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In my opinion, no serious analyst of affairs in the Middle East takes the claim that the Assad government has used chemical weapons in Syria as accurate and true–which means that at least one of my colleagues here at Veterans Today is not a serious analyst of Middle East affairs.  The very idea that the government of Syria would launch a nerve agent attack as a UN inspection team is about to arrive to investigate previous gas attacks is politically absurd.

That is on a level with the bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and was blamed on a Canadian to provide pseudo-justification for passing extreme “anti-terrorism” legislation by Canada’s neo-con government, which appears to be playing “catch up” in its efforts to compete with its own version of the PATRIOT Act.  These are obvious “false flag” attacks.

Both are examples of the kind of blatant propaganda brought to us by Israel in the past, including the attack on the King David Hotel in Palestine in 1946 by Irgun terrorists dressed as Arabs, the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, and the bombing of its own Embassy in Argentina in 1992 and–when too few Jews were killed–of its own Jewish Community Center in 1994.

Israel’s involvement in the atrocities of 9/11 has been copiously documented–right down to the painting of the Twin Towers being hit by aircraft on the side of a truck from Urban Moving Systems, which was used to bring the “Dancing Israels” from Liberty State Park, where they had been filming the demolition of the World Trade Center and celebrating in Arab clothing. This is only the latest in a long line of fabricated events in the tradition of the Mossad’s motto, “Make War by Deception”.

Any competent analyst could see it coming when Benjamin Netanyahu baited Barack Obama into “drawing a red line” representing an action by the Syrian government that would require a response by the United States. When he said that the use of chemical weapons would be a “game changer”, we all knew that Netanyahu would see that it was done.  How any serious person could be taken in by such blatant stunts is beyond me. I am shocked that someone at VT should fall into that category.

Experts Doubt Syrian Chemical Weapons Claims

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(August 24, 2013)- CBS News reports that the U.S. is finalizing plans for war against Syria – and positioning ships to launchcruise missiles against the Syrian government – based on the claim that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people.

The last time the U.S. blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack, that claim was was debunked.

But is the claim that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people true this time?

It’s not surprising that Syria’s close ally – Russia – is expressing doubt.  Agence France-Presse (AFP)notes:

Russia, which has previously said it has proof of chemical weapons use by the rebels, expressed deep scepticism about the opposition’s claims.

The foreign ministry said the timing of the allegations as UN inspectors began their work “makes us think that we are once again dealing with a premeditated provocation.”

But Russia isn’t the only doubter.

AFP reports:

“At the moment, I am not totally convinced because the people that are helping them are without any protective clothing and without any respirators,” said Paula Vanninen, director of Verifin, the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

“In a real case, they would also be contaminated and would also be having symptoms.”

John Hart, head of the Chemical and Biological Security Project at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said he had not seen the telltale evidence in the eyes of the victims that would be compelling evidence of chemical weapons use.

“Of the videos that I’ve seen for the last few hours, none of them show pinpoint pupils… this would indicate exposure to organophosphorus nerve agents,” he said.

Gwyn Winfield, editor of CBRNe World magazine, which specialises in chemical weapons issues, said the evidence did not suggest that the chemicals used were of the weapons-grade that the Syrian army possesses in its stockpiles.

“We’re not seeing reports that doctors and nurses… are becoming fatalities, so that would suggest that the toxicity of it isn’t what we would consider military sarin. It may well be that it is a lower-grade,” Winfield told AFP.

If you listen very carefully you can hear it. It’s a sound like no other sound you have ever heard. Imagine the sound of 6 billion people moaning at the same time…. Pretty soon the entire planet will start to shake as the financial, societal and political underpinnings of the global economy begin to crumble and fall. if you’re not already heavily invested in gold or silver, then you are almost completely out of time. The government knows it’s coming…they have known it for a long time. In fact, they even know when, which is why in the last three weeks, the Department of Homeland Security has been frantically issuing purchase orders for more ammunition, more MREs (meals ready to eat), more pouches of drinking water, more “Heater Meals”…and over 10 million dollars of antibiotics just for one FEMA Region! On top of that they are insisting that everything be delivered on or before October 1, 2013, which is in just five short weeks. What is coming our way, courtesy of too much debt, too much quantitative easing and at system of Central Banks, whose only real purpose was to use money they just printed / created, and the interest they collected on it by loaning it back to us, to buy all of the material wealth they could get their hands on, this includes both mineral wealth and natural resources wealth of the entire globe right out from under us with money we let them print for nothing and handed them for nothing.

Central banks cannot fix a broken economy, central banks cannot make the systemic changes to our ic system that need to be made, and they are unable to repair broken balance sheets and put public finances on sustainable footing… What they can do, and what they have done is buy us time, which allows these market anomalies to build up pressure so that when the dam does finally burst… it goes big. Our governments have ignored the national debt and resisted each and every effort to bring it back under control because they lacked the political courage to do the right thing …when it’s not the popular thing. The easy credit and low interest rates of the last 5 years combined with the speculators drawn in through the to dollar carry trade, along with excessive credit growth in every country on the globe has generated massive bubbles that are getting ready to burst in a dramatic way.

