Monday, November 15, 2010

 

PORN AIRPORT SCANNERS HEAT UP OPPOSITION

ALEX JONES WEEKLY SHOWS AFTER 3PM
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ALEX JONES SPEECH AT COCONUT GROVE OCT 24,10
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GERALDO BECOMES A 911 TRUTHER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_gE4wZEh0g&feature=player_embedded

JANET NAPOLITANO IS AN OUT RIGHT LIER ON THESE BODY SCANNERS.SAFE AND DISCRETE MY BACK SIDE.RADIATION POISONING,PORN SHOTS ON FILE PERMANENTLY,BIOMETICS OF THE WHOLE BODY ON FILE PERMANENTLY.NAPOLITANO IS SUCH A LIER,SHE SURE BLENDS IN WITH THAT FRAUD BARRY SOETORO OF KENYA-INDONESIA AKA BARACK OBAMA.LIKE THE SAYING GOES THE LIES JUST KEEP ON COMING.

Napolitano: Scanners are safe, pat-downs discreet USA TODAY OPINION
Columns NOV 15,2010 USA TODAY
By Janet Napolitano

Nearly a year after a thwarted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound airliner last Christmas Day, the recent attempt by terrorists to conceal and ship explosive devices aboard aircraft bound for the United States reminds us that al-Qaeda and those inspired by its ideology are determined to strike our global aviation system and are constantly adapting their tactics for doing so.Our best defense against such threats remains a risk-based, layered security approach that utilizes a range of measures, both seen and unseen, including law enforcement, advanced technology, intelligence, watch-list checks and international collaboration.This layered approach to aviation security is only as strong as the partnerships upon which it is built. In addition to the more than 50,000 trained transportation security officers, transportation security inspectors, behavior detection officers and canine teams who are on the front lines guarding against threats to the system, we rely on law enforcement and intelligence agencies across the federal government. We require airlines and cargo carriers to carry out specific tasks such as the screening of cargo and passengers overseas. We work closely with local law enforcement officers in airports throughout the country.And we ask the American people to play an important part of our layered defense. We ask for cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy.As part of our layered approach, we have expedited the deployment of new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units to help detect concealed metallic and non-metallic threats on passengers. These machines are now in use at airports nationwide, and the vast majority of travelers say they prefer this technology to alternative screening measures.

AIT machines are safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy. They have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who have all affirmed their safety. And the weapons and other dangerous and prohibited items we've found during AIT screenings have illustrated their security value time and again.Rigorous privacy safeguards are also in place to protect the traveling public. All images generated by imaging technology are viewed in a walled-off location not visible to the public. The officer assisting the passenger never sees the image, and the officer viewing the image never interacts with the passenger. The imaging technology that we use cannot store, export, print or transmit images.If an anomaly is detected during screening with AIT, if an alarm occurs after a passenger goes through a walk-through metal detector, or if a passenger opts out of either of these screening methods, we use pat-downs to help detect hidden and dangerous items like the one we saw in the failed terrorist attack last Christmas Day.Pat-downs have long been one of the many security measures used by the U.S. and countries across the world to make air travel as secure as possible. They're conducted by same-gender officers, and all passengers have the right to request private screening and have a traveling companion present during the screening process.In the last two weeks we have also implemented a number of measures to strengthen our defenses against an attack using cargo shipments to the U.S.The deployment of this technology and the implementation of these measures represent the evolution of our national security architecture, an evolution driven by intelligence, risk and a commitment to be one step ahead of those who seek to do us harm.To fulfill the important role we ask of American travelers, and to be prepared at the security checkpoint this holiday season, be ready to remove everything from your pockets prior to screening. If you have a hidden medical device, bring it to the officer's attention before screening. We'll be better able to help expedite your screening that way.

As always, we also ask the traveling public to be on the lookout for unattended bags or suspicious activity. Alert travelers have helped thwart plots and crimes in the past, and we encourage everyone to remain vigilant during a time when we know our enemies would like to strike. If you see something suspicious, report it to an airport security official or law enforcement.Each and every one of the security measures we implement serves an important goal: providing safe and efficient air travel for the millions of people who rely on our aviation system every day.We face a determined enemy. Our security depends on us being more determined and more creative to adapt to evolving threats. It relies upon a multi-layered approach that leverages the strengths of our international partners, the latest intelligence, and the patience and vigilance of the American traveling public.Janet Napolitano is secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

TSA HAS BEEN MOLESTING CHILDREN FOR YEARS
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Big Sis Caught Lying To American People -Propaganda piece attempts to quell massive backlash against naked body scanners, TSA molestation Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com Monday, Nov 15th, 2010


Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, now forever known as Big Sis – a reference to George Orwell’s 1984 – has been caught telling some big lies in an attempt to quell an enormous public backlash against the full body scanning technology and invasive pat-down procedures that have been implemented by the TSA in airports nationwide.

In a blatant propaganda piece published by USA Today, Napolitano describes the scanning machines as safe and the pat-downs as discreet, in the face of a flood of complaints from scientists, pilots, flight attendants, privacy groups, parents, Muslim groups and everyday passengers, all rebelling against over the top security.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/world-battles-the-invasion-of-the-naked-body-scanners.html

AIT machines are safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy. Napolitano writes in an article in which every single claim she makes can be easily disproved and revealed to be outright lies.

Lie: The scanners are safe

They have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who have all affirmed their safety. Napolitano claims, expecting the public to simply swallow the claim that NIST and the FDA are somehow independent of the federal government.As for Johns Hopkins University declaring the scanners safe, tell it to Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine. Love told AFP two days ago that statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h08khPyFPinX_4vNYd1JZwn8hV4Q?docId=CNG.442824fa7c08853af96322d7315a6f02.461

…we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner, he added.So, unless you count skin cancer as safe, Napolitano is lying to you.According to other numerous real independent scientists who continue to speak out over the health hazards associated with the x-ray technology, the body scanners are far from safe.John Sedat, a University of California at San Francisco professor of biochemistry and biophysics and member of the National Academy of Sciences tells CNet that the machines have mutagenic effects and will increase the risk of cancer. Sedat previously sent a letter to the White House science Czar John P. Holdren, identifying the specific risk the machines pose to children and the elderly.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20022541-281.html

The letter stated:it appears that real independent safety data do not exist… There has not been sufficient review of the intermediate and long-term effects of radiation exposure associated with airport scanners. There is good reason to believe that these scanners will increase the risk of cancer to children and other vulnerable populations.The TSA has repeatedly stated that going through the machines is equal to the radiation encountered during just two minutes of a flight. However, this does not take into account that the scanning machines specifically target only the skin and the muscle tissue immediately beneath.The scanners are similar to C-Scans and fire ionizing radiation at those inside which penetrates a few centimeters into the flesh and reflects off the skin to form a naked body image.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/full-body-scanners-increase-cancer-risk.html

The firing of ionizing radiation at the body effectively unzips DNA, according to scientific research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/24331/

The research shows that even very low doses of X-ray can delay or prevent cellular repair of damaged DNA, yet pregnant women and children will be subjected to the process as new guidelines including scanners are adopted.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/video-mom-upset-about-daughters-full-body-security-scan-experience.html

The Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety concluded in their report on the matter that governments must justify the use of the scanners and that a more accurate assessment of the health risks is needed.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/radiation-safety-group-says-naked-body-scanners-increase-risk-of-cancer.html

Pregnant women and children should not be subject to scanning, according to the report, adding that governments should consider other techniques to achieve the same end without the use of ionizing radiation.The Committee cited the IAEA’s 1996 Basic Safety Standards agreement, drafted over three decades, that protects people from radiation. Frequent exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, reported Bloomberg.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aoG.YbbvnkzU&pos=11
http://www.prisonplanet.com/columbia-university-body-scanners-increase-risk-of-skin-cancer.html

Scientists at Columbia University also entered the debate recently, warning that the dose emitted by the naked x-ray devices could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated, likely contributing to an increase in a common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma which affects the head and neck.If all 800 million people who use airports every year were screened with X-rays then the very small individual risk multiplied by the large number of screened people might imply a potential public health or societal risk. The population risk has the potential to be significant, said Dr David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s centre for radiological research.

Lie: The scanners are effective

…the weapons and other dangerous and prohibited items we’ve found during AIT screenings have illustrated their security value time and again. Napolitano claims in her propaganda piece.In reality, the machines would not have prevented the Christmas Day bomber from boarding Flight 253, according to their designers, and other security experts who have dismissed the devices as useless.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240193/Body-scanner-wouldnt-foiled-syringe-bomber-says-MP-worked-new-machines.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137184

The imaging machines cannot even detect explosive material, so claiming, as Napolitano does, that they are our best defense against such threats is misleading at best and at worst a complete lie.If the machines had detected dangerous items time and again, rest assured that the DHS and the TSA would make sure it was all over the news – such success stories have been decidedly absent from the media, unless you count dangerous items as baby milk, tubes of toothpaste or contact lens fluid.The idea that the machines are effective flies in the face of the viewpoint of surveillance experts who note that the scanners will do nothing to make air travel safer.

Lie: The scanners cannot store/print/transmit images

At first we were asked to believe that the imaging machines did not produce crisp images of naked bodies.In an effort to downplay the intrusion of privacy they really represent, the TSA routinely claimed that the images produced by the scanners are ghostly or skeletal.The passenger’s face is blurred and the image as a whole resembles a fuzzy negative, the TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee told the media last year, prior to the underwear bombing attempt.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/05/18/airport.security.body.scans/

After months of researchers, reporters and everyday travelers outing this as a complete lie, the DHS/TSA abandoned that approach and instead claimed that, although they were detailed naked images, it’s fine and dandy because they cannot be saved or transmitted.The imaging technology that we use cannot store, export, print or transmit images. Napolitano claims in her latest propaganda piece.Again not true. As we have previously detailed, the images that show in detail the naked genitals of men, women and children that have passed through the scanners can be transmitted and printed.
http://www.infowars.net/articles/august2010/050810Scanners.htm

As reported by Declan McCullagh of CNET earlier this year,The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20012583-281.html

The proof comes in the form of a letter (PDF), obtained by The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), in which William Bordley, an associate general counsel with the Marshals Service, admits that approximately 35,314 images…have been stored on the Brijot Gen2 machine used in the Orlando, Fla. federal courthouse.
http://epic.org/privacy/body_scanners/Disclosure_letter_Aug_2_2010.pdf

EPIC says it has also obtained more than 100 images of electronically stripped individuals from the scanning devices used at federal courthouses. The disclosures come as part of a settlement of an EPIC Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service.Brijot, the manufacturer of the body scanning equipment in question, also admits that its machine can store up to 40,000 images and records.
http://www.brijot.com/products-and-technology/gen-2.html

EPIC, has filed two further lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security over the scanners, claiming that the DHS has refused to release at least 2,000 images it has stored from scanners currently in use in U.S. airports.EPIC’s lawsuit argues that the body scanners violate the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches, as well as the Privacy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, referencing religious laws about modesty.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/08/group-says-body-scanners-can-s.php

The group points to a further document (PDF) it has obtained from DHS showing that the machines used by the department’s TSA are not only able to record and store naked body images, but that they are mandated to do so.
http://epic.org/open_gov/foia/TSA_Procurement_Specs.pdf
http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-lied-naked-body-scanners-can-transmit-images.html

The TSA has admitted that this is the case, but claims that it is for training and testing purposes only, maintaining that the body scanners used at airports cannot store, print or transmit images.In complying with our Freedom of Information Act request, the Marshals Service has helped the public more fully understand the capabilities of these devices, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg said in a statement. But the DHS continues to conceal the truth from American air travelers who could be subject to similar intrusive recorded searches in U.S. airports.As if it was needed, further evidence also points to the fact that the images are actively being transmitted and printed in airports.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/scannergate-facts-contradict-heathrow-claim-that-naked-images-cant-be-printed.html

Lie: Pat-downs are discreet

In her headline, Napolitano calls the pat-down procedure offered as an alternative to the naked body scanners, or used in addition to them, as discreet.Pat-downs have long been one of the many security measures used by the U.S. and countries across the world to make air travel as secure as possible.she writes.
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/07/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-20101108

What she does not explain is that the new pat down procedure, which now allows TSA agents to forcefully feel around breasts and genitalia, is currently conducted in full view of queuing passengers and has been described by many, including New York Times reporter Joe Sharkey, as a deliberate form of humiliation to discourage others from refusing the full body scans.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Opt-Out-of-a-Body-Scan-Then-nytimes-3016411705.html?x=0
http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-no-fondling-groping-or-squeezing-is-taking-place-at-airports.html

