The Weekly Review ~ Issue 1202
by Jeff Mörder
In this edition:
-Afghanistan: 130 months and counting
-Replication National Convention-a police state?
-1,400 pounds of explosives to be delivered to DHS
-Bradley Manning pretrial to begin Tuesday
-The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism (NS)
-Russian expert predicts Obama will declare martial law in America by the end of 2012 (IH)
130 months and counting
On October 7, 2001 the U.S. government launched its first military operation in Afghanistan, initiating what would be the longest running and most costly war in US history – the War in Afghanistan.
Following the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the United States military declared the War on Terror, a campaign waged against al-Qaeda and other militant organizations with the purpose of eliminating them.
The United States military immediately took sights on Afghanistan, al-Qaeda and the Taliban regime, but the main target was the world’s most wanted terrorist: Usama bin Laden.
Usama bin Laden is the former leader of the terrorist network alleged to be behind the 9/11 attacks against the Pentagon and World Trade Center — al-Qaeda. It had been claimed bin Laden and his terrorist network were supported by the Taliban regime and were seeking refuge in Afghanistan. The United States military and coalition forces have conducted countless bombing campaigns against suspected hideouts and training facilities throughout Afghanistan, leading to the deaths of key al-Qaeda operatives, but never truly crippling the al-Qaeda network.
Since the beginning of the War in Afghanistan, it’s estimated the United States has spent over $487 billion dollars. The amount spent between 2009 and 2010 nearly doubled from $59.5 billion to $106.6 billion. The cost in 2011 alone was $122 billion dollars.
But there are some things you just can’t put a price on. The United States has deployed over 90,000 service men and women throughout Afghanistan, an amount that outnumbers all Coalition deployments put together. In result, the US has suffered the highest amount of casualties, an estimated 2106, doubling the estimated 1053 casualties suffered throughout the coalition forces.
Though former President George W. Bush received a vast criticism for the casualties in Afghanistan, the amount nearly doubled from 2008 to 2009 under the Obama administration. In 2010, 499 casualties were reported making it the deadliest year in Afghanistan to date.
Though Barack Obama promised to bring our troops home, he called this the “War of necessity”, but now it seems to be America’s forgotten war. There’s barely a whisper on the campaign trail in regards to the ongoing war, or throughout Congress for that matter, even though 80,000 troops are still currently fighting in Afghanistan, and in addition hundreds more are currently preparing to be deployed into the combat zone.
As the War in Afghanistan reaches it’s 11 year anniversary, the question remains “how much longer will our troops stay in Afghanistan, and for what reasons?”
In the last year, there has been even more controversy surrounding the United States continued occupancy in Afghanistan. Reports of US soldiers buring the Qur’an and going lone-wolf, killing innocent Afghan civilians are just a few of the examples of negative press relating to US presence in Afghanistan, furthering the question “Why are we still even over there?”
Republican National Convention
a police state?
When Tampa Bay residents awoke August 27, they weren’t just greeted by gusting winds and heavy downpours from Tropical Storm Isaac brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, they were greeted by an overwhelming police presence.
Despite being an inconvenient location to host any major political event during the peak of hurricane season, the 2012 Republican National Convention was chosen to be held in Tampa Bay, Florida. Though in the Gulf of Mexico, the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac can still be felt throughout the Tampa area, but it’s not the weather that’s causing concerns, it’s the overwhelming police presence that’s being labeled by some as a police state.
It seems the main concern for law enforcement isn’t the stormy weather conditions, it’s the potential protests. In a Public Service Announcement by Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, they state that the two law enforcement agencies will worth together as one throughout the RNC, and specifically addressed the threat of protests, suggesting law enforcement is almost positive there will be multiple ones carried out resulting in arrests.
Gee released a public address, stating “There will be arrests. The question is how many. We are prepared to handle any number of RNC-related arrests through our Orient Road Jail. We are committed to due process and the rule of law regarding RNC-related arrests. We have procedures and policies in place to ensure an orderly and lawful process for anyone arrested.” As a part of this process, it’s reported that an estimated 1,700 beds have been ordered to be cleared to make room for the potential arrests.
