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The Destruction of the American Constitution and America itself.

BY Benjamin Pooler

"We the people" these are the familiar opening words of the Constitution of the United States. This is documentation for a self-governing people, free from the Dictators and rulers that once ruled our country.

While the kings of old have faded into the mists of history, they still exist even today. It just called something else. Our forefathers wrote the constitution to relieve us from those evil and corrupted men from a monarchy that taxed us to death and didn't do a damn thing for us (sound familiar).

The Constitution of the United States is the biggest single obstacle for our current Government, so it is not surprising that they undermined and twisted it into the own little ways to interpret it to there liking.

While various political leaders have, over the centuries, done things that violated either the spirit or the letter of the Constitution, few dared to openly say that the Constitution was wrong and what they really wanted to do, was to have it there way.

It was the undermining ways of a government, a hundred years ago who began saying that the Constitution needed to be changed and we will call it "the needs of the times." Or should say the Constitution needed more Amendments, so it would have meant that the much disdained masses would have something to say about whether, or what kind, of Amendments were needed, right!

The agenda then, as now, has been for our Government to decide among themselves which Constitutional safeguards against arbitrary government power should be disregarded, in the name of "the needs of the times"-- as they choose to define those needs.

The first open attack on the Constitution by a President of the United States was made by our only president with a Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson. Virtually all the arguments as to why judges should not take the Constitution as meaning what its words plainly say, but "interpret" it to mean whatever it ought to mean, in order to meet "the needs of the times," were made by Woodrow Wilson.

It is no coincidence that those who imagine themselves so much wiser and nobler than the rest of the slaves, which they should be in the forefront of those who seek to destroy the Constitutional restrictions on the arbitrary powers of government. How can our government impose their superior wisdom and virtue on us, when the Constitution gets in the way at every turn, with all its provisions to safeguard a system based on a self-governing people?

To get their way, the most powerful people in government must dismantle the Constitution, bit by bit, in one way or another, and destroy America as we had known it. This has been going on piecemeal over the years but now we have an administration in Washington that circumvents the Constitution wholesale, with its laws passed so fast that the public cannot know what is in them, its appointment of "czars" wielding greater power than members of the Senate, without having to be exposed to pubic scrutiny by going through the confirmation process prescribed by the Constitution for Cabinet members.

Now there is leaked news of plans to change the immigration laws by administrative fiat, rather than Congressional legislation, presumably because Congress might be unduly influenced by those pesky little voters-- with their Constitutional rights-- who have shown clearly that they do not want amnesty and open borders, despite however much our leaders do. If the Obama administration gets away with this, and can add a few million illegal's to the voting rolls in time for the 2012 elections. Remember most Presidential elections have been won by no more then a couple million votes. So an added 13 million thankful Mexicans to the roles and man you have it made to get elected. With that in mind they can continue with there plan to take down the Constitution and continue with new world order as planned. But we need to stop them now and with the uprising I have witnessed, I think that it just might be able to happen.

But I know we will continue to have people in this country, saying “but the news say those people(meaning, tea party groups, conspiracy groups, and people who speak up) as quacks, it will be a long road up hill.

Information and money is the key to anyone success in rebuilding our government to the way our forefathers set it up. Notice I didn't say “the way it should be”. I said “the way our forefathers did”. Our Constitution has been stepped all over and interrupted by those so called experts in the bought Supreme Court.

Don't you think it's about time as sworn by the Constitution of these United States did something about it?

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Obama Amnesty Is Here


From the Desk of Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:

Concerned about the Obama administration’s plan to grant amnesty to illegal aliens? Guess what. It’s already happening.

According to The Houston Chronicle:

The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts.

Culling the immigration court system dockets of noncriminals started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients' deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases.

In some instances, the article notes, illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes will be allowed to stay in the country as long as these crimes do not involve a DWI, family violence or sexual assault. But other than those specific circumstances, right now it appears the other deportation candidates are in the clear. (Most of these folks are in the system because they were arrested for committing crimes, so to release those who have only been “convicted” means that illegal alien violent criminals are being set free.)

