Monthly Archives: August, 2011

FEDS Vs Gibson – Gov’t Says Wood Is Illegal if U.S. Workers Produce It

Gibson.com, Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Justice department bullies Gibson without filing charges

The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India.

On August 24, 2011, around 8:45 a.m. CDT, agents for the federal government executed four search warrants on Gibson’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Gibson had to cease its manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day, while armed agents executed the search warrants. Gibson has fully cooperated with the execution of the search warrants.

• Raid shut down Gibson factories and cost company money
This is the second time that federal agents have raided Gibson facilities and disrupted production – this time causing lost productivity and sales.

• Wood seized was Forest Stewardship Council Controlled
The wood the Government seized on August 24 is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier and is FSC Controlled, meaning that the wood complies with the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, which is an industry-recognized and independent, not-for-profit organization established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC Controlled Wood standards require, among other things, that the wood not be illegally harvested and not be harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights. See www.fsc.org for more information. Gibson has a long history of supporting sustainable and responsible sources of wood and has worked diligently with entities such as the Rainforest Alliance and Greenpeace to secure FSC certified supplies. The wood seized on August 24 satisfied FSC standards.

• Nearly two years later, no charges have been filed
In 2009, more than a dozen agents with automatic weapons invaded the Gibson factory in Nashville. The Government seized guitars and a substantial amount of ebony fingerboard blanks from Madagascar. To date, 1 year and 9 months later, criminal charges have NOT been filed, yet the Government still holds Gibson’s property. Gibson has obtained sworn statements and documents from the Madagascar government and these materials, which have been filed in federal court, show that the wood seized in 2009 was legally exported under Madagascar law and that no law has been violated. Gibson is attempting to have its property returned in a civil proceeding that is pending in federal court.

The Justice Department has asked the judge to stop the court case indefinitely.

• Information sought in raid was already made available
Since 2009, Gibson has fully cooperated with the Government’s investigation of wood and has provided substantial documentation regarding Gibson’s wood-buying activities over the years. Yet, the Federal Government raided Gibson’s facilities on August 24, 2011, without warning or communication of any kind. Had the Government simply communicated with Gibson, Gibson would have cooperated without having to stop its production and send workers home.

• Not about illegal logging, not about conservation, not about the environment
The U.S. Lacey Act does not directly address conservation issues but is about obeying all laws of the countries from which wood products are procured. This law reads that you are guilty if you did not observe a law even though you had no knowledge of that law in a foreign country. The U.S. Lacey Act is only applicable when a foreign law has been violated.

• Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights
Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.

For more information, please contact:
Henry E. Juszkiewicz
c/o Gibson Guitar Corp.
309 Plus Park Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 871-4500 Extension 2405
www.gibson.com

About Gibson Guitar:

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ClimateGate – Al Gore Plays The Race Card, But He’s The Real Racist (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

Al Gore Plays The Race Card, But Hes The Real Racist 290811topSoaring food prices caused by ethanol production – funded by Gore – are killing poor black people

Al Gore is now so desperate to “win the conversation,” or in other words ‘silence the dissent’ surrounding global warming that he is now equating those who question ManBearPig with racists who supported spraying black people with water cannons.

Of course, the delicious irony is the fact that the promotion of man-made global warming and the development of biofuels is killing predominantly black people in third world countries as a result of soaring food prices.

“I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me,” Gore told Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky. “My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”

Gore then went on to talk about how to “win the conversation” on global warming, by comparing skeptics with racists, adding “It is important to get that out there, absolutely.”

Gore wants to make man-made climate change skepticism a thought crime on a par with uttering racist obscenities, once again revealing the hardcore authoritarian tendencies that cloud the entire global warming movement.

Since the skeptics are clearly ‘winning the conversation’, with polls showing a decreasing belief in climate change alarmism, merely insinuating skeptics are akin to holocaust deniers by labeling them “climate deniers” is no longer sufficient for the likes of Gore.

In reality, if you want to point the finger at anyone for encouraging racism, it’s overwhelmingly the global warming alarmists themselves.

Climate change alarmism and implementation of global warming policies is a crime of the highest nature, because it is already having a genocidal impact in countries like Haiti, where the doubling of food prices is resulting in a substantial increase in starvation, poverty and death.

As a National Geographic Report confirmed, “With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some must take desperate measures to fill their bellies,” by “eating mud,” partly as a consequence of “increasing global demand for biofuels.”

In April 2008, World Bank President Robert Zoellick admitted that biofuels were a “significant contributor” to soaring food prices that have led to poor people dying from starvation as a result of biofuels dominating land that would normally be used to harvest food.

Even man-made global warming advocate George Monbiot admits that promotion of biofuels “is causing starvation in the poor world,” particularly in Swaziland, where the decision to allocate several thousand hectares of farmland to ethanol production despite the country being in the grip of a famine was labeled “a crime against humanity” by Jean Ziegler, the UN’s special rapporteur.

Not only are biofuels starving millions of people, they are also leading to environmental destruction, by accelerating the growth of dangerous chemicals and pesticides.

Gore was an enthusiastic supporter of biofuel projects even as it became clear they were exacerbating the starvation of millions of predominantly black people in the third world, and yet he has the temerity to label critics of such practices as “racist”. Part of Gore’s $638 million Generation Investment Management funding was ploughed into the production of biofuels, before Gore himself was forced to admit he was wrong to push biofuels years later, after they had helped kill millions of poor black people.

But it’s not just biofuels, a product of global warming alarmism, that are unleashing a genocide against black people in poorer countries, it’s the whole anti-development mantra embraced by climate change activists that is being enforced by supranational organizations like the World Bank and the IMF in the name of reducing carbon dioxide, the evil life-giving gas that plants breathe and humans exhale.

