Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Britain's Defense Spending

Britain's Defense Spending: Only paranoia can justify the world's second biggest military budget
by George Monbiot
Global Research, November 28, 2006
Guardian

Britain's level of defence spending isn't related to real threats we face, but the needs of our military-industrial complexNo one noticed. Or if they did, no one complained. The government didn't even bother to issue a press release. Last week the Ministry of Defence quietly secured a £1.7bn increase in its budget. The spending for 2006-7 was allocated months ago, which means that another fund must have been raided to find the extra money. It's the equivalent of half the annual budget for the Department for International Development. But another billion or two doesn't make much difference when we are already sloshing out £32bn a year on a programme whose purpose is a mystery. On Friday, the National Audit Office published a report which appeared to congratulate the MoD for going only 11% over budget on 30 acquisitions, such as attack submarines, destroyers, Euro-fighter aircraft and anti-tank weapons. This overspending - a mere £3bn or so - is a heroic improvement on the ministry's usual efforts. The story was spoilt a little when we discovered that it would have looked much worse were it not for some creative manoeuvres by the 1st armoured accounts division, confounding the enemy by shifting money between different parts of the budget.But what the audit report failed to answer, or even to ask, was why we need attack submarines, destroyers, Eurofighters and anti-tank weapons. Are the Russians coming? Is Angela Merkel preparing to mobilise a few Panzer divisions? It is preposterous to suggest that we face the threat of invasion, now or in the foreseeable future.Even the MoD acknowledges this. In the white paper it published at the end of 2003, it admits that "there are currently no major conventional military threats to the UK or Nato ... it is now clear that we no longer need to retain a capability against the re-emergence of a direct conventional strategic threat".Nato agrees. The leaked policy document it will discuss at its summit this week concedes that "large-scale conventional aggression against the alliance will be highly unlikely". No country that is capable of attacking Nato countries is willing to do so. No country that is willing is capable. Submarines, destroyers, Eurofighters and anti-tank rounds are of precious little use against people who plant bombs on trains.Instead, the ministry redefines the purpose of the armed forces as "meeting a wider range of expeditionary tasks, at greater range from the UK and with ever-increasing strategic, operational and tactical tempo". It wants to be able to fight either three small foreign wars at the same time or one large one, which "could only conceivably be undertaken alongside the US".In other words, our "defence" capability is now retained for the purpose of offence. Our armed forces no longer exist to protect us. They exist to go abroad and cause trouble.But even such wars of choice can no longer be fought. The disaster in Iraq destroyed every pretence of benign or necessary intervention. It is hard to see how any British government, however powerful its case appears to be, could claim the moral authority to launch another adventure for at least a generation. Iraq disqualifies us from the role the ministry envisages as surely as Suez did. We can kiss goodbye to the idea of going into battle alongside the US as well.This, then, grants us a marvellous opportunity: to pay ourselves a war dividend. If the war in Iraq means that the current era of invasion is over, there is no point in maintaining armed forces designed for this purpose. If we were to cut the military budget by 80 or 90%, we would do ourselves nothing but good.But the danger and paradox of military spending is that the bigger the budget, the more powerful the lobby becomes which can fight for its own survival. As the Guardian's revelations about the corrupt relationships they have cultivated with Saudi princes show, the civil servants in the MoD write their own rules. Much of the time they seem to be defending not the realm but the arms companies. So does the prime minister. In his book Blair's Wars, John Kampfner records that "from his first day in office Blair was eager not to antagonise British arms companies, and BAE Systems in particular, which developed extremely close relationships with senior figures in Downing Street." A Downing Street aide reported that whenever the head of BAE encountered a problem, "he'd be straight on the phone to No 10 and it would get sorted".Having obtained its stupendous budget - in cash terms, the second biggest defence allocation in the world - our military-industrial complex must justify it. It does so by producing ever more paranoid assessments of the capabilities of terrorists. Bin Laden might possess no submarines, but we must retain our anti-submarine aircraft in case he - or someone like him - acquires some. We don't know what Blair's proposed new nuclear missiles are for, but after the money has been spent a justification is bound to emerge. In the ministry's defence vision paper, I found this gobsmacking contradiction. "We face new challenges and unpredictable new conditions. Our strategy must evolve to reflect these new realities. For the future this means [among other positions] ... holding fast, in the face of change, to our underpinning military traditions." Was there ever a clearer sign that the tail is wagging the dog?A report published by the Oxford Research Group this summer argues that our defence policies are self-defeating. They concentrate on the wrong threats and respond to them in a manner which is more likely to exacerbate than to defuse them. The real challenges, it contends, are presented by climate change, competition over resources, the marginalisation of the poor and our own military deployments.By displacing people from their homes and exacerbating food shortages, climate change will cause social breakdown and mass migration. Competition for resources means that the regions which possess them - particularly the Middle East - will remain the focus of conflict. As improved education is not matched by better prospects for many of the world's poor, the resulting sense of marginalisation provides a more hospitable environment for insurrection. Aids leaves a generation of orphaned children vulnerable to recruitment by paramilitary groups and criminal gangs. The war on terror has created the threats it was supposed to defeat, by driving people to avenge the civilians it has killed. By developing new weapons of mass destruction, the rich nations challenge others to try to match them.Military spending enhances all these threats. The jets and ships and tanks it buys make a large (though so far unquantified) contribution to climate change and the competition for resources. It diverts money from helping the poor; it generates a self-justifying momentum which stimulates conflict. The budget would contribute far more to our security, the report says, if it were spent on energy efficiency, foreign aid and arms control.So what role remains for our armed forces? A small one. A shrunken army should concentrate on helping the civil authorities to catch terrorists and deal with epidemics, floods and power cuts; the navy should be deployed to protect fisheries and catch drugs smugglers; the airforce is largely redundant. Now that foreign adventures are no longer an option, it is time we turned our war spending into what it claims to be: a budget for our defence.George Monbiot can be reached at http://www.monbiot.com

"Sexed up" Report on the Death of David Kelly

"Sexed up" Report on the Death of David Kelly: Lord Hutton Findings challenged by Medical Doctors
by Drs. Stephen Frost and Christopher Burns-Cox and David Halpin
Global Research, November 28, 2006
Global Research Editorial NoteOn November 3, 2006, The Times published a letter by Lord Hutton regarding the circumstances of Dr. David Kelly's death. In this letter, Lord Hutton dwells largely on the issue of "sexed up" intelligence rather than on the circumstances and causes of Dr. David Kelly's death. The inquiry was supposed to be an inquest. Suicide was always assumed but suicide was in fact never established. In this regard, it was not only the intelligence which had been "sexed up", the Hutton Report, which assumed suicide without proof, had "sexed up" its findings to implement a coverup and undermine due process. A response to Lord Hutton was drafted and submitted by three distinguished doctors to The Times, which refused to publish it and declined to give a reason. We bring to the attention of our readers the text of the letter which the Times refused to publish.
It is important to note, in this regard, that Drs. C. Stephen Frost, Searle Sennett and David Halpin succeeded in breaking the mainstream media silence on the possibility that Dr David Kelly did not commit suicide, with a letter in The Guardian on the eve of publication of the Hutton Report. They were subsequently joined by other doctors and lawyers. The original November 3 letter by Lord Hutton to the Times is reprinted in Annex, together with links to the texts of Dr. Frost et al. letters published in The Guardian and The New Statesman.
Global Research, 28 November 2008
TEXT OF RESPONSE TO LORD HUTTON
by Drs. Stephen Frost, Christopher Burns-Cox and David Halpin

Dear Sir

Lord Hutton presided over an inquiry which sought to apportion blame between the BBC and the Government for the "suicide" of Dr David Kelly when no "verdict" of suicide had been (and still has not been) reached. His report was widely labelled a "whitewash", because he was perceived to apportion that blame unfairly (given the evidence he had heard), all but exonerating the Government, and placing the blame almost entirely on the BBC. Now, in his letter published in the Times (3 November 2006), he seemingly seeks to defend his report by setting out his case re the minutiae of the "45 minute claim".

Lord Hutton misses the essential point. What is more, it appears that he was used by the Government to subvert due process in establishing precisely how Dr Kelly died. We and several other medical colleagues (and lawyers) attempted in a series of six letters published in The Guardian and one in the New Statesman to inform the public, and the mainstream press, that all doctors learn at medical school that, in order to return a "verdict" of "suicide", a coroner must prove suicide beyond reasonable doubt (a very high level of proof), including "intent" to commit suicide, also beyond reasonable doubt. If the Coroner cannot achieve the necessary level of proof, he is required by law to return an "open verdict", assuming that "foul play" has at the outset been excluded in the proper manner. Unfortunately, there is some doubt as to whether "foul play" was properly excluded in the case of Dr Kelly. However, disregarding any such failure in such a high-profile death, it is important to understand that the public was invited to believe that Dr Kelly's death would be better investigated at the Hutton Inquiry than at a coroner's inquest, when the exact opposite was the case.

Lord Hutton possessed none of the powers normally available to the Coroner. He could not (and did not) hear evidence under oath, he could not subpoena witnesses, he could not aggressively cross-examine witnesses, and he could not call a jury. Not enough with that, his inquiry was an "ad hoc" inquiry, not a public inquiry (as the public and the press were led to believe) subject to the provisions of the Public Inquiries Act !921 (itself quietly repealed last year and replaced by the Inquiries Act 2005). Lord Hutton was invited (and consented) by Lord Falconer (the Lord Chancellor and the Minister for Constitutional Affairs) to conduct an inquiry on the very day that Dr Kelly's body was allegedly found. Later, Lord Falconer, used his powers as Lord Chancellor to invoke Section 17a of the 1988 Coroners' Act and order the Oxfordshire Coroner, Mr Nicholas Gardiner, to "adjourn indefinitely" his inquest. But, Section 17a had become law on 1 January 2000, largely, it is believed, at the instigation of Lord Falconer. Its purpose was allegedly to obviate duplication of inquiry following multiple death scenarios (eg train disasters), when the cause of death could to some extent be assumed. But, Dr Kelly's death was a solitary death. In addition, Lord Hutton's remit and powers (since it was an "ad hoc" inquiry) were determined by Lord Falconer. Lord Hutton's remit was extremely narrow (and Lord Hutton seemingly sought to narrow it further), and his powers were very limited, so limited in fact that Lord Hutton could not prove anything, let alone "suicide". After all, Lord Hutton was directed by Lord Falconer to do no more than "inquire into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly", and it appears that establishing the cause of Dr Kelly's death was not viewed as a priority. But, the cause of the death should have been THE priority in an inquiry which eventually purported to obviate the need for a full inquest.

