news sampling – 24 June 2009


Richard Moore

The Obama deception and the installation of US fascism

David Swanson answers: “How’s Obama doing so far?”
Let’s talk about the disparity between Peace Candidate Obama and President Obama. Those who supported Obama for his promise to get us out of ill-advised adventures overseas have been sorely disappointed. Is the President caught in a quagmire that would have caught anyone who succeeded Bush? — No. The President is caught in a quagmire he is actively engaged in worsening and prolonging. 

Tom Eley: NSA monitors millions of American e-mails

Several current and former agents within the National Security Agency (NSA), speaking on condition of anonymity, have told the New York Times that the spy agency likely monitors millions of e-mail communications and telephone calls made by Americans. The new revelations follow the disclosure in April that the NSA’s monitoring of domestic e-mail traffic broke the law in 2008 and 2009.   

Tom Leonard: US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive
The government is looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint.
Having outlined his strategy to Barack Obama during the election campaign, Mr Kildee has now been approached by the US government and a group of charities who want him to apply what he has learnt to the rest of the country.
CDC plans massive swine flu immunization
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released numbers showing the extent of the swine flu outbreak in the United States, one day after the World Health Organization officially declared the illness – also called H1N1 – to be a worldwide pandemic. Americans should anticipate a massive immunization campaign in late September.

President, CFR: Sovereignty is out of date (2006 article)

Globalisation thus implies that sovereignty is not only becoming weaker in reality, but that it needs to become weaker. States would be wise to weaken sovereignty in order to protect themselves, because they cannot insulate themselves from what goes on elsewhere. Sovereignty is no longer a sanctuary. 


Planned destruction of US economy continues

Kurt Nimmo: Bankster “Holiday” Planned for September?
Bob Chapman’s influential International Forecaster is reporting on the possibility of a so-called “bank holiday” planned for late August or early September. According to Chapman’s sources, U.S. embassies around the world are selling dollars and stockpiling money from respective countries where they operate.

Ellen Brown: Deflation and not Inflation is the Order of the Day
The Retreat of the Shadow Lenders, Why Deflation and not Inflation is the Order of the Day By Ellen Brown Global Research, June 18, 2009 
While contrarians are screaming “hyperinflation!”, the money supply is actually shrinking. This is because most money today comes into existence as bank loans, and lending has shrunk substantially. That means the Fed needs to “monetize” debt just to fill the breach. 
New World Order: the Chinese-Russian version
Pointing to the necessity of updating the existing financial system as soon as possible, SCO nations also called for the creation of a new supranational currency to handle mutual transactions. In Moscow, finance expert Dmitry Smyslov believes that the move reflects the dollar starting to lose its clout as the world’s top reserve currency.

US crimes against humanity continue

Stephen Lendman: Afghanistan’s Operation Phoenix
McChrystal is a hired gun, an assassin, a man known for committing war crime atrocities as head of the Pentagon’s infamous Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) – established in 1980 and comprised of the Army’s Delta Force and Navy Seals, de facto death squads writer Seymour Hersh described post-9/11 as an “executive assassination wing” operating out of Dick Cheney’s office.

Yet another mass murder by US killer drones
There have been more than 35 US strikes since last August – killing over 340 people – and most have landed in the North and South   
Waziristan tribal regions. 
Pakistan has been publicly critical of drone attacks, arguing that they kill civilians and fuel support for militants like Baitullah Mehsud. 

William Engdahl: The Eurasian Pipeline Calculus

The Eurasian Pipeline Calculus By F. William Engdahl Global Research, 

A Turkish accord with Armenia would change the balance of power in the entire region. Since the August 2008 Georgia-Russia conflict the Caucasus, a strategically vital area has been unstable. Russian troops remain in South Ossetia. Russia also has troops in Armenia meaning Russia has Georgia surrounded. 

Itar Tass: Towards a China Russia Axis?
The leaders of the countries were also attending the signing ceremony   of the plan of Russian-Chinese investment cooperation, as well as the   protocol to the June 27, 1997 intergovernmental agreement on the   creation and organizational matters of the mechanism of regular   meetings between the prime ministers of Russia and China.
Russia to give ‘asymmetric’ answer to possible U.S. space militarization
“There is no great problem in shooting down a spacecraft.”  

CIA ‘colored revolution’ in Iran fails

James Petras: Iranian Elections: The ‘Stolen Elections’ Hoax
What is astonishing about the West’s universal condemnation of the electoral outcome as fraudulent is that not a single shred of evidence   
in either written or observational form has been presented either before or a week after the vote count. During the entire electoral campaign, no credible (or even dubious) charge of voter tampering was   

Andrew Beatty: No evidence of fraud in Iran election
Experts see no ‘smoking gun’ for Iran election fraud By Andrew Beatty, Global Research, June 19, 2009 Agence-France Press – 2009-06-17 

Eric Margolis: Seeing Through All the Propaganda About Iran

The US has laid economic siege to Iran for 30 years, blocking desperately needed foreign investment, preventing technology transfers, and disrupting Iranian trade. In recent years, the US Congress voted $120 million for anti-regime media broadcasts into Iran, and $60-75 million funding opposition parties, violent underground Marxists like the Mujahidin-i-Khalq, and restive ethnic groups like Azeris, Kurds, and Arabs under the so-called “Iran Democracy Program.”

     We also hear lot of hypocrisy from Western capitals. Washington, Ottawa, London and Paris piously accused Iran of improper electoral procedures while utterly ignoring the total lack of democracy in their authoritarian Mideast allies such as Egypt, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia, that never hold elections and throw political opponents into prison and torture them. Compared to them, Iran, for all its faults, is almost a model of democratic governance.