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US police could get 'pain beam' weapons
24 December 2008
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The research arm of the US Department of Justice is working on two portable non-lethal weapons that inflict pain from a distance using beams of laser light or microwaves, with the intention of putting them into the hands of police to subdue suspects.

The two devices under development by the civilian National Institute of Justice both build on knowledge gained from the Pentagon's controversial Active Denial System (ADS) - first demonstrated in public last year, which uses a 2-metre beam of short microwaves to heat up the outer layer of a person's skin and cause pain.

'Reduced injuries' Like the ADS, the new portable devices will also heat the skin, but will have beams only a few centimetres across. They are designed to elicit what the Pentagon calls a "repel response" - a strong urge to escape from the beam.

A spokesperson for the National Institute for Justice likens the effect of the new devices to that of "blunt trauma" weapons such as rubber bullets, "But unlike blunt trauma devices, the injury should not be present. This research is looking to reduce the injuries to suspects," they say.

Existing blunt trauma weapons can break ribs or even kill, making alternatives welcome. Yet ADS has recorded problems too - out of several thousand tests on human subjects there were two cases of second-degree burns.

Dazzle and burn
The NIJ's laser weapon has been dubbed Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response - PHaSR - and resembles a bulky rifle. It was created in 2005 by a US air force agency to temporarily dazzle enemies (see image, right), but the addition of a second, infrared laser makes it able to heat skin too.

The NIJ is testing the PHaSR in various scenarios, which may include prison situations as well as law enforcement.

The NIJ's portable microwave-based weapon is less developed. Currently a tabletop prototype with a range of less than a metre, a backpack-sized prototype with a range of 15 metres will be ready next year, a spokesperson says.

The truly portable mini-ADS could prove the more useful, as microwaves penetrate clothing better than the infra-red beam, which is most effective on exposed skin. Although the spokesman says: "In LEC [Law Enforcement and Corrections] use there is always a little bit of skin to target."

Torture concerns
The effect of microwave beams on humans has been investigated for years, but there is little publicly available research on the effects of PHaSR-type lasers on humans. The attraction of using a laser is that it can be less bulky than a microwave device.

Human rights groups say that equipping police with such weapons would add to the problems posed by existing "non-lethals" such as Tasers. Security expert Steve Wright at Leeds Metropolitan University describes the new weapons as "torture at the touch of a button".

"We have grave concerns about the deployment and use of any such devices, which have the potential to be used for torture or other ill treatment," says Amnesty International's arms control researcher Helen Hughes, adding that all research into their effects should be made public.

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The suspicious, disturbing death of election rigger
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
December 20, 2008
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Michael Connell, the crucial techno- lynch pin in the theft of the 2004 election, and much more, is dead at the age of 45. His unnatural, suspicious death raises serious questions about the corruption of the American electoral process that now may never be answered.

Connell died Friday, December 19 when his Piper Saratoga plane crashed near his northern Ohio home. He was flying himself home from the College Park, Maryland airport. An accomplished pilot, flying in unremarkable weather, his death cuts off a critical path to much of what may never be known about how the 2004 election was shifted from John Kerry to George W. Bush in the wee hours of November 2. His plane crashed between two houses in an upscale neighborhood, one vacant, just 2.5 miles from the Akron-Canton airport.

A long-time, outspokenly loyal associate of the Bush family, Connell created the Bush-Cheney website for their 2000 presidential campaign. Connell may have played a role in various computer malfunctions that helped the GOP claim the presidency in 2000. As a chief IT consultant and operative for Karl Rove, Connell was a devout Catholic and the father of four children. In various interviews and a deposition Connell cited his belief that abortion is murder as a primary motivating factor in his work for the Republican Party.

