Nothing to Hide?

• If the Federal Reserve has nothing to hide, then bankers who run the Fed have nothing to fear.

By Former Rep. Ron Paul —

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97% of its purchasing power, the U.S. economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed’s policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

No wonder almost 75% of the American public supports legislation to audit the Federal Reserve.

The new Senate leadership has pledged to finally hold a vote on the audit bill this year, but, despite overwhelming public support, passage of this legislation is by no means assured.

The reason it may be difficult to pass this bill is that the 25% of Americans who oppose it represent the most powerful interests in American politics. These interests are working behind the scenes to kill the bill or replace it with a meaningless “compromise.” This compromise may provide limited transparency, but it would still keep the American people from learning the full truth about the Fed’s conduct of monetary policy.

Some opponents of the bill say an audit would somehow compromise the Fed’s independence. Those who make this claim cannot point to anything in the text of the bill giving Congress any new authority over the Fed’s conduct of monetary policy.
More importantly, the idea that the Federal Reserve is somehow independent of political considerations is laughable. Economists often refer to the political business cycle, where the Fed adjusts its policies to help or hurt incumbent politicians. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Arthur Burns exposed the truth behind the propaganda regarding Federal Reserve independence when he said, if the chairman didn’t do what the president wanted, the Federal Reserve “would lose its independence.”




 
 
 

Perhaps the real reason the Fed opposes an audit can be found by looking at what has been revealed about the Fed’s operations in recent years. In 2010, as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill, Congress authorized a one-time audit of the Federal Reserve’s activities during the financial crisis of 2008. The audit revealed that between 2007 and 2008 the Federal Reserve loaned over $16 trillion—more than four times the annual budget of the United States—to foreign central banks and politically influential private companies.

In 2013, former Federal Reserve official Andrew Huszar publicly apologized to the American people for his role in “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time”—the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program. Can anyone doubt an audit would further confirm how the Fed acts to benefit economic elites?

Despite the improvements shown in the government-manipulated economic statistics, the average American has not benefited from the Fed’s quantitative easing program. The abysmal failure of quantitative easing in the U.S. may be one reason Switzerland stopped pegging the value of the Swiss franc to the euro following reports that the European Central Bank is about to launch its own quantitative easing program.




Quantitative easing is just the latest chapter in the Federal Reserve’s hundred-year history of failure. Despite this poor track record, Fed apologists still claim the American people benefit from the Federal Reserve System. But, if that were the case, why wouldn’t they welcome the opportunity to let the American people know more about monetary policy? Why is the Fed acting like it has something to hide if it has nothing to fear from an audit?

The American people have suffered long enough under a monetary policy controlled by an unaccountable, secretive central bank. It is time to finally audit—and then end—the Fed.

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War on Terror in Yemen Collapses; Libya in Shambles

• Obama gets a surprise when anti-U.S. group orchestrates coup against Western puppet.

By Richard Walker —

In yet another sign President Barack Hussein Obama’s interventionist foreign policy in the Middle East is falling apart, his secret drone war against rebel fighters in Yemen is now in jeopardy after a surprise coup in late January threw out the entire pro-West government there.

Since 2011, Yemen has been at the epicenter of Washington’s sanctioned killing program, using drones and Special Forces teams operating out of bases in Saudi Arabia, Djibouti and Yemeni military bases. The aim has been to degrade a Yemeni militia known as AQAP, or al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The American war in Yemen has been going on for nearly 12 years. When former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited the Lemonier base in Djibouti in 2002, he boasted it was an area where “there was a lot of action and we need to be where the action is.”

Washington’s increasing involvement in Yemen can be traced back to the Bush-Cheney era when it got into bed with Yemen’s corrupt leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had been in power since 1962. Saleh was forced out of power in 2013, but his control over the military remained. It is still a military backed by money and training from Washington, Saudi Arabia and Israel.




Washington got involved in Yemen at the behest of the Saudis and the Israelis. Both nations had a vested interest in keeping the Saleh regime in place, even if it meant suppressing the rights of the country’s Shiites, who made up almost 40% of the population. The Israelis and Saudis made the case Yemen overlooked the narrowest part of the Red Sea where it entered the 20-mile waterway called the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, known in Arabic as the “Gate of Grief.”

It is through the Mandab that most Israeli imports and Saudi oil are transported.

Saudi Arabia had another agenda—a secret one. The Sunni Muslim leadership in Saudi Arabia has been suppressing Shiites in its territory and wanted its neighbor, Yemen, to do likewise. Yemen turned a blind eye when the Saudis sent forces into Yemen to kill Shiites. The move did not bother Washington or Israel, who saw the Shiites in Yemen as pro-Iranian and therefore enemies.

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Yemeni Shiites became anti-American and began agitating for more autonomy. Yemen’s military suppressed them and a decade later killed their leader, Hussein al-Houthi. After his assassination, they became known as the Houthis.

Today, the Houthis control large swaths of Yemen, including the capital. They forced Saleh out of power as well as his successor. The country is now leaderless, a fact that worries Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

Washington, however, still has influence within the Yemeni military, which has a poor human rights record. Yemen’s Special Forces have been trained by the U.S. Special Forces Command in camps in Saudi Arabia and nearby Djibouti.

The Houthis, while they are anti-Washington, have fought terrorists in Yemen and have expressed no desire to attack America or U.S. forces operating in Yemen and elsewhere in the region. While the Saudis and Israelis brand them as pawns of Iran, there is no proof that is the case. They are simply an offshoot of that brand of Islam.

However, if there is one country that could influence their thinking it is Iran, and Washington may have to go cap-in-hand to Tehran to seek its help in forming an alliance with the Houthis if the drone war against Arab revolutionaries across the Middle East is to continue, unhampered.

The other alternative is for Washington to conspire with the Saudis and Israelis to encourage the Yemeni military to seize power and suppress the Houthis. That would likely send the country into an even more deadly spiral.




 
 
 

Libya Still a Shambles After Four Years

By Richard Walker

Every several months, this newspaper likes to take a look at Libya to see whether America’s nation building is working. So far, the news has not been good. It’s been almost four years since the United States, England and France helped radical groups overthrow the Libyan government and assassinate its leader, Muammar Qadaffi, and to this day the north African country has been unable to establish a stable government and begin rebuilding the devastated country.

Ironically, in 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron described Libya as a beacon of democracy just before it descended into complete chaos.

Those who have since fought to control the country have been militias armed by the West or by way of looting the country’s military arsenal.

The United Nations has been brokering a ceasefire between rival groups while trying to find a solution to Libya’s intractable issues. Meanwhile, the Libyan Army, run by former Qadaffi acolytes, recently admitted it was holding the money that had once been in the vaults of the central bank. No one is sure, however, what the army intends to do with the cash.

Nevertheless, it is not Libya’s conflict that has been attracting attention, but secret files of Qadaffi’s intelligence service looted during his overthrow in 2011. They ended up in the hands of London lawyers who have been studying them to make a case against the British government.

The files expose the duplicity and hypocrisy of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his dealings with Qadaffi, going back to 2007, a mere four years before the North Atlantic Treaty Organization decided to bomb Libya.

In a 2007 letter from the prime minister’s office at 10 Downing Street, Blair addressed Qadaffi as “Dear Muammar” and wished him and his family well. He had already welcomed him back into the international fold, thereby enabling British and U.S. oil corporations to negotiate big deals with Libya, including one for $15 billion.

The facts were staring the lawyers in the face when they examined the files. They found details about five British citizens and seven Libyans that British intelligence helped Qadaffi’s spies locate and torture. Blair even encouraged the British courts to approve the deportation of dissidents wanted by Libya.

The Saudis, whom Blair was close to, arrested Libyans and tortured them, too. In some instances, British intelligence agents were in Libya and Saudi Arabia during interrogations that led to torture.

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Are Race Wars Coming to America? Now in PDF!

A new book from AMERICAN FREE PRESS exposes the most incendiary problem facing the United States today—one that will blow America apart at the seams if not addressed.

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America’s Racial Powder Keg
How a Violent Dependency State Has Been
Created Within the Black Community

After being promised a “post-racial” America by Barack Obama, this nation has instead seen cities set ablaze, anarchy in the streets, police officers assassinated in cold blood, and violence directed against innocent whites. Similarly, not only are members of the New Black Panther Party permitted to intimidate voters at polling stations, their leaders unequivocally call for the slaughter of whites, including their children.

