Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bush is No Robin Hood


Bush vows to veto kids’ health insurance bill:

President, Democrats clash over proposed legislation for poor children



Associated PressUpdated: 1:16 p.m. ET Sept 22, 2007

WASHINGTON - President Bush again called Democrats "irresponsible" on Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children's health insurance program.
"Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed," Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. "Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point."
In the Democrat's response, also broadcast Saturday, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell turned the tables on the president, saying that if Bush doesn't sign the bill, 15 states will have no funding left for the program by the end of the month.

At issue is the Children's Health Insurance Program, a state-federal program that subsidizes health coverage for low-income people, mostly children, in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private coverage. It expires Sept. 30.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a proposal Friday that would add $35 billion over five years to the program, adding 4 million people to the 6.6 million already participating. It would be financed by raising the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents to $1 per pack.
The idea is overwhelmingly supported by Congress' majority Democrats, who scheduled it for a vote Tuesday in the House. It has substantial Republican support as well.

‘The health of our children is far too important’

But Bush has promised a veto, saying the measure is too costly, unacceptably raises taxes, extends government-covered insurance to children in families who can afford private coverage, and smacks of a move toward completely federalized health care. He has asked Congress to pass a simple extension of the current program while debate continues, saying it's children who will suffer if they do not.
"Our goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage — not to move children who already have private health insurance to government coverage," Bush said.
The bill's backers have vigorously rejected Bush's claim it would steer public money to families that can readily afford health insurance, saying their goal is to cover more of the millions of uninsured children. The bill would provide financial incentives for states to cover their lowest-income children first, they said.
Many governors want the flexibility to expand eligibility for the program. So the proposal would overturn recent guidelines from the administration making it difficult for states to steer CHIP funds to families with incomes exceeding 250 percent of the official poverty level.
Rendell said thousands of children will lose health care coverage if Bush doesn't sign the bill.
"The administration has tried to turn this into a partisan issue and has threatened to veto. The health of our children is far too important for partisan politics as usual," he said. "If the administration is serious about solving our health care crisis, it should be expanding, not cutting back, this program which has made private health insurance affordable for millions of children."

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Families Brace for SCHIP Demise - Many Poorer Families Fear Presidential Veto Threatens Their Chidren's Health Care:


Carolyn Taylor, a full-time nursing assistant and medical technician, works hard to ensure that she is able to provide for her 11-year-old son Keith. But on Monday, she — along with thousands of others — took time off to rally in support of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

"The rally was to let Bush know we need health insurance for our children," said Taylor, a Baltimore resident. "We wanted to let President Bush know we are real people. He said there would be no child left behind. Well, we're getting left behind unless he continues SCHIP."

Yet, it appears that the effort may be in vain after Bush vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have renewed and expanded SCHIP.

The program, which provides health insurance for children from families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance, was created in 1997 to address the growing number of children in the United States without health insurance coverage. It currently provides coverage for over 6.6 million kids.

Poor Smokers Would Pay for Health Bill:


By Charles Babington, 30 September 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats have chosen an unlikely source to pay for the bulk of their proposed $35 billion increase in children's health coverage: people with relatively little money and education.

The program expansion passed by the House and Senate last week would be financed with a 156 percent increase in the federal cigarette tax, taking it to $1 per pack from the current 39 cents. Low-income people smoke more heavily than do wealthier people in the United States, making cigarette taxes a regressive form of revenue.

Democrats, who wrote the legislation and provided most of its votes, generally portray themselves as champions of the poor. They do not dispute that the tax plan would hit poor communities disproportionately, but they say it is worth it to provide health insurance to millions of modest-income children.

All the better, they say, if higher cigarette taxes discourage smoking.

Bush chooses war and tobacco company profits over children's health care by Mary Shaw


Submitted by BuzzFlash on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 3:50pm.

As promised, George W. Bush has vetoed a highly popular bipartisan bill that would provide health care for uninsured low-income American children.

These children happen to have parents who aren't lucky enough to have jobs that provide health care benefits for their families. That is not an unusual situation to be in these days. But Bush has no empathy for these children. He has always enjoyed the best medical care when he's needed it. As he once told one of his professors at Harvard Business School, Bush believes that "poor people are poor because they're lazy."

Absurd and pathetic as that attitude may be, it is even more absurd and pathetic to make the children pay the price.By the way, this is the same George W. Bush who has called himself a "compassionate conservative." So where is the compassion in depriving America's innocent children of health care that could save their lives?

For the record, Bush is now officially a lame duck. And lame duck Bush says the children's health insurance bill would amount to too much spending, and that it borders on socialized medicine. Yet, this system has been working well for a while on the state level, and a proposed tobacco tax hike would pay for it. Sounds ideal. Better health all around.But Bush would rather side with the tobacco corporations. No more taxes on cigarettes. According to Bush, everyone should have access to reasonably priced cigarettes. That's more important than access to health care.

The vetoed bill would cost $35 billion over five years, and Bush tries to use that as an excuse for his veto. It's just too much spending, he tells us, as if he is fiscally responsible.

But consider this: The Iraq war is costing us about $8.4 billion per month. So, for just four months of Iraq war costs, we could insure all those sick children for 5 years. Think about that.

Nope. Veto. It's too much spending.

Instead, America's uninsured children can just suffer and die, and we'll use that money instead to bomb more innocent Iraqi children.God bless America.

A Buzzflash Guest Contribution
Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views on politics, human rights, and social justice issues have appeared in numerous online forums and in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Note that the ideas expressed here are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Amnesty International or any other organization with which she may be associated. E-mail: mary@maryshawonline.com.

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Audit Finds Education Dept. Missteps

By Ben Feller The Associated Press
Friday 22 September 2006

Washington - A scorching internal review of the Bush administration's reading program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted.
The government audit is unsparing in its review of how Reading First, a billion-dollar program each year, that it says has been beset by conflicts of interest and willful mismanagement. It suggests the department broke the law by trying to dictate which curriculum schools must use.
It also depicts a program in which review panels were stacked with people who shared the director's views and in which only favored publishers of reading curricula could get money.
In one e-mail, the director told a staff member to come down hard on a company he didn't support, according to the report released Friday by the department's inspector general.
"They are trying to crash our party and we need to beat the (expletive deleted) out of them in front of all the other would-be party crashers who are standing on the front lawn waiting to see how we welcome these dirtbags," the Reading First director wrote, according to the report.
That official, Chris Doherty, is resigning in the coming days, department spokeswoman Katherine McLane said Friday. Asked if his quitting was in response to the report, she said only that Doherty is returning to the private sector after five years at the agency.
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, in a statement, pledged to swiftly adopt all of the audit's recommendations. She also pledged a review of every Reading First grant.
"I am concerned about these actions and committed to addressing and resolving them," she said.
Reading First aims to help young children read through scientifically-proven programs, and the department considers it a jewel of No Child Left Behind, Bush's education law. Just this week, a separate review found that the effort is helping schools raise achievement.
But from the start, the program has also been dogged by accusations of impropriety, leading to several ongoing audits. The new report from the Office of Inspector General - an independent arm of the Education Department - calls into question basic matters of credibility.
When the department fails to follow the law and its own guidance, the report says, "it can only serve to undermine the public's confidence in the department."
The ranking Democrat on the House education committee was furious.
"They should fire everyone who was involved in this," said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. "This was not an accident, this was not an oversight. This was an intentional effort to corrupt the process."
About 1,500 school districts have received $4.8 billion in Reading First grants.

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Come to the Light Side


Political Jokes:

Day in, day out, and often past the midnight hour, many people including myself read news items that has Huxley and Orwell looking like modern guru's. It seems like the world of Flash Gordon is upon us. The U.S. Military have tested out jetpacks that are strapped on the back and with levers that control flight and likely, assault weapons, they can propel themselves like helicopters at a fantastic rate of speed. Many countries in the world are becoming a Police State and that includes Canada and United States. Talk about images that are burned into the brain, just remember 9/11 and the planes smashing into the twin towers. That is as surreal as it gets.
Even with the power of discernment, the labyrinth of webs weaved before us makes finding the truth about our political leaders difficult, seemingly unbelievable, and for some, denial is the only way they can survive. Of course, there are the ignorant, the people who rely on fads, movie and tv stars, and trinklets, to become their world of make believe. To raise ignorant children is child abuse.





If you fill your head with garbage
What do you expect
To come out of your head?

If you ignore politics
What do you expect
The politicians are up to?

Read books and listen
Become informed
Make a difference.







I've never done so much reading since bloggers flooded the internet. The Bush Administration is a prime source of entertainment. Perhaps, an apple a day works for some but I also believe that we all need a few laughs a day. Your welcome to laugh along with me. This site will be added to as I find political humour to post here.
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What Is Politics?

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?"
Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I'm the breadwinner of the family, so let's call me capitalism. Your Mom, she's the administrator of the money, so we'll call her the Government. We're here to take care of your needs, so we'll call you the people. The nanny, we'll consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we'll call him the Future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense,"
So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what dad had said.
Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parents' room and finds his mother sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed. The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now."
The father says, "Good son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about."
The little boy replies, "Well, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, the Government is sound asleep, the People are being ignored and the Future is in deep poo."
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"In a new book, Mexico's former president, Vicente Fox, says that President Bush's Spanish is at grade school-level. Fortunately, Bush's feelings weren't hurt, because Fox made the comments in Spanish." --Conan O'Brien

"In a new book, former Mexican President Vicente Fox says George W. Bush's Spanish is at best grade school level. Unfortunately, so is his History, Math, Science." --Jay Leno

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The George W. Bush Loyalty Quiz10 Questions to Test Your Allegiance to President Bush
Are you a true believer in George W. Bush, or do you think he has been a miserable failure? Perhaps you're still struggling to make up your mind. Take this quiz and we'll gauge your level of support for the 43rd president.
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Political Cartoon Rorschach TestWhat's Your Political Profile? Rate Cartoons and Find Out
You can tell a lot about a person's politics by what they find funny. Something that is downright hilarious to a Democrat is often outrageously offensive to a Republican, and vice versa. To assess what your sense of humor reveals about your partisanship, we've created the Political Cartoon Rorschach Test. Rate 20 cartoons and funny pictures mocking both the left and right and we'll gauge where you fit on the political spectrum.
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A young girl asked her father if all fairy tales begin with “Once Upon A Time?”
“No,” he replied. A whole lot of them begin with “If elected I promise…”
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Top 10 Signs Your Presidential Candidate is Under-Qualified
10. Promises to improve foreign relations with Hawaii.
9. Runs a series of attack ads against Martin Sheen's character on "The West Wing".
8. His #1 choice to work on his cabinet is "That Bob Vila guy".
7. Outstanding record as Governor of Rhode Island nullified by the fact that no one really cares.
6. Got his degree in Political Economics by bribing Sally Struthers with a chocolate donut.
5. Anybody mentions Washington, he asks, "The state or the DC thingie?"
4. At the debates, answers every question with a snarled, "You wanna wrestle?"
3. Vows to put an end to the war in Pokemon and free the Pikachu refugees once and for all.
2. Says the Pledge of Allegiance as quickly as possible, then shouts, "I win!"
1. On the very first question of the debate, he attempts to use a lifeline.
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You Know You're a Republican/Democrat If ...

