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No government shutdown, but what do we have instead?

Posted by Admin on April 10, 2011

http://www.headlinenewsbureau.com/siterun_data/news/world/doc5e4ce47210febe920c47d5a943478694.html

So we have a deal and a government, and the eighth-graders visiting Washington (by tradition in the US, it’s in the eighth grade, or form as you call it, when students take their field trips to the capital) can go to the Smithsonian today. That’s all nice.

Also nice is that the offensive (and offensive it was) against Planned Parenthood failed, so at least we haven’t yet reached the point as a society that poor women must die of cervical cancer to satisfy the ideological itches of a few men, although fear not, we’re getting there.

But the $38 billion cut is the largest single-year cut in the history of the country, according to the president, who taped a three-minute video statement shortly after 11 pm Friday night, when the deal was announced by Speaker John Boehner.

It’ll be next week, I’d reckon, before we know exactly what was cut and by how much. As those details come out, an already disgruntled liberal base is just going to get angrier.

I understand what Obama is doing when he talks, as he does in the video, about the government needing to live within its means. I’m sure it polls well with independents, and as I’ve said many times, he needs to rebuild his standing among independents. We all get this.

But but but: to hear Obama kinda-sorta boasting about overseeing a domestic spending cut on a scale that even Ronald Reagan never managed leaves one wondering where and over what he might someday draw a line in the sand.

Last December, he signed George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Then he introduced his own budget, which include a five-year pay freeze for federal employees and cut funding for a couple of subsidy programs for poor and elderly people.

Finally, during this whole process, he never once that I can remember made a forceful public statement singling out a GOP cut as severe or unwise, never defended family planning initiatives, never pointed to one thing and said, this I will not brook.

Yes, I understand, liberals are outnumbered. I’m more understanding of that than most liberals I know, believe me. And Republicans have power now, and they’re extreme, and this is the way it’s going to be for a little while at least. But any skillful politician can find ways to communicate to the middle and his base simultaneously. He just has to want to.

Barack Obama US federal government shutdown US Congress Michael Tomasky Guardian News & Media Limited 2011

 

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US government shutdown averted

Posted by Admin on April 10, 2011

http://www.headlinenewsbureau.com/siterun_data/news/world/doc2fa834423f237f573e3b8514aac1b352.html

US government shutdown averted

Obama and Democrats forced to accept $39bn package of cuts while Republicans gave way on healthcare for women

A shutdown of the US federal government scheduled to begin on Saturday was averted after the Democrats and Republicans reached agreement only hours before midnight on budget spending cuts.

The shutdown would have triggered major disruptions across the country and could have set back the country’s fragile economic recovery. Hundreds of federal agencies would have closed down and about 800,000 federal staff faced suspension.

The deal came after days of negotiation between Obama and the Republican House Speaker, John Boehner, and the Democratic leader in the Senate Harry Reid. A deal had appeared to be tantalisingly close several times but was not finalised, until Friday night.

Boehner, an hour before midnight, told journalists in Congress: “I am pleased that Senator Reid and the White House have come to an agreement that will cut spending and keep government open.”

It would have been the first federal government shutdown since 1995-96 when there was a stand-off between the Republicans and the Clinton White House.

Barack Obama tore up his schedule for Friday, including the start of a family weekend break in Virginia, to concentrate on negotiations with Republicans. He had hoped to reach a compromise Friday morning but discussions dragged out throughout the day.

Obama portrayed the compromise as a tribute to US democracy as he said: “Tomorrow … the entire federal government will be open for business.”

Reid, like Obama, paid tribute to the Republicans in spite of the repeated clashes over the last week. “This has been a long process,” Reid said. “It has not been an easy process. Both sides have had to make tough choices.”

The Republicans forced the Democrats to agree to $39bn (£23bn) in spending cuts in this year’s budget to September, $6bn more than the Democrats were prepared to accept earlier this week. In return, the Republicans dropped a demand to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, an organisation providing healthcare for women. Republicans objected to the organisation’s links to abortion.

Boehner had as many problems in negotiations with his own Republican party as he did with the White House and Democratic members of the House. Many Republicans were elected in November with the support of the Tea Party movement who have demanded huge reductions in the federal deficit.

After reaching a deal with the White House and the Congressional Democrats, Boehner had to take the proposal to Congressional Republicans for final approval.

Boehner said Congress would pass a temporary spending measure to keep the government open until mid-way through next week. This would allow time for passage of the budget bill covering spending up until the end of the fiscal year in September.

The deal came after Obama spoke twice by phone Friday with Boehner.

The Republicans faced being blamed for the disruption if they had not reached a deal. But Obama could have suffered too, accused of weak leadership, unable to prevent a government shutdown.

