ISLAMIST SYRIAN REBELS TRAIN FOREIGN FIGHTERS FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS IN HOME COUNTRY + Analysis: Is Syria now a direct threat to the U S?

02/08/2014

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Islamist_Syrian_rebels_train_foreign_fighters_for_terrorist_attacks_in_home_country/32602/0/0/0/Y/M.html

THESE [TERRORISTS] ARE FRIENDS OF JOHN MCCAIN I PRESUME.

HOMELAND SECURITY NEWS IS REPORTING:

The numbers of Australian Islamists who have traveled to Syria to join the anti-regime rebels far exceed those of Australian Islamists who have traveled to other conflicts, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is especially worrisome since Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria are gaining ground in their campaign to recruit foreign fighters to launch terrorist attacks when they return home. U.S intelligence has discovered training complexes in Syria for foreign fighters to learn techniques which equip them with the know-how to conduct terrorist acts when they go back to their home countries.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria are gaining ground in their campaign to recruit foreign fighters to launch terrorist attacks when they return home. [Note here how “the message” is being repeated for emphasis.]

Many of the recruited fighters traveled to Syria to fight against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but upon arrival they become indoctrinated by al-Qaeda affiliates. About 200 Australians have traveled to Syria to help rebels topple the Assad regime, and according to U.S Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a few dozens of them are actively engaged in combat.

U.S intelligence has discovered training complexes in Syria for foreign fighters to learn techniques, which equip them with the know-how to conduct terrorist’s acts when they return home.

The Age reports that Clapper has pointed to Jabhat al-Nusra as a terror group with “aspirations for attacks on the [U.S.] homeland.”

Half of the Australians fighting in Syria are thought to be members of Jabhat al-Nusra, while others have joined the Islamic State of Iraq, and Syria (ISIS), a more militant Islamist group that claimed ties to al-Qaeda, although al-Qaeda, in a recent posting on its Web site, had distanced itself from the group. American and Australian intelligence agencies have long been concerned of their citizens returning from Syria with combat skills and a high level of radicalization, creating the conditions, which might lead them to launch a terrorist attack. Clapper acknowledges the concern as serious and that the chance of a terrorist attack in Western countries is as strong as it was a decade ago.

The Age notes that Australia’s counterterrorism ambassador Bill Fisher agreed with Clapper’s assessment. The 2002 attacks in Bali that killed 202 people included eighty-eight Australians. ‘”The likelihood of an attack like 9/11 in the West has lessened but the capability of al-Qaeda and its affiliates to undertake lots of smaller but nonetheless deadly attacks is very real – hitting bars where Westerners congregate overseas, and other soft targets. In this respect, the threat is worse,” he said. ”Any place where there is very low domestic security control is an obvious target.”

While large and more organized terrorist networks have been disrupted, smaller grassroots terror cells are emerging and are difficult to detect. Australian intelligence agencies are finding it difficult to track who has traveled to Syria and what they are doing there. ”The numbers (of Australians going to Syria) have caught everybody by surprise,” said Greg Barton from the Global Center for Terrorism Research. The numbers far exceed those of Islamists in Australia who have traveled to other conflicts, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Clapper noted that al-Qaeda’s affiliates have developed counter-espionage tactics to battle Western intelligence agencies. ”They’ve gone to school [on] us, on how we try to track them,” he said. ”The combination of … the geographic dispersal and the increasing challenges in collecting against them makes al-Qaeda, in all of its forms, a very formidable threat.”

OLDDOGS COMMENTS

As predicted by Jefferson’s Voice the next step in the Global War on Terror psy op and infowar is a new elite created theme of roving international terrorist cells requiring a global military police force with carte blanche authority and more “domestic security control” at home (a.k.a. surveillance police state).  Putin and Assad made their deal with the global elite, an understanding that parts of Syria and other nearby nations will become incubators for these roving cells laughably described as being so wily and elusive they present a “very formidable threat” despite the fact that these recruits are notoriously dumb and barely literate.  Similar to the US, Russian authoritarian control of its population includes a whipped up and government facilitated “terrorism threat” fear-based control paradigm.  This new meme or theme is being quickly adopted as a universal propaganda message for a global prison planetary regime.

