Israel’s proposed new Terrorism Law significantly extends definition of terrorism
A new version of Israel’s Terrorism Law recently proposed by the Israeli government introduces a very broad definition of terrorism and terrorist organizations. Legal experts believe it is liable to endanger organizations and activities that are currently defined as legal in Israel.
Source: Israel Ministry of Justice, IDI, @ygurvitz
A new Terrorism Law was recently drafted by Israel’s Attorney General, the State Attorney and senior officials from the shabac (Israel’s secret police, also called the Israel Security Agency), and approved by the Minister of Justice. It is scheduled to be introduced to the Knesset for a vote shortly, but has received little coverage in Israeli media so far.
The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) has criticized the proposed new law in a recent publication. According to the IDI, “the basic problem with the draft memorandum bill lies in its overly broad definitions …. As a result of the breadth of these definitions, legal tools that raise the level of punishment, compromise due process, and violate rights of suspects and defendants are deployed in far too many cases, causing serious violations of rights.”
The proposed law seeks to replace other pieces of legislation including the current Israeli law for prevention of terrorism and the law prohibiting funding of terrorism, as well as modifying various existing laws such as the Public Defense Law and extending the provisions of others.
The proposed law significantly extends the definitions of terrorist acts and organisations, for example by introducing the concept of “envelope organisations.” According to Israeli authorities these are groups that provide socio-economic services to the public but are also linked to or support terrorist organisations and should therefore also be defined as “terrorist organisations.”
The explanatory notes to the new version specify explicitly that the new definition of “terrorist acts” does not distinguish between crimes committed against soldiers and those committed against civilians, because “terrorism is an illegitimate method of attaining political, ideological or religious ends irrespective of the identity of its victims.”
The proposed version permits a suspect to be held for up to 96 hours before being brought before a judge, and revises the period of detention of terrorist suspects without charge up to 30 days.
It also enables court hearings to be held in the absence of the suspect and denial of legal counsel for prolonged periods.
The proposed law details three different methods of seizure of property and freezing of assets of suspected organizations and individuals without recourse to fair process. To this end, secret evidence and “inadmissible evidence” may be presented to the court in order to demonstrate connection between the assets and the perpetrator of the act, even if the organization involved is not a declared “terrorist organisation.” The law also grants the authorities extensive search and confiscation rights for purposes of seizure, and the right to close premises.
As an example of the possible impact of these extensive seizure authorities, the IDI cites a situation in which an Israeli medical charity donates money or medical services to another medical charity that provides free health services to Palestinian civilians, but is partly linked to or recognized by the Hamas de-facto Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip. Under the new law, that Israeli charity can be immediately closed down, its property seized and its assets frozen under the new law, all without the possibility of due process, due to “links to a terrorist organization.”
On 3 October the IDI initiated a round-table discussion of the proposed law, seeking to arouse public debate on the subject.
IDI experts warn that “when legislation of this nature is enacted with regard to terrorism, there is the danger of radiation to other areas. Practices for dealing with terrorism that become routine are liable to spill over to other areas…. Israel must be careful not to overstep the boundaries of criminal law, both in terms of substantive criminal law and criminal procedure.”
In the opinion of the IDI, the law “relies too heavily on pre-existing local legislation that is archaic in nature, as well as on new legislation from other countries, which was adopted in the post 9/11 hysteria.”
Below is a non-exhaustive summary outlining selected aspects of the 105-page proposed law, as published in a memorandum by the Israeli Justice Ministry.
Definition of “terrorism”:
A “terrorist act” means the use or threat of action where-
(a) the use or threat is made from political, ideological or religious motives or out of hostility to the public,
(b) the use or threat is designed to intimidate the public or to persuade a government or governmental organization, including international governmental organizations or public organizations, to act or to refrain from acting in a certain way; in this paragraph, a prior reasonable assumption that the use or threat of such an action will intimidate the public shall be the same as design to intimidate the public,
(c) the use or threat involves one of the following, or poses an actual risk of one of the following:
(1) actual damage to the body or liberty of a person, or danger to a person’s life or risk of serious injury to a person
(2) serious damage to state security or to the health or safety of the public
(3) serious damage to property or damage to property that involves or may involve damage to government institutions or symbols
(4) damage or serious interference with essential infrastructure, systems or services, or serious damage to the state economy or the environment, or damage to the environment that could cause serious financial damage.
Definition of “terrorist organizations”:
The proposed law extends the definition of a “terrorist organization” to include so-called “envelope organizations” – organizations promoting, encouraging, supporting, cooperating or enabling the activities of “terrorist organizations.” Its explanatory notes specify that terrorist organizations are accompanied by support organizations engaged in socio-economic activities, as well as sympathizing organizations, without which they could not function.
The law also extends the definition of a member of a “terrorist organization” to persons participating in meetings or other activities of organizations defined as terrorist, or agreeing in principle to join a “terrorist organization,” even without acting on its behalf. Membership is assumed to remain in place until proven otherwise, and the burden of proof is on the alleged member.
Under the new law, if any crime is committed by a “terrorist organization” or by a member of one, it is assumed that this crime was committed with the intentions of a terrorist act. Crimes by a member of a “terrorist organization” are therefore assumed to be terrorist acts unless proven otherwise.
The Minister of Defense shall be authorized to declare an organization as a “terrorist organization,” but suspects and organizations can be convicted of terrorism or of membership even if the organizations involved have not been officially declared “terrorist organisations.”
The law grants the Minister of Defense the authority to declare organizations or individuals as terrorist, based on similar declarations by authorities overseas.
Suspects’ and detainees’ rights:
The proposed law permits a suspect to be held for up to 96 hours before being brought before a judge, and revises the period of detention of terrorist suspects without charge up to 30 days.
It also enables court hearings to be held in the absence of the suspect and denial of counsel for prolonged periods.
The law extends scope of the law permitting Administrative Detention (internment without trial), enabling the Minister of Defense to also impose “control orders” prohibiting the suspect from leaving a place or area, to impose exit bans from the country, and to ban suspects’ access to certain places, for a period of up to one year. It also enables police and army extensive authority to search persons and premises or carry out “any reasonable act” for the enforcement of these limitations.
Penalties are significantly stricter than in current anti-terrorist legislation. Those convicted of terrorism will serve 40-year minimum prison sentences, instead of 30.
According to the proposed law, criminal offenses should be punished more strictly if by intention, aim and circumstances they fulfill the definition of terrorist acts. Criminal offenses made with the intention of terrorism shall receive a double prison sentence, or 30 years.