The TSA also claims that the pat-downs are discreet, yet multiple accounts and reports prove otherwise.Flight attendants and pilots unions in particular have taken up issue with the pat-downs, with one union declaring We don’t want them in uniform going through this enhanced screening where their private areas are being touched in public… They actually make contact with the genital area.As reported by Reuters, parents are now demanding that the procedures be changed for children, after witnesses have described their children’s genitals being touched by men and women working for the TSA.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AA55S20101111?ref=nf

I didn’t think it was going to be as horrible as he was describing, one father noted after an agent told him what he was going to do to the child before conducting the full body search.At some point the terrorists have won. the father added. The TSA says it is currently reviewing the procedure for children. Perhaps it should first review it’s policy on background checking its own employees, which by all accounts is woefully inadequate.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-gives-rapists-and-illegals-the-green-light-while-groping-children.html

Lie: Risk based security procedure

Napolitano calls the TSA’s system risk-based, another total fallacy given the fact that the primary targets of airport oppression have been women, children, the elderly, and the physically disabled, all the categories of people who characteristically would pose the least risk in terms of terrorism.The procedure is completely random, emphasizing the fact that everyone is categorized as a potential terrorist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXbCwlldqxI&feature=player_embedded

Lie: The scanners are popular with the public

These machines are now in use at airports nationwide, and the vast majority of travelers say they prefer this technology to alternative screening measures. Napolitano writes.Another unsubstantiated claim, particularly given that a new Reuters poll shows that over 95% of Americans are now less likely to fly due to the crackdown in the wake of the dubious toner cartridge and underpants bombing scares.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/poll-shows-overwhelming-opposition-to-naked-body-scanners-patdowns.html

Furthermore, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act before the issue recently hit headlines again, and before the majority of airports even had the machines installed, have revealed that there were more than 600 formal complaints about the devices last year.Hardly a shining example of how popular the machines are.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/hundreds-of-americans-file-complaints-over-naked-body-scanners.html

Lies Lies Lies

Napolitano and the TSA have consistently lied to the American people about the open implementation of tyranny in our airports. They will continue to do so in an effort to make it appear that those who are revolting against their procedures are just a small minority, when in reality the the vast majority of sick and tired of being treated like slaves and having their fundamental freedoms trashed.On November 24th, national opt-out day, the world will see thousands and thousands standing up against measures that are not only set to become commonplace in airports everywhere, but are also scheduled to be implemented on our streets if we do not resist.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/now-mobile-devices-will-scan-your-naked-body-on-the-streets.html
http://www.optoutday.com/

OptOutDay.com declares:

It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an enhanced pat down that touches people’s breasts and genitals. You should never have to explain to your children, Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.We urge our readers to join forces with these groups and organise peaceful protests at the nearest airport to you that has implemented body scanners and enhanced TSA pat downs.
http://www.drudgereport.com/

The issue has garnered such massive attention, largely due to coverage via The Drudge Report, that the federal government has been forced to declare it is considering scrapping the enhanced security procedures for pilots and flight attendants. The unified statements from pilots and flight attendants unions highlights the fact that coming together and declaring a mass refusal to submit to this can be effective, it is vital that it not be overlooked.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/tsa-caves-on-molesting-pilots.html

Poll Shows Overwhelming Opposition to Naked Body Scanners, Patdowns
Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com November 14, 2010

http://www.infowars.com/poll-shows-overwhelming-opposition-to-naked-body-scanners-patdowns/

It looks like the government’s decision to force children through dangerous naked body scanners and molest millions of travelers who opt-out of the scan in deference to genitalia-groping patdowns will have a direct impact on the airlines this holiday season.With the busiest holiday travel season nearing, fliers face long security lines and new rigorous patdown checks aimed at discovering hidden explosives, reports Reuters. As a result, some travelers are questioning whether to fly at all, especially if they have children.If this keeps up, the big corporate and unionized airlines will be looking at a drastic reduction in business. It may even lead to congressional hearings.Reuters has posted a poll online asking if the porno-scanners and fondling have affected your decision to fly. As of 7:30 PM CST, 97% respondents said the increased Gestapo-like behavior at airports around the country has people thinking about alternate travel plans in order to avoid intrusive security scans and patdowns.I accept the need to make a plane secure to fly, but I do not accept my God given rights being abused. I do not accept having my body exposed to dangerous radiation. I do not accept going through a virtual strip. I do not accept being thoroughly groped and squeezed, said Mike from the UK in the article comments. I urge anyone who values their rights and freedom to discontinue flying.Thanks to coverage by The Drudge Report, Infowars.com, and Prison Planet.com, the corporate media is now obliged to seriously cover this story.Keep up the pressure. If enough people refuse to accept airport Gestapo zones and the airlines begin to go bankrupt, the government will back off — or face another bailout like the one bestowed on Government Motors.ALL KINDS OF LINKS TO THIS STORY TO READ RELATIONG TO THESE LEGAL PORN SCANNERS IN AIRPORTS.
http://www.infowars.com/poll-shows-overwhelming-opposition-to-naked-body-scanners-patdowns/

TSA Encounter at San Diego International Airport
Johnny Hedge November 14, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7txGwoITSj4&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RaFZ1CElU8&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwFh8HQttTQ&feature=player_embedded

[These events took place roughly between 5:30 and 6:30 AM, November 13th in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport. I'm writing this approximately 2 1/2 hours after the events transpired, and they are correct to the best of my recollection. I will admit to being particularly fuzzy on the exact order of events when dealing with the agents after getting my ticket refunded; however, all of the events described did occur.I had my phone recording audio and video of much of these events. It can be viewed below.Please spread this story as far and wide as possible. I will make no claims to copyright or otherwise.]

This morning, I tried to fly out of San Diego International Airport but was refused by the TSA. I had been somewhat prepared for this eventuality. I have been reading about the millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray machines and the possible harm to health as well as the vivid pictures they create of people’s naked bodies. Not wanting to go through them, I had done my research on the TSA’s website prior to traveling to see if SAN had them. From all indications, they did not. When I arrived at the security line, I found that the TSA’s website was out of date. SAN does in fact utilize backscatter x-ray machines.I made my way through the line toward the first line of defense: the TSA ID checker. This agent looked over my boarding pass, looked over my ID, looked at me and then back at my ID. After that, he waved me through. SAN is still operating metal detectors, so I walked over to one of the lines for them. After removing my shoes and making my way toward the metal detector, the person in front of me in line was pulled out to go through the backscatter machine. After asking what it was and being told, he opted out. This left the machine free, and before I could go through the metal detector, I was pulled out of line to go through the backscatter machine. When asked, I half-chuckled and said, I don’t think so. At this point, I was informed that I would be subject to a pat down, and I waited for another agent.A male agent (it was a female who had directed me to the backscatter machine in the first place), came and waited for me to get my bags and then directed me over to the far corner of the area for screening. After setting my things on a table, he turned to me and began to explain that he was going to do a standard pat down. (I thought to myself, great, not one of those gropings like I’ve been reading about.) After he described, the pat down, I realized that he intended to touch my groin. After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, if you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested. He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment.We both stood there for no more than probably two minutes before a female TSA agent (apparently, the supervisor) arrived. She described to me that because I had opted out of the backscatter screening, I would now be patted down, and that involved running hands up the inside of my legs until they felt my groin. I stated that I would not allow myself to be subject to a molestation as a condition of getting on my flight. The supervisor informed me that it was a standard administrative security check and that they were authorized to do it. I repeated that I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal. I believe that I was then informed that if I did not submit to the inspection, I would not be getting on my flight. I again stated that I thought the search was illegal. I told her that I would be willing to submit to a walk through the metal detector as over 80% of the rest of the people were doing, but I would not be groped. The supervisor, then offered to go get her supervisor.

I took a seat in a tiny metal chair next to the table with my belongings and waited. While waiting, I asked the original agent (who was supposed to do the pat down) if he had many people opt out to which he replied, none (or almost none, I don’t remember exactly). He said that I gave up a lot of rights when I bought my ticket. I replied that the government took them away after September 11th. There was silence until the next supervisor arrived. A few minutes later, the female agent/supervisor arrived with a man in a suit (not a uniform). He gave me a business card identifying him as David Silva, Transportation Security Manager, San Diego International Airport. At this point, more TSA agents as well as what I assume was a local police officer arrived on the scene and surrounded the area where I was being detained. The female supervisor explained the situation to Mr. Silva. After some quick back and forth (that I didn’t understand/hear), I could overhear Mr. Silva say something to the effect of, then escort him from the airport. I again offered to submit to the metal detector, and my father-in-law, who was near by also tried to plead for some reasonableness on the TSA’s part.The female supervisor took my ID at this point and began taking some kind of report with which I cooperated. Once she had finished, I asked if I could put my shoes back on. I was allowed to put my shoes back on and gather my belongs. I asked, are we done here (it was clear at this point that I was going to be escorted out), and the local police officer said, follow me. I followed him around the side of the screening area and back out to the ticketing area. I said apologized to him for the hassle, to which he replied that it was not a problem.I made my way over to the American Airlines counter, explained the situation, and asked if my ticket could be refunded. The woman behind the counter furiously typed away for about 30 seconds before letting me know that she would need a supervisor. She went to the other end of the counter. When she returned, she informed me that the ticket was non-refundable, but that she was still trying to find a supervisor. After a few more minutes, she was able to refund my ticket. I told her that I had previously had a bad experience with American Airlines and had sworn never to fly with them again (I rationalized this trip since my father-in-law had paid for the ticket), but that after her helpfulness, I would once again be willing to use their carrier again.

At this point, I thought it was all over. I began to make my way to the stairs to exit the airport, when I was approached by another man in slacks and a sport coat. He was accompanied by the officer that had escorted me to the ticketing area and Mr. Silva. He informed me that I could not leave the airport. He said that once I start the screening in the secure area, I could not leave until it was completed. Having left the area, he stated, I would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine. I asked him if he was also going to fine the 6 TSA agents and the local police officer who escorted me from the secure area. After all, I did exactly what I was told. He said that they didn’t know the rules, and that he would deal with them later. They would not be subject to civil penalties. I then pointed to Mr. Silva and asked if he would be subject to any penalties. He is the agents’ supervisor, and he directed them to escort me out. The man informed me that Mr. Silva was new and he would not be subject to penalties, either. He again asserted the necessity that I return to the screening area. When I asked why, he explained that I may have an incendiary device and whether or not that was true needed to be determined. I told him that I would submit to a walk through the metal detector, but that was it; I would not be groped. He told me that their procedures are on their website, and therefore, I was fully informed before I entered the airport; I had implicitly agreed to whatever screening they deemed appropriate. I told him that San Diego was not listed on the TSA’s website as an airport using Advanced Imaging Technology, and I believed that I would only be subject to the metal detector. He replied that he was not a webmaster, and I asked then why he was referring me to the TSA’s website if he didn’t know anything about it. I again refused to re-enter the screening area.The man asked me to stay put while he walked off to confer with the officer and Mr. Silva. They went about 20 feet away and began talking amongst themselves while I waited. I couldn’t over hear anything, but I got the impression that the police officer was recounting his version of the events that had transpired in the screening area (my initial refusal to be patted down). After a few minutes, I asked loudly across the distance if I was free to leave. The man dismissively held up a finger and said, hold on. I waited. After another minute or so, he returned and asked for my name. I asked why he needed it, and reminded him that the female supervisor/agent had already taken a report. He said that he was trying to be friendly and help me out. I asked to what end. He reminded me that I could be sued civilly and face a $10,000 fine and that my cooperation could help mitigate the penalties I was facing. I replied that he already had my information in the report that was taken and I asked if I was free to leave. I reminded him that he was now illegally detaining me and that I would not be subject to screening as a condition of leaving the airport. He told me that he was only trying to help (I should note that his demeanor never suggested that he was trying to help. I was clearly being interrogated.), and that no one was forcing me to stay. I asked if tried to leave if he would have the officer arrest me. He again said that no one was forcing me to stay. I looked him in the eye, and said, then I’m leaving. He replied, then we’ll bring a civil suit against you, to which I said, you bring that suit and walked out of the airport.This video starts with my bag and belongings going through the x-ray machine.They’re kind of long, and they don’t show much, but the audio is really good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7txGwoITSj4&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RaFZ1CElU8&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwFh8HQttTQ&feature=player_embedded

TSA security officers flunk physics
Mike Adams NaturalNews November 14, 2010

http://www.infowars.com/tsa-security-officers-flunk-physics/

Since publishing my story about the TSA’s naked body scanners and the “opt out” procedure, I’ve received a steady stream of reports from people who are traveling, all of whom are now choosing to opt out of the scanners. The reports coming in demonstrate an amazing ignorance among TSA security screeners about how the naked body scanners actually work.Maybe TSA officers simply buy those X-Ray vision glasses advertised in the back of comic books and use those to gawk at passengers.One report from a very credible source (a famous health author whom I know quite well) reveals that TSA officers told her the naked body scanners don’t even emit X-rays. It’s a myth, the officer said. There are no X-rays from those machines.Really? Then how do they work? Are they MAGIC? Do TSA officers cast a magic Spell of X-Ray Vision on the air travel passengers like some sort of Dungeons & Dragons adventure?(Or maybe the TSA officers simply buy those X-Ray vision glasses advertised in the back of comic books and use those to gawk at passengers.)That the TSA’s own employees don’t even know these machines emit radiation is a real whopper. But of course it only makes sense: They’ve probably been told this by the TSA because no person in their right mind would actually work 8 hours a day standing next to a machine that emits radiation every few seconds (no matter how seemingly small the dosage).Even dentists and chiropractors who use low-dose radiation to take images of your bones still flee the room or hide behind heavy metal shields before zapping you (as they should). Being exposed to ionizing radiation on a regular basis is inarguably a health hazard.

