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• Globalists pressure states to accept free trade deal.
By Mark Anderson —
Frustrated by logjams in Washington that have so far blocked passage of massive global free trade agreements, internationalists are now going straight to state and local governments to court them and lay the groundwork for the pending Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The recently enacted “EU in the U.S.” program is being carried out in association with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. According to its own literature, the delegation “represents the EU in dealings with the U.S. government in areas that are part of the EU’s [assigned tasks], raises awareness of EU issues and concerns and promotes the importance of the EU-U.S. relationship among the American public.”
The “delegation” is working with U.S.-based world-governance groups to soften up the U.S. at the federal and state levels—even down to the city and county levels—for much tighter ties between the U.S. and the EU.
The TTIP is the same proposed U.S.-EU free trade pact revealed at last April’s meeting of the Brookings Institution, as AMERICAN FREE PRESS exclusively reported. On September 30, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who keeps a home in Illinois, told the Chicago Council on Global Affairs he wants to see a U.S.-EU trade deal reached as soon as possible.
This newspaper also exclusively reported that the plutocratic Business Roundtable met October 30 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to discuss both the TTIP and the even larger Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, or Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Together, these two free-trade pacts cover the majority of the Earth.
Getting these trade pacts passed constitutes an enormous leap forward for global consolidation along political as well as economic lines.
The delegation is carrying out the EU in the U.S. program at the following meetings: April 28 at the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Las Vegas, May 1 at the Peoria (Ill.) Area World Affairs Council, May 1 at the World Affairs Council of Austin, Texas and May 2 at the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council. The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will take up this matter May 1-10, May 16 and May 27. At least nine other WAC meetings for this purpose will take place in May, from Seattle, to Denver, to New Mexico and elsewhere.
These World Affairs Councils and other WACs operate under the banner of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). AFP has exposed WACA as a leading umbrella organization for “grassroots globalism.” Some 92 local and regional WAC chapters operate under WACA to make the world safe for the global trade and banking systems which undergird largely unelected governmental control in a planned world system.
These meetings are occurring as the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group are about to conduct their annual meetings, in which they conduct private governance for our public officials to follow.
The “Trilaterals” are meeting in Washington April 25 to April 27, and the 62nd Bilderberg gathering is expected to take place in Denmark, probably in Copenhagen. The vast majority of the members of both of these highly influential groups support the TTIP.
Mark Anderson is AFP’s roving reporter.
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By Richard Walker —
The United States Senate’s decision to let the public see a summary of its report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) torture program following the September 11 attacks hides the fact Congress and the White House are happy to let people guilty of ordering and committing war crimes walk free. That is the stark truth ignored in all the mass media coverage of the Senate’s decision to declassify 500 pages of the 6,300 pages of its shocking torture report.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who claimed there were some “chilling” stories of torture in the summary, might have better spent his time asking why no one has been held accountable for a program of torture that spanned the globe.
Human rights organizations have argued for years that the sheer scale of the torture program should require any democratic republic to bring the guilty to justice. Philip Zelikow, a former senior aide to President George W. Bush’s Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and subsequently an executive on the 9-11 Commission, has admitted the CIA torture program was a “felony war crime.” He asserted that his warnings about it were ignored by the Bush administration. In his words, the torture was “an unprecedented, elaborate, systematic program of medically monitored physical torment to break prisoners and make them talk.”
According to him, he told his Bush administration colleagues there was no legal precedent since World War II that would have justified the CIA’s interrogation techniques.
The cynicism of the Bush White House about torture was best encapsulated in McCain’s recent revelation that when CIA operatives contacted the White House—presumably Vice President Dick Cheney’s office—to reveal they had waterboarded a suspect and had gotten nothing out of him, they were told to “waterboard him some more.”
While Zelikow has revealed his shock about the CIA’s activities, it is worth noting he nevertheless remained within the Bush administration. He was surrounded by colleagues in the Bush White House and the Justice Department who persuaded the CIA to believe the Geneva Conventions did not apply to the agency. There were also CIA bosses, and last but not least, CIA operatives, contractors and medical and psychological professionals directly involved in the process of torturing suspects.
Nevertheless, truth has a strange way of surfacing, as illustrated by the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden. He showed that a powerful intelligence agency like the National Security Agency can let its guard down. If that happens with the torture story the damage may not be easily contained. That is the assessment of a retired European diplomat familiar with intelligence matters, who spoke to this writer on condition of anonymity.
