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US Police Testing Hand-Held Laser Drug Detector

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Police in a few departments around the U.S. are testing a hand-held laser device, which boosters can immediately identify illegal drugs and could revolutionize how narcotics cases are investigated and prosecuted.

Proponents hope the device, called TruNarc, will help officers quickly discern illicit substances at a time when police are seeing a surge in new, harder-to-identify designer drugs such as the psychoactive powders known as “bath salts.”

Paul Keenan, chief of police in Quincy, Mass., said his detectives have been using it for months, alongside traditional drug-testing kits.

“It’s cop-proof. It’s rugged, dependable and easy to use,” said Keenan. He compared the potential impact of the device to breath analyzers used on suspected drunken drivers, which allow street cops to produce data routinely accepted in court.

U.S. “Earthquake Weapon” Strikes Turkey?

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A ‘flash’ report received in the Kremlin today from the Black Sea Fleet states that the United States has attacked Turkey with one of its feared “Earthquake Weapons” in retaliation for that Eurasian nation’s massive invasion of Northern Iraq this past week.

According to this report, Russian monitoring stations in and around the Black Sea began monitoring a “rapid” heating of the ionosphere over the past 36 hours that culminated a couple of hours ago with a massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake striking eastern Turkey.

Important to note is that the heating of the ionosphere is a “trademark” of the “Earthquake Weapon” employed by the United States from their HAARP facilities located around the world and controlled from their main base in Alaska and was last detected being used this pat March against Japan and causing a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake leading to the deaths of over 36,000.

As we had, also, reported on in our 14 January 2010 report US Quake Test Goes “Horribly Wrong”, Leaves 500,000 Dead In Haiti about these weapons:

“Though virtually unknown to the American people, the use, and perfection, of earthquake weapon technology has a decade’s long history that began with the former Soviet Unions exploding of a 10 megaton nuclear bomb in September, 1978 and then ‘redirecting’ its shockwave towards Iran where it resulted in a catastrophic 7.4 magnitude earthquake, an event which hastened the downfall of the US backed regime headed by the Shah.

This attack upon Iran by the Soviets was countered by the Americans in April, 1979 when they unleashed one of their newly developed ‘atomic powered’ earthquake weapons against the former communist Nation of Yugoslavia which resulted in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

Since the late 1970’s, the United States has ‘greatly advanced’ the state of its earthquake weapons and, according to these reports, now employees devices employing a Tesla Electromagnetic Pulse, Plasma and Sonic technology, along with ‘shockwave bombs’ they have previously been accused by Russia of employ

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U. S. Dictatorship

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If there is one thing that the office of President Barack Obama demonstrates it is that democracy does not exist in the United States.

This may seem a rather outlandish statement. For many people, the fact that the 44th president is the first black man to preside over the White House – with its American colonial-style architecture – is a tribute to the triumph of US democracy.

But many other more telling facts indicate that Obama is but a figurehead of an unelected government in the US. This unelected power of corporate elites – commercial, financial, military – governs with the same core policies regardless of who is sitting in the White House.

Whether these policies are on social, economic or foreign matters, the elected president must obey the direction ordained by the unelected elite. That kind of untrammeled power structure conforms more closely in practice to dictatorship, not democracy.

As Michael Hudson and Ellen Brown reveal in their analyses of the US budget debacle, Obama is pathetically doing the bidding of Wall Street – much like an errand boy

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A Banker’s Dream Comes True

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by George F. Smith

When the next fractional-reserve breakdown occurred in 1907, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton, endeared himself to the banking movement by declaring that “all this trouble could be averted if we appointed a committee of six or seven public-spirited men like J. P. Morgan to handle the affairs of our country.” [7] Colonel Edward Mandell House, a close Morgan associate who served as shadow president when Wilson was elected to the White House, became the “unseen guardian angel of the [banking] bill” that emerged in 1913. [8] Originally drafted at a secret meeting of banking elites at Morgan’s hunting lodge on Jekyll Island, Georgia in November, 1910, the Glass-Owen Bill, as it was finally called, overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate on December 22, 1913 and was signed into law by Wilson the following day. [9] The Fed began operations in November, 1914, with Morgan men occupying key positions.