You know you're a Republican if you support George Bush's plan to put a man on Mars.
You know you're a Democrat if you want that man to be George Bush.
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This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day. As Air America Radio pointed out, "It is an ironic juxtaposition of events: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication while the other involves a groundhog."
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"Dick Cheney again this week was in the hospital. He was experiencing discomfort in his leg. And the doctor asked Cheney if he stretches. Cheney said, 'Are you kidding? I linked 9/11 with Saddam Hussein.'" --Bill Maher
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"Afghanistan reported a record opium crop. I think that explains why Dick Cheney came back from his trip saying, 'Hey, they greeted us with flowers. And they blew my mind'." --Bill Maher
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"Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards ... is now being criticized by conservatives for living in a mansion while talking about poverty. As opposed to Republicans, who live in a mansion and talk about a tax cut." --Jay Leno
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"Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour [the minimum wage in 1996] are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist." –Tom DeLay, during a debate in Congress on increasing the minimum wage, April 23, 1996
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"The Washington Post reports that Senator Hillary Clinton is trying to win the Democratic nomination by reaching out to women. After hearing this, Bill Clinton said, 'Oh sure, when she does it, it's okay.'" --Conan O'Brien
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"President Bush has reversed himself and decided to allow Condoleezza Rice to publicly testify before the 9/11 commission under oath. It was a little dicey for awhile because White House lawyers told Bush that they didn't want to set a dangerous precedent. Bush said 'Hey I'm the precedent, I'll decide what's dangerous around here.'" —Jay Leno
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"Donald Rumsfeld has been let go. Insiders describe Rumsfeld's reaction as shocked and awed. How does that make Rumsfeld feel when George Bush tells you you're not competent enough?" --Jay Leno
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"Donald Rumsfeld testified before Congress today. Donald Rumsfeld said he didn't read the report on Iraqi prisoners because it was too long and it contained too much information. When he heard this, President Bush said 'Hey that's my line.'" —Conan O'Brien
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"According to a new report, security screeners at our nation's airports -- this is scary -- failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents 60% of the time.
President Bush said today, 'Well, who cares about fake bombs?'" --Jay Leno
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The Senate opened a formal probe into televangelists Tuesday. The senators say televangelists are living in opulent luxury by preying on the poor and the sick. If they want to do that they're going to have to run for office just like everybody else. - Argus Hamilton
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Bush claims he wants to work with the Democrats. Yeah, right. The same way a 5- year- old with a magnifying glass wants to work with ants. - Will Durst
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People like the President because he seems like a guy you could have a beer with. But now it's time to take away the car keys. - Will Durst
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Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, suggested Sunday that a tax break or other government help for homeowners facing the mortgage crunch would be the best political fix for the economy. A White House spokesman said this was a nice idea but they only give financial aid to struggling, needy conglomerates.
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President Bush told ABC's Martha Raddatz that his alcohol problem wasn't severe, but he still had a hard time quitting. What a bunch of hooey. If it wasn't severe, why was stopping so difficult? That's why I love Dubya: even when he's telling the truth, he's lying.
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"Meanwhile, on the Republican side, yesterday John McCain visited President George W. Bush to be passed the torch, a torch that the president most likely broke and crazy glued back together hoping no one would notice." --Jon Stewart
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"And not to be outdone on this subject, George Bush made a speech this week on global warming. The good news? He finally admits it's real. The bad news? He wants to invade the sun." --Bill Maher
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"When they were vetting her for this job, like three seconds ago, she said, quote, I'm not making this up, 'What is it exactly that the VP does every day?' Let me field that for you, Sarah. They start wars, they enrich their friends, they subvert the Constitution, and they shoot people in the face. That's what the vice president does." –Bill Maher
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"A top McCain policy adviser claimed this week that McCain's work in the Senate helped create the BlackBerry, saying, 'You're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.' He then handed the BlackBerry to McCain, who attempted to withdraw $20 from it." --Amy Poehler
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"They released this week four prisoners who were previously held in Guantanamo Bay, and they've been cleared of their charges. And listen to this: they're resettling them in Bermuda and giving them each $100,000. In a related story, the entire population of Detroit said today they are part of al Qaeda." --Bill Maher
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God does not have a birth certificate and neither does Obama. - Rush Limbaugh, Domestic Terrorist
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Well, folks, Sarah Palin has admitted she tried marijuana several years ago, but she did not like it. She said it distorted her perceptions, impaired her thinking, and she’s hoping that the effects will eventually wear off.- Jay Leno
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Top Ten Things Overheard During Dick Cheney’s Hunting Trip: David Letterman

10. ‘Has everyone updated their will?’
9. ‘The crisp air is giving me goose bumps -- no, wait, it’s another heart attack.’
8. ‘My pacemaker also makes bird calls.’
7. ‘This can’t end well.’
6. ‘I want that quail taken alive – let’s find out what the son of a bitch knows.’
5. ‘Bush was supposed to come, but his father got him out of it.’
4. ‘Condi, grab a shotgun and go get yourself a man.’
3. No number 3 -- writers making picket signs for upcoming strike.
2. ‘You shoot one old guy in the face, avoid talking to authorities, delay taking a blood-alcohol test and you’re labeled
a bad guy.’ 1. ‘Duck!’”
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The Dumbest Things President Bush Said in 2007
10. "And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it." --interview on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007
9. "I fully understand those who say you can't win this thing militarily. That's exactly what the United States military says, that you can't win this military." --on the need for political progress in Iraq, Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2007
8. "One of my concerns is that the health care not be as good as it can possibly be." --on military benefits, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007
7. "Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit." --addressing Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the APEC Summit.
Later, in the same speech: "As John Howard accurately noted when he went to thank the Austrian troops there last year..." --referring to Australian troops as "Austrian troops," Sept. 7, 2007
6. "My relationship with this good man is where I've been focused, and that's where my concentration is. And I don't regret any other aspect of it. And so I -- we filled a lot of space together." --on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007
5. "You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17 -- 1976." --to Queen Elizabeth, Washington, D.C., May 7, 2007 (Watch video clip)
4. "The question is, who ought to make that decision? The Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clear -- I'm a Commander Guy." --deciding he is no longer just "The Decider," Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007 (Watch video clip)
3. "Information is moving -- you know, nightly news is one way, of course, but it's also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets." --Washington, D.C., May 2, 2007
2. "There are some similarities, of course (between Iraq and Vietnam). Death is terrible." --Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007
1. "As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured." --on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007 (Watch video clip)
Got a Bushism? Email it to politicalhumor.guide@about.com
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One for Stephen Harper
Jack Layton and Stephen Harper somehow ended up at the same barber shop. As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were both afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would turn to politics.As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Jack Layton in his chair reached for the aftershave. Jack was quick to stop him, jokingly saying, "No thanks, my wife Olivia will smell that and think I've been in a brothel."
The second barber turned to Stephen and said, "How about you, Mr. Harper?"
Harper replied, "Go ahead, my wife doesn't know what the inside of a brothel smells like."
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Top Ten Hillary Clinton Campaign Promises
10. "Bring stability and long term security to 'The View.'"
9. "Each year on my birthday, every American gets a cupcake."
8. "You'll have the option of rolling dice against the IRS for double-or-nothing on your taxes."
7. "Having trouble getting a flight and Air Force One is available -- it's yours."
6. "My Vice President will never shoot anybody in the face."
5. "Turn Gitmo into a Dairy Queen as soon as possible."
4. "For over a century there have been only two Dakotas -- I plan to double that."
3. "We will finally have a President who doesn't mind pulling over and asking for directions. Am I right, ladies?"
2. "I will appoint a committee to find out what the heck is happening on 'Lost.'"
1. "One more pantsuit joke and Letterman disappears.
"Watch the video of Hillary's Top Ten List, plus check out a funny clip from the interview featuring Hillary joking about her pantsuits.
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video
Rick Mercer talks to Americans
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How the bail out works.
Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a Donkey from a farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the Donkey the next day.
The next day he drove up and said, ‘Sorry son, but I have some bad News, the donkey died.’ Chuck replied, ‘Well, then just give me my money back.’ The farmer said, ‘Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.’
Chuck said, ‘Ok, then, just bring me the dead donkey.’
The farmer asked, ‘What ya gonna do with him?
Chuck said, ‘I’m going to raffle him off.’ The farmer said You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!’ Chuck said, ‘Sure I can Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.’
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, ‘What happened with that dead donkey?’
Chuck said, ‘I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $998.’ The farmer said, ‘Didn’t anyone complain?’ Chuck said, ‘Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.’
Chuck now works for the Goldman Sachs.
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David Letterman's Top Ten Classified Pieces of Information Revealed by Joe Biden
10. Biden confirmed Vice President has no actual responsibilities. 9. Obama also bought his kids a kangaroo. 8. Nixon faked his death to escape gambling debts. 7. In case of trouble, President's car can turn into a fighting robot. 6. To enter Oval Office, you must know the President's secret fist-bump. 5. Biden often skips staff meetings to watch "Jon And Kate Plus Eight." 4. America will declare it's going out of business next Tuesday. 3. Obama smokes in his sleep. 2. When Bush ran out of pate at a state dinner, he fed Queen Elizabeth week-old taco meat. 1. Dick Cheney was once caught waterboarding himself.
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Stand Up For Your Rights!

Toe to Toe With Law and Order!


Is Freedom In Canada Just An Illusion!

Quebec police admit they infiltrated protest
CanWest News Service
Friday, August 24, 2007

QUEBEC -- The Quebec provincial police acknowledged in a statement Thursday that their agents had infiltrated protesters demonstrating during the recent North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que. but denied that they acted as "agent provocateurs" to instigate violence.

