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TBR News June 28, 2010

Jun 28 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

The Voice of the White House


            Washington, D.C., June 28, 2010: “Now that the American public is rapidly forgetting about the Israeli piracy and murder conducted against the unarmed Gaza aid convoy, the frantic screaming about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico seems to have dropped off the charts. The story managed to distract the public for several weeks and served its purpose and it can join all the other hype the press puts out to keep the sheep happy. Continue Reading »

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TBR News June 26, 2010

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The Voice of the White House

             Washington, D.C., June 26, 2010: “I have said that the Beltway is a leaky garden hose and yesterday, a friend passed me a list of American, and Canadian, political figures that some evil person got from the Press and Information Office of the Israeli Embassy. According to the attached cover sheet, this list shows various people who have signed up as “dedicated supporters of the State of Israel” and who can be counted on for money and political support. Continue Reading »

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TBR News June 23, 2010

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The Voice of the White House


            Washington, D.C., June 23, 2010: “All matter of interesting subjects boiling in the pot these days. Sacking a General in Afghanistan who really did not want to get the blame for Obama’s coming military failures there. And, of course, the oil spill in the Gulf, now the subject of many idiot blogs about huge gas bubbles, cracked ocean floors, false flag operations and on and on.

            If Yellowstone erupted tomorrow, count on it, the bloggers would drag the fictional Sorcha Faal out of retirement and talk about ‘Tesla death rays’, evil plots by the Bilderburgers, the Illuminati, the Skull and Bones Society and the CFR people.

            The Jews, both in Israel and the United States, are furious that their piracy is being criticized. How dare the world criticize sacred Israel? Well, they have seen to it that the mainline media in America keeps very quiet. Continue Reading »

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TBR News June 21, 2010

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The Voice of the White House

            Washington, D.C., June 21, 2010: “What have we here, children? We have a new source of information to keep us all nicely informed about important matters. His name is Robert Fadley, a scion of an old Virginia family who lives in Charlottesville, and has no love for the evil CIA.

We have an article by Robert in this issue, an article dealing with the comical Wikileaks but he will be giving us more about the CIA’s move into that staid Virginia town, now home to the excellent University of Virginia and Jefferson’s Monticello.

They are going to be installing a training academy for perverts just off of Seminole Trail Road, cunningly disguised as a satellite photo division.

The training camp was originally located at Camp Perry, aks ‘The Farm’ located near Williamsburg. They had to move from there because of certain unfortunate incidents at a middle school when school attendees escaped from their keepers and paid visits to playgrounds and other locales frequented by the unsuspecting tinys.

Now the attendees, a number of whom are convicted child molesters, are slated to be housed at the Lakeside apartments. This upscale place was selected because of the in-house activities and the proximity of the local police.

Their Den Mother is one horrible character known as ‘Yolanda, Queen of the Pampas.’ Short of body, dark of skin and wide of nostril, Yolanda, a devotee of Hindu gurus, is expected to keep her charges away from the dangers of local youth centers, playgrounds, swimming pools and children’s libraries.

The purpose of the Perv Academy? To teach the lovelies how to seduce the offspring of Important People such as foreign diplomats and even Important Americans. Isn’t that a lovely idea, kids? Look what our tax dollars pay for. If it isn’t waterboarding, it’s fun and games in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood!

Mr. Fadley, who detests both the CIA and molesters with equal vigor, will be a permanent contributor. I have read over some of his reports and they are well worth the time!”

Anadarko points finger at BP on Gulf oil spill

June 19, 2010

by Eileen AJ Connelly 

Associated Press

            HOUSTON (AP) — Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which owns a quarter of BP PLC‘s blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, late Friday blasted BP “reckless decisions and actions” that led to the well’s explosion.

Anadarko Chairman and CEO Jim Hackett’s statement came after some elected officials said Anadarko should help pay for the massive cleanup and spill-related claims. Company spokesman John Christiansen said the comments were in response to “a week’s worth of testimony” and other information and data compiled on the disaster.

“The mounting evidence clearly demonstrates that this tragedy was preventable and the direct result of BP’s reckless decisions and actions,” said Hackett in the statement. “We recognize that ultimately we have obligations under federal law related to the oil spill, but will look to BP to continue to pay all legitimate claims as they have repeatedly stated that they will do.”

The information disclosed this week “indicates BP operated unsafely and failed to monitor and react to several critical warning signs during the drilling” the statement continued. “BP’s behavior and actions likely represent gross negligence or willful misconduct.”

BP chief executive officer Tony Hayward said in a statement that the company strongly disagreed with the allegations

“These allegations will neither distract the company’s focus on stopping the leak nor alter our commitment to restore the Gulf coast,” Hayward said. “Other parties besides BP may be responsible for costs and liabilities arising from the oil spill, and we expect those parties to live up to their obligations.”

Anadarko had no employees on the well and was a non-operating partner in the project. A subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd. of Japan had a 10 percent stake. The rig was owned by Transocean Ltd. of Switzerland and operated by BP.

Anadarko also hinted at potential legal action against BP.

The statement said BP had a duty to perform the drilling “in a good and workmanlike manner and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.” The contract also holds BP responsible to its co-owners for damages “caused by its gross negligence or willful misconduct.”

Christiansen would not say whether Anadarko could be absolved of paying spill-related costs if lawmakers find BP negligent, or confirm that Anadarko intends to take legal action. “We’re looking at what’s available to us under our contractual remedies,” he said.

Anadarko said any actions it takes “to protect its rights relative to BP’s performance” will not shift the financial burden to taxpayers.

Anadarko’s statement came as BP’s chairman said Hayward was on his way out of the day-to-day oversight of the oil spill crisis, a day after he was pummeled by lawmakers in an appearance on Capitol Hill. Hayward’s refusal on Thursday to answer lawmakers’ questions, claiming that he was out of the loop, left many members of a House committee furious.

BP still has not said what caused the blast at the well.

Obama: Republicans blocking progress in Congress

Associated Press

June 19, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Saturday of blocking legislation that would boost the nation’s economic recovery and lift a $75 million cap on what oil companies must pay to families and small businesses affected by an oil spill.

Obama said the stalled Senate bill would extend unemployment benefits to workers without jobs and a tax credit for first-time homebuyers. He also said the legislation would save thousands of jobs across the country.

“Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the Senate won’t even allow this legislation to come up for a vote,” the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “And if this obstruction continues, unemployed Americans will see their benefits stop. Teachers and firefighters will lose their jobs. Families will pay more for their first home.”

Republicans, Obama said, are hurting the country and the economy by refusing to let the legislation move forward. He said the bill meant to hasten the economy recovery and lift the $75 million oil spill limit deserved a vote.

BP had paid out $95 million as of Friday and written about 30,000 checks to settle about half of the 63,000 claims it has received, a company spokesman said.

The chief of the Independent Claims Facility — the newly created office charged with distributing $20 billion in compensation from BP — said a plan to handle the remaining damage claims should be in place within about six weeks.

Republicans used their weekly address to claim the president has been too slow to react to the threats posed by the Gulf oil spill and some steps taken by his administration will do more harm than good.

“I’m glad President Obama is finally putting this catastrophe at the top of his agenda, but his response has been too slow,” Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi said. Wicker criticized Obama for pushing for an energy bill and increases in oil cleanup fees and for calling for a moratorium on deep-water drilling, which he said would cost jobs and raise the price of energy.

Regulators close Nev. bank for 83rd failure in ’10

June 19, 2010

by Marcy Gordon 

Associated Press

             WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators on Friday shut down a Nevada bank, raising to 83 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over Nevada Security Bank, based in Reno, with $480.3 million in assets and $479.8 million in deposits. Umpqua Bank, based in Roseburg, Ore., agreed to assume the assets and deposits of the failed bank.

The failure of Nevada Security Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $80.9 million.

In addition, the FDIC and Umpqua Bank agreed to share losses on $368.2 million of Nevada Security Bank’s loans and other assets.

With 83 closures nationwide so far this year, the pace of bank failures is more than double that of 2009, which was already a brisk year for shutdowns. By this time last year, regulators had closed 40 banks. The pace has accelerated as banks’ losses mount on loans made for commercial property and development.

The number of bank failures is expected to peak this year and be slightly higher than the 140 that fell in 2009. That was the highest annual tally since 1992, at the height of the savings and loan crisis. The 2009 failures cost the insurance fund more than $30 billion. Twenty-five banks failed in 2008, the year the financial crisis struck with force, and only three succumbed in 2007.

As losses have mounted on loans made for commercial property and development, the growing bank failures have sapped billions of dollars out of the deposit insurance fund. It fell into the red last year, and its deficit stood at $20.7 billion as of March 31.

The number of banks on the FDIC’s confidential “problem” list jumped to 775 in the first quarter from 702 three months earlier, even as the industry as a whole had its best quarter in two years.

A majority of institutions posted profit gains in the January-March quarter. But many small and midsized banks are likely to continue to suffer distress in the coming months and years, especially from soured loans for office buildings and development projects.

The FDIC expects the cost of resolving failed banks to grow to about $100 billion over the next four years.

The agency mandated last year that banks prepay about $45 billion in premiums, for 2010 through 2012, to replenish the insurance fund.

Depositors’ money — insured up to $250,000 per account — is not at risk, with the FDIC backed by the government.


In desperate search for recruits, Israeli army targets foreigners

June 19, 2010

by Catrina Stewart

The Independent/UK

             It used to be the kibbutz and its images of fruit picking and communal living that attracted streams of Jewish volunteers to Israel. Now many are looking for a different kind of service, one involving pre-dawn starts, a dose of boot camp and the very real possibility of some frontline action.

A new organisation is actively recruiting scores of non-Israeli Jews, many of them American, to serve in the Israeli army as it faces threats on multiple fronts in a region largely hostile towards it.