The best analogy to put things into perspective is to think of the United States like it was Detroit 10 years ago, everybody knew Detroit was broke, but nobody did anything about it. We all waited for something to happen, 10 years,  and finally (of course) they are bankrupt and what happens now is this, instead of the pensioners taking 10 to 20% of the money, in order to continue to draw what they have been drawing would require them to take 75%. This isn’t going to happen. That’s what’s happened with the United States as we have been delaying and delaying and putting off and ignoring the obvious while in the back of our minds we always knew that someday there would be a big price to pay because something is going to happen and the cuts that everybody will face across the board in Social Security, Medicare, government pensions, will now be much larger and far more severe than they would have been had we dealt with it when we should’ve.  Thank you Democrats, liberals and progressives.

When you’re standing in line for a chunk of stale bread to feed your family. make sure you thank a Democrat, make sure you thank one of the progressives who foolishly believed that all we had to do was tax the rich people more… There is no single group of people on this planet who understand less about the economy than liberals. If you are in stocks right now, expect to lose at least 75% of the value. We’ve always kind of known the bond market was a Ponzi scheme, and we’ve always kind of known in the back of our minds that the stock market was also a bit of a Ponzi scheme, and even people who have been dead for 100 years could see that this last drop-off in gold and silver prices was also another manufactured Ponzi scheme to make Fiat currencies look good.

Looming, not so far out on the horizon is the $500 trillion (in notional value) derivatives market, which the democrats curiously left out of their financial industry reform package was never dealt with when it should have been. One thing we can’t know for sure is how far things will fall, but what we do know as certainly as death and taxes, is that it is mathematically impossible to avoid a serious market adjustment as the global economy comes crashing down around our feet. Fiat currencies don’t work in the long term and these unscrupulous central banks already have all of our gold. Would it surprise you to know that the largest buyers of gold for the last year have been the central banks using freshly created fiat currency they knew was worthless to buy up as much gold as possible so when the shit hits the fan, they will realize profits up to 3000% in a very short period of time. All of those clever sayings and quotes by Lincoln and Jackson and Kennedy and everybody else clear back to our founding fathers about the dangers to our freedoms and liberties posed by the central banks have now come home to roost. The problems we will face before the end of this calendar year are only compounded by the fact that we currently have Obama the criminal communist usurper still in the White House. He and his merry band of useful idiots under the direction of their evil satanic Zionist handlers will finally get what they wanted in order to grab our guns…eliminate 80% of us and bring us all under the iron fist of total government control.

This is where we get martial law stuffed down our throats, this is where we get foreign troops on our soil, taking away people’s guns, this is where we lose 80% of our population that premature death and starvation to pandemic flu’s tuberculosis and every other nasty disease you can think of. It is my sincerest hope that the first people the angry mobs that will emerge from this breakdown will immediately string from the highest tree by their necks are the members of the main stream media, not for just failing to be the watchdogs of government but also for their complicity in this takeover of our country. The second people need to be the progressive liberals who have spent us to the edge of the abyss. 50 million people currently receive government food stamps for God sakes, and they are complaining and crying that’s it’s not enough! All of those feel-good programs that we told them weren’t sustainable and we couldn’t afford when they were passed… All of those cuts in Medicare, Social Security and all of the rest that they refused to put on the table and deal with to avoid this collapse,  have done nothing more than sign each one of those program’s death warrant.  Instead of cutting by them back by 10% or 15% and keeping them viable to serve the people who need it the most…have now required the market to do its work for them.

The game was rigged against us long ago by a group of banksters who are absolutely ruthless and who will destroy anything that stands between them and your money. These are the same people who killed Kennedy and Lincoln; these are the same people who manipulated us into WWI and WWII! These is the same small group of people who have stood by while millions of people have been starved to death due to their market manipulations…do you think these same people will have any problem sleeping after they bring the global economy crashing down around us in order to enslave us all and bring us all under a global dictatorship? I think I may have mentioned that this does not end well.

dyinmgThere is a song by Nine Inch Nails called “Hurt”. The Lyrics go like this:

“I hurt myself today to see if I still feel…

I focus on the pain …the only thing that’s real”

Think about it …think about the things that cause us pain today and the things that cause us to fear and compare those fears to the fears  that our ancestors had and their ancestors before them etc. Today we fear losing our job, we worry about having enough money to buy that new plasma screen or that new car etc. Our fears about our jobs or our finances or our social status are fears about things that aren’t real. If we lose our jobs …life still goes on, the sun still rises the next day and we are still breathing air. It didn’t used to be that way. We used to fear being eaten by lions and tigers … those were real fears. If you get attacked and chewed on by a wild animal ..you have a problem. Comparatively speaking we aren’t in REAL danger anymore…sure you can get hit by a truck or come down with the brain eating amoeba or get cancer or even get shot (in Chicago) or be the victim of a home invasion burglary and get raped. Cave people would get a scratch and if it got infected they died. If they twisted their ankle so they couldn’t run as fast as they needed to they died…drank bad water …and died, you get the picture.

Our bodies are hard wired to fear pain so to compensate for the lack of opportunities to experience pain we have promoted those things we find moderately unpleasant to ‘pain’ status. We used to make decisions based upon the fear of being ripped to shreds by wild animals or opposing armies and not we are guided by things like the fear of pain of failure. We say things like “the stress is killing me’ or “I am working myself to death”

That’s not pain …that’s not real suffering … that ain’t country! That’s not peril to life and limb we evolved to avoid.  We’re not the fragile beings we’ve been trained to think we are, we’re not as weak of body of mind as we’ve hypnotized ourselves into thinking. The only way to truly learn that… and to open the entire spectrum of human experience we’ve buried beneath the shiny veneer of modern existence is to meet our own personal limitations and boundaries head on. It’s ironic…but letting yourself experience what you most don’t want to experience is the only way to truly be human.

 What’s Real.

Think about how we live today , we live in television and on the Internet. Sometimes our friends are people we only see once or twice a year and we might have physical contact with only half a dozen times. We go from place to place very quickly without having to wear down our shoes, or the soles of our feet, thanks to fast cars, fast trains and fast planes. We spent a lot of time accomplishing very little. The work of a human life might be the movement of one set of papers or one group of numbers from one location to another. We have kids, but then we go to work and they go to school. Often our lives cross only briefly like ships in the night. Were shaped by fashion and consumerism. Instead of chasing food we chase ipads, iphones and i yi yi yi yi. We check our email and social networks compulsively. Are we lonely? Or are we just looking for some urgency that we can pretend matters, a surrogate for the survival requirements we used to spend our lives pursuing, but which are now handed to us.

We have fast food, we have video games so real you can step into them. We have reality TV that isn’t very realistic, so that we can vicariously live the lives of jersey kids and celebrities. And even though we may never visit Australia if we live in New York, you can video chat with Australia live, for free, whenever we want. Old-fashioned, unfiltered reality worked for a while, but it was untidy. It was really time-consuming. It had some great positives, but it also came with some shady negatives. Moveover reality. Now there’s reality 2.0

The Good Old Days

Used to be, things were different, used to be, we had to be strong, fast, and smart to survive. That was how evolution proceeded, those with an advantage leading up to reproductive age passed on their genes, so humans got stronger and faster and smarter. Then we started getting so smart that our bodies didn’t have to evolve quite as quickly to keep up.

We stopped needing to be strong when machines were invented. We stopped needing to be fast when chariots, buggies, bicycles, and cars were built. We no longer had to hunt for food. Others created food in such surplus that certain populations would never want for it. We even manufactured cheap super foods that were so calorically dense, the poorest among us ended up being the fattest.

Even battling our enemies can be done largely with the push of a button. We found a cure for pain, a cure for sleeplessnes, a cure for emotional upset. Some cures were medical and some more behavioral. A cigarette could cure nervousness. A trip to the mall could cure sadness. Eating could cure fear. Drinking could cure everything.

That’s all fine and dandy until you realize that we’re hardwired to experience all of those so-called negative things. A lot of people today, like to ride roller coasters. As time goes on roller coasters get bigger and faster. The logical explanation for this is that progress must march on, and the bigger and faster roller coaster is the next logical step. But I think it’s because as our lives become less and less genuine, we require bigger and bigger thrills to scare us, for just a moment, into feeling human again. Horror films get more and more frightening for the same reason. Those stop motion sequences of Japanese kids in movies like ‘The Ring’? Holy fuck! I don’t need an iPad anymore; all that matters is that you keep those things away from me. Or the breeding of intensely grotesque movies that started with the likes of ‘Hostel’ and ‘Saw’, nothing supernatural about those at all, just stuff that could actually happen via ordinary, everyday evil. Those movies were huge hits because more you can feel yourself as being there, being in it, the more you realize, for just a little while, that what your neighbor thinks of your car is irrelevant.

After all, this is the society that embraced, ‘Fight Club’. This is a society that spawned real-life fight clubs. We all go about it in different ways and succeed to different degrees, but every one of us has a part inside us that wants to feel discomfort, because it’s visceral. It’s human.

Remember when agent Smith said in the matrix?

“Did you know that the first matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, were none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program; entire crops were lost. Some believed that we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that is the species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. That perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum’s kept trying to wake up from.”

 We’ll never create a utopia, because it’s impossible to define good, without having bad to compare it to. There is no pleasure without pain. There is no Heaven without hell.

 The more we try to eliminate the negatives in life, the more we consequently eliminate the positives.

 Modern society has tried very hard keep us safe and secure, to keep us in the soft and protected center of our experience spectrum, and away from the perilous edges. The problem is that the edges are where all the really good stuff is.

 The way to expand our joy is by expanding our capacity for discomfort and failure.

We spend all of our time trying to insulate ourselves from negative sensations and emotions, and we end up stunted on both ends. If the experience of modern life feels dampened and muted to you, you’re not alone. Were seeing the world through a protective wrapping. The reason people seek out extremes is so that they can, for once, truly experience something that they know is unblunted and real. Whatever level of discomfort you reach, you reach deliberately. You’ve met the negative head-on, on your own terms. You own it, and you’ll own it forever. We seek out edges so that we can reconnect with who we really are.

We are not averages and statistics.

We are not the upper middle or lower class.

We are not citizens, or constituents, or the governed.

We are not Megaplex Christmas shoppers.

Were human.

Every day now, I wonder if I’m spending enough time with my family. If I’m having enough fun. If I’m enjoying my work, and if I’m making a difference. I feel like a man who’s been given a death sentence. I’m not kidding. When someone asks me to spend an hour doing something stupid…I resent it.. That’s an hour I won’t get back. What are you doing with the time you have?

Are you one of life’s participants or one of the spectators?

Are you watching life through a protective bubble? Are you afraid to leave that bubble, to feel the true pain of effort of exertion of something that you never dared to try before? And as you succumb to your fear of the unreal, do you have to settle for experiencing fake joy, fake excitement, fake victory, food stamps, WIC, and TANF $$?

Life isn’t meant to be lived through a filter. When you walk into pain and discomfort willingly, and you feel it, unblunted, you know you’re beyond the filter. You know you’re finally experiencing the real. I don’t know about you, but if I only have so many years here, since were all born with a terminal disease. After all, then I want to experience the real

 Don’t be stupid, but test your boundaries. Do what bothers you. Do some things that hurt. Let yourself be afraid, and uncomfortable, and at your limit. If you’re scared of something, diving to the next time you experience that fear and revel in it, sampling is like a rare delicacy. Look at everything you’ve been trying not to feel and say, “let’s try this on for size”. I don’t know about you but I want to see what’s out there in the world. And within limits, within reason, I don’t care if it hurts.

This is a paraphrasing and sometimes a verbatim copying of an article by the same name written by Johnny B. Truant the author of “The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying Fuck About You”. It brings some important issues we are about ready to face into focus…prepare to embrace the pain and feel the real!

For many years conventional wisdom has said that the whole world is controlled by the monied elite, or more recently by the huge multi-national corporations that seem to sometime control the very air we breathe. Now, new research by a team based in ETH-Zurich, Switzerland, has shown that what we’ve suspected all along, is apparently true. The team has uploaded their results onto the preprint server arXiv.
 
Using data obtained (circa 2007) from the Orbis database (a global database containing financial information on public and private companies) the team, in what is being heralded as the first of its kind, analyzed data from over 43,000 corporations, looking at both upstream and downstream connections between them all and found that when graphed, the data represented a bowtie of sorts, with the knot, or core representing just 147 entities who control nearly 40 percent of all of monetary value of transnational corporations (TNCs).

In this analysis the focus was on corporations that have ownership in their own assets as well as those of other institutions and who exert influence via ownership in second, third, fourth, etc. tier entities that hold influence over others in the web, as they call it; the interconnecting of TNCs that together make up the whole of the largest corporations in the world. In analyzing the data they found, and then in building the network maps, the authors of the report sought to uncover the structure and control mechanisms that make up the murky world of corporate finance and ownership.

To zero in on the significant controlling corporations, the team started with a list of 43,060 TNCs taken from a sample of 30 million economic “actors” in the Orbis database. They then applied a recursive algorithm designed to find and point out all of the ownership pathways between them all. The resulting TNC network produced a graph with 600,508 nodes and 1,006,987 ownership connections. The team then graphed the results in several different ways to show the different ways that corporate ownership is held; the main theme in each, showing that just a very few corporations through direct and indirect ownership (via stocks, bonds, etc.) exert tremendous influence over the actions of those , which in turn exert a huge impact on the rest of us.

The authors conclude their report by asking, perhaps rhetorically, what are the implications of having so few exert so much influence, and perhaps more importantly, in an economic sense, what the implications are of such a structure on market competitiveness.

Abstract
The structure of the control network of transnational corporations affects global market competition and financial stability. So far, only small national samples were studied and there was no appropriate methodology to assess control globally. We present the first investigation of the architecture of the international ownership network, along with the computation of the control held by each global player. We find that transnational corporations form a giant bow-tie structure and that a large portion of control flows to a small tightly-knit core of financial institutions. This core can be seen as an economic “super-entity” that raises new important issues both for researchers and policy makers.The Top 50 Super Entities

1. Barclays plc
2. Capital Group Companies Inc.
3. FMR Corporation
4. AXA
5. State Street Corporation
6. JP Morgan Chase & Co
7. Legal & General Group plc
8. Vanguard Group Inc
9. UBS AG
10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
11. Wellington Management Co LLP
12. Deutsche Bank AG
13. Franklin Resources Inc
14. Credit Suisse Group
15. Walton Enterprises LLC
16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp
17. Natixis
18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc
19. T Rowe Price Group Inc
20. Legg Mason Inc
21. Morgan Stanley
22. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
23. Northern Trust Corporation
24. Société Générale
25. Bank of America Corporation
26. Lloyds TSB Group plc
27. Invesco plc
28. Allianz SE 29. TIAA
30. Old Mutual Public Limited Company
31. Aviva plc
32. Schroders plc
33. Dodge & Cox
34. Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc*
35. Sun Life Financial Inc
36. Standard Life plc
37. CNCE
38. Nomura Holdings Inc
39. The Depository Trust Company
40. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
41. ING Groep NV
42. Brandes Investment Partners LP
43. Unicredito Italiano SPA
44. Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan
45. Vereniging Aegon
46. BNP Paribas
47. Affiliated Managers Group Inc
48. Resona Holdings Inc
49. Capital Group International Inc
50. China Petrochemical Group Company

More information: The network of global corporate control, Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, Stefano Battiston, arXiv:1107.5728v1 [q-fin.GN] arxiv.org/abs/1107.5728Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-08-powerful-corporations-world.html#jCp

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-08-powerful-corporations-world.html#jCp

 

 

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It didn’t fully dawn on me until I was watching in horror as a fully militarized ‘police force’; 6000 strong pointed loaded guns at innocent american citizens while they kicked in doors and searched house, after house, after house, with no legal justification or authority shortly after the FBI’s latest false flag terrorism bombing (drill) that took place in Boston a few short months ago. Does anyone really think that thing went down the way we have been told? Anyone who doesn’t think that this was a dress regearsal for martial law needs to go to you tube and spend some time reviewing what took place. Aside from the obvious problems inherent in a country that bombs it’s own citizens …it also was an epiphany for me because it signaled beyond my ability to rationalize and explain that we were losing this country. It was stunning the way our freedoms and liberties… but most of all our God given rights as outlined and memorialized in the US Constitution were completely forgotten and ignored. Thats when I knew that we no longer liver in the USA …land of the brave home of the free. Our country had been transformed right before our very eyes into a full blown police state and the 6000 ‘police officers’ who are the muscle and enforcement arm of this new despostism …the same people we empowered to protect us …now present a bigger danger to our safety and freedom than any terrorist orgamization that ever existed …and that includes our own propietary flavor we call al queda…what a joke.

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As I researched the state of this new police state to try and understand when this transformation had happened  and why hadn’t anyone noticed I discovered that it started before I was born ,with Reagan’s war on drugs (at least). That was the time that we turned our police loose on our own people and they used that opportunity to create criminals and fill our jails and prisons with non violent drug offenders… civil forfeiture laws that were passed monetized this game plan as law enforcement zeroed in on creating criminals out of minrotities and the poor on one extreme and then padded their budgets by manufacturing crimes and new criminals out of the people with assets they could take. The worst part about all of this is we all sat back and let them do it thankful that it wasn’t happening to us and every chance we had to hold them accountable …we sat on our hands satisfied with just voicing our outrage but never solving the problem.

While I was reading through our own history of domestic terrorism brought about by our own our of control police departments I ran into story after story of the evil committed by our own people against us. It’s a sad day when you realize that there are terrifying examples of mans inhumanity to man everywhere. As a people and a species history has shown that whenever we give people power over other people it is eventually abused at our own detriment…Here are some of the stories of the first casualities of our drift and slide towards the police state we now find ourselves in. Had we paid attention we could have stopped it when it would have been easier than it will be now.

Casualty #1 – Donald Scott

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In October 1992, a team of police from state and federal agencies raided the ranch of 61-year-old Malibu millionaire Donald Scott. The raid was led by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, even though Scott actually lived in Ventura County. The police in that county weren’t notified of the raid. Scott’s new wife first encountered the police in the kitchen. Hearing her scream, Scott armed himself, and went to meet the intruders. He was shot dead in his home.

Scott was suspected of growing marijuana. Friends and relatives would later say that while Scott was a hard drinker, he wasn’t a drug user, and in fact deplored the use of illicit drugs. The raid turned up no marijuana plants, nor any evidence of marijuana growth.

A subsequent investigation by Ventura County District Attorney Michael Bradbury was highly critical of the investigation, raid, and motives of the police agencies involved. Bradbury found ample evidence that the police agencies — particularly the L.A. County sheriff’s office — were eyeing Scott’s $5 million ranch for asset forfeiture, and had been told by the DEA that it could initiate forfeiture proceedings if authorities found as few as 14 marijuana plants. The report found that the warrant affidavits included false information, misleading information, and omitted information that would have indicated to a judge that Scott wasn’t engaged in any illegal activity.

In 2000, Francis Plante — Scott’s widow — settled with the various agencies involved in her husband’s death for $5 million. No police officers were ever disciplined for Scott’s death.

Casualty #2 – Peter McWilliams

slide_293014_2358743_free Shortly after California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, the Clinton administration began drug raids on dispensaries and cultivators, even though they were complying with federal law. One of those raids was on the Los Angeles marijuana grow operation of Todd McCormick and Peter McWilliams.

McCormick used pot to treat the pain associated with a cancer treatment that had fused two of his vertebrae. McWilliams had been diagnosed with AIDS, then with non-Hodgkins lymphoma brought on by AIDS. Smoking marijuana eased his nausea, which helped him keep take his medication both to manage his AIDS the chemotherapy for his lymphoma. McWilliams was a self-help author, and had become an outspoken civil liberties activist. With respect to pot, he also made no attempt to hide the fact that while it was medicinal, it also made him feel good. The high took his mind off the fact that he was battling two diseases.

McWilliams and McCormick were raided in 1997, by DEA agents — as McWilliams later described it, “guns drawn, commando-style.” Because they were tried on federal charges, the jury wasn’t allowed to hear that the two men had broken no California laws. McWilliams’ doctors were also prohibited from testifying about his marijuana use. Because of those restrictions, McWilliams pleaded guilty and hoped for leniency.

But after his arrest, McWilliams’ mother put up her house as collateral to post his bail. One condition of McWilliams’ bail was that he refrain from smoking marijuana. Prosecutors told McWilliams and his mother that if he failed a drug test or was caught with pot she’d lose her house. So McWilliams abstained from using the drug. Consequently, he got sicker.