“Snowden is a wake-up call for those playing with the public trust and it shows how a whistleblower can bring the house down,” said the diplomat. “It could just as easily happen over the torture issue. Americans involved in torture may not have to worry about facing the wrath of their own legal system, but if the [truth gets out] they will have to stay at home in the U.S. indefinitely because there are legal eyes on this issue across Europe. Britain has contained some of it by buying the silence of detainees who were subjected to torture, but that is just a quick fix. There were too many people involved in this thing to silence all of them. Sooner or later the dam may burst and produce another Snowden.”
Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.
The new documentary 1971, about the formerly anonymous FBI burglars who exposed the crimes of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, debuted to a rapt audience at the Tribecca film festival Friday night.
As the filmmakers noted in an interview with the AP, the parallels between Nixon-era FBI whistleblowers and Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations are almost eerie in their similarity.
By Ronald L. Ray —
In the ongoing “war for plutocracy,” by which the Rothschild dynasty of financial pharaohs and the weasels of Wall Street seek to separate the common people from their property, the debt-slavers normally count on the dutiful support of the courts when turning distressed homeowners into America’s homeless. But Snohomish County, Washington Judge George N. Bowden showed both courage and character on January 30 when he voided the foreclosure sale of Jacob Bradburn’s home by giant Bank of America (BOA).
In a sense, Bradburn’s story is that of the American “Everyman.” Following the 2008 economic collapse, caused by avaricious Big Banks, Bradburn fell upon hard times. He turned to his mortgage servicer for help in keeping his home, only to hear the advice given by seemingly every servicer and credit card company.
Because he was still current on his mortgage, he was told he had to “miss a payment” before he could qualify for refinancing. Like so many other debtors before him, Bradburn did so, but the conundrum of bank-induced consequences was such a “convoluted case in the minefield of mortgage foreclosure litigation,” wrote Bowden, that even the legally trained judge’s mind struggled with the muddle of facts.
Immediately after the missed payment, the BOA snake constricted around its prey. Bradburn was denied refinancing. A dispute arose over how much money he continued to owe on the house—not uncommon in the quicksand of additional interest and penalties inflicted on delinquent homeowners, even when their delinquency was caused by a bank’s demand. And in the midst of Bradburn’s continuing efforts to seek assistance from the predatory lending institution, BOA foreclosed extrajudicially on his home and sold it out from under him. So much for helpful customer service.
But the BOA constrictor lives in a continent-wide jungle, designed to enrich the banksters through a complex secondary mortgage market where beneficiaries of promissory notes and mortgage instruments are ultimately unknown, and the actual holders of a mortgage change hands regularly. The name of this usurer’s paradise is Mortgage Electronic Registration System, Inc. (MERS), created by bankers for bankers.
Connecticut attorney Christopher G. Brown explains that MERS is like a private club for plutocratic poobahs—mortgage originators and secondary buyers and sellers—designed to prevent the “inconvenience” of paying government fees and taxes for registration each time a mortgage is sold. This eases a repeated change of creditors, enriching investors as much as 40 times over simply holding the mortgage. Often, transactions occur with deliberate anticipation of default and foreclosure. And, as in Bradburn’s case, MERS acts as a “placeholder” for the unknown actual creditors, preventing any equitable settlement of the mortgage debt prior to foreclosure.
Wading through the morass of names and contradictory claims by BOA, MERS and other financial entities involved, Judge Bowden concluded that the institutions violated both the strict requirements of the Deed of Trust Act and the Consumer Protection Act, prior to the home foreclosure sale. This included failing to appoint an independent trustee.
Most surprisingly, Bowden then granted partial summary judgment for Bradburn and his attorney, Scott Stafne, of the law firm, Stafne Trumbull, LLC. This means that, even assuming all the facts in favor of BOA, evidence pointed overwhelmingly towards the violation of Bradburn’s rights. Bowden voided the foreclosure sale of the Bradburn home and ruled that BOA, et al., were subject to “liability under the Consumer Protection Act,” due to “an unfair or deceptive practice, [which] occurred in a trade or commerce, and that those practices impacted the public interest.”
Bradburn can continue to sue the banksters, and, most importantly for now at least, he can keep his home.
Ronald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor of THE BARNES REVIEW. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence.