An ethical person - like a politician, banker or lawyer - may know right from wrong, but unlike many of them, a moral person lives it. An Americanist first already knows that.
Bankers and their government agents will always act in their own best interests. Any residual benefit flowing down to the citizens by happenstance will just be litter.
On September 10, 1968 NUMEC receives a key coordinator of Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program (Avraham Hermoni) and three undercover Israeli intelligence operatives. NUMEC tells the Atomic Energy Commission the Israeli visitors are "energy specialists."
U.S. Suspected Israeli Involvement in 1960s Missing
Uranium Officials Believed Ally Used Materials Lifted From Pennsylvania Toward
a Weapons Program
By John R. Emshwiller, WSJ, Updated Aug. 6, 2014 7:41 p.m. ET
Declassified documents from the 1970s provide new
evidence that federal officials believed bomb-grade uranium that disappeared
from a Pennsylvania nuclear facility in the 1960s was likely taken for use in a
clandestine Israeli atomic-weapons program.
The documents, obtained earlier this year through
public-records requests by a Washington-based nonprofit group, also indicate
that senior officials wanted to keep the matter under wraps for fear it could
undermine U.S. Middle East peace efforts.
Though the Central Intelligence Agency's case for the
suspected theft wasn't conclusive, it was sufficiently persuasive that "I
do not think that the President has plausible deniability" regarding the
question, said a memo dated July 28, 1977, by a National Security Council
staffer in President Jimmy Carter's administration.
A security council memo to Mr. Carter a few days later
expressed more uncertainty about whether a theft had occurred, but noted that
then-Secretary of State Cyrus Vance had a coming Middle East trip and discussed
the need to keep attention "away from the CIA's information."
The question of whether one of America's closest allies
was involved in the theft of some of its most valuable and dangerous material
in pursuit of nuclear weapons has been one of the enduring mysteries of the
atomic age. The suspected theft has drawn the attention of at least three
presidents and other senior government officials.
The evidence suggested that "something did
transpire," said Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mr. Carter's national-security
adviser, in a recent interview. "But until you have conclusive evidence
you don't want to make an international incident. This is a potentially very
explosive, controversial issue." Besides, he added, even if a theft was
proved, "What are we going to say to the Israelis, 'Give it back?' "
Israel hasn't ever said whether it has nuclear weapons. A
spokeswoman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., declined to comment
for this article.
So did a spokeswoman for the Obama administration, which
like past U.S. administrations has declined to say whether it believes Israel
has an atomic arsenal. A CIA spokesman also declined to comment.
Mr. Carter, who said at a 2008 gathering in Britain that
he believes Israel has nuclear weapons, declined through a spokeswoman to be
His diplomatic efforts as president, which helped produce
a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979, likely wouldn't have been
possible "if there was some huge scandal at the time about this,"
said John Marcum, the staffer who wrote the July 28, 1977, memo, in a recent
The theft suspicions surround events at a now-dismantled
facility in Apollo, Pa., owned by a company called Nuclear Materials &
Equipment Corp., or Numec. In the mid-1960s, some 200 pounds of bomb-grade
uranium--enough possibly for several Hiroshima-sized bombs--couldn't be
accounted for there.
An FBI investigation begun in the late 1960s, which drew
interest from top Nixon administration officials, including the president,
but couldn't determine what happened to the uranium, according to Federal Bureau of
Investigation and other agency documents. But FBI officials did raise questions
about suspected dealings between Numec's founder and president, Zalman Shapiro,
and Israeli intelligence officials, according to government documents.
& Wilcox Co. BWC -0.35% , a
nuclear-technology and energy company that acquired Numec in 1971, declined to
In an interview late last year, the 93-year-old Mr.
Shapiro, who has long argued the material had been lost in the production
process, said that no theft took place. He said his dealings with Israel, where
Numec had commercial activities, were legitimate and to his knowledge never
involved intelligence officials.
Potentially crucial sections of the recently released
documents--obtained by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, an
organization that has been critical of Israel--remain classified.