When Castor was asked about the cost for all of the security during a press conference, she responded “how much money did we spend? All of it”, making a quick laugh and continuing “we received a $50 million dollar grant from the government.”
A police officer orders a protester not write slogans on the sidewalk during a rally
A policeman, standing in front of dozens of others in riot gear in the background, records a protest during a downpour in Tampa
Police officers stand in a downpour as they watch demonstrators marching through the streets of Tampa to protest the Republican National Convention
Florida National Guard members guard the Tampa Police headquarters in downtown
Members of the National Guard patrol outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum
1,400 pounds of explosives to be delivered to DHS
Documents reveal that The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered over 1,400 pounds of super high-powered explosives through the (TSA) Transportation Safety Administration, set to be delivered on August 31st. The news comes just after it was reported that the DHS had purchased over 1.2 billion rounds of hollow point bullets and a wide assortment of riot gear. The new explosives purchase, as highlighted by mainstream news service Government Security News, consists of 1,400 pounds worth of high density ammonium nitrate and A-5 Flake RDX explosives.
According to an explosive materials manual, both of these items are considered ‘high powered’ explosives. High density ammonium nitrate in particular is used in certain types of dynamite.
In case you doubt the validity of the mainstream news report, you can actually locate the purchase statements on the official government website. If you prefer to see the purchase statements specifically, you can view them here. An excerpt from the purchase order reads as follows:
“The CES requires the 700 pounds of High Density Ammonium Nitrate and 700 pounds of A-5 Flake RDX to provide Canine Explosive Training Aids (CETAs) to NCP participants. The supplier must be able to meet the exact requirements by August 31st, 2012. Substitutions for this product are not acceptable.”
Bradley Manning pretrail to begin Tuesday
Pfc Bradley Manning, the man accused of being behind the leak of thousands of diplomatic cables and war logs, is scheduled to appear in a military courtroom Tuesday to begin his pretrail-hearing. Manning faces 22 charges, including wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet knowing that it was accessible to the enemy, theft of public property or records, transmitting defense information, and the most serious of the charges, aiding the enemy, a charge which can carry the penalty of life imprisonment for Manning.
The pretrial hearing is set to take place in Fort Meade, Md. Manning’s lawyer has demanded that the United States government produce all emails related to Manning’s pretrial detention at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. where he was imprisoned before his transfer to medium-security confinement at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
A military judge stated last month that Manning was largely barred from presenting evidence at his trial that the information he’s accused of leaking did minimal harm to the U.S. government and foreign relations.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned for over 800 days straight since his arrest in May 2010. Both supporters of Manning and his defense have called for his charges to be dropped in result of his unlawful pretrial punishment in Quantico, where it has been reported that Manning was held in the harshest conditions possible. Additional reports claim his mistreatment came from directly from the top.
Supporters plan to occupy numerous Obama campaign headquarters across the country on the final day of the National Democratic Convention, September 6.
The British government’s threat to invade the Ecuadorean embassy in London and seize Julian Assange is of historic significance. David Cameron, the former PR man to a television industry huckster and arms salesman to sheikdoms, is well placed to dishonour international conventions that have protected Britons in places of upheaval. Just as Tony Blair’s invasion of Iraq led directly to the acts of terrorism in London on 7 July 2005, so Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague have compromised the safety of British representatives across the world.
Threatening to abuse a law designed to expel murderers from foreign embassies, while defaming an innocent man as an “alleged criminal”, Hague has made a laughing stock of Britain across the world, though this view is mostly suppressed in Britain. The same brave newspapers and broadcasters that have supported Britain’s part in epic bloody crimes, from the genocide in Indonesia to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, now attack the “human rights record” of Ecuador, whose real crime is to stand up to the bullies in London and Washington.
