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OCTOBER 12, 2015
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Very soon there will be no Southern Poverty Law Center, and there will be no Morris Dees. He will be dead soon.”

— Threat to SPLC, August 11, 2015

Dear Gaston,

My colleagues and I are facing serious threats to our lives and hope we can count on you to help keep us safe.

On numerous occasions, the names, pictures, and home addresses of people who work here have been posted on hate websites frequented by violent extremists.

At one point recently, the threat level was so high that staff members and their families actually had to leave their homes.

I’ve long ago accepted the fact that my life’s work puts me in the crosshairs of hate.

But I feel an enormous obligation to do everything I can to protect my colleagues who also put their lives on the line.

Today I ask that you join me today in sending a special gift to help pay for the 24/7 security that we need. It’s an investment not only in the safety of our staff but also in the future of our work.

Help Me Keep My SPLC Colleagues Safe from Violent Extremists

As you know, racist threats are nothing new to us. Klansmen firebombed our first office in retaliation for a lawsuit we filed — and more than two dozen extremists have gone to jail in connection with plots to kill me or attack the SPLC.

A recent threat assessment by a global security analyst said extremists “will never cease to represent a threat” to the SPLC and our staff.

But I can assure you that we won’t be intimidated.

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FIGHTING HATE // TEACHING TOLERANCE // SEEKING JUSTICE
AUGUST 29, 2015
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Richard Cohen
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Dear Gaston,

Ten years ago today, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, killing nearly 2,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands.

I’ll never forget the horrifying images of families stranded on rooftops, surrounded by the swirling floodwaters and begging for help – or the thousands of evacuees stuck in New Orleans’ Superdome for days without enough food or water.

Shortly after the storm, we opened a small office in New Orleans. Among our first priorities was ensuring that the city’s most vulnerable children were not left behind as the city rebuilt its school system.

In one of our proudest moments, we successfully litigated a pioneering lawsuit aimed at making the promise of the city’s new charter school system become a reality for all children, not just the privileged.

We also won justice for migrant workers who had come to the city to help rebuild it only to be exploited by employers who cheated them out of their wages.

After a decade, the recovery in New Orleans is still not complete. And neither is our work for the city’s children.

The coming battles won’t be easy. But we’re committed for the long haul.

On behalf of our clients, we thank everyone who has stood with us.

Sincerely,

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Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center

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Richard Cohen
SPLC  President

Dear Gaston,

The decision by the Staten Island grand jury not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death in July cries out for an explanation. Without it, the anger being expressed across the country will only intensify.

Some have suggested that Garner was to blame because he supposedly resisted arrest. But that’s beside the point.

When the New York City Police Department banned chokeholds more than 20 years ago, then-Chief John F. Timoney said that difficult suspects should be detained in the “safest possible way.” Too many people were dying.

The fact is, Garner – who was merely suspected of selling loose cigarettes – posed no threat to the many officers who surrounded him. And, it’s clear from the widely circulated video that officers certainly heard him say, repeatedly, that he could not breathe.

Eric Garner did not have to die.

Coming on the heels of the St. Louis grand jury’s decision not to indict the white officer who killed Michael Brown, the decision in the Garner case has exacerbated the growing mistrust between the police and communities of color throughout the nation.

Our nation must search for answers. Our communities are not war zones, and we cannot accept a mentality that leads some officers to see them that way.

Law enforcement officials at every level must examine their procedures, their culture, their training, and the way suspects are treated. And we must all insist on a high standard of conduct and accountability for those in positions of power over their fellow citizens.

Sincerely,

Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center

Los Países Bajos abandonarán el multiculturalismo

http://blogs.periodistadigital.com/totalitarismo.php/2011/06/23/los-paises-bajos-abandonaran-el-multicul
(Archivado en terrorismo islámico)

Le sugiero que siga este link para ver otro aspecto mas divertido sobre este mismo tema https://argentinasalvajiza2.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/los-mahometanos-estan-descontentos/

Soeren Kern, del Hudson New York, ha informado el 23 de junio 2011 que el gobierno holandés abandonará el modelo de la multiculturalidad vigente durante muchos años en Holanda ya que ha alentado a los inmigrantes musulmanes a crear una sociedad paralela en los Países Bajos. [1]

Un proyecto de ley sobre la integración (un plan de acción de 15 páginas), que el ministro del Interior holandés Piet Hein Donner presentó al Parlamento el 16 de junio, afirma que: “El Gobierno comparte el descontento social sobre el modelo de sociedad multicultural y planifica cambiar la prioridad a los valores de los holandeses. En el nuevo sistema de integración, los valores de la sociedad holandesa desempeñarán un papel central. Con este cambio, el gobierno se aparta del modelo de una sociedad multicultural”.

