Common Core, Choice, and Charter Schools For the Desperately Uninformed!

09/23/2014

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By Anita B. Hoge

While everyone is out there debating Common Core, there is a system of standardization being put in place. And, if you are unaware of this system, what you don’t know about Common Core, Choice, and Charter Schools CAN hurt you.

This story tells a different Common Core tale with a much different ending than those who support choice might want. What most people are not thinking about is why education is one of the most important functions of our Republic. The answer to this question is important for all of us. Not only are we educating our future citizens, but through the local elections of our school board members, they have the ultimate authority over our taxing system through property taxes. How do these “education reforms” impact our representative government?

When you consider that there is a movement to destroy our representative government, “common core, choice and charter school initiatives” become the perfect impetus to change our American system by (1) moving away from teaching content to a “conditioning” process, and (2) changing how elected local school board members will no longer be minding our local treasury, property taxes. This overview tells a different story about where we are in this process than what you will find in most other debates about Common Core and Choice. Let’s focus on the facts and think about how Charter Schools will impact the future of America.

Think about this. If we no longer have public schools with locally elected school board members, what will happen to your taxes? What happens to your vote and your voice in government? If our public school system is changed to a privatized “choice” system that uses our hard earned taxes with no elected boards, who controls what is taught? The parents? The citizen voters? Charter Schools are the ultimate goal for the takeover of public education. Charter schools are privately owned, usually for profit, with no elected local school board members, and they use public tax money. Plus, parents have no say in how they are run or what is taught.

Think about this. There were three major actions under the Obama administration, without legislative approval, to change two hundred years of traditional public education in the United States. (1) The Common Core copyright, which created a national curriculum and national testing mandating that individual students meet individual standards (similar to the Obamacare individual mandate). (2) Unlocking data ‘to flow’ through the Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, FERPA, which allows personally identifiable information on our children to flow to outside 3rd party contractors for research and curriculum development to match Common Core. And, (3) No Child Left Behind Flexibility Waiver, (ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act), that is re-training teachers to teach to Common Core. This also allowed all children in public school to be funded under Title I by changing the definition of who is poor or educationally deprived to anyone not meeting Common Core. (Free and reduced lunch guidelines of 40% schoolwide were dropped to 0%.) These three important points control standards and testing, curriculum, and teachers with all public school children being funded under Title I.

So the question that must be asked is what else must be changed to move toward this direction – this plan to destroy public education and collapse our old system of representative government? A key element is federal “choice” which is vehemently supported by Republicans. The stage has already been set with charter schools. Caps have been removed on establishing charter schools in many states because of promises made to Obama when accepting Race to the Top grants. Secretary of Education Duncan dealt out illegal No Child Left Behind Flexibility Waivers (ESEA) that changed Title I funding to blanket an entire public school. Every child becomes Title I, where money ‘follows the child’ and this targets every child in public school to change toward Common Core without a law being passed.

Now consider this: how can Republicans and Democrats, with the help of President Obama and Secretary Duncan, be sure that all children in the United States—all children, even in every private and religious school—come under the federal thumb of Common Core? They are going to give those Title I funds to every child in private and religious schools with federal choiceWith federal choice, all schools become government schools and all schools must teach Common Core. This is what federal choice is all about—getting control of all Catholic, Christian, and private schools.

Add to this federal over-reach, the system for compliance, Total Quality Management [TQM], a business model for accountability, is the system for control. Data collection is the key to TQM by monitoring and assessing individuals continuously. By linking and cross-referencing all data in the following components, this will allow each area to be an easy target for government intervention for equity in education. This is a system where individuals are monitored for government compliance and where charter schools become the model for a government takeover. Nationalizing education in the United States and removing locally elected officials are the primary targets of the Obama administration.

This model is sometimes very difficult for Americans to understand because there are so many moving parts and name changes, especially under Democratic and Republican administrations who both want the same thing. The following explanation of our present condition in education, and how it relates to diminishing our representative government, tells what is needed to collapse our system of local government. This will give you an idea of how close we are to losing America as we know it.

The following list is what is needed to accomplish the goals of ‘Obama’s
Equity in Education Plan’ for our entire country:

  • charter schools replace public schools:
  • everyone has federal Title I choice funds to go to any school (charter, private, or religious schools):
  • every child is taught the same standards:
  • every teacher must teach the same standards:
  • every test must be aligned to these standards:
  • curriculum and software is aligned to standards:
  • everything listed here is aligned to government data collection compliance.

Here are the details of this plan and its implementation:

The Goal: Align huge amounts of federal money toward standards, testing, teacher evaluations, data collection, and interventions to control what students know and what they can do.

The Answer:
Race to the Top ($4.35 billion), No Child Left Behind (ESEA Flexibility Waivers and Title I), the proposed ESEA Re-Authorization (No Child Left Behind, Elementary and Secondary Education Act), America Competes Act, and all children will be screened using Special Education funding, IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.

The Goal: Make sure all students are taught the same by flattening the bell curve (every student meets the same standards) and destroying competition (no ABCDF’s). Change the educational system away from academic content to control over what is taught through an individual career pathway. Expand standards to the affective domain (conditioning) which means teaching and testing to remediate a child’s values, attitudes and beliefs to a government desired outcome.

The Answer: Common Core creates a national curriculum and a national test nationalizing education in the US standardizing and controlling the standards in each state through a copyright which removed local control of the curriculum. The College Career Citizenship Standards adds “readiness” to the standards expanding to dispositions, attitudes, values, social and emotional learning or grit for easy conditioning (brainwashing, mental health cleansing, and social engineering). Since control has been removed from the local level, now the federal government controls what the standards are and what will be taught in every school.

The Goal: Make sure all curriculum and software is validated and matched to exact same Common Core standards.

The Answer: Allow personally identifiable information to be released on students without parental knowledge or consent for research to validate curriculum matched to standards. Obama issues an Executive Order that “unlocks” FERPA, Family Educational Rights in Privacy Act, which allows third-party vendors access to a child’s personal data, including DNA sequences. Massive research is being done in the non-cognitive and affective domain. Mental health and mastery learning (functional literacy) for workforce training replaces content based on academics. Personality change and behavioral soft skills are deceptively named grit, deeper learning, school climate, safe environments, code of conduct, social and emotional learning, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills. Research and data trafficking of personally identifiable information on your child is rampant.

The Goal: Use illegal tactics to change federal law by using ESEA Flexibility Waivers to change the criteria so that all students in public schools are identified under Title I.

The Answer: President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan removed poverty guideline levels, thus making ALL children Title I, so all children in the public schools can be funded to meet the same Common Core government standards bypassing Congressional authority.

The Goal: Make sure every student is achieving Common Core standards.

The Answer: Make sure the national test measures Common Core (functional literacy and behavioral outcomes) for accountability. Test, then remediate. Every child will have a ‘career pathway’ similar to an IEP in Special Ed. (Every child has a disability if they are not meeting Common Core standards.) Create interventions forcing compliance to Common Core (including mental health standards) for each student through IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities in Education ActAll children must be screened and remediated to meet government Common Core standards with interventions in the regular classroom, paid for through Special Ed funding—called Response to Interventions or Multi-tiered System of Support. Both academics and personality change are the targets for each child under a career pathway. Brainwashing commences to government controlled behavioral standards.

The Goal: Make sure all teachers are teaching the same standards and make sure all testing measures teacher performance for accountability.

The Answer:
Teach to the test by creating teacher value added models (VAM). All teachers must be forced to teach Common Core. This is done by evaluating teachers on how their students score on tests, thus forcing them into compliance. All teachers must comply to teach government Common Core Standards and to teach the test. Training for teachers is a must, because if teachers are not teaching Common Core exactly per the government criteria, children will not meet the standards. Teachers are penalized for variables out of their control. (Extensive teacher training in the ESEA Flexibility Waiver: training includes: Charlotte Danielson Teacher Evaluations, Robert Marzano, Pelligrino’s 21st Century Skills, and Webb’s Deeper Learning.)