If this conundrum unfolding in Syria and other parts of the middle east confuses you, don’t be embarrassed, as damn few in America have ever heard of Jabhat al-Nusra, and very possibly Australia. The CIA created and financed Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan through black budget streams decades ago, now the US congress is openly funding Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria using a bogus excuse that they are aiding the “moderate” terrorists as opposed to the more extreme terrorists.  Ultimately, they are all brainwashed jihadists and overt support for select groups of terrorists intentionally prolongs the conflict with Syrian government forces and civilians, thus ensuring a never ending Global War on Terror and the creation of more brainwashed and clueless terrorists who then will be allowed to travel around the world inciting more violence thus providing a faux excuse for a global military coalition and destruction of civil liberties for our own “safety”. US allies and globalist minions such as Saudi Arabia have been facilitating the overall game plan supplying jihadists, weapons, and training for terrorists for several decades, it’s business as usual to generate chaos in order to achieve various objectives. Does it not seem counterproductive to support the very people who terrorize different countries, including ours, just to replace their governments? It would be much less expensive in lost lives and money to just send in a sniper and eliminate heads of state or stage a CIA-directed coup, as was done in 1953 in Iran when Mossadegh was overthrown. However, in this new era of global governance, terrorism itself has become a useful tool to control the masses creating fear and distraction from the true perpetrators of endless conflict. But then, what else could we expect from psychotic sociopaths who can easily bamboozle an uninformed and distracted public with an education system like America’s?

Keep in mind the fact that western globalists made darn sure their mass immigration policies included inviting citizens from countries soon-to-be targeted for illegal invasion and terrorism chaos, another example of the-powers-that-be setting the stage for the appearance of an intractable problem they themselves orchestrated.

 Analysis: Is Syria now a direct threat to the U S?

 http://www.reuters.com/article/slideshow/idUSBREA161NG20140207#a=1

BY DAVID ROHDE

(Reuters) – Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled – sometimes intentionally, sometimes not – that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria.

Peace talks are at a virtual standstill. An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad has missed two deadlines to turn over his deadliest chemical weapons. And radical extremists who have fought in Syria are carrying out attacks in Egypt and allegedly aspire to strike the United States as well.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told members of Congress last week that Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda aligned group in Syria, “does have aspirations for attacks on the homeland.” American and Egyptian officials expressed alarm this week at signs that Egyptians who fought in Syria have returned home to mount an insurgency.

Critics of Obama administration policy in Syria argue that none of this should come as a surprise. For years, they have predicted that Assad and his Iranian and Russian backers would fight tenaciously; militants would flock to Syria; and the region would be destabilized by refugee flows, rising sectarianism and radicalized fighters returning home.

“A lot of things that the pro-interventionist crowd had argued two years ago have come to pass,” said Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Institution expert who called for military intervention in 2012. “The argument was that radicalism will rise.”

It is impossible to know whether a Libya-like intervention would have ended the conflict in Syria or exacerbated it. But citing recent statements from administration officials, Hamid argued that the current American approach is not working.

In his testimony last week, Clapper said that American intelligence agencies had picked up indications of “training complexes” within Syria “to train people to go back to their countries and conduct terrorist acts, so this is a huge concern.”

The retired Air Force general estimated that more than 7,000 foreigners from 50 countries – “many of them from Europe and the Mideast” – are fighting in Syria. He compared rebel-controlled parts of northern Syria to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, or FATA, where foreign and local militants have sheltered since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

“What’s going on there may be in some respects a new FATA,” Clapper said. “And the attraction of these foreign fighters is very, very worrisome.”

In the past, Clapper has been accused of exaggerating terrorist threats and making misleading statements about the scope of American surveillance activities. But Clapper is not the only senior official expressing concern about the rising militant presence in Syria.

At a private meeting with members of Congress at the Munich Security Conference last week, Secretary of State John Kerry said that “the al-Qaeda threat is real, it is getting out of hand,” Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham later told reporters. “He openly talked about supporting arming the rebels. He openly talked about forming a coalition against al-Qaeda because it’s a direct threat.”

State Department officials said that Graham and other members of Congress who disclosed the private meeting distorted Kerry’s statements. They denied that Kerry raised arming the rebels or described the current policy as a failure.

Noah Bonsey, a Beirut-based Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group, called Kerry’s reported statements “an acknowledgement of the facts.” On the rebel side of the conflict, al-Qaeda aligned militants have badly damaged the international reputation of the Syrian opposition. On the government side, Assad and his backers in Iran and Russia are increasingly confident.

“Geneva made abundantly clear that the regime is not prepared to compromise on anything at all, no matter how small,” Bonsey said in a telephone interview, referring to the peace talks. “They believe themselves to be winning and they perceive themselves as seeing no real pressure, certainly not from Iran and probably not from Russia.”

