Monday, March 3, 2014

14-03-04 An Important Second Listen to the "F--k the EU" Ukraine Recording

An Important Second Listen to the "F--k the EU" Ukraine Recording

By By Robert Wenzel

At the start of February, a very important conversation between Assistant US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt was leaked, the infamous "f----the EU" recording. During the clip, Nuland and Pyatt discuss their desired outcome for the crisis in Ukraine. Now that 3 weeks have passed since the leak and events have developed, it is instructive to listen to the recording once again. (See below.) Keep in mind that this leak was made on February 2, which means the conversation occurred before that date. Viktor Yanukovych did not lose power over the Ukrainian government until more than three weeks later February 24th.

The recording reveals Nuland and Pyatt discussing whether Vitali Klitschko, sometimes referred to as “Klitsch” in the recording, should be named the deputy prime minister and seems to assume that Arseniy Yatseniuk, sometimes referred to in the recording as “Yats,” will become prime minister. Since that conversation,Yatseniuk has, indeed, become prime minister. Anybody that tells you that the US is not running the "revolution" from behind the scenes is blowing smoke.

Posted March 03, 2014

14-03-03 FUKUSHIMA!

===14-03-03 Fukushima: Third Anniversary of the Start of the Catastrophe===
By Karl Grossman
With the third anniversary of the start of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe coming next week, the attempted Giant Lie about the disaster continues -- a suppression of information, an effort at dishonesty of historical dimensions.

The IAEA is central to the denial efforts
Of the consequences of the Fukushima disaster, "To date no health effects have been reported in any person as a result of radiation exposure from the accident," declared the IAEA in 2011, a claim it holds to today

=== Nuclear denial: From Hiroshima to Fukushima===

Nuclear denial: From Hiroshima to Fukushima
The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More

14-03-03 US: The end of Free Speech

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"The First Amendment was intended to secure something more than an exercise in futility."--Justice John Paul Stevens, dissenting in Minnesota Board for Community Colleges v. Knight (1984)

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign. That's what the First Amendment is supposed to be about. 

Unfortunately, as I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American  Police State, through a series of carefully crafted legislative steps and politically expedient court rulings, government officials have managed to disembowel this fundamental freedom, rendering it with little more meaning than the right to file a lawsuit against government officials. In fact, if the court rulings handed down in the last week of February 2014 are anything to go by, the First Amendment has, for all intents and purposes, become an exercise in futility.

On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling, held that anti-nuclear activist John Denis Apel could be prosecuted for staging a protest on a public road at an Air Force base, free speech claims notwithstanding, because the public road is technically government property.

From no nukes
no nukes
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Insisting that it's not safe to display an American flag in an American public school, on February 27, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that school officials were justified when they ordered three students at a California public high school to cover up their patriotic apparel emblazoned with American flags or be sent home on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, allegedly out of a concern that it might offend Hispanic students.

On February 28, a federal court dismissed Marine veteran Brandon Raub's case. Despite the fact that Raub was interrogated by Secret Service agents, handcuffed, arrested, subjected to a kangaroo court, and locked up in a mental facility for posting song lyrics and statements on Facebook critical of the government--a clear violation of his free speech rights--the court ruled that Raub's concerns about the government were far-fetched and merited such treatment.

There you have it: three rulings in three days, from three different levels of the American judicial system, and all of them aimed at suppressing free speech. Yet what most people fail to understand is that these cases are not merely about the citizenry's right to freely express themselves. Rather, these cases speak to the citizenry's right to express their concerns abouttheir government to their government, in a time, place and manner best suited to ensuring that those concerns are heard.

The First Amendment gives every American the right to "petition his government for a redress of grievances." This amounts to so much more than filing a lawsuit against the government. It works hand in hand with free speech to ensure, as Adam Newton and Ronald K.L. Collinsreport for the Five Freedoms Project, "that our leaders hear, even if they don't listen to, the electorate. Though public officials may be indifferent, contrary, or silent participants in democratic discourse, at least the First Amendment commands their audience."

The challenge we face today, however, is that government officials have succeeded in insulating themselves from their constituents, making it increasingly difficult for average Americans to make themselves seen or heard by those who most need to hear what "we the people" have to say. Indeed, while lobbyists mill in and out of the White House and the homes and offices of Congressmen, the American people are kept at a distance through free speech zones, electronic town hall meetings, and security barriers. And those who dare to breach the gap--even through silent forms of protest--are arrested for making their voices heard. 

