Monday, September 30, 2013

Cop's Futile Attempts to Threaten Pedestrian Who Knows His Rights

Amanda Warren
Activist Post

"Sir, I'm only going to ask you one more time." Lather. Rinse. Repeat indefinitely.

A man was hassled by a cop for walking his dog at night. A cop-blocking pedestrian came to offer some accountability by simply walking up with his camera. What happens next would be truly funny if it weren't for the fact that the bullying tactic often works to harm many Americans.

This infuriated the cop who demanded to know the man's name. "Am I being detained?" was all the man repeated in a respectful manner, also emphasizing that he does not consent to answer questions.



The cop lied when he said he didn't have the right to refuse to tell him who he was. Then he threatened to lock him up and said he would find out who he is.

Mumps and Flu Vaccine Awareness

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

Recently I read an article that had me wondering what are they thinking, anyway. As a consumer health researcher for over 35 years, I can see a clear childhood diseases history trail in the rear view mirror, as they would say.

One issue that doesn’t seem to sit right with me is the fact that as a young child in the 1940s, who went to both public and parochial schools, I never remember a child dying from any of the childhood communicable diseases, and we lived in a large city.

Furthermore, I remember parents holding ‘measles parties’ where they would take their children to the house of a child with measles so their child could contract the disease; get it over with early in life; and acquire natural, life-long immunity. It was a given back then: children got childhood diseases, and we survived. Just ask anyone who is 60 years or older how it was done.

"They Live" Star Roddy Piper - Truly Out of Bubble Gum?

Artwork: Mike Mitchell
Amanda Warren
Activist Post

Former wrestler and star of the 1988 cult classic They Live, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is drawing attention for his recent outspoken pro-liberty stances.

Written and directed by John Carpenter, the story surrounds an uneasy drifter who does not yet see the extraterrestrial controlling powers in place.

Many people can relate to a memorable 5+ minute fight scene with a friend who Roddy's character Nada tries to wake up to the unseen enemy. The friend finally sees through sunglasses that unveil controller alien creatures and their subliminal messages to "Obey."

Later, Nada is ready to take them down and walks into a bank with a shotgun when he utters the famous line that Piper himself ad libbed: "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubble gum."

A couple days ago, he admitted on Twitter that They Live is a documentary, (not science fiction)...

The New Mafia Wears A Badge

Dave Hodges
Activist Post

In part one of this series, I documented how the banks are positioning for an economic crash by securing as many hard assets as possible. Whether it be your home that is stolen through MERS fraud, or your secure brokerage account which is stolen by Jon Corzine and MF Global, or if it is an unjust court ruling which allows the banks the legal right to steal your bank deposits, nobody’s private property is safe from confiscation.

Policing for Fun and Profit

The practice discussed in this article is called civil asset forfeiture and is often referred to as "policing for profit." It involves every aspect of law enforcement from the local police to federal authorities. Civil asset forfeiture laws permit the authorities the legal right to actually steal your private assets. No, these laws are not the RICO laws in which convicted drug dealers and money launderers forfeit their private property obtained in the commission of organized criminal activity. Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement the “legal right” to steal your assets even when you have not been convicted or even when you have not been accused of a crime. The practice makes potential thugs and thieves out of every law enforcement official who dons a badge.

New Millennium Resource Wars

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

They're ongoing. They represent a modern-day great game. The previous one pit Britain against Tsarist Russia. One powerful empire battled another.

They did so for territory they both wanted. Conflict lasted about 100 years. Post-WW II, East - West struggles vied for geopolitical influence and control.

Resources became increasingly more important. They very much are today. World supplies are finite. Major powers scramble for as much as they can control.

Oil is especially valued. No one's sure how much is left. America, China, Russia and other major nations want control over as much as possible. They're going all out to get it.


Iran behind anti-WMD rider in chemical watchdog’s decision on Syria – Lavrov

RT
September 30, 2013

A small but far reaching clause in the chemical watchdog’s decision on Syria that urges all non-signatories of the Chemical Weapons Convention to join the treaty was actually proposed by Iran – and supported by the US – Russian FM Sergey Lavrov revealed.

Recalling the tense round of negotiations surrounding the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons, the Russian foreign minister said that it was Iran that “offered a very sound addition.” The insider revelation into the diplomatic process of avoiding yet another armed conflict in the Middle East was shared by Sergey Lavrov in an interview with Kommersant daily.

The Iranian proposal reflects Russia’s long standing belief that the Middle East should be free of weapons of mass destruction. The clause, submitted by Tehran was included in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) decision on Friday ahead of the UNSC vote on a new Syrian resolution.

“It is very important that in the Hague, when there was a vote on the decision on the role of the OPCW in implementing the program of chemical weapons destruction in Syria, a special clause was inserted urging all countries which have not yet done so to sign the convention,” Lavrov said.

“I will reveal a little secret: this clause was introduced by Iran and supported by the United States. Iran in the past century, has twice suffered from chemical weapons. I think Iran offered a very sound addition,” the Russian foreign minister said.

Lavrov added that back in Geneva, it was Russia which suggested that such a clause be included in the draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council with the aim of establishing within the Middle East a zone free from all weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

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UN Seeks “First Responder” Status and “Governance” in Syria Resolution

Thomas R. Eddlem
New American
September 30, 2013

When the United Nations Security Council agreed to enforce a chemical arms ban in Syria, it was a significant step toward establishing the United Nations as a global police force. “Tonight, the international community has delivered,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after the September 27 agreement was concluded. “I welcome the commitment to safeguard and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.”

The Syria agreement followed up on Ki-moon’s September 24 address opening the UN General Assembly. “I urge you to embrace the global logic of our times,” Ki-moon said. “With our fates ever more entwined, our future must be one of ever deeper cooperation. In this transformed global landscape, let us find new ways of governing, partnering and problem-solving. Let us empower the United Nations to be more than a first responder or a last resort.”

