Love your kids? Get them out of public schools

Exclusive: Joseph Farah touts research exposing intentional dumbing-down of students

For a guy who writes six columns a week, I seldom cover education.

Why? Because it is such a mess, such an American scandal, that the problems and solutions simply don’t lend themselves well to 700-word commentaries.

What America is doing to its kids – from breaking down their Judeo-Christian morals to deliberately mis-educating them to programming them to be statist vassals – is shocking, disgraceful, shameful and, yes, I’ll say it, criminal on a massive scale.

I’m not alone in this conclusion.

There’s a great new book out that systematically exposes the whole sordid system.

It’s called “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.” Nothing subtle about that title, but it’s hardly an overstatement or hyperbole. It’s time to call a spade a spade, because if we truly love our kids and want the best for them, we need to recognize we’re in the midst of a real “war on children.”

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The crisis we face is multi-faceted – involving public employee unions, notably the National Education Association, which benefits from a tax-exemption from the Internal Revenue Service, nationalization of education policy by Washington, community organizers who use the schools like their pet playgrounds for social experimentation, radicals in colleges and universities who churn out social activists with designs on re-programming America’s kids, sexual predators running rampant in schools and an ideology at its core that sees children as future servants of the state.

That’s a lethal combination for a free, self-governing society.

By the way, the bad things we see happening in the schools are not a result of misguided or failed policies. They are the result of a plan, as Alex Newman, one of the authors of the book, explains, designed to “dumb down and indoctrinate students.”

Add to all that the fact that the media are deaf, dumb, blind or complicit in these crimes against kids.

Again, all I can do is scratch the surface of this foundational topic in a 700-word column. But let me leave you with some tantalizing excerpts from the book:

  • “Functional illiterates become violent because they can’t use their brains. The inability to read creates boredom and resentment against the society that dumbed them down. They were intelligent when they entered school at age 5 or 6. But in a few short years they were told that they were learning disabled or just plain dumb and could not learn to read. They became functional illiterates.”
  • “About half of Americans reject the evolution theory in polls – more than eight out of 10 Americans reject the atheistic version of it – yet it will still be taught to their children as fact.”
  • “How many parents … send their children to school so central planners can mold them into functionally illiterate cogs in a centrally planned machine, having just enough knowledge to do their pre-assigned task? How will such cogs be able to think critically, much less sustain liberty and the American experiment? The short answer is that they will not – and that is the point.”
  • “The key to success is in teaching children to read with intensive phonics. Once children learn to read, the sky’s the limit.”
  • “It was (John) Dewey’s plan to use the look-say method of teaching reading as the means to dumb down the nation.”

All of these shocking points and many more are not only covered in this manifesto, but meticulously documented in a way that will make your head spin.

But the purpose is not to make your head spin. The purpose is to give you the tools you need to fight back.

How do we do that? The authors have some great prescriptions, but let me leave you with the one that is most urgent, from my point of view: Get your children out of the clutches of this monstrous system now. Don’t wait. Homeschool them or get them in a carefully selected religious school that is part of the resistance movement to educate kids, nurture them and prepare them to be self-governing individuals capable of maintaining a free society.

This brand new resource from WND Books explains how today’s Utopians have effectively used public schools to deliberately dumb-down our nation. Order a copy of “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children”

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CA Cities Making Millions Seizing Property, Money

Melissa Quinn / @MelissaQuinn97 / April 28, 2015

In a small number of cities clustered in Los Angeles County, Calif., people are seeing their property and money seized by law enforcement through civil asset forfeiture, and it’s making police departments tens of millions of dollars.

California has safeguards in place to protect innocent people from the harmful practices of civil asset forfeiture. However, a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance found that such measures haven’t stopped law enforcement agencies from using federal forfeiture laws to circumvent state policies.

The Drug Policy Alliance, an organization focused on drug policy reforms, examined the cities that lead California in seizures per capita. The cities—Baldwin Park, Beverly Hills, Gardena, Irwindale, La Verne, Pomona, South Gate, Vernon and West Covina—are all located around Los Angeles County and collected more than $43 million in revenue from forfeitures between 2006 and 2013.

“We use federal forfeiture,” Baldwin Park Police Capt. David Reynoso told the Drug Policy Alliance. “It’s just more beneficial to us.”

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Baldwin Park, with a population of 75,390, collected $4.9 million in federal forfeiture revenue from 2006 to 2013 and participated in 565 seizures from 2008 to 2013.

The city of Irwindale, meanwhile, saw $802,800 in revenue from the Justice Department’s forfeiture program and has a population of 1,422.

According to the Drug Policy Alliance’s findings, law enforcement agencies in the California cities studied used revenue from civil asset forfeiture to pay for overtime, communications and computers, and to purchase and maintain vehicles. However, the money was also used to pay informants.

The La Verne Police Department alone spent $1 million of revenue gained from federal asset forfeiture on informants over the last three years, according to public records.

“Police cars and communications equipment may indeed be legitimate law enforcement expenditures, but those purchases should be justified to elected representatives just the same as every other government agency,” Jason Snead, research associate at The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, told The Daily Signal.

“Law enforcement should not be a self-financing enterprise,” he continued. “That, of course, means that it is incumbent on governments to adequately fund their law enforcement agencies. And if agencies truly need larger budgets, the appropriate means for raising that revenue is taxes or offsets, not forfeiture.”

In examining data gathered through Freedom of Information Act requests and forfeiture reports at the state and federal level, the Drug Policy Alliance identified instances of Los Angeles County police departments budgeting for future forfeiture revenue, which is prohibited by the federal government.

>>> Advocates Tell Congress: Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Now

The Drug Policy Alliance’s report focused on police departments participating in the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program, which allows local law enforcement agencies to team up with federal agencies to seize property under federal law. Under the program, local police departments receive a portion of the proceeds from seizures while the federal government keeps the rest.

In some instances, police departments keep up to 80 percent of assets’ worth, making the program more attractive in states with stringent state forfeiture laws. At the state level, law enforcement agencies see a 50 percent return on forfeiture.

“Equitable sharing certainly offers law enforcement the means to circumvent state laws which might make it harder to conduct forfeitures, or restrict how forfeiture funds are spent,” Snead said.

He went on to point out how states with strict forfeiture laws receive “higher payouts” through the Equitable Sharing Program than those with looser forfeiture laws.

“This certainly suggests that some law enforcement agencies are turning to the federal program to get around their state laws,” Snead said.

According to state and federal forfeiture reports, California law enforcement agencies have increasingly relied on federal forfeiture revenue. Since 2002, money collected under state forfeiture has remained around $18.3 million. However, federal forfeiture revenue collected by California police departments has grown from $36 million in 2002 to roughly $100 million in 2013.

Snead noted that nationwide, more than $433 million was distributed to state and local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program last year.

Civil asset forfeiture is a decades-old tool that gives law enforcement the power to seize property if it’s suspected of being related to a crime.

Though the procedure started with good intentions—as a way to curb money laundering and drug trafficking—a trend of law enforcement agencies seizing property and money for profit has developed.

The issue has created an alliance in organizations such as The Heritage Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, which argue the practice stacks the deck against innocent property owners refuting forfeitures. The groups also believe civil asset forfeiture is counter to criminal justice system’s presumption of innocence and creates perverse incentives for law enforcement, as often the proceeds from seized property benefit police departments and prosecutors’ offices.

To eliminate abuses of civil asset forfeiture by law enforcement, the ACLU joined 23 groups calling on Congress to enact federal forfeiture reforms. In a letter to top lawmakers with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees sent earlier this month, the groups called on policymakers to end the Equitable Sharing Program, restore the Fifth Amendment right to due process and Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and direct forfeiture proceeds to the Department of Treasury’s general fund.

“Property rights and due process are fundamental American principles,” the letter stated. “Congress has an enormous opportunity to address civil forfeiture abuses that undermine property rights, due process and economic freedom.”

Gold surges: World’s ‘biggest pawnbroker’ makes deal

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Gold surged above $1,200 an ounce Monday in its best day since January, amid market intrigue surrounding a deal between Venezuela and Citigroup to swap $1 billion in cash for part of the country’s gold reserves.

The swap, reported last week, provides cash to President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government as the country reels from a steep drop in oil revenue. Reuters reported Friday that the Venezuelan central bank was expected to have provided 1.4 million ounces of gold in exchange for the cash, and the country would have to pay interest on the funds.

“He had to pawn their gold. That’s what they’ve done. They can buy it back. They have rights of first refusal,” said Dennis Gartman, publisher of The Gartman Letter. “They went to the biggest pawnbroker of gold—Citibank.”

Read MoreGold sees best day since January as shorts cover

The deal was cited as one of several things that helped drive gold futures to the highest level in two weeks. Futures for June jumped 2.4 percent to 1,203.20 an ounce. Gold stocks also rallied, with Freeport-McMoran up 5 percent and Newmont Mining up almost 3 percent.

“That was a huge potential seller taken out of the market. It’s not an overhang anymore,” Gartman said of the Venezuela deal. GLD, the Spdr Gold Trust ETF, was up 2 percent, its best day since late January.

Kevin Grady, president of Phoenix Futures and Options, said while there was talk about the big gold swap, he said the bigger factor driving prices was the expiration of May options Monday and short covering.

“If we didn’t have the options positions rolling off again, I don’t think we would have had the market going to $1,200,” Grady said. On Tuesday, the April futures contract expires. There also was an increase of 13,000 shorts in the market, a positive since those traders could be forced to buy gold when they cover, he said.

“I’m bearish until gold settles at $1,230 … every time you get up there, there’s a major wall of selling that comes into the market. Even this rally today—as impressive as it is—$30 on the day. We’re stuck in this range,” Grady said. He said gold rallied to the middle of the range, which is between $1,177 and $1,220.

