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Bin Laden Death: Selling the Myth – Ron Paul Introduces Pro-Gun Bill – EU Central Bank Cranks Up Printing Press – Vancouver Hands Out Crack Pipes

August 5, 2011

The Mysterious Death of Osama bin Laden: Creating Evidence Where There Is None

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts worked under President Reagan as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury where he earned fame as the “Father of Reaganomics.”

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Aug 5, 2011

Bin Laden

The New Yorker has published a story planted on Nicholas Schmidle by unidentified sources who claim to be familiar with the alleged operation that murdered Osama bin Laden.

There is no useful information in the story. Its purpose seems simply to explain away or cover up holes in the original story, principally why did the Seals murder an unarmed, unresisting Osama bin Laden whose capture would have resulted in a goldmine of terrorist information and whose show trial would have rescued the government’s crumbling 9/11 story?

The gullible Schmidle tells us: “‘There was never any question of detaining or capturing him–it wasn’t a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees,’ the special-operations officer told me.” In other words, the SEALs murdered bin Laden, because the US government did not want detainees, not because trigger-happy stupid SEALs destroyed a font of terrorist information.

Why did the SEALS dump bin Laden’s body in the ocean instead of producing the evidence to a skeptical world?

No real explanation, just that SEALS had done the same thing to other victims. Schmidle writes: “All along, the SEALs had planned to dump bin Laden’s corpse into the sea–a blunt way of ending the bin Laden myth.” But before they did so, the US checked with an unidentified Saudi intelligence operative, who allegedly replied, “Your plan sounds like a good one.”

I mean, really.

After all of Sy Hersh’s New Yorker revelations of US government lies and plots, one can understand the pressure that might have been applied to the New Yorker to publish this fairy tale. But what is extraordinary is that there was a real story that Schmidle and the New Yorker could have investigated.

In the immediate aftermath of bin Laden’s alleged murder by the SEALs, Pakistani TV interviewed the next door neighbor to bin Laden’s alleged compound. Someone supplied the video with an English translation running at the bottom of the video. According to the translation, the next door neighbor, Mr. Bashir, said that he watched the entire operation from the roof of his house. There were 3 helicopters. Only 1 landed. About a dozen men got out and entered the house. They shortly returned and boarded the helicopter. When the helicopter lifted off it exploded, killing all aboard. Mr. Bashir reports seeing bodies and pieces of bodies all over.

The US government acknowledges that it lost a helicopter, but claims no one was hurt. Obviously, as there were no further landings, if everyone was killed as Mr. Bashir reports, there was no body to be dumped into the ocean.

A real investigation would begin with Mr. Bashir’s interview. Was he actually saying what the English translation reported? I have not been able to find the interview with the English translation, but I believe this is the interview that I saw.

Surely there is a qualified interpreter who can tell us what Mr. Bashir is saying. If the English translation that I saw is not a hoax, then we are presented with a story totally different from the one the government told us and repeated again through Mr. Schmidle.

If the English translation of Mr. Bashir’s interview is correct, one would think that there would be some interest on the part of US news organizations and on the part of the intelligence committees in Congress to question Mr. Bashir and his neighbors, many of whom are also interviewed on Pakistani TV saying that they have lived in Abbottabad all their lives and are absolutely certain that Osama bin Laden was not among them.

Mr. Schmidle goes to lengths to describe the SEALs’ weapons, although his story makes it clear that no weapons were needed as bin Laden is described as “unarmed” and undefended. The “startled” bin Laden didn’t even hear the helicopters or all the SEALs coming up the stairs. In addition to all his fatal illnesses which most experts believe killed him a decade ago, bin Laden must have been deaf as neighbors report that the sound of the helicopters was “intense.”

When Pakistanis on the scene in Abbottabad report a totally different story from the one that reaches us second and third hand from unidentified operatives speaking to reporters in the US who have never been to Abbottabad, shouldn’t someone qualified look into the story?

Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random House.


Ron Paul Introduced Pro-gun Legislation

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Written by Raven Clabough   –   New American
Thursday, 04 August 2011 17:35

Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul continues to champion constitutional rights. His latest endeavor is a bill that would abolish “gun-free zones,” ultimately permitting teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Predictably, anti-gun groups are calling the legislation “extremist.”

CNS News reports, “H.R. 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011, would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and remove all federally created criminal safety zones.”

The Gun-Free School Zones Act was first enacted as section 1702 of the Crime Control Act of 1990. The text of the act reads, “It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.”

Paul’s bill will permit individuals, including teachers, to carry firearms onto high-school and middle-school campuses.

The Gun-Free School Zones Act faced adamant opposition from Second Amendment advocacy groups like Gun Owners of America, which has indicated its support for Paul’s legislation.

According to a news release from Gun Owners of America, the Gun-Free School Zones Act protects criminals. The release points to attacks at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Fort Hood, all of which are “government facilities where the private possession of firearms was prohibited.”