The idea that the United Nations would increasingly engage in “governing” and become “more than a first responder” was also engaged by top Obama administration officials. “The United Nations Security Council has demonstrated that diplomacy can be so powerful it can peacefully defuse the worst weapons of war,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after the vote. Kerry continued:

But tonight’s resolution, in fact, accomplishes even more. Through peaceful means, it will for, the first time, seek to eliminate entirely a nation’s chemical weapons capability, and in this case specifically Syria’s. On-site inspections of the places that these weapons are stored will begin by November, and under the terms of this agreement, those weapons will be removed and destroyed by the middle of next year…. For the first time since Syria’s civil war began, the Security Council is spelling out in detail what Syria must do to comply with its legal obligations. Syria cannot select or reject the inspectors. Syria must give those inspectors unfettered access to any and all sites and to any and all people…. We are here united tonight in support of our belief that international institutions do matter, that international norms matter. We say with one voice that atrocities carried out with the world’s most heinous weapons will not be tolerated. And when institutions like the Security Council stand up to defend the principles and values that we all share, when we put violent regimes on notice that the world will unite against them, it will lead not only to a safer Syria, but it will lead to a safer world.

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Scientists Recycle Plastic Bags Into Graphene

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags into a high-tech nanomaterial.

The innovative nanotechnology uses non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags to make 'carbon nanotube membranes' - highly sophisticated and expensive materials with a variety of potential advanced applications including filtration, sensing, energy storage and a range of biomedical innovations.

"Non-biodegradable plastic bags are a serious menace to natural ecosystems and present a problem in terms of disposal," says Professor Dusan Losic, ARC Future Fellow and Research Professor of Nanotechnology in the University's School of Chemical Engineering.

"Transforming these waste materials through 'nanotechnological recycling' provides a potential solution for minimizing environmental pollution at the same time as producing high-added value products."

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US Constitution Not a Suicide Pact

Obama Must Follow District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray: Declare the Entire Federal Government Essential and Keep It Fully Funded at Current Levels While Citing Multiple States of Emergency; Obey Fourteenth Amendment Against Unconstitutional Debt Ceiling and Default

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
September 28, 2013

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The District of Columbia government has decided not to permit the Republican fanatics of chaos and anarchy to shut down the nation’s capital. On Wednesday, DC Mayor Vincent Gray declared all 30,000-plus District employees essential. He did this by sending a one-sentence notice to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget. Gray wrote:
“I am writing to inform you that I have determined that all operations of the government of the District of Columbia are ‘excepted’ activities essential to the protection of public safety, health, and property and therefore will continue to be performed during a lapse in appropriations.”
Obama must now do for the entire federal government what Mayor Gray has done for the District, which is serving in this case as a true laboratory of democracy. Obama should declare the entire federal government essential, and fund it at current levels unless and until Congress passes a new funding law or Continuing Resolution.
It is high time to end the absurd practice of letting a small minority of GOP sociopaths and fanatics threaten the General Welfare. Obama should simultaneously invoke the XIV Amendment and direct Treasury Secretary Lew to keep the government fully funded while meeting all current debt payments and other obligations irrespective of supposed “debt ceilings” or “debt limits.” The debt ceiling is unconstitutional, and bankrupting the nation by defaulting on US commitments is patently illegal. Jefferson and Lincoln were right: the US Constitution is not a suicide pact.
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Syria’s crisis could end within weeks if halting support to rebels: FM

Xinhua
September 29, 2013

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem said Saturday that the long-standing crisis in Syria could end within weeks if countries that support the rebels in Syria halted their support.

Moallem made the remarks during an interview with the Russia TV channel after the UN General Assembly session in New York, during which he said that as long the U.S., Europe and some Gulf countries are supporting the terrorist group, the crisis will continue.

On the other hand, if those countries halt their support and truly adopt the political solution, the crisis could end within weeks, he said.

“Many countries speak about supporting a political solution. This is important but this means that they need to be committed to stop their financing, their arming to the terrorist group. Especially neighboring countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” he continued.

Regarding the Syrian government’s decision to surrender its chemical arsenal, Moallem defended the decision as a free sovereign decision and said it wasn’t out of fear of a U.S. military action.

“We are adopting this decision after consultation with Russia. And we are convinced that the Russian initiative at the end is a good initiative to open the door for political solution,” he said.

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Syria’s foreign minister says Assad stays despite UN threats

Deutsche Welle
September 29, 2013

Syria’s foreign minister has said the government won’t accept any peace plan that excludes President Bashar al-Assad. On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to destroy the regime’s chemical weapons.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem made the statement Saturday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Friday’s Security Council resolution had also endorsed the outcome of a June 2012 conference in Geneva between the regime and the opposition, which called for the establishment of a transitional government with full executive powers. The Syrian opposition, embroiled in the bloody conflict with Assad’s forces for two and a half years, has repeatedly refused to take part in any transition government that includes the president.

“For the Syrian people, Bashar Assad is the elected president until mid-2014, when presidential elections will be held,” al-Moallem said. He added that anyone could run for the post.

The Council’s decision Friday came after the authority tasked with implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention – the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – had approved the plan. According to the resolution, the UN will work to assist the OPCW in its effort to eliminate all of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons by mid-2014. The 15-member council agreed that non-compliance would prompt a vote on punitive action by passing another resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, including sanctions or military strikes.

Full article here

Kenya vows no Somalia pullout after Shebab attack

Peter Martel
AFP
September 28, 2013

NAIROBI: Kenya has vowed not to bow to Shebab threats of more attacks if troops are not pulled out of Somalia, following a devastating mall attack in Nairobi by the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents.

“We went to Somalia because Al-Shebab was a threat to national security… We will continue to take action on that front until our security and interests in the country are protected,” Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters on Friday.

Somalia’s Shebab chief Ahmed Abdi Godane said the Nairobi Westgate mall carnage in which at least 67 people were killed would be followed by “more bloodshed” unless Kenya left Somalia.

Kenya invaded southern Somalia to attack Shebab bases two years ago, and later joined the 17,700-strong African Union force deployed in the country.

