July 29, 2013

Local government: the enemy within

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Richard North29/07/2013   


Local authorities in the UK have "firmly backed EU leadership and direction of the country’s waste and environmental policies". So says the Local Government Chronicle as overpaid chief executives look to Brussels rather than Westminster for their laws.

LARAC - the local authority recycling advisory committee - said the influence of Europe had "mitigated" the UK government's focus on the market economy at the expense of environmental concern. "We consider that UK environmental legislation has benefited from EU directives and that this situation should continue", LARAC says.

"Without EU legislation in environmental issues, the UK would have had a greater reliance on landfill and contributed more to global warming than it currently has, and had a recycling infrastructure still geared to only paper, metal and glass".

Thus, we know exactly where the loyalties of the town hall looting classes lie. So-called "local" government is happy to by-pass national government if it thinks it can get a better deal from the "colleagues".

Someone needs to find out exactly how much local government spends on kow-towing to Brussels and, one would like to think, deducting that money form their budgets, except of course that it would be local taxpayers who would lose out.

One thing for sure though – as do they owe no loyalty to their own taxpayers, so we see this new class of technocrats owing no loyalty even to the national legislature. They may be local government officials, but largely they do not even have British interests in mind.

In every sense, these people are the enemy.

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July 28, 2013

EU Defense Integration: Undermining NATO, Transatlantic Relations, and Europe’s Security

The Heritage Foundation

Abstract
Developments within the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) threaten to undermine transatlantic security cooperation between the U.S. and its European partners. Far from improving the military capabilities of European countries, the CSDP decouples the U.S. from European security and will ultimately weaken the NATO alliance. U.S. policymakers should watch CSDP developments closely and discourage the EU from deepening defense integration. It is clear that an EU Army is the ultimate goal of the CSDP. The consequences would be great: The U.S. would lose influence in European security matters, and NATO would become a second-tier priority for most European countries. Finally, it would mean an end to Europe being a serious security actor on the global stage. The veto power of the EU’s five neutral members, coupled with the bureaucratic inertia of Brussels, would lead to paralysis in decision making and likely mean that EU forces would rarely, if ever, be sent on overseas combat operations. The CSDP does more harm than good, and the U.S. should oppose it.
When it comes to defense and military capability in the 21st century, it is clear that Europe is not pulling its weight. Spending and investment in defense across Europe has steadily declined since the end of the Cold War. The political will to deploy troops into harm’s way when it is in the national interest has all but evaporated for most EU countries. During the recent Libya operation, European countries were literally running out of munitions.[1] Many European nations are racing for the exit in Afghanistan.[2] In Mali, European countries have been able to scrape together only 150 instructors to train the Malian military.
The EU is not the answer to Europe’s military woes. Instead, the U.S. should be pushing for more NATO-centric solutions ensuring that all advancements in European defense capabilities are done through NATO or at least on a multilateral basis. This will ensure NATO’s primacy over, and the right of first refusal for, all Europe-related defense matters, and will guarantee that the U.S. has the amount of influence relative to the level of resources the U.S. has committed to Europe.

The U.S.: Reason to Worry About the EU

Some argue that the answer to Europe’s declining military is deeper EU defense integration.[3] This view has not been challenged in Washington, and many American policymakers support deeper EU defense integration without considering the implications for NATO or transatlantic relations. American enthusiasm for EU defense integration is explained by a lack of basic understanding and knowledge about the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), along with the misguided hope that EU defense integration will lead to more military involvement by EU members.

July 26, 2013

The Snowden Penetration

Edward Jay Epstein's Web Log


In March 2013, when Edward Snowden sought a job with Booz Allen Hamilton at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, he signed the requisite classified-information agreements and would have been made well aware of the law regarding communications intelligence.

Section 798 of the United States Code makes is a very tough law when it come to communications intelligence. It makes it a federal crime if a person “knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States” any classified information concerning communication intelligence. It is indeed so severe that no one working at the NSA has taken misappropriated any classified documents from an NSA facility up until Snowden’s penetration.