“We feel that Israel is fighting for its life,” said Jay Schultz, the executive director of Aish Malach, a new Israeli body set up to help foreigners enlist. For many, he said, “this is the right thing at the right time”.

While their peers may be easing into university life or setting off on their world travels, Israel’s foreign hopefuls are more likely to be wriggling through muddy streams or jumping over walls.

A rigorous six-week boot camp weeds out those not completely committed to a year of military service. Aish Malach is putting its first intake of 20 youngsters through their paces this month before placing them in selected units. Once in, the recruits could be deployed to frontline combat units guarding Israel’s volatile borders or to the occupied West Bank, where Israeli troops are often violently pitted against Palestinian civilians.

“They [the army] will send them where they need them. If they say ‘Go to Rwanda’, you go to Rwanda. If they say, ‘Go to the border of Lebanon, you go to the border of Lebanon’,” said Mr Schultz.

At present, a little over half of all Israelis are conscripted into the army for a mandatory three years straight after school, while some non-Jews from the local Bedouin and Druze communities serve as well.

Not all relish it, though, and many are able to obtain exemptions on religious or medical grounds, while others simply refuse to serve for conscientious reasons.

Meanwhile, many Jews living abroad are anxious to serve, often motivated by solidarity with a country that is increasingly isolated for its draconian policies in the Palestinian territories.

For years, many failed to navigate the bureaucracy and left disheartened. Some did complete the paperwork while others skipped the process entirely by making aliya – the formal process of taking Israeli citizenship.

Steve Rieber, a 24-year-old from Los Angeles, described how he tried to sign up. “I had been looking around, office to office, to sign up for the army,” Mr Rieber said in comments quoted by the Jerusalem Post. “They sent me here and they sent me there, and it got so ridiculous. I eventually ran into a buddy of mine who was joining [Aish Machal] and he told me to join.” In part, Aish Machal, which also offers foreigners the opportunity to do community service, sees itself as reaching out to “lost” Jews, those who have become distanced from their Jewish roots and assimilated into other societies. “We know that when you get a Jew to fight for the Jewish People, you connect him to his People for life,” reads a section on the organisation’s website.

Mr Schultz dismissed the potential pitfalls of an American teenager swearing allegiance to Israel on the one hand and the United States on the other.

“The United States and Israel are friendly allies,” Mr Schultz said. “I don’t think there are any more problems with loyalty than if somebody volunteering in Mississippi goes to Ghana with the Peace Corps.”

Case Study: ‘Since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by Israeli soldiers

Yaakov Kroll Kroll was just a normal American teenager studying at a community college in Los Angeles when he decided to take up the opportunity to serve in the Israeli army, which had long held an attraction for him.

“Since I was a little kid, I was fascinated by the Israeli soldiers,” the 20-year-old told the Jerusalem Post. “I never thought twice about it, I always knew I would do this. And, honestly, I could not be happier right now.”

Like his fellow recruits, Kroll always felt a deep attachment to Israel, given his Jewish roots. He barely thought twice about the perils of serving for another country thousands of miles from home.

Ultimately, he said that he felt his attachment was stronger to Israel than to the United States.

“I’m an American, but at the same time, I’m also a Jew,” he said. “So if I’m going to take a bullet for somebody, when you get down to it, I’m going to take it for a place I’m more connected to.”

Kroll, who wants to serve in a search and rescue unit once he completes his basic training, plans to return to the United State after a year to complete his studies.

Russia cancels S-300 delivery to Iran  

June 18, 2010

            Russia says it is determined to maintain solid defense ties with Iran, despite its decision to cancel the delivery of the S-300 missile system to the Islamic Republic.

            Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrey Denisov said Thursday that the country will continue to uphold its defense cooperation with Iran, but has no choice but to freeze the delivery of the S-300 air-defense missiles system to Iran “as it runs counter to the new round of UN Security Council sanctions on the country.”

            He was referring to the UNSC session on June 9, in which 12 member states voted in favor of a US-drafted resolution to impose tougher sanctions against Iran.

             “Moscow believes that article 1929 of the sanctions resolution clearly forbids the sale of the S-300 system to Iran,” Ria Novosti quoted Denisov as saying.

            Under a contract signed in 2005, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems, but the Kremlin has since oscillated between delivering the systems to Tehran and Washington’s demands for the deal to be scrapped altogether.

            The truck-mounted S-300PMU1, codenamed the SA-20 by NATO, can detect and shoot down any aircraft within a 120 km (75 miles) range.

            If delivered, military experts believe, the SA-20 would make Iranian nuclear sites “invincible” in the face of an attack, notably aerial saturation bombings of the sort that could be carried out by Israel.



Turkey and Israel: The broken alliance
by Sami Moubayed
Asia Times

             DAMASCUS – Depending on who one listens to in the Middle East, Turkish-Israeli relations are either very much repairable or have reached a point of no return after the killing of nine Turkish citizens on board the Free Gaza flotilla off the shores of Gaza last month.

            A best-case scenario would be for Israel to try and fix the mess resulting from the affair through a basket of political gestures, while a worst-case scenario would be war between the two countries.

            War, though, is not on anybody’s mind except for a few sensational journalists in the Arab world.

            Some in Israel, like Alon Liel, who for many years served as his country’s ambassador to Turkey, are nevertheless worried about where things might lead. After the flotilla affair Liel said, “They have already called the Turkish ambassador back to Ankara. I hope very much that this incident will not lead to breaking the diplomatic link. This link has existed for 61 years without interruption and it will be a very severe blow to Israel’s international standing if this link will be broken.”

            Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke with a very different tone, furious with his government for releasing the prisoners onboard the flotilla without bringing them before an Israeli court, and saying Israel was too “soft” on Turkey. His stance was challenged by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who raised a red flag that common ground between two countries that had been allied since 1948 had disappeared.

            Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is definitely in no mood to reconcile. He cut short a visit to Chile, withdrew his ambassador from Israel and cancelled joint military drills with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). In angry statements from the Turkish parliament, he accused Israel of “state terrorism”, while bidding farewell during a speech in the Turkish city of Konya to the Turkish civilians killed onboard the Mavi Marmara. Erdogan said, “If the entire world has turned its back on the Palestinians, Turkey will never turn its back on Jerusalem and the Palestinians.”

            He said the two peoples were bound by destiny – “a destiny that binds Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem to Ankara,” saying “if the world becomes silent over Gaza, Turkey will never be silent.”

            As far as the Israelis are concerned, these are strong words that echo what has been said in the past, by Egyptian president Gamal Abdul Nasser in the 1950s and 1960s, and by Hasan Nasrallah of Hezbollah since the mid-1990s.

             Annoyed as the Israelis are, two weeks into the crisis they have still not recalled their ambassador from Ankara, nor have they called off a military deal with the Turkish army worth US$180 million.

            The Turkish parliament has for its part, however, called for an overall review of political, economic, and military ties between Turkey and Israel. Turkish President Abdullah Gul, speaking to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia on June 8, said, “Turkey will not let Israel escape its responsibilities,” noting that the Israeli government must feel the pain of its mistake over the Gaza flotilla incident.

            One creative way to solve the crisis would be to lift the two-year siege of Gaza, which Erdogan time and again has said is crucial for any improvement of relations with the Israelis.

            Given the mood in Israel, that seems unlikely in the near future, despite pressure from the Quartet – the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia – and international community to gradually reduce the siege with a view to ending and replacing it with international observers.

            There are heavyweights in Israel like Ambassador Liel who are pushing strongly for jumpstarting peace talks between Syria and Israel, under Turkish supervision, which had been called off by Damascus in December 2008, during the IDF war on Gaza.

            Since then, both the Syrians and Turks have said that they are ready for indirect talks, but Israel has repeatedly said no, claiming that the Turks are no longer honest brokers in the Middle East for having clearly taken sides with Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria.

            If Israel accepts the Turkish mediation role – something that Ankara has strongly pushed for since 2008, then boiling tension would certainly soften. More importantly, Israel needs a major public relations campaign to help polish its image in the eyes of ordinary Turks, who whether Islamist or secular are appalled by what happened with the the Gaza flotilla.

            Those who realize how important trade, for example, has been between both countries are pushing in this direction from within the Israeli business community. Bilateral trade between both countries reached US$2.5 billion in 2009, regardless of the political tension resulting from the war on Gaza and Erdogan’s famous outburst against Israeli President Shimon Peres at Davos.
Sources in Turkey are now saying that their government is no longer interested in extending the Russian Blue Stream pipeline, a major trans-Black Sea pipeline that carries natural gas from Russia to Turkey.

            Turkey and Israel have a long history of secretive military cooperation going back to the 1950s. Turkish commentators used to refer to it as “the ghostly alliance”. In 1996, the two countries signed an agreement allowing Israeli pilots to train in Turkish airspace in return for which Israel refurbished Turkish military aircraft and provided hi-tech equipment. Since Erdogan’s rise to power in 2002, the influence of the Turkish military over the country’s civilian leadership has declined.

            Simply put, although military relations have not been severed, political relations are damaged almost beyond repair at this stage. The Turks no longer trust Israel. It would be a mistake to trace the entire crisis to the flotilla incident, however, since signs of a confidence collapse between both countries have been evident for nearly two years.

            In late 2008, when mediating indirect talks between Syria and Israel, for example, Erdogan was certain that a breakthrough was within reach but was worried by all talk of an upcoming confrontation in Gaza.

            Israeli premier Ehud Olmert arrived in Turkey on December 22 and was asked by his Turkish counterpart if there was any merit to these “rumors”. Olmert said that war would not break out in Gaza. Five days later it did, prompting Erdogan to snap in front of Peres in January 2009: “President Peres, you are old, and your voice is loud out of a guilty conscience. When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill. I know well how you hit and kill children on beaches.”