McWilliams was found dead in his apartment on June 14, 2000. Overcome with nausea, he had thrown up, then choked and aspirated on his own vomit. The conservative icon and legalization advocate William F. Buckley eulogized McWilliams in his syndicated column.

Casualty #3 – Kathryn Johnston

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In November 2006, a narcotics team from the Atlanta Police Department apprehended a man with a known drug history. They planted marijuana on him, then threatened to arrest him unless he gave them information about where they could find a supply of illegal drugs. He gave them the address of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston. Instead of finding an informant to make a controlled buy from the address, the officer instead lied on the search warrant, inventing an informant and describing a drug buy that never happened.

When the police broke into Johnston’s home on the evening of November 21, 2006, she met them with an old, non-functioning revolver she used to scare off trespassers. They opened fire. Two officers were wounded from friendly fire. The other officers called for ambulances for their colleagues. Meanwhile, they handcuffed Johnston and left her to bleed to death in her own home while one office planted marijuana in her basement.

A subsequent federal investigation revealed that lying on drug warrants was common in the APD, the product of a quota system the department imposed on narcotics cops. That system was the result of the pool of federal funding for drug policing, funding for which the department competed with other police departments across the country. The federal investigation and media reports also found numerous other victims of wrong-door police raids in the years leading up to Johnston’s death. The entire narcotics department was later fired or transferred. While Johnston’s death led to calls for changes in the way the city enforces the drug laws, there was little in the way of real reform. The city instituted a civilian review board to oversee the police department, but its powers were severely weakened after complaints from the police union, and its first director eventually resigned in frustration.

Casualty #4 – Isaac Singletary

slide_293014_2358702_freeKnown around the neighborhood as “Pops,” 80-year-old Isaac Singletary moved into his high-crime Jacksonville, Fla., neighborhood in 1987 to care for and protect his sister and mother, both of whom were sick at the time. The retired repairman was known to sit in front of his house in a lawn chair to shoo trespassers and drug dealers away from his property.

But in January 2007, two undercover narcotics cops, posed as drug dealers, set up shop on Singletary’s lawn. Singletary first came out of his house and yelled at them to leave. They didn’t. He went back inside. Minutes later, he came out again and told them to leave, this time while waving a handgun. One of the cops then opened fire. Wounded, Singletary tried to escape into his backyard. The cops chased him down and shot him again, this time in the back. Singletary died at the scene. They never told Singletary they were police officers.

The police initially claimed Singletary tried to rob them, then they claimed Singletary fired first. Five witnesses said that wasn’t true. Three months later, investigating state attorney Harry Shorstein initially expressed some frustration with the operation. “If we’re just selling drugs to addicts, I don’t know what we’re accomplishing,” he told the Florida Times-Union.

But three months later, Shorstein cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing. His report included a couple of inconsistencies. First, while attorneys for Singletary’s family found four witnesses who said the police fired first, Shorstein could find only one — a convicted drug dealer Shorstein deemed untrustworthy. Second, while Shorstein criticized the police officers for not identifying themselves before they started shooting at Singletary, he still put the bulk of the blame on Singletary himself. He concluded Singletary “was an armed civilian who refused orders to drop his gun,” even though Singletary thought the orders came from two drug dealers.

Ironically, Singletary’s death came a little less than two years after Florida passed a highly publicized law expanding the right to self-defense. The “Stand Your Ground” law removed the traditional legal requirement that when faced with a threat, you must first attempt to escape before using lethal force.

An internal report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office also cleared the two undercover officers, Darrin Green and James Narcisse, of violating any department policies. The report, written by five members of the sheriff’s department, concluded that they had followed department procedures, and that “no further action” was necessary. Narcisse, the first officer to fire at Singletary, was later fired for disciplinary reasons that the sheriff’s department said were unrelated to the Singletary case.

Sheriff John Rutherford eventually conceded that Singletary was “a good citizen” and that his death was “a tragic incident.” But he also rebuffed calls to end undercover drug stings like the one police were conducting on Singletary’s property. Then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist called it one of the “challenges” of keeping a community safe. In 2010, the city of Jacksonville agreed to pay Singletary’s family a $200,000 settlement, though the city admitted no wrongdoing.

Casualty #5 – Johnathan Ayers

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In September 2009, Johnathan Ayers, a 28-year-old Baptist pastor from Lavonia, Ga., was gunned down by a North Georgia narcotics task force in the parking lot of a gas station. Police would later acknowledge he was not using or trafficking in illicit drugs. Instead, Ayers had been ministering to Johanna Barrett, the actual target of the investigation.

According to an interview Barrett gave to a North Georgia newspaper shortly after Ayers’ death, on the day he died the pastor had seen her walking near a gas station on her way back to an extended-stay motel where she lived with her boyfriend. Ayers had known Barrett for a number of years, and offered her a ride back to the motel. He also gave her the money in his pocket, $23, to help pay her rent.

The police were trailing Barrett at the time. But instead of apprehending her at the motel, they instead followed Ayers, who they saw hand Ayers cash.

They followed Ayers to a nearby gas station where he withdrew some money from an ATM. Shortly after he got back into his car, a black Escalade pulled up behind him. Three officers, all undercover, rushed Ayers’ vehicle and pointed their guns at him. The pastor panicked and attempted to escape. As he backed out, Ayers’ car grazed one police officer. Officer Billy Shane Harrison then opened fire, shooting Ayers in the stomach. Ayers drove for another thousand yards before crashing his car. He died at the hospital. His last words to his family and medical staff were that he thought he was being robbed. The police found no illicit drugs in his car.

