Daily Archives: July 5, 2008

David Icke banned from ‘Big Brother’ public meeting with Bob Geldof and David Davis

davidicke.com | Jul 4,  2008

David Davis doesn’t want a real debate on the Orwellian State – he wants a controlled one that’s only on his terms with safe people like Tony Benn and Bob Geldof.

The basis on which this by-election was called – to have an open debate on the Big Brother State – is a blatant misrepresentation of what is actually happening.

Today, David Icke attended the Hull Guildhall with a resident from the Haltemprice and Howden constituency, with tickets booked through the local Conservative Party in her name, to see the presentation of David Davis and Bob Geldof on ‘civil liberties’.

The resident was told, as was everyone else, that this was a public debate open to anyone so long as they had a ticket booked. The event was advertised as such on the David Davis website.

But as soon as the David Davis minders saw David Icke everything changed. Suddenly it was a ‘private’ event that only invited people could attend. This was an outrageous untruth.

David Icke, as someone who was warning about the coming Big Brother State before either of today’s speakers had even heard of it, simply wanted to listen to what they had to say, but was not allowed even though he had a ticket.

Davis said he called this by-election to have a public debate on these issues, yet won’t even allow the world’s most prolific writer on the subject to -sit in an audience and listen to him. So Big Brother steps in to stop David Icke attending a meeting called to ‘challenge Big Brother’.

You couldn’t make it up.

This Sunday, at the Willerby Manor Hotel, Willerby, near Hull, anyone can come to David Icke’s public meeting. See the details on this page.

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David Icke – ‘Big Brother’ By-Election (audio)
We are joined by David Icke who will stand under the title ‘Big Brother – The Big Picture’ with David Davis in the upcoming parliamentary by-election in Haltemprice and Howden. We have David on the program to discuss the background story and what issues he wants to highlight with the press conference that is to be held July 2nd. We discuss Big Brother, the mainstream media, How to Organize, Surveillance, Centralized Government Structure, EU, International Law and much more.

Children ‘to be given compulsory sex education from age four’

Views of parents and teachers are being ignored

Daily Mail | Jul 4, 2008

By  Sarah Harris

Children as young as four are set to be given compulsory sex education in primary school classes, it has been revealed.

They will be taught about the names of body parts and basic ideas about different relationships.

Government advisors claim that ‘gradual education’ from such a young age would help children not rush into sex when they are older.

They argue that the basic sex education that children receive in science classes does not go far enough.

But the recommendations caused a storm of protest yesterday, with family campaigners claiming that the views of parents and teachers are being ignored.

Norman Wells, director of the pressure group, Family and Youth Concern, said: ‘What this is really all about is the sex education establishment trying to force schools to do something many parents – and many teachers – are uncomfortable with.’

At present, primary heads and governors decide whether or not to provide sex education and what it should involve beyond the compulsory science requirements laid down by the national curriculum.

They must have a policy on whether or not they provide sex education, which is usually delivered in personal, social and health education classes. If they do provide it, parents have the right to withdraw their children.

But the fpa (formerly the Family Planning Association), Brook and the Sex Education Forum are recommending the introduction of compulsory lessons.

They are taking part in a Government review of Sex and Relationship Education in primary and secondary schools.

The charities sit on a panel, which is currently examining ‘the right age to begin teaching what they key messages are and content that young people should receive at each key stage’.

They have pre-empted publication of their final report later this month and publicly announced their recommendation for statutory sex education from primary school onwards.

This would bring sex and relationship education on to the curriculum alongside other compulsory subjects such as maths and English.

Brook chief executive Simon Blake said: ‘All the evidence shows that if you start sex and relationships education early – before children start puberty, before they feel sexual attraction – they start having sex later.

‘They are much more likely to use contraception and practice safe sex.’

Anna Martinez, head of the Sex Education Forum, confirmed they are recommending making PSHE statutory to give it ‘the high status it deserves as an essential part of all children’s education’.

But Mr Wells said there was no evidence to suggest that starting sex education at the age of four would reduce sexually transmitted infection and abortion rates among teenagers.

He said: ‘It’s quite extraordinary that the fpa and Brook should be calling on the government to impose something on every child in every school that has no proven benefit whatsoever.

‘Schools already have to have a sex education policy, but that policy must be developed in close consultation with parents, and schools must be sensitive to the wishes of parents. But the fpa want to take parents out of the equation and remove discretion from schools.

‘It’s vital that parents’ views should continue to be respected and that schools should remain sensitive to parental concerns on such a controversial issue.’

