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You Are Free To Travel - If The IRS Lets You

Passport Denied
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A bill that nobody is paying any attention to is sailing through Congress: Senate Bill 1813. It passed the Senate by 74 to 22, and is expected to sail through the House as well. It's an act "[t]o reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes."

It's the "and for other purposes" part of the title that has me worried - specifically Section 40304: "Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain unpaid taxes."

This section would give the IRS the power to keep a U.S. citizen from traveling -

- and it's another example of Executive Power run amok. It's another example of how the United States is turning into a police-state.

The right to travel freely is sacrosanct - it's not some privilege that the government bestows on us: It's one of our basic freedoms as citizens. In point of fact, the countries that have limited their citizens' ability to travel - the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba - were all rightfully called "police-states": It's one of their defining characteristics - the fact that they were keeping their citizens hostage.

In the United States, there are several, clearly defined reasons why you would have your passport either denied or revoked - and all of them pass the smell test.

In the case of a passport being denied, according to the U.S. State Department, the reasons are:
"a federal warrant of arrest, a federal or state criminal court order, a condition of parole or probation forbidding departure from the United States (or the jurisdiction of the court), or a request for extradition [by a foreign country].
Additionally, failure to pay a court-ordered child-support in excess of $5,000 can also be grounds for the State Department to refuse to issue a passport to a U.S. citizen.

Nuke

Media, Academia Join Forces to Downplay Dangers of Nuclear Power

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Last April 20 the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published an on-line article entitled "Short-term and Long-term Health Risks of Nuclear-Power-Plant Accidents" by Dr. Eli Glatstein and five other authors. The article was riddled with distortions and misinformation, and overall was very poor research. As the NEJM is a peer reviewed journal and has a significant letters section, I wrote a letter pointing out some of the errors committed by the authors, and a longer piece containing a comprehensive critique.

The NEJM demands that letters to the journal contain material that has not been submitted or published elsewhere, so I had to refrain from submitting my longer piece anywhere until the NEMJ made a decision on my letter. When my letter did not appear after a couple of weeks I inquired, and was told that the article would soon appear in the printed version of the Journal, and that no letters about the article could be published until after the print version came out. The printed version finally appeared on June 16.

However, on July 1,I was notified by the NEMJ that they would not publish my letter due to "space constraints." The four letters that they did publish in response to the article were at most only mildly critical and missed the glaring short-comings of the report. In other words, NEMJ sat on my letter and effectively stifled my critique of what can only be described as industry propaganda for almost three months until public attention had moved on to other matters. However, with attention once again focused on the still-out of control Fukushima reactors on the first anniversary of the accident, my expose on how the media and academia have joined together to downplay the dangers of nuclear power is a poignant as ever.

Since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima started in March, the media has been full of misinformation about the dangers posed by the nuclear accidents and the damage caused by past accidents such as those at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Whether it is Jay Lehr on Fox News1 or George Monbiot on Democracy Now,2 the story line is the same: there were only dozens of deaths from the Chernobyl and none from TMI, the health consequences for the general population are negligible, and all things considered nuclear power is among the safest forms of energy. In some cases the lines are spoken by industry hacks whose true motive is to protect profits, while other times the spokesperson is a global warming tunnel visionist who has lost sight of the fact that we as humans have ingeniously devised a multitude of ways to mess up our planet, including nuclear wars and disasters.

Bad Guys

Archbishop Covers for Archdiocese and Shredded List Reporting 35 Active Pedophile Priests

The trial over pedophile priests, cover-ups, and
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Monsignor William Lynn
Monsignor William Lynn took a new turn when in a bid to save his skin Lynn submitted that he had prepared a list of 35 actively pedophile priests and submitted it to late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. While trying to establish that Bevailacqua had ordered the list to be destroyed (pretty easy since Cardinal Bevilacqua can't speak back from his grave) Lynn inadvertently admitted the charges of the prosecution. The fact that he had prepared such a list in 1994 only backs the prosecution's contentions that pedophilia was widely practiced and systemically tolerated for long in the Philadelphia Diocese.

Reverend Thomas Doyle, an expert on Roman Catholic law, testified at the trial and said that Church law requires church officials to investigate such complaints and requires the archbishop to offer pastoral care to the victims.

Reverend Doyle, the expert on Canonical law, was angry and incredulous: "He's got a list of men who are sexually abusing children, and he's going to shred it?" The defense lawyers of Lynn failed to explain why Monsignor Lynn did not take any action when the Cardinal Bevilacqua shredded the list of pedophiles. And why Lynn remained silent for so long until he has been dragged to court.

Cult

New Sott Report: MIVILUDES, Cults, & the Protection of Scientology

In this new Sott Report, Joe Quinn reveals the shocking truth behind modern 'suicide cults' and how they are used by Western government-sponsored 'anti-cult' organisations to suppress basic human freedoms and true human evolution.