Indeed, poorer countries rejected the 2009 Copenhagen climate agreement precisely because it discriminated against third world nations.

In the leaked Copenhagen text that emerged during the conference, leaders of third world countries were horrified to discover that developed nations would take on less of a burden than anticipated and that more would be demanded of poorer countries despite the fact that any further cuts in CO2 emissions would further cripple their flimsy economies and poverty-stricken people.

In addition, the leaked paper revealed that funds from climate financing, originally allocated to go to the UN and then be doled out piecemeal to third world nations, would instead be paid directly into the coffers of the World Bank and IMF, organizations that have made a habit out of looting poorer countries with crippling loans that cannot be paid back, forcing such countries to hand over their entire infrastructure to globalist loan sharks.

In addition, the Obama administration, firmly supported by Al Gore, last year ordered the World Bank to keep “developing” countries underdeveloped by blocking them from building coal-fired power plants, ensuring that poorer countries remain in poverty as a result of energy demands not being met.

By preventing poor nations from becoming self-sufficient in blocking them from producing their own energy, the Obama administration is ensuring that millions more will die from starvation and lack of access to hospitals and medical treatment.

Not only does strangling the energy supply to poorer countries prevent adequate food distribution and lead to more starvation, but hospitals and health clinics in the third world are barely even able to operate as a result of the World Bank and other global bodies ordering them to be dependent on renewable energy supplies that are totally insufficient.

A prime example appeared in the documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle, which highlighted how a Kenyan health clinic could not operate a medical refrigerator as well as the lights at the same time because the facility was restricted to just two solar panels.

“There’s somebody keen to kill the African dream. And the African dream is to develop,” said author and economist James Shikwati. “I don’t see how a solar panel is going to power a steel industry … We are being told, ‘Don’t touch your resources. Don’t touch your oil. Don’t touch your coal.’ That is suicide.”

The program labels the idea of restricting the world’s poorest people to alternative energy sources as “the most morally repugnant aspect of the global warming campaign.”

Holding back poor countries and preventing them from developing their infrastructure in the name of reducing CO2 emissions is worsening poverty exponentially. This is the ultimate form of racism – economic terrorism against poor black people – and it’s fully embraced by Al Gore as part of his global warming creed.

Listen to Al Gore’s comments below.

Source: Prison Planet.com, August 29, 2011
Paul Joseph Watson

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.

What’s Behind the Global Bankers’ Austerity Programs: Seizure of Public Property for Corporations

What lies in store for Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and, in short order, the United States, is the wholesale sell-off of public property to private corporations at bargain basement prices. What the despots who gather in their secretive lairs at Davos, Cernobbio, Bilderberg, and G8/G20 are bringing about is a world where no property is owned by the state, which by default means the people. Total corporate control over every facet of life equals extreme fascism.

What is occurring in Greece is a bellwether for what will befall other nations in Europe, as well as the United States, if the bankers get their way. And in Greece, the people know how generations of investments by the taxpayers are being turned over to vampire capitalists who have the full backing of the International Monetary Fund, European Commission, and the European Central Bank.

The European and global bankers have demanded that the Greek government sell off entirely or assume a minority stake in a number of state enterprises and utilities.

For example, this year global capitalists are slated to acquire 84 percent of OTE, the Greek telecommunications provider. In addition, private bankers will assume 66 percent ownership of the Greek Postal Savings Bank; 51 percent of the National Lottery; 60 percent of the Salonika Water Authority; 68 percent of DEPA, the natural gas utility; and 25 percent ownership of the ports of Piraeus and Salonika.

Next year, the capitalist grab for public property increases in intensity with Athens International Airport coming under 79 percent private ownership. The global capitalists will also obtain 100 percent ownership of the Egniata toll motorway; 60 percent of Hellenic Post; 66 percent of OPAP, the state-run video-lotto and online sports betting firm; 73 percent of the Athens Water Authority; 83 percent of DEI, the Greek Electric Authority; and 51 percent of the Greek Regional Airports Authority.

The Greek Communist Party has vowed to fight against the acquisition of public property by the private sector. In fact, it is the Communist parties of Europe that have been the most vocal against the power grab by the bankers but their opposition to the privatization moves receives very little attention by the corporate-controlled media.

Massive sell-off lists of public property are now being drawn up by the governments of Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Ireland. In the United States, there are calls for the privatization of the US Postal Service, Social Security, and Medicare.

One Libyan government official this reporter spoke to in Tripoli, during an intensive NATO bombing assault, opined that the same fate is in store for the Libyan Socialist Jamahiriyah. With the highest standard of living in Africa, Libyans could witness the U.S.- and NATO-backed rebel government begin to sell off Libyan government assets to global capitalists. The Libyan official said, “These people [global bankers] would sell the air if they could get away with it.”

Source: Interpid Report.com, June 15 2011
By: Wayne Madsen

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

Copyright © 2011 WayneMadenReport.com

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

So What Happens to the Gold and Critical Records Stored on Wall Street During Hurricane Irene?

Source: Solari.com
By: Catherine Austin Fitts, August 26, 2011

I am a suspicious person.

When the dollar started to soar and gold tank on Tuesday shortly before an earthquake hit the East Coast delivering cracks into the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral and disrupting Congress, it seemed a remarkable coincidence. Minor earthquakes followed on the West coast that evening and the following day.

US Dollar Index Monday-Thursday:

bloomberg.com.