This right to speak freely, assemble, protest and petition one's government officials for a redress of grievances is front and center right now, with the U.S. Supreme Court set to decide five free speech cases this term, the first of which, U.S. v. Apel, was just handed down. The case was based upon claims brought by John Denis Apel, an anti-war activist who holds monthly protests at Vandenburg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. While the Court did not uphold his conviction for trespassing on military property, they doubled down on the notion that the public is subject to the whims of military commanders in matters relating to use military property, even when it intersects with public property. The Court refused to rule on Apel's First Amendment claims.

The Supreme Court is also set to decide McCullen v. Coakley, which will determine whether or not a Massachusetts law which restricts protests on public sidewalks near the entrances, exits, and driveways of abortion clinics in the state is constitutional. The facts of the case indicate that the law does not abide by a reasonable time, place, and manner restriction, and places an undue burden on protestors. However, it's unclear which way the Court will rule, especially with their refusal to clarify matters in Apel.

Free speech can certainly not be considered "free" when expressive activities across the nation are being increasingly limited, restricted to so-called free speech zones, or altogether blocked, including in front of the Supreme Court's own plaza. If citizens cannot stand out in the open on a public road and voice their disapproval of their government, its representatives and its policies, without fearing prosecution, then the First Amendment with all its robust protections for free speech, assembly and the right to petition one's government for a redress of grievances is little more than window-dressing on a store window--pretty to look at but serving little real purpose.

The case of Harold Hodge is a particularly telling illustration of the way in which the political elite in America have sheltered themselves from all correspondence and criticism.

On a snowy morning in January 2011, Harold Hodge quietly and peacefully stood in the plaza area near the steps leading to the United States Supreme Court Building, wearing a 3' X 2' sign around his neck that proclaimed: "The U.S. Gov. Allows Police To Illegally Murder And Brutalize African Americans And Hispanic People." There weren't many passersby, and he wasn't blocking anyone's way. However, after a few minutes, a police officer informed Hodge that he was violating a federal law that makes it unlawful to display any flag, banner or device designed to bring into public notice a party, organization, or movement while on the grounds of the U.S. Supreme Court and issued him three warnings to leave the plaza. Hodge refused, was handcuffed, placed under arrest, moved to a holding cell, and then was transported to U.S. Capitol Police Headquarters where he was booked and given a citation. 

According to the federal law Hodge is accused of violating, "It is unlawful to parade, stand, or move in processions or assemblages in the Supreme Court Building or grounds, or to display in the Building and grounds a flag, banner, or device designed or adapted to bring into public notice a party, organization, or movement." The penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to 60 days in jail. 

With the help of The Rutherford Institute, in January 2012, Hodge challenged the constitutionality of the statute barring silent expressive activity in front of the Supreme Court. A year later, in a strongly worded opinion, District Court Judge Beryl L. Howell struck down the federal law, declaring that the "the absolute prohibition on expressive activity [on the Supreme Court plaza] in the statute is unreasonable, substantially overbroad, and irreconcilable with the First Amendment." 

Incredibly, one day later, the marshal for the Supreme Court--with the approval of Chief Justice John Roberts--issued even more strident regulations outlawing expressive activity on the grounds of the high court, including the plaza. Hodge's case, along with a companion case challenging the new regulations on behalf of a broad coalition of protesters, is now making its way through the appeals process. Ironically, it will be the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who will eventually be asked to decide the constitutionality of their own statute, yet they have already made their views on the subject quite clear. 

This desire to insulate government officials from those exercising their First Amendment rights stems from an elitist mindset which views "we the people" as different, set apart somehow, from the citizens they have been appointed to serve and represent. It is nothing new. In fact, the law under which Harold Hodge was prosecuted was enacted by Congress in 1949. In the decades since, interactions with politicians have become increasingly manufactured and distant. Press conferences, ticketed luncheons, televised speeches and one-sided town hall meetings held over the phone now largely take the place of face-to-face interaction with constituents

Additionally, there has been an increased use of so-called "free speech zones," designated areas for expressive activity used to corral and block protestors at political events from interacting with public officials. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have used these "free speech zones," some located within chain-link cages, at various conventions to mute any and all criticism of their policies. 

