you won … “we” lost …

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S.510: Bribery, Graft and Conflicts of Interest

November 29, 2010 by ppjg … http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/s-510-bribery-graft-and-conflicts-of-interest/

a) Whoever, otherwise than as provided by law for the proper discharge of official duties, directly or indirectly—
(1) demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept any compensation for any representational services, as agent or attorney or otherwise, rendered or to be rendered either personally or by another—

The Senate has convened and will vote again for cloture on S.510; at this moment Senator Tom Harkin is speaking about why the bill is so important. Echoing the drama of Senator Durbin, Harkin alludes to the “sick and dying” people in this country as a result of food borne illness. All the drama aside: neither Harkin, Durbin nor any other Senator will identify the true sources of food contamination arising from industrialized farming and ranching, self-inspecting processing plants, and contaminated food imports coming into the country uninspected.

Regardless of all the flowery language, all the hyped up drama issuing from these Senators who have remained totally silent as the FDA, the agency they intend to unlawfully empower, has been the facilitator for hundreds of lethal and deadly pharmaceuticals allowed into the markets that cause physical damage and even death in thousands of cases.

With this in mind I doubt anyone could conclude that this bill is in reality about food safety, but is instead about the transfer of power to a corporate agency belonging to the Federal corporation; the intent of course is to also transfer blame for what will ensue once this overthrow of agriculture is completed.

Neither Senator nor any of the bills sponsors make any mention of the subjugation to unlawful trade and harmonization agreements or the underlying assaults on Constitutional rights.

Not one speaker can claim anything other than systems already in place as pertaining to food safety that are reiterated in the bill. The focus of the bill is:

1. to eradicate through burdensome regulations, constitutional violations, property theft and interference with lawful trade, family and independent producers.

2. To corner the agricultural markets, reducing competition, and

3. to force all food products produced in the US into exports markets.

4. to criminalize land and livestock ownership through the use of predatory licensing and regulation.

    This bill signifies one of the greatest asaults on the American public by its own govvernment, presented as a deceptive fraud.

While wondering why our own government has worked for so many years to dismantle independent agriculture, I could not help but revert back to that list of bribery payments, called “campaign contributions” to our Senators (members of the House also receive millions in “contributions”).

The list of corporations who stand to benefit financially from passage of S.510, and those Senators who took millions in aggregate “campaign contributions”, is staggering.

And these millions are just for this one bill; multiply this by the hundreds of bills that are written by corporate lobbyists and foreign principals.
While these elected officials will refuse to correspond with individuals not from their districts (congressional courtesy, they say), and most time will only respond with a canned letter that addresses anything and everything except the topic you might have been inquiring about, they seem not to have any problem with corresponding with and representing corporations and non-US organizations.

They have even less trouble with taking gigantic payments from corporations most of which are not only not in their district, but many times, not even in their state and sometimes not even in the country! In my opinion, “contribution” is simply a euphemism for “BRIBERY”.

So let us look at the issue of “BRIBERY”:
18 USC § 11. BRIBERY, GRAFT, AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
§ 203. Compensation to Members of Congress, officers, and others in matters affecting the Government
(a) Whoever, otherwise than as provided by law for the proper discharge of official duties, directly or indirectly—
(1) demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept any compensation for any representational services, as agent or attorney or otherwise, rendered or to be rendered either personally or by another

It seems rather obvious to me that what our congress has engaged in on all levels is the selling of political favors and the power of their offices.

Hiding that behind the term “campaign contributions” makes it no less a bribe. Why would corporations be dumping what amounts to millions and millions of dollars into the campaign funds of elected officials unless they were anticipating a return of some kind and were fully expecting the official to give their blessing to legislation written by the corporations themselves in an effort to maximize markets and profits.

    Much of what is produced on the floor of both Houses is written by world organizations, corporate representatives and attorneys, lobbyists of all kinds, none of which represent the interests of the nation or its people. It is a rare thing that any legislation has actually been written by any of those officials preparing to vote on it.

As these elected officials have made clear that they are more than willing to negotiate, even against the best interests of the country, and prefer instead to represent the global interests of their donors, they have in fact, declared themselves to be agents of foreign principals. With this in mind, I do believe it would be fair to have each of these Senators and Representatives register themselves as what they actually are: AGENTS OF FOREIGN PRINCIPALS
§ 219. Officers and employees acting as agents of foreign principals
(a) Whoever, being a public official, is or acts as an agent of a foreign principal required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 or a lobbyist required to register under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 in connection with the representation of a foreign entity, as defined in section 3(6) of that Act shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than two years, or both.
(b) Nothing in this section shall apply to the employment of any agent of a foreign principal as a special Government employee in any case in which the head of the employing agency certifies that such employment is required in the national interest. A copy of any certification under this paragraph shall be forwarded by the head of such agency to the Attorney General who shall cause the same to be filed with the registration statement and other documents filed by such agent, and made available for public inspection in accordance with section 6 of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended.
(c) For the purpose of this section “public official” means Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, either before or after he has qualified, or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency, or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, under or by authority of any such department, agency, or branch of Government.

Would not this section apply to members of both the House and Senate and various other agency and department heads, corporate lobbyists and other agents, who have advanced World Trade Organization, multi-national corporate raiders, and the various and multiple trade and harmonization agreements, all of which are intended to usurp the United States sovereignty and laws?

Have any of our elected representatives registered as agents of foreign principals? If not: why not? Are they not advocating for these principals in direct violation to their oaths of office and by extension abdicating the responsibilities and duties of their official office in favor of foreign governments, multi-national corporate donors, and world organizations, unlawful agreements and thereby undermining the independence and sovereignty of the US?

Maybe its time we looked at remedies in the US Code for elected officials who advance their own wealth and fortunes by selling the power of their offices to entities which have no allegiance, loyalty or concern for the future of America.

Sect 216: Penalties & Injunctions

18 USC § 11. BRIBERY, GRAFT, AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

    Thank you … Mon$anto … Cargill … Wilbur Ellis … ADM … “big” Pharma … FoxyNews … you won … “we” lost … because we choose to be …

The self-anointed American “elite” really don’t get it …your secret game is over …

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    The self-anointed American “elite” really don’t get it …your secret game is over …

WikiLeaks reveals U.S. diplomatic secrets

By GLENN THRUSH & GORDON LUBOLD & LAURA ROZEN | 11/28/10 2:15 PM EST

WikiLeaks has dropped its bombshell cache of U.S. diplomatic cables, ripping the cloak off scores of secret deals and duds, including clandestine North Korean support for Iran and the Bush administration’s failed attempt to remove nuclear material from Pakistan.

The release — more than a quarter-million back-channel cables that include brutally candid assessments of world leaders and previously undisclosed details of nuclear and antiterrorism activity — represents the most embarrassing and potentially damaging disclosure of American diplomatic material in decades.

“I don’t see the world ending … but lots of red, sputtering faces in D.C., embassies and capitals,” a senior American diplomat told POLITICO early Sunday, just before the release of the documents, which chronicle the sprawling growth of the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence corps after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The diplomat also predicted that governments and individuals overseas are likely to clam up as a result of the disclosures, “since no one will trust us to keep a secret for a while,” while “various and sundry interest groups will cherry-pick whatever can be found in the documents to support whatever version of reality they are peddling.”

For weeks, the Obama administration had been pressuring WikiLeaks, and its controversial founder, Julian Assange, to withhold publication of the documents, arguing that their publication could compromise the lives of U.S. service members and officials.

Assange, whose website came under cyberattack Sunday, refused to comply — even ignoring an 11th-hour plea from the State Department’s legal adviser, who said publication of the documents was illegal and could undermine national security.

But they are also deeply embarrassing, providing off-the-cuff assessments by American diplomats of world leaders, critiques that were expected to be released only decades from now. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is compared to Hitler, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is called an “emperor with no clothes,” Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is “driven by paranoia,” according to the cables, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel earns high marks as a “Teflon” politician.