In addition the law includes newly defined terrorism-related crimes with severe penalties, such as:
Directing a terrorist organization (25 years); employment by a terrorist organization (15 years); membership in an organization, whether it is an officially declared terrorist organization or not, and without proven participation in its activities (5 years); public expression of sympathy with a terrorist organization (3 years); Incitement to terrorism, including publicly encouraging, lauding or supporting terrorist acts or organizations; holding forbidden publications for dissemination or providing services for preparation, dissemination or publication or forbidden publications (minimum 3 years); providing means or services that can assist terrorist acts (2 years); harboring after terrorist acts (3 years); non-prevention of terrorism (3 years); threatening terrorism (half the sentence of the threatened act or 5 years); training for terrorist acts, for prevention of their discovery or for disruption of their investigation, or for the use or manufacture of weapons (7 years); receiving such training (5 years); trading in arms for terrorism (20-25 years); trading or holding goods belonging to a terrorist organization in order to pre-empt freezing of assets or confiscation (3 years); failing to report assets (1 year); vandalism to property for terrorist ends (7 years); or violation of control orders (2 years).
Freezing of assets:
The proposed law includes a comprehensive chapter detailing extensive authority for three different methods of seizure of property and freezing of assets of suspected organizations and individuals without recourse to fair process. To this end, secret evidence and inadmissible evidence may be presented to the court in order to demonstrate connection between the assets and the perpetrator of the act, even if the organization involved is not a declared “terrorist organisation.” The law also grants the authorities extensive search and confiscation rights for purposes of seizure, and the right to close premises.
Cached version of the public memorandum issued by the Israeli Justice Ministry on the proposed law (Hebrew): http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:h…
Israeli Democracy Institute overview and summary of its critique of the law (English):
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I am pretty well-studied in the Bible (I have about 50 English versions and several Concordances and other etymological reference books). I have spent thousands of hours studying the book (and original languages) and have come to my own conclusions of “Christianity” and what it ended up being (corrupt and just a facade of what the Anointed was about). What I pride myself on is not defending the religion (or the Book), but to say that I feel I have a very good understanding of much of the New Testament (my main focus) and can debate with the best of them about what the word meanings are (not about whether or not Christianity is true). As a matter of fact, mainstream Christianity has totally missed the boat on understanding the very nature of God and Jesus, as portrayed in the Bible. The very mass of Christian Churches, imo, teach an erroneous Gospel (which is actually devoid of any “Good News”), yet try their damnedest to convince people who there is something good about their God torturing them endlessly for all eternity. Somehow, their minds have allowed them to think of this as “good” and in some way “glorifies” God.
It is my opinion that hellfire and damnation vain imaginations are exactly why the Church is devoid of spirituality and discernment. I know this, something is amiss for the mass of them to consider W a “man of God”.
That being said, I had brain rumblings about a long overdue Sabbath Watch post and since I have been on Zionism and its corrupt and evil influence on our lives, I started thinking about Jesus being a Jew (WHAT? You Gawd-awful Redneck, He was a “Christian!”). I was thinking about what happened to Him and when, exactly, was it that the shit hit the fan for Him. It occurred to me that it was His own clan that done him in and it was right after He messed with the money folks that they got pissed enough to do away with Him.
I other words, Jesus interrupted the banksters and it was THAT that finally pissed them off. It wasn’t all the other shit He said that was the catalyst, but the fact that He called out the Banksters. It seems that Abe Lincoln and JFK both did pretty much the same thing with the same outcome.
Max addresses this a bit in videos 1 & 2. Another show well worth the time (imo). Sorry if some of you don’t dig this as much as I do. I am still trying to figure out how to implement this Energy/Fear thing into my life. I can almost see it and it makes sense, but it seems TOO easy. (But I thought my sharing my observations here would make things easier, too)
I do have to say that a mass of folks who simply stop participating in the system would shut it down completely. I, however, have no idea how to get a mass of people to do it. Hell, I can’t get a mass of people to see the obvious demolitions of 911. But Max is correct, once the world realizes that the monetary system is all imaginary, that nothing backs those little green rectangles, then it does become a bit easier to see that the system COULD easily be broken, then fixed. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough people, nor do enough trust my abilities to lead them in this endeavor.
By the way: Do you know who it was who paid the silver? You think it was the banksters? Yeah, when you consider that the Chief Priests were also getting mega wealthy from this “den of thieves”. My point? Nothing has changed within the Church even after the Man whipped up a frenzy. Today’s Church never learned the lesson. It is STILL all about kingdom (a man-made one) and MONEY.
Stealing The World With Paper – Part 1
Stealing The World With Paper – Part 2
Stealing The World With Paper – Part 3
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality”
Stealing The World With Paper – Part 4
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”
– The Declaration of Independence
OK, Wow! Greg has a great post up today at the Goon Squad and it speaks about a little ditty running around in my head and I need to spew my rhetoric about it while its hot. He first discusses how history is found (AGAIN) to have been manipulated into bald-faced lies for us gullible and Sheople-like Americans. Please read the entire thing and watch the video to see how propaganda and government sponsored lies are the general rule in how we are communicated with by our “leaders”.
In the example of this title I used, Greg was quoting the response from Rose Rabbinovich’s answer to inquires about how to find a speech that her grandfather, Rabbi Rabbinovich, had written long before. This correlates with something that I have not been able to fully get my head around, the arguably “forged” The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion.
I have read thru much of this in various places and I must say that I was never able to fully determine if it was real or not, but I did determine that if it is, those people who wrote and now the ones that now follow it like a recipe from Martha Stewart, are nutcases. And even if it is not real, there are still maniacs that seem to follow the protocols like a “T”. But perhaps you should read more on the intro note from Rose:
One question which was repeated in many of the emails to me was: ‘How can we find the full Rabbinovich speech?’
I searched the Internet, but all websites with Rabbi Rabbinovich speech have been ‘cleaned up’ or blocked (I assume by the Zionists, as usual). Since I remember hearing from my grandfather about this speech already in the fifties, I decided to contact my Rabbi. He searched his favourite website http://abbc.com/ and found the full article. I am enclosing here the full speech by Rabbi Rabbinovich (Rabinovich).
Some of the email I received claimed that The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion are a forgery.
To this I have five comments:
1. If it is a ‘forgery’, it implies that there is an original somewhere, WHERE IS IT? WHO WROTE IT?
2. Whether it is a forgery or not IS IRRELEVANT for the simple reason that our Zionist ‘Jewish’ ‘brothers’ have already implemented most, if not all of it. That is a fact. Every Jew who reads the Protocols knows that it was written by Jews, NO ONE ELSE could have written them.
3. The gentiles are really stupid (sorry), until now, they did not realise yet that the Zionists essentially control them.
4. It is VERY sad that most honest and honorable Jewish thinkers and intellectuals’ articles are posted today on Moslem websites only.
5. As a person who grew up on Jewish ethics, I am at a great loss and shame to see our Zionist Rabbis justifying the present Moslem holocaust in the name of God and our Jewish religion. One thing I am sure of, if there is God, he is NOT ‘Zionistically’ Jewish. After reading many non-Zionists Jewish websites, I started believing as do many Rabbis in New York, that Zionism is: Satan hijacking our Jewish religion.
(The last highlight is mine for effect)
The Rabbi’s entire speech can be read here.