            An easy argument would be that the Israelis no longer trust the Turks. The Israeli media have been filled with stories about how Erdogan received Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Turkey in 2004 and yet refused to meet then-prime minister Ariel Sharon. They point to all the statements fired off by senior Turkish officials and the Turkish media against Israel since mid-2008, arguing that Turkey needs to change before any real improvement takes place.

             Erdogan has been in power for seven years. Anybody who expects him to change – or to pursue a path vis-a-vis Israel that looks like anything related to moves taken by predecessors like Jalal Bayar, for example, have no understanding either of the Turkish prime minister, his Justice and Development Party, or of the 80 million people he represents.

            As long as Erdogan is in power, Turkish-Israeli relations as we know them are history. Particular gestures, like lifting the siege of Gaza or jumpstarting talks with Syria, could help heal some of the wounds, but the psychological and moral damage caused by the blood of nine Turkish civilians is not likely to heal while Benjamin Netanyahu is in power in Israel.

Owners of murder-suicide home faced foreclosure

June 16, 2010

by Greg Hardesty, Doug Irving and Dennise Salazar

The Orange County Register  


             ANAHEIM – A couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide that also left their 3-year-old son critically wounded were awash in credit-card debt and about to lose their home to foreclosure, records show.


Wayne and Herminia Zickefoose were found in their backyard with gunshot wounds to their heads, police said. Their 3-year-old son, shot at least three times, remained in critical condition Tuesday. His 5-year-old brother was not hurt.



Wayne Zickefoose, 51, was born in Wisconsin and appears to have authored Internet posts in which he professed to be an investment expert and a mystic healer. Herminia Zickefoose, 39, is a native of Baguio, in the Philippines, according to a website listing for Wayne Zickefoose’s business, Trojan Auto Service in Buena Park.


Police did not identify the children, but said the 5-year-old – who alerted his father’s colleague to what happened – was in protective custody with the county’s Social Services Agency.


Public records show that the Zickefooses bought their house in the 500 block of North Fairhaven Street in Anaheim in 2001 with help from a loan backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The couple borrowed against the house five times during the following six years, but paid off most of those loans, records show.


Most recently, the couple borrowed $462,000 in January 2007, records show. They began missing mortgage payments on that loan in February 2009. They owed nearly $14,000 in back payments by May 2009, when the bank warned them it would foreclose if they didn’t make their payments, records show.


The bank sent another notice in March of this year, saying the home “may be sold at a public sale” on April 1. At the time, interest and other charges added to the main loan had pushed the Zickefooses’ debt on the mortgage to $491,960.18, records show.


Civil court records also show that a woman identified in one case as Hermie G. Zickefoose and in another as Herminia Zickefoose had amassed more than $26,000 in debt on four credit cards.


Police said they were looking into the couple’s money problems as part of the investigation.


Herminia Zickefoose was found in a chair in the backyard with a gunshot wound to her head. Wayne Zickefoose was found in another area of the backyard, near a fence that blocks off a swimming pool, also with a gunshot wound to the head.


Police believe Wayne Zickefoose used a handgun to kill his wife and shoot his 3-year-old son before turning the gun on himself at around 8 p.m. The 3-year-old boy spent Sunday night hiding behind trash cans at the side of the house, fearing for his life, police say.


He was shot in the chest, shoulder and abdomen and underwent surgery on Monday.


“That little boy had nowhere to go,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim police. “He was in essence trapped (in the backyard). It’s very, very sad.”


Police responded Sunday night to reports of shots being fired in the area but saw nothing suspicious.


The grisly discovery was made around 10:45 a.m. Monday, when a co-worker stopped by the house after Wayne Zickefoose failed to show up to work.


The 5-year-old told the co-worker what had happened, and the co-worker told his wife, who was waiting in the car, to call 911, Martinez said. Police initially said that the 5-year-old boy used one of his dead parents’ cell phones to call 911.


“We believe the wife was probably shot first, then shots were fired at the 5-year-old boy inside the house,” Martinez said. “He was in an area exposed through an open door. Nothing hit him.


“The 3-year-old was shot next, then the father took his own life.”


A Wayne Zickefoose who used a Southern California address in his Internet postings and writings professed to be an investment expert with an MBA from USC. The postings also describe him as a healer in a discipline known as theta, which – according to the postings – uses techniques to reprogram the unconscious mind to unlock belief systems that block a person’s path to wellness.


In a 2009 online article urging investors to get out of the stock market, Wayne Zickefoose wrote that he had studied the market for 21 years and earned his MBA with the goal of becoming a mutual-fund manager or portfolio manager.


He claimed to have averaged a return on his portfolio between 2004 and 2007 that was more than double that of the overall stock market. “But I achieved this with a great amount of work, risk, stress and frustration,” he wrote. “And frankly, I believe the good times are over.”


A Wayne Zickefoose also wrote in an online forum managed by Energetic Science Ministries that he had started attended theta healing practice sessions in late 2008.


“During the second meeting,” Zickefoose wrote, “the leader addressed me personally and relayed a message from Creator “You are the master. This is why you are here on Earth.”


Ana Mendoza, 44, has lived in the Zickefooses’ neighborhood in Anaheim for six years. Her house is several houses down from where the shootings occurred.


She said she would see the family pile into a car around 7:30 every morning, apparently going together to the family’s workplace. Mendoza said she also saw the mother doing yard work often, and said one of the boys had a birthday party a few months ago.


“I would see them. They appeared to be OK,” she said. “But you never know what people are going through.”


Register staff writer Kimberly Edds contributed to this report.


The New Poor

Peddling Relief, Firms Put Debtors in Deeper Hole

June 18, 2010

by Peter S. Goodman

New York Times


PALM BEACH, Fla. — For the companies that promise relief to Americans confronting swelling credit card balances, these are days of lucrative opportunity. So lucrative, that an industry trade association, the United States Organizations for Bankruptcy Alternatives, recently convened here, in the oceanfront confines of the Four Seasons Resort, to forge deals and plot strategy.


At a well-lubricated evening reception, a steel drum band played Bob Marley songs as hostesses in skimpy dresses draped leis around the necks of arriving entrepreneurs, some with deep tans.


The debt settlement industry can afford some extravagance. The long recession has delivered an abundance of customers — debt-saturated Americans, suffering lost jobs and income, sliding toward bankruptcy. The settlement companies typically harvest fees reaching 15 to 20 percent of the credit card balances carried by their customers, and they tend to collect upfront, regardless of whether a customer’s debt is actually reduced.


State attorneys general from New York to California and consumer watchdogs like the Better Business Bureau say the industry’s proceeds come at the direct expense of financially troubled Americans who are being fleeced of their last dollars with dubious promises.


Consumers rarely emerge from debt settlement programs with their credit card balances eliminated, these critics say, and many wind up worse off, with severely damaged credit, ceaseless threats from collection agents and lawsuits from creditors.


In the Kansas City area, Linda Robertson, 58, rues the day she bought the pitch from a debt settlement company advertising on the radio, promising to spare her from bankruptcy and eliminate her debts. She wound up sending nearly $4,000 into a special account established under the company’s guidance before a credit card company sued her, prompting her to drop out of the program.


By then, her account had only $1,470 remaining: The debt settlement company had collected the rest in fees. She is now filing for bankruptcy.


“They take advantage of vulnerable people,” she said. “When you’re desperate and you’re trying to get out of debt, they take advantage of you.” Debt settlement has swollen to some 2,000 firms, from a niche of perhaps a dozen companies a decade ago, according to trade associations and the Federal Trade Commission, which is completing new rules aimed at curbing abuses within the industry.


Last year, within the industry’s two leading trade associations — the United States Organizations for Bankruptcy Alternatives and the Association of Settlement Companies — some 250 companies collectively had more than 425,000 customers, who had enrolled roughly $11.7 billion in credit card balances in their programs.


As the industry has grown, so have allegations of unfair practices. Since 2004, at least 21 states have brought at least 128 enforcement actions against debt relief companies, according to the National Association of Attorneys General. Consumer complaints received by states more than doubled between 2007 and 2009, according to comments filed with the Federal Trade Commission.


“The industry’s not legitimate,” said Norman Googel, assistant attorney general in West Virginia, which has prosecuted debt settlement companies. “They’re targeting a group of people who are already drowning in debt. We’re talking about middle-class and lower middle-class people who had incomes, but they were using credit cards to survive.”


The industry counters that a few rogue operators have unfairly tarnished the reputations of well-intentioned debt settlement companies that provide a crucial service: liberating Americans from impossible credit card burdens.


With the unemployment rate near double digits and 6.7 million people out of work for six months or longer, many have relied on credit cards. By the middle of last year, 6.5 percent of all accounts were at least 30 days past due, up from less than 4 percent in 2005, according to Moody’s


Yet a 2005 alteration spurred by the financial industry made it harder for Americans to discharge credit card debts through bankruptcy, generating demand for alternatives like debt settlement.


The Arrangement


The industry casts itself as a victim of a smear campaign orchestrated by the giant banks that dominate the credit card trade and aim to hang on to the spoils: interest rates of 20 percent or more and exorbitant late fees.


“We’re the little guys in this,” said John Ansbach, the chief lobbyist for the United States Organizations for Bankruptcy Alternatives, better known as Usoba (pronounced you-SO-buh). “We exist to advocate for consumers. Two and a half billion dollars of unsecured debt has been settled by this industry, so how can you take the position that it has no value?”


But consumer watchdogs and state authorities argue that debt settlement companies generally fail to deliver.


In the typical arrangement, the companies direct consumers to set up special accounts and stock them with monthly deposits while skipping their credit card payments. Once balances reach sufficient size, negotiators strike lump-sum settlements with credit card companies that can cut debts in half. The programs generally last two to three years.