"They had the mandate to spot and identify violent demonstrators to avoid the situation from getting out of hand," the Surete du Quebec said in a statement. "The police officers were identified by demonstrators when they refused to throw projectiles." "At no time did the Surete du Quebec police officers act as agents provocateurs or committed criminal acts," the statement adds.
A spokesperson for the police force refused to further comment on the statement.
Protesters have accused police of planting agents outside the Chateau Montebello to instigate violence during Monday's demonstration.
A prominent labour official pointed Wednesday to video made available on Youtube and photographs of three burly men, dressed as "Black Bloc" anarchists, standing out in the midst an otherwise peaceful sit-in adjacent to Surete du Quebec and RCMP riot squads.
The video shows the three black-clad bandana-wearing men being singled out by union organizers and the crowd. Other protesters started pointing at them and crying "police."
One of the three men is seen shoving and swearing at Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union of Canada, who is angrily confronting the trio, demanding they put down the rocks, remove their bandanas, and identify themselves.
After being backed into a corner against a line of provincial police officers in riot gear, they try to force themselves through the police line and are arrested while the crowd cheers.
"People have the right to peacefully protest something they don't like," said Coles this week, demanding answers from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
"They think that they have the right to infiltrate us as they've done before. But to be packing large boulders, they were going to do something with those rocks and it wasn't peaceful."
© CanWest News Service 2007

A police officer stands outside the North American leaders summit at the Chateau Montebello hotel in Montebello, Quebec
August 20, 2007. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)
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Saturday Special: Only in Arkansas
Action Alert: Anti-War Activist Targeted by Country Beginning With the Letter "C" (Hint: It's Not China or Cambodia)
Posted by admin on September 24th, 2007
For those of you who still think it can’t happen here: Subject: URGENT Appeal for Support: US Anti-war Activist Arrested at Canadian Border!


Sent: 24 Sep ‘07 13:53
The Alison Bodine Defense Committee is appealing to all progressive groups and organizations who fight for a better world to support the campaign to defend Alison Bodine, a US citizen who is being targeted by Canadian Border Services Agency for being an anti-war and social justice activist.
Originally from Broomfield, Colorado, Alison is a central organizer with Vancouver, Canada antiwar coalition Mobilization Against War & Occupation(MAWO), for three years was the president of the University of British Columbia’s Coalition Against War on the People of Iraq and Internationally (CAWOPI), along-time executive committee member of the UBC Social Justice Center, is a prominent activist in solidarity with Cuba and the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba,and a supporter of immigrant and refugee rights in Canada and the US.Near midnight on Thursday September 13, 2007, Alison was arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) when she attempted to legally cross the borderat Peace Arch border crossing, travelling from Canada into the United States. Three days prior, Alison was harassed by CBSA officials while traveling from the USinto Canada. The ordeal began after border officials searched her vehicle and identified her as a political organizer after they found various political materials and progressive newspapers in her car.As an international student at the University of British Columbia who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Physics in June 2007, Alison has traveledbetween the US and Canada on dozens of occasions, and had never been denied entrance to Canada or asked to return to the US.As she was returning to the US on Thursday September 13th, Alison returned to claim items confiscated earlier by the CBSA. Upon presenting her receipt to claim her materials, she was handcuffed and told she was under arrest, and that a warrant for her arresthad been issued across Canada. She was then taken into detention. This unjust and illegal imprisonment was met with a huge protest and organizing drive by thenewly-formed Committee to Free Alison Bodine. Friday afternoon, on only 5 hours notice, 80 people came together at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Offices inVancouver, demanding the immediate release of Alison Bodine. Media was also quick to pick up this important case, which was covered locally and nationally by newspapers, TV and radio.Following all of this, Alison’s status took a major turn. Officials constantly reminded her all day that there was no way she would be released from detentionbefore Monday. However, at 8:00pm on Friday, Alison was given notice by immigration officials that she would be released from custody immediately until herAdmissibility Hearing on Monday Sept 17th – a major victory in the campaign for her freedom. However Alison’s ordeal is not yet over. In the early afternoon of September 17th, Alison learned from a CBC reporter that the CBSA had cancelled her AdmissibilityHearing scheduled for 2pm that day. Alison herself was never officially notified by CBSA.
At 1:30pm Monday September 17th, more than 50 supporters rallied outside the downtown Citizenship & Immigration Canada offices, especially because of thecancelled hearing, to demand that all charges against Alison be dropped immediately. The CBSA postponement of Alison’s hearing is a maneuver to delay because they know they won’t be able to prove the charges they have made up so far. It also shows they have decided to escalate this case to a more political level byfinding some different charges to bring because they know right now their case cannot win in a hearing.Being without status in Canada, Alison’s situation is always uncertain, and she can still be arrested at anytime. All progressive, humanity loving people must unite around this case. We must understand that this is not just an attack on Alison, this is an attack onall of us. This is an attack on the basic democratic and human rights of all people, especially social justice activists, immigrants, refugees and all non-status people and non-residents in Canada. The illegal and unjust arrest and detention of Alison Bodine means the Government of Canada and its agencies want to continue and escalate the silencing of free speech and political expression and continue their terrorizing ofpeople who oppose their policies at home and abroad and the new era of war and occupation. They are also testing and evaluating our response to defend ourselves against their attacks against us. The degree, seriousness, effectiveness and consistency of our defence impact their decision on how to further their repressive measures.
For this reason, we are appealing to you to join us in this struggle by endorsing this emergency campaign and by writing a letter of support demanding that the CBSAdrop all charges against Alison. Please send this appeal to your email lists and friends. We must show the Government of Canada and their agency, the CBSA,that they cannot get away with trying to intimidate activists. We have attached a template support letter,as an example. Letters of support should besent to:
defendalisonbodine@hotmail.com
The CBSA might think that by delaying the Admissibility hearing this campaign will lose steam and the pressure against them will lessen. On the contrary, this campaign is only just beginning. People all across Canada and the world know about this case of political harassment and this will only gain momentum from here. This is a political case; Alisonhas done nothing wrong or illegal. Alison, along with supporters in Vancouver and across the country will keep up the demand that the CBSA must drop all chargesagainst her and restore her full rights to travel between the US and Canada. For now, they have re-scheduled her Admissibility hearing for Friday, September 28th at 9am. In the time between now and then we will not back down, we will not slow down andwe will continue fighting! Our fight is not over. Your support is essential to get all charges against Alison dropped!
WE WILL WIN! Alison Bodine Defense Committee (ABDC)
COMMENTS:
Robert von Tobel Says: September 24th, 2007 at 7:13 pm
Detention of Alison Bodine is an outrageous,illegal and immoral act of terrorism and must be treated as such. I am ashamed of Canada for perpetrating it. People all across Canada and the world know about this case of political harassment and this will only gain momentum from here. This is a political case; Alison has done nothing wrong or illegal. Alison, along with supporters in Vancouver and across the country will keep up the demand that the CBSA must drop all charges against her and restore her full rights to travel between the US and Canada.
Sharon Ellis Says: September 24th, 2007 at 8:14 pm
I am thoroughly ashamed of our government at this point. Harper has been quietly and secretly pulling this country into line with US policies, without allowing dissent or input into the process.
I will be writing letters. This is disgusting.
Canada Refuses Entry to CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin and Retired Colonel Ann Wright
http://www.commondreams.org/news2007/1003-15.htm

WASHINGTON - October 3 – Two well-respected US peace activists, CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin and retired Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright, were denied entry into Canada today (Wednesday, October 3). The two women were headed to Toronto to discuss peace and security issues at the invitation of the Toronto Stop the War Coalition. At the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Bridge they were detained, questioned and denied entry. They will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon in front of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC to ask the Canadian government to reverse its policy of barring peaceful protesters.
The women were questioned at Canadian customs about their participation in anti-war efforts and informed that they had an FBI file indicating they had been arrested in acts of non-violent civil disobedience.
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Let me tell you, my fellow countrymen, that all the signs point this way, that the twentieth century shall be the century of Canada and of Canadian development. For the next seventy-five years, nay, for the next one hundred years, Canada shall be the star towards which all men who love progress and freedom shall come.


~ Sir Wilfrid Laurier, 14 October 1904
The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off it's own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees.~ June Callwood, journalist and social activist


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In Another Part of the World ... Burma

Burma death toll much higher than reported:
28 September 2007
Crowds taunted and cursed security forces barricading central Rangoon overnight, as the junta tried to prevent more mass protests against Burma's 45 years of military rule and deepening economic hardship.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australian diplomats feared the true death toll in the country was much higher than has been reported so far, and could be in the hundreds.
Potentially deadly games of cat and mouse went on for hours around the barbed-wire barriers in a city terrified of a repeat of 1988, when the army killed an estimated 3,000 people in crushing an uprising.
Few Buddhist monks were among the crowds, unlike in previous days, after soldiers ransacked 10 monasteries on Thursday and carted off hundreds inside.
When the troops charged, the protesters vanished into narrow side streets, only to emerge elsewhere to renew their abuse until darkness fell and an overnight curfew took effect.
"We only want democracy," some yelled in English. "May the people who beat monks be struck down by lightning," others chanted in Burmese.
Despite the visceral anger in their voices, far fewer protesters turned out in Rangoon than earlier in the week, when they had walked alongside thousands of maroon-robed monks.
Shots were fired on Friday but there was no word of more casualties a day after troops swept protesters from the center of Rangoon, giving them 10 minutes to leave or be shot.
Troops fired on several crowds on Thursday and state-run television said nine people were killed.
Downer, Brown comment
"The Burmese official estimate of 10 dead is likely to be a real exaggeration [sic]," Mr Downer said. "I think the numbers are going to be substantially higher than that. I think they could be multiples of ten higher."
His comments were echoed by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
"I am afraid we believe the loss of life is far greater than is being reported," Mr Brown said on Friday after talking by telephone with US President George W Bush and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
There has been no word on the fate of the monks, who turned what began as small protests against shock fuel price rises last month into a mass uprising when they lent their moral weight to demonstrations against the ruling generals.
Burma's main internet link has been cut off and internet cafes in Rangoon are closed. Several newspapers have also stopped publishing. Witnesses in the city say soldiers have beaten and arrested people found with mobile phones or cameras.
In other developments, UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was in Singapore and is expected to arrive in Burma later today.
Some monks told foreign Burmese-language broadcasters they were not going to give up. Speaking anonymously, they said a "united front" of clergy, students and activists had been formed to continue the struggle.
Mr Bush and Mr Brown discussed the need to maintain international pressure on Burma's rulers and the White House condemned the crackdown as "barbaric."
Asked whether Mr Bush and Mr Brown talked about the possibility of encouraging Burma's people to overthrow their government if protests grew into a full-scale uprising, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said that would be "a hypothetical."
"We certainly support the people who are marching for democracy and peace," he said.
The European Union summoned Burma's senior diplomat in Brussels and warned him of tighter sanctions.
EU experts looked into possible restrictions on exports from Burma of timber, precious metals and stones but did not reach any decisions, one diplomat said. Investments by specific Europeans in the country were not raised, he said.
Activist Mark Farmaner of the Burma Campaign UK called the EU sanctions "pathetic" and said a freeze on assets had netted less than 7,000 euros in all 27 EU member states and many countries allowed companies to do business in Burma.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said sanctions were premature but that he was sorry to hear about civilian deaths.
"As far as sanctions are concerned, this is a topic to be especially considered in the United Nations," said Mr Putin.
Russia is, like China, a veto-wielding UN Security Council member and has shown growing interest in energy cooperation with Burma. China, the main backer of Burma's military government, has flatly ruled out backing sanctions.
The junta told diplomats summoned to its new jungle capital of Naypyidaw that it was "committed to showing restraint in its response to the provocations," one of those present said.
There were protests across Asia, with many people wearing red to symbolise the blood spilled in Burma.
-AFP
What's in a Country's Name?Myanmar to Some, Burma to Others, Violence and Repression for AllBy Kirit Radia
Sept. 28, 2007 —

