Month: February 2017

Lawsuit Against George W. Bush Et Al for Iraq War Crimes, Dismissed By California Court of Appeals

Law Allows all Government Employees to Commit Break International Laws and “Commit Heinous Acts”

Bush-war-crimesA federal appeals court has rejected an Iraqi woman’s lawsuit holding the George W. Bush administration accountable for their war of aggression against the nation of Iraq.

The key passage from the article from the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Without deciding whether the war was legal, the US Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a 1988 law shields federal employees at all levels for suits for actions they performed in service to the government, even if they violated US or international law.

“‘ The actions that (Bush administration officials) took in connection with the Iraq War were part of their official duties’, Judge Susan Graber said in the 3-0 ruling, released Friday.

“In upholding a federal judge’s dismissal of the suit, she said that the 1988 law, known as the Westfall Act, ‘covered even heinous acts’, such as federal marshals’ fatal beating of a shackled prisoner.”

The article is presented below, in its entirety.

Here is additional information on the Westfall Act, which not surprisingly, is a product of the Reagan-Bush era.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/28/2679

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Westfall_Act

Any individual can commit atrocities of any magnitude, if they are government employees, and do so with absolute immunity from law suits.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The political criminal in America enjoys the power to corrupt absolutely.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/nation/article/Appeals-court-rejects-woman-s-suit-over-Iraq-War-10929853.php

Appeals court rejects woman’s suit over Iraq War

By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

February 13, 2017

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has rejected a woman’s attempt to hold former President George W. Bush and his top officials to account for their alleged “war of aggression” in her native Iraq, saying federal employees can’t be sued for carrying out their job duties.

Sundus Shaker Saleh, who fled with four of her children when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 and is now a refugee abroad, filed the suit in San Francisco in 2013 against Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials. Saying the war was based on fabricated claims of weapons of mass destruction and violated international law, she sought damages on behalf of all innocent Iraqi civilians who suffered harm.

Without deciding whether the war was legal, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a 1988 law shields federal employees at all levels from suits for actions they performed in service to the government, even if they violated U.S. or international law.

“The actions that (Bush administration officials) took in connection with the Iraq War were part of their official duties,” Judge Susan Graber said in the 3-0 ruling, released Friday.

In upholding a federal judge’s dismissal of the suit, she said the 1988 law, known as the Westfall Act, “covered even heinous acts,” such as federal marshals’ fatal beating of a shackled prisoner.

The law allows a federal official to be sued for actions based on personal motives, Graber said, “if, for instance, he used the leverage of his office to benefit a spouse’s business.” It also allows Saleh to sue the U.S. government rather than individual defendants. But her lawyer, Inder Comar of San Francisco, said Monday that a suit against the government would be futile because the Supreme Court has barred damages for injuries suffered in foreign countries.

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Solar power could get even more affordable as scientists discover way to replace platinum components with 3D graphene

Image: Solar power could get even more affordable as scientists discover way to replace platinum components with 3D graphene(Natural News) Although solar power is one of the most popular forms of green energy, it certainly is not without flaw. For example, according to Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Director of Economics at the Manhattan Institute, solar energy is responsible for less than one percent of the country’s electricity, yet it costs almost twice as much to produce as natural gas. However, with technology advancing everyday, Americans are constantly finding new ways to manufacture products so that they are cheaper yet just as effective.

Dye-sensitized solar cells, which are one of the most promising types of solar cells in existence, are very efficient at transforming sunshine into energy, yet they are very expensive. This is because dye-sensitized solar cells are made primarily out of platinum, which costs a whopping $1,500 an ounce. Obviously, the cost of producing these cells is passed along to the consumer, making them anything but affordable.

Now, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Tech University claims to have a solution.

Professor Yun Hang Yu has created a new material that could both maintain the quality of the solar cells while significantly reducing the cost. The material is known as 3D Graphene, a honeycomb-like structure that combines lithium oxide with carbon monoxide to form lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) and the honeycomb graphene. The lithium carbonate shapes and molds the graphene and then separates them from one another, which prevents it from transforming into the garden-variety graphite. It is important to note that 3D graphene is different than regular graphene, which is two-dimensional and just one molecule thick.

