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The former managing director of drug giant Eli Lilly and Company in Sweden continues to reveal the business practices of the pharmaceutical industry, scoring a major victory in announcing that his first book, Side Effects: Death. Confessions of a Pharma-Insider, will be turned into a full-length feature film. In fact, he appeared in a September 16, 2014 segment of “The Daily Show.”

John Virapen, who began his career with “Big Pharma” in 1968 as a salesman knocking on doctors’ doors, rose through the ranks to realize what he was pitching were not drugs, but death. Virapen was well aware early on that thousands had died or committed suicide by taking the drugs he was pushing. “I indirectly contributed to the death of . . . people, whose shadows now haunt me,” he explained in his book.

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Dave Gahary had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Virapen to discuss how he got into bed with Big Pharma, what motivated him to write this book, and what his long-term goals are, in this informative interview (15:36).

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Reporter Admits Most Media Work for CIA, MI6, Mossad

• War correspondent reveals dirty secrets of mainstream media: journalists are bribed to pry, lie and spy.

By Ronald L. Ray —

AMERICAN FREE PRESS frequently exposes the noxious collaborators with tyranny who operate the mainstream media. Now a courageous German former journalist, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, has written a powerful new bestselling book that exposes the rampant cooperation of the “Fourth Estate” with the world’s largest intelligence agencies, trans-Atlantic organizations, banks, corporations and billionaires, making it into a political “fifth column.”

The book, Gekaufte Journalisten (literally, “Bought Journalists”), is not yet in English, but this writer interviewed Ulfkotte on October 17 to bring this newspaper’s readers his stunning revelations. Admitting first his own guilt of participating in the destructive underworld of journalism, Ulfkotte fearlessly names other collaborators in his latest work and calls for a return to a free and morally-upright press. The book has garnered worldwide interest, but the German journalistic establishment is giving it the “silent treatment”—and worse.

Ulfkotte, 54, was raised in a devout Christian family and even educated at a religious school. During early adulthood, like many young people, he began investigating other beliefs. At the university in Freiburg in Breisgau he took an interest in law and Islamic studies. He became fluent in Arabic—important for his future, albeit unintended, career.



 

During college in the 1980s, Ulfkotte also was recruited into the world of espionage. Prior to a particular semester break, when he hoped to visit Italy and meet young women, a professor asked if he would like to attend a two-week seminar in Bonn on the East-West conflict. This was during the Cold War in a divided Germany. Ulfkotte was not at all interested, but university professors in Germany were (and are) highly respected. It was difficult to refuse.

He was promised that his travel would be paid for, as well as lodging and meals, and he would receive spending money into the bargain. For a young man from poor economic circumstances, this was too much. Relates Ulfkotte, “I suddenly felt this deep feeling inside me that I had ‘always’ wanted to go” to such a seminar. Such “innocent” beginnings were the first bribes, which would draw him ever deeper into a widespread network of corruption and spying, where no one considered such behavior immoral, but rather “accepted practice.”

No one said, “I’m from the CIA,” or from the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND)—the German intelligence service. But the seminar leaders sorted out “who was communist and who was pro-Western” among the young attendees. After further similar events, someone asked Ulfkotte if he would work for the BND—the last thing on his mind. But again, a professor—his doctoral advisor—pressured him to “think about it.” And once more, a poor boy found a free automobile and a good salary very attractive.

Upon receiving his doctorate, Ulfkotte—who never studied journalism—was provided a job as a reporter for the leading conservative German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), hired over hundreds of other applicants. He became a war correspondent in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Iran and much of the Middle East, and later an FAZ editor. Eventually, he did indeed meet agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), BND, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6), and Israel’s Mossad, who valued his ability to travel freely in countries largely closed to the West. His editors were knowing accomplices.

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“I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I’ve been educated to lie, to betray—and not to tell the truth to the public. . . . The German and American media [is trying] to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, but all over Europe. . . . I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don’t [want to see] this situation again. There are always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too. We have betrayed our readers. . . . I’m fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic [Germany], and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom.”  — Udo Ulfkotte

What is insidious, as Ulfkotte confesses, is that typically, intelligence agencies use “unofficial covers”—people working for the agency but not actually on its payroll as agents. It is a broad, loose network of “friends,” doing one another favors. Many are lead journalists from numerous countries. This informality provides plausible deniability for both sides, but it means an “unofficial cover,” as Ulfkotte became, is on his own if captured.

The American reporter James Foley, allegedly executed by ISIS, found that out. Ulfkotte confirmed to this author that Foley did indeed work for various intelligence organizations, as this newspaper reported on last month. He also stated that if a journalist is accused of spying, such reports are almost always credible.

We asked the former spy about the extent of recruitment of journalists into espionage. He replied, “Well, they don’t wear stickers on their foreheads,” but he told the following anecdote as an illustration.

Once, he accompanied Helmut Kohl, then chancellor of Germany, on a visit to the king of Jordan. The president of Israel was also there. Ulfkotte went around the room, blithely greeting a number of journalists and officials with whom he was friends—and who, he knew as well, were working for the CIA, the BND and the Mossad. He was ordered sharply back to his place. Otherwise, “everyone would know” who the other intelligence assets were. It must have been an appreciable percentage, because Ulfkotte then realized they were “all in the same boat.”

He also recalls giving a series of lectures on counterespionage at the University of Lueneburg, where Richard Tomlinson of MI6 and other intelligence assets were seeking recruits.

Ulfkotte reveals that there are many quid pro quo exchanges between news correspondents and intelligence agencies. Large sums of money, gifts, public recognition and significant career advancement go to those journalists who provide useful information on people they meet or know, or on places to which they travel. Many times, the reporter, like Ulfkotte, need only put his name on an article written for him by some spy agency or financial institution. Money and gifts change hands; doors open to elitist groups, like the Trilateral Commission, Atlantik-Brücke, the Aspen Institute and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Those who do not cooperate are fired.

Always, some “friend” asked for simple things, like a soil sample from Ulfkotte’s travels, or reports on the behaviors of his Iranian political friends. Because Iran has no U.S. embassy, he would enter the Turkish embassy and follow a then-secret, underground escape tunnel into the German embassy, where he would turn over his reports for the CIA or BND. In a recent RT interview, Ulfkotte noted that the BND was created by the CIA. To him, it is a symbol of Germany’s status as a “banana republic,” a “colony of the U.S.”

Ulfkotte was severely injured several times during his reportorial years—one of the few to survive a poison gas attack by Iraq on Iran in 1988, which used German-manufactured mustard gas. In Spring 2003, he suffered serious nerve damage in one leg and realized he could not continue in the Middle East. He thereafter resigned from FAZ.





 

In Spring 2004, a German politician asked Ulfkotte to spy on a political rival, offering a large sum of money for the criminal activity. Refusing, Ulfkotte at last realized: “How deep am I sinking?”—and vowed “never again.” Almost immediately thereafter, the government searched his home and office a total of six times, alleging he had revealed “official secrets.” Clearly a reprisal, but they could never show any proof in court.

Why the book Gekaufte Journalisten? Ulfkotte knows the mass media have become merely the willing slaves of warmongering governments and self-interested billionaires like George Soros. He fears the outbreak of nuclear war with Russia, based on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization propaganda peddled by his old comrades as “news.”

By speaking out in this way now, Ulfkotte hopes most of all to convince other journalists to give up the lucrative but corrupt world of espionage and false reporting. He was young, like many others, when he “fell into the trap.” He wants a “new generation of journalists,” who won’t be bribed. “I just hope that I could stop this.”