Even so, George Gero of RBC said he believes the Venezuela deal juiced the market. “I think that has a lot to do with raising awareness of institutions. Where they are in the second quarter, in the second week—how they haven’t allocated to gold. … This was like a wake-up call,” he said.

Read MoreVenezuela may have missed $24 billion in oil revenues

Gero said the market may now be able to hold $1,200. Gartman agrees. “It’s important, yes it will hold,” he said.

For Gartman, the decision by the Peoples Bank of China to buy regional and national securities was a big factor for the market. “The Peoples Bank of China has gone full in for QE,” he said. “Finally, you’ve got the PBOC, which is a monstrous bank making an implied bet on inflation.”

Strategists also said the market was positioning ahead of Wednesday’s Federal Reserve statement.

“I think there’s some short covering prior to the Fed meeting,” said Gero, adding traders think the U.S. central bank will promote a dovish mood.

Howard Wen, precious metals analyst at HSBC, also said the market was moving on speculation about what the Fed would say after its meeting Wednesday..

“We have the FOMC meeting ahead and from a historical perspective, prices tend to be more volatile ahead of FOMC meetings,” said Wen. He said the market also will be watching the coming data including Tuesday’s consumer confidence and Wednesday’s first-quarter GDP, both potentially dollar-moving data points.

“It seems like the $1,200 level hasn’t been that significant lately. It’s kind of been trading in a range so far in April, in and out of $1,200. That might be the middle point between the upper and lower bound,” he said.

If the Fed sounds in any way hawkish, gold could decline and the dollar would rise, he said.

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Two-thirds of Americans don’t understand how credit cards work: The debt addiction in your pocket.

 There is something alluring about swiping a card and making a purchase.  It almost seems euphoric and fun.  Credit cards come in a variety of sleek designs to help you part with your current and future income.  Americans are deeply in debt.  Mortgages, student loans, auto debt, and credit cards consume a large portion of future income.  You would think that most people would reflect on the mechanics of how debt works but this is not the case.  Most people are oblivious to how credit cards work but continue to use them and go into deep debt.  Throw in online shopping and you can store your credit information virtually and shop with one-click.  This wouldn’t be such a problem if incomes were moving ahead.  Unfortunately that is not the case and many are struggling to find their economic balance in the new low wage economy.  Credit card debt is once again on the rise and two-thirds of Americans do not understand how credit cards work.

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People spend more with credit cards.  It is easy to understand.  First, the convenience factor makes it much easier to blow through larger sums of money.  Yet the bigger issue is having the ability to spend money you don’t have today, thus circumventing the need to budget to buy something.  Take a look at some research regarding how people perceive value when spending cash versus credit:

“(The Atlantic) Prelec and Simester’s findings downplayed the importance of logos, but further solidified the theory that credit cards extract more money from people than cash in identical circumstances. The two researchers found that their Boston-based experimental subjects were willing to pay strikingly different amounts of money on tickets to a Celtics game, depending on their method of payment. Those paying with cash found roughly $30 to be a reasonable price, while those paying with credit on average were satisfied with $60. This Celtics experiment suggests that the premium is largest and most dangerous when people are making one-off purchases or buying things with uncertain value.”

That is a big issue.  Another study found that two-thirds of Americans don’t even understand how credit cards work.  This should give you pause given the recent rise in credit card debt after a slumber from the Great Recession:

credit card debt

From 2010 to 2014 outstanding credit card debt remained fairly stagnant.  In the last year it has started to trend higher at a quicker pace.  The volume of credit card offers increases in tandem with the stock market and the overall perception of the employment landscape.  Offers are now being pushed lower on the financial food chain since demand for other avenues of investments pick up.  This is why we are witnessing a large push of subprime auto debt.

There isn’t anything inherently bad with credit cards.  But the way they are marketed and the terms offered really lure people into spending money they don’t have on items they don’t need.  Two-thirds of Americans don’t even understand how credit cards work!  And then we wonder why half of the country has no money saved for retirement and most live paycheck to paycheck.

You might say that most of the non-cash transactions are coming from debit cards that pull from actual cash in checking accounts.  Unfortunately most of the non-cash transactions occur in the form of credit cards:

credit and debit

The attraction is obvious and clear but the need for immediate gratification is going to be painful.  Paying off a 60 inch television for five years is going to make you forget the high joy you get from that first year (or six months) of your purchase.  Pretending to be rich is very different from being wealthy.  In order to build wealth, you need to save and invest.  Going into debt for things you don’t need is not wise financial planning.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.    — Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution

A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as “a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people . . . .”

On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.

The secretive TPP is an agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries that affects 40% of global markets. Fast-track authority could now go to the full Senate for a vote as early as next week. Fast-track means Congress will be prohibited from amending the trade deal, which will be put to a simple up or down majority vote. Negotiating the TPP in secret and fast-tracking it through Congress is considered necessary to secure its passage, since if the public had time to review its onerous provisions, opposition would mount and defeat it.

Abdicating the Judicial Function to Corporate Lawyers

James Madison wrote in The Federalist Papers:

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, . . . may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. . . . “Were the power of judging joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control, for the judge would then be the legislator. . . .”

And that, from what we now know of the TPP’s secret provisions, will be its dire effect.

The most controversial provision of the TPP is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) section, which strengthens existing ISDS  procedures. ISDS first appeared in a bilateral trade agreement in 1959. According to The Economist, ISDS gives foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of highly paid corporate lawyers for compensation whenever the government passes a law to do things that hurt corporate profits — such things as discouraging smoking, protecting the environment or preventing a nuclear catastrophe.

Arbitrators are paid $600-700 an hour, giving them little incentive to dismiss cases; and the secretive nature of the arbitration process and the lack of any requirement to consider precedent gives wide scope for creative judgments.

To date, the highest ISDS award has been for $2.3 billion to Occidental Oil Company against the government of Ecuador over its termination of an oil-concession contract, this although the termination was apparently legal. Still in arbitration is a demand by Vattenfall, a Swedish utility that operates two nuclear plants in Germany, for compensation of €3.7 billion ($4.7 billion) under the ISDS clause of a treaty on energy investments, after the German government decided to shut down its nuclear power industry following the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.

Under the TPP, however, even larger judgments can be anticipated, since the sort of “investment” it protects includes not just “the commitment of capital or other resources” but “the expectation of gain or profit.” That means the rights of corporations in other countries extend not just to their factories and other “capital” but to the profits they expect to receive there.

In an article posted by Yves Smith, Joe Firestone poses some interesting hypotheticals:

Under the TPP, could the US government be sued and be held liable if it decided to stop issuing Treasury debt and financed deficit spending in some other way (perhaps by quantitative easing or by issuing trillion dollar coins)? Why not, since some private companies would lose profits as a result?

Under the TPP or the TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership under negotiation with the European Union), would the Federal Reserve be sued if it failed to bail out banks that were too big to fail?

Firestone notes that under the Netherlands-Czech trade agreement, the Czech Republic was sued in an investor-state dispute for failing to bail out an insolvent bank in which the complainant had an interest. The investor company was awarded $236 million in the dispute settlement. What might the damages be, asks Firestone, if the Fed decided to let the Bank of America fail, and a Saudi-based investment company decided to sue?

Abdicating the Legislative Function to Multinational Corporations

Just the threat of this sort of massive damage award could be enough to block prospective legislation. But the TPP goes further and takes on the legislative function directly, by forbidding specific forms of regulation.

Public Citizen observes that the TPP would provide big banks with a backdoor means of watering down efforts to re-regulate Wall Street, after deregulation triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression:

The TPP would forbid countries from banning particularly risky financial products, such as the toxic derivatives that led to the $183 billion government bailout of AIG. It would prohibit policies to prevent banks from becoming “too big to fail,” and threaten the use of “firewalls” to prevent banks that keep our savings accounts from taking hedge-fund-style bets.

The TPP would also restrict capital controls, an essential policy tool to counter destabilizing flows of speculative money. . . . And the deal would prohibit taxes on Wall Street speculation, such as the proposed Robin Hood Tax that would generate billions of dollars’ worth of revenue for social, health, or environmental causes.

Clauses on dispute settlement in earlier free trade agreements have been invoked to challenge efforts to regulate big business. The fossil fuel industry is seeking to overturn Quebec’s ban on the ecologically destructive practice of fracking. Veolia, the French behemoth known for building a tram network to serve Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, is contesting increases in Egypt’s minimum wage. The tobacco maker Philip Morris is suing against anti-smoking initiatives in Uruguay and Australia.

The TPP would empower not just foreign manufacturers but foreign financial firms to attack financial policies in foreign tribunals, demanding taxpayer compensation for regulations that they claim frustrate their expectations and inhibit their profits.

Preempting Government Sovereignty

What is the justification for this encroachment on the sovereign rights of government? Allegedly, ISDS is necessary in order to increase foreign investment. But as noted in The Economist, investors can protect themselves by purchasing political-risk insurance. Moreover, Brazil continues to receive sizable foreign investment despite its long-standing refusal to sign any treaty with an ISDS mechanism. Other countries are beginning to follow Brazil’s lead.

In an April 22nd report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, gains from multilateral trade liberalization were shown to be very small, equal to only about 0.014% of consumption, or about $.43 per person per month. And that assumes that any benefits are distributed uniformly across the economic spectrum. In fact, transnational corporations get the bulk of the benefits, at the expense of most of the world’s population.

Something else besides attracting investment money and encouraging foreign trade seems to be going on. The TPP would destroy our republican form of government under the rule of law, by elevating the rights of investors – also called the rights of “capital” – above the rights of the citizens.

That means that TPP is blatantly unconstitutional. But as Joe Firestone observes, neo-liberalism and corporate contributions seem to have blinded the deal’s proponents so much that they cannot see they are selling out the sovereignty of the United States to foreign and multinational corporations.