Connell recently wrote the following in his New Media Communications newsletter, regarding Barack Obama's election: "In our 230 year history, our democracy has suffered worse fates. It's just that none come to mind right now." Connell wrote: "This is just a moment in time and this too shall pass. Enduring is the fact that 2000 years ago, a babe was born in Bethlehem. When our Lord God sent his only Son for our salvation,...In spite of the current economic and political conditions, salvation is eternal."

Ohio Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell hired Connell in 2004 to create a real-time computer data compilation for counting Ohio's votes. Under Connell's supervision, Ohio's presidential vote count was transmitted to private, partisan computer servers owned by SmartTech housed in the basement of the Old Pioneer Bank building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Connell's company, New Media Communications worked closely with SmartTech in building Republican and right-wing websites that were hosted on SmartTech servers. Among Connell's clients were the Republican National Committee, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and gwb43.com. The SmartTech servers at one point housed Karl Rove's emails. Some of Rove's email files have since mysteriously disappeared despite repeated court-sanctioned attempts to review them.

In 2001, Michael Connell's GovTech Solutions, LLC was selected to reorganize the Capitol Hill IT network, the only private-sector company to gain permission from HIR [House Information Resources] to place its server behind the firewall, he bragged.

At 12:20 am on the night of the 2004 election exit polls and initial vote counts showed John Kerry the clear winner of Ohio's presidential campaign. The Buckeye State's 20 electoral votes would have given Kerry the presidency.

But from then until around 2am, the flow of information mysteriously ceased. After that, the vote count shifted dramatically to George W. Bush, ultimately giving him a second term. In the end there was a 6.7 percent diversion---in Bush's favor---between highly professional, nationally funded exit polls and the final official vote count as tabulated by Blackwell and Connell.

Until his death Connell remained the IT supervisor for six Congressional committees. But on the day before the 2008 election, Connell was deposed by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count, and his continued involvement in IT operations for the GOP, including his access to Rove's e-mail files and the circumstances behind their disappearance.

Various threats have been repeatedly reported involving Connell and other IT experts close to the GOP. On July 24, 2008, Arnebeck emailed Attorney General Michael Mukasey, stating: "We have been confidentially informed by a source we believe to be credible that Karl Rove has threatened Michael Connell, a principal witness we have identified in our King-Lincoln case in federal court in Columbus, Ohio,...."

Connell's death comes at a moment where election protection attorneys and others appeared to be closing in on critical irregularities and illegalities. In his pre-election deposition, Connell was generally evasive, but did disclose key pieces of information that could prove damaging to Karl Rove and the GOP. Examining attorneys in the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville civil rights lawsuit, stemming from the 2004 election theft, were confident Connell had far more to tell.

There is widespread concern that this may be the reason he is now dead.

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Creating a nation of zombies

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Lets bail out the big 3 so they can move to China, is your blood boiling yet?, mine is.

GM Opens Eighth China Plant, Won't Add Further Capacity Soon
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By Tian Ying

Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. opened its eighth vehicle plant in China and said it had no plans for adding further capacity amid slowing demand in Asia's biggest auto market.

This ``has been a big year in terms of expansion'' and it ``probably will keep us occupied for the foreseeable future,'' Kevin Wale, GM China's president, said by phone today. He spoke from the northeastern city of Shenyang after the opening of the carmaker's new 2.67 billion yuan ($390 million) plant.

GM expects to boost China sales about 9 percent next year as it adds new models and an economic stimulus plan helps revive overall demand. Auto sales in China have declined in three of the past four months because of the global economic slowdown.

``That is a short-term downturn,'' Wale said. We are ``building capacity for the long term and we are very comfortable with what we are doing.''

GM, the biggest overseas automaker in China, is counting on emerging markets and U.S. aid to help it survive a plunge in North American sales. The Detroit-based automaker expects to sell as many as 1.2 million vehicles in China next year, Wale said on Dec. 5.

Shenyang Plant The new factory in Shenyang will be able to make as many as 150,000 vehicles a year, using a two-shift system, the automaker said in an e-mailed statement. The plant is an equal venture between GM and SAIC Motor Corp., China's biggest automaker.