“What they don’t tell their customers is when you stop sending the money, creditors get angry,” said Andrew G. Pizor, a staff lawyer at the National Consumer Law Center. “Collection agents call. Sometimes they sue. People think they’re settling their problems and getting some relief, and lo and behold they get slammed with a lawsuit.” In the case of two debt settlement companies sued last year by New York State, the attorney general alleged that no more than 1 percent of customers gained the services promised by marketers. A Colorado investigation came to a similar conclusion.


The industry’s own figures show that clients typically fail to secure relief. In a survey of its members, the Association of Settlement Companies found that three years after enrolling, only 34 percent of customers had either completed programs or were still saving for settlements.


“The industry is designed almost as a Ponzi scheme,” said Scott Johnson, chief executive of US Debt Resolve, a debt settlement company based in Dallas, which he portrays as a rare island of integrity in a sea of shady competitors. “Consumers come into these programs and pay thousands of dollars and then nothing happens. What they constantly have to have is more consumers coming into the program to come up with the money for more marketing.”


The Pitch


Linda Robertson knew nothing about the industry she was about to encounter when she picked up the phone at her Missouri home in February 2009 in response to a radio ad.

What she knew was that she could no longer manage even the monthly payments on her roughly $23,000 in credit card debt.


So much had come apart so quickly.


Before the recession, Ms. Robertson had been living in Phoenix, earning as much as $8,000 a month as a real estate appraiser. In 2005, she paid $185,000 for a three-bedroom house with a swimming pool and a yard dotted with hibiscus.


When the real estate business collapsed, she gave up her house to foreclosure and moved in with her son. She got a job as a waitress, earning enough to hang on to her car. She tapped credit cards to pay for gasoline and groceries.


By late 2007, she and her son could no longer afford his apartment. She moved home to Kansas City, where an aunt offered a room. She took a job on the night shift at a factory that makes plastic lids for packaged potato chips, earning $11.15 an hour.


Still, her credit card balances swelled.


The radio ad offered the services of a company based in Dallas with a soothing name: Financial Freedom of America. It cast itself as an antidote to the breakdown of middle-class life.


“We negotiate the past while you navigate the future,” read a caption on its Web site, next to a photo of a young woman nose-kissing an adorable boy. “The American Dream. It was never about bailouts or foreclosures. It was always about American values like hard work, ingenuity and looking out for your neighbor.”


When Ms. Robertson called, a customer service representative laid out a plan. Every month, Ms. Robertson would send $427.93 into a new account. Three years later, she would be debt-free. The representative told her the company would take $100 a month as an administrative fee, she recalled. His tone was take-charge.


“You talk about a rush-through,” Ms. Robertson said. “I didn’t even get to read the contract. It was all done. I had to sign it on the computer while he was on the phone. Then he called me back in 10 minutes to say it was done. He made me feel like this was the answer to my problems and I wasn’t going to have to face bankruptcy.”


Ms. Robertson made nine payments, according to Financial Freedom. Late last year, a sheriff’s deputy arrived at her door with court papers: One of her creditors, Capital One, had filed suit to collect roughly $5,000.


Panicked, she called Financial Freedom to seek guidance. “They said, ‘Oh, we don’t have any control over that, and you don’t have enough money in your account for us to settle with them,’ ” she recalled.


Her account held only $1,470, the representative explained, though she had by then deposited more than $3,700. Financial Freedom had taken the rest for its administrative fees, the company confirmed.


Financial Freedom later negotiated for her to make $100 monthly payments toward satisfying her debt to the creditor, but Ms. Robertson rejected that arrangement, no longer trusting the company. She demanded her money back. She also filed a report with the Better Business Bureau in Dallas, adding to a stack of more than 100 consumer complaints lodged against the company. The bureau gives the company a failing grade of F.


Ms. Robertson received $1,470 back through the closure of her account, and then $1,120 — half the fees that Financial Freedom collected. Her pending bankruptcy has cost her $1,500 in legal fees.


“I trusted them,” she said. “They sounded like they were going to help me out. It’s a rip-off.”


Financial Freedom’s chief executive, Corey Butcher, rejected that characterization.


“We talked to her multiple times and verified the full details,” he said, adding that his company puts every client through a verification process to validate that they understand the risks — from lawsuits to garnished wages.


Intense and brooding, Mr. Butcher speaks of a personal mission to extricate consumers from credit card debt. But roughly half his customers fail to complete the program, he complained, with most of the cancellations coming within the first six months. He pinned the low completion rate on the same lack of discipline that has fostered many American ailments, from obesity to the foreclosure crisis.


“It comes from a lack of commitment,” Mr. Butcher said. “It’s like going and hiring a personal trainer at a health club. Some people act like they have lost the weight already, when actually they have to go to the gym three days a week, use the treadmill, cut back on their eating. They have to stick with it. At some point, the client has to take responsibility for their circumstance.”


Consumer watchdogs point to another reason customers wind up confused and upset: bogus marketing promises.


In April, the United States Government Accountability Office released a report drawing on undercover agents who posed as prospective customers at 20 debt settlement companies. According to the report, 17 of the 20 firms advised clients to stop paying their credit card bills. Some companies marketed their programs as if they had the imprimatur of the federal government, with one advertising itself as a “national debt relief stimulus plan.” Several claimed that 85 to 100 percent of their customers completed their programs.


“The vast majority of companies provided fraudulent and deceptive information,” said Gregory D. Kutz, managing director of forensic audits and special investigations at the G.A.O. in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee during an April hearing.


At the same hearing, Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, pressed Mr. Ansbach, the Usoba lobbyist, to explain why his organization refused to disclose its membership.


“The leadership in our trade group candidly was concerned that publishing a list of members ended up being a subpoena list,” Mr. Ansbach said.


“Probably a genuine concern,” Senator McCaskill replied.


The Coming Crackdown


On multiple fronts, state and federal authorities are now taking aim at the industry.


The Federal Trade Commission has proposed banning upfront fees, bringing vociferous lobbying from industry groups. The commission is expected to issue new rules this summer. Senator McCaskill has joined with fellow Democrat Charles E. Schumer of New York to sponsor a bill that would cap fees charged by debt settlement companies at 5 percent of the savings recouped by their customers. Legislation in several states, including New York, California and Illinois, would also cap fees. A new consumer protection agency created as part of the financial regulatory reform bill in Congress could further constrain the industry.


The prospect of regulation hung palpably over the trade show at this Atlantic-side resort, tempering the orchid-adorned buffet tables and poolside cocktails with a note of foreboding.


“The current debt settlement business model is going to die,” declared Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, a lawyer in the Washington firm Venable, addressing a packed ballroom. “The only question is who the executioner is going to be.”


That warning did not dislodge the spirit of expansion. Exhibitors paid as much as $4,500 for display space to showcase their wares — software to manage accounts, marketing expertise, call centers — to attendees who came for two days of strategy sessions and networking.


Cody Krebs, a senior account executive from Southern California, manned a booth for, whose Internet ads link customers to debt settlement companies. Like many who have entered the industry, he previously sold subprime mortgages. When that business collapsed, he found refuge selling new products to the same set of customers — people with poor credit.


“It’s been tremendous,” he said. “Business has tripled in the last year and a half.”

The threat of regulations makes securing new customers imperative now, before new rules can take effect, said Matthew G. Hearn, whose firm, Mstars of Minneapolis, trains debt settlement sales staffs. “Do what you have to do to get the deals on the board,” he said, pacing excitedly in front of a podium.


And if some debt settlement companies have gained an unsavory reputation, he added, make that a marketing opportunity.


“We aren’t like them,” Mr. Hearn said. “You need to constantly pitch that. ‘We aren’t bad actors. It’s the ones out there that are.’ ”


Comment: Whenever someone is dying, the vultures gather and tear at the living corpse. They should be hung up in trees, still kicking, while the rest of us watch, laughing.



The Fadley Follies

by Robert Fadley


The Wikileaks Dustup: The Good Humour Column


There has been a good deal of self-generated comment of late concerning one  Julian Assange and his website, Wikileaks. The basic thrust of this tempest in a teapot is that the daring and courageous Mr. Assanage, an Australian connected with the expatriate American Jimmy Wales and his Wikipedia, has published some fuzzy pictures purporting to show American military personnel gleefully shooting down unwanted journalists. For this, Mr. Assange has garnered a good deal of publicity, mostly from the sensationalist bloggers and their allies in the conspiracy world. There has been breathless talk about secret Swedish internet sites, Icelandic “free zones,” nameless but sinister persecutions of the heroic revealer of the terrible truth and, on a lesser scale, many requests for financial assistance. Now, apparently, this assistance has not been forthcoming so the public is urgently informed that Mr. Assange is a marked man.


             Unfortunately for this scenario, the U.S. Army conducted an investigation into the charge that Wikileaks posted secret documents


            The investigation file is named “ Wikileaks/Suspected Leakage of Classified Information” and was assigned case number 08FEB0824D400075EC and a study of the document, which is in the public  domain, indicates that that a member of the NETWARCOM Security informed NCIS that Wikileaks was hosting classified material. A report was taken by a Reporting Agent (RA) who then contacted a Special Agent involved with FCI (Foreign Counterintelligence Investigations.) The FCI agent informed him the US Army Criminal Investigation Division had been contacted and was conducting their own investigation into the matter.


             It was very quickly determined that “No Further Reporting [was] Anticipated.” The case was closed the same day with no additional investigations having been conducted by any Federal agency from that date.


            Why, one asks, would this be so quickly disposed of in light of the allegations of terrible revelations? Quite obviously because competent authority very quickly determined that Mr. Assange has not posted secret material. In point of fact, a close review of the previous web contents of the sporadic Wikileaks quickly discloses that the alleged “secret” material posted is either not secret or pure invention.


