July 26, 2005

The Writing on the Wall Series #41: The Days of the Baddies Are Numbered

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After a week-long welcomed respite I found as expected an overflowing INbox from which I picked some of the material included for your perusal below.

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"Love does not consist in gazing into each other's eyes, but in looking together in the same direction."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Aviator and author)

"Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world."

- E.O. Wilson (biologist)

"The idea of intelligence is going from the very narrow view that it's just human to something that's much more generally found in life."

- Anthony Trewavas (plant biochemist)

"The way I see the terrorism etc. is that it is instigated from a higher corrupt force that wants to put the world in fear and then control completely. There is no way that anyone can stop this disaster, because they never go to the origin of the problem and they go on and on about the matter. It is so sad that 34 civilian Iraqi people have to die each day for the greed of the superpowers. I meditate each day to reverse the process and believe in the good of mankind and a change in the hearts of the leaders."

- Brigitte> commenting on The Days of Infamy Series #7: More Revelations To Pry Our Eyes Open

"They are getting frantic and frantic people, desperate to hang on to what once appeared to be inexorable Imperial power, will do very stupid things. When this happens, the mass of the public will eventually demand their removal and it will then be so."

- The Voice of the White House (July 20, 2005)

Worthy of your Attention

New Amazing Celestial Glyph reported July 16

All those created in early July

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Those created so far in late July

Must See! Astoundingly Gigantic Glyph!


1. July 16 Message from Matthew & Message from Hatonn
2. Genesis of an American Gestapo
3. Recipe for extinction
4. London Stagecoach Employee Says Bus Bombing Suspicious
5. "The US Space Command" - 'Non-Terrestrial Officers'
6. Former Vietnam Combat and Commercial Pilot Firm Believer 9/11 Was Inside Government Job
7. Gaza Evacuation Warning
8. Desperate Situation in Zimbabwe
9. Zimbabwe's Bustle, Business Evaporate With Fuel Shortage - Crisis Compounded By Slum-Clearing
10. Distribution of food begins in hungry Niger, though worst still yet to come
11. Aspartame Induces Lymphomas and Leukemias in Rats

See also:

Up to 150,000 Face Starvation in Niger (July 21, 2005)
Thousands of children are starving to death in Niger because the international community has been too slow to respond to the country's food crisis, UN officials and aid workers said yesterday. CLIP (More on this near the end of this compilation)

Shots to the Heart of Iraq (July 25)
Innocent civilians, including people who are considered vital to building democracy, are increasingly being killed by US troops. Baghdad - Three men in an unmarked sedan pulled up near the headquarters of the national police major crimes unit. The two passengers, wearing traditional Arab dishdasha gowns, stepped from the car. At the same moment, a U.S. military convoy emerged from an underpass. Apparently believing the men were staging an ambush, the Americans fired, killing one passenger and wounding the other. The sedan's driver was hit in the head by two bullet fragments. The soldiers drove on without stopping. This kind of shooting is far from rare in Baghdad, but the driver of the car was no ordinary casualty. He was Iraqi police Brig. Gen. Majeed Farraji, chief of the major crimes unit. His passengers were unarmed hitchhikers whom he was dropping off on his way to work. "The reason they shot us is just because the Americans are reckless," the general said from his hospital bed hours after the July 6 shooting, his head wrapped in a white bandage. "Nobody punishes them or blames them." Angered by the growing number of unarmed civilians killed by American troops in recent weeks, the Iraqi government criticized the shootings and called on U.S. troops to exercise greater care. U.S. officials have repeatedly declined requests to disclose the number of civilians killed in such incidents. Police in Baghdad say they have received reports that U.S. forces killed 33 unarmed civilians and injured 45 in the capital between May 1 and July 12 - an average of nearly one fatality every two days. This does not include incidents that occurred elsewhere in the country or were not reported to the police. The continued shooting of civilians is fueling a growing dislike of the United States and undermining efforts to convince the public that American soldiers are here to help. The victims have included doctors, journalists, a professor - the kind of people the U.S. is counting on to help build an open and democratic society. CLIP

Did Bush Lie about Rove's Role in CIA Leak? (July 24, 2005)
Did Mr. Bush know in the fall of 2003, when he was telling the public that no one wanted to get to the bottom of the case more than he did, that Mr. Rove, his longtime strategist and senior adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, had touched on the CIA officer's identity in conversations with journalists before the officer's name became public? If not, when did they tell him, and what would the delay say in particular about his relationship with Mr. Rove, whose career and Mr. Bush's have been intertwined for decades?

Overflow Crowds Mark Anniversary of Downing Street Memo (July 24, 2005)
Hundreds of people were turned away yesterday as capacity crowds packed public forums in US cities to discuss the Downing Street Memo and related evidence that President Bush lied about the reasons for war.

Defying US, Guerrillas in Iraq Refocus and Strengthen (July 24, 2005)
Despite months of assurances that their forces were on the wane, the guerrillas and terrorists battling the American-backed enterprise here appear to be growing more violent, more resilient and more sophisticated than ever.

William Rivers Pitt | Bush's Soviet State
(...) George W. Bush and his administration are pursuing a course of determined unreality that mirrors the delusional fantasies that ultimately consigned the Soviet Union to the dustbin of history. This Rove-Plame thing is but one small aspect of the main. (...) George W. Bush and his people spent months telling the American public that Iraq was a direct threat to our security. They invaded based upon false pretenses. They maintain the fiction that the war was necessary when it has become manifestly clear that it was not. They maintain the fiction that freedom has been brought to Iraq when it has become manifestly clear that it has not. Perhaps worst of all, they maintain the fiction that the United States and the world are safer because of the invasion. Recent events in London rip this fantasy to shreds, and never mind the reports from the French news media that the London explosives may have been made from materials stolen from the unsecured Al-Qaqaa facility in Iraq. (...) "Scheuer, who headed the CIA's bin Laden unit for nine years, sees a different way out - through US foreign policy. He said he resigned last November to expose the US leadership's 'willful blindness' to what needs to be done: withdraw the US military from the Mideast, end 'unqualified support' for Israel, sever close ties to Arab oil-state 'tyrannies.'" Willful blindness is an appropriate phrase. It captures not only the fact that we are manufacturing threats to our security every day we remain in Iraq, but the fact that virtually everything associated with Bush administration policy depends on self-delusion and the manipulation of data to fulfill political desires. Even the most fundamental underpinnings of conservative political philosophy have been ground up in the gears of this grand fantasy. Truth no longer matters. Ethics no longer matter. Facts are there for the twisting. Decades-old conservative ideals regarding the budget and the size of the Federal government have been thrown under the bus because they are no longer convenient, and get in the way of the manufacture of reality. Soviet self-delusion led that nation into Afghanistan and disaster. The Bush administration’s self-delusion has led us into Iraq. Res ipsa loquitor. CLIP

Rove-Plame Scandal Leading to Deeper White House Horrors? (July 19, 2005)
At long last, Plamegate -- the scandal surrounding the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson by two "senior administration officials" -- has exploded out of the D.C. beltway to become a major national news story. (...) What we are witnessing right now is a grand-scale game of political/legal "hot potato." Nobody wants to be holding the various hot pots around the Plame case when the grand jury finally settles on its various indictments, which could come in the next several months. (...) If and when the above scenarios start to unfold, it's not outside the realm of possibility that Rove would get desperate enough to try to question the motives and character of the Special Counsel himself, as BuzzFlash puts it, "to try to sink the investigation through an ad hominem attack. This is Rove's pathological gutter tactic. He doesn't know how NOT to use it when backed into a corner." Or Rove/Bush conceivably could do a Nixon and order Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to fire Fitzgerald. Anything is possible as the Bush Administration paints itself further into the scandal corner, and, desperate to avoid criminal proceedings and/or impeachment, lashes out at its perceived enemies.

Media ignored Rove's apparent violation of nondisclosure agreement as reason for revoking his security clearance

Gonzales Admits Giving Plame Warning to Key Bush Aide
"The real question now is, who did the chief of staff speak to?" asked Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. "Did the chief of staff pick up the phone and call Karl Rove?"


How Black Ops Staged the London Bombings (July 22, 2005)
Staged terror events --like magic tricks-- rely on misdirection to throw people off the track. To uncover how the London bombings were carried out by a Western black operations team, we must see through the key misdirections they built into the operation. (...) The bombs on the Underground were not in the tube carriages. They were under the floors of the carriages. The black-ops team would need access to rail or maintainance yards in order to plant these timed devices.That's the reliable way. That's why this was inevitably how it would be done. Confirmation of this comes from a number of reports, including this eyewitness account of the Aldgate East tube bomb by Cambridge dancer Bruce Lait. (...) "The policeman said 'mind that hole, that's where the bomb was'. The metal was pushed upwards as if the bomb was underneath the train. CLIP

House Votes to Make Patriot Act Powers Permanent (July 22)
The House voted Thursday to extend permanently virtually all the major antiterrorism provisions of the USA Patriot Act after beating back efforts by Democrats and some Republicans to impose new restrictions on the government's power to eavesdrop, conduct secret searches and demand library records.

How Internet Freedom Got The Federal Ax And Why Corporate News Censored the Story (7-24-5)
The days are now numbered for surfing an uncensored, open-access Internet, using your favorite search engine to search a bottomless cyber-sea of information in the grandest democratic forum ever conceived by humankind. Instead you can look forward to Googling about on a walled-off, carefully selected corpus of government propaganda and sanitized information "safe" for public consumption. Indoctrinated and sealed off from the outer world, you will inhabit a matrix where every ounce of creative, independent thinking that challenges government policies and values will be squelched. Just a wild conspiracy theory, you say? No longer can this be rationally maintained. Federal government--from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the White House--and corporate mainstream media have worked cooperatively to quietly block open access to cyberspace. Seizing its infrastructure, corporate mainstream media have censored and covered up its logistical moves including lobbies in Congress and the FCC, the filing of suits in state and federal courts, and quid pro quo with the highest government officials--to commandeer, monopolize, and turn the Internet into an extension of itself. From Fox News to CNN, there has been dead silence as the greatest bastion of democracy in history is being torn down and resurrected in its own image. Now, as the corporate newsrooms remain mum, it has gotten the green light from the highest federal court in the land. CLIP

Fresh fears raised about aspartame (July 15, 2005),3604,1528885,00.html
Manufacturers dispute study into lab rats fed sweetener - The European Food Safety Authority is reviewing "as a matter of high priority" the results of a large new study into aspartame, the artificial sweetener consumed by millions of people worldwide and used in more than 6,000 food and drink products. Researchers at the Ramazzini Institute for cancer research in Italy say their study shows that aspartame causes lymphomas and leukaemia in female laboratory animals "at doses very close to the acceptable daily intake for humans". The authors of the study also say that while rats fed aspartame ate less food, there was no difference in body weight between treated and untreated animals. CLIP - Much more on this at the end of this compilation)

The End of Cheap Oil
Three decisive factors are pushing the price of crude up permanently: the geological depletion of conventional oil (inexpensive to extract), the entry into a world of terrorism and of permanent wars for the control of oil, the strong increase in demand due to Asian growth and the maintenance of Western consumption.

Study Finds Organic Farming More Efficient Than Conventional Farming
Organic farming produces the same yields of corn and soybeans as does conventional farming, but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides, a review of a 22-year farming trial study concludes.

The Voice of the White House (July 20, 2005)
“With the Rove Scandal growing daily as the press starts a feeding frenzy, the obvious failures in Iraq are another source of panic here in the Monkey Palace. A new plan, concocted by two of the Neocon fascists, is to foment a revolution in Iran, cause maximum internal destruction there and probably, note the word “probably,” wreck or delay the dreaded atomic weapons programs obviously in train there. Unfortunately, the Russians, who are now clandestine but effective allies of Iran, have intercepted certain CIA/USIA codes messages from Saudi Arabia that clearly outline the plottings. Russian code breakers are much better than the US code makers and the result is that many of our so-called “unbreakable diplomatic and intelligence” codes are not. It is becoming obvious that utter stupidity reigns here and everyone is aware of it…except the leadership. Talk about the blind leading the blind! The CIA and other intelligence agencies are terrified of crossing the Bush people and wouldn’t dare submit a report that thwarts the Royal Will with the result that there are very unhappy people in Langley and the Pentagon. They see the blindness and fanaticism of the current empire builders as leading us right over a cliff into the abyss. When a bartender at the Cosmos Club is able to discuss all kinds of deep secrets with some of the patrons, as he did with me recently, we have no security left. The DHS is useless and the FBI is fighting everyone for turf, the CIA is quivering with terror and the NSA is doing its dirty work in private. No one is cooperating and the Bush people have created a Byzantine atmosphere that makes any kind of coordination impossible. The Russians and the Arab militants are laughing at us as are the North Koreans, the PRC people and now even the French and British. The latter are stuck, for the time being, with Suckass Blair but it is strongly rumored that his own party is going to dump him…and the UKs participation in the Iraqi Disaster. As far as Bush is concerned, the Imperial wagon train is starting to circle and the frightened Rove is making irrational noises because he knows he will have to be thrown to the wolves if he can’t find a major distraction soon. The Aruba nonsense has about run its course and there is no more Michael Jackson to occupy the trailer park people. They are getting frantic and frantic people, desperate to hang on to what once appeared to be inexorable Imperial power, will do very stupid things. When this happens, the mass of the public will eventually demand their removal and it will then be so.”

