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They left out the definitions of "lawful use"

The below info was sent to me, and I have to tell you I travel all over this country and in and around every city I see cameras, transponders on polls and all kinds of strange surveilance devices. It is out of control.

Because the Patriot Act allows them to consider ANYONE a risk at any time. Last year after dutifully submitting my census bureau information, I received a post card in the mail from the census bureau asking me to call the 800# on the card because the needed to speak to me immediately regarding the census information I submitted. I am not sure why I felt I had to follow instructions, but I did. When I called I was asked redundant information such as my name which they asked me to repeat 3 times, then the place and state of my birth... got the the state part and they asked me to repeat it 4 times. I thought it was strange and I wrote it off. Then about a month ago after returning from a trip abroad, I heard about biometric voice identification and I have been a little mad ever since. I guess it is legal now for them to use my image, voice, prints and anything else they want without my consent. Now I know that my credit card company did it too when I had to call in to activate my new card (granted I have had this account 10 years) Now I am even madder.
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Lockheed Gets $1 Billion FBI Biometrics Contract

The FBI is expanding its biometric identification systems for criminal, civil, and national security reasons.
By K.C. Jones
InformationWeek
February 13, 2008 01:27 PM

The FBI announced this week that it has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to design, build, test and deploy a biometric identification system capable of using several methods to identify and arrest criminals. The contract, if renewed up to nine years as allowed under its terms, is valued around $1 billion. The base contract will last one year.

The system will expand on the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division's automated fingerprint identification system in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The FBI said the system will enhance fingerprint processing and increase system availability, accuracy, and capacity. It will also expand the FBI's interstate photo system's repository, provide photo search capabilities, and support iris imaging. Finally, the FBI said it will create a National Palm Print system with a central, national repository for palm print data, which can be used to identify latent palm prints at crime scenes.

The FBI said the Lockheed system will help integrate "lawfully authorized biometric data, providing the framework for a future multimodal system." The system will be interoperable, as well as expandable and flexible to incorporate new technologies and standards.

"Due to the many issues associated with identity theft, lost and stolen documents, and the ability to spoof standard name-based identity management systems, coupled with the rapid advances in technology and the nation's focus on combating terrorism, there are increasing needs for new and improved identification services," the FBI said in an announcement regarding the contract. "It is important to note that the NGI system will not expand the categories of individuals from whom the fingerprints and biometric data may be collected.

"However, it will allow for the collection of additional biometric data from criminals and terrorists. Although fingerprint data will remain the primary means of identification, the collection of additional biometric data will be used for investigative purposes and to assist in the identification process."

Thomas E. Bush, III, assistant director of the FBI's CJIS Division, said that although the automatic fingerprint identification system has served investigators well, the bureau's Advisory Policy Board and National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council recommended more modern technology.

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Monsanto says your gonna eat it one way or the other!!! JUST EAT IT!! WE WILL make YOU eat it!

Dont mess with my SUGAR!!!!, this is serious stuff

GE Sugar Beet Update
Sugar in the foods we eat may soon come from genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets. Farmers in the western U.S. are about to plant their first season of Monsanto's Roundup Ready®, herbicide-tolerant, GE sugar beets. Over half the sugar in processed foods comes from sugar beets and the rest comes from sugar cane. Sugars are often combined in products and not listed separately on labels. Once food producers start using GE beet sugar in products, the only way to avoid eating GE beet sugar will be to buy organic foods and foods containing 100% cane sugar or evaporated cane juice.

Stop Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets

Genetically Engineered Roundup Ready Sugar Beets Expected to be Planted in Spring 2008.

GE Sugar to hit Stores and Food Products in Fall of 2008.

Background Information: American Crystal, a large Wyoming-based sugar company and several other leading U.S. sugar providers have announced they will be sourcing their sugar from Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready sugar beets beginning this year and arriving in stores in 2008. Like GE corn and GE soy, products containing GE sugar will not be labeled.

Since half of the granulated sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, the introduction of biotech beets marks a dramatic change in the U.S. food supply. These sugars, along with GE corn and soy, are found in thousands of conventional food products, so consumers will be exposed to genetically engineered ingredients in just about every non-organic multiple-ingredient product they purchase.

The GE sugar beet is designed to withstand strong doses of Monsanto's controversial broad spectrum Roundup herbicide. Studies indicate farmers planting "Roundup Ready" corn and soy are now spraying more of the herbicide than ever before, contaminating both soil and water. Farmers planting GE sugar beets are told they may be able to apply the herbicide up to five times per year. Sugar beets are grown on 1.4 million acres by 12,000 farmers in the U.S. from Oregon to Minnesota.

Meanwhile candy companies like Hershey's are urging farmers not to plant GE sugar beets, noting that consumer surveys show resistance to the product. In addition the European Union has not approved GE sugar beets for human consumption.
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GE sugar beets to hit U.S. food supply By Mitchell Clute

Roundup Ready sugar beets, genetically engineered to survive applications of the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate, will likely be entering the food supply in the coming months—and consumers will have no way to determine whether their foods are sweetened with GE sugar.

