AUDIO INTERVIEW: Secret Trade Deal Needs Exposure

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Mark Anderson, Roving Editor for AMERICAN FREE PRESS, expounds on his article in the paper on the 16th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that will take place in Singapore from March 4-13, 2013.

Mark discusses the history of the TPP, including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the secrecy surrounding the negotiations, the sole United States Congressman opposed to this secrecy, and the organizations that have cropped up to oppose this end-run around the U.S. Senate, in this informative interview, (25:05).




 
 

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AFP PODCAST: Merlin Miller Talks Iran, Israel and False Flag

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Merlin L. Miller, independent film director, writer, producer and 2012 presidential candidate, discusses his most recent trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran and his film project, False Flag, mirrored on the USS Liberty incident, and why it’s so vitally important to get it produced this year, in this interview (8:30).

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AUDIO INTERVIEW & ARTICLE: The No Fly List Farce

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Saadiq Long, a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran who grew up in Oklahoma, who has never been charged, indicted or convicted of a crime, had been trying for nearly a year to visit his ailing mother after discovering he had been put on the No Fly List.

Eventually successful in flying from Qatar to Oklahoma, he is now stranded since attempting to fly out a few weeks ago to go home. As is customary, the U.S. “national security” apparatus is predictably silent. He’s trying again on February 23, 2013.

To get a better understanding of Mr. Long’s predicament, AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive interview with Adam Soltani, the Executive Director CAIR-Oklahoma, which is representing pro bono, the 43-year-old veteran, who discusses this disturbing case, in this revealing interview (11:54).

UPDATE: U.S. Air Force vet again barred from boarding flight this past Saturday

UPDATE: Oklahoma native returns to Middle East



 

Another U.S. Citizen on No Fly List

American Muslims continue to be targeted by Obama administration

By Dave Gahary

It’s no secret that the secretive, un-Constitutional, insulting, nonsensical No Fly List, the United States government’s tool to prevent certain people, even U.S. citizens accused of no wrongdoing, from boarding commercial aircraft for travel in or out of the U.S., has become intensely more Draconian under Barack Obama’s reign as president, as compared to his predecessor, specifically for America’s Muslims.

For the most recent and glaring example of this blatant disregard for Constitutional protections of civil liberties, one need look no further than the Sooner State.  It is here, in Oklahoma City, that a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran waits to be allowed to fly back to his family in Qatar, where he lives with his wife and children, and works teaching English as a second language.

Saadiq Long, an American who grew up in Oklahoma, who converted to Islam while learning of the religion while stationed in Turkey, who has never been charged, indicted or convicted of a crime, had been trying for nearly a year to visit his ailing mother after discovering he had been put on the No Fly List. Eventually successful in flying from Qatar to Oklahoma, he is now stranded since attempting to fly out a few weeks ago to go home. As is customary, the U.S. “national security” apparatus is predictably silent.

To get a better understanding of Mr. Long’s predicament, AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive interview with Adam Soltani, the Executive Director CAIR-Oklahoma, which is representing pro bono, the 43-year-old veteran. CAIR-Oklahoma is a local chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose mission is “to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”

AFP asked Mr. Soltani to explain how this matter unfolded.

“In January of 2012, Mr. Long got a call from his family saying that his mother’s been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He was booked to leave in early April 2012, when 24 hours prior to his departure he got a phone call from the head of security at Doha [International] Airport who told him he would not be able to board the plane; his name was flagged in their system and he would have to contact the [U.S.] Embassy. He immediately contacted the Embassy and they said they’d get back to him, and it was about a month later when they directed him to the Department of Homeland Security. He filled out whatever paperwork they asked for and tried to get answers from them, and from May till August he was pursuing the Department of Homeland Security, also working with the Embassy, also reached out to Congressmen and Congresswomen and Senators and the Governor here in Oklahoma, hoping that someone would help. He got a few replies…that said they were unable to help, that it was a matter of national security and he would have to contact his embassy to find out, which is exactly what he had been doing. So finally in August he reached out to CAIR-Oklahoma, and we talked, we took a couple of weeks to look at all the information and discuss with him and find out what’s going on, and finally in September we accepted the case and began working on it. And still it took us another two months before he was able to fly out of Qatar and come back to Oklahoma.”

AFP asked if they gave any reason why he was on the No Fly List.

“No, that’s the strange thing about it. He decided to book the flight on November 8 with the hopes he could make it back in time for Thanksgiving. On that day, November 8, he went to the airport. He didn’t get any phone call ahead of time; he just went to the airport hoping he’d be able to travel. And when he got there they told him, ‘No, I’m sorry, you’re gonna have to contact the Embassy;’ same story as six months prior. We announced through a press conference that he would be trying to travel again…in about 11 days from there. And our attorney…contacted the Secretary of State and Department of Justice. Finally on November 15, 2012, we got a message from the Department of Justice stating that he would be able to book a flight to travel after November 15. It didn’t give any explanation as to why; it didn’t say this is permanent or temporary.”

AFP asked what happened next.

He attempted to fly on February 6 from Oklahoma City Airport [Will Rogers World Airport]; I was with him, and unfortunately he was unable to travel on that day.”

While waiting to board, the Delta ticket agent stayed on the phone for a while then signaled for security to come over.

“Next thing we know three police officers approach…and then they signal a TSA [Transportation Security Administration] agent to come over, and finally, he…tells us that they were unable to clear Mr. Long through corporate security and it’s a matter of national security and he’d have to contact the local FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] field office to find out more information.”

“The bizarre thing about it is that a week prior to that our attorney…sent a letter to the local FBI field office, stating his exact itinerary, and that he’d be traveling on that date, and asking them, or really pleading with them, to allow him to travel without any difficulties. Mr. Long was never contacted by the FBI after that letter was sent.”



 

AFP asked if he was able to make sense of any of this.