The science behind Professor Yun Hang Yu’s creation is intriguing at the least. Researchers found that the 3D graphene has high conductivity and catalytic activity, which could potentially allow it to store and convert energy. To find out more, the researchers decided to test the 3D graphene by placing it inside of a solar cell and measuring energy output as it sat outside under the sun. They found that the 3D graphene converted 7.8 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity, which is only .2% away from the amount that is converted via the traditional solar cell technology. In other words, the cost was significantly less because platinum was no longer a key ingredient, yet the effectiveness was virtually the same. (RELATED: Find out other reasons why solar power is getting cheaper). (more…)

Not Just Autism, Major Yale Study Shows Vaccines Tied to Multiple Brain Disorders

baby-vaccineBy Jack Burns

It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exist truths and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions.

For the last 50 years, the world has taken a front row seat to the phenomenological occurrences of the rise of brain disorders such as Autism, ADHD, and major depressive disorders. Anecdotally speaking, parents all over the globe have reported that one day their children were normal and growing healthily, and the next, after having gotten their vaccinations, they get autism, or ADHD, for example.

While science and the government continue to maintain there’s no causal relation between the vaccines and the disorders, parents, multiple studies, and other countries have reported otherwise. Now, it seems, some very brave and unabashed scientists have been able to show a correlation of what many have known for quite some time.

It has also been proven that CDC scientists destroyed data that showed a correlation between vaccines and autism in children.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State and Yale University sought to examine, “whether antecedent vaccinations are associated with increased incidence of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia nervosa (AN), anxiety disorder, chronic tic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder in a national sample of privately insured children.”

Controlling for broken bones and open wounds (control means to use commonly occurring instances as a contrast method), the researchers concluded that someone who’d received the flu vaccine within the last year “were also associated with incident diagnoses of AN, OCD, and an anxiety disorder.” These findings greatly expand the common understandings that vaccines are related to Autism and now include the other three brain-based illnesses.

The study used private insurance claims information as their means of collecting the data. “Using claims data, we compared the prior year’s occurrence of vaccinations in children and adolescents aged 6–15 years with the above neuropsychiatric disorders that were newly diagnosed between January 2002 and December 2007,” the study writes.

Moreover, the correlations were not limited to the Flu vaccine either. According to the published study found in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, “Several other associations were also significant with HRs greater than 1.40 (hepatitis A with OCD and AN; hepatitis B with AN,” meaning the hepatitis vaccines are also implicated in causing brain disorders. (more…)

CDC is a vaccine company, owns 56 vaccines – a grave conflict of interest

Image: CDC is a vaccine company, owns 56 vaccines – a grave conflict of interest(Natural News) Two recent events have forced a glaring spotlight on the $30 billion a year vaccine industry: First, President Donald Trump announced a plan to establish a commission chaired by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (RFK) to investigate vaccine safety and scientific integrity. The second, again featuring RFK, is when he and actor Robert De Niro announced a $100,000 reward to any scientist (or anyone else) who could conclusively prove the safety of mercury (in the form thimerosal) in vaccines.

Both events have unleashed a veritable storm of fury from the mainstream media, many of whom label both De Niro and RFK “vaccine skeptics” or “anti-vaccine,” despite the men’s repeated objections and insistence that they are pro-vaccine and dutifully had all their children vaccinated. Their very specific concern is the volume of vaccines being added to the CDC’s childhood immunization schedule, and the presence of mercury in many of those vaccines. (RELATED: Keep up with the latest in the debate on mercury in vaccines at Thimerosal.news)

The CDC determines the immunization schedule, and failure to comply with it means children can be refused admittance to public schools. And that schedule certainly merits closer scrutiny. The agency has doubled the number of required vaccines since the mid-1980s, with nearly 40 doses now required before the age of two years. Coincidentally – or so the CDC would have you believe – autism numbers have increased 10-fold since the 1980s, and asthma has more than doubled in the same period.

While the media has busily been defending the vaccine industry, labeling all who question it as “anti-science” and a risk to public health, they have managed to avoid broadcasting a glaring conflict of interest that should have made headlines worldwide: The CDC’s own cozy relationship with and direct involvement in the vaccine industry. (What has the CDC been hiding? Find out at Vaccines.news)

The CDC proudly claims the following about its own Immunization Safety Office: “Sound immunization policies affecting children and adults in the U.S. depend on continuous monitoring of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. CDC uses many strategies to assess vaccine safety, to identify health problems possibly related to vaccines, and to conduct studies that help determine whether a health problem is caused by a specific vaccine. CDC also works with other federal government agencies and other stakeholders to determine the appropriate public health response to vaccine safety concerns and to communicate the benefits and risks of vaccines.” [Emphasis added] (more…)

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces

David Axe 02.13.17 6:15 AM ET

A mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. Special Forces commando operation targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army.

In late January, a source on the ground in Central African Republic spotted a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter with the registry number N408RC carrying American Special Forces troops. The LRA, a cultish band of thieves and rapists led by warlord Joseph Kony, is most active in the forested region where Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo meet.

In 2010, President Barack Obama deployed around 100 Green Berets and other personnel to Central Africa to help local forces hunt down Kony and the LRA. Seven years later, Operation Observant Compass continues, mostly unnoticed by the press. The Pentagon asked Congress for $23 million to extend the operation through 2017.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Sikorsky helicopter that The Daily Beast’s source observed in Central African Republic belongs to Illinois-based EP Aviation, LLC.

EP Aviation was once a subsidiary of Academi, the Virginia-based company that was formerly known as Blackwater. The “EP” stands for “Erik Prince,” Blackwater’s founder and the younger brother of billionaire U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The copter’s appearance is a reminder of the tangled web of corporate relationships that support the Pentagon’s expansive shadow wars in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa—and some of the companies’ ties to wealthy, powerful American politicians.

During the height of the Iraq War, Blackwater managed a for-profit army in Baghdad that included Little Bird helicopters and other aircraft. The U.S. State Department and Defense Department have awarded Blackwater and its successors contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

In Iraq, Blackwater’s diminutive Little Birds usually carried a crew of four—two pilots and two door gunners armed with assault rifles. With their very corporate-looking blue-and-silver paint schemes, the Blackwater copters became icons of a grinding, unpopular war.

The Little Birds were also symbols of Blackwater’s heavy-handed tactics. The company and its employees in Iraq were involved in several suspicious killings — and worse. In September 2007, Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square. Four of the mercenaries went to prison for the killings.

Blackwater’s aviation operations were also controversial. One Little Bird was shot down in Baghdad and its five-man crew was killed. Another Little Bird crashed in Iraq and the two pilots died. The company lost several other aircraft in fatal accidents in Iraq.

In 2004, a Blackwater transport plane crashed in a mountain canyon in Afghanistan, killing the three crew and three U.S. troops who were passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the pilots deliberately flew a risky flight path through the mountains. “I swear to God, they wouldn’t pay me if they knew how much fun this was,” the cockpit voice recorder captured one pilot saying shortly before the crash.

Dogged by lawsuits, Prince sold Blackwater in 2010 and moved to the United Arab Emirates. He subsequently founded Frontier Resource Group, a company that reportedly provides pilots for the Emirates’ brutal air war in Libya. Prince’s new company also tried to skirt U.S. regulations in order to sell attack planes to Salva Kiir, one of two warring strongmen in South Sudan.

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Zealandia: Study confirms Earth has hidden continent

Earth has a concealed continent called ‘Zealandia’ hidden in the Pacific Ocean and attached to New Zealand, according to newly published research.

A team of 11 researchers found that New Zealand and New Caledonia are actually part of a huge 4.9 million sq km (1.89 million square-mile) single slab of continental crust that is separate from Australia.

The study, published by the Geological Society of America, found that the region is 94 percent submerged, mostly as a result of crustal thinning before the supercontinental break-up, using upgraded satellite-based elevation and gravity map technology.

The scientific value of classifying Zealandia as a continent is much more than just an extra name on a list,” the scientists wrote. “That a continent can be so submerged yet unfragmented makes it a useful and thought-provoking geodynamic end member in exploring the cohesion and breakup of continental crust.

The team says it should be considered a geological continent, rather than the previously-held theory that it was a collection of continental islands and fragments.

Based on various lines of geological and geophysical evidence, particularly those accumulated in the last two decades, we argue that Zealandia is not a collection of partly submerged continental fragments but is a coherent 4.9 Mkm2 continent,” the study concludes.

READ MORE: Evidence of ancient ‘lost continent’ found in Indian Ocean

As geologists count Europe and Asia as one giant continent called ‘Eurasia’, the new addition of Zealandia brings the total number of official geologic continents to seven.

ADF plans to acquire central Queensland farming land for expanded war games anger local graziers

Crowd at Marlborough Public HallAngry residents of a small central Queensland town are warning the Federal Government they will not walk away from their land, despite plans to remove them and expand a nearby military training facility.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has revealed plans to acquire land to the west of the existing Shoalwater Bay training area, north of Rockhampton, to cater for larger war games and an increased number of Singaporean troops training in the region.

The upgrades would be paid for by the Singaporean Government, as part of the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership signed late last year.

More than 40 landholders in the Stanage Bay and Marlborough area have been issued with notices that their property may be acquired for the expansion.

About 200 locals gathered at the Marlborough Public Hall on Monday afternoon for what became a fiery community meeting between landholders and local politicians.

Grazier Alf Collins said he was not interested in a pay out and would do everything to keep the cattle station owned by his family for generations.

“I’m in the middle of it, and I’m definitely not for sale and not for acquisition,” Mr Collins said.

He said they were preparing for a David and Goliath battle.

“Bullying is a word that comes to mind very quickly and if you were in kindergarten, you’d be ostracised, counselled and your parents pulled in because you bullied little toddlers,” Mr Collins said.

On The Trail Of Missing Fukushima Fuel

fukushima_111113-1024x640.jpgBy Richard Wilcox, PhD

The location of the melted fuel (corium) at the Fukushima nuclear power station #1, in reactors 1, 2 and 3, is historic because of the massive radioactivity of the material. Depending on its location it will emit deadly radiation into the environment for a long, long time to come.

A few days ago I commented on the high radiation reading (530 sieverts per hour) inside the unit 2 reactor that was discovered by engineers. This reading was not “new” in the sense that the radiation is increasing, indicating that Godzilla is emerging from underground hibernation, but that the radiation was “discovered” for the first time by engineers.

This is not rocket science folks, but I guess people prefer scary “end of the world” scenarios rather than studying bland engineering procedures.

Just because you don’t know what is in that hotdog or sausage that tastes so good at a summer barbeque (pigs hooves, gristle, rat pellets, etc.,) does not mean it’s not in there, it just means you either don’t, can’t or choose not to know.

In the case of Fukushima it is a step by step process of sending the latest high tech robots on suicide missions down into the radioactive pits of Hell in order to gather forensic evidence that will hopefully lead to an understanding and solution to the missing melted fuel (corium) crisis.

Although the latest procedure involving the Scorpion robot has been called a “failure” or an “aborted mission,” in fact the mission retrieved useful information.

In the latest update from the Simply Info website we now learn that the highest reading found in unit 2 was “210” sieverts per hour — less than half the estimate that was made by less precise measurements a week earlier (1).

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A trip down the memory hole: Exploring Washington Post’s fake journalism through the years

Washington Post(NaturalNews) In the words of Big Journalism correspondent John Nolte at Breitbart News, today’s mainstream media is rife with “liars, frauds, partisans, cheats, plagiarists, and those who tolerate, defend and enable all of them.”

In fact, he continues, “there is no American institution — not the NFL, not the tobacco companies, not any corporation or enterprise regularly targeted by the media — that engages in anywhere near the amount of fraud and dishonesty that serially oozes from Our Media Overlords.”

One of the most regular abusers of the public trust — though always reporting under the guise of honesty and integrity — is one of the country’s legacy newspapers and serial Pulitzer Prize winners: The Washington Post.

Like many other legacy media outlets and networks, the Post exists to expand large, progressive, centralized government; to quell any semblance of opposition from conservatives and Republicans; and to aid and abet anyone or any corporation seeking to push bad science, bad food and bad politics.

Consider:

The Post‘s Ezra Klein created an email list club called “JournoList” that, when exposed, confirmed what many Americans suspected or instinctively knew: That across numerous platforms and publications, liberal journalists were brainstorming to coordinate attacks against Republicans, especially to help Barack Obama. “This frenzy of coordination appeared to hit its zenith during the 2008 presidential election,” Nolte wrote.

JournoList members included columnists and reporters from the Post, Politico, Bloomberg News, The New Yorker magazine, The Economist, Time, Harpers, The Guardian, Newsweek and many more.

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