More TSA lies

Another TSA officer told another contact of mine that the naked body scanner machines are incapable of storing images. This, of course, is very different from even the official TSA line which now claims the ability of the machines to store images have been turned off. All such machines are delivered by the manufacturer with image storage features built right in, as we previously reported: http://www.naturalnews.com/029378_f…How are we, the public, to know whether the image storage capabilities have been turned back on again? I bet we’ll find out one day that one of these machines was accidentally left in the store images configuration and has been piling up tens of thousands of photos of naked air travelers.

It gets personal

In many cases that have been reported to me, when air travel passengers request to opt out of the naked body scanners, they are humiliated and nearly accused of being insane by TSA officers who keep questioning why they won’t go through the scanner. Some TSA officers even start debating with people as if they are somehow trying to convince them the scanners are perfectly safe.One TSA agent told a female passenger that the naked body scanner is perfectly safe even if you’re pregnant and that it wouldn’t be harmful to the baby. Really? How do they know? Sure, they say the radiation levels are so low that you actually get more radiation just from flying at high altitude, but how do they know the radiation from the machine is calibrated correctly? CT scans are commonly found to be way off their configurations, to the point where they actually leave radiation burns and cause people’s hair to fall out (http://www.naturalnews.com/029232_r…).Are we really to trust that the TSA has configured these machines correctly? It is especially difficult to trust an agency that hires people to run X-ray-emitting scanners who don’t even know their scanners emit X-rays! How do you explain to a typical TSA agent that the naked body scanner might be dangerous if the guy is so ignorant that he doesn’t even realize the machines emit X-rays? It’s almost like we need to walk through the airport now with a book called Physics 101. And when we see these TSA agents, we need to sit them down and go through the laws of the universe. Okay, here’s how gravity works, and that’s why you’re sitting down and not floating away into high orbit. And now, here’s electromagnetic wave theory which explains how things like visible light, microwaves, radio waves and X-rays work. And here’s why X-rays penetrate matter better than light waves, and so on.

Of course, they might think you were a terrorist. Try to explain anything intelligent and they’ll think you’re trying to trick them in some clever way. Because, let’s face it, these agents are not the cream of the crop in the IQ department. They don’t know much about X-rays or technology, but they’ve been convinced that making you go through the naked body scanner is somehow, somewhere, making some sort of difference for the greater good… although if you ask them how, they wouldn’t be able to explain that, either.It all reminds me of the use of X-rays by shoe stores in the early 20th century. They used to have X-ray machines where you could try on a shoe then place your foot under the X-ray emitter while seeing the fit of your bones through a viewing scope. It was all billed as perfectly safe and healthy. Advanced, even! Of course, a few decades later, some scientists figured out that this was promoting serious cancers in the feet, and these machines were eventually banned — but not without a lot of protests from shoe companies who insisted the machines were totally safe! Yes, this is true history. It’s not a myth. See the photos of the shoe-fitting fluoroscope right here: http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/…The people pushing the most dangerous X-ray machines have always insisted they were safe!

ITS BECAUSE OF RADICAL BEHEADING-MURDERING MUSLIMS THAT EVERYONE HAS TO GO THROUGH THESE PORN SCANNERS.NOW MUSLIM WOMEN DON'T WANT IT DONE TO THEM.THE GOVERNMENT FAVORING ONES WHO TOOK OUR RIGHTS AWAY TO OPT OUT.....REDICULAS,THIS HYPOCRITICAL WORLD IS.THE TRUTH TRULY IS TURNED TO LIES WITH ACTIONS LIKE THIS.

Muslim Group Advises Women Wearing Hijabs to Allow TSA Enhanced Pat Downs Only on Head and Neck Area Friday, November 12, 2010 By Penny Starr

Muslim women wearing hijabs. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a travel warning to Muslim airline passengers on U.S. aircraft in response to the Transportation Safety Administration’s enhanced pat down policy that went into effect in late October.CAIR said Muslims who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat-down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR offered a special recommendation for Muslim women who wear a hijab, telling them they should tell the TSA officer that they may be searched only around the head and neck.In the special recommendations for Muslim women who wear hijab, it states: Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question, in this scenario, your head and neck. They SHOULD NOT subject you to a full-body or partial-body pat-down.It also states: Instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.The new TSA pat-downs involving head-to-toe screening techniques follow recent airliner bombing attempts. Passengers who reject a full-body scan or who are selected for secondary screening may be searched using the enhanced pat-down.Pat downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives, a TSA statement issued on Oct. 28 stated. Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others.

Posted on its Web site under TSA’s Head-to-Toe Screening Policies, the agency said how people are dressed may lead to closer inspection, including baggy or loose clothing. Those policies also include individuals being searched by a professional of the same sex.It is TSA's policy that passengers should be screened by an officer of the same gender in a professional, respectful manner, the policy reads.In February, the Figh Council of North America, a group of Islamic scholars, issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, that full-body scanners violate Islamic law.It is a violation of clear Islamic teaching that men or women be seen naked by other men and women, the ruling states. Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of the faith. The Qu’ran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts.CAIR endorsed the fatwa, according to a Feb. 21 article in the Detroit Free Press.CAIR's press release on the TSA screening issue was first reported on by the Web site Black&Right.

Does TSA Behavior Fall under Definition of Terrorism?
Government Against The People November 15, 2010


Are agents of the Transportation Security Administration engaging in behavior that falls under the Patriot Act’s definition of domestic terrorism? The question may sound preposterous until you consider the following.Air travelers in the U.S. are being presented with a choice when passing through airport security: either submit to being scanned by an extremely invasive and potentially hazardous machine, or have your genitals groped by agents of the Transportation Security Administration.Many are deciding that they’d rather pass through the naked body scanner than suffer the humiliation of having their genitals manually probed. In other words, they’re being coerced .Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, recently got a TSA agent to admit that the prospect of genital groping is being used as a means of coercion. In an Oct. 29 posting, Goldberg wrote:

I pointed out to the security officer that 50 percent of the American population has no balls (90 percent in Washington, D.C., where I live), so what is going to happen when the pat-down officer meets no resistance in the crotchal area of women? If there’s no resistance, then there’s nothing there.But what about people who hide weapons in their cavities? I asked. I actually said vagina again, just to see him blush. We’re just not going there, he reiterated. I asked him if he was looking forward to conducting the full-on pat-downs. Nobody’s going to do it, he said, once they find out what we’re going to do.In other words, people, when faced with a choice, will inevitably choose the Dick-Measuring Device over molestation? That’s what we’re hoping for. We’re trying to get everyone into the machine.He called over a colleague. Tell him what you call the back-scatter, he said. The Dick-Measuring Device, I said. That’s the truth, the other officer responded.Section 802 of the U.S. Patriot Act, titled Definition of Domestic Terrorism, provides several definitions of domestic terrorism, including this one:The term domestic terrorism means . . . activities that appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.You may read the pertinent passage by going to the text of the Patriot Act here and searching for Sec. 802.People passing through airport security certainly qualify as a civilian population,and at least one TSA agent has admitted that this population is being deliberately coerced. Many air travelers who have experienced these violations would say that they have been intimidated as well.So do the practices of the Transportation Security Administration qualify as domestic terrorism as defined by the Patriot Act? We take no position on the matter but simply invite you to draw your own conclusions.

DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

JAMES 5:1-3
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.

REVELATION 18:10,17,19
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.

EZEKIEL 7:19
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.

REVELATION 13:16-18
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) 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
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GOLD ALLTIME HIGH $1,423.20 (NOT AT CLOSE)

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADE BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).

From Wikipedia,Free trade area is a type of trade bloc, a designated group of countries that have agreed to eliminate tariffs, quotas and preferences on most (if not all) goods and services traded between them. It can be considered the second stage of economic integration. Countries choose this kind of economic integration form if their economical structures are complementary. If they are competitive, they are more likely to choose customs union.

HERES THE WORLD TRADE BLOC AREAS IN WORLD GOVERNMENT SETUP
http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-control-system-of-world.html

APEC Seeks Pacific-wide Free Trade Area

Nov. 15 – Political leaders attending the APEC summit in Japan on November 13 and 14 agreed to strengthen trade ties essential to the region’s economic recovery while putting aside different opinions on currency policies.Leaders from the United States, China, Japan, Russia and other regions also recognized the importance of reducing trade imbalances and government debts to avoid disruptive exchange rate fluctuations. The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation agreed not to impose any new barriers to world trade or investment until the end of 2013. China and the United States, though, slammed each other for their respective monetary policies. While Washington holds China’s undervalued yuan responsible for its domestic unemployment problems, China and some other economies complain about the latest round of quantitative easing in the United States.

Despite the argument on specific monetary policies, the participants did agree to work harder for the realization of a free trade zone across the Asia-Pacific region, although no actual schedule was set.The leaders also expressed concern for competitive currency devaluation and retaliatory trade tactics, and vowed to reinforce market-determined exchange-rate systems as well as balanced and sustainable regional growth.

APEC representatives vow to pursue free trade area based on regional framework By MIYA TANAKA JAPAN TIMES ONLINE Kyodo News

YOKOHAMA — Pacific Rim leaders agreed Sunday in Yokohama to play a key role in forging a vast free trade agreement encompassing the thriving region based on a U.S.-backed free trade initiative and other existing regional undertakings, while adopting their first-ever common growth strategy to seek better quality of growth.
A group representing Japanese farmers protest Japan's possible participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. KYODO PHOTO The agreement written in a declaration issued after the two-day summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum highlighted the 21 member economies' eagerness to take concrete steps to bring reality to their vision to create a Free-Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, which had been considered no more than a vague concept.Called the Yokohama Vision, the leaders' declaration stipulates the future direction for the 21-year-old forum, which has seen progress in its past trade liberalization efforts and needs to adapt to the changing global economic landscape after the 2008 financial crisis.But the vision's effectiveness remains to be seen as the forum, to be chaired by the United States next year, operates on the basis of non-binding commitments and did not set any clear timelines for the envisaged regionwide free trade area or social indexes to gauge the progress in growth quality as sought in the strategy.To promote liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, we will seek to become a close community that promotes deeper economic integration, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said in announcing the declaration as chair of the latest annual summit, held for the first time in the country since 1995.

To realize this, we will make an FTAAP the goal for APEC, Kan said.In the declaration, the leaders said an FTAAP should be pursued as a comprehensive free trade agreement by developing and building on ongoing regional undertakings,including the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative and the ASEAN plus three grouping preferred by China.To this end, APEC will make an important and meaningful contribution as an incubator of an FTAAP by providing leadership and intellectual input into the process of its development,it said.The goal is part of a wider vision that APEC will seek to develop a community which is more economically integrated, provides a more secure economic environment and has a higher quality of growth, according to the document.ASEAN plus three groups Japan, China, South Korea and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, while the TPP is being negotiated by nine APEC members including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States as an ambitious regional free trade agreement.During the summit and a later press conference, Kan reiterated Tokyo's positive stance toward joining the TPP initiative, which would encompass two of the world's three largest economies if Japan joins it.