Gold Spot Price – August to Date:

http://www.kitco.com/

Now, I am watching a very uncomfortable Mayor of New York standing next to an even more uncomfortable Police Chief announce the shut down of the NY City subway system and the mandatory evacuation of an area that is either near or includes the NY Federal Reserve Bank (the depository of the US government and the manager of the Exchange Stabilization Fund), the Comex, the NY Fed member banks and more critical data about the global financial system than just about any location on earth.

The NY Fed (in Zone C just outside the evacuation area) is the storage site for significant holdings of gold, including for central banks around the world. Here is the NY Fed’s description of its gold depository. Here is a recent popular description from Raw StorySoaring Demand Spotlights Secret NY Gold Hoard 

The NY City subway system is an extensive network of underground tunnels and facilities in lower Manhattan. I have spent a lot of time touring those tunnels as the lead banker recapitalizing the NY transportation systems in the 1980′s. The gold stores are also underground. Who can forget Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons and Samuel Jackson in Die Hard with a Vengence when the bad guys cut through the subway system to steal the Fed’s gold?

Given the instability in our government and financial system, including allegations of collateral fraud in the US Treasury and mortgage market and all sorts of shenanigans in the US government and Fed accounts, the shut down of the NY subway system combined with a forced evacuation strikes me as a particularly fluid situation.

The Most Screwed NYC Neighborhoods If Hurricane Irene Strikes Tomorrow
Business Insider (26 Aug 11)

I would note that emergencies declared in response to natural disasters are the basis of significant intervention financially in the mortgage and financial markets. These days, whenever I see an emergency declared I wonder what checks the FHA Fund is writing, what mortgages are being bought back and what documents are being shredded. Are we watching a covert QE3 brewing?

From: State-by-state Look at Dangers, Prep for Irene
jdnews.com/news (25 Aug 11)

Whatever is happening, evacuations of Congress and the New York financial district and parabolic market movements are serious events. The memory of the mysterious demolition of Building 7 during 911 — and with it the destruction of significant investigation records at governmental agencies — comes to mind.

The people of New York and along the Eastern Seaboard are in my prayers tonight.

Related Reading:

Bloomberg: Mandatory Evacuation for Some Areas
Dailymotion (26 Aug 11)

Obama Says Hurricane Irene “Extremely Dangerous”
Reuters (26 Aug 11)

The Most Screwed NYC Neighborhoods If Hurricane Irene Strikes Tomorrow

The Greek Government’s Betrayal of Greece to the Foreign Occupational Forces of the Troika

By: Max Keiser

Dear Reader,

Please note the definitions of the following terms and initials utilized in this discourse:
Troika = European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund

MoU = Memorandum of Understanding

COG = Constitution of Greece

PC = Penal Code

Dimitris Antoniou’s lawsuit was initially submitted to the Public Prosecutor of Halkida on May 27, 2010. Finally, due to jurisdiction locality, the lawsuit received the following file number: ABM: ID. 10/19743/15-10-2010 of the Prosecutor of Athens

The Greek Government’s Betrayal of Greece to the Foreign Occupational Forces of the Troika

Concession of the Greek Legislative, Executive and Juridical Powers to Foreign Powers

The contents of the, thus far, three International Loan Agreements and the Memoranda expose the Greek government’s concession of its legislative, juridical, and executive powers to the Troika. As declared in the Constitution of Greece, these constitutional and state powers belong exclusively to the Greek people. This is evidenced by the fact that almost all the terms and conditions of the three Loan Agreements and the corresponding Memorandums begin with predetermined edicts of the Troika which are then subserviently adhered to by the Greek government via a pseudo-voting process in the Greek parliament. The edicts authoritatively abolish the distinction of powers provided (Penal Code 134a) for by the Constitution of Greece (C.O.G. article 26,87) and this compliance is then reflected within the Greek parliament as the Troika dictates what measures and laws should be applied and voted upon. Specific edicts which can be found in the relative agreements are:

“The Greek government is bound to adopt and implement, …will be applied, …will change the law, …The Greek government will adopt legislation and take the necessary steps, …The Greek parliament will vote, …The Greek parliament will adopt…..” etc.

The Troika, literally determining the fundamentals of the state budget of Greece and its domestic policies, also dictates the following condition:

“The (Greek) authorities are committed to consult the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF if it intends to adopt policies which are inconsistent with this memorandum” (p. 1 of Annex IV n.3845/2010 MoU).

In other words, the Troika and ominously enough, NOT the “Greek government”, has veto power over ALL laws which would be brought to vote in the Greek Parliament! The same conditions are once again prescribed by the Troika within all of the articles of the Second Loan Agreement and the Second (revised) Memorandum of August 6, 2010 the latter of which is discussed further below in this discourse.

The aforementioned terms of the International Loan Agreements and the Memorandums constitute a transfer of the legislative, juridical and executive powers of Greece to foreign forces thereby violating Articles 1 & 28 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of Greece. Accordingly, the Greek government’s AUTHORITY (not only functions) is surrendered to the Troika. Subsequently, through the collaboration of the now subservient Greek parliament, the dictates of the Troika are imposed, violating the Sovereignty of the Greek People and Article 134 of the Penal Code.

Moreover, in accordance with Article 28 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of Greece, the International Loan Agreement was not legally ratified, nor even validated in pretense and therefore is inadmissible to parliament. Therefore, even if the Loan Agreement was validated by each and every parliamentarian (5/5), the Agreement would still be considered “treacherous”. Naturally, this crime of High Treason can not be dismissed as not even the 300 members of parliament can not “sign away” our national sovereignty to foreign powers.