The release continues, “It’s time to say NO to criminal safe zones. And a great place to start is the blatantly unconstitutional Gun-free School Zones Act.”

A number of pro-gun groups argued that the shootings at Columbine High School and Platte Canyon, two high schools in Colorado, necessitated the repeal of the School Zones Act so that campuses would be safer.

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said that despite the intentions of the School Zones Act, it ultimately created “target-rich, no-risk environments for monsters who have no fear of encountering an armed teacher or administrator, or a legally armed private citizen who might happen to be in the building.”

“This sort of thing didn’t happen before the advent of gun-free school zone laws,” Gottlieb said. “You never saw such an outrage in the days when high schools typically had rifle teams, and — particularly in the West — where it was common in the fall to find both teachers and students with hunting rifles or shotguns locked in their cars.”

Gun control groups, on the other hand, believe Paul’s legislation to be dangerous and extreme.

Ladd Everitt, communications director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said of the bill, “It’s a horrific piece of legislation that will present a direct threat to public safety. ‘Gun-free zones,’ despite the gun lobby’s propaganda, are far and away the safest places in our country.”

Everitt asserts that the bill will likely only garner support from extremist groups:

Rep. Paul’s legislation is the latest in a series of extreme pieces of legislation to come from the National Rifle Association. Bills like this have no public support whatsoever and seek to elevate the interests of the gun industry and a tiny minority of gun owners over the wishes, well-being, and safety of American families in communities across the United States.

But the Gun Owners of America points out that the federal government’s efforts have unintended consequences:

No one — including politicians, the police, or the individual citizen — can predict where the next deranged serial killer will attack. And yet politicians continue to create “criminal safe zones” such as schools, churches, parks, restaurants that serve alcohol, etc., where the law-abiding are disarmed.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said gun-free school zones have “disarmed the wrong people and left our schools, and the children inside, vulnerable to this kind of atrocity.”

The most recent example may be the developing story at Virginia Tech, where students are on lockdown after three students attending a summer camp spotted what they believed to be a gunman on campus near the student dining facility. Some fear it may result in a repeat of the tragic 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead.

If passed, Paul’s legislation could allow students and teachers to be armed and prepared in incidents such as these.

For now, Paul’s legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.



Euro Central Bank Fires up Printing Press As Crisis Grows

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Written by Alex Newman
Friday, 05 August 2011 12:00

ECBAs fears over global markets grow, the European Central Bank (ECB) signaled that it would start buying more European-government bonds in an effort to prop up the economies and governments of beleaguered nations and the region as a whole. In other words, it will print even more money to temporarily bail out reckless regimes drowning in debt.

But rather than calming investors, the announcement only sparked more confusion and turmoil. Follow-up reports added fuel to the fire.

Citing traders, several news outlets claimed that the central bank bought Irish and Portuguese bonds on August 4 — not Spanish or Italian debt as was expected. Ireland and Portugal, of course, have both received hundreds of billions in bailouts already.

Growing problems in Spain and Italy, however, have not yet been addressed. And the financial footing of those two nations is what is really causing serious concern at the moment.

The reasoning behind the odd ECB purchases left analysts scratching their heads. And considering plunging stock prices and increased turmoil in debt markets, the new plan is already being heavily criticized.

“What on earth is the ECB playing at? It is almost as if policy makers are deliberately conspiring to bring the crisis to a head,” noted economic and finance analyst Jeremy Warner. “If that’s the intention, they are certainly succeeding.”

Berenberg Bank economist Holger Schmieding also blasted the approach. “If that is the ECB response, it’s like the fire brigade responding but driving to the wrong place,” he told Reuters. “It doesn’t douse the fire and harms the credibility of the fire brigade.”

Some experts, however, predicted that the central bank would eventually yield to pressure and begin purchases of Spanish and Italian bonds. That’s because absent drastic measures to rescue the two nations — among the largest economies using the euro — the future of the European single currency itself would again be called into question.

“The ECB is the only one now to stop this and the pressure is huge on ECB as this will affect the whole world,” chief analyst Allan von Mehren of Danske Bank told MarketWatch, noting that a “massive policy reaction,” including central bank purchases of Spanish and Italian bonds, was likely due to growing market turmoil.

ECB boss Jean-Claude Trichet admitted during his monthly press conference that “uncertainty is particularly high,” but he refused to say whether the central bank was already secretly bailing out the governments of Spain and Italy. He did note, however, that the door was open for more economic “stimulus” via bond purchases.

But the central bank’s decision to resume its debt-buying program — supposedly halted more than four months ago — was not unanimous. According to news reports, significant internal opposition to the plan came from Germany’s Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann and others. But the divisions only left investors even more concerned.

Trichet also told reporters that the ECB would continue lending money to European banks while keeping its key interest rate at 1.5 percent. He noted that the economy had endured a “deceleration” of growth in recent months.

But despite Trichet’s tepid forecast of continued moderate growth, markets did not react favorably to the news conference. The euro plunged against other currencies on Thursday and European stocks performed even worse than American and Asian markets. Spanish and Italian stocks were among the worst.