            Those interested in such matters will remember the rise and fall of Messers Tom Floccco, Wayne Madsen,“Sorcha Fall” and the redoubtable Christopher Bolleyn, who fled the country after assaulting a Chicago policeman when  Bolleyn claimed both the Mafia and the FBI were standing on ladders, peering into his kitchen window and driving up and down in front of his house in cars bristling with automatic weapons. 


            What is needed here is not action but Prozac and perhaps, if Australia gives the redoubtable and courageous Assange his passport back, he c an join Bolleyn in Estonia where the latter is working on a chicken farm. God alone knows what stupendous revelations might emerge from such a monumental union but God has a peculiar sense of humor.



Quote (Knight Foundation via Yahoo News)

“In terms of how popular certain applications were among advisers, we don’t comment. Every year some applications that are popular among advisors don’t make the cut after Knight staff conducts due diligence. That’s not unusual.”



            Here at WIKILEAKS the news that we had been passed over for $537,000 in funding came as a terrible blow to the dedicated unpaid volunteers and activists that form the core of the organization. We are all beginning to understand just how Assange’s autocratic management style, questionable use of donor funding, and sometime behavior bordering on paranoia compromised our chances of obtaining funding from the Knight Foundation.


            “Due Diligence” is the operative phrase that prevented us from being seriously considered by the Knight Foundation. WIKILEAKS cannot stand up against a serious due diligence review. As indicated in some of my previous updates, WIKILEAKS is a one-man band, from expenditure and disbursements to editorial content, which included editing the helicopter attack footage to further a political point, rather than just release the raw footage and let the viewer draw their own conclusions.


            Internal estimates here at WIKILEAKS indicate that in the last 18 months Assange has been responsible for in excess of $225,000 of expenditures without receipts or any form of control or authorization.


            How can we expect to obtain funding, without being transparent about our finances and expenditures?


            The probability is that the taxman will catch up with Assange before the Feds do.

Here at WIKILEAKS we can only hope for a major donor who will provide us with funding, AND insist upon correct and transparent account procedures in the use and disbursement of donor funding.


             Assange should step aside now….


            A Wikileaks Insider


Is Blackwater’s Erik Prince Moving to the United Arab Emirates?

Jeremy Scahill

The Nation


Sources close to Blackwater and its secretive owner Erik Prince claim that the embattled head of the world’s most infamous mercenary firm is planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Middle Eastern nation, a major hub for the US war industry, has no extradition treaty with the United States. In April, five of Prince’s top deputies were hit with a fifteen-count indictment by a federal grand jury on conspiracy, weapons and obstruction of justice charges. Among those indicted were Prince’s longtime number-two man, former Blackwater president Gary Jackson, former vice presidents William Matthews and Ana Bundy and Prince’s former legal counsel Andrew Howell. The Blackwater/Erik Prince saga took yet another dramatic turn last week, when Prince abruptly


 that he was putting his company up for sale.


While Prince has not personally been charged with any crimes, federal investigators and several Congressional committees clearly have his company and inner circle in their sights.

The Nation learned of Prince’s alleged plans to move to the UAE from three separate sources. One Blackwater source told The Nation that Prince intends to sell his company quickly, saying the “sale is going to be a fast move within a couple of months.”


“It is nobody’s business where Mr. Prince (or anyone else) chooses to live. So I’m afraid I will not be able to confirm any rumors.”


Blackwater spokesperson Mark Corallo


Mark Corallo, a trusted Prince advisor and Blackwater spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the allegation that Prince is planning to move to the United Arab Emirates. “I have a policy on not discussing my client’s personal lives—especially when that client is a private citizen,” Corallo, who runs his own crisis management and PR


, said in an e-mail to

The Nation. “It is nobody’s business where Mr. Prince (or anyone else) chooses to live. So I’m afraid I will not be able to confirm any rumors.”


A source with knowledge of the federal criminal probe into Blackwater’s activities told

The Nation that none of Prince’s indicted colleagues have flipped on Prince since being formally charged, but rumors abound in Blackwater and legal circles that Prince may one day find himself in legal trouble. Former Blackwater employees claim they have provided federal prosecutors with testimony about what they allege is Prince’s involvement in illegal activity.


If Prince’s rumored future move is linked to concerns over possible indictment, the United Arab Emirates would be an interesting choice for a new home—particularly because it does not have an extradition treaty with the United States. “If Prince were not living in the US, it would be far more complicated for US prosecutors to commence an action against him,” says

Scott Horton

, a Columbia University Law lecturer and international law expert who has long tracked Blackwater. “There is a long history of people thwarting prosecutors simply by living overseas.” The UAE, Horton says, is “definitely a jurisdiction where Prince could count on it not being simple for the US to pursue him legally.”


The UAE is made up of seven states, the most powerful among them being Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Since 9/11, they have emerged as hubs for the US war industry. “Global service providers” account for some three-quarters of Dubai’s GDP, while oil represents only 3 percent. “They have established themselves as the premiere location in the Middle East for offshore banking and professional services,” says Horton, who has legal experience in the UAE. “If you have connections to the royal families, then the law doesn’t really apply to you. I would be very surprised if Erik Prince does not have those kinds of connections there.”


As a matter of policy the Justice Department will not discuss possible investigations of people who have not yet been charged with a crime.


Two former employees made serious allegations against Prince last August in

sworn declarations

 filed as part of a civil lawsuit against Prince and Blackwater. One former employee alleged that Prince turned a profit by transporting “illegal” or “unlawful” weapons into Iraq on his private planes. A four-year employee of Blackwater, identified in his declaration as “John Doe #2,” stated that “it appears that Mr. Prince and his employees murdered, or had murdered, one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information, to the federal authorities about the ongoing criminal conduct.” He also stated that “Mr. Prince feared, and continues to fear, that the federal authorities will detect and prosecute his various criminal deeds,” adding: “On more than one occasion, Mr. Prince and his top managers gave orders to destroy emails and other documents. Many incriminating videotapes, documents and emails have been shredded and destroyed.”


John Doe #2’s identity was concealed in the sworn declaration because he “fear[s] violence against me in retaliation for submitting this Declaration.” He also alleged, “On several occasions after my departure from Mr. Prince’s employ, Mr. Prince’s management has personally threatened me with death and violence.” Doe #2 stated in his declaration that he provided the information contained in his statement “in grand jury proceedings convened by the United States Department of Justice.”


Prince is also facing civil lawsuits brought by Iraqi victims of Blackwater. Among these is a suit filed in North Carolina by the family of 9-year-old

Ali Kinani

. Kinani’s family alleges he was shot in the head and killed by Blackwater operatives in the infamous Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad in 2007. Earlier this year, Prince


 he was spending $2 million a month in legal fees and on what he described as a “giant proctological exam” by nearly a dozen federal agencies.


Even if prosecutors believed they had enough evidence to charge Prince with a crime, because of the classified nature of some of Blackwater and Prince’s work for the CIA and other agencies of the US government, prosecuting him could prove challenging. Prince has deep knowledge of covert US actions that the US government or military may not want public, which could be revealed as part of a potential defense Prince could offer. Blackwater—and Prince specifically—long worked on the CIA’s assassination program.


Some observers believe that Prince has already engaged in “


” by revealing some details of his classified work for the CIA and military, specifically in a January 2010



Vanity Fair, written by a former CIA lawyer. Graymail is a legal tactic that has been used for years by intelligence operatives or assets who are facing prosecution or fear they soon will be. In short, these operatives or assets threaten to reveal details of sensitive or classified operations in order to ward off indictments or criminal charges, based on the belief that the government would not want these details revealed.


After Jackson and the other former Blackwater executives were indicted, their lawyers


 that the US government approved of their conduct. “All of this was with the knowledge of, the request of, for the convenience of, an agency of the US government,” Jackson’s lawyer Ken Bell told the judge during a bond hearing in April. Bell did not reveal which agency he was referring to and did not answer questions from reporters.


The latest developments in the Blackwater story come after a two-year campaign by Blackwater to

rebrand itself

 as “Xe Services” and the “US Training Center.” In March 2009, Prince


 he was stepping down as CEO of the company, though he has remained its sole owner. While Blackwater continues to be a significant player in US operations in Afghanistan under the Obama administration—working for the State Department, Defense Department and CIA—it is facing increased


 on Capitol Hill and continued pressure from the Justice Department.


On June 11, federal prosecutors filed a massive brief in their appeal of last year’s


 by a federal judge of manslaughter charges against the Blackwater operatives alleged to be the “shooters” at Nisour Square. In the brief, prosecutors asked that the indictment of the Blackwater men be reinstated. Meanwhile, two other Blackwater operatives were


 in January on

murder charges

 stemming from a shooting in Afghanistan in May 2008. Senator Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee has

called on the Justice Department

 to investigate Blackwater’s use of a shell company, Paravant, to win training contracts in Afghanistan.


Blackwater has been spending heavily this year on lobbyists—particularly Democratic ones. In the first quarter of 2010, the company

spent more than $500,000

 for the services of

Stuart Eizenstat

, a well-connected Democratic lobbyist who served in the Clinton and Carter administrations. Eizenstat heads the international practice for the powerhouse law and lobbying firm Covington and Burling.




 Blackwater’s aviation division earlier this year for $200 million. In announcing last week that the rest of Blackwater was up for sale, the company said in a


 that Blackwater’s “new management team has made significant changes and improvements to the company over the last 15 months, which have enabled the company to better serve the US government and other customers, and will deliver additional value to a purchaser.” While Blackwater has tried to shed the Blackwater name in many aspects of its business, the company has recently opened a series of Blackwater “Pro-Shop”

retail stores

, offering merchandise bearing the Blackwater name and original logo. Among the items for sale: pink Blackwater

baby onesies

, Blackwater

pint glasses

, Blackwater

beach towels

 and, of course,




In a

speech in January

, obtained by

The Nation, Prince said that he intends to publish a book this fall. He was originally


 to come out with a book in June 2008 with the title We Are Blackwater.