The preceding Loan Agreement and Memorandum conditions violate Articles 1 and 28, paragraph 3 of the Constitution of Greece.The powers surrendered to the Troika, not only include an allotment of the implementation of our national sovereignty, but are granted as RIGHTS in the form of EXECUTIVE POWERS disregarding all of the prohibitive conditions set out within the last section of Article 28, paragraph 3 of the Constitution of Greece. Forming the basis of the national sovereignty of Greece (Article 1, C.O.G.), these conditions which specifically set reciprocity, equality and non-infringement as the “foundation of democracy” are vitally violated mainly by the terms and conditions of the Agreement and the Memorandum.

The specifics of my legal complaint as well as the provisions of Article 28 paragraph 2.3 of the C.O.G. constitute the “fundamental principles of the Constitution of Greece” (PC134 a). These are the principals which determine the international relations of our country in regards to the conservation and preservation of our National Sovereignty and Independence.

Additionally:

1a) Article 14 para.5 of the Loan Agreement states: ”

“The Borrower hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waives the immunity (of the Greek state) to which it is or may become entitled, in respect of itself or its assets in total, from legal proceedings in relation to this Agreement, including, without limitation, immunity from suit, judgment or other order, from attachment, arrest or injunction prior to judgment, and from execution and enforcement against its assets to the extent not prohibited by mandatory law.”

1b) According to article 14, paragraph 1, 2 & 3, the Loan Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with English law and the parties involved in the agreement undertake to submit any dispute which may arise relating to the legality, validity, interpretation or performance of the Agreement to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In other words, if in the case of the demise of the territorial status of Greece, the Greek Government and it’s Justice system must rely upon the Troika for its legal rights. These terms equate to an unacceptable and unconditional surrender of the legal protection of Greece while simultaneously transferring the country’s jurisdictional power over to foreign forces.

2) Form of Legal Opinion: Article 12 of Annex 4, par.4 : “Neither the Borrower (namely the “Greek people” per se who become potential “slaves”!) nor any of its property are immune on the grounds of national sovereignty or otherwise from jurisdiction, attachment – whether before or after judgment – or execution in respect of any action or proceeding relating to the Agreement.”

The above condition defines the abolition of the physical existence of the Greek State and concedes our national sovereignty to foreign powers (Troika). The effectiveness of this article must be taken into account when evaluated in correlation with Article 13 of the Loan Agreement. The contract allows the Troika to assign and transfer their (the Lender’s) rights and obligations to foreign, friendly, and unfriendly third parties. Therefore the Sovereign rights of Greece are subject to third party assignment.

3) In Article 10 of the Loan Agreement , Greece grants the right to Troika to periodically evaluate the progress of the Greek Government’s implementation of the Troika edicts. These edicts impose policies and measures which affect each individual Greek citizen. This act in itself equates to the concession of the Executive Powers of the Greek Government and of the Parliament to foreign powers. Therefore, the Greek government and it’s Parliament, have effectively transferred to foreign interests (Troika) the country’s Legislative, Executive and Juridical powers. These three elements are the components of a popular sovereignty and comprise the fundamental principles of the Regime (Article 1 of the Greek Constitution). According to Article 134 of the Greek Penal Code, the violation of these three elements constitute HIGH TREASON. Furthermore, as highlighted within the specifics of my legal suit, the provisions of Article 28 paragraph 2, 3 are also the “fundamental principles of the Constitution” (PC 134a)

Furthermore, on December 1, 2010, I was in attendance when legendary Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis announced the foundation of the “Spark” citizens’ movement. During the event, the author of the 1985 Constitution for Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, G. Kassimatis addressed the audience. He emphasized that IN THE COURSE OF WORLD HISTROY, NEVER BEFORE HAVE BEEN IMPOSED such conditions as those set forth within the Loan Agreements and the Memorandums. Never before, for any reason has a similar agreement been formed between states …not even between colonial and dynastic States! “These shameful agreements violate each of the fundamental principles of international and European law as well as those of the Greek Constitution” he stressed. Noting the agreements entitle the lenders, Professor Kassimatis drew attention to the fact that, if Greece does not respect the agreement it has signed, the Acropolis, Greek islands, air force and whatever else the lenders deem necessary can be confiscated. Declaring “Greece is no longer independent,” he called the Troika’s presence within Greece a “coup”, while emphasizing no one has the right to sell sovereign LAND and rights, because this means the total Abolishment of the Greek state.

The possible criminal responsibilities of the President of the Greek Republic, Karolos Papoulias

In this legal case, the public prosecutor will also examine another issue I have extensively included in my law suit which concerns the silence and inertia of the President of the Republic, Karolos Papoulias. The President’s lassitude in combination with treacherous acts, governmental oversights and the tragic occupation of Greece by “foreign forces” (Troika) constitute conscious violations of Articles 120 of Penal Code 14.2 and Article 2 paragraph 3 of the Greek Law 265/1976 (published in the Government Gazette A ’36 / Feb. 17 1976). Law 265 concerns itself with the “responsibility of the President of the Republic” in which the crime of “intentional breach of the Constitution by the President of the Republic” is defined.

In anticipation of great social unrest and resistance to any proposed “mandates”, the Troika imposed upon the Greek government to pass in the “Memorandum” (declared and voted by the Greek Parliament as Law-General Domain no. 3845/2010) Article 2 directs that the mandates of the Memorandums and Agreements are to be particularized, activated and executed, not through parliamentary voting for each particular law, but instead, through a simple Presidential Decree. No parliament voting procedure is necessary.