GM's total capacity in China is more than 1 million vehicles a year, spokesman Henry Wong said. The carmaker opened a new plant in Qingdao, eastern China, in March with a capacity of 300,000 vehicles a year.

GM has no plans to shed workers in China, Wale said. The automaker expects a ``single digit'' increase in industrywide sales next year, helped by China's $584 billion economic stimulus plan.

The ``strong stimulatory action'' will ``start to kick in in the second half of next year,'' Wale said.

The new Shenyang plant will begin full production of Chevrolet Cruze compacts in the second quarter of next year. GM plans to introduce 10 new models in China by 2011, according to Wale. The carmaker added a new Buick Regal on Dec. 1.

GM's China-made vehicle sales rose 8.1 percent in the first 10 months to 861,458. Its U.S. sales fell 20 percent to 2.56 million. China's industrywide auto sales jumped 11 percent to 7.83 million in the period, compared with a 15 percent drop in the U.S.

GM and Chrysler LLC are seeking $14 billion in emergency aid from the U.S. government to keep operating through the first quarter. President George W. Bush may decide on the bailout as soon as today, according to a government official who spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tian Ying in Beijing on ytian@bloomberg.net

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Thanks Bob great article

HOW WE GOT HERE - WHERE WE ARE GOING
by Alan Stang
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As I write, Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, aka Barry Obama, aka Barack Dunham, aka Barry Dunham, aka Barack Soetoro, et al., persists in refusing to prove his eligibility to be President. The nation faces a historic constitutional crisis, in the midst of which Republicrud Party activists – typically treasonous – are once again trying to sneak a new constitutional convention through the state legislatures. If they succeed, they will repeal the Constitution and abolish the country.

Meanwhile, reports from gun stores around the country say that Senator Also Known As has surprisingly become the greatest salesman in the history of firearms. People who don’t know how to load a gun are buying them, in fear that if Eric Holder, who hates private firearms with a passion, becomes Attorney General, he could cripple the Second Amendment even before a Constitutional Convention could repeal it.

Also Known As has tried to reassure us. He says the present buying frenzy is unneeded, because he does support the Second Amendment. But it was Also Known As who nominated Holder to run the Justice Department and it was Also Known As who, during the campaign, spoke with contempt of the “bitter” Americans between the Hudson River and the California line who “cling” to their guns. Those Americans were suspicious of him then; they don’t believe him now.

It is probably not an exaggeration to say that by the time Also Known As is inaugurated – if he is inaugurated and not deported – the American people will be better armed by far than any other people in history and maybe better armed than some armies. By the time it takes effect, the present scheme to register and then confiscate every round of ammunition that is moving through the states will have little, even no, effect.

By the way, the word from Also Known As headquarters is that at the putative inauguration he will be using the odd name Barack Hussein Obama, which recalls the fact that A.K.A. nameology has become a complicated science. Remember that we are talking about a man who has had more names than most women who are not Hollyweird sluts. During the recent campaign, el Senador Juan McCrud fired an enthusiastic Ohio talk show host, Bill Cunningham, who used A.K.A.’s middle name in a speech.

Later, Lee County, Florida Sheriff Mike Scott called Also Known As “Barack Hussein Obama” in another speech introducing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The F.B.I., still controlled by Lame Schmuck Jorge W. Boosh, launched an investigation to determine whether the sheriff had broken a federal law, so it could be a federal crime to call a man by his own name.

And there is the fact that Also Known As lied to get his law license when he swore he had never been known by any other names, which is somewhat akin to a ten dollar hooker testifying she is a virgin. So, again, it is all very technical. But it does appear that, for now at least, it’s okay again to use A.K.A.’s middle name, if that really is his name.

Meanwhile, every institution in the country is standing on its head, from the economy, to the schools, to the media, to the churches, to the government. Organized faggotry is out of control. The invasion across the Mexican border continues. The car companies and the dollar are about to collapse. And on and on. How could all of this be happening at the same time?

