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style"font-size:14pt">U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine
flu

July 10, 2009, Washington
Post

target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/200
9/07/09/AR2009070900353.html

>School-age children will be a key target= population for a pandemic flu
vaccine in the fall, and they may be vaccinated at school in a mass
campaign not seen since the polio epidemics of the 1950s. The federal
government should get about 100 million doses of vaccine by
mid-October, if the current production by five companies goes as
planned. But enough vaccine for wide use by the 120 million people
especially vulnerable to the newly emerged strain of H1N1 influenza virus
will not be available until later in the fall. Those were among the
messages administration officials delivered to about 500 state,
territorial, city and tribal health officials yesterday at a “flu summit”
at the National Institutes of Health’s Bethesda campus. President Obama,
speaking by audio link from the Group of Eight summit in L’Aquila, Italy,
urged “complete ownership” of preparations for what he termed a
“significant outbreak” of H1N1 flu in the next few months. “We want to
make sure that we are not promoting panic, but we are promoting vigilance
and preparation,” he said. He added that “the most important thing for us
to do is to make sure that state and local officials prepare now to
implement a vaccination program in the fall.” Children, pregnant women,
adults with chronic illnesses, and health-care workers would probably be
first in line for the vaccine, Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius told the gathering. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said
“we would absolutely welcome” the idea that the nation’s schools be a
principal venue for delivering the vaccine. He called them “natural sites”
and said that “to open our doors and be part of the solution really makes
sense.”

>Note: The fear-mongering and vaccination plan continues. Note
the Post’s claim that “more than 1 million Americans have become ill from
it.” Where did they get this number? The CDC website at target="_blank">this link as of July 10th claims around 40,000 cases
in the US. Could this mistake have been intentional? For lots more on
this, see target="_blank">this link. justify;font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">And to watch a powerful
segment from CBS 60 Minutes showing how
government propoganda killed and maimed thousands during the swine flu
scare of 1976, target="_blank">click here.


style"font-size:14pt">MIA may be a quarantine site in
pandemic

June 10, 2009, Miami Herald
(Miami’s leading newspaper)

target="_blank">http://www.miamiherald.com/business/story/1089929.html

>Miami International Airport [MIA] and 18 other major American airports
have been lined up to handle a future pandemic that could require them to
quarantine international flights. The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention has set up stand-by quarantine/screening facilities
at the 19 airports to which all flights from affected countries would be
diverted. Nationally, airline and airport lobbyists predict chaos, saying
there is no way the air-traffic system can handle such extensive
rerouting. Now, new proposals are emerging in Washington, including one
that would designate Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Orlando International and
four other major airports as potential second-tier quarantine sites. Local
officials say they understand the CDC will approve the new designations
only if the airports pay for the quarantine facilities themselves. The CDC
would pay for the quarantine stations at the 19 primary airports. The
facilities are not cheap. A 2008 study by the Federal Aviation
Administration concluded that setting aside space for health screenings
and a quarantine of up to 200 people could cost $15,000 a month, with
costs of an actual quarantine running into the hundreds of thousands of
dollars.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood officials began developing a plan to handle
quarantined passengers and flights several years ago during the bird flu
scare. It calls for erecting air-conditioned tents on the runway ramps to
screen or quarantine passengers before they enter the terminal.
Quarantined passengers might have to remain for days to show they are not
infectious.


style"font-size:14pt">Guant√°namo, Abu Ghraib …
Bagram?

July 11, 2009, Sunday Herald (One
of Scotland’s leading newspapers)

target="_blank">http://www.sundayherald.com/international/shinternationa
l/display.var.2518245.0.0.php

