All the Terrorism That’s Fit to Invent

• Mainstream breaks silence on phony terror but ignores FBI frame-ups of white nationalists

By the Staff at AFP

The New York Times on Sunday, April 29, ran a lengthy op-ed on a subject AMERICAN FREE PRESS has been covering for almost a year: the role the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is playing in manufacturing phony “terrorist” plots in order to panic the American people into toeing the line set for them by the regime in Washington. The 1,200 word commentary was a breath of fresh air from a rabidly pro-Israel media establishment that collectively coined the phrase “Islamo-fascism” and which has done everything in its power to link “extremist” ideologies to violence that, by and large, does not exist.

However, the Times did not go far enough in its reporting. While conceding that the individuals targeted by the FBI were often selected for “pure speech”— they had engaged in the age-old American practice of speaking out angrily against the government and its abuses—the “expert” they quoted attacking the FBI’s practices was himself a former FBI agent who had spent his career working undercover targeting white Americans that the government labeled “supremacist.”




 
 
 

The Times coverage made little mention of the role of the FBI in manufacturing “domestic extremist” threats. Instead, the incidents cited consisted solely of Muslim men who had been persuaded by the FBI to attack religious and political targets in the United States with fake bombs, dummied up suicide vests and often with the promise of hundreds of thousands of dollars in FBI money.

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Yet the recent release of the Hutaree militia, a group of white, Christian Americans whose sole concern had been the overreaching of the communist-leaning government of current American President Barack Obama, shows that the threat the FBI poses to the domestic peace and security of American citizens is not limited to “fringe” elements of the population.

The FBI has not arrested Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton or other black public figures for their often violent, anti-white comments. It did not arrest members of the New Black Panthers when they appeared at Philadelphia voting stations with weapons to intimidate white voters. Agents did arrest the New Black Panther leader who called for a bounty on George Zimmerman’s head, but they did so in a quiet fashion on a state weapons charge by local police in Atlanta.

The FBI also does not arrest violent multi-culturalist, Jewish and anti-racist activists who not only call for, but are actively involved in, violence against white people they consider “supremacist”—a term that spans the gap between mildly conservative watchers of Fox News to uniform wearing National Socialists.

The fact that a mainstream, Jewish-owned newspaper is willing to admit that the FBI is manufacturing terrorism is a breakthrough, and a welcome one. But more needs to be done. The American people need to force the media to admit that the century-long jihad the press has been waging against white Americans, culminating in the current fabrication of “domestic extremist” plots, needs to be exposed for the fraud it is.




Inside the Murky World of International Arms Smuggling

• Global weapons sales boom proving adage: ‘War Is Sell’

By Victor Thorn

Union General William Tecumseh Sherman once said, “War is hell.” But to those who profit off the sale of weapons, war is big business that brings in huge profits. That explains why, even in these tough economic times, global weapons sales are booming, with United States corporations being some of the biggest arms peddlers.

The global arms market can be split into three sectors: First are the legal sales whereupon governments buy arms from corporations. Second are sales on the black market. And third is a legally gray area where governments, militaries and intelligence agencies rub shoulders with shady and corrupt dealers in order to carry out covert agendas such as regime changes and assassinations.

On March 2 The Guardian reported: “Sales of weapons and military services exceeded $400 billion in 2010 . . . [and] the top 10 arms producing companies account for 56% of total arms sales.”

To Americans, what should be most troublesome is the role the United States plays in bombarding the world with deadly weaponry in this half-trillion dollar market.

In a recent article entitled “America: Arms Dealer to the World,” reporter William Astore wrote, “From 2006 to 2010, the U.S. accounted for nearly 1/3 of the world’s arms exports.” However, in 2010, Astore claimed that, in spite of a recessionary downswing, “The U.S. increased its market share to a whopping 53%.” As the undisputed masters of war, America shipped weapons to 62 different countries.




According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, of the top 20 global weapons dealers, 16 are U.S. corporations. These include: (1) Lockheed Martin, (2) Boeing, (3) Northrop Grumman, (4) General Dynamics and (5) Raytheon.

Rounding out, the biggest arms selling nations in the world include Russia, Germany, France, Britain and China. Taken together with the U.S., these countries supply more than 80% of total weaponry.

If arms are being manufactured and sold, obviously somebody has to be buying them. On March 19, Agence France-Presse provided an analysis of these purchasers. India was far and away the No. 1 importer of weaponry, followed by South Korea, Pakistan, China (which is also a big exporter) and Singapore. Overall, these five countries accounted for 30% of all international arms imports.

But leaders who stock up on weapons can find themselves in serious trouble.

After Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi surrendered his weapons of mass destruction in 2003, Britain, France and the U.S. began selling him billions of dollars worth of arms. Oddly, at the same time, anti-Qaddafi rebels were tapping the black market for high-tech weaponry such as rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. As everyone now knows, in 2011, a NATO-led army of the same countries that previously sold weapons to Qaddafi led an attack on Libya, which ultimately resulted in the death of Qadaffi and about 20,000 others.

Arms dealing is “the single most lucrative business there is,” said Houston-based international defense attorney Frank A. Rubino. “It’s unbelievably profitable,” he added.

Rubino should know. As the lead trial counsel for Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega as well as arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme  Court, Rubino was also involved in the Pan Am 103 bombing trial at The Hague. Such a background allows Rubino to frequently defend individuals involved in the illegal arms business.

During an April 26 interview with this writer, Rubino said: “Black-market arms deals occur in the dark shadows. But the amount of money generated is incredible. We’re talking about millions and millions of dollars, and the profits are extremely high.”

When asked where the hottest spot on the globe is for this type of nefarious activity, Rubino replied: “Africa, because of all the warlords and private armies in countries such as Somalia who are always looking to acquire arms.”

Middle Eastern countries are the world’s No. 2 hot spot for illegal arms sales, he explained.

He broached the subject of last year’s Libyan invasion. “The forces opposing Qaddafi clearly bought their weapons on the black market from individual profiteers,” he said. “They probably originated or were manufactured in Russia or China.”

AMERICAN FREE PRESS inquired as to how much of this Libyan firepower found its way there from America. “I’m not sure how many guns came from the United States,” said Rubino. “That’s a question for the Central Intelligence Agency, not me.”

Rubino pointed out that, “the CIA also puts a lot of weapons on the streets. They give weapons to one side, then the other side so it’s balanced. These countries always get more than they need, so plenty of guns go out the back door”




 
 
 

More to Mexico Gunrunning Op Than We’ve Been Told by Feds?

By Victor Thorn

No article on the illegal arms trade could be complete without an acknowledgment of the United States official gunrunning program “Fast and Furious,” which leads directly to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. But could an even larger conspiracy be at hand?

On July 13, 2011 Diana Valdez of El Paso Times highlighted how a notorious Mexican gang called the Zetas was smuggling guns through El Paso, Texas. Ms. Valdez quoted Phil Jordan, an ex-CIA agent and former member of El Paso’s DEA Intelligence Center .

Jordan said, “They [Zetas] are purchasing weapons in the Dallas area and are flying them to El Paso, [where] they are taking them across the border into Juarez.”

Political columnist Bob Owens quoted Jordan as well in a July 22, 2011 article. According to Jordan, “The Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sales of military-grade weapons. . . . What’s ironic is that the DEA also uses the same Fort Worth airport for some of its operations.”

To support these claims, Owens spoke with Robert Plumlee, a former CIA operative who has ties to the Iran-contra affair, the CIA’s efforts against Fidel Castro and even the JFK assassination. “A company was set up in Mexico to purchase weapons through the U.S. Direct Commercial Sales program, and that company may have had a direct link to the Zetas,” said Plumlee.

Plumlee’s comment was highly interesting given that the sales program is run by a federal agency.

“The U.S. Direct Commercial Sales program is run from the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls,” said Owens. “It regulates and licenses private U.S. sales of weapons overseas.”

How profitable was the State Department’s Direct Commercial Sales program under Hillary Clinton? Ms. Valdez of El Paso Times wrote: “Last year, according to U.S. statistics, the program was used to provide Mexico $416.5 million worth of weapons and equipment, including military-grade weaponry.”

