Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Canada opposition gives ultimatum to government Mon Jun 15, 11:52 am ET
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada's largest opposition party said on Monday it was prepared to bring down the government later this week unless it received details of planned improvements to the jobless benefits system.The House of Commons is due to vote on budget estimates this Friday and if all three opposition parties vote against the financial measures, the minority Conservative government will be defeated and Canada will head to its fourth election in just over five years.Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff -- who has been openly mulling whether to defeat the Conservatives over their handling of the economic crisis -- said the government's performance had not been good enough.Prime Minister Stephen Harper said last week said he would bring in unspecified improvements to the Employment Insurance system later this year.
Ignatieff -- who says the benefits should be paid out faster and to more people -- insisted on seeing Harper's proposals soon.I am demanding that he present his proposals ... I want him to present them now, or in the coming days, and I will judge them according to whether or not they help the unemployed,he told a news conference.He added: I am ready to vote against the estimates on Friday.Opinion polls show the Liberals slightly ahead of the Conservatives, but they do not have enough backing to guarantee an election victory.Polls also show there is very little public enthusiasm for what would be a rare summer election.(Reporting by David Ljunggren and Louise Egan; editing by Rob Wilson)
SENATORS OF CONGRESS
RON PAUL ON AUDIT THE FED
AUDIT THE FED HAS 224 SIGNED UP AS OF SUNDAY.
Ron Paul’s Bill To Audit The Federal Reserve Now Has 224 Co-Sponsors
By tmartin • June 14, 2009
Ron Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve (HR 1207) now has 224 co-sponsors, and the numbers keep growing! This is history in the making, and victory is within reach. Imagine what will happen if HR 1207, The Federal Reserve Transparency Act, comes up for vote in Congress! With more than 50% of the House of Representatives already co-sponsoring this bill, it has real potential to pass — BUT only if we educate and rally the people to support it and get our Congresspeople to put it to vote and pass it.
Step 1: Your Representative
If your representative is not on the following list of HR 1207 co-sponsors, call their offices, write to them, email them, etc. Let them know they need to support HR 1207. If you live in their district, let them know. Go to their office.
Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Step 2: Financial Services Committee
HR 1207 is now in the House Committee on Financial Services. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP in this legislation! If it doesn’t get out of committee it will not come to a vote! There are 71 members on this committee and they are all listed below.
We need to let all members of the House Committee on Financial Services know that we want them to allow full House consideration of HR 1207 so it can move forward; we need them to support this. Now is the time.Call their offices, write to them, email them, etc. Let them know they need to support HR 1207. If you live in their district, let them know. Go to their office.
Help with this all important public outreach. NOW REALLY IS THE TIME!
Here’s a sample letter you can use:
Please co-sponsor and/or support H.R.1207, an effort to audit the Federal Reserve.
Recently, it has come to light that there is little to no accountability to the people on the part of the Federal Reserve. While the citizens of this country are required by law to give an accounting of every penny they come in contact with, the Federal Reserve has never been held to the same standard. During this time of extreme economic crisis, the people deserve an accounting of where our money is going.
Currently there are 224 co-sponsors for this legislation, and it is enjoying bi-partisan support. Your efforts in supporting this important legislation would go a long way in proving to your constituents that you not only hold the Federal Reserve to the same standard as you do your constituents, but it would also show that you believe in transparency. Anything less than support for this resolution suggests that you are in favor of secrecy and a lack of accountability to the people who pay the bills. We pay the tab; we have a right to know where our money is going.Unlike recent bills that you voted in favor of that had hundreds of pages and just a few hours to read, this bill can be read in under 5 minutes. I encourage you to take the time to read it, and then move to support it.Thank you in advance for your attention on this important legislation. I have every expectation that you will do right by your constituents and support this measure.
Step 3: The People
Tell everyone you know about HR 1207 and ask them to support it and to contact their representative as well. Link to this page and to CampaignForLiberty.com.This initiative is crucial and we need to redouble our efforts to get HR 1207 passed.
Uncertainty over legal format of Irish Lisbon guarantees
ANDREW WILLIS Today JUNE 16,09 @ 06:33 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – EU foreign ministers discussed the legal guarantees being sought by the Irish government on the Lisbon Treaty on Monday (15 June) but disagreement remains over how they will be presented.The Irish government is keen that the legal guarantees in the areas of taxation, neutrality and social affairs be attached as protocols to the next available treaty – possible Croatia's accession treaty – and then ratified by all member states, enshrining the guarantees into European law.However some member states – such as the UK – fear this could reopen the domestic debate on the Lisbon Treaty. They are instead pushing for a legal declaration from EU leaders at a European Council later this week (18-19 June).Czech European Affairs Minister Stefan Fule confirmed on Monday that a number of details related to the guarantees – including their legal form – needed further discussion.
Member state ambassadors to the EU will attempt to iron out as many of the remaining issues as possible when they meet on Tuesday, in order to: ensure a smooth passage for the required guarantees during the European council,said Mr Fule. Very good progress has been made and we are well on track to reach agreement at this week's European Council,he said.Reaching consensus this week is important not only for Ireland but for the whole of Europe.Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said the response to the draft texts has been very positive so far and that he was quietly confident that Ireland would secure the legally binding guarantees it was seeking.
The Irish government is keen to come away from this week's meeting of EU leaders with enough to convince Irish voters to back the treaty in a second referendum likely to take place in September or October.A majority of Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum last June while all other member states ratified the document via national parliaments. However recent polls in the country suggest public opinion is now in favour of the treaty, with the change of heart largely attributed to the financial crisis and subsequent recession that have hit the small, open economy particularly badly.Other member state governments insist the wording of the Irish guarantees must not create unwanted complications in their own constituencies. The red line will be not to open the ratification of the Lisbon treaty and not to go beyond what was agreed at the December European summit,said Mr Fule on Monday. An EU official close to negotiations said bilateral discussions in recent weeks had helped ease a lot of member state concerns related to the guarantees, and that these tended to vary from country to country. The text of the legal guarantee on neutrality and defence issues has been of particular interest to other neutral member states. The text on the declaration of workers rights has been of interest to a lot of member states as well,the official said.
Ireland is also issuing a non-binding declaration on workers' rights.
The legal guarantees on neutrality and social affairs are intended to be Irish specific, addressing concerns over abortion and a threat to Ireland's traditional position of neutrality amongst other issues. The Treaty of Lisbon does not provide for the creation of a European army or for conscription to any military formation, says a draft copy of the guarantees.It does not affect the right of Ireland or any other member state to determine the nature and volume of its defence and security expenditure and the nature of its defence capabilities.The guarantee on taxation relates to all member states. Nothing in the Treaty of Lisbon makes any change of any kind for any Member State, to the extent or operation of the competence of the European Union in relation to taxation,says the draft.
Barroso could be voted down by MEPs on procedural grounds
HONOR MAHONY Today JUNE 16,09 @ 17:41 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Any attempt by EU leaders this week to formally nominate Jose Manuel Barroso for a second term as European Commission will come a cropper in the European Parliament on procedural grounds, a senior MEP warned on Tuesday (16 June).
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, head of the Greens faction, said he believed there was a sufficient majority in the EU assembly to block Mr Barroso when the issue goes to vote in mid-July.If we are to vote in July, then the debate will be on procedure, he said, adding that an alliance of Liberal Democrats, Greens, Socialists and the far left would be enough.Parliament is up in arms because a decision this week by EU leaders to formally back Mr Barroso would fall under the current Nice Treaty rules, whereas it voted in May by overwhelming majority to appoint the commission president under the yet-to-be-ratified Lisbon Treaty.The fate of the Lisbon Treaty is set to become clearer in October, when Ireland votes on it in a referendum. All other member states have completed parliamentary ratification.If the Council decides under the Treaty of Nice to formally decide to nominate Barroso, then the Council on 17 July risks finding itself with a negative vote, not on Barroso, but on procedure, said Mr Cohn-Bendit. He indicated that if the parliament did not stand up for itself now, then it would be downtrodden by member states and the commission for its whole five-year mandate.His warning comes just days after that of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, head of the European Socialists, who also warned EU leaders to be careful and to respect the parliament.
Mr Cohn-Bendit dismissed arguments that not giving a clear signal on a possible second mandate would give a lameduck feel to the remaining months of the current commission, due to finish in October.However, the Green MEP, a fierce critic of Mr Barroso, admitted that by September some new names might have emerged.He said he had a few ideas for candidates himself – alluding to both Mr Rasmussen and former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt – but said it was too early to reveal them.If we put the names into the ring now we'll blow them out of the water.The issue is shaping up to be a real political tussle among member states themselves and with the parliament.
