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" Berlusconi is to send an extra 1000 troops to Afghanistan. (Nato countries offer extra 5000 troops to boost US Afghan surge )
On 27 May 1993, a car-bomb in Florence killed five people and wounded 40.
On 27 July 1993, car-bombs in Milan and Rome killed five people.
In December 2009, a court in Italy has heard that Silvio Berlusconi has links to these bombs.Are Blair and Berlusconi linked to the Mafia and the CIA?
On 1 December 2009, at the Guardian, David Leigh and Ian Griffiths considered the mystery of Tony Blair's finances
Tony Blair is a multi-millionaire.
Much of the Blair income "has been funnelled through a structure called Windrush Ventures No 3 Limited Partnership."The Windrush structure "pays for Blair's £560,000 a year lease on his Mayfair office, in Grosvenor Square near the US embassy."
Is Blair a CIA agent?(Tony Blair as CIA agent - Telegraph)
Blair has a consultancy with the US bank, JP Morgan. In May 2008, Blair agreed to pay £5.75m for a Buckinghamshire residence. Blair paid £4.45m for his London home in Connaught Square.
Blair is a friend of Silvio Berlusconi.
Silvio Berlusconi is being linked with the Mafia and a Mafia bombing campaign
In December 2009, a court in Italy heard that Silvio Berlusconi did a deal with the Mafia and had links with a Mafia bombing campaign.
Gaspare Spatuzza, a mafia turncoat, told a court in Italy that the Sicilian Cosa Nostra had done a deal with Mr Berlusconi in the early 1990s.
Berlusconi became Italian Prime Minister in 1994.
Berlusconi has been accused of paying a $600,000 bribe to his British former tax accountant, David Mills, the husband of Tessa Jowell, the UK cabinet minister and friend of Blair.
Spatuzza has alleged that Berlusconi provided support for bombings by the mafia, in 1993, in Rome, Florence and Milan.Spatuzza has told of a meeting with alleged mafia godfather, Giuseppe Graviano, in a café in Rome in 1994.
According to Spatuzza, "Graviano told me we had obtained everything."Senator Marcello Dell’Utri, a close political pal of Berlusconi, was convicted in 2004 of association with the mafia. He has yet to serve any time in jail.
On 17 February 2009, UK government minister Tessa Jowell's husband David Mills was sentenced to four and a half years jail in Italy for corruption. Mills was also fined €250,000 by a court in Milan for taking a bribe from Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to give false evidence in two corruption trials. Prosecutors said Mills used the money on a joint mortgage with Tessa Jowell to obtain a property in north London. Mills is unlikely to go to jail as the case will go before two appeal courts and that has to be before February 2010, otherwise it passes the deadline for Italy's Statute of Limitations. Berlusconi will escape because a law was passed in 2008 which made senior government figures immune from prosecution. Jowell's husband gets jail term for corruption
David Mills set up a company whose directors included Mr Dell'Utri who acted 'as the intermediary between Silvio Berlusconi's political party and the mafia'. Mr Dell'Utri's 'mafia links began in his youth', a Palermo court heard, 'and in 1993 he met with the the mafia's governing Cupola to successfully solicit its vote-gathering powers on behalf of Mr Berlusconi'.Source: Mills linked to mafia go-between
Berlusconi is alleged to have links to the Mafia, and to Tony Blair.
2. Did Blair's government try to protect Mills?
"Italian prosecution documents seen by The Times allege that the Home Office blatantly jeopardised an investigation designed to bring Mr Mills to trial."The prosecutors claimed that the Home Office had harmed their inquiry and a move to extradite Mr Mills, by revealing 'extremely sensitive information' to the Berlusconi Government — the targets of the probe."Simultaneously, the Serious Fraud Office suddenly stopped dealing directly with the prosecutors in Milan."Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2064363,00.html
3. David Mills is the brother-in-law of Barbara Mills, formerly director of the Serious Fraud Office and formerly Director of Public Prosecutions.
