Friday, July 30, 2010

BP Texas City Explosion 2005 youutbe

BP Oil Official Public Apology (SPOOF) youtube

BP picks Bob Dudley the man who made a fool and a laughingstock in Russia
EXCERPT:
BP, whose headquarters are at No. 1 in the Square (left image, behind the horse), has a bad knack for picking the wrong horse, the wrong footing, and then falling off catastrophically. The selection this week of Robert Dudley (right image) as the new chief executive replacing Tony Hayward is a fresh example. No doubt there must be at least one fall guy for BP’s disastrous performance in the Gulf of Mexico. But to pick Dudley requires a spill of brains in the BP board room that is blacker than the spill around the Macondo field. Miscalculation as great as Dudley made in Russia deserves to be remembered now, before he brings to the United States and remainder of BP’s operating territories three characteristics that brought his company down two years ago in Moscow – under-estimation of rivals, political incompetence, and the incapacity to learn from mistakes. At least, in the US it is already clear to Dudley who the president of that country really is. In Russia, it was his mistake on that point which led to all the others.

TNK-BP Robert Dudley and Lord Robertsons personal statements in full
EXCERPT:
Lord Robertson expresses outrage at AAR over TNK-BP CEO's Russian exit

Deputy TNK-BP chairman Lord Robertson today expressed his outrage at the behaviour of Alfa, Access and Renova (AAR) and affiliated executives Viktor Vekselberg and German Khan. Robert Dudley, TNK-BP's chief executive, has decided to leave Russia temporarily following an orchestrated campaign of harassment.

Lord Robertson said: "Bob Dudley has decided he can most effectively manage the company from outside Russia. This has clearly been a difficult decision for him. Bob Dudley is an outstanding chief executive and under his leadership, BP and AAR have seen the value of their original investments multiplied many times.

TNK-BP wikipedia
EXCERPT:
After TNK and BP merged their Russian oil and gas businesses in 2003, within a relatively short time there was new legal strife between BP and the Alfa Group over TNK-BP.[3] Prior to the partial TNK acquisition by BP, TNK had aggressively seized several assets from another BP joint venture, wrote The Economist in May 2007, speculating that greater pressure might be applied by government-owned entities, such as the Gazprom Neft.[4] The legal battle was ignited after a clause against trade in the TNK-BP share expired in 2008. Western BP executives have been denied visa to Russia, employees have been accused of espionage in March 2008, and there is total disagreement between BP and Alfa over the executive management of TNK-BP, including suspicion that the Alfa Group seeks to weaken BP's powers through a strategic alliance with Gazprom.[5][6] Furter, Alfa Group has accused TNK-BP CEO Robert Dudley of having violated Russian laws.[

BPs Robert Dudley replaces Tony Hayward
EXCERPT:
BP announced CEO Tony Hayward's ouster Tuesday as it reported a huge quarterly loss and a $32.2 billion charge to cover oil-spill related costs.

The company said Robert Dudley, an American, will become its first non-British CEO on Oct. 1, when he replaces Hayward, widely criticized for his handling of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Corrupt ICE Official Busted in Los Angeles youtube

Blue Campaign
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Fact Sheet: DHS Blue Campaign
WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today launched the “Blue Campaign”—a DHS-wide initiative to combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement training and initiatives.

The Blue Campaign encompasses a wide range of anti-trafficking programs designed to engage the American and global public, the Department’s federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, and governments around the world.

The Blue Campaign’s name and symbol were chosen by the Department to evoke national and international efforts to combat human trafficking with reference to the “thin blue line” of law enforcement, as well as the global anti-human trafficking symbols the Blue Blindfold, produced by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Center, and the Blue Heart, developed by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, to help raise international awareness about this issue.


Can you hear us now -Dept. of Homeland Security
EXCERPT:
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Department of Homeland Security Leadership Update List.
Leadership
Get e-mail updates when this information changes
•Secretary, Janet Napolitano
•Deputy Secretary, Jane Holl Lute
•Chief of Staff for Policy, Noah Kroloff
•Executive Secretary, Philip A. McNamara
•General Counsel, Ivan K. Fong
•Under Secretary, Management, Rafael Borras
•Under Secretary, National Protection & Programs Directorate, Rand Beers


◦Assistant Secretary, Office of Cyber Security and Communications, Greg Schaffer
◦Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, Todd Keil
◦Director (acting), Federal Protective Service, Paul Durette.
•Under Secretary, Science & Technology, Dr. Tara O'Toole
•Under Secretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Caryn Wagner
•Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, David Heyman


◦Assistant Secretary (acting), Office of International Affairs, Mariko Silver
◦Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development, Arif Alikhan
◦Assistant Secretary, Private Sector Office, Douglas Smith
◦Assistant Secretary (acting), State and Local Law Enforcement, Charles F. Dinse
•Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Juliette N. Kayyem
•Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas
•Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
•Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Alan D. Bersin
•Assistant Secretary, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John T. Morton
•Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, W. Craig Fugate
•Director, United States Secret Service, Mark J. Sullivan
•Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, John S. Pistole
•Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, January Contreras
•Officer for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Margo Schlanger
•Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, Grayling Williams
•Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (acting), Dr. William Hagan
•Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Connie L. Patrick
•Federal Coordinator, Gulf Coast Rebuilding, Janet Woodka
•Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Affairs/Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alexander Garza
•Inspector General, Richard L. Skinner
•Assistant Secretary, Office of Legislative Affairs, Chani Wiggins
•Director, Operations Coordination, Rear Admiral John Acton (USCG Ret)
•Chief Privacy Officer, Mary Ellen Callahan
•Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Affairs, Sean Smith

LA Times ICE attorney Constantine Kallas
EXCERPT:
Government attorney in L.A. is convicted of taking bribes from illegal immigrants
Constantine Kallas, assistant chief counsel with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, accepted bribes of as much as $20,000 in exchange for helping get benefits for illegal immigrants.
April 21, 2010|By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A government attorney who posed as an immigration judge and accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from illegal immigrants was convicted Tuesday in Los Angeles of federal corruption charges, the U.S. attorney's office said.

A U.S. District Court jury found Constantine Peter Kallas, assistant chief counsel at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Los Angeles, guilty of bribery, fraud, conspiracy, identity theft and obstruction of justice.

Immigration quotas
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By Sarnata Reynolds, Director for Refugee and Migrants' Rights at Amnesty International USA

On February 22, James Chaparro's sixth day on the job as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) behemoth detention and removal operation, he issued a memo directing all ICE field office directors to collectively identify, detain and deport 400,000 individuals in 2010. Stressing the need to increase this year's numbers, the memo communicated the quota and provided ideas for how individuals could be identified for deportation, including increased use of detention and deportations without an immigration court hearing (i.e., expedited and stipulated removal). Entirely missing from the memo was any consideration of the drastic impact massive detention and removal would have on individual families, communities and employers.

Govt attorney indicted bribery scandal
EXCERPT:
Govt. Attorney Indicted In Bribery Scandal
ViewDiscussion.Last Updated: Fri, 11/14/2008 - 4:07pm
A high-ranking attorney at the Homeland Security agency that enforces immigration laws and protects the U.S. against terrorist attacks has been indicted by a grand jury for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from illegal immigrants seeking American citizenship.

The assistant chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had been arrested in June after a lengthy federal probe and, this week, a grand jury delivered a 75-count indictment charging him with bribery, money laundering, federal worker's compensation fraud and a series of other serious crimes.

Federal authorities say that the assistant chief ICE counsel (Constantine Kallas) and his wife, who has also been indicted, accepted hefty cash bribes from dozens of foreigners seeking documents to stay in the U.S. In fact, when he was arrested at a southern California Indian tribe casino, Kallas had just accepted a $20,000 bribe.

Assistant chief counsel Constantine Kallas
EXCERPT:
Immigration official, wife face bribery charges

Federal officials arrest suspects at tribal casino
06/27/2008
By Stacia Glenn
Sun Staff Writer
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney and his wife suspected of accepting bribes from immigrants who wanted their paperwork fast-tracked have been arrested, authorities said.
Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine Peter Kallas, 38, and Maria Kallas, 39, of Alta Loma were taken into custody Thursday at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, where authorities believed they were accepting such a bribe.
The couple used two companies they had set up to file false employment petitions with federal authorities for 45 illegal immigrants and two legal residents, claiming they were working as engineers, analysts and human resource managers, according to a search-warrant affidavit.