Noor
Habib’s hands shake as he draws a picture of how he says he was abused. He
claims that he was taken to a small, darkened cell where his arms were
tied to the ceiling and he was made to stand in waist-deep water for six
hours at a time. He says he was beaten, threatened with dogs, and deprived
of sleep. Habib was an inmate at the Bagram Theater Internment Facility,
an American military detention centre outside Kabul. Over a period of more
than two months, we tracked down 27 former detainees. There were others,
but they were afraid to speak or had been warned not to. Many
allegations of ill-treatment appear repeatedly in the interviews; physical
abuse, the use of stress positions, excessive heat or cold, unbearably
loud noise, being forced to remove clothes in front of female soldiers and
in four cases, being threatened with death at gunpoint
. All the
men who spoke to us were interviewed in isolation and they were all asked
the same questions. They were held at times between 2002 and 2008 and they
were all accused of belonging to or helping al-Qaeda or the Taliban. None
of the inmates were charged with any offence or put on trial. The camp has
held thousands of people over the last eight years. Most of the inmates
are Afghans but some were captured abroad and brought here under a process
known as “extraordinary rendition”, including at least two Britons. The
Obama administration says they are dangerous men and it classifies them as
“terrorist suspects” and “enemy combatants” rather than “prisoners of
war”. It is a legal classification that critics say deliberately denies
inmates access to lawyers or the right to appeal or even complain about
their treatment.

>Note: For more revelations from reliable, verifiable sources of
the horrific abuses carried out under US direction at secret prisons
worldwide, target="_blank">click here.


style"font-size:14pt">Kelly’s Book of Secrets
July 5, 2009, Daily Express (One
of the UK’s largest-circulation newspapers)

target="_blank">http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/111971/Kelly-s-book-
of-secrets

Weapons
inspector David Kelly was writing a book exposing highly damaging
government secrets before his ­mysterious death. He was intending to
reveal that he warned Prime Minister Tony Blair there were no weapons of
mass destruction anywhere in Iraq weeks before the ­British and
American invasion. He had several discussions with a publisher in Oxford
and was seeking advice on how far he could go without breaking the law on
secrets. Following his death, his computers were seized and it is still
not known if any rough draft was discovered by investigators and, if so,
what happened to the material. Dr Kelly was also intending to lift
the lid on a potentially bigger scandal, his own secret dealings in germ
warfare with the apartheid regime in South Africa. US television
investigators have spent four years preparing a 90-minute documentary,
Anthrax War, suggesting there is a global black market in anthrax and
exposing the mystery “suicides” of five government germ
warfare scientists from around the world.
Director Bob Coen said:
‘‘The deeper you look into the murky world of governments and
germ warfare, the more worrying it becomes. We have proved there is a
black ­market in anthrax. David Kelly was of particular interest to us
because he was a world expert on anthrax and he was involved in some
degree with assisting the secret germ warfare programme in apartheid South
Africa.” Dr Kelly was found dead in woods near his Oxfordshire home
on July 17 2003. His apparent suicide came two days after he was
interrogated in the Commons over his behind-the-scenes role in exposing
the flaws in the “sexed-up” Number 10 dossier which justified
Britain going to war with Iraq. Conspiracy theorists have claimed he was
murdered.

>Note: For more on the CBC documentary Anthrax War, target="_blank">click here. And to read about the strange deaths of
13 renowned microbiologists in the space of less than five months, target="_blank">click here.


style"font-size:14pt">The Alarming Record of the F.B.I.’s Informant
in the Bronx Bomb Plot

July 7, 2009, Village Voice (A
progressive New York City street newspaper)

target="_blank">http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-07-08/news/the-alarming
-record-of-the-f-b-i…

Last
month, police and the FBI arrested four Newburgh men on charges that they
had plotted to bomb synagogues in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx
and fire a missile at a military jet. As more details emerged, however,
the less the four defendants sounded like men with the skills to plan a
sophisticated terror plot. They were small-time crooks, felons with long
criminal records. What the indictment didn’t say, and what the initial
news reports didn’t fill in, was the extent to which the fifth man in the
plot, an unnamed FBI informant, had provided the glue to hold the Newburgh
4 together. That informant was a Pakistani man named Shahed Hussain,
code-named “Malik,” who agreed to work for the FBI to obtain leniency
after he was arrested in 2002 for fraud. Over a period of about a year,
Malik met with [the] defendants … while under FBI surveillance. The
Newburgh bomb plot isn’t the first of Malik’s operations for the
government. He played a similar role four years ago in an Albany case, in
which he helped the FBI arrest a man named Mohammed Hossain, a cash-poor
pizzeria owner, and his imam, Yassin Aref, after persuading them to
launder $50,000 in a made-up plot to bring a missile to the U.S. and
assassinate the Pakistani prime minister. In both cases, Malik did not
stumble upon active terror cells plotting to bring destruction on American
soil. Instead, in both Newburgh and Albany, he needed long periods
of time to recruit his Muslim contacts, spin elaborate tales about his
terror contacts, and develop solid plans of action, all the while
providing the defendants with large amounts of resources and cash
incentives.