“He’s always stated from the very beginning he’s willing to sit down and talk with FBI officials and law enforcement and answer any questions or concerns that they have. And he’s even gone as far to ‘If you really are concerned about safety, just put an air marshal [sky marshal] on the plane next to me and let them escort me from here back to Qatar.’”

Mr. Soltani explained the insanity of this system.

“We don’t know if he’s on this list, technically, because the FBI won’t confirm or deny if people are on the No Fly List. The second issue is we don’t know why. No explanations are given. With all the cases CAIR has worked on around the country for people who have been on the No Fly List, there has never been an explanation as to why a person has been on this list.”

“It’s almost understandable…to have a little bit more stringency on letting people into our country, if you want to call it a matter of security, but why not let someone out?”

“He’s losing time from work so he’s losing income; the stress that it’s taking on his family. On top of that he has to continuously rebook his travel plans.”

“A lot of times when you’re a Muslim you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

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Mainstream Media Censorship Exposed

• Mainstream media admits censoring news at behest of U.S. federal government

By Mark Anderson

Flagship news publications in the United States mainstream media have been forced to admit that over the years they quietly forged partnerships with the federal government in order to withhold from American taxpayers vital information on such topics as the government’s drone-assassination program, torture, secret prisons and warrantless snooping.

Some of the worst cases of collusion and suppression go back 10 years to the early days of the modern “war on terror.” The existence of a secret U.S. drone base in Saudi Arabia which The Washington Post and The New York Times admittedly kept hidden for two years is the latest in a string of coverups. Others include: The Times obeying Bush Administration demands in mid-2004 to cover up warrantless wiretapping of Americans’ communications for 18 months and the Post concealing which nations served as secret, unlawful Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture prison locations.

This is all coming out as John O. Brennan, the current nominee to head the CIA, is being identified as the agency’s architect of a secret base in Saudi Arabia out of which remote-controlled drones are flown. From that base, the U.S. in 2011 executed perhaps the most chilling and game-changing action in recent history—the planned killing of American citizen Anwar Awlaki, an alleged terrorist recruiter. His American son, Abdulrahman, only 16, also was assassinated by a drone strike from the same base. There were no arrests, no trials and no presumption of innocence.




 

Meanwhile, foreign media, months and even years ago, reported these and related revelations. This left American taxpayers—the people who pay the bills—in the dark about a U.S. assassination program, while the rest of the world stayed informed.

American journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote in a February 7 column about the Times and the Post colluding with the federal government regarding such topics. “The entity that  . . . endlessly praises itself for being a check on U.S. government power is, in fact, its most loyal servant,” he wrote.

The Post did report the secret prisons’ general existence. But it “purposely concealed the identity of the countries serving as the locale of those secret prisons in order to enable the plainly illegal program to continue without bothersome disruptions,” Greenwald added. “The Washington Post is not publishing the names of the Eastern European countries involved in the covert program, at the request of senior U.S. officials,” the above-noted Post article concluded.

On February 5, 2013, the Post admitted covering up details on the Saudi drone operation in its online version: “The Washington Post had refrained from disclosing the specific location at the request of the administration, which cited concern that exposing the facility would undermine operations against an al-Qaeda affiliate regarded as the network’s most potent threat to the United States, as well as potentially damage counterterrorism collaboration with Saudi Arabia.”




The same Post piece noted “another news organization” planned to reveal the base’s location, “ending an informal arrangement among several news organizations that had been aware of the location for more than a year.” The public editor of that other news organization, Margaret Sullivan of the Times, noted in a February 6 online column: “The Times and other news organizations, including The Washington Post, had withheld the location of that base at the request of the C.I.A., but the Times decided to reveal it now because, according to the managing editor, Dean Baquet, it was at the heart of this particular article and because examining Mr. Brennan’s role demanded it.”

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Obama Outdoing Bush, Cheney on Police State

By Victor Thorn

Is it possible that Barack Hussein Obama’s White House is joining forces with Republican neocons in order to overturn a decision that deemed the use of indefinite military detention an unconstitutional offense? The answer, regrettably, is yes.

Teaming up with war hawk senators such as John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), on February 7, officials from Obama’s Department of Justice (DoJ) appeared in New York’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to nullify a 2012 decision by federal judge Katherine Forrest where she ruled that indefinite detention under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) violated the United States Constitution.

Ironically, notable leftists who originally applauded our so-called antiwar president filed this lawsuit. Among those suing the government were academics, peace protesters, authors and reporters like Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, and The New York Times‘s Christopher Hedges.

In essence, these individuals objected to the fact that under Obama’s NDAA, the U.S. military could arrest and jail them—without specific charges, trial, or an end to their detainment—simply because they spoke to or associated with someone that the government considered a terrorist.

When Forrest determined that these provisions of the NDAA violated a citizen’s First and Fifth Amendment rights, the Obama White House filed an appeal, while also seeking an immediate stay on her injunction.




In response to the Obama administration, Ellsberg stated during a February 6 interview with Amy Goodman, a liberal talk show host on Democracy Now, “I believe we have impeachable offenses by all of the people arguing this case.”

What’s most deplorable about the notion of indefinite detention is that, according to Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), “It was his [Obama’s] administration that insisted this language be included in the [NDAA] bill.”

In response, many on the left have finally thrown down the gauntlet in terms of Obama’s foreign policy. On November 6, 2012, Taylor Tyler, a writer for the nonpartisan, Internet-based Independent Voter Network, pointed out, “Many of Obama’s policies—from the use of extraordinary rendition, targeted killings and state secrets, to indefinite detention and domestic spying—have become nearly indistinguishable from those of the Bush administration.”

Another slap in the face arose when Obama not only refused to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, but also suggested that the DoJ proceed with Bush-style military tribunals against detainees. Moreover, with Obama continuing his support for the use of drones to indiscriminately kill American citizens on foreign soil—essentially becoming judge, jury and executioner—those who formerly cheered the anti-waterboarding candidate are aghast by how much his actions mirror the neocons.

Even as far back as August 1, 2009, Sheldon Richman, vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation—an organization promoting libertarian causes—complained, “In Obama we have a new Jekyll and Hyde. From harsh critic of Bush’s trampling of individual rights, Obama has transmogrified into a champion of the omnipotent state.”

Similarly, on March 6, 2012, civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald penned an article about Attorney General Eric Holder’s defense of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secretly targeting U.S. citizens for execution without even charging them with a crime. Greenwald issued a stark warning: “We supposedly learned important lessons from the abuses of power of the Nixon administration, and then of the Bush administration: namely, that we don’t trust government officials to exercise power in the dark, with no judicial oversight, with no obligation to prove their accusations. Yet now we hear exactly this same mentality issuing from Obama, his officials and defenders to justify a far more extreme power than either Nixon or Bush dreamed of asserting.”

Such unbridled abuses of power come with repercussions. Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, stated that Obama’s legacy is irrevocably tarnished by such legislation. “He will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.”




 

Obama  Bamboozles  Loyalists

• Why Do So Many on the Left Still Have Their Heads Buried in the Sand?

By Victor Thorn

When assessing a president’s effectiveness, one of the best gauges is to speak with those who initially placed faith in him. On February 6, AMERICAN FREE PRESS contacted two individuals that increasingly feel a great deal of disappointment in Barack Obama’s policies.

J.D. Tuccille, the online managing editor of Reason magazine, a publication that specializes in libertarian issues, told this writer, “Obama has gone back on a number of vows, such as closing Gitmo, ending the [USA] PATRIOT Act, and the use of indefinite detention. He hasn’t lived up to a lot of his verbiage.”

When asked why ardent leftists like filmmaker Michael Moore were surprised by Obama’s actions, Tuccille responded, “They shouldn’t be because Obama did the same thing during his first term. It’s accurate to say there’s policy continuity from Bush to Obama. The only difference is that Obama has a ‘D’ [for Democrat] beside his name.”

Chris Ernesto, a longtime organizer for the Florida-based antiwar group St. Pete for Peace, held even more reservations. “Nobody imagined that this president would carry forward the policies of Bush-Cheney,” Ernesto began. “But now I realize why he’s the perfect person to promote a neocon agenda. Obama has a pretty face and speaks real well. So, he’s perpetuated the myth that its okay to detain people, kill them, or target and invade countries like Libya and Mali.”

Ernesto next addressed a topic that AFP has covered at length. “The Obama administration claims that it’s acceptable to assassinate American citizens without charges or bringing them to trial. In fact, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that such practices were ‘legal, ethical and wise.’ That was a real jaw-dropper.”

Another sore point for Ernesto is the antiwar movement itself. He stated, “The left hates when we bash Obama, but they can’t admit that they got tricked. After Obama’s election, the left went to sleep. I soon realized that, other than a few passionate organizations like CODE PINK and the Answer Coalition, these people were hypocrites. They weren’t really antiwar. They were anti-Bush. Where are all the peace rallies now that Obama is doing the same thing as Bush and Cheney by assassinating people and using indefinite detention?”

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Akin To His  Predecessors,  Is  Obama’s  CIA  Also Maintaining Black Sites?

By Victor Thorn

Amid the controversy surrounding Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David Petraeus’ November 9, 2012 resignation, the media largely ignored a riveting comment uttered by his mistress Paula Dean Broadwell. During an October 26, 2012 speech at the University of Denver, Broadwell may have peeled back another layer of the Benghazi cover-up.

In addition to being used as a hub for running guns from Libya to Syrian rebels, did the United States consulate also serve as a black site to illegally hold detainees—an act in direct violation of Obama’s January 2009 Executive Order 13491?

Broadwell told her audience, “The CIA annex had actually—had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think that the [September 11, 2012] attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back.”

As someone privy to classified information, Broadwell seemingly acknowledged her illicit lover’s knowledge of this situation. “The challenging thing for General Petraeus is that in his new position [as CIA Director], he’s not allowed to communicate with the press. So he’s known all this—they had correspondence with the CIA station chief in Libya.”

On November 12, 2012, Jennifer Griffin of FOX News not only substantiated Broadwell’s statements, she took them one step further. Griffin wrote, “According to multiple intelligence sources [that] have served in Benghazi, there were more than just Libyan militia members who were held and interrogated by CIA contractors at the CIA annex in the days prior to the attack. Other prisoners from additional countries in Africa and the Middle East were brought to this location.”

While the CIA has fervently denied these claims, on July 12, 2011, Jeremy Scahill of The Nation, an unapologetic hard-left publication, verified that the CIA maintained a secret rendition prison in the basement of Somalia’s Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport where suspects from as far away as Kenya were snagged off the streets.

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John Brennan: An Ugly Choice For CIA

By Victor Thorn

Barack Obama cemented the continuity in foreign policy from his predecessors with the nomination of Bush-era spook John O. Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As director of President George W. Bush’s National Counterterrorism Center, Brennan received regular briefings on that administration’s use of rendition and torture—including waterboarding—yet he never publicly denounced these policies.

Pushback by human rights activists was so intense during Obama’s first term in office that Brennan’s name had to be yanked from consideration to lead the CIA. Yet, such opposition hasn’t dampened Obama’s enthusiasm for Brennan, who over the past four years has been the architect of this administration’s drone strikes, in addition to playing a role in determining who gets exterminated for extrajudicial assassination under their “kill list.”

Moreover, in a recently released book, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and former Green Beret Jack Murphy claim that Brennan ran covert weapons transfer programs operating out of Libya, Africa and the Middle East.

Considering his appalling track record, when Obama introduced Brennan last month to takeover the CIA, he stated, “[The] reason I value John so much is his integrity and commitment to the values that define us as Americans.”

Astounded by this message, on January 8, journalist Conor Friedersdorf writing in The Atlantic asked, “Are the American people being asked to entrust our clandestine spy agency and its killing and interrogation apparatuses to a man who was complicit in illegal torture? There is strong circumstantial evidence that the answer is yes.”

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N.Y. Enacts Drastic Gun Law Diminishing Personal Protection

• No more than seven rounds in any gun; “assault” weapons targeted

By Pat Shannan

New York’s NY SAFE Act, passed in January, looks to be another political deception straight out of the pages of George Orwell. Officially called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, the new law is merely another end-run offensive around the Second Amendment.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law only an hour after its passage, waiving the required three-day public comment period. This was enough to raise the attention and ire of the law abiding citizenry and serve as a warning of what liberal politicians have in mind for other states.




Among a host of restrictions, the SAFE Act limits the size of ammunition magazines to a maximum of seven cartridges, requires a background check on the purchase of all ammunition and places a total ban on the sale of any “military-style” “assault weapons” to anyone other than law enforcement officers or agencies. Current owners of such rifles must register them with the state before the year is out and renew the registration every five years. They will also never be able to sell them to any N.Y. resident in the future. Finally, it is now a criminal offense not to report the loss or theft of a firearm or ammunition within 24 hours.

Past National Rifle Association Board of Directors member Harold “Budd” Schroeder spoke of the act as “the rape of our gun rights” and suggested that the new law is harsher than those in some European nations where people don’t even have a Bill of Rights.

The SAFE Act drastically inhibits home defense. Although the state’s penal law allows the use of deadly force in the event of a home invasion, the new act makes the use of more than a seven-round capacity in self defense a criminal act. This means that if someone fails to stop an attacker with his legal weapon, because too many shots missed the target, he must either find another weapon quickly or surrender to the criminal’s demands.

The law also stipulates that a handgun permit in N.Y. is more than a mere permit to carry a firearm. It is now a permit to possess the weapon. Should a person defend himself with a high-capacity magazine, his permit will be revoked and all handguns in the home will be confiscated and destroyed without compensation, stripping the home totally of any protection.

Some researchers contend that the seven-round limit alone effectively bans or severely restricts approximately three-quarters of the firearms designed in the past century. For instance, more than 5M of the popular Ruger 10/22 rifle, one that so many fathers raised their sons on, have been manufactured since the 1960s. As suggested by its name, it carries a 10-shot clip of .22 caliber ammunition. While the existing gun is “grandfathered” into the new statute, it still forbids the insertion of more than seven rounds.

Empire State residents must ask themselves: Is the real intent of this law to make the citizenry safer or to suppress the common use of firearms, even those nowhere near the description of an “assault weapon?”

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AUDIO INTERVIEW: First Book on Sandy Hook

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What allegedly happened on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 elementary school children were massacred along with several adults, left the nation in a state of shock. 

However, from the second the alleged event happened, the mainstream media began a barrage of reporting, 95% of which was absolutely wrong. This pathetic—or purposefully confused—reporting left truth-seekers, already distrustful of any official story coming from the United States federal government or from the controlled press, crying foul. And why not? As of the publication of this 32-page booklet in late January 2013, not a single solid fact has emerged from any official source proving what really happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary.




 

Who is Adam Lanza? What guns were actually used to commit the crime? Who were those other suspects arrested? What about the ever-changing stories offered by eyewitnesses? What about the very specific but inevitably incorrect mainstream news reporting? Was it designed to rope “Sandy Hook truthers” into speculation? Is there even more to the story? Is there more to the agenda? 

Hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 40 books, Victor Thorn, discusses his latest, SANDY HOOK: A Critical Analysis of the Media’s Pathetic Journalistic Practices and How They Spawned a Wave of Conspiracy Theories, the first book released on some of the more glaring anomalies of the Connecticut school shooting event, in this eye-opening interview (48:06).

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Debtor Prisons Popping Up Across America

By Keith Johnson

While Wall Street banks are being rewarded billions in taxpayer-funded bailout money to recover from risky financial schemes, cash-strapped Americans around the country are being jailed for simply not having enough money to pay their bills.

Many believe that debtors’ prisons were abolished in the United States during the mid-1800s, and that this archaic institution now only exists in the most repressive of societies. However, in recent years, courts of law in more than a dozen states have been exploiting a legal loophole that allows creditors to essentially hold borrowers for ransom against their delinquent financial obligations.

How do they do it? In most cases, lenders will secure a civil judgment against a debtor and summon them before the court for an “examination” of their assets. If they fail to appear, a “body attachment” warrant can be issued for their arrest and the defendant can be held indefinitely until the debt is paid.

In Hancock County, Indiana, a warrant was issued for small business owner Jeffrey Stearns because he owed $4,024 on an auto loan to a subsidiary of American International Group, the same financial institution that received $122.8B in taxpayer bailouts. Stearns was arrested by deputies in the presence of his four young children, strip-searched, sprayed for lice and held in jail for two days until he agreed to pay a substantial portion of the debt.




Similarly, Emmie Nichols of Bement, Illinois, was arrested at her mother’s house for missing a court appearance on a $1,159.87 credit card debt she owed to Capital One, a recipient of $3.65B in federal bailouts under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Ms. Nichols was eventually released after posting a $500 bond, which was ultimately surrendered, in full, to the bank.

But credit card and auto loan delinquencies aren’t the only things Americans are being locked up for. In Herrin, Illinois, cancer survivor and teaching assistant Lisa Lindsay ended up behind bars for a medical bill she was told she didn’t owe. “She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn’t have to pay it. But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs,” the Associated Press reports.

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“We have created a de facto debtors prison system in the United States that is largely unconstitutional,” Judith Fox, a law professor at Notre Dame Law School said. “In some parts of the country, people are so fearful of arrest they are scrambling to pay money they might not even owe.”

Arrests aren’t the only thing people are afraid of. In their quest to compel impoverished debtors to pay up, some collection agencies have resorted to making extremely horrific threats. According to CNNMoney.com, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently closed down Texas-based debt collector, Goldman Schwartz, for threatening to send child services after the minor children of people who were behind on their payday loans.   

Another collection agency, Rumson, Bolling & Associates, “allegedly threatened to dig up the bodies of debtors’ deceased children and hang them from a tree or drop them outside their door if they failed to pay their funeral bills.” The same company is also said to have “told a woman they would have her dog ‘arrested…shoot him up…and eat him,’ before sending the police to her house to arrest her, the FTC claimed.”

Meanwhile, as unfair courts and predatory lenders continue to employ an iron fist against the poorest Americans, kid gloves are applied when dealing with Wall Street executives.

In a recent Frontline documentary, entitled The Untouchables, Lanny Bruer, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, was asked why he failed to pursue criminal charges against the mortgage security fraudsters who were responsible for the economic meltdown of 2008.

“I am personally offended by much of what I’ve seen,” Bruer replied. “I think there was a level of greed, a level of excessive risk taking, that I find abominable and I find very upsetting. But that is not what creates a criminal case. What makes a criminal case is that I can prove beyond a reasonable doubt every element of a crime.”

Since Americans can’t rely on the federal government to hold these bankers accountable for their debt to society, perhaps it’s time to pursue civil action in our local courts. On the off chance that a judge finds them liable, and they fail to appear for an “examination” of their assets, we can then request a “body attachment” warrant and hold each one in custody until they return every last cent they bilked from the U.S. economy.

Unfortunately, that’s not the kind of “justice” system we have in America.

Keith Johnson in an investigative journalist and host of the Revolt of the Plebs radio program.




Bilderberg Pushing Global ID Card

• Globalists preparing to capitalize on recent retirement of Rep. Ron Paul

By James P. Tucker Jr.

Of late there is much news surrounding the secretive globalist group known as Bilderberg. Internationalists are quietly pushing Congress to force global “identity cards” on the world, including all Americans and the entire Western Hemisphere. Bilderberg’s obedient servant, The Washington Post, called for a “biometric card” in an editorial on February 2, 2013. Bilderberg relentlessly continues its push for war and global “climate control” as steps toward world government.

Over the years, the now-retired United States Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) had been a lone voice in Congress fighting calls to implement a global ID card. Because the ID card would require new spending, it must pass the House first, as the Constitution requires all taxpayer-funded measures to originate there. No tax increases can originate in the Senate. So Paul tacked on amendments rejecting the ID card. His colleagues approved them to avoid debate.




 
 

But Paul stepped down in the last congressional session, and Bilderberg and its associate gang, the Trilateral Commission, will exploit this.

At a recent reception in Washington, D.C., an AMERICAN FREE PRESS source overheard Thomas E. Donilon, a White House national security advisor and past Bilderberg member, speaking of Paul’s retirement and the good chance that the global card could now be shepherded through Congress. Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would not object to the plan, added the individual with whom Donilon was talking. He was referring to the fact that Senator Paul has backed off from the strong pro-nationalist positions of his father because he is fantasizing about being elected president in 2016.

The World Resources Institute conveniently reported that the U.S. is failing to meet its international commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2020. Thus, the United Nations (UN) could impose penalties on this country, acting as a global “department of energy” under the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).




The report was praised by Michael A. Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Bilderberg-controlled Council on Foreign Relations. Levi added that the Senate should commit to ratifying the sovereignty-surrendering LOST. Under such legislation, the UN could police America’s coastal and inland waterways.

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Israel’s ‘Back Door to War’

• Attack on Syria is Israel’s first step in all-out war on Iran

By Ralph Forbes

Israeli warplanes attacked a target close to the Syrian-Lebanese border. Just as Franklin D. Roosevelt provoked Pearl Harbor as a pretext for his war against Germany, so Israel is bombing Syria so it start a chain-reaction resulting in a disastrous war between America and Iran.

As a pretext for the deadly air strikes, Israel announced they were “suspicious” that trucks were transporting “chemical weapons.” The truth is United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey said on February 9 that Syria’s chemical weapons are secure and have not been used. Syria does possess chemicals as a “low cost” self-defense against Israel’s vast nuclear, chemical and biological arsenals. Israel has long been saying that Syria is using chemicals against “its own people.” A December 23, 2012 report, contrived to get the U.S. to attack Syria, was exposed as a vicious lie by the U.S. National Security Council and Secretary of State on January 15, 2013.




Israel wants war with Iran—but it wants the U.S. to do all the fighting and bear the huge costs, just as it did when Israel wanted war with Iraq. But this time, Israeli war planners know they face severe defeat—despite strangleholds on Congress and the media—if the American people, including many Jewish Americans, hold Israel responsible for the catastrophic consequences. All of the top military and intelligence advisors in Israel and the U.S. have concluded if Israel attacks Iran without the U.S., Israel will lose.

So Syria has been targeted as the sacrificial lamb to ignite World War III. A sneak attack on Iran by Israel would backfire. The cries of “wolf,” that Iran is just days away from making a bomb—bellowed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the neocons, ad nauseam —have been monotonously repeated for decades, but of late they have been exposed as war propaganda speech by these serial liars. Dempsey confirmed Iran doesn’t have a bomb, and if they decide to make one, it will take many years.

For years the mass media in the U.S. censored the news that Israeli and U.S. intelligence know Iran has no plans for making a nuclear bomb. Only weeks before the U.S. national elections, Israel’s headlines were Defense Minister Ehud Barak admitted that Israel is in no danger from an Iranian bomb because the output of the centrifuges was used for peaceful purposes, but that . The mass media negligently ignored this news.