ICE scandal of the week 400,000 deportations goal FY10
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ICE Scandal of the Week: 400,000 Deportations Goal in FY10
OTHER POSTS
DREAMing Big
Obama Finally Speaks on Immigration Reform; Why are We Underwhelmed?
Crazy Arizona Immigration Laws Part Deux: The War on Babies
Debunking the Immigration vs. Environment Myth
Major Cities’ Police Chiefs Come Out Against Arizona Law… Where’s Ray Kelly?
Obama’s Border Plans: That’s Not Change. That’s More of the Same.
Today’s Second-Grade Lesson: We Need Immigration Reform
NYCLU in the Journal News on ID Cards
Standing While Latino Should Not be a Crime
New NYCLU Video: LGBT Immigration Discrimination
New Video: Show Me Your Papers!
Upstate Town Goes English-Only; We Say “No/Nyet/Non”
British Scrap National ID Cards – Are You Listening, Schumer?
Paterson vs. Schumer on Due Process for Immigrants
May Day 2010: All Over It
Senate Democrats Release Blueprint of CIR Bill…And It Needs Work (A Lot)
NYC Mayor Bloomberg: Immigration Reform FAIL is “National Suicide”
Wild West: Arizona Takes the Anti-Immigrant Plunge—Immigration Reform Game Changer?
Immigration Reform Bipartisanship Unraveling? Or Not?
NYCLU, ACTS and RIFA in the Syracuse Post-Standard
President Obama Says Immigration Reform is Next!
NYCLU in the Poughkeepsie Journal: Justice and Common Sense: No Human Being is Illegal
As Arizona Goes, So Goes the Nation? Let’s Hope Not.
NYCLU in the Buffalo News: Schumer’s ID Plan Violates Basic American Principles
GAME ON – At Vegas Rally Reid Promises Immigration Reform Bill This Summer
Albany and Rochester Come out for Immigration Reform
ICE Scandal of the Week: 400,000 Deportations Goal in FY10
SHOCKER: 287(g) Program Lacks Oversight, Violates Rights

The Washington Post reported earlier this week on an internal Feb. 22 memo sent to ICE field directors across the country by James M. Chaparro, head of ICE detention and removal operations, urging staff to step up efforts to deport enough immigrants to meet a quota of 400,000 deportations for the year. (See WaPo story here).
Armee Clandestine pdf 32 pages
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Hmong Studies Journal, Volume Three, Winter 2000
Literacy and L'Armee Clandestine:
The Writings of the Hmong Military
Scribes*
John Duffy
Abstract
While histories of Hmong literacy development in Laos have
focused on the role of village schools, the arrival of
missionary Christianity, and the development of various Hmong
religious alphabets, one site for Hmong literacy development
has been consistently overlooked: L'Armee Clandestine, or the
Hmong "Secret Army." This article examines literacy
development in the Hmong military, looking at the writings of
Hmong military scribes. The article discusses how 1) literacy
skills taught in other contexts, such as Laotian public
schools, were further developed in the Hmong military, 2) a
selected number of Hmong men were introduced through military
service to English language and literacy, and 3) military
scribes might appropriate literacy to address personal needs
and aspirations.
When we learned how to write we were taught by the officers.
They taught us that, if we were writing something to be
telegraphed back to the main base, for example, if we did not
have enough food, then we should write just a little bit,
just the precise meanings. But we were also taught how to
write a letter telling them that today we fought this many
hours and this many of our soldiers died; or that we killed
this many Communists in this area. These things, we went to
learn about these things in the military. We then became good
in writing.
--A Hmong military veteran, describing the writing that he
did while serving in L' Armee Clandestine {1}
[1]
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When the CIA first began contacting Hmong leaders in northern
Laos in the early 1960s, the idea behind the initiative was
that, given arms and assistance, the Hmong would make an
effective guerrilla army, an irregular force that could
provide military intelligence, harass North Vietnamese
troops, and rescue U.S. pilots who had been shot down over
Laos. As the war intensified, however, the role and size of
the covert army increased dramatically. From its modest
beginnings of 750 recruits in 1961, the Hmong force grew to
approximately 14,000 to 18,000 troops by July 1962, and after
that to some 40,000 men by 1969 (Castle, 1993, p. 57; Chan,
1994, p. 32). {2} The build-up of what became known of as L'
Armee Clandestine, or "The Secret Army," resulted in a
corresponding shift in military strategies. Where Hmong
forces had initially conducted small-scale hit-and-run
attacks, by 1969 they were engaging North Vietnamese troops
in full-scale, logistically demanding battles on the Plain of
Jars.
[2]
Among the many consequences of this transformation of the
Hmong fighters from a guerrilla force into a conventional
army was the growth of a large and increasingly complex
military bureaucracy. This in turn called for a new class of
person in Hmong society -- the military scribe, who was
responsible for carrying out the specialized literacy
activities in the Lao language called for by the expanding
bureaucratic apparatus of L'Armée Clandestine. Military
scribe was not a designated rank or position; rather, the
term could be applied to anyone whose job involved writing on
behalf of the Hmong Army. Among these writing tasks were
keeping inventories of personnel, weapons, and food supplies;
writing letters on behalf of Hmong soldiers and their
families; sending reports from the field to base commanders;
and providing written information to CIA and Hmong pilots who
were making food drops to Hmong troops in the field or
attacking enemy positions. {3} The testimony of Ger Thao, who
became a military scribe in the 1960s, was typical:
When I was a soldier, I served as a secretary. . . .
helping the battalion commander. I would write such
things as, Tonight, we fought each other, and how did
we do? I would keep records of how many people died,
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how many people were injured. . . . Also the enemy,
how many people did we see, exactly, die there in that
battle? How many of them were injured and killed? And
if we got grenades, or guns, or bullets from the
enemy, I would write that down. We needed to report
everything.
[3]
Literacy has long played a role in warfare. Writing has been
vital to military leaders for disseminating information,
maintaining archives, and accounting for expenditures of men
and material (Diamond, 1997, pp. 78-80, 215-216). Today, the
importance of literacy to military structure is evidenced in
the time and resources devoted to education in the training
of military recruits (Sticht 1995). Indeed, one can argue
that literacy has long been one of the most potent weapons in
the military arsenal.
Aids Hiv Created By America video

Mohammad Mosaddegh wikipedia
EXCERPT:
Mosadeck, or Musaddiq) (19 May 1882 – 5 March 1967) was the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953 when he was overthrown in a coup d'état backed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

From an aristocratic background, Mosaddegh was an author, administrator, lawyer, prominent parliamentarian, and politician, famous for his passionate opposition to foreign intervention in Iran.

Eugene Hasenfus wikipedia
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Eugene H. Hasenfus (born January 22, 1941 in Florida) is a United States citizen who was alleged by Nicaragua Sandinista authorities to be employed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, after a plane he was aboard crashed on Nicarguan soil.[1][2]

[edit] Iran-Contra affair
Hasenfus was a former Marine from Marinette, Wisconsin, who had been an an unemployed construction worker, at the time when he secured work, alleged by Sandinistas to be as a cargo handler for the CIA. This was stated by Hasenfus himself[1], who later retracted that statement.[2]

Hasenfus was aboard the Fairchild C-123 cargo plane, N4410F[3], formerly USAF 54-679, (c/n 20128), shot down over Nicaragua on October 5, 1986, while delivering supplies to the Nicaraguan Contras. The two pilots and a radio operator died in the crash, but Hasenfus was able to parachute to safety, having disobeyed orders by wearing a parachute on the mission. He was captured by Nicaraguan government forces, tried, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. In December 1986, at the request of U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, he was pardoned and released by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Hasenfus' capture and detention helped uncover and publicize the Iran-Contra Affair. A black book of phone numbers in the wreckage tied the plane to an operation run out of Ilopango airbase in El Salvador, supported by anti-Castro exile Felix Rodriguez. Press speculation focused on former general Jack Singlaub as the sponsor; this was encouraged by Oliver North to divert attention from the true head: Richard Secord.

Hasenfus subsequently sued Secord, Albert Hakim, Southern Air Transport and Corporate Air Services over issues relating to Hasenfus' capture and trial.[4]

Dan Mitrione wikipedia
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A.J. Langguth, a former New York Times bureau chief in Saigon, claimed that Mitrione was among the US advisers teaching Brazilian police how much electric shock to apply to prisoners without killing them[2] Langguth also claimed that older police officers were replaced "when the CIA and the U.S. police advisers had turned to harsher measures and sterner men."[3] and that under the new head of the U.S. Public Safety program in Uruguay, Dan Mitrione, the United States "introduced a system of nationwide identification cards, like those in Brazil… [and] torture had become routine at the Montevideo [police] jefatura." [4]

João_Goulart wikipedia
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João Belchior Marques Goulart (March 1, 1919 — December 6, 1976) was a Brazilian politician and the 24th President of Brazil until a military coup d'état deposed him on April 1, 1964. He is considered to have been the last left-wing President of the country until Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office in 2003[1].

Henry Namphy wikipedia
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Henri Namphy (born Cap-Haïtien, Haiti November 2, 1932) was a Haitian general and political figure. He served as President of Haiti's interim ruling body, the National Council of Government, from 7 February 1986 to 7 February 1988. He served as President of Haiti from 20 June 1988[1] until his deposition on 20 September 1988.

Following the fall of the government headed by President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier, who fled the country with his family in 1986, Lieutenant General Namphy became president of the interim governing council, made up of six civilian and military members, which promised elections and democratic reforms. His regime was given the moniker “duvalierism without Duvalier”.

Prosper Avril wikipedia
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Prosper Avril
37th President of Haiti
In office
September 17, 1988 – March 10, 1990
Preceded by Henri Namphy
Succeeded by Hérard Abraham
Born December 12, 1937
near Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Prosper Avril (born December 12, 1937) is a former president of Haiti, one of the most influential Haitian political figures of the last thirty years. He was born in Thomazeau village, near Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. Avril briefly served as a member of Haiti's interim ruling body, the National Council of Government, following the departure of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986.[1] Avril was the head of a military junta that took power in Haiti in 1988 he was later arrested and charged by numerous human rights organizations with committing serious crimes and numerous human rights violations. Amnesty International states; "Prosper Avril, who had been head of security under former President Jean Claude Duvalier, led Haiti following a military coup in 1988 until March 1990, a period marred by serious human rights violations." [2] The academic source Webster University states regarding General Prosper Avril; "Avril joined the Presidential Guard in 1969 and Papa Doc nicknamed Avril the "intelligent Prosper Avril." In 1971 Avril profited from the shift of power from Francois to Jean-Claude Duvalier and from weapons procurement and other programs in the 70s (he was later offered asylum by the Israeli government) and was entrusted by the Duvaliers as their "bagman" with management of much of their overseas portfolio. He was "the only person other than the Duvaliers themselves with signature authority over their foreign accounts." [3]

Avril served as President of Haiti from September 17, 1988 to March 10, 1990. He was arrested in 2001, shortly after Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected President, for allegedly plotting against the state. He was kept in jail despite two court decisions ordering his release. Avril was freed when Aristide was ousted in February 2004.[4]

Joaquin Balaguer wikipedia
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Bibliography
Balaguer was a prolific author, who wrote many books for contemporary Dominican literature. His most famous work was his only narrative novel, called "Los Carpinteros". The most controversial of his works is perhaps "Memorias de un Cortesano en la Era de Trujillo", in which Balaguer, shielded by his political power admitted knowing the truth about the death of the revolutionary journalist Orlando Martínez. Balaguer left a blank page in the middle of the book to be filled in at the time of his death.