In each case, the question remains: Would either set of defendants have
done anything remotely like plant bombs or launder money for terrorists if
not for the prodding and plotting and encouragement of Malik and the
FBI?

>Note: For lots more from major media sources on the hidden
realities behind the never-ending “war on terror”, target="_blank">click here.


style"font-size:14pt">As rumours swell that the government staged
7/7, victims’ relatives call for a proper inquiry

July 3, 2009, Daily Mail (One of
the UK’s largest-circulation newspapers)

target="_blank">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1197419/Conspira
cy-fever-As-rumours-swell…

The
country’s worst-ever terrorist atrocity during London’s morning rush hour
on July 7, 2005, shattered for ever the heady euphoria in which the
capital was basking the morning after winning the bid for the 2012
Olympics. That afternoon, Tony Blair – who was hosting the G8 summit on
global poverty in Gleneagles, Scotland – returned to Downing Street to
pronounce that the attack was an act in the ‘name of Islam’. Later, at a
meeting of the Government’s national emergency committee COBRA, London’s
anti-terror police chief Andy Hayman told senior ministers that he
suspected suicide bombers. And so the story of 7/7 that we have come to
accept was pieced together: four British Muslims … blew themselves up
using home-made explosives, killing 56 and injuring 700 on three Tube
trains and a double-decker bus. But families of the dead victims and an
increasing number of 7/7 survivors claim there are inconsistencies and
basic mistakes in the official accounts that need explanation. And they
are demanding a full public inquiry to answer key questions about what the
Intelligence Services and the police did and did not know before the
bombings. Meanwhile, the Government’s determined refusal to meet
their demands is having a very dangerous side-effect – fuelling myriad
conspiracy theories about 7/7. Books, blogs and several video
documentaries point to oddities in the official accounts.
[Some]
of them suggest that the attacks were not the work of Muslim terrorists at
all, but were carried out by the Government to boost support for the Iraq
war. The survivors are so intent on an independent inquiry that they are
now taking legal action in the High Court.

>Note: The evidence laid out in this article of government
complicity is quite strong. For revealing reports from reliable sources on
the unexplained circumstances surrounding the London Bombings on 7/7/05,
target="_blank">click here.


style"font-size:14pt">Missing Moon-Landing Videotapes May Have Been
Found

June 30, 2009, Fox News
target="_blank">http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529476,00.html

Just in
time for the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, NASA may have
found the long-lost original Apollo 11 videotapes. Back on July 20, 1969,
the raw video feed from the moon was beamed to the Parkes Observatory
radio telescope in southeastern Australia, and then compressed and sent to
Mission Control in Houston. Because of technical issues, NASA’s
images couldn’t be fed directly to the TV networks. Instead, the grayish,
blotchy images Americans saw on their TV sets were the result of a regular
TV camera pointed at the huge wall monitor in Houston – a copy of a
copy, in effect.
Those images survive, and anyone can see them on
YouTube. But the original, sharp, black-and-white tapes that were recorded
at Parkes vanished. NASA had thought they’d been shipped to the Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., But a search there a couple of
years ago turned up nothing. Around the same time, though, a cache of
tapes containing data from moon-surface experiments from the entire Apollo
program was discovered in a university basement in Perth, Western
Australia, on the other side of the country from Parkes. According to the
Sunday Express, NASA has combed through those tapes and found the original
Apollo 11 video footage. “We’re talking about the same tapes,” an unnamed
NASA spokesman told the newspaper, though he added that “at this point,
I’m not prepared to discuss what has or has not been found.”