Newspapers this week have been plastered with headlines of violent crackdowns against peaceful demonstrations by Buddhist monks. Exactly where this is taking place depends on whom you ask.
Thursday, the Washington Post carried the headline "Burma Meets Protests With Violence" on its front page while The New York Times exclaimed, "Myanmar Attacks Protestors, Arresting Monks."
As the confrontation between pro-democracy protesters and the repressive military regime continues to dominate the news, the debate over what to call the country not only confuses audiences, but also cuts across a contentious political debate that goes back nearly two decades.
Until 1989 the southeast Asian country of more than 47 million people was known as Burma. Since then, however, the ruling military junta has called the country Myanmar. It even renamed the capital from Rangoon to Yangon.
That year the military regime, which had dominant political control for the previous 26 years, lost landslide elections to the main opposition party. It refused to hand over power and instead jailed many opposition leaders. Others fled the country and formed dissident groups abroad, maintaining that their homeland is called Burma.
The government still holds a vice grip on even basic freedoms, making Myanmar (or Burma) one of the most repressed countries in the world.
The U.S. government has clearly taken the side of the opposition, insisting that the country's rightful name is Burma.
"The decision for that might have something to do with the fact that the decision internally in Burma to change the name of the country was done by the military junta rather than by a democratically elected government," said State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey.
"I think maybe we choose not to use language of a totalitarian, dictatorial regime that oppresses its people," White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto said.
Tuesday, President Bush announced new sanctions on the regime in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, declaring that "Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma."
But as Bush looked out at the U.N. assembly from the podium, he wouldn't see anyone from that country, at least according to the placards that adorn the desks of each country's delegation. The United Nations refers to the country as Myanmar.
"The U.N. refers to countries by the title their governments choose," U.N. spokesman Farham Haq said.
The U.S. government isn't the only one to refer to the country as Burma. The British, who ruled the country for 62 years in the 19th century, do as well.

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Monks meet with Myanmar's Suu Kyi


YANGON, Myanmar - Hundreds of demonstrating Buddhist monks marched past barricades to the home of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, raising pressure on the junta by symbolically uniting their growing protest movement with the icon of Myanmar's long struggle for democracy.

The two strands of the escalating opposition to Myanmar's military government came together on a tree-lined Yangon street after police unexpectedly let more than 500 monks and other protesters through a roadblock.
Suu Kyi has been seen only by a handful of guards, servants and her doctors for more than four years.
Monks have been marching for the past five days in the Myanmar's biggest city and around the country as a month of protests against economic problems under the junta have ballooned into the biggest grass-roots challenge to its rule in two decades.
By linking their cause to Suu Kyi's activism, which has seen her detained for about 12 of the last 18 years, the monks increase the pressure on the junta to decide whether to crack down or to compromise with the demonstrators.
The government has been handling the well-respected monks' disciplined but defiant protests gingerly, aware that forcibly breaking them up in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar would likely cause public outrage.
"The key is the monks and Aung San Suu Kyi have one thing in common: peaceful protest," said Larry Jagan, a Bangkok-based journalist specializing in Myanmar. "They want to see change through peaceful means. What we're seeing is a coming together of the main political force in the country and the main religious leaders."
The monks stopped briefly in front of Suu Kyi's house and said some prayers before leaving at the other end of the street, said witnesses, who asked not to be named for fear of being harassed by the authorities.
The part of University Avenue where Suu Kyi's house is located has been closed to traffic since Sept. 17. After the monks passed, the road was closed again.
"Today is extraordinary. We walked past lay disciple Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's house today. We are pleased and glad to see her looking fit and well," a 45-year old monk told about 200 people at Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city. "Daw" is an honorific used in referring to older women.
"She came out to the gate and paid obeisance to us and later waved at the crowd when we left," said the monk, who did not give his name.
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Are You a Victim of Mind Control? (Part 1)

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Mind Control 101 - An Introduction:
http://educate-yourself.org/mc/dmcgmindcontrol101july01.shtml

“… the experimenters will be particularly interested in dissociative states, from the abaissement de niveau mental to multiple personality in so-called mediums, and an attempt will be made to induce a number of states of this kind, using hypnosis.”

From a declassified MK-ULTRA document referenced by researcher Arlene Tyner
By David McGowan http://educate-yourself.org/mc/dmcgmindcontrol101july01.shtmlJuly 1, 2001
He also echoes Estabrooks’ belief that children are ideal candidates for mind control operations, stating - with apparent approval - that: “Brainwashing can be slow, insidious and sure when applied to children early in life.” He further adds that: “It is likely that there is a short period of time following corporal punishment when the child is in a state of decortication - hypnosis, so to speak. This is the ideal time to plant the positive instructions for better behavior in the future.” What the good doctor considers “corporal punishment” and “positive instructions” is left to the reader’s imagination.
The vulnerability of children is one of the reasons that the CIA and other intelligence agencies have played a key role in the creation of 'mainstream' satanic groups such as the OTO and the Temple of Set, as well as in denying the existence of underground satanic cults and satanic crime. These satanic groups have frequently served as agency fronts for mind control operations. The ugly reality is that, when it comes to severely traumatizing children, nothing compares to the stories told by those who have survived what has been termed satanic ritual abuse [SRA]. Interestingly, Verdier notes that: “One of the most pronounced emotional experiences that a human being can undergo is having his or her life threatened. Threats of death are used as a basic tool by brainwashing Communists. Even among them, however, this threat is used sparingly, for they know that humans quickly adapt to this type of threat, especially if it is repeatedly given but never carried out. In order to avoid this routinization of stressful emotional situations, they have been known to casually execute prisoners for the apparent effect it has on others.”
What Verdier attributes to those dreaded communists precisely mirrors the stories that have been told repeatedly by survivors of ritual abuse. They have spoken of receiving frequent death threats, against both themselves and their family members, and of having those threats reinforced by being forced to watch and even participate in the killing of others.
Of course, there has been a concerted effort to discredit all such stories, spearheaded by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation – a group led by a truly vile coalition of CIA-affiliated psychologists/psychiatrists and accused pedophiles. Also playing key roles in the movement to deny the validity of recovered memories of severe abuse are Paul and Shirley Eberle, authors of the supposedly authoritative book The Politics of Child Abuse.
The Eberles’ book attempts to blame all child abuse accusations and prosecutions on overzealous prosecutors, therapists and parents. This might be a little more credible if the Eberles themselves were not well known to Los Angeles police as distributors of child pornography, a fact that the media conveniently and consistently ignore while touting the Eberles as authorities in the field of child abuse.
Claims of ritual abuse, by the way, are certainly not a recent phenomenon. They actually have a long history, and were given legitimacy by no less an historical figure than Sigmund Freud. Over 100 years ago, Freud recognized such abuse to be the primary cause of the psychological problems he observed in his female patients, before he was forced by peer pressure to drop what was known as the ‘seduction theory.’
Author Kevin Marron notes that Freud was keenly aware of the marked “similarity between what [his patients] told him and the accounts of the witchcraft confessions of the 16th century.” In a letter to a colleague written in January of 1897, Freud pondered: “But why did the devil who took possession of the poor things invariably abuse them sexually and in a loathsome manner? Why are their confessions under torture so like the communications made by my patients in psychological treatment?”
And why, indeed, are the communications made by Freud's patients a century ago so like the stories told today by ritual abuse survivors? Are we to believe that this is due to some sort of mass hysteria spanning generations –perhaps even spanning centuries? Or is it because, as the Chicago Tribune has noted: “According to historians, satanic cults have been documented in Europe and America as far back as the 1600s.”
Has there always been something dark and evil lurking just out of sight, only occasionally raising its head – at which times its existence is denied, its perpetrators cast as victims, and its real victims mocked and ridiculed? To ponder such a question, alas, is to call into question some of our most basic beliefs about the nature of the world we live in – a decidedly unsettling venture.
Perhaps though, when viewed in the context of a state-sponsored mind control program, we can begin to understand not only why someone would be motivated to inflict such appalling levels of abuse on America's children, but also why so much effort and disinformation would be put forth to discredit such claims if they are in fact valid.
And truth be told, the stories told by survivors tend to be self-discrediting. One of the benefits of cloaking mind control operations in satanic rituals is that the operations are largely immune to disclosure. Even if an operation is uncovered - as was the case at the McMartin Preschool - the stories told by the children are so outlandish, so far removed from the world as we know it, that they are easily cast aside as the product of a child's fertile imagination.
In May of 2000 though, a report commissioned by the United Kingdom's Department of Health concluded that satanic ritual abuse was not, as an earlier report ordered by the Conservative government found in 1994, a “myth.” The Independent noted: “A specially commissioned government report will this week conclude that satanic abuse does take place in Britain. It will say that its victims have suffered actual abuse and are not suffering from ‘false memory syndrome.’”
The timing of the reporting on this landmark study, by the way, seemed to be deliberately intended to taunt the victims of such abuse. The story was published on April 30, 2000 – otherwise known as Walpurgisnacht (Night of the Witches) or Beltane, probably the most important of all the satanic holidays.
The co-author of the report was psychotherapist Valerie Sinason, who reportedly has treated 126 survivors of ritualized abuse. According to a report in the Guardian, Sinason said that “46 of her patients claimed to have witnessed murder of children or adults during ritual abuse ceremonies that had involved up to 300 people at a time. Some 70% of the reported abuse was carried out by paedophiles and the rest by satanists.”
The Independent added that sixteen of them also have claimed that “they had seen induced abortions or babies killed.” Sinason’s research has also led her to conclude that: “Some children are born for the purpose of abuse and are not registered on birth certificates” – a claim that has been made repeatedly by U.S. victims as well, and one that has been thoroughly ridiculed.
In a report from February of 2000, The Independent held that Sinason “said photographs showed horrific injuries to children and the existence of ceremonial sites with the remains of mutilated animals.” The same article noted that “Scotland Yard said it was also carrying out an investigation.”
It is unclear what the official response to the study was, or what the results of the investigation allegedly launched by Scotland Yard were. The media appears to have dropped the story just before the actual report was issued. Many readers of these press accounts were no doubt predisposed to dismiss Sinason and her fellow researchers as cranks.
Where exactly, they were left to ponder, is this alleged photographic evidence showing children with horrific injuries? And where is the evidence of ritual murders being performed? As it turns out, such evidence isn't really all that difficult to find; as hard as it may be to grasp for readers conditioned to believe that all such stories are nothing more than ‘urban myths,’ photographic evidence of exactly that sort is being peddled all over the Internet.
Even with such evidence being widely circulated, many will still be tempted to discount the stories told by survivors of such abuse. Skeptics are advised to keep in mind the words of Detective Robert Simandl of the Chicago Police Department: “It’s difficult for us to believe such crimes are occurring, but they are, all over the United States." And, apparently, all over Europe as well.