Details of US microwave-weapon tests revealed (22 July 2005)
VOLUNTEERS taking part in tests of the Pentagon's "less-lethal" microwave weapon were banned from wearing glasses or contact lenses due to safety fears. The precautions raise concerns about how safe the Active Denial System (ADS) weapon would be if used in real crowd-control situations.The ADS fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam, which is supposed to heat skin and to cause pain but no physical damage (New Scientist, 27 October 2001, p 26). Little information about its effects has been released, but details of tests in 2003 and 2004 were revealed after Edward Hammond, director of the US Sunshine Project - an organisation campaigning against the use of biological and non-lethal weapons - requested them under the Freedom of Information Act. The tests were carried out at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two experiments tested pain tolerance levels, while in a third, a "limited military utility assessment", volunteers played the part of rioters or intruders and the ADS was used to drive them away. The experimenters banned glasses and contact lenses to prevent possible eye damage to the subjects, and in the second and third tests removed any metallic objects such as coins and keys to stop hot spots being created on the skin. They also checked the volunteers' clothes for certain seams, buttons and zips which might also cause hot spots.The ADS weapon's beam causes pain within 2 to 3 seconds and it becomes intolerable after less than 5 seconds. People's reflex responses to the pain is expected to force them to move out of the beam before their skin can be burnt.But Neil Davison, co-ordinator of the non-lethal weapons research project at the University of Bradford in the UK, says controlling the amount of radiation received may not be that simple. "How do you ensure that the dose doesn't cross the threshold for permanent damage?" he asks. "What happens if someone in a crowd is unable, for whatever reason, to move away from the beam? Does the weapon cut out to prevent overexposure?"During the experiments, people playing rioters put up their hands when hit and were given a 15-second cooling-down period before being targeted again. One person suffered a burn in a previous test when the beam was accidentally used on the wrong power setting.A vehicle-mounted version of ADS called Sheriff could be in service in Iraq in 2006 according to the Department of Defense, and it is also being evaluated by the US Department of Energy for use in defending nuclear facilities. The US marines and police are both working on portable versions, and the US air force is building a system for controlling riots from the air.

Hiroshima bomb may have carried hidden agenda (21 July 2005)
The US decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 was meant to kick-start the Cold War rather than end the Second World War, according to two nuclear historians who say they have new evidence backing the controversial theory.Causing a fission reaction in several kilograms of uranium and plutonium and killing over 200,000 people 60 years ago was done more to impress the Soviet Union than to cow Japan, they say. And the US President who took the decision, Harry Truman, was culpable, they add."He knew he was beginning the process of annihilation of the species," says Peter Kuznick, director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University in Washington DC, US. "It was not just a war crime; it was a crime against humanity." CLIP

US Still Pursuing Nuclear Options 60 Years After First Bomb (July 15, 2005)
Sixty years after the first atomic bomb was tested in the New Mexico desert, the United States still has some 2,000 nuclear weapons on hair trigger alert and is considering new weapons such as earth-penetrating bunker busters.The US administration has agreed to pare back its nuclear arsenal from about 10,000 warheads today to about 6,000 in 2012 under the Moscow Treaty reached with Russia in 2001.But even as it moves to retire much of its Cold War arsenal, it has pressed a reluctant Congress for funds for nuclear bunker-buster studies, refurbished nuclear testing facilities, and a facility to build the plutonium triggers for new weapons.The US Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska, is reported to be developing "global strike" options, including a nuclear option, against potential adversaries with nuclear weapons such as Iran and North Korea.More than 15 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, nuclear weapons "are alive and well," said Robert S. Norris, an expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an arms control and environmental advocacy group. CLIP

Unborn babies carry pollutants, study finds (July 14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report released on Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment. The report by the Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical-cord blood taken by the American Red Cross. They found an average of 287 contaminants in the blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and the Teflon chemical PFOA. "These 10 newborn babies ... were born polluted," said New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, who spoke a news conference about the findings on Thursday."If ever we had proof that our nation's pollution laws aren't working, it's reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb," Slaughter, a Democrat, said.Cord blood reflects what the mother passes to the baby through the placenta. "Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical-cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests," the report said. Blood tests did not show how the chemicals got into the mothers' bodies, or what their effects might be on the babies. Among the chemicals found in the cord blood were methylmercury, produced by coal-fired power plants and certain industrial processes. People can breathe it in or eat it in seafood and it causes brain and nerve damage. Also found were polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are produced by burning gasoline and garbage and which may cause cancer; flame-retardant chemicals called polybrominated dibenzodioxins and furans; and pesticides including DDT and chlordane.The same group analyzed the breast milk of mothers across the United States in 2003 and found varying levels of chemicals, including flame retardants known as PBDEs. This latest analysis also found PBDEs in cord blood. CLIP

EU: Thousands of vitamin products threatened by ruling (07/13/05)
Campaigners for Britain's millions of vitamin and supplement users have reacted with dismay to a ruling that could sweep up to 5,000 products off the shelves. The European Court of Justice has rejected British health food industry claims that the proposed Food Supplements Directive, coming into force on 1 August, breaches EU rules. Yesterday's decision means some 300 nutrients and nutrient sources in the UK will be banned unless they can obtain inclusion on a 'positive' list -- a move that supplement manufacturers say requires excessive levels of testing and red tape. Among the vitamins and supplements facing a ban are boron, important for healthy teeth and bones; sulphur, important for healthy skin; and 1,000mg Vitamin C tablets...

Moratorium needed on high seas bottom trawling (July 25)
Greenpeace casts a net to record deep sea destruction in the Northwest Atlantic - Greenpeace today took aim at the continuing mismanagement of global deep ecosystems by highlighting the ongoing problems in the Northwest Atlantic. In a report released today entitled "NAFO Case Study: The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization: a case study in how RFMOs regularly fail to manage our Oceans" Greenpeace repeated its call for an immediate moratorium on high seas bottom trawling. "The report we are launching today shows that after 25 years in operation, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Management Organisation (NAFO), has failed to protect marine stocks and in so doing has allowed the destruction of the rich marine ecosystems that have thrived here for thousands of years," said Bruce Cox, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada. "NAFO is bound by red tape, has little punishment for those member countries that break the rules, turns a blind eye to infractions and has absolutely no teeth when it comes to non-member countries that flaunt the rules. It is time for Canada to show some leadership and demand a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling before NAFO's mismanagement takes an irreversible toll." (...) We should be supporting efforts to protect high seas diversity and fisheries, not undermining them," said Mark Butler of the Ecology Action Centre. "Unfortunately, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans refuses to recognize the destructive impacts of trawling or dragging, despite the harm this technology has inflicted on the ecosystem, the fish and the fishing communities of Atlantic Canada. Canadians should be embarrassed by their Government's opposition to this moratorium." Bottom trawlers use weighted underwater nets up to 100 metres wide that are dragged along the sea floor. Huge chains or rollers attached to the front of the nets damage or destroy everything in its path, including highly sensitive cold water coral and sponge forests. Huge numbers of marine species are unintentionally caught in the nets only to be thrown overboard as 'trash'. CLIP

Greenpeace wants halt to deep seas bottom-trawling (July 25)
Greenpeace issued a fresh call on Monday to stop the practice of bottom-trawling, saying the international organizations that manage fish stocks were doing nothing to stop the destruction of ocean beds.The conservation group says trawlers hunting for fish such as the orange roughy let their nets drag along the seabed at depths of up to 2 km (1.2 miles), destroying everything in their wake."We have documented an enormous range of the deep sea life that's coming up in these nets, including 500-year-old pieces of coral that are just ripped out of the seabed and (then) tossed back over the side," said Bunny McDiarmid of Greenpeace.Last year a group of international scientists blamed around a dozen nations for the practice, including Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Iceland and Norway.World fish stocks are managed by a number of regional international bodies and last year the United Nations General Assembly asked these groupings to look into bottom-trawling.But Greenpeace said on Monday that the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), which covers Canadian waters, and other such groups were very poor on protecting species.A Greenpeace statement said an estimated 60 percent of bottom-trawling took place in the northwest Atlantic, most of it in the NAFO area.

Sea life in peril -- plankton vanishing Usual seasonal influx of cold water isn't happening (July 12)
Oceanic plankton have largely disappeared from the waters off Northern California, Oregon and Washington, mystifying scientists, stressing fisheries and causing widespread seabird mortality. The phenomenon could have long-term implications if it continues: a general decline in near-shore oceanic life, with far fewer fish, birds and marine mammals. No one is certain how long the condition will last. But even a short duration could severely affect seabird populations because of drastically reduced nesting success, scientists say. The plankton disappearance is caused by a slackening of what is known as "upwelling:" the seasonal movement of cold, nutrient-rich offshore water into areas near shore. This cold water sustains vast quantities of phytoplankton and zooplankton, which are the basis of the marine food web. During periods of vigorous upwelling and consequent plankton "blooms," everything from salmon to blue whales fattens and thrives on the continental shelf of the West Coast. The larger fish and baleen whales eat mostly krill: free-floating, shrimp- like crustaceans ranging from one to two inches, the upper size limit of the zooplankton realm. When the water is cold, krill swarm off the Northern California coast by the tens of thousands of tons. Now that they are largely absent, fisheries and wildlife are feeling the effects. In perhaps the most ominous development, seabird nesting has dropped significantly on the Farallon Islands off San Francisco, the largest Pacific Coast seabird rookery south of Alaska. (...) In fact, say scientists, krill are the keystone forage species for almost everything that swims off Northern California. "It's the krill that drive the food web dynamics off this coast," said Ellie Cohen, the executive director of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. "Their absence has tremendous implications for everything out there, right up to the humpback and blue whales. We don't know if this is a result of global warming or some natural cycling, but without the krill, you could be looking at a food web collapse."

Scientists Raise Alarm about Ocean Health
With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations.

Omega-News Collection 16. July 2005

Omega-News Collection 23. July 2005


From: "Suzanne Ward">
Subject: Latest message from Matthew
Date: 17 Jul 2005

July 16, 2005

S: OK, dear, here I am!

MATTHEW: Thank you for coming to the computer, dear soul. You are right in thinking my request that you record my answer to your question is because I wish to include it in a message to go out, but not right that it is to be saved until you have time to sort and summarize the questions that have been accumulating. We will cover those another time except for the inquiries about the London bombings. I'd like to expound on my comments to you that pertain to those events as well as address your question, and for a change, my message for circulation will be brief.

S: That's fine, Mash, go ahead.

MATTHEW: What happened in London was strategically staged to give President Bush and Prime Minister Blair full support from their respective governments, and hopefully but not necessarily public demand as well, for further erosion of civil rights and freedom of movement in exchange for promises of increased security from terrorism. A secondary purpose was to divert attention from the G8 summit being held safely distant, where, despite the official positive announcements of pledged debt relief to African nations and progress on environmental concerns, nothing at all substantive changed.

The four young men identified as the suicide bombers had nothing to do with the events. They weren't even mind-controlled pawns, but simply innocent young Muslims who were picked by a London CIA segment to be the ones blamed for the death and destruction caused by that segment. A large group within the CIA, which only superficially is an intelligence gathering agency to serve the security of the United States, is composed of Illuminati leaders and operators with diverse nationalities, political persuasions and belief systems, but with one aim: world domination.

As the stakes became higher, individuals‚ egos and domineering elements emerged within the one-time cohesive Illuminati, and two major factions developed. With the infighting came carelessness over the past few years, and that, combined with the ever-increasing intensity of light on the planet, led the dark ones to use desperate measures to retain their control. Keen minds are seeing that terrorist activities have become clumsily staged and absurdity marks the official statements about them. We are gratified by the abundant Internet reports with clear analyses of many suspicious facets of the bombings that mainstream media are not yet daring to mention, and as more clear-thinking people clamor for the truth, the facts will come out. Not only about those events, but others also ascribed to "homemade" or global terrorist groups.

