Monthly Archives: January, 2010

Drug Firms ‘Drove Swine Flu Pandemic Warning To Recoup £Billions Spent On Research’

Guys, they admit to it now! In your face full out fraud!!

The state scare machine was driven by big pharmas.

Students quarantined in China chat with a health worker in Beijing
Pandemic status: Students quarantined in China chat with a health worker in Beijing

The same time Doctors get angry as NICE bans £2-a-day heart drug that could help 40,000 patients

Drug companies manipulated the World Health Organisation into downgrading its definition of a pandemic so they could cash in on a swine flu outbreak, it is claimed.

An inquiry heard yesterday that the WHO allegedly softened its criteria for declaring a H1N1 flu pandemic last spring – just weeks before announcing there was a worldwide outbreak.

Critics said the decision was driven by pharmaceutical companies desperate to recoup the billions of pounds they had invested in researching and developing pandemic vaccines after the bird flu scares in 2006 and 2007.

As a result, millions of people have been vaccinated against a mild illness, and money that could have been used to prevent and treat major killers such as heart disease has been squandered.

The claims, which emerged during the first of several Council of Europe hearings into the handling of the swine flu pandemic, were strongly rejected by the WHO.

Following the organisation’s declaration of a pandemic, the Department of Health warned of 65,000 deaths, set up a special advice line and website, and suspended normal rules so anti-flu drugs could be given without prescription.

But with just 250 or so deaths in Britain and 14,000 worldwide, the WHO is being asked to account for its actions.

The Government is now trying to off-load millions of jabs it ordered at the height of the scare. Sources say it is even considering giving some doses away for free.

Wolfgang Wodarg, former head of health at the Council of Europe, the Strasbourg-based ‘senate’

responsible for the European Court of Human Rights, said vaccine contracts were put in place in 2007, when it was feared the more lethal bird flu virus would mutate into human form.

Drug companies, which spent up to £2.5billion developing a vaccine, then pushed their interests within the WHO, leading to the definition of a pandemic being softened and an outbreak declared.

He told the hearing: ‘It was stated in panic- stricken terms that this was a flu that could threaten humanity and a great number of humans could fall ill.

‘This is why billions of dollars of medications were bought.

Dr Wodarg, an expert on the spread of disease, said that the change in definition made it possible for a worldwide pandemic to be declared and for the pharmaceutical companies to cash in.

Also giving evidence, Professor Ulrich Keil, a WHO adviser on heart disease, said the decision had led to a ‘gigantic misallocation’ of health budgets.

‘We know the great killers are hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, high body mass index, physical inactivity and low fruit and vegetable intake,’ he said.

‘In spite of all these facts, governments instead wasted huge amounts of money by investing in pandemic scenarios whose evidence base is weak.’

But Dr Kieji Fukuda, the WHO’s top flu expert, rejected the allegations. ‘We do not wait until (these global virus outbreaks) have developed and we see that lots of people are dying,’ he said.

‘What we try to do is take preventive actions. Our purpose is to try to provide guidance, to reduce harm.”

Source: Mail Online.co.uk, Jan 27 2010

European Central Bank Prepares Legal Grounds For Euro Rupture As Greece Festers

Fears of a euro breakup have reached the point where the European Central Bank feels compelled to issue a legal analysis of what would happen if a country tried to leave monetary union.

“Recent developments have, perhaps, increased the risk of secession (however modestly), as well as the urgency of addressing it as a possible scenario,” said the document, entitled “[PDF] Withdrawal and expulsion from the EU and EMU: some reflections

The author makes a string of vaulting, Jesuitical, and mischievous claims, as EU lawyers often do. Half a century of ever-closer union has created a “new legal order” that transcends a “largely obsolete concept of sovereignty” and imposes a “permanent limitation” on the states’ rights.

Those who suspect that the European Court has the power pretensions of the medieval papacy will find plenty to validate their fears in this astonishing text.

Crucially, the author argues that eurozone exit entails expulsion from the European Union as well. All EU members must take part in EMU (except Britain and Denmark, with opt-outs).

This is a warning shot for Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and Spain. If they fail to marshal public support for draconian austerity, they risk being cast into Icelandic oblivion. Or for Greece, back into the clammy embrace of Asia Minor.

ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet upped the ante, warning that the bank would not bend its collateral rules to support Greek debt. “No state can expect any special treatment,” he said. He might as well daub a death’s cross on the door of Greece’s debt management office.

This euro-brinkmanship must be unnerving for the Hellenic Socialists (PASOK). Last week’s E1.6 billion (L1.4 billion) auction of Greek debt did not go well. The interest rate on six-month notes rose to 1.38 percent, compared to 0.59 percent a month ago. The yield on 10-year bonds has touched 6 percent, the spreads ballooning to 270 basis points above German Bunds.

Greece cannot afford such a premium for long. The country must raise E54 billion this year — front-loaded in the first half. Unless the spreads fall sharply, the deficit cannot be cut from 12.7 percent of GDP to 3 percent within three years. As Moody’s put it, Greece (and Portugal) face the risk of “slow death” from rising interest costs.

Stephen Jen from BlueGold Capital said the design flaws of monetary union are becoming clearer. “I don’t believe Euroland will break up. Too much political capital has been spent in the past half century for Euroland to allow an outright breakage. However, severe ‘stress-fractures’ are quite likely in the years ahead.”

As Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain (PIIGS) slide into deflation, their “real” interest rates will rise even higher. “It is tantamount to hiking rates in the already weak PIIGS,” he said. This is the crux. ECB policy will become “pro-cyclical,” too tight for the South, too loose for the North.

The City view is that the North-South split may cause trouble but that there will always be a bailout to prevent a domino effect. “If a rescue turns out to be necessary, a rescue will be mounted,” said Marco Annunziata from Unicredit.

It comes down to a bet that Berlin will do for Club Med what it did for East Germany: subsidise forever. It is a judgment on whether EMU is the binding coin of sacred solidarity or just a fixed exchange rate system like others before it.

Politics will decide, and in Greece it is already proving messy as teams of “inspectors” ruffle feathers. The Orthodox LAOS party is not happy that an EU crew dared to demand an accounting from the colonels. “The Ministry of Defence is sacrosanct,” it said.

Greece alone in Western Europe treats the military budget as a state secret. Rating agencies guess it is a ruinous 5 percent of GDP. Does the country really need 1,700 battle tanks, 420 combat jets, and eight submarines? To fight NATO ally Turkey? Merely to pose the question is to enter dangerous waters.

Who knows what the IMF surveillance team made of their mission in Athens. The fund’s formula for boom-bust countries that squander their competitiveness is to retrench and devalue. But devaluation is ruled out. Greece must take the pain, without the cure.

The policy is conceptually foolish and arguably cynical. It is to bleed a society in order to uphold the ideology of the European Project. Greece’s national debt will be 120 percent of GDP this year. S&P says it will reach 138 percent by 2012. A fiscal squeeze — without any offsetting monetary or exchange stimulus — will cause tax revenues to collapse. Debt will rise higher on a shrinking economic base.

Even if Greece can cut wages without setting off mass protest, it lacks the open economy and export sector that may yet save Ireland in similar circumstances. Greece is caught in a textbook deflation trap.

Labour minister Andreas Loverdos says unemployment would reach a million this year — or 22 percent, equal to 30 million in the US. He broadcast the fact with a hint of menace, as if he wanted Europe to squirm. Two can play brinkmanship.

