THE CONTRA FALL-OUT & PENDING WWIII, THE NOW TIME (7)
By: V.K. Durham
"When the American People wake up and find out what the Federal Government has done to them; I would not want to be a Congressman. I would not want to be a Senator. I would not want to be a Judge on the Bench or even in Law Enforcement. I would not want to be a Governor or a member of the state governments, or even down to the local city governments. I would not want to be even a dog catcher; Because when the American People wake up and find out what they have done; They will hunt them down like dogs and give them a fair trial, then hang the bastards on the Capitol Steps."
Russell Herman Herrman - November 17th. 1993
& Ron Brown
|Reagan White House Middle East Special Envoy Donald Rumsfeld shakes hands with Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein during his visit on December 19-20, 1983. Rumsfeld would visit again on March 24, 1984, the day the U.N. Released a report that mustard gas and Tabun nerve gas had been used by Iraq against Iranian troops.|
Rumsfeld, Ford, Cheney
INDIA'S NEW FACE ON CAPITOL HILL
By: Ramtanu Maitra (Asia Times)
CLINTON INVOLVED IN ARKANSAS 'BLOOD SCANDAL' ACCORDING TO NEW DOCUMENTARY RELEASED
By Greg Szymanski
By DOUG THOMPSON (Capitol Hill Blue)
In 1988, Senate Republican leader Bob Dole discovered I was spending several hundred thousand dollars of Realtor PAC money in Montana in an independent expenditure effort to support incumbent Democratic Senator John Melcher. He called me in for a face-to-face.
What in the hell do you think youre doing up there? You should be helping our candidate (a former auctioneer named Conrad Burns). Dole shook with anger.
I explained that Melcher had helped the real estate industry in the last budget bill while many Republicans looked the other way.
I dont give a damn about that," Dole said. "You cant spend that money on Melcher. Hes an asshole.
Senator, I replied, if we took the assholes out of the Senate wed have a lot of empty seats on both sides of the aisle.
Dole yelled at me to get out of his office and, for a while, banned our lobbyists. But we continued to contribute to his campaign and bought back our access to his office. Melcher lost the race to Burns (the only independent expenditure campaign I lost that year). Burns is now a central figure in the bribery and corruption probe of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
FROM THE WAYNE MADSEN REPORT ARCHIVES: "MZM" AND DUKE CUNNINGHAM
Posted By: Patriotlad (RMN)
"MZM" stand for the names of Wade's three children -- Matthew, Zachary and Morgan. It was later discovered that Wade allowed Cunningham to live aboard his yacht, named the "Duke-Stir," berthed at Washington, DC's Capitol Yacht Club. Cunningham also serves on the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
Amid the Cunningham scandal, Wade resigned as President and CEO of MZM and replaced himself with retired three-star Army General James King, a close friend and associate. Wade's move came after his previously-selected replacement, chief operating officer Frank Bragg, suddenly resigned after being named President and CEO. Former Bush Director of the Office of Personnel Management Kay Cole James, a recently-named Vice President of MZM, also resigned suddenly. A Federal Grand Jury has subpoenaed documents from Cunningham and there is an on-going FBI investigation. Three former MZM employees have charged that Wade pressured them and other MZM employees to give money to MZM's Political Action Committee, which then funneled the money to the campaigns of Cunningham, Virginia Republican Representative Virgil Goode, and Florida Republican Representative (and current Senate candidate) Katherine Harris. MZM maintains an office in Goode's district and plans to establish one in Harris's.
