9 Feb 2013

Faux Democracy: A decade on, Britons still oppose Iraq war - bankster MIC governments left, right and center conspire against the people

It remains Britain's biggest ever protest. When in February 2003 over a million people marched against the war in Iraq, the government didn't listen. They waged a war still reverberating today. A decade on from the million man march, and on the eve of the ten year anniversary of the Iraq war, Stop the War Coalition is back discussing old and new conflicts.

Assange to White House staff: ‘Leak drone killing rules’

Julian Assange (AFP Photo / Leon Neal) RT: Julian Assange addressed US officials on a popular TV channel, urging them to disclose to WikiLeaks the secret instructions on how decisions on eliminating American citizens using drones are being taken. Source confidentiality guaranteed. ­In the first appearance in a long time by Julian Assange on a major American TV channel, the founder of WikiLeaks lashed out at the re-elected President Barack Obama and his administration, which gave the go-ahead to elimination of the American citizens abroad using military Unmanned Automatic Vehicles (UAVs).
An unclassified document from the US Justice Department, revealed by NBC News this week, exposed that US authorities consider the elimination of senior Al-Qaeda members lawful and ethical, even if they are American citizens and plotting no crime. The Obama administration promised to provide American lawmakers with access to classified documents giving the legal basis for such drone strikes.
The first known assassination of Americans by a US UAV occurred in September 2011, when a US drone strike in Yemen killed radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, editor of an Al-Qaeda magazine. Both were US citizens who had never been charged with a crime.
I cannot see a greater collapse when the [American] executive can kill its own citizens arbitrarily, at will, in secret, without any of the decision-making becoming public,”

Cyber War Against Alternative Media Underway! Attacks Spread to KWN

By The Doc: Cyber malware attacks targeting alternative news sites such as SGTReport and BeforeItsNews have spread to KWN today, with multiple reports that visiting the KWN website has resulted in the user’s system immediately receiving a trojan virus resulting in Blue Screen of Death.
It appears that sites linking into KWN are also being targeted/ black flagged by search engines.  We encourage our readers to avoid visiting KWN or linking their site until their systems have been restored. 
Has Obama’s new Cyber security team been getting to work shutting down the alternative media?
SD reader X, who states he is an IT professional reports that the malware attack is very real:

Before leaving work this morning.
At 5:45 AM MST – googled King World news – saw the warning.
Then used Yahoo, – no warning
Used IE to open KWN as usual
Within seconds, had a re-direct video downloaded then the Blue Screen of Death

Wicked Bankster Debt Web - Max Keiser with Mitch Feierstein

"Let There Be Fraud!" Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the wicked web that has been weaved when banksters first set out to deceive, the first law of thermo-derivatives which states that risk cannot be destroyed and the hot tub of fraud in which the taxpayer owned Royal Bank of Scotland weaves their web of deception. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Mitch Feierstein, author of Planet Ponzi, who shows us what the Fed's $3 trillion balance sheet would look like in a briefcase and the Central Banking bag of tricks that include: divert and deflect, delay and pray and extend and pretend. Finally they ponder whether we face a global reset or sovereign failures? Source

Venezuela Launches First Nuke In Currency Wars, Devalues By 46%

Tyler Durden's picture While the rest of the developed world is scrambling here and there, politely prodding its central bankers to destroy their relative currencies, all the while naming said devaluation assorted names, "quantitative easing" being the most popular, here comes Venezuela and shows the banana republics of the developed world what lobbing a nuclear bomb into a currency war knife fight looks like:
And that, ladies and gents of Caracas, is how you just lost 46% of your purchasing power, unless of course your fiat was in gold and silver, which just jumped by about 46%. And, in case there is confusion, this is in process, and coming soon to every "developed world" banana republic (ahem, UK, USA) near you.

and just as we (and Kyle Bass) have warned - this is what happens to the nominal price of a stock market as currency wars escalate...

John Williams: How To Survive The Illusion Of Recovery

recoveryJT Long: There is no economic recovery, and there are no signs that a recovery is coming, says Shadowstats.com author John Williams. In this Gold Report interview, he blames mal-adjusted inflation statistics for creating an alternate reality that overestimates economic activity in a way that is unsustainable. Williams warns that eventually the painful truth will be so difficult that even government manipulation won’t be able to deny it and that is when hyperinflation will take its toll on those who have not taken his advice for preserving purchasing power and securing wealth.
The Gold Report: The last few years have been very volatile for investors, particularly resource equity investors. The mainstream media, citing government statistics of improved employment rates and housing starts, called an end to the recession and is forecasting a slow recovery in 2013. You are looking at the same indicators, but coming up with different numbers. Let’s start with the unemployment rate. What are you seeing and why is it different than what we are hearing everywhere else?

John Williams: I contend that the economy effectively hit bottom in June 2009, followed by a period of somewhat volatile stagnation, and it is beginning to turn down anew. There never was a recovery and no economic data shows the type of recovery that the official gross domestic product (GDP) report is showing. The GDP shows levels of activity now that are above where the economy was before the recession. It’s been above that level now for more than a year. No other major economic series has shown a full recovery, shy of perhaps inflation-adjusted retail sales, which is due to a problem with the inflation rate used to adjust the series. Generally, the illusion of recovery has resulted from the government’s use of understated inflation.