>Note: Isn’t it amazing that NASA could lose these invaluable
tapes? There are many strange questions surrounding this issue.


style"font-size:14pt">Pentagon Exam Calls Protests ‘Low-Level
Terrorism,’ Angering Activists

June 17, 2009, Fox News
target="_blank">http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,526972,00.html

A
written exam administered by the Pentagon labels “protests” as a form of
“low-level terrorism” – enraging civil liberties
advocates and activist groups who say it shows blatant disregard of the
First Amendment. The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense
employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice
question that asks:
“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”

- Attacking the Pentagon – IEDs – Hate crimes against
racial groups – Protests. The correct answer, according to the exam,
is “Protests.”
“Its part of a pattern of equating dissent
and protest with terrorism,” said Ann Brick, an attorney with the American
Civil Liberties Union, which obtained a copy of the question after a
Defense Department employee who was taking the test printed the screen on
his or her computer terminal.
“It undermines the core constitutional values the Department of Defense is
supposed to be defending,” Brick said, referring to the First
Amendment right to peaceably assemble. She said the ACLU has asked the
Defense Department to remove the question and send out a correction to all
employees who took the exam. “There were other employees who were
unhappy with it and disturbed by it,” Brick said. Anti-war
protesters, who say they have been target=s of federal surveillance for
years, were livid when they were told about the exam question.
“That’s illegal,” said George Martin, national
co-chairman of United for Peace and Justice. “Protest in terms of
legal dissent has to be recognized, especially by the authorities.
It’s not terrorism or a lack of patriotism. We care enough to be
active in our government.”

>Note: For lots more on the continually-escalating government
threats to civil liberties, target="_blank">click here.


style"font-size:14pt">Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human
Cells

June 23, 2009, Scientific
American

target="_blank">http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?idweed-
whacking-herbicide-p

Used in
yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a
top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of
Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly
embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. The new findings intensify
a debate about so-called “inerts” – the solvents,
preservatives, surfactants and other substances that manufacturers add to
pesticides. Nearly 4,000 inert ingredients are approved for use by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Glyphosate, Roundup’s active
ingredient, is the most widely used herbicide in the United States.
About 100 million pounds are applied to U.S. farms and lawns every year,
according to the EPA. Until now, most health studies have focused on the
safety of glyphosate, rather than the mixture of ingredients found in
Roundup. But in the new study, scientists found that Roundup’s inert
ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells – even at
concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns. One
specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was more
deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than the
herbicide itself — a finding the researchers call
“astonishing.” “This clearly confirms that the [inert
ingredients] in Roundup formulations are not inert,” wrote the study
authors from France’s University of Caen. “Moreover,
the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage
and even death [at the] residual levels” found on Roundup-treated
crops, such as soybeans, alfalfa and corn, or lawns and gardens.

>Note: Monsanto, Roundup’s manufacturer, is the same
company that has been using a corrupt judicial system to bankrupt farmers
who won’t use their seeds. For more on this important topic, target="_blank">click here.


style"font-size:14pt">Britain’s National Health Service: Simple,
sensible and civilized

July 5, 2009, Los Angeles
Times

target="_blank">http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/la-oe-si
gal5-2009jul05,0,6570986.story

For the
first couple of years I lived in Britain, I was an illegal immigrant from
the United States, visaless with an expired passport and looking over my
shoulder all the time. Even so, from the very first day I arrived at
Victoria Station in London, suffering from bronchitis, I was accepted in
the NHS — the national health scheme, we called it — no questions asked
and no ID required. After I’d become a legal resident, I asked my doctor
why he had taken me, almost literally off the boat, with so little fuss.
Weren’t foreigners a drain on his time and the National Health Service? He
shrugged. “If you come here with a contagious disease, we don’t want you
infecting the rest of us. So of course we give you medical care. Purely
selfish on our part.”
For three decades I used and, being of a hypochondriacal nature, exploited
the British medical system without paying a farthing except for the taxes
taken out of my wages as a working journalist. And that
single-payer, socialistic, government-run, bureaucratized, heavily used,
nationalized health system served me — and 50 million others — very
well. In need, I saw many doctors, with no money ever changing hands.
There was nothing to sign, hardly any papers to shuffle.
My
primary-care physician ran his “surgery,” his office, with the help of
only one receptionist whose job it was to arrange appointments. It was all
free, including specialists, and I came to believe that healthcare is a
right, not an entitlement I had paid for. This “free” part sometimes
puzzled my visiting American friends. When they got ill in London, I’d
send them to my doctor, who would smile bemusedly when offered money.