“SOMEONE ELSE’S CIVIL WAR”

Steven A. Cook, a Mideast expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, agreed that Assad and the militants are both growing stronger. But he defended the administration’s decision to not intervene in what he called “someone else’s civil war.” Cook said the best way for Washington to respond to rising militancy in Syria was through regional allies, not direct American action.

“The question is how we go about countering them,” Cook said in an email. “I suspect that we are already doing things with friendly countries – Turkey, Jordan, others – to counter Nusra without a full-blown intervention in Syria.”

Bonsey said he too opposed direct American intervention but pointed out that for the last two years the United States has been trying unsuccessfully to work through regional allies. Despite scores of joint declarations, the United States, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all continue to back different rebel groups, a practice that further atomizes an already fractured Syrian opposition.

“The first step remains working with the opposition’s regional allies,” he said. “Providing carrots and sticks that can encourage a move toward pragmatism which can make them a more effective force.”

Bonsey said this week’s announcement that Obama will visit Saudi Arabia in March could be a step toward a more unified effort. But Hamid said the Obama administration has little credibility after drawing “red lines” for Assad but failing to enforce them.

A central question – the central question – regarding Syria remains in dispute in Washington, experts said. Does Syria now represent a direct national security threat to the United States? Hamid, who called for intervention in the past, said it does.

“They’re saying now that fighters are going to be trained in Syria and come back to the U.S.,” he said. “We can’t pretend that it doesn’t have an impact on American national security interests.”

Cook and Bonsey agree the threat is rising but say the administration must first develop a coherent approach to Syria with its regional allies. Public opinion polls in the United States continue to show sweeping opposition to greater American involvement, including arming more moderate rebels.

Experts say only one scenario could change Washington’s stance: Syria-based militants somehow strike the American homeland. Until that occurs, no level of carnage in Syria, Egypt or the Middle East is likely to change Washington’s political calculus.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS

The framers of our Constitution warned us about intervention in foreign countries, but generations of our politicians have been bought off by the corporate lobbyist under the directions of various representatives ( CFR, TLC, and others) of the International Investment bankers who are the real movers and shakers of all countries. Please get this firmly in your head, we the people, do not run this country; we are fools that were beguiled by the false flag of the voting booth. We are constantly beguiled by the controlled media industry right down to the comic books, and our despicable government controlled education. There is nearly nothing in main stream media that is true from a constitutional perspective. There is no possibility of making any changes in America’s foreign policy or anything else of consequence. All of which means, we have two choices; accept eventual death and destruction by various means, or support a full blown revolution. As for me, I would prefer dying in battle because I know I am right, and the only reasons for a revolution not already being carried out is the people are to damn self centered to learn what is being done to them, or they are just plain cowards. My biggest grief is from my fellow Christians who believe we should do nothing but pray for the very people who are killing us. Such myopic theology is not found in the bible, but is preached by apostate preachers everywhere. The only thing possible to save our freedom is for the people to do their own research and discover the truth on their own, and conclude that fighting to the death is far better than kissing the Bankers ass as they have you robbed, and murdered. I am beginning to believe that Americans do not have the courage, or intellect to live free.

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Wisconsin School Gets Kids to Snitch on Parents + NSA and Disney Grooms Children

02/06/2014

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/02/wisconsin-school-gets-kids-to-snitch-on.html

2-6-2014 2-08-08 PM

 Daisy Luther

The game is called “Cross the Line” and many outraged parents believe that it does just that.

A middle school in Marinette, Wisconsin got a group of 5th-8th graders together and organized a really fun game that asked students to step forward to answer “yes” to a series of highly personal questions.

Questions like…

Do your parents drink?

Do you cut yourself?

Has anyone in your family been to jail?

Have you ever wanted to commit suicide?

Do you or your parents do drugs?

Unbelievably, school administrators believed that this “game” would help the kids to be better and kinder friends.  “The intent of this activity was to build stronger, more respectful relationships among students,” said Principal Shawn Limberg.  The “game” was part of an anti-bullying program.
Of course, Limberg also said the “game” was completely voluntary, an assertion that was disputed by one young girl who told her mother she’d have to go to in-school suspension if she didn’t participate.

Several parents voiced their concerns and had them brushed off.  Amanda Fifarek, mother of a 7th grade student, told FOX 11, “They basically told us that all the students were lying…all the students got together and planned it out and if they weren’t lying, it was all misperceptions. They didn’t specifically say do your parents do drugs.”

Of course.  We all know those silly children must have just misunderstood the whole thing.