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Biggest Arms Dealer Tied to United States

By Victor Thorn

He’s been called the world’s biggest arms dealer, a globetrotting outlaw and someone willing to work for anyone. His name is Viktor Bout, and in March 2008 DEA officials arrested the Russian in Thailand. On April 5 Bout was sentenced to 25 years in prison for “conspiring to kill U.S. citizens and delivering anti-aircraft missiles to a terrorist organization.” But there’s more to this story.

During a November 9, 2011 interview with talk show host Kojo Nnamdi, Andrew Feinstein, author of The Shadow World, said: “Between the years 2003 and 2005, while there was an international arrest warrant out for Viktor Bout’s arrest, the United States was using him to transport equipment, weaponry and ammunition into Iraq.”

Bout had been running arms all around the world for at least two decades to rebels in the Congo, the Taliban and armies in numerous war zones.

U.S. protection of this arms dealer for hire became so pronounced that in 2003, after Interpol issued an arrest warrant, U.S. intelligence agents helped erase his plane from radar screens so that he could avoid detection before landing in Greece.

The U.S. military had a vested interest in his safety because, when cargo planes began delivering weapons into Iraq after the 2003 invasion, Bout owned many of them. In fact, mercenaries affiliated with the U.S. government channeled $60M to Bout to keep his planes flying into Iraq.

Bout worked for the Department of Defense until 2007, whereupon his fate mirrored those of other former U.S. partners in crime like Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein and Barry Seal.

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Israel’s Black Marketeering in Weapons

By Victor Thorn

When the murky realm of black market arms sales is considered, one must naturally look to the terrorist nation of Israel. In fact, a Jan. 7, 2010 article in Israeli newspaper Haaretz asked, “Why are so many Israelis arrested over illegal arms deals?”

The author, Yossi Melman, began: “At least seven Israeli arms dealers are currently in jail in four countries—the United States, Russia, France and Britain—on charges of illegal arms dealing . . . forgery, bribery, money laundering and violating UN Security Council embargoes.”

Each arrested man had close ties to Israel’s Defense Ministry and U.S. military contractors. Moreover, these illegal sales provided a significant amount of revenue to Israel, making the ministate a major player on the global stage of weapon exporters. To facilitate this lucrative market, it’s no secret that the Israeli government and Defense Ministry turn a blind eye to black market sales.

Regardless of the arrests, Israel refused to restrain itself, causing some damaging pushback via a bribery scandal.

On March 20, United Press International (UPI) reported, “India’s Defense Ministry blacklisted state-owned Israel Military Industries—a major blow to Israel’s defense sector, which relies heavily on military exports. The ban from India is for 10 years.” This move will prove costly to the Jewish state, as India is one of its largest arms purchasers.

As a result, UPI added, “Israeli defense contractors have been ordered to observe a ‘compliance program’ intended to eradicate corruption on defense deals.”

If Israel’s past history is any indicator, such a move is nothing more than window dressing.

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Reactor Meltdown Could Make Much of Japan Uninhabitable

• Prime minister says Fukushima Reactor 4 a peril to entire region

By Frank Whalen

On March 11, 2011, Japan endured a massive earthquake and tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. A year later, the site remains a toxic wasteland, and only now is the full extent of the catastrophe being revealed.

The mainstream news reported that the deadly earthquake and tsunami killed at least 16,000 people and that airborne radiation levels in parts of Fukushima prefecture were expected to remain near dangerous levels at least until 2022.

However, now Reactor 4 is currently on the verge of collapse. Its collapse, according to published reports, could result in the evacuation of 1/3 of Japan’s population.




 
 
 

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently visited the scene and had some alarming impressions. In a letter to Japan’s ambassador to the United States, he commented upon the fact that “the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amid the reactor ruins may have far greater potential offsite consequences than the molten cores.”

The Fukushima site, he wrote, has an “extremely large radioactive inventory without a strong containment structure,” and “several pools could possibly topple or collapse from structural damage coupled with another powerful earthquake.”

If that were to occur, the lack of water would “cause melting and ignite its zirconium metal cladding—resulting in a fire that could deposit large amounts of radioactive materials over hundreds of miles.” This is significant, as the “Fukushima Daiichi site is storing nearly 85 times the amount estimated to have been released at Chernobyl.”

Wyden is calling for “an international effort” to fund the placement of “spent reactor fuel into dry, hardened storage casks. This will require about “244 additional casks, at a cost of $1 million per cask.”

Much like what happened with the economic meltdown in the U.S., those behind Japan’s nuclear disaster are asking for financial assistance. Associated Press reports that TEPCO, Japan’s power company, “needs to fund billions of dollars of compensation payments as well as the massive cost of scrapping the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant,” and “it intends to cut $37 billion in costs and raise electricity bills by 10% in exchange for a $12 billion public bailout.”

Online news outlet “The Huffington Post” added that in January former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan “said that a meltdown at Unit 4 would force the evacuation of Tokyo and close half of Japan. “Where would all these people go? The Japanese government reportedly spoke with Chinese and Russian officials about sending them 40 million Japanese citizens because of the “extreme danger of life-threatening radiation poisoning.”




It’s estimated the majority of municipalities around the Fukushima plant will likely maintain high levels of radiation for at least a decade. The soil in and around Fukushima is heavily contaminated and will likely never be safe again.

The nightmare has already led to some changes. According to Greenpeace, “safety and maintenance concerns have led the country to at least temporarily shut down all but one of 54 reactors, and the last one will likely shut down by the beginning of May.”

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TSA Goons Stooping to New Lows

Four-year-old girl detained as terror threat; drug runners allowed to pass

Rather than harass grandmothers and little girls, the TSA would be wise to keep a closer eye on its own people

By Keith Johnson

American travelers have been repeatedly subjected to humiliation by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents. But one recent case went too far, sparking an outcry across the country that federal security officials were out of control.




 
 
 

This was the case of four-year-old Isabella Brademeyer, who was recently left traumatized. TSA agents deemed her a “high security threat” after she hugged her grandmother at an airport in Wichita, Kansas.

The girl’s outraged mother gave an account of the ordeal on her Facebook page, writing: “It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.”

Just prior to the confrontation, Mrs. Brademeyer and her two daughters had passed through security without incident. However, the grandmother was flagged for additional screening after triggering an alarm on the scanners. That’s when, according to Mrs. Brademeyer, Isabella “excitedly ran over to give her a hug, as children often do. They made very brief contact, no longer than a few seconds.”

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Security agents seized the girl and told her mother she would have to be frisked. Rather than have her body probed by strangers, Isabella tried to run. Of course, she didn’t get far, and was dragged off by the agents into a small room where, according to Mrs. Brademeyer, “The [TSA agent] loomed over my daughter, with an angry grimace on her face, and ordered her to stop crying. When my scared child could not do so, two [TSA agents] called for backup saying, ‘The suspect is not cooperating.’ The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist.”

The TSA has since responded regarding the incident but denies any wrongdoing.

“TSA has long had a security procedure where if somebody has contact with a person who is undergoing additional screening, they must also undergo additional screening,” writes Bob Burns on the TSA’s website. “Why, you might ask? You’ve probably heard the old saying that the hand can be faster than eye? Well, that’s the reasoning behind this procedure. There’s always the chance that a prohibited item could be traded off during contact. I’m sure you’ve watched the scene play out in more than one movie where two people collide or shake hands and an item is traded off? Same thing.”

In other words, the TSA is now explaining away their actions by referring to fantasy plot lines from movie scripts.



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Absurd situations like this are becoming increasingly routine as the TSA’s reputation, never very good, continues to disintegrate. Just recently, four TSA agents assigned to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were arrested and charged with narcotics trafficking and bribery after it was discovered that they allowed “drug mules” to pass through screenings unhindered.

Rather than harass grandmothers and little girls, the TSA would be wise to keep a closer eye on its own people. WSBTV in Atlanta revealed that this is apparently a low priority. According to a recent report: “In a move that could affect security at airports around the nation, TSA confirmed Wednesday it had such a backlog of background security checks, airport employers were allowed to hire any employee needed. . . . TSA officials said the background checks are delayed, but they are processing them as fast as they can.”

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Keith Johnson is an independent journalist and the editor of “Revolt of the Plebs,” an alternative news website. Keith is also a licensed private detective.




Seven Years Later Depleted Uranium Plagues Fallujah

By Richard Walker

It was once known as Iraq’s City of Mosques. But today Fallujah is known as a place where large numbers of children are born with deformities and many people there die from rare cancers. Now, new reports have linked the causes to depleted uranium munitions and white phosphorous shells that were used by United States forces during the brutal siege of the city in November 2004.

