International Forecaster Weekly

More Domestic Spying, ID Cards, Wall Street Greed

More domestic spying, ID cards, Wall Street greed... justice in Guantanamo?... polling machines... rigged elections... looting for influence...

Bob Chapman | April 1, 2006

The Justice Department says the NSA could have legally monitored ordinarily confidential communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients in its controversial warrantless surveillance program. They also believe there is no prohibition to using information collected under NSA’s program in court.

Thus, in corporatist fascist America there is no longer doctor-patient and attorney-client privilege.

New Hampshire’s legislature has rejected state participation in the fascist elitists national ID scheme. The state will not amend procedures for applying for a driver’s liecense. In addition, lawmakers gave approval to a constitutional amendment that would limit government’s ability to seize private property, which effectively overturns the recent Supreme Court decision, which allowed states to take private property and give it to private developers.

Gary Weiss is the author of the forthcoming, “Wall Street Versus America: The Rampant Greed and Dishonesty That Imperil Your Investments.” Mr. Weiss says what we do. The fines for big Wall Street firms are chump change and considered an occupational hazard. They never admit nor deny and never go to jail. That is when they need a scapegoat like Frank Quattrone, the just one out who isn’t an elitist, or someone who refuses to cooperate.

A few weeks ago a sea plane went down near Miami. When the accident was reported originally it said one of the Barcardi heirs and his wife were onboard. After that there was no further mention of the Barcardi’s being on the plane. The government said the crash was caused by cracks in the wings and fuselage. There was no mention of the fireball that engulfed the plane or what caused it. You only get a fireball when a plane blows up.

This week the Supreme Court is hearing arguments as to whether to allow the Bush administration to try Guantanamo detainees in special military tribunals with limited rights for the accused. Justice Antonin Scalia has already dismissed the idea that the detainees have rights under the US Constitution or International Conventions, adding he was astounded at the hypocritical reaction in Europe to Gitmo. Scalia’s comments certainly are grounds for recluse as he has compromised the credibility of the Court. Robertson is already reclused because he ruled on the issue as an Appellate Judge. We have had political courts since 1935 and it just gets worse.

Ian Sancho – elections supervisor in Leon County, Florida showed that Diebold’s voting machines could be easily compromised. Now, however, Sancho may be paying an unexpected price for his whistle-blowing: None of the state-approved companies will sell him the voting machines the county needs. That readers, is a monopolistic conspiracy. They are all obviously aware that all their machines can be compromised – rigged. That has caused Leon County to have to return a $564,000 federal grant to buy the machines that vendors won’t sell to him. This is how George and the neocons and George’s brother, the Governor of Florida, work. This is the message being sent by the manufactures to election’s supervisors. You either use our machines and shut up or you get no machines and you can hand count your elections. California elections’ officials arranged for experts to perform a similar analyses of the Diebold machines and also found them vulnerable – noting a wider variety of flows than Sancho’s experts had. That, of course, is total vindication. At the same time, Diebold says their machines work just fine and are secure and they are lying.

After George and the neocons rigged the 2000 election in Florida and elsewhere, under federal law tests have to be made. In defiance of federal law Diebold will not sell machines to Sancho, Leon County, without assurances that he will not permit more such tests, which the company says are a reckless use of machines. This means all of the machines are in on the rigging of elections.

There is no question this goes on and that there is no federal oversight because George and the neocons are running the scam. In Maryland, N. Carolina, Texas, Ohio and elsewhere, election officials have called in question the security and accuracy of new voting machines. What they mean to say is that their elections are being rigged and they cannot do anything about it because the elitists run it. If they shout too loud they wake up dead.

They were not stealing. They were looting. That is Tom DeLay and his band of merry crooks. DeLay’s former chief of staff, Edwin A. Buckham and his wife were the personal beneficiaries of the group’s $3.02 million in revenue, collecting payments of $1,022,729 during a five year period ending in 2001. That was a third of all the money collected by the US Family Network, a non-profit organization the adviser created to promote a pro-family agenda in Congress. The group’s revenue was drawn mostly from clients of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. From an FBI subpoena for the records, it can be inferred that the bureau is exploring whether there were ties between the payments and favorable legislative treatment of Abramoff’s clients by DeLay’s office.

The Buckham’s left DeLay’s staff and his wife, Wendy, acting through their consulting firm, made monthly payments averaging $3,200 - $3,400 a piece to DeLay’s wife, Christine, for three of the years in which he collected money from the USFN and some other clients. Thus, DeLay’s wife got kickbacks as DeLay prayed with Buckham.

Another DeLay staffer to benefit from USFN was a consulting firm owned by the wife of Tony C. Rudy, DeLay’s deputy chief of staff, who was paid $15,600 by the group in 1999 and $10,400 in 2000.

Even Abramoff’’s Alexander Strategy Group began collecting kickbacks of $10,000 to $12,000 a month.

The rest of USFN funds also paid for rugs, vases, Royal Doulton, Salvador Dali’s and Peter Max prints. I’m sure Christians will be happy to hear how their funds were squandered by the neocons. The kickbacks and the criminality go on and on. You can now understand why we as long-time right-wingers want to destroy this foul group of Satanists. They are stealing our country’s heritage.

The Senate budget committee has ignored the Bush administration’s spending reduction proposals for agriculture when it approved the committee’s fiscal 2007 budget resolution. Bush wanted a 5% reduction in commodity payments for a $1 billion savings in 2007 and $7.7 billion over the next ten years. This proposed legislation would have a very negative impact on US relations with the WTO.

In the weeks before the US-led invasion of Iraq, as the US and Britain pressed for a second UN resolution condemning Iraq, President Bush’s public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt: Disarm or face war.

While this was going on he told Tony Blair war was inevitable as they interrupted their social sessions with Jeff Gannon. Bush was going to war no matter what.