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Psywar - The real battlefield is your mind

Featuring CMD founder John Stauber, by Metanoia Films — This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the "elitist theory of democracy" and the relationship between war, propaganda and class. Includes original interviews with a number of dissident scholars including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips ("Project Censored"), John Stauber ("PR Watch"), Christopher Simpson ("The Science of Coercion") and others. The film explores corporate and government use of propaganda and public relations to manipulate American people. The movie explores how the U.S. government staged events to manipulate public opinion about the Iraq war, like the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, the supposedly spontaneous mob that pulled over the larger-than-life statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It also discusses the Pentagon pundit scandal, and the hidden activities of the Rendon Group, a PR firm specializing in spinning war. The film exposes government and corporate activities to blur the lines between real news and fake news, as well as the development over time of public relations misinformation campaigns, strategic corporate campaigns to generate goodwill and the perception of good works, the use of staged photo-ops, and other manipulative PR tools that have turned the land of the free and the home of the brave into a place where citizens are now manipulated with great efficiency, and on a massive scale.

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ScienceCasts: The Surprising Power of a Solar Storm

A flurry of solar activity in early March dumped enough heat in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. The heat has since dissipated, but there's more to come as the solar cycle intensifies.

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NYC's Mayor Bloomberg Bans Feeding the Homeless

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Top 5 Place NOT To Be In A Dollar Collapse

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Colonialism in 10 Minutes: The Scramble For Africa
(Guns and ammo DON'T grow on trees)

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Jailed Christian Activist Refusing to Eat

March 22, 2012


Brendon O'Connell

Brendon O'Connell, the first person jailed under Australian "hate laws," is in the third week of a hunger strike.

He said he is holding up well and intends to take this to the end if necessary. He is in solitary confinement, which he prefers for the silence it offers. He says he has his pictures of Jesus and Mary and spends much of his time in prayer and just realized the other day that it is Lent, and that this is the best Lent he has ever passed.

We are calling upon any and all major news agencies to dispatch their correspondents in Australia to the prison in Casuarina and bring some attention to this situation.

Full report here

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Larry Grathwohl on Ayers' plan for American re-education camps and the need to kill millions

In 1969 Weather Underground founders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn (who were to become Pres. Obama's personal friends and associates for many years) put Charles Manson on the cover of their occasional newspaper, "Fire". At what was billed as a "War Council" in Flint Michigan that same year, Ayers and his comrades took to greeting eachother with "the fork" - three fingers pointed upwards, in honor of Manson. (Google Dohrn's Flint conference quote on Manson - and Sharon Tate, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time.) In 1972 Ayers dedicated the WU's manifesto, "Prairie Fire", to his cultural and political heroes -- a list which included Sen. Robert Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan.

Throughout their career as terrorist bombers, Ayers and Dohrn were constantly trying to break the Left free of its "bourgeois" commitment to any standard of justice or decency. By adopting Charles Manson as their own, by praising Manson as a hero of the counterculture, they hoped to smash the Left's "bourgeois" ties to civilization and thus spark similar acts of horrific "revolutionary" violence against innocent people.

Over 400 people attended that Flint conference. Can't help but wonder what positions they have now, unknown to anyone but each other...

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Terrorist tyke? TSA pats down toddler in wheelchair

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Palmer says green groups funded by CIA - ABC News

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has accused the United States government of funding environmental group Greenpeace via the CIA to undermine Australia's coal mining sector.

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IT'S A TRICK, WE ALWAYS USE IT says former ISRAEL MINISTER

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US' double standards

3/23/12

chinadaily.com.cn

Once again the United States is trying to throw its weight around and impose its unilateral vision on other countries.

The US imposed tough new sanctions at the turn of the year, aimed at preventing other countries from importing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with its central bank in a bid to reduce Iran's oil revenues, which the US claims Iran is using to fund a nuclear weapons program.

But then on Tuesday, Washington announced it would exempt Japan and 10 European nations from its sanctions, saying these countries have "significantly reduced" their oil imports from the Islamic country.

These European nations and Japan all have an alliance with the US.

Meanwhile, in a blatant demonstration of the double standards it employs in its pursuit of hegemony, the US continues to pressure 12 other countries, including China and India, to reduce their oil imports from Iran.

The US doesn't have right to impose its will on other countries in this way. It is only natural that the US' presumptuous demand that China should stop trading with Iran should meet with strong opposition from China.

Like many countries in the world, China has maintained normal, open and transparent ties with Iran in the fields of economics, trade and energy, and it legally imports oil from Iran through normal channels.

As Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei pointed out on Wednesday, China imports oil based on its economic development needs without violating any relevant UN Security Council resolutions or undermining any third party's interests.