The rats will not leave the ship without a fight, though. Reporters have been threatened with a lawsuit by FAZ for publicizing efforts to get the paper’s official reaction to Ulfkotte’s book. So much for “press freedom.”

On the day of our interview, the FAZ released an otherwise bland statement, seeming to imply falsely that Ulfkotte was fired from his position. But, as in his well-documented book, this former member of elitist international organizations holds the trump card: a written work reference, in which the newspaper praises him, especially for his “secret service activity.”

Ulfkotte has suffered three heart attacks and other health problems from his work. AFP’s interview request was one of the few he accepted. He has no children to worry about and so cannot be blackmailed. That is a good thing, because Gekaufte Journalisten seems to have unleashed the wrath of the New World Order, which now stands more clearly exposed before an outraged world public.

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Ronald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor of THE BARNES REVIEW. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence.




Tens of Thousands of Jews Leaving Israel for Germany

By Richard Walker —

A growing exodus of young Israelis to Berlin has not only shocked Israel’s far right leadership but has highlighted the growing disillusionment with Zionism among Israel’s younger generation.

As Israeli commentators noted, the trend would encourage the late Israeli leader, Yitzhak Rabin to turn in his grave. He once described those who fled Israel as a “cascade of wimps” and a “fallout of cowards.” Ravit Hecht, a columnist with Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, Ha’aretz, has blamed ultranationalists for the exodus, and there may well be substance to her claim. “Berlin is a lovely city, but it is sucking away all the forces that we desperately need here, especially now,” she wrote. Of course, it’s not Berlin that’s doing the sucking, but Israel, in a different sense of the word.

The recent outrage in Israel about what has become a developing trend was sparked by what at first seemed an absurd Facebook posting by Asaf Lev, a 25-year-old former Israeli soldier living in Berlin. On his Facebook page, he posted his grocery list to show how much cheaper the cost of living was in Germany. One of the food items on his list was “Milky,” a copycat of a German pudding produced in Israel that costs much less in Berlin. The posting went viral and was taken up by thousands of young Israelis in Germany, many of whom appealed to Israeli youth back home to join them in Berlin where life was cheaper and free of the all the stresses in Israel, including mandated military service.




 
 
 

Within days, social media forums carried the story of the grocery list and highlighted fact as many as 30,000 young Israelis now lived in Berlin. That figure, however, may be on the low side because large numbers of Israelis arrive in Germany using European and not Israeli passports. Some studies have concluded Israelis hold 100,000 German passports. A common feature of Israeli life nowadays is more and more people have two passports, often European, Canadian or American. The second passport offers the freedom to relocate at any time, and as far back as 2008, one study concluded 59% of Israelis were thinking of leaving the country.

But missing in all the hoopla was the fact the exodus to Germany reflected the findings of several studies showing disenchantment among Israelis with their Zionist lifestyle. A 2012 survey by Ha’aretz found that almost 40% of Israelis were considering emigrating. A March 24, 2014 study commissioned by the Zionist Council in Israel showed around 25% of young, secular Israelis wanted to make a life away from Israel.

Rarely mentioned in mainstream media news coverage of Israel is its growing population of poor and the fact it has the highest percentage of poor of developed world countries, higher even than Mexico and Turkey. Were it not for its weapons industry, the billions of dollars it receives annually in United States taxpayer dollars and the massive sums of money wealthy American Jews transfer to Israel through questionable means and by way of so-called non-profits, the country’s economy would be at rock bottom. The other factor driving young people from Israel is the expanding power of its ultranationalists, many of whom have been encouraged to settle in Israel from parts of Asia and Eastern Europe to fill the void left by those who are leaving and to increase the country’s population as it seizes more Palestinian land and builds settlements on it.

Israel is also losing its battle to keep its brightest at home. Many of them see no future in a country whose leadership has become increasingly extreme and isolated from the rest of the world.

Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.




Obama’s Big Government Entitlement State Failing

• 38% of able-bodied Americans 16 and over not working.

By Victor Thorn

As voters look ahead to two upcoming elections—November’s midterms and the 2016 presidential race—they must ask themselves a question:

After six years of an anemic economy hobbling along on life support, does Obama-style big government work?

In many areas, the proof couldn’t be more obvious. Poverty rates in California top 23%, while Washington, D.C. exceeds 22%.




 
 
 

To better understand why “Obamanomics” has been a dismal failure, on October 9 this reporter contacted attorney Jonathan W. Emord, author of four books,  including Restore the Republic.

Emord is best known for defeating the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the landmark First Amendment case Pearson v. Shalala,  and for defeating the FDA in federal court seven more times, six on First Amendment grounds, making him the only attorney in American history to have achieved that many victories over the FDA.

Although Obama loyalists claim our economy is in healthy shape because rigged Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures place the unemployment rate at 5.9%, Emord replied: “38.2% of able-bodied Americans aged 16 and over aren’t working. That comes to 92.2 million people. Society now teeters on a situation where half of us work in order to support the other half that are very costly dependents. Obama has encouraged an entitlement society that’s caused our nation to expend vast amounts of resources to accommodate a bourgeoning near-majority that’s dependent.”

The reason for the skewed unemployment figures is because BLS doesn’t include people who have given up looking for a job.

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After this writer reminded Emord that over 46 million Americans have received food stamps for 35 months, he commented: “Obama’s food stamp program is ruinous. All government by nature is parasitic and produces nothing of economic value. Obama’s federal assistance philosophy depends on the taxation of those who are productive. But skyrocketing entitlements are unsustainable, as we’ll soon find out.”

Expanding more on this, Emord continued: “Despite massive government spending and Federal Reserve manipulation of the money supply, Obama’s stimulus program failed miserably. Such a dire situation hasn’t been equaled in recent times, except for the Carter administration, when the economy tanked. But these results should come as no surprise. Historically, every comparable attempt at big government planning has met with disaster.”

If conditioning the populace into accepting a dependency state isn’t debilitating enough, Emord sees an even more devious tactic being implemented. He told this newspaper: “Under Obama’s version of crony capitalism, a political game of selective assassination is being played. It’s an evil art where Obama’s supporters receive the benefits of legislation which, in turn, disables their competition.”




Answering this reporter’s request for details, Emord explained: “Their formula is simple. Obama’s cronies prosecute business owners in one industry while giving millions to companies like Solyndra. Those who ran Solyndra were Obama’s bundlers during the 2008 election. This entire administration reeks of overt corruption and self-interest that surpasses any previous president.”

If this type of financial sabotage doesn’t prove effective, Emord outlined another tactic. “The IRS has been used to disable businesses and organizations that oppose Obama,” he said. “Even when their operations are exposed, the White House disrespects the rule of law and totally ignores court orders. They hold no respect for the federal judiciary or Constitution. When you combine no limits on lawlessness with the raw execution of political power, it leads to a dictatorship.”

In conclusion, Emord stressed: “Few people in this economy have benefited except Obama and his associates. The disgusting reality is that these carpetbaggers are exploiting big government to the grossest extent possible. If we don’t act quickly to end the unlimited spending and an expanding government state, we’ll be reduced to third world status.”

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Evidence Points to Immigration Policies Behind Spread of Rare Respiratory Disease

• Occurrence of Enterovirus D68 seems to be spread by waves of illegal immigrant children from Central America shipped across the U.S. due to stupid immigration policies.

By Pete Papaherakles

Just when you thought the Ebola scare was bad enough, there is now another imported, exotic virus threatening to become an epidemic. It’s called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and its symptoms can include polio-like paralysis in children. It is also a result of President Barack Hussein Obama’s unchecked illegal immigration policy.