It is as if the Olympics happy-clappery has been subverted overnight by an illuminating display of colonial thuggery. Witness the British army officer-cum-BBC reporter Mark Urban “interviewing” a braying Sir Christopher Meyer, Blair’s former apologist in Washington, outside the Ecuadorean embassy, the pair of them erupting with Blimpish indignation that the unclubbable Assange and the uncowed Rafael Correa should expose the western system of rapacious power. Similar affront is vivid in the pages of the Guardian, which has counselled Hague to be “patient” and that storming the embassy would be “more trouble than it is worth”. Assange was not a political refugee, the Guardian declared, because “neither Sweden nor the UK would in any case deport someone who might face torture or the death penalty”.
The irresponsibility of this statement matches the Guardian’s perfidious role in the whole Assange affair. The paper knows full well that documents released by WikiLeaks indicate that Sweden has consistently submitted to pressure from the United States in matters of civil rights. In December 2001, the Swedish government abruptly revoked the political refugee status of two Egyptians, Ahmed Agiza and Mohammed el-Zari, who were handed to a CIA kidnap squad at Stockholm airport and “rendered” to Egypt, where they were tortured. An investigation by the Swedish ombudsman for justice found that the government had “seriously violated” the two men’s human rights.
In a 2009 US embassy cable obtained by WikiLeaks, entitled “WikiLeaks puts neutrality in the Dustbin of History”, the Swedish elite’s vaunted reputation for neutrality is exposed as a sham. Another US cable reveals that “the extent of [Sweden’s military and intelligence] co-operation [with Nato] is not widely known” and unless kept secret “would open the government to domestic criticism”.
The Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, played a notorious leading role in George W Bush’s Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and retains close ties to the Republican Party’s extreme right. According to the former Swedish director of public prosecutions Sven-Erik Alhem, Sweden’s decision to seek the extradition of Assange on allegations of sexual misconduct is “unreasonable and unprofessional, as well as unfair and disproportionate”. Having offered himself for questioning, Assange was given permission to leave Sweden for London where, again, he offered to be questioned. In May, in a final appeal judgment on the extradition, Britain’s Supreme Court introduced more farce by referring to non-existent “charges”.
Accompanying this has been a vituperative personal campaign against Assange. Much of it has emanated from the Guardian, which, like a spurned lover, has turned on its besieged former source, having hugely profited from WikiLeaks disclosures. With not a penny going to Assange or WikiLeaks, a Guardian book has led to a lucrative Hollywood movie deal. The authors, David Leigh and Luke Harding, gratuitously abuse Assange as a “damaged personality” and “callous”. They also reveal the secret password he had given the paper which was designed to protect a digital file containing the US embassy cables. On 20 August, Harding was outside the Ecuadorean embassy, gloating on his blog that “Scotland Yard may get the last laugh”. It is ironic, if entirely appropriate, that a Guardian editorial putting the paper’s latest boot into Assange bears an uncanny likeness to the Murdoch press’s predictable augmented bigotry on the same subject. How the glory of Leveson, Hackgate and honourable, independent journalism doth fade.
His tormentors make the point of Assange’s persecution. Charged with no crime, he is not a fugitive from justice. Swedish case documents, including the text messages of the women involved, demonstrate to any fair-minded person the absurdity of the sex allegations – allegations almost entirely promptly dismissed by the senior prosecutor in Stockholm, Eva Finne, before the intervention of a politician, Claes Borgström. At the pre-trial of Bradley Manning, a US army investigator confirmed that the FBI was secretly targeting the “founders, owners or managers of WikiLeaks” for espionage.
Four years ago, a barely noticed Pentagon document, leaked by WikiLeaks, described how WikiLeaks and Assange would be destroyed with a smear campaign leading to “criminal prosecution”. On 18 August, the Sydney Morning Herald disclosed, in a Freedom of Information release of official files, that the Australian government had repeatedly received confirmation that the US was conducting an “unprecedented” pursuit of Assange and had raised no objections. Among Ecuador’s reasons for granting asylum is Assange’s abandonment “by the state of which he is a citizen”. In 2010, an investigation by the Australian Federal Police found that Assange and WikiLeaks had committed no crime. His persecution is an assault on us all and on freedom.