Despite all this, the Coroner, Mr Nicholas Gardiner, on 16 March 2004, thought fit to conclude that there was no "exceptional reason" for him to re-open the Inquest, and even deferred to Lord Falconer by saying that he (Lord Falconer) was happy with the findings of Lord Hutton, and then went on to say "and so am I". Given the obvious "insuffiency of inquiry" re the cause of Kelly's death over which Lord Hutton presided, he (the Coroner) should not have been sharing in Lord Falconer's happiness. In addition, the Coroner was surely extremely unwise to talk to the Mail on Sunday some weeks before his final hearing in March 2004, saying that he wished to achieve "closure" at his coming hearing, and hinting at that stage that he could see no "exceptional reason" to re-open the Inquest.

Apparently, it is unprecedented for judges to discuss publicly their findings, as Lord Hutton has done, not once, but twice. But, then, it is unprecedented for the Government to lead the public to believe that a "verdict" of suicide has been reached, and the Inquest "closed", when no such verdict could be reached, and for that reason the Inquest could not be closed.

Dr David Kelly is the first British citizen to be denied an inquest in such circumstances. Given the clear "insufficiency of inquiry", regarding the cause of death over which Lord Hutton presided, the Coroner should have re-opened the Inquest. There are unconfirmed reports that he (the Coroner) now regrets that he did not do so. It is our view that if the Coroner is not able at this late stage to reverse his decision, a fresh inquest should be ordered.

Yours faithfully

C Stephen Frost, BSc MB ChB Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology (Stockholm, Sweden)
stephen.frost@btinternet.com
Christopher Burns-Cox, MD FRCP

David Halpin, FRCS

Monday, November 27, 2006

Where is our Freedom of Speech?

Police want power to crack down on demo slogans
Sunday, November 26th, 2006
Vikram Dodd
Police are to demand new powers to arrest protesters for causing offence through the words they chant and the slogans on their placards and even headbands.
The country’s biggest force, the Metropolitan police, is to lobby the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, because officers believe that large sections of the population have become increasingly politicised, and there is a growing sense that the current restrictions on demonstrations are too light.
Trouble at recent protests involving Islamic extremists has galvanised the Met’s assistant commissioner, Tarique Ghaffur, into planning a crackdown. His proposals are due to be sent to Lord Goldsmith, who is reviewing how effective the current laws are in tackling extremists.
The police want powers to proscribe protest chants and slogans on placards, banners and headbands. Human rights experts say that such powers could also be used against protesters such as animal rights and anti-globalisation activists. The civil rights group Liberty said the powers would make the police “censors in chief”.Mr Ghaffur has previously advocated banning flag burning. But this document would take the police a lot further. Mr Ghaffur says there is a “growing national and international perception” that the police have been too soft on extremist protesters, which has led to rising anger across the country. “The result has been to create an imbalance in public perception that is manifesting itself in passionate responses from elements of the community not traditionally given to publicly protesting. What we are seeing in effect is a rise in the politicisation of middle England and the emergence of a significant challenge for capital city policing.”
As well as the absence of a law banning the burning of a flag, there is no law banning the burning of a religious text.
The police want powers to tackle a “grey area” in the array of public order laws. At present, causing offence by itself is not a criminal offence.
“There must be a clear message that we will not allow any extremist group to display banners or make public statements that clearly cause offence within the existing law,” the document says.
The document continues: “Is the sand shifting in our collective viewpoint around what constitutes ‘causing offence’? Equally, we need to have a clearer determination of current community perceptions around what ‘public offence’ actually means. We also need to think more laterally around how we police public demonstrations where ‘offence’ could be caused, while still respecting the British position around freedom of speech.”
The document, entitled “The widening agenda of public demonstrations and radicalisation”, says Islamic extremists have learned how to cause offence without breaking the law. It also reveals that the government has yet to implement the bill outlawing religious hatred which received royal assent in February. It says that the law may prove useless against extremists: “Virtually all activity by protesters could constitute insulting or abusive language, behaviour or banners towards particular religions, but would fall outside the remit of inciting religious hatred.”
The director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, said: “[The proposal] misunderstands the nature of law and free expression in a democracy and casts the police as censors in chief. It aims to protect people from ‘offence’ rather than harm, slates the CPS and muses wildly on ‘public perceptions’.”
After protests against the Danish cartoons in London, organised by a radical Muslim group, Scotland Yard received 100 complaints demanding action against the protesters.
A solicitor who has defended protesters, Mike Schwarz, said: “Causing offence, if there is no other ingredient, is not against the law.” He said such proposed powers would clash with article 10 of the European convention on human rights which protects freedom of expression.

What Else is the Mainstream Media Lying About?