Barbara Mills4. In 2003, it was revealed that David Mills was involved in a project to sell jet aircraft to Iran. Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,1723902,00.html
In the summer of 2002 Mills talked to Baroness Symons, then a Foreign Office minister, about his interests in Iran. According to The Observer: He was trying to broker a $200m deal to sell aircraft to Iran but the problem was that the US had strict sanctions prohibiting this. Mills explained the difficulty to his wife's colleague. Symons asked him to drop her a letter - a copy of which was leaked last January and revealed how Symons had given him advice on proceeding with the deal. The Observer has now obtained the original letter which Mills wrote to Symons on 9 July 2002, 10 days after the Oxford dinner.
Mills wrote: 'Dear Liz... I am sure HMG [government] will wish to offer such support as it can to smooth the path with our American friends... 'The ministerial code states that ministers must declare to their permanent secretary the financial interests of their spouses if they could appear to be a potential conflict of interest. At the time Mills, who had travelled to Tehran, confirmed that he had discussed his Iranian work with Jowell, so she was aware of it. When contacted by The Observer in May 2003 about the original potentially sanctions-busting deal, Mills initially claimed that Jowell's permanent secretary had been informed, but he later admitted that this was not the case.
5. In 1996, Mills set up banking arrangements to handle payments in a GBP 300 million military contract for the Ukraine to sell 320 tanks to Pakistan.
It was in the early 1980s, that Mills was put in charge of creating a complex web of offshore companies on behalf of Italian prime minister Berlusconi. These companies were in tax havens such as Panama. Berlusconi, allegedly used these companies to evade tax, bribe judges and make illegal payments to footballers. Source Daily Mail 23 Feb 2006 http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/02/23/1402656.htm
6. Back on 29 July 1999, Express Newspapers related:"THE husband of Health Minister Tessa Jowell is to be questioned by Scotland Yard as part of an investigation into a shipment of blood infected with the deadly HIV virus..."Italian magistrates are investigating a London-based company which was behind the planned shipment of 25 tons of blood plasma worth up to £2million from a port in Italy.
"In another episode Mr Mills was caught up in a nuclear waste controversy. A company he had formed for clients was named in a Greenpeace report into toxic waste dumping at sea."http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a37a01b047c58.htm
Mills name was also linked to an alleged fraud involving Hydrofoils .
7. After Blair won the 1997 general election, he made Jowell his public health minister. According to The Observer ( How the lawyer's pub deal brewed a storm of trouble ): At the time Jowell was involved in discussions with the drinks industry about a range of issues from relaxing drinking regulations to alcopops. She was also working on a white paper about the future of tobacco use that would see the government back away from banning smoking in pubs...
Documents obtained by The Observer reveal that on 8 February 1998, Mills used a company based in the British Virgin Islands to buy 90,895 shares in a little-known firm called the Old Monk Company...The Old Monk Company is involved with pubs and drink. Mills pumped £80,000 into the company... Reportedly the shares were sold, on 3 September 1999, for £147,977.
Assuming the detailed evidence collected by the Italian prosecutor is accurate, this suggests that in a space of just 18 months while his wife was public health minister, Mills had turned a profit of £67,000 - a return of more than 80 per cent... Opponents are likely to seize on this as an apparent conflict of interest that should have been declared.
The Observer article continues: Within 18 months the Labour Party would be trying to secure votes at the 2001 General Election by sending out text messages to students saying: 'Cdnt give a XXXX 4 lst ordrs? Then vote Labour for extra time.' After Labour was returned to power, Jowell was promoted to Culture Secretary with the job of driving through the new drinking laws.
8. Jowell is to face questions over how she secured crucial Italian support for the 2012 London Games. According to the Independent newspaper, sources from various cities in the 2012 bid said that powerful International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Mario Pescante, who as Italian Sports Minister was answerable to Berlusconi, became a surprise convert to London after initially backing it’s main rival Paris. The source said, “we were astounded and perplexed by his support for London. There was a belief that Berlusconi would virtually order Mr. Pescante to back London”. Source: Support For London 2012 Bid May Have Been Influenced
Politicians and spies often work with the Mafia.
