Jan 292010
 

The Obama administration stunned New York’s delegation yesterday, dropping the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.

The state’s two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government that delivers on its promises to the American people.

So the legislators were floored to learn the Democratic administration does not want to deliver for the tens of thousands of people who sacrificed after 9/11, and the untold numbers now getting sick.

“I was stunned — and very disappointed,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who like most of the other legislators had expected more of a discussion on how to more forward.

“To say the least, I was flabbergasted,” said Staten Island Rep. Mike McMahon.

Jan 212010
 

As unprecedented amounts of out-of-state money have funded a media blitz, and seesawing polls — some highly questionable — to show Republican Scott Brown up to a dead heat with Democrat Martha Coakley after a recent month’s 9-point deficit, election integrity activists are examining the peculiar nature and sources of funds for the Brown campaign.
The pdf containing the linked chart is available for download by right-clicking here.

Jan 202010
 

Groups Urge Secretary of State Galvin to Take Action to Detect Election Tampering

LEXINGTON, Mass., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Representatives of nonpartisan election watchdog groups around the nation issued a last-minute ‘orange alert,’ warning that tomorrow’s Massachusetts special election to elect a successor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy is ripe for manipulation. The groups call on Secretary of State Galvin to take immediate extra security precautions for the Senate race, which has become a high-stakes national contest. Critical national initiatives such as health care reform and financial reform will be influenced by the results of this election.

Unprecedented amounts of out-of-state money has funded a media blitz, and recent seesawing polls — some highly questionable — show Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley now reported to be in a virtual toss-up.

Experts are concerned that with the electronic election system in use, its lack of transparency and ease of manipulation, the public has no basis for trust in the accuracy and integrity of the election results. Confidence in election outcome should be based on objective verification rather than government reassurance, particularly when voting systems with so many known vulnerabilities and so little ability for oversight are employed.

“Now is the time for Massachusetts state election officials to act. Now is the time for all citizens to act,” said Sally Castleman, Massachusetts voter and co-founder of Election Defense Alliance.

Members of election integrity organizations nationwide urge Secretary of State Galvin to take immediate steps to increase transparency for this electronically tabulated election.

Massachusetts elections are programmed and serviced by New England Diebold affiliate LHS Associates, a private company, located in Methuen, MA, which alone controls the trade secret software and memory cards holding all ballot and voting data. This data must be secured and held by Massachusetts election officials, experts say.

Secretary of State Galvin must immediately institute a policy and practice to ensure that public election officials and not LHS Associates maintain chain of custody over all ballots, voting machines, database files, and memory cards. Only through public possession and scrutiny of all election data can we ensure the integrity of election results.

Alert citizens can help defend against election shenanigans by volunteering as polling center watchdogs.

Election Integrity expert Brad Friedman has warned that the outcome will rely on the accuracy of votes tallied by the easily-hacked electronic Diebold/Premier optical scan voting machines, featured in the film Hacking Democracy.

Friedman, writing in the Gouverneur Times (http://www.gouverneurtimes.com/st-lawrence-news/54-worldnational-news/10625-easily-hacked-voting-systems-to-be-used-in-ma-special-election-for-the-us-senate.html) (http://tr.im/KvUb) says, “The electronic voting systems used in Massachusetts are notoriously plagued with problems and vulnerabilities, and are in violation of federal voting system standards. Moreover, they are sold, programmed, and maintained by a company with a disturbing criminal background.”

Friedman notes with concern, “The machines and cards are often accessed by both election officials and the private vendors who program and maintain them.”

The candidates are urged not to concede the election or declare victory until election results can be verified and any bona fide election challenges resolved.

The organizations issuing the alert include:

Americans United for Democracy, Integrity, and Transparency in Elections, AZ http://audit-az.blogspot.com

Bev Harris, BlackBoxVoting.org, a national nonpartisan nonprofit elections

watchdog organization

Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots, Belmont, MA www.handcountedpaperballots.org

Coalition for Visible Ballots www.coalition4visibleballots.homestead.com

Florida Fair Elections www.floridafairelections.org/board.htm

Massachusetts Citizens for Voting Integrity www.handcountedpaperballots.org

PDA Board Chair Mimi Kennedy www.pdamerica.org

NH Fair Elections Committee www.democracyfornewhampshire.com

RecallVotingMachines.com

Velvet Revolution www.velvetrevolution.us

Where’s the Paper www.wheresthepaper.org

Prof. Mark Crispin Miller, election integrity author/journalist, professor of media studies, NYU

SOURCE VelvetRevolution.us

Jan 142010
 

“It’s easy to destroy groups with ‘cognitive diversity.’ You just take up meeting times with arguments to the point where people don’t come back. You make protest signs which alienate 90% of colleagues. You demand revolutionary violence from pacifist groups.”

This is a direct quote from Cass Sunstein, from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration. The bad news is the very reckless nature of what Sunstein proposes. Some people with such “cognitive diversity” may accept the call for “revolutionary violence”. And what about having an authentic investigation of 9/11? Conspiracy theorists are not likely to be persuaded by an attempt to dispel their theories; they may even characterize that very attempt as further proof of the conspiracy.” says Sunstein. He never directly admits that an authentic investigation would contradict the official U.S. establishment’s account of 9/11. Many of Sunstein’s publications on behavioral economics have become a staple for law students. In an acute stage of pomposity, Sunstein suggests “Because those who hold conspiracy theories typically suffer from a crippled epistemology, in accordance with which it is rational to hold such theories, the best response consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups.” Scientific thought has become a “crippled epistemology”?

Willful ignorance has never been the only hurdle in the pursuit of an authentic criminal investigation of 9/11. Like the COINTELPRO programs of the 70′s, peace movements, environmental groups and 9/11 Truth, demonstrations/meetings have often found themselves with one or two outspoken individuals willing to waste the groups time with aggressive calls for retaliation or obviously bogus theories. Often, like the police officer in our own group for 9/11 Truth Tucson, they will spend time casting an overall “shadow of doubt” of foul play while refusing to specifically address the issues that contradict the 9/11 Commission’s report. Regardless of the “cognitive diversity” these groups celebrate, vigilance and honesty will overcome this new infiltration of clowns.

Jan 132010
 

“His explosives couldn’t have blown up his own seat. Even if full power, it
wouldn’t have worked.” These were the words relayed to me during a Jan. 2 interview with military analyst and counterinsurgency specialist Gordon Duff in regard to the attempt of Christmas Day underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab [sometimes referred to as Abdulmutallab] to ignite 80 grams of the explosive PETN on a flight destined for America. He also explained how the patsy’s country of origin, Nigeria, is clandestinely controlled by the Israeli army and Mossad.

These entities train the military, sell weapons, run the airports, and wield power over DICON (Defense Industries Corporation). Furthermore, Mutallab’s father is a Mossad partner and Israel’s No. 1 contact in Nigeria. As the former CEO of his country’s most influential bank and the man who ran their national arms industry, Mr. Mutallab also harbors extremely close relationships with the U.S. ambassador and CIA chief in Nigeria.

Jan 102010
 

The long-held assumption that US assets – particularly government bonds – are a safe haven will soon be overturned as investors lose their patience with the world’s biggest economy, according to Willem Buiter.

Professor Buiter, a former Monetary Policy Committee member who is now at the London School of Economics, said this increasing disenchantment would result in an exodus of foreign cash from the US.

The warning comes despite the dollar having strengthened significantly against other major currencies, including sterling and the euro, after hitting historic lows last year. It will reignite fears about the currency’s prospects, as well as sparking fears about the sustainability of President-Elect Barack Obama’s mooted plans for a Keynesian-style increase in public spending to pull the US out of recession. Full Article

Jan 062010
 

An investigation by BBC’s Newsnight has cast doubts on the key piece of evidence which convicted the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

Tests aimed at reproducing the blast appear to undermine the case’s central forensic link, based on a tiny fragment identified as part of a bomb timer.

The tests suggest the fragment, which linked the attack to Megrahi, would not have survived the mid-air explosion.

Two hundred and seventy people died in the 1988 attack on Pan Am flight 103.

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