Greg goes on the highlight how Zionism has basically hijacked much of the world’s governments at one time or another and have implemented steps to bring us precisely to the point of turmoil we find ourselves in today. A case in point is this video that references Australia and how apparently, Zionism has infiltrated their government, as well:
Besides the fact that those people seemed to be going out of their way to demonize the very same questions that any thinking person whould have about 9/11, is it just me, or are they actively protecting someone? I mean, what if these people knew who did it (and, of course, they do KNOW exactly who did it)? It is no secret that that several Jews were arrested after they were seen celebrating the plane crashes into the WTC buildings (High 5′s and all). You will see down in a video below that these very same people were detained, then released after being “cleared”. But listen to them inthe second part of the video series below to see what they were doing there that fateful day. Then get back to me about how I am imagining this shit, ok?
Greg also explains that Zionistic Jews are some of the world’s most ruthless killers and are hell-bent on dominion of the planet. He shares with us how it was Zionist Jews that infiltrated the Soviet Union and were the main killers (which makes the Nazi Holocaust look pale in comparison of the number of people massacred). You probably have never even heard of such a thing, which simply goes to show how much control of media and history Zionists have had over the years.
But it didn’t stop there. They now also own and control every aspect of our day-to-day lives (you just haven’t figured that out Mr Redneck). I recently watched the following video clips (Parts 1 & 2) which is great for showing just how deeply imbedded AIPAC and Israel’s lobby efforts are within our own American system:
(This last video, coincidentally, also contains Cicero’s quote that Greg uses in his post, but Boy does it have meaning. It speaks of “traitors” and how they infiltrate and destroy the body politic and should be more feared than a murderer. It is my contention that ANYONE who subscribes to the Zionist policies are TRAITORS, plain and simple. For sure, anyone who continually touts Zionism and Israel’s agenda over America’s is certainly a traitor. I would have to say that we have Washington DC full of stinking traitors, as I write this sentence.)
Now, before the cries of Antisemitism begin, I want to say that I don’t really know many Jewish people. I live in the Bible Belt of America and Synagogues are far and few between. I don’t hold some “Jews killed Jesus” hatred like a Mel Gibson. I don’t care that they wear little beanie hats. I don’t care who or what the worship. I don’t care that they stand in front of an old brick wall and rock back and forth as if they are actually speaking with some God. I don’t care what they eat. I really don’t give a damn one way or another about Judaism (which is about the way I feel about Islam or Christianity). I don’t “hate” any of these religious systems, but I do think they are all crazy as a shit house mouse eating arsenic.
Seriously, I really don’t give a damn, except when it comes to that religion (or fake religion, in the case of Zionism) or ANY religion trying to control and/or manipulate me, my family, my community or my country.
But let us get this straight: Zionism Does NOT Equate to Judaism. No matter how much our complicit and AIPAC owned government claim otherwise (just follow the money to see that these Zionist Jews do, in fact, control virtually EVERYTHING our government officials do). It doesn’t matter how many times Biden claims he is a Zionist. It doesn’t matter how much money my country spews on this murderous country. It doesn’t matter how many weapons of mass destruction we give them. NONE of that means that Zionism is any sensible religion or belief practice.
My friend and fellow contributor here (even tho it has been a while since he posted), Kelso’s Nuts, noticed that I was subject to the tired old claims of “anti-Semitism”, etc, and decided to write the little disclaimer you see to the right of this page. I didn’t ask for this, but he felt it necessary.
Kelso is a Jew, but he hates Zionism. He is not religious and I don’t think that Judaism has any real significant hold over his viewpoint. He is a brilliant thinker and offers a perspective that few offer in the USA, especially on S American issues (especially focused on the hegemony of America). His words mean a lot to me because I think he knows that my disdain for Zionism is nowhere related to religious hatred or some unspoken attack on their religion. Seriously, I couldn’t give a damn about that religion, if my life depended upon it. For I believe that ALL religions are a farce and little more than a way to control the masses.
Case in point: I recently chastised several friends on Facebook for having ever made the claim (or agreed with that stupid assed preacher who kept saying the lie over and over again) that Bush was a “man of God”. Like I told them, if they said it or thought it, they have ZERO spiritual discernment (I also said in the same paragraph that I knew a bunch of preachers who made this claim, which means the Sheople’s own “Shepherds” are Spiritually dead and unable to discern the very basic idea of shunning even the appearance of evil.
You see, Judaism, Islam, Christianity: ALL OF THEM are just a method of divide and control. And when it comes to Christians, you are the most gullible, easy-to-brainwash Sheep: who can be brought to virtually any level of foolish flag-waving, God-fearing acquiescence of any of the main religions. You can be convinced with almost no real backlash to suit up your children to fight in wars of aggression that a mere 50 years ago we, as NOBEL Americans, tried and executed others for the same stuff we relish in today. That history means nothing and you can’t seem to find a real moral compass, especially one that Jesus used.
For the fact of the matter is that not only has Zionism hijacked the Jewish religion, but they nabbed the Zionist shills and ass-munchers (government officials and many of the mainstream Christian leaders, as well) who get their campaign financing, or extra paper in their offering plate, (and let us never forget the media that gets their MONEY from these corrupt assholes). In other words, Zionism has also hijacked Christianity and our American government.
All I can say is that you are a bunch of ignorant hypocrites if you defend Zionist Israel and want to continue the assault on Muslim people. My old “friend” John Otto (a guy I once worked with many years ago) is one of these idiot ass-kissing sycophants who couldn’t tell the difference between Zionism and an easy bake oven. It is fools like him that perpetuate our demise and it is simply because he has been brain-washed to believe shit that normal people simply can NOT believe. In our last interaction, all he could do was basically call me names, but when I asked very poignant, specific questions, he could not answer.
And this is the rub. Do NOT spout a bunch of shit here without expecting to get a valid question in retort. If I do offer that question and you REFUSE to answer (like my old “friend” John, then you will be ushered out of here… knowing that you at least read the piece and your only recourse is the deflection and ignoring of pertinent questions). This is the most common attribute to Zionist shills, they can’t answer legitimately, so they are forced into using sleight of hand techniques to divert the question and then accuse one of bigotry or whatever. Sorry, it won’t work here and I control the keys. Be respectful and please, answer intelligently and in truth, if you have something to say or question.
In other words, I will not allow any straw man arguments and if I address you with a question, you damn well answer it or be gone. You have been advised.
Look, the problem is NOT Islam. The problem is not Judaism. The problem is not Christianity. The problem is all the fools who follow those tainted, corrupt versions of these religions that have no resemblance to the very ones who started those religions in the first place.
“Paula put it in the jar, and I was shocked when she gave it to him to — but, you know, memories dim a little bit.” – Barbara Bush
“She says to her teenage kid, ‘Here’s a fetus.” “There’s no question that it affected me.” – George W Bush
Bush also wrote in his book, Decision Points: “I never expected to see the remains of the fetus, which she had saved in a jar to bring to the hospital.” “There was a human life, a little brother or sister.”
So, who is telling the truth? Whose memory is dimmed, the ancient hag’s or the maniac bastard child’s?