Rather than trying to temper this outrageous behavior, Obama and his cronies, including outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, have given their none-too-subtle nod of approval by associating with greedy race-peddlers like Al Sharpton. Spearheading a grievance industry that’s based upon an overt hatred of whites dating back hundreds of years, Sharpton and company have become fabulously wealthy as their black followers spiral toward destruction. When coupled with multi-generational government welfare, a violent dependency state has been created within the black community that threatens to tear America apart at the seams.

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FERGUSON, Mo.—August 9, 2014, violent black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed after assaulting white police officer Darren Wilson. Protests—peaceful and violent—along with vandalism and rampant looting by blacks, continued for weeks.

FERGUSON, Mo.—St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch announced on November 24 that the grand jury investigating the Brown shooting had decided not to indict Officer Wilson. Mayhem ensued. Blacks ran wild, burning large swaths of the city and attacking whites and white- and black-owned businesses. A black church was targeted and burned by colored thugs. It took two weeks for the mainstream media to admit Michael Brown had robbed a convenience store and attacked the officer before Brown was shot. Today, Ferguson is, for all intents and purposes, a ruined city.

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Zemir Begic, a white man, was brutally murdered by a group of black teenagers wielding hammers after McCulloch’s announcement. Witnesses saw the perpetrators yelling “[Expletive deleted] white people” and “kill the white people” just before the attack. The mainstream media completely censored the story.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.—Dec. 20, 2014, Ismayyil Abdullah Brinsley executed two New York City Police Department officers as they sat in their patrol car in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, ostensibly as revenge for the deaths of career criminal Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Missouri.

BALTIMORE, Md.—In a speech to over 2,000 people at Morgan State University, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a violent screed calling for a “holy” race war against whites. He praised the violence in Ferguson and condemned black leaders who did not support his race revolution as “pacifiers,” “cowardly” and “punkified.” He called for an explosion of violence against “the white man’s tyranny on black people.” He said young blacks are ready for war and don’t want “compromising talk.” “If 50% of all black people died fighting the white man, it would be worth it,” he added.

BALTIMORE, Md.—January 7, 2015. Baltimore police reveal that black gang member Jason Armstrong was apprehended inside a Baltimore police station in possession of drugs and a handgun. The man says he was acting on orders from the Black Guerrilla Family, a violent gang that has had a long history of prison and street crime, drug trafficking and murder. The suspect says he was ordered to probe the security of the police station, ostensibly for a future military-style attack by the group.

FORD HEIGHTS, Ill.—January 8, Aries Woodfin was arrested for making online threats against Chicago police officers and others. Prosecutors say they became aware of the threats on December 8 when Woodfin posted a Facebook message in which he said he vowed he was “going to kill cops and innocent white kids.”

ARE YOU CONCERNED YET?

Think the aforementioned new items are scary? The truth is that they’re just a tiny drop in the bucket. Whites in America are under siege and have been for a generation, whether the mainstream media and white liberals will admit it or not. If you relied solely upon the mainstream news coverage of the growing threat to white America, you might have come to the conclusion that all whites are racist devils and these black thugs are innocent angels.

But the truth is entirely at odds with the spineless reporting of the mainstream press and many of America’s highest ranking elected officials. And perhaps no other issue so clearly delineates the difference between the fallacious reporting of the mainstream media versus the honest news reporting of AMERICAN FREE PRESS (AFP).

Alone amongst the national news media, only AFP—from the very beginning—had the guts to tell the truth about the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the threat white Americans face every day from a violent and racist segment of the black population. Of course, there are many good and intelligent black people out there who have been willing to condemn this violent and extremely racist portion of the black community that has many white Americans concerned. We know that, because AFP has interviewed these outspoken conservative black leaders when, once again, the mainstream media has suppressed their message of truth about the state of black America and the pervasive anti-white racism that permeates much of black culture today.

WHAT’S IN THE BOOK . . .

Here’s a short listing of the topics covered and the questions asked and answered in America’s Racial Powder Keg:

• The slavery sleight-of-hand
• The “Great Emancipator’s” views on “colored folk”
• The real Nelson Mandela and his true legacy of terror
• The dangers of pathological altruism
• Eyewitness account of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots
• Barack Obama’s terrorist acquaintances
• Obama: White America’s worst nightmare
• Who’s the hoodlum from Harlem’s hood?
• Camden, N.J.: Why is this city in ruins?
• Is Obama tied to the Black Panthers?
• How a book cost Pat Buchanan his job
• The complexion of crime in America
• Media covers up hate crimes against whites
• Why Chicago is dripping blood
• Unreported racial violence
• The drink that’s destroying a culture
• How darkness settled over Detroit
• Which black leaders advocate white genocide
• The real white man’s burden
• America’s appalling racial double standard
• Whites denied civil rights?
• Violence and race
• The myth of white privilege
• Black religious leaders want Holder impeached
• Making a mockery of Western education
• What’s the media’s ultimate racial agenda?
• Violence used to blackmail whites
• Shooting of black thug sparks riots
• Cops gear up for race riots
• Interview with Ferguson shopkeepers
• Black racism fatigue
• Michael Brown case: open and shut
• Honest talk about race trumps science
• Should blacks fear white cops?
• Four presidents speak out about race

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Israel Fears ICC Prosecution; Arms Terror; Swindles Millions

• Day of reckoning may be nearing for Israeli leaders if charges are leveled in International Criminal Court.

By Richard Walker —

Economic and political blackmail by Israel and its backers in Washington has failed to prevent the one thing Israel has always feared: being branded a war criminal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. And that is sure to happen now that the Palestinians have joined the ICC, despite threats of economic sanctions from pro-Zionist politicians in Washington and Tel Aviv.

One thing is certain in the minds of leading international jurists: Israel is already a war criminal and its crimes will fit into the legal framework established by the court to define what constitutes war crimes. In particular, Israel’s settlement policy will come under immediate scrutiny.

The international jurist, Professor Emeritus Eric David of Brussels University, believes Israel is a “real rogue state” and the ICC could go after its political leaders. He told the Jewish news and commentary website “Mondoweiss” that Israel does not comply with international law and has been “committing war crimes since 1967 or 1968.” Those crimes could be judged by the ICC, he added.




“All war crimes that have been committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip could be judged by the ICC,” he said. “Furthermore, the settlements in the West Bank,which are war crimes, could be judged by the ICC.”

Israel is not a member of the ICC, though it likes to portray itself as a democracy concerned with justice.

In 1998, when the ICC was set up under what was termed the Rome Statute, the United States and Israel were members. In 2002, however, they “unsigned” themselves from the ICC. At the time, the Bush-Cheney administration feared it might find itself in the crosshairs of the court. Bush described the court as “un-American” and threatened to use force against it if any U.S. citizens were brought before it.

To that end, he had congressional legislation drafted to protect all U.S. service personnel from prosecution. He also gave Congress authority to withdraw U.S. military backing for any country ratifying the ICC treaty.

Later, Israel followed suit, aware that its settlement policy alone was a war crime the court might address.

The Bush-Cheney opposition to the court is one that still holds true today even though the Obama White House has hypocritically called for the leaders of the Libyan and Syrian governments to be hauled before the ICC for war crimes. Such a position has exposed the glaring dishonesty of Washington’s position. In effect, the U.S. principle has always been that the ICC is a good weapon to be deployed against its enemies but should never be directed at the U.S. or at its allies, especially Israel. That is exactly why the State Department recently warned the Palestinians against joining the court and backed Israel’s claim that such a move would end any chance of a peaceful settlement.

While Israeli figures like its economy minister, Naftali Bennett, have arrogantly dismissed the court as “an empty gun that will never stop Israeli settlement building,” there is genuine dread within the Israeli leadership and body politic about what lies ahead.

Washington will not remain unscathed in any future ICC case because of Washington’s history of backing Israeli war crimes through support for settlement building and providing weapons to the Israeli military.

Since 1988, the U.S. has consistently wielded its veto power on the United Nations Security Council to block sanctions against Israel or to prevent Israel from being held accountable for engaging in genocide in the Palestinian territories.




 
 
 

Israel’s Clandestine Alliance with Mideast Terrorists Revealed

By Richard Walker

Efforts to keep the role Israel plays in the bloody Syrian civil war hidden from the world are coming unraveled. According to recent United Nations reports, the Israelis have been actively supporting the al-Nusra Front, a violent organization carrying out terrorist attacks across Syria in an effort to overthrow the government there.

To date, the American mass media has ignored Israel’s role in the conflict, a fact that has emboldened it and has enabled President Barack Hussein Obama and figures on Capitol Hill to claim Israel has never been part of the Obama coalition of Arab and Western nations trying to overthrow the Syrian regime and destroy the Islamic State (ISIS). Bizarrely, ISIS is another major rebel group engaged in trying to force regime change in Syria.