By passing such a law, the Troika and the Greek Government hoped to avoid public resistance while decreasing “political costs” and opposition pressure. Despite this “safety measure”, the President refused to sign the imperative Presidential Decree when it was submitted to him in June 2010 by former Labor Minister, Andreas Loverdos. Much to the dismay of the government, President Papoulia’s refusal to ratify the series of edicts set out by the Memorandum forced the government to subject them to vote in Parliament. This move resulted in huge political and social costs, demonstrations, disasters, human deaths and injuries. With the surprising refusal of the President to ratify the “mandates” (and forth coming mandates) all “reformations” were and are to be, subject to public scrutiny.

The ONLY explanation for the refusal of President Papoulia’s to sign the issued Presidential Decree is, having been fully aware of the unconstitutionality, illegality and the perfidious nature of the loan agreement and the Memorandum , he did not want to associate his name with such a treacherous law and contract. However, his refusal to sign the Presidential Decree is not sufficient to eliminate the criminal acts of which he is involved and committed through negligence and omission (P.C. article 14.2, Constitution. article 120). As the ratification of the Memorandums and the signing of the International Loan Agreements assimilated the circumstances of national Treason and Occupation, President Papoulia failed to act as obliged under such adverse conditions as ruled in the Constitution of Greece within article 120 and in association with PC 14.2. Specifically, the charges of “Guilt by Omission” lies in his failure to dissolve the parliament as decreed in Section 2, Article 41 of the Constitution of Greece. He, of course, has not done this.

In May 2010, I mailed a copy of my legal suit to the President, therefore, he was fully aware that he, along with the perjurous parliamentarians, would become an accomplice to treason if he signed the relevant Presidential Decree. However, the President didn’t just remain in that position… during a televised statement in the Presidential Palace on January 1, 2010 he stated: “… the Memorandum is causing the Greek people to suffer, however, the people understand that the path of the Memorandum is the only option, there is no other choice.” In other words, the President, speaking and acting as a Government Spokesman, illegally advertised and justified the act of National Treason for financial reasons! Furthermore, he practically, according to what I have presented here, has shown he believes the Memorandum as an accomplished and true fact.

The basic principles of democracy, by definition, are unique as they protect and preserve, before and above everything else, the civil and political liberties of its citizens. These basic precepts of democracy ensure all other state services, acts, financial, military, cultural, religious, and foreign policies serve the INDIVIDUAL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS as well as the LIBERTIES OF ITS PEOPLE. These very foundations are violated and catalyzed by our own “president” as he advocates and “legalizes” the treacherous International Loan Agreements and Memorandums, thus CONFESSING to the destruction of Democracy and the Democratic Constitution of Greece.

Ergo, in summation, I surmise there are grounds of infringement as supported by the following provisions:

The Constitution of Greece: Articles 1, 120, 41

Penal Code: 14.3, 135 (preparatory acts of treason)

Greek Law 265/1976 (see also page 18)

Dr. Dimitris Antoniou PhD

FRCS, General Surgeon

Contact Telephone: (0030)-22210–62743
January 13, 2011
Halkida, Greece

GREECE: MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON SPECIFIC ECONOMIC POLICY CONDITIONALITY May 3, 2010″, http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2010/cr10111.pdf

EUR 80 000 000 000 LOAN FACILITY AGREEMENT between THE FOLLOWING MEMBER STATES WHOSE CURRENCY IS THE EURO: http://www.minfin.gr/content-pi/f/binaryChannel/minfin/datastore/30/2d/05/302d058d2ca156bc35b0e268f9446a71c92782b9/application/pdf/sn_kyrwtikoimf_2010_06_04_A.pdf

The Constitution of Greece:

http://www.hri.org/docs/syntagma/

MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION BETWEEN: the HELLENIC STATISTICAL AUTHORITY (EL.STAT.), and the GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE (GAO) and the BANK OF GREECE (BoG)
http://www.statistics.gr/portal/page/portal/ESYE/BUCKET/A0701/PressReleases/A0701_SEL04_DT_AH_00_2010_01_F_EN.pdf

The Law submitted to Parliament in reference to Loan Agreement with the Troika (Greek): http://diodoros.wordpress.com/

Law 3845 2010 memorandum EU IMF Greek Parliament (Greek): http://www.filestube.com/dlcqkHz5OMpVprR5yklCOX/Law-3845-2010-memorandum-EU-IMF-Greek-Parliament.html

The Global Minotaur

Or how the voracious US deficit causes wars, economic domination, and pushes ‘old’ Europe into an embrace with Peace activists.

By: Joseph Halevi and Yanis Varoufakis

1. Two seemingly unrelated questions
It is now common in Europe and Japan to consider the USA as the economic
model in need of emulation. With their economies continuing along the road of
prolonged stagnation, European and Japanese (mainstream) commentators
are busily seeking out the causes of their economies’ malaise by comparing
their micro-structures with that of the US economy. Even the recent savage
downturn in the US seems incapable of stemming this trend. In Europe, just
as in Japan, prestigious commentators incessantly highlight America’s
comparative advantages viz. the flexibility of its labour market and the
atomistic (as opposed to corporatist) entrepreneurial culture (which is, we are
told, deeply entrenched in the collective US mind). Such narratives have
become the foundation of mainstream explanations of the USA’s relative
dynamism, in contrast to the unwieldy non-angloceltic miracle economies of
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Entrainment, Subliminal Programming and Financial Manipulation


[Note from CAF: This was last week’s report – it was terrific. The mp3 is in the Solari Report archive. Make sure to listen!]

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This Thursday evening on the The Solari Report (6pm PT/9pm ET) I will be speaking with scientist Adam Trombly about the use of entrainment technology and subliminal programing to engineer financial transactions.

Example: You have been approached by a private investment company. Whenever you speak with its representative by phone, you feel particularly good. There is something about them and their pitch that resonates.  Years later it comes out that the fund was a Ponzi scheme and  you and thousands of investors have lost billions of dollars. How could so many people have been fooled? It turns out that you may have been seduced by entrainment technology operating through the phones.

Example: You are attracted to a group of internet websites and radio shows that are promoting precious metals. You find them particularly juicy. You bought silver when it was at $10. Now it is rising to $50 and they are predicting it will go to $100 or more. In a world gone mad, it feels like something is working. It feels good. You find yourself literally addicted to their shows — you are hungry to be “in the club.” But is there are risk that they are just part of a pump and dump game that ran silver up to $50 before it suddenly dropped to $36 and that entrainment and subliminal programming are involved?

Example: Your company is growing. You want to hire a consultant to help you figure out if you should raise capital, find a strategic partner, or merge with a larger company. You don’t realize that the company you are about to hire to help you has a second business – feeding inside information to a large investment bank that uses a private security firm to engineer a series of sabotage events so it can pick up your company for a song. You hired the consultant because someone important called you with a very positive recommendation — and they were using entrainment and subliminal programming to make sure it worked.

Example: You invest in a tech stock because the young analyst at your brokerage firm gives it a very strong recommendation. You think the analyst is smart and hard working. He understands lots about technology that you do not. What he does not understand is that they were impressed by the company management as a result of entrainment technology and subliminal programming used during the analyst presentation they attended when the company was doing a road show in connection with its next IPO.

It’s hard enough to protect ourselves against dirty tricks. It is another thing to protect ourselves against invisible technology and dirty tricks that we cannot even fathom exists. On Thursday evening, Adam and I will talk about entrainment and subliminal programing — what is it, how it works, how we guard ourselves against it and how we compete in a market place up against people who use it for power and profits.

Adam Trombly is a scientist with years of experience as an inventor working with game changing energy and geophysical technologies. In the process, he was challenged to learn a great deal about the dirty tricks used to control and manipulate advanced technologies and the people and enterprises that might popularize them.  Adam is now the director of Project Earth. He was a sponsor of the conference I attended in Switzerland last year that brought together energy scientists and engineers in a panel that was the most enlightening and inspiring presentation I have seen in years. If we have time, I would love to touch on that as well.

I will start with Money & Markets and answer your questions in Ask Catherine.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, “Episode 10: Under the Influence” from Season Three of the television series La Femme Nikita. I once described this television series as a training programming on covert ops and related technologies. In this particular episode, Nikita poses as the  financeé of an unsuspecting, memory-cleansed terrorist linked to the potential sale of anthrax rockets. The man represents everything Nikita loathes. But, strangely, she’s falling in love. Or is she? It turns out that her colleagues at Section One have re-arranged her surroundings and are using entrainment technology and subliminal programming to make sure she does. If you are keen to see it, it is available as Disc Three from Season Three from Netlix here.

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AFTER 9/11: TEN YEARS OF WAR. Special Commemorative Conference,Montreal, Sept 8

9/11 TruthBy Cynthia McKinney and Wayne Madsen and Michel Chossudovsky

The Centre for Research on Globalization

in collaboration with

Canadians for 9/11 Truth


Commemorative Public Conference 

AFTER 9/11 TEN YEARS OF WAR

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 6pm

  Location:  Cinema du Parc
  3575 av. du Parc, Montreal, QC H2X 3P9
(Metro Sherbrooke), MAP
 
The tragic events of September 11, 2001, which claimed many lives in the United States, have since given rise to an era of endless US/NATO-sponsored wars accompanied by economic chaos, rising poverty and financial manipulation. We have seen a marked shift towards authoritarianism, the criminalization of justice and the development of a police state. At this special 10 year commemorative event, we invite the public to an evening exploring the truth behind 9/11 and its implications for the future of society.

Speakers:

Cynthia McKinney

9/11 Truth: The War at Home and Abroad
Cynthia McKinney is a former Member of the US Congress and the Green Party Candidate in the US presidential elections. She has recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Libya.

Wayne Madsen

Media Manipulation and the Fear of Terrorism

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, bestselling author and syndicated columnist. He has over 20 years’ experience in security issues.

Michel Chossudovsky

9/11 and the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT)
 Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya:

Today’s 9/11 War Machine: Report from the Middle East War Theatre
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya has been reporting from Tripoli during the NATO assault. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

The event will be launched with the Première Screening of Global Research’s short documentary film:

“Remembering the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001”, produced and directed by James Corbett



THIS EVENT STARTS AT 6 O’CLOCK SHARP. DOORS OPEN AT 5:30

Presentations in English, Q and A in French and English.

This event also commemorates the 10th anniversary of the launching of the CRG’s Global Research website at www.globalresearch.ca on the 9th of September 2001, two days prior to the tragic events of 9/11.

Buy your tickets online*

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*Tickets will also be available at the door. First come, first served. Limited seating available.

The BBC Steadfastly Avoids the Facts About the Wind Farm Scam

David Shukman’s reports on energy policy for the BBC failed to explain the true lunacy of the Government’s plans.

Telegraph.co.uk

What is the maddest thing going on in Britain today? There may be many competitors for that title, but a front-runner must be what the Government has made the centrepiece of its energy policy, to ensure that our lights stay on and that our now largely computer-dependent economy remains functioning. Last week, the BBC ran a series of reports by its science correspondent, David Shukman, on the Government’s plan to ring our coasts with vast offshore wind farms.

The nearest thing allowed to criticism of this policy came in an interview with the Oxford academic Dieter Helm, who we were told had “done the sums”. What, Shukman asked, had he come up with? The only figures Helm gave were that the Government’s offshore wind farm plans would, by 2020, cost £100 billion – scarcely a state secret, since the Government itself announced this three years ago – plus £40 billion more to connect these windmills to the grid, a figure given us by the National Grid last year.