It looks to me that the man’s memory is quite sound. He holds up the fetus jar the way it was shown to him. So, did Mr Dim forget it was Paula (and just who is Paula, anyway) or his freaky old Mama?
Now, would it be too far a stretch for any thinking American to understand that this man (and woman) lie with abandon? I mean, seriously, is there anyone that peruses these pages that has the audacity to defend that manaic and his family ever again?
Is it too far a stretch to think that this sum bitch is a bat shit crazy person and that you, in your foolish and gullible “He is a Man of God” horseshit, allowed a maniac to rule over this country and that you have supported mass murder and total world-wide mayhem due to this Nazi supporting family and their ability to hijack and rule this country by dictate and presidential signing statements? Or appointing lawyers to give a prescribed opinion about torture, then be able to blame the ones that you appointed. THEN go out into the world and BRAG about the torture?
China and Russia finally did it. They let the world know that they are telling the American Dollar to go to hell. They have had enough and even tho they also say it isn’t an attack on us, the end result will be horrific.
Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.
“About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,” Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.
The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.
To show what a slow-moving, but unstoppable tragedy this is, look back to July of 2009 to see where I mentioned the fact that India was questioning the Dollar as reserve currency (also pointing out that China and Russia were evaluating the dump, as well).
In Sept of 2009 I wrote:
The Dollar value thingy means so little to me personally because I don’t have any to worry about. But as a nation, we better be very concerned about what the next steps are after Iran drops the Dollar. It is only a matter of time before China, Russia and, yes, even Europe dumps it, as well.
It will be that moment that the true nightmare begins in this country. Why? Because we are unable to produce our way out of it since we have lost so much of our manufacturing base.
In June of 2009, I wrote:
But, after the next couple of days we will see the tide turn. When these people from Russia and China (bolstered by the other 4 member countries, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), we will see them begin the one thing economists said couldn’t and wouldn’t happen: removing the US Dollar as the reserve currency. The reason why I believe this is going to happen is multi-fold: first, there are “observing” countries at this summit: namely, Pakistan, India, Mongolia and Iran along with others trying to get in.
On Sept 26, 2009, I asked:
What if Japan, China, Russia, Iran (and any host of other Asian or Middle Eastern countries) say, “We have had enough of America’s bullying and world domination.”? What if these countries decide that America IS too big and that she needs to be taken down a notch (financially or militarily)? Please do not think that American Exceptional-ism will save our collective asses. It won’t.
In Feb of this year, I wrote about China started selling off its US Securities, which was the first real effort to rid itself of America’s dominance (under the guise of punishing us for our cozy relationship with Taiwan). That was one of the first “attacks” on our economic hegemony. In the same month I wrote about how they were beginning to purchase a shit load of gold, hedging against their Dollar investments. I also shared a video that I need to re-share:
I wrote within that same blog post:
I have been warning about the consequences of the status quo and have said time and time again, we are on the precipice of disaster. I have gone so far to inquire of my economic friends, ways to purchase silver and/or gold coinage (just as a safety net when the SHTF). But until today, I have not been able to close the circle of logic to “how” the demise will take place, but the following video should shed much more light on the subject. Sure, thee are many variables, such as how will our military react or what false flag event can they muster to take us into war with China (and Russia, Iran and Venezuela, cause they will ban together to fight us… mark my words). But, from a financial standpoint, they have us by the short curlies.
I am no financial genius, but I read a tremendous amount about it. All I have is my thought process (erroneous or not) and I keep coming to the same logical conclusion: this is all orchestrated and being implemented to bring about a somewhat controlled demise of our currency. We are so over-indebted that there is no way that the bill could ever be paid. And the other countries know this. They are doing what they must to survive the doom that our great country brought upon the rest of the world. That being said, I guess as insouciant Americans, we deserve exactly what we get.
In follow up to my Food Nazis post, I find that Max Igan gives us the only viable response to the S510 Food Modernization Act, which is for everyone to grow their garden in open defiance of this bogus “law”. Just ignore it and grow your food, which is a natural right. This won’t be much of a stretch for many of my older southern friends who grew up and likely still grow their own gardens. But for those city folk who have forgotten about self sufficiency, you should pay particular attention to what is transpiring and what it means to folks.
They are trying to control your food. All of it. They don’t want you to provide for yourself as the prices for their corporately run factory farm foods skyrocket, ensuring their profits are kept and you are poisoned.
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Did you know that food pricing is skyrocketing at a clip we have never experienced before in history (expecting a 20% hike next year):
Prices of wheat, maize and many other foods traded internationally have risen by up to 40% in just a few months. Sugar, butter and cassava prices are at 30-year highs, and meat and fish are both significantly more expensive than last year.
We are also being hit with this food safety “help” by our government officials like Chuck Schumer (who, from New York, has probably never even walked on the fresh dirt of a farm, much less ever raised any of his own food) and other multi-millionaire Senators whose food arrives via the silver spoon hanging from their lips. I suppose it is just the conspiracy nut in me, but when I read that our “trusting” government is trying to “help” me, I get the willies.
Besides being called “the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America”, the Senate Bill S 510 would outlaw gardening and saving seeds. Per NaturalNews:
It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public’s right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer’s markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don’t comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.
“It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” – Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower (http://shivchopra.com/?page_id=2)
This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep — the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.
This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a “smuggler”) for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer’s market.
It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.
It would criminalize seed saving (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/20…), turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.
It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations.
All you have to do is figure out who is supporting the bill and who is against the bill. Big Business likes it and small farmers hate it. It appears to be far more than any protection and is just more of a corporate takeover. But now, it is affecting MY food sources and they seemingly are trying to force me into eating the large corporate foods, force me into buying their GMO seeds, and making myself and my family more dependent oon them and sicker due to the bogus shit they put in the food. No one will ever be able to convince me that food from any other source than my garden is better for me, especially if it comes from some gigantic factory farm.
As said in the video below, this is fascism, plain and simple:
There is no better way to control a people than by controlling their food. This SHOULD be a wakeup call for each and every southern family I know. Especially the old timers that still plant their own gardens and supplement their food source by growing their own (and perhaps share or sell at a Farmer’s Market). Can you imagine the outrage of your grandfather if he were told he couldn’t grow food in his own garden?
Look, there is already Hunger in America:
Some 15 percent of US households, 17.4 million families or about 50 million people, were too poor to buy adequate food last year, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). More than a third of these households, with as many as one million children, were missing meals on a regular basis, the study found.
The number of families classified as “food insecure” according to the USDA, which administers the food stamp program, has more than tripled since 2006, before the current economic slump which has brought near double-digit unemployment. Because most people are reluctant to admit they have a problem putting food on the table, particularly when they have children, “food insecurity” was calculated from survey questions about skipping meals or running out of food stamps, combined with comparisons of income and food prices.
Virtually the sole cause of food insecurity in America—the largest producer of agricultural and food products on the planet—is lack of money. The poverty rate has risen sharply over the past three years, with an estimated 50 million people living below the official poverty line, which grossly underestimates the income needed for basic necessities.