 
 
 

EV-D68 is a respiratory virus that has recently attacked mainly infants, children and teens. Although rarely seen in the United States in the last 40 years, there has been an outbreak of EV-D68 since the “children invasion” last summer. At least two deaths have been attributed to EV-D68, one in New Jersey and another in Rhode Island.

What is telling, though, is that the outbreak seems to follow the movement of infected illegal alien children.

In an interview with CBS affiliate WHNT in Huntsville Alabama, Representative Morris Jackson “Mo” Brooks, Jr. (R-Ala.) emphasized the need for the U.S. to take control of its immigration policy. In part three of the interview, Brooks said that enterovirus as well as Ebola are a direct result of the Obama administration’s inability to protect our borders.

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“Immigration is a part of Ebola, is a part of this ‘new’ virus, that is, I say ‘new’ in quotation marks because it’s relatively new to the degree that we’ve seen in the United States of America that it is taking the lives of American children, that is causing partial or complete paralysis of American children. All of this is related to immigration, because some of these diseases are coming from abroad. By way of example, there was a study in 2013—I think it’s called the enterovirus, that is causing the death and paralysis of young children in America—that thousands of residents of Central American countries were found with this illness over a year ago. And now because the southern border is not being protected, one has to wonder whether this sudden surge of illegal alien children along with the normal numbers of illegal aliens coming into America might have contributed to the spread of this disease, which heretofore was not very widespread in the United States of America. So all of it’s tied together.”

The wave of children illegally entering the U.S. last summer has been estimated at 60,000, although some think it was higher.

The Washington Times reported on June 2, 2014, “The White House signaled that, at least for now, it sees the flow of children—which it predicts will more than double in 2015—as an issue to be managed rather than a problem to be fought.”

Obama critics called this an “administration-made disaster,” attributing the unprecedented 12-fold spike in underage illegal entry children to Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Started in 2012, the program allowed many illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors to escape deportation for two years. In early June, the White House gave them another two-year window.




The Obama administration recently announced that it wants 34 million blank work permits and green cards as the White House prepares to issue an executive order on amnesty after the November election, although the claim is based on an online solicitation by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which is seeking vendors who can produce a minimum four million cards per year for five years, and nine million in the early stages.

Congress seems unable or unwilling to stop Obama from opening the borders to a flood of third-world illegal immigration. Along with the economic and social calamity this policy brings to Americans, Obama also seems willing to bring America the plague. It is common sense that some of the Central American children allowed to invade our borders would be infected with EV-D68 just as it is expected that some people allowed to come to this country from West Africa would have Ebola.

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Obama Promotes Spread of Ebola in U.S.

• Obama administration working hard to ensure Ebola spreads in U.S.

By Dave Gahary —

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a major Ebola outbreak in the West African nation of Guinea in March of this year, it seems that the Obama administration is doing everything in its power to make sure the virus spreads across America. A series of blunders and shocking policy moves highlight how the federal government is allowing immigration from the affected African countries to trump the nation’s public health, even to the point of risking a spread of the virus across the country. Most shocking is the fact that even while you are reading this newspaper, around 100 to 150 Africans from the Ebola region are entering the United States each day, testified Thomas R. Frieden (01:56:54) the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to Congress.




 
 
 

Ebola, or Ebola virus disease (EVD), is an often-fatal virus acquired by contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected animal or human. While it is still unclear how EVD spreads from animals to humans, transmission in the wild is thought to occur when infected fruit bats drop partially eaten fruit to the ground and gorillas and other mammals feed on it and are then eaten by humans. The virus has an incubation period of between two and 21 days and cannot be immediately diagnosed.

Ironically—or purposefully—when the virus began to rage out of control this past August, a week after WHO “declared the epidemic to be an international public health emergency,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on August 15 announced new immigration relief measures for immigrants from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone currently in the U.S., as well as granting eligibility to a number of immigration benefits. These moves make it easier for relatives residing in these African nations to apply for visas to come to America.

EVD came to our shores via 42-year-old Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who passed away at a Dallas, Texas hospital on October 8, but not before infected two nurses there. According to Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, if the Obama administration was doing its job, Duncan would have never gotten a visa.

A law already on the books, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, states that any alien or legal immigrant or visitor who is determined to have a communicable disease of public health significance is considered to be inadmissible.

“They have broad authority to bar any non-citizen from entering the country,” Ms. Vaughan said. “If they had stepped in earlier with a more robust prevention plan, this case from Dallas would not have happened.”

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Ebola & Political Correctness

• Obama places possible votes from immigrants above the health of U.S. public

• Third-world countries now screening Americans for signs of the Ebola virus

By Dave Gahary

In light of the fact that the United States has capacity for only 11 Ebola patients at specialized hospitals across the country, and much less developed countries have already banned visitors from the Ebola-hit West African nations, recent immigration policy moves by the Obama administration have many Americans shaking their heads in disbelief.

Incredibly, even lowly “Rwanda has introduced mandatory daily health screening for visitors from the U.S. and Spain in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus to the African nation from the Western states recently affected by the first cases of Ebola.”




Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica and Belize have imposed travel bans on the affected nations. Belize has gone as far as restricting entry to travelers from not just the three countries experiencing the outbreak, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, but to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria as well.

In fact, this latest series of missteps emanating from the White House over the Ebola virus has sapped public approval for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose primary purpose is to stop the spread of diseases in the U.S. A new CBS News poll found that just 37% of Americans polled thought the CDC was doing a good job, down from 60% just last year.

While the White House continues to refuse to institute travel restrictions on the West African countries in the grips of the Ebola outbreak, the number of visas issued to Liberians has soared to about 3,500 last year alone. Another 10,000 issued to citizens of Guinea and Sierra Leone indicates that the Obama administration is fast-tracking visa applications in U.S. embassies in the above-mentioned countries.

Findings published October 20 in The Lancet revealed that “up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries,”—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is clearly at odds with an August 14, 2014 communique by the United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) that “air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission.”

“On the small chance that someone on the plane is sick with Ebola, the likelihood of other passengers and crew having contact with their body fluids is even smaller. Usually when someone is sick with Ebola, they are so unwell that they cannot travel. WHO is therefore advising against travel bans to and from affected countries.”

Ebola, or Ebola virus disease (EVD), is an often-fatal virus that is officially only acquired by contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected animal or human, though some doctors fear the virus will eventually mutate so it can be spread via air. Symptoms include high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash and bleeding from eyes, ears, mouth and other orifices. The virus has an incubation period of between two and 21 days and cannot be immediately diagnosed.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that pointed out visas were still being issued Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Representative Edward Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed “deep concern” that immigration policy moves were unnecessarily putting Americans at risk.

“It is my understanding that approximately 100 applicants for visas are visiting these three U.S. Embassies each day,” Royce wrote. “Of course, once these individuals are issued a visa by the embassy, they are free to travel to the United States. I would strongly encourage the Department of State to immediately institute a temporary suspension of consular services – particularly the issuance of visas – for non-U.S. nationals.”

Political representatives aren’t the only ones worried about how the apparent pandering to minorities will pan out.

In another recent poll stretching over three months by the Economist/YouGov Poll, “82% of those who have been following news stories about Ebola very closely would quarantine travelers from countries with Ebola outbreaks,” and “two in three would completely exclude travelers from those countries.” Those polled also increasingly disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of the outbreak, as well as indicating that the U.S. as a whole is not doing enough to contain the damage. Significantly, this concern is bipartisan, and as the poll shows, “for the first time, a plurality of Democrats agree that the government isn’t doing enough.”

Jessica M. Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, explained that laws are already on the books to ensure a virus like Ebola doesn’t spread to our shores.