Israel’s backdoor plot to get America into war has been waged by proxies, using the U.S. and terrorists, mercenaries and criminals to do their dirty work for them under the false flags of groups like the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

International human rights organizations have documented war crimes by the gangs of foreign fighters, including the FSA—charging them with carrying out kidnappings, tortures and mass murders. Jihadists and mercenaries are swarming into Syria from all over the world, openly financed by the sheiks of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and clandestinely by the Central Intelligence Agency and Israel. Mercenaries from Europe and Asia are often paid $2K a day to fight.

Vatican news agency Agenzia Fides reports that over 10K Christians were “ethnically cleansed” by the FSA’s murderous Farouq brigades. The Daoud Battalion uses captured soldiers in proxy bombings, tying a prisoner of war into a car loaded with explosives and forcing him to drive to a target, where the explosives are remotely detonated. The United Nations reported that rebel forces, including the FSA, also recruit children as soldiers.

On July 19, 2012, Iraqi border guards witnessed the FSA take control of a border post—then cut off the arms and legs of a Syrian army officer, before executing 22 Syrian soldiers. In August 2012, in al-Bab City, Syria, six postal workers were thrown to their deaths off the main postal building by FSA terrorists. In September 2012, the FSA exploded a car bomb near al-Hayat Hospital and the Central Hospital in Aleppo. At least 30 people were killed and more than 64 wounded. In late October 2012, the FSA’s Hawks of Syria Brigade executed more than 20 captured Syrian soldiers—and the atrocities, rapes, tortures, lootings and destruction go on and on. Yet the courageous Syrian people have refused to surrender to the New World Order’s terrorism and dictates.

Ralph Forbes is a freelance writer based in Arkansas. He is also a member of AFP’s Southern Bureau. Contact him at [email protected]




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West Point Cadets Taught Patriots Are Terrorists

• Influential study published by an Israeli academic at America’s top military school seeks to brainwash future military leaders into believing those who advocate freedom, liberty, individual sovereignty, and small government  are the enemy

By Victor Thorn

At West Point where cadets are groomed into officers, a new 148-page report released on January 15 is urging enlisted men and women to be on alert for “terrorists” in the form of those who consider themselves patriots.

This study, released by the United States Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center, is entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” Its author, Professor Arie Perliger, the Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, holds membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, as well as being a former instructor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.




Considering his background, Perliger warns that growing legions of conservative-minded citizens across the U.S. pose a serious threat to our nation’s safety. Yet, whom precisely does Perliger deem as being affiliated with what he labels the “violent far right?”

In his own words, Perliger placed a bulls-eye on those who “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights.”

Even more specifically, Perliger asserted that other so-called extremists fall into the categories of anti-federalists, fundamentalist Christians, survivalists, gun-rights advocates, libertarians, pro-lifers, and those who oppose high taxation.

Not content with simply fingering these broad-reaching factions, Perliger zeroed in on another favorite globalist target. “Some groups are driven by a strong conviction that the American political system and its proxies were hijacked by external forces interested in promoting a New World Order.”

This umbrella characterization includes constitutionalists, those wary of a growing police state, and political activists such as some tea partiers. Thus, by using manipulative, emotionally-charged language intended to divide-and-conquer, Perliger equates those interested in preserving their individual freedoms with skinheads, neo-Nazis and militia members. Or, even more condescendingly, he smears conservatives as being backward, archaic and living in an era that has passed them by. In contrast, Perliger applauds liberals as future-oriented and progressive in their views.

Dr. Herbert W. Titus, a constitutional law professor and former dean of the Regent University School of Law “says it’s an attempt to link conservative thought with violence.”

Titus told WorldNetDaily: “Professor Perliger has adopted the strategy of many left-wing members of the professoriate, concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many who hold similar views but who do not engage in any form of violence.”

“His theory is that of the iceberg, that which as seen may be small, but it hides what is a much larger threat just below the surface. Obviously, the professor disagrees with those who favor small government, cutting back of federal government encroachments upon the powers of the state and to discredit this movement focuses on a few gun-toting militia,” Titus said.

“Like so many in the Obama administration, Perliger does not want to engage in any dialogue on the issues, but just discredit an entire political movement by ad hominem charged words,” Titus said. “Perliger is not a serious scholar, but a propagandist for the existing regime.”




 

West Point Urged to Fire Nutty Professor

By Victor Thorn

• Citizens up in arms over professor’s attempt to demonize true American conservatives 

The president of a popular conservative advocacy group is calling on West Point to fire the author of a controversial report that paints conservatives as terrorists. In a January 29 interview with AMERICAN FREE PRESS, Bill Wilson of Americans for Limited Government expanded on these thoughts.

“I’m sending a letter to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee insisting that all funds be withheld from their Combating Terrorism Center until this guy [Perliger] is fired and his report withdrawn,” he told AFP.

When asked what most incensed him, Wilson replied, “Perliger’s report isn’t an isolated incident. We’ve seen this type of demonizing ever since Obama took office. The left is going for the kill by using raw partisan political propaganda. The author of this report wants people to look those of us with traditional conservative values who support limited government as dangerous and suspect. He’s saying: this is somebody you don’t want to be. Instead, Perliger favors those who always submit to collectivism and the group. But this type of mindset is what doomed the former Soviet Union.”

Wilson added, “The military implications are really dangerous because Perliger wants to breed a whole generation of officers that may not respect sovereignty and autonomy.”

In a January 28 opinion piece, Wilson expanded on this notion. “[We] are being taught to view freedom-loving Americans as violent racist terrorists-in-waiting as part of the federal government’s ongoing jihad against common-sense fiscal conservatism and constitutionally limited government.”

AFP inquired about what forces were behind Perliger’s work. “In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security offered a course curriculum prepared by the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC] that was meant to cast suspicions on returning vets because they might harbor right-wing affiliations,” he said. “The SPLC is a sleazy left-wing group.”

But he didn’t stop there in terms of culprits. “The mainstream media is owned by a handful of corporations that are completely compliant in their worldview that government is always best and correct, and those who don’t support it are wrong,” he said. “Real journalism doesn’t exist in the mainstream media any more.”

The conversation then turned to another subject that contradicted Perliger’s conclusions. “The hard left,” Wilson stated, “is far more violence prone that anyone on the right. Groups like the Earth Liberation Front and animal rights advocates will sabotage train tracks, spike trees, and have threatened to destroy the Keystone Pipeline.”

Wilson emphasized that an unmitigated assault is being waged against the citizens of this country. “Every day the First Amendment is being shutdown, and now Obama is trying to kill the Second Amendment. Why shouldn’t everyone be suspicious of what they’re doing? The left is waging an incredible assault on our Bill of Rights by undercutting and taking away this contract between the American people and the states.”

In closing, Wilson pointed out a more subtle aspect of Perliger’s smear tactics. “In the past, we didn’t let politics get involved in the military,” said Wilson. “But Perliger gave the officer corps pure political indoctrination as if they were the old Red Army. What used to be a very important feature—the non-political nature of our military—is now being turned on its head.”

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Thought Police Use ‘Terrorism’ to Spy on You

By Victor Thorn

The Thought Police’s infiltration of West Point is part of a much larger trend that AFP has been keeping readers abreast of for years. All couched in the guise of fighting terrorism, these efforts to spy on Americans and create citizen snitches have been coordinated by an extensive array of forces, including the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, various think tanks working in unison with universities, and powerful congressional members.

In 2010, DHS initiated a campaign known as “If You See Something, Say Something™.” Officials called on sports fans, mass transit riders,Walmart shoppers—every American—via posters and other literature to be alert for “suspicious activities.” The following year DHS expanded public service announcements into 1.2 million hotel and motel rooms across the U.S.

This far-reaching program dovetailed with previous studies that sought to paint conservative Americans as terrorists. These included the University of Maryland’s “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes” and “Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism,” and the RAND Corporation’s 2005 “Trends in Terrorism.” In 2007, the House of Representatives passed legislation entitled “The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.” During the Bush presidency, Representative Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who sponsored the above bill, teamed with DHS head Michael Chertoff to investigate 9-11 “conspiracy theorists” during their “war on terror.”

Considering the overt terror-related thread running through each of these campaigns, what would constitute allegedly suspicious behavior? Using cash during transactions could be one example, as well as showing an enthusiasm for gold investments. Stockpiling food for emergencies could also be deemed questionable behavior. Finally, exhibiting any type of dissenting opinion against the Federal Reserve, Internet privacy and centralized authority at the global level are, according to these studies, obvious red flags that should be reported.

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Morris Seligman Dees, Jr.: The ‘Arch-Salesman of Hatemongering’

By Victor Thorn

For decades, one of the sleaziest operators waging a vendetta against patriotic-minded Americans has been Morris Dees and his insidious Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Capitalizing on a largely Jewish donor base, Dees pockets an annual salary of $305,000 by infiltrating and spying on pro-freedom groups. He then peddles this information to various government agencies.

Although the SPLC claims to promote “tolerance” for blacks, illegal aliens and other groups favored by politically-correct adherents of the Marxist-oriented Frankfurt School, what they really hawk is a twisted form of Big Brother hatred as described in George Orwell’s 1984.

Pushing doublethink to its extreme, SPLC spokesman and publications director Mark Potok revealed his organization’s true colors in regard to their opponents. “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate groups and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”

Even those who would normally oppose advocates of limited government find Dees’ tactics particularly appalling. In a 2009 article, Alexander Cockburn of the The Nation—a left-leaning news magazine—called Dees “the arch-salesman of hatemongering” that “scares dollars out of the pockets of trembling liberals aghast at his lurid descriptions of hate-sodden Americans.”

Yet, if the truth is actually told, Dees’ primary concern revolves around raising money. With assets totaling $238 million, Dees generated $36 million in contributions last year alone. Dees’ former business partner Millard Fuller admitted that their aims were comparable to greedy used car salesmen or smarmy televangelists. “From the first day of our partnership, we shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money,” Fuller boasted.

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N.D. Asserts Sovereignty; Rejects Obama Power Grab

By Pat Shannan

North Dakota has opened a new front in the battle against federal meddling. This time the state’s lawmakers are taking direct shots at not only the current administration but all executive orders issued by past administrations.

N.D.’s H.B. 1428 is currently pending in the state Legislature. It is designed to give state legislators the power to suspend orders implemented unless the orders have been upheld by Congress.

“We don’t believe in governing by executive order,” said State Representative Bob Skarphol (R), speaking for himself and other state legislators. “There are checks and balances ingrained into the government for a reason, and these should be followed.”

Skarphol further asserted that the N.D. Legislature would not allow its state’s police departments to enforce some of the proposed federal gun laws, should they be imposed.




According to Skarphol, a line was drawn following the recent harsh threats from Vice President Joe Biden, who warned that President Barack Obama could institute gun control via executive order. This prompted concerns of new federal regulations being forced upon the Peace Garden State.

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The debate over gun control in N.D. spilled into discussion on other issues such as Environmental Protection Agency interventions and federal drilling regulations that have upset locals.

N.D.’s pending bill may be moot, however, as federal laws require Congress to weigh in on national emergencies.

Former United States Representative Dan Hamburg (D-Calif.) stated in October 2012, “Congress and the judiciary, as well as public opinion, can restrain the executive [branch] regarding emergency powers, but nothing of the sort has occurred.”

According to the National Emergencies Act, which was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on September 14, 1976, Congress is required to review emergencies declared by presidents. Specifically, “not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.”

The next question is, which of the executive orders would be tied to “emergency powers”—thereby requiring congressional review twice a year?

On September 18, 2001, The Washington Times reported, “Simply by proclaiming a national emergency on Friday, President Bush activated some 500 dormant legal provisions, including those allowing him to impose censorship and martial law.”

Can Attorney General Eric Holder make a case that America is still resisting foreign invasion more than a decade after the attacks of 9-11?

“Congress has failed to obey its own law, a fact that casts doubt on the legality of the state of emergency,” said Hamburg.

Under the powers delegated by many emergency statutes, the president may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communications, regulate the operation of private enterprise and restrict travel, all of which amounts to unrestrained control of the lives of all citizens.

N.D. will have none of it, though.

“It’s a serious issue with us,” Skarphol said. “If our president wants to circumvent Congress, then we’ll see it the same way as if our governor wants to circumvent us.”

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Hackers Expose U.S. False Flag to Frame Syria

• Mercenary emails indicate U.S. may have proposed “false flag” chemical attack

By Richard Walker

Hacked emails from a British mercenary company were posted online, leading to claims Washington was backing a dirty war against Syria in which a chemical attack on Syria could be blamed on the Syrian regime, thereby strengthening the case for immediate intervention on the part of the United States military.

British mercenary company, Britam Defence, has since admitted it was hacked but claimed the hacker, who posted his online name as “JAsIrX,” had maliciously and cleverly used hacked material to generate forgeries to destroy the company’s reputation and make it look like it was involved in shocking behavior.

According to a spokesman for the company, it was really a “risk management firm” and not a mercenary company like those hired by the U.S. Defense Department to carry out military operations in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, the sheer volume of hacked documents from Britam demonstrates that the UK firm has a hand in more than just paper-pushing. It is clearly a company with tentacles that reach into all parts of the military-industrial complex in the UK and overseas.

One of the hacked emails that has resulted in the most embarrassment for the U.S. government concerned Syria. The email reads as follows:

Phil, we’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved in Washington. We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell [sic] from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record. Frankly, I don’t think it is a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

Kind regards,

David




 

The “Phil” referred to in the email is purported to be Philip Doughy, Britam’s founder. The “David” is the director of development, David Goulding. “CW” in the email refers to Chemical Weapon and “g-shell” implies a gas-warfare-type shell.

The company claims the email was a forgery. Nevertheless, its release coincided with warnings by Israel and the Obama White House that Syrian leader Bashar al Assad was liable to use his chemical weapons on the Arab revolutionaries and Islamist militias trying to overthrow his government. Israel has insisted it reserves the right to attack Syria’s chemical sites and the issue has encouraged neocons to argue it is time for the U.S. and its allies to get more directly involved in overthrowing Assad. Russia has insisted Assad has given it an assurance he will not use chemical weapons on his people.

In all, 423 megabytes of zip files were hacked from Britam. Aside from the one on Syria, there were others related to Iran that have caused considerable controversy.

For example, one file folder contained outlines of plans for varying types of military actions to be undertaken as part of an attack on Iran. The topics listed in the files were under headings such as “Fix enemy forces and lure them to the killing zones.” Another had the title, “Move from their garrisons to occupy AA at Grid (1556) (IAW Movement Order).” IAW stands for “in agreement with.”




The hacker, who posted the files, said he hacked Britam’s website after discovering it was on a Malaysian server and that its files indicated it had plans for the invasion of Syria and Iran. He described it as a private military company. To prove his case, he also released copies of emails and files with titles such as “WMM Baghdad 5” and “Iran issue” with the date, 24-01-2013.

One file contained a listing of many of Britam’s clients, including Halliburton with which it has an ongoing $16 million contract for what it terms “risk assessment, planning and close protection of personnel” in oilfields in parts of Iraq. A similar contract worth $11 million is with BP.

In response to media coverage of the hacking, a spokesman for Britam insisted the company was more of a “commercial private security” company as distinct from the private contractor outfits like Blackwater that operated during the Bush and Obama presidencies. Blackwater subsequently changed its name to XE after it was accused of murdering Iraqi civilians.

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Will British Nationalists Scuttle EU?

By James P. Tucker Jr.

Bilderberg luminaries are upset that growing nationalism in the United Kingdom is threatening their campaign for a “United States of Europe.” Even one of their own, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, is supporting the “British rebellion.”

Bilderberg is considered to be the most exclusive and secretive club in the world. To be admitted, you have to own a multinational bank, a multinational corporation or a country. Since its first meeting in 1954, Bilderberg has been attended by the top powerbrokers, financial minds and world leaders.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to offer citizens an up-or-down vote on whether to leave the European Union (EU) if his party can return him to office in the next election, expected in 2015. He said on January 23, 2013, that public opposition to membership in the EU is “at an all-time high.”

Cameron said in a speech in London that his Conservative Party should renegotiate the terms of the UK’s membership in the 27-nation EU.




“Once that new settlement has been negotiated, we will give the British people” a chance to vote on whether to stay or quit the EU, he said. “A one size fits all” approach to the EU is misguided.

Britain has always had reservations about EU membership. It refuses to use the euro and maintains the pound as currency. When Lady Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, she told The Spotlight in a private conversation that she would never surrender national sovereignty to an  international organization. Membership in the EU was like belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, she said. Treaties can be used for the benefit of nations without yielding a “bit of national sovereignty,” she added. Britain kept the pound because a nation’s currency is “a symbol” of its sovereignty, she said.

Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said Cameron was “playing a dangerous game” dictated by domestic politics.

“This was an inward-looking speech that does not reflect European reality and will not impress many of the EU’s European partners,” he said.

Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France, compared the EU to joining a sports club—“you can’t say you want to play rugby,” he told a popular French radio station.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said countries should not be allowed to write their own terms for EU membership. “A policy of cherry-picking won’t function,” he said.

However, Italian leader Monti countered that the EU “does not need unwilling members.” But he “hopes” Brits will choose to remain in the bloc and “help shape its future.”

A source told AMERICAN FREE PRESS that Thierry de Montbrial, founder and president of the French Institute for International Relations, was heard saying that this public opposition threatens the future of the EU. In addition, he reportedly expressed concern that the growing nationalism and unrest would likely sink any future plans for globalization.

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