What comes then? The rest of the unraveling of the control by the dark minds that have planned, financed and initiated wars and other violence; ruled through fear and unjust laws; illegally amassed nearly unimaginable fortunes; suppressed opposition; and trampled human rights.

Mother, I know that you never wish to be put on center stage; however, it is necessary for explaining what is happening on Earth from a universal perspective. Once you recovered from illness, you consistently have felt your energy surging—quite different from wellness with high energy, more like a synthesis of sensations and thoughts that "things are popping." Indeed! And people who are much more energy-sensitive than you have felt accordingly stronger reactions physically, emotionally and mentally. The light was increasing its beaming intensity at the recalcitrant ones of dark inclination, and in their desperate fear of losing their footing still further, they were strongly lashing out with negative energy streamers. This resistance versus the momentum of the light was fireworks, energetically speaking, so "popping" is an apt term here.

And finally I have arrived at the point for the answer to your question. This morning you awakened with a strange sense of stillness, and you were puzzled about the sudden change. But your wondering vanished as you went about doing all that you needed to do until a short time ago, when you thought to ask me "What's up with this weird stillness I'm feeling?" and I said I wanted you to record my reply.

The "popping" that came from the clash of energies subsided because a substantial number of the souls to whom the light has been beamed have embraced it. Whereas in weeks prior to this the flow of intense energy was erratic due to the frenzied interaction of negative and positive charges, with the receptivity of those many souls, the positive—or light—flow became calm and steady. It isn't exactly correct to say that "gentleness" entered the picture, but that word came to mind with the image of the gentleness of a mother rocking her infant. Your thought of "stillness," Mother, is fine insofar as your sensation, but believe me, there is anything but stillness going on!

S: What IS going on, sweetheart?

MATTHEW: An incredibly strong and unstoppable momentum that will result in major changes by the end of this calendar year. Although mainstream media still are Illuminati-managed, the reins have been loosened enough so that perceptive minds looking beyond the "news" are seeing patterns of government deception, denial and exposure emerging. Demands for honest investigations will result in their coming about, as will changes in leadership. In short, the year 2005 marks the turning point from the old to the new, and the next few years will be a time of transition to a peaceful, harmonious world. In previous messages I have mentioned what can be expected, the speed with which new technology will be implemented and environmental restoration will come with the help of your space family, and the corresponding changes in behavior and attitudes of peoples worldwide, so I won't repeat that.

What I do want to repeat is this: Love is the most powerful force in the universe. It heals pain and fear. Pain and fear is what motivates the darkness to conceive and execute their heinous crimes to create pain and fear in other souls. Light—the other side of the coin from love—is the cure for hatred, prejudice, revenge, oppression, killing. We beseech you to not only join us in lighting the way for the souls lost in darkness so that they may find their way back to the peacefulness and fulfillment within love, but to teach others.

As the truths that have been hidden from Earth's peoples for millennia are revealed in the coming months, you who have long awaited this will not be surprised—you will rejoice! But you represent a small fraction of souls with factual knowledge and spiritual knowingness. The majority will be shocked, and when initial disbelief fades as conclusive evidence continues to be presented, those with firm convictions that their beliefs and knowledge are right will experience denial, then anger and betrayal. They will need your loving supportiveness to reach understanding, acceptance and joy that the time of taking their rightful place as members of our universal family is here.


Suzanne Ward


Note from Jean: In a July 22 private email from Suzy to me and a friend who was asking for some more specific details about Matthew's latest message, she included the following complementary comment from Matthew which I include here with her permission:

(...) It is not possible to specify details for the "major changes" because the energy field of potential shows great areas of flexibility at this juncture insofar as how and when processes will be completed. What is firm is the unstoppable momentum toward the inevitable outcome.

The intensity of light has reached a number of the principles who formerly were resistant, but not the very peak of the Illuminati, so this is an unraveling process steadily gathering strength as opposed to actions taken with such forcefulness that results would be "explosive," as it were. Nevertheless, we can tell you that by year end, changes will be evident in the highest ranks of the US government; at least primary disclosure, if not all details, of who is responsible for "global terrorism," including 9/11 and the bombings in London, Spain and other areas of violence; withdrawal of foreign troops from areas of occupation and exposure of graft and corruption in reconstruction funds for Iraq; spreading demand for a new basis in banking and lending institutions; environmental preservation and restoration; and the crumbling of oppressive governments and dictatorships. At this point, equal energy is being put forth toward invasion of Iran by the White House and opposing force by Russia and allies; if this continues, nothing in this respect will materialize in that country and the public at large will be none the wiser about this energetic conflict.

Again I emphasize that the extent of these changes by year end is not predictable with certainty, but the absoluteness of success in these and other areas where changes are needed IS known! It is essential to realize that happening simultaneously with the areas of change I mentioned are the activities that are laying a firm foundation for the transitional process, like a sweeping out of the old in the same motion that is sweeping in the new.


Note from Jean: Suzy also asked me to disseminate the following message she received from Hatonn concerning the false claims made recently about NESARA in which he sets the record straight on a number of issues pertaining to how this plan will unfold - in due time - and what our role should be in helping it along. My sense on this is that there is indeed a whole transitional process that has been set in motion years ago to smoothly bring about the emergence of true justice in all respects on Earth and to dismantle the now shaky citadels of illegitimate wealth and dark power that for too long have held our planet under their malevolent control. This whole NESARA plan is in direct response to our own (all the Light Servers) demand for assistance from our elder brothers and sisters on the evolutionary path and also as part of the overall divine design for the future of this field of spiritual experiencing called Earth/Terra. I would personally stress that we each have a unique part to play in actively assisting in this global co-creative process for the world of Love, Peace and Harmony now emerging, and as such the earlier and the stronger we will perform each our self-assigned tasks in this collective endeavor, the sooner and the better things will unfold. And that is and remain my only concern, knowing deep in my soul that all is in divine order, which means that being part of this unfolding "divine order", I'm more than happy to extend a helping hand in whatever fashion Life calls upon me to offer, Here, Now and Forever.

Hatonn - July 18, 2005

HATONN: I’d like to lay to rest this NESARA announcement business for once and for all. Getting to the point of proving that NESARA is real is an ongoing process with a great deal of progressive activity that has not been given to any channel. Any and all messages that have been giving dates and telling of hostages and CNN takeovers and especially the killings! -- are NOT coming from any of us! I assure you, nothing I’ve ever said to any channel has been in that realm of the absurdity! That leaves the DISinformation specialists in either spirit or in body as the “newsmakers.”

What’s to be accomplished besides confusion and disillusionment in the believers and jeers from the crowd that always has doubted there is a NESARA? Isn’t that enough mischief? From our viewpoint, it is! The energy wasted in both camps is distressing! I’m in charge of all communication between Earth and all points elsewhere, and there’s this hodgepodge of false information going around that I’m trying to get straightened out! I wish the well-meaning people who are sending around those messages with such elaborate explanations would stop and think, “Would ‘ETs’ and Sananda really send us all those details?” They would see how unlikely that is and look elsewhere for verification of true happenings. I strongly suggest they look to their godselves, where all truth is known!

By the day we near the time when NESARA will be known – no, I didn’t say “announced” because I don’t mean “announced” – I mean “known” -- but we don’t know when that day will be. We aren’t sitting idly waiting for it to amble into sight – we’re doing everything within the processes that govern any US legislation so that never can they throw at us, “You took over our planet!” Of course this is bigger than the US president and his administration’s power group, but they always have the ear of the rest of the world.

Those of you who are familiar with Matthew’s messages know that he has made the point several times that even without NESARA’s announcement, forward movement is constantly underway toward the same goals. That is exactly what is going on – we’re progressing on the same fronts by other means. Anything we do is not by our decision alone, but in conjunction with your own people who will emerge as the vanguard of the transitional government. There are two ways this can go. Nothing is written in stone and we don’t know which way at this point will best serve you. Things can be changed by going what you’d call forward or backward in time. We don’t expect you to understand this, so you simply have to trust that we’re proceeding cautiously and wisely so that the logistics of major changes will come about as smoothly as possible. This isn’t a revolution in the sense that your history books tell, but many of those who are in prime roles now or soon will be have served in multiple changeovers of ruling bodies. They have learned what is necessary and what isn’t, and that’s why they wanted to come back and achieve change without the chaos and bloodshed of your past. 

We know your patience is exhausted waiting for NESARA to come and with it, the resignations of the US president and his administration. Stop waiting and live fully and let NESARA lie! If you must think of it, think of it as a blueprint or a set of short- and long-term goals and not as the whole enchilada -- yes, I know your expression –- coming all at once. Processes in motion will be slower but just as certain in the results that NESARA intends. The house of cards that is the US Congress is falling like dominoes in slow motion behind the scenes. There are holdouts, and we can’t say that we didn’t anticipate this, but the many who are responding to the light -– and light is our ONLY weapon! -- will be helping us to influence the ones still on teeter totters.

P. S. July 26, 2005

Suzanne, please add to my message that when we undertake important missions, such as assisting you all in this transition out of darkness into light, we DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES! The series of bumblings given as "reasons" that NESARA never gets announced time after time are just plain nonsense! Anyone who knows the truth of us realizes that, but the people whose discernment is just developing could see us as part of the problem, because however could bumblers be part of the solution?


Forwarded by Ed Elkin>


Genesis of an American Gestapo

Mike Whitney

July 15, 2005

“Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.”

- Voltaire

“A dictatorship would be a heck-of a lot easier; as long as I’m dictator.”

- President George W. Bush

Tyranny has very few indispensable parts; a compliant media, that will regulate information to meet the goals of the state; a “rubber-stamp” Parliament that will endorse the policies of the supreme leader; a judiciary that will adjust the law to serve the requirements of the ruling body, a strong military to seize the wealth of weaker nations; and a security apparatus, that will eliminate any domestic threats to the system.

On June 29 President Bush took the great-leap forward in transforming the nation’s intelligence services by ordering a restructuring of the FBI and putting “a broad swath of the agency” under the direct control of the executive.

Bingo; Bush’s personal secret police; an American Gestapo.

The formation of the new agency was presented as part of 74 recommendations made by the 9-11 Commission on Intelligence. Every member of the so-called “independent” panel was hand-picked by the Bush team and their proposals reflect the narrow interests of American elites. Bush loyalists and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) members Lawrence Silberman and Charles Robb, (both of whom were directly involved in the 9-11 whitewash) chaired the committee, and provided the rationale for the dramatic changes to the existing system. Astonishingly, Bush was able to unilaterally create the National Security Service without congressional approval as part of his sweeping powers under the new anti-terror legislation.

The freshly minted National Security Service, which has been dubbed the New SS, will operate under the authority of former ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, whose involvement in overseeing the terrorist activities of death squads in Nicaragua will provide him with the necessary experience for his new task. Negroponte, the new Intelligence czar, will report directly to the President, who in turn will carefully monitor the violations of civil liberties that will naturally evolve from unsupervised investigations.

The formation of the Bush Gestapo overturns long held precedents for maintaining the independence of law enforcement agencies. Those guidelines have been summarily discarded by the administration, just as they have been ignored by the collaborative media. The nation’s steep descent into despotism was barely greeted with a whimper of protest from the mainstream press. The editors of the New York Times applauded the changes as a sign of progress; a step forward in making America safer and “breaking down walls” between foreign and domestic agencies. This is true; there are many cumbersome “barriers” between the President and absolute power but, for all practical purposes, those have now been effectively removed. Notwithstanding the NY Time’s perky assessment, the deleterious effects on the American people will be felt for decades to come.

In a Washington Post article innocuously titled “Bush Approves Spy Agency Changes”, veteran journalist Walter Pincus makes scant reference to the many civil liberties groups that fought the creation of the National SS. Timothy Edgar, from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) criticized the president’s action saying, "The FBI is effectively being taken over by a spymaster who reports directly to the White House. . . . It's alarming that the same person who oversees foreign spying will now oversee domestic spying, too.

“Alarming to whom?” It’s not alarming to the president or his cadre of corporate benefactors who would rather eschew the nettlesome requirements of the Bill of Rights to eliminate potential dangers to the state. To them, the emergence of the secret police augers stability in the markets; eliminating disruptive elements without recourse to the law. Personal freedom is the sworn enemy of “top-down”, orderly societies. The Bush Gestapo will ensure that the decision-making power continues to be entrusted by those who’ve demonstrated their natural right to lead.

The National Security Service will have unlimited power to conduct the apocryphal war on terror anyway it sees fit. The agency will operate independent of congressional oversight and beyond the bothersome glare of America’s permanently embedded media. It will provide the requisite muscle for maintaining America’s one-party system; spying, harassing and intimidating those dissident elements who dare to challenge the status quo. We should expect to see an up tick in dirty tricks, coerced-censorship and “disappeared” persons in the wake of the new changes.