The Immigration and Nationality Act gives the administration “broad authority to bar any non-citizen from entering the country,” she explained. The law has a provision “that bars people who have communicable diseases” from entering the country and potentially endangering Americans.

“So we’ve taken steps to protect illegal aliens from catching this in their home country but there hasn’t been anything done to protect Americans because there already are about 200,000 people who have been issued visas to travel here,” Ms. Vaughan stated. “Even if you stopped issuing visas today, there are already 200,000 people who have been issued visas to come here.”

The U.S. has only four hospitals with biocontainment facilities with 11 beds between them “that can be used at any one time for Ebola patients,” ABC News reported. “Four of those beds are currently being occupied by Ebola patients.

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Congressional Committee Debates Closing Borders to Ebola Nations

The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations was called back to Washington on October 16 for an urgent meeting on the perceived Ebola “epidemic.” The meeting was highlighted by several congressmen who insist the United States government must ban all flights from West Africa.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden was among the half dozen witnesses who were pressed on the nature of Ebola and how to contain it.

The chairman of the full Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), was perhaps the most adamant in insisting that all airline passengers from Ebola-affected West African regions must be banned from coming to America.

Upton noted that about 150 passengers per day are arriving in the U.S. from Liberia and from three or four other West-African nations. That’s more than 1,000 per week.

Upton was joined by Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn in calling for a total travel ban. The ban, however, would be temporary until the reported Ebola outbreak is fully contained and subdued within West Africa, particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) firmly supported Upton and Blackburn. These Congress members’ key point is that containing the disease means that those living where this Ebola outbreak originated should stay there. In other words, they should not be allowed to board flights from Africa that land in Europe. That way, they’d avoid connecting flights to the U.S.

Gardner told reporters after the subcommittee meeting, “A need for a total travel ban is clear.”

Yet Obama, who is half black, so far has told the press that he won’t give in to demands from lawmakers for a ban on travelers from the worst-hit countries, which also include Guinea.

“We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. “Trying to seal off an entire region of the world, if that were even possible, could actually make the situation worse.”

There, the president displays the mind rot of forced internationalism, a tenet of which is that any move to protect a national interest, no matter how justified, is an unforgivable sin, and that America’s open borders must be kept open at any cost. Thus, America is not treated like a sovereign state; rather, the political and economic elite see it as a corporate colony where any rule of law and real public input is virtually forbidden.

Before the subcommittee, Frieden matter-of-factly described Ebola as only being transmitted through direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. But he also wavered when asked whether he feels his boss in the White House should use existing authority to enact a total travel ban.

Politically-correct Frieden indicated that a total travel ban—like that already instituted by several other nations—seems unnecessary to him. He appears
willing to first allow potentially infected people to come to the U.S. and then trust the arrivals to fully cooperate in reporting their recent contacts and submitting to a health screening.

He repeatedly stated that the CDC is following a well-organized plan to test arrivals at airports who report having fever or other possible Ebola symptoms. Then, the arrivals are asked where they’ve been and with whom they’ve been in contact.

Yet Frieden said a person won’t even test positive for Ebola until they start showing symptoms, meaning that someone with an early infection could easily pass an airport screening. Frieden did note that CDC teams have been dispatched to West Africa and are working in tandem with 4,000 U.S. troops there—at the point of origin—to fight the Ebola outbreak.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) complained that Frieden would not reveal whether he had even discussed a possible travel ban with the White House. Referring to the president’s existing statutory power to enact a travel ban, Scalise added, “Right now, the ball is in the president’s court.”

There are wide-ranging and fascinating views being aired about Ebola. Some go so far as to say it’s a hoax to advance a vaccine-profiteering agenda; others say it’s real but exaggerated, and that the diagnostic procedure to confirm an Ebola infection is not totally reliable.

A total but temporary travel ban would be a safe and wise act of sovereignty. Until we get a total handle on the truth about Ebola, there should be no room for political correctness yet the federal government is more afraid of “isolationism” than Ebola. And we thought isolationism was only a sin when it comes to foreign affairs?

Amid all this, the independent-minded Iranian news service, Press TV, had something to say on this matter:

“U.S. public health authorities have imposed no quarantine on travel to the U.S. from infected countries. U.S. airlines continue to fly to and from the infected countries despite the risk of introducing new infections into the U.S.

“African countries are doing a much better job than the hegemonic superpower. They have closed borders, prevented air travel and tracked down infected persons and those exposed to them. . . . Instead of taking sensible precautions, the Obama regime appoints an Ebola czar and sends 4,000 Americans into the areas where the disease rages.”

To be safe rather than sorry, readers can help by calling the White House at 202-456-1111 or 456-1414, and Congress at 202-224-3121, to sustain and increase the demand for a sufficiently long and total travel ban from the affected nations.




The Ebola Enigma

• Former CIA insider warned of staged Ebola outbreak.

• Academic alleges EVD a result of bio-terror experiment.

 By Victor Thorn —

There has been a lot of talk that the mainstream media is exaggerating the threat to the United States from the African Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic so that the U.S. government can impose draconian new medical decrees on the American public. There can be no doubt that strange things are occurring.

On October 9, at an International Monetary Fund/World Bank Group annual meeting in Washington, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas R. Friedan, who has been under fire from Congress for his handling of the Ebola crisis, compared EVD to the 1980s HIV/AIDS [human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome] epidemic. The day before, near North Carolina’s Marine Corps Air Station New River, U.S. Marines and Navy corpsmen held the largest pandemic outbreak drills in their history. And, finally, World Health Organization Assistant Director General Dr. Bruce Aylward warned on September 16, “This [Ebola] health crisis we’re facing is unparalleled in modern times.”




 
 
 

Despite these alarming developments, a number of researchers are convinced that EVD shock stories are being exploited to further the global government’s nefarious agenda. One of these doubters is Jeff Murray, a researcher and businessman who belonged to the same research group as former Los Angeles Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Ted Gunderson.

Murray told this reporter on October 8: “In September, Robert David Steele, a former CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] clandestine services case officer, predicted that a staged Ebola outbreak would ensue within a few weeks. His timing was perfect.”

Steele was referring to the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the U.S. to come down with Ebola.

“Considering Steele’s status within the CIA, when someone says things that are potentially detrimental to their well-being, we should pay attention,” added Murray.

During a September 18 interview, Steele, who ran for president in 2012 on the Reform Party ticket, said: “The false flag I’m hearing about is a simulated Ebola attack in which they use biochemical weapons that dissipate, but then pretend it’s Ebola.”

Earlier, on September 9, Dr. Cyril E. Broderick, a Delaware State University (DSU) associate professor in the agriculture and natural resources department,  revealed to the Liberian Observer, Liberia’s largest newspaper, that Ebola resulted from bioterrorism experiments initiated by the U.S. Department of Defense. Since then, Broderick has been attacked by the usual suspects for being a “conspiracy theorist,” but a DSU spokesman said, “The university is not going to abridge his First Amendment rights to give his opinion about the issues of the day.”

Murray believes there is merit in Broderick’s speculation.

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“We’ve seen an endless stream of false flags. The people behind this orchestrated panic have a plan, and they’re moving on it,” said Murray. “I don’t believe a word that comes from politicians or the mainstream media’s propaganda machine, especially when they try to perpetually keep us in reactionary mode.”

And if that’s not enough, Naomi R. Wolf, the well-known author of the bestselling book The End of America, caused quite a stir on October 4 by claiming that U.S. troops dispatched to Liberia weren’t intended to combat Ebola but to militarize the African continent. Ms. Wolf’s original Facebook post has apparently been removed by her.




This possibility is particularly interesting in light of President Barack Hussein Obama sending 3,000 troops to Africa in mid-September to establish a military command center in Liberia.

