U.S. Government Denies Claims of Toxic Exposure to 9/11 First Responders

There were a unique group of people that emerged during 9/11. They were the ones who, instead of running away from the attacks, were running towards it. They were the helpers. They were the ones working for days trying to dig victims out of the debris. They were the ones who worked at ground zero trying to help emergency response units. They were the ones setting up missing persons areas.
As many of you know, I worked at the American Red Cross during September 11, 2001. An hour after the first terrorist attacks, my chapter became the headquarters for dealing with aftermath. I, along with many of my colleagues requested temporary transfers to ground zero to help volunteer in any way we could. Although my transfer was not approved, my best friend, Sue along with a few others in my chapter were. Their altruistic natures led them into unchartered territory. They had no idea what they were going to see or what the working conditions would be.
When they arrived in New York, the dust cloud had not yet settled and a fire was still smoldering deep in the rubble. When asked about breathing in the dust, they were advised that it was not dangerous and masks were not required (something she would later regret). Tents were set up near ground zero in order to better serve the emergency personnel and organizations. Sue spent two weeks volunteering in New York where she worked 10 hour days assisting the first responders and ate many of her meals near the site.
More Than 1,100 People Who Worked or Lived Near the World Trade Center on 9/11 Have Been Diagnosed With Cancer
Five years after she came back from volunteering in New York, she began having immense pain in her hips and legs. She was lethargic and a little frightened at what the doctors would say. Further testing indicated that she had a rare form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma, which multiplies the body’s plasma cells to dangerous levels. She is also prone to suffering debilitating fractures and other bone disorders, severe side effects of certain treatments, and all of this causing a significant impact in the cost of health care…

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 11th, 2014.

‘ISIL Is Not Islamic’? Is Obama Completely Insane?

During his nationally televised speech on Wednesday night, Barack Obama told the entire nation that ‘ISIL is not Islamic’. Well, then what in the world are they? Atheists? And what is Obama going to try to convince us of next? That the Pope is not Catholic? Of all of Obama’s lies (and there certainly have been a lot of them), this one might take the cake. Of course ISIL is Islamic. That is why they call themselves The Islamic State. The stated goal of these religious radicals is to establish an Islamic caliphate which will be governed by a single supreme Islamic leader known as a khalifah. The law in the caliphate will be Islamic sharia law, and anyone not willing to convert to the form of Islam practiced by the Islamic State will be either killed or persecuted intensely. But because of Barack Obama’s extreme political correctness, he simply cannot admit that the Islamic State has anything to do with Islam. As a result, he continues to pursue policiesthat will not solve anything in the Middle East and at this point our foreign policy in the region is a total joke.
When I first heard Obama say that ‘ISIL is not Islamic’, I thought that I must have misunderstood something. But he actually said this. The following is an excerpt directly from the transcript of his speech…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on September 11th, 2014.

Fruits Of Meddling In The Syrian Civil War: Washington’s Frankenstein Brigade

The revelation by a spokesman for the family of Steven Sotloff, the second journalist beheaded by the Islamic State (ISIS), that Sotloff was ‘sold [to ISIS] for between $25 – 50,000,’ by the US-supported ‘moderate’ Free Syrian Army underscores the irony and absurdity of this moment. As the Presidentgets ready to go to the American people and ask for their support in pursuing a military campaign in Iraq and Syria, how the principle of ‘blowback’ operates should be clear to everyone – even Rudy Giuliani.
The ‘moderates’ we have been funding, arming, and training for the past few years couldn’t have come up with a better plan to suck us into the Syrian quagmire. After crying ‘Wolf!’ for so long – what with chemical attacks supposedly inflicted by the infinitely evil Bashar al-Assad, and other tall tales of dubious provenance – the rebels had lost all credibility. What to do? Desperate to increase the decibel level of calls for US military action in the region, they resorted to targeting the US media in hopes that the outrage generated would push the Americans into war.
And the ruse certainly seems to be working. That’s their battlefield, after all: the Syrian Mod Squad has never been an effective fighting force on the ground in Syria, but when it comes to dominating the Western media landscape they’ve been wildly successful. According to their many friends in the Fourth Estate, those lovable cuddly ‘moderate’ Islamists wouldn’t hurt a flea – after all, they’ve been ‘vetted,’ haven’t they?
What a grisly joke.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 10, 2014.