ACHES - MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors & Mind Control): http://www.aches-mc.org/
The promulgation of the Nuremberg Code on scientific research following the Doctors Trial in Nuremberg in 1946 is a watershed event in the history of medical ethics. The 50th anniversary of this landmark judgment is being commemorated by the creation of ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors - Mind Control).
We represent the North American survivors of nonconsensual, federally funded, human experimentation.
ACHES-MC, originally founded for survivors of mind control experimentation, has identified additional survivors of other nonconsensual experimentation. These survivors include children, prisoners, mentally incapacitated and military personnel and their families-those who cannot freely give consent.
Electronic Harassment Victims Resources
MIND CONTROL ACHES-MC initial Survior group "Manchurian Candidates" from children Links to Documentation and Graphics
"MEDICAL" EXPERIMENTATION HUMAN RADIATION EXPERIMENTS
PRISONER EXPERIMENTATION
information and ethics of prison experimentation in Canada and the US links including additional information on prisoner experimentation in Canada and the US including those cases currently in litigation
MILITARY EXPERIMENTATION The 1994 Rockefeller Report Examining Biological Experimentation on U.S. Military
LSD and the CIA: mentions military experiments at Edgewood Arsenal
Frank Olson The Frank Olson Legacy Project by Eric Olson, whose father died in 1953, after he was unwittingly administered LSD by his employers, the CIA. The circumstances of Olson's death were concealed from his family for over 20 years. The ultimate truth remains obscure.
MENTALLY INCAPACITATED Human Radiation Experiments
The Fernald School:Radioactive tracer studies on institutionalized children Other Studies OT-99. Iron Absorption Studies Using Iron-55 and Iron-59 in Normal Subjects and Mental Patients,1950s by medical scientists at the University of Washington, Seattle
MadNATION Information on Experiments (currently offline) Fighting the Use of Conservatees in Research in LA County Suspension of Medical Research: J. Thomas Puglisi April 21, 1999 re: Greater LA VA, other VA facilities are mentioned.. The Unethical Use of Human Beings in High Risk Research Experiments: Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D-April 21,1999 UC drops controversial psychoses tests May 6,1999-the research involves giving people chemicals that may induce psychosis to study its biology or to test a treatment. Clinical Trials and Patient Safety- April 22, 98, inappropriate use of placebo
DOCUMENTATION AND OTHER INFORMATION OF INTEREST CANADA
"Military funded McGill LSD trial: Eight volunteered in 60s"
"MULRONEY’S FATHER IN LAW AND MILITARY LSD FUNDING"
UNITED STATES
Mind Control By Harry V. Martin and David Caul The Napa Sentinel
BioethicsACHES-MC Request to the Inter - Institute Bioethics Interest Group, April 5, 1999, presented by Karen Coleman Wiltshire
Testimony of Vera Hassner Sharav, Co-founder and Director "Citizens for Responsible Care in Psychiatry & Research" to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, September 18,1997
Ethical Issues in Research Involving Human Participants Current Bibliographies in Medicine 99-3
The Belmont report: ethical principles and guidelines for the protections of human subjects. Bethesda (MD): U.S. National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research; 1978.
Protection of Human Subjects- Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 46, Revised June 18, 1991.
National Bioethics Advisory Commission
Bibliography
ACHES-MC Testimony Memorial Day 1997, Video To President Clinton
Conferences and Events
S.M.A.R.T. The Sixth Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference August 8 - 10, 2003
"The Sixth Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference" will be held on August 8 - 10, 2003 at the DoubleTree Hotel near Bradley International Airport (between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA). The purpose of the conference will be to help survivors of ritual abuse and to help stop future occurrences of ritual abuse and mind control. The conference will be for survivors, co-survivors, helping professionals and others interested in the above topic. People have told us that last year's conference was the safest conference they have ever been to. For the safety of all participants we try to exclude current members of secret organizations, current perpetrators, and/or members of unsympathetic organizations. We recommend always bringing a support person to all conferences and staying with that person or another safe person at all times. For survivors of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. We also recommend reading http://members.aol.com/smartnews/conference_safety.htm about conference safety and trigger management.
For information write S.M.A.R.T., P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295 USA E-mail: smartnews@aol.com, conference information is at: http://members.aol.com/smartnews/smart-2003-conference.htm

Media Coverage-Relevant Topics
"Mind Control In Canada" Radio Series CKLN 88.l FM -Transcripts
Ban On Medical Experiments Without Consent Is Relaxed
$4.8 Million Compensation - Radiation Testing On Human Subjects
Mind Control By Harry V. Martin and David Caul The Napa Sentinel
The APAs: 'Academic Pedophile Advocates'
Duke's hazards: Did medical experiments put patients needlessly at risk?
Links to Resources and Information
HEALING, RECOVERY AND SUPPORT Organizations Literature
RESEARCH AND INFORMATION General resources, alternative sources
Bibliographies Survivor Documentation Chemical and Biological Warfare Nuclear Testing Historical Summaries Prison Military
RELATED TOPICS Legal Information and Criminal Justice Resources Government, Secrecy Human Rights Groups which Deny or Minimize Child Sexual Abuse Healing Resources