Murray viewed such a move with suspicion.

“China has already staked a claim in Africa,” he said. “Is the Obama administration using this disaster as a way to follow suit in order to get Africa’s  natural resources? These missions always begin under the guise of ‘humanitarian aid’ before turning into a military operation.”

Economically, Africa may soon become the planet’s most prized battleground. With its population expected to double by 2050, could a two-pronged approach be at hand where massive numbers of citizens are eliminated by a fatal pandemic while superpower nations seize African land?

China certainly sees the potential.

In 2009 China surpassed the U.S. as Africa’s largest trading partner. China has also tapped into an unlimited wealth of low-priced labor as well as constructing infrastructure that includes power stations, telecom outlets, highways and railroads. Even more prized are Sudan’s vast oil fields that China covets to satisfy its energy needs.

Putting this matter into perspective, activist and 2004 Socialist presidential candidate Bill Van Auken wrote on September 17, “The militarized response to the deadly epidemic has underscored Washington’s increasingly heavy reliance on its residual military superiority in what has become a second “scramble for Africa,” pitting the U.S. against China in a struggle for control of the continent’s markets and resources.”

If the Ebola epidemic is real, as the Obama administration claims, why haven’t they sealed the U.S. southern border and restricted flights from African airports into this country? On October 9, Border Patrol agents apprehended an East African man illegally crossing the Rio Grande Valley border sector. Although this criminal hadn’t contracted EVD, Border Patrol Agent Albert Spratte complained about the Obama administration’s refusal to deter illegal aliens.

“I can’t imagine what will happen when we get a real case of Ebola,” Spratte said. “We simply are not equipped to handle it.”

These dangers crossing America’s southern border are real, former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson wrote on October 4. Take the mysterious enterovirus respiratory illness, which has popped up in 43 states. The spread of that virus follows in close proximity to the 50,000-plus Central American illegal aliens who have been secretly relocated throughout many American states. Ms. Attkisson wrote that Obama’s cronies will not divulge where these illegals are currently being housed.

Obama has shirked his responsibility to protect the American public by not urging the Federal Aviation Administration to place a travel ban on Africans. Hundreds of airline cabin cleaners at New York’s LaGuardia Airport walked off the job in protest on October 9, saying that they have been forced to clean vomit, blood and other bodily fluids in restrooms where they could be exposed to Ebola from African flyers.

A final claim about the Ebola pandemic questions if top-level Big Pharma elitists want to exploit the fearmongering around Ebola in order to profit from mandatory Ebola vaccinations. Amid the frenzy surrounding alleged anthrax mailings following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, sales of the antibiotic Cipro skyrocketed 1,000%.

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Another Black Thug Shooting Sparks Riots and Cries of “Racism”

• Black community convinced it’s being targeted by racist white cops when in fact the root of the problem lies in the decay of black communities.

By Pete Papaherakles —

Another “white cop shoots innocent black 18-year-old” case in St. Louis, Missouri has resulted in violent riots by angry blacks crying racism. As with the Michael Brown case in August in nearby Ferguson, the young man was portrayed by the mainstream media as a victim of racism and not as a violent thug.

The shooting in St. Louis happened as activists and protesters from around the country were preparing for four days of new rallies, marches and protests over the Brown shooting.

Brown’s August 9 death spurred weeks of unrest in the St. Louis area. It was so bad that some locals called the looting and vandalism that occurred during the protests “domestic terrorism.” A state grand jury is deciding whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, will face charges.

In the case of the St. Louis shooting, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer, whose name is withheld, saw Vonderrit Deondre Myers and two other males around 7:30 p.m. on October 8. Dotson said the officer, who was off-duty but wearing his uniform, became suspicious when one of them started to run.

After hearing one of them say, “No, that’s just a security officer,” said Dotson, the officer made a U-turn, causing all three to run. The officer chased them, first in his car and then on foot. He followed one of the young men, identified as Myers, into a gangway. He was running and holding his waistband in a way that caused the officer to suspect he had a gun, according to police.




 
 
 

Myers turned and approached the officer in “an aggressive manner,” police said, and the officer told Myers to surrender. Myers continued to come at the officer and the two got into a physical altercation. Myers then ran from the officer, up an incline and the officer saw what he believed to be a gun. He did not immediately fire because he wanted to be sure it was a firearm, according to police. Myers then turned and pointed a gun toward the officer and fired at least three shots, police said.

As Myers fired, the officer returned fire. Myers continued to pull the trigger, but his gun apparently jammed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsy results show a shot to the head through the right cheek killed Myers, according to medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham.

Police recovered the 9mm Smith & Wesson gun that Myers used, which had been reported stolen on September 26. Ballistic evidence confirmed that Myers only fired three shots because his gun jammed. Myers had gunshot residue on his hands and clothing and the three bullets fired were also retrieved from the scene.

Dotson said Myers was “no stranger to law enforcement.” At 18 he already had a felony on his record for unlawful use of a weapon in June, 2014 and a misdemeanor for resisting arrest. Myers was also wearing an ankle bracelet at the time he died, a court-ordered monitoring system as a condition of bail in his gun case pending trial in November.

Yet even with all this hard evidence, relatives of Myers disputed the police version of events, saying Myers didn’t have a weapon.

“He was unarmed,” said Teyonna Myers, 23, a cousin. “He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun. It’s like Michael Brown all over again.”

However, Dotson insists, “We recovered a gun at the scene, not a sandwich.”

The shooting sparked protests by hundreds of angry locals that raged until dawn on October 9. Dotson said some in the St. Louis crowd shouted obscenities at officers and damaged three police cars, smashing windows and taillights.




Regardless of the facts, just like with the Brown case and the Trayvon Martin case two years ago in Florida, the shooting was perceived as white racism and police brutality against blacks.

“This here was racial profiling turned deadly,” said state Senator Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, who is black.

Protests followed over Columbus Day weekend where National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president Cornell Brooks and black activist, “philosopher” and professor Cornel West were among the thousands of protesters in Ferguson and St. Louis who were now protesting both the Brown and Myers shootings.

West, whose philosophy is founded on the premise that the black community’s problems are attributed solely to white supremacist beliefs, was arrested by police along with 50 others.

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Guess Who’s Profiting From the Destruction of Gaza

• Israelis will make $7 billion off rebuilding projects.

By Richard Walker —

Just when you think you’ve heard it all about Israel’s murderous bombardment of Gaza, you discover there is much more to the tragedy. Yes, there was a massive loss of innocent life and the utter destruction of tens of thousands of homes, schools and public buildings, but it now transpires Israel will profit handsomely from the $7 billion or more it will take to rebuild Gaza over the next 20 years. The scandalous fact is Israel will continue to control the flow of all building materials into Gaza and will insist they must be bought from Israeli companies.




 
 
 

An unnamed European Union (EU) official quoted in news outlets said it was outrageous a country that had just demolished 25,000 homes was “demanding its construction industry rebuild them at the expense of the international community.” That rebuilding project will have to include at least 5,000 homes not repaired from the previous Israeli bombardments and replacing Gaza’s only power station, leveled by Israeli missiles.

Also to be considered is the damage to agriculture that has left a wasteland of what were once farms. The fishing industry was destroyed and needs to be rebuilt as well as thousands of public buildings and amenities.

Even before this latest Israeli aggression, half the population of Gaza was surviving on United Nations (UN) food rations and Israel had frozen all funds to the Hamas government.

Another scandal uncovered in documents leaked to the UK’s Guardian newspaper shows the UN is preparing to cede authority to Israel for the rebuilding of Gaza, thereby reinforcing its right to control the transfer of all materials into Palestinian territory and the right to decide what is rebuilt and where.