A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families insisted that no final decision has been made by Ministers on the subject yet.

He said: ‘Effective sex and relationships education is essential for young people to make safe and healthy choices about their lives and prevent early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

‘That is why Government is currently reviewing the delivery of SRE in schools to improve the quality and consistency of provision to young people.

‘The steering group, jointly chaired by Schools Minister Jim Knight and a member of UK Youth Parliament, will make recommendations to Government later this month.’

The Poisoning of America’s Water Supplies

NaturalNews | Jul 3, 2008

by: Mark Sircus Ac., OMD

Every day in the United States more than 240 million people turn on their faucets in order to drink, bathe, and cook, using water from public water systems. But more people are arriving to the point where they will not let a drop of water touch their lips in their own homes unless that water comes from a bottle shipped from a fresh water source. And even then we still have trouble in the home. Researchers at the University of Texas found that showers and dishwashers liberate trace amounts of chemicals from municipal water supplies into the air [i].

Squirting hot water through a nozzle, to produce a fine spray, increases the surface area of water in contact with the air, liberating dissolved substances in a process known as “stripping.” So if we want to avoid those chemicals drinking bottled water is not enough. Chemically sensitive individuals would also have to wear a gas mask in the shower, and when unloading the dishwasher if they want to avoid chemical contamination. And even then the skin will absorb directly in the shower chemicals like fluoride so we cannot assume we are safe from the contaminants even if we are drinking pure water. The majority of people still take the purity of their tap water for granted when they shouldn’t.

When we look deeper we can see that even in a rich country like the United States, we all have reason to be concerned about not only drinking, but even bathing in water that comes from public treatment systems. Albuquerque, Fresno, and San Francisco are examples of cities that have water that is sufficiently contaminated so as to pose serious potential health risks to pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, according to Dr. David Ozonoff [ii]. What we find in these waters are contaminants that occur with surprising regularity, regardless of location, such as chlorination by-products, lead, and coliform bacteria. Other contaminants, such as Teflon and rocket fuel occur less frequently but pose major health concerns. If we include the fact that fluoride is actually poisonous we have water that is slowly killing some Americans and depressing the health of almost everyone who drinks and showers in it.

And the problems with water just do not end. In August 2005 we learned that common household brass plumbing fixtures may release far more lead into drinking water than previously believed. As a result, even new homes built with brass fixtures like ball valves and water meters could end up with potentially unsafe lead levels. In a report trumpeted by the National Science Foundation, Virgina Tech researchers charged that the standards used to certify the brass plumbing supplies found at most hardware stores may be inadequate to predict lead contamination of water. This contradicts years of assumptions that lead contamination primarily comes from old leaden pipes or public water systems with lead contamination problems [iii]. Contrary to popular belief, many plumbing supplies sold today are not lead-free but contain up to 8 percent lead content in brass fixtures [iv]. Lead makes brass and other metals more malleable, helping manufacturers create intricate shapes.

The consequence though is extraordinarily high for exposure to lead in drinking water which results in delays in physical and mental development, along with slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. In adults, it can cause increases in blood pressure. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure according to the American EPA [v]. The Romans had their engineers turn the populace into neurological cripples when they started using lead in their water systems but they did not have to deal with either fluoride or mercury. The three together, mercury, lead and fluoride become a kind of devil’s triangle of chemical toxicity that is only made worse by aluminum and a host of other hostile chemicals that are clogging up our bodies.

Water pollution by drugs is an emerging issue that is extremely important. Pharmaceuticals are now attracting attention as a whole new class of water pollutants. At the recent American Chemical Society conference, Chris Metcalfe of Trent University in Ontario reported finding a vast array of drugs leaving Canadian sewage treatment plants. Padma Venkatraman, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins concluded that antidepressants, anticonvulsants, anticancer drugs and antimicrobials are among the pharmaceuticals most likely to be found at “toxicologically significant levels” in the environment.

These drugs and many more [vi] are finding their way into public water systems because pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and other medical facilities as well as households dispose of unused medicines and even human excreta can contain incompletely metabolized medicines. Millions of doses of prescription drugs that Americans swallow annually to combat cancer, pain, depression and other ailments do not disappear harmlessly into their digestive systems but instead make their way back into the environment where they may contaminate drinking water and pose a threat to life, according to researchers at John Hopkins medical center.