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The CIA's secret history of psychological tortureThroughout the Cold War, the agency outsourced abuse to other nations. Will Obama put us back on this path?
By Alfred W. McCoy
http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/06/11/mccoy/print.html
Editor's note: This article has also appeared on TomDispatch.com.
Jun. 11, 2009
If, like me, you've been following America's torture policies not just for the last few years but for decades, you can't help but experience that eerie feeling of déjà vu these days. With the departure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from Washington and the arrival of Barack Obama, it may just be back to the future when it comes to torture policy, a turn away from a dark, do-it-yourself ethos and a return to the outsourcing of torture that went on, with the support of both Democrats and Republicans, in the Cold War years.
Like Chile after the regime of General Augusto Pinochet or the Philippines after the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, Washington after Bush is now trapped in the painful politics of impunity. Unlike anything our allies have experienced, however, for Washington, and so for the rest of us, this may prove a political crisis without end or exit.
Despite dozens of official inquiries in the five years since the Abu Ghraib photos first exposed our abuse of Iraqi detainees, the torture scandal continues to spread like a virus, infecting all who touch it, including now Obama himself. By embracing a specific methodology of torture, covertly developed by the CIA over decades using countless millions of taxpayer dollars and graphically revealed in those Iraqi prison photos, we have condemned ourselves to retreat from whatever promises might be made to end this sort of abuse and are instead already returning to a bipartisan consensus that made torture America's secret weapon throughout the Cold War.
Despite the 24 version of events, the Bush administration did not simply authorize traditional, bare-knuckle torture. What it did do was develop to new heights the world's most advanced form of psychological torture, while quickly recognizing the legal dangers in doing so. Even in the desperate days right after 9/11, the White House and Justice Department lawyers who presided over the Bush administration's new torture program were remarkably punctilious about cloaking their decisions in legalisms designed to preempt later prosecution.
To most Americans, whether they supported the Bush administration torture policy or opposed it, all of this seemed shocking and very new. Not so, unfortunately. Concealed from Congress and the public, the CIA had spent the previous half-century developing and propagating a sophisticated form of psychological torture meant to defy investigation, prosecution, or prohibition -- and so far it has proved remarkably successful on all these counts. Even now, since many of the leading psychologists who worked to advance the CIA's torture skills have remained silent, we understand surprisingly little about the psychopathology of the program of mental torture that the Bush administration applied so globally.
Physical torture is a relatively straightforward matter of sadism that leaves behind broken bodies, useless information and clear evidence for prosecution. Psychological torture, on the other hand, is a mind maze that can destroy its victims, even while entrapping its perpetrators in an illusory, almost erotic, sense of empowerment. When applied skillfully, it leaves few scars for investigators who might restrain this seductive impulse. However, despite all the myths of these last years, psychological torture, like its physical counterpart, has proven an ineffective, even counterproductive, method for extracting useful information from prisoners.
Where it has had a powerful effect is on those ordering and delivering it. With their egos inflated beyond imagining by a sense of being masters of life and death, pain and pleasure, its perpetrators, when in office, became forceful proponents of abuse, striding across the political landscape like Nietzschean supermen. After their fall from power, they have continued to maneuver with extraordinary determination to escape the legal consequences of their actions.
Before we head deeper into the hidden history of the CIA's psychological torture program, however, we need to rid ourselves of the idea that this sort of torture is somehow "torture lite" or merely, as the Bush administration renamed it, "enhanced interrogation." Although seemingly less brutal than physical methods, psychological torture actually inflicts a crippling trauma on its victims. "Ill treatment during captivity, such as psychological manipulations and forced stress positions," Dr. Metin Basoglu has reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry after interviewing 279 Bosnian victims of such methods, "does not seem to be substantially different from physical torture in terms of the severity of mental suffering."
A secret history of psychological tortureThe roots of our present paralysis over what to do about detainee abuse lie in the hidden history of the CIA's program of psychological torture. Early in the Cold War, panicked that the Soviets had somehow cracked the code of human consciousness, the Agency mounted a "Special Interrogation Program" whose working hypothesis was: "Medical science, particularly psychiatry and psychotherapy, has developed various techniques by means of which some external control can be imposed on the mind/or will of an individual, such as drugs, hypnosis, electric shock and neurosurgery."
All of these methods were tested by the CIA in the 1950s and 1960s. None proved successful for breaking potential enemies or obtaining reliable information. Beyond these ultimately unsuccessful methods, however, the Agency also explored a behavioral approach to cracking that "code." In 1951, in collaboration with British and Canadian defense scientists, the Agency encouraged academic research into "methods concerned in psychological coercion." Within months, the Agency had defined the aims of its top-secret program, code-named Project Artichoke, as the "development of any method by which we can get information from a person against his will and without his knowledge."
This secret research produced two discoveries central to the CIA's more recent psychological paradigm. In classified experiments, famed Canadian psychologist Donald Hebb found that he could induce a state akin to drug-induced hallucinations and psychosis in just 48 hours -- without drugs, hypnosis or electric shock. Instead, for two days student volunteers at McGill University simply sat in a comfortable cubicle deprived of sensory stimulation by goggles, gloves and earmuffs. "It scared the hell out of us," Hebb said later, "to see how completely dependent the mind is on a close connection with the ordinary sensory environment, and how disorganizing to be cut off from that support."
During the 1950s, two neurologists at Cornell Medical Center, under CIA contract, found that the most devastating torture technique of the Soviet secret police, the KGB, was simply to force a victim to stand for days while the legs swelled, the skin erupted in suppurating lesions, and hallucinations began -- a procedure which we now politely refer to as "stress positions."
Four years into this project, there was a sudden upsurge of interest in using mind control techniques defensively after American prisoners in North Korea suffered what was then called "brainwashing." In August 1955, President Eisenhower ordered that any soldier at risk of capture should be given "specific training and instruction designed to ... withstand all enemy efforts against him."
Consequently, the Air Force developed a program it dubbed SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) to train pilots in resisting psychological torture. In other words, two intertwined strands of research into torture methods were being explored and developed: aggressive methods for breaking enemy agents and defensive methods for training Americans to resist enemy inquisitors.
In 1963, the CIA distilled its decade of research into the curiously named KUBARK Counter-intelligence Interrogation manual, which stated definitively that sensory deprivation was effective because it made "the regressed subject view the interrogator as a father-figure ... strengthening ... the subject's tendencies toward compliance." Refined through years of practice on actual human beings, the CIA's psychological paradigm now relies on a mix of sensory overload and deprivation via seemingly banal procedures: the extreme application of heat and cold, light and dark, noise and silence, feast and famine -- all meant to attack six essential sensory pathways into the human mind.
After codifying its new interrogation methods in the KUBARK manual, the Agency spent the next 30 years promoting these torture techniques within the U.S. intelligence community and among anti-communist allies. In its clandestine journey across continents and decades, the CIA's psychological torture paradigm would prove elusive, adaptable, devastatingly destructive, and powerfully seductive. So darkly seductive is torture's appeal that these seemingly scientific methods, even when intended for a few Soviet spies or al-Qaida terrorists, soon spread uncontrollably in two directions -- toward the torture of the many and into a paroxysm of brutality toward specific individuals. During the Vietnam War, when the CIA applied these techniques in its search for information on top Vietcong cadre, the interrogation effort soon degenerated into the crude physical brutality of the Phoenix Program, producing 46,000 extrajudicial executions and little actionable intelligence.
In 1994, with the Cold War over, Washington ratified the U.N. Convention Against Torture, seemingly resolving the tension between its anti-torture principles and its torture practices. Yet when President Clinton sent this Convention to Congress, he included four little-noticed diplomatic "reservations" drafted six years before by the Reagan administration and focused on just one word in those 26 printed pages: "mental."
These reservations narrowed (just for the United States) the definition of "mental" torture to include four acts: the infliction of physical pain, the use of drugs, death threats or threats to harm another. Excluded were methods such as sensory deprivation and self-inflicted pain, the very techniques the CIA had propagated for the past 40 years. This definition was reproduced verbatim in Section 2340 of the U.S. Federal Code and later in the War Crimes Act of 1996. Through this legal legerdemain, Washington managed to agree, via the U.N. Convention, to ban physical abuse even while exempting the CIA from the U.N.'s prohibition on psychological torture.
This little noticed exemption was left buried in those documents like a landmine and would detonate with phenomenal force just 10 years later at Abu Ghraib prison.
War on terror, war of torture
Right after his public address to a shaken nation on Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush gave his staff secret orders to pursue torture policies, adding emphatically, "I don't care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass." In a dramatic break with past policy, the White House would even allow the CIA to operate its own global network of prisons, as well as charter air fleet to transport seized suspects and "render" them for endless detention in a supranational gulag of secret "black sites" from Thailand to Poland.
The Bush administration also officially allowed the CIA ten "enhanced" interrogation methods designed by agency psychologists, including "waterboarding." This use of cold water to block breathing triggers the "mammalian diving reflex," hardwired into every human brain, thus inducing an uncontrollable terror of impending death.
As Jane Mayer reported in the New Yorker, psychologists working for both the Pentagon and the CIA "reverse engineered" the military's SERE training, which included a brief exposure to waterboarding, and flipped these defensive methods for use offensively on al-Qaida captives. "They sought to render the detainees vulnerable -- to break down all of their senses," one official told Mayer. "It takes a psychologist trained in this to understand these rupturing experiences." Inside Agency headquarters, there was, moreover, a "high level of anxiety" about the possibility of future prosecutions for methods officials knew to be internationally defined as torture. The presence of Ph.D. psychologists was considered one "way for CIA officials to skirt measures such as the Convention Against Torture."
From recently released Justice Department memos, we now know that the CIA refined its psychological paradigm significantly under Bush. As described in the classified 2004 Background Paper on the CIA's Combined Use of Interrogation Techniques, each detainee was transported to an Agency black site while "deprived of sight and sound through the use of blindfolds, earmuffs, and hoods." Once inside the prison, he was reduced to "a baseline, dependent state" through conditioning by "nudity, sleep deprivation (with shackling ...), and dietary manipulation."
For "more physical and psychological stress," CIA interrogators used coercive measures such as "an insult slap or abdominal slap" and then "walling," slamming the detainee's head against a cell wall. If these failed to produce the results sought, interrogators escalated to waterboarding, as was done to Abu Zubaydah "at least 83 times during August 2002" and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad 183 times in March 2003 -- so many times, in fact, that the repetitiousness of the act can only be considered convincing testimony to the seductive sadism of CIA-style torture.
In a parallel effort launched by Bush-appointed civilians in the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld gave General Geoffrey Miller command of the new American military prison at Guantánamo in late 2002 with ample authority to transform it into an ad hoc psychology lab. Behavioral Science Consultation Teams of military psychologists probed detainees for individual phobias like fear of the dark. Interrogators stiffened the psychological assault by exploiting what they saw as Arab cultural sensitivities when it came to sex and dogs. Via a three-phase attack on the senses, on culture and on the individual psyche, interrogators at Guantánamo perfected the CIA's psychological paradigm.
After General Miller visited Iraq in September 2003, the U.S. commander there, General Ricardo Sanchez, ordered Guantánamo-style abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. My own review of the 1,600 still-classified photos taken by American guards at Abu Ghraib -- which journalists covering this story seem to share like Napster downloads -- reveals not random, idiosyncratic acts by "bad apples," but the repeated, constant use of just three psychological techniques: hooding for sensory deprivation, shackling for self-inflicted pain and (to exploit Arab cultural sensitivities) both nudity and dogs. It is no accident that Private Lynndie England was famously photographed leading an Iraqi detainee leashed like a dog.
These techniques, according to the New York Times, then escalated virally at five Special Operations field interrogation centers where detainees were subjected to extreme sensory deprivation, beating, burning, electric shock and waterboarding. Among the thousand soldiers in these units, 34 were later convicted of abuse and many more escaped prosecution only because records were officially "lost."
"Behind the green door" at the White HouseFurther up the chain of command, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, as she recently told the Senate, "convened a series of meetings of NSC [National Security Council] principals in 2002 and 2003 to discuss various issues … relating to detainees." This group, including Vice President Cheney, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell and CIA director George Tenet, met dozens of times inside the White House Situation Room.
After watching CIA operatives mime what Rice called "certain physical and psychological interrogation techniques," these leaders, their imaginations stimulated by graphic visions of human suffering, repeatedly authorized extreme psychological techniques stiffened by hitting, walling and waterboarding. According to an April 2008 ABC News report, Attorney General Ashcroft once interrupted this collective fantasy by asking aloud, "Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly."
In mid-2004, even after the Abu Ghraib photos were released, these principals met to approve the use of CIA torture techniques on still more detainees. Despite mounting concerns about the damage torture was doing to America's standing, shared by Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice commanded Agency officials with the cool demeanor of a dominatrix. "This is your baby," she reportedly said. "Go do it."
Cleansing torture
Even as they exercise extraordinary power over others, perpetrators of torture around the world are assiduous in trying to cover their tracks. They construct recondite legal justifications, destroy records of actual torture and paper the files with spurious claims of success. Hence, the CIA destroyed 92 interrogation videotapes, while Vice President Cheney now berates Obama incessantly (five times in his latest Fox News interview) to declassify "two reports" which he claims will show the informational gains that torture offered -- possibly because his staff salted the files at the NSC or the CIA with documents prepared for this very purpose.
Not only were Justice Department lawyers aggressive in their advocacy of torture in the Bush years, they were meticulous from the start, in laying the legal groundwork for later impunity. In three torture memos from May 2005 that the Obama administration recently released, Bush's Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stephen Bradbury repeatedly cited those original U.S. diplomatic "reservations" to the U.N. Convention Against Torture, replicated in Section 2340 of the Federal code, to argue that waterboarding was perfectly legal since the "technique is not physically painful." Anyway, he added, careful lawyering at Justice and the CIA had punched loopholes in both the U.N. Convention and U.S. law so wide that these Agency techniques were "unlikely to be subject to judicial inquiry."
Just to be safe, when Vice President Cheney presided over the drafting of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, he included clauses, buried in 38 pages of dense print, defining "serious physical pain" as the "significant loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty." This was a striking paraphrase of the outrageous definition of physical torture as pain "equivalent in intensity to ... organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death" in John Yoo's infamous August 2002 "torture memo," already repudiated by the Justice Department.
Above all, the Military Commissions Act protected the CIA's use of psychological torture by repeating verbatim the exculpatory language found in those Clinton-era, Reagan-created reservations to the U.N. Convention and still embedded in Section 2340 of the Federal code. To make doubly sure, the act also made these definitions retroactive to November 1997, giving CIA interrogators immunity from any misdeeds under the Expanded War Crimes Act of 1997 which punishes serious violations with life imprisonment or death.
No matter how twisted the process, impunity -- whether in England, Indonesia or America -- usually passes through three stages:
1. Blame the supposed "bad apples."
2. Invoke the security argument. ("It protected us.")
3. Appeal to national unity. ("We need to move forward together.")
For a year after the Abu Ghraib exposé, Rumsfeld's Pentagon blamed various low-ranking bad apples by claiming the abuse was "perpetrated by a small number of U.S. military." In his statement on May 13, while refusing to release more torture photos, President Obama echoed Rumsfeld, claiming the abuse in these latest images, too, "was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals."
In recent weeks, Republicans have taken us deep into the second stage with Cheney's statements that the CIA's methods "prevented the violent deaths of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of people."
Then, on April 16, President Obama brought us to the final stage when he released the four Bush-era memos detailing CIA torture, insisting: "Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past." During a visit to CIA headquarters four days later, Obama promised that there would be no prosecutions of Agency employees. "We've made some mistakes," he admitted, but urged Americans simply to "acknowledge them and then move forward." The president's statements were in such blatant defiance of international law that the U.N.'s chief official on torture, Manfred Nowak, reminded him that Washington was actually obliged to investigate possible violations of the Convention Against Torture.
This process of impunity is leading Washington back to a global torture policy that, during the Cold War, was bipartisan in nature: publicly advocating human rights while covertly outsourcing torture to allied governments and their intelligence agencies. In retrospect, it may become ever more apparent that the real aberration of the Bush years lay not in torture policies per se, but in the president's order that the CIA should operate its own torture prisons. The advantage of the bipartisan torture consensus of the Cold War era was, of course, that it did a remarkably good job most of the time of insulating Washington from the taint of torture, which was sometimes remarkably widely practiced.
There are already some clear signs of a policy shift in this direction in the Obama era. Since mid-2008, U.S. intelligence has captured a half-dozen al-Qaida suspects and, instead of shipping them to Guantánamo or to CIA secret prisons, has had them interrogated by allied Middle Eastern intelligence agencies. Showing that this policy is again bipartisan, Obama's new CIA director Leon Panetta announced that the Agency would continue to engage in the rendition of terror suspects to allies like Libya, Pakistan or Saudi Arabia where we can, as he put it, "rely on diplomatic assurances of good treatment." Showing the quality of such treatment, Time magazine reported on May 24 that Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, who famously confessed under torture that Saddam Hussein had provided al-Qaida with chemical weapons and later admitted his lie to Senate investigators, had committed "suicide" in a Libyan cell.
The price of impunity
This time around, however, a long-distance torture policy may not provide the same insulation as in the past for Washington. Any retreat into torture by remote control is, in fact, only likely to produce the next scandal that will do yet more damage to America's international standing.
Over a 40-year period, Americans have found themselves mired in this same moral quagmire on six separate occasions: following exposés of CIA-sponsored torture in South Vietnam (1970), Brazil (1974), Iran (1978), Honduras (1988) and then throughout Latin America (1997). After each exposé, the public's shock soon faded, allowing the Agency to resume its dirty work in the shadows.
Unless some formal inquiry is convened to look into a sordid history that reached its depths in the Bush era, and so begins to break this cycle of deceit, exposé and paralysis followed by more of the same, we're likely, a few years hence, to find ourselves right back where we are now. We'll be confronted with the next American torture scandal from some future iconic dungeon, part of a dismal, ever lengthening procession that has led from the tiger cages of South Vietnam through the Shah of Iran's prison cells in Tehran to Abu Ghraib and the prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
The next time, however, the world will not have forgotten those photos from Abu Ghraib. The next time, the damage to this country will be nothing short of devastating.
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From PSYOP to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory
by Colonel Paul E. Valley: http://www.xeper.org/maquino/nm/MindWar.pdf
The advantage of MindWar is that it conducts wars in nonlethal, noninjurious, and nondestructive ways. Essentially you overwhelm your enemy with argument. You seize control of all the means by which his government and populace process information to make up their minds, and you adjust it so that those minds are made up as you desire. Everyone is happy, no one gets hurt or killed, and nothing is destroyed.
Ordinary warfare, on the other hand, is characterized by its lack of reason. The antagonists just maim or kill each other's people, and steal and destroy each other's land, until one side is hurt so badly it gives up (or both sides are hurt so badly that they agree to stop short of victory). After such a war there is lasting misery, hate, and suffering.
The only loser in MindWar are the war profiteers: companies and corporations which grow fat on orders for helicopters, tanks, guns, munitions, etc. Consequently what President Dwight Eisenhower referred to as the "military/industrial complex" can be counted upon to resist implementation of MindWar as the governing strategic conflict doctrine.
That's the MindWar prospectus in its most simplified form.