Igor Panarin, dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry School for future diplomats, believes that President Obama will announce martial law by the end of 2012.
He explains: “There’s a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur.”
In 2009, Panarin lectured at the Diplomatic Academy where he stated that he believes that the US will begin to collapse in 2010.
He compared America to Nazi Germany and blamed the US for the global financial crisis that destroyed the Russian economy.
Panarin said that American society is in decline, referencing school shootings like Columbine. Combined with the banker bailouts in 2008 as proof that the US is no longer the global dominating economy, Paranrin believes that the American dream is over.
He asserts that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will plunge America into a civil war that will center on the collapse of the US dollar.
Panarin created a map of how he perceived the US would be divided. He asserted that parts of the US would be taken over by foreign interests.
Considering the social climate emerging in America, Panarin’s words seem prophetic.
Lubbock County Judge Tom Head said on a local FOX affiliate station that he isconvinced that Obama’s re-election would spawn civil unrest which would justify the US government’s use of martial law to quell the public.
Head is seeking an increase in local taxes to “beef up” the Lubbock County Sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office.
Head expressed concern that Obama would deploy UN NATO troops onto US soil should civil unrest be declared.
“He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the U.S. to the United Nations, what’s going to happen when that happens?”
“I’m thinking worst case scenario. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe…we’re not just talking a few riots or demonstrations.”
In March of 2012, Obama signed the National Defense Resources Preparedness (NDRP) executive order that declared peacetime marital law. Obama granted himself authority over all domestic energy, production, transportation, food and water, all in the name of National Security.
The NDRP has roots in the Defense Production Act of 1950 wherein the US government was empowered to dispense “national resources” in the event of a national emergency that would define any or all Americans as a challenge to the government.
Control over all US citizens would be required to maintain continuity of government.
The president and advisors would be able to use this directive as they saw fit if the situation warranted it.
It was no mistake that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) declared the domestic US a “battlefield”. The ability to detain any American citizen without charge or trial, solely on suspicion is key to the power of the NDAA.
As defined in the NDRP, the President allocated control over American resources to specific federal agencies to oversee their dispensation.
- The Secretary of Defense has power over all water resources
- The Secretary of Commerce has power over all material services and facilities, including construction materials
- The Secretary of Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation
- The Secretary of Agriculture has power over food resources and facilities, livestock plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment
- The Secretary of Health and Human Services has power over all health resources
- The Secretary of Energy has power over all forms of energy
Under Nazi-controlled Germany, the beginning of Totalitarian control was evidenced in May of 1942 when freezing of food prices led to national rationing in 1943.
With the Nazis controlling resource dispersion, all citizens needed ration cards to obtain food, gas, and even a vacation pass that allotted the restriction of movement.
Between the NDAA and NDRP, a Nazi-model of control over the general population in America is laid out.
The Executive Branch, having been given the power to control all resources that are necessary to sustain all citizens, have forced Americans to become completely subservient to the US government.
The executive order is not permitted by the US Constitution which states:
“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
The advent of executive orders completely circumvents the power of the Congress and gives the Executive Branch unilateral power. The use of executive orders has become popular as a way to control America in wartime and advent of national emergencies.
Obama has set a precedent by announcing the pre-cursor to suspension of the US Constitution during peacetime.
The first suspension of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights was performed by Abraham Lincoln during the US Civil War. This enabled Lincoln to authorize the unlawful detainment of “political prisoners” without Congressional approval.
The second declaration of unconstitutional detainment of US citizens was ordered by President FDR in 1941 with the roundup of Japanese-Americans who were sent to detainment camps to be held without charge during WW II.
For the past 30 years, plans for the takeover of America have been laid in a long line of executive orders.
By stifling Congressional approval, the Executive Branch has been empowered to detain any and all US citizens, suspend all media, and restrict any and all Americans in any and all ways deemed appropriate by the President.
We are in the midst of a Fascist takeover of our Constitutional Republic.