The Goal: Make all students in the United States funded as Title I via ‘follow the child‘ vouchers
in Obama’s Equity in Education Plan:

The Answer: Federal “choice” is not yet achieved, but, this is how it will be done. The Obama Equity Agenda is in the Re-Authorization of No Child Left Behind, ESEA, (out of committee and ready to be legislated into law) for funding that will “follow the child” under Title I, where ALL individual children must be identified and funded for meeting government Common Core Standards. The waivers have already changed Title I in public schools. So, the Republicans have attached amendments onto ESEA allowing a “CHOICE” voucher that equalizes the funding for every child. This voucher will have a student’s name on it and is in every backpack of every child. These amendments to ESEA call for federal “choice” vouchers to go to any child to go to any school they choose, including private and religious schools. Think about the impact.

There will be an exodus out of the public school system into charter and private schools. This wipes out zip codes being destinations for a “better” education—no more wealthy school districts. Public schools will collapse. This wipes out locally elected school boards. Any private or religious school accepting a “choice” child must teach Common Core. Obama calls this “fiscal smoothing” when every child is funded the same way. All schools—private, charter and religious schools—become government schools that must teach Common Core. Also keep in mind the states filing lawsuits against the legislatures for the unconstitutionality of funding schools, where judges are ruling inequities in rich and poor school districts.

The Goal: Make sure elected school boards are destroyed.

The Answer: Create no caps on charter schools on the state level to replace public schools. Removal of locally elected school boards is a must for the private/public privatization scheme to work. Charter school investors, like Reed Hastings of Netflix, want to get rid of locally elected school boards (He has openly stated this, watch him HERE). Obama wants bold federal action to distribute funds based on student need, not zip code, and establish a process for replacing chronically ineffective locally elected school boards. This is the set-up to destroy our representative form of government at the local level.

The Goal: Make it very profitable for private enterprises and business to invest in Charter Schools.

The Answer: The U.S. Secretary of Education can award grants for the “Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities” program which subsidizes and awards private entities with federal funding. Charter schools are privately run but receive public money and, as already noted, an increasing proportion of them are being run on a for-profit basis. Charter schools can access private sector and other non-Federal capital in order to acquire, construct, and renovate facilities at a reasonable cost. The tax code makes charter schools very lucrative.

Statistics have proven that where charter schools have proliferated, it is more likely that the public schools will experience financial stress. This is especially difficult for local school boards with the transfer of public assets and institutions into the hands of private corporations. The “New Markets Tax Credit” program that became law toward the end of the Clinton presidency, allows firms to invest in charters and other projects located in “underserved” areas. They can collect a generous tax credit up to 39% to offset their costs. No wonder private investors are flocking to charter schools! There is a huge risk factor for any local school district in a state that passed laws promoting “choice” along with an easy approval process for new charters, especially with no caps on expansionRace to the Top grants accentuated this process with states promising to drop their caps on charter schools when they took the money. This is the plan for confiscating our tax money. Your hard-earned money will come out of your pocket and go into the pockets of corporations.

The Goal: Eliminate public schools that aren’t meeting Common Core.

The Answer:
Government takeover of schools not meeting Common Core government standards is called academic bankruptcy, priority or focus schools, and turn-around schools under ESEA Flexibility Waivers. These failing schools are a target for takeover if they do not improve their scores on Common Core national tests which ultimately points the finger at teachers. These schools will be turned into charter schools. Parent Trigger Laws also create a charter school. This continues the elimination of locally elected school board members and continues expanding charter schools that have no elected boards accountable to parents, citizens and taxpayers.

The Goal: Collapse the taxing structure in your neighborhood.

The Answer: When public schools collapse because of charter school expansion and federal “choice,” this will eliminate taxes based on property. This will seem to equalize rich and poor school districts by funding all children the same. Obama doesn’t think it is “fair” that there are rich school districts and poor school districts. Regionalizing where your tax money goes, and pulling the taxing authority away from the local level toward regional industry clusters, is the plan. Obama’s Equity in Education Plan or “fiscal smoothing” and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act align the skill needs of industries in each state economy or regional economy and places decision-making authority in the hands of unelected workforce development boards.

The Goal: Create a longitudinal database to monitor every individual in the system funded from the America Competes Act.

The Answer: The state longitudinal data system, SLDS, with cross-referencing capabilities to monitor students, teachers, testing, curriculum, principals, superintendents, schools, school districts, and states, with an overall fiscal responsibility, will pinpoint each aspect and every person in the system above for accountability and compliance. Updating technology in every school a must. This is the onerous enforcement mechanism.

The Goal: Eliminate states’ rights control of funding.

The Answer: Federal “choice” will eliminate state-level authority because of flow-through Title I funds when funding directly ‘follows the child’ from the federal level, thus eliminating states’ rights. Vouchers are now directed to the individual child. Thus the removal of states rights’ when federal Title I funds pass-through directly to the child.

No voice. No vote. Government controls everything in education.

An equitable government controlled system, with only privatized contract schools, that teaches only a government controlled curriculum, and forces everyone to comply to government controlled standards through accountability. I think this is called communism. If American parents really thought about this, there would be another American Revolution. Shouldn’t we all be thinking about this? The implications of this true story are real. From my vantage point, I would say we are mostly toward the end of the true American story. This isn’t just about the children. It affects us all.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS

I have been following this common core crap for months now, and this is the, hands down, best article I have read. It tells the dull and ignorant who are inclined to support EVERYTHING the government dreams up what the final results of common core will be, with one exception, a very stupid, compliant citizenry. What better way to build support for government in the future? Just make them totally compliant!

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Ex-US Officials Demanded a 30 Billion Dollar Bribe from Leo Wanta

09/22/2014

The Story Of Leo Wanta The “27.5 Trillion Dollar Man”

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5-9-2014 6-43-17 AM

By Gordon Duff

New Eastern Outlook

A day after former Republican Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted of 20 counts of bribery and influence peddling, former Republican Tennessee governor Don Sundquist and South Dakota Senator Sheldon Songstad may face, not just the largest bribery charge in world history but indictment for conspiracy to murder as well.

What is amazing about this case is the amount of money involved, totaling $9.5 trillion US dollars, in fact the entire GNP of the United States for several years. Sundquist and Songstad, wanted $30 billion out of the proceeds to pay themselves along with congress, the US Treasury Department, 5 Supreme Court justices and two former US presidents.

Best of all, the whole thing is on tape, a “shakedown” attempt against Ambassador Lee Wanta, former White House intelligence chief under President Ronald Reagan and editor at Veterans Today.

Sundquist and Songstad left, on a recording at Wanta’s embassy, full details, not only of their ability to virtually buy the entire US government and deliver a multi-trillion dollar settlement authorized to Wanta by the US Supreme Court, but were recorded making arrangements for the murder of Wanta as well.

As American humorist, Jim W. Dean so often says, “You just can’t make things like this up.”

The recording was forwarded to the US Department of Justice yesterday and a copy presented to President Obama.

Background

During the 1980s, Lee Wanta was brought into the White House as the first National Intelligence Coordinator. He was tasked by President Reagan and CIA Director William Colby to destabilize the Soviet Union through establishment, with funds from the US Treasury, of a worldwide currency trading scheme.

Wanta, with the help of Reagan, amassed a fortune of $27 trillion, funds earmarked by Reagan to pay America’s national debt, restore the nation’s infrastructure and fund a world free of debt based currencies.

However, after Reagan left office and George H.W. Bush assumed the Presidency, Wanta was kidnapped and imprisoned in Switzerland, transferred to an American prison where he was held without due process for years and the money disappeared, taken by the Bush family.

