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2008 AUGUST 16 – AUGUST 29

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Russia successfully tests new, very long-range nuclear missile. Sun 2008 Aug 29 (Cached)

US: Ads pushing for strike against Iran show Denver under missile attack. The word Propaganda comes to mind. Raw Story 2008 Aug 29 (Cached)

US: Personal incomes and consumer spending plunge in response to sagging economy. AP 2008 Aug 29 (Cached)

Milwaukee city government to take man's home for not paying a $50 parking fine. Collectivism at its best. JSOnline 2008 Aug 29 (Cached)

News reporter arrested in Denver for shooting video on a public sidewalk. Why? Because he was documenting who attended a "big-donor" event for the Democrat Party. ABC 2008 August 28 (Cached)

US: Ron Paul: "There's no difference" between McCain and Obama. Raw Story 2008 Aug 28 (Cached)

Florida primary elections plagued by failures (or fraud) of electronic vote machines. BradBlog 2008 Aug 27 (Cached)

US; FDIC is broke and looking to "borrow" money from Treasury - but Treasury doesn't have money to loan. It will come from taxpayers through Fed Reserve. Reuters 2008 Aug 27 (Cached)

California Citibank stole $14 million from its customers. consumeraffairs.com 2008 Aug 26 (Cached)

US: Nation's 2nd largest Internet service provider announces upper limit on personal Internet use. Will affect only high-volume customers. Yahoo 2008 Aug 26 (Cached)

US: Cindy Sheehan's hotel phone bugged in Denver. OpEdNews 2008 Aug 25 (Cached)

China: Government blocks Apple/Itunes internet site from downloading pro-Tibet songs.
Epoch Times
Posted 2008 Aug 23 (Cached)

US: Money supply contracts sharply, points to deepening Wall Street woes.
Telegraph
Posted 2008 Aug 23 (Cached)


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Analyst shows that 3 U.S. banks caused the recent price decline of gold and silver by selling "short" (promising future delivery of metal they do not have). At delivery time, the banks plan to be rescued by taxpayers through the Federal Reserve.
Silverseek
Posted 2008 Aug 23 (Cached)

German national bank stops selling gold. this will create even more pressure to raise the price of gold. Reuters Posted 2008 Aug 23 (Cached)

China: Foreigners imprisoned for covering pro-Tibet protest. Epoch Times Posted 2008 Aug 23 (Cached)

China: Citizens who speak to foreign journalists targeted by government for reprisals.
Epoch Times
Posted 2008 Aug 23 (Cached)

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IS WORLD CONFLICT REAL OR ORCHESTRATED?
Dear Ed,
I have read your book The Creature from Jekyll Island. As a result I obtained a fairly clear understanding of just how the United States was “taken over” by certain powerful financial entities in circa 1913. I also have a fairly clear understanding of the aims and actions of the, for want of a better characterization, “Rhodesian Round Table” group, and its various subsidieries (e.g. CFR-RIIA, “Bilderbergers”, Trilateralists, “Illuminati”, Skull and Bones, et al.). For some time I had concluded that these entities constituted a unified front dedicated to creating a one world or global totalitarian state. And, that one of the main goals of this group was the destruction of the American middle class because they see this class as being one of the larger impediments to their goals.

This is apparently born out by the current economic situation in the United States which does indeed appear to be the result of a concerted effort on the part of certain powerful financial entities to destroy the American economy. Such a destruction of the economy would have the greatest negative effect upon the middle class. Then, presumably, the way would be open for some sort of “North American Union”, wherein the sovereign nations of Canada, United States and Mexico would be financially merged. For, if your goal is to eventually have a one world state, you have to first create smaller regional unions, such as the already extant European Union, then at some later point in time you merge those unions, et cetera.

However, given that the above analysis is true, I find myself at a loss to understand certain aspects of global geo-politics. I thought for some time about who I could ask who might have answers to some of my questions, and decided that you were probably the best person; especially since you wrote the book that started my understanding of these situations! (and also due to our joint membership in Freedom Force).

If there is a unified concerted effort on the part of one group of powerful entities, then why do we see such diversity of forces? Let me explain. I can see one group of powerful entities at work in the “West”, i.e. the United States and its North and South American vassal states, Great Britain and its Commonwealth, and the European allies. This group appears to be trying to dominate the former Soviet Union by encouraging its break-up, co-opting many of the former republics (the ‘Stans, Georgia, Ukraine, et al.) as well as the former Warsaw Pact countries (esp. thru the Missile Defense system in Poland and Czech Republic – more of which below). It also seems to be trying to control the sources of petroleum which would give it enormous political and economic power (hence Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and the current threat to Iran.).

So far, so good. But! the way that the western ‘powers-that-be’ are going about this goal seems to me to be counter-productive. They appear to be pushing Russia into a corner. They are also threatening China. Russia is a powerful entity in its own right with a nuclear arsenal and the ability to project it inter-continentally; it is also proud of its sovereignty, i.e. “Mother Russia”). China is another powerful entity because of its economic power, especially its ability to bring down the U.S. economy any time it chooses.

Now, while “bringing down the U.S economy” might fit very well into the plans of the western ‘powers-that-be’, it would, at the same time, severely curtail the projection of American’s military power. Also, pushing Russia into a corner runs the risk of a nuclear exchange, and such an event would destroy a lot more than just the U.S. economy!

So, it has seemed to me that there is not such a monolithic ‘western power entity’ afterall; that there is more than one group in positions of power. And, that a loss of control over one of these groups, the so-called “neo-cons”, may have occurred (ala Hitler)? Otherwise, why would we have seen one group in the power structure, George H.W. Bush and James Baker, attempt to rein in another group consisting of Richard Cheney and his neo-cons via that Iraq Study Group? Also there may be another separate group, traditionally aligned with the Democratic Party, which, while CFR all the way, do not agree with the methods and aims of the neo-cons (I am thinking of Brzezinski in particular).