Here’s the report from the local Fox station:

Reading between the lines, it doesn’t look as though Marinette Middle School was duly chastised. It sounds like they every intention of playing the “game” again. According to a Yahoo news report,  “Principal Limberg said they will let parents know the next time they plan on playing this game.”

I think we can all see how easily this could go sideways.  This collection of information from unwitting children could be used to instigate social services investigations, to find out which parents are using their 2nd amendment right to own firearms, whether they’ve complied with Obamacare, what their lifestyle choices are, how they practice their religious beliefs, what the family’s political beliefs are, or to single out kids for forced medical or mental health treatment against the wishes of their parents.  We need only look at all of the zero tolerance hysteria to see how quickly this could get out of hand.

Most kids don’t understand the greater ramifications of sharing this type of information, and that is exactly what the administrators are counting on.  They are taking advantage of a relationship of trust between students and faculty, and exploiting that for their own purposes.  So many things are illegal or illicit now that it’s impossible for a child to judge whether what he or she is saying will get someone into trouble.

If your children attend public schools, it is vital that you discuss things like this with them and teach them about privacy.  Schools abound with innocent-seeming activities like “quizzes” and “games” that are just digging expeditions into a child’s home life. Teach your children to politely refuse to participate in activities like this, despite threats of punishment. Let your child know to insist that the school phone you, and that you will back them up for refusing to divulge private information.

Then, let the school fear the wrath of mom and dad.  If we don’t teach our kids to resist by example, then how will they ever learn to do what’s right in the face of threats from perceived authority figures?

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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 NSA and Disney Drone Cartoon Grooms Children for Total Big Brother and ‘Big Nanny’ Society

 http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/01/29/nsa-and-disney-animation-grooming-children-for-total-big-brother-and-big-nanny-society/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nsa-and-disney-animation-grooming-children-for-total-big-brother-and-big-nanny-society

21st Century Wire says…

We’re sure that when adults glance over to see what their children are watching on TV or on the internet, they are not playing very close attention to the hard-core propaganda messaging baked into the productions.

21WIRE has already covered one of the NSA’s in-house child and student indoctrination programs entitled, ‘Crypto Kids’, designed to groom children by promoting skill sets for careers in domestic surveillance and spying trade craft. The level of sophistication is fairly average in Crypto Kids, centering more around game formats that explore symbology, identifying out layers, and code-breaking exercises.
2-6-2014 2-07-06 PMThe NSA are clearly trying to make an agency career an aspiration for young people , but the material itself is harmless enough when compared to the subtle propaganda embedded in the Disney-type animation entertainment production, entitled, ‘Special Agent Oso’ and its ‘Shutterbug’ segment (see report below). In this segment, a mother leaves her child in a parked car, where the child has no seat belt on. This infraction is picked up by Shutterbug, a nano-spycam and then transmitted up to an NSA satellite and then back to a central data fusion center.

The level of programming in this children’s production is breathtaking in its detail and scope. It’s nothing less than complete indoctrination into a dystopic future of spycams watching your every move, and where Big Brother and Big Nanny takes precedence over self-responsibility and family.

Guerrilla Media Network

Watch this entire jaw dropping video. It speaks for itself.

Everyone should come away from this experience with a sense that there is absolutely no hope for humanity, as long as DARPA, NSA and the U.S. Gov’t take our tax dollars and pay Disney to infiltrate the minds of future generations.

If you think it’s difficult now when you try to share with family members how terrible the world is, just think when your child or grandchild hears you tell them drones and surveillance are bad for humanity. They’ll probably have you droned…

Watch this short propaganda video!

Disney NSA Drones – Horrifying Disney & NSA Indoctrination Cartoon (Video with Lyrics)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRZWEs3VStQ

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2014 Last Chance to Save America

02/05/2014

 http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/2014-last-chance-to-save-america?f=must_reads

1-2-2014 12-27-03 PMBy LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD

The United States is now facing an existential crisis due to executive tyranny, legislative malfeasance, judicial complicity and journalistic partisanship.

The Obama administration is corrupt, authoritarian and antithetical to the principles upon which the country was founded, and there are precious few in Congress, either party, who are willing to step forward and stop the violations of the Constitution.

As Ayn Rand noted, we are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.

Contrary to the official narrative, Barack Obama is less a champion of democracy and leader of the free world, than a reincarnation of the petulant, self-admiring King Richard II of England (1367-1400) who, trapped in an adolescent fantasy of indestructibility, mistook himself for a messiah. By issuing royal decrees Richard II bypassed parliament and went out of his way to lavish favors on his closest friends and advisors.