The latest document release underscores the need for the
government to declassify the remaining information about the suspected theft,
some former federal officials say.
"We know the CIA thought the material was stolen. We
want to know why they thought that," said Victor Gilinsky, a former
commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Government records show that a federal nuclear-enrichment
facility in Ohio sent shipments to Numec containing the highest percentage of
U235, the explosive form of uranium, ever known to have been produced, said
Roger Mattson, another former NRC official.
Did the CIA later find that such uranium had turned up in
Israel, as some documentary evidence suggests? "That's not something
that's declassified," said Jessica Tuchman Mathews, a national-security
official in the Carter administration who wrote or received some of the
recently declassified documents.
Recently on http://www.thedailybeast.com
I read an article entitled: A Global Slaughter of Christians, but
America’s Churches Stay Silent. It was written by a Kirsten Powers. I
don’t know anything about this lady but she did posit some thoughts that
American Christians should be thinking about and probably haven’t a
Anyone who has read my material in recent years realizes that I have
grave questions about what the Church in this country is doing (and
isn’t doing). The Church today seems to be submerged in what I would
call a wait for the rapture, just be nice, the Lord’s in control and so we do nothing theology.
That’s about the briefest way I can describe it and keep it civil. Powers states in her article: “Christians in the Middle East and
Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and
forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this
horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not
so. The silence has been nearly deafening.” She noted further down in
the article an event that took place in Nairobi, Kenya that killed more
than 70 people. She said: “The Associated Press reported that the Somali
Islamic militant group al-Shabab ‘confirmed witness accounts that
gunmen separated Muslims from other people and let the Muslims go free.’
The captives were asked questions about Islam. If they couldn’t answer,
they were shot…In Syria, Christians are under attack by Islamist rebels
and fear extinction if Bashar al-Assad falls.” It’s interesting that
weve been told what a bad guy Assad in Syria is and yet Christians, it
seems, have been safe under his government and they realize that if he
goes, then their safety net is gone.
It’s the same game they played in Iraq a couple decades ago. We were
all told what a scumbag Saddam Hussein was, and I will agree, he was no
Sunday school teacher, but yet under his regime, Christians in Iraq
were left alone. You can’t say that has been the case since. Christians
in Iraq now are an endangered species. I find it interesting that in
these instances, regimes that have not harassed Christians are the ones
that our government has targeted. Any pattern here?
Powers has observed that: “American Christians are quite able to
organize around issues that concern them. Yet religious persecution
appears not to have grabbed their attention, despite worldwide media
coverage of the atrocities against Christians and other religious
minorities in the Middle East.”
So what’s the problem with America’s churches? And what “issues” do
they organize around that are so important that they easily overlook
what happens to their brethren in other areas? Some organize to combat
abortion. That’s good. No problem there except that not enough are doing
it and not enough are concerned. I am a Reformed Christian and so I expect I will make some folks mad
with my comments, but I feel I have to say what I am saying here. This
is a subject I have struggled with. Many churches and Christians today,
and for over a century have been caught up in what I call “the rapture
cult” (there was a book written by that same name around 30 years ago).
The main idea is that the Lord could come back anytime now and so why be
involved in anything political, educational, or culture changing
because we won’t be here anyway—so just sit back and do nothing and
don’t worry about it. You have to wonder where the rapture was for those
poor folks getting slaughtered in the Middle East, or for all the
martyrs over the centuries that have died for their faith, some of which
are still dying for it. It almost seems that this rapture concept was
invented for American Christians to keep them on the couch, and
therefore doing nothing. Now understand, when I question the “rapture
cult” I am not questioning the Lord’s second coming. Scripture says He
will return and I believe that. I just don’t think it will happen in the
next ten minutes like some of these folks do. Their belief in this
Then there are the “just be nice” folks who don’t want to offend
anyone, anywhere, at anytime and to call sin by its real name they’d
have to do that, and so they don’t—anytime. Now admittedly, Christians
shouldn’t run around trying to be ornery, but stop and think a bit.