The court "was terminating all of the cases that came up," said one immigration attorney who was notified that the government requested dismissals in three of his deportation cases. "It was absolutely fantastic."

According to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo, this new policy could impact up to 17,000 cases.

And what is the justification for this lawlessness? The Obama administration is pretending it does not have enough money to do its job of deporting all aliens living in the United States illegally.

So there you have it folks. The Obama administration has decided that neither the will of the American people nor the rule of law matter at all. Obama is implementing illegal alien amnesty by hook and by crook.

But are we really all that surprised?

Remember, it was just a few weeks ago that an Obama administration memo surfaced outlining a comprehensive strategy to grant amnesty without approval by Congress. The two-faced Obama administration vehemently downplayed the significance of the memo. (Administration officials called it “brainstorming.”) But all the while the administration continued to push forward with its backdoor amnesty plan.

Following the memo’s disclosure, on August 23 Judicial Watch joined a number of other conservative organizations and sent a letter to the president expressing our extreme dissatisfaction with the Obama administration’s unlawful strategy as outlined in the memo:

“There have been reports that your administration is considering usage of its administrative authority to effectively legalize significant numbers of illegal aliens. We strongly urge that you refrain from pursuing that tactic. We believe that such an abuse of power would further polarize the immigration issue, which already is so controversial that reasonable discussion is confounded.”

The letter (and a related press conference that included Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell) earned widespread press coverage: “A group of conservative activists slammed the Obama administration Monday for allegedly planning to use its administrative authority to undercut immigration restrictions in the wake of congressional inaction on a comprehensive reform bill,” CNN’s Paul Courson wrote. “In a letter sent to the White House, leaders of 17 conservative grass-roots organizations cited reports that the administration is considering using its executive power ‘to effectively legalize significant numbers of illegal aliens.’”

But nonetheless, President Obama has failed to alter his administration’s reprehensible and unlawful behavior one single bit. And it is causing a revolt in the Imigration and Customs Enforcement bureuacracy. Even the liberals at The Washington Post have noticed that ICE’s front-line immigration enforcement personnel are opposing the non-enforcement program being implemented by Obama political appointees. In a rare action, a major ICE union announced a unaminous vote of “no confidence” in the Obama leadership team at ICE. The detail of the union's complaint is devastating and documents a crisis of law enforcement at ICE. The union notes, for instance, that:

Criminal aliens incarcerated in local jails seek out ICE officers and volunteer for deportation to avoid prosecution, conviction and serving prison sentences. Criminal aliens openly brag to ICE officers that they are taking advantage of the broken immigration system and will be back in the United States within days to commit crimes, while United States citizens arrested for the same offenses serve prison sentences. State and local law enforcement, prosecutors and jails are equally overwhelmed by the criminal alien problem and lack the resources to prosecute and house these prisoners, resulting in the release of criminal aliens back into local communities before making contact with ICE. Thousands of other criminal aliens are released to ICE without being tried for their criminal charges. ICE senior leadership is aware that the system is broken, yet refuses to alert Congress to the severity of the situation and request additional resources to provide better enforcement and support of local agencies.

What an ugly mess caused by the Obama administration’s radical hositility to the rule of law! And U.S. citizens and legal alien residents suffer as a result.

Judicial Watch’s investigations team is on top of this burgeoning scandal, trying to uncover the details behind this de facto amnesty. More to come…

Judicial Watch Counters Obama Legal Assault on SB 1070 in New Court Brief

While the Obama White House continues with its stealth illegal alien amnesty strategy, the administration’s legal assault against SB 1070, Arizona’s tough new illegal immigration law, continues. Just this week, Judicial Watch filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of our client Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, the author of the SB 1070. (You’ll recall Judicial Watch filed a motion to intervene on behalf of State Senator Pearce in the Obama administration’s lawsuit seeking to invalidate the law altogether.)

On July 28, 2010, just hours before the law was to take effect, a federal court judge put a hold on several of the legislation’s key provisions to determine if they are constitutionally sound. The court filing asks the appellate court to reverse the partial preliminary injunction granted by the lower court and to allow all of the provisions of the law to be enforced immediately.

Here’s how we summarize Senator Pearce’s argument in our brief: “Even though the Arizona Legislature has done nothing more than enact a series of law enforcement provisions under its well-recognized police powers to protect its citizens from serious public safety concerns, the district court has denied Arizona law enforcement officials the opportunity to reasonably interpret and apply the provisions in a constitutionally valid manner.”

In other words, SB 1070 is completely consistent with federal law.

With respect to the four specific provisions the court prevented from taking effect, here’s a summary of how we addressed each of them. (You can read the brief in its entirety here):

  • Section 2(B) [reasonable attempt to determine a person’s immigration status] imposes no “new” burden on lawfully present aliens because Arizona law enforcement officials have the discretion to inquire about a person’s immigration status regardless of Section 2(B). Section 2(B) also does not place any undue burden on federal resources because Congress has mandated that the federal government respond to requests from state and local law enforcement officers about persons’ immigration status.
  • Section 3 [willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document] does not regulate the conditions under which a lawfully present alien may remain in the country. Instead, Section 3 utilizes ordinary state police powers to create criminal penalties for the failure to comply with a federal registration scheme.
  • Invoking Arizona’s broad authority to regulate employment under its police powers, Section 5 [unlawful employment of illegal aliens] seeks to strengthen Arizona’s economy by protecting the state’s fiscal interests and lawfully resident labor force from the harmful effects resulting from the employment of unlawfully present aliens.
  • Section 6 [warrantless arrest] does not grant Arizona law enforcement officers the authority to determine whether an individual has committed a public offense that makes him removable. Section 6 only authorizes Arizona law enforcement officers to make a warrantless arrest of an individual who has already been determined to have committed a public offense that makes him removable.

We conclude by asking the appellate court to lift the preliminary injunction and to allow all of the provisions of SB 1070 to be enforced immediately. State Senator Pearce specifically crafted SB 1070 to be entirely consistent with federal law. The district court jumped the gun by invalidating components of the law on a purely speculative basis. It is shameful that the Obama administration has chosen to mount a legal assault against the State of Arizona for simply trying to protect its citizens. It is little wonder that the situation at the border continues to deteriorate given the Obama administration’s unwillingness to secure the border and enforce the law. We hope the appellate court respects the rule of law and allows SB 1070 to be put into full force.

State Senator Pierce agrees, saying:

This ought to be a no-brainer for the courts. I hope the appeals court allows our state to enforce the rule of law because the Obama administration doesn’t seem to care one whit for the safety of the citizens of Arizona. SB 1070 simply reflects federal immigration law. This Obama team doesn’t want immigration laws enforced — but that doesn’t mean that Arizona can’t take common sense steps to protect its own citizens.

According to the Phoenix Journal, 22 states are currently considering legislation modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070. So this battle, which began in Arizona, has gone national. And you can be sure that Judicial Watch will be right in the middle of it fighting on the side of the rule of law.


Kagan was representing Obama... Snopes has been Snoped!!

Once again the Senate sold us out.

(Thanks to Ken for this info)

I went to Snopes to check this out and they said it was false and there were no such dockets so I googled the supreme court, typed in Obama Kagan, and guess what? Yep you got it. Snopes lied. Everyone of those dockets are there. So Here is what I wrote Snopes: WND article about Elena Kagan and Barak Obama dockets. The information you have posted stating that there were no such cases as claimed by WND and the examples you gave are blatantly false. I went directly to the Supreme courts website, typed in Obama Kagan and immediately came up with all of the dockets that WND made reference too. I have long suspected that you really slant things but this was really shocking. Thank You, I hope you will be much more truthful in the future, ...