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“Critics argue that plans for monitoring the import, storage and sales of building materials—including installing video cameras, setting up a team of international inspectors and the creation of a database of suppliers and consumers—are more appropriate for a suspect nuclear program than a postwar reconstruction effort,” reported The Guardian. “The agreement would also cede to Israel the right to approve, and potentially veto, major rebuilding projects, including their location.”

Unfortunately, the UN does not clearly speak with one voice on the issue, probably due to pressure from Washington to back what Israel wants. In contrast, the UN chief human rights figure in the region, Pierre Krähenbühl, warned Israel could no longer impose a “collective punishment” on Gaza with a blockade “illegal under international law.”

The EU is the one body entirely familiar with how Israelis use the blockade to benefit enormously from aid going to Gaza. In past years, materials shipped from Europe were held up for months in Israeli ports and airports. It was Israel’s way of making the point that if all construction materials were provided by Israeli companies they would get to Gaza on time. It had the effect of EU aid being spent with Israeli outlets. It was and remains a classic scam benefiting the Israeli economy. In this latest rebuilding effort, billions of dollars will flow through Israeli companies in what will be a long, drawn-out and very costly reconstruction process.




In the wake of the Gaza tragedy, a further embarrassment for Israel was the Israeli historian Shlomo Sand naming Israel as “one of the most racist societies in the Western world.” Sand said he wanted to cease considering himself a Jew. Writing for The Guardian, he blasted Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

“That oppressed population, which has lived under the occupation for close to 50 years, deprived of political and civil rights, on land that the ‘state of the Jews’ considers its own, remains abandoned and ignored by international politics,” he wrote.

He compared Israel’s 47-year occupation of Palestinian land to a mythological serpent that had “swallowed too big a victim but prefers to choke rather than abandon it.”

Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.




Did Mossad Sabotage Iranian Nuke Facility?

• Unexplained explosion rocks Iran’s Fordow plant.

By Ronald L. Ray —

In what appears to have been part of a carefully orchestrated propaganda campaign, a large, night-time explosion on October 5 near Tehran may have been the most recent Israeli sabotage, aimed at what the Zionist state alleges is Iran’s “nuclear weapons development.”




 
 
 

Iranian sources initially claimed that the event was the result of an ordinary chemical fire in a production plant, which nevertheless caused significant physical damage in the area and reportedly left two dead. Satellite photographs, however, show not one but two circular locations of apparent destruction, sufficiently far apart to indicate a deliberate attack, wrote Richard Silverstein, who runs “Tikun Olam,” a website that “focuses on exposing the excesses of the Israeli national security state.”

Iran’s Defense Industries Organization, which is subject to the Ministry of Defense, subsequently also alleged sabotage.

The apparent attack occurred less than a day before the arrival of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in the Persian nation. The explosion took place at or near the Parchin military complex, an ongoing area of interest for the nuclear inspectors, although Iran maintains its work there involves solely conventional weapons. Iran ceased research into atomic weapons in 2003.

Just two weeks prior to the blast, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz claimed that Iran had tested a neutron ignition switch for nuclear weapons, but without citing specific evidence. That hardly seems a coincidence. Analysts, however, have pointed out that the alleged testing could have happened up to 15 years ago—before Iran gave up nuclear weapons development. In other words, Israelis appear to be recycling extremely old news to gin up more hatred against Iran, leading possibly to war.

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In a CNN interview the same day as the apparent “attack,” described by the online military magazine “Israel Defense,” Israeli Prime Minister and leading war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu went on the warpath against Iran, which he considers worse than the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, hardly a pacific viewpoint, especially considering that Iran has helped oppose ISIS.

Israeli Defense and a different “ISIS”—the Institute for Science and International Security—through its website, “Nuclear Iran,” appear to be two principal sources for claims that Parchin is a facility developing nuclear weapons. Claiming to be “non-partisan,” this ISIS has sought to provide “evidence” supporting Israeli assertions against Iran. Both organizations have issued carefully worded reports that give the impression of being “fresh,” but turn out to rely on information which is more than a decade old. The rest of their “research” is the purest conjecture.

Much of the current speculation revolves around a single “eyewitness” description of a supposed explosives testing chamber from the early 2000s. Although nuclear engineer Robert Kelley debunked this nuclear mythology in 2012, Israel’s media myrmidons continue to parrot the party line that Iran “may” be working on atomic weapons. Kelley notes that the IAEA is also involved in the ongoing Zionist hoax, compromising its credibility.




As this newspaper has reported often, Iran is a member state of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and continues development of nuclear technology only for peaceful purposes—verified by numerous inspections and investigations. But the Persians get no credit for that. The United States and Israel continue a never-ending quest to find some “evidence” of nuclear weapons development, even if it must be manufactured. They reason that if Iran even formerly attempted to develop an atomic bomb, the country and its people must be punished severely. However, nuclear proliferants Israel, India and Pakistan get a free pass. South Africa is not pilloried for once having a nuclear weapons program it abandoned. But South Africa is not part of “Greater Israel.”

On Oct. 10, Iran’s representative to the IAEA, Reza Najafi, expressed “satisfaction over the significant progress” in the latest talks with the agency, saying they were “fruitful and serious,” according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

But Silverstein, who is an anti-Zionist Jew, rightly points out that this potential of a peaceful solution to the mythical “Iran threat” infuriates Netanyahu. “This is a potentially very dangerous development if Israel was involved [at Parchin],” wrote Silverstein. “It means that, regarding Iran, Israel has become a rogue state. No one can be sure exactly what it might do.”

Israel is spinning the explosion story to embellish its Iranian nuclear fairytale so that the U.S. will continue to support wars of Zionist aggression. Concludes Silverstein, “Israel . . . will leave everybody else to pick up the pieces afterward.”

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Rothschilds Target Brazil’s Central Bank

• Zionist-controlled banking community using “first black president” to push agenda on world’s workers.

By Bill White —

International bankers are financing Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Marina Silva against Brazil’s current president, Dilma Rouseff, in an effort to privatize the Central Bank of Brazil and bring it further into the Rothschilds’ financial empire.

The Central Bank of Brazil is currently state owned and part of Brazil’s Finance Ministry, though it is semi-autonomous and usury-based, lending rather than spending money into circulation. Silva wants to transfer the bank to private interests, so that state control is ended.

Silva is a black environmental activist who has taken a sudden lead in Brazilian polls. Ms. Rouseff is a former Marxist guerrilla. The two are battling over a country of great contrasts, where an over 50% black population descended from former slaves, lives in squalor and is governed by a prosperous and often ultra-rich white minority.




 
 

But as in many former communist nations, Ms. Rouseff has a better domestic economic program than her moderate socialist and so-called moderate “right” opponents. Following the lead of the Soviet Union, which issued the ruble as an interest-free currency for its captive peoples, Ms. Rouseff has maintained control of the Central Bank of Brazil’s current policies.

Silva says that Ms. Rouseff has not allowed the Central Bank of Brazil to raise interest rates, now 11%, high enough to stem a 6.5% inflation rate, and has not allowed the value of the real, Brazil’s currency, to fall against the dollar. When a central bank is state owned, interest acts like a tax, with money being collected in interest going out of circulation as demands for new loans fall. Remarkably, raising interest rates as Silva desires would likely prevent the value of the real from falling against the dollar. A falling real would boost exports from Brazil.

Silva’s policies would be unlikely to benefit workers, as Brazil’s rapidly growing economy is being fueled by the central bank’s easy-money policies, and unlike the United States, state ownership is largely preventing further centralization of capital.While a better policy would be to abandon usury altogether and increase government spending by the spread between Brazil’s interest and inflation rates, this is the exact opposite of what Silva proposes.