For more information and to get involved, visit:

Flush the TPP

The Citizens Trade Campaign

Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Eyes on Trade

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. Her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her 300+ blog articles are at EllenBrown.com.

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  1. Where is the public outcry ?…we are doomed, and no rep responds in proper fashion as expected of course.

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  2. Considering the line ” Negotiating the TPP in secret and fast-tracking it through Congress is considered necessary to secure its passage, since if the public had time to review its onerous provisions, opposition would mount and defeat it.

    Defeat it ? That makes it sound as if we already know what’s in it ! Presumptuous !

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  6. it doesn’t get much plainer than this piece by Ms Brown that the experiment in American democracy ended some time ago and the fast tracking of the TPP is just the finishing up of nailing the coffin closed.

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  7. Benjamin Franklin said that the new constitution implemented “a republic, if you can keep it”. Well, 225 years or so wasn’t a bad run – even if the republic was mostly smoke and mirrors for the last 100 years.

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  9. It’s all good, Ellen. Bad news is good news because it takes us closer to a crisis that will flush this system. Good news is good news, well because good news is good news. 🙂 There is no way any of the actions of politicians are going to stick long term. Kings rule by decree and eventually the outcomes of their violence lead to eating cake, guillotines and the like.

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  10. David Korten, who wrote the book “When Corporations Rule the World” years ago, may not have realized how prophetic he was.

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  11. To truly understand how and why the TPP is being fast tracked, here is some required reading for every American – please read this and pass it on to everyone you know: http://scannedretina.com/2015/03/19/before-things-get-out-of-hand-judge-anna-von-reitz/

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  13. Thanks, Ellen.
    Excellent reporting here.

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  14. So the Buccaneers have stolen the high moral ground from Sea Sheperd and are flying the Jolly Roger throughout the sea of Soverign Countries, plundering where they see fit and dragging any opposition into a corrupt and untouchable International jurisdiction , which the Corporate thuggish lawyers have set up, where they can charge our Governments, State and Federal for their loss of profits, determined by ‘them’. Ned Kelly had the decency to wear a mask and he was one of the good guys.

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  19. Excellent, very through analysis of how the TPP will work to overturn the kind of government envisioned by Madison. Less clear is why Obama is so obsessed with ramming the agreement through Congress. You could argue that he is simply feathering his own nest, looking forward to a lucrative retirement – and that could also explain why his Republican allies are so he’ll-bent on abandoning their usual obstructionism. This, in fact, is the only conclusion that can be drawn, based on Obama’s flimsy and vague justifications for the secret deal. The “what’s he hiding” argument is simple and sells well to a public that has long since lost faith in the president.

    But I suspect that he – and his allies – are also motivated by fear of rising Chinese power. The TPP will bind key nations on China’s periphery to US interests, at a time when they (Japan, Viet Nam, and the Phillipines) are already alarmed by aggressive moves by China into the South China Sea. From the Marshall Plan onward, such agreements and outright aid have been used to contain the ambitions of Russia and China. Recently, China and Russia have become much closer, and Beijing has proposed a new international banking system to counter the US-dominated IMF and World Bank, and such a system could easily draw in weak neighbors like Viet Nam , the Phillipines, Malaysia – not to mention Iran.

    Or to sum it all up more simply, no nation can run a massive empire and retain a republic at home.

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    810. Feb. 1, interview with Greg Carlwood, The Higherside Chats. Listen to archive here .

    809. Feb. 1, Interview with Binoy Kampmark, “Greece: From Austerity to Prosperity?” Listen to archive here .

    808. Jan. 31, speaker at conference on public banking, Be-the-Change-Colorado, Denver

    807. Jan. 27, interview with Maeve Conran, KGNU, Boulder/Denver. 9 a.m. MT

    806. Jan. 20, interview with Greg Carlwood, thehighersidechats.com, 11.a.m. PST

    805. Jan. 14, interview with Jim Banks, KGNU Community Radio, Boulder, Co., 9 a.m. MT

    –2014–

    804. Dec. 30, interview with Clyde Lewis, Ground Zero radio show 8 pm PST

    803. Dec. 23, interview with James Corbett, The Corbett Report. Listen here .

    802. Dec. 21, Interview with Stephen Golden, Defending the American Dream, KABC, Los Angeles. Listen
    here . 4 pm PST

    801. Dec. 15, interview on The Bev Smith Show. Listen here . 5:30 PST

    800. Dec. 11, interview with Sinclair Noe, moneyradio.com, 12 pm, MT

    799. Dec. 9, interview with Greg Hunter, USAWatchdog.com, 8:00 a.m. PST

    798. Dec. 8, Interview with Scott Harris, WPKN Radio, Bridgeport, CT – Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine, http://www.btlonline.org, 6 pm, PST

    797. Nov. 6-9, panelist, Kilkenomics Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland. Info here .

    796. Oct. 29, interview with Rick Staggenborg, MD, Take America Back for the People, Coos Bay, OR, 10 a.m. PT. Listen here .

    795. Oct. 28, interview with Ken Rose on “What Now,” whatnowsolutions.org, 11:10 a.m. PT

    794. Oct. 18, PBI seminar, The Friends Center, Philadelphia Link.

    793. Oct. 13 “Beloved Community CirclesWork Teleconference,” Dialogue on the Public Bank, Register here for FREE for Beloved Community Teleconference 5 pm PT

    792. Oct. 6-9, speaker, Praxis Peace Institute conference, THE ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY-Emerging Models for a Healthy Planet, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco. Brochure.

    791. Oct. 3 or 4, interview, Creating Wealth Show with Jason Hartman, listen here.

    790. Sept. 27, keynote speaker, 7:10 pm, Banking on New Mexico Symposium, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, http://www.bankingonnewmexico.org/

    789. Sept. 19, interview on Black Tower Radio, 1040AM/92.1FM, Rochester, NY, 5 pm ET

    788. Sept. 13, 12:45 pm, panel on public banking, Rethinking Economics, RENY Rethinkecon conference, http://rethinkecon.com/, NY City.

    787. Sept. 9, interview on KZYX, Mendocino (KZYX.org), Corporations and Democracy show, 1 pm, PT

    786. Aug. 25, interview with Dr. Dan Schultz, Counter Culture Radio, KFUGradio.org, Crescent City, CA., 7 pm PT

    785. Aug. 21, interview with Lloyd D’Aguilar, “Looking Back Looking Forward”, http://lookingbacklookingforward.com/, 6:45 a.m. PT

    784. Aug. 20, interview with Rohan Freeman, ignoranti.org, 10 a.m. PST. Listen to archive here.

    783. Aug. 15, interview with Sinclair Noe, moneyradio.com, 10 a.m. PT

    782. July 30 edition of It’s Our Money on PRN: http://prn.fm/money-ellen-brown-state-owned-bank-wisconsin-073014/

    781. July 29-Aug. 5. Moving Beyond Capitalism conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    780. July 9, speaker, 2014 Annual Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations, Inc., Radisson Newport Beach Hotel, near the Orange County John Wayne Airport, 9:15 a.m. PT

    779. July 2nd IT’S OUR MONEY WITH ELLEN BROWN – EMINENT DOMAIN TO THE RESCUE? – Progressive Radio Network. Listen to archive here.

    778. June 29, interview with Stephen Golden, KABC radio, Pasadena, 7 pm PT

    777. June 25, interview, Kerry Lutz – Financial Survival Network, 1 pm ET. Listen to archive here.

    776. June 21, participant and speaker, General Assembly of the Green Party of California, http://www.cagreens.org/ga/2014-06/agenda-draft-to-counties, Santa Barbara

    775. June 7, interview with Doug Bennett, Unspun: An Experiment in Truth-Telling, KKRN Community radio, 9 am PT Listen to archive here.

    774. June 2, interview, Voice of Russia (pre-recorded, check their site).

    773. May 31, interview, the Joe Whitehead Show, http://thejoewhiteheadshow.com/, 11:30 am, EDT

    772. May 26, interview, Wealth DNA Radio Show, Blog Talk Radio, wealthdna.us, noon EST

    771. May 26, Speaker at Occupy SF Forum, Unite HERE Local 2 Union Hall, 215 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco — along with Laura Wells, Lt. Gov. candidate Jena Goodman, Sect. of State candidate David Curtis, and Congressional candidate Barry Hermanson, 6 pm

    770. May 26, interview on the Wealth DNA Radio Show (Blog Talk Radio: wealthdna.us) noon ET

    769. May 25, “Occupy Oakland” barbecue at Mike Wilson’s house: 3413 Belmont Ave., El Cerrito, 1:30 pm

    768. May 25, interview, the Bob Charles Show, Web Radio Station http://www.kinetichifi.com/, 2 pm EST

    767. May 24, Attend and speak at the Sacramento “March against Monsanto” anti-GMO event (starts at the North steps of the State Capitol building).

    766. May 23, c. 11:00 am — Speak to the “Campus Greens” at De Anza College, Cupertino

    765. May 23. Ellen and Laura Wells will speak at the “Green Party Candidates Night” — at the Richmond Progressive Alliance office, in the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, 7 pm

    764. May 22, Monterey Co. Green Party candidates forum, with Cindy Sheehan and Laura Wells, Monterey College of Law, 100 Col. Durham St., Seaside, CA 93955, 7 pm

    763. May 20, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, MoneyRadio.com (pre-recorded, check for air time.)

    762. May 15, interview with Alan Butler, Butler on Business, Liberty Express Radio, 10 AM EDT

    761. May 14, interview with Stanley Montieth, The Doctor Stan Show, Radio Liberty, 7 am PST

    760. May 13, interview with Robert Stark and Jeff Crow, Valley Talk Live, centralvalleytalk.com, Fresno, 4 pm PT. Listen to archive here.

    759. May 11, Skype participant, Green Party candidate Q&A event, Lieblyl Proctor Library
    6501 Telegraph Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94607
    Between 65th and 66th St. 5 pm

    758. May 10, United We Stand Festival, Pauley Pavilion, UCLA,
    https://unitedwestandfest.com/confirmed-guests/

    757. May 6, inteview with Rock Cash, The People Speak Radio. Listen to archive here.

    756. May 1, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 9 a.m. PDT

    755. April 29, moderator, Great Minds #66 with Nomi Prins, Los Angeles, CA., 7 pm PT

    754. April 23, Ellen interviews Nomi Prins on It’s Our Money. Listen to archive here.

    753. April 21, interview with Robert Stark and Jeff Crow, Valley Talk Live, centralvalleytalk.com, Fresno, 4:30 PT

    752. April 17, interview Dr. Rima Truth Reports, with Dr. Rima Laibow, 10 pm EST

    751. April 17, interview with Greg Hunter, USAWatchdog.com, 11:30 EST

    750. April 8, It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown, interiews Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Listen to archive here.

    749. April 8, interview with Alan Butler, Butler on Business, Liberty Express Radio, 11:30 AM EDT

    748. April 3, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 9 a.m. PDT

    747. April 3, interview with James Banks, KGNU radio, Boulder, CO, 5 p.m. PT

    746. April 2, interview, WHDTWorldNews, Nextnewsnetwork.com, 10:30 a. m. PDT

    745. March 26, 1 pm PDT, It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown. Ellen interviews Prof. ROBERT HOCKETT–fascinating background material for understanding the banks’ role in the foreclosure mess and the eminent domain solution. Listen to the archive here.

    744. March 24, interview with Kevin Zeese JD and Margaret Flowers MD, Clearing the FOG on We Act Radio, 1480 AM Washington, DC, 8 a.m. PDT

    743. March 23rd, “Banking for the People—Not for Wall Street,” Agenda for a Prophetic Faith Lecture Series, Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711, http://www.claremontumc.org/, 7 pm PT

    742. Apr. 13, Interview with Chris Moore, KDKA Pittsburgh, 5 pm EST

    741. March 18, 2 pm, Democratic Club, Friendly Valley Conference Room, Newhall, CA.

    740. March 13, interview with Fred Smart, American Underground Network, 8 pm, CDT

    739. March 12, 12 pm PDT, It’s Our Money radio show with Ellen Brown, featuring Prof. TIM CANOVA on the Federal Reserve. Listen to archive here.

    738. March 4, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report, 4:30 PST

    737. Feb. 23, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

    736. Feb 20, interview with Bill Deller, 3CR radio, Melbourne, Australia, 3 pm, PST

    735. Feb. 17, interview, Strike Debt Bay Area, KPFA, Berkeley, 2 pm (?) PST

    734. Feb16, interview with Gary Dubin, The Foreclosure Hour (http://www.foreclosurehour.com/the-host.html), 5 pm PST

    733. Feb. 11, interview with Clint Richardson, RBN 5 pm PST

    732. Feb 9, interview with Stephen Golden, DEFENDING THE AMERICAN DREAM, KABC Los Angeles, 6 am, PST Listen to the archive here.

    731. Feb. 6, interview, Move to Amend Reports, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend, 5 pm PST

    730. Feb. 5, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, MoneyRadio.com, 9:30 am PST

    729. January 30, interview, Kerry Lutz – Financial Survival Network, 12 pm EST

    728. January 30, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report, 4:30 PST

    727. January 29, interview on Latin Waves, 8 pm PST

    726. January 28, Green Party Shadow Cabinet response to State of the Union Speech. http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus 6 pm PST

    725. January 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST. Listen here.

    724. January 23, interview, The Tim Dahaney Show, 12 noon PST. Listen here.

    723. January 22, interview with Utrice Leid, “Leid Stories,”, PRN.FM, 1 pm EST

    722. January 21, interview, Independent Underground Radio LIVE, 9:15 PST. Listen here.

    721. January 12, Open Forum with Green Party candidates Luis Rodriguez, Laura Wells and Ellen Brown, hosted by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) 11277 GARDEN GROVE BLVD., Garden Grove, CA. 2-4 pm

    720. January 11, interview with Bill Still on running for California Treasurer. Watch it here. And see another one here.

    719. January 8, interview, The Tim Dahaney Show, 12 noon PST. Listen here. (It’s the one labelled “Take the Fed Reserve Public.”)

    718. Jan 7, interview, The Burt Cohen Show, 12 noon ET

    –2013–

    717. Dec. 30, interview, Stuart Vener Tells It Like It Is, see http://stuartvener.com for stations, 11:30 am EST

    716. Dec. 26, interview Dr. Rima Truth Reports, with Dr. Rima Laibow and Ralph Fucetola, 10 pm EST

    715. Dec. 21, interview, KPRO Radio San Francisco, 9:30 am PST

    714. Dec. 18, interview, The Power Hour with Joyce Riley, 8 a.m. CT

    713. Dec. 18, interview, Unwrapped Radio, WRFG, http://www.tuneinradio.com/, 12:40 EST

    712. Dec. 15, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST, listen here.
    711. Dec. 15, presentation, A Public Bank for Mendocino, at the Crown Hall in Mendocino, Ca., 7 pm

    710. Dec. 15, presentation, Why We Need to Own Our Own Bank, Mendocino Environmental Center
    106 West Standley, Ukiah, CA 95482, 2 pm

    709. Dec. 14, presentation, Why We Need to Own Our Own Bank, Little Lake Grange, Willits, Ca. 7 pm

    708. Dec. 13, interview on All About Money, KZYX radio, 9 a.m. PST

    707. Dec. 13, interview, Radio Islam, WCEV 1450 AM, 12:05 pm, CST

    706. Dec. 12, appearance with Doug McKenty, “The Shift,” Mendocino TV, 4:30 pm PST

    705. Dec. 11, interview on WHDT World News, http://NNN.is/on-WHDT, 5:30 and 11:00 pm EST. Watch the archive here.

    704. Dec. 11, interview, WORT Community Radio, Madison, Wisconsin, 6:10 a.m. PST

    703. Dec. 11, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, MoneyRadio.com, 10:30 PST

    702. Dec. 9, UnWrapped Radio, Atlanta, 1 pm PST.

    701. Dec. 9, GOHarrison, KPFK Los Angeles, 3:30 pm PST.

    700. Dec. 9, interview, Air Cascadia show, KBOO radio, Portland, 10 am PST

    699. Dec. 5, interview, WHDT World News TV, 2 pm PST

    698. Dec. 4, interview with David Swanson, talknationradio, 7pm PST

    697. Dec. 4, interview with Rob Kall, The Rob Kall Bottom-Up Radio Show, 1360 AM, 7:30 pm EST

    696. Dec. 3, interview with Kim Greenhouse, It’s Rainmaking Time, listen here.

    695. Dec. 2, interview with Val Muchowski, Women’s Voices, KZYX, 7 p.m. PST

    694. Nov. 29, interview with Gregg Hunter, USAWatchdog.com, 11:30 PST

    693. Nov. 16, interview This is Hell! radio show, WNUR 89.3 fm, thisishell.com/live, 11.20 a.m. EST. Listen to archive here

    692. Nov. 15, interview with George Berry, The Financial News Network Show, truthfrequencyradio.com, 1 pm PST

    691. Nov. 14, interview with Stanley Montieth, The Doctor Stan Show, Radio Liberty, 4 pm PSTf

    690. Nov. 14, interview with Neil Foster, Reality Bytes show, Awake Radio (UK), Shazziz Radio (US), 8 pm UK time.

    689. Nov. 13, interview with Bonnie Faulkner, KPFA, Los Angeles. Listen to archive here.

    688. Nov. 12, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report, 4:30 PST

    687. Nov. 11, interview, Between the Lines News Magazine, WPKN radio, Bridgeport, CT, 9 p.m. ET. Listen to archive here

    686. Nov. 10, skype participant, forum at the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Cultural Festival, “Global Economic and Monetary Crisis: What Needs to be Done?” Putrajaya, Malaysia, 11 a.m. MYT, 7 pm, Nov. 9 PST

    685. Nov. 3, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

    684. Oct. 31, interview with Voice of Russia radio, American edition, 2:30 pm, CET (Central Europe Time.) Listen to archive here.

    683. Oct. 23, interview with Daniel Estulin on RT tv

    682. Oct. 16, interview with Per Fereng, KBOO radio, Portland, 11 am PST

    681. Oct. 15, presentation, “The Public Banking Forum in Ireland,” 7-9 PM, Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Ireland.

    680. Oct. 14, presentation, Cork, Ireland

    679. Oct. 12, presentation, “The Public Banking Forum in Ireland,” 2-4 PM, Springfield Hotel in Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland. Information on these three events here.

    678. October 4, interview with Bill Deller, 3CR radio, Melbourne, Australia, 2:30 pm, PST

    677. Oct. 3, interview with Joyce Riley, the Power Hour. Listen to archive here.

    676. Oct. 1, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report 7:30 EST

    675. Sept. 29, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

    674. Sept. 27, interviw with Kevin Barrett, AmericanFreedomRadio.com, NoLiesRadio.org:
    http://TruthJihadRadio.blogspot.com, 2 pm PST

    673. Sept. 19, interview, The Gary Null Show, 9:30 a.m. Pacific

    672. Sept. 19, Interview on the Global Research News Hour with Michael Welch–check site for time and archive.

    671. Sept. 18, interview with David Sierralupe, Occupy Radio, KWVA, 88.1 FM, Eugene

    670. Sept. 15, interview with Niall Bradley, Sott Talk Radio, sott.net, 2 p.m. EST

    669. Sept. 14, interview FDLBookSalon, firedoglake.com, 5pm EST

    668. Sept. 10, “Turning Hard Times into Good Times” with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 12:30 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

    667. Sept. 9, interview with Ken MacDermotRoe and Del LaPietro, In Context Report, 9 am PST. Listen to archive here.

    666. Sept 7, interview with Valerie Kirkgaard, WakingUpInAmerica.com, 6 am, PST. Listen here.

    665. Sept. 6, Interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report, 12:30 pm PST

    664. Sept. 5, discussion of how to bring public banking to Colorado on “It’s the Economy, Stupid,” KGNU, Boulder, 5 p.m. PST

    663. Sept. 5, interview with Patrick Timpone, oneradionetwork.com, 8 a.m. PST

    662. Sept. 3, interview (along with Elliott Spitzer?), “Turning Hard Times into Good Times” with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 1 pm PST Listen to archive here.

