Bow Hunters Feeding Starving Families

By Jenifer Dixon

Every year, members of the grassroots hunting organization Back Yard Bow Pro (BYBP) donate thousands of pounds of venison to local charity groups to help alleviate hunger in two North Carolina counties. It’s a popular program that organizers hope will spread across the nation to help hungry families.

This local non-profit group, founded in Weaverville, N.C., has come up with a formula that helps everybody. They help the hungry by donating fresh meat to charities. They help landowners by reducing the excess population of deer that destroy much of the locally grown organic produce. They help hunters by giving them not only a larger purpose to the hunt but by integrating their function into the community.



 

The concept was literally born in the back yard as Joe Lasher and Adam Ellwood of BYBP and Billy Stewart of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry discussed ways to help the community in their backyard.

“It takes a community to combat hunger through hunting,” said Lasher, the founder of BYBP.

Lasher talks of hunting and fishing as a heritage of the people of his area. And given that one out of four children and one out of four seniors are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from, the need is great. But simultaneously, the program helps people to understand the role of the hunter.

“The greatest goal is that we want to help our friends, our family and those less fortunate, because that is what the hunting heritage is all about,” says Lasher.

“Hunt to help” might be the motto of this organization, which has provided some 200,000 meals to the needy since 2000 and has grown in two-and-a-half years to more than 24 states. One of the intended consequences of this community outreach has been to create bonds in the community and have different elements of the community—hunters, landowners and hungry families—working together. It helps to recreate what was once a staple of American life: community self-sufficiency. It also stresses the importance of changing the negative concept that many have today of the hunter, not realizing that it has been hunters, fishermen and farmers who have traditionally kept communities alive.



Marcella Morgan of Big Ivy Community Center in Barnardsville, N.C. speaks glowingly of the program and how the venison is included in packages provided by the Christmas Angel Project and winds up in everything from spaghetti sauce to hamburger helper.

But that’s not all. The venison provided by BYBP has moved into the gourmet world as well. Chef Derek St. Germain, the regional director of BYBP, coordinates with local organic farms and cooks gourmet meals with what once was derisively called “freezer fodder.” The first attendees were hunters, but over the years non-hunting members of the community have been attending these community meals sponsored by BYBP.

Hunters in the program are certified. They submit to a criminal background check and agree to a code of ethics. They also agree to hand over a certain proportion of their hunt to charitable organizations.

It’s a win-win situation for all involved. Participants celebrate their heritage and enjoy the bounty of nature that surrounds us. And many more sit down to a nourishing, satisfying meal.

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Jenifer Dixon is the author of The Holy Land Unveiled, has a B.A. cum laude in English literature and history from George Washington University and has worked for a number of media outlets and at several D.C. think tanks including the Institute for Public Accuracy and Women Strike for Peace.




Audio Interview: DAV Execs Not Changing Their Ways

News that the top dog at the Disabled American Veterans makes $600,000, astoundingly double what he made in 2011, has veterans angry.  With so many veterans living paycheck to paycheck and tens of thousands more living on the streets, an organization focused on helping disabled veterans get the VA support they’re due should prioritize its funding with those veterans in mind.

By Dave Gahary

When this reporter was summarily tossed out of the veterans’ charity, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), in February 2014 for shining a light on the ungodly sums the officers of that 501(c)(4) organization were paying themselves, it seemed beyond reason that their incomes could climb much higher. Last month, however, when the DAV’s Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for 2016 was released on the organization’s website, the quaint belief that somehow greed could be contained was shown the door. In five short years, since this newspaper first analyzed DAV’s 2011 Form 990, the “leader” of that organization saw his income more than double, from $263,185 to $527,292.

Incredibly, a portion of his income, $225,450—over 40%—was classified as “retirement and other deferred compensation,” and is not taxed. In other words, while most Americans—especially disabled veterans—are living paycheck to paycheck, DAV’s head is paid so much that almost half of that income can be set aside for retirement and is not needed today. Other highly compensated individuals employed by the charity also saw huge hikes in their pay over that same time period, though nowhere near what the top dog, Mississippi-born J. Marc Burgess, brought home.

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His pay is even more striking given the fact that the charity didn’t have such a great year: It brought in around $2 million less than the year before and still managed to lose around $12 million, that is, revenues less expenses. Never mind the fact that on any given night, there are tens of thousands of veterans who call the street their home.

The 1.3 million-member DAV, founded in 1920 to help disabled veterans of the U.S. armed forces— returning from World War I—and their families adapt to living with physical and mental disabilities, is chartered by Congress and headquartered in Cold Spring, Ky. Every state in the union has a DAV department, including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and each of those has chapters associated with it. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 chapters across the country.

Listen to AFP’s exclusive interview with Stephen I. Marcus, a former DAV member.

The primary function of the DAV has been to serve as a veteran’s advocate for filing Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims. AMERICAN FREE PRESS interviewed 75-year-old, 100% disabled American veteran Steven I. Marcus, a former member of the DAV, for his views on the 2016 Form 990. “I have a lot of friends who are active members of the DAV,” he began, “but on the local level, and they do good work in the local community with the veterans. But at the very top of the DAV, to me, they’re all bloodsuckers; they’re self-serving.

They fly an airplane and they get guys like that actor, Danny Aiello, [who] goes on television. When I ran into Danny, because he doesn’t live that far from me, I told him, ‘You know, Danny, I love you as an actor, but somebody’s giving you bad news, because the Disabled American Veterans is a rip-off.’ ” Marcus touched on the ongoing scandalous tragedy of veterans dying on VA waiting lists for healthcare while the DAV feeds at the gilded trough.

“These bloodsuckers take money; they fly a plane all over the country,” he bemoaned. “What the hell does that do for the disabled American veterans when guys wait in line and die? I think 20 veterans a day die waiting in line at the VA.” Marcus commented upon the fact that so many veterans are homeless in this once-great nation, while organizations like the DAV never seem to tire of enriching themselves. “It’s totally disgraceful that we do this, really and truly,” he said.

“These are people, patriots, who served the country honorably. Remember, when we raised our right hand, we swore to uphold the Constitution, and if necessary we would give our life for our country. But at the same time we expected that if we got hurt we’d be taken care of. And they’re not being taken care of. It’s a disgrace.” Marcus directed his criticism at those who are at the top of the DAV. “These people are self-serving; all they’re interested in is money,” Marcus continued.

“If you [want to] help veterans, why don’t you give back all your money, and give it to the veterans who need the help?” AFP asked Mr. Marcus to reflect on the fact that Burgess’s annual income has not only exceeded that of the president of the United States but should surpass the $1 million mark in a few years. “If I sound sarcastic, I am,” he said. “If I sound bitter, I am. I don’t even want to admit anymore that I belonged to the DAV at one time. As far as I’m concerned, the only thing disabled about them is their ability to take care of the people.”

Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him. Dave is the producer of an upcoming full-length feature film about the attack on the USS Liberty. See erasingtheliberty.com or call (850) 677-0344 for more information and to get the new book on which the movie will be based, Erasing the Liberty.




America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

The shadow government’s tyranny has made the U.S. the biggest purveyor of terrorism on the planet. And it’s the American people suffering the consequences.

By John Whitehead

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” ― James Madison

Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Which is the only country to ever use a nuclear weapon in wartime? The United States.

How did Saddam Hussein build Iraq’s massive arsenal of tanks, planes, missiles, and chemical weapons during the 1980s? With help from the U.S. government.

Who gave Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida “access to a fortune in covert funding and top-level combat weaponry”? The U.S. government.

What country has a pattern and practice of entrapment that involves targeting vulnerable individuals, feeding them with the propaganda, know-how and weapons intended to turn them into terrorists, and then arresting them as part of an elaborately orchestrated counterterrorism sting? The U.S. government.

Where did ISIS get many of their deadliest weapons, including assault rifles and tanks to anti-missile defenses? From the U.S. government.

Which country has a history of secretly testing out dangerous weapons and technologies on its own citizens? The U.S. government.

Are you getting the picture yet?

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The U.S. government isn’t protecting us from terrorism.

The U.S. government is creating the terror. It is, in fact, the source of the terror.

Just think about it for a minute: almost every tyranny being perpetrated against the citizenry—purportedly to keep us safe and the nation secure—has come about as a result of some threat manufactured in one way or another by our own government.

Cyberwarfare. Terrorism.

Bio-chemical attacks. The nuclear arms race.

Surveillance. The drug wars.

In almost every instance, the U.S. government has in its typical Machiavellian fashion sown the seeds of terror domestically and internationally in order to expand its own totalitarian powers.

It’s time to wake up and stop being deceived by government propaganda.

We’re not dealing with a government that exists to serve its people, protect their liberties and ensure their happiness. Rather, these are the diabolical machinations of a make-works program carried out on an epic scale whose only purpose is to keep the powers-that-be permanently (and profitably) employed.

Case in point: For years now, the U.S. government has been creating what one intelligence insider referred to as a cyber-army capable of offensive attacks.

As Reuters reported back in 2013:

Even as the U.S. government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage, it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers and security firms sell tools for breaking into computers. The strategy is spurring concern in the technology industry and intelligence community that Washington is in effect encouraging hacking and failing to disclose to software companies and customers the vulnerabilities exploited by the purchased hacks. That’s because U.S. intelligence and military agencies aren’t buying the tools primarily to fend off attacks. Rather, they are using the tools to infiltrate computer networks overseas, leaving behind spy programs and cyber-weapons that can disrupt data or damage systems.

As part of this cyberweapons programs, government agencies such as the NSA have been stockpiling all kinds of nasty malware, viruses and hacking tools that can “steal financial account passwords, turn an iPhone into a listening device, or, in the case of Stuxnet, sabotage a nuclear facility.”

And now we learn that the NSA is responsible for the latest threat posed by the “WannaCry” or “Wanna Decryptor” malware worm, which—as a result of hackers accessing the government’s arsenal—has hijacked more than 57,000 computers and crippled health care, communications infrastructure, logistics, and government entities in more than 70 countries already.

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All the while the government was repeatedly warned about the dangers of using criminal tactics to wage its own cyberwars.

It was warned about the consequences of blowback should its cyberweapons get into the wrong hands.

The government chose to ignore the warnings.

