All posts by Rich Winkel

Military Make-Work in Pakistan: Creating Enemies

A trove of leaked classified reports has confirmed what many had suspected – US drone kills in Pakistan are not the precision strikes against top-level al-Qaeda terrorists they are portrayed as by the Obama administration.

Instead, many of the attacks are aimed at suspected low-level tribal militants, who may pose no direct danger to the United States – and for many there appears to be little evidence to justify the assassinations.

Top secret documents obtained by McClatchy newspapers in the US show the locations, identities and numbers of those attacked and killed in Pakistan in 2006-8 and 2010-11, as well as explanations for why the targets were picked.

The statistics illustrate the breadth of the US ‘drone doctrine’ – which has never been defined by consecutive US administrations. Between 1,990 and 3,308 people are reported to have been killed in the drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, the vast majority of them during the Obama terms.

In the 12-month period up to 2011, 43 out of 95 drone strikes in the reports (which give an account of the vast majority of US operations in the country) were not aimed at al-Qaeda at all. And 265 out of 482 people killed in those assassinations, were defined internally as “extremists”.

Indeed, only six of the men killed – less than two percent – were senior al-Qaeda leaders.

Some of the groups include the Haqqani network and the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, both militant organizations, but ones the US did not designate as terrorists until 2012 and 2010 respectively. Neither one has ever conducted an attack on US soil.

It also confirms that attacks during the George W. Bush era, were conducted on targets picked by ISI, Pakistan’s security agency, which has no obligations to comply with US legal criteria.

Furthermore, in some cases it is difficult to confirm that the targets were militants at all.

In the strikes above, the internal reports showed that only one civilian had been killed. But the modus operandi revealed behind the strikes, shows that some of the attacks seem to have been based on the certain people or visitors being present as certain locations, or merely associating with those the US believes were terrorists. This chimes with the accusation that the US is carrying out a policy of “signature strikes” – attacks based on behavior, or “signature” that would be expected of a terrorist, rather than any specific illegal activity.

These “signatures” apparently include such suspicious behavior as taking part in a funeral procession or first responding to an initial drone strike. Last year, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, said it’s believed that, “since President Obama took office, at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims and more than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners.”

The US has previously refused to admit that it operates such a policy.

http://rt.com/news/drones-us-al-qaeda-militants-649/

The actual “signatures” on these strikes (“from the people of the united states of america”) are an obvious forgery.

‘Missouri Monsanto Bill’ passing through the state legislature

In a move to gain total control of the farming industry, three resolutions have been proposed in the state of Missouri. Saint Louis, Missouri is the home of biotech giant Monsanto’s headquarters. These laws have been deceitfully written to appear to support modernization and progression in farming, while in reality their passage will severely limit the rights of small farmers to reuse organic seeds and preserve livestock lines. Small farmers provide consumers with their primary source for local, non GMO, organic foods. It is essential to take action to protect small farmers in individual states, particularly in light of the recent signing of the Monsanto Protection Act by President Obama.

http://www.naturalnews.com/039908_Missouri_Monsanto_Protection_Act_state_legislature.html

Alternate verbiage that would truly protect family farms was offered well over a month ago to Representative Jason Smith, the sponsor of SJR 11, as a possible substitute. According to a recent post, “no comment or discussion about the alternate language occurred until the conference call the other day, when both Missouri Farmers Care and Smith’s Chief of Staff categorically dismissed the language over their presumption that it wouldn’t protect ‘all’ of agriculture, despite the ability of soy and corn growers to directly market their products if they so desired.” Visit the website of Missouri Farmers Care and you’ll see many logos for big Ag and biotech companies.

Below is the language that was offered as a substitute.

Note: Green text indicates added text, and red [strikethrough] text in brackets indicates deleted text.

Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in direct trade with consumers

[modern farming and ranching practices] shall be forever guaranteed in this state. No law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural [technology and modern livestock production and ranching] practices that secure independent family farm’s ability to save seed, preserve livestock bloodlines, or impede their access to market.

Section B. Pursuant to Chapter 116, RSMo, and other applicable constitutional provisions and laws of this state allowing the General Assembly to adopt ballot language for the submission of a joint resolution to the voters of this state, the official ballot title of the amendment proposed in Section A shall be as follows:  

“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure:

  • That the right of Missouri citizens to employ [modern] farming and ranching practices and equipment that insure the continuance of diversified small farms shall not be infringed.”