9. The father of David Mills was a top spy. According to The Independent: http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article347577.ece"At the end of the war, Kenneth Mills was running MI5's operations from Gibraltar. Later, he was transferred to Jamaica and - according to a family legend - personally foiled an attempted revolution in Cuba. Its leader, Fidel Castro, survived to try again."David Mills is the brother-in-law of Barbara Mills, formerly director of the Serious Fraud Office and formerly Director of Public Prosecutions. Barbara Mills is married to John Mills, a leading Camden councillor and a business tycoon. David Mills and Tessa Jowell are also former Camden councillors. David Mills has dined at Chequers. He has also played golf frequently with Alastair Campbell. He has dined with Elisabeth Murdoch. Peter Mandelson and David Blunkett have been guests at his second home, in Gloucestershire. One of Labour's election promises was to end tobacco sponsorship of sport.
In November 1997, it emerged that the British Government was trying to protect Formula 1 racing from an EU-wide ban. Mr Mills was both legal adviser to and a former director of Benetton Formula 1. His wife, as Minister for Public Health, was responsible for government policy on smoking. It emerged that the Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone had secretly donated £1m to Labour funds. Italian prosecutors began searching for the money trails leading to and from Silvio Berlusconi. Mills gave evidence at Berlusconi's two trials, in 1997 and 1998.
10. Reportedly, Mills is linked to a corrupt land deal involving a convicted criminal. The following is extracted from The Guardian 6 February 2006 http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labour/story/0,,1724362,00.html Mr Mills was linked to a corrupt land deal involving the convicted criminal whom he now insists was the source of the £350,000 payment at the heart of many of the couple's problems. Italian prosecutors are reported to have discovered that Mr Mills was the administrator of a company registered in the Isle of Man that bought into the deal in the port of Salerno in 1992.
The chief beneficiary, Diego Attanasio, was jailed for bribing officials to ensure the deal went through, and is now appealing against his sentence.
This would mean, according to Mr Mills' current account of his affairs and according to Ms Jowell's statement last week to Sir Gus O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, that their London home was paid for, in part, by a convicted criminal.
Berlusconi and Blair 11. The following is extracted from http://news.ft.com/cms/s/39c4cd3c-a963-11da-a64b-0000779e2340.html March 2 2006 In Milan yesterday, people close to the investigation spoke to the Financial Times. They confirmed that they were investigating whether Mr Mills received up to $1m from Mr Berlusconi, a bigger sum than reported previously, in return for favourable testimony that he gave during corruption hearings against the Italian prime minister. According to the prosecutors, who have used analysis conducted by KPMG, the audit firm, about $1m of the $2m transferred on the orders of the Bahamas group was used on business dealings with Diego Attanasio, a shipping magnate. Of the rest, $600,000 was cycled through financial and legal groups in Gibraltar and Switzerland before being invested in various places including two hedge funds, Giano Capital and Torrey Global Offshore. The remaining $400,000, they said, was diverted to bank accounts controlled by Mr Mills and still under investigation...
12. Italian officials say Culture Secretary Tessa Jowells' husband David Mills, 61, was paid to give false evidence in court for Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. Mr Mills denies that. He admits writing a letter to his accountants where he appears to be describing a payment, but claims he was inventing a scenario to get tax advice. Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4757248.stm
13. Antonino Giuffre was a senior mafia boss in Italy. He became a supergrass.
In January 2003, Giuffre told a court that Marcello Dell'Utri, a close aide to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, promised to help the mafia in return for electoral support for Berlusconi's party, Forza Italia.
Source: Guardian Unlimited Special reports Berlusconi aide 'struck ...
Reportedly the mafia helped Forza Italia in March 1992 when it ordered the murder of Salvo Lima, a Sicilian Christian Democrat.
Mr Giuffre said the mafia had been in contact with members of Mr Berlusconi's Fininvest company. The Mafia received assurances that Berlusconi's party would rein in the police, soften jail conditions for mafiosi and change laws.
14. Tony Blair is a close friend of Berlusconi and has stayed with him on holiday in Italy.
Tessa Jowell was one of Blair's top ministers. Her husband, David Mills, has worked closely with Berlusconi.
1994 Investigators start to look at offshore businesses belonging to Berlusconi.
1996 The UK Serious Fraud Office stages a raid on an office that is connected with Mills over the activities of Berlusconi’s companies.
1997 Mills allegedly misleads an Italian court trying Berlusconi.
1998 The lawyer allegedly makes a false declaration during a second hearing.
1999 A £350,000 “gift” is placed for Mills in an offshore hedge fund.
2000 Mills and Jowell take out a mortgage of £450,000.2000 The £350,000 “gift” is brought onshore in order to repay the mortgage.