Full article here

‘Eyes gouged out, bodies hanging from hooks’

Paul Bentley
Daily Mail
Sept. 27, 2013

Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling.

Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged.
Children were found dead in the food court fridges with knives still embedded in their bodies, it was claimed.

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Tarpley at National Press Club for 150th Anniversary of Russian Fleets of 1863

Was Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation Inspired by Help from Tsar Alexander II? — How Russians Advanced Careers of Grant and Thomas, The Rock of Chickamauga

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Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net
September 27, 2013
Recorded on September 24, 2013 at the National Press Club

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Cassius Marcellus Clay
“I did more than any man to overthrow slavery. I carried Russia with US”
— Cassius Marcellus Clay of Kentucky, Lincoln’s Ambassador to the Court of St. Petersburg
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Al Qaeda Opens First Official Twitter Account

Bill Gertz
Washington Free Beacon
Sept. 27, 2013

An official al Qaeda website that is restricted to members of the terrorist group opened its first Twitter account this week in what U.S. officials say is an effort to resolve a major split over Syria’s Islamist rebels.
The Shamukh al-Islam website, used as an official clearing house for al Qaeda members to communicate and issue propaganda statements, started its first Twitter account on Tuesday.

The first posts on the account focused on divisions between two al Qaeda rebel groups in Syria, al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Al-Qaeda-linked militants give fellow FSA ultimatum in Syria

Press TV
Sept. 27, 2013

Al-Qaeda-linked militants operating inside Syria have reportedly given the terrorist Free Syrian Army 48 hours to disarm, as rift among the extremist groups in the country continues to widen.

According to reports, al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have set a two-day deadline for the Free Syrian Army to surrender amid escalating infighting among the militants in Syria.
The ultimatum was enforced at 8:00 p.m. local time (2300 GMT) on Thursday.

The ultimatum is the latest manifestation of inner conflict among extremist militant groups in Syria since the outbreak of turmoil in March 2011.

Opposition activists say clashes between Takfiri militants have increased in recent months.

The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the crisis in Syria.

According to extracts from British defense consultancy IHS Jane’s published in the Daily Telegraph, some 100,000 militants are operating in Syria.

The militants have split into some 1,000 brands since the Syria crisis began, said the study, which is based on intelligence estimates and interviews with militants.

Around 10,000 of the militants, with many being foreign nationals, are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as the al-Nusra Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.

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Israel claims capture of Iranian spy

CBS News
Sept. 29, 2013

Israel’s domestic security service says it has arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian origin who it claims has admitted he was sent to Israel to spy for Iran.

A statement by the Shin Bet — the Israeli equivalent of the FBI — says Ali Mansouri, who entered Israel under the name Alex Mans, was sent by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force to set up business ties in Israel as a front for spying.

The Shin Bet said Mansouri made three visits to Israel since 2012 in the guise of a windows and roofing salesman. The Shin Bet said Mansouri was caught with photographs he took of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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Does the Government Only Label Bad Guys As Terrorists?

Washington’s Blog
September 30, 2013

Preface: Whether you believe this is a conspiracy by the government – or just over-reaction, incompetence or cronyism – the end result is idiotic … and counter-productive.

Former NSA boss Michael Hayden compared privacy advocates to terrorists:
“If and when our government grabs Edward Snowden, and brings him back here to the United States for trial, what does this group do?” said retired air force general Michael Hayden, who from 1999 to 2009 ran the NSA and then the CIA, referring to “nihilists, anarchists, activists, Lulzsec, Anonymous, twentysomethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years”.
“They may want to come after the US government, but frankly, you know, the dot-mil stuff is about the hardest target in the United States,” Hayden said, using a shorthand for US military networks. “So if they can’t create great harm to dot-mil, who are they going after? Who for them are the World Trade Centers? The World Trade Centers, as they were for al-Qaida.”
Hayden provided his speculation during a speech on cybersecurity to a Washington group, the Bipartisan Policy Center, in which he confessed to being deliberately provocative.
Similarly, Slate reported last year:

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Markets Are Crumbling All Around The World

JOE WEISENTHAL
Business Insider
September 30, 2013

Not surprisingly, markets are ugly today. Pretty much everywhere.

In Japan, the Nikkei ended down over 2%.

German stocks are down over 1%. Same with Spain.

Italian stocks are down nearly 2%.

US futures are down a bit less than 1%.

Over the weekend there were two major developments. One is it looks virtually certain that the US government is going to shut down. There appears to be no chance, right now, that the GOP-controlled Congress can pass a budget that doesn’t contain a defunding or delaying of Obamacare, which is obviously something the White House would never accept. So that’s not a positive.

And then in Italy, Silvio Berlusconi’s party has announced its deserting the government’s coalition, forcing Prime Minister Enrico Letta into a confidence vote later this week, which he might lose possibly throwing the country into political chaos.

And to top that all off, Chinese official PMI last night was weaker than expected.

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Anthony Gucciardi Breaks Down Missing Nuke, Syria on Intl Televison

You're A Warmonger

Saturday, September 28, 2013

5 More GMO Myths Debunked

Heather Callaghan
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Natural Blaze

Why avoid genetically modified foods? There are plenty of reasons; namely, your health. But you might hear people regurgitate the same old biotech slogans, when really it's about feeding a bottomless bottom line and propelling an even bigger agenda.

Biotech and chemical companies like Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow to name a few, love the technique of repetition to sell lies. They have all they need in the way of lobbying, media, buying science, and government approval to continue doing just that. If Nestle food giant hires cyber armies to put out social media fires, what do you think the other largest corporations in the world do? Monsanto goes to social media war, too, and even has contracts with Blackwater to deal with activists. They start websites to aid public relations.

Last month, with the help of a video guide, there were five of the more popular GMO lines debunked. Here are five more with the help of The Corbett Report.

Here were the five from before

Friday, September 27, 2013

WHY AMERICA GOOFED IN SYRIA AND WHAT AMERICA CAN DO TO SAVE FACE


Syrian PerspectiveSeptember 27, 2013

The American threat to attack Syria based on the trumped up allegation of Chemical Weapons has vanished for the following very good reasons:

1.  The Russians are not bluffing when it comes to this one area of the Near East they consider part and parcel of their "sphere of influence";

2.  The Russians aren't bluffing because they have a large fleet of battleships off the coast of Syria and  they have supplied the Syrian military with S-300 (and recently, possibly, under Russian control, S-400s), Iskandar missiles, Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles and all the maintenance and replacements the SAA needs to carry on with the task of crushing the American-led opposition;

3.  The American people, Congress and the world are skeptical about American reasoning for going to war;

4.  No credible ally in NATO now exists to buttress the campaign against Dr. Assad;

5.  The CW argument is beginning to fall apart as more evidence is adduced by independent investigators showing that it was the American-sponsored-and-supported terrorists who used the gas in each and every instance in Syria;

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‘Zombie’ Endocrine Disruptors Dumped in Water Supply

Hormone-upsetting chemicals dumped into the environment are rising up to haunt Americans, spreading cancer and infertility around the world.

Aaron Dykes
Activist Post

With the endocrine disrupting Bisphenol-A (BPA) – found ubiquitously in food can linings, plastic bottles, ATM receipts, toilet paper and hundreds of other products – already a major problem tied to infertility, breast cancer, low sperm counts, deformities in humans and sex morphology in aquatic wildlife, yet still unregulated by the FDA, other hormonal disrupters dumped into water supplies are emerging as major issues, too.

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Now, environmentalists are concerned that hormones dumped into water – from sources like factory farm cattle operations – are at higher levels than previously thought, in part because they mysteriously regenerate at night, thwarting attempts to measure them and assumptions about them breaking down in sunlight.

Government Report Offers More Evidence Cannabis is a Wonder Drug for Cancer and Good Health

Alex Pietrowski
Natural Blaze
September 26, 2013

As the world’s most beloved herb, Cannabis, continues to be liberated from the persecution of the government and the pharmaceutical-industrial complex, research continues to validate the many health benefits of Cannabis. This time, The National Cancer Institute, a government-funded organization has released a report indicating that cannabis and cannabinoids are indeed powerful agents of good health and wonderful supplements in the fight against cancer.

The report begins with an important summary of the history of Cannabis:
Cannabis use for medicinal purposes dates back at least 3,000 years.[1-5] It was introduced into Western medicine in the 1840s by W.B. O’Shaughnessy, a surgeon who learned of its medicinal properties while working in India for the British East Indies Company. Its use was promoted for reported analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anticonvulsant effects.
In 1937, the U.S. Treasury Department introduced the Marihuana Tax Act. This Act imposed a levy of $1 per ounce for medicinal use of Cannabis and $100 per ounce for recreational use. Physicians in the United States were the principal opponents of the Act. The American Medical Association (AMA) opposed the Act because physicians were required to pay a special tax for prescribing Cannabis, use special order forms to procure it, and keep special records concerning its professional use. In addition, the AMA believed that objective evidence that Cannabis was harmful was lacking and that passage of the Act would impede further research into its medicinal worth.[6] In 1942, Cannabis was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia because of persistent concerns about its potential to cause harm.[2,3]
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House Republicans Want To Kill Net Neutrality As Part Of Their Debt Ceiling Bill

Alex Wilhelm
Tech Crunch
Sept. 27, 2013

Not sure what to make of this episode, but it matters and so here we are: A draft of provisions that Republican leaders in the House are attempting to demand in return for allowing the debt ceiling to be raised includes the elimination of net neutrality.

The language of the legislative outline that the National Review obtained calls for the “blocking” of net neutrality.

Net neutrality, if you didn’t know, is the set of rules forcing ISPs treat traffic on their networks equally, not speeding or slowing any one piece of content more than any other. This matters as many companies that provide Internet access are also part of larger conglomerates that produce media. Those companies have an inherent incentive to speed their content and slow that of their rivals.

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Police Debut Stun Cuffs: Electroshock Restraints More Powerful Than Tasers

Kit Daniels
Infowars.com
September 27, 2013

A Missouri Sheriff’s Department is testing electronic restraints called “Stun Cuffs,” which can deliver up to 80,000 volts to an inmate’s arm or leg by remote control.



As revealed in the video, the wearer fell completely to the floor after being shocked remotely from a distance which can reach up to 100 yards.

“Does that hurt?” One of the officers asked the wearer while laughing. “Stop resisting!”

Stun cuffs are “a very effective tool,” according to Capt. Hovey of the Buchanan Co. Sheriff’s Dept. as reported by KQTV.  “It affects the muscles of the body and it doesn’t really affect anything else.”

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Al-Qaeda-linked militants give fellow FSA ultimatum in Syria

Press TV
Sept. 27, 2013

Al-Qaeda-linked militants operating inside Syria have reportedly given the terrorist Free Syrian Army 48 hours to disarm, as rift among the extremist groups in the country continues to widen.

According to reports, al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have set a two-day deadline for the Free Syrian Army to surrender amid escalating infighting among the militants in Syria.
The ultimatum was enforced at 8:00 p.m. local time (2300 GMT) on Thursday.

The ultimatum is the latest manifestation of inner conflict among extremist militant groups in Syria since the outbreak of turmoil in March 2011.

Opposition activists say clashes between Takfiri militants have increased in recent months.

The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the crisis in Syria.

According to extracts from British defense consultancy IHS Jane’s published in the Daily Telegraph, some 100,000 militants are operating in Syria.

The militants have split into some 1,000 brands since the Syria crisis began, said the study, which is based on intelligence estimates and interviews with militants.

Around 10,000 of the militants, with many being foreign nationals, are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as the al-Nusra Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.

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Heather Callaghan on Far Out Radio

Heather Callaghan's appearance on Far Out Radio discussing Pink Slime and Food Freedom - September 26, 2013

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A Robin Hood Tax Will Heal America

The Grand Bargain

Republican Leaders Don't Have The Votes For Their Own Hostage Plan

Michael McAuliff
Huffington Post

House Republican leaders rolled out their latest gambit to use the nation's debt limit to extract concessions from Democrats, but they may have spoken too soon.

Numerous members of the GOP conference emerged from their weekly closed-door meeting Thursday expressing confidence in a bill that would seek numerous cuts and legislative changes in return for raising the country's $16.7 trillion borrowing cap. They said a vote could be scheduled swiftly, with an Oct. 17 deadline looming.

But reports surfaced later in the day, as members thought the plan over, that there might not be enough votes in the fractious Republican caucus to pass it.

Leadership sources told HuffPost that such reports were "premature," but acknowledged they were "still talking to members, still listening to concerns."

"I'd guess we need more votes," one said.

But they also contended that news that the debt bill was being delayed was inaccurate, since a vote had never been scheduled in the first place.

Still, earlier in the day, rank-and-file members seemed to believe that a bill would be put forth quickly. They acknowledged that using the debt limit as leverage was risky, but said it was a worthwhile plan.

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Congress Moves To Outlaw Alternative Media

Dave Hodges
Activist Post

The alternative media is having a dramatic impact on the worldview of the country, so much so that US Senate is legislating against the only objective press left in the country.

It is a well-known fact that Senator Dianne Feinstein wants your guns and now she wants control over your words. Feinstein believes that a proposed media shield law should be applied only to who she refers to as “real reporters.” Feinstein chastises other reporters as “basement-dwelling, pajama-clad bloggers with no professional credentials”

At issue is that the government could soon decide who is a journalist and who is not. Feinstein introduced an amendment, to Senate bill 558, that defines a “covered journalist” as someone who gathers and reports news for “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.” The definition includes freelancers, part-timers and student journalists, and it permits a judge to go further and extend the protections to any “legitimate news-gathering activities.” In the definition introduced in Feinstein’s amendment, somebody writing for a small town paper with a circulation of 30 would receive First Amendment protections, but quality news people such as Steve Quayle, John Stadtmiller, Jeff Rense, Doug Hagmann, Stan Deyo, Michael Edwards, Alex Jones, George Noory and Matt Drudge would not be considered journalists and therefore, the First Amendment would not apply to this group of aforementioned newsmen. With the passage of this amendment, our sources would not be privileged and many of our sources would dry up. But Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper can take bribes from the CIA to not cover certain stories, yet Feinstein thinks they deserve protection as authentic journalists. Award winning journalist, Amber Lyon, quit CNN because of the CIA and CNN’s complicity in obfuscating the truth from the American people, for a price. Obviously, journalistic integrity means nothing to someone like Feinstein.

Terrorists Wage War on Each Other in Syria; New Round Of Propaganda Begins

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
September 27, 2013

As the deranged coterie of extremists, religious fanatics, terrorists, and mercenaries known as the Syrian “rebels” begins to disintegrate both from the constant assault by the Syrian military and their own inability to cooperate even amongst themselves, a new attempt at propaganda regarding the nature of the “rebels” is beginning to take shape within Western media outlets.

Indeed, the death squad fratricide now taking place within Syria is slowly but surely being turned into a false narrative of “moderate” versus “extremist” in the death squad camp which will possibly be used to bring the propaganda full circle and provide a representation of some of the death squads as democracy-loving freedom fighters who only want freedom from an oppressive government – a representation which couldn’t be further from the truth.

The divide between various death squad groups has been developing for some time. However, on September 25, a statement was released by the notorious al-Qaeda affiliated ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) declaring war and victory over a fellow terrorist division of the FSA (Free Syrian Army), Liwa Asifat al Shamal.

The statement which can be seen in its original form as posted on Twitter was subsequently translated and posted to LiveLeak. In it, ISIS states that “On Wednesday, we purified the land from what is called Liwa Asifat al Shamal, which God wanted to expose them in front of everyone.” The group went on to list eight “examples of their treason before and now.” ISIS also stated that,

Thursday, September 26, 2013

House Cuts Food Stamps, Ignores 1% Wall Street Sales Tax

Brandon Turbeville
Progressive Gazette
September 26, 2013

Congressional members of the House of Representatives  voted this week on a bill that would cut billions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also commonly known as food stamps. As a result, millions of poor Americans are now staring down the barrel of the reactionary gun while they face the realistic threat that virtually the only source of food available to them will soon be yanked away.

In yet another example of the lurching austerity measures being foisted onto the backs of the American people already riddled with a crippled economy, government mandates, and increasing taxation, the House Agriculture Committee had already approved $20 billion in cuts to SNAP over the next 10 years as part of the reauthorization of the U.S. farm bill. Although SNAP benefits have traditionally been voted on as part of the farm bill itself, reactionaries and austerity proponents  decided to separate the two in an attempt to gut SNAP in terms of funding and availability.

Indeed, the bill which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) helped promote within the House would not only remove the “categorical eligibility” determination, but it would double the cuts agreed to by the House Agriculture Committee to a total of $40 billion of “savings” (meaning cuts) to the program over the next 10 years. This is because, now that Cantor and his reactionary friends are getting their way, food stamp recipients will be required to spend 20 hours a week at a job or job training. Thus, with the implementation of these proposed rules, the number of individuals eligible for the programs are logically going to decline.

“Categorical eligibility” is simply a technique used by states to determine whether or not an individual is eligible for food stamp benefits based on whether or not the person has qualified for other government-based poverty relief programs. Categorical eligibility is, the states argue, a way to increase efficiency and to cut down on bureaucracy since the individuals will not have to apply for the same basic benefits twice and go through a lengthy approval process with the relevant agencies. This is one of the changes that the reactionaries want to remove – forcing states to increase the level of bureaucratic involvement and slow down the response time for food stamp applications.


American Banker Wharton Barker’s First-Person Account Confirms: Russian Tsar Alexander II Was Ready for War with Britain and France in 1862-1863 to Defend Lincoln and the Union – Americans “Will Understand”

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net
September 23, 2013

Wharton Barker
Wharton Barker
This account, written by the American banker Wharton Barker and published in The Independent (LVI) of March 24, 1904, recounts Barker’s conversation with Russian Tsar Alexander II, the celebrated Liberator of the serfs, on August 17, 1879, a few years before his assassination at the hands of anarchists. Here the Tsar confirms that, at the height of the American Civil War in 1862-1863, the Imperial Russian government had issued an ultimatum to Britain and France specifying that, if these powers should intervene on the side of the Confederate States of America, they would immediately find themselves at war with the formidable Russian Empire. The Tsar explains that the Russian battle fleets which arrived to great √©clat in New York and San Francisco in September-October of 1863 were the visible tokens of this policy. He also situates the Russian approach to the Civil War in the context of other cases in which Russia had acted to preserve a European and world balance of power designed to check the inordinate geopolitical and economic ambitions of Great Britain. Alexander II’s policy may be compared to the war-avoidance doctrine of Putin and Lavrov today. This extraordinary document will thus repay study by historians of the events of 150 years ago, as well as by statesmen of today.

Barker’s greatest hope, as he says at the conclusion, is that his countrymen will finally comprehend the motivation of their great friend in their hour of need. He writes that “if they will give due thought to the words of the Emperor Alexander II, [Americans] will do what is more vital in the shaping of the destinies of a nation. They will understand.”

And today, before they can understand, they will have to remember. Therefore we take this opportunity to cast belated light on these great events.

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Who shelled the Russian Embassy in Damascus?

Vladimir Simonov

The United States and its Wahhabi allies have switched from financial blackmail to direct aggression against Russia. On this occasion, a mortar bombardment of the Russian Embassy took place in Damascus on the morning of Sunday, September 22. Three staff members were injured. As it was the first working day after the weekend, there were only three victims, and fortunately they were only wounded, as all the diplomats were in their offices or on the road conducting business in the city. The first “warning call” occurred earlier, a few months ago, when a mine fell near the fence of the embassy, injuring two Syrian guards. This time the mines hit right in the centre of the Russian diplomatic mission’s buildings complex. They aimed the shot at a definite target, knowing that most likely there would only be a few victims.

syria-mortarWas this a provocation? No, it was a direct warning to the Russian diplomats that it is time to get out of Syria. And if not – it will no longer just be people wounded, but killed, and not just three people; and the embassy’s buildings will be struck. They sent a clear message – the jokes are over and the real action has begun. As was the case with the attempt to accuse Moscow of involvement in the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta on August 23, so it was with a failed provocation in March using rocket-propelled chemical shells brought in from Libya by the private company BRITAM DEFENSE and its Ukrainian employees using Qatari money.

In this regard, a statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on September 20 was quite remarkable. He said that the UN inspectors’ report confirms the guilt of the government of Bashar al-Assad in carrying out the chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus. “The inspectors have returned, with a number of key details that confirmed the guilt of the Assad regime in carrying out this attack,” said the American diplomatic head. The head of the U.S. Department of State said that the Geneva accords provide for their binding and speedy implementation. He stressed that time was short, and it should not be spent “on debating what is already known”. “Over many weeks we have heard from Russia and other countries: Let’s wait for the UN report, these are independent experts, it is the gold standard. Despite the efforts of some to prove otherwise, the facts were only further clarified and the arguments become more convincing. Every single item in the report – the type of ammunition and missiles that were used, the trajectory of their flight, the type of agent – all this confirms what we already knew, and what America had warned others about,” said Kerry.

Why Is The Food Industry Poisoning Us With Trillions of Nanoparticles?

Sayer Ji
Natural Blaze

The U.S. food industry is notorious for poisoning the very consumers who drive their multi-billion dollar enterprise, even spending millions against their right to informed consent (truthful GMO labeling). So, is it any wonder that this deregulated and increasingly deranged juggernaut is experimenting on its own customer base by exposing them to trillions of toxic nanoparticles?

A new study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy titled, "Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro," reveals for the first time that the nanoparticle form of the common "whitening" agent known as titanium dioxide is capable of inducing "tumor-like" changes in exposed human cells.[1]


Whereas previous cell research has established that titanium dioxide (TiO2) is cytotoxic (cell damaging),[2] this is the first study of its kind to find exposed cells undergo a 'phenotypal' transition from normal to cancerous cell traits, including an increased rate of cell proliferation and a decrease in programmed cell death – hallmark features of precancerous and/or cancerous cells associated with 'immortalization

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Webster G. Tarpley at 2013 DC 9/11 Truth Conference - 2013-09-14

Woman says her 10-month-old puppy was shot in the head after asking officers not to shoot it… twice

Famous last words: “PLEASE don’t shoot my dogs, they are my babies.”

Police State USA

September 25, 2013
Woman says her 10 month old puppy was shot in the head after asking officers not to shoot it… twice Puppycide JonesCountyGA Ammo1
Ammo the Dog shot in the head. (Source: Facebook)
JONES COUNTY, GA — A woman says that her ten-month old puppy was shot in the head after asking officers not to shoot it — twice.
Woman says her 10 month old puppy was shot in the head after asking officers not to shoot it… twice Puppycide JonesCountyGA Ammo3 223x300
On September 22, Anna “Chrissy” Music-Peed, of Macon, GA, drove to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department to request an officer come to and investigate a vehicle that had been brought to her property by an acquaintance, that both she and her roommate strongly suspected to have been stolen.  Music told policestateusa.com that it was a Nissan Xterra from Virginia Beach, VA.  As Music wrote in a blog post, “I will not have that influence around my family,” saying she was trying to do the right thing by making a report.  The acquaintance was still on the property and Music had not let on that she had gone to talk to the police.

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Russia: Ready to guard Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles

Reuters
September 26, 2013

MOSCOW – Russia is ready to help guard Syria’s chemical weapons sites when President Bashar Assad’s chemical arms stockpiles and factories are destroyed, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Thursday by news agencies.

“We will be ready to help in guarding those facilities where work is being carried out,” Interfax news agency reported Ryabkov as saying at an arms fair.

Ryabkov was speaking as the United Nations Security Council works on agreeing to a resolution on a chemical arms deal that is acceptable to both Russia and Western countries.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed earlier this month to a deal under which Assad would account for his weapons stockpiles within a week and allow their destruction by mid-2014.

Full article here

Russia Says Sarin Gas in Aug. 21 Syria Attack Was ‘Homemade’

RIA Novosti
September 26, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with a US newspaper published Thursday that homemade sarin nerve agent was used in a chemical weapons attack in Damascus on August 21, an attack that the United States maintains was carried out by the Syrian regime.

Lavrov gave an interview to The Washington Post on Tuesday after a meeting with his US counterpart John Kerry. Lavrov said he had used the meeting to hand over evidence proving Russia’s contention that chemical weapons were used by Syrian rebel groups in the controversial August 21 attack.

Russia investigated the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Aleppo on March 19 after a request from the Syrian government, Lavrov said, adding that its findings have been “broadly” made available to the United Nations Security Council and the public, The Washington Post reported.

“The main conclusion is that the type of sarin used in that incident [on March 19] was homemade, and we also have evidence that the type of sarin used on August 21 was the same, only of higher concentration,” Lavrov said, according to The Washington Post.

The United States, as well as Britain and France, said last week that a UN report into the use of chemical weapons on August 21 in Damascus confirmed their contentions that it was the work of the Syrian regime, Reuters reported.

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Breaking: Whistleblower Reveals U.S. State Dept. Ships Arms Directly to al-Qaeda

The murder of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi was an organized hit to cover up direct arm deals

Kit Daniels
Infowars.com
September 25, 2013

A former CIA gun runner revealed that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in order to cover up the U.S. State Department’s direct arm shipments to al-Qaeda.


Discussion on Benghazi attack starts around the 37:00 mark.

William Robert “Tosh” Plumlee started his career as a CIA contract pilot in the late 1950s, delivering guns and ammunition on behalf of the agency to Fidel Castro.

Plumlee confirmed that such arm deals are still common today, with the State Dept. shipping arms to al-Qaeda via the CIA.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rockets Used in Damascus CW Attack Fired from Makeshift Flatbeds, Not Military Vehicles

Video emerges of unmarked truck-mounted launcher surrounded by militants, firing same ordnance used in August 21 Damascus (and other) chemical attacks.

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

In September 17, 2013's article, "5 Lies Invented to Spin UN Report on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack," one fabrication used by the West was exposed in particular [emphasis added]:
Lie 1. Chemical weapons were delivered with munitions not used by rebels: This claim includes referencing "Syria watcher" Eliot Higgins also known as "Brown Moses," a UK-based armchair observer of the Syrian crisis who has been documenting weapons used throughout the conflict on his blog. 
While Higgins explains these particularly larger diameter rockets (140mm and 330mm) have not been seen (by him) in the hands of terrorists operating within and along Syria's borders, older posts of his show rockets similar in construction and operation, but smaller, most certainly in the hands of the militants. 
The Washington Post contends that somehow these larger rockets require "technology" the militants have no access to. This is categorically false. A rocket is launched from a simple tube, and the only additional technology terrorists may have required for the larger rockets would have been a truck to mount them on. For an armed front fielding stolen tanks, finding trucks to mount large metal tubes upon would seem a rather elementary task - especially to carry out a staged attack that would justify foreign intervention and salvage their faltering offensive.
Video has now emerged showing just the sort of unmarked improvised trucks US-backed terrorists would use to carry out the attacks, surrounded by a combination of civilian-dressed and semi-uniformed individuals firing ordnance identical to those used during the Damascus chemical weapons attack. Western media sources are scrambling to explain how this is instead, the "smoking gun" proving the Syrian government was behind the attacks, and not the so-called "rebels."

Timeline to Veterans For Peace's Vote to Impeach Obama (2009-2013)

The following article was originally posted to Activist Post on August 8, 2013 and is now being re-posted after edits requested by the author. Philip will be appearing tomorrow, Wednesday September 25th on the Alex Jones Show (upper right of page) during the second hour of the broadcast - 1:30 pm Eastern - to discuss this article.

By Philip C. Restino, Jr. - Central Florida Veterans For Peace
Activist Post

The July 22, 2013 broadcast of the radio program "Peace Talk" hosted by Phil Smith of the Southeast Alaska Veterans For Peace Chapter 100 on ktoo Alaska Public Radio in Juneau, AK featured guest Phil Restino of the Central Florida chapter of Veterans For Peace. Restino was on the program to tell the story behind Veteran For Peace Resolution 2011-7 calling on the U.S. Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against the Democrat President Obama for war crimes ... the same war crimes cited, and then some, in Veterans For Peace's prior public call for impeaching the Republican President Bush.

Also discussed was the current VFP Resolution 2013-10 directing the president of Veterans For Peace to send, as well as make available as a download on the VFP national website for all VFP members, a signed letter to all members of Congress calling on them to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against the Democrat President Obama for war crimes just as was done on March 19, 2005 by VFP president at the time David Cline in regards to the Republican President Bush and VFP's 2004 impeachment resolution. VFP Resolution 2013-10 is to be presented Saturday August 10th at the Veterans For Peace National Convention in Madison, WI and later voted on by VFP's general membership in October using mail-in ballots. The archive of the complete 1-hour broadcast of the “Peace Talk” interview can be accessed here.

For those still not aware of the fact, the rank and file membership of Veterans For Peace (VFP) on its 3rd year of trying passed at its 2011 national convention a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against the Democrat President Obama for war crimes.

New Island Rises Out of the Sea During 7.8 Earthquake in Pakistan

New island reported off Pakistan after 7.8 quake

There are breaking reports of a new island rising out of the sea due to a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in southern Pakistan.

Reuters reports:
A major earthquake hit a remote part of western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and prompting a new island to rise from the sea just off the country's southern coast. 
Tremors were felt as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi, hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the east, where buildings shook, as well as the sprawling port city of Karachi in Pakistan. 
The United States Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake struck 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan's quake-prone province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran.

The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 meters (yards) off Pakistan's Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.

Child Kicked Out of School For Not Vaccinating Despite Doctor's Advice That Vaccines Could Kill Her

A New York State school has terminated the rights of a child to attend classes solely on the basis of being unvaccinated. This despite the advice of her Physician who stated that it could kill her. A devout Catholic mom has now filed a lawsuit against the State government. Read her story:

Mary is almost six and a half years old, and she enjoys going to school, dancing, singing, swimming, and playing with her sister and friends. Today I looked at her beautiful face smiling while she was playing with her dolls, and I can’t believe how far we have come since the day she was born and how blessed I am to call her mine. At first glance, you wouldn’t know the battles that she has been through.

When Mary was born I didn’t know what ingredients were put into vaccinations, just like most parents. I was brainwashed into thinking that I must vaccinate my child since this is what U.S. social norms say that we as parents are supposed to do for our children. So Mary was vaccinated like every other typical newborn in this country. After each vaccination, she would have a negative reaction. At that point, the medical professionals did not know what was wrong with her, but looking back now we know that it was two DTaP vaccines that she received on July 9th, 2007 and August 13th, 2007.

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Al-Qaeda Rejects CIA’s National Coalition in Syria

CIA controls Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamic groups
  
Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
September 25, 2013

Pro-FSA demonstration in Idlib-Binnish, Syria. Photo: Freedom House
Pro-FSA demonstration in Idlib-Binnish, Syria. Photo: Freedom House
Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front and other fanatical Islamic mercenaries fighting to overthrow the Syrian government have rejected the Syrian National Coaliton (SNC), the loosely organized front group cobbled together by the CIA and NATO.

“The National Coalition and the proposed government under [recently chosen] Ahmad Tomeh does not represent us, nor do we recognize it,” the Islamic groups said in a statement released late Tuesday.

“These forces call on all military and civilian groups to unite in a clear Islamic context that… is based on sharia law, making it the sole source of legislation.”

The statement called for “unity” and demanded all mercenary groups “reject division… putting the interest of the [Islamic] nation over the interest of each group.”

The SNC is comprised primarily of a trusted CIA asset, the Muslim Brotherhood. It is recognized by a number of United Nations member states as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The SNC paramilitary wing is the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a largely ineffectual military force trained and supported by the MI6, the CIA, and British SAS. The FSA has suffered a number of humiliating military defeats at the hands of the Syrian Army.

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Is Human Rights Watch Manipulating Facts about Syria?

Richard Lightbown
desertpeace.wordpress.com
September 25, 2013

Editor’s note: Human Rights Watch is a globalist NGO that has taken $100 million from George Soros.

syriamapOn 21 August 2013 a series of chemical attacks were perpetrated in the Ghouta suburbs of eastern Damascus. Sources say that between 281 and 1,729 civilians were killed, while Medcins Sans Frontiers reported around 3,600 were injured in the attacks. On the same day UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon instructed the UN Mission already in Syria to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Khan al-Asal, Sheik Maqsoos and Saraqueb to focus their efforts on the Ghouta allegations.

Before the UN Mission had reported its preliminary findings Human Rights Watch (HRW) jumped the gun on 10 September with its own report written by Peter Bouckaert, the organization’s Emergencies Director. The report admits that HRW did not have physical access to the site and had based its study on Skype interviews with ‘More than 10 witnesses and survivors’ made over a period of two weeks between 22 August and 6 September. These were supplemented by video and photo footage and other data from an unnamed source or sources. It is unclear then, exactly how many exposed survivors were interviewed by HRW or who the other witnesses were.

In compiling the report HRW had also drawn on the technical services of Keith B. Ward Ph.D., an expert on the detection and effects of chemical warfare agents. However the organisation did not disclose that Dr Ward is employed by Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States government. The HRW investigation was also ‘assisted by arms experts including Nic Jenzen-Jones […] as well as Eliot Higgins […] who collected and analysed photos and videos from the attacks.’

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UN chemical arms experts arrive in Syrian capital

AFP
Sept. 25, 2013

A team of UN chemical weapons experts arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent said, ahead of new investigations into the use of the banned arms.

The team, led by chief expert Ake Sellstrom, flew into the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday morning, before continued by road to Damascus.

The group is expected to examine the alleged use of chemical weapons some 14 times in Syria’s 30-month conflict.

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Italy intercepts 700 asylum-seekers, including Syrians

AFP
Sept. 25, 2013

Three boats carrying more than 700 asylum-seekers — some of whom were Syrian refugees — have landed on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, according to the Italian Coastguard.

The new arrivals reflected a sharp increase in boats landing with people fleeing conflict-torn parts of the Mediterranean region and the Horn of Africa.

Two of the boats arrived on Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost point and a major gateway for undocumented migration into the European Union.

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Hezbollah leader denies group received chemical weapons from Syria

Reuters
Sept. 23, 2013

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday denied the Lebanese group had received chemical weapons from Syria.

Members of the Istanbul-based opposition Syrian National Coalition had accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government of transferring chemical weapons to Hezbollah to escape inspection.

“This accusation is truly laughable,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech. “We understand the dimensions and background of these accusations, and these have dangerous consequences for Lebanon.

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Putin: Aggression against Syria would violate international law

AFP
Sept. 23, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called any possible foreign military intervention against Syria a form of “aggression” that would rattle the entire region and contravene international law.

Putin told a summit of an ex-Soviet security group that he was grateful for its decision to support Moscow’s refusal to sanction strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

“The members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are united in their view that the situation around Syria can only be resolved through political means,” ITAR-TASS quoted Putin as saying at a meeting in the southern Russian port city of Sochi.

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