A grand jury later declined to indict Harrison for any crime. District Attorney Brian Rickman praised the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for going to “very extraordinary lengths” to conduct a fair investigation. But a civil suit suggested otherwise. The complaint alleged that Harrison wasn’t authorized to arrest him. On the day Ayers was killed, Harrison had yet to take the firearms training classes required for his certification as a police officer. In fact, Harrison had no training at all in the use of lethal force.

Harrison’s lack of training was later confirmed by local TV station WSB-TV and, after the fact, by the GBI. Harrison was suspended. The civil suit also alleged prior disciplinary problems with Harrison and another officer involved in her husband’s death, including alleged drug use.

Casualty #6 – Tarika Wilson

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In December 2008, an undercover narcotics cop in Lima, Ohio, had bought cocaine from 31-year-old Anthony Terry. They could have arrested Terry then, but they didn’t. They also could have arrested him two days before a raid on his home during a traffic stop when they found cocaine in the car. At the time he was pulled over, the police had been watching the home of Terry’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Tarika Wilson. Instead, on Jan. 4, 2009, the Lima SWAT team staged a pre-dawn raid on Wilson’s home.

Terry, on the first floor at the time, surrendered immediately. As Sgt. Joseph Chavalia ascended the steps to the second floor, he saw signs of movement in a bedroom. He ordered whomever was inside to drop to the floor. At about the same time, downstairs in the kitchen, one of Chavalia’s fellow officers fired a few rounds at Terry’s dogs. Chavalia mistook those shots for hostile fire and opened fire on the upstairs room. Two bullets from Chavalia’s gun struck Wilson in the neck, while she was on her knees, with one hand in the air. Her other hand was holding her 1-year-old son, Sincere. Wilson died. Sincere was shot in the shoulder, and had a finger amputated.

Chavalia was charged with negligent homicide and negligent assault. A jury acquitted him on both charges. At the trial, a use-of-force expert and former Los Angeles Police Department SWAT member said that if anything, Chavalia should have fired at the unarmed woman sooner.

Despite the prosecutor’s decision to charge Chavalia, an internal Lima PD investigation found that he had followed department use-of-force protocol. After his acquittal, Chavalia was returned to the force. Lima Police Chief Greg Garlock said he had no plans to change the way the police department used its SWAT team. In January 2010, the city of Lima settled with Wilson’s estate for $2.5 million. The money was put in a trust for Sincere and her other children.

Casualty #7 –  Rev. Accleyne Williams

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The Rev. Accleyne Williams, a 75-year-old retired minister, died of a heart attack on March 25, 1994, after struggling with 13 members of a masked, heavily armed Boston SWAT team that stormed his apartment. The police later revealed that an informant had given them incorrect information.

According to the Boston Herald, “a warrant authorizing the raid was approved by Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Mary Lou Moran, even though the application supporting the warrant did not specify which apartment on the building’s second floor was to be targeted. It also failed to provide corroboration of the confidential informant’s tip that a Jamaican drug posse operated out of the building.”

Another police source told the Herald: “You’d be surprised at how easily this can happen. An informant can tell you it is the apartment on the left at the top of the stairs and there could be two apartments on the left at the top of the stairs . . . You are supposed to verify it, and I’m not making excuses, but mistakes can be made.”

Another Boston Herald investigation later discovered that three of the officers involved in the Williams raid had been accused in a 1989 civil rights suit of using nonexistent informants to secure drug warrants. The city had in fact just settled a suit stemming from a mistaken raid five years earlier. According to witnesses, one of the officers in that raid apologized as he left, telling the home’s terrified occupants, “This happens all the time.”

Casualty #8 – Ismael Mena

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In 1999, a Denver SWAT team raided the wrong house, and in the process shot and killed 45-year old Ismael Mena, a Mexican immigrant and father of seven. The police were acting on a tip from an informant, and claimed they knocked and announced themselves. Mena’s family said they never heard a knock or announcement. Once the police had broken into Mena’s home, they ascended a staircase and kicked open Mena’s bedroom door, where they found him standing with a rifle. The police claimed Mena fired at them first, and they responded by shooting him eight times. They found no drugs or contraband in the home.

The Denver Police Department’s Internal Affairs division was the first to clear the SWAT cops of any wrongdoing, although it did find that the officer who prepared the search warrant had falsified information on an affidavit. A special prosecutor then cleared them as well. But several weeks later, new details started to filter out, raising new questions about the investigation, the raid, and the aftermath.

First, an assistant to the special prosecutor came out and said that Mena’s body had been moved. A crime lab report then determined that the gunshot residue taken from Mena’s hands didn’t match Mena’s gun. Instead, it was consistent with the sort of residue from submachine guns like those used by the Denver SWAT team. Neither Mena’s gun, nor the bullets inside it had fingerprints on them. The mounting evidence suggested someone had tampered with Mena and his gun after the SWAT team killed him.