The rest is history, stolen elections, 9/11, war upon war, and a world that has descended into crashing debt with nearly every currency floating on “air,” derivatives and a sea of Rothschild debt.

Wanta’s story is soon to be featured in a Hollywood film currently under production.

The Fixers

Nobody has heard of Sheldon Songstad, who with former congressman and governor, Don Sundquist, admit demanding a $30 billion dollar bribe from Wanta in order to compel the Supreme Court to issue a pay order on Wanta’s personal funds, based on the case he won, $4.5 trillion plus interest, totaling $9.5 trillion.

This would make Lee Wanta personally the wealthiest nation on earth. While this case has dragged on through the courts, thoroughly and carefully documented, Wanta friends and advisors, many former intelligence officers, including the author, have worked to keep him secure.

The recording of Songstad and Sundquist, 6.01 minutes, was aired on radio yesterday with commentary by Lee Wanta, on the Veterans Today Radio Network to over two million listeners.

The audience heard Sundquist describe how they would settle for as little as $5 billion, as a “retirement nest egg” and how, if Wanta fails to pay, they would arrange for his murder.

Current US Senator Bob Corker, Republican from Tennessee had been on a conference call earlier that included Sheldon Songstad, telling Wanta that his funds would be paid.

In fact, a majority of members of congress including almost all Republicans and many Democrats were to receive shares of the Wanta “payoff.” What had angered so many of them and had precipitated the death threat is Wanta’s statement to all of them that he would file Federal Income Tax Form 1099’s to accompany all payments. This would identify, as required by law, where money went and what services were paid for.

Were Wanta murdered to stop that process, it would require control of not only the Department of Internal Revenue but Treasury as well, to suppress the existence of these documents that would eventually lead to the imprisonment of almost the entire US government.

Beyond Idiocy

As the radio audience listened on, the two Republican Party political “fixers” made several things very clear. The US government was entirely “up for sale” and that they had the connections to arrange for the purchase.

What was amazing is that these two, after phoning Wanta and getting the recording notice on the line, assumed their conference call was private, paying no attention to the fact that the recording continued on while they confessed to what legal experts have identified as dozens of crimes and laid out a trail of bribery and corruption that crosses nearly every level of government, every court and over a hundred of Americas’ highest elected officials.

Shadow Government

This conspiracy involves, at its heart, politicians who have long advocated cuts in public health and education, in veterans benefits, lowering of wages, infringement of individual rights while supporting America’s wars.

These are also politicians at the heart of the Israel lobby in Washington.

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Governor Sundquist is a close friend of Israel:

“- 1996: Gov. Don Sundquist signed the Tennessee-Israel Cooperation Agreement to promote cooperation between the two countries in trade, arts, culture, education, tourism and university/industry alliances.”

What is made clear is that the United States is far more a criminal organization than a nation. Those who don’t understand how America can say one thing and, with amazing consistency, do something else, often something totally bereft of moral responsibility, I think we may well have made the reasons abundantly clear.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.
First appeared:http://journal-neo.org/2014/09/18/us-officials-demanded-a-30-billion-dollars-bribe/

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Five Lessons Learned from the Scottish Referendum

09/20/2014

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 by Ryan McMaken on September 20, 2014

Government authorities in the UK have declared that the “Yes” campaign for secession has failed by a margin of approximately 55 percent to 45 percent. Yet, even without a majority vote for secession, the campaign for separation from the United Kingdom has already provided numerous insights into the future of secession movements and those who defend the status quo.

Lesson 1: Global Elites Greatly Fear Secession and Decentralization

Global elite institutions and individuals including Goldman Sachs, Alan Greenspan, David Cameron and several major banks pulled out all the stops to sow fear about independence as much as possible. Global bankers vowed to punish Scotland, declaring they would move out of Scotland if independence were declared.

According to one report:

A Deutsche Bank report compared it to the decision to return to the gold standard in the 1920s, and said it might spark a rerun of the Great Depression, at least north of the border.

When it comes to predictions of economic doom, it doesn’t get much more hysterical than that. Except that it does. David Cameron nearly burst into tears begging the Scots not to vote for independence.

The elite onslaught against secession employed at least two strategies. The first involved threats and “for your own good” lectures. Things will “not work out well” for Scotland in case of secession, intoned Robert Zoellick of the World Bank. John McCain implied that Scottish independence would be good for terrorists. The second strategy involved pleading and begging, which, of course, betrayed how truly fearful the West’s ruling class is of secession.

In addition to Cameron’s histrionics based on nostalgia and maudlin appeals to not break “this family apart,” Cameron attempted (apparently successfully) to bribe the Scottish voters with numerous promises of more money, more autonomy, and more power within the UK.

The threats that focused on the future of the Scottish monetary system are particularly telling. The very last thing that governments in London, Brussels, or Washington, DC want to see is an established Western country secede from a monetary system and join another in an orderly fashion. Political secession is bad enough, and is a thorn in the side of the EU which clearly hopes to establish itself someday as a perpetual union with no escape option. A successful withdrawal from a major global currency, even if to join the EMU later, would imply that countries have monetary options other than being absorbed wholesale (and permanently) by the EMU.

Lesson 2: Secession Movements Will Demand a Vote

While the UK elites were desperate to see the Scotland referendum fail, few argued that the Scots had no right to vote on the matter. Some argued that all of the UK should vote on it, but most observers appeared to simply accept that the Scots were entitled to vote by themselves on Scotland’s status in the UK.

This is bad news for many American and European regimes where traditions of democracy ostensibly run strong, but are manipulated to favor centralization. The United States government, for example, clings to the idea that no secession could possibly take place unless approved by the central government, and most Americans will dutifully denounce any attempt at a secessionist vote as treason. But in Europe, the mere existence of the Scotland referendum calls into question the legitimacy of efforts by central governments to ignore or prohibit local votes on independence. The Italian government has practically refused to even acknowledge the existence of the Venetian referendum, and the Spanish government in Madrid has already reiterated that it will ignore the results of the upcoming Catalonian vote.

It will not go unnoticed that the people who ignore such democratic outcomes when they endanger the elite’s status quo are the same people who extol the virtues of democracy when it suits their centralizing purposes, or when used to justify foreign wars.

Those regimes that deny a vote or which refuse to recognize votes to secede will continue to appear more and more retrograde as time goes on, and much of this will be due to the nearly unchallenged Scottish prerogative to conduct local votes on secession.

Some regimes may attempt to get around this by requiring nation-wide votes on secession. So, in the case of Venice, it is much easier to contemplate a situation in which the government in Rome allowed all of Italy to vote on whether or not Venice could secede. Such a vote would be safe from the central regime’s perspective since it would be highly unlikely to succeed under such conditions. Southern Italians benefit from tax revenues extracted from the Veneto region. Catalan, as well, is one of the more productive regions in Spain, so a nationwide vote would almost certainly lean toward continuing to exploit Catalonia for the benefit of less productive Spaniards.

Some observers have insisted that the relationship between such regions and the central governments in question are like “marriages” and that secession is like a “divorce.” A much better analogy, of course, is of a battered spouse seeking to flee the relationship for a safe house. Giving the full national electorate a vote is like giving an abusive spouse the power to veto any attempt at divorce.

It’s interesting to note, however, that Scotland is not in the same position as Veneto or Catalonia in that it is not a wealthy area of the United Kingdom. Indeed, from the point of view of budgets and tax revenues (ignoring the monetary dimension), England would not see much negative impact from Scotland’s departure. Had things been different, we might not have seen the same accepting attitude toward a referendum. Nonetheless, the precedent has been set.

Lesson 3: American Ideas about Secession Are Unsophisticated and Parochial

For a great many Americans, the concept of secession is meaningless outside the context of the American Civil War. Since it is conveniently never mentioned that the American Revolution was the result of American secession from the British Empire, Americans know virtually nothing of any other secession movement in history in any other context except the Confederacy and slavery. Some Americans of a certain age associate secession with the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, wrongly thinking that war to be caused by secession and not by decades of centralizing communist rule.