La carta continúa: “Una mayor integración obligatoria es justificada porque el gobierno también exige esto a sus propios ciudadanos. Esto es necesario porque de lo contrario la sociedad gradualmente se distancia y, finalmente, nadie siente los Países Bajos como su hogar. La integración no se ajustará a los diferentes grupos”

La nueva política de integración exigirá más a los inmigrantes. Por ejemplo, los inmigrantes deberán aprender el idioma holandés, y el gobierno tomará medidas más estrictas para los inmigrantes que ignoraren los valores holandeses o desobedezcan la ley holandesa.

Asimismo, el gobierno dejará de ofrecer subsidios especiales para los inmigrantes musulmanes, ya que, de acuerdo con Piet Hein Donner, “no es la tarea del gobierno integrar a los inmigrantes”. El gobierno introducirá una nueva legislación que prohibirá los matrimonios forzados y también impondrá medidas más duras contra los inmigrantes musulmanes que reducirán sus posibilidades de empleo por la forma de vestir. Más específicamente, el gobierno impondrá la prohibición de cubrir la cara con el burka islámico el 1 de enero de 2013.

Si es necesario, el Gobierno introducirá medidas adicionales para permitir la anulación de los permisos de residencia de los inmigrantes que no se integren.

Las medidas serán impuestas por el nuevo gobierno de centro derecha de los conservadores (VVD) y demócrata-cristianos (CDA), con el apoyo parlamentario del Partido de la Libertad (PVV), de Geert Wilders que ha sido absuelto el 23 de junio de 2011 por un juzgado de Amsterdam de los cargos de incitación al odio y discriminación contra los musulmanes.

Geert Wilders ha criticado abiertamente el Islam y ha expuesto que la “islamización” de Holanda tendrá consecuencias negativas para el país. [2]

Las organizaciones musulmanas en Holanda se han apresurado a criticar las propuestas del gobierno holandés. La organización marroquí-holandesa Samenwerkingsverband van Marokkaanse Nederlanders, que asesora al gobierno en materia de integración, sostiene que los inmigrantes musulmanes necesitan un apoyo adicional para encontrar trabajo.
El grupo musulmán Contactorgaan Moslims en Overheid dice que aunque está de acuerdo en que los inmigrantes deberían estar más integrados en la sociedad holandesa, se opone a la prohibición del burka.

Pero las encuestas muestran que la mayoría de los votantes holandeses apoyan el escepticismo gubernamental sobre el multiculturalismo. Según una encuesta de Maurice de Hond publicado por el periódico de centro-derecha Trouw el 19 de junio, el 74 por ciento de los votantes holandeses dice que los inmigrantes deben ajustarse a los valores holandeses. Por otra parte, el 83 por ciento de los encuestados apoya la prohibición de burkas en los espacios públicos.

La integración adecuada del más de un millón de musulmanes que viven actualmente en Holanda ha sido un tema político importante desde 2002, cuando político holandés Pim Fortuyn fue asesinado por sus opiniones sobre la inmigración musulmana, y desde 2004, cuando el cineasta holandés Theo van Gogh fue apuñalado mortalmente por un musulmán holandés de origen marroquí por la producción de una película que critica la violencia del Islam.

La inmigración musulmana en los Países Bajos se remonta a los años 1960 y 1970, cuando la escasez de mano de obra no cualificada hizo que el gobierno holandés concluyera acuerdos de reclutamiento con países como Argelia, Marruecos, Túnez y Turquía. En los años 1980 y 1990, los musulmanes también llegaron a los Países Bajos como los solicitantes de asilo y refugiados, principalmente de Afganistán, Bosnia, Irán, Irak, Pakistán y Somalia.

En la actualidad hay aproximadamente 1,2 millones de musulmanes en los Países Bajos, lo que equivale a alrededor del 6 por ciento de la población total del país. Marroquíes y turcos constituyen casi las dos terceras partes de todos los musulmanes en los Países Bajos. La mayoría de los musulmanes viven en las cuatro principales ciudades del país: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, La Haya y Utrecht.