The new evidence appeared to put Denver city and law enforcement officials on the defensive. Information began to leak out that Mena was a violent fugitive who was wanted in Mexico for murder. In truth, he had shot a man, claimed self-defense, and Mexican police declined to press charges. He wasn’t a fugitive, and had returned to Mexico to visit family several times since the incident. The Denver Police Department Intelligence Unit also started a “spy file” on an activist group that formed in 2000 to advocate for police reforms in the wake of Mena’s death. Several months later, Capt. Vince DiManna was transferred to lead that Intelligence Unit. DiManna also led the SWAT team that killed Mena.

In March 2000, the city of Denver settled with Mena’s family for $400,000.

A subsequent Denver Post investigation found that the city’s judges exercised almost no scrutiny at all when approving no-knock warrants. The Rocky Mountain News conducted its own investigation into the effectiveness of the warrants themselves. The paper found that of the 146 no-knock raids conducted in Denver in 1999, just 49 resulted in charges of any kind. Of those 49, two resulted in prison time.

Of those who police argued in warrant affidavits were dangerous enough to merit such dangerous tactics, a little over 1 percent went to prison. One former prosecutor said of the investigation, “When you have that violent intrusion on people’s homes with so little results, you have to ask why.” The investigation concluded that, “almost all of the 1999 no-knock cases were targeted at people suspected of being drug dealers. . . . Often the tips went unsubstantiated, and little in the way of narcotics was recovered. The problem doesn’t stem only from the work of inexperienced street cops, which city officials have maintained. Even veteran narcotics detectives sometimes seek no-knock warrants based on the word of an informant and without conducting undercover buys to verify the tips.”

A year before Mena’s death, Colorado state senator Jim Congrove (R-Arvada), a retired undercover narcotics detective, introduced legislation that would have put tighter regulations on the deployment of SWAT teams, the issuance of no-knock warrants and the use of no-knock raids. The bill was rejected.

Casualty #9 –  Ashley Villarreal

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Ashley Villarreal, 14, was shot and killed by DEA agents in 2003 in San Antonio.

Ashley was attempting to show off her driving skills to family friend David Robles by taking a drive around the block. But at the time, the DEA was investigating Ashley’s father, Joey Villarreal, for drug trafficking. As Ashley pulled out of the driveway of the home where Joey Villarreal’s mother and Ashley lived, the federal agents were in the process of staking out the house.

Later explaining that they had mistaken Robles for Ashley’s father, the agents boxed in the vehicle the girl was driving. They claimed she then continued driving toward them, at which point they opened fire, shooting her in the back of the head. Robles and several witnesses said the agents never identified themselves, and that Ashley posed no threat, given that her vehicle was already boxed in. The police found no drugs or weapons in the vehicle, or in the house, nor did they find any evidence that Ashley’s father had been using the house for drug trafficking.

Nevertheless, the agents were cleared of any wrongdoing. Joey Villarreal was later arrested, convicted of drug charges, and sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Values in a free society are accepted voluntarily, not through coercion, and certainly not by law… every time we write a law to control private behavior, we imply that somebody has to arrive with a gun, because if you desecrate the flag, you have to punish that person. So how do you do that? You send an agent of the government, perhaps an employee of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Flags, to arrest him. This is in many ways patriotism with a gun – if your actions do not fit the official definition of a “patriot,” we will send somebody to arrest you.

The foundation for a police state has been put in place, and it’s urgent we mobilize resistance before it’s too late… Central planning is intellectually bankrupt – and it has bankrupted our country and undermined our moral principles. Respect for individual liberty and dignity is the only answer to government force, force that serves the politically and economically powerful. Our planners and rulers are not geniuses, but rather demagogues and would-be dictators — always performing their tasks with a cover of humanitarian rhetoric…

When government uses force, liberty is sacrificed and the goals are lost. It is freedom that is the source of all creative energy

I ran into this comment tacked onto the bottom of a Forbes article and thought it was interesting and thought provoking. Give it a read and leave your thoughts in the comments section

By LibertyInfinite

“There used to be a time in America when the American People were actually aware of what their governments were doing.

Today that seems unfathomable.

But it was this way & consequently they acted as if the money that they paid in to the government was their own.

All of that is gone now.

Today in America, we swing from vines in a monkey infested wasteland, controlled by hate freak medias left & right.

We buy new cell phones.

We veg.

We rot,

we decline,

we crawl up out of our hole to be fools again to them.

Both sides.

The American People are wasted. & freedom is but a memory ever further in the past.

Are you old enough to remember freedom?

I am. & from this I know that it is no longer here.

Today we have a nation intravenously fed on

THAT WHICH KILLS US

*DEPENDENCE*

We have come to a time in America when we need despotism.

We have no money & no power.

We can neither find freedom nor ourselves.

The American People.

Forced Mass Drugging of US Troops an Underreported Scandal

Soldiers being forced to pop pills by exempt officer class

Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
August 19, 2013

The mass drugging of US troops is one of the most underreported scandals of the modern era, with soldiers not only being used as guinea pigs in a brave new world of pharmacological experimentation, but also having their rights stripped as a result.

Sgt. Joe Biggs recently joined the Alex Jones Show to describe in shocking details how he witnessed soldiers in Afghanistan displaying careless ignorance of the threat posed by IED’s because the troops were high on Percocet, a prescription painkiller based on oxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic analgesic which is derived from opium.

The Rest of this story is here (click) at Infowars.com

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