    661. Sept. 3, interview with Jeanette LaFeve, The People Speak, 6 pm PST

    660. Aug. 25, Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

    659. Aug. 22, interview with Christopher Greene, AMTV Radio, simulcast in audio/video over GoogleHangouts and American Freedom Radio, 1 p.m. PST

    658. Aug. 22, interview, TheAndyCaldwellShow.com,
    CalChronicle.com, 3 pm PST

    657. Aug. 21, interview with Merry and Burl Hall, blogtalkradio.com/envision-this, 5 pm PST

    656. Aug. 21, interview with Lori Lundin, America’s Radio News Network, 10:30 a.m. ET.

    655. Aug. 16, interview with Sinclair Noe, Moneyradio.com, 4 pm PST

    654. Aug. 15, interview with Justine Underhill, Prime Interest, Russia Today TV, 1:30 pm PST

    653. Aug 14, interview with Jim Goddard, This Week in Money, 4 pm, PST. Listen to archive here, starting at minute 32.

    652. Aug. 14, interview with Mary Glenney, WMNF 88.5, 10 a.m. PST

    651. Aug. 14, interview with Chuck Morse, irnusaradio.com, 8 am, PST

    650. Aug. 13, interview with Thomas Taplin, Dukascopy TV, Switzerland, 9 am PST

    649. Aug 7-11, Madison Democracy conference, https://democracyconvention.org/

    648. Aug. 6, radio interview, INN World Report with Tom Kiely, http://feeds.feedburner.com/INNWorldReportRadio 4:30 PST

    647. Aug 5, interview with Arnie Arnesen, 94.7 fm, Concord, NH, 9 am PST

    646. Aug 3, interview with Diane Horn, Mind Over Matter show, KEXP radio, 90.3 FM, Seattle, 7:00 a.m. PST

    645. July 31, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

    644. July 28, Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

    643. July 2, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

    642. July 2, interview with Arnie Arnesen, 94.7 fm, Concord, NH, 12:30 EST.

    641. June 30, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT. Listen to archive here.

    640. June 24, interview on RT tv re student debt, 10:30 am PST

    639. June 17, interview on The Andy Caldwell Show, 3:30 pm PST

    638. June 16, interview with Jason Erb, 5 pm Pacific

    637. June 13, interview with Paul Sanford, “Time 4 Hemp-LIVE,” http://www.AmericanFreedomRadio.com, 10 am, PST

    636. June 6 presentation with Jamie Brown at the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek. Info at Favors.org, 7 to 9 pm

    635. June 1, interview with Kris Welch, KPFA Los Angeles, 10 am PST

    634. May 28, interview with Malihe Razazan, “Your Call” radio, KALW, San Francisco, 10 am PST.

    633. May 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

    632. May 23 interview with Simit Patel, InformedTrades.com (youtube) 3:30 pm PST

    631. May 22, Thousand Oaks, 3 expert panel, “A Parachute For the Fiscal Cliff,” University Village 2-4 pm

    630. May 22, interview with Jack Rasmus, 11 am PST. Enjoy the interview here.

    629. May 22, Guns and Butter show, KPFA, http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/91790

    628. May 14, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

    627. May 13, live appearance on RTTV, 3 pm PST Watch it here.

    626. May 8, interview with Valli Sharpe-Geisler, Silicon Valley Voice, KKUP, 3 pm PST

    625. May 8, interview, the Meria Heller Show, 11 am PST

    624. May 4, interview, Latin Waves with Sylvia Richardson, 10 am PST

    623. April 30, Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 1 pm PST

    622. April 29, interview with Rob Kall, Bottom Up Radio, 9 am Pacific
    Listen to archive here.

    621. April 28, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

    620. April 25, interview, the the Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, 5 pm EDT

    619. April 17, interview with Mike Harris, rense.com, 1 pm PDT

    618. April 16th, speaker, Valley Democrats United (Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley), Van Nuys, Ca. 7-9pm

    617. April 13, interview with Darren Weeks, Govern America, noon Eastern, listen here

    616. April 9, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

    615. April 6, phone conference, Justice Party, http://www.justicepartyusa.org/public_banking_conference_call, 9 a.m.

    614. April 5, interview, Butler on Business, 11 a.m. EDT

    613. April 3, interview with Michael Welch, Global Research News Hour, 8:30 a.m. PDT

    612. April 2, interview with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 12:30 PDT. Listen here.

    611. April 1, interview with Brannon Howse, http://www.worldviewradio.com, 11 a.m. PDT

    610. April 1, interview with Scott Harris, Counterpoint,
    WPKN Radio, 8:30 pm, ET Listen to archive here.

    609. April 1, interview with Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Watch and listen to archive here, starting at minute 50. Articles based on the interview are at Truthout.org.

    608. March 31, interview with Jason Erb, Exposing Faux Capitalism, Oracle Broadcasting, 11 a.m. Pacific

    607. March 31, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT Listen to the archive here.

    606. March 29, interview, The Gary Null Show, 9:30 a.m. Pacific

    605. March 28, interview with Stan Monteith, radioliberty.com, 9 pm PDT

    604. March 28, radio interview, INN World Report with Tom Kiely, http://feeds.feedburner.com/INNWorldReportRadio 4:30 PDT

    603. March 27, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PdT.

    602. March 27, interview with Jack Rasmus on PRN, 11 a.m. PDT

    601. March 25, interview on the Richard Kaffenberger show, KTOX, Needles, CA. 3:15 PDT

    600. March 22, newly available archived radio interview, Mandelman Matters. Listen here.

    599. March 22, interview with James Fetzer, The People Speak Radio, 5-7 pm PDT

    598. March 22, interview , Our Times With Craig Barnes, KSFR radio, Santa Fe, 10 a.m. MST

    597. March 12, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

    596. March 11, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PST

    595. March 9, Interview with Sylvia Richardson, Latin Waves, CJSF 90.1FM, 9:30 am PST

    594. March 6, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com, 6pm PST. Watch and listen here.

    593. March 3, interview with Lateef Kareem Bey, Fix Your Mortgage Mess, 4 pm PST

    592. March 2, Interview with Stuart Richardson, Latin Waves, CJSF 90.1FM, 11 am PST

    591. Feb. 27, interview with Jim Banks, KGNU, Boulder, 12 pm PST

    590. Feb 27, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, 10 am PST

    589. Feb. 25, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

    588. Feb. 6, Interview with Phil Mackesy, This Week in Money, TalkDigitalNetwork.com, 11 am PST. Listen to the archive here: http://talkdigitalnetwork.com/2013/02/this-week-in-money-70/

    587. Feb. 4, interview with Ken Rose, What Now radio show, KOWS RADIO OCCIDENTAL 107.3 FM, 11 am PST.

    586. Jan. 31, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Radio Report, 5:00 pm PST

    585. Jan. 27, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio
    network, 10 am PST

    584. Jan. 23, interview on KPFK, 8pm PST

    583. Jan. 22, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

    582. Jan. 3, interview with Mary Glenney, WMNF 88.5, Tampa, 3 pm EST

    581. Jan. 2, interview, The Bev Smith Show, thebevsmithshow.net, 5 pm PST

    — 2012 —

    580. Dec. 27, video interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, listen and watch here.

    579. Dec. 24, October talk at First Unitarian Church in Portland aired on KBOO radio, http://kboo.fm/, 8:00 am PST

    578. Dec. 24, interview with Ron Daniels, the WWRL Morning Show with Mark Riley, wwrl1600.com, 5:05 am PST

    577. Dec. 21, interview with Andy Caldwell, TheAndyCaldwellShow.com, KZSB AM1290 Santa Barbara / Ventura and KUHL AM1440 Santa Maria / San Luis Obispo, 3:30 pm PST

    576. Dec. 20, interview with Fred Smart, aunetwork.tv, 9 pm EST

    575. Dec. 19, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST. Listen here.

    574. Dec. 19, interview with Dr. Jack Rasmus, Alternative Visions, Progressive Radio Network, 2 pm EST

    573. Dec. 17, The Bev Smith Show, thebevsmithshow.net, 4 pm PST

    572. Dec. 15, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen here.

    571. Dec. 14, interview with Craig Barnes, Our Times With Craig Barnes, KSFR radio, 9 am PST Listen to the archive here.

    570. December 9th, speaker, Mayo Arts Center (10 Mayo Street) in Portland, ME
    http://mayostreetarts.org/about-us/where-we-are 7:30-9pm

    569. Dec. 7, Vermont’s New Economy conference, Vermont College of the Find Arts, Montpelier, VT, 9 am to 4 pm and reception at 4:30. $25
    http://www.global-community.org/neweconomy to register

    568. Dec. 5, speaker, Pennsylvania Public Bank Project’s Forum on Public Banking, at the David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA, 7pm

    567. Nov. 26-27, 3rd Annual World Conference on Riba, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    566. Nov. 22, presentation before Royal Scottish Academy — “A Public Bank for Scotland” (here), Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG Scotland, 6 pm

    565. Nov 8, Healthy Money Summit, speaking with Hazel Henderson at 1-2 pm PST, information here.

    564. Sunday, Oct. 28, Keynote Speaker; The Buck Starts Here, 2:00pm, sponsored by the Kairos Occasional Speakers Series & OFOR, Kairos Milwaukie UCC, Milwaukie, OR.

    563. Saturday, Oct. 27, Keynote Speaker; OFOR Saturday Symposium: The Buck Starts Here, 10am – 3pm, Molalla, OR

    562. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28, Keynote Speaker; Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation Fall Retreat – The Buck Starts Here, Camp Adams, Molalla, OR, Friday, 5pm- Sunday 12 noon

    561. Friday, October 26, Invited Commentator; screening of “HEIST” (new documentary about the roots of the American economic crisis), sponsored by First Unitarian Church of Portland’s Economic Justice Action Groups, Alliance for Democracy, KBOO, Move to Amend, 7:00pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

    560. (Oct. 25-28, Bioneers Conference, Portland, OR)
    Oct. 25, Keynote Speaker; sponsored by Portland Fellowship of Reconciliation (PFOR) and the First Unitarian Church of Portland’s Economic Justice and Peace Action Groups, 7:00-8:30pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

    559. Oct. 24, interview with Per Fagereng, KBOO radio, Portland, 9 am PST

    558. Oct. 24, KPFA “Guns and Butter” interview. Listen to archived show here.

    557. Oct. 21, speaker at BBQed Oysters and Beer Fundraiser Party for PBI, San Rafael, CA, 4 pm PST

    556. Oct. 14, Live Gaiam tv interview appearance. Watch it here free at 7pm EST.

    555. Oct. 12, interview with Matt Rothschild of The Progressive, 10 a.m. Central time

    554. October 11-14, speaker, Economic Democracy Collaborative, Madison, Wisconsin

    553. Oct. 11, radio interview with Norm Stockwell, WORT, 12 pm CST

    552. Oct. 9, interview with Kevin Barrett, No Lies Radio, listen to archive here.

    551. Oct. 8, interview, “Mountain Hours Revolution Radio” with Wayne Walton, on RBN, 12-1 pm PST

    550. Oct. 7, interview with Lloyd D’Aguilar, “Looking Back Looking Forward”, http://lookingbacklookingforward.com/, 2 pm EST

    549. Sept. 26, interview with Douglas Newberry, markettoolbox.tv, 1pm EST. Listen here.

    548. Sept. 25, interview with Dr. Stanley Montieth, radioliberty.com, 3pm PST

    547. Sept. 24, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PST.

    546. Sept. 22, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

    545. Sept. 17 interview along with Hazel Henderson, National Teach In for Occupy Wall Street, http://www.livestream.com/owshdtv 5pm EST

    544. Sept. 10, interview with Thomas Taplin, Dukascopy TV (Switzerland), 7 am PST Watch and listen here

    543. Sept. 7, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 6 am PST

    542. Sept. 6, interview with Douglas Newberry, markettoolbox.tv, 1pm EST. Listen here.

    541. Aug 28, interview, the Meria Heller Show, 11 am PST. Listen to archive here. And listen to excellent Meria Heller show here.

    540. Aug 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, listen to archive here.

    539. August 21, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com. Listen to archive here.

    538. Aug 20, interview with Kim Greenhouse, It’s Rainmaking Time, listen here.

    537. Aug 16, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 6 am PST

    536. Aug. 14, interview, TheAndyCaldwellshow.com, 4:30pm PST

    535. August 13, interview with American Free Press, 1 pm PST

    534. July 24, interview along with Victoria Grant, The People Speak, 6pm, PST

    533. July 24, interview with Kevin Barrett, NoLiesRadio.org, 9 am PST

    532. July 23, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com, 6 pm PST

    531. July 22, interview with Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show, 7 pm PST

    530. July 22, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen to archive here.

    529. July 19, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

    528. July 10-12, Speaker, Conference on Social Transformation, Faculty of Economics, Split University, Split Croatia

    527. July 10, video interview with Max Keiser, the Keiser Report, on the ESM. Watch it here.

    526. July 7, Interview with Phil Mackesy, This Week in Money, TalkDigitalNetwork.com, 3 pm PST

    525. July 6, video interview with Dr. Mercola, see it here.

    524. June 23, Interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report, 1 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

    523. June 21, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Radio Report, 4:30 pm PST

    522. June 21, interview on the Gary Null Show, 9:20 am PST

    521. June 18, interview with Ken Rose, What Now radio show, KOWS RADIO OCCIDENTAL 107.3 FM, 1 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

    520. June 17, interview with Bill Resnick, KBOO radio, 9 am PST

    519. June 16 interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen to archive here.

    518. June 9, interview with Sylvia Richardson, Latin Waves, 9:45 am PST. Listen to archive here.

    517. June 5, interview, Truth Quest With Melodee, KHEN radio, 7pm PST

    516. June 2, interview about Web of Debt, Our Common Ground,http://www.blogtalkradio.com/OCG, 7pm PST

    515. June 1, interview with Robert Stark, The Stark Truth listen here.

    514. Newly available video of interview on “Moral Politics” — see it here

    513. May 30, interview, The Tim Dahaney Show, ll am PST

    512. May 28, interview with Pedro Gatos, “Bringing Light into Darkness”, KOOP.ORG, 6 pm CST

    511. May 24, interview, Make It Plain With Mark Thompson, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 2pm PST

    510. May 20, interview, Women’s View Radio, blogtalkradio.com, 10 am Central Time. Listen here.

    509. May 13, interview, http://www.Blogtalkradio.com/fixyourmortgagemess, 4:15 pm PST

    508. May 12, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST Listen here.

    507. May 9, seminar, Re-imagining Money and Credit, Art bldg. rm 103, El Camino college, Torrance, Ca. 5-7:30 pm

    506. May 8, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 9 am EST

    505. May 7, radio discussion on “The Myth of Austerity”, Connect the Dots, KPFK Los Angeles, 7 am PST. Listen here.

    504. May 4, interview The Unsolicited Opinion, republicbroadcasting.org, 8 am PST

    503. April 27-28, speaker, Public Banking Institute Conference, Friends Center, Philadelphia. Listen here.

    502. April 25, speaker Global Teach-In (globalteachin.com), 12 noon EST

    501. April 17, Interview with Leo Steel, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lasteelshoworg, 8:30 pm EST. Listen here.. 31 minutes in.

    500. April 14, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

    499. April 14, interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report

    498. April 10th-12th Speaker at Claremont Conference, “Creating Money in a Finite World” Claremont, CA . See video here.

    497. April 5, interview , This Week In Money with Phil Mackesy (howestreet.com) 12:30 PST. Listen to the archive here.

    496. April 3, speaker at COMER with Paul Hellyer, “Escape From the Web of Debt,” Toronto, 7:30 pm

    495. March 27, speaker on “Why are we so Broke? New ways to look at the Finances of our State and City,” League of Women Voters luncheon, San Diego, 12 noon

    494.5 March 24, radio interview, Mandelman Matters. Listen here.

    494. March 17, speaker via skype, SCADS conference, London

    493. March 15, interview with Per Fagereng, Fight the Empire, KBOO radio, 9:30 am PST

    492. March 15, speaker, San Rafael City Hall 6 pm

    491. March 13, speaker at Sergio Lub’s house, Walnut Creek, info at Favors.org, 6pm

    490. March 11, speaker, TedxNewWallStreet. See it here.

    489. March 10, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

    488. March 6, interview with Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, http://radio.rumormillnews.com/podcast/, 11 am PST

    487. Feb. 25, interview with Martin Andelman, http://www.mandelman.ml-implode.com, 9:30 am PST

    486. Feb. 25, interview, This Week In Money with Phil Mackesy (howestreet.com), 3 pm PST

    485. Feb. 25, interview on CIVL Radio, Latin Waves, How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street, 11:30am PST

    484. Feb 23, interview with Thomas Kiely, INN World Report Radio, 7:30 pm EST

    483. Feb. 17, featured speaker, Public Banking in America weekly call, 9 am PST

    482. Feb. 11, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

    481. Feb. 8, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

    480. Feb. 7, interview with Kevin Barrett, NoLiesRadio.org, 9 am PST; listen to archive here

    479. Feb. 6, participant, Occupiers and Wells Fargo Executives Gather to Discuss the American Foreclosure Crisis, The Center of Nonprofit Management at California Endowment Building 1000 N. Alameda, Los Angeles, meeting 3 pm and press conference 5:30 pm

    478. Feb. 2, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report Radio, 7:30 pm EST

    477. Feb. 2, interview with Patrick Timpone, oneradionetwork.com, naturalnewsradio.com. Listen to archive here

    476. Jan. 31, interview, Liberty Coins and Precious Metals, 9 am PST

    475. Jan. 27, interview KPFA, Project Censored, 8:30 am PST

    474. Jan. 27, FILMS4CHANGE-INSIDEJOB, panel speaker, Edye Second Space, Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm

    473. Jan 22, interview with Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show, 7:30 pm PST. Listen live here.

    472. Jan. 20, interview with Mike Harris, The Republic Broadcasting Network, 7 am PST

    471. Jan. 16, interview with Rob Lorei, WMNF fm, Tampa, 2 pm PST

    470. Jan. 14, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

    469. Jan. 11, interview with Jeff Rense, rense.com, 8pm PST

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Arbitrators are paid $600-700 an hour, giving them little incentive to dismiss cases; and the secretive nature of the arbitration process and the lack of any requirement to consider precedent gives wide scope for creative judgments.