Helm did not tell us that this £140 billion equates to £5,600 for every household in the country. But he did admit that the plan was “staggeringly expensive”, and that, given the current extent of “fuel poverty” and the state of our economy, he doubted “if it can in fact be afforded”.

Even shorter on hard facts, however, was Shukman’s report on a monster new wind farm off the coast of Cumbria, where a Swedish firm, Vattenfall, has spent £500 million on building 30 five‑megawatt turbines with a total “capacity” of 150MW. What Shukman did not tell us, because the BBC never does, is that, thanks to the vagaries of the wind, these machines will only produce a fraction of their capacity (30 per cent was the offshore average in the past two years). So their actual output is only likely to average 45MW, or £11 million per MW.

Compare this with the figures for Britain’s newest gas-fired power station, recently opened in Plymouth. This is capable of generating 882MW at a capital cost of £400 million – just £500,000 for each megawatt. Thus the wind farm is 22 times more expensive, and could only be built because its owners will receive a 200 per cent subsidy: £40 million a year, on top of the £20 million they will get for the electricity itself. This we will all have to pay for through our electricity bills, whereas the unsubsidised cost of power from the gas plant, even including the price of the gas, will be a third as much.

It is on the basis of such utterly crazy sums – which neither the Government nor the BBC ever mention – that our politicians intend us to pay for dozens of huge offshore wind farms. In a sane world, no one would dream of building power sources whose cost is 22 times greater than that of vastly more efficient competitors. But the Government feels compelled to do just this because it sees it as the only way to meet our commitment to the EU that within nine years Britain must generate nearly a third of its electricity from “renewable” sources, six times more than we do at present.

The insanity does not end here. The Government talks of building 10,000 windmills capable of generating up to 25,000MW of the electricity we need. But when it does so, it – like the BBC – invariably uses that same trick of referring to “capacity”, without explaining that their actual output would be well below 30 per cent. (Last year, onshore turbines generated just 21 per cent of their capacity.) In other words, for all that colossal expenditure – and even if there was the remotest chance that two new giant turbines could be built every day between now and 2020 – we could only hope to generate some 6,000MW. This is not only way below our EU target, it is only a tenth of our peak demand during those cold, windless weeks last winter, when wind power was often providing barely 1 per cent of the power we needed.

To keep the lights on during such times, for every new megawatt of wind capacity we build it will be necessary for to build a megawatt of capacity from gas-fired stations, kept wastefully running 24/7, chucking out carbon dioxide. This will add further billions to the bill we shall all have to pay, while ensuring that wind power does nothing whatever to reduce our overall emission of CO2. But this, again, is another thing that the Government and the BBC are careful never to tell us. Madness is far too polite a word.

Svalbard bear attack: an Arctic parable for our time

The more we learn of the unhappy story of Horatio Chapple, mauled to death by a polar bear in Svalbard, the more it becomes a chilling parable for our times.

First, there was the sad news of the attack itself, killing the boy and seriously injuring four other people, before the animal was finally shot. Then we were told that the expedition had gone to Spitzbergen to study the effects of climate change. At this point the BBC inevitably got in on the act, with a long article on its website explaining that, “thanks to climate change the number of polar bears may rapidly dwindle”, and that ever more tourists will flock to the Arctic “to catch a final glimpse of these animals”.

Finally, we learn that the charity which organised the fatal expedition was warned six months earlier of the need to take all protective measures against polar bears, from posting lookouts to checking whether rifles and flare guns were in working order. It seems that the importance of these precautions was not taken on board. The tripwire didn’t set off flares, the flare gun didn’t work at all and the expedition’s rifle fired at only the fifth attempt.

So a generation of young people is being brought up to see polar bears as cuddly creatures whose survival is threatened by global warming – not being told that in the past half-century, polar bear numbers have actually quadrupled. Cut off from the harsh realities of nature, children lose sight of the fact that those harsh realities may literally turn round to bite them. One result is the tragedy which, two weeks ago, made headlines across the world.

Further reading

NATO SLAUGHTER IN TRIPOLI: “Operation Mermaid Dawn” Signals Assault by Rebels’ Al Qaeda Death Squads

Tripoli, Libya, Aug. 22, 2011, 1 AM CET– On Saturday evening, at 8pm, when the hour of Iftar marked the breaking of the Ramadan fast, the NATO command launched its “Operation Mermaid Dawn” against Libya.

The Sirens were the loudspeakers of the mosques, which were used to launch Al Qaeda’s call to revolt against the Qaddafi government. Immediately the sleeper cells of the Benghazi rebels went into action. These were small groups with great mobility, which carried out multiple attacks. The overnight fighting caused 350 deaths and 3,000 wounded.

The situation calmed somewhat on Sunday during the course of the day.

Then, a NATO warship sailed up and anchored just off the shore at Tripoli, delivering heavy

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US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024 – LCG News headlines

 
US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024 19 Aug 2011 America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain. The prospect of such a deal has already been met with anger among Afghanistan’s neighbours including, publicly, Iran and, privately, Pakistan. [See: US as ‘Facehugger’ By Lori Price 19 Jan 2010.]
 
War costs may top $3.7 trillion 21 Aug 2011 Congress has allotted $1.3 trillion for war spending through fiscal year 2011 just to the Defense Department. In a recent speech, President Barack Obama assigned the wars a $1-trillion price tag. But all those numbers are incomplete. Besides what Congress appropriated, the Pentagon spent an additional unknown amount from its $5.2-trillion base budget over that same period. According to a recent Brown University study, the wars and their ripple effects have cost the U.S. $3.7 trillion, or more than $12,000 per American.
 