Obviously Jesus “offended” the Jewish religious establishment or they
would not have schemed to get the Romans to nail Him to the cross. If
you read the Gospels, Jesus spent quite a bit of time offending the
Jewish religious establishment—and He did it not only by healing and
helping people, often on the Sabbath, but He did it by telling that
establishment the truth about Himself. They weren’t having any of that.
Three years after He started His ministry they proved it. And they
continued to prove it all the way through the Book of Acts if you care
to read about it. Jesus told them that their religious establishment had
become apostate and revolutionary and that He had come to inaugurate
God’s Kingdom and do away with their religious establishment and that
really ticked them off. It ticks off some Christians today, too, who
feel that Christians ought to support political Zionism no matter what.
This is a complicated subject and I will try to do another article on it
And, last but not least, at least for me, come the folks, many of
them Reformed, who say “The Lord’s in control of it all, so why worry or
get upset, just let Him take care of it all.” Again, let me state that I
have never said the Lord wasn’t in control of all things. I don’t doubt
He is, but, again, lots of folks use this as an excuse for doing
nothing. If the Lord’s in control then He will sort it all out and I
don’t have to do anything except go along for the ride.
neutralizer! The Lord’s in control, therefore, I don’t gotta do nothin’.
I’ve talked with some of these folks and put forth the novel concept
that, while the Lord is in control, maybe, just maybe, He wants to
exercise some of that control through His people. That doesn’t go over
real well. They don’t like that idea anymore than the Pharisees liked
the idea of Jesus healing someone on the Sabbath.
I recently heard a minister say that maybe God is allowing Islam to
do what it’s doing in this country and in Europe because the church is
basically asleep, or so concerned about non-essential issues that it
doesn’t have any time for what’s important. That might explain the great
big yawn American Christians give when they hear about horrendous
atrocities being committed against their brethren in the Middle East and
Somehow, American Christians seem to have been neutralized to the
point where they really think “it can’t happen here.” They don’t realize
that as long as they sit and do nothing about anything it will happen
here and is happening while they enjoy spiritual slumber.
Between the Scofield Bible Notes, bland evangelicalism, and
unconcerned “Reformers” the Church is in serious trouble in this country
and in others as well.
The nation had
been led to believe that Baal was in charge of fertility and the
rainfall in particular. Elijah would show that "the Lord is God".
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by R. J. Rushdoony
is an old proverb which says, "We would all be rich, if we didn't have
to eat." This is simply another way of saying that we all have
priorities, and we make our choices in terms of them.
men choose to be miserly on food, clothing, and shelter, because they
value money so highly. They may like their family, but they love money
more, and so they sacrifice everything to accumulate money. Others
sacrifice for their children, and everything else takes second place in
other examples could be cited, but we can summarize it thus: we are
always making choices, consciously or unconsciously, in terms of what we
prize or love the most. Our choices reveal our faith.
summoned Israel and us to decision, declaring, "[C]hoose you this day
whom ye will serve," the Lord or false gods (Josh. 24:15). Later, Elijah
summoned the people to decide between God and Baal (1 Kings 18:21).
Over and over again, the Bible demands that we choose, and warns us that
all our actions represent a choice.
"Our lives continually witness for us or against us
as to what we believe in, what we sacrifice for,
and what we have chosen."
you and I did last year and yesterday, and are doing today, represents a
choice, and a decision about priorities. Our lives continually witness
for us or against us as to what we believe in, what we sacrifice for,
and what we have chosen.
here a strange and remarkable fact enters in. The godly man recognizes
that he has been called and chosen by God. He is therefore under
authority. His choices have been made by God and set forth in Scripture.
The Ten Commandments spell out God's choice and law. Man has no free
option. One way is sin, and the other faith, obedience, and blessing.
The godly man rejoices in God's Word and choice, and it is his joy that
God "shall choose our inheritance for us" (Ps. 47:4).
choices thus reveal whether or not we are chosen by God or self-chosen.
