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THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

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Author; Chuck Frank

Africa, African, Animal, Elephant

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey closed their doors a few years ago after there was an outcry with regard to the subject of cruelty to animals. And after the Ringleader’s curtain had been lifted, the “elephant in the room” took major precedence in the matters of the circus.

But the show must go on shouted Ringleader and the crowds cheered greatly at the riding of the elephant and watching all of the clowns which had been a major attraction and endless entertainment for  a great many years.

Hold on America, we have a new elephant in the room and this elephant tends to be an enormous topic that somehow, magically disappears year after year from the mainstream media’s nightly news charade, all the while allowing endless government corruption of an immense proportion as “we the people” are no longer represented in an election and hundreds of millions of dollars in sweet deals and kickbacks go unchecked among the politico
higher ups in Washington D.C.  And, in spite of Congressional investigations into the corrupt FISA court, the FBI, the DOJ and and various other sinister government individuals, they hide behind a curtain of secrecy which remains forever and a day in Washington D.C., while no one within the deep state ever goes to jail.  More

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

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The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.

Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions.

One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency.

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The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.

Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions.

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. Israel and US Introduce Tech “Solutions” to Destroy Political Activists

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by Kurt Nimmo

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If you’re interested in the backstory on Jeffrey Epstein—a story largely ignored by the corporate media—read Whitney Webb’s How the CIA, Mossad and “the Epstein Network” are Exploiting Mass Shootings to Create an Orwellian Nightmare.

The subhead reads: “Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, Orwellian ‘solutions’ are set to be foisted on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent in the United States.”

Webb mentions convicted felon Oliver North:

Perhaps most disturbing of all, whatever technological solution is adopted by the Trump administration [to address mass shootings], it is set to use a controversial database first developed as part of a secretive U.S. government program that involved notorious Iran-Contra figures like Oliver North as a means of tracking and flagging potential American dissidents for increased surveillance and detention in the event of a vaguely defined “national emergency.”

North and associates used PROMIS (Prosecutors Management Information Systems) software to build this database. The software has a rather colorful past. “The PROMIS software was created by INSLAW Inc., a company owned by a former NSA intelligence officer named William Hamilton,” writes Ed Encho.

The software was modified for espionage purposes to include a ‘back door’ that could be used for spying on those that it was sold to… It is important to keep in mind the period when PROMIS was stolen in the early 1980’s and the fact that the technology boom was still years in the future which should give one an idea to just how far advanced and therefore how important that it was to those who would use it in order to promote a sinister agenda.

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06 20 19 The Long and Short of It the RFK Assassination Truth Reduced to Two Paragraphs:

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A Nation Beguiled

By Anna Von Reitz

The Long and Short of It: the RFK Assassination Truth Reduced to Two Paragraphs:

“Unlike his assassinated brother, RFK received a first-class autopsy whose results are trustworthy. Renowned medical examiner Thomas Noguchi performed the autopsy. The autopsy report and Noguchi’s trial testimony reveal that (1) all three bullets striking RFK were fired from behind him, and (2) the three bullets had been fired at point-blank range—“[the] muzzle distance… was very, very close.” The fatal bullet was fired from a firearm “one inch from the edge of [RFK’s] right ear and three inches behind the head.”

Sirhan could not possibly have fired these three shots. He was in front of RFK and never came within 4 or 5 feet of him.”

Is that clear enough for everyone?

The DOJ was complicit. The FBI was complicit. The CIA was complicit. The LAPD was complicit. They all lied their rumps off.

I knew that on my 12th birthday, June 6, 1968. The first thing I heard that morning was the assassination of RFK, the last US Attorney General who actually tried to defend the American States and People.

Want to know the EXACT details? Read Lisa Pease’s new book, “A Lie Too Big to Fail”.

Want the abstract I quoted above? Go here:https://flagpole.com/news/news-features/2019/06/19/the-real-story-of-the-assassination-of-robert-f-kennedy

See this article and over 1800 others on Anna’s website here: www.annavonreitz.com

National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against 601 Individuals Responsible for Over $2 Billion in Fraud Losses

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Largest Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action in Department of Justice History Resulted in 76 Doctors Charged and 84 Opioid Cases Involving More Than 13 Million Illegal Dosages of Opioids

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar III, announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action involving 601 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including 165 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving more than $2 billion in false billings.  Of those charged, 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.  Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests.  In addition, HHS announced today that from July 2017 to the present, it has excluded 2,700 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs, which includes 587 providers excluded for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.

Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Azar were joined in the announcement by Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Deputy Director David L. Bowdich of the FBI, Assistant Administrator John Martin of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Deputy Inspector General Gary Cantrell of the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), Deputy Chief Eric Hylton of IRS Criminal Investigation (CI), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Program Integrity Alec Alexander and Director Dermot F. O’Reilly of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS).

Today’s enforcement actions were led and coordinated by the Criminal Division, Fraud Section’s Health Care Fraud Unit in conjunction with its Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) partners, a partnership between the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the FBI and HHS-OIG.  In addition, the operation includes the participation of the DEA, DCIS, IRS-CI, Department of Labor, other various federal law enforcement agencies, and State Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

The charges announced today aggressively target schemes billing Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE (a health insurance program for members and veterans of the armed forces and their families), and private insurance companies for medically unnecessary prescription drugs and compounded medications that often were never even purchased and/or distributed to beneficiaries.  The charges also involve individuals contributing to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on medical professionals involved in the unlawful distribution of opioids and other prescription narcotics, a particular focus for the Department.  According to the CDC, approximately 115 Americans die every day of an opioid-related overdose.

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S 178… Probate is about to get far worse for families targeted

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Marti Oakley

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I am not a lawyer, and have never represented myself as being one. I don’t need to be one. The Constitution for the United States makes very clear that the law is to be accessible to everyone. I cannot claim ignorance of the law as a defense for anything and there is no requirement for me or you to obtain a BAR union card in order to access and use the law, stated anywhere in the Constitution. “Practicing law without a license” is a fiction of law.

“By abdicating its responsibility to the public, congress has ceded its power to act on behalf of the people to the second largest BAR Association in the country….the Department of Justice. How do you think that is going to turn out for those of us out here in no man’s land? Do you really believe the DOJ is going to implement any rule, regulations, or other other fictions of law that would adversely affect other Bar members or associations? Not a rat’s chance in a deacon box that will happen.”

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While many are applauding the provisions of S. 178: Robert Matava Elder Abuse Prosecution Act of 2017 I do not share this view.

Pay careful attention here to the word “ACT”. An ACT is something the government is going to do by force rather than by actual power granted to them in the Constitution. In this particular instance, congress is charging the DoJ with law making which is unconstitutional.

Those of us who have actually read the bill and have at least a modicum of understanding of how legislation actually works and affects us, know that this bill is going to cause irreparable harm not only to the elderly, but to those family members and others who have waged this battle against the growing human trafficking of the elderly by professional predators working in tandem with unethical attorney’s , corrupt probate administrators, Adult Protective Services agencies, and professional predators who prey on the elderly and others, and who make a parasitic living off the targeting of the elderly to profit themselves.

  • Did you see one word in this bill that addressed the issue of identity theft that results from being declared a ward of the state?
  • Is there one word about stopping the assumption of identity by the predators who now present themselves as the victim and begin bleeding the estate dry?
  • Was anything said about the resulting abuse, neglect and exploitation by professionals and agencies that results from this civil death? ( by declaring the living human being a “ward of the state”, the victim has suffered a civil death, equal in its legal consequences to natural death) You are dead in the law, but still breathing.
  • Was anything mentioned about holding these administrators liable for violating the rights of the targeted victim?
  • Did you see one word directing these probate tribunals to follow rules of evidence?
  • To cap fees?
  • To stop the predators from isolating the ward?
  • Anything about stopping chemical restraint to silence the victim?
  • Any sighting as criminal activity the actions by these predators who make their living stealing the lives of their victims for profit?

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Actual hacking: Every reporter needs to understand Sharyl Attkisson’s case against the US government

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Actual hacking: Every reporter needs to understand Sharyl Attkisson’s case against the US government

by Jon Rappoport

January 31, 2017

Sharyl Attkisson was a star investigative reporter for CBS News. After two decades at the network, she resigned on March 10, 2014.