With the initiative increasingly garnering attention in the region, U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders of the nine negotiating countries held the TPP's first-ever summit on the sidelines of APEC and welcomed the solid progress they have made so far, a White House press release said.Kan joined the meeting as an observer, in his capacity as APEC host. But Japan has yet to announce whether it wants to join the TPP, as concerns remain at home about drastically opening up its heavily protected agricultural market because the TPP would require member economies in effect to reduce all tariffs to zero.Kan said in his own news conference after the one announcing the Yokohama Vision that he was urged by many TPP countries to decide to join the framework as early as possible in the TPP summit.

Summary of the Yokohama Vision declaration
The following is the gist of the Yokohama Vision declaration adopted by an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum's summit meeting that wrapped up Sunday in Yokohama.

The APEC leaders:

— agree to take concrete steps toward realization of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, or FTAAP.

— see that an FTAAP should be pursued as a comprehensive free trade agreement by developing and building on ongoing regional undertakings, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and ASEAN-plus-three grouping.

— seek to develop an APEC community in which trade and investment are freer and more open.

— hail significant progress seen in APEC's review this year of the achievement of the Bogor Goals by five industrialized economies and eight volunteer developing economies, but note more work remains to be done.

— set a growth strategy that includes an action plan that encompasses such issues as structural reform, human resource and entrepreneurship development, and human security.

For a community that promotes high quality growth, APEC set forth a strategy through 2015 that includes an action plan focusing on such issues as structural reform, human resource and entrepreneurship development, and human security. Human security involves such issues as counterterrorism and food security.With the target year of 2010 having arrived for developed members to attain their long-held free trade goals, the leaders hailed the significant progress seen among five such members plus eight others but also said more work remains to be done toward the goals.Under the so-called Bogor Goals, named after the Indonesian city where APEC leaders reached the agreement in 1994, developed economies are committed to achieving free and open trade and investment by 2010, and developing economies by 2020. The goals have no specific numerical targets.According to the declaration, the average applied tariff rate across the region fell to 6.6 percent in 2008 from 10.8 percent in 1996. It was 16.9 percent in 1989 when the forum was launched, APEC data show.The leaders also said that they will refrain from competitive devaluation of their currencies as some countries' monetary policies have sparked concerns over protectionism in global trade, and reaffirmed their strong commitment to bringing the stalled Doha Round of global market-opening talks to a prompt conclusion.They also extended their commitment on standstill made in 2008 until the end of 2013 to refrain from raising new trade barriers and imposing new export restrictions, as concerns linger over China's tightening control of its rare earth exports.APEC accounts for 52.7 percent of the world's gross domestic product and 44.4 percent of global trade by value, according to the latest data offered by the Japanese government.What was initially a 12-member forum now groups Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Taiwan, the United States, and seven ASEAN members — Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Japan is test case for Pac Rim free trade zone By MALCOLM FOSTER and TOMOKO A. HOSAKA, Associated Press – Mon Nov 15, 1:27 am ET

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Although Asia-Pacific leaders have committed themselves to achieving a Pacific-wide free trade zone following an annual summit, host Japan may prove a key test case for how realistic that vision is.Acknowledging that Japan's economic power is declining, Prime Minister Naoto Kan declared his country must open up its markets and embrace free trade — or risk getting left further behind other regional rivals.Japan is determined to reopen itself, Kan said at a press conference Sunday that wound up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, alluding to the historic role that Yokohama, which hosted the summit, played more than 150 years ago as one of the first Japanese ports to open up to the West.That bold declaration represents a change for Japan, which for decades had been ruled by conservative administrations that were reluctant to engage in trade liberalization and were closely tied with farmers who fiercely oppose lowering protective tariffs. Imported rice, for example, is subject to a 778 percent tariff.Japan and the other 20 members of APEC will face many such tough choices as they strive to execute their shared commitment to free trade and greater regional integration as outlined in the leaders' communique issued at the end of the weekend meeting.

Their overarching goal: To work toward establishing a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific that would envelope all members, from behemoths China and the U.S. to tiny Brunei and New Zealand. Slashing tariffs and other barriers to imports and investments, the so-called FTAAP would cover half the world's global commerce and two-fifths of its trade. Kan said the rough target date was 2020.The Asia-Pacific region has led the world's still-weak recovery from the financial crisis, and the region's leaders are convinced that open markets are a sure way to ensure future growth. Still, creating such a huge free trade zone is a highly complicated endeavor given the region's diversity and vested interests opposed to opening markets.China's transformation into the world's second-largest economy — overtaking Japan this year — and the dynamism that has helped it lead the global recovery, was made possible mainly by opening to foreign trade and investment. While Washington complains that Beijing keeps its currency artificially low, giving China's exports an unfair price advantage, consumers have benefited enormously from lower-priced imports.Japan's economy, meanwhile, has been stagnant for two decades, stymied by weak demand and a shrinking population even as regional rivals such as South Korea — which is racing ahead of Japan in free trade deals — are becoming formidable competitors.

Other Asian economies are catching up to or surpassing Japan, Kan said Sunday after the summit ended.Japan would like to stay as a country with vigor, and to survive in this context, we really need to have economic integration with Asian and Pacific Rim friends and countries so that together we can grow, he said.Although Japan has long sought to boost demand at home, the resource-scarce country remains strongly dependent on exports.Driven by a sense of urgency, Japan's government — led by the ruling Democrats, who overthrew the long-ruling conservatives last year — announced a striking new openness toward free trade in a policy paper last week, just before the APEC meetings, as a way to revive growth.Calling the present a watershed moment, Tokyo promised to open up the country. It pledged to wrap up free trade negotiations with Australia, resume suspended trade talks with South Korea, and seek new free trade partners, warning the country needed to become a more attractive place to invest. On Sunday, Japan signed a free trade deal with Peru.Japan must now decide whether to join a U.S.-backed free trade grouping called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the APEC leaders held up as a building block for an eventual Pacific-wide free trade zone. The U.S., Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Peru are negotiating to join the TPP bloc, which currently brings together the small economies of Chile, New Zealand, Brunei and Singapore.Big Japanese corporations are urging Kan to join or put Japan at a disadvantage, but he is already facing an intense fight from farmers who fret that a flood of cheaper agricultural products will ruin them.We small-scale farmers cannot compete with large-scale growers abroad,said Ryoichi Fujimaki, a 43-year-old vegetable farmer near Yokohama.While Kan also has promised to revitalize Japan's farming industry and overhaul agricultural policy, he hasn't given details.

Some APEC leaders urged Japan to consider the big picture.

You cannot guide your integration policy on only one sector, said Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, noting that agriculture represented less than 2 percent of Japan's economy. If the country as a whole will win because of the FTA, that means it can compensate the losers and still there will be something for the winners.AP writers Elaine Kurtenbach, Mari Yamaguchi and Miki Toda contributed to this report.

Customs Union and New Zealand Can Create Free Trade Zone
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Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, members of the Customs Union, initiated negotiations to establish free trade with New Zealand. This statement was made by Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov, Russian Economic Development Ministry Elvira Nabiullina, Economic Development and Trade of Kazakhstan Zhanar Aitzhanova and Trade Minister of New Zealand Tim Groser on November 15. As it became known to Telegraf, the ministers endorsed a joint report on free trade area, prepared by experts of the four countries on October 5, 2010, and instructed their representatives to start negotiations to conclude an agreement by the end of 2011.The future of a free trade agreement is of a particular importance because it will add an important new contribution to the dynamic and rapidly evolving architecture of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation through the involvement of our states in the processes of economic integration in the region, the Foreign Ministry of Belarus told.Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, as members of the Customs , initiated negotiations with a foreign partner to establish a free trade zone for the first time, which is an important step in the development of the Customs Union and its integration into international economic and trade relations, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry noted.

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International Financial Institution Reforms G-20 NOV 12,10
14. When the world was in the middle of the global financial crisis, we met and agreed to provide the IFIs with the resources they needed to support the global economy. With our agreements to increase their resources substantially and endorse new lending instruments, the IFIs mobilized critical financing, including more than $750 billion by the IMF and $235 billion by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Financial markets stabilized and the global economy started to recover. Even in the midst of the crisis, we knew that further reforms of the IFIs were required.

15. We committed to modernize the institutions fundamentally so that they better reflect changes in the world economy and can more effectively play their roles in promoting global financial stability, fostering development and improving the lives of the poorest. In June 2010, we welcomed the reforms to increase the voting power of developing and transition countries at the World Bank. We also remained committed to strengthening the legitimacy, credibility and effectiveness of the IMF through quota and governance reforms

Modernized IMF governance BY G-20 LEADERS NOV 12,10

16. Today, we welcomed the ambitious achievements by the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at the Gyeongju meeting, and subsequent decision by the IMF, on a comprehensive package of IMF quota and governance reforms. The reforms are an important step toward a more legitimate, credible and effective IMF, by ensuring that quotas and Executive Board composition are more reflective of new global economic realities, and securing the IMF's status as a quota-based institution, with sufficient resources to support members needs. Consistent with our commitments at the Pittsburgh and Toronto Summits, and going even further in a number of areas, the reforms include:

-Shifts in quota shares to dynamic emerging market and developing countries and to under-represented countries of over 6%, while protecting the voting share of the poorest, which we commit to work to complete by the Annual Meetings in 2012.

-A doubling of quotas, with a corresponding rollback of the New Arrangements to Borrow (NAB) preserving relative shares, when the quota increase becomes effective.

-Continuing the dynamic process aimed at enhancing the voice and representation of emerging market and developing countries, including the poorest, through a comprehensive review of the quota formula by January 2013 to better reflect the economic weights; and through completion of the next general review of quotas by January 2014.

-Greater representation for emerging market and developing countries at the Executive Board through two fewer advanced European chairs, and the possibility of a second alternate for all multi-country constituencies.

-Moving to an all-elected Board, along with a commitment by the IMF's membership to maintain the Board size at 24 chairs, and following the completion of the 14th General Review, a review of the Boards composition every eight years.

17. We reiterate the urgency of promptly concluding the 2008 IMF Quota and Voice Reforms. We urge all G20 members participating in the expanded NAB to accelerate their procedures in completing the acceptance process. We ask the IMF to report on the progress, in accordance with agreed timelines, toward effective implementation of the 2010 quota and governance reforms to our Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at their periodic G20 meetings.

18. When combined with the already agreed voice reform of the World Bank, these represent significant achievements in modernizing our key IFIs. They will be even stronger players in promoting global financial stability and growth. We asked our Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to continue to pursue all outstanding governance reform issues at the World Bank and the IMF.

Surveillance IMF
19. We recognize the importance of continuing the work on reforming the IMF's mission and mandate, including strengthening surveillance.

20. IMF surveillance should be enhanced to focus on systemic risks and vulnerabilities wherever they may lie. To this extent, we welcome the decision made by the IMF to make financial stability assessments under the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) a regular and mandatory part of Article IV consultation for members with systemically important financial sectors. We call on the IMF to make further progress in modernizing the IMF's surveillance mandate and modalities. These should involve, in particular: strengthening bilateral and multilateral work on surveillance covering financial stability, macroeconomic, structural and exchange rate policies, with increased focus on systemic issues; enhancing synergies between surveillance tools; helping members to strengthen their surveillance capacity; and ensuring even-handedness, candor, and independence of surveillance. We welcome the IMF's work to conduct spillover assessments of the wider impact of systemic economies policies.

Climate Change and Green Growth
66. Addressing the threat of global climate change is an urgent priority for all nations. We reiterate our commitment to take strong and action-oriented measures and remain fully dedicated to UN climate change negotiations. We reaffirm the objective, provisions, and the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. We thank Mexico for hosting the UNFCCC negotiations to be held in Cancun beginning at the end of November 2010. Those of us who have associated with the Copenhagen Accord reaffirm our support for it and its implementation. We all are committed to achieving a successful, balanced result that includes the core issues of mitigation, transparency, finance, technology, adaptation, and forest preservation. In this regard, we welcome the work of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing established by the UN Secretary-General and ask our Finance Ministers to consider its report. We also support and encourage the delivery of fast-start finance commitments.