The new law gave the bankers what they wanted: a monopoly of the note issue. Commercial banks could only issue demand deposits redeemable in Fed notes or nominally in gold. National banks were compelled to join the System but had the legal option of becoming state banks, which were not required to join, though many state banks chose to do so in 1917 when federal regulations were relaxed. [10] Critically, gold coin and bullion were moved further away from the public when member banks shipped their gold to the Fed in exchange for reserves. [11]

The inflationary potential of the system is revealed by its structure: The Fed inflated by pyramiding on its gold, member banks by pyramiding on its reserves at the Fed, and nonmembers by pyramiding on its deposits at member banks. Furthermore, after a few years the Fed began withdrawing fully-backed U.S. Treasury gold certificates from circulation and substituting Federal Reserve Notes instead. With Fed notes requiring only 40 percent backing of gold certificates, more gold was available on which to pyramid reserves. Also, with the advent of the Fed, reserve requirements for demand deposits were cut approximately in half, moving from a 21.1 percent average under the National Banking System to 11.6 percent, then lower still to 9.8 percent in June, 1917, after the U.S. had joined the war. Reserve requirements for time deposits dropped from the same 21.1 percent average to 5 percent, then 3 percent in 1917. Commercial banks developed a policy of shifting borrowers into time deposits to inflate even further. [12]

Thus, the country now had a government-privileged central bank called the Federal Reserve. By hoarding gold as its pyramidal base, the Fed was weaning the public from the use of gold coins, which would make them easier to confiscate later on. Through the Fed, member banks would be inflating at a uniform rate to avoid trouble with redemption demands.

Did this new system bring the big bankers in line? Did the Federal Reserve Act provide “a circulating medium absolutely safe,” as the Report of the Comptroller of the Currency of 1914 stated? How accurate was the report’s claim that

Under the operation of this law such financial and commercial crises, or “panics,” as this country experienced in 1873, in 1893, and again in 1907, with their attendant misfortunes and prostrations, seem to be mathematically impossible. [13]

Imagine, no more crises. Did the people running the banking cartel, almost all of whom were Morgan men, create a better world for most Americans?

7. G. Edward Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve, Fourth Edition, American Media, Westlake Village, CA, 2002, p. 448
8. Ibid, p. 459
9. Ibid., p. 468
10. Rothbard, Money in Crisis, p. 112
11. The Case Against the Fed, p. 119
12. Mystery, pp. 238-239
13. Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency, December 7, 1914, Vol. 1, p. 10

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Turkey Won’t Allow U.S. To Use NATO Bases In Country For Attacks

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul says Ankara will not allow the US to use NATO bases in Turkey for military purposes against other countries.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV in Tehran on Tuesday, Gul said every military facility in Turkey is under the control of Turkish commanders, noting that “without our knowledge, nothing can happen there.”

Gul arrived in Tehran on Sunday heading a high-ranking 135-member delegation upon the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Gul also said Turkey supports Iran’s nuclear rights and would play a constructive role in Iran’s nuclear program in the future.

“We want to see this dispute solved in a peaceful way… through diplomacy and dialogue,” he said.

The US and its allies accuse Iran of developing a military nuclear program. In June 2009, the UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran’s financial and military sectors under Western pressure.

Iranian officials have repeatedly refuted the charges, arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tehran has the right to use peaceful nuclear technology.

The Turkish president’s interview with Press TV will be broadcast on February 16 at 20:35 GMT and rerun on February 17 at 01:35GMT, 06:35GMT and 14:35GMT.

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U.S. Behind instability in Lebanon

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Iran’s ambassador to Beirut says Washington’s interferences resulted in the failure of Saudi Arabian and Syrian efforts to stabilize Lebanon.

The US did not want Lebanon to achieve peace and stability, and therefore tried to impede efforts made to establish security in Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi said on Wednesday.

“The US and Israel have always tried to disturb peace in the region,” Roknabadi said.

Since efforts began to restore peace and stability in Lebanon, Washington and Tel Aviv tried to sabotage the plan and seem to have been successful, Mehr News Agency quoted him as saying.

The Iranian envoy blamed the US for the failure of Syrian and Saudi Arabian efforts and said, “The Americans make every effort in this regard to prevent the establishment of peace in the region.”

“All Lebanese admit that US pressures have caused the process to come to a halt.”

Lebanon has been in political turmoil since the establishment of the US-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) to probe the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

Hariri was killed along with more than 20 other people in a massive car bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The STL was established about two years later to investigate the incident.

It was reported last year that the STL would issue an indictment against some members of the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah.

However, Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has strongly rejected the allegations, saying the plot is part of “a dangerous project that is targeting the resistance.”

In November, the Lebanese daily As-Safir said that the United States was applying “intensive” pressure using the slogan, “No discussions before an indictment is issued.”

Syria and Saudi Arabia entered “strenuous negotiations” aimed at preventing Lebanon from plunging into a political crisis on the back of such indictments.

On Wednesday, Leader of the Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun announced that Saudi Arabia and Syria had been unable to resolve the dispute, and quoted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Saudi King Abdullah as saying that the collaboration had drawn a blank.

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Congresswoman Shot In Arizona

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was reported to be in critical condition after the shooting in a Safeway supermarket parking lot.

A doctor at the University Medical Center in Tucson said Giffords had come out of surgery and that he was “very optimistic” the congresswoman would recover.

There had been conflicting reports on Giffords’s condition. Some media outlets had reported her death.

Eighteen people were shot during the attack, and six are dead, a police spokesman said Saturday afternoon. The injured victims were being treated at four Tucson-area hospitals.

According to reports, Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank range by a lone gunman who ran toward her and began firing.

There were unconfirmed reports that bystanders had subdued the gunman.

Police said a suspect was in custody. CNN reported the suspect was a white male in his early 20s.

News reports said Giffords was holding a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the supermarket.

Witnesses described indiscriminate shooting.

One witness said she heard 15 shots, according to Fox News.
A ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat

Giffords, 40, is in her third term in the House representing the 8th Congressional District in the southeastern corner of the state. She was a member of the conservative Blue Dog Democratic caucus.

She was re-elected in a close election in November, defeating Tea Party–backed Republican challenger Jesse Kelly by fewer than 4,200 votes.

A former state legislator and small-business owner, Giffords is married to former Space Shuttle commander Mark Kelly.

When Democrats controlled the House, Giffords was chairwoman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the Science and Technology Committee.
Witness describes shooting

A witness to the shooting that critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 11 others describes the scene to Fox News.

Last spring, Giffords was one of several Democrats who reported vandalism of their offices as the House considered and ultimately passed landmark health-care legislation. Giffords said the door of her Tucson office had been shattered by a pellet gun.

In a brief statement Saturday, Speaker of the House John Boehner, the Ohio Republican, said he was “horrified by the senseless attack.”

“Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society,” Boehner said.

President Barack Obama called the shooting “an unspeakable tragedy.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California called Saturday “a very sad day for our country.”

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US Judge Dismisses Targeted Kill Program

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A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to halt the Obama administration’s program to capture or kill American citizens who join militant groups abroad, a case involving a Muslim cleric in Yemen.

The ruling was a defeat for civil liberties groups that brought the lawsuit on behalf of the father of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who joined al Qaeda in Yemen and has been tied to plots against the United States.

U.S. District Judge John Bates threw out the lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds. Bates said the father lacked legal standing to bring the case and that his claims presented political questions that cannot be decided by the courts, requiring dismissal of the lawsuit without addressing the heart of the allegations.

The lawsuit aimed to halt the program and reveal the criteria the Obama administration set for targeting someone.

U.S. officials have refused to officially confirm the existence of the program, although they have said the CIA gave the green light to capture or kill al-Awlaki, who has never been tried or convicted of any terrorism-related crime.

“The serious issues regarding the merits of the alleged authorization of the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen overseas must await another day or another (non-judicial) forum,” Bates concluded in his 83-page ruling.

The judge called it a unique, extraordinary case. “Vital considerations of national security and military and foreign affairs … are at play,” he wrote.

The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups that brought the case, said it still believed the U.S. government’s power to use lethal force against American citizens should be subject to meaningful court oversight.

“If the court’s ruling is correct, the government has unreviewable authority to carry out the targeted killing of any American, anywhere, whom the president deems to be a threat to the nation,” said Jameel Jaffer, the group’s deputy legal director.

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Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico and who lived in Virginia until leaving the United States shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, has been sought by Yemeni authorities who also want to capture or kill him.

U.S. officials have described al-Awlaki as having a leadership role in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to communicating with the U.S. Army major who gunned down 13 people at a military base in Texas last year, he has urged attacks on the United States in Internet videos and writings.

The al Qaeda affiliate has said it was behind the plot by a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear. The group also said it was involved in a more recent plot to send package bombs via U.S. cargo carriers.

Assistant Attorney General Tony West said he was pleased with the ruling and called al-Awlaki “very dangerous.”

If al-Awlaki wants access to the U.S. court system, then he should surrender to authorities and “be held accountable for his actions,” West told reporters at the Justice Department

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