Russia Warns Obama’s “Two-Faced” Strategy In Syria Will Lead To “Huge Escalation In Middle East & Africa”

If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus, LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama’s new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that “such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/11/2014.

Shorter Obama War Speech…The Top Five List

Here are the top five take-aways from President Obama’s September 10 speech announcing a new, multi-year in the Middle East:1) Obama officially adopts Bush Administration’s pre-emptive war doctrine.
If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States. ..we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland…
We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.
2) Obama hails regime change in Iraq as begining of new era. There is an “inclusive” government Obama can work with, he claims. But the “new” government is chock full of holdovers from the old one and is actually less inclusive because the Kurds are refusing to take their seats despite great US pressure and there are actually less, not more, Sunnis than under “bad, non-inclusive” Maliki.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 11, 2014.

TRUTH: You’re more likely to be shot by a police officer than a terrorist

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Governments and mainstream media outlets have a great way of presenting sensational threats and evil villains.
They want us to be terrified of men in caves, roving bands of barbarians, and deadly viruses that turn our insides out.
Last night, for example, President Obama told the world that ISIL poses the most significant threat to global security.
(Ironically al-Qaida no longer seems to be a threat, and ISIL, which no one had heard of until a few months ago, is now public enemy #1. It just goes to show how shallow and reactionary the security theater is…)
But here’s the truth:
If you live in the Land of the Free, you’re far more likely to get ‘accidentally’ shot by a police officer than blown up by a terrorist.
You’re also far more likely to lose the preponderance of your life’s savings due to a currency crisis than you are to be infected with the Ebola virus.
Words are hollow. Look at reality.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on September 11, 2014.

Don’t Like the Rules? Then Ignore Them: Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

In politics, if you don’t like the rules, you ignore them. This philosophy only works if you are big enough and powerful enough to get away with it. I have some recent examples.
Shoot First Ask Questions Later
The Guardian comments Obama’s Legal Rationale for Isis Strikes: Shoot First, ask Congress Later.
For expanded Isis strikes, president relies on legal authority he disavowed only a year ago. Obama said he would welcome congressional support but framed it as optional, save for the authorisations and the $500m he wants to use the US military to train Syrian rebels.
Yet one of the main authorities Obama is relying on for avoiding Congress is the 2001 wellspring of the war on terrorism he advocated repealing only last year, a document known as the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) that few think actually applies to Isis.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 11, 2014.

Gallup Poll Shows Doom for Dems in November, But One Hope Remains

The 11 September 2014 Gallup Poll report shows that Americans are turning against the Democratic Party just months before the upcoming November elections. The answers to the survey question that has always correlated the most with which Party gained or lost how many House seats, in mid-term congressional elections, now overwhelmingly favor the Republicans. This question is: ‘Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of keeping the country prosperous?’ In 2010, when Republicans gained a record 63 House seats, they enjoyed an 8% edge on this question. Their edge now is one point higher than that, 9%.
This Gallup report also finds that there is a record-breaking 55% to 32% margin, or a net 23% advantage, favoring the Republican Party, on their other key question: ‘Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats?’ That question also correlates highly (though not as highly) with each Party’s gain or loss of House seats. In 2010, Republicans had a 7% edge on that. So, Republicans gained 63 seats when the public favored their Party by 8% on the economy and by 7% on defense; and now Republicans are favored by 9% on the economy and by 23% on defense.
Both the economy and defense are actually primarily the responsibility of the President, rather than primarily of Congress. But (and other polls also confirm this fact) the mid-term congressional elections are largely determined by the rub-off of the President’s Party-label onto the congressional members of his Party. The reason Americans don’t like congressional Democrats is mainly that they don’t like what Barack Obama has been doing as President.
In other words: on both the economy and defense, Republican candidates now enjoy the far better brand after 6 years of the ‘Democrat’ Obama occupying the White House. The albatross dragging down the fortunes of congressional Democrats is ‘Democratic’ President Barack Obama himself.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 11, 2014.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ‘I’m Glad People Have This 9/11 Mentality Again’

In the wake of non-stop propaganda from politicians of both parties, as well as a mainstream media desperate for ratings, the American public is finally terrified enough to support another war in the Middle East. This is an unfortunate development I lamented in yesterday’s post: The American Public: A Tough Soldier or a Chicken Hawk Cowering in a Cubicle? Some Thoughts on ISIS Intervention.
With just 6% of likely U. S. voters thinking Congress is doing a good or excellent job according to a recent Rasmussen poll, it’s no surprise to see so many of these corrupt clowns falling over one another to appear tough on ISIS, using myriad hyperbolic and Orwellian statements.
Let’s start with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) who decided to see if she could take crazy to a whole other level:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 11, 2014.

Obama’s Speech to America: Stop ISIL by Funding ISIL

As many had expected as soon as the announcement was made that Barack Obama would make a speech on September 10 regarding his strategy against ISIS, the U. S. President has confirmed that he reserves the right to engage in airstrikes inside Syria.
The President outlined a four-point strategy that would, according to him, ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ ISIS. Obama stated that, ‘if left unchecked, ISIS could prove a threat across the middle eastern region’ and possibly the American ‘homeland.’ Obama warned that ISIS terrorists originating from the United States and Europe could return home and engage in terrorist attacks on both American and European soil.
The President also announced his desire to create a ‘broad coalition’ to ‘roll back the terrorist threat.’
The four-point strategy is allegedly 1) ‘a systematic campaign of airstrikes’ against terrorists in Iraq as well as a plan to work with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi military forces. 2) To increase support to forces fighting ISIL on the ground. This will take the form of 475 additional U. S. service members. Obama claims that these troops will not have a combat mission, but instead an advisory role. Obama also stated his intention to increase assistance to Syrian death squad fighters fighting against Bashar Al Assad…

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 11th, 2014.

USDA report sends Grains Reeling

Talk about a bearish set of reports! Most everyone was expecting the numbers to be on the bearish side as reports from private firms have been indicating crops in incredible shape with the potential for strong yields picking up with the passing of each month. USDA tends to be a bit conservative however and that had most in the trade expecting them to confirm higher yields but to wait for their October report before getting too optimistic. Boy howdy was that NOT the case!In the case of soybeans, USDA left both planted and harvested acreage unchanged from their August report (84.8 million and 84.1 million respectively) but it was the big jump in yields that caught many off guard. They found another 1.2 bushels per acre of yield from the August number of 45.4 to an astounding 46.6!The result – a massive crop of 3.913 billion bushels, well up from last months 3.816 billion. Combine that with imports of 15 million bushels and the total supply jumped to 4.058 billion bushels of beans. I am still reeling when looking at that number!

This post was published at Trader Dan Norcini on September 11, 2014.

Waging War

James Madison is commonly referred to as the Father of the Constitution in large measure because, in the secrecy of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, he kept the most complete set of notes. He also had a very keen mind and a modest demeanor and an uncanny ability to solidify consensus around basic principles that are woven into the Constitution.
After he wrote the Constitution and before he became Thomas Jefferson’s secretary of state and eventually a two-term president, he was a congressman from Virginia. When he spoke on the floor of the House, the parts of the Constitution he was most adamant about restrained the president. Chief among those restraints, in Madison’s view, was the delegation to Congress, and not to the president, of the power to wage war.
Madison knew that kings became tyrants through war. He fervently believed that by keeping the war-waging power in the hands of the president and the war-making power in the hands of Congress, the Constitution would serve as a bulwark against tyranny. He explained:

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on September 11, 2014.

Russia Responds To The Latest European Sanctions: “You Leave Us No Choice”

As usual, every European snaction (sic) has an equal and opposite Russian reaction. Here is how the Russian Foreign ministry responded to what van Rompuy announced earlier today would be a new round of Russian sanctions, which wil finally be enforced tomorrow. First from the Russian foreign ministry:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/11/2014.

Barack, We Hardly Knew Ye

With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo, hurroo With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo, hurroo With your drums and guns and guns and drums The enemy nearly slew ye Oh my darling dear, Ye look so queer Johnny I hardly knew ye…..
This memorable stanza from the classic anti-war song could not be more apt with respect to Barack Obama. He became President because he campaigned across the land draped in the garlands of peace. Yet he has now promised to spend his final three years in the White House smearing his face with war paint and strutting around the imperial city marshaling its ‘drums and guns and guns and drums’.
And let’s be clear. The President’s so-called ‘counter-terrorism’ campaign – -that special kind of violent eruption which isn’t a ‘war’ – -is not really about punishing some barbarians who have beheaded two innocent Americans and who have also recruited perhaps a dozen not so innocent Americans to join their blood-thirsty ranks. Civilized adults just do not start a war on the other side of the world on account of such thin gruel, as horrific as the actions involved might be.
Indeed, based on his stated reasons for war – beheadings and venomous rhetoric – Obama is on the same slippery slope that Woodrow Wilson stood on when he sent two million American GIs into the senseless slaughterhouse of northern France. It was to vindicate the freedom of Americans to sail into war zones, even on armed belligerent ships, he said.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 11, 2014.