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Source: GATA Mirrored from Telegraph.co.uk, 2010-01-18

By: cpowell
Section: Daily Dispatches
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The Telegraph, London (ARTICLE NOW WITHDRAWN)
Sunday, January 17, 2010

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/7012297/ECB-prepares-leg…

Quotes from Orwell’s 1984

Quote 1: “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 3

Quote 2: “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 6 

Quote 3: “A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.” Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 16

Quote 4: “one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended.” Part 1, Chapter 2, pg. 23

Quote 5: “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” Part 1, Chapter 2, pg. 27

Quote 6: “The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.” Part 1, Chapter 2, pg. 28

Quote 7: “With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm.” Part 1, Chapter 3, pg. 33

Quote 8: “‘Who controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'” Part 1, Chapter 3, pg. 37

Quote 9: “Comrade Ogilvy, who had never existed in the present, now existed in the past, and when once the act of forgery was forgotten, he would exist just as authentically, and upon the same evidence, as Charlemagne or Julius Caesar.” Part 1, Chapter 4, pg. 50

Quote 10: “Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.” Part 1, Chapter 6, pg. 64

Quote 11: “She had not a thought in her head that was not a slogan, and there was no imbecility, absolutely none, that she was not capable of swallowing if the Party handed it out to her.” Part 1, Chapter 6, pg. 67

Quote 12: “Sexual intercourse was to be looked on as a slightly disgusting minor operation, like having an enema.” Part 1, Chapter 6, pg. 69

Quote 13: “They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part, at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and, above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds.” Part 1, Chapter 7, pg. 71

Quote 14: “If there is hope, wrote Winston, it lies in the proles.” Part 1, Chapter 7, pg. 72

Quote 15: “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” Part 1, Chapter 7, pg. 74

Quote 16: “a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting – three hundred million people all with the same face.” Part 1, Chapter 7, pg. 77

Quote 17: “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” Part 1, Chapter 7, pg. 84

Quote 18: “It seemed to him that he knew exactly what it felt like to sit in a room like this, in an armchair beside an open fire with your feet in the fender and a kettle on the hob: utterly alone, utterly secure, with nobody watching you, no voice pursuing you, no sound except the singing of the kettle and the friendly ticking of the clock.” Part 1, Chapter 8, pg. 100

Quote 19: “Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St Clement’s, You owe me three farthings, say the bells of St Martin’s.” Part 1, Chapter 8, pg. 103

Quote 20: “At the sight of the words I love you the desire to stay alive had welled up in him, and the taking of minor risks suddenly seemed stupid.” Part 2, Chapter 1, pg. 110-11

Quote 21: “by degrees the flood of music drove all speculations out of his mind. It was as though it were a kind of liquid stuff that poured all over him and got mixed up with the sunlight that filtered through the leaves.” Part 2, Chapter 2, pg. 125

Quote 22: “Not merely the love of one person, but the animal instinct, the simple undifferentiated desire: that was the force that would tear the Party to pieces.” Part 2, Chapter 2, pg. 127

Quote 23: “to be bought furtively by proletarian youths who were under the impression that they were buying something illegal.” Part 2, Chapter 3, pg. 132

Quote 24: “What was more important was that sexual privation induced hysteria, which was desirable because it could be transformed into war fever and leader worship.” Part 2, Chapter 3, pg. 134

Quote 25: “She did not understand that there was no such thing as happiness, that the only victory lay in the far future, long after you were dead, that from the moment of declaring war on the Party it was better to think of yourself as a corpse. ‘We are the dead,’ he said.” Part 2, Chapter 3, pg. 137

Quote 26: “The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all around him. She had become a physical necessity.” Part 2, Chapter 4, pg. 140

Quote 27: “The proles, normally apathetic about the war, were being lashed into one of their periodical frenzies of patriotism.” Part 2, Chapter 5, pg. 150

Quote 28: “So long as they were actually in this room, they both felt, no harm could come to them.” Part 2, Chapter 5, pg. 152

Quote 29: “Even the one plan that was practicable, suicide, they had no intention of carrying out. To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one’s lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available.” Part 2, Chapter 5, pg. 153

Quote 30: “she only questioned the teachings of the Party when they in some way touched upon her own life. Often she was ready to accept the official mythology, simply because the difference between truth and falsehood did not seem important to her.” Part 2, Chapter 5, pg. 154

Quote 31: “He had the sensation of stepping into the dampness of a grave, and it was not much better because he had always known that the grave was there and waiting for him.” Part 2, Chapter 6, pg. 160

Quote 32: “He knew that he was starving the other two, but he could not help it; he even felt that he had a right to do it. The clamorous hunger in his belly seemed to justify him.” Part 2, Chapter 7, pg. 163

Quote 33: “The terrible thing that the Party had done was to persuade you that mere impulses, mere feelings, were of no account, while at the same time robbing you of all power over the material world.” Part 2, Chapter 7, pg. 165

Quote 34: “It’s the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say anything – anything – but they can’t make you believe it. They can’t get inside you.” Part 2, Chapter 7, pg. 167

Quote 35: “You will work for a while, you will be caught, you will confess, and then you will die… There is no possibility that any perceptible change will happen within our own lifetime. We are the dead.” Part 2, Chapter 8, pg. 177

Quote 36: “The primary aim of modern warfare Part 1n accordance with the principles of doublethink, this aim is simultaneously recognized and not recognized by the directing brains of the Inner Party is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.” Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 189

Quote 37: “If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations.” Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 190

Quote 38: “the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.” Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 192

Quote 39: “a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with extraordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture.” Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 194

Quote 40: “It was the product of a mind similar to his own, but enormously more powerful, more systematic, less fear-ridden. The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already.” Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 201

Quote 41: “Even the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages was tolerant by modern standards. Part of the reason for this was that in the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end.” Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 206-7

Quote 42: “the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty.” Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 215

Quote 43: “everywhere stood the same solid unconquerable figure, made monstrous by work and childbearing, toiling from birth to death and still singing.” Part 2, Chapter 10, pg. 222

Quote 44: “It was more natural to exist from moment to moment, accepting another ten minutes’ life even with the certainty that there was torture at the end of it.” Part 3, Chapter 1, pg. 232

Quote 45: “There were times when it went on and on until the cruel, wicked, unforgivable thing seemed to him not that the guards continued to beat him but that he could not force himself into losing consciousness.” Part 3, Chapter 2, pg. 244

Quote 46: “The old feeling, that at bottom it did not matter whether O’Brien was a friend or an enemy, had come back. O’Brien was a person who could be talked to… O’Brien had tortured him to the edge of lunacy, and in a little while, it was certain, he would send him to his death. It made no difference.” Part 3, Chapter 2, pg.255-6

Quote 47: “There was nothing left in them except sorrow for what they had done, and love of Big Brother. It was touching to see how they loved him. They begged to be shot quickly, so that they could die while their minds were still clean.” Part 3, Chapter 2, pg. 259

Quote 48: “We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull.” Part 3, Chapter 3, pg. 268

Quote 49: “‘Do you remember writing in your diary,’ he said, ‘that it did not matter whether I was a friend or an enemy, since I was at least a person who understood you and could be talked to? You were right. I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.'” Part 3, Chapter 2, pg. 271

Quote 50: “It was like swimming against a current that swept you backwards however hard you struggled, and then suddenly deciding to turn round and go with the current instead of opposing it. Nothing had changed except your own attitude; the predestined thing happened in any case.” Part 3, Chapter 4, pg. 280

Quote 51: “For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself.” Part 3, Chapter 4, pg. 283

Quote 52: “Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don’t care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!” Part 3, Chapter 5, pg. 289

Quote 53: “There were things, your own acts, from which you could not recover. Something was killed in your breast; burnt out, cauterized out.” Part 3, Chapter 6, pg. 293

Quote 54: “But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” Part 3, Chapter 6, pg. 300

Quote 55: “The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.” Appendix, pg. 303

Source: 12.160

Rumsfeld’s Roadmap to Propaganda National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 177

By: Kristin Adair, January 26, 2006

The Information Operations Roadmap, a 30 October 2003 document approved personally by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “provides the Department with a plan to advance the goal of information operations as a core military competency” and “stands as an another example of the Department’s commitment to transform our military capabilities to keep pace with emerging threats and to exploit new opportunities afforded by innovation and rapidly developing information technologies.” The plan was developed by an oversight panel led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Resource and Plans) and representatives from the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Special Operations Command, among other organizations.

The Roadmap was personally approved by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

The Roadmap presents as one of its key assumptions the importance of Psychological Operations (PSYOP), particularly in wartime: “Effectively communicating U.S. Government (USG) capabilities and intentions is an important means of combating the plans of our adversaries. The ability to rapidly disseminate persuasive information to diverse audiences in order to directly influence their decision-making is an increasingly powerful means of deterring aggression. Additionally, it undermines both senior leadership and popular support for employing terrorists or using weapons of mass destruction.” The military defines PSYOP generally as “planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

The Roadmap has been cited in the media several times (see James Bamford, “The Man Who Sold the War: Meet John Rendon, Bush’s general in the propaganda war,” Rolling Stone, November 17, 2005; Stephen J. Hedges, “Media use backfires on U.S.; Many ask if Pentagon altered information to make case for war,” Chicago Tribune, December 11, 2005.) [see references], but has not previously been released to the public. The document calls on DoD to enhance its capabilities in five key Information Operations (IO) areas: electronic warfare (EW), PSYOP, Operations Security (OPSEC), military deception and computer network operations (CNO).

In light of recent media coverage of alleged propaganda activities by the military in Iraq, the Roadmap gives as one of its recommendations the need to “Clarify Lanes in the Road for PSYOP, Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy.” The U.S. government is legally prohibited from conflating these operations by targeting PSYOP activities–intended for foreign audiences–at the American public. 22 U.S.C. § 1461 (Smith-Mundt Act), which created the United States Information Agency (USIA) in 1948, directs that information about the United States and its policies intended for foreign audiences “shall not be disseminated within the United States, its territories, or possessions.” Amendments to the Smith-Mundt Act in 1972 and 1998 further clarified the legal obligations of the government’s public diplomacy apparatus and several presidential directives, including Reagan’s NSD-77 in 1983, Clinton’s PDD-68 in 1999, and Bush’s NSPD-16 in July 2002 (the latter two still classified), have set up specific structures and procedures, as well as further legal restrictions, regarding U.S. public diplomacy and information operations.

President Clinton’s secret Presidential Decision Directive (PDD-68), issued on April 30, 1999, expanded public diplomacy and public affairs operations beyond USIA and the Department of State to include all agencies and set out the objective of IPI “to synchronize the informational objectives, themes and messages that will be projected overseas . . . to prevent and mitigate crises and to influence foreign audiences in ways favorable to the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives.” (PDD-68 also cautioned against using the new information operations to influence the American public, but recognized the potential for “backwash” of IPI information to the United States and so called for coordinated domestic and foreign public affairs operations to synchronize foreign policy messages.

The newly-released Information Operations Roadmap, with the goal of expansion and central coordination of Pentagon PSYOP and public diplomacy operations, also recognizes the legal conundrum presented by the use of overseas propaganda in the information age. But while the document recognizes the need for boundaries-referred to as “[l]anes”-between U.S. public diplomacy and foreign propaganda, it fails to provide any such limits:

“The likelihood that PSYOP messages will be replayed to a much broader audience, including the American public, requires that specific boundaries be established for PSYOP. In particular:

The discussion of the relationship between public diplomacy and IO neither cites the applicable legal restrictions nor institutes specific guidelines, but references only the “intent” of the U.S. government in “targeting” either foreign or domestic audiences:

By means of recommendations for enhancing PSYOP capabilities, the oversight panel directed “improvements . . . to rapidly generate audience specific, commercial-quality products into denied areas” and a “focus on aggressive behavior modification at the operational and tactical level of war.” Additionally, the Roadmap cites improved military support to public diplomacy efforts and support for “active public affairs programs that influence foreign audiences” as vital components of the new IO strategy.


Documents
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Document 1: Department of Defense, Information Operations Roadmap, October 30, 2003, Secret [Excised].
Source: Freedom of Information Act request

Document 2: Joint Publication 3-53, Doctrine for Joint Psychological Operations, September 5, 2003. Source: http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/new_pubs/jp3_53.pdf

Document 3: National Security Decision Directive NSDD-77, “Management of Public Diplomacy Relative to National Security,” January 14, 1983.
Source: Freedom of Information Act request.

Document 4: Reorganization Plan and Report, Submitted by President Clinton to the Congress on December 30, 1998, Pursuant to Section 1601 of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998, as Contained in Public Law 105-277. Source: http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/pdd/pdd-68-dos.htm

Document 5: Presidential Decision Directive PDD-68, “International Public Information (IPI), April 30, 1999 [Classified]. Source: Summary from Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists, http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/pdd/pdd-68.htm, citing IPI Core Group Charter, obtained by the Washington Times (Ben Barber, “Group Will Battle Propaganda Abroad,” Washington Times, 28 July 1999).

Document 6: National Security Presidential Directive NSPD-16, July 2002 [Classified]. Source: Summarized in Power Point presentation on Information Warfare, Florida International University, 2004, http://www.fiu.edu/~apodaca/Information%20Warfare%20Lecture.ppt

REFERENCES

James Bamford, “The Man Who Sold the War: Meet John Rendon, Bush’s general in the propaganda war,” Rolling Stone, November 17, 2005, available at http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/store/_/id/8798997.

Stephen J. Hedges, “Media use backfires on U.S.; Many ask if Pentagon altered information to make case for war,” Chicago Tribune, December 11, 2005.

Col. Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.), “Truth from These Podia: Summary of a Study of Strategic Influence, Perception Management, Strategic Information Warfare and Strategic Psychological Operations in Gulf II,” October 8, 2003, also available at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/documents/truth_1.pdf.

Ltc. Susan L. Gough, “The Evolution of Strategic Influence, U.S. Army War College Strategy Research Project,” April 7, 2003, also available at http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/gough.pdf.

Soldier’s mother angry over inquiry ‘snub’

THE mother of a Scottish soldier killed in Iraq fears she has been deliberately blocked from watching Tony Blair give evidence to the official inquiry because of her campaigning.

Rose Gentle, from Glasgow, whose son Gordon, 19, died in Basra in 2004, is not among the family members of those killed in action drawn in a ballot for tickets to see next Friday’s session.

She has been an outspoken critic of the government’s handling of the conflict.

Only 22 of the 28 families who asked for access were successful – with others given places in an adjacent “private viewing room”.

Mrs Gentle has written to the inquiry chairman, Sir John Chilcot, saying:

“I think it is disgraceful that you are now trying to bar me from the hearing. I am concerned that it may be … because I have campaigned so publicly for more than five years for this inquiry.”

Source: The Scotsman.co.uk, January 22 2010
By Joe Churcher

Horror upon horror that unfolded in ‘worst ever’ abuse trial

THINK of a description such as vile, disgusting or revolting. Multiply it ten times, a hundred, a thousand. You are beginning to scratch the surface of just how bad it has been for jurors, and others, over the past nine weeks in what many believe was Scotland’s worst child sex abuse trial.
It was no coincidence that, for the first time in the country’s legal history, professional counsellors had been put on stand-by, ready to assist should any of the 15 jurors find it all too much after being exposed to the sort of evidence that caused even experienced police officers and lawyers to recoil in horror.

At times, the anguish was evident on faces around the courtroom, not just those in the jury box, and tears were shed. The comment of one woman who has more than 30 years’ association with the courts said it all: “I have never known anything like this. It is just awful.”

At times, it was difficult to know which was worse – the written word or photographs of abuse. Much of the evidence was “chat logs” – records of conversations via computer – and e-mail traffic between those in the dock and with other like-minded individuals. Even if, as the accused maintained, it was all fantasy and bluff and an accepted tactic among their kind to try to impress others into parting with some of their treasured collections of child pornography, the dialogue was sick and perverted.

Little of it could be printed in a newspaper without causing huge offence and distress. But the public at large should be under no illusion about what happens in the darkest recesses of the cyber world. Perhaps two examples are sufficient to demonstrate the point.

James Rennie, who used the e-mail name “kplover”, standing for “kiddie porn lover”, had a discussion with a man in the Netherlands who described how he would like to torture and “finish” a child. “His ending remains to be seen but I enjoy the thought of strangling him while sodomised,” the man stated.

On another occasion, Rennie sent a general e-mail with the request: “Has anyone got any porn with young Down’s syndrome or learning difficulty kids?”

This case sank to new depths mainly because it exposed the unpalatable truth that the abuse of innocent, wide-eyed children, sometimes only months old, is not something restricted to countries on the other side of the world and involving anonymous men. Bad as that is, the impact is never the same when it’s not happening on your doorstep with people you might bump into on a trip to the shops. Much of the pornography in the trial did, indeed, emanate from the internet, so it had that kind of unreal quality. But some was created here and featured victims whose parents’ emotions were very real as they sat in the witness box. It also featured men who sat only feet away, as those parents spoke of the utter disbelief that had descended on them when police came knocking at their doors to reveal the awful truth.

The investigation began in late 2007. Neil Strachan, 41, a man who had served time for sexually abusing a child and was on the sex offenders’ register, worked as an engineer with Crown Paints at premises in Edinburgh. He had fitted a personal hard drive to one of the computers at his work and either forgot to remove it or had not realised that the computer was to be sent away for repair. A technician discovered an indecent image of a child, and police were alerted. Operation Algebra swung into action.

Strachan and his partner, Colin Slaven, 23, an IT worker, who shared a flat in Duff Street, Dalry, Edinburgh, were under immediate suspicion. The net widened after checks on Strachan’s e-mail traffic. The “kplover” address was linked to Rennie, 38, who lived in Marionville Road, Meadowbank, Edinburgh, and was then chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, an organisation that helped young people who had difficulties with their sexuality.

Further inquiries led to raids on the homes of five other men: Ross Webber, 27, a bank worker, of Gilbert Avenue, North Berwick, East Lothian; Craig Boath, 24, an insurance claims adjuster, of Gourdie Street, Dundee; Neil Campbell, 46, the married manager of a cake business and a churchgoer, of Glendareul Avenue, Bearsden; John Milligan, a civil servant, of Wanlock Street, Govan; and John Murphy, a trained teacher working part-time as a DJ in a gay bar and a receptionist in a gay sauna, of Westmoreland Street, Govanhill, all Glasgow.

The raids produced a haul of tens of thousands of indecent images of children, hours and hours of chat logs, and innumerable e-mails. An official scale is used to gauge such images – the Copine Scale – and many of those recovered fell into the worst categories, featuring the rape of children and sadism and bestiality. To keep to an absolute minimum the number of images the jury had to view, only examples from each of the collections were displayed in court.

The picture that emerged during the trial was of paedophiles “meeting” on internet chat sites. They could be from any part of the globe and, initially, they would talk in lurid terms about their sexual preferences.

The next stage would be to swap images from their child pornography collections. Again, this could be done via the internet, but sometimes a meeting would be arranged and sexual activity might take place between two men after they had viewed each other’s collections.

A constant theme in the chat logs was the wish for “access” to a child, to abuse him or her (usually him) and take photographs or, better still, video of the acts. Such images were greatly prized in the world of the paedophile, and that was the next rung on the ladder. It was a rung reached by Rennie and Strachan.

Rennie was a close friend of a couple with a son. He had known them from their student days together and he was regularly trusted to babysit the child from the age of three months. He abused the child, photographed and took video of the acts, and forwarded the images to others. It also appeared from some of his e-mail traffic and chat logs that he had been willing and keen to allow others their craved access to the boy. He wrote: “I would like to share my b with you as it is much hotter than solitary.” In a message to Strachan, he said: “Might be on for Saturday… put this in your diary.”

After Rennie’s arrest, police recovered the stills and video of the abuse. They had to inform the boy’s parents, and confirm the identity of the child, whose face was often hidden in the images. The mother told the court she had recognised her son from his pot belly and stature, his curly hair and a particular piece of clothing that she had never liked but which her husband did like and often used to put on the boy.

Asked to put into words the effect on the family of Rennie’s betrayal, and her son’s being subjected to tests for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, she said: “It is fair to say it has turned our lives upside down.”

Her husband added: “It has affected every day of my life. It has affected every relationship I have… it has been the pivotal thing of my lifetime.”

Strachan once wrote in a message to Rennie: “I might have found us a contact with two boys, two and four, willing to share. Only problem is he is in Warrington.” After the message was recovered by the police, huge efforts were made in the Cheshire area to try to identify the children. But they were never found.

Strachan had also written of “having fun” with boys aged six and 18 months. It had happened at New Year 2005-6 when the parents, who were known to Strachan and Slaven, allowed the youngsters to sleep over at the gay lovers’ flat while they hosted a Hogmanay party.

Some days later, Strachan transmitted to Rennie a copy of a photograph featuring an adult and a child of about 18 months. Neither face was visible. The photograph was recovered by police after officers in Edinburgh took steps in the United States, with the assistance of the FBI, to freeze and obtain access to Rennie’s e-mail account with Microsoft. The photograph became known as “the Hogmanay Image” and it was one of the most harrowing for the jury. Although Strachan said in an accompanying message to Rennie that he was the adult in the shot, and he was known to have a polo shirt like the one worn by the man, the police required further proof. They established that Strachan owned a Sony CybershotU digital camera, and they had three photographs of Strachan. One was of him in a baseball cap, and the others were shots of his body that he had sent to his work as a picture sick-note when he suffered from shingles.

Hany Farid, 43, of New Hampshire in the US, is recognised as a world expert in the evolving forensic discipline of computer sciences. He has helped the FBI and the CIA, and it was to him that Lothian and Borders Police turned in relation to the Hogmanay Image. Professor Farid explained to the jury that modern cameras had a “digital fingerprint” and it was possible to link an image to a particular camera, in the same way a bullet could be shown to have been fired from a particular gun.