This issue will affect every single person who eats in Missouri, and it is important for both urban and rural Citizens to understand what is happening with the proposed constitutional amendment. Please read:

Deception? Danger? “Right to Farm”? Missouri Alert!

http://truthfarmer.com/2013/02/17/deception-danger-right-to-farm-missouri-alert/ 

Critics say House Bill Protects Big Ag, Harms Small Farmers

http://lakeexpo.com/news/lake_news/article_0b3cac00-8291-11e2-989b-0019bb2963f4.html 

http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/aa/aa-8april2013.htm

Deaths from new bird flu underscore grim fears

A new report on three of the first patients in China to contract a novel strain of bird flu has U.S. officials worried about a grim scenario that includes severe illness with pneumonia, septic shock, brain damage and multi-organ failure.

All three of the patients died, according to a Thursday report by a group of Chinese scientists in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“It is possible that these severely ill patients represent the tip of the iceberg,” wrote Dr. Timothy Uyeki and Dr. Nancy Cox, both of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a perspective piece accompanying the article.

The reports chronicle the early days of an outbreak of a new influenza A virus, H7N9, which has never before been seen in humans. As of Friday, Chinese officials said it had infected at least 43 people in four Chinese provinces and killed 11 in the past two months. …

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/12/17713083-deaths-from-new-bird-flu-underscore-grim-fears-reports-show?lite

The Assault on Gold

According to Andrew Maguire, on Friday, April 12, the Fed’s agents hit the market with 500 tons of naked shorts. Normally, a short is when an investor thinks the price of a stock or commodity is going to fall. He wants to sell the item in advance of the fall, pocket the money, and then buy the item back after it falls in price, thus making money on the short sale. If he doesn’t have the item, he borrows it from someone who does, putting up cash collateral equal to the current market price. Then he sells the item, waits for it to fall in price, buys it back at the lower price and returns it to the owner who returns his collateral. If enough shorts are sold, the result can be to drive down the market price.

A naked short is when the short seller does not have or borrow the item that he shorts, but sells shorts regardless. In the paper gold market, the participants are betting on gold prices and are content with the monetary payment. Therefore, generally, as participants are not interested in taking delivery of the gold, naked shorts do not need to be covered with the physical metal.

In other words, with naked shorts, no physical metal is actually sold.

People ask me how I know that the Fed is rigging the bullion price and seem surprised that anyone would think the Fed and its bullion bank agents would do such a thing, despite the public knowledge that the Fed is rigging the bond market and the banks with the Fed’s knowledge rigged the Libor rate. The answer is that the circumstantial evidence is powerful. …

Do the authorities have the metal with which to cover shorts? I do not know. However, knowledgeable dealers are suspicious. Some think that US physical stocks of gold were used up in sales in efforts to disrupt the rise in the gold price from $272 in December 2000 to $1,900 in 2011. They point to Germany’s recent request that the US return the German gold stored in the US, and to the US government’s reply that it would return the gold piecemeal over seven years. If the US has the gold, why not return it to Germany?

The clear implication is that the US cannot deliver the gold.

Andrew Maguire also reports that foreign central banks, especially China, are loading up on physical gold at the low prices made possible by the short selling. If central banks are using their dollar holdings to purchase bullion at bargain prices, the likely results will be pressure on the dollar’s exchange value and a declining market supply of physical bullion. In other words, by trying to protect the dollar from its quantitative easing policy, the Fed might be hastening the dollar’s demise. …

http://www.prisonplanet.com/assault-on-gold-update.html

How in the world could this be a surprise to anyone?  The central banks’ business model is to create “money” (that is, money as defined by law) out of thin air and “loan” it at interest to the government.  The purchasing power of this “money” is dictated by its ability to purchase real things, like clothes, food and housing, vs the ability of competitive currencies like gold to purchase those things.  The dollar price of clothes, food and housing has been rising steadily for years, despite clinton’s fake CPI numbers.   In that respect (the most important respect) gold is a superior currency that could put a severe dent in the central bankers’ business.  The dollar price of gold has been carefully managed by this cartel for at least 30 years (certainly since the closing of the “gold window” by nixon in the ’70s), by selling naked shorts and, when necessary, by looting sovereign gold hoards (like fort knox) and “loaning” it to scamsters like goldman sachs which then sell it on the open market at the prevailing (managed) price.   But make no mistake, the insiders know the physical metal is leaving the market at an increasing rate and those gold “loans” will never be repaid at anywhere near the current price.  When the vaults are empty, the next gold short that demands delivery of the metal will force a drastic revaluation of gold.  They have already positioned themselves with their looted caches of the metal.  Meanwhile, gold is moving from western sovereign vaults to china, where it will be used to leverage their buyout of the american physical infrastructure.  No wonder they’re so anxious for obama’s gun control program to move forward. ( http://www.infowars.com/communist-chinese-government-calls-for-americans-to-be-disarmed/ )  They remember mao’s dictum: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

All of this would be irrelevant if the federal government exercised its power to manage the money supply as provided for in the constitution by passing the american monetary act (monetary.org).   The depression would disappear practically overnight and this country would become an economic powerhouse once again.  And war would no longer be central to the business model of the ultra wealthy masters of sovereign debt (the real masters of war).

More On The Deliberately Engineered Housing Bubble And Its Collapse

An entree into a rich vein of knowledge about the deliberate engineering of the housing bubble and the culprits (the central banks and their collaborators in government).

http://web.archive.org/web/20101030124420/http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/166473-gary-a/104154-originate-to-distribute-was-ramped-up-in-2004-quigley-bis-prediction-came-true

The above is an archived page from the current site, which lacks the chart that the text refers to.  Also see:

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/166473-gary-a/106272-what-is-predatory-lending-anyway-payday-lending-and-ponzi-mortgage-loans-come-from-the-same-sources

Here’s an entry from the reference section pointing out how the W bush admin deliberately blocked state-level enforcement mechanisms from pricking the bubble before it became gargantuan:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021302783.html

Someone needs to tie all these threads together.

Washington’s “Playbook” on Provoking North Korea

In an April 3 Wall Street Journal article, “U.S. dials back on Korean show of force,” reporters Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes revealed that the White House approved a detailed plan, called ‘the playbook,’ to ratchet up tension with North Korea during the Pentagon’s war games with South Korea.

The war games, which are still in progress, and involve the deployment of a considerable amount of sophisticated US military hardware to within striking distance of North Korea, are already a source of considerable tension in Pyongyang, and represent what Korean specialist Tim Beal dubs “sub-critical” warfare.

The two-month-long war games, directed at and carried out in proximity to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, force the North Korean military onto high alert, an exhausting and cripplingly expensive state of affairs for a small country whose economy has already been crippled by wide-ranging sanctions. North Korea estimates that sanctions and US military aggression have taken an incalculable toll on its economy. [1]

The playbook was developed by the Pentagon’s Pacific Command, to augment the war games that began in early March, and was discussed at several high-level White House meetings, according to the Wall Street Journal reporters.

The plan called for low-altitude B-52 bomber flights over the Korean peninsula, which happened on March 8. A few weeks later, two nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy payloads on a South Korean missile range. The flights were deliberately carried out in broad daylight at low altitude, according to a U.S. defense official, to produce the intended minatory effect. “We could fly it at night, but the point was for them to see it.” [2]

A few days ago, the Pentagon deployed two advanced F-22 warplanes to South Korea, also part of the ‘play-book’ plan to intimidate Pyongyang.

According to Entous and Barnes, the White House knew that the North Koreans would react by threatening to retaliate against the United States and South Korea.

In a March 29 article, Barnes wrote that “Defense officials acknowledged that North Korean military officers are particularly agitated by bomber flights because of memories of the destruction wrought from the air during the Korean War.” [3] During the war, the United States Air Force demolished every target over one story. It also dropped more napalm than it did later in Vietnam. [4]

The reality, then, is exactly opposite of the narrative formulated in the Western mass media. Washington hasn’t responded to North Korean belligerence and provocations with a show of force. On the contrary, Washington deliberately planned a show of force in order to elicit an angry North Korean reaction, which was then labelled “belligerence” and “provocation.” The provocations, coldly and calculating planned, have come from Washington. North Korea’s reactions have been defensive.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34523.htm

Montana NDAA Nullification Bill Heads to the Governor

Today, the Montana Senate approved House Bill 522 (HB522) by a vote of 43-7, concurring with the State house which previously voted to approve the bill by a 98-0 vote.   The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk with a solid veto-proof majority.

If signed into law, HB522 would ban state compliance with, enforcement, enforcement of, or any assistance for NDAA “indefinite detention”.   It reads:

The state of Montana may not provide material support or participate with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the federal National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Public Law 112-81, within the boundaries of this state.

This would make a HUGE dent in any effort to further restrict due process – and would be a big step forward for Montana. As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here)

Grassroots activists worked tirelessly to support this legislation, and people came from across the political spectrum in favor of the bill.  ACLU, Tenth Amendment Center, Oath Keepers and many others worked in favor.  Bill sponsor, Nicholas R. Schwaderer, a 24-year old freshman representative for the republicans gained much deserved support from people on both sides of the aisle. …

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/04/montana-ndaa-nullification-bill-heads-to-the-governor-with-a-veto-proof-majority/

Senators Haven’t Read Gun Bill

Dems Try to Move Gun Bill Forward Without Allowing Senators to Read It

Like the disastrous and unconstitutional Obamacare bill rammed down the throats of the American people, the unconstitutional S. 49 gun bill aimed at the heart of the Second Amendment passed cloture earlier today in the Senate with 68 votes despite the fact senators have not had a chance to read it.

Cloture will now put the legislation up for a simple majority vote. Democrats have a majority in the Senate. It will be up to Republicans in the House to derail the bill if it is passed in the Senate.

Republicans decided not to support a move by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to filibuster the legislation. Sixteen Republicans – Alexander, Ayotte, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Collins, Corker, Flake, Graham, Heller, Hoeven, Isakson, Kirk, McCain, Toomey, Wicker – voted with Democrats to move the bill to the floor for debate and a vote.

Regardless of the enthusiasm to proceed, most senators, including ardent supporters, have not read the bill. “Well, I haven’t seen the bill, so I’m going to reserve my concerns,” California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein told Morning Joe. “I only know what people have told me.” …

http://www.prisonplanet.com/treason-alert-dems-try-to-move-gun-bill-forward-without-allowing-senators-to-read-it.html

Seriously?  They’re going to vote on a bill they haven’t read?  And they’re getting paid for this?  Or maybe they ARE getting paid for this.

CDC Reports 1 in 50 American Children Diagnosed with Autism

According to a new report that has generated significant debate in mainstream media and all over the Internet, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1 in 50 children between the ages of 6 and 17 has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).[1] This represents a 72% increase in the diagnosis since 2007, when a similar report claimed a rate of 1 in 88 children.[2]
The new study, undertaken to evaluate a fourfold increase in parent-reported ASD,[3] was based on telephone surveys of households with children and compared parent-reported autism diagnoses in 2011-2012 with similar reporting for 2007. The new report revealed increases in diagnosis of autism across nearly all categories but, as is often the case in a discussion of autism, there is more to the story than a simple, though alarming, upward trend.
Increased Diagnosis of Autism in Boys and Adolescents
 
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises a wide range of disability, but generally includes an element of difficulty in communication, behavior and social interaction. The information gathered from the 2012 survey showed that much of the increase in diagnosis was in children whose disability was on the mild end of the autism spectrum, which often is not recognized until a child starts school and differences in learning style become apparent.
Supporting this finding, the 2012 data also showed that many of the new diagnoses of autism were among children identified at a later age than those from the earlier report.[4] Although the survey revealed significant increases in ASD reported for all age groups, the increase in prevalence was most dramatic among school-aged boys and in adolescents between 14 and 17 years of age.  Generally, boys were found to be four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism.
CDC Researchers Say Increases Reflect Greater Awareness
Vaccine Tracking & Registry Bills Threaten Privacy
Legislators in Idaho, Texas and North Dakota have introduced bills either expanding electronic vaccine tracking registries or removing informed consent protections from them in violation of medical privacy. NVIC is actively monitoring vaccine tracking bills and electronically notifying NVIC Advocacy Portal users so they can be put in immediate contact with their own state legislators and voice opposition to the tagging and tracking citizen’s vaccination status by government officials without advance voluntary consent. …
Electronic vaccine tracking systems, which enable U.S. federal and state public health officials to tag children with ID numbers and track their vaccination status have been around since the early 1990s. These 21st century U.S. vaccine tracking systems have their historical roots in government-instituted vaccine laws dating back more than a century.
Vaccine mandates in the United States have been state-based because public health was not defined in the U.S. Constitution as a federal responsibility. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1905 affirmed the legal right of state legislatures to require citizens to be vaccinated for smallpox,[6] which set the stage for an expansion of state-based vaccine laws based on recommendations by federal public health officials.
1990s: Using Social Security Numbers to Tag & Track
 
The two decade federal health agency initiative to create a national medical records database by tagging citizens with ID numbers at birth (including utilizing the social security number) and electronically monitoring the vaccination status of all children, have been ongoing. Citing concerns over the mobilization of society and loss of personal medical records, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) argues that, by the age of two, over 20% of the children in the United States have been seen by more than one health care provider. CDC officials say that a national tracking system could “help providers and families by consolidating immunization information into one reliable source.”[7] 

Soon after taking office as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton in 1993, Donna Shalala moved to initiate the President’s “Comprehensive Childhood Immunization Initiative,” designed to make vaccines available to all children in the United States. Within that plan was a proposal for the planning and implementation of a federally operated electronic vaccine tracking database.[8] 

This plan was met with strong public opposition and, following efforts by a coalition of medical privacy advocates, including NVIC, the bill was modified to eliminate the language authorizing creation of a national, federally operated vaccine tracking system[9] 

State Vaccine Tracking Registries Emerge

A few months later, however, a bill was passed by Congress that included budgeting for the establishment of state-operated vaccine registry systems to monitor the vaccination status of all children.[10],[11] This federal law was followed by the introduction of the federal National Vaccine Plan to vaccinate every child in the United States and endorsement of the Children’s Vaccine Initiative (CVI), which extended that goal to include vaccinating all the children of the world.9 ….
Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine Raises More Red Flags

The news may be well known now about the influenza vaccine being only 56 percent effective overall and 9 percent effective for the type A H3N2 strain in adults aged 65 years or older during the 2012-13 flu season. 1 The latest buzz, however, is about how getting a flu shot year after year may make people more susceptible to getting influenza.

Year-to-Year Flu Vaccination Could Limit Effectiveness

In February, Clinical Infectious Diseases published a new prospective study noting the failure of the flu vaccine in people vaccinated against influenza during the previous year.

The researchers followed 328 households with 1,441 members from before the 2010-2011 flu season through the end of it. A total of 866 study participants received the flu shot before the flu season started. Nearly one quarter of the households with 125 members contracted the flu during the 2010-11 season, as confirmed by laboratory tests.

When the researchers separated out those, who were not vaccinated in the previous flu season, they found less of a benefit with the flu vaccine. The influenza vaccine was 62 percent effective among people, who did not receive a flu shot in the prior year. In comparison, vaccine effectiveness among those, who did get a flu shot in the previous year, was substantially lower at -45 percent.

Furthermore, the study found that those who were vaccinated in both years and those who were not vaccinated in either year had similar influenza infection risks. 2

http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/March-2013/effectiveness-of-flu-vaccine-raises-more-red-flags.aspx

These people are asking too many questions.  They must be vaccinated.

Freudian Slip

Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

Coming all too soon to a parking lot near you.

Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.

The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”

“People got children out here that are hungry, thirsty,” local resident Robertstine Lambert told Fox54 in Augusta. “Why throw it away when you could be issuing it out?”

SunTrust bank is trying to confuse the issue and not take direct responsibility for their actions. Their media relations officer Mike McCoy, stated, “We are working with store suppliers as well as law enforcement to dispose of the remaining contents of the store and secure the building.” Yet he also said that the food never belonged to SunTrust Bank.

There is no need to sugar coat what happened. Teresa Russell, chief deputy of the Marshal’s Office in Richmond County, said the owner of the building ordered that the food be taken to the landfill. Some people even followed the truck to the landfill and were still turned away.

In Richmond County, there are about 20 evictions per day, and the area surrounding the supermarket is one of the poorest in the state. According to the last available data, the poverty rate is 41 percent. Many people in that parking lot probably knew all too well how evictions work, and were in desperate need of the food assistance. …

http://www.globalresearch.ca/american-dream-food-loaded-into-dumpsters-while-hundreds-of-hungry-americans-restrained-by-police/5329966

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Augusta-grocery-store-getting-evicted-200060001.html