The first version of GE beets was approved in 1999, but before they were widely planted, major purchasers of sugar, including Mars, Hershey and American Crystal Sugar, promised not to purchase the GE sugar beets for processing. A second version of the beets was approved in 2005, and this time the companies are making no such promises. "The delay [in growing the GE beets] has been due to market pressure," said Bill Freese, science policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety, based in Washington, D.C. "Back in 2001, the big buyers said they weren't interested in GE sugar, but this year the growers decided to go ahead."

There are many potential risks associated with GE beets, according to a coalition of farmers, consumer advocates and environmental groups that filed suit in federal court this past January to challenge the deregulation of Roundup Ready beets. The groups include Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Organic Seed Alliance and Center for Food Safety.

One issue is the increased use of the herbicide glyphosate. "Whenever a Roundup-Ready crop is approved by [the U.S. Department of Agriculture], Monsanto goes to USDA to get an increased tolerance for the maximum allowable [glyphosate] residue," said Freese. "In 1999, when the beets were first approved, [the Environmental Protection Agency] increased the maximum allowance on sugar beet roots 50-fold from 0.2 parts per million to 10 parts per million.

"These beets are engineered to survive a dousing with Roundup herbicide, but within a few years farmers will get into a vicious circle, with a huge increase in Roundup use and an epidemic of Roundup-resistant weeds," Freese said. There are currently 100 million acres of Roundup Ready crops in the U.S., primarily corn, cotton and soy. According to an independent analysis of USDA data conducted by the former agriculture chair at the National Academy of Sciences, between 1994, when Roundup Ready crops were first introduced, and 2004, herbicide use in the U.S. increased 15-fold, to 122 million pounds annually.

But organic farmers and seed producers are worried for other reasons. Because the beets are wind-pollinated and the vast majority of the U.S. sugar beet production comes from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, organic producers are concerned that the GE beets will cross-pollinate with organic table beets and other related species, such as chard. The National Cooperative Grocers Association is urging consumers to contact USDA to voice opposition.

But the damage may already be done. More than 95 percent of Idaho's sugar crop is expected to be GE this year, according to Amalgamated Sugar Co., though exact numbers for Oregon's crop are unknown.

Growers have largely dismissed the possible impact of the lawsuit. "It's not going to have any effect on the crop this spring," Luther Markwart, executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, told the ag Web site Capital Press. "Growers can clearly plan on moving forward."
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What should every person know about the food

What should every person know about the food they ingest. The documentary "The Future of Food" changed the way we think about food(and ... all » continues to do so) by answering this very question.

But, just how has food actually changed? Do we need to worry about genetically modified foods? What about artificial foods? Learn all this more as Kurt Olson, host of the Educational Forum, sits down with Deborah Garcia the award winning creator of "The Future of Food."

Future of food movie intro

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Vaccine components and autism leaked document

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According to the leaked document posted online, the government's Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation concluded that five shots Hannah Poling received in July 2000, when she was 19 months old, "significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder" and resulted in a brain disorder "with features of autism spectrum disorder."

Sallie Bernard, executive director of the national autism advocacy group SafeMinds, called the case "unprecedented" in that a link between vaccines and autism is being made public. Federal health officials "have insisted there is no link at all between vaccines and vaccine components and autism. And apparently that is not true," she said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 in 150 children in some communities have autism disorders.

Cliff Shoemaker, the Polings' attorney, said the family has filed a petition with the vaccine court to unseal all of Hannah's records and allow both the family and the government to fully discuss the case.

Despite this, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, which represents the government in court cases, would not grant interviews or explain to the AJC why it isn't releasing the records. HHS officials, who administer the vaccine compensation fund, also declined to be interviewed, citing the court's confidentiality requirements.

Shoemaker said the government's November concession in the case is public, but the government's reasons aren't. "I'm not aware of any other conceded autism cases," he said.

The public cannot rely upon the US government to level with us about vital healthcare related issues. Whenever officials are pressed, they invariably invoke "Confidentiality" the escape hatch bureaucrats use then fleeing from being held accountable.

To gain access to credible information in government and / or company documents, we must turn to whistleblowers and people with a sense of moral responsibility who have access to documents and are willing to leak those documents for all to examine. The sealed court documents in this vaccine-related autism case is no exception.

Thanks to the leaker the case is being broadcast on CNN, Larry King, Oprah..

Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav
veracare@ahrp.org
212-595-8974

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/printedition/2008/03/06/autism0306b.html
FIRST AUTISM-VACCINE LINK: HOW HANNAH MADE HISTORY
By Alison Young
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/06/08

In a move autism family advocates call unprecedented, federal health officials have concluded that childhood vaccines contributed to symptoms of the disorder in a 9-year-old Georgia girl.

While government officials continue to maintain that vaccines don't cause autism, advocates say the recent settlement of the girl's injury case in a secretive federal vaccine court shows otherwise.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded the family of Hannah Poling of Athens is entitled to compensation from a federal vaccine injury fund, according to the text of a court document in the case. The amount of the family's award is still being determined.