Balaguer explored several branches of literature. As a thorough researcher, he published many biographical books still used as reference, along with compilations and analysis of Dominican folk poets. As a poet, he was mostly of Post-Romantic influence, and his style remained strictly unchanged along his long career. Other themes, despite the sorrow expressed, are mostly noble: and idyllic view of nature, nostalgia, and memoirs of the past

Tonton Macoute wikipedia
EXCERPT:
The Milice de Volontaires de la Sécurité Nationale (MVSN) (Militia of National Security Volunteers), also called just the Volontaires de la Sécurité Nationale or VSN, was commonly called the Tonton Macoutes. It was a Haitian paramilitary force created in 1959, which reported directly to François 'Papa Doc' Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude, until the younger Duvalier's ousting in 1986. The new government disbanded the VSN, but some acted as insurgents against it. They took part in the ensuing political turmoil, particularly in rural areas, up until 2000.

Haiti and why it is so important to drug smugglers
EXCERPT:
HAITI
INTRODUCTION
By 1985, the cartels began to seek additional transit points for cocaine coming to the United States. A natural candidate was the island country just south of the Bahamas - Haiti.

Haiti is a particularly appealing option for drug traffickers because of its location, its weak and corrupt government, and its unstable political situation. The Island of Hispaniola on which Haiti is located, is on the most direct route - barring transit of Cuba - from Colombia to the United States. Haiti has harbors and inlets which afford excellent protection to drug smuggling vessels. Moreover, the Haitian Air Force has no radar facilities and does not routinely patrol Haitian airspace. Drug planes can take off and land freely at any of the island's numerous secondary airstrips.

Since the day of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Haiti's government has been notorious for its corruption. The Duvalier family and their associates profited enormously from the protection of many illegal enterprises, including narcotics trafficking. However, until 1987, most of the drug smuggling through Haiti was conducted by individual transportation' organizations which made their own arrangements with the Haitian government officials.
Where I got my following references -Haiti’s Nightmare: The Cocaine Coup & The CIA Connection

Another good reference

CIA timeline
EXCERPT:
The following timeline should confirm that the CIA as we know it should be abolished and replaced by a true information-gathering and analysis organization. The CIA cannot be reformed — it is institutionally and culturally corrupt.