That’s exactly how the 9/11 attacks unfolded.

First, the government helped to create the menace that was al-Qaida and then, when bin Laden had left the nation reeling in shock (despite countless warnings that fell on tone-deaf ears), it demanded—and was given—immense new powers in the form of the USA Patriot Act in order to fight the very danger it had created.

This has become the shadow government’s modus operandi regardless of which party controls the White House: the government creates a menace—knowing full well the ramifications such a danger might pose to the public—then without ever owning up to the part it played in unleashing that particular menace on an unsuspecting populace, it demands additional powers in order to protect “we the people” from the threat.

Yet the powers-that-be don’t really want us to feel safe.

They want us cowering and afraid and willing to relinquish every last one of our freedoms in exchange for their phantom promises of security.

As a result, it’s the American people who pay the price for the government’s insatiable greed and quest for power.

We’re the ones to suffer the blowback.

Blowback: a term originating from within the American Intelligence community, denoting the unintended consequences, unwanted side-effects, or suffered repercussions of a covert operation that fall back on those responsible for the aforementioned operations.

As historian Chalmers Johnson explains, “blowback is another way of saying that a nation reaps what it sows.”

Unfortunately, “we the people” are the ones who keep reaping what the government sows.

We’re the ones who suffer every time, directly and indirectly, from the blowback.

We’re made to pay trillions of dollars in blood money to a military ind
ustrial complex that kills without conscience. We’ve been saddled with a crumbling infrastructure, impoverished cities and a faltering economy while our tax dollars are squandered on lavish military installations and used to prop up foreign economies. We’ve been stripped of our freedoms. We’re treated like suspects and enemy combatants. We’re spied on by government agents: our communications read, our movements tracked, our faces mapped, our biometrics entered into a government database. We’re terrorized by militarized police who roam our communities and SWAT teams that break into our homes. We’re subjected to invasive patdowns in airports, roadside strip searches and cavity probes, forced blood draws.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

We can persuade ourselves that life is still good, that America is still beautiful, and that “we the people” are still free.

However, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the moment you tune out the carefully constructed distractions—the year-round sports entertainment, the political theatrics, the military’s war cries, the president’s chest-thumping, and the techno-gadgets and social media that keep us oblivious to what’s really going on in the world around us—you quickly find that the only credible threat to our safety and national security is in fact the government itself.

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As science fiction writer Philip K. Dick warned, “Don’t believe what you see; it’s an enthralling—[and] destructive, evil snare. Under it is a totally different world, even placed differently along the linear axis.”

In other words, all is not as it seems.

The powers-that-be are not acting in our best interests.

“We the people” are not free.

The government is not our friend.

And America will never be safe or secure as long as our government continues to pillage and plunder and bomb and bulldoze and kill and create instability and fund insurgencies and police the globe.

So what can we do to stop the blowback, liberate the country from the iron-clad grip of the military industrial complex, and get back to a point where freedom actually means something?

For starters, get your priorities in order. As long as Americans are more inclined to be offended over the fate of a Confederate statue rather than the government’s blatant disregard for the Constitution and human rights, then the status quo will remain.

Stop playing politics with your principles. As long as Americans persist in thinking like Republicans and Democrats—refusing to recognize that every administration in recent years has embraced and advanced the government’s authoritarian tactics—then the status quo will remain.

Value all human life as worthy of protection. As long as Americans, including those who claim to value the sanctity of human life, not only turn a blind eye to the government’s indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians but champion them, then the status quo will remain.

Recognize that in the eyes of the government, we’re all expendable. As long as we allow the government to play this dangerous game in which “we the people” are little more than pawns to be used, abused, easily manipulated and just as easily discarded—whether it’s under the guise of national security, the war on terror, the war on drugs, or any other manufactured bogeyman it can dream up—then the status quo will remain.

Demand that the government stop creating, stockpiling and deploying weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, chemical, biological, cyber, etc. As long as the government continues to use our tax dollars to create, stockpile and deploy weapons of mass destruction—whether those weapons are meant to kill, maim or disable (as in the case of the WannaCry computer virus)—we will be vulnerable to anyone who attempts to use those weapons against us and the status quo will remain.

Finally, stop supporting the war machine and, as Chalmers Johnson suggests, “bring our rampant militarism under control”:

From George Washington’s “farewell address” to Dwight Eisenhower’s invention of the phrase “military-industrial complex,” American leaders have warned about the dangers of a bloated, permanent, expensive military establishment that has lost its relationship to the country because service in it is no longer an obligation of citizenship. Our military operates the biggest arms sales operation on earth; it rapes girls, women and schoolchildren in Okinawa; it cuts ski-lift cables in Italy, killing twenty vacationers, and dismisses what its insubordinate pilots have done as a “training accident”; it allows its nuclear attack submarines to be used for joy rides for wealthy civilian supporters and then covers up the negligence that caused the sinking of a Japanese high school training ship; it propagandizes the nation with Hollywood films glorifying military service (Pearl Harbor); and it manipulates the political process to get more carrier task forces, antimissile missiles, nuclear weapons, stealth bombers and other expensive gadgets for which we have no conceivable use. Two of the most influential federal institutions are not in Washington but on the south side of the Potomac River–the Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency. Given their influence today, one must conclude that the government outlined in the Constitution of 1787 no longer bears much relationship to the government that actually rules from Washington. Until that is corrected, we should probably stop talking about “democracy” and “human rights.”

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available from the American Free Press bookstore. Whitehead can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.




Big Brother Is Watching You: Don’t Fall for the NSA’s Latest Ploy

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” — George Orwell, 1984

By John Whitehead

Supposedly the National Security Administration is going to stop collecting certain Internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. Privacy advocates are hailing it as a major victory for Americans whose communications have been caught in the NSA’s dragnet. If this is a victory, it’s a hollow victory.

Here’s why.

Since its creation in 1952, when President Harry S. Truman issued a secret executive order establishing the NSA as the hub of the government’s foreign intelligence activities, the agency has been covertly spying on Americans, listening in on their phone calls, reading their mail, and monitoring their communications.

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For instance, under Project SHAMROCK, the NSA spied on telegrams to and from the U.S., as well as the correspondence of American citizens. Moreover, as the Saturday Evening Post reports, “Under Project MINARET, the NSA monitored the communications of civil rights leaders and opponents of the Vietnam War, including targets such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mohammed Ali, Jane Fonda, and two active U.S. Senators. The NSA had launched this program in 1967 to monitor suspected terrorists and drug traffickers, but successive presidents used it to track all manner of political dissidents.”

Not even the passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the creation of the FISA Court, which was supposed to oversee and correct how intelligence information is collected and collated, managed to curtail the NSA’s illegal activities.

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush secretly authorized the NSA to conduct warrantless surveillance on Americans’ phone calls and emails.

Nothing changed under Barack Obama. In fact, the violations worsened, with the NSA authorized to secretly collect Internet and telephone data on millions of Americans, as well as on foreign governments.

It was only after whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 that the American people fully understood the extent to which they had been betrayed once again.

What this brief history makes clear is that the NSA cannot be reformed.

This is an agency whose very existence—unaccountable and lacking any degree of transparency—flies in the face of the Constitution.

Despite the fact that its data snooping has been shown to be ineffective at detecting, let alone stopping, any actual terror attacks, the NSA has continued to operate largely in secret, carrying out warrantless mass surveillance on hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone calls, emails, text messages, and the like, beyond the scrutiny of most of Congress and the taxpayers who are forced to fund its multi-billion dollar secret black ops budget.

As long as the government is allowed to make a mockery of the law—be it the Constitution, the FISA law, or any other law intended to limit its reach and curtail its activities—and is permitted to operate behind closed doors, relying on secret courts, secret budgets and secret interpretations of the laws of the land, there will be no reform.

Presidents, politicians, and court rulings have come and gone over the course of the NSA’s 60-year history, but none of them have done much to put an end to the NSA’s “technotyranny.”

The beast has outgrown its chains. It will not be restrained.

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Moreover, even if the NSA could be reformed, the problem of government surveillance goes far beyond the criminal activities of this one agency.

In fact, long before the NSA became the agency we loved to hate, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration were carrying out their own secret mass surveillance on an unsuspecting populace. Just about every branch of the government—from the U.S. Postal Service to the Treasury Department and every agency in between—now has its own surveillance sector, authorized to spy on the American people.

Then there are the fusion and counterterrorism centers that gather all of the data from the smaller government spies—the police, public health officials, transportation, etc.—and make it accessible for all those in power. And, of course, that doesn’t even begin to touch on the complicity of the corporate sector, which buys and sells us from cradle to grave, until we have no more data left to mine.

Consider that on any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on, and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears. A byproduct of this new age in which we live, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior.

Corporate trackers monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts, and other activities taking place in the cybersphere. For example, every time you use a loyalty card at the grocery store or elsewhere, your purchases are being monitored, mined for data, and sold to the highest bidder. Every time you use your credit or debit card, or your digital “wallet,” your transactions are being tracked. Uber’s ride service app knows where you are even when you are not actively using the service. Even store mannequins are being used to monitor and identify shoppers with facial recognition software.

Major cities are being transformed into “Smart Cities” filled with sensors in everything from pavement to lamp posts, and all of that data is being linked together to monitor the day-to-day lives of everyone in them. In some cities, even the sewage is being monitored and could potentially be used to find out what drugs a household may have used.

All of your medical data in the near future will be constantly monitored, and while the data is supposed to only be shared with your doctor, in practice it will be accessible by any number of government and private actors.  Microchips in “smart pills” that can communicate with tablet devices to ensure the elderly take their medications already exist. A transponder injected into the skin that contains a person’s entire medical history has been approved by the FDA. Wearable health-monitoring devices likewise can be used to monitor you, and the information collected can be used in a court of law.  Smart toothbrushes can monitor your brushing habits and communicate them to your dentist, or anyone else.  Smart alarm clocks can monitor your sleep habits.

Like all other devices relying on the Internet of Things (IoT) to communicate, these can be hacked into by government and private corporations.

