Wednesday, September 17, 2008

McCain, the Economy, and Youtube



YouTube’s Version of the Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act

Kurt Nimmo
September 16, 2008

As a caller noted on Alex’s show earlier today, it appears YouTube has implemented its very own version of H.R. 1955, entitled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. 1955 is in the Senate and is not law as of this writing. For the millions of people who post on YouTube, however, it may as well be law.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman
 Sen. Joseph Lieberman attempted to pressure YouTube into censoring videos earlier this year.

You may recall Sen. Joseph Lieberman earlier this year barking orders from on-high down at Google, the owner of YouTube, demanding the popular video site block content “depicting assassinations, death of US soldiers, as well as weapon training and speeches that encourage violence and could be used as a tool to create homegrown terrorists,” as Dee Chisamera writes for eFluxMedia.

At the time, YouTube called foul and said while “we respect and understand [Lieberman's] views, YouTube encourages free speech and defends everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view,” according to ABC News.

Four short months later, after media attention has long since shifted elsewhere, YouTube and Google have sent the Fist Amendment to the recycle bin.

YouTube has posted “a warning in its community guidelines meant to stop such videos from being uploaded on YouTube,” a move that apparently pleased the neocon Lieberman, at least somewhat. “Sen. Lieberman hailed YouTube’s decision to strengthen its standards, however, he also continued to urge Google, who owns YouTube, to remove all videos produced by Foreign Terrorist Organizations, not just those that violate community guidelines,” explains Chisamera.

Even so, Lieberman insists YouTube represents “a tool for Islamist terrorist organizations to recruit and train followers.”

That said, it is time to put all of this into perspective. First and foremost, the validity of al-Qaeda and other supposed terrorist videos that inevitably end up on YouTube must be challenged.

As researcher and computer security consultant Neal Krawetz demonstrated last year during a conference in Las Vegas, an IntelCenter video allegedly produced by al-Qaeda’s video unit, As-Sahab, appears to be a cobbled together fake. IntelCenter is directly related to U.S. intelligence, a fact admitted on Wikipedia. IntelCenter has released a number of supposed al-Qaeda videos featuring any number of CIA and intelligence assets, including the Muslim Brotherhood and intelligence asset Ayman al-Zawahiri, the patsy “20th hijacker” Fawaz al-Nashimi, the U.S. military operative Muhammad Atta (who attended the Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama), and fellow “hijacker” patsies Ziad Al-Jarrah and Waleed al-Shehri. IntelCenter seems to be in competition with another CIA contractor, the SITE Institute, an organization featuring a number of characters right out of the Mossad’s central casting.

In other words, Lieberman and Google should have banned the CIA and Mossad from posting fake videos — and a number of the videos are so obviously fake as to be a bad joke — and dispensed with the new standards.

As Jason Rutberg notes in the above video, a number of activists and patriots have had their videos removed from YouTube under its newly implemented standards. Rutberg claims the removals — not of Islamic terrorist videos, but rather political activist videos — and YouTube’s Lieberman influenced standards are part of an implementation of H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, otherwise known as the Thought Crime bill because it would criminalize political thought and speech.

1955 targets American citizens, i.e., “homegrown terrorists,” for “violent radicalization,” described as “the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system… to advance political, religious, or social change.” According to the authors of 1955, the “Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens,” that is to say blogs and, if we follow Lieberman’s train of thought, YouTube and Google Video.

1955 “is just too awesomely obscene for words. It exceeds not only the scope of my vocabulary, but my imagination as well,” writes Jeff Knaebel. “The minions and hired agents of politicians are free to murder, rape and pillage on government hire using our money, but to imagine alternatives to them and the degraded, psychopathic political ‘leaders’ who design and perpetrate these atrocities is legislated as a thought crime!”

Of course, these psychopaths understand the viral power of YouTube and that is why they are attempting to scour it of activist video. For a couple years running now, Google and YouTube have sabotaged Alex Jones’ videos, removing the videos entirely or altering viewing statistics. In addition, Google has blocked Prison Planet and Infowars search information, most notably in regard to Charlie Sheen’s 9/11 comments in 2006.

Now it appears Alex Jones’ videos and those of others at odds with the global elite will be removed from YouTube as the products of “homegrown terrorists” bent on “violent radicalization,” that is to say telling the truth contrary to the lies released daily by the government and the corporate media.

It will be interesting to see what happens if and when 1955 emerges from the Senate. Section 899D of the bill establishes a Center for the Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States. “This will be an institution affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security,” notes Knaebel. “It will study and determine how to detain thought criminals,” including those posting on YouTube.





Soros Compares Mishandling Of Current Crisis To Great Depression

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Billionaire investor George Soros has slammed US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson for behaving in the same manner as bankers in the 1930’s and mishandling a financial crisis that threatens a repeat of the Great Depression.

Hank Paulson
 Billionaire investor George Soros has slammed US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson for behaving in the same manner as bankers in the 1930’s and mishandling a financial crisis that threatens a repeat of the Great Depression.

Soros told BBC Newsnight that the world was merely at the beginning of a financial storm and warned, “We mustn’t allow the financial system to collapse as it did in the 1930s.”

Referring to Hank Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary, Soros stated, “The way Paulson is handling the situation is reminiscent of the way the bankers handled it in the 1930s.”

He added: “The financial system has gone overboard and the financial engineering has grown to big, it takes up too big a share in the world’s resources.”

“Now it is shrinking. When it becomes regulated it will be less profitable than the last 25 years.”

Soros, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, is ranked by Forbes as the 99th richest person in the world with a net worth of around $9 billion.

Ironically, Soros made his name by reaping the dividends of another financial meltdown when he “broke the Bank of England” by short-selling the pound sterling before the currency dropped out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992, landing Soros a profit of around $1.1 billion.

In 2006, the highest court in France upheld a conviction that Soros had practiced insider trading when he bought shares in French bank Société Générale after discovering that the bank was on the verge of a takeover.

Soros has repeatedly predicted fiscal armageddon, writing three books about a “superbubble” that is on the verge of collapse.

In response to those accusing him of crying wolf in an effort to panic financial markets and benefit from the fallout, Soros stated, “I have a record of crying wolf…. I did it first in The Alchemy of Finance (in 1987), then in The Crisis of Global Capitalism (in 1998) and now in this book (2008’s The New Paradigm for Financial Markets). So it’s three books predicting disaster. (After) the boy cried wolf three times . . . the wolf really came.”

Respondents to a Daily Mail article about Soros’ comments accused the financier of engaging in wanton hypocrisy.

“I don’t know why on Earth they interview Soros since he has been proven again and again to deliberately spread financial rumour for his own exploitation and gain,” wrote one, “Soros became a multi multi billionaire precisely through manipulating markets like this - if this man says that we are heading for a 1930’s style crash you can guarantee he already has plans to profit from it.” 





McCain’s Economic Snake Oil Commission

Kurt Nimmo
September 17, 2008

John McCain is a primary example of the fact politicians will say anything to get elected. In a new TV ad directed against rival Barack Obama, McCain says the economic security of American workers is at risk due to the “greed of Wall Street” and declares he will “reform Wall Street and fix Washington” if elected. In addition, he promises “a 9/11 commission-style inquiry into the state of the economy and into possible ways to solve any problems that might be identified,” reports RTT News.

Great Depression
 For those who understand how the system works, McCain’s declaration represents the height of absurdity. Boom and bust cycles and depressions like the one we are confronting are deliberately created by the bankers McCain promises he will take to the woodshed. They are scams designed to produce trillions of dollars.

If McCain’s commission ever gets off the ground after his election, we can expect the result to be similar to that produced by the 9/11 commission — a whitewash churned out by a gaggle of hand-picked insiders.

For those who understand how the system works, McCain’s declaration represents the height of absurdity. Boom and bust cycles and depressions like the one we are confronting are deliberately created by the bankers McCain promises he will take to the woodshed. They are scams designed to produce trillions of dollars.

“From now on depressions will be scientifically created,” said Charles A. Lindberg Sr. after the creation of the Federal Reserve. Since congressman Lindberg made this comment, the bankers have turned the scientific creation of recessions and depressions into an art form. They use the central bank to stage manage alternating periods of inflation and deflation, thus whipsawing the public for the sake of obscene and criminal profits.

It really is a sick joke to believe McCain will go up against this powerful cartel of international bankers. His commission, if it ever gets off the ground, may go after a few hapless brokers and middle level managers, but it will never go after the monopolistic cartel in control of the economy.

As CFR historian and Georgetown professor Carroll Quigley has noted, this cartel was devised “to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank… sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the levels of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.”

Enter the doddering sock puppet, John McCain, who expects us to believe if elected he will go after this criminal cartel. McCain would be able to take out this cartel in one fell swoop by eliminating the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks, but of course this will never happen.

McCain is simply yanking your chain. He can get away with this absurdity because the American people have zero understanding of the international banking cartel.

It’s just more snake oil sold to a nation of suckers.

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