Incoming EU presidency Sweden says it wants full formal backing for Mr Barroso so it has a real partner to work with on major issues such as climate change when it takes over on 1 July.But Germany and France are reluctant to do this so they continue to have leverage over Mr Barroso when it comes to choosing portfolios for their future commissioners as well as over any plans he has for the commission's five year programme.The issue will be played out at the two-day council in Brussels, beginning Thursday. In the face of strong opposition from the parliament, EU leaders are set to give Mr Barroso only political backing at the summit. They are then due to consult political leaders in the parliament next week.The question is whether there will still be an attempt to give Mr Barroso legal certainty in July after the concerns of different factions in the parliament have been taken into account.For his part Mr Barroso has urged to EU leaders to take a decision on the issue at the summit. He is due to reveal some of his ideas on a commission programme to the summit on Thursday.
EU-Israel meeting ends with no progress on upgrade
LEIGH PHILLIPS Today JUNE 16,09 @ 09:42 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman ended his first EU visit on Monday (15 June) evening without securing a previously planned upgrade in EU-Israel relations.EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg earlier in the day had said that an offer by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to create a demilitarised Palestinian state was welcome but insufficient to warrant any significant advance in bilateral relations.The phrase repeatedly used by EU officials - echoing similar language from Washington - was that Mr Netanyahu's offer, made during a speech on Sunday night, was a good step,but only a step.The EU welcomes the initial step following the Israeli policy review announced by Prime Minister Netanyahu, of a commitment to a peace that will include the creation of a Palestinian state,said Czech foreign minister Jan Kohout, whose country currently holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency.It is very important that we see from the new Israeli government and the prime minister for the first time the mentioning of the two-state solution. This is a very important first step,EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner told reporters.
But EU ministers reminded Israel that it must also stop building Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land, describing the activity as illegal under international law.The Council [of Ministers] is deeply concerned by the recent increase in settlement activities, house demolitions and evictions in the Palestinian territories, especially in East Jerusalem. The EU re-iterates that settlements are illegal under international law and constitute an obstacle to peace,the ministers said in a statement.We have insisted on the freezing of settlements. We hope very much this will be a reality, said the EU's chief diplomat, Javier Solana. UK foreign minister David Miliband also said Israel must deliver a complete freeze on settlements. The EU diplomats underlined that Israel's blockade of aid deliveries to Gaza is another pre-condition for peace. According to Oxfam, Israel blocks the entry of all items but emergency food aid, arresting development in the strip. In March 2009, the government of Israel prevented US-funded food parcels from entering Gaza due to the inclusion of canned tuna, biscuits and jam. They were added to a long list of items under review, which included wooden toys and maths and science kits.Some EU ministers on Monday questioned the Israeli prime minister's commitment to a two-state solution.The fact that he uttered the word state is a small step forward, said Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, adding: whether what he mentioned can be defined as a state is a subject of some debate.French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner too was sceptical that Mr Netanyahu's speech was a genuine endorsement of a viable state for the Palestinians.Without a Palestinian state there is no chance for peace in the region,he said.
Franco Frattini, the former EU commissioner and current foreign minister of Italy - which has been one of Israel's strongest backers in the Council, described the Israeli leader's wording over Jerusalem as worrying.Mr Netanyahu had reiterated his government's stance that Jerusalem is the united capital of Israel,- dashing Palestinian hopes they could one day situate their own capital in occupied East Jerusalem.We must say quite clearly today there can only be talk of an upgrade when the peace process is on its way,said Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn,and for that we need a few steps more.
FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU U.S. told us don't take Netanyahu seriously ,Senior Palestinian official declares Obama's promises are what counts June 15, 2009 1:45 pm Eastern By Aaron Klein 2009 WorldNetDaily
JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority has received signs from the U.S. that it should not take seriously Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent major address, according to a top PA official speaking to WND. Nimer Hamad, senior political adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, also said the PA is not concerned about Netanyahu's policies since Abbas relies on American support for key Palestinian demands. During Netanyahu's speech Sunday, the Israeli leader called for a demilitarized Palestinian state and said Jerusalem would always be united under Jewish sovereignty. Hamad countered: No matter what is the position of the Israeli government and no matter what are the statements of Netanyahu, what counts is what was promised to us by Obama, which is totally the opposite [of Netanyahu's positions].We received encouraging signs from the Americans that we should not take seriously into consideration Netanyahu's speech,Hamad said. Hamad said the Obama administration holds views that strongly differ from Netanyahu's. The U.S. is committed to the evacuation of settlements (in the West Bank),he said. We know from what we understand that also Jerusalem will be determined in the final negotiations that will take place on the basis of an international community that doesn't recognize eastern Jerusalem as part of the state of Israel.The Abbas adviser claimed the Obama administration understands that the Israeli policy is dangerous not only for the region but also for the U.S.Hamad said Netanyahu's speech was destructive for the peace process.
He surmised the Israeli leader's statements were in the first level directed to his partners in the government and the radicals in Israel.Separately, a top PA official, speaking to WND from Ramallah on condition his name be withheld, said the Palestinians never felt strong like we are feeling now.That PA official claimed the Palestinians never felt like we had a sympathetic administration like there is now in Washington.We know also that Netanyahu will be obliged to carry out the vision of the U.S., which is right now closer to ours than to Israel,he said. In a speech branded as a response to Obama's Mideast policies, Netanyahu on Sunday called for the immediate resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians. The Israeli leader said he would support a demilitarized Palestinian state if the Palestinians meet certain conditions, such as first combating terror and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.
Netanyahu's remarks were a departure from recent statements in which he refused to tacitly endorse a Palestinian state. To achieve peace, courage and honesty are necessary from both sides,Netanyahu said.The Palestinians must say,Enough with this conflict. We recognize Israel's right to exist and want to live by their side.He continued,A public Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish nation-state is a prerequisite for regional peace.For peace, Netanyahu said,we must ensure that Palestinians have no weapons and the opportunity to create pacts with hostile forces. We ask that the U.S. commit that in the end-deal the Palestinian territory will be demilitarized. Without that, sooner or later, we will have another Hamastan.And Israel can't agree to that.Netanyahu continued,If we receive a commitment to Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish state and a demilitarized Palestinian state, we can reach a final agreement.Netanyahu said Jerusalem would remain the united capital of Israel – a nonstarter for the Palestinians. He also ruled out the option of granting so-called Palestinian refugees the right to settle within Israeli borders. In a section of his speech that likely did not sit well with Hamas' Yousef, Netanyahu said that Israel would not negotiate with terrorists who wish to destroy it and said that Palestinians must choose between path of peace and Hamas. Addressing the issue of Jewish communities in the strategic, biblical West Bank, Netanyahu stated,In the interim there is no intention to create new settlements or expand existing towns, while not preventing the natural needs of settlers, who are not enemies.Netanyahu was alluding to continuing natural growth, or adding housing units to settlements to accommodate for the existing settlement population. He is openly defying the Obama administration's strong call for an end to all settlement activity, including natural growth.
There were several aspects to Netanayhu's speech that were direct responses to Obama's address to the Muslim world in Cairo two weeks ago. During his address, Obama pointed to Israeli West Bank settlements as specifically undermining efforts to achieve peace.Netanyahu today stated, Let me use the most simple words – the root of the struggle is the refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. The initial Arab refusal was to a Jewish state in any location, before Israeli presence in the West Bank.The closer we get to an agreement with the Palestinians, the further it is rejected,Netanyahu continued. We tried a withdrawal with an agreement, without one, a partial withdraw and we offered a near-complete withdraw. We uprooted Jewish settlers from their homes, and received a barrage of missiles in return.Also in his address, Obama indicated Israel's creation was a response to anti-Semitism in Europe, culminat[ing] in an unprecedented Holocaust.Netanyahu pointed out the Jewish people have been linked to the land of Israel for over 3,000 years.
Palestinian dismay, U.S. and EU cautious on Netanyahu By Mohammed Assadi JUNE 15,09
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinians voiced dismay on Monday over terms Benjamin Netanyahu set for a peace deal but the Israeli leader won guarded approval in Washington and Brussels for at least accepting Palestinian statehood.In a speech on Sunday, Netanyahu responded to weeks of U.S. pressure by endorsing for the first time establishment of a Palestinian state, on condition Israel received international guarantees in advance that the new nation would be demilitarized.Palestinians were disappointed by Netanyahu's demand that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state and his failure to halt Jewish settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.Salam Fayyad, prime minister in the Western-backed government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Netanyahu's speech dealt a new blow to efforts to salvage the peace process, and has undermined the possibility of resuming negotiations based on its terms of reference.Netanyahu failed to meet the expectations of the international community and did not commit to obligations outlined in a 2003 U.S.-sponsored road map for peace, he said.But U.S. President Barack Obama said he saw positive movement in Netanyahu's speech and again urged Israel to halt settlement construction.Both sides are going to have to move in some politically difficult ways in order to achieve what is going to be in the long-term interests of the Israelis and the Palestinians and the international community,Obama said. On the Israeli side, that means a cessation of settlements.