The “Internet of things” (IoT) refers to the growing number of “smart” appliances and electronic devices now connected to the Internet and capable of interacting with each other and being controlled remotely. These range from thermostats and coffee makers to cars and TVs.
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Of course, there’s a price to pay for such easy control and access. That price amounts to relinquishing control of and access to your home to the government and its corporate partners. For example, while Samsung’s Smart TVs are capable of “listening” to what you say, thereby allowing users to control the TV using voice commands, it also records everything you say and relays it to a third party. Same goes for Amazon’s Echo.

“Smart houses” filled with IoT-capable devices are just starting to come into play, but by 2020 Samsung pledges that all of its devices, including its household appliances, will be IoT capable.  Such products include ovens, microwaves, vacuums (including robot vacuums), refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers, as well as smart hubs which coordinate everything.  Coffee makers and toasters are also being made IoT compatible.

Smart TVs seemingly out of Orwell’s 1984 will also collect data and spy on you.  Modern gaming consoles have Internet connections, and those with cameras can be used to spy like any smartphone or computer.  Smart power outlets can turn your lights on and off remotely, and smart thermostats work similarly.

All of them monitor when you’re at home or not, as can smart home security systems.  Wi-Fi routers can even monitor the inside of your home and distinguish between different individuals in the house, while reading their lips to “hear” what they say.  Other forms of home monitoring systems for the elderly can be hacked and used by anyone.

Already the web-enabled “Hello Barbie” doll has been the center of a hacking controversy, in which security experts disclosed a number of significant security flaws with the toy.

Other smart objects include smart golf clubs, which monitor the speed, acceleration, and swing plane of your golf swing, smart shoes which track your location and can guide you on where to go. Tostitos has even unveiled a promotional smart bag of chips which can tell you if you’ve been drinking too much.

That doesn’t even begin to touch on all of the government’s many methods of spying on its citizens. For instance, police have been using Stingray devices mounted on their cruisers to intercept cell phone calls and text messages without court-issued search warrants.

Doppler radar devices, which can detect human breathing and movement within a home, are already being employed by the police to peer inside a suspect’s home.

License plate readers, yet another law enforcement spying device made possible through funding by the Department of Homeland Security, can record up to 1,800 license plates per minute. These surveillance devices can also photograph those inside a moving car. Recent reports indicate that the DEA has been using license plate readers in conjunction with facial recognition software to build a “vehicle surveillance database” of the nation’s cars, drivers and passengers.

Sidewalk and “public space” cameras, sold to gullible communities as a sure-fire means of fighting crime, is yet another DHS program that is blanketing small and large towns alike with government-funded and monitored surveillance cameras. It’s all part of a public-private partnership that gives government officials access to all manner of surveillance cameras, on sidewalks, on buildings, on buses, even those installed on private property.

Couple these surveillance cameras with facial recognition and behavior-sensing technology and you have the makings of “pre-crime” cameras, which scan your mannerisms, compare you to pre-set parameters for “normal” behavior, and alert the police if you trigger any computerized alarms as being “suspicious.”

Capitalizing on a series of notorious abductions of college-aged students, several states are pushing to expand their biometric and DNA databases by requiring that anyone accused of a misdemeanor have their DNA collected and catalogued. Technology is already available that allows the government to collect biometrics such as fingerprints from a distance, without a person’s cooperation or knowledge. One system can actually scan and identify a fingerprint from nearly 20 feet away.

Radar guns have long been the speed cop’s best friend, allowing him to hide out by the side of the road, identify speeding cars, and then radio ahead to a police car, which does the dirty work of pulling the driver over and issuing a ticket. Now, developers are hard at work on a radar gun that can actually show if you or someone in your car is texting. No word yet on whether the technology will also be able to detect the contents of that text message.

It’s a sure bet that anything the government welcomes (and funds) too enthusiastically is bound to be a Trojan horse full of nasty surprises. Case in point: police body cameras. Hailed as the easy fix solution to police abuses, these body cameras—made possible by funding from the Department of Justice—are turning police officers into roving surveillance cameras. Of course, if you try to request access to that footage, you’ll find yourself being led a merry and costly chase through miles of red tape, bureaucratic footmen, and unhelpful courts.

And the FBI can remotely activate the microphone on your cellphone and record your conversations. The FBI can also do the same thing to laptop computers without the owner knowing any better.

Government surveillance of social media such as Twitter and Facebook is also on the rise. Americans have become so accustomed to the government overstepping its limits that most don’t even seem all that bothered anymore about the fact that the government is spying on our emails and listening in on our phone calls.

Drones, which are taking to the skies en masse, will be the converging point for all of the weapons and technology already available to law enforcement agencies. This means drones that can listen in on your phone calls, see through the walls of your home, scan your biometrics, photograph you and track your movements, and even corral you with sophisticated weaponry.

It’s a given that the government’s tactics are always more advanced than we know, so there’s no knowing what new technologies are already being deployed against us without our knowledge. Certainly, by the time we learn about a particular method of surveillance or new technological gadget, it’s a sure bet that the government has been using it covertly for years already.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’ve all become suspects, a.k.a. potential criminals.

As I make clear in my book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology, which answers not to us but to our government and corporate rulers.

This is the creepy, calculating yet diabolical genius of the American police state: The very technology we hailed as revolutionary and liberating has become our prison, jailer, and probation officer.

So don’t get too excited about the NSA’s latest concession.

It won’t stop Big Brother from watching you.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, is available from the AFP Bookstore. Whitehead can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.




American Free Press Is Under Attack!

Dear American Free Press supporter:

Let’s be honest. As far as cash reserves go, the bank account of American Free Press is usually as empty as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. We struggle every month to make ends meet, but always get the job done. We publish a real newspaper—not one loaded with the kind of fake news you get from the controlled media and so many “alternative” media outlets who don’t bother to check the facts. That’s right: Our bank account is small, but our staff and writers have the hearts of lions.

And though our print subscribership is relatively small and we are lucky to crack the top 75,000 websites in the world every year, we certainly get noticed by a lot of high-powered agitators.

Just recently, for instance, Internet giant Google informed us that they will no longer do business with us. On February 9, we received a termination notice from the brass at Google ending our advertising contract. The reason?  AFP is, in a nutshell, too politically incorrect for them. Incidentally, we were making just $144 a month from what is known as Google Ad Sense. Google Ad Sense monitors website traffic and discovered last year that AFP’s Internet site, staffed by just one part-time employee, had, on average, nearly 400,000 different people reading a grand total of over 1.7 million pages on our website every month.

Despite the small staff and the minimal budget, these are very good numbers for some of the “big boys,” let alone one small, independent newspaper fighting for its existence.

But Google didn’t care. They informed us our relationship was over—without the right of appeal—because of what they called a “site-wide violation of policy” related to articles and products they think are too hot to handle. Fine, we figured. What’s $144 a month in the grand scheme of things?

But then we thought we’d look a little closer. Recently, a wide-eyed, wet-behind-the-ears journalist named Tess Townsend, writing for a website named “Recode,” made a shocking admission. Google did not make this decision on a whim. No. This massive company was pressured into the move by an allegedly “non-profit” gang of “free speech watchdogs” called Media Matters for America, a group once sued by C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel for George H.W. Bush, for violating the rules of non-profit organizations by using their website as a platform to smear conservatives. In 2011, Gray sent a letter to the IRS alleging that Media Matters’s activities were not primarily educational, but instead “unlawful conduct.” He asked that the tax-exempt status of Media Matters be revoked! And it should have been.

But who is Media Matters, and why does it matter?

Media Matters for America was started in 2004 by a man named David Brock (the former boyfriend of James Alefantis of Comet Ping Pong Pizza fame). Their office space was initially supplied free of charge by John Podesta, with whose name you are no doubt familiar. And guess who gave her time as a volunteer consultant for Media Matters in the early days of its formation? None other than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But let’s delve a little deeper. A non-profit organization like Media Matters, with a fancy website and a staff busting out of their D.C. offices (long-since moved out of the cramped office space supplied by Podesta) must have received funding from somewhere. But from where? And from whom?

It turns out that Media Matters got a big kick start with a $2 million donation from a group called MoveOn.org. You remember them, right? They’re the group that helps organize anarchistic rallies against Donald Trump and other conservative politicians and journalists, supplying logistics and funds so leftists of all stripes can shut down cities, tie up traffic, and keep hardworking people like you and me from getting to work so we can feed our families while groups like Black Lives Matter and ski mask-wearing hooligans can destroy the personal property of businesses, throw bricks through shop windows, physically attack people they don’t agree with, and even rain down rocks and stones on average Americans trying to attend conservative political rallies.

Hundreds of them were arrested during the Trump inauguration because, honestly, they could have killed people. And, according to D.C. police, they almost did. They have no concern for free speech. No concern for differing opinions. And they certainly don’t care a lick for anyone who won’t adopt their Marxist political agenda.

The Left definitely does not practice the “tolerance” it preaches.

But the plot thickens . . .

By the way, MoveOn.org is directly funded by one of the richest leftist troublemakers in the world. You guessed it. Hungarian-American George Soros. It’s clear that nothing goes on at MoveOn.org that slimeball Soros does not know about personally. According to a CNN report, Soros himself donated $1 million to Media Matters in its early stages. In a 2014 interview, founder Brock said Soros’s donations only accounted for “less than 10%” of the budget of Media Matters.

So, trust me when I say, there is a real move afoot to destroy free speech in America, led by some of the richest and best-funded billionaires and “advocacy” groups in the world.  And American Free Press has now become a focus of these powerful culture munchers—ones that don’t really like that you and I have opinions about things that are in stark contrast to theirs.

Yes, American Free Press is now on the front lines of a battle for freedom of speech. And what a battle it will be.

Am I exaggerating?  I don’t think so . . .
They ALL have axes to grind with AMERICAN FREE PRESS . . .

Does left-leaning Arianna Huffington have an axe to grind with American Free Press? Huffington, who went out of her way to commission a hit piece on American Free Press last year, was peeved when we wouldn’t just lie down and shut up after she trained both barrels of her smear machine at AFP. After she attacked us, we went on the offensive and exposed her as a fraud—a fraud who, judging from former employees, had more complaints from workers than the Wicked Witch of the West. Has she got money to burn? She sure does, as we’ll explain later.

Does John Podesta have an axe to grind with American Free Press? Did we hit a little close to home with our honest coverage of his strangely intimate involvement with Hillary?