The Zionist-controlled banking community is apparently using a “first black president” socialist stage to push its agenda on the world’s workers, all the while confusing the issues beneath an unnecessarily complex economic discussion.

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U.S. Using Oil to Punish Russia

• Geopolitical machinations in the oil market benefiting Americans at the pump.

By Dave Gahary —

With its sanctions regime failing against Russia, is Washington now trying to wage economic war on the Russian government by pressuring its allies in the Middle East to keep crude oil prices at the lowest levels seen in years?

As the price of oil continues its four-month swoon to almost $80 a barrel from $104 at the start of the summer, news out of New York last week that Saudi Arabia will not interfere with the price decline is good news for American motorists, but bad news for Russia, whose economy is dependent upon crude priced at $100 per barrel or more.

The Saudi move, which is counter to the interests of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), may be in response to pressure applied to the Mideast kingdom by Washington, to assist their failing sanctions regime against the Russian Federation. Russia relies heavily on oil revenues to fill government coffers.

Pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine this year precipitated U.S. and European Union (EU) economic sanctions against Russia and Ukraine, the latter responding with their own sanctions, including a total ban on food imports from the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the vice president of Russian oil giant Rosneft, which is majority-owned by the Government of Russia, took a swipe at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s move and suggested the U.S. was pulling their strings and that the American- and Israeli-created “terrorist” group, Islamic State, aka ISIS, is also playing a part.



 

“Prices can be manipulative,” Mikhail Leontyev said. “First of all, Saudi Arabia has begun making big discounts on oil. This is political manipulation, and Saudi Arabia is being manipulated, which could end badly. The second factor is the stolen [Islamic State] oil, which reaches the market through Turkey and Israel with a triple discount. It is not much, but it is stolen, so it is cheap.”

Crude oil tumbled nearly 5% on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, “its biggest drop in more than two years,” to $81.84 a barrel, and its “biggest percentage drop since November 2012 and the lowest settlement since June 28, 2012.” Petroleum analysts blame anemic demand from Europe and China and the booming U.S. shale oil industry, which has “pushed [oil] production to its highest level since the 1980s.” Global markets are figuratively swimming in a glut of crude, as “Libya’s production has recovered strongly,” and “Iraq’s oilfields have remained insulated from the violence in the north.” Shale is sedimentary rock that contains shale oil which has become an increasingly important source of oil in the U.S.

Helping to accelerate the slide in oil prices, on Tuesday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) cut its oil demand forecast, saying that in 2015 it “will grow far slower than previously forecast,” and that OPEC “may no longer be willing or able to adjust production as the market has been transformed by the U.S. shale oil revolution,” when it meets next on November 27 “to discuss output policies and whether to act to stem the price slide.” The IEA was created after U.S. support for the Zionist state of Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur war brought on the Arab oil embargo and subsequent crisis.

“At current production levels,” said the IEA in its monthly report, “supply growth will outstrip demand growth and this is adding to the current negative sentiment in the market.”

How far the oil decline will go is anyone’s guess, but “some think oil prices don’t have much further to fall, because the price is too close to the cost of drilling.”

“If we get to the price point where it’s not profitable to operate marginal wells, that’s going to provide a bit of a price floor in terms of the oil market,” said an economist and portfolio manager interviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

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AUDIO INTERVIEW & ARTICLE: Former Federal Prosecutor Reveals DoJ Corruption in New Book

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A former United States federal prosecutor has written a book that confirms that the highest levels of prosecutorial power in this country have been and still are subverting the written law to advance their own particular agendas, including imprisoning innocent Americans and even deciding which prison they should be assigned to and how they should be treated by the warden and the guards.




 
 

Dave Gahary had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Sidney Powell, the author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, a 10-year federal prosecutor who has worked under nine different U.S. attorneys. For the last 20 years, she has been in private practice doing federal appeals, and has done over 500 federal appeals, 350 of them for the government, and about 150 in private practice, and discusses her book in this informative interview (44:43).

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The Halls of Injustice…

• Insider details criminal behavior at the highest levels of the U.S. Department of Justice

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As has been reported for over a decade in the pages of AMERICAN FREE PRESS, the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) dispensing of justice has not always been in accord with the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court and legal ethics.

Now, a former federal prosecutor has written a book that, on several levels, confirms what many of this newspaper’s editors, writers and readers have suspected for quite some time: that the highest levels of prosecutorial power in this country have been and still are subverting the written law to advance their own particular agendas, including imprisoning innocent Americans and even deciding which prison they should be assigned to and how they should be treated by the warden and the guards.

On October 5, this reporter interviewed Sidney Powell, the author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Ms. Powell, a 10-year federal prosecutor, worked under nine different U.S. attorneys, and for the last 20 years has been in private practice doing federal appeals. She has done over 500 federal appeals, 350 of them for the government, and about 150 in private practice.

Licensed to Lie takes the reader on an incredible journey through the initial litigation of the white-shoe accounting firm Arthur Andersen and the aggressive energy giant Enron, all the way to the appeals of these high-profile cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. What Powell uncovered as a trial lawyer for several of the defendants targeted by the Enron Task Force is incredibly frightening and should be required reading for all Americans. Incredibly, Powell names the names, and shows how those who violated the Constitution were rewarded with promotions and are currently occupying great seats of power in the U.S. justice system.

Ms. Powell, who had wanted to be a lawyer since she was five-years-old, would rush home from school to watch episodes of Perry Mason on TV, and was in many ways forced to write this book when she experienced first-hand how justice had been subverted by the DoJ and pro-government judges.

“I found that behavior so appalling and so dishonest and corrupt,” Ms. Powell explained, “that I absolutely had to write the book. This is not a book I ever wanted to write. It broke my heart to have to write it, but I had to, because I couldn’t stand letting this kind of conduct go uncorrected.”

It wasn’t always like this. Ms. Powell explained how she was trained throughout her career in the DoJ. “The U.S. attorneys always told me to do what was right and to do it the right way,” she explained. “I never felt any sort of political pressure or internal pressure in the office to achieve any particular result but simply to follow the law and to treat people fairly, and that’s the way all the assistant U.S. attorneys I knew and worked with proceeded.”

 

Perhaps the main theme of the book is how government prosecutors regularly hide so-called “Brady material,” exculpatory evidence that could bolster the defense’s case.

“There’s a Constitutional doctrine called Brady versus Maryland,” explained Ms. Powell. “And that case says that the Constitution requires federal prosecutors, who hold all the cards in a criminal prosecution, to provide to a defendant any evidence that is favorable to his defense.”

Ms. Powell said, “the Enron Task Force prosecutors had failed utterly in their obligation to produce Brady material, and engaged in numerous other high-handed and terrorist tactics to prosecute the people [who caused] the collapse of Enron.”

The same tactics were used by the DoJ in the indictment, prosecution and conviction of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, the longest-serving senator from the state of Alaska.

“In that case,” Ms. Powell explained, “the prosecutors intentionally and systematically withheld evidence that was favorable to his defense.”

Stevens’s indictment and conviction were later overturned, as was Andersen’s, but not before it was put out of business and 85,000 people worldwide lost their jobs.



 

Ms. Powell was asked how can we, as Americans, be certain that any trials are untainted.

“It’s very hard to have that level of certainty,” Powell said. “Each trial has to be evaluated on its own, the facts of each case on their own, in front of a fully-informed and attentive jury. And until we have that, everyone is at risk of being prosecuted.”

Although she knows of several judges who have read the book, there has been almost a total mainstream media blackout of her revelations.