This decision to put “defensive missiles” in place in Poland is very dangerous. Have, perhaps, the neo-cons miscalculated? Did they think Russia would not stand up for itself? that Putin would acquiese indefinitely in their attempts to encircle the Mother Land? Am I wrong in thinking that the “enemy of my enemy is my friend”? and therefore that in some strange way we who want to preserve our freedom here in the United States, should be rooting for Putin?

So, I guess what I am wondering is this: If you want to destroy the United States financially, in order to move one step closer to its loss of sovereignty, and hence its inclusion into this one world state, aren’t you at the same time destroying its military pre-eminence? and hence thwarting your own aims in other spheres?

As I suspect you’ll see, I have been thinking about this apparent contradiction for over a year and it took me this many words to communicate it. I know you are a busy man and I do apologize for the length of my letter. I know of no one else who might know the answers. Others I have spoken to just do not know; they seem to lack the breadth of experience and knowledge.

Hoping to hear from you and thanking you in advance,
I am, sincerely yours,
Frank Breckenridge

Hello Frank Breckenridge.
I am flattered by your confidence in my ability to unravel the mystery you so aptly described. I will have to disappoint you by confessing that I do not have answers to all your questions. It is obvious that the world is divided between two opposing forces of collectivism (Leninists vs. Rhodesians) but the question is whether these forces are truly independent of each other or are they controlled from deep behind the scenes by a common directorate that orchestrates perpetual conflict as a means of conditioning society through perpetual fear. I cannot tell you that I know the answer but I must admit that the second answer explains more of what we see in the world than the first.
Ed Griffin

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THE LAND OF THE FLEA AND THE HOME OF THE SLAVE
The following comment is in response to an article dated August 14 headlined: "US: Military advocates use of mind control and brain-altering drugs to make soldiers want to fight."

That is not a new concept. In the 1950s, the military tested a substance termed 'BZ' on soldiers who were not advised beforehand of the 'possible' consequences of consumption. BZ is a psychoactive substance which military manuals described as '...at least 100 times more potent than LSD.' One exposed soldier jumped to his death from a window. Can experimentation on unwitting 'members of the workforce' be far behind? One last thing: Note my use of the Bushism, 'members of the workforce.' We are no longer 'citizens.' Welcome to the Land Of The Flea and the Home Of The Slave.
-- Mike Fewell, 2008/08/18

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SOVEREIGNTY MEANS OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY
I am concerned that there can be no national remedy for the collectivism you so correctly describe without first there being a clear and definitive understanding of what exactly individualism is that withstands judicial and legislative spin. Exclusivity of  Property Right is the key to that understanding.  and guess what -- the vast majority of Americans have no idea what that means. In my opinion, referencing "national sovereignty" without  limiting that by individual sovereignty over property has a tendency to further the collectivist goal. Here is my essay on this topic. I hope your readers find it of value.
-- William Duff, 2008/08/18

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IS THE LACK OF DOMESTIC OIL PRODUCTION GOOD?
There has been much discussion lately concerning domestic oil production as a result of high and higher oil prices. Many political and economic leaders seem to believe that domestic oil production would curb the rise in oil prices in the near future if we would simply drill for oil here in the U.S.

As it is right now, we purchase a large amount of our energy needs from outside the country. We exchange our dollars for their oil. We get the oil. They get the funny money. Thus we are shielded from our own inflation.

It's my opinion that if domestic oil production would ever be granted on a large scale by Congress, wouldn't this create more inflation by keeping our dollars in the country? Does my theory have a leg to stand on?

Sincerely,
Wm. Tennant, 2008 Aug 7

MR. GRIFFIN'S REPLY:

It’s difficult to predict the effect because there are so many interrelated factors, including the high cost of domestic oil caused by massive limitations imposed by the environmentalist movement. A large proportion of the money we pay to foreign oil producers is funneled immediately to the multinational oil companies who have contracts to process the oil and deliver it. Some of the largest of those, of course, are U.S. based, although that does not guarantee that the money would return to America.

It sometimes is theorized that exporting our fiat money for valuable resources and goods is advantageous to America because foreigners get worthless paper while we get things of value. I do not agree with this, however, because a great deal of that money eventually does comes back home to buy equities in American corporations and banks, real estate, mineral resources, and political influence. Eventually those who received our dollars end up owning huge chunks of America.

When all is considered, it is my opinion that it would be to our clear advantage if we were oil independent and once again had strong domestic industry. History has shown that those who produce, rule. Those who do not, serve.

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INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT TO CONVICT BUSH OF MURDER IS AN ATTACK ON U.S. SOVEREIGNTY
In Unfiltered News you posted a video with the caption: "Discussion of convicting Bush as an international war criminal is gaining momentum and actually appearing in mainstream media, as in this amazing example" Brasscheck Posted 2008 July 31

I got excited reading the caption, however after watching the video i felt like this was an endorsement for world government. George Soros has been running the ACLU, and all they have been concerning themselves with lately is Bush and torture. Thats all you ever hear, and now I'm not surprised that the ACLU is inadvertenly aiding this move toward world government. Soros was thanked by the World Federalist Association in a video I found for his contributions. They never mentioned specifically what it was, but I see it now. I think there should be more elaboration on your video link about what the danger really is. I'm not in favor of a world court having the power to prosecute our president. We need to do that ourselves and we need to do it by getting involved and not waiting for someone else to do it.
Regards,
- Marcus Rich

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