Meanwhile, the European Union’s bailout fund is facing big problems of its own. Less than a month after yet another massive bailout was approved for the socialist Greek government, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso urged euro bigwigs to increase the size of the wealth-transfer mechanism yet again.

But analysts cautioned that such a move would be disastrous. “We’re looking at such huge amounts, the bailout fund could end up running over a trillion euros,” said Dr. Richard Wellings of the Institute for Economic Affairs, noting that a bailout or a default for Italy was almost inevitable.

Wellings blamed the “failed” euro experiment for the turmoil. “Obviously if you have a one-size-fits-all interest rate over a huge geographical area you’re going to inflate these different bubbles all over the region and it’s going to end up in tears,” he told RT in an interview. “The whole system is fundamentally flawed.”

What is really happening with the bailout, according to critics, is that a default is being postponed until all of the toxic bonds are off-loaded from the balance sheets of private banks and onto the backs of European taxpayers. Once that is accomplished, governments — especially Greece — will default and leave the public holding the bad debt.

And rather than strike at the root of the problem — central banking, integration, and big government — the economic crisis in Europe is being used to further centralize economic and political control over member states. But despite the refusal of Europe’s elite to even consider the prospect, many analysts still expect the EU and the euro to eventually crumble under the brewing storm.

While the euro was taking a beating, however, the Swiss Franc, gold, silver, and other assets have been surging as investors seek a safe haven. Switzerland’s central bank recently moved to curb the dramatic increase in the Swiss Franc relative to other currencies. But gold and silver are expected to continue rising if economic trends are not reversed.

Meanwhile, stocks around the world plunged over the last two days. The U.S. economy, like Europe’s, is also facing massive and growing systemic problems. All of the chaos has analysts ramping up warnings that the world is headed for a second crisis — possibly much more serious than the recent “recession.”

Of course, central-bank money creation and government bailouts will never solve the problems wreaking havoc on global markets. Those measures merely delay the inevitable while ensuring that the future crisis will be even worse.

What is needed, according to economists and experts with a solid track record, is sound money and smaller governments. But for now, analysts say the future does not look bright.

Photo of European Central Bank: AP Images


Vancouver Health Officials to Hand Out Crack Pipes

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Written by Raven Clabough
Friday, 05 August 2011 12:10

The Vancouver Coastal Health hospital is unveiling a pilot program, starting in October, that will permit healthcare workers to hand out “crack kits” to participants. Each kit will hold a clean, unused crack pipe, mouthpiece, filter, and condoms. The kits are estimated to cost around $50,000. Health officials say the goal of the program, scheduled to run for up to a full year, is to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C as well as other viruses.

The Vancouver Sun reports:

The intent is to connect health care workers with crack cocaine smokers to evaluate how many of the drug users are in the city and what equipment they need to lower their risk of catching diseases such as hepatitis C, HIV and even respiratory illnesses.

Vancouver Coastal Health official Reka Gustafson explains,

There’s been a shift to crack cocaine smoking and we want to make sure the services we provide are the services they need…. If we’re providing syringes and what we need are pipes, we’re not serving them.

Apparently health officials in Vancouver had already been providing mouthpieces for crack pipes, but not actual crack pipes. As a result, many crack users were sharing the pipes, many of which are cracked or chipped, and exchanged diseases from cuts on their mouths and transmitted respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.

“It’s just understanding and knowing the health consequences of crack cocaine smoking,” Gustafson said. “Mouthpieces alone are not enough. Health consequences don’t just come from the mouth piece; they come from unsafe pipes.”

Other cities, including Calgary and Winnipeg, have implemented similar programs. According to health officials, supplies are moving quickly. “We know there’s a demand and chances are what we’re going to be able to supply won’t last very long,” said Gustafson.

In Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, there are approximately 15,000 crack cocaine smokers. Officials point out that heroin users are able to get clean needles from needle-exchange programs or in the city’s safe-injection site, and assert that similar services should be provided for crack smokers, particular since there is an increased number of them.

“There’s quite a high prevalence of [people] smoking crack but it can differ from city to city,” said B.C. medical health officer Dr. Perry Kendall, whose report on the rise of crack-cocaine smoking in the Downtown Eastside prompted the inception of the program.

“Safer crack cocaine smoking among those who use this substance needs to be encouraged, and crack cocaine smokers need to be engaged, by including crack pipes with available harm reduction supplies and establishing supervised inhalation sites,” the report said.

According to Kendall, the program is likely to reduce the rate of disease among crack-cocaine smokers, since 60 to 80 percent of drug users in Vancouver have hepatitis C or are at risk of contracting it, and it is spread easily through saliva, blood, and sexual activity.

“There’s good reason that hepatitis C and HIV can be transmitted on the mouth piece of pipes. It’s not as clear as with needle-sharing but it’s pretty persuasive,” Kendall said. “This pilot will tell us if we should be doing more.”



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