style"font-size:14pt">Costa Rica tops list of ‘happiest’
nations

July 5, 2009, CNN
target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/07/05/costa.r
ica.happy.nation/

Costa
Rica is the happiest place in the world, according to an independent
research group in Britain with the goal of building a new economy,
“centered on people and the environment.”
Costa Rica is known for its lush rain forests and pristine beaches. In a
report released [on July 4], the group ranks nations using the “Happy
Planet Index,” which seeks countries with the most content people. In
addition to happiness, the index by the New Economics Foundation considers
the ecological footprint and life expectancy of countries. “Costa
Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and have the
second-highest average life expectancy of the new world (second to
Canada),”
the organization said in a statement. They
“also have an ecological footprint that means that the country only
narrowly fails to achieve the goal of … consuming its fair share of the
Earth’s natural resources.”
This year’s survey, which looked at
143 countries, featured Latin American nations in nine of the Top 10
spots. The runner-up was the Dominican Republic, followed by Jamaica,
Guatemala and Vietnam. Most developed nations lagged in the study. While
Britain ranked 74th, the United States snagged the 114th spot, because of
its hefty consumption and massive ecological footprint. The United States
was greener and happier 20 years ago than it is today, the report said.
Other populous nations, such as China and India, had a lower index brought
on by their vigorous pursuit of growth-based models, the survey suggested.
The report, which was first conducted in 2006, covers 99 percent of the
world population.


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Years Past


style"font-size:14pt">Colorful Outsider Is Named No. 3 at the
CIA

March 17, 2001, Washington
Post

target="_blank">http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16570-2001Mar
16.html

A.B.
“Buzzy” Krongard, a … former investment banker … was named yesterday
executive director of the CIA, bringing a fast-paced management style to
the agency’s No. 3 job. Central Intelligence Agency Director George J.
Tenet announced the appointment,
saying he treasures Krongard’s “wise counsel and ‘no-nonsense’
business-like
views.” Krongard, 64, former head of Alex. Brown & Co., an investment bank
based in Baltimore, joined the agency three years ago as a counselor to
Tenet. He
switched careers shortly after helping engineer the $2.5 billion merger of
Alex.
Brown and Bankers Trust New York Corp., gaining $71 million in Bankers
Trust
stock. Few of his former colleagues were surprised by his decision to
trade a $4 million salary and stock options for the far less remunerative
job of Tenet’s
consigliere. A graduate of Princeton and the University of Maryland Law
School, Krongard has a fondness for extreme military-style activities.
Even as a banking executive, he trained with police SWAT teams for
recreation and worked out with a kung fu master. He maintained a shooting
range on the park-like grounds of his home on the northern edge of
Baltimore. In an interview yesterday, Krongard described his past duties
as those of a “minister without portfolio” whom senior managers felt
comfortable talking to about “sticky subjects.” But Krongard
exhibited the requisite secretiveness when asked to explain his interest
in intelligence and how he came to land a job in Tenet’s inner circle. If
you go back to the CIA’s origins during World War II in the Office of
Strategic Services, he explained, “the whole OSS was really nothing but
Wall Street bankers and lawyers.”

>Note: Buzzy Krongard was the executive director of the CIA on
9/11.
His past ties to the investment firm which placed most of the
extraordinarily high volume of “put options” on United and American
Airlines stocks the week before the attacks is one of many strange
“coincidences” unexplained by the official story of what happened on that
horrific day. For more on this, target="_blank">click here. To read the entire article free of
charge, target="_blank">click here.


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how major global events may affect global consciousness, target="_blank">click here. More
can be found at the Global Consciousness Project website target="_blank">available here.

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