67. The ongoing loss of biodiversity is a global environmental and economic challenge. Both climate change and loss of biodiversity are inextricably linked. We acknowledge the outcomes of the global study on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity. We welcome the successful conclusion of COP10 in Nagoya.

68. We are committed to support country-led green growth policies that promote environmentally sustainable global growth along with employment creation while ensuring energy access for the poor. We recognize that sustainable green growth, as it is inherently a part of sustainable development, is a strategy of quality development, enabling countries to leapfrog old technologies in many sectors, including through the use of energy efficiency and clean technology. To that end, we will take steps to create, as appropriate, the enabling environments that are conducive to the development and deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, including policies and practices in our countries and beyond, including technical transfer and capacity building. We support the ongoing initiatives under the Clean Energy Ministerial and encourage further discussion on cooperation in &D and regulatory measures, together with business leaders, and ask our Energy Experts Group to monitor and report back to us on progress at the 2011 Summit in France. We also commit to stimulate investment in clean energy technology, energy and resource efficiency, green transportation, and green cities by mobilizing finance, establishing clear and consistent standards, developing long-term energy policies, supporting education, enterprise and R&D, and continuing to promote cross-border collaboration and coordination of national legislative approaches.

The G20 Seoul Summit Leaders' Declaration Seoul, November 12, 2010
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1. We, the Leaders of the G20, are united in our conviction that by working together we can secure a more prosperous future for the citizens of all countries.

2. When we first gathered in November 2008 to address the most severe world recession our generation has ever confronted, we pledged to support and stabilize the global economy, and at the same time, to lay the foundation for reform, to ensure the world would never face such upheaval again.

3. Over the past four Summits, we have worked with unprecedented cooperation to break the dramatic fall in the global economy to establish the basis for recovery and renewed growth.

4. The concrete steps we have taken will help ensure we are better prepared to prevent and, if necessary, to withstand future crises. We pledge to continue our coordinated efforts and act together to generate strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

5. We recognize the importance of addressing the concerns of the most vulnerable. To this end, we are determined to put jobs at the heart of the recovery, to provide social protection, decent work and also to ensure accelerated growth in low income countries (LICs).

6. Our relentless and cooperative efforts over the last two years have delivered strong results. However, we must stay vigilant.

7. Risks remain. Some of us are experiencing strong growth, while others face high levels of unemployment and sluggish recovery. Uneven growth and widening imbalances are fueling the temptation to diverge from global solutions into uncoordinated actions. However, uncoordinated policy actions will only lead to worse outcomes for all.

8. Since 2008, a common view of the challenges of the world economy, the necessary responses and our determination to resist protectionism has enabled us to both address the root causes of the crisis and safeguard the recovery. We are agreed today to develop our common view to meet these new challenges and a path to strong, sustainable and balanced growth beyond the crisis.

9. Today, the Seoul Summit delivers:

-the Seoul Action Plan composed of comprehensive, cooperative and country-specific policy actions to move closer to our shared objective. The Plan includes our commitment to:

- undertake macroeconomic policies, including fiscal consolidation where necessary, to ensure ongoing recovery and sustainable growth and enhance the stability of financial markets, in particular moving toward more market-determined exchange rate systems, enhancing exchange rate flexibility to reflect underlying economic fundamentals, and refraining from competitive devaluation of currencies. Advanced economies, including those with reserve currencies, will be vigilant against excess volatility and disorderly movements in exchange rates. These actions will help mitigate the risk of excessive volatility in capital flows facing some emerging countries;

- implement a range of structural reforms that boost and sustain global demand, foster job creation, and increase the potential for growth; and

- enhance the Mutual Assessment Process (MAP) to promote external sustainability. We will strengthen multilateral cooperation to promote external sustainability and pursue the full range of policies conducive to reducing excessive imbalances and maintaining current account imbalances at sustainable levels. Persistently large imbalances, assessed against indicative guidelines to be agreed by our Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, warrant an assessment of their nature and the root causes of impediments to adjustment as part of the MAP, recognizing the need to take into account national or regional circumstances, including large commodity producers. These indicative guidelines composed of a range of indicators would serve as a mechanism to facilitate timely identification of large imbalances that require preventive and corrective actions to be taken. To support our efforts toward meeting these commitments, we call on our Framework Working Group, with technical support from the IMF and other international organizations, to develop these indicative guidelines, with progress to be discussed by our Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the first half of 2011; and, in Gyeongju, our Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors called on the IMF to provide an assessment as part of the MAP on the progress toward external sustainability and the consistency of fiscal, monetary, financial sector, structural, exchange rate and other policies. In light of this, the first such assessment, to be based on the above mentioned indicative guidelines, will be initiated and undertaken in due course under the French Presidency.

-a modernized IMF that better reflects the changes in the world economy through greater representation of dynamic emerging markets and developing countries. These comprehensive quota and governance reforms, as outlined in the Seoul Summit Document, will enhance the IMF's legitimacy, credibility and effectiveness, making it an even stronger institution for promoting global financial stability and growth.

-instruments to strengthen global financial safety nets, which help countries cope with financial volatility by providing them with practical tools to overcome sudden reversals of international capital flows.

-core elements of a new financial regulatory framework, including bank capital and liquidity standards, as well as measures to better regulate and effectively resolve systemically important financial institutions, complemented by more effective oversight and supervision. This new framework, complemented by other achievements as outlined in the Seoul Summit Document, will ensure a more resilient financial system by reining in the past excesses of the financial sector and better serving the needs of our economies.

-the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth that sets out our commitment to work in partnership with other developing countries, and LICs in particular, to help them build the capacity to achieve and maximize their growth potential, thereby contributing to global rebalancing. The Seoul Consensus complements our commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and focuses on concrete measures as summarized in our Multi-Year Action Plan on Development to make a tangible and significant difference in people’s lives, including in particular through the development of infrastructure in developing countries.

-the Financial Inclusion Action Plan, the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion and a flexible SME Finance Framework, all of which will significantly contribute to improving access to financial services and expanding opportunities for poor households and small and medium enterprises.

-our strong commitment to direct our negotiators to engage in across-the-board negotiations to promptly bring the Doha Development Round to a successful, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced conclusion consistent with the mandate of the Doha Development Round and built on the progress already achieved. We recognize that 2011 is a critical window of opportunity, albeit narrow, and that engagement among our representatives must intensify and expand. We now need to complete the end game. Once such an outcome is reached, we commit to seek ratification, where necessary, in our respective systems. We are also committed to resisting all forms of protectionist measures.

10. We will continue to monitor and assess ongoing implementation of the commitments made today and in the past in a transparent and objective way. We hold ourselves accountable. What we promise, we will deliver.

11. Building on our achievements to date, we have agreed to work further on macro-prudential policy frameworks; better reflect the perspective of emerging market economies in financial regulatory reforms; strengthen regulation and oversight of shadow banking; further work on regulation and supervision of commodity derivatives markets; improve market integrity and efficiency; enhance consumer protection; pursue all outstanding governance reform issues at the IMF and World Bank; and build a more stable and resilient international monetary system, including by further strengthening global financial safety nets. We will also expand our MAP based on the indicative guidelines to be agreed.

12. To promote resilience, job creation and mitigate risks for development, we will prioritize action under the Seoul Consensus on addressing critical bottlenecks, including infrastructure deficits, food market volatility, and exclusion from financial services.

13. To provide broader, forward-looking leadership in the post-crisis economy, we will also continue our work to prevent and tackle corruption through our Anti-Corruption Action Plan; rationalize and phase-out over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; mitigate excessive fossil fuel price volatility; safeguard the global marine environment; and combat the challenges of global climate change.

14. We reaffirm our resolute commitment to fight climate change, as reflected in the Leaders' Seoul Summit Document. We appreciate President Felipe Calderón’s briefing on the status of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations, as well as Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s briefing on the report of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing submitted to the UN Secretary-General. We will spare no effort to reach a balanced and successful outcome in Cancun.

15. We welcome the Fourth UN LDC Summit in Turkey and the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Korea, both to be held in 2011.

16. Recognizing the importance of private sector-led growth and job creation, we welcome the Seoul G20 Business Summit and look forward to continuing the G20 Business Summit in upcoming Summits.

17. The actions agreed today will help to further strengthen the global economy, accelerate job creation, ensure more stable financial markets, narrow the development gap and promote broadly shared growth beyond crisis.

18. We look forward to our next meeting in 2011 in France, and subsequent meeting in 2012 in Mexico.

19. We thank Korea for its G20 Presidency and for hosting the successful Seoul Summit.

20. The Seoul Summit Document, which we have agreed, follows.
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Seoul G20 Business Summit Joint Statement by Participating Companies
(November 11th, 2010)


Seoul G20 Business Summit Joint Statement

1-We, the participants in the G20 Business Summit, gathered in Seoul on November 10th to 11th, 2010, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Korea and the Korean business community. The G20 Business Summit brought together the heads of some 120 of the world’s leading companies from both developed and developing countries in an unprecedented collaborative effort to address the most pressing challenges of the global economy. While we obviously do not represent the entirety of global business, we nonetheless feel that we represent a wide spectrum of views held in the business community.

2-As leaders of companies that have embraced globalization, we are keenly aware of the importance and benefits of open markets and a stable monetary system. We, therefore, congratulate G20 members on the progress they have made to date in dealing with the economic crisis and their restraint in dealing with exchange-rate issues.

3-We also applaud the initiative of the Republic of Korea, as chair of the G20, and the readiness of other G20 members to engage the business community in their mission to consolidate the recovery and secure the long-term stability of the global economy. As representatives of enterprises with combined total sales of over $4 trillion, headquartered in 34 countries, we are committed to playing our part to ensure that the business sector helps lead the world to a global economic recovery.

4-In preparation for the G20 Business Summit, we have engaged in robust debates and deliberations in 12 working groups, each led by a convener. The discussions involved close to 120 corporate chairmen and CEOs. Our goal over the past four months was to produce reports with concrete proposals for action on global economic priorities.

5-In Seoul, we engaged in a rich exchange of views both among ourselves and with G20 Leaders and policymakers, focusing on how best to ensure that the global economy returns to a path of strong, sustainable and balanced growth. In their reports and discussions with G20 Leaders, each of the 12 working groups highlighted their members’ recommendations for action by government, business, international organizations and civil-society groups. CEOs participating in the G20 Business Summit endorse only the analyses and recommendations of the working group of which they are a member.

6-We, the members of the Working Group on Revitalizing World Trade, believe global trade is essential to ensure that the world’s economic growth potential is realized. As such, we call on the G20 to take the following actions:
-Recommit to completing the Doha Development Round in 2011 and reinforce that commitment through the personal engagement of each G20 Leader.
-Roll back protectionism at least to where it was at the start of the global financial crisis and resist protectionism and trade-restrictive measures going forward.
-Give trade finance favorable treatment under the New Capital Framework, often referred to as Basel III.
-Put trade and investment permanently on the agenda of the G20.

The business community is committed to support the outcomes of the G20 Business Summit, and therefore urges the G20 to establish a public-private task force under G20 leadership, to help facilitate business actions, including:
-Providing data and analysis on how trade and finance interact to link economies and drive global growth.
-Stepping up advocacy and outreach programs to underscore the positive links between trade, job creation and economic growth.

7-We, the members of the Working Group on Encouraging Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), call on governments to avoid impediments to FDI and find ways for it to move even more freely in order for long-term flows to accelerate and continue to grow. We urge the G20 to:
-Broaden monitoring of changes in conditions for private investment to areas affecting all private investment and to improvements in order to stimulate further opening.
-Work toward a Multilateral Framework for Investment reflecting all interests (host and home countries), developing a non-binding International Model Investment Treaty as an interim step.
-Ensure a clear and enforceable legal framework; aim for principle-based FDI regulation rather than detailed rules leading to simple compliance through box ticking.
-Build a better understanding of the mainly positive impact of FDI (Creation of Shared Value).

8-We, the members of the Working Group on Funding and Nurturing the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Sector, believe that, despite its major contribution to the economy, the SME sector around the globe faces a multitude of impediments to growth, many of which could be addressed by the following recommendations:
-Create an enabling legal, regulatory and financial framework to favor SMEs, such as rationalizing tax schedules.
-Improve awareness of the range of financing options available.
-Provide incentives encouraging the financial sector to lend to SMEs.
-Improve access of SMEs and innovative ventures to capital markets.
-Spur innovation and R&D by establishing SME Innovative Technology Development Funds to encourage and facilitate SME access to R&D capital.
-Promote the value of intellectual property to help SMEs assess the effectiveness of their IP as the basis of innovative, creative and economic activity.