The Prague Declaration

http://ecrgroup.eu/

Principles of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Conscious of the urgent need to reform the EU on the basis of Eurorealism, Openness, Accountability and Democracy, in a way that respects the sovereignty of our nations and concentrates on economic recovery, growth and competitiveness, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group shares the following principles:
  • Free enterprise, free and fair trade and competition, minimal regulation, lower taxation, and small government as the ultimate catalysts for individual freedom and personal and national prosperity.
  • Freedom of the individual, more personal responsibility and greater democratic accountability.
  • Sustainable, clean energy supply with an emphasis on energy security.
  • The importance of the family as the bedrock of society.
  • The sovereign integrity of the nation state, opposition to EU federalism and a renewed respect for true subsidiarity.
  • The overriding value of the transatlantic security relationship in a revitalised NATO, and support for young democracies across Europe.
  • Effectively controlled immigration and an end to abuse of asylum procedures.
  • Efficient and modern public services and sensitivity to the needs of both rural and urban communities.
  • An end to waste and excessive bureaucracy and a commitment to greater transparency and probity in the EU institutions and use of EU funds.
  • Respect and equitable treatment for all EU countries, new and old, large and small.
 http://ecrgroup.eu/?p=1100

EUROPE OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY


http://www.efdgroup.eu/

Our Charter 

The Group is open to Members that subscribe to a Europe of Freedom and Democracy and acknowledge the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and parliamentary democracy.The Group subscribes to the following programme:

1. Freedom and co-operation among people of different States

Committed to the principles of democracy, freedom and co-operation among Nation States, the Group favours an open, transparent, democratic and accountable co-operation among sovereign European States and rejects the bureaucratisation of Europe and the creation of a single centralised European superstate.

2. More democracy and respect of People's will

Convinced that the legitimate level for democracy lies with the Nation States, their regions and parliaments since there is no such thing as a single European people; the Group opposes further European integration (treaties and policies) that would exacerbate the present democratic deficit and the centralist political structure of the EU. The Group favours that any new treaties or any modification of the existing treaties are to be submitted to the peoples’ vote through free and fair national referenda in the Member States. The Group does believe that the legitimacy of any power comes from the will of its Peoples and their right to be free and democratically ruled.

3. Respect for Europe's history, traditions and cultural values

Peoples and Nations of Europe have the right to protect their borders and strengthen their own historical, traditional, religious and cultural values. The Group rejects xenophobia, anti-Semitism and any other form of discrimination

4. Respect for national differences and interests: Freedom of votes

Agreeing on embodying these principles in its proceedings, the Group respects the freedom of its delegations and Members to vote as they see fit.

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July 24, 2013

EU Blacklists Hezbollah: Not Really

Gatestone Institute

EU governments agreed only to blacklist the "military" wing of Hezbollah, thus maintaining the politically expedient fiction that a clear distinction can be drawn between Hezbollah terrorists and those members of the group's "political" wing. European officials are afraid of Hezbollah reprisals against European interests at home and abroad. They are especially worried that if they antagonize Hezbollah, the group may activate sleeper cells and carry out attacks in European cities.
After years of equivocating, a reluctant European Union agreed on July 22 to place part of Hezbollah on itsterrorism blacklist, ostensibly to cut off the Shiite militant group's sources of funding inside Europe.


But the unanimous decision by the 28-member bloc is likely to have only a limited impact on the Lebanon-based, Iranian-financed Hezbollah.

In a classic European fudge, EU governments agreed only to blacklist the "military" wing of Hezbollah, thus maintaining the politically expedient fiction that a clear distinction can be drawn between Hezbollah terrorists and those members of the group's "political" wing.

July 23, 2013

Hasta La Vista

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Well, it has been a great ride. Much has been accomplished at The Daily Bell and I, as founder and chief editor, have decided it is time to allow The Daily Bell to stand as is, as a historical testimony describing our current troubled and exciting times.

Content on TheDailyBell.com shall remain available as an educational and research tool. I and all the elves are humbled by what we have been able to contribute during this Internet Era, surely one of humanity's most significant epochs.

The struggle for freedom, especially today, continues to be both a challenge and a promise. The Austrian-oriented Daily Bell has pioneered insights such as the concept of the Internet Reformation and contributed to the understanding of how globalists use fear-based scarcity promotions to frighten middle classes into accepting international solutions such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund.

The Daily Bell helped expose the real agenda of the Soros-funded Occupy Wall Street movement, which apparently remains intent on generating what could be a French Revolution-style bloodbath aimed at the "one percent." The Daily Bell has also relentlessly exposed the "public banking" promotion aimed at making quasi-private central banks the exclusive province of the state. The idea here is that globalists sponsoring this promotion, including the idea of a "living wage," remain in charge of monopoly money creation behind the veil of the state. It provides further cover.

Finally, The Daily Bell regularly exposed the hoax of central banking itself, the idea that a group of good, gray men can efficiently fix the value and price of money and produce anything other than serial disasters and increasing ruin.

The work of many others has significantly contributed to these achievements. 

The Daily Bell has published nearly 3,000 News & Analysis reports, 229 in-depth interviews along with over 1,000 editorials from many of the free market's leading voices. I am proud to have contributed several hundred editorials myself and am grateful to all who found the content worthy of carrying on their own sites. And we are thankful to those who have contributed editorials and participated in our interviews. Our newsfeed was carried by about 2,000 websites and, of course, untold numbers of readers have forwarded article links, further helping to disseminate the information provided by staff writers and these many contributors. The Daily Bell appreciates all of these actions and honors everyone contributing to the educational effort.