1929
The culture we lost — Secretary of State Henry Stimson refuses to endorse a code-breaking operation, saying, "Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail."
1941
COI created — In preparation for World War II, President Roosevelt creates the Office of Coordinator of Information (COI). General William "Wild Bill" Donovan heads the new intelligence service.
1942
OSS created — Roosevelt restructures COI into something more suitable for covert action, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Donovan recruits so many of the nation’s rich and powerful that eventually people joke that "OSS" stands for "Oh, so social!" or "Oh, such snobs!"
1943
Italy — Donovan recruits the Catholic Church in Rome to be the center of Anglo-American spy operations in Fascist Italy. This would prove to be one of America’s most enduring intelligence alliances in the Cold War.
1945
OSS is abolished — The remaining American information agencies cease covert actions and return to harmless information gathering and analysis.
Operation PAPERCLIP– While other American agencies are hunting down Nazi war criminals for arrest, the U.S. intelligence community is smuggling them into America, unpunished, for their use against the Soviets. The most important of these is Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s master spy who had built up an intelligence network in the Soviet Union. With full U.S. blessing, he creates the "Gehlen Organization," a band of refugee Nazi spies who reactivate their networks in Russia. These include SS intelligence officers Alfred Six and Emil Augsburg (who massacred Jews in the Holocaust), Klaus Barbie (the "Butcher of Lyon"), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked with Eichmann) and SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny (a personal friend of Hitler’s). The Gehlen Organization supplies the U.S. with its only intelligence on the Soviet Union for the next ten years, serving as a bridge between the abolishment of the OSS and the creation of the CIA. However, much of the "intelligence" the former Nazis provide is bogus. Gehlen inflates Soviet military capabilities at a time when Russia is still rebuilding its devastated society, in order to inflate his own importance to the Americans (who might otherwise punish him). In 1948, Gehlen almost convinces the Americans that war is imminent, and the West should make a preemptive strike. In the 50s he produces a fictitious "missile gap." To make matters worse, the Russians have thoroughly penetrated the Gehlen Organization with double agents, undermining the very American security that Gehlen was supposed to protect.
1947
Greece — President Truman requests military aid to Greece to support right-wing forces fighting communist rebels. For the rest of the Cold War, Washington and the CIA will back notorious Greek leaders with deplorable human rights records.
CIA created — President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947, creating the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council. The CIA is accountable to the president through the NSC — there is no democratic or congressional oversight. Its charter allows the CIA to "perform such other functions and duties… as the National Security Council may from time to time direct." This loophole opens the door to covert action and dirty tricks.
1948
Covert-action wing created — The CIA recreates a covert action wing, innocuously called the Office of Policy Coordination, led by Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner. According to its secret charter, its responsibilities include "propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage, demolition and evacuation procedures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world."
Italy — The CIA corrupts democratic elections in Italy, where Italian communists threaten to win the elections. The CIA buys votes, broadcasts propaganda, threatens and beats up opposition leaders, and infiltrates and disrupts their organizations. It works -- the communists are defeated.
1949
Radio Free Europe — The CIA creates its first major propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe. Over the next several decades, its broadcasts are so blatantly false that for a time it is considered illegal to publish transcripts of them in the U.S.
Late 40s
Operation MOCKINGBIRD — The CIA begins recruiting American news organizations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least 25 organizations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.
1953
Iran – CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he threatened to nationalize British oil. The CIA replaces him with a dictator, the Shah of Iran, whose secret police, SAVAK, is as brutal as the Gestapo.
Operation MK-ULTRA — Inspired by North Korea’s brainwashing program, the CIA begins experiments on mind control. The most notorious part of this project involves giving LSD and other drugs to American subjects without their knowledge or against their will, causing several to commit suicide. However, the operation involves far more than this. Funded in part by the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, research includes propaganda, brainwashing, public relations, advertising, hypnosis, and other forms of suggestion.
1954
Guatemala — CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup. Arbenz has threatened to nationalize the Rockefeller-owned United Fruit Company, in which CIA Director Allen Dulles also owns stock. Arbenz is replaced with a series of right-wing dictators whose bloodthirsty policies will kill over 100,000 Guatemalans in the next 40 years.
1954-1958
North Vietnam — CIA officer Edward Lansdale spends four years trying to overthrow the communist government of North Vietnam, using all the usual dirty tricks. The CIA also attempts to legitimize a tyrannical puppet regime in South Vietnam, headed by Ngo Dinh Diem. These efforts fail to win the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese because the Diem government is opposed to true democracy, land reform and poverty reduction measures. The CIA’s continuing failure results in escalating American intervention, culminating in the Vietnam War.
1956
Hungary — Radio Free Europe incites Hungary to revolt by broadcasting Khruschev’s Secret Speech, in which he denounced Stalin. It also hints that American aid will help the Hungarians fight. This aid fails to materialize as Hungarians launch a doomed armed revolt, which only invites a major Soviet invasion. The conflict kills 7,000 Soviets and 30,000 Hungarians.
1957-1973
Laos — The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections. The problem is the Pathet Lao, a leftist group with enough popular support to be a member of any coalition government. In the late 50s, the CIA even creates an "Armee Clandestine" of Asian mercenaries to attack the Pathet Lao. After the CIA’s army suffers numerous defeats, the U.S. starts bombing, dropping more bombs on Laos than all the U.S. bombs dropped in World War II. A quarter of all Laotians will eventually become refugees, many living in caves.
1959
Haiti — The U.S. military helps "Papa Doc" Duvalier become dictator of Haiti. He creates his own private police force, the "Tonton Macoutes," who terrorize the population with machetes. They will kill over 100,000 during the Duvalier family reign. The U.S. does not protest their dismal human rights record.
1961
The Bay of Pigs — The CIA sends 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Castro’s Cuba. But "Operation Mongoose" fails, due to poor planning, security and backing. The planners had imagined that the invasion will spark a popular uprising against Castro -– which never happens. A promised American air strike also never occurs. This is the CIA’s first public setback, causing President Kennedy to fire CIA Director Allen Dulles.
Dominican Republic — The CIA assassinates Rafael Trujillo, a murderous dictator Washington has supported since 1930. Trujillo’s business interests have grown so large (about 60 percent of the economy) that they have begun competing with American business interests.
Ecuador — The CIA-backed military forces the democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign. Vice President Carlos Arosemana replaces him; the CIA fills the now vacant vice presidency with its own man.
Congo (Zaire) — The CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba. However, public support for Lumumba’s politics runs so high that the CIA cannot clearly install his opponents in power. Four years of political turmoil follow.
1963
Dominican Republic — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup. The CIA installs a repressive, right-wing junta.
Ecuador — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows President Arosemana, whose independent (not socialist) policies have become unacceptable to Washington. A military junta assumes command, cancels the 1964 elections, and begins abusing human rights.
1964
Brazil — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta that replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty in history. General Castelo Branco will create Latin America’s first death squads, or bands of secret police who hunt down "communists" for torture, interrogation and murder. Often these "communists" are no more than Branco’s political opponents. Later it is revealed that the CIA trains the death squads.
1965
Indonesia — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup. The CIA has been trying to eliminate Sukarno since 1957, using everything from attempted assassination to sexual intrigue, for nothing more than his declaring neutrality in the Cold War. His successor, General Suharto, will massacre between 500,000 to 1 million civilians accused of being "communist." The CIA supplies the names of countless suspects.
Dominican Republic — A popular rebellion breaks out, promising to reinstall Juan Bosch as the country’s elected leader. The revolution is crushed when U.S. Marines land to uphold the military regime by force. The CIA directs everything behind the scenes.
Greece — With the CIA’s backing, the king removes George Papandreous as prime minister. Papandreous has failed to vigorously support U.S. interests in Greece.
Congo (Zaire) — A CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator. The hated and repressive Mobutu exploits his desperately poor country for billions.
1966
The Ramparts Affair — The radical magazine Ramparts begins a series of unprecedented anti-CIA articles. Among their scoops: the CIA has paid the University of Michigan $25 million dollars to hire "professors" to train South Vietnamese students in covert police methods. MIT and other universities have received similar payments. Ramparts also reveals that the National Students’ Association is a CIA front. Students are sometimes recruited through blackmail and bribery, including draft deferments.
1967
Greece — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections. The favorite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate. During the next six years, the "reign of the colonels" — backed by the CIA — will usher in the widespread use of torture and murder against political opponents. When a Greek ambassador objects to President Johnson about U.S. plans for Cypress, Johnson tells him: "Fuck your parliament and your constitution."
Operation PHEONIX — The CIA helps South Vietnamese agents identify and then murder alleged Viet Cong leaders operating in South Vietnamese villages. According to a 1971 congressional report, this operation killed about 20,000 "Viet Cong."
1968
Operation CHAOS — The CIA has been illegally spying on American citizens since 1959, but with Operation CHAOS, President Johnson dramatically boosts the effort. CIA agents go undercover as student radicals to spy on and disrupt campus organizations protesting the Vietnam War. They are searching for Russian instigators, which they never find. CHAOS will eventually spy on 7,000 individuals and 1,000 organizations.
Bolivia — A CIA-organized military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara. The CIA wants to keep him alive for interrogation, but the Bolivian government executes him to prevent worldwide calls for clemency.
1969
Uruguay — The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay, a country torn with political strife. Whereas right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine, widespread practice. "The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect," is his motto. The torture techniques he teaches to the death squads rival the Nazis’. He eventually becomes so feared that revolutionaries will kidnap and murder him a year later.
1970
Cambodia — The CIA overthrows Prince Sahounek, who is highly popular among Cambodians for keeping them out of the Vietnam War. He is replaced by CIA puppet Lon Nol, who immediately throws Cambodian troops into battle. This unpopular move strengthens once minor opposition parties like the Khmer Rouge, which achieves power in 1975 and massacres millions of its own people.
1971
Bolivia — After half a decade of CIA-inspired political turmoil, a CIA-backed military coup overthrows the leftist President Juan Torres. In the next two years, dictator Hugo Banzer will have over 2,000 political opponents arrested without trial, then tortured, raped and executed.
Haiti — "Papa Doc" Duvalier dies, leaving his 19-year old son "Baby Doc" Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continues his bloody reign with full knowledge of the CIA.
1972
The Case-Zablocki Act — Congress passes an act requiring congressional review of executive agreements. In theory, this should make CIA operations more accountable. In fact, it is only marginally effective.
Cambodia — Congress votes to cut off CIA funds for its secret war in Cambodia.
Wagergate Break-in — President Nixon sends in a team of burglars to wiretap Democratic offices at Watergate. The team members have extensive CIA histories, including James McCord, E. Howard Hunt and five of the Cuban burglars. They work for the Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP), which does dirty work like disrupting Democratic campaigns and laundering Nixon’s illegal campaign contributions. CREEP’s activities are funded and organized by another CIA front, the Mullen Company.
1973
Chile — The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist leader. The problems begin when Allende nationalizes American-owned firms in Chile. ITT offers the CIA $1 million for a coup (reportedly refused). The CIA replaces Allende with General Augusto Pinochet, who will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor leaders and the political left.
CIA begins internal investigations — William Colby, the Deputy Director for Operations, orders all CIA personnel to report any and all illegal activities they know about. This information is later reported to Congress.
Watergate Scandal — The CIA’s main collaborating newspaper in America, The Washington Post, reports Nixon’s crimes long before any other newspaper takes up the subject. The two reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, make almost no mention of the CIA’s many fingerprints all over the scandal. It is later revealed that Woodward was a Naval intelligence briefer to the White House, and knows many important intelligence figures, including General Alexander Haig. His main source, "Deep Throat," is probably one of those.
CIA Director Helms Fired — President Nixon fires CIA Director Richard Helms for failing to help cover up the Watergate scandal. Helms and Nixon have always disliked each other. The new CIA director is William Colby, who is relatively more open to CIA reform.
1974
CHAOS exposed — Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh publishes a story about Operation CHAOS, the domestic surveillance and infiltration of anti-war and civil rights groups in the U.S. The story sparks national outrage.
Angleton fired — Congress holds hearings on the illegal domestic spying efforts of James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence. His efforts included mail-opening campaigns and secret surveillance of war protesters. The hearings result in his dismissal from the CIA.
House clears CIA in Watergate — The House of Representatives clears the CIA of any complicity in Nixon’s Watergate break-in.
The Hughes Ryan Act — Congress passes an amendment requiring the president to report nonintelligence CIA operations to the relevant congressional committees in a timely fashion.
1975
Australia — The CIA helps topple the democratically elected, left-leaning government of Prime Minister Edward Whitlam. The CIA does this by giving an ultimatum to its Governor-General, John Kerr. Kerr, a longtime CIA collaborator, exercises his constitutional right to dissolve the Whitlam government. The Governor-General is a largely ceremonial position appointed by the Queen; the Prime Minister is democratically elected. The use of this archaic and never-used law stuns the nation.
Angola — Eager to demonstrate American military resolve after its defeat in Vietnam, Henry Kissinger launches a CIA-backed war in Angola. Contrary to Kissinger’s assertions, Angola is a country of little strategic importance and not seriously threatened by communism. The CIA backs the brutal leader of UNITAS, Jonas Savimbi. This polarizes Angolan politics and drives his opponents into the arms of Cuba and the Soviet Union for survival. Congress will cut off funds in 1976, but the CIA is able to run the war off the books until 1984, when funding is legalized again. This entirely pointless war kills over 300,000 Angolans.
"The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence" — Victor Marchetti and John Marks publish this whistle-blowing history of CIA crimes and abuses. Marchetti has spent 14 years in the CIA, eventually becoming an executive assistant to the Deputy Director of Intelligence. Marks has spent five years as an intelligence official in the State Department.
"Inside the Company" — Philip Agee publishes a diary of his life inside the CIA. Agee has worked in covert operations in Latin America during the 60s, and details the crimes in which he took part.
Congress investigates CIA wrong-doing — Public outrage compels Congress to hold hearings on CIA crimes. Senator Frank Church heads the Senate investigation ("The Church Committee"), and Representative Otis Pike heads the House investigation. (Despite a 98 percent incumbency reelection rate, both Church and Pike are defeated in the next elections.) The investigations lead to a number of reforms intended to increase the CIA’s accountability to Congress, including the creation of a standing Senate committee on intelligence. However, the reforms prove ineffective, as the Iran/Contra scandal will show. It turns out the CIA can control, deal with or sidestep Congress with ease.
The Rockefeller Commission — In an attempt to reduce the damage done by the Church Committee, President Ford creates the "Rockefeller Commission" to whitewash CIA history and propose toothless reforms. The commission’s namesake, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, is himself a major CIA figure. Five of the commission’s eight members are also members of the Council on Foreign Relations, a CIA-dominated organization.
1979
Iran — The CIA fails to predict the fall of the Shah of Iran, a longtime CIA puppet, and the rise of Muslim fundamentalists who are furious at the CIA’s backing of SAVAK, the Shah’s bloodthirsty secret police. In revenge, the Muslims take 52 Americans hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
Afghanistan — The Soviets invade Afghanistan. The CIA immediately begins supplying arms to any faction willing to fight the occupying Soviets. Such indiscriminate arming means that when the Soviets leave Afghanistan, civil war will erupt. Also, fanatical Muslim extremists now possess state-of-the-art weaponry. One of these is Sheik Abdel Rahman, who will become involved in the World Trade Center bombing in New York.
El Salvador — An idealistic group of young military officers, repulsed by the massacre of the poor, overthrows the right-wing government. However, the U.S. compels the inexperienced officers to include many of the old guard in key positions in their new government. Soon, things are back to "normal" — the military government is repressing and killing poor civilian protesters. Many of the young military and civilian reformers, finding themselves powerless, resign in disgust.
Nicaragua — Anastasios Samoza II, the CIA-backed dictator, falls. The Marxist Sandinistas take over government, and they are initially popular because of their commitment to land and anti-poverty reform. Samoza had a murderous and hated personal army called the National Guard. Remnants of the Guard will become the Contras, who fight a CIA-backed guerilla war against the Sandinista government throughout the 1980s.
1980
El Salvador — The Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, pleads with President Carter "Christian to Christian" to stop aiding the military government slaughtering his people. Carter refuses. Shortly afterwards, right-wing leader Roberto D’Aubuisson has Romero shot through the heart while saying Mass. The country soon dissolves into civil war, with the peasants in the hills fighting against the military government. The CIA and U.S. Armed Forces supply the government with overwhelming military and intelligence superiority. CIA-trained death squads roam the countryside, committing atrocities like that of El Mazote in 1982, where they massacre between 700 and 1000 men, women and children. By 1992, some 63,000 Salvadorans will be killed.
1981
Iran/Contra Begins — The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. President Reagan vows that the Sandinistas will be "pressured" until "they say ‘uncle.’" The CIA’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual disbursed to the Contras includes instruction on economic sabotage, propaganda, extortion, bribery, blackmail, interrogation, torture, murder and political assassination.
1983
Honduras — The CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual – 1983, which teaches how to torture people. Honduras’ notorious "Battalion 316" then uses these techniques, with the CIA’s full knowledge, on thousands of leftist dissidents. At least 184 are murdered.
1984
The Boland Amendment — The last of a series of Boland Amendments is passed. These amendments have reduced CIA aid to the Contras; the last one cuts it off completely. However, CIA Director William Casey is already prepared to "hand off" the operation to Colonel Oliver North, who illegally continues supplying the Contras through the CIA’s informal, secret, and self-financing network. This includes "humanitarian aid" donated by Adolph Coors and William Simon, and military aid funded by Iranian arms sales.
1986
Eugene Hasenfus — Nicaragua shoots down a C-123 transport plane carrying military supplies to the Contras. The lone survivor, Eugene Hasenfus, turns out to be a CIA employee, as are the two dead pilots. The airplane belongs to Southern Air Transport, a CIA front. The incident makes a mockery of President Reagan’s claims that the CIA is not illegally arming the Contras.
Iran/Contra Scandal — Although the details have long been known, the Iran/Contra scandal finally captures the media’s attention in 1986. Congress holds hearings, and several key figures (like Oliver North) lie under oath to protect the intelligence community. CIA Director William Casey dies of brain cancer before Congress can question him. All reforms enacted by Congress after the scandal are purely cosmetic.
Haiti — Rising popular revolt in Haiti means that "Baby Doc" Duvalier will remain "President for Life" only if he has a short one. The U.S., which hates instability in a puppet country, flies the despotic Duvalier to the South of France for a comfortable retirement. The CIA then rigs the upcoming elections in favor of another right-wing military strongman. However, violence keeps the country in political turmoil for another four years. The CIA tries to strengthen the military by creating the National Intelligence Service (SIN), which suppresses popular revolt through torture and assassination.
1989
Panama — The U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega. Noriega has been on the CIA’s payroll since 1966, and has been transporting drugs with the CIA’s knowledge since 1972. By the late 80s, Noriega’s growing independence and intransigence have angered Washington… so out he goes.
1990
Haiti — Competing against 10 comparatively wealthy candidates, leftist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide captures 68 percent of the vote. After only eight months in power, however, the CIA-backed military deposes him. More military dictators brutalize the country, as thousands of Haitian refugees escape the turmoil in barely seaworthy boats. As popular opinion calls for Aristide’s return, the CIA begins a disinformation campaign painting the courageous priest as mentally unstable.
1991
The Gulf War — The U.S. liberates Kuwait from Iraq. But Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, is another creature of the CIA. With U.S. encouragement, Hussein invaded Iran in 1980. During this costly eight-year war, the CIA built up Hussein’s forces with sophisticated arms, intelligence, training and financial backing. This cemented Hussein’s power at home, allowing him to crush the many internal rebellions that erupted from time to time, sometimes with poison gas. It also gave him all the military might he needed to conduct further adventurism — in Kuwait, for example.
The Fall of the Soviet Union — The CIA fails to predict this most important event of the Cold War. This suggests that it has been so busy undermining governments that it hasn’t been doing its primary job: gathering and analyzing information. The fall of the Soviet Union also robs the CIA of its reason for existence: fighting communism. This leads some to accuse the CIA of intentionally failing to predict the downfall of the Soviet Union. Curiously, the intelligence community’s budget is not significantly reduced after the demise of communism.
1992
Economic Espionage — In the years following the end of the Cold War, the CIA is increasingly used for economic espionage. This involves stealing the technological secrets of competing foreign companies and giving them to American ones. Given the CIA’s clear preference for dirty tricks over mere information gathering, the possibility of serious criminal behavior is very great indeed.
1993
Haiti — The chaos in Haiti grows so bad that President Clinton has no choice but to remove the Haitian military dictator, Raoul Cedras, on threat of U.S. invasion. The U.S. occupiers do not arrest Haiti’s military leaders for crimes against humanity, but instead ensure their safety and rich retirements. Aristide is returned to power only after being forced to accept an agenda favorable to the country’s ruling class.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Michigal Oil Spill/Deja vu
EXCERPT:
As the Gulf Coast deals with the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, the Midwest is now facing an oil spill of its own.

