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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall Of The Republic - The Presidency Of Barack H Obama - The Full Movie HQ

Fall Of The Republic documents how an offshore corporate cartel is bankrupting the US economy by design. Leaders are now declaring that world government has arrived and that the dollar will be replaced by a new global currency.

President Obama has brazenly violated Article 1 Section 9 of the US Constitution by seating himself at the head of United Nations' Security Council, thus becoming the first US president to chair the world body.

A scientific dictatorship is in its final stages of completion, and laws protecting basic human rights are being abolished worldwide; an iron curtain of high-tech tyranny is now descending over the planet.

A worldwide regime controlled by an unelected corporate elite is implementing a planetary carbon tax system that will dominate all human activity and establish a system of neo-feudal slavery.

The image makers have carefully packaged Obama as the world's savior; he is the Trojan Horse manufactured to pacify the people just long enough for the globalists to complete their master plan.

This film reveals the architecture of the New World Order and what the power elite have in store for humanity. More importantly it communicates how We The People can retake control of our government, turn the criminal tide and bring the tyrants to justice.

http://www.infowars.com/

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

UPDATE ON WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHEERLEADER CRIPPLED FOR LIFE AFTER BEING VACCINATED

This is an update on Desiree Jennings. This poor woman was crippled with a neurological disorder after taking a vaccine, which is poisonous and contains mercury, squalene and other chemical toxins.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Max Keiser: Accounting Fraud, Fake Stock Market Rally...Crisis Is Not Over

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 1

Be sure to watch ALL parts of this series. It's excellent!

Agenda 21 For Dummies

Agenda 21 explained very well. Including implications it will have on humanity. Opinions within the video come in some cases from those that were in on the negotiations. Truly an interesting watch.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Please listen! Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine

Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine, circa 1961. Audio file.

Big vote for FORCED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE in Senate committee TODAY!

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. enters an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. announced that the Finance Committee will vote next week on the health care bill. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
By ERICA WERNER 
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to remake the nation's health care system is about to take its biggest step yet toward becoming reality.

The pivotal Senate Finance Committee was poised to approve sweeping legislation Tuesday requiring nearly all Americans to purchase insurance and ushering in a host of other changes to the nation's $2.5 trillion medical system.

Much work would lie ahead before a bill could arrive on Obama's desk, but action by the Finance Committee would mark a significant advance, capping numerous delays as Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., held marathon negotiating sessions _ ultimately unsuccessful _ aimed at producing a bipartisan bill.

Four other congressional committees acted before August to pass health legislation, so for months all eyes have been on the Finance Committee, the remaining one. It's also the panel whose moderate makeup most closely resembles the Senate as a whole. And the committee's centrist legislation is seen as the best building block for a compromise plan that could find favor on the Senate floor.

With Democrats holding a 13-10 majority on the committee the outcome of Tuesday's vote is not in doubt. The big question mark is whether moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine will become the first Republican to support a health overhaul bill. The legislation that passed the other House and Senate committees did so without a single Republican vote. On Monday, Snowe still wasn't saying.

With Finance Committee passage, Obama's top domestic priority will have advanced farther than former President Bill Clinton's effort ever did. The Clinton health plan never made it through all the congressional committees with jurisdiction.

The final days before Tuesday's long-anticipated vote were rocky. After playing nice for months, the health insurance industry released a report contending that the legislation would cause hefty increases in health insurance premiums.

Democrats and their allies scrambled Monday to knock it down. "Distorted and flawed," said White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass. AARP's senior policy strategist, John Rother, called it "fundamentally dishonest."

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that did the industry-commissioned analysis, issued a statement late Monday acknowledging it did not look at the entirety of the legislation, only the effects of four provisions that the insurance group wanted analyzed.

The drama threatened to overshadow the vote on the 10-year, $829-billion plan that Baucus has touted as the sensible solution to America's problems of high medical costs and too many uninsured.

The bill includes consumer protections such as limits on copays and deductibles and relies on federal subsidies to help lower-income families purchase coverage. Insurance companies would have to take all comers, and people could shop for insurance within new state marketplaces called exchanges.