UK troops fired upon by Afghan forces at least 19 times –21 Afghan interpreters for UK forces killed since 2006 21 Aug 2011 British troops were accidentally fired upon by Afghan forces in Helmand at least 19 times over three-and-a-half years, military incident logs reveal. Four of the so-called friendly-fire incidents resulted in casualties, although none fatal, it was disclosed after a Freedom of Information request. Between January 2008 and June 2009, Afghan personnel came under friendly-fire by UK troops at least 10 times.
 
US spy drone crashes in Afghanistan 20 Aug 2011 A US spy drone has crashed due to “technical faults” [?!?] during a reconnaissance mission in eastern Ghazni Province of Afghanistan, NATO says. A statement released by the media office of the NATO forces confirmed the crash, attributing the incident to technical problems, a Press TV correspondent reported. Taliban spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed, however, claimed that the militants shot down the unmanned plane.
 
5 NATO tankers gutted in Mastung 20 Aug 2011 At least five NATO oil tankers were set on fire by unidentified armed men on Friday in Tera Mill area of Dasht tehsil in Mastung district, around 45 kilometres away from Quetta, Balochistan Levies said. A convoy of around 25 to 30 NATO oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan had stopped in the Tera Mill area when unidentified armed men opened fire. As a result five oil tankers caught fire and were completely destroyed.
 
Iraq denies striking deal on U.S. troops staying beyond 2011 20 Aug 2011 Iraq denied what the U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said about agreeing to allow some U.S. troops to stay in the country after the 2011 withdrawal deadline, official television reported on Saturday. “The Iraqi government denies what the American Defense Minister Leon Panetta said that Iraq agreed to extend the presence of U.S. troops in the country after 2011,” the state-run television of Iraqia quoted government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh as saying.
 
U.S. forces to stay in Iraq into 2012, says Leon Panetta 19 Aug 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Iraq’s government has agreed to extend the U.S. military presence in the country beyond 2011 — but Iraq quickly rejected the claim. The word from Panetta, during an interview with Stars & Stripes, was the first official indication that any of the 46,000 American troops will remain in Iraq beyond the country’s Dec. 31 deadline for U.S. forces to leave. The U.S. and Iraq reached a security agreement in 2008 that the entire American military would be out of the country by the end of 2011.
 
Airstrike Kills 7 in Northern Iraq 22 Aug 2011 Seven Iraqis traveling in a civilian pickup truck were killed in an airstrike on Sunday in Kurdistan, the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, according to local officials. Two of the victims were children, they added. The officials said the attack was carried out by Turkey, which has been conducting air attacks on Kurdish rebels since Thursday. The officials said the pickup was struck by a missile in the remote Kewan Mountains near the village of Kur Taka.

One in Four California Families Can’t Afford Food for Their Kids

People line up at a food bank Alameda, California

— SAN FRANCISCO — One in four California households with children reported food hardship, according to a new analysis of Gallup data released last Thursday by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

“It’s disturbing, but not surprising,” said Kelly Hardy, director of health policy at Children Now.

The report analyzed data gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project’s responses to the question: “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”

“It sends a clear signal of economic distress, particularly for families with children,” noted James Weill, president of FRAC. “The answers to the question reveal there are times that these families are going without eating a meal, or the parents are skipping a meal for their children, or children are skipping meals.”

California had the second highest number of metropolitan areas with rates of food hardship in households with children in 2009-2010, according to the report.

According to Kidsdata.org, a project of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, which tracks the health and well being of children in communities across the nation, 68.6 percent of students in schools in Fresno County and 65.6 percent in Los Angeles County were eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals in 2010.

But sadly, “California has one of the worst records of enrolling those eligible in federal food programs,” said Weill – an assertion borne out by a report by the California Food Policy Advocates, which talks about the dismal enrolment in CalFresh, the federal food program in the state. The finger-imaging requirement discourages many from participating in the program, the report says.

According to the FRAC’s findings, California has four of the top 20 metropolitan areas in the nation facing food hardship. Fresno ranked fifth (32.6 percent) nationwide among large metropolitan cities in households with children facing food hardship. The Riverside-San Bernadino-Ontario area ranked eigth (30.4 percent), the Bakersfield area ranked 11th (29.5 percent), and the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area ranked 18th (28.3 percent).

And, according to Kidsdata.org, 59 percent and 62.3 percent of children living in the Fresno and Los Angeles County, respectively, are Latino.

Children’s healthcare advocates worry about the consequences of a lack of access to nutritious food.

“It will lead to development and health issues which affect performance in school,” Hardy said. “A lack of nutritious food can also lead to poor oral health, which has been shown to lead to heart disease.”

Kelly noted that there is a connection between food deserts — areas where there is a lack of easy access to affordable nutritious food – and obesity. These areas are often found in the inner-cities or rural areas such as Fresno and are often the cause for poor nutrition choices, she said.

California Association of Food Banks policy director Eric Manke worries that the newly setup federal Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “Super Committee,” set up to further reduce federal spending by $1.5 trillion, might target federal food programs.

The Super Committee is set to hold its first meeting when Congress returns to Washington after its August recess. The California Association of Food Banks, along with FRAC and other non-profit food organizations, is urging Congress and the Super Committee to protect food programs for the low-income population.

“Our goal is to make sure they don’t target the federal food programs,” said Manke, noting, “Folks in Congress must understand that there is a great deal of need for these type of programs, and this is the opposite time to think about cutting programs that serve those with the most need.”

Source: New America Media, August 20, 2011
By: Raul Rodriguez

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