The following documentary, Scientology, the CIA, and MIVILUDES: Cults of Abuse provides compelling evidence of deep and disturbing connections between intelligence agencies, abusive cults, pedophile networks, and the refusal of government sponsored so-called anti-cult organizations like MIVILUDES to investigate the widespread reports of ritual child abuse around the world. Understanding these connections is key to understanding the psycho-political control of human beings around the world.


Comment: Be advised that this documentary contains information that many viewers will find extremely disturbing, involving the ritual abuse of children.



Comment: SEE ALSO: Gerry Armstrong speaks about Scientology

Gerry Armstrong, Ron Hubbard's former personal secretary, talks about his twelve years in Scientology, his reasons for leaving the organization, and Scientologists' attack on his speeches denouncing Scientology. Armstrong talks about psychopaths, sociopaths, Nazis and Scientology's Teachers.

And: Scientology: James Randi on L. Ron Hubbard

And: Panorama The Secrets of Scientology


Handcuffs

Tarek Mehanna Case: And Then They Came For The Muslims

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29-year-old Tarek Mehanna, a United States citizen and graduate from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, was recently sentenced to seventeen and a half years in prison, followed by seven years of supervised release, on federal criminal charges of "conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing or attempting to provide material support to terrorists."

Mehanna, through instant messages and emails, communicated his opposition of U.S. military operations in the Middle East and openly criticized what he viewed as "the oppression of Muslims in the United States"; as per his defense council, Tarek had been under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to his knowledge, since approximately 2005 wherein he was periodically interviewed and monitored:
"The FBI has monitored a large amount of Internet-based text conversations that involve Tarek. The instant messages reveal that Tarek was aware of the monitoring activities, or at least believed that they were occurring. Despite this awareness, he did not cease speaking online. He discussed the monitoring activities with his friends and correspondents, and he was repeatedly clear as to why he would not stop his online activities: he was breaking no laws."
In US v. Mehanna the State's case largely relied on allegations of his watching videos about "jihad", discussing his views about suicide bombings online, translating texts readily available on the Internet, and looking for information about the 9/11 attackers.

Tarek Mehanna's research, commentary and viewing of alleged "jihad" footage have condemned him live with the label of damnation, the elusive characterization of "terrorist." His Muslim faith, his beard, his seemingly atypical beliefs which challenge the mainstream and corrupt American ethos in regards to terrorism and his defiance all played a role in his sentencing.

Star of David

International airlines collaborate with Israeli regime to ban 'Flytilla' activists from boarding planes

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Israeli non-Zionist Matan Cohen welcomes Flytilla protesters to Ben Gurion airport in Palestine! Some 650 policemen were stationed at the airport as hundreds of activists and protesters were due to arrive as part of the "Welcome to Palestine" fly-in protest.
Israel barred 43 pro-Palestinian activists who tried to enter the country for a 'Welcome to Palestine' campaign, as hundreds more would-be protesters were stranded at airports across Europe.

As hundreds of police deployed at Israel's main international airport in a bid to stop activists from entering, Europe's main airlines faced a wave of passenger fury after cancelling some 300 tickets following heavy Israeli pressure.

By late afternoon, Israeli police said they had detained 43 passengers on suspicion of being part of the fly-in campaign, which has become known as the "flytilla," with all facing deportation.

Organisers of 'Welcome to Palestine', now in its third year, had been expecting to welcome up to 1,500 people as part of a campaign to expose Israel's control of movement both into and out of the occupied territories.

But only three activists managed to reach a news conference held by organisers in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in the early evening.

Eye 1

Fascism in America: Who Is Watching Who and Why?

Amerikan Police State
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Domestic Drones and Spies in Mosques


Americans have become remarkably careless about their civil liberties -- issues that previous generations fought and died for, like the right to vote and the right to religious freedom with liberty and justice for all. The United States today is home to millions of immigrants and their families who fled their own countries because of their fear of secret police, the dreaded knock on the door in the middle of the night, arrest without trial, surveillance by the Gestapo, the Mukhabarat, the Stasi, or the KGB and now the morals police of the Taliban. It is outrageous that some of these communities should now be under surveillance today in the "land of the free."

But where is the outrage? There is a huge presence of apathy and complacency in the land, with people ignoring abuses of civil liberties as long as it is happening to the "other" -- immigrant communities of a different religion, language, color or documentation. Courageous minority voices still speak up in their defense, but there is a disturbing acceptance of practices that seem totally un-American. Torture, arrest without trial and surveillance without cause are being justified because people are afraid and these practices are deemed to be keeping America safe from terrorism.

The recent revelations about the role of NYPD and the CIA in monitoring Arab and Muslim communities in New York and New Jersey would be almost amusing if it were not so sinister. Secret reports have been filed containing trite and irrelevant information such as -- "Observed a female named Rasha working in the travel agency -- she recommended the Royal Jordanian Airline." In spite of the Attorney General's assurance that police should only monitor activity when there is a basis to believe that something inappropriate is occurring or potentially could occur, this intrusive police surveillance of Egyptian, Syrian, Palestinian and Shi'a Muslim communities clearly falls outside these guidelines.


Comment: This is the problem: the basis on which authorities in the US "believe that something inappropriate is occurring or potentially could occur" includes precisely such Gestappo-like guidelines as 'Muslim - works in travel agency'.


Trust have been broken. Fear and suspicion has been generated; prejudice and negative perceptions have been reinforced. That this is totally counter-productive in the search for terrorists seems to have escaped the notice of the NYPD and the CIA and their blundering spying in mosques and meeting places is not only an enormous waste of public resources, it is a violation of fundamental rights of citizens to be free of intrusive government surveillance as they go about their everyday activities.


Comment: It is a waste of resources from a 'normal point of view' only. The author is projecting here. The FBI's informants system, for example, pumps resources into framing Muslims for conspiracy to commit terror and part of that policy is searching for anything they can find that they consider 'suspicious activity'. Where they don't find any, they create such activity then manipulate their 'mark' into appearing to endorse or be responsible for such 'activity.

The ex-FBI informant with a change of heart: 'There is no real hunt. It's fixed'

FBI Linked to Yet Another Domestic Terrorism Plot

FBI Organizes Almost All Terror Plots in the US

FBI Tries To Coax Muslim Into Bombing US Capitol


Comment: Dr Azeem Ibrahim makes some valid points in the above article. Mainly regarding the infiltration of many civil rights groups by CIA/FBI and the apathy that surrounds Americans in the face of fascism at large. But one thing he, like many other Americans, fail to realize is that the voting system is a complete sham.

For things to change, Americans need to wake up and become aware of how psychopathy has deep roots at all levels of government and that their country no longer operates under true democracy.


Heart - Black

Afghan massacre: Robert Bales Refuses 'Sanity' Examination

Robert Bales
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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California
The U.S. soldier charged with murdering 17 unarmed Afghan civilians last month is refusing to participate in an examination aimed at determining his mental state, according to his lawyers.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was due to be examined in what's called a "sanity board" examination by Army doctors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, seeking to evaluate his mental health and find out what his mental state might have been at the time of the massacre.

John Henry Browne, Bales's attorney, said Friday he advised Bales to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent because the Army will not allow Bales to have an attorney present at the sanity board review.

Comment: For more information on this story read the Sott Focus: US Soldiers Look Deep Inside Their Souls - Find Vacuum - Decide To Kill Afghan Villagers by Joe Quinn.

Also read:
Child witnesses to Afghan massacre say Robert Bales was not alone
Robert Bales: Mass Murderer and PTSD Poster Boy


Gear

Israel Admits that Iran didn't say they will wipe Israel off the map

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Dan Meridor, Israel's deputy prime minister
Was it a momentary lapse of concentration or an honest admission?

Last week, in an interview with Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in Jerusalem, I heard something I have not heard before.

Let's start with the background.

With the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) talks on Iran's nuclear programme about to kick off, and the air thick with talk of a military attack on Iran, it seemed appropriate to try to gain some perspective from the Israeli establishment.

As Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy with a background in Iran issues, Meridor was the perfect man to talk to to.

Bad Guys

What Ever Happened To the Arab Spring? Revolution vs. Counterrevolution

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Within the first few months of 2011, the U.S. and its allies lost three loyal "friends": Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine el-Abbidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Saad Hariri in Lebanon. While Mubarak and Ali were driven out of power by widespread popular uprisings, Hariri was ousted by the parliament.

Inspired by these liberating developments, pro-democracy rebellions against autocratic rulers (and their Western backers) soon spread to other countries such as Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

As these revolutionary developments tended to politically benefit the "axis of resistance" (consisting of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas) in the Middle East, the US-Israeli"axis of aggression"and their client states in the region mounted an all-out counterrevolutionary offensive.

Caught off-guard by the initial wave of the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia, the US and its allies struck back with a vengeance. They employed a number of simultaneous tactics to sabotage the Arab Spring. These included (1) instigating fake instances of the Arab Spring in countries that were/are headed by insubordinate regimes such as those ruling Iran, Syria and Libya; (2) co-optingrevolutionary movements in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen;(3) crushing pro-democracy movements against "friendly" regimes ruling countries such as Bahrain, Jordan and Saudi Arabia"before they get out of hand," as they did in Egypt and Tunisia; and (4) using the age-old divide and rule trick by playing the sectarian trump card of Sunnis vs. Shias, or Iranians vs. Arabs.