Does Hillary Clinton have an axe to grind with American Free Press? Maybe a little. AFP sold literally thousands of copies of Hillary (And Bill)—Victor Thorn’s magnum opus on the crimes of the Clintons. Thorn is no longer with us, but he made his mark and ruffled that vulture’s feathers.

Does George Soros have an axe to grind with American Free Press? Well, it’s AFP that has consistently exposed his involvement in nearly every anti-American “protest” group out there, from Black Lives Matter to pro-abortion groups to anti-Trump rabble-rousers and to slimy outfits like Media Matters, that insist all dissenting viewpoints be crushed without mercy.

Now let’s do a little math . . .

• According to the website “How-Rich.com,” John Podesta is worth $12 million.

• According to “CelebrityNetWorth.com,” Arianna Huffington is worth $50 million.

• Bill and Hillary Clinton are alleged to be worth as much as $50 million. But we know that is a low-ball figure. According to The Washington Post (and we think we can trust them on this, but probably not for much else besides the weather and the sports scores), the Clintons have amassed a global empire including the Clinton Foundation that may be, in fact, worth $2 billion.

• And what about George Soros? According to Forbes magazine, Soros was worth, in 2017—now take a deep breath—$25.2 billion.

• And Google. You better sit down if you aren’t already. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are together worth a combined $498 billion!

• The aforementioned president of Media Matters, David Brock, by the way, makes (according to its non-profit tax form for 2011) more than $286,000 per year. Do you realize that would pay every single staff member and freelance writer AFP employs for an entire year?

That’s some high-octane pocketbook power—all trained on American Free Press.
But what’s the real reason “THEY” hate AFP?
Could it be because:

• AFP refuses to kowtow to these overlords of the mass media and politics?

• AFP refuses to run their cookie-cutter fake news stories and instead debunks them?

• AFP—with the support of our readers—consistently scoops them issue after issue?

• AFP actually checks facts before running with a story?

• AFP—alone among all independent news media—has managed to continue to publish a newspaper in print and on the web, on a shoestring budget, that consistently outperforms the largest media outlets in the world?

• AFP is not controlled by advertisers, lobbying groups or the CIA? If you know anything about “Operation Mockingbird,” you know the CIA has a long history of using the mainstream media to plant stories designed to condition the American public for war.

Is it possible American Free Press irritates the masters of the media more than any other news outlet in business today?

Well, whatever we are doing, the likes of those mentioned above apparently have a hive of African killer bees in their bonnets. They are determined to shut us up.

But guess what?

THAT’S NOT GOING  TO HAPPEN!

But we have to admit: There is only one way we can survive to win this battle. Fortunately, we have something all those billionaires and millionaires and media moguls don’t have . . . a dedicated group of subscribers and supporters—average Americans—who understand the importance of a truly independent media.  And you are one of these people.

You are all our dedicated partners in our effort to get the truth out.

We’re not asking for a billion dollars. Nor a million. Nor $100,000 . . .

We just want enough to keep on publishing, to keep on irritating the powers that be by not giving in. And we vow that we will keep publishing until we either drop dead or emerge victorious.

By surviving . . . we win.  And so does America.

Without American Free Press, what is there, really? Just a tiny handful of papers that are in the same boat as AFP. We can count them on one hand. And kudos to them as well.

But let’s be honest. Of those, AFP is the loudest, most effective independent voice for freedom in this country today that is not controlled by outside, un-American agitators.

As long as you like what we are doing and are willing to open your wallets every few months and send in whatever you can, we will not be silenced.

Your support means we will never be forced to crawl up to the altar of fake news and worship at the feet of the high priests of political correctness.

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P.S. To the list of high-powered muckety-mucks who want to silence AFP, you can add the Anti-Defamation League (net assets of $90 million for 2015) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (currently worth more than $250 million).  They have been trying since we started to shut our doors—but have failed again and again.

P.P.S. While piecing together this request for assistance, I just got word from our webmaster that YouTube, the massive video channel, can be added to the list of companies that want our message censored. Worth between $26 billion and $40 billion, according to online estimates, YouTube has given us our first “strike” and suspended our ability to post videos on their site for 90 days. Why? One video we posted about the suppression of free speech in Canada is too politically incorrect!

Where does it stop? It’s time to draw our own line in the sand. . . .

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Immigrants Will Overwhelm America

Whether legal or illegal, the U.S. cannot handle millions more immigrants. When it comes to illegal aliens, every year, 500,000 illegal aliens violate America’s borders. If you multiply 33 years times 500,000 people, that adds another 16.5 million people by 2050. Once this immigration storm hits, no one will be able to escape its consequences.

By Frosty Wooldridge

Every morning, noon, and night, you hear the weather report forecast in your specific area. Meteorologists warn you of approaching tornados, rainsqualls, or blizzards. They warn you of breezes or high winds. You know the temperatures in order to dress correctly or not to drive that day. Because of those forecasts, you make daily choices with knowledge and understanding. You protect yourself and your family.

Do you ever notice the evening news with cars piled up in 20-car crashes because they drove into a blinding snow storm? What about a cluster of 18-wheelers that drove into a fog bank only to create multiple deaths? As you look at the traffic standing still in your city, why did all those people drive their cars into such a gridlocked mess?

As you sit there watching the evening news, you wonder, “Why did so many people make such stupid choices? Why did they drive into a blinding snow storm? Why didn’t they pull over and park? Why didn’t they stay home?”

But what about your future, the future of your community, the future of your state, and ultimately, the future of your country—if you don’t get to see a forecast about a gathering storm across America in the form of endless immigration?

IMMIGRATION STORM

While no one can change the weather, each of us can change the future of our country by stopping the “immigration tsunami” bearing down on our 50 states.

As a forecaster, I can tell you this: Once this immigration storm hits, no one escapes its consequences.

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The 1965 Immigration Reform Act drives this “perfect storm” bearing down on the U.S. At that time, Congress increased legal immigration to 1.2 million annually. That single act added 100 million people to the U.S. in 40 years. If allowed to continue, it will add 138 million more people within 33 years. We stand 28 million into that 138 million in 2017.

Let’s look at the numbers.

According to the Pew Research Center, NumbersUSA.org, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Fogel/Martin Population Projections, legal immigration is expected to jump the U.S. population by 100 million people, net gain, by 2045 or sooner.

That includes immigrants, their births, and their chain-migrated relatives. The other 38 million will be U.S. births by U.S. mothers at two children per woman on average. The baseline population was 300 million in 2006.

Dr. Steve Camarato of the Center for Immigration Studies tells us that 500,000 illegal aliens violate our borders annually. If you multiply 33 years times 500,000 people, that adds another 16.5 million people. That would take us from the projected 438 million to 454.5 million in 2050. You can find more from the Center for Immigration Studies at “CIS.org.”

That equates to doubling the size of our 40 most populated cities within the United States. This means New York City jumps from 8.3 million to 16.6 million, Los Angeles increases from 11 million to 22 million, Chicago from 5 million to 10 million, and on down the line.

Florida is expected to jump from 18 million to 36 million. Texas increases from 26 million to 36 million. California accelerates from 38 million to 58 million.

How do you water, feed, warm, transport, house, employ in an increasingly robotic world, and provide resources for in excess of another 154.5 million people?

With all the problems we face today—47 million Americans subsisting on food stamps, 8.7 million unemployed, our inner cities rotting into chaos, our air pollution rates exploding off the charts, our gridlock traffic immobilizing our cities, our water pollution in places like Flint, Mich. and dozens of other U.S. cities—how in the living daylights will we survive the first part of this storm?

My long-time colleague, Dr. Albert Bartlett, said, “Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted or advanced by further increases of population, locally, nationally or globally?” (Bartlett manages “AlBartlett.org,” which is his own website.)

The answer: Nothing will get better. Everything will get worse. No one will be immune. Everyone will suffer.

You can take action today by supporting new immigration initiatives sponsored by Washington. Also, you can join these organizations for free: NumbersUSA (1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 240, Arlington, Va. 22202), Federation for American Immigration Reform (25 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 330, Washington, D.C. 20001), and Carrying Capacity Network, Inc. (1629 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20006). And, of course, get people to subscribe to AMERICAN FREE PRESS.

Frosty Wooldridge lives in Golden, Colo. He is a population, immigration, and environment specialist and has spoken at colleges, civic clubs, and conferences around the world on these topics. Woolridge has also biked across six continents.




Obama’s Parting Gift to You: A Ministry of Truth

Before leaving office on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama and the Democrats stuck Americans with a combination Christmas and going-away present that effectively creates a Ministry of Truth to police what constitutes news in this country. Notably missing from this new measure is who, exactly, is going to be defining what is true and what is false.

By John Tiffany

There’s a saying that evil and the devil never sleep. Thus, while the American people were celebrating the Christmas season and paying little attention to politics, secure in the knowledge that Donald Trump had been elected, a lame-duck Congress and President Barack Obama made their move, passing and signing into law a bill that will create an Orwellian Ministry of Truth.

The budget-busting $611 billion 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has hidden deep within its pages a proviso known by various euphemisms such as the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 (H.R. 5181) or the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692).

Long before the flap about so-called “fake news”—meaning anything (such as the truth) not conforming to the government/mainstream media narratives—was drummed up, the writers of this anti-First Amendment legislation were planning to task the secretary of state with coordinating with the secretary of defense, the director of national intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” whose ostensible purpose is to “develop and disseminate” what are claimed to be “fact-based narratives” to counter the pesky truthers who have the effrontery to point out anomalies and holes in the establishment narratives.

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Notably unanswered is the question of who determines what is “fact” and how they determine this. For example, for President George W. Bush it was a “fact” that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. In the end, it was clear to everyone the true facts were the opposite of the president’s “facts”—but by then the damage had been done.

The free speech-chilling rider was first introduced by Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and back in March by RINO Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).  Kinzinger is noted for saying he cannot support Donald Trump.

Portman complained: “Surprisingly, there is currently no single U.S. governmental agency or department charged with the national-level development, integration, and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.”

On Dec. 8, the proviso was quietly inserted into the Senate version of the NDAA. Obama signed it into law in the evening of Dec. 23—practically on Christmas Eve.