The self-chosen say, "My will be done," whereas the chosen of God, as
C. S. Lewis saw, will say to God, "Thy will be done."
I have just paid my biggest bill of the year. The invoice was for a
cool 9% of my entire annual income – or my “Adjusted Gross Income” (AGI)
as it appears on my tax returns, which have just been filed. And that
invoice was from my accountant who just filed them for me.
I have a pretty modest income – so modest, in fact, that my AGI is of
the order of a half of the median household income across the United
States – the kind of income that triggers significant subsidies under
the Affordable Care Act. Even the “top line” of my income falls short of
that median: so it’s not as if I’m earning loads and deducting huge
My financial life last year was pretty simple: my earnings derived
from a modest real estate portfolio and some freelance/consulting work.
My income is earned through my small business, which, for those who know
about these things, is an S-corporation. I have no employees. I do no
Yet, I have just paid my accountant more than a month’s worth of income to complete my tax returns.
How many pages of tax returns do you think that I, a single
individual, and my S-corporation (a small business) had to file, bearing
in mind the small amount of income in question?
Frankly, there’s no good reason the answer is not one or two. But you already know the answer is more than that, don’t you?
Ten? Try again.
Twenty? Keep going.
Surely not 50?
You’re still not close.
Did I hear you say 100 – you’re going for three digits now? Wow.
Still not there.
The answer, my fellow American tax victims, is 149.
Just take a moment to absorb that. A sub median-earning American
taxpayer, engaged in simple business activities, has a 149 page tax
return. And if he doesn’t get it right, his error is punishable. Of that
149, about 100 go to the Feds.
Completing 149 pages of tax forms/schedules/supporting statements is a
lot of work. And I know exactly how much it is, because of that big
invoice from the accountant that I already mentioned.
It’s $2000 of work – my aforementioned largest bill of the year. And it’s $2000 of work I in no way could have done myself.
I’m no high school drop-out. I have a first class degree in physics
from one of the best universities in the world. I like numbers. I like
logic. I like intellectual rigor. I even have a nerdy love of
spreadsheets (which tells me, for example, exactly how much I spent on
groceries this month five years ago ($173.41, as it happens. I’m
But I could not reverse engineer those 149 pages of tax returns if my
life depended on it. And I would defy anyone without a CPA
qualification to be able to do so.
I have no complaint about my accountant, who provided very good
service this year, but even he couldn’t get it right first time. As I
type this article, I am awaiting “corrected” state returns (which are no
Moreover, as any small businessman knows, my accountant can only
generate those 149 pages of returns after I have compiled all the
necessary numbers and data in neat spreadsheets, nicely itemized and
comprehensively annotated (two or three days’ work, right there,
perhaps?). I know for sure that most tax payers are not as proficient
with Excel as I am – so my accountants have an easy time of it with me.
(He even told me so.)
Here’s the reality of the American tax system for modestly earning individuals who run small businesses:
My government has put me in a position where I must either pay 9% of
my income to a professional just to enable me to avoid punishment, asset
garnishment and even imprisonment. Supposedly, I can “do my own taxes”,
but that is a joke. No one who has not gone to school for it could
accurately complete those 149 pages with any honest degree of confidence
– and I don’t care what software he’s using. Moreover, even if it were
do-able, the time taken to learn how to do it and then do it properly
would be measured in weeks, not hours. And we don’t get to invoice the
IRS for our time.
Look in wonder, America, at the most regressive aspect of any
taxation system in the world – its utter complexity to the point of
Kafkaesque absurdity. And if you think it must be like that, literally a
few days ago, the British chancellor announced the abolition of the
annual tax return in the United Kingdom.
Can anyone, conservative or progressive, justify the need for
self-employed individual to spend 9 percent of his income just to remain
a free citizen in good standing or, should he not have the money to
spare, to go to school to navigate his way through whichever of the
74,000 pages of the tax code apply to him?
If the tax code were sufficiently sensible that I could do my own
taxes (which, as someone who likes money, spreadsheets and math, I’d be
very happy to do), I could have paid the Feds double my actual tax bill –
and still have been a thousand dollars better off on the money I’d have
saved on tax preparation. Relative to the current situation, both I and
the country would have been significantly better off.