FBI Whistleblower: Pentagon, CIA, NATO and MI6 Were Masterminds Behind 9/11

‘As Far As People Who Ran The Show, It Was The Highest Levels of NATO, the U. S., MI6, CIA And The Pentagon’ Sibel Edmonds has just released her fantastic spy thriller, The Lone Gladio. Here’s our review, comparing it to the best of Clancy or Ludlum … but with a twist.
In the real world, Edmonds is a former FBI translator who translated terror-related communications for the FBI right after 9/11. In that capacity, she read communications between terrorists and other radicals.
Edmonds has been deemed credible by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, several senators(free subscription required), and a coalition of prominent conservative and liberal groups.
The ACLU described Edmonds as:
The most gagged person in the history of the United States of America.
Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says that Edmonds possesses information ‘far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers’. He also says that the White House has ordered the press not to cover Edmonds:
I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to ‘How do we deal with Sibel [Edmonds]?
The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn’t get into the media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told ‘don’t touch this . . . .’
Even Paul Newman praises Edmonds, saying:

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 11, 2014.

JFK, Oklahoma City, 9/11: Nothing Ever Changes

The JFK assassination, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the London Subway Bombings and the events of 9/11, nothing ever changes. The public is looking at either a massive series of coverups or unwarranted secrecy with regard to the evidence leading to each crime.
The ink is dry on each on of these investigations, however, the government still withholds the evidence from public scrutiny like we are a bunch of little children too emotionally fragile to handle the truth. In each case, the actions of the government, related to needless secrecy, invites conspiracy theories. Therefore, once again, I add my voice in unison with the other voices who demand transparency in order that the public can determine if they agree with the government’s findings in each one of these cases.
We live in a time where DHS will categorize an individual as a terrorist if they question on the government on nearly everything. At the risk of being hauled away and never heard from again under the NDAA, I wish to, once again, bring forth my objections to the government secrecy of the events of 9/11.
On that day, the newest day that will live in infamy, we lost over 3,000 countrymen and 13 years later, the victim’s families have still not received closure because the facts are being held under lock and key by the government.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 11 Sep, 2014.

11/9/2014: Some Recent Links on Ukrainian Conflict

Here is an interesting compendium of academic and analysts’ voices dissenting from the prevalent Nato/US rhetoric on the long-term prospects for Nato’s role in Ukraine. Note: some of the links come via RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency, which is hardly surprising, given the consistent spin in the opposite direction that we get from the traditional Western media. Another note: this collection of links is not a comprehensive reflection of the reality. It is not designed to be such. In reality, nothing is/can be comprehensive, especially when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine. My point is that much of what we are bombarded with in the social media and traditional media is one-sided. Here is a different side to the same stories. Ukraine and Nato: “The world could plunge into a new Cold War with Russia and China emerging as a new financial centers, unless the West changes the existing financial structures, a professor at University of California, Davis Wing Thye Woo said …at the discussion at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.’I think that if changes do not occur in the international [financial] institutions of today, I think that we are basically encouraging a China-Russian alliance to formulate an alternative center to the US,’ Woo said.”

This post was published at True Economics on September 11, 2014.

How I Remember September 11, 2001

I wrote the following a year ago today. I’m reposting because it is more important now than ever in light of the most recent war propaganda:
How I Remember September 11, 2001
I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. I was one year into my Wall Street career. I got up that morning just like every other morning and headed toward Union Square station to get on the subway down to 3 World Financial Center, the headquarters of Lehman Brothers. I had just purchased breakfast in the cafeteria when I saw one of the human resources folks from my floor yelling to evacuate. I was confused but I got my ass downstairs fast. When I got down there I joined the hundreds of others staring in awe skyward at the gaping hole in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. People speculated that a helicopter had hit the building, but I said no way. It looked like a bomb went off to me.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Thursday Sep 11, 2014.