A medida que sus números crecen, los inmigrantes musulmanes han potenciado el Islam dentro de la sociedad holandesa. Por ejemplo, un documental transmitido por el programa de televisión Netwerk en junio de 2009 informó que la ley holandesa estaba siendo sistemáticamente socavada por el crecimiento de la Shari´a [la justicia islámica] en los Países Bajos.

Ya en diciembre de 2004, el Ministerio del Interior holandés publicó un informe de 60 páginas titulado “De la Dawa al Yihad” elaborado por la Agencia de Inteligencia holandesa AIVD, el informe decía que los Países Bajos era el hogar de 50.000 musulmanes radicales que tenían como eje ideológico objetivo concentrarse en el modo de vida occidental para hacer frente a la dominación occidental política, económica y cultural.

El informe concluía que la sociedad holandesa estaba pobremente equipada para resistir a la amenaza del Islam radical, debido a la “cultura de permisividad” que se convirtió en sinónimo de “cerrar los ojos” a las múltiples transgresiones de la ley.

Aunque vale más tarde que nunca, el actual ministro del Interior, Piet Hein Donner, ha sufrido una conversión tardía sobre la cuestión de la inmigración musulmana. En septiembre de 2006, mientras era ministro de Justicia, Donner provocó una protesta después de decir que daba la bienvenida a la introducción de Shari´a [la ley islámic]a en los Países Bajos, si la mayoría lo quería. También dijo que Holanda debía dar a los musulmanes más libertades a comportarse de acuerdo a sus tradiciones.

Después de aplaudir a la reina Beatriz por respetar el Islam al no insistir en que un líder musulmán le diera la mano durante una visita a la Mezquita Mobarak en La Haya, Donner dijo: “Un tono que no me gusta se ha introducido en el debate político sobre la integración. Un tono de “Vos tendrías que asimilarte. Vos deberías asimilar nuestros valores en público. Sea razonable, hágalo a nuestra manera” Esto no es mi enfoque”

Un avance rápido hasta 2011 y ahora Donner dice que su gobierno “se distanciará del relativismo que figuran en el modelo de una sociedad multicultural”. Aunque los cambios de la sociedad, dice, no deben ser “intercambiables con cualquier otra forma de sociedad”

El multiculturalismo ha fracaso en Holanda, país que ya desde los años 60 del siglo pasado ha recibido inmigrantes musulmanes, y que a pesar de su larga tradición democrática, y de su elevado bienestar económico y social, envidiable para todos los países del sur de Europa, ha visto naufragar todos los esfuerzos para integrarlos, y no por una patología de grupo étnico o cultural, sino porque los islamistas rechazan los valores judeocristianos europeos, la igualdad de género, la separación de la religión y del estado, la libertad religiosa y de apostasía; el supremacismo islámico considera que es demoníaco integrarse en un país que no se rige por la Shari´a, y considera que la ley del país tiene que estar inspirada y sometida al Corán.

En España, el gobierno del mesiánico iluminado de Zapatero y su “colegui” Rubalcaba, no es capaz de entender que “cuando veas las barbas de tu vecino afeitar, pon las tuyas a remojar”, y que si en Holanda con más experiencia y con más recursos no ha sido factible la integración, tampoco en España será viable, y que tampoco funcionará el multiculturalismo, y que aún será más dificultosa que en Holanda, ya que en el imaginario colectivo de los musulmanes, cada vez más atraídos por el islamismo, la antaño Al-Andalus pertenece a los musulmanes y cuando estos sean una minoría más numerosa y por ende más potente, tendrán el deber coránico de “erradicar a los cruzados españoles que profanan la santa tierra del Islam de la península ibérica”.

El ministro del Interior Rubalcaba afirmaba a finales de enero de 2011 que “No habría terrorismo ‘internacional’ si no existiera Internet” [3]
El futuro candidato socialista a la presidencia del gobierno español, como buen dhimmi rechazaba el término de terrorismo islámico al terrorismo que los fieles más devotos del Islam perpetran en nombre del Islam, del Corán y de la Shari´a.