A state of emergency has been declared in southwest Michigan's Kalamazoo County as more than 800,000 gallons of oil released into a creek began making its way downstream in the Kalamazoo River, the Kalamazoo Gazette

Enbridge doubles cleanup effort for Michigan oil spill video

Enbridge cleans michigan oil pipeline leak under BP shadow
EXCERPT:
Dave Jenkins, of Marshall, holds onto a muskrat as a group attempts to clean the animal Tuesday, July 27, 2010, in Marshall, Mich. Crews were working
Wed Jul 28, 10:20 PM

Dave Jenkins, of Marshall, holds onto a muskrat as a group attempts to clean the animal Tuesday, July 27, 2010, in Marshall, Mich. Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish. An estimated 877,000 gallons (3.3 million liters) of oil leaked from a pipeline into the river. (AP Photo/The Kalamazoo Gazette, Jonathon Gruenke)

Kalamazoo Oil Spill video

BP and Enbridge
EXCERPT:
Enbridge and BP Announce Agreement to Develop Delivery System for Canadian crude oil from Illinois to the U.S. Gulf Coast
Release date: 29 August 2008
CALGARY, Alberta and WARRENVILLE, Ill. - August 29, 2008 - Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) and BP Pipelines (North America) Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement to develop a new delivery system to transport Canadian heavy crude oil from Flanagan, Illinois, to Houston and Texas City, Texas, using a combination of existing facilities and new pipeline construction where required.
The new delivery system is expected to be in service

Friday, July 2, 2010

Iran Contra and William Buckley
EXCERPT:
William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, is kidnapped by militants who claim to be part of a mysterious organization they call Islamic Jihad. Buckley will die in June 1985, after 15 months of captivity, neglect, and torture. The CIA will not acknowledge his death until 1987. His body will not be returned to the US until December 1991. Buckley’s captivity, and that of at least five other American hostages, will be cited as one of the precipitating factors in the Iran-Contra arms deals. [PBS, 2000; Arlington Cemetery (.net), 4/23/2006] (Note: Some sources cite the date of his capture as March 16, not March 3.) [New York Times, 11/19/1987] It remains unclear exactly who Buckley’s captors are. This “Islamic Jihad” organization is not the same group as is later led by Sunni militant Ayman al-Zawahiri, nor is it the Palestinian organization of the same name. In the 2001 book Sacred Rage, author Robin B. Wright notes that a group spokesman claims, “We are neither Iranians, Syrians nor Palestinians, but Muslims who follow the precepts of the Koran.” Wright calls the organization “a mysterious group about which nothing was known” except for its “pro-Iranian” ideology, probably “more of an information network for a variety of cells or movements rather than a cohesive or structured independent group of extremists.” [Wright, 2001, pp. 73, 85] New Yorker reporter Jeffrey Goldberg later writes that he believes the organization is either a precursor to the Lebanese militant organization Hezbollah or a more violent adjunct to that organization. [New Yorker, 10/14/2002]

Times magazine and the Iran Contra deal Bush, North
EXCERPT:

Bush claims to have answered all questions about the Iran deals, except for those regarding the private advice he gave the President. But it is what Bush says, not what he refuses to say, that is most troubling. His claim that he never figured out that the Iran deals were an arms-for-hostages swap is undercut by his admission that he was motivated by an understandable concern for Hostage William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut who was being tortured by his captors. By portraying himself as incidental to one of Reagan's most sensitive foreign initiatives, he reveals either a worrisome detachment from critical issues or an unwillingness to assert his convictions.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,966656-2,00.html#ixzz0sYZAr4y1

Operation Staunch
Operation Staunch was created in spring 1983 by the United States State Department to stop the illicit flow of U.S. arms to Iran.

[edit] Background
The Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the hostage crisis in Tehran frustrated American policy makers whose response came as an embargo on the new government of Iran. On January 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, the hostages in Tehran were released. In turn, the embargo was relaxed, but relations with Iran did not improve diplomatically. In fact, the newly elected Reagan refused to sell arms directly to Iran. Even so, arms manufactured in the US that were sold to foreign nations continued to find their way to the Iranian military arsenal. The Iran-Iraq War raised demand for arms and "created opportunities that arms merchants around the world simply could not afford to miss. Indeed, the lure of windfall profits was so great that few countries had any scruples about selling weapons to Iran or Iraq—or both at the same time."[1]

In response, The State Department dispatched special envoy Richard Fairbanks, who "spoke with diplomats, intelligence officers and arms industry officials"[1] in targeted Arab countries as well as South Korea, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The State Department successfully dissuaded American allies from selling American arms to Iran on the tenet, created by Iran's association with Hezbollah, that Iran sponsors terrorism.