So, most Americans, when faced with a question of secession, have only two responses: (1) If you want secession you must want “balkanization.” By this, it is meant that secession equals ethnic cleansing and bloody civil war. (2) “If you want secession, you must be racist.” Because, of course, secession could serve no possible purpose other than the spread of slavery.

The Scottish question has made it clear that in the rest of the world, most educated human beings understand that secession has been used in a wide variety of historical and political contexts. Obviously, slavery has nothing at all to do with the secession movements in Quebec, Scotland, Veneto, or Catalonia.

Moreover, Americans in the typical fashion of authoritarians who justify any unjust state of affairs by dogmatically repeating the phrase “it’s the law” act as if the matter of regional autonomy and independence was settled once and for all in 1865 by the Civil War. Presumably, for these people, the matter has been settled until the End of Time, because some other people — all of whom are now long-dead — fought a war about it. It requires truly awe-inspiring levels of philistinism to think that something political is forever settled because of something someone else did a century and half ago. Among more rational and reasonable groups of humans, however, it is recognized that political conditions and allegiances change constantly.

At the same time, the pro-secessionists in America who dogmatically invoke the United States constitution of 1787 as proof of secession’s legality, will continue to fail to win converts. The constitution as envisioned by those who wrote it has been dead and buried for at least a century. The old interpretation is far too limiting in any case, and only applies to full US states, and not to portions of states.

Lesson 4: Secession is a good way to bargain

As we learned from the Scotland experience, centralizers fear secession to the point where they’re willing to throw a lot of bones to the secessionists. Of course, in the case of Scotland, which is a net tax-receiver region, these promises involved a lot of government welfare. In the case of Veneto, for example, things would be different. In any case, threatening secession is a useful tactic in obtaining additional autonomy. Moreover, it is always helpful to force a central government to submit to a referendum on its legitimacy. This should not be done in a one-off election as the Scots have done, but as a regular feature of the political process.

Ultimately, however, what really matters to the regime is that the ability to inflate the money supply and control the financial system. Politicians from the central government will be willing to part with many powers, but the power to inflate and control the banks will never be given up lightly.

Lesson 5: Centralization is Unnecessary for Economic Success

As predicted by Martin Van Creveld and a host of other observers of trends in state legitimacy, the state’s status as the central fact in the political order of the world continues to decline with smaller national groups and economic regions breaking up the old order in favor of both local autonomy and international alliances. The Scottish secession effort is simply one of many recent examples. The short-term defeat of the referendum will do little to alter this trend.

In addition, the economic realities of the modern world with constantly-moving capital and labor will continue to undermine the modern nation-state which has been largely built on the idea of economic nationalism and the myth that national economic self-sufficiency can be obtained.

The proliferation of trade among nations with huge national markets, labor forces, and a willingness to trade internationally has broken down the old national claims that only the nation-state can provide the markets, coercive power, and international clout necessary for economic growth. In fact, the Scots, the Venetians, and the Catalonians see access to international markets as something that is quite attainable without the added baggage of the central state to which they are presently beholden. Does Venice need Rome to trade with China? It’s unlikely.

As Peter St. Onge has pointed out, small nations do quite well when it comes to economic performance, and smallness is hardly a liability. This assertion that bigger is better was always easily disprovable, but remained popular for centuries. The success of the Scottish secessionist claims that Scotland could indeed compete internationally has shown that the dominance of the old myth continues to break down.

Conclusion

Some British newspapers have declared that “the dream is over” for Scottish independence. That seems hardly likely, unless by “over,” the newspapers mean “over for the next few years.” Europe-wide, the drive for more regional independence and autonomy will only continue to grow as economies stagnate, and as elites from Brussels or Rome or Madrid continue to maintain that they know best. Eventually, the promises of the centralizers will fall on very deaf ears.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS

I can think of nothing more depressing than the defeat of this movement for independence in Scotland. I had the wild hope that they would set a standard for the rest of the world to follow, that would eventually defeat the Oligarchs in control of America. But once again, human nature rears its cowardly head and displays its fear of individual responsibility. When will they learn that those who control the currency will eventually control their entire life? Or, is that what they really want?

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VP Cheney Issued 9/11 Stand Down Orders While Missile Approached Pentagon: Tip Of The Government Conspiracy

09/19/2014

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 By TRUTHER

 VP Cheney Issued 9/11 Stand Down Orders While Missile Approached Pentagon: Tip Of The Government Conspiracy

Neither Congress Nor DOD Investigate Dick Cheney’s 9/11 Stand Down Orders

9-19-2014 10-11-28 AM

Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Confirmed That Dick Cheney Ordered Stand Down on 9/11

Michael Thomas
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9-19-2014 10-11-00 AM

The Pentagon Was Not Hit By A Boeing 757 On 9/11. All Evidence Points To A Missile Fired By The US Military

As difficult as this still stunning report is to believe, it has been confirmed by the most reliable sources, one of those being former US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta who was operating in that official capacity on September 11, 2001.

The Vice President of these United States of America officially issues stand down orders regarding an incoming airliner/missile heading toward the Pentagon and the Mainstream Media (MSM) goes completelyAWOL on the matter … for 13 years? !

The entire US Congress is likewise OUT TO LUNCH for the past thirteen years, not having established a Special Prosecutor to thoroughly investigate this extremely demanding 9/11 crime against the American people.

Neither the Department of Defense nor any of the US Armed Services, including both Commaders-in-Chief Bush and Obama, have also refused to prosecute this weighty matter, much less open an investigation as required by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  There’s simply Nobody Home at the Pentagon … … … for 13 long years … when it was their patriotic employees who were killed by the cruise missile.

A cruise missile fired by WHO?
Launched from WHAT ship or missile silo?
Why was it aimed at that extremely sensitive location in the Pentagon?

Each of these critical questions must be answered with complete certainty if those service members who sacrificed their lives at the Pentagon are to be properly honored and valued.

Here is some critical information which may explain exactly why the Pentagon was bombed in that particular location.

“An office of the Army that had just re-occupied the Pentagon’s recently renovated Wedge One, named Resource Services Washington, lost 34 of its 45 employees. Most were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts. 3   Defense Secretary Rumsfeld had announced on the eve of the attack that more than $2 trillion was missing from the Pentagon.
More than half of the victims were in the Navy Command Center, a command-and-control facility on the first floor of the Pentagon’s D-Ring.

Many survivors suffered horrible injuries. Kevin Shaeffer was watching coverage of the attack in New York City with co-workers in the Navy Command Center when the plane struck, instantly killing 29 people in the same office. Shaeffer sustained second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body.”
– WHO was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, And WHY?

 

Video Of Incoming Missile Striking The Pentagon on 9/11/01

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wjOdhT3Yjg

Here’s the precise context:

All the usual   Bush Administration personnel were officially gathered  in the PEOC* (Presidential Emergency Operations Center) bunker early morning on 9/11/01.  The PEOC is described as follows:

*The President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) is a structure that lies beneath the East Wing of the White House in the United States. Originally constructed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II, it is presumed to be designed to withstand all but direct nuclear blasts[citation needed] and is likely to be the President’s evacuation point in the event of an incoming ICBM (the main protocols of escape are highly classified). It is not in the same location as the Situation Room, which is in the basement of the West Wing. However, it does possess several televisions, telephones and a communications system to coordinate with other government entities during an emergency. During a breach of White House security, to include P-56 airspace violators, the President and other protectees will be relocated to the executive briefing room, next to the PEOC. Day to day, the PEOC is manned around the clock by joint service military officers and NCOs.