Could all of this be happening at the same time by accident, by coincidence? No, to believe that would be to spit in the face of the law of probability, to believe that things fall up, not down; to believe something as preposterous, as riddled with falsity, as the official explanation of Nine-Eleven. It isn’t physically possible.

For much more than half a century, agents of the conspiracy for world government have been infiltrating those institutions, subverting and perverting them. Remember for instance that only a couple of the half a dozen or so Soviet spy rings operating in Washington were caught after World War II. What would you expect the ones that were not have been doing all these years? They have been metastasizing.

But didn’t the Communists collapse? How do you know they collapsed? You “know” it because they said so. “Hey, Amerikanskis, we collapsed!” How convenient! They “collapsed” just in time to take over. The “fact” that they “collapsed” means you will not be worried about them. We are overrun by Soviet opossums playing 'possum. Meanwhile, they permeate our society in consort with the rape, robbery and revolution racket called Islam.

Because Islam is a “religion,” indeed the “religion of peace,” according to Lame Schmuck Boosh, it can go where the nasty Communists cannot. It can establish mosques and madrassas. It can brainwash openly in the government schools. It can pour agents into the country and hide them in Islamic neighborhoods. It can openly infiltrate the federal government. Suddenly critical mass arrives. As if somebody up there pulled a switch, everything in the country is upside down.

Republicruds, not Democruds, have revived the conspiracy’s campaign for a new constitutional convention, at which the Constitution would be repealed and the country abolished. As I write, Republicruds in Columbus, Ohio are trying to sneak a resolution calling for a “con-con” through the state legislature. See my piece entitled, “Republican Party: Red From the Start.”

So here you are with all the guns and ammo you have bought in a so-called panic, in a frenzy, the guns Also Known As says you “bitterly cling to.” The federal government is about to impose wall-to-wall Communist dictatorship upon you, using technology unavailable to Hitler and Stalin. Our new Attorney General certainly will move to take those guns away. What will you do?

You can’t go wrong quoting the President of the United States: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” So the reason for the right isn’t sport, it isn’t hunting to feed your family and it isn’t even self-protection. It’s protection from a government that gets out of control.

President Jefferson also said: “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” And: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Whoa! Blood! Where is the President going with this? If he keeps going, is there a chance he could be locked up?

Finally, the President said that whenever any government denies the people God-given rights, they have the right to change or abolish it completely. He preaches caution; he says the people should not do so if government abuse is mild and temporary. We certainly do not want a banana republic revolution once a week.

But, he says, when government abuse continues for a long time, when the government keeps seizing and concentrating power, until it becomes obvious at last that its goal is totalitarian dictatorship, then it is not only the people’s right, “it is their duty, to throw off such government.”

Again, says the President, when the government seizes total power and becomes a dictatorship, the people have no choice. It is their duty to overthrow such government. Of course all this comes from the Declaration of Independence, the nation’s birth certificate, which the President wrote. We don’t know what the Also Known As birth certificate says, but the nation’s is available.

When did the moment come in Nazi Germany at which the overthrow of the government changed from treason, from a crime, to a humane, patriotic act? Was it the burning of the Reichstag? Was it the Enabling Act? Something else? I don’t know – historians debate that – but obviously it came. When did it come in the Soviet Union and Castro Cuba? We know that in the first American War for Independence it came when the English came to get the guns.

If the same thing happens here – which it ever more clearly appears that it will – what will the government be doing while you are trying to overthrow it? It – the political criminals who comprise it – will be defending themselves, doing everything they can to maintain the power they lust for. That is where the blood comes from, the blood the President is talking about.

