Centuries old, deeply entrenched (yet publicly denied or excused) policies of empire building:  Capitalizing on the personal charisma and ego inflation of initially populist leaders and their alliances with corporate elites motivated only by greed and profit as the bottom line.
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Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the “good guys” spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. It just ain’t so.
October 8, 2010 |

Editor’s Note: Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the “good guys” spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. When the United States inflicts unnecessary death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration.

In the following article Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry examine the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but rather conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the “dark side.”

There is a dark — seldom acknowledged — thread that runs through U.S. military doctrine, dating back to the early days of the Republic.

This military tradition has explicitly defended the selective use of terror, whether in suppressing Native American resistance on the frontiers in the 19th Century or in protecting U.S. interests abroad in the 20th Century or fighting the “war on terror” over the last decade. Please read full article

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The Ecuadorian Coup – Its Larger Meaning
By James Petras
10-10-10
The abortive military-police coup in Ecuador, which took place on September 30, has raised numerous questions about the role of the US and its allies among the traditional oligarchy and the leftist social movements, Indian organizations and their political parties.
While President Correa and all governments in Latin America, and significant sectors of the Ecuadorian public described the violent actions as a coup, the principle organ of Wall Street ­ The Wall Street Journal ­ described it as a “police protest”. Spoke persons for Goldman Sachs and the Council of Foreign Relations referred to the police and military power grab against the democratically elected government as a self-induced “political crises” of the President. While the coup was underway the “Indian” movement CONAIE, launched a manifesto condemning the government, while the “Indian” party Pachakutik supported the ouster of the President and backed the police coup as a “just act of public servants”.
In summary, the imperial backers of the coup , sectors of the Ecuadorian elite and Indian movement downplayed the violent police uprising as a coup in order to justify their support for it as just another “legitimate economic protest”. In other words, the victim of the elite coup was converted into the repressor of the peoples’ will. The factual question of whether their was a coup or not, is central to deciding whether the government was justified in repressing the police uprising and whether in fact the democratic system was endangered.
The Facts about the Coup
The police did not simply “protest” against economic polices, they seized the National Assembly and attempted to occupy public buildings and media outlets. The air force ­ or at least those sectors collaborating with the police ­ seized the airport in Quito, concerted actions seizing and blocked strategic transport networks.. President Correa was assaulted and seized and kept hostage under police guard by scores of heavily armed police, who violently resisted the Special Forces who eventually freed the president resulting in scores of wounded and ten deaths. Clearly the leaders of the police uprising had more in mind that a simple “protest” over cancelled bonuses ­ they sought to overthrow the president and were willing to use their firepower to carry it off. The initial economic demands of public sector employees were used by the coup leaders as a springboard to oust the regime.
The fact that the coup failed is, in part, a result of the President’s vigorous and dramatic appeal to the people to take to the streets to defend democracy – an appeal, which resonated with thousands of supporters and denied the coup makers public support in the streets.
The facts on the ground all point to a violent attempt by the police and sectors of the military to seize power and depose the president ­ by any definition a coup. And so it was immediately understood by all Latin American governments, from right to left, some of whom immediately closed their frontiers and threatened to break relations if the coup leaders succeeded. The only exception was Washington ­ whose first response was not to join in the condemnation but to wait and see what would be the outcome or as presidential spokesperson Philip Crowley announced “we are monitoring events”, referring to the uprising as a “protest” challenging the government. When Washington realized that the coup was actively opposed by the Ecuadorian public, all the Latin American governments, the bulk of the armed forces and doomed to failure, Secretary of State Clinton called Correa to announce US “backing” for his government, referring to the coup as merely an “interruption of the democratic order”.  Please read full article
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MARTIAL LAW ALERT: Banking Collapse Scenarios Fall/Winter 2010
SoCal Martial Law Alerts October 9, 2010
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SoCal Martial Law Alerts (SCMLA) has been in existence for almost 2 years now and this is our 2nd MARTIAL LAW ALERT.

As with our first MARTIAL LAW ALERT, we have held back our assessment of the financial collapse currently underway until we could gather enough information. Since our focus is martial law, we always look at current events with an eye toward assessing the conditions that would be necessary for the President and/or the military to implement martial law. And, since we try to stay at least one step ahead of the game in order to warn people, such assessments must, of necessity, be speculative in nature. Nothing stated herein is guaranteed to happen. The purpose of these alerts is to get people thinking outside the mainstream-media box so that they might be better prepared to meet any eventuality (and this includes being prepared: mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically — and being prepared physically includes being prepared financially).