The bill also creates a grant program to give away taxpayer dollars to “NGOs, think tanks, civil society [whatever that means] and other experts outside government who are engaged in counterpropaganda-related work.”

In what is effectively a return to the Cold War, Obama and these solons claim “foreign disinformation and manipulation” threaten the world’s “security and stability.”

This legislation “does not bode well for independent media and has massive potential to be abused for political purposes,” commented the news and commentary website “21stCenturyWire.com.”

Germany’s boss, Angela Merkel, joined with Obama in calling for more censorship and news control.

As part of the same drive, we have already seen Facebook partnering with government-sponsored “fact checking” sites and algorithms being  put in place to remove dissident news from social media feeds. The new law chips away at freedom in America.

This latest outrage comes scant weeks after the Defense Department was found to have hidden a January 2015 report showing how $125 billion could have been saved over a five-year period without any civilian layoffs or any reduction in military strength—information the Pentagon and military-industrial-banking complex do not want leaked to the taxpayers.

Such “lamestream media” as The Washington Post have already indoctrinated and primed the public to believe that anyone deviating from the official narrative is providing “fake news” and “Russian propaganda,” so that now the government can legally crack down on any media that questions the official line.

WHAT THE NDAA IS ALL ABOUT

SEN. ROB PORTMAN ON FOREIGN PROPAGANDA:

“Our enemies are using foreign propaganda and disinformation against us and our allies, and so far the U.S. government has been asleep at the wheel.

“. . . But, today, the United States has taken a critical step towards confronting the extensive and destabilizing foreign propaganda and disinformation operations being waged against us by our enemies overseas.” —SEN. ROB PORTMAN

[AMERICAN FREE PRESS translation: Too much truth is getting out about the misdeeds of the U.S. government and something has to be done.—Ed.]



 

PORTMAN ON THE PURPOSE OF THE NDAA:

The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act has this as its main goal, according to a press release on Portman’s Senate website:

“The first priority is developing a whole-of-government strategy for countering the foreign propaganda and disinformation being wages [sic] against us and our allies by our enemies. The bill would increase the authority, resources, and mandate of the Global Engagement Center to include state actors like Russia and China as well as non-state actors.

“The Center will be led by the State Department, but with the active senior level participation of the Department of Defense, USAID, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Intelligence Community, and other relevant agencies. The Center will develop, integrate, and synchronize whole-of-government initiatives to expose and counter foreign disinformation operations by our enemies and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.”

[AMERICAN FREE PRESS translation: The government will accelerate distribution of its official propaganda narrative through compliant media outlets while at the same time crushing “fake news” outlets until the nexus between government and media is 100% complete. At the same time, the U.S. will expand even further its own spying and disinformation operations.—Ed.]

John Tiffany is AFP’s copy editor and lives in West Virginia.




Chemicals in Popular Herbicide Even Worse Than Killer Poison?

Frankenfood makers routinely test glyphosate, the primary ingredient in RoundUp, as a single agent and declare it safe. But that is deceptive because glyphosate is always combined with dangerous adjuvants. Glyphosate-based herbicides contain many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own.

By James Spounias

If the alliance between government and powerful business interests isn’t enough to give you an ulcer, try to wrap your head around two stories, published within days of each other, concerning the testing of glyphosate. This controversial herbicide is used in combination with adjuvants in finished products, notably RoundUp, made by agrichemical giant Monsanto.

Adjuvants are ingredients in a solution that usually facilitate or modify the action of the principal ingredient in the mixture.

The first story came out Nov. 11, stating that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has suspended testing of glyphosate in foods, blaming differing test methods and laboratories.

The agency stated it may revisit testing in the future.

The second article, published two days later, on Nov. 13, reveals high levels of glyphosate have been discovered in popular foods, according to a report published by grassroots advocacy organization Food Democracy Now and the Detox Project, which commissioned an FDA-registered lab to conduct testing.

You read that correctly: The government cannot test glyphosate, but public interest groups can test—using the government’s labs.

If you believe the FDA is actually testing foods for high levels of pesticides and herbicides in a meaningful way, think again.

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Even the Government Accountability Office (GAO) bluntly stated the FDA isn’t testing nearly enough in size and scope to matter, and that glyphosates weren’t even tested in 2014. The agency reported, “FDA tested less than one-tenth of 1% of imported shipments.”

The GAO also chided the FDA for not disclosing that it does not “test for several commonly used pesticides with an EPA established tolerance (the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that is allowed to remain on or in a food)—including glyphosate, the most used agricultural pesticide.”

The GAO’s criticism makes it clear that the dangers of pesticides and herbicides aren’t taken seriously by federal agencies. This is not because of omission or negligence.

The FDA only started testing for glyphosates in February 2016, after being criticized for not doing so—following the release of a damning report on glyphosate dangers by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which re-classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” in March 2015.

The Obama Administration, falsely portrayed by the so-called rightwing as anti-business egghead environmentalists driving American corporations out of the U.S., is literally in bed with Big Agriculture on this issue.

The fact that the FDA announced it will no longer test for glyphosate just two days after Donald Trump was declared president-elect speaks to the fact that Big Agriculture’s power is fairly certain it will be business as usual under the new administration.

This writer will not hold his breath that foods will be tested properly under a Trump presidency any more than they were under Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan or Jimmy Carter.

The second article headline—that shockingly high levels of glyphosate were found in commonly eaten foods—resulted from a substantial testing project done by Food Democracy Now.

Using sophisticated “gold standard” test methods at an FDA-registered laboratory, Food Democracy Now learned that, so far, alarming levels of glyphosate were found at levels that present significant risks according to the latest independent peer-reviewed science on glyphosate in General Mills’ Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran and Frosted Flakes, PepsiCo’s Doritos Cool Ranch,

Ritz Crackers, Nabisco’s Oreos, and Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, as well as many other popular products.

“Frankly, such a high level of glyphosate contamination found in Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos and Stacy’s Pita Chips is alarming and should be a wake-up call for any parent trying to feed their children safe, healthy and non-toxic food,” said Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now.

How much glyphosate is “safe” for human consumption isn’t an easy question to answer, because credible, independent, peer-reviewed scientific evidence states that the levels of harm begin at the miniscule 0.1 parts per billion (ppb) level, while glyphosate industry-sponsored research dismisses this low number.

Food Democracy Now’s test revealed a whopping 1.125 ppb in the popular breakfast cereal Cheerios.

This latest evidence calls for a much lower allowable daily intake (ADI) to be set at 0.025 milligrams per kilogram bodyweight per day or “12 times lower than the ADI” currently set in Europe and 70 times lower than the level currently allowed by the EPA in the U.S.

“These results show that both the U.S. regulators and food companies have let down consumers in America. Independent science shows that glyphosate may be a hormone hacker at these real-life exposure levels found in the food products,” said Henry Rowlands, director of the Detox Project, an international organization dedicated to testing our food and our bodies for toxic hormone-hacking chemicals. “The safe level of glyphosate ingestion is simply unknown despite what the EPA and Monsanto would have everyone believe.”

There’s another issue not yet addressed by the government or Food Democracy Now: The adjuvants used in conjunction with glyphosate are not being tested. Combining these chemicals into a toxic cocktail could make the witch’s brew even more dangerous than glyphosate alone.



 

This is not to criticize Food Democracy Now, which has taken on the Herculean task of educating the public on the dangers of glyphosate and clearly faces roadblocks and financial impediments to test every chemical used in finished products. Public health organizations should not have to do the job of federal agencies, paid with taxpayer dollars to do so.

The adjuvants, however, make glyphosate much more dangerous to health and are conveniently ignored by the establishment, which relies on “corporate studies” that only look at glyphosate as a sole ingredient.

In the real world, the corporate-sponsored test-tube assurances of isolated glyphosate safety are bunk, because all commercial products using glyphosate have additives. These are often dangerous enough on their own, but combined with glyphosate they can be much worse.

“GMwatch.org” quoted Dr. Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London in 2015 who offered evidence for the statement that RoundUp is 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone.

Mesnage stated: “Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain—in our food and water. The lack of data on toxicity of glyphosate is not proof of safety and these herbicides cannot be considered safe without proper testing.

We know RoundUp, the commercial name of glyphosate-based herbicides, contains many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own.”

If we look at the “big picture” of pollutants, such as glyphosate and other herbicides, fluoridated water, hydrogenated vegetable oils, high-fructose corn syrup, and vaccines, to name a few, we get the idea that we are indeed left victim to assaults protected by the powers that be and that attempts to do the right thing are suppressed by this same cabal.

People take to the streets over which selected puppet gets to rule, but it is time that all, no matter color, creed, religion or political persuasion, join together to demand clean food, water, and air and restoration from damage done by the powers that be.

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.




Was This an Assassination Attempt on Trump or Just a Dirty Trick?

The dirty tricksters were up to their old games this weekend when a man at a Trump rally forced an incident that nearly shut down the political gathering. What the dirty tricksters failed to realize was that the name of this supposedly innocent man showed up multiple times in documents leaked by WikiLeaks on its website.

By Sophia Meyer

The latest disruption at a Donald Trump campaign rally, this time in Reno, Nev. where the Republican presidential nominee was speaking on Nov. 4, turned particularly dramatic when Secret Service protective agents shrouded the candidate as they rushed him off-stage to safety. Some people went so far as to call it an assassination attempt on the billionaire presidential candidate, but the truth may be even more bizarre.

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Austyn Crites—who has been a registered Republican since 2011, according to “Heavy.org,” but now supports Hillary Clinton—was at the front of the large crowd when he raised a “Republicans Against Trump” sign over his head.

CNN reports a Secret Service statement said an unidentified person shouted “gun” as Crites was being tackled by the crowd. Law enforcement officers rushed in and carried him away.

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Crites told the media that law enforcement “saved” him from the violent crowd, and on Saturday told a Guardian reporter of his harrowing few seconds of fame, “I knew I could die at that moment.”

Trump returned to the stage in about five minutes to finish his speech. He later tweeted his appreciation to law enforcement and said, “Nothing will stop us—we will make America great again!”

No gun was found either on Crites or in a search of the surrounding area, and Crites was released without charges a short time later.