About 800,000 federal employees would have been suspended without pay from Monday, more than a million troops at home and abroad would not have received pay, tax offices would have been disrupted and, in Washington DC, rubbish collection, parking control and other services would have ceased.

Pollution checks by the Environmental Protection Agency would have stopped across the US, as would monitoring of Wall Street transactions.

The White House, Congress, the Pentagon and hundreds of other bodies would have had to reduce staff.

The immediate impact of a shutdown would have been felt by tourists hoping to visit some of America’s most popular attractions, the 400 national parks, monuments and historic sites.

Queues grew at passport offices on Friday as tourists and people travelling for business or other reasons put in their applications afraid of a closedown.

The dispute offers a glimpse of bigger battles to come over the 2012 budget, in which Republicans are likely to seek much bigger cuts.

A Gallup poll published on Friday showed 58% of those surveyed favoured a compromise in this week’s row, with 33% backing the Republicans to hold out.

US federal government shutdown US politics Barack Obama John Boehner Republicans US Congress Democrats Obama administration United States US economy Ewen MacAskill Guardian News & Media Limited 2011

 

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Former Blackwater bought by investment group

Posted by Admin on December 18, 2010

Blackwater Worldwide's new company logo--refer...

Blackwater now Renamed Xe Services

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101217/ap_on_bi_ge/us_blackwater_sale

Erik Prince

AP – FILE – In this July 2008 file photo, Erik Prince, founder and CEO of then Blackwater Worldwide, now called Xe Services

RALEIGH, N.C. – An investment group with ties to the founder of the company formerly known as Blackwater announced Friday that it has bought the security firm, which was heavily criticized for its contractors’ actions in Iraq.

USTC Holdings said in a statement that the acquisition of the company now called Xe Services includes its training facility in North Carolina.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the statement said owner and founder Erik Prince will no longer have an equity stake and no longer be involved in Xe’s management or operations. The company will be managed by a board appointed by the equity holders and will include independent, unaffiliated directors, the statement said.

Prince founded the company in 1997 along with former colleagues from the Navy SEALs.

The ownership group is led by two private equity firms, including New York-based Forte Capital Advisors. Forte managing partner Jason DeYonker has been a longtime financial adviser to Prince, helping him expand the Moyock, N.C., training grounds and negotiating Blackwater’s first training contracts with the U.S. government.

“The future of this industry belongs to those companies with the highest standards of governance, transparency, and performance,” DeYonker said.

Xe announced in June that it was seeking a buyer. At the time, Prince said selling the company was a difficult decision, but constant criticism of Xe helped him make up his mind.

“Performance doesn’t matter in Washington, just politics,” he said.

In August, Prince moved to Abu Dhabi.

The private company became famous as Blackwater, which provided guards and services to the U.S. government in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. It became one of the most respected defense contractors in the world, but also attracted sharp criticism over its role in those missions.

It has been trying to rehabilitate its image since a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 people, outraged the Iraqi government and led to federal charges against several Blackwater guards. The accusations later were thrown out of court after a judge found prosecutors mishandled evidence.

In March, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin suggested the Pentagon should consider banning Xe from a $1 billion deal to train Afghan police. The Michigan Democrat said he thought the company’s involvement was hindering the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, Xe sold its aviation division for $200 million to Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR Corp. Also, five former executives, including Gary Jackson, the company’s ex-president, were indicted on charges of conspiring to violate federal firearms laws. Jackson was among the top officials who left the company last year in a management shake-up.

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American Hypocrisy: Destruction of the Constitution, Collapse of the Rule of Law

Posted by Admin on November 17, 2010

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Covert Interventionist

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by Paul Craig Roberts

Global Research, November 15, 2010

Ten years of rule by the Bush and Obama regimes have seen the collapse of the rule of law in the United States. Is the American media covering this ominous and extraordinary story?  No the American media is preoccupied with the rule of law in Burma (Myanmar).

The military regime that rules Burma just released from house arrest the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The American media used the occasion of her release to get on Burma’s case for the absence of the rule of law. I’m all for the brave lady, but if truth be known, “freedom and democracy” America needs her far worse than does Burma.

I’m not an expert on Burma, but the way I see it the objection to a military government is that the government is not accountable to law.  Instead, such a regime behaves as it sees fit and issues edicts that advance its agenda.  Burma’s government can be criticized for not having a rule of law, but it cannot be criticized for ignoring its own laws. We might not like what the Burmese government does, but, precisely speaking, it is not behaving illegally.

In contrast, the United States government claims to be a government of laws, not of men, but when the executive branch violates the laws that constrain it, those responsible are not held accountable for their criminal actions.  As accountability is the essence of the rule of law, the absence of accountability means the absence of the rule of law.