Rubalcaba falta a la inteligencia y a la verdad, ya que él sabe que el terrorismo islámico internacional comenzó con el Muhammad y su Yihad, y la secta musulmana de los assassins se destacó por su terror, en los siglos XI al XIII, contra los cristianos y los mismos musulmanes.[4]
A principio de mayo de 2011, Rubalcaba giraba algo su léxico, y denominaba terrorismo islámico asegurando que España estaba más preparada contra el terrorismo islámico para garantizar la seguridad de los ciudadanos tras la muerte de Osama bin Laden. [5]

Mientras Zapatero y Rubalcaba no quieran ser conscientes que el peligro hoy no son las guerras convencionales, sino las guerras asimétricas y que el peligro del totalitarismo islámico es la causa de la casi totalidad de los conflictos mundiales, irán dando golpes de ciego y diciendo necedades, que sólo contentarán a su público entusiasta de lo absurdo y de las simplezas.

Le sugiero que siga este link para ver otro aspecto mas divertido sobre este mismo tema

https://argentinasalvajiza2.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/los-mahometanos-estan-descontentos/

NOTAS

[1]
http://www.hudson-ny.org/2219/netherlands-abandons-multiculturalism

[2]
http://www.libertaddigital.com/mundo/2011-06-23/geert-wilders-es-finalmente-absuelto-en-holanda-por-criticar-el-islam-1276427504/

[3]
http://www.libertaddigital.com/internet/rubalcaba-no-habria-terrorismo-internacional-si-no-existiera-internet-1276412806/
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassins
[5] http://www.intereconomia.com/noticias-gaceta/politica/rubalcaba-cree-que-espana-preparada-contra-terrorismo-islamista-20110502?page=1

Puedes leer esta misma nota pero con Links activos

https:eudeta.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/proclamacion-de-thanksgiven

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! Este día de acción de gracias por la cosechas de bondades recibidas durante el pasado año, no tiene porque ser exclusividad de América del Norte, sino de TODA América! – En distintas fechas y con distintas formas, se celebra en toda América; desde Alaska a la Patagonia Austral, incluidas las islas Malvinas. Con el tiempo se han ido corrigiendo errores circunstanciales. Los pobladores originarios de Toda América son hoy reconocidos y desagraviados; junto a la incorporación moderna de individuos de todas las partes del mundo que integran este “Mundo Nuevo”. Argentina, si bien no fue de las primeras; en forma independientemente, si fue de las más entusiastas! al punto que -en muchos aspectos- avanzó tanto y tan rápidamente que tomó el liderazgo. La integración de La Nación Guaraní por los Jesuitas,… el actual dicho popular: “Cuando Argentina entre en guerra, Corrientes la va a ayudar…”, … la integración de naciones indígenas patagónicas, nombrando a sus caciques con uniforme y grado militar e incorporándolos al presupuesto del estado nacional; La Constitución Nacional Argentina de 1853 y la proclama de Juan Bautista Alberdi: “Poblar es Gobernar…” son solo ejemplos … difícilmente encontrados en otros lados… y menos superados… Unifiquemos para TODA América, el día de esta celebración al cuarto Jueves de cada Octubre.

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.[1]Also, there are reports that the original Thanksgiving proclamation, was signed by George Washington.[2] As a federal and publicholiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.[3] This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow)[4] and 53 Pilgrims.[5] The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.[6]

Poclamation of Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C. – October 3, 1863

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale’s request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln’s.

The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln’s secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the Whole United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

2 Priests and Nun Taken as Hostages in Cameroon Kidnapping: Officials

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped in northern Cameroon overnight, a bishop and a government source said on Saturday, months after a French priest was seized nearby.

It was not immediately clear who took them, though Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram is known to operate in the area.

“Doors were broken towards midnight by unknown people and the religious were taken away. We do not know where they are. The act is not yet claimed but we imagine who is behind this kidnapping,” said Bishop Phillippe Stevens, from the parish of Maroua, where the kidnapping took place.

He named the priests as Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, both missionaries sent out by the diocese of Vicenza in northeast Italy, and the nun as Gilberte Bissiere.

Image: AP
Vicenza Bishop Beniamino Pizziol, second from right, poses with priests Gianantonio Alllegri, left, and Giampaolo Marta, right, during a visit in Jericho, Cameroon, in January. Officials say Allegri and Marta, working as missionaries in northern Cameroon, have been abducted.