THE SITUATION:

As the price of gold reaches new heights (over $1300 per ounce) and silver climbs to over $23 per ounce, the financial situation in America is dire, to say the least. Continuously rising rates of unemployment, increased government spending and the collapse of the real estate markets are all converging into one perfectly-directed/perfectly-designed collapse of, not only our economy, but the greater global economy as well. While major financial players such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan continue to have record profits, the middle class has disappeared from the American financial landscape. Major financial leaders such as Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, have openly admitted that our country’s financial system is in deep trouble and even Europe is having more banker bailouts. Meanwhile, the American media constantly hypes a possible terror attack in America and other countries in Europe.

If another major terror attack such as 9/11 occurs, trends forecaster Gerald Celente has stated that the event would bring the banking system to a complete halt, which would then result in a “bank holiday.” And Celente is not alone. For over a year, many others have warned of an upcoming bank holiday. With our economy already in free fall, it would not take much of a national and/or worldwide terror event to completely crash our (fiat) dollar-based system in a very short period of time. Upon the crash of the dollar, more bank holidays could be declared and oppressive emergency banking powers could go into effect (see: Emergency Banking Act of 1933). These include severely limiting consumer withdrawals and a recall of physical gold holdings. Taking Presidential Defense Directive #51 into account (PDD-51), even a major stock-market crash could trigger this scenario. And once PDD-51 is invoked, then martial law could be fully implemented.

Another way the collapse of the banking system could lead to martial law is through cyber attacks.

Please continue article here
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Is public radio the reliable alternative resource for unbiased information currency?
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NPR, America’s Daily Propaganda Gristmill From Ken Adachi, Editor
October 7, 2010

NPR, America’s Daily Propaganda Gristmill (Oct. 7, 2010)

I don’t especially want to listen to National Public Radio (more accurately, National Propaganda Radio), but I have few alternative choices if I want to hear talk radio. There are exactly TWO all-talk FM stations (in English) in southern California.: KPFK (Left wing mecca for “progressives”. Translation: Liberals, Socialists, & Communists) and KPCC (one of over 910 “community” radio stations controlled and dominated by NPR). The “PCC” stands for Pasadena City College. If the radio station licence for KPCC at 89.3 FM was granted to a community college in Pasadena, California, why aren’t we hearing college kids yammering away instead of that slick, pro-Zionist, pro-Right, pro-NWO propaganda crew from NPR? There are hundreds of radio station licenses that were allocated to colleges and universities across America that have been co-opted and taken over by NPR. Has anyone ever questioned this?

How many students attending a community college or university with a radio station that has been co-opted by NPR realize the loss that represents to them, the student body of that school? The air waves are considered to be owned by the public. When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated frequency slots and transmitting wattage limits, universities and colleges were given a special classification so that American college kids could use the public air waves to express THEIR ideas and opinions as an appropriate and proper venue for PUBLIC use of the air waves. The decision to join with NPR and become a “member” station were NOT made by the alumni and student bodies of those co-opted schools, but rather by school reagents or trustees or board members who were certainly NOT functioning as trustees for STUDENT’S interest.

In my area, there’s a small 1,000 or 2,000 watt radio station associated with the University of California, Irvine campus called KUCI at 88.9FM and it’s functioning as EVERY college radio station across America should be operating: radio programs hosted by students (or faculty) FOR students. The takeover of community college radio stations by NPR is a HUGE scandal that needs to be addressed and rectified.

AM Talk Radio

There are many more AM talk radio stations, but AM talk radio is dominated by 900+ Clear Channel radio stations which relentlessly tows the neo-con propaganda themes of the Al-CIAda “terrorists”, Taliban “insurgents”, fanatical “Muslim radicals” and the ever-growing “Islamic threat” Bogey Man which seems to grow another foot or two every week. Just try calling in to one of these AM talk shows and broach the idea that 911 was an inside job, or that vaccines are not good for you, or that Israel is something less than the great defender of freedom and liberty and peace in the Middle East and see what happens to you.

Clear Channel was consolidated under Bush family pal and fellow billionaire Tom HIcks, with some help from Clinton’s pal, Vernon Jordan. Right wing money bags Lowry Mays is currently running the ship.

Back to NPR

The pro-Pentagon, pro-Israel, pro-Right, pro-corporate bias at NPR is unmistakable ~ and infuriating. It’s not too hard to figure out what’s going on when you hear the names of the organizations who SPONSOR NPR programming: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust, the Annenberg Foundation, The Ford Foundation, etc., etc.

