MEDIA ROOTS – Abby and Robbie discuss the reality of war: the pre-propaganda that has manufactured consent for the illegal occupations, video game warfare and cognitive dissonance in combat, the Marine urination scandal; Martin Luther King Jr. and historical revisionism minimizing how anti-imperialism was the main pillar of his philosophical platform; the CIA and the US covert war in Iran; SOPA, PIPA breakdown, the difference between copyright and fair use, the threat to net neutrality and websites like Media Roots under this overarching legislation.
Why is the FBI calling me?
What in the world would the FBI want with me? First of all, at 4:56 pm today they called me at my mother’s home while I was there, so I was able to speak with them. Then, I was told that the four men indicated in the story below, that broke in the metro Atlanta news today, had listed me as a target for assassination.
Let me be clear: I am not afraid of these men listed below. I do, however, have concerns about the activities of the FBI that had on its payroll a so-called radio “shock jock” who announced to his listenership in 2006 that I should be lynched on my way to vote. Only in 2009 did I find out that he was on the FBI payroll at the time of his incendiary remarks because that was his defense in another case where Mr. Turner made similarly incendiary remarks, but against White elected officials so he was prosecuted! The Connecticut State Capitol Police initiated the prosecution:
“Mr. Turner’s comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech”, Capitol Police Chief Michael J. Fallon said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. “He is inciting others through his website to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct”. (1)
Sadly, the U.S. Capitol Hill Police, lumbering under the weight of several lawsuits filed by its own Black police officers, could never think of protecting me even after a direct threat had been made against me. My untold story is that I struggled in the Congress with mean-spirited threats all of the time. Nasty name calling, racial slurs, even stalking and bomb threats. I tried to deal with it as best I could and with grace.
So now, the government agency that was paying the shock jock to threaten me rings to inform me that I now qualify for victim witness services.
I don’t know what political reaction they expect from me. I do have an idea, but they surely won’t get it. Recently, I have been reaching out to conservative White individuals and organizations for dialogue and I will continue to do so. The people I’ve been reaching out to are hearing my message and it is getting through: if you and I fail to talk about our problems, we will never resolve them and the same old culprits who have skillfully divided us on the false basis of race will continue to steal opportunity from both of us. Let’s at least talk to each other and keep our eyes together on the ones stealing the people blind.
I will continue my political activities with the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine that just this past weekend announced its findings that from witness testimony from Israel and Palestine, it is clear that Israel practices its own unique form of apartheid.
I will continue to oppose the senseless, inane, immoral, illegal wars of the Obama Administration.
I will continue to pursue war crimes prosecutions against war criminals and that includes former Presidents and Prime Ministers.
I will continue to seek understanding with my fellow Americans so that we can oppose the madness that is now running our country that, unfortunately, is running roughshod over the environment and our world.
Wayne Madsen (waynemadsenreport.com) will carry a complete story on this intriguing phone call tomorrow–please check it out. In addition, please post this message everywhere so that the appropriate people will know that I will not be deterred from opening a necessary line of communication with other members of the 99% and I will not stop my activities for truth, justice, peace, and dignity.
Finally, for those of you who are new to my e-list messages, I’d love to have your permission to add you to my e-list and we can communicate all of the time. Let me hear from you that you’d like to be on my list and I’ll add you.
Metro Atlanta / State News7:01 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Attorney general, former congresswoman, federal judges were alleged targets of Georgia terrorists
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The assassination of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney was part of the terrorist plot hatched by four North Georgia men, federal prosecutors said Wednesday in a bond hearing for the accused.
Richard MillerFrom left, Frederick Thomas, his attorney Jeffrey Ertl, attorney Michael Trost, Dan Roberts, Samuel Crump and an unidentified attorney attend a bond hearing for four North Georgia men accused of planning terrorist acts at the U.S. District Court in Gainesville.
The four men accused of planning to bomb federal buildings, disperse the toxin ricin in major U.S. cities, and assassinate federal judges and prosecutors pleaded not guilty at the hearing in U.S. District Court in Gainesville.
The alleged leader, Frederick W. Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, and Dan Roberts, 67, of Toccoa, are charged with conspiring to buy explosives and possessing an unregistered silencer. Toccoa men Samuel J. Crump, 68, and Ray H. Adams, 55, face charges of conspiring to make and disperse ricin, according to the federal indictment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney said law enforcement officers seized 52 weapons and 30,000 rounds of ammunition from Thomas’ home. The weapons included assault rifles, shotguns, pistols with extended magazines and revolvers, and “sniper round” bullets and “sub-sonic” ammunition designed to be used with silencers, he said. McBurney did not say where the guns and ammunition were kept in the home.
But defense attorney Jeff Ertel countered that Thomas is an avid gun collector and hunter. He said all of the weapons were legally owned, a point McBurney conceded. Ertel said his client has 30 years of Naval service, is loyal to his country, and is not a threat.
“It’s not an arsenal put together to assassinate people. It’s a gun collection he had,” said Ertel, who called Thomas’ son, Paul Thomas, to testify about their father and son hunting trips.
McBurney noted that Thomas’ arsenal included weapons used in military activities, not designed for hunting.
“You don’t hunt with a bomb,” McBurney said. “You don’t put a silencer on a gun to shoot a deer.”
After hearing nearly two hours of testimony regarding whether Thomas should be granted bond, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cole adjourned the proceeding without making a decision or hearing about the other defendants.
Testimony for the remaining defendants will be heard Tuesday. The hearing will decide whether the men will remain in jail until they are tried. Testimony for Crump and Adams will focus more on the accusation that the group planned to manufacture ricin as a weapon of mass destruction. The men hoped to spur a revolution that would restore, in their eyes, a more Constitutional government, according to federal affidavits.
Ertel called Thomas’ wife, Charlotte, to testify about his frail health, which includes emphysema, diabetes, degenerative spine disease and shoulder problems, she said.
Charlotte Thomas said her husband is unable to hang a picture on a wall. At times during the proceeding, Thomas appeared to have labored breathing and puffed on an inhaler. His wife also delivered his hearing aids to him.
Charlotte Thomas said she’s never heard her husband talk about hurting anyone.
He loves his country,” she said. “He’s the most patriotic man I’ve ever met.”
Ertel also raised questions about the confidential informant who recorded the group’s conservations for the FBI. He said the informant was charged with child molestation in South Carolina shortly before he began recording the group’s meetings.
McBurney told Judge Cole that the men’s age should not be considered in the decision to grant bond. He also said this is not a case of men just talking fantasy, but rather they had taken actions to realize their plan of destruction. Those steps included casing federal buildings in Atlanta, stock-piling weapons and purchasing the illegal silencer and what the men thought were explosives from an undercover federal agent.
It was the final step that resulted in Thomas’ arrest, he said.
“Age is not a barrier to the crimes these defendants are charged with,” McBurney said. “He can pull a trigger as well as you and I can.”
The last G20 was in full swing again with the most bizarre statements by the invited world leaders. Also shall our unelected president of the undemocratic Europe,Van Rompuy, and his puppetmaster attend this meeting.
First it seemed that the puppet master Barroso had forgotten to bring his puppet Van Rompuy but there was also a bit of script for Van Rompuy. Van Rompuy stated that “The age of the nation state is over and the idea that countries can stand alone is an ‘illusion’ and a ‘lie”. But to silence the critics aswell he added that all Eurosceptics are the greatest threat to peace.
“The ‘danger’ of Euroscepticism was spreading beyond the confines of countries such as Britain and was becoming a stronger force across the whole continent. ‘We have together to fight the danger of a new Euroscepticism,’. ‘This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries.” ‘In every member state, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion – it is a lie.’
What Communism? What Rompuy states here is that the people who ask around or criticize the policies and involvement of the undemocratic European Union, already in itself a historic coup in the history of man, is a great danger to society and peace. That’s quite a statement. This means that in certain situations where safety can not be guaranteed, as a result of the insurrection as collapsing economy, people may be regarded as subversive? Is this what the European Union stands for?. After the ratification of the Lisbon treaty they also reinstated the death penalty. In a small footnote to the Treaty, which states that the Charter of the EU, says that were there are no death penalty’s in the EU, it shall be respected, except in the event of war, riots and general social unrest. And the European Court is above that of a European Member States.
”The biggest enemy of Europe today is fear, Fear leads to egoism, egoism leads to nationalism, and nationalism leads to war.‘Today’s nationalism is often not a positive feeling of pride in one’s own identity, but a negative feeling of apprehension of the others.’ In a strong defence of the euro, he said the recession would have been far worse if France still had its franc and Germany still had its mark.”
Bilderberg member Van Rompuy has been paying attention during his presence at the (secret) meeting where he managed to obtain his blessing over Balkenende and Blair. The attack on the nation states in Europe has began. Fear plays the largest role according to Van Rompuy, but who’s feeding these fear?. There is the definitely a solution. Actually, with this declared our Van Rompuy the war against any individual who still feel more connected to their homeland than the European Union. And people who believe that their state can only survive in the global world, believe in a lie. But ultimately the biggest lie rules. Van Rompuy adds that the national feeling today is not something to be proud of. And this is exactly what Brussels wants. The more the puppet show in The Hague achieves in messing up everything and wasting every day to implement new laws and treaties imposed by the Union itself, the majority eventually will be begging for a big Central Europe. The media is cleverly used by bringing up nonsense issues like dubbel passports and the PVV, while government spendings and cut budgets quietly are implemented. Entertainment is not lacking in this plan, that’s why the EU budget will increase the entertainment
budget by 85%.
The idea that Germany and France could stand on their own is a joke. Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands have paid the account of Europe for years. Both countries have a large position in energy, communications and industry. These are the dirty games that the World Banks, Multinationals and Elite have played in the States which are to make them all conditional to one another. This was all according to plan.
The Netherlands paid relativly more to Europe than the rest of the States. This next to the highest taxes in the world. The ammount paid by the Netherlands in 2009 was 6.3 billion euros and they got 1.9 billion euros back in subsidies. And where all the subsidies went, again and again still remains a question.
Since 1957 the EU aims at an own income. The European Commission last week made ??several proposals to this effect. The current system of volentairy contributions from Member States, has be changed, according to the commission, to make room for one or more forms of manditory taxation. As proposed by them it shall include:
Taxation of financial sector
Tax on sale of emission allowances (21th century indulgences trade)
European air passenger tax
Tax on energy
Now that all Member States must make savings within the EU, Brussels wants to devote
themselves more. This will help for the new presidential palace currently under
construction to hold more staff (officials) to take the pressure off work. In other
words to create an even more uncontrollable bureaucracy in a beautiful dollhouse.
It is clear that the elite of the EU does not want to hear any contradiction and are
indifferent to the views of Member States, who in their eyes no longer exist anyway.
But they continue to strive for a democratic Europe….
-Translated by Silentguardians-
Abby and Robbie Martin conduct an exclusive interview with Kurt Haskell, attorney and key eyewitness to the 12/25/09 “Underwear Bomber” incident. Kurt maintains that he witnessed a well dressed man argue with security and escort Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab onto his US flight without a passport. Shortly thereafter, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to blow up flight 254 with plastic explosives hidden in his underwear, prompting the new wave of Backscatter X-ray machines in airports.
Kurt explains why he feels like the entire event was staged by the government in order to perpetrate the threat of terrorism in this country, and how being an eyewitness to a false flag attack caused him to question his entire political paradigm.
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The WeAreChange movie showings are back for the whole month of August, Join us every Saturday for a street action and mind blowing movie showings with amazing people. Suggested donation at the door but no one will be turned away.
On Saturday August 7th @ 7pm WeAreChangeNYC will be screening the film Defamation @ INN Studios, 56 Walker St. NYC!
Synopsis of film:
What is anti-Semitism today, two generations after the Holocaust? In his continuing exploration of modern Israeli life, director Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint, 5 Days, Flipping Out) travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the “oldest hatred”, and comes up with some startling answers.
In this irreverent quest, he follows American Jewish leaders to the capitals of Europe, as they warn government officials of the growing threat of anti-Semitism, and he tacks on to a class of Israeli high school students on a pilgrimage to Auschwitz.
On his way, Shamir meets controversial historian, Norman Finkelstein, who offers his unpopular views on the manner that anti-Semitism is being used by the Jewish community and especially Israel for political gain. He also joins scholars, Stephen M. Walt and John J. Mearsheimer, while they give a lecture in Israel following the release of their book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”, about the un-proportional influence the Israel lobby in Washington enjoys. Yoav visits Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, the must stop for all world leaders on their visits to Israel. While in Jerusalem, he drops by the house of his grandmother that offers her insight on the issue and declares that she is the “real Jew”.
The film questions our perceptions and terminology when an event proclaimed by some as anti-Semitic is described by others as legitimate criticism of Israel’s government policies. The film walks along the boundary between anti-Zionism, rejecting the notion of a Jewish State, and anti-Semitism, rejecting Jews. Is the former being used to excuse the latter? And is there a difference between today’s anti-Semitism and plain old racism that is affecting all minorities?
Opinions often differ and tempers sometimes flare, but in Defamation we find that one thing is certain – only by understanding their response to anti-Semitism can we really appreciate how some Jewish people today, and especially modern Israelis, respond to the world around them, in New York and in Moscow, in Gaza and Tel Aviv.
$10 suggested donation – no one will be turned away. All proceeds go to the Our Lives Post-9/11 Conference WeAreChangeNYC is hosting this September.