From an Israeli and Obama administration perspective, Israel’s involvement in the Syrian war has been kept secret for the simple reason that Arab nations fighting ISIS and Assad in Syria would be none too happy to learn they were part of a Western coalition with Israel in its midst.

Israel has been following the old strategy of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” in order to maintain instability in Syria. To that end, it has been working with al-Nusra, which ironically has also been battling ISIS. When ISIS insisted on wrapping al-Nusra into its ranks, the two sides began fighting. Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, eventually intervened to broker a ceasefire, but it has not held. Nevertheless, the two sides have continued to attack the Syrian military.

In what may be a clever ploy, al-Nusra has made no threats against the West. One of its early adherents, Sunni Muslim cleric Dr. Sami Oraidi, stressed the group should avoid doing anything that would lead to it being labeled terrorist. Its leader, Abu Mohammad al-Julani, is believed to be from the Golan Heights, Syrian territory seized in 1967 by Israel and held illegally by it ever since.

Since 1967, the UN has had the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), patrolling Golan, and its reports are the ones that have now exposed Israel’s alliance with the al-Nusra-backed militia.

A UNDOF report from June 10, 2014 highlighted Israel’s proxy alliance with terrorism:

On 59 occasions, particularly, during periods of heavy engagement between the Syrian armed forces and members of the armed opposition, UNDOF observed armed members of the opposition transferring 89 wounded persons from the Bravo side across the ceasefire line to the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] and IDF on the alpha side handing over 19 treated and two deceased individuals to the armed members of the opposition on the Bravo side. On one occasion, UNDOF observed IDF on the alpha side handing over two boxes to armed members of the opposition on the Bravo side.

The alpha side is Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The bravo side is Syrian territory.

Israel has also breached international law by attacking Syrian military positions, even close to the capitol, Damascus, in the past year and has protected al-Nusra fighters in the Golan region from Syrian airstrikes.

In another UNDOF report, it was noted that on September 13, 2014, a Syrian jet fighter was shot down by Israel close to the Golan boundary between Israel and Syria. It had been attacking al-Nusra positions. The IDF told the UN the plane had crossed into Israeli territory.

UN observers at the scene concluded otherwise: “United Nations personnel did not observe the fighter aircraft over the area of separation or crossing the ceasefire line but saw a mid-air explosion followed by debris falling to the ground in an area east of Jaba in the area of limitation on the bravo side.”

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Hard Assets Alliance

Israeli Swindlers Steal Millions from French Businesses

• Chinese criminals abet massive fraud

By Ronald L. Ray

The cities of Netanya, Ashdod and Herzliya, in Israel’s “Silicon Valley” on the Mediterranean coast, are home not just to high technology and—in Herzliya’s case—a major propaganda and intelligence recruitment center. They are also the center of a nefarious, international confidence racket, which has defrauded around €500 million from at least 700 businesses in France, making Nigerian email scammers look like schoolchildren by comparison.

According to reports in Germany’s National-Zeitung (NZ), a person with a “perfect” French accent will telephone an employee in a company’s accounting department. His voice will have an air of authority. Perhaps it is a foreign “vendor” demanding payment, or—a particular favorite—it will be the “president” of the multinational corporation. A large tax payment is due suddenly, he might say. It is essential for a significant sum of money to be transferred to a particular bank account outside of France. Utmost discretion is required. An email follows to confirm the conversation. It appears legitimate, and soon the funds—tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars—are on their way, not to another company account, but into the hands of unscrupulous Israelis.

The “perfect” French—essential to fooling the linguistically hyper-sensitive Gauls—is provided typically by Jews who grew up in France and then emigrated to Israel, reports French website AlterInfo.net. Besides self-enrichment, another “advantage” the perpetrators see in their activities may also be that of indirectly aiding the Zionist cause. Apparently, some of the set-ups make it appear as though Arabs are responsible, throwing blame onto Israel’s archenemies when the con is found out.

And it is by no means only small companies which fall victim to the swindlers, says NZ. Corporations listed on the French stock exchange are favored targets. The Paris branch of the international legal firm, Baker & MacKenzie, was relieved of around €900,000. The Michelin tire company suffered losses of €1.6 million. And the world’s largest producer of steel products, Group Vallourec, which employs 24,000 people, was cleaned out of a massive €20.6 million. These crooks are no amateurs.

While funds may be routed through any number of countries, accomplices in Communist China are often part of the operation. NZ quotes a French source: “An agreement has been established between two mafias. . . . Every Israeli fraud corresponds with a Chinese laundering of the money.”

Stopping the fraudsters is far from easy. Mutual cooperation between China and France has yet to be established, although the French minister of justice recently sent a delegation to Beijing as a first step. Israeli law enforcement, however, seems less than helpful. Information supplied by Israel to France has come to a “dead stop.” A high-ranking police official stated that, “The solution [now] has to be a political one.”

Israel has developed an international reputation for corrupt business dealings with both foreigners and fellow countrymen. Whether it is collusion in tax evasion, cellular telephone overcharges, “finding” automobile problems to fix, or making life miserable for apartment tenants, it is Israeli “business as usual.” Americans, in particular, seem susceptible to Israeli online gambling scams, which are rigged to prevent winning. Even the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s warnings about mass-marketing fraud earned Israel a special mention.

That Israeli avarice should be carried to such extremes as the French have experienced, however, is somewhat astonishing, although it ought not be. A people which have no scruples about annihilating the mostly defenseless native Palestinians in the Holy Land by bombing, shooting, poisoning of water supplies, destruction of farms and homes, human organ harvesting, withholding of humanitarian aid, and even freezing Arabs to death—such a degraded people will not worry about the morality of stealing millions of dollars from others.

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




Report Details CIA, Military Barbarity

• Gruesome torture practices reveal U.S. government as massive criminal enterprise.

WARNING: This report is not for the fainthearted. Readers who might be easily disturbed by descriptions of savage cruelty are asked to proceed with caution.

By Ronald L. Ray —

Diabolical. That is the only word to describe the grotesque savagery of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques”—known to normal people as torture—employed by the United States military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against alleged “terrorist suspects.” “Torture” is the only word suitable to describe the perverse perpetrators of such vicious cruelty for purposes of “national security,” who have gained ignoble power since the CIA/Mossad false-flag attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001. But for all the hoopla surrounding the partial publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA detention and interrogation practices, it is only part of the sordid story.




German journalist Dr. Juergen Todenhoefer and his son are fearless investigators of the other side of the “War on Terror,” returning in December 2014 with first-hand reports about the Islamic State (ISIS) and its militia fighters. Todenhoefer published an account in his most recent book, Thou Shalt Not Kill, that sears the mind and heart with the events it recalls, and which has been summarized by the news and commentary website, “AlterNet.”

Bagram, Afghanistan, is home to one of the most notorious torture prisons operated by the U.S., where unspeakable brutality coexists in close proximity to a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant and other expressions of “the American way.” Here, Todenhoefer reports, a Canadian soldier-turned-mercenary, identified as “Jack,” related why he could no longer bear working at Bagram: “It’s not my thing when Afghans get raped by dogs.”

According to Todenhoefer, Afghan prisoners would be tied to a small chair, face down, and then vicious fighting dogs would be sent into the room. If a prisoner revealed nothing useful, each of the dogs would be allowed to sodomize the hapless victim in turn. “After procedures like these, they confessed everything. They would have even said that they killed Kennedy without even knowing who he was,” said Jack.

Commenting on such practices, author Lawrence Wright told National Public Radio: “And it would be hard to tell you how humiliating it would be to any person, but especially in Islamic culture where dogs are such a lowly form of life. . . . [That] imprint will never leave anybody’s mind.”

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At the end of World War II, the U.S. hanged at least one Japanese general for “waterboarding” Allied prisoners, a practice defined by the Americans as torture. It is a particularly terrifying experience, pouring water over a person’s covered face for extended periods, nearly to the point of drowning. Victims will confess to almost anything—even things they or their acquaintances never committed—just to end the experience.

Yet in the 21st century, the U.S. federal government no longer considers this malicious practice torture. Waterboarding has become the battle flag of the neoconservatives’ surveillance state, with former Vice President Dick Cheney as its greatest cheerleader.

Other prisoners were stripped naked and viciously beaten, blindfolded and repeatedly slammed against cement walls, or tormented with blaring (sometimes satanic) music for days on end. Still others were deprived of sleep for up to a week at a time—leading to psychotic events like hallucinations—or deprived of food for extended periods, subjected to severe sensory deprivation, immersed in ice water and physically restrained in excruciatingly painful positions while naked.