“The major networks have refused to do anything with it,” she said.

The book has cost her more than just risks to her professional career, even losing life-long friendships, but Ms. Powell is unwavering.

“We have to hold each other accountable when we don’t do the right thing,” she explained. “We have to be willing to look at ourselves in the mirror; I’ve tried to do that every day of my life, to make sure I stay on the right path. We have to do that with our friends and our family and people we care about. I did not mean to hurt anyone, but we’ve got to start speaking and dealing with the truth.”

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Amazon.com Targeted by Censors

• Thought police “gatekeeper mafia” pushing book-selling behemoth to censor content.

By Victor Thorn —

Amazon, the billion-dollar online bookseller, stands as a test case in regard to whether free expression or Orwellian suppression will reign supreme in America. Currently, nearly every type of book is available on Amazon. Only graphic pornography is banned. But certain forces are working tirelessly in an attempt to curtail free access to certain types of political and historical writings found on the retail giant’s website.

On September 30, this reporter reached out to Michael A. Hoffman, II, author of the book Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare, among dozens of other works, to talk about the war for free speech that is currently being waged.




 
 
 

“A campaign is being waged in the New York media to interdict in Amazon’s so-called monopoly over online publishing,” said Hoffman. “These grand poobahs are hysterically denouncing Amazon so that they won’t stock books by revisionist historians. One of these elitists, superstar literary agent Andrew Wylie, commented to The New York Times on September 29, ‘If Amazon is not stopped, we’re facing the end of literary culture in America.’ ”

Their motive, as Hoffman determined, is obvious: “This self-appointed avant-garde sees Amazon as a Neanderthal because of their libertarian values. I surmise that the ADL [Anti-Defamation League] and Zionist lobby are involved in the bowels of this movement, and wouldn’t be surprised if they filed an antitrust lawsuit to shame Amazon owner Jeff Bezos into operating in line with the typical Zionist bias.”

On the subject of multi-billionaire Bezos, Hoffman commented, “Although I don’t have any particular faith in Bezos’s future actions, at the moment he’s made every imaginable conspiracy book available on his website. Amazon represents the ‘new media’ that’s opposing ‘old media’ New York mafia gatekeepers. Bezos has opened the doors to a gigantic publishing venture, and that’s why so many people hate him.”

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An outdated marketing approach is also being exhibited by other venues, as Hoffman explained.

“Mainstream brick-and-mortar bookstores like Barnes & Noble still won’t carry politically incorrect titles, and that’s a huge drawback,” he said. “This is one of the reasons bookstores are closing. Young people don’t support the old guard’s lynch mob mentality. As a result, it’s the reanimated corpses of old authors who complain the loudest.”

Expanding on this notion, Hoffman added: “What we’re looking at is the old media’s vampire lobby trying to enforce their dogmas via gatekeepers like Deborah Lipstadt [a woman who has viciously attacked writers such as David Irving, Hoffman and Ernst Zundel]. They’re doing this through an intellectual device that I call denialism. If you don’t believe in global warming, you’re a climate denialist. The same applies to those who don’t believe in the myth of 6 million Jews being gassed during WWII or that 19 Muslims engineered the September 11 terror attacks. They’re also being labeled deniers.”

This reasoning leads directly back to the crux of this reporter’s discussion with Hoffman.




“Without Amazon,” he concluded, “it will be much more difficult for independent-minded readers to find revisionist titles. Although it’s only my opinion, I believe the ADL is part of the intelligentsia’s cryptocracy that wants to keep controversial ideas hidden or ignored. We need to prove them wrong by continually making information available that contradicts establishment history. The best way to do this is by unhooking from the cryptocracy’s material and actively seeking out books written by independent-thinking authors.”

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Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.




Virginia Files Billion Dollar Suit Against Banksters

• Virginia files lawsuit against plutocrats who conned state with toxic mortgages.

By Ronald L. Ray —

True to its state motto — “Sic semper tyrannis,” or “Thus always to tyrants” — the Commonwealth of Virginia has brought a $1.15 billion civil fraud lawsuit against a “banker’s dozen” of the largest international investment houses. Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the case in mid-September, which was filed in Richmond Circuit Court. In a prepared statement, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleged that the big banks deliberately misrepresented the quality of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), a form of financial derivative, sold to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), beginning in 2004.




 
 
 

Prior to 2010, “Virginia was forced to sell the vast majority of these toxic securities built on junk mortgages and lost $383 million.” The attorney general now seeks to obtain the maximum penalty allowed by law, in order to redress the harm done to Virginia taxpayers. The OAG expects that the money recovered will go to repay the taxpayers and VRS for their losses.

In a virtual “who’s who” of plutocratic pirates, 13 mega-banks have been accused of violating the commonwealth’s 2002 Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, which permits treble damages for losses, plus additional penalties.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, however, two JPMorgan Chase subsidiaries, JPMorgan Securities LLC and WAMU Capital Corporation (formerly Washington Mutual), were dropped subsequently, when the OAG learned that Herring’s predecessor, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, had previously reached a secret settlement with the two firms for $3 million. Depending on circumstances, however, they could be sued in the future.

The remaining “banker’s dozen” are subsidiaries of the world’s biggest institutional usurers: Barclays, Citigroup, Countrywide, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, RBS, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Merrill Lynch.

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In brief, Virginia alleges that 220 securities it purchased were offered as being rated AAA or similarly, with 0% delinquency. This factor is important to institutional investors like Virginia because of the need for a stable and secure return. However, 75% of the mortgages eventually defaulted. The RMBSs were backed by 785,000 mortgages, of which 40% were “fraudulently misrepresented.” The OAG stated that the banks “knew, or should have known,” that claims in their prospectuses and sales presentations were false.

The fraudulent practices were discovered by Integra REC, LLC, “using extremely sophisticated proprietary methods” to match RMBSs with the respective individual mortgages, said the OAG.

The first of three main accusations is that the banks misrepresented the loan-to-value ratio (an indication of likely default). On average, only 23.4% of loans were represented as being for more than 80% of property value, when it was really 54%. Fifteen percent were “underwater.” Further, rates of owner occupancy were overstated significantly, and second mortgage numbers were severely understated. Both of these latter factors also contribute to delinquency rates.

Herring stated: “Every Virginian was harmed by the financial crisis. Homes were lost, retirement accounts were devastated, small businesses saw their credit dry up almost overnight. . . . I will not allow Virginians to be left holding the bag for the reckless, fraudulent business practices of a few big banks who thought they were above the law. These banks lied to Virginia, and taxpayers and [nearly 600,000] state employees lost hundreds of millions dollars as a result.”




As a measure of Herring’s confidence and resolve, the Commonwealth of Virginia has demanded a jury trial. It is to be hoped that true justice will be served, and that there will be no further secret settlements that allow the plunderous plutocrats to return to usury as usual.

Despite a nearly endless stream of revelations of the moneylenders’ wrongdoing—now including collusion by the Federal Reserve—at least one apologist for the weasels of Wall Street, Matthew E. Fishbein, suggests in the New York Law Journal that the banksters and other corporate criminals are the victims, forced by evil government lawyers to admit to things they believe they did not do. He goes so far as to call cases similar to the Virginia lawsuit “marginal,” because they involve only a few hundred million dollars.

But the truth is that the international bankers are usurious pirates, bent on sucking every cent out of the nearly empty pockets of widows and orphans. They have created a corporate culture of corruption, which is destroying nearly every economy on the face of the planet. It is time to end the financial pharaohs’ stranglehold on the common man by ending usury and putting every single one of these predatory banks out of business.

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Ronald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor of THE BARNES REVIEW. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence.