Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve ~ Corbett Report


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What is the Federal Reserve system? How did it come into existence? Is it part of the federal government? How does it create money? Why is the public kept in the dark about these important matters? In this feature-length documentary film, The Corbett Report explores these important question and pulls back the curtain on America’s central bank.

Governments from Around the World – Including Western, Islamic, Asian and African Nations – ADMIT They Carry Out False Flag Terror


Aloha my friends!

This article is simply a refresher for veterans of the Truther movement, but it’s really a lesson in state sponsored terrorism targeted for newly awakened readers who are just now waking-up to the truth.

Now here’s an interesting little fact: The word government in Latin: “govern” means to control and “ment” means the mind. Need I say anymore?

Mahalo {~A~}

Painting by Anthony Freda

Governments from Around the World Admit They Carry Out False Flag Terror

Governments from around the world admit they carry out false flag terror:

  • A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland. Nazi general Franz Halder also testified at the Nuremberg trials that Nazi leader Hermann Goering admitted to setting fire to the German parliament building, and then falsely blaming the communists for the arson
  • Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev admitted in writing that the Soviet Union’s Red Army shelled the Russian village of Mainila in 1939, and declared that the fire originated from Finland as a basis launching the Winter War four days later
  • Israel admits that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind “evidence” implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed) (and see this and this)
  • The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950′s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister
  • The British Prime Minister admitted to his defense secretary that he and American president Dwight Eisenhower approved a plan in 1957 to carry out false flag attacks in Syria and blame it on the Syrian government as a way to effect regime change
  • As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in the 1960′s, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news report; the official documents; and watch this interview with the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.
  • 2 years before, American Senator George Smathers had suggested that the U.S. make “a false attack made on Guantanamo Bay which would give us the excuse of actually fomenting a fight which would then give us the excuse to go in and [overthrow Castro]“.
  • And Official State Department documents show that – only nine months before the Joint Chiefs of Staff plan was proposed – the head of the Joint Chiefs and other high-level officials discussed blowing up a consulate in the Dominican Republic in order to justify an invasion of that country. The 3 plans were not carried out, but they were all discussed as serious proposals
  • A U.S. Congressional committee admitted that – as part of its “Cointelpro” campaign – the FBI had used many provocateurs in the 1950s through 1970s to carry out violent acts and falsely blame them on political activists
  • The South African Truth and Reconciliation Council found that, in 1989, the Civil Cooperation Bureau (a covert branch of the South African Defense Force) approached an explosives expert and asked him “to participate in an operation aimed at discrediting the ANC [the African National Congress] by bombing the police vehicle of the investigating officer into the murder incident”, thus framing the ANC for the bombing
  • An Algerian diplomat and several officers in the Algerian army admit that, in the 1990s, the Algerian army frequently massacred Algerian civilians and then blamed Islamic militants for the killings (and see this video; and Agence France-Presse, 9/27/2002, French Court Dismisses Algerian Defamation Suit Against Author)
  • Senior Russian Senior military and intelligence officers admit that the KGB blew up Russian apartment buildings and falsely blamed it on Chechens, in order to justify an invasion of Chechnya (and see this report and this discussion)
  • According to the Washington Post, Indonesian police admit that the Indonesian military killed American teachers in Papua in 2002 and blamed the murders on a Papuan separatist group in order to get that group listed as a terrorist organization.
  • The well-respected former Indonesian president also admits that the government probably had a role in the Bali bombings
  • As reported by BBC, the New York Times, and Associated Press, Macedonian officials admit that the government murdered 7 innocent immigrants in cold blood and pretended that they were Al Qaeda soldiers attempting to assassinate Macedonian police, in order to join the “war on terror”.
  • Similarly, the U.S. falsely blamed Iraq for playing a role in the 9/11 attacks – as shown by a memo from the defense secretary – as one of the main justifications for launching the Iraq war.  Even after the 9/11 Commission debunked any connection, Dick Cheney said that the evidence is “overwhelming” that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein’s regime, that Cheney “probably” had information unavailable to the Commission, and that the media was not ‘doing their homework’ in reporting such ties.   Top U.S. government officials now admit that the Iraq war was really launched for oil … not 9/11 or weapons of mass destruction  (despite previous “lone wolf” claims, many U.S. government officials now say that 9/11 was state-sponsored terror; but Iraq was not the state which backed the hijackers)
  • Former Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo suggested in 2005 that the US should go on the offensive against al-Qaeda, having “our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps, and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within al-Qaeda’s ranks, causing operatives to doubt others’ identities and to question the validity of communications.”
  • United Press International reported in June 2005:

U.S. intelligence officers are reporting that some of the insurgents in Iraq are using recent-model Beretta 92 pistols, but the pistols seem to have had their serial numbers erased. The numbers do not appear to have been physically removed; the pistols seem to have come off a production line without any serial numbers. Analysts suggest the lack of serial numbers indicates that the weapons were intended for intelligence operations or terrorist cells with substantial government backing. Analysts speculate that these guns are probably from either Mossad or the CIA. Analysts speculate that agent provocateurs may be using the untraceable weapons even as U.S. authorities use insurgent attacks against civilians as evidence of the illegitimacy of the resistance.

  • Undercover Israeli soldiers admitted in 2005 to throwing stones at other Israeli soldiers so they could blame it on Palestinians, as an excuse to crack down on peaceful protests by the Palestinians
  • Quebec police admitted that, in 2007, thugs carrying rocks to a peaceful protest were actually undercover Quebec police officers (and see this)
  • At the G20 protests in London in 2009, a British member of parliament saw plain clothes police officers attempting to incite the crowd to violence
  • A Colombian army colonel has admitted that his unit murdered 57 civilians, then dressed them in uniforms and claimed they were rebels killed in combat
  • U.S. soldiers have admitted that if they kill innocent Iraqis and Afghanis, they then “drop” automatic weapons near their body so they can pretend they were militants
  • The highly-respected writer for the Telegraph Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says that the head of Saudi intelligence – Prince Bandar – recently admitted that the Saudi government controls “Chechen” terrorists
  • High-level American sources admitted that the Turkish government – a fellow Nato country – carried out the chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government; and high-ranking Turkish government admitted on tape plans to carry out false flag attacks and blame it on the Syrian government

So Common … There’s a Name for It

This tactic is so common that it was given a name for hundreds of years ago.

“False flag terrorism” is defined as a government attacking its own people, then blaming others in order to justify going to war against the people it blames. Or as Wikipedia defines it:

False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example, during Italy’s strategy of tension.

The term comes from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own navy. Because the enemy’s flag, instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, was hung, it was called a “false flag” attack.

Indeed, this concept is so well-accepted that rules of engagement for naval, air and land warfare all prohibit false flag attacks.

Leaders Throughout History Have Acknowledged False Flags

Leaders throughout history have acknowledged the danger of false flags:

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
– Plato

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
– U.S. President James Madison

“A history of false flag attacks used to manipulate the minds of the people! “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.
– Adolph Hitler

“Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
– Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”.
– Josef Stalin

People Are Waking Up to False Flags

People are slowly waking up to this whole con job by governments who want to justify war.

More people are talking about the phrase “false flag” than ever before.

5 Shocking Places Where Fracking Is Taking Off



As the oil and gas boom continues, these areas are devastated.

Photo Credit: Pinedale Anticline DSEIS

By now, many people have heard about the booming Bakken Shale in North Dakota where there is a mad rush for oil, enabled by the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a practice that pumps millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand underground to break rock and release hydrocarbons.

The Bakken has garnered big media attention and so too has Texas’s Eagle Ford Shale and the gas-rich Marcellus Shale in the Northeast. But more than these big shale plays are on the table. Fracking is happening in 17 states and more than 80,000 wells have been drilled or permitted in the last nine years — some of these in surprising (and alarming) places.

From scenic coastal waters to vital agricultural land, here are five places where fracking could soon be taking off.

1.California’sVital Farmlands.Kern County in California’s Central Valley is part of the heart of the state’s $43 billion a year agriculture industry and it has made headlines frequently as ground zero for California’s crippling drought. Dairy is big in Kern and farmers (mostly large agribusiness) also grow almonds, pistachios, grapes, cotton, carrots, onions, citrus and much more.

Diminished water supplies and overdrawn aquifers have farmers offering big bucks for water this year. But they may have to outbid another heavy weight — the oil industry. Kern County is the top oil-producing county in the state (although production tumbled nearly 50 percent between 1985 and 2011) and its Holy Grail is the Monterey Shale, a deep underground rock formation that was estimated to hold 13.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil – twice as much as North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.

Trying to get at more oil has meant more drilling and not just in Kern’s historical oilfields. In small agricultural towns in the county like Shafter and Wasco, wells are being drilled and now fracked in almond and pistachio orchards. It’s hard to tell exactly how many wells have been fracked – the state hasn’t required regulation of fracking, although that’s in the works.

Maps like this one from FracTracker show clusters of fracked wells along the oilfields that line Highway 33 (also known as the Petroleum Highway) and around Shafter and Wasco. The state’s Department of Conservation shows notices to hydraulically fracture 100 wells in Kern in the span of a month this spring.

Is Kern poised to take off like the Bakken? It’s unclear. Estimates of its vast reserves in the Monterey were recently reduced – drastically.  The amount of oil now deemed economically recoverable was cut 96 percent, to 600 million barrels, although that hasn’t yet deterred industry from trying anyway.

2.PacificCoast Waters.A six-month investigation by Truthout revealed last July that hydraulic fracking had occurred off the coast of California in the Santa Barbara Channel and no special permits or environmental review were required. Mike Ludwig wrote:

Truthout reported that an oil company called Venoco had quietly used fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara in early 2010. A Freedom of Information Act request recently filed by Truthouthas confirmed the Venoco operation and revealed that another firm had since received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara channel, which is home to the Channel Islands marine reserve.

This year, federal regulators approved an application by the Ventura-based company DCOR LLC to use fracking technology known as “frack pack” in a sandstone well 1,500 feet from a seismic fault in the outer continental shelf off the California coast, according to the documents released by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the federal agency that permits offshore drilling.

Industry contends the offshore fracking is a much smaller operation (that uses less water, sand and chemicals) than what is previously done onshore but environmental groups are still concerned about pollution.

KCET reported in February that, “about half of the state’s offshore rigs pump at least some of their wastewater right into the Santa Barbara Channel” and “according to the Center for Biological Diversity, oil rig operators have federal permits to dump more than nine billion gallons of fracking wastewater into California’s ocean waters each year.”

While the Santa Barbara Channel is home to oilfields, it’s also renowned for its scenic beauty, prime beaches, ecological diversity, and the Channel Islands National Park. This map shows the proximity of oil activity and wildlife in the channel.

3.Florida’s Tropics.Is fracking happening in the Everglades? That depends on who you ask. According to the Texas oil company Dan A. Hughes Co., the answer is no. But not everyone agrees with that. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Texas company, “has been caught using fracking-like blasting methods to drill for oil near the Everglades, raising alarms from state officials and inflaming a long-simmering controversy over energy exploration in the midst of a cherished ecosystem.”

The company was using an “enhanced extraction procedure” which involves pumping acid (instead of a mixture of other toxic chemicals) underground with water and sand to dissolve rock. According to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection the company apparently performed the technique without a permit and in violation of a cease-and-desist order.

The practice is known as acidizing, acid fracking or acid well stimulation. It’s new to Florida but it’s become common practice (although the subject of deep concern) in other states, like California.

Environmental groups in the area are concerned it will open a Pandora’s Box. Marjorie Holt, chairwoman of the Sierra Club Central Florida Group, told the Orlando Sentinelthat, “It opens the door to fracking for oil,” and “it could be an incentive for other companies to start exploration in Florida.”

4.TheGreat Lakes.Fracking is already happening in Michigan and environmental groups are worried that it may expand and threaten their prized freshwater resources.

“The oil and gas industry has leased 84,000 acres of national forest along the Great Lakes—putting our lakes and the waterways that flow into them in harm’s way,” reports Environment Michigan. “Fracking poses a huge risk of water contamination and depletion to the Great Lakes: 95% of our waterways are connected, so fracking anywhere in Michigan can threaten the Great Lakes … In Kalkaska County, a single fracking site contaminated 42 million gallons of water.”

Last year concern over water use by the oil and gas industry grew, as EcoWatch reported:

“Concerns about the impact to local groundwater by massive water use—on a scale never before seen in Michigan fracking operations—are coming to a head, as the plan for Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. to use 8.4 million gallons of water to fracture a single well has been stymied by a lack of water on site.

Instead, the company is trucking water—nearly 1 million gallons of it in just one week—from the City of Kalkaska’s water system to meet its needs. This one fracking operation today is using more water than Kalkaska is using for all its needs over the same time period.”

5. Next to Our National Parks.Fracking can’t take place inside our National Parks, but oil and gas development is getting closer and closer, which is bad news for wildlife that migrate across park boundaries, and for park visitors that hope for clean air and beautiful vistas.

No where is this more apparent than Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, which is enveloped by oil drilling, with gas flares at well sites visible from the park and nearby roads clogged with big trucks and industry-related traffic.

The National Parks Conservation Association reported that, “the impacts from the estimated 45,000 wells due at ‘full build-out’ could seriously impair the park’s mandate to protect its undeveloped lands and wildlife, perhaps most noticeably by severing connections between the park and the surrounding Little Missouri National Grasslands, impeding migration routes and fragmenting habitat for pronghorn, mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and sharp-tailed grouse.”

But the organization reports, Theodore Roosevelt is not the only National Park at risk, Grand Tetons National Park and Glacier National Park both have fracking encroaching near park borders. And public lands, such as state and national forests, across the country — from Pennsylvania to California — are already pocked by fracked wells.

Tara Lohan is a freelance writer and former senior editor at AlterNet. She is the editor of two books on the global water crisis, including Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource. Follow her on Twitter @TaraLohan or visit her website, taralohan.com.

PROJECT CAMELOT: AN INTERVIEW WITH CATHERINE AUSTIN FITTS


THE BLACK BUDGET

AN INTERVIEW WITH Catherine Austin Fitts is the Founder and President of Solari. She served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. She also served as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD in the first Bush Administration and was the President and Founder of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc.
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Shot at the Secret Space Program Conference, June, 2014
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Nixon Knew Cannabis Cures Cancer, Suppressed the Findings in Leiu of War on Drugs


If you don’t know who these 3 men are, RESEARCH THEM. All 3 of them have discovered a different treatment for cancer, and all 3 of them have been made a target by the Govt and Big Pharma for their trouble. They DO NOT want the public to know they’ve been stonewalling Cancer cures.

Here’s a little info on one of the cures – (The one Rick Simpson is promoting)

The US Government has known since 1974 that Cannabis cures Cancer. In ’72 Richard Nixon wanted a larger budget for his war on drugs. He thought that if he proved Cannabis caused lung cancer like cigarettes do, he would get the support he needed. He gave the Medical College of Virginia 2 years to do a study on the effects of THC on the body. In ’74 the study was completed. It turns out, THC when ingested in highly concentrated forms (such as eating Cannabis oil) will attack any mutated cells in your body while strengthening and rejuvenating the healthy cells. They found the PERFECT cure for Cancer. It worked fast, it worked well, it worked on many different forms of Cancer in ALL stages and it had ZERO harmful side effects. (Unlike Chemo which deteriorates your entire body and kills 1 in 5 patients) Not only that, but it dissolves ALL forms of tumors and can even combat superbugs like MRSA. When Richard Nixon saw the results of the study he was FURIOUS. He threw the entire report in the trash and deemed the study classified. In 1976 President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies, who set out — unsuccessfully — to develop synthetic forms of THC that would deliver all the medical benefits without the “high.”

We only found out about the study a few years ago thanks to dedicated medical and law professionals who filed Freedom of Information Requests. The Govt lied for many reasons.. One of the main reasons is Pharmaceutical Companies. They spend billions every year lobbying to keep Cannabis illegal because they make TRILLIONS off Cancer drugs and research. They are already well aware that Cannabis cures Cancer. (They cant legally patent a 15,000 year old plant) They have a great con going at the moment. Cancer patients and their loved ones will spend their entire life savings or even sell their houses and businesses in order to pay for Chemotherapy and other Cancer treatment drugs. A lot of the time they spend all that money and their loved one dies anyway. If the public found out that the Govt has been lying for over 40 years, that MILLIONS of lives could have been saved and that the dying could grow the cure they need in their backyard… The public would be going nuts over it.

If you want to know more, you should Google ‘Cannabis Cures Cancer’. Upon further research you will see that there are thousands of published scientific studies, articles, books and documentaries on the subject. I’d start with the film ‘Run From The Cure’. Its one of my favorites.

The Mind Unleashed

Federal Recognition for Native Hawaiians?


Supporters of OHA CEO Kamana'opono Crabbe outside the OHA boardroom
Supporters of Native Hawaiian sovereignty sing while keeping vigil at an OHA Board of Trustees meeting in May.
PF Bentley/Civil Beat

June 24, 2010

Federal Recognition for Native Hawaiians as an indigenous people of the island of Hawaii is a hot button issue amongst Hawaiians. The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization act is a push to grant federal recognition of Native Hawaiians, similar to that of the American Indians. According to members of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Native Hawaiians are the only indigenous group of the United States that do not have federal recognition. The recognition will also allow the self-determination of Hawaiians, and create a sovereign governing entity of Native Hawaiians, also similar to American Indians. There is both support as well as strong opposition to the movement for federal recognition.

Is federal recognition as beneficial to us as OHA claims? Although the Native Americans have federal recognition as an indigenous group, there have been many injustices committed against them by the Federal Government. They have their sovereignty, but the Federal Government still steps over it’s bounds. I don’t know if I support federal recognition for our people. I don’t think it would be the best thing for us Native Hawaiians. Let’s face it, the United States government can’t necessarily be trusted always. They have done things against minorities and indigenous people that have caused a lack of trust in them. How do we know they won’t do the same to us?

Either federal recognition will create the self-determination we’ve been fighting for, or it will just allow the United States to step all over us. With this whole ceded land issue going on, it is clear that perhaps the government is not interested in the best interests of Hawaiians. Many Native Hawaiians who are against federal recognition, believe, as I said, will lead to the United States government stepping all over us, and we won’t be able to do anything about it. Remember we are not legally apart of the United States; the military occupation of our home is an illegal occupation. Therefore, it may not be in the best interest for Native Hawaiians to receive federal recognition.

Although I commend the Office of Hawaiians Affairs for the support of some kind of self-determination, it’s hard to determine whether or not this is in our best interest. I will say this though, nothing has been done to create independence and liberation for the Hawaiian people. So maybe this is a first step in creating our sovereignty, if the bill doesn’t pass, at least it sparked a large movement for our independence.

20 homeless camps return 24 hours after sweep; some UH employees nervous


Note: The media could’ve covered this story from an angle of compassion, instead the emphasis from  the beginning imprints “fear” toward people who have been dispossessed by society. The illegal occupation and overthrow of the Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian culture) led a once wealthy kingdom and it’s peoples down a path toward poverty, illiteracy, pestilence and ultimately virtual genocide. Now those who fall between the cracks are being marginalized by society and criminalized by the system.

Sadly, a once thriving culture has been virtually decimated by Western values and greed, it’s time for a change (an overhaul) in our collective thinking in order to preserve the beauty, wisdom, spirituality and sound cultural traditions embodied by the Polynesian tribes and their cultural counterparts around the globe. Aloha, ~A~}

Posted: Jul 02, 2014

By Keoki Kerr

 Homeless camp in Kakaako
Homeless camp in Kakaako
KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Less than 24 hours after Honolulu police swept the sidewalk of homeless camps across from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kaakako, the same stretch was filled with 20 tents again Wednesday, as some UH employees said the homeless make them uneasy after hours.

UH Cancer Center intern Sasha Canovali , who walks several blocks to her parking lot, said the homeless problem has gotten worse there in the last month.

“It’s definitely increased. I’ve seen a lot more tents. I saw the police out here yesterday moving people but they came right back the same afternoon,” Canovali said.

She told us on camera what other med school and Cancer Center personnel said off-camera: that they’re scared to walk these streets at night and on the weekends.

“Sometimes I leave late and I get a little nervous when I walk to my car,” Canovali said.

Another UH Cancer Center employee sent us an email that said “I used to work late nights and even on weekend but I no longer do because it feels unsafe.”

Cheyenne Suka lives in one of the tents across from the med school. He and his 10-year-old daughter and six-year-old son have been homeless in Kakaako for four months.

Suka, who said he is disabled after suffering a stroke that affected his right arm and leg, said people should not be scared of most of the homeless living near the medical school.

“We don’t cause no harm over here. It’s just other the people who are way on the far side,” Suka said.

He said many of the people living on those sidewalks are families with young children.

“Family on that side. Family on this side. Mostly, I do … I have a whole bunch of kids that come here in the evening. We eat dinner over here and we make prayer,” Suka said.

Abby Sylvester parks on-street right next to the homeless tents to take her three-year-old daughter to speech therapy appointments nearby twice a week.

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“They’re always very friendly, they always say hi. So I’m not concerned for my safety. It’s just a little inconvenient more,” said Sylvester. “I’m a social worker. I think that people are people, it just happens that they’re houseless.”

The med school and cancer center sent its employees an email this week reminding them that they can ask for security guards to escort them to their parking lots.

“Please call for help when you feel threatened. If someone is accosted or hurt by someone else the police need to know about it in order to take appropriate actions,” said Elwyn Watkins, the John A. Burns School of Medicine building and security systems engineer.

“Nothing can be done if everyone only talks amongst each other and no one reports it. Non-reporting only leads our community leaders to believe there is no problem,”Watkinss wrote in the email.

Spokeswomen for both the school of medicine and the cancer center said they had not heard of any employees or guests threatened or assaulted by homeless people in recent months.

The two facilities held their first security seminar for employees in March, something that they are now planning to make an annual event. The seminar featured talks by Honolulu Police Department and UH security officials.

Copyright 2014 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

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NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case


GREAT NEWS!!
Victory: As NY high court rules towns can zone out oil and gas operations, trend spreads to other states
Downtown in Dryden, NY.

Downtown in Dryden, NY. Dryden’s story began in 2009, after residents pressured by oil and gas company representatives to lease their land for gas development learned more about fracking.

Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice
 
June 30, 2014
Albany, NY —Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

In a test case pitting community rights against the oil and gas industry, the Court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas operations, within municipal borders.

“Today the Court stood with the people of Dryden and the people of New York to protect their right to self determination. It is clear that people, not corporations, have the right to decide how their community develops,” said Dryden Deputy Supervisor Jason Leifer. “This would not have been possible without the hard work of many of my friends and neighbors and our lawyers Deborah Goldberg of Earthjustice and Mahlon Perkins. Today’s ruling shows all of America that a committed group of citizens and public officials can stand together against fearful odds and successfully defend their homes, their way of life, and the environment against those who would harm them all in the name of profit.”

“Heavy industry has never been allowed in our small farming town and three years ago, we decided that fracking was no exception. The oil and gas industry tried to bully us into backing down, but we took our fight all the way to New York’s highest court. And today we won,” said Dryden Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner. “I hope our victory serves as an inspiration to people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, California and elsewhere who are also trying to do what’s right for their own communities.”

Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with the public interest law organization, Earthjustice, represented the Town of Dryden in the case.

“This decision by the Court of Appeals has settled the matter once and for all across New York State and has sent a firm message to the oil and gas industry,” said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg. “For too long the oil and gas industry has intimidated and abused people, expecting to get away with it. That behavior is finally coming back to haunt them, as communities across the country stand up and say ‘no more.’ Earthjustice is proud to have stood with, and fought on behalf of, one such community.”

Today’s decision gives legal backing to the more than 170 New York municipalities that have passed measures to protect residents from the impacts of the controversial oil and gas development technique. The news also gives a green light to dozens of other New York towns that have been waiting for today’s decision to pass their own local ban.

“Town by town, New Yorkers have taken a stand against fracking. Today’s victory confirms that each of these towns is on firm legal ground,” said Helen Slottje, an Ithaca-based attorney whose legal research inspired New York’s local fracking ban groundswell and who was honored with the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. “The oil and gas industry tried to take away a fundamental right that pre-dates even the Declaration of Independence: the right of municipalities to regulate local land use. But they failed. The anti-fracking measures passed by Dryden, Middlefield and dozens of other New York municipalities are fully enforceable.”

The decision comes as a growing number of local communities in Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and California are opting to exert community control to guard against the environmental and public health threats of a deregulated, fracking-enabled oil and gas industry rush.

“We did it! This victory is for everyone who loves their town and will fight to the end to protect it,” said Dryden resident Deborah Cipolla-Dennis. “I’m proud of my town and I’m proud of the people in Fort Collins, Colorado, Denton, Texas, Santa Cruz, California and all the others who are standing up to the oil and gas industry.”

Dryden’s story began in 2009, after residents pressured by oil and gas company representatives to lease their land for gas development learned more about fracking, the technique companies planned to use to extract the gas. Residents organized and educated for more than two years under the banner of the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC), ultimately convincing the town board to amend its zoning ordinance in August 2011 to clarify that oil and gas development activities, including fracking, were prohibited.

Just six weeks after the town board passed the measure in a unanimous bi-partisan vote, Anschutz Exploration Corporation (a privately held company owned by a Forbes-ranked billionaire) sued the town. Dryden argued that their right to make local land use decisions, enshrined in the home rule provision of the New York State Constitution, applies to oil and gas development. In February 2012, a state trial court judge agreed. In May 2013, a panel of judges in a mid-level, appeals court unanimously sided yet again with the town. Today’s decision by New York’s highest court is the final ruling in the matter.

The case in Dryden has taken on special significance. Through the course of its legal battle, more than 20,000 people from across the country and globe sent messages to Sumner and her colleagues on the Town Board, expressing support for the town in its legal fight, and a video depicting the town’s fight has garnered more than 80,000 views.

 

Resources

http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/ny-communities-triumph-over-fracking-industry-in-precedent-setting-case

Support: EXXON Hates America Campaign


FINALLY: A TV ad that tells it like it is: EXXON HATES AMERICA. Go to http://ExxonHates.com if you want to see it on national television! (And go straight to https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/e… to donate.)

What would YOU spend the $20 Billion in Big Oil subsidies on instead?

Special thanks to Greenpeace Canada and Red Rock Pictures for their amazing b-roll and support.

“One of the prerogatives of American citizenship is the right
to criticize public men and measures.”

– Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in a free speech case


Exxon Hates America is clearly satire, but with a serious message. If one judges Exxon and other fossil fuel companies not by the words on their press releases, but by their actions and predictable and already evident consequences, we believe Exxon really may hate America – even if they believe otherwise.

When Oil Change International, The Other 98%, and Environmental Action launched Exxon Hates Your Children in late 2012, ExxonMobil never directly communicated with our organizations. Instead, they chose to attempt to censor our free speech by seeking to persuade station managers, who often receive advertising revenue from the oil industry, to not run the ads.

ExxonMobil finds this critical speech to be offensive. That is neither surprising nor relevant. As the Supreme Court has noted:

“[T]he fact that society may find speech offensive is not a sufficient reason for suppressing it. Indeed, if it is the speaker’s opinion that gives offense, that consequence is a reason for according it constitutional protection.”

So, does Exxon respect America enough to allow us our rights?

Or will they try to silence us again, just as they and others in the fossil fuel industries have tried to silence and mislead ordinary communities that have spoken out for their health and their homes as more important than the industry’s profits?

There are several key assertions in the ad:

  1. “Oil hurts communities and endangers the planet.”

    Burning fossil fuels is the top source of climate change, and the local pollution impacts of drilling are often severe.

    Oil is a major cause of global warming. The oil industry’s business model depends on drilling for more and more of the fuels that cause climate disruption, even though fossil fuel companies have already discovered significantly more oil, gas and coal than scientists say we can safely burn. Even the International Energy Agency now agrees that in order to have even chances of limiting global warming to just 2 degrees Celsius (beyond which the worst impacts of warming will kick in), two-thirds of the current proven reserves of fossil fuels must remain in the ground by 2050. And yet, every year the oil industry is finding more reserves that we cannot burn.

    There are also well-documented negative impacts on communities that oil and gas extraction bring with them. It’s called the resource curse, and the trend holds globally that wherever the oil and gas industries go, crime, drugs and conflict follow closely. Even Fox News is alarmed by the rise in crime around the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

    Last year, on March 29 2013, Exxon Mobil, the most profitable company in the world, spilled at least 210,000 gallons of tar sands crude oil from an underground pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. The pipeline was carrying tar sands oil from Canada, which flooded family residences in Mayflower in thick tarry crude.

    A Greenpeace Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) revealed that Exxon downplayed the extent of the contamination caused by the ruptured pipeline. Records of emails between Arkansas’ DEQ and Exxon depict attempts by Exxon to pass off press releases with factually false information. In a draft press release dated April 8, Exxon claims “Tests on water samples show Lake Conway and the cove are oil-free.” However, internal emails from April 6 show Exxon knew of significant contamination across Lake Conway and the cove resulting from the oil spill.

    Now oil and gas companies and their paid allies in government are determined to fight community efforts to disclose the type of chemicals that are being used in fracking operations, going as far as to propose a recent bill in North Carolina that would make it a class 1 felony to disclose those chemicals publicly. Many of these types of bills are backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a secretive group that is in turn backed by ExxonMobil and other oil and gas companies.

    Exxon is the #1 natural gas producer in the U.S., but when fracking was proposed in Exxon CEO’s Rex Tillerson’s backyard, he sued to stop it. How’s that for hating America with your hypocrisy?

    Further resources data and analysis on community impacts of the oil industry are available here, here, here, and here.

  2. “We own your government”

    This is obvious hyperbole, but it reflects the widespread belief that lobbyists, and particularly oil and gas companies have more influence on and access to government than do ordinary citizens.

  3. “Big Oil invests millions buying politicians, and we get back billions of your tax dollars”

    It is a matter of fact that the oil industry spends millions on campaign finance and lobbying expenditures and receives billions of dollars in taxpayer support.

  4. “You’ll be seeing more of our exploding trains, dirty pipelines, and fracking wells”

    The All of the Above Energy strategy favored by the industry is leading to an unprecedented expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure across America. U.S. natural gas production has risen by 18 percent and oil production has grown by 35 percent from 2008-2013.

    Further resources, data and analysis:

Does Exxon actually hate America? No one knows, but its record and actions, and those of its fossil fuel industry colleagues, credibly indicate a disregard for our nation and its future. The ad produced by Environmental Action, The Other 98% and Oil Change International is obvious satire, but with a serious message that is protected by the First Amendment.

 

Ed Note: While I love the energy behind this campaign, there’s not one word above about free energy technology that’s been open sourced to the public, or the Tesla based technology that’s been fueling military and corporate black operations projects for over 50yrs. It’s truly time for a paradigm shift toward total transparency, accountability and no hidden agenda’s….even from alternative based media and environmental organizations claim to support environmental sustainablity.

Man Sentenced to 30 Days for Catching Rain Water on Own Property Enters Jail


Note: Non-compliance on a mass level is the key to overcoming tyranny, just say NO to debt slavery disguised in regulations, ordinances, statutes and man-made laws that violate your free-will under God’s common law.

August 8, 2012 – 7:03 PM

Gary Harrington goes to Jail

Gary Harrington reports to Jackson County (Ore.) Jail to begin serving a 30-day term for collecting rainwater on his property. (Photo: Gary Harrington)

(CNSNews.com) – Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore. 

“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.

Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.

Harrington was found guilty two weeks ago of breaking a 1925 law for having, what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property. He was convicted of nine misdemeanors, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1500 for collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property.

Gary harrington news conference

Crowd of supporters outside Jackson County Jail, Wednesday August 8, 2012. (Photo: Gary Harrington)

The Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the state’s water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River.

But Harrington says he is not diverting the state’s water — merely collecting rainwater and snow melt that falls or flows on his own property.

Harrington has vowed to continue to fight the penalty, stating that the government has become “big bullies” and that “from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”

“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies, Harrington said in an interview two weeks ago with CNSNews.com.

“We as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

His release is expected in early September.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/man-sentenced-30-days-catching-rain-water-own-property-enters-jail#.U7IZQLBi6Rc.facebook

11 Shocking Facts About America’s Militarized Police Forces


The militarization of police is harming civil liberties, impacting children, and transforming neighborhoods into war zones.

Photo Credit: Oleg Zabielin

The “war on terror” has come home–and it’s wreaking havoc on innocent American lives.  The culprit is the militarization of the police.

The weapons used in the “war on terror” that destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq have made their way to local law enforcement. While police forces across the country began a process of militarization complete with SWAT teams and flash-bang grenades when President Reagan intensified the “war on drugs,” the post-9/11 “war on terror” has added fuel to the fire.

Through laws and regulations like a provision in defense budgets that authorize the Pentagon to transfer surplus military gear to police forces, local law enforcement are using weapons found on the battlefields of South Asia and the Middle East.

A recent New York Times article by Matt Apuzzoreported that in the Obama era, “police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.”  The result is that police agencies around the nation possess military-grade equipment, turning officers who are supposed to fight crime and protect communities into what look like invading forces from an army. And military-style police raids have increased in recent years, with one count putting the number at 80,000 such raids last year.

In June, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought more attention to police militarization when it issued a comprehensive, nearly 100-page (appendix and endnotes included) report titled, “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.”  Based on public records requests to more than 260 law enforcement agencies in 26 states, the ACLU concluded that “American policing has become excessively militarized through the use of weapons and tactics designed for the battlefield” and that this militarization “unfairly impacts people of color and undermines individual liberties, and it has been allowed to happen in the absence of any meaningful public discussion.”

The information contained in the ACLU report, and in other investigations into the phenomenon, is sobering. From the killing of innocent people to the lack of debate on the issue, police militarization has turned into a key issue for Americans. It is harming civil liberties, ramping up the “war on drugs,” impacting the most marginalized members of society and transforming neighborhoods into war zones.  Here are 11 important–and horrifying–things you should know about the militarization of police.

1. It harms, and sometimes kills, innocent people. When you have heavily armed police officers using flash-bang grenades and armored personnel carriers, innocent people are bound to be hurt.  The likelihood of people being killed is raised by the practice of SWAT teams busting down doors with no warning, which leads some people to think it may be a burglary, who could in turn try to defend themselves. The ACLU documented seven cases of civilians dying, and 46 people being injured.  That’s only in the cases the civil liberties group looked at, so the number is actually higher.

Take the case of Tarika Wilson, which the ACLU summarizes.  The 26-year-old biracial mother lived in Lima, Ohio.  Her boyfriend, Anthony Terry, was wanted by the police on suspicion of drug dealing.  So on January 4, 2008, a SWAT team busted down Wilson’s door and opened fire.  A SWAT officer killed Wilson and injured her one-year-old baby, Sincere Wilson. The killing sparked rage in Lima and accusations of a racist police department, but the officer who shot Wilson, Sgt. Joe Chavalia, was found not guilty on all charges.

2. Children are impacted. As the case of Wilson shows, the police busting down doors care little about whether there’s a child in the home.  Another case profiled by the ACLU shows how children are caught up the crossfire–with devastating consequences.

In May, after their Wisconsin home had burned down, the Phonesavanh family was staying with relatives in Georgia. One night, a SWAT team with assault rifles invaded the home and threw a flashbang grenade–despite the presence of kids’ toys in the front yard.  The police were looking for the father’s nephew on drug charges.  He wasn’t there.  But a 19-month-old named Bou Bou was–and the grenade landed in his crib.

Bou Bou was wounded in the chest and had third-degree burns. He was put in a medically induced coma.

Another high-profile instance of a child being killed by paramilitary police tactics occurred in 2010, when seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed in Detroit.  The city’s Special Response Team (Detroit’s SWAT) was looking for Chauncey Owens, a suspect in the killing of a teenager who lived on the second floor of the apartment Jones lived in.

Officers raided the home, threw a flash-bang grenade, and fired one shot that struck Jones in the head.  The police agent who fired the fatal shot, Joseph Weekley, has so far gotten off easy: a jury trial ended in deadlock last year, though he will face charges of involuntary manslaughter in September.  As The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith wrote last year after Weekley was acquitted: “What happened to Aiyana is the result of the militarization of police in this country…Part of what it means to be black in America now is watching your neighborhood become the training ground for our increasingly militarized police units.”

Bou Bou and Jones aren’t the only case of children being impacted.

According to the ACLU, “of the 818 deployments studied, 14 percent involved the presence of children and 13 percent did not.”

3. The use of SWAT teams is unnecessary.  In many cases, using militarized teams of police is not needed.  The ACLU report notes that the vast majority of cases where SWAT teams are deployed are in situations where a search warrant is being executed to just look for drugs. In other words, it’s not even 100% clear whether there are drugs at the place the police are going to.  These situations are not why SWAT was created.

Furthermore, even when SWAT teams think there are weapons, they are often wrong. The ACLU report shows that in the cases where police thought weapons would be there, they were right only a third of the time.

4. The “war on terror” is fueling militarization. It was the “war on drugs” that introduced militarized policing to the U.S.  But the “war on terror” has accelerated it.

A growing number of agencies have taken advantage of the Department of Defense’s “1033” program, which is passed every year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the budget for the Pentagon.  The number of police agencies obtaining military equipment like mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles has increased since 2009, according to USA Today, which notes that this “surplus military equipment” is “left over from U.S. military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.”  This equipment is largely cost-free for the police agencies who receive them.

In addition to the Pentagon budget provision, another agency created in the aftermath of 9/11 is helping militarize the police.  The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) own grants funnel military-style equipment to local police departments nationwide.  According to a 2011 Center for Investigative Reporting story published by The Daily Beast, at least $34 billion in DHS grants have gone to police agencies to buy military-style equipment.  This money has gone to purchase drones, tactical vests, bomb-disarming robots, tanks and more.

5. It’s a boon to contractor profits. The trend towards police militarization has given military contractors another lucrative market where they can shop their products.  Companies like Lockheed Martin and Blackhawk Industries are making big bucks by selling their equipment to agencies flush with Department of Homeland Security grants.

In addition to the actual selling of equipment, contractors also sponsor training events for SWAT teams, like Urban Shield, a major arms expo that has attracted increasing attention from activists in recent years.  SWAT teams, police agencies and military contractors converge on Urban Shield, which was held in California last year, to train and to promote equipment to buy.

6. Border militarization and police militarization go hand in hand. The “war on terror” and “war on drugs” aren’t the only wars helping police militarization.  There’s also the war on undocumented immigrants.

The notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio, infamous for brutal crackdowns on undocumented immigrants, is the paradigmatic example of this trend.  According to the ACLU, Arpaio’s Maricopa County department has acquired a machine gun so powerful it could tear through buildings on multiple city blocks.  In addition, he has 120 assault rifles, five armored vehicles and ten helicopters. Other law enforcement agencies in Arizona have obtained equipment like bomb suits and night-vision goggles.

Then there’s a non-local law enforcement agency on the border: the Border Patrol, which has obtained drones and attack helicopters.  And Border Patrol agents are acting like they’re at war.  A recent Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that law enforcement experts had found that that the Border Patrol has killed 19 people from January 2010-October 2012, including some of whom when the agents were under no lethal, direct threat.

7. Police are cracking down on dissent. In 1999, massive protests rocked Seattle during the World Trade Organization meeting.  The police cracked down hard on the demonstrators using paramilitary tactics. Police fired tear gas at protesters, causing all hell to break loose.

Norm Stamper, the Seattle police chief at the time, criticized the militarized policing he presided over in a Nation article in 2011.  “Rocks, bottles and newspaper racks went flying. Windows were smashed, stores were looted, fires lighted; and more gas filled the streets, with some cops clearly overreacting, escalating and prolonging the conflict,” wrote Stamper.

More than a decade after the Seattle protests, militarized policing to crack down on dissent returned with a vengeance during the wave of Occupy protests in 2011. Tear gas and rubber bullets were used to break up protests in Oakland. Scott Olsen, an Occupy Oakland protester and war veteran, was struck in the head by a police projectile, causing a fractured skull, broken neck vertebrae and brain swelling.

8. Asset forfeitures are funding police militarization. In June, AlterNet’s Aaron Cantuoutlined how civil asset forfeiture laws work.

“It’s a legal fiction spun up hundreds of years ago to give the state the power to convict a person’s property of a crime, or at least, implicate its involvement in the committing of a crime. When that happened, the property was to be legally seized by the state,” wrote Cantu.  He went on to explain that law enforcement justifies the seizing of property and cash as a way to break up narcotics rings’ infrastructure.  But it can also be used in cases where a person is not convicted, or even charged with, a crime.

Asset forfeitures bring in millions of dollars for police agencies, who then spend the money for their own uses.  And for some police departments, it goes to militarizing their police force.

New Yorker reporter Sarah Stillman, who penned a deeply reported piece on asset forfeitures,wrote in August 2013 that“thousands of police departments nationwide have recently acquired stun grenades, armored tanks, counterattack vehicles, and other paramilitary equipment, much of it purchased with asset-forfeiture funds.”  So SWAT teams have an incentive to conduct raids where they seize property and cash.  That money can then go into their budgets for more weapons.

9. Dubious informants are used for raids. As the New Yorker’s Stillman wrote in another piece,informants are “the foot soldiers in the government’s war on drugs. By some estimates, up to eighty per cent of all drug cases in America involve them.”  Given SWAT teams’ focus on finding drugs, it’s no surprise that informants are used to gather information that lead to military-style police raids.

A 2006 policy paper by investigative journalist Radley Balko, who has done the most reporting on militarized policing, highlighted the negative impact using informants for these raids have. Most often, informants are “people who regularly seek out drug users and dealers and tip off the police in exchange for cash rewards” and other drug dealers, who inform to gain leniency or cash from the police.  But these informants are quite unreliable–and the wrong information can lead to tragic consequences.

10. There’s been little debate and oversight.  Despite the galloping march towards militarization, there is little public debate or oversight of the trend.  The ACLU report notes that “there does not appear to be much, if any, local oversight of law enforcement agency receipt of equipment transfers.” One of the group’s recommendations to change that is for states and local municipalities to enact laws encouraging transparency and oversight of SWAT teams.

11. Communities of color bear the brunt. Across the country, communities of color are the people most targeted by police practices.  In recent years, the abuse of “stop and frisk” tactics has attracted widespread attention because of the racially discriminatory way it has been applied.

Militarized policing has also targeted communities of color. According to the ACLU report, “of all the incidents studied where the number and race of the people impacted were known, 39 percent were Black, 11 percent were Latino, 20 were white.” The majority of raids that targeted blacks and Latinos were related to drugs–another metric exposing how the “war on drugs” is racist to the core.

Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers


 

In light of the recent public anger over the Monsanto Protection Act, here’s a simple,

printable list of companies that use Monsanto products.

GMO’s are currently surrounded in controversy, but by avoiding products made by companies on this list,

you ensure your money isn’t going to Monsanto.

The list is up to date as of June 2014, simply click on it and choose Print from your browser’s menu.

Printable Products List 

Real Farmacy & Thanks to Karma Jello

http://higherperspective.com/2014/06/printable-list-monsanto-owned-food-producers.html#kYkZ7g17xVOtdFyP.99

UFO Special Reports – Black Triangles


Harry Howard
General George S. Brown
“I don’t know whether this story has ever been told or not. They weren’t called UFOs. They were called enemy helicopters. And they were only seen at night and they were only seen in certain places. They were seen up around the DMZ in the early summer of ’68. And this resulted in quite a little battle. And in the course of this, an Australian destroyer took a hit and we never found any enemy, we only found ourselves when this had all been sorted out. And this caused some shooting there, and there was no enemy at all involved but we always reacted.

Always after dark, the same thing happened up at Pleiku at the Highlands in ’69.   General George S. Brown, USAF Chief of Staff, Department of Defense transcript of press conference in Illinois, October  16, 1973.

I often briefed General Brown when I was an intelligence officer at 7th Air Force Headquarters in Vietnam. After my first briefing to him, he sent me a note saying. “It’s alright if you choose to wear your glasses.” Later he became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (1974 to 1978)

Black Triangles: The Worst Kept Secret

Harv Howard writes, “The US tends to typically develop advanced aircraft in fairly full public view in terms of proposals, funding, development, quantities and problems. The current F-22, F-35 and B-2 bomber projects have proceeded in that manner. But when aircraft are extremely top secret, they get buried too deeply to trace, from the initial black budget allotments through to the various, aspects of their development and well into theaters of operation.”
The U-2, SR-71 and the F-117A from the depths of Lockheed’s famed Skunk Works didn’t become known to the public until after years in practical use.  Today the evidence is over whelming, secrets can be kept by aerospace industries and government.  The so-called “black triangles” can be added to the list of secret black budget items.  Funding would have come variously from “Star Wars” money, some of trillion that the Pentagon lost, programs that never were, and typically and easily done, “overruns,” tacked onto other projects built such as the very expensive B-2 bomber and the F-117A.

Thousands of sightings of the triangles make it hard to quibble with that blanket assessment. The triangles exist.  Verification comes continually that these mind-blowing craft exist.  Almost every typical American citizens witness a huge and dark triangle moving low, slow and silently overhead. Some are so shaken by the experience that they pay particular attention to the vehicles, enough to make a decent determinations of the unique characteristics of the craft. The differences between the new method of hovering and moving through the air and that of conventional aircraft of any type are unmistakable and troubling and not forgotten to some witnesses. As a consequence and not so strangely, we know more about triangles, unofficially, than any aircraft ever secretly produced in this country. Most of us interested in the term “triangles” know from regular media accounts that these craft demonstrate uncanny aerial displays to the public in the US and the UK almost daily.  Rarely are these craft reported in any area outside of the US and Europe. Being so publically displayed on Western soil, why is it that after about thirty years of being witnessed these craft have not been revealed to the American public?

What is the point of hiding such remarkable craft if the intelligence agencies of potential enemies and even the man-on-the-street can easily figure out that these fabulous craft are our government’s utility replacement for the dismissed space shuttle and manned rockets?  Why allow the American public to puzzle upon why our leaders and planners have failed us, lost our edge in space to nations using rocket technology that we have abandoned for the most part and yet seemingly have forced us to purchase rides to the ISS for our equipment and crew from others?  It doesn’t make good sense unless there is an ace up Uncle’s sleeve.

There are aspects to the situation that are not so simple to explain.  But first, we need to establish the importance of the triangles to our real world situation.  The triangles (and similarly powered craft) are the greatest development in the history of mechanical devices since the invention of the wheel.  These machines are not true aircraft.  They do not use the atmosphere (air) for lift or propulsion.  Their basic feature sidesteps the effects of gravity.  That totally different method of locomotion will allow us to literally transform human activities on earth and explorations into space.  Basically, there are a mode of quick, reliable and low-cost transportation that will replace several other types currently used in/on the air, land and sea.

In addition, their almost miraculous bending of physics contrary to conventional views automatically gives them the distinction of being the greatest weapon ever placed in the hands of a world power.  That feature alone is enough to explain why they remain top secret devices.
How that secret is handled is something else entirely and seems puzzling on the face of it.  Seeming to move in impossible and unbelievable ways is the key to why we are allowed to see them performing in exactly such a manner.  The secret keepers want us to notice the bizarre shapes and antics.  Yet, why display the triangles so publically and not bring them forth after at least three decades of being reported in our skies?

Because it is all a charade, aided and abetted by all areas of aviation, both military and civilian.  The segments of society that should be most interested in such reports are mum on the triangles, ignoring all incidents and lying about those they cannot ignore.  –Sound familiar?  Haven’t we endured over half a century of the (apparent) lack of official acknowledgment and investigations into the UFO phenomena?

The strategy behind that continued deceit is brilliant, even if a carryover of how officialdom has always dealt with the UFO, but it has another key component.  And that is that the sightings of the triangles dovetail into and help perpetuate the on-going UFO drama that we live with every day.  (Regardless of what many of you want to think, genuine UFOs, alien craft, present a very serious situation to all of Earth that eventually must conclude in some form of publically announced contact with ETs which will only be the beginning of the intervention.)

As it stands, a mysterious triangle exhibiting UFO-like capabilities is understandably labeled as a typical UFO sighting (another non-event) and with that classification assigned; all need for further investigation evaporates.  Broadcast TV news: “Put on your tin-foil hats, folks, another mysterious triangle reported hovering over Boston last night.”  A follow up sentence will advise that the supposed event should not be taken too seriously as government officials showed little interest in the public’s reports of the object.  So it was something or nothing, but definitely not a secret government triangle-shaped craft because they don’t fly them around in public like that.  Right?  After all, allowing a top secret craft to deliberately hover low over Boston on a Saturday night to be seen in all of its glory is totally absurd.  Such an event goes against the basic rules in any playbook for black budget projects.  The damned thing should be out West someplace, Area 51, maybe, not shocking the early night bar crowd in Boston.  And so it goes, a type of UFO is witnessed but only civilians take notice.

Most of the world knows what the English letters of “UFO” represent and what they mean in some fashion.  That understanding, that concept in itself, is a world-wide phenomenon of some note.  Recognition and acceptance of the true meaning behind alien UFOs is a natural and required progressive step for humanity to travel because the triangles (one way or another) were derived from the bizarre physics of the UFOs and that foundation secret must be kept as long as possible even as the triangles become commonplace in our lives.  So we have a rigged paradox surrounding the triangles/UFO relationship saga.

The second reason why the strange ways of the triangles is also strategic is just as important and twisted.  Less than friendly countries will have noted for years now the reports of triangles in the Western media and have pay close attention to the details that clearly eliminate the craft from being conventional, even advanced, true aircraft.  How do they react to such news?  They know full well that UFOs are real alien craft, and they note that our machines mimic UFOs.  Anything but fools, they know that we know, somehow, the secret of the UFO method of power.  They feverishly work on their theories if not prototypes.  They would make bold and varied attempts to steal highly classified data in any way imaginable.  They are masters at it.  If the English hacker Gary McKinnon can learn important but not critical details about our space fleets with a little perseverance and computer skill, so can any country with a decent spy program.  Have they had any luck?  We can imagine that they have obtained a substantial knowledge of our operations.

As a result of our best capabilities being in full view to our potential enemies, the current situation in the world is generally stable because of the existence of the triangles.  However, it is a very unbalance stalemate of course.  As our black secret is known on far shores, it is doubtful that any major effort of any kind will be started by the laggards that could provoke the wrath of a fleet of space-capable, UFO-like triangles carrying a variety of weapons.

With the capabilities inherent in the triangles, without a doubt, we control all near-earth space, off-planet exploration and any serious surface wars that would be directly against us.  Not until a country announces a similar craft will we be forced to make our own admission and display our true dominance for the public to see.  The longer it takes our enemies—and potential competitors–to build their versions of the mass less triangles, the better the odds against their ever gaining parity on that score alone.  Despite what they suspect or know about our triangles, the smart potential adversaries would keep quiet as they do their own intense work.

As stated earlier, the new principles of physics in the triangles is the greatest weapon every developed by man for war…and we must add, also the greatest thing for commerce, as also was true for the wheel.

Any use of the new secret craft would not be left to the whim of military commanders, or even top government officials fueled by their own politician agendas but from a larger, more benign, general strategy of the world not based on old versions and visions of world conquest.  It will be more of a philosophical ideology than being politically based. The so-called “coming of the saucers” in 1947 has disturbed the usually forces that rule Earth.  Initially, the earthlings in control panicked a world war had recently ended and political ideologies were running rampant across the world.  These days, evidently the ETs have told Earth’s leaders what they must do.  We see signs everywhere of the changes and earnest efforts to transform the population of the planet from one state of mind to a more rational state of mine and being.

The New World Order, a dream for some and a nightmare for others, is being social engineered. Done in some countries by their own initiative and forced onto others by the UN to bring to fruition the plan.  The major intent is to save the world from the destructive effects of mankind’s boundless consumption of resources before it sickens and dies as a living planet. Rescuing humanity from its own restless need for war and/or economic conquest is secondary.

The eventual introduction of the triangles and similarly powered craft into commercial avenues and expanded but benign military use will ease many of the approaching burdens around the world.  But as the ships go about their duties carrying aid in those dark days, many fists will be raised and shaken at them in futile anger.  Let it not be more than that display.  Otherwise, a ship with troops will be quickly summoned.  Complete freedom will be remembered as a term briefly used in the foundation of the United States of American, but it was short-lived and was only a dream anyway.  Perhaps a reset of the human apparatus of existence isn’t such a bad plan.  Maybe there is a better way. Thanks to Harv Howard.

New Study Promotes Agenda 21-Style “Land Grabs”


Note: One only has to take a look at the illegal, fraudulent overthrow and subsequent occupation of Hawaii to know land grabs for resources are an age old tactic for wealth redistribution and subverting sovereign nation states into indentured servitude to the occupiers. More here: http://ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com/?s=hawaii+sovereignty&submit=Search 

Kevin Samson
Activist Post

When one thinks of “redistribution of wealth,” one would typically understand that to mean a system designed to take from the wealthy and give to the poor. Controversial in its own right. However, with the United Nations’ Agenda 21 it’s even worse: the redistribution of wealth means taking resources from poorer populations and opening up those resources for wealthy private interests to collude with government – fascism, essentially.

A shockingly honest new study from the Institute of Physics (IOP) journal Environmental Research Letters entitled “Food appropriation through large scale land acquisitions” makes the case for literally disenfranchising local populations in service to the greater multi-national good through “land grabs” – a hallmark of all Agenda 21 propaganda.

Agenda 21’s “Green Mask” of sustainability and rectifying global hunger is being used to hoodwink compassionate people’s interest in the environment, as well as pander to legitimate concerns over dwindling food and water resources. In reality, Agenda 21 is an enormously complex and multi-faceted stealth program that is creeping into every corner of the world, including the U.S., which is thought to be immune from land grabs due to well-established property rights.  However, one look at our Agenda 21 archives is enough to dispel that notion.

Any place where Agenda 21 has arrived under the following snapshot of its methods of intrusion, it has resulted in loss of land, loss of resources and anything but a balanced re-distribution of that which is appropriated:

Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “Going Green,” Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus. (Source – Agenda 21 in One Easy Lesson)

Nevertheless, the findings which are being published by the Institute of Physics state simply:

Crops grown on “land-grabbed” areas in developing countries could have the potential to feed an extra 100 million people worldwide, a new study has shown.

The improved infrastructure brought about by foreign investment could increase the productivity of subsistence farmlands in countries such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and could mean these lands can feed at least 300 million people around the world. This is compared to about 190 million people that could be fed if the land was left tended to by the local population.

The following graphic is offered:

Figure 3. Number of people who could be fed by the acquired land in the case of ‘balanced diet’, assuming a 50% biofuel use for oil palm and sugarcane, and considering different yield gap closure scenarios. (Calculations are based on land deals data as reported by Land Matrix 2013 dataset, accessed on 20 June 2013).

On top of the zero respect for the sovereignty of these areas, and the suggestion that they are all but obligated to outsource their production to “foreign governments and business,” we need to consider who might be at the helm of such an initiative.

The press release focuses on the notion that modern techniques, industrialized agricultural methods, and land-grab deals are the potential saviors in the equation to provide food for the planet. Naturally, when we hear about “modern techniques” we are really talking about biotech, and Monsanto primarily. The biotech industry continues to assert that modern-day farming must be driven by genetic modification in order to provide more consistent crop production in ever higher yields, thus we can conclude that this is the direction that will be taken with the stolen acquired land.

When it comes to food production, it is one of the many myths of GMO; GMOs do not provide more food, but do offer Big Ag companies increased profits on the need for more pesticides, herbicides, and patented seeds – all of which are guaranteed to show up on this newly acquired land. For purely propaganda purposes we are often shown images of starving people in Third World countries who presumably need to be saved by corporate conglomerates. However, there are many real-world examples (and studies) illustrating the exact opposite.

If we dig a bit deeper into the IOP statements, we see statistics that form a lot of moving parts showing potentialities and the people who “could be fed,” but it’s the conclusions which unequivocally state the goals hidden in plain sight:

The results also revealed that the most targeted countries for land grabs are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and the former Sudan. Altogether, these nations account for around 82 per cent of the total food calories that can be produced by acquired croplands worldwide.

It has been reported in previous studies that around 32.9 million hectares of land have been acquired by large-scale international investors for different purposes. A total of 22 million hectares were acquired for agriculture.

The authors, Maria Cristina Rulli from Politecnico di Milano and Paolo D’Odorico from University of Virginia, said: “Our study has provided a comprehensive assessment of the amount of food that can potentially be produced in land acquired by foreign investors in countries such as Sudan and Indonesia.”

Accordingly, “Policy makers need to be aware that if this food were used to feed the local populations it would be sufficient to abate malnourishment in each of these countries even without investments aiming at the closure of the yield gap. Such investments would lead to substantial improvements in crop yields mainly in African countries.

“At the moment there are still open questions which would help inform the debate over what happens to acquired land such as, what happens to food produced? Is it shipped abroad? Were these lands already used for agriculture prior to the acquisition, and (if so) for the cultivation of what crops? With what yields? Answers to these questions would allow us to quantify the decrease in food available to the local communities, and come up with management strategies to mitigate possible negative impacts on the local communities of large scale land acquisition.” (emphasis added)

This is nothing short of an open admission that foreign governments and international investors are seeking the most profitable ways to get their claws into sovereign territories, while using the “Green Mask” to shroud their true intentions.

When this is fully understood, we can look at the U.S. government’s pledge of billions of dollars to boost Africa’s infrastructure in a whole new light. Africa is, in fact, a multi-level resource, as is much of the developing world. The agreements that are being signed by these nations with multi-national corporations are at worst being coerced through UN guidelines, and at best deals with the devil initiated by petty government officials in developing areas.

For additional specific mechanics behind these land grabs, I would refer you to the following articles:

Full Institute of Physics report available here:
http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/9/6/064030/article

Source:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/iop-gc062414.php

Recently from Kevin Samson:

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/new-study-promotes-agenda-21-style-land.html

Veterans Today: 01Kingpins and Cutouts, Aliens and Hybrids


by Preston James

 

Who is the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain pulling the strings?

Once a Bright and Rising Star, a great economic engine and the hope of the World, America has been transformed into an International Terror Factory with a collapsing economy.

The USG has become an enemy of the American People and a blight on the World.

How could this happen and where does the real power lie?

Who has been pulling all the strings and taking America apart at the seams, trashing the Constitution, Bill or Rights and everything American Soldiers have fought for since the Declaration of Independence?

How can we make sense out of this confusing mess?

Sometimes the most incredulous things one CANNOT imagine, actually turn out to be true.

How much do you really want to know about who runs the world?

To understand who are the real Powers That Be (PTB), one must be willing to temporarily enter the twilight zone and take a trip deep into a rabbit hole.

True Pyramid Power is the bureaucratic political organizing of society into power control hierarchies, some known and the most powerful ones unknown, it is not the power of the Giza pyramids.

The top Covert Power in the world is referred to by many as ”the top of the pyramid” and these top controllers are always hidden by many layers of Cutouts who are more than willing to do their dirty work.  Such is the nature of hierarchies and bureaucracies which have power funneled upward into a few select individuals who are the Leaders of the World and the true Powers That Be (PTB).  These top controllers are best referred to as Kingpins.

Note:  This is a long article with sections that some readers will find irrelevant, tiring or boring. Bold print subject headings have been provided which can be scanned. Those sections which seem interesting can be read in full.

The Old Black European Nobility (OBN) has been alleged to be the top world controllers and have been reputed to have Third Force or secret alien power, including Psi-power.  

It is generally recognized by top researchers of covert world power that the top of the pyramid are select individuals who are representatives of the “Old Black Nobility”(OBN) of Europe which go all the way back to Venice, Rome and even perhaps even to ancient Babylon.

These folks are known for their secret knowledge and skills in the “Black Arts” using “human alchemy”, the powers of trauma based mindkontrol, numerous “magickal” arts, the power of secret assassinations using poisons, and allegedly deep and conventionally unknown Psi-power. They have been reputed to have a lust for shedding human blood and human sacrifice and it has been alleged that they have been anointed with what has been anecdotally referred to as “teaming power of Lucifer”.

Some have alleged that Vlad the Impaler was the model user of this Third Force pure evil and serves as an historical example of unbridled terror and murder, an illustration of what the characteristics are of those at the top of the pyramid of control that truly run the world today who seem to crave mass death from war and eugenics.

Notice that this print of a painting considered to be an accurate representation of Vlad shows the eight pointed double-cross aka the Mark of Cain on his forehead, identifying him as “evil ruling over evil”.  Those who want to learn more about the Mark of Cain can refer to Tupper Saussy’s infamous book, “Rulers of Evil”.

Certainly this type of evil appears to have infested those who pull the strings of the Secret Shadow Government (SSG) and many other nations as well as the City of London Banksters and the so-called Royal family.

It has also been alleged that these folks have had long term relations with alien trans-dimensional entities which have superior technical knowledge and highly developed mindkontrol skills, but are evil beyond humans normal imagination to fathom.

The Secret Shadow Government (SSG) has allegedly patterned their “Black Operations” on the basis of this hidden knowledge of the secret, occult “black arts” which has been selectively provided to their key Cutouts by top Kingpins of the OBN.

The Old Black Nobility (OBN) are alleged to be the rulers of the covert world which should be considered to be the New Roman Empire. Are they alien/human hybrids and does that explain their extraordinary powers to do immense evil worldwide?

These folks are reputed to be the head of a secret New Roman Empire essentially cast according to the structures of the old Roman Empire and also based on many of its ancient mythical gods and occult practices. Some researchers have suggested that the OBN are actually hybrids and part Draco.  This would certainly explain a great deal of their mastery of the evil, anti-human black arts and psi-power and the various world systems featuring those principals they have set up through their subordinates or cutouts all over the world for many centuries.

One person’s Kingpin is usually another person’s Cutout and vice-verse.

The main or first level of Cutouts of the OBN is believed to the City of London Banksters.  Some say these folks are comprised of the top ranking of the “thirteen satanic bloodlines”, others claim they are part of an interlocked worldwide system of occult based esoteric, Luciferian groups.

The Secret Shadow Government is a main Cutout for the City of London Banksters.

It is generally recognized that the next level of control is the Secret Shadow Government (SSG) (1) which is a direct Cutout for the London Banksters.  So the London Banksters serve as the Kingpins for the SSG which are their Cutouts.

And the SSG serves as Kingpins for the next level of control which is the Intel agencies and the Non-profit foundations and think tanks and their Lobbying groups and Lobbyists which serve to buy and own the American politicians and USG officials for the Banksters.

And the US Administration is also a direct Cutout for the SSG and in turn serves as a Kingpin for the various Cutouts running each USG agency. And so it goes as one climbs the food chain downward.

The use of Cutouts provides layers of insulation and deniability from blame for the Kingpins and is considered essential and basic tradecraft.

By now it should be clear that the use of a Cutout creates an insulating barrier of deniability for the actual string pullers of any USG act.  The more middlemen or Cutouts involved, the greater the degrees of separation from the primary perp who is responsible.

The greater the number of the layers of separation, the greater the deniability of those who are the true string-pullers behind the curtain and the less likely their exposure becomes, nor is it possible to ascertain the true motives for the decisions and actions of the Cutouts doing the dirty work for the PTB.  Instead trite and false cover stories are dispensed as USG propaganda by the six major mass media.

This insulation can become so great that it is almost impossible for ordinary citizens to be able to understand the actual USG actions that are being imposed on them or the base policies behind them which motivate the very top string pullers who have absolute “Cesarian authority”.

Use of Cutouts is just basic intel Tradecraft

Use of cutouts is basic intel tradecraft and helps keep the true motives of those pulling the strings of society secret from the public who would then be able to start asking too many questions about the legitimacy of the authority of the PTB.  The hidden hand prefers to remain hidden because exposure weakens and threatens such entities with eventual erosion and complete loss of power.

Many prominent Cutouts who have the appearance of complete respectability despite the fact they are either owned financially, or victims of human compromise operations such as by sexual and/or pedophile honey traps.  Use of these Cutouts with such a public persona can provide the ultimate front of respectability until the SSG is done with them and releases the photos or videos they always keep on file “for that day”.

The SSG is only serving its own needs and those of the Kingpins who own them and cares nothing about the welfare of anyone else at all. 

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It cares nothing for the America People which is in the process of asset stripping and taking their basic constitutionally guaranteed Rights.  Nor does it care a whit about any of its victims of World Terror and unprovoked illegal wars. It has morphed over the years since its inception into a mass murder Terror machine.

And although the SSG claims it is hard at work “protecting the security and well-being” of America, nothing could be more obviously further from the truth.  The SSG is working hard to KILL AMERICA (2) by asset stripping it and trafficking in massive amounts of illegal drugs in order to finance highly criminal and anti-human Black Operations all over the world in order to create a NWO Globalist System.

And obviously all the recent Mideast illegal wars have been waged to protect the Banksters US Petro Dollar (3) and to make massive war profits for offshore corporations at the expense of the American taxpayer, the American Soldiers and the people living in the nations attacked.

One way or another a bad outcome typically awaits Cutouts and Traitors as well as those that live by the sword and make a business or mass murder and war profiteering. 

When the OBN completes their current agenda and “drops the hammer” on the SSG, these SSG top Cutouts will find out they have been set up and conned into being traitors to America they will be shocked beyond belief.

And when they find out that like most other Cutouts they are going to be tossed on the trash heap of history by those they stupidly served, they will be horrified and feel completely betrayed like the way they betrayed America the Republic, American taxpayers and Citizens.

But by the time they come to realize they have been duped, it will be far too late. Their narcissistic sociopathy provided by the power that secrecy and the invocation of national security has provided, will not allow them to see this coming in advance and take steps to redeem or protect themselves.

Any Cutout is always potentially disposable and almost always ends up tossed on the trash heap of history when the Kingpins are done with them.

Read more: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/04/10/kingpins-and-cutouts-aliens-and-hybrids/

Report Show Police Using Asset Seizure To Bolster Budgets


Law enforcement can seize property if they suspect it has been involved in a crime. Slowly, though, the ease with which this can be done is changing.

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The rights afforded to people by the U.S. Constitution do not extend to their property. This means that when a law enforcement official suspects that someone’s property — including his or her car, money, home or gun — was involved in a crime, the official can seize that property and keep it.

When this happens, there’s next to nothing that individual can do about it.

Known as civil asset forfeiture, or “policing for profit,” the lawful policing policy is often described as a legal statute that most members of the public are largely unaware of until they or someone they know is affected.

Introduced in the 18th century, civil asset forfeiture was originally intended as a means for the U.S. government to legally claim the rights to items or “loot” left behind by pirates. Today, the law is reportedly used as a tool for dismantling large-scale drug operations, which is why civil asset forfeiture is more common in the Midwest and Southern states than in states with more progressive drug laws, such as California, Oregon and Washington state.

However, the practice is increasingly being seen as a way for police departments to make up for lost revenue. This is because people have had thousands of dollars in cash taken from them without being tried in court or even charged with a crime. The case of Alda Gentile, who was carrying $11,000 that she had planned to use to buy a home, is just one example of this.

According to the Institute for Justice, law enforcement in Minnesota seized more than $6.6 million worth of goods in 2012, 90 percent of which was used to supplement law enforcement budgets. The nonprofit law firm also noted that the police officers were not exactly seizing Ferraris and mansions from drug kingpins, as less than 4 percent of property seized in the state between 2003 and 2010 was worth more than $5,000.

In fact, the average value of property seized by law enforcement was only worth around $1,250, and it costs an average of $2,500 to challenge civil asset forfeiture in court.

Forfeited cash is often just put into the coffers of police departments, while property such as cars, guns or even PlayStations are often put up for auction. In the case of an auction, law enforcement keeps the profits from any sales.

One may assume that the Fourth Amendment would protect Gentile from having $11,000 in cash taken from her after she was stopped for speeding, especially since there isn’t a law dictating how much cash a person can legally carry. But there’s actually a loophole in the law that allows law enforcement to seize cash, stocks, real estate, vehicles, guns and other property, and keep it. Even if an individual is not charged or arrested for their involvement in any sort of crime, his or her property can still be seized lawfully because the property was suspected of having been involved in a crime. was essentially found guilty of being involved in a crime.

Constitutionally-granted rights, such as the right to a trial or a court-appointed lawyer, don’t apply to property, either. If someone wants to fight to get his stuff back, he is stuck paying 100 percent of the court fees. Further, his financial means to do so may have been affected by the fact that he just lost a great sum of money in the form of cash or a vehicle to the asset forfeiture.

Forfeiture laws vary by state in regards to how much a police department can legally seize, the amount of evidence required to prove that the property was used to commit a crime, and whether the burden of proof is on the property owner or law enforcement.

After analyzing the types of forfeiture laws in all 50 states, the Institute for Justice released a report in 2010, rating states based on the level of civil asset forfeiture abuse. West Virginia, Virginia, Texas and Michigan ranked as the worst states, since the burden on the state to prove that the property was involved in a crime was extremely low and police departments were able to keep 100 percent of everything they seized.

In Beckley, West Virginia, police seized $65,000 in cash and six different vehicles in 2008. The department used $10,000 of that money to purchase a new K-9 dog. In Texas, it was discovered that the 10 police departments that seized property the most relied on civil asset forfeiture to supplement about 37 percent of their total budgets.

Civil asset forfeiture is a troubling policy for those who are aware of it, and increased awareness of the practice in recent years has prompted lawmakers in some states to pass laws limiting law enforcement’s ability to seize a person’s assets.

Beginning on Aug. 1, Minnesota’s new legislation requires that before an individual’s property can be seized, law enforcement must either convict the individual or he or she must plead guilty to a crime or become an informant. The law, which received bipartisan support, also shifts the burden of proof onto the government, aligning with the language in the Constitution that says all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Since the amount of forfeiture-obtained revenue grew by 75 percent in the state between 2003 to 2010, even though the crime rate was actually dropping at that time, the general public and civil rights groups have come out in support of the law.

However, law enforcement has openly opposed the legislation. John Kingrey, executive director of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, argued that more drugs and guns will be on the streets as a result of the law.

In response to arguments put forth by law enforcement, Lee McGrath, legislative counsel for the Institute for Justice’s Minnesota chapter, who advocated for this legislation, argued that law enforcement’s concerns about public safety are “a guise for law enforcement’s refusal to negotiate about reforming the forfeiture laws,” and said this law is actually quite modest.

Bigger Battle, Bigger Boycott ~ The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food.


ACTION ALERT:

It’s time we did the same.

The GMA plans to sue in federal court to overturn Vermont’s new GMO labeling law, H.112. And it’s pushing a bill in Congress that would not only overturn every state’s right to enact a GMO labeling law, but also legalize the practice of labeling GMO foods “natural.”

Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Coca-Cola. These are just a few of the 300-plus members of the GMA. Combined, they own more than 6,000 brand name products, including foods, beverages, seeds, home and garden supplies, pet food, herbicides and pesticides.

You probably don’t buy most of those products. But you may not be aware that many of your favorite organic and natural brands, like Honest Tea, Muir Glen, Odwalla, Kashi, Earthgrains, Santa Cruz and others, are owned by corporations that do belong to the GMA. Those corporations spent about $68 million just to defeat GMO ballot initiatives in California (Prop 37) and Washington State (I-522). And they continue to fight against your right to know by supporting the GMA’s latest efforts to overturn states’ rights to pass GMO labeling laws.

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Why Are Four In Ten High-Risk Oil And Gas Wells Not Being Inspected?


By Claire Moser, Guest Contributoron June 23, 2014 

Colorado Fracking Boom Photo Essay

CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Despite a new report showing that 40 percent of all high-risk oil and gas wells on public lands across the United States did not pass a safety inspection from 2009 to 2012, a powerful oil and gas industry trade group has doubled down on its opposition to the Obama Administration’s proposal to fix the problem.

E&E News reported last week that the Western Energy Alliance (WEA), a Denver-based trade association that represents oil and gas producers in the West, insists that oil and gas companies already pay enough fees and royalties to operate on federal lands and that taxpayers — not companies — should continue to cover the cost of safety inspections and environmental enforcement activities conducted by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“There’s no need for BLM to come back to industry to get more money,” WEA’s vice president, Kathleen Sgamma told E&E.

Recent reports suggest that the industry’s exemption from paying inspection fees is only one of several subsidies that benefit oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands. The federal royalty rate for oil and gas production, for example, is lower than that of many states, and half of what the State of Texas charges. It also costs less than a cup of coffee to rent an acre of federal land for a year to drill.

The extent to which the federal inspection program has fallen short was uncovered in a recent analysis by the Associated Press, which found that four in ten oil and gas wells drilled between 2009 and 2012 and flagged as high-risk by federal regulators went uninspected by the BLM.

BLM officials are aware of the deficiency in federal inspections for high risk areas, but note that the agency does not have enough staff or sufficient funding from Congress to keep pace with the rapid growth of oil and gas development on public lands in recent years. To address the problem, the Obama Administration has proposed that Congress allow the BLM to charge inspection fees of oil and gas companies operating on public lands, as is required of companies that drill offshore in federal waters.

In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee in April, BLM Director Neil Kornze stated that “the fees will help the BLM to improve production accountability, safety and environmental protection of oil and gas operations, and would parallel a fee system already in place for offshore oil and gas programs.”

As the federal government’s largest land management agency, BLM is responsible for 100,000 oil and gas wells located on public land, primarily in the West. The AP review of BLM records found that 3,468 of these wells are designated as “high-risk” or “high priority” due to their potential for pollution, or location near national forests and vulnerable watersheds, and 1,400 of these had not been inspected by the agency. In Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, almost half of the wells on federal and Indian lands went uninspected.

A May 2014 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded that the federal government failed to inspect thousands of wells, and, as the AP reported, highlighted “substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands.”

Even as oil and gas production on public lands continues to increase, Congressional appropriations for BLM’s oversight program has fallen since 2007. President Obama’s FY 2015 budget request “proposes to expand and strengthen onshore oil and gas inspections and oversight capability through fees comparable to those assessed for offshore inspections.” The Obama administration’s proposal would allow the agency to meet inspection responsibilities without increasing taxpayer burden by shifting responsibility to the oil and gas industry.

“We need to ensure that the oil industry is paying its fair share to drill on public lands,” Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Edward Markey (D-MA) told the AP. Markey also asserted that the fines BLM charges for safety violations are not a deterrent for oil and gas companies to “put safety ahead of speed” on potentially dangerous wells.

Despite the need for safety inspections, the opposition of the oil and gas industry and its allies in Congress means the Obama administration faces an uphill battle with its proposal.

BLM has included its inspection fee reforms in fiscal budgets over the past five years, but the proposals have not yet been approved. The agency is working to make its case to Congress in the hopes that it will approve the fee this year.

Claire Moser is the Research and Advocacy Associate with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/23/3451919/high-risk-oil-and-gas-wells-not-inspected/