During the September 11 attacks, the PEOC was occupied by then-Vice President Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Mary Matalin, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Joshua Bolten, Karen Hughes, Stephen Hadley, David Addington, Secret Service agents and other staff, including an Army major who was a White House Fellow.
(Per WIKIPEDIA — Presidential Emergency Operations Center)

What is suspiciously odd at first glance is the absence of Secretary Mineta’s name from this Wikipedia entry, particularly in light of his prominent position as Secretary of Transportation on 9/11/01.

Here is further PEOC context on the morning of 9/11/01:

“Mineta says Vice President Cheney was “absolutely” already there when he arrived at approximately 9:25 a.m. in the PEOC (Presidential Emergency Operations Center) bunker on the morning of 9/11. Mineta seemed shocked to learn that the 9/11 Commission Reportclaimed Cheney had not arrived there until 9:58– after the Pentagon had been hit, a report that Mineta definitively contradicted.”[1]

As these senior White House staff and/or responders were assembling the twin towers had already been ‘hit’, burning and were coming down in real time. The Pentagon had not yet been attacked by the cruise missile disguised as a plane. This was the primary drama of the day in the PEOC, since the oncoming missile was fired at the nerve center of the US Armed Services, a building only 3.4 miles from the White House. Therefore, you would think that these aforementioned participants would have wanted to get it right.

9-19-2014 10-10-18 AM

Does anyone see a Boeing 757 or wreckage thereof?

They did not get it right on that fateful day, as the whole world ought to know by now.  And the Secretary of Transportation has confirmed the backstory in no uncertain terms. As follows:

Norm Mineta – U.S. Secretary of Transportation 2001 – 2006. U.S. Secretary of Commerce 2000 – 2001. Senior Vice President, Lockheed Martin 1995 – 2000. Former 12-term Congressman from California 1971 – 1995. Currently, Vice Chairman of the Board, Hill & Knowlton.

9/11 Commission testimony 5/23/03:

Lee Hamilton: We thank you for that. I wanted to focus just a moment on the Presidential Emergency Operating Center [PEOC]. You were there for a good part of the day. I think you were there with the vice president. And when you had that order given, I think it was by the president, that authorized the shooting down of commercial aircraft that were suspected to be controlled by terrorists, were you there when that order was given?

Norm Mineta: No, I was not. I was made aware of it during the time that the airplane coming into the Pentagon. There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, “The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to, “The plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the vice president, “Do the orders still stand?” And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?” Well, at the time I didn’t know what all that meant. And —

Lee Hamilton: The flight you’re referring to is the–

Norm Mineta: The flight that came into the Pentagon. …http://www.youtube.com (Preview)

Norm Mineta: I didn’t know about the order to shoot down. I arrived at the PEOC at about 9:20 a.m. And the president was in Florida, and I believe he was on his way to Louisiana at that point when the conversation that went on between the vice president and the president and the staff that the president had with him.

Tim Roemer: So when you arrived at 9:20 [at the Presidential Emergency Operating Center in the White House], how much longer was it before you overheard the conversation between the young man and the vice president saying, “Does the order still stand?”

Norm Mineta: Probably about five or six minutes.

Tim Roemer: So about 9:25 or 9:26. And your inference
was that the vice president snapped his head around and said, “Yes, the order still stands.” Why did you infer that that was a shoot-down? http://www.youtube.com

Editor’s note: Secretary Mineta’s testimony directly contradicts the 9/11 Commission Report on two key points and it is entirely omitted from the 9/11 Commission Report.

  1. Mr. Mineta testified he arrived at the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) in the White House at 9:20 a.m. and observed Vice President Dick Cheney discussing with an aide that the incoming Flight 77 was 50 miles out at 9:25 or 9:26. The 9/11 Commission Report maintains Vice President Cheney did not arrive at the PEOC until 9:58, over 30 minutes later. Mr. Mineta’s testimony is further supported by the fact that Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37, which is the correct time it would have taken Flight 77 to arrive at the Pentagon, if it had been about 50 miles out at 9:26.
  2. The Commission Report maintains the government did not know the whereabouts of Flight 77 prior to 9:32, when Dulles Tower air controllers “observed a primary radar target tracking eastbound at a high rate of speed”. Mr. Mineta’s testimony reveals Vice President Cheney was being informed of the plane’s position for several minutes before that, and perhaps considerably longer. (Ask yourselves how did anyone on the ground know a random aircraft in flight on that morning intended to strike the Pentagon? There’s no possible way anybody could know that– So why was Dick Cheney so certain the plane should be shot down?)[2]

The following C-SPAN video of Secretary Mineta offering sworn testimony speaks volumes about what happened in the PEOC on 9/11. There can be no misunderstanding regarding the now infamous “Stand Down” order issued by VP Cheney as the incoming cruise missile was just miles from the Pentagon.

 Conclusion:

The preceding exposé categorically reveals a massive and complex, meticulously planned and fastidiously executed conspiracy to both carry out and cover up the 9/11 terror attacks.  Quite shockingly for most, however, the real terrorists are not those identified by the 9/11 Commission Report.  The compelling circumstantial evidence points to a terrorist cabal operating at the highest levels of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of the US Federal Government, as well as in the upper echelons of the US Military, Secret Services and National Intelligence Gathering Apparatus.

Because of the necessary technical expertise, extraordinary resources and qualified manpower required to implement such a complicated and horrendously difficult scheme,  it is also clear that support came from the corporate sector.  Law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and New York Police Department had to have been directly involved in the 9/11 attacks, as was the CIA, NSA and DIA, especially the coverup.

That such conclusions have been drawn by many competent 9/11 scientific researchers and criminal investigators has hardened the case against the Bush and Clinton Administrations.   It was, after all, Jamie Gorelick, under Clinton who constructed the legal framework (firewall, if you will) for 9/11 to occur so flawlessly (NOT).

Gorelick, an appointee of Bill Clinton, is the one who constructed the wall of separation that kept the CIA and the FBI from comparing notes and therefore invading the privacy of nice young men like, say, Muhammed Atta and Zacarius Moussaoui. While countless problems were uncovered in our intelligence operations in the wake of 9-11, no single factor comes close to in importance to Jamie Gorelick’s wall.

In fact, it was Gorelick’s wall, perhaps more than any other single factor, that induces some people to blame Clinton himself for 9-11 since he appointed her and she acted consistent with his philosophy of “crime fighting.” She put the wall into place as Deputy Attorney General in 1995.
— BY DESIGN … The Mistress of Disaster: Jamie Gorelick

The Obama Administration is likewise complicit in the ongoing coverup of the 9/11 government conspiracy.  Obama’s refusal to establish a commission to conduct a high integrity investigation sends a clear message to We, the People.  However, this still evolving state of affairs seems to be changing directions with each successive year of worsening economic hardship and political paralysis.  In other word, his hand may ultimately be forced in the matter

When the 9/11 truth from deep insiders who turn state’s evidence makes it to the MSM this nation will change, and change fast. The ensuing constitutional crisis will be followed by a dissolution of government.  After that, only God knows the fate and fortune of the once constitutional republic known as the United States of America.

Michael Thomas
September 7, 2014
StateoftheNation2012.com

9-19-2014 10-09-47 AM

Author’s Note:

That the Vice-President of the USA (and his many government co-conspirators) could be directly involved with the most deadly, destructive and disastrous terrorist attack on American soil ever is simply too much to bear for the great majority of Americans.  Which is exactly why the nation sits in the spot that it currently finds itself in both domestically and internationally.

Because truth and justice were not pursued on 2001, and the best and brightest among us took the path of least resistance, the job of redressing the 9/11 wrong is much more urgent.  If ever there was a time to expose the many grim truths of 9/11, 2014 is it.  The world is in such a different place than 2001, that the current timing of 9/11 revelations may just be enough to trigger a groundswell of citizen advocacy.