Remember that the real thing hasn’t yet hit the fan. I liken what has happened so far to the approach of a hurricane. At first, the sky darkens. It begins to rain. The wind picks up; then picks up even more. It blows a sign over. If you have never been in a hurricane and don’t know what they are, you could mistakenly think these things are the hurricane. Of course they are not. They are just the outer edge of what could be a monster. The hurricane has not yet hit. People who had heard that Ike was a Category Two stayed and were killed. We shall never find many of their bodies. They sleep with the fishes.

That is where we are now. What has happened so far is merely the warning, not the real thing. I profoundly wish I could believe something else, but the fool not only says in his heart there is no God; he also argues with the numbers. According to one report, inflation perpetrated by the non-Federal non-Reserve System is now running at 300%, which means we are on the way to Zimbabwe, which in turn is worse than Weimar.

The experts warn us to expect social breakdown, chaos, anarchy, food riots, dollar collapse, widespread crime, violent protests, government intervention, looting, etc., maybe even violent revolution, all part of the scheme to bring our country to its knees. I believe them. In the beginning, the farmers fired on the redcoats. And remember that Also Known As is a Communist.

At the 2008 Texas Republican Convention, which I covered, state Attorney General Greg Abbott said from the lectern that his answer to gun confiscation machinations from Washington is: “Lock and load!” Since the Attorney General said so, it must be okay to say. The question is: At the moment of truth, what will you do?

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The Matrix Of Illusion
thanks Robert D

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Swat Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio
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On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8 PM. The team was aggressive and belligerent. The children were quite traumatized. At some point, the “bad cop” SWAT team was relieved by another team, a “good cop” team that tried to befriend the family. The Stowers family has run a very large, well-known food cooperative called Manna Storehouse on the western side of the greater Cleveland area for many years. There were agents from the Department of Agriculture present, one of them identified as Bill Lesho. The search warrant is reportedly supicious-looking. Agents began rifling through all of the family’s possessions, a task that lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every private area in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed on the search warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and they were not told what crime they were being charged with. They were not read their rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was taken, including the family’s personal stock of food for the coming year. All of their computers, and all of their cell phones were taken, as well as phone and contact records. The food cooperative was virtually shut down. There was no rational explanation, nor justification, for this extreme violation of Constitutional rights.

Presumably Manna Storehouse might eventually be charged with running a retail establishment without a license. Why then the Gestapo-type interrogation for a 3rd degree misdemeanor charge? This incident has raised the ominous specter of a restrictive new era in State regulation and enforcement over the nation’s private food supply.

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Raids on Seeds (LIFE, itself) ... by Monsanto
by Linn Cohen-Cole
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MONSANTO'S DESTRUCTION OF SEED CLEANERS AND THE IMMENSE THREAT TO HUMAN ACCESS TO SEEDS

I have been reporting on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's raids on Mennonite dairy farmers, on the recent Ohio Department of Agriculture SWAT team raid on an organic coop, on the USDA's terrible weapon against all farmers with animals (NAIS - the National Animal Identification System) - trying to give an idea of the destructive forces being used intentionally against non-corporate farming.

But unless one sees what is happening to seeds themselves, one misses the scope of things.

Life itself depends on seeds.

Multinational biotech corporations such as Monsanto have been genetically engineering them, promoting GE-seeds as producing better yields, helping the starving of the world, using less pesticides and as a boon to small farmers.

Independent studies already show crop failures
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/IBTCF.php
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/July06/Bt.cotton.China.ssl.html and and a link between GE-crops and organ damage and various diseases http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=LEN20080222&articleId=8148
and it's clear they are designed to require petroleum-based pesticides and the use of pesticides has gone up with their use.
http://www.pan-international.org/panint/files/WG2%20Genetic%20Engineering%20and%20Pesticides.pdf

But even if the GE-seeds were wonderful and all that was promised, the real problem with them are the patents they come with. The biotech companies are monopolizing seeds themselves, actually privatizing the DNA of life. They sell the GE-seeds at many times the price of normal seeds. In India, where Bt-cotton farmers have been committing suicide in huge numbers because of debt, Monsanto sells Bt-cotton seed at 1000% higher than normal seeds. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html .