What Else is the Mainstream Media Lying About?
Sunday, November 26th, 2006
Matt Kjeldsen
The other night I had an extensive conversation with one of my best friends. This man is highly intelligent and moral. He is a writer, a journalist and a concerned American citizen. During the course of our conversation he told me his criticisms of my latest op ed piece, Pulling the 9/11 Lynch Pin. His main complaint seemed to be my insistence that 9/11 is not at all what the government says it was and, quite frankly, if the ‘conspiracy theory’ had any merit whatsoever, the mainstream media would be exposing it. Bloggers, such as yours truly, can say whatever they want, but journalists will research a subject and expose the truth.
Fair enough. Even though the media is owned by huge corporations, there are honest, crackerjack journalists out there who will dig and fight in order to expose, the real story.
However, I would counter, editors kneel at the alter of a corporate boss. The US is tied for 53rd in the world for press freedom with Botswana, Croatia and Tonga. http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=19388
Rather than listing the hundreds of lies, omissions, distortions, ‘coincidences’ and physical impossibilities that make up the official narrative of the events of 9/11, facts that my good friend refuses to even look at, because he saw the planes hit the towers with his own eyes and knows what happened, I’d like to take a look at the mainstream media instead. Since a lie encompasses omissions and distortions, as well as the simple act of not telling the truth, I’m wondering what else the mainstream media is lying about to the American people.
Depleted Uranium-The US military used depleted uranium munitions in Gulf war 1, Bosnia, Gulf war 2 and, through sales and gifts to Israel, in Lebanon. Our soldiers are being poisoned, disabled and eventually murdered by our own government. In addition, the regions of the world where D.U. is dispersed are basically poisoned forever. This includes the food, the water, the soil and the genetics of all species of life, forever!
Impending Collapse of the Petrol Dollar-When Iran and Russia and Venezuela start selling their oil for Euros instead of dollars, the dollar will become virtually worthless and the U.S. economy will crash. The US is the largest debtor nation in the world and yet, the media claims we’re the most powerful economy on the planet.
C.F.R.-The Council on Foreign Relations dictates domestic and foreign policy for the U.S. and the C.F.R. provides the U.S. voters with a choice of C.F.R. Bush or C.F.R. Kerry. I believe Barry Goldwater was the only major party candidate for president since the 40’s that was not a member. This club of elitists has unlimited power over our lives.
The Federal Reserve Bank-Created by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, this traitorous Act gave a private cabal of the most powerful bankers, the job of printing our money supply, loaning it to the government and then charging an interest rate for repayment of this loan. Before 1913, the U.S. government printed the dollar and it was worth a dollar-now it is worth 4 cents!
The IRS-The Internal Revenue Service was created to collect an unconstitutional garnishment of a tax on our labor, in order to pay the interest on the Federal Reserve ‘loan’ to the US government. Quite simply, income is defined in the Constitution as earnings from investments, from employment overseas and from employment by the federal government. Further more, Supreme Court rulings have codified and upheld the principle that labor is not taxable. Our representatives know this, our judges know this and I suspect quite a few journalists, editors and media moguls know this as well. This is a fraud on a massive scale and yet, I still haven’t seen a story on this. But, I have seen America: Freedom to Fascism http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4312730277175242198&hl=en and I have read Cracking the Code http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6994111921004029996&hl=en . Every American citizen should do the same ASAP.
CIA-ISI-Al Qaeda—The CIA funds the Pakistani ISI which in turn funds the group (given its name by US intelligence by the way) Al Qaeda.http://prisonplanet.com/articles/october2006/061006alqaedacrap.htm Daniel Pearl was murdered in Pakistan tracking down the money trail of 9/11-the trail that the 9/11 Commission couldn’t track, believed to be relatively unimportant, and subsequently, left out of its report. Daniel Pearl was a crackerjack journalist and he was brutally murdered by ‘terrorists’ in ISI Pakistan. It was not because he was Jewish. I believe that is the implication the press left us with, before they completely forgot the story.
The war Time President-Only Congress can declare war. Congress has not declared war on Afghanistan, Iraq or ‘terror’, therefore, we are not at war. Therefore, George Bush is not a war time president. He is however, a warring president, who illegally starts wars, murders civilians and divides foreign countries as he divides the US.
FEMA Camps and Chertoff-Halliburton is building FEMA camps in the US, complete with razor wire and guard towers. Department of Homeland Security chief, Michael Chertoff, who has complete control over FEMA, maintains dual citizenship with Israel and is, in fact, the son of a Mossad agent. I can’t remember the mainstream media exposing these frightening facts to the US public. http://prisonplanet.com/articles/September2006/170906Camp.htm
Toxic Dust at the WTC site–Who was responsible for giving the all clear to rescue workers and citizens? The EPA chief, Christine Whitman, under pressure from above, told rescue workers to go to work and to not wear protective masks so as not to scare people. Wall Street had to open! 50% of the Metal of Honor iron workers at the WTC cleanup site now suffer from long term health problems.http://prisonplanet.com/articles/October2006/181006Toxic.htm http://prisonplanet.com/articles/October2006/171006_b_anomalies.htm A whistle blower was raided by government jackboots for his heroic and patriotic action. http://www.informationliberation.com/index.php?id=15804 The North American Union Superhighway to Hell-The North American Union is being formed right in front of our faces and completely behind our backs. This is the death of American sovereignty and the death of the Constitution. Read Representative Ron Paul’s article. He explains it better than I ever could. http://prisonplanet.com/articles/October2006/311006NAFTA.htm Bin Laden is Not Wanted for the terrorist acts of 9/11-The FBI does not list Bin Laden as being wanted for 9/11, because there is no hard evidence. It’s as clear as day on the FBI most wanted site and yet, I have Never seen anyone in the mainstream media even mention this, let alone cover it. Read about it here.http://www.teamliberty.net/id267.html The government refuses to authenticate the Bin Laden confession video. It is clearly a fake. http://www.teamliberty.net/id284.html AIPAC-The most powerful lobby in D.C. is the American Israeli PAC. New members of Congress learn this immediately after the election. If you speak out against Israeli aggression or you challenge unchecked US support and military sales to Israel, you will be labeled an anti-Semite and targeted. If you play the game you will be rewarded with money, re-election and powerful seats and chairs. How many stories do you recall seeing or reading about this obscene obstructive influence over the will of our elected representatives?The Telecommunications Lobby-The second most powerful lobby in D.C. is the telecommunications lobby. Not only does this lobby represent a politicians’ access to publicity, but this lobby’s economic might actually funds the political machines. President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act that enabled the biggest fish to swallow all of the smaller fish and left us with just a few, gigantic multinational corporations providing all of the programming on the people’s airwaves. Thanks to President Reagan’s decapitation of the Fairness Doctrine, money is the only access for a political candidate to the people’s airwaves. I highly recommend the documentary Orwell Rolls in His Grave. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1925114769515892401 I guess it’s fairly self explanatory as to why the mainstream media hasn’t covered this story.Integrity of Elections-The fairness and accuracy of the election system is never called into question on corporate TV, radio or print. With the exception of Lou Dobbs and Rolling Stone (only because RFK Jr. provided the research and authorship), you cannot find a challenge to this completely manipulated system. Through the HAVA (Help America Vote Act), jammed through by Abramoff partners such as convicted felon, congressman Bob Ney, billions of federal money was supplied to states for the purchase of electronic voting machines. These machines use secretive software that is easily hacked and they are not required to leave a paper trail. There is no way to actually check the count. We won’t even go into voter suppression and illegal redistricting schemes, both of which are slaps in the face of democracy. I highly recommend Hacked, the mind blowing documentary featuring Bev Harris. http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/061106_hacking_democracy.html By the way, the http://BradBlog.com has been enlightening citizens along with http://BlackBoxVoting.org for years now. They are bloggers telling the truth.
Exit Polls-In the modern age, the media has always provided exit polls, which are incredibly accurate predictors of actual election returns. However, in 2004, although Kerry was leading in Ohio (and 11 other key states) all day long, when the final returns came in, Bush had won. The media could not explain this of course, so now instead of providing the information, the polls are held until after the returns are in. These polls can now be manipulated to reflect the actual result. The funny thing is that they were always accurate, until electronic machines started counting our votes. Once again, I guess I can understand why the mainstream media hasn’t covered this story.Press for Truth-The families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy demanded an investigation and finally, after 14 months, the President allowed a handpicked commission to investigate. The families estimate that 30% of their questions were answered by the 9/11 Commission Report. This is an outrage to be sure. If you want to know what the families think and what they’ve been through and where it stands today, please watch Press for Truth. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5589099104255077250 Foley is the Tip of the Iceberg-If you think that Representative Mark Foley’s homosexual page scandal is proof that the mainstream media does its job, investigates and exposes the scoundrels in D.C., you will be disappointed to find out that his behavior while reprehensible, was relatively mild compared to the real story. Child sex rings that reach to the top? Cover ups by the FBI? You bet. Watch this documentary.conspiracy of Silence click here
Rumsfeld’s Disease-Donald Rumsfeld worked for years, intimidated the FDA and stated that he didn’t care how many people died, he wanted aspartame cleared to enter our food supply. We now have Rumsfeld’s disease from this poison. The US Department of Health and Human Services lists over 90 reported symptoms associated with ingestion of this poison. Among these are memory loss, seizures, heart rate changes, numbness, breathing difficulties, fatigue and neurological maladies.
Trillions Missing from the Pentagon-On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld announced that 2.3 TRILLION dollars were missing from the Pentagon. We all know what happened on September 11 of that year and so, that story was sidelined. The war in Iraq has cost somewhere around the mind numbing amount of 350 billion dollars. The missing money figure at the Pentagon has now reached somewhere around 4 TRILLION dollars! This is astounding and I haven’t seen journalist one tracking down this story.
Massive Protests and Boos become Cheers-During Bush’s inaugural parade, people were booing and holding signs all along the route, voicing their disgust at the stolen 2000 election (since that time, our government has imposed, entirely un-constitutional, free speech zones to insulate the President). In the run up to the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, there were massive protests in cities all over the US. There have been 2 World Can’t Wait, organized protests of citizens in cities throughout the country. The mainstream media completely censored this outcry. When George H.W. Bush threw out the first pitch to start the baseball season, there was loud booing in the stadium and the broadcasters covered it up. Once again, in New Orleans, as the Saints made their triumphant return to the Superdome, loud booing accompanied George H.W. Bush as he made the coin flip and ESPN clicked onto audio of cheers for the TV audience. This is called programming.
Abramoff and Enron-The K Street, pay to play institutionalized corruption and the Enron collapse are two of the biggest scandals that our capitalist, democratic Republic has ever faced. Both involve the Bush administration directly, as well as the entire political machine. Both involve some of the most powerful corporations and citizens of this country. And yet, it would seem that the mainstream press is content that Abramoff and Ley perpetrated these crimes and therefore, we the people, don’t really need to hear anymore about it.
Bilderberg-The most obscenely powerful and wealthy citizens in the world get together and decide how best to manage the governments and the economies of the western world. For years, nobody really knew or paid attention, but now people are starting to take notice. After all, why are there no notes taken at these meetings and why do armies protect these ‘gatherings’ if they are merely meeting for tea? Alex Jones, documentary filmmaker, was detained at the Canadian border for 20 hours as he attempted to cover the latest Bilderberg Conference. He was isolated, yelled at and interrogated by Nazi-esque Canadian agents, before finally being released to enter Canada.
CIA/Media Cooperation-Both the civilian and military intelligence agencies are completely entrenched in our media and now, on line. It is no secret that CIA employees and paid shills, infest our media and edit, dilute, obscure and propagandize the real truth at every level. Once again, I understand why I’m not hearing about this from ABC News or the New York Times.
WTO Protests-All around the world, whenever the World Trade Organization meets, there are huge protests. Free trade benefits big corporations and powerful countries. Professional multi-millionaire liars like Tom Friedman endlessly espouse the ‘virtue’ of free trade, however, there is nothing free about it. It is a ploy to enable corporations to exploit with impunity the low wage slaves and lax environmental laws of third world countries, while at the same time, devastating their local businesses and farmers and systematically ruining the manufacturing capacities of countries such as the US. 70% of our manufacturing capacity has now disappeared into ‘developing’ nations. If we started today, it would take us � of a century to rebuild what we have lost. In Seattle, police and military infiltrated the peaceful protesters and started scuffles in order to allow militarized police to violently repress our fellow citizens exercising their free speech rights. Where was the crackerjack journalist?
The System of Terror and The Power of Nightmares-It is now widely known that the Bush administration used the color-coded ‘alert’ system whenever it needed support because of lagging poll numbers. There is No war on terror. You cannot fight a war on an ideology. Al Qaeda is not a worldwide terrorist organization. This is a lie. Whenever a government official or journalist references Al Qaeda or the war on terror, whether out of ignorance or collusion, they are lying. I highly recommend the BBC documentary, The Power of Nightmares. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1037.htm If you want to stare at the immediate future of our democracies, due to this war OF terror against us, watch the very entertaining British film, V for Vendetta or the American film, A Scanner Darkly.
Needless to say, I could go on and on laying out the case against the 4th estate of journalism. It is fair to say that I disagree with my good friend, who claims that if there is a story, a crackerjack journalist will tell us about it. We are 53rd in the world in press freedom and falling and the government is targeting journalists and passing laws that countermand the Bill of Rights as if it were the most natural thing in the world. The press barely notices. How do I know about all of these things? Because, my fellow citizens, it is all available for discovery and verification on line. I will not wait and I would suggest that the world can’t wait for the Washington Post or The Nation to tell us the real truth about anything. If a blogger tells you something about the poison fluoride in our water supply, I say google fluoride and see if what he/she is telling you has any merit. If you are waiting for a journalist to tell you what is real and what is not real, this blogger will tell you, the details of the critical events shaping our destinies are being systematically edited and the good people of this country are being blatantly lied to and deceitfully programmed.

THE SECRET COVENANT

THE SECRET COVENANT

An illusion it will be, so large, so vast it will escape their perception.

Those who will see it will be thought of as insane.

We will create separate fronts to prevent them from seeing the connection between us.

We will behave as if we are not connected to keep the illusion alive.

Our goal will be accomplished one drop at a time so as to never bring suspicion upon ourselves. This will also prevent them from seeing the changes as they occur.

We will always stand above the relative field of their experience for we know the secrets of the absolute.

We will work together always and will remain bound by blood and secrecy. Death will come to he who speaks.

We will keep their lifespan short and their minds weak while pretending to do the opposite.

We will use our knowledge of science and technology in subtle ways so they will never see what is happening.

We will use soft metals, aging accelerators and sedatives in food and water, also in the air.

They will be blanketed by poisons everywhere they turn.

The soft metals will cause them to lose their minds. We will promise to find a cure from our many fronts, yet we will feed them more poison.

The poisons will be absorbed trough their skin and mouths, they will destroy their minds and reproductive systems.

From all this, their children will be born dead, and we will conceal this information.

The poisons will be hidden in everything that surrounds them, in what they drink, eat, breathe and wear.

We must be ingenious in dispensing the poisons for they can see far.

We will teach them that the poisons are good, with fun images and musical tones.

Those they look up to will help. We will enlist them to push our poisons.

They will see our products being used in film and will grow accustomed to them and will never know their true effect.

When they give birth we will inject poisons into the blood of their children and convince them it’s for their help.

We will start early on, when their minds are young, we will target their children with what children love most, sweet things.

When their teeth decay we will fill them with metals that will kill their mind and steal their future.

When their ability to learn has been affected, we will create medicine that will make them sicker and cause other diseases for which we will create yet more medicine.

We will render them docile and weak before us by our power.

They will grow depressed, slow and obese, and when they come to us for help, we will give them more poison.

We will focus their attention toward money and material goods so they many never connect with their inner self. We will distract them with fornication, external pleasures and games so they may never be one with the oneness of it all.

Their minds will belong to us and they will do as we say. If they refuse we shall find ways to implement mind-altering technology into their lives.

We will use fear as our weapon.

We will establish their governments and establish opposites within. We will own both sides.

We will always hide our objective but carry out our plan.