The Daily Bell generated a great readership and a loyal following. The site was at one time one of the 50,000 largest websites in the world and one of the 20,000 largest in the US. The memes that The Daily Bell has presented and elaborated on are historically valid and more pertinent than ever in this modern age. 

And to all who found The Daily Bell a place of reason and civil discourse for important matters on the 'Net, I hope you gained as much from visiting as I and the rest of The Daily Bell staff did as hosts.

~ Memento Mori ~

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July 21, 2013

The Astonishing History of Barack Obama and his Rise from Obscurity to Power

God Bless The United States of America

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Hat tip to Alan Caruba’s blog and Don Fredrick, ©2012, blogging at The Obama Timeline for this information

Can It All Be a Coincidence?


Warning Signs features my daily commentaries, but I will break with that and share one that is well worth your consideration:

CAN IT ALL BE COINCIDENCE?

by Don Fredrick, ©2012, blogging at The Obama Timeline
(Oct. 1, 2012) — As I noted in the introduction to my book, The Obama Timeline, a jury at a murder trial will often find the accumulated circumstantial evidence so overwhelming that a guilty verdict is obvious—even though there may be no witness to the crime. “The jurors in the Scott Peterson trial believed the collection of evidence more than they believed Scott Peterson. Among other things, the jury thought that being arrested with $15,000 in cash, recently-dyed hair, a newly-grown goatee, four cell phones, camping equipment, a map to a new girlfriend’s house, a gun, and his brother’s driver’s license certainly did not paint a picture of a grieving husband who had nothing to do with his pregnant wife’s disappearance and murder.”
In the four years I have been gathering information about—and evidence against—Barack Hussein Obama, I have encountered hundreds of coincidences that strike me as amazing. None of those coincidences, by themselves, may mean much. But taken as a whole it is almost impossible to believe they were all the result of chance. Consider the Obama-related coincidences:

July 20, 2013

Prime Minister addressed annual ambassadors’ meeting

Prime Minister's Speech at the Meeting of Hungarian Ambassadors (17 July 2013)

Good morning to all of you, Ladies and Gentlemen and an especially respectful greeting to our guests from India.

We have achieved our first success; we have averted the danger of the Minister of Foreign Affairs holding his Prime Ministerial speech. János [Martonyi] and I go back a long way. If I understand correctly, my job here is to make a short, provocative speech to launch the debate, after which there will be time for consultation. János, have I determined the genre correctly? And if necessary and questions arise that require the competence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, we will also ask János to not hesitate in also taking part in this short consultation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

How do we usually begin these things? We usually begin with the Prime Minister providing a short review of the state of affairs in Hungary. This is not necessarily a rational decision, because you know very well what the situation is in Hungary. But it is part of the ritual to provide a summary and some kind of interpretation of what is happening, where we began from, where we are heading, in what direction we will continue, and so this is what I shall do. I will of course provide a review of this kind. After that we usually choose a topic that is of special interest for some reason. Last time we discussed the opening towards the East, and I think this time it would seem justified to include a chapter relating to the European Union, after which we will continue on the basis of the questions put forward by our respected ambassadors. We have agreed with János, or rather the Minster of Foreign Affairs, that I will be holding a relatively short introductory speech, meaning we will then have more time for consultation, if you too are so inclined. And so, if on the basis of the past three years we must determined what we have achieved, then it is perhaps worthwhile conjuring up an image of the fact that after 2010 we had to reverse many bad processes, and the question was whether we would be successful in reversing these bad processes and beginning good processes. Let us have a look at what these bad processes were, that can be categorised as processes of crucial importance to a national economy and a nation state, and at to what extent we have succeeded in reversing them.

Under Construction


From the August 2013 Trumpet Print Edition »
How Germany is building a European army
BY RICHARD PALMER

“Berlin will not be able to overwhelm Iran in the near future unless it is working on a special strategy right now,” wrote Gerald Flurry in last month’s Trumpet.
That is a dramatic statement from one of the most dramatic articles we have published. For over two decades the Trumpet has been warning that the next world war would begin with German-led Europe attacking Iran. Last month Mr. Flurry exposed how Germany is planning for that very confrontation right now.
Some of this German strategy is well known. For example, the German press often writes about “the Merkel Doctrine”—Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to create an anti-Iran alliance by selling weapons to Iran’s enemies. Mr. Flurry also explained that Germany is already surrounding Iran, establishing deployments and making deals across the Middle East.
But there’s more. European military planners are getting the Continent ready for a clash with Iran.
A Bold Report

July 14, 2013

U.S.-EU Merger Talks Underway in D.C.


Excerpts from: Transatlantic Danger:
U.S.-EU Merger Talks Underway in D.C.
Written by  -  July 10, 2013

Pooling Sovereignty, Once 'Unthinkable,' Now 'the Model'
“...the ultimate aim of the TTIP [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership]  promoters is the economic and political merger of the United States with the European Union....
      
"Shröder’s [1999] vision of an all-powerful EU central government is shared by his successor, Angela Merkel, who told reporters in 2012: ...the clear goal of the architects of the TTIP [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership] is to ensnare the United States in the same ever-tightening process of economic and political integration and convergence that has transformed Europe from a continent of independent nation-states into a supranational federation ruled by unelected and unaccountable oligarchs in Brussels, unrestrained by any constitutional impediments...
     
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Now the nations of the European Union are trapped, and many of its citizens are trying desperately to extricate their countries from the tightening EU noose. They are being forced to pay for bailouts for the big banks, corporations, unions, and government boondoggles. They are being forced to accept regulations dictated by Brussels bureaucrats over all areas of their lives....
     
"
As we reported previously (Transatlantic Danger: U.S.-EU Merger Talks Underway in D.C
.), the key impetus for the TTIP in this country is being provided by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).... [The] post-war movement for a united Europe had been funded by the American CIA. ...all of the top CIA individuals mentioned in the newly released documents... were also key leaders in the CFR and were carrying out the CFR’s designs. ...The CFR and ECFR are doing their best now to...'soften' the American public, so that the United States may be brought into 'The Project.'”
The first round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations has been proceeding this week (July 8 through 12) in Washington, D.C. largely under the radar. ...


July 10, 2013

Prime Minister Orbán’s opening speech in the European Parliament

2 July 2013

Tavares report called unjust in a European Parliament debate in Strasbourg.

Esteemed Mr. President,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, permit me to convey the greetings of the Hungarian people to the Representatives of the European Parliament. I would like to seize this opportunity to express my appreciation to the President of the European Commission and to thank the Commission for the open and fruitful dialogue, which has so far helped us resolve contested issues.

I have no illusions about the outcome of the vote scheduled for tomorrow. I know that Socialist, Liberal and Green MEPs will vote against Hungary and I also know that the friends of Hungary will stand beside Hungary. I know that my words will not change this fact; despite this I came here today to pay and to express my respect to the European Parliament and to its elected representatives. By paying respect to you, I wish to express the friendship that Hungarians – your voters – feel for European citizens. Regardless of your decision, the Hungarians think on European people with respect and friendship.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,


July 6, 2013

Abandon the United Nations?


Pull the plug on the United Nations and allow it to die. It has obviously outlived any usefulness


What are we going to do about the United Nations?  Exactly what has the U.N. accomplished? I will grant that the U.N. began with the most noble and loftiest of intentions, but does it still embody those intentions?


It’s ineffectual, it’s corrupt, it’s unelected, it’s dominated by scores of tiny countries which have learned that if they claim discrimination or claim that their “human rights” are being denied, they can make the wealthy, successful nations feel enough guilt (thanks to the leftists within those countries who rarely if ever made any contribution to either the wealth or the success) to shovel money at them even as they declare their undying hatred for the countries who are being shaken down.

That makes the United Nations sound like it has a lot in common with the U.S. Congress, doesn’t it?

July 2, 2013

Will Germany Grant Citizenship To Their Asset Snowden?

GermanyWatch

Over the years, Germany has indulged in much anti-American and anti-British propaganda, and one of their favourite techniques is to use supposed leaks/whistleblowers to cause some international outrage at British or American foreign policy and intelligence.

There are numerous examples, but two of these stand out particularly well to highlight how the Snowden situation may develop.

Annie Machon was an MI5 officer who along with David Shayler, sparked a propaganda campaign utilising all the classic conspiracy theories. Amongst the pair's claims, were;


  • Secret MI5 files held on the very government ministers responsible for overseeing the intelligence services.


  • Illegal MI5 phone taps.


  • Lying to government by MI5.


  • IRA bombs that could and should have been prevented.


  • The 1994 bombing of the Israeli embassy in London, when two innocent people were wrongfully convicted.


  • The attempted MI6 assassination of Colonel Gaddafi of Libya


  • These all have the same type of ring to them, as the effect of Snowden's leaks - painting UK intelligence agencies as an enemy.

    Machon and Shayler have both involved themselves with the 9/11 "truth movement", which itself is largely a disinformation and propaganda campaign by Germany to distract from German involvement in the Hamburg Cell, and pretending that the US attacked itself.