Pope Francis was aware of the kidnappings and praying for those taken, the Vatican press office said.

A government source in northern Cameroon said armed forces were attempting to free the hostages, without going into further details.

The priests had been working on improving water supplies and fighting the spread of HIV Aids, as well as their religious duties, the diocesan website described.

The Italian Foreign Ministry said it was working with the Italian embassy in Yaounde to resolve the situation.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in its fight to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, which borders the north of Cameroon.

WHICH  9/11 IS REAL?

Fuente: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/25/341790/mossad-bush-planned-executed-911/

Friday Dec 27, 201310:48 PM GMT

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TWINTOWERS MOSSAD-BUSH PLANED-

A woman takes a moment to mourn lost relatives at the memorial site of the now destroyed World Trade Center, New York, the US, September 11, 2013.

Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:19AM

By Gordon Duff

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Recent revelations published on the Press TV website, the New York Post and Veterans Today have changed history.

The story was simple, two American congressional representatives were allowed to read the Congressional 9/11 Investigation Report, this time including the areas President Bush had ordered removed. Both congressmen clearly state that the redacted pages of the report place full responsibility for the planning and execution of 9/11 on one or more foreign intelligence agencies, not “terrorists.”

What is also clear is that President Bush’s personal role in covering this up protected the real perpetrators of 9/11 and pushed the US into, not just two insane wars but draconian moves against America’s government.

The NSA and the Bush 9/11 coup

Nine eleven was a coup against the constitution. Additional reports released this week make clear some of the reasons Bush lied to the American people, to congress, our military and our allies, “Obama’s Director for National Intelligence, James Clapper, has declassified new documents that reveal how the NSA was first given the green light to start collecting bulk communication data in the hunt for Al-Qaeda terrorists after 9/11. President Barack Obama’s administration has for the first time publicly confirmed ‘the existence of collection activities authorized by President George W. Bush,’ such as bulk amounts of Internet and phone metadata, as part of the ‘Terrorist Surveillance Program’ (TSP). The disclosures are part of Washington’s campaign to justify the NSA’s surveillance activities, following massive leaks to the media about the classified programs by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Clapper explained on Saturday that President George W. Bush first authorized the spying in October 2001, just weeks after the September 11 attacks.”

We can prove Bush was fully criminally culpable in covering the tracks of those responsible for 9/11.

AIPAC through Bandar and bush “under a bus”

More frighteningly, the articles published this week in Rupert Murdoch’s New York Daily News, written by Hoover Institute fellow and AIPAC member, Paul Sperry, now not only blame Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia as the 9/11 mastermind but tie Bush (43) in as well.

In fact, the entire AIPAC apparatus, the largest lobbying organization in Washington, is currently engaged in a “full court press,” to stop congress from pushing for the release of the real report. Is this because the real report accuses Israel, not Saudi Arabia, and AIPAC wants the Murdoch/Sperry story to stand?

Bin Laden myth “crashes down”

The real report, called “shocking” by the legislators, who have called for President Obama to declassify the entire report, proves that there was no al-Qaeda involvement, no reason to invade Afghanistan or Iraq and no reason to hunt CIA operative, Colonel Tim Osman, also known as “Osama bin Laden.”

In fact, Ambassador Lee Wanta, a former White House Intelligence Chief and Inspector General of the Department of Defense under Reagan, has cited meetings between key government officials and “bin Laden” that he attended, meetings held in both Los Angeles and Washington DC while the US was supposedly hunting him.

From Wanta, who was present during these meetings, “In early 1990, bin Laden, suffering from advanced kidney disease, was flown to an American facility in the Persian Gulf. From there, bin Laden flew to Los Angeles, landing in the Ontario airport, met by Albert Hakim, representing President Bush (41), Ollie North (free on appeal bond), Admiral William Dickie, attorney Glenn Peglau and General Jack Singlaub, one of the founders of the CIA. Hakim was the personal representative of President Bush and in overall charge of the project. ‘Bud’ McFarlane, an Iran-Contra figure pardoned by President Bush in 1992, was also a part of the group.
Bin Laden then left Los Angeles for Washington DC. There he stayed in the Mayflower Hotel. Meetings were held at the Metropolitan Club in Washington. Attorney Glenn Peglau stayed at the Metropolitan. While there, Peglau’s room was broken into and “items” removed. At no point is there record, classified or public, that this ‘working group’ was ever dissolved nor is there any record that Osama bin Laden’s status as a security operative working for the US government ever ended. In 2001, Osama bin Laden’s last public statement denied any involvement in the 9/11 attacks. There are no classified documents tying bin Laden to 9/11 or citing him to be a ‘rogue CIA operative.’”

Which 9/11 is real?

In 2007, the FBI flew a team to Bangkok to interview former Soviet nuclear intelligence specialist Dimitri Khalezov. Khalezov told the FBI that, in the morning of September 12, 2001, he attended a breakfast gathering with Mossad Operations Chief Mike Harari and his son along with other Israeli operatives.

Khalezov reported to the FBI that this gathering was to celebrate the 9/11 attacks, not as Netanyahu had said, as a “fortunate happenstance for Israel” but as a Mossad attack on the United States. At that meeting, Harari also claimed credit for a role in the Oklahoma City bombing. According to Khalezov, Harari was courting him to join their group for an upcoming operation, a bombing attack on Bali, scheduled for 2002.

On October 12, 2002, a huge explosive device devastated nearly a square mile killing 202 people. An Islamic group was blamed, just as with not just 9/11 but, initially, Oklahoma City as well.

Khalezov told FBI agents that Harari claimed nuclear weapons were used to bring down the twin towers on 9/11. Harari also said he got a “cruise type” missile, a Soviet “Granit” for the Pentagon attack, purchased through Victor Bout, the “Lord of War” played by Nicholas Cage in the film of the same name.

Bout, residing in Bangkok with Harari and Khalezov, was extradited to the United States based on a highly classified indictment accusing him of supplying the guided missile used to attack the Pentagon on 9/11. Bout was arrested in Bangkok in 2008, not long after the FBI visit. He was officially convicted of supplying arms to rebels in Colombia, an activity Bout had long been engaged in on behalf of the CIA, his arms dealing partners for many years.

Leaks

Thus far, the initial report to congress on the Bush falsification does not qualify as a leak. Only Bush stands accused, the 9/11 perpetrators are still safe, their identities still protected by security protocols maintained by President Obama, despite congressional demands.

“Claimed” leaks reported by Sperry in the Washington Postblame Bandar and Saudi Intelligence for 9/11. Sperry cites the CIA as a source but, quite suspiciously, seems to be attempting to deflect the possible fallout against Israel when or if then real report is made public. The Sperry story, coordinated with AIPAC’s moves to quell congress’s demand to declassify the report may well be an indication that Israeli intelligence, as Khalezov indicates, worked with Bush to plan and execute 9/11.

From the Press TV article: “This week, Congressional representatives Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) have officially requested a congressional resolution demanding President Obama declassify the heavily redacted Congressional Investigative Report on 9/11. The two representatives had just been given authority under penalty of ‘national security secrecy’ to read the censored 28 pages of the 800-page report that had not been seen. What has been made clear is that President Bush was fully aware that neither Afghanistan nor Iraq were involved in 9/11 and that military action against those two nations was done to cover involvement of his administration in 9/11, involvement that included support from foreign intelligence agencies. The representatives, while reviewing the report, came to the portion titled ‘Specific Sources of Foreign Support.’
A 28-page section here had been ‘butchered’ by the White House on the personal orders of President Bush. On the original report given to Congress, an estimated 5-10,000 words were omitted from this section with page after page of dotted lines replacing text.”

This is only the most recent of revelations that AIPAC has managed to suppress through pressuring congress and its powerful assets in the press. What is increasingly clear is that many of AIPAC’s allies in Washington had access to the non-redacted report. An entire administration, leaders in congress and the Pentagon, the CIA, NSA and a dozen other organizations, all knew what was in the congressional report. They all lied to the 9/11 Commission. They all ordered measures to suppress freedom at home and to butcher hundreds of thousands around the world, kidnap and torture thousand more, all based on lies.

Countries were virtually wiped off the map on a whim. Often we hear it asked, “How could thousands be involved in a conspiracy so heinous?” We now stand ready to answer. The time has come to ask.

HJL/HJL

Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a combat infantryman, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic representative for UN humanitarian and economic development efforts. Gordon Duff has traveled to over 80 nations. His articles are published around the world and translated into a number of languages. He is regularly on TV and radio, a popular and sometimes controversial guest. More Press TV articles by Gordon Duff

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From: contactform@splcentermail.org
Subject: SPLC victory against Alabama anti-immigrant law
To: gsaintmartin@hotmail.com
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:37:11 -0400

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October 30, 2013

Dear Gaston,

We’ve just won an important victory against Alabama’s racist anti-immigrant law.

The law undermined our most fundamental ideals as a nation. It was forged amid a legislative debate rife with incendiary rhetoric and bigotry aimed at a tiny sliver of the state’s population – Latino immigrants.

The New York Times called Alabama’s law “cruel, destructive and embarrassing” – the “worst in the nation.”

We sued the state over this unconstitutional law, known as HB 56, and following a series of court victories, we’ve announced a final settlement that effectively guts it.

  • No longer will schools require children to verify their parents’ immigration status.

  • No longer will the state of Alabama authorize the detention of someone during a traffic stop for the purpose of checking their status.

  • No longer will acts of kindness toward immigrants, such as giving someone a ride to the hospital, be considered a crime.

Because of our suit, the most egregious provisions of the law have been permanently blocked.

When this law was enacted in 2011, it unleashed a kind of vigilantism, leading some Alabamians to believe they could cheat, harass and intimidate Latinos with impunity. We saw families with children lose their water service … day laborers cheated out of their wages … sick children turned away from medical clinics.

Many Latinos — regardless of their immigration status — chose to flee the state rather than face the racial profiling promoted by HB 56. Farmers lost millions while crops rotted in the fields.

This victory will have a major impact on many lives — not just immigrants, but legal residents and U.S. citizens who could be suspected of being unauthorized simply because they are Latino.

We remain committed to pursuing comprehensive immigration reform in Congress so that no other state will be tempted to pass such a mean-spirited law again. And we continue to work in the courts to uphold the rights of immigrants facing injustice.

Thank you for your dedication to justice. It’s your support that makes victories like this possible.

Sincerely,Morris Dees
Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

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JUNE 28, 2013 1:41PM

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest results from theLong Term Trends portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The NAEP LTT was specifically designed to track changes in student performance over time, even when there aren’t any. The chart below depicts the average performance of U.S. 17-year-olds across subjects, relative to the scores of the students who took these tests 40 years ago.

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There have been some slight improvements in the scores of younger children, but they don’t last. By the time students are preparing to enter higher education or the workforce, they are no better prepared academically than they were two generations ago–despite the fact that we have spent three times as much on their K-12 education as we did educating the class of 1970.

What explains this stagnation?

Officials suggest the results for 17-year-old students reflect fewer low-performing students dropping out. For instance, Hispanic students had a 32 percent dropout rate in 1990 and that number fell to 15 percent in 2010, said Peggy Carr, an associate commissioner with the National Center for Education Statistics.”These students are generally scoring at the lower end of the distribution but it’s a good thing that they’re staying in schools,” Carr said.

There are several problems with this explanation. First, Carr seems to be referring to the NCES’s “status” dropout rate that counts a GED as high school completion (see Figure 2, page 21, here). But a student who takes the GED is not in school, would therefore presumably not participate in the NAEP test, and could therefore not drag down the NAEP average. Moreover research by Nobel laureate economist James Heckman (among others) has demonstrated that:

(a) the true high school graduation rate is substantially lower than the official [“status”] rate issued by the National Center for Educational Statistics; (b) it has been declining over the past 40 years; (c) majority/minority graduation rate differentials are substantial and have not converged over the past 35 years; (d) the decline in high school graduation rates occurs among native populations and is not solely a consequence of increasing proportions of immigrants and minorities in American society;

Second, if the overall average only languished because more low-scoring minority students are now taking the test, as the NCES implies, we would expect to see the scores of minority students falling and the scores of white students rising over the 20-year period in question. That is not the case. Scores for white, black, and Hispanic students are all flat between 1990 and today.

The evidence thus seems to contradict the NCES’s explanation for the four-decade stagnation in achievement among 17-year-olds. Here is a more plausible one: Improvement is hard. Systematic progress only occurs when producers have the freedoms and incentives to innovate and excel. Our public-school monopolies do not provide those freedoms and incentives, and so they stagnate while their costs inexorably rise.