There was an abortive siege of Fallujah in April, 2004 following the public abduction and murder of four American mercenaries by a mob. But the ferocious November siege in that year stands out as a war crime for which the Bush administration should be held accountable.




 
 
 

In 2004, this newspaper was one of the few that shone a light on the slaughter of civilians in Fallujah. In contrast, the mainstream media became the cheerleader for the propaganda that Fallujah was inhabited by thousands of foreign fighters.

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Recently Ross Caputi, a former Marine, said that the U.S. chain of command told Marines there were 2,000 foreign fighters in the city and that most civilians had been evacuated. That was a lie. There were still 60,000 civilians in a city of originally 250,000 inhabitants when the siege began. Therefore, the fatal impression given to soldiers that all those who remained posed a lethal threat was far from true.

After a three-week bombardment, more than half of Fallujah was leveled, including 65 mosques. One of the first buildings targeted was the main hospital, which meant there were no surgeons to treat civilians wounded during the siege. Marines used Hellfire missiles, tanks loaded with depleted uranium artillery shells, large quantities of C4 explosives and Mark 19 grenade launchers. From the air, phosphorous bombs were dropped as well as 2,000-pound bombs. In Caputi’s words, “Everything was used.”

Marines also employed the tactic of “reconnaissance by fire,” which involved firing into homes and buildings to determine if anyone lived in them. By Caputi’s reckoning, there was not only looting of the dead but mutilation of bodies, which has become an emerging feature of the war in Afghanistan.

The civilians trapped in Fallujah were defenseless as a battle raged around them. Of the 200,000 inhabitants who did flee, many were forced to seek shelter in the desert right outside the city. A grave containing 21 bodies wrapped in black body bags of the type used by the Marine Corps has since been unearthed in a cemetery in the center of the city. It is believed it dates to the November, 2004 siege. The victims had been bound, gagged and shot execution-style.

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AUDIO INTERVIEW: Populist Candidate Sheriff Richard Mack Needs Your Support in Run for Congress

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Populist Candidate Sheriff Richard Mack Needs Your Support in Run for Congress

By Dave Gahary

Former Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona Richard I. Mack has decided to throw his hat in the ring and challenge GOP professional politician Lamar S. Smith for Texas’s 21st congressional district. Smith, an attorney by trade, has represented that district since 1987. Though Mack is far behind in the polls, he’s still fighting, and he could use your help.

On April 17, 2012, AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive 45-minute interview with Mack to talk about his run for Congress, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), his lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and his Supreme Court case.

As readers of AFP are no doubt aware, Sheriff Mack is a longtime lawman. He’s been married for 37 years, has five children and eight grandchildren, and number nine on the way.

“I was in law enforcement for 20 years,” explained Mack. “I started my police career in Provo, Utah, with the Provo Police Department. And then, after about 11 years there, I moved home to Arizona to run for sheriff in Safford. That’s where I grew up. I was elected in 1988; stayed there eight years.”

Mack was also the man who sued the Clinton administration on the application of the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, commonly referred to as the Brady Bill. Washington officials wanted sheriffs to do their dirty work by forcing the sheriffs to do background checks at their expense on individuals who were trying to buy a handgun. Mack and six other sheriffs fought this, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court. On June 27, 1997, the high court ruled for Mack.

AFP asked if there was a lot of mainstream media coverage before the decision was announced.

“At first there was, but after the case ended there was nothing after we won,” said Mack. “The only people that did anything were the conservative periodicals [like the now defunct Spotlight]. None of the mainstream quoted anything from the case. And in fact, no one challenged Clinton or Janet Reno when they put out a memo to all the chiefs and sheriffs telling that this case did nothing, the victory was just a token victory for the NRA [National Rifle Association of America], it changed nothing, and everybody should just keep doing what they’re doing.”

AFP asked why he felt mainstream media interest in the case went from relentless coverage to nothing.

“They could not afford to have this truth put out there,” said Mack. “It would have stopped so much of the federal government’s bureaucratic nonsense. It would’ve shut down a lot of the propaganda that the federal government is our boss. And they could not have the states believing that they’re not subject to federal direction, which is exactly what the decision says.”

He continued: “I don’t believe the press and especially the Clinton administration wanted anyone—and the Obama administration now, same thing—they don’t want the states . . . they don’t want anybody to see the truth of this case, and see that the federal government actually is not our boss.”

While working a stint at a car dealership in his hometown of Safford, Arizona, Mack penned a book on his downtime titled The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope, which launched his education career.

Mack founded the CSPOA whose mission is “To educate and equip sheriffs, peace officers and public officials with the necessary information and public support to carry out their duties in accordance with their Oath of Office.” The organization’s first convention was held in Las Vegas this past January and was covered extensively by AFP Contributing Editor Pat Shannan.

“We are going to have our second convention on Constitution Day in Las Vegas,” informed Mack. His populist views have drawn the ire of the SPLC, which said some nasty things about Mack. He’s suing them for libel, slander and defamation.

“They’ve lied about me since I did the lawsuit in 1994, and finally, last year, I had it up to my neck with these guys, and I caught ‘em intentionally lying about me,” said Mack. “They said I advocated violence, which I’ve never done, that I advocated killing federal agents, which I’ve never done. My father was a federal agent. I have friends who are federal agents. But I do advocate a strong, peaceful stand. And I do advocate arresting federal agents if they come into your county and break the law. What’s so bad about that? I believe in upholding the law. I believe in law and order. Just because government officials break the law, they have no license to do that. If they break the law they should be arrested. If they come into your county and break the law the sheriff should take action against them. Yes, I’ve always advocated that. It’s called keeping the peace.”

Even after the SPLC apologized and offered a retraction, the damage was done. “I’ve got lots of people still since then saying, ‘Well, we don’t want to have anything to do with you because you believe in murdering agents and cops,’” said Mack.




“It’s gonna be an amazing case, especially if it gets to trial,” said Mack. “The SPLC will definitely be sorry they ever let it go this far.”

AFP asked why he decided to run for Congress.

“It happened at a Get Out of Our House [GOOOH] meeting,” explained Mack. GOOOH is a non-partisan organization that wants to replace professional politicians in the House of Representatives with citizen representatives.

“Some . . . people asked me to come to a meeting, and it was the only weekend I had available. It turned out that it was a nomination meeting, and I won. I went home and told my wife, I said, ‘I know you’re not gonna like this but, I’m running for U.S. Congress.’ I just couldn’t tell ‘em ‘No.’ I just felt like it was something I was supposed to do. This whole thing was kind of inspired because it happened at the only time I’m not somewhere else speaking.”

AFP asked how people can help get him elected.

“If anybody’s out here in Texas, or if you want to come out here, help with the phones, put your feet on the ground, go door-to-door as we’re going to do here pretty quick, you could email us and we’ll get you on the list,” he said. “I am running for Congress, but my heart is with the solution of the county sheriff stopping the abuses and tyranny of the federal government. They have the authority, they have the responsibility, and they have the duty to do so.”

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Rise of Golden Dawn Terrifies Globalists

It seems certain at this point that Golden Dawn will enter Parliament

By Pete Papaherakles

Golden Dawn, Greece’s most-recognized populist political party has the establishment shaking in their pants in fear of a huge victory in the upcoming May 6 elections. Their fast-rising popularity due to a strong patriotic message along with crippling economic woes and massive illegal immigration, has seen the party that was only a grass roots nationalist movement with only a 0.29% showing in the 2009 election explode to 5.5% in official polls; just four months ago they were only at 1.5%. Many feel that their real numbers are much higher.

Although the preferred strategy by the media had been to completely ignore them, their popularity is growing so rapidly that the current plan is to constantly defame and slander them in order to scare the masses from joining their ranks. As is done throughout Europe and the West in general, nationalist groups are routinely portrayed as fascists, Nazis and hooligans. The ultimate big gun of defamation is to compare the party leader to Adolph Hitler. Browbeaten since WW II with horror stories of a monstrous Hitler and his alleged “holocaust” of the Jews, the people are conditioned into a Pavlovian knee-jerk reaction of repulsion to anyone portrayed as a Nazi.