But all such narcissism-induced national “transformations” do not happen in a political vacuum or occur without willful negligence. The English Parliament facilitated Richard II by approving the 1380 tax in the same way the US Congress and America’s politicized courts facilitate Obama’s own worst instincts.

Equally, the American establishment media, shedding their pretense of objectivity and succumbing to their left-wing dispositions, both enthusiastically support and aggressively defend Obama’s radical policies. Rather than restraining the power of the federal government, they have become an extension of it and serve the interests of the status quo, which primarily benefits greedy and ambitious ruling elites. The media enable tyranny by misinforming and misleading citizens. It is not a democracy that the media wish to foster, but what Edmund Burke described as a liberal “mobocracy,” dedicated to the absolute authority of King Obama and his government of one-world progressives.

What real kings like Richard II and presumptive kings like Obama often forget is that, in the end, power depends not just on coercion, but on the consent of the governed.  Without regard to its consequences, Richard II, in November 1380, initiated his version of wealth redistribution in the form of a tax, which the medieval middle class suspected was meant, not to benefit the realm, but to extract the loyalty of the nobility. It was an early form of crony capitalism. The outrage it generated among ordinary English subjects led to the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381, which precipitated a rebel assault on the capital city of London.

Nearly four hundred years later, the same autocratic blunders drove English colonists to violent rebellion and independence from a mother country with whom, as John Adams noted, they shared the same language, religion and kindred blood.

Because our national political system has failed to preserve representative government and prevent federal tyranny, a county by county political battle must be fought by the American people to restore the Constitution, establish responsible fiscal policies and take back control of the political process.

Fundamental to this effort is a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution, particularly the 10th Amendment:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Each county should establish elements of an organized and disciplined militia with sufficient arms and ammunition to safeguard individual liberty from any entity that might attempt to abuse it.

Members of Congress should be limited to a total of twelve years’ service either in the House of Representatives or the Senate or a combination thereof. Special benefits and legal exemptions available to government officials beyond those of ordinary citizens should be eliminated.

Our borders must be secured and our current immigration laws enforced before any additional legislation should be considered.

A simplified flat tax system for individuals and business should be enacted to limit both the misuse of the Internal Revenue Service and the impact of lobbyists.

We should remove constraints for energy and financial independence, freeing our foreign policy from overseas control.

With the exception of defense, a yearly across-the-board 10% reduction in the funding for the federal government should be established with the immediate elimination of the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, Education and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Social issues should include: strictly applying Equal Opportunity against the discriminatory practices of affirmative action and diversity policies; recognizing that the enforcement of religious laws are incompatible with the U.S. Constitution; declaring English as the only official language of the United States; and rejecting political correctness and multiculturalism as an infringement of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment and contrary to the American principle of E Pluribus Unum.

As President John F. Kennedy said in his October 22, 1962 address to the nation during the Cuban Missile Crisis:

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.”

Like then, the way forward is full of hazards, but the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.

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Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “. He receives email at lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS

I confess I do not know any other way to stimulate the instinct of self preservation than to instill a consuming rage in the readers mind. A justified rage, such as having to defend a loved one from a brute intent on doing severe harm to your loved ones. Without this energized state of mind, the brute will most always overpower you, and then you’re both victims. This analogy is applicable to today’s state of the union, and if the people of America do not study the issue and conclude they are in fact under attack, then God help you all, because America is soon to become the most brutal political climate imaginable, and you will loose everything you hold dear. For your own and your families safety, follow the works of men like Lawrence Sellin and learn what is being done to you by your own leaders. Then join with those who will not die on their knees, and take back what is rightfully ours. OUR FREEDOM!

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Fascism Corporatism

02/03/2014

 http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/149710-2014-02-01-reid-derails-fast-track.htm?From=News

By Stephen Lendman

Reid Derails Fast Track

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) opposes fast track legislation. He broke with Obama on trade policy.

“I’m against fast track,” he said. “I think everyone would be well-advised not to push this right now.”

Senator John Cornyn (R. TX) said:

“You can kiss any new trade deals goodbye. I think the majority leader’s focus is on the November elections, and he doesn’t want to expose his vulnerable members to controversial votes.”

AFL-CIO trade policy specialist Celeste Drake called Reid’s comments “a great opportunity to get off the fast track to bad trade deals and open the policy window to a better deal for workers.”

Communications Workers of America head Larry Cohen added:

“For those of us who want to have a progressive trade agenda, it means that we’re encouraged.”

Obama wants Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation fast-tracked through Congress. He wants it passed with no debate.

He wants a trade deal from hell rubber-stamped. He wants sole TPP authority. More on this below.