Medicaid would be expanded, and though employers wouldn't be required to cover their workers, they'd have to pay a penalty for each employee who sought insurance with government subsidies. The bill is paid for by cuts to Medicare providers and new taxes on insurance companies and others.

Unlike the other health care bills in Congress, Baucus' would not allow the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies, a divisive element sought by liberals.

Last-minute changes made subsidies more generous and softened the penalties for those who don't comply with a proposed new mandate for everyone to buy insurance. The latter change drew the ire of the health insurance industry, which said that without a strong and enforceable requirement not enough people would get insured, and premiums would jump for everyone else.

The industry report was timed just ahead of the vote on Baucus' bill but the industry was already looking ahead to negotiations on a final package to bring to the Senate floor.

Once the Finance Committee has acted, the dealmaking can begin in earnest with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., working with White House staff, Baucus and others to blend the Finance bill with a more liberal version passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

A major question mark is whether Reid will include some version of a so-called public plan in the merged bill. Across the Capitol, House Democratic leaders are working to finalize their bill, which does contain a public plan, and floor action is expected in both chambers in coming weeks. If passed, the legislation would then go to a conference committee to reconcile differences.
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Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

ENRAGED BY FASCIST INSURRECTION

 
 
By Andrew C. Wallace
October 4, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

I refuse to accept the Unconstitutional and Fascist Government put into power by the FASCIST INSURRECTION and will resist these Traitorous Usurpers who make War on us in every possible way.

I expect to be taken out, one way or the other for this, or if my writing is effective in helping to defeat the Insurrection of our Republic, and the looting of trillions of dollars; but I won’t lose much of my allotted time to live because the unconstitutional stimulus bill has been passed directing that us old people be killed by denial of care.

The Super Rich Elitist Families, who hide from public exposure, control both political parties and have instituted a comprehensive INSURRECTION of our Republic by putting Traitors into all branches and levels of government who support unconstitutional laws, repress and loot our people while denying us the Rule of Law.

Let’s get one thing absolutely clear, “Barack Obama is not the Constitutional President of the United States for the simple fact that he refuses to meet the Constitutional requirements to be President” PERIOD. He is a usurper, puppet, criminal and traitor in the office because not a single official or judge at any level of government, nor any member of the media, or party leader would dare challenge the Elite Super Rich Families who pull Obama’s strings and pay them.

It is TREASON and INSURRECTION when Usurpers routinely enact and enforce Unconstitutional laws and otherwise commit criminal acts that loot and destroy our Republic while depriving us of our constitutional rights. For their ill gotten gains, they have made war on the people, and for that there is a sure and certain retribution in common law and in hell.

Every Monetary and Financial action taken, or proposed by this government, excluding parts of the recurring budget, are unconstitutional, and will facilitate the looting of this country by traitors resulting in total economic collapse, third world status and Fascism.

There is no possible upside to be found in the history of Economic Theory and Practice; every action taken is designed to destroy and loot our economy. As an Economist, I read 10-15 articles a day by other Economists I respect, and they all reinforce what I just said. The talking heads in government, big business and the media are mostly well paid liars, who know they are lying for money and power.

Elitist Super Rich Families controlled Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush and now Obama which allows them to loot this country, and every man, woman and child to the point of abject poverty. Their objective is obvious for all to see from their actions—destruction of America resulting in Fascism and Slavery. In fact the Elitist Families have been controlling the Progressives, Communists, Fascists and Marxists in both Democrat and Republican parties for at least 100 years. They can do this because they own our Officials and judges, the Federal Reserve Bank, large Corporations thru tax free foundations, the Media and most everything else of value in the world. Recent studies show that just a few criminal families control most of the world’s stock and 100% of our Federal reserve bank.

Our entire election process, from nomination to election was fraudulent because it was controlled by the elitist owned propaganda media, unlimited funding, vote fraud and intimidation by Acorn and Union “rent a mobs”.