The roughly two million illegal aliens that entered Greece over the past two decades, mostly in the last five years, are portrayed by the media as innocent refugees, although Greece’s crime rate, once one of the lowest in the world, has skyrocketed in recent years exclusively due to illegal immigration. Golden Dawn’s support of the victimized Greeks and their insistence that the borders be closed and illegals deported has been portrayed as fascist and cruel by the mainstream media even as Greece’s 22% unemployment rate is twice the Eurozone average and bare survival is becoming impossible for Greeks. In fact, Golden Dawn alone has provided food and assistance to the neediest Greeks, completely at their own expense.




 
 
 

Even though Golden Dawn’s policies strictly prohibit violence and seek only political solutions to these problems, they are consistently portrayed as violent thugs and are routinely provoked into situations of self-defense by agents provocateurs in order to incriminate them as Nazi thugs in the mainstream media.

Not only are the Greek media and rival political parties pursuing this mudslinging, but as Golden Dawn’s popularity is surging, the international media is joining in this smear. Recently, both The New York Times and Bloomberg News have written derogatory articles about them with constant references to Hitler and “goose-stepping Nazis.” Their ancient Greek symbol of the meander design has been called a “disentangled swastika” by Bloomberg. The leader of Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos has been accused of being a Nazi for giving a raised arm salute in the Athenian Council in protest to being called a fascist by an adversary. That image has been played over and over again in the mainstream media.

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On May 1, in an exclusive AMERICAN FREE PRESS interview with Michaloliakos, this writer asked him about the allegations of Nazi salutes and swastika flags.

“First of all we don’t have any official salute of any sort. The so-called Heil Hitler! salute did not originate with the Nazis anyway. The Romans used it and the ancient Greeks used it before them. The same applies to our flag. Those that see a swastika on our flags need to have their eyes checked because what we have is the traditional Greek key design which everyone recognizes as Greek and is on so many ancient Greek artifacts. The swastika, by the way, also did not originate with the Nazis and is again found on many ancient Greek designs as well as Egyptian, Hindu and even Chinese. It was a symbol of the life force that emanated from the Sun. All this is an attempt to scare people with Nazi ghosts.”

Michaloliakos is optimistic about the upcoming elections. Asked to predict what type of a vote share Golden Dawn will get, he replied, ” I feel pretty confident that although the polls give us 5 ½%, we will get at least 8%.”

In Greece’s Parliamentary system it is not winner takes all as it is in the U.S. two-party system. Once a candidate reaches 3% of the vote, the minimum needed to enter Parliament, they are awarded their percentage share of the 300 Parliament seats.




“If we get 8% of the vote, we will have about twenty Golden Dawn members in Parliament,” said Michaloliakos.

That is a huge victory considering that they have never had a single representative there before. Also, unlike the U.S. two-party system, there are currently 16 parties competing in the Greek election. Half will probably enter Parliament with the top ones forming a ruling coalition but all of them having some influence.

What issues will Golden Dawn promote?

“Our main priorities are to expel all illegal immigrants, to repudiate the illegal debt and to massively increase productivity in order to get the Greek economy moving again. Also, we need to restore our national values and bring back justice. Criminals have to be punished.”

Interestingly, Michaloliakos did not feel that exiting the Eurozone and returning to the drachma was the right move at this time.

“First we need to increase productivity and then we can talk about returning to the drachma” he said. “Without a productive economy it would be a mistake to return to the drachma.”

One thing is certain. Golden Dawn will be in the Parliament and it will be a strong force for nationalist Greek interests as opposed to internationalist banking interests.

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Kleptocrats Launching Spring Offensive

• Meetings in Tokyo, Chicago, Virginia part of NWO battle plan

By James P. Tucker, Jr.

The Trilateral Commission (TC) held its annual meeting April 21-22 at the Hotel Okura in the heart of the business district in downtown Tokyo. Some 400 were in attendance. Over the course of the weekend gathering, the globalist group sought to advance its goal of world government, in spite of righteous populist anger directed at international banking elites for bringing about the collapse of economies around the world.

Founded in 1974, the TC was set up by international banker David Rockefeller to foster closer economic ties between Japan, Europe and North America. Since that time, many TC figures have served in high posts in American presidential administrations, both Democrat and Republican alike.

Although Ronald Reagan effectively condemned the internationalist worldview of the TC in his 1980 campaign for president, he actually welcomed the group to the White House during his presidency, perhaps no surprise since Reagan’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, was a founding TC member.

TC is essentially a junior affiliate of Bilderberg, the most exclusive and secretive club in the world, which was largely established under the auspices of the European-based Rothschild banking dynasty.




 
 
 

Waggish students of the two groups say while TC membership includes university professors, bankers and business executives, to be invited to the annual Bilderberg meetings on a regular basis, you have to own a multinational bank, a multinational corporation or a country.

While not widely publicized, TC gatherings are generally more open, in contrast to Bilderberg, which meets in secret at luxurious resorts every year behind armed guards. This year, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos hosted a welcome reception for attendees at the U.S. Embassy Residence in Tokyo.

Among other things, this year’s series of talks focused on the upcoming presidential elections, upheavals in the Middle East and, of course, the ongoing global economic crisis. China’s growing power and influence in the region also figured prominently at the confab, as did the continuing controversy surrounding North Korea’s military ambitions.

Joseph S. Nye Jr.—longtime associate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs—serves as chairman of what is called the “North American Group” inside the TC.

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In Tokyo, Trilaterals Push Global Partitioning

• Top movers and shakers of Asia, America, Europe plan to intertwine economies

By Grace Oyama

TOKYO—Japanese hosts of the Trilateral Commission expressed strong support for the Bilderberg goal of partitioning the world into continental trading blocs, establishing for example an “Asian-Pacific Union” similar to the current European Union.

Bilderberg also wants an “American Union” so the world is lumped into three great regions for the administrative convenience of a world government under the United Nations.




“The Asian-Pacific Union will open up trade and improve our economy immensely,” said Hiroaki Fujii, chairman of the Mori Arts Center in Tokyo, former ambassador to the United States and advisor to the Japan Foundation, who hosted this year’s meeting. His words were vigorously applauded.

The focus of the talks this year largely revolved around catch phrases like “multipolarity,” “intertransparency” and “eco-connectedness”—words that imply global economic intertwining, which has long been the goal of globalist groups like the Trilateralists and Bilderberg. At the same time, concepts of state nationalism, individual sovereignty and protectionism were roundly eschewed by speakers.

There was a distinct lack of direction and leadership due to the fact that David Rockefeller is getting up in years. In addition, attendance was noticeably down. One can hope this is related to the negative publicity internationalist groups have been receiving thanks to exposure from independent newspapers like AMERICAN FREE PRESS and journalists like Jim Tucker.

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 Hard Assets Alliance

Globalists Push Massive Far East Free Trade Zone

By Mark Anderson

As AMERICAN FREE PRESS recently reported, former U.S. ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Nicholas Burns told a Chicago gathering on March 28 that the 28-member, traditionally defensive military alliance is fast becoming “the first responder” of the world and seeks a bold eastward expansion to possibly absorb Japan, Australia, India and New Zealand, among others.

Burns’s revealing remarks before nearly 400 people, sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA), officially kicked off a brisk series of meetings and programs, public and private, leading to the Windy City’s first-ever hosting of a summit of NATO ministers, to happen at  McCormick Place May 20-21. AFP will be there.

Yet, another little-known CCGA speech two days later by longtime Australian official Kim Edward Beazley revealed more about NATO’s plans, as the alliance, created in 1949 to counter Soviet expansionism, morphs into a hair-trigger “top cop” for those constructing a world union under the broad planning of the Bilderberg group, in league with a host of world government consensus-builders, including the CCGA and similar World Affairs Councils that reach down to the grassroots.

The Bilderberg group is a Rothschild-and Rockefeller-oriented annual, by-invitation-only meeting of 120 to 140 very rich guests, who gather to plan how to make bigger profits from world events.

Dozens of like-minded think tanks and academics round out this coterie in pursuit of such a world union, comprised mainly of the troubled European Union, a planned American Union, an African Union and a Pacific Union. Whether these building blocks for world rule stand or fall depends a great deal on what moves the globalists make at this juncture, and how quickly counteractions happen amongst an informed populace.

Beazley suggested that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a “super-NAFTA” free-trade scam that these one-worlders want to foist on the Far East to bolster the pending Pacific Union, is a critical goal for global governance. Given the context in which he announced the perceived need for a TPP, it’s highly likely the TPP will be a specific topic, as part of NATO’s eastward expansionism, at the NATO summit itself.