Bet you didn't know this....

Kagan was representing Obama in all the petitions to prove his citizenship. Now she may help rule on them.

Folks, this is really ugly.

Chicago Politics, and the beat goes on and on and on...

Once again the Senate sold us out. Well, someone figured out why Obama nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court.... Pull up the Supreme Courts website, go to the docket and search for Obama. She was the Solicitor General for all the suits against him filed with the Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship.

He owed her big time. All of the requests were denied of course. They were never heard. It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn't it? The American people mean nothing any longer.. It's all about payback time for those that compromised themselves to elect someone that really has no true right to even be there. We should be getting so sick of all of this nonsense.

Here are some websites of the Supreme Court Docket: You can look up some of these hearings and guess what?? Elana Kagan is the attorney representing Obama!!! Check out these examples:



Economic Deja Vu?

How the economy has changed since 2008, including the golden indicator.

Decoupling Now, Currency Crisis Soon


NIA believes that the decoupling we have been predicting of precious metals from the Dow Jones has now officially taken place. A year ago we would consistently see precious metals and stock market prices rise and fall in parallel. We have now seen the Dow Jones decline by 6.1% from its high on August 9th, along with both gold and silver rising by about 3.3% during this same time period.

The Dow Jones to gold ratio is now down to 8.1, near its low for 2010 of 7.9. The gold to silver ratio still remains at a historically high level of 66. However, silver was up today by $0.65 to $19.03 per ounce, its biggest one day gain since early June. We expect silver to significantly outperform gold in the months to come.

One year ago, almost all mainstream economists on CNBC were calling for either a "U" or a "V" shaped economic recovery. NIA said that prices were rising only due to inflation and there would be no economic recovery. NIA went into detail about how destructive government programs like the homebuyers tax credit were helping to artificially boost economic numbers, but as soon as these programs were over, economic activity would collapse to new lows. NIA was right. Now that the government has ended its homebuyers tax credit, we just saw sales of previously owned homes decline in July by 25.5% from one year ago, to their lowest level in a decade. We also saw new home sales in July based on the signing of new contracts decline by 32.4% from one year ago.

The government will report their second estimate of second quarter GDP on Friday and we will likely see a revision from growth of 2.4% down to growth of less than 2%. Keep in mind, the White House budget is projecting a GDP growth rate of 5.58% over the next five years (along with permanently low interest rates) in order to get the budget deficit down to $752 billion in 2015. With a sharp contraction in GDP likely coming in the third quarter, NIA continues to believe that the Federal Reserve will unleash the mother of all quantitative easing this fall, along with a huge push by Congress for a new stimulus plan.

U.S. mutual funds currently have about $10.5 trillion in assets, with $2.5 trillion being in bonds and $4.6 trillion being in equities. Although the amount of money invested in equities is still far greater than bonds, asset inflows into bonds have outpaced equities for 30 consecutive months. During these 30 months, $559 billion were invested into bond funds while $209.4 billion were pulled out of equity funds. It is a real shame that most retiring baby boomers who are looking for safety, are actually investing their savings into the riskiest assets of all.

The U.S. savings rate climbed in June to 6.4%, its highest level in one year. It is unfortunate that Americans who are doing the right thing by increasing their savings, are simply giving their savings away for free to the government which is spending it recklessly with no way of paying it back. When this bond bubble begins to burst, prices of commodities will explode to the upside like nothing you have ever seen before.

NIA believes that there is a risk of the bond bubble beginning to burst as early as this fall. Smart money is now loading up on commodities. In the week ended August 17th, net long holdings in futures for 20 commodities rose 2.6% to 1.18 million contracts, with the biggest rises coming in agricultural commodities like wheat and corn. Commodity assets under management gained by about $8 billion in July to over $300 billion.

The World Gold Council just announced today that gold demand surged in the second quarter of 2010 to 1,050.3 metric tons, up 36% from one year ago. This rise in demand came mostly from rising investment demand, with gold demand for backing ETFs climbing 414% and retail investment demand rising by 29%.

Because the rest of the world still likes to follow and emulate the U.S., it might be Americans who initiate the upcoming stampede out of bonds, U.S. dollars and other dollar-denominated assets, and into precious metals. For the time being, the average American is still more likely to be a seller of gold. Recycling of gold increased 35% last quarter to 496 metric tons. Once Americans become educated about how gold isn't expensive and is still trading for only 1/2 of its all time high adjusted to the CPI and 1/4 of its all time high adjusted to the real rate of price inflation, and that by recycling gold they are actually trading real money for fiat paper money, this recycling supply will diminish and the world will face a major gold shortage. The world already has a major silver shortage that will become apparent to all very soon.

NIA's co-founders still receive phone calls on a daily basis from non-NIA member friends asking for us to invest in Real Estate "short sales" and other foreclosure deals. By year 2012, NIA guarantees nobody is going to want to touch Real Estate and all of your friends will be calling you about the latest Krugerrand that they bought. Although NIA doesn't project hyperinflation to occur until the years 2014-2015, there is a serious risk of hyperinflation occurring any day now. Hedge funds need to be where the momentum is and as soon as the momentum turns against the dollar, we could see the bond bubble burst and the currency crisis begin instantaneously.



August 22, 2010


Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, grunt and 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. He is active in the financial industry and is a specialist on global trade. Gordon Duff acts as political and economic advisor to a number of governments in Africa and the Middle East. Gordon Duff is currently working on economic development projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan to counter the effects of poverty and global extremism.Email : gpduf@aol.com


By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

How can a nation like the United States be duped into two wars and total bankruptcy? It would be one thing if the “truth” about 9/11 was internet conspiracy theory. This isn’t the case. It was all right there in everyone’s living room. They fooled us once and then fooled us again and again. Yes, America has some tail to kick but this time, maybe we should make sure our boot goes up the right rear end for a change.

The real hole in the Pentagon, before construction equipment enlarged it was so small a man had to duck his head to enter. For 9 years, this photograph was captioned “Second Floor.” This photograph has a firefighter in the foreground and, unless gravity was suspended on 9/11, he is standing on the Pentagon’s lawn. Listen to CNN describe a crash site with no aircraft parts of any kind, seats, bodies, wings, engines, tail section….none of it. Can it be this simple?

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The CNN reporter at the Pentagon immediately after the “crash” found no aircraft debris. After closing off the site, the next morning, huge pieces of plane were hauled away, pieces that weren’t in any of the photographs on 9/11. I hate it when media stooges scripted by the real terrorists don’t check the time carefully enough.

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Watch a BBC reporter talk about a building collapsing that was still standing, actually with very little damage, right behind her. Yes, Americans are that easy to lie to.

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Watch Larry Silverstein tell network news that WTC 7, the same virtually undamaged building was “pulled” by firefighters. Since making this statement, no single individual, firefighter, 9/11 Commission member or anyone else has backed up this wild claim. Need we mention that setting demolition charges alone would require weeks?

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Here, Dan Rather on CBS describes the collapse of Building 7 as “like films of controlled demolition we have seen, buildings deliberately destroyed by well placed dynamite….”

Some Americans are burning Korans to celebrate 9/11. Some are deeply disturbed about an Islamic community center being built nearby. If I might suggest, perhaps 9/11 might be better served as “hallowed ground” if it were a place of execution. A great nation could transplant it’s mightiest oak to the site. That hallowed oak and a few lengths of hemp used with intelligence and consideration on our enemies at home and abroad would best honor our dead.

Just a thought….

There is currently no conclusive forensic evidence that the airliners indicated nor the hijackers accused were ever involved in 9/11 in any way.

