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    disasters will be met with the new model Rapture Response During last year s hurricane season Florida homeowners were offered similarly high priced salvation by HelpJet a travel agency launched with promises to turn a hurricane evacuation into a jet setter vacation For an annual fee a company concierge takes care of everything transport to the air terminal luxurious travel bookings at five star resorts Most of all HelpJet is an escape hatch from the kind of government failure on display during Katrina No standing in lines no hassle with crowds just a first class experience HelpJet is about to get some serious competition from some much larger players In northern Michigan during the same week that the California fires raged the rural community of Pellston was in the grip of an intense public debate The village is about to become the headquarters for the first fully privatized national disaster response center The plan is the brainchild of Sovereign Deed a little known start up with links to the mercenary firm Triple Canopy Like HelpJet Sovereign Deed works on a country club type membership fee according to the company s vice president retired Brig Gen Richard Mills In exchange for a one time fee of 50 000 followed by annual dues of 15 000 members receive comprehensive catastrophe response services should their city be hit by a manmade disaster that can cause severe threats to public health and or well being read a terrorist attack a disease outbreak or a natural disaster Basic membership includes access to medicine water and food while those who pay for premium tiered services will be eligible for VIP rescue missions Like so many private disaster companies Sovereign Deed is selling escape from climate change and the failed state by touting the security clearance and connections its executives amassed while working for that same state So Mills speaking recently in Pellston explained The reality of FEMA is that it has no infrastructure and a lot of our National Guard is elsewhere Sovereign Deed on the other hand claims to have direct access and special arrangements with several national and international information centers These proprietary arrangements allow our Emergency Operations Center to give our Members that critical head start in times of crisis In this secular version of the Rapture God s hand is unnecessary Not when you have retired ex CIA agents and ex Special Forces lifting the chosen to safety no need to pray just pay And who needs a celestial New Jerusalem when you can have Pellston with its flexible local politicians and its surprisingly modern regional airport Sovereign Deed could soon find itself competing with Blackwater USA whose CEO Erik Prince wrote recently of his plans to offer full spectrum services including humanitarian aid in disasters When fires broke out in San Diego County near the proposed site of the controversial Blackwater West base the company immediately seized the opportunity to make its case Blackwater could have been the tactical operation center

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    United States citizens 4 While the United States must continue its vigilant efforts to combat international terrorism it must also strengthen efforts to combat the threat posed by homegrown terrorists based and operating within the United States 5 Understanding the motivational factors that lead to violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence is a vital step toward eradicating these threats in the United States 6 The potential rise of self radicalized unaffiliated terrorists domestically cannot be easily prevented through traditional Federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts and requires the incorporation of State and local solutions 7 Individuals prone to violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence span all races ethnicities and religious beliefs and individuals should not be targeted based solely on race ethnicity or religion 8 Any measure taken to prevent violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States should not violate the constitutional rights civil rights and civil liberties of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents 9 Certain governments including the United Kingdom Canada and Australia have significant experience with homegrown terrorism and the United States can benefit from lessons learned by those nations Section 899C calls for a commission on the prevention of violent radicalization and ideologically based violence The commission will consist of ten members appointed by various individuals that hold different positions in government Essentially this is a commission that will examine and report on how they are going to deal with violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism So basically the commission is being formed specifically on how to deal with thought criminals in the United States The bill requires that the commission submit their final report 18 months following the commission s first meeting as well as submit interim reports every 6 months leading up to the final report Below is the bill s defined purpose of the commission Amazingly they even define one of the purposes of the commission to determine the causes of lone wolf violent radicalization b Purpose The purposes of the Commission are the following 1 Examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence in the United States including United States connections to non United States persons and networks violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence in prison individual or lone wolf violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence and other faces of the phenomena of violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence that the Commission considers important 2 Build upon and bring together the work of other entities and avoid unnecessary duplication by reviewing the findings conclusions and recommendations of A the Center of Excellence established or designated under section 899D and other academic work as appropriate B Federal State local or tribal studies of reviews of and experiences with violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence and C foreign government studies of reviews of and experiences with violent radicalization homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence Section