These drugs pass intact through conventional sewage treatment facilities, into waterways, lakes and even aquifers. Discarded pharmaceuticals often end up at dumps and land fills, posing a threat to underlying groundwater. And farm animals also are a huge source of pharmaceuticals entering the environment because of the massive use of hormones, antibiotics and veterinary medicines used in their care. Along with pharmaceuticals, personal care products also are showing up in water. Generally these chemicals are the active ingredients or preservatives in cosmetics, toiletries or fragrances. For example, nitro musks, used as a fragrance in many cosmetics, detergents, toiletries and other personal care products, have attracted concern because of their persistence and possible adverse environmental impacts. Some countries have taken action to ban nitro musks. Also, sun screen agents have been detected in lakes and fish.

It is hard to tell which is worse, the toxic chemicals and drugs that are leeching into the public water systems or the noxious chemicals deliberately put in the water by public health officials. Standard water treatments result in health threats yet health officials are loath to admit any problem that we should beware of. Chlorination of drinking water supplies virtually eliminates most disease or bacterial contamination, but creates traces of several toxic by-products in drinking water — such as chloroform, trihalomethanes and other chlorinated organic compounds. In recent years municipal water districts across the United States are changing the way they disinfect public water supplies. Many are adding ammonia to chlorinated water to produce chloramines [vii], or chloraminated water. They are doing that in order to meet standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While chloramination has been used as a way to lower the level of carcinogenic disinfection byproducts (DBPs) created by chlorination, it has led to extreme water toxicity. Chloraminated water kills fish and reptiles and there is no reason to believe it is safe for human consumption.

“I almost died,” Denise Kula Johnson of Menlo Park said the day after chloramines were added to her water supply. “I was in the shower and suddenly I could not breathe. I passed out on the floor. I was terrified.”

“The government is hiding the fact that the drinking water is not usable,” says medical scientist Dr. Winn Parker who tells us that the most at-risk groups from chloraminated water are the fetus in the first trimester, children to age three, people over age 60 and those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Women in the 35-45 age group are at risk of recurring rashes on the inner thighs and chest, he added. Parker is calling for government funding of alternative disinfection methods, such as ultra-violet and reverse osmosis, which would make harmful chemical disinfection methods obsolete. “We need to amend the Constitution,” Parker said, “to give the people in each state the right to vote on what goes into their water.”[viii] A recently discovered disinfection byproduct iodoacetic acid, found in U.S. drinking water treated with chloramines, is the most toxic ever found according to Dr. Michael J. Plewa, a genetic toxicology expert at the University of Illinois [ix].

“Individuals who consume chlorinated drinking water have an elevated risk of cancer of the bladder, stomach, pancreas, kidney and rectum as well as Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” [x] – Dr. Michael J. Plewa

When Washington DC changed in 2000 to chloramines, this newly treated water reacted with the lead in the pipes to poison the drinking water. Lead levels were found in Washington’s water 3,200 times the EPA’s “action level” and 4,800 times the UN’s acceptable level for the toxic heavy metal. Americans have been conditioned to believe that the problem with lead has mostly disappeared but nothing could be further from the truth. According to the Washington Post, “In New York City, the nation’s largest water provider has for the past three years assured its 9.3 million customers that its water was safe because the lead content fell below federal limits. But the city has withheld from regulators hundreds of test results that would have raised lead levels above the safety standard in two of those years.”[xi]

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The Reece Committee: Social Science as a Tool for Control

Norman Dodd, who in 1954 was the staff director of the Congressional Special Committee to Investigate Tax-exempt Foundations, sometimes referred to as the Reece Committee, in recognition of its chairman, Congressman Carol Reece.” He is here interviewed by Ed Griffin back in 1982. (Part 1 of 6)

Old-Thinker News | Jul 1, 2008

By Daniel Taylor

In 1954 the Reece Committee, chaired by Carroll B. Reece, produced its findings regarding the influence of tax-exempt foundations in the field of education.* The report also briefly mentions their influence in politics, propaganda, social sciences and international affairs. The Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and others were discussed during the Committee hearings.

The Reece Committee was smeared by the media and by John D. Rockefeller the 3rd himself as being wholly inaccurate, but historical hindsight gives us a perspective that shows what the Committee found is far closer to the truth than Rockefeller would have you believe.

A predominant theme found in the Committee’s findings is the desire of the foundations and those behind them to create a system of world governance. The use of propaganda and social engineering was identified as a means to and end to achieve this goal. In 1932, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Max Mason, stated that “The social sciences… will concern themselves with the rationalization of social control…”

The Committee cited a report from the President’s Commission on Higher Education, published in 1947, which outlines the goals of social engineering programs; The realization on part of the people of the necessity of world government “…psychologically, socially and… politically”.