Highlighting the significant inequalities in food resource availability across US households, the USDA report noted that the typical food-secure household spent a whopping 33 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition.
Do the numbers mean anything to you? Let’s say there is 350MILLION people in America. 50MILLION are BELOW the poverty line (I am one of them). Is 1/7 of your Greatest Nation on Earth below the poverty line any indication that something is awry or do you STILL think that the 1/7 of us are simply lazy no-goods who want the government teat? Are you still so ignorant to believe such a lie given to you by a corrupt media? Do you still think that because your job is still somewhat secure that you will never be a dreg to society, like I am? You poor, ignorant lemming. I suppose you will get what you deserve someday. Sadly, when you realize that you were simply not a victim YET and you belittled your fellow Dregs of Society, we will likely embrace you into the poor, helpless fold of lemmings we are. We will want you to join our community and be a part of restructuring and fixing this mess when it falls apart.
Yes, even you, that dude who works for the big military provider that keeps you thinking that I am the problem and IF I were to just take a job making shit that kills so many innocents. Yes, even you who has that cushy job in insurance, where you are covered, but your job is to find some way (ANY way) to limit my coverage just so your Big Money Vampiric Middle Man can suck even more profits out of the system, making us poor Dregs of Society even more sickly and DEAD (I can see many of you smile at the thought that us Cadillac Queens are going to die and get off your tax dollar safety rung). Won’t you be so much better off when us poor, socially inept, bottom feeders are all dead and gone?
I have featured Max Igan’s work here several times. His basic message is that the best way to fight the fascism/corporatism is to build local community and STOP playing by their rules. Grow your own food and establish community farmer’s markets. But, I suspect that the players such as Monsanto know this and are trying to fight it at every moment they can muster. Path To Freedom is one such online community (and there need to be many more).
Tester, a farmer himself, told reporters yesterday that he will fight tooth and nail for the provision, believing that small-scale local producers are not presenting large-scale food risks.
“What this amendment is simply there to do–it isn’t to give anybody a loophole they can drive a truck through, it’s to give them a loophole they can walk through with a wheelbarrow full of locally grown farm-processed food,” he said.
For Tester, the measure is as much about food safety as it is about the direction of American agriculture.
“If we were to pass this bill without this amendment you’re going to see more concentration in agriculture,” he told reporters. ”You’re going to see less choices for the consumer and bigger industrialized agriculture in the country. I don’t think that’s positive, I don’t think it creates jobs, I don’t think its good for the economy and I don’t think it’s good for our food system.”
No, it’s not good for our economy or food system. It IS good for Big Ag and their headlock on Americans.
|Year||Gross Debt in Billions undeflated||as % of GDP||Debt Held By Public ($Billions)||as % of GDP|
|2010 (2 Nov)||13,724.0||93.2 (3rd Q)||9,133.6||62.0 (3rd Q)|
Note: 2010-2014 are projections
SOURCE: US Treasury
|Carib Bnkng Ctrs||128.2||134.5||197.5|
As of this month “Debt held by Public” is 95% of the GDP or 13.723 trillion dollars. Actual “Debt held by the public” is 66% or 9.14 trillion dollars. Intergovernmental debt is 34% of the GDP. The first one is a projection of 95 % and the actual is 29% lower. So we are over our “means” by almost 30%. Yes China is the biggest holder of our debt. Look at Japan in the chart …they are 2nd. Our third holder of debt is not even a country but a group of OPEC “companies called oil “exporters”. If you trace it down the third holder is actually a group of banks that the exporters are into for a large sum of monies. 8th on the list is Off shore banks in the Caribbean.
So let me hold some Ducketts till I can see better. So when is payday? When will we get out from under this debt? Actually never. Can’t do it. China is setting up shop here in the US. Chinese may be the “new” language to learn.
I really have no point to make. Numbers are all I can offer. But wtf???? What usually happens when you can’t pay your debt you owe? It’s not good. This is like making 20,000 a year and having 150,000 in credit card debt.
And it is US they are going to “take out”.
So, after writing the post about the Missile In My Back Yard (which was actually the title for the email sent me from Andrew, my friend in California), I speculated about some foreign entity that had infiltrated our defenses and launched an ICBM to show us who has game. In the discussion area, we have played around with various scenarios and rationales, including Greg’s thought that it is just a diversion (and it may well be).
But it also may be a hoax: a false flag event to demonize the Chinese (and by extension, Russia, Iran and Venezuela). I have written several times that our biggest enemies are really the BRIC nations and their ability to thwart our economic hegemony, since they are the new economic power in the world. What if our Navy was given instructions to launch a missile and play dumb, allowing conspiracy theorists, such as myself, to make the connections that another military is, in fact, able to penetrate our defenses? It is definitely a possibility. And it would help enrage the American public.
It may be just the diversion Greg outlines; Something to take our attention away from the Jekyll Island meeting of the Fed and what is being discussed/implemented to bring “Severe Austerity” to America and continue the ravaging of our treasury (your and my pockets).
It is possible. But there are other possible scenarios to discuss.
China flexed its military muscle Monday evening in the skies west of Los Angeles when a Chinese Navy Jin class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, deployed secretly from its underground home base on the south coast of Hainan island, launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from international waters off the southern California coast. WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia, including Japan, say the belief by the military commands in Asia and the intelligence services is that the Chinese decided to demonstrate to the United States its capabilities on the eve of the G-20 Summit in Seoul and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Tokyo, where President Obama is scheduled to attend during his ten-day trip to Asia.
The reported Chinese missile test off Los Angeles came as a double blow to Obama. The day after the missile firing, China’s leading credit rating agency, Dagong Global Credit Rating, downgraded sovereign debt rating of the United States to A-plus from AA. The missile demonstration coupled with the downgrading of the United States financial grade represents a military and financial show of force by Beijing to Washington.
The Pentagon spin machine, backed by the media reporters who regularly cover the Defense Department, as well as officials of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and the U.S. Northern Command, is now spinning various conspiracy theories, including describing the missile plume videotaped by KCBS news helicopter cameraman Gil Leyvas at around 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, during the height of evening rush hour, as the condensation trail from a jet aircraft. Other Pentagon-inspired cover stories are that the missile was actually an amateur rocket or an optical illusion.
There are no records of a plane in the area having taken off from Los Angeles International Airport or from other airports in the region. The Navy and Air Force have said that they were not conducting any missile tests from submarines, ships, or Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Navy has also ruled out an accidental firing from one of its own submarines.
Missile experts, including those from Jane’s in London, say the plume was definitely from a missile, possibly launched from a submarine. WMR has learned that the missile was likely a JL-2 ICBM, which has a range of 7,000 miles, and was fired in a northwesterly direction over the Pacific and away from U.S. territory from a Jin class submarine. The Jin class can carry up to twelve such missiles.
Navy sources have revealed that the missile may have impacted on Chinese territory and that the National Security Agency (NSA) likely posseses intercepts of Chinese telemtry signals during the missile firing and subsequent testing operations…
As BWaves points out, we are supposedly able to know via sonic signature, every sub that is in the world. But “why” would he and I think such a thing? Because as a squid, that was what I was taught. Because BWaves has a military background and is studied in equipment and technology. Even as a civilian, we are taught that our military superiority and defense is impenetrable (unless a rag-tag bunch of box cutter wielding “terrorists” decide to attack and then the MASSIVELY superior “defense” is flaccid… go figure).
I keep coming back to the same conclusion, IF this was an ICBM (or similar missile, as most expert commentary I have heard, does suggest, as opposed to the ludicrous idea that it was a “model rocket”), then there are only a few countries that possess such a thing. One would think, as an “America is Number 1 in All Things” type of guy, that we would be able to KNOW exactly WHO launched that device.
We are either being lied to or we are much more insecure than anyone has been led to believe. If you want to know what I think, I believe it is both.
I received a note from a friend in California that witnessed the missile going up off the coast this week. Apparently there are a few people who are claiming this was nothing more than a con trail from a jet, but anyone who has watched the video knows better.
It is obvious that it is a missile, and perhaps an ICBM (the Bad Boys that carry nukes).
There are all sorts of speculation going on, some pretty crazy:
And some speculation from Ellsworth that it was just us flexing our muscles to show Asian we still got heat.
So, assuming that this is, in fact, a missile of some sort (and not a plane), don’t you think that our Homeland Security should have been able to tell us
something anything about it? Sure, if it was some sort of mistake, they would want to cover it up. But there is no one accepting responsibility and no one that can tell us exactly WHAT it was or where it came from.
So, I must wonder why they would send F22 Raptors to fly all around the area (this is very uncommon)?
My first reaction was that it might be another military’s device and THEY were showing US who has the heat. You think there may be a Chinese sub that can infiltrate our defenses and pull off something like this? No way, you say?
Then explain this:
American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk – a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.
By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.
According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-492804/The-uninvited-guest-Chinese-sub-pops-middle-U-S-Navy-exercise-leaving-military-chiefs-red-faced.html#ixzz14yW4WlZQ
I have this sinking feeling that the foolishness of our Superiority has been shown as a farce.
The TV may tell you that it is over (or simply ignore the issue, as instructed from on high), but there is not a chance in hell I am going to eat ANYTHING from the Gulf of Mexico for a very long time. I will NOT eat ANY shrimp, unless I can be convinced that it originates from elsewhere and is safe. This means that those trips to the Chinese and Mexican restaurants are over (not that I do it very often, anyway).
Why? Because the government and media lie with abandon. As I first questioned long ago, why aren’t people having independent tests done? When they do they find a totally different result than the “official” testers do (isn’t that amazing how that works). Seriously, a “smell test”? There are far more accurate and scientific means of ensuring the food is safe. I can only think of one reason why they would NOT conduct those tests and rely on the ineffectual tests: hiding something.
So, when a local DOES collect a sample and have it independently tested, what do they find?
When Mac learned that the Gulf shrimp testing performed to date had not included an analysis of whole shrimp with intact shells or digestive tract, she decided to mobilize. She obtained two pounds of locally caught shrimp from Venice, a small town located in the heart of Southern Louisiana. The samples were promptly transported on ice to a laboratory in Mobile Alabama, where Chemist Dr. Robert Namen tested the digestive tracts of the shrimp for components of crude oil. What they found was an alarming 193 parts per million of “Oil & Grease.”
I have a friend that I graduated high school with that is in the medical field and lives down in New Orleans. I have been quite concerned about her and her family and have asked her about the situation down there and if she and her family are well. The response I got was so very cryptic as to give me pause: she said that she would have to speak with me in person to explain. This person has never been quiet about anything in her life, as far as I know (very outspoken and knowledgable), so when she made that comment I knew to NOT quiz her about it. Something very strange is being conducted, to a point that I made the assumption she is afraid to say anything. I could be wrong.
But, there are those that will speak up (and from the looks of it, she needs to, if exposure to contaminant in the Gulf caused this):
Lisa Nelson of Orange Beach, AL is one of a growing number of people sickened and dying as a result of the BP disaster. Local physicians have no idea how to diagnose or treat patients who have bee exposed to highly toxic crude/dispersant combination. Local, State, and federal agencies continue to cover-up nad offer zero assistance.
From a cursory glance, it looks like the woman went thru a horrible car wreck or something. The bruises and the swelling… I mean, this woman is a doll and look what happened to her. And she isn’t the only one. There are many more people sick from this and very few Doctors will even discuss any potential for chemical poisoning. It’s a flu or virus or something else.
But what if they could prove that the sea life is dying, too? I mean surely the huge fish kills mean something, don’t they? What about the coral reefs that support much of that life?
Coral, Marine-Life Devastation Near BP Oil Spill Indicates Much Worse Long-Term Damage Than Feds Had Admitted
“What we have at this point is the smoking gun,” said Charles Fisher, a biologist with Penn State University who led the expedition aboard the Ronald Brown, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.
“There is an abundance of circumstantial data that suggests that what happened is related to the recent oil spill,” Fisher said.
It is almost as if every single communication that the government issues and asks for feedback is fraught with problems. Many can’t even reply via email or online forms to attend events scheduled to allow citizens to participate. They also have a revolving door of officials who first ok’d the usage of the banned Corexit (banned in the UK and most of Europe) and now are in charge of the citizen communications. From Activist Post:
The November 3rd EPA press release claims their Restoration Task Force wants to hear from the public, but when coastal residents attempt to RSVP they are informed that the registration deadline was November 1st (two days prior to when the EPA let concerned citizens know about the event).
Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator that approved countless exemptions for the use of the COREXIT is hosting a public meeting Monday in Pensacola, Florida that will help the public deal with the effects of dispersed oil. Here’s is what the release said, “President Obama issued an executive order in October to create the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, continuing the administration’s ongoing commitment to the gulf region. The task force works to integrate federal restoration efforts with those of local stakeholders and state and tribal governments, and to facilitate accountability and support throughout the restoration process. Document
Most residents on the coast maintain that BP‘s 100 million dollar PR campaign has all but silenced the free press while independent test results tell a much different story than our federal agencies would have us believe. “I find it ironic that the same person (Lisa Jackson) that approved the use of the chemical that poisoned the Gulf is now in charge of recovery… Now the company responsible for this mess is telling our government agencies what is safe for it‘s citizens?”, said Cherri Foytlin, the wife of an out of work oil worker, “I attended the Clean Gulf Conference sponsored by most of the major players in the Industry. Marty Cramer of Conoco Phillips announced, ‘The use of dispersants and burning of oil is no longer considered an alternative solution – it is the solution.’ What is a public hearing without the voice of the people? Some of the people in that meeting should already be in jail.”
I don’t know what is going on, but it seems clear that a cover-up is ongoing. When I see people who live there saying they won’t eat the stuff, I sure as hell won’t.
Strike that, he is hiring guinea pigs to make sure someone in India doesn’t poison him is more likely. I mean, you don’t really think that he has people taste his food to see if it suits his palette, do you?