Some of the detainees were subjected to forced “rectal rehydration” or “rectal feeding” (enemas) without medical necessity or supervision. In one case, the CIA even tortured two of its own operatives. But when the two men sought redress in court for the Bush-era events, the Obama administration got the lawsuit thrown out.

And ever since stories began to leak out about CIA and military brutality, which extended even to non-terrorists, “The Company” has destroyed evidence, spied on U.S. senators, and lied and fought vehemently to prevent a full accounting of its criminal misdeeds.

Still the neocons and warmongers make every excuse and defend the indefensible. Republicans on the Senate committee nitpicked over details and whined that exposing the truth might put the U.S. in a bad international light or endanger the perpetrators. Such sycophantic behavior makes them accomplices to war crimes. A rare exception was Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who for once had the courage to condemn the CIA activities for what they are: torture.

Cheney, in fact, admitted that the sadistic enterprise was not a “rogue operation,” but rather a program known and authorized at the highest levels. He even declared that the torturers “deserve a lot of praise. . . . As far as I’m concerned, they ought to be decorated, not criticized.”

But the fact of the matter is that the devilishly bestial activities of the CIA and military torture programs are not only grossly immoral but a violation of federal (18 U.S.C. §2340A) and international law. They are entirely reprehensible among
civilized peoples.

It is time to put an end to the CIA. Bush, Obama, Cheney and the entire crew of evildoers, down to the perpetrators in the prisons, must be punished. Far from receiving war medals, they deserve to have something significantly more constrictive hung around their necks.

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INTERVIEW: Will Duke Name Names?

• David Duke says his stance on Israel earns ire of mainstream.

• Says he’s rubbed shoulders with many politicians over the years.

By Victor Thorn —

On December 30, 2014, Louisiana writer Lamar White, Jr. posted to his own website that Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) spoke at a 2002 conference hosted by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO). In an attempt to discredit Scalise, liberal media outlets then latched onto the obscure event that took place over a decade ago solely because EURO had been founded by white nationalist leader David Duke.

Whenever Duke’s name was mentioned on NBC or in The New York Times, the first words to emerge were “Duke was a former Ku Klux Klan leader.” Unfortunately, these venues failed to acknowledge that Duke is also a prolific author, speaker and radio talk show host and was a prominent legislator in the Louisiana state House of Representatives from 1989-1992 and a presidential candidate. Instead, these mainstream propagandists simply relied on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) characterization of EURO as a hate group.”

During a January 5 television interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Duke countered that former Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) belonged to the Klan for a much longer time than Duke did. And when Byrd died in 2010, President Barack Hussein Obama referred to him as a “great man.”

Duke made his views clear to O’Reilly: “European-Americans shouldn’t be discriminated against. . . . I love and want to preserve my European heritage.”

But flagrant double standards do apply to whites in comparison to shakedown artists like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who blackmail corporations into making large monetary donations in return for not being labeled “racists.”

Fully aware of how these race-hustling talking heads play their game, Duke came out swinging. After a furor arose on January 2 over Scalise’s possible ties to EURO, Duke responded with an urgent warning: “If Scalise is going to be crucified—if Republicans want to throw Steve Scalise to the woods—then a lot of them better be looking over their shoulders.”



 

In other words, he’d be compelled to start naming names of other congressmen that he’s rubbed shoulders with over the years. Duke went on to say that during the course of his political career, he’s also met with Democratic legislators on at least 50 different occasions.

As for Scalise, an interesting narrative has emerged. Liberal journalist Stephanie Grace claimed nearly 20 years ago that Scalise once identified himself to her as “David Duke without the baggage.”

For his part, Duke asserted, “[Scalise] echoes a lot of my ideology and my policies, no question about it.” On the other hand, Duke confirmed that he doesn’t see eye to eye with Scalise’s support for Israel or his neoconservative approach to foreign policy.

Adding another twist to the situation are uncertainties as to whether Scalise actually even appeared before the EURO symposium in 2002.

According to Duke’s former campaign manager, Kenneth Knight, who organized the conference at Metairie, La.’s Best Western Hotel, Scalise spoke two-and-a-half hours earlier to the Jefferson Heights Civic Association. Only later that afternoon did EURO members congregate at the hotel.

In addition, Duke wasn’t in Louisiana when EURO met at the time. He had been in Europe that year.

Still, even if Duke had attended the EURO conference, Louisiana journalist Jarvis DeBerry asked a pertinent question in a January 2 Times-Picayune column: “What was [Scalise] supposed to do, not talk to white-rights groups?”

Making the most of his moment in the spotlight, Duke pointed to the real villain today, during a January 2 radio broadcast: “The biggest problem is this Zio-Globalism that’s trying to regiment and suppress and oppress all of humanity except for one sector of humanity. International Jewish banks like Goldman Sachs robbed and destroyed millions of lives with their trillion-dollar theft during the last mortgage meltdown.”

David Duke Sets Record Straight for AFP Readers

By Victor Thorn

On January 13, this reporter spoke with David Duke in order to get his comments concerning the Steve Scalise brouhaha. When asked under what conditions he’d reveal the names of other politicians that he’d worked with over the past few decades, Duke said, “The only way I’ll name names is if they throw Scalise under the bus. I won’t talk about this subject any other way. Of course, some politicians are nervous, especially those that have bought my mailing lists and are nationally known or who’ve run statewide campaigns. There are a lot of people out there who’ve supported me.”

Duke added, “Your readers at AFP should know that the real reason why the media keeps calling me a racist and bringing up my past association with the Klan is not because of my former views, but due to my current position on Israel. They’re also afraid that someone like Scalise might buck total Israeli control over Congress and vote differently than what groups like AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] would want him to.”





 

On that note, Duke made a clarification: “Although Scalise has been unfairly treated and raked over the coals, I could never vote for someone like him that supports state-committed terrorism like Israel has.”

In regard to Scalise’s past association with groups like EURO, Duke reasoned, “Why shouldn’t he listen to and hear from people in his own district? All he’s doing is representing his voters. It’s interesting that in the same district, which Scalise now serves, I received over 60% of the popular vote when running for governor and during my senatorial race. From my perspective, we’re in the midst of a massive uprising where people are realizing how the Israeli lobby leads Congress around by the nose.”

Lastly, Duke offered this heartfelt insight. “I’ve learned of ways to psychologically deprogram people from Israeli influence. European-Americans have the right to preserve their heritage. That, after all, is a basic human right.”

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Trillion-Dollar Lawsuit Filed to Prove Sandy Hook Staged

By Pete Papaherakles —

The mass school shootings in Pakistan on December 16 have generated controversy about media coverage of the story and rekindled accusations that the mainstream media lied about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings two years ago. One of the alleged victims in Pakistan seems to have been killed twice, as he was also one of the 20 children reportedly killed at Sandy Hook.

During a televised report by the BBC of the Pakistan shootings, the reporter is seen walking in front of a wall with pictures of the children killed there. One of the pictures is none other than Noah Pozner, one of the more oft-displayed faces of the 20 children allegedly killed at the Sandy Hook school shootings, in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. BBC has admitted in a short article that “the montage of images includes the photo of a young boy, Noah Pozner, who died in the Sandy Hook massacre in the United States in 2012,” but made no further comments.

Noah Pozner’s picture has circulated all across Pakistan, including at several vigils held for the slain children. Bizarrely, Pakistani authorities, officials at the Army Public School (where the massacre occurred) and the media have identified the boy in the photo as Huzaifa Huxaifa. According to website “Islamhelpline.net,” “The name Hudhaifa is derived from the rootword ‘hazaf,’ which means to erase something. The name spells ‘erased’ in two different ways.”

Despite the Pozner photo anomaly, no one is actually questioning the veracity of the tragic school massacre in Pakistan. Unlike Sandy Hook, photos and videos were shown of the dead children on the scene, including blood, gore, rescue squad members, police, grieving parents and a scene of general pandemonium.

Many researchers over the past two years have felt that Sandy Hook lacked the transparency necessary to prove it believable and left many unanswered questions. They have pointed fingers at the Connecticut police, the government, first responders and what have come to be called “crisis actors,” but mostly they have blamed the media for spreading false stories and disinformation and fabricating what they call the Sandy Hook hoax.

One of these people is filmmaker and author William Brandon Shanley. He has launched a wave of lawsuits for more than $1 trillion against big media over their Sandy Hook school shooting coverage. The New York Times, Associated Press, the Hartford Courant and The Newtown Bee are being sued for $10 billion in punitive damages.

Shanley’s lawsuit says the media conspired to commit fraud and terrorism. “This fraud involved lying to the public, faking news, publishing one-sided news reports, censoring reality, suppressing facts and deliberately skewing the news to shift public perceptions,” he argued.

In an interview with AMERICAN FREE PRESS on December 29, Shanley said he believes Americans have been lied to about Sandy Hook.

“I have filed lawsuits against the media in U.S. District Court in New Haven for fraud and terrorism,” he said.

Shanley believes that “the media conspired to brainwash the public into thinking a lone gunman drill known as the ‘Sandy Hook Massacre’ was real, when in fact it was a staged FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] National Level Exercise Event.”

Shanley pointed to two of the main documents he includes in his lawsuit.



 

“One is the photo that was on the front page of all the newspapers, magazines and on every TV channel,” explained Shanley. “Everyone has seen this picture of a dozen or so children supposedly being evacuated from Sandy Hook School. The children are shown walking single file in a parking lot with their hands on each other’s shoulder while a policewoman is guiding them. Have you seen that picture? Everyone has seen that picture. But guess what? That picture was completely staged by Shannon Hick of The Newtown Bee. It wasn’t even taken on that day. You can tell that the children are not even wearing winter clothes and there is no frost on the ground as there was on December 14. Not a single child is wearing any winter clothes, not even one coat or jacket. That’s because the photo was taken either on November 12 or on October 17 during a drill conducted at Sandy Hook. Other panned out pictures of this photo-op event show that only these 10 to 15 kids are on the scene along with other bystanders. Where are the other 585 children?”

Shanley said the other evidence he has is the video footage from the dash cams in the police cars that showed up at Sandy Hook School that morning.

“The cameras have a running time stamp starting from 9:37 a.m. and running till 12:49 p.m. and show the entire school and parking lot, yet they show absolutely no evacuation activity taking place that morning, nor do they record purported evacuation activity at specific times as recorded in the official Sandy Hook report,” he said. “In at least 36 documented instances, the evacuation activity events reported on the official Sandy Hook report are not reflected in any of the three dash cams pointed at the specific direction of the school building cited in the report.”

The iconic picture of the children being evacuated was allegedly taken at 10:16 a.m. on December 14, 2012. Once again, there is no such activity recorded by any of the three dash cams, which scoped the entire school and parking lot. Aerial video footage taken of the school grounds by news helicopters also do not show any evacuation activity.

It is doubtful that Shanley’s pro se lawsuit will get any traction, as he lacks the funds to proceed with such an ambitious undertaking. Furthermore, since the interview was taken, Shanley’s whereabouts are unknown, as he has mysteriously disappeared.

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Race Relations Today More Poisonous Than Ever

By Patrick J. Buchanan —

“Selma,” a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In the movie, King is portrayed as decisive and heroic, LBJ as devious and dilatory. And no member of the “Selma” cast has been nominated for an Academy Award. All 20 of the actors and actresses nominated are white.

Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, says Rev. Al Sharpton, the higher up you go the whiter it gets.




Even before the “Selma” dustup, the hacking of Sony Pictures had unearthed emails between studio chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin yukking it up over President Obama’s reputed preference for films like “Django Unchained,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Butler.”

“Racism in Hollywood!” ran the headlines.

Pascal went to Rev. Sharpton to seek absolution, which could prove expensive. Following a 90-minute meeting, Al tweeted that he had had a “very pointed and blunt exchange” with Pascal, that her emails reveal a “cultural blindness,” that Hollywood has to change, and that Pascal has “committed to this.”

These cultural-social spats—LBJ loyalists vs. the “Selma” folks, Sharpton vs. Hollywood—are tiffs within the liberal encampment, and matters of amusement in Middle America.

More serious have been the months-long protests against police, following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner on Staten Island, some of which have featured chants like, “What do we want? Dead Cops!”

The protests climaxed with the execution in Bedford-Stuyvesant of two NYPD cops by a career criminal taking revenge for Garner and Brown.




 
 
 

Race relations today seem in some ways more poisonous than in 1965, when there were vast deposits of goodwill and LBJ pushed through the Voting Rights Act easily, 77-19 in the Senate and 328-74 in the House. Only two Republican Senators voted against the VRA.

But not a week after LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act, the Watts section of Los Angeles exploded in one of the worst race riots in U.S. history. After seven days of pillage and arson, there were 34 dead, 1,000 injured, 3,000 arrested, and a thousand buildings damaged or destroyed.

The era of marching for civil rights was over and the era of Black Power, with Stokely Carmichael, Rap Brown and The Black Panthers eclipsing King, had begun.

In July 1967, there were riots in Newark and Detroit that rivaled Watts in destruction. After Dr. King’s murder in Memphis in April of 1968, riots broke out in 100 more cities, including Washington, D.C.

By October 1, the nominee of the Democratic Party, civil rights champion Hubert Humphrey, stood at 28% in the Gallup poll, only 7 points ahead of Governor George Wallace.

Though Nixon won narrowly, the Great Society endured.

And in the half-century since, trillions have been spent on food stamps, housing subsidies, Head Start, student loans, Pell Grants, welfare, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and other programs.

How did it all work out?

Undeniably, the civil right laws succeeded. Discrimination in hotels and restaurants is nonexistent. African-Americans voted in 2012 in higher percentages than white Americans. There are more black public officials in Mississippi than in any other state. In sports, entertainment, journalism, government, medicine, business, politics, and the arts, blacks may be found everywhere.

Yet the pathology of the old urban ghetto has not disappeared. In some ways, it has gotten much worse. Crime in the black community is still seven times what it is in the white community.

Test scores of black students remain far below those of Asian and white students. While 40% of all infants are born to single moms, the illegitimacy rate in black America is over 70%.

Whether it is dropout rates, drug use rates, delinquency rates or incarceration rates, the rates for blacks far exceed those of white and Asian-Americans, and of immigrants and Hispanics.

White households have a median family income below that of Asians, but far above that of black Americans. White households have on average $143,000 in wealth in stocks, bonds, home equity and other assets, 13 times that of the average black household.

At Howard University in 1965, LBJ declared, “We seek . . . not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and equality as a result.”

“Equality as a result”?

Measured by the average incomes and wealth of Asians and whites and Hispanics and blacks, we have failed. And income inequality is back again, as issue No. 1.

After 50 years of affirmative action and the greatest wealth transfers in human history, “equality as a fact” has not been achieved and will not be, absent a greater seizure of power by the U.S. government and larger and virtually endless transfers of wealth.

The reports of Karl Marx’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

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Was Terrorist Attack False Flag on France?

• France puts itself in the bull’s eye over pro-Palestine policy.

By Dave Gahary —

Suspicion is growing in the alternative media that the January 7, 2015 attacks on the Paris headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo did not unfold the way the mainstream media would like us all to believe. Many knowledgeable sources are questioning whether or not France is being targeted by Israel since its lower house last month voted to recognize Palestine, which allowed the occupied state to become part of the International Criminal Court, with the power to hold the Zionist state responsible for genocide.

An attack ostensibly committed by radical Muslims for Islam could go a long way to turn back the gains made by Palestine for official recognition. Around a month before France’s December 2 vote to recognize the state of Palestine, Sweden did the same on October 30. In fact, an enraged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that it would be a “grave mistake” if the French parliament recognized Palestinian statehood.

Those knowledgeable with Israel’s national intelligence agency, Mossad, and their involvement in false flag operations, point to recent events that have the hallmark of the agency’s modus operandi. A false flag is a covert operation that appears to have been perpetrated by someone or something other than those who actually committed it.

In 2011 in Norway, the youth wing of the Labor Party “was poised to impose a complete blockade on Israel,” when the entire leadership of the party was ostensibly massacred by lone nut Anders Breivik. In 2013, Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Tribunal found Israel guilty of genocide, and a few months later, Malaysian planes began to mysteriously fall from the sky.

Several other anomalies of the alleged shooting are drawing the attention of those skeptical of the official version of events, including the professional, military-style fashion the alleged shooters employed, given that one of the named assassins was an alcohol-imbibing pizza delivery boy. Another incongruity was that an identity card of one of the alleged shooters had been conveniently left in the getaway car, similar to the 9-11 ringleader Mohammad Atta’s pristine passport being found on the WTC rubble. Finally, there was the purported suicide of Helric Fredou, a policeman “tasked with investigating the family of one of the victims.”

Paris, with a population of 6.5 million, is the fifth largest city in the European Union behind London, Berlin, Madrid and Rome, with around 25% of its inhabitants identifying themselves as Muslim. Throughout the entire country of France, it is estimated that Muslims account for around 10% of its 66 million residents, although the French government doesn’t have the right to ask direct questions about religion.

Multiple Investigators Point Finger at Israel

• Who benefited from massacre in Paris?

By Dave Gahary

As more evidence and analysis of the alleged January 7 attack on the Paris headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo begin to pour in from across the alternative news universe, it’s looking more and more like a Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, false flag operation, where a criminal act is pinned on someone or something other than those who actually committed it.

It has been well-documented over the past several decades by AMERICAN FREE PRESS and its forerunner The Spotlight that Israel and its intelligence operatives are at the vanguard of these types of operations. As Michael Collins Piper wrote for this newspaper in September, 2013, “the use of “false flags” by Israel’s Mossad to cover up its role in worldwide assassination conspiracies and other criminal activity had been utilized time and again: ‘Arabs,’ ‘radical Muslims,’ ‘the Mafia,’ ‘right-wing extremists,’ and even environmentalists, among others, have repeatedly taken the fall for crimes committed by the Mossad or carried out under its coordination.” In fact, explains Piper, “the use of ‘false flag’ operations by Israel and its Mossad has been documented repeatedly since the Jewish State first came into being.”

From the Lavon Affair in July 1954, where libraries of the United States Information Service in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt were bombed by Egyptian Jews working for Israeli intelligence to convince Egyptian President Nasser that “the attacks were carried out by militant Egyptian Muslim fundamentalists angry at Nasser’s friendly relations with the U.S. and Britain,” to Israel’s involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., most effectively analyzed by AFP’s own Victor Thorn in his masterpiece Made in Israel: 9-11 and the Jewish Plot Against America, the Zionist state’s fingerprints are all over these events.

Israel false flag watchers are speculating that the Paris attacks were precipitated by the December 2 vote by France’s lower house to recognize the State of Palestine (339-151), which would enable the occupied state to become part of the International Criminal Court, with the power to hold the Zionist state responsible for genocide, and redraw the boundaries of the occupier to pre-1967 lines.

Similar catastrophic events quickly followed on the heels of other countries’ decisions to finally recognize the beleaguered Palestinians, who have been psychologically and physically abused by Israel for nearly 70 years.




 
 

The evidence is clear that in 1992 Israel attacked its own embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 1994 a Jewish Community Center “because Argentina had cooperated with Iran in the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy.” The March, 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan followed that country’s support for Palestinian statehood, as did the July, 2011 massacre of members of the youth wing of Norway’s Labor Party, who were “poised to impose a complete blockade on Israel.” In 2013, Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Tribunal found Israel guilty of genocide, and a few months later, Malaysian planes began to mysteriously fall from the sky.

But why, those knowledgeable about Israel’s involvement in false flags feel, with France taking measures decisively sympathetic to Islam would Muslim zealots suddenly choose this moment to massacre French citizens, “an act that would certainly turn French public opinion against Muslims and in favor of Israel?”

The Paris event bears many of the hallmarks of an Israeli false flag operation, including possible use of actors, a scripted shootout, a videotaped execution of a policeman showing no blood, detailed knowledge of the magazine’s security and the timing of its staff meeting, the road being cordoned off to keep it traffic-free, an Israeli news editor ready to photograph the event from a roof no less, a perfect escape by the alleged perpetrators whose true identity is still unknown, with one of them leaving his ID, jihadist flags and Molotov cocktails in the getaway car, and the two suspects, under security watch for previous terrorist activities, shot dead, one of whom was a pizza delivery boy who conducted an unobstructed, professional, military-style assault in broad daylight in one of the world’s most heavily-policed cities.

Then, two days later, to top off the event and create sympathy for Jews across the world, radical Muslims takes 14 people hostage in a Kosher grocery store not too far from the magazine’s headquarters, execute four of them, with one of the alleged killed by police and another escaping, “despite being surrounded by hundreds of police and security personnel with the whole district locked down.”

Many of those outside the truth community believe, or want to believe, that the event unfolded as reported by the mainstream media. One such figure is longtime Koran-burning, Muslim-baiter Pastor Terry Jones of Florida, who runs a ministry and a website, “Stand Up America Now,” whose core belief is that Islam is not compatible with Western ideals and values. On January 15, this reporter conducted an exclusive interview with Jones, to discuss his being targeted by Islamic assassins. Jones receives local police and FBI protection around the clock.

“We have received several hundred death threats, plus there’s a terrorist organization out of Pakistan that’s put a reward on my life for $6.5 million, and I am on the al Qaeda hit list, the No. 2 person on it, and the only American,” Jones explained.

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Bush vs. Clinton in 2016 . . .

• Say it ain’t so: Will America be subjected to four—or eight—years of Jeb or Hillary?

By Victor Thorn —

The very real possibility of a Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton face-off in the 2016 presidential election has elicited a collective groan across many parts of America. One political activist voicing his disapproval is Nelson Hultberg, director of Americans for a Free Republic and president of the Dallas-based National Independent Party.

During a January 7 interview, Hultberg told this reporter: “Jeb Bush running against Hillary Clinton would be a total disaster because it epitomizes what people are against, specifically a Democrat-Republican monopoly. Bush and Mrs. Clinton are both big government statists. We don’t have two political parties any longer. As Pat Buchanan remarked, ‘They’re two wings of the same bird of prey.’ Democrats and Republicans are taking us down the road to tyranny.”

When asked what it represented if someone entered a polling booth and pulled the lever for either Bush or Mrs. Clinton, Hultberg responded: “They’re defending the status quo of these two parties. Democrats that support Mrs. Clinton symbolize the pathetic nature of modern-day politics. Hillary is pitiful. She’s a socialist ideologue that’s leading a march toward doom for America. Democrats will destroy themselves if they nominate Hillary.”

In regard to the potential GOP nominee, Hultberg commented: “Jeb Bush equals Hillary-light. Let’s not forget that George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton conspired together behind the scenes during the Iran-Contra scandal. These two families are interchangeable. They’re the face of America’s power structure.”

This same reasoning applies to Congress, added Hultberg.




 
 
 

“Leaders like John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid control almost all newly elected incoming legislators,” he said. “It doesn’t take long for these politicians to realize who butters their bread. They either get bought off or come under their hammer.”

The recent opposition to House Speaker Boehner by conservative Republicans is a perfect example, especially the blowback directed against them for not toeing the line.

“Boehner and Pelosi teach their subordinates who and what to vote for,” said Hultberg. “They’ve been placed in these positions of power so that everyone else follows along. If this structure remains, we’ll never break the Democrat-Republican monopoly.”

If Bush or Clinton enters the White House following next year’s election, Hultberg envisions disastrous results.

“I see a bleak future of business as usual,” he said. “The Demopublicans will continue their Keynesian economic plan where they keep creating more and more debt to sustain growth. Under this inflationary spiral, I foresee a huge economic crash. Because both establishment parties preach globalism and want Keynesian fiat money, they’ll further push us toward world government and a world central bank.”




Still, Hultberg feels that hope remains if a viable third-party candidate can emerge.

“Some 40 to 50% of Americans don’t believe in the malarkey happening in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “We must appeal to those whose eyes are still open. Considering this state of affairs, Victor Hugo once stated, ‘Nothing is more powerful in history than an idea whose time has come.’ In the past, voters weren’t ready for an independent candidate, but now they are.”

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West Beset by Moral Contradictions

• Freedom of speech never guarantees there won’t be some repercussions

• Why can Prophet Muhammad be defamed but Holocaust remains taboo?

By Patrick J. Buchanan —

Western media are declaring the million-man march in Paris, where world leaders paraded down Boulevard Voltaire in solidarity with France, a victory over terrorism. Isn’t it pretty to think so? Unfortunately, the massacre at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, its military-style execution, the escape of the assassins and their blazing end in a shootout on January 9 was a triumph of terrorism not seen since 9-11.

Unlike the Boston Marathon bombing where the Tsarnaevs did not know or care whom they maimed or killed, the attack on Charlie Hebdo by the Kouachi brothers was purposeful and targeted terrorism.

And like a flash of lightning in the dark, it exposed the moral contradictions and confusion of the Western world.

During the slaughter the Kouachis shouted “Allahu akbar,” said they had “avenged the Prophet” and spoke of ties to al Qaeda.

And the first response of President Francois Hollande? These terrorists “have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.”

This is political correctness of a rare order. Perhaps terminal.

