “play a role both in the initiation and promotion stages of carcinogenesis”—in other words, the process by which normal cells are transformed into cancer cells.

Mobile phones are not the only wireless technology that poses health threats. As James F. Tracy reported, the US has seen a virtual media blackout on the radiation dangers of smart meters. In January 2014, Tracy reported that the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that “radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless cell phone use.”

Smart meters are a central element in the creation of a “smart grid” that President Obama has made a priority. In his article, Tracy wrote that the media blackout is likely intended to keep the public unaware of not only the health dangers associated with smart meters, but also potentially hidden agendas, including the meters’ potential for “social control” through “energy rationing and surveillance.” A “more immediate” motivation, he wrote, is “simply profit and continued media monopoly control of public opinion and discourse.”

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Sources:

“Two Important New Papers Show Mobile Phone Use Does Cause an Increase in Brain Tumours,” Powerwatch (UK), October 16, 2013, https://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/20131016-hardell-carlberg-papers.asp.

James F. Tracy, “Health Impacts of RF Radiation: Media Blackout on Smart Meter Danger,” Global Research, January 21, 2014, https://www.globalresearch.ca/health-impacts-of-rf-radiation-us-media-blackout-on-smart-meter-dangers/5365598.

Note: For previous coverage by Project Censored of this topic, see both chapter 2 of Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People and  “Wireless Technology a Looming Health Crisis,” in Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times.

*Originally entitled: “14. Accumulating Evidence of Ongoing Wireless Technology Health Hazards”

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 




What’s Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in its Name? – Glenn Greenwald

By Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept

In France, those attempting to visit censored sites will be greeted by a graphic of a large red hand and text informing them that they were attempting to access a site that causes or promotes terrorism. (Screenshot)

In France, those attempting to visit censored sites will be greeted by a graphic of a large red hand and text informing them that they were attempting to access a site that causes or promotes terrorism. (Screenshot)

The French Interior Ministry on Monday ordered that five websites be blocked on the grounds that they promote or advocate terrorism. “I do not want to see sites that could lead people to take up arms on the Internet,” proclaimed Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

When the block functions properly, visitors to those banned sites, rather than accessing the content of the sites they chose to visit, will be automatically redirected to the Interior Ministry website. There, they will be greeted by a graphic of a large red hand, and text informing them that they were attempting to access a site that causes or promotes terrorism: “you are being redirected to this official website since your computer was about to connect with a page that provokes terrorist acts or condones terrorism publicly.”

No judge reviews the Interior Ministry’s decisions. The minister first requests that the website owner voluntarily remove the content he deems transgressive; upon disobedience, the minister unilaterally issues the order to Internet service providers for the sites to be blocked. This censorship power is vested pursuant to a law recently enacted in France empowering the interior minister to block websites.

Forcibly taking down websites deemed to be supportive of terrorism, or criminalizing speech deemed to “advocate” terrorism, is a major trend in both Europe and the West generally. Last month in Brussels, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator issued a memo proclaiming that “Europe is facing an unprecedented, diverse and serious terrorist threat,” and argued that increased state control over the Internet is crucial to combating it.

Read the full article at The Intercept.




How to Get the CIA to Truly Change Their Ways? Tell the World it Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings

By Lisa Hajjar | The Nation | Original Article Title: “The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, it Experimented on Human Beings”

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Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”

In its response to the Senate report, the CIA justified its decision to hire the duo: “We believe their expertise was so unique that we would have been derelict had we not sought them out when it became clear that CIA would be heading into the uncharted territory of the program.” Mitchell and Jessen’s qualifications did not include interrogation experience, specialized knowledge about Al Qaeda or relevant cultural or linguistic knowledge. What they had was Air Force experience in studying the effects of torture on American prisoners of war, as well as a curiosity about whether theories of “learned helplessness” derived from experiments on dogs might work on human enemies.

To implement those theories, Mitchell and Jessen oversaw or personally engaged in techniques intended to produce “debility, disorientation and dread.” Their “theory” had a particular means-ends relationship that is not well understood, as Mitchell testily explained in an interview on Vice News: “The point of the bad cop is to get the bad guy to talk to the good cop.” In other words, “enhanced interrogation techniques” (the Bush administration’s euphemism for torture) do not themselves produce useful information; rather, they produce the condition of total submission that will facilitate extraction of actionable intelligence.

Mitchell, like former CIA Director Michael Hayden and others who have defended the torture program, argues that a fundamental error in the Senate report is the elision of means (waterboarding, “rectal rehydration,” weeks or months of nakedness in total darkness and isolation, and other techniques intended to break prisoners) and ends—manufactured compliance, which, the defenders claim, enabled the collection of abundant intelligence that kept Americans safe. (That claim is amply and authoritatively contradicted in the report.)

As Americans from the Beltway to the heartland debate—again—the legality and efficacy of “enhanced interrogation,” we are reminded that “torture” has lost its stigma as morally reprehensible and criminal behavior. That was evident in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, when more than half of the candidates vowed to bring back waterboarding, and it is on full display now. On Meet the Press, for example, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who functionally topped the national security decision-making hierarchy during the Bush years, announced that he “would do it again in a minute.”

No one has been held accountable for torture, beyond a handful of prosecutions of low-level troops and contractors. Indeed, impunity has been virtually guaranteed as a result of various Faustian bargains, which include “golden shield” legal memos written by government lawyers for the CIA; ex post facto immunity for war crimes that Congress inserted in the 2006 Military Commissions Act; classification and secrecy that still shrouds the torture program, as is apparent in the Senate report’s redactions; and the “look forward, not backward” position that President Obama has maintained through every wave of public revelations since 2009. An American majority, it seems, has come to accept the legacy of torture.

Human experimentation, in contrast, has not been politically refashioned into a legitimate or justifiable enterprise. Therefore, it would behoove us to appreciate the fact that the architects and implementers of black-site torments were authorized at the highest levels of the White House and CIA to experiment on human beings. Reading the report through this lens casts a different light on questions of accountability and impunity.

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Robert O'Leary, JD BARA

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products and modalities since the early 1970’s, and he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist and father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive and safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England and “virtually” the world, through his new website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 




Colorado Students Employ Civil Disobedience the School Board Sought to Censor

Deirdre Fulton | Commondreams

An image from one of the student protests in September. (Photo: John Lebya/Denver Post)

An image from one of the student protests in September. (Photo: John Lebya/Denver Post)

Protesting the conservative school board’s efforts to censor their history curriculum, more than a dozen students were escorted out of a Jefferson County Board of Education meeting in Colorado on Thursday night after disrupting proceedings by reading from their history textbooks and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The students employed one of the very tactics that school board member Julie Williams was seeking to downplay through a proposed curriculum review committee: civil disobedience. In late September, Williams’ proposal—to establish a committee to ensure that the district’s history texts promoted positive aspects of the United States and avoided encouragement of “civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law”—prompted mass student walk-outs and teacher ‘sick-outs.’

“You want to limit what we learn so you can push your own political opinion. Our problem is that the nation you want to build consists of people who cannot think critically.”
—Ashlyn Maher, JeffCo Student Network for Change

Many of the students involved in Thursday evening’s action were organizers of the September protests.

According to Chicago Public Radio, “the disruptions started when board members refused to let students speak, after they didn’t speak in the order they were called. A few minutes later, one student after another stood up in the public meeting, reciting historic acts of civil disobedience from history textbooks.”

The report continues:

When asked to leave the room, students at the podium left or were escorted out peacefully. After another group of students read aloud from history books and were escorted out, about a dozen students stood up in the packed meeting to read the Pledge of Allegiance. They then filed out.

Along with the students were “legal consultants,” law students taking descriptive notes of the scene. That didn’t please one security guard who lobbed several insults at the law students.

Standing in a circle outside the education building, a set of sprinklers suddenly came on. When the students moved out of the way, those sprinklers came on. The pattern repeated until all the sprinklers were on but the students didn’t leave. A security officer came out and informed the group that they were trespassing.

Student organizer Ashlyn Maher, a member of the recently formed JeffCo Student Network for Change, didn’t get a chance to speak at Thursday’s meeting. She posted her speech on Facebook.

“Our problem is that you, the board majority, passed a redundant, and highly opposed curriculum review committee because you have other motives,” Maher said. “You want to limit what we learn so you can push your own political opinion. Our problem is that the nation you want to build consists of people who cannot think critically. We as students want to develop our minds. Critical thinking is our ticket to the future. Do not limit what we learn…Do not try to fool us…Do not pretend that patriotism is turning a blind eye and a passive mind to the changing world around us.”

Chalkbeat Colorado reports that “as part of their demonstration, the students said they had four demands: a public apology from the school board’s conservative majority for referring to students as ‘union pawns;’ a reversal of an earlier decision to amend content review policies; proof from the board that they listen and act on community input instead of what students called an ‘ideological’ agenda; and more resources for classroom instruction.”

Watch security guards take books away from the students in the video of the action below:

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The Beginning of the End for Australian Freedom of Speech

Isaac Blencowe, Contributor

CLN Editor’s Note: Thanks to Isaac for summarising the chilling new anti-terrorism/freedom of speech laws introduced by the Abbott Government in Australia this week. George Orwell must be rolling in his grave… again.

“He who sacrifices freedom, for security, deserves neither” – Benjamin Franklin.

Under the new National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014,  anyone including, “journalists, whistle-blowers and bloggers” – who “recklessly” disclose  “information” … [that] relates to a special intelligence operation,” will now face up to 10 years in jail for doing so.

With any operation being able to be classified as special, by an Authorized ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) officer. On top of this ASIO also gets complete immunity from criminal and civil liability in certain circumstances, basically meaning that they will be above the law.

If that is not enough the bill allows ASIO to need just one warrant to access a limitless number of computers on a computer network, when monitoring a suspected target. This will effectively allow the entire internet to be monitored, due to the fact that the bill does not define what a computer network is.

ASIO will also have the complete power to copy, delete or edit the data held on any of the computers allowed under the single warrant. With the ability to disrupt any target computers and even access innocent non target 3rd party computers in order to do so.

Senator Brandis who has praised the new bill said that it “targeted those who leaked classified information, such as the former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.” (Or Julian Assange).

Both of which exposed important information and damaging material on how the US government had been illegally monitoring its citizens, among other damaging information.

In addition to this new bill any citizen who identifies an ASIO agent could also face 10 years in Jail, which is a 10 fold increase of the previous ‘maximum’ penalty.

And as if this bill hasn’t already gone far enough, another two bills are also looking to be enacted over the next few months. The second being a bill that will make it a criminal offence to travel to a terrorist hot-spot, without a reasonable excuse. And the third bill enabling law- enforcement and spy agencies, to collect internet and phone metadata for a period of up to two years, without the need for a warrant, to be introduced later this year.

Now there is no denying that terrorist organisations like ISIS do exist and that they may pose a risk to the Australian public and that some measures are understandable in light of this. But there is no denying that the latest passed bill as well as the two still to be passed are a blatantly outrageous and unnecessary use of power.

And it becomes even scarier when you hear such outlandish statements such as Palmer United Party Senator, Glen Lazarus who said, “The internet poses one of the greatest threats to our existence.”

It makes absolutely no sense to enact such strict and unscrupulous  laws of which disallow such an innate right as freedom of speech. By implementing such strong laws we are not making ourselves any safer, but only reducing our freedoms, of which we are all entitled to, and have fought so hard for in the past to keep.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”

If we are to call ourselves a fair and just society then surely we must include the right to our own privacy, freedom of speech and the exposition of unlawful and unjust acts, no matter who is responsible for them, even if this means exposing acts committed by our own government.

This new law will affect all Australians, and I know many are probably sitting there thinking, “Well I have nothing to hide, so it doesn’t affect me”.  But this could not be further from the truth, because although you may feel as though these laws do not directly threaten you, indirectly they threaten your scope and access to information. For under these new laws whistle-blowers, journalists and even every-day joe bloggers who provide a broader and more sound reflection of certain issues, will now prosecuted for doing so.

It is incumbent upon all of us, not only citizens of Australia but of the whole world, to stand up for our rights as individuals. Especially when such laws as this have the power to be abused and used in such an extreme, that the simple sharing of information even via Facebook could even become an offence.

This is heinous abuse of power and does make us any safer from a terror threat, but only reduces our position as a free society. I urge you to inform yourself and others in anyway possible before laws like this can be taken any further than they already have been.

Isaac Blencowe

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