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    capable of physically silencing those branded by their leaders as traitors And in the wrong hands a Blackwater could well become that force American taxpayers have so far handed a staggering 4 billion to armed security companies in Iraq such as Blackwater according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep Henry Waxman D Calif Tens of billions more have been paid to companies that provide logistical support Rep Jan Schakowsky D Ill of the House Intelligence Committee estimates that 40 cents of every dollar spent on the occupation has gone to war contractors It is unlikely that any of these corporations will push for an early withdrawal The profits are too lucrative Mercenary forces like Blackwater operate beyond civilian and military law They are covered by a 2004 edict passed by American occupation authorities in Iraq that immunizes all civilian contractors in Iraq from prosecution Blackwater barely a decade old has migrated from Iraq to set up operations in the United States and nine other countries It trains Afghan security forces and has established a base a few miles from the Iranian border The huge contracts from the war including 750 million from the State Department since 2004 have allowed Blackwater to amass a fleet of more than 20 aircraft including helicopter gunships Jeremy Scahill the author of Blackwater The Rise of the World s Most Powerful Mercenary Army points out that Blackwater has also constructed the world s largest private military facility a 7 000 acre compound near the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina Blackwater also recently opened a facility in Illinois Blackwater North and despite local opposition is moving ahead with plans to build another huge training base near San Diego The company recently announced it was creating a private intelligence branch called Total Intelligence Erik Prince who founded and runs Blackwater is a man who appears to have little time for the niceties of democracy He has close ties with the radical Christian Right and the Bush White House He champions his company as a patriotic extension of the U S military His employees in an act as cynical as it is dishonest take an oath of loyalty to the Constitution But what he and his allies have built is a mercenary army paid for with government money which operates outside the law and without constitutional constraint Mercenary units are a vital instrument in the hands of despotic movements Communist and fascist movements during the last century each built rogue paramilitary forces And the appearance of Blackwater fighters heavily armed and wearing their trademark black uniforms patrolling the streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina may be a grim taste of the future In New Orleans Blackwater charged the government 240 000 a day v It cannot happen here is always wrong the philosopher Karl Popper wrote A dictatorship can happen anywhere The word contractor helps launder the fear and threat out of a more accurate term paramilitary force We re

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    to discuss peace and security issues at the invitation of the Toronto Stop the War Coalition At the Buffalo Niagara Falls Bridge they were detained questioned and denied entry They will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon in front of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC to ask the Canadian government to reverse its policy of barring peaceful protesters The women were questioned at Canadian customs about their participation in anti war efforts and informed that they had an FBI file indicating they had been arrested in acts of non violent civil disobedience WHEN Thursday October 4th at 1pm WHERE Canadian Embassy 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC In my case the border guard pulled up a file showing that I had been arrested at the US Mission to the UN where on International Women s Day a group of us had tried to deliver a peace petition signed by 152 000 women around the world says Benjamin For this the Canadians labeled me a criminal and refused to allow me in the country The FBI s placing of peace activists on an international criminal database is blatant political intimidation of US citizens opposed to Bush administration policies says Colonel Wright who was also Deputy US Ambassador in four countries The Canadian government should certainly not accept this FBI database as the criteria for entering the country Both Wright and Benjamin plan to request their files from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act and demand that arrests for peaceful non violent actions be expunged from international records It s outrageous that Canada is turning away peacemakers protesting a war that does not have the support of either US or Canadian citizens says Benjamin In the past Canada has always welcomed peace activists with open arms This new

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    is as inhumane as it is indifferent to justice Usually I retell the cases of William Strong and Christophe Gaynor two men framed in the state of Virginia by prosecutors and judges as wicked and corrupt as any who served Hitler or Stalin This year is different All Americans are now imprisoned in a world of lies and deception created by the Bush Regime and the two complicit parties of Congress by federal judges too timid or ignorant to recognize a rogue regime running roughshod over the Constitution by a bought and paid for media that serves as propagandists for a regime of war criminals and by a public who have forsaken their Founding Fathers Americans are also imprisoned by fear a false fear created by the hoax of terrorism It has turned out that headline terrorist events since 9 11 have been orchestrated by the US government For example the alleged terrorist plot to blow up Chicago s Sears Tower was the brainchild of a FBI agent who searched out a few disaffected people to give lip service to the plot devised by the FBI agent He arrested his victims whose trial ended in acquittal and mistrial Raising doubts among Americans about the government is not a strong point of the corporate media Americans live in a world of propaganda designed to secure their acquiescence to war crimes torture searches and police state measures military aggression hegemony and oppression while portraying Americans and Israelis as the salt of the earth who are threatened by Muslims who hate their freedom and democracy Americans cling to this truth while the Bush regime and a complicit Congress destroy the Bill of Rights and engineer the theft of elections Freedom and democracy in America have been reduced to no fly lists spying without warrants arrests without warrants or evidence permanent detention despite the constitutional protection of habeas corpus torture despite the prohibition against self incrimination the list goes on and on In today s fearful America a US Senator whose elder brothers were 1 a military hero killed in action 2 a President of the United States assassinated in office 3 an Attorney General of the United States and likely president except he was assassinated like his brother can find himself on the no fly list Present and former high government officials with top secret security clearances cannot fly with a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of water despite the absence of any evidence that extreme measures imposed by airport security makes flying safer Elderly American citizens with walkers and young mothers with children are meticulously searched because US Homeland Security cannot tell the difference between an American citizen and a terrorist All Americans should note the ominous implications of the inability of Homeland Security to distinguish an American citizen from a terrorist When Airport Security cannot differentiate a US Marine General recipient of the Medal of Honor from a terrorist Americans have all the information they need to know Any and