The language in the document does not establish a clear-cut vaccine-autism link. But it does say the government concluded that vaccines aggravated a rare underlying metabolic condition that resulted in a brain disorder "with features of autism spectrum disorder."

In an interview Wednesday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hannah's parents, Jon and Terry Poling, said the government's concession in the case will help pay for the numerous therapists and other medical experts their autistic child needs -- now and for the rest of her life.

"At least we have some commitment from the government to take care of Hannah when we're gone," said Dr. Jon Poling, a neurologist.

But the case also thrusts the family into a national spotlight in the controversial public debate over whether vaccines have played some role in the growing number of U.S. children diagnosed with autism. Of particular concern to some families is the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, not used in child vaccines (except for some flu shots) since 2001.

Hannah's case was one of three vaccine-court test cases alleging that thimerosal caused the children's autism. The other cases go to trial in May.

Suspicion of vaccines is fueled in part by vocal advocates -- including radio shock jock Don Imus and actress Jenny McCarthy -- speaking out on radio and TV shows such as "Oprah" and "Larry King Live."

Even Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said on the campaign trail that "there's strong evidence" that a preservative in vaccines is fueling the dramatic rise in autism cases across the country.

As many as 1 in 150 children in some communities have autism disorders, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We need to recognize this is a national crisis," Jon Poling said.

Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder that causes problems with communication and the ability to have normal social interactions. Autism and related autism spectrum disorders cover a range of symptoms that can vary from mild to severe. The cause is unknown, but scientists believe genes may play a role.

Pediatricians and public health officials worry that this case may cause fear among some parents and prompt them to refuse to vaccinate their children, and put them in real danger from measles, whooping cough and other diseases.

"The risks of diseases are real risks," said Dr. Melinda Wharton, deputy director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Numerous large studies don't support a relationship between vaccines and autism, according to the CDC and the Institutes of Medicine.

The Georgia girl's case -- and its implications in the vaccine-autism debate -- raise more questions than it answers, experts say. Some medical experts say it's difficult to fully assess the case because the federal vaccine-court documents are sealed from public view.

"It raised a lot of questions for us," said Dr. David Tayloe Jr., president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The national medical group's leadership has been seeking more information about Hannah's vaccine-court case since last week when a sealed vaccine-court document detailing the government's settlement was posted on the Internet by an autism book author, then circulated widely among autism groups.

The pediatrics association has been trying to get access to official documents in the case so medical experts can delve into the science, assess whether there are implications for other children and answer questions from doctors and families.

"Our responsibility is to make sure the public is given good information and make sure the hype doesn't distract from public health," Tayloe said. "I still would not think that we're going to have evidence showing a role of vaccines actually causing autism."

According to the leaked document posted online, the government's Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation concluded that five shots Hannah received in July 2000, when she was 19 months old, "significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder" and resulted in a brain disorder "with features of autism spectrum disorder."

Sallie Bernard, executive director of the national autism advocacy group SafeMinds, called the case "unprecedented" in that a link between vaccines and autism is being made public. Federal health officials "have insisted there is no link at all between vaccines and vaccine components and autism. And apparently that is not true," she said.

The case also is significant because other autistic children have mitochondrial disorders, Bernard said. "The question is: What is the proportion?"

Robert Krakow, a New York attorney representing other autistic children in vaccine court, said the significance of the case is "potentially explosive." He said he has several clients with similar histories.

Hannah requires one-on-one care at all times, said her mother, Terry Poling, a nurse and lawyer. The Polings described how Hannah was a normal, verbal toddler until she received several vaccines during a well-baby visit. Within 48 hours of the shots, she developed a high fever and inconsolable crying and refused to walk. She stopped sleeping through the night. At 3 months of age, she began showing signs of autism, including spinning and staring at lights and fans. For a while, she lost her ability to speak.

When Hannah was 6 months old, as the family came to grips with the likelihood that she was autistic, they turned to leading experts in neurology. "I had to know. My daughter didn't just suddenly develop autism for no reason," Terry Poling said.

Hannah's father co-authored an article about her case, which was published in the Journal of Child Neurology in 2006.

Hannah, who has two older brothers, continues to have mild to moderate symptoms of autism. The family says early and ongoing intensive therapy has been critical for her. "The biggest question right now for the public is: How unique is Hannah's case?" said Jon Poling. Poling said he suspects there are other children like Hannah.

Cliff Shoemaker, the Polings' attorney, said the family has filed a petition with the vaccine court to unseal all of Hannah's records and allow both the family and the government to fully discuss the case.

Despite this, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, which represents the government in court cases, would not grant interviews or explain to the AJC why it isn't releasing the records. HHS officials, who administer the vaccine compensation fund, also declined to be interviewed, citing the court's confidentiality requirements.

Shoemaker said the government's November concession in the case is public, but the government's reasons aren't. "I'm not aware of any other conceded autism cases," he said.

Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in 1988 after widespread lawsuits against manufacturers and health-care providers stemming from reports of side-effects of a version of the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine used in the 1980s.

With companies getting out of the vaccine business for liability reasons, Congress established the program and a trust fund to serve as a no-fault alternative for resolving certain vaccine injury claims.