He then wrote on his now-defunct Facebook page, in part, “I have NO connection with the Clinton campaign . . .” and continued, “. . . we cannot allow a fascist/dictator to take our beloved freedoms to simply boost his ego and ‘get back’ at anyone who disagrees. Take what happened to me tonight as a classic example of dictator incitement of violence—against your own Republican brother with a stupid sign.”

Sounds innocent enough. After all, he was just holding “a stupid sign.”

But intrepid investigators almost immediately uncovered information about Crites that should cause a questioning mind to wonder which camp of dirty tricksters he may have been working for.

First, Crites’s name shows up in the WikiLeaks Global Intelligence Files, which consist of “over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered ‘global intelligence’ company Stratfor . . ..” dated between 2004 and 2011. Austyn Crites, it turns out, has a long and sordid history with Stratfor, as his name appears seven times in those emails.

WikiLeaks explains the significance of the Stratfor emails as revealing “the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques, and psychological methods.”



 

“ActivistPost.com” notes, “When you put this all together, it’s pretty hard not to think about the Project Veritas videos.” These undercover videos “allegedly showed Democratic operatives planting people to incite violence at Trump rallies.”

ABC News is reporting today, Nov. 7, a man has come forward claiming that he responded to a Craigslist ad and “was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills.” Paul Horner, 37, continued, “The actual check I received after I was done with the job was from a group called ‘Women Are The Future’.”

And while the Clinton campaign originally denied the allegations, when Trump confronted Mrs. Clinton on the matter during the final presidential debate she remained silent, neither confirming or denying it.

Was Crites simply holding “a stupid sign” or was he doing the dirty work of behind-the-scenes powerbrokers intent on influencing this presidential election?

The establishment elites are deathly afraid of the significance of electing someone like Trump and what it will mean for their hold on power. As a result, they have stopped at nothing to discredit Trump and, more importantly, the populist revolution he has inspired.

With only one day to go before the election, the Republican and Democrat appear to be neck and neck. But should Trump lose in key states like Nevada or Pennsylvania, he does not stand a chance.

Originally from the Midwest, Sophia Meyer is a freelance writer and editor, small farmer, and avid gardener now living on Florida’s sunny east coast.




The Path to Total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government and Its Silent Coup

According to a leading constitutional attorney, a massive shadow government has been erected behind our democratic republic made up of millions of unelected bureaucrats, mercenaries, and lobbyists. These are the people, who make up the real power behind Washington—not the two puppets paraded in front of America this campaign cycle.

By John W. Whitehead

Unaffected by elections. Unaltered by populist movements. Beyond the reach of the law. Say hello to America’s shadow government.

A corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry.

No matter which candidate wins the presidential election, this shadow government is here to stay. Indeed, as recent documents by the FBI reveal, this shadow government—also referred to as “The 7th Floor Group”—may well have played a part in who will win the White House this year.


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To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.

The first shadow government, referred to as COG or Continuity of Government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.” COG is a phantom menace waiting for the right circumstances—a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an economic meltdown—to bring it out of the shadows, where it operates even now. When and if COG takes over, the police state will transition to martial law.

Yet it is the second shadow government—also referred to as the Deep State—that poses the greater threat to freedom right now. Comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes, this government within a government is the real reason “we the people” have no real control over our government.

The Deep State, which “operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power,” makes a mockery of elections and the entire concept of a representative government.


“Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the president, or the people. Outwardly we have a constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system . . . a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state. . . . The important point to remember about this group is not its ideology but its organization. . . . It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our government. . . . This group . . . is answerable neither to the president, Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”

– Sen. William Jenner, 1954 speech


So who or what is the Deep State?

It’s the militarized police, which have joined forces with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to establish themselves as a standing army. It’s the fusion centers and spy agencies that have created a surveillance state and turned all of us into suspects. It’s the courthouses and prisons that have allowed corporate profits to take precedence over due process and justice. It’s the military empire with its private contractors and defense industry that is bankrupting the nation. It’s the private sector with its 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, “a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government.” It’s what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies”: the Department of Defense, the State Department, Homeland Security, the CIA, the Justice Department, the Treasury, the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a handful of vital federal trial courts, and members of the defense and intelligence committees.


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It’s every facet of a government that is no longer friendly to freedom and is working overtime to trample the Constitution underfoot and render the citizenry powerless in the face of the government’s power grabs, corruption and abusive tactics.

These are the key players that drive the shadow government.

This is the hidden face of the American police state that will continue long past Election Day.

Just consider some of the key programs and policies advanced by the shadow government that will continue no matter who occupies the Oval Office.

DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE

No matter who wins the presidential popularity contest, the National Security Agency (NSA), with its $10.8 billion black ops annual budget, will continue to spy on every person in the United States who uses a computer or phone. Thus, on any given day, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior. Local police have been outfitted with a litany of surveillance gear, from license plate readers and cell phone tracking devices to biometric data recorders. Technology now makes it possible for the police to scan passersby in order to detect the contents of their pockets, purses, briefcases, etc. Full-body scanners, which perform virtual strip-searches of Americans traveling by plane, have gone mobile, with roving police vans that peer into vehicles and buildings alike—including homes. Coupled with the nation’s growing network of real-time surveillance cameras and facial recognition software, soon there really will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

GLOBAL SPYING

The NSA’s massive surveillance network, what The Washington Post refers to as a $500 billion “espionage empire,” will continue to span the globe and target every single person on the planet who uses a phone or a computer. The NSA’s Echelon program intercepts and analyzes virtually every phone call, fax and email message sent anywhere in the world. In addition to carrying out domestic surveillance on peaceful political groups such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and several religious groups, Echelon has also been a keystone in the government’s attempts at political and corporate espionage.



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The American taxpayer will continue to get ripped off by government agencies in the dubious name of national security. One of the greatest culprits when it comes to swindling taxpayers has been the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with its questionable deployment of and complete mismanagement of millions of dollars’ worth of airport full-body X-ray scanners, punitive patdowns by TSA agents, and thefts of travelers’ valuables. Considered essential to national security, TSA programs will continue in airports and at transportation hubs around the country.

USA PATRIOT ACT, NDAA

America’s so-called war on terror, which it has relentlessly pursued since 9/11, will continue to chip away at our freedoms, unravel our Constitution and transform our nation into a battlefield, thanks in large part to such subversive legislation as the USA Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act. These laws completely circumvent the rule of law and the rights of American citizens. In so doing, they re-orient our legal landscape in such a way as to ensure that martial law, rather than the U.S. Constitution, is the map by which we navigate life in the United States. These laws will continue to be enforced no matter who gets elected.

MILITARIZED POLICE STATE

Thanks to federal grant programs allowing the Pentagon to transfer surplus military supplies and weapons to local law enforcement agencies without charge, police forces will continue to be transformed from peace officers into heavily armed extensions of the military, complete with jackboots, helmets, shields, batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, assault rifles, body armor, miniature tanks and weaponized drones. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America’s law enforcement officials, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, will continue to keep the masses corralled, controlled, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.

SWAT TEAM RAIDS

With more than 80,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans by local police for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties will continue to rise. Nationwide, SWAT teams will continue to be employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activity or mere community nuisances including angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

DOMESTIC DRONES

The domestic use of drones will continue unabated. As mandated by Congress, there will be 30,000 drones crisscrossing the skies of America by 2020, all part of an industry that could be worth as much as $30 billion per year. These machines, which will be equipped with weapons, will be able to record all activities, using video feeds, heat sensors, and radar. An Inspector General report revealed that the Department of Justice has already spent nearly $4 million on drones domestically, largely for use by the FBI, with grants for another $1.26 million so police departments and nonprofits can acquire their own drones.

SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE

The paradigm of abject compliance to the state will continue to be taught by example in the schools, through school lockdowns where police and drug-sniffing dogs enter the classroom, and zero tolerance policies that punish all offenses equally and result in young people being expelled for childish behavior. School districts will continue to team up with law enforcement to create a “schoolhouse to jailhouse track” by imposing a “double dose” of punishment: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court.




 


OVERCRIMINALIZATION

The government bureaucracy will continue to churn out laws, statutes, codes, and regulations that reinforce its powers and value systems and those of the police state and its corporate allies, rendering the rest of us petty criminals. The average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to this overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal. Consequently, small farmers who dare to make unpasteurized goat cheese and share it with members of their community will continue to have their farms raided.

PRIVATIZED PRISONS

States will continue to outsource prisons to private corporations, resulting in a cash cow whereby mega-corporations imprison Americans in private prisons in order to make a profit. In exchange for corporations buying and managing public prisons across the country at a supposed savings to the states, the states have to agree to maintain a 90% occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years.

ENDLESS WARS

America’s expanding military empire will continue to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour). The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety. Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military-industrial complex at taxpayer expense.

Are you getting the message yet?

The next president, much like the current president and his predecessors, will be little more than a figurehead, a puppet to entertain and distract the populace from what’s really going on.

As Lofgren reveals, this state within a state, “concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” is a “hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”

The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.

This is tyranny in its most covert form, hiding behind public agencies and private companies to carry out its dirty deeds.

It is a marriage between government bureaucrats and corporate fat cats.


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As Lofgren concludes:

[T]he Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change. . . . If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda.

In other words, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, as long as government officials—elected and unelected alike—are allowed to operate beyond the reach of the Constitution, the courts and the citizenry, the threat to our freedoms remains undiminished.

So the next time you find yourselves despondent over the 2016 presidential candidates, remember that it’s just a puppet show intended to distract you from the silent coup being carried out by America’s shadow government.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book Battlefield America: The War on the American People is available online from AFP’s Bookstore. Whitehead can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

 

 




Plan to Release Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Sparks Serious Concerns Among Health Activists

As if the record of science, government, and health isn’t bad enough, biotech companies have now engineered mosquitoes to carry a death gene that will cause their offspring to die before reaching adulthood. “What can possibly go wrong?” ask those who are skeptical of genetic tinkering and aware of the abysmal failure of establishment claims.

By James Spounias

Genetically engineered (GE) insects are part of the package of solutions that will be foisted upon us per Congress’s $1.1 billion appropriation to fight the well-hyped Zika virus scare.

GE mosquito manipulation has been in the works for a while, spurred by globalist Bill Gates’s foundation gift of $19.7 million to fund the “study” of GE mosquitoes, according to Science Magazine, Nov. 16, 2010.



Zika fear-mongering is helping fuel the coffers of leading biotech “Frank-insect” company Oxitec, which plans to unleash GE insects to fight Zika and other diseases.

But there could be some pushback against the tide of GE mosquitoes, in light of court documents from the Cayman Islands released on Sept. 30, as well as mobilization by residents of Cedar Key and Monroe County, Fla. who will be casting votes on Nov. 8 against the use of GE mosquitos in a ballot initiative.

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The Cayman court documents suggest that Oxitec’s use of GE mosquito species Aedes aegypti may be increasing the number of an equally, possibly more virulent disease carrying variety, the Aedes albopictus species—known as the Asian Tiger mosquito—according to four environmental and food safety groups, including International Center for Technology Assessment, GeneWatch UK, Food and Water Watch, and Friends of the Earth.

Food and Water Watch cited independent studies and Oxitec’s own literature that warn 3%-4% of the GE mosquitos survive, “with unknown impacts on the environment,” and that even though Oxitec claims only male mosquitos will be released—intended to be reassuring, because only females bite and spread disease—Oxitec’s own documents reveal that it cannot prevent up to 1% of GE female mosquitos being released.

Food and Water’s other concerns stem from the fact that lab-bred GE mosquitos “can evolve resistance to the lethal gene,” that the bites from female mosquitos could cause allergies, and that “disease transmitted by mosquitos could evolve to become more dangerous.”

Those who value our ecosystem are skeptical of the supposed promise of GE mosquitoes. For instance, Wenonah Hauter of Food and Water Watch company to sell a technology to reduce one mosquito species, so then they can also sell a technology to deal with the species that replaces it . . . but it’s not worth the effort, expense, and potential risk for communities in the U.S. to start down this path.”

The public interest groups also note the risks of using a single species of mosquito are no surprise to Oxitec. The company’s 2014 application to the Cayman Islands Department of Environment states, “Should Aedes albopictus begin to occupy the Aedes aegypti niche upon reduction in their numbers, a concurrent operation will begin to reduce the numbers of Aedes albopictus.”

Dr. Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch UK, stated on Sept. 30: “Current permits for releases should now be revoked until regulators recognize the downsides of Oxitec’s technology and the need to consider all the impacts on the ecosystem. The consequences of mass releases of GE mosquitoes could be harmful if other disease-carrying mosquito species move in as a result. Risk assessments in Brazil, the Cayman Islands, and the USA need to be revised.”

Florida residents are mobilizing against GE mosquitos for many of the same reasons.

Ed Russo of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, quoted by Bloomberg.com Oct. 6, noted the irony that one needs government permission, by way of an environmental impact statement (EIS), to “take down one tree in a wetland. And these clowns don’t want to do an EIS [for GE mosquito release]. And we’re considered anti-science.”



 

Russo observed that even prisoners are required to give consent before being subjected to experiments. Mila de Mier, a real estate broker and activist, had to threaten legal action to get the government to provide hard data on the actual number of Aedes aegypti in Key Haven, Fla. She learned there were “practically none,” certainly not enough of the mosquitos even to require the spraying of pesticides, according to Bloomberg.

Ms. Mier stated she and other Florida residents were shocked at what happened in Brazil, where the release of GE mosquitoes wasn’t subjected to scrutiny. Ms. Meier told Bloomberg: “I saw what they did in Brazil. They brought a truck around with a loudspeaker, and they made a song. ‘God sent you the mosquito to heal you.’ That was the public engagement.”

Dr. John Norris, a Florida physician, cited as another basis for concern the fact that the GE mosquitoes are doused with the antibiotic tetracycline, which feeds into the pervasive problem of antibiotic resistance. Norris was quoted by Bloomberg as stating, “The tetracycline is going to cause resistance.

They care nothing about the fact that they are breeding resistant germs of no purpose.” While Oxitec and others dismiss the complaints of citizens and those scientists that are untethered to the corporatist-science establishment, those of us who are well aware of the assault of GMO foods, pesticides, herbicides, electrical pollution, and other problems virtually ignored by the “establishment” are also concerned about the use of GE mosquitoes.

The precise dangers from GE insects are unknown to us, but, given the track record of the usual suspects who notoriously cover up damaging side effects, no amount of speculation as to hazards, let alone malicious use of such technology, is unwarranted.

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.




Florida Residents Report Serious Side Effects from Rampant Anti-Zika Pesticide Spraying

Residents of Miami Beach, Fla., garnered attention around the world recently after protesting the aerial spraying in their communities of naled, a controversial pesticide being used purportedly to kill mosquitoes thought to carry the Zika virus. While they have not been able to stop the spraying, they have brought attention to the toxic chemical.

By James Spounias

This writer reported in depth on lies being told about Zika, mosquitos, and naled in AFP’s Sept. 12 & 19 edition. The establishment narrative makes the unsupported conclusion that mosquitos carry the Zika virus, which is implicated in microcephaly, a horrific condition where the brains of babies fail to develop in the womb.

It is folly to believe the aerial spraying of naled, a pesticide banned by the European Union, is an effective way of killing the “Zika-carrying” mosquito (Aedes aegypti), because the mosquitos in question are low-flying.

Make no mistake: Naled does kill. For example, the aerial use of naled was linked to the death of millions of bees in Dorchester County, S.C. on Aug. 31. One local beekeeper described the death of a bee sprayed with naled as, “like it’s been nuked,” according to The Washington Post. Naled also kills other bugs, including beneficial insects such as dragonflies, which feed on mosquitos, and parasitoid wasps.

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The No Spray Coalition is an organization set up to fight local officials who want to saturate the Southeast with toxic pesticides. A spokesman for the group told reporters: “Researchers from the New York Department of Health showed that 11 years of naled spraying was ‘successful in achieving short-term reductions in mosquito abundance,’ but populations of the disease-carrying mosquito of concern ‘increased 15-fold over the 11 years of spraying.’ ”

Does one need a Nobel Prize to conclude that killing off nature’s own mosquito-killers such as dragonflies would actually result in leaving more disease-carrying mosquitos alive?

Scientists, who cite evidence questioning the

tenuous link between Zika and microcephaly, as well as the wisdom of the aerial spraying of a banned pesticide to kill mosquitos flying near the ground, have been dragged through the mud as anti-science primates.

There is an agenda: Frighten the public, spray dangerous pesticides, develop vaccines, and use the “crisis” to erode individual liberty.

There is some good news. Pushback from Miami Beach residents who question the rationale for spraying naled are making headway. Miami Beach residents have been subjected to intense spraying of naled and some are reporting side effects, such as rashes, bloody noses, vomiting, and difficulty breathing, according to Miami activists.

During a Miami Beach City Commission hearing on Sept. 14, hundreds of local residents packed the city council hall, demanding naled spraying be stopped.

Michael Grieco, a gutsy city commissioner, proposed a motion to block all use of naled in the City of Miami Beach and to allow the city attorney to take legal action against Dade County and Florida if the spraying is not stopped. The city cannot simply stop spraying naled because the county has jurisdiction over mosquito spraying.

Unfortunately, the commission let Grieco’s motion die, while giving lip service to concerns. The commission recommended that Miami Beach consider alternatives to naled, such as BTI and genetically modified mosquitos, as well as creating a panel of mosquito control scientists to study the issue. Many activists were unsatisfied with these recommendations, finding that BTI and GMO mosquitos have their own sets of problems affecting human health.

The Miami Herald disparaged activists in a Sept. 15 hit piece entitled “Zika spraying spawns an epidemic of conspiracy theories,” calling protestors “rabble” and accusing them of using “Google based” science.

However, establishment smears aren’t working. Miami Beach businessman Michael Capponi and Brendan Burke founded the South Florida Poison Response Coalition to alert the public to the dangers of naled spraying.

Capponi stated: “Our mission is very clear. Naled is toxic and is causing harm to our community and residents. . . . It is our job to let the government and media see the damage naled is

causing. . . . No one can deny that hundreds of Miami residents have exhibited rashes and watery eyes within hours of naled being sprayed. Many of our children started vomiting after the aerial assaults.”

Pictures of rashes and eye irritation claimed to have been brought on by naled spraying have been posted on social media, such as Facebook and Instagram.

Capponi did state that if naled must be used, proper protocols must be followed. For instance, anti-naled activists cite EPA documents that state aerial spraying of naled on agricultural fields should be done 48 hours before any human enters the field. The irony is that naled is sprayed on residential populations with the assurance that because “small amounts” are used, it’s safe.

Capponi urges Miami residents to report ad- verse effects to Florida Poison Control at 800-222- 1222. And, fortunately, Michael J. Hall, a Miami Beach medical doctor, is providing local residents with a complimentary office visit and possible toxicological blood screen.



 

Naled spraying is being conducted nationwide. The EPA states on its website, “Naled is currently being applied by aerial spraying to about 16 million acres within the mainland United States as part of routine mosquito control. . . .”

According to the No Spray Coalition, “about one million pounds of naled are used every year in the U.S. Approximately 70% of this is used for mosquito control; almost all of this is applied aerially. The remaining 30% is used in agriculture. Major agricultural uses are on cotton in California and Louisiana, on alfalfa in Idaho and Oregon, and on grapes in California.”

Hopefully, Miami Beach activists will continue to dig into the dangers of naled and spark consciousness in the U.S. to yet another toxic danger

to health.

James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine.




Who Is Going to Win the Presidential Debate Tonight — You Tell Us

Tonight, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, are set to face off in their first televised debate at 9 p.m. ET in New York. Given their recent back-and-forth, we expect it’s going to be very lively. So we’re taking a poll, and we want to know who you think is going to win tonight?

Will it be billionaire politician Donald Trump, whose populist, America-first views have resonated with millions of Americans, or will it be Hillary Clinton, who for years has schemed and maneuvered so that she can remain in the seat of power in the nation’s capital and avoid a jail cell. The two face off at 9 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Please take a moment to tell us below who you think is going to come out on top after tonight’s debate. And don’t forget to leave a comment in the comments section.

Unlike the primary season debates, the three scheduled presidential debates, including tonight’s match, will be broadcast across the major networks and cable channels. If you’d prefer to watch it online, all of the networks and major cable outlets will be streaming them along with digital news sites like Buzzfeed News, The Daily Caller, Huffington Post, Politico, and Yahoo. The Wall Street Journal will stream it too.

Lester Holt of NBC will be the moderator.




Feds Continue to Harass Patriot-Journalist with Trumped-Up Charges

Federal prosecutors, citing a lack of evidence, dropped the charges against Internet radio personality Peter “Pete” T. Santilli Jr., stemming from his presence at the early-2016 demonstration at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, but they slapped new even more absurd charges on him related to his coverage of the protest at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in 2014.

By Mark Anderson

Pete Santilli’s dismissal came on the eve of his Oregon trial, AFP has since learned that he was transferred Sept. 13 from a holding cell in Portland, Ore. to Nevada, where he’s facing much more serious federal charges for his allegedly confrontational role in the April 2014 standoff between elder rancher Cliven Bundy and federal land-regulators.

A Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department official confirmed that Santilli had been jailed there in Portland, under federal custody, since May 19. The Oregon Federal Marshals Service office then confirmed his transfer by marshals to Nevada.

The approximately week-long Nevada standoff did not result in a shoot-out and saw federal officials back off—prompting many to believe that the Oregon crackdown nearly two years later was payback for the event in Nevada. Citizens from across the nation, some of them armed, had trekked to Bunkerville, Nev. to stand with the Bundy family.

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The family is known for taking strong issue with the manner in which grazing lands and other federal properties are micro-managed—some say woefully mismanaged—by a distant bureaucracy, often to the detriment of local ranchers and other property owners.

The federal government, which contends that the elder Bundy had for years refused to pay the required fees when his cattle grazed on federal lands, claims its action was limited to impounding and transferring Bundy’s cattle since those fees remained unpaid. When Cliven and company refused to allow that removal to happen, the standoff ensued.

According to The Oregonian newspaper, Santilli, an Ohio native who most recently lived in California, reportedly opposed, beforehand, the Bundy siblings’ idea to occupy the Malheur refuge’s building as a platform for protesting the re-sentencing of Oregon ranchers Steve Hammond and his father, Dwight Hammond The two Hammonds had been charged with arson, though the Hammonds maintain they simply set “backfires” to try and subdue a larger fire on federal lands.

The apparent reason that Santilli kept a live camera-feed running at the Oregon site nonstop was to broadcast the plight of the ranchers to the world and hopefully generate more public support for their situation. While some feel his presence probably helped prevent a massacre from taking place, there’s been speculation that the authorities may have exploited his broadcasts to get “intel” on the Oregon occupiers.

So while federal prosecutors eventually deemed Santilli’s Oregon actions to be basically journalistic in nature, and therefore not in league with those the government is trying in court for the events in Oregon, the authorities claim that Santilli stepped well outside journalistic bounds in Nevada.

The 16-count federal indictment regarding Nevada smacks of legal overkill. Santilli, a non-rancher who maintains he visited the Nevada standoff only as a journalistic observer (starting a couple days after the standoff began), is accused of the very same crimes that Cliven E. Bundy, Ryan C. Bundy, Ammon E. Bundy, and Ryan W. Payne allegedly committed there.



 

The counts against these five men (the indictment repeats some counts separately, bringing the total to 16) are: “Conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S.,” “conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer,” “use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence,” “assault on a federal officer,” “threatening a federal law enforcement officer,” “obstruction of the due administration of justice,” “interference with interstate commerce by extortion,” and “interstate travel in aid of extortion.”

The government even goes so far as to allege that Santilli drove an ATV to physically block BLM vehicles and recruited gunmen to the ranch via his Internet broadcasts, amid a litany of other allegations. The 51-page indictment uses the words “conspiracy” and “conspirators” umpteen times, in a world where we’re told that real conspiracies are all but non-existent.

One key thing to watch for, as Nevada legal proceedings against Santilli and the others advance, is whether any legal precedents are set that would encumber the work of independent journalists in the future, especially those covering controversial or potentially volatile events.

The federal Oregon trial, in which brothers Ryan and Ammon Bundy and five of their followers are defendants, is underway in Portland.

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Santilli and the other four named in the 16-count Nevada indictment, along with 12 others who’ve been indicted, reportedly will face trial in Las Vegas in February.

Mark Anderson is AFP’s roving editor.




The U.S. Congress: GMO Sellouts

• Congress overrules state voters on food labeling.

By James Spounias —

AMERICAN FREE PRESS has extensively covered the movement to have genetically modified organisms (GMOs) labeled. In the past few years, a number of states around the United States have made advances in identifying for consumers the GMOs that are in our food supply, but now progress on that effort appears to have suffered a significant setback.

The grassroots effort to legally require the labeling of GMOs may have been lost on July 7 when the Senate moved the House version of the “Safe Food Labeling Act” forward in a 65-32 vote.

Senator Charles Patrick “Pat” Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced in the Senate a version of the bill similar to Kansas Republican Representative Michael Richard Pompeo’s “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” which was passed by the House of Representatives, 275 to 150, on July 23, 2015.

Roberts joined Senator Deborah Ann “Debbie” Greer Stabenow (D-Mich.) in a compromise effort that ensured passage of the so-called DARK Act, now referred to as the Stabenow-Roberts compromise.

Activists who oppose Pompeo’s bill named it the DARK Act because, when it comes to knowing what’s in our foods, the bill could more accurately be called the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act. Activists shot down previous legislative efforts and sneak attempts, but now the Stabenow-Roberts compromise will likely become law.

The compromise will be returned to the House of Representatives, where it could be changed, though it is unlikely meaningful revisions will be made that would fix the Senate version to satisfy the concerns of health-conscious Americans.

As of July 11, Speaker of the House Paul Davis Ryan (Wisc.) informed activists the compromise is being marked up, meaning it will likely be pushed through the House for passage and then sent to President Barack Hussein Obama for signature.



 

In 2014, Vermont passed GMO-labeling requirements, giving manufacturers two years to comply. That law took effect on July 1, 2016.

The powerful Grocery Manufacturers Association sued in Vermont to have the law invalidated, but a judge ruled against them, upholding the labeling law.

The Stabenow-Roberts compromise preempts state law, rendering powerless state laws on the issue of mandatory labeling. Curiously, many Republican senators who talk a good game about the importance of freedom and states rights voted to preempt Vermont law.

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Senators Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Antonio Rubio (R-Fla.), both Republican presidential contenders, pontificated on the forgotten 10th Amendment during their campaigns and in debates, but supported the compromise, which overrides the wishes of Vermont citizens.

Vermont activists were outraged at the Senate’s vote.

Andrea Stander, executive director of Rural Vermont, stated:

“Every Vermonter, and every American who cares about the food they eat and the democracy they live in, should be outraged by what the U.S. Senate just did. This bill is a corporate giveaway masquerading as a GMO labeling ‘compromise.’ Senate leadership has chosen corporate lobbyists over the 90% of Americans who support labeling. Without a single committee hearing, and allowing for no amendments, they’ve passed a bill so riddled with loopholes and delays, so unenforceable, that even the FDA has argued it may not lead to a single product being labeled. They should be ashamed.”

Food and biotech behemoths spent roughly $100 million in 2015 alone to oppose labeling efforts in California, Colorado, and Oregon where citizen petitions were shot down by intentionally confusing political counter-attacks. Vermont’s success could have easily been a model for other states.

How did the DARK Act compromise receive 63 Senate votes to move forward when it had previously failed to advance?

Some plucky organic grassroots activists alleged that “organic” titans sold out.

Grassroots community Food Democracy Now! wrote on June 29:

“The American GMO labeling movement has been rocked by the most outrageous betrayal imaginable. While you and your friends have been fighting for mandatory GMO labeling, the giant corporate organic companies that are owned by parent companies have just climbed into bed with Monsanto and stuck a knife in the back of every American who’s ever fought for GMO labeling.”

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The article continued:

“After years of using [the nonprofit organization] Just Label It as a corporate front group to undermine real grassroots campaigns, GMO labeling ballot initiatives and people like you, Gary Hirshberg and Just Label It are finally showing their true colors and working publicly to make it easier for corrupt senators to vote for this toxic backroom deal that will undermine every American mother’s basic right to know what’s in the food they’re feeding their children, like mothers in 64 other countries around the world already possess.”

Hirshberg, founder of Just Label It! and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, was alleged to have worked too comfortably with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, former Biotechnology Industry Organization’s “Governor of the Year,” when he issued this statement on June 23: “We are pleased this proposal will finally create a national, mandatory GMO disclosure system, protects organic labels, and will cover more food than Vermont’s groundbreaking GMO labeling law. . . .”

Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association calls Hirshberg and Walter Robb, CEO of Whole Foods Market, “organic traitors.”



 

Cummins wrote on June 29:

“These self-selected ‘good food’ and ‘organic’ leaders have been telling Congress behind closed doors—and now publicly—that they and the organic community will accept an industry-crafted DARK Act ‘compromise’—the Stabenow-Roberts bill—that eliminates mandatory GMO labeling and preempts the Vermont law with a convoluted and deceptive federal regime for QR codes and 1-800 numbers that is completely voluntary, with no firm guidelines for implementation, and no provisions whatsoever for enforcement. Perhaps even more outrageous, the legal definition of ‘bioengineered’ foods under the new DARK Act means that 95% of the current GMO-tainted foods on the market, including foods made from Roundupresistant and BT-spliced corn and soy, would never have to be identified.”

QR codes refer to the little black-and-white images that store data on corporations or products, which mobile phones can read.

Cummins cautioned, “Routinely contained in every bite or swallow of non-organic industrial food are genetically engineered ingredients, pesticides, antibiotics and other animal drug residues, pathogens, feces, hormone-disrupting chemicals, toxic sludge, slaughterhouse waste, chemical additives and preservatives, and a host of other hazardous allergens and toxins.”

While the battle in the Senate may be lost, we can still tell our representatives in the House we do not want the DARK Act compromise.

Ideally, GMOs would have been banned outright. It speaks to our American corporatist system that we, as Americans, aren’t even allowed rudimentary labeling of GMOs, which many first-world Europeans and others have.

Americans may have no choice but to grow and source locally known foods, free of Frankenfoods and chemical assault.

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