“This job is often annoying because we are not professionals and are used as guinea pigs. However, it is exciting to work for Obama,” one anonymous doctor told the Mirror. “We have already started doing our homework on what he will be eating. We will be meeting the hotel chefs tomorrow.”
“We taste samples and also store some for the cops,” explained one doctor on the assignment. “If anything goes wrong, we can use these samples for investigation.”
Now since I am unemployed and need a job, I wonder if they would consider taking me. Something tells me that the risk in that job is far too great.
Well, I think we can rest assured because the entourage is only costing us American tax payers $200M per DAY. If they promised me $1M per day to taste his food, I might go. But that might not leave enough for them to adequately rip us tax payers off.
Oh, and in case you are wondering if they actually have people check their food and utensils before eating, read here:
What seems clear is that when the president eats somewhere other than 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., tasters — in the form of Secret Service agents or military personnel — are likely to be involved. According to a Washington Post article from July 1990, George H.W. Bush ate out at Washington restaurants a lot by presidential standards, about once a month, and when he did he brought along his own condiments, bottled water, and a taster. On at least one occasion the taster was seen to personally wash all of George and Barbara’s tableware before use and subsequently monitor its whereabouts, sample the food, supervise its service, and uncork and taste the first couple’s wine.
By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus
The Obama referendum came in and he got what he deserved. When you run on change and leave the same criminals in positions of power and don’t hold anyone accountable for obvious crimes, and allow them to continue to commit those crimes, you deserve to lose your power. This is what happens when you put Tim Geithner and Larry Summers in charge of the economy, and support Ben Bernanke for reconfirmation as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. This is what happens when you keep Robert Gates as your Secretary of Defense and General Petraeus in charge of your wars. This is what happens when you lie to protect the interests of BP over the American people. This is what happens when you bailout Wall Street and the health care industry and sell out everyone else. This is what happens when your rhetoric is the opposite of your actions. The past two years have clearly exposed Obama as a spineless corporate puppet and he deserves to be voted out in 2012.
Now, don’t get me wrong, most of the people who were just voted into office are just as bad, if not worse, as hard as that is to believe. This election marks the third straight time that the American public dramatically voted out the people who were in power. The fact of the matter is that these people are not voting for politicians that they like as much as they are voting against politicians they hate. Hopefully by 2012 the American public will finally understand that they must support Independent candidates and alternative political structures, and cannot vote for Democrats or Republicans, if they ever want to achieve the needed change. Both parties serve the same corporate masters. Yes, there are some differences between the two. The Democrats serve half of the top economic one percent, and the Republicans serve the other half. We have Neo-liberals to the left and Neo-cons to the right, leaving 99% of us without representation.
And the saddest part of all, the system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change. Two politicians in Congress who actually fought for us against the Economic Elite just lost their reelection bids. Alan Grayson and Russ Feingold lost because record amounts of cash went to funding the candidates who ran against them. Even their own party’s leadership didn’t support their reelection efforts. The bottom line in this money rigged system is that you cannot run against the most powerful corporations and win. They will just pour unlimited funds into defeating you, and your own party will desert you.
The truth that many so called “Independent” news outlets will not tell you is that this government is now beyond repair. You won’t hear many calls for Revolution because even the more “Independent” news outlets are dependent on the two-party system. It is absurd that these outlets still play into the obsolete Republican versus Democrat dynamic. The only reason why they do it is because they are dependent on grants from foundations and political organizations that will not fund them unless they bow to Democrats and bash Republicans, or vice versa.
I can speak from personal experience. I’ve lost a vital grant to fund my work because I wasn’t willing to focus my attention on blaming Republicans for our problems. Our problems are a result of the two-party system. When you engage in bashing one party in favor of the other, you become a pivotal cog in the machine that is killing our country. I will not be part of the disease. The stakes are too high now. America is burning and both parties are pouring gasoline all over it.
Most Americans have only a vague understanding of the collapse that we have been set up for. If you think the past two years were bad, they were just a warm up to what is coming our way. After analyzing the policies in place and the current political environment, I can assure you that the next two years will be worse that the previous two. 52 million Americans have already been driven into poverty, 30 million are in need of work, millions of American families have been foreclosed upon and the inequality of wealth is the most severe it has ever been in the history of the United States. And this is just the beginning phase of the decline. Millions more will be added to these totals and the social safety-nets that have held our society together are breaking down. Cuts to vital social programs are going to be severe across the board.
Our paid-off government is not going to fix our problems, they are making them worse. Don’t you think it’s time for you to start representing yourself? Don’t you think it’s time for you to start defending your family’s interests?
These are questions that I’ve already asked myself and deeply considered. I made my decision and have dedicated myself to building a wide-ranging network of alliances across the political spectrum and have drafted a common ground platform that we are building off of. I’ve analyzed power politics very closely over the years. I know how the game is played and I know who our enemies are. I’m going to do everything I can to end the two-party oligopoly.
I’m not saying that you should follow me. I’m saying that it’s time for YOU to lead. It’s time for YOU to get involved. Build your own army. Once you start paying attention and put in some time to do the research, you will clearly see for yourself that both parties are working against your interests. You will also see how critical the situation is and realize that you can no longer be passive and expect to keep living a healthy and secure lifestyle. We are going to be tested in ways we have never been tested before. We cannot get away with being apolitical anymore. It’s time for us to pay attention, to become directly involved in the decision-making processes that guide our life. I know this is something that most people don’t enjoy and don’t want to do, but the consequences of our inaction will be much worse than anything we have ever experienced.
Yes, I sound extreme, but these are extreme times. I’m not going to sit quietly as our future is ripped out from under us. I will not let my family’s well being and our country’s fate be decided by short-sighted greed addicted forces that have looted the global economy and brought poverty, death and destruction throughout the world.
I see the path we are on and I intend to change it!
It is evident that the overwhelming majority of the population has become cynical and feels that it is useless to try to change things. If these people would just realize that they are the overwhelming majority and take action, we can change things. We have power in numbers. We are 99% of the population. If we organize on common ground and fight back, we will win!
– David DeGraw is the founder and editor of AmpedStatus.com. He is the author of The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America, and his forthcoming book is The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III.
I look back over my lifetime (nearing 50 years) and except for very early on in the late 60′s and early 70′s (I was much too young) weed was no big deal to the country boys in Alabama (my cousins that were a bit older). They knew it back then and told me that what was being said was lies. It was many years later that I really understood for myself when I was confronted by my Dad and his friends (the Chief of Police, in one occasion) about the stuff (they were drinking a scotch and water and smoking a cigar when they took me into the room for the “talking to”).
I even had an old man (Curly Aldridge) tell me, while barely able to stand because of all the moonshine he had drunk, that weed would kill me and how bad it was. From what I understand, the alcohol ate Curly up long ago. I can’t tell you how many drunks have told me how bad the stuff is.
I had countless teachers, advisers, police officers, employers, preachers, parents (mine and friends’), strangers (the vast majority having never even TRIED the stuff) tell me how bad and evil marijuana was, the whole time me using and knowing for myself that they were full of shit or simply had no idea what they were talking about and operated in fear and control from others. I shrugged it off because I knew it was a lie. I had personally disproved almost every lie they told about it.