The average injury compensation to an individual in vaccine court has been about $1 million. In fiscal year 2007, more than $91 million was awarded to people harmed by vaccines.

Q&A

What does the case mean for the safety of vaccines? Medical experts said parents should continue vaccinating their children because it protects them from diseases known to be deadly. If they're concerned, they should talk with their pediatrician.

Q: What is autism?

A: Autism spectrum disorders are a range of developmental disabilities -- from mild to severe -- characterized by communication problems, an inability to have normal social interactions and unusual behaviors.

Q: What causes autism?

A: Scientists don't know but are exploring what role genetics may play, as well as possible environmental factors.

Q: Why is this Georgia child's case drawing so much attention?

A: A leaked federal vaccine court document, posted on the Internet and widely circulated among advocates, shows the government has agreed to compensate her. Federal health officials have conceded that the five shots she received in July 2000 "significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder," which manifested as a brain disease with features of autism. Autism family advocates say this shows the government is conceding -- after years of blanket denials -- that vaccines play a role in at least some autism cases.

Q: What do federal health officials say about the case?

A: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services branch that administers the vaccine injury program says the government "continues to maintain the position that vaccines do not cause autism and has never concluded in any case that autism was caused by vaccination."

Q: What are mitochondrial disorders?

A: Mitochondria are tiny rod-like structures that serve as the energy-making machines inside cells. When mitochondria don't work properly, they produce less energy and can cause various body systems to fail.

Q: What causes the disorders?

A: For the most part, genes. Sometimes a person's mitochondria -- if their genes make them susceptible -- can be affected by environmental factors such as medications. The Georgia girl's family suspects her mitochondria were damaged by a mercury-based preservative in the vaccines she received. Tests didn't find a genetical link in her case, the family said.

Q: What's the relationship between mitochondrial disorders and autism?

A: While some children with mitochondrial disorders have autistic symptoms, the vast majority do not, said Dr. Bruce Cohen, a pediatric neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic and past-president of the Mitochondrial Medicine Society. Most autistic children do not have mitochondrial disease, he said.

Q: How can a mitochondrial disorder be aggravated by vaccinations?

A: Vaccination -- like illnesses, starvation, extreme heat or any other stress on the body -- may unmask a mitochondrial disorder, experts said. When a vaccine is injected, it causes the body to mount an immune response. This requires increased energy the body may not have if there is an underlying mitochondrial disorder. Still, Cohen said he recommends vaccination, even for most patients with diagnosed mitochondrial disorders. That's because of the greater danger posed by vaccine-preventable diseases.

Q: How common is this?

A: According to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, at least one in every 4,000 children born in the U.S. each year will develop a mitochondrial disease by age 10. Many children are misdiagnosed with such things as atypical cerebral palsy, seizure disorders and other diseases. Adults also can be diagnosed with adult-onset mitochondrial disease.

ELIZABETH LANDT / Staff MITOCHONDRIAL DISORDERS

Energy for our bodies is created within our cells. This massive job is handled by the mitochondria. When these tiny guys can't do their job, our whole body suffers.

Normal mitochondrion
1. Mitochondria are tiny power plants inside human cells that convert food into energy.
2. If the mitochondria are not working properly, the cell does not get the energy it needs to do its work within the body.
Diagram includes a cell containing normal and dysfunctional mitochondrion; the inside of a normal mitochondrian; its Energy-producing particles; DNA.

Organ systems:
3. The brain, heart and lungs require the most energy to function properly. If they don't have adequate energy, these organs begin to fail. Symptoms vary depending on the part of the body involved.
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Possible symptoms
Mitochondrial disorders are rare. Not everyone who has these symptoms has dysfunctional mitochondria.
Brain: Developmental delays, seizures, autistic features, migraines, atypical cerebral palsy
Eyes and ears: Visual or hearing loss, degeneration of retina cells
Heart: Heart blocks, Cardiomyopathy
Muscles: Weakness, cramping, gastrointestinal problems, muscle pain
Liver: Low blood sugar, liver failure
Kidneys: Failure to excrete acid or wasting
Pancreas and other glands: Diabetes and inability to make digestive enzymes, low calcium
Nerves: Weakness (may be intermittent), fainting, Chronic nerve pain
Systemic: Failure to gain weight, fatigue, unexplained vomiting, short stature, respiratory problems

Mitochondrian disorders generally involve three or more organ systems and in some cases produces symptoms similar to autism.