And the seeds come with a contract that must be signed, preventing farmers from collecting seeds off their own land at the end of the season - an historic rupture of humankind's free access to natural growth. For it is important to notice that the biotech multinationals are not just claiming a patent on their process of altering the seeds but claim to own growth itself.

As astounding a move as that is on human resources of survival, they are doing more. They are removing actively and aggressively and thoroughly removing access to normal "open pollinated" seeds, the ones we have known since the beginning of time, that farmers have collected and saved and shared among each other.

In the Midwest, where Monsanto sells GE-corn and GE-soy and now owns most of it, it also bought up the "normal seed" companies so farmers no longer have places to go for normal corn or soy. And though GE-corn cross pollinates over miles and miles with normal corn so maintaining organic corn is nearly impossible now, if its GE-crop is found on a farmer's land, Monsanto sues. It's a rare farmer who can stand up them, even if the farmer has done nothing wrong.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Schmeiser

Having bought up the normal seed companies, having locked farmers in the Midwest (only an example, it is true worldwide) into patent contracts that remove their right to collect seeds anymore, having set loose a biotechnology that contaminates normal seeds of farmers who do not buy into the patented seeds, having made plain it will sue if even a volunteer plant comes up, Monsanto is now working to eliminate the last man standing between humans and corporate privatized seeds - the seed cleaner.

The farmers has had three choices - to buy normal seed (now almost gone), to buy GE-seeds at huge cost (and going up
http://www.opednews.com/articles/During-a-world-food-crisis-by-Linn-Cohen-Cole-080723-548.html )
or to collect their own seeds and use them the next season. If a farmer has even 10 acres, collecting and cleaning those seeds is a huge task. If he has 1000, it would be an impossible task without the seed cleaner whose equipment can separate out seed in just a few hours and whose costs are 1/3 that of buying normal seed.

Thus, the move to eliminate seed cleaners.

The seed cleaner is the man who makes sustainable agriculture possible.

So, Monsanto is picking off seed cleaners now across the Midwest, in Missouri,
http://greenbio.checkbiotech.org/news/2008-07-11/Monsanto_patent_fight_ensnares_Missouri_farm_town/ in Indiana,
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/26/eveningnews/main4048288.shtml
and now in Illinois where they are going after Steve Hixon.

Shortly after someone broke into Mr. Hixon's office and he found his account book on his truck seat where he would never have left it, evey one of his remotely located and very scattered customers had three men (described as goons with "no necks") arrived at each farm, going out onto it without permission, and serving close to 200 farmers. Mr. Hixon and state police who were called in, believe a GPS tracking device may have been put on Mr. Hixon's equipment. All of his customers being sued and are being intensely pressured to settle, with the men coming back again and again and with daily calls and letters. It appears they are being a choice between being sued or settling out of court or testifying against him that he encouraged them to clean GE-seeds. Monsanto has made a fortune on those kinds of Mafia extortion settlements since no one has the money to stand up to them and paying them off some huge amount even if the farmer has done nothing, saves them from legal costs they can't possibly manage and then a potentially worse fate as one little local lawyer goes up against not one but multiple legal teams working for Monsanto and present in court.

The first words out of the judge's mouth when Moe Parr, a seed cleaner in Indiana was sued, were "It's a honor to have a fine company like Monsanto in my courtroom."

In addition to the personal attacks on seed cleaners, Monsanto is getting laws put into place that themselves are overwhelming and destructive of seed cleaners and all those who save normal seeds.
http://www.ethicalinvesting.com/monsanto/news/10040.htm

If Monsanto can eliminate seed cleaners, they would have accomplished a TOTAL monopoly in the Midwest, the bread basket of the world, and they would control world food, feed and now bio-fuel prices at will. They would, as well, have broken the fragile dam that seed cleaners and seed bankers now provide against the insanely-fast and just plain insane on-coming tide genetic engineering.