Perhaps worst of all, Fox News itself, released the following story indicating that 60 Israeli’s were arrested after 9/11, some active duty military who had advance knowledge of 9/11. Later, the number exceeded 200, tied to espionage and suspected terrorism. Yes, the term “terrorism” is used. All investigations were eventually quashed. You can come to your own conclusions as to what is and isn’t being said.

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Yes, Americans are that dumb. You wonder why our banks are empty?


TTN Report--(Typical Twisted News): 'Palestinians torch cars in Jerusalem violence'

by Zen Gardner


How about "Zionists Attack Mosque in Palestine"?

Jeeze Louize...this is sick. Talk about mainstream news "programming"...

Palestinians torch cars in Jerusalem violence

Aug 26 (Reuters) - 'Palestinians torched half a dozen vehicles in East Jerusalem on Thursday and threw stones and firebombs at Israeli police after Jewish settlers approached a mosque, local residents and police said.

There were no reported injuries in the incident in the volatile Silwan neighbourhood, where tensions have flared between Palestinians and a small group of settlers who have moved there in the past two decades.'

Isn't this typcial? The good guys and bad guys are pre-labelled--how eeeeeazy. Never mind the actual event, let's smack and smear 'em from the start so everyone knows which way to think.

I'm sick of it. The media is so entrenched in its prepaid viewpoints that no one can get a word in edgewise without being censored, labelled, stimatized, broadbrushed, humiliated, implanted or just plain ignored.


Here's a typical pre-paid media false choice---wanna be homosexual, or homosexual? Otherwise you're a bigot!

These people are paid pros, and simply and humbly know which side their bread is buttered on.

Better keep your glasses on tight to know who's who...it's getting weird out there...

Here's lookin' at ya---Zen


Israelis Risk Jail to Smuggle Palestinians

600 sign up for campaign of disobedience

By Jonathan Cook

Global Research
August 24, 2010

Nearly 600 Israelis have signed up for a campaign of civil disobedience, vowing to risk jail to smuggle Palestinian women and children into Israel for a brief taste of life outside the occupied West Bank.

The Israelis say they have been inspired by the example of Ilana Hammerman, a writer who is threatened with prosecution after publishing an article in which she admitted breaking the law to bring three Palestinian teenagers into Israel for a day out.

Ms Hammerman said she wanted to give the young women, who had never left the West Bank, some fun and a chance to see the Mediterranean for the first time.

Her story has shocked many Israelis and led to a police investigation after right-wing groups called for her to be tried for security offences.

It is illegal to transport Palestinians through checkpoints into Israel without a permit, which few can obtain. If tried and found guilty, Ms Hammerman could be fined and face up to two years in jail.

But Israelis joining the campaign say they will not be put off by threats of imprisonment.

Last month, a group of 11 Israeli women joined Ms Hammerman in repeating her act of civil disobedience, driving a dozen Palestinian women and four children, including a baby, through a checkpoint into Israel.

The Israeli women say they are planning mass smugglings of Palestinians into Israel over the coming weeks.

The Palestinians who join us are mainly looking to have a good time after years of confinement under the occupation, but for us what is most important is our act of defiance, said Ofra Lyth, who helped establish an online forum of supporters after attending a speech by Ms Hammerman.

We want to overturn this immoral law that gives rights to Jews to move freely around while keeping Palestinians imprisoned in their towns and villages, she said, referring to regulations that bar most Palestinians in the occupied territories from entering Israel, and Israelis from assisting them. Exceptions are made for Palestinians with permits, sometimes issued for a medical emergency or to some labourers with security clearance.

For the Palestinian women, though, it is not about making a statement or defying an unjust law, said Ms Lyth.

The Palestinian women tell us: Go ahead and make your political point, but for us were breaking the law so that we can enjoy ourselves and remember how life was before the checkpoints and the wall. One woman told me: I just want to be able to breathe again.

For Palestinians in the West Bank, it is not often easy to breathe. The territory is home to a growing population of 300,000 Jews in more than 100 settlements. The settlers are able to drive into Israel on roads that the army oversees with checkpoints.

It was through one such settler crossing, near Beitar Ilit, south of Jerusalem, that Ms Hammerman took the three Palestinian teenagers this year.

For their protection, she has not identifed the young women or the West Bank village where they live. She refers to the women as Aya, Lin and Yasmin. They, too, could face jail for breaking the law.

In Ms Hammermans article, published in the Haaretz newspaper in May, she admitted that she was aware her actions were illegal.

She told the women, who were 18 and 19, to take off their hijabs for the day and dress in western-style clothes to avoid attracting attention from soldiers at the checkpoint. She also taught them an easy Hebrew phrase -- Hakull beseder, or Everything is okay -- in case a soldier spoke to them.

She then took them on a tour of Tel Aviv, visiting the citys university, a museum, a shopping mall and the beach, which she noted none of them had ever seen even though it is only about 40km from their village.

Gisha, an Israeli human rights group, said Israel introduced a permit system to limit Palestinian movement out of the West Bank in the early 1990s about the time the young women were born.

Ms Hammerman wrote that the only dangerous moment during the trip was when a plain-clothes policeman stopped them and asked for the womens identity cards. Ms Hammerman lied to the officer, telling him that the women were Palestinians from East Jerusalem and therefore entitled to enter Israel.

In June, Yehuda Weinstein, the attorney general, was reported to have approved a police investigation of Ms Hammerman after a settler organisation, the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, complained.

The ranks of Ms Hammermans supporters have swollen since the group placed an advertisement, titled We refuse to obey, in Haaretz this month. The ad said the group was acting in the spirit of Martin Luther King, the US civil rights leader, and demanded that Palestinians be treated as human beings, not terrorists.

Over the past week, the online forum has attracted more than 590 Israelis signing up to repeat Ms Hammermans act of civil disobedience.

That has really surprised and encouraged me, she said. I did not realise there were so many other Israelis who have had enough of this outrageous law.

Still, the coverage of Ms Hammerman and her supporters in the Israeli media has been largely hostile. During a television interview last week, she was accused of endangering Israelis with her trips. The shows host, Yaron London, asked whether she had inspected the Palestinian womens underclothes for explosives before allowing them into her car.

She will will not be deterred, though. She said the group had discussed future trips for Palestinians, including taking them to pray at al-Aqsa, the mosque in Jerusalem that has been inaccessible to most Palestinians for at least a decade, and visits to Palestinian relatives they cannot see in Jerusalem and Israel.

We need to get Israelis meeting Palestinians again, having fun with them and seeing that they are human beings with the same rights as us.

She said her immediate goal was to kick-start a discussion among Israelis about the legality and morality of Israels laws and challenge the publics blind obedience to authority.

Ms Lyth added that the Palestinian women who have gone on our trips are the heroes of their village. They and their families know they are taking a big risk in breaking the law, but harassment is part of their daily lives anyway.

Till now the trips have been restricted to smuggling Palestinian women and children only, said Ms Hammerman. It is harder to bring men in without being discovered and the authorities would be likely to treat Palestinian men much more harshly if they were caught.

Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. His latest books are Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (Pluto Press) and Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair (Zed Books). His website is www.jkcook.net.

A version of this article originally appeared in The National (www.thenational.ae), published in Abu Dhabi.


Tainted eggs the product of factory farms


(I'm glad I have my own chickens)

If you ever saw the inside of a corporate egg "factory," you'd be surprised that this doesn't happen more often.

In fact, it does. Daily.

It's just that the numbers rarely justify news reports.

It takes a recall of hundreds of millions of eggs to make the headlines.

Corporate factory farms are a health disaster waiting to happen. Like Wall Street banks, they've been allowed too grow to large to be safe or manageable.

As always, money distributed in Washington and state capitals talks about there's not even a hint in the mass media that these factory farms are hazardous - to workers, to consumers and to the communities where they are based.

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