Sources: United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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KBR: A Halliburton Subsidiary
By Andrew G. Marshall
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8258
Global Research, March 5, 2008

KBR, or Kellogg Brown & Root, was a subsidiary of the Halliburton Corporation until 2007, when bad publicity and indictments against KBR forced Halliburton to sell its shares in KBR.1

KBR and Vietnam:

KBR, having financed Lyndon Johnson from the 1940s and into the Vice Presidential position, was rewarded after Kennedy?s assassination with lucrative contracts in the escalated Vietnam War. ?Johnson, who became president in 1963 after Kennedy?s assassination and who was elected with broad support in 1964, used the Gulf of Tonkin incident,? in order to ?justify the sending of ground troops into Vietnam. The result of that move was the need for billions of dollars worth of bases, airstrips, ports, and bridges. Enter Brown & Root.?2

With that, ?In 1965, a year after Johnson stepped up America?s participation in Vietnam, Brown & Root joined three other construction and project management behemoths, Raymond International, Morris-Knudsen, and J.A. Jones to form one of the largest civilian-based military construction conglomerates in history.? That team of corporations was known as RMK-BRJ, which, ?literally changed the face of Vietnam, clearing out wide swaths of jungle for airplane landing strips, dredging channels for ships, and building American bases from Da Nang to Saigon.?3 KBR, as a member of this joint conglomerate, was also contracted to build new prison cells in Vietnam, replacing the ?horribly inhumane prison cells built by the French government 75 years earlier to hold prisoners.?4

KBR and the Rwandan Genocide:

In 1990, the first invasion of Rwanda took place by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a militant organization from Uganda, overseen by a man by the name of Paul Kagame. The aim of this Tutsi rebel organization was the overthrow of Rwanda?s then-Hutu President Habyarimana, who was at the time, using World Bank loans to import enormous numbers of machetes under World Bank surveillance of Rwanda?s expenditure.5 This was the offset of the Rwandan civil war, which lasted until 1993, when a peace agreement was being brokered between Rwanda?s president and other neighboring leaders, including the President of Burundi. When the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were flying back to Rwanda during the time of peace settlements, in 1994, their plane, also carrying on board many French officials, was shot down. This is the event that triggered the Rwandan genocide.

The first invasion of Rwanda by the RPF in 1990 ?had the military backing of the first Bush administration [1989-1993], including Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.?6 In 1992, ?then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney commissioned Brown & Root to produce a classified report examining the benefits of greatly expanding logistics privatization. The report led the Pentagon to solicit bids from thirty-seven firms for an unprecedented five-year contract to provide the bulk of the Army?s overseas logistics needs. Later that year, the Defense Department chose Brown & Root as the first such umbrella logistics contractor.?7

In 1993, newly elected President Bill Clinton continued this policy of supporting the RPF. His trusted allies in the United Nations, Madeline Albright, then US Ambassador to the United Nations and Kofi Annan, then head of the UN?s peacekeeping operations, ensured that the relationship would be concealed from the public. Wayne Madsen reported that both Albright and Annan, ?conveniently chose to ignore evidence that a US-trained and supplied guerrilla force ? the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) ? was responsible for the fateful April 6, 1994 terrorist missile attack on the aircraft carrying the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and Burundi home from a peace summit in Tanzania.?8

Paul Kagame, leader of the RPF, had been trained at US military bases in the United States in guerilla warfare tactics, and had very close ties to the Pentagon, the US State Department and the CIA.9 It also turns out that the US supplied the RPF with the missiles used to shoot down the plane carrying the two presidents, and that a UN investigation revealed that the warehouse which was used in assembling the missile launchers was leased to a company linked to none other than the CIA. Albright and Annan also ensured that information did not reach the public.10

Madsen revealed that a French investigation in 2004 about the shooting down of the plane, carried out on behalf of the French citizens who were killed on the plane, revealed that there was a startling connection to an organization that goes by the name of the, ?International Strategic and Tactical Organization? [ISTO], which represents powerful political and corporate interests, including Armitage and Associates LC, a firm founded by George W. Bush?s first Deputy Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage, and KBR, or Kellogg Brown & Root, then a subsidiary of Halliburton.11 In 1994, KBR was in Rwanda under a $6.3 million contract called ?Operation Support Hope.?12

As a result of the Rwandan genocide, many of the key players got handsomely rewarded with promotions. Paul Kagame became President of Rwanda, Kofi Annan became Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Madeline Albright became Bill Clinton?s Secretary of State. A year later, in 1995, Dick Cheney went to become the CEO of Halliburton until the year 2000.

KBR and The Congo Civil War:

Kellogg-Brown & Root, which was connected to the, ?International Strategic and Tactical Organization? (ISTO), made another appearance in Africa. This time, it was to do with the Congo civil war, which started in the late 1990s. The Congo was invaded in 1996 by forces from Rwanda under the leadership of Paul Kagame, as well as Burundi and Uganda sending in troops supporting rebel Congolese leader, Laurent Kabila, to overthrow the then-President of Congo [Zaire], Mobutu Sese Seko.13 KBR, ?reportedly built a military base on the Congolese/Rwandan border, where the Rwandan army has trained,? and, what?s more, ?The Bechtel Corporation provided satellite maps and reconnaissance photos to Kabila so that he could monitor the movements of Mobutu?s troops.?14 Bechtel?s board of directors includes former Secretary of State George Schultz and has former Secretary of Defense, Caspar Wienberger, as a legal counsel, while Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR at this time.