It is established Constitutional Law (by Supreme Court precedent),
basic morality and simple common sense that the government may not place
an undue burden on a fundamental right – such as the right to stay out
of prison even if one doesn’t have an accounting degree and the right
not be forced to expend one’s property on anything other than actual
To quantify the absurdity, here’s a comparison I’ve never seen made before.
In the course of a year, my assets and non-business activities
generate nine times as much tax (in the form chiefly of property taxes
and sales taxes), as my end-of-year check to the IRS. The cost to me of
compliance on that first nine-tenths of my tax burden is zero, while the
cost to me of compliance with the other one tenth is about double the
amount I actually owe.
You really can’t make it up.
Let me offer these thoughts, then, not as an article, but as an open
letter to our government, the IRS and any Constitutional attorneys out
there. To the government, I am notifying you of the undue burden
that you are placing on law-abiding citizens whose income, it happens,
is deemed by recent legislation to be sufficiently modest that it wishes
to subsidize my healthcare: the cost of this undue burden more than
cancels out all such subsidies. To the IRS, I ask this question. What will you do if I save
my $2000 in preparation fees, pay you 50% more than I did this year, and
I don’t complete those forms? A bonus to me of doing this would be that
I don’t have to lie any more. Because we all know that you are forcing
me to lie when I sign that paper saying “I declare that I have examined a
copy of my electronic individual income tax return and accompanying
schedules and statements for the tax year ending December 31, 2014, and
to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and
… The real truth is that, “to the best of my knowledge and belief”,
no person who is not trained, certified and engaged in daily work in the
business of tax preparation, could possibly expect that he could
generate a correct 149 pages of this stuff – regardless of how well he
tried. And, moreover, the fact that he cannot is exactly why he can’t be
expected to vouch for the work of the accountants whom he’d not have to
hire if he did understand what on earth was going on in the first
Finally, and most importantly – to any Constitutional attorney:
I can’t pay you (see above), but I have a tax return that will make
your eyes bleed. Get me in front of a jury or, better yet, the Supreme
Court, and let us ask 12 or nine reasonable people if the burden of
completing this particular tax return – a requirement I must meet to
retain my liberty and my property – is reasonable or not. And if just
one of the jury or bench believes that a reasonably educated person
could accurately complete my tax return in a reasonable period, I’ll be
happily defeated – as long as he shows me how.
Otherwise, use me as a legal guinea pig to pull down this entire
rotten structure that turns good people into unwilling law breakers or
liars of both, reserving its very worst for those of us on modest means
who wish to rise in the spirit of the American Dream, which our
government and its agents seem all too willing to crush.
Our tax code is so complex that people our government deems too poor
to buy their own health insurance must fork over nearly a tenth of their
income just to comply with it. I cannot be the only one.
If I could reasonably compute my own tax – and it’s a matter of common
law, surely, that a typical citizen must reasonably be able to meet all
impositions of the state by his own means – I’d willingly pay double my
current income tax because of all the money I’d save on compliance: I’d
save enough to visit my family in England twice in a year; I’d save
almost my entire year’s grocery bill; I’d save the cost of the roof over
my head for two months.
I can afford my tax bill. I just cannot afford to calculate it. And
as you can see from my short list, the complexity of this calculation
has a very real impact on my life.
This complexity of our Federal tax system is crushingly regressive; it is impoverishing, and it is morally indefensible.
Simplifying the tax code would be simply the most immediately
effective, progressive and moral low-hanging fruit Congress could pick.
More importantly, the Constitutional requirement of not attaching undue
burdens to our fundamental rights – whose protection, according to our
Declaration of Independence, is the very justification of the existence
of the state – legally and morally demands it.
Republican senators McCain & Graham heroes to some, traitors to most. While they will not be punished by congress which acts unlawfully itself, this pair must be removed by the voters of those respective states.
Additionally, state governors for years have condoned the respective national guard regiments to be deployed in the undeclared overseas wars upon many nations - and lives. Those unlawful acts should be nullified by governors immediately.