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    activities to ensure we will emerge from the emergency with an enduring constitutional government Translated into layman s terms when the president determines a national emergency has occurred the president can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over Ironically the directive sees no contradiction in the assumption of dictatorial powers by the president with the goal of maintaining constitutional continuity through an emergency The directive specifies that the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will be designated as the National Continuity Coordinator Further established is a Continuity Policy Coordination Committee chaired by a senior director from the Homeland Security Council staff designated by the National Continuity Coordinator to be the main day to day forum for such policy coordination Currently the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism is Frances Fragos Townsend Townsend spent 13 years at the Justice Department before moving to the U S Coast Guard where she served as assistant commandant for intelligence She is a White House staff member in the executive office of the president who also chairs the Homeland Security Council which as a counterpart to the National Security Council reports directly to the president The directive issued May 9 makes no attempt to reconcile the powers created there for the National Continuity Coordinator with the National Emergency Act As specified by U S Code Title 50 Chapter 34 Subchapter II Section 1621 the National Emergency Act allows that the president may declare a national emergency but requires that such proclamation shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register A Congressional Research Service study notes that under the National Emergency Act the president may

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    Gore partisans as both the Washington Post and the New York Times called critics of the official Florida election tallies would insist on looking at the fine print The Actual Findings While that was the tone of coverage in these leading news outlets it s still a bit jarring to go outside the articles and read the actual results of the statewide review of 175 010 disputed ballots Full Review Favors Gore the Washington Post said in a box on page 10 showing that under all standards applied to the ballots Gore came out on top The New York Times graphic revealed the same outcome Earlier less comprehensive ballot studies by the Miami Herald and USA Today had found that Bush and Gore split the four categories of disputed ballots depending on what standard was applied to assessing the ballots punched through chads hanging chads etc Bush won under two standards and Gore under two standards The new fuller study found that Gore won regardless of which standard was applied and even when varying county judgments were factored in Counting fully punched chads and limited marks on optical ballots Gore won by 115 votes With any dimple or optical mark Gore won by 107 votes With one corner of a chad detached or any optical mark Gore won by 60 votes Applying the standards set by each county Gore won by 171 votes The news organizations opted for the pro Bush leads by focusing on two partial recounts that were proposed but not completed in the chaotic often ugly environment of last November and December The new articles make much of Gore s decision to seek recounts in only four counties and the Florida Supreme Court s decision to examine only under votes those rejected by voting machines for supposedly lacking a presidential vote A recurring undercurrent in the articles is that Gore was to blame for his defeat even if he may have actually won the election Mr Gore might have eked out a victory if he had pursued in court a course like the one he publicly advocated when he called on the state to count all the votes the New York Times wrote with a clear suggestion that Gore was hypocritical as well as foolish The Washington Post recalled that Gore did at one point call on Bush to join him in asking for a statewide recount and accepting the results without further legal challenge but that Bush rejected the proposal as a public relations gesture The Bush Strategy Instead of supporting a full and fair recount Bush chose to cling to his official lead of 537 votes out of some six million cast Bush counted on his brother Jeb s state officials to ensure the Bush family s return to national power To add some muscle to the legal maneuvering the Bush campaign dispatched thugs to Florida to intimidate vote counters and jacked up the decibel level in the powerful conservative media which accused Gore of

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    16s how many have been victims of what Though it misses out children and white collar victimless fraud its value is in tracking trends with the same questions every year But these fairly self evident complexities are not the problem it is opposition politicians their press and sensation seeking news desks who cherry pick and distort shamelessly If the Press Complaints Commission were not the proprietors patsy it would proactively censor and fine misreporting of crime figures designed to deceive The Office for National Statistics should forbid this deliberate abuse of official figures where are their stern letters to the editor about this The Sun 14 rise in crime Times Violence is rising as confidence falls Telegraph Drug offences rise 14 after policy shambles and much much more What is undisputed by serious criminologists is that crime has plunged by more than 40 over the last decade The BCS finds that the chance of being a victim of crime is now at its lowest since the survey began in 1981 Since a peak in 1995 burglary is down by 59 vehicle theft by 61 and personal theft down by 45 And yet Britain is more alarmed by crime than the rest of the west with the least confidence its government is cracking down Eighty three per cent wrongly think crime is rising Ipsos Mori s Ben Page has no compunction in saying We re obsessed with crime and the media is to blame He finds 57 say they think crime is rising because they see it on television 48 because they read it in newspapers Unfortunately when asked whom they trust to tell the truth it s the very same sources that mislead them TV and the press Britain spends more per capita on criminal justice than any other nation worldwide Fear stoked by the media impels politicians to distort priorities and waste a fortune on what doesn t work The prison population soared again last week to a new high of more than 81 000 And yet Home Office research shows that prison has a negligible impact on crime figures Why is crime falling here and all across the west Cars and homes are locked up better but mainly it s the economy with less youth unemployment The Home Office watches economic growth figures more closely than police numbers for its predictions it warns to expect flattening or rising crime over the next years of tighter spending and lower consumption There are surprises for sociologists traditionally violence between strangers rises in boom times with more money for drink But despite cheap drink and widespread bingeing it has stayed pretty constant The violence that has fallen most steeply is domestic and between acquaintances it is suggested women report it more and escape violent relationships sooner It was encouraging to hear one wise Whitehall expert suggest I think we are becoming a more civilised nation Remember when you couldn t take families to football matches Remember bicycle chain gangs and flick

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