Evidence suggests CIA funded experiments at state hospital
By Louis Porter
Vermont Press Bureau
Article published Nov 30, 2008
http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081130/NEWS/811300299
Few people in Vermont remember Dr. Robert W. Hyde, but one of his former patients can’t forget him. The doctor was involved in one of the nation’s darkest chapters in medical science: In the 1950s, Hyde conducted drug and psychological experiments at a Boston hospital through funding that apparently originated with the CIA. Later, he became director of research at the Vermont State Hospital.
The patient, Karen Wetmore, is convinced that Hyde and other researchers subjected her and possibly other patients to experiments paid for by the CIA at the Waterbury facility.
In addition to her claim, new evidence, though incomplete, suggests that such tests might have been conducted at the Vermont State Hospital. Several books and numerous newspaper accounts have detailed how techniques developed through testing, including on mental health patients at hospitals in other parts of the country, are related to the interrogation methods used in Guantanamo and other locations in the war on terror. These well-known and well-documented drug experiments began in secret after the Korean War and were sponsored by the U.S. government.
News accounts and histories of the experiments have not mentioned the Vermont State Hospital, but a congressional committee concluded that dozens of institutions, some of which have never been identified, were involved in secret experiments for the CIA.
A complicated, disturbing story
Wetmore, who grew up in Brandon and now lives in Rutland, resided at the Vermont State Hospital for extended periods in her teens and early 20s. Hyde had a long and distinguished career as a psychiatrist and university researcher before he returned to Vermont in the late 1960s. He died in Bakersfield, his birthplace, in 1976.
This story centers on the possible intersection of Hyde’s research work and Wetmore’s experiences at the state hospital. The strands of the narrative, constructed from government documents and her memory, is complicated, confusing and sometimes disturbing.
Her claim, that the Waterbury hospital was involved in experimentation on patients, has never been reported despite numerous instances in which it could have come to public attention, including a lawsuit that Wetmore settled out of court.
Further complicating matters is Wetmore’s severe memory loss, which she says is the result of her treatment at the Vermont State Hospital where she says she was given experimental drugs, experienced repetitive electroshock therapy and was subjected unwittingly to other tests. Her medical records from the Vermont State Hospital, including daily logs and summaries of her treatment support these claims. Another obstacle for Wetmore is the social stigma of mental illness. She says once a patient is committed to a mental hospital, “the first thing they take away from you is your credibility.”
In order to figure out what really happened to her at the Vermont State Hospital and to overcome this credibility gap, Wetmore has spent more than 12 years collecting and analyzing reams of government documents, including state hospital records, declassified CIA paperwork and histories of MK-Ultra, the code name of the CIA’s best-known clandestine research projects on mind-control. At many points Wetmore reached dead ends: The government denied her requests for certain documents and heavily redacted key evidence from others. Some documents were destroyed.
In 1997, Wetmore decided to bring a lawsuit against the state. A psychiatrist and a Rutland lawyer agreed to help her with the case and spent months collecting and poring over evidence. They both came to the conclusion that Wetmore was the subject of drug experiments at the hospital.
Wetmore and her advocates could not unequivocally link her case to the CIA’s research activities at other institutions through government documents from the agency, but histories of the CIA’s psychiatric testing, other documents and a preponderance of circumstantial evidence around Wetmore’s treatment based on her medical records suggest the Vermont State Hospital may have been one of the sites for secret experimentation.
The CIA destroyed much of the evidence regarding the drug and psychological tests on unwitting patients in the 1970s as the truth about its funding for the tests came to light, according to a 1975 congressional review headed by U.S. Sen. Frank Church.
Several authors have examined government research programs in other parts of the country, but they have not fingered the Vermont State Hospital as a site for the secret experiments. [Read entire article at: http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081130/NEWS/811300299]
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MK-Ultra, CIA Mind Control & Brain Washing to Make Assassins
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BLUEBIRD - Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality by Psychiatrists
By Colin A. Ross MD
A 10-Page Summary
In this summary of Bluebird, Dr. Ross describes unethical experiments conducted by psychiatrists to create amnesia, new identities, hypnotic access codes, and new memories in the minds of experimental subjects. His research is based on 15,000 pages of documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Dr. Ross is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation. Join in powerfully creating a better world for all by spreading the word.
Historical Background
The Manchurian Candidate is compelling evidence for the reality of therapist-created multiple personality disorder. The condition has been created deliberately by mind control doctors. Experiments to create Manchurian Candidate “super spies” must be understood in their social and historical context, which is one of pervasive, systematic mind control experimentation, not by a few isolated renegade doctors, but by the leaders of psychiatry and the major medical schools. Because this book is likely to provoke extreme reactions, I have taken great care to present only facts which are fully documented and based on objective, public domain information. P. E
The basic premise of the book The Manchurian Candidate is that a group of American POWs in the Korean War is brainwashed while crossing through Manchuria to freedom. They arrive back in the US amnesic for the period of brainwashing, and one of them has been programmed to be an assassin. His target is a candidate for president of the US. His Asian handlers control him with a hypnotically implanted trigger, a particular playing card.
Multiple personality disorder is now classified by the American Psychiatric Association as dissociative identity disorder. According to my definition, the Manchurian Candidate is an experimentally created dissociative identity disorder that meets the following four criteria:
Created deliberately
A new identity is implanted
Amnesia barriers are created
Used in simulated or actual operations
That the CIA created Manchurian Candidates is a fact, and easy to understand and justify from a national security perspective. I am not criticizing the CIA or the military in this book because I am not an expert on intelligence matters. I am a psychiatrist specializing in dissociative disorders. P. G
BLUEBIRD blows the whistle on extensive political abuse of psychiatry in North America in the second half of the 20th century. Many thousands of prisoners and mental patients were subjected to unethical mind control experiments by leading psychiatrists and medical schools. Organized academic psychiatry has never acknowledged this history. The network of mind control doctors involved in BLUEBIRD has done a great deal of harm to the field of psychiatry and to psychiatric patients. My goal is to break the ugly silence. P. K
The participation of psychiatrists and medical schools in mind control research was not a matter of a few scattered doctors pursuing questionable lines of investigation. Rather, the mind control experimentation was systematic, organized, and involved many leading psychiatrists and medical schools. The mind control experiments were interwoven with radiation experiments, and research on chemical and biological weapons. They were funded by the CIA, Army, Navy, Air Force, and by other agencies including the Public Health Service and the Scottish Rite Foundation. The psychiatrists, psychologists, neurosurgeons, and other contractors conducting the work were imbedded in a broad network of doctors, and much of the research was published in medical journals. The climate was permissive, supportive, and approving of mind control experimentation. P. F, 1
The work of the mind control doctors did not occur in a vacuum. The importation of Nazi doctors to the US through secret programs like PAPERCLIP is part of the context. After the end of World War II, German scientists and technical experts were being held in a variety of detainment camps. The British, French, Americans, and Russians became embroiled in highly competitive recruiting efforts to secure the services of these German specialists. The prospect of losing the industrial and scientific services of these German experts lead to the creation of Project PAPERCLIP. Over 1,000 German scientists were secretly brought into the US without State Department approval. The most famous individual brought over in this manner was Werner von Braun, the rocket scientist. Von Braun was the head of the German V2 rocket program. The NASA rockets that took Neil Armstrong to the moon were built by von Braun and his colleagues. Medical doctors also came over under PAPERCLIP. P. 3, 4
Likewise, the Tuskeegee Syphilis Study helps us understand how mind control experimentation was not only tolerated by medical professionals, but published in peer-reviewed literature. The Study, started in Alabama in 1932, was run by the Public Health Service. 399 illiterate, poor rural black men with syphilis were recruited as subjects, along with 201 controls without syphilis. The purpose of the Study was to make sure the 399 men never got treatment. The subjects and their families weren’t told they had syphilis and didn’t know it was treatable. They were told that they had bad blood. P. 1, 9, 10
The cure for syphilis, penicillin, was introduced in the early 1940’s. It was withheld from the Tuskeegee men for 30 years. The published results of the Study showed the men with untreated syphilis were sicker and died younger than controls. How many women were infected with syphilis because these men were deliberately not treated? How many children were born with syphilis because of the Study? The Tuskeegee Syphilis Study was eventually shut down in 1972 because of the efforts of an investigative journalist. There is no evidence to suggest that the government or the medical progression had any intention of closing the study as of 1972. People and organizations that knew about the Study included the Surgeon General, the American Heart Association, and the Center for Disease Control. Throughout its 40-year course, the Tuskeegee Study was praised and received various honors. P. 9-13
The Tuskeegee Study establishes that a large network of doctors and organization were willing to participate in, fund, and condone grossly unethical medical experimentation into the 1970’s. The Study proves that considerable external pressure is often required before the medical profession takes the necessary action to terminate such experimentation. P. 14
Unethical radiation experiments were conducted on about 600 subjects in the US beginning in the 1940’s and running into the 1970’s. Many people were injected with plutonium and exposed to other forms of radiation without their informed consent. 18 patients were injected with plutonium in an experiment run by the MANHATTAN PROJECT. Prisoners in Washington and Oregon state prisons were paid to have their testicles irradiated. They got $5 a month for the irradiation. During the experiment, which ran from 1963 to 1971, the subjects’ testicles were exposed to 600 roentgen of radiation, which is 100 times the maximum recommended dose. P. Clouds of radioactive material were released into the atmosphere and tracked as they moved downwind, often through populated areas. In one experiment code-named GREEN RUN, radioactive iodine-131 released from the Hanford Nuclear Facility drifted over Spokane. The cloud contained hundreds of times as much radiation as was released accidentally at Three Mile Island in 1979.
As was true of mind control and biological weapon research, radiation research experiments were conducted on children and unwitting civilians. In 1961, researchers at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston University School of Medicine gave radioactive iodine to seventy retarded children at Wrentham State School. At Fernald School, MIT gave radioactive substances to children by putting it in their food. No risks of radioactivity were mentioned in the consent form signed by the parents. The consent form stated that the purpose of the experiments was “helping to improve the nutrition of our children.” Dr. Saul Krugman of New York University and his staff deliberately injected severely mentally retarded children at Willowbrook State School with hepatitis virus in the 1950’s and 1960’s, funded by the Army Medical Research and Development Command. To date there has been no compensation for victims of unethical biological experiments.
Army doctors were actively involved in LSD testing at least until the late 1970’s. Subjects of LSD experiments included children as young as five years old, and brain electrodes were implanted in children as young as 11 years of age. Four of the CIA’s MKULTRA Subprojects were on children. The mind control doctors included Presidents of the American Psychiatric Association and psychiatrists who received full-page obituaries in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Responsibility for the unethical experimentation lies first with the individual doctors, but also collectively with the medical profession and with academia as a whole. [Read entire article at: http://www.wanttoknow.info/bluebird10pg]
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The CIA, Mind Control & Children:
A Talk by John Rappoport
Officially MKULTRA was a CIA mind control project that lasted about 10 years ... let's say from 1952 to 1962-63 ... Before it started, there was ARTICHOKE AND BLUEBIRD ... those were other CIA mind control projects. After it ended, supposedly in 1963, an office called ORD Office of Research and Development took it over. Their job we don't know about ... we are not sure of everything they did because that information is not available. It is in 130 boxes of material somewhere ... maybe in Langley, Virginia but they won't release it. Various people have said that they employed more sophisticated measures than MKULTRA to do mind control on people.
I am investigative reporter, for about the last fifteen years, and I basically have been investigating what I call medical fascism which I believe is the mechanism by which people are going to be dragged into Brave New World if that is the outcome that we unfortunately end up with. That issue is not decided, but because the medical world has such great authority with people, they believe so much in doctors and experts, they are going to try to make that move ... they are going to try to bring people to heel under the aegis of medicine ... they are going to try to say that they know science, and therefore you have to listen to what they say, and if they say take a drug, or you are suffering from a germ, there is no questioning that. If they say you are detained or quarantined, there is no questioning that ... I see that as being something that is coming around here.
"In the children's unit of Creedmore State Hospital with a resident population of 450 patients, ages 4 to 15, we have investigated the responses of some of these children to lysergic acid and related drugs in the psychiatric, psychological and biochemical areas. Two groups of boys receiving daily LSD, UML (which is a methylated derivative of LSD) or psilocybin ... at first the medication was given weekly but was eventually given daily for periods of up to several months. Dosages remain constant throughout, LSD 150 mcg. (which is a standard for an adult trip), psilocybin 20 mg. daily or UML 12 mg. daily, all given in two divided doses. The average duration of treatment was 2 to 3 months." Daily. Children, 7, 9 , 11 years old ...
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Here is a poem a lot of people are familiar with. It is attributed to Pastor Martin Niemoller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Student Tasering Smacks of Psy Op: By Henry Makow Ph.D. http://www.henrymakow.com/student_tasering_exposes_chara.html The tasering of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer 21, Tuesday looks like a B.F. Skinner experiment designed to let the mice know they will receive a painful shock if they raise sensitive political topics in public. Meyer's questions were extremely pertinent. He asked Kerry why he conceded the 2004 Presidential election the same day in spite of numerous voting irregularities. "Didn't you want to win?" Meyer demanded. Meyer was implying that Kerry might have thrown the election because he belonged to the same Illuminati secret society as Bush.
Comments:
M said (September 21, 2007):
This could have been a psych-op. I watched the footage and it does look a little staged. It also received tremendous coverage. Why Kerry? well, do the research and see who he is related to. His real name is Kohn (Jewish). He is also related to royals (Non-Jewish) in Europe and spent much of his childhood in Europe, attending elitist schools. He is also a distant cousin to Bush. And a Skull and Bones member. Meyer the man in questions is an supposed outspoken journalist. He is associated with Hillel, a zionist college group.
http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/104221.html. zionist, elitist, illuminati, one in the same.

Withowlseyeswatch said (September 20, 2007):
Thanks for quoting me in your rense.com article.
Study the attached series of captions. The first 10 seconds of the video show the female guard watching for her cue to step forward.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=6bVa6jn4rpE
This was not a Psy-Op in the sense that the government was up to something to try to terrorize everyone. The benefit to the government is that it has served to create a big fear amongst the confused masses.
Somebody dared Meyers to ask Kerry these questions. Kerry, being a master of taking dares, detected what he was up to and stood down to let him complete his "initiation". Challenging the Senator was worth many points. Taking the taser was worth more points. Getting talk showhosts all charged up was worth mega points.
Note the clothing Meyers was wearing, especially the plaid underwear. The number 18 on his back. 1+8=9. 9 is an important number. The folksin uniforms earned their points too. They were actors. The female led the charge because she didn't have the strength or the techniques of trained male officer. This minimized injury to Meyers.
Two of the many give aways that this incident was a prank is when the female who tasered Meyers wagged her finger in his face. Officers are probably trained to never point their fingers in anyones face. She also told him he was being charged with inciting a riot. What authority does she have to say what he will be charged with?
The university is not likely to admit that this events was a college boy's game. Go back and watch the entire video with the thought inmind that everything was planned as a result of a school boy's dare.
It was a good dare and a great prank pulled off.
The students in the audience had knowledge that he had been challenged with a major dare. That's why they didn't move. That's why the laughed. He was actually going through with the dare. He was actually hitting Kerry. Stands to reason that the way to dramatize the result of Kerry's cowardess is to demonstrate what is happening to people in the world because of Kerry's prank on the US.
The prank was punctuated by the book "Armed Madhouse" that Meyer held up before the American. All attention should be directed to what the Palast reveals about the Bush Crime Family. When people read it, they will get the shock of their life.
This fellow did something very couragous. He confronted Kerry. He showed what happens when a coward remains standing in the shoes of a leader.
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W
I do not see this as a prank or a dare. I see it as a Mossaad psy op.
henry
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What do you think? Intentional or not, the media coverage of this event was read and viewed by millions of people worldwide and it is wedged into the recesses of our psych forever whether we want it there or not. And the message is clear - don't disagree, be sheep, follow along or else.
Like the frog in a bucket of water, if you gradually turn up the heat, the frog won't try to escape. Unfortunately, this is the same script followed by the majority of the population. When the government take our freedoms away slowly, replaced with a Police State for security, they say, most people will 'buy' whatever 'propaganda of the day' is in the media.
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Pasadena church wants IRS apology: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-allsaints24sep24,0,6570946.story?coll=la-default-underdog The rector of a liberal Pasadena church today demanded an apology and a clarification from the Internal Revenue Service after being notified that the agency had closed a lengthy investigation of the church over a 2004 antiwar sermon -- but also found that the same sermon constituted illegal intervention in a political campaign.
They raise concerns that the IRS' investigation may have been politically motivated.
Regas did not instruct parishioners whom to support in the presidential race, but his suggestion that Jesus would have told Bush that his preemptive war strategy in Iraq "has led to disaster" prompted a letter from the IRS in June 2005 stating that the church's tax-exempt status was in question. Federal law prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from intervening in political campaigns and elections.
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