To date, the highest ISDS award has been for $2.3 billion to Occidental Oil Company against the government of Ecuador over its termination of an oil-concession contract, this although the termination was apparently legal. Still in arbitration is a demand by Vattenfall, a Swedish utility that operates two nuclear plants in Germany, for compensation of €3.7 billion ($4.7 billion) under the ISDS clause of a treaty on energy investments, after the German government decided to shut down its nuclear power industry following the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.

Under the TPP, however, even larger judgments can be anticipated, since the sort of “investment” it protects includes not just “the commitment of capital or other resources” but “the expectation of gain or profit.” That means the rights of corporations in other countries extend not just to their factories and other “capital” but to the profits they expect to receive there.

In an article posted by Yves Smith, Joe Firestone poses some interesting hypotheticals:

Under the TPP, could the US government be sued and be held liable if it decided to stop issuing Treasury debt and financed deficit spending in some other way (perhaps by quantitative easing or by issuing trillion dollar coins)? Why not, since some private companies would lose profits as a result?

Under the TPP or the TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership under negotiation with the European Union), would the Federal Reserve be sued if it failed to bail out banks that were too big to fail?

Firestone notes that under the Netherlands-Czech trade agreement, the Czech Republic was sued in an investor-state dispute for failing to bail out an insolvent bank in which the complainant had an interest. The investor company was awarded $236 million in the dispute settlement. What might the damages be, asks Firestone, if the Fed decided to let the Bank of America fail, and a Saudi-based investment company decided to sue?

Abdicating the Legislative Function to Multinational Corporations

Just the threat of this sort of massive damage award could be enough to block prospective legislation. But the TPP goes further and takes on the legislative function directly, by forbidding specific forms of regulation.

Public Citizen observes that the TPP would provide big banks with a backdoor means of watering down efforts to re-regulate Wall Street, after deregulation triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression:

The TPP would forbid countries from banning particularly risky financial products, such as the toxic derivatives that led to the $183 billion government bailout of AIG. It would prohibit policies to prevent banks from becoming “too big to fail,” and threaten the use of “firewalls” to prevent banks that keep our savings accounts from taking hedge-fund-style bets.

The TPP would also restrict capital controls, an essential policy tool to counter destabilizing flows of speculative money. . . . And the deal would prohibit taxes on Wall Street speculation, such as the proposed Robin Hood Tax that would generate billions of dollars’ worth of revenue for social, health, or environmental causes.

Clauses on dispute settlement in earlier free trade agreements have been invoked to challenge efforts to regulate big business. The fossil fuel industry is seeking to overturn Quebec’s ban on the ecologically destructive practice of fracking. Veolia, the French behemoth known for building a tram network to serve Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, is contesting increases in Egypt’s minimum wage. The tobacco maker Philip Morris is suing against anti-smoking initiatives in Uruguay and Australia.

The TPP would empower not just foreign manufacturers but foreign financial firms to attack financial policies in foreign tribunals, demanding taxpayer compensation for regulations that they claim frustrate their expectations and inhibit their profits.

Preempting Government Sovereignty

What is the justification for this encroachment on the sovereign rights of government? Allegedly, ISDS is necessary in order to increase foreign investment. But as noted in The Economist, investors can protect themselves by purchasing political-risk insurance. Moreover, Brazil continues to receive sizable foreign investment despite its long-standing refusal to sign any treaty with an ISDS mechanism. Other countries are beginning to follow Brazil’s lead.

In an April 22nd report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, gains from multilateral trade liberalization were shown to be very small, equal to only about 0.014% of consumption, or about $.43 per person per month. And that assumes that any benefits are distributed uniformly across the economic spectrum. In fact, transnational corporations get the bulk of the benefits, at the expense of most of the world’s population.

Something else besides attracting investment money and encouraging foreign trade seems to be going on. The TPP would destroy our republican form of government under the rule of law, by elevating the rights of investors – also called the rights of “capital” – above the rights of the citizens.

That means that TPP is blatantly unconstitutional. But as Joe Firestone observes, neo-liberalism and corporate contributions seem to have blinded the deal’s proponents so much that they cannot see they are selling out the sovereignty of the United States to foreign and multinational corporations.

For more information and to get involved, visit:

Flush the TPP

The Citizens Trade Campaign

Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Eyes on Trade

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. Her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her 300+ blog articles are at EllenBrown.com

Where is the Money Going? – What Happened to $1.3 Billion of Taxpayer Money Sent Directly to U.S. Military Officers in Afghanistan? Pentagon won’t Say

Monday, April 27, 2015
John Sopko

The Department of Defense (DOD) refuses to detail what it did with $1.3 billion that was supposed to be used on urgent humanitarian and reconstruction projects.

A report (pdf) from Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko pointed out that $2.26 billion had been put into the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP). That funding is meant to be used primarily for small projects estimated to cost less than $500,000 involving such issues as transportation, electricity and education. This year, most of the money will be used for condolence payments when civilians are killed or injured or property is damaged by U.S. forces and to increase security for communities that happen to be located near active U.S. military bases.

However, according to the SIGAR report, the Defense Department is given “broad authority to spend CERP funds notwithstanding other provisions of law. As a result, projects supported by CERP funds are not bound by procurement laws or the Federal Acquisition Regulation.”

The Army’s official guidance on CERP projects is “CERP is a quick and effective method that provides an immediate, positive impact on the local population while other larger reconstruction projects are still getting off the ground. The keys to project selection are: Execute quickly; Employ many people from the local population; Benefit the local population; Be highly visible.”

But the SIGAR report said “DOD could only provide financial information relating to the disbursement of funds for CERP projects totaling $890 million (40%) of the approximately $2.2 billion in obligated funds at that time.” The other $1.3 billion of the CERP money that has been sent to Afghanistan has been spent on projects classified as “unknown.”

What’s worse is that according to the Pentagon’s response to the report, some of the money went to war-fighting instead of helping Afghan civilians. “Although the report is technically accurate, it did not discuss the Counter Insurgency (COIN) strategies in relationship to CERP. In addition, the 20 users [sic] of CERP funds, it was also used as a tool for COIN. CERP funds were, and continue to be used to build goodwill between the people of Iraq and/or Afghanistan and the United States in an effort to gain their support in fighting the insurgency. In many cases CERP’s main effort was the COIN aspect verse the actual project being procured.”

So, from the part of that statement that makes any sense, it would appear that the money was siphoned off from approved uses and into counter insurgency, which is not among the 20 approved uses for CERP funds.

-Steve Straehley

To Learn More:

Pentagon Can’t Account for $1 Billion in Afghan Reconstruction Aid (by James Rosen, McClatchy)

Department of Defense Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP): Priorities and Spending in Afghanistan for Fiscal Years 2004-2014 (Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction) (pdf)

Commander’s Emergency Response Program (Center for Army Lessons Learned)

After 6 Years, Obama’s Pentagon Suddenly Declares Details of Afghanistan War “Classified” (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

U.S. Wasted $7.6 Billion to Fight Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan…Which is Now at an All-Time High (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

U.S. Wasted $34 Million Pushing Soybeans on Afghanistan (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Pentagon Leads PR Campaign to Counter Critical Inspector General Reports on Afghanistan (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman, AllGov)

Harsh Inspector General Report Says 0 of 16 Afghan Agencies can be Trusted with U.S. Aid (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman, AllGov)

Montana Nullifies Federalization of State Law Enforcement

On April 23, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed a law protecting his state’s law enforcement from being converted into an arm of a federal police force.

Not only does House Bill 330 protect the independence of Montana’s law enforcement, but it prevents it from being bribed by the offer of military grade weapons from the federal government, as well.

Section 1 of the new law declares:

A law enforcement agency may not receive the following property from a military equipment surplus program operated by the federal government:

(a) drones that are armored, weaponized, or both;

(b) aircraft that are combat configured or combat coded;

(c) grenades or similar explosives and grenade launchers;

(d) silencers; or

(e) militarized armored vehicles.

Section 2 sets additional barriers along the road toward federalization:

If a law enforcement agency purchases property from a military equipment surplus program operated by the federal government, the law enforcement agency may only use state or local funds for the purchase. Funds obtained from the federal government may not be used to purchase property from a military equipment surplus program.

This provision refers to the “1033 program” established by the Department of Defense that sells surplus military weapons, vehicles, and technology to local law enforcement at a discount price. The idea, of course, being that once a police department or sheriff’s office becomes a recipient of this martial materiel, it is a de facto dependent of the federal government.

The Pentagon isn’t the exclusive provider of formerly federal arms and equipment, however. The Department of Homeland Defense (DHS) is another rich source of federal largesse.

DHS doles out millions of dollars to police departments and sheriffs’ offices around the country.

Cash-strapped local law enforcement gobbles up the federal “grants,” purchasing military-grade vehicles, weapons, ammunition, and surveillance technology that would make the National Security Agency (NSA) proud.

In a free society, police officers are more likely to be viewed as friends whose purpose is “to protect and serve” their fellow citizens. Their numbers are few and their firepower and other means of enforcement are not so immense and intimidating as to cow and overawe the local citizenry, from whom, ultimately, they receive their authority — and their paychecks. In an authoritarian or totalitarian society, on the other hand, police officers are viewed with fear and suspicion as agents of a despotic central government, vested with the authority and means to deprive the hapless citizenry of life, property, and liberty at whim. In many countries, the police force is a ubiquitous, nationalized gendarmerie that is indistinguishable from the military establishment, of which it is, in many cases, merely a subsidiary.

As the number of U.S. troop-heavy foreign interventions decreases, the warcraft and weaponry used in battle are now being deployed in American neighborhoods as the members, machines, and methods of law enforcement become increasingly indistinguishable from those of the military. For evidence of how this could play out in the future, see The New American’s report on Operation Jade Helm.