The TPP is pending in Congress. The watchdog group Economy in Crisis of Dublin, Ohio and other pro-middle class groups are monitoring it. They describe it as a dragon that must be slain to avoid a total economic calamity here and abroad.

Meanwhile, various devotees of global governance are carrying out myriad tasks. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who’s been exceedingly busy preparing for the NATO summit, just spoke in Washington at the Export-Import Bank, amid the spring meetings of the Bilderberg-connected World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). The G-20 met just before the World Bank and IMF did, even as the G-8 will meet at Camp David, Md. in mid-May, having been moved out of Chicago where it was going to coincide with the NATO summit.

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Popular Freedom Activist Harassed

• Speech before National Rifle Association earns Ted Nugent visit from Secret Service

By Pat Shannan

Rock star, hunter, talk-show host and outspoken freedom advocate Ted Nugent has never been one to hold back his opinion. At a recent National Rifle Association of America (NRA) convention in St. Louis, Nugent remarked that if Obama is re-elected, “I’ll be dead or in jail in a year.” According to reports, Nugent’s comments prompted a full investigation by the Secret Service. But if such indirect remarks can be determined to be even a veiled threat against the sitting president and serious enough to warrant a federal probe, then why was nothing done to pursue Andrew Adler, the publisher of The Atlanta Jewish Times, after he editorialized for the actual assassination of Obama?




 
 
 

In a speech filled with firebrand remarks reminiscent of founders Sam Adams and Patrick Henry, Nugent lit another fuse to be perceived as a threat when he compared Obama and the Democrats to a coyote that “oughta be shot.”

Nugent, a popular conservative talk show guest and NRA boardmember since 1995, has transformed himself from a longhaired, screaming hippy rock singer to a calm but emphatic, hardcore constitutionalist and staunch defender of the Second Amendment. His on-stage attire has gone from flamboyant and outrageous rock suits to neatly pressed jeans, camo hat and cowboy boots.

He told his audience of proud gun owners that if they failed to “clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”

During his incendiary NRA speech, Nugent named names. He cited Attorney General Eric Holder for the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning program to Mexican drug smugglers and other offenses and railed against Obama for his engineered dismantling of the once strong economy. He reminded everyone of how Hillary Clinton sides with the “criminals of the UN” instead of her own great nation and faulted the “good Americans” for allowing “our enemies to sneak into the White House and take corruption to a horrible new level.”

A few days later, Nugent met with two Secret Service agents in Oklahoma and downplayed the whole investigation. He described them as fine, professional agents and said that the meeting could not have gone better, concluding that he had not made threats of violence against anyone.

“We shook hands and went about our business,” he said. “God bless the good federal agents.”

Contrast this with Adler, whose article in January described the urgency of protecting the Israeli people, naming three options with the third being the assassination of Obama “in order to preserve Israel’s existence.” AMERICAN FREE PRESS called the Secret Service to ask why there was no official and public investigation of Adler. A press spokesman said he could not provide any official comment on that.




It still remains in doubt whether federal agents ever confronted Adler. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) interviewed Adler a week after his January 13 column. As of that date, Adler told JTA that he had not been approached by the Secret Service.

In addition, the New Black Panthers have advertised a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman—the shooter of black youth Trayvon Martin—in Florida with no legal repercussion.

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Oil Politics

• China soon to be world’s top petroleum refiner

By Victor Thorn

With gasoline prices hovering around the $4-per-gallon mark—and even higher in metropolitan areas—a popular author, documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and speaker disclosed some information AFP readers won’t see on the nightly newscasts. During an April 11 interview, “Power of Prophecy” founder Texe Marrs asked this writer, “Did you know that last year the U.S. exported more oil to foreign nations than it imported?”

Yes, you read that correctly. And with energy costs higher than they’ve ever been in this nation’s history. Marrs calls this peculiar situation “the ultimate betrayal of America.”




 
 
 

In his latest video, Marrs chronicles how elite financier George Soros is leading a rapid shift in the global order wherein China will replace the United States as the primary economic driver. Wealthy elites, such as former Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson who has visited China 74 times, are helping to facilitate  this new hegemonic order.

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“In the past decade,” Marrs began, “China has built 25 new oil refineries. America hasn’t constructed a new refinery [in the continental U.S.] since 1976. It’s all about distribution, and the globalists have selected China as the world’s refinery.”

It’s worse than that, though. In the past few years, major oil companies have actually been closing their U.S. refining facilities.

Sunoco is in the process of closing its two Pennsylvania refineries, and ConocoPhillips will follow suit by shutting down its own refineries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Hess Corp. is permanently ending business at the country’s third-largest refinery, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To put this matter into perspective, Marrs said: “10 years ago, there wasn’t a single Chinese company in the top 100. Today, two Chinese oil companies are in the top five, and soon they’ll surpass Exxon Mobil as No. 1.”

To ensure that his meaning isn’t misconstrued, Marrs stressed: “Red China will become the world’s great colossus.”

What should especially enrage Americans who can’t afford to fill their gas tanks or who will face astronomical heating bills this winter is the fact that numerous U.S. refineries are actually shutting down.

“The New World Order (NWO) elite have essentially said: America will no longer refine oil,” said Marrs. “That’s why companies such as Conoco and Sunoco are closing their refineries. To make matters worse, these huge U.S. corporations are refusing to refine oil and gas that is being drilled by smaller independent companies. So, what these wildcatters are forced to do is ship their fuel overseas so it can be refined.”

In a March 14 article for the news outlet The Business Insider, Keith Schafer wrote, “America has more than enough cheap domestic oil.”

In an April 16 article entitled “Mass Exodus of U.S. Oil Refineries,” former oil industry executive Robert Arnett left no room for doubt.

“In 2010, there were 149 operable U.S. refineries . . . [but] something odd started happening in late 2010-early 2011,” he said. “The U.S. oil refinery industry quietly announced the closure of numerous U.S. oil refineries. Many are completely unaware the U.S. ships oil overseas to be processed. We do so as we do not have enough refineries to process the vast amounts here, and we are barred from building any more refineries.”




The final sentence of Arnett’s reporting piggybacks on what Marrs discussed with this writer.



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“The only purpose for the Department of Energy [DOE] is to keep the price of energy high in the U.S.,” said Marrs. “They place so many regulations and so much red tape on these smaller energy companies who want to construct refineries that, ultimately, they’re prevented from doing so.”

There looks like there may be some interesting news coming, though, as far as domestic energy is concerned.

An April 17 headline by Pennsylvania reporter Scott Detrow noted, “An Odd Problem For The United States: Too Much Natural Gas.” With this glut of cheap and abundant energy, the abandonment of U.S. refining capacity is more than a little curious.

Despite opposition from environmentalists, the DOE and congressmen such as Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Houston energy company Cheniere has customers from Japan and Europe lining up at their door to purchase low-cost natural gas.

Study Cites Seismic Dangers of ‘Fracking’

By Victor Thorn

Small, independent energy companies argue that liquid natural gas (LNG) obtained through a process known as “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing) will not only lower fuel costs and decrease U.S. reliance on foreign oil, but will also allow our nation to compete once again on the global stage. But critics see a far more ominous scenario, citing new research linking the controversial gas-drilling practice to pollution and a spate of earthquakes, which hit the Midwest.

Fracking is the process of drilling and then injecting chemicals and water into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks so that natural gas can be collected. For years critics have argued that fracking fluid, which contains sulfuric acid, lead, benzene and hydrochloric acid among other things, has contaminated wells and has led to gas seeping into aquifers that supply drinking water.

On April 4, journalist Susan Phillips, who produced an award-winning series called “The Shale Game,” penned a column with this bold headline: “U.S. Geological Survey Links Man-Made Earthquakes to Gas Drilling.”

Phillips began her article by writing, “Underground injection of frack wastewater ‘almost certainly’ caused a wave of earthquakes from Alabama to Colorado, according to a new report soon to be released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).”

She continued, “The report says the use of deep injection wells to dispose of the wastewater is the likely source of the increase in seismic activity.”

To bolster her argument, Phillips cited the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which commented on the USGS study.

“USGS authors said they do not know why oil and gas activity might cause an increase in earthquakes, but a possible explanation is an increase in the number of wells drilled over the past decade and the increase in fluid used in the hydraulic fracturing in each well,” she wrote.