They will perform the labour for us and we shall prosper from their toil.

Our families will never mix with theirs. Our blood must be pure always, for it is the way.

We will make them kill each other when it suits us.

We will keep them separated from the oneness by dogma and religion.

We will control all aspects of their lives and tell them what to think and how.

We will guide them kindly and gently letting them think they are guiding themselves.

We will foment animosity between them through our factions.

When a light shall shine among them, we shall extinguish it by ridicule, or death, whichever suits us best.

We will make them rip each other's hearts apart and kill their own children.

We will accomplish this by using hate as our ally, anger as our friend.

The hate will blind them totally, and never shall they see that from their conflicts we emerge as their rulers. They will be busy killing each other.

They will bathe in their own blood and kill their neighbours for as long as we see fit.

We will benefit greatly from this, for they will not see us, for they cannot see us.

We will continue to prosper from their wars and their deaths.

We shall repeat this over and over until our ultimate goal is accomplished.

We will continue to make them live in fear and anger though images and sounds.

We will use all the tools we have to accomplish this.

The tools will be provided by their labour.

We will make them hate themselves and their neighbours.

We will always hide the divine truth from them, that we are all one. This they must never know!

They must never know that colour is an illusion; they must always think they are not equal.

Drop by drop, drop by drop we will advance our goal.

We will take over their land, resources and wealth to exercise total control over them.

We will deceive them into accepting laws that will steal the little freedom they will have.

We will establish a money system that will imprison them forever, keeping them and their children in debt.

When they shall ban together, we shall accuse them of crimes and present a different story to the world for we shall own all the media.

We will use our media to control the flow of information and their sentiment in our favour.

When they shall rise up against us we will crush them like insects, for they are less than that.

They will be helpless to do anything for they will have no weapons.

We will recruit some of their own to carry out our plans, we will promise them eternal life, but eternal life they will never have for they are not of us.

The recruits will be called "initiates" and will be indoctrinated to believe false rites of passage to higher realms. Members of these groups will think they are one with us never knowing the truth.

They must never learn this truth for they will turn against us.

For their work they will be rewarded with earthly things and great titles, but never will they become immortal and join us, never will they receive the light and travel the stars.

They will never reach the higher realms, for the killing of their own kind will prevent passage to the realm of enlightenment.

This they will never know.

The truth will be hidden in their face, so close they will not be able to focus on it until its too late.

Oh yes, so grand the illusion of freedom will be, that they will never know they are our slaves.

When all is in place, the reality we will have created for them will own them. This reality will be their prison.

They will live in self-delusion.

When our goal is accomplished a new era of domination will begin.

Their minds will be bound by their beliefs, the beliefs we have established from time immemorial.

But if they ever find out they are our equal, we shall perish then.

THIS THEY MUST NEVER KNOW.

If they ever find out that together they can vanquish us, they will take action.

They must never, ever find out what we have done, for if they do, we shall have no place to run, for it will be easy to see who we are once the veil has fallen. Our actions will have revealed who we are and they will hunt us down and no person shall give us shelter.

This is the secret covenant by which we shall live the rest of our present and future lives, for this reality will transcend many generations and life spans.

This covenant is sealed by blood, our blood. We, the ones who from heaven to earth came.

This covenant must NEVER, EVER be known to exist. It must NEVER, EVER be written or spoken of for if it is, the consciousness it will spawn will release the fury of the PRIME CREATOR upon us and we shall be cast to the depths from whence we came and remain there until the end time of infinity itself.

Author: Unknown

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006
#1 Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government
#2 Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death
#3 Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage
#4 Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In
#5 U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia
#6 The Real Oil for Food Scam
#7 Journalists Face Unprecedented Dangers to Life and Livelihood
#8 Iraqi Farmers Threatened By Bremer’s Mandates
#9 Iran’s New Oil Trade System Challenges U.S. Currency
#10 Mountaintop Removal Threatens Ecosystem and Economy
#11 Universal Mental Screening Program Usurps Parental Rights
#12 Military in Iraq Contracts Human Rights Violators
#13 Rich Countries Fail to Live up to Global Pledges
#14 Corporations Win Big on Tort Reform, Justice Suffers
#15 Conservative Plan to Override Academic Freedom in the Classroom
#16 U.S. Plans for Hemispheric Integration Include Canada
#17 U.S. Uses South American Military Bases to Expand Control of the Region
#18 Little Known Stock Fraud Could Weaken U.S. Economy
#19 Child Wards of the State Used in AIDS Experiments
#20 American Indians Sue for Resources; Compensation Provided to Others
#21 New Immigration Plan Favors Business Over People
#22 Nanotechnology Offers Exciting Possibilities But Health Effects Need Scrutiny
#23 Plight of Palestinian Child Detainees Highlights Global Problem
#24 Ethiopian Indigenous Victims of Corporate and Government Resource Aspirations
#25 Homeland Security Was Designed to Fail

Saturday, November 25, 2006

When Votes Disappear

When Votes Disappear
By Paul Krugman The New York Times
Friday 24 Novmber 2006
You know what really had me terrified on Nov. 7? The all-too-real possibility of a highly suspect result. What would we have done if the Republicans had held on to the House by a narrow margin, but circumstantial evidence strongly suggested that a combination of vote suppression and defective - or rigged - electronic voting machines made the difference?
Fortunately, it wasn't a close election. But the fact that our electoral system worked well enough to register an overwhelming Democratic landslide doesn't mean that things are O.K. There were many problems with voting in this election - and in at least one Congressional race, the evidence strongly suggests that paperless voting machines failed to count thousands of votes, and that the disappearance of these votes delivered the race to the wrong candidate.
Here's the background: Florida's 13th Congressional District is currently represented by Katherine Harris, who as Florida's secretary of state during the 2000 recount famously acted as a partisan Republican rather than a fair referee. This year Ms. Harris didn't run for re-election, making an unsuccessful bid for the Senate instead. But according to the official vote count, the Republicans held on to her seat, with Vern Buchanan, the G.O.P. candidate, narrowly defeating Christine Jennings, the Democrat.
The problem is that the official vote count isn't credible. In much of the 13th District, the voting pattern looks normal. But in Sarasota County, which used touch-screen voting machines made by Election Systems and Software, almost 18,000 voters - nearly 15 percent of those who cast ballots using the machines - supposedly failed to vote for either candidate in the hotly contested Congressional race. That compares with undervote rates ranging from 2.2 to 5.3 percent in neighboring counties.
Reporting by The Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, which interviewed hundreds of voters who called the paper to report problems at the polls, strongly suggests that the huge apparent undervote was caused by bugs in the ES&S software.
About a third of those interviewed by the paper reported that they couldn't even find the Congressional race on the screen. This could conceivably have been the result of bad ballot design, but many of them insisted that they looked hard for the race. Moreover, more than 60 percent of those interviewed by The Herald-Tribune reported that they did cast a vote in the Congressional race - but that this vote didn't show up on the ballot summary page they were shown at the end of the voting process.
If there were bugs in the software, the odds are that they threw the election to the wrong candidate. An Orlando Sentinel examination of other votes cast by those who supposedly failed to cast a vote in the Congressional race shows that they strongly favored Democrats, and Mr. Buchanan won the official count by only 369 votes. The fact that Mr. Buchanan won a recount - that is, a recount of the votes the machines happened to record - means nothing.
Although state officials have certified Mr. Buchanan as the victor, they've promised an audit of the voting machines. But don't get your hopes up: as in 2000, state election officials aren't even trying to look impartial. To oversee the audit, the state has chosen as its "independent" expert Prof. Alec Yasinsac of Florida State University - a Republican partisan who made an appearance on the steps of the Florida Supreme Court during the 2000 recount battle wearing a "Bush Won" sign.
Ms. Jennings has now filed suit with the same court, demanding a new election. She deserves one.
But for the nation as a whole, the important thing isn't who gets seated to represent Florida's 13th District. It's whether the voting disaster there leads to legislation requiring voter verification and a paper trail.
And I have to say that the omens aren't good. I've been shocked at how little national attention the mess in Sarasota has received. Here we have as clear a demonstration as we're ever likely to see that warnings from computer scientists about the dangers of paperless electronic voting are valid - and most Americans probably haven't even heard about it.
As far as I can tell, the reason Florida-13 hasn't become a major national story is that neither control of Congress nor control of the White House is on the line. But do we have to wait for a constitutional crisis to realize that we're in danger of becoming a digital-age banana republic?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ancient Natural Remedy Can Defend Against Biological Terrorism

How an Ancient Natural Remedy Can Defend Against Biological Terrorism
Volume 5, Number 1/ The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living
On August 17, 1999 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final rule establishing that all over-the-counter (OTC) drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for internal or external use are not generally recognized as safe and effective and are misbranded. The FDA went on to say that it issued this ruling because many colloidal silver products are being marketed for numerous serious disease conditions and the FDA is not "aware of any substantial scientific evidence that supports the use of OTC colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for these disease conditions." In one sense, we strongly support the FDA ruling. That is because we have seen, like the FDA, colloidal silver preparations of unknown formulation and of dubious quality appear in retail outlets and on the Internet with representations that the products can cure a wide range of disease conditions, many of which are quite serious. Silver is clearly a powerful weapon against biological infection (more on this later). But, as we noted in The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living (4.12:16-17), the quality of commercial and homemade colloidal silver preparations is often simply not acceptable. Some products, as the FDA has suggested, could potentially expose consumers to higher than necessary amounts of silver; while others, as our research has shown, may be partially or completely infective against bacterial strains, due to particle size, lack of a positive charge or use of additives that physically interfere with the silver particles. We believe that before any manufacturer makes disease-curing claims for its product that the company should be able to substantiate the likelihood that their product can fulfill these claims. But with this caveat in mind, we now have enough current and reputable findings to cast doubt on the overly broad nature of the FDA warning. Some extremely fascinating research on colloidal silver has been published recently which should serve to broaden the debate about its uses in health and medicine, especially in light of the possibility of threats of biological terrorism and emergence of ever more strains of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in the United States and abroad.
The Biological Weapons Threat Use of colloidal silver by ordinary citizens (who are unlikely to receive anthrax-specific antibiotics) is clearly justified in the case of biological terrorism with anthrax spores, and it is probably a good idea to have a quality preparation in the medicine cabinet. The basis for our assertion stems from news reports on domestic terrorism; the work of two investigative journalists in a recently published book focused on what they term the secret war against the Jews; and reports from scientific publications. We have previously reported on large stockpiles of biological weapons in the former Soviet empire and evidence that terrorists, both domestic and foreign, could launch an attack from within our borders. White supremacists or persons in sympathy with despots such as Saddam Hussein could carry out such an attack. It is most likely that urban areas would be targeted with releases of anthrax, plague, or designer bacteria. It has been said that anthrax is a favorite weapon of Hussein. According to journalist Nicholas Horrock, "The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment once estimated that a small private plane, with 220 pounds of anthrax spores, flying over Washington on a clear, windless night, could trail an invisible, odorless mist that would kill between 1 million and 3 million people."
Saddam Hussein vs. Colloidal Silver In this context, we also report on the work of John Loftus and Mark Aarons. It is the beginning of our understanding as to why colloidal silver is important - and why we should not simply turn our backs on it as allegedly useless as the FDA is wont to ask us to do. Loftus is a consultant to CBS's 60 Minutes and ABC's Prime Time and a former prosecutor with the U.S. Justice Department's Nazi-hunting unit with excellent access to top-secret CIA and NATO archives. Aarons is an internationally recognized award-winning investigative journalist. Together, they authored the extremely well documented non-fiction work, The Secret War Against the Jews (St. Martin's Press, 1994). According to Loftus and Aarons, building on Nazi human experimentation, by the 1950's the Soviets had developed huge stockpiles of anthrax, plague, and designer bacteria as both a defensive shield and for offensive weapons. Based on documents collected under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, Loftus and Aarons report on the development of a potent protector against biological poisons called Movidyn within the Czechoslovakian satellite. "Movidyn," they write, "is a form of colloidal silver, odorless, tasteless, and cheaper to produce than chlorine disinfectants." Only one part per billion of powdered Movidyn in water had a germicidal effect. "In a study of infected wells, it completely destroyed typhus, malaria, cholera, and amoebic dysentery. Drinking containers washed in Movidyn retained their germ-fighting abilities for several weeks." Not only was Movidyn a cost-effective prophylactic for most of the waterborne diseases that infect the Third World. "To the astonishment of the Soviet military, Movidyn also disinfected every germ warfare bacteria in the Soviet arsenal, even their newest designed poisons. In other words, Movidyn was too good." Because of its threat to Soviet supremacy in the area of germ warfare, the authors report, the entire Czech factory was disassembled and removed to the Soviet Union. "To this day, the Movidyn formula seems to have been suppressed from the world...." This is not the only report to mention that colloidal silver is effective against anthrax. Dr. H. Bechold reports in Colloids in Biology and Medicine that colloidal silver is effective against anthrax.
Lack of Anthrax-specific Antidote for General Population Do not kid yourself. When it comes to government planners and terrorism attacks, we ordinary citizens are relatively unimportant. Although some antibiotics are effective against anthrax and new anti-anthrax vaccines are under development, supplies will be relegated to first-response personnel such as select government officials, military and police personnel, and first-line health professionals. The general population will be considered non-essential. We will be left to die horrible deaths.
REFERENCESBechold, H. Colloids in Biology and Medicine. New York: Van Nostrand Company, 1919, pp. 368, 376."Over-the-counter drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts." Federal Register, August 17, 1999;64(158):44653-44658.
The Doctors' Prescription It seems smart to have both penicillin (which is effective against anthrax) and a quality colloidal silver preparation in the home medicine cabinet (especially in light of silver's many medical uses). In the case of terrorist attacks with anthrax, penicillin, colloidal silver or both used together could save your life. According to The Silver Bullet Health Report, a newsletter, the most effective method of delivery of colloidal silver preparations in the case of biological terrorist attacks, especially airborne anthrax spores, would be to inhale a fine mist through the nostrils.* It is recommended in The Silver Bullet Health Report that persons interested in availing themselves of protection with colloidal silver in the case of an anthrax attack purchase "little plastic nasal spray bottles such as those you can find filled with saline solution at just about any local pharmacy, usually selling for under a dollar a bottle...all you have to do is carefully pry off the nozzle from the little spray bottle, empty its contents and rinse it out, and then fill the bottle about half way with fresh, pure colloidal silver. Then, just push the spray nozzle back into place onto the bottle. By filling the bottle only halfway, you get a beautiful aerosol mist of colloidal silver when you squeeze the sides of the plastic bottle.... Researchers tell us that filling these little nasal spray bottles with colloidal silver at the time of a germ warfare attack on U.S. cities, and then spraying the fine colloidal silver aerosol mist up into each nostril while simultaneously inhaling deeply through the nose should bring enough colloidal silver into the lungs to kill any pathogens that may have lodged there if you happened to have been caught outside during the initial hours of an attack." This is important information. In the case of terrorist attack, you may want to consider inhaling colloidal silver through your nostrils from 10 to 15 times a day. Since anthrax would be disseminated via air-borne aerosol spores that would lodge in the lungs, it is important to make sure that you quench any infections and colonization there first before they can be transferred into the bloodstream.
*Unfortunately, at this time, although we know that colloidal silver is effective against a wide range of biological pathogens, we have no direct evidence that it would be effective against botulism or the plague, two additional commonly manufactured biological terrorist weapons. However, as the Aarons-Loftus work suggests, colloidal silver may be protective against a wide range of biological terrorist weapons.

Bactericidal Action of Movidyn
ROBERT K. HOFFMAN, BERNARD F. SURKIEWICZ, L. A. CHAMBERS, AND
CHARLES R. PHILLIPS
Chemical Corps Biological Laboratories, Camp Detrick, Frederick Md.
I" 4 CEMBER 1949, samples of Movidyn, a colloidal silver preparation, became available in experimental lots for bactericidal
evaluation in this laboratory. This product consisted
of finely dispersed colloidal silver, stabilized by the addition of a
protective agent such as gelatin to prevent recoagulation. It
has been prepared commercially in Czechoslovakia and is now
commercially available in this country. The tests reported here
were made on laboratory sample Lot No. 227-B prepared in this
laboratory by the Czechoslovakian developer of this product,
Zdenek Moudry. The laboratory lot contained in suspension
about 5% by weight of silver (expressed as silver nitrate). The
commercial product (marketed by United States Movidyn
Corp., 863 North Orleans St., Chicago 10, Ill.) may differ somewhat
from this laboratory preparation since it is to be made in
larger volume lots, and the exact nature of the colloidal particles
may not be precisely the same.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The test organisms employed for the work reported here were
Escherichia coli strain B, Serratia marcescens, Salmonella typhosa,
Micrococcus pyogenes vw. aureus 209 and Bacillus globigii spores.
With the exception of B. globigii spores, these organisms were
carried on nutrient agar slants. For each experiment, transfers
were made to nutrient broth, and after an 18- to 24-hour culture
Service, Cincinnati, Ohio.
f Present address, Environmental Health Center, U. 8. Public Health
period at 37' C., they were centrifuged, washed twice with distilled
water, and resuspended in distilled water. The B. globigii
spores used as the test organisms had been harvested, washed,
and suspended in distilled water 3 months before use. The spore
suspension had been heat shocked for 30 minutes at 60" C. to
destroy any vegetative cells before using. In all cases, suspensions
of the test organisms were prepared with 10,000 to 40,000
organisms per ml.
All dilutions of Movidyn referred to in this paper were the
actual dilutions made from the liquid sample 227-B. Dilutions
are reported rather than concentrations, as is customary with
bacteriological data. This sample of Movidyn contained about
5% by weight of silver (expressed as silver nitrate) so the actual
dilution of silver (as silver nitrate) in the samples was twenty
times greater than the Movidyn dilutions reported. A diagrammatic
scheme of the dilution procedure is shown below.
Only three dilutions were made in order to obtain any one of the
test concentrations of Movidyn. It was necessary to limit the
number of dilutions made to reach the desired concentrations
since there was a loss of silver in each dilution prepared, because
of deposition on the walls of the container. Autoclaved tap
water with the pH adjusted toabout7.0wasusedasthemenstruum
for suspending the test organism. This was found more suitable
than distilled water since several of the test organisms survive
longer in the presence of traces of inorganic salts in water than in
distilled water.
Time dilution studies were undertaken with the five organisms...

Clear Evidence 2006 Congressional Elections Hacked

Clear Evidence 2006 Congressional Elections Hacked
By Rob Kall OpEd News
Friday 17 November 2006

Results skewed nationwide in favor of Republicans by 4 percent, 3 million votes.
A major undercount of Democratic votes and an overcount of Republican votes in US House and Senate races across the country is indicated by an analysis of national exit polling data, by the Election Defense Alliance (EDA), a national election integrity organization.
These findings have led EDA to issue an urgent call for further investigation into the 2006 election results and a moratorium on deployment of all electronic election equipment.
"We see evidence of pervasive fraud, but apparently calibrated to political conditions existing before recent developments shifted the political landscape," said attorney Jonathan Simon, co-founder of Election Defense Alliance, "so 'the fix' turned out not to be sufficient for the actual circumstances." Explained Simon, "When you set out to rig an election, you want to do just enough to win. The greater the shift from expectations, (from exit polling, pre-election polling, demographics) the greater the risk of exposure--of provoking investigation. What was plenty to win on October 1 fell short on November 7.
"The findings raise urgent questions about the electoral machinery and vote counting systems used in the United States," according to Sally Castleman, National Chair of EDA. "This is a nothing less than a national indictment of the vote counting process in the United States!"
"The numbers tell us there absolutely was hacking going on, just not enough to overcome the size of the actual turnout. The tide turned so much in the last few weeks before the election. It looks for all the world that they'd already figured out the percentage they needed to rig, when the programming of the vote rigging software was distributed weeks before the election, and it wasn't enough," Castleman commented.
Election Defense Alliance data analysis team leader Bruce O'Dell, whose expertise is in the design of large-scale secure computer and auditing systems for major financial institutions, stated, "The logistics of mass software distribution to tens or even hundreds of thousands of voting machines in the field would demand advance planning - at least several weeks - for anyone attempting very large-scale, systematic e-voting fraud, particularly in those counties that allow election equipment to be taken home by poll workers prior to the election.
"The voting equipment seems to be designed to support two types of vote count manipulation - techniques accessible to those with hands-on access to the machines in a county or jurisdiction, and wholesale vulnerabilities in the underlying behavior of the systems which are most readily available to the vendors themselves. Malicious insiders at any of the vendors would be in a position to alter the behavior of literally thousands of machines by infecting or corrupting the master copy of the software that's cloned out to the machines in the field. And the groundwork could be laid well in advance. For this election, it appears that such changes would have to have been done by early October at the latest," O'Dell explained.
In a reprise of his efforts on Election Night 2004, Jonathan Simon captured the unadjusted National Election pool (NEP) data as posted on CNN.com, before it was later "adjusted" to match the actual vote counts. The exit poll data that is seen now on the CNN site has been adjusted already. But Simon points out that both adjusted and unadjusted data were instrumental to exposing the gross miscount...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Saddam: Let's now charge the accomplices

Saddam: Let's now charge the accomplices
By John Pilger11/09/06 "Information Clearing House"
-- -- In a show trial whose theatrical climax was clearly timed to promote George W Bush in the American midterm elections, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced to hang. Drivel about "end of an era" and "a new start for Iraq" was promoted by the usual false moral accountants, who uttered not a word about bringing the tyrant's accomplices to justice. Why are these accomplices not being charged with aiding and abetting crimes against humanity?

Why isn't George Bush Snr being charged? In 1992, a congressional inquiry found that Bush as president had ordered a cover-up to conceal his secret support for Saddam and the illegal arms shipments being sent to Iraq via third countries. Missile technology was shipped to South Africa and Chile, then "on sold" to Iraq, while US Commerce Department records were falsified. Congressman Henry Gonzalez, chairman of the House of Representatives Banking Com mittee, said: "[We found that] Bush and his advisers financed, equipped and succoured the monster . . ."

Why isn't Douglas Hurd being charged? In 1981, as Foreign Office minister, Hurd travelled to Baghdad to sell Saddam a British Aerospace missile system and to "celebrate" the anniversary of Saddam's blood-soaked ascent to power. Why isn't his former cabinet colleague, Tony Newton, being charged? As Thatcher's trade secretary, Newton, within a month of Saddam gassing 5,000 Kurds at Halabja (news of which the Foreign Office tried to suppress), offered the mass murderer £340m in export credits.

Why isn't Donald Rumsfeld being charged? In December 1983, Rumsfeld was in Baghdad to signal America's approval of Iraq's aggression against Iran. Rumsfeld was back in Baghdad on 24 March 1984, the day that the United Nations reported that Iraq had used mustard gas laced with a nerve agent against Iranian soldiers. Rumsfeld said nothing. A subsequent Senate report documented the transfer of the ingredients of biological weapons from a company in Maryland, licensed by the Commerce Department and approved by the State Department.

Why isn't Madeleine Albright being charged? As President Clinton's secretary of state, Albright enforced an unrelenting embargo on Iraq which caused half a million "excess deaths" of children under the age of five. When asked on television if the children's deaths were a price worth paying, she replied: "We think the price is worth it."

Why isn't Peter Hain being charged? In 2001, as Foreign Office minister, Hain described as "gratuitous" the suggestion that he, along with other British politicians outspoken in their support of the deadly siege of Iraq, might find themselves summoned before the International Criminal Court. A report for the UN secretary general by a world authority on international law describes the embargo on Iraq in the 1990s as "unequivocally illegal under existing human rights law", a crime that "could raise questions under the Genocide Convention". Indeed, two past heads of the UN humanitarian mission in Iraq, both of them assistant secretary generals, resigned because the embargo was indeed genocidal. As of July 2002, more than $5bn-worth of humanitarian supplies, approved by the UN Sanctions Committee and paid for by Iraq, were blocked by the Bush administration, backed by the Blair and Hain government. These included items related to food, health, water and sanitation.

Above all, why aren't Blair and Bush Jnr being charged with "the paramount war crime", to quote the judges at Nuremberg and, recently, the chief American prosecutor - that is, unprovoked aggression against a defenceless country?

And why aren't those who spread and amplified propaganda that led to such epic suffering being charged? The New York Times reported as fact fabrications fed to its reporter by Iraqi exiles. These gave credibility to the White House's lies, and doubtless helped soften up public opinion to support an invasion. Over here, the BBC all but celebrated the invasion with its man in Downing Street congratulating Blair on being "conclusively right" on his assertion that he and Bush "would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath". The invasion, it is reliably estimated, has caused 655,000 "excess deaths", overwhelmingly civilians.

If none of these important people are called to account, there is clearly only justice for the victims of accredited "monsters". Is that real or fake justice? Fake.

This article first appeared in the New Statesman.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hydrogen Peroxide and Bird Flu

How to Survive the Coming(?) Bird Flu Pandemic
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"Society just can't accept the idea that 50 percent of the population could die. And I think we have to face that possibility." [1] - Robert G. Webster, world-renowned virologist.
The world on the brink of the Abyss
The world is on the brink of an abyss, a global health threat so great that it threatens modern society and the human species. The abyss is bird flu. The next pandemic could start at any moment.
When it starts, the world's most deadly virus, H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza, will race around the planet within days. As many as 80% of those infected may die.
Some expect that when the pandemic starts, everything else will stop. Everything we take for granted, public services, public utilities, gas, electricity, the food distribution system, emergency services, the healthcare system. Those who survive the virus may die in the chaos and violence that follows.
This website presents an alternative viewpoint on the treatment of bird flu. Some doctors and scientists believe that pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines are not the answer to treating bird flu. They support this position with the research and clinical studies of some of the world's most repected doctors and scientists, including:
Linus Pauling, Ph.D. - The only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, Dr. Pauling has been included in a list of the 20 greatest scientists of all time, with Albert Einstein being the only other scientist from the twentieth century on the list. He was called one of the greatest thinkers and visionaries of the millennium, along with Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Dr. Pauling wrote, edited, or contributed to nearly fifty books, published over 1,000 articles. [2]
Albert Szent-Györgyi, MD, Ph.D. - Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his study of vitamin C and cell respiration, and founder of the National Foundation for Cancer Research, Szent-Györgyi was a member of many scientifc societies, a Past President of the Academy of Sciences, Vice-President of the National Academy, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He received the Cameron Prize in 1946 and the Lasker Award in 1954. [3]
Matthias Rath, MD - A world-renowned Physician and Research Scientist, Dr. Rath's research discoveries have proven the correlation between vitamin deficiency and cardiovascular disease and cancer. [4] Working with Dr. Linus Pauling, Dr. Rath discovered that only 3 grams a day of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is sufficient to prevent heart disease, the #1 leading cause of death in the United States. [5] [6] His work has been published in many professional journals including The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and Atherosclerosis.
Frederick R. Klenner, MD - A pioneer in orthomolecular medicine, Dr. Klenner has been called one of the most innovative physicians of all time. [7] He demonstrated that intravenous vitamin C cures or ameliorates more than 30 diseases, and consistently cured chicken pox, measles, mumps, tetanus and polio using the vitamin in the early 1940's, a time when vaccines were not widely available. [8]
Charles Farr, MD, Ph.D. - Dr. Farr was nominated to receive the 1993 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in the field of biological oxidation and hydrogen peroxide therapy, and has been a pioneer in many areas of comprehensive health care, including nutrition and computer diet analysis. [9] Dr. Farr's research demonstrated that intravenous hydrogen peroxide increases the body's metabolic rate by 100%. [10] He is the director of the International Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation.
Others influential doctors and researchers include Dr Robert F. Cathcart III, Dr. Abram Hoffer, Dr. William Campbell Douglas, Dr. Nathaniel Altman, Dr. T.H. Oliver, Dr. B.C. Cantab, Dr. D.V. Murphy, Dr. Ron Kennedy, Dr. Clif Arrington, Irwin Stone, Dr. Thomas Levy, Dr. Vargas Magne, Dr. H. Clay Gorton, Dr. Kelly Jarvis, Dr. Mark Levine, Dr. Steve Hickey, Dr. Hilary Roberts, and Dr. Rima E. Laibow, to name a few.
Contents[hide]
1 Introduction
2 Executive Summary
3 Evaluation Criteria for Treatments
4 Evidence supporting the use of intravenous hydrogen peroxide against bird flu
4.1 Harrowing circumstances
4.2 First patient shows a remarkable recovery
4.3 Foundation for a new therapy
4.4 Physicians cite effectiveness against flu and other viral diseases
4.5 A closer look at hydrogen peroxide
4.6 Critics of hydrogen peroxide therapy
4.7 Possible side effects of hydrogen peroxide therapy
4.8 Why isn't intravenous hydrogen peroxide already in use?
4.9 Public trust in the system
5 References
6 Brief Disclaimer
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Introduction
The goal of this article is to determine the best possible treatments for bird flu using the available scientific evidence.
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Executive Summary
The ideal bird flu treatment would be capable of reducing the mortality rate of a lethal bird flu virus in humans. Based on their own clinical experience and supporting evidence in the medical literature, some doctors and scientists believe intravenous hydrogen peroxide to be the best treatment option against bird flu. [11] [12] Attention! One scientist has proposed a topical solution that may offer an alternative to intravenous hydrogen peroxide. See members' area for details. Other scientists and doctors believe intravenous vitamin C is superior to intravenous hydrogen peroxide, citing the greater number of clinical studies supporting the use of C against viral infections. [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]
Here is a comparison of intravenous hydrogen peroxide and intravenous vitamin C against bird flu. The antiviral drug Tamiflu is included in the table for the purpose of comparison:
Criteria
Intravenous hydrogen peroxide NEW! Transdermal delivery
Intravenous vitamin C and massive oral doses
Tamiflu (for comparison)
Measurable reduction in mortality, reliable data sample
Yes - Saved a majority of 24 late-stage critically ill patients infected with a lethal bird flu virus. Patients showed rapid reduction in fever, improved mental, cardiovascular, respiratory function. No ill effects reported. [11]
Limited - 85% reduction in flu symptoms in 488 person controlled study. [18] Marked improvement in 90% of 130 cases of flu using 45 grams. [13] Successful treatment of 41 cases of viral pneumonia flu using massive oral and IV doses. [15] [16]
No data
Effective when administered in latter stages of illness
Yes
Yes
No
Resistant to gastrointestinal interference
Yes - intravenous
Yes - intravenous
No - oral
Adverse reactions and/or side effects
See below
See below
Aches and pains, Allergic reactions sometimes leading to shock, Asthma - aggravation of pre-existing asthma, Bronchitis, Chest infection, Conjunctivitis, Dermatitis, Diarrhea, Difficulty sleeping, Dizziness, Ear infection, Ear problems, Erythema multiforme, Headache, Hepatitis, Indigestion, Liver problems, Lymphadenopathy, Nausea, Nose bleed, Rash or rashes, Runny nose, Sinusitis, Stevens Johnson syndrome, Symptoms of a cold, Tiredness, Tummy pain, Urticaria, Vomiting [19]
Affordable for developing countries
Yes - under $1/treatment
Yes - under $3/treatment
No - $100 per treatment
Widely available or easily produced
Yes
Yes
No [20]
Supporters
Charles Farr (nominee for the Nobel prize in medicine), William Campbell Douglas, Nathaniel Altman,T.H. Oliver, B.C. Cantab, D.V. Murphy, Ron Kennedy, Clif Arrington
Linus Pauling (Nobel Laureate), Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Nobel Laureate), Frederick R. Klenner, Robert F. Cathcart, Irwin Stone, Thomas Levy, Mathias Rath, Vargas Magne, H. Clay Gorton, Kelly Jarvis, Mark Levine, Rima E. Laibow
Roche Pharmaceuticals, NIH, CDC, WHO, FDA
It is difficult to determine which is more effective against bird flu: intravenous hydrogen peroxide or intravenous vitamin C. A clinical study comparing both, along with the antiviral drug Tamiflu, against H5N1 bird flu may provide information that would, if acted upon, save millions of lives during the pandemic.
Overall, there are fewer clinical references supporting the use of intravenous hydrogen peroxide. However, while intravenous vitamin C appears to be effective against influenza and other viral illnesses, some evidence suggests that intravenous hydrogen peroxide can dramatically reduce the mortality rate of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]
It is possible that an ideal protocol would combine both. While vitamin C is an antioxidant and hydrogen peroxide is an oxidant, recent studies show that these compounds work collaboratively: intravenous vitamin C increases hydrogen peroxide levels in the body. In 2005, research by the National Institutes of Health showed that intravenous vitamin C was effective in killing cancer cells by delivering hydrogen peroxide to the tissues. The authors noted: "These findings give plausibility to intravenous ascorbic acid in cancer treatment, and have unexpected implications for treatment of infections where H2O2 may be beneficial." [21]
Evaluation Criteria for Treatments
Treatments are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Data reliability - sample size, data source
Effectiveness - net reduction in mortality
Strength - effectiveness when administered in latter stages of illness
Impact - potential for and degree of gastrointestinal interference
Adverse reports - adverse reactions and/or side effects
Affordability - economic feasibility for the poor in developing countries
Supply - availability and production capacity to treat world's population
In other words, the best treatment would be a treatment that:
Has been shown effective across a large group
Greatly reduces the mortality rate of bird flu
Is effective even when administered in late stages in the illness
Works irrespective of gastrointestinal interference
Has very few or no adverse reactions and/or side effects
Is affordable to the poorest people in developing countries
Is available or easily produced in quantities necessary to treat world's population

Evidence supporting the use of intravenous hydrogen peroxide against bird flu
One of the most remarkable articles to appear in a medical journal is the article entitled "Influenza Pneumonia: The Intravenous Injection of Hydrogen Peroxide," which appeared in the respected British medical journal The Lancet. [11]
The article is remarkable for several reasons.
First, it is the only reference in the medical literature that amounts to a clinical trial using human subjects infected with a highly pathogenic bird flu virus. While there are many references to promising influenza treatments in the medical literature, nearly all cite mouse-model or in vitro (test tube) experiments rather than human subjects.
Second, it is exceptional because doctors attempted to treat dying patients with a new and experimental agent, a common household chemical, rather than an approved pharmaceutical drug.
Third, it is exceptional because the treatment seemed to produce remarkable recoveries in a majority of patients infected with a deadly bird flu virus.
Fourth, it is exceptional because the treatment seemed effective despite being administered late in the stage of the illness. This is significant because established influenza treatments such as antiviral drugs must be administered early - within the first 48 hours of infection - to have any impact on the course of the disease.
Fifth, it is exceptional because the deadly "Spanish flu" virus, presumably the same virus that is described in The Lancet article, is genetically similar to the H5N1 bird flu virus that is causing great concern around the globe. [12]
This would make the treatment published in The Lancet even more relevant because if these two viruses are genetically similar, a treatment capable of stopping the deadly bird flu virus described in the article may have a high probability of stopping bird flu.
Harrowing circumstances
The Lancet article describes the kind of harrowing circumstances doctors around the world may soon face when the bird flu pandemic strikes: a ward full of patients so ill they are either comatose or delirious; patients in such agony they have to be restrained in their beds.
The death rate from this particular influenza virus was approximately 80%, roughly equivalent to the death rate associated with the H5N1 bird flu virus. Many of the patients were in the last stages of the illness.
"So useless were the usual remedies... that we felt justified in giving a trial to any method which held out a prospect of success," the doctors wrote.
Unfettered by the legal liabilities that would have made such an experiment unthinkable today, the doctors took 2 ounces of a hydrogen peroxide, mixed it with 8 ounces of normal saline solution, and administered the experimental solution intravenously to the worst case in their ward of dying patients.
First patient shows a remarkable recovery
"The first case... [had] broncho-pneumonia of influenzal origin and was intensely toxaemic. He had been delirious for two days previously, and was selected as being the worst case in the ward and to all appearances moribund..." wrote the doctors.
Within 6 hours of administration, the man who had been dying and so delirious he had to be tied to his bed, sat up and asked for food. Almost immediately his fever of 101.8 fell to normal. The patient's improvement in condition was remarkable, if not miraculous.
Encouraged by this recovery, the doctors tried the treatment on another 24 of their sickest patients in the ward.
Ultimately, more than half of the dying patients showed immediate improvements and survived.
The vitals signs of the patients were carefully monitored. Those receiving the hydrogen peroxide infusions showed a rapid reduction in fever and improved mental, cardiovascular, and respiratory function. No serious side effects were reported.
Not only did the treatment appear to be effective, but it was effective in treating dying patients in the final stages of the illness, a feat no modern antiviral drug can match.
Foundation for a new therapy
While obscure and largely forgotten, the article in The Lancet became one of the foundations for a new, unapproved medical therapy. Some physicians took notice and began to try intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy in their practices. Attention! There is a solution that, when applied to the skin, may deliver hydrogen peroxide to the bloodstream as effectively as intravenous administration. See members' area for details.
Since 1920, doctors have administered intravenous hydrogen peroxide to treat a wide range of afflictions including influenza, chronic pain, influenza, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. The use of hydrogen peroxide has been the subject of hundreds of articles in the scientific medical literature, as well as books with titles like Hydrogen Peroxide - Medical Miracle [22] and Flood your Body with Oxygen. [23] A search on Google for the keyword combination "hydrogen peroxide" and "influenza" yields 319,000 results.
Some patients swear by the therapy, claiming it has cured or improved conditions that drugs and orthodox treatments did not help.
Physicians cite effectiveness against flu and other viral diseases
While there have been no large-scale clinical trials of hydrogen peroxide against influenza, other physicians have corroborated the results published in The Lancet.
One of these physicians is William Campbell Douglass, M.D., author of the book Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle. In his book Douglass related cases of flu treated with hydrogen peroxide:
"A 67-year-old man came to the Farr Clinic complaining of fever, chills, sore throat, cough, and aching in the bones for 12 hours; a typical case of viremia, the flu, or, in popular parlance, the crud. He was placed on an H2O2 drip. His temperature was 102 at the beginning of the treatment. The next day his temperature was down to 101, and another treatment was given. Before the infusion was finished, his temperature had returned to normal and he was completely free of symptoms. The following day he returned to work and remained well.
One of my patients... was scheduled to go to Dallas in two days for an assignment. She came in with red eyes, a runny red nose, and a fever of 101... She was started on a peroxide drip and given 10mg of Coenzyme Q10 by mouth to help the oxygen delivery. The next morning she was 90% well, and the following morning, the day for departure to Dallas, she was completely well."
Douglas reported that he had seen many similar cases of flu resolve rapidly with hydrogen peroxide therapy. "We could relate many similar 'flu stories,' but it would be monotonous reading: first day sick, second day 90% well, and third day back to normal. I have never seen anything like it," he wrote. [24]
A closer look at hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is widely known as a household disinfectant, a mouthwash or cleaner for light skin wounds. It is not FDA-approved for internal use. Here are some facts about hydrogen peroxide that are not widely known:
Hydrogen peroxide is present or produced by almost every cell in the human body [25] [26]
Hydrogen peroxide is used by the immune system as a first line of defense against viruses, bacteria, and other invaders
Hydrogen peroxide has been proven to kill a wide range of viruses, including the influenza virus [27]
Hydrogen peroxide is produced by the "good bacteria" in the human gut to prevent the proliferation of invading bacteria and yeast infections
Hydrogen peroxide, when injected, stimulates the body's enzyme systems and causes the human metabolic rate to increase 100%
Hydrogen peroxide, when injected, increases oxygen levels in the body to levels as high as those achieved with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber
This last fact is particularly important, because all viruses, including the bird flu virus, are anaerobic. Anaerobic viruses are unique in that they cannot live in the presence of oxygen.
The British physicians who used hydrogen peroxide to treat patients dying from lethal influenza noted this fact. In fact, they hypothesized that hydrogen peroxide administered intravenously might not only supply critically needed oxygen but destroy the circulating virus and toxins by oxidation in much same the way that the body's own natural defense system does.
Based on the positive outcome of the treatment, the doctor's hypothesis may be correct.
Critics of hydrogen peroxide therapy
Powerful organizations, including some of the largest mass media organizations, have attacked intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy.
Without citing scientific references, The American Cancer Society (ACS) alleges that "Hydrogen peroxide injections can have dangerous side effects. High blood levels of hydrogen peroxide can create oxygen bubbles that block blood flow and cause gangrene and death. Destruction of blood cells has also been reported after intravenous injection of hydrogen peroxide." Without citing cases, the ACS further alleges that "The medical literature contains several accounts of patient deaths attributed directly to oxygen therapy." [28]
Proponents of the therapy refute these allegations:
Hydrogen peroxide is present or produced by almost every cell in the human body, and is key factor in the immune system. It therefore cannot possibly be intrinsically toxic to the human body. [25] [26]
When intravenously administered into the body, hydrogen peroxide breaks down into two non-toxic components, water and oxygen.
Nobody disputes that high levels of hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous; Proponents of hydrogen peroxide therapy note that 35% hydrogen peroxide can burn the skin and is dangerous to ingest, while 90% hydrogen peroxide has been used as rocket fuel. However, the solution used in intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy is highly dilute, typically 0.0375 to 0.1% hydrogen peroxide.
There have been no large-scale clinical studies conducted that show that intravenous hydrogen peroxide is, in fact, dangerous. While no one can claim it is a proven medical treatment, the converse is also true.
While there have been cases where families or patients have tried to collect money by filing lawsuits alleging harm from the treatment, there is no published clinical evidence to support these claims.
Some observers also allege that some of the most vocal critics of hydrogen peroxide therapy have a vested interest in suppressing the therapy. For example, in the case of the American Cancer Society, they allege that:
A large proportion of ACS revenues come from large pharmaceutical and cancer industry companies, companies whose profits would be threatened should an inexpensive, unpatentable treatment like intravenous hydrogen peroxide prove effective. [29]
the ACS board of directors includes corporate executives from the pharmaceutical companies, companies whose profits would be threatened by inexpensive, non-drug treatments [30] [29]
ACS regularly conducts highly publicized attacks against treatments that could potentially compete with expensive cancer drugs, a $12 billion dollar industry. [29] [31]
ACS has a history of opposing regulations against products and chemicals that were suspected of causing cancer. [29] [32]
Possible side effects of hydrogen peroxide therapy
Scientists and doctors have noted some side effects and risks associated with hydrogen peroxide therapy.
In one case reported in the British Medical Journal, a man developed an embolism after doctors pumped 3% hydrogen peroxide into a wound in his side. The patient recovered, and experts' note in the case of hydrogen peroxide, an embolus is pure oxygen, which normally dissolves into the tissues. A pure oxygen embolus should not be confused with an air embolus, which consists of primarily nitrogen, does not dissolve, and is indeed dangerous. [33] The case in question was not an intravenous treatment, and the solution used is 80 times more powerful than would be used in an intravenous treatment (3% versus 0.0375%). The embolus that developed was oxygen, not nitrogen, and therefore not life-threatening. However, opponents of the therapy often cite this case, saying it proves that hydrogen peroxide therapy can cause dangerous embolisms.
Yale Medical School investigators reported three cases of ulcerative colitis following the administration of hydrogen peroxide enemas (not intravenous treatments), but went on to conclude that peroxide enemas were safe if the concentration of the solution was carefully controlled. [34]
CBS News, The New York Times, and other media sources report that a patient in South Carolina bled to dead five days after receiving an intravenous hydrogen peroxide treatment from her doctor, Dr. James Shortt. Soon afterwards, armed State, County, and Federal agents raided Dr. Shortt's clinic, and reporters published inflammatory headlines like "Prescription for death" and accused the doctor of "injecting rocket fuel" into the patient. [35] The New York Times cited unnamed medical experts that claimed that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that hydrogen peroxide is an effective treatment. It quoted another presumed medical expert who had not heard of the treatment but labeled it "very, very dangerous." [36] The CBS News article, without citing sources, alleged that "If you search the medical literature, you won't find any rigorous scientific studies showing this treatment works. You will, however, find a number of cases in which hydrogen peroxide, used internally, caused fatal embolisms and blood disorders." [37] Ironically, the coroner's report noted that the victim was taking two drugs, Tegretol and Copaxone, prescribed by a different physician, that have side effects that include bruising, infection, bleeding, thrombosis, and liver damage, the exact symptoms found to be the cause of death in the case. [38] Consumer advocate Tim Bolen reported that the media organizations covering the story conducted "no research of their own to determine the validity of the story... Although we provided over thirty highly qualified scientists and doctors to be interviewed - even offering to fly them to New York ... [they also] ignored the fact that over a million recorded intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide treatments have been administered worldwide. Jim Shortt, on camera, in front of Anderson Cooper said 'Anderson, even if this treatment DID cause this woman to die, and it didn't, one death in a million treatments would make Hydrogen Peroxide therapy the SAFEST treatment in the history of medicine,' " but this was excluded from the coverage. [39] William Campbell Douglass II, M.D. and author of Hydrogen Peroxide - Medical Miracle, wrote "For decades, I've been a staunch advocate of intravenous hydrogen peroxide... I've used the therapy myself hundreds of times to save countless lives in Africa and other locales. It really is miraculous... The idea that an injection of diluted hydrogen peroxide caused the death of anyone five days after administration is a joke..." [40] R.J. Rowen, M.D., President of the International Oxidative Medicine Association wrote a statement that there was no possible way the half-teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in a single treatment could have been responsible for the symptoms exhibited by the patient. Ultimately the doctor was cleared of any wrongdoing. However, this case is still cited by opponents of hydrogen peroxide therapy as evidence that the treatment is dangerous and potentially fatal.
Doctors report the most common side effect of intravenous hydrogen peroxide to be inflammation of the vein in which the infusion is given. Factors that determine the likelihood of inflammation include the concentration of the solution, the speed of administration, the size of the vein, the temperature of the solution, and the amount of solution administered. [41] For more information on how to avoid this effect, see members' area.
Why isn't intravenous hydrogen peroxide already in use?
If intravenous hydrogen peroxide shows promise against a critical public health threat like bird flu, why aren't government, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies investigating this treatment or comparing it against antiviral drugs like Tamiflu?
It's important to clarify that hydrogen peroxide therapy, while largely unknown in North America, it is widely used in some countries, including Germany, Russia and even Cuba, where the therapy is an accepted part of mainstream medical practice. [42]
In other countries, there are forces at work that prevent hydrogen peroxide from being brought to a wider population. Some allege that because hydrogen peroxide is so inexpensive and cannot be patented, the treatment is not only unprofitable when compared to patented drugs, but a threat to the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.
"There [are] three very powerful forces fighting the general acceptance of [hydrogen peroxide]. First, the drug industry. H2O2 is not patentable. The drug industry would lose billions in lost drug sales. Second, the FDA [who] works in collusion with the drug industry. They can be counted on to pull every dirty trick imaginable to stop this therapy... The third force is organized medicine. In the face of these momentous experimental results, you would think that doctors would be clamoring for more information... but it doesn't work that way. With most doctors, it's not greed, but pride, ignorance, and bigotry that account for their resistance to new and unusual treatments." - William Campbell Douglass, M.D.
"A major reason for [the] lack of interest in bio-oxidative therapies is that ozone and hydrogen peroxide are non-patentable substances that are very inexpensive to manufacture and use. In Germany, Russia and Cuba, physicians have successfully treated many serious and chronic conditions (including cancer and heart disease) without expensive surgery. The net cost of the materials for a treatment of autohemotherapy or a medical infusion of hydrogen peroxide is under $10... bio-oxidative therapies administered in a medical setting cost up to fifty percent less than traditional therapies, especially for patients suffering from chronic and degenerative diseases. Self-administered treatments by patients themselves... can cost far less. For these reasons, ozone and hydrogen peroxide pose a threat to the continued dominance of the medical establishment: the pharmaceutical industry, medical centers and physicians who are accustomed to providing expensive drugs, complex medical procedures and long hospital stays." [42] - Nathaniel Altman, author of Oxygen Healing Therapies
Writing about hydrogen peroxide therapy, Waves Forest asks rhetorically "...what would happen if a cure was discovered that was completely effective against the vast majority of diseases, ridiculously cheap and plentiful, and in most cases could be self-administered without a physician? Would the current medical establishment welcome a breakthrough that could render 98 per cent of all drugs, testing and disease-related surgery obsolete? What would the response be of the pharmaceutical industrialists, hospital chain owners, health insurance moguls, AMA, and FDA? Would you expect to read or hear such an announcement from any medical journal or media outlet owned by people financially committed to the medical status quo, which is practically all of them? How many want to help their own occupation become unnecessary? ...This is precisely the situation that exists, and the cure has indeed been around for ages. It has been independently reported effective against virtually every disease at one time or another, in thousands of public-domain medical articles, which had never been collected and correlated until recently." [43]
According to one doctor, there are many reasons why the medical establishment does not embrace natural therapies:
"Physicians receive no education in medical school about the merits of natural treatments. Medical meetings and medical journals are heavily subsidized by the pharmaceutical industry so no information about the virtues of natural treatments will be brought forth in these arenas. Review articles about diseases will either omit information about natural therapies or the material about natural treatments will be presented in such a biased or negative way that no physician would want to use it.
Most physicians believe that the only valid therapies are pharmaceutical and everything else is a scam. I was in this camp for more than 30 years.
Powerful governmental agencies exist to protect the earnings of the pharmaceutical industry and are not very interested in the health status of the general populace. Money wins out so dangerous therapies are released on the public without any attempt to prove safety (genetically modified foods, irradiation of food, fluoridation of water, vaccines etc.).
Tax free foundations supposedly concerned about public health set up research studies to disprove the value of natural therapies which is easy to do by using impotent products, stopping the study before sufficient time has elapsed, and using statistics to skew the results. Unfortunately, some research scientists are just like accountants and lawyers and their services can be bought. When these unfavorable results come forth they are widely disseminated on television and other media by skilled public relations experts to convince the public there is no value in the substances they are using. The key to unraveling the truth about these sordid pieces of research lies in discovering whose funds set up the foundation (aluminum, tobacco, agribusiness etc.).
Physicians who decide to try natural substances are forced to learn new skills, which is not easy.
Inertia can be a strong influence... Human nature tends to oppose change so medical advances often take 50 or more years until they are implemented.
...alternative medical practitioners have been badly harassed by governmental authorities... forcing them to leave the country or defend themselves in expensive lawsuits to avoid losing their licenses. A leader in natural health, Dr. Jonathan Wright, had his office ransacked by Gestapo-like federal agents who seized all his patient records.
There is a legal concept that is widely appreciated by physicians as a way to avoid lawsuits. This concept is you are at risk if you are using treatments that your colleagues are not using. Naturally this impedes change!
In the light of all the negative influences mentioned above it is not surprising that so few M.D.s and other practitioners have embraced natural therapies." [44] - Dr. James Howenstine, M.D.
Public trust in the system
Most people trust in the government and the public health care authorities to address public health issues. They rely on the media, their doctor, and the government to take care of them and keep them informed. As a result, the clinical evidence supporting the use of hydrogen peroxide in treating bird flu will likely continue to remain hidden to all but the few who take the initiative to do their own research.
In an article on hydrogen peroxide, Ron Kennedy, M.D. writes: "Those who refuse to educate themselves, never read, never try anything out of the mainstream of thought and insist on thoughtlessly following the "expert's advice," will pay through the nose for therapies which drain their resources and deliver half-baked results. It may be there is a segment of the population which is capable of nothing more. God bless those folks. Here is this doctor's advice: think for yourself." [45]
PART 2 - How to Survive the Coming Bird Flu Pandemic
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