What good are you? - The Slog

“The day war broke out,” Robb Wilton’s famous monologue began, “My wife said to me ‘What good are you?’” It’s a question all Brits of working age should ask themselves today, because we are indeed about to enter another war. This will be a war without bombs, uniforms or tanks, but it will be as much a war for survival as that which began seventy-three years ago.
I have posted before about the quite astonishing percentage of people in the UK – beyond the retired and the disabled – who contribute nothing to the economy. They are decribed as ‘economically inactive’, and they are 3.5 times bigger than the simple unemployment rate. The latter today stands at 7.8% (three years ago it was 7.6%), but for every ten people in the UK, seven are working and three aren’t. Or put another way, almost a third of the working-age population do nothing productive for the economy. With just over 5% of the working-age group disabled, that leaves a quarter of Britons doing nothing for some other reason beyond physical or mental incapacity.
That largely Labour-created welfare dependency has been slightly relieved by Tory reforms, but as yet the progress has been slow. It has been exacerbated, however, by poorly enacted and largely pointless austerity policies which, while leaving the unemployment rate largely unchanged, have dramatically reduced those who have a full-time job. Since the Coalition came to power, the ONS statistics show, long term unemployed (LTU) Brits have nearly doubled in incidence – their numbers are up by 96%. The same source also reveals that three million British citizens are now underemployed: that is, they’d rather work full-time, but can only get part-time jobs.
Much as the Right loves to bash the unemployed and the Left sees them only as noble victims, the situation we find ourselves in today is the result of complex econo-historical factors. But one trend is absolutely irrefutable if one studies that history: in a world where manic globalist mercantilism rules,  the number of UK citizens competing usefully in it has collapsed.

CIA was lying about torture even to its own staff - CIA veteran Kiriakou

RT: President Obama adopted most of President Bush’s counter-terrorism policies, argues John Kiriakou - the former CIA official who blew the whistle on the agency's torture practices and is now set to go behind bars for it.
After 9/11 Kiriakou served as the chief of counter-terrorist operations in Pakistan. Now he is heading to prison, having been sentenced to two-and-a-half years.
Despite that, he says he is proud to have played a role in outlawing torture. Voting for Obama, Kiriakou believed that it would bring positive change – but it never came, he told RT. “I never believed I would be going to prison under a President Obama. Never.”
RT: You were convicted of revealing the identity of an agent to a freelance reporter who, by the way, never even published it. You said you regretted sharing the name of the agent, of the officer, that you apologized for it. But you also said it was not the reason the government went after you. Why do you think the government went after you?
John Kiriakou: I’ve never believed that my case was about a leak. I’ve always believed my case is about torture. When I went on ABC News in December 2007 and I said that not only was the CIA torturing prisoners, but that the torture policy was an official US Government policy that was approved at the very top, by the President of the United States himself, the CIA filed what’s called “a crimes report” against me the next day with the Justice Department. The Justice Department never stopped investigating me from December of 2007 until I was finally arrested in January 2012. So to say that this case is a result of a name that was found in attorney’s brief at Guantanamo is just simply not true.

30 Year CIA Vet Admits West Runs Al-Qaeda

In a recent article published on the website of the Brookings Institution, 30 year CIA veteran and current Brookings senior fellow, Bruce Riedel talks false flag ops in relation to Algerian counter-terrorism units. In his article Algeria a Complex Ally in War Against al Qaeda, Riedel gives a description of the Algerian counter-terrorism unit DRS and its methods:

Freedom Fighters: Some cities, states begin pushing back against drones as use increases nationwide

Madison Rupperst: Despite a constantly growing use of drones by public entities nationwide thanks to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizations, not to mention the military, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at least one National Guard unit and many more agencies, some cities and states are beginning to fight back.
Today it was reported that the mayor of Seattle announced “that the city’s police department is abandoning plans to put unmanned aerial vehicles — UAVs, or drones — into the sky.”
Similarly, Charlottesville, Virginia passed a resolution against drones, the state of Virginia’s legislators are likely to pass a two-year drone moratorium and Florida may become the first state to regulate drone use.
All of this comes as a Justice Department white paper outlining the supposed legal justification the assassination of Americans by drones was leaked, Obama was reportedly going to release the contested legal memo on the targeted killing program to legislators, the existence of a drone base in Saudi Arabia was revealed, and the use of drones abroad is reportedly going to continue indefinitely.
While the DHS seems to just love drones, as a Danger Room report outlining just five of the Department’s favorite robots shows, more Americans are clearly becoming fed up with this trend.

Iranians say no to US talks ‘You’re holding a gun against Iran’

UK and Europe Banned Press TV: The comments made by Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei are crystal-clear: No bilateral talks with the United States as long as Washington's words do not match its deeds. Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments just days after US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington was prepared to hold direct talks with Iran. Source

Unpunished and unreformed, the bankers have got away with it

Despite the tough talk from Osborne, Cable and Balls, little has changed in the industry that brought on the financial crisis
Punishing the bankers who brought on the financial crisis has proved distressingly difficult. None have gone to jail. A few young traders, who hid their post-crash losses and thereby stole from the banks, are behind bars. The rest are untouched by the tragedy.
City workers walk across London Bridge on their commute to the financial districtIt's true that a handful fall into the category of "disgraced banker", such as Barclays' former boss Bob Diamond and Edinburgh's finest, Fred "the shred" Goodwin of Royal Bank of Scotland fame, but they kept their wealth and pensions and live comfortably.
Worse are the mealy mouthed explanations we get from our politicians, who seem to think that talking about punishments is the same as making them happen.
Vince Cable, George Osborne and Ed Balls are all the same on this score. They give speeches about dishing out heavy fines and new regulatory rules, but cannot help prefacing their remarks with their concerns about the need for a strong financial sector, as Osborne did in a speech earlier this week.