March 9, 2015 (Eric Draitser - NEO) - The revelations that US ally Abdelhakim Belhadj is now leading ISIS in Libya should come as no surprise to those who have followed US policy in that country, and throughout the region. It illustrates for the umpteenth time that Washington has provided aid and comfort to precisely those forces it claims to be fighting around the world.
According to recent reports, Abdelhakim Belhadj has now firmly ensconced himself as the organizational commander of the ISIS presence inside Libya. The information comes from an unnamed US intelligence official who has confirmed that Belhadj is supporting and coordinating the efforts of the ISIS training centers in eastern Libya around the city of Derna, an area long known as a hotbed of jihadi militancy.
While it may not seem to be a major story – Al Qaeda terrorist turns ISIS commander – the reality is that since 2011 the US and its NATO allies have held up Belhadj as a “freedom fighter.” They portrayed him as a man who courageously led his fellow freedom-lovers against the “tyrannical despot” Gaddafi whose security forces at one time captured and imprisoned many members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), including Belhadj.
Belhadj served the US cause in Libya so well that he can be seen receiving accolades from Sen. John McCain who referred to Belhadj and his followers as heroes. He was initially rewarded after the fall of Gaddafi with the post of military commander of Tripoli, though he was forced to give way to a more politically palatable “transitional government” which has since evaporated in that chaotic, war-ravaged country.
Belhadj’s history of terrorist activity includes such “achievements” as collaboration with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Iraq, and of course his convenient servitude to the US-NATO sponsored rampage across Libya that, among other things, caused mass killings of black Libyans and anyone suspected of being part of the Green Resistance (those loyal to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya led by Gaddafi). Although the corporate media tried to make a martyr of Belhadj for his alleged torture via the CIA rendition program, the inescapable fact is that wherever he goes he leaves a violent and bloody wake.
While much of this information is known, what is of paramount importance is placing this news in a proper political context, one that illustrates clearly the fact that the US has been, and continues to be, the major patron of extremist militants from Libya to Syria and beyond, and that all talk of “moderate rebels” is merely rhetoric designed to fool an unthinking public.
The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend…Until He Isn’t
There is ample documented evidence of Belhadj’s association with Al Qaeda and his terrorist exploits the world over. Variousreports have highlighted his experiences fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and he himself has boasted of killing US troops in Iraq. However, it was in Libya in 2011 where Belhadj became the face of the “rebels” seeking to topple Gaddafi and the legal government of Libya.
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was formed in 1995 with the goal of ousting Colonel Qaddafi. Driven into the mountains or exile by Libyan security forces, the group’s members were among the first to join the fight against Qaddafi security forces… Officially the fighting group does not exist any longer, but the former members are fighting largely under the leadership of Abu Abdullah Sadik [aka Abdelhakim Belhadj].
So, not only was Belhadj a participant in the US-NATO war on Libya, he was one of its most powerful leaders, heading a battle-hardened jihadist faction that constituted the leading edge of the war against Gaddafi. Nowhere was this more clearly demonstrated than when the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) took the lead in the attack on Gaddafi’s compound at Bab al-Aziziya. In this regard, LIFG was provided intelligence, and likely also tactical support, from US intelligence and the US military.
This new information about Belhadj’s association with the suddenly globally relevant ISIS certainly bolsters the argument that this writer, among many others, has made since 2011 – that the US-NATO war on Libya was waged by terrorist groups overtly and tacitly supported by US intelligence and the US military. Moreover, it dovetails with other information that has surfaced in recent years, information that shines a light on how the US exploited for its own geopolitical purposes one of the most active terrorist hotbeds anywhere in the world.
According to the recent reports, Belhadj is directly involved with supporting the ISIS training centers in Derna. Of course Derna should be well known to anyone who has followed Libya since 2011, because that city, along with Tobruk and Benghazi, were the centers of anti-Gaddafi terrorist recruitment in the early days of the “uprising” all through the fateful year of 2011. But Derna was known long before that as a locus of militant extremism. FINISH READING