The business community should:
-Help foster an SME community by working with SME industry associations to reduce transaction costs, improve the structure of loan applications, share best practices, work with experienced business and financial mentors, and explore alternative financing options.

9-We, the members of the Working Group on Supporting Economic Growth and the Implications for Financial Sector Policy and Regulatory Reforms, believe that, to promote economic growth and ensure that a stable financial sector contributes to financing the required investments in developed and emerging markets most efficiently, the following steps should be taken:
-Reaffirm the commitment to global capital flows and consistent global regulatory standards and take steps to deepen and broaden capital markets while highlighting the risks of financial protectionism.
-Work with the financial services industry to develop a policy environment that supports SME financing and further establishment of credit bureaus in emerging markets.
-Incentivize world trade through the globally consistent implementation of regulatory reform measures and infrastructure investment through development of innovative solutions.
-Export being of essence to support Economic Growth, give Trade finance (including Export Finance) a favorable treatment under the new Capital Framework, often referred as Basel III.

10. We, the members of Working Group on Reducing Monetary and Fiscal Stimulus, believe stimulus measures must be withdrawn to smoothly transition from government-stimulated demand to private-led growth as the recovery stabilizes. In this regard, we agree on the following:
-Monetary and fiscal stimulus helped to stabilize a global economy marked by excess supply.
-In the long run, growth is based on private-sector investment and innovation.

Against this background, we recommend that the following actions be taken by G20 nations:
-Monetary policy should be gradually returned to a neutral stance to prevent inefficient capital allocation and new asset bubbles.
-Fiscal exit strategies should focus on cutting government spending and governments should avoid tax increases unless these prove unavoidable to forestall an acute fiscal crisis.
-Exit from financial-sector support is warranted to avoid competitive distortions, signify confidence in the underlying stability of the system, and boost market confidence. Public guarantees for the issuance of financial-sector bonds should be ended first.
-New standards for banking regulation and supervision must be sufficiently strong and responsive, while still encouraging growth and financial innovation.
-It will be imperative to avoid a perpetuation or aggravation of the current account-financial account imbalances of the past decade.

11. We, the members of the Working Group on Closing the Gap in Infrastructure and Natural Resource Funding, call for the following steps to be taken to overcome an estimated annual shortfall in infrastructure and natural resource (energy, water) investment of up to $600 billion:
-Working groups of key government officials and business leaders should be formed to prioritize investments, define the best models for partnering with private investors and getting them involved, and assess past successes.
-A consistent regulatory framework should be adopted. Clear and even-handed rules are important to encourage private investors to participate.
-Help to better quantify and reduce infrastructure project risk. Private sector knowhow should be leveraged to reduce delays by using innovative project management techniques. Governments could share the asymmetric risks of projects through such measures as guaranteeing supplementary financing in the event of cancellation.
-Government should clarify rules on sustainable development goals such as greenhouse gas mitigation, and promote transparency and predictability of energy availability through strengthened cooperation with the International Energy Forum (IEF) and International Energy Agency (IEA). The private sector should contribute to improve the dialogue between producing and consuming countries in the energy sector.
-Government and the private sector should cooperate to create alternative funding mechanisms to reduce the government’s need to invest in projects and make infrastructure more attractive to private investors.

12. We, the members of the Working Group on Improving Energy Efficiency, believe improving energy efficiency is the best way to ensure energy security, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and insulate economies from the volatility of energy prices. We also believe larger capital investments are needed to push towards breakthrough technologies. To foster such commitments, G20 governments should:
-Establish clear, consistent standards that better measure energy opportunities, ease knowledge transfer and give small and medium enterprises access to information they can act on.
-Develop long-term energy policies that reflect an awareness of how legislation can radically shift demand, supply and price.
-Provide new financing solutions to help companies make long-term investments necessary for improved energy efficiency.
-Support education, energy services and R&D to help society build the skills it needs to develop and adopt new technologies.
-Continue working towards a global framework that coordinates national legislative approaches and overcomes free rider problems.

13. We, the members of the Working Group on Encouraging Substantial Use of Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy, believe concerted global efforts to develop and deploy renewables and low-carbon technologies are key to addressing concerns about economic growth, energy security and climate change. We also believe momentous change is needed, fostered by governments and businesses in partnership. To promote it, G20 governments should:
-Pursue market-based carbon pricing. A clear and steady carbon price is a prerequisite to incentivizing investment on the scale necessary to shift to renewable and low-carbon energy sources. Business prefers market-based mechanisms. If taxes are used, revenue should be recycled to support clean energy technologies.
-Mandate regular meetings of energy-related ministers. These should aim to set aspirational targets, develop technology roadmaps and address regulatory barriers such as tariff and trade barriers and international standards.
-Strengthen international public-private partnerships. Chief among these are promoting universal access to energy. Public funding must be provided in a way that helps to unlock further private investment in clean energy. Carbon crediting mechanisms should be streamlined and expanded.
We pledge in support to do the following:
-Work across the full spectrum of renewable and low-carbon energy sources to provide new engines for economic growth.
-Focus our expertise to speed renewable and low-carbon energy technologies from demonstration to commercial deployment.

14. We, the members of the Working Group on Creating Green Jobs, believe that to generate green growth and jobs, G20 countries need to adopt policies that strike a new balance between incentives and disincentives that indisputably favors green investment. To promote green jobs, G20 countries should adopt policies with respect to key sectors:
-Buildings: Set high energy-efficiency standards and develop public- and private-sector funding mechanisms for green investments.
-Power: Accelerate uptake of renewable and other low-carbon energies, and expand and upgrade electrical grids to guarantee priority access for green energy.
-Industrial: Devise targeted incentives for energy efficiency in manufacturing equipment and processes.
-Transport: Introduce fuel-efficiency standards that ratchet up over time, and reduce barriers that prevent adoption of new technologies.

G20 governments should promote free trade in environmental goods and services by eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers, which will accelerate diffusion of green technologies, lower prices, encourage competition, and result in faster job creation. G20 governments should also abolish fossil-fuel subsidies within the shortest possible timeframe, and not more than five years.

15. We, the members of the Working Group on Unleashing Technology-Enabled Productivity Growth, believe that productivity will be the primary driver of economic growth in the coming decade and the core driver for improving the economic wellbeing of our citizens. Technology and innovation will be critical factors enabling productivity growth. Working together, the G20 and business sectors should take three actions to foster productivity growth and foster innovation:
-Develop a joint commission between the G20, other relevant organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the business community to identify barriers to the diffusion of productivity-enhancing innovations and create a process to reduce them.
-Create a G20 clearinghouse to identify best practices in workforce development and innovation.
-Work with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or other suitable international bodies in collaboration with the business community to create a task force to identify opportunities to drive public-sector productivity.

16. We, the members of the Working Group on Addressing the Impact of Youth Unemployment, believe the global economic crisis has brought the problem of youth unemployment to the fore. We call on governments, business, and civil society to take the following actions to create and maintain employment leading to sustainable recovery:
-Create public-private academic partnerships to train youth for available jobs.
-Create effective unemployment, welfare and social-protection systems.
-Foster entrepreneurship.
-Identify high-growth sectors by geography.

Government should take the lead in:
-Providing adequate incentives and policies for stakeholders to create jobs, leveraging training and internships.
-Implementing multifaceted programs to ensure that special needs are addressed with a social-protection floor with mutual obligations approaches to handle benefit dependence.
-Supporting innovation and growth with low barriers of access for entrepreneurs.
-Creating a baseline report on job scenarios based on economic and political transformations with standardized data to monitor progress.

Enterprise should take the lead in:
-Leveraging local talent for on-the-job training, internships and apprenticeships in high-growth sectors.
-Piloting and testing progressive policies to increase jobs.
-Participating in task forces to create net new employment and working to ease entry to the workforce through self-employment.
-Creating a global resource center to collate data and assist governments with implementations of best practices and programs.

17. We, the members of the Working Group on Increasing Access to Healthcare in Developing Economies, encourage G20 members to recognize the following in order to change the trajectory of the private sector’s involvement with healthcare in developing economies and to have a meaningful impact on improving access to healthcare:
-The importance of health to economic growth, by including global health as a permanent agenda item at G20 Summits.
-The urgent need for healthcare system strengthening in developing economies with targeted investments through novel financing mechanisms, such as the Global Fund and GAVI Alliance.
-The importance for developing countries to invest a significant proportion of their annual budgets in health, such as the 15% pledged by African leaders in 2001.
In support, in order to serve as a catalyst for broader global business community investment in health, we encourage G20 Business Summit participants to:
-Commit voluntarily to a financial or core business competency investment in healthcare system strengthening lasting at least three years and to longer-term support if performance indicators are met.
-Support the novel global financing public-private partnerships such as the Global Fund and GAVI Alliance.
-Make a minimum investment equivalent to $1 million a year for three years.

18. We, the participants in the G20 Business Summit, have welcomed the dialogue at this Summit and look forward to continuing engagement with the G20 both on upcoming issues and in tracking and implementing the commitments made before and during this Summit.

19. We hope that the G20 Leaders recognize the value of business input into the G20 process and, in doing so, seek to build on the Seoul Business Summit and its framework for engagement in 2011 and thereafter. We stand ready to work with the G20 in this process.

20. Finally, we thank the President of the Republic of Korea and other G20 Leaders for the opportunity to contribute to the G20 Seoul Summit and reiterate our commitment to support the G20 in its efforts to strengthen the global economy and deepen international economic cooperation.

Ireland denies latest bailout reports
ANDREW RETTMAN Today NOV 15,10 @ 09:29 CET


EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - A roll-call of Irish government ministers over the weekend denied reports that the country has begun talks on an EU-IMF bailout of up to €80 billion.We have not, contrary to much speculation, applied to join any facility, or avail of any facility,finance minister Brian Lenihan told Irish radio on Friday (12 November) after leading financial newswire Reuters first reported that clandestine bailout discussions are already under way. Mr Lenihan was joined by the minister for tourism, Mary Hanafin, the minister for justice, Dermot Ahern, and the minister for trade and business, Batt O'Keeffe, on Saturday and Sunday. It is fiction because what we want to do is get on with the business of bringing forward the four-year plan,Mr Ahern said on the RTE TV station's The Week in Politics show on Sunday evening.There is nothing going on at the direction of government in relation to this. I spoke to the Taoiseach this morning. I spoke with the minister for finance and absolutely nothing is taking place in respect of this.The government denials were bolstered by statements from Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourgish chief of the eurogroup, the club of 16 countries which use the EU's single currency, and the IMF, both of which would have to be notified in the event of an Irish request. So far I haven't received any kind of request ... If at one point in time, tomorrow, in two months or two years, the Irish want support from the IMF, we will be ready, the international fund's chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said from Japan on Saturday.

The Reuters report continued to gain credibility from a number of other leading media, however.The BBC on Sunday said it is no longer a matter of whether but when the Irish government applies for help, citing anonymous sources. The Financial Times Deutschland, the Wall Street Journal and the International Herald Tribune said that preliminary talks between Ireland and its international counterparts are already under way.The debate in Ireland has seen some opposition figures invoke the country's bitter struggle for independence from the UK as a reason not to reach out for help. The appeal to loss of sovereignty is a sign of the lasting political damage that the ruling centre-right Fianna Fail party stands to suffer in the event of a bailout. We fought hard for our independence, and we should not hand it away, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore told the Irish Times on Sunday. I think it is important that we, as a country, retain our economic independence and sovereignty.The realities of living under an EU-IMF rescue are currently on show in Greece, where EU, European Central Bank and IMF officials are due in Athens on Monday to oversee the publication of the country's next budget on Thursday.Reaction to the weekend's statements by bond traders when markets open on Monday morning could be crucial in determining the way forward for Dublin, analysts say. If Ireland's cost of borrowing rises further, the government may be forced to reach out for help to staunch the financial bloodflow.EU officials have meanwhile spent the weekend preparing for pre-scheduled meetings of eurozone and EU finance ministers on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, which are to shed more light on the situation.Barclays Capital has estimated the cost of the Irish bailout at €80 billion to €85 billion. The money would come either from the European Commission's own €60 billion community facility, which involves the UK, or from the joint EU-IMF €750 billion mechanism, which has no UK participation. An earlier EU-IMF Greek bailout of €110 billion is based on a third facility.Ireland is the EU's third richest country in GDP per capita terms after Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

But it is struggling to bear the cost of a €50-billion-and-rising rescue of some of its largest banks, including the Anglo Irish Bank, and has a runaway budget deficit of 32 percent of GDP. The government has underlined that it can make all its debt repayments until May 2011 and that it has €25 billion in reserve. Further austerity measures are to be put forward in a budget on 7 December.The Irish Independent newspaper on Monday morning said the EU bailout might involve the Irish banking sector rather than the state itself.There is no question about Irish sovereign debt -the question remains about the funding of the banks. The banks are having trouble getting money,an Irish official told the publication on condition of anonymity.