Among the controversial stories she covered: the Fast and Furious gun-walking program, in which the government “purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them” (LA Times, 10/3/11); the Benghazi attacks and murders; the CDC fraud in grossly overestimating the number of Swine Flu cases in America.

Attkisson now hosts a weekly television news program, Full Measure, for the Sinclair Broadcast Group. She writes at sharylattkisson.com.

Attkisson is also engaged in a struggle with the federal government.

Attkisson writes: “I just filed my latest appeal to the FBI’s improper withholding of my FBI file. You may not know it, but every American citizen—even a lowly reporter—is entitled to see his FBI file, if one exists.”

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HILLARY CALLS FOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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HILLARY CALLS FOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY
Hillary And The DNC Demand For ALL National Rugs To Be Sent IMMEDIATELY To DC

Clinton, DNC, DOJ, FBI Do NOT Have Enough RUGS To Coverup All Their Scandals And Corruption…

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POLICE: “SCAPEGOATS”, “SITTING DUCKS”, OR BOTH?

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strip bannernew-logo25Douglas Kinan

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“Based on my direct knowledge, the United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ”) role in perpetuating the racial divide in America is huge and for some strange and unexplainable reason, the DOJ is determined to keep it that way”.

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Any reasonable person knows that frontline police have one of the most difficult and dangerous, if not the most difficult and dangerous job in society. They place their lives on the line every working minute of every working day, never knowing if they’re going home, to the hospital or to the morgue.

Because of a few “bad apples” frontline police across America are getting slammed.

Keeping the police in the cross hairs is for the worst of all reasons: politics, money, budgets, greed, ego and cowardice.

Essentially and unfortunately, two mishandled grand jury decisions and spinmeisters for profit have resulted in police now becoming “scapegoats” and “sitting ducks.” More

The DoJ Dodges a Bullet on Wilson/Brown Decision

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A recent article made the statement that ” When officers are on untitledvvvduty, they don’t know if at the end of the day, they are going home, to the hospital or to the morgue”.  Strange, that is just how the public feels when they are confronted by them.

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The Department of Justice (an oxymoron if there ever was one) just issued its decision regarding the death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Wilson that occurred in November 2014. Like millions of other people, I was not there. I have no idea what did or did not happen other than what was related on the MSM, and you already know 99% of what comes from them is pure BS.

The DoJ determined that Michael Brown’s civil rights had not been violated. So, let me get this straight…… according to grand jury testimony, an officer confronts a man in the street and tells him to get on the sidewalk, they argue, scuffle, then he fires a total of 16 shots at him, two from inside his vehicle, one directly through the top of his head within 6-8 inches…..and the DoJ was concerned with whether his civil rights were violated? That’s what they were investigating?

As an aside:   Thanks to what had to have been careful questioning and very rehearsed answers, Wilson swore under oath that he stopped the men because he recognized their clothing from the description given for the robbery……. a robbery he could not and did not know about at the time he confronted Brown.  Did  Wilson knowingly commit perjury and intentionally lie to the grand jury about what really happened that day?

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POLICE: “SCAPEGOATS”, “SITTING DUCKS”, OR BOTH?

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Any reasonable person knows that frontline police have one of the most difficult and dangerous, if not the most difficult and dangerous job in society. They place their lives on the line every working minute of every working day, never knowing if they’re going home, to the hospital or to the morgue.

Because of a few “bad apples”,  frontline police across America are getting slammed.

Keeping the police in the cross hairs is for the worst of all reasons: politics, money, budgets, greed, ego and cowardice.

Essentially and unfortunately, two mishandled grand jury decisions and spinmeisters for profit have resulted in police now becoming “scapegoats” and “sitting ducks.”

In a Dec. 28, New York Post editorial (“Holder and Obama are making race relations worse, inflaming hatred”) David Clarke, the black sheriff of Milwaukee said, “Law-enforcement officials are appalled at the way the Obama administration exploited tragedies in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City to appeal to its political base. … They trashed an entire profession with a broad brush because it was politically expedient for them to do so.” More

USC Title 8……who is charged with defending our borders?