Are you ready?  Then join the movement that can be joined with a few keystrokes on your computer.  The website, blogging and social media revolutionary tactics are entirely asymmetric and unconventional in every way.  Just like the first guerrilla warfare used at Lexington and Concord by the Minutemen, this new millennium calls for a different form of strategy and tactics to take back the country — our Constitutional Republic — once and for all.

Editor’s Note:

By shining the light of truth on these and other serious issues surrounding the 9/11 attacks everyone can do their part to raise awareness, which will have its highly consequential effects sooner than later.  About this eventuality, there is no doubt.  Therefore, take comfort that with each passing year the nation gets closer to understanding the real truth about September 11th, 2001 — the 9/11 TRUTH that will inevitably set the country free.

Lastly, this article has a Part II entitled:
Was the White House the real 9/11 terror attack headquarters?
VP Cheney Incriminated By His Own Pentagon Stand Down Orders

Recommended Reading:

Mineta’s 9/11 Testimony CONFIRMED: Implications Are Earth-shattering

9/11 MUST SEE: “I can prove that it was not an airplane” that hit the Pentagon – Major General Albert N. Stubblebine

References:

9/11 Commission Report: The Most Ridiculous Conspiracy Theory Of All Time

9/11: The Ultimate Inside Job And False Flag Operation

9/11: Russia Presents Evidence Against US, UK And Israel Co-Conspirators?

Comprehensive 9/11 Photo-Doc On Pentagon Fraud And 737 Airliner Which Was Actually A Missile

Leaked 9/11 Video Footage Showing Cruise Missile Hitting The Pentagon

9/11 VIDEO Evidence Proves Airplane Was Remotely Controlled Into Twin Tower

9/11: What Actually Happened

‘Loose Change’ Video Proves 9/11 Was A Controlled Demolition And Inside Job

Irrefutable ‘Molten Steel’ Evidence Indicates Inside Job, Proves 9/11 Commission Report Fraudulent

How was Building 7 implosion a perfectly controlled demolition on 9/11?

9/11 Phone Calls From Airliners Were Faked

9/11Was A False Flag Attack — Russia Today

The 11 Most Compelling 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

9/11: The Most Consequential False Flag Operation Of The New Millennium

The Biggest 9/11 Conspiracy Of All Time

CIA Leak Gives ‘Incontrovertible Evidence’ That 9/11 WAS STATE SPONSORED

Why is Obama Still Hiding the 28-Page Report on Saudi Royal Family Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks?

THE WALLS ARE CRUMBLING DOWN AROUND 9/11 – WHY?No Explanation For Building #6 Implosion On 9/11

GlobalResearch.ca 9/11 Library

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RECOVERING OUR FREEDOM

09/18/2014

Starting at First Base

From Anna

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Posted on September 18, 2014by arnierosner

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Many people are profoundly confused. This System the rats have put in place IS confusing and it is MEANT to be confusing. That’s their whole schtick— to confuse you with other corporate personas and to confuse you regarding the jurisdiction they are operating in. And they do a good job of both, if you let them.

The governmental services corporations operating under whatever name— say, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC.—have what is called a “deemed trust interest” in the people and the assets of the land and sea they service. This is a weak trust interest, similar to a mechanics lien on a house. It only comes into play when and if the actual trust operators fail to function—and that is what has happened.

The governmental services corporation operated by FDR went bankrupt and falsely claimed that the federal “states” and “citizenry thereof” were voluntary sureties standing good for the debts of the United States of America, Inc.   (Conference of Governors meeting March 6, 1933.) They did this in such a way as to confuse people about which “states” and which “citizens” they were talking about (federal “states” and federal “citizens” only) which has led to all sorts of false claims against you and your organic States of the Union.

Next, the United Nations Corporation stepped in and organized the International Monetary Fund, Inc., which organized the UNITED STATES, INC. – a French commercial corporation, to take over the governmental services contracts of the old United States of America, Inc.

Operating this scheme, the UNITED STATES, INC. was able to charge off all its expenses against the United States of America, Inc. during its bankruptcy reorganization, and the cost of all this got passed through to the presumed “sureties”—us.   But then, the unthinkable happened. The Pope woke up and forced the United States of America, Inc. to end its decades long “reorganization” and settle the bankruptcy. Suddenly, the UNITED STATES, INC. could no longer just pass through any and every expense to the American people and their States.

The UNITED STATES, INC. has no contract with our states. Its only contract was with the bankrupt United States of America, Inc., so they are both out of luck and out of pocket—-and seeking a means to re-establish another cozy bankruptcy fraud, war, or other means to fill their coffers. They are also looking for the alternative route— ways to reduce their expenses by killing off and reducing the number of their creditors.

We need to be aware of this circumstance if we wish to rightly interpret what is going on in the stock markets and headlines of the world. We also need to be aware in terms of the propaganda that we are being fed. The UNITED STATES, INC. needs another war for profit, so it is busy pumping up a new “enemy” called ISIS, which it funded and continues to fund. All this is being done as a justification for spending our money and spilling our blood (not to mention the other poor suckers) so that the UNITED STATES, INC. has an expense it can charge against us.

The UNITED STATES makes money when it provides “services” to us, so it has been busily contriving all manner of services it can provide —including services we don’t want or need.

The Border Problem is a money maker for the UNITED STATES. It provides services to all those Mexican immigrants, and then charges us for the cost of this. They naturally charge us a lot more than it actually costs them, so they make out like bandits. They also claim each new immigrant as another “American” slave, and issue bonds based on the value of their labor. Can you say, “Double points!”

Same thing with wars and other conflicts— remember the Department of Defense’s $400 hammers and $1500 gold-plated toilet seats?   The UNITED STATES makes money providing us with “defense services”. So long as nobody is minding the store, they can charge however much they like for providing these “services”. And they do.

This is the conflict of interest at the heart of the current misery. The State governments are supposed to ride herd on their service contracts with the feds, but over time, the “federal” government— the private, for-profit, foreign corporate government— has contrived to co-opt the State governments and to redefine them as “franchises” of their own corporation. This is how we have wound up with the “State of Georgia” and the “STATE OF GEORGIA”.

Do we seriously expect the local franchise of Burger King to question the actions of Burger King, International?

Instead, the “State” governments receive money as a kick-back from the “federal” government in the form of “federal revenue sharing”.

This is why government spending is out of control and will be out of control until we put our feet down and stop it—-until we seize back our misappropriated credit, and assert our position as the Priority Creditors of the UNITED STATES, INC. and the STATES it operates as franchises—and start applying the kind of pressure they understand: financial pressure.

To calm down the Border problem, groups of us have established commercial liens providing for very hefty and escalating fines to be applied against the perpetuators and their immediate bosses, the IMF and the UN.   Suddenly, it is not profitable to be welcoming all those Mexicans. So what happens? The flood slows to a trickle.

To calm down the War Fever, groups of us have established commercial liens providing for very hefty and escalating fines to be applied against them for every American life lost and for every bit of property damage. Suddenly, war is no longer so profitable.

We must all stop thinking of this “thing” in Washington, DC as “our” government. It is not and it never has been. It is a criminally self-interested, foreign, for-profit, mostly foreign-owned corporation hired to provide nineteen governmental services, and it is seriously run amok.

As a corporation there is nothing sacrosanct about the “federal government”. It has exactly the same standing and status as any other commercial corporation on earth. We need to deal with it the same way we would deal with Ford Motor Company or General Electric or Monsanto.

Would you “petition” the corporate officers of these companies and ask them to play nice? That’s what you are doing with all these senseless petitions to Congress. If they wanted to play nice and were willing to play nice, they would already be doing so. There would be no need for petitions seeking redress for grievances.

So why bother?

Would you work your rump off and spend billions of dollars on political candidates and political parties trying to elect new mid-level corporate officers, aka, members of Congress, knowing that the direction of the corporation is utterly controlled by foreign shareholders?