The Conversations with the Crow

          When the CIA discovered that their former Deputy Director of Clandestine Affairs, Robert  T. Crowley, had been talking with author Gregory Douglas, they became fearful (because of what Crowley knew) and outraged (because they knew Douglas would publish eventually) and made many efforts to silence Crowley, mostly by having dozens of FBI agents call or visit him at his Washington home and try to convince him to stop talking to Douglas, whom they considered to be an evil, loose cannon.

             Crowley did not listen to them and Douglas made through shorthand notes of each and every of their many conversation. TBR News published most of these (some of the really vile ones were left out of the book but will be included on this site as a later addendum ) and the entire collection was later produced as an Ebook.

            Now, we reliably learn, various Washington alphabet agencies are trying to find a way to block the circulation of this highly negative, entertaining and dangerous work, so to show our solidarity with our beloved leaders and protectors, and our sincere appreciation for their corrupt and coercive actions, we are going to reprint the entire work, chapter by chapter. (The complete book can be obtained by going to:

             Here is the fourth chapter:

Conversation No. 4

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 1996

Commenced: 9:32 AM (CST)

Concluded: 10:08 AM (CST)


RTC: Hello, Gregory. Sorry I was out the last time you called but we were off on family business. My son’s family. By the way, I have some information for you that might interest you. You know, there are a number of people here who are not happy with you and they are certainly not pleased that I am talking with you. Not at all. This morning I had a call from some shit at Justice who wanted to warn me, being a friendly and caring person of course, that you were a very bad person and I would ruin my reputation by telling you anything. He had a similar talk with Corson yesterday. Bill called me last night about this and we both laughed about it. This is a sure sign that you must be right. Both of us know you were friends with Mueller and the thought of him loose in America is something the Company, and now Justice, does not want talked about. First off, they don’t know what name he used while he was here.

GD: Are you serious, Robert?
RTC: Oh yes, very. You see, the CIA (and don’t forget the Army,) used high-level Nazis after the Cold War broke out. We especially went after the Gestapo and SD
[1] people because they had the most to do with fighting the Communists, both in Germany in the ‘30s and then during the war.

GD: I knew Gehlen very well and met some of them. I agree. His top recruiter was old Willi Krichbaum who was a Colonel in the SS and a top Gestapo person. I talked many times with Willi who had been in the Freikorps after the first war and he was quite a fellow. He was Mueller’s top deputy in the Gestapo and in charge of the border guards at one time. And, don’t forget, Willi was head of the Wehrmacht’s Geheime Feldpolizei who had a terrible reputation with the troops. Hanging deserters at the end of the war. Yes, Gehlen told me the SS intelligence men were his best people.

RTC: You have a grasp of this from the time, don’t you? So, of course no one now wants to infuriate the rah-rah patriotic idiots and most especially the Jews by letting anyone know about this. You see, they brought Mueller and others over here and gave them new names and identities. The higher they had been, the more they concealed them. Now your friend Mueller’s name was known to Truman, Beetle Smith, Critchfield, Gehlen and about three others. Now that everyone is dead and you are tearing open old caskets, they are absolutely frantic to find out what name Mueller was here under and actually so they can run around the files and burn anything with that name on it. Then they can say, like the pious frauds they are, that Oh no, we never heard of that person. We searched our records, sir, and believe us, there was no such person anywhere. That’s what they want. Smith is dead, Truman is ditto, Critchfield will never talk because he ran Mueller and still has his pension to consider. I know the name but they have never brought the subject up to me. They think you’re a loose cannon, Gregory, with no loyalty to the system and they think I am getting daft in my old age and marginalize me.

GD: Think they’ll shoot me? A boating accident? Something like that?

RTC: When I was in harness, yes, they would. A bungled robbery or a rape like Kennedy’s lady friend but not now. Besides, they don’t know what you have on them and if you were crushed to death by an elephant falling out of a plane, who knows what might come out? I have to send you some documentation which you then have to let them know you have. But in a safe place, not in a local storage locker under your name or in your attic or garage. A gentle hint of joys to come. I have hinted at that and very strongly. The Justice oaf today got an earful from me and when I told him I would tell you about this, he got scared and hung up on me. Now, I can expect Tom Kimmel to call me and try to find out if I’ve told you or given you anything. You know, you got some rare documents that were very helpful to his case to clear the Admiral but now he’s a torn person. The family wants desperately to accept these as genuine but are furious that you, a terrible person in their eyes, had them. No gratitude. I suppose if that awful Wolfe had found them and passed them along, he would be a great hero to the Kimmel family but you are one whose name is never to be mentioned. You know, Gregory, I find this very entertaining. And Kimmel is horrified that Bill and I like you and talk to you. Both of us have been warned, I by people from the Company I haven’t seen since I retired and Bill by the fringe wannabees like Trento and others. I think it’s time we nailed Critchfield, don’t you?

GD: I’m game, Robert. If he ran Mueller, he must be scared.

RTC: Will be scared shitless. In the old days, he’d have had you killed at once but those days are no more. You knew Gehlen and that will be my approach. You are quick enough with in house terms so that I can convince Jimmy that you were once part of his operation. You’ll have to play it by ear but you are about ten times smarter than him so you should have fun. I want you to convince him that you were really there and knew some his people. And most important, convince him you knew Mueller. Oddly enough, Jimmy never met Mueller because he operated him out of Switzerland through Willi and later, Mueller moved up the ladder to the point where Jimmy had no access to him. Let’s keep his bowels open, Gregory, what do you say?

GD: I have no problem. Should I tape him?

RTC: Why not get him on a speaker phone with both a tape recorder going and a reputable witness? That way, if something comes of this and they get to the witness, you have a backup.

GD: I have a retired colonel acquaintance who was with your people in ‘Nam. He’d be perfect as a witness. Just let me know. Is Justice going to do something nasty to me?

RTC: God no. They just want to scare me off of you, that’s all. They’re all such pinheads, Gregory. They chatter like old whores at a tea party and I can remind you that gossip is king here. Everyone inside the Beltway runs around like the little self-important toads that they are, pretending to be really important. They see a Senator in a restaurant, wave at him and get waved at back. This impresses their client who does not realize that the Senator will always wave back on the assumption that the waver might be someone important he might have forgotten. And they tell you that the President, or the Secretary of this or that said this to them when no one knows them at the White House or anywhere else. This jerk from Justice is a small, malformed cog in a big and brainless machine. Typical. I had to deal with these punks for years and I have more respect for a black tart, believe me. At least they don’t try to hide the fact that they fuck for money.

GD: (Laughter)

RTC: It really isn’t funny. If the public was aware of the crooked, lying sacks of shit that run this country, they would be boiling the tar and preparing the chicken feathers.

GD: You know, speaking of Gehlen, he told me in ’51 that his famous ’48 report about the Russians being poised to invade Europe was made up at the Army’s specific request. Gehlen told me that far from moving hundreds of armored units into the east zone, the Russians had torn up all the railroad tracks after the war and shipped them back to Russia. And most of the armored divisions were only cadre.

RTC: But it did work, didn’t it? Big business got to gear up for a fictional coming war and the military got a huge boost.

GD: Ever heard of General Trudeau?

RTC: Oh yes, I knew him personally. What about him?

GD: He found out about Gehlen and bitched like hell about what he called a bunch of Nazis working for the CIA and inventing stories about fake invasion threats.

RTC: Now that’s something I didn’t know. You know they shipped him out of the European command and sent him to the Far East? Yes, and I met him when I was in Hawaii. I’m surprised they didn’t do to him what they did to George Patton. A convenient truck ran into his car and shut him up.

GD: Why?

RTC: George found out that the top brass was stealing gold from the salt mine and many generals and colonels were getting very rich. And then the accident and with George dead, they just went on stealing.

GD: I can use that.

RTC: I can get you some paper on that out of my files. Patton was strange but one of our better generals. Lying thieves. Gold has a great attraction for people, I guess.

GD: A few years ago, one of your boys, Jimmy Atwood and I went down into Austria to dig up some Nazi gold. Atwood is a terrible asshole but very useful. I think he viewed me the same way. Anyway, we had a former SS officer and a Ukrainian camp guard along. What a wonderful adventure, Robert.

RTC: Were you successful? Treasure hunts rarely are.

GD: Oh, very. And we brought most of it back with us.

RTC: How ever did you get it through customs?

GD: Boat. Brought it in by boat. I’ll tell you about this some time. Did you ever hear about it?
RTC: No, I didn’t. Should I have?

GD: Probably a rogue operation. Two Limeys got knocked on the head and put over the side on the way to the Panama Canal but other than that, it was an uneventful trip.

RTC: Well, someday, I’ll discuss the Kennedy assassination and you can tell me about the gold hunt. Sounds fair?

GD: Oh yes, why not?

RTC: I remember the time we had to fly the KMT general out of Burma with an Air America transport full of gold. He was our boy out there but he had a hankering to make more money so he began to raise opium and used our weapons to kill off the locals. Thirteen million in gold and twelve trunks full of opium. Quite a problem getting it all into Switzerland and into a bank. But he performed and we kept our word. That fucking Colby was into drugs as well.

GD: William?

RTC: Yes, our beloved DCI. A nasty piece of work, Gregory. Was working in SEA doing the drug business when he was tapped for PHOENIX. And just kept on going when he got to Saigon. PHOENIX[2] got to be a really nasty business and Bill set up torture centers all over our part of the

country. Regional Intelligence Centers they called them. Well, Church got his hands on some of the goings on and guess what? Colby snitched on all his co-workers. I know for a fact from some of the old ones that they’re going to kill him for that. I remember he has some kind of a telephone device hidden in his glasses. Princeton man. You can always tell a Princeton man, Gregory, but you can’t tell him very much. Watch the papers pretty soon.