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Marti Oakley (C)copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Updated from original on May 2010

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“The AG can at any time, and now with the help and cooperation of HSD and Ms. Napolitano, according to this code, send the military to defend our southern border. So what’s the problem? Americans getting kidnapped out of their states, murdered on their land and terrorized daily…..and you don’t see any reason to send our military down there to protect these people? “

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Rense & Marti Oakley – Guardianship – Theft, Looting And Murder

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It happens everyday in every state.  Elderly or disabled individuals are kidnapped under the guise of “guardianship” by predatory guardians who then begin bleeding off the estate.

Corrupt probate judges, attorney’s, social agency workers, nursing home operators, doctors and the ever present predatory guardian, all begin hammering away at the vicitms assets until nothing is left.  The family is restrained from visitation while hearsay charges  are levied against them by the predators.  No evidence required.

[Interview on Jeff Rense]

https://ppjg.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/rense_oakley_062911.mp3

“06-29-11 – HR3 – Marti Oakley – The Guardianship Nightmare” from http://www.rense.com by Jeff Rense. Released: 2011.

IF you think this can’t happen to you, think again.  Congress is well aware of this crime.  Your state agencies, police departments, state attorney’s general, the FBI, the DoJ …all are fully informed and yet refuse to do anything to stop this theft and looting while holding an elderly or disabled victim hostage.

There is money to be made by converting a human being to chattel property!

And if a victim escapes the prison of the nursing home?  A warrant is issued for “escaped human property”…….It could happen to you.

Corruption of the judiciary: Where do we go for help?

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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The routine exclusion of evidence, the statements by more than one judge to the effect that the law is what they say it is, and, that in their court they don’t want to hear about your rights, should have us all demanding an investigation.

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Since posting my article on the current condition of our judicial system, I have received numerous emails and phone calls from individuals across the country.  Based on these continuing communications I have concluded that the average citizen is in far more danger stepping into a court room of any kind, than from any commonly recognized criminal activity on the street.  At least with a street criminal you stand a chance of defending yourself.

Many of the people who contacted me spoke of going so far as to meet with the FBI in the hopes of getting an investigation launched into the criminal conduct of not only judges, but also of state agency actors who, acting under the auspices of their offices repeatedly violated not only the law but the civil and lawful rights of individuals.  Many of these actors believe they are immune from prosecution due to the office they hold.  While the office itself may be immune, the individual occupying it can be held personally liable under a constitutional tort. This can be intentional or negligent.  These tort claims hold the official directly and personally responsible for their actions; which is exactly why “tort reform” is high on the agenda of things to get done, in the District of Criminals.  http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/crcl/vol38_2/park.pdf

In absolutely every case, without exception, of those who approached the FBI in their respective states, a stock answer was delivered to those hopeful for some kind of help from this agency.  That answer is:  More

The United States of America Violates International Bioweapons Treaty

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WEBSITE: Janet Phelan.com

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FIRST, THEY CAME FOR BRADLEY MANNING

(LOS ANGELES) – While the country responds with growing alarm over torture policies first instigated against prisoners in Guantánamo, policies which now appear to be levied against  Bradley Manning, another policy violation has been overlooked by the guardians of our freedom. The U.S. press has been mum, at least up until now, on the violation of the Biological Weapons Convention by none other than the United States government.

In the rush to pass protective legislation into law following the attacks of 911, the authors of the U.S. Patriot Act amended the previous legislation regarding biological weapons. Section 817 of the U.S. Patriot Act, otherwise known as the “Expansion of the Biological Weapons Statute,” has violated the Biological Weapons Convention, an international treaty which the U.S. signed in 1974.

The Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention, also known as the BWC, was the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of an entire category of weapons. It was largely considered to be a result of prolonged efforts by the international community to supplement the 1925 Geneva Protocol. More

King: Actually, Secretary Solis, Americans have the right to have their immigration laws enforced

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“The Obama Administration needs to realize that the American people have a right to have their immigration laws enforced.”

CONTACT: John Kennedy

June 22, 2010                                                                       

 Office: 202.226.2384

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Steve King (R-IA) today issued the following remarks after watching an advertisement in which Secretary Of Labor Hilda Solis encourages illegal immigrants to contact the Labor Department for assistance in pursuing wage claims against their employers. More

Poultry growers air complaints

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Daryll E. Ray

“Tom Terry, a former grower from Tennessee, told us a similar story. He said that after loading up the chickens from one of his barns he followed the company trucks to the plant so he could watch them being weighed on the scales at the processing plant. He was prevented from doing so.”

June 4, 2010

This year, the Obama administration is holding a series of five hearings across the nation to explore competition issues affecting the agricultural sector in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that industry. The second of these workshops, conducted jointly by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), was held at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama.

The May 21, 2010 workshop was led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and US Attorney General Eric Holder. The hearing focused on issues in the poultry industry, and featured panel discussions on poultry grower issues and trends in poultry production. And, it also included opportunities for public comments.

“All players in the poultry industry deserve an honest chance at success, and that requires a fair, viable, and competitive marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Today’s conversation helped bring a better understanding of the issues impacting growers on a daily basis and provided an opportunity to openly discuss some of the ideas that have been raised to address these concerns.” More

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND USDA ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE AND PANELISTS FOR AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP IN ALABAMA

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Note:  Because this is a public hearing, no attempts can be made to force you to “sign in”.  You have a right to enter, to speak and be present.  Besides: the whole place will be under surveillance and your picture will be taken as you enter and during the meeting and you will be biometrically scanned and recorded and put in the system anyway for later identification.   All this aside, you will note in pargraph *3 that you are required to “sign-up” in advance if you wish to attend.  Turns out its not a free and open to the public meeting after all.  Marti

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United States Department of Agriculture . Office of communications. 1400 Independence Avenue, SW  Washington DC 20251-1300. voice (202) 720-4623. Email: oc.news@usda.gov. Web: http://www.usda.gov

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND USDA ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE AND PANELISTS FOR AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP IN ALABAMA

Poultry Workshop to be Held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at Alabama A & M University

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2010 – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the schedule and panelists for the second joint public workshop on competition and regulatory issues in agriculture, which will be held on May 21, 2010, in Normal, Ala., at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at Alabama A & M University. The workshop, the second of five, will focus on the poultry industry.

The workshops, which were first announced by Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 5, 2009, are the first joint Department of Justice/USDA workshops ever to be held to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The goals of the workshops are to promote dialogue among interested parties and foster learning with respect to the appropriate legal and economic analyses of these issues, as well as to listen to and learn from parties with experience in the agriculture sector. Attendance at the workshops is free and open to the public.

*The general public and media interested in attending the Alabama workshop should register at: www.aamu.edu/saes/FAS/DOJ_USDA/ More

Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

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Unleash Food Democracy:  Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

Town Hall Meeting                                                         

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm

Best Western Hotel, 133 SE Delaware Ave., Ankeny IA

Take I-35 to Exit 92, west on 1st St., south on Delaware  Ave.

Did you know that a handful of multinational corporations – corporate giants like Cargill, Dupont-Pioneer, Monsanto, Smithfield, Swift, Tyson, and Wal-Mart – control our food system and determine what kind of food you can buy and how farmers can produce it? It’s true. Decades of bad farm policy and unchecked corporate mergers have driven independent family farmers out of business and created powerful corporate factory farms and agribusiness giants that dominate the market.

How bad is it?

 –          More than 85 percent of U.S. beef cattle are slaughtered by just four companies.

–          Two companies control more than half of U.S. corn seed.

–          One company controls 40% of the U.S. fluid milk supply.

–          Five corporations dominate the grocery sector, ensuring that low prices paid to farmers aren’t passed along to consumers at the store.

This lack of competition in agricultural markets impacts farmers and consumers.  With fewer players involved at every step in the food chain, consumers pay more, farmers get paid less, and the corporate giants’ share of the retail dollar continues to climb.

Unleash food democracy and take on corporate power in our food system

On Friday, March 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold an anti-trust hearing in Ankeny on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. While their panels seek “balance”, they will be hearing from too many corporate special interests and not enough independent family farmers. That’s why you should join us for the People’s Anti-trust Hearing on Thursday, March 11 at 7pm.

Join us to ensure the voices of family farmers and consumers are heard loud and clear!

Thursday, March 11 at 7 pm (the night before the USDA/DOJ hearing): 

–          Hear from farmers, leaders and experts in the national food democracy movement

–          Special  invited guests include top officials from the USDA and DOJ and Iowa’s Congressional delegation, including Senators Harkin and Grassley

–          Join us at this exciting meeting to demand that USDA and DOJ take immediate action to reduce corporate control of our food system and put people first 

Seating is limited! To reserve your space, follow this link:  http://www.capwiz.com/iowacci/issues/alert/?alertid=14728816  or call the CCI headquarters at 515-282-0484 or email iowacci@iowacci.org.

Unleash Food Democracy:  Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm

Best Western Hotel, 133 SE Delaware Ave., Ankeny IA

Take I-35 to Exit 92, west on 1st St., south on Delaware  Ave.

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Dave Andrews

Senior Representative

Food & Water Watch

1616 P Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

dandrews@fwwatch.org

Farmers fight to save seed and the DoJ provides cover for Monsanto

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By: S.D. Fields (c)copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

” Thomas should have removed himself from the process because of his past employment by Monsanto. Their need to have certain arguments presented was critical. When I looked at the courts opinion I had to ask myself, “Was Monsanto’s corporate staff present during the language design of the opinion?”

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Imagine the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments about traffic signs. I can read the opinion now, the stop and yield signs are equal in authority. Perhaps they are, but completely different functions occur with each. One stops traffic completely, the other allows traffic to merge smoothly.

Something similar happened when JEM Ag V. Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl. was handed down. Clarence Thomas stated the “PVPA & Patent law were equal in authority”, but he failed to relay his confidence of understanding either while writing the opinion. The dissent gave clear statements of confusion by asking ” Why would Congress pass two laws with nearly identical authority?”

We have all watched cop shows with segments in the courtroom. Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?  In today’s corporate climate, the easiest way to gain any legal authority is to orchestrate a legal argument and exploit the ignorance of the Judicial system. Well, in this case the whole truth was conveniently omitted.

I’ve only known one Federal Judge that has ever had his hands in the dirt checking his planters seed placement depth.  Oral arguments lasting only a few days don’t even begin to educate the Judicial system about the complexities of the seed industry today. The only best way to arrive at an opinion is to live the issue. More

Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues in the Agriculture Industry

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Justice Department and USDA Set Dates for Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues in the Agriculture Industry
Workshops to Be Held in Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin.
The current schedule for the workshops is as follows: March 12, 2010 – Issues of Concern to Farmers – Ankeny, Iowa

This event will serve as an introduction to the series of workshops, but also will focus specifically on issues facing crop farmers. Specific areas of focus may include seed technology, vertical integration, market transparency and buyer power.

FFA Enrichment Center
1055 Southwest Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny, Iowa

The Department of Justice and USDA asked for comments in advance of the workshops.
All comments received are publicly posted. Comments taken here.

 Additional updates and information, including agendas and speakers, will be posted on the Antitrust Division’s events website or: here

DOJ Gets Serious About Antitrust, Targeting Dean Foods and Monsanto

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ORIGINAL POST AT BNET  link here.

By Katherine Glover | Jan 27, 2010

Katherine Glover is a Minneapolis-based print, radio and online journalist. She’s written for Salon.com, Sierra Magazine and many others, and she does a weekly blog on immigration issues for MinnPost.

The Department of Justice has formalized its investigation of Monsanto and filed a lawsuit against Dean Foods, confirming rumors that the DOJ would be more vigilant on antitrust issues under the Obama Administration.

The Justice Department seeks to undo Dean’s acquisition of two Wisconsin dairy companies, alleging that the deal was a way to reduce competition and raise prices. This legal action is “highly unusual” according to one dairy analyst; “this is the first bark we’ve heard from the antitrust division on food issues in a very long time.” The Bush Administration did not file a single major anti-monopoly case, according to the Washington Post.

The latest Monsanto investigation is about whether Monsanto will continue to produce its current Roundup Ready soybean seeds after the patent expires in 2014, or whether it will simply swap in a new, upgraded product under a new patent so it can maintain its high prices.

This is not the first time Monsanto has been accused of monopolist tendencies; the company controls an estimated 96 percent of the U.S. soybean crop and 80 percent of its corn crop, and some have compared Monsanto to the Microsoft of earlier decades. READ MORE

 Katherine Glover

U.S. GOVERNMENT POSED TO INCREASE NATIONAL DEBT CEILING TO $13 TRILLION

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By Kathryn Smith, January 26, 2010

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A bill HR 3326, The Department of Defense Appropriations Act is currently up for vote on the Senate floor. An amendment in the Act proposes a national debt ceiling hike to $13 trillion dollars, using “entitlement spending” to pay for it. Facts here on the Government Executive website:  see also the Senate website at www.senate.gov

“Entitlement spending” to pay for this national debt is Social Security, Medicare, Veteran’s Benefits, and Medicaid, according to an aid in my Senator’s office. Basically, this means that all of the above programs will either be cut back or could possibly disappear entirely as funds are diverted to paying for the monstrous debt. More

Canadians fighting Lockheed/Martin: Loss of Confidence in Government: PART 1

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From fall 2006:

 

2006 Census Canada – Non-Compliance

 

 

There have been a few media reports about the high rate of non-compliance with the 2006 census. The cause has been attributed, for example, to a transient population (e.g. Alberta).

 

If you are in the email networks you know what the media is not telling: the Government contracted-out part of the 2006 census to Lockheed-Martin Corporation which is part of the American military machine. People have refused to co-operate with the census as a form of protest or resistance.

 

There are a number of reasons why the census should not have been out-sourced but the Lockheed-Martin situation is pivotal.

 

My first communication to the Government about their plans to “out-source”

to Lockheed-Martin was in 2003. I have appended a copy of the excellent letter from the Quaker (Society of Friends) community in Halifax dated February 2004. …

 

Later, we worked with the Government on the GDR (Government Directive on

Regulating) which is part of so-called “Smart Regulations”. I used the GDR to reinforce the point about the census, telling the Government that Canadians are learning non-compliance with regulations. I told them there would be a high level of non-compliance with the census for very legitimate reasons, if they did not change their direction. It wasn’t hard to figure out, from all the protest. The rule of law in Canada is being undermined which is a very serious situation.

 

Corruption, governments in bed with the people they are supposed to regulate, the complete failure to regulate to protect “the commons”, the gun registry, contracting-out to corporations like Lockheed-Martin, etc. etc. – all PREDICTABLY lead to a loss of confidence and consequent disrespect for the laws of the land. Definitely not a good place to be. You can point this out to the Government, but they seem incapable of hearing.

 

I have continued to communicate with Ivan Felligi (Chief Statistician for Canada) about the census. A Statistics Canada person phoned me and we talked the matter through, or so I thought. I have participated in the on-line support network at Vive le Canada. These are people who have resisted the census in various ways. Statistics Canada personnel also watch the site.

 

There is a recent posting from one of them.  (April 2008, web address deleted;  the page is no longer available.)

 

“Count Me Out” (a play on the Government promotion of the Census “Count Me In”)was another web-site for the sharing of information in 2006.

 

There are thousands of people across Canada who have not complied, many of them for the same reason: Lockheed-Martin. On July 5th we circulated in our network the report that 400,000 adults in British Columbia alone had not sent in their census forms – 10% of the population. The Government stepped up efforts to gain compliance. They do not disseminate the information on how many people have sabotaged the census in various ways, from the provision of inaccurate information up to refusal to submit.

 

The letter I received this week from Ivan Felligi tells me, “If your completed questionnaire is not received by Statistics Canada by October 27, 2006, I will turn the matter over to the Department of Justice with a recommendation that appropriate charges be laid….”

 

Further, if I am tried and found guilty of an offence under the Statistics Act, I “may be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both.”

 

The reason given by Ivan for why the census form from me is required, is simply not true. It is contained in my reply to him (copy below). 

 

 

The following is my letter to Ivan Felligi, head of Statistics Canada. I have cc’d it to the President of Lockheed-Martin Canada, Martin Munro. And to Maxime Bernier, who, as the Minister for Industry Canada is responsible for Statistics Canada.

 

/Sandra

CONTACT AT: 306-373-8078

FBI Document targets protesters

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Check this out: It’s amazing and a real eye-opener. This is an actual declassified FBI  International Terrorism Matters” investigative document downloaded from the ALCU’s website (I don’t know whether or not you need their permission to reprint it). Check out who is being investigated, and why: This is the norm, not the exception, in post-911 America. As you will notice, it is not terrorists at all who are being “Grilled” by the FBI.   http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_fbi_2ffrom_080104_an_actual_declassifi.htm

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