Greek debt higher than expected, EU audit reveals
LEIGH PHILLIPS Today NOV 15,10 @ 12:27 CET


EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Greece has incurred a much larger budget deficit and levels of public debt than the country had earlier estimated, EU audit figures revealed on Monday (15 November) morning, in an adjustment that could kick off another round of sell-offs not just in the Greek bond market but in those of other creaking eurozone peripheral states.The republic's budget deficit for 2009 amounted to 15.4 percent of gross domestic product, according to numbers from Eurostat, the EU's audit office, sharply up on its earlier estimate of 13.6 percent, as government cuts and increased taxes fail to deliver growth.The ratio of deficit to GDP for the country is the highest in the eurozone and the EU as a whole, even though Ireland is in 2010 expected to leapfrog Greece due to the cost of bank rescues.The country's overall public debt meanwhile amounted to 126.8 percent of GDP, also up from the 115.1 spring estimate from Eurostat. The upward revision on both figures had been expected means that Greece is unlikely to be able to meet its promised deficit reduction for 2010 to 8.1 percent.In April, Greece signed up to a three-year €110 billion bailout package from the EU and the IMF. In return for the cash, Athens agreed to impose a four-year austerity package of swingeing cuts under requirements that it chop its deficit to 8.1 percent in 2010, 5.6 percent next year and 2.8 percent in 2012.

In the wake of the news, the Greek finance ministry said in a statement that its deficit for 2010 will be 9.4 percent of GDP.On the weekend, Prime Minister George Papandreou said the expected revision could mean a further round of austerity measures and the country may seek to extend the payment schedule of the EU bailout monies.However, with the existing austerity measures having provoked widespread social unrest, the government may be reluctant to impose reduce social services, slash wages or to increase taxes still further, so could instead delay infrastructure projects.The 2011 budget is due to be presented to the parliament on Thursday, where the government is set to announce further cuts worth some €4.5 billion.On Tuesday, the country is to hold an auction on some €300 million worth of 13-week bonds.The grim news from Brussels came as the 'troika' of officials from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund descended upon the Greek capital as part of their regular inspections of the government's implementation of the conditions of its loan agreement.

UK counter-terrorism chief pledges respect for civil liberties
ANDREW RETTMAN 14.11.2010 @ 11:37 CET


EUOBSERVER / LONDON - The junior minister responsible for counter-terrorism in the UK, the EU's most surveillance-heavy country, has promised to keep civil liberties high on her agenda. But some new developments in security technology are making their own creators feel uncomfortable.Speaking on Friday (12 November) at the Global Security Challenge (GSC), an industry event in London, Pauline Neville-Jones underlined the gravity of the threat from Islamic radicals, increasingly in Northern Ireland and from cyber-attacks.She said that planes falling out of the sky can be election-determining events for governments as well as causing loss of life. But she added that protecting free societies and free trade is at the heart of her work.We do regard the whole side of the civil liberties agenda ... as being absolutely crucial to what we are trying to do. There's absolutely no point in having a safe society which is not a free one. You know - we might as well be in prison, she said. We cannot, ladies and gentlemen, jam up, jam up the workings of international trade because we have to inspect each and every package which goes through the system.The GSC meeting saw mostly Australian, British, Canadian, Israeli, Singaporean and American small and medium-sized firms pitch for investments from the UK Home Office, the US Department of Defense and US intelligence services.EU and US authorities, including the Warsaw-based Frontex agency, are exploring the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or spy drones, to improve border security. The Observer, a British weekly, on Sunday reported that the UK plans to use drones to provide intelligence on future anti-austerity demonstrations in the country. The technology is still in its infancy. But Nato countries are experimenting with UAVs on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border which can fly for long periods at low altitudes in harsh terrain and bad weather. They can be mounted with face-recognition kits which capture people's details even if they are on the move in low light, cross-check them with databases of suspects and send alerts to smartphones. They can also be armed, but UAV strikes tend to kill 10 civilians for every one militant they hit.

The US Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) is meanwhile looking how to sift massive amounts of online data at the level of exabytes to help make tactical decisions and to spot terrorist threats.One idea is to make private internet users do the work without knowing what they are doing when they carry out simple online tasks. The model for this is the so-called Recaptcha project for digitising the archives of the New York Times (NYT). Part of Google, Recaptcha supplies other websites with squiggly images of letters that internet users have to decipher in order to confirm they are human. The squiggly images are in fact bits of New York Times archives that could not be read by automatic scanners and the internet users' decryptions are fed back to Recaptcha to fill in the gaps.In contrast to an upcoming EU bill to help people delete online private data, ONRG associate director John Callahan wants maximum data availability. Asked at the GSC event in London if the internet can be made to forget people, Dr Callahan said: No. And we shouldn't even try ... There is an appeal for privacy, but in order to process the data, to make big decisions, we need powerful analytics.The GSC event was briefly interrupted by a small group of students in a sign of public unease about the security industry in general. We don't want to disrupt your meeting. We just want to say that we're disgusted by this and we want you to stop and think what you're doing, the group's spokeswoman said.Most delegates were politely amused. But some of them grapple with ethical problems in the course of their work.

Outpacing the law

One scientist at the GSC meeting who designed guidance systems for Tomahawk missiles in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war told this website: We had the Pentagon screaming blue murder for us to give them the go ahead. But I couldn't do it until the system was 100 percent right. These things have to fly over people's homes, over hospitals. These are people's lives we're talking about.On the unmanned drone side, technology is outpacing the law. In some cases it may be unclear who to blame if an automated vehicle accidentally caused financial or physical harm. It is also unclear whether it is legal to store and share visual data gathered on EU or US citizens. Signe Redfield, who works on underwater spy robots for the ONRG, said that normally the operator who programmed the UAV is liable if it crashes into something. But some drones are clever enough to decide where to go by themselves. What happens if all the operator did was to launch it? she asked. Another US contact indicated that the Pentagon is researching devices that can be pre-programmed to automatically shoot at certain types of target in certain areas. I don't know of any government that is developing this kind of technology [UAVs] that isn't looking into this,the source said. I'm not comfortable with it.Noting that the next frontier in robotics is artificial intelligence - truly autonomous decision-making - the contact added: What if the machine decides itself [who to shoot] - are you going to take it to court?

MUSLIM NATIONS

EZEKIEL 38:1-12
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
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.

ISAIAH 17:1
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

PSALMS 83:3-7
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,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)

DANIEL 11:40-43
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.

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
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.

JOEL 2:3,20,30-31
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.

Israel Blames Egypt as Hamas Smuggles More Weapons
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu NOV 15,10


Israeli intelligence has blamed Egypt for allowing Hamas to continue to smuggle in weapons, including missiles that can reach Tel Aviv. An unnamed senior officer briefed foreign news agencies on Sunday and voiced unusual public criticism of Cairo.

Egypt immediately denied the accusations, saying that Israel knows it is doing its best to cut off the supply of arms and terrorists from Egypt to Gaza, which usually takes place through underground tunnels.The officer also took the opportunity to reveal that advanced missiles in the hands of Hamas terrorists can easily reach metropolitan Tel Aviv. After Israel's Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign two years ago, then-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni accepted American guarantees that smuggling would not resume.Hamas is making very big efforts to build up their military capabilities, the officer said, building up their rocket capabilities in the Gaza Strip - and all this is happening because of one important thing: the smuggling of weapons through Egypt to the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian Soldier Stands by Smuggling Tunnel
He said that Egypt has lost control of what is happening, adding that Israel has aerial photos of Egyptian soldiers stationed less than 75 feet from the opening of a smuggling tunnel that operates under his eyes, under his control. Nobody is doing anything about it. Egypt can stop all this smuggling of weapons within 24 hours if they want to do it.Egypt occasionally blows up several tunnels and then cites these efforts as proof it is working against smugglers. Officials in Cairo said they have discovered nearly 700 smuggling tunnels this year and have prevented 50 tons of explosives from entering Gaza.The Israeli official also cited bribery as rampant at or near the border with Gaza. However, he added that Egypt has been cooperating when there is intelligence that a terrorist attack is imminent.Nevertheless, Cairo last week accused Israel of issuing false warnings of planned terrorist attacks in the Sinai in order to ruin the local tourist industry. The intelligence officer who spoke with foreign news agencies said that Egypt made a wave of arrests following a recent warning, but that it is not known if they have found two terrorists who entered the Sinai from Gaza to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.
(IsraelNationalNews.com)

Hamas Admires Obama
by Elad Benari NOV 15,10


U.S. President Barack Obama’s tough stance towards Israel since he has taken office has apparently struck a chord with none other than Hamas.A poster recently produced by the terrorist group and which is being sold in the Gaza Strip, depicts Obama wearing a kaffiyeh, the traditional Muslim head covering. The text under the photo reads in English: Abu Hussain! Palestine loves you!!! (Abu Hussain is the name for Obama which is commonly used by Hamas)The text in the poster appeared last week on the front pages of several leading Arab daily publications. A report on the poster also appeared in The New York Post and was translated into Hebrew by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. The report in The Post attributes Hamas’ admiration towards Obama as a result of his tendency to drop hints that he means to be tough with Israel which include occasional statements about Jewish settlements. The report also cautions that although Obama’s applying pressure on Israel may look good to Hamas, it may also reduce the chances of reaching an agreement on the creation of a Palestinian state.Last week, it seemed as though Obama was indeed making efforts to reach out to the Muslim community. In a speech he gave last Wednesday during his official visit to Indonesia, Obama emphasized that the U.S. is not at war with Islam but acknowledged that it is hard to eradicate years of mistrust as he called it. He added that relations between the U.S. and Muslim communities have frayed over many years and said that he has made it a priority to begin to repair these relations.
Indonesia’s religious leaders were skeptical about Obama’s true intentions, saying that he has not yet matched rhetoric with concrete action.(IsraelNationalNews.com)

NOW WE KNOW WHY THE ARAB-MUSLIMS MURDER AND BEHEAD INNOCENT PEOPLE.THEIR SO FULL OF DRUGS AND DECIEVED INTO BELIEVING LIES.SATAN USES THEM AS HIS PUPPETS TO MURDER INNOCENT ISRAELIS AND CHRISTIANS.BUT THESE REASONS TO ARE A COPOUT FOR TAKING RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THEIR MURDEROUS ACTIONS.THEIR JUST COMPLETE HATE-MURDER FOR SEX FOREVER MONGERS.PURE AND SIMPLE.

Stressed out Gazans need therapists, pop pills
By Nidal al-Mughrabi – Mon Nov 8, 4:07 pm ET


JABALYA, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – If ever there was a little corner of the world where trauma therapists hanging out their shingle should do a boom business, it has to be Gaza.Take, for example, Samira, a 43-year-old schoolteacher and mother of five who lived too close to a Hamas security complex bombed repeatedly during Israel's December 2008-January 2009 cross-border offensive.I could not sleep for months -- no, for a year. I used to have dreams and even while awake I used to hear the sound of explosions when there was really nothing happening, said the woman, who did not want to be named.One of my children also wet his bed for several months, she added.

A trauma therapist should have been on the case -- and in this instance, was. But in Gaza, despite decades of Israeli incursions, economic blockades, deadly internal infighting among Palestinians and grinding poverty, dealing with trauma is something brand new -- and not a total success, either.Experts estimate that up to 15 percent of Gazans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but Western-style psychotherapy is a relatively recent arrival.Gazans, for whom therapy comes after scraping a living, also are culturally wary of seeking outside help with emotional and mental problems. The Israeli blockade ensures the enclave remains dirt poor, and not in a position to pay for new health services.We need specialists to deal with children, others to deal with adults, and specialists who can deal with specific and complicated psychological disorders, psychologist Hassan Zeyada, of the Gaza Mental Health Program, said.Gaza lacks qualified psychiatrists who meet regional criteria for the profession, he said. Experts say many of those practicing in Gaza at the moment were self-taught.