Public Relations and the War
EXCERPT:
Hill & Knowlton, then the world's largest PR firm, served as mastermind for the Kuwaiti campaign. Its activities alone would have constituted the largest foreign-funded campaign ever aimed at manipulating American public opinion. By law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act should have exposed this propaganda campaign to the American people, but the Justice Department chose not to enforce it. Nine days after Saddam's army marched into Kuwait, the Emir's government agreed to fund a contract under which Hill & Knowlton would represent "Citizens for a Free Kuwait," a classic PR front group designed to hide the real role of the Kuwaiti government and its collusion with the Bush administration. Over the next six months, the Kuwaiti government channeled $11.9 million dollars to Citizens for a Free Kuwait, whose only other funding totalled $17,861 from 78 individuals. Virtually all of CFK's budget - $10.8 million - went to Hill & Knowlton in the form of fees.74

The man running Hill & Knowlton's Washington office was Craig Fuller, one of Bush's closest friends and inside political advisors. The news media never bothered to examine Fuller's role until after the war had ended, but if America's editors had read the PR trade press, they might have noticed this announcement, published in O'Dwyer's PR Services before the fighting began: "Craig L. Fuller, chief of staff to Bush when he was vice-president, has been on the Kuwaiti account at Hill & Knowlton since the first day. He and [Bob] Dilenschneider at one point made a trip to Saudi Arabia, observing the production of some 20 videotapes, among other chores. The Wirthlin Group, research arm of H&K, was the pollster for the Reagan Administration. . . . Wirthlin has reported receiving $1.1 million in fees for research assignments for the Kuwaitis. Robert K. Gray, Chairman of H&K/USA based in Washington, DC had leading roles in both Reagan campaigns. He has been involved in foreign nation accounts for many years. . . . Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado, account supervisor on the Kuwait account, is a former Foreign Service Officer at the US Information Agency who joined Gray when he set up his firm in 1982."75

Craig Fuller and Graham Fuller, hmmmmm Iran contra affair
2 EXCERPT:
1) Graham Fuller, the CIA’s national intelligence officer for the Middle East, writes two controversial secret memos advocating that the administration begin providing support for Iran against Iraq. Fuller is presenting a position long held by national security director Robert McFarlane and two of McFarlane’s aides, Oliver North and Howard Teicher. This pro-Iran group has recently been joined by CIA director William Casey. Both McFarlane and Casey are supportive of Fuller’s memo. Fuller writes in a May 17 memo, “Our tilt to Iraq was timely when Iraq was against the ropes and the Islamic revolution was on a roll.

2) However, the meeting is later described very differently by others, including Craig Fuller, Bush’s chief of staff, who is present at the meeting; according to Fuller, the two discuss the arms-for-hostages deal in great detail, including specifics about what arms will be delivered, and both are ready to negotiate with the Islamic radicals of the Khomeini regime who control the American hostages. The hostages are to be released in a group in return for 4,000 US-made antitank missiles. Nir himself reports the contents of the meeting to Peres, and his later account of it is virtually identical to Fuller’s. Nir also notes that his biggest question—how to get the Iranians to release the hostages all at once and not one or two at a time—went unanswered by Bush. “The [vice president] made no commitments nor did he give any direction to Nir,” Fuller notes.

Hill and Knowlton
EXCERPT:
Government of Kuwait
In 1990, H&K led over 20 other American PR firms in the "largest foreign-funded campaign ever aimed at manipulating American public opinion", according to the Center for Media and Democracy [3] H&K earned over $10.8 mm for their work, paid by "Citizens for a Free Kuwait", an astroturf organization funded almost entirely by the Kuwaiti government.[3]

One controversial maneuver was the arrangement of the testimony of “Nurse Nayirah” to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990. Nayirah falsely testified that she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers killing hundreds of premature babies at the al-Addan hospital in Kuwait City.[4]

[edit] Bank of Credit and Commerce International
H&K represented the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) following its drug-money laundering indictment. H&K broke no laws and may not have violated any of the standards of the PR industry,[citation needed] though its actions raised questions concerning a conflict between H&K as a public relations firm and the public interest, according to the BCCI affair report to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate.[5]

Hill and Knowlton
EXCERPT:
Lying under oath in front of a congressional committee
is a crime; lying from under the cover of anonymity to a caucus is
merely public relations.5

EXCERPT:
Subject: Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill and Proposed National Health Care Legislation Opens Door for Massive Stock Fraud by Al Gore “Climate Change Ambassador Program” Associate Maurice Stone, Chair of Energy Committee of National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)

An Open Letter to:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), GOP Conference Chairman, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and all members of the Texas Delegation of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate
and
Republican Members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - Rep. Darrell Issa, California, (Ranking Minority Member); Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana; Rep. John M. McHugh, New York; Rep. John L. Mica, Florida; Rep. Mark E. Souder, Indiana; Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee; Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio; Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, Georgia; Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, North Carolina; Rep. Brian Bilbray, California; Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio; Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona; Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah; Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois

Subject: Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill and Proposed National Health Care Legislation Opens Door for Massive Stock Fraud by Al Gore “Climate Change Ambassador Program” Associate Maurice Stone, Chair of Energy Committee of National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)

Ladies and gentlemen,

I will begin by applauding House Minority Leader John Boehner on his reading of the 300-page addition to the Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill from the floor of the House of Representatives and his stated sentiment of, “Hey, people deserve to know what’s in this piece of s—t.” Representative Boehner’s statement, while colorful in its description, does not fully express the level to which the American public is being set up to be further defrauded by the disinformation being represented as science in this legislation.
The Waxman-Markey Bill supports ongoing corruption by a network of known stock fraud perpetrators. Following the July 4th holiday break, at least one member of this network will continue his work in managing high level contacts in Washington and elsewhere while his associates continue the restructuring of their stable of front companies to milk the stimulus system and fleece the investing public through the sale counterfeit stock illegally issued under state and federal security laws. This being done, while the SEC and other regulatory and enforcement agencies knowingly document their daily activities through the monitoring of stock trades.

This communication is written as an “Open Letter” to each of you and will receive very public circulation in various venues for the explicit purpose of exposing this ongoing criminal activity by a large and well organized international stock fraud network. This network has compromised highly placed positions of influence in public and political policy making-circles to expressly continue not only their stock fraud operations, but to elevate their focus and access to Stimulus Bill Funds, funds available under the Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill and those funds that would become available under the upcoming Health Care Legislation should it be passed. Remarkably, this very purpose has been publicly stated in press releases that are false and misleading regarding the business models and technical capabilities of their network of front operations.

A recent survey of this networks corporate activities indicates a restructuring of one of their conduits (Oxford Financial) to advance their criminal activities by redirecting its focus to nationalize health care enhancing the broad nature of their intent. Several members of this network of individuals have in fact been indicted, tried and convicted for stock fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, and numerous other violations. Although a larger segment of this network has been under close monitoring and surveillance by federal and state regulatory and enforcement agencies for over a decade, no substantive action has been taken to interdict or bring their criminal activities to a halt.

It is no secret that former Vice President Al Gore is the most verbal champion of the Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill outside of the sitting government. It is also no secret that Al Gore and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hold significant investments and will gain substantial economic benefit to their investment portfolios if the Cap and Trade Bill is signed into law by the Obama Administration. It is through the compromise of the Waxman-Markey Bill and former Vice President Al Gore’s questionable environmental agenda that this network has been able to establish its corrupt influence.

Maurice Stone, Board Member of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (and now Gore Associate) is a long standing and leading member of this criminal network of stock fraud perpetrators who have established themselves through corrupted political influence for the purpose of covering and expanding their ongoing criminal activities.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) issued an eBlast (10 March 2009) in which item #1 states the following, ““NBCC forms Stimulus Bill Committees. Board Member Maurice Stone has been selected Chair of the New Energy Committee…. These three committees will develop strategic plans to aggressively pursue all opportunities related to the Stimulus Bill and Subsequent bills as they are implemented…” Again on May 19, NBCC issued Congratulations to NBCC Energy Committee Chair Maurice Stone who just finished the first ever Climate Change Summit course administered by Vice President Al Gore. He is now a certified Climate Change Ambassador. With that distinction, Maurice will give 20+ workshops on the status and future of climate change.” This then becomes the crowning accomplishment for Maurice Stone and associates substantially increasing their realm of corrupt political influence.

Previously, the stock fraud network compromised, if not completely corrupted, one former Commissioner of the Securities Exchange Commission.. On June 24, 2003 it was announced that Professional Directors Institute, Inc. (f/k/a Bencore, Inc.) another of the quick change conduit companies under the control of Jonathan Gilchrest appointed Isaac Hunt, Jr. former SEC Commissioner to the PDI Board of Directors (http://www.allbusiness.com/legal/legal-services-lawyers/5800238-1.html).

The exposure of Maurice Stone and his associates begins with Sunrise Solar Corporation (SSLR.PK). This is one of the several publicly traded companies in the roster of stock fraud conduits maintained by the criminal network of which Stone is a major player. Maurice Stone recently took over the reigns as President and CEO from his long time associate Eddie D. Austin, Jr. Austin and Kathleen Delaney being two more of the participants in the network who have provided cover for a wider number of the players since December 2007.

Stone also holds board and management positions in SSLR sister company National Wind Solutions, Inc. (NWND.PK) formerly known as Telemedicus, Inc. (TMDI.PK). Telemedicus, Inc. has gone through a metamorphosis from management under Maurice Stone and others, to control by other members of the criminal network (including Austin and Delaney) before being restructured with Stone returning to senior management.

These two companies, Sunrise Solar and National Wind (both benefiting from the corrupt political influence of Maurice Stone) provide the “gateway” for understanding the mechanism by which the network’s criminal activities and the level of sophistication to which they have elevated their objectives. Also, these companies are a part of a much larger menu of more than 20 companies, publicly traded and private, and a like number of individuals controlling them, that have been and are (as of the writing of this correspondence), conduits for ongoing criminal pump and dump stock fraud operations and associated criminal violations.

June 5, 2009 the Securities Exchange Commission issued a Press Release upon suspending trading in the securities of SSLR “because of questions that have been raised about the accuracy and adequacy of publicity disseminated information concerning, among other things, Sunrise’s business prospects and agreements.” (http://www.sec.gov/news/digest/2009/dig060509.htm) As previously stated, the suspension of trading and much higher levels of civil and criminal action by the SEC and other enforcement agencies are not an unknown or new experience for Maurice Stone and his associates. What might be somewhat novel, if not downright inconvenient and embarrassing, is that this suspension of trading was concurrent with a press release by Sunrise Solar appearing the same day and stating, in part, as follows:
"Maurice Stone, NBCC Energy Committee Chairman, and I have been meeting with various associations and organizations in Washington, DC discussing the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 H.R. 2454, commonly referred to as the Waxman/Markey or Climate Change Bill, and its effects on "Green Jobs" and the economy." stated Harry Alford, President and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Regulatory Committee of the US Chamber of Commerce. "We expect a lot of debate in the House and very robust debate in the senate regarding this important bill."
http://www.streetinsider.com/Press+Releases/Sunrise+Solar+Joins+Energy+Leadership+in+Washington/4695651.html

The “questions that have been raised about the accuracy and adequacy of publicity disseminated information concerning, among other things, Sunrise’s business prospects and agreements” are not unusual with regard to any of the publicly traded corporations which Maurice Stone and his network of associates have used as conduits for their pump and dump stock fraud schemes. Over the past decade, and beginning with Jack Uselton, Mountain Energy (METI.PK) and Uselton associates Marc Tow, George Guttman, and Joseph Blumenthal – all having had ties to organized crime stock fraud operations involving market makers Merit/Rampart in Canada and Florida were subject to SEC action. This group, when expanded over time to the present, brings into play the following major members of the criminal network for which Maurice Stone is acting to expanding corrupt political influence.

The primary players working out from Maurice Stone are Eddie D. Austin, Kathleen Delaney, J. T. Cloud, J. T. Cloud II, Jonathan Gilchrist, John D. Shearer, Jack Chapline Vaughn, William Carmichael, David Mordekhay, Peter Lloyd, Darrel Uselton, Jack Uselton, Eddie Davidson, Shir Doron, Chet Gutowski, Tyson Rhode, Marc Tow, Robert Wilson, Dino Price, Bruce Pollock, Harris Dempsey “Butch” Ballow, Hiam Silber and Edward Goldberg.

All of these individuals collectively, have a long standing association throughout the use of over 125 shell companies which have been used as stock fraud conduits and variously the subject of Securities Exchange investigations for stock fraud, money laundering, wire fraud and other federal and state violations. Eddie Davidson, a key to the activities of the network, was convicted in Federal Court in Denver, CO. While serving a reduced sentence for cooperating during the investigation Davidson escaped from the minimum security facility at Florence, CO ultimately committing suicide after murdering his wife and one of his children June 24, 2008. Darrel and Jack Uselton were recently convicted of securities fraud in Houston, TX receiving lenient sentences but suffering substantial economic losses of funds seized by the SEC and Texas Attorney General’s Office. Both Useltons were repeat stock fraud offenders and although barred from any participation with securities, both are still active in the network. Harris Dempsey “Butch” Ballow, a federal fugitive living in Mexico, after failing to appear for sentencing on his conviction for a massive stock fraud in Federal Court in the Southern District of New York, is another of the key players whose associates established offshore accounts. All of the individuals as listed in the previous paragraph appear as overlapping officers and directors of their stock fraud conduit companies often rotating from one company to the other during restructuring, frequent name and trading symbol changes.

The currently known and active publicly traded companies being prepped as pump and dump conduits some of which also being groomed as candidates for fraudulently securing Stimulus and Cap and Trade Funds by this network of stock fraud artists is as follows – Gulf Alternative Energy, Inc (GAEC.PK), Sunrise Solar Corporation (SSLR.PK), National Wind Solutions, Inc. (NWND.PK), My Healthy Access, Inc. (MYHA.PK), Emerging Healthcare Solutions, Inc. f/k/a Oxford Finance (OXFD.PK), Premiere Resources Co (PRER.PK), Centriforce Technology Corporation (CNFO.PK), Evolution Solar Corporation (EVSO.PK), Peninsula Holding Group Ltd (PHGTA.PK), Peninsula Holding Group Ltd (PHGTB.PK), Peninsula Holding Group Ltd (PHGTC.PK) Global Wind Corporation (GWND.PK), VirTra Systems Inc. (VTSI.PK), and Best Energy Services, Inc.(BEYS.OB).

While most of these companies have shared or still share the same address of 1240 Blalock Rd, Houston, TX, some have been transferred to addresses in close proximity. Presumably, this was done in an attempt to obstruct investigations and tracing efforts.

Other privately held corporations that have been formed for the purpose of being or becoming wholly owned subsidiaries of the publicly traded corporations each providing a focal point for false and misleading claims of acquiring non-existent technologies, proprietary processes or fraudulent “in house contract agreements” are being maintained and nurtured as follows: Biotricity Corporation (Rhode), Hurricane Water, LLC(Mordekhay), Proven Technologies, LLC (Carmichael), Southfield Energy Inc. (Gilchrist, Rhode, Gutowski), Carliwater Inc. (Mordekhay, Long), Continental Connections (Mordekhay, Long), Zero Emissions Energy (subsidiary of NWND).

Not unlike Harry Markopoulos in his attempts to advise the Securities Exchange Commission, my associates and myself engaged in not only an ongoing internal investigation of our own company affairs in Alternative Energy Technologies, Inc. (ATNE) when we found that we had been targeted as a conduit of this network of stock fraud artists. We filed with the appropriate regulatory and enforcement agencies thousands of pages detailing how they had counterfeited, distributed and traded millions of shares of stock in our company as well as that of numerous others in their own cadre of conduits.

We have submitted thousands of pages of documentation through hundreds of emails and conducted countless telephone discussions. In some instances, foreknowledge of the activities of this network by enforcement and regulatory agents were voiced to us indicating that their activities were not only known but being allowed to continue through the approved restructuring, name and trading symbol changes of their conduits. This corrupt network has, nevertheless, been allowed to continue stealing from the investing public openly and with impunity.

There are several blatant examples of this activity one of the most egregious being that while under federal prosecution for his activities in EpicEdge Inc. and EVTC Inc. from which he had amassed over $100 million Harris Dempsey “Butch” Ballow and his associates were able to conduct another pump and dump operation using Rhonda Corp. subsidiary Aimsi Technologies Inc. yielding over $4 million between June and December 2004. Aimsi Technologies Inc. provides a well defined blueprint for all of the following stock fraud operations as well as the ability to estimate that hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulently obtained through counterfeit stock moved into the market by this criminal network.

It is not only obscene, but criminal in and of itself that this kind of activity should be allowed to continue over a period of a decade unimpeded while investors and stockholders consistently file complaints on these activities with the SEC, NASDAQ, FINRA, DTCC and numerous federal and state enforcement agencies expecting action to be taken that never comes.

It is from this continuing environment of inactivity, apparent apathy and selective enforcement by the SEC and other enforcement agencies that a critical assessment can reasonably be reached that the regulators responsible for overseeing the financial and economic well being of the country are completely inept or are by extension participants in the criminal activity through corrupt political influence. The Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill is not only flagrantly fraudulent in its content but its passage is viewed by some as an opportunity for manipulation in the most corrupt and criminal manner.

Sadly, all branches of the United States government have persist much to long in ignoring and failing the American people. Obviously, my associates and I would willingly provide copies of all documentation in our possession to substantiate the claims made here and would suggest that the wider range of investigative documentation held by the SEC, NASDAQ, FINRA, DTTC and numerous federal and state enforcement agencies should be demanded by your offices as well.

Robert F. (Bob) Bickel, Sr.
Beware the Twighligt Eclipse....

Up until what age do children believe literally everything they see on TV or movies as being true and real?

a). 3
b). 7
c) 9
d). 12

The shocking answer was “12 years old”. I personally do not remember my being that gullible by age 12, but hey, maybe I was.

Brainwashing at it's best thru movies
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Long before there was television, images were placed, for ``playback'' in America's memory banks-- first by the print media, and then, starting early in this century with the first of the real mass media, the movies. Hollywood is a component of the Anglo-American media cartel, a point made more obvious by recent creation of ``entertainment congolmerates'' through mergers and acquisitions. Thus, literally a handful of companies with interlocking boards comprised of people within the Anglo-American establishment controls all of what we see in the multiplexes, on television, in the print media, and, more lately, on the Internet.