In this context, the EWG surmised that the injection of enormous amounts of wastewater into the wells “can induce seismicity by changing pressure and adding lubrication along faults.”

Scott Detrow, a Phillips colleague, agreed with her line of reasoning. He purported that fracking operations in Pennsylvania have been the source of at least a dozen earthquakes in nearby Girard, Ohio. Detrow described the phenomenon in an April 4 column.

“The cause of these quakes, according to a preliminary report from Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources: a deep injection well where brine, fracking fluid and other drilling wastes are deposited deep underground,” he wrote. “It turns out the drillers were likely injecting the waste directly onto a previously unknown fault line.”

Although the USGS does not know precisely why this dramatic upsurge in regional earthquakes is occurring, Detrow contends that “the amount of Pennsylvania drilling waste going to injection wells increased 389% in the last six months of 2011.”

Prior to changes recently enacted by Pennsylvania, drillers were disposing of their brine and fracking fluids by taking them to water treatment facilities that processed them and then poured them into local rivers. The result, not surprisingly, was an upswing in bromide levels that killed fish and endangered drinking water safety.

Red Star, Black Gold in Iraq

How Israel, China are cleaning up in the oil game

• While Americans pay $4 per gallon at the pump, BP and CNPC get every barrel of oil for a mere $2

By Victor Thorn

In his video DIE AMERICA DIE,* Texe Marrs refers to “Operation Shekhinah” in which the nation of Israel receives huge financial benefits by laundering oil across its borders. In particular, oil pipelines originating in Iraq run through Israel and Lebanon to their final destination at the Port of Haifa. There, oil is loaded onto tankers—many of them owned by British Petroleum (BP)—and transported to China, which processes it in one of the country’s 25 new oil refineries.

Researchers such as Joe Vialls go even further by claiming that the entire motive behind Operation Iraqi Freedom was to accommodate Israel’s Operation Shekhinah. Ironically, it has been claimed that the original codename for the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq was Operation Iraqi Liberation, or OIL, though the veracity of this has been disputed.

Nonetheless, it was U.S. blood and treasure that seized control of the Iraqi oil fields from Saddam Hussein, only now to have American-paid troops and mercenaries guard the bounty that flows through Israel right to China.

“There is a red star over Iraq” that constitutes a significant part of the Rothschild family’s black gold empire, said Marrs. “American troops are in Iraq to protect Chinese companies and build them up into the next great superpower. We’re doing the same thing in Afghanistan, where U.S. servicemen protect Chinese workers who are mining a trillion dollars worth of copper, tin and aluminum reserves.”

Helping China’s refining and mining operations are U.S. companies like GE—that assists the Chinese in constructing their pipelines—and Caterpillar, which sells the Chinese earth-moving equipment in Afghanistan.

Marrs names three Democratic senators—Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and John Kerry (Mass.)—as being responsible for the Chinese-Iraqi oil deal legislation. Due to their meddling and political gamesmanship, two companies—BP and the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC)—landed a huge drilling contract where they’re only paying $2 per barrel to the Iraqi government.

It’s a slap in every American’s face. To date, the U.S. has spent $1T on the Iraq war, with nearly 4,500 casualties and tens of  thousands wounded. Yet, while Americans pay $4 per gallon at the pump, BP and CNPC get every barrel of oil for a mere $2.

Antonia Juhasz, author of the book The Tyranny of Oil, told al Jazeera, “BP and CNPC finalized the first new oil contract issued by Baghdad for the largest oil field in the country, the 17B-barrel supergiant Rumaila field.”

To confirm the price paid by this consortium, analyst Alex Munton told The Observer’s Terry Macalister on July 30, 2011, “Baghdad secured the services of BP and CNPC for $2 a barrel plus a $500M signing bonus.” The Rumaila territory already accounts for 40% of all Iraqi oil, with BP-CNPC planning to triple this output.

China plans on controlling the world’s energy markets. On March 25 it was announced that the Chinese and Saudi Arabia had inked a deal to construct a monstrous new oil refinery by 2014 near the Red Sea port town of Yanbu.

China already imports more oil from Saudi Arabia than does America, and now the deal between Saudi-owned Aramco and China’s Sinopec ups the ante even further. With the ability to refine 400K barrels of oil a day at this gigantic facility, America’s move away from processing oil becomes even more significant. To illustrate Chinese dominance over the U.S., the Chinese are also building refineries in conjunction with Egypt and Nigeria.

On March 19, petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski summarized how subservient and dependent the U.S. will be on a country that already finances $1T worth of U.S. national debt.

“China’s investment in oil infrastructure and refining capacity is unparalleled,” he said. “More importantly, it executes a consistent strategy of developing world-class refining facilities in partnership with OPEC suppliers. Such relationships mean economic leverage that could soon subordinate U.S. relations with the same countries.”

With China firmly establishing itself in the driver’s seat in terms of drilling and refining oil, one can only question how long it will be before a move is made to strip the U.S. of its vaunted position of holding the world’s global trading currency, the petrodollar, in favor of the petroyuan. 

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Is Greek Debt Crisis a Ruse to Steal Hellenic Oil Field?

By Pete Papaherakles

As events continue to unfold in the European economic crisis, it is becoming clear a much bigger game is being played when it comes to Greece. The real game there is about who controls the massive oil and gas reserves located just off the Hellenic coast.

Carefully kept under wraps for decades has been knowledge of the existence of a huge oil and natural gas field in the eastern Mediterranean, in the area between the islands of Crete, Cyprus and Rhodes. Some people contend that an invasion by the Turks and the partitioning of Cyprus in 1974 were directly related to these oil fields and their future exploitation. It is estimated that they can supply energy to Europe for 50 years and are valued in the neighborhood of $9 to $12 trillion.

Russia has shown much interest in a partnership with Greece to drill for these resources, as have Norway and other countries. Currently, Israel has moved in and seems to be the most likely candidate to be Greece’s partner in the endeavor.

Could these vital oil reserves and the way in which Israel is vying for control of them be the real reason why Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin was denied a visa when he tried to visit Mount Athos in Greece during the holy week of Orthodox Easter?




 
 
 

The Kremlin expressed its strong dissatisfaction with the Greek government’s decision, for this visit would have been Putin’s first to a foreign country since winning the presidency. Greece gave the excuse that the country would be on holiday at that time and it could not provide security for Putin.

Mount Athos is an autonomous region with 22 Orthodox monasteries, including Romanian, Serbian and Russian holy sites. Putin was to visit Abbot Ephraim, who was recently released from a controversial prison detainment. Abbot Ephraim and Putin seem to share a spiritual relationship, as Putin is known to be a devout Orthodox Christian.

Orthodoxy, in fact, is making a huge comeback in Russia after 70 years of Communist atheism. Putin has been active in re-establishing the religious, cultural and economic relations that bind Eastern Europe together. He has made many attempts to develop closer ties with Greece.

On March 26 an advertising campaign by the Russian government was launched across the country urging Russians to buy more Greek products and vacation in Greece. With a population of 143 million in Russia, compared to only 9 million Greeks, this could have a crucial impact on Greece’s economy.

Russia also offered to bail out Greece as the country was falling into the clutches of the Western banks. Putin offered to lend Greece at least $25 billion at 1% interest. However, the Papandreou government opted for $148 billion from the IMF and the European banks at a whopping 5.2% and the austerity measures that came with the deal.




Russia has also been kept away in other oil partnerships with Greece. Since 1994 a deal had been in the works for Russia to build the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline bringing Russian oil from the Black Sea through Bulgaria and into the port of Alexandroupolis in northern Greece. That deal was finalized in 2008 during the government of Kostas Karamanlis, and work was to commence shortly afterward. An attempt to assassinate him was made in 2008. In the fall of 2009, Karamanlis was forced to call for early elections,where he lost to the pro-Zionist George Papandreou. Shortly thereafter, the pipeline project was terminated.

Many are wondering why Greece did not accept the bailout offered by Putin or another by China, which would have enabled the Greeks to maintain their sovereignty and avoid the pain, humiliation and loss of assets the debt crisis has brought them.

