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NDAA Detention: Virginia Passes Law Refusing to Cooperate

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On Wednesday, the Virginia legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that forbids state agencies from cooperating with any federal attempt to exercise the indefinite detention without due process provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

HB1160 "Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation."

The legislature previously passed HB1160 and forwarded it to Gov. Bob McDonnell for his signature. Last week, the governor agreed to sign the bill with a minor amendment. On Wednesday, the House of Delegates passed the amended version of the legislation 89-7. Just hours later, the Senate concurred by a 36-1 vote.


By Way of Deception: Israel Increases Covert Operations, Says Military chief

Israel's military chief of staff says he has ordered his forces to step up covert operations in enemy countries.

Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz made the remarks Sunday in an interview published in Israel's Yediot Ahronot daily.

"You almost won't find a point in time where something isn't happening somewhere in the world," he said. "I am escalating all those special operations."

Gantz did not identify any of the countries or give any further details.

Monkey Wrench

Is Vermont's Governor Surrendering to Monsanto?

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has less than two weeks to either stand with the 90 percent of his constituents who support a mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods - or cave in to Monsanto's threat to sue the state if legislators pass H.722.

If the Governor's words this past week are any indication, he's already surrendered to Monsanto. But Vermonters, not known for backing down from a fight, are challenging legislators to take on the biotech industry. They're even offering to raise money for the state's defense.

Last week thousands of Vermonters flooded the Governor's office with petitions, phone calls and emails, to make the case for GMO labeling of all food sold in Vermont and to demand a vote on the bill. Under Vermont's constitution, the Governor can extend the state's legislative session indefinitely, ultimately forcing a vote on the bill. If he doesn't extend the session, or urge legislators to vote on the bill, it will die in committee.

Comment: To learn more about the ongoing 'GMO labeling battle' in Vermont read the following articles:

Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont if Legislators Pass a Bill Requiring GMO Food to Be Labeled
Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont's Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.

The popular legislative bill requiring mandatory labels on genetically engineered food (H-722) is languishing in the Vermont House Agriculture Committee, with only four weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year. Despite thousands of emails and calls from constituents who overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling, despite the fact that a majority (6 to 5) of Agriculture Committee members support passage of the measure, Vermont legislators are holding up the labeling bill and refusing to take a vote.
Monsanto Threatens Vermont With Legal Action if it Passes GMO Labeling Bill
But with GMO labeling comes widespread awareness about the presence of untested, unsafe ingredients throughout the food supply, which is sure to turn most people away from buying or eating them. At least 70 percent of the "inner aisle" food supply, or packaged, processed foods found in the center aisles at the grocery store, now contain GM ingredients.

Monsanto knows that if GMOs are labeled, its business would quickly crumble. So to stop this from happening, the biotechnology giant has reportedly resorted to bullying the Vermont House Agriculture Committee (VHAC), which just so happens to support GMO labeling by a 6 - 5 majority, into stonewalling until the legislature adjourns for the year at the end of April.

Light Sabers

Energy games: Russians move into East Med gas fracas

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The Levantine Basin (containing the giants) is situated in this area in the eastern most region of the Mediterranean Sea between Cyprus and the Nile Delta and contains up to 10,000 m of Mesozoic and Cenozoic sedimentary sequences.
The Russians appear to be making a determined bid to secure a stake in the energy boom in the eastern Mediterranean, despite the danger of conflict.

The Russians appear to be making a determined bid to secure a stake in the energy boom in the eastern Mediterranean despite the danger of conflict.

Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey are vying for control of the vast offshore natural gas fields in a region long-deprived of energy resources. The potential windfall adds a new dimension to the conflicts between Israel and the Arabs and between old rivals Turkey and Greece.

The scramble for the region's newfound energy riches is also pitting Israel, supported by Greece and the Greek Cypriots, against its onetime strategic ally Turkey.

Novatek, Russia's biggest independent natural gas producer, is reported to be considering exploration off the war-divided island of Cyprus, which, with nearby Israel, dominates waters where Lebanon and Turkey also claim access.


China, Russia launch first joint naval exercises in Yellow Sea

This photo taken on April 22, 2012 shows the starting ceremony of the Russia-China joint naval exercise in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.
China and Russia have launched their first joint naval drill in the Yellow Sea off China's east coast amid heightened tensions between Beijing and its Asian neighbors over maritime disputes.

The six-day-long naval exercises kicked off on Sunday near Japanese waters and China's Qingdao city off the coast of Shandong province with the presence of more than 4,000 Chinese servicemen in the maneuvers.

A total of 16 vessels and two submarines from the Chinese navy together with 13 aircraft and five shipboard helicopters as well as four warships from the Russian navy's Pacific fleet and three supply ships will take part in the drills.

Comment: ...while at the same time, China is playing war games with the US. What is going on here?


Flashback Irish Judge charged with child pornography possession

Brian Curtin Charged over child pornography
A Circuit Court Judge has been charged at the District Court in Tralee with possession of child pornography.

Judge Brian Curtin was charged under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act. He was not present in court when his case was called.

His Solicitor handed a medical certificate into court and said he was unfit to be present.

Judge Humphrey Kelleher adjourned the case until 30 April after he was told by Garda Inspector Barry O'Rourke that the Director of Public Prosecutions had no objection to the adjournment.

Judge Curtin, who is from Kerry and sits on the Cork Circuit, was appointed a Circuit Court Judge in the autumn of 2001.

He has not heard any cases since last May.