This is the situation as revealed in a new report published by the American Civil Liberties Union entitled “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.” The ACLU provides a brief history of the creation and transformation of SWAT:

SWAT [Special Weapons And Tactics] teams were created in the late 1960s as “quasi-militaristic” squads capable of addressing serious and violent situations that presented imminent threats such as riots, barricade and hostage scenarios, and active shooter or sniper situations. The first SWAT team, at the Los Angeles Police Department, was developed in the wake of a series of emergency situations in which local police felt unable to respond as swiftly or as effectively as was necessary. SWAT teams have since expanded in number, and are used with greater frequency and, increasingly, for purposes for which they were not originally intended — overwhelmingly to serve search warrants in drug investigations.

To be sure, the ACLU is less than an objective, trustworthy source. Besides constantly utilizing the federal courts to strike down the reserved powers of state and local governments and increase the power of the national government, the ACLU has been a frequent ally of totalitarian regimes and subversive and terrorist organizations. Not only has the ACLU been top-heavy with communist and pro-communist leaders since its founding (e.g., Roger “communism is the goal” Baldwin, and Communist Party USA officials Helen Gurley Flynn and William Z. Foster), but more recently the organization elevated unrepentant Weatherman terrorist Bernadine Dohrn to its national advisory board. Nevertheless, its “War Comes Home” report offers further documentation of the militaristic transformation of our police that this magazine and other sources have been exposing and opposing.

The question that remains is how long citizens will accept the arming of their local police until they rise up in resistance and, as DHS probably has orchestrated, are targets of all the tactical weaponry, ammunition, and monitoring technology.

From license plate readers to facial recognition software, from surveillance cameras to cellphone signal trackers, the Department of Homeland Security is providing police with all the gadgets, hardware, and software necessary to keep everybody under surveillance, without the targeted public ever realizing that it’s the Capitol, not the cops, that are behind the monitoring.

Local police who participate in the program will have access to a shockingly broad array of personal information of citizens. Facial recognition technology, license plate readers, and stop light camera video feeds will all be funneled to a Regional Operations Intelligence Center where FBI, police, and DHS agents can watch the live feeds.

In fairness, most police chiefs and sheriffs are unaware of any larger, more sinister DHS program to foment riot as a pretext for quelling it.

But whether these lawmen realize it or not, when they accept federal gadgets and grants, they are surrendering their independence and their citizens’ civil liberties.

A statement published by the Tenth Amendment Center praises the Montana state legislature and governor for their defense of the sovereignty of the states and of the Tenth Amendment and their resistance to the immense pressure put on them to feed at the federal trough. “By stripping state and local police of this military-grade gear and requiring them to report on their acquisition and use, it makes them less likely to cooperate with the feds and removes incentives for partnerships,” the group wrote.

As Montana obviously understands, there is not a single syllable of the Constitution authorizing any such federal participation in law enforcement. If the power isn’t granted to the federal government in the Constitution, then authority over that area remains with the states and the people as described in the Tenth Amendment.

Self-serving bureaucrats inside the U.S. government are tirelessly trying to obliterate local police forces answerable to local citizens and promote the consolidation movement as a step toward federalization of law enforcement. These proponents of regional and national police forces desire nothing less than the eradication of all local police departments and sheriffs’ offices, the surrender of state and municipal sovereignty, and the conversion of police into federal security agents sworn not to protect and to serve their neighbors, but to protect the prerogatives of politicians.

Unfortunately, there is not another state in the union even considering a bill as expansive as the new Montana law.  New Jersey’s governor recently signed a measure into law that heads down a similar path but stops well short of the newly enacted Montana statute.

The New Jersey law requires that state agencies must inform local governments before receiving any equipment under the Department of Defense’s 1033 program. That’s a laudable first step, but it leaves a long way to go in the road toward ending the unconstitutional “partnership” between the Obama administration and local law enforcement.

Constitutionalists are hopeful that all states will follow Montana’s example and refuse to be co-opted into the federal police force and thwart the Obama administration’s effort to convert local police into another branch of the U.S. armed forces.

via Montana Nullifies Federalization of State Law Enforcement.

Take a look at what they buried in this obscure report

via Take a look at what they buried in this obscure report.

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The Federal Reserve Refuses to Provide Names Requested by Congress in Probe

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Over the past week or so, I’ve written several posts highlighting the dangers of “public-private” partnerships. This is the preferred term being used by savvy members of the status quo to provide cover for their relentless pursuit of economic fascism. It provides a good soundbite, but in reality is nothing more than a license to loot and pillage with government backing. Here’s how I described the scam in the post, Meet Cyber P3 – The U.S. Military’s Public-Private Partnership to Create Corporate/Government “Cyber Soldiers.”

It makes perfect sense if you think about it. If you’re a large corporation, there’s nothing better than guaranteed profits; and there’s no better way to guarantee profits than by going into business with the one entity that can do this: government. On the other hand, if you are an ambitious and greedy politician, what better way to earn a fortune while ostensibly engaging in “public service” than by lining the pockets of big corporations, which will then line your pockets in return in various opaque ways. Extraordinary fees for speeches is one preferred way of doing this, as is the classic revolving door that gives the person a cushy corporate job after leaving government.

Bankers are a lot of things, but the ones who reach the very top of their profession are not stupid. As such, it’s no surprise that they figured out the value of public-private schemes before most. Enter the Federal Reserve, a banking cartel partnership with government. Through the use of complicated jargon, and an incredibly successful propaganda campaign that has convinced many people it has the best interests of the economy in mind, the TBTF bankers have used the Fed to concentrate wealth and power so efficiently it is now at historically dangerous levels.

Despite the dog and pony show we sometimes see, Congress never dares challenge the Fed. The Fed does whatever it wants, and we saw the latest evidence of this recently when it failed to provide names Congress “requested” in a market intelligence probe. The Wall Street Journal reported:

The Federal Reserve has not replied to a lawmakers’ request that it identify the individuals who had contact with a private consulting firm that published a report on the central bank’s market-sensitive internal policy deliberations.

In October 2012, the day before the Fed released its minutes of its September 2012 policy meeting, Medley Global Advisors, sent a report to its clients with several sensitive details that subsequently appeared in the minutes. A central bank probe found  a “few” Fed staffers had contact with Medley before the report, but did not identify them.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen on April 15 asking the Fed to name them by 5 p.m. EDT April 22.

The deadline passed without any response by the Fed, a committee spokesman said Wednesday.

The central bank’s policy-making Federal Open Market Committee makes decisions on interest rates that can cause huge swings in global financial markets. Confidential information about its internal deliberations or advance information about the minutes of its meetings or possible future actions can be worth huge sums of money to traders around the world.

Now, if Jamie Dimon had asked for the names they’d be on his desk within 5 minutes.

The following cartoon is from Alfred Owen Crozier’s US Money Vs Corporation Currency, “Aldrich Plan,” Wall Street Confessions! Great Bank Combine, published in 1912, a year before the creation of the Federal Reserve. Was he wrong?

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Must be nice to be above the law.

For related articles, see:

Meet Cyber P3 – The U.S. Military’s Public-Private Partnership to Create Corporate/Government “Cyber Soldiers”

Will Senators Rand Paul and Elizabeth Warren Unite to Finally “Audit the Fed”?

Video of the Day – “End the Fed” Rallies are Exploding Throughout Germany

Video of the Day – Elizabeth Warren Torches Janet Yellen on TBTF

When Asked if the U.S. is a Capitalist Democracy or Oligarchy, Janet Yellen Can’t Answer…

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

via The Federal Reserve Refuses to Provide Names Requested by Congress in Probe | Liberty Blitzkrieg.

U.S. Special Forces Terrorize World and Other Friendly Countries

U.S. Special Forces Operate in more than 80 Countries

Sunday, April 26, 2015
U.S. Special Forces anti-narco training in Colombia (photo: Scott Dalton, AP)

The reach of the U.S. military is virtually endless, with nearly every nation on earth having some kind of American armed forces presence. The commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has said that in 80 of those countries there are now Special Forces troops.

The U.S. Special Forces are a kind of army within an army. There are about 69,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines in the Special Operations Forces (SOF), which operate as part of USSOCOM under Army General Joseph Votel.

Votel testified (pdf) to the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities last month, outlining the mission and capabilities of USSOCOM. Votel described the reach of SOF troops, pointing out that in 80 countries around the world, about 3,500 are stationed in “forward” positions and 7,000 in support of Geographic Combatant Command operations. Missions, he said, include working with governments to improve local security to “high-risk counterterrorism operations.”

U.S. Special Forces are stretched thin, Votel said, with most having done between four and 10 deployments, and often less than a year off between overseas tours. “SOF and their families have been under unprecedented levels of stress; it is imperative to address the effects of more than 13 years of combat operations,” Votel testified.

One reason U.S. Special Forces are stationed in so many places might be that other countries don’t have equivalent troops they can deploy. In an op-ed written for CNN, Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew and Stuart Bradin of the Global Special Operations Forces Foundation argued that more of our foreign military spending ($5.65 billion in 2015), the bulk of which goes now to Israel and Egypt, should instead be used to bolster other countries’ own special forces.

Keeler-Pettigrew and Bradin pointed out recent terrorist attacks in Kenya and the threat posed in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Those countries get no more than $1.2 million and $600,000 respectively in U.S. military aid. Increased funding directed to counter-terrorist forces in those countries and others could lessen the need to U.S. forces to be sprinkled so liberally around the world.

-Steve Straehley

To Learn More:

Gen. Joseph Votel Statement (House Armed Services Committee) (pdf)

Special Forces: What U.S. Gets Wrong (by Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew and Stuart Bradin, Global Special Operations Forces Foundation)

U.S. has Military Bases in at least 38 Countries and Sent Weapons to 94 Countries in Last 5 Years (by Steve Straehley, AllGov)

via U.S. and the World – U.S. Special Forces Operate in more than 80 Countries – AllGov – News.