2004 Mills tells his accountants that the gift has come from “the B people”.
2004 Mills tells Italian prosecutors that the money was from Berlusconi, but later retracts this.
2006 Mills’s home and office are raided by British police at the request of Italians. source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2060621,00.html
16. Tessa Jowell was bringing Vegas-style Gambling to the U.K.
Source: http://www.hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?fa4a0528-0f94-4c19-b97c-9b6a98deb083 LONDON, March 26 2002 (UPI) -
The British government announced Tuesday it will open the country's doors to Las Vegas-style casinos...
Plans for a new era of easy gambling across Britain were unveiled in a government White Paper outlined by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.
The new legislation will scrap many of the restrictive laws imposed 34 years ago, mainly to prevent "problem betting" and control of casinos by the Mafia and other gangsters...
17. I can't vote for Tessa now that she pimps for casino bosses,
by Janice Turner, Times (UK), October 24, 2004
A LEAFLET from my local MP came through my door this week. There is a picture of jolly Tessa Jowell...
Huge US companies have already earmarked sites in run-down areas such as Salford and Hull...
I voted for Tessa, expecting an MP who would combat the gambling industry, not act as its pimp."
Jowell link to Italian payoff
Blair in more Mafia Links
Blair adviser acted for Packer casinos: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1827639,00.html
Lord linked to TB vaccine concern
Labour minister linked to potentially faulty vaccine
Blunkett : £70,000 http://politics.guardian.co.uk/blunkett/story/0,15648,1606662,00.html
Blunkett and Siddiqi
Jack Straw - agent of MI5? Jack Straw and Harold Wilson; Harriet Harman...
Tony Blair worked for the security services? And Straw, Mandelson, Hain...?
Britain's network of child drug runners: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1593312,00.html
British nuclear plants to be sold to Halliburton?
Blair and bin Laden and QinetiQ
Tony Blair, bin Laden, Carlyle Group, Halliburton.
Labour Friends of Israel
Labour and sleaze
UK Labour Party corruption
'Dictator' picks 'mafia' cronies for his cabinet?
Politicians - Tessa Jowell, Cathy Jamieson, Michael Howard....
Enron, McKinsey, Tony Blair, Cabinet Secretary
Blair, McKinsey, Enron, CIA continued
Halliburton, Hewitt, Andersen, Enron ....
Blair government and a licence to steal?
Robert Maxwell, Mossad, Pension theft, PensionsDrayson
Drug dealing PM?
Jowell link to Italian payoffBlair, Jowell and the Mafia Blair in more Mafia Links~~~ Source
More: Tony Blair funded by obscure oligarch
Tony Blair’s new paymaster is an obscure oligarch with business links to Syria, Iran and Afghanistan, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
They are to publish a hard-hitting report which they claim proves the weapons expert did not commit suicide as the Hutton Report decided.They have also engaged lawyers to write to Attorney General Baroness Scotland and the coroner Nicholas Gardiner calling for a full re-examination of the circumstances of his death. Read more...
Below is a copy of the thread At the bottom is someone's post about oligarchy and plutocracy.
While doing a little research, I happened to open a Pandora's Box so to speak. I was curious about some of the ownership and leadership of the Media Machine.
One of my first searches was for Time Warner.
Time Warner owns, CNN, AOL, HBO, New Line Cinima, WB, etc.
Heavy investors are Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch
When looking at the board of directors, this is what Wiki has to say...
In April 2009, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said Pakistan was a greater threat to his country than IranThere seems to be a Gladio-style operation going on in Pakistan.
On 4 December 2009, in Rawalpindi in Pakistan, forty two people were killed, including 17 children, in a terror attack at a mosque. The attack took place during Friday prayers. Six to seven gunmen entered the mosque. They threw hand grenades and then began indiscriminate firing. (Rawalpindi mosque suicide attack toll mounts to 40 ...) This looks like a CIA-NATO operation. (aangirfan: Gladio-style terror in Istanbul, New York, Jakarta ... / aangirfan: TOP US OFFICIALS REPORTEDLY INVOLVED IN GANGSTERISM ...)
More than 400 Pakistanis have died since early October 2009.
On 4 December, at Online Journal, Jerry Mazza wrote an article entitled "Instead of disengaging from Afghanistan, Obama escalates war"Mazza writes:
"Our soldiers are not there, the Afghans and Pakistanis should know, as occupiers but as helpers, and to help ourselves to the dope, the oil, the pipelines and the money, not to mention keeping a path through Pakistan to China for the black gold to flow."
The Pakistan Taliban will be blamed for the terror attacks.Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the CIA and Pakistan's ISI together created the Taliban...
...According to the BBC, "on Christmas Day 2007, the Afghan government said it was expelling two high level diplomats, one a British UN political affairs expert, the other, an Irishman and the acting head of the European Union mission." (BBC NEWS 'Great Game' or just misunderstanding?)
According to the Independent: "Britain planned to build a Taliban training camp for 2,000 fighters in southern Afghanistan." (Revealed: British plan to build training camp for Taliban fighters ...)
A post at this site Cached tells us of the British government link to the terror in Pakistan.
In 2007 Pakistani Intelligence traced the source of much of terror in Pakistan to a 'terrorist' camp in Helmand province in Afghanistan. The camp was run by Michael Semple and Mervyn Patterson.
Both of these British spooks were ostensibly working with humanitarian organizations. Following extraordinary intelligence work by ISI, Karzai of Afghanistan and high officials in the Musharraf government exchanged visits which eventually resulted in the arrest and expulsion of Patterson and Semple from Afghanistan.
In December of 2007 Guardian and Independent published stories that were clearly designed to muddle the facts and divert attention away from the real story.
The real story was that these training camps were to create the Pakistan Taliban or Tehreek-e Taliban-e Pakistan (TMP); but why? If the Taliban were to take over some areas in Pakistan and a part of the capital, then this would provide a sufficient basis for the US to bomb Pakistani nuclear installations and cease their nuclear weapons. There were serious war plans and military exercises conducted by US forces for this scenario.
On 19 October 2009, it was treported that the Pakistan Taliban (TTP) leaders were being evacuated by mysterious airlifts "Mysterious airlifting of some Taliban elements from areas of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border linking Waziristan have been reported by several sources and fears are growing that anti-Pakistan TTP terrorists are also being rescued by their “foreign allies” from across the border.
"The unexplained movements of “un-marked” helicopters and aircraft have been reported since the last few days along the Pak-Afghan border and one source claimed that they were being transported to the Eastern Afghanistan.
"Some experts believe that secret allies of the friendly-Talibans took the action in order to secure the militants from an assault in South Waziristan by Pakistani Armed Forces while others believe the secret evacuation was part of a larger deal between some Western States and “good Taliban.”
"The airlifting and evacuation of TTP leaders from South Waziristan coincided with a report by foreign news media or a similar mysterious evacuation of “militants” from South Afghanistan to North Afghanistan."
An Iranian news site on October 18 reported that the “British Army has been relocating Taliban insurgents from southern Afghanistan to the north by providing transportation means.”
"Quoting diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Iranian site claimed that insurgents are being airlifted from the southern province of Helmand to the north amid increasing violence in the northern parts of the country."
The PressTV.com also claimed that “the aircraft used for the transfer have been identified as British Chinook helicopters.”"The report suggested that the secret operation was being launched under the supervision of Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, who “was still operating under the British guidance.”
"Last week Afghanistan’s Pajhwok news agency reported that “US ambassador scotched speculation that his country was helping terrorists in the north, saying America had nothing to do with the air-dropping of armed men from helicopters in Samangan, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.”
"At an October 11 news conference in Kabul, President Hamid Karzai had himself claimed that “some unidentified helicopters dropped armed men in the northern provinces at night.”
"According to a Pajhowk news report President Karzai revealed “the government had been receiving evidence of the air-dropping of gunmen from mysterious helicopters in the provinces over the last five months.”
"A comprehensive investigation is underway to determine which country the helicopters belong to; why armed men are being infiltrated into the region; and whether increasing insecurity in the north is linked to it." http://www.pakobserver.net/200910/19/news/topstories16.asp
... Read all here
Background: Taliban and Al-Qaeda refuse blame on Pakistan blast 29 Oct 2009 The Taliban and al-Qaeda have said they did not explode the bombs that caused 105 deaths in Peshawar on Wednesday. Pakistani paper The News has quoted an al-Qaeda source as saying the group was not involved in the killing of innocent women and children. The sources instead placed the blame on "elements who want to defame jihad." The banned Taliban group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, in an e-mail sent to the media, also denied its involvement in the blast. [Right, it was likely the terrorist group Blackwater/Xe, which *is* involved in the killing of innocent women and children.
See: Blackwater running covert recruitment drive in Pak through its website 16 Sep 2009 The controversial US private security company, Blackwater, is reportedly running a covert recruitment drive through its website in Pakistan. See: Blackwater Recruiting Agents Fluent In Urdu and Punjabi For Pakistan --Report suggests Pakistani envoy in Washington issued 360 visas to Americans in one month without consulting Islamabad By Ahmed Quraishi 15 Sep 2009.]
More: Pakistan plea to search US embassy for Blackwater weapons, explosives --Interior secretary issued notice in Blackwater plea 05 Dec 2009 Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif served notice on the Interior secretary for not replying to a petition against the alleged activities of Blackwater in the federal capital. The CJ warned that if the secretary did not submit the reply by December 14 he would be prosecuted under the contempt of court law...
The CJ also called a detailed report from the Foreign Ministry on a plea to order the search of US Embassy to recover illegal weapons. Seeking search of the US embassy, Barrister Zafarullah [the petitioner’s counsel] said the day Blackwater had stepped into Pakistan, terror acts and suicide attacks had been scaled up. The counsel also alleged that in the US embassy illegal arms and ammunition were being stored, which were being used for "sabotage acts" in the country.
"...On every side we are told that 'the science is settled', that '2,500 of the world's top climate scientists' agree that these terrifying predictions will all come true unless we take the most drastic action. So carried away have they all been by this belief that scarcely a single politician dares question it.
Yet the oddest thing which has become increasingly evident in the past year or two is the fact that almost none of these things is happening, certainly not in the way those computer models have been predicting. Although carbon dioxide levels have continued to increase, temperatures have not been rising in the way the computer models all agree they should have done.
In the past decade, the overall trend of temperatures has been not upwards, but down.
The hard evidence tells us that there have actually been fewer major droughts, hurricanes and heatwaves in recent years than there were in earlier decades.
There is no less ice at the Earth's poles today than there was 30 years ago. Sea levels may have been rising very slowly, but no faster than they have been for 200 years.
In other words, as a growing army of genuine experts across the world has been trying to tell us, there is not a single item on the list of apocalyptic predictions we have been fed for so long by the IPCC and the likes of Al Gore which is not being called into question by what is actually happening to the world's climate.
...The greatest myth of all in this story is the claim that the succession of alarmist reports produced by the IPCC represents a 'consensus' of the views of '2,500 of the world's top climate scientists'.
In every way, this is wildly misleading. The vast majority of those who contribute to those IPCC reports are not climate scientists. Many are not scientists at all, but economists or sociologists - even just environmental activists with no scientific qualifications whatever.
The IPCC was never intended to be an impartial body, weighing the evidence for and against man-made global warming and coming up with objective conclusions.
It was set up by a small group of scientists already so firmly committed to the belief in 'human-induced climate change' that they were not prepared to examine any evidence which contradicted it.
A detailed study of the contributors to the most recent IPCC report has shown that the number of scientists responsible for the key chapter on the extent and causes of global warming - on which everything else in the report depended - was not 2,500, but barely 50.
Almost all this handful of scientists were firmly committed to the official view on global warming before they were appointed - and they include those whose leaked emails have now created a shock wave running around the world.
Tellingly, what they also all have in common is that their findings are based on computer models programmed to assume the chief cause of global warming is the rise in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
It is precisely this assumption which more than anything else has been called into question by the fact that global temperatures have not been continuing to rise as the computer models insisted they should.
Even some of the most committed scientific supporters of the global warming theory now admit the warming process has come to a halt - although they insist that in a decade or two it will re- emerge again stronger than ever.
The fact remains that the models on which the whole global warming panic was based have been proved dismally wrong, suggesting that the theory on which they were programmed may itself have been fundamentally flawed.