TPP is NAFTA on steroids. It’s stealth corporate coup d’état legislation. It’s secretive. It’s supranational. It overrides domestic laws. It rewrites global trade rules.

It eliminates fundamental freedoms. It prioritizes investor rights. Popular ones don’t matter.

Nor domestic laws. Nor national sovereignty. Nor health and safety. Nor environmental sanity. Nor nations fit to live in.

At issue is agreeing on unrestricted trade in goods, services, rules of origin, trade remedies, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, technical barriers, government procurement and competition policies, and intellectual property (IP).

Enacting TPP assures millions more lost US jobs. It more than ever frees banksters from oversight.

It prioritizes profits over human welfare. It assures flooding America with unsafe food and other products. It makes “buy American” an illegal “restraint on trade.”

Hyped benefits are fake. Reality is polar opposite what corporate crooks claim. What Obama claims. He’s beholden to monied interests. He’s mindless of what matters most to ordinary people.

On January 28, Public Citizen, Global Exchange, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and six other public interest organizations wrote Congress.

So did hundreds of labor, environmental and community groups. Over 170 Republicans and Democrats expressed fast track opposition.

They want TPP,  the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) (aka the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement – TAFTA), and other trade legislation publicly debated.

They denounced “trade objectives” encouraging a copyright maximalist agenda. They exclude fair use rights.

They want rule of law principles upheld. They want fundamental freedoms protected.

Public fast track opposition is strong. Congress was flooded with phone calls and emails.

January 31 was Intercontinental Day of Action against TPP and corporate globalization. “No more NAFTAs,” opponents say. “20 years is enough.”

Oppose “free” trade. Support fair trade. Organize. Protest. On January 31, dozens of anti-TPP rallies took place in America, Canada and Mexico.

Polls show Americans overwhelmingly oppose fast-tracking TPP and other trade deals.

Enacting the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act (BCTPA) gives Obama exclusive trade policy authority. Congressional oversight is excluded.

Bill sponsors lied claiming BCTPA “provides greater transparency and gives Congress greater oversight of the Administration’s trade negotiations.”

It’s polar opposite. It’s secretive. It shuts out Congress. It overrides US laws. It’s draconian.

Stop Fast Track.com is a public initiative. It urges everyone get involved. It says fast track legislation “threatens everything you care about: democracy, jobs, the environment, and the Internet.”

Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach heads its Global Trade Watch division. It monitors destructive trade deals like TPP.

On January 28, she said virtually “no House Democratic support for Fast Track” exists. “Public opposition (has) congressional phones ring(ing) off the hook.”

“Opposition has been growing to the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Implementing this NAFTA-on-steroids deal” assures greater than ever income inequality.

“It would be like drilling a hole in a boat just as you are trying to seal the cracks that are letting the water in.”

On March 15, 2012, the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement took effect. Obama promised more jobs. Increased US exports would follow, he said.

In its first year, they dropped 10%. Imports soared. America’s trade deficit increased. About 40,000 US jobs were lost.

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich opposes fast track. He’s against TPP.

He posted ‘STOP THE TPP” on his Facebook page. “Raise a ruckus. TPP is NAFTA on steroids.”

Unfair trade deals exacerbate income inequality. It’s notable since NAFTA’s enactment.

Nearly five million US manufacturing jobs disappeared. Bilateral deals lost many more. America is increasingly de-industrialized. It’s fast-tracking toward third world status.

Paul Craig Roberts explained, saying:

“..US manufacturing centers became shells of their former selves..” Detroit symbolizes America’s decline. It lost a fourth of its population.

Once mighty Motown resembles a ghost town. It’s dying. It’s bankrupt. Over half its working age residents have no jobs. Most others have rotten ones. They don’t pay enough to live on.

“Gary Indiana lost 22% of its population.” St. Louis lost 20%. Flint Michigan lost 18%. Cleveland lost 17%.

Industrialized countries alone enjoy developed economy status. Off-shoring manufacturing reverses the development process, says Roberts.

Doing so shows a nation in decline. High-paying/good benefits/full-time jobs are disappearing in plain sight. Rotten ones replaced them.

America is increasingly a nation of low-paid/unskilled clerks, food preparers, waitresses, bartenders, dishwashers, maids, cashiers, cab drivers, hosts and hostesses, amusement park attendants, movie theater ushers and ticket takers, farm workers, home care providers, and non-professional medical ones.

“The US now has the work force of a third world country,” says Roberts. It resembles India “three decades ago.”