The UNITED STATES, INC. is owned and operated by the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) and the IMF is owned and operated by the UNITED NATIONS, CORPORATION. Our real beef, therefore, is with the IMF and the UN.

If we have a beef with the way the UNITED STATES, INC. is being run— and we do—-then the obvious things to be done are the same as with any other corporation. You put the bite on them and their owners and operators via bad publicity, commercial liens, law suits in appropriate venues, and boycotts.

That’s why commercial liens against the UNITED STATES, INC. need to be filed simultaneously against the IMF and UN. They are responsible for what the UNITED STATES, INC. is doing or failing to do, so the mismanagement of the operation comes home to them and they are then motivated to make sure that the contracts owed by the UNITED STATES, INC. are honored and the limitations of those contracts observed.

Otherwise the IMF and UN are quite content to let the UNITED STATES, INC. run roughshod over everyone and everything in sight, and there is no real consequence for them. They stand in the shadows and reap the profit and don’t even get bad publicity for their misdeeds. Drag them out into the open and lay claim to their assets.

And if any of them persist in promoting criminality of any kind, yank their charters like so many radishes in the spring.

We do have effective means of dealing with the perpetrators, but we must recognize who and what the perpetrators of this System are: the shareholders of the UNITED STATES, INC., the IMF, and the UN Corporation, all acting in collusion with the shareholders of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC., the FEDERAL RESERVE, and the UN Corporation.

All roads now lead to the UN CORPORATION, so make the claims short and sweet and addressed to the UN Secretary General.

The members of Congress are rubber stamps and window dressing, there to entertain and reassure the public. Any real power the Congress had was given away during the Roosevelt Administration to the Office of the President. As mid-level managers, members of Congress now spend most of their days trying to figure out how they can more effectively lick the boots of their foreign masters, still bring home enough bacon to satisfy the folks back home, and better feather their own nests.

Instead of wasting time and money and heartfelt effort on any aspect of the current political system or supporting candidates that at the end of the day have neither the power nor the will to truly represent anyone but themselves and their own group of cronies, use your resources to address the root of the problem: the UN, the IMF, the UNITED STATES, INC. and their “federal” STATES.

Expose them. Expose what they have done and are doing here. Expose their motives and deal with those motives effectively. Realize that they are in the business of selling you “governmental services” and that you are in charge of what you buy or don’t buy —including “Obummercare”. Don’t let anyone “represent” you or your estate in these matters. The cretins in Congress are not there to represent you. They are there to represent the UNITED STATES, INC. They will always vote and act to enrich the corporation at your expense.

Many will remember that back in the 1970’s magazine publishers offered “free” subscriptions—get three months of blah-blah magazine absolutely free! No obligation! But what they didn’t tell people was that they would also receive a one month “free subscription” to six other magazines and if the victim didn’t immediately respond and cancel all these subscriptions, they would be charged for all of them at full price— subject to automatic renewal, too.

Such a deal we’ve got for you. Soon, if you don’t stand up for yourselves and cancel your “subscriptions” you will literally owe your soul to the Company Store, and be obligated to buy everything from bootlaces to coffins from the UNITED STATES, INC.

The first and most important action step is to divorce from their political process. Get your own mind firmly wrapped around the fact that the entire American political tableau is meaningless. Democrat? Republican? It doesn’t matter who gets elected to fill those Congressional seats, because the seats themselves are bought, paid for, and controlled by a foreign corporation.

Once you truly understand this, it will be easy to rescind “your” Voter Registration and announce that you will henceforth operate only as an Elector. It will be easy to write a letter to “your” Congressional Delegation— telling them that they don’t represent you nor your organic State of the Union. It will be easy to do the same thing at the STATE level and express your ire that these people who claim to “represent” you have allowed “federal revenue sharing”—-kick backs based on the misappropriation of your credit—to undermine our nation and instead promote the establishment of federal “STATES” to usurp the rightful government you are owed and undermine the checks and balances needed to protect the interests of the people.

Once you know who “they” are, what they are and what they aren’t, it is a lot easier to deal with them effectively and efficiently. So this is First Base. Shrug off the chains these corporations have offered to place on you, take back your inherent standing, and present yourself— act “without representation” and “without the United States”.

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Follow the Money: War Hawks, and the Military Industrial Complex

09/17/2014

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/19115-follow-the-money-war-hawks-and-the-military-industrial-complex

9-17-2014 2-04-13 PM

Written by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.

“Follow the money.” This was the advice given by an informant on how to discover who was behind the Watergate break-in, as portrayed in the 1976 movie All the President’s Men.

The suggestion is still sound, and following the financial connection between pro-war pundits and defense contractors reveals relationships between the two that have borne deadly offspring.

From President Obama’s promise to “degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL,” to the ubiquitous appearance of former generals on cable news shows, all calling for a U.S. military response to the alleged threat, the war drums are constantly sounding in the ears of Americans.

One example of the promotion from former brass to send in the armed forces to combat ISIL came from retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, who reportedly recommended putting “as many as 100,000 boots on the ground in Iraq” and using “special operations forces or CIA operatives on the ground there to get detailed intelligence.”

A similar suggestion, highlighted by an article in The Nation, is made by retired General Jack Keane who reportedly recommends “‘offensive’ air strikes and the deployment of more military advisers to the region.”

Generals put out to pasture longing for the glory days of battle is not newsworthy, though. What is worth noting, however, is the ties these hawks have to the manufacturers of military materiel.

Consider as evidence of this unholy alliance the case of Jack KeaneThe Nation, in an article posted September 12 entitled “Who’s Paying the Pro-War Pundits” by Lee Fang, provides the following synopsis of his practically unreported alliance between war promoter and war goods producer:

Keane has appeared on Fox News at least nine times over the last two months to promote the idea that the best way to stop ISIS is through military action — in particular, through air strikes deep into ISIS-held territory. In one of the only congressional hearings about ISIS over the summer, Keane was there to testify and call for more American military engagement. On Wednesday evening, Keane declared President Obama’s speech on defeating ISIS insufficient, arguing that a bolder strategy is necessary. “I truly believe we need to put special operation forces in there,” he told host Megyn Kelly.

Left unsaid during his media appearances (and left unmentioned on his congressional witness disclosure form) are Keane’s other gigs: as special adviser to Academi, the contractor formerly known as Blackwater; as a board member to tank and aircraft manufacturer General Dynamics; a “venture partner” to SCP Partners, an investment firm that partners with defense contractors, including XVionics, an “operations management decision support system” company used in Air Force drone training; and as president of his own consulting firm, GSI LLC.

To portray Keane as simply a think tank leader and a former military official, as the media have done, obscures a fairly lucrative career in the contracting world. For the General Dynamics role alone, Keane has been paid a six-figure salary in cash and stock options since he joined the firm in 2004; last year, General Dynamics paid him $258,006.

With this in mind, it would appear that expansion of the “War on Terror” is  less a foreign policy trajectory and more of a marketing tactic of the immense (and every expanding) military-industrial-intelligence complex and the corps of congressmen that act as salesman staking out new territories for the deadly inventory manufactured by the defense contractors. This expansion of the market makes money, much of which finds its way into the campaign coffers of dozens of influential lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

In fairness to Keane, he’s not the only war-promoting pundit to be lining his pockets with Pentagon contractor cash. The aforementioned Anthony Zinni is in on the deal, as well. Again, as reported by The Nation:

Retired General Anthony Zinni, perhaps the loudest advocate of a large deployment of American soliders into the region to fight ISIS, is a board member to BAE Systems’ US subsidiary, and also works for several military-focused private equity firms.

There are other examples, but the question that is relevant given the bloody result of the recommendations made by these retired generals (thousands of dead American military men and women have been offered on the altar of Pax Americana) is whether the media should feel compelled to disclose the corporate connection between those chosen by producers to opine on the need for combat action against ISIL or any other supposed threat.