PSYCHO DRUGS ABUSED

On top of that, the minute psychotropic drugs were introduced to help deal with stress, drug abuse cropped up.During its 2008-2009 offensive, Israel attacked Gaza to shut down the firing of short-range rockets fired at southern Israel. About 1,400 Palestinians were killed and over 4,000 injured.In the aftermath, with psychotherapy a relatively unknown option, Gazans began taking the opiate Tramadol, self-medicating to calm jangled nerves and recurring panic attacks.Gaza's drug craze is gradually coming under control. Tramadol is now officially available by prescription only, but its use as a recreational drug remains a serious problem.I've stopped ordering it, even for legal uses, one local pharmacist said. I know the devastating effect that abuse of this drug can have on youngsters.For sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other psychological ailments, more promising therapies are now on offer.

NOT A STIGMA

Dyaa Saymah, a mental health officer with the World Health Organization in Gaza, said the WHO was trying to include psychological services in primary health care clinics and we have so far trained 300 doctors and nurses in 56 clinics. Many people still view seeing a psychiatrist as a stigma,he said. But people do go to primary health clinics and there a trained doctor can see what they really need.Gaza also needed a Code of Practice to regulate a profession in which many practitioners are self-taught, experts said. Zeyada said there was no official figure for the incidence of PTSD in Gaza, but he endorsed a recent study by a colleague who estimated it at 10-to-14 percent among the 1.5 million people living in a 40-km by 12-km (25-mile by 8-mile) enclave smaller than an Australian sheep ranch.We are talking about people who fit the full criteria of psychological disorder. We are not talking about the many people who suffer reactions because of certain pressure in their daily lives and certain difficulties and problems,Zeyada said.Deputy Minister of Health Hassan Khalaf said Gaza's incidence of PTSD was not above 15 percent, and maintained it was not the most prevalent psychological problem.Our most pressing (mental health) problem is depression, and the causes are several, including the ongoing blockade, last year's war and its continued consequences, the bad economic situation and the lack of vision for the future,he said.Gaza's problems are compounded by a climate of suspicion rooted in the intractable dispute between Hamas and Fatah, the dominant Palestinian movement which favors negotiation with Israel and was driven out of Gaza in 2007.Gaza's patients with psychological problems therefore are not referred to Israel. And while Palestinians today are more ready to accept psychotherapy than in the past, there is a reluctance to discuss mental or emotional problems, doctors say.Awareness is higher but still limited, and many people still regard the topic as taboo,Zeyada said. As long as Hamas holds control and remains hostile, there is little chance of Israel lifting its quarantine, but at least some of the new services, including help lines and advice over the Internet, are beginning to take hold -- and have an impact, even if violence is never far away.

It is was hard for me to see a doctor, but a friend of mine convinced me it was not a stigma to see one. So I finally visited a doctor with my boy, the schoolteacher and mother-of-five said.After several weeks I began to feel better and my son stopped wetting his bed. I think I have recovered and I hope the violence is over. But maybe it's not.

LAND FOR PEACE (THE FUTURE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH)

JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

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.

DANIEL 11:21-23
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

JEREMIAH 6:14
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

JEREMIAH 8:11
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

THIS IS HOW HYPOCRITICAL THE ARABS ARE.THEY WANT ISRAEL TO HIRE THEM TO BUILD HOUSES IN ISRAEL.THEN AFTER THE HOUSES ARE DONE,THE ARABS CRY ISRAEL IS BUILDING SETTLEMENTS AND THE ARABS WANT IT STOPPED.HOW STUPID (BRAINLESS,BRAINWASED) ARE THESE ARABS AND THE U.N ANYWAY.

Despite ban, Palestinians build the settlements By Ben Hubbard, Associated Press – Wed Nov 10, 5:03 pm ET

ARIEL, West Bank – It's a startling fact: The workers building Israel's West Bank settlements have generally been Palestinians — even though Palestinians widely consider these communities a toxic threat to their dream of an independent state.Now comes a twist: earlier this year, the Palestinian government passed a law forbidding work in the settlements — and its determination to stamp out the phenomenon is being sorely tested in recent weeks, as a settlement building boomlet has emerged in the West Bank.With the Palestinian economy facing double-digit unemployment, the issue has sparked some soul-searching and debate.It is immoral for us — totally immoral for us — to work in settlements, said Economics Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh, an enthusiastic supporter of the law which passed in April and bans Palestinians from such work.Abu Libdeh said the ban — which imposes fines of up to $14,000 and jail time of up to five years for violators — will eventually be enforced. But for now, he said, the government is holding off while it searches for ways to help workers switch jobs.About 21,000 Palestinians currently work in settlements, either in construction, agriculture or industry. Their ability to return to the settlements in recent years — after a period of violence from 2000-2005 which saw the two peoples separated almost completely — has been key to the mini-revival of the Palestinian economy.But it is also helping the settlements prosper and expand.Some 300,000 Israelis live in more than 120 settlements across the West Bank — almost a threefold increase over two decades of peace negotiations. Another 180,000 live in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians hope to make their capital.In the settlement of Ariel on Wednesday, Palestinian laborers readily admitted they were torn between politics and paychecks.Dozens of them mixed cement, laid bricks and arranged red tiles on the roofs of 48 new apartments at a dusty construction site in what is already a town boasting 19,000 residents.

Most work eight-hour shifts five days a week and earn between $35 and $55 per day — which is somewhat less than what Israeli workers would cost, but more than what is generally available to Palestinians in the West Bank. There, similar jobs usually pay $25 per day in the Palestinian cities and $15 in rural areas.Sitting inside a yellow tractor, Abed Abdel-Karim, 41, said he'd been working in settlements for 15 years. He said they threaten the future Palestinian state but said he has no other way to earn a living.He acknowledged it was a problem, but it's not my job to fix it ... I'm married and have kids. I don't want to be a millionaire. I just want to pay my bills.Palestinians have opposed the settlements since Israel captured east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war. Supported by most of the world community, they consider the West Bank occupied territory and say moving Israeli civilians there violates international law. Israel calls it disputed territory and says it can build there until a peace deal is reached.The settlements emerged as a hugely contentious issue in the U.S.-led peace talks launched in September. It was Israel's decision to end a 10-month moratorium on new construction that caused the talks to grind to a halt just weeks later.Now there are hundreds of new units in various stages of construction — and Palestinians, just as before, are at the heart of the enterprise, despite the ban.

Palestinian Labor Minister Ahmed Majdalani said that one way the government is trying to combat the phenomenon is the creation of an investment fund aimed at supporting large-scale construction projects and other Palestinian employers.The fund, announced in May, is hoping to tap international donors, but so far the only moneys have come from the Palestinian Authority itself — $5 million, or a tenth of the $50 million target. Even if the fund takes off, Palestinian companies will likely continue to pay less than Israeli ones. But Majdalani said he's counting on national pride and fear of punishment to entice workers away from settlements. We don't consider the difference in pay a justification for anyone to go work in the settlements — not nationalistically, politically or morally,he said.Another possible solution for the Palestinian workers is the planned city of Rawabi, which will be built from the ground up for 40,000 residents; but this massive project remains on hold because Israel has not given builders permission for a key access road.At the construction site in Ariel, 32-year-old Abdel-Jaber Bouzia was doubtful any of these schemes would work. He did not fear the legal ban on working in the settlements and could hardly imagine their removal.Maybe after a million years, he said, shoveling sand into a rumbling cement mixer. Or on Judgment Day.

What do the settlers say?

Settler spokeswoman Aliza Herbst noted that some settlements themselves ban Arab labor, sometimes due to security concerns, but it remains attractively cheap and abundant.She said she supports the Palestinian government's efforts because she would prefer employers were freed of the financial temptation and hired Jews instead.I hope they succeed,she said.

Netanyahu Planning for Post-Freeze Political Assault
by Hillel Fendel NOV 15,10


Though the Cabinet has not yet approved the additional three-month construction freeze demanded by Obama, Netanyahu is already making contingency plans to shore up his coalition if some of his partners quit.Opposition to the expected freeze has arisen within the Jewish Home party, the smallest member of the coalition, as well as within Netanyahu’s Likud party itself. Senior Likud members say that the coming days will be critical in determining whether he will be forced to make changes in his coalition. He is preparing for the possibility of tremors in the party, and perhaps even a form of rebellion, one said.The freeze is expected to pass in the Cabinet by a narrow margin, because of the expected abstention by two Shas party members. Minister Eli Yishai, who has long outspokenly opposed another freeze, explained, There’s a freeze going on anyway de facto, both in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria. It’s better to make it official, to limit its duration and to receive in exchange approval to build in Jerusalem, than to freeze unofficially forever.Shas has long been known to take a nationalist stand in words but to take more dovish positions when it comes to actual votes. This was true in 1993, when the first Oslo Agreement vote was held; the Knesset Members of Shas abstained in the Knesset vote, thus allowing the agreements to be ratified. During the period preceding the Disengagement from Gaza, when Shas was not a coalition member party, it voted against the withdrawal – but also voted against a nationalist-proposed amendment to make the Disengagement contingent upon a country-wide referendum.Ministers Moshe Yaalon and Silvan Shalom of the Likud say they oppose a new freeze, and Ministers Livnat, Katz and Erdan expressed a measure of opposition. Several Likud MKs will convene today in the office of Minister Yuli Edelstein to discuss ways of pressuring Netanyahu not to bring the freeze proposal for a vote.(IsraelNationalNews.com)

Abbas Silent on Freeze, the Likud Squabbles and Obama Cheers
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu NOV 15,10


Palestinian Authority leaders are railing against the American plan of a new non-renewable building freeze, but PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is holding the trump card and keeping a poker face.He has let his aides reject the proposal, hatched during conversations between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington last week, but he has not spoken.The script of the suggested 90-day freeze is also most a carbon copy of the 10-month freeze established last year. The intent of both freezes – the one that expired and the one that still is being hatched – was to bring Abbas and Israel together for direct talks on establishing the PA as a state on the Land of Israel where more than 300,000 Jews live in approximately 150 communities. These do not include another 300,000 in Jerusalem neighborhoods where the PA also wants sovereignty.Similar to last year, nationalists in the government are up in arms, and senior ministers said they will vote against the plan. Similar to last year and in the past, several of them, including Shas, now are ready to abstain, giving Prime Minister Netanyahu an apparent one-vote majority.Also like last year, U.S. President Barack Obama has publicly praised Prime Minister Netanyahu while Kadima leader Tzipi Livni waits in the wings for a crack in the coalition government that would leave the Prime Minister no option other than to turn to Kadima. If that was President Obama’s hope, it did not work last year, and this time around, the government is even more nationalist and less likely to fall apart.

On the other side, the Palestinian Authority and the Arabs world also are following last year’s script – waiting for Israel to move, publicly condemning the idea and delaying an answer until their leaders discuss the plan, which still may be changed by the Israeli Cabinet before it comes up for a vote.The new plan by Secretary Clinton holds out the carrot to Abbas that permanent Palestinian Authority borders, a subject which has been a Gordian knot for more than 15 years of talks, will be defined within 90 days. The Obama administration is counting on the Arab world to follow last year’s script and not be the loser in the blame game for turning down the president of the United States and ditching the diplomatic process once and for all.So far, Arab leaders are making last year’s diplomatic maneuvers look like a dress rehearsal.While Abbas remains silent, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the building freeze must be comprehensive, meaning it must include areas in Jerusalem. PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said it will be difficult for the PA to accept the freeze because it does not include areas in southern, eastern and northern Jerusalem, but he did not say the PA would reject the idea.Abbas has claimed he knows nothing of the proposed plan, but, if so, that will change by Monday afternoon. David Hale, assistant to U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, is to brief Abbas on Monday in Ramallah, according to the French news agency AFP. Several weeks ago, the Arab League gave the American government one month to pressure Israel into halting all building for Jews in PA-claimed areas of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. It later extended the deadline for a month but warned that if President Obama cannot deliver the goods, the PA would turn to the United Nations for unilateral recognition as a state.Hamas advisor Yousef Rezqah, of course, scored Clinton's proposal as proof of the ongoing biased American stance towards the Zionist occupation. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) released a statement that the American proposal legalizes settlement and annexing [of] Jerusalem.(IsraelNationalNews.com)

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