General Michael Hayden, deputy director of National Intelligence, attempted to assuage fears that civil liberties would be savaged by the Bush brown shirts. Hayden stated unequivocally that the US no longer had the “luxury” of maintaining the divisions between foreign and domestic intelligence structures because, “Our enemy does not recognize that distinction”. In other words, it’s too dangerous to be free any longer.

Isn’t this the unavoidable logic of Fascism?

The creation of the National Security Service comes on the heels of other developments that are equally ominous. Homeland Security’s Michael Chertoff announced this week that the 180,000 public employees in the government’s largest agency would be further corralled under the central authority of the president. Invoking the pretext of “national security”, Chertoff plans to appoint a few new agency chieftains (Bush loyalists) who will be tasked at consolidating the disparate groups under a model of corporate rule. The changes represent even more power for the president.

Similarly, the release of a 40 page document from the Defense Dept. states the intention of the Pentagon to “expand military activity” within the United States; a practice that has been banned since 1878 under the provisions of the Posse Comitatus Act. American’s would be surprised to know that the administration is maneuvering to sidestep the existing law and deploy troops inside the country on the president’s orders. Consider, for a moment, the potential for disaster if Bush is allowed to use the military as his own private resource; dispatching protestors, patrolling cities and supervising elections as happens in third world nations. The Pentagon document clearly “asserts the president’s authority to deploy combat forces on US territory to intercept and defeat threats.” (Washington Post) Sounds like a military dictatorship to me.

Is there any doubt where all of this is heading?

The National Security Service, which is an autonomous, domestic spy-agency, signals a tectonic shift in the political landscape. The genesis of the Police State marks the end of American democracy; the final wooden stake to the heart of privacy, security and personal liberty. Bush’s meteoric rise to power has been accompanied by a breakdown of traditional safeguards at every juncture; leaving the system vulnerable to incalculable damage. The message to citizens is clear; all of the institutions upon which democratic societies depend (the executive, the Congress, the Judiciary, the media, the military, and law enforcement) have withered beneath the Bush onslaught and been reduced to rubble. The entire system has been corrupted from top to bottom. America is a gaunt, skeletal figure; rattling around in its cage, ready to be blown over by the first brisk wind. Democracy is dead.

Now, will someone please tell the American people?


Subject: Kaminski: Recipe for extinction
From: John Kaminski>
Date: 16 Jul 2005


Recipe for extinction

Criminal governments, corrupt media, comatose public: the perfect combination to permanently eradicate the human species.

By John Kaminski

I have a recurring dream. I am on an airplane, sitting in a window seat, gazing contentedly out the window at the tops of puffy clouds and microscopic towns far below, gabbing amiably with the passenger next to me. Soon it becomes apparent that we disagree about our scheduled destination. He insists it's L.A.; I say New York.

As I begin to stir in my seat to get up to ask a flight attendant to settle our dispute, we notice the busy stewardesses are conducting an odd exercise. With polite smiles, they are choosing random passengers one by one, and escorting them to the emergency escape hatch. First a boy clutching his skateboard, then a middle-aged woman in a black business suit, then a soccer mom grasping the small hand of her toddler, all willingly step out into thin air as their guides bid them a cordial farewell.

Incredulous, I lurch to the far window and witness a Mary Poppins-like trail of passengers plummeting toward the ground. Panicked, I turn back to my seatmate, and he returns my look of horror with an empty-headed, nothing-is-wrong smile. Apoplectic, I race feverishly toward the cockpit, wrench open the cabin door, and discover there is no one inside. The pilots' seats are empty.

Astonished, I whirl around and find myself face-to-face with a mannequin stewardess. “Don’t you just love autopilot?” she mutters dreamily. “You know, you just have to have faith. Here, let me show you the door to your future.”


How much longer, I wonder constantly, will seemingly sensible and honest people continue to put up with this perverted political passion play now besieging the world that is so obviously detrimental to the needs of average people, even willfully destructive of those needs?

The dire predictions of so-called conspiracy theorists are all coming true: senseless wars are being created with transparent lies for the profits of a select few; the populace is infected with obvious poisons from both the medical profession and the food industry who because of recently passed laws are immune from legal action by the victims of these cruel concoctions; and our money is being steadily stolen by inbred elitist bankers who use accounting sleight-of-hand to funnel currency to that same small segment of the population who all seem to be immune from laws that guarantee poverty for the rest of us.

Maybe worst of all is the fantasy world created by our commercial mass media, which prohibit any discussion of human values relative to honest government and exacerbate our problems with so-called entertainment dominated by nihilistic and pornographically self-destructive scripts.

What kind of spineless, braindead cretins would tolerate such a blatant conspiracy?

Well, the American people, to name one group, but also most of the people on the planet, who every day choose to trade their hard-won emotional securities and family ties for mindless mechanized titillation, and then cower in their powerlessness because they are all so dependent on a technological system that encourages addiction to mindless consumerism.

Most of us are hypnotized by fashionable capitalistic shills who castigate natural self-reliance as antisocial selfishness. We have all been victimized by the alluring softness of high-tech trinkets that sever our contact with the life-giving land and more and more solidify our isolation while causing us to forsake our healthy dependence on those we are inclined to love.

How come so few people realize that nobody is free, that everybody is owned by banks? Nobody owns their homes, their cars; even their educations and careers are in significant hock to the banks. You regard your marriage, for those of you who still have one of those, as inauthentic without the sanction of the state. Even your children are not your property; they must be given poisonous vaccinations at birth or public health fascists will take them from you and claim you are unfit parents. This is law in a world made mad and turned upside down.

Isn’t it strange so few Americans have objected to the new, out-front use of torture on people who have never even been tried in a court of law — never mind convicted — especially when underground reports of those taken prisoner and persecuted at Guantanamo reveal them not as terrorists but as hapless victims abducted to lend apparent authenticity to a minor detail of Washington’s contrived terror fantasies?

Why has nobody figured out that our government is not protecting us from terrorists? Our government creates terrorists so we will in sheer insecure panic support the criminal cabal that is ravaging the world with senseless mass murder, enabling it to keep us in a stirred-up state of dependent fear because that allows it to better control and regiment us into prescripted cadres of servile dupes. This is not freedom, this is slavery — terrorized, manipulated slavery to the banks — and it is what we face with increasing insecurity every single day.

Why do we put up with it? Why don’t we see through the ruse? Especially since our lives depend on seeing through it.


Right after the recent bombings in London, I was so impressed by the size of the web chorus immediately pointing out that the deed was a deception, and that four innocent Islamic chaps from Leeds had apparently been set up to take the fall as the culprits for this latest public atrocity from the power elite. These reports dutifully noted that all the suspicious characters, from Rudy Giuliani to Benjamin Netanyahu, were conveniently in place to spin the traditional public myth, just like after 9/11.

I thought, each time the The Big Lie becomes a little bit clearer, the human future gets a little bit brighter.

But the power of big media is monstrous, and just as with 9/11 and the Iraq war, what is on the lips of people in the street is far different from what is on the minds of intelligent commentators in cyberspace.

First it was my neighbor. “Those freaking ragheads. We oughtta just go over there and bomb them all to bits.” Taken aback, I retorted, “We’ve already been doing that for years.” But he would not be placated, or reasoned with. “Nuke ‘em. Nuke ‘em all,” he barked, and stormed off.

Things were no better with my family. “Why do THOSE PEOPLE keep doing these things to us?” several wondered, interrupting their trains of thought from the preparation of a family feast, with no recognition of the continuing American atrocities all over the world. “Oh? Which people are that?” I countered casually, but they didn’t answer.

Then came the TV blasts of Muslim-this and Arab-that, the prediction by Bush-shill Joseph Farah that al-Qaeda would strike soon in the U.S.

But lost amid all the mawkish mourning of the London tragedy was the excellent story about what al-Qaeda truly was — a CIA database that the war machine's spin doctors had long ago morphed into the reincarnation of Dracula's vampires — that was posted on the Conspiracy Planet website which I read at (another cool website) that had been sent to me by some friendly Dalits in India (love those Dalits, but the rest of the Indians seem as ugly as Americans and Israelis put together).

And speaking of great webfriends, Lilia Firefly, well-known West Coast tawo seed carrier (Google it), sent me a very telling story that aptly signified the danger of careening from atrocity to atrocity without stopping to think about the context of all these serial depredations. The Downing Street Memos. Remember them? Two weeks down the line and they've already been sucked into the memory hole.

The Downing Street Memos, dear American friends, are the documents which prove Bush and Blair had determined to go to war against Iraq and fixed their public pronouncements — tailored their phony evidence — around this murderous policy. The Downing Street Memos are what should have brought every honest American into the streets as a lynch mob demanding the immediate and public hanging of George W. Bush and hundreds of other U.S. government officials.

But this also should have happened after 9/11 when Bush and Daschle agreed to limit the scope of the investigation so as not to jeopardize “national security.” By now you can see by all these non-responses how many honest Americans really exist — namely, not nearly enough.

The Downing Street Memos are what proves that George W. Bush and his Gang of Ghouls (prominently featuring Judith Miller and The New York Times in the starring role of perverted propagandists) have thrown away 9,000 American lives and 128,000 Iraqi civilian lives for what were provably premeditated lies.

The Downing Street Memos verify beyond any doubt what Americans have become — irredeemable Zionist Nazi thugs, who will kill anyone for any reason, or no reason at all.

The main reason for the London bombings was to disappear the Downing Street Memo story from the world’s headlines, and it worked perfectly. The satanic chorus of Fox News, CNN, et al chimed in with strategic bits of planted information to brook no doubt that Islamic terrorists were behind the London atrocities, even though the alleged perps — now conveniently dead — previously exhibited not a sniff of terrorist tendencies.

Even an old Mossad chief got in on the act, advocating for World War Three. And several Israeli officials hammered their propaganda point home with remarks like “now you know how we feel.”

Yes, we do, I thought. We are being lied to constantly about what is actually happening, and you are blowing us up to prove your point. The mass media are in your pocket and ordinary people are so consumed by their own survival requirements that they can't possibly perceive the twists and turns of all the deceptions, and consequently just accept the pap they hear on their local media outlets, because they don't have the time and energy to pursue the accurate details themselves. Which is just the way they want it, they being the people who control us, conduct fraudulent elections, and bomb whomever they please in pursuit of profit.

Nobody I know in cyberspace believes the official story. What appears to have happened is that four innocent patsies were recruited to participate in a terror drill, then deceptively given live bombs that took their lives, and the lives of 50-some others. Once again, the anticipated aftermath was meticulously scripted to defame Muslims.

The ensuing spin goes one better than the trick of 9/11, in which the FBI instantaneously named 19 Arabs as the culprits, then had to suffer the indignity of having eight of the names turn up alive in various places, all claiming that they didn’t do the deed. Of course, the FBI wasn’t embarrassed enough to change their list of 9/11 perps, and the American public was simply too stupid to ask why not.

This time around, they figured out a way to kill them all, then planted their papers near the scene. So while their families know these men to be innocent, at least the FBI will have no surprise patsies turning up alive this time.

If this caper could be anything other than a Zionist false flag advertisement for its continuing genocide against the worldwide threat known as the Amalek (a.k.a, non-Jews who don’t support Israel), I would like to know what that is.


I receive about 500 e-mails each day, and most frequent question I get is — for sure — what can we do?

For a long time now I've been fielding questions about what to do and have only had the clumsy answer, “Stand securely in your own truth and be an example to others.”

But lately I've realized that the world has never been in touch with a reality that we desperately need to achieve if we are to survive.

The principal revelation of this reality is that religions control our minds with magical, fictional lies, and if we choose to believe them, we become susceptible to authoritarian propaganda that also is all lies.

You can’t prove that Moses, Krishna, Buddha, or Jesus ever walked on this planet, and if you believe in the statements attributed to them, you cannot accurately perceive what is happening to you as the bars on this prison planet are securely constructed around your lives.

As long as we continue to believe that we are to bow down to and not criticize these religious stereotypes, we can't adequately challenge the same kind of authoritarianism we get from our corrupt leaders, and as a consequence, the “authorities” have carte blanche to exploit and obliterate us at their whim. And we, in our gratitude for the gifts we have been given, are constrained from challenging them with simple logic.

How many times in your life have you heard your preacher, your priest, or your rabbi declare with unctuous certainty, support your leaders, or, my country right or wrong. It all stems from the Biblical injunction, “Render unto Caesar ....”

This is not spirituality. This is mind-control. To go against this portentous command, you risk eternal damnation, the loss of your soul, and whatever other dire consequences you may, from your many formative years of conditioning in these matters, contemplate.