The European Union described the speech as a step in the right direction but said it was not enough to raise EU-Israel ties to a higher level.The Foreign Ministry of Russia, a member of the quartet of peace negotiators, noted with satisfaction Netanyahu's adherence to the establishment of peace in the Middle East and his readiness to restart the negotiations immediately.However, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in remarks to troops that the call to recognize Israel as a Jewish state increases the complexity of the matter and aborts the chance for peace.Palestinians argue that granting such recognition would effectively rule out any return of Palestinian refugees to what is now Israel.
Interviewed on U.S. television, Netanyahu said he hoped to narrow differences with Obama over settlements.Obama has called for a full settlement freeze, in line with the road map, but Netanyahu wants building to continue in existing West Bank enclaves.
President Obama and I are trying to reach a common understanding on this,Netanyahu told NBC television.I think we'll find some common ground.He pledged to keep all of Jerusalem as Israel's capital -- defying Palestinians' claim on the city -- and hedged on whether Israel would ever remove West Bank settlements.He also ruled out the admission of Palestinian refugees to Israel proper and said Abbas must impose his authority over the breakaway Hamas Islamists ruling the Gaza Strip.An Arab League spokesman described Netanyahu's proposal as an attempt to embarrass Arab states by presenting them with impossible conditions.He proposed this project so that the Palestinians and Arabs would reject it, as well as the international community,the spokesman was quoted as saying by Egypt's state news agency. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said mediators should challenge Netanyahu on whether he was prepared to tackle territorial issues such as borders, Jerusalem and settlements. Netanyahu is talking about negotiations about cantons -- the canton of the state of Palestine, with a flag and an anthem, a state without borders, without sovereignty, without a capital,Erekat said.Netanyahu's speech met circumspection across the political spectrum in Israel, which has seen almost two decades of stop-start talks about a two-state solution, a concept the right-wing Likud party chief had long balked at endorsing.
DoD Training Manual Describes Protest As Low-Level Terrorism
Steve Watson Infowars.net Monday, June 15, 2009
Current Department of Defense anti-terrorism training course material states that the exercise of First Amendment rights in the U.S. constitutes terrorist activity.The ACLU has written to the DoD regarding its Antiterrorism and Force Protection Annual Refresher Training Course, which advises personnel that political protest amounts to low-level terrorism.It has come to our attention that the Department of Defense’s Annual Level I Antiterrorism (AT) Training for 2009 misinforms Department of Defense (DoD) personnel that certain First Amendment-protected activity may amount to low level terrorism The ACLU writes.We are writing to ask that you take immediate steps to remedy this situation.the letter to acting Under-Secretary Gail McGinn states.A PDF of the ACLU’s letter also contains print outs of the relevant sections of the course material.
The training introduction reads:
Anti-terrorism (AT) and Force Protection (FP) are two facets of the Department of Defense (DoD) Mission Assurance Program. It is DoD policy, as found in DoD I 2000.16, that the DoD Components and the DoD elements and personnel shall be protected from terrorist acts through a high priority, comprehensive, AT program. The DoD’s AT program shall be all encompassing using an integrated systems approach.The first question of the Terrorism Threat Factors, Knowledge Check 1 section reads:Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism activity? Select the correct answer and then click Check Your Answer.Attacking the Pentagon IEDs Hate crimes against racial groups Protests .In order to proceed, users must give the correct answer as Protests.According to the document, all DoD personnel are required to complete the course on a yearly basis.The ACLU points out that although in and of itself the classification of protest as terrorism is deeply disturbing, it is even more alarming when viewed in the context of the Pentagon’s long term efforts to crack down on organized dissent.The surveillance and pre-emptive arrest of protesters, on charges of domestic terrorism, at last year’s RNC by the FBI is also cited by the ACLU.Other precedents that the ACLU neglected to mention in it’s letter include, most recently, the fact that the FBI were spying on Tea Party protesters nationwide.
One week prior to those revelations, we also reported that the Maryland National Guard was put on alert in anticipation of the nationwide protests, while a Homeland Security spokesman refused to deny that protesters would be under surveillance from the DHS.The Maryland National Guard issued a Force Protection Advisory on April 11 which warned the National Guard to be on alert during the Tea Party protests because Guardsmen and Guard facilities might become targets of opportunity. The contact point for the document was listed as the Antiterrorism Program Coordinator.The advisory was almost exactly the same as a United States Army Reserve Command Force Protection Advisory that was issued last November before the nationwide End the Fed protests, warning that protesters were congregating across the country to demonstrate against the private Federal Reserve.Over the last few years we have seen countless examples of security assessment reports from the likes of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, as well as police training manuals, which state that anti-war protesters, gun owners, veterans, Ron Paul supporters and those who merely cite the Constitution should be equated with extremists.The continued surveillance of protesters, in addition to the ongoing agenda to equate dissent with terrorism, highlights the fact that the architecture of the police state, which was massively expanded under George W. Bush, has not been dismantled or relaxed by an Obama administration that promised change,If anything, it has only grown bigger.The Obama administration’s announcement that the illegal warrantless surveillance of American citizens, a program initiated under Bush, will continue and in fact intensify under Obama, is another shining example of the fact that - no matter who is in power and no matter the political persuasion of those being watched -all Americans who have the temerity to exercise constitutional rights are considered dangerous and worthy of being targeted by the federal government with surveillance tools supposedly introduced to fight terrorists.
Senior Democrat Says Obama’s Czars Unconstitutional
Ken Klukowski Townhall June 15, 2009
Last week President Obama appointed yet another czar with massive government power, answering only to him. Even before this latest appointment, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate wrote President Obama a letter saying that these czars are unconstitutional. President Obama’s czar strategy is an unprecedented power grab centralizing authority in the White House, outside congressional oversight and in violation of the Constitution.As of last week, Czar Kenneth Feinberg has the authority to set the pay scale for executives at any company receiving government money (and how many aren’t, these days?). Czar Feinberg has the power to say that someone’s pay is excessive, and to make companies cut that pay until the czar is pleased.Congress did not give Czar Feinberg this authority. For that matter, Congress has not authorized any of the czars that President Barack Obama has created. Over the past thirty years presidents have each had one or two czars for various issues, and once the number went as high as five. But now, by some counts President Obama has created sixteen czars, and there may be more on the way. Each of these has enormous government power, and answers only to the president.Ever since this practice of appointing czars began years ago, it has always been considered possible that they are all unconstitutional. But it never built to a critical mass to elicit a court fight. These czars were few and far between, and rarely did anything that seriously ruffled any feathers. But President Obama has taken this to an unprecedented level, to the point where these appointments are dangerous to our constitutional regime.
This has become too much for the longest-serving senator in U.S. history to stomach. Democratic Senator Robert Byrd is the president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate. Even though Senate rules vest most powers in the Senate majority leader, the president pro tempore is a constitutional officer, and third in line to the U.S. presidency (after the vice president and the Speaker of the House). This office is held by a Democrat, who has been serving in the Senate since before Barack Obama was even born.Senator Byrd wrote a letter to President Obama in February, criticizing the president’s strategy of creating czars to manage important areas of national policy. Senator Byrd said that these appointments violate both the constitutional system of checks and balances and the constitutional separation of powers, and is a clear attempt to evade congressional oversight. (Didn’t this White House promise unprecedented transparency?)
And Senator Byrd is exactly correct. The Constitution commands that government officers with significant authority (called principal officers) are nominated by the president but then are subject to a confirmation vote by the U.S. Senate. And principal officers include not only cabinet-level department heads, but go five levels deep in executive appointments, to include assistant secretaries and deputy undersecretaries.Inferior officers are appointed either by the president, cabinet-level officers, or the courts. But even then, the Constitution specifies that only Congress can authorize the making of such appointments. For these inferior officers, only Congress can create their offices, and also specify who appoints them. And such officers are still answerable to Congress. They are subject to subpoena to testify before Congress, and Congress holds the power of the purse by making annual appropriations for their division or program.White House officials, by contrast, cannot be compelled to appear before Congress and testify. They are alter-egos of the president himself, and as an agent of the Executive Office of the President they are entirely removed from Congress, and not answerable to Congress in any way. That was why during the Bush administration White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, Senior Advisor Karl Rove, and Counsel Harriet Miers could not be compelled to testify to Congress when President Bush invoked executive privilege (a battle they may well have won if they pressed their case all the way to the Supreme Court). Senior presidential aides advise the president alone, and the separation of powers forbids congressional interference in that relationship.But that’s the problem with these czars. The president can have any advisors he wants, people who privately advise him or meet with others on his behalf, but have little or no actual authority to exert government power on anyone. These czars, however, are directly dictating policy, impacting millions of lives in the way that few assistant secretaries or deputy undersecretaries do.The Founding Fathers specifically wrote the Constitution in a way to deny such absolute power to emanate from one person. That was why they required that no principal officers could exercise any power unless the U.S. Senate decided to confirm them. That was also why they specified that even for inferior officers only Congress could create their positions and could still require them to answer to Congress. The Founding Fathers were specifically blocking the type of centralized power that President Obama is currently exerting.Fortunately, there is a remedy. Any person on the receiving end of an order from any of these czars has standing to challenge their constitutionality in court. Any person whose pay is deemed excessive by Kenneth Feinberg, or affected by any other czar, could file a federal suit asserting that the order is an unconstitutional exercise of government power, and have a court both invalidate the order and hold that the position itself doesn’t legally exist. Then everyone could just ignore these czars, because they would simply be private citizens, without the authority to order any of us to tie our shoes.Let the lawsuits begin.
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Hundreds of firefighters battle B.C., Alberta fires.
Canwest News ServiceJune 14, 2009
VANCOUVER - British Columbia and Alberta dispatched hundreds of firefighters in an attempt to contain fires this weekend. Nineteen forest fires were burning around B.C. Sunday, with the two largest fires continuing to grow, while Alberta reported over 130wildfires since Friday.Swirling winds are making the movement of the massive forest fire burning near Tyaughton Lake, west of Lillooet, unpredictable in B.C.. Winds were blowing at 30 to 40 kilometres per hour Sunday.Firefighters will be doing hourly weather readings. Safety is their top priority, said fire information officer Elise Riedlinger.The focus Sunday was on the 80-square-kilometre fire's eastern and northeastern flanks along Marshall Lake and Liza Lake, where homes are located, she said. The area is about 250 kilometres north of Vancouver.That is where the fire is most active and challenging,Riedlinger said.In all 255 firefighters were working on the blaze and Riedlinger said the fire is likely to continue growing.In Alberta lightning and hot temperatures were proving a tinderbox throughout the province's northern forests, according to Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
The province said 138 wildfires started in Alberta's forest protection area since Friday, and 127 have been contained or extinguished.The remaining 11 fires were located north of Edmonton near Slave Lake, Lac La Biche, and Fort McMurray.The largest, 45 kilometres north of Calling Lake, was approximately 25 square kilometres in size.Over 300 firefighters, 22 air tankers and 45 helicopters were battling the blazes in Alberta.Vancouver Sun and Edmonton Journal,Canwest News Service.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
6/15/09 Severe Storms and the Hottest Weather of the Year!
Submitted by Brian Smith on June 15, 2009 - 11:41am. Weather
An active couple of days possible in the weather center, starting with this afternoon. Noted below, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight risk for SEVERE storms this afternoon and evening. This is mainly for two reasons. One is for pop up storms this afternoon that could be strong or severe. The other reason is for ongoing storms in the Midwest, which could move into our area later today into tonight.Today:Tuesday:Forecasting storms in the summer is always a challenge. Models seem to do poorly on the development of clusters of strong storms and the direction they move in. So really, we wait. Noted below, the models suggest the upper level winds would steer storms in our direction, however the question is, will they stay together or fall apart by the time they make it to the TN Valley. Again, we will look for the possibility of the storms later today into this evening. A few pop up storms are possible with the daytime heating. In both cases, damaging winds and heavy rain are the main threats.Models indicate that the setup for Tuesday is relatively the same, and with that, we will keep storms in the forecast. Again, we wait and see if a cluster of storms will impact us later in the day. Take note of the HEAT building to the southwest as a ridge of high pressure strengthens.By Wednesday, the ridge begins to take over, shifting the storm track to the north. This means our chances for rain decrease, while our afternoon highs increase. Highs on Wednesday will reach the low 90s and the higher humidity remains in tact.By the end of the work week. The ridge of high pressure is in control and we could see the hottest weather of the year. If models are correct, some could see highs in the mid 90s and heat index values could reach or exceed 100 before another round of showers move in Saturday afternoon! See you soon,Brian.
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
WORLD MARKET RESULTS
HALF HOUR DOW RESULTS TUE JUNE 16,2009
09:30 AM +1.20
10:00 AM +3.10
10:30 AM +4.84
11:00 AM +10.21
11:30 AM -0.15
12:00 PM -20.63
12:30 PM -23.43
01:00 PM -67.41
01:30 PM -74.59
02:00 PM -92.80
02:30 PM -90.69
03:00 PM -73.08
03:30 PM -86.00
04:00 PM -107.46 8504.67
S&P 500 911.97 -11.75
NASDAQ 1796.18 -20.20
GOLD 934.80 +7.30
OIL 70.60 -0.02
TSE 300 10,312.65 -82.13
CDNX 1139.19 +6.24
S&P/TSX/60 625.84 -5.30
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
TSX Advances 440,declines 1,140,unchanged 212,Volume 2,028,857,149.
TSX Venture Exchange Advances 300,Declines 584,Unchanged 359,Volume 298,873,965.
Dow +9 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow -39 points at low today.
Dow +31 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $936.00.OIL opens at $72.36 today.
Dow -74 points at low today so far.
Dow +31 points at high today so far.
DAY TODAY PERFORMANCE - 12:30PM STATS
NYSE Advances 1,720,declines 1,794,unchanged 118,New Highs 7,New Lows 37.
NASDAQ Advances 1,288,declines 1,255,unchanged 128,New highs 12,New Lows 12.
TSX Advances 804,declines 543,unchanged 264,Volume 993,010,034.
TSX Venture Exchange Advances 344,Declines 271,Unchanged 289,Volume 163,025,317.
Dow -113 points at low today.
Dow +31 points at high today.
Dow +% today Volume .
Nasdaq +% today Volume .
S&P 500 +% today Volume N/A
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Russia, China, Central Asian nations hold summit By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer – Mon Jun 15, 3:25 pm ET
YEKATERINBURG, Russia – Russia played regional power broker Monday, hosting China and Central Asian nations for a summit that highlights the Kremlin's efforts to maintain clout in former Soviet territory and raise its profile in Afghanistan.Moscow is expected to use the meeting of leaders from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to try to cement the six-nation group as a counterbalance to the U.S. presence in strategic Central Asia.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev opened the two-day meeting by saying the group would discuss the global financial crisis as well as the key issue the organization was created to address: regional security.Our organization has been created quite recently, but it has scored quite serious progress, he said.Late Monday, Medvedev had what he called a most productive and useful meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and he promised that Russia will help Afghanistan create an efficient political system.We are very thankful for the assistance that Russia has given Afghanistan,Karzai responded,particularly over the last seven years, during this difficult period of history when we have been fighting terrorism.At a meeting later with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Medvedev said all nations needed to work together to fight terrorism — a call he repeated after he, Zardari and Karzai held a final meeting together.Many issues including the most difficult challenges our nations are facing today, such as terrorism and crime, can only be fought with collective efforts,Medvedev said.If we can create efficient workable trilateral mechanism, that will benefit our nations.The 8-year-old Shanghai Cooperation Organization is dominated by Russia and China and includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with countries such as India, Iran and Pakistan holding observer status.
Medvedev also was expected to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian leader postponed his arrival in this Ural Mountains city until Tuesday, according to the Iranian Embassy in Moscow, during protests in Iran over his bitterly disputed re-election.Amid efforts by Washington and Moscow to improve strained ties, the summit will be watched for signs of stronger support from Russia and its neighbors for American-led operations in Afghanistan. That will be a signal of the depth of Russia's determination to mend fences with the United States at a time of warming relations between the two countries.While Moscow and its neighbors have stressed solidarity with the West on the need for stability in Afghanistan, Kremlin critics say they have used their combined clout in the past to confound U.S. efforts.
In 2005, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization supported Uzbekistan's eviction of U.S. forces from a base supporting operations in Afghanistan. In February, Kyrgyzstan announced it would evict U.S. forces from their only other Central Asian base — a decision widely seen as influenced by Russia. U.S. officials have said there is still hope for a deal to keep use of the Manas base.Karzai has appealed to Kyrgyzstan to let coalition forces continue using Manas, and the Afghan leader could meet his Kyrgyz counterpart for talks during the summit.Kremlin foreign affairs adviser Sergei Prikhodko said Sunday that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has seen more transparency" from the administration of President Barack Obama on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. The niches of interaction with Western countries, including the U.S., may be widened,he said.Russia and the Central Asian countries already have allowed the transport of non-lethal military supplies across their territory.
Prikhodko did not say what the nations might do to increase cooperation, but made it clear they want a greater say in resolving the situation in Afghanistan.
Prikhodko also said the leaders will discuss broader security issues and the global financial crisis, as well as the situation on the Korean peninsula, but that no major statement on North Korea's nuclear activity was expected. The summit will be followed late Tuesday by the first full-fledged summit of BRIC, a group linking the emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China. Medvedev may repeat Russia's call for a new global reserve currency to augment the dollar, but Russia's finance minister over the weekend suggested that the dollar would remain the currency of choice for years to come.
Build-up to financial dogfight continues
ANDREW WILLIS Today JUNE 16,09 @ 17:55 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – European leaders added to the growing rhetoric on financial regulation on Tuesday (16 June) as the EU prepares for a leaders' summit later this week where the topic is likely to generate heated debate. By the end of this week, the European Council must give a clear mandate to the European Commission to start the urgent creation of two institutions,said Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy.Firstly, a powerful and effective European Systemic and Risk Council centred around the European Central Bank. Secondly, a European system of supervisors having the power of binding mediation,he said. Mr Van Pompuy was speaking at the launch of a Belgian report on a new financial architecture, whose drafting committee was chaired by the noted economist Alexandre Lamfalussy.The UK and a number of other non-eurozone states harbour strong concerns over precisely these two issues – with Mr Van Rompuy's remarks likely to be seen as a direct challenge to the UK's position. London is concerned that if the chairmanship of the ESRC – a proposed new body designed to monitor overall risk levels in the European financial system – is taken up by the president of the ECB as the commission proposes, then its influence as a non-eurozone member state will be weakened. Likewise, commission proposals to give powers of binding mediation to three new European-level authorities that will oversee national regulators in the areas of banking, insurance and securities have not found favour in Europe's financial capital. As the ultimate responsibility for bank bail-outs lies with member states, the new authorities should not have the power to over-rule national regulators, argues London.
The commission plans for financial supervision propose a faster timetable than the report – drafted by Bank of France governor Jacques de Larosiere - upon which they are based. Given the urgency of the situation, the commission has proposed to go further than the Larosiere report by accelerating the implementation of the new architecture,said commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on Tuesday. Assuming EU leaders can reach an agreement on the outstanding issues, the commission says it will come forward with legislative proposals this autumn so that a new financial architecture can get up and running in 2010.An ambitious proposal is now on the table …and the proposal deserves the full support of all member states,said Mr Barroso.
House of Lords critical of UK government
While pressure is mounting on the UK to back away from its current objections, the government came in for criticism from the House of Lords on Tuesday over its handing of the EU discussions. A new report released by the Lords EU committee accuses the government of being behind the ball-game at times, and said it must stand up for the UK's unique interest in financial services. The UK government must ensure these national interests are properly reflected in new regulations or in structural reforms,said the committee's chairman, Kenneth Woolmer.
Some Balkan countries may get EU visa-free travel within months
ELITSA VUCHEVA Today JUNE 16,09 @ 07:06 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The citizens of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro could be allowed visa-free travel to the European Union as early as the end of this year, EU foreign ministers said on Monday (15 June).The [EU foreign] ministers encouraged the European Commission to start dismantling the visa requirement for all countries that have met all benchmarks with a view of achieving a visa-free regime with them ideally by the end of this year, Czech foreign minister Jan Kohout, whose country presides over the EU until the end of this month, said at a press conference after the ministers' meeting in Luxembourg.EU candidate Macedonia is said to be the most advanced and to have met all necessary conditions - including document security, public order and security, external relations and fundamental rights - for its citizens to be allowed to travel visa-free into the European Union.Montenegro and Serbia have met the majority of the conditions and are expected to make further progress on the remaining ones by the end of the year.EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn welcomed the foreign ministers' decision. Today's council meeting brings some good news for the people of the western Balkans… The commission has for long been committed to visa-free travel for the peoples of the western Balkans. We know how important it is for them, especially for the younger generations, to be able to travel and study freely in the EU,he said. That's why the commission will press on with the aim to present a proposal for visa-free travel to the council [the member states] still before the summer break,he added.
After the commission makes its proposals, the European Parliament is to be consulted and then EU member states are expected to give a final green light to visa liberalisation for the most advanced countries before the end of the year.Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina have made the least progress in this area and their citizens are not expected to get visa-free travel at this stage.For its part, Kosovo which last year proclaimed its independence from Serbia, is not yet included in the visa liberalisation dialogue.
Zero result on Slovenia – Croatia
Meanwhile a question mark is still hanging over Croatia's EU membership bid due to a long-lasting border dispute with Slovenia.Meetings on Monday between the two countries' foreign ministers and Mr Rehn, as well as between Mr Rehn and the foreign or EU ministers of France, the Czech Republic and Sweden – the so-called presidential trio – again failed to bring any progress in the two neighbouring countries' row.
Today we didn't find a solution, and we agreed to continue with our discussions, Croatian foreign minister Gordan Jandrokovic said after the talks.His Slovenian counterpart Samuel Zbogar said that Mr Rehn's updated proposal included some Slovenian suggestions and that it now needed to be discussed with Slovenia's government and parliament.Now both ministers are going to consult further back home and we will continue our work in the course of this week, most likely on Wednesday ahead of the European Council,commissioner Rehn told journalists. Our productivity could be higher but at least we are doing a very thorough work with my colleagues, he added.Mr Kohout said he remained optimistic about an eventually positive outcome, but admitted it was increasingly likely that Croatia would neither open nor close a chapter before the end of the Czech EU presidency at the end of this month.Due to circumstances which were not in the hands of the presidency… I cannot exclude that it will be at the end zero [chapters],the Czech foreign minister said.But still we have two weeks time, we are making… any possible effort and so… I am still optimistic on that,he added.Croatia aims to end its EU accession negotiations by the end of this year and become a full EU member by 2011, a timetable that is now under increasing pressure.
EU regional funding has little impact on economic recovery
VALENTINA POP Today JUNE 16,09 @ 09:21 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Regional policy currently accounts for the biggest slice of the general EU budget, but these funds alone are not enough to tackle the effects of the recession across the EU, experts say.The total money available for regional policy between 2007 and the end of 2013 is €347 billion, with over 80 percent of this earmarked for the EU's poorer regions. The rest is aimed at boosting competitiveness and innovation in the bloc's wealthier countries.The main objective of regional funding is to reduce the economic and social gap for regions below 75 percent of the bloc's average GDP. This objective, called convergence,applies to virtually the whole territory of eastern Europe with a few exceptions, such as Prague or Budapest.
Portugal, southern Italy, most of Greece, four regions in Spain and two in England, Malta, as well as the French overseas territories are also included.Poland will receive the biggest amount of the seven-year regional funding - €67.2 billion. Most of the money is aimed at improving the country's infrastructure, for instance by tripling the length of highways and rail tracks, increasing the share of renewables from 2.9 percent in 2005 to 8.5 percent in 2013, as well as creating 3.5 million jobs.
The poorest EU member states, Bulgaria and Romania, also put their main priorities in building much needed roads and basic infrastructure such as sewage systems and water treatment plants.Yet the targets set out by the national governments were drafted well before the current economic crisis hit.In response to the crisis, the EU commission had to relax some of the funding rules earlier this year, in order to give cash-strapped member states more flexibility and upfront payments. Last month, the EU executive also suggested member states should allow projects aimed at tackling unemployment – funded from the EU's social fund worth some €10 billion a year – to be fully reimbursed in the coming two years. Up to now, member states were obliged to pay between 15-50 percent of the grants themselves.But the amounts made available for social issues remain far too small to make a difference in the current economic crisis, experts say.The reform of structural funds was done when there was no crisis and when they had to meet other priorities, Monika Mura, an expert on regional policy from the University of Bristol, told this website. Now with the crisis the priorities should shift more towards unemployment. The EU commission is not going to save Europe from the recession, there are many other institutions – national governments, the European Central Bank, countries like the US – which will contribute to the recovery. But correcting the funds could offer some help. If the funds were bigger, it would be even better,she said.Ms Mura said regional policy was initially drafted on the assumption that geographical distance from more developed regions can become a handicap for the less developed ones.It is now time to shift the paradigm from infrastructure to unemployment, but also social issues in general, she concluded.
A spokesman with the EU commission said that EU's regional policy was flexible, decentralised and responsive and that the broad priorities set out in 2007 – job creation, innovation and competitiveness remain the right priorities.If a country wants to change its so-called operational programmes – the broad frameworks under which concrete projects were financed - it must get the approval of the commission first, he added.
Errors and irregularities
Regional projects financed in the previous seven-year budget of the EU (2000-2006) were marred by errors and irregularities. The Court of Auditors estimated in its last report that at least 11 percent of the total amount reimbursed (in 2007) should not have been reimbursed.Misspent money is claimed back from member states, last year the EU commission almost tripling the amount retrieved from bad regional projects. Almost €900 million was claimed back in 2008, compared to €287 million in 2007.The most common errors made by member state authorities include awarding contracts without a proper tender or with insufficient supporting documentation, or overestimating payment claims.The EU executive has strengthened the rules and now requests each member state to pre-audit their operational programmes and authorities dealing with the EU funds.
National legislation hampers Polish projects
In the biggest recipient, Poland, current delays in EU-funded infrastructure projects are mainly due to national legislation issues, Mariusz Mielczarek, representing the Polish region of Lodz in Brussels told EUobserver.In all Polish regions we find the biggest difficulties arising from state aid rules and environmental law. The procedures are time consuming, national regulations were not in line with European ones, now some adjustments have been made, but it still takes time to prepare applications which comply with both environmental law and state aid rules – basically all infrastructure projects need that, he explained.Referring to the simplification of EU funding rules introduced last November, Mr Mielczarek said that not all ideas that came from Brussels are already operational on the regional level.In the years 2007-2013, the region of Lodz is set to receive over €1 billion from the structural funds for transport infrastructure, geothermal energy projects and an urban facelift of Lodz' centre. Almost 30 percent of the total amount is dedicated to investments in innovation and small and medium enterprises. In addition, some €500 million is to go to programmes financed by the Social Fund, plus national grants for universities or regional projects amounting to some €500 million.Clean coal technology was of particular interest to his region, he said, since it hosted the biggest coal-fuelled power plant in Poland. The region was promised €180 million for CO2 capture and storage from the EU recovery package, worth a total of €5 billion.
FROM JEROME CORSI'S RED ALERT Smuggled: $134 billion in U.S. bonds,Case could be largest documented counterfeit crime in history June 15, 2009 8:21 pm Eastern 2009 WorldNetDaily
Editor's Note: The following report is excerpted from Jerome Corsi's Red Alert, the premium online newsletter published by the current No. 1 best-selling author, WND staff writer and columnist. Subscriptions are $99 a year or $9.95 per month for credit card users. Annual subscribers will receive a free autographed copy of The Late Great USA,a book about the careful deceptions of a powerful elite who want to undermine our nation's sovereignty.Italy's financial police, Guardia Italiana di Finanza, have arrested two Japanese citizens as they attempted to smuggle $134 billion worth of U.S. bonds in the false bottom of a suitcase by train into Switzerland, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports. With the U.S. Treasury now printing the nearly $2 trillion in government bonds needed to finance the Obama administration's anticipated $1.8 trillion 2009 budget deficit, the incident has raised eyebrows around the world,Corsi wrote. The bonds appeared to include 249 certificates U.S. Federal Reserve bonds worth $500 million each plus various other U.S. government securities worth a billion dollars each, including what are known as Kennedy Bonds bearing a portrait of President John Kennedy on the front and a shuttle launch on the reverse. Italian authorities have not yet determined whether the bonds are real or fake,Asia News reported in breaking the story,but if they are real the attempt to take them into Switzerland would be the largest financial smuggling operation in history.If they are fake, Asia News continued,the matter would be even more mind-boggling because the quality of the counterfeit work is such that the fake bonds are undistinguishable from the real ones.
Italian law limits to 10,000 euros per person the amount of money that can be imported or exported without declaring the sum. The penalty for violating this law is 40 percent of the money seized which would make the fine $38 billion in this incident. U.S. government bonds in billion dollar denominations are not considered negotiable by ordinary citizens, Corsi noted. Such bonds are typically bearer-bonds issued by the U.S. government only to banks and foreign governments that seek to purchase the bonds to hold in their institutional asset portfolios. According to a press release issued by Guardia di Finanzia, the two Japanese smugglers were caught at an international railway station in Chiasso, on Italy's border with Switzerland. Arriving at the Chiasso railroad station on a train coming from Italy, the two 50-year-old Japanese men told customs they had nothing to declare. The Guardia di Finanzia, charged with detecting illegal trafficking in counterfeit money and drug money laundering, discovered the U.S. securities hidden in the bottom of a suitcase carried by the two Japanese men, in a secret compartment where a false bottom separated cache of bonds from personal items. The Guardia di Finanzia indicated Italian authorities were working to determine whether the bonds and the documentation accompanying them were authentic.No determination had yet been made whether the bonds were counterfeit, nor was any other information released about the identity or background of the two Japanese men apprehended in the incident. Red Alert's author, whose books The Obama Nation and Unfit for Command have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, he worked with banks throughout the U.S. and around the world to develop financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers. In this career, Corsi developed three different third-party financial services marketing firms that reached gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. In 1999, he began developing Internet-based financial marketing firms, also adapted to work in conjunction with banks.In his 25-year financial services career, Corsi has been a noted financial services speaker and writer, publishing three books and numerous articles in professional financial services journals and magazines.
Stocks tumble as stronger dollar hits commodities By TIM PARADIS, AP Business Writer JUNE 15,09
NEW YORK – Bad economic news and doubts about the market's ability to rally dealt stocks a huge setback.The Dow Jones industrials fell 187 points Monday, their biggest drop since April 20. All the major market indexes fell more than 2 percent.Trading volume was light, suggesting an absence of buyers rather than a flood of sellers rushing to dump stocks, but the pullback nonetheless was another sign that the market's spring rally has stalled.The slide began in Asia and Europe and spread to the U.S. as a strong dollar pushed commodities prices sharply lower. Stocks of energy and materials producers have been lifting the market in the past month so the drop in prices left stocks without an important leg of support.Meanwhile, new worries about the economy emerged after an index of manufacturing in New York indicated that demand weakened in June. The weaker report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York ran counter to the gradual improvement traders have grown accustomed to with other economic readings.Analysts said stocks are also losing ground because investors are questioning what it will take to move the market higher. Ahead of Monday's slide, the S&P 500 had jumped 39.9 percent since skidding to a 12-year low on March 9. Investors have been betting on an economic recovery but questions about how long that might take are poking holes in the rally.The unease about the economy's recovery have kept stocks from rising as quickly in recent weeks as they did in March and April. The Dow and the S&P 500 index are up 12 of the past 14 weeks, and the last four straight weeks. But traders are having a harder time wringing advances from stocks as questions remain about whether unemployment, still-weak home prices and inflation will trip up a resurgence in the economy.
Harry Rady, chief executive of Rady Asset Management, said stocks have risen too fast given how troubled the economy remains. The market just seems to keep driving the car into the wall and then wonders why it can't keep driving,Rady said.The Dow fell 187.13, or 2.1 percent, to 8,612.13, and returned to a loss for the year. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 22.49, or 2.4 percent, to 923.72, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 42.42, or 2.3 percent, to 1,816.38. Both indexes still are showing a gain for 2009.Overseas trading was influenced by the dollar, which rose against most other major currencies following weekend comments from Russia's finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, that the greenback likely would remain the world's reserve currency.Investors have been worried in recent weeks that foreign governments would seek to spread their reserve cash holdings beyond the dollar. That would cut into demand for the currency.Commodities including oil tend to be a hedge against a weak dollar. So, when the greenback is stronger, investors feel less need to protect themselves against it and they start selling commodities. That in turn tends to pull down the stocks of basic materials producers who profit from higher prices.Overseas, Japan's Nikkei average lost 1 percent, while Britain's FTSE 100 fell 2.6 percent, Germany's DAX fell 3.5 percent and France's CAC-40 lost 3.2 percent.Bond prices mostly rose, driving yields down. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, a benchmark widely used for setting home mortgage rates, fell to 3.72 percent from 3.80 percent late Friday.The dollar's rise helped send oil prices lower. Light, sweet crude fell $1.42 to settle at $70.62 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Investors often welcome falling commodities prices because the lower costs will have benefits across the economy. But traders have also been looking for gains in commodities because that could signal resources are becoming more scarce as demand improves.Commodities producers fell Monday. Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. slid. Alcoa fell 78 cents, or 6.5 percent, to $11.21, while Freeport-McMoRan fell $3.37, or 5.8 percent, to $55.14.In corporate news, Goldman Sachs lowered its rating on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to Neutral from Buy, seeing few catalysts that could push the stock higher. The retailer fell $1.38, or 2.8 percent, to $48.46.Nick Kalivas, vice president of financial research at MF Global, said traders are cautious ahead of quarterly earnings reports this week from Best Buy Co., FedEx Corp. and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., all of which are important in their industries.It might keep us sideways or lower if we can't get some good news from some of these numbers,he said.Trading volume remained light Monday, as it has been for weeks. That indicates fewer traders are standing behind the market's moves. Volume does tend to slow in the summer as traders take vacations, but thin volume could indicate there is less conviction behind the market's moves. About eight stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a light 4.55 billion shares, up from Friday's 4.39 billion.In other trading, the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 15.00, or 2.9 percent, to 511.83.
AIG lawyer: Ex-top exec plundered retirement plan By MADLEN READ, AP Business Writer JUNE 15,09
NEW YORK – The former top executive of American International Group Inc. plundered an AIG retirement program of billions of dollars because he was angry at being forced out of the company, a lawyer for AIG told jurors Monday at the start of a civil trial. Attorney Theodore Wells told the jury in Manhattan that former AIG Chief Executive Officer Maurice Hank Greenberg improperly took $4.3 billion in stock from the company in 2005, after he was ousted by the company amid investigations of accounting irregularities.Hank Greenberg was mad. He was angry, Wells said in U.S. District Court of the emotional state of the man who, over a 35-year-career, built AIG from a small company into the world's largest insurance provider. He said the saga is a story of anger, betrayal and cover-up.Wells said that Greenberg, within weeks of being forced out in mid-2005, gave the go-ahead for tens of millions shares to be sold from a trust fund. The fund was set up decades ago to provide incentive bonuses to a select group of AIG management and highly compensated employees that they would receive upon their retirement.Wells showed the jury several clips of Greenberg speaking on videotape about the responsibilities of the trust fund. He called it Greenberg's videotaped confession.Wells asked the jury to award AIG $4.276 billion and 185 million AIG shares.Greenberg, 84, has contended through his lawyers that he had the right to sell the shares because they were owned by Starr International, a privately held company he controlled.
Greenberg's lawyer, David Boies, told the jury in his opening statement the shares sold by his client did not belong to AIG.I disagree with a great many things that Mr. Wells said,Boies told the jury. He said a study of the documents in the case would prove that the shares sold by Greenberg did not belong to AIG.Look in this case not to what people said after this lawsuit started,Boies said. Look to what they said and did and wrote before the lawsuit started.Starr International was named after Cornelius Vander Starr, who created a worldwide network of insurance companies in the early 1900s.AIG maintains that Starr and Greenberg, his protege and successor, decided in the late 1960s to organize the various companies under one holding company, AIG.Starr International remained a private company and its shareholders decided in 1970 that the amount that its shares of AIG were worth above book value of about $110 million should be used to compensate AIG employees, AIG has said.The embattled insurer is trying to reclaim the money from Starr it says was wrongly pocketed through stock sales by Greenberg.The trial relates to events that occurred long before AIG found itself under attack earlier this year over its bonus program.
The company was roundly criticized after it accepted $182 billion in federal aid and then paid out $165 million in bonuses to employees, including traders in the financial products unit that nearly caused the company to collapse.Before the jury was chosen Monday, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff said evidence in the trial could not include information about the government bailout. He also said the entire trial will last no longer than a month. Witnesses begin testifying Tuesday; Greenberg is among one of several witnesses expected to take the stand this week.
The trial features two legal heavyweights.
Boies argued on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore before the U.S. Supreme Court during the disputed presidential vote in 2000. Wells was on the team of defense lawyers in 2007 for former White House aide I. Lewis Scooter Libby, who was convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI about his role in leaking the name of a CIA operative to a reporter.
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2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
MAYBE IRANS WELLBOY MAUHDI COUNTED EVERY VOTE AND REVEALED IT TO THE VOTE CENTERS...THIS IS JUST A HOGWASH SETUP ELECTION IN IRAN TO LET AHMADINEJAD BUILD THE BOMB AND NUKE ISRAEL SO WELLBOY MAUHDI CAN SLITHER OUT OF THAT WELL AND RULE THE WHOLE EARTH.THIS WELLBOY MAUHDI MYTH IS TOTAL NONESENSE,BUT SHIITES BELEIVE THE LIES AND DECEPTION.
Speed of Iran vote count called suspicious By JASON KEYSER, Associated Press Writer JUNE 15,09
How do you count almost 40 million handwritten paper ballots in a matter of hours and declare a winner? That's a key question in Iran's disputed presidential election.
International polling experts and Iran analysts said the speed of the vote count, coupled with a lack of detailed election data normally released by officials, was fueling suspicion around President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide victory.Iran's supreme leader endorsed the hard-line president's re-election the morning after Friday's vote, calling it a divine assessment and appearing to close the door on challenges from Iran's reformist camp. But on Monday, after two days of rioting in the streets, he ordered an investigation into the allegations of fraud.Mir Hossein Mousavi, Ahmadinejad's reformist challenger, claims he was robbed of the presidency and has called for the results to be canceled.Mousavi's newspaper, Kalemeh Sabz, or the Green Word, reported on its Web site that more than 10 million votes were missing national identification numbers similar to U.S. Social Security numbers, which make the votes untraceable.It did not say how it knew that information.Mousavi said some polling stations closed early with voters still in line, and he charged that representatives of his campaign were expelled from polling centers even though each candidate was allowed one observer at each location. He has not provided evidence to support the accusations.His supporters have reported intimidation by security forces who maintained a strong presence around polling stations.Observers who questioned the vote said that at each stage of the counting, results released by the Interior Ministry showed Ahmadinejad ahead of Mousavi by about a 2-1 margin.That could be unusual, polling experts noted, because results reported first from Iran's cities would likely reflect a different ratio from those reported later from the countryside, where the populist Ahmadinejad has more support among the poor.Mousavi said the results also may have been affected by a shortage of ballot papers in the provinces of Fars and East Azerbaijan, where he had been expected to do well because he is among the country's Azeri minority. He said the shortage was despite the fact that officials had 17 million extra ballots ready.
Interior Ministry results show that Ahmadinejad won in East Azerbaijan.
The final tally was 62.6 percent of the vote for Ahmadinejad and 33.75 for Mousavi — a landslide victory in a race that was perceived to be much closer. Such a huge margin also went against the expectation that a high turnout — a record 85 percent of Iran's 46.2 million eligible voters — would boost Mousavi, whose campaign energized young people to vote. About a third of the eligible voters were under 30.Ahmadinejad, who has significant support among the poor and in the countryside, said Sunday that the vote was real and free and insisted the results were fair and legitimate.
Personally, I think that it is entirely possible that Ahmadinejad received more than 50 percent of the vote,said Konstantin Kosten, an expert on Iran with the Berlin-based German Council of Foreign Relations who spent a year from 2005-06 in Iran.
Still, he said, there must be an examination of the allegations of irregularities, as the German government has called for.But Iran's electoral system lacks the transparency needed to ensure a fair election, observers said. International monitors are barred from observing Iranian elections and there are no clear mechanisms to accredit domestic observers, said Michael Meyer-Resende, coordinator of the Berlin-based Democracy Reporting International, which tracked developments in the Iranian vote from outside the country.He noted that the election was organized and overseen by two institutions that are not independent, the government's Interior Ministry and the Guardian Council, a 12-member body made up of clerics and experts in Islamic law who are closely allied to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Iran's Interior Ministry released a breakdown of votes by province and city, but Meyer-Resende said that to be sure of the results, it must release data all the way down to the level of each polling station. One of the central questions was how 39.2 million paper ballots could be counted by hand and final results announced by authorities in Tehran in just over 12 hours. Past elections took at least twice as long. A new computerized system might have helped speed the process in urban centers, where most Iranians live, though it is unclear if that system was extended to every small town and village. And each ballot — on which a candidate's name was written in — would still have to be counted by hand before any data could be entered into a computer, aggregated and transmitted to the Interior Ministry in Tehran. I wouldn't say it's completely impossible,Meyer-Resende said.In the case of Iran, of course, you wonder with logistical challenges whether they could do it so fast.Susan Hyde, an assistant political science professor at Yale University who has taken part in election monitoring missions in developing countries for the Carter Center, agreed that would be uncharacteristically fast.If they're still using hand counting, that would be very speedy, unusually speedy,she said.
The Interior Ministry released results from a first batch of 5 million votes just an hour and a half after polling stations closed. Over the next four hours, it released vote totals almost hourly in huge chunks of about 5 million votes — plowing through more than half of all ballots cast. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, a professor of Middle East politics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, said a major rigging process would require the involvement of powerful advisory bodies, including those in which one of the other candidates and a key Mousavi backer are prominent figures. Given that Mohsen Rezaei, one of the other presidential candidates, is the head of the powerful Expediency Council, for instance, it is highly unlikely that he wouldn't have received any information of such a strategic plan to hijack the election,Adib-Moghaddam said.
Iran's supreme leader becomes political referee By SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press Writer – Mon Jun 15, 5:53 pm ET
CAIRO – Iran's violence-tinged election dispute has pushed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the state's most powerful figure, into the high-profile role of political referee.The 70-year-old cleric reigns over Iran's Islamic system as part pope, part commander in chief and one-man supreme court. While the world's attention has focused in recent years on the hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, much of the real power rests with the country's unelected supreme leader.Khamenei ordered an investigation Monday into fraud allegations in Ahmadinejad's re-election that have sparked the worst unrest in Tehran in a decade. The move came after Khamenei had urged the nation to unite behind Ahmadinejad a day after Friday's election and called the result a divine assessment.The probe by the Guardian Council, composed of clerics closely allied with Khamenei, illustrates the supreme leader's desire to avoid a drawn-out political battle that could endanger the stability and legitimacy of the country's Islamic theocracy. At the very least, the dramatic intervention could buy time in hopes of reducing the anti-Ahmadinejad anger.Khamenei is a hard-liner who has battled reformists in the past, and whose support helped Ahmadinejad first get elected in 2005. But analysts say he is also a political realist, and in the past he has made concessions to ensure his main goals — his own survival and that of Iran's cleric-run system.The current dispute, led by pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims he is the rightful election winner, presents Khamenei with one of his biggest challenges yet — over the stability of the country's ruling system.
Moreover, Mousavi has the backing of one of Iran's most powerful politician-clerics, former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, making it harder for the supreme leader to simply dismiss the reformists' claims.As supreme leader, Khamenei has final say in all government matters in Iran — above the elected president and parliament — wielding power through his domination of unelected clerical bodies, as well as the judiciary and security forces, including the elite Revolutionary Guard.Pictures of the white-bearded cleric wearing his signature black turban and glasses are ubiquitous throughout Iran.Khamenei succeeded Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the charismatic leader of Iran's Islamic revolution, after his death in 1989. Khamenei was initially seen as a weak figure, even though he had served two terms as Iran's president. Mild-mannered in comparison to the fiery father of the revolution, Khamenei was a relatively low-level cleric when he was bounced overnight to the top of the religious hierarchy.Despite the initial skepticism, Khamenei has kept a strong grip on power and has been central in pushing policies that have locked Iran into confrontation with the U.S.He has personally set policy for the country's nuclear program, drawing the red line that Iran would not give up uranium enrichment, even as the refusal pushed the U.N. to impose sanctions. He has also strengthened ties with the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Shiite guerrilla group Hezbollah in Lebanon.Perhaps Khamenei's most prominent action prior to the election dispute was his role in blunting the popular reform movement that arose in the late 1990s when Mohammad Khatami was elected president and reformists took control of parliament.Like Mousavi, Khatami was supported by Iran's youth, who demanded a loosening of the strict social rules imposed by the 1979 Islamic revolution and called for improved ties with the outside world, including the country's archenemy, the United States.
Hard-liners backed by Khamenei were able to contain and eventually crush the reform trend. Judges repeatedly closed down liberal newspapers. Khamenei himself stepped in to prevent parliament from amending laws that imposed restrictions on the media.
Unelected bodies directed by the supreme leader were also able to block other key legislation pushed by the liberals. They barred many reformists from running in elections, ensuring the return of hard-liner control of parliament in 2004 and helping Ahmadinejad win the following year.Khamenei's intervention was seen as the start of the reformists' decline and a signal that the clerical leadership would not allow fundamental change.But criticism over Ahmadinejad's handling of the economy and his antagonistic attitude toward the international community has re-energized reformists, who challenge the president's 2-to-1 victory over Mousavi. Protesters have staged three days of violent demonstrations in Tehran, setting fires and battling riot police.Mousavi's supporters aren't the only ones who are upset. The two other candidates, reformist Mahdi Karroubi and conservative Mohsen Rezaei, have also alleged irregularities in the voting. They are backed by Khatami and, perhaps more importantly, Rafsanjani, who heads two powerful clerical government bodies. Rafsanjani is a former ally of Khamenei who has since become a key rival. Security forces have struck back with targeted arrests of pro-reform activists and by blocking text messaging and pro-Mousavi Web sites used to rally his supporters. But those steps have failed to stem the protests.Khamenei shifted course Monday when he directed the Guardian Council to look into the allegations of vote fraud. The decision came after Mousavi wrote a letter appealing to the 12-member council, which authorizes election results, and met with Khamenei on Sunday.
EU DICTATOR (WORLD LEADER)
12 And the ten horns (NATIONS) which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse:(PEACE) and he that sat on him had a bow;(EU DICTATOR) and a crown was given unto him:(PRESIDENT OF THE EU) and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.(MILITARY GENIUS)
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.(THE EU AND ITS DICTATOR IS GODLESS)
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.(DICTATOR COMES FROM NEW AGE OR OCCULT)
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;(MURDERERD) and his deadly wound was healed:(COMES BACK TO LIFE) and all the world wondered after the beast.(THE WORLD THINKS ITS GOD IN THE FLESH, MESSIAH TO ISRAEL)
4 And they worshipped the dragon (SATAN) which gave power unto the beast:(JEWISH EU DICTATOR) and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?(FALSE RESURRECTION,SATAN BRINGS HIM TO LIFE)
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.(GIVEN WORLD CONTROL FOR 3 1/2YRS)
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God,(HES A GOD HATER) to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.(HES A LIBERAL OR DEMOCRAT,WILL PUT ANYTHING ABOUT GOD DOWN)
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints,(BEHEAD THEM) and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.(WORLD DOMINATION)
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.(WORLD DICTATOR)
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.(SAVED CHRISTIANS AND JEWS DIE FOR THEIR FAITH AT THIS TIME,NOW WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE BUT DURING THE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH, PEOPLE WILL BE PUT TO DEATH (BEHEADINGS) FOR THEIR BELIEF IN GOD (JESUS) OR THE BIBLE.
THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (ROMANS IN AD 70) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMANS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he( EU ROMAN, JEWISH DICTATOR) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:( 7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,( 3 1/2 YRS) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.James Paul Warburg appearing before the Senate on 7th February 1950
Like a famous WWII Belgian General,Paul Henry Spock said in 1957:We need no commission, we have already too many. What we need is a man who is great enough to be able to keep all the people in subjection to himself and to lift us out of the economic bog into which we threaten to sink. Send us such a man. Be he a god or a devil, we will accept him.And today, sadly, the world is indeed ready for such a man.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,(DEMONIC ANGELS IN HIGH PLACES) against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.(SPIRTIUAL DEMONIC PERSONS)
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
LUKE 4:5-7(BECAUSE SATAN OFFERS WORLD POWER, WORLD ORDERERS HAVE ACCEPTED SATANS GIFT)
5 And the devil, taking him (JESUS) up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.James Paul Warburg appearing before the Senate on 7th February 1950
Like a famous WWII Belgian General,Paul Henry Spock said in 1957:We need no commission, we have already too many. What we need is a man who is great enough to be able to keep all the people in subjection to himself and to lift us out of the economic bog into which we threaten to sink. Send us such a man. Be he a god or a devil, we will accept him.And today, sadly, the world is indeed ready for such a man.
IT WOULD NOT SUPRISE ME IF A PERSON FROM THE EU LIKE THIS GUY COULD BE THE FUTURE WORLD DICTATOR.IN FACT THE NAME OF THE FUTURE DICTATOR COULD BE MOSES AND THE FUTURE FALSE POPE COULD HAVE THE NAME ELIJAH.BUT IF IT GOES BY THE CATHOLIC PROPHECY THE FUTURE FALSE POPES NAME WILL BE PETER OF ROME.THE REAL MOSES AND ELIJAH OF THE BIBLE WILL BE LEADING THE 144,000 JEWISH RABBIS PRECHING JESUS TO THE WHOLE WORLD,WHILE THE FALSE MOSES AND ELIJAH WILL BE PREACHING SELF AND SELF DECEPTION TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
US-born Qaida spokesman describes Jewish ancestry By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press Writer - Mon Jun 15, 12:12 pm ET
CAIRO – Al-Qaida's American spokesman said in a message released over the weekend that his grandfather was Jewish and encouraged him to visit Israel and meet relatives there.Adam Gadahn, who was raised in California, spent much of the 34-minute speech discussing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip late last year and calling on Palestinians to continue fighting.My grandfather was a Zionist and a zealous supporter of the usurper entity and a prominent member of a number of Zionist hate organizations. He used to repeat to me what he claimed are the virtues of this entity and encourage me to visit ... where relatives of ours live, Gadahn said in fluent Arabic in the recording produced by al-Qaida's media arm and posted Saturday on an Islamic Web site.Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, was charged with treason in the U.S. in 2006 and has been wanted since 2004 by the FBI, which is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.Gadahn said his grandfather gave him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's book A Place Among The Nations,which discusses the Arab-Iraeli dispute.He puts forth his feeble arguments and unmasked lies to justify the Jews' rape of Muslim Palestine, Ghadan said of the book.Gadahn who tore up his American passport in a video released last year, said he did not respond to his grandfather's call to take Israeli citizenship despite my young age at the time and the fact that I was not yet a Muslim ..perhaps that this is from Allah's kindness to me and His taking care of me.Gadahn, who has appeared in several previous videos, is the first American to be charged with treason in more than 50 years and could face the death penalty if convicted. He also was indicted on a charge of providing material support to terrorists.