GD: How will they nail him? Run down in a crosswalk? A stampede of elephants flatten him in his garden?

RTC: You have an overheated imagination. I don’t know the how but I do know the why. Give it six months and the Dictator of Dent Place will be another stone in the cemetery.

GD: What about the one who killed himself by tying weights to his legs and shooting himself in the back of the head before jumping off his boat?

RTC: John Arthur Paisley. He used to be the deputy director of the Office of Strategic Research. Paisley. Tragic. Shouldn’t have sold out to the Russians. He was such a rotten mess when they found him that it took weeks to do an ID on him. There’ve been more.

GD: I have a packet coming in from overseas and the mail truck is at the end of the block. Let me ring off now, Robert and I can call you back later today.

RTC: Make it tomorrow. OK? Things to do.


(Concluded at 10:08 AM CST)


[1] Operation Phoenix was a military, intelligence, and internal security program designed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency and US Special Operations Forces such as the Navy SEALs, United States Army Special Forces and MACV-SOG (now Special Operations Group in the CIA’s Special Activities Division) during the Vietnam War. The Program was designed to identify and “neutralize” or assassinate any suspected supporters of the Viet Cong. Also in charge of the Regional Interogation Centers where suspects were tortured and usually executed by CIA/U.S.military agencies  The program was in operation between 1967 and 1972, and at a conservative estimate, “cleansed” over 25,000 Vietnamese civilians to include massacres of entire villages. It must have been very small because so many top CIA and U.S. intelligence people who served in Vietnam, never heard of it, ever.


Dramatis personae:


            James Jesus Angleton: Once head of the CIA’s Counterintelligence division, later fired because of his obsessive and illegal behavior, tapping the phones of many important government officials in search of elusive Soviet spies. A good friend of Robert Crowley and a co-conspirator with him in the assassination of President Kennedy


            James P. Atwood: (April 16, 1930-April 20, 1997) A CIA employee, located in Berlin, Atwood had a most interesting career. He worked for any other intelligence agency, domestic or foreign, that would pay him, was involved in selling surplus Russian atomic artillery shells to the Pakistan government and was also most successful in the manufacturing of counterfeit German dress daggers. Too talkative, Atwood eventually had a sudden “seizure” while lunching with CIA associates.


             William Corson: A Marine Corps Colonel and President Carter’s representative to the CIA. A friend of Crowley and Kimmel, Corson was an intelligent man whose main failing was a frantic desire to be seen as an important person. This led to his making fictional or highly exaggerated claims.


            John Costello: A British historian who was popular with revisionist circles. Died of AIDS on a trans-Atlantic flight


            James Critchfield: Former U.S. Army Colonel who worked for the CIA and organized the Cehlen Org. at Pullach, Germany. This organization was filled to the Plimsoll line with former Gestapo and SD personnel, many of whom were wanted for various purported crimes. He hired Heinrich Müller in 1948 and went on to represent the CIA in the Persian Gulf.


            Robert T. Crowley: Once the deputy director of Clandestine Operations and head of the group that interacted with corporate America. A former West Point football player who was one of the founders of the original CIA. Crowley was involved at a very high level with many of the machinations of the CIA.


             Gregory Douglas: A retired newspaperman, onetime friend of Heinrich Müller and latterly, of Robert Crowley. Inherited stacks of files from the former (along with many interesting works of art acquired during the war and even more papers from Robert Crowley. Lives comfortably in a nice, and very expensive, house overlooking the Mediterranean.


             Reinhard Gehlen: A retired German general who had once been in charge of the intelligence for the German high command on Russian military activities. Fired by Hitler for incompetence, he was therefore naturally hired by first the U.S. Army and then, as his level of incompetence rose, with the CIA. His Nazi-stuffed organizaion eventually became the current German Bundes Nachrichten Dienst.


             Thomas K. Kimmel, Jr: A grandson of Admiral Husband Kimmel, Naval commander at Pearl Harbor who was scapegoated after the Japanese attack. Kimmel was a senior FBI official who knew both Gregory Douglas and Robert Crowley and made a number of attempts to discourage Crowley from talking with Douglas. He was singularly unsuccessful. Kimmel subsequently retired and lives in retirement in Florida


            Willi Krichbaum: A Senior Colonel (SS-Oberführer) in the SS, head of the wartime Secret Field Police of the German Army and Heinrich Müller’s standing deputy in the Gestapo. After the war, Krichbaum went to work for the Critchfield organization and was their chief recruiter and hired many of his former SS friends. Krichbaum put Critchfield in touch with Müller in 1948.


             Heinrich Müller: A former military pilot in the Bavarian Army in WWI, Müller  became a political police officer in Munich and was later made the head of the Secret State Police or Gestapo. After the war, Müller escaped to Switzerland where he worked for Swiss intelligence as a specialist on Communist espionage and was hired by James Critchfield, head of the Gehlen Organization, in 1948. Müller subsequently was moved to Washington where he worked for the CIA until he retired.


            Joseph Trento: A writer on intelligence subjects, Trento and his wife “assisted” both Crowley and Corson in writing a book on the Russian KGB. Trento believed that he would inherit all of Crowley’s extensive files but after Crowley’s death, he discovered that the files had been gutted and the most important, and sensitive, ones given to Gregory Douglas. Trento was not happy about this.


            Frank Wisner: A Founding Father of the CIA who promised much to the Hungarian and then failed them. First a raging lunatic who was removed from Langley, screaming, in a strait jacket and later, blowing off the top of his head with a shotgun.


            Robert Wolfe: A retired librarian from the National Archives who worked closely with the CIA on covering up embarrassing historical material in the files of the Arcnives. A strong supporter of holocaust writers.

[1] SD: Sicherheitsdienst  Security Service of the SS, headed by Reinhard Heydrich. Heinrich Müller worked under him in Berlin.


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TBR News June 18, 2010

Jun 18 2010 Published by under Uncategorized


The Voice of the White House

             Washington, D.C., June 18, 2010: “As if to add insult to injury, there is now what is laughingly called a ‘highly classified’ report circulating inside the Beltway that states, with some detailed authority, that powerful, right-wing Likudists from Israel are now funding the very far right groups in the United States. I say ‘laughingly ‘ here because there are no secrets inside the Beltway and even the most secret of documents is usually all over the town by dawn each day.

            These recipients  would include, but is mostly, the Palin and Paul types but also, and this is not funny, the wierdos who think God has given man the right to carry his AK 47 semi-automatic rifle into banks or onto public transportation and thinks that a march on Washington, fully armed, is called for. Continue Reading »

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TBR News June 16, 2010

Jun 16 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

The Voice of the White House

          Washington, D.C., June 16, 2010: “On June 14, 2010, The New York Times ran a large advertisement on page A9. It was the work of Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that espouses Jewish causes.

            Mr. Foxman, and many of his co-religionists, are very unhappy about the public response to the Israeli attack on the Gaza humanitarian convoy. Although the convoy was not armed, it was attacked by Israeli Defense Forces in international waters, boarded by force and a number of its passengers were shot to death by the IDF.

            Mr. Foxman is terribly upset because, as he says, passengers and crew members of the invaded ships dared to fight back and actually injured some of the invaders! What did Voltaire say of similar matters? ‘This animal is dangerous. Why, when it is attacked, it dares to defend itself!’ Continue Reading »

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TBR News June 13, 2010

Jun 13 2010 Published by under Uncategorized,Voice of the Whitehouse

The Voice of the White House

Washington, D.C., June 12, 2010: “Washington leaks like a rotten garden hose and Obama and his people want desperately to stop it.

Once, Jewish interests controlled the American media and they were generally obedient to the wishes of the White House and its supporters, and of course, their own agendas.

Now that the American public is going to the Internet for their news, the papers are shrinking rapidly as readers dump them in increasing numbers and aside from the left, which watches MSNBC, and the right which watches FOX, television, viewers, too, are turning to the Internet.

Although the American media gave the recent Israeli piracy some small coverage and then rushed to jabber about the Gulf oil problem (on purpose, of course) the foreign media gave the horrific incident a great deal of coverage. And the Internet duly covered this and it was spread about, to the distress of Israel and her friends in Washington.

Cass Sunstein, the White House official determined to gain iron control of the Internet to prevent just such revelations, has sent one of his many, many position papers to Obama in which he, hysterically, insists that total government Internet control is becoming more vital with the passage of every day.

Obama might have started out with the best and most noble of intentions but like his predecessor, Woodrow Wilson, he is rapidly heading towards the total censorship and control of the public that Wilson successfully implemented in 1918.

After Wilson connived to push America into the First World War, he muzzled any objections as effectively as did Josef Stalin or Adolf Hitler who arose from the wreckage of pre-war Europe and who could thank Wilson for paving their way to power.

Here is a very accurate quote from an excellent work on the period:

“He had created a vast propaganda machine, an internal spy network, a bond-selling apparatus extending to the level of residential city blocks, He had even succeeded in stifling free speech, in the summer of 1918 arresting and imprisoning- some for prison terms longer than ten years- not just radical labor leaders and editors of German-language newspapers but powerful men, even a congressman.” (The Great Influenza John M. Barry, Viking, 2002 pps300-301)

I can safely say that no government program, no secret paper, no diplomatic venture can be considered secret. The extent of the leakage is astounding but it is doubtful if anyone watching the public is truly aware of the degree and extent of the leakage.