Clearly, the government has no interest in hearing what "we the people" have to say. Yet if Americans are not able to peacefully assemble for expressive activity outside of the halls of government or on public roads on which government officials must pass, the First Amendment has lost all meaning. If we cannot stand silently outside of the Supreme Court or the Capitol or the White House, our ability to hold the government accountable for its actions is threatened, and so are the rights and liberties that we cherish as Americans. And if we cannot proclaim our feelings about the government, no matter how controversial, on our clothing, or to passersby, or to the users of the world wide web, then the First Amendment really has become an exercise in futility.

George Orwell, always relevant to our present age, warned against this intolerance for free speech in 1945. As he noted:

The point is that the relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them... The notion that certain opinions cannot safely be allowed a hearing is growing. It is given currency by intellectuals who confuse the issue by not distinguishing between democratic opposition and open rebellion, and it is reflected in our growing indifference to tyranny and injustice abroad. And even those who declare themselves to be in favour of freedom of opinion generally drop their claim when it is their own adversaries who are being prosecuted.

13-03-03 Hello world!

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14-03-03 ISRAEL: Notice of fraud in court process was given to Presiding Judge of the Tel Aviv Magistrate Courts // הודעה על הונאה בהליכי משפט ניתנה לנשיאת בתי המשפט המחוזיים ת"א

===14-03-03 ISRAEL: Notice of fraud in court process was given to Presiding Judge of the Tel Aviv Magistrate Courts //  הודעה על הונאה בהליכי משפט ניתנה לנשיאת בתי המשפט המחוזיים ת"א ===
Presiding Judge Ziva Herman-Hadassi of the Tel Aviv Magistrate Courts is asked to immediately stop fraud in the Tel Aviv Juvenile Court.
[עברית להלן]

OccupyTLV, March 3 - Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO) filed notice of fraud in court process with Judge Ziva Herman-Hadassi, Presiding Judge of the Tel Aviv Magistrate Courts. [1] 
The notice pertains to a case, where State agencies initiated court action to take a newborn from his biological parents.  The father received a phone call from the social worker late last week that he was summoned to the Juvenile Court tomorrow, Tuesday.  However, no summons or any other court paper was ever served on him. 
When the father attempted to inspect the court file in the court itself, access was denied, claiming that he was not listed as a party to the case, and the case was sealed.
His right to file a request to postpone the court hearing was likewise denied.
The father was likewise unable to retain an attorney for the same reasons - lack of access to the court file.
The letter to Presiding Judge  Herman-Hadassi asks that she take immediate actions:
1) To prevent continuance of the fraud in the given case.
2) To review the conduct of the Social Worker in the given case and in general.
3) To prevent such occurrences in the Tel Aviv Magistrate Courts.
The case is only the latest, documenting unprecedented corruption in the Israeli courts, one of the key features of which is the failure to issue valid summonses.
As is the case in other courts, which originate in the English common law, the summons is a key instrument in establishing the jurisdiction of the court in a given matter on given parties.
Over the past decade, the Israeli courts, from the magistrate courts to the Supreme Court, stopped issuing valid summonses.  Summonses are either not issued at all, or are issued unsigned, on behalf of an unnamed clerk.
With it, the conduct of simulated process in the Israeli courts has become a routine.
Such conditions are related to large-scale fraud in the implementation of the latest generation of electronic record systems in the courts.
The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council documented the fraud in great detail.  The submission was incorporated into the Universal Periodic Review report (2013) of the UN on Israel with the note, "lack of integrity in the electronic records of the Supreme Court, the district courts, and the detainees courts in Israel." [2-4]
With it, there is no lawfully appointed Chief Clerk in any of the courts in Israel today.
As is the case in other courts that originate in the English common law, the chief clerks in the Israeli courts are charged with the safeguard of the integrity of court records.
In the Supreme Court, Sarah Lifschitz falsely appeared as "Chief Clerk" for over a decade (2002-2013).  On October 15, 2013, a criminal fraud complaint was filed against Presiding Justice Asher Grunis in this matter. Consequently, on October 31, 2013, Ms Lifschitz departed from the Supreme Court. [5]
More recently, Ms Idit Meloul appears as "Chief Clerk" on the web page of the Supreme Court.   However, official publication of her appointment is yet to be discovered, and Presiding Justice Grunis has so far failed to respond on requests to present her appointment record.
Over the same decade, extreme income and asset gaps have been established in Israel.  Today, about half the population is under process in medieval-style debtors courts, where property and liberty are deprived with no due process and through routine fraud by banks, judges, and attorneys. [6]
Conditions in the Israeli courts were described in the 2013 Human Rights Alert submission to the UN as "a constitutional crisis in a nation with no constitution".
Presiding Justice Asher Grunis is unlikely to initiate any effort to remedy the situation.
Presiding Justice Asher Grunis must resign!