Perversely, the sheer size of the dump — a mountain of gossip, intrigue, high-stakes policy and lowbrow humor — may ensure that some damaging revelations that might have been front-page stories if leaked one by one get lost in the shuffle.

The long-expected release of the documents — scheduled to be published simultaneously at around 4:30 p.m. EST by The New York Times, Germany’s Der Spiegel, Spain’s El Pais, France’s Le Monde and Britain’s Guardian — was accelerated by a few hours after a German Twitter user obtained an early copy of Der Spiegel and began posting tidbits online. (Subsequently, it was reported by Michael Calderone at The Cutline that the New York Times got its documents from The Guardian this time.)

The two previous releases of documents by WikiLeaks produced front-page stories — the recently disclosed Iraq war logs indicated that previous American estimates of the total number of Iraqi casualties were lower than the actual number — but overall, they contained few surprising details.

The batch released Sunday, however, included vivid details about current operations and the sausage factory behind foreign policy, delivered by officials in 270 overseas posts worldwide over the past three years. The massive leak reportedly came from a service member with access to the documents.

Some of the material was so explosive that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent much of the past week preparing foreign leaders for the fallout — what the Guardian described as a “meltdown” of the U.S. diplomatic corps.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45644.html#ixzz16i084iyi

R U HAPPY YET…?

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    CORPORATIST’S RULE … GOT IT …
    Senate Bill S 510 PASSED…! … 74 to 25 …

The Government now makes you a criminal for growing your own GARDEN..!

R U HAPPY YET…?

By Josey Wales (Editor)
Contributor profile | More stories
Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:0

Read complete article … http://beforeitsnews.com/story/283/571/Senate_Bill_S_510_PASSED_74_to_25%2C_The_Government_now_makes_you_a_criminal_for_growing_your_own_GARDEN_R_U_HAPPY_YET.html

TROJAN HORSE

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    Do you own sleuthing … this bill is nothing but a Trojan-horse … ! ! !

Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations

The Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system on Tuesday that would give the Food and Drug Administration new powers to order recalls of tainted foods, increase inspections, oversee farming and demand accountability from food companies. The vote was 73-25 in favor.

The bill attracted support from major food makers as well as consumer advocates after a series of problems with tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach sickened thousands of people.

Despite unusual bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and a strong push from the Obama administration, though, the bill could still die, because there might not be enough time left in the session for the usual haggling between the Senate and House of Representatives, which passed its own version of the bill last year. Top House Democrats have said that they would consider simply passing the Senate version to speed approval.

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http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na

democracy … disappeared in

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    So what … democracy … disappeared in America, too … but we don’t’ care … ? ?

‘Russian democracy has disappeared’

Read complete article …
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/11/28/wikileaked_cable_from_bob_gates_russian_democracy_has_disappeared

This just might suggest we assess net-neutrality … ? ? ?

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    This just might suggest we assess net-neutrality … ? ? ?

Americans turn off cable TV as online grows

11-28-2010 • RawStory.com … Read complete article … http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/turn-off-cable-online-grows/

The economic downturn has US cable television companies shedding subscribers in record numbers and Americans increasingly “cutting the cord” in favor of cheaper online options, new research shows.

t’s been an illusion since day one …

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    It’s been an illusion since day one … just ask George W Bush … Dick Cheney … “Rumy” … Colin Powell and the boy$ …

News Link • WAR: About that War

Rep. Kucinich slams fake Afghan elections, fake withdrawal, fake Taliban

11-26-2010 • Rawstory
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) again called for the United States to end its involvement in Afghanistan after it was revealed that NATO officials were duped into holding negotiations with a man posing as a senior member of the Taliban.

“The war in Afghanistan is taking place in a netherworld where facts and common sense have no place,” Kucinich said Tuesday.

    “Elections are fake.

    Our deadline to withdraw is a fake.

Now, we learn that a fake Taliban leader has been leading us to believe that NATO was facilitating high-level talks between Taliban leadership and the corrupt Afghan central government we’re propping up.”

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