USING TERRORISM TO CONTROL US - NOT A NEW IDEA
Posted By: Ghostwolfemoon (RMN)
|President Nixon, national security assistant Kissinger, Secretary of Defense Laird, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Earle Wheeler having lunch at the Pentagon before going to the National Military Command Center for a SIOP briefing, 27 January 1969 (Photo, courtesy Office of Secretary of Defense Historical Office)|
"TO HAVE THE ONLY OPTION THAT OF KILLING 80 MILLION PEOPLE IS THE HEIGHT OF IMMORALITY"
By: William Burr
Washington D.C., November 23, 2005 - The Bush administration's interest in preemptive military options, whether conventional or nuclear, and limited use of nuclear weapons (e.g., bunker busting) is remarkably similar to military plans and options considered by earlier presidential administrations. Declassified documents from the Nixon administration show that U.S. nuclear war plans included preemptive options for striking Soviet and Chinese nuclear forces. They also show President Nixon and Henry Kissinger reacting to the massive nuclear strikes embodied in U.S. war plans by demanding more flexible options and plans for limited use of nuclear weapons.
The Nixon Administration, the SIOP, and the Search for Limited Nuclear Options, 1969-1974
Newly Declassified Documents Detail U.S. Nuclear War Plan Options, Nixon's and Kissinger's Reactions to Them, and Their Interest in Making Nuclear Weapons More Useable
CIFA - The Pentagon's COINTELPRO
By Kurt Nimmo (Rense)
The Washington Post reports today:
The White House is considering expanding the power of a little-known Pentagon agency called the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, which was created three years ago. The proposal, made by a presidential commission, would transform CIFA from an office that coordinates Pentagon security efforts-including protecting military facilities from attack-to one that also has authority to investigate crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist sabotage or even economic espionage.
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EXECUTIVE BRANCH TRADE FUNCTIONS (Senate - April 02, 1993)
Mr. ROTH. Mr. President, last month I introduced legislation in the Senate (S. 580) designed to substantially reorganize and reinvigorate our executive branch trade functions. I am absolutely convinced that if America is to compete successfully inthe global economy, we must get organized and project a strong, resolute trade presence to the world that will command respect and serve our domestic trade interests. Our present system, by failing to integrate into our overall economic policy economic and other global concerns, makes it virtually impossible to develop a coherent and effective strategy for the post-cold-war era.
An article entitled `Washington's Trade Octopus' by Diana Lady Dougan was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on February 28, 1993. In that piece, Ambassador Dougan urges consolidation of our Government's trade policy and export promotion functions under one agency, an idea that I have been advocating for more than a decade. A new department dedicated to trade will expand our exports by giving American firms and workers the tools necessary to compete and win in international competition. As Ambassador Dougan points out, `trade and international development issues are balkanized among 17 Federal agencies. Turf protectionism, agency shopping by special interests and lack of coordination of trade and export issues undercut America's ability to respond to the changing international market.'
I believe the Clinton administration has been presented with a unique opportunity to fundamentally change the way our Government does business. But we must move swiftly. The importance of our ability to compete in international markets is central to our future economic growth, our domestic welfare and our national security. Unless the United States puts muscle and coherence into its trade policy and institutions, we may squander what is perhaps our greatest growth opportunity. While a trade department is by no means a new idea, it is, in my view, an idea whose time has come.
Ambassador Dougan served Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan in Senate confirmed positions and is currently senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and chairwoman of the International Communications StudiesProgram. Her remarks follow and I ask that they be submitted for the Record.
The article follows:
Washington's Trade Octopus
(BY DIANA LADY DOUGAN)
As the clock ticks on `the first 100 days' of the Clinton administration, the focus is on the new people who are going to head the old bureaucracies. While it is important that confirmation hearings zero in on the qualifications of the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet appointees, too little attention is being given to how the bureaucracies should be restructured.
Few officials relish mandates to down-size, much less disband their newly acquired domains, but now is the time to lay down the markers while bureaucracies, as well as Congress and the electorate, are receptive to major change. A case in point is international trade and development.
Despite the assertion of Clinton that it won't be `business as usual,' hot ticket items like U.S. competitiveness already are diffusing among a gaggle of agencies and congressional committees with overlapping mandates and jurisdictions. And more than a few of Washington's 80,000 lobbyists are quickly reclaiming their `special interest' real estate.
With Clinton's announcement that he will `make Commerce more visible and more powerful' with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, an already powerful Washington insider, and Mickey Kantor, a street-smart Washington outsider as U.S. trade representative, optimism is high.