Economic development depends on “capital, technology, business knowledge, and trained” skilled workers.

“US capital and technology are being located abroad…” Skilled US workers are disappearing. De-industrialization is the new normal.

America is a shell of its former self. It bears repeating. It’s heading toward world status. It’s fast-tracking toward getting there.

A Final Comment

Fast-tracking should be outlawed. It should be prohibited. It’s extreme. It has no place in free societies.

It gives presidents diktat authority over trade policy. Doing so adversely affects the lives of millions.

Past fast-tracked trade deals compromised, health, public safety, and environmental sanity. They destroyed millions of jobs.

They let banksters circumvent financial regulation. They let Big Pharma charge outrageous prices.

Constitutional law lets Congress alone set trade policy. Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 gives Congress sole power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”

For 200 years, it worked this way. No longer. Presidents increasingly have diktat authority. They take full advantage.

George Bush usurped “unitary executive” powers. Chalmers Johnson called doing so “a ball-faced assertion of presidential supremacy dressed up in legal mumbo jumbo.”

It doesn’t matter. Obama operates the same way. He rules by executive orders, other unilateral directives, and unchecked presidential authority.

He does what he pleases. He exceeds the worst of all his predecessors. He takes full constitutional advantage of Article II, Section 1, stating:

“The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”

Article II, Section 3 adds:

“The President shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

Omitted is saying presidents operate extra judicially. They make policy. They implement it unilaterally.

Executive power is what presidents want it to be. They usurp as much as they wish. They wage wars on their own authority. They bypass Congress doing so.

They ignore Article I, Section 8 affording Congress sole power to declare war.

Presidents make treaties without Senate ratification. Advise and consent only are involved. They terminate treaties unilaterally. Bush ended ABM by executive decree.

In recent decades, presidents usurped congressional authority. They fast-tracked trade deals. They’ve done so 16 times in US history.

NAFTA and WTO were the two most recent examples. Fast track lets presidents unilaterally choose trade partners.

It lets him set terms. It prevents congressional amendments. Up or down votes without debate alone follow. A 90 day limit is imposed.

Fast track authority requires congressional approval. Clinton got it twice. Bush got it once. In the dead of night. In 2002 at 3:30AM before a congressional recess.

Proponents tried overcoming fast track’s abhorrent reputation. They renamed it “Trade Promotion Authority.”

Candidate Obama opposed fast track. He pledged replacing it if elected. President Obama prioritizes it. He wants public opposition ignored.

So far he’s fallen short. Enough public opposition may deny him altogether. It’s high time he got slapped down hard.

Maybe more times will follow. Maybe his war on humanity can be stopped. Maybe global war can be avoided. When enough people forthrightly demand responsible change, anything is possible.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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Democrats scramble to block “New World Order”

02/01/2014

http://www.pakalertpress.com/

By Jerome R. Corsi

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, powerful groups in the Democratic Party base are organizing to oppose “fast track” authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping free-trade agreement the Obama administration is ready to push through Congress.

2-1-2014 10-38-08 AMOn Monday, an impressive group of 564 political analysts from labor, environmental, family-farm and community organizations sent Obama a strongly worded letter to the White House arguing that pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, undermines the president’s message on income inequality.

“President Obama can’t have it both ways,” Arthur Stamoulis, the spokesman for Citizens Trade Campaign, the group organizing the letter, told WND. “Either the president is for reducing income eligibility as we expect he will say in the State of the Union address, or he can push for fast-track legislation on the job-destroying TPP free-trade agreement. He can’t have it both ways.”

The TPP is the first part of a two-ocean globalist plan the Obama administration is working quietly to put into place. The aim is to follow up the passage of the TPP with the finalization of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and the European Union.

As WND reported, Obama announced in his 2013 State of the Union address the plan to add the trans-Pacific free-trade agreement to the trans-Atlantic agreement already in place.

“Fast-track” authority would allow the Obama administration to ram the TPP through Congress with a simple majority vote. The rules would limit debate so that no amendments could be introduced to modify the language of the agreement the Obama administration has negotiated behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, the power of the punch the Citizens Trade Campaign plans to deliver the White House can be seen by the letter’s signatories.

They include labor unions such as the AFL-CIO; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); American Federation of Teachers; International Brotherhood of Teamsters; United Autoworkers (UAW); United Brotherhood of Carpenters; United Steelworkers (USW); and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Among the environmental organizations are 350.org, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club.

Family farm organizations include the National Family Farm Coalition, National Farmers Union and the Western Organization of Resource Councils. Consumer groups include Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, National Consumers League and Public Citizen.

“Income inequality and long-term unemployment are serious problems that the job-killing TPP would only worsen,” Stamoulis said.

He said calling for fast-track authority in the State of the Union address Tuesday night “would undercut positive proposals to battle growing income inequality and create middle class jobs which are expected to be the central focus of the president’s speech.”

“As short-sighted as such a call would be, even more short-sighted would be for Congress members on either side of the aisle to answer it, as they’re the ones who would be dealing with the political repercussions this November,” Stamoulis said.

On Wednesday, another group opposed to TPP, the U.S. Business & Industry Council, plans to deliver the second punch in the one-two punch act by following up the State of the Union address with a national press conference revealing the results of a bipartisan national poll on TPP.

In an unusual move, two pollsters that usually do not work together, Democratic pollster Gary Molyneux of Hart Research and Republican pollster Bob Carpenter of Chesapeake Beach Consulting, have collaborated to take the poll and report the results.

While Eden Gorden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Business & Industry Council, would not say in advance precisely what the poll results will show, it’s likely that the majority of responders would oppose the TPP as a job-killing measure. Critics charge the Obama administration negotiated it in secret and is now trying to rush it through Congress before the American public finds out how the trade measure compromises U.S. sovereignty.

On Jan. 14, WND reported Republicans in the House are preparing to follow the lead of the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to rubber-stamp the TPP, the most sweeping free-trade agreement since NAFTA.

On Jan. 9, in a little-noticed statement, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont, together with ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., announced they were introducing “fast track” trade promotion authority.

The last line of congressional resistance to TPP appears to be coming from House Democrats concerned that more U.S. union jobs will be lost in the free-trade “fast track” steamroller Republicans under Boehner and Democrats aligning with Reid plan to run through Congress.

Last year, 151 House Democrats, led by Representatives Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and George Miller, D-Calif., opposed to TPP wrote a letter to President Obama stating their opposition to using “outdated ‘Fast Track’ procedures that usurp Congress’s authority over trade matters.”

With Boehner’s decision to support Obama on TPP, the Republican Party appears ready to ignore concerns raised by GOP conservatives and various tea-party groups that the 12-nation deal further undermines U.S. sovereignty. The opponents argue it places major sectors of the U.S. economy under a new dispute-regulation mechanism that takes precedence over U.S. judges and courts.

As WND has reported, “fast track authority,” a provision under the Trade Promotion Authority also has the function of reassuring foreign partners that the FTA negotiated by the executive branch will not be altered by Congress during the legislative process.

In his 2013 State of the Union address, Obama declared that to “boost American exports, support American jobs and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

“And tonight,” he said, “I’m announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union – because trade that is fair and free across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.”

The promise of creating new jobs drew congressional applause despite legitimate concerns that previous trade agreements, including NAFTA and U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization, have resulted in the loss of millions of high-salary U.S. jobs to nations with less expensive job markets.

The 12 nations involved in the TPP are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.

Our job is to reverse these trends.  It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything.  But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middleclass.  Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.  But America does not stand still – and neither will I.  So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.

We’ll need Congress to protect more than three million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer.  But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.

He also spoke of a little known government internet takeover called US Ignites when he said this:

My administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing in Raleigh and Youngstown, where we’ve connected businesses to research universities that can help America lead the world in advanced technologies.  Tonight, I’m announcing we’ll launch six more this year.  Bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create.  So get those bills to my desk and put more Americans back to work.

And the Trans Pacific Partnership:

And when ninety-eight percent of our exporters are small businesses, new trade partnerships with Europe and the Asia-Pacific will help them create more jobs.  We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment, and open new markets to new goods stamped “Made in the USA.”  China and Europe aren’t standing on the sidelines.  Neither should we.

Agenda 21 and using HIS power:

One of the reasons why is natural gas – if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.  Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas.  I’ll cut red tape to help states get those factories built, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas.  My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities.  And while we’re at it, I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.

More Dictatorship:

And as Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need.

He talks a lot about Citizenship (socialism) and ties it all into gun control and the military industrial complex:

Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day.  I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.

Citizenship (Socialism) demands a sense of common cause (Common good); participation in the hard work of self-government; an obligation to serve to our communities.  And I know this chamber agrees that few Americans give more to their country than our diplomats and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

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I have read somewhere about Africans swimming in their rivers and some kind of worm enters through their penis and starts growing as it literally eats them alive from the inside, and I cannot think of a better demise for Obuma than that. The pain is reported to be so severe it drives them crazy. Short trip for this scumbag.

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