But now the time is right for people to speak up. I have very close family members, one that recently died, that would have benefited from that miracle drug. In my mother-in-law’s case, it could have likely saved her life. I know so many people who’s lives would immediately become better by a measured, controlled medical use. It is absolutely the most insane thing that this country could have ever done by demonizing this substance.
Read this article from Sam Smith at Undernews. It was originally published in “the November 1970 edition of the DC Gazette, the former name of the Progressive Review” (Undernews is the online presence of Progressive review). Imagine how little has changed. Think about how much money spent and lives horribly wronged by such a crazy socially debilitating approach.
[The following story appeared in the November 1970 edition of the DC Gazette, the former name of the Progressive Review. What's amazing about this account is not only the rational handling of the matter and the striking testimony of the Surgeon General - but this occurred at a time when 84% of the public opposed legalization. Today only 50% do.]
DC Gazette, November 1970 - The Public Safety Committee of the DC City Council held two days of hearings this month to hear scientific and public testimony about marijuana. Most of what it heard was expectable: scientifically, marijuana is a mild conscious-altering drug; it is not addictive, nor does it lead to the use of addicting drugs; it has been known and used and studied for literally thousands of years, and no physiological damage whatsoever has been discovered; instances of adverse mental effects from its use are extremely rare.
Most significant to the council’s hearing — and to a good number of kids who are in prison on pot convictions — was the fact, reiterated by Surgeon General Jesse L. Steinfeld, that “in the case of marijuana, legal penalties were originally assigned with total disregard for medical and scientific evidence of the properties of the drug or its effects. I know of no clearer instance in which the punishment for infraction of the law is more harmful than the crime.” . . .
Activist Petey Greene “testified” on behalf of his grandmother, whose opinions on marijuana are based on practical experience. She once told her grandson to quit: “Petey, you gotta stop smoking those reefers because they make you too hungry, and I can’t buy all that extra food.” Later, on comparing its effects with those of alcohol, “She said she’d rather me smoke reefers and just sit and smile at people than drink that old wine and come in throwing chairs around. ” . . .
The testimony of representatives of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs was notable for its meekness. Although the narcs still refer to marijuana as a killer drug before high school audiences, and still try to imply that pot inevitably and immediately leads to heroin, and still pass out 1930′s posters of marijuana as the Grim Reaper — they backed off under Council questioning. The narc’s Dr. Milton Joffe even allowed that although “legalizing simply for hedonistic purposes” was not warranted, “I’m not against pleasure. . .”
Judge Charles Halleck recommended more realistic penalties, since present laws tend to cause the community “to lose faith in the entire system of justice.” James H. Heller of the National Capital Area Civil Liberties Union called for the legalization of pot. He said he saw no reason that it should be treated any different from alcohol. (He admitted to having tried grass once, “but it didn’t have any effect.” (“Maybe you just didn’t know how to smoke it,” Councilwoman Polly Shackleton consoled him) . . .
Terry Becker, a Quicksilver Times reporter, surprised everyone by calling for more stringent penalties and stricter enforcement. Becked wanted “everyone to turn on everyone to get busted;” it would hasten the revolution, he said . . .
Noting that Surgeon General Steinfeld had referred to the famous Alice B. Toklas marijuana or hash brownies but claimed the recipe was not to be found Alice’s cookbook, the Council’s Republican chairman Gilbert Hahn opened the second day of hearings by setting the record straight. “You will find the recipe on page 273 of Alice B. Toklas,” announced Hahn and, having fulfilled his public responsibility, he ordered the proceedings to proceed.
Pete at DrugWarRant shares a letter from Robert F. Hickey, published in the Vail Daily that shows the perspective (again from a medical opinion, it appears) after dealing with it since 1970 (the same year Sam’s article above was first presented). The same stinking lies told for decades:
First, from a professional perspective, let me say that in treating thousands of people who have become victims of their use of alcohol and other drugs since 1970, I have never treated a marijuana addict. I have never been called to an emergency room to treat an out-of-control or violent marijuana user. I have never completed a court-ordered evaluation for a defendant who was accused of domestic violence as a result of marijuana use. I have never heard of five or six law enforcement officers being needed to tackle, control or otherwise subdue a crazed marijuana user.
Marijuana is not a narcotic! That is a law enforcement characterization, not a medical, biological or chemical classification.
Contrary to quotes in Mr. Sims’ letter by Kevin Sabet, special adviser, Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana is not a dangerous drug which causes documented health and social problems.
Where is the documentation? The only documentation of social problems are those which arise from the prohibition of marijuana and the 750,000 subsequent arrests for possession of small amounts of the plant each year.
The social problems come as a result of the billions of dollars spent each year by law enforcement agencies across the country.
The social problems come from the inequities of law enforcement against minorities in the country. African-Americans are five to 10 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, yet on a per capita basis, whites use marijuana in greater numbers than all minorities. As Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP said recently, “ … being caught up in the criminal justice system does more harm to young people than marijuana itself.”
And by what authority does Sabet dictate that marijuana “should not be subject to voter approval for its use”?
There is no doubt that Prop 19 is important. Not just for California, but for the rest of the country. I believe that the numbers Tuesday will show that most Californians see the idiocy in the current laws and Drug War and they will vote change. But there are some Big Money folks that are fighting this, you can bet. Big Prison has a shitload of money to lose. As I mentioned in this post, even small local law enforcement agencies have a big amount to lose when they can’t set up road blocks primarily to catch these non-violent, law-abiding (except for holding a small amount of a grass), peaceful and enlightened “thugs”.
But even if Prop 19 passes, I think that is only the beginning of the fight. State’s rights issues will immediately flare up when Holder carries out his promise. In defiance to a state’s right, he wrote a letter to a gathering of former heads of the US DEA who had voiced their concerns over losing such a cash cow and said that Prop 19 “will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens“. “Accordingly, we will vigorously enforce the (Controlled Substances Act) against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law“.
Leaking the letter was a way to instill some fear into the population, but I don’t think it will change the Yes win. However, Californians would be foolish to think that the Feds WON’T do exactly what Holder says he will do. And there we will have the makings of a sure ’nuff piss off electorate. When their own vote doesn’t count and people are STILL being carried away by Big Gubment Thugs.
And looky here. I have gone many years at a time without touching the stuff. This is not so much a personal use issue with me. As a matter of fact, at the time I don’t use because I won’t spend money on anything except essentials. I will likely not use any for a long time and I am cool with that.
But when I think of my loved ones whose lives would be made so much better but never would even consider it because it is illegal, I realize the tragedy of the policy (even if they do not fully appreciate it). It is the craziest approach that could have ever been implemented and it is time to change it. It seems, however, that the canary in the coal mine (California) will have to fight Big Brother first.
Vote Yes on Prop 19 and bring it on, my California Brothers and Sisters.
At least we got Dogg on the up and up: