Sunni militants from the Islamic State have ordered all girls and women aged 11 to 46 in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the UN reported. The potential number of victims is estimated at 4 million.
The shocking news, adding to an already long list of crimes reportedly committed by the militants since the takeover of northern Iraq last month, was broken by UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock.
“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil on Thursday.
“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.
The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has taken over large portions of Iraq with the goal of establishing a fundamentalist Sunni Islamic state in the territories of Iraq and Syria. Since then they have launched a campaign to cleanse ethnic and religious minorities in the territory they control, sending thousands of refugees fleeing for their lives.
Barring some kind of advanced alien technology, there will soon be nothing that can clean up the toxic mess we are making of our planting fields. Even as we speak, the FDA and EPA are about to approve the use of 2,4-D chemicals on American fields, even though it has been linked to developmental and neurological health problems, among other environmental damage.
We also know that the very reason for this consideration is because RoundUp Ready chemicals failed, and glyphosate-drenched fields everywhere are giving birth to superweeds bigger than farmers have ever seen. But do we stop the madness and desist from putting more toxic drivel on our crops? No – in this country, we let regulators go even further. A whole new type of pesticides and herbicides is about to be unleashed on the public. What will it take for this to stop?
Approval is also now being sought for genetically modified crops that will withstand the use of dicamba, HPPD and glufosinate - all weed-killing chemicals that had largely been eschewed in favor of the pesticide industry’s superstar: glyphosate. The biotech industry bet the farm on glyphosate and it failed – killing our crops, harming our ground water, and causing human infertility and DNA aberrance, but let’s give the good ole’ boys another go at it – shall we?
“We thought that biotechnology was going to be a solution and a long-term solution that would replace chemistry, so as a result people stopped investing in chemistry,” Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, told POLITICO Pro in a recent interview.
Instead of looking at aged practices – those which have been tested and tried for millennia, of organic and sustainable farming which is still proving to be viable even today – the agricultural industry looks for ‘new and better’ chemicals. Since these often take decades to develop, and billions of dollars, I might add, the near-term solution of these crazy-makers seems to be to bring older pesticides back into the spotlight.
The EPA had an open forum for comments on the possible approval of 2,4-D chemicals that closed on June 30, but we all know this was a total waste of time. The EPA doesn’t listen to public opinion about herbicide use, pesticide contamination, or GMOs anymore than the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association listens to Vermont’s desire to have GMOs labeled. Its all a rigged game. Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow Chemical – they all know they are running a racket, and we are just small people who must bow to their bloated corporate budgets.
Biotech and Politicians – Massive Conflict of Interest
If you don’t believe it, consider this:
Former Monsanto Appointees to the FDA, USDA, and EPA
|Monsanto Position||Individual||Federal Position|
|Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at G.D. Searle and Co. (merged with Monsanto)||Michael A. Friedman||Acting Commissioner of the FDA|
|Consultant to Searle’s Public Relation Firm (merged with Monsanto)||Arthur Hull Hayes||Previously FDA Commissioner|
|Top Monsanto Scientist, oversaw approval of rBGH||Margaret Miller||Appointed Deputy Director of FDA, 1991|
|Worked on Monsanto-funded rBGH in connection with Cornell University||Suzanne Sechen||FDA Reviewer on Scientific Data|
|Attorney for Monsanto for 7 years, previous Head of Monsanto Washington D.C. Office||Michael Taylor||Former FDA Deputy Commision for Policy. In 2010 appointed Senior Advisor to FDA Commissioner|
|Former Monsanto Lawyer||Clarence Thomas||Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court in 1991|
|Served on Board of Directors at Calgene, a Monsanto Biotech Subsidiary||Anne Veneman||Appointed head of USDA in 2001|
|Retired Senior Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto||Dr. Virginia Weldon||Previously, member of FDA’s Metabolism and Endocrine Advisory Committee|
|Vice President, Public and Government Affairs||Linda Fisher||Deputy Administration EPA|
|Manager, New Technologies||Linda Watrud||USDA, EPA|
|Director, Monsanto Danforth Center||Roger Beachy||Director USDA, NIFA|
Two anonymous Border Patrol agents reportedly told radio host Dave Hodges that under the pretense of labeling illegal aliens “refugees,” the United Nations is “calling the shots” on America’s border operations and the U.N. is deciding which immigrants to ship to various parts of the U.S.
One of the agents said U.N. personnel are already present at various detention facilities in the American Southwest, according to Hodges, and are working with Homeland Security agents in “gathering MS-13 gangsters, captured from different roundups, patch worked together as a group and then shipped together to various locations on the perimeter of the United States.”
“I objected to admitting MS-13 gangsters into the U.S. and I was told that we have our orders to treat them like anyone else,” the other agent told Hodges.
Hodges says that he asked one of the agents how they knew the immigrants were MS-13 and he told him they could tell “by the tattoos.”
“He recounted the fact that MS-13 operatives will have a tattoo with tears on their face which represents a person that they have murdered in the commission of their drug related duties,” Hodges reported. “He said he processed an MS-13 member who had nine tears on his face and he was told to process him as an ‘unaccompanied juvenile refugee.’”
And police officers are already encountering these gang members, such as the La Grulla, Texas, officer who pulled over a vehicle last week carrying an aggressive MS-13 member.
“Once I asked him to lift up his shirt, that’s where I observed he had MS-13 tattooed on his chest and his back,” the officer stated. “Those are really dangerous subjects.”
The U.N., however, has already announced its intent to broadly designate illegal aliens, including MS-13 members from Central America, as “refugees.”
The irony is that they ARE refugees from the decades long war on latin america waged by the USA under the control of the same financial interests that control the UN. And now it’s our turn to be targetted. It’s amazing what money can buy.
Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colombia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department officials announced today.
Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that has been conducted in Central and South America and the Caribbean since 2004, officials said.
The Colombian military is hosting the multinational special operations skills competition. About 700 military, law enforcement and civilian personnel from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Uruguay will participate.
Through friendly competition, officials said, the exercise promotes military-to-military relationships, increases training knowledge and improves regional security. The nine-day event will demonstrate and test participants’ skills through special operations forces competitions, they added, and will include an executive combating terrorism fellowship program focused on topics such as combating terrorism, organized crime and illicit trafficking.
Will they be leading raids on CIA and DEA mega-traffickers and their overlords on wall street? Don’t count on it. The first requirement to participate in these gala affairs is the ability to suspend disbelief. Just keep your eyes closed and you’ll be well rewarded.
It appears lawyers have stepped in to pull the plug on a Black Hat talk that was set to reveal vulnerabilities impacting the Tor network.
The planned session at the Las Vegas hacking conference, “You Don’t Have to be the NSA to Break Tor: Deanonymizing Users on a Budget,” was to be presented by Carnegie Mellon University researchers Alexander Volynkin and Michael McCord next month. Black Hat organizers announced this week, however, that legal counsel for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and CMU intervened.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Volynkin will not be able to speak at the conference since the materials that he would be speaking about have not yet [been] approved by CMU/SEI for public release,” lawyers told event organizers. …
As the U.S. government seeks to build its case blaming eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia for the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the evidence seems to be getting twisted to fit the preordained conclusion, including a curious explanation for why the troops suspected of firing the fateful missile may have been wearing Ukrainian army uniforms.
On Tuesday, mainstream journalists, including for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, were given a briefing about the U.S. intelligence information that supposedly points the finger of blame at the rebels and Russia. While much of this circumstantial case was derived from postings on “social media,” the briefings also addressed the key issue of who fired the Buk anti-aircraft missile that is believed to have downed the airliner killing all 298 people onboard.
After last Thursday’s shoot-down, I was told that U.S. intelligence analysts were examining satellite imagery that showed the crew manning the suspected missile battery wearing what looked like Ukrainian army uniforms, but my source said the analysts were still struggling with whether that essentially destroyed the U.S. government’s case blaming the rebels.
The Los Angeles Times article on Tuesday’s briefing seemed to address the same information this way: “U.S. intelligence agencies have so far been unable to determine the nationalities or identities of the crew that launched the missile. U.S. officials said it was possible the SA-11 [anti-aircraft missile] was launched by a defector from the Ukrainian military who was trained to use similar missile systems.”
That statement about a possible “defector” might explain why some analysts thought they saw soldiers in Ukrainian army uniforms tending to the missile battery in eastern Ukraine. But there is another obvious explanation that the U.S. intelligence community seems unwilling to accept: that the missile may have been launched by someone working for the Ukrainian military.
In other words, we may be seeing another case of the U.S. government “fixing the intelligence” around a desired policy outcome, as occurred in the run-up to war with Iraq….
Have you called your congresscreature yet? http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2014/07/us-congress-manuvering-to-enter-military-alliance-with-ukraine/
Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the “direct involvement” of government agents or informants, a new report says.
Some of the controversial “sting” operations “were proposed or led by informants”, bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.
The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system’s ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.
“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the report alleges.
Out of the 494 cases related to terrorism the US has tried since 9/11, the plurality of convictions – 18% overall – are not for thwarted plots but for “material support” charges, a broad category expanded further by the 2001 Patriot Act that permits prosecutors to pursue charges with tenuous connections to a terrorist act or group.
In one such incident, the initial basis for a material-support case alleging a man provided “military gear” to al-Qaida turned out to be waterproof socks in his luggage.
Several cases featured years-long solitary confinement for accused terrorists before their trials. Some defendants displayed signs of mental incapacity. Jurors for the 2007 plot to attack the Fort Dix army base, itself influenced by government informants, were anonymous, limiting defense counsel’s ability to screen out bias.
Human Rights Watch’s findings call into question the post-9/11 shift taken by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies toward stopping terrorist plots before they occur. While the vast majority of counterterrorism tactics involved are legally authorized, particularly after Congress and successive administrations relaxed restrictions on law enforcement and intelligence agencies for counterterrorism, they suggest that the government’s zeal to protect Americans has in some cases morphed into manufacturing threats. …
I put this in the “autism” category because of the inability of the author to follow the logical progression back to the most extensively documented, researched and debunked piece of BS ever to come out of ANY national government or journalism establishment in history, that being 9/11 itself, the gold standard against which all future corruption, deception and psychological warfare must be judged. Seriously people, the verdict is in. All that remains is for the professional liars to casually admit it in passing so as to normalize it in the public mind, long after the most recent batch of homeless cannon fodder is too destitute and intoxicated to raise a whimper. It’s not enough to enslave us you see, we have to embrace the tyranny and fight for our right to be slaves. It’s our new national identity.
The same autism label could be applied to the government agents themselves who seem oblivious to the broader consequences of their actions in undermining the constitution they swore an oath to uphold. I know we’re all supposed to be automatons in the big machine to make the trains run on time, but it might be useful to act like sentient beings at times. We do have sufficient gray matter, but it seems the will to resist big brother is being beaten out of us at a very early age. Probably has something to do with “money”, which itself is in competition with 9/11 for the nobel prize for fraud.
It seems the devil has a sense of humor.