Linking arms with Hollande in solidarity and unity on January 11 was Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu who declared, “I wish to tell to all French and European Jews—Israel is your home.” Colleagues urged French Jews to flee to Israel.

Marching on the other side of Hollande was Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas who seeks to have Netanyahu’s Israel indicted in the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Gaza.

You call that solidarity?




 
 
 

In chanting “Je suis Charlie,” the marchers showed support for a magazine French Muslims rightly believe is racist and anti-Islamic.

Yet, Marine Le Pen, leading in the polls for the French presidency, was blacklisted from marching for remarks about Muslim immigration that are benign compared to what Charlie Hebdo regularly publishes.

All weekend long, journalists called it an imperative for us all to defend the lewd and lurid blasphemies of the satirical magazine.

But as journalist Christopher Dickey points out, Muslims in the suburbs of Paris wonder why insulting the prophet is a protected freedom in France, while denying the Holocaust can get you a prison term. Hypocrisy is indeed the tribute that vice pays to virtue.

Moreover, all this chatter about freedom of speech and of the press misses the point. It was not the right to publish that provoked the slaughter, but the content of what was published.

When Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel and killed him, he was not attacking the First Amendment freedom of the press, but rather Hamilton, for defamation of Burr’s character, which had helped to destroy Burr’s career.

What the commentators seem to be saying about the assault on Charlie Hebdo is that not only is what is spoken or published protected by the First Amendment, but those who print and publish vile things must never suffer violent consequences.

People who believe this is attainable are living in a dreamworld and may not be long for this one. Even as children you knew there were words you did not use about someone else’s girlfriend, mother, family, faith or race if you did not want a thrashing.

That same day millions marched in France, Saudi Arabia was administering 50 lashes to Internet “blogger” Raif Badawi, who had been convicted of insulting Saudi clergy, the first of 1,000 lashes over 20 weeks in addition to his 10-year jail sentence. Had Badawi been guilty of apostasy, he would have been executed.

Welcome to the new Middle East, same as the old Middle East.

And Islam and the prophet were not the only targets of Charlie Hebdo. Catholicism was, also. In one cartoon, Charlie Hebdo depicts the first and second persons of the blessed trinity in incestuous activity.




And we all are supposed to march in solidarity with that?

A liberal secular West might find this a democratic duty. Not all will. When people are using the First Amendment to assault the somewhat older Second Commandment, “Though shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain,” they should not be surprised when devout followers of Abrahamic faiths take a pass.

These Islamic terrorists are sending us a message: In the post-Christian West, Christians may turn the other cheek at insults to their God and faith. But Muslims are not turn-the-other cheek people. Insult our faith, mock the prophet and we will kill you.

An awakening and rising Islamic world—a more militant faith than Christianity or secularism—is saying to the West: We want you out of our part of the world, we are coming to your part of the world and you cannot stop us.

The Kouachi brothers sent yet another message. If you are a young Muslim willing to fight and die for Islam, do not waste your life as some suicide bomber in the wilds of Syria or Iraq. Do as we did: Shock and awe your enemies right inside the belly of the beast.

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America Sides With the Cops

Democrats may have taken a serious blow for supporting rioters, thugs.

By Patrick J. Buchanan —

For the third time, the cops of the New York Police Department (NYPD) have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. The first time was when Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at Woodhull Hospital where mortally wounded officers Rafael Ramos  and Wenjian Liu had been taken on December 20. The second was when the mayor spoke at Ramos’s funeral. The third was at   Liu’s service on January 4.

Detestation of de Blasio among the NYPD and the cops who came from across the country to stand in solidarity with their slain brothers is deep. In a way, de Blasio served as stand-in for Al Sharpton, Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama. For all four gave aid and comfort to the war on cops that has raged since Ferguson last August when Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed a black teen who tried to grab his gun.

When a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict the NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, after the 350-pound black man, suffering from heart disease, diabetes and asthma, died resisting arrest, the war on cops went viral and national.

De Blasio, Sharpton, Holder and Obama were all out on point saying that blacks, especially young black males, were all too often victimized by racist cops. And black kids needed to be taught that.

Brimming with moral outrage, protesters took to the streets, blocked Times Square and Grand Central, disrupted Macy’s during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and shut down malls, highways and bridges across the country.

Though their lawlessness was rampant and their chants bespoke a hatred of police, who were compared to the KKK by marchers yelling for “dead cops,” these protests were indulged and described as “peaceful.”

So it was that on December 20 a deranged criminal decided to make himself famous by putting “wings on pigs” and executing Ramos and Liu in Bedford-Stuyvesant as payback for Garner and Brown.

Suddenly, the real America revealed itself, an America enraged at the cold-blooded assassinations of cops and disgusted with those who had pandered to anti-police protesters. And the America that revealed itself is not good news for the Democratic Party. For we have seen this movie before, half a century ago.




 
 
 

After LBJ’s victory over Barry Goldwater came the riots of the 1960s—Watts in 1965, Newark and Detroit in 1967 and 100 cities, including D.C., after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968.

These riots produced deaths, thousands of arrests and looting and arson on a scale requiring the National Guard and  federal troops. And these rampages were perhaps the principal factor in turning Middle America against a Democratic Party that had been the nation’s majority party since 1932.

In 1964, LBJ won 61% of the vote. Four years later, his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, got less than 43%.

What happened? A civil war had taken place inside the Democratic coalition, not unlike what is going on now. Today’s conflict, though not nearly so violent, is daily nationalized by cable and the Internet.

All of America watched what happened in Ferguson night after night, saw the aftermath of what happened on Staten Island and observed what happened December 20 and then at those funerals.

Americans began openly and viscerally to take sides.

And from the new defensiveness of de Blasio and the muted responses of Sharpton, Holder and Obama, there is no doubt who has lost this battle. A sundered America is siding with the cops and turning against those who turned on the cops.

Something like this happened in Chicago in August 1968: Police, after constant provocation by foul-mouthed radicals, chased them down, clubbed them and arrested them in Grant Park. The networks and national media denounced a “police riot” and liberal Democratic Senator Abe Ribicoff said Mayor Richard J. Daley’s cops had used “Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago.”




When the dust settled, however, America, to the amazement of the elites, had come down on the side of the cops, not “the kids.”

That America gave Richard Nixon and George Wallace 57% of its votes.

The political point: In the 1960s, both Wallace and LBJ were Democrats. Mayor Daley and the radicals cursing his cops were Democrats. The students who took over Berkeley and Columbia, and the deans and professors whose offices they trashed, were all liberal or leftist Democrats.

The 1960s wars over social, moral and cultural issues were bloody scrimmages on the home field of the Democratic Party.

So it is today. Whether the issue is income inequality or the evil of Wall Street, police brutality or black criminality, the hostility and anger among Democrats over these issues makes the tea party versus the GOP establishment look like a badminton tournament on the country club lawn.

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Patrick J. Buchanan is a writer, political commentator and presidential candidate and the author of the new book THE GREATEST COMEBACK: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.




Will Suppressed Silver Prices Finally Soar?

By Ted Butler —

Even with price capping by the largest eight silver shorts, silver can jump quickly to $20 or higher. Without such price capping, silver can jump by $10 to $20 in a hurry. A little more than four years ago, silver ran to almost $50 in a matter of months. The setup today is infinitely better.

Without a doubt there is a radical change in JPMorgan Chase’s formerly concentrated short position in commodity exchange (COMEX) silver futures. In the six years in which I had first discovered that JPMorgan, as a result of acquiring Bear Stearns, had become the biggest COMEX silver short, the bank has never held a smaller short position than it does now. Considering what I think the bank has accumulated in physical silver over the past three and a half years, it appears to me that JPMorgan is massively net long in silver, to the point of perhaps holding the largest silver position in history.

[Short selling or shorting is the practice of selling a financial instrument—in JPMorgan’s case it is silver—that is never actually owned by the seller. The theory behind short selling is that the price will decline, enabling the security or instrument to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit. Should the price go up, however, the short seller stands to lose money based on just how much the price rises.—Ed.]




 
 

There is no question that a concentrated position is at the heart of every manipulation, and JPMorgan’s concentrated short position in COMEX silver since March 2008 meant that the bank was the big silver price manipulator. But now, JPMorgan is no longer the big silver short and may now be the big silver long. It took years and a price rigging that resulted in a sickening drop in the price of silver, but JPMorgan has succeeded in completely reversing its overall position in silver from short to long.