[1] 14-03-03 Notice of fraud in court process filed with Presiding Judge Hadassi-Herman of the Tel Aviv Magistrate Courts // הודעה על הונאה בהליכי משפט לנשיאת בתי המשפט המחוזיים ת"א זיוה הדסי-הרמן
[2] The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission (2013) for the Universal Periodic Review of israel  by the UN Human Rights Council, as it appears on the UN web site
 דוח מקוצר (מקור אנגלי) כפי שהוא מופיע באתר האו"ם) של סייג לזכויות האדם שהתקבל כחלק מדוח האו"ם לגבי זכויות האדם בישראל (2013
[3] 13-01-01 The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission, as incorporated into the UN Human RItghts Council UPR reprort with the note "Lack of integrity in the electronic records of the Supreme Court, the district courts and the detainees courts in Israel" (page 4, paragraph 25)
 דוח סייג לזכויות האדם נכלל בדוח מועצת זכויות האדם של האו"ם (2013) בלוויית ההערה "חוסר יושרה בכתבים האלקטרוניים של בית המשפט העליון, בתי המשפט המחוזיים, ובתי הדין למוחזקי משמורת בישראל" (עמ' 4, פסקה 25): OpenElement
[4] 12-05-10 Human Right Alert,  Appendix I to Submission; 15th UPR - State of Israel - "Integrity, or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel"
[5] 14-01-03 ISRAEL: Large-scale Fraud in the Supreme Court's Office of the Clerk
[6] 14-02-27 Zernik, J., ISRAEL: War hero Moti Ashkenazi+76 others versus the medieval debtors' courts | 
Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (NGO)
* The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations was incorporated into the 2010 Periodic Review Report regarding Human Rights in the United States, with the note: "corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California".
* The Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations was incorporated into the 2013 Periodic Review Report regarding Human Rights in Israel, with the note: "lack of integrity of the electronic records of the Supreme Court, the district courts and the detainees courts in Israel."
===הודעה על הונאה בהליכי משפט ניתנה לנשיאת בתי המשפט המחוזיים ת"א ===
מאהל המחאה ת"א, 3 למרץ - דר' יוסף צרניק, מ"סייג לזכויות האדם" (NGO) הגיש לנשיאת בתי המשפט השלום, ת"א, הודעה על הונאה בהליכי משפט. [1]
ההודעה מתייחסת למקרה, בו רשויות המדינה החלו בהליכים להוציא תינוק מהוריו הביולוגיים.  האב קיבל בשבוע שעבר טלפון מעובדת סוציאלית (ככל הנראה מרב בן-יהודה), בו הודיעה לו שהוא זומן לבית המשפט לנוער ת"א ליום ג' (מחר).  אולם כל הזמנה לבית המשפט או כתב אחר לא נמסרו לאב. 
כשניסה האב לעיין בתיק בבית המשפט, נמנעה ממנו זכות העיון, בטענה שאינו צד בתיק והתיק חסוי.
כשניסה להגיש בקשה לדחיית הדיון מחר - נמנעה ממנו זכות ההגשה מאותן הסיבות.
נסיונותיו של האב לייצוג על ידי עורך דין בתיק זה הוכשלו גם הם - שכן העו"ד המיועד מנוע גם הוא מלעיין בתיק.
ההודעה לנשיאת בתי המשפט השלום ת"א זיוה הרמן-הדסי מהיום מבקשת שתנקוט בצעדים מיידיים:
1. למניעת המשך ההונאה בהליכים בתיק שבנידון.
2. לבדיקת התנהלותה של העו"ס מרב בן-יהודה בתיק זה ובכלל.
3. למניעת הישנות מקרים מעין אלה בבתי המשפט השלום במחוז ת”א.
מקרה זה הוא האחרון בסדרת מקרים בהם תועדה שחיתות חסרת תקדים בבתי המשפט בישראל בעת האחרונה, שאחד ממאפייניה הוא אי הנפקת הזמנות תקינות לבתי המשפט.
כמו בבתי משפט אחרים שמקורם בחוק האנגלי המקובל, ההזמנה לבית המשפט היא מכשיר מרכזי ביצירת זכות השיפוט של בית המשפט בעניין מסויים על צדדים מסויימים.
בעשור האחרון, חדלו בתי המשפט בישראל - מבתי המשפט השלום ועד לעליון - להנפיק הזמנות תקינות לבתי המשפט.  הזמנות אינן מונפקות כלל, או שהן מונפקות בלתי חתומות, בשם מזכיר ששמו אינו נזכר.
יחד עם זאת, ניהול הליכים למראית עין בבתי המשפט הפך לעניין שבשגרה.
מצב זה נובע מהונאה חסרת תקדים בהיקפה במערכות המחשבים מן הדור האחרון בבתי המשפט בישראל (ובכללן "נט המשפט"). 
דו"ח "סייג לזכויות האדם" לאו"ם (2013) תיעד הונאה זאת בפירוט.  הדוח נכלל בביקורת האוניברסלית התקופתית של האו"ם על זכויות האדם בישראל (2013) עם ההערה "חוסר יושרה בכתבים האלקטרוניים של בית המשפט העליון, בתי המשפט המחוזיים, ובתי הדין למוחזקי משמורת בישראל". [2-4]
במקביל, אין היום מזכיר ראשי ממונה כחוק באף אחד מבתי המשפט בישראל.
כמו בבתי משפט אחרים שמוצאם מן החוק האנגלי המקובל, המזכיר הראשי בבתי המשפט בישראל אחראי על יושרת הכתבים.
בבית המשפט העליון, התחזתה גב' שרה ליפשיץ במשך למעלה מעשר שנים (2002-2013) ל"מזכירה ראשית". ב-15 לאוקטובר, 2013, הוגשה תלונה פלילית על הונאה נגד נשיא בית המשפט העליון אשר גרוניס בעניין זה.
ב-31 לאוקטובר, 2013, "פרשה" ליפשיץ מבית המשפט העליון. [5]
לאחרונה, מופיעה הגב' עידית מלול כ"מזכירה ראשית" באתר בית המשפט העליון, אך עד עתה לא נמצא פרסום רשמי של מינויה כחוק למשרה זאת, ונשיא בית המשפט העליון לא השיב עד יום זה על בקשה להצגת כתב מינויה ל"מזכירה ראשית".
במקביל, נוצרו בעשור האחרון פערים חסרי תקדים בהתפלגות ההכנסות והנכסים בישראל.  היום, כמחצית תושבי מדינת ישראל נתונים תחת הליכים בלשכות ההוצאה לפועל - בתי דין לחייבים בסגנון ימי הבייניים, בהם נשללים רכושם וחירותם של החייבים ללא הליך הוגן, תוך הונאות שגרתיות על ידי בנקים, עורכי דין, ושופטים. [6]
התנאים שהושררו בבתי המשפט בישראל תוארו בדו"ח "סייג לזכויות האדם" לאו"ם כ"משבר חוקתי באומה ללא חוקה".
נשיא בית המשפט העליון אשר גרוניס אינו זה שיוכל להנהיג תיקון מצב זה.
אשר גרוניס חייב להתפטר!
דר' יוסף צרניק
מאהל המחאה, ת"א
סייג לזכויות האדם (NGO)
* דוח סייג לזכויות האדם נכלל בדוח התקופתי של האו"ם לגבי זכויות האדם בישראל (2013), עם ההערה: "חוסר יושרה בכתבים האלקטרוניים של בית המשפט העליון, בתי המשפט המחוזיים, ובתי הדין למוחזקי משמורת בישראל".
* דוח סייג לזכויות האדם נכלל בדוח התקופתי של האו"ם לגבי זכויות האדם בארה"ב (2010), עם ההערה: "שחיתות בתי המשפט ומקצוע עריכת הדין בקליפורניה".