Flashback Two Senior UK Blair Government Politicians Snared for Possession of Child Pornography as 7000 Men Arrested

Operation Ore, the police inquiry which plans to arrest a further 7000 men across the UK, in addition to Who guitarist Pete Townshend, for buying child pornography online is set to end in disaster with many suspects walking free.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob McLachlan, former head of Scotland Yard's paedophile unit, told the Sunday Herald that the lack of urgency in making arrests will lead to suspects destroying evidence of downloading child pornography before they are arrested.

The Sunday Herald has also had confirmed by a very senior source in British intelligence that at least one high-profile former Labour Cabinet minister is among Operation Ore suspects. The Sunday Herald has been given the politician's name but, for legal reasons, can not identify the person.

There are still unconfirmed rumours that another senior Labour politician is among the suspects. The intelligence officer said that a "rolling" Cabinet committee had been set up to work out how to deal with the potentially ruinous fall-out for both Tony Blair and the government if arrests occur.

Comment: But that's not what happened. Instead the police investigation was derailed by wild and unfounded accusations against innocent people which led to the whole operation shutting down and the predators being protected once more.


Flashback Government officials in Montenegro pimped hundreds of women in major sex trafficking operation

Ms Ljiljana Raičević, Director of the Women's Safe House in Podgorica
Horrifying testimony of woman sex-slave traded for a Mercedes shakes political establishment of Yugoslav republic

When police in the tiny republic of Montenegro swooped on a suspected pimp accused of running a major sex trafficking operation, they ran into an embarrassing problem.

The man they were about to put behind bars was none other than the country's deputy state prosecutor.

Montenegro has been shaken hard by the burgeoning scandal, which allegedly involved leading members of the judiciary, police and political officials. Zoran Piperovic, the republic's deputy prosecutor, was arrested this week, and six other officials have been detained. They are accused of forcing women, mostly from Moldavia, Ukraine and Romania, into prostitution.

The arrests are only a small part of the scandal, according to sources in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica. It is an open secret in the Balkans that people-trafficking rings run through Montenegro to Bosnia and Kosovo, with profits from the dirty trade reaching millions of euros.


Flashback UN Peacekeepers and 42 NGOs Under Investigation for Sexual Abuse of Children at Refugee Camps

Geneva, Switzerland - The United Nations' massive pedophilia scandal has not received 1 percent of the media attention given to the Catholic Church's homosexual priest scandal. Finally some attention is being paid, now that the U.N.'s cover is blown.

As world leaders converge on New York for the controversial conference on children this week, U.N. investigators and relief agencies say they are finally trying to stop recurrence of sexual abuse against West African refugee children by U.N. "peacekeepers" and aid workers.

The scale of allegations, partly revealed Feb. 26, sent shock waves through the "international aid community" and led to calls from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and governments for an urgent investigation in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Calls were raised for measures to ensure that refugee children were protected worldwide from abuse.

About a half-dozen investigators from the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services in New York, plus investigators from the office of the inspector-general of the U.N. High Commissioner of Refugees, were still examining the allegations, senior U.N. officials told United Press International.

Comment: Is it any wonder that predators in the lower ranks of the UN get away with such despicable crimes when they are led by people like this:
Philippe Douste-Blazy

On 19 February 2008, Philippe Douste-Blazy was appointed as by the United Nations Secretary-General as Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development, with the rank of UN Under-Secretary-General, following his experience as chairman of the Executive Board of UNITAID, the International Drug Purchase Facility hosted by the World Health Organization. He is also the chairman of the board of the Millennium Foundation for Innovate Finance for Health.

His main responsibilities as the Special Adviser include promoting UNITAID and other sources of innovative financing for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), advising the United Nations Secretary-General on innovative financing solutions to the implementation of the Monterrey consensus, coordinating with the High-Level Group on the MDGs, and liaising with various UN and non-UN related institutions, such as the main Bretton Woods institutions, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development-Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC), the United Nations Development Group and the Millennium Communication Campaign.

Douste-Blazy is also in charge of organizing the first World Conference of Non-Governmental Donors, with a special focus on the financing for development provided by citizens, local and regional authorities, foundations, non-governmental organizations, economic and social representatives, faith groups and the private sector. It is hoped that these innovative sources of funding could compensate the insufficient official development assistance in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Retired editor of Le Figaro newspaper names former French Minister who "organized orgies with underage boys"

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Best of the Web: The More Things Change Or Sarkozy Part Deux

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So the globalista have bowed to the inevitable. There is little they can now do to prevent the dreary quasi-socialist retread François Hollande from being elected as the next president of the French Republic.

The five-year interregnum of the strange jerky marionette Nicholas Sarkozy is over.

What we are now about to witness is an almost exact replay of the Obama succession in the United States.

Like Obama, Hollande peddles 'the audacity of hope' as a means of erasing the peculiar brand of neo-con a la francaise which has dominated French politics for the best part of four decades.

His election pledges are like something from the playbook of the French Revolution: Guillotine the rich. Bring home the troops from foreign wars. Revivify the Republic. Vive la France! Aux barricades!

Ordure, as they say in France. Safely installed in the Élysée Palace, Citoyen Hollande will make a splendid feast of all his election promises on the very first night before he slips between the crisp white sheets of the presidential grand lit.

By the time he gets to the NATO summit in Chicago in mid-May, then far from pulling the plug on further French immersion in foreign wars, he will be up for repeat helpings. That's the power game is it not?