Without JPM joining in, I doubt the biggest eight banks will succeed in capping prices as they have on every past occasion. And considering the swirl of negative news surrounding big banks influencing commodity prices, it’s hard for me to imagine JPMorgan not quitting their manipulative control of silver to the downside.

The recent double-cross of a group of smaller commercial financial firms, who were net long, is remarkable in its own right. The forced sale of more than 12,000 net contracts by around eight to 10 “raptors” over the past few weeks has probably knocked those traders out of silver permanently considering their losses of $200 million.

There is no doubt these 12,000 contracts would have been sold on the next silver rally and now that is impossible.

Mathematically, this greatly increases the burden on the eight big shorts. They will have to sell many more contracts short than they would have, had the raptors not been double-crossed. This increased short selling burden on the big eight should persuade them not to try.

I have a hard time imagining how silver won’t melt up in price. I think I should express this as clearly as possible, making it a great investment.

While I am more convinced of a silver price melt-up, the “Commitments of Traders Report”—a weekly report published by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission—supports higher prices in gold, copper, platinum and palladium.

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Ted Butler is an expert on silver and runs Butler Research LLC, a source of information on the silver and gold markets.




The Savage State

• Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinians.

By Ronald L. Ray —

Washington’s political prostitutes happily ignore millions of needy Americans and national infrastructure, but send billions of tax dollars annually to help the apartheid, terrorist, rogue nuclear state of Israel exterminate native Palestinians in the Holy Land. One of the more disturbing criminal aspects of this misanthropic Jewish hatred for Arabs is the brutal collective punishment of Palestinians by Israel for things as trivial as a traffic ticket.

Collective punishment is forbidden by Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, devised to protect civilian populations in time of war or occupation by a foreign power—the clear situation in Zionist-occupied Palestine.

Article 33 states: “No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.”

Nearly every action the Israeli government or state-protected illegal Jewish “settlers” take toward Palestinians is, however, collective punishment, a war crime or crime against humanity, with the genocidal intent to eliminate all Palestinians from “Greater Israel.” Children’s schools, hospitals, churches and mosques in Palestine are favorite Israeli terror targets.

Palestinian children suffer disproportionately and are more severely traumatized—if they survive. In Gaza alone, 60% of the 1.5 million Arab inhabitants are under age 25. Whenever some Palestinian fires a few protest rockets into an empty Israeli field, entire Palestinian neighborhoods are raided by Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Not only suspects, but the elderly, women and children are jailed, brutalized or killed, and homes are irreparably damaged or destroyed, while soldiers plunder valuables.




 
 
 

According to the online magazine, “+972,” Israel’s recent seven-week “Operation Protective Edge” killed over 500 children, injured over 3,000, and orphaned another 1,500. The UN says 373,000 Gazan children need immediate psychological care. The IDF demolished 18,000 homes (on top of the thousands already wiped out, whose rebuilding the Israelis prevent), creating 108,000 new homeless, while 500,000 people were displaced—almost a third of Gaza’s mostly defenseless population. Thanks to Israeli restrictions, rebuilding will require more than 20 years.

Home demolitions are one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s favorite means of terrorizing Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. One need only be suspected of “terrorism” or another “security” breach to be shot by the IDF, while the military pulls down the house around the widow and orphans. The actions are obviously racist. Nothing happened to the families or homes of Israelis who murdered 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

Palestinians are prevented likewise by official Israeli discrimination from building or rebuilding, moving about freely or, in most cases, even obtaining work to support their families. Jews mendaciously claim it is merely Palestinian laziness or preference for weapons.

Since 1968, Israel forbids registration of Palestinian property; consequently, hundreds of thousands of acres have been seized from rightful owners.




All Palestinians are treated as prisoners in their own land, forced to live enclosed by miles of massive walls, fences and machine guns. They suffer random searches and seizures, separation from families, destruction of farms and poisoning or destruction of water supplies; destruction of hospitals, schools, factories, power supplies and sanitation; widespread starvation, arrest, torture, exile, harvesting of vital organs and other atrocities—all from the IDF and IDF-supported psychopathic Jewish “settlers.”

Jews say they should not be punished collectively for killing Jesus Christ, yet they impose blood guilt on the Germans and try to annihilate the entire Palestinian people under pretext of alleged crimes by a few. “Six million Jews” is a myth; the Palestinian genocide is real.

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




Anatomy of Bigotry

• Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman reveals racist hatred for the goyim of the world.

By Ronald L. Ray —

Soviet-born Abraham H. Foxman is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), founded in 1913 by B’nai B’rith, a Jewish Freemasonic organization. Long a shrill promoter of Jewish, liberal and homosexual interests, Foxman recently revealed the disturbing depths of his hatred for other races in an interview published December 11, 2014, by the Cleveland Jewish News (CJN). We expose here the shocking truth about a man who has spent a half-century promoting Jewish supremacism through lies, threats, extortionary demands and “never forgive, never forget” vindictiveness masquerading as “tolerance” and “diversity.”

Foxman began working for the ADL on July 20, 1965, and has led the Zionist hate lobby since 1987. He finally steps down on July 20, 2015. It must have been a difficult decision. He will have to give up an annual salary of more than a half-million dollars, which he “earns” by doing nothing more than berating anyone the least bit critical of Israel or Jewry, or who dares to defend Western civilization’s opposition to society-destroying evils like abortion, homosexuality and pornography.

Because many Jews are engaged in these sordid activities, Foxman and the ADL can additionally easily tar critics with the “anti-Semitic” brush.

Long known for outrageously offensive statements and an obsessive-compulsive urge to denigrate every last suspected critic of the “Tribe” or its worldwide Talmudic tyranny, Foxman openly boasted about destroying the lives and careers of those who, like Mel Gibson or Representative Jim Traficant (D-Ohio), dare criticize the Jews. But he exceeded all bounds of decency in the CJN interview by alleging, quite seriously, that “anti-Semitism” has a genetic cause, likening it to a disease.

The ADL hatemonger declared: “I guess till we find a vaccine or the DNA which causes people to hate, anti-Semitism is the mother of all prejudices. . . . The antidote in the long run and the short run is education. In the long run, it’s one of two things: either to find a vaccine or to measure the DNA.”

What’s next, Abe? Will some pharmaceutical company develop a pill or injection to turn the other 99.8% of the world into mindless zombies? Or will you bully, threaten and bribe legislators into passing a set of reverse “Nuremberg Laws,” under which your 0.2% will be the only ones with full civil rights and freedoms, just like in Israel? Perhaps you intend forced abortions and sterilizations for the rest of us, or even death camps, as the “final solution” to remove the “anti-Semitic” contagion from the gene pool?




 
 
 

That DNA remark was no gaffe, either. Foxman has promoted his irresponsible views on genetics for some time, as proven by a video of his appearance at the City Club of Cleveland two years ago, where he mentioned the issue while verbally attacking a gentleman who exercised gentle criticism of Foxman’s double-standard in treatment of Arabs and Jews.

So how devoted is Foxman really to free speech, tolerance, and ending hate? Not much, it seems. He has justified blanket spying on Muslims, although he would screech bloody murder if the same were done to Jews.

On December 17, 2014, the ADL released a statement harshly condemning as “frivolous” the European Parliament’s resolution of the same day, which provides “in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

The resolution embodies what Israel says it wants for resolving the conflict with the Arabs, but the ADL screamed nevertheless, proving that the Zionists have no desire for a peaceful solution.

In a blatant act of defamation, Foxman went on to lie and to slander the Palestinians, who daily face genocidal attacks from the Israeli apartheid regime and radical Jewish settlers. He employed the standard Zionist canard that Palestinians are “unwilling” to negotiate, although the truth is that Israel and its myrmidons like the ADL regularly sabotage every hope for peace. Foxman falsely accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of “rhetoric of incitement against Israel.” Foxman thinks any real criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism.




The ADL head likewise denigrates the growing college-campus demonstrations against Israel’s brutal persecution of Palestinians and derides the globally burgeoning “boycott-divestment-sanctions” (BDS) movement against the racist, rogue nuclear Israeli tyranny. Both are allegedly “anti-Semitic,” because they “single out Israel.” But what have China or Cuba ever done to the Palestinians? Foxman even got the federal government to pass a law that prohibits businesses’ participation in the BDS effort against Palestine’s Zionist occupiers. So much for free speech and association.

What is most astonishing is that Foxman admits privately that real “anti-Semitism” no longer exists, exposing that he’s only in it for the money. Foxman, baptized in infancy as Henryk, thanked his Catholic nanny and the Catholic Church for saving his life from the alleged “Holocaust” by apostatizing.

It seems he would rather worship at the altar of Mammon.

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