A delicate and temporary balance now exists in this country between Patriots and the Traitors in the Insurrection. If one side or the other should upset this balance before the traitors surrender, the result will be a civil war on the order of the French Revolution when many Americans will die, but the traitors will all be dead. The Usurpers have initiated their criminal actions against the American People and must realize that they have committed treason without a constitutional leg to stand on; their actions are criminal and untenable , and everyone knows it, they overplayed their hand. Many in Congress who support this Fascist Insurrection and Unconstitutional laws are even afraid to meet with their constituents.

We will proceed to defeat this INSURRECTION in several ways simultaneously with the Rule of Law. The most Obvious is to force Obama to prove he is constitutionally qualified; and when he fails, everything he has done is null and void and we will proceed with countless criminal prosecutions against him and his associates, including most Officials and of course the Elite Super Rich Families who for the first time in history will be called to account. Next we will proceed to do everything possible to defeat every traitorous member of congress so we can impeach those we did not defeat. We will fire or impeach every single corrupt judge at every level; especially those who refused us access to the judicial system to settle the issue of Obama’s qualifications and those who allowed Obama to unconstitutionally nationalize private corporations while rewarding his Union supporters at the expense of others during bankruptcy proceedings.

“To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the laws of The union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;” The preceding is a direct quotation from the Constitution of the United States and requires the cooperation of only one state government. This is not the established National Guard. The Militia has the specific constitutional responsibilities as indicated, and should be able to arrest and prosecute traitors without interference from military or police units unless those units were willing to commit treason. This Militia is not independent and takes orders from the state. Our military could have demanded proof from Obama ; but they chose instead to punish subordinates who demanded proof. Our top military officers are a disgrace with a total lack of testicular fortitude. Unlike the military, the Militia will not take orders from an unlawful pretender President.

Tea Parties are great, but home delivery of your Contempt is more Effective. 

As Ron Ewart said, you must show our Traitors the great depth of your contempt and loathing, up close and personal, where they cannot ignore reality. This also means the legal picketing of homes and offices of government and media officials using the same tactics that Acorn used on the Bankers resulting in the economic meltdown. Keep it legal, don’t harm them. Go to www.opensecrets.org for names of financial supporters and discourage them from further support.

Our Federal Government has unconstitutionally taken powers from the people and the states. Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr, a leading Constitutional Scholar and writer on this subject said “1. Identify a State in which a sizeable segment of the population will support—yea, will demand—two measures:

(a) regaining the Power of the Purse through the introduction of an alternative-currency system based on silver and gold; and

(b) regaining the Power of the Sword through revitalization of “the Militia of the several States” in that State.”

President Calderon and the Catholic Church of Mexico have demanded an end to United States government corruption and protection of drug traffickers by the highest levels of government power. Reported by Michael Webster, americanchronicale.com.

Close the Borders, End all Immigration, Deny Birth Citizenships and Deport every last Illegal, our survival depends on it. We can’t afford to subsidize illegal slave labor for Corporations at a cost to taxpayers of an estimated $25,000 a year, $1,250,000 in a lifetime per household.

Robert Rector, heritage.org reports that the new Amnesty bill would cost Americans 2.6 Trillion dollars. These illegals are a criminal plague on our country, 28% of convicts are foreign born. If you think I am a racist, tell that to the millions of Americans who have either been murdered, killed, raped, robbed, or molested without compensation by the illegals, who don’t take our jobs. cis.org is best single source on illegals.

There would be no unemployment if illegals were deported as Presidents Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower did. Brutal Illegals are also Ethnic Cleansing neighborhoods by killing and driving Whites and Blacks out. Jack Lee, norcalblogs.com.

Failure of Government Officials to use the deadly force required to stop the invasion and to round up and deport illegals on sight, is Treason.
This Insurrection would not have been possible without a Propaganda Media owned by the Elitist Super Rich Families, which contrary to constitutional intent withhold truth from the people.

© 2009 Andrew Wallace - All Rights Reserved

Andrew C. Wallace is a former Kentucky State Trooper, Kentucky Native, Korean War Veteran, Commercial Pilot in Alaska, University of Kentucky Undergraduate in Business, Four years of Graduate School in Economics and Marketing at University of Kentucky and University of Iowa., Assistant Professor, Thirty years as Director of Marketing Firm developing and implementing national Marketing programs for manufacturers and now retired doing research and writing. E-Mail: natlmktg@gte.net

Fact and fiction on Iran’s nuclear weapons program

Top Things you Think You Know about Iran that are not True
10.01.2009 | juancole.com
Thursday is a fateful day for the world, as the US, other members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany meet in Geneva with Iran in a bid to resolve outstanding issues. Although Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had earlier attempted to put the nuclear issue off the bargaining table, this rhetorical flourish was a mere opening gambit and nuclear issues will certainly dominate the talks. As Henry Kissinger pointed out, these talks are just beginning and there are highly unlikely to be any breakthroughs for a very long time. Diplomacy is a marathon, not a sprint.
But on this occasion, I thought I’d take the opportunity to list some things that people tend to think they know about Iran, but for which the evidence is shaky.
Belief: Iran is aggressive and has threatened to attack Israel, its neighbors or the US
Reality: Iran has not launched an aggressive war modern history (unlike the US or Israel), and its leaders have a doctrine of “no first strike.” This is true of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as of Revolutionary Guards commanders.
Belief: Iran is a militarized society bristling with dangerous weapons and a growing threat to world peace.
Reality: Iran’s military budget is a little over $6 billion annually. Sweden, Singapore and Greece all have larger military budgets. Moreover, Iran is a country of 70 million, so that its per capita spending on defense is tiny compared to these others, since they are much smaller countries with regard to population. Iran spends less per capita on its military than any other country in the Persian Gulf region with the exception of the United Arab Emirates.
Belief: Iran has threatened to attack Israel militarily and to “wipe it off the map.”
Reality: No Iranian leader in the executive has threatened an aggressive act of war on Israel, since this would contradict the doctrine of ‘no first strike’ to which the country has adhered. The Iranian president has explicitly said that Iran is not a threat to any country, including Israel.
Belief: But didn’t President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threaten to ‘wipe Israel off the map?’
Reality: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did quote Ayatollah Khomeini to the effect that “this Occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” (in rezhim-e eshghalgar-i Qods bayad as safheh-e ruzgar mahv shavad). This was not a pledge to roll tanks and invade or to launch missiles, however. It is the expression of a hope that the regime will collapse, just as the Soviet Union did. It is not a threat to kill anyone at all.
Belief: But aren’t Iranians Holocaust deniers?
Actuality: Some are, some aren’t. Former president Mohammad Khatami has castigated Ahmadinejad for questioning the full extent of the Holocaust, which he called “the crime of Nazism.” Many educated Iranians in the regime are perfectly aware of the horrors of the Holocaust. In any case, despite what propagandists imply, neither Holocaust denial (as wicked as that is) nor calling Israel names is the same thing as pledging to attack it militarily.
Belief: Iran is like North Korea in having an active nuclear weapons program, and is the same sort of threat to the world.
Actuality: Iran has a nuclear enrichment site at Natanz near Isfahan where it says it is trying to produce fuel for future civilian nuclear reactors to generate electricity. All Iranian leaders deny that this site is for weapons production, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly inspected it and found no weapons program. Iran is not being completely transparent, generating some doubts, but all the evidence the IAEA and the CIA can gather points to there not being a weapons program. The 2007 National Intelligence Estimate by 16 US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency, assessed with fair confidence that Iran has no nuclear weapons research program. This assessment was based on debriefings of defecting nuclear scientists, as well as on the documents they brought out, in addition to US signals intelligence from Iran. While Germany, Israel and recently the UK intelligence is more suspicious of Iranian intentions, all of them were badly wrong about Iraq’s alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction and Germany in particular was taken in by Curveball, a drunk Iraqi braggart.
Belief: The West recently discovered a secret Iranian nuclear weapons plant in a mountain near Qom.
Actuality: Iran announced Monday a week ago to the International Atomic Energy Agency that it had begun work on a second, civilian nuclear enrichment facility near Qom. There are no nuclear materials at the site and it has not gone hot, so technically Iran is not in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, though it did break its word to the IAEA that it would immediately inform the UN of any work on a new facility. Iran has pledged to allow the site to be inspected regularly by the IAEA, and if it honors the pledge, as it largely has at the Natanz plant, then Iran cannot produce nuclear weapons at the site, since that would be detected by the inspectors. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted on Sunday that Iran could not produce nuclear weapons at Natanz precisely because it is being inspected. Yet American hawks have repeatedly demanded a strike on Natanz.
Belief: The world should sanction Iran not only because of its nuclear enrichment research program but also because the current regime stole June’s presidential election and brutally repressed the subsequent demonstrations.
Actuality: Iran’s reform movement is dead set against increased sanctions on Iran, which likely would not affect the regime, and would harm ordinary Iranians.
Belief: Isn’t the Iranian regime irrational and crazed, so that a doctrine of mutally assured destruction just would not work with them?
Actuality: Iranian politicians are rational actors. If they were madmen, why haven’t they invaded any of their neighbors? Saddam Hussein of Iraq invaded both Iran and Kuwait. Israel invaded its neighbors more than once. In contrast, Iran has not started any wars. Demonizing people by calling them unbalanced is an old propaganda trick. The US elite was once unalterably opposed to China having nuclear science because they believed the Chinese are intrinsically irrational. This kind of talk is a form of racism.
Belief: The international community would not have put sanctions on Iran, and would not be so worried, if it were not a gathering nuclear threat.
Actuality: The centrifuge technology that Iran is using to enrich uranium is open-ended. In the old days, you could tell which countries might want a nuclear bomb by whether they were building light water reactors (unsuitable for bomb-making) or heavy-water reactors (could be used to make a bomb). But with centrifuges, once you can enrich to 5% to fuel a civilian reactor, you could theoretically feed the material back through many times and enrich to 90% for a bomb. However, as long as centrifuge plants are being actively inspected, they cannot be used to make a bomb. The two danger signals would be if Iran threw out the inspectors or if it found a way to create a secret facility. The latter task would be extremely difficult, however, as demonstrated by the CIA’s discovery of the Qom facility construction in 2006 from satellite photos. Nuclear installations, especially centrifuge ones, consume a great deal of water, construction materiel, and so forth, so that constructing one in secret is a tall order. In any case, you can’t attack and destroy a country because you have an intuition that they might be doing something illegal. You need some kind of proof. Moreover, Israel, Pakistan and India are all much worse citizens of the globe than Iran, since they refused to sign the NPT and then went for broke to get a bomb; and nothing at all has been done to any of them by the UNSC.

A Curious Snag In Debt-For-Equity Restructurings...

...As Goldman And JPMorgan Do A Stealthy Roll Up Of The Media Industry


While most hedge funds traditionally have an on-shore and an off-shore investment vehicle, the bulk of investable capital is allocated to accounts domiciled in the Caymans, Bahamas, Isle of Man, or some other tax "friendly" country, as LPs are never too crazy about that little snag known as taxes, and offshoring provides some nice and useful alternatives to said snag. Distressed hedge funds, those that acquire either secured or unsecured debt with the hope of equitization, are no exception. Yet equitization by essentially foreign vehicles is starting to get some dirty looks by regulators, which limit "foreign" equity investments in traditionally American companies and sectors. Some developments in the upcoming restructurings of media companies may put a new wrinkle on what is promptly becoming the most prevalent and profitable means for hedge funds to invest capital (not by necessity but for the simple reason that if a sector is not too big to fail, it is likely failing massively). The case of Citadel Broadcasting, which Zero Hedge discussed recently as commentary highlighting the lunacy of the current investment climate, is just such an example.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street lenders are tripping over federal media-ownership rules as they find themselves the unexpected owners of several distressed radio, television and newspaper companies.

The issue has taken center stage at Citadel Broadcasting Corp., as one of the U.S.'s largest radio broadcasters races to revamp its balance sheet. Citadel has offered senior lenders owed $2 billion -- including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., General Electric Co.'s GE Capital and ING Groep NV -- a deal that would exchange a big chunk of debt for equity, people familiar with the negotiations said.

On Wednesday, Citadel faced a deadline to make a $2 million interest payment, but its status remained unclear. Talks have slowed in recent days in part because some lenders have been caught off-guard by Federal Communications Commission rules designed to limit concentrated holdings of media firms, said people familiar with the matter.

For big banks and hedge funds holding debt in everything from radio and television stations to newspapers, FCC rules have made restructurings more complex. The FCC must approve media sales and has specific rules that limit ownership of multiple media outlets in individual markets, even when such shareholder stakes are small.

The calculus can be even more difficult for hedge funds, some of which are registered offshore. The FCC caps foreign ownership at 20% of a U.S. broadcaster -- 25% if the stake is through a holding company -- which can change how new ownership stakes are structured.
And lest someone think that this yet another shady space of the corporate finance world may be one that has somehow avoided the tentacles of the squid, think again:
J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are also among radio stations' leading lenders.

Goldman Sachs and other lenders just swapped debt for 85% of Nassau Broadcasting Partners LP's equity. Nassau operates 51 radio stations along the East Coast. Nassau had to put its Cape Cod, Mass., stations into a separate company, because Goldman has another radio investment in Cape Cod and didn't want its stake to cause a conflict with the FCC.
Throw companies like Tribune into the mix where JP Morgan will allegedly end up with an majority equity stake, and one wonders why Goldman and JPM were so eager to provide "rescue" financings to virtually the entire distressed media space: both companies knew too well that sooner or later they would end up with full equity control over essentially the most coveted industry: thousands of TV stations, radio channels, newspaper and magazines. If you thought the media propaganda was unbearable now, just wait. Nonetheless, one doubts that much will be made by the FCC of JP Morgan's or Goldman Sachs' stealthily encroaching control of the entire media world. After all, they already pretty much already control the airwaves. This way their domination of the 4th estate and the idiot tube will soon be complete.
As for traditional hedge funds who think they are on equal footing with the big boys, they may be in for a surprise.
At ION Media Networks Inc., lenders are poised to get ownership of the television company while doing away with some $2.7 billion in debt and other obligations. ION's lenders include investment firms Avenue Capital, Black Diamond, Canyon and Trilogy Portfolio Co.
Alas, all these funds operate primarily out of their offshore accounts. So while they just now start the long, hard process of convincing the FCC they have nothing but the best P&L intentions, Goldman and JPM, or better known as the Treasury and the Fed, will have long cemented their controlling stakes in a streamlined, deleveraged media industry.
Of course, as any assertions that select financial organizations seek to control the media usually are met with counter allegations of the "tin-foil" hat wearing variety, Zero Hedge will, over the coming week, demonstrate in which media companies Goldman and JP Morgan currently are the key fulcrum security holders, and where they will soon have equity-stake dominance, read: full freedom to dictate what, who and why, when and where appears in print or on the airwaves. We will also provide a breakdown of just how many TV station affiliates, radio and cell phone towers, newspapers, magazine, pamphlets and blogs will shortly be under the full equity control of the two Wall Street firms.

Iran’s nuclear threat is a lie

John Pilger

Published 01 October 2009

Obama's "showdown" with Iran has another agenda. The media have been tasked with preparing the public for endless war

In 2001, the Observer published a series of reports that claimed an "Iraqi connection" to al-Qaeda, even describing the base in Iraq where the training of terrorists took place and a facility where anthrax was being manufactured as a weapon of mass destruction. It was all false. Supplied by US intelligence and Iraqi exiles, planted stories in the British and US media helped George Bush and Tony Blair to launch an illegal invasion which caused, according to the most recent study, 1.3 million deaths.
Something similar is happening over Iran: the same syncopation of government and media "revelations", the same manufacture of a sense of crisis. "Showdown looms with Iran over secret nuclear plant", declared the Guardian on 26 September. "Showdown" is the theme. High noon. The clock ticking. Good versus evil. Add a smooth new US president who has "put paid to the Bush years". An immediate echo is the notorious Guardian front page of 22 May 2007: "Iran's secret plan for summer offensive to force US out of Iraq". Based on unsubstantiated claims by the Pentagon, the writer Simon Tisdall presented as fact an Iranian "plan" to wage war on, and defeat, US forces in Iraq by September of that year - a demonstrable falsehood for which there has been no retraction.
The official jargon for this kind of propaganda is "psy-ops", the military term for psychological operations. In the Pentagon and Whitehall, it has become a critical component of a diplomatic and military campaign to blockade, isolate and weaken Iran by hyping its “nuclear threat": a phrase now used incessantly by Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, and parroted by the BBC and other broadcasters as objective news. And it is fake.
The threat is one-way
On 16 September, Newsweek disclosed that the major US intelligence agencies had reported to the White House that Iran's "nuclear status" had not changed since the National Intelligence Estimate of November 2007, which stated with "high confidence" that Iran had halted in 2003 the programme it was alleged to have developed. The International Atomic Energy Agency has backed this, time and again.
The current propaganda derives from Obama's announcement that the US is scrapping missiles stationed on Russia's border. This serves to cover the fact that the number of US missile sites is actually expanding in Europe and the "redundant" missiles are being redeployed on ships. The game is to mollify Russia into joining, or not obstructing, the US campaign against Iran. "President Bush was right," said Obama, "that Iran's ballistic missile programme poses a significant threat [to Europe and the US]." That Iran would contemplate a suicidal attack on the US is preposterous. The threat, as ever, is one-way, with the world's superpower virtually ensconced on Iran's borders.
Iran's crime is its independence. Having thrown out America's favourite tyrant, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Iran remains the only resource-rich Muslim state beyond US control. As only Israel has a "right to exist" in the Middle East, the US goal is to cripple the Islamic Republic. This will allow Israel to divide and dominate the Middle East on Washington's behalf, undeterred by a confident neighbour. If any country in the world has been handed urgent cause to develop a nuclear "deterrence", it is Iran.
As one of the original signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has been a consistent advocate of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. In contrast, Israel has never agreed to an IAEA inspection, and its nuclear weapons plant at Dimona remains an open secret. Armed with as many as 200 active nuclear warheads, Israel "deplores" UN resolutions calling on it to sign the NPT, just as it deplored the recent UN report charging it with crimes against humanity in Gaza, just as it maintains a world record for violations of international law. It gets away with this because great power grants it immunity.
Preparing for endless war
Obama's "showdown" with Iran has another agenda. On both sides of the Atlantic the media have been tasked with preparing the public for endless war. The US/Nato commander General Stanley McChrystal says 500,000 troops will be required in Afghanistan over five years, according to America's NBC. The goal is control of the "strategic prize" of the gas and oilfields of the Caspian Sea, central Asia, the Gulf and Iran - in other words, Eurasia. But the war is opposed by 69 per cent of the British public, 57 per cent of the US public and almost every other human being. Convincing "us" that Iran is the new demon will not be easy. McChrystal's spurious claim that Iran "is reportedly training fighters for certain Taliban groups" is as desperate as Brown's pathetic echo of "a line in the sand".
During the Bush years, according to the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, a military coup took place in the US, and the Pentagon is now ascendant in every area of American foreign policy. A measure of its control is the number of wars of aggression being waged simultaneously and the adoption of a "first-strike" doctrine that has lowered the threshold on nuclear weapons, together with the blurring of the distinction between nuclear and conventional weapons.
All this mocks Obama's media rhetoric about "a world without nuclear weapons". In fact, he is the Pentagon's most important acquisition. His acquiescence with its demand that he keep on Bush's secretary of "defence" and arch war-maker, Robert Gates, is unique in US history. He has proved his worth with stepped-up wars from south Asia to the Horn of Africa. Like Bush's America, Obama's America is run by some very dangerous people. We have a right to be warned. When will those paid to keep the record straight do their job?
Next week: Mehdi Hasan