The US measure to punish foreign banks that settle oil imports with the Iranian central bank, implemented at the end of last year, has simply prompted the 10 EU nations and Japan to transfer more of their oil demand to other countries. This has only served to tighten the global supply of oil and drive up oil prices, which poses a threat to much-needed global growth.

Rising oil prices hit all countries hard, even the US, where consumers have had to bear the brunt of a 20 percent hike in oil prices since December.

Tehran refutes the accusations that its nuclear program is for military purposes.

Sanctions are not the solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. Only through dialogue and cooperation can it be properly solved.

All parties concerned should adopt constructive measures and start sustainable dialogue on the issue as soon as possible.

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U.S. Relaxes Limits on Use of Data in Terror Analysis

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. signed new guidelines on how analysts may access, store and search information gathered by government agencies about Americans.

Click here for the rest of the story

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The Cancer Report (The Full Version)

This documentary explains the Rockefeller influence on the health care industry, and particularly how safe alternatives have been silenced in favor of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Going back to the early twentieth century, this movie explains how it all got started, and why we are in our current health care predicament. It then provides cures for those suffering with cancer.

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Aborted Babies Are Being Chopped Up And Sold To Researchers All Over America With The Full Approval Of The Obama Administration

Did you know that aborted babies are being chopped up and sold to medical researchers all over America? There is a federal law which is supposed to ban this practice, but it contains a gigantic loophole that abortion clinics are using to sell huge amounts of aborted baby parts to the scientific community. The loophole in the federal law allows “reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.” But there are no guidelines as to what those “reasonable payments” should be and the Obama administration is not about to start prosecuting abortion clinics. So aborted baby parts from American babies will continue to be very quietly sold for profit to medical researchers and most Americans will never hear anything about it. But future generations will look back in horror at what we allowed to be done right under our noses.

Full report here

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They're Out To Kill US - With Chemtrails, Fluoride & Electronic Radiation - Jerry Day

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New study: Monsanto’s toxins kill human kidney cells

How safe are Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GMO) food crops?

Not so much. A new study shows that both of Monsanto’s major products (which the company claims are harmless to people) in fact can cause damage to human kidney cells.

Full report here

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The Bradley Manning Prosecution Infected by Government Misconduct, Dismissal is the Only Option

by Kevin Zeese

globalresearch

Last week I spent two days in court for a pretrial motions hearing in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks that showed widespread unethical and illegal behavior by the Department of Defense and State Department.  Manning has suffered the fate the Queen put on Alice when she was in Wonderland, “Sentence first -- verdict afterwards.” By the time his court martial is actually held he will have been incarcerated for more than two years, one of those years was spent in solitary confinement. But, that is only one of many obvious injustices Manning is being subjected to.

In fact, just before the pretrial motions were heard the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez completed a 14 month investigation and published a lengthy report on torture and otherwise abusive punishment. He wrote: “The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence.”

Further, Mendez concluded that the US military was at least culpable of cruel and inhumane treatment in keeping Manning locked up alone for 23 hours a day over an 11-month period in conditions that he also found might have constituted torture.

The motions hearing had some twilight zone moments.  The prosecutors were missing court orders and rulings as well as motions and documents filed by the defense up until March 11 because in the strange world of the ‘land of the free’ when the word “WikiLeaks” appeared in an email, the document was blocked.  The government finally figured out that they were missing filings, now every day the prosecutors check their spam box at 10 AM to see what the censors have hidden. Unlike other federal employees in the land of constitutionally protected free speech, they read the word “WikiLeaks,” what will be the impact!?

Taking a lesson from the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, America’s top two military commanders have already pronounced Manning guilty.  Almost a year ago, President Obama, the commander-in-chief, pronounced Manning guilty saying “He broke the law.”  Just recently the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, echoed that finding of guilt before trial saying “He did break the law.” Dempsey’s comment was published in Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the Department of Defense.  It seems like the military is doing all they can to let everyone who serves on the jury know their career is over if Manning is found not guilty.

This openly violates Article 37 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice which forbids “Unlawfully Influencing Action of Court.” This is a heavily litigated area because the command structure of the military makes higher ranking officers very powerful over their subordinates.  In 2004, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services issued a unanimous decision that affirmed the power of the military judge to dismiss charges and specifications with prejudice in the face of unlawful command influence, United States v. Gore, 60 M.J. 178 (2004). 

Manning’s attorney, David Coombs raised the issue of unlawful command influence in the Article 32 hearing, when he sought testimony from President Obama and other high government officials, writing: “The relevancy of these witnesses should be obvious. Each of these witnesses has provided statements that contradict those given by the OCA [Original Classification Authority] witnesses regarding the alleged damage caused by the unauthorized disclosures. Additionally, each of these witnesses is relevant in order to inquire into the issues of unlawful command influence and unlawful pretrial punishment in violation of Articles 13 and 37 of the UCMJ.” [Emphasis added.]

It is unclear how Judge Col. Denise Lind will minimize the impact of command influence in the Manning case.  She can tell the jurors to ignore the Commander-in-Chief and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs statements that Manning “broke the law,” but will that just make matters worse? 

But this is not the end of the mess the government has created making a fair trial seemingly impossible. Coombs pushed the government hard on their denial of discovery. The government said there were 3 million pages of documents related to the trial. Coombs has gotten a very tiny fraction of those.  The argument in court over discovery was about disclosure of materials related to the Apache helicopter attack known as the Collateral Murder Video, the damage assessment reports done by five federal agencies on how the documents impacted national security, computer forensic images that could show what software was installed or downloaded, and video from the Quantico Marine Brig where Manning was held in solitary.

The damage assessments are particularly important to both the underlying offenses as well as sentencing. Regarding the underlying charge, Manning’s most serious charge is aiding the enemy, who the government disclosed in court was al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. The damage assessments would surely describe whether and how al Queda was aided by the released documents. 

Since October 2010 Coombs has been asking for the damage assessments. The State and Justice Departments claim not to have finalized their assessment (Will they ever?  Will they before the Manning trial?) The Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency have completed their assessments, but they are classified. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has completed their assessment but it has not been made available.  Coombs pointed out that leaks and statements by top officials like Secretary Clinton and former Secretary Gates indicate there was no significant damage from the release.

The government says that if they are ordered to produce the materials they will have to go to the Original Classification Authority to review them and that this could take up to 60 days to complete.  Coombs was surprised that this had not already been done.  And, the government claimed that any documents ordered released would be reviewed for relevancy, they said it could be that one paragraph is relevant out of 100 page document where the remainder will be redacted.  It is evident that discovery will be an ongoing battle as the prosecution seems intent on hiding information from the defense. When I practiced law and the government opened their files and showed everything, I realized there was not much evidence on my side, but when the government hid documents it almost always would mean – they had something that could lose their case.

After arguing the discovery motion for an hour, where he repeatedly criticized the government lawyers for not understanding their responsibilities under the discovery rules, Coombs heightened the argument by filing a motion to dismiss because of the government’s failure to provide discovery.  He argued that he did not know how this could be fixed; comparing it to baking a cake and 45 minutes into the baking realizing you forgot to put in the eggs.

Coombs also sought a Bill of Particulars, seeking more specificity of the facts the government intends to prove.  Coombs specifically wanted to know whether the prosecution alleged that Manning had hacked into the SIPRnet, or stolen a password, or simply used the access he already had. Judge Lind interjected herself, asking an Alice in Wonderland-Queen like question: “Does the government have to prove how he did it?” Coombs responded that this type of specificity is what the Bill of Particulars was designed for, explaining, “I don’t want a trial by ambush.”

It is not only the defense that is not being given information, but the media and public are also being kept in the dark. The government is even hiding court filings from the media. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sent a letter signed by 46 media outlets urging the military to adopt at least the same level of media access as extended to trials at Guantanamo Bay, amazingly those terrorist trials provide more information to the media than the trial of Private Bradley Manning.

From pretrial abuse through prosecutors not living up to discovery obligations and commanders declaring Manning guilty it seems like the government is trying to send a message – blow the whistle on war crimes and we will incarcerate and torture you, prosecute you in a kangaroo court and put you away for life.  It is almost a “we can do anything we want to you” message to troops that if they let the truth be known, they will be severely punished regardless of the law.

The case is once again reminiscent of the prosecution of Daniel Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers and faced up to 115 years’ incarceration.  During the trial it came out that the White House had broken into Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office and the judge ordered those documents released to the defense.  John Ehrlichman twice met with the judge during the trial and offered him the directorship of the FBI.  The FBI also taped numerous conversations involving Ellsberg and did not disclose this in discovery. After a four month trial, just as the case was going to a jury the judge dismissed all charges after the government claimed it had lost records of wiretapping against Ellsberg.  Judge Byrne dismissed the case ruling: “The totality of the circumstances . . . offend a sense of justice. The bizarre events have incurably infected the prosecution of this case.

The bizarre and unfair behavior of the government in the prosecution of Bradley Manning likewise offends a sense of justice and has incurably infected the possibility of a fair trial and a just result. Short of outright dismissal it is hard to see how justice can be done.

Kevin Zeese is co-chair of Come Home America which brings people across the political spectrum together who oppose war and empire.  He is one of the organizers of the National Occupation of Washington, DC which begins on March 30.

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