Remarkably, one of the country’s most prominent news outlets, the New York Times, relies on information provided by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), an organization with a familiar name as chairman of the Board: Jack Keane.

Consider The Nation’s concerns with this incestuous incitement to send American servicemen to die in another unconstitutional, undeclared, unnecessary Middle Eastern morass:

The Times has not mentioned Keane’s potential conflict of interest or that ISW may have a vested stake in its policy positions. The Public Accountability Initiative notes that ISW’s corporate sponsors represent “a who’s who of the defense industry and includes Raytheon, SAIC, Palantir, General Dynamics, CACI, Northrop Grumman, DynCorp, and L-3 Communication.” As the business network CNBC reported this week, Raytheon in particular has much to gain from escalation in Iraq, as the company produces many of the missiles and radar equipment used in airstrikes.

In addition to providing reports and quotes for the media, ISW leaders have demanded a greater reaction to ISIS from the Obama administration. In The Weekly Standard this week, ISW president Kim Kagan wrote that President Obama’s call for a limited engagement against ISIS “has no chance of success.”

If we are to retain the freedoms that remain, Americans must read and heed the words of our first president and “father of his country,” George Washington, himself a retired general at the time this statement was made.

First, to avoid the plague of perpetual war, Washington warned against “foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues.”

Next, Washington declared that a lasting peace comes only from avoiding meddling in foreign armed conflicts and from promoting virtue in the citizenry. A peaceful country, he said, can be maintained only by peaceful people. Washington explained:

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it — It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?

Finally, Washington recommends that we avoid at all costs becoming the victim of “tools and dupes” who would destroy liberty:

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it.

Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS

Never forget who is at the top of this unholy alliance between our government and the Corporation’s who profit from our loss of liberty and destruction of our economy. The top share holders of these Corporations and the International Banking Cartel are one and the same. They profit from the lack of morals in the people who work for them. We need to burn the Bankers alive and hold the fire of morality to the feet of our leaders, their assistants, and the military.

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REMEMBERING THE CRIMINAL CONVICTION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE CIA

09/16/2014

http://fff.org/2014/09/12/remembering-the-criminal-conviction-of-the-director-of-the-cia/

 By Jacob G. Hornberger

With 9/11/14 marking the 41st anniversary of the U.S.-supported military coup in Chile, which resulted in the kidnapping, detention, rapes, torture, disappearances, and murders of thousands of innocent people, we would be remiss if we failed to commemorate the criminal conviction of Richard Helms, the Director of the CIA, for lying to Congress about the CIA’s role in trying to effect regime change in Chile prior to the coup.

In Chile’s 1970 presidential election, Salvador Allende won with a plurality of the votes. Under Chile’s constitution, that threw the election into the hands of the Chilean congress. Traditionally, the congress would elect the person who received the largest number of votes, even if he wasn’t of the political party that controlled Congress.

Since Allende was a person who believed in socialism and communism, however, President Richard Nixon decided that the U.S. government would do whatever it could to prevent Allende from becoming president of Chile, notwithstanding the fact that he would have been duly elected president by the Chilean people.

So, Nixon ordered the CIA into action.

The CIA operated on two tracks: One track involved bribing the members of the Chilean congress with enormous amounts of U.S. taxpayer money. The purpose of the bribes was to induce the congressmen to vote against Allende notwithstanding the fact that he had been the leading vote-getter.

The other track involved a military coup, one in which U.S. officials would bribe, cajole, and encourage Chilean military officials to violate their oaths to support and defend the country’s constitution by ousting the Allende from office in a violent military coup should the congress proceed to elect him president.

Of course, this wasn’t the first time that U.S. officials had intervened in Chilean political affairs. To prevent Allende from rising within Chile’s political system during the 1960s, the CIA had become one of the biggest, most influential, and powerful political forces in the country by flooding groups, candidates, and newspapers who were opposed to Allende with U.S. taxpayer money.

Needless to say, all of this sordid activity was kept secret from the American people on the basis of, yes, “national security,” the two magic words that have come to be used as shield for wrongdoing by the U.S. national-security state — two magic words that aren’t even mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

In 1972, Helms appeared before Congress for a confirmation hearing and was asked about CIA involvement in Chile. Helms lied, falsely telling Congress under oath that the CIA had done nothing to help Chilean opponents of Allende.

In 1975, the Church Committee discovered the truth about the CIA’s massive covert involvement in Chilean affairs with the intent of preventing Allende’s rise to power. Helms had been caught in flat-out perjury, much as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would be some 40 years later.

Unlike Clapper, however, Helms was not given a complete pass. He was indicted for perjury.

Helms’ defense goes a long way in explaining the powerful role that the CIA plays in America’s governmental structure and the mindset that guides CIA officials.

Helms said that he had no choice but to lie to Congress because of the oath that he had taken at the CIA to keep CIA matters secret.

But there is obviously something wrong with that picture. If the CIA had wanted to, it could have made its oath subject and subordinate to sworn testimony before Congress. Or when Helms went to work for the CIA, he could have made it clear that when he took the oath, it would be subject to any sworn testimony he might have to give before Congress.

But the way the CIA saw it, its oath of secrecy was superior to sworn testimony before Congress. The CIA’s mindset and oath reveal how the CIA views itself as superior and dominate to Congress, which consists of the American people’s elected representatives.

In the final outcome of the case, Helms was given a partial pass. He was permitted to plead nolo contendere, which enables a defendant to avoid admitting guilt, to a misdemeanor plea and given a suspended sentence and a $2,000 fine. Despite that sweetheart deal, the presiding judge hit the nail on the head:

You considered yourself bound to protect the Agency [and so] to dishonor your solemn oath to tell the truth. … If public officials embark deliberately on a course to disobey and ignore the laws of our land because of some misguided and ill-conceived notion and belief that there are earlier commitments and considerations which they must observe, the future of our country is in jeopardy.

That’s not the way Helms saw it. Immediately after sentencing, his lawyer told the press that Helms would “wear this conviction like a badge of honor, like a banner.”

The judge’s sentiment was also not the way the CIA saw it. According to the Wikipedia entry on Helms, his lawyer’s sentiment was “later seconded by James R. Schlesinger who had followed Helms as DCI in 1973.”

Even more revealing, when Helms walked into CIA headquarters, he was given a standing ovation, and a collection was made to pay his $2,000 fine. It was clear that Helms’ CIA cohorts were proud of what they had done in Chile and considered Helms a hero for lying to Congress by concealing the CIA’s role in bringing about regime change in Chile.

By the time Helms was convicted, the U.S. national-security state had achieved its goal of ousting Allende from power through a violent military coup, an overall process that entailed the kidnapping, rapes, torture, assassination, and murder of two American citizens, Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi, Chilean Gen. Rene Schneider, and tens of thousands of innocent Chileans — that is Chileans who were guilty of doing nothing worse than believing in socialism or communism or participating in their country’s political process by supporting their duly elected president.

To this day — 41 years after the Chilean coup — the CIA still refuses to release all its files and records relating to the Chilean coup to the American people on grounds of “national security.” Unfortunately, the CIA has grown too powerful within America’s governmental structure for Congress, the federal courts, or the media to do anything about that secrecy.

This post was written by:Jacob G. Hornberger

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email

OLDDOGS COMMENTS

The CIA is undoubtedly the most productive of all the Banking Cartels henchmen, and no matter what else we can possibly do to regain our former freedoms, the Bankers would just shuffle the responsibility around to other organizations. So, NOTHING productive can be done as long as they continue to live. That’s the kind of statements that causes me to lose subscribers, BUT it is the hard truth, as they are ruthless human excrement and have had millions of people murdered with no end in sight, so if you are too stupid to admit the truth go ahead and unsubscribe, because you will never be an American anyway.

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