He studied the photographs of Strachan and the Hogmanay Image and said it was highly likely they had all originated from the same camera, a Sony CybershotU. It was the first time such evidence had been used outside the US.

A second world expert was recruited. Susan Black, of Dundee University, is renowned for her work in human anatomy, and has identified victims in Kosovo, Iraq and Sierra Leone, and in the London bombings.

She examined the Hogmanay Image, in particular the right thumb of the adult, and photographs of Strachan’s right thumb. She noted that the offender’s lunule, the white crescent at the base of the nail, was distorted. The crescent on Strachan’s nail was similarly misshapen.

Professor Black said there was “strong evidence” to support the proposition that Strachan and the abuser were the same person.

Again, the police had the task of revealing to the parents what had happened to their children during that New Year stopover two years earlier. The father told the jury of his torment. He said: “Words cannot describe it… it traumatised everything. Angry, everything… you name it, we felt it.”

Traumatised was a word with which many who had the misfortune to be involved in this trial could identify.

Sickening catalogue of abuse kept secret for years

THE sickening acts of child abuse captured in the so-called “Hogmanay image” horrified the jury in the trial of a paedophile network.

But that vile episode, which saw Neil Strachan carry out disgusting sex acts on a child aged about 18 months, did not represent the first time he had abused defenceless children. The 41-year-old was jailed for three years in 1997 for repeatedly molesting a boy.

In a sickening echo of the abuse he was yesterday convicted of, the former youth football club official started preying on the boy when he was only five, after befriending his parents. Strachan quit as secretary of Edinburgh-based Celtic East Boys Club after he was caught. The abuse had gone on for two years.

The boy’s parents trusted Strachan and let their son stay overnight at his home in Edinburgh. Following his conviction, the victim’s mother said Strachan “should be castrated”.

“He abused our trust, and he deserved to go to jail,” she said.

Sheriff Andrew Bell told him the abuse he carried out was “particularly disgusting and disgraceful”.

He had been convicted of a similar sex offence in 1985 but had managed to keep his past secret.

Neil Strachan
Youth rights champion guilty of vile abuse

A CENTRAL figure in the paedophile ring that committed a string of horrific abuse crimes had been both a confidante to teenagers struggling with their sexuality and a prominent champion of youth rights.

Jamie Rennie began working with LGBT Youth Scotland – which provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people – as a group worker in 1997.

Every week, the trained teacher would provide emotional support and advice for about 20 youngsters aged between 13 and 18 at a community centre in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh.

After a year working directly with young people, Rennie moved into management and rose to become chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland in 2003.

He studied physics at Heriot-Watt University, after which he trained as a teacher. It was during his studies that he became friends with the parents of “Child F” – who he would go on to abuse during babysitting sessions.

In a statement issued after the verdict, the charity expressed its shock and “betrayal” on learning of the abuse Rennie had carried out. It was within the offices of LGBT Youth Scotland that Rennie accessed the Hotmail account “kplover” that he used to view and distribute vile pornographic images of children.

“We are appalled by the abuse and exploitation of children by James Rennie, and wholeheartedly welcome his conviction,” LGBT Youth Scotland said.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the children and families who have been directly, and indirectly, abused by him and the other co-accused also convicted.

“Lothian and Borders Police have been clear that their investigations concerned James Rennie personally and not LGBT Youth Scotland as an organisation.”

Rennie also sat on the board of YouthLink Scotland, which provides support for youth groups across Scotland.

A spokesman for YouthLink Scotland said Rennie was suspended from his position after it learned of his arrest.

The group also insisted “he had no access to children or young people”.

Jamie Rennie

Source: The Scotsman.co.uk, May 08 2009
By John Robertson

White House details new e-mail archiving system

Info released under settlement agreement for lawsuit over Bush White House e-mail retention practices

The Obama administration has released details about its archiving system for unclassified White House e-mail messages as part of a settlement agreement  with two private groups that sued the Executive Office of the President during the George W. Bush administration over electronic recordkeeping practices.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and George Washington University’s (GWU’s) National Security Archive alleged in September 2007 that the Bush White House violated federal records law in failing to properly archive millions of White House e-mail messages between March 2003 and October 2005. The lawsuit, which also named the National Archives and Records Administration as a defendant, dragged on into the Obama administration.

As a result of the lawsuit, the government has recovered, sorted and properly categorized 22 million more e-mails messages than it could find in late 2005, according to the National Security Archive. The groups say the Bush administration’s e-mail retention problem started when Bush White House offices switched their e-mail systems from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange in 2002 and didn’t put in place a new automated archiving system.

The groups and the Obama administration announced last Dec. 14 that they had reached a settlement agreement for the case. Under the terms of that settlement, the White House sent CREW and the archive a letter on Jan. 15 detailing the Executive Office of the President’s current e-mail archiving and back up system.

Brook Colongelo, the chief information officer for the Executive Office of the President’s (EOP’s) Office of Administration, said the EOP has used EMC Corp.’s EmailXtender as its e-mail storage system for its unclassified network since Obama took office. Colangelo said in the letter that the system:

  • Is a secure, single, centrally managed e-mail archive.
  • Automatically captures messages, including those sent or received via BlackBerry mobile handsets in near real time,
  • Can be extracted into a format for transfer to NARA’s next-generation Electronic Records Archive.
  • Archives messages in original formats with attachments.
  • Does regularly scheduled, automated back-ups.
  • Provides weekly automated audit reports.
  • Can segregate e-mails by component to differentiate between records that are covered by the Presidential Records Act and those that are covered by the Federal Records Act.

Colangelo said the system provides broad search capabilities and dashboard reports on the system’s functionality are monitored around the clock at the EOP’s network operations center. The system is stored in an off-site and secure location, Colangelo added.

CREW and the archive indicated they were pleased with the system that the White House described. “The White House appears to be approaching its record preservation obligations with greater conscientiousness than during the last administration,” Meredith Fuchs, the Archive’s general counsel, said in a statement.

Source: Fedreal Computer week.com, Jan 19 2010
By: Ben Bain
Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

‘Find me some obviously sick children’: What PM Tony Blair told aides on hospital visit

Downing Street officials were ordered to round up ‘obviously sick children’ for a photo call on a hospital visit by Tony Blair during the 2001 General Election.

Labour Party general secretary Peter Watt tells how he prepared for the visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

‘En route I got a call from one of the PM’s team asking if I could make sure that there were half a dozen “obviously sick” children for Tony to meet,’ he says. ‘I spent several hours scouring hospital wards for poorly looking kids … and had them in position seconds before Tony turned up.’

One of the children was James Orme, then three, who had broken his arm after falling out of bed – Mr Blair signed his plaster cast. James’s parents David and Joanne last night refused to comment.

Mr Watt describes when Mrs Blair went missing on the visit. ‘At one stage I realised that Cherie was no longer with us.

Trying not to panic, I sent someone back the way we had come and they found her chatting to a member of the public, a dangerous habit in a hospital.

There was too much risk of a PR disaster involving some patient or relative unhappy with the NHS.’

Mr Watt then recalls how later, during a visit to a village, Mr Blair was trapped in a cul-de-sac by hunt campaigners – and had to be extricated by police.
How Blair ordered aides to round up ‘obviously sick children,’ by Peter Watt

As the 2001 General Election approached, I was seconded to manage Labour’s campaign in the East of England. My job was to organise high-profile visits to the area by senior Labour figures.

Wherever the Prime Minister travelled he was under intense scrutiny.

Everything possible was done to minimise the chance of mistakes but things could still go wrong, and during Tony’s first foray into the East of England in the 2001 Election they certainly did.

The plan was simple enough: first a visit to the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, with a quick tour and in particular a look at the children’s centre; then on to a village in rural Tory Norfolk to knock on the doors of some known Labour voters.

It should have been easy.

Accompanied by Cherie, Tony was due at the hospital at 10am.

I was up at 5am so that I could drive from Ipswich and be in place a couple of hours before his arrival.

En route to the hospital I got a call from one of the PM’s team asking if I could make sure that there were half a dozen ‘obviously sick’ children for Tony to meet.

I spent several hours scouring hospital wards for poorly-looking kids, trying to be sensitive and diplomatic about it.

Finally we found the requisite children, obtained permission from their parents for them to take part and had them in position seconds before Tony turned up with 50 bored journalists.

The 11th-hour instruction meant we ran out of time to check Tony’s route through the hospital, so we had to run ahead of his party on each phase of the tour to ensure there were no dangers lurking.

At one stage I realised that Cherie was no longer with us.

Trying not to panic, I sent someone back the way we had come and they found her chatting to a member of the public, a dangerous habit in a hospital.

There was simply too much risk of a PR disaster involving some patient or relative unhappy with the NHS.

In the original plan, the regional campaign team had been due to leave the hospital 20 minutes before Tony to allow us time to arrive in the village well in advance for the next stage of the visit.

We could then hook up with the team already in place in a cul-de-sac, and calmly wait for his arrival, when we would cheer like mad.

But the delays at the hospital threw our plans into chaos, with the result that Tony’s convoy left before we did.

He ended up with a 15-minute head start and arrived before we did.

News had spread and several hundred pro-hunting demonstrators had descended.

When Tony was driven into the cul-de-sac, they barricaded him in and by the time we arrived they were screaming abuse.

Police eventually decided enough was enough and extracted Tony from the melee. I correctly assumed the pictures would be terrible.

With hindsight, the 2001 Election was easy. The 2005 Election was very different.

The Iraq War had poisoned the political atmosphere. Nerves were jangling and the relationship between Tony and Gordon was frayed.

The campaign was dominated by the bolstering of each camp with increasing numbers of advisers and experts.

On the whole, the Treasury team was frugal. The same could not be said for the leader’s team.

They expected a state-of-the-art mobile phone, expense accounts and preferential treatment.

While staff from HQ were avoiding booking taxis to keep costs low, the leader’s team were charging everything to hotel tabs.

It was an unedifying spectacle: we looked drunk on the trappings of power. I hated it.

The low point was a ‘Make Poverty History’ rally at the Old Vic theatre. It was a ‘celebration’ of our achievements in alleviating Third World poverty, something we were rightly proud of.

Unfortunately the event, with a live satellite link-up to poor people in Africa and President Clinton in the United States, cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to stage.

It was the ultimate vanity exercise which attracted virtually no media coverage, and I was ashamed.

For the last day of the campaign, we had planned what we hoped would be a spectacular photo opportunity.

The idea was that after the final Press conference, a select group of Ministers would be whisked off in helicopters for a final campaign blitz.

There were six helicopters in total, a real Apocalypse Now moment that cost the cash-strapped party thousands.

We assumed we would have a queue of Ministers wanting to take part, but they had been in power too long to be excited by such gigs.

Ministers were only prepared to do it if they could be dropped off home by helicopter at the end of the visit programme.

At one point we were in serious danger of having Ministerless helicopters.

We won the Election, but victory had been far from assured.

Source: Mail Online.co.uk, January 17 2010
By: Mail On Sunday Reporter

European Central Bank Prepares Legal Ground For Euro Rupture As Greek Crisis Escalates

Fears of a euro break-up have reached the point where the European Central Bank feels compelled to issue a legal analysis of what would happen if a country tried to leave monetary union.

The economic struggle facing Greece caused riots in December 2008
The economic struggle facing Greece caused riots in December 2008

“Recent developments have, perhaps, increased the risk of secession (however modestly), as well as the urgency of addressing it as a possible scenario,” said the document, entitled Withdrawal and expulsion from the EU and EMU: some reflections.

The author makes a string of vaulting, Jesuitical, and mischievous claims, as EU lawyers often do. Half a century of ever-closer union has created a “new legal order” that transcends a “largely obsolete concept of sovereignty” and imposes a “permanent limitation” on the states’ rights.

Those who suspect that European Court has the power pretensions of the Medieval Papacy will find plenty to validate their fears in this astonishing text.

Crucially, he argues that eurozone exit entails expulsion from the European Union as well. All EU members must take part in EMU (except Britain and Denmark, with opt-outs).

This is a warning shot for Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain. If they fail to marshal public support for draconian austerity, they risk being cast into Icelandic oblivion. Or for Greece, back into the clammy embrace of Asia Minor.

ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet upped the ante, warning that the bank would not bend its collateral rules to support Greek debt. “No state can expect any special treatment,” he said. He might as well daub a death’s cross on the door of Greece’s debt management office.

This euro-brinkmanship must be unnerving for the Hellenic Socialists (PASOK). Last week’s €1.6bn (£1.4bn) auction of Greek debt did not go well. The interest rate on six-month notes rose to 1.38pc, compared to 0.59pc a month ago. The yield on 10-year bonds has touched 6pc, the spreads ballooning to 270 basis points above German Bunds.

Greece cannot afford such a premium for long. The country must raise €54bn this year – front-loaded in the first half. Unless the spreads fall sharply, the deficit cannot be cut from 12.7pc of GDP to 3pc of GDP within three years. As Moody’s put it, Greece (and Portugal) faces the risk of “slow death” from rising interest costs.

Stephen Jen from BlueGold Capital said the design flaws of monetary union are becoming clearer. “I don’t believe Euroland will break up: too much political capital has been spent in the past half century for Euroland to allow an outright breakage. However, severe ‘stress-fractures’ are quite likely in the years ahead.”

As Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain (PIIGS) slide into deflation, their “real” interest rates will rise even higher. “It is tantamount to hiking rates in the already weak PIIGS,” he said. This is the crux. ECB policy will become “pro-cyclical”, too tight for the South, too loose for the North.

The City view is that the North-South split may cause trouble, but that there will always be a bail-out to prevent a domino effect. “If a rescue turns out to be necessary, a rescue will be mounted,” said Marco Annunziata from Unicredit.

It comes down to a bet that Berlin will do for Club Med what it did for East Germany: subsidise forever. It is a judgement on whether EMU is the binding coin of sacred solidarity, or just a fixed exchange rate system like others before it.

Politics will decide, and in Greece it is already proving messy as teams of “inspectors” ruffle feathers. The Orthodox LAOS party is not happy that an EU crew dared to demand an accounting from the colonels. “The Ministry of Defence is sacrosanct,” it said.

Greece alone in Western Europe treats the military budget as a state secret. Rating agencies guess it is a ruinous 5pc of GDP. Does the country really need 1,700 battle tanks, 420 combat jets, and eight submarines? To fight NATO ally Turkey? Merely to pose the question is to enter dangerous waters.

Who knows what the IMF surveillance team made of their mission in Athens. The Fund’s formula for boom-bust countries that squander their competitiveness is to retrench AND devalue. But devaluation is ruled out. Greece must take the pain, without the cure.

The policy is conceptually foolish and arguably cynical. It is to bleed a society in order to uphold the ideology of the European Project. Greece’s national debt will be 120pc of GDP this year. S&P says it will reach 138pc by 2012. A fiscal squeeze – without any offsetting monetary or exchange stimulus – will cause tax revenues to collapse. Debt will rise higher on a shrinking economic base.

Even if Greece can cut wages without setting off mass protest, it lacks the open economy and export sector that may yet save Ireland in similar circumstances. Greece is caught in a textbook deflation trap.

Labour minister Andreas Loverdos says unemployment would reach a million this year – or 22pc, equal to 30m in the US. He broadcast the fact with a hint of menace, as if he wanted Europe to squirm. Two can play brinkmanship.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk, Jan 17 2010
By: Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Patrick Macnee: Illuminati Angels and Demons Revealed

Who are the Illuminati?
What is their history?
What do they have planned for humanity?
Veteran British actor Patrick MacNee narrates the history of the illuminati and reveals their plan for world domination in this interesting and informative documentary.

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http://www.planetquo.com/Final-Warning-A-History-Of-The-New-World-Order

http://www.planetquo.com/The-Occult-Technology-Of-Power

After This Awful Fiasco Over Swine Flu, We Should Never Believe The State Scare Machine Again

So the Government, as the Daily Mail has revealed, is trying to get rid of £1billion-worth of unwanted swine flu vaccine – because the deadly epidemic they were promising us all last year never materialised.

Several things are shocking about this revelation, not least the charge by the Council of Europe’s head of health that major drug companies might have leaned on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to stoke up last year’s scare by warning that swine flu could be a worldwide ‘pandemic’ killing tens of millions.

Certainly, those companies have made vast fortunes out of selling the vaccines which, at our expense, are now having to be flogged off at give-away prices.

The Government is trying to get rid of £1billion worth of the swine flu vaccine
Worthless: The Government is trying to get rid of £1bn worth of swine flu vaccine

But in a way most shocking of all is that this scandalous waste of public money – and the wild over-reaction which gave rise to it – was entirely predictable.

I can say this with confidence because I predicted it on this very page of the Daily Mail in April last year, just when our government, led by the Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson, was cranking up the scare-machine to fever pitch by predicting that swine flu could be as bad as the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 which killed 50million people worldwide.

Even then it was clear that governments all over the world, led by the WHO, were in the grip of a hysterical panic over swine flu.

Our own government was holding emergency meetings in its ‘crisis bunker’ off Whitehall.

The BBC Today programme wheeled on a WHO ‘expert’ to predict that 40 per cent of Britons would catch swine flu, while citing another unnamed ‘expert’ as predicting that up to 1.2million of us could die.

The Government set up several special NHS centres to deal with suspected swine flu cases
The Government set up NHS centres to deal with suspected swine flu cases

A similar panic had seized politicians in America, when just one child died after a family holiday in Mexico – even though this compared with the 36,000 Americans who die each year from more conventional strains of flu.

Yet eight months later it was being reported by scientists that swine flue is only a tenth as virulent as ordinary flu, and only one-100th as virulent as that Spanish flu at the end of World War I.

In other words, swine flu – just like the bird flu which we were told by a senior WHO official in 2005 was going to kill 150 million people worldwide (the true death toll turned out to be barely 200) – has predictably turned out to be yet another example of that all-too-familiar and very dangerous disease of our time, the ‘scare phenomenon’.

Three years ago, with a food safety expert, Dr Richard North, I wrote a book called Scared To Death, a detailed study showing how scare after scare in the past 20 years has rocketed through the headlines, costing us all billions, before it was eventually revealed that they had been blown up out of all proportion and, in many cases, had no real justification at all.

Leaflets were issued to highlight the danger of contracting swine flu
Leaflets were issued to highlight the danger of contracting swine flu

Based on years of research, we traced the history of a whole sequence of such panics, ranging from those over salmonella in eggs and BSE in beef to the Millennium Bug that was supposedly going to bring civilisation to a halt at midnight on December 31, 1999, as half the world’s computers crashed.

That particular panic cost an estimated $300billion before it was discovered that the countries which hadn’t spent fortunes on sorting out their computers fared no worse than those that had.

The purpose of our book was to show how consistently these scares follow an identifiable pattern.

They invariably begin with some misreading of the scientific evidence, which then gets picked up and inflated into some major threat to human health or well being.

But the tipping point of any scare, the moment when it begins to create serious damage, is when politicians and governments get involved, buying the exaggerated threat wholesale and responding with a deluge of measures which end up costing us all billions of pounds.

Priests in Mexico pray while wearing masks intended to prevent them from contracting swine flu
Priests in Mexico pray while wearing masks intended to prevent them from contracting swine flu

A couple in Mexico attempt to kiss while wearing the masks
A couple in Mexico attempt to kiss while wearing the masks

Do you remember our health minister Edwina Currie in 1988 setting off that panic over salmonella in eggs, which was supposedly going to kill thousands of people because the bacteria were somehow getting inside the eggs they ate for breakfast?

Few headlines greeted the government’s admission four years later that salmonella was not getting inside eggs after all and that whatever else had caused a temporary rise in salmonella poisoning, it wasn’t eggs.

But by then the damage was done and more than 5,000 small egg producers had been driven out of business.

In 1996, when the greatest food scare of all exploded over BSE, front-page headlines greeted the suggestion by the government’s chief scientist John Pattison that the death toll from CJD caught by eating beef could within a few years reach 500,000.

A year later, scarcely any attention at all was paid to Dr Pattison’s confession that he had now revised his figure downwards to just ‘100’.

But by this time a flood of government and EU regulations were costing us all an estimated £7billion.

Again and again we have seen this pattern repeating itself, from SARS and dioxins to the confusion between different types of asbestos, costing more than £100billion in lawsuits alone – and the one lesson which comes out from them all, loud and clear, is that our modern world has become far too prone to getting these supposed threats out of all proportion.

The Government launched a mass immunisation programme in an attempt to stop the spread of swine flu
The Government launched a mass immunisation programme in an attempt to stop the spread of swine flu

Exactly as I predicted last April, the panic over swine flu has provided yet another very expensive example of the pattern, showing features all too familiar from all those other scares which have already run their absurdly damaging and unnecessary course.

Of course, governments must be prepared to meet any genuine threat to our health and well-being.

But as history painfully shows, we have become far too quick to over-react to dangers which too often turn out either to have been wildly exaggerated or never to have existed at all.

The real problem is that too many people have a vested interest in talking up these panics beyond what the evidence can support.

These include scientists who are dependent on promoting scares for their funding; politicians who recklessly use scares to show their concern for our welfare; and, not least, those commercial interests which make fortunes out of scares, such as the drug companies who have profited so hugely out of swine flu.

And now, of course – as we and half the world have shivered in recent weeks through the third freezing winter in a row – we are confronted with what many scientists and other experts are beginning to warn might be by far the greatest and most costly scare of all: the panic over runaway global warming.

What this awful fiasco over swine flu should be telling us, in short, is that it is high time we learned to recognise the power of the scare for what it is – something which can carry away our politicians into wasting astronomic sums of money and doing untold damage, based on misreadings of the scientific evidence which may initially seem quite plausible but which can eventually make them and all of us look very silly indeed.

Source: Mail Online.co.uk
By: Christopher Booker, January 12 2010

Growing Polar Bear Population ‘Becoming A Problem,’ Locals Say


Polar bears, the lumbering carnivores of the arctic, continue to be the poster bear – er, child – for global warmers everywhere who are convinced the baby seal munchers are being driven to extinction by man’s irresponsible release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Next to whales, the cuddly fur balls enjoy a special place on the “Animals to Love” list. Grown-ups adore them (provided it’s from a safe distance), and grade-school kids who can’t find Greenland or Manitoba on a map raid their penny jars to save them.

But are the denizens of the deep north facing extinction?  Are they in desperate need of saving? It depends on who you ask.

According to the Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG), the polar bear population is on shaky ground – actually, ice – because of warmer temperatures and shrinking ice floe in the Arctic triggered by the favorite bad-guy of the green movement – anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming.

In a news release issued after its conference last July, the PBSG concluded that only one of 19 total polar bear subpopulations is currently increasing, three are stable and eight are declining. Data was insufficient to determine numbers for the remaining seven subpopulations. The group estimated that the total number of polar bears is somewhere between 20,000 and 25,000. (Estimates of the population during the 1950s and 1960s, before harvest quotas were enacted, range from 5,000 to 10,000.)

However, the PBSG quickly acknowledged that “the mixed quality of information on the different subpopulations means there is much room for error in establishing” the numbers, and “the potential for error, given the ongoing and projected changes in habitats and other potential stresses, is cause for concern.”

Despite those problems, the PBSG said it is optimistic that “humans can mitigate the effects of global warming and other threats to the polar bears.”

Not so fast. According to a U.S. Senate and Public Works Committee report, the “alarm about the future of polar bear decline is based on speculative computer model predictions many decades in the future. Those predictions are being “challenged by scientists and forecasting experts,” said the report.

Those challenges, supported by facts on the ground, including observations from Inuit hunters in the region, haven’t stopped climate fear-mongers at the U.S. Geological Survey from proclaiming that future sea ice conditions “will result in the loss of approximately two-thirds of the world’s current polar bear population by the mid 21st century.”

Such sky-is-falling rhetoric brings smiles to the Inuit population of Canada’s Nunavut Territory. They, too, know how to count, and they claim the bear population is stable or on the rise in their own backyard. Polar bears may be on the decline in some areas, but during their frequent visits to Inuit towns and outposts they rarely decline an easy meal from the local dump or a poorly secured garbage can.

Harry Flaherty, chair of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board in the capital of Iqaluit, says the polar bear population in the region, along the Davis Strait, has doubled during the past 10 years. He questions the official figures, which are based to a large extent on helicopter surveys.

“Scientists do a quick study one to two weeks in a helicopter, and don’t see all the polar bears. We’re getting totally different stories [about the bear numbers] on a daily basis from hunters and harvesters on the ground,” he says.

Dr. Mitchell Taylor, a biologist who has been researching polar bear populations in Canada’s Nunavut Territory for 35 years, seems to agree. “The study estimates from the Iqaluit area agree with those of local hunters, although the accuracy of the counts is doubtful in some areas,” he says.

Gabriel Nirlungayuk, director of wildlife for Nunavut Tuungavik Inc., is another doubter who questions the accuracy of helicopter surveys. “Helicopters have many limitations, including fuel capacity. They can’t go far out into the open water,” he says. But hunters crisscrossing the area by dog team, snowmobile or boat “are seeing polar bears where scientists and helicopters are not traveling.”

Forty years ago, old-timers living in the area around Hudson Bay were lucky to see a polar bear, Nirlungayuk says. “Now there are bears living as far south as James Bay.”

The growing population has become “a real problem,” especially over the last 10 years, he says. During the summer and fall, families enjoying outdoor activities must be on the look-out for bears. Many locals invite along other hunters for protection.

Last year, in Pelly Bay, all the bears that were captured were caught in town, Nirlungayuk says. “You now have polar bears coming into towns, getting into cabins, breaking property and just creating havoc for people up here,” he says.

In the Western Hudson Bay area, where harvest quotas were reduced by 80 percent four years ago, communities are complaining about the number of polar bears. “Now people can look out the window and see as many as 20 polar bears at the ice-flow edge,” Flaherty says.

During a public hearing last September focusing on the polar bear population in the Baffin Bay region, hunters reported more sightings of females with three cubs. The normal litter is one or two. Flaherty, himself a serious hunter, says the abundant food supply – primarily baby ring seals – in the area is responsible for the bigger litters.

The on-the-ground reports, if accurate, seem to contradict the official story of the beleaguered polar bear. According to the standard theory, warmer temperatures (caused by human CO2 emissions) are shrinking the ice floe, the polar bear’s main hunting ground, forcing populations to compete for a diminishing food supply. Warmer temperatures also are to blame for the loss of thicker “multi-year ice.”

Flaherty and many others disagree with the official story. “We are aware there are changes in the weather, but it is not affecting the daily life of the animals,” he says. “Polar bears hunt in the floe-edge areas, on newly formed ice, and in the fiords in search of baby seals. They don’t hunt in the glaciers [areas of multi-year ice].

“We’re not seeing negative effects on the polar bear population from so-called climate change and receding ice,” he says. He is convinced that some scientists are deliberately “using the polar bear issue to scare people” about global warming, a view widely shared by many Nunavut locals.

It has warmed in the region and, as Taylor confirms, the summer sea-ice boundary has been slowly contracting for the last 30 years and experienced a big decline in 2007 – an event that was widely reported as evidence of anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming.

However, the shrinking sea ice does not affect polar bear numbers uniformly, he emphasizes. “Even in adjacent sub-populations, the impact may vary,” he says. “Every population is ecologically different. Some populations may actually benefit from less sea ice.”

Taylor downplays the theory that CO2 is the culprit responsible for warmer Arctic temperatures. Other factors, including wind-driven ice movement, shifting ocean currents, reduced albedo effect (less snow-cover resulting in less heat reflection) and increased water vapor (the major greenhouse gas) from a growing expanse of ice-free water, leading to warmer air temperatures, may be influencing the local climate, he says.

“Arctic warming is real, but just because it’s warmer doesn’t mean it’s caused by carbon dioxide. I don’t think CO2 is the main factor causing it.”

He notes that the current model forecasts, which show elevated CO2 levels triggering global temperature increases, don’t agree with the contemporary temperature record. “When predictions don’t match the observations, scientists should say ‘there is something wrong here.’”

The IPCC models, he claims, are “multiplying the effect of CO2 to obtain the temperature increases they predict,” a criticism shared by others in the scientific community who have openly accused modelers of data manipulation.

“The idea that these models can make predictions 50 to 100 years into the future seems, frankly, absurd to me.”

Both Nirlungayuk and Flaherty ridicule media claims that the polar bear is threatened or on the verge of extinction.

“Polar bears are very intelligent . . . they have adapted through many climate changes for thousands of years. They are not going to wait around for the ice to freeze to start hunting. They live on more than just seals,” says Nirlungayuk.

Adds Flaherty: “At the end of the day, the King of the North will always be here. When we hear that polar bears are headed towards extinction, we just kind of smile at ourselves.”

Source: Examiner.com, Jan 08 2010
By: Kirk Myers

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