Should your kids see Twilight Eclipse?
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But the more I reflect on the saga, the more I realize that Bella and Edward's controlling, all-consuming relationship (for which she is willing to forsake her humanity, her family, her best friend) provides a pretty terrible example for young girls (the majority of the hardcore fans are women and girls) -- and the movies are simply not appropriate for the 8-year-old-looking kids I saw at the preview screening Monday night. It's not the language (there barely is any) or the sex (it's mostly passionate kissing and longing looks), but the amped-up violence, and more important, the confusing messages that make the film too intense for highly impressionable tweens and younger.

Only parents can decide for certain whether their children are ready for a particular film, but be aware of what's in 'Eclipse': newly created "newborn" vampires that kill so many humans for blood, Seattle believes there's a serial killer on the loose; a climactic battle scene that includes widespread decapitation, dismemberment, and burning vampires to death; one flashback that includes mass murder and another that implies a fiancé orchestrated a gang rape of his intended bride; and several passionate kisses and a proposition to have sex that is gentlemanly rejected.


Eclipse and it's negative impact on children
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What Parents Need to Know
This review of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was written by Sandie Angulo Chen

Parents need to know that the third installment in the Twilight movie phenomenon is more mature than its predecessors but ultimately still age-appropriate for teens. As always, it's critical that parents understand that the story's central relationship is extremely intense -- almost to the point of addiction or obsession -- with Bella more than willing to forsake everything (even seeing her parents again) to turn into a vampire and join Edward for eternity. There's more vampire-on-vampire and wolf-on-vampire violence this time around; the climactic battle scene includes bloodless decapitations, dismemberments, and close-contact fighting. Compared to the first two movies, there's also quite a bit more sexuality -- with several passionate kisses and a frank discussion about virginity and first times. All of that said, like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books, Eclipse has very little swearing and, except for one flashback scene, no drinking.

Do vampires have souls?
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It turns out that this is one of the central questions behind the dilemma of whether Bella Swan will give up her mortality to stay eternally young with her vampire love Edward Cullen. You see, Edward believes that vampires have lost the souls they once had as humans, and so he’s adamantly opposed to Bella’s risking her soul for him. At this point you may be asking (as I certainly was): what, in Meyer’s fictional world, is a soul, exactly? It’s not entirely clear. Evidently it doesn’t mean that part of a person that directs the conscience or responds to the divine, because Meyer’s vampires have a clear sense of good and evil and Edward and Carlisle (at least) believe that God and heaven and hell exist. However, Edward doubts that any sort of afterlife exists for vampires—and that, if it does, it involves eternal damnation.

Bella’s fairly eager to take that risk, since, as she points out, she’s been raised “fairly devoid of belief,” and she thinks that being with Edward is “heaven” enough. (Whatever.) I think we’re supposed to regard her recklessness with eternal matters as somewhat misguided. Time (and the rest of the series) should reveal more. However, the introduction of this aspect of the Bella-Edward dilemma raises the stakes (so to speak) significantly and makes New Moon an important building block in the series.

10-99 Disney Code
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Disney parks use a code system to report emergencies. Among the most interesting is the 10-99 code, meaning “undesirable person”. If a Disney “cast member” (the name for all Disney employees – even in Disney Shops and offices worldwide) reports a 10-99B it means “undesirable black person”, 10-99O “undesirable Oriental person”, and 10-99L “undesirable Latino person”. 11357 refers to marijuana, 417G reports a handgun, 647F refers to a drunk and disorderly guest, and 5150 reveals that there is a generic lunatic on the premises.

5150
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Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act or "LPS") which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him or her self, and/or others and/or gravely disabled. A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced "fifty-one-fifty") can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself.[citation needed]

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Tonto and the Lone Ranger
Tonto, (whose name means "stupid" according to some interpretations) responded by calling the Lone Ranger "qui no sabe" which roughly translates from Spanish as "he who knows nothing" or "clueless."
Steve Martin on Letterman 'HE' was on flight 1549 (joke and video)

Sibel Edmonds whistleblower disposition videos

Was Ken Lewis on flight 1549 -it was after all going from NY to Charlotte, NC and that's where Kenny boy lived in his mansion video

Stephen Friedman scandal spurs rules change for Federal Reserve banks
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The Federal Reserve Board is changing its rules for board members of member banks, presumably to avoid the sort of blatant conflict of interest that clouded Stephen Friedman’s tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Friedman served at the New York Fed while also sitting on the board of Goldman Sachs. He resigned from the bank in May after it was revealed that he had purchased shares in the investment bank just as the Fed was bailing out Wall Street.

Friedman denied he had broken any rules. Yet the scandal exposed (again) the incestuous relations between large financial companies and the dozen Federal Reserve banks ostensibly charged with watching them.

Video of the D.C. Protests

DC protests didn't happen that way
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The Huffington Post reported that on Sunday afternoon, massive crowds of protesters swarmed the homes of bank executives in Washington, D.C., including Baer's, demanding that banks stop lobbying against financial reforms. The groups National People's Action and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) bused more than 700 workers from 20 states to Baer's neighborhood, one of the wealthiest areas in Washington.

Why should I believe you when you say there's nothing there
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There was quite a noisy scene in a peaceful Chevy Chase neighborhood two Sundays ago. The midafternoon calm was shattered when 14 buses showed up without warning and about 700 protesters descended on the home of Gregory Baer, a deputy general counsel for Bank of America.
They chanted and jeered as speakers, using a bullhorn from Baer's front porch, railed against the bank's policies and its role in home foreclosures. Baer, away when the protests began, was booed when he returned and edged through the crowd before entering his home, where his teenage son was alone and frightened. Neighbors complained about the disturbance, organized by a grass-roots group called National People's Action and the huge Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Montgomery County police officers appeared as participants returned to their buses, which whisked them to another protest at the Chevy Chase home of a lobbyist for J.P. Morgan Chase.

There was no mention of the protests in the next day's Post, prompting calls from perplexed readers. Several had read a full account on HuffingtonPost.com and wondered why The Post had nothing. Journalists for The Nation and Mother Jones also reported from the scene.

Bank demonstrations continued downtown that Monday and The Post ran an online-only story. But it made only passing reference to Sunday's Chevy Chase protests and offered no details.


Putin throws Netenyahu out of his office
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UNITED STATES of America - It can now be reported that current Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu aka BibiFRAUD was physically removed from the office of former Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin during a recent visit to Moscow, Russia by Netanyahu.

Putin refused to sign off on an Israeli air strike against Iran and Putin refused to take a bribe in gold and Euro currency that was offered to Putin by Netanyahu in return for the Russian Federation's acquiescence to an Israeli air strike on Iran.

Flight 1549
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Russian Military Intelligence reports circulating in the Kremlin today state that an attempt to shoot down an American passenger plane over New York City carrying some of the top officials from the United States largest bank, and largest financial services company in the World, Bank of America, failed when the pilot quickly reacted to his crippled and burning aircraft by landing it in the Hudson river extinguishing the spreading flames and saving the lives of all aboard.

Quoting some of the direct statements from passengers on the attacked aircraft (including Jeff Kolodjay who stated “I heard a loud explosion from the left side of the plane [and] the smell of gas was strong.”, and Dave Sanderson who also stated “I heard an explosion and saw some flames coming from the left wing.”) the FSB additions to these reports state that ‘without a doubt’ the missile used to attack this US aircraft was a Russian made Igla-S man-portable air-defense system manufactured at the Degtyarev factory in the city of Kovrov due to its ‘unique frequency signature’ recorded by [listening devices] located at Russia’s UN Mission offices in New York City and orbiting satellites.

It has long been known by Russian Intelligence Analysts that the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been in possession of 50 Igla-S missiles stolen from Russia by the British MI6 terrorist spy ring run by their agent Hemant Lakhani, and who in 2003, while being pursued by FSB commandos was ‘rescued’ by CIA forces and brought to the United States where he remains today.

Hemant Lakhani wikipedia
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Hemant Lakhani (born 1935) is a British rice trader and sari salesman of Indian origin[1] convicted in 2005 of illegal arms dealing and supplying an Igla missile to terrorists.[2]


Sibel Edmonds on 9/11
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Sibel D. Edmonds – Witness before the 9/11 Commission. Former Language Translation Specialist, performing translations for counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations, FBI.

•Letter to 9/11 Commission 8/1/04 : "I find your report seriously flawed in its failure to address serious intelligence issues that I am aware of, which have been confirmed, and which as a witness to the commission, I made you aware of. Thus, I must assume that other serious issues that I am not aware of were in the same manner omitted from your report. These omissions cast doubt on the validity of your report and therefore on its conclusions and recommendations." http://www.com

•Article 7/22/04: "My translations of the 9/11 intercepts included [terrorist] money laundering, detailed and date-specific information ... if they were to do real investigations, we would see several significant high-level criminal prosecutions in this country [the US] ... and believe me, they will do everything to cover this up." http://www.guardian.co.uk

•Interview The Alex Jones Show 7/24/06:

Dennis Hastert and Turkish Genocide, was he bribed?
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H.Res.596 Committee:
The Coalition for Affirmation of the U.S. Record on the Armenian Genocide Resolution
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release ~ 2000-10-19
Contact: hres398@aol.com ~ (202) 775-1918; (202) 393-3434

SPEAKER HASTERT WITHDRAWS ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION

Citing Clinton Administration Claims that its Consideration Would Threaten American Lives, Speaker Withdraws Measure Only Moments before Adoption by House

Washington, DC -- Citing claims by President Clinton that the consideration of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.596) would endanger American lives, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert today broke his pledge to bring the measure to the House floor, acceding to the President's request that he withdraw the resolution. This action was taken only moments before the resolution was to come to the House floor for a vote, reported the H.Res.596 Committee.