NPR “governance” is in the hands of the same Zionist-controlled, “globalists”, corporate propaganda prostitutes who deliver us the “news” at the New York Times, or CNN, and video “documentaries” from the propaganda factory at WGBH in Boston. Another thing to pay attention to is that many of these individuals are not born in America. NPR President Vivian Schiller’s bio says that she started out as a Russian interpreter for CNN in Russia. Something is whispering in my ear that she’s likely Russian born (she looks Russian). The Chair of the NPR Foundation, Antoine W. van Agtmael, tells you up front that he got his undergraduate degree in the Netherlands.

Vivian Schiller , President and CEO of the NPR Foundation:

Vivian took over in 2009 from Kevin Klose, who ran the show from 1998 to 2009 (what a background he has: Voice of America, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, Worldnet Television, and Radio /TV Marti. Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t know these are CIA propaganda operations?).

And what’s Vivian’s background?

From her bio posted at NPR (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99152497)

“Prior to joining NPR, Vivian Schiller served at The New York Times Company as Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com. Schiller led the day-to-day operations of NYTimes.com, the largest newspaper website on the Internet, overseeing product, technology, marketing, classifieds, strategic planning, and business development.

Previously, Schiller spent four years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Schiller launched the network, and under her leadership, Discovery Times Channel tripled its distribution while achieving critical acclaim for its award winning journalistic programming.

Schiller also served as Senior Vice President of CNN Productions, where she led CNN’s long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

“Schiller began her career as a simultaneous Russian interpreter in the former Soviet Union, which led her to documentary production work for Turner Broadcasting.”

(Read Stephen Lendman’s insightful article titled Paid Lying – What Passes For Major Media Journalism http://www.rense.com/general88/paid.htm More….

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Strange Phenomena
Author Unknown
10-10-10
No one can really explain the amount of death and murder going on in America today. It’s really going on, flouride, chemtrails, toxic foods in the marketplace, subtle death, for inexplicable reasons,* however, very real. Ordinarily if someone ran up to a car and from a range of two meters shot at the driver, the shooter would be charged with murder or attempted murder. However give the murderer a badge and uniform and give him the right to arrest you if you grow your own vegetables and all of a sudden the act of murder seems to disappear and the victim is thrown in jail on some ridiculous cooked up charge.
Then there’s wholesale blatent murder like when US troops invade other nations, slaughtering men women and children by the millions and citizens of those nation rise up to defend themselves, they are called terrorists and insurgents. The Phenomenon of “Opposite Speak”. ORWELL predicted that would happen!
http://www.masterjules.net/orwell.htm
Take Obama, for example, ON THE DAY that he sends more troops to support the illegal US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan he is awarded the “Nobel Peace Prize”. HUH? Perhaps the ‘authorities’ are mocking Americans to show how really stupid they are? Or did they vote him in hoping he wouldn’t do it and he did, Obama making fools of THEM.
Seeing Ben Bernanke, –the Chairman of the criminal enterprise they call the Federal Reserve Bank — on the front of TIME magazine, his face made to look like one of the presidents on a dollar note, called “The Man of the Year”, (recalling PUTIN getting same award after killing thousands in his ex-provinces — ) perhaps takes the cake. After literally crashing the market and forcing a worldwide depression then literally handing out trillions of stolen dollars to political colleagues, Bernanke, certainly is the man of the year, the worst man of the year, ever.
Quoting Ben Bernanke at a conference to honor one of the world’s leading economists, Milton Friedman on November 8, 2002: “Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.” Clearly Bernanke lied.
This time they used the “Great Depression” methodology, loosen the money supply (remember all those 0% interest loans?), then shut off credit and presto, a guaranteed great depression. Usually the Fed simply cranks up the interest rates to trigger recessions so they can swoop in with their money they make out of nothing and buy up corporations, the media and your home. When plotted in a graph, the track record of instability caused by the Fed screams out Irrefutable instability. However, how stable, one must ask, are Americans who allow this fraud and opposite speak to occur?
Calling themselves a “Christian Country”, the US makes any Muslim cleric’s ranting look like angelic hosts proclaiming the coming of peace. The violent “US Crusades” in the name of “democracy” and “freedom” not only slaughter millions of innocent men women and children every year, they make the worst pollution from the industrial era look like a fresh bubbling brook in virgin country. Please read full article
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