The Obama people are now viciously pursuing a former employee of the NSA who was trying to stop gross mismanagement in that agency and, horror of horrors, frustrated by official indifference to his calls for internal help, cared to pass his fears to the media. This poor soul, however, is only one of many such essentially loyal and concerned intelligence employees. The Obama people, according to an internal memo, want to make an example of a few of these people.

The only ones, of course, who would escape official vengeance are those who give top secret papers to Israel.

Since the CIA is now full of militant Hebrews, one can safely predict that any secret the CIA has concerning Israel is in Tel Aviv before the sun sets. Franklin, a government employee, who leaked massive amounts of highly sensitive information to the AIPAIC people initially was sentenced to 13 years in Federal prison but, like his co-religionist Libby, had his sentence quietly reduced to a few months of private house arrest once the furor died down.

Like a hysterical and manipulative woman, Israel is now screeching to Obama about the importance of their needs (concerning the universal condemnation of their piracy) and one of their needs is to prevent any publication of information that Israel does not want.

Will they succeed in this?

Only if their co-religionist, Sunstein, has his way.

At the present time, many American agencies, to include the FBI, the NSA and the CIA are able watch all of us through various mediums. Of course any phone call is subject to being listened to, taped and filed, as are any emails.

And the FBI has a agreement with Google to automatically notify them any time an American looks at topics on that information site that is of interest to the FBI. This reportage is automatic, by the way, and the subjects of interest change regularly. The CIA has its hooks into Wikipedia and while they do not get reports on viewers, they do control the public airing of any information they deem to be negative that might be posted on that allegedly “free and public” site.

Also, the CIA had strong influence over the editorial rooms of the New York Times and the Washington Post but as both papers are rapidly losing readers, the CIA is setting up new web sites to reflect their views or paying off established sites.

On the other hand, both the DoD and the CIA’s attempts at propaganda are virtual buffoonery and as obvious as a turd on a bedsheet.

And do not forget the looming (but still unnoticed by the public) fact that about 50 million American mortgages are controlled by MERS, a government entity, which effectively will, and does, prevent a mortgager from ever getting a clear title to their property. If this one ever goes really public, there will be real domestic violence!” Continue Reading »

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TBR News June 5, 2010

Jun 05 2010 Published by under Zionist Israel

The Voice of the White House

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2010: “It is very obvious that anyone who dares to speak ill of the actions of the state of Israel is considered by the radical members of the Jewish community to be a vicious anti-Semite and probably a secret neo-Nazi who lusts to launch another Holocaust. That the crazy Netanyahu had deliberately ordered what amounts to an act of piracy, complete with armed pirates, commandeered and later looted ships and murdered passengers, is not to doubt but I note that the American media is shoving this off onto the back pages and the New York Times devoted its entire op-ed page following the event to Israeli officials presenting their shrill defenses. From the howls from the Jewish community, one would think the Internet was filled with former Gestapo officers bent on spreading their lies to an innocent public. And, also we note, Brother Cass wants to use this to clamp down on the entire American internet to prevent such horrible attacks in the future. Couldn’t Dick Cheney take Cass out on a hunting trip only this time be armed for heavier game? A load of bird shot in Cass’s face would not slow him down but a larger caliber projectile invading  tender body parts might do better. I have said it before. So did our first President and I will conclude this by reprinting a portion of his farewell address of 1796.: Continue Reading »

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Special Addition to TBR News 5 June 10

Jun 05 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

The Watchbird is Watching You!

Special to TBR News

June 3, 2010

by Harry Brunser

Charlottesbille, Virginia, is a quiet town, home to the Montecello estate of Thomas Jefferson and the top-rated University of Virginia. It is now also the new home of a special section of the CIA, located just north of town and also north of town is a most interesting company. It is about this that I am now writing.

Not content with its control of all domestic aircraft passengers, iron ties to all credit reporting againcies, the Internet II and the contents of the social networks, our FBI is now engaged in a new scheme to keep physical tabs on each and every American citizen whenever they wish and whereever their targets go.

This program is called ‘MAGNUS II’ and has been in train for over five years now. Its very clear intent is to “tag’ as many Americans as possible so as to be able to follow any given American (pets excluded) whenever the FBI wishes. This agency has jealously guarded MAGNUS, especially from the CIA, the DHS and, initerestingly enough, from the strong Mossad presence now working in the CIA.

This program was conceived eight years ago and it has taken this long to bring it to pass.

This program consists of putting a ‘tag” into the body of every American  possible so that if the FBI suddenly develops an interest in a citizen, , they can use their special computer system to instantly track a person. The tiny chip remains in what is essentially a closed circulation system and in virtually impossible to detect by medical tests. This program will enhance other programs that include, but are not limited to, using cell phones and car tracking systems.

Charlottesville has a number of interesting companies settled in its secure local, safe from the furor of Washington. I could list Mikro Systems up at 1180 Seminole Trail who do really wonderful, small electronic projects. They have recently been doing contract work for Siemens of Germany.

The overall plan is to for the government to fake a national health emergency of some gravity and once the obedient press has trumpeted it about, the government will mandate that all citizens must receive an immunization shot against the fictional disease and threaten legal action against any person refusing to bo ‘imunized.’ Some citizens  will slip through the dragnet but most will not and soon enough they can chisel a new motto in the marble façade of the top FBI offices on Pennsylvania Avenue: ‘Thou, God, seeset me!” And what God does not see, the FBI will. They now can track you in your car and if this little project is launched, they can track you anywhere.

However, at this point in time, the American public has become intensly suspicious of anything the government tries to shove down their throats and there is some reason to believe that the planting of GPS chiplets in the entire population  will not be as easy as it might have been ten years ago.

And we now know that at least 50% of all recent census forms were not filled out nor follow-up workers spoken with. That shows very clearly what the American public thinks about the reliability of their government agencies. Census figures are very important in helping in the apportionment for Congressional seats and other assistance for the continued running of the government and by their resistance to the census,  the public has just flipped the bird to the government and voted disapproval by their inaction.

Don’t say you weren’t warned!

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The Voice of the Whitehouse (The Slaughterhouse Informer – 2 June 10)

Jun 05 2010 Published by under Zionist Israel

Editor’s note: Our last issue of the Slaughterhouse Informer contained clear and concise reporting on the Israeli piracy in the Mediterranean. It received so much comment that we are reprinting this part of the newsletter:

Letters To the Editor, Slaughterhouse Informer Edition 99:

“This is perhaps the most thorough and detailed coverage of this event. (The Israeli pirate attack on an aid convoy in international waters. Ed ) Most media accounts are woefully vague and rely upon fuzzy images of silhouettes striking something out of view. Perhaps they were flattening the veal for schnitzel that evening. Much of what you relate is not generally available. The American press is rabidly pro-Israeli, Pravda is predictably anti-Israel, and it is difficult for the naive reader to understand the issue, whether this is the new Turkish Islamic administration attempting to discredit Israel through blockade breaking or if it is just another example of Israeli arrogance in attacking whomever it wishes in any way it desires.


“ Your so-called publication is nothing but a vile attack on the Israeli people and rank anti-Semitism. Israel has the moral right to defend her shores against attacks by Arab and pro-Arab terrorists and this phony “aid flotilla’ was just another attempt to kill and maim Jews. I find this sort of reporting very biased and obviously anti-Semitic and I want to cancel my subscription!”

Editors note: We lost four subscribers because of this coverage but gained twenty-two more!

The Voice of the White House (Slaughterhouse Informer)

Washington, D.C., June 2, 2010: “On June 8, 1967, the Israeli air force and navy attacked a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Liberty, and in a lengthy attack using torpedoes, rockets and machine gun fire, did extensive damage to the ship and killed thirty four American sailors and injured scores more.

This was to prevent the Liberty, which was an intelligence-gathering ship, from listening in on secret Israeli radio messages that discussed the wholesale murder of Egyptian prisoners of war. President Lyndon Johnson, learning that the U.S. Navy was sending aircraft to the rescue of the Liberty, ordered that no defense of the ship be made and that the naval aircraft already enroute to the attack scene be recalled.

The matter was then shut up entirely. When word leaked out to the American public, the Israeli government offered to pay a total of $13 million in damages to the survivors and the families of the dead. It should be noted that Israel never paid a cent. As far as money is concerned, Israel has taken in billions of American dollars into her banks and other financial institutions from American Jewish swindlers Madoff and Shapiro and will never return a cent. And believe it, the U.S. government will never bring this matter up and neither will the American media ever mention it.

Now, we have the piratical and murderous attack by masked units of the Israeli military on relief ships in international waters. The dead have not been counted, the ships seized and taken to Israeli ports and the occupants of the ships taken prisoner and jailed in Israel. If Americans wonder why the Arab activists attack them, here is the clearest reason. Israel is not America’s friend. Israel has attacked the United States on one occasion, spied regularly on her, bribed her legislators and openly boasted of her control of the actions of both the White House and Congress.

This time, however, Israel has gone too far and has brazenly defied both international law and international opinion, believing that her American friends will support her. That we should not is obvious and the best course for the United States to follow in this matter would be to follow the dictum of George Washington and remain strictly neutral. Israel has been the Spanish Fly in Middle Eastern politics ever since a small army of Polish DPs bombed and shot their way into control of Palestine in 1948, a Palestine that had no connection with their people whatsoever.

By committing aggression against the Turkish ships and citizens, Israel is playing with real fire and this ugly and criminal episode can well ignore a violent response against her territory by Hezbollah using long range rockets. The United States ought to promptly back away from any military or economic support of Israel and adopt a policy of strict neutrality.

The Turks have threatened diplomatic rupture and naval support of a future aid convoy but the chubby, cross-dressing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is as crazy as Glen Beck or the Divine Sarah Palin, so given the players on this board, there could well be very serious problems in an area we would well be advised to avoid.

If, indeed, Israel is our friend, we will never need another enemy!”

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