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New DHS Security Technology Will ‘Read’ Your Body

• Serious privacy concerns raised by latest Homeland Security scheme to ‘prevent terrorism’

By Keith Johnson

As if invasive, groping patdowns and humiliating full-body “porno” scanners weren’t bad enough, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working on a project that may make your experience at the airport even more unpleasant. Since 2007, DHS officials have been developing the Future Attribute Screening Technologies (FAST) program that they say will be able to quietly track and monitor citizens at airports and in other public places in order to check for suspicious or shifty people.




 
 
 
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According to the DHS, the program is being established “to determine whether technology can enable the identification and interpretation of a screened subject’s physiological and behavioral cues or signatures,”which, in turn, “will allow for security personnel to remotely (and therefore, more safely) identify diagnostic cues of malintent.”

If this sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, you’re not far off. In the 2002 neo-noir sci-fi film Minority Report, police detectives use mutated human psychics assigned to a special “precrime” unit to predict future crimes and make arrests before an alleged would-be perpetrator has a chance to carry them out.

In real life, the DHS plans to utilize a variety of sensors placed in key positions to capture such things as video images and audio recordings, as well as cardiovascular signals, pheromones, perspiration, changes in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety and respiratory measurements.

Unlike a polygraph examination, however, none of the sensors comes in contact with a person’s body, making it possible for the government to remotely make assessments without first obtaining consent.

In other words, the technology will be constantly spying on travelers to see who’s breathing hard, sweating too much or seems nervous. This has raised significant privacy concerns.



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“We think you have an inherent privacy right to your bodily metabolic functions,” Jay Stanley, director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty program told AlterNet in a 2009 interview. “Just because somebody can build some high-tech piece of equipment that can detect your pulse and perspiration and breathing and heart rate, that doesn’t mean that it should be open season to detect that on anybody without suspicion.”

There is also the concern about just how reliable these systems are at spotting actual potential terrorists. So far, DHS has conducted experiments with voluntary test subjects and can only claim 70% accuracy.

Having performed thousands of polygraph examinations, this AFP writer finds the FAST program nothing less than absurd. While certain physiological indices can be indicative of malicious intent, they cannot be evaluated without certain control measures performed inside a formal testing environment. In the absence of that, there is no way to determine if a subject’s general nervous tension is related to normal jitters or something nefarious.

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Founder of Seal Team Six Says U.S. Must Attack Iran

By Victor Thorn

If ever there was a man who advocates bankrupting his nation and jeopardizing the entire world to facilitate the goals of a Greater Israel, it is Admiral James A. Lyons, United States Navy, retired.

To understand this man, it should be known that he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an advisor to the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as a member of an ardent “neocon” group called Team B II that also includes Frank Gaffney and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director James Woolsey.

CFR is the American offshoot of the London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs, which functions as the foreign policy arm of the Rothschild banking empire.

Earlier in his career, Lyons built his reputation as “father of the Navy Seals,” in particular Navy Seal Team Six and their Red Cell counterterrorism unit (OP-06D).

Navy Seal Team Six was cited as being responsible for the alleged 2011 murder of Osama bin Laden. However, to date, not a shred of physical evidence has been offered to verify the government’s claims. Instead of presenting even a single photograph of bin Laden—not to mention his actual corpse—this elite team presumably dumped his body into the ocean even though many reports and eyewitness accounts place bin Laden’s death in December 2001.

Suspicions are understandable when Lyons’s past association with the Navy Seal Team Six are examined. In 1984, he summoned Navy Commander Richard Marcinko—his protégé at Seal Team Six—to create an “anti-terrorism” unit called Red Cell.

On the surface, Red Cell sought to test naval security around the world. To do so, according to a paper by Ola Tunander, “They planted bombs, wounded U.S. personnel and took hundreds of hostages.”

But, as Thomas B. Hunter, author of Targeted Killing: Self-Defense, Preemption, and the War on Terrorism wrote, security merely served as a smokescreen: “A portion of the [Red Cell] unit would deploy overtly to a given naval base to carry out its security mandate, while a small element would covertly infiltrate a foreign nation to carry out whatever counterterrorist activity was required.” Hunter added that these missions were “carried out on a regular basis by nations such as Israel and Great Britain.”

Considering the obvious psychopathic tendencies of Lyons, the apple didn’t fall far from from the tree with the man he groomed to form the Navy Seal Team Six Red Cell unit. Marcinko boasted in a May 4, 1992 profile: “I’m good at war. My philosophy is: Kill them before they kill us. Killing is my mission. It’s my career.”

In 1990 prosecutors found Marcinko guilty of conspiracy to defraud the government. As a result, he served 15 months in prison. Two of the men employed under Marcinko in Red Cell—Dennis Chalker and Steve Hartmann—revealed years later that their special unit served as away to move paramilitary operations known by the term “SPECWAR” around the world on covert missions. SPECWAR is defined as “U.S. Army forces  organized, trained and equipped to conduct special operations with an emphasis on unconventional warfare capabilities.”



 

Propaganda Opens Door for 9-11 Truth

By Victor Thorn

When Admiral James A. Lyons referenced a December 22, 2011 decision by U.S. District Judge George Daniels, who found the Iranian government guilty in absentia of being complicit in the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he inadvertently opened the door to more suspicious activities that cast doubt on the official version of events.

The lawsuit in question was brought by Fiona Havlish, the widow of Donald Havlish, former senior vice president of Aon Corporation, who died on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Aon occupied a number of floors inside the WTC South Tower Building. Interestingly, one of the board members was General Richard Myers, who is often included—along with former Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld—as being among the primary coordinators of the 9-11 conspiracy. Myers eventually became the company’s director.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Aon’s managing director was Jim Pierce, cousin of President George W. Bush. Pierce’s father, Scott Pierce, was a business partner of George Herbert Walker. Of course, the Walker family, influential Skull & Bones members who played a prominent role on Wall Street, married into the Bush family to create a political and financial dynasty. In 1985, Scott Pierce pleaded guilty to 2,000 counts of mail fraud.

The younger Pierce had scheduled a September 11 Aon meeting inside WTC 2. However, on the evening of September 10, Pierce moved part of his meeting to the nearby Millennium Hotel. The next morning Pierce watched from his new locale as 11 people in that meeting died, as well as 46 in another meeting. Ultimately, a total of 176 Aon employees perished when WTC 2 collapsed.

Pierce is related to former First Lady Barbara Bush, who recounted: “My nephew Jim Pierce narrowly escaped injury or possible death. He was scheduled to attend a meeting on the 102nd floor of the south tower, which was the second building hit. However, the night before, the meeting was moved to an adjacent building.”

Circumstances get even stranger. Beverly Eckert, the widow of Aon Vice President Sean Rooney, was one of the few individuals who refused to accept government hush money, otherwise known as the Victim Compensation Fund. A pivotal member of the 9-11 Family Steering Committee, Mrs. Eckert criticized the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) report, saying that it was biased in deciding what evidence would be accepted or neglected.

In a December 19, 2003 USA Today column entitled “My Silence Cannot Be Bought,” Mrs. Eckert said, “I’ve chosen to go to court rather than accept a payoff from the 9-11 Victims Compensation Fund.”

Not willing to roll over and keep her mouth shut, on February 6, 2009, Mrs. Eckert personally met with President Barack Obama at the White House. Seven days later, she died in the plane crash while flying on Colgan Air Flight 3407 just outside Buffalo, N.Y.

Although bad weather was initially cited as a contributing factor, Emily Friedman of ABC News wrote: “[Colgan Air executive Chris] Collins said the plane had not reported any trouble before the crash and described the weather at the time of the crash as ‘typical’ and ‘nothing unusual.’”

Now It’s Iran Behind 9-11?

• Recent accusations Iran was behind Sept. 11 attacks are ludicrous

By Victor Thorn

In the annals of brazen newspaper propaganda, few examples compare to an April 3 Washington Times column by retired Admiral James. A. Lyons entitled “Why We Must Strike Iran.” The lunacy of this man cannot be overstated, for Lyons justifies an immediate military assault against Iran because of what he contends was their complicity in the 9-11 attacks.

He wrote: “We now have clear evidence of Iran’s direct involvement and support of al Qaeda before and after the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Evidence indicates Iran, Hezbollah and al Qaeda made an alliance in the 1990s.”

Lyons based his argument on a December 22, 2011 ruling by U.S. District Judge George Daniels that said, “Iran and Hezbollah provided both material and direct support to al Qaeda in the September 11 attacks against the United States.”

Although the Iranian government was not present to deliver a defense, and despite an overwhelming amount of evidence provided in books by this author such as 9-11 EVIL: Israel’s Central Role in the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks and MADE IN ISRAEL: 9-11 and the Jewish Plot Against America that Mossad agents played an integral role in organizing and implementing these attacks, Lyons followed a line of reasoning where blame for 9-11 is directed against nations on which the U.S. plans to wage war.

Namely, prior to the Afghan invasion, al Qaeda and the Taliban were named as 9-11 masterminds. Then, before the 2003 Iraq War, suddenly Saddam Hussein became a 9-11 culprit. Now, with Iran in the crosshairs, this new information has conveniently emerged out of nowhere.

As an indication of Lyons’s flawed logic, he made the following absurd comment: “This information was so devastating in implicating Iran in the September 11 attacks that the CIA tried to get it expunged from the final 9-11 Commission Report.”

Can he be serious? Is this the same CIA that fabricated information on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to justify the U.S. military’s 2003 invasion? Yet, with what Lyons calls concrete testimony from Iranian defectors about their nation’s central role in 9-11, are American citizens to believe that the CIA has suppressed this information since 2004?

Moreover, although the government and mainstream media have criticized 9-11 truth seekers for over a decade, Lyons asks of this Iranian omission, “Was it a conspiracy?”

Lyons is so far off his rocker that in an attempt to prove this alleged conspiracy, he claimed: “That there has been no follow-up or investigations is evidence that the Iran lobby is alive and well in America. It has been able to penetrate into every level of government, as well as many respected think tanks that help influence government policy.”

If logic were a barometer of one’s sanity, Lyons would be committed to a mental institution.

Of course, it isn’t the Iranian lobby that controls Washington, but the Israeli lobby, especially the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC.

To readily prove this point, one need only ask: How many Persians have been in the cabinets of George W. Bush and Barack Obama? As Michael Collins Piper has abundantly pointed out, Jewish-dominated organizations such as the Defense Policy Board, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, JINSA, the Project for a New American Century and the American Enterprise Institute guide American’s war machine with their “invisible hand.”

It is apparent that Lyons is promoting a bloodthirsty Zionist agenda. Specifically, he demands, “We certainly have more than sufficient justification to launch a devastating strike against Iran.”

Sounding even more crazed, if possible, Lyons asserts: “The failure of all previous administrations to act, it can be argued, indirectly contributed to the September 11 attacks. The difference now is that Israel must act to ensure its survival.”

Despite the real possibility of what could potentially lead to World War III, Lyons concludes by playing his trump card. “We should provide Israel with all the necessary equipment and materiel to make their strike as effective as possible. Nothing less is acceptable,” he writes.





 

Who Made the Most Off 9-11?

By Victor Thorn

If the peculiarities discussed about Aon Corporation weren’t enough, one of the most under-reported aspects of 9-11 merits further scrutiny. Specifically, of all the insurance money paid to 9-11 victims, 62% of the total compensation went to New York businesses in or near the World Trade Center complex. In other words, they all received a huge payoff.

Of the $38 billion in overall insurance money, $23.6 billion found its way to companies such as Aon.

Making the Myers-Pierce connection even more troublesome is the fact that Aon was one of the world’s largest reinsurance brokers, along with Marsh & McLennan.

Marsh & McLennan occupied significant office space within the WTC towers, and its chief executive was Jeffrey Greenberg, son of insurance giant AIG head Maurice Greenberg. As this newspaper reported in its 10th anniversary 9-11 issue, Greenberg Sr. profited even more handsomely from 9-11 than did WTC owner Larry Silverstein.

To illustrate Marsh’s power, prestige and influence, one of its executives, Stephen Friedman, is a member of the Trilateral Commission (TC) and the Brookings Institution. He is also a former chairman of the New York Federal Reserve, a senior partner at Goldman Sachs and a Bilderberg attendee. Friedman later became one of President George W. Bush’s top economic advisers.

TC was founded by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski in July, 1973, and is composed of approximately 325 elitists in business, banking and politics. It appears more than coincidental that the Greenberg family and Aon would be the recipients of so much 9-11 payoff money.

Victor Thorn

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




Press Targeted By DHS

By Ralph Forbes / AFP Southern Bureau

Are you of the opinion that the invasive Transportation Security Administration “pat downs” at airports are a violation of your constitutional rights? Wait until they  start treating you the way they treat investigative journalists, writers, filmmakers and activists who question the many official conspiracy theories and non-conspiracy theories. The mass media is 99.9% controlled, but the corporatocracy cannot tolerate a few investigative journalists blowing the whistle.




 
 
 

One victim is Laura Poitras, an Oscar-and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and intrepid journalist, who spent years producing a trilogy of documentary films showing the loss of liberties around the world—and particularly in the United States—under the pretense of “the War on Terror.”

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Her laptop, camera and cell phone are routinely seized and not returned for weeks. On several occasions, government agents seized her notebooks and copied them—violating her journalist-source relationship. Her credit cards and receipts have been copied on numerous occasions. Time after time, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents have detained and interrogated her in foreign airports. They threatened her that she would be barred from boarding her flight back home.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents have met her plane at Newark Liberty International Airport, detained her and taken her to interrogation rooms. Each time this has happened in the past, Poitras—as a journalist—has taken notes. Her lawyer also advised her to keep notes of her interrogations in order to chronicle what is being done to her, to document the journalistic privileges she asserts and her express lack of consent and to obtain the names of the agents involved. Multiple CBP agents told the American journalist she was prohibited from taking notes on the ground that her “pen could be used as a weapon.”

This chilling treatment escalates, even though Poitras has never been accused of violating any law—and the DHS has been forced to admit that in six years they never found anything to justify their continuing abuse and harassment other than they didn’t like her expressing non-official viewpoints.



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Our security is guaranteed by a free press. We have no security if free speech is repressed—especially by the big lie that it is being done in the name of national security.

Be thankful that you have the right to be forewarned about these threats to your freedom and security—just as we at AMERICAN FREE PRESS are grateful to you—and all of our readers for keeping our torch alight in the vast darkness of censorship and lies.

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




Federal Cell Phone Tracking Challenged in Court by ACLU

By The Staff at AFP

Following a victory in the Supreme Court against the use of GPS tracking devices against Americans without a search warrant, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought suit against the government of the United States to stop the use of cellular telephones to monitor people’s movements.

The United States currently has technology that monitors cellular telephones on several levels. First, it has a computer system that picks up all cellular communications signals in real time as they are transmitted through the air, and cross-references them against all open FBI files. This technology was developed by the CIA but made news after it was acquired by Iran, which transferred it to Hezbollah, who then used it to break up the CIA spy station in Beirut.




 
 
 
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Second, the government uses the GPS device within all cellular phones—which phone companies use to determine where to send the cellular signal—to track the movements of all Americans who use the devices in real time.

The usual method by which these records are obtained is by grand jury subpoena after the fact. But the FBI uses this technology in real time without warrants to track subjects of interest as well. The FBI generally does not intercept cellular phone communications directly without  a warrant, though these calls, particularly internationally, are recorded en masse by the National Security Agency.

In response to ACLU vs. Department of Justice, the government has contended that most Americans are aware that they are being monitored in real time by the government on their cellular telephones, and thus there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. While this is patently false, the federal legal system is largely dependent on this type of fiction for its existence. Little that happens in federal courts has any truth content.

In the past, the government has frequently arrested people after using their cellular phone signals to determine that they were in the vicinity of a criminal event. When challenged, the government has backed off the cellular phone evidence or forced the arrested person to plea bargain in order to avoid the issue emerging in the appellate or supreme courts.



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The widespread use of GPS tracking software has become a concern to many Americans, but information on this technology has been kept out of the mainstream newspapers by so-called “civil rights” organizations that claim anyone who argues the government has used the technology against them—even when the government has admitted it—is insane or a believer in conspiracy theories (which is supposed to make you a nut). For instance, when individuals in the 1990s claimed they had been injected with GPS-tracking microchips, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center both issued press statements claiming this technology was impossible and part of a right-wing conspiracy theory. Today, however, these claims have been proven true thanks to reports that the military in the 1990s developed high-tech subcutaneous tracking microchips.

The ACLU is currently involved in more than 30 civil and criminal actions involving cell phone tracking, but the only effective way to minimize the tracking of your cell phone is to use a cheap disposable phone and to destroy it, replacing it regularly.