But beefing up the Commerce Department, getting tough on trade barriers, not to mention pouring more money into export promotion, redirecting the Agency for International Development (AID) and setting up new commissions to study the problems of international competitiveness have been part of every president's agenda since World War II.
Today, trade and international development issues are balkanized among 17 federal agencies. Turf protectionism, agency shopping by special interests and lack of coordination of trade and export issues undercut America's ability to respond to the changing international market.
The longstanding separation between the Department of Commerce and its role in trade promotion, and the U.S. trade representative in trade negotiation, served America well during this past decade's emphasis on establishing global trading frameworks, but the future rationale of this division is questionable.
Furthermore, much of the real policy impact on export competitiveness is created by the Treasury Department and myriad multilateral lending and assistance organizations. Meanwhile, U.S. preoccupation with the deficit and economic strength here at home have downgraded development-assistance programs abroad that can play major roles in international trade and economic growth.
As it is, the lion's share of the already diminishing resources of AID have long been subsumed by thinly veiled defense set-asides. (The `security assistance' programs for just three countries--Israel, Egypt and the Philippines--represent 65 percent of the overall AID `economic support fund' budget.)
Congressional gridlock and micro-managing have kept the well-meaning people at AID on continuing resolution since 1986. Meanwhile, Japan's Overseas Development Agency now surpasses the United States in assistance giving and largely targets strategic market development and creative financing schemes.
Indeed, most assistance-giving countries, with the exception of the United States, assure that major business contracts godirectly to their own nationals.
U.S. international economic stakes are high. Despite a boost from the undervalued dollar, current U.S. exports (including services) represent less than 10 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP). By contrast, major trading partners like Germany and France derive close to 30 percent of their GDPs from export revenues.
John Macomber, Export-Import Bank chairman for the Bush administration, touted a modest goal of increasing U.S. export revenues by 5 percent a year over the next five years to 15 percent of our GDP. But the results would be far from modest--more than $250 billion in new revenues. Clinton's nominee to succeed Macomber, Goldman Sachs' Ken Brody, and others with international economic portfolios probably will pick up the theme.
If we are to accomplish this goal to which both Democrats and Republicans subscribe, the issues of international trade, commerce and development must be refocused and restructured. Some useful and cost-saving starts would be:
Consolidate trade policy and export promotion under one agency. This includes folding the U.S. trade representative, the Export-Import Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corp. and State Department's Trade Development Program into the Department of Commerce.
Disband the Agency for International Development, which Clinton already has targeted for $500 million in cuts over the next five years. Disperse its responsibilities to other agencies (e.g., the Peace Corps for humanitarian assistance. Department of Defense for security assistance and United States Information Agency for development training).
An even more cohesive approach would be to consolidate the Department of Commerce, AID and the related international trade, financing and assistance activities into a new lean and focused Department of Trade and Development.
This new department would absorb all major international economic activities currently spread among Commerce, the U.S. trade representative. Trade Development Program, Treasury and others. The various domestic functions of the Commerce Department logically can be moved to already existing bureaus in the departments of Labor, Agriculture, Transportation, Energy and Interior.
These suggestions may seem draconian, but they are practical if tackled early in the process. The most far-reaching trade-reform attempt was during the Reagan administration when a new Department of Trade and Industry was approved. It was doomed. Beyond concerns over the perceived flirtation with `industrial policy,' the real flaw was that the proposal was not launched at the very beginning of the new administration when politicians on both sides of the aisle were prepared, to carry out a mandate for change.
Clinton says the Reagan administration was an important role model for transition and organization. Let us hope he learns from its failures as well as successes.
THE CONTRA FALL-OUT; GOD & COUNTRY(S), (8)
By: V.K. Durham
80,000 LOBBYIST ETAL HAVE MADE THE
"CONTRA FALL-OUT" BIGGER THAN WATERGATE
By VK Durham
CONTRAS & OPERATION CODE NAME "TROJAN"
By: V.K. Durham
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