After deposing the former President of Congo, Kabila gave out juicy contracts to big corporations ready to rape the Congo?s resources. American Mineral Fields (AMF) got a huge contract for exploration rights over many rich minerals, and ?Mike McMurrough, a friend of US President Bill Clinton, was the chair of AMF.?15 Another big company to profit off the death of millions of Congolese people is Barrick Gold Corporation, a Canadian mining company, with former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Clinton Adviser Vernon Jordan on its board of directors, and George HW Bush as a company adviser.16

KBR in Bosnia and Kosovo:

As economics professor at the University of Ottawa, Michel Chossudovsky, noted, ?Throughout the 1990s, the Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was used by the CIA as a go-between -- to channel weapons and Mujahideen mercenaries to the Bosnian Muslim Army in the civil war in Yugoslavia.? Quoting a report by the International Media Corporation, Chossudovsky wrote:

Reliable sources report that the United States is now [1994] actively participating in the arming and training of the Muslim forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina in direct contravention of the United Nations accords. US agencies have been providing weapons made in ... China (PRC), North Korea (DPRK) and Iran...

... It was [also] reported that 400 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (Pasdaran) arrived in Bosnia with a large supply of arms and ammunition. It was alleged that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had full knowledge of the operation and that the CIA believed that some of the 400 had been detached for future terrorist operations in Western Europe.

During September and October [1994], there has been a stream of "Afghan" Mujahedin ... covertly landed in Ploce, Croatia (South-West of Mostar) from where they have traveled with false papers ... before deploying with the Bosnian Muslim forces in the Kupres, Zenica and Banja Luka areas...

The Mujahedin landing at Ploce are reported to have been accompanied by US Special Forces equipped with high-tech communications equipment, ... The sources said that the mission of the US troops was to establish a command, control, communications and intelligence network to coordinate and support Bosnian Muslim offensives -- in concert with Mujahideen and Bosnian Croat forces.17

Further, a Congressional report issued in 1997, ?confirms unequivocally the complicity of the Clinton Administration with several Islamic fundamentalist organisations including Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda,? and that, ?The "Bosnian pattern" described in the 1997 Congressional RPC report was replicated in Kosovo. With the complicity of NATO and the US State Department. Mujahideen mercenaries from the Middle East and Central Asia were recruited to fight in the ranks of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in 1998-99, largely supporting NATO's war effort.? It was revealed that, ?the task of arming and training of the KLA had been entrusted in 1998 to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Britain's Secret Intelligence Services MI6.?18

After the US/British instigated conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s, Halliburton subsidiary KBR got another interesting contract. As the Asia Times reported, KBR?s ?big break came in December 1995. Dick Cheney had been the chief executive officer of parent company Halliburton for only two months. KBR was sent to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo to build two army camps in the middle of two deserted wheat fields. Instead it built two cities, one in Bosnia and one in Kosovo - complete with mail delivery and 24-hour food and laundry. In other words: without KBR, there would be no operating US Army in Bosnia and Kosovo. And the money was great: from 1995-2000, the KBR bill to the US government was more than $2 billion.? On top of this:

KBR's strategic masterpiece is Camp Bondsteel - the largest and most expensive US Army base since Vietnam, still in use today, complete with roads, its own power generators, houses, satellite dishes, a helicopter airfield and of course a Vietnam-style prison. By a fabulous coincidence, Camp Bondsteel is right on the path of the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil (AMBO) Trans-Balkan Pipeline. This key piece of Pipelineistan is supposed to connect the oil-and-gas-rich Caspian Sea with Europe. The feasibility project for AMBO was conducted by none other than KBR.19

As Michel Chossudovsky wrote, ?The plans to build Camp Bondsteel under a lucrative multibillion dollar DoD [Department of Defense] contract with Halliburton's Texas based subsidiary KBR were formulated while Dick Cheney was Halliburton's CEO,? and that, ?The US and NATO had advanced plans to bomb Yugoslavia before 1999, and many European political leaders now believe that the US deliberately used the bombing of Yugoslavia to establish camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. According to Colonel Robert L. McCure, ?Engineering planning for operations in Kosovo began months before the first bomb was dropped?.? The reasoning behind this was that:

One of the objectives underlying Camp Bondsteel was to protect the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil pipeline project (AMBO), which was to channel Caspian sea oil from the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Burgas to the Adriatic.

Coincidentally, two years prior to the invasion, in 1997, a senior executive of `Brown & Root Energy, a subsidiary of Halliburton, Edward L. (Ted) Ferguson had been appointed to head AMBO. The feasibility plans for the AMBO pipeline were also undertaken by Halliburton's engineering company, Kellog, Brown & Root Ltd.20

KBR in Afghanistan and Iraq:

As Dan Briody wrote in The Halliburton Agenda, ?When troops were deployed to Afghanistan, so was Kellogg Brown & Root. They built US bases in Bagram and Kandahar for $157 million. As it had done in the past, KBR has men on the ground before the first troops even arrived in most locations.?21 It was reported that KBR ?was awarded a $100 million contract in 2002 to build a new U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, from the State Department.?22

As the Center for Public Integrity reported, ?KBR, Inc., the global engineering and construction giant, won more than $16 billion in U.S. government contracts for work in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006?far more than any other company.?23

Indeed, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq presented Halliburton and its subsidiary, KBR, with an amazing opportunity of war profiteering on a scale never before seen. Not only was the company enriching itself, but its former CEO, Dick Cheney, currently Vice President of the United States, ?sold most of his Halliburton shares when he left the company, but retained stock options worth about $8m,? and the Guardian reported in 2003 that KBR ?is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-president Dick Cheney.?24

In December of 2005, the Chicago Tribune reported that, ?A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions.? The lobbying groups, ?say they're in favor of the idea in principle, but said they believe that implementing key portions of it overseas is unrealistic. They represent thousands of firms, including some of the industry's biggest names, such as DynCorp International and Halliburton subsidiary KBR, both of which have been linked to trafficking-related concerns.?25 However, human trafficking experts have criticized the move by the lobbying groups, and told ?the Pentagon that the policy would merely formalize practices that have allowed contractors working overseas to escape punishment for involvement in trafficking.?

The allegations of human trafficking include, ?the alleged involvement of DynCorp employees in buying women and girls as sex slaves in Bosnia during the U.S. military's deployment there in the late 1990s,? and that, ?Middle Eastern firms working under American subcontracts in Iraq, and a chain of human brokers beneath them, engaged in the kind of abuses condemned elsewhere by the U.S. government as human trafficking,? which pertained to KBR. The Chicago Tribune then reported in 2006 that, ?some of KBR's subcontractors, and a chain of human brokers stretching to South and Southeast Asia, allegedly engaged in the same kinds of abuses routinely condemned? as human trafficking.26

In December of 2007, it was reported that, ?A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.? The article continued, ?Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be out of a job.?27 Jones filed a lawsuit against Halliburton and KBR, and ?says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave. Jones described the container as sparely furnished with a bed, table and lamp.?

KBR and the North American Union:

More recently, KBR has been awarded contracts by Shell Canada, now majority owned by its parent company, Royal Dutch Shell, ?to provide field construction and module fabrication services by Shell Canada for the Scotford Upgrader Expansion east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.?28 Business Wire reported that, ?The Scotford Upgrader Expansion project is part of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) Expansion 1, which will add approximately 100,000 barrels per day of capacity to the AOSP bitumen mining and upgrading facilities. AOSP is a joint venture between Shell Canada, Chevron Canada Limited and Western Oil Sands L.P. The total estimated cost of the project is between Cdn$10 billion and $12.8 billion.?

This is significant because it directly relates to the ?deep integration? of Canada, the United States, and Mexico into a North American Union under the auspices of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The Independent Task Force on the Future of North America was a joint task force created between the US-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). The purpose of this task force was to produce a document, which would serve as a blueprint for the implementation of ?integrating? the three countries of North America into a regional block, ultimately into a North American Union. The report was issued 2 months after the leaders of the 3 nations signed the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreement in 2005, and is titled, ?Building a North American Community.?

In this document, regarding integrating energy sectors, it stated, ?Canada?s vast oilsands, once a high-cost experimental means of extracting oil, now provide a viable new source of energy that is attracting a steady stream of multibillion dollar investments, and interest from countries such as China, and they have catapulted Canada into second place in the world in terms of proved oil reserves. Production from oilsands fields is projected to reach 2 million barrels per day by 2010.?29 The report further stated, ?the three governments need to work together to ensure energy security for people in all three countries. Issues to be addressed include the expansion and protection of the North American energy infrastructure.?30

In 2006, the SPP created a new organization with the specific purpose of ?advising? and ?directing? the three governments on how to integrate properly and to set deadlines for specific programs. This organization is called the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC).

The Canadian membership of the North American Competitiveness Council includes Dominic D?Alessandro, President and CEO of Manulife Financial, who is also Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), David A. Ganong, President of Ganong Bros. Limited, as well as being a director of the CCCE and a director of Sun Life Financial, Hunter Harrison, President and CEO of Canadian National Railway Company and member of the CCCE, Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corporation who also sits on the board of CIBC, Michael Sabia, President and CEO of Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), Annette Verschuren, President of The Home Depot Canada and member of the board of the CCCE, Richard E. Waugh, President and CEO of The Bank of Nova Scotia who also is on the board of the Institute for International Finance, is a member of the Chairman's Advisory Council for the Council of the Americas, and the IMF's Capital Markets Consultative Group. Further members of the NACC include Richard L. George, President and CEO of Suncor Energy Inc., an American who is Honourary Chair of the CCCE, and Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada.

Suncor, one of the Canadian corporations on the NACC, has as a member of its board of directors an American by the name of John Huff. John R. Huff, also happens to be on the board of directors of KBR32, now in a joint project with Shell in developing the oil sands, as recommended by the SPP.

KBR and Concentration Camps:

The New York Times reported in 2003, that, ?Since the attacks of Sept. 11, Kellogg Brown & Root has won significant additional business from the federal government and the Pentagon. It has built cells for detainees at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba and is the exclusive logistics supplier for the Navy and the Army, providing services like cooking, construction, power generation and fuel transportation.?33 In 2005, the Independent reported that, ?A subsidiary of Halliburton, the oil services group once led by the US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, has won a $30m (£16m) contract to help build a new permanent prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.?34

On January 24, 2006, KBR, which was still a subsidiary of Halliburton at the time, got a contract from the Department of Homeland Security, ?to support the Department of Homeland Security?s (DHS) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities in the event of an emergency.?35 The press release on KBR?s website further stated that the contract has a ?maximum total value of $385 million over a five-year term, consisting of a one-year based period and four one-year options, the competitively awarded contract will be executed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District. KBR held the previous ICE contract from 2000 through 2005.? The Executive Director of the KBR Government and Infrastructure division was quoted in the release as saying the contract, ?builds on our extremely strong track record in the arena of emergency operations support.?

The contract awarded to KBR, a construction firm, ?provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs,? [Emphasis added]. Further, ?The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other U.S. Government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster,? [Emphasis added].

As author, professor and former diplomat Peter Dale Scott notes in his book, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, ?On February 6, 2007, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the fiscal year 2007 federal budget would allocate more than $400 million to add sixty-seven hundred additional detention beds (an increase of 32 percent over 2006).? Scott goes on to state that this was ?in partial fulfillment of an ambitious ten-year Homeland Security strategic plan, code-named Endgame, authorized in 2003,? whose goal was to ?remove all removable aliens,? as well as ?potential terrorists.?36

As Scott wrote in an article shortly after the KBR contract was issued in 2006, ?the contract evoked ominous memories of Oliver North's controversial Rex-84 ?readiness exercise? in 1984. This called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to round up and detain 400,000 imaginary ?refugees,? in the context of ?uncontrolled population movements? over the Mexican border into the United States.? Scott quoted Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 as a military analyst leaked the ?Pentagon Papers? about the military?s activities in Vietnam, as saying, ?Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters,? and that, ?They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo.?37

A recent San Francisco Chronicle article, co-authored by a former US Congressman, reported that, ?Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.?38

Conclusion

As the preparations of martial law are being put in place, it is of vital important to identify the specific corporations involved in this process. Administrations change, politicians go in and out of power, but the corporation is a consistent powerhouse. In this case, KBR has been a force to be reckoned with since the rise of Lyndon Johnson. Today, it has reached new heights. It was necessary to examine the recent history of this company?s activities, much the same as identifying a person?s own history and experiences to account for their present personality: so as to better understand their actions today. Given KBR?s history related to war and violence, more light should be shed on their current activities with the Department of Homeland Security, as morality is not a concept KBR seems to understand.

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KNOW FREEDOM OR NO FREEDOM!

ROBOTS, ROBUTTS & AMERICANS

As attorney jokes fade away since they have become true, political jokes are now running a close second to extinction. The situation in America today cannot be dismissed as having any relationship to humor. The ever so serious truth is that America’s survival can only be equated to your survival. While blind, we remain their manipulated fodder, if we perish, they have nothing to feed on, if we turn on the light, varmints scamper for hiding places. Our only hope for survival is acknowledgement and acceptance of the truth. The 2 major political parties are pulling out all the stops to promote candidates who will continue the downward spiral of America while making it appear that the people are actively involved. Their high dollar lap-dog media is adamant about guarding and promoting their fictions and agenda.

We are now reduced to a struggle between the Robots (“leaders” controlled by elitist liars) wanting control, Robutts buying into their lies, and Americans who know the truth and want to live responsibly in Peace and Freedom.

The ranks of the Robutts, necessary to survival of the Robots, were shrinking fast which is why the Robots passed the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. act to make Common Sense, individual thought and Americans illegal. Resistance to this legislative “Act” by the Americans with their hand on the light switch is why we see such rampant truth exclusions by the media and “leaders.” Doing something honestly that feels good for money is illegal, but doing something that feels bad for money is legal.

This is the situation we are faced with and I don’t know about you, but I prefer to smile and smell the roses instead of trying to ignore and endure the odor from a freshly presented meadow muffin.

Ten years ago Da Vid, founder of the Light Party was on our show and proclaimed “Colonics for Congress” as a solution to this nations problems. At that time I laughed without realizing the significance of such a statement. Now I realize that since most members of Congress do suffer from such an internal build-up and believe that Americans live in the same unhealthy condition. They are wrong of course and obviously full of it, but we Americans are not. If you do not understand what I am saying, Linda Tierney allowed me to put a few clips on You Tube to explain colonics. “The Amazing Liver Cleanse” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S--zBEwsoTI

It is now imperative to your happy and healthy survival, and sanity, to choose your position in life; a Proud American or a go along to get along Robutt. Ron Paul needs Americans. Hillary, McCain, Obama and Huckleberry need an impressive array of ignorant nose-ring bearing Robots and Robutts. Your Choice!

For the further promotion of honesty, I would suggest that someone out there make and offer T-shirts stating “ I know the truth, I’m an AMERICAN” or “Don’t bother me with the truth, I’m a ROBUTT” This would make it much easier and quicker for us to know who America’s friends are. The Robots parade daily on major media, so we already know who they are.

In Truth and Freedom,

Dennis Grover, American
www.libertyandjusticeforall.tv/

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