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Italy gypsies find echoes of Nazism in fingerprinting move

Roma people imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp (photo: Roma in the Czech Republic)

Related: Romani group’s Holocaust lawsuit against IBM in Swiss courts could lead to $12bn claim by Roma throughout Europe

The Times | Jul 5, 2008

Richard Owen in Verona

“This is like the Shoah, the Holocaust,” says Vanda Colombo as her 11 children splash around in an inflated paddling pool in the searing heat of a Gypsy camp on the outskirts of Verona. “The Nazis exterminated Gypsies as well as Jews, and this kind of discrimination is how it started. If they come here and try to fingerprint our children we will stop them.”

With the help of the Italian Red Cross (CRI), the centre-right Government of Silvio Berlusconi is about to start fingerprinting Roma people – including children – as part of its promised crackdown on crime.

The process could start tomorrow, although the deadline may slip after accusations of xenophobia from Unicef, the European Commission, the Catholic Church and the Italian Left.

The idea, according to Roberto Maroni, the Interior Minister and a leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, is to take a census of Italy’s Roma population “so we can tell who is entitled to be here and who is not”. Those with the right to stay could then live “in decent conditions” rather than “with rats”, Mr Maroni said. The rest would be deported.

Gypsies identified in the census will receive a card giving them access to Italy’s social and health services, but Roma parents who keep their children out of school and send them to beg on the streets will lose custody.

“Perhaps the Left dreams of an Italy populated by lots of Oliver Twists exploited by the Fagin of the day,” Osvaldo Napoli, a centre-right deputy, said. “But we are not in the Victorian England of Dickens, and children cannot wander abandoned through the streets of our cities.”

The criticism has been fierce. Famiglia Cristiana, Italy’s most widely read Catholic magazine, condemned the scheme this week as racist and indecent. Maria Rita Verardo, head of the Association of Juvenile Court Magistrates, called it “an odious form of racial discrimination”.

Carlo Mosca, Rome’s chief of police, said that he was against fingerprinting Roma children under 14, who “might be photographed instead”. Adults would only be fingerprinted if they were unable to produce a passport or residence permit, he added.

The Right blames much of Italy’s street crime on the Roma, in particular on children sent out by adults to rob and steal. The fingerprinting drive, expected to last until October, will begin in Rome – where there are an estimated 9,000 Gypsies – but then widen to other cities.

There are an estimated 152,000 Roma in Italy in 700 camps – which Mr Maroni hopes to dismantle. Forty per cent have Italian citizenship but the rest are immigrants, many from Romania and the Balkans. In Verona this week eight Roma men and women of Croatian origin were arrested for allegedly using children in hundreds of robberies throughout northern Italy. Marco Odoriosio, who led the Verona police operation, said that one of the arrested women had a record of 123 detentions for theft in different towns, using 93 different aliases. The culprits were caught when their mobile phone calls to the children giving them instructions on what to steal, and where, were intercepted (a practice Mr Berlusconi, paradoxically, is trying to restrict.)

Verona, the orderly and prosperous city of Romeo and Juliet, is currently full of tourists enjoying the summer open-air opera season at the Arena, its celebrated Roman amphitheatre, and a month-long Shakespeare festival.

Out beyond the old city walls, on the baking asphalt of one of the vast car parks adjoining the football stadium, you will find a makeshift Gypsy camp, washing hanging from camper vans and shacks.

“Our children do not steal,” Mrs Colombo insists. “The older ones go out to do honest work. We are Italian Gypsies, not foreigners. We are scapegoats.”

Her husband, Marziano, sees nothing wrong with the idea of a census but bridles at the fingerprinting plan. He blames “Gypsies who have come here from the Balkans and Romania. They have given us all a bad name.” He says he used to make a living from running a sweet stall at travelling fairs, “but because of constant harassment we cannot even do that any more”.

Flavio Tosi, the Mayor of Verona and a Northern League member, agrees that “there are Gypsies who want to live a normal life, but those who live in Gypsy camps become habitual criminals and they force their children to become criminals too. Then when the children grow up they, in turn, force their children to enter a life of crime. It is a vicious circle which must be broken.”