We need to reach a new reality we have never had, and first among the tasks in accomplishing that is doing away with magic myths that prevent us from seeing what's really going on.

Because of their ingrained preconditioning, this solution offends a majority of the world’s population, who since their childhoods have been indoctrinated in one religious system or another, and consequently base their perceptions of the world and its chaotic human society on these magical stories and senseless myths that in a very real way limit their ability to react sensibly to insane pronouncements, like “they hate our freedoms” or “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction,” two deliberate, stupid, and facile lies that have been believed by a majority of the American people.

These are lies we tell our children, and lies we tell ourselves.

The only legitimate excuse for religious ritual is to calm the fears of children who wonder where their loved ones have gone when their lives have expired. The unexpected consequence of this seemingly innocent practice is that these children never grow up. Instead, they transfer the feelings of both security and fear they felt toward their parents to an imaginary superbeing whom they regard as an imaginary parent for the rest of their lives.

As this is the single most important cultural ritual humans ever undergo, its power and importance was long ago recognized and by those with the psychological need to dominate others, and was cloaked by a profession of altruism that thrived on a certain power to control the lives of others with magical myths that masked the exploitation of innocents by self-labeled aristocrats. The same process continues today.

The relationship between holy men allegedly possessing secrets of the afterlife and those who cherish such fantasies because they alleviate the everpresent but suppressed fear of death is the dark side of human consciousness, and a corrupt cultural relationship that has lasted for more than five thousand years. So in a sense, the priestly process can be regarded as satisfying an obvious and universal emotional need.

But it is also a recipe for extinction, since holy warriors will always willingly kill for a goal that no one else can see, except the malicious minds of power-mad priests. And mullahs. And rabbis. It has been proven too many times that when the enemy is completely annihilated, then we begin killing each other, because we have learned no other way to live.

Our allegiance may not be to one race, creed, or color. If it is, within the rules of the free market, we will eventually claim supernatural superiority for ourselves and begin the holy task of eliminating all the infidels. Clearly written in the Talmud and the Old Testament, it is really the beginning of the task of eliminating ourselves, subliminal marching orders to our own self-destruction.

This is what will finish us. It’s time to realize this very small-minded syndrome has been going on for much longer than two thousand years, and it’s a stupid illusion, cultivated for profit by the very perps who besiege us now with all their fake terror alerts, false flag mass murders, and supercilious, sanctimonious soliloquies saying they are acting in the name of God.

The choices are two: get real, and let people venerate the awesome miracle of life in any way they wish, or perish, by the sword or by the pox. Time grows short.


Here’s another recurring nightmare, one that you, dear reader, have experienced all too frequently in recent years. In it, an angelic being, majestically robed in sacred raiments, benevolently beams down at you and says, in the most soothing voice imaginable, “My God is better than yours ....”


John Kaminski is an Internet columnist whose essays are seen on hundreds of websites around the world. They have been collected into two anthologies, titled “America’s Autopsy Report” and “The Perfect Enemy.” These are for sale on his website, Also for sale is “The Day America Died: Why You Shouldn’t Believe the Official Story of What Happened on September 11, 2001,” written for those who still believe the government’s false story of that tragic day.


Forwarded by "Mark Graffis">


London Stagecoach Employee Says Bus Bombing Suspicious

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet

July 15 2005

We received an e mail from an employee of Stagecoach, the company responsible for the majority of London buses.

Our contact works a route roughly one mile from the site of the bus bombing last Thursday.

The bus driver pointed out that the number 30 bus was the only one to be re-routed after the initial bombs went off in the London Underground, every other bus carried on its normal journey, but for some reason this bus was diverted.

The driver notes the following about CCTV maintainence.

"CCTV gets maintained at least 2 or 3 times a week and can digitally store upto 2 whole weeks worth of footage. this is done by a private contractor....So when I heard that the CCTV wasn't working on a vehicle that's no more than 2 years old since last June.....I'm sorry that's rubbish, I work for the company I know different."

Also a point of interest....last saturday a contractor came to inspect the CCTV on the buses at the depot, According to my supervisor the person spent more than 20 hours over that weekend, 20 hours to see if the CCTV is working? Also that person who came was not a regular contractor, for security reasons the same few people always come to the depot to carry out work, this time it was different.

Drivers in the depot already think the so called bombers had inside help because it was to organised. Some even think it had help from the company."

I have received other information suggesting that the CCTV is regularly maintained and checked. The police pay the bus company to check it, and the bus company makes a substantial profit out of this, so all parties benefit from keeping the CCTV systems working.

This information makes it all the more suspicious that the bus cameras were not working.

Was the mammoth 20 hour inspection session of the CCTV a means of disabling the CCTV, or something even darker? Were the contractors, who were not familiar to the bus company employees, actually placing the bomb?

But don't worry, the media are drooling over this picture of supposed suicide bomber Hasib Hussain, who we are told detonated the bus bomb.

Well, it's a grainy picture of a Muslim guy with a rucksack, case closed! That's good enough evidence for me, I'm going back to sleep.

It's beyond doubt that these four Muslims were framed. They were most likely hired as MI6 spies, sent to Pakistan and then brought back and told they were to take part in an important exercise to test national security. Give them the rucksacks, get them on the trains and then detonate the bombs remotely.

Do you really believe for a second that guys with 8 month babies and guys who taught diasbled schoolchildren would want to blow themselves up and kill other innocent people?

Related: Staging the London Bombings in Ten Easy Steps

Related: London Bombing Archive


From: "Adi Gaia">
Date: 24 Jul 2005
Subject: "The US Space Command" - 'Non-Terrestrial Officers'

Game over

Gary McKinnon has been accused of committing the 'biggest military computer hack of all time', and if extradited to the US faces up to 70 years in jail. So how did this techno geek from north London end up cracking open the Pentagon and Nasa's systems? He talks exclusively to Jon Ronson as he awaits his fate

[Note: This interview contains some 'street language' - Adi],,1523143,00.html

(...) His Bufora friends "were living in cloud cuckoo land", he says. "All those conspiracy theorists seemed more concerned with believing it than proving it." He wanted evidence. He did a few trial runs, successfully hacking into Oxford University's network, for example, and he found the whole business "incredibly exciting. And then it got more exciting when I started going to places where I really shouldn't be".

"Like where?" I ask.

"The US Space Command," he says.

"What was the most exciting thing you saw?" I ask.

"I found a list of officers' names," he claims, "under the heading 'Non-Terrestrial Officers'."

"Non-Terrestrial Officers?" I say.

"Yeah, I looked it up," says Gary, "and it's nowhere. It doesn't mean little green men. What I think it means is not earth-based. I found a list of 'fleet-to-fleet transfers', and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren't US navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet."

"The Americans have a secret spaceship?" I ask.

"That's what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe."

"Some kind of other Mir that nobody knows about?"

"I guess so," says Gary.


Here's more about this




Former Vietnam Combat and Commercial Pilot Firm Believer 9/11 Was Inside Government Job

Greg Szymanski

July 17 2005

There was no fooling former Air Force and commercial pilot Russ Wittenberg the morning of 9/11. He knew it was an inside job from the get-go, knowing the ‘big boys’ were up to the same dirty tricks they played in the Kennedy assassination and Pearl Harbor.

The government may have fooled millions of Americans with its cockamamie official story, but the former fighter pilot who flew over 100 combat missions in Vietnam and who sat for 35 years in the cockpit for Pan Am and United, wasn’t one of them.

Now, almost four years later, Wittenberg is still shaking his head in disbelief more than ever, saying the country he loved and fought so bravely 40 years ago has fallen in the deep, dark and sinister hands of fascist leaders who are quickly turning America into a military state.

Although back in the beginning he seemed like a lone wolf in the hen house, he’s noticed, especially in the last six months, more Americans waking up to the cold reality that the U.S. government staged 9/1l, started an illegal war in Iraq and basically is criminally responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent lives here and abroad.

Even though it’s a hard pill for some to swallow, Wittenberg says Americans need to “wake up and wake up fast,” holding those in government responsible even though it may mean a total makeover of the American political system.

And for these despicable actions now taking place in the name of freedom, the former F-100 Vietnam fighter pilot, who knows what it’s like to be in harms way, directed a little military jab toward the Commander and Chief, saying: “Oh, why doesn’t he wake up and just fall on his sword.”

Talking about his obvious disgust for the Bush administration, he bundles 9/11 into the neo con’s “neat little contrived war package,” saying it was the lynch pin needed to usher in a state of constant fear, a climate of war and a perfect setting for the unconstitutional Patriot Act and eventual martial law.

“If you would have told me back in the 1970s this was going to happen to America, I would have never imagined it. It’s just not the same country I grew up in as all our Constitutional freedoms are being stripped away right before our very eyes,” said Wittenberg in a telephone conversation from his home in Carefree Az., a picturesque and serene place on the map near Scottsdale.

“The government story they handed us about 9/11 is total B.S. plain and simple. I also thoroughly went over the recent 9/11 Commission report, finding about 110 outright lies and numerous other half-truths and omissions in an obvious cover-up of not only the truth but of a criminal investigation.

“Condaleeza Rice lied through her teeth when she testified and if I would have had her on the stand for 10 minutes, I would have had her in tears.”

Concerning 9/11, Wittenberg knew right off the bat the hijackers - who couldn’t handle a Piper Cub - couldn’t fly the ‘big birds” he flew for so many years, knowing the planes were also incapable of performing such high speed maneuvers as the government claimed.

He also knew the possibility of jet fuel bringing down the towers made no sense. In fact, he knew the whole 9/11 story made about as much sense as crossing the Atlantic in a row boat.

And right after 9/11 when it was unpopular and considered almost treasonous to question the government, Wittenberg became the first commercial airline pilot with experience flying the jets used in 9/11 to publicly denounce the government story.

Although speaking publicly on many occasions about the fictitious government account of 9/11, it wasn’t until Sept. 16, 2004, his controversial remarks aired on Wing TV, sparking a heated debate among pilots and others clinging to the flimsy government account.

Knowing the flight characteristics of the “big birds” like the back of his hand, Wittenberg convincingly argued there was absolutely no possibility that Flight 77could have “descended 7,000 feet in two minutes, all the while performing a steep 270 degree banked turn before crashing into the Pentagon’s first floor wall without touching the lawn.”

Wittenberg claimed the high speed maneuver would have surely stalled the jetliner sending it into a nose dive, adding it was “totally impossible for an amateur who couldn’t even fly a Cessna to maneuver the jetliner in such a highly professional manner, something Wittenberg said he couldn’t do with 35 years of commercial jetliner experience.

“For a guy to just jump into the cockpit and fly like an ace is impossible – there is not one chance in a thousand,” said Wittenberg, recalling that when he made the jump from Boeing 727’s to the highly sophisticated computerized characteristics of the 737’s through 767’s it took him considerable time to feel comfortable flying.

“I had to be trained to use the new, computerized systems. I just couldn’t jump in and fly one,” he added.

Finding more inconsistencies with the government story about Flight 77, Wittenberg recalled the recent statements made by a flight controller on an ABC 20/20 television program three months ago.

“If you listened to her carefully only an experienced pilot probably would have known that what she was saying was scripted,” said Wittenberg. “Remember the transponder was turned off on Flight 77 and when this occurs, all the particular flight data like air speed and even the plane’s flight identification goes with it.

“All that’s left on the controller’s screen is a green blip, that’s it. But here you have this flight controller on 20/20 saying she was tracking the flight with specific air speed and other coordinates which was totally impossible once the transponder was turned off. How would she even have known the flight number? The whole story is a pack of lies and this is just another example.”

And from the moment Wittenberg called attention to the lies, he’s been in the cross hairs defending his story, defending it by using a little bit of psychology, a lot of history and asking critics to answer questions before drawing conclusions.

“I’ve learned over the years, it’s hard to change anybody’s mind when they really aren’t listening,” said Wittenberg. “So, I just decided to fire back a lot of questions to those people who believe the government story.

“I ask them explain how Building No.7 collapsed? I ask them why haven’t the “black boxes” been recovered? I ask them to explain how jet fuel – fuel that burns cold not hot -- could bring down two high rise structures when more than 90% of the fuel on board burned outside the buildings?”

And Wittenberg has hundreds of other tough questions ready, but said it’s also important to put 9/11 and the Iraq war in a historical prospective.

“Is 9/11 and the phony war on terror any different or more serious than Pearl Harbor and World War II?,” asks Wittenberg. “The bottom line is all wars are contrived and it is these rich bankers and financiers who have pulled the strings and who have put these contrived events like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor into motion.”

Turning to the recent London bombings, Wittenberg said he’s tired of the “talking heads’ trying to analyze how to counter terror when “the real cause and effect issues” about the root problems with America and the world are being ignored.

“It’s simply bizarre. Maybe our one-sided foreign policy that keeps getting us into all this trouble around the world should be seriously questioned,” said Wittenberg. “If we are really fighting terror, why are our borders just to the south completely wide open? It’s a joke.”

Claiming the entire neo con scenario now playing out in America and around the world is based on the attempt to establish a one world government controlled by a select few, he said it’s difficult to figure out their true motives, adding he can only offer an educated guess based on what he’s studied and read.

“Power corrupts, money isn’t enough and these people want total control,” added Wittenberg. “These elites actually think they are better than everybody else and basically want power and control over the diminishing resources by creating a one world government.

Regarding another terror attack on American soil coming on the heels of the London bombings, he said “it’s not if but when,” claiming the unconstitutional Patriot Act is waiting in the wings to silence those Americans who may not fall in line with the government’s eventual takeover.

“They passed it for a reason. The problem with our two party system is that the same group of gangsters controls both parties,” said Wittenberg, who didn’t vote for Bush or Kerry in the last election and was the former Arizona state chairman for Pat Buchanon’s failed presidential run in 2000.

Although Wittenberg remains politically active and abreast of world affairs, he has left the political forefront, trying instead to raise public awareness about the danger of the neo con agenda.

“More people are listening now, but it doesn’t surprise me that still a lot of people just don’t want to get involved, thinking things are just fine in America,” he added. “These people are perfectly content to play golf, watch the ballgame and not get involved.”

Wittenberg, who retired the day before 9/11 having a strange and unexplainable premonition, said high gas prices have led him to sell his private plane, saying it was getting too expensive to even “fly for fun’ anymore.


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Another WTC Witness to Multiple Explosions
9/11 Survivor Describes Multiple Explosions Teresa Veliz, the facilities manager for a software development company, was on the 47th floor of the North Tower when Flight 11 hit. First, like many witnesses, she describes the building shaking twice: "I got off [the elevator], turned the corner and opened the door to the ladies' room. I said good morning to a lady sitting at a mirror when the whole building shook. I thought it was an earthquake. Then I heard those banging noises on the other side of the wall. It sounded like someone had cut the elevator cables. It just fell and fell and fell. I began to cry. "Oh, my God, I just got off that elevator!" I said. "That could have been me." I prayed those other people had gotten off on the 48th floor before the elevator dropped. But I didn't have much time to be upset because the building shook again, this time even more violently. The lady at the mirror grabbed onto me and held on for dear life." Veliz went down a staircase with a coworker to the concourse level. In the mall, they got onto an up-escalator as the South Tower collapsed, causing a rush of wind which knocked them down. In the pitch black, Veliz and her coworker followed someone carrying a flashlight: "The flashlight led us into Borders bookstore, up an escalator and out to Church Street. There were explosions going off everywhere. I was convinced that there were bombs planted all over the place and someone was sitting at a control panel pushing detonator buttons. I was afraid to go down Church Street toward Broadway, but I had to do it. I ended up on Vesey Street. There was another explosion. And another. I didn't know where to run." Source: "Teresa Veliz: A Prayer to Die Quickly and Painlessly," in September 11: An Oral History by Dean E. Murphy (Doubleday, 2002), pp 9-15.



From: "Hanne L Macsay">
Subject: Gaza Evacuation Warning
Date: 21 Jul 2005

Sunday, July 17, 2005


July 15, 2005

What May Come After the Evacuation of Jewish Settlers from the Gaza Strip - A Warning from Israel


We feel that it is urgent and necessary to raise the alarm regarding what may come during and after evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip occupied by Israel in 1967, in the event that the evacuation is implemented.

We held back on getting this statement published and circulated, seeking additional feedback from our peers. The publication in Ha'aretz (22 June 2005) quoting statements by General (Reserves) Eival Giladi, the head of the Coordination and Strategy team of the Prime Minister's Office, motivated us not to delay publication and circulation any further. Confirming our worst fears, General (Res.) Eival Giladi went on record in print and on television to the effect that "Israel will act in a very resolute manner in order to prevent terror attacks and [militant] fire while the disengagement is being implemented" and that "If pinpoint response proves insufficient, we may have to use weaponry that causes major collateral damage, including helicopters and planes, with mounting danger to surrounding people." We believe that one primary, unstated motive for the determination of the government of the State of Israel to get the Jewish settlers of the Qatif (Katif) settlement block out of the Gaza Strip may be to keep them out of harm's way when the Israeli government and military possibly trigger an intensified mass attack on the approximately one and a half million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, of whom about half are 1948 Palestine refugees. The scenario could be similar to what has already happened in the past - a tactic that Ariel Sharon has used many times in his military career - i.e., utilizing provocation in order to launch massive attacks. Following this pattern, we believe that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz are considering to utilize provocation for vicious attacks in the near future on the approximately one and a half million Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza Strip: a possible combination of intensified state terror and mass killing. The Israeli army is not likely to risk the kind of casualties to its soldiers that would be involved in employing ground troops on a large scale in the Gaza Strip. With General Dan Halutz as Chief of Staff they don't need to. It was General Dan Halutz, in his capacity as Commander of the Israeli Air Force, who authorized the bombing of a civilian Gaza City quarter with a bomb weighing one ton, and then went on record as saying that he sleeps well and that the only thing he feels when dropping a bomb is a slight bump of the aircraft. The initiators of this alarm have been active for many decades in the defence of human rights inside the State of Israel and beyond. We do not have the academic evidence to support our feeling, but given past behavior, ideological leanings and current media spin initiated by the Israeli government and military, we believe that the designs of the State of Israel are clear, and we submit that our educated intuition with matters pertaining to the defence of human rights has been more often correct than otherwise. We urge all those who share the concern above to add their names to ours and urgently give this alarm as wide a circulation as possible. Circulating and publishing this text may constitute a significant factor in deterring the Israeli government, thus protecting the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip from this very possible catastrophe and contributing to prevent yet more war crimes from occurring. Please sign, circulate, and publish this alarm without delay!

Please send notification of your signature to Tamar Yaron


Uri Davis, Sakhnin, , Ilan Pappe, Tiv'on,, and Tamar Yaron, Kibbutz Hazorea,



From: "Mark Graffis">
Subject: Desperate Situation in Zimbabwe
Date: 25 Jul 2005

The following is from Bill Bonner's newsletter:

Bill Bonner, back in London...

And this reaches us from Zimbabwe: "Sent in by John Winter: I reckon that these are the last days of TKM and ZPF. The darkest hour is always before dawn. "We are all terrified at what they are going to destroy next... I mean they are actually plowing down brick and mortar houses and one white family with twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when 100 riot police came in with AK's and bulldozers and demolished their beautiful house - 5 bedrooms and pine ceilings - because it was "too close to the airport". "So we are feeling extremely insecure right now. You know - I am aware that this does not help you sleep at night, but if you do not know - how can you help? "You can't just be in denial and pretend its not going on. To be frank with you, its genocide in the making and if you do not believe me, read the Genocide Report by Amnesty International which says we are in level seven (level 8 is after its happened and everyone is in denial)... "We need you to get the news OUT that we are all in a fearfully dangerous situation here.

Too many people turn their backs and say - oh well, that's what happens in Africa. This government has GONE MAD and you need to publicize our plight or how can we be rescued? "You can't just say 'Oh you attract your own reality'. The petrol queues are a reality, the pall of smoke all around our city is a reality, the thousands of homeless people sleeping outside in 0 Celsius with no food water, shelter and bedding are a reality. "Today a family approached me, brother of the gardener's wife with two small children. Their home was trashed and they will have to sleep outside. We already support 8 people and a child on this property and electricity is going up next month by 250% as is water. How can I take another family of 4 - and yet how can I turn them away to sleep out in the open? "I am not asking you for money, or a ticket out of here - I am asking you to FACE the fact that we are in deep and terrible danger and I want you to pass on our news and pictures and don't just press the delete button for God's sake.

Help in the way that you know how. Face the reality of what is going on here and SEND OUT THE WORD. The more people that know about it, the more chance we have of United Nations coming to our aid. "Please stop ignoring and denying what's happening. Would you like to be protected from the truth and then if we are eliminated how would you feel? Surely you would say 'If only we knew how bad it really was we could have helped in some way'. I know we chose to stay here and so we 'deserve' what's coming to us. For now we ourselves, have food, shelter, a little fuel and a bit of money for the next meal - but what is going to happen next? Will they start on our houses? All property is going to belong to the State now... "We no longer have [short wave] radio which told us everything that was happening because the government jammed it out of existence - we don't have any reporters, and no one is allowed to photograph. If we had reporters here they would have an absolute field day.

Even the pro government Herald has written that people are shocked, stunned, bewildered and blown mindless by the wanton destruction of everyone's homes which are supposed to be 'illegal' but which a huge percentage of them actually do have licenses for. Please...have some compassion and HELP by sending out the articles and personal reports so that something can be DONE."


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Annan willing to visit Zimbabwe but gives no date
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday he was willing to visit Zimbabwe but gave no date and again called for a halt to urban demolitions that have thrown 700,000 people out of their homes or jobs. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe invited Annan to visit following a damning U.N. report that called the government's destruction of shantytowns a "disastrous venture." Annan told reporters he spoke to Mugabe on Friday after the report was made public. "I stressed the need for action to be taken to help the people affected, to stop the clearances, and to ensure that those affected are not only looked after but they are given adequate housing," Annan said. "We, the international community, would want to muster the aid necessary to help the people (and) to work with the government in changing the situation," he said. (...) the report by Anna Tibaijuka said the bulldozing of urban slums since May was "carried out in an indiscriminate and unjustified manner, with indifference to human suffering" and had left some 700,000 without homes or livelihood or both. In her report, Tibaijuka said the demolitions piled economic pressure on Zimbabwe, struggling with unemployment of over 70 percent, triple-digit inflation and chronic shortages of food and fuel. Mugabe's government is saddled with foreign debt of about $4.5 billion (2.6 billion pounds) and has reportedly been seeking a $1 billion loan from South Africa. CLIP



Zimbabwe's Bustle, Business Evaporate With Fuel Shortage - Crisis Compounded By Slum-Clearing

By Craig Timberg - Washington Post Foreign Service

July 25, 2005

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- This had long been a city in motion. Corners were crammed with men offering fruit or cigarettes, restaurants were busy and plentiful, shops were well-stocked. And only the foolhardy would dare cross the traffic-clogged streets without the assistance of a green light.

But four months into a crushing fuel shortage, and more than two months since the government began a campaign to clean up slums and informal markets, the capital of about 1.4 million has slowed to a halt.

Severe gasoline shortages in Zimbabwe have led to lines in the capital that stretch for blocks and last for days. For the 30 percent of Zimbabweans who are employed, many now spend hours each way commuting on foot. (Photos By Craig Timberg -- The Washington Post)

Empty cars are parked in gasoline lines that stretch for blocks. Even at rush hour, pedestrians can stroll across major boulevards without a glance in either direction. With tens of thousands of street vendors reportedly arrested, the few that remain have turned shy. Grocery stores routinely run out of cooking oil, sugar and soap. Shoppers must wait in line to buy a single loaf of bread.

Harare's bustle is gone. Even those lucky enough to have jobs, in an economy with 70 percent unemployment, have trouble getting to work because public transport has become so scarce. It is not uncommon, workers said, for their daily commute to take three or four hours each way, most of it spent waiting in line for transportation. Many have resorted to walking, rising hours before dawn and returning home well after sunset.

Zimbabwe's troubles have extended even to the skyscraper that is headquarters for President Robert Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. Once, its lighted sign confidently beamed the letters ZANU-PF bright enough to be seen for miles.

Now, the broken beacon reads ZA U F.

"Our government is hopeless," said Arnold Mapfumo, 21, a welder waiting in a line for gasoline in the suburb of Chitungwiza. "If we don't have petrol, everything stops. Everything stops. What can we do?"

Mugabe's demolition campaign, called Operation Murambatsvina or "Drive Out the Rubbish," has generated international outcry because of the brutal destruction of slums, which the United Nations estimates has made more than 700,000 people homeless. Many are sleeping amid the rubble of their homes or under plastic sheeting at government resettlement camps. A U.N. report last week called for an end to the program, which the government said it had temporarily halted.

But it is the fuel shortage that has crippled Zimbabwe, reaching across all levels of society. Manufacturers can't get their goods to market. There are reports of police commandeering just-delivered gasoline because their official supplies have dried up, and of Air Zimbabwe having to ground flights because of fuel shortages.

Major businesses have begun sending trucks across the borders into Botswana and South Africa to buy fuel. Even senior members of Mugabe's ruling party have difficulty filling their tanks, according to Pearson Mbalekwa, a former lawmaker who resigned from the party this month to protest the government's slum-clearance campaign.

So serious are the current problems that many party members are itching for an alternative, even if that means ending the reign of Mugabe, 81, a former hero in the struggle for independence. He has ruled the nation since the end of British control in 1980, and for the past five years he has been resorting to increasingly authoritarian measures, including cracking down on political dissent, closing independent newspapers and seizing land owned by white farmers.

"Maybe he has been there a little too long. Maybe he has gotten too confident of what he is doing, and maybe he is no longer listening to the wishes of the people. Because if he was, I don't think we'd be in this mess," Mbalekwa, 53, said in an interview at his home in an elegant suburb. "It's time for him to pack his bags and allow for a new leadership."

At the root of the shortages of fuel and other commodities is a lack of hard currency. The Zimbabwean dollar, which a decade ago was worth 33 U.S. cents, has plummeted. A single U.S. dollar can now be traded on the black market for $20,000 in Zimbabwean currency, making payment to international suppliers nearly impossible.

Because Zimbabwe's largest note is for $20,000, those who have money must carry around bricks of it. A fast-food burger and fries cost more than $100,000, a sit-down dinner for a family more than $1 million.

Making matters worse is the collapse of Zimbabwe's once powerful agricultural industry, which in the 1980s and 1990s exported large amounts of tobacco, fruits and vegetables, both to neighboring African countries and to Europe.

Today Zimbabwe exports little but people. As many as 3 million residents -- about one-fourth of the estimated population of 12 million -- have left, mostly heading to South Africa, where the economy is booming.

Mugabe has recently appealed to South Africa and China for $1 billion to relieve shortages of fuel and other necessities, according to news reports, but at the same time the International Monetary Fund is considering expelling Zimbabwe for non-payment of debts. Major Western donors, meanwhile, have sharply curtailed or halted most forms of aid other than food donations.

For Zimbabweans with the means to own vehicles, obtaining fuel and shepherding scarce supplies has become an all-consuming pursuit. Black-market prices are up to 10 times higher than those set by government price controls, and even those supplies are erratic.

Opinions vary about whom to blame, with many pointing to Mugabe but some Zimbabweans accepting his argument that a coalition of Western nations -- led by the country's former colonial master, Britain -- are starving the nation economically with sanctions. Such claims are made nearly every day on radio, television and in daily newspapers -- all of which are owned and run by the government.

"This is an economic war, as I see it, between the Zimbabweans and the West," said Lawrence Gwashure, a 53-year-old taxi driver who has spent most of the past three weeks in a gas line in Chitungwiza, hoping to use his battered 1973 Datsun to earn a living.

But there is no disagreement on the severity of Zimbabwe's problems: people here say life has never been harder.

Caleb Choto, 30, another cabbie, said he had spent the past month in a line waiting for fuel. Each day, he leaves his wife and 7-year-old daughter to walk more than two miles to the gas line in Chitungwiza. At the end of the day, after eating nothing for nine hours straight, he walks home full of worry that thieves will ravage his car in the night.

Choto is ready, he said, for a better economy, a new government and enough fuel to return to work.

"If it doesn't come today, I have to come back home and come tomorrow," Choto said. "I'm sick and tired of waiting."



Distribution of food begins in hungry Niger, though worst still yet to come

July 25

MARADI, Niger (AFP) - The World Food Program said that thanks to the outpouring of international aid in recent days to help hungry Niger, emergency food distribution to 270,000 people could begin this week.

"Our goal is to distribute 4,000 tonnes of food this week so we can help 270,000 people in the most vulnerable zones," World Food Program (WFP) country director Gian Carlo Cirri told AFP Monday.

The announcement, however, was clouded by warnings from relief agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) that the worst was still to come in the vast and arid northwest African state.

An estimated one in three of the country's 12 million people are threatened by severe malnutrition.

The WFP by the end of the week would begin to airlift, from Italy to Niger, equipment including tents and vehicles as well as emergency rations , spokeswoman Stephanie Savariaud told AFP.

After months of appeals, international aid has finally begun to pour into Niger, with New Zealand and Britain among the latest countries to commit funds and in-kind donations.

Wellington offered 500,000 dollars (413,000 euros) on Monday while London boosted the UK contribution to three million pounds (4.3 million euros) with the announcement of another million-pound pledge on Monday. The African Union also approved a million-dollar grant for emergency relief.

Among the first boxes of food to be unpacked from the giant Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft will be high-protein biscuits to target the worst cases of malnutrition -- the more than 150,000 children at risk of starvation or even death from the food crisis.

No stranger to chronic malnutrition owing to its status as one of the world's least developed countries, Niger was doubly hit last year by drought and an invasion of desert locusts that was the worst in over a decade.

More than 200,000 tonnes of grains -- or one-third of the annual production -- were devoured or destroyed, depleting national food stocks and leaving the cash-strapped government with few resources to refill them.

Some of the stocks arriving in Niger are coming overland from regional neighbors, many of whom pleaded their own shortage of cereals as justification for price hikes that almost doubled the cost of the sorghum, millet and rice that are staples of the Sahel diet.

These shortages could be coming at the worst time possible, warned Johannes Sekkedes, chief of mission for MSF in Niger, estimating that the country was entering the lean season, the riskiest time of year even when there have been good harvests.

"The worst two months of the year are ahead of us," Sekkedes said. "The grainaries are almost empty, everything has been eaten. It's rainy season which means that any malnutrition can be aggravated by illness, from diarrhea to malaria."

There has been no official death toll from this year's food crisis, though Niger authorities say about 1.6 million people face a "critical" or "extremely critical" risk of malnutrition.


See also:

Summary: Children in Niger starving (July 24, 2005)
FACING STARVATION: Some 3.5 million people, about a quarter of Niger's population, suffer from extreme hunger, the U.N. says.
MONEY: The United Nations appealed for $16 million in March and about $1 million was pledged. An appeal in May received $10 million.
NIGER: The Saharan nation of Niger, with 11.3 million people, ranks among the world's least developed nations.

Britain pledges more aid for Niger (July 25 2005)
Famine in Niger - donations hotline 0800 8 148 148
"Families are feeding their children grass and leaves from the trees to keep them alive"
The Government is handing famine-stricken Niger an extra £1m in aid in an attempt to avert the mass starvation of its people. Britain has already pledged £2 million in aid and this extra sum will pay for 200,000 people to be fed for a month. Niger, the second poorest country in the world, is facing disaster after a plague of locusts destroyed harvests. Three million people in Niger, including one million children, face imminent starvation. The failure of the rains and a locust invasion has left eight million people in the West African countries of Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso facing famine. A Red Cross team flew out to the African nation yesterday and a Save the Children flight funded by the Department for International Development is due to depart for Niger on Wednesday, carrying more than 40 tonnes of food for malnourished children. International Development Secretary Hilary Benn said: "I have been very concerned by the terrible food crisis in Niger, and have this week spoken to Jan Egeland, the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Jim Morris of the World Food Programme.

More on this terrible tragedy at

Note from Jean: I often covered this issue in past years. To find out more visit - I also REALLY recommend to your attention the most excellent and compelling documentary "Sweet Misery" which reveals one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence in the history of the industrial revolution. The toxic, long-term effects of aspartame are often dismissed as a "hoax" by the sweetener industry. The real footwork, however, unravels something less comforting than a mere "hoax." More details at


Date: 14 Jul 2005
From: "Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum.">
Subject: Aspartame Induces Lymphomas and Leukemias in Rats (Eur. J. Oncol) (Response to BBC)

Dear BBC:

This entire study is posted on click on aspartame.
Note the occurrence of brain malignancies is shown in Table 3 of the new aspartame study. "Sparse malignant brain tumors were observed among males and females in the treated groups and none in the controls." We are now taking aspartame brain tumor cases in New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and Madison County, Illinois for litigation.

Also note that the study says: "Since the results of carcinogenicity bioassays in rodents, mainly rats and mice, have been shown to be a consistent predictor of human cancer risk 15-17, the first results of our study call for urgent re-examination of permissible exposure level of aspartame in both food and beverages, ESPECIALLY TO PROTECT CHILDREN."

In Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., on page 184 is the heading: WHAT DO ANIMAL STUDIES TELL US ABOUT HUMANS? Dr. Blaylock says: "Most of what we know about the damaging effects of excitotoxins comes from experiments on animals other than man. .......But Dr. John Olney had shown that MSG and other excitotoxins produce the same damage to neurons in all animals species tested - dogs, rats, mice, chickens and even primates."

Aspartic acid in aspartame is an excitotoxin or product that literally stimulates the neurons of the brain to death causing brain damage. Dr. Blaylock also makes this statement: "And, it appears that human brain cells are just as sensitive to the damaging effects of excitotoxins as laboratory animals, and in some cases, even more sensitive."

On you will see Dr. H. J. Roberts peer reviewed journal article, "Does Aspartame Cause Human Brain Cancer?" (Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Volume 4, Number 4, Winter 1991). Of particular interest in his report is the rising incidence of primary brain lymphoma. He also discusses brain tumors at great length in his medical text on the global plague of Aspartame Disease. Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic,

You will see some brain tumor victims in the aspartame documentary Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World In the UK this can be gotten from Namaste Publishing, You will also hear and see the testimony of James Turner who with the famed Dr. John Olney, who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, tried to prevent approval of aspartame. The FDA would not allow it on the market for 16 years but Attorney Turner explains the political clout that caused approval having to do with the CEO of Searle at the time, Don Rumsfeld, now Secretary of Defense.
Don't miss this movie.

Searle, the original manufacturer, also did studies in 6 countries on aspartame sacrificing people in poor villages. Several developed seizures and brain tumors and the studies showed that aspartame destroys the brain and central nervous system. Searle never published the studies but we have the affidavit of the translator. Humans were simply used as guinea pigs. Also, in the secret trade information on you will read in the last paragraph that they had to consider almost complete conversion to DKP, the brain tumor agent, and if they told the FDA they wouldn't approve it. In the movie Atty Turner also tells how Dr. Olney insisted Searle do studies in his lab and they did show that aspartame triggers brain damage. Searle did not give these studies to the FDA. A study in Norway some years ago also showed that aspartame destroys the brain, especially in the area of learning.

Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., author of 'Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills'
says about aspartame and brain tumors on page 212 - 213:

"It is interesting to note that the first experiments done to test the safety of aspartame before its final approval in l981 disclosed a high incidence of brain tumors in the animals fed NutraSweet. In fact, this study was done by the manufacturer of NutraSweet, G. D. Searle. In this study 320 rats were fed aspartame and 120 rats were fed a normal diet and used as controls. The study lasted two years. At the end of the study twelve of the aspartame fed rats had developed brain tumors (astrocytomas), while none of the control rats had. This represented a 3.75% incidence of brain tumors in the rats fed aspartame, which was twenty-five times higher than the incidence of spontaneous brain tumors developing in rats (0.15%). "

"The study divided the rats into those exposed to low doses of aspartame and those exposed to a high dose. In the low dose group five of the rats developed brain tumors for and incidence of 3.13%. In the high dose group, seven developed brain tumors (4.38%). This indicates a dose related incidence of brain tumors. The higher the dose of aspartame, the more brain tumors were induced. "

"When Dr. John Olney pointed out these findings to the FDA "Aspartame Board of Inquiry" he was told that the high incidence of tumors was the result of spontaneous development of brain tumors in rats. That is, that some rats develop brain tumors naturally, just as humans do. Dr. Olney is a trained neuropathologist as well as a neuroscientist. He reviewed the incidence of spontaneously occurring brain tumors in rats and found that out of seven studies using a total of 59,000 rats and only 0,08% developed brain tumors - the aspartame fed rats had a forty-seven fold higher incidence. But to be fair, he even accepted G. D. Searle's references for spontaneously developing brain tumors in rats and arrives at a figure of 0.15%. This was still a twenty-five fold higher incidence in the aspartame fed rats than in the controls. "

"It was then observed that when brain tumors develop spontaneously in rats, the rate at which they appear begins to accelerate after two years of age, exactly when the Searle's study ended. Importantly, brain tumors are extremely rare before age one and one-half in the rat. So in truth the incidence of spontaneously occurring brain tumors would be even less than cited above. Yet, the aspartame fed rats developed two tumors by sixty weeks of age and five tumors by seventy weeks."

"In a collective study of 41,000 rats no tumors were seen to occur before sixty weeks and only one by seventy weeks. The fact that 320 aspartame fed rats developed six brain tumors by seventy-six weeks indicates an "incredible and unprecedented" occurrence. Within the final twenty-eight weeks of the study six more brain tumors occurred in the aspartame fed group. Dr. Olney notes that "one must assume that many more (brain tumors) would have occurred after 104 weeks. "

"It became obvious that the G. D. Searle Company was trying desperately to protect their potential billion dollar plus money maker. They claimed that more brain tumors were found because they searched the pathological slides so diligently. But, they searched just as diligently in the control rats and found none. Besides, neuropathologists examining the slides later stated that the tumors were large enough to be seen with the naked eye. "

"Because of the criticism submitted by Dr. Olney, the G. D. Searle company conducted a second study which was designed to be more comprehensive. Instead of a two-year study, this would span the entire lifetime of the rats, from intrauterine life to death. The results of this study can only be characterized as bizarre. This time they reported five brain tumors in 120 control rats (an incidence of 3.13%) and four brain tumors in 120 control rats (an incidence of 3.33%). While this was designed to show that aspartame was not the cause of the brain tumors, if accepted, the study would indicate that both groups had a brain tumor incidence thirty times higher than the known rate of spontaneous brain tumor occurrence in rats."

"But the story gets even more interesting, Dr. Olney hypothesized that one possible cause of the tumor induction was a by-product of aspartame metabolism called diketopiperazine (DKP). When nitrosated by the gut it produces a compound closely resembling a powerful brain tumor causing chemical - N-nitrosourea. "

"The G. D. Searle company conducted a separate study to test the carcinogenicity of diketopiperazine (DKP). The results of this study were not submitted to the FDA until after aspartame had already been approved for general use by the American population. This study was not a lifetime study but rather a 115 week study which consisted of feeding rats their normal feed mixed with DKP. There were 114 control animals and 216 that supposedly ate the DKP. (Not all of the animals were even examined for tumors.) There were two brain tumors in the controls (1.62% incidence) and three (1.52% in the DKP groups. But strangely enough, the incidence of brain tumors found in both groups were sixteen times higher than would be expected from spontaneous occurring tumors. That did not make sense."

"So how can we explain these strange findings? It is instructive at this point to know that in l975 the drug enforcement division of the Bureau of Foods investigated the G. D. Searle company as part of an investigation of "apparent irregularities in data collection and reporting practices." The director of the FDA at that time stated that they found "sloppy" laboratory techniques and "clerical errors, mixed-up animals, animals not getting the drugs they were supposed to get, pathological specimens lost because of improper handling, and a variety of other errors, (which) even if innocent, all conspire to obscure positive findings and produce falsely negative results."

"The drug enforcement division carried out a study under the care of agent Jerome Bressler concerning Searle's laboratory practices and data manipulation (known as the Bressler Report ("Note from Martini - this FDA audit is on ") He found that the feed used to test DKP had been improperly mixed so that the animals would receive only small doses of the chemical to be tested. (I have seen a photograph of the feed mix and can attest to the "sloppy" method used.) The commissioner also charged G. D. Searle company with "failure to maintain control and experimental animals on separate racks and failure to mark animals to ensure against mix-ups between experiments (animals fed aspartame and DKP) and controls." This vital and telling report was buried in a file cabinet, never to be acted on by the FDA."

"Such poor techniques would explain why both control animals and those eating aspartame had exceptionally high brain tumor rates, since they, most likely, were both eating the aspartame feed. What is ironic is that the FDA would accept studies from a company with an obvious heavy financial interesting in having aspartame approved. But even more amazing is that they would depend on the same company to provide studies that they, FDA, knew beforehand were highly questionable and possibly fraudulent upon which they would make such an important public safety decision."

"Thus far, no independent studies have been done to examine this vital issue. As a neurosurgeon I see the devastating effects a brain tumor has, not only on its victim, but on the victim's family as well. To think that there is even a reasonable doubt that aspartame can induce brain tumors in the American population is frightening. And to think that the FDA has lulled them into a false sense of security is a monumental crime." (end of quotes from book)

The FDA never wanted aspartame approved, they wanted Searle indicted for fraud. Searle was even excising these brain tumors from the rats and then putting them back in study. When the rats died they simply resurrected them on paper.

FDA Toxicologist and Task Force member, Dr. Adrian Gross stated (Wilson l985):

"They (G. D. Searle) lied and they didn't submit the real nature of their observations because had they done that it is more than likely that a great number of these studies would have been rejected simply for adequacy. What Searle did, they took great pains to camouflage these shortcomings of the study. As I say filter and just present to the FDA what they wished the FDA to know and they did other terrible things for instance animals would develop tumors while they were under study. Well they would remove these tumors from the animals."

FDA Lead Investigator and Task Force Team Leader, Phillip Brodsky described the l975 FDA Task Force members as some of the most experienced drug investigators. He went on to state that he had never seen anything as bad as G. D. Searle's studies (Graves 1984; page S5499 of Congressional Record l985a).

And don't think that Searle didn't get caught. When they were found removing the brain tumors their excuse was that the rats couldn't breathe well. But how many brain tumors did they remove before they were caught? FDA toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, gave several reasons why Searle's misconduct invalidated their experiments and one was: "It is highly unlikely that the FDA Investigative teams found all of the problems with G. D. Searle's studies. G. D. Searle seemed so intent on covering up their misconduct, that it is quite likely that they were able to hide many of the problems from the FDA."

But Searle needed help to coverup the issue so on August 4, l976 they met with the FDA and convinced them to allow them to hire a private agency, University Associated for Education in Pathology (UAREP). As described by Florence Graves (l984, page s5500 of Congressional Record l985a):

"The pathologists were specifically told that they were not to make a judgment about aspartame's safety or to look at the designs of the tests. Why did the FDA choose to have pathologists conduct an investigation when even some FDA officials acknowledged at the time that UAREP had a limited task which would only partially shed light on the validity of Searle's testing? The answer is not clear."

In other words, UAREP was sworn to silence, and how much did they get to be quiet? They received a half a million dollars!!!

Searle was intent on getting aspartame approved. They had invested 19.7 million dollars in an incomplete production facility and 9.2 million dollars in aspartame inventory. On Dec 8, l975, stockholders filed a class action lawsuit alleging that G. D. Searle had concealed information from the public regarding the nature and quality of animal research at G. D. Searle in violation of the Securities and Exchange Act (Farber l989, page 48).

Aspartame also triggered mammary, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, testicular and thyroid tumors just for starters, not just brain tumors. There were also pituitary adenomas.

About the review of aspartame by the European Union. Felicity Mawson, Mission Possible UK, and myself flew to Brussels to meet with the EU before this was done. I provided them all the damning research on aspartame they had not seen including the Board of Inquiry Report of the FDA revoking the petition for approval because of it not being safe and triggering brain tumors. (Arthur Hull Hayes over-ruled the Board of Inquiry and went to work for the PR Agency of the manufacturer.) I also gave them Dr. Woodrow Monte's journal article, Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health, as well as Dr. John Olney's testimony to the Board on what aspartame would do to the brains of our children. I showed them the 1038 page medical text by Dr. H. J. Roberts of the global plague of Aspartame Disease. They were not even interested in opening the front cover. They already knew what they intended to do. I gave them reports on flawed industry research and how it was done. What the EU did was eliminate the damaging research and used the flawed industry studies. They had industry people on the committee and didn't even read their own research. It was as if they were making it up as they went along. You will find the excellent rebuttal to the EU report at:

This study has shown: "In our experimental conditions, it has been demonstrated, for the first time, that aspartame causes a dose-related statistically significant increase in lymphomas and leukaemias in females at dose levels very near those to which humans can be exposed. Moreover, it can hardly be overlooked that at the lowest exposure of 80 ppm, there was a 62% increase in lymphomas and leukaemias compared to controls," ........

Today pop machines and vending machines contain products with aspartame. Our children are using these products and the problems Dr. John Olney discussed in his report to the Board of Inquiry of the FDA are now being observed in our children globally. For a CD of this report and the Board of Inquiry Report as well as congressional records email Bob Flint, Mission Possible Maine, These FDA reports would never be released even under Freedom of Information. Dr. Roberts attempted to have his congressman get the 20% of the FDA audit, Bressler Report ( that was omitted according to Jerome Bressler himself. He discussed this with Doctors Roberts and Blaylock as well as myself.

Help get the whole truth to the public and save the children!

Dr. Betty Martini, Founder, Mission Possible International, 9270 River Club Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097 770 242-2599 and
Aspartame Toxicity Center,



Sweetener 'linked' to leukaemias

July 14, 2005

Fresh doubts about the safety of an artificial sweetener have been raised by Italian scientists who have linked its use to leukaemias in rodents.

Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar and is used throughout the world in low-calorie drinks and foods.

Regulators say existing studies show it is safe, but will look at the European Journal of Clinical Oncology study.

But they said it was unlikely that the sweetener was harmful to humans to the same extent as in rats.

If a risk to humans does exist, it will almost certainly be very small
Dr Elaine Vickers of Cancer Research UK

Concerns have been raised about the aspartame in the past, but an analysis of 500 papers by UK regulators in 2002 concluded there was no threat to consumers.

The Food Standards Agency said: "The European Food Safety Authority intends to undertake an urgent assessment of this study to establish whether there are any implications for human health.

"We will study EFSA's opinion carefully and consider what, if any, action may be required."

Dr Elaine Vickers, cancer information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "If a risk to humans does exist, it will almost certainly be very small.

"However, we welcome the news that the EFSA will undertake an urgent assessment of this work."

The study

Dr Morando Soffritti and colleagues at the Cancer Research Centre in Bologna fed eight-week-old rats varying concentrations of aspartame.

Compared with control rats given no sweetener, many of the female rats in the experiment developed lymphomas or leukaemias - the risk increasing with the dose of aspartame.

The researchers say their study raises concerns about the levels of aspartame to which humans can be exposed and, therefore, "urgent re-examination" of aspartame's safety is needed, "especially to protect children".

The existing European Food Safety Authority safety assessment for aspartame led to the setting of an Acceptable Daily Intake, or ADI.

This is an estimate of the amount of an additive that could be routinely consumed every day over a lifetime with no appreciable health risk.

'Safe' intake

Aspartame's ADI is set at 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. This is equivalent to 2,800 milligrams for an average British adult.

For an average three-year-old child the amount is of the order of 600 milligrams.

An adult would have to consume 14 cans of a sugar-free drink every day before reaching the ADI, assuming the sweetener was used in the drink at the maximum permitted level.

In practice, most drinks use aspartame in combination with other sweeteners so that the level is considerably lower, says the FSA.

Previous work by the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Department of Health showed that aspartame intakes were considerably below the recommended maximum level, even among children and diabetics who consume large quantities of sugar-free drinks. --- See also:

Aspartame Makers Tell A Whopper, Says Mission Possible (July 22, 2005)
A three year Italian study on Aspartame in rats revealed a connection between the artificial sweetener and leukemia,lymphoma and malignant brain tumors. It conclusively proved that aspartame is a carcinogen, say the study's authors. A neurosurgeon calls to get it out of the schools. These claims rebut those of Aspartame manufacturers.


Rats are deemed appropriate subjects for testing aspartame on humans because both humans and rats metabolize the methyl ester in aspartame into methyl alcohol, then formaldehyde then formic acid - all deadly poisons. The carcinogenicity of substances in rats and mice is a consistent predictor of cancer risk in humans exposed to those substances.

The study commenced with 8 week old rats and continued until the last one died at 159 weeks. Their physical status and behavior were examined three times daily and detailed records of their growth were kept. Every two weeks each of the 3,600 rats were "clinically examined for gross changes." As each rat died, a complete autopsy was performed. Organs, tissues and bones were preserved for further study.

"In our experimental conditions, it has been demonstrated that APM [aspartame] causes a dose-related statistically significant increase in lymphomas and leukemias in females at dose levels very near those to which humans can be exposed," the authors wrote in their conclusion. The number of malignant brain tumors that developed in rats given zero aspartame was zero.

Increases of lymphomas and leukemias at the lowest exposure level was 62 percent and "an increase in the incidence of these types of neoplasias was also observed in males exposed to the highest dose," as stated in the study.

Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD, one of the world's leading authorities on aspartame neurotoxicity, extensively reviewed the Soffritti report. "This study confirmed the previous study by Dr. Trocho and co-workers (1998), which also found the formaldehyde breakdown product of aspartame to be damaging to cellular DNA and that this damage was cumulative. The type of damage was a duplicate of that associated with cancers. These two studies strongly indicate that drinking a single diet cola sweetened with aspartame every day could significantly increase one's risk of developing a lymphoma or leukemia," Blaylock said.

"This study should terrify mothers and all those consuming aspartame sweetened products," he continued. "This was a carefully done study which clearly demonstrated a statistically significant increase in several types of lymphomas and leukemias in rats. Both of these malignancies have increased significantly in this country since the widespread use of aspartame."



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