And Monsanto is working closely with the FDA in redefining seeds as a potential health hazard, subject to bioterrorism, and under that rubric to create rules for importation (controlling access)

Interim final rules on Prior Notice of Importation rules for registering acceptable facilities (setting up corporate standards for the storage seeds, threatening small farmers)

* Interim final rules on Registration of Food Facilities rules for talking police control of the seeds (allowing for raids on farmers)

* Final rules on Administrative Detention and rules for a level of record keeping almost impossible for small farmers and ordinary people to achieve.

* Upcoming final rule on Establishment and Maintenance of Records.

"These new rules will allow FDA to better identify potentially dangerous foods, as well as respond more quickly to new threats and to handle foodborne illness outbreaks more efficiently."

Using the Bioterrorism Act and the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), the FDA now has a focus on seeds which includes

* Prevention (federal and state surveillance sampling programs to monitor the food supply)
* Preparedness (strengthen laboratory capacity and capabilities)
* Response (surge capacity to handle terrorist attacks or a national emergency involving the food supply), and
* Recovery (support recalls, seizures, and disposal of contaminated food or feed to restore confidence in the food supply).

For those of you painfully familiar with what is happening to real milk dairy farmers and the government use of false "contamination" reports to raid farms, steal products ad equipment and terrorize and destroy farmers, it will be important to see how "bioterrorism" has now moved control over normal food even more tightly into the hands of government/corporate agencies, giving them national reach, crushing regulations for farmers, immense policing power over food, and the use of an emergency to be able to seize and destroy anything they choose.

At the level of seeds, it is important note that Monsanto is promoting every part of this.
http://www.fda.gov/oc/speeches/2004/asta0629.html

The laboratories that FERN uses represent the FDA, FSIS, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Agency. Other federal members of the FERN include the Agricultural Research Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security, the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).

The FDA talks about "a safety net" for human health but it is one defined by corporation and one that is closing on small farmers' existence.

And even the FDA's basic food safety is being "set" in a way aimed to destroy seed cleaners and (if you will notice in the short list below) organic farming itself.

FDA's guidance on good agricultural practices (GAPs) can be found in the FDA Guide to Minimize Microbial Hazards for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables where the key sources of contamination in seed production include:

* Agricultural water sources
* Use of manure as fertilizer
* Harvesting, transportation, and seed-cleaning equipment
* Seed storage facilities

Please note the FDA does not include Monsanto's petroleum-based fertlizers or pesticides, or GE-labs, as potential sources of contamination.

In addition to buying on seed companies, suing farmers, eliminating seed cleaners, putting laws against seed cleaning and saving into place, influencing the FDA and Homeland Security regulations on seeds that set farmers up to lose theirs in "food safety" or "bioterrorism" raids, a law in Canada pushed by the FDA, USDA and the WTO (all heavily involved with Monsanto) would criminalize all natural substances. Thought it initially seems to be "only" an attack by the pharmaceutical industry on all natural health substances, it would include seeds and seed banking. And it would become law in the US - and without any ability to vote against it - if the North American Union is passed.

We need to understand that the effort to defend Steve Hixon, a seed cleaner, is an effort to defend the right of all of us and of our farmers worldwide to OPEN access to normal seeds. We must protect those who collect and clean them and we must roll back the massive corporate efforts to utterly control them - by criminalizing any aspect of owning, growing, collecting, storing and re-using of them.

Seeds are life and survival itself and our human right to access to them is being taken over. That is why people are coming together now to help defend Steve Hixon, a seed cleaner.

For those interested in joining FarmOn, a list aimed at providing funds to support the legal teams gathering to help
Hixon, go to farmon@googlegroups.com and request to sign on.

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Abolish the federal reserve

Jim Rogers has made billions over the years betting on the direction of various national economies.
He's taken all this money out of the US.
He explains why.

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