The list of criminal actions by presidents Bush and Obama, Vice President Cheney, the CIA, the NSA, the US military, and other branches of the government is long and growing.  For example, both president Bush and vice president Cheney violated US and international laws against torture. Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union responded to Bush’s recent admission that he authorized torture with calls for a criminal investigation of Bush’s crime.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the ACLU reminded the US Department of Justice (sic) that “a nation committed to the rule of law cannot simply ignore evidence that its most senior leaders authorized torture.”

Rob Freer of Amnesty International said that Bush’s admission “to authorizing acts which constitute torture under international law” and which constitute “a crime under international law,” puts the US government “under obligation to investigate and to bring those responsible to justice.”

The ACLU and Amnesty International do not want to admit it, but the US government shed its commitment to the rule of law a decade ago when the US launched its naked aggression–war crimes under the Nuremberg standard–against Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies and deception.

The US government’s contempt for the rule of law took another step when President Bush violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and had the National Security Agency bypass the FISA court and spy on Americans without warrants. The New York Times is on its high horse about the rule of law in Burma, but when a patriot revealed to the Times that Bush was violating US law, the Times’ editors sat on the leak for one year until after Bush was safely re-elected.

Holder, of course, will not attempt to hold Bush accountable for the crime of torture. Indeed, Assistant US Attorney John Durham has just cleared the CIA of accountability for its crime of destroying the videotape evidence of the US government’s illegal torture of detainees, a felony under US law.

Last February Cheney said on ABC’s This Week that “I was a big supporter of waterboarding.” US law has always regarded waterboarding as torture. The US government executed WW II Japanese for waterboarding American POWs.  But Cheney has escaped accountability, which means that there is no rule of law.

Vice president Cheney’s office also presided over the outing of a covert CIA agent, a felony. Yet, nothing happened to Cheney, and the underling who took the fall had his sentence commuted by president Bush.

President Obama has made himself complicit in the crimes of his predecessor by refusing to enforce the rule of law. In his criminality, Obama has actually surpassed Bush. Bush is the president of extra-judicial torture, extra-judicial detention, extra-judicial spying and invasions of privacy, but Obama has one-upped Bush.  Obama is the president of extra-judicial murder.

Not only is Obama violating the sovereignty of an American ally, Pakistan, by sending in drones and special forces teams to murder Pakistani civilians, but in addition Obama has a list of American citizens whom he intends to murder without arrest, presentation of evidence, trial and conviction.

The most massive change brought by Obama is his assertion of the right of the executive branch to murder whomever it wishes without any interference from US and international law. The world has not seen such a criminal government as Obama’s since Joseph Stalin’s and Hitler’s.

On November 8, the US Department of Justice (sic) told federal district court judge John Bates that president Obama’s decision to murder American citizens is one of “the very core powers of the president.” Moreover, declared the Justice (sic) Department, the murder of American citizens is a “political question” that is not subject to judicial review.

In other words, federal courts exist for one purpose only–to give a faux approval to executive branch actions.

If truth be known, there is more justice in Burma under the military regime than in the USA. The military regime put Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in her own home.
The military regime did not throw her into a dungeon and rape and torture her under cover of false allegations and indefinite detention without charges. Moreover, the military “tyrants” released her either as a sign of good will or under pressure from international human rights groups, or some combination of the two.

If only comparable good will existed in the US government or pressure from international human rights groups had equal force in America as in Burma.

But, alas, in America macho tough guys approve the virtual strip search of their wives and daughters by full body scanners and the grouping by TSA thugs of three-year old children screaming in terror.

Unlike in Burma, where Aung San Suu Kyi fights for human rights, the sheeple in Amerika submit to the total invasion of their privacy and to the total destruction of their civil liberties for no other reason than they are brain dead and believe without any evidence that they are at the mercy of “terrorists” in far distant lands who have no armies, navies, or air forces and are armed only with AK-47s and improvised explosive devices.

The ignorant population of the “Great American Superpower,” buried in fear propagated by a Ministry of Truth, has acquiesced in the total destruction of the US Constitution and their civil liberties.

Sheeple such as these have no respect anywhere on the face of the earth.

Paul Craig Roberts is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Paul Craig Roberts

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Brazil UFO/ET Disclosure

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2010

Godfather of Exopolitics

Godfather of Exopolitics

Brazil Leads the Way Toward Global UFO/ET Disclosure
By Ed Komarek
3/21/10
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My blog: http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/

Brazil is proving itself to be foremost among all the nations of the world in UFO/ET disclosure and the first to really begin to experience the UFO/ETexopolitical tsunami http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2010/04/ufoet-political-tsunami.html that I have been discussing in previous articles. Much of the credit for this UFO/ET disclosure in Brazil is due to long time civilian UFO investigators like A.J. Gevaerd editor of Brazil’s UFO Magazine and their military and political counterparts in the Brazilian government.

It’s clear that Brazil does not just talk democracy, they are putting democracy into practice daily in regards to UFO/ET disclosure and other matters. This is true democratic leadership, of by and for the people, as it should be practiced by all countries of the world. The public cooperation between Brazilian civilians and the Brazilian authorities far exceeds anything going on in other countries.

The real game changer is that other groups not part of Brazil’s UFO community are piling on to pressure the government for more disclosure. This is something that civilians and policymakers around the world need to keep a close eye upon. So far shadow governments in the U.S. and around the globe have been able to contain disclosure within UFO communities and away from the general public. If this containment breaks down as seems to be happening in Brazil, disclosure could accelerate exponentially in all countries.

According to A.J. Gevaerd’s web site http://www.ufo.com.br/ and with Google Translate http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ufo.com.br%2F the Brazilian Committee of Ufologists (CBU) has joined with other organizations outside of Brazil’s UFO community to assist in pressuring for more disclosure of documents and at higher levels of sensitivity.

A.J. Gevaerd says on his website that, “The CBU has joined the Forum for the Right of Access to Public Information, a large organization with many member organizations who all fight together for release of government information in Brazil.” AJ says, “It is difficult for individuals or small groups to pressure for the release of information separately, so different groups with different agendas have organized to battle for the release of government information as a cohesive unit.” A.J. tells me that the pro-disclosure environment is improving so rapidly in Brazil that both high level military officers and politicians are beginning to come out in force to aggressively support UFO/ET disclosure.

I have already written about some of the Brazilian military authorities who have come out in support of disclosure so I asked A.J. if politicians were speaking out for disclosure as well, and A.J says, ” Yes a few, and more and more every day.”

The latest political and military figure to emerge to publicly talk about UFOs is Lieutenant Brigadier Socrates da Costa Monteiro in a interview with A.J. Gevaerdhttp://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ufo.com.br%2Findex.php%3Farquivo%3DnotComp.php%26id%3D4545&sl=pt&tl=enand the whole article and in good English herefile:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/OWNER/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/1TYNRGFT/letter[1].htmlFor other interviews with other high level military and public officials go here. http://www.cohenufo.org/BrazilianUFODocumentsReleased.htm

The government of the United States and Brazil have a long history of covert UFO/ET collaboration going back to the very beginning of the UFO/ET cover up as evidenced by material like the Fontes Briefing.http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2007/11/1958-fontes-saucer-briefing.html I asked A.J. Gevaerd if he had uncovered any documentation indicating that the United States was behind the continued extreme reluctance of the Brazilian government to release more sensitive UFO/ET documents that they have admitted to possessing. (I will edit in his response when he gets back with me.)

A.J. will be speaking at Steve Bassett’s exopolitical conference this year May 7-10. http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/main.html . I think Steve has made a very good move to hold the conference in the National Press Building as this should really help to keep exopolitics on the national media map.

What is breaking out into the open in Brazil is bubbling just below the surface in other countries all around the world. I have been reporting on this in previous articles. What is happening in Brazil is the most visible portion of a much greater societal upheaval undercurrent developing in regards to the integration into extraterrestrial realities.

In the feedback from my latest article I was told about an article in the Washington Times Inside the Beltway Column.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/25/inside-the-beltway-64915953/?page=2 It’s nice to see the ridicule factor fading on UFO/ET issues in US national media outlets. I don’t think this is happening by chance, but seems to indicate a more tolerant CIA policy toward UFOs in the major mass media.

The article says, “Some people contend that lawmakers act like they’re from another planet. Then there are those convinced that otherworldly affairs play a distinct role in politics, like Denver-based activist JeffPeckman, who insists the nation needs an “Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission” and demands that President Obama, in the name of “transparency,” release 60 years worth of official records about UFOs. ”

“Mr. Peckman borrows Cold War reasoning from former President Reagan in an impassioned plea: “President Obama, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the United States and the world, if you seek truth, come here to this historic opportunity. Mr. President, open the files on UFOs and extraterrestrial visitors. Mr. President, ‘tear down this wall’ of UFO secrecy,” Mr. Peckham says.”

Another big thing bubbling just beneath the surface in the United States are the Military UFO Working Group’s activities. Things have really been coming to a head recently. See my previous article on the Tenth Fleet.http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2010/04/navys-tenth-fleet.html and

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