...Yet on this basis, the world's politicians, led by our own in Britain, are nevertheless proposing the most damaging measures ever put forward in history - cuts in carbon emission which, if implemented, would plunge our world back into the Dark Ages - to meet a crisis which it now seems was never going to happen anyway.
Before it is too late, we must insist our politicians re- examine the increasingly shaky scientific case on which all those proposals are based.
For nearly 20 years, from Al Gore to President Obama, they have been intoning to us that 'the science is settled'. But as ever more scientists from outside the IPCC's self- selected 'magic circle' now maintain, it has never been more obvious that this simply isn't true.
No one has put this better than Professor Lindzen, one of the world's leading climatologists, when he wrote: 'Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st-century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally average temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections contemplated a roll-back of the industrial age.'
With the entire future of our civilisation at stake, it is no longer good enough for our politicians just to shout 'deniers' and 'flat earthers' at all those genuinely expert scientists now begging them to look properly at the evidence. They must be prepared to listen - and, for the sake of our planet, to think again.
The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is The Obsession With 'Climate Change' Turning Out To Be The Most Costly Scientific Blunder In History? by Christopher Booker (Continuum £16.99). To order a copy at £15.30 (p&p free), call 0845 155 0720.
By Glenn Greenwald, December 04, 2009 "Salon" Excerpts:
Pew Poll, today:
Public opinion about the use of torture remains divided, though the share saying it can at least sometimes be justified has edged upward over the past year....With these new numbers, it's virtually impossible to find a country with as high a percentage of torture supporters as the U.S. has. In Iran, for instance, only 36% believe that torture can be justified in some cases, while 43% believe all torture must be strictly prohibited. Similarly, 66% of Palestinians, 54% of Egyptians, and over 80% of Western Europeans believe torture is always wrong. The U.S. has a far lower percentage than all of those nations of individuals who believe that torture should always be prohibited. At least on the level of the citizenry (as opposed to government), we're basically the leading torture advocacy state in the world.
Currently just over half of Americans say that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can either often (19%) or sometimes (35%) be justified. This is the first time in over five years of Pew Research polling on this question that a majority has expressed these views. Another 16% say torture can rarely be justified, while 25% say it can never be justified.
Adam Serwer says that this is "what happens when one party in a two party system makes something outrageous part of its political platform: Even the most abhorrent behavior can be mainstreamed." That's basically true, but even leaving aside the fact that many Democrats acquiesced to if not outright supported the same polices, this outcome is also attributable to our collective and very bipartisan decision not to investigate and prosecute the torture crimes that were committed.... Read all
Excerpt: "...In a failed state, the government’s priorities are totally separate from those of the people. The US can’t afford health care or a bailout for jobless homeowners, but it can afford a pointless war and multi-million dollar bonuses for banksters who wrecked the economy.
Millions of laid-off workers lost their health insurance subsidies on December 1, the day President Obama announced a $30 billion “surge” in Afghanistan. The expensive “surge” came 24 hours after the Detroit Free Press published a 127-page supplement of home foreclosures in its metro area. In Michigan 48% of mortgages are on properties that are worth less than the loan, according to a report from First American CoreLogic. As bad as it is in Michigan, the state ranks seventh in foreclosures, so six states are in even more dire straits.
Why does President Obama think the US can afford a war in Afghanistan when the US economy is falling apart? Massive joblessness. Massive homelessness. Millions of Americans without medical care. The additional $30 billion for the war comes on top of the $65 billion already appropriated for the year. These appropriations are always fattened with supplementary appropriations. The true cost is well in excess of $100,000,000,000.
Whose going to pay for it? Democratic Representative David Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee proposes to raise income taxes on everyone earning more than $30,000. This is called “trickle-up” economics. You tax the little guy and give the money to the armaments companies.
...On December 3 at the jobs summit with business leaders, Obama said , “We don’t have enough public dollars to fill the hole of private dollars that was created as a consequence of the crisis.”
In other words, all the public’s money has been spent on the banks and the wars..." Read all
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Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry rejected with anger as information about President Barack Obama’s plan to escalate drone strikes assassinations against Pakistanis territory, a "somewhat-secret" addendum to his Afghanistan escalation, continued to emerge today and a top Congressmen confirmed the move was “under discussion.”
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