This week it emerged that the Court of Cassation, Italy’s highest appeal court, had overturned the conviction of Mr Tosi and five others for “racial discrimination” for declaring in 2001 that “the Gypsies must be ordered out because wherever they arrive there are robberies”. Mr Tosi had shown prejudice but was not guilty of stirring up racial hatred, the judges ruled.

Mr Tosi’s move against Gypsy crime in Verona after he won office a year ago was a harbinger of the national swing to the Right in April, when elections brought Mr Berlusconi back to power with far-right allies on a law- and-order platform. Mr Berlusconi is accused by the Opposition of exploiting fear, and of rushing through security laws designed to save himself from corruption charges rather than deal with the causes of street crime.

“The only way to solve the Roma problem is to find them jobs, housing and education,” says Tito Brunelli, a former Verona councillor in charge of social policy and immigration, who set up a Roma camp on a disused airfield – later closed down by Mr Tosi. Mr Brunelli, a Catholic activist, says that he was dismissed for being “too tolerant” toward the Roma and trying to bring them into contact with Italians.

He suspected that Gypsies were being identified only “so that they can be expelled. Some Gypsies rob – but so do some Italians”.

Massimo Barra, the head of the Italian Red Cross, insisted that the aim was to integrate Roma people into Italian society. If children were fingerprinted, it would be done “as a game”, he said. Mr Barra said the Red Cross “always respects human rights. We are building bridges, not walls.”

Mr Maroni has said he is unfazed by the row, which had been drummed up by hypocrites. “There is no breach of European rules, or of the charter for childhood rights, no violation of any regulation” he told parliament.

Franco Frattini, the Foreign Minister, said: “We are not talking about raids against Roma, only an attempt to identify those living in our country. These things are done by many other countries in Europe without causing any scandal.” For Mrs Colombo, the census has echoes of Europe’s darkest days. “When we see a uniform, we feel terror,” she said. “It’s in our blood. We feel threatened.”

TRAVELLING PEOPLE

— The Roma left northwest India in the first millennium AD, spreading to most of Europe by the 16th century

— Some scholars believe that the word Gypsy, deriving from Egyptian, was adopted by the Roma people to conceal their origin and avoid persecution

— Estimates of the number of Roma killed in the Holocaust range from 220,000 to 500,000

— In 1957 the Romany language and Romany music were banned from public performance in Bulgaria

— The practice of encouraging or enforcing the sterilisation of Roma women was officially ended with the fall of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1990

— An estimated 100,000 Roma refugees fled from Kosovo in 1999

—    In Naples camps were evacuated in May after attackers set homes on fire and residents protested against the alleged kidnapping of a baby by a Roma woman

Top judge calls for limited implementation of Islamic law in Britain

Explosive: The Lord Chief Justice’s endorsement of Sharia law has already created huge controversy.

But stoning, flogging or amputating hands – is ‘out of the question’ in Britain, he added.

Daily Mail | Jul 4, 2008

Sharia law SHOULD be used in Britain, says UK’s top judge

By Steve Doughty

The most senior judge in England yesterday gave his blessing to the use of sharia law to resolve disputes among Muslims.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips said that Islamic legal principles could be employed to deal with family and marital arguments and to regulate finance.

He declared: ‘Those entering into a contractual agreement can agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.’

In his speech at an East London mosque, Lord Phillips signalled approval of sharia principles as long as punishments – and divorce rulings – complied with the law of the land.

But his remarks, which back the informal sharia courts operated by numerous mosques, provoked a barrage of criticism.

Lawyers warned that family and marital disputes settled by sharia could disadvantage women or the vulnerable.

Tories said that legal equality must be respected and that rulings incompatible with English law should never be enforceable.

Lord Phillips spoke five months after Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams suggested Islamic law could govern marital law, financial transactions and arbitration in disputes.

The Lord Chief Justice said yesterday of the Archbishop’s views: ‘It was not very radical to advocate embracing sharia law in the context of family disputes’.

He added there is ‘widespread misunderstanding as to the nature of sharia law’.

Lord Phillips said: ‘Those who are in dispute are free to subject it to mediation or to agree that it shall be resolved by a chosen arbitrator. There is no reason why principles of sharia law or any other religious code should not be the basis for mediation or other forms of dispute resolution.’

Lord Phillips said that any sanctions must be ‘drawn from the laws of England and Wales’. Severe physical punishment – he mentioned stoning, flogging or amputating hands – is ‘out of the question’ in Britain, he added.

Lord Phillips’ speech brought protests from lawyers who fear women could be disadvantaged in supposedly voluntary sharia deals.

Barrister and human rights specialist John Cooper said: ‘There should be one law by which everyone is held to account.

‘Well-crafted laws in this country, drawn up to protect both parties including the weak and vulnerable party in matrimonial break-ups, could be compromised.’

Resolution, the organisation of family law solicitors, said people should govern their lives in accordance with religious principles ‘provided that those beliefs and traditions do not contradict the fundamental principle of equality on which Britain’s laws are based.’

Spokesman Teresa Richardson said religious law ‘must be used to find solutions which are consistent with the basic principles of family law in this country and people must always have redress to the civil courts where they so choose.’

Robert Whelan, of the Civitas think tank, said: ‘Everybody is governed by English law and it is not possible to sign away your legal rights. That is why guarantees on consumer products always have to tell customers their statutory rights are not affected.

‘There is not much doubt that in traditional Islamic communities women do not enjoy the freedoms that they have had for 100 years or more in Britain.

‘It is very easy to put pressure on young women in a male-dominated household. The English law stands to protect people from intimidation in such circumstances.’

Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said: ‘Mediation verdicts which are incompatible with our own legal principles should never be enforceable. One of the key aspects of our free society is equality. This should be understood and respected by all.’

The Ministry of Justice said: ‘English law takes precedence over any other legal system. The Government has no intention of changing this position. Alongside this, it is possible to resolve civil law dispute by other systems.’

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Democratic Party official accused in satanic rape, kidnap

Woman, husband said to shackle victims to beds, keep them in dog cages without food

WorldNetDaily  | Jul 1, 2008

A Democratic Party official and her husband are facing charges in connection with alleged satanic rituals involving the kidnap, rape and starvation of another couple in North Carolina.

Joy Johnson, 30, a vice-chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice chairwoman of the Young Democrats, made an appearance in court yesterday after she and her spouse, Joseph Craig, were arrested Friday.

Craig, 25, is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for an incident in January and another in May. Johnson is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting.

According to published and broadcast reports, prosecutors said a man and a woman met Craig through a shared interest in Satan worship, although the couple never consented to any physical abuse.

Craig allegedly shackled his victims to beds, kept them in dog cages and starved them inside his home. Police say he beat the man with a cane and a cord, and raped the woman.

“This goes well above what they were interested in doing,” Mark McCullough, an assistant district attorney, told WTVD-TV.

McCullough was unsuccessful yesterday in having Judge Nancy Gordon increase Johnson’s bail to $500,000 from the $270,000 set by a magistrate.

“Part of the allegations are that satanic worship is part of this case,” he told the Raleigh News & Observer.

State Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, said he had been told Johnson had resigned her positions with the party.

“I was absolutely shocked and flabbergasted,” McKissick told the paper. “You never would have suspected allegations that she would have had any participation in these rituals.”

Along with her interest in the Democratic Party, Johnson is one of the driving forces of a New Age website called “Indigo Dawn,” a name which, according to the site, was given to Johnson during a meditation vision.

“She decided to explore the New Age community more, and after taking a course in Reiki healing, experiencing past-life regression along with direct guidance from her spirit guides, she confirmed that her destiny was to help bring about the New Age on Earth,” Johnson’s online biography states. “Joy shared her vision with her husband, Joe; as a result the Indigo Dawn was founded to raise the vibration of energy on Earth.”

Among the services Johnson offers online are “intuitive guidance, past-life regression, spirit guide communication and healing and cleansing.”

Youth violence overtakes terrorism as top priority for Scotland Yard

500 knives were seized during Scotland Yard’s Operation Blunt
Adam Fresco, Crime Correspondent

In May the Metropolitan Police launched the high-profile Operation Blunt 2 – involving taking airport style metal detectors onto the streets and instituting Section 60 powers, allowing officers to search youths

Knife crime ‘overtakes terrorism as top priority for Met’

Times Online | Jul 4, 2008

Knife crime has overtaken terrorism as the top priority for the Metropolitan Police as one of Britain’s most senior officers admitted that the fight to stop teenagers carrying weapons was not working.

Deputy Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said today that the battle against knife crime has become “the No 1 priority” for the Met as the 18th teenager to die a violent death in the capital this year was named.

To try and stem the rising tide of young deaths he has ordered all senior officers to look at their current operations and see if any personnel can be diverted to help tackle the rise in stabbings.

In May the Metropolitan Police launched the high-profile Operation Blunt 2 – involving taking airport style metal detectors onto the streets and instituting Section 60 powers, allowing officers to search youths within a certain geographical area.

Despite 27,000 people being searched, 1,200 arrested and 500 knives seized with 95 per cent of people arrested being charged schoolchildren are still being murdered.

On Sunday Ben Kinsella died after being knifed “numerous” times after apparently getting caught up in an argument that spilled out of a pub in Islington, north London.

The latest teenage victim, Shakilus Townsend, 16, asked for his mother and said “I don’t want to die” as he lay bleeding in a street in Thornton Heath, south London on Thursday, a witness said.

He was attacked by a gang just before 2pm in what a senior detective described as “another senseless incident in which a young life has been taken away by a knife”.

He died in St George’s Hospital, Tooting, south London, just after midnight, the 18th teenager to meet a violent death in London this year.

Earlier this year Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said that “there is no bigger challenge or threat to the whole of London, perhaps with the exception of terrorism, than youth violence”.

But it seems youth crime has now risen to the top.

Speaking at a Metropolitan Police Association Co-ordination and Policing Committee meeting this morning, Mr Stephenson said: “Clearly this message is not getting through.”

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America Seized With Fear

Rense.com |  Jul 2, 2008

By Joan Veon

Unbeknownst to the American people who are besieged with  a fear and trembling over the falling stock market, the sub-prime credit  crisis, the flooding in the Midwest, and the all-time oil, gas and food  prices, a much greater, more enduring and lasting evil is taking over the  country through new regulations proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department.  To give you a better understanding of the BIG picture, we will address  it in three segments: (1) “America Seized with Fear and Trembling–Again”  (2) “The Final Globalization of the U.S. Banking System by the Federal  Reserve,” and (3) “How to Survive in a World Without Safety Nets.”

While covering global meetings I have observed over and  over again that most of the “problems,” which arise, are often  part of the agenda of whatever global meeting is being held at the time.  During the past twelve months, beginning specifically the end of July,  2007, I started to understand that the sub-prime crisis had another side  to it-the globalization our entire financial structure. To understand what  is at stake, we’ll review first the changes to our Republic.

The first major change came in 1913 with the establishment  of a new central bank; a private corporation we call the Federal Reserve,  setup to control the financial, economic and monetary system of the United  States, and run by a group of powerful financial opportunists. (It was  Andrew Jackson who shutdown the second of the two original central banks, approved with limited charters by our Founding Fathers.) This is why we, the American people, cannot forgive ourselves the interest on our current the debt. We do not owe it to ourselves, but rather to our privately-owned Federal Reserve Corporation. Since its inception, the Federal Reserve charter  has been amended more than 195 times, which included the passage of HR12,  “The Banking Modernization Act.”

According to the March 31, 2008 “Treasury Blueprint  for a Modernized Financial Regulatory Structure,” the Fed is about  to seize its final empowerment over the rest of the American banking and  financial system. While the Blueprint states it will take years for all  of this legislation to be put in place, Paulson gave a speech on June 19  to Women in Housing and Finance in which he stated, “[W]e must dramatically  expand our attention to the fundamental needs of our system, and move much  more quickly to update [the outdated nature of our financial regulatory]  system.” Once this is finalized, the Congress of the United States  of America become useless because their main purpose since 1913 has been  to surrender to the Federal Reserve more and more powers over our economic  and financial structure. In other words, what we are witnessing a complete  take over of our economy by a private corporation!

The second series of major changes is called “globalization”.  This is the tearing down of barriers between the nation-states. When Presidents  Clinton and G.W. Bush along with England’s Prime Ministers Tony Blair and  the current Prime Minister Gordon Brown, refer to “interdependence”  they are speaking of the fact that there are no more economic, political,  legal, trade, military, or intelligence barriers separating the nation-states.  In 1944, a post-World War II economic conference was held in New Hampshire. “Bretton Woods”, dubbed after the conference hotel, birthed the  first two international pieces, which now comprise an international/ global  world- government structure: the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Today on a regular basis, all the treasury secretaries of the world meet to resolve how to change their nation’s financial and economic laws  to meld into an ever evolving international financial and economic world.

In 1945, the United Nations was founded in San Francisco.  Today, all the foreign ministers of the UN meet to “keep the peace.”  That is so laughable considering the fact that the UN is ready to sign  off on its biggest peacekeeping budget, $7.3B, in their history. There  are more wars now globally than at any other time in the history of the  UN. They have failed miserably at keeping the peace.

Primarily because there are those who only want the WHOLE  PIECE and not PEACE as we think of it. The U.S. should not only withdraw  from the United Nations but all of the related UN organizations. It should  also be remembered that the Commonwealth of Nations, a special league of  nations which pledge allegiance to the Queen of England operate within  the UN and have the potential of 54 votes to our ONE vote.

As the trade barriers fell in 1994 it changed the entire  structure of the world. No longer could the average American compete with  his neighboring farmer, manufacturer, architect, or technician, but now  would compete with ALL counterparts worldwide. The globalized workplace  has affected many American industry workers. We cannot, with our higher  standard of living, compete with the Chinese slave laborers. Buying cheaper  cannot be better when it destroys the very backbone of the American dream.

In 1998, the foreign ministers of the world approved  an International Criminal Court. For the first time since the Roman Empire,  a global body now has the right to transcend national sovereignty in order  to search, seize, arrest and deport an alleged international criminal.  What else can I say? We are all terrorists until proven innocent.

In 2001, the final barriers between the nation-states  came down when alleged terrorists attacked the World Trade Towers in New  York City. My extensive research revealed very simply that if all the other  barriers between states had already fallen, then the two most sensitive  barriers still remaining had to be erased: the military and intelligence  barriers. Currently we have two global militaries: the U.S. “Coalition  of the Willing” and 90,000 United Nations peacekeepers. In regard  to the UN, when they need more supplies, i.e., food, uniforms, guns, ammunition,  tents, planes, boats, etc., they basically call on the countries of the  world to ante up. Britain might supply uniforms while the U.S. provides  military transport planes. In regard to the intelligence barriers, beginning  as early at 1996, the G8 countries were working to establish a global intelligence  gathering room where the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Russia’s KGB and other G8  intelligence agencies would work together to help maintain world peace  and to track international terrorism. Today it is fully functional.

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Utility Workers Hired As Stasi Informants

Prison Planet |  Jul 2, 2008

By Paul Joseph Watson

Hundreds of police, firefighters, paramedics and utility workers have been trained and recently dispatched as “Terrorism Liaison Officers” in Colorado, Arizona and California to watch for “suspicious activity” which is later fed into a secret government database.

According to a Denver Post report, “It’s a tactic intended to feed better data into terrorism early-warning systems and uncover intelligence that could help fight anti-U.S. forces. But the vague nature of the TLOs’ mission, and their focus on reporting both legal and illegal activity, has generated objections from privacy advocates and civil libertarians.

“Suspicious activity” is broadly defined in TLO training as behavior that could lead to terrorism: taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements or notes, espousing extremist beliefs or conversing in code, according to a draft Department of Justice/Major Cities Chiefs Association document.”

“We don’t snoop into private citizens’ lives. We aren’t living in a communist state,” claims Lt. Tony Lopez, commander of Denver’s intelligence unit – but the program bears close parallels to the East German Stasi system, which at its height employed one informant for every seven citizens.

Democracy Now interviewed the Denver Post writer and an ACLU representative about the program.

It is also reminiscent of the supposedly canned 2002 Operation TIPS program, which would have turned 4 per cent of Americans into informants under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department.

TIPS lived on in other guises, such as the Highway Watch program, a $19 billion dollar Homeland Security-run project which trains truckers to watch for suspicious activity on America’s highways.

More recently, ABC News reported that “The FBI is taking cues from the CIA to recruit thousands of covert informants in the United States as part of a sprawling effort…..to aid with criminal investigations.”

Since authorities now define mundane activities like buying baby formula, beer, wearing Levi jeans, carrying identifying documents like a drivers license and traveling with women or children or mentioning the U.S. constitution as the behavior of potential terrorists, the bounty for the American Stasi to turn in political dissidents is sure to be too tempting to resist.

Indeed, last month Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers and the New York Times heartily celebrated the fact that an increasing number of Americans are becoming informants and turning in their neighbors and family members to the authorities in return for cash rewards.

Citing gas prices, foreclosure rates and runaway food price inflation, The Times lauded the fact that citizens are reporting on each other, ensuring “a substantial increase in Crime Stopper-related arrests and recovered property, as callers turn in neighbors, grandchildren or former boyfriends in exchange for a little cash.”

As any budding dictator will tell you, the creation of an informant society where individuals self-regulate their behavior in fear of being turned in by a citizen spy is one of the